I’ve not run into a product more versatile than the line of Alpha Keepers. There are dozens upon dozens of sizes, shapes, and styles that will fit just about any product out there. I’ve combed through and compiled a list of 20 products that your store should be protecting in this 4 part series.
1. Razor Blades
Razors and razor blades come in at #1 on the list. These are an incredible hot item across the spectrum of retail stores. It doesn’t matter if you are a large chain, a small pharmacy or somewhere in-between. Blades are expensive, which opens up a large “black market” for them. Boosters are able to easily resell them through fences, flea markets, and online sites such as Craigslist or eBay. The best solution to this problem is the use of an Alpha Keeper, hands down. By securing your goods here, you can almost bet that thieves will move on to a less secured store.
2. Cologne and perfume
This category is a close 2nd to razor blades, but proves to be a bit more difficult for the retailer. You almost certainly need prevent shoplifting, as there are an endless supply of high theft/high in-demand products. Again, due to the ease of resell, and how easily concealable the product is, it becomes a prime target for boosters. Securing the product in a keeper allows you to fully merchandise the product, all while protecting your inventory.
While there aren’t that many bottles of shampoo out there that retail over $10, you’d probably be surprised just how commonly it’s stolen. This is one of the highest shrinking categories for dollar stores and convenience stores. It falls back on the ease of resale. Using an Alpha Keeper may sound a bit silly, however it you are truly going to prevent shoplifting, shampoo protection should be a part of that strategy.
I’ve had cases where boosters would literally, empty out my entire shelf of deodorant and run out the front door. The market for this product is huge! Common theme today… but the ease of resale makes this another prime target for thieves; and a great candidate for Alpha Keepers.
5. Electronic Toothbrushes
No, a thief isn’t too concerned with proper hygiene, but they are concerned with stealing your inventory. These items have steadily grown in popularity over the past few years. There high retail price coupled with a demand for the product has opened up a huge market for criminal to resell their stolen goods. If not protected, these items will most certainly be carted out of your store.
Over the past year, I’ve worked theft cases where information led us to resellers. Most of these individuals would mask their illicit activities behind a computer and keyboard, but there was on case where I found a store, in the most un-suspecting place; a suburban home. The homeowner was recruiting boosters to steal the 5 items above (in addition to several others). There was a bedroom in the house that was converted to a mini-shopping center, complete with racks and peg hooks. Everyone from the neighborhood would come “shop”. Boosters were able to steal this product from local stores, as they were not secured in any way. That should be a firm reminder that to prevent shoplifting, Alpha Keepers should be a part of your store’s product protection strategy.
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