Clothing Shortage Climbs When Stores Fail To Use Clothing Security Tags
Do you run or own a clothing store or sell clothing as part of your product line? When you complete your inventories, do you have shortage for which you can’t account? You may not be familiar with all the clever ways thieves are stealing from you. There are obvious methods of clothing theft such as wearing items out of the store or hiding them in purses and not paying. But there are other methods you may not be as familiar with when it comes to shortage and theft. Shortage may be the result of employee’s passing merchandise to friends, failing to ring it through the register. It may be theft by the employees themselves. It can be unintentional shortage as a result of not carefully looking at a shopping cart for stray items before the customer leaves the store. The merchandise is overlooked and once the customer is out the door, they may or may not realize the merchandise was not scanned at the register and so they simply take it with them. However it may happen, when merchandise is not paid for, it becomes shortage. Many small business owners do not feel clothing security tags are necessary for their stores. I would like to suggest that even small business owners can benefit by using Checkpoint tags on the products they sell.
How do I know that using Checkpoint tags on clothing make a difference for a store? According to the 2015 Global Retail Theft Barometer shrinkage rates for apparel specialist retailers (in North America) that spent 0.15 percentage points less on loss prevention strategies from 2014 to 2015 saw an increase of 1.68 percentage points in year on year shrinkage rates. Clothing security tags make up a significant part of apparel protection, in addition to other strategies. Checkpoint tags are the hard tags that are pinned to clothing and will activate electronic article surveillance (EAS) antennas at the store entrance or exit when someone attempts to leave the store with merchandise that is still tagged. The tags are reusable so they don’t have to be ordered over and over again. They are also large enough that they provide a visual deterrent to would-be thieves.
By using Checkpoint tags, even if a piece of clothing is put on under another garment, such as a swim suit worn under street clothes or a shirt being worn under a customer’s coat, the clothing security tag will still activate the store EAS antennas. Other methods I have seen shoplifters use to steal clothes are hiding them in a baby stroller, under the baby, under the baby blanket and I have even seen baby strollers brought in with only a doll and blanket. I have dealt with shoplifters who have taken items out of large boxes and stuffed them with hundreds of dollars of clothing. t makes no difference if the items are concealed, if protected with Checkpoint tags, the alarm will sound and alert store staff that something is going through the antenna that is activating the alarm. If an employee is attempting to leave with unpaid merchandise that has security tags on them, they too will trigger the alarm. Having the tags on clothing is often enough to discourage employees from even attempting to steal from their employer. In a situation where a customer forgets merchandise left in a buggy, or it may have fallen on the bottom of a shopping cart, the EAS alarm will still sound when the clothing is about to leave the store. A responding employee can verify it has not been paid for and either, return the item to the sales floor or the customer can choose to purchase the garment.
Don’t allow your store shrinkage rate to climb because you think you can do without protection. Remember that shortage has been shown to increase in stores that have cut back on clothing security expenditures. Reduce your shortage and increase profits with clothing security tags.
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