What are the Benefits for Retailers to Invest in EAS Tags?

As a retail manager one of your many responsibilities is to increase sales and profits by reducing shoplifting. Ever since COVID-19 broke out, reports across the country indicate that shoplifting percentages have exploded, and retailers are losing millions of dollars. There are a number of reasons why partnering with a company like CONTROLTEK that manufactures EAS tags for retail stores is important to both protect your profits, and offer customers a better shopping experience. This article will explain the value of having EAS tags in relation to giving your customers a positive environment in which they can try on and purchase products, as well as how EAS tags can significantly reduce losses caused by theft.

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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 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. 

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

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.

How Do EAS Labels Work?

Electronic article surveillance, or EAS, is a type of technology that prevents shoplifting. EAS is most often used in anti-theft systems in retail stores but can also be found in libraries and office buildings. EAS usually involves three components:

  • At least one electronic antenna
  • A deactivator or detacher
  • An electronic tag

The antenna is typically found in EAS system pedestals installed at a store’s entrances. Though tags used to only be available in clunky form factors with limited applications, today you can use EAS labels that come in a range of shapes and sizes. Suited to high-volume, low-value merchandise like books, CDs, hardware, non-perishable groceries, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, EAS labels are available in both acousto-magnetic (AM) and radio-frequency (RF) systems.

How EAS Labels Work

EAS labels work the same way EAS tags do: they stay in constant communication with a store’s EAS system and trigger an alarm to sound if they pass the EAS pedestals without being properly deactivated. Unlike EAS tags, EAS labels are essentially flat stickers and can be easily and quickly adhered to products.

The adhesive side of an EAS label has a printed circuit that contains all the technology needed to make it work with an EAS system. The only requirements are that the printed circuit must remain undamaged, and the EAS label must be placed on a flat surface and not folded or bent.

It is recommended that you avoid sticking the EAS label on or near metallic items, as to not disturb the printed circuit. Just like EAS tags, you only need one EAS label per item.

Protect Your Merchandise with CONTROLTEK EAS Labels

Our high-performance EAS labels can help you protect a variety of products in flexible and unobtrusive ways. We offer EAS labels in different shapes and sizes with custom color and printing options, as well as specialty materials and glues for food packaging, health and beauty, apparel, electronics and other versatile uses.

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Electronic article surveillance, or EAS, is a type of technology that prevents shoplifting. EAS is most often used in anti-theft systems in retail stores but can also be found in libraries and office buildings. EAS usually involves three components:

  • At least one electronic antenna
  • A deactivator or detacher
  • An electronic tag

The antenna is typically found in EAS system pedestals installed at a store’s entrances. Today, EAS tags are available in many shapes, sizes and application options so you can protect all kinds of merchandise, from clothing, accessories, liquor and even eyewear. EAS tags are available in both acousto-magnetic (AM) and radio-frequency (RF) systems.

How EAS Tags Work

EAS tags come in a variety of attachment options, with a pin tag being the most common for soft products like apparel. Once an EAS tag is attached to an item and activated, the transmitter inside the tag is in constant communication with the EAS system installed in the store. If an EAS tag has not been properly deactivated by a store associate, it will trigger an alarm when passing through the EAS pedestals.

Many EAS tags also have visual deterrence features, such as exploding ink to damage a garment, or benefit denial features, like a cap that prevents people from opening a bottle of liquor in store.

Protect Your Merchandise with CONTROLTEK EAS Tags

Our high-performance EAS tags can help you protect a variety of products in flexible and unobtrusive ways. Our tags are compatible with both RF and AM systems and offer multiple alarm options to meet your retail asset protection needs.

Why Do You Need a Fitting Room Security Solution?

For many clothing retailers, the fitting room is one of the biggest challenges in the battle against shoplifting. One of the best ways you can enhance your retail security is by adding a fitting room security solution to your arsenal.

Fitting Room Theft

A fitting room is a necessary part of any clothing retail store because it gives your customers a private space to try on clothing and decide if they want to purchase it. But the issue that comes with offering customers this privacy is that shoplifters will inevitably take advantage of it.

The best way to protect your fitting rooms is to install security solutions specifically designed for them. These solutions can detect the presence of booster bags, which is a type of bag lined with multiple layers of aluminum foil that provide electromagnetic shielding to prevent clothing security tags from being detected by the antennae of retail security systems.

Some other ways to deter theft include:

  • Fitting room attendants who count garments in and out
  • Visible security cameras and public-view monitors outside a fitting room entrance
  • Fitting rooms located in high-traffic areas
  • Chimes to alert store associates when a customer enters and exits a fitting room area

Catch Shoplifters in the Act with CONTROLTEK

CONTROLTEK’s fitting room solutions use the latest technology to help you fight fitting room theft. The ApparelGuard detects magnet detachers to catch shoplifters in the act, while the HyperGuard detects booster bags to stop shoplifters before they can make their move. Contact us today to learn more about deploying these retail security solutions in your store.