Author Archives: Rich Mellor, VP, Loss Prevention

Crowd control is top of mind for retail loss prevention and security associates every day of the year. But the excitement among shoppers during Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend presents new challenges for crowd management. NRF’s latest survey finds as many as 140 million Americans will shop over the holiday weekend – 97 million on […]

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NRF’s organized retail crime survey emphasizes the scope of this pervasive criminal activity on the retail industry. The ninth annual survey of senior retail loss prevention executives revealed that eight in 10 believe that ORC activity in the United States has increased over the past three years. One aspect our survey can’t cover: Putting a […]

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As cases grow more severe, organized retail crime is gaining attention and notoriety across the country. With more high-profile cases being covered in the media, the increasing frequency of arrests, and data from studies like NRF’s Organized Retail Crime Survey, it’s clear that this issue isn’t fleeting or shrinking in complexity. For years, retailers and […]

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The variety of issues that retail loss prevention professionals face range from shoplifting to return fraud, but no issue has grown as significantly in the past few years as organized retail crime. This is shown in the results of NRF’s ninth annual ORC survey, which found for the third consecutive year that 90 percent of […]

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Recent tragic events in Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas are on the minds of every citizen in this country. At NRF, our thoughts go out to every person and business who have been impacted by the storm. If you are an Oklahoma retailer and had to shut down business operations as a result of […]

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Early last week Hurricane Sandy struck communities along the East Coast, impacting the lives of people from Florida to Maine. Thousands of homes and businesses were flooded and many of them totally destroyed with  millions of people left without power, heat, gasoline, food and clothing. Many people have perished and countless others are struggling to survive […]

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Last night was not just another night at the movies for citizens in Aurora, Colorado. Police have the suspect in custody that opened fire in a crowded movie theater, leaving at least 12 dead and dozens more wounded. This event underscores the unpredictability of where and when these incidents can occur, and that it’s imperative […]

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It takes cooperation, organization and patience on all levels of law enforcement to battle organized retail crime syndicates, especially on a national stage. Last week, hours of dedicated research and surveillance by local and government agencies culminated in making a handful of jewelry retailers and neighborhood communities a little safer. On Wednesday March 21, teamwork […]

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Retailers have the legal requirement and moral responsibility to protect their consumers. End of story. But revised guidelines being contemplated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission could suggest that pre-employment background screenings be severely restricted or not even part of the application process. We’ve talked about “ban-the-box” on Retail’s BIG Blog before – and […]

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