If your business carries shoes, you have probably had this unpleasant experience at least once. You pick up a shoebox and look inside, only to find a stinky pair of old worn shoes in place of the new pair that should be in that box. This may sound funny, but I can assure you that it is not a fun experience at all for the lucky person that has to dispose of the shoes. What someone did was come into the store and swap out the old shoes they were wearing for a pair of your new shoes. You can help stop this from happening by ensuring that you have good clothing security devices attached to your merchandise.
Once you stop trying to figure out how no one on your team noticed someone wearing shoes with holes in them that the manufacturer didn’t put there, and you could smell two aisles away, it’s time to get to work and make sure it doesn’t happen again. First off, talk to your employees and ensure they are offering customer service to everyone in the department. Also, the same as you put security tags on clothes like jeans or any other clothing items that may be stolen, you should also place the tags on footwear. Some manufacturers can source tag, or place a tag inside the shoe that is deactivated upon purchase. I prefer to use hard tags, such as Alpha Banded Hard Tags to actually place on the shoes as a visual deterrent as well as causing the door alarms to sound as someone exits the store with the tag.
Although there are different tags and approaches to clothing security for footwear, one of the most common approaches I have seen is to attach a hard tag to the shoe through a shoelace hole, buckle, or zipper. You can either do this by placing the pin on the hard tag through the opening, or attach a cable or a type of lanyard to the tag to allow for more flexibility. You want to make sure that the tag is placed on the shoe in a manner that is not damaging the product, and cannot be easily removed. Also, if you want to save money on security tags, just put the tags on one shoe in a pair. It doesn’t matter if you choose the left or right shoe, just make sure you are consistent so they can’t mix and match the same style shoes from different boxes.
Depending on the types of footwear you carry, it may not be necessary to purchase different Alpha Tags, because the ones you already use on your other clothing may be compatible. To be safe, you may want to see what other options are available or order more of your current tags to account for the larger quantities you will now be using. Not everyone that comes into your store with stinky or dirty shoes is going to steal from you, but I can say that I’ve never seen a pair of nice clean shoes swapped out for another pair of nice new shoes. Having your employees keep their eyes open for this kind of activity will go a long way in reducing theft of your footwear.
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