Combating retail theft & fraud


Shrink in retail, and extra particularly, theft & fraud elements, have lengthy been accepted as a value of doing enterprise. In the previous few years, we’ve got seen each shopper and affiliate theft & fraud explode. To the purpose the place big-name retailers have closed larger threat shops which were deemed unsustainable, because of the ranges of loss. 

Some retailers, decided to remain in a specific market have taken the method of inserting almost all merchandise behind plexiglass, which ends up in a very horrible buying expertise for shoppers, which can not assist flagging income and requires further employees to open and re-secure shows. In a time the place labor is among the largest points within the trade, working in an setting like that can’t assist to draw or retain associates.  

Speaking at a retail trade occasion lately, I quipped that I must cease referring to Loss Prevention, as a result of it actually doesn’t stop something. Instead, we should always seek advice from the standard method as Loss Recording, which evoked chuckles within the room.  

Today, Loss groups might make investments tens of hours reviewing video in an try to substantiate a suspicion that one thing nefarious might have occurred – it’s expensive and time consuming, and it has little or no impact on the issue. Less than 1% of all video recordings are even reviewed, so retailers are paying to retailer all that content material too. Loss groups will not be resistant to the labor challenges both – loss is monitoring exponential progress and the employees to analyze is lowering, creating an ever-widening hole. 

Active loss & fraud detection

So how can we transfer from passive loss & fraud recording to lively loss & fraud detection? While we’ll by no means eradicate loss, we will take a chew out of sure sorts of loss – Integrating SmartCameras operating video analytics with the Point of Sale permits us to make use of AI to evaluation larger threat transactions, reminiscent of returns, voids, refunds, and reward card activations, amongst others, and “look for” suspicious behaviors on the time and placement of the transaction. For instance, flagging these transactions if there isn’t a buyer current in entrance of the counter. Could there be instances the place there is probably not a buyer proper there on the time? Of course. However, if the system can determine the precise second the suspicious transaction occurred and flag that for human evaluation, this enables the loss groups to be simpler and focused with the restricted labor out there. This method may also be used to search for different actions, reminiscent of under-scan, by reconciling the variety of gadgets positioned on the counter or belt with the variety of on the POS T-log to search for discrepancies. 

While most retailers won’t intrude when the theft is being perpetrated by a shopper, for apparent security causes, the intelligence it gives might permit the retailer to take mitigating actions, reminiscent of limiting self-check use during times of the day or week, which have proven to have the next loss charge, forcing shoppers to make use of a staffed lane.  

While this won’t stop all theft and fraud, we will begin to reduce the affect in some key areas and guarantee employees is being successfully leveraged – any measurable discount in what’s a $100Bn downside, may considerably transfer the needle on this downside. 


Check out our use case on Portfolio Explorer for extra info. 



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here