Tom Meehan with Evolution of Retail Asset Protection

Tom Meehan’s Debut Book “Evolution of Retail Asset Protection” Available on June 11

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., (May 30, 2019)Tom Meehan, chief strategy officer and chief information security officer at CONTROLTEK, published his first book, Evolution of Retail Asset Protection, available on June 11. In his debut, Meehan takes the reader through the ways traditional loss prevention and asset protection responded to shifting retail environments and how technology and innovation are changing everything.

Evolution of Retail Asset Protection is an excellent resource for any retail LP/AP level reader,” said Read Hayes, research scientist at the University of Florida and director of the Loss Prevention Research Council, “and a must-read for our research team.”

“It’s an exciting time for Tom and for us at CONTROLTEK,” said Rod Diplock, chief executive officer at CONTROLTEK. “Tom’s book captures his extensive knowledge, experience, forward-thinking insights and genuine desire to help his peers understand and stay ahead in asset protection.”

“I want to encourage people to approach things with an open mind, to think bigger,” said Meehan, “Remember, people are still the most amazing innovation our planet has yet developed.”

Evolution of Retail Asset Protection is currently available for pre-order as an e-book on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble. Physical copies will be available for purchase on June 11.

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About CONTROLTEK
Since 1976 CONTROLTEK has been a global leader in tamper-evident security packaging, helping banks, armored couriers and retailers transport cash safely and securely.  The company’s expanding line of inventory protection and visibility solutions also helps retailers protect their merchandise better and run their operations more efficiently.  As a second-generation family owned business, with a history of stable growth and a reputation for strong customer focus, CONTROLTEK continues to deliver on its mission every single day: to provide solutions that protect and to always deliver on our promises.

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Nathalie Schrans
Content and Social Media Manager
(908) 603-2704
Nathalie.Schrans@controltekusa.com

Balbir Tulshi, new VP of Finance at CONTROLTEK

Balbir Tulshi Joins CONTROLTEK as Vice President of Finance

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., (May 30, 2019)CONTROLTEK, a global leader in retail product protection, is proud to welcome Balbir Tulshi as new vice president of finance. He brings over two decades of experience in the finance industry to CONTROLTEK.

“After an extensive search, I am thrilled to have Balbir join our seasoned team of executives,” said Rod Diplock, chief executive officer at CONTROLTEK. “I am confident that his long record of building and managing financial operations and proven leadership will play a key role in our company’s overall strategy.”

“CONTROLTEK’s vision of client- and people-focused values are what drew me to this opportunity,” said Tulshi. “I look forward to sharing my experience to continue building a solid finance team and to be a partner in driving corporate strategy and improving operations.”

Tulshi has over 25 years of experience in finance, accounting, and risk and treasury management. Prior to joining CONTROLTEK, he served as the financial controller at GAL Manufacturing, the world’s leading provider of nonproprietary elevator equipment. Tulshi is a certified CPA and CGMA and a member of the AICPA and the New Jersey Society of CPAs.

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About CONTROLTEK
Since 1976 CONTROLTEK has been a global leader in tamper-evident security packaging, helping banks, armored couriers and retailers transport cash safely and securely.  The company’s expanding line of inventory protection and visibility solutions also helps retailers protect their merchandise better and run their operations more efficiently.  As a second-generation family owned business, with a history of stable growth and a reputation for strong customer focus, CONTROLTEK continues to deliver on its mission every single day: to provide solutions that protect and to always deliver on our promises.

Media Contact
Nathalie Schrans
Content and Social Media Manager
(908) 603-2704
Nathalie.Schrans@controltekusa.com

CONTROLTEK Joins the LPF as Bachelor Level Partner

CONTROLTEK joins the LPF as Bachelor Level Partner

Mathews, NC, (May 22, 2019) — The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) announced its newest bachelor level partner, CONTROLTEK. The Bachelor level partnership secures numerous certification course scholarships for CONTROLTEK to distribute to industry professionals.

“We are so pleased and honored to announce our new partnership with CONTROLTEK,” said Terry Sullivan, LPC, President of The Loss Prevention Foundation. “By partnering with the LPF, they are demonstrating their commitment to continuing education within the loss prevention and asset protection industry. Our partners are vital to the continuation of our LPQualified (LPQ) and LPCertified (LPC) certification initiatives.”

CONTROLTEK, whose mission is to provide solutions that protect and to always deliver on their promises, is a second-generation, family-owned business that was started in 1976 and now has a presence on three continents. Headquartered in Bridgewater, N.J., CONTROLTEK is an emerging leader in retail loss prevention and strives to help customers solve their business problems in new, efficient and secure ways.

“When thinking of the many factors that make up the retail loss prevention industry, the Loss Prevention Foundation always comes to mind because of the educational and philosophical impact they make on a regular basis,” said Steve Sell, global vice president of sales and marketing at CONTROLTEK. “Terry Sullivan has a creative and engaging way of leading the effort and we are honored to partner with the LPF.”

How to Avoid Fake News

Not sure if the news source you’re reading is trustworthy? The browser extension NewsGuard, available on Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox and Safari, rates news by the likelihood if it being accurate based on basic standards of accuracy and accountability. This is an easy and free way to reduce to your chance of reading fake news.

How to Irritate HR

Have you noticed any content on LinkedIn lately that made you cringe? Political rants, personal confessions and questionable selfies are becoming more and more common. Have you asked yourself, “I wonder if their boss sees their posts? Does this guy’s company have a human resources department?”

Unfortunately, no one ever posts an update to their rant, like “Hey guys, in case you are wondering, I was fired after this post. Watch for more posts coming soon as I am now self-employed!”

If you look at my employment history on LinkedIn, you’ll notice I’ve worked for some very diverse retailers. The one thing they all had was a strong human resources department. In my experience, those folks were the glue that held things together, and I learned many valuable and sometimes painful lessons from them.

(If you are new to retail and want to learn from someone else’s mistakes, read on. If you are a veteran and want a chuckle, I’m here for you.)

Here are some mistakes to avoid when working with your HR professional. It’s not a complete list, just the stuff I can remember and am willing to share.

If you really want to annoy HR, make decisions without their input.

Oops. Early in my career, I was pretty naïve, and kind of clueless. I was on the road and conducting multiple interviews daily. In my haste and sloppiness, I suspended an associate after an interview without approval from HR (or the Ops team) because I couldn’t get them on the phone right away. Because, duh, I was in a hurry!

Well, turns out that this associate called their mom and dad, mom and dad called their lawyer, lawyer called the company, and everyone was pretty miffed because they were caught blindsided. Luckily, I got to keep my job after this one, but my credibility was shot for a while. Not a good move!

Give them incomplete information.

Again, early in my career, I assumed a lot. You know what they say: never assume! I thought I knew what HR wanted to see in a report or hear in a recap. I wasted a lot of back and forth when I could have been proactive and created a checklist with their help at the beginning.

Once you understand the other party’s interests and needs, your job becomes much easier. Is your HR team interested in secondary influences on the theft activity, like peer pressure, store morale, or problems at home? Get this information in the interview, and make sure to include it somewhere in your recap or report.

Exclude them.

Having a super fun and exciting team building event? If you want to alienate HR, make sure you tell them about it, then don’t invite them. Oh, and take lots of pictures doing stupid stuff and then post them to cap it all off.

It’s easy to operate in your own bubble and bond with your immediate team. However, your HR partners deal with a lot of similar stuff to what LP deals with—and they need a safe environment to let off steam, too. They have tough conversations—sometimes all day, every day—and they do a lot of interviews around touchy subjects. They are your HR partner for a reason: treat them like one, and make it a point to include them, both in meetings and in the fun stuff, too.

These are just a few of my early learnings. Much of this can be applied to your Operations partner as well. We’re all in it together, and we succeed or fail as a team. Now, go hug your HR partner. No, wait…as I learned from an HR manager years ago: “Touching confuses.” Maybe just stick to a friendly smile.


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How to Review Your App Permissions

Have you ever logged into a website or app and opted to use your Facebook, LinkedIn or Google account to sign in? If you have, it’s time to check what apps have permission to use your login information, which you can view in your privacy settings for Facebook, LinkedIn and Google. Make this a quarterly habit. It’s important to limit apps you don’t need or use to make sure your information is secure.

How to Use Low Battery Mode

Both iOS and Android have a low battery mode to save your battery life. This will essential turn off all the background applications. You can enable this setting by accessing the control center on an iPhone or swiping down from the top on an Android. This is a quick and easy way to give yourself more power when you need it.

CONTROLTEK at RILA: Dark Web Session and Live Demonstration of ApparelGuard

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., (May 2, 2019)CONTROLTEK, an emerging leader in retail product protection, will be attending the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s 2019 Retail Asset Protection Conference from May 5 to 8 in Denver, Colo. They will be showcasing the latest in EAS and RFID solutions at an interactive exhibit located at booth 606.

Tom Meehan, CFI, chief strategy officer and chief information security officer of CONTROLTEK, will be speaking about the basics of the dark web and how to use it as a tool to conduct investigations on Tuesday, May 7 at 1:15 p.m. Meehan will be presenting at a concurrent session with Abraham Gonzalez, CFI, LPC, central asset protection manager of fraud mitigation and e-commerce investigations at Bloomingdale’s.

“Tom is an expert in all things tech and retail asset protection,” said Rod Diplock, chief executive officer of CONTROLTEK. “He has combined this expertise with his years of experience in conducting investigations to teach loss prevention professionals how to use today’s technology to fight against the classic problem of retail shrinkage.”

In addition to displays of their retail solutions in use, CONTROLTEK will offer a live demonstration of the ApparelGuard, a device used to detect magnets shoplifters bring in stores to remove EAS tags. Made by their partner, Alert Systems, this technology is nominated as a finalist for the RTech Asset Protection Innovation Awards. The finalist showcase will take place on Monday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m., allowing conference attendees to vote for the Retailers’ Choice Award, and the winners selected by the judges will be announced on Tuesday, May 7 at 3 p.m.

“Our strong partnership with Alert Systems is one of the reasons we are able to offer our customers a wide variety of retail asset protection solutions,” said Steve Sell, vice president of global sales and marketing at CONTROLTEK. “Whether you are looking to protect your fitting rooms or deter theft entirely, the ApparelGuard is just one of many solutions we offer.”

Visit CONTROLTEK at booth 606 during the conference to learn more about the latest in EAS and RFID retail solutions.

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About CONTROLTEK
Since 1976 CONTROLTEK has been a global leader in tamper-evident security packaging, helping banks, armored couriers and retailers transport cash safely and securely.  The company’s expanding line of inventory protection and visibility solutions also helps retailers protect their merchandise better and run their operations more efficiently.  As a second-generation family owned business, with a history of stable growth and a reputation for strong customer focus, CONTROLTEK continues to deliver on its mission every single day: to provide solutions that protect and to always deliver on our promises.

Media Contact
Nathalie Schrans
Content and Social Media Manager
(908) 603-2704
Nathalie.Schrans@controltekusa.com