How RFID Meets the Evolving Needs of Retailers

Although it has existed since the 1940s, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has evolved dramatically into what it is today. With enhancements and changes to technology, applications and use cases, RFID is rapidly becoming an invaluable asset for the retail industry. Small RFID tags emit unique signals that allow products to be identified/tracked via remote scanners. CONTROLTEK offers RFID  solutions for any retail application. The technology, which has been used in car keys and tolling systems since the 1990s, in libraries, and in agriculture to track cattle, has evolved over time and now has much potential in meeting the evolving needs of retailers.

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Is There a Coin Shortage in the US and Should Banks Invest in Coin Bags? 

Since mid-2020, many retailers and other businesses that handle cash have posted signs asking customers to pay with exact change due to a coin shortage in the United States. But is there a coin shortage? 

In June 2020, the Federal Reserve announced that the COVID-19 pandemic had disrupted the supply chain and “normal circulation patterns for U.S. coin.” They cited decreased coin deposits (which usually come from banks, retail stores and other businesses that accept cash) as the main cause behind this disruption, along with decreased coin production at the U.S. Mint due to new measures to protect its employees. 

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What Big Banking Looks for in Tamper Evident Deposit Bags 

While banks offer many services to their clients, one of their highest priorities is cash security. Banks are trusted institutions that rely on secure cash deposits and transportation to protect their cash and their professional reputation. In order to ensure cash security, many banks and credit unions use tamper evident deposit bags to transport their cash. 

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What Managers Look for in Tamper Evident Bags for Their Casino Supplies

Casinos handle large amounts of currency and are thus susceptible to theft and violent crime. Players and employees may engage in stealing or cheating; their tactics are often hard to spot. Common security measures implemented in casinos include surveillance cameras, highly trained professionals who can spot suspicious activity, and strict enforcement of rules.

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What You Need to Know About Tamper Evident Bank Bags Going into 2021

Tamper Evident Bank Bags Today

Although banks and armored couriers have relied on traditional zipper money bags for decades, tamper evident bank bags offer features that often cannot be matched by the typical canvas bank bag.

Tamper evident bags are specifically designed to protect the integrity of the bag’s contents and alert you if someone has attempted to take anything from the bag. For example, many tamper evident bank bags have highly visible void messaging to indicate when a bag has been tampered with.

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Top RFID Retail Solutions

What are the Top RFID Solutions Worth Considering for Your Retail Store?

Because RFID is at the forefront of retail innovation, you might be wondering if RFID solutions are right for your business. With thousands of tag form-factors on the market, it can be a daunting task to decide on the best RFID security solutions for your needs. Today we’ll go over the types of RFID solutions with suggestions for retailers in different sectors.

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Misinformation, Censorship, and Big Tech

(This article originally appeared in Loss Prevention Magazine)

The Risk It Poses for All of Us

The breach of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and its aftermath have highlighted just how much influence social media and technology companies like Twitter and Facebook have on real-world events. On January 8, Twitter permanently banned former President Donald Trump from its platform, and many other tech companies including Facebook, Instagram, Google, and YouTube, followed with indefinite suspensions.

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CrimeScience Podcast – The Weekly Review


The Weekly Review: Episode 51 with Dr. Read Hayes, Tony D’Onofrio, Tom Meehan

This podcast originally appears in the LPRC website.

In this week’s episode of CrimeScience from Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), co-hosts Tom Meehan, CFI, Dr. Read Hayes and Tony D’Onofrio discuss active shooters, return costs for retailers, consumer interests, fake COVID vaccine cards and negative tests and more.

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The Weekly Review: Episode 50 with Dr. Read Hayes, Tony D’Onofrio, Tom Meehan

This podcast originally appears in the LPRC website.

In this week’s episode of CrimeScience The Weekly Review from the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), co-hosts Tom Meehan, CFI, Dr. Read Hayes and Tony D’Onofrio discuss ransomware, LPRC FusionNet and other hot topics in loss prevention.

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The Weekly Review: Episode 49 with Dr. Read Hayes, Tony D’Onofrio, Tom Meehan

This podcast originally appears in the LPRC website.

In this week’s episode of CrimeScience: The Weekly Review, co-hosts Dr. Read Hayes, Tom Meehan, CFI and Tony D’Onofrio discuss a new survey about cybersecurity for pharmaceutical companies, an analysis of vaccine effects, the top 6 changes caused by COVID-19 and protests on the West Coast.

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The Weekly Review: Episode 48 with Dr. Read Hayes, Tony D’Onofrio, Tom Meehan

This podcast originally appears in the LPRC website.

In this week’s episode of CrimeScience: The Weekly Review, co-hosts Dr. Read Hayes, Tom Meehan, CFI and Tony D’Onofrio discuss vaccine facts, a new call on LPRC FusionNet, state-sponsored vaccine misinformation, Amazon Go in the U.K. and more.

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The Weekly Review: Episode 47 with Dr. Read Hayes, Tony D’Onofrio, Tom Meehan

This podcast originally appears in the LPRC website.

In this week’s episode of CrimeScience from the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), co-hosts Dr. Read Hayes, PhD, Tom Meehan, CFI and Tony D’Onofrio discuss the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the global expansion of 5G and the new COVID-19 relief bill.

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The Irrational Fear of Cash and the Risks for Retail

This article originally appeared in Loss Prevention Magazine.

By Tom Meehan, CFI, and Jessica Pohlen

Across the country, it feels like there is a push from retailers to eliminate cash. We see signs saying “exact change only” posted at cash registers due to the nationwide coin shortage, and there are even marketing efforts with the slogan “contactless payment options now available” popping up in commercials. Business owners are all too familiar with the challenges of accepting cash. Making sure you have the proper float for your employees, coordinating cash-in-transit (CIT) pick-ups, and reconciling point-of-sale (POS) data with bank deposit information can be difficult, not to mention the risk of internal shrink. Add on the recent and exponential growth in public concerns about the safety of using cash at all, and cash management really has become a challenge, rather than a solution.

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The Danger of Misinformation on Social Media

This article originally appeared in Loss Prevention Magazine.

With the presidential election looming over our heads in recent months, it’s not too surprising to see that the news cycle has become hyper focused on anything to do with the election. And it’s not just the basics of a political election in the United States: the media has become dominated by topics like right-wing politics, antifa, protests, and the many political buzzwords that have suddenly become part of our everyday vocabulary.

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