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February 3, 2011

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Safeway is being sued in California over how they notify customers about product recalls by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.  The suit claims Safeway failed to use the information from their frequent shopper cards and is seeking refunds for the customers.  While there is no legal requirement to do so, the CSPI in 2009 called on retailers to use that "robust marketing database" to help prevent illness or deaths.  Safeway responded by saying shoppers are not required to provide contact information to obtain frequent shopper cards and less than 50% of all grocers even have club cards.  Thus, the ability to contact customers individually is not an industry norm.  With the upcoming new rules for the new Food Safety Act, retailers may expect these club cards to be integrated into the recall process and it may spill over into the entire retail industry.  (Source supermarketnews.com)

Over the last 20 years, the number of retailers that have gone out of business or merged has been incredible and in compiling a list we'd like your input which will be listed here on the Daily once we've received your input.  Know of a few?  Send us a note and let's take a real look at how many retailers bit the dust over the last 20 years.  Contact gusd@downing-downing.com and let's put together an industry list.

The hiring season is upon us and the number of senior openings is starting to ramp up with 11 openings in the U.S. alone.

There could be some serious security issues next week when C&S Wholesalers takes over the delivery of of groceries to 5 Pathmark stores in New Jersey from the Grocery Haulers and the Teamsters Union.  A&P, who owns Pathmark, said they'll save $7.6 million by using C&S on deliveries and they filed suit earlier this week to allow them to break their union contract.  Grocery Haulers and the Teamsters Union have filed a motion to deny the order.  But $7.6 million is a number even a judge can't disagree with.  Security and safety will be a focus next week at C&S and A&P, especially with C&S closing a few warehouses in New Jersey simultaneously and cutting 900 jobs there as well.  (Source supermarketnes.com)

Los Angeles city prosecutors allegedly sent undercover investigators into 14 Ralphs Grocery Stores in Los Angeles and "found customers were being gouged" and overcharged for prepackaged and weighed products.  After hours of working with prosecutors, Ralphs pled no contest to 62 misdemeanor charges, including false advertising, mislabeling and selling items that weighed less than they should.  Cited for similar violations in 2008 and 2009, Ralphs says these were "isolated events."  (Source ksdk.com)

With all of the changes going on at The Gap Stores right now, they just announced they're moving their marketing team to NYC, bringing in a new global chief marketing officer and "plan to merge the operation of its Banana Republic and Gap chains with the outlet division which included Banana Republic Factory and Gap Outlet stores."  "Merging the operations" means change and the question becomes how does that impact Loss Prevention? Especially with Glenn Murphy, chairman and CEO of Gap Inc., saying "I expect more from our Gap business in North America."  (Source gouverneurtimes.com)

According to the British Retail Consortium's (BRC's) latest annual crime survey, it showed a rise in the value of goods stolen from retailers, but also showed that of the over 48,000 Penalty Notices for Disorders (PNDs) written for retail theft, only 51% were paid in 2009.  Meaning that 49% of the apprehended thieves never paid their fines.  Her Majesty's Courts Service has announced this month a month-long crackdown on unpaid penalty notices, but retailers would like to see unpaid penalty notices tackled by a national enforcement unit with powers to take money by other means, such as from benefits or salary payments.  (Source theretailbulletin.com)

While we all thought it's been the younger people driving the internet, a recent UK survey now shows that the older ages are dominating Search and Shopping, with 3 over 55's shopping online for every 2 under 25's.  However, it's still the under 25's, known as the "iLifer" generation, who have never experienced life without the internet that are driving the new uses.  (Source theretailbulletin.com)


January Same Store Sales Report

Limited Brands up 24%
Zumiez up 15.3%
Costco up 10%
Wet Seal up 6.2%
Walgreen up 6.1%
Dillard's up 6%
Nordstrom up 4.8%
Saks Inc. up 4.4%
The Buckle up 4.3%
Ross Store up 3%
TJX up 2%
Target up 1.7%
Kohl's up 1.4%
Aeropostale up 1%
Gap up 1%
J.C. Penney down 1.2%
Abercrombie & Fitch down 4%
American Eagle down 6%

BJ's Wholesale Club is considering selling itself and has hired Morgan Stanley & Co. as its financial advisor.  (Source Associated Press)

One of Japan's biggest condom makers, Sagami Rubber Industries, reports that an entire shipment of 85,000 boxes, 725,000 condoms, were stolen on the way from the factory in Malaysia to the port on Jan 26th and valued at $1.5 million.  (Source Associated Press)


 

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February 24, 2011, Los Angeles, CA
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Job Opening

Company

Location

Origination

National Account Mgr (NAM) Vector Security New York/New Jersey Vector Security
National Account Mgr (NAM) Vector Security Pacific Northwest Vector Security
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Washington DC Sears Holdings Corp.
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Honolulu, HI Sears Holdings Corp.
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Redwood City, CA Sears Holdings Corp.
Regional Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Atlanta, GA Sears Holdings Corp.
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
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 California Downing & Downing
District Loss Prevention Mgr Confidential Los Angeles, CA Downing & Downing
District Loss Prevention Mgr Confidential New York City, NY Downing & Downing

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Job Opening

Company

Location

Origination

Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Florence, SC LP Jobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Camarillo, CA LP Jobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Rite Aid Corporation Thousand Oaks, CA LP Jobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Macy's Cortana Baton Rouge, LA Macy's Jobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Macy's Cottonwood Salt Lake City, UT Macy's Jobs
District Loss Prevention Mgr Dick's Sporting Goods Denver, CO Dick's Sporting Goods Jobs
Asset Prevention Mgr Staples Hanover, MD LP Jobs
 
Mike Temes has been named District Loss Prevention Manager at BCBG Max Azria.

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In a 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.

Good Luck
Gus Downing
 

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