There is an adage in the publishing industry that “content is king,” meaning no matter what your website or print magazine looks like, if you don’t publish content that people find interesting and want to read, you won’t be successful. The fact that we’ve published Loss Prevention Magazine now for over eighteen years, hopefully, speaks to the fact that we’ve kept that publishing mantra at the forefront of our minds. Our May-June issue is no different.
In the cover story “Tools and Training Help LP Teams Punch Back Against Violence,” we examine how LP teams are fighting back on the increasing violence and bad behavior that put both associates and customers in danger in our stores. It’s an unfortunate aspect of today’s society that has been trending upward for the past several years. A number of industry executives contributed to this article. Check it out and see how your organization compares to what others are doing.
The partnership between retailers and vendors is one of the most important relationships that contribute to the success of LP organizations. We have a couple of articles addressing that topic. Jim Lee’s feature interview includes five solutions providers who discuss what they believe is important to a successful retailer-vendor partnership. In our Perspectives column, three executives with combined decades of experience negotiating contracts discuss some of the pitfalls that can happen when procurement is more interested in saving pennies instead of developing meaningful partnerships.
The findings from our latest industry survey titled “The New Generation of Loss Prevention: Are We on the Same Page?” offers some interesting results. Our goal was to see how perceptions of key issues in our industry may differ—or not—between field LP professionals and corporate executives. You may be surprised by our findings.
Our fourth feature titled “LP Challenges in a ‘Secure’ Environment” was contributed by Chris Rathgeb, senior director of LP and safety at Paradies Lagardère. He describes his team’s unique challenges preventing loss in the retail and restaurant environment inside airports.