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Emeritus Professor Adrian Beck spent his academic career in the criminology department at the University of Leicester in the UK, where he primarily focused on research on retail crime and shrinkage issues. He currently serves as an academic advisor and researcher for organizations like the ECR Community's Shrinkage and On-shelf Availability Group. Beck is a frequent speaker at loss prevention conferences worldwide and a contributor to LP Magazine's US and Europe publications. Beck can be reached at bna (at) le.ac.uk.

Total Retail Loss 2.0: Moving Beyond the Theory

Since its introduction in 2016, the Total Retail Loss concept has received critical acclaim across the globe, stimulated debate about what constitutes retail “loss,” and discussion about what the future role of the LP function might be. New research addressed how it has been implemented, its effectiveness, and what changes to the theory are required.

Unexpected Loss in the Bagging Area: Managing Losses Associated with Self-Checkout

A recent report from the ECR Community Shrinkage and On-shelf Availability Group charts the scale and extent of the losses retailers are experiencing from a range of self-scan and checkout technologies. The research also provides a detailed review of the ways in which these losses might best be controlled.
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Beyond the Usual Inventory Shrinkage Definition: Total Retail Loss

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.
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10 RFID Case Study Companies and Lessons Learned

GS1 and the ECR Community Shrinkage and On-Shelf Availability Group commissioned a research study to look at 10 RFID case study companies.
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Amplifying Risk with Retail Security Solutions

Interventions must be highly visible if they are to play a role in amplifying risk. There is no point in hiding it away or making it less than obvious to the would-be thief.
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Making the Most of Loss Prevention Resources

Particular places, products, processes, and increasingly, certain retail innovations are much more vulnerable to loss than others.
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The 60-Second Guide to Total Retail Loss

There is no agreed-upon definition of what constitutes "shrinkage." Most estimates are based only upon measures of merchandise losses where the cause is unknown. The total retail loss concept offers a new definition of loss.
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RFID and Retailing

Since the term radio frequency identification (RFID) came into common usage within the retail environment, around the end of the 1990s, it has in...
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Retail Anti-Theft Devices Should Amplify Risk

A 2016 report from the ECR Community’s Shrinkage and On-shelf Availability Group titled Amplifying Risk in Retail Stores offers a comprehensive review of the...
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Improving Retail Employee Engagement Can Help Manage Loss

For the majority of retailers, loss is an inevitable part of doing business. What form this loss takes and, critically, how much it costs...

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