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How AI is Transforming Loss Prevention in Retail

Avery Sly

February 19, 2023

Loss prevention is a top priority for many retailers, but it can also be time-consuming and expensive. Fortunately, ongoing advancements in technology have made it easier for retailers to protect their assets and reduce losses. Artificial intelligence (AI) has revolutionized loss prevention by providing retailers with better insights into what’s happening in their stores or warehouses.

RadiusAI (RAI) is a proud member of the Loss Prevention Foundation & Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), and we believe that AI can transform the way retailers protect their assets. AI-powered solutions provide visibility to shrinkage, shoplifting, and inventory discrepancy that would otherwise be difficult to identify. By automating time-consuming tasks such as video analysis and data sorting, AI systems can help loss prevention teams become more efficient.
The retail industry is ripe for AI-powered intelligent insights! By simply leveraging existing security cameras, retail leaders can measure, manage, and learn to make smarter operational decisions. What’s key is that AI does things humans aren’t capable of—such as analyzing enormous amounts of data—freeing up employees to do what they’re best at: engaging with customers.
Andi Huels
Global Head of Growth & Strategy
Let’s take a deeper look at some of the ways in which AI is changing loss prevention and helping more retailers protect their assets.

Real-Time Analytics & Insights
AI and machine learning are giving retailers unprecedented levels of insight into what’s happening inside their stores or warehouses. Access to real-time analytics and insights can help retailers by giving them the ability to identify risks, as well as opportunities for growth. AI can detect patterns that human analysts might miss, allowing them to make connections and draw conclusions faster than ever before.

Additionally, AI can recognize suspicious or anomalous behavior. This means that loss prevention teams can use real-time data to quickly detect any discrepancies or suspicious activity, enabling them to take action more effectively and efficiently.

Enhanced Security & Surveillance
AI can also be used to enhance security systems by proactively detecting suspicious activity or potential breaches of security protocols. By utilizing motion detection systems, computer vision, and other advanced technologies, AI can help retailers quickly identify potential risks before they become serious issues. Additionally, AI can be used to monitor employee behavior in order to discourage theft or other forms of fraud.

Artificial intelligence enhances security by providing retailers with real-time data and alerts on potential threats, helping them respond faster. In addition, AI can help reduce the amount of time needed to investigate incidents as well as enable stakeholders to take more appropriate action in less time.

Improved Loss Prevention Strategies
Finally, AI can help retailers identify patterns in past losses in order to develop more effective strategies for preventing future losses. By analyzing past data, such as customer complaints or theft reports, AI can uncover trends that may not have been visible before. This information can then be used to inform strategies for optimizing store security protocols and procedures in order to reduce the chances of future loss.

Additionally, if a retailer is falling victim to repeated crimes, such as bladder trucks siphoning gas from a dispenser, AI can be used to quickly and accurately identify the culprits. By recognizing patterns in past criminal incidents, AI can help retailers not only prevent future crimes but also identify who is responsible for them.

Conclusion
AI is revolutionizing loss prevention for retailers around the world by providing unprecedented levels of insight into what’s happening inside stores or warehouses. With real-time analytics and insights powered by machine learning algorithms, enhanced security systems utilizing computer vision, and AI-supported loss prevention strategies - there's no doubt that AI is transforming the way we do loss prevention in retail.

Retailers that incorporate AI into their loss prevention strategies will not only enjoy greater efficiency but also improved safety for their employees as well as greater asset protection for their retail locations.

At RAI we believe in helping you so you can help the customers. This means supporting you in your efforts to make sure your valuable products and employees are safe from theft and harm. That's why we work closely with our retail partners to ensure they have the right tools and measures in place to prevent loss.
Retailers are facing an unprecedented landscape. Asset protection professionals are dealing with the new and innovative ways that ORC (organized retail crime) is causing challenges beyond the loss of inventory. It can leave them feeling powerless at times. AI has the potential to detect nefarious acts while they are happening whether it is a pushout (a criminal leaving a store with a cart full of expensive items without paying) or fuel theft with bladder trucks. Ultimately, AI will put the power back in the hands of the retailers.
Susan Sly
Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Radius AI

Avery Sly

February 19, 2023

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