About the Author

Chris Trlica

Chris Trlica is a business and technology analyst based in North Carolina. He is a contributing writer to LP Magazine focusing on emerging technologies. Trlica can be reached at chris (dot) trlica (at) gmail.com.

Articles by Chris Trlica

Retail Data Analytics and LP

Loss Prevention Technology

Retail Data Analytics and LP

We find ourselves living in a time when nearly every decision we make is recorded. Where we drive, what we buy–all this data is collected somewhere. We permit it in the vague hope that somebody on the other end is being responsible with our information.

The loss prevention industry is now

Can a Retail Buyer Help Reduce Shrink?

Inventory Shrinkage

Can a Retail Buyer Help Reduce Shrink?

While the perception of shrinkage among the loss prevention industry has evolved from thinking about loss strictly in terms of theft to the consideration of all causes of inventory discrepancy, this change in approach hasn’t necessarily diffused into all of the other teams in a retail organization. Retail buyers are

Mobile POS: The Brave New World of Retail

Retail Industry

Mobile POS: The Brave New World of Retail

In the beginning, there was the cellular phone. Then arose a new kind of phone, from whence sprang generation upon furious generation of increasingly intelligent smartphones. Today, we are beset by a menagerie of portable devices, their displays ranging in length from thumb to forearm, but, crucially, each embedded with

ORC and Diverters

Shoplifting & Organized Retail Crime

ORC and Diverters

Organized retail crime (ORC) has been in the crosshairs of shrink reduction efforts for a long time now. But for many retailers, battling ORC has seemed less like a victory story and more like an arms race—for every stride made, the opposition adapts. ORC is a part of the retail

Analytics

Loss Prevention Technology

Analytics

Without consciously realizing it, and certainly without having made a conscious decision to pursue it, we as a society find ourselves living in a time when nearly every public thing we do, every decision we make, is recorded. Everywhere we drive, everything we buy without cash, the names of people

The Mobile Point of Sale Marches on in Retail

Retail Industry

The Mobile Point of Sale Marches on in Retail

In 2013, nearly 66 percent of US smartphone owners used their devices to help them shop, and 80 percent of smartphone owners said they want more mobile-optimized product information while they’re shopping in stores (see Figure 1). These are the sorts of statistics driving the retail-sector mobile revolution. Retailers are

Loss Prevention at Automated Retail Giant Outerwall

Magazine Reviews

Loss Prevention at Automated Retail Giant Outerwall

You’ve likely rented a DVD from a Redbox or cashed in your penny jar at the Coinstar kiosk at your neighborhood grocery store. But have you thought about the loss prevention challenges associated with what some might view as high-tech “vending machines” that dispense valuable merchandise or cash in an

Retail Industry

The Art of the Kiosk

A passerby might be forgiven for walking by a Coinstar or Redbox kiosk and regarding it as a glorified vending machine. But behind the scenes, these kiosks resemble vending machines about as much as modern high-performance automobiles resemble a horse and buggy.

Outerwall is the parent company that operates Coinstar and