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January 14, 2011

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

Dan Provost
VP US Retail Store and Distribution Center LP,
Staples, Inc.

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January 14, 2011
NRF LP State of the Industry Update Conference Call
2:00pm Eastern

January 27, 2011

Webinar: National Level Exercise

2:00pm Eastern

February 1, 2011
NRF LP Professional Development Conference Call
2:00pm Eastern

February 24, 2011
Los Angeles Area ORC Association Conference
Los Angeles, CA








Don't miss today's 2 pm eastern time LP Industry Update for 2011 conference call with the NRF's Joe LaRocca and Bill Titus, VP of LP at Sears HC. To register visit

The United Fresh Produce Association has released a new white paper detailing the likely effects that the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act will have on the produce industry.  "The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act will mean significant changes for the fruit and vegetable industry," Robert Guenther, Senior Vice President of Public Policy for United Fresh, said in a release. "This white paper gives a quick but exhaustive rundown of the major changes that produce industry members can expect under the new law; all in plain English."  It is available for free to members and for $50 to non-members.  (Source

More news on the supermarket consolidations expected in 2011 as a number of analyst predict "the closing of many stores and the absorption" of stores into other chains for a number of grocery retailers.  This will ultimately mean the loss of LP jobs as well.  (Source

With yesterday's announcement of Target taking over the Zellers chain from Hudson Bay, we'll see a number of their old units closing and, as Target themselves announced, about 100 to 150 converted over to the Target brand over the next 2 to 3 years.  And while it may seem we'll lose LP jobs, actually we should see an increase in LP positions as Target's model is more LP focused than Zellers has been over the last few years, mostly due to their financial issues Hudson Bay has faced during the recession and the fact that Zellers wasn't Hudson Bay's real focus.

Yesterday, the Supermarket News web site had a great article about Dennis Dansak, Corporate Manager of ORC for Kroger's, ORC session at this week's NRF Big Show in NYC, calling out that ORC is a "gateway crime" linked to narcotics trafficking, counterfeiting of U.S. and foreign currency, and other illegal activity. Dansak stated that the majority of Kroger's ORC cases "have led law enforcement not only to make arrests for those cases, but to initiate investigations into other criminal activity."  Dansak said, "Law enforcement knows if we have an ORC booster in custody, they’re going to have an informant into other criminal activity." More than 90% of ORC boosters (the individuals who steal from stores) are narcotics users, he added.  (Source

According to reports, shoplifting has not dropped off after the Christmas season this year in the Yakima Valley region right outside of Seattle.  They've actually noticed a significant increase over last year this January.  It would be interesting to see if the same applies throughout the nation.  And with e-Polling come to the Daily soon, we'll be able to provide that type of information next month, real time-real fast-real information.  (Source

Borders is trying to secure new financing, but "one publisher said the plan laid out by Borders was not a convincing strategy for turning around the company."  (Source

For Oct. 31-Jan. 1, revenue at stores open at least a year rose 3.8 percent, according to an index compiled by the International Council of Shopping Centers.  November retail sales were up 7.6% over November 09', but slightly below sales in November 07', the month before the recession officially began.  (Source Associated Press)

Yesterday in a very "unusual" forum with U.S., European and Asian executives, China's commerce minister, who's in the middle of a six-month crackdown on illegal piracy, promised better protection for intellectual property and a continued effort against illegal copying of music, software and other goods.  This comes right before next week's meeting between President Obama and China's President Hu Jintao where U.S. officials are expected to press complaints about Chinese piracy.  Interesting how the Chinese auction house Taobao just took down yesterday the 50,000 illegal iTunes they were auctioning for over a week without even a word of complaint or an apology from the Chinese government.
  (Source Associated Press)

U.S. retail sales for new video games made for consoles, portable gaming devices and personal computers dropped 5% in 2010 to $10.1 billion.  However, mobile game "apps" and other new formats kept the total amount spent flat with last year.  When does this industry feel the impact of the internet once they figure out the memory issues saving it right now? (Source Associated Press)

Target's departing Executive Vice President of Enterprise Strategy and New Business Development, Troy Risch, who's been in his current role since 2006, will get the standard severance package PLUS $1 million if he doesn't go to work for one of their competitors over the next two years and meets "other requirements."  What a package!  (Source Associated Press)

Retail sales rise for sixth month in December, capping a rebound year following deep recession.  (Source Associated Press)

Canada has gained back all the jobs lost in the recession, unlike the U.S.  (Source

With all of the U.S. retailers are racing northwards to Canada, the Canadian analysts are saying that the Canadian retailers will "have little choice but to fight back aggressively."  There's going to be lots of competition up there and the real problem will be staffing the stores and the LP jobs.  (Source

At this week's NRF Big Show in the session "Consumer 2020: What Lies Ahead for the Retail Industry?" the speakers all agreed that in order to reach the younger consumer, you've got to have connectivity in the stores.  Tesco is putting WiFi in all of its stores, citing the importance of how customers will interact with retailers as the biggest change in retail.  This will offer a whole new world for the LP executive from hackers hijacking real-time transaction information to the increase in fraud potential, etc etc. (Source

Asian expansion will become the number one driving force over the next few years for any strong retailer in the U.S. and having that experience as an LP executive will be extremely beneficial.

The Arizona hospital, the University Medical Center in Tucson, where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is recovering, fires 3 staff members for accessing confidential medical records inappropriately and some of the records were connected to the shootings.  (Source

Smartphone users may be risking the security of their identity if they store sensitive information on their phones and use unsecure Wi-Fi networks to get online.  (Source

Upcoming NRF event
Los Angeles Area ORC Association Conference
February 24, 2011, Los Angeles, CA
Make sure you plan on attending


eBay A Newcomer to Consumer Electronics Show

The focus at the Consumer Electronics Show may be on gadgets, but the conference also is becoming an important one for software and online services. "The difference this year is that we're really going to see in 2011 a much bigger shift where commerce has a bigger connection to devices," said Steve Yankovich, Vice President of eBay Mobile, who is attending CES for the first time in years. Mobile is becoming an important part of eBay's overall strategy as the company announced that it sold $2 billion worth of goods through its mobile app in 2010, more than triple the roughly $600 million in transactions it handled in 2009. It said iPhone users accounted for the bulk of the transactions; eBay also has apps on Android devices, BlackBerrys, and Windows Phone 7 phones. "We want to get word out that eBay is innovating in ways that you might not think," said Mr. Yankovich. "This is not your grandfather's eBay." Click here for full article.

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Time waits for NO man or woman!

It's time to apply for Vector Security's LPQ -- LPC Scholarship Program!

When Chaucer coined this familiar phrase in 1395, he did so to demonstrate the danger of procrastination. Although we tweaked it a bit to make it socially correct, the message is still clear... Don't delay in applying for Vector Security's 2011 LPF scholarship program.   

2011 will mark the third consecutive year that Vector has sponsored its scholarship program, which is designed to assist worthy retail loss prevention professionals in achieving both of these certifications.  This year, Vector will increase the number of LPCertified (LPC) and LPQualfied (LPQ) scholarships for its program.  Read the complete press release for details…   

Link to Press Release

In 2011, Vector Security is offering 15 LPQ and 15 LPC scholarships!

Link to Downloadable Application

Link to Electronic Application

Here's what a 2010 LPC scholarship winner has to say about the LPF program and Vector's generous scholarship opportunity...   

"Today's retail environment for the asset protection and loss prevention professional is ever-changing and presents new challenges and opportunities. The LPC Program offers enhanced education and skill development for today's loss prevention personnel. My experience with the LPC scholarship program has been outstanding! I was honored to receive Vector Security's LPC scholarship this year and am taking full advantage of the in-depth and expert training. The online course allows for self-paced learning and is fantastic for the full-time professional. It has been a great investment of my time and has enhanced my core competencies in my field. I have expanded my knowledge of the business and been challenged to consider new perspectives which have allowed me to be more effective in my current role."  --Shawn Abernathy, Investigations Team Leader, Target


Job Opening




National Account Mgr (NAM) Vector Security New York/New Jersey Vector Security
National Account Mgr (NAM) Vector Security Pacific Northwest Vector Security
Director of Loss Prevention Confidential Northeast Downing & Downing
Director of Loss Prevention Confidential Midwest Downing & Downing
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




Asset Protection Investigator Target Albany, NY targetcareers
District Loss Prevention Mgr TJ Maxx Norwalk, CT LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp Greensboro, NC LPJobs
District Loss Prevention Mgr TJX/HomeGoods Los Angeles, CA LPJobs
District LP Investigator TJX/Marshalls Minneapolis, MN LPJobs
AP Business Partner Target So. IN and KY job targetcareers
Asset Protection Investigator Target Cleveland, OH targetcareers
Mgr Business Tech/AP Job Target Minneapolis, MN targetcareers
Asset Protection Investigator Target Brooklyn/Queens, NY targetcareers
Asset Protection Investigator Target Long Island, NY targetcareers
District Loss Prevention Mgr TJX/Marshalls Towson, MD LPJobs
District Loss Prevention Mgr TJX/Marshalls Houston, TX LPJobs
District Loss Prevention Mgr TJ Maxx Lansing, MI jobsearch.about (TJX)
Area Loss Prevention Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Manchester, NH sjobs.brassring (Lowes)
Regional Loss Prevention Mgr CVS Pharmacy Corporate Ventura, CA cvs.apply2jobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp Greensboro, NC LPJobs
Regional Loss Prevention Mgr RadioShack (Kiosk) Fort Worth, TX
District Loss Prevention Mgr Kohl's Las Vegas, NV LPJobs
District Loss Prevention Mgr Kohl's Spokane WA/Boise, ID LPJobs
District Loss Prevention Mgr Kohl's Salt Lake City, UT LPJobs
District Loss Prevention Mgr Kohl's Seattle, WA LPJobs
District Loss Prevention Mgr Kohl's Portland, OR LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr GSI Commerce Pacoima, CA Monster
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Bangor, ME LPJobs
District Loss Prevention Mgr Kohl's Washington DC Kohl's
Loss Prevention Consultant Drive Thru Technology Los Angeles, CA Monster

None to report.

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A quote by former President Roosevelt in a speech referred to as "Citizen in a Republic" that was given in 1910 after he left office, and that was shared with us at a table at our recent NYC Dinner party by Walt Palmer, CEO/President of PCG Solutions, Inc. and while I was being hammered for daring to suggest our industry mantra be changed from "Doing More With Less" to "Do the Best You Can With What You've Got."  Certainly applying to virtually any situation, this quote is one to remember the next time you stumble or see someone else stumble and hear all the critics.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

How appropriate
Gus Downing

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