Is A Resume Good Enough To Show An Employer How Your Knowledge Of Alpha Keepers Translates To Inventory Control When Trying To Change Careers?

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Is A Resume Good Enough To Show An Employer How Your Knowledge Of Alpha Keepers Translates To Inventory Control When Trying To Change Careers?

   I was conversing with a co-worker the other day about resumes versus C.V.’s (curriculum vitae). The discussion was in reference to providing information on ourselves for a new boss in our academic library. I was suggesting I would update my resume, my co-worker was saying he was going to update his C.V. I was only familiar with a C.V. for academic positions and did not think it was applicable to our positions as staff members. My friend then made a strong point. To someone with no knowledge of retail or Loss Prevention, would my former position as a Retail Loss Prevention Manager mean anything to an academic Dean? A C.V. would offer more of a description of what my work entailed than identifying me as someone who investigated employee theft or worked to prevent shoplifting. A resume is a brief history of work experience, education and background. A C.V. has more detail in it. For the purpose of informing my new Dean of what my skill sets really are does he/she need to know about my knowledge of Alpha Keepers or does he/she need to know about my knowledge of inventory control and the impact it has on library resources such as books, music, videos, etc.?

     It is appropriate at this point to discuss Alpha Keepers and inventory control for those who may not be familiar with them and how they work together. Alpha Keepers are clear, solid boxes with a hinged, locking lid. The Keepers come in a variety of sizes to accommodate a wide selection of items, from batteries to baby formula cans. There are sizes that are sure to please almost every retailer. From an inventory control perspective Keepers provide flexibility in terms of how much “lock-up” merchandise a store manager has to keep in a locking display case. The reason for this is that Keepers are basically portable lock-up display cases. They can’t be opened without a special detachment key usually secured at the point of sale. Tampering with the lid activates a tamper alarm allowing employees to prevent shoplifting of the contents. The boxes also have electronic article surveillance (EAS) technology built in that allows the box itself to be detected by EAS towers. Thieves trying to smuggle merchandise in Alpha Keepers out of a store are in for a surprise when the tower sounds a screeching alarm that alerts employees to the attempted shoplifting. When Keepers are used there is less need for display cases and manpower to supervise and unlock them. Inventory control is less burdensome on the store owner.

     Getting back to the resume vs. C.V. comparison, is there a significant difference when I am attempting to highlight my experience or translate how my experience works from one job to the other? Is it important for someone to be able to make such clarifications? For example, when I interviewed for my position to work in a library, I was able to explain how my retail customer service experience would be useful in assisting library patrons. I was also able to translate my experience as a Loss Prevention Manager responsible for emergency preparedness and planning would be beneficial to crisis response in an academic library. My role as Loss Prevention Manager required me to be responsible for the security of merchandise, prevent shoplifting and look out for the safety of patrons and the shoplifter when conducting apprehensions. One of the library job requirements when I first applied was being able to keep patrons safe during late night hours. I was already prepared before my interview to explain how my experience was similar to what the job ad was seeking. Had I gone into the interview with only my resume I would probably not be working where I am. A C.V. can do sort of the same thing, show someone who may not have the experience how much you can contribute. 

     I tell you this because many of you store managers and owners may interview people who only present you with a resume. It might be beneficial if you are able to translate skills listed in one occupation to the job you are trying to fill. As you prepare to interview candidates ask questions so they can tell you how they are prepared to do the job you need done. Can that library staffer really be useful to your store? They can, as much as that Loss Prevention Manager can exchange knowledge of how to prevent shoplifting to preventing the theft of library materials.  Managers do yourself a favor and review those resumes carefully, you might be missing a gem of a hire if you are too focused on key words and not skill sets.
 For more information about how to prevent shoplifting contact us or call 1.866.914.2567.

     

I was conversing with a co-worker the other day about resumes versus C.V.’s (curriculum vitae). The discussion was in reference to providing information on ourselves for a new boss in our academic library. I was suggesting I would update my resume, my co-worker was saying he was going to update his C.V. I was only familiar with a C.V. for academic positions and did not think it was applicable to our positions as staff members. My friend then made a strong point. To someone with no knowledge of retail or Loss Prevention, would my former position as a Retail Loss Prevention Manager mean anything to an academic Dean? A C.V. would offer more of a description of what my work entailed than identifying me as someone who investigated employee theft or worked to prevent shoplifting. A resume is a brief history of work experience, education and background. A C.V. has more detail in it. For the purpose of informing my new Dean of what my skill sets really are does he/she need to know about my knowledge of Alpha Keepers or does he/she need to know about my knowledge of inventory control and the impact it has on library resources such as books, music, videos, etc.?
     

It is appropriate at this point to discuss Alpha Keepers and inventory control for those who may not be familiar with them and how they work together. Alpha Keepers are clear, solid boxes with a hinged, locking lid. The Keepers come in a variety of sizes to accommodate a wide selection of items, from batteries to baby formula cans. There are sizes that are sure to please almost every retailer. From an inventory control perspective Keepers provide flexibility in terms of how much “lock-up” merchandise a store manager has to keep in a locking display case. The reason for this is that Keepers are basically portable lock-up display cases. They can’t be opened without a special detachment key usually secured at the point of sale. Tampering with the lid activates a tamper alarm allowing employees to prevent shoplifting of the contents. The boxes also have electronic article surveillance (EAS) technology built in that allows the box itself to be detected by EAS towers. Thieves trying to smuggle merchandise in Alpha Keepers out of a store are in for a surprise when the tower sounds a screeching alarm that alerts employees to the attempted shoplifting. When Keepers are used there is less need for display cases and manpower to supervise and unlock them. Inventory control is less burdensome on the store owner.
     

Getting back to the resume vs. C.V. comparison, is there a significant difference when I am attempting to highlight my experience or translate how my experience works from one job to the other? Is it important for someone to be able to make such clarifications? For example, when I interviewed for my position to work in a library, I was able to explain how my retail customer service experience would be useful in assisting library patrons. I was also able to translate my experience as a Loss Prevention Manager responsible for emergency preparedness and planning would be beneficial to crisis response in an academic library. My role as Loss Prevention Manager required me to be responsible for the security of merchandise, prevent shoplifting and look out for the safety of patrons and the shoplifter when conducting apprehensions. One of the library job requirements when I first applied was being able to keep patrons safe during late night hours. I was already prepared before my interview to explain how my experience was similar to what the job ad was seeking. Had I gone into the interview with only my resume I would probably not be working where I am. A C.V. can do sort of the same thing, show someone who may not have the experience how much you can contribute. 
     

I tell you this because many of you store managers and owners may interview people who only present you with a resume. It might be beneficial if you are able to translate skills listed in one occupation to the job you are trying to fill. As you prepare to interview candidates ask questions so they can tell you how they are prepared to do the job you need done. Can that library staffer really be useful to your store? They can, as much as that Loss Prevention Manager can exchange knowledge of how to prevent shoplifting to preventing the theft of library materials.  Managers do yourself a favor and review those resumes carefully, you might be missing a gem of a hire if you are too focused on key words and not skill sets. 

 

For more information about how to prevent shoplifting contact us or call 1.866.914.2567.
     

 

ALPHA KEEPERS STOP FAKE SIDEBURNS FRAUDSTER FROM STEALING HIGH VALUE MERCHANDISE!

ALPHA KEEPERS STOP FAKE SIDEBURNS FRAUDSTER FROM STEALING HIGH VALUE MERCHANDISE!


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       As a Loss Prevention expert, I’ve seen it ALL. I’ve caught grandmas loading up empty bags, to teachers concealing high dollar products. I’ve even caught people who like to wear funny costumes, thinking it will disguise themselves stealing. When you are on CCTV cameras all day, you truly never know what you will see next. No matter what funny or nonsensical incident you observe, it is important to know what merchandise protection will deter ANY shoplifter incident you may experience. Most stores will place spider wraps and large tags on their products for theft prevention purposes. But what can you do about your high dollar merchandise that cannot be spider wrapped or tagged? Alpha Keepers can be used for a majority of product to prevent shoplifting in retailers. 

       I frequently watch my CCTV cameras to analyze high theft trends, and to look for shoplifters to catch. I was watching cameras one afternoon, and noticed a subject acting suspicious and selected an expensive tactical bag. The subject was wearing a camo hoodie, a greenish satchel bag, and was clean shaven. The Manager on duty also noticed the behavior, so asked if the subject needed any help. The subject got nervous, left the merchandise, and exited the store. I obtained several face shots of the subject on camera, in case he decided to come back to my location at a later time. The following day, the same subject came back into the store wearing the exact same hoodie, greenish satchel, but this time something was VERY different.  The subject placed massive, party style fake sideburns & a goatee on his face. It was very obvious & easy to see they were fake, stick on facial hair. Immediately I started receiving calls from associates to see if I was watching the subject. He must have thought this was disguising himself, but instead it brought attention to himself. I could not believe he did that, especially since he did not go through the trouble to change out his clothes or bag. Next, the subject selected 2 high dollar knives, secured by Alpha Keepers. The subject went to a corner of the store, which he thought did not have cameras. He tries to pry the security devices open, but failed miserably. He pulls out his own knife and tries cutting through them, but cannot. He tried for a total of 15 minutes, then finally gave up. His ultimate plans failed, and he left all the merchandise. My store lost nothing in this incident, but could have lost 2 high dollar products, not including the return trips that would have followed. After showing the video of both incidents to my team members, we could not believe that the subject actually came into the store clean shaven one evening, and the next with party style fake facial hair. After this incident, I have not seen him back in my location! This showed my store team the importance of ensuring we are utilizing the Alpha Keepers to prevent shoplifting. 
      
       There is never a dull moment working in Loss Prevention, and you never know what you will see! It’s moments like this that make us not only laugh, but realize the importance of keeping our merchandise protection standards updated at the highest level possible. Alpha Keepers are available in different sizes and can be used in many different departments.  The customer can also see the product information through the keepers, so it does not inhibit your sales. Due to the success rate, we decided to invest in these devices at all my locations. Utilizing the best security devices prevent shoplifting, no matter what strange situation may arise in your building. 
        Need information on the Alpha Keepers? Give us a call at 1.866.914.2567 now. 









As a Loss Prevention expert, I’ve seen it ALL. I’ve caught grandmas loading up empty bags, to teachers concealing high dollar products. I’ve even caught people who like to wear funny costumes, thinking it will disguise themselves stealing. When you are on CCTV cameras all day, you truly never know what you will see next. No matter what funny or nonsensical incident you observe, it is important to know what merchandise protection will deter ANY shoplifter incident you may experience. Most stores will place spider wraps and large tags on their products for theft prevention purposes. But what can you do about your high dollar merchandise that cannot be spider wrapped or tagged? Alpha Keepers can be used for a majority of product to prevent shoplifting in retailers. 
       

I frequently watch my CCTV cameras to analyze high theft trends, and to look for shoplifters to catch. I was watching cameras one afternoon, and noticed a subject acting suspicious and selected an expensive tactical bag. The subject was wearing a camo hoodie, a greenish satchel bag, and was clean shaven. The Manager on duty also noticed the behavior, so asked if the subject needed any help. The subject got nervous, left the merchandise, and exited the store. I obtained several face shots of the subject on camera, in case he decided to come back to my location at a later time. The following day, the same subject came back into the store wearing the exact same hoodie, greenish satchel, but this time something was VERY different. The subject placed massive, party style fake sideburns & a goatee on his face. It was very obvious & easy to see they were fake, stick on facial hair. Immediately I started receiving calls from associates to see if I was watching the subject. He must have thought this was disguising himself, but instead it brought attention to himself. I could not believe he did that, especially since he did not go through the trouble to change out his clothes or bag. Next, the subject selected 2 high dollar knives, secured by Alpha Keepers. The subject went to a corner of the store, which he thought did not have cameras. He tries to pry the security devices open, but failed miserably. He pulls out his own knife and tries cutting through them, but cannot. He tried for a total of 15 minutes, then finally gave up. His ultimate plans failed, and he left all the merchandise. My store lost nothing in this incident, but could have lost 2 high dollar products, not including the return trips that would have followed. After showing the video of both incidents to my team members, we could not believe that the subject actually came into the store clean shaven one evening, and the next with party style fake facial hair. After this incident, I have not seen him back in my location! This showed my store team the importance of ensuring we are utilizing the Alpha Keepers to prevent shoplifting.              

 

There is never a dull moment working in Loss Prevention, and you never know what you will see! It’s moments like this that make us not only laugh, but realize the importance of keeping our merchandise protection standards updated at the highest level possible. Alpha Keepers are available in different sizes and can be used in many different departments.  The customer can also see the product information through the keepers, so it does not inhibit your sales. Due to the success rate, we decided to invest in these devices at all my locations. Utilizing the best security devices prevent shoplifting, no matter what strange situation may arise in your building.        

 

Need information on the Alpha Keepers? Give us a call at 1.866.914.2567 now. 







 

Retail Anti-Theft Devices; The Decisions Stores Make That Drive Me Crazy! Part 2

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Retail Anti-Theft Devices; The Decisions Stores Make That Drive Me Crazy! Part 2
     In the first part of this series I talked about merchandise protection strategies I am seeing in some stores that make no sense to me. There are two extremes I am noticing lately. The first I covered in Part 1 is the removal of merchandise from lock-up cases which I approve of, but the stores are not taking steps to protect those items with Alpha Keepers or electronic article surveillance (EAS) tags. Some of these stores are also removing retail anti-theft devices apparently due to a perception that they are no longer needed. Not protecting product is what I take issue with in these stores. The other extreme I am seeing and I have first-hand knowledge of is locking up MORE merchandise and what amounts to selling out of the stockroom. The companies that are doing this are already using Alpha Keepers but are doing some odd things that nullify the way Keepers can help improve sales.
     If you missed Part 1 let me quickly review what Alpha Keepers are. They are retail anti-theft devices that give store owners the ability to take merchandise out of locking display cases and out of stockrooms and display the goods for customers to look at without the assistance of a store associate. The Keepers are clear boxes, with lids that are locked when merchandise is placed in them. Stores are provided with special detachment keys that are used to unlock boxes and other Alpha devices and the keys are usually secured at the point of sale. The boxes allow customers to handle merchandise and they can carry an item with them around the store without requiring someone to open a display case. Since the customer can carry the item with them there is no requirement to make multiple purchases or wait at a register for their merchandise to be brought to them when they are ready to check out. They also free up store associates so they don’t have to retrieve merchandise from showcases or stockrooms and can focus on customer service.
     The trend I am annoyed at is stores that use Alpha Keepers are not trusting in the technology. I am seeing more and more empty box displays for merchandise on store shelves. I am also seeing cardboard product placards hanging on peghooks that have a picture of the product but nothing there. These two things are irritating enough but to add fuel to the fire (well, my fiery indignation anyways) these stores are also placing these cardboard pictures or placards inside the Alpha boxes! Is the person making this decision afraid the cardboard is going to be stolen? Think about it, a customer picks up the box with the secured picture in it, walks it up to the cashier and asks for the item that is not inside the locked Keeper. Quoting comedian Bill Engvall’s stupid people routine, “Here’s Your Sign”. 
     I mentioned that part of the benefit of using retail anti-theft devices is that the customer can carry merchandise around the store and associates are freed up from unlocking showcases and retrieving merchandise from stockrooms. It drives sales up because customers tend to buy more when they don’t have to wait for help to get merchandise. Guess what associates have to do when empty display boxes and placards inside of boxes are used? That’s right! The associate has to go to a locked stockroom to retrieve merchandise and the customer has to wait. 
     Retail anti-theft devices are meant to protect merchandise, work in conjunction with electronic article surveillance towers and deter and detect attempts at shoplifting. They work, especially when associates are trained to properly respond to EAS tower alarms or built in device tamper alarms. Allow the technology to work for your store to drive up sales and reduce shortage.
Need information on Alpha Keepers? Give us a call at 1.866.914.2567 now.

In the first part of this series I talked about merchandise protection strategies I am seeing in some stores that make no sense to me. There are two extremes I am noticing lately. The first I covered in Part 1 is the removal of merchandise from lock-up cases which I approve of, but the stores are not taking steps to protect those items with Alpha Keepers or electronic article surveillance (EAS) tags. Some of these stores are also removing retail anti-theft devices apparently due to a perception that they are no longer needed. Not protecting product is what I take issue with in these stores. The other extreme I am seeing and I have first-hand knowledge of is locking up MORE merchandise and what amounts to selling out of the stockroom. The companies that are doing this are already using Alpha Keepers but are doing some odd things that nullify the way Keepers can help improve sales.
     

If you missed Part 1 let me quickly review what Alpha Keepers are. They are retail anti-theft devices that give store owners the ability to take merchandise out of locking display cases and out of stockrooms and display the goods for customers to look at without the assistance of a store associate. The Keepers are clear boxes, with lids that are locked when merchandise is placed in them. Stores are provided with special detachment keys that are used to unlock boxes and other Alpha devices and the keys are usually secured at the point of sale. The boxes allow customers to handle merchandise and they can carry an item with them around the store without requiring someone to open a display case. Since the customer can carry the item with them there is no requirement to make multiple purchases or wait at a register for their merchandise to be brought to them when they are ready to check out. They also free up store associates so they don’t have to retrieve merchandise from showcases or stockrooms and can focus on customer service.
     

The trend I am annoyed at is stores that use Alpha Keepers are not trusting in the technology. I am seeing more and more empty box displays for merchandise on store shelves. I am also seeing cardboard product placards hanging on peghooks that have a picture of the product but nothing there. These two things are irritating enough but to add fuel to the fire (well, my fiery indignation anyways) these stores are also placing these cardboard pictures or placards inside the Alpha boxes! Is the person making this decision afraid the cardboard is going to be stolen? Think about it, a customer picks up the box with the secured picture in it, walks it up to the cashier and asks for the item that is not inside the locked Keeper. Quoting comedian Bill Engvall’s stupid people routine, “Here’s Your Sign”. 
     

I mentioned that part of the benefit of using retail anti-theft devices is that the customer can carry merchandise around the store and associates are freed up from unlocking showcases and retrieving merchandise from stockrooms. It drives sales up because customers tend to buy more when they don’t have to wait for help to get merchandise. Guess what associates have to do when empty display boxes and placards inside of boxes are used? That’s right! The associate has to go to a locked stockroom to retrieve merchandise and the customer has to wait. 
     

Retail anti-theft devices are meant to protect merchandise, work in conjunction with electronic article surveillance towers to deter and detect attempts at shoplifting. They work, especially when associates are trained to properly respond to EAS tower alarms or built in device tamper alarms. Allow the technology to work for your store to drive up sales and reduce shortage.

 

Need information on Alpha Keepers? Give us a call at 1.866.914.2567 now.