I’d like to think most people wouldn’t want to purchase meat that was stolen from a grocery store, let alone meat that was smuggled out of the store down some guy’s pants as he got out of the store and then transported it to his buyer. The reality is that is how it sometimes happens. You can help stop this from happing in your store by using Checkpoint Labels. These labels are not your typical everyday anti-shoplifting devices, as they are specifically designed for use on meat and other grocery items, and are even microwave safe. You can also have messages such as handling or cooking instructions custom printed right on the label itself, so the space will be well used efficiently. Meat is an item that most people consume daily, so when hard times hit, this is one of the key items that tends to be stolen more often.
Some people then to look at grocery theft differently, because they feel that it’s a little different than someone stealing a power tool or pushing out a television, but it’s still a theft. Times are tough for consumers and retailers, so the more you do to stop shoplifting from occurring in your store, the more you will profit. Observing shoplifters take meat from the store in the past got me wondering, who is buying this stuff anyway? Who knows? Other than personal use, it could be that it is being sold to a small market or shop that repackages and labels the merchandise with their own brand, or maybe there is a market for back alley meat sales. I can picture it now, “hey you, you want to buy some meat?”…No thank you. I don’t know about you, but I would think twice about buying a pound of beef from a guy walking around with a camping cooler filled with different kinds of meats and seafood.
Believe it or not, I have actually been approached on more than one occasion by random people while I was pumping gas, asking me if I wanted to buy something. The first time I was approached, it was a guy that walked up to me and pulled a bunch of “gold” chains out of his pocket, and began informing me that it was my lucky day. He then continued to explain how much of a good deal it would be for me if I purchased them from him. Although this particular man was quite the salesperson, I decided not to make a purchase. He then scurried along to the next “lucky” person, which kind of hurt my feelings, because it turned out to be everyone’s lucky day, not just mine.
The second time, I was once again pumping gas, and here comes two upstanding young gentlemen trying to sell me a brand new home theater system that was still in the box. Though the thought of getting a $600 home theater system for $75 sounded nice, I once again declined the purchase, and the men got back into their rickety van and drove away. I don’t know why people always think I want to buy stolen items, maybe I just have that look? I may want to think about changing up my appearance. Regardless of who is buying the stolen meat from your store, placing Checkpoint Labels on the packages before they are put on the shelf is sure to help you stop shoplifting and reduce the amount of overall theft you experience.
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