Clothing security can be a tough proposition at times. Some fabrics are too delicate for pin style hard tags. Some pieces of clothing need protection but the item is too difficult to try on if the right clothing security tags are not chosen. I am always interested to see what different retailers are doing to protect merchandise, it’s just the loss prevention geek I am. My poor wife gets stuck having to answer some of my questions about women’s clothing and security. Recently my wife and I were in a store shopping and I noticed that a lot of Checkpoint tags were being used on merchandise. As we passed the women’s clothing department, a fixture of pricey brassieres was on the aisle. I noticed that despite the price point there was no security device anywhere to be found. I stopped my wife and pointed this out to her. After a not so subtle sigh (her way of telling me to stop playing security) she told me that tags tend to make it hard for women to fit brassieres on properly. “Oh, I guess that makes sense”, I thought to myself. I think my wife’s thought was, “That’s a man for you”.
When we finished our shopping trip I began investigating some more, because it doesn’t make sense that with all the technology that exists for clothing security something doesn’t exist for any item that would be difficult to try on. Let’s face it, we guys tend to try it on, if it reasonably fits, that’s good enough for us. And to be fair, we don’t have the same concerns as women when it comes to fitting clothes. So I began thinking about other items that might cause the same concern for women, bathing suit tops, and work-out clothes such as sports bras. What I found is there are Checkpoint tags that can meet the requirements. Clothing security for delicate items, such as silk materials and hard to fit items including swim tops and brassieres is possible. Checkpoint’s Apparel clip HT@S device is a perfect solution for retailers because it is a pin-free tag that is applied at the source. There are no pins involved so no holes puncture the garment. As the name implies, merchandise is tagged at the source so there are no store hours spent tagging. These hard tags, though small, work with the store’s existing EAS alarm antennas.
For more durable clothing items, such as jeans and expensive jackets Checkpoint also has a Gen 3 Hard Tag that does include a pin. These clothing security tags will also work with an EAS system and will provide a visual deterrent to thieves. These tags can be placed on merchandise at the store, or can also be applied at the source, saving store payroll dollars. Checkpoint tags are easy to take off so customers aren’t delayed in line while the cashier removes the devices.
If a store uses the source tagging option, merchandise tagging is consistent. One of the problems I see in store tagging programs often involves inconsistency, either tag placement or some items not tagged at all. Source tagging will ensure clothing security tags are placed in the same location on merchandise, making it a more visible deterrent to thieves and it also makes it easier for cashiers to not have to hunt for security devices. I have watched cashiers spend time hunting for security tags, causing delays in the checkout line. I have also watched the distraction caused to customers when Checkpoint tags are missed and the alarm is set off as the customer attempts to leave the store.
Clothing security tags are available for almost all clothing items on the market today. From delicate silk materials such as men’s ties to expensive leather motorcycle jackets, Checkpoint tags are available for all clothing lines. Implementing a source tagging program, stores can save payroll dollars and ensure consistency and accuracy at the point of sale. Check out what clothing security can do to enhance your profits and prevent theft.
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