In security labels Electronic Article Surveillance labels can use a variety of technologies. Two of these-acoustomagnetic and radio-frequency-are strongly competing for the U.S. market. A third type and an admittedly late entry here is the electromagnetic version promoted by P.P. Payne a well-known maker of pressure-sensitive teartapes in England with U.S. representation (Ashland VA). What this technology brings to the entire security label debate will be the subject of a presentation at Flex-pak '97 a Schotland Business Research conference to be held March 18 and 19. The two leading systems have become entrenched in the U.S. by aligning themselves with individual retailers. Their strategy has been that if the retailers commit to a certain technology those retailers will convince manufacturers that supply those stores to source tag packages with their labels. In the case of Walgreens drug stores the theory appears to be working. And probably so with other retailers as well.