How RFID and Source Tagging can minimise loss through theft
The most common system in use is the attachment of a security tag to the product, either overtly or covertly, which is then deactivated at point of sale.
The retailer installs security readers or ‘gates’ at the store exits and these ‘read’ the tags and sound an alarm if someone tries to leave the store with an item that contains a security tag that has not been deactivated.
What is Source Tagging?
Source Tagging is the integration of security tags with the product, either at point of manufacture or point of packaging.
Source tagging reduces the cost of applying security devices ‘in-store’, and opens the supply chain to track and trace capability.
Source Tagging is also known as Electronic Article Surveillance, or EAS.
What are ‘security tags’?
Security tags are disposable tags that come in a variety of styles and materials, depending on the desired application. Security tags are available in either RFID (Radio Frequency) or AM (Acousto Magnetic) formats. The format to be used is determined by the hardware reader systems deployed by the retailer.[/vc_column_text]
What do we do?
We integrate RFID and AM tags into labels and swing tags, and supply these to the product manufacturer direct. These labels and tags can be further integrated with the customers branding and variable information requirements in a single, fully integrated solution.
What are the different solutions?
The entry-level product is simply a RFID tag that is overprinted with a bar code or other variable information. This label carries a self-adhesive backing, which is then used to apply to a separate swing tag or product packaging.
Integrated Swing Tag
The integrated swing tag product is either covert or overt. The covert solution either encases the tag device (either RFID or AM) within the swing tag. The overt solution applies the tag device to one side of the swing tag. In either case the swing tag can either be plain (unprinted) or can carry brand imagery, as well as other variable information on the item for use at point of sale.
Integrated Woven Label
The integrated woven label product looks like a traditional woven label, however it is manufactured as a ‘pocket’ that houses the tag device (either RFID or AM). After sale, the woven pocket is generally removed by the consumer to prevent reactivation, so this solution is generally of a generic nature, and doesn’t usually carry any form of branding.
There is no substitute for top quality labelling and good design. At Image Label Systems we work with small and large businesses to delivery the best labelling solutions that are an essential part of delivering a successful end product.
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