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Discounter in rapid EAS rollout

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

One of the nation’s fastest-growing retailers has gone on the offense to reduce shrink.

Dollar General has completed a speedy installation of an electronic article surveillance (EAS) solution from Checkpoint Systems chainwide in so.

The discounter began its journey by testing EAS pedestals and deactivation systems in a limited number of stores to determine the benefits of how visible EAS tagging deters shoplifting and protects high-theft inventory.

Positive results prompted the company to deploy the technology in an additional 2,800 stores in what was, “the fastest deployment of EAS that I have ever witnessed,” according to Carl Rysdon, VP of inventory control solutions for Checkpoint.

Dollar General said it was eager to quickly complete the deployment.

“It was important to deploy Checkpoint’s EAS solutions in these additional 2,800 stores quickly in order to capture the opportunity to increase sales and reduce losses caused by shoplifting that we experienced in our test stores,” said Ken Peschier, senior director of store operations at Dollar General.

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