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Retail Crime is Getting More Advanced - Are You?

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 30, 2019 11:00:00 AM

In an industry like retail, every dollar counts. However, with roughly $10 million in retail products being stolen in 2018 in Calgary stores alone, it can be hard for you as a retail operator to stay competitive, especially when you are having to increase prices to offset inventory shrinkage.

Unlike the criminals of the past, the motivation of modern shoplifters is becoming more advanced and methodical. 

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Topics: Retail

Retail Security in the Busy Holiday Period

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 30, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Retail Security in the Busy Holiday Period “The average shrink percentage in the retail industry is about 2% of sales. While that may not sound like a lot, consider that shrinkage cost retailers more than $49 billion in losses in 2016, according to the National Retail Security Survey on retail theft. So if your retail store did $1M in sales with 50% gross margins, your shrinkage at just 2% cost you $10,000 - that's significant.” (The Balence, 2017).

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Topics: Retail, Retail Security

6 Ways to Prevent Inventory Loss With Retail Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 5, 2017 10:57:37 AM

Inventory shrinkage is a huge problem for retailers. In fact, Canadian retailers lose about $4 billion a year to theft, errors and damage. Retailers are constantly looking for ways to reduce their losses - from eliminating shoplifting, to reducing internal errors in shipping and accounting.

Sometimes the risk of inventory loss can outweigh a retailer’s resources for managing it.

That's where we can help. I'd like to share with you 5 tips that will help you better manage your inventory and prevent loss.

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Topics: Retail, CCTV, Retail Security, Managed Access Control, CCTV Video Surveillance

3 Last Minute Retail Safety Checks Before Black Friday

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 18, 2016 10:30:44 AM

In last week's blog we talked a lot about security solutions retail stores should take into consideration to prevent theft, especially right before the holiday season gets under way. This week I want to focus more on the security of your staff and customers. Product theft is obviously a key goal that we all want to prevent, but the number one concern should always be the protection of those working and shopping at your store’s location.

 Let’s go over 3 different security measures that you, as the employer, should review, and act on as we enter this hectic holiday season to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

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Topics: Retail, Retail Security, Security Tips

Be Proactive With Your Retail Security This Holiday Season

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The chaos of the holiday season has already begun. The number of shoppers walking the malls and the streets will grow substantially and rapidly over the next few weeks.  

Soon your sales people will be too busy to monitor for loss prevention because they will be too busy assisting customers. Whether they're running to the back room to get a certain size, operating the till or just being bombarded with questions, it will be impossible for your employees to monitor your store 100%. This is the time of year where retail theft is at its highest and you want to keep your inventory shrink to an absolute minimum. So what do you do?

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Topics: Retail, Retail Security, Security Tips

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