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December 13, 2010

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Head of Global
Asset Protection,
eBay, Inc.

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Wal-Mart joins Homeland Security's "If You See Something, Say Something Campaign" with playing a short video message at select checkout locations in 588 Wal-Mart stores in 27 states in the coming weeks.  Homeland security starts with hometown security and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has a personal message in the above link.  Some foresee a deluge of reports from local Wal-Mart stores, overwhelming store managers and local law enforcement and hindering the programs success, unless a clearer message is presented to customers.  This will start a tide in retail and many will follow Wal-Marts lead here.  (Source

RFID redefine's pickpockets dream come true with identity theft being as easy as walking by you in a crowd.  (Source

Toys R Us 3Q reports same store sales up 2.3 with net sales up 1.9%

How does WikiLeaks impact businesses?  Julian Assange, its founder, said in a recent Forbes interview: "WikiLeaks means it's easier to run a good business and harder to run a bad business, and all CEOs should be encouraged by this," and went further and said, "Aside from the market as a whole, how should companies change their behavior understanding that leaks will increase?" Assange replied, "Do things to encourage leaks from dishonest competitors. Be as open and honest as possible. Treat your employees well. You end up with a situation where honest companies producing quality products are more competitive than dishonest companies producing bad products. And companies that treat their employees well do better than those that treat them badly."  (Source

McDonalds customer promotions email service provider's computer systems hacked and all of the customers contact information and mobile phones numbers are accessed which could be used for phishing attacks.  (Source

Walgreen Co.'s consumers who subscribe to Walgreen Co.'s emails should be on the alert for spam that directs them to another website where they are asked for personal data, the company warned Friday.  They were hacked and all the email addresses were accessed.  (Source  This is the third retailer in one week that has had major hacking take place (Genesco-McDonalds and now Walgreen). Amazon's site in Europe was down for an hour and half over the weekend, but they deny it was from the hackers defending WikiLeaks.

KU School of Business is teaching its graduate students in Forensics how to commit fraud, identity theft and see "when the rubber meets the road."  Great read!  (Source

A&P supermarkets files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  (Source

Canada and the U.S. are ready to announce landmark security and trade deal that incorporates biometric data for travelers and pre-clearance agreement for goods to expedite movement and create a perimeter around North America.  (Source

Internet advertising will usurp traditional print media by 2012 and take the #2 spot according to three reports released today by global media-buying firms.  (Source

Toys R Us beats its competitors on hot doll and "won't tolerate the victim mentality."  Great article for those of you interested for obvious reasons and the question becomes when's the IPO?  A hot company to watch right now. (Source

Retailers are ideal targets for cyber criminals plotting everything from credit and debit card fraud to identity theft.  In fact, what has been described as the largest cyber crime to date targeted retailers.  Great Read!  (Source

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eBay Releases Survey on Holiday Gift Giving Trends

A new national survey on the psychology of gifting, commissioned by eBay, the world's largest online marketplace and a leader in mobile shopping, reveals that the majority of American women identify with one of four types of holiday gifters: Emotional, Practical, Convenience or Last Minute. Of the archetypes, more women consider themselves to be Emotional Gifters, whose shopping behaviors focus on planning, personalization and finding unique, thoughtful gifts for everyone on their list. eBay is helping Emotional Gifters -- those who especially love to give -- this season through the "Love to Give" campaign ( Narrated by Samantha Bee, comedian and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" correspondent, the campaign celebrates the "unwrap attack" -- the dramatic emotional response elicited from receiving just the right gift, and inspires shoppers to find perfect presents from more than 200 million listings available on the Marketplace. Click here for full article.

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Submitted by Art Silva, Vice President, North America Operations, ESPRIT International

One person's journey through transition (Chapter 3 of 3)


Throughout my transition, there were so many people from different companies, different levels, and different departments who offered words of advice, support, and encouragement.  They helped to guide me and connect me with people with whom I might not otherwise have networked. 

With the support and words of encouragement fresh, I felt well prepared as I went to open the next chapter of my career, but I was still nervous as I walked through the door and into my new company -- it was the same 'first day of school' feeling felt long ago.  Of course, when I arrived, I found the people to be very welcoming, and they quickly brought me up to speed so that I wouldn't feel out of place. I was again part of another strong team at a strong company that I knew I could grow with for many years to come. 

To this day, I continue to reach out to people in our industry for advice.  As Bob Serenson pointed out to me, we are not alone on this journey.  Many others before us have made this same walk and there is no reason for us to do this alone.  We do not need to try to reinvent the wheel; instead, we can find out from others the basics on how the wheel is made and then figure out how to modify it for our own applications.  This is true not only in our everyday business lives, but especially in times of transition where we find ourselves in unfamiliar territory. 

Each person's story is different, but I appreciate your joining me for a brief peek into my particular journey through transition.  My intention is not to have anyone leave their jobs, but rather to share my experience with those going through their own transition or who haven't because of the many unknowns that come along with change.  That change doesn't even have to be another company -- it could be a different position or new department.  The important thing to remember is that it doesn't matter what it is; there are people who have done it before that are more than willing to help and we shouldn't be afraid to ask for and accept that help.

A special thank you to Maurice Cloutier for his leadership, Gus Downing and Grace Daly for their support and encouragement, Bob Serenson for his words of advice and book recommendation of "The First 90 Days" by Michael Watkins (a great book for any type of business transition at any level), my old and new teams, and everyone else who has helped me along this journey.

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National Account Sales Mgr Confidential New York City, NY Downing & Downing

District Loss Prevention Mgr

Sears Holdings Corp.

Boston, MA/Nashua, NH

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 Los Angeles, CA Downing & Downing
District Loss Prevention Mgr Confidential New York City, NY Downing & Downing

Today's Daily Job Postings from the Net - appearing today only

Job Opening




Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Albuquerque, NM LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Bluefield, VA LPJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Springfield, IL LPJobs
District Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Albuquerque, NM LPJobs
Asset Protection Mgr The Home Depot South Plainfield, NJ LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp Lawton, OK LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp Port St Lucie, FL LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp Holyoke, MA LPJobs
Regional Loss Prevention Mgr Tilly's Wayne, NJ LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Kmart Savannah, GA Sears Holdings Careers
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Kmart Greenbelt, MD Sears Holdings Careers
Asset Protection Mgr The Home Depot Long Island City, NY The Home Depot
Corporate Security Investigator ICBC Vancouver, BC, Canada Workopolis

Chief Anthony Canale (ret) was named Director of Operations an Investigations for CargoNet
Mike Korcuba was named Business Development Manager for Iverify

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The references you use are a reflection of you and those that you select should be well thought out and be able to truly give an accurate picture of your work performance and your accomplishments.  The best references come from the Operators you've worked with, who are in actuality your customers.  These Operators can add more value in your search process than you think.  They too have a network of friends and colleagues in the business that stretch well beyond your normal circle of executives.  Obviously the list of references you develop over time requires followup and contact.  So keep in tuned to their movement as well and always be able to find them for they may be the key to your future success in more ways than one.

Good Luck

Gus Downing

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