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October 1, 2010

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News Brief Sponsored by WAG Security Products, Inc.

Friday Focus-
Steve McClain-
Sr. VP Asset Protection, Sports Authority

Friday Focus-
Neil Watanabe
CFO, Anna's Linens

Vendor Spotlight
Matt Steinfort
President & CEO, Envision

LP Program Spotlight
eBay's PROACT Team

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NRF Investigators Meetings:


 West Meeting
Oct 6, 2010
San Bruno, CA
National Retail Federation

 Northeast Meeting
Oct 6, 2010
NY Metro Area
National Retail Federation

Oct. 20-21, 2010
NRF 2010 LP
Sr. Executive Summit
Dallas, Texas


Southeast Meeting
Oct 26, 2010
Bradenton, FL

National Retail Federation

Nov. 2, 2010
NRF LP Professional Development Conference Call

hosted by the
Women in LP Caucus

2:00 pm Eastern

 Register Here

June 13-15 2011
NRF LP 2010 Conference and EXPO
Dallas, TX

Submit a Session Idea for the 2011 NRF LP Conference & Expo

Deadline for submitting an idea is October 25, 2010.

October 7-8, 2010
RILA Operational
Audit Committee
Publix HQ, Lakeland, FL

Oct. 11,2010

Loss Prevention Foundation

Chicago, Illinois
ADVANCING the Professional" series with a "Day of Education"

Contact: Kelly. Durham@

2010 Global Retail Theft Barometer Sheds Light on Strategies for Cutting Shrink

Webinar October 20, 2010


Save the dates!

Sunday, March 6-March 9, 2011

2011 Asset Protection Conference
Buena Vista Palace
Hotel & Spa
1900 Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
For more information,
Click Here

Interpol reports that police in 13 South American countries made more than 300 raids and arrested more than 600 people and seized more than $50 million in fake goods that were aimed for the counterfeiting markets.  (Source Associated Press) 

Burlington Coat Factory names Patty Bartiromo (Veltre) as their new Manager of Investigations and Loss Prevention Training.  In the second month of their LP reorganization, Burlington Coat is making significant improvements in their LP organization and growing the effort.  New jobs, new opportunities and a new approach should make an impact on their shrinkage performance next spring.

John Hawthorne, Senior Manager of Loss Prevention Distribution for Publix Super Markets, discusses how they approach their ORC efforts in this article in the Security Director News.  Great Story.  (Source

Kroger has been reorganizing their LP effort as well and adding District Loss Prevention Managers nationwide as well as developing new LP programs that will ultimately have a significant impact on shrink as well.  More details to follow on this news story next week.

In the heat of this economic downturn, we've seen Sears HC, Kroger, Burlington Coat, Dollar General, Ross Stores, TJX, Home Depot, Sam's Club, BJ Wholesale, DSW actually add LP jobs.  While it certainly doesn't make up for the numbers we've lost as a result of the increasing District store scope, it does show the contributions LP can have on shrink.

Virtually every retailer is reporting increased ORC activity over last year and while there is no definitive study or reporting mechanism to substantiate any claim, this writer would guesstimate at least a 25% increase conservatively speaking.

The Careerbuilder Work in Retail site is developing a Loss Prevention section and is asking for input in its descriptions of entry level jobs and what it takes to have a successful career in retail Loss Prevention.  Given their size, market exposure and popularity, this could be a huge opportunity for the industry if they get the right information and it's managed by the right LP executives.  Anyone interested in following up, please contact this writer via email at for more contact information.

52% of Canadians window shop online while 39% of the 16+ age group actually bought $15 billion in 2009 with an average purchase being $158.00.  (Source

Kobo is Canada's version e-reader that will now be sold at Indigo Books & Music for $149 and at Wal-Mart Canada as well.  (Source

With consumer confidence slipping in September, retail sales did better then expected and it may be a sign that the consumer, while drenched in a sea of bad news, home depreciation and high unemployment, may be at least spending at levels above last year out of necessity and the fact that overall personal debt has decreased.  (Source 

Sears will open 85 toy stores inside their namesake stores that will be 1,500 to 1,800 square feet and geared towards moms with 2 to 5 year olds.  Specific focus and "aggressive plans" may make this store-within-a-store concept successful.  (Source

The counterfeit business in Russia reached $30.59 billion = 6% of their total retail trade.  In 9 top selling categories - alcohol, shoes, pharmaceuticals, tobacco, and cosmetics, fakes reached all time highs of 24% of total sales in 2009.  (Source

Active shooter incident in Williams Sanoma warehouse parking lot where a 25-year-old female employee was shot to death by her husband in Memphis, Tenn. yesterday.  (Source

Family Dollar 4Q reports same store sales up 6.1% with sales up 8%
Christopher & Banks 2Q reports same store sales up  1% but net loss of $2.5 million (Source Associated Press)

Family Dollar to accelerate new store openings and plans to open 300 in 2011 up 50% from 2010.

A top Federal Reserve official said if the economic outlook doesn't improve further action is warranted.  (Source Reuters)

Sweden based Ikea, with 280 stores in 26 countries and with 127,000 employees, reports for the first time that profits are up 11% and they're planning to open more stores and hopefully will enter the South Korean market next year.  (Source Associated Press)

Retailers will add 550,000 to 650,000 jobs this holiday season up from the 501,400 last year according to new study by Challenger, Gray and Christmas.  But it's still down from the peak 2007 number of 720,800.  (Source Associated Press)

CyberSource report shows fraudsters are becoming more sophisticated and ensuring they don't get caught by velocity thresholds by not repeating purchase patterns and being aware of available credit amounts associated with each identity so as to not be detected by either the cardholder or the merchant.  The new name for this action is "clean" fraud.  (Source

CargoNet names Garry Rivell Director of Insurance Services.

Cap Index announces new Canadian Crime Risk Database.

LexisNexis The True Cost of Retail Fraud Webinar Oct 5th at 12 p.m. Eastern (Source

                                                              $9.6 billion in Fraudulent returns in 2009

                                                 22nd Annual Retail Theft Survey = 1 million shoplifters in 2009

                                      NRSS Survey: Retailers lose $91.8 million a day & $3.8 million an hour in shrink

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eBay Inc. Announces Promotion of Paul Jones to Head Asset Protection Efforts

eBay Inc. announces the promotion of Paul Jones to head the asset protection efforts globally, as the leading ecommerce organization continues to drive “retail like trust” on their sites, including eBay Marketplace, Pay Pal, StubHub and the multi branded consumer to consumer classified sites. In this new role Paul will lead the organizations efforts around the world in developing innovative strategies reducing financial risk and exposure, influence key decisions and objectives supporting senior leadership initiatives of enhancing customer experience and directing a best in class global investigation group, including new operating functions in Europe and the Far East, all while protecting the greater than 200M platform users. Paul will also be tasked with continuing the dynamic and laser focused emphasis of leveraging applied resources proactively reducing bad actors, fraud activity and stolen goods from the sites along with implementing forward thinking usage of robust exception reporting, systemic rules, filters and policies related to enhanced consumer trust. Paul will also continue to engage internal and external partners with assessing, reviewing and providing guidance on new and pending legislation supporting the company business model. Please join us in congratulating Paul.   

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Job Opening Company Location Origination

District Loss Prevention Manager

District Loss Prevention Manager

District Loss Prevention Manager

Asset Protection Manager

Asset Protection Manager

Asset Protection Manager

Asset Protection Manager

Asset Protection Manager

Director of Loss Prevention

Regional Loss Prevention Mgr



Assistant VP Security

Sears Holdings Corp.

Sears Holdings Corp.

Sears Holdings Corp.

The Home Depot

The Home Depot

The Home Depot

The Home Depot

The Home Depot




Boston, MA/Nashua, NH

Pittsburgh, PA

Charleston, SC

Phoenix, AZ

Metro Northern NJ

Sacramento, CA

Salem, OR

Detroit, MI


Northern, CA

Southern, CA

Sears Holdings Corp.

Sears Holdings Corp.

Sears Holdings Corp.

The Home Depot

The Home Depot

The Home Depot

The Home Depot

The Home Depot

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Today's Daily Job Postings from the Net - appearing today only

Job Opening
Loss Prevention Mgr
Loss Prevention Mgr
Loss Prevention Mgr
Loss Prevention Mgr
Asset Protection Mgr

Lowes Companies, Inc.
Kmart Corporation
Kmart Corporation
Sears Holding Corp
Home Depot, Inc.

Belle Vernon, PA
East Brunswick, NJ
Ft Myers, FL
Desert Hot Springs, CA

Elmont, NY






Patty Bartiromo named Manager of Investigations and Loss Prevention Training for Burlington Coat Factory.

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With the head of Interpol last week saying that identity theft is becoming the #1 criminal activity in the world and with himself being a victim, one would be wise to take the time to become an expert in this area of Loss Prevention.  How it impacts the retailers is broad reaching and goes beyond merely the stores and reaches into the very infrastructure of an organization.  Company data is an asset and Loss Prevention should be leading the efforts to protect these assets.

Just a thought
Gus Downing 

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