When I was a doctoral graduate student at the University of Minnesota during the late 1970s, I began conducting research on employee theft. At the time this was an area of criminology that was virtually unexplored. I found that it was hard to study this subject then, since few retailers Read More
Tag: retail shrinkage
Most retail companies have a department dedicated to maintaining processes and procedures related to inventory management and retail shrinkage. The inventory control department ensures that optimum inventory levels of products are available and accessible to the stores; that stock levels/turnover are efficiently managed; that inventory is maintained in a safe Read More
Understanding how to calculate shrinkage in retail is a fundamental but critical concept within the loss prevention profession as well as throughout the retail industry. Ultimately, retail shrink directly results in lost profits, and can have a dramatic impact on the success of the retail enterprise.
The term “retail shrink” or Read More
Here we are again—quickly making our way to the midpoint of another year. And while we may realize that time won’t stand still for any of us, it’s still difficult to come to terms with how quickly it can move by.
We’re once again in the midst of conference season, Read More
Over the past 25 years, return on investment, profit center, cost center, and value-added have become significant buzzwords in the loss prevention industry. While not unique to our industry–these concepts are also important in other staff functions, such as information technology and finance–I can’t imagine ROI has gotten any more attention than Read More
Retail shrinkage stems from a handful of causes that are rarely unique to a single retailer. Theft, whether internal or external, and operational error make up the majority of retail shrinkage. The level of severity is usually the primary difference; this can fluctuate due to product type, geography, and store Read More
How to Calculate Shrinkage in Retail
Understanding how to calculate shrinkage in retail is a fundamental but critical concept within the loss prevention profession as well as throughout the retail industry. Ultimately, retail shrink directly results in lost profits, and can have a dramatic impact on the success of the retail Read More
For those of who have been in the loss prevention business for a number of years, you are surely familiar with the retail shrinkage life cycle illustrated in Figure 1. No doubt some of the businesses you have worked in have been around it a number of times.
It is a Read More
What does inventory shrinkage mean to you?
For most companies, the answer to this question would be obvious: a significant problem, and usually something that is getting worse, not better, despite unprecedented developments in technological solutions and growing loss prevention budgets.
Some retail companies across the globe are gleaming examples of how Read More