In the digital space, the concept of evolution is a frequent topic of conversation. Naturally this makes a great deal of sense, as we are indeed in a state of constant flux as a society and in terms of the business and the profession that we represent. We read about, witness, and experience these changes on a daily basis and consider how this information holds relevance in terms of what we do and how we accomplish our objectives. But in terms of our own professional development, the ability to apply what we learn is just as important.
When we talk about the evolution of the retail industry or the loss prevention profession, we must also recognize that we’re not simply spectators—we are along for the ride. This requires that we continuously look for ways to evolve ourselves. We must assume responsibility and take an active role in the process, or else we’ll find ourselves trying to catch up—or left behind.
News is more than simply information. Daily events provide a barometer that can help measure changes and pressures in the industry, important retail trends, ongoing concerns, and new developments that can directly impact the retail industry in general and the loss prevention profession in particular. Every story provides us with an example that can help us learn and grow. This should further influence the way that we approach the news, and what we do with the information once it is provided to us.
There are loss prevention departments that regularly review internal incidents and ongoing news stories with their teams. There are leaders in every department that go out of their way to share events and educate their employees. While these efforts should definitely be applauded, it should by no means serve as our sole resource for this type of knowledge and education. Every loss prevention professional has the responsibility to take charge of their own professional development, which includes staying informed and applying information accordingly.
Read more on the subject in the Digital Dialogue column in the March-April 2016 issue. The contents of the entire print magazine are available online as well as in a PDF version via the Print Archive.