What kinds of Anti-Shoplifting measures do you use in your business? Have you ever had the type of day where you have found theft tracks, like empty packages, discarded tags, or just an empty shelf, and wanted to lock the whole store in glass cases? It can be a challenge to determine the best ways to protect your assets.
You really have to take different things into consideration when choosing the the items that need to be secured. It is easy to only look at the retail price of the item and lock it up. Duct tape it shut, bolt it to the counter, and put it under direct surveillance. Unfortunately shoplifters don’t just look at the asking price of an item when making the choice of what to steal, and you can’t either. The time of year and what is currently trending are just two things a professional shoplifter and even a petty thief will think about when making their decisions.
My store sells pharmacy, beauty and healthcare items. I know that before allergy season begins, I have to get out my Anti-Shoplifting tool box. First of all, the name brand items in that category must be placed in Alpha Keepers. If there has been a new item launched, I will also need to limit those shelf quantities. The same goes for the first of every year. When people start making their resolutions to lose weight, the diet pills we sell have to be protected. Recently we bought some new hair straighteners that had been advertised on television. Customers were inquiring about them, and we thought they were a good choice. I put one out, and it was stolen in less than three days. I never found the box or anything. I hate having to learn the hard way which items are vulnerable for theft, but it happens. The next one I put out was dressed in a Alpha Spider-Wrap before going on the shelf. The customer can still pick up the item, know it is not just an empty display box, and read all the information from the package. Not only does this tool prevent the package from being opened, if a shoplifter tries to take the item out the door before the Spider-Wrap is removed, it will sound an alarm. Spider-Wraps are great Anti-Shoplifting pieces, and they are invaluable especially when you have an odd shaped package.
You will have to figure out which items in your store are most likely to get stolen. Some items may not be targeted year round, so figuring that out needs to be a factor in your plan. One good way to do that is to know what is popular at your local flea market. I find that if people are looking for a product at the flea market, then the local fence operation will send out their “employees” to steal those items. High retail or not, the public’s current buying habits are paramount in helping you make your decisions. Alpha Keepers and Spider-Wraps are the two things I use the most right now when I need to protect my inventory, and thus protect my profits. If you don’t have these in your arsenal, take a look at what they could be doing for you.
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