Supply-chain security: The skill set every LP pro should have

Loss prevention starts with cargo-theft prevention and logistics security

Dear LP professional,

If you believe supply-chain security isn’t important to your job, you’re mistaken.

Think about it. The merchandise you protect in the store doesn’t just magically appear on the shelves. In fact, it spends as much time – or more – getting to your store than it does in your store. Why would you not want to understand that all-important supply chain – cargo trailer shipping, storage and distribution of the merchandise your company has paid good money for?

What’s more, cargo theft is obscenely expensive for your company. According to FreightWatch International, a risk management service provider, the average value of a stolen shipment in-transit can be around $300,000.One incident of organized retail crime, a problem we all consider a serious threat, nets about $8,000. Bank robbery? A pittance at about $2,000.

That’s why, at LP Magazine, we don’t believe in skimping on supply-chain security. And it’s why we’ve written this important Special Report, Supply-Chain Security: Trailer and Warehouse Theft, Investigations, and Loss Prevention Tips from the Experts, and we’re even giving it away FREE. That’s how important we believe it is that you and your colleagues start learning more about supply-chain security – immediately.

Download your FREE copy right now!

Supply-chain security: Protecting more than just merchandise

In case you’re not quite sure about the need to do more to safeguard your company’s inventory in transit, here are a few additional consequences of merchandise loss: There’s the cost of replenishment, lost sales, fraudulent refunds – the list goes on and on. (Literally … read our Special Report to find out more.)

Do we have your attention yet? Are you ready to add supply-chain security to your job knowledge? Then read on to find out what comes next.

Of course, you may be asking yourself why you should read Supply-Chain Security: Trailer and Warehouse Theft, Investigations, and Loss Prevention Tips from the Experts, and trust the information in it. Here’s why: LP Magazine, formerly known as LossPrevention, was founded in 2001 by LP professionals to fill the void for news, information, and educational content for all LP pros. Over the past decade and a half, LP Magazine has established itself as the premier voice of the LP industry,providing in-depth, timely articles for LP professionals and retail management.

Our custom publishing arm also delivers education and training to retail organizations on critical loss prevention, safety, and operational policies and procedures. What’s more, we’re deeply involved in the training and certification provided by the Loss Prevention Foundation, and we’re also aligned with our sister company, LPjobs.com, the leading retail security and loss prevention employment site on the web.

You can see that we live, sleep, eat and breathe loss prevention. So now that we’ve established our bona fides, let’s talk more about this …

This FREE Special Report from LP Magazine is an in-depth, expert guide to the challenges of supply chain security and the solutions. You’ll learn not only how theft occurs, but also where and when, and how you can fight it. This report will help you …

  • Understand the threat to your organization that cargo theft represents
  • Master the details of the entire supply-chain process
  • Get up to speed on the LP pro’s role in stopping loss
  • Pinpoint those stops along a shipment’s way where the danger is greatest – including your own distribution center
  • Integrate supply-chain security knowledge into your day-to-day responsibilities
  • Establish practices, processes and a company culture that will save your organization millions of dollars, and put your career on a fast track to success

As I mentioned earlier, the impact of cargo theft goes far beyond just the cost of the merchandise, and you’ll be able to read more about that when you download this Special Report. Now the next question is, how will losses occur in the supply chain – and how can you help stop it?

How the bad guys threaten your supply chain security

Here are just a few of the methods you’ll learn about in this Special Report:

  • Hot-wiring a truck and disappearing with it while the driver is at a rest stop
  • “Grab and run” activities by ORC groups who follow a truck loaded with high-value merchandise and offload it while the driver is out of the vehicle
  • Individuals with fake paperwork and identification who show up at a shipping facility and simply drive off with the merchandise
  • Collusion between drivers and the employees who load and unload trailers at your distribution center
  • Theft by temp employees of the DC who are working with an ORC group
  • Paperwork and process errors that contribute to loss

As you can see, supply-chain security is not a job you can you can master overnight. If you’re a dedicated LP professional, you’ll want to spend some time reading this report to get a thorough grounding on the subject before you can start understanding supply-chain security in your organization.

Of course, this report also delivers a wide range of measures you can and should take to improve the safety of all your cargo. For starters, one of the many experts we consulted for this report notes that many LP pros rarely – if ever – set foot in the distribution center that supports their stores. Your first task, once you’ve finished reading this report, will be to get there and learn every detail of every process.

For instance, you might want to take our advice to fully understand delivery schedules. Did you know that thieves prefer to steal loads on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, when drivers are often forced to leave loads unattended for long periods of time while they await delivery appointments? Thieves also use these weekend periods to steal shipments in the hope of delayed detection.

And that’s just the first of many important steps to take that this report outlines. You’ll probably be stunned to discover how much you don’t know about protecting your supply chain – and eager to remedy that. That’s why you should read this report right now!

An inside, expert look at supply chain security

Because LP Magazine has so much experience in the LP industry, we can deliver plenty of advice and information that you just can’t get anywhere else. To create this Special Report, we’ve consulted with everyone from the Eastern Region Transportation Security Council (ERTSC) – one of the oldest transportation security councils in the US – to the group director of security for distribution and manufacturing at Tiffany’s.

Not many resources have contact lists like we do!

Then there’s the advice given from experience by Glenn Master, director of loss prevention and safety for Newgistics and chairman of the International Supply Chain Protection Organization. He has over 17 years of LP and security management experience both domestically and internationally. And he’s here to deliver an actual step-by-step program for being proactive with supply-chain security – just a small portion of the actionable advice you’ll get in this report:

  • Have a strong relationship with your transportation department and be part of the carrier approval process.
  • Develop a comprehensive security protocol that the carriers must adhere to and ensure that protocol is added in the contract with the transportation provider.
  • Visit some of the locations and conduct an audit of their operations. This should include evaluating their security and, more importantly, the operational controls in handling your freight.
  • Develop loss analytics that can identify loss trends before you start receiving customer complaints about loss. These analytics should identify trends by carrier and driver route.
  • Be proactive in meeting with the carrier’s facility management so they understand your expectations, loss trending analytics, and method of investigation. You’ll be surprised how receptive they will be for your help to identify problems before they get out of hand.
  • While visiting provider locations, see what other clients’ freight they are moving. If losses are occurring with your freight, they are probably occurring with other retailers’ freight as well. This allows a perfect opportunity to work a joint investigation with other loss prevention peers.

You can’t get that kind of specific, proven advice from just any resource. Your company will thank you for taking the time and trouble to read it, and who knows? Maybe a promotion will be your reward!

So I ask you one more time: With so much to lose – and so much to gain – why would you not want to understand supply-chain security that amounts to millions of dollars in losses for your company? It’s easy and fast to get this Special Report that delivers so much insight and specific advice: Just download it right now, and start protecting your company’s traveling assets tomorrow.

Remember, this report is absolutely FREE, and we can’t make you a better offer than that. Besides, what kind of value can you attach to a simple step you can take that can mean so much to your company … and more specifically your career?

Yours for a safe and secure supply chain,

Jack Trlica
Editor & Publisher
LP Magazine

PS:It’s 10 PM. Do you know where your shipment is? That question can strike fear into the heart of any LP pro. Why not read our FREE Special Report right now and find out how to always know the answer?

PPS: Are you familiar with the term leakage? No, it’s not what happens when a milk carton gets knocked over in the fridge. It’s actually something you must understand as part of a solid supply-chain protection program. Learn about it right now by downloading this FREE Special Report.

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