2019 was a tumultuous year in retail, with many retailers shuttering stores and exiting the industry. In a challenging economic environment, retailers often experience a spike in external and internal theft especially during the holiday season. At this time of year, Checkpoint Systems encourages all retailers to take stock of their in-store security system and loss prevention practices, plan for the new year and retrain team members on how to spot suspicious behaviour in store. The holiday season is when retailers are most vulnerable to theft due to an increase in foot traffic in store and a large amount of high value gift items on display.
We’ve put together a list of high theft items from the latest Australia and New Zealand Retail Crime Survey and encourage retailers to take additional measures to protect these desirable items.
The highest theft items in this vertical are lingerie, branded apparel, sportswear and costume jewellery. Checkpoint recommends that these items are protected with a hard tag in conjunction with a Radio Frequency Electronic Article Surveillance system to deter theft.
During the holiday season, expensive meats become a hot commodity. They’re often stolen for personal consumption or resold quickly for a profit. Checkpoint’s food safe Meat Label is recommended to protect all cuts of meat during this high theft season.
Milk formula and face creams are also listed as high theft items in supermarkets. Checkpoint suggests protecting Milk formula with a Checkpoint infant formula cap and face creams with Alpha keepers as this additional line of defence is often enough to deter opportunistic shoplifters.
Vitamins, perfume and cosmetics are all attractive to organised retail criminals and the opportunistic shoplifter. During the holiday season, high value perfume or cosmetic gift sets are often stolen and resold on the black market. Check that all these items in your store are protected with Radio Frequency labels that, when used in conjunction with an Electronic Article Surveillance system, will alert team members to an attempted theft in store.
Smartphones, phone accessories and tablets are consistently reported as high shrinkage items in stores. Phone accessories such as headphones are easy to pocket and appeal to the opportunistic shoplifter. Ensure that these items are all protected with Alpha High Theft solutions that offer ‘benefit denial’ protection and a physical deterrent to shoplifting.
Following these tips and protecting these vulnerable items will ensure that you can focus on maximising this busy sales period without worrying too much about theft in store.
Checkpoint Systems, a division of CCL Industries, addresses two critical issues for its customers: Improving Profitability and Improving Consumer experience. With consumer demands accelerating at an extraordinary rate driven by technology, Checkpoint recognizes the challenges faced by its customers in the rapidly evolving retail market. We deliver intelligent solutions – bringing clarity and efficiency into the retail environment anytime, anywhere. Through a unique offering of software, hardware, labels, tags and connected cloud based solutions, Checkpoint optimizes operational efficiencies through analysis of real time data captured throughout the Supply Chain and in store then translating this to clear concise actions and tasks.
We provide end-to-end solutions enabling retailers to achieve accurate real-time inventory, accelerate the replenishment cycle, prevent out-of-stocks and reduce theft, thus improving merchandise availability and the shopper’s experience. Checkpoint’s solutions are built upon 48 years of radio frequency technology expertise, innovative high-theft and loss-prevention solutions, market-leading RFID hardware, RFID software, and comprehensive labeling capabilities, to brand, secure and track merchandise from source to shelf. Checkpoint’s customers benefit from increased sales and profits by implementing merchandise availability solutions, to ensure the right merchandise is available at the right place and time when consumers are ready to buy. Checkpoint operates in every major geographic market and employs 4,500 people worldwide.