BearCom Informs Retailers on How to Use Two-Way Radios for Loss Prevention

Recommendations include shrink reduction strategies in preparation for the holiday season.

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Growing shrink concerns have put loss prevention high on the agenda of retailers.

Growing shrink concerns have put loss prevention high on the agenda of retailers.

More than $100 billion worth of merchandise is stolen from retailers every year. That’s about 1.5 percent of retail sales, just in the United States.

(PRWEB) August 21, 2014

BearCom, a nationwide provider of wireless communications equipment and solutions, offered suggestions on how two-way radios can help reduce loss during the busy holiday shopping season and all year round.

Loss, also called shrink, consists of shoplifting, employee or supply fraud, organized retail crime and administrative errors. According to Marianne Wilson at Chain Storage Age, “Growing shrink concerns have put loss prevention high on the agenda of retailers.”

“More than $100 billion worth of merchandise is stolen from retailers every year. That’s about 1.5 percent of retail sales, just in the United States,” said Hugh Johnston, Product & Purchasing Manager at BearCom. “The most effective way to prevent loss is to have a vigilant and visible staff in constant communication.”

Johnston gives some suggestions for basic shrink prevention that are especially important during the hectic holiday retail season:

Inconspicuous communications – When an employee needs to contact a manager or security personnel, they should do it in a way that doesn’t bring attention to the situation. Two-way radios with earpiece accessories enable quiet and discreet communication.

Communicating suspicious activity – When management and staff use two-way radios to communicate on a regular basis, all employees can be aware of suspicious activity at any given time. Staff can keep an eye on customers who may be about to shoplift, and employees can monitor individuals who could potentially damage merchandise. Breakage and vandalism can be reduced if rowdy customers are identified quickly.

Constant contact with security – Many stores have policies on whether or not to pursue shoplifters. If employees use two-way radios to communicate with security personnel, they will be given enough time to consider liability issues and how to proceed.

Immediate documentation – If a shoplifter does get away, employees can use two-way radios to inform their managers of distinguishing features: height, weight, hair color, etc. There is a possibility the shoplifter will return; if they do, the business already has a description on record.

Johnston said two series of radios from Motorola Solutions are especially well suited for retailers. He listed the Motorola CLS1110 and Motorola CLS1410 along with the Motorola CLP1010, Motorola CLP1040, and Motorola CLP1060.

Motorola CLS Series portable radios are economical, compact, lightweight, and compatible with a variety of accessories. Simplified charging and cloning make CLS radios easy to manage, and they are so simple to use that little or no training is required.

Motorola CLP Series radios are even lighter and smaller. Their design integrates an earpiece, which makes for even more discreet communications. The CLP1010, CLP1040, and CLP1060 are very easy to use, as they integrate only the essential accessory elements. The CLP1060 is Bluetooth enabled and is sold with a Bluetooth earpiece, making it the most discreet form of radio communication.

For more information about Motorola CLS and CLP Series two-way radios for retailers, please visit http://www.BearCom.com or call 800.527.1670.

About BearCom
BearCom provides a broad line of high-performance wireless communications products, services, and complete mobility solutions. Founded in 1981, BearCom is America's only nationwide dealer and integrator of wireless communications equipment, serves customers from 28 branch offices located throughout the U.S., has several affiliated offices around the world, and employs approximately 400 people. BearCom is headquartered in the Dallas, Texas area. For more information, visit http://www.BearCom.com and http://www.TodaysWirelessWorld.com.

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