Looking to improve product security? – There’s an EAS tag for that

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EAS security tags

Think retail security tags and the mind tends to turn to clothing tags, but the truth is electronic article surveillance (EAS) has evolved rapidly over the past 50 years, with a tag available to suit almost any product imaginable.

From liquor bottle locks to golf tags and even optical tags for eyewear, if you have a valuable product, chances are there’s an EAS tag to suit.

Here’s an insight into some of the improvements of recent years and the options available when it comes to EAS security tags.

Clothing security tags

EAS security tags

As we mentioned, clothing tags tend to be the first thing people think of when considering EAS and retail security. And there’s good reason for that. Since the 1960s, clothing tags have been helping retailers protect valuable apparel against theft.

Over the decades they’ve also seen a wealth of improvement, with more variety and higher security options available than ever before.

Now tags are available in a range of shapes, sizes and strengths, and with options for both AM and RF EAS systems. There are also high security options, alarming tags, and the choice of either magnetic or mechanical locking devices in a bid to keep pace with shoplifting methods that constantly evolve.

The result is a vast array of fashion security tags that provide retailers with more choice than ever, while still providing a product-based solution that is easily affixed to merchandise and sounds an alarm when an item is being stolen.

In addition, clothing tags can also come with extra features, like ink tags that provide the further security option of benefit denial.

Meanwhile, apparel tags are also available for fashion accessories like shoes and handbags. In these cases, the tag is affixed to a product using a secure cable or lanyard rather than featuring a pin that passes through the product.

Optical tags

EAS security tags

Valuable and easy to conceal, eyewear like sunglasses is one of the most commonly stolen items within the fashion retail environment.

And because glasses are a product that consumers want to test before purchase, they can be challenging to protect. That’s where the optical tag comes in.

Designed to lock onto the frame of the glasses, optical tags are purpose-built to be small in size so as not to obstruct the customer experience. They also save retail staff valuable time and effort by allowing eyewear to be freely displayed, rather than locked in cabinets.

Golf tags

EAS security tags

As any sports retailer will attest, golf clubs are a highly sought-after item with thieves, and they’re easier to conceal than many people would imagine.

And yes, there is a tag specifically designed to protect golf clubs from theft. Known as the golf tag, it locks onto the shaft of the club and cannot be slid off over the grip or the clubhead.

Liquor tags

EAS security tags

In Australia, wines and spirits rank as the second most commonly stolen item in the food and beverage sector, which makes protecting liquor a must.

To assist, liquor security tags are available. These bottle top tags come in a series of sizes and designs to stop both consumption in-store and theft.

Baby formula tags

EAS security tags

A couple of years ago the Global Retail Theft Barometer outlined the common occurrence of baby formula theft.

They noted in Australia infant formula was among the most frequently stolen items “owing to its requirement in large quantities that leads parents to steal or buy them from sources that sell products stolen from retail stores at discounted rates. Moreover, the usage of infant formula to cut cocaine and heroine’s strength leads to their theft by drug addicts/smugglers”.

That led retail security providers to develop a range of tag options to protect baby formula against theft.

Options include baby formula tags that can either grip the formula tin or wrap around it, allowing retailers to protect tins in a variety of sizes.

Multi-function tags

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In addition to purpose-designed tags, there are also multi-function EAS tags that can be fitted to any number of different products.

Multi-function tags feature an adjustable strap that locks into the security tag, allowing them to be affixed to all sorts of products including tools, fishing reels, suitcase handles, and so much more.

The final word

In addition to purpose-designed tags, there are also multi-function EAS tags that can be fitted to any number of different products.

Multi-function tags feature an adjustable strap that locks into the security tag, allowing them to be affixed to all sorts of products including tools, fishing reels, suitcase handles, and so much more.

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