EAS (Electronic Article Surveillance) source tagging by Loss Prevention Systems refers to the process of attaching security tags to retail merchandise at the point of manufacture or packaging, rather than at the individual store level. These security tags are designed to trigger alarms if they are not properly deactivated or removed before leaving the store.
Implementing EAS source tagging can bring significant cost savings to retailers by reducing labor and expenses associated with traditional in-store tagging. Here’s how:
Streamlined Tagging Process: EAS source tagging eliminates the need for in-store tagging operations, where staff members individually apply security tags to each item. Instead, the tagging is done during the manufacturing or packaging process, which is typically automated. This streamlined process saves considerable time and effort for retail employees, allowing them to focus on other value-added tasks.
Reduced Labor Costs: By shifting the tagging process to the source, retailers can significantly reduce labor costs associated with tagging merchandise in-store. This eliminates the need for dedicated tagging staff or diverting existing employees to perform this task. As a result, retailers can optimize their workforce, allocate resources more efficiently, and potentially reduce payroll expenses.
Improved Operational Efficiency: EAS source tagging enables retailers to receive merchandise with security tags already in place, which simplifies inventory management and store operations. The tagged items can be quickly and easily placed on shelves or racks, reducing the time and effort required for in-store tagging and ensuring accurate inventory counts.
Minimized Shrinkage: Shrinkage, which refers to loss or theft of merchandise, is a significant concern for retailers. EAS source tagging acts as a strong deterrent to theft, as tagged items trigger alarms if they are not properly deactivated. By deterring potential shoplifters, retailers can minimize shrinkage and avoid financial losses associated with theft.
Enhanced Customer Experience: EAS source tagging can also improve the overall shopping experience for customers. With security tags already attached to products, there is no need for customers to wait for manual tagging at the checkout counter. This streamlined process reduces checkout times, enhances customer satisfaction, and increases the likelihood of repeat business.
Cost Reductions in Tagging Equipment: In-store tagging typically requires retailers to invest in tagging equipment, such as tagging guns and associated supplies. With EAS source tagging, retailers can eliminate or reduce the need for such equipment, resulting in cost savings.
Increased Tagging Accuracy: In-store tagging may occasionally result in human errors, such as missed tags or incorrect application. EAS source tagging eliminates these errors by utilizing automated tagging processes, ensuring consistent and accurate tagging across all products.
Implementing EAS source tagging will require coordination with your manufacturers and suppliers, the long-term benefits for retailers can be substantial. LPSI can set up and coordinate with your manufacturers. We have both AM and RF tags.
By reducing labor costs, improving operational efficiency, minimizing shrinkage, enhancing the customer experience, and eliminating the need for in-store tagging equipment, retailers can achieve significant cost savings, ultimately leading to improved profitability.
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