1-800 Shoplifting Assistance, May I Help You?

Sometimes things just fall in your lap. I’d been trying to decide what to write about for this blog, you know, something interesting and topical to really get folks hooked and coming back. Nothing was really striking me as The One, until I got a phone call…. Let me set the scene: I was enjoying […]

We Gave Up Privacy for Convenience Years Ago

(This article originally appeared in Loss Prevention Magazine) The only surprising thing about Facebook’s recent privacy fiasco is that anyone was actually surprised. Those of us who use social media and other free online services traded our privacy for convenience sometime in the early 2000s. How many of us are there? Out of 330 million […]

Artificial Intelligence in Retail
What AI is and How It Will Change Retail…Or Not

(This article originally appeared in Loss Prevention Magazine) Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly being applied in many industries, and retail is now no exception. From machine learning to robots, retailers are testing and hoping AI is the answer to their two perennial challenges—expense reduction and sales growth. What Is AI? Artificial intelligence is the capability […]

Phone Interviews: Why I Swear By Them

(This article originally appeared in CFInsider) It’s a typical Sunday at my house. Dog barking. Four year old asking for snacks, asking to play a game, asking to go to the neighbors, asking to go to Chuck E. Cheese’s asking, asking, asking… What else do four year olds do? Six month old eating, crying, pooping. […]

What to Expect for the Rest of 2018 in Retail Technology Trends

(This article originally appeared in Loss Prevention Magazine) In January, I wrote an article titled 2018 Emerging Trends in Cyber Risk for Retail. Many of my former colleagues reached out and asked if I would be writing something related to general retail technology trends as well. Your wish is my command: Here are some of my […]

Stop Worrying about the Retail Apocalypse and Focus on the Tsunami of E-commerce Returns

(This article originally appeared in Loss Prevention Magazine) In the July-August 2017 issue of LP Magazine, I wrote an article titled “Brick-and-Mortar Is Not Dead; Amazon Just Proved It.” That statement continues to hold true. But when I read business publications or mingle at industry events, I still notice a lot of doom and gloom […]

2018 Emerging Trends in Cyber Risk for Retail

(This article originally appeared in Loss Prevention Magazine) LP Magazine‘s columnist Tom Meehan, CFI, shares his top five predictions for cyber risks retailers can expect in 2018: 1. Ransomware attacks will increase in 2018 and will become more sophisticated. Ransomware has been more prevalent in the past two years. In the first quarter of 2017 […]