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PARIS, France -- European retail giant Carrefour plans to launch a huge source tagging program in an effort to reduce losses from challenges including customer and staff theft.
The retailer has signed a strategic agreement with Checkpoint Systems, a provider of product identification and shrink management solutions, to implement the loss prevention technology. The agreement will also see Checkpoint's Digital RF technology being installed in all 179 Carrefour's hypermarkets in France. RF is rapidly becoming standard technology across Europe.
Checkpoint Systems will supply 7,800 third-generation digital RF antennas and 8,300 new-generation CP IX deactivators and scanners for checkout counters. To optimize shrink management, the company will also deploy 179 CheckPro Manager software suites and the accompanying remote-maintenance application. Carrefour expects the solution to be fully installed by the end of 2007.
Along with equipping its stores, Carrefour is launching a source tagging program with RF EAS (electronic article surveillance) labels integrated into products at the point of manufacturing. The solution will cover theft-sensitive articles including apparel, multimedia, and alcoholic beverages, from both private labels and global brands. The protection of merchandise at the point of manufacture frees up retail staff time, according to Checkpoint, by providing "shelf-ready" protected items straight to stores, making it more difficult for shoplifters and dishonest staff to steal.
"We needed to shift to RF technology to develop source tagging, facilitate the consumer's shopping experience and improve speed to shelf," said Jean-Claude Coutant, manager of the source tagging project for Carrefour Hyper France's non-food supply chain. "Now we've got a skilled and committed partner to help us develop our program."
Carrefour is Europe's largest retailer and ranks second worldwide, with more than 11,000 hypermarkets, supermarkets, discount, and convenience stores in 30 countries and 430,000 employees.