Retail Wireless Sensors

A more complete loss prevention strategy with Wireless Sensors

Wireless Retail Sensors

One thing that all brick-and-mortar retail establishments have in common is the need to monitor the movements of store merchandise and business assets. Managers need to know when merchandise is safely where it is supposed to be and when it is being moved to a location where it should not be. Unauthorized movement could indicate a theft in progress, or it might just be a well-intentioned employee moving something to the wrong location. Either way, the result could be stolen merchandise, a lost sale when the desired item can’t be found, or lost productivity as employees are occupied by inventory checks to locate misplaced merchandise.

Managers also need to keep an eye on the movements of store assets. Company vehicles, tools, and other equipment are all vulnerable to pilfering and unauthorized use by intruders or employees. According to the National Retail Federation, each dishonest employee costs retailers an average of more than $1,200 each year. And while we tend to picture shoplifters as small time thieves hiding a few items under their clothing, NRF surveys indicate that the average shoplifting incident costs a store more than $500.

Wireless Retail Sensors

Every retail operation should devise a comprehensive loss prevention strategy that combines multiple tactics. The exact methods needed will naturally vary from business to business, but common measures include security cameras, security tags on merchandise, and in-store security personnel trained to detect suspicious activity. Another versatile tool retailers can deploy to ensure that merchandise and store property stay where they are supposed to be is the wireless movement sensor.

First, let’s make it clear that we are not talking about motion sensors. Motion sensors are stationary devices that detect moving objects within a particular range. They react to any sufficiently large moving object. Motion sensors are great for detecting an intruder in a closed store or a wayward customer or employee in a restricted area. All retailers should consider using them.

Wireless movement sensors, on the other hand, are attached to specific items like merchandise, equipment, or vehicles, and raise an alert when they begin moving. When a motion sensor activates, you know something or someone is moving in a certain space, but you don’t know who or what. When a wireless movement sensor raises an alert, you know precisely which item is in motion.