Grocery's lag in rolling out electronic article surveillance (EAS) should not be construed as apathy. Although EAS is touted in the industry as a movement to deter shrink in frequently targeted categories within the food channel, analysts have noted that penetration of security tags into the marketplace has reached only 20%. This is in comparison to other classes of trade, some having embraced EAS up to 70% penetration. Less than half of supermarket operators use EAS technology, according ...

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