Overcoming Security Challenges for Distribution

Department of Commerce data shows that Americans spent $791.70 billion making online purchases in 2020; that’s the highest annual U.S. e-commerce growth in at least two decades. 

And with online commerce at an all time high, distribution centers are more burdened than ever before. At the core of the distribution process, there are these security challenges:

  • Deliveries come and go all day (and night) long. 
  • Dozens (or hundreds) of employees are handling each package.  
  • And once a package is on the loading dock, anything can happen.  

Mitigating the Core Security Challenges of Distribution 

To mitigate these challenges, security managers at distribution centers can optimize their access control and video surveillance. Here’s what we recommend. 

  • Limit area access. Employees only need access to the buildings, rooms and restricted areas in which they work. With the right access control system, your distribution center can program access protocols that assign permissions to the right employees at the right times of day. If your administrator is offsite, it’s easy to program each employee’s access permissions from anywhere. 
  • Restrict access around shifts. All employees should only have access to work areas during their respective shifts. When an employee’s shift is over, that can be the end of his access to specific work areas for the day. If your company has an applicable policy in place, employees can be denied access to the entire building in between shifts. 
  • Integrate with video surveillance. The best way to verify your access control report is by checking it against video surveillance footage. Recordings can be timestamped so that managers can look at the time an employee was granted access and verify that it’s the same employee captured on video entering the area. 

Manage Distribution Employer Security Concerns

Using these tips can help distribution center managers who are concerned about employees:

  • Intercepting shipments or deliveries to steal merchandise. 
  • Giving access to outside parties with intentions of theft. 
  • Using each other’s access cards to enter restricted areas.

With products circulating in and out of your distribution center 24/7, having the right security measures in place is critical. If your distribution center is in need of an upgraded access control system or video surveillance integration, we can help. Call Security Lock Systems today to inquire about these security technologies. 

About Security Lock Systems 

Offering a comprehensive menu of security system services in Tampa and its surrounding areas, the Security Lock Systems team is your trusted, knowledgeable source for innovation and stellar service. 

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