A few articles back, I talked about my love for grilling and how it annoyed me that so many people find it acceptable to steal steaks from the grocery store. One thing I didn’t talk about was liquor. In my state, we don’t have liquor stores. Every retailer and grocery store sells alcohol, which poses its own set of challenges from theft. If I’m a greedy thief, I may as well steal a bottle of my favorite spirit on way out with that steak in my shirt. I was a manager at a grocery store for a little while, and I can tell you that we leveraged our Checkpoint System to fight shoplifting almost every day.
When you think about liquor bottle and Checkpoint Systems, you more than likely go right away to those bulky bottle locks. I’ve never really been a fan of these. I always had cashiers breaking or losing the keys, and even though they didn’t interfere with the way my product was merchandised, I didn’t like for my legitimate customers to have to wait for me to take the lock off. I tinkered around with the idea of Checkpoint Labels for a long time and found a solution that worked really well for my store.
Instead of bulky hard tags, I used a simple clear Checkpoint Label that went right over the barcode. My store had already been using the Checkpoint System for years and were happy with the results it gave us. This didn’t take any additional equipment and the labels themselves were very inexpensive. We started using the clear Checkpoint Labels on our high end wine, and when we saw the difference it was making, quickly deployed it to our spirits and eventually anything over $25. It seemed as if the only people who were aware of the change were our shoplifters, who by the way, could not seem to defeat the tags since the adhesive made the label almost permanent. I didn’t spend too much of my career in the grocery business, but this is one of the clever solutions that I bring with me throughout my day. Thieves will try anything to steal from you, and it’s up to us to find every solution to fight back!
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