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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Technology vs "Block and Tackle"

Facial recognition, RFID, data mining tools, video analytics are all exciting tools being tested and used in the LP industry. Some are very costly to implement and are sold via an ROI that supports other goals in addition to shortage control.  RFID can be used to reduce shrink and as a means for instant updating of counts in a store.  Accurate inventory counts allows replenishment to work at it's highest level.

How do these compare to more "traditional" tools for shortage control?

"Block and Tackle" programs like establishing operational standards and auditing to them, employee training, shoplift prevention tools, awareness programs for associates and managers and incentive programs including cash awards are great examples.

Is it either or, or does one replace the other, or?

During my career I worked for an office supply company. Those were exciting times as this was the birth of the internet and all the supporting companies were being created to capitalize on it. The company followed a very simple shortage mission statement.  If you establish and maintain tight operational controls, theft would not impact your shortage number in a large way.  Every store was audited every month.  The audits included coaching and training to the operational standards.  Yes, employee theft and shoplifting, especially ink-jet cartridges were there, but our results were often below .50.

We never had all the tools of technology during those days.  Not even EAS was installed until I left after 12 years and yet we were successful in achieving our number.

In my opinion, "block and tackle" works the best.  Focus on the basics everyday through your employees and managers and use technology when it can be combined with another goal.

Enjoy the week,


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Sunday, April 10, 2016

E-Learning....the New Norm

First off, we want to thank the 79,500 visitors to our blog since we went live.  We appreciate everyone for taking the time to stop by and view our articles. We are very excited about our next online course for HR/ER and site, www.WZAcademy.com.

Every article you read on the subject, e-learning indicates an upward trend in the years to come. After all, why would the birth of the internet not touch this area of education/training?

Is it possible to eliminate all classroom training and replace it with online training?  Doubt it...

Every student seems to gravitate to learning via different formats of teaching.  For some it is the listening from an instructor along with the option to ask immediate questions to clarify a point or expand on a topic.  This format can be enhanced with an excellent instructor who has the ability to engage the student with their teaching style. Do you still get this value when the classroom is over 100 students and instructor lectures via video and voice?  How many students actually raise their hand and ask questions in class?

Colleges are expanding their teaching options in what they call "hybrid" instruction. Hybrid is a combination of online courses and face to face time with an instructor.  This option will grow in popularity as in reduces costs with online training, but still does not eliminate the quality time with an instructor. As business entities, online courses eliminates the cost of an instructor, classroom and faculty support.

What about the individual that lives in a country that does not offer quality courses or the person that works full time and does not have the flexibility to attend a classroom schedule or when online courses reduces the cost of the "teaching" now making it more affordable for some or the person that feels online training is better format for content retention?

The advantages to offering online courses will continue to grow based on the above concerns and it's acting as a solution to them.

Lastly, e-learning needs to be established with guidelines for quality.  Uploading a power point presentation is not quality e-learning.  Courses need to be written with an instructional designer that includes voice over, interactions and establishment of learning objectives.

Enjoy the week,


LPDT, LLC offers the only E-Learning training for Retail Loss Prevention at www.LossPreventionAcademy.com and www.WZAcademy.com. In addition,we offer a FREE job search tool for Loss Prevention at www.LPjobsFREE.com. Check out our awareness posters for shortage and safety at www.LPPosters.com. You can follow us on Twitter under LPACADEMYcom and Facebook under Loss Prevention Academy.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Does Online Training Replace Classroom Courses?

First off, thank you to the 78,000 individuals who have stopped by to view our blog.  We appreciate your time.  You can also stay connected with us via Linkedin in our group, Loss Prevention Academy...http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Loss-Prevention-Academy-4170938?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr

Often I get the question, does online training replace classroom courses?...My response is maybe yes and maybe no.  Hopefully, my comments will be neutral,  owning an online Academy has probably tainted by thoughts.

If an individual has the fortunate experience to take a course with a dynamic, engaging instructor, smaller sized classroom with epic peers, then yes, classroom would be an excellent venue to learn a subject or skill set.

Do all instructors offer "real world" experience along with their academic background?

What if the classroom is a lecture hall and there are 250 students in the class?  Doubt one would argue that all students will engage with the instructor and their peers on the subject.

What if the student is working full time and can not make the class due to their schedule?

What if the student can not afford the full cost of tuition?

What if a person leaves in a remote area and the subject matter they want to learn is not available locally?

What if a person lives outside the Country?

As you can see where I'm headed with this, online training has advantages to offer that a classroom can not accomplish.  The six bullet points above demonstrate how online training adds a different option for those that can not make it to class, can not afford it, live remotely or outside the Country etc.  Studies have also shown that individuals retain the material better via online training vs. classroom.  Online training allows the individual to go back and review modules again and again until they understand the concepts.  Often, online is cheaper.

I asked my daughter the other day how many "excellent" teachers she has had???  Her response...4 to 5.  I will let you interpret that response.

We feel online training will only grow as time goes on.  Online training is an excellent alternative to the classroom in many cases.

Enjoy the week,


LPDT, LLC offers the only Loss Prevention training for Retail Loss Prevention at www.LossPreventionAcademy.com and www.WZAcademy.com.  Check out our awareness posters for shortage and safety at www.LPPosters.com. You can follow us on Twitter under LPACADEMYcom and Facebook under Loss Prevention Academy.

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