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Is Your Retail Store Security Up to Date?

Preventing shoplifting is one of the most straightforward ways retailers can reduce shrink in their inventory. Sending a strong message of deterrence to thieves relies on having reliable retail store security to show that you are taking loss prevention seriously. These retail security measures can vary from tried-and-true physical security techniques to implementing cybersecurity protection in your store.

How to Maintain Your Retail Store Security

Use retail security solutions that work for you. If you are a smaller retailer, it is probably not necessary to buy the latest security system equipped with artificial intelligence. Instead, invest your money in more affordable technology, such as an EAS system at entry and exit points, security cameras throughout your store and scanners and barcode labels to manage your inventory.

Examine your store to figure out which retail security measures you need. Perform regular checks on each part of your store to identify areas prone to security breaches, such as low-visibility corners and shelves with high-value items. You should also take note of high-risk items in your inventory, such as cosmetics, luxury goods and pharmaceuticals. After examining your store layout and your inventory, you can then decide if you need to implement new security measures, such as adding security cameras to areas of low visibility, or simply adjust your strategy.

Be aware of digital threats to retailers. Today’s evolving technology makes it easier for thieves and other malicious actors to take advantage of retailers who are not aware of these threats. These cyberattacks include website hacking, customer data breaches and card skimming. The best way to protect yourself and your customers from digital threats is to ensure that your software is up to date and that you are using appropriate security measure to protect customer data. To protect customers’ credit card information, you should make sure your payment processing system is PC compliant and that you can accept EMV or chip payments. 

Train your employees to be aware of your retail security measures. Your retail security solutions only work as well as the store associates who use them. As part of a new employee’s training process, include an overview of your store’s retail security and demonstrate these security measures to make sure they understand. This can include showing them how to properly deactivate and detach security tags or what to do if your retail security system has triggered an alarm. If you have a specific procedure for something, it can be helpful to post guidelines in the stockroom, break room or behind the counter for your employees.

Perform regular loss prevention audits. Set up an LP checklist for your store and have your LP team or a third-party professional go through your store to check if your retail security measures are working correctly. This list will vary for every retailer, but some common points include:

  • Is the retail security system functioning correctly?
  • Are the POS keys kept in a secure location?
  • Are you restricting store access to store personnel during business hours only?
  • Are you limiting high-risk transactions and POS tasks to authorized personnel only?
  • Have all items been tagged with a security tag and/or barcode?
  • Does everyone on your team understand store policies about issuing refunds, voiding transactions, etc.?

Update Your Retail Store Security with CONTROLTEK

If you want to take the next step in improving your retail store security, CONTROLTEK has a wide range of cost-effective retail security solutions to meet your needs. From visual deterrence security tags to LP system installation and deployment, we will work with you to update your retail security and get the ROI you expect. Contact us today to connect with our team of experts and start fighting shrink today.

How to Prevent Shoplifting

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), external shoplifting accounts for 36.5 percent of retail inventory shrinkage. Retailers should prioritize protecting their merchandise because it is their key investment and source of revenue. In order to do that, you need to have the right tools and training to prevent your store from being targeted by shoplifters.

Reevaluate your shoplifting prevention strategy.

If you already have a shoplifting prevention plan in place but still struggle with shoplifting incidents, then you need to take another look at your strategy and make regular updates to account for new developments in loss prevention. Your shoplifting prevention strategy should include how to deter thieves as well as what you will do if you catch a shoplifter in your store. Some questions to ask yourself to figure out how you will handle a shoplifter are:

  • Will we try to deal with the situation with our in-house loss prevention team?
  • Will we involve the police?
  • Do we have a price threshold to determine how we should act next? Example: if we catch a shoplifter stealing more than $100 worth of merchandise, we will call the police.

Train your store associates to identify familiar shoplifting methods.

Although profiling is strongly discouraged in loss prevention, it is still valuable to learn how to spot common shoplifting techniques. For example, shoplifters rarely work alone. They typically work together and have one or more accomplices who distract your employees while another steals your merchandise. Other shoplifting methods include switching price tags, making fraudulent returns or removing security tags in the fitting room. Shoplifters will also often use bulky items such as strollers, umbrellas, backpacks and large handbags to hide stolen goods.

Identify suspicious behavior.

Train your staff to keep an eye on customers exhibiting the following behavior:

  • Watching the store associates
  • Picking up random items
  • Taking several items into the fitting room but coming out with fewer items

Add a retail security system.

Though security system services do have costs, they will also help you reduce theft, so you will see a solid ROI on your security system soon. Electronic article surveillance, more commonly known as EAS, is the most common retail security tagging system. An EAS system will not only trigger an alarm in your store if a shoplifter attempts to steal something but also deter thieves from trying to steal your merchandise at all.

Keep an eye on your fitting rooms.

Though it is tempting to leave your fitting rooms unattended during quiet periods, this leaves an opportunity for shoplifters to sneak in, defeat any security tags and steal your merchandise while you aren’t looking. When there are little to no customers trying on clothes, encourage your store associates to monitor the fitting room area so no one can enter without having their number of items checked.

Invest in other anti-shoplifting devices.

In addition to an EAS system, you can install other anti-shoplifting devices to help protect your store from thieves. There are many options available for protecting your fitting rooms, which is a shoplifter’s favorite area in a store to defeat tags and steal merchandise. For example, CONTROLTEK’s ApparelGuard detects magnet detachers and catches shoplifters in the act, while the HyperGuard can be installed at your store’s entrance to detect booster bags and stop shoplifters before they can steal anything.

Secure your high-risk merchandise.

Small, high-value items are the most likely to be stolen by shoplifters. Merchandise such as small electronics, accessories, leather goods and cosmetics are easy for shoplifters to sneak into a pocket or purse, but the theft of these items will add up for you. You can secure these items with specially designed security tags, such as CONTROLTEK’s DualTech PadLock as a shoe security tag or the FlatGuard to protect wallets and other small leather goods.

Protect Your Merchandise from Shoplifters with CONTROLTEK

Our arsenal of retail security solutions offers many possibilities for retailers to protect their merchandise, from traditional and cost-effective EAS tags to more advanced RFID tags and systems to manage your inventory while deterring thieves. Contact us today to find out which retail security system will work for you and your store.

Why Do You Need a Fitting Room Security Solution?

For many clothing retailers, the fitting room is one of the biggest challenges in the battle against shoplifting. One of the best ways you can enhance your retail security is by adding a fitting room security solution to your arsenal.

Fitting Room Theft

A fitting room is a necessary part of any clothing retail store because it gives your customers a private space to try on clothing and decide if they want to purchase it. But the issue that comes with offering customers this privacy is that shoplifters will inevitably take advantage of it.

The best way to protect your fitting rooms is to install security solutions specifically designed for them. These solutions can detect the presence of booster bags, which is a type of bag lined with multiple layers of aluminum foil that provide electromagnetic shielding to prevent clothing security tags from being detected by the antennae of retail security systems.

Some other ways to deter theft include:

  • Fitting room attendants who count garments in and out
  • Visible security cameras and public-view monitors outside a fitting room entrance
  • Fitting rooms located in high-traffic areas
  • Chimes to alert store associates when a customer enters and exits a fitting room area

Catch Shoplifters in the Act with CONTROLTEK

CONTROLTEK’s fitting room solutions use the latest technology to help you fight fitting room theft. The ApparelGuard detects magnet detachers to catch shoplifters in the act, while the HyperGuard detects booster bags to stop shoplifters before they can make their move. Contact us today to learn more about deploying these retail security solutions in your store.

How to Prepare Your Retail Store for Black Friday

Black Friday is just around the corner, which means it’s time for retailers to prepare their stores for a higher volume of customers — and a greater risk of theft. Customer shoplifting is the number one source of shrink for retailers, but there are many ways you can fight shrink during the holiday season.

Train Your Employees

Store employees who provide excellent customer service is one of the simplest ways to deter theft, and it already aligns with your goals as a retailer. Here are more ways your employees can help you reduce shrink:

Spot counterfeit money. When employees learn how to spot fake money, they can help reduce the chances of a business suffering a loss of thousands of dollars. Counterfeit money pens and detectors are an easy way to help store associates spot counterfeit money. There are also a few ways to visually detect counterfeit money, such as checking a bill for color-shifting ink or an authentic watermark, which an employee can quickly and easily perform at checkout.

Actively manage store inventory. If there’s ever a time that a certain item in your store is going to sell out quickly, it’s during Black Friday. With a higher volume of customers and sales, it can be easy for employees to become overwhelmed and fall behind on inventory management. Implementing an inventory management system can help by making it easy for your employees to scan and view inventory anywhere in store, even from your point-of-sale system.

Protect Your Merchandise

Another line of defense against shoplifting is protecting your products from theft. EAS tags and labels come in a variety of form factors and technologies so you can apply them to nearly any kind of product. They can even be integrated with your inventory management system if you use RFID technology.

With so many customers entering your store, your first step should be to deter theft wherever possible. An ink tag, such as the InkGuard, provides both visual deterrence and benefit denial without requiring you to install an EAS system in your store, making it the perfect tag for small businesses. The tag can only be safely removed using a powerful magnetic detacher at checkout. Otherwise, when the tag is improperly removed, the ink will explode and damage the item, which discourages shoplifters from stealing. This type of tag is ideal for protecting denim, apparel and designer wear.

Boxed gift sets and electronics are incredibly popular during the holiday season, but they often cannot be protected with the typical EAS pin tag. A tag specifically designed for boxed merchandise, such as our SurfaceTag, can protect your products without interfering with the customer experience. The SurfaceTag is an excellent alternative to other cable-based tags designed for boxed merchandise, which can often be time consuming to remove and annoying to the customer.

How CONTROLTEK Can Help You Prepare

Supplying state-of-the-art EAS and RFID tags. CONTROLTEK’s wide range of EAS and RFID tags and labels offer many options to protect almost any product you can think of. Our tags are compatible with both RF and AM systems, and many can be converted to RFID technology as well.

Installing EAS and RFID systems on time and correctly the very first time. Our First Time Right™ promise has resulted in over 97 percent of EAS and RFID system installations being fully completed on the first visit, one of the highest rates in the loss prevention industry. We document every single installation, and to be rated as First Time Right™ each one must be signed off by our customer.

Providing tamper-evident retail deposit bags. More customers during the holidays means an increase in cash flow. CONTROLTEK’s industry-leading cash deposit bags for retailers have tamper-evident security features and easy-to-use seals to speed up the cash deposit process for your employees.

CONTROLTEK has solutions for every retailer who wants to boost their store’s security in time for the holiday season. Contact us to start fighting shrink today!

The 5 Secrets to Protecting Cash Deposits

The 2014 National Retail Federation/University of Florida National Retail Security Survey reported that retailers lost an average of 1.38% of retail sales, amounting to nearly $44 billion, due to shrinkage and theft. The survey further said, “losses from employee theft cost retailers $16 billion a year.” These drains on the bottom line can take a big chunk out of profits.

By their very nature, retail operations present numerous opportunities for employees to steal. Investigators can be faced with a myriad of factors that must be scrutinized and evaluated when looking at cases of suspected theft, including employees with sticky fingers who are trusted to deliver cash deposits to banks. Removing a few tens or twenties can be easy and go unnoticed. But there are others in the loop (armored-car drivers, bank employees, etc.) who also handle large sums of cash. The FBI uncovered $600,000 from a backyard in a California neighborhood. It seems two armored-truck drivers helped themselves to money being transferred from a bank vault. In another case a bank employee helped herself to cash that a local business had dropped off in a night deposit box.

Protecting Cash Made Simple

Some fixes to deter employee or customer theft can be quite extensive and technologically advanced, requiring extensive training, expensive equipment, and tons of resources.

Other ways to combat missing cash are easy to implement, such as having the relevant and necessary supplies for managing cash transactions. One simple deterrent to cash theft is engaging in the proper handling and transferring of cash.

5 Guidelines to Help Protect Collected, Transferred, & Deposited Cash:

  1. Follow best practices for hiring and training employees. Develop an anti-theft plan to include situation assessment and delineation of consequences. Be sure all employees handling money at any stage in the customer-to-bank deposit transaction period understand their responsibilities to the company. Trained security personnel must be constantly on the alert for possible theft and company investigators should be schooled in proper interviewing and reporting techniques for theft cases.
  2. Using a 2-person check, or dual sign-off, for cash transfers will deter individuals from considering stealing some of the money in their care. Also referred to as “separation of function”, this includes requiring one person to count the cash while another person verifies the amount and completes the deposit slip, or having one person seal or lock the money bag while another person verifies the seal or retains possession of the key.
  3. Install video cameras in the areas where cash is stored or transferred. Cameras can provide hard evidence in a theft case but more importantly, they are a deterrent to preventing thefts from occurring.
  4. Check your accounts in a timely manner. Make sure all deposits show up in your bank statement. Monitor all bookkeeping records. Engage in periodic, unannounced, unscheduled auditing of bank accounts.
  5. Utilize proper cash deposit bags. Currency bags should safely store money and protect it from theft as it changes hands. There are locking bags or tamper-evident currency bags, all with mid-level and maximum level security options. This added security level makes thieves think twice before reaching into a sealed money bag.

Proven Cash Protection Solutions

At CONTROLTEK, we understand that theft is not always perpetrated by store employees. There are many cases where the theft occurs after the cash has left the hands of the employee. We help ensure your cash is protected from armored car drivers and bank employees as well!
The CONTROLTEK SafeLok bag incorporates our “press2Lok” seal technology, utilizing a high security void tape with an in-line closure. This void tape is specially formulated to display void evidence when subjected to heat, cold, or chemicals.
Typically used for deposits, this bag comes in a large array of sizes and styles including internal and external pockets for checks and deposit slips. High performance films and side seams meet all Federal Reserve guidelines. The high-definition void graphics on this “easy to seal” bag make it a deterrent against theft as well as a favorite for high volume cash users.
To help prevent cash loss, contact CONTROLTEK today.

About CONTROLTEK
Since 1976, we have been delivering unique products and solutions to the cash-transfer and asset protection industries to address specific business challenges.  Our company has grown steadily based on the quality of our products and the quality of our service. Our commitment to research and development is combined with a willingness to listen to the people who everyday depend on our products. By relentlessly researching and introducing new materials and new features, we are proud to say we have impacted the way assets are secured globally.
With experience gained through research and collaboration within the financial and retail sectors, we actively charted a course over the past several years to bring added value, new thinking and viable approaches, addressing the dilemmas and challenges that frustrate business professionals today.
During this process, we realigned our resources within CONTROLTEK, creating three silos (ISS, ISP and IVS).  This enables us to focus more specifically on the needs of our Clients and their specific challenges they face on a daily basis.  Additionally, CONTROLTEK has aligned itself with Global partners to provide holistic solutions that solve today’s challenges.   Whatever the application, CONTROLTEK resources stand by ready to deliver results that enable commerce and effectively secure assets at financial institutions and leading retailers across the globe.

The Not-So Holiday Checklist

With the influx of customers during the holiday months, most businesses’ have taken measures to be certain their existing inventory strategies are well thought-out, and that their stores are well prepared for the added security and other inventory protection needs that come with the holiday season. All of this preparation is designed to ensure the retail stores are operating on all cylinders in order to successfully meet the demands of the holidays, while preventing losses due to theft. But what happens when the holidays are over? How can retailers ensure that all of their pre-holiday “best practice” efforts transcend throughout the entire next year?

To help prevent thefts from occurring, and to provide legitimate customers with the best shopping experience possible, we’ve created a checklist for all retail stores not only for the lead-up to the holiday shopping rush, but to use throughout the year. Take a look at this list to see if all of these things are in place:

  1. Product tagging system: The holiday rush provides exactly the kind of hectic shopping environment that thieves love to take advantage of. If your store doesn’t have an EAS tagging system in place, what’s preventing shoplifters from just walking out the door with merchandise amid the crowd of shoppers? CONTROLTEK’s line of EAS Tags offers stores a robust arsenal of tagging solutions for every product type, for every day of the year.
  2. Prepared staff: Are your employees ready to not only provide stellar customer service this shopping season and beyond, but also to help weed out potential shoplifters? For asset protection, it’s vital to equip all employees with the skills and technology to help deter shoplifters.
  3. Top-tier inventory oversight: If there’s ever a time that a particular item in your store is going to sell out quickly, it’s during the holiday season. The frequency with which purchases are made over the holiday months means that inventory managers have to elevate their oversight. Otherwise, the store could get a reputation as the place that never has the items customers want. Stopping this issue from happening means taking steps to refine inventory control to a process that runs like a well-oiled machine. This includes:
    1. Harnessing RFID active inventory control software to provide store leaders with an up-to-date picture of a business’s inventory.
    2. Using handheld RFID readers to make inventory scanning a highly expedient process.
    3. Ensuring a strong line of communication between leaders at the store and those at product stocking sites. By doing this, stocking requests can be more quickly fulfilled as popular items fly off the shelves.
  1. Cash transfer solutions in place: More customers mean a lot more cash in the registers, and stores will have to look into their currency transfer methods as the need to safely handle cash inflow increases. When it comes to store deposits and cash transfers, retail deposit bags from CONTROLTEK provide retailers with a highly secure means of transferring cash for deposit. Among the features included with these bags are tampering protection and robust sealing technology. Check out CONTROLTEK’s tamper-evident bags

Considering that we’ve been open since 1976, CONTROLTEK has seen its fair share of holiday shopping seasons, as well as the challenges retailers face on a daily basis. While the shopping landscape has changed in the past 30 years, the need to maintain a high level of inventory protection hasn’t. That’s why we’ve designed Inventory Security Solutions (ISS) that are built to meet the security needs of today’s stores and put retailers in the best possible position to be more profitable as the holidays approach…and throughout the year.

Theft Free Holiday

Holidays are about family, friends and celebration, but gifts aren’t exactly a small part of the equation either. When the holiday season kicks off, retail stores can expect a significant uptick in customers and sales. According to the National Retail Federation, this past holiday season – which ended in December 2014 – represented the highest in terms of holiday retail sales figures since 2011.

As NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay put it at the time, “There is every reason to believe we have moved well beyond the days of consumer pessimism and that the trajectory for retailers continues to point up.”

Shay’s assertion suggests that this holiday season may be even better than the last in terms of sales. But for stores, the great sales figures that the holidays bring can often be overshadowed by a rise in something far less desirable: theft.

Retail is a main target in holiday crime
Unfortunately, holiday sales aren’t the only things that have gone up recently – so have holiday theft statistics, with retailers tracing a 30 percent increase in such incidents. These days, 95 percent of retail stores have experienced theft, which points to what a pervasive issue it is. While there’s no one single way to prevent shoplifting incidents from happening, there are key steps stores can take to minimize such crimes, including:

  • Hiring well-trained staffers who can provide an optimal level of customer service, thereby deterring thefts
  • Having better detection technology in place at exits to prevent items from being swiped out of the store
  • More actively monitoring inventory to ensure no discrepancies arise

Stores aren’t the only ones that face holiday threats
While it may seem that retailers are hit the hardest in terms of theft during the holiday months, individual consumers also face a significant degree of risk. One, for instance, comes in the form of ATM threats. Recently, there has been a 174 percent increase in such incidents.

Another common scheme consumers can fall victim to is the email scam. Is there an email in your inbox from your favorite holiday-themed store promising a special discount just for you? While it could be legitimate, it could also be a sophisticated phishing message from cyber thieves, who are convincingly posing as a sender you recognize in order to get you to disclose private information. These days, 11 percent of identity theft happens via technology, and with cybercriminals using more sophisticated and targeted methods, that number will undoubtedly rise.

But it’s not just technology that consumers have to worry about. With 43 percent of identity theft cases caused by things like stolen credit cards and wallets, people also have to be concerned about their physical documents getting swiped.

How CONTROLTEK can help make your holiday theft-free
Here at CONTROLTEK, we want to do our part to ensure that this holiday is a secure one. Here are some of the tools we offer that elevate holiday security:

  • Triplok security bags: Our Triplok bags are top-of-the-line for securing currency in transit. With a triple seal closure and stringent detection mechanisms in place to identify any attempted tampering, these bags are the industry standard. As such, they’ve earned the Vault Process Certification (VPC) standards seal of approval, making them the go-to resource for cash management professionals.
  • Tamper-evident security seals: As a global leader in security seals, we set the standard for this kind of technology. Whether it’s security totes, cash bags, ATM cassettes or other things you’re looking to secure, we’ve got a seal for your specific need.
  • Deposit tickets and endorsement stamps: Deposit tickets and endorsement stamps offer an additional – and vital – layer of security when it comes to sending items. Our deposit tickets come in two forms, books or loose, while our stamps include a self-inking endorsement option. This is the kind of resource that helps you stay one step ahead of a prospective thief.

Retailers and individuals deserve to enjoy the holidays. With CONTROLTEK solutions, you can spend more time on enjoyment while knowing that your security is in good hands.

Employee Awareness: The Key to Protecting Inventory

When it comes to stores preventing theft, having a robust inventory protection strategy in place is absolutely vital. But there’s one central element of a great retail theft prevention strategy that is sometimes overlooked: making sure employees across the board are prepared.

“Having a staff committed to protecting inventory is the most vital ingredient to loss prevention.”

As a loss prevention leader, you could have some of the strongest security tools dispersed around your store – and yet if your staff hasn’t been trained on how to protect inventory from being stolen or damaged, then you won’t be getting the maximum value out of the security resources you have in place.

For stores, inventory security needs to be a group effort
There are some stores out there that have an entire fleet of staff solely devoted to loss prevention. In fact, if you’re running a mega retail store, chances are you have a full department designated for the cause. But as Retail Minded pointed out, not every store out there is a major retailer with its own loss prevention division. The vast majority of enterprises are operating at a much smaller scale.

Yet whether you’re part of a huge chain or a small family business, the need to protect inventory remains the same. And for organizations of a smaller size, this task calls for a staff who’s cognizant of the value of inventory, as well as how to protect it. While it can be tempting for small companies to approach loss prevention in a siloed manner – with a couple of people assuming full responsibility for inventory protection – this is not the way to protect merchandise in practice. Here are some of the key reasons why all store employees need to be trained in the protection of inventory:

  • They provide a crucial set of eyes for suspicious activity: It’s bad news that shoplifting happens as often as it does. But the frequency with which retail theft occurs does offer one upside: There are well-documented behaviors of shopliftersthat can be identified by perceptive employees. Someone who repeatedly leaves and re-enters a store, for instance, should be cause for concern. The same goes for a person who remains in an area of the store that is difficult for employees to monitor. Without employees who are trained to identify these behaviors, however, potential thieves can fly under the radar and cause inventory losses.
  • Inventory security knowledge will improve their work quality: Staffers who’ve been trained in the fundamentals of loss prevention and asset protection know that the last thing a thief wants is employees who are always walking the aisles. Conversely, this is exactly the kind of employee who legitimate customers appreciate. When staffers know the value of inventory protection and management, they’ll patrol the aisles with more frequency, which won’t only deter thieves, but also, as Retail Minded pointed out, have the added benefit of providing better service for valued customers.
  • They’ll know how Inventory Security Solutions (ISS) technology works: Having ISS technologylike that offered by CONTROLTEK is a massive benefit for stores – but it’s optimally effective when all employees know how it operates. If, for instance, a customer is attempting to remove an ink tag from a garment and the tag releases its permanent ink, this is the kind of technological component a well-trained employee can be on the lookout for and act upon.

Loss Prevention
When it comes to loss prevention, proactive employees are a key part of the equation.

How CONTROLTEK solutions can help employees protect inventory
CONTROLTEK provides stores with a future-focused arsenal of inventory security solutions that make the job of monitoring and protecting inventory a lot easier. But it’s not just that our product offerings are innovative and highly effective – it’s also that they’re made to be easily useable by all staff members in a retail environment. Accompanying our well-regarded EAS Hard Tag product line, for instance, is a collection of EAS Tag Detachers that are built to be both strong and easy for employees to use in order to disengage tags to facilitate a sale.

For all stores, equipping employees with the best tools and training to protect inventory is the most vital step toward mounting the most impactful system of defense possible. Having a well-prepared staff can turn out to be the difference between maintaining low inventory shrink numbers and increasing sales.

Global Company Solves Your Loss-Prevention Dilemmas

Technology helps beat the odds in girding against insidious drain on profits

Loss prevention, a perennial concern for a host of businesses, has spawned an entire industry.

From digital hacking to employee conduct, the scope is huge. So are the stakes.

For its part, CONTROLTEK, based in Cranford, N.J., has been helping businesses, especially in thwarting theft and minimizing “shrink.”

A traditional practice in retailing is surveillance, typified by store-detective watchfulness. But there are some places in stores – changing rooms and bathrooms among them – where surveillance, including closed-circuit TV, can’t breach the expectation of privacy.

Electronic devices fill the void and have evolved to include a wide range of systems encompassing a great variety of sensors.

Certain methods can be labor-intensive, requiring constant human interaction, but others adopt the applications of technology which are more cost-effective.

The latter area is the focus of CONTROLTEK’s range of products and services.

Whereas loss prevention is generally considered an issue for the retail sector, other kinds of businesses also can benefit from the practices that are proven to work.

If they have sufficient staffing, larger companies have their own loss-prevention unit or they go to external resources.

Technology, though, as CONTROLTEK discovered, provides levels of inventory security without adding measurably to labor costs, which is a big plus for a firm of any size.

In widespread use nowadays is detection known in the industry as EAS, which means electronic article surveillance. Typically it involves tags that set off an alarm if they aren’t deactivated before passing a store’s exit checkpoint.

A subsequent refinement takes the tagging concept a step further. Dubbed “benefit denial,” it mars a purloined garment, for instance, by causing an ink or dye pack within the tag to erupt.

Devices such as these, along with the systems that integrate them into a business’s operations, are among the reasons to call CONTROLTEK for loss-prevention protection.

Stop Thief!

Inventory Security Solutions helps stores defend against shoplifting

How vulnerable is your business to shoplifting? It can happen frequently, and when losses mount, the effect on profits doesn’t need elaboration.

Habitual shoplifters steal an average of 1.6 times per week, according to the nonprofit National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP). And extrapolated from bigger annual data, theft from retailers amounts to more than $35 million worth of goods per day.

Inventory Security Solutions (ISS) impedes this activity with its technology solutions (RF, AM or RFID), which include tags, overhead readers, pedestals, door systems, and other monitoring methods.

ISS offers not only nationwide installation services but also support.

“Shoplifters commonly steal from $2 to $200 per incident depending upon the type of store and item(s) chosen,” NASP reports.

It also found that shoplifters steal from all kinds of retailers: Department stores, specialty shops, supermarkets, drug stores, discounters, music stores, convenience stores, thrift shops, and more.

One in 11 people will shoplift, NASP calculates, and ISS says this underscores the need for a business to be protected.

Effectiveness of that protection obviously depends on the type and quantity of devices, ISS points out, citing its expanding arsenal of ways to thwart theft.

ISS systems provide more than loss-prevention; they also incorporate real-time tracking and replenishment data, thereby streamlining inventory management.