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December 17, 2010

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Jodie Murphy
Sr. Mgr. Investigations

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

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eBay's PROACT Team

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Public Service Announcement

The NRF's Crowd Control Mgt. Guidelines

Women in LP Caucus
Mentor Program
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February 1, 2011
NRF LP Professional Development Conference Call
2 PM Eastern





Save the dates!

Sunday, March 6-March 9, 2011

2011 Asset Protection Conference
Buena Vista Palace
Hotel & Spa
1900 Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
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International Organization of Black Security Executives
Spring Conference

Hosted by Wal-Mart
in Bentonville, AK
April 14-16, 2011






Brad Brekke, Vice President, Assets Protection, Target Corporation makes the list in December's Security Magazine's "Security's Top 25 People in the Security Industry."  He's the only retail executive on the list other than Vince Volpi, founder and CEO of PICA Corporation who spent a brief time as the senior LP executive at Polo Ralph Lauren in the early 90's.   This was the magazine's second annual listing to identify and honor the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Security Industry.  "The list represents what readers, advisory board members and editors feel are those people -- end-users, independent consultants, authors, government officials and integrators -- who have significantly impacted their colleagues, society and the industry."  (Source Security Magazine)

Fairfax County, Va., has RATT patrols roaming the malls and arresting dozens of suspects this holiday season and recovering hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise.  These RATT patrols (retail-anti-theft-teams) are special police units that are cracking down on shoplifting rings and have been very successful.  (Source

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld this week a lower court's ruling against Costco Wholesale Corp. saying that they were unauthorized to sell Omega's copyrighted watches by buying Omega watches on the international market cheaper from dealers and selling them at a deep discount off the manufacturer's suggested retail in the U.S.  This may cause retailers to hesitate from buying gray market goods overseas.  This is a landmark decision and reinforces the copyright protections worldwide.  Taking into consideration all of the activity in the U.S. surrounding enforcement of copyright protections with music, videos, designer goods and the like worldwide, it seems only right the court would rule this way.  You can't have it both ways.  (Source

Clemency was denied in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for Billy Don Alverson, the condemned killer of a QuikTrip clerk that he and three others beat to death with a baseball bat in the cooler of a QuikTrip while robbing it in 1995.  (Source

The Commerce Department is calling for the creation of a "privacy bill of rights" for internet users that would establish "fair information principals" and set ground rules for companies collecting consumer data online and how they use it.  This comes two weeks after the FTC recommended the creation of a "Do Not Track" tool to let consumers stop or restrict advertisers from peeking over their shoulder every time they go on line.  The amount of cookies and tracking activity we're all faced with on the net may soon be regulated.  The problem will be filtering it internationally.  (Source Associated Press) owner, Vitaly Broker, a Brooklyn-based online retailer who also has a physical location, was arrested this past Monday for defrauding his customers by refusing to accept returns from legitimately dissatisfied customers and even threatening to "commit obscene acts of sexual violence against those who pressed the issue."  (Source

Zale Jewelry stores is looking to sell their 680 Piercing Pagoda jewelry kiosk business.  (Source

FBI Agents arrest Chicago man, Ahmet Keskes, for selling stolen merchandise through his internet business, Asena Corporation.  Since August 2005, Keskes sold over $2 million in merchandise.  (Source

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eBay Acquires Industry Leading Mobile Application Developer

eBay Inc. announced it has acquired Critical Path Software, a leading mobile application developer that has worked with eBay for more than two years to help deliver popular mobile apps such as the eBay for iPhoneŽ app, and StubHub, eBay Classifieds and iPhone applications. Critical Path Software's proven mobile development capabilities will play an integral role in enabling eBay to accelerate improvements to the mobile experience for customers globally. "We're very serious about innovating in mobile commerce, and this acquisition underscores our commitment to bringing the very best and brightest in the field to eBay," said Mark Carges, chief technology officer and senior vice president, global products, eBay Marketplaces. "Integrating the Critical Path Software team into eBay will be a big win for mobile shoppers around the world; combined with the talent on our team today, we can make shopping and selling anywhere, anytime, for almost anything, even better." eBay previously announced it had acquired Milo, a leading local shopping engine that provides consumers access to accurate, real-time, local store inventory and pricing, giving them even more choice and flexibility when shopping online. Mark added, "By making accurate, real-time, local store inventory and pricing available to online and mobile shoppers, we see a huge opportunity for local retailers, small businesses and eBay sellers to reach more buyers, and for consumers to make more informed buying decisions." Click here for full article.

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Job Opening




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 Tinley Park, IL LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp Merrillville, IN LPJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Orem, UT LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Belk Cary, NC Indeed
Mgr Merchandise Protection AP Wal-Mart Stores Bentonville, AR
Loss Prevention Mgr Petey Gerke Columbus, OH SimplyHired
District Loss Prevention Mgr Dick's Sporting Goods Garden City, NY
District Loss Prevention Mgr Kohl's Duluth, GA kohlscareers

Anthony Paserchia was promoted to Regional Asset Protection Manager for A&P.
Vita Vaccaro was named Director of Operations for the Zellman Group.
Karen Greenway was promoted to Corporate Field Auditor for Stein Mart.
Dan McVey was named Asset Protection Manager North Baltimore District for Home Depot.

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December thru February is usually the slowest time of year to find a new job.  Retailers are consumed with Holiday sales, then inventory and finally posting the numbers and waiting for the new budget cycle to begin.  It can be a very frustrating time for anyone in the job market and quite frankly it's the roughest time as well.  For the unemployed, this is a tough time and if you know anyone unemployed, this is the time you should call them and just check in and maybe even have lunch with them.  The Holidays are about sharing and if you have a friend or colleague you know who's unemployed, give them a call and show them you care.

Just a Thought
Gus Downing   

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