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CONTROLTEK Implements RFID Inventory Management System, CONTROLSPAN Professional, for Jockey International, Inc.

CONTROLSPAN Professional for Jockey International, Inc.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (May 12, 2022) – CONTROLTEK, a leading provider of loss prevention and asset protection solutions, partners with Jockey International, Inc., a 146-year-old brand recognized around the world for its premium underwear and apparel, to roll out RFID Inventory Management solution CONTROLSPAN Professional to all stores across the United States.

Jockey has selected to implement CONTROLSPAN Professional RFID software paired with Nordic ID hardware to create improvements in their inventory management system. CONTROLSPAN Professional provides Jockey real-time item-level visibility and asset tracking across their nationwide chain of stores, allowing them to optimize stocking and provide insights that lead to an enhanced customer experience.

CONTROLSPAN Professional RFID Software

“RFID is increasingly becoming the standard way for leading retailers to manage their inventory across organizations,” said Rubin Press, vice president of global sales at CONTROLTEK. “Through this rollout, Jockey will now be able to have an up to 99 percent accurate, real-time visibility of their entire stock in all of their stores across the country.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Jockey through this rollout of CONTROLSPAN Professional.” said Rod Diplock, chief executive officer at CONTROLTEK. “CONTROLSPAN Professional is the future of retail inventory software and an integral part of the successful deployment of a cohesive omnichannel strategy.”

For more information about CONTROLSPAN Professional, visit CONTROLTEK’s website or contact a CONTROLTEK sales representative at sales@controltekusa.com. 

How EAS Tags and RFID Tags Enable Retail Store Profitability 

No matter what sector you’re in, your business’s profitability depends on a host of factors, from your relationship with your suppliers to current trends among consumers. When it comes to retail, supporting your profitability involves more than just selling as many products as you can. 

One of the biggest threats to a retail store’s profitability is retail shrink, like theft and inventory loss, which can add up quickly. Unlike damaged or overstocked merchandise, the cost of which can at least be partially recovered, retail shrink must be written off as a loss. However, shrink is also largely preventable, which can help you grow your profits without needing to sell more. 

Here are 5 ways that EAS tags, RFID tags, and other RFID solutions can enable your retail store’s profitability. 

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CONTROLTEK Releases Smart Solutions to Support Digital Transformation in Retail

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (Oct. 5, 2021) – CONTROLTEK, a leader in retail loss prevention, has recently added new smart solutions to its product offering to support retailers in a rapidly digitizing industry. The new releases are part of CT360, a suite of smart solutions that use emerging technologies to provide the best in asset tracking, inventory management, omnichannel shopping, and more. 

“The retail industry has undergone a major acceleration in digital transformation, and advanced technology has become more integrated into many areas of retail,” said Tom Meehan, CFI, chief strategy officer, and chief information security officer at CONTROLTEK. RFID has near limitless potential in terms of inventory control and asset tracking. Through artificial intelligence and machine learning modelsretailers can now make more efficient data-driven decisions based on precise stock information and valuable customer insights to create a more personalized shopping experience.”

“At CONTROLTEK, we understand the unique challenges that retailers face as the industry shifts toward a new generation of retail,” said Rubin Press, vice president of global sales at CONTROLTEK. “That’s why we work with our clients to provide them with customized solutions that address their current challenges while preparing their business for the future.” 

“CONTROLTEK’s newest solutions InFlight RFID, a next-generation RFID as EAS reader; CONTROLSPAN, a robust RFID package for asset tracking, inventory management, and security; and a partnership with rapitag, the worldwide leading technology provider for secure mobile checkout, all support our ongoing commitment to supporting our clients through innovative solutions and systems to future-proof their businesses,” said Rod Diplock, chief executive officer at CONTROLTEK.  

For more information about CONTROLTEK’s commitment to the digital transformation of retail, visit the company’s website or contact a sales representative at sales@controltekusa.com. 

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.

How to Use RFID as EAS for Retail Loss Prevention

As RFID becomes more widely used across different industries, we’re seeing new applications of RFID technology in retail, from inventory control to loss prevention. Today we’ll go over the basics of RFID and how it can be used in the retail space to help reduce shrink.

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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. 

Now Is the Time Retailers Should Consider Implementing an RFID Solution Regardless of Their Size

This article originally appeared in Loss Prevention Magazine.

Retailers are living in a time of speed, efficiency, and pressure to secure assets while exceeding customers’ expectations. If you add in the evolving challenges presented by COVID-19 and the demand for contactless and e-commerce shopping experiences, it is no wonder why many retailers are turning to RFID solutions to help automate their inventory and business operations while creating a more seamless customer experience.

Retailers with a limited budget may be hesitant to implement RFID because they view it as costly to integrate or having a long return on investment. The rapid advancement of technology, along with a reliable solutions provider, has improved RFID systems making them more affordable, scalable, and simpler to implement, allowing retailers to generate a quick return on investment.

RFID Solutions Help Retailers Gain Insight into Inventory and Enhance Customer Experience

RFID technology has endless potential to help retailers combat their ever-changing environments and gain access to real-time data for better insight and decision making. Here is a breakdown of some of the many benefits of implementing an RFID solution.

Better Logistics & Supply Chain Management
RFID technology enhances omnichannel fulfillment by automatically tracking assets throughout the supply chain journey, from manufacturing through distribution to warehouse to the sales floor. This enhanced visibility and control of the supply chain process reduces the need for human interaction, increasing efficiency while reducing human error.

Automated Inventory and Stock Counting
Managing inventory no longer needs to be a manual process. Compared to the more familiar barcode inventory system, RFID allows retailers to scan hundreds of tags at once without them having to be visible. Not only does this speed up and streamline the process, but it also complements pre-existing inventory procedures with little to no confusion for store associates. Simple and regular counts enable retailers to have accurate stock information more frequently and allows them to take full control of their inventory.

Real-Time Stock Availability and Instant Item Location
The pandemic has accelerated customer behavior and expectations for omnichannel shopping experiences. With BOPIS (Buy Online and Pickup In Store), curbside delivery and same and next day delivery, it is critical to have accurate stock quantities for customers who both shop online and in stores.  RFID technology provides a 99% accurate overview of a retailer’s assets and the exact location of items. Real-time visibility into stock levels and location minimizes out-of-stock situations and simplifies merchandise retrieval, resulting in increased sales and enhanced customer satisfaction.

Advanced Self-Checkout
As customers look for efficient and contactless shopping experiences, retailers can truly provide a contactless method of checkout with RFID. Friction during the checkout process comes from the time it takes for store associates to scan merchandise. With RFID technology, items are instantaneously checked out once placed on the self-checkout counter, eliminating the need to scan items. This reduces the time customers must wait in the checkout queue and provides them with an efficient, seamless, and truly contactless experience.

Point of Sale
RFID can also be integrated with POS systems, allowing inventory to be displayed in real time. Store associates can see in stock items at checkout and use that gathered data to track the sales patterns of specific items, allowing you to make more efficient restocking decisions. RFID can also help streamline the return process and combat growing return problems. Rather than having store associates manually log returns, items can be scanned quickly, saving the time it takes to get them processed and back on store shelves. Also, RFID tags conveniently track the history of an item, giving retailers visibility into whether an item was purchased and at what price, helping retailers combat fraudulent returns.

RFID as EAS
A retail store’s security system is one of the most effective tools in fighting shrink and deterring theft. The addition of RFID technology makes that system a futureproof EAS solution. RFID tags and systems can act in the same role as traditional EAS tags and systems while also having the ability to store and communicate incredibly useful information for retailers. From an anti-theft standpoint, if an asset with an RFID tag leaves the store without being paid for, not only will the tag trigger the alarm, but employees can also see which exact product left the store, making it easier for them to ensure all the missing items are recovered, as well as having the ability to replenish the item to not lose a future sale.

Discover the Best RFID Solution For You With CONTROLTEK

When evaluating an RFID solution, it is essential to choose a solution that is a match for your short- and long-term goals to ensure the best return on investment. For the past 45 years CONTROLTEK has partnered with many organizations including banks, retailers, government institutions, armored couriers, and logistics companies to understand their unique challenges and implement technology to help solve their problem. When it comes to RFID solutions, CONTROLTEK provides retailers regardless of their size or budget, access to the highest quality hardware, software, consumables, and seamless systems deployment.

High Performance Hardware
We understand the demands of a retail environment and the importance of hardware that will stand up to the test. In partnership with Nordic ID, we offer sustainable, long-lasting solutions designed for comfort and ease of use day in and day out.

Introducing the newest and one of the lightest, rugged designed handheld RFID readers on the market, the Nordic ID HH85, is made to perform in the most challenging conditions. It is the only handheld reader on the market that has NFC, RFID, barcode, and an integrated camera. It is built with an easy to hold ergonomic pistol grip, a battery life of up to 18 hours of continuous operation, Android 9 software, and one of the largest displays in the industry.

Offering the Nordic ID EXA21, the world’s smallest RFID reader, a wearable device that is compatible with Android, iOS or PC. Its lightweight and compact design makes it the ideal portable RFID reader for easy and comfortable on-the-go data reading.

Smart Software Solutions
We offer highly intuitive software solutions to enable complete visibility into your operations. We understand no two retailers are the same, so our software solutions have infinite configurability to match your operations, your complex workflow, and your requirements. Our solutions are easy to deploy and integrate seamlessly into your existing infrastructure. The power of RFID technology allows you to automate asset management, business processes and collect and consolidate information so you can quickly transform it into actionable business intelligence.

Versatile Labels and Tags
Regardless of the type of assets you need to protect and track, we have RFID tags and labels to match. From freezers, to electronics to elegant apparel and cosmetic displays, CONTROLTEK’s line of RFID tags and labels help protect a variety of products in flexible and unobtrusive ways. We offer a variety of shapes, sizes, specialty materials, adhesives, and inlays as well as customizable options.

First Time Right Deployment
At CONTROLTEK, we want to make it easier for your LP team to get the technology you need, help you get the ROI you expect, and alleviate the most common pain points in the process. From start to finish, we focus on your business goals and budget so you can protect your profitability. Our team of technology experts work with you to find the right RFID solution for your retail store for maximum results in your environment.

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.

What is RFID & How Does RFID Work?

by Rubin Press, Vice President of Global Sales at CONTROLTEK

Radio frequency identification, more commonly known as RFID, has been around since World War II and used in many settings and applications. In the last 20 years, the developments in the technology have made RFID available in the retail industry.

How RFID Works

RFID consists of an RFID reader and a tag with an RFID chip and antenna. The reader sends out a radio frequency (RF) signal and waits for any tags in range to respond. The tags used in retail are typically passive tags and require no battery, and the RF signal sent from the device powers the chip on the tag to enable it to respond. One of RFID’s greatest advantages is that it does not need to “see” a tag to detect it. This means a tag can be read through product packaging, inside a shopping cart, or even through clothing, which allows for a very quick reading process.

An RFID tag also contains information about the asset, compared to traditional EAS tags which cannot carry information at all. This means that the company will always know where an asset is, which is a great benefit in asset protection and store operations.

RFID Applications

RFID was first introduced as a way to improve inventory accuracy, not to reduce shrink. However, retailers who implement RFID in their store locations have seen shrink decreased by an as much as 55 percent. RFID tags and systems can act in the same role as traditional EAS tags and systems while also having the ability to provide much more information to the retailer. For example, if an asset with an RFID tag leaves the store without being paid for, not only will the tag trigger the alarm, but employees can see exactly which product left the store, making it easier for them to ensure all the missing items are recovered. This also provides retailers with insight into what stock may need to be replenished, in turn minimizing the loss of future sales revenue.

RFID technology is also a huge advantage for supply chain management. RFID tags can provide important data for lost items because assets can be tracked from source to sale. Considering that many assets begin their journey with overseas manufacturers, then pass through several ports, customs checks and logistical channels before actually reaching a store floor, RFID can be an invaluable technology for supply chain asset protection.

RFID Systems & Tags

RFID systems can be tricky and expensive to install. However, here at CONTROLTEK, we make the process easy. From start to finish, we focus on your business goals and budget so you can protect your profitability and enhance your customer experience. And with our First Time Right™ approach, over 97 percent of our installations are fully completed on the very first visit. Contact us today for a free quote!

CONTROLTEK’s RFID Veteran Rubin Press Publishes Educational Article Series

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (Jan. 23, 2020)Rubin Press, vice president of global sales at CONTROLTEK, has published the first part of a series of articles about RFID technology. In his articles, Press uses his technical expertise, developed from years of experience partnering with retailers to implement the technology to improve their operations, to explain how RFID technology works and the endless potential for retail and other industries.

“Rubin has a great understanding of the many possibilities of RFID technology, not just from a sales standpoint but as an innovator,” said Tom Meehan, CFI, chief strategy officer at CONTROLTEK. “Since he has returned to CONTROLTEK, we have met with many clients to learn about their challenges and collaborate with them to come up with new approaches to their problems.”

“RFID is no longer the future, it is the present,” said Press. “From the many benefits in asset protection and inventory management to improving merchandise availability and providing a more seamless customer experience, the technology has endless potential for solutions for loss prevention and other industries. RFID technology is a scalable, omnichannel tool that can help professionals across multiple industries combat their ever-changing environments while meeting and exceeding customer expectations.”

The first article in Press’s series “What is RFID and How Does RFID Work?” has been published and can be found on the CONTROLTEK company blog.

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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 their promises.

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