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Beyond debate over definitions and dollars lost is the lived experience of customers and store workers being victimized in violent store takeovers.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) employs a very focused approach to ORC investigations, both domestically and abroad.
Nobody has a definitive estimate of the dollar impact of ORC, but retailers will tell you that it has a major impact not only on their fiscal bottom line but also on the safety of store associates and consumers.
We recently met with leaders from CVS Health, Rite Aid, and Walgreens who are directing the efforts against ORC to get their insights into the current challenges.
According to court records, Artur Gilowski operated a criminal enterprise that involved co-conspirators stealing tens of thousands of retail products valued at over $20 million.
The Ohio state senate has passed bill HB 272, which closely mirrors the INFORM Consumers Act, federal legislation that would require online marketplaces to verify high-volume third-party sellers.
Successful organized retail crime associations are typically independent, multi-jurisdictional, customer-centric, and a recognized non-profit to be best positioned to lead the public/private partnership and combat ORC.
Organized retail crime involves two or more persons obtaining retail merchandise through theft and fraud as part of an unlawful enterprise.
Kroger has joined the Buy Safe America Coalition to work to end shoplifting and organized retail crime alongside other retailers.
In the multi-billion dollar thrift store industry, donations of merchandise can be a loss prevention nightmare.