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November 9, 2010

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In a continued effort to support cross-pollination and Dollar General's fight on shrinkage, Steve Deckard, Sr. Director of Store Operations for Dollar General, was named Vice President of Loss Prevention. 

Mark Cohn, Vice President of enterprise security at Unisys, states in his Forbes interview that their survey shows the U.S. #1 concern is National security and #2 concern is identity theft and identity fraud and it's been that way with every survey they've done.  "Unfortunately it's real, and the problem is growing in sophistication. The new wave of attacks of all sorts is coming from all sides. It involves innovative spy gear embedded deep in the supply chain, highly selective identity theft and new ways of gaining access at all levels of corporations and government." (Source

Canadian Security Magazine's 3rd annual Canadian Security Salary Survey shows one universal fact, "It doesn't matter what level you are, nor if you're contract, in-house, a senior executive or someone who's coming out of college you've got to have a commitment to life learning if you want to excel in this industry.  You've got to create a way of life where you continue your education, whether that's with formalized education through a college or just attending seminars. You have to stay current within the industry. Technology changes so much. You've got to stay aware. The only way to do that is to stay networked and continue your learning," according to Christina Duffey, Director of Customer Service at Toronto-based Paragon Security.  (Source

U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday from Costco and Swiss watch maker Omega over a copyright feud where Costco, who the watchmaker had refused to sell to because of price demands, bought 43 watches with the tiny copyright symbol on them from a distributor and was selling them for $700 below the manufacturer's suggested retail price.  "Such "gray market" sales unauthorized importation of copyright goods from authorized distributors overseas are estimated to account for as much as $60 billion in annual sales in the United States." Costco countered by invoking the "first-sale doctrine" in its defense. That doctrine gives owners of "lawfully made" copyright goods one shot at a sale.  Has Costco gone to far?  The Obama administration is in support of Omega and says Congress wrote the Copyright Act to allow Omega to segment its markets and control the distribution of its merchandise.  We can't have it both ways Costco.  (Source

ADT Worldwide posted revenue of $1.95 billion up 8% with operating income up 24%.  (Source  Reuters)

Winn-Dixie fiscal Q1 reports same store sales down 2.8% and a loss of $76.8 million.  (Source

Paypal offers increased purchase protection for customers world wide and their Mobile Express Checkout business was up six-fold in 09' over 08' hitting $141 million.  How far will it climb this year?  (Source Business Wire)

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced new cargo rules banning freight out of Yemen and Somilia and restricted the shipment of printer and toner cartridges weighing more than a pound on all passenger flights.  The lobbying efforts from the multibillion-dollar freight industry has killed past efforts to tighten rules.  (Source Associated Press)

58 major private security companies contracted by governments and non-governments organizations to work in world's hot spots signed a code of conduct agreement pledging to respect human rights and the rule of law in conflict zones.  (Source Associated Press)

New Goodwill store in middle-class New York suburb Paramus is now accepted and "considered a frugal badge of honor."  (Source Associated Press)

Oracle Corp CEO Larry Ellison testified yesterday that SAP AG should have paid $4 billion for the licenses to Oracle software that SAP's now-closed software support subsidiary TomorrowNow had stolen the business by offering the same services cheaper after TomorrowNow had stolen customer support information from Oracle password-protected websites.  SAP claims the information wasn't that valuable and only should have to pay $40 million for Oracle accounts it did gain.  Intellectual property theft is a major business and every company no matter what size can be impacted.  (Source Associated Press)

The Bon-Ton Stores announces closing its Fredrick Maryland store at the end of January.  With same store sales down 4.2% last month. what will the holiday season produce for them?  (Source Associated Press)

Two women were charged with ORC after repeatedly returning stolen merchandise to Victoria's Secret store at Kenner Mall in New Orleans.  (Source

EmFinders' Cellular Technology-based wristwatch style device EmSeeQ helps Chesapeake police locate a missing 10-year-old autistic child in 42 minutes.  (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 Makes it Easier for Friends, Relatives to Chip in for Holiday Gifts

eBay will launch an online group gift-buying service today designed to make it easier for several people to pitch in, buy and pay for gifts using their social-network and e-mail contacts. EBay North America Vice President Christopher Payne says it's going to be "huge" and a major step forward in social commerce, which is the still-small practice of selling products through social networks. Online retail experts aren't as certain, but eBay says the new tool makes it easier for friends and relatives to chip in for gifts because it eliminates the headache of collecting contributions. Anything on eBay that's available immediately, rather than up for bid, can be purchased this way starting today at If members of an extended family wanted to buy a gift for one member, one person would choose a gift or have one recommended by eBay and invite family members to chip in using Facebook or e-mail. "EBay Group Gifts lets you do in three minutes what is otherwise a time-consuming and painful process that can take weeks to complete." Click for full article.

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Submitted by Paul G. Talbott, CPP, Director of Loss Prevention and Asset Protection, Ritz Camera & Image

Things Have Changed Since December 2008

Who will ever forget the Christmas selling season of 2008? For most of us, it will be remembered as the beginning of a financial collapse of such tremendous proportions that it would not only affect our jobs and how we perform them, but forever change every aspect of our lives. So, on the verge of this, our third anniversary of the worst recession in eight decades, it only seems fitting that we briefly explore the impact both to our industry as a whole and to each of us individually.

Both inside and outside the workplace, a phrase heard often has been "I feel lucky to have a job." We have lost many of our friends, associates and coworkers to downsizing, bankruptcy and store closings. Our companies' infrastructures have shrunk in order to compensate for lost revenue, requiring that we all go that extra mile. We have all been made to re-examine the ways in which we do everything; we have been streamlined and, by necessity, we have become much more efficient in the process. As a result, we have made a conscious effort to "raise the bar," placing a renewed and focused concentration on customer service, associate training and a back-to-the-basics discipline, which has improved the overall customer experience and the bottom line.

The recession has affected each of us individually as well. For me personally, it has meant assuming the additional responsibility for an LP Region, in addition to my corporate responsibilities. Having spent the past 26 years at the corporate level of several retail companies, it has been an eye-opening and rewarding experience to once again work directly with the stores, with the goal of achieving peak efficiency by ensuring that key components of our operational infrastructure are in place and functioning properly. Having said that, we have also realized a dramatic improvement in shrinkage for the second consecutive year.

As we continue to emerge from this recession we do so much stronger, wiser and better prepared for the future, having learned valuable lessons while making great strides along the way. We will prevail.



Job Opening




Corporate LP Mgr HD Supply Orlando, FL HD Supply

District Loss Prevention Mgr

Sears Holdings Corp.

Boston, MA/Nashua, NH

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




Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Davie, FL LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Grass Valley, CA LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Holyoke, MA LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp Lawton, OK LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Jacksonville, FL JobCrank
Asset Protection Business Partner Unknown Metro NY TipTopJobs
District LP Mgr Employmentcrossing Orlando, FL Spotlight247
Loss Prevention Mgr Marriott Cleveland, OH HospitalityJobsite
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Cleveland, OH JobCrank
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Denver, CO JobCrank
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Pompano Beach, FL JobCrank
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Clearwater, FL JobCrank
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Cheetwaga, NY JobCrank
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears San Juan, PR JobCrank
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Flagstaff, AZ JobCrank
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Middletown, NJ JobCrank
District LP Mgr Kmart Corporation Redwood City, CA WorkInRetail
Asset Protection/Loss Prevention Kmart Belleville, MI JobCrank
Asset Protection/Loss Prevention Kmart Camarillo, CA JobCrank
District AP/LP Sears Janesville, WI JobCrank
AP/LP Mgr Kmart Florida JobCrank
Corporate Director of Field LP Kmart Corporate Hoffman Estates, IL JobCrank
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Dewark, DE JobCrank
District LP Mgr Kmart Burton, MI JobCrank
Assistant Director LP Marriott Washington, DC HospitalityJobsite

Steve Deckered named Vice President of Loss Prevention for Dollar General
Dale Jackson was named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Game Stop
Kevin Thelan was also named Regional LPM for Game Stop
David Henger was also named Regional LPM for Game Stop
Michael Brookshire was named LP Analyst for Game Stop
Tom Doyle was named Sr. Loss Prevention Auditor for Oakley International

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Every team, every effort, every program and finally every executive should have a mission with clear goals and objectives and as the new year is approaching thought should be given to new ones.  Our world is changing faster than ever and so should we.

Just a Thought
Gus Downing

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