Shop theft has increased annually by 5% according to the Office for National Statistics, the highest volume since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in 2003.
Retailers in Merseyside have been given additional support from police to protect their businesses from retail crime in the run-up to Christmas.
Official figures have revealed that the combined alcohol and tobacco tax gaps totalled £3.6bn in 2015, prompting renewed calls for tougher sanctions for retailers selling illicit products.
National crime-reporting platform Facewatch has partnered with payment recovery firm Forecourt Eye in a bid to crack down on record levels of theft from petrol forecourts.
Retailer Raaj Chandarana successfully turned to social media to help him offer shoplifters a chance of redemption.
An urgent review of illicit trade sanctions and sentencing is being called for after a new Trading Standards report revealed a steep rise in illicit tobacco seizures and high levels of repeat offending.
Retailers are painting an improving picture of local policing, which has been echoed by a high-profile new report on standards.
A Glasgow convenience store owner, exposed as the “king-pin” in an illicit alcohol supply ring, has been sentenced for his crimes at Glasgow Sheriff Court.
A Grimsby retailer convicted of possessing illegal tobacco has had his tobacco gantry removed by Imperial Tobacco.
Budget pressures are forcing a number of trading standards services across Great Britain to axe vital work on counterfeit and intellectual property crime, along with age restricted sales.
A man who admitted to the religiously-motivated murder of Glasgow store owner Asad Shah has been jailed for life.
More than 70% of smokers are now buying tobacco from ‘non shop’ sources such as the internet, abroad, car boot sales and friends and family, as they seek to avoid inflated legitimate prices.
Have you noticed a shift in spend towards emerging categories such as food to go?
The multiples can learn a lot from independents about responsible retailing, Sam argues.