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.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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