AI Can Enhance Loss Prevention in Retail and Wholesale Industry, Says Info-Tech Research Group in New Resource

TORONTO, June 12, 2024 ~ The retail and wholesale industry is facing a constant battle against various challenges, including theft, fraud, and operational inefficiencies. These issues can have a significant impact on the bottom line of organizations in this sector. In order to stay competitive and mitigate these losses, many companies are turning to cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and advanced surveillance systems. To address this growing trend, Info-Tech Research Group has released its latest blueprint titled "AI in Retail & Wholesale Loss Prevention."

According to Shreyas Shukla, principal research director at Info-Tech Research Group, AI has had a transformative impact on the retail and wholesale industry. The advanced analytics and insights provided by AI allow retailers to gain a deeper understanding of in-store and warehouse activities. "The adoption of AI-based solutions is a necessary step towards survival and profitability in the competitive retail landscape," says Shukla.

The blueprint outlines the pressing need for the retail and wholesale industry to adopt various technologies to address their current challenges. However, integrating these technologies with existing systems and infrastructure can be complex and resource-intensive. Additionally, there are concerns about privacy and ethical implications surrounding surveillance and consumer rights that must be considered for legal compliance. The significant investment required for advanced AI systems can also pose a barrier for medium and small enterprises. In light of these challenges, Info-Tech recommends that the industry make immediate technological advancements to remain competitive in today's environment.

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Shukla emphasizes the importance of taking a responsible approach when implementing AI-based systems due to ethical concerns regarding privacy and potential false positives. However, he also acknowledges that AI is revolutionizing retail and wholesale loss prevention by enabling retailers to address threats before they result in significant losses.

The blueprint highlights the growing importance of AI-led technologies in loss prevention. Retailers are increasingly exploring and implementing advanced technologies such as facial recognition, feature matching, behavioral analytics, vision systems, alongside traditional electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems. AI is gaining traction in the industry, offering new ways to enhance security and reduce losses.

The "AI in Retail & Wholesale Loss Prevention" blueprint outlines a comprehensive framework consisting of ten key steps for the retail and wholesale industry to follow:

- Assess the current loss prevention status.

- Set clear loss prevention goals.

- Understand the risks associated with the retail environment.

- Invest in employee training and awareness.

- Implement physical security measures.

- Leverage fit-for-purpose AI and technology solutions.

- Use advanced data analytics to gain insights.

- Collaborate with external partners, law enforcement, and security experts.

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- Develop a structured response plan for incidents.

- Ensure compliance and ethical considerations.

Info-Tech's recent research highlights the significant potential of AI in loss prevention. By utilizing AI to analyze real-time video feeds, retailers can detect suspicious behaviors and alert staff promptly, effectively reducing shoplifting and theft. Furthermore, AI can optimize operational processes, minimizing errors and enhancing overall efficiency.

As the retail and wholesale sector continues to face evolving challenges, Info-Tech recommends that companies invest in modern technologies to remain competitive and secure long-term success.

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