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A Macy’s shoe salesman says online shopping is hurting in-store sales — and commission for employees. Nelson Springer, a salesman at Macy’s flagship store in New York, told CNNMoney that his paycheck is getting hit by a rise in e-commerce sales.
Macy’s is widely thought to have one of the best e-commerce sites and online loyalty programs of any major retailer.
Springer said that during the 2011 holiday season, he sold $20,000 worth of shoes every week. This year, it took him nearly the entire month to make that much.
Macy’s sales associates make 8 per cent commission, according to Springer. He said that he took home $5,000 less in 2012 because of the popularity of online shopping.
Springer said he often assists customers who end up buying the shoes online.
“I had a guy come in six months ago. I spent a half an hour with him, trying on four pairs of shoes before getting up and saying, ‘Thanks, now I know what to get when I buy them online,'” he said.
Macy’s has tried to combat the problem by letting associates complete online transactions for customers so they still get commission.
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