Two Way Radios For Retail
Two way radios are a popular tool to improve retail efficiencies. With instant communications
between management and employees or between security staff, response times can be lessened and
profitability improved. With staff spread throughout the facility, common activities such as
price checks, cleanups, or inventory related issues tend to tie up more time than is necessary.
Radios eliminate the time required for a manager to locate the appropriate staff member, allowing
issues to be resolved more quickly. Equipping security staff with radios allows them to respond
more quickly to accidents, disturbance, or theft.
Retail establishments using two way radios have found that radios quickly pay for themselves in
increased efficiency. This is why it is common to see a fleet of radios in use in all major
The size of retail establishments vary from relatively small shops to huge discount stores. Because
of this, there is no perfect radio for all scenarios. Small to medium sized stores will be happy
small, lightweight radio
while larger stores will need a more powerful
two watt business radio
Single channel radios are adequate for many situations, but multi-channel models may be helpful if
you have several groups that need to have separate communications.
The Motorola CLS1110 is the ideal two way radio for small and medium sized establishments, and is
the radio of choice for several nationwide stores specializing in electronics. It is a mere 5.8"
tall by 2" wide and weighs 4.6 oz. The radio has one channel and one watt of transmit power,
typically good for coverage of 15 floors or 200,000 sq. feet. A lithium battery is included that
typically provides up to 12 hours of life. The
CLS1410 is a more
full featured version of this model that adds support for 4 channels, hands-free use, and a vibrate
The Motorola RDU2020 provides two channels and offers two full watts of transmit power. It is more
appropriate for large retail establishments that suffer with dead spots when using lower powered radios.
The included lithium battery keeps the radios lightweight while still providing 12 hours of use on a
charge (typical). As a member of the Motorola RDX series of business radios, the RDU 2020 delivers
unmatched clarity and increased loudness over previous models. The more powerful speaker makes this
radio a great choice for use in high noise environments. PC compatible software makes it a snap to
change this radio's settings and, along with cloning capabilities, it is a breeze to sync the settings
for a fleet of radios.
The Kenwood TK3230 is a versatile radio, provides a good mix of size and power, and is the ideal
radio for most small and medium sized establishments. At 6" tall and
2 1/4" wide it is one of the smallest radios available, and the 18 hour lithium battery makes the
radio extremely lightweight (5.5 oz.). The TK3230 is extremely durable - built to military
specifications - and provides six channels and 1 1/2 watts of transmit power. This model supports
hands-free (VOX) operation, voice scrambling, channel scan, and a two year warranty.
The Icom IC-F4011-41-RC is a fully programmable and repeater capable 16 channel UHF radio supporting
frequencies in the 400-470 Mhz range. The high capacity 2000mAh lithium battery makes this radio long
lasting while remaining lightweight. The Icom F4011 meets or exceeds military specifications, making
this high powered radio an excellent choice for many situations. Don't need a lithium battery? Save
some money with the Icom F4001!