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.
CCTV has long been one of the most important, central methods to deter shoplifters and help identify repeat offenders. Great CCTV systems mean you can monitor problem areas constantly, and even if you can’t react to a thief in real time, you could still get a good idea of their identity, behavior, and the products that they targeted.
Key control is a necessary burden for every store. You have to lock up your valuables and make sure that you keep a close eye on the movements of the keys to prevent loss and duplication. Here are 5 best practices that can help you improve your key control system.
Minimizing shrink is crucial for any retail business. Losses come in two main categories; known and unknown. As a loss prevention team, your goal must be to move as many losses into the known group as possible. That way, they can be more closely watched and managed.
When it comes to deterring shoplifters, more retail professionals realize that the best defense can be a good offense. That is, it’s not enough to catch shoplifters once they have taken an item. All efforts should be made to ensure that they never even get a chance to steal.
Working in the supermarket industry requires various checks and balances. It is tricky to operate a business where the shelf life of the inventory ranges from years to days. Unfortunately, time sensitive items get thrown away for a number of reasons. Additionally, goods that incur damages are thrown out and create loss. Both of these…
Monitoring and tracking returned products is a fundamental part of every retail business. As a point of reference, a “return” refers to any item previously purchased by a customer that is returned to the customer service associates. Returned items happen for several reasons: It could be a product quality issue, the item was rung up…
The “Register” is the cornerstone for any retail store. It holds an opening balance of cash and holds anyone with access liable. There are a number of problems that influence the balance in a register and have serious consequences for the business. Shrinkage is the loss of inventory influenced by factors such as theft, administrative error, damage in-transit or cashier errors that benefit the customer. Early identification of these issues will impact shrinkage and positively impact the entire business.
Inventory levels are the key to any retail grocer’s success. Controlling perishable losses and out of stock delays is easier with demand forecasting, yet transition to new technologies and data-driven methods of inventory control can be costly if not properly implemented. Here are the top five mistakes made by retailers undergoing a transition to a demand forecasting inventory operations model.