A Loss Prevention System To Start The New Year

Shrink in the retail industry is a  loss that many retailers seem unable to fight.  The budget to invest in security in the retail industry has declined over the years with no plans to restore it now or in the foreseeable future. Many of the small retailers believe that installing a loss prevention system will be too expensive for them to afford even though  they seem unable to stop the shoplifting that is causing their store major losses.

Loss prevention systems that allow these retailers to deter the shoplifting from happening in their stores are an investment they seem to ignore or to believe they are too expensive for them to even consider. The benefits associated with installing a loss prevention system in a retail store are numerous, and research has  shown the investment of purchasing such system can be recouped within a year.

Many retail stores do a physical inventory regularly that allows them to gauge the state of their store. Depending on the size of their business, this physical inventory should be done at the end of the month or quarter, and definitely one at the end of the year. For many retail stores, if an inventory is done after the holidays, it can offer a very shocking reality.  

The shoplifting, employee theft, vendor and clerical errors are seen clearly and painfully, and cannot offer an explanation or a solution to the tremendous losses in the store. A physical inventory is also a very expensive way to account for the merchandise in the store. The many hours and personnel required to do this kind of inventory are financially draining for many businesses and their bottom line.

If after the holidays your business has decided to purchase and install a loss prevention system that will allow you to deter the shoplifting and  employee theft in your store, there are a few key features such system should have to help you be successful.

  1. A software platform that allows the retail business a concise and up to the minute inventory analysis to make the necessary adjustments for their business.  
  2. EAS  solutions that are tied to an RF surveillance system that enables the loss prevention team to make decisions accurately and in a timely manner every day all year long
  3. A loss prevention system that will offer training to your employees and help you navigate solutions to your specific problems.

There are many loss prevention systems sellers that will help you find the financing available, give you the training, and the customer care you need to make the installation of the system a success.

Having doubts about buying and installing a loss prevention system in place is understandable and expected.  But, letting shoplifting, employee theft and other external factors influence the earnings you work hard to earn is not a sustainable solution. Contact us and talk to us, we will be happy to work with you.

Advantages of AM over RF EAS Systems

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you have to make a decision on a purchase and you have to determine what is going to be best for your situation? I know that car shopping is one of those purchases where I have to take multiple factors into consideration and it isn’t always just about cost. I have to be able to accommodate at least 5 adults and perhaps even 6 if my mother-in-law is included in a ride. I need to get decent gas mileage because I never know who may have to use it and all of our work so I don’t want to fill it every day. I need dependability, I’ve had too many vehicle break-downs and I don’t want a breakdown on my wife if I can help it. Before I make a purchase I search customer reviews of vehicles and automotive expert ratings on websites such as Edmunds or Kelly Blue Book. The vehicle has to meet my requirements or I have to pass on it regardless of how good the deal may appear to be. The same thing can be true for a retailer when determining the best Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) System and tags to use to combat theft related shortage.

     There are two choices that a store owner will have when deciding on an EAS system, a radio frequency (rf) system or an acousto-magnetic (am) system. But how do you choose? What are the advantages of one over the other?

RF Tags:

  • RF tags (labels) are easier to deactivate at the point of sale. These tags can be passed over a deactivation pad and the tags will not cause an alarm when the merchandise is carried out the doors.
  • RF label deactivation pads are less expensive to operate since the pad only “activates” when a label passes over it. The AM deactivation pad continually runs and uses more power (Wikipedia)
  • RF labels tend to be a bit less expensive to purchase than AM tags.
  • RF labels have made improvements over the years. Small, clear labels have been developed that can be placed on smaller packages without concealing as much important information. Wikipedia does state that small RF tags do cause problems with consistency in deactivation. This can be a cause for false alarms that can hinder the effectiveness of EAS systems.

AM Tags:

  • The highest detection rate in the industry.
  • The standard AM label has a smaller footprint than the standard RF label.
  • Based on their design AM tags have less interference from outside the detection band frequency they operate on.
  • These tags and labels have a greater detection range than RF labels.
  • Where RF labels may be affected by foils, metals, and liquids, AM labels are less susceptible to making them more effective against booster devices. (“Genuine Sensormatic Labels”, Tyco White Paper)
  • Where a metal shopping cart may interfere with the detection performance of an RF label the same shopping carts have no effect on AM tags and labels.

As you can see for yourself there are advantages to both types of systems and tags. The question is going to be which is the best fit for you?  We have worked with both systems and are a nationwide sensormatic dealer and we have worked with both types of technology extensively.

     From a Loss Prevention perspective, the biggest concerns involve professional shoplifters who use devices to try to circumvent a store EAS system and false alarms. Knowing that foiled lined bags and clothing can disrupt RF systems and having apprehended shoplifters using these devices I would tend to favor the AM tags. False alarms can be annoying to customers and have a negative impact on shopper attitudes and RF systems do tend to have a higher rate of false alarm problems. Whether a store manager chooses the RF system or the AM system the most important part is to make sure a system is purchased. It is a proven method of theft deterrence and shortage reduction.


When they don’t work alone

I am seeing more and more cases where my internal (employee) theft cases revolve around an employee and someone from the outside. That is just fine by me. When you have a single associate stealing, it can be problematic trying to find out how and where they are stealing.

 When an employee is working with someone, I see more activity around the registers. It may sound strange, but it works out better for me in the long run.

 Most of the time when an employee passes merchandise off to a buddy or relative, they move the product past the checkouts. It is to give the appearance that the items are being paid for. The other reason is that is where the detachers are to get rid of any checkpoint labels or checkpoint security tags that are present.

 For a lot of retailers, the cash wraps are where the bulk of cameras are. So when an employee is at the register deactivating RF labels, we can see what is going on, as well as recording it for further evidence.

 By having Checkpoint labels and Checkpoint security tags on our product, it slows down the theft giving us a better chance at detecting the pass off, and accurately case building. We can recover more merchandise and restitution in the end, all thanks to the RF labels.

 Visit the Loss Prevention Store to purchase Checkpoint labels, Checkpoint security tags, and other RF labels that can help you stop shoplifting with your Electronic Article Surveillance or EAS system in your business.

 For more information on Checkpoint labels, Checkpoint security tags, RF labels, RF security labels, RF security tags and how they work with your Electronic Article Surveillance or EAS system to stop shoplifting contact us at RF label or call 1.866.914.2567

 

Which One Will You Pick?

I have had many opportunities over the years to stop shoplifting, or more accurately, to stop shoplifters in my stores. One of the easiest ways is to incorporate the use of Checkpoint labels and Checkpoint security tags into our day-to-day operations.

 Checkpoint security tags and Checkpoint labels are tested for quality and reliability. Checkpoint prides themselves at being at the top of the anti theft device game. They have blazed the trail to provide effective solutions to stop shoplifting.

 Checkpoint continues to innovate product specific solutions to assist in all of your shrink reduction needs. They have gone beyond the simple hard tags and now offer box locks, wraps, customizable adhesive labels and jewelry solutions, just to name a few.

 Having more solutions makes it easier for me to do my job and reduce shrink in my stores. I no longer have to spend my time reinventing the wheel just to make something work. I can just browse the list of Checkpoint solutions to see what will work in my situation.

 I find that I spend less time looking at what went wrong, because I was using the wrong product. Now I spend my time evaluating what went right and how can I produce those same results with my next problem area.

 Visit the Loss Prevention Store to purchase Checkpoint labels, Checkpoint security tags, and other RF labels that can help you stop shoplifting with your Electronic Article Surveillance or EAS system in your business.

 For more information on Checkpoint labels, Checkpoint security tags, RF labels, RF security labels, RF security tags and how they work with your Electronic Article Surveillance or EAS system to stop shoplifting contact us at RF label or call 1.866.914.2567

 

Don’t Be Fooled By a Knock- Off

If you have ever tried or switched from a name brand item to a generic or store brand item, you know that not all products are equivalent to each other. Some things turn out ok. There is not a glaring difference between the two. Sometimes, though, the difference between a name brand and a cheap knock off is alarming.

 When you are trying to stop shoplifting from occurring in your stores, you need to be wary of what off brands you use. You are libel to end up with an inferior foreign made item that does not stand up to the extreme quality controls of a Checkpoint label or a Checkpoint security tag.

 Not all RF labels and RF security tags are equal. Checkpoint has developed and adheres to strict quality controls; testing each and every RF security tag and RF label they make.

 Checkpoint believes in their quality and stands behind their name. They want you to believe in them too. This is one time where it is worth it to go with a trusted name brand. Your merchandise and your inventories are depending on it. Don’t be fooled by a knock off. Go with Checkpoint.

 Visit the Loss Prevention Store to purchase Checkpoint labels, Checkpoint security tags, and other RF labels that can help you stop shoplifting with your Electronic Article Surveillance or EAS system in your business.

 For more information on Checkpoint labels, Checkpoint security tags, RF labels, RF security labels, RF security tags and how they work with your Electronic Article Surveillance or EAS system to stop shoplifting contact us at RF label or call 1.866.914.2567

 

How Do They Do It?

A rather young, new employee asked me the other day how Checkpoint labels and Checkpoint security tags stop shoplifting. They didn’t really believe that a plastic tag or a little sticky label could really be an effective method to stop shoplifting. You could see the doubt brimming in their eyes.

 I told them it was a combination of several different facets all working together that created an efficient shortage reduction program. The first step was utilizing the RF labels and RF security tags.

 You see, the RF security tags and labels are a visual cue for potential thieves. They say that stealing any of the tagged items are going to be more difficult to get out the door without raising suspicion or notice.

 For those shoplifters that do try to beat the system, it will take them longer to either try (usually unsuccessfully) to defeat the tags, or they will set the alarm off as they go out the door.

 If they are noticed inside the store, they will generally be apprehended. Those that set the alarm off run the risk of having a license plate on their get away vehicle documented. Many a shoplifter has been apprehended after the fact by having a lead on the car’s make, color and plates.

 All in all, the word spreads quickly that this store takes shortages and theft seriously; best to move on to the next store and leave this one alone.

 Visit the Loss Prevention Store to purchase Checkpoint labels, Checkpoint security tags, and other RF labels that can help you stop shoplifting with your Electronic Article Surveillance or EAS system in your business.

 For more information on Checkpoint labels, Checkpoint security tags, RF labels, RF security labels, RF security tags and how they work with your Electronic Article Surveillance or EAS system to stop shoplifting contact us at RF label or call 1.866.914.2567

 

Why The EAS System IS So Effective

Sometimes we just take things for granted. We know that certain things work and certain things don’t. How often do we ever stop and think about why something works better than something else. Take EAS systems like Checkpoint security tags and Checkpoint labels as an effective means to stop shoplifting.

 Shoplifters ultimately rely on the need to remain inconspicuous and anonymous. A shoplifter’s greatest trait is to be able to dash into a store, under the radar, and get out before anyone notices they are there. When you say time is of the essence, no one can relate more than a shoplifter.

 When you add another variable into the equation, such as Checkpoint security tags and Checkpoint labels, that precious time needed to make a successful theft starts to dwindle. If a shoplifter is now faced with the task of unauthorized removal of the tags and labels, they run the risk of being detected.

 Since there is no easy, quick way to remove the tags without the proper deactivators or detachers, the addition of tags and labels are essential to being able to stop shoplifting. It is far better to rob a thief of time, than for a thief to rob you of your inventory.

 Visit the Loss Prevention Store to purchase Checkpoint labels, Checkpoint security tags, and other RF labels that can help you stop shoplifting with your Electronic Article Surveillance or EAS system in your business.

 For more information on Checkpoint labels, Checkpoint security tags, RF labels, RF security labels, RF security tags and how they work with your Electronic Article Surveillance or EAS system to stop shoplifting contact us at RF label or call 1.866.914.2567 

 

Who Do You Trust With Your Assets

Checkpoint labels and Checkpoint security tags are amongst the best in the business. Sure, you can go out just about anywhere and get some inexpensive knock offs, but why would you?

 When you are making an investment to stop shoplifting losses in your store, trust only the best name in the business.  Checkpoint labels and Checkpoint security tags are reliable. They are individually tested to ensure consistent results. They make a point to not having any duds sent out with their name on it.

 Often other RF labels and RF security tags are foreign imports that are quickly and cheaply made. There generally aren’t the same quality control standards. You can have multiple RF labels on a roll that do not work. Why pay for a product that is only marginally good? Expect the best for your merchandise.

 If you are taking the time and effort to truly invest in a shrink reduction plan, do it right the first time. Make no mistakes in which you will trust with your most precious assets: your merchandise, your customers, and your store. You will be happier from the start. Quality products that are done right each and every time absolutely guaranteed.

 Visit the Loss Prevention Store to purchase Checkpoint labels, Checkpoint security tags, and other RF labels that can help you stop shoplifting with your Electronic Article Surveillance or EAS system in your business.

 For more information on Checkpoint labels, Checkpoint security tags, RF labels, RF security labels, RF security tags and how they work with your Electronic Article Surveillance or EAS system to stop shoplifting contact us at RF label or call 1.866.914.2567

 

Sleek and Discreet

After spending years in Loss Prevention, I understand the need for discretion and stealth very well. With out either of these traits, I would not have gotten very far in my career. It is rather hard to stop shoplifting from occurring in your stores if you are loud and boisterous.

 I remember a story my old mentor told me. He had been standing in a checkout line behind one of his shoplifters. This wasn’t just any old shoplifter either. He had been hitting the stores for months and my mentor finally had enough to make an apprehension.

 They had stuffed a box with merchandise and were paying for only the box, not the contents. After the transaction finished, my mentor could make the apprehension as they left the store.

 Well, sure enough, another associate was walking by and shouted “Hey! Have you caught any shoplifters today?” My mentor’s cover was gone and the shoplifter left without any product. The case had been blown. While the shoplifter never came back to the store, any chance of recovering the previously stolen product, or securing restitution was completely destroyed.

 Checkpoint security tags and Checkpoint labels are designed with the same thought in mind. They should be effective above all else, but also sleek, discreet and stealth whenever they are needed to stop shoplifting. It is much more wise to put your trust in Checkpoint security tags and Checkpoint labels to get the job done.

 Visit the Loss Prevention Store to purchase Checkpoint labels, Checkpoint security tags, and other RF labels that can help you stop shoplifting with your Electronic Article Surveillance or EAS system in your business.

 For more information on Checkpoint labels, Checkpoint security tags, RF labels, RF security labels, RF security tags and how they work with your Electronic Article Surveillance or EAS system to stop shoplifting contact us at RF label or call 1.866.914.2567

 

On The Inside

When I was in my teenage years, it seems like I had plenty of disposable income. It was never a stretch to go out and buy some new little trinket, or a new CD. As the years went by, my discretionary funds if you will, seemed to give way to new expenses like a car payment, mortgage, etc. My new CD purchases have been few and far between.

 The other day, I did go out and buy a new CD. It had been a while, and quite frankly I was shocked to see that stores still carried CDs. After I got home with my new purchase, I eagerly ripped into the packaging. Ten minutes later I finally got the plastic wrap off. Inside the cover, on the insert, was a little RF security label.

 It seemed like a rather unfortunate place to put an RF label since the insert can easily be removed. To stop shoplifting, using an RF security label is an important step. When I think of how long it took me to actually get into my CD, I think it is a very good hiding spot for the RF label. I just really wish they had put it on the inside of the case, instead of ruining my insert.

 Visit the Loss Prevention Store to purchase Checkpoint labels, Checkpoint security tags, and other RF labels that can help you stop shoplifting with your Electronic Article Surveillance or EAS system in your business.

 For more information on Checkpoint labels, Checkpoint security tags, RF labels, RF security labels, RF security tags and how they work with your Electronic Article Surveillance or EAS system to stop shoplifting contact us at RF label or call 1.866.914.2567