Supply chain loss prevention has evolved significantly across the retail industry in recent years, a message that echoed loud and clear across the halls at the 2017 International Supply Chain Protection Organization (ISCPO) conference in Dallas, Texas last week. The advancements in retail technology and the ongoing growth of omni-channel Read More
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Omni-channel retailing is the newest trend in retail selling which allows customers to buy and return merchandise in a huge variety of ways. A customer can place an online order at an in-store kiosk to be shipped to her house. He can place an order from his mobile device to be picked up at a local store. If she doesn’t like the color of the new curtains she ordered through the online customer rewards program, she can return them to the nearest brick-and-mortar store to save on shipping.
Because of fewer in-store transactions and changing retail technology trends such as the increased use of chip cards, loss prevention professionals expect to have to deal more with online credit card fraud of various kinds. Additionally, the move toward the infinite store is also creating new areas that need to be secured, such as networks and customer data.
LP professionals are increasingly being asked to bring their specific skills into areas where they never participated before, causing a shift in responsibilities. “Retailers are going to continue to find creative ways to conduct business and sell to customers. Loss prevention will need to stay very close to these creative methods and retailing channels to ensure LP practices are appropriately woven into the strategies that our merchants and operators develop,” claims one retail leader.
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The dual role of increased data and analytics will create a shift in thinking that will change many roles in retail, including LP. While IT has been the primary business owner in most retail companies, many LP professionals believe that loss prevention in an omni-channel retailing world must take on an expanded, more proactive leadership role to ensure data is secured and properly managed.
“Breach avoidance and protection of consumer and company proprietary information will continue to be a focal point for retailers for many years to come,” says one retailer. Retail data breaches are costing companies in many ways beyond the immediate financial losses, to include litigation, brand protection issues, and additional sales impact.
According to another industry leader, “Having the LP organization partnered with the IT security organization will be the most effective way to improve security of both the actual data and the physical devices that collect and manage the data.” This includes coordinating investigative approaches and law enforcement relationships in the event of a breach.”
By Adrian Beck
There is little consensus on what constitutes “loss” within the retail world nor how it should be measured. The terms “shrinkage” and “shortage” have been loosely applied to encapsulate some of the areas that generate loss, but they are not terms enjoying a clear and agreed-upon definition across the sector. Read More
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By Bill McBeath
Over recent years, we’ve witnessed a resurgence of interest and substantial growth in the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in retail—a veritable RFID Renaissance—with well over a billion tags used this year, not just in apparel, but for other categories and uses as well. It is being used Read More
New technology in retail loss prevention emerges regularly. In this profession, it’s important to stay abreast of any new technologies that may show potential and could help reduce theft and fraud.
Industry conferences and events are a great place to scope out the latest solutions. For example, Tom Meehan, CFI, witnessed Read More
As online-only retailers continue to see expanded success, traditional brick-and-mortar stores must turn to new strategies to keep up with customer demand. Today’s retail environment demands that the customer shopping journey be a seamless one as it transitions from a physical store to a smartphone app to an interactive catalog (or Read More
By Chris Trlica
Just as the word “e-commerce” has come to refer to a menagerie of different specialized markets, so e-commerce credit card fraud comes in many different guises. As the great pace of retail evolution dictates that retailers’ transaction processes are constantly changing, so the frauds change with them.
In a bid to Read More
After completing the three-part series on the first fifteen years of Loss Prevention magazine, I promised to write an additional article that looks at the current and future state of some subjects we discussed that have a huge influence on the retail loss prevention profession. As I looked at the Read More
By Jack Trlica
For the past several years, “customer experience” has been one of the most talked-about topics in retail. Seminar after seminar at the past two National Retail Federation’s Big Show conferences have focused on this subject and how important creating a great customer experience is to the success of brick-and-mortar as Read More
A ton of great smart tech was on display at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show in January, from wearables to the Internet of Things (IOT). My team was invited to a small get-together. I noticed several people had sharp-looking ski jackets. As a trained investigator, I knew there was Read More