Put Your Brand’s Best Foot Forward

A shortage of talent, high employee turnover, seasonal demand fluctuation – as the trusted screening partner of more than a quarter of the top 50 US retailers, Sterling understands the retail industry’s need for fast, cost-effective and comprehensive background checks.

Improving how proprietors offer goods and services.

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How are you managing shrinkage?

The influx of temporary employees around the holiday season requires an increased focus on loss prevention. Shrinkage has always been an issue for retail businesses, even more so now as the industry adapts to changing shopping patterns and needs.

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Low Unemployment Rate Challenge

With a changing retail industry and a low unemployment rate, learn how retailers are meeting their hiring challenges, especially with the busiest retail season just around the corner.

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Simple Screening Solution for Franchises and Smaller Retailers

Affordable packages and a robust menu of customizations, such as criminal history searches, motor vehicle record checks, employment and education verifications, and drug testing, meet the unique needs of small businesses and franchises.

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The Sterling Advantage


We combine our advanced technology with a superior fulfillment engine to deliver simpler, more efficient background checks – no matter how many employees or retail locations you have.


Our unique automated court record collection allows us to beat the average background check turnaround time by being up to 4x faster, even during peak hiring seasons.


Our dedicated Retail account management team has decades of experience in the Retail industry, giving us the ability to tailor products and services based on your screening requirements, such as job roles or retail locations.


Sterling’s in-depth knowledge of the screening industry and various hiring laws and regulations helps you promote the highest standards of compliance.

Candidate Experience

Our mobile-enabled candidate portal makes it quick and easy for candidates to complete the background check process – reducing candidate drop-off and getting them hired sooner.


We understand the risks associated with dishonest and undesirable employees, from compromised safety to inventory shrinkage. With Sterling’s screening solutions you can be confident that you’re hiring the highest quality candidates without the risk of a questionable background.

Background Screening Essentials for the Financial Services and Insurance Sectors

Did you know 37% of candidates in the financial services industry are found to have discrepancies in employment and activity verifications?

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Criminal Background Checks

Our comprehensive background screening services raise the safety bar to help ensure faster, accurate hiring decisions.

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We validate who you are hiring in advance with thorough verification services backed by our own powerful fulfillment engine.

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Workforce Monitoring

Our proactive Workforce Monitoring services help protect your organization against violence, litigation, fraud and theft.

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Drug & Health Screening

Improve workplace safety with an array of pre-and post-drug and alcohol tests, health screenings and DOT services.

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Want to talk background checks or brainstorm about hiring solutions? Need us to just listen? Whatever the reason, we are here to help.

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Mailing Address

PO Box 1048
Bothell, WA 98041-1048