NRF and eBay Team Up to Fight Retail Crime
Retailers have long complained that they’re getting ripped off by thieves
and that the stolen goods ultimately make their way online for sale. It hasn’t
been unusual in the past for eBay to be named as the place where these illegal
transactions take place.
For its part, eBay has always maintained that it was actively seeking to
discover fraudulent merchandise and stolen items and shut down the parties
looking to unload these goods on a consuming public searching for deals.
Now, eBay and the National Retail Federation (NRF) have joined together to
work with merchants, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement
to use technology to crack down on organized retail crime rings.
Joe LaRocca, senior asset protection advisor, NRF, said in a press release, “EBay
has invested in a number of new resources and is making tremendous strides
assisting retailers and law enforcement with tracking illegal behavior. The
partnership between NRF and eBay will create standards and best practices to
stop criminals from fencing their stolen goods."
"Retailers cannot fight this problem alone," said Paul Jones, global director
of asset protection, eBay. "NRF and eBay are putting criminals on notice that
they will no longer be able to steal from retailers and abuse the online marketplace
According to an NRF press release, the parties involved in this crime fighting
effort have agreed to:
- Meet regularly to discuss organized retail crime, identify practices to
combat it and take practical steps to bring criminals to justice.
- Leverage NRF’s LERPnet and eBay’s PROACT programs to assist law enforcement
in identifying criminal rings.
- Work together on legislation to enhance law enforcement resources to fight
and prosecute major offenders.
Discussion Questions: Will the NRF and eBay working together
help reduce organized retail crime in the U.S.? What are the most important steps
needed to really put a dent in this activity?
- National Retail Federation, eBay Announce Partnership to Fight
Organized Retail Crime – National Retail Federation