Causes of Inventory Shrinkage
Two-Thirds of Losses Still Come from Theft
The National Retail Survey, commissioned by the Retail Industry Leaders Association, attempts to
develop a definition of Total Retail Loss that enables retailers to better understand the difference between inventory events considered to be the “costs” of doing business, and those which can be regarded as true shrinkage “losses.” Here are the main causes of inventory shrinkage according to the latest National Retail Survey.
Causes of Inventory Shrinkage – According to the annual National Retail Survey:
Shoplifting/external = 36.5 percent
Employee theft/internal = 30 percent
Administrative and paperwork error = 21.3 percent
Vendor fraud or error = 5.4 percent
Unknown loss = 6.8 percent
So, best to prioritize your theft prevention actions where they’ll have the most impact. Shoplifting from both external and internal sources are the key to loss prevention management. Invest accordingly.
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