Partnership to receive tie in support from FBI
eBay and the National Retail Federation, the retail trade association, have entered into a partnership to combat organised retail crime.
The partnership between both the companies will receive tie in support from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, retailer participation and new technology to identify and attack organised retail crime.
The partnership provides for greater information sharing to target ORC investigations which would further support the investigative efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement working in partnership with LP professionals.
Under the partnership, the groups have agreed to bring together a core group of NRF retail members and representatives of eBay on a regular basis to discuss organised retail crime, brainstorm best practices to prevent it, and take steps to eradicate the activity; identify ways to leverage new technology, including NRF’s LERPnet and eBay’s PROACT programs, to further assist law enforcement in identifying and tracking organised retail crime rings.
In addition, both groups have also agreed to collaborate with the FBI to help identify crime rings that have been responsible for stealing merchandise in bulk and work together on legislation to enhance Federal law enforcement resources to combat organised retail crime and punish major offenders through enhanced criminal penalties.
Paul Jones, global director of asset protection at eBay, said: “NRF has done a great job of shining a spotlight on the issue of organised retail crime, but retailers cannot fight this problem alone. Through this partnership, NRF and eBay are putting criminals on notice that they will no longer be able to steal from retailers and abuse the online marketplace for profit.”