Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CKP), a leading global supplier of shrink management solutions, today announced a new enhanced performance (EP) anti-theft EAS (Electronic Article Surveillance) food label for supermarkets that is certified to be microwave safe.
The 4010 EP Food Label was designed specifically to protect fresh and frozen supermarket food. It has been certified as microwave safe and non-flammable by TUV Rheinland, an international service group that provides manufacturers with assessment and certification services to ensure product safety.
Extensive TUV testing revealed EAS labels from other manufacturers sometimes showed browning around the edges and in some cases even caught fire when placed in a microwave oven, making the food potentially unsafe for consumers. Checkpoint’s 4010 EP Food Label passed all TUV tests without incident.
Protecting supermarket food items from theft, especially fresh and frozen meat, poultry and seafood, is more important than ever. According to the last Global Retail Theft Barometer, shrink rates for high-risk food such as fresh meat reached 3.6% in North America versus the global retail shrink average of 1.45%.“The new 4010 EP Label is designed specifically for food and offers optimized protection without risk,” said Farrokh Abadi, President & COO, Shrink Management Solutions Checkpoint. “By offering maximum protection and enhanced deactivation at the point of sale, food retailers can improve merchandise availability and enhance their consumers’ shopping experience while increasing sales.” The 4010 EP Food Label can be applied through high-speed source tagging at the point of manufacture, or through in-store tagging. The new EAS label maintains its enhanced performance throughout the supply chain, including after being stored in a freezer. A one-minute video titled “ Is your food catching on fire?” is available for viewing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6UTH_kz3oc. The 4010 EP Food Label is available immediately. About Checkpoint Systems, Inc. ( www.checkpointsystems.com) Checkpoint Systems is a global leader in shrink management, merchandise visibility and apparel labeling solutions. Checkpoint enables retailers and their suppliers to reduce shrink, improve shelf availability and leverage real-time data to achieve operational excellence. Checkpoint solutions are built upon 40 years of RF technology expertise, diverse shrink management offerings, a broad portfolio of apparel labeling solutions, market-leading RFID applications, innovative high-theft solutions and its Web-based Check-Net data management platform. As a result, Checkpoint customers enjoy increased sales and profits by improving supply-chain efficiencies, by facilitating on-demand label printing and by providing a secure open-merchandising environment enhancing the consumer’s shopping experience. Listed on the NYSE (NYSE: CKP), Checkpoint operates in every major geographic market and employs 5,600 people worldwide.