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October 26, 2010

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News Brief Sponsored by WG 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:


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.

NYC Regional ORC Conference
Nov 2, 2010

at Bloomingdales
Hosted by Universal Surveillance Systems Contact


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,
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CAP Index releases the latest Canadian version of its CRIMECAST database which is of special interest in Ontario where the recent passage of Bill 168 has mandated employers to conduct risk assessments for workplace violence.   CAP's updated Canadian database utilizes new geographies that were delineated as a result of boundary changes implemented within the most recent Census. These changes can impact how a location's overall risk is calculated.  (Source

Jack in the Box eliminates the field LP team and moves to an outsource model for LP coverage.

Supervalu said it is implementing a strategy it calls "fair pricing plus promotions" in order to drive more consistent volume from shoppers after their disappointing 2Q results and the fact that they had avoided getting into the price war in favor of preserving margins.  (Source

The FMI (Food Marketing Institute) opens registration for their Asset Protection conference on March 6 - 9, 2011, in Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa in Orlando, Florida.  visit for more information.

Target finishes remodeling 55 stores in Chicago and 35 stores in the Washington D.C.  to their PFresh format offering full grocery lines which brings them to 340 stores remodeled in one year alone, the busiest remodeling year in the company's history. 
With 10 new stores and last year's efforts, they now have 450 of their 1,752 stores in the PFresh format.  Looking for increased traffic in time for the holidays.  (Source

comScore's monthly list of top 50 U.S. online properties shows Target slipping to 42 and Wal-Mart slipping to 27 and they are the only two conventional retailers to even make the list.  (Source

Criminals are using Facebook to look for victims that brag about their new toys or who tweet while on vacation according to Ondrej Krehel, information security officer at Arizona based Identity Theft 911.  (Source

Zeus malware hackers are trying a new approach and trying to find out where you work so that they can hack into your laptop or home PC that are outside the corporate firewalls, but have access to company data and then obtain company secrets and sell them on the open market.  (Source

Computer crime gangs that create botnets, or networks of compromised computers, that can then be rented to other players in the cybercrime industry such as spammers are on the increase.  (Source

83% of the UK population own a mobile phone with the single largest group of subscribers aged 25-44, and revenues for mobile content and services, mobile advertising and marketing, will rise over 170% over the next five years and go over $1.7 billion in the UK alone.  (Source

Yahoo today ran a great article "the sneakiest new shopping scams" from that everyone should read and have family members read it as well.  Some are the old scams that we all know, but a few are new ones just in time for the holidays.  (Source

$19,046,574.52 worth of goods are stolen everyday in the UK according to a survey by the Centre for Retail Research.  (Source

Coach 3Q reports same store sales up 8.5% with revenue up 20%
Rent-A-Center 3Q reports same store sales up up 0.3% with net income up 10%
A&P 2Q reports same store sales down 6.6% and a loss of $153.7 million
Sherwin Williams 3Q reports same store sales up 5.1% with net sales up 8.8%

Rent-A-Center is planning to open stores in Mexico and has developed a security model for the stores that is noteworthy.  More to follow hopefully in an upcoming article.

The Department of Justice prosecutors last year collected $3.1 billion under the False Claims Act with 8 of the top 10 settlements coming from Pharmaceutical companies.  In many cases, the alleged fraud is reported by whistleblowers who are eligible to collect between 15% to 30% of the collected funds.  (Source Associated Press)

The NYC ORC Conference hosted by USS is Nov. 2, 2010.  Have you registered?  Contact Kmelton@universaleas.

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Submitted by Johnny Custer,  Manager of Loss Prevention Operations, Merchant Analytic Solutions, and Loss Prevention Foundation's Membership Committee Chairman

What is the Perception of Your LP Team: In the Industry? In Your Company?

In my current role, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with many different LP departments, and to see many different LP strategies.  Typically the teams fall into one of several "categories."   Some are internal and external theft driven, while others put the bulk of their focus on awareness training.   Some teams prefer traditional Loss Prevention techniques to get the job done, and others are pioneering new technologies.

It is not for me to say which of these philosophies is "best," as (undoubtedly) successes are to be found within each.

Clearly the success of an LP team comes, not simply from the philosophy and drive of the department as a whole, but from the vision and execution of its members.

That being said, there is one "type" (if you will) of Loss Prevention team that seems to be a model for the future: The "Operational" Loss Prevention teams.  These folks are completely committed to partnering with all company departments, levels, and groups.   While "traditional" LP folks at heart, they are at the same time:  Operators, merchandisers, inventory specialists, data miners, safety gurus, customer service specialists, and (often) internal auditors.

For example:  During my recent travels with a Regional Loss Prevention Manager, I had the pleasure of observing her interaction with an Operational District Manager.  The rapport between the two of them was apparent.  As they toured the store, the RLPM asked poignant questions relating to an upcoming sale, the merchandising strategy for that sale, and any predictions of potential problems with the event price file downloading on time.  The DM in turn, asked the RLPM educated questions related to shrink liability, LP budgeting, and product protection strategy.  Every piece of the conversation had direct shrink, margin and sales implications; and both field managers were completely on the same page.

How can an LP team go wrong with that kind of partnership?

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Job Opening Company Location Origination

District Loss Prevention Mgr

Sears Holdings Corp.

Boston, MA/Nashua, NH

Sears Holdings Corp.
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp.

Pittsburgh, PA

Sears Holdings Corp.
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Charleston, SC Sears Holdings Corp.
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Phoenix, AZ The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Metro Northern NJ The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Sacramento, CA The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Salem, OR The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Detroit, MI The Home Depot
Director of Loss Prevention Confidential


Downing & Downing
Assistant VP Security Confidential

Southern, CA

Downing & Downing
District Loss Prevention Mgr Confidential San Antonio, TX Downing & Downing

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

Job Opening Company Location Origination
Regional LP Mgr Abercrombie & Fitch Columbus, OH Indeed
Loss Prevention Mgr Cotton On Group Carson, CA Indeed
Loss Prevention Mgr Bloomingdale's District of Columbia Washingtonpost
Field Mgt-LP Mgr Sears Clearwater, FL JobCrank
Field Mgt-LP Mgr Sears Tuscaloosa, AL JobCrank
Field Mgt-LP Mgr Sears White Plains, NY JobCrank
Field Mgt-LP Mgr Sears Mesquite, TX JobCrank
Field Mgt-LP Mgr Sears Pompano Beach, FL JobCrank
Field Mgt-LP Mgr Sears San Juan, PR JobCrank
Field Mgt-LP Mgr Sears Flagstaff, AZ JobCrank
Field Mgt-LP Mgr Sears New York, NY JobCrank
Regional LP Mgr Burlington Coat Factory Dallas, TX AllRetailJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Akron, OH Indeed
Field Mgt-LP Mgr Sears Middletown, NJ JobCrank
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Jensen Beach, FL JobCrank
Field Mgt-LP Mgr Sears Cleveland, OH JobCrank
AP/LP Mgr Kmart Phoenix, AZ JobCrank
Field Mgt-LP Mgr Sears Monroe, NC JobCrank
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears, Roebuck and Co. Lafayette, LA AllRetailJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Kannapolis, NC LPJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Centerville, OH LPJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Salina, KS LPJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Poughkeepsie, NY LPJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Columbia, SC LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Baltimore, MD LPJobs

Rick Andrews named Western Regional Sales Manager for Protex International Corps.
Kendra Codrington has been named District Operations Manager for The Home Depot.
Mark Duncan named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Burlington Coat Factory in Houston.
Bill Silva named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Burlington Coat Factory Long Island NY/Upstate NY.
Johnny Custer, Mgr of LP Operations, Merchant Analytic Solutions, has been promoted to LPF Membership Committee Chairman.

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Sometimes it's not what you say that's important as much as it's what they feel six months after the conversation.  Being a good wordsmith is a skill, but ensuring that what you say leaves the right impression long term is a true art and one that is only reached by reflection and intention.

Just a thought
Gus Downing 

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