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December 20, 2010

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Jodie Murphy
Sr. Mgr. Investigations

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

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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
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Sunday, March 6-March 9, 2011

2011 Asset Protection Conference
Buena Vista Palace
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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






Dollar General to hit 10,000 stores next year and open 625 stores and remodel 550 stores.  This year they opened 600 and remodeled 550.  Family Dollar, with 6,800, will add 330 new stores next year and remodel between 600 and 800 next year. (Source Retail Fix)

The non-compete lawsuit that Wal-Mart has against a former Wal-Mart North President that took a position with CVS Drug Stores goes to trial in March and could have "far-reaching implications."  Wal-Mart asserts that Hank Mullaney "was in possession of valuable strategic information that would hurt its competitive position."  The judge sided with Wal-Mart and issued a temporary injunction and, barring an out-of-court agreement, is set to get to trial in March.  The two-year non-compete prohibits Mullaney from working for a competitor with annual sales of more than $5 billion.  This could write a new chapter in case law surrounding the enforceability of employment agreements and, for the time being, certainly causes some second thoughts for current Wal-Mart exec's contemplating a move.  (Source Retail Fix)

San Diego ORC ring leads to four arrests so far who are part of a larger ring that travels up and down the state of California.  Stolen items from Hollister and American Eagle Outfitters have been recovered.  (Source

Department of Justice report says nearly 12 million, about 5% of the U.S. population ages 16 and older, were victims of identity theft in the last two-year period reporting with the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimating that the crimes caused $17.3 billion in damages to U.S. victims.  Alarmingly, only 17% reported the crimes to police.  (Source

The High Tech Investigation Association, a 3,100-member global association that trains and connects law enforcement and corporate crime investigators, survey on their web site states "during the past five years, members have seen the biggest increases in specific types of crime including Internet fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud and the use of technology to commit more traditional offenses."  (Source

According to KPMG's "Counterfeit Christmas" index, London is the most expensive place to buy counterfeit goods in the world just as it was in 2007 when the survey began.  KPMG investigators shopped 11 cities worldwide for their "basket of counterfeit goods" which included luxury branded sunglasses and handbags, DVDs, cigarettes and alcohol.  (Source

Online sales are up 12% to $27.5 billion this holiday season according to research firm and from Nov. 1 to Dec 17 four days surpassed $900 million in sales with Apple's iPad and laptop computers driving most of the growth.  (Source Reuters)

$6.5 million worth of stolen artwork including pieces by Picasso, Botero and Chillida were recovered Saturday when Spanish police found the stolen truck in an industrial section of Madrid.  The pieces were stolen Nov. 27 from a Madrid warehouse.  (Source Washington Post)

New York State Attorney General may be filing civil fraud charges against accounting firm Ernst & Young claiming that Ernst & Young did not act in the appropriate manner while Lehman Brothers misled investors about its financial condition before their collapse in 2008.  (Source Associated Press)

MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse says "This is the first normal Christmas in three years" and it's beginning to look like a pre-recession Christmas with healthy gains in virtually all categories.  (Source Associated Press)

Chinese official gets a suspended death sentence for kickbacks and setting up an executive to be imprisoned on a charge in order to influence another executive to sell his company to a former employer.  (Source

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eBay Acquires Germany's Largest Online Fashion Shopping Club

eBay Inc. announced today it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire all of the shares of brands4friends, Germany's largest online shopping club for fashion and lifestyle. The move is designed to strengthen eBay's position as a leading online fashion destination in Europe. Germany's largest online shopping club, brands4friends sells high-quality goods from renowned fashion and lifestyle brands at significantly reduced prices to members through limited special offers on a daily basis. In the last 18 months, eBay has invested heavily in its fashion business, improving its online shopping experience and opening the eBay Outlet in the U.K. and Germany, offering eBay customers the ability to buy direct from leading fashion brands. eBay has also partnered with brands for flash sales and Daily Deals at significant discounts for customers and launched a global Fashion iPhone application that lets consumers buy fashion items via their mobile devices. Globally, top designers have also created exclusive fashion collections for eBay customers. "We want to give our customers the best possible fashion experience online," said Doug McCallum, Senior Vice President for eBay in Europe. 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 Starwood Hotels/Resorts New Orleans, LA
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Kmart Raleigh, NC
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Waipahu, HI LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp Manchester, NH LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp Springdale, OH LPJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Indian Land, SC LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Miami, FL LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Boca Raton, FL LPJobs
Security Director Macy's Hayward, CA LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Oakland Park, FL LPJobs
Senior Area Loss Prevention Mgr Ross Stores/dd's discounts San Francisco, CA LPJobs
Area Loss Prevention Mgr Ross Stores/dd's discounts Orlando, FL LPJobs
Mgr, Clinical Fraud Deterrence Walgreen Co. Deerfield, IL LPJobs
Mgr, Pharmaceutical Diversion Investigations Walgreen Co. Deerfield, IL LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp Springfield, MA LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Bullhead City, AZ LPJobs
District Loss Prevention Mgr Dicks Sporting Goods Any, Nationwide LPJobs
Brand Loss Prevention Mgr Swatch Group Weehawken, NJ CareerBuilder
Assoc Product Mgr-Merchandising & LP Systems Sales Search Twinsburg, OH Indeed
Loss Prevention Mgr Bed Bath & Beyond Washington, DC
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Florence, AL LPJobs
Sr. Mgr Regional AP-LAP Wal-Mart Stores Covington, LA
Sr. Mgr Regional AP-LAP Wal-Mart Stores Niles, IL

Steve Burton was named District Loss Prevention Manager for Kmart.
Keith Bruno was promoted to Manager Security, NYC Corporate Headquarters for Tiffany & Co.
Josh Francis was named EBR Analyst for North America at Claire's & Icing.
JayDee Gillam was named Market Asset Protection Manager for Wal-Mart.

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Sometimes you've just got to draw the line on what advice to follow and who you ask.  Certainly getting advice is important on any issue or decision.  But at the end of the day you've got to own your own decision and listen to the bird on your shoulder.  We all have one and oftentimes it's muted by our friends and family members.  At 5 am staring into that mirror is usually when the bird whispers the clearest.  The only problem then is if you don't hear it because you're not listening. 

Just a thought
Gus Downing

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