Retail executives across the country are sounding the alarm on ever-increasing in-store shoplifting that is burning a multibillion-dollar hole in their balance sheets. Fighting back is not enough since many are essentially powerless to stop the problem.
Retail stores are struggling with increasing amounts of stock disappearing, or shrink in industry parlance, nearly doubling in cases on a quarter-on-quarter comparison.
“The increased attention is basically due to more large retailers calling out shrink as a real problem impacting both sales and margins,” Evercore ISI analyst Greg Melich.
New York City, “the epicenter of the retail market” in the U.S. according to Mayor Eric Adams, saw a 45% increase in retail theft complaints in 2022.
By Redd Brown/Bloomberg