Drugstores Locking Up Cologne, Toothpaste, Dish Soap, Too

  • Most of the products on the drug store shelf are behind lock and key, even everyday items such as deodorant, toothpaste, candy, dish detergent, soap and aluminum foil.
  • Manufacturers that supply lock cases and devices to chain stores have seen their businesses boom.
  • Walgreens and Rite Aid have said that the problem of organized retail crime — rings of criminals that steal products from stores and then often resell them on online marketplaces — is causing them to lock more products up and close some stores.
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