IMCo was founded in 2000 with a focus on consulting and process optimisation for trade and industry with the aim of reducing stock loss and increasing sales. In other words: SELL MORE, LOSE LESS. For over 10 years, we have carried out projects with renowned companies and suppliers across Europe such as Procter & Gamble and L‘Oréal and implemented traditional loss prevention measures. We quickly realised that shoplifting was a growing problem that would require innovative solutions, and that these should expose unusual consumer behaviour as soon as it happens. This is how we came up with the idea of an intelligent shelf, which was tested in the field for the first time in 2007.
Stock losses 2015: 4 billion Euro (100 million Euro increase compared to 2014)
Source: EHI Retail Institut
For the first time in Germany, we conducted interviews with shoplifters and gained valuable insights into the motivational structure and criminal behaviour of professional thieves. This work was done in close cooperation with the German police. By statistically surveying offenders, we acquired a new understanding on how loss prevention measures are perceived. Our ideas and innovations are the result of ongoing communication with all parties involved. After numerous tests, prototypes and further development, we finalised the revolutionary IMCo Shelf security system.
Our study was conducted in 27 branch stores of a leading supermarket in Switzerland for five months in 2003. Shoplifting activity in cosmetics and razor blades was also observed.
We discovered that professional shoplifters are responsible for 50 % of these stock losses. They mainly target what are referred to as hot products. These are products from world famous brand manufacturers with a high merchandise value.
Shoplifting - which products get stolen the most?
If the offender’s confidence is shaken, he or she generally gives up and leaves the shop. Opportunistic thieves often end up buying the goods in these cases. This also contributes to an increase in sales.
This is what our innovative system is based on: the IMCo Smart Shelf – the intelligent shelf, which recognizes out of stock and theft directly at the POS. In all previous systems installed, the IMCo Smart Shelf increased sales by up to 14%. Stock losses have been reduced by up to 40-88%. Leading retailers on four continents are already using the IMCo Smart Shelf in thousands of stores.
In order to guarantee the best manufacturing conditions for our products, all electronic components are produced by specialists in Germany. They bear the ‘Made in Germany’ seal of quality and are manufactured to the highest standards. The entire assembly is also carried out in Germany.
One of the system’s advantages is its exceptionally low failure rate. Our thousands of installations have shown a failure rate of less than 0.1% per year.
We can therefore safely say that our products are very reliable. The system can easily be fitted onto all existing and standard market shelves and it is fully adaptable to match international standards.
|Easy plug and play installation|
|Cost and time savings compared to traditional loss prevention measures|
|Can be integrated into existing security systems|
|No need to change the existing infrastructure|
|Open product merchandising|
|Made in Germany|
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