Is A Resume Good Enough To Show An Employer How Your Knowledge Of Alpha Keepers Translates To Inventory Control When Trying To Change Careers?

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Is A Resume Good Enough To Show An Employer How Your Knowledge Of Alpha Keepers Translates To Inventory Control When Trying To Change Careers?

   I was conversing with a co-worker the other day about resumes versus C.V.’s (curriculum vitae). The discussion was in reference to providing information on ourselves for a new boss in our academic library. I was suggesting I would update my resume, my co-worker was saying he was going to update his C.V. I was only familiar with a C.V. for academic positions and did not think it was applicable to our positions as staff members. My friend then made a strong point. To someone with no knowledge of retail or Loss Prevention, would my former position as a Retail Loss Prevention Manager mean anything to an academic Dean? A C.V. would offer more of a description of what my work entailed than identifying me as someone who investigated employee theft or worked to prevent shoplifting. A resume is a brief history of work experience, education and background. A C.V. has more detail in it. For the purpose of informing my new Dean of what my skill sets really are does he/she need to know about my knowledge of Alpha Keepers or does he/she need to know about my knowledge of inventory control and the impact it has on library resources such as books, music, videos, etc.?

     It is appropriate at this point to discuss Alpha Keepers and inventory control for those who may not be familiar with them and how they work together. Alpha Keepers are clear, solid boxes with a hinged, locking lid. The Keepers come in a variety of sizes to accommodate a wide selection of items, from batteries to baby formula cans. There are sizes that are sure to please almost every retailer. From an inventory control perspective Keepers provide flexibility in terms of how much “lock-up” merchandise a store manager has to keep in a locking display case. The reason for this is that Keepers are basically portable lock-up display cases. They can’t be opened without a special detachment key usually secured at the point of sale. Tampering with the lid activates a tamper alarm allowing employees to prevent shoplifting of the contents. The boxes also have electronic article surveillance (EAS) technology built in that allows the box itself to be detected by EAS towers. Thieves trying to smuggle merchandise in Alpha Keepers out of a store are in for a surprise when the tower sounds a screeching alarm that alerts employees to the attempted shoplifting. When Keepers are used there is less need for display cases and manpower to supervise and unlock them. Inventory control is less burdensome on the store owner.

     Getting back to the resume vs. C.V. comparison, is there a significant difference when I am attempting to highlight my experience or translate how my experience works from one job to the other? Is it important for someone to be able to make such clarifications? For example, when I interviewed for my position to work in a library, I was able to explain how my retail customer service experience would be useful in assisting library patrons. I was also able to translate my experience as a Loss Prevention Manager responsible for emergency preparedness and planning would be beneficial to crisis response in an academic library. My role as Loss Prevention Manager required me to be responsible for the security of merchandise, prevent shoplifting and look out for the safety of patrons and the shoplifter when conducting apprehensions. One of the library job requirements when I first applied was being able to keep patrons safe during late night hours. I was already prepared before my interview to explain how my experience was similar to what the job ad was seeking. Had I gone into the interview with only my resume I would probably not be working where I am. A C.V. can do sort of the same thing, show someone who may not have the experience how much you can contribute. 

     I tell you this because many of you store managers and owners may interview people who only present you with a resume. It might be beneficial if you are able to translate skills listed in one occupation to the job you are trying to fill. As you prepare to interview candidates ask questions so they can tell you how they are prepared to do the job you need done. Can that library staffer really be useful to your store? They can, as much as that Loss Prevention Manager can exchange knowledge of how to prevent shoplifting to preventing the theft of library materials.  Managers do yourself a favor and review those resumes carefully, you might be missing a gem of a hire if you are too focused on key words and not skill sets.
 For more information about how to prevent shoplifting contact us or call 1.866.914.2567.

     

I was conversing with a co-worker the other day about resumes versus C.V.’s (curriculum vitae). The discussion was in reference to providing information on ourselves for a new boss in our academic library. I was suggesting I would update my resume, my co-worker was saying he was going to update his C.V. I was only familiar with a C.V. for academic positions and did not think it was applicable to our positions as staff members. My friend then made a strong point. To someone with no knowledge of retail or Loss Prevention, would my former position as a Retail Loss Prevention Manager mean anything to an academic Dean? A C.V. would offer more of a description of what my work entailed than identifying me as someone who investigated employee theft or worked to prevent shoplifting. A resume is a brief history of work experience, education and background. A C.V. has more detail in it. For the purpose of informing my new Dean of what my skill sets really are does he/she need to know about my knowledge of Alpha Keepers or does he/she need to know about my knowledge of inventory control and the impact it has on library resources such as books, music, videos, etc.?
     

It is appropriate at this point to discuss Alpha Keepers and inventory control for those who may not be familiar with them and how they work together. Alpha Keepers are clear, solid boxes with a hinged, locking lid. The Keepers come in a variety of sizes to accommodate a wide selection of items, from batteries to baby formula cans. There are sizes that are sure to please almost every retailer. From an inventory control perspective Keepers provide flexibility in terms of how much “lock-up” merchandise a store manager has to keep in a locking display case. The reason for this is that Keepers are basically portable lock-up display cases. They can’t be opened without a special detachment key usually secured at the point of sale. Tampering with the lid activates a tamper alarm allowing employees to prevent shoplifting of the contents. The boxes also have electronic article surveillance (EAS) technology built in that allows the box itself to be detected by EAS towers. Thieves trying to smuggle merchandise in Alpha Keepers out of a store are in for a surprise when the tower sounds a screeching alarm that alerts employees to the attempted shoplifting. When Keepers are used there is less need for display cases and manpower to supervise and unlock them. Inventory control is less burdensome on the store owner.
     

Getting back to the resume vs. C.V. comparison, is there a significant difference when I am attempting to highlight my experience or translate how my experience works from one job to the other? Is it important for someone to be able to make such clarifications? For example, when I interviewed for my position to work in a library, I was able to explain how my retail customer service experience would be useful in assisting library patrons. I was also able to translate my experience as a Loss Prevention Manager responsible for emergency preparedness and planning would be beneficial to crisis response in an academic library. My role as Loss Prevention Manager required me to be responsible for the security of merchandise, prevent shoplifting and look out for the safety of patrons and the shoplifter when conducting apprehensions. One of the library job requirements when I first applied was being able to keep patrons safe during late night hours. I was already prepared before my interview to explain how my experience was similar to what the job ad was seeking. Had I gone into the interview with only my resume I would probably not be working where I am. A C.V. can do sort of the same thing, show someone who may not have the experience how much you can contribute. 
     

I tell you this because many of you store managers and owners may interview people who only present you with a resume. It might be beneficial if you are able to translate skills listed in one occupation to the job you are trying to fill. As you prepare to interview candidates ask questions so they can tell you how they are prepared to do the job you need done. Can that library staffer really be useful to your store? They can, as much as that Loss Prevention Manager can exchange knowledge of how to prevent shoplifting to preventing the theft of library materials.  Managers do yourself a favor and review those resumes carefully, you might be missing a gem of a hire if you are too focused on key words and not skill sets. 

 

For more information about how to prevent shoplifting contact us or call 1.866.914.2567.
     

 

Employee Theft May Impact You More Than You Realize Part 1

 

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Employee Theft May Impact You More Than You Realize Part 1
     Employee theft reduction training videos are available on social media sites to watch but you won’t become an expert. The videos are not live and there is no interaction with the trainer. If you are a small retail owner and you have an inkling that you may have an employee or employees stealing from you it may take more than a web search to get the training needed to stop employee theft. In large companies Retail Loss Prevention Managers go through extensive training programs to learn various methods of employee theft and how to identify it. We then go through additional training on investigating cases and determining how extensive the theft has become and how to build on a case in the event other people are involved. Finally, Loss Prevention Managers are trained and tested before we are permitted to conduct a dishonest employee interview. If we are not certified by our respective companies to conduct interviews we may have to turn our case over to a trained District Manager or a Company Investigator.
     If I don’t think there is an effective employee theft reduction video on some video web site to help you catch your own crooked employee what is a store owner to do? I am so glad you asked. First, you have to know how your employees may be stealing from you. If you use a time card system have you ever considered that an employee may have another employee clock them in when they aren’t at work yet? That is theft of time or sometimes known as time card manipulation. If you don’t have any reports you review you may not be aware of under ringing taking place between two or more cashiers for each other. Do you ever watch the returns your employees are making? If you do, do you ever review the return against an original purchase by that employee? You may have return fraud taking place you weren’t aware of. Employee theft reduction training from Loss Prevention Systems Inc. will provide you with the training you need to help you identify the various methods your employees may be using to steal from you. The training you will receive is from an expert in the Retail Loss Prevention field, Bill Bregar. Bill’s experience ranges from U.S. Army Military Police Investigations to leading Loss Prevention Programs at the National Director level. You can receive live speaking engagements or subscribe to a live, interactive webinar training session. LPSI has the experienced professional training you need to help you reduce or eliminate employee theft in addition to other training modules you can use.
       I know, it is hard to imagine that employee theft is taking place among your workers some of whom you have had around for ages. That may be so but life happens and sometimes that leads to people doing things they would never have considered doing in the past. I have caught employees stealing who worked for our company for several years. I have seen store executives who earned good salaries steal cash and merchandise. I once apprehended a seasonal employee who claimed she was stealing so she could purchase Christmas gifts for her child. Some people steal out of greed, some out of a sense of not being compensated enough for their work and others because they feel they have no other options to meet financial obligations that have piled up. Whatever the reason, you would be surprised at who will steal under a certain set of circumstances.
       In part 2 of this article, we will discuss other problems that arise when employees are stealing from your business. It is not always a one-time occurrence. Sometimes an employee theft case has other issues that have to be uncovered. Employee Theft Reduction Training from Loss Prevention Systems Inc. will give you the insights you need to identify problems you may not know you have or prevent them in the future. 
Need information on Employee Theft Reduction Training? Give us a call at 1.866.914.2567 now.

Employee theft reduction training videos are available on social media sites to watch but you won’t become an expert. The videos are not live and there is no interaction with the trainer. If you are a small retail owner and you have an inkling that you may have an employee or employees stealing from you, it may take more than a web search to get the training needed to stop employee theft. In large companies Retail Loss Prevention Managers go through extensive training programs to learn various methods of employee theft and how to identify it. We then go through additional training on investigating cases and determining how extensive the theft has become and how to build on a case in the event other people are involved. Finally, Loss Prevention Managers are trained and tested before we are permitted to conduct a dishonest employee interview. If we are not certified by our respective companies to conduct interviews we may have to turn our case over to a trained District Manager or a Company Investigator.

If I don’t think there is an effective employee theft reduction video on some video web site to help you catch your own crooked employee what is a store owner to do? I am so glad you asked. First, you have to know how your employees may be stealing from you. If you use a time card system have you ever considered that an employee may have another employee clock them in when they aren’t at work yet? That is theft of time or sometimes known as time card manipulation. If you don’t have any reports you review you may not be aware of under ringing taking place between two or more cashiers for each other. Do you ever watch the returns your employees are making? If you do, do you ever review the return against an original purchase by that employee? You may have return fraud taking place you weren’t aware of. Employee theft reduction training from Loss Prevention Systems Inc. will provide you with the training you need to help you identify the various methods your employees may be using to steal from you. The training you will receive is from an expert in the Retail Loss Prevention field, Bill Bregar. Bill’s experience ranges from U.S. Army Military Police Investigations to leading Loss Prevention Programs at the National Director level. You can receive live speaking engagements or subscribe to a live, interactive webinar training session. LPSI has the experienced professional training you need to help you reduce or eliminate employee theft in addition to other training modules you can use.

I know, it is hard to imagine that employee theft is taking place among your workers some of whom you have had around for ages. That may be so but life happens and sometimes that leads to people doing things they would never have considered doing in the past. I have caught employees stealing who worked for our company for several years. I have seen store executives who earned good salaries steal cash and merchandise. I once apprehended a seasonal employee who claimed she was stealing so she could purchase Christmas gifts for her child. Some people steal out of greed, some out of a sense of not being compensated enough for their work and others because they feel they have no other options to meet financial obligations that have piled up. Whatever the reason, you would be surprised at who will steal under a certain set of circumstances.

In part 2 of this article, we will discuss other problems that arise when employees are stealing from your business. It is not always a one-time occurrence. Sometimes an employee theft case has other issues that have to be uncovered. Employee Theft Reduction Training from Loss Prevention Systems Inc. will give you the insights you need to identify problems you may not know you have or prevent them in the future. 

 

Need information on Employee Theft Reduction Training? Give us a call at 1.866.914.2567 now.

 

 

People Who Engage In Return Fraud Are Like Sharks Taking A Bite Out Of Your Profits; Stop The Feeding Frenzy With Alpha Shark Tags

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People Who Engage In Return Fraud Are Like Sharks Taking A Bite Out Of Your Profits; Stop The Feeding Frenzy With Alpha Shark Tags

     I’m going to do something you don’t often see, I’m writing an article about return fraud and sharks, an unusual combination right? Now, I don’t know about you but I really enjoy watching shows about sharks. It may be Shark Week on the Discovery Channel or (I’m dating myself here) The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau and it can even be the movie, “Jaws”. With that information in mind I thought I would share a few interesting facts about sharks from Discovery.com in an article titled, “The 15 Most Surprising Facts About Sharks”, by Anastacia Darby, 06/04/2015:
The whale shark is not only the largest shark species; they are also the largest fish in the world at over 40 feet long.
The gestation period for a pregnant shark can last from 5 months to TWO YEARS!
It has been estimated that the bite of the great white shark is up to 4000 PSI. For comparison a tiger has a bite of around 1000 PSI
Some sharks can cycle through up to 35,000 teeth in a lifetime.
The blue shark can give birth to up to 135 pups in one litter!
Hammerhead sharks’ heads aren’t just for show they are equipped with electrical sensors which makes them superior hunters.
Finally from sportfishingmag.com, February 1, 2017 by Devin Golden, “Tagged Mako Shark Travels Record Distance”; “After 600 days, the mako shark, named Hells Bay, After Hells’ Bay Boatworks, traveled more than 13,000 and broke a GHRI for the shark species in the Atlantic Ocean.” While it may not break any bite pounds per square inch records or distance traveled records, Alpha Shark Tags can help stores break the number of people engaging in return fraud due to wardrobing.

     Wardrobing takes place when a person buys clothes with the intention of wearing them on only one or two occasions and then returning them with the tags on them and the receipt in hand. While it may not seem like return fraud in the traditional sense of the word such as when someone steals an item and then tries to return it for a refund, when wardrobing takes place there are several hits a store takes. A salesperson who earns a commission may lose their commission when the item is returned after spending time with the customer trying to help them with the purchase. The items are frequently returned damaged so merchandise is returned at full price paid and then damaged out or marked fully out of stock. An item that was stolen may be returned for a reduced price if it has taken a mark down or a store credit is issued when no receipt is presented. But no salesperson is losing a commission and if a receipt is not provided there may be less financial impact on the store. It is also likely the merchandise that was stolen won’t be returned damaged because the thief wants as much money as possible. When Alpha Shark Tags are used on merchandise it prevents wardrobing because it has to be on the merchandise when it is returned in order to get a refund. The tags are one-time use only meaning that the tag stays on a garment until the purchaser pays and takes the item home. Once the buyer decides to keep the item and wear it, THEN the tag is removed by the customer and the item cannot be returned at that point.

      The potential for sharks to be in the water give most of us a pause before we go into the ocean or even in rivers, in some instances. For example bull sharks can and do swim in canals and rivers in Florida. We see videos and pictures in the news and on the computer in websites like YouTube and get a little squeamish about dipping a toe in the water after all. Well, those who participate in return fraud pause to reconsider what they are about to do when they see Alpha Shark Tags being used by a merchant. 

     Consider using Alpha Shark Tags on your merchandise and watch your profits go up as fraud declines. No shark cage necessary, the only people who need to fear are the con-artists who try to take advantage of retailers.
For more information about Alpha Shark Tags contact us or call 1.866.914.2567 


I’m going to do something you don’t often see, I’m writing an article about return fraud and sharks, an unusual combination right? Now, I don’t know about you but I really enjoy watching shows about sharks. It may be Shark Week on the Discovery Channel or (I’m dating myself here) The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau and it can even be the movie, “Jaws”. With that information in mind I thought I would share a few interesting facts about sharks from Discovery.com in an article titled, “The 15 Most Surprising Facts About Sharks”, by Anastacia Darby, 06/04/2015:

The whale shark is not only the largest shark species; they are also the largest fish in the world at over 40 feet long.

The gestation period for a pregnant shark can last from 5 months to TWO YEARS!

It has been estimated that the bite of the great white shark is up to 4000 PSI. For comparison a tiger has a bite of around 1000 PSI

Some sharks can cycle through up to 35,000 teeth in a lifetime.

The blue shark can give birth to up to 135 pups in one litter!

Hammerhead sharks’ heads aren’t just for show they are equipped with electrical sensors which makes them superior hunters.

Finally from sportfishingmag.com, February 1, 2017 by Devin Golden, “Tagged Mako Shark Travels Record Distance”; “After 600 days, the mako shark, named Hells Bay, After Hells’ Bay Boatworks, traveled more than 13,000 and broke a GHRI for the shark species in the Atlantic Ocean.” While it may not break any bite pounds per square inch records or distance traveled records, Alpha Shark Tags can help stores break the number of people engaging in return fraud due to wardrobing.
     

Wardrobing takes place when a person buys clothes with the intention of wearing them on only one or two occasions and then returning them with the tags on them and the receipt in hand. While it may not seem like return fraud in the traditional sense of the word such as when someone steals an item and then tries to return it for a refund, when wardrobing takes place there are several hits a store takes. A salesperson who earns a commission may lose their commission when the item is returned after spending time with the customer trying to help them with the purchase. The items are frequently returned damaged so merchandise is returned at full price paid and then damaged out or marked fully out of stock. An item that was stolen may be returned for a reduced price if it has taken a mark down or a store credit is issued when no receipt is presented. But no salesperson is losing a commission and if a receipt is not provided there may be less financial impact on the store. It is also likely the merchandise that was stolen won’t be returned damaged because the thief wants as much money as possible. When Alpha Shark Tags are used on merchandise it prevents wardrobing because it has to be on the merchandise when it is returned in order to get a refund. The tags are one-time use only meaning that the tag stays on a garment until the purchaser pays and takes the item home. Once the buyer decides to keep the item and wear it, THEN the tag is removed by the customer and the item cannot be returned at that point.
     

The potential for sharks to be in the water give most of us a pause before we go into the ocean or even in rivers, in some instances. For example bull sharks can and do swim in canals and rivers in Florida. We see videos and pictures in the news and on the computer in websites like YouTube and get a little squeamish about dipping a toe in the water after all. Well, those who participate in return fraud pause to reconsider what they are about to do when they see Alpha Shark Tags being used by a merchant. 
     

Consider using Alpha Shark Tags on your merchandise and watch your profits go up as fraud declines. No shark cage necessary, the only people who need to fear are the con-artists who try to take advantage of retailers.

 

For more information about Alpha Shark Tags contact us or call 1.866.914.2567