Clothing Security Tags Aren’t Simply For Clothing Retailers: Part 1
have a question for you and it may be a little more difficult than you might think at first glance. What kind of stores should use be using clothing security tags? The obvious answer is clothing stores right? Well, the answer is really yes AND no. Clothing retail stores should be using security tags on clothes, but so should other retail businesses you may not necessarily think about on a regular basis. I was in a grocery store the other day and noticed they were selling T-shirts for a local university which had recently won a very big college sports championship. Loss Prevention folks are always thinking about shortage and theft and tend to think about what they might do differently if it was their store. I noticed the store already had a Checkpoint electronic article surveillance antenna at the doors, so why not use Checkpoint tags on the clothes as well as the foods?
For those readers who may not be familiar with Checkpoint tags, these are both soft tags and hard tags that can be attached to clothes or stuck on hang tags. The soft tags have adhesive backings, and can be stuck to any number of surfaces, but for clothes they are best applied to manufacturer hang tags. Because Checkpoint clothing security tags are designed to be radio frequency sensitive, they are tuned to be picked up by the EAS antennas if they come into the range of the antennas. Hard tags differ from the soft tags because they are applied directly to the article of clothing. They are two-part devices that are pinned to the garment and clamp together. They are extremely strong and difficult to tamper with and remove with a detachment tool available from Checkpoint.
Checkpoint tags can be applied to any article of clothing. If there is concern about delicate fabrics like silk or satin, soft tags may be used. Hard tags can be applied to all materials including leather and denim. Inserting the pin in the seam of a garment protects from concerns about pin holes, while providing proven protection of the merchandise. Hard tags are large enough to be visible to customers and simply the sight of them on clothing is often a deterrent to potential shoplifters.
So what other stores may carry clothing that we may not traditionally think about for clothing security? I will discuss several types of retail businesses in this article and continue the discussion in part two of this series. As you read, think about any retail stores I may have missed that could also benefit from using security tags on clothes.
Sporting Goods stores may come to you fairly quickly as you think about the items they carry, baseball caps, running shoes, warm-up attire, sweat shirts, t-shirts and socks. Even merchandise such as baseball gloves can be protected with Checkpoint tags. Pin one end through the hand strap that goes across the back of the hand and the second piece secures it inside the strap.
Lingerie stores can decrease theft by using security tags on clothes. As mentioned previously, some people may be concerned about delicate materials being pinned but if that is the case, soft tags can be placed on the manufacture labels fastened by the plastic hang tag attachment.
One retail business you may not have thought of was an automotive parts store. Some of these stores sell t-shirts and ball caps advertising parts companies or their own business. Some are sponsors of race car teams and therefore carry team gear.
Clothing security tags used with EAS antennas are a strong deterrent to theft and increase profits through reduced shortage. Any number of businesses, including clothing stores can improve profits by investing in Checkpoint tags. Consider whether you might be overlooking the benefits of using security tags on clothes in your business.
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