It is that time of year. Retailers are getting ready for the holidays. Holiday sets will be going up. Major banner ads will be hung causing havoc with motion detectors at night. Logistics will be ramping up to flood the stores with merchandise. It is time for LP to make their holiday plans.
As with all holiday seasons, issues for Loss Prevention and Store teams goes up. Many retailers will hire seasonal employees who knows their work life is limited. This encourages them to steal faster if they are so inclined to do so. Below are some points to consider while in the field....If we missed some that are important to you, feel free to post a comment. We appreciate diversity of opinions.
* Shoplifting goes up. New employees trained on what to do? Customer service them to death.
* Robberies can increase. Program in place to reduce the cash in the tills on a more frequent basis?
* Receiving doors are up more? Increased checks of back areas and dumpsters for stashed product?
* Cashier accuracy is important. Are they scanning accurately?
* Don't ignore exception reporting. Employees have a short window to steal via the registers. "Sweet Hearting" goes with the holidays it seems.
* Are parking lot lights adjusted for the new hours? Customer safety is important?
* Forget to take armored car pickups from 5 days to 7?
* How to mange the opening on Black Friday? Customer flow needs to be maintained to avoid the elderly and children from being trampled over.
Those are some things to address...
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