Loss Prevention - Asset Protection & IT Security Event Recap

International Conference for Retail Theft Prevention 2017
Event Featured Subject Matter Experts from both Japan and U.S.

Collaboration and sharing best practices was the central focus at the International Conference for Retail Theft Prevention 2017 recently held at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan’s largest convention and exhibition center.

The symposium was hosted by the National Shoplifting Prevention Organization (NSPO), a nonprofit group of major Japanese retail businesses, in joint cooperation with security solutions supplier Takachiho Koheki Co, and Tyco Retail Solutions, a leading provider of analytics-based Loss Prevention, Inventory Intelligence and Traffic Insights.

Over 30 of the top industry experts and retailers mobilized to share best practices, real-world experiences and cases studies with nearly 500 attendees. This event offered a unique opportunity for retail loss prevention, law enforcement, academia, and technology solution

providers from the U.S. and Japan to meet and collaborate face-to-face on the evolution of shoplifting and organized retail crime (ORC). Delegates from the U.S. provided subject matter expertise to support the NSPO’s efforts for launching shrink management initiatives to combat theft in Japan.

NSPO Chairman Yutaka Takehana greeted the attendees, kicking off the event with keynote speaker Dr. Read Hayes from the University of Florida and the Loss Prevention Research Council on the history of shoplifting in the U.S. and today’s challenges.

Retail loss prevention veteran Claude Verville, formerly of Lowe’s and now principle, Shrink & Safety Solutions, presented examples of loss prevention at U.S. retail stores for anti-shoplifting, safety and inventory control.

Recognized expert and senior executive in asset protection, Paul Jones, formerly of eBay and now COO of Turning Point Justice, discussed battling online ORC and led another session on combating ORC by partnerships between drug store chains in the U.S. and Japan.

Brett Detzer, Global Director of Investigations for Walmart, shared his insights on fighting shoplifting and ORC at general merchandise stores through regional collaboration with retailers.

Kevin Lynch, Executive Director for Tyco Integrated Security, did a special presentation on the latest technology in retail loss prevention.

Panel discussions provided an interactive forum to explore specific topics and engaged the audience to ask questions of the presenters. The lineup featured both Japan and U.S. subject experts including retail executives, government official, crime prevention providers, academia, and industry associations.

Gabriel De Jesus, Global Director of Strategic Accounts for Tyco Retail, delivered closing remarks and highlighted the value of NSPO’s forward-thinking initiative to host this collaborative exchange of ideas and solutions for the benefit of retailers, law enforcement and customers.

The symposium ended on a high note with Chairman Takehana holding a press conference on the success of this important event and the valuable insights gleaned from the U.S. delegates on tangible solutions for retail theft prevention, and a declaration pledging their commitment to use a more proactive and practical methodology to help effectively reduce shoplifting in Japan.

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