I worked with a store manager years ago that believed clothing security was overrated. He believed the way around clothing security was to sell the merchandise before it was stolen.
Of course this was a great thought… assuming you could really stock and sell merchandise before a thief bent on profiting themselves could out steal your sales. Clothing security is always something to consider when selling this type of merchandise.
Some time ago, a discount clothing store I worked opened a new location in a high crime area. Talking with the surrounding retailers, the business was good but top levels of clothing security would be needed. Looking at comparable stores, business was also good. A competitor opened a store just a few blocks south, so I made my way over to investigate potential theft issues. Walking in, I was immediately confronted by the level of clothing security present in this store. If I were a thief walking into this store, I would instantly be discouraged. As a matter of fact, I would probably leave altogether and find some other retailer without security tags on clothes. On top of the visual security deterrence, I was immediately greeted by a store associate in a kind and professional manner. Couple this with clothing security tags; you have one heck of a security program. As I toured the store, clothing security tags were everywhere. I went through the youth’s section, clothing security tags. Headed for the men’s department, clothing security tags. Passed through the ladies apparel, clothing security tags. You honestly could not walk a section of the apparel departments without seeing security tags on clothes.
I introduced myself to the store manager and passed my business card over to her. I complimented her on the amount of security tags on clothes and asked her how she did it. She spoke of the need for security and recommendations from loss prevention pointed her to a solid security tags on clothes program.
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