What kind of security tag or label should I use?

by Karter Hall on April 05, 2022

Security tags and labels are available for many types of items in the very effective realm of Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS), giving shops plenty of options for harnessing the power of product-based security. 

However, with so many alternatives, it begs the issue of what tag or label I would use for that. 

Here's a simple guide on whether a tag or label is appropriate, as well as what sort of tag or label to use to safeguard a goods from theft. 

Labels or tags? 

The type of goods you want to secure, the value of the product, and the volume sold all influence whether you use a hard tag or an adhesive security label. 

Hard tags are typically used to safeguard high-value objects such as apparel, fashion accessories, and electronics. These things usually have a higher price tag and are only sold in single transactions or transactions with a small number of items. 

This permits the tag to be removed at the point of sale without causing the customer unnecessary inconvenience or placing an undue burden on the sales associate. 

The tags, which are visible to the customer, also serve as a barrier to theft. Tags are then available with additional deterrents such as ink-dye pins, which when tampered with, release permanent ink into a goods, leaving the item unusable. 

Low-value, high-volume commodities such as non-perishable food, hardware, and medications, on the other hand, are labelled. 

These are the kinds of things that could be sold in bulk, and the labels make it simple to deactivate them at the point of sale, with a deactivator frequently built into the POS scanner. 

RF or AM? 

There are two sorts of labels and tags accessible in the realm of EAS: acousto magnetic (AM) and radio frequency (RF) (RF). Whether you have an RF or AM EAS detection system installed will determine the type of tag or label you use. 

Radio Frequency 

RF tags and labels come in a number of sizes and shapes, from small ultra-thin adhesive labels to hard tags, and are ideal for a wide range of applications, including apparel, food, and pharmaceutical items. It is possible to print on RF labels. 

RF has traditionally been seen to be more cost-effective to install, and it is generally preferred by shops who utilize adhesive security labels rather than security hard tags. 

Who utilizes radio frequency (RF)? 

Due to the simplicity of sticky, flat tags, Radio Frequency EAS is ideal for businesses with a huge number of packed items. 

As a result, supermarkets, bargain retailers, pharmacies, and video stores choose RF. 

However, because certain RF EAS systems may be upgraded to RFID, their use in fashion retailers has lately increased. 

Acousto Magnetic 

Hard tags from AM come in a variety of sizes. AM labels are often smaller than RF labels, however they are not paper thin, and instead have a raised profile. 

The increased visibility of AM labels is sometimes seen as a disadvantage by shops who offer tiny, high-turnover items, such as grocery stores. 

AM was previously more expensive to install than RF, however system costs have decreased in recent years owing to greater competition. 

Who makes use of AM? 

Where items include metallic components in their packaging, AM is most commonly found in small to big clothes apparel outlets, major department stores, DIY shops, electrical shops, and pharmaceutical businesses. 

What style of tag? 

If you decide to use a security tag, there are a few other things to consider, such as the sort of goods you're safeguarding. 

While clothing lends itself to hard tags with pinheads, accessories such as purses and shoes frequently use lanyards or cables with tags to allow the tag to be attached without passing through the object. 

In the meanwhile, particular high-value items have their own tag kinds. 

Optical objects like as sunglasses and reading glasses, for example, can be safeguarded using custom-made optical tags that are meant to not interfere with the consumer's experience while yet protecting each item uniquely. 

Bottle tags, which are meant to safeguard high-value liquor against theft, have also been created in recent years. These tags fit firmly over the bottle's lid, preventing it from being opened or stolen while in the shop. 


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