RFID Inventory Tracking

RFID is essential when it comes to tracking assets accurately and quickly and protecting against theft and loss. While statistics show that the amount of theft within retail stores is constantly increasing, so are the inaccuracies when it comes to tracking the inventory. RFID technology offers more benefits than manual and barcode processes when it comes to tracking inventory of the assets within your retail store, inclusive from the time they are manufactured until the time that they leave the store.

Tracking inventory manually can take many people and can be very time consuming, causing inaccuracies along the way that may not be recognized until it is too late. RFID prevents inaccuracies and doesn’t need to scan each asset individually, because RFID reads multiple tags simultaneously and at long distances. RFID also does not require the tag to be seen in order to track it. Most of the RFID tags placed on products are placed underneath the product where people cannot visibly view them. RFID can still track the product despite the placement of the tag. As a result of these advantages, RFID plays a critical role in tracking assets for the top retailers across the globe, providing speed and efficiency. From the time the assets are manufactured, they are steadily tracked to keep stock lists up to date until the time they are removed when they leave the store.

Tag Along with Needed Goods

‘You’re it!’ product tagging goes right to the bottom line

Automated product information and data collection enabled by radio frequency identification (RFID) are improving the budgets at a host of businesses.

These scanning and tracking methods are proving effective in boosting productivity, measuring inventory flow and solving loss-control questions.

CONTROLTEK ISS, the Cranford-based provider of RFID applications, says the technology offers numerous benefits for companies adopting it.

Once a military use, it has become a proven success in supply-chain management, among many other operations, functioning efficiently even under conditions that present visual and environmental challenges.

Moreover, RFID technology can store and retrieve considerable amounts of information, making this a desirable part of inventory management.

Just as EZ-Pass is a system of RFID technology for a car, CONTROLTEK ISS can tag and mange whatever a business needs.

With RFID, a product is affixed with a tag, embedded with information about its item. When scanned, the tag interacts with a radio-frequency reader.

When a product is transported, a scanning sequence documents its movement through checkpoints until it reaches its destination. And as a loss-control measure, it can pinpoint where movement ceased.

Although tag circuitry can be programmed to monitor temperature and humidity, it can also be given levels of security such as encryption and password protection.

These measures are useful against malicious rogue scans searching for vulnerabilities in sensitive data, as in payment authentication.

RFID readers can differentiate units of identical items because unique identifiers. Same items can be read at a time, and a tag’s data can be gleaned over a long distances.

It’s also possible to include a kill feature for removing data permanently.

New Era for Tracking Devices

Colorful Stickers, Paper Labels, No Longer Suitable for Inventory Movement

Digital tags are changing the way businesses double down against not only theft but also absent-mindedness.

Intelligent Security Packaging (ISP) notes that radio frequency identification (RFID) is increasingly common for tracking and tracing packages, making a lot of older methods obsolete.

The fast pace of technological advances, moreover, is placing pressure on many industries that have been lagging.

RFID for packages is very much like E-Z Pass with cars. Couple that with GPS (Global Positioning System) monitoring, and it provides real-time data to identify inventory and its location.

For travelers, luggage movement and retrieval for decades had inspired the use of colorful tape, stickers, or ribbons to differentiate one suitcase from many other look-alikes.

Airlines, though, now are looking at ways to reduce luggage mixups, the New York Times recently reported. British Airways is testing a digital tag, Air France-KLM is planning a smart-phone app, and Airbus has for cellular use a Bag2Go trial of a digital tag with GPS tracking.

Nevertheless, inadvertent swapping of bags still occurs, some of it because of haste and some from inattention to claim-check numbers or those old-fashioned handwritten name-and-address tags attached to handles.

Many businesses, though, have already put themselves ahead of the curve by using digital control systems, notably with chain-of-custody transfers.

Many applications are in place to foil pilferage, hijacking and the like, whereas others greatly improve the efficiency monitoring of goods in transit.

The ISP security packaging methods can help businesses make big strides in their need to modernize their inventory-handling methods.

Patented Money Bags Heighten Security of Cash Transfers

CONTROLTEK’s currency bags are designed to thwart criminals

There was a time in the not too distant past when the methods and products used for transacting, storing and transporting cash were pretty much predictable – and often vulnerable. The problem is: Thieves love predictability and weak links in the chain of security.

But the bad guys now face a new obstacle. Improvements in the way currency is handled these days is due, in part, to advances in the design and quality of certain products used for the storing and transport of cash, which reduce the likelihood of tampering.

For example, patented TripLOK currency security bags, offered by security – products and loss -prevention solutions provider CONTROLTEK, improve the safety of mixed deposits and cash transfer shipments by featuring a unique triple-seal closure; four easy-to-read VideoVisual barcodes with large numbering for easy scanning by security cameras, and a high-visibility “void feature,” which appears if the secure nature of the bag has been compromised.

Meeting stringent Vault Process Certification (VPC) standards, the bags — developed by CONTROLTEK’s security experts in consultation with cash vault and loss-prevention experts across the United States – improve efficiency, while lowering vault expenses and the cost of all currency-handling applications.
Additional features include specially formulated thermochromic ink that turns red when subjected to heat, and sequential numbers, which are embedded in the closure for easy tracking.

About CONTROLTEK

Launched in 1976, CONTROLTEK has grown to be a world leader in loss-prevention solutions, offering a comprehensive line of security products developed to help businesses reduce losses to cash or merchandise. Headquartered at 95 Dermody St., in Cranford, N.J., the company, a division of the Control Group, operates an extensive North American-wide distribution system, with strategically located warehouses in New Jersey, Michigan and California.

CONTROLTEK Provides Protection of Cash Transfers, Assets and Inventories Through Its 3 Divisions

By focusing on customer needs and delivering product solutions within specific vertical markets, CONTROLTEK’s three divisions have become a single source for many companies in the United States and around the world. These customers are seeking products that protect inventory and assets, including cash deposits and currency.

In the retail industry, for example, guarding against inventory theft is a major concern. More than $13 billion worth of goods are stolen from retailers each year, according to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention®.  Shoplifters steal from all types of stores, including: department stores, specialty shops, supermarkets, drug stores, discounters, music stores, convenience stores and thrift shops. In the banking industry, the use of currency security bags can help prevent tampering and ensure accountability of the parties involved in the transfer.

Many savvy retailers and financial institutions seeking innovative security solutions turn to CONTROLTEK to meet their tough standards of quality and reliability. Under its umbrella, CONTROLTEK’s products range from deposit bags and coin bags for banks and retailers, to security tags, detachersand Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS),RFID systems and software for retailers.

Global Company Solves Your Loss-Prevention Dilemmas

Technology helps beat the odds in girding against insidious drain on profits

Loss prevention, a perennial concern for a host of businesses, has spawned an entire industry.

From digital hacking to employee conduct, the scope is huge. So are the stakes.

For its part, CONTROLTEK, based in Cranford, N.J., has been helping businesses, especially in thwarting theft and minimizing “shrink.”

A traditional practice in retailing is surveillance, typified by store-detective watchfulness. But there are some places in stores – changing rooms and bathrooms among them – where surveillance, including closed-circuit TV, can’t breach the expectation of privacy.

Electronic devices fill the void and have evolved to include a wide range of systems encompassing a great variety of sensors.

Certain methods can be labor-intensive, requiring constant human interaction, but others adopt the applications of technology which are more cost-effective.

The latter area is the focus of CONTROLTEK’s range of products and services.

Whereas loss prevention is generally considered an issue for the retail sector, other kinds of businesses also can benefit from the practices that are proven to work.

If they have sufficient staffing, larger companies have their own loss-prevention unit or they go to external resources.

Technology, though, as CONTROLTEK discovered, provides levels of inventory security without adding measurably to labor costs, which is a big plus for a firm of any size.

In widespread use nowadays is detection known in the industry as EAS, which means electronic article surveillance. Typically it involves tags that set off an alarm if they aren’t deactivated before passing a store’s exit checkpoint.

A subsequent refinement takes the tagging concept a step further. Dubbed “benefit denial,” it mars a purloined garment, for instance, by causing an ink or dye pack within the tag to erupt.

Devices such as these, along with the systems that integrate them into a business’s operations, are among the reasons to call CONTROLTEK for loss-prevention protection.

Guarding Against Losses

Security packaging aims to foil filchers who’d erode your business

With industries victimized by illegal siphoning of products from the supply chain and a resulting financial drain amounting to billions, there’s an increased urgency and importance surrounding security packaging.

CONTROLTEK, the provider of security packaging with offices in Cranford, N.J., advises that tampering, counterfeiting and substitutions, pilferage, diversion and resale, willful damage, and even shoplifting persist with a vengeance.

Much of modern packaging, an item’s outermost barrier, is designed to thwart these attempts.

Special plastics and seals are among the new materials, as are tracing and tracking devices implanted within any cargo. Another innovation is security printing.

Security printing has evolved into a range of sophisticated techniques. Some can be done with a digital or traditional press, whereas other printing is highly specialized. Moreover, certain temperature-sensitive inks can respond to a finger’s touch.

To inhibit counterfeiting, holograms and specialty labels can assure a product’s authenticity.

Inasmuch as radio frequency identification (RFID) chips are becoming more common for tracking and tracing packages, CONTROLTEK offers this kind of security tagging.

After brands become expensively developed and promoted, counterfeiting is a particular risk that has become equally expensive to deter. And methods employed in protecting a brand have mushroomed into a growth industry unto themselves.

Stop Thief!

Inventory Security Solutions helps stores defend against shoplifting

How vulnerable is your business to shoplifting? It can happen frequently, and when losses mount, the effect on profits doesn’t need elaboration.

Habitual shoplifters steal an average of 1.6 times per week, according to the nonprofit National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP). And extrapolated from bigger annual data, theft from retailers amounts to more than $35 million worth of goods per day.

Inventory Security Solutions (ISS) impedes this activity with its technology solutions (RF, AM or RFID), which include tags, overhead readers, pedestals, door systems, and other monitoring methods.

ISS offers not only nationwide installation services but also support.

“Shoplifters commonly steal from $2 to $200 per incident depending upon the type of store and item(s) chosen,” NASP reports.

It also found that shoplifters steal from all kinds of retailers: Department stores, specialty shops, supermarkets, drug stores, discounters, music stores, convenience stores, thrift shops, and more.

One in 11 people will shoplift, NASP calculates, and ISS says this underscores the need for a business to be protected.

Effectiveness of that protection obviously depends on the type and quantity of devices, ISS points out, citing its expanding arsenal of ways to thwart theft.

ISS systems provide more than loss-prevention; they also incorporate real-time tracking and replenishment data, thereby streamlining inventory management.

CONTROLTEK Appoints New Director of Product Management

Leader in Asset Protection and Visibility Strengthens EAS/RFID Expertise

Cranford, NJ – November 19, 2014 – CONTROLTEK USA (https://www.controltekusa.com) announced today that Kris Doane has joined the company to further develop their growing portfolio of EAS/RFID inventory systems.  Kris comes with a wealth of experience within the industry, having spent the  last 10 years working with numerous retailers across the globe planning, developing, and deploying their technology programs with a particular focus on RFID. Previously, Kris also managed cross functional software development teams in China and the US.

Using his expertise as a consultant, product manager and solution architect, Kris will be instrumental in delivering on the strategic direction of CONTROLTEK’s product line. Doane is also particularly skilled at capturing and converting business requirements into software and system integration solutions that will result in real-world, scalable deployments for CONTROLTEK’s new and existing customers.

Kris commented on his new position, “I’m excited to be a member of the CONTROLTEK team and look forward to further developing their already extensive product and service suite. I’m fortunate to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on a heritage of top quality service.”

Rubin Press, Global Director, Sales & Marketing,  said “Kris’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the CONTROLTEK family. We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to being a leader in this industry. Our new innovations and the increasing demand from our customers led us to look for an addition to our team who would fit in with our ethos of innovation and exceptional service. We’re fortunate to find someone of Kris’s caliber to fill this role.”

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ABOUT CONTROLTEK (www.controltekusa.com)

CONTROLTEK is on the forefront of asset protection and security solutions with three divisions laser focused on understanding and servicing client needs: CONTROLTEK ISS (Inventory Security Solutions), CONTROLTEK ISP (Intelligent Security Packaging) and CONTROLTEK IVS (Intelligent Visibility Solutions). From the most advanced tamper evident currency and coin bags in the world, to state-of-the-art retail LP tagging and RFID inventory products, CONTROLTEK’s transformative solutions have a major impact on cost reduction and improved profitability for the many vertical markets it serves. For nearly 40 years CONTROLTEK has been enabling commerce through innovation with a relentless commitment to product development, technology, delivery and customer service.

How to Ship Bulk Coin With Peace of Mind

Tough plastic deposit and transfer bags withstand transit handling

How do you transport 50 pounds of quarters? Or dimes? Or nickels?

With a very strong, see-through, tamper-resistant plastic money deposit bag. But not just any bag will do. The movement of coin from one location to another is such an important undertaking that it has spawned the need for special products. CONTROLTEK’s CoinLOK® tamper evident coin bags are among them.

These bags were developed to meet strict standards, including the elimination of breakage. The weight of loose coins can add up. Bags can hold 25 pounds or 50 pounds and are intended for one-time use. Custom sizes and imprints also are available. The bags also feature reinforced, die-cut triple-ply handles molded into their construction for easier and safer bulk transport.

Anyone who has tried to lift a 50-pound bag of potting soil, mortar cement or rock salt will appreciate the option of a 50 pound coin bag having two handles, top and bottom, so that two people can assist each other during transport.

The CoinLOK® bags get loaded with loose coin, and then processed and sorted. Barcodes are positioned on the bags as easy targets for handheld scanners, and numbering on bag labels is large enough to be read by security cameras for an audit trail. These bags also have dual write-on receipts, as well as a write-on bag-shipment information panel.

Major armored couriers prefer the CoinLOK®  brand of deposit bags and endorse them.