Currently there seem to be more pain relief makers converting to bottle only packaging. With this change, there also needs to be a change in how we, as owners and managers, will protect these items. RX Caps are a solution to being able to safely display this new method of packaging.
From my first day starting to work in the retail pharmacy business, all of our OTC pain relievers out on the sales floor have been sold as “bottle inside box” packaging. This approach does make it easier to merchandise the products on the shelves. There is the advantage of maximum pack out, because in boxes they can be stacked without falling over. As for loss prevention, some can be placed inside Alpha Keepers, others are just tagged with Checkpoint Labels. Of course, there was the issue of finding empty packages hidden throughout the store, but that was pretty rare. The best solution I found was to just limit the shelf quantity.
Now, to be bluntly honest, if I was to just put out the bottles as they are coming now, I would not be finding empty packages. I would be finding empty shelves. It may be environmentally friendly to leave out the cardboard, but it is not retailer friendly. In the inner city setting, between petty thievery and boosters, private label and name brand pain relief bottles are just too tempting. Without bulky boxes, they are now more easily concealed, in pants and jacket pockets, or slipped into big shoplifter bags. That’s where the hero of the day, RX Caps, can come in to help. As the bottles arrive in the delivery, the Caps can be attached right over the lid before putting them out for sale. The Checkpoint System will alarm if someone gets too close to the pedestals with protected merchandise, and will self alarm if there is an attempt to improperly remove them. The caps can only be removed with the provided magnet key, which is an easy task for the clerk at the register.
I have certainly had plenty of experience dealing with boosters. Stores in our area are constant targets for them, as they seem to know our routines, our staffing, and our delivery schedules. Although the OTC pain relief section is directly in front of our pharmacy, in plain sight straight down the aisle, boosters know when the pharmacy is likely to be the busiest and they take advantage of that. I have come down the aisle to discover every piece of a particular brand wiped out. I want to be proactive and not reactive about this new packaging though. Rather than standing in the aisle with my hands on my hips, looking in disbelief at the big empty space where my inventory should have been, I plan to take the steps needed now to stop the problem before it ever arises. I would rather watch the camera screen from the comfort of my office, and catch a glimpse of a booster standing there looking at the bottles, maybe even picking them up and turning them over in their hands trying to figure out how to accomplish the theft. All the while I will know he or she can not get out the door undetected with them. Sure, in the real world that never happens, but it’s worth dreaming about. Rx Caps can help make that dream come true.
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