Checkpoint Systems Reaches Milestone: Has Now Evaluated 75,000 Different Products in Its Source Tagging Evaluation Centers Since Starting 20+ Years Ago
Helping Retail Manufacturers to Ensure Product Protection Quality, Improving Shoppers’ Experience
THOROFARE, NJ — Dec. 17, 2013 — Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CKP), a global leader in merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry, today announced it has now evaluated 75,000 different products globally during 20+ years of testing and certifying EAS source-tagged products.
Checkpoint’s Source Tagging Evaluation Centers were created to determine the optimal application of anti-theft protection solution at the point of manufacture through the integration of a radio frequency (RF) tags placed within the merchandise or on its packaging. These EAS security devices help retailers ensure their merchandise is protected from theft at their store and available for shoppers when they are ready to purchase. By shifting the EAS tag application process from the store to the point of manufacture, retailers save a considerable amount in labor costs, ensuring compliance, protecting brand presentation and enhancing their customers’ shopping experience.
Global centers include teams of experts that advise manufacturers on which labels are most appropriate for use with specific type of merchandise and the best application location within the packaging. These teams also examine functionality of the protection and detection by the EAS antennas in stores as well as their deactivation at the point of sale. Each solution is studied in detail with merchandise manufacturers to cover all the technical specifications of the production chain, packaging, and branding needs. Once the test is complete, Checkpoint delivers a certificate on the evaluated product to the merchandise manufacturer, along with a report on the proper methods of placing the EAS label on the merchandise to ensure deactivation and detection by the EAS systems installed in the relevant stores.
Items such as un-carded cosmetics were previously difficult to protect because of their small size. With source tagging solutions such as EP CLEAR, theft was reduced an average of 15 percent, according to a large pharmacy chain.
According to Farrokh Abadi, president and chief operating officer, Merchandise Availability Solutions, Checkpoint Systems, “We are excited to celebrate more than 20 years of testing and certifying source tagged products. We understand that designing and engineering the best quality EAS tags and systems is not enough. We partner with our retail customers and their merchandise manufacturers to always look for ways to optimize their operations and reduce costs, while ensuring the best product protection Checkpoint’s source tagging program has earned its experience over time, and we can confidently guide different merchandise manufacturers through the most effective and efficient way to apply the EAS tags without compromising brand integrity and presentation at stores.”
Source Tagging Over the Years
Checkpoint first applied RF EAS labels to merchandise at the point of manufacture in November of 1990. Over the past 20+ years, Checkpoint has evaluated and certified different types of merchandise in various categories, about 70 percent of them have been in health & beauty, 15 percent in footwear and textiles and the rest in food & beverage, electronics and others.
About Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (www.checkpointsystems.com)
Checkpoint Systems is a global leader in merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry, encompassing loss prevention and merchandise visibility. Checkpoint provides 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 45 years of radio frequency technology expertise, innovative high-theft and loss-prevention solutions, market-leading RFID hardware, 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. Listed on the NYSE (NYSE: CKP), Checkpoint operates in every major geographic market and employs 4,700 people worldwide.