Clothing can provide high profit margins, but it can also provide you with headaches if you don’t make sure you protect it from all forms of loss with a good clothing security plan. Traditional shoplifting isn’t the only way that you can lose your merchandise or profits. Thieves are constantly thinking of new ways to steal from you, so you have to keep up with the trends and safeguard your assets. Using clothing security tags and other merchandise protection devices can really make a difference in your bottom line.
Over the years, I’ve observed many clothing thefts taking place, and sometimes it’s only one or two items that are stolen at a time. Other times, its more than one person loading up shopping carts full of clothes and other merchandise and rolling it right out of the store. Can you imagine how much that would cost your business, or how many more items you will need to sell just to make up for the loss from a large theft of that kind. Needless to say, this is not something you want happening in your establishment. At very least, you should invest in a good EAS system that will work with all types of clothing security tags, like standard hard or soft tags, and even Alpha shark tags. Things have changed over time, and there are many methods that are being used today to steal or cause you a loss, but some of them are not typical shoplifting incidents.
One emerging trend that can put a real dent in your earnings is called wardrobing, which is a form of return or refund fraud. This is a little more complicated than a shoplifter shoving a pair of pants in a bag and walking out of the store. Wardrobing occurs when someone buys an article of clothing, wears it, and then returns the merchandise. This is becoming a huge problem in retail clothing stores, because it is harder to combat that standard everyday shoplifting. How can you know who is intending on returning the clothing after they wear it? There is no real way to be able to tell, that’s why you need to have a strategy in place for all purchases, or at least for higher priced merchandise. Usually it’s the more expensive items that are targeted, because the sneaky thieves want to look good for a big event, and want to make you pay for it.
A good way to stop this kind of activity from happening in your store is to use Alpha shark tags. These are a type of clothing security tags that are attached directly to the clothing items. The big difference between Shark Tags and other clothing security devices is that you don’t remove them from the clothing at purchase. They are made to be left on the clothing so that the customer can try on the garment at home and see how they like the items. If they try it on and like it, all they have to do is easily remove the tag. It’s not meant to be hard to remove.
All you need is a pair of scissors. If they don’t like the garment, all they have to do is leave on the tag and return it. Alpha shark tags are an essential part of the fight to stop wardrobing. This is an especially good device for online purchases. The tags are noticeable and highly visible so that people won’t wear the garments out, damage them, and then return them to get their money back and leave you with a used item that no one will want to purchase.
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