Top Asset Protection Executives from Nearly 40 Retail Chains will Collaborate with University of Florida Researchers to Prevent Crime & Loss

Sep 5, 2018 | Press Release

Gainesville, FL

The Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), a research and results community that conducts research to develop evidence-based crime and loss control solutions, will host STRATEGY@ on October 2, 2018, an invitation-only meeting for LP/AP vice presidents from many of the largest retail chains, including Walmart, Best Buy, Bloomingdale’s, TJX Companies, Lowe’s, Walgreens, Kroger, GameStop, Dick’s, Verizon, DSW, Family Dollar, 7-Eleven, Advance Autoparts, eBay, Office Depot, Signet Jewelers, Nike, and more. The retail executives will interface with interdisciplinary researchers from the University of Florida to develop future crime-prevention strategies.

“We are very excited to be able to sit down with these leaders to brainstorm future directions, and needed research,” said University of Florida Research Scientist and LPRC Director Dr. Read Hayes. “With the ongoing collaboration between these executives and University of Florida researchers, we hope to lead the way in creating a more secure shopper experience, both physically and online.”

STRATEGY@ takes place during the LPRC’s annual IMPACT conference at the University of Florida, where the Council reveals and discusses their research results from the previous year with almost 400 asset protection executives on the UF campus. IMPACT’s STRATEGY@ theme is “Multi-Domain AP: Supporting Total Enterprise Success”, and will include the following topics presented by the University of Florida researchers:

  • Strategic Retailing: Interactive Physical and Online Dynamics
  • Safer-Shopping: Tackling Crime Risks and Fear of Crime
  • Reducing In-store and Corporate Digital Threats

The University of Florida’s Dr. Mike Scicchitano hopes this meeting will guide the most senior-level LP/AP leaders in making more evidence-based decisions within their organizations. “We aim to arm these executives with more knowledge, backed by comprehensive research from the University of Florida and the LPRC, to make a dent in the ever increasing theft, fraud, and violence.”

To learn more about the Loss Prevention Research Council or STRATEGY@, please contact Kevin Tran, LPRC Marketing Specialist, at [email protected]