CONTROLTEK’s Tom Meehan Joins International Supply Chain Protection Organization Board

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., (August 29, 2019) —Tom Meehan from CONTROLTEK has joined the Board of Directors for the International Supply Chain Protection Organization (ISCPO), a nonprofit professional organization that connects members from across a wide array of sectors to promote, educate and advocate supply chain security and protection.

“I’m very excited to be part of a group that focuses on trends in the supply chain,” said Tom Meehan, chief strategy officer and chief information security officer at CONTROLTEK. “I am eager to be part of the deeper conversation around the evolution of retail and e-commerce and continue to help innovate in the loss prevention industry for the betterment of the supply chain.”

“The ISCPO is excited to have Tom Meehan join our Board of Directors with his expertise in loss prevention and technology,” said Byron Smith, chairman of the ISCPO. “The members and the supply chain security industry will benefit from Tom’s knowledge.”

For more information about the ISCPO and its Board of Directors, visit their website.

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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.

About the International Supply Chain Protection Organization (ISCPO)
The International Supply Chain Protection Organization (ISCPO) is a non-profit professional organization that connects members from across a wide array of sectors—from manufacturing, retail/wholesale/eCommerce, and distribution to risk management, law enforcement/legal, and logistics. The organization was created in 2014 to promote, educate, and advocate supply chain security and protection through building strong networks and delivering exceptional leadership training, board representation, and industry support.

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CONTROLTEK is North American Distributor for Nordic ID’s RFID Retail and Logistics Solutions

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., (August 22, 2019)Nordic ID and CONTROLTEK have joined forces in North America. CONTROLTEK is the lead distributor of Nordic ID products in the U.S. and Canadian markets and collaborates with Nordic ID Inc. and the Nordic ID Headquarters located in Finland.

“At CONTROLTEK, our goal is to provide solutions to our clients which help them keep up with a variety of challenges faced in the changing age of retail,” said Steve Sell, vice president of global sales and marketing at CONTROLTEK. “We see RFID as a versatile technology with many applications for retailers, including LP. Thanks to our partnership with Nordic ID we help our clients take meaningful steps to the future”

“We are very delighted to have CONTROLTEK as a distributing partner in the U.S. market as we are increasing our RFID visibility and product offering continuously in the United States,” said Paul Murdock, Corporate Development and President of Nordic ID Inc. “Together we can better serve our joint resellers and customers. Furthermore, Nordic ID can be sure that with the help of CONTROLTEK’s experience in the retail market, Nordic ID will strengthen its position as a provider of innovative RFID products and solutions in retail and logistics RFID business in North America.”

For more information about Nordic ID and their products, visit their website.

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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.

About NORDIC ID
Nordic ID is a full service PaaS (Platform as a Service) solutions company aimed at becoming the go-to partner for businesses that struggle with managing their flow of items. Our passion for enabling customers to manage their routine operations with ease, speed and efficiency, inspired us to develop all-in-one solutions that help companies to optimize the flow and count of goods. With our full line of RFID tracking devices and a customizable, adaptable cloud platform we simplify once tedious routine tasks and enable total process transparency. Nordic ID is listed on Nasdaq First North. www.nordicid.com

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

Development During the Interview

Sometimes old habits die hard. In fact, on many occasions, they refuse to die on their own, so they must be dealt with from time to time. What started out in my career as a great habit has morphed into something else altogether at home, with my daughter. More on that later.

Early in my career, Development of the Admission, or “What Else and Who Else,” helped me to produce some good results in the field. Every time I sat in an interview room, I’d hear a voice in my head, usually my boss, saying, “Hey, that’s great you got an admission, now find out what else and who else.” Over time, I wasn’t satisfied with getting what I just had on paper or video; the real prize was getting accomplices or additional admissions.

Over the years, I developed some tricks to help me get additional nuggets of information—the frosting on the cake so to speak. There are a number of methods you could use to make it easy for the subject and yourself. Before every interview, I would pull the store roster and make notes about those folks that we knew the subject was friendly with, close to in age, or from the same neighborhood. Then I put together a key with symbols or numbers. For instance, the number 1 would indicate someone the subject had personally seen stealing, the number 2 was someone they heard was stealing, the number 3 was someone they thought could be stealing. There could be additional numbers for policy violations or harassment.

This list could then be compared to the list I had prepared ahead of time and crosschecked to see if anyone was missing. This method could also be used with merchandise, if your store has a wide variety of merchandise. I never walked in with a pre-printed list, and instead used my memory to mentally “walk” around the store departments then took notes later, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t use the list and code method with merchandise as well. If you decide to use a list of merchandise, you could have the subject make tallies next to merchandise they stole. You could also set up symbols or numbers for merchandise that the subject saw other people steal.

The caveat on these methods is that the subject must be in a cooperative mindset and feel very strongly about your investigation’s credibility, otherwise it may look like a fishing trip. I would usually wait until the additional admissions had started to flow before introducing any of these lists.

In my experience, the hardest part of the interview is getting the associate to talk about others who are stealing. It’s usually the hardest part for the interviewer to ask about as well. This might be because the area the interviewer is probing has shifted to something new, and more rationalization needs to occur. Or it might be that the interviewer is projecting a lack of confidence or not asking the questions in the right manner, using the assumptive question and a follow-up question. An example of the correct way to format these questions would be: “Jane, out of all the associates who work here, who have you seen steal merchandise? It’s not everyone is it?” What I have heard investigators do quite a bit is ask the question incorrectly: “Jane, who have you seen stealing? Was it Joe? Was it Dave? Was it Steve?” This format will get you objections every time.

Development is a part of the original interview, not a new interview. I would suggest staying with the same pace and manner of questioning that got you the first admission; it worked, which means your subject liked it. Keep in mind, introducing a list of associates or merchandise may not be the best way to go as it could be a distraction or change the feeling in the room, so you’ll have to play that by ear.

In working with new investigators over the years, I’m pretty sure they got their feelings hurt when they would call me after an interview all excited about an admission and, just as I had heard from my first bosses, my response would be: “That’s great! What else did you get?” Hopefully they know now, as I learned, that it was an effort to develop good habits as they continued their interviewing careers.

So, what happened with my daughter and development? She’s 13 years old and just experienced her first brush with theft. No, she didn’t steal, thank goodness. Someone stole from her. We coached her on some things to say, and she got a partial admission along with an apology. What do you think my questions were to my daughter? “What else did she steal? Did you get her to tell on her other friends? What else is going on?” Have I mentioned that I feel sorry for my kids? We let this one go, but I’m sure my daughter will be locked and loaded for the next interview and its development!