Clothing security tags are a popular line of defense for retailers in the battle against shoplifters and there are many options available. Not all clothing security tags are created equal though.
Checkpoint Systems is the world’s leading manufacturer of EAS (Electronic Article Surveillance) systems, which use radio frequency technology to detect security tags and labels on merchandise via sensors installed at doorways. As with any industry the leader is always followed and there are many clothing security tags and label copies manufactured overseas.
But buyers beware. These slightly less expensive tags and labels do have negatives that need to be understood. The most popular Checkpoint tags are the mini hard tags and the barcode labels:
The issues with the cheaper copies are something the average retailer would not really notice at first unless they did some extensive testing. For example, 25% of the cheaper copies can be dead out of the box / will not set off the alarm. The reason being there is no quality control on the imported cheapies…QC is an expensive process which affects the cost. Checkpoint goes so far with their quality control that they actually test every label before it leaves the plant. Any dead tags are marked with a red dot so that the customer knows to skip that label. (All rolls of labels are guaranteed to have a minimum of 2,000 good labels).
The copycat mini hard tags are easy to spot. First all Genuine Checkpoint products have their logo embossed on them. Also, the fit and finish is very noticeably different. The copies have a manufacturing seam that you can stick a small screwdriver or knife into and break open in seconds. The Checkpoint seams are so tight they look like a molded one piece unit.
Just like anything else, you get what you pay for and clothing security tags are no different. For more information go to: clothing security tags or visit Loss Prevention Systems for continental US systems installations.