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JUL-AUG 2019

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SOLUTIONS SHOWCASE Retail Shrink Is a Universal Foe. Which EAS Anti-Theft Technology Works Best For You? Global retail theft cost nearly $100 billion last year 34 percent from shoplifting alone. From big box chains to tiny boutiques, retailers use electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems to reduce shoplifting and protect profits. Acousto-magnetic (AM), radio frequency (RF), and radio frequency identification (RFID) EAS systems are options available to most effectively meet retailers' needs. Choosing the Best Technology for Your Business STOREFRONT Acousto-Magnetic (AM) ■ Wide detection coverage; pedestals, concealed, or discreet options ■ Highly immune to spurious signals common to store environments; fewer nuisance alarms ■ Maximized floor selling space with minimal restrictions on placement of tagged merchandise Radio Frequency (RF) ■ Wide detection coverage; pedestals and discreet options ■ Vulnerable to nuisance alarms caused by electrical interferences from common store sources ■ Susceptible to interference from metal doors or edging; some reduction to selling space Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) ■ Wide detection coverage; overhead, pedestals, concealed, or discreet options ■ Unaffected by spurious signals common to store environments; fewer nuisance alarms ■ Designated storefront tag-free zone reduces nuisance alarms; some impact to selling space MERCHANDISE CATEGORIES TO PROTECT Acousto-Magnetic (AM) ■ Range of hard tags and robust labels to protect wide array of merchandise categories ■ Works well on liquids, metals, and products with foil packaging; immune to body shielding ■ Labels can be reused and reactivated Radio Frequency (RF) ■ Broad range of hard tags, along with flat-profile labels ideal for packaged goods with flexible application options ■ Performance degrades on liquids, metals, and products with foil packaging; not immune to body shielding ■ Labels cannot be reactivated Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) ■ Broad range of swing tickets, labels, and hard tags suitable for multiple merchandise categories ■ Performance degrades on liquids, metals, and foil packaging; not immune to body shielding ■ Tags and labels can be reused; item-level data can be encoded for inventory intelligence solutions OTHER CONSIDERATIONS Acousto-Magnetic (AM) ■ Custom integration of deactivation with various barcode scanners ■ Connectivity to Shrink Management as a Service (SMaaS) reporting platform for data analytics and remote equipment management ■ Select systems are RFID ready for migration to item-level intelligence Radio Frequency (RF) ■ Easy integration of deactivation into "EAS-ready" barcode scanners ■ Connectivity to Shrink Management as a Service (SMaaS) reporting platform for data analytics and remote equipment monitoring ■ Select systems are RFID ready for migration to item-level intelligence Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) ■ Integration with POS and inventory management solutions for item-level visibility ■ Connectivity to TrueVUE platform for inventory intelligence and shrink visibility ■ Migration path to RFID item-level inventory data Sensormatic offers RFID, AM, and now RF. Download the full white paper at sensormatic.com/lp0619. Global retail theft cost nearly billion last year $100 shoplifting alone 34% 64 JULY–AUGUST 2019 | LOSSPREVENTIONMEDIA.COM

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