ECR Shrink & OSA Group


The ECR Community Shrinkage and On-Shelf Availability Group is an expert team, with participation from over 70 European retailers, 30 manufacturers and European academics.

As the name implies, the focus of the group is retail losses, for example, shrink, waste and out of stocks. Taken together, these losses can lead to lost profits to the retailer that are the equivalent of 3% of sales.

Every year the Group commissions new research to create new knowledge, tools and techniques that can help organisation’s improve profitability and increase customer satisfaction. This knowledge is disseminated through seminars, workshops and published papers and articles. In addition, three team meetings are held each year, each hosted by a group member.

Food Waste ReportThe group is free to join for any retailer or manufacturer in Europe, and their research output is free to download at

Of particular interest is the issue of food waste click on the image for their latest report.

For more information and to join the group, email Colin Peacock at