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Foil bags foiled

Checkpoint Systems, a supplier of shrink management, merchandise visibility and apparel labelling products, is launching MetalPoint HyperGuard. It’s described as a new digital, software-driven solution, which detects the most common tools such as foil bag or magnets used by organised retail crime (ORC) groups to shoplift in store.

With the latest Global Retail Theft Barometer showing an increase in losses associated with ORC, affecting some 47.5 percent of retailers globally, the MetalPoint HyperGuard was developed based on retailer feedback and gives loss prevention managers a tool to help identify potential shoplifters as soon as they enter the store.

The MetalPoint Hyperguard has three detection capabilities: foil bag detection, magnet detection, and metal cart/trolley detection, all of which run at the same time to deter organised criminals from using tactics to avoid detection.

The digital 3D sensing will detect the metal in either foil lined bags or magnets and determine if a potential shoplifter has entered the store and by which entrance/exit. Metal shopping carts are also identified as such and no longer detected as a threat, thereby reducing the number of false alarms, the makers say. Now store associates will receive a signal that an individual carrying a common shoplifting device has entered their store, allowing them to take the necessary precautions to avoid a potential theft.

The product can be installed as a sleek, stand-alone pedestal alongside radio frequency electronic article surveillance EAS antennas, acting as a visual deterrent against ORC gangs or integrated into Checkpoint’s EVOLVE family of antennas.

Farrokh Abadi, Checkpoint Systems’ President & Chief Operating Officer Shrink Management Solutions, said: “The new MetalPoint HyperGuard technology enhances the EAS detection offering retailers to identify potential shoplifters as they enter the stores. The solution will help retailers improve the availability of high-risk merchandise on the shelves and ensure a better shopping experience for consumers.”

The upgrade to the magnet detection will be available from May 2013.


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