Argos has invested in the ‘Secure’ solution from Sysrepublic, for preventing losses at the Point Of Sale. Secure monitors all transactions at the point of sale, alerting investigators immediately to employee theft and fraud, business processes that are acting against the best interests of the company and even conflicting product pricing or promotions. The new system will alert Argos investigators if fraudulent activity or business processes are affecting the company – for example, conflicting pricing promotions or discount offers – or when there is a need for additional staff training. ” We already have several years of experience with earlier data mining solutions, so we were aware of our requirements,” explains Mark Driver, National Investigations Manager at Argos and adds,” We were looking for a way of achieving higher performance from our Investigative team and sustainable loss reduction with no increase in costs for the solution. As fraud becomes more sophisticated across all business channels in retail, we have to expect continuous improvement from the tools we use. What differentiates Secure is the degree of control and flexibility available to loss prevention and security personnel, without the need for additional technical expertise, and its ability to easily gather data from multiple sources. Argos will quickly be self-sufficient, maximising the performance of our people.”
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.