Brantano franchise uses Unisto reusable electronic seals for increased security.

Brantano (UK) Ltd has selected Unisto’s award-winning, electronic seals to increase the security of its UK deliveries. The Crypta 2K seals have been fitted to its fleet that is operated for the company by Frans Maas UK Ltd.

Previously, single use plastic seals had been used to seal the vehicles between deliveries but the company felt that these were too easy to be circumvented, compromising the security of the goods. The new Crypta seals offer the highest level of indicative security backed up by advanced electronics that automatically generate a four- digit, random seal number that is stored in memory. This can be checked at any time by pressing a button and, if unchanged, means that the load is still secure as a new number is generated for every closing.

“The seals are ideal for our operation,” explained Paul Spencer, Transport and Contract Manager at Frans Maas. “Not only do they provide a high level of security but they also make the day-to-day running of the fleet easier because we don’t have to maintain secure supplies of disposable seals at every delivery location to replace each seal as it is used or give drivers bags of new seals to carry around. The drivers, in particular, welcome the new sealing system as it means that they are completely removed from the process of securing the load so that they can be automatically eliminated from any investigations of loading irregularities or theft of goods.”

The units are fully sealed to prevent ingress from water, dirt or salt, which can create havoc with mechanically-based sealing systems. The built-in battery is designed to last for five years – longer than the average payback period of under four years based on the savings in disposable seal costs.

Peter Towers, Warehouse and Logistics Manager at Brantano (UK) Ltd, added, “Changing to the Crypta seals has proved to a very popular move for everyone. Security levels have increased. The seals with their built-in illuminated displays are easy to read whatever the lighting conditions so no fumbling around with a torch in the dark. And they are easy to use – just press a button rather than having to find some tool to break off the plastic seal which inevitably ended up on the floor.”

The Belgian Group Brantano aims to achieve a leadership position in shoe distribution in Europe. It intends to do this with a single concept and under the Brantano name. Brantano wants to be the reference in shoes for the entire family in the mid-market segment. To do this, it markets a wide range of ladies’, men’s and children’s shoes, sports shoes and accessories at the best price/quality ratio. At the end of March 2006 Brantano had 282 stores: 125 in Belgium (including Luxembourg), 146 in the United Kingdom and 11 franchise stores in the Middle East. Brantano was listed on the Brussels Stock Exchange on 16 June 1997.

Founded as Stoffel and Co. in Horn Switzerland, in 1926, Unisto specialises in solutions that guarantee the security and authenticity of products and brands from manufacturing origin to point of sale. An international company, Unisto has a reputation for innovative design. Close collaboration with customers and industry specialists drives the introduction of unique products in response to identified market needs, using the latest materials and technology.

Unisto Electronic Seals, formerly Encrypta, has a history of nearly twenty years of being the pioneers of re-usable electronic sealing systems that are used by most of the leading retailers and distribution companies in the UK as well as being used by companies around the world.

The Unisto name is a symbol of originality and authenticity around the world, assisting our clients to:
• Clearly identify and enhance the image of their products and company
• Protect goods, premises and sensitive equipment or information against tampering and theft


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