I hate shoplifters. Let me just get that right out there on the table. They make my workday so much more miserable, and they even affect my days off since I have to go to court to deal with them. I have found one solution to many of my problems though, and that is utilizing Alpha Keepers on targeted items. I have had to get a little creative, but they are so versatile anyway, I can usually figure out a way to make them work for me. I used to have a guy that came in on a regular basis to steal those nose strips that help people breathe. Since I began encasing those packages in Alpha Keepers, I have not lost a single one to a thief.
In order to prevent shoplifting, I use these devices in several sections of the store. They protect health and beauty products, like body washes and expensive facial care items. I see many retailers use them in these sections as well. Body wash is a very popular item for boosters. They know the fence operation will buy them because they are easy to “clean” and prepare for resale. Big name wrinkle creams are also targeted very often. Why pay $20 or more at the drug store for these tiny jars when you can go to the flea market and get them for about $5 !? They are also fantastic for to use if you need to protect razor blades. They fit right into the clear case and the store can choose to hang them from pegs or sit them on a shelf. I have also used them to keep over the counter drugs safely out of the hands of kids. There are some cold medications that are popular among teens for abuse, so in order to battle that, I lock those boxes right inside the Alpha Keepers. Problem solved.
I have noticed lately that my packs of lighters were coming up missing when I scanned all the empty spots in the store every week. I would scan the label and my hand held would indicate a balance on hand. My staff and I would search the whole store, and only rarely find an empty package. So it seemed to be a difficult task to prevent shoplifting in this particular section, even though it is really no more than ten feet from the checkout counter. So what is my solution to this problem? Drop the packs down into Alpha Keepers when they arrive on the next truck and hang them back on the pegs I normally display them from. I certainly don’t want to put them behind the counter and hide them. Customers don’t like to have to ask for items they wish to purchase. If they don’t see the stuff where they expect it, they assume we don’t have the item and just leave. I’ve tried it in the past and that approach just doesn’t pay the bills.
Making some simple changes in the layout and landscape of the store is really not a labor intensive task when you have tools like Alpha Keepers. They do the work for you and keep the products you sell out on the floor for ease of shopping. You keep your inventory visible and in front of the customer. That is the key. They require little to no training for your staff because they are very simple to use. They open with the magnet key very quickly so your customers are not inconvenienced at all. They have alarm capabilities that are compatible with the Checkpoint System, so it’s a win-win situation.
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