NRMA - History
NRMA is the fastest growing retail-only theft database in the United States. It was the brain child of Bob Ralicki, who invited Loss Prevention industry leaders to discuss the impact of retail theft on retailers and to brainstorm possible solutions. At that time, retail theft databases were available to retailers but they were wrought with bogus data, lack of incident participation by all members and a lack of executive level leadership. Bob wanted to provide a better, more credible solution for retailersâ€”a solution that would have a real, positive impact on their bottom lines.
Since many retailers do not prosecute for certain theft related incidents and courts of law typically have no record of retail theft incidents that occur below a certain threshold of monetary value loss, it makes sense for retailers to turn to other retailers for the information they need to protect their businesses. The concept has been around for a while, but it was Bob Ralicki and the loss prevention experts he rallied in 2004 who made the important distinction that a retail theft database should be more than just a dumping ground for various types of theft or criminal data â€“ it should be a closely monitored data pool that retailers can trust as part of an effective loss prevention strategy platform.
The members of the newly-formed NRMA decided that the database would:
- Be a pure theft product, with (no intermingling of theft of time or other company policy violations or criminal history data unrelated to retail theft)
- Verify ALL reported incidents
- Be facilitated by a system interface that would allow easy submission of incident information from members
- Only be open to members that submit incidents in a timely fashion (if you're going to fish from the pond, you are required to stock the pond.)
- Be managed in strict compliance with FCRA procedures
Over the course of 2004, Bob Ralicki continued to build the infrastructure. On October 8th, 2004 the NRMA Retail Advisory Board met in person for the very first time in Las Vegas, Nevada. Throughout the next year Bob Ralicki continued to grow and develop NRMA into a powerful networking tool that has since yielded quantifiable results for its members. Bob passed away in late 2005 and in 2008 was posthumously named to the NRF's Ring of Excellence for his work with retail theft databases.