I had the opportunity to participate in RILA’s Loss Prevention & Safety Conference in Dallas, TX last week and thought it went very well. I know not everyone is fond of industry conferences but I always enjoy the chance to catch up with others and hear what they are doing, what is keeping them up at night, and their take on how our industry is doing – both the overall retail business and our function specifically.
At last week’s show, a couple of presentation stood out for me:
- Erik Newcomb from lululemon athletica did a great job in sharing how their Loss Prevention approach has to be very customized to fit into his organization’s very strong and unique culture.
- The folks from Target presented, in conjunction with Shawn Evans from P&G, a good glimpse into how they tackle systemic and process issues with some specific success stories.
- I always find it interesting to hear about the challenges that senior leaders in large organizations face and we got that chance when Jim Lee moderated a panel made up of Stan Welch, JC Penney’s, Ken Amos, Walgreens, and Claude Verville, Lowes.
- Liz Benson from RILA coordinated a really nice student program that included attendance at the conference, some pre-work assignments, and presentations from the student’s themselves. They did a better job than I could imagine myself having done in that situation at that age and I heard lots of compliments about them from retailers.
There were several others sessions that I heard good feedback about but just wasn’t able to attend. And, of course, there were lots of networking opportunities where it was great to connect with industry friends and colleagues. Congrats to all of the presenters and the organizers who put the show together!