ALL-TAG Offers Retail Stores Information on Preventing Organized Retail Crime

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ALL-TAG, a leading manufacturer of anti-theft Security Tags, Security Labels, and People Counting Systems, advises retail stores to step up internal security measurements to make it difficult for black market resellers to sell stolen goods.

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The bottom line is that no reputable retail store would purchase stolen products branded with these labels, or with damaged packaging.

ALL-TAG, a leading manufacturer of anti-theft Security Tags, Security Labels, and People Counting Systems, advises retail stores to step up internal security measurements to make it difficult for black market resellers to sell stolen goods.

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Survey, 96% of retailers were affected by Organized Retail Crime (ORC) in 2012. The survey states that the total annual losses from ORC are approximately $15-30 billion.

ORC refers to professional shoplifting, cargo theft, retail crime rings, boosters, and other organized crime occurring in retail environments. These shoplifters typically steal large quantities of merchandise from retail stores with the intent to sell it to black market resellers.

In turn, the black market resellers will sell the stolen merchandise on the streets or in plain sight in stores. The boosters move methodically from state to state hitting different retail stores along the way. They often work in teams where one team member will distract the store personnel, while the rest of the team runs out with bags full of goods. Most retailers don’t want their employees getting injured, and thus they are strongly encouraged not to chase or attempt to apprehend the thieves in any way.

Then, the shoplifters typically speed off in cars that are parked right outside of the store exit before the store personnel realizes what’s happening.

Retailers also lose merchandise via fraudulent activities, such as switching UPC Bar Codes on products, purchasing products with stolen credit cards, or making fictitious receipts to return products back to stores. All of these practices fall under ORC.

“Since it’s virtually impossible to put a complete end to Organized Retail Crime, security companies are simply trying to make it more difficult for the black market resellers to actually sell the stolen goods,” explained ALL-TAG Sales and Marketing Director Andy Gilbert. “ALL-TAG makes it a priority to watch and evaluate current ORC trends, and we put forth continued effort to produce products for the retail community that help battle the growing issue.”

ALL-TAG makes a 31×32 mm (1.2 X 1.3in) Radio-Frequency RF Label with a special permanent adhesive making it impossible to remove the label from a product’s packaging without damaging the package. Additionally, a retailer’s logo, address, telephone number, and a message requesting that the stolen product be reported if it is sold anywhere else can be printed on the label. For an even greater deterrent, ALL-TAG also provides retailers brightly colored labels.

“The bottom line is that no reputable retail store would purchase stolen products branded with these labels, or with damaged packaging,” Andy Gilbert concluded. “Once these professional thieves discover the products that have branding labels attached to them, they will likely leave those particular products alone and move on to the lower hanging fruit.”

For more information about ALL-TAG or the products mentioned in this release, please visit http://www.ALL-TAG.com.

About ALL-TAG
ALL-TAG manufacturers Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) products and services designed to help retailers protect their merchandise from shoplifting. For many years, the company has supplied affordable, reliable, and user-friendly People Counting Systems to retailers, libraries, museums, and many other businesses. The original ALL-TAG RF Label factory, located in Manage, Belgium, has been producing RF Labels for retailers throughout the world since 1992. ALL-TAG Security Americas Inc., located in Boca Raton, Florida USA, opened in 2000 as a global sales and marketing office. In July of 2011, ALL-TAG Security Americas Inc. launched a new production facility to manufacture labels in the United States. The new factory supplies RF Labels to our US customers, as well as many other customers around the world. The company also has an inventory warehouse in Hong Kong to ensure timely deliveries to our many customers in Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Contact Information
Andy Gilbert
(561) 998-9983 x12    
a.gilbert(at)ALL-TAG(dot)com    
1155 Broken Sound Parkway NW, Unit E    
Boca Raton, Florida

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