Almost every major retailer uses an electronic article surveillance (EAS) system and EAS tags within their store. But EAS isn’t only for them. Small and mid-sized retailers can benefit from this technology too. With retail shrinkage nearing nearly $100 billion, investing in quality, reliable loss prevention tools and strategies to help you combat this growing concern only makes sense. 

So, if you’re considering investing in an EAS system and EAS security devices, you’re in the right place. 

Brief Overview of an EAS System 

The purpose of an EAS system is to bring attention to the thief when they attempt to exit the store. It also acts as a theft deterrent for shoppers when they see the system at the entrance/exit of the store.

How it Works 

An EAS system contains antennas that communicate with a signal transmitter (which is inside an EAS tag or device) when the signal isn’t deactivated at checkout.  

Here’s how it works:

  1. The shoplifter attempts to leave the store with merchandise that has an EAS device 
  2. The device’s transmitter sends a signal to the EAS system once it reaches close proximity
  3. The antennas alert the system to sound the alarm 

An EAS System Does More Than Detect Theft 

As technology continues to advance, so does our usage of it. As a result, many EAS systems on the market offer additional features to give you more value for your dollar. 

Some features to consider are:

  • Inventory dashboard so you can easily monitor and review inventory information
  • A detect directionality feature to prevent false alarms  
  • Real-time inventory visibility options 

Learn more about EAS systems and how they can help to reduce retail shrinkage. 

How to Calculate Your ROI on an EAS System

We understand that an EAS system is a significant investment into your business, and you shouldn’t make that decision lightly. Read this article to help calculate a potential ROI for your investment.  

What Type of EAS Tag Technology Do I Need?

After reading the above information, you know you need EAS tags (and other EAS devices) to work with your system. But before you select the type of device you want, you must know what technology you need. 

When you purchase an EAS system, you choose the technology it’ll use. This is important because this is how the system’s transmitter communicates with the EAS device. There are three main types: AM, RF, and RFID.

There are advantages to using any of the three options, but RFID gives you the most versatility for your needs. Read more about how RFID tags work to learn if they’ll fit your needs. 

Your EAS Tag and Device Options 

Once you decide whether you want AM, RF, or RFID technology, you can determine the type of EAS security tags you want to use. There are several types and styles of EAS tags available. And at Product Protection Solutions (PPS), many of our EAS devices are compatible with all three technologies.

Your EAS tag and device options include the following: 

Selecting Your Tag

This article will help you choose the right security tag for your needs.

Should You Invest in an EAS System with EAS Tags?

To answer this article’s question, yes. If you have the budget to invest in an EAS system and EAS tags, then it can help you with:

  • Reducing retail shrinkage 
  • Deterring theft 
  • Managing inventory data 
  • Protecting your bottom line 

Find Out How PPS Can Help You with Your EAS Needs 

Our team has experience applying AM, RF, and RFID technologies throughout the loss prevention industry for retailers of all sizes. Contact us so we can help you find the EAS devices to meet your needs this year!