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ALL-TAG – Source-Tagging Specialists – “Live in NYC” at the NRF Big Show 2017

ALL-TAG President, Stuart Seidel, and Vice President, Andy Gilbert recently sat down with Gus Downing, Publisher and Editor of the DND Daily for this special interview.

The group discussed ALL-TAG’s role in helping retailers launch successful source tagging programs and improve their existing ones in various types of retail merchandise including hard goods and apparel.

They discussed how the industry is taking on more source tagging initiatives. Which in turn, saves retailers money, by taking labor costs out of the store and putting them back on the vendors, leading to an increase in compliance rate, shrinkage decrease, and additional benefits.

ALL-TAG also walked Gus through the hard tag recirculation process.

Source tagging topics discussed in the video include:

  • An overview of source tagging
  • The future of source tagging
  • Hard tag recirculation process
  • “Floor ready” tagging
  • Quality control
  • Increase in compliance rate
  • Tag loss
  • And much more

All-Tag is currently the only company producing Electronic Article Surveillance labels and tags in the United States.

The entire transcript can be viewed here.

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ALL-TAG U.S. RF Label Factory for RF and AM Source Tagging

Get to know ALL-TAG better in this introductory video

ALL-TAG Corporation is an American manufacturer of 8.2 MHz Radio-Frequency Labels, and a leading supplier for all other Electronic Article Surveillance products designed to help retail stores decrease shoplifting. ALL-TAG was founded in 1992, and is the second largest global manufacturer of Radio-Frequency Labels behind Checkpoint Systems Inc. ALL-TAG is currently the only company producing any EAS tags and labels in the United States.

ALL-TAG specializes in helping retailers launch successful source tagging programs or improve their existing ones for all types of retail merchandise including hard goods and apparel. ALL-TAG provides source tagging services and the necessary EAS tags or labels to some of the world’s largest retailers, as well as their source tagging vendors.

ALL-TAG has the manufacturing flexibility to customize RF and AM Labels, Hard Tags, and Ink Tags with company logos, warnings, and special messages further sets ALL-TAG apart from the competition.

With their product manufacturing facility in Boca Raton, Florida and inventory warehouses in The United Kingdom and Hong Kong, ALL-TAG can always quickly deliver standard and custom orders to their customers anywhere in the world.

 

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In-Store Tagging Inefficiency? EAS Tag Recirculation Can Help

This is a clip from the CBS show Undercover Boss where New York & Company’s C.E.O. Greg Scott goes undercover as a store employee.  Why are we interested in this video and posting it on our blog?  Because there is a segment that shows Mr. Scott having a very difficult time attaching the Sensormatic SuperTags® to the jeans.  This is a perfect example of how

This is a perfect example of how time-consuming and costly in-store tagging can be, especially since Mr. Scott is clearly a highly intelligent and capable person.  If New York & Company had been taking advantage of our EAS Tag Recirculation service where the security tags are attached to retail merchandise at the factory level, those jeans would have already had the tags on them when they were removed from the boxes they arrived in.  Mr. Scott could’ve been out on the sales floor assisting customers and making sales rather than wasting valuable time in the back room fumbling around with sensor tags and pins.

Source-Tagging is the process of applying AM and/or RF hard tags and adhesive labels at the source, which places the tagging burden on the factory workers instead of retail store employees.  In the case of Tag Recirculation with EAS hard tags for jeans and other types of apparel, ALL-TAG collets the used tags and pins from all of the individual stores, and ships them to their various centrally located warehouses around the world.

The tags and pins are quality tested, cleaned, sorted, re-boxed, and shipped back to the apparel factories.  The apparel factories will then tag newly produced apparel before shipping it to a retailer’s distribution centers or individual stores.  This process saves the retailer a ton of money from eliminating in-store tagging, it gets the apparel out on the sales floor quicker, and it’s the most environmentally sound method of EAS tagging.

 

History of Source Tagging

Key corporations like ALL-TAG, Checkpoint, Sensormatic, TIC Group, and Wallace Computer Services have played large roles in the innovation of source tagging. Below are some the most historical milestones over the past 25 years.

 

Source Tagging Historical Milestones

1992 – The original ALL-TAG RF Label factory, located in Manage, Belgium, began producing RF Labels for retailers throughout the world.

1994 – Checkpoint receives first orders for source tagging in over-the-counter drug remedies for Eckerd Drug Stores and Rite Aid.

1994 – Some of the earliest name-brand manufacturers begin tagging including Stanley Tools, BernzOmatic, and Estwing for DIY; Schering Plough (Maybelline), Pfizer (Advil), Rayovac, Ever Ready, Magnivision, Kodak, and McNeil (Tylenol).

1995 – Checkpoint opens Source-Tagging Evaluation Laboratory to all vendors.

1997 – Checkpoint introduces EAS integrated jewelry card.

1998 – Wallace Computer Services gets licensed by Sensormatic to build and sell AM labels for high-speed, automatic applications at a rate of over 1 billion per year.

1999 – Sensormatic reaches 1 billion per year label unit volume due to Walmart’s source-tagging ramp up.

2000 – All-Tag Security Americas Inc., located in Boca Raton, Florida USA, opens as a global sales and marketing office.

2000 – The focus of merchandise manufacturing shifts to Asia for Sensormatic. Source-tagging customers procure and tag in Asia, but ship tagged merchandise to the developed world.

2001 – Checkpoint perfects PSG label format technology that matches speeds of production and packaging lines.

2003 – Checkpoint launches “sewn in” security for apparel.

2005 – The explosion in the sales of DVDs and multimedia merchandise helps drive label unit volume to 4.5 billion per year for Sensormatic.

2008 – Checkpoint introduces reverse-logistics program called Hard Tag @Source to recycle reusable EAS tags for apparel.

2011 – All-Tag Security Americas Inc. launched a new production facility to manufacture labels in the United States.  The new factory supplies RF Labels to our US customers, as well as many other customers around the world.

2012— Checkpoint emphasizes “visible tagging” to improve deterrent quality with a lock symbol indicating security.

2014 – Ningbo Signatronic Technologies, LLC and ALL-TAG Security, announce a resolution of pending litigation involving U.S. Patent Nos. 5,729,200 (‘200 patent) and 6,181,245 (‘245 patent).

2016 – Nedap North America, a global provider of EAS and RFID technology solutions, announced a collaborative marketing agreement with ALL-TAG Corporation creating an unprecedented advantage to US retail customers using Nedap EAS solutions.

2016 – ALL-TAG unveiled the world’s smallest AM label.

2016 – TIC Group and ALL-TAG Corporation announce the opening of a new sorting and distribution center in Vietnam, which is a direct response to the huge growth of retail garment manufacturers moving to that country.

New EAS Tag Sorting and Distribution Center in Vietnam

TIC Group and ALL-TAG Corporation Have opened a new EAS tag sorting and distribution center in Vietnam to accommodate the apparel manufacturing plants that have moved to the region.  Retailers such as Kohl’s, Gap, Zara, Lululemon, and Banana Republic now utilize apparel source tagging to protect their merchandise from theft.  Our EAS Tag Recirculation program is an example of a service that can help retailers do this.

Check out the press release here.

Apparel source tagging means that the EAS security tags are attached to the apparel at the manufacturing plant rather than in retail distribution centers and stores.  Having the tags applied at the source allows retailers to eliminate the high cost of DC and in-store tagging, and ensure uniform tagging on all garments.  Retailers can get the apparel out on the sales floor quicker, because it arrives at the stores “floor-ready”.

About TIC Group
TIC Group, a Global Company operating in four continents, looks at the entire lifecycle of a product from post-production through to distribution, merchandising and eventually final disposition. This approach enables retailers and suppliers to drive down costs while maximizing the value of that product at each point within its lifecycle. TIC Group’s Product Lifecycle Services include order processing, asset salvage and recovery, hanger design, hanger reuse; EAS tag reuse, Reverse Logistics® management, freight management, in-store merchandising, product rework/ remanufacturing, asset recovery management, and customized software solutions.

For more information about EAS Tag Recirculation or ALL-TAG, please visit http://all-tag.com/white-paper/.

Source Tagging Overview

DR ROLLWhat is EAS Source Tagging?

Source tagging is the process of embedding an EAS label into a product’s packaging or into the product itself at the point of manufacture.

Many apparel companies incorporate source tagging programs as a part of their corporate strategy to increase sales, increase in-stock rates, and decreases shrinkage.

 

Why Use Source Tagging for Apparel?

  • Apparel source tagging integrates with floor-ready programs, preventing the inevitable queues of merchandise waiting for an EAS tag before being placed on the selling floor.
  • It easies in the protection of high-risk merchandising, protecting the heart of a merchandise assortment, lowering shortage, and resulting in incremental sales.
  • Allows open merchandising opportunities, resulting in incremental sales, and more customer convenience during the shopping experience.
  • Relocates tag procurement and tagging costs to a more efficient place in the supply chain.
  • Eliminate or drastically cuts in-store tagging labor expense and misallocated productivity.
  • Pivots sales associates away from non-customer-centric activity to activities that drive shopper experience and satisfaction.

 

Featured ALL-TAG Source Tagging Products

All-Tag 31×32 mm SuperLabels®

The All-Tag Labels are paper thin, self-adhesive tags used to protect any type of non-metallic, hard goods item such as film, video tapes, books, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical items, or security cases for CD or DVD protection.

All-Tag 33×38 mm SuperLabels®

These labels can be used for source tagging, which is the process of embedding labels inside of retail merchandise at the point of manufacture or packaging. At the point-of-sale the labels are quickly and permanently deactivated with the use of an RF Deactivator.

All-Tag 23×44 mm Label

Available in Plain White, Barcode, and Thermal Paper. Custom printing available.

AM Security Labels – Roll Format

These are an alternative to the Sensormatic UltraStrip III (DR) Label. The roll format is well suited for automated high-speed applications.

Apparel Source Tag (AST)

The Apparel Source Tag (AST)  is a high-quality alternative to the Sensormatic® SuperTag versions 1, 2, and 3, as well as the Sensormatic Visible Source Tag® (VST).

RF Source Tag

This RF Source Tag is an attractive, lightweight tag that is well suited for our hard tag recirculation® program for source-tagging apparel.  It is very similar to the Checkpoint security tag that is used for apparel source tagging.

 

UltraStrip, UltraGator, UltraTag, UltraMax, SuperTag and Sensormatic are registered trademarks ® of Tyco.  ALL-Tag is not affiliated with Tyco.  ALL-Tag is not affiliated with Checkpoint.

We sell products that are compatible with Sensormatic products, preowned (used) Sensormatic products, and never been used Sensormatic products.

People Counter Update

The latest is People Counter news is that our engineers are working on a way around software downloads.  They are focused on making the purchase and use of our People Counters even more seamless as possible.

The current implementation requires the SensorServer software (EasyReports) be downloaded when purchasing a USB People Counter or RF People Counter Solution.  This download is currently necessary to create a CSV Export, which allows users to read the data collected by the People Counters, as well as  Excel spreadsheets for data analysis.  

Sometime in the near future this will not be necessary.  The focus, as always, is to make People Counting as simple and direct as possible.  

Isn’t life complicated enough, People Counting should not have to be!

 

ALL-TAG Expands Product Line to Include RFID-Ink

ALL-TAG, a leading manufacturer of anti-theft Security Tags, Security Labels, and other loss prevention products, announces the release of RFID-Ink, the world’s first product to combine RFID technology with an ink component.

The RFID-Ink is another ALL-TAG innovation that allows retailers to combine EAS and RFID technologies into a single tag.

ALL-TAG Vice President of Sales, Andy Gilbert took a moment to expand on this new combination product, “This product is essentially an Ink Tag with an RFID circuit embedded inside of the plastic shell. Retailers can now use a single tag to protect their merchandise from theft (ink), as well as perform inventory tracking, and other RFID related functions.”

The RFID-Ink can be connected to merchandise using Sensormatic SuperTags®, Checkpoint Mini Tags, and any other AM or RF EAS Tags for double measure of protection against theft.

RFID-Ink will be on display at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Loss Prevention Conference & Expo, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from June 15 – 15, 2016 at ALL-TAG booth #1520.

For more information about RFID-Ink or ALL-TAG, please visit http://www.ALL-TAG.com.

UltraStrip, UltraGator, UltraTag, UltraMax, SuperTag and Sensormatic are registered trademarks ® of Tyco.  ALL-Tag is not affiliated with Tyco.  ALL-Tag is not affiliated with Checkpoint. 

We sell products that are compatible with Sensormatic products, preowned (used) Sensormatic products, and never been used Sensormatic products.

ALL-TAG will Unveil the World’s Smallest AM Label at the 2016 National Retail Federation (NRF) Loss Prevention Conference & Expo

ALL-TAG, a leading manufacturer of anti-theft Security Tags, Security Labels, and other loss prevention products, will be unveiling their newest product, the AM Security Label – Narrow, at the 2016 National Retail Federation (NRF) Loss Prevention Conference & Expo.

ALL-TAG has been supplying standard 58 KHz Acousto-Magnetic (AM) Labels, which are an alternative to Sensormatic UltraStrip® III (DR) Labels, for many years. They are now offering a narrower version to help retailers protect more merchandise.

“We saw a need, and searched for a solution to fix it,” explained ALL-TAG’s Vice President of Sales, Andy Gilbert. “The issue with most existing AM labels is that they are too big for many of the smaller, high-shrink items.”

“So we developed the AM Security Label – Narrow,” Gilbert continued. “This label is thinner (top to bottom) and more narrow (width) than any other AM label on the market, allowing retailers to tag more high-shrink merchandise than they could in the past.”

Product features include:

  • Width is 24% less than TYCO/Sensormatic UltraStrip III (DR) Labels
  • Compatible with TYCO/Sensormatic and other Acousto-Magnetic (AM) 58 KHz EAS Systems and     Deactivators
  • Comparable EAS System Detection and Deactivation performance to TYCO/Sensormatic UltraStrip III (DR) Labels

AM Security Labels – Narrow will be on display at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Loss Prevention Conference & Expo, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from June 15 – 15, 2016 at ALL-TAG booth #1520.
For more information about AM Security Labels or ALL-TAG, please visit http://www.ALL-TAG.com.

UltraStrip, UltraGator, UltraTag, UltraMax, SuperTag and Sensormatic are registered trademarks ® of Tyco.  ALL-Tag is not affiliated with Tyco.  ALL-Tag is not affiliated with Checkpoint. 

We sell products that are compatible with Sensormatic products, preowned (used) Sensormatic products, and never been used Sensormatic products.

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