Checkpoint N10 is the new model on the block and it is an answer to the shoplifting problems in many different types of retailers. When sales floor space is so valuable, like in convenience stores in particular, this new system can start deterring thefts and help solve the common issues that plague this business.
Typically, the top categories for external shrink in convenience stores are single beers, large cases of single beers, novelties and gadgets, and phone accessories. With the addition of the Checkpoint N10 System, the staff can add Checkpoint Labels to these and other newly targeted items. The labels tell the would be thief that the alarm will sound if they attempt to remove the merchandise without having them deactivated. In many cases, this alone will be enough to stop the rampant impulse theft in it’s tracks.
The other major problem the grab and run types of theft. When the clerk gets busy with other customers, or is simply being slack and not paying attention, the system can alert them to an attempt or a successful removal of inventory. How many times has the manager or owner arrived to discover a major theft of premium beers? It is so much worse when the employee working that shift had no idea the external event happened. The Checkpoint N10 can alert the employee immediately, and help them get valuable information about the thieves and the getaway method. Since many successful thefts happen in a matter of minutes, any identification details can help the police catch the crooks. Knowing what the people look like, what they were wearing, any details about a vehicle, and which direction they went are key factors to share to get them being caught.
My husband used to work third shift in a c-store. This was back when cigarettes were sold out on the sales floor. The cartons were displayed in an open case, so the customer just reached in and got what they wanted to bring to the checkout counter. On the night shifts, one of his duties was to inventory the cigarette cartons and record them on a ledger. My husband was on duty on night when a couple of women came in and shopped around. After a while one woman came up and bought a soda, and the other woman went on to the car. He turned around when the second woman exited, and thought something did not seem right about how the first woman was moving when she was getting into the car. He shook it off and went back to work. A while later he went out to begin his inventory of the cigarette cartons and to his horror, discovered there had been a huge wipeout. He immediately knew it had been the pair he had in the store earlier, and remembered the woman walking funny. He knew then she obviously had some sort of compartment under her dress where she had stuffed all of those cartons. This was in the nineties, so there was no recording of the incident, and my husband could only remember a few details as far as the descriptions of the women and their car.
This would not happen in today’s world, as stores have taken more precautions on how to display and merchandise cigarettes and many other items that are often stolen. However, this is a great example of how the Checkpoint N10 System can help alert a clerk to a theft attempt or even a successful grab and run. If you can’t stop the thief, at least get all the information you can as quickly as possible.
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