Organized Retail Crime at Home Depot

Organized Retail Crime at Home Depot

Crime rings targeting retail stores have become well organized.

The stolen goods quickly change hands through a network of criminals and often end up being sold online with little traceability. Fueled by the opioid epidemic, the problem has been growing steadily, causing serious shrinkage in retailers’ inventories. Home Depot and other retailers have increased their crime prevention efforts and are working with law enforcement to protect their bottom line and honest shoppers.


Video Spotlight: Fighting Organized Retail Crime and Sting Operations


This post is based on the CNBC.com article, Inside Home Depot’s Efforts to Stop a Growing Theft Problem at its Stores, by C. Reagan and J. Schlesinger, November 22, 2019, and the YouTube video, Behind the Scenes of Home Depot’s Operation to Take Down Professional Shopliftersby CNBC Television, November 22, 2019. Image source: Â© SIBSA Digital Pvt. Ltd. / Alamy Stock Photo.

Discussion Questions:

1. What is shrinkage and how does it occur? Why is the type of shrinkage featured in the article particularly worrisome?

Guidance: Shrinkage means that the retailer has less inventory than what is shown in accounting records. Theft by customers or employees, damage, defective items, loss of items, Continue reading

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Virtual Emergency Rooms for Rural America

Virtual Emergency Rooms for Rural America

In rural America, telemedicine is sometimes the only option for emergent patients.

As the shortage of hospitals and physicians continues to intensify in rural areas, telemedicine centers have been replacing traditional emergency departments. Physicians treat patients via cameras and computer screens, calling on nurses to provide highly specialized activities in life-threatening situations.


Video Spotlight: Telemedicine Saves Lives


This post is based on the Washington Post article, The Most Remote Emergency Room: Life and Death in Rural America, by E. Saslow, November 16, 2019, and the YouTube video, Telehealth Kiosk May Have Saved Ron Wuaten’s Life, by New York-Presbyterian Hospital, August 22, 2019. Image source: Shutterstock / Mega Pixel.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the factors that contribute to the disappearance of emergency departments and physicians in rural areas?

Guidance: Review the factors of location decisions. For emergency departments, the factors contributing to their disappearance include limited markets, small proportions of privately insured patients, and low availability of qualified labor. For physicians, the limited entertainment and cultural opportunities as well as poor career advancement and wealth prospects are deterrents.

2. What are the quality trade-offs for patients receiving virtual emergency care?

Guidance: When there is no Continue reading

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Knock Knock, It’s Walmart

Knock Knock, It’s Walmart

December 2, 2019

Walmart launched inHome Delivery as a new service recently. The retailer has also partnered with a company called Level Home. That company’s Level Lock product, available through WalMart, allows entry to a home without having to install additional hardware to a door.  The Level Lock is attached to your current door lock and can be installed in ten minutes with a screwdriver.

For Walmart’s inHome Delivery, employees deliver groceries to your pantry and refrigerator while wearing cameras, using a one-time access code provided by Level Home for added security.


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This post is based on the CNN article, This smart lock lets Walmart deliver groceries inside your home – – no key needed, by Parija Kavilanz, November 13, 2019, and the YouTube videos linked in the Video Spotlight. Image source: Shutterstock/Alexander Kirch

Discussion Questions:

1. How important was it for Level Home to partner with Walmart? What are the major product development benefits of this partnership?

Guidance: Students should recognize that Walmart’s funding and interest in this technology will provide Level Home with resources to Continue reading

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