By Alarice Rajagopal
Source: Supermarket News
Theft in brick-and-mortar stores has been an ongoing issue for several years, hitting a peak during the global pandemic as more violent “smash-and-grab” type incidents led to locking up everyday products like deodorant, shampoo, and toothpaste, reports CNN.
Walgreens even made the decision to close five of its San Francisco stores in 2021, citing organized crime as the reason. While the industry average tends to be around 1.4%, retail theft and shoplifting have a high rate of repeat offenses, driving up grocery costs for all customers.