CONTROLTEK Teams Up with rapitag to Enable Retail 4.0

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (Aug. 17, 2021)CONTROLTEK, a global leader in retail loss prevention and security solutions, has partnered with rapitag, a worldwide technology provider of the world’s first patented anti-theft IoT solution for secure mobile self-checkout. As the exclusive provider of rapitag solutions in North America, CONTROLTEK is committed to supporting retail’s digital transformation by deploying smart security solutions and providing unparalleled service for retailers.

“At rapitag, we bring one-click buying to the retail floor with a smart and secure way for contactless mobile self-checkout,” said Alexander Schneider, founder and CEO at rapitag. “The rapitag device automatically unlocks after an item has been purchased, allowing customers to simply choose the items they want, ring them up at self-checkout or from their mobile device, pay, then leave with their purchases, without the need for a detacher or further store associate assistance.”

“Now more than ever retailers are evaluating how they can reduce costs and protect their bottom line. The rapitag technology not only keeps merchandise secure, but its features reduce time spent by store associates at checkout and ensures the right stock on hand so retailers don’t miss out on a sale,” said Rubin Press, vice president of global sales at CONTROLTEK. “By adding rapitag technology to our offering, we can help retailers take their loss prevention even further and prepare their business for the future.”

“We are excited to support retailers in their physical stores’ digital transformation by providing a comprehensive solution that also protects their profitability and brand,” said Tom Meehan, CFI, chief strategy officer at CONTROLTEK. “The rapitag solution automates retail loss prevention, enables seamless self-checkout and helps retailers unlock a fully omnichannel shopping experience for their customers while equipping them to make data-driven decisions to optimize their retail operations.”

To learn more about rapitag’s cutting-edge technology, visit our website.

CONTROLTEK Expands Canadian Operations, Welcomes New Director of Sales

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (July 22, 2021)CONTROLTEK, a leader in retail loss prevention technology, has invested in expanding its presence in Canada in response to increasing demand from retailers with locations in Canada. To support this growing market, Wade Holman has joined the company as the Director of Sales to manage this territory.

“We’re excited to welcome Wade to the team to oversee our growing Canadian operations,” said Rubin Press, vice president of global sales at CONTROLTEK. “He has a lot of experience with cultivating relationships with clients, which aligns well with CONTROLTEK’s mission to understand retailers’ business challenges and find solutions to address their unique needs.”

“CONTROLTEK’s approach to building long-term relationships with their clients while constantly innovating their solutions offering, really sets them apart in this industry, said, Wade Holman, director of sales, Canada.  “I look forward to sharing this unique customer experience with the Canadian marketplace.”

 

“I am looking forward to expanding our presence in Canada and getting to work more closely with retailers in that region,” said Rod Diplock, chief executive officer at CONTROLTEK. “This expansion gives us the opportunity to help even more retailers to learn about loss prevention, combat retail shrink and increase their profitability in both the short and long term.”

Holman has 29 years of experience in the retail loss prevention industry, with previous roles at Sensormatic, Checkpoint and ADT Security Services.

To learn more about CONTROLTEK’s presence in Canada, visit their website.

CONTROLTEK Sponsors 2021 APEX Grocery Conference

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (June 17, 2021) – CONTROLTEK, a leader in retail loss prevention and security solutions, is an Elite Sponsor for APEX Grocery, an invite-only conference from September 15 to 17, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn. 

“APEX Grocery brings together many leaders in the retail loss prevention space, which is an excellent opportunity for grocery retailers to connect with other experts in our field,” said Rubin Press, vice president of global sales at CONTROLTEK. “We’re looking forward to meeting with industry partners to discuss innovative solutions that improve both loss prevention and the customer experience.” 

“At CONTROLTEK, our mission has always been to help businesses protect their assets, whether it’s cash deposits or perishable goods,” said Rod Diplock, chief executive officer at CONTROLTEK.” As an Elite Sponsor at APEX Grocery, we are proud to continue our commitment to supporting and educating grocers, retailers and other businesses about the latest loss prevention best practices.” 

APEX Grocery is presented by Talk LP. For more information about APEX Grocery or to request an invitation to the conference, visit their website. 

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.