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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Is there a Career in Loss Prevention?



First off, thank you to the almost 70,000 visitors to our blog.  We appreciate you stopping by.

Sometimes people ask if there is a person behind this blog?  Or, is this a article machine written by a non-industry person?  Well, yep....there is a real Loss Prevention Professional behind this blog and it's articles.

Many individuals starting their career want to know if there is a career available in retail loss prevention? Often, when I tell people I was in Retail LP, they really do not understand what it means or entails.  It is more than catching people stealing whether it be external or internal theft situations.

I started my career, like many others, catching shoplifters in San Diego at age 19.  It was fun back then with a lot less rules to follow.  The things we could do back then like chasing shoplifters has become a major NO now-a-days.  From there I became a Deputy Sheriff for a few years and then quit to attend law school.  To help pay my way, back into Loss Prevention as a Manager of a large store focusing on external theft, internal theft and safety.

My next promotion was to a Loss Prevention Investigator where the art of interviewing dishonest employees was polished up.  Next to District LP Mgr. and then to a Regional position for the West Coast.  I then moved on and became the West Coast LP Director for a office supply chain covering stores from Chicago to California, Alaska to Hawaii.

My last position was Vice President of LP for a Fortune 500 company.

So to answer the question, yes there is a career path for those that want to work hard, able to relocate and strive excel.

Retired?  Me?  Hardly....I work for a company that provides LP services for retailers and have started building online courses for Loss Prevention at www.LossPreventionAcademy.com.  We are currently working on our second site in a partnership with the WZ group.

So......that is my story.  Reach out here if I can assist you in your career or come join our Linkedin group and stay connected...https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=4170938&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp

Enjoy the rest of the week...

Steve


LPDT, LLC offers the only E-Learning training for Retail Loss Prevention at www.LossPreventionAcademy.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, February 23, 2015

Progressive Change in Loss Prevention...


First off, thank you to the 67,000 visits to our blog.  We appreciate you stopping by and reading some of our articles on Loss Prevention.

Change for most individuals can be a serious issue.  Comfort levels, not wanting to work any harder, job protection make change difficult for some.  If you need an example, think of the post office.  Mail delivered 6 days a week, on-site mail boxes, registered delivery and stamps that go up each year.  So, what is the problem, it works???  Well, the post office loses BILLIONS per year, every year.  The birth of the internet has changed how we communicate but, the post office fails to understand this and change their model to reflect the new needs.  This is probably one of the largest failures of our government in recent times.  In my opinion, it is protection of jobs that keep the model as it is today.

The Loss Prevention industry resists change in some ways.  Change takes selling of new concepts, risk taking that the change works and stepping out of one's comfort level.

Recently, the Loss Prevention Academy has developed a partnership with a forward thinking company, www.ThinkLP.com.  This company is leading the change in case management systems, communication and over-all management of a LP department.  Glad to see the team at ThinkLP had a vision on how to improve this area and make the strides to make it happen.  Everyone should view this site and see what a forward thinking company looks like.

Change is good.  It can be uncomfortable for many but, we need to embrace change !!!

Hope all is well. The Linkedin group for the Loss Prevention Academy is growing rapidly.  Join up to stay up to date on LP stuff...

Steve


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LPDT, LLC offers the only E-Learning training for Retail Loss Prevention at www.LossPreventionAcademy.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.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holidays over......ughhhh Inventory Time.

First off, thank you to the 65,000 people who have stopped by our blog since we went live. We appreciate the interest.



Black Friday is past.  Extended hours are a thing of the past, until next year. Massive returns are about to get back to normal.  Now what?  It is Inventory time !!!

Can a Loss Prevention person get a break?  Well, not until February for most.  Most retailers schedule their inventories during January.  Inventory levels are low and updating counts helps replenish stock levels to where they should be.

Inventory time is the when the store gets their report card for the year.  What is the shrink number? What were the results from all the programs that were implemented during the year?  Shrink meetings, new hire orientations, awareness programs, working the exception reports, identifying shoplifters, catching paperwork errors, BAD employees and so the list goes on.  Anyone area make the shrink number low?  Nope, there is no silver bullet to a low shortage number.  It is the result of implementing "block and tackle" basic programs that usually drive a good number.  Over creativity can be a negative here.

Prepping for inventory can be a lot of work.  It all comes down to...clean up the store.  All merchandise found under shelves, stockrooms, D and D cages and get it ticketed and in it's right place in the store.  Validate skus, work the defectives out and insure a clean cut off for incoming product. Done?  Not really.....validate, validate validate the accuracy of the counters, insure they are taking their time and not missing any product.  Done?  Not really, still gotta work the exception report that prints out after inventory.

Done?  Maybe....take a break and then remember that the shortage number for next year starts the day after this inventory.

Hope the holidays were good for everyone.  Exciting times for the Loss Prevention Academy!!!

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Steve


LPDT, LLC offers the only E-Learning training for Retail Loss Prevention at www.LossPreventionAcademy.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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