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Retail Shrink and ORC: US Small Business Owners’ Perspectives on Retail Theft, Plus New Measures To Combat Theft in New York, the UK and Australia

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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 retail crime (ORC) that has put a dent in their margins and has become a growing focus for the sector.

We present developments in retail shrink and ORC in the UK, US and Australia in November 2023. We also provide commentary on the topic from the recent earnings calls of selected retailers based in the UK, US and Canada.

Data in this research report include:

  • The scale of retail shrink losses in the US, 2022
  • US-based small retail businesses’ perspectives on retail theft
  • Theft skrinkage rate and value in the UK, 2023

Companies mentioned in this report include: Ahold Delhaize, Coles Group, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dollar Tree, Five Below, Foot Locker, Kroger, Loblaws, Ulta Beauty

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