Unfortunately, theft costs US retailers over $15-20 billion per year. Product security may have come a long way, but clearly, there is still more to go.
Pilfering is defined as “stealing things of little value.” At retail, it could be a piece of candy, small snack, or a component of a product. But what about in the case of when the component is, although, an inexpensive part of a more valuable product, the pilferage of that component renders the entire product unsellable?
Recently, we helped a tool company secure its product, a set of 4 items, to a header card. The problem was that the previous fastener uses a screw. This was time-consuming for the assembly line to pack the items together as they were required to screw each fastener into place; while the same mechanism made it convenient for thieves in the store to unscrew the fastener by hand, slip one item into their pocket, refasten, and rehang the package with only three products.
To solve this problem, we designed the Push Fit Fastener: a unique combination of press fastener and pilfer-proof screw mechanism. This allows the workers to snap-fasten the product to the header card, which increases efficiency in assembly.
However, removing it requires the use of additional tools to unscrew, making it harder for pilferers to discreetly detach the fastener in the store; but easy enough for customers to discard it at home using a common cross head (Phillips-Head) screwdriver.
The Push Fit Fastener saved assembly labor and was cost neutral with the previous fastener. Our solution virtually eliminated the problem of pilferage and saved our client well into six figures.
Although designed to securely hold a product on a retail header card, this versatile fastener can also be used in other fastener applications that need an aggressive connection. Some customers have found it helpful in securing inner protective packaging. The current configuration secures cardboard sheets up to .40” thick, a version is available to hold thicker cardboard sheets upon your request.
Whether you have a similar problem or another that is unique to your company, Allen Field may be able to help. Our packaging professionals will be happy to arrange a no obligation call to discuss this further.