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By Rich Handley

Checkpoint Systems Offers RF Label Protection for Eyewear, Other Hard-to-Tag Merchandise

Checkpoint Systems, a global supplier of electronic article surveillance (EAS) and RFID solutions for the retail industry, has announced its MicroFlex solution, an RF label designed to help retailers reduce external shrinkage on traditionally hard-to-protect merchandise. With the majority of retailers choosing to display merchandise openly to allow customers to try before they buy, MicroFlex is intended to help improve the customer experience by enabling full interaction with products, while simultaneously deterring opportunistic thieves.

MicroFlex features Checkpoint's clear Micro EP labels with a visible circuit and the company's Black Lock logo, both of which discourage potential dishonest shoppers. According to the company, MicroFlex can be easily applied, both in store by employees or at the point of manufacture by brands themselves.

Retailers that have introduced Checkpoint's 2928 EP Clear Micro Tamper Tag onto other merchandise, such as cosmetics, have seen shrinkage reduce by 30 percent or more and sales increase by 10 percent or more. The versatility of the new solution, which features a small label on an adhesive carrier, means that it can be used on a range of metallic items, such as jewelry, small accessories, golf clubs, handbags and kitchenware.

"MicroFlex offers minimal impact on the customer experience and product display," said Carl Rysdon, Checkpoint's VP of inventory control solutions, in a prepared statement, "while carrying the Black Lock logo for maximum deterrence using the smallest, best-performing label on the market. In addition, it improves the checkout experience, as the label is quickly deactivated at the point of sale and can be removed at home."

The company has also announced an enhancement to its EVOLVE-STORE solution, which is designed to bring together individuals, processes and products to expand the potential of physical stores by combining various sensing devices into a single, actionable data-led solution, with enterprise-wide data analytics. The latest feature, Event Visualizer, enhances alarm management and booster/magnet monitoring, by providing a visual of an event as it occurs, in real time, to an EVOLVE-Store-enabled smart watch, allowing personnel to recognize the source of the alarm and respond appropriately.

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