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Retail Shrink and ORC: Shoplifting and Theft Patterns from Government Data, Anti-Theft Measures and Retailer Commentary

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Retail shrink through theft continues to be a persistent and intensifying headwind for retailers globally. Retailers have increasingly been impacted by a wave of shoplifting and organized crime that has put a dent in their margins and has become a growing focus for the sector.

Continuing our new monthly series on retail shrink and organized retail crime (ORC), we focus on the US, the US and Australia, discussing policies instituted to combat retail crime and providing commentary on the topic from retailers’ earnings calls.

Data in this research report include:

  • The scale of retail shrink losses in the US, 2022
  • Recently released administrative data on shoplifting and retail theft since 2018 in the US, the UK and New South Wales (Australia)
  • Age breakdown of shoplifting offenders and incidents of shoplifting by location type in the US

Companies mentioned in this report include: Albertsons, Coles, Tesco, Tractor Supply, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Woolworths

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