- The outreach coordinator team connects guests experiencing hardship to community resources.
- Target is supporting the recent passage of the INFORM Consumers Act, which gives marketplaces a larger role in combating the second-hand sale of stolen goods.
- The company is advocating for the Combating Organized Retail Crime Act in Congress — a task force of federal agencies to crack down on theft and organized retail crime.
- Target is helping to create Organized Retail Crime Task Forces at the state and local level to promote interagency efforts and cooperation.
- Target is helping to host store walks with members of Congress, state legislators, city officials, district attorneys, law enforcement, and local community partners to educate on efforts to combat retail theft and organized retail crime, and advocate for solutions and cooperation.
- The company is participating in National Store Walk Month, a new initiative with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the National District Attorneys Association that seeks to address the urgent issues of organized retail crime and theft and its impact on local communities.
- Target is partnering with national and local retail industry associations such as RILA and the National Retail Federation to fund advocacy and educational efforts like the Vibrant Communities initiative.
Competing retailer Walmart is another enterprise that has suffered at the hands of retail theft. As a result, it is adding a designated workspace for law enforcement officers to an Atlanta location when it reopens in May of next year. The store initially closed down because shoplifters set fires inside, following similar occurrences at a nearby Walmart and Target.
"Walmart has a long history of supporting local law enforcement, and we remain committed to helping them be successful in the communities we serve," Walmart spokesperson Charles Crowson told Insider. "We see efforts like what's being considered for our future Vine City store as a way to better collaborate with law enforcement and support the community."
Other recent incidents include a ransacking at a Macy's store in Arcadia, California, this past August where five suspects allegedly entered the store and made off with multiple boxed sets of perfume, according to CBS News. Additionally, police in Portland, Oregon, arrested over two dozen people just a day earlier as part of a sting operation targeting retail thieves, The Washington Times reported.
Safety aside, today’s retailers will also need to be more vigilant of shrink — not just from theft, but waste, human error, supply chain issues, and more Retailer losses in 2022 amounted to nearly $100 billion dollars, of which organized retail crime is a significant driver, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported.