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Complete the NRF ORC Survey Today - We Need Your Help!
Ladies and Gentlemen, we're all aware of the magnitude of the impact that ORC
is having on the entire retail industry. And everyone and every retailer is
heavily involved and fighting to combat this industry epidemic - from the
field-level investigators, to the senior executives managing the efforts and
fighting for every resource they can get.
39 ORC Associations across America, these groups are bringing together the
best and the brightest and for the first time in history have built public
and private partnerships that number over 10,000 that never before existed.
All focused on one common goal - Fighting the ORC gangs across America.
Even the academics are focused on the effort. From the Loss Prevention Research
Council to Dr. Hollinger's
National Retail Security Survey to even here at the Daily, where we're
trying to make sure we capture all of the publicly reported cases and sharing
the stories, the leaders, and events that help drive this effort. The whole
industry is involved and now that it's been proven, for the first time in
history, that external theft, i.e. ORC, is the leading cause for shrinkage,
we now have the data that can make a difference.
The question now is can we, as an industry, use this data to get legislators in
states and even at the federal level to pass laws that we so desperately need?
We have an educational opportunity and task in front of us and the
Survey is the best and strongest tool to use to do just that. We need
data, we need your information and we need you to take the time to help the
If you are indeed committed to fighting the ORC epidemic, then show it today and
complete the survey. As we need you to play your part in helping to fight what
over 10,000 people are already fighting. We need the leaders to step up and
report your ORC information - and it's anonymous. So there's no excuse not to.
And at the end of the day, don't you really want to know exactly what your
colleagues are experiencing?
So Get Involved and Make An Impact! Complete the ORC Survey Today
It may be this Survey that drives a few more States
and maybe even the Fed's to pass ORC laws.
You never know!
NRF's Organized Retail Crime (ORC) annual survey serves as an important
benchmark for retailers to collectively measure the impact of ORC. NRF would
love your participation in the 2015 ORC survey by August 3rd. Your responses
will be completely anonymous.
Take the survey here!
To learn more about NRF and the
retail loss prevention community contact NRF Vice President of Loss Prevention
Bob Moraca at
2014 ORC Survey Finds 88.2% of Retailers are Victims of ORC
A decade has passed since NRF first surveyed its community of
loss prevention and security executives about the impact organized retail crime
has on their company, and with the release of the 2014 survey, it’s evident that
the $30 billion a year problem still poses serious threats to retailers of all
sizes throughout the country.
Last May the National Retail Federation released its 10th annual Organized
Retail Crime Survey, which polled 76 senior retail loss prevention executives,
eight in 10 (88.2%) retailers report that they have been a victim of ORC in the
past year, down slightly from 93.5 percent last year. Although retail stores
take most of the brunt of ORC activity, criminals are now finding ways to
manipulate retailers’ online operations. For the first time, NRF asked about the
impact organized retail crime has on their online operations: and nearly half
(48.3%) say their online operations are affected.
Dr. Richard Hollinger,
criminology professor at the University of Florida and lead author of the
National Retail Security Survey, sat down with LPNN at the Daily's "Live in Long
Beach" at NRF Protect Broadcast in June for a candid discussion on the latest
findings from the industry-benchmarking annual study on retail loss. According
2015 NRSS, inventory shrink averaged 1.38% of retail sales, or $44
billion - with shoplifting accounting for the largest portion of reported
shrink, surpassing internal theft for the first time ever. Dr. Hollinger talks
about the challenges of quantifying ORC, the emergence of data analytics, the
possibility of body cameras on retail employees, and the surprising fact that
many LP departments are reporting budget increases for the first time in years.
Organized Retail Crime
numbers 'publicly reported' rising 149% in two years, as reported in the D&D
Only having started reporting ORC in the Daily in 2012, our first
year truly didn't reflect the extent of the problem. However, as we got better
at refining our search criteria, along with help from our industry partners, the
last two years reflect a more accurate picture of what's being reported
publicly. As you can see in the chart below, we saw a 149% increase in dollars
reported between 2013 and 2014. In our eyes, this was driven by three variables:
First is the impact from new ORC laws around the country and how that translates
into the media actually reporting on it. Second, the increased effort retailers
have invested in the problem. And third, the growth of the
ORC associations around the country and how that translates into everyone
just getting better at identifying and prosecuting them and getting the various
law enforcement agencies and judicial system involved.
While the numbers certainly don't reflect the $30 billion figure most reference
when talking about ORC, one has to remember these numbers only reflect what's
been "publicly" reported, and, as everyone knows, the retail industry isn't one
that likes its security issues and problems reported publicly. So at the end of
the day, can we multiply this by 10, or 20, or 30? That's up to you to make the
call. The Daily's only here to report it. But leave it to say that we have proof
it's growing and it's well over a $10B problem.
Dollar Amount Reported
Average Dollar Amount Per Case
Click here to see a further breakdown ORC statistics, as reported in the D&D
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