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November 3, 2010

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Friday Focus-
Neil Watanabe
CFO, Anna's Linens

Vendor Spotlight
Matt Steinfort
President & CEO, Envysion

LP Program Spotlight
eBay's PROACT Team

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

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Chief Super Markets (12 stores) in Defiance, Ohio, has deployed Agilence's Hawkeye video auditing system to reduce point-of-sale losses.  "In order to keep our prices competitive in an industry that operates on strict margins, we need to be proactive in minimizing shrink activities beyond just typical fraud incidents," said Stephanie Skylar, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chief Supermarkets, in a statement. The video system "allows us to do this by keeping us in control at the point of sale." (Source

Envysion®, Inc., ( the leading Managed Video as a Service (MVaaS) provider, today announced the launch of Insight Marketplace, a revolutionary new approach to managed video that will enable Envysion customers to leverage third party partners that provide complimentary services through the Envysion platform. Insight Marketplace will give customers the ability to select from a variety of Insight Marketplace Partners with expertise in loss prevention, safety and security, risk mitigation, operational efficiency and marketing. These optional services will be delivered through Envysion's MVaaS application.   "Our customers have seen firsthand the financial and operational impact that results from putting video in the hands of an entire organization. Insight Marketplace now extends that impact to trusted experts outside the organization," says Matt Steinfort, President and CEO of Envysion.  For more information visit or contact Carlos Perez at

A&P sells 7 Super Foodmart stores to Big Y in Conn and Mass.  (Source

The new "Firesheep" add on app to Mozilla's Firefox browser released one week ago and already downloaded nearly a half million times, allows users to identify users on an open network--such as a coffee shop's public Wi-Fi hotspot--who are visiting an insecure Web site.  With a double click, Firesheep allows the user instant access to the accounts of others accessing Twitter and Facebook and other web sites.  With law professors saying there's no reasonable expectation of privacy in a public insecure Wi-Fi connection and still others saying that people have an expectation that whatever they're doing is governed by the privacy settings in that network, ultimately no one has privacy anymore on public Wi-Fi's until the courts decide after someone fights it, which will take an incredible incident to force that fight.  (Source

With 11 million identity theft victims in 2009, the average victim lost $4,840 and spent 21 hours coping with the aftermath.  Recently, California investigators charged three Los Angeles men with 42 counts of felony identity theft for allegedly using illegal electronic devices to skim debit and credit card numbers at seven Northern California gas station pumps, including one in the Sacramento area. They allegedly stole more than $160,000 from about 200 consumers.  And the problem is growing!  (Source

Georg Avanesov, the 27-year-old arrested last week in Armenia for being the mastermind behind the "Bredolab" botnet, found his clients (cyber crooks) who rented the botnet from him mostly on  It led to over 30 million hacked Windows PCs, the majority of the world's pharmaceutical spam, 3 million PCs being infected monthly, and had 143 servers dedicated to spreading it.  Avanesov made U.S. $139,000 monthly and made millions over more than a decade.  (Source

Barry Vaughn, Organized Retail Crime Manager at Old Navy, was the winner of a free registration to RILA's Loss Prevention, Auditing & Safety Conference 2011, April 11-14, 2010 in Orlando, FL. Lisa LaBruno, Vice President of Loss Prevention and Legal Affairs at the Retail Industry Leaders Association, drew the winner yesterday after presenting "Organized Retail Crime: Perspective of a Prosecutor & In-House Attorney" at the NYC ORC Conference, hosted by Universal Surveillance Systems last night.

Citigroup survey on Black Friday shows 54% of people plan to shop that day, up from 49% last year, and Target has an impressive crowd control plan that will ensure shoppers flow into stores in an orderly manner to find the desired featured item and quickly complete their transactions.  They're posting store maps that designate the locations of the featured items on their web site and emailing it to registered consumers and they're assigning store employees to work the lines outside the stores to hand out the maps and assigning additional cashiers.  (Source

Retail sales for October were "OK" according to MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse report with consumer electronic suffering declines, men's clothing sales were lackluster, consumers pulled back on major appliances, but luxury goods and women's clothing held up.  Tomorrow, retailers release their numbers.  (Source Associated Press)

CVS Caremark 3Q reports revenue down 3.1% with pharmacy services revenue down 8.5% and over the last year Caremark has reported billions in lost contract revenue.  (Source Associated Press)

The disgruntled Wal-Mart employee decided to "take on Goliath" the night before he allegedly shot three of his managers and barricaded himself in the Reno store for six hours last Friday, according to court documents released Tuesday.  (Source Associated Press)

Consumer Reports poll shows "guarded optimism" about holiday sales with only 30% saying they're cutting holiday spending vs. the 33% who said it last year, with the gap between people who want to trim their budgets and people who say they want to spend more shrinking: 19% say they're inclined to spend more vs. 16% last year.  (Source Associated Press)

The most fortified international airport in the world, Israeli Airport, gave authorities from three continents a rare peak and said "Airport security around the world isn't good enough" Tuesday while showing international experts Israel's near-legendary methods as a possible solution.  Israel, which prides itself on airport and airplane security, showed off robots and procedures to keep passengers safe. One method has been condemned in other countries — profiling.  "In the U.S., profiling is a bad word," Liss said, but he defended the practice, saying it is done by "intelligent, motivated" university students who served in Israel's military and can identify passengers who could pose a potential risk.  Great Read!  Profiling works.  (Source Associated Press)

$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 Participates in NYC Organized Retail Crime Symposium

eBay Asset Protection team continued its ongoing efforts of sharing investigative success stories with retail partners, reviewing available tools being utilized to support early detection of bad actors and educating the retail loss prevention industry on the progressive strategies and initiatives being taken across its businesses, including its highly regarded PROACT program to attack the ORC challenges. Universal Surveillance Systems sponsored and co-hosted the latest in a series of regional Organized Retail Crime Conferences held in New York, NY on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at the Bloomingdale's Corporation's corporate offices. "The capacity attendance we are experiencing at these regional events speaks to the significant negative economic and social impact of ORC" said Adel Sayegh, President and CEO of USS Corp. "The East Coast ORC conference will have particular relevance for those concerned with the serious issue of e-fencing, the practice of selling stolen goods through online auction sites. We are extremely gratified to have eBay, the FBI and ICE joining a distinguished group of speakers to highlight its efforts to control the resale of stolen merchandise. This is a major step forward as it brings together the representation from brick and mortar retail, ecommerce, government, and law enforcement communities needed to develop all-encompassing strategies to combat ORC." For further information on PROACT email inquiries to;  Click for full NYC ORC Symposium article.

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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
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Seattle, WA LPJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Espanola, NM LPJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Bowie, MD LPJobs

Store LP and Safety Mgr

Lowes Companies, Inc. Shreveport, LA LPJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Kailua Kona, HI LPJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Saint Clairsville, OH LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Columbus, GA LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Macy's Memphis, TN WorkInRetail
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp Denver, CO Indeed
Regional LP Mgr Belk Ridgeland, MS Indeed
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp Plano, TX Indeed
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp Albuquerque, NM Indeed
Regional LP Mgr CVS Pharmacy South Plainfield, NJ PharmacyJobCenter
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp Ogden, UT Indeed
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Mattydale, NY AllRetailJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Holyoke, MA AllRetailJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holding Corp San Diego, CA eBayClassifieds
District LP Mgr Gap, Inc. Los Angeles, CA KODA.US
Director HSE and LP Company Confidential Houston, TX Monster
AP Business Partner Target Metro NY AssetProtectionJobs
Regional AP Mgr Dollar Tree Albany, NY AssetProtectionJobs
Regional AP Mgr Toys "R" Us, Inc. Boston, MA AssetProtectionJobs
Regional AP Mgr Toys "R" Us, Inc. Wayne, NJ AssetProtectionJobs
District LP Mgr Nike Boston, MA Juju

Marcus Smith named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Jos A Bank
Andrew Martino was named Area Loss Prevention Manager for Stein Mart
Jean Luma was named LP Supervisor for Ross

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Perception becomes reality slowly on a macro level and it's difficult to change it if it's incorrect or doesn't portray the truth.  It's the same reason law enforcement separates witnesses to ensure clarity and truth.  The group mind becomes influenced by opinion and agendas and distorts the true reality.  One can only rely on daily vigilance based on doing what's right to hopefully impact the individuals one works with on a daily basis to carry the experience forward and be witness to what is right.

Good Luck
Gus Downing

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