It wasn’t too long ago that the best way to deter shoplifters was to lock up your high-risk, high-value products or keep them behind the counter. But with ever-increasing competition and shrinking margins, successful retailers need to have their merchandise out on the sales floor, where potential customers can touch Read More
Loss Prevention Technology
Loss prevention technology is the practical application of technical processes, methods or information to solve problems or invent tools that can be successfully implemented for use in the retail loss prevention environment. This involves the latest advancements, use, and application of technologically-based products, techniques, methods or processes used in the retail loss prevention environment.
Most often we associate loss prevention technology with the use of sophisticated equipment, computers, the Internet, or other related resources and devices. But in simple terms, technology refers to the means and methods used to help solve real-world problems. It is a far-reaching term that may include simple tools or complex approaches and equipment.
The dynamic and highly competitive nature of the retail industry requires ingenuity and innovation in order to remain relevant, meets the needs and hold the interest of today’s progressive retail consumers. With expectations continuing to expand and intensify, loss prevention leadership must respond with equal focus and fervor. Innovative, cutting-edge technology that will address the challenges that lay ahead must remain a priority, and expectations will only continue to rise as we move deeper into the age of e-commerce and omni-channel retail. New enabling technologies are blossoming every day, and understanding the use and application of these tools has become a primary objective.
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While technology has helped to revolutionize the retail industry, with this revolution has come new risks. The need to find effective technology solutions has become paramount in order to stem the tide and implement practical protections against these threats. Industry resources and technology that further supports the needs and objectives of company loss prevention, data protection, and asset protection efforts must remain a primary consideration as part of the evolution of the loss prevention industry.
In response to escalating needs and growing concerns loss prevention practitioners must look beyond internal resources and work with external solution providers and thought leaders with proven track records in the industry. Loss prevention leadership must challenge vendor partners to think outside the box to design new and innovative technology solutions. Creative approaches must then be coupled with effective learning programs to improve efficiency and maximize productivity.
It’s in the best interest of every loss prevention practitioner to become more familiar with the latest trends in loss prevention technology. As our roles and responsibilities grow and develop, the ability to stay current will only become more crucial to long-term professional success.
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RFID in Retail
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