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Retail roundup February 2019

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Vitag Retail Round Up

The new year has kicked off with mixed news on the retail front, with two Australian retailers entering voluntary administration and December sales figures failing to live up to expectation. Meanwhile, technology continues to dominate the retail landscape as stores across the globe investigate the latest ways to offer an improved customer experience. Here’s the…

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What to look for in security tags

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Z50 Security Tag

When it comes to loss prevention, Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) remains the most popular and effective product-based anti-shoplifting strategy available to retailers. Comprising hard tags, labels and antenna, the system is used by an estimated 90 per cent of Australian retailers, reducing shoplifting by up to 80 per cent. However, when harnessing the power of…

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Top 10 tips to reduce false EAS Security Tag alarms

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10 Tips to reduce false alarming

Security tag or label based Electronic article surveillance remains one of the most effective ways of protecting individual retail products against theft and loss. But if your system is sounding false alarms, it not only desensitises staff to potential threats but also directly affects the customer experience in-store. Here are 10 tips to reduce false EAS alarms……

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Case in point – Shoplifting surges in Brisbane

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Shoplifting surges in Brisbane

A recent news article has illustrated just how vigilant retailers need to be during holiday periods and sales, with the Brisbane Times reporting a 40 per cent increase in shoplifting incidents in the Brisbane CBD throughout December last year. It comes in addition to more general statistics that indicate more than a third of Australia’s…

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What retail apocalypse? – The NRF Big Show 2019

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NRF Big Show 2019

“More healthy, more vibrant, innovative and exciting than ever.” –  That was the verdict for the retail sector at the recent  National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show in New York. This year’s Big Show marked the 108th time the event has been hosted and it was bigger than better than ever before, attracting over 38,000…

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Retail to get personal in 2019

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2019 in Retail - Vitag Australia

As retailers flip the sign to ”open” and roll back the shutters for another trading year ahead, 2019 is shaping up to see the technology that dominated 2018 make further inroads into the retail experience. This year retailing looks primed to become more personal and more immersive as more shoppers take their search online. For…

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Some pointers on security label positioning

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Security Labels

In retail there’s often talk about the consumer experience, with a wealth of discussion about displaying products, showcasing them and positioning them to make wares more appealing. But what about the practicalities, especially when it comes to security? And what about security that also factors in store efficiency? Here are some quick pointers on security…

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Christmas Retail Statistics 2018

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Retail Statistics

With Christmas just round the corner, here are some interesting stats on Christmas and some predictions on growth by sectors as well as online purchases for 2018.    

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RFID tech gets serious in Australia with new Coalition examining the benefits

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RFID Coalition

The technology has been around since WWII but only recently has RFID re-emerged as one of retail’s key tech tools in the ongoing push to be more efficient, more impervious to loss, and more cognisant of the consumer experience. In fact market research indicates the retail sector will become the biggest user of RFID technology…

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The informed shopper – here’s what they do before they buy

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Informed Shopper Blog Post

Bricks and mortar may still reign supreme, but according to new data, more and more of the customer journey is being undertaken online. From Googling products to seeking reviews, the customer is using the online realm to educate themselves and research, meaning they’ve often made a purchasing decision long before they enter a store. It’s…

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