As a grocery store owner, you have a lot on the go on top of running your business; you have to ensure that you’re safeguarded from the unique risks you face on a daily basis. In Presque Isle-Maine the three common risks face by local grocery store businesses are:
- Theft: Theft is a common risk that unites all retailers, but grocery retailers can have a harder time dealing with theft due to the nature of their products and business. Unlike retailers that sell electronics or other expensive goods, retail grocers don’t usually have high-tech security systems. This makes theft more likely and easy to conceal. Additionally, many grocers are embracing self-checkout technologies to help customers save time. Unfortunately the convenience of self-checkout may also result in more instances of theft. The cost of food is also increasing. This trend is resulting in more theft at grocery stores. Specifically, increases in the price of meat, fish and diary has resulted in a trend of increase theft. To help combat the risk of theft, it’s important to make sure your store is equipped with security cameras and have your staff keep an eye out while stocking shelves. Even when these safety measures are in place you can’t totally stop theft incidents. So these are inevitable risks to deal with.
- Contaminated products: It feels like every day there are product s or produce recalls due to contaminated products that could make your customers sick. In the past, scares like the ‘mad cow disease’ outbreak and the Maple Leafs foods listeria issue that happened in the 2000’s left a lasting impression on the mind of the consumer, resulting in a huge loss for the Canadian beef industry and U.S retailers. The FDA is charged with protecting consumers against impure, unsafe, and fraudulently labeled products. FDA, through its Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), regulates foods other than the meat, poultry, and egg products regulated by FSIS on an almost daily basis, and they have often involved fruit, vegetables and other pre-packed produce. This causes losses on the part of grocery owners.
- Slip and fall lawsuit: Slip and fall incidents affect most businesses, and Like any other United states business, grocery retailers are already at risk due to wet and icy surfaces both inside and outside their premises that arise as a result of the weather. But these risks are even more present in grocery retail locations due to the nature of the business. Produce falling on the ground and customers accidentally dropping or spilling products can also create hazards for other shoppers.
There are a number of examples of grocery owners paying huge sum of money after customers were injured in a slip and fall accident. The best response is to be proactive about keeping your grocery store safe from hazards.