Using Technology to Reduce Liquor Store Inventory Shrinkage

Liquor stores consistently rank among those retail establishments whose problems of this latter kind are the most damaging.


  1. Every retail business must cope with and control inventory shrinkage as a matter of course. Valuable products will inherently attract the attention of employees and shoppers who seek a way to obtain something for nothing.

    For liquor stores, the problem of retail shrinkage is especially acute. Installing and making effective use of a more powerful Liquor POS can help put an end to this common issue.

    An Especially Theft-Prone Type of Inventory

    Retail stores vary significantly in terms of how attractive and accessible their products are to thieves. Some businesses that stock mostly large, bulky products, for example, only rarely need to concern themselves with regular, everyday shoplifting. While an after-hours burglary might still be an issue for such a business, such events tend to be both rarer and easier to address than everyday, ongoing theft.

    Liquor stores consistently rank among those retail establishments whose problems of this latter kind are the most damaging. With a relatively small bottle of high-end liquor often being worth a hundred dollars or more at retail, even a small amount of shrinkage, by volume, can add up in financial terms quickly. A liquor store that fails to keep its losses to an absolute minimum is one that will be losing money by the day.

    More Effective and Systematic Means of Addressing Theft

    As a result, just about every liquor store will have well-established loss prevention procedures and policies in place. Even the best designed and most carefully monitored of these, however, will still almost always allow significant levels of shrinkage.

    Liquor store inventory tracking of more detailed, specific kinds can add a valuable layer of protection to existing loss prevention activities. By enabling a much more granular take on what is happening with the inventory at all times, a point of sale system that incorporates such a feature can allow for significant further reductions in shrinkage.

    A system like this, for example, could pinpoint a particular employee whose shifts consistently correlate with unacceptable levels of inventory loss. Likewise could the system almost automatically identify times of the day when more attention needs to be paid to this issue. As a result, switching to such POS can be one of the most productive moves of all for many liquor stores.