Let’s face it; when you run a business, some loss is to be expected. Whether it be through paperwork errors, external theft or even the most dreaded internal theft, it is going to happen at some point. It is the manager’s and owner’s jobs to identify those losses, and stop them from happening. Small businesses can not afford to just wait and hope. Incorporating a Checkpoint System into your business model can be the crucial step to identifying theft issues, and stop those losses in their tracks. There are several different tools that work with the system and with the specific inventory you sell, in order to monitor and secure it. Labels, Hard Tags, Alpha Products, and Bottle Loks are just a few examples of those.
For today’s purposes let’s just take a look at Bottle Loks. These are special caps that lock over the lids of most Wine and Spirits bottles. Obviously, they prevent customers from tampering with the bottles while still in the store. Better than that though, the bottles cannot be removed from the store undetected, especially when they are concealed. They have various levels of alarm capabilities, and without a doubt can help keep unpaid inventory from walking out the door. They will alarm if a customer tries to remove them improperly. They will also cause the Checkpoint System to alarm if there is a theft attempt or when they are taken too close to the exit. Additionally they can self-alarm if they are taken past a predetermined distance from the door. If you are a manager or owner of a small business that sells high retail bottles of wines or liquors, you know the challenges associated with protecting your products.
A store reported a theft recently of over $3,000 worth of liquors. In the video released to the public, three women came in and wondered around the store separately. They were nice, chummy and talked with the man behind the counter while they “shopped”. Occasionally while one was chatting with the clerk, the others would bend down and grab a bottle. They would then conceal it in their dress, in some type of custom pocket sewn into the material. One by one, they would walk out to their car, claiming to need to check on someone still out there, but actually just removing the stolen bottles to make room for another. They finally made a small purchase and left together. Only after they left did the clerk come from behind the counter and discover all the empty spots on the shelves.
Stores typically have a budget for loss, but a one-time theft like that can blow that budget out of the water. Small businesses cannot survive if they have this happen to them repeatedly. Checkpoint Systems could have prevented that from happening. There is a certain level of deterrence associated with the system that may have stopped these women from even trying this brazen crime in the first place. Plus, had Bottle Loks been utilized in this instance, along with the system, they would not have gotten out the door without being detected.
Think about what you sell, and what tools you could use along with a Checkpoint System. If your losses are adding up, let us help you stop the problem.
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