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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.

The Rise of Body-Worn Cameras in Retail

While the use of body-worn cameras is now relatively common and increasingly mandatory within the law enforcement community in many countries, their use in the retail environment is still a recent development.

Improving the Reliability of Burglar Alarms through Video Verification

In the realm of commercial burglar alarms, too many false alarms can have a profound impact, particularly in terms of the likelihood of public policing responding to an alarm.

Using License Plate Recognition in a Retail Context

While use cases of ALPR in and around retail can be found stretching back more than 16 years in some countries, it is only in the past 5-10 years that its use has really begun to be seen across a broader range of use cases.

Why Do Retailers Invest in Video Technologies?

Welcome to the first in an ongoing series of blogs reviewing the ECR Retail Loss Groups’ discussions and research on the use and impact of video in retail.

Controlling Self-Scan Checkout Losses

In the last ten years, the pace of adoption of self-checkout and pay technologies has quickened considerably, especially in the grocery sector.

Caught on Camera: Reviewing the Use of Video Technologies in Retailing

Professor Adrian Beck interviewed 22 retailers in the US and Europe to better understand the current use of video and where the technology is headed.

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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