Sometimes there are things I see in the area of merchandise protection that make me just scratch my head and wonder, “What was the point of this?” For example, when locking peg hooks were first introduced in a store I worked for, I really thought someone had lost their mind. We put the peg hooks in place and then we hung the merchandise on the peg. The head scratcher was that the merchandise we locked on the pegs mostly had flimsy cardboard or plastic hangtags! Now I don’t pretend to be all that smart but I was certainly able to see that these peg hooks were probably not going to do a lot to stop shoplifting. It was not going to take much effort to tear the product hang tab and remove the merchandise from the peg. Sure enough, the bad guys figured out that cardboard and plastic hang tabs were pretty easy to defeat. It took some time but eventually someone else in the company also noticed that inventory continued to disappear from stores, in spite of the fact we were using locking peg hooks. Soon we were receiving shipments of hard, plastic hang tab reinforces. Checkpoint hard tags has taken the idea of a tab reinforcer a step further and they have introduced the iS Auto Peg Tag.
The iS Auto Peg Tag attaches to the portion of the product packaging that has the peg hook tab. The tag works with an electronic article surveillance system so it will cause an antenna to alarm if someone attempts to leave the store with the tag still on the product. The tags are easy to apply in the store and easy to remove at the register with the S3 hand key.
Another benefit is that the tag does not increase the product packaging size so it does not reduce the quantity of product on a peg hook. Limiting product on a shelf or on a peg hook has the potential for reducing sales because fewer products are immediately available to the customer.
Electronic Article Surveillance products such as Checkpoint hard tags can’t stop shoplifting altogether, but they can deter a significant portion of theft. The casual shoplifter who steals on an impulse may be deterred simply by seeing the tag and the “Security Protected” wording on an iS Auto Peg Tag. These shoplifters tend to steal for a thrill or a dare or they just have an urge to take something they want. They aren’t necessarily willing to take serious risks if they think it may result in an alarm alerting store personnel when they leave the store. For professional boosters, those who come in to steal large quantities of products in a single trip, electronic article surveillance may not be enough to stop them from shoplifting. Electronic article surveillance does, however, cause them to consider other factors such as whether or not the store has additional security measures in place such as closed circuit television cameras or store Loss Prevention employees. Often boosters are looking for peg hook merchandise such as razor blades and batteries. These items tend to be somewhat expensive but are easily resold online, at flea markets or to individuals who will buy the product for a few cents on the dollar and resell it in a small “Mom and Pop” shop. iS Auto Peg Tags used with anti-theft tools such as locking peg hooks can make it hard for boosters to get product off of the peg quickly.
The ability to controlling inventory starts with putting measures in place to stop shoplifting. Checkpoint’s iS Auto Peg Tag is one tool that will work with your store EAS system to deter thieves and keep your store profitable.
For more information on AutoPeg Tags, contact us or call 1.770.426.0547