Clothing Security has always been a challenge in the world of the softlines retailer.
How do we keep the merchandise in stores safe but at the same time make the merchandise shoppable. There was no easy way to provide clothing security to stores. Some stores chained merchandise to the display rack or limited merchandise on the salesfloor. These methods at times proved very effective at preventing theft, but also prevented an even more important aspect, sales.
Clothing security, thankfully, has become much less difficult in the past years. Now, don’t get me wrong, clothing security is still a challenge and as long as merchandise exists for sales, thieves will steal (or at least try to).
As you visit different stores and look at the clothing security, pay closer attention to security tags on clothes. This type of defense is very common with department stores and specialty clothing retailers. Why? Because it is very effective in deterring shoplift activity. Security tags on clothes provide an obvious presence and discourage the non-professionals immediately.
As a former loss prevention agent, my job included monitoring the security tags on clothes program. Daily, I went around the store to hot merchandise and ensured each item followed the security tags on clothes program to the “T”. I knew as long as the merchandise had clothing security tags, I would not have to pay as much attention, and could focus my efforts in more lacking departments.
Clothing security tags are relatively easy to install and take no more time than stocking the merchandise on the salesfloor. However, the payoff for using clothing security tags properly can be huge.
Loss Prevention has always encouraged retailers to utilize security tags on clothes, and many retailers have taken the advice passionately. There are still some out there that are on their own program, but for how long?
For more information about a clothing alarm or clothing security tags visit us at clothing security or call 1.866.914.2567