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October 29, 2010

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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

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


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
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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates counterfeit goods and pirated goods have increased from $100 billion in 2001 to $250 billion in 2007 with the internet changing the face of the problem and internet counterfeit sales soaring.  (Source

Procter & Gamble rolls out its own online store in May selling its brands cheaper than the retailers that carry them.  Suppliers selling online will change the retail models in the future.  What impact will it have long term with many retailers giving shelf space to their own brands over the name brands for margins?  This is going to be a game changer as well!  (Source

In 18 months, Canada may have the capability to go totally mobile with cell phones turning into "electronic wallets" rendering money and even credit and debit cards, loyalty cards, driver's licenses and coupons almost obsolete.  Visa and MasterCard are saying smart-phone technologies are game-changers for the payment industry.  The Loss Prevention implications are not only incredible but are a new frontier.  (Source

The Hells Angels are suing Saks Inc. and British fashion designer Alexander McQueen Trading Ltd. for selling jewelry, handbags, and other accessories that allegedly violate the Hells Angels' trademarks.  (Source

A new deal between American phone giant AT&T and mobile phone payment provider Boku is being viewed as a key 'tipping point' for the US e-commerce market as mobiles replace credit cards as pay tools for online goods.  (Source

ALERT FOR EVERY RETAILER - Second notice due to the significance of the impact - The retail industry according to Symantec's latest MessageLabs Intelligence report has been targeted this month by spear phishing attacks more so then ever before in history, launched in three waves each one week apart, using social engineering techniques to distribute legitimate-looking e-mails with malicious attachments that appear to be from HR and IT staff of the targeted organization.  There were only seven attacks a month for much of 2010 however have jumped to 516 this month.  This is the first time targeted attacks hit the retail sector the hardest and these targeted e-mails are one of the most damaging types of malicious attacks.  Is your IT department on the alert?  (Source

Mobile money fraud is growing with fraudsters operating "call centers," viruses attacking open Bluetooth devices, and android app store with rogue applications, and it's just beginning.  (Source

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a guide on cyberthreats to help business owners and managers identify and adopt solutions to reduce threats and increase network security.  (Source

"Bulldog" street gang in Fresno busted for "massive" identity-theft and auto-theft ring.  (Source

With some retailers already starting their Black Friday sales promotions, you can expect the same with theft activity. 

As if A&P didn't already have enough problems---Union truck loaders for A&P on Wednesday staged a one-day strike at a warehouse operated by supplier C&S Wholesale Grocers in New Jersey, protesting expected job cuts and lack of progress in contract negotiations.  (Source

CVS Drug Stores eliminates 2 area operating groups in a reorganization.

Estee Lauder 1Q reports revenue up 14% with U.S. market strong.

Retail LP jobs are on the rise, but relocation budgets and house depreciation is still having a significant negative impact.

The NRF's online arm survey shows 64% of online retailers believe holiday sales will increase 15%.  (Source Associated Press)


The NYC ORC Conference hosted by USS is Nov. 2, 2010
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eBay Investigation Leads to Jail Term For Former Insurance Worker

eBay fraud investigators supported an investigation conducted by the UK law enforcement agency Trading Standards into the selling of counterfeit and copyright violations related to the sale of hundreds of DVD's leads to jail term of 14 months. David Grew, 38, made almost 1,800 illegal copies of copyright works and sold them via numerous eBay accounts. He was jailed for 14 months after his own counsel accepted he made more than 20,000 from the scam. They included 381 copies of the second series of science fiction The Tripods; 779 copies of space action series Star Fleet X Bomber; 594 copies of Battlestar Galactica 1980; 16 copies of a railway DVD; and 18 copies of a second railway DVD. The court heard Grew had worked at Derby based insurance broker and used a list of customer details to sell the pirated DVDs on eBay. Offences in breach of the copyright laws are particularly serious offences that have a damaging impact on the public and the profits of manufacturing and retailing companies specializing in this field. Click here for full article.

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Steve McClain, Sr. VP Asset Protection, The Sports Authority

A Global Business Approach

With a BS Degree in Criminal Justice and Business Administration, 30 years of retail Asset Protection experience with such retailers as Carlson Companies, Target Stores, Hollywood Video, and now the last 8 with Sports Authority, Steve has shown how taking a global approach has added value and made an impact on the overall business at Sports Authority and gone beyond the traditional shrinkage bucket.

Steve's approach from the beginning was to design a model and deliver a service that was based on sound business principles.  First was that the AP model is based on the philosophy of impacting the global business of Sports Authority.  Second was that he approached the function as a personal business that had a P&L and that the AP business itself has customers which meant that the entire effort should be focused on delivering exceptional customer service everyday.  Third was that the AP effort has to understand the "numbers" beyond the shrink bucket, intimately, in order to truly add value and make an impact.  Fourth was that the AP effort needed to have a global understanding of the business itself and how it could impact every single line item in the business's P&L. Fifth was the absolute necessity to protect the company brand from all aspects.

This holistic successful approach brought Steve increased responsibilities in the organization and his Senior Vice President's role.  Now, he's responsible for the Returns Management, Reverse Logistics, and Quality Control functions as well.  These functions, while unique for a typical AP executive to have as a responsibility, fit Steve's model and show how by expanding one's vision of how to apply AP business principles on a global level, one can achieve a senior role and truly integrate the AP effort enterprise wide.

Steve achieved this by simply applying sound AP business principles to every aspect of these additional functions.  Whether it's managing the return processes to increasing efficiencies and minimizing loss, or ensuring product quality and safeness at the point of manufacturing in China, Steve has been able to expand and integrate the AP effort into the full circle of the retail process, from the manufacturer - to the distribution center - to the store - returned to the store - to the distribution center - and finally back to the manufacturer, a truly integrated AP program enterprise wide.

Steve also points to the need to embrace technology and passionately believes that "Data is King."  Data predicts human behavior and shows not just the bad, but also the good.  It can help you find what the bad people are doing to hurt the company and it can also help you find what the good people are doing to help the company as well, an element most often overlooked.

His advice to the younger AP executive is that you've got to expand your vision about your job and take it beyond the security bucket.  Grow your role and broaden your impact on what you can and cannot do.  Try to understand what your customer needs, learn and educate yourself about the retail business and know your data because "Data is King."

Steve has interviewed hundreds of young executives for positions over the years and and the one thing he always looks for is the executive that goes beyond the shrink/LP bucket so to speak, the one who's involved and integrated in the business of retail.

With less then a dozen Senior Vice Presidents of AP in the industry in North America, Steve has shown how he's reached that level and how he's integrated AP into the entire enterprise at Sports Authority.  Great Job Steve and thanks for sharing your story.

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
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp Tarentum, PA LPJobs
Regional LP Mgr CVS Pharmacy Cleveland, OH Indeed
Loss Prevention Mgr Kohl's Chicago, IL LPJobs

District LP Mgr

Abercrombie & Fitch NYC, NY LPJobs
Regional LP Mgr Abercrombie & Fitch Charlotte, NC LPJobs
Regional LP Mgr 99A Only Stores Commerce, CA Indeed
Loss Prevention Mgr Macy's Philadelphia, PA LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Savannah, GA AllRetailJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Carbondale, IL LPJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Springfield, MO LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holding Corp Louisville, KY LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Seminole, FL LPJobs
Area Loss Prevention Mgr Bed Bath and Beyond Long Island, NY CareerBuilder
Area LP Mgr II Army/Air Force Exchange Dallas, TX CareerBuilder
Director HR for LP Gap, Inc. San Francisco, CA Monster

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Sometimes you have to lose in order to win long term.  Picking your battles is an art that many never acquire, but those that do are usually two steps ahead of you.  So while the loss may seem to set you back, regroup and focus two steps ahead because that's where the winner of the last battle is.  And remember always lose with dignity and win with humility.

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Gus Downing

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