CONTROLTEK Presents LPF Webinar: The Link Between ORC & Human Trafficking

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (June 8, 2021) – Tom Meehan, CFI, chief strategy officer at CONTROLTEK and leading expert in cybersecurity and organized retail crime, will join Noel Thomas, CEO of Zero Trafficking, to present a webinar about the connection between criminal activity and human trafficking. 

“Human trafficking has become a major concern to retailers as organized retail crime has been shown to increase larger, more violent crimes,” said Meehan. “With Noel’s expertise in the fight against human trafficking, we’ll inform retailers about how to spot potential indicators of both ORC and human trafficking in their own operations.” 

“At CONTROLTEK, we are fully dedicated to supporting the growth of the loss prevention industry however we can,” said Rod Diplock, chief executive officer at CONTROLTEK. “By sponsoring five LPCertified course scholarships, we can provide emerging professionals with the opportunity to learn more about loss prevention and further their careers in our field.” 

The webinar, which takes place on June 10 at 11 a.m. PDT via Zoom, is presented by the Loss Prevention Foundation and qualifies for 1 continuing education unit (CEU) toward an LPCertified or CFI recertification. To register for the webinar, visit the Loss Prevention Foundation’s website.  

CONTROLTEK Attends Virtual NRF Retail Converge Conference

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (June 8, 2021)CONTROLTEK, a leader in retail asset protection technology, will attend NRF Retail Converge, a virtual conference presented by the National Retail Federation, to showcase its EAS and RFID solutions in the virtual conference expo.

“2020 has shown us that the digitization of retail isn’t slowing down anytime soon, and that includes how we approach asset protection,” said Tom Meehan, CFI, CONTROTLEK’s chief strategy officer and chief information security officer. “We’re looking forward to learning from retailers and other AP experts how they have adapted to the changing retail environment.” 

“One of our top priorities is to help retailers combat current challenges while preparing for the future,” said Rubin Press, vice president of global sales at CONTROLTEK. “Our team’s technology expertise, specific to asset protection, enables us to support retailers on the latest security trends as well as identify the right solutions to future-proof their business.” 

NRF Retail Converge will take place from June 21 to 25 and bring together retailers, law enforcement agencies, and solutions providers in all areas of retail security. CONTROLTEK will be featured in the virtual NRF Converge Marketplace, where solution providers demo new products and technology. 

For more information about NRF Retail Converge, visit their website. 

CONTROLTEK’s Tom Meehan Joins Zero Trafficking Advisory Board

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (June 1, 2020)Tom Meehan, CFI, chief strategy officer at CONTROLTEK and leading expert in cybersecurity and organized retail crime, recently joined the advisory board of Zero Trafficking, an organization that offers resources and training to combat human trafficking.

The Zero Trafficking team consists of technology researchers, artificial intelligence experts and specialized trainers who have crafted methods and databases based on anti-trafficking best practices. These resources are available to government agencies, law enforcement, intelligence professionals and social media experts working in the fight against human trafficking.

“We exist because there were no cohesive ways to identify, track and report bad actors, organizations, networks and links to other criminal enterprises,” said Noel Thomas, chief executive officer and co-founder of Zero Trafficking. “Several years ago, Tom published an article about the link between human trafficking and organized retail crime and I knew then he would be a great asset to our cause.” Thomas also serves as the Chairman of the Technology Subcommittee for the Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force.

“Since the early days of my retail loss prevention career, the anti-trafficking movement has been an important cause to me,” said Meehan. “I’m honored to become a part of Zero Trafficking and help the retail industry stay informed about the challenges around human trafficking and its ties to organized retail crime (ORC). I have been working with the Zero Trafficking team on active intelligence gathering and I’m excited to share our learnings with the retail industry to support efforts to reduce ORC.”

“I’m pleased to support Tom’s involvement with Zero Trafficking and commend them for the critical work they are doing to equip the retail industry with resources and solutions to help combat the evolving challenges they are faced with in regards to ORC,” said Rod Diplock, CEO of CONTROLTEK.

The Zero Trafficking team has produced solutions that support decision-making in investigations, prosecutions and victim rescues. Resources and services can be found on zerotrafficking.com.

CONTROLTEK Becomes GS1 Certified

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. – May 18, 2020 – CONTROLTEK a leading provider of tamper-evident cash security packaging, has added the GS1 System of Standards to its cash transportation expertise.

Tom Meehan, CFI, chief strategy officer and chief information security officer; Rubin Press, vice president of global sales; Tani Vatoci, chief information officer; and David Brothers, senior sales manager all completed the GS1 Foundations Certificate Course and mastered the basics of unique product identification.

“Investing in the GS1 Foundations Certificate is just one way we are renewing our commitment to greater cash visibility and advising businesses on the latest cash visibility standards,” said Rod Diplock, chief executive officer at CONTROLTEK. “By becoming certified to use the GS1 System of Standards, our team can use this knowledge to better serve our customers as they face the ever-evolving banking and cash-in-transit industries.”

“The GS1 standard can help businesses improve supply chain visibility, reduce the risk of human error and gain greater insight into the movement of cash,” said Meehan. “After completing this course, I am certain my team and I can continue to educate our customers and industry partners on the importance of standards-based product identification.”

CONTROLTEK has been a longtime supporter of GS1’s Cash Visibility Initiative, which seeks to bring greater transparency and efficiency to cash logistics. CONTROLTEK cash security bags are printed with a Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC) to facilitate automatic reconciliation with an electronic shipping manifest and meet GS1’s requirements for cash visibility.

For more information about CONTROLTEK’s commitment to greater cash visibility and the GS1 System of Standards, contact CONTROLTEK at sales@controltekusa.com.

CIOReview Recognizes CONTROLTEK in 2021’s Most Promising Retail Solution Providers

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. – May 12, 2020 – CONTROLTEK a leader in EAS and RFID security solutions for retailers, has been recognized by the technology magazine CIOReview as one of the top 20 retail solution providers in 2021 due to the organization’s extensive RFID technology offerings that have empowered their clients in retail and many other industries to make data-driven decisions to optimize their businesses.

“Although inventory visibility is not a new concept, the COVID-19 pandemic amplified the need for businesses to know exactly where their assets are,” said Tom Meehan, CFI, chief strategy officer and chief information security officer at CONTROLTEK. “We are laser-focused on helping our customers protect their assets and get better insights into where their assets are in the supply chain, in any of the manufacturing stages or elsewhere.”

CONTROLTEK’s team uses a human-centric approach based on design thinking to work side by side with their clients, develop customized RFID solutions and even identify potential problems in their clients’ businesses to prepare them for the future.

“The best way to understand a clients’ business is to learn about it from their perspective,” said Rubin Press, vice president of global sales at CONTROLTEK. “That’s why our team uses our design thinking approach, investing the time to work alongside our clients to understand their challenges and develop customized solutions.”

“RFID has often been called the technology of the future, but that future is closer than we think,” said Rod Diplock, chief executive officer at CONTROLTEK. “By partnering with leading RFID manufacturers and innovators, we have been able to help our clients prepare their business to be future-ready  while resolving the issues they face today.”

In the future, CONTROLTEK will continue to offer intelligent solutions while working toward deploying enterprise-wide RFID software that incorporates machine learning and other emerging technologies. For more information about CIOReview’s Most Promising Retail Solution Providers of 2021, visit their website. To learn more about CONTROLTEK’s RFID offerings, contact a CONTROLTEK sales representative at sales@controltekusa.com.

CONTROLTEK and Currency Research’s Podcast The Cash News Launches May 6

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (May 5, 2021)CONTROLTEK, a leading provider of tamper-evident cash security packaging, in partnership with Currency Research, the leading global resource for central banks, their suppliers, and the related supply chain for currency and payment systems., announces the launch of The Cash News, a podcast for experts and leaders in the currency industry about the latest news about currency, cash and issues affecting the world of cash today.

Hosted by Tom Meehan, chief strategy officer at CONTROLTEK, and Shaun Ferrari, global cash product director at Currency Research, this biweekly podcast will feature special guests and bring the latest information on trends, strategies and technology to support better cash security and management from the perspectives of experts in various fields.

“We designed The Cash News to be the go-to resource for anyone in the currency industry, no matter what stage they’re at in learning about cash,” said Meehan. “This podcast is a great way for professionals that work with cash to discover updated information, best practices and resources that will help them move the industry forward.” Meehan is a leading expert in all things loss prevention, cybersecurity and information technology and often partners with cash experts and other industry associations to educate retailers and other business about improving their cash management.

“At Currency Research, we pride ourselves in being the leading global resource for central banks, their suppliers and the related supply chain for currency and payment systems,” said Ferrari. “The Cash News is the latest step in Currency Research’s mission to keep currency professionals informed on the latest trends and challenges facing the cash industry.” Ferrari has chaired and managed some of Currency Research’s biggest events, like the upcoming world’s first hybrid currency event, the 2022 Banknote & Currency Conference.  Prior to joining Currency Research, Ferrari led Currency Issuance and Operations for the Federal Reserve.

The first episode of The Cash News will be available on May 7, 2021. To listen to the podcast, visit Podbean and Soundcloud. To stay up to date with the latest news in the cash world, visit The Cash News or follow The Cash News on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Cybersecurity Expert Tom Meehan, CFI on CTO Confessions Podcast

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. – April 15, 2020Tom Meehan, CFI, chief strategy officer and chief information security officer at CONTROLTEK, a leader in loss prevention and security solutions, was a recent guest on the podcast CTO Confessions, hosted by TC Gills of IT Labs. 

“In these modern times, the digital world has many doors and windows, and through our inventiveness, we create new domains of attack and subsequent security needs,” said Gills. “In this episode of CTO Confessions, Tom and I discussed his growth as an industry thought leader and the ongoing battle to get on the winning edge of security without thinking you’ve worked it out.” 

“I highly encourage people in tech and cybersecurity to constantly challenge themselves to learn more, no matter their level of expertise,” said Meehan. “With so many new advancements in technology, like the Internet of Things and greater connectivity, there can be a bigger surface area of digital risk. As we continue to invest in technology solutions, we need to consider how that affects our level of risk and adapt both our physical and cybersecurity strategies accordingly.” 

This episode of CTO Confessions is available on Soundcloud. Past episodes of CTO Confessions are available on the IT Labs website. 

CONTROLTEK Adds New Account Executives to Sales Team

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. – March 17, 2020 – CONTROLTEK, a leader in loss prevention and security solutions, has grown its sales team with the addition of three strategic account executives to offer more dedicated attention to specific regions in the United States.

“CONTROLTEK has seen a lot of growth in sales and new accounts in the past year,” said Rubin Press, vice president of global sales at CONTROLTEK.  “We decided to grow our sales team accordingly so we can continue to provide the high-quality expertise and customer service that our clients expect.”

With extensive experience supporting companies in delivering their solutions, CONTROLTEK’s newest strategic account executives include, Mark Wingfield, a sales veteran with over 20 years of experience, who will manage the Midwest sales territory; Kenna Griffith, an impressive sales leader with a track record of being at the top of her sales teams, who will be dedicated to the South-Central sales territory; and Amy Fargo, who has over 25 years of experience in technology sales with multiple Fortune 500 companies who will service the Southeast sales territory.

CONTROLTEK’s new associates are eager to serve retailers and the LP industry. “I am so excited to bring my expertise in enterprise sales and marketing to the team so we can bring value to our clients through our exceptional solutions and services,” said Fargo. “I can’t wait to extend our reach in delivering solutions that will help retailers protect their assets and improve their operations.”

CONTROLTEK Supports LPF by Advancing Sponsorship to Doctoral Level

CONTROLTEK Demonstrates Commitment to the Loss Prevention Industry by Advancing Their Support to a Doctorate Level Partner for the Loss Prevention Foundation

MATTHEWS, NC – October 7, 2020 – The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) announced that CONTROLTEK has advanced its partnership to become the newest Doctorate level scholarship partner. CONTROLTEK has been a bachelor level partner and supporter of the LPF and with their commitment to becoming a Doctorate level partner they are continuing to set an example to the industry regarding the importance of continued education. The Doctorate level partnership secures numerous certification course scholarships as well as, complimentary LPF memberships for CONTROLTEK to distribute to Loss Prevention professionals.

“Our partners are what make it possible for us to continue to fulfill the mission of the LPF, which is education for the LP industry through our LPQ and LPC certifications,” commented Terry Sullivan, LPC, President of the LPF. “CONTROLTEK has truly demonstrated their commitment to our industry by advancing their sponsorship from the Bachelor level to the Doctorate level. Partners, like CONTROLTEK, who believe in and invest in our mission, are invaluable to the LPF and I am so excited to continue partnering with them at this advanced level.”

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, NJ, CONTROLTEK strives to help customers solve their business problems in new, efficient, and secure ways.

“It is not only the importance of understanding the evolving challenges retailers are faced with and identifying solutions to combat their challenges, but also investing in education, training, and professional development for LP professionals, that will have great impact in moving the loss prevention industry forward,” said Rod Diplock, CEO of CONTROLTEK. “We are thrilled to continue to support the imperative work the LPF is doing and their mission to enhance the industry.”

CONTROLTEK Offers Virtual Site Surveys to Better Serve Retailers

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (Jun. 4, 2020) – CONTROLTEK a leader in retail asset protection and security solutions, adds virtual site survey services for examining loss prevention solutions to better support retailers while keeping a commitment to the health and safety of employees and customers.

“Retailers are preparing their stores for reopening and the anticipated increase in theft issues and health and safety concerns. We want to allow them to examine asset protection solution options without having to wait for lifted restrictions or be concerned about exposing the health and safety of their employees,” said Rubin Press, vice president, global sales at CONTROLTEK. “We’ve simply taken our LP Professional Services and made them virtual to meet the needs of our customers.”

“Our Customer Success organization’s many years of experience operating remotely has allowed us to provide uninterrupted and responsive customer support during this difficult time,” said David Hardeman, CONTROLTEK’s director of customer success. “We conduct the virtual site survey with the same First Time Right approach and level of service our customers would experience in-store. Our certified representatives know the right questions to ask to understand our customer’s challenges, and which loss prevention solution would work best in their particular retail environment.”

“This new service offering is another way we continue to support our customers amidst the challenges brought on by the pandemic, while helping them prepare their stores and protect their assets,” said Rod Diplock, CEO of CONTROLTEK. “Thinking differently to evolve and improve our operations has also allowed us to keep our employees working while ensuring their health and safety is protected.”

About CONTROLTEK’s Professional Services and Virtual Site Survey

Our First Time Right™ Systems Deployment and Professional Services streamline the process of implementing a new loss prevention technology, making your life easier. Our team of retail and technology experts are with our customers every step of the way. During the virtual site survey, our Professional Services team conducts a video conference survey examining the store and providing loss prevention solution recommendations. For more information about our Virtual Site Survey and Professional Services, visit the CONTROLTEK website.