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Background Checks for the Retail Industry

The retail industry has one of the highest rates of turnover. Crimcheck has specialized background check screening packages for the retail industry which help you combat high turnover, and select the best people who will represent your brand.

If you’re a retailer new to employment screening or already have systems to run background checks on applicants, we can enhance your screening program.

Crimcheck provides screening to some of the largest retailers in the United States, and we understand the challenges that exist. You need screening solution that helps reduce turnover, and selects quality candidates that will positively impact inventory shrink and help you mitigate loss prevention risks.

We offer specialized retail screening packages that can:

  • Integrate with your applicant tracking systems or include applicant tracking for you.
  • Decrease onboarding time by providing quick report turnaround times.
  • Include I-9 and E-Verify processes.
  • Instant Drug Testing.

Competent employees are essential to protecting your brand. From customer service to safe cash handling procedures, your employees are your ambassadors. Let us help you choose the best and most qualified employees for your organization.

Regardless of what you sell, employee fraud, theft and violence are occurring at an alarming rate. From the sales floor to the warehouse, employees need to be screened for criminal records. In that regard, there is much more to background screening than a criminal background check.

In 2011, the National Retail Federation released the findings of a survey with 96 retail and restaurant companies to understand the use and scope of background screening in the retail industry. Nearly all retailers polled (96.6%) utilize background screening as part of their applicant hiring process. Crimcheck has pre-designed some of the most common packages to suit the individual job positions that are common in the retail industry.

We recommend a combination of:

  • Criminal Records
  • Social Security Number Trace
  • I-9 Verification
  • Sexual Offender Database Searches
  • Drug Testing

And in instances where the employee will be driving on company time, or if it is a management level position:

Retail theft statistics

Employee theft, shoplifting and organized retail crime are the main sources of loss affecting retailers. The 2011 National Retail Security Survey found that retail shrinkage in 2011 was 1.42 percent. This calculates to an approximate $35.28 billion annual loss to retailers as a direct consequence of preventable inventory issues, with 44.2 percent attributed to employee theft, 25.8 percent to shoplifting and organized retail crime and 12.1 percent to administrative error.

Employee Theft Statistics

The number one source of shrinkage for a retail business is internal theft. Some of the types of employee theft include cash and merchandise theft, discount abuse, refund abuse and even credit card abuse. Unfortunately, this is one loss prevention area that generally doesn’t receive as much monitoring as customer theft.

The survey also stated that over 71,095 dishonest employees were apprehended in 2012, which was up 5.5 percent from 2011. The data shows that on average, dishonest employees steal approximately 5.5 times the amount of retail goods than true shoplifters.

Let Crimcheck help mitigate your losses by helping implement a targeted screen of your candidates, helping you to select the best, most qualified person for the job.

why choose crimcheck?






Comprehensive solutions. Whether a standard hourly pre-employment screen, social security traces, drug tests or civil litigation checks. The Crimcheck team are experts in a variety of services and PBSA accredited.

Applicant Link

Save time with Crimcheck’s applicant link and pay process. Send your applicant a link and have them complete and submit their own information. There is even an applicant pay option.

The Advantage

With Crimcheck you can have all the services you need in one place. Set a great impression with your future hire by having an all-inclusive process.


Small Business to Fortune 5000. Education to Finance. Crimcheck provides industry targeted screenings for your exact needs in your exact industry.

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