Evolution launches new retail security division for UK and European customer base

Philip McKelvey: heading up the new retail security division at Evolution

Philip McKelvey: heading up the new retail security division at Evolution

Evolution, the integrated fire and security business, has launched a new division specifically to provide a sophisticated range of intelligent Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) solutions to retail customers across the UK and Europe.

Headed up by Philip McKelvey, the division will build on the company’s existing portfolio of retail customers by delivering both traditional and next generation systems specifically designed to protect assets before, during and even after they leave a store.

As well as the more obvious physical security solutions – such as CCTV, access control and intruder alarm systems – that Evolution already provides, the company will also be extending its services into ‘consumables’ including the very latest security tags and labels to fully audit the product journey from point of manufacture.

Its solutions will particularly help in reducing incidents of shoplifting and shrinkage, as well as a growing trend to replace ‘genuine’ high-cost items with counterfeited goods when they’re returned.

Having worked in retail security for almost 20 years, McKelvey believes that Evolution will be able to provide a service that’s genuinely ‘new’.

“Since we’re not tied to any one manufacturer,” outlined McKelvey, “we can provide best advice and consultancy on all aspects of security, working with the latest technologies from the UK and Europe. Basic RF labels are increasingly being replaced by RFID tags with built-in intelligence that’s taking security to another level. Evolution has identified an opportunity to build on its existing track record and focus on new areas of product security that meet the challenges of retailers both now and into the future.”

Evolution’s new retail division will be based in Chelmsford.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI Editor, Risk UK Pro-Activ Publications

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