A retail security / loss prevention audit has many moving parts. It’s not as simple as conducting the audit — walking through a store and seeing if all of the locks are locked and the doors are closed, and so on. If one is to conduct the process as smoothly as possible, they must also be skilled at managing relationships with individual auditors, individual store managers, and district/regional managers. At the same time, one must compile data, write reports, deliver presentations, and notify stakeholders about exceptions that arise during retail compliance checks.
Using Blazing Audit makes the process of keeping in touch with stakeholders throughout the auditing process fast and simple. Individual stores can be populated with user-defined data fields — you won’t be restricted to the basics, and you can make the system work around your needs. For instance, if you need to know which floor manager is working on which days, what those managers’ personal phone numbers are, and whether they prefer to be greeted by their legal first name or by a nickname, that information can be kept at your fingertips.
Audit professionals at a major American retailer have also found Blazing Audit to be useful for other parts of the communication process. As one user put it, “store managers appreciate being able to receive a real time, official copy of their audit, which also saves me and the district administrator time.” The audits can be sent to stakeholders instantaneously from within the Blazing Audit suite; there’s no need to have details lost in translation. By receiving the results of an audit quickly and completely, store managers can create action plans for exceptions identified by auditors almost as soon as the auditor notices them.
Finally, Blazing Audit smooths the process of communicating the results of an audit, or of many audits, in meetings and presentations. One retail auditing professional told us: “I used the [generated] report during a presentation. I was able to group the results easily, and rank my stores against both the region and the company.” By providing a consistent, clear format for data presentation, including charts and graphs, it becomes easier to pick out trends, and more quickly understand where your stores are succeeding, and where they could improve.