When I started this list, I thought, hey, this would be easy. I could think of 50 items throughout my store that need to be secured. Well, I’ll tell you this… it’s not as easy as I thought it would be. Trying not to be redundant is the hardest part! It’s all for the best though. If I can inspire just one change in your product protection strategy, and save you a few dollars in shrink, I’ve done my job. So without further delay, let’s continue our list of products that should be protected with Checkpoint Labels.
These probably should have been at the top of the list. Since their inception years ago, these items have ranked consistently in the top 10 most commonly shoplifted items (at least in my stores). Whether it’s opportunistic thieves, teenagers out of school, or the professional ORC group, high shrink here can really cost you. My advice is to place the EAS label in a visible location on the rear of the packaging. It only helps if your have your store information printed on the label, as this discourages resale and provides a visible deterrent.
27. Spray Paint
Yes, spray paint. I’m including this one on the list because I had a case last year where one guy stole nearly $5,000 in spray paint from me. He simply loaded a buggy and pushed it out. It didn’t sound the alarm and no one batted an eye. Turns out, he was using it to spray graffiti all over town. Now, to prevent an easy push-out, I use Checkpoint Labels to help deter this activity.
28. Pocket Knives
Does anyone actually sell these? I find more empty packages of pocket knives than I care to say. While it’s difficult to protect these items with just one measure, I find a combination of Checkpoint Labels and a locking peg seem to slow down the theft. While I haven’t found a solution to completely eliminate theft here, this dual combination sure has reduced my losses by more than half.
29. Motor Oil
This is another item I’m only including here due to a recent case I worked. I had a group of guys stealing motor oil from me constantly. They were literally wiping out my shelves, placing them in a plastic tub and walking out the doors. No alarm sounded, no one paying attention. We started putting EAS labels that were printed with our store name on them and eventually they turned up at a corner oil change shop with the shop owner called our store and inquired if we sold to any third party suppliers. Turns out, the shop owner was buying the oil from someone representing themselves as a reputable dealer, but was just a ring leader to a criminal ORC group.
30. Windshield Wipers
If we are going on the automotive categories, why not include wipers. Have you actually looked at prices recently? You can easily spend $50 on a pair of wipers if you’re not careful. Granted, I don’t want my wipers to fly off in a torrential downpour, but at some point, the pricing here is just excessive. The packaging makes a great fit for an EAS label and will provide a visible deterrent to any would-be thief.
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