Great Merchandising Reduces Property Loss
If you own a retail business, you
want your store to look attractive to customers. Some of the practices
you use to make your products and floor space look their best, can also help to prevent shoplifting
and employee theft. Read on for a few simple ways to use
merchandising to help prevent shrinkage.
everything in straight rows, lined up along the front edge of the
shelf. That way, it becomes instantly noticeable if an item
is removed. Plus, it looks amazing! Train employees to restock
constantly if possible, so that there is always the same number of
items in each row.
2. Make high-ticket,
easily-stolen items most visible.
These products should get prime real estate, right next to a
workstation, cashier, or behind a glass case. Hang them in flat rows
on a wall, if you can. Be slow to lock merchandise away, however.
Many retailers find that items placed behind glass lose their
touch-commitment value, so employee attention is better than a cage,
if you can swing it.
angling rows of shelving away from cashier stations in short,
slanting lines, so that the employee is at the center of a wagon
wheel. This is a great solution if you only have one or two
employees in the store for each shift, because they can see nearly
everything in the store from one spot. This configuration also keeps
the customers walking the aisles in a slower, more meandering style,
especially if you have beautiful end cap displays.
Have you gotten creative with
your merchandising in the past? How did it affect your inventory
Security to Save on Insurance
Many homeowners purchase their
home insurance policy along with the house, and never revisit it
again for years. You might be able to save 10, 15, or even 20 percent
on your rates with a few home improvements. The best part is that the
renovations most likely to save you money, also keep your family
safer than ever.
sprinklers: Depending on where you live, and which home insurance
company you use, you could save up to 10% on your policy if you add a
fire sprinkler system to your home. This technology has a success
rate of 99% when it comes to saving lives, and it reduces property
damage from fire, and water damage from firefighter hoses.
system: This can also save you 5-10% on your coverage. Make
sure to get a system professionally installed, and wire all the
windows and doors in the home. Security lighting is also a plus. This
reduces the risk that the insurance company will ever have to pay out
for a major burglary, so they pass those savings back to you.
fencing: Your fence is important. If the property lacked a good fence when you moved in, you could save
money on your homeowners insurance by adding a strong security fence.
Gating off the entire property is best, but even a wood privacy fence
can help. Talk to a local, independent insurance agent, or your
security firm, to get the best ideas and rates. If you own a pool, a
great fence is a must. Installing a pool without a child-proof fence
can actually cause you to lose your coverage, or cause your rates to
skyrocket, so be prepared.
Automation for Kids
Electronics manufacturers offer
more home automation technology every year, and now they're starting to
design home products that make life a little easier for the kiddos,
Are you afraid
of the dark?
Remember how terrifying it was to
go to bed, when you had to turn off the light and then race as fast
as you could across the dark room to the safety of your pillow and
These days, with a device like
the Insteon remote light switch, your
bedroom light can turn off from the comfort of your bed. No need to
tempt the closet monsters with your tasty toes anymore. And no need
for the grownups to do any fancy wiring, either. Just attach the
control switch anywhere on the wall, and the Insteon
lights in the room will respond to your remote.
A bully-proof backpack...
line of backpacks offers a little bit of reassurance to worried
parents and beleaguered kids everywhere. Just pull a pin on the strap
whenever you're feeling threatened by a bully or other attacker, or
even if you're injured or lost. The iSafe
bag will sound a 125 decibel alarm and activate a strobe light, to
get the attention of anyone who happens to be nearby.
Do your kids use any new technology to stay safe and
secure? Let us know!
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