Getting the most out of your video surveillance system

 

On almost any television police drama, video surveillance is essential to crime-solving. Investigators can pan, zoom, and clarify security footage at impossible levels to find the culprit. In real life, it doesn’t quite work that way. Often, crimes don’t stay unsolved due to lack of footage or because the surveillance cameras weren’t trained on a particular corner they stay unsolved because nobody’s quite sure there even was a crime, let alone what happened.

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What does Amazon Cash mean to brick-and-mortar retailers?

 

There’s no denying Amazon has changed the retail landscape. When the site debuted in 1994 as a purveyor of college textbooks, primarily, nobody could have predicted the massive effect it would eventually have on consumerism in general.

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Using POS software to streamline your supply chain

 

Today's installment is a guest post from the experts at TechnologyAdvice, who specialize in connecting companies with technology vendors.

 

Point-of-sale (POS) systems have evolved significantly in recent years. While many transactions used to involve clunky cash registers and manual records, today’s POS software can integrate with other platforms to automate tasks, making supply chain management more efficient.

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The pitfalls of manual self-checkout management

 

While self-checkouts are a great convenience for customers, the tasks involved with manual self-checkout management can wreak havoc on back-office operations in your stores. Taking note of the potential issues that can arise will help you increase your self-checkouts’ effectiveness and value — both for your customers and your organization.

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Get your bad stores back on track

 

As a retailer, you’re always measuring, ranking, counting, analyzing and comparing every aspect of every store in your chain. You’re thrilled with your top-performing stores – the ones with the highest conversion rates, the best compliance, the neatest shelves, the five-star online reviews.

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How to better manage exception reporting

 

Twenty-six percent of retailers say cash theft is their top cause of loss, according to the 2015 U.S. Retail Fraud Study. It might be the top cause of loss for the other 74 percent of retailers, too – they just don’t know it. Cash theft doesn’t just cost the actual cash you lose, after all. It also costs you the time it takes to identify, track and resolve the source of the loss.

 

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WannaCry virus: What retailers need to know

 

Around the world last week, 200,000 users in 150 countries found their computers inoperable, held hostage with ransomware called WannaCry. The virus locked users’ computers unless they paid hackers $300 in bitcoin, an online currency. While the spread of the virus seems to have slowed due to some of its flaws, it managed to hit hospitals in England as well as thousands of other users across Europe, Asia and the United States.

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Cash and emergencies: How retailers can prepare

 

The majority of U.S. consumers continue to carry cash with them day to day, and your stores are working to mitigate the costs of accepting that cash under normal circumstances. But one of the most practical consumer cash habits that often goes overlooked is that of keeping a more substantial amount squirreled away in an easily-accessible location. If a natural disaster or other emergency were to disrupt power or telecommunications and render electronic transactions impossible, cash would be crucial.

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Selecting new technology | Who makes your decisions?

 

When it comes to selecting new technology for your business, who’s choosing what you implement? Maybe it’s IT, maybe it’s the treasury department, or maybe it’s the purchasing team. But without input from other key departments, you might not end up with the best technology choice for your organization.

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Retail turnover – and over and over

 

In retail, turnover is a part of doing business – but one that has a big impact on your bottom line and customer experience. Associates aren’t afraid to switch jobs quickly – for a more convenient location, better hours, more lax dress code, new employee discount, or because of a bad manager.  When they go, they take along the training you’ve invested in them and leave you with a hole in your schedule.

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