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The Datascan Blog

Emerging from the Loss Prevention Data Desert: The Value of Data Analytics

As William Deming rather pithily put it: ‘without data, you’re just another person with an opinion’. Certainly, within the realm of retail loss prevention, there has been a history of having relatively little data to understand the way in which organisations are affected by loss. For the most part, stretching back over 150 years, one […]

The Importance of Inventory Accuracy for Retailers

Retailers have long met challenges with inventory accuracy. While technology has provided approaches to improve reliability, the importance of inventory accuracy and its alignment to reduced costs and higher profits is greater now than ever before. In this post, we’ll be unpacking the role of inventory accuracy, pre- and post-COVID, and how it contributes to […]

The Evolving Retail Risk Landscape: Getting to Grips With Online Returns

As I mentioned in my last blog entry, one of the (many) consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic has been the acceleration in the growth in E-commerce retailing – the purchase of goods online that are either delivered directly to the consumer, or picked up by shoppers at an agreed location. In some countries this is […]

What Does the Future of Retail Look Like?

Retail had a turbulent 2020. It was a year that saw trends already making their presence felt, such as buy online, pick up in store (BOPIS), eCommerce, contactless payment, and more, gain greater influence as retailers scrambled to find ways to cater to consumers with heightened and evolving expectations. Now, it’s time for retailers, particularly […]

The Rise of E-commerce: Managing an Evolving Retail Risk Landscape

As the retail sector continues to grapple with the consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic, one of the striking trends thus far has been the considerable growth in the percentage of retail sales now taking place via E-commerce. While in many ways this is an inevitable and logical outcome of large swathes of consumers around the […]

Managing Retail Risk in a Global Pandemic

In May 2020 I published a short article reflecting upon retail loss prevention in a time of COVID-19. In that article I hypothesised that that we were likely to see four phases affecting the retail sector: the Pandemic Panic-buying Period (Grocery in particular being adversely impacted by panic buying); Pandemic Paralysis Period (most non-grocery closed); […]

How Do Inventory Records Become Inaccurate?

Retailers rely on accurate inventory records to execute efficiently, reduce expenses, and more importantly increase sales.  Retailers know that shrink is a major contributor to inaccurate inventory records - it is impossible to maintain accuracy for items which leave the store via bad actors.  However, there are many more ways for inventory records to become […]

Celebrating 50 years of serving the retail industry

As we celebrate our first 50 years, I would like to take a moment to reflect on our previous five decades, and thank our retail customers worldwide who have partnered with us over the years. Contract Dataflo, Inc. was founded on July 20, 1970 by H. E. Billings, Jr.  The company became Contract Datascan, Inc. […]

How Do Inaccurate Inventory Records Erode Operational Efficiency?

Retailers – do your omnichannel strategies suffer from inaccurate inventory records?  Of course they do, and the increasing importance of BOPIS, click & collect, curbside pickup, “retail-to-go” and ship-from-store make inventory record accuracy an important cornerstone for omnichannel success. In a previous article we found that truing up your inventory records with more frequent counts […]

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