How Nike & Ralph Lauren Could Have Benefitted From Electronic Access Control Technology

As we’ve written about in the past, employee theft is a very real threat to retail businesses here in NJ and across the country. In prior blogs, our concern was mostly limited to internal employee theft, like pilfering from the cash register, “sweethearting,” or stealing a few items, but in fact employee theft can occur on much a broader scale.

For example, according to the New York Post, a Ralph Lauren employee at the company’s office in Chelsea had been stealing high-end merchandise for over two years, and had sold the merchandise online for over $50,000. From March 2013 to December 2015, the employee would help himself to large bags of Ralph Lauren samples. According to The Post, he was able to operate under the radar because he was responsible for gathering the designer goods for photoshoots as a part of his job. He was caught when the building’s security received an anonymous letter stating that someone “had been taking Ralph Lauren merchandise and selling it online.”

Because it was his responsibility to walk out of the building with bags of clothing on a regular basis, he was able to fly under the radar. But, after security received the tip, they went back and checked the CCTV video surveillance footage and were able to pinpoint a culprit.

How Nike & Ralph Lauren Could Have Benefitted From Electronic Access Control Technology

In a similar example of large-scale, organized employee theft, Nike’s Oregon headquarters dealt with a case of serious employee theft in April of 2014. According to USA Today, a Nike employee stole and sold unreleased sample shoes online for a total of over $104,000. A “promo and product manager” at the headquarters worked with a Florida based reseller to pull off the scheme. Federal investigators raided the home of the burglarizing employee and found 1,941 pairs of Nike shoes and a “large sum of United States currency.” Some of the shoes he stole were extremely highly sought after and could sell for up to $20,000 a pair.

Retailers can prevent instances like these from occurring by entrusting their security to a professional security installer. Both Ralph Lauren and Nike could have greatly benefitted from electronic access control technology. Electronic access control technology is ideal for permitting and restricting access to your premises or secured areas within the premises. In addition to being easy to use, access control systems are highly sophisticated and can be integrated into a number of other commercial security solutions, such as CCTV, for maximum effectiveness.

At Supreme, we offer the most advanced, scalable solutions that can control access to either one door or hundreds of doors for thousands of card holders. We’ll partner with you every step of the way to ensure you derive the maximum benefit and value from your electronic access control system. With our electronic access control technology, you can control access to your facility or secured areas; authorize card or key-holders; record entry and exit times; and generally enhance the strength of your business’ security approach.

The most effective form of electronic access control involves photo ID systems, and we can customize your access control system card to include a high-quality, full-color professional photo for identification purposes. Integrating access control technology with photo identification increases the functionality of your smart card and maximizes the effectiveness of your overall security strategy, thus preventing employee theft like we saw with Ralph Lauren and Nike.

If reading this has caused you to rethink your security approach, especially when it comes to preventing employee theft, consider reaching out to us.


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