Clothing security is important to me. I want to see stores keep merchandise out of the hands of shoplifters and available to customers like myself. It is also important to me as a consumer to be able to look at the merchandise I want to purchase. Retailer owners and managers I have a pet peeve I am going to share with you. Those cute little bundle packs of pajama sets that you like to put the cute little ribbon on are annoying! Ughhh, it is such a pain to try to take the ribbon off so I can see what a set looks like in order to decide if I want to purchase it as a gift. By the time I am done it looks like a bull went through a china shop. I have pajama tops strewn all over the place, bottoms on the floor and forget about the ribbons. Oh, I try to put them back in the proper bundles and my work speaks for itself. You should take a look at my gift wrapping techniques. I have had clerks walk up and tell me not to worry about my mess they would take care of it. What I think they meant was, please don’t shop in my department any more, just go away. The jaw drop is the giveaway for me when they are approaching from across the store. Along with the fact that bundles never go back together the way they were before I touched them there is the issue of clothing security. Usually the pajama top is the item that can be seen when wrapped. The pants are covered up so if the retailer is using Checkpoint tags to protect clothing from theft you are protecting the entire set.


 Checkpoint tags offered through Loss Prevention Systems Inc. are used to stop thieves from stealing your merchandise. The tags work in unison with Checkpoint electronic article surveillance (EAS) towers. The clothing security tags send out radio waves that operate on a specific frequency. These waves are picked up by the towers when tagged merchandise is carried into the detection field of the towers. Once a tag is detected the tower blares out a powerful alert that can be heard through a store and many towers have flashing lights that indicate a tag has been detected. Alert employees will answer the alarm and conduct receipt checks and resolve the reason for the alarm.  In most situations these alarms result in the recovery of merchandise or a purchase by the offender. A thief who has been confronted does not want to risk being prosecuted so it is not uncommon for them to say they forgot about the item or they thought the cashier rang it up. A trained employee can avoid creating a disturbance and diffuse a situation by offering an excuse for the “error” and providing an opportunity for a purchase or return of the goods.


 I realize some readers are concerned about what it might cost to continually purchase Checkpoint tags for all of the new merchandise that comes into the store. Think about those pajama bundles and how they seem to come in for different seasonal events especially Christmas and Valentine’s Day. And gosh, if I have to worry about increased sales because merchandise is available to purchase won’t I have to buy even more clothing security tags? The tags are reusable. When a garment is brought to the register the tag is removed by the cashier and placed in a bin so they can be put on new freight when it arrives. A special detachment tool is required to take tags off of merchandise. Unless a tool were to fall into the hands of a criminal there is little chance a tag can be forced off of a garment without causing damage to the product. Checkpoint tags can be used over and over and over again greatly reducing the need for replacements.


 Bundle your pajama sets together to drive sales and profits. Remember two things, first protect all of the pieces against shoplifting with Checkpoint tags. Second, don’t get mad at folks like me who unbundle your pretty packages and can’t seem to get them back together again correctly!


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