Retailers Urge 'Culture' of Loss Prevention, Safety

The best way for food retailers to reduce shrink, theft and fraud levels is to ingrain loss prevention practices into the everyday culture of their stores, said Tim Bartkowiak, director of loss prevention and security for Spartan Stores, the combined retailer-wholesaler based in Grand Rapids, Mich. You want a loss prevention culture where honesty is valued and dishonesty is not tolerated,

LAS VEGAS — The best way for food retailers to reduce shrink, theft and fraud levels is to ingrain loss prevention practices into the everyday culture of their stores, said Tim Bartkowiak, director of loss prevention and security for Spartan Stores, the combined retailer-wholesaler based in Grand Rapids, Mich.

“You want a loss prevention culture where honesty is valued and dishonesty is not tolerated,” he said. The absence of such a culture “will have a negative impact on your

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