50 PRODUCTS THAT SHOULD BE PROTECED WITH CHECKPOINT LABELS – PT9
It’s always good to have a plan when it comes to product protection strategies. Knowing what’s coming into your store and more importantly, what will be stolen, will keep you from losing untold thousands from shoplifting. I know there are quite a few sporting goods retailers out there reading this; and you’re also probably tired of dealing with theft. So as we continue on our list of 50 items to protect with Checkpoint Labels, I want to dedicate these next five to you specifically.
36. Golf Balls
I have seen so many ways that people will steal golf balls. From the straightforward concealment, to hiding those in larger boxes, to switching out the sleeves; if the demand is there, so will theft. One thing I’ve found that will really help cut down on shrink is the use of EAS labels inside the individual sleeves of golf balls, especially on your high end brands. This way, even if a thief does switch the sleeves, the alarm will still sound at the exit or at the point of purchase that should alert your staff to something amiss.
37. Golf Gloves
Depending on the brand, these can be quite pricey and are often overlooked in terms of EAS labels. These are prime targets for your average golfer and also hot targets for ORC activity. Sometimes a simple Checkpoint Label on the rear of the packaging will be enough of a deterrent.
38. Golf Hats
If you’re set up like a pro-shop, you’re going to have all the top brands. Nike, UA, Callaway, and the list goes on and on. Ever think about all those hats you have around the store. With a price point usually around $20-$25, having a few stolen each day can really add up to thousands of lost dollars each year. By placing a small Checkpoint Label under the brim of the hat, you can really make an impact in your bottom line. It’s in my experience that thieves will avoid the items that are security tagged and will follow the path of least resistance.
39. Baseball Gloves
Baseball season can bring in truck-loads of sales to your store, but it can also usher in a whole new set of items that, if left un-protected, will lead to loss. Baseball gloves are one of those areas. Think of all those mid-range gloves that mom and dad may not be able to afford, but little Johnny really wants. Without a solid EAS label, little Johnny might be showing up to practice wearing your lost profit.
40. Baseball Bats
This one gets me almost every year. No matter what I do, someone will try to steal a baseball bat from me at some point in the year. In my area, we rarely see someone conceal a bat, but rather they all tend to gravitate towards price switching. What I’ve found works the best is a Checkpoint Label on all my bats that are priced above $69.99. If someone brings a bat through my register with an EAS Label and it rings lower than $69.99, my cashiers are trained to immediately call for a manager. I catch about a dozen people a year doing this.
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