Employee Management and Engagement

3 Key Takeaways from NRF 2019

The world of retail is ever-changing. With each year comes a new host of strategies and tactics to consider, new ways to understand consumer thoughts and purchasing habits, and new technology that sets out to make us more efficient and effective.

The one event that sets the stage for the upcoming year in retail is the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show, which just concluded its 2019 event. While we took away many lessons about how grocers should adapt to changes within the world of retail, there were a few overarching takeaways that we wanted to call out that affect the entire industry.

EZ-Reach Tool – Product Review

If you work in a grocery store, you’ve seen it. The customer or employee standing on the bottom shelf in order to reach the product in the back of the top shelf. Try as you must, you train, remind, and remind employees again that it isn’t safe. That they need to get a step stool. Yet, when it comes to helping a customer, nobody wants to make them wait that long. And so, the disregard for safety prevails. That’s where Medll Innovations EZ-Reach tool comes in.

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4 Ways Supermarkets Can Build a Shrink Elimination Culture

Supermarket and retail shrink is a battle that may never truly end, but is increasingly being better handled by companies investing themselves in finding new ways to reduce it.

We’ve covered some of the specific tools and strategies supermarkets and retailers are using to win the war on shrink, but this time, we thought we’d step back to consider how leaders can power their shrink elimination efforts by making it a core pillar of their company culture.

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How Grocers Can Address Counterfeit

This post is excerpted from our latest eBook, The Top 5 Asset Protection and Loss Prevention Problems Faced by Supermarkets During the Holiday Season. The use of counterfeit bills increases during the holidays. The large uptick in transactions during the holiday season means that stores can expect a reciprocal increase in customers using counterfeit cash….

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3 Ways Grocers Can Prevent Increased Holiday Fraud

This post is excerpted from our latest eBook, The Top 5 Asset Protection and Loss Prevention Problems Faced by Supermarkets During the Holiday Season. Instances of fraud increase during the holiday season. Fraud is not always easy to catch the moment it happens, but training employees to follow standard procedures and always be vigilant can…

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How Grocers Can Manage Untrained and Overwhelmed Holiday Staff

This post is excerpted from our latest eBook, The Top 5 Asset Protection and Loss Prevention Problems Faced by Supermarkets During the Holiday Season. The holidays put an increased burden on existing and seasonal staff and create opportunities for theft by both shoppers and employees. Follow the strategies below to minimize the stress put on…

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4 Actions Grocers Should Take to Reduce Holiday Theft

This post is excerpted from our latest eBook, The Top 5 Asset Protection and Loss Prevention Problems Faced by Supermarkets During the Holiday Season. The holiday season brings more sales for grocers and supermarkets, but also brings a dramatic increase in property crimes and theft including shoplifting. Larger U.S. cities have reported a shocking 45…

Report: Shrink On The Rise Among Retailers

57% of major retailers reported an increase in company shrink in 2016, according to a recently-released Jack L. Hayes International, Inc. survey. The survey, which featured data from 26 major retailers, highlighted theft as a major cause of shrink among retailers. Results of the survey showed 26 major retailers lost $3.4 billion due to theft last…

The Dangers of Face Overs & Stuffing

The term planogram is nothing new to any retailer. It refers to a set plan of where products should be placed throughout the store. Much planning goes into the development of these plan to ensure complimentary products are placed close to one another, product assortment is optimized for sales, and more. Even with such detailed planning, it is fairly common to see stores vary slightly or even greatly from their planogram. Two primary causes of this deviation being face overs and stuffing.

How Stores Can Use Culture as a Loss Prevention Tool

Loss prevention is a huge part of retail. Regardless of size and the amount of shrink, controlling loss of products impacts retail as a whole.