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Spotlight on Leadership 11-14-12
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Checkpoint - Helping Retailers Gwo Profitably

Checkpoint Systems Partners With ECR Europe and the University of Leicester for a Four-Year Study on Shrink

New Research Projects Planned for the Next Four Years Will Aim to Transform the Understanding of Loss in the Retail Community

LONDON, UK — Nov. 12, 2012 - Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CKP), a leading global supplier of shrink management, merchandise visibility and apparel labeling solutions for the retail industry, today announced its collaboration with a four-year study on shrink with the University of Leicester and ECR Europe (Efficient Consumer Response), which is developing new ways to combat loss in the retail industry.

The co-chairs of ECR Europe Shrinkage Work Group: John Fonteijn, Head of Group Asset Protection at Royal Ahold; and Colin Peacock, Customer Development Director, On-Shelf Availability for Procter & Gamble, will ensure these new projects bring value to the retail community by improving industry knowledge and understanding on a wide range of retail loss related issues.

These projects will include:

- Understanding the impact of loss on on-shelf availability

- Charting the potential impact of developments in mobile scanning technology

- Exploring the links between employee satisfaction and loss

- Discovering the challenges of managing loss in the multichannel retail environment

Companies involved in the project next to Checkpoint Systems are: Tesco, Asda, University Of Leicester, L'Oréal, Procter & Gamble, Marks & Spencer, Beiersdorf, Royal Ahold, Carrefour Belgium, Sainsbury’s, Heineken, Jumbo Supermarkten, ECR Europe, Metro Group, Wilkinson, Diageo Brands, Bacardi, Polo Ralph Lauren, A.S. Watson and GSK.

John Fonteijn, Head of Group Asset Protection at ROYAL AHOLD, shared his enthusiasm: "I am confident that we will uncover new perspectives and insights into a wide range of aspects related to loss in the retail industry. As an established think tank on the topic of shrinkage and loss in the retail sector, the ECR Europe Shrinkage Group, with the continued support of Professor Adrian Beck and the addition of a new Research Assistant Megan Bornman to the team, can now really begin to develop new knowledge to help the industry better manage the significant problem of loss."

Colin Peacock, Customer Development Director, On-Shelf Availability for PROCTER & GAMBLE, added: "I believe the production of new knowledge and understanding is essential in developing more effective methods of loss prevention as well as useful tools that could aid retailers and manufacturers to better manage loss in their organizations."

Per Levin, President & Chief Sales Officer Shrink Management & Merchandise Visibility Solutions for Checkpoint Systems, added, "Checkpoint is excited to partner with ECR Europe Shrinkage Group on this four-year study that will provide a valuable insight into the effects of shrink in the industry. We are committed to help retailers and manufacturers reduce shrink and improve merchandise availability, especially in stores where new technologies are revolutionizing purchasing habits. By understanding and improving the impact of losses, we can support manufacturers and retailers and ensure consumers have a pleasant shopping experience."

ECR Europe Shrinkage Group hopes to further establish its presence within the retail community as an active forum that provides a unique, fresh look at the problem of loss as well as providing ongoing and up-to-date support catering to the needs of the retail community. In line with this, an active web presence, through the use of various social media forums and websites, will be created. Furthermore, the initiation of new modes of disseminating the findings of the research being conducted has already been planned.


Annabel Lemétais
Global PR & Communications Mgr
Checkpoint Systems
+34 93 745 4825
Adrian Beck
University of Leicester Professor
Academic Advisor to ECR Europe
Head of Department, Department of Criminology,
+44 (0) 116 252 5702
Megan Bornman
University of Leicester
PhD student and Research Assistant
+44 (0) 116 252 5897
Olivier Mouton
ECR Europe
Project Manager
Colin Peacock
Procter & Gamble
Co-Chair ECR Europe Shrinkage Group
John Fonteijn
Royal Ahold
Co-Chair ECR Europe Shrinkage Group

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