Black Friday, the annual shopping frenzy falls on November 25 this year with retailers slashing prices on products for a full 24 hours. Security services across the nation have been preparing for weeks to make sure everyone is ready for the chaotic day set in the calendar.
Last year sales hit £1.1bn and continued to increase throughout the weekend into Cyber Monday totalling £3.3bn according to Experian.
It’s only in the last few years that the UK has seen retailers introduce Black Friday sales and in turn we have seen an in increase in anti-social behaviour with consumers going to extreme lengths to take advantage of some of the deals on offer on the day.
A report carried out in 2015 found that incidents of verbal abuse, threats and violence against retail staff increased by as much as 66% during the Black Friday sales. It is these incidents that need to be managed carefully by professional security teams to ensure that everyone, both consumers and staff are kept safe at all times.
Cordant Security has worked in partnership with its retail clients over the last few weeks to prepare for Black Friday, working tirelessly to ensure shifts are filled and additional man power is at the ready to support a huge number of stores across the country.
We also offer additional services such as car park marshalling and crowd control throughout the whole weekend and throughout the christmas period to handle additional customer traffic to our client's stores.
Managing Director Brendan Musgrove was out on the ground to see the officers and ensure the team is ready.
“Planning resource for Black Friday can be a huge challenge but I am confident that my team can do a tremendous job with their great track record of scheduling both core shifts and all additional shifts for the weekend. We work closely with our clients which is critical to our success. We want to ensure that this weekend is fully supported and let our clients know that we have them covered."