IRVINE, Calif., July 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Appriss Retail, the industry leader in retail performance improvement solutions, today announced it has processed more than 3 billion real-time requests for analytics-driven decisions. The achievement underscores the company’s continued growth as the top provider of artificial intelligence solutions for major retailers. The company has return authorization solutions deployed in more than 34,000 stores in North America. The data gathered through the 3 billion transactions provides Appriss Retail with an unmatched understanding of shopping trends and patterns to help retailers improve customer service at the return counter, identify consumer behavior, optimize return rates, reduce fraud and shrink, and increase sales. “The amount of transaction history our data scientists analyze every minute of every day is substantial. It allows us to build better analytical models to protect our clients and their customers, which is highly valuable for the retail industry,” said Krishnan Sastry, president of Appriss Retail. “With billions of retail purchase and return transactions processed by Appriss Retail, our company has unsurpassed knowledge of shopping tendencies and associated patterns of fraud and risk.”Appriss Retail’s return authorization solution, Verify®, enables retailers to rely on actual, individual, consumer behavior data to render a fair decision on merchandise returns, rather than relying on simple rules or subjective observations and guesswork by sales clerks. This objectivity enables a positive customer experience by quickly approving all legitimate returns and ensuring only those consumers with highly suspect return-and-exchange behavior are addressed.The Verify solution from Appriss Retail is designed to reduce return fraud and abuse, a $17.6 billion to $22.8 billion per year problem in the United States. In fact, for every $100 in returns, fraud and abuse costs retailers $5.00 to $6.50 in losses. As consumers return merchandise, Verify examines the transaction utilizing complex analytical models and provides data-driven decisions in milliseconds. It is designed to distinguish and deter the less than 1 percent of consumers whose behaviors mimic return fraud or abuse, while ensuring good customers that make returns as part of their regular shopping experience are treated fairly.Verify is one of the company’s portfolio of performance improvement tools, which also includes Incent™ targeted incentives and Secure™ retail analytics.About Appriss RetailAppriss Retail provides artificial intelligence-based solutions to help retailers protect margin, unlock sales, and cut shrink. With more than 20 years of retail data science expertise, the company’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform generates advanced analytical insights and real-time decisions that drive action throughout the organization, including operations, finance, marketing, and loss prevention. Its performance-improvement solutions yield measurable results with significant return on investment among retail store, ecommerce, and inventory functions. Appriss Retail serves a global base of leading specialty, apparel, department store, hard goods, big box, grocery, pharmacy, and hospitality businesses in more than 100,000 locations (brick and mortar and online) in 45 countries across six continents. For more information about Appriss Retail, visit https://apprissretail.com. Appriss Retail was created through the merger of The Retail Equation and Sysrepublic.

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