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Electronic Article Surveillance Tags
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

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How much should I pay for Electronic Article Surveillance Tags?

What is the average price of Electronic Article Surveillance Tags?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Electronic Article Surveillance Tags. Our analysts provide a benchmark price and a price range based on key pricing factors to help you understand what you should be paying for this specific product or service. To see the average price for this and hundreds of other products and services, subscribe to ProcurementIQ.

Has the price of Electronic Article Surveillance Tags been rising or falling?

Analysts look at market data from the previous three years to determine an overall price trend. You can use the recent price trends to help you understand price volatility and plan your budget.

I’m not ready to purchase Electronic Article Surveillance Tags yet. Will I pay more if I wait too long?

We forecast the next three years of price movements by looking at factors likely to affect the market's supply chain, such as inputs, demand and competition. You can then use the price forecast to figure out the best time to purchase.

What other costs are associated with purchasing Electronic Article Surveillance Tags?

Our analysts calculate the total cost of ownership and assign a level of low, moderate or high, depending on things like customization, integration and installation. Use this information to budget for Electronic Article Surveillance Tags with a reduced risk of unexpected costs.

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Find the vendor to meet your needs

Where can I purchase ?

There is a high level of market share concentration among EAS tag suppliers; the top four companies in the market account for over 70.0% of total market revenue in 2020. High market share concentration hampers buyer power because buyers do not have a wide selection of suppliers to choose from;... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Experience and Expertise

How long have you provided these products to your longest-tenured client?

What qualifications does your staff have and what measures do you take to keep those qualifications up to date?

What industry do you most commonly supply this product for?

To what extent will ordering multiple products from your firm allow me to save on costs?

What is your repeat business rate for businesses in my industry and how does that compare to your overall rates?

Supply Chain Risk

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to raw input materials? How has that changed?

Has the availability of raw materials tightened due to the coronavirus outbreak?

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to labor?

How have fluctuations in input prices affected the prices of your products during the past three years?

How do you mitigate sudden price increases in raw materials?

When input prices rise, how much of the cost is absorbed by you and how much is passed onto buyers?

How, if at all, has your supply chain been affected by import tariffs levied in 2018?


How do you manage regulatory change? Do you have regulation advisers or methods to track regulation?

How have changing regulations influenced your pricing now and how will the changes affect prices over the life our proposed agreement?

What ongoing training procedures do you provide for your staff?

Have you ever been found to be noncompliant with regulatory frameworks?

Amid widespread health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?


Where are your distribution centers located? Do you have both domestic and international locations?

How much are freight costs to my facility? How long are shipping times?

How do you ensure your shipping methods are cost-effective and timely?

What type of logistical system do you have in place to manage shipping?

As a distributor, how long does it take for you to receive shipment from the manufacturer?

How do you ensure EAS tags are not damaged during the shipping process?

What is your on-time delivery rate?


Do you source materials with high exposure to market disruptions resulting from the coronavirus? How are you coping with these disruptions?

How diversified is your supplier base for inputs? Do you source from multiple suppliers in different global regions?

Amidst widespread health concerns, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?

Are you experiencing fluctuations in demand as a result of the coronavirus outbreak? What measures are you taking to handle increased/reduced demand?


How are your EAS tags different from your competitors' products?

What strategies do you use to stay competitive within the market?

How much do you spend on R&D, and how does your R&D expense compare with that of your competitors?

What strategies do you use to win and retain clients?

How long have you been providing EAS tags to your most tenured client?

Supply Chain

How do you mitigate sudden raw material price increases?

How diversified is your supplier base for inputs? If input costs rise, do you have other suppliers from which you can source the materials?

During the past three years, what percentage of revenue has been dedicated to raw materials? How will that change in the next three years?

What type of disruptions to the supply chain have you experienced? How did you handle such situations?

How often do you invest in new production equipment?

What types of decisions have you made to better control costs and improve efficiency?

Financial Risk

What percent of your revenue comes from your five largest customers?

If you were to lose a large customer, how would your business be impacted?

As competition has increased, have you increased your marketing efforts to attract new clients?

During the economic downturn, how did your company stay profitable? Did you cut employees or cut other expenses?

What types of investments are you making in new products, related goods or new plants? Do you have a backup plan if the investments go sour?

Customer Service

What type of system or software do you use to manage client accounts?

What type of customer support do you offer after business hours?

What is the process for handling customer problems and complaints? What is the escalation process?

What is your repeat business rate?

How large is your average client? How does size impact who manages my account?

How do you evaluate customer feedback? How frequently?

What type of training do you offer to train my employees to properly apply and remove EAS tags?


How long have you been selling EAS tags? How long have you been selling to buyers in my field?

What are some of the similar buyers to which you have sold EAS tags? When?

How experienced are your employees? What is your retention rate?

What types of similar projects have you worked on in the past?

Why did the past three clients you lost cancel their contracts with you?

Inventory Control

Where are your manufacturing facilities and warehouses located? What types of raw materials or products does each facility provide?

How do products move from manufacturing facilities to distribution centers? How do you determine the level of inventory at each center?

What type of systems do you use to control the supply chain?

How do you protect raw materials and products from damage during storage, production or delivery?

What is the usual inventory level at each distribution center?

How long will it take to order a product that is not in stock?

Quality Control

How often are defective products shipped?

What is your margin of error for the EAS tag I am interested in purchasing?

What internal testing procedures do you use to ensure the EAS tags are fully functioning prior to shipment?

How do you measure quality of the EAS tags?

What is your return policy and process? How quickly will I receive new EAS tags if the original ones are nonfunctional?

What percent of EAS tags in one pack are found to be nonfunctioning?

What does the assembly process look like? What processes are automated, and which are completed by hand?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

Buyers should specify their budget for the procurement of EAS tags

Buyers should inquire about any additional fees that have been unaccounted for until this point

Buyers can reference the Benchmark Price and Total Cost of Ownership sections for help creating a budget

Buyers should ask about discounts provided for bundling and cash discounts

Selection Criteria

Buyers should ask vendors for proof of financial stability

Buyers should ask vendors for a list of products that satisfy RFP requirements

Buyers should ask for references from previous clients

Buyers should ask if the vendor offers product testing before purchase

Buyers should ask vendors to show any similar previous contracts or projects to exemplify their qualifications

Buyers can ask if their products are ENSA S20.20 compliant.

For a detailed list of key selection criteria, buyers should reference the Buying-Decision Scorecard section of this report.

Project Schedule

Buyers should plan out the timeline for the completion of this project

Buyers must include the specific date the project will be finished by.

Buyers should include benchmark dates important to the project

Buyers should indicate when final payment will be made by

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

There is a medium level of supply chain risk in the EAS tag market, which limits buyer power by discouraging suppliers from lowering prices. Supply chain risk has been elevated by the imposition of tariffs on goods imported from China and China's retaliatory tariffs on US exports. EAS tags are... Subscribe to learn more.