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With increasing shrink loss, consistent employee turnover, and growing locksmith service expenditures, many Retailers need a better key control solution for managing these challenges efficiently.

Our PinStackSmallKeyControl® Program is specifically designed to improve each of your location’s security while saving you time and money. Being a “first line of defense” security solution, our Program improves each key holder’s accountability, eliminates the need to rekey when keys are returned, reduces operating expenses associated with locksmith services when a key is lost or stolen, and maximizes your overall key management program control.

We continue to be the proven leader in the Retail marketplace collecting and maintaining key control information for over 160 Retail companies and securing more than 61,000 Retail locations.




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Our specialized Retail PinStackSmallKeyControl® Programs incorporate proven cornerstones and best practices designed to improve your key holder’s accountability, generate cost savings, share key tracking information, and deliver unequalled administrative support.

By integrating the four fundamental components of Restricted and Individually Serialized Keys, a simple, cost-effective Rekey Avenue, the only web-accessible Key Tracking Software platform available, and unparalleled support dedicated to Program Administration, each Program is uniquely suited to solve your specific keyed access needs.

We begin with providing restricted, serialized keys that enhance your key holder’s accountability by improving their ownership of a specific identifiable key. Then, when a key is lost or stolen, the rekeyable lock cylinders enable immediate rekeying onsite without the need of locksmiths or additional core swaps. With a simple “single key turn” of a specialized “step change” key and issuance of new keys, your location is secured. Next, we manage all of your PinStackSmallKeyControl® information in the only patented, web-based software platform, allowing you the flexibility to access information at any time. And finally, it’s our commitment to consistent administration practices and data sharing that lets you manage your PinStackSmallKeyControl® audit history creating visibility to who has access to which areas in ‘real time’, while re-enforcing consistent standards for each key holder’s compliance. Our leading Retailers drive their PinStackSmallKeyControl® data down to store level, so Managers can maintain serialized key issuance and compliance digitally through Electronic Key Receipt and Key Log programs. It is our data integration capability and information sharing that modernizes the overall effectiveness of your PinStackSmallKeyControl® program solution.




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“We can now rekey an entire store Master key set or single Cash Office access key for just the cost of the replacement keys. No more core swaps or locksmith call outs to change out the entire store. It really is that simple and cost effective.”

Ed Van Fleet, Brookshire Grocery’s Vice President of Loss Prevention
Loss Prevention Magazine- Solutions Showcase – March-April 2013

“We’re now able to secure our high shrink product fixtures, cash drawers, fuel dispensers, doors, and padlocks; all on the same key series. Plus, we’re able to control duplication efforts through restricted key sections and established authorization procedures, which provides another solid cornerstone to our safety and security footprint.”

Karl Beagle, Weis Markets Director of Asset Protection
Loss Prevention Magazine- Solutions Showcase – March-April 2013

“With an individual’s signed off receipt for that serial numbered key, the key holder’s accountability improves and results in better personnel safety and product security.”

Karl Beagle, Weis Markets Director of Asset Protection
Loss Prevention Magazine- Solutions Showcase – March-April 2013

“One of Weis’s newest initiatives is the chain wide roll out of Instakey, a sophisticated key management system, which is essential in a retail chain of hundreds of stores. Limauro carefully considered the competing key management systems before settling in on Instakey, which hardly any of his major competitors use. Instakey has the remarkable ability to re-key a lock up to twelve times without removing cores or lock hardware, meaning a lost key represents a small problem, not a multi thousand dollar episode that could be conceivably repeated over and over again if keys continued to be lost. Additionally, each key is tracked by a serial number online, and the user is given a key receipt, firmly in keeping with Weis’s new culture of accountability.”

Michael Limauro, Weis Markets, Vice President of Loss Prevention
Loss Prevention Magazine- 100 Years of Innovation – March-April 2012

“We have been pleased up to date with the overall product and our stores seem to be getting along with the easy instructions.”

Eddie McDonnell, Facilities Representative, Coldwater Creek
Customer Feedback Survey, June 2009

“Instakey® is my favorite vendor to partner with. I know that they will always present an open mind to help think ‘outside the box’ when the situation dictates.”

John Savoy, Project Manager, LP Network (dba Security Source)
Customer Feedback Survey, June 2009

“I have been dealing with InstaKey® for years and they are by far the best vendor to work with. I really enjoy working with InstaKey, they are reliable, quick to assist, and their monitoring program is the best”

Anonymous, Regional Security Manager, McDonalds Corporation
Customer Feedback Survey, June 2009

“If an employee leaves and the key comes back to us on their departure, we don’t change the locks because the keys cannot be duplicated. However, if an employee who is leaving returns a key and that key is not reissued within 2 weeks, the key is destroyed. The store manager never has more than one extra key on hand. We have some stores that have never had to rekey, and one that has had rekey seven times. Because of InstaKey we have not had to change out a core in over five years.”

Laura Quick, Omaha Steaks, Retail Facilities Manager
Integrated Solutions for Retailers- ABC’s of Access Control – November 2008

“Headquarters-level securities and facilities personnel have access to the InstaKey key management software, which provides intelligence on our key management. I can go in to that system and type in a key serial number, and it will tell me who is responsible for that key. If a key turns up without a clear owner, I can find out who’s responsible for it. I can search keys by store number or individual, and I can get a complete key issuance history. I can also go in by master key serial number or manager name and find out which stores those keys and managers have access to.”

Laura Quick, Omaha Steaks, Retail Facilities Manager
Integrated Solutions for Retailers- ABC’s of Access Control – November 2008

“The InstaKey® solution has not only allowed us to execute strategy designed to have better accountability and physical security controls in stores, but we now have a state-of-the-art key control solution that provides a level of accountability never seen here before.”
“We are extremely pleased with this solution provider and, more importantly, their ability to execute and deliver to our new standards.”

Dan Faketty, Vice President of Asset Protection, Winn Dixie Inc.
Loss Prevention Magazine – Solutions Showcase, May-June 2008

“The problem was that we paid a lot more money for our store’s locks, and it was difficult to budget for the costs. Now, by using the step change key, it completes the process, rendering all previous keys in that series inoperable.”

Blue Montez, Regional Loss Prevention Manager, Sport Chalet
Integrated Solutions for Retailers – Article “Boost Store Security, Lower Costs”, August 2007

“We conducted a cost analysis to install the InstaKey® product at one store and it was minimal compared to what we had been doing.”

Curt Steele, Regional Director of Loss Prevention, Loehmanns Inc.
Loss Prevention Magazine – Solution Showcase, May-June 2007

“Now, it’s becoming a pleasure to do our key control.”

Peter Levy, Vice President of Loss Prevention, Loehmanns Inc.
Loss Prevention Magazine – Solution Showcase, May-June 2007

“After Hurricane Katrina, our key program helped us save the day. The majority of people had left the city, many had left the state and we didn’t have keys. In previous years, we had to call in a locksmith each time a store needed to be rekeyed. Now, our system works so that the manager is always prepared for the next rekeying. They can rekey the lock and distribute the keys in no time at all. This system offers a number of advantages including convenience and key control.”

Hank Roberts, Enterprise Real Estate Help Desk Customer Service Mgr.
Chain Store Age Magazine – Article “Under Lock and Key”, July 2006

“InstaKey® encourages better management practices as of the implementation, so the number of rekeys required diminishes significantly.”

Cory McNeley, Director of Loss Prevention, Afterhours Formalwear
Integrated Solutions for Retailers Magazine – Article “Gain Key Control At Your Stores”, July 2006

“We manage the program, but InstaKey® takes care of all the basic day-to-day services.”

Larry Clark, Distribution Center Security Manager, Ann Taylor
Loss Prevention Magazine – Solutions Showcase, May-June 2006

“We reduced our annual key costs after converting numerous locations to the InstaKey® system. The system paid for itself and increased store security in the process. The return on investment has been very good.”

Jerry Snider, Director of Asset Protection, Dollar General Corporation
Loss Prevention Magazine – Solution Showcase, May-June 2006

“InstaKey® tailored the program to our needs and they walked us through the conversion process every step of the way.”

Larry Clark, Distribution Center Security Manager, Ann Taylor
Stores Magazine – Article “How to Pick a Lock”, May 2006

“Our annual keying costs after converting our 6,500 locations to the InstaKey® system compared to what we had been averaging before the conversion resulted in excess of $1 million. Did this system pay for itself? You bet. And, we improved our store security in the process.”

Jerry Snider, Director of Asset Protection, Dollar General Corporation
Loss Prevention Magazine – Solution Showcase, July-August 2005

“We receive a return on our investment as soon as one use of the InstaKey® system to rekey a lock. And that doesn’t even count more than an hour of time wasted when a supervisor has to meet a locksmith on site.”

Chuck Tennenbaum, Director of Operations, Quality Sandwiches of Ohio – Subway
Nation’s Restaurant News – Article “Keyed up to manage facility access”, May 2005

“With InstaKey®, we have the ability to manage key control activity in the stores ourselves. That, in turn, gives us the ability to save a lot of money, especially considering the high turnover rate of personnel.”

Jerry Snider, Director of Asset Protection, Dollar General Corporation
Chain Store Age Magazine – Article “Dollar General Unlocks Solution”, December 2003

“The InstaKey® program is tailor-made to minimize costs.”

Carl Davis, Vice President – Administrative Services, Stein Mart Inc.
Case Study, March 2002

“InstaKey® is my best vendor. They’re absolutely trouble-free. West Marine store managers call InstaKey® directly with any questions, thus ensuring that we need only worry about approving changes. Customer Service is stupendous, which takes a tremendous load off my facilities’ maintenance time schedule.”

Rosemary Copeland, Facilities Manager, West Marine Products
Stores Magazine – Article, July 2000




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Cabela’s, Inc.
  Conversion from Core Swap program

In June 2012, Cabela’s Corporate Asset Protection began researching a restricted key management program that could help standardize their locations’ key control, improve concerns about key duplication, and was not tied to a sole-sourced proprietary solution from a servicing vendor.  document iconread more…


Weis Markets, Inc.
  Conversion from Core Swap and Mix & Match – Locksmith Callout program

In June 2011, Weis Markets Asset Protection began researching a restricted key management program that could help standardize their location’s key control. The key control at the time was in transition from a Mix-Match program to an IC core program implementation.  document iconread more…


Winn-Dixie, Inc.
  Conversion from Mix & Match – Locksmith Callout program

In 2006, Winn-Dixie Asset Protection began researching a restricted key management program that could help standardize their location’s key control and was not tied to a sole-sourced proprietary solution  document iconread more…


Family Dollar Stores
  Conversion from Mix & Match – Locksmith Callout Program

In 2003, Family Dollar began researching a cost effective solution to increasing locksmith expenses due to employee transitions and after-hours call-outs.  document iconread more…


Ann Taylor & Ann Taylor Loft
  Conversion from Core Swap program

In 2002, Ann Taylor Facilities began researchin a new solution to in-house management of their existing core swap program.   document iconread more…


T-Mobile, Inc.
  Conversion from Mix & Match – Locksmith Callout program

In 2002, T-Mobile Loss Prevention began researching a restricted key management program that could standardize their locations  document iconread more…


Bealls, Inc.
  Conversion from Mix & Match – Locksmith Call Out program

In 2001, Bealls Inc. was utilizing a variety of lock hardware suppliers with little continuity throughout their lock and key program.  document iconread more…


GameStop
  Conversion from Core Swap program

In 2000, GameStop Loss Prevention began researching a restricted key management program that could help standardize their locations’ key control, improve concerns about key duplication,  document iconread more…


Dollar General, Inc.
  Conversion from Mix & Match – Locksmith Call Out program

In 1998, Dollar General was concerned with increasing locksmith expenses due to high turnover and lost keys.  
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