The grocery store. Chance are, you are in your local grocer more than any other store. You don’t necessarily need a new pair of ear rings, but you do need milk, eggs and bread. Personally, I don’t buy a bunch of groceries at once. Since I travel a good bit for work, I find myself at the grocery store a few times a week. I talked previously about steaks and baby formula, but the last time I went to grocery store, I made a list in my head of everything that could be a potential target for a thief. My particular grocer does have a Checkpoint System in place, but I noticed that on the list of items I thought would be high theft, only a few were secured with a Checkpoint Label.
Other than steaks, there’s almost an endless supply of merchandise that could be the target of an opportunistic shoplifter. Say cheese! If you’re not a connoisseur of cheese, you probably have no idea how expensive some of this moldy milk can get! Even with these high prices, and I’m sure very thin margins, I didn’t see one Checkpoint Label in action. Outside of the dairy section, there are specialty meats (rabbit, bison, and alligator) that are not cheap, in addition to some very expensive olives and of course, wines and spirits. Surely these items have to cause the grocer shrink, so why not use the Checkpoint System that is already in place?
It may have to do with cost, since a grocery store’s margins are historically very thin. It could also be a disconnect from the management and the LP teams. Are the LP associates keeping the managers informed of what is being stolen, so they can react appropriately? Or, are the managers unaware that there are new Checkpoint Labels on the market that are consider food grade? These labels will not affect any type of food, and are actually microwavable, in case a customer forgets to remove them from the packaging.
While I completely understand that you can’t possibly secure everything in your store, you can definitely utilize the technology already in place to be proactive in reducing shoplifting losses. If you already have a Checkpoint System in your store, you should look for ways to use it that benefit you, the retailer the most. If you’re lucky enough to have an LP staff, ask their opinion of commonly stolen items. If not, engage your stockers and department managers. They know what’s always missing and you can use Checkpoint Labels to help reduce those numbers.
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