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November 17, 2010

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Matt Steinfort
President & CEO, Envysion

Pat Quinn
Managing Director of
Creative Options,
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Barry Grant
Sr. VP LP & Operational Support
CPI Corp.

Jodie Murphy
Sr. Mgr. Investigations

Paul Jones
Head of Global
Asset Protection,
eBay, Inc.

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The far-reaching Food Safety bill that could give government more power to prevent foodborne illnesses is up for a Senate vote today and Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has continued his objections saying the legislation's $1.4 billion cost isn't paid for.  Opponents say it could bankrupt small farms that don't have the means to comply with the new rules and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., plans on trying to add an amendment to exempt some small farms who market food close to their operations. (Source Associated Press)

Yesterday, the C&S Wholesale Employee Engagement Survey results were presented at the company's State of the Business Conference which showed that the employees ranked the Company's efforts, and more importantly the EHS Team's efforts led by Steve Mills, the Sr. Dir. of EHS, in creating a safe working environment as the #1 attribute of the company.  Congratulations C&S EHS Team! 

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has logged its 2 millionth consumer complaint alleging online criminal activity.  Started in May 2000, the IC3 received its 1 millionth complaint 7 years later on June 11, 2007.  It took half that time to reach its 2 millionth.  (Source

Copy machine identity theft continues to grow and is becoming a bigger problem with hard drives filled with information and suppliers not taking the proper steps to erase or replace the hard drives before leasing out used machines.  Does your company have a program to monitor copy machine replacements and removals? (Source

Smart & Final opened 5 SmartCo Food Stores in Denver this past summer and has already decided to close them down in 30 days.  (Source

Chico's 3Q reports same store sales up 3.1% with net sales up 8.1%
BJ's Wholesale 3Q reports same store sales up 2.5% with revenue up 5%
Nash Finch Co. 3Q reports same store sales down 6.3% with sales down 10.7%

U.S. October retail sales of video game hardware, software and accessories continue their downward slide by 4% with year-to-date sales down 8%.  These numbers only represent new physical retail sales and do not include digital distribution, used game sales, rentals, social network games and mobile applications.  The future here will be interesting to watch.  (Source Associated Press)

Microsoft consumer survey of 38,000 in 20 countries shows 80% of consumers are concerned about the risks of using counterfeit software and losing their data and ID theft.  There is strong support for the government and industry to take action against counterfeiters.  (Source 

"Fight Club" anti-corporate anti-hero 19-year-old Kyle Shaw who set off the homemade bomb outside of a Starbucks Cafe in Manhattan in May 2009 that did not injure anyone was sentenced to 3-1/2 years in prison.  (Source Associated Press)


Return Fraud to cost Retailers $3.7 billion this Holiday Season (Source NRF Survey)

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PayPal Investigative Support into Pornography Ring Leads to Another Conviction

PayPal asset protection investigators continued their aggressive outreach and dedicated assistance of supporting law enforcement investigation into child pornography and after a long-term investigation leading from England to Georgia to St. Tammany Parish, a Covington, LA area man was convicted of about 50 counts of possessing juvenile pornography. The alleged video turned up in London, England, and authorities there tracked it back to its source, according to the district attorney's office. PayPal continues to be very active in detection, prevention and sourcing information related to all illegal activity including the purchase and sale of child pornography. In a connected case, the following quotes were attributed to PayPal's investigation processes by investigating law enforcement, "PayPal has great records and works very diligently with law enforcement," "The success of the investigation hinged on PayPal's willingness to collaborate with law enforcement and on their recordkeeping." A spokesperson from eBay Inc (which owns PayPal) added "PayPal has zero tolerance for the use of its system for any illegal materials and services." "Because we have some of the most sophisticated detection methods in the industry, anyone who tries to use PayPal for this type of activity will be found and reported."  Click for full article.


Downing and Downing would like to take the opportunity of recognizing John Mearls, Senior Manager Global Assets Protection, for the great job he's done in 2010 with this column.  His articles have truly added value to the LP community and have helped to educate everyone on the efforts that the Assets Protection Team at eBay have made this past year.  Building the bridge of communications is an incredibly important task and responsibility and John has done a great job of doing just that.

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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
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Southern CA

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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 Sears Holdings Corp. Springdale, OH LPJobs
Area Loss Prevention Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Sandy Springs, GA LPJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Springfield, IL LPJobs
Asset Protection Mgr The Home Depot Dallas, TX AssetProtectionJobs
Regional LP Mgr Apple Los Angeles, CA TechCareers
District Mgr/Loss Prevention Office Depot Raleigh, NC Juju
District LP Mgr Kroger Cincinnati, OH Indeed
Loss Prevention Mgr City of Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM Indeed
Divisional LP Mgr Asset Protection Assoc. Atlanta, GA LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Mill Hill, PA LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Douglasville, GA LPJobs

Director HSE and LP

Confidential Posting Houston, TX Monster
District LP Mgr Abercrombie & Fitch Boston, MA RetailGigs
Regional LP Mgr Abercrombie & Fitch Columbus, OH RetailGigs
Sr. LP Mgr JCPenney Baltimore, MD
Director Security Mattel, Inc. El Segundo, CA AmericasJobExchange
Sr. Loss Prevention Mgr JCPenney Bronx, NY JobFox
Retail Loss Prevention Mgr Consentium Search Saint Paul, MN AmericasJobExchange

Kevin Price was promoted to Director of Field LP for Guess.
Anthony Canale was named Director of Operations for Cargonet.
Bill Goga was promoted to Sr. Manager, Corporate Investigations & Physical Security for Winn-Dixie.
Mike Jolly was promoted to Regional EHS Manager for C&S Wholesale.
Linda Demsyn was named EHS Supervisor for C&S Wholesales.
Jennifer Brown was named Inventory Specialist for Burlington Coat Factory.
Joseph Young was named Area Loss Prevention Supervisor for Neimann Foods.

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There is no second chance for the first impression.  Whether it's an interview, a new management member, a new company, a new job or a new boss, the first impression can last a long time and it's something most don't give the thought, the time or the effort that it warrants.  A first impression leaves a long-lasting mark in every situation and how you manage it can and will make a difference.  So the next time you're in that position, gather your thoughts, your energy and your best performance and see the difference it makes.

Good luck,
Gus Downing

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