UK Retailer Uses Checkpoint Systems Technology To Tackle Shrink, Improve Visitor Counting

Checkpoint Systems Inc., a supplier of shrink management, merchandise visibility and apparel labeling solutions for the retail industry and its supply chain, today announced that leading vitamin, mineral and herbal supplement retailer Holland & Barrett is rolling out Checkpoint’s EVOLVE Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) system with fully integrated visitor counting at 135 stores in the UK.

The EVOLVE system will allow the retailer to tackle theft and accurately measure customer throughput.

Holland & Barrett, NBTY Europe, which consists of Holland & Barrett, GNC, Natures Way, De Tuinen and Julian Graves and has more than1,000 stores across the UK, Ireland and Holland, initially elected to install Checkpoint Systems’ visitor counting solution, CheckCount, as a stand-alone system to monitor the sales effectiveness of its staff and gather quantified results from marketing campaigns.

However, Holland and Barrett realized the additional benefits that an integrated EAS and visitor counting system could deliver, in terms of return on investment for both the loss prevention department and the marketing and sales teams.

“The results of the CheckCount trial were extremely positive and gave us access to detailed data that we needed in order to improve our sales techniques in individual stores, as well as gain a better understanding of the effectiveness of marketing campaigns,” said Jon Pilkington, internal audit manager at Holland & Barrett “With ‘people-counting’ technology we are able to measure which promotions get customers through the door.

“We had initially approached Checkpoint solely about visitor counting. After a limited initial trial of the CheckCount solution, Checkpoint suggested we explore the new EVOLVE EAS system with a visitor counting solution integrated into the EAS pedestals. We previously had no EAS systems in our stores, so we were eager to see how they could reduce shrink and increase our average transaction value by allowing us to give customers open access to more of our products, knowing the products would now be secured from theft. The integrated EVOLVE solution provided us with the same accurate visitor counting data, but also helped us to reduce shrink. The EVOLVE system was a perfect fit for us as it allowed us to solve two problems with one solution. As such we agreed to run a three-month trial of the EVOLVE integrated platform.”

The results of the trial convinced Holland & Barrett to roll out Checkpoint Systems’ EVOLVE EAS system to tackle shrink, increase shelf availability, monitor customer throughput, improve store operations and ultimately enhance their bottom-line performance. The EVOLVE antennas, integrated with Checkpoint’s visitor counting solution, will be fitted at store entrances.

In addition, Holland & Barrett is using Checkpoint’s Enhanced Performance (EP) labels with the EVOLVE system. The EP Labels family includes labels that are significantly smaller in size, making them an excellent choice for small health and vitamin items, while actually enhancing detection performance and increasing the effectiveness of the system.

“We agreed to an initial trial period of three months, and we were so impressed with the results that we decided to fully roll out the EVOLVE solution, incorporating visitor counting,” Pilkington said. “The integrated systems’ ability to monitor activity in-store, increase our average transaction value and secure our merchandise from theft, delivered a return on investment far more quickly than other systems.”

EVOLVE’s integrated visitor counting is powered by the EVOLVE VisiPlus unit, a bi-directional people counter housed right on the antenna that accurately measures the number of people entering and exiting a store. The system’s built-in connectivity allows data to be automatically exported daily for detailed analysis and reporting. This helps retailers improve store operations and, when combined with PoS transactional data, understand their customer conversion rate.

Holland & Barrett also chose to integrate EAS compliance management tools into the EVOLVE system. Store staff members enter reasons for EAS activations into CheckPro Compliance Manager - a small unit located near the store entrance/exit. This information is then uploaded to Checkpoint’s Web-based reporting service, where retailers can remotely monitor and report on the reasons for EAS activations. The reports help the loss prevention department maximize the return on their EAS investment by allowing them to pinpoint operational issues and initiate corrective actions, and ensure that staff are actively engaged in the EAS program.

Currently, the integrated Checkpoint Systems EVOLVE solution has been installed at 135 Holland & Barrett stores across the UK and Ireland to date, with additional stores planned for the future.


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