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Andrew Grant was
named Director of Loss Prevention for Raley's in Sacramento,
Marcella Coppola was named Director of Loss Prevention for Bath &
Body Works and Limited Brands Division.
Randy Hamilton was promoted to Senior Director & Chief Security
Officer, Loss Prevention, Corporate Security & Business Continuity
for HD Supply.
The U.S. Senate today passed the biggest Food Safety Act in decades
giving the FDA the ability to recall tainted foods as well as a host
of other powers. (Source
ShopperTrak says shoppers were out with a 2.8% increase in traffic
compared to the 1.1% decline in 2009. With $20.48 billion in sales
this weekend compared to $20.49 in 2009, which was 1.6% up from
2008, Friday was 0.3% up and fell 0.9% Saturday and rose Sunday 0.5%
compared to 2009. Not a great weekend, but ShopperTrak does
forecast overall holiday sales to rise 3.2%. (Source
South Bend, Indiana Crime Stoppers' former Treasurer pleads guilty
to $100,000 theft from organization.
Major Philadelphia counterfeit credit card/gift card ring raided
Tommy Hilfiger employee in Soho pleads guilty to federal charges for
skimming customers credit card details for his gang to print phony
cards in NYC.
The New York Times reports that the Chinese government ordered the
hacking of Google's computer systems last year and leaked thru U.S.
diplomatic documents thru the WikiLeaks website. And this morning,
WikiLeaks comes under a "forceful internet-based attack." Wonder
With 100 million shoppers online yesterday, here's 9 ways to shop
safely online. (Source
Mozilla's Firefox Web browser add-on Firesheep not only allows its
users to see what other sites people are looking at on the same
Wi-Fi, but it also allows the user to gain the account information
and effectively hijack that person's account. (Source
The Conference Board, a private research group in New York, said
consumer confidence in November rose to 54.1, the highest in 5
months, but shoppers were sluggish over the weekend. (Source
Black Friday crowd at a Buffalo Target store opening at 4 a.m.
caused one injury when the shopper was knocked down and people were
piling up on him and he thought he was going to die. Target says it
will take steps to improve its Black Friday crowd management plan.
(Source Associated Press)
Return Fraud to cost Retailers $3.7 billion this Holiday Season
(Source NRF Survey)
Submitted by Randy Hamilton, Senior Director &
CSO-Loss Prevention, Corporate Security & Business Continuity
Upgrade your Change Paradigm
After over 30 years in the private Security, Loss Prevention and
Asset Protection businesses, one of the things that I have learned
is that the environment we function within continually changes. And
change, even change you might not have agreed to at the time, always
results in a positive personal learning experience. So consider
upgrading your perspective, Celebrate Change!
One can rest assured that change, whether based upon both internal
or external factors, ultimately dictates our success.
- Internal drivers include changes in business leadership, policy,
functional reporting, financial performance, shrink performance or
general departmental support by business leadership.
- External drivers include economic conditions, customer
demographics, crime statistics, environmental risk changes,
regulatory changes, litigation and even political changes.
Regardless what the driving inputs are, expect that change will
impact you and your role in your business. That said, what does it
take to succeed as a leader in this environment?
A mentor of mine once told me that, "If you do what you did, you
will get what you got." This simple statement really stuck with me
and has fueled my fire for years. What he was saying is that you
have to evolve continuously, innovate constantly both your thinking
and your actions, if you desire to really be impactful and
successful in your career. Or stated another way, by doing what you
did yesterday, you will be out of touch with the environment
So what steps do you take now? You must embrace the change and use
your insight to that fact to fuel your strategic plans. Ensure that
your Vision and Mission are clear and concise yet able to be
continuously strategically evolved based upon what lies ahead.
Ok, reality check. You probably had to adjust your program based
upon the last several years' economic, leadership and financial
environments. You managed to minimize your expense structure and
drive cost out solutions and streamline your business functional
focus to maximize your impact. Your actions may have been difficult,
but have probably resulted in a better, leaner and more clearly
focused team today. You may even have expanded your role within your
business over these years. Good for you, you're really ready now!
What is your next step? You are going to see very positive sales
momentum in your business over the near future. As your business
evolves, are you positioned to leverage this change or are you stuck
in old, stagnant thinking? Remember, "If you do what you did, you
will get what you got!" Be ready with your plan, innovate and evolve
personally and professionally, so you can thrive in the years ahead.
When you do, you will be more successful than others and your career
will continue to flourish.
So, it's time to upgrade your change paradigm and succeed beyond
your expectations! The future is bright, Carpe Diem!
shrinking market, an executive should be concerned with what they can do to
decrease the odds of losing their job.
Regretfully, if you're in the group of jobs being cut, there's little
you can do. Over the last couple of
years, we've seen entire levels eliminated and executives required
re-interviewing for lesser positions.
But regardless, there are a few things you can do to try to hopefully
make yourself indispensable -- go beyond
your job description, volunteer for projects outside your scope, work extra
hours, exceed expectations, over deliver, and continue your education. In my opinion, with the increased growth of
internet criminal activity, this is where one should concentrate.