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    May i have some opinions on trash bins inside grocery stores for public use. A big no no from a LP point of view?? or they simply keep the store free from litter?

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    Don't know the type of grocery operation you have, but if you have a bakery, salad or hot food bar that allows for on premise public consumption you need to have trash containers.

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    Thanks for the reply curtis.
    Yes i totally understand that you need to have trash bins for the public, when dealing with those types of operations, like for example in a cafe, like we have attached to the side of the grocery store. inside
    But i am referring to trash bins being on the 'salesfloor' inside a grocery store. what is the need for them then if any?

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    In that case, only in areas of the store where active food demos are taking place and under the control of the product demonstrator. Other than that - no.

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    Profit,

    Trash cans are usually provided for public use since most grocery stores sell food to consume on site, or for those (me) who bring in outside coffee/beverage containers.

    Are you asking about whether people use them as drops for stolen merch or what? Your question was a little vague as to what you are asking. Using it as a drop would require someone to root around in it and that would like a little suspicious.

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    yes,
    for people to easily disgard of the packaging from which the product they have just stolen..
    in my supermarket you have a meat, fish, bread and deli counter for customers to pick their fresh goods, (not to be consumed there and then) and the rest of the store is all packaged goods. the grocery store cafe is a separate entity. sooo really what is the need for having bins in the store?? maybe for the guy like you who likes to bring his starbucks in...but then i have a army of cleaners to clean up the mess...
    what im trying to say is i think the bins are being used for dishonest behaviour...and also staff are just using them for a quick way to dispose of their plastic and cardboard.

    i really cant think of any reasons why we need bins on the salesfloor? can u ???

    If not, i think im gonna convince my big boss to get rid of them, from a loss prevention point of view..

    agree with me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by profitrocket View Post
    yes,
    for people to easily disgard of the packaging from which the product they have just stolen..
    in my supermarket you have a meat, fish, bread and deli counter for customers to pick their fresh goods, (not to be consumed there and then) and the rest of the store is all packaged goods. the grocery store cafe is a separate entity. sooo really what is the need for having bins in the store?? maybe for the guy like you who likes to bring his starbucks in...but then i have a army of cleaners to clean up the mess...
    what im trying to say is i think the bins are being used for dishonest behaviour...and also staff are just using them for a quick way to dispose of their plastic and cardboard.

    i really cant think of any reasons why we need bins on the salesfloor? can u ???

    If not, i think im gonna convince my big boss to get rid of them, from a loss prevention point of view..

    agree with me?
    thanks
    profit rocket
    One of the real problems with unnecessary/uncontrolled trash containers in any venue is not what customers will do with them, but what dishonest employees will do, especially if they are the ones who also empty them (or collude with those who do). They simply become "transport containers" allowing the employee to haul stolen merchandise, equipment, supplies, etc. out the back door without raising suspicions. They either transfer the merchandise to their car if parked nearby, or come back and retrieve it from the dumpster later. Trash container and dumpster checks should be part of the security profile....and employee parking should be isolated from the loading dock/back door/dumpster area. Oh - and don't forget to lift up the butt-catcher tops on those outdoor standing ashtrays in the employee smoking area and inspect the rather large "dumping" compartment underneath. Nasty job, but it's gotta be done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by profitrocket View Post
    yes,
    for people to easily disgard of the packaging from which the product they have just stolen..
    in my supermarket you have a meat, fish, bread and deli counter for customers to pick their fresh goods, (not to be consumed there and then) and the rest of the store is all packaged goods. the grocery store cafe is a separate entity. sooo really what is the need for having bins in the store?? maybe for the guy like you who likes to bring his starbucks in...but then i have a army of cleaners to clean up the mess...
    what im trying to say is i think the bins are being used for dishonest behaviour...and also staff are just using them for a quick way to dispose of their plastic and cardboard.

    i really cant think of any reasons why we need bins on the salesfloor? can u ???

    If not, i think im gonna convince my big boss to get rid of them, from a loss prevention point of view..

    agree with me?
    thanks
    profit rocket
    I think, from reading your posts, you are located in the U.K. Remember the business culture differences between the U.S. and the U.K. may very well dictate your companies policies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SecTrainer View Post
    One of the real problems with unnecessary/uncontrolled trash containers in any venue is not what customers will do with them, but what dishonest employees will do, especially if they are the ones who also empty them (or collude with those who do). They simply become "transport containers" allowing the employee to haul stolen merchandise, equipment, supplies, etc. out the back door without raising suspicions.
    SecTrainer is correct.

    Many stores used clear can liners to make it more difficult to sneak products out in the trash.

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    Let's add a little to this thread. Who checks the trash before it is thrown out - and if your stores use EAS, are the trash bags run through the sensors before it is disposed of?

    Just one of the many items on my retail security checklist.

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