September Newsletter 2016

September Newsletter 2016

Greetings!
Can you believe “Fall” is officially here! With Halloween around the corner, read Susann’s
section on how to prepare for the nightmare of Halloween in your store. Just below is a link to
our new training video on how to fix “holes in garments” caused by tagging in 30 seconds or
less. This is a must see for all your employees. Check out tagging ideas for fall goods and
of course the monthly specials at the end of the newsletter. Especially the one for a FREE
DV-1000 to the first caller who places an order and lets us know they saw the below ad.
Note: we now have 2 inch labels available and in stock as well as special prices on labels til
Oct. 10th.

–Mary Fouts
Tech Support
with over 25 years of experience
812-201-5900 cell
mary@sensortags.com

Educational Video Now Available for Your Staff
We now have a short video you can use to train your employees about “holes left in garments by security tags” and how to fix it in 30 seconds or less Learn More

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Fall Tagging Challenges ….

Hoodies and light weight jackets
For best results, use a larger tag such as a maxi tag. If it is an expensive item double tag (hard tag on sleeve and paper label up inside the garment).

Fall boots and shoes
Try our new triangle tag with lanyard forsome of your boots with trim or eyelets. It rings almost as good as a black mini but is half the size.

Black Mini Tag – Mini Jewelry tag & triangle tag with lanyard.
The mini tag is aprox. 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches in size. The triangle tag as you can see is much smaller and the lanyard is attached. The white mini jewelry tag also comes with a lanyard (detachable) and attaches easily to jewelry, zipper pulls, and smaller items.

Maxi Tag
The maxi tag is aprox. 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and is great for coats and jackets. Sometimes thieves will try to wrap the coat around the tag so that it does not ring the system. This tag is hard to defeat as it has a larger coil inside that is picked up easier by the security towers.

Pepare for the Nightmare of Halloween …

Susann Shanks

800-934-7080

Security Specialist

with over 25 years of experience

susann@sensortags.com

Unmask The Customers

What are you going to do if children, teens or adults come into your store in full costume with masks on? Many stores will put up signage that costumes are ok but masks are not allowed in the store. This avoids possible masked holdups or shoplifters that can not be identified.

Double Tag Name Brand Goods

Surprise your shoplifters by double tagging. An ink tag pinned into a hard tag will slow them down trying to remove hard tags. A paper label inside the garment and a hard tag outside the garment is another good way of double tagging. If the shoplifter manages to pry off the hard tag, the paper label will still secure your products.”

Halloween Gift Basket

Get a cute Halloween Gift Basket online or make up one yourself and have a drawing. Let kids who come in costume have an extra drawing ticket. Make it fun and exciting for the little kids. You could also make it so that the customer had to leave full name, address, email and phone number so you get a customer list to promote to later.

The DV1000 Deactivation Verifier offers a simple way to determine if an RF label deactivator is performing properly. The compact, hand-held unit alerts the user when it detects adequate signal strength required to deactivate a checkpoint one time use paper label with a simple push button operation.

Limited Quantity Available
$150 Checkpoint price
Our price while they last $75 each
One FREE to first caller who places and order with us and mentions this ad!

September Monthly Specials: Good now til October 10th, 2016
1. A few coupons still available for $100 off of a security system purchase.
2. Sensormatic Hand Held Removers (normally $75) Sept Special $50 each while our supply of used ones holds up.
3. Checkpoint paper label special (normally .04 each) now til the end of the month only .03 each. on 1 1/2″ as well as 2″ size labels.

August Newsletter 2016

The Rio Games have ended on a High Note

46 Gold Metals
37 Silver Metals
38 Bronze Metals

Click here to see the details

Greetings!
Congratulations to all of our Olympians! I included a link to the Google page that details who won which metals in case you were too busy to follow the games and needed an update. Back to school is over and everyone has those school supplies that are left on a fast discount sales rack by now. Labor Day is fast approaching. Fall jackets and winter coats are starting to appear on store racks now.

Our office will be closed Monday Sept. 5th in honor of Labor Day. As usual I will have my cell on me in case of any tech support emergencies. 812-201-5900.
Mark your calendars… I will be out on the high seas so out of reach for tech support Oct 17 to 22nd, 2016. My husband is taking me from Galveston TX to Cozumel and the Yucatan by ocean liner as a birthday celebration, and to see my daughter in TX that is going to have another baby…. her 3rd child (our 7th grandchild).
We have decided to explore Texas this winter and meet with some of our TX customers Jan – Mar, 2017. So if you are in Texas please let us know if you want us to visit your store and say hi, and look at your system while we are there, as I am starting to plan out our trip map.

–Mary Fouts
Tech Support
with over 25 years of experience
812-201-5900 cell
mary@sensortags.com
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How to Avoid False Alarms

1. Turn the tower 90 degrees so the wide part of the tower is facing the door. This way the tower is detecting tags toward the door and into the store. If it stops false alarming then you know the problem is to the right or left of the tower. Usually it is a tagged item or metal item too close to the tower that causes this problem.

2. If the tower is still false alarming once turned 90 degrees then grab the tower at the top and lower it to the floor. If it stops false alarming on the floor and rings tags if put above it, then the problem is something causing an electronic signal 8.2 MHz in the air such as a
florescent bulb that is going out, a compressor on a cooler, or some other electronic device. You can raise the tower up off the floor little at a time to see when it starts to false alarm. The signal is at the height that the tower starts to false alarm at.

3. If the tower continues to false once on the floor then the problem lies in the electrical area. The tower may need the sensitivity lowered or the electrical connection may have too much interference. The tower will feel all the electrical noise of any other devices plugged into the same breaker with it (yes not just the outlet but the whole breaker). A powervar can be added to clean up noise and interference. The model that works well is about $300 but we have refurbished ones at $150 available most of the time. Contact tech support and we can walk you through an adjustment on your system. 812-877-9442 tech support.

The easy precaution

Have your store manager walk a security tag through the towers every morning to be sure they are still plugged in and working. Sometimes customers will pull on a cord or break a connector by stepping on it. This does not happen too often. It is better to test and know that the unit is OK, rather than finding out a month later, when shoplifters figured out it was not working and and took advantage.

Time to start thinking about fall jackets, hoodies and winter coats coming into your store to be tagged. These heavier materials make it easier for the shoplifter to wad them up around the tag to try to block the signal. A larger tag can defeat this problem. We suggest maxi tags on fall / winter jackets and coats. The mini tag is 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ approx and the maxi is 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Free Samples are available on any of our tags. Just give us a call to request them. 800-934-7080 or 812-877-9930 Office

Susann Shanks

800-934-7080

Security Specialist

with over 25 years of experience

susann@sensortags.com

Customer Stories as told to our staff

Upgrading our 15 year old system finally.

A valued customer said … It was nice to connect up with Sensortags Inc. We had purchased our system refurbished 15 years ago and I had lost track of where we had purchased it. It finally was on its last leg so I went to the internet and found you again. You found my records of where I had purchased it in 01 and even offered me a trade-in to upgrade it. We are so excited to get our new refurbished system as our old one served us well.

We’ve got your back.

One customer had a system they bought from us some 4 or 5 years ago. They moved their store and had some difficulty setting it up in the new store so they called us. Our techs helped get them up and running right over the phone in a few minutes. The customer commented “I am so glad I bought my system from SensorTags.com.”

Amazing Tech Support

Many of our customers appreciate our quick response and easy solutions included with the purchase of a system. Sensortags does its tech support by phone for free. Other companies charge $250 an hour with a 3 hour minimum and make you wait 2 weeks for a tech to get there. Not to say that there is sometimes a more difficult situation that requires waiting on parts, but for the most part Sensortags’ tech support is amazing.

Labor Day Special

Lanyard Clearance now only .15 each
(Normally .25 each )

Yes we are running a Labor Day Special on Lanyards. This includes our double loop lanyards, our pin lanyards (pictured above) and our all metal
ball end lanyards. Sale ends the 15th of Sept. or earlier if we run out.

July Newsletter 2016

Where did the summer go? Back to School is here almost.

Greetings!
Backpacks, school supplies, and new clothes for back to school is what I remember as a kid. We only got a new set of clothes for Easter, Christmas & back to school time. We got to pick out new shoes only at Christmas (a going to church pair) and back to school (a practical pair), usually tennis shoes for gym class. That is rolling back the clock a few years as I was in the class of “72”.
Enjoy our articles regarding the new triangle tag with lanyard, a good multipurpose tag with detection almost as good as a black mini tag. See our various tagging ideas. Also look for our article on how to better stop shoplifters and how to keep your towers in good shape for back to school too.

Now for my corny joke:
Luke comes home from his first day of school, and his mother asks, “What did you learn today?” (see answer at the bottom of the page)
–Mary Fouts
Tech Support
with over 25 years of experience
812-201-5900 cell
mary@sensortags.com
Get A Free Quote !

How to Avoid False Alarms

Store owners are sometimes concerned about placing the system 18 to 24 inches from the door frame to eliminate false alarms. They are worried about customers going around the system.

The easy solution:

Here is a beautiful picture of how a shop manager placed non metal items to block this from happening. It looks decorative but is very functional. Note that all the items are not metal.

New tag seen above (right 2 pictures) is a triangle tag with a lanyard attached. These are great for the nose piece of sunglasses. It’s detection is almost as good as the black mini tag seen to the left. Great to use on swimwear or leather goods to eliminate pin hole. In black, these ring the Checkpoint 8.2 MHz system. In white they ring 58 KHz Sensormatic frequency.

Free Samples are available on any of our tags. Just give us a call to request them. 812-877-9930 Office

Susann Shanks

800-934-7080

Security Specialist

with over 25 years of experience

susann@sensortags.com

Cool New Stuff!

Closeouts – Moving inventory over to new warehouse.

Having and odds and ends sale so we do not have to move over to the new warehouse some of the items we only have a few of. Interested in some yard sale bargains? Give Susann a call and she will let you know what we have really cheap.

New Clear Plexi towers that bolt to your door frame.

For those customers in a small that have restrictions on your lease that you can not have conventional security towers, Sensortags Inc is working on a solution for you. Plexi-glass wings that attach to your door frame with screws. These are a bit more sensitive to noise in the electrical line so must be plugged into a dedicated circuit. Call us for more info if you have a need for this type system. 800-934-7080

Security for Any Budget

We have a special on 2.0 tags with a tower that will cover a single door (if placed on handle side of door) or a double door (if placed in the middle of a double doorway) + 4000 tags and 2 removers $1999.00 Great for a first time shop owner. These were the tags used originally at the Goodies Dept Stores. Tower is New with 1 yr warranty on parts and 5 yr tech support by phone. Is not compatible with disposable paper labels. It is a hard tags only system.

Back to School Special

Only have a few thousand left 500 to 1000 each style. Assorted styles left some not pictured. Great to use as the pin into a black mini tag as double protection for expensive jeans. Some have a longer pin that is good for mating with a knogo tag or ufo tag. Also longer pinned ones are good for thicker items like coats, blankets, carpet. Call before they are all gone!

Answer to Mary’s corny joke
Luke comes home from his first day of school, and his mother asks, “What did you learn today?”

“Not enough,” Luke replies. “They said I have to go back tomorrow.”
Submitted by Luke C., Somers, N.Y.
From the Boys Life Website

June Newsletter 2016

Monday after next — Happy 4th of July 2016

Greetings!
I can smell the hot dogs roasting already. Can you believe we are almost to Independence Day? By the way, mine will be veggie-dogs as I am eating, as much as possible, a whole food plant based diet these days. The pounds have already started to melt away, and I have more energy.

Enjoy articles below about our newest tags now available for smaller items, especially the new smaller jewelry tags. We have a super special price on the tags for the 4th of July holiday. Also, see notes on our new warehouse that will allow us to ship faster to you, as well as a great idea to help you stop false alarms from happening in your store.

Now for my corny joke:
What did one flag say to the other flag? (see answer at the bottom of the page)
–Mary Fouts
Tech Support
with over 25 years of experience
812-201-5900 cell
mary@sensortags.com
Get A Free Quote !

How to Avoid False Alarms

Many of the calls we receive regarding false alarms are caused by the system being positioned too close to the doorway. Usually whoever vacuums or cleans the floors will move the towers and then not know where to put them back.

The easy solution:

Put masking tape on the floor underneath the baseplate(s) so that when the towers are moved you see the rectangle of masking tape to let you know where to put them back.s

Tagging Challenges Resolved

New Smaller Jewelry Tags

Yes the first batch of our newly awaited smaller jewelry tag has arrived. The tag is much smaller than the older tag, but the lanyard a bit longer. The smaller tag is approx. 1″ x 1/2,” and the lanyard measures 6 inches long. See the special below because if you buy them now the price is also smaller!

New and Different Deactivation Pads Now Available

Another new tag seen above (right 2 pictures) is a triangle tag with a lanyard attached. These are great for the nose piece of sunglasses. It’s detection is almost as good as the black mini tag seen to the left. In black, these ring the checkpoint 8.2 Mhz system.

Free Samples are available on any of our tags. Just give us a call to request them. 812-877-9930 Office

Susann Shanks

800-934-7080

Security Specialist

with over 25 years of experience

susann@sensortags.com

Quicker & more profitable for You!

New Warehouse Central Location

We offer quicker delivery to our Midwest customers now that our Indiana warehouse has grown, moved into a larger facility and expanded inventory. Yes we still ship some items out of our East, West, and Southern warehouses as well, depending upon inventory. Good news! Our new warehouse is only a block from our offices too.

New and Better Packaging for Towers

Sensortags Inc is using newer style boxes and packing to reduce shipping damages. Our new foam cushioning protects towers from the jostling they gets in various carrier’s hands.

Security for Any Budget

Our new private label equipment saves you money, and our 2 years parts warranty is the best in the industry. Used, refurbished equipment with a 6 months parts arranty can also save you money if you are on a tight budget. Fake security can be a life saver if you have no budget for security at all. Fake towers are refurbished towers with no electronics (only $200), and you can use current alarming tags knowing that someday you may upgrade to a functional system, or you can use ink tags.

14th of July Special

New smaller Jewelry tags have arrived (approx 1″ x 1/2″)and they have longer lanyards (6″). Originally .65 each tag with lanyard now they are on special while initial batch lasts. Both frequencies (Sensormatic & Checkpoint) are the same white colored tag. Special price .45 each tag with 6 inch lanyard
Please Specify: 58 KHz for Sensormatic or Checkpoint Freq. 8.2 MHz
Packed 100/bag

Answer to Mary’s corny joke
What did one flag say to the other flag?
Nothing. It just waved!

April 2016 Newsletter

Mother’s Day Coming May 8th This Year

This Mother’s Day many mothers will receive gift cards, flowers, jewelry, chocolates, cards, and lots of hugs.  If you carry any of these items, maybe have them at the front of the store with a reminder sign for Mother’s Day or even a count down til Mother’s Day.  Maybe even consider a nice Mother’s Day basket with a day at the spa (partner with another business).  For every purchase you get a chance at the Mother’s Day gift basket.  Keep it fun and exciting.  Announce who won in your newsletter, or better yet, put a picture in the store of the winner when they come to pick it up.

Below are some other great ideas on tagging.  Don’t forget to take advantage of our special on pin lanyards.

–Mary Fouts

Tech Support

with over 25 years of experience

812-201-5900 cell

mary@sensortags.com

 

 

Tagging Challenges Summarized

Tagging Gift Cards

Most people do not tag gift cards because they are of no value until activated at a cash register, however if you have a problem with them disappearing you can use the disposable paper labels to tag gift cards. Be sure to keep disposable label away from the magnetic strip so as to not interfere with activation of the card.

 

 

Tagging Greeting Cards

Disposable paper labels are also good for greeting cards. Remember not to put an 8.2 MHz disposable label over or behind a shiny metal surface, or it will not ring your towers. It is always a good idea to have some extra white envelopes as you know some of your envelopes will get mixed up or disappear.

 

New and Different Deactivation Pads Now Available

I know your deactivation pad for disposable labels will last a very long time, but if you need additional ones we do have a couple new models. Our older style were refurbished Checkpoint. Our newer ones can be dropped down inside the counter flush mounted. Both have a light on the top surface to indicate the pad is turned on and working.

1: The basic style, which you need to get very close to the pad to deactivate labels, or it can also be used to verify if there is a hard tag still on a garment. The deactivation pads will not deactivate a reusable hard plastic tag. Private Label $150 new with 1 year warranty

2: The super style, which deactivates about a foot up off of the pad, so all you have to do is to put the items across the airspace above the pad.  This style is particularly helpful if you have boxed items that are tagged inside the box (ie shoes).  The super style is also able to be used to verify if hard tags are present on items.  It will not deactivate the reusable hard plastic tags. Private Label $299 new with 1 year warranty

Call me today and mention this Newsletter for $30 off on your deactivation pad.

Susann Shanks

800-934-7080

Security Specialist

with over 25 years of experience

susann@sensortags.com

Mother’s Day Special

Call for special price on pin lanyards to attach to shoes, purses, other items you can not put a pin through. Call us if you want to see some Free Samples.

March 2016 Newsletter

 

 

 

 

Yes it is hard to believe that Spring is here already.  This reminds me of home when Mom used to drag out all the cleaning supplies and announce “spring cleaning” time had arrived.  This was the one time a year that the house had no dust bunnies left from Easter and you could eat off the floor!

Now is the time to consider spring cleaning your security system.  See article below on how to do this so your electronics last longer.  Also if your system is 5 years old or older consider upgrading as we have new equipment with much better detection and special features that were not available back then. Remember your computer from 5 years ago.  You would have a hard time working with a 5 year old computer in today’s fast paced world.  The same is with a 5 year old system, especially if you purchased it used.

I am back home again in Indiana.  If you need to reach me for tech help use my direct office line 812-877-9442 or my cell 812-201-5900.  I look forward to assisting you with your security needs.

Trying on Masks in New Orleans!

Mary Fouts

Tech Support

with over 25 years of experience

812-201-5900 cell

mary@sensortags.com

 

Cleaning your system takes just 10 minutes or so. 

 

 

 

Unplug your system first.  Open the side covers at the bottom and with a small 2 inch paint brush that has not been used, brush the electronics up and down gently then side to side.  This will knock all the loose dust bunnies from Easter out.  Use a damp cloth to wipe down the base of the tower (not the electronics), then put the side covers back on and plug in the tower.  Spring cleaning in 10 minutes!  This will help to keep your electronics from overheating due to the dust accumulation.

 

New Technology Available NOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Euro Diamond I Series Tower 8.2

A very elegant private label brand that is made of clear plexi and stainless steel. The clear tower lights up red and rings an alarm when a tag is detected. The Euro Diamond I detects both right and left of tower with good accuracy. This is a nice solution for upscale retailers. The stand alone baseplate can be provided for a “no holes in floor” installation. Checkpoint tags are compatible and the warranty is 2 years parts with 5 years tech support by phone.


The Ebony II Series Towers 8.2

These incredible towers will detect both hard tags and paper labels between the towers at a distance of 3 ft, 4ft 5ft + apart. Testing now being done at 6ft for double doors. Locked side covers are much easier to service than unscrewing a side panel and lights on the tower box let you know if you have power to the towers without taking off the side covers. These towers are typically wired with a power supply on each tower eliminating the wires that would run across your entrance. Each tower can be put on a single baseplate so that the distance between towers can easily be changed. These towers are compatible with with checkpoint tags. Two year parts warranty and 5 year tech support by phone included.

 

The Ebony I Series Tower 8.2

Detects tags both to the right and to the left of the tower. Two can be used to secure a double doorway. Multiples can be used for wide mall entrances. Also compatible with Checkpoint frequency tags with a warranty of 2 years for parts and 5 years for tech support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susann Shanks

800-934-7080

Security Specialist

with over 25 years of experience

susann@sensortags.com

Tower Troubles Resolved

Tower too Close to Door

With spring cleaning, sometimes an employee will move your tower to mop the floor and forget to move it back. Towers generally need to be 18 to 24 inches into the store away from the metal doorway.

 

 

 

 

Mannequins too Close

Mannequins usually have a heavy metal rod and base that can cause false alarms with the systems. Keep them 3 ft or more away from the tower. Also a customer can hang a handbag that is tagged on your mannequin driving you nuts till you figure it out. Also employees can change up the display and the mannequin can be dressed with a tagged item causing false alarms as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Not a Dedicated Line

The towers will always do better on a dedicated electrical line (all the way back to the breaker), because anything plugged into the same circuit with them can affect your towers. If your towers are not on a dedicated line you may notice things like, when you vacuum the towers false alarm, or certain times of the day they false alarm due to some other equipment being used. The way to offset this if you can not run a dedicated line is to use a Power-var line filter. We have them in stock.

 

Spring Break / Easter Specials

Call today to get an EGG-ceptional deal just for wishing us a Happy Easter.

February 2016 Newsletter

Get ready for Spring Break & Easter sales!

Planning ahead is crucial so that you have products secured, tagged and out for sale in plenty of time to get those seasonal sales.  March marks the season of spring break throughout the month with various types of schools out for the holiday.  Swimsuits and flip flops will be some of the hot items to tag. See samples below of how to tag these items.

Also Easter is on the heels of spring break with families buying a new set of clothes for the kids. Fancy dresses, cute little boy’s suits as well as new outfits for mom and dad are in order. I know when I was small we always looked forward to the new Easter wardrobe because we sometimes got matching shoes too!

I am in New Orleans now and heading for the Houston TX area.  If you need to reach me for tech help use my cell 812-201-5900.  I am visiting customers along the way so if you want me to drop in to see you just give me a call.

 

 

Mary Fouts

Tech Support

with over 25 years of experience

812-201-5900 cell

mary@sensortags.com

 

 

Tagging Challenges Summarized

Tagging Flip Flops & Kids Shoes

The problem with shoes and flip flops is that they get miss-mated (either on purpose or by mistake).  To keep this from happening you will want to tether the right and left shoe/sandal/flip-flop together using a security tag and a lanyard. Now they will ring if stolen and no one will try to miss-match them.

 

Tagging Swimwear & Fancy Dresses

Tags with lanyards are good for things you do not want to put a pin into.  You can, however, attach a tag with a pin to fine garments.  Use a non grooved pin and always insert the pin first then place the tag over the pin and squeeze.  This way you will not snag the fabric.  The threads in the fabric may separate a bit to accommodate the pin thus looking like a hole, but a diagonal tug of the fabric after tag is removed will re-align the threads so the garment is unaffected.

Best Ways to Store Your Labels

Labels when not being used should be wrapped in aluminum foil to keep them fresh and to keep them from deactivating.  Note that your deactivation pad can deactivate labels up to 12 inches above and below the pad.  Never set rolls of labels on your deactivation pad as it can deactivate the whole roll.  Never put a roll of labels on the shelf right below the deactivation pad as it can deactivate right through the shelf.

Susann Shanks

800-934-7080

Security Specialist

with over 25 years of experience

susann@sensortags.com

Ways to tell if you have a bad label on your roll.

 

 

 

 

Red Dot Marks The Spot

Some of our label manufacturers mark their bad labels with a red dot on the bar-coded area.  Do not use these red dot marked labels as they are out of frequency and not counted in your order of 2000 labels.

Black Lines on Blank Labels

Many manufacturers mark their blank labels with a black line down the middle of the blank security labels to indicate they are out of frequency and should not be used.  You are guaranteed 2000 good labels so sometimes the label rolls look smaller depending upon how many bad labels are on the roll.

Missing Labels is OK too

Newer label machines will actually peel off the bad label so if you see missing labels that is ok too.

Spring Break / Easter Specials

Call today to get an EGG-ceptional deal just for wishing us a Happy Easter.

January 2016 Newsletter

Newsletter January 2016

Get Ready for Presidents’ Day Sales!

This year is off to a fast start with President’s Day and Valentine’s Day creeping up on us fast Be sure you have a good selection of products with the security tags and labels available to keep them secure.  I have had the pleasure of consulting with the Dali Museum while in Florida.  Their security is amazing incorporating cameras, guards, EAS security and other means to keep their valuable paintings from harm.  Their most valuable painting is worth $22,000,000.00  A responsibility they take very seriously.

With that in mind, I will be in Florida another couple of weeks before traveling through New Orleans and over around the Houston area of Texas.  If any of you need me to drop in and see your system while I am on the road please let me know as I love seeing my customers and helping them get the best out of their systems.

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