Retailers, Strategic Partners Tackle Key AP Topics

Retailers and Strategic Partners Convene to Tackle Retail Theft, Address Escalation in Violence & Share Best Operational Practices

Last week, retail asset protection executives joined RILA Senior Executive Vice President Lisa LaBruno for a 3-day summit in Charlotte, in partnership with the Loss Prevention Foundation and LP Magazine. 
A full day was dedicated to problem-solving by RILA’s Asset Protection Leaders Council (APLC). The APLC is comprised of top-level AP executives at the largest and most prominent retail brands and key strategic partners, providing a forum to collaborate to find solutions to the industry’s most  pressing challenges. The group kicked-off the day with local store visits to see first-hand how their peers are achieving operational excellence. Front-and-center on the minds of APLC members is the growing scourge of theft and violence against retail workers. The group was joined by District Attorneys across North Carolina to discuss ideas for enhanced partnerships with retailers; Homeland Security Investigations shared the latest updates on Operation Boiling Point; and  the group’s strategic partners demonstrated how their emerging technology can mitigate theft and violence in stores.
“The collective brain power of the retailer executives and strategic partners who comprise RILA’s APLC is unmatched, and together we are tackling challenges that impact everything from our employees’ health and wellbeing to the availability of product on shelves,” said Paul Jaeckle, Vice President Asset Protection at Meijer and APLC Chair.  “Asset protection has never been more vital to retail, and the APLC is our compass to focus industry collaboration on the toughest challenges.”
“The opportunity to be part of this network is invaluable to the vendor partners who participate,” said Ed Tonkon, President Retail Solutions, Zebra Technologies, the longest-standing strategic partner to the APLC. “We hear first-hand what’s keeping AP executives up at night, which informs our technology development and resource allocation.” 
In addition to Zebra Technologies, APLC strategic partners include Accenture, ALTO, Auror, Axon, LiveView Technologies and the Loss Prevention Foundation.

“The engagement between RILA member asset protection executives and our strategic partners who are in the ‘solutions’ business is at an all-time high, and the conversations and ideas that are spun off these opportunities is key to our collective success,” said LaBruno. 
“Retailers compete against each other, whether it’s for customers, talent or investors,” added LaBruno.  “Our APLC members view each other as partners, and they recognize that no one company alone can solve the big systemic problems we’re facing. Collaboration is moving the needle.”

Collaboration is moving the needle.

Lisa LaBruno
  • Senior Executive Vice President, Retail Operations
  • RILA
Whether its tackling retail theft, protecting employees or enhancing operational efficiencies, retailers are working together to get the job done. None of these tasks are easy, but strategic thinking, teamwork, and persistence are paying off and making a difference.

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