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February 9, 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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Women in LP Caucus
Mentor Program
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February 24, 2011
Los Angeles Area ORC Association Conference
Los Angeles, CA



February 23, 2011

RILA Horizons Committee Meeting
Chicago, IL

March 30-31, 2011
RILA Disaster Recovery & Preparedness Committee Meeting
Washington, DC


Jewelers' Security Alliance
March 9-11, 2011
Flamingo Hotel
Las Vegas, NV for info on registering


October 4-6, 2011
CLEAR/Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail
2nd Annual Training Conference
Peppermill Resort/Casino
Reno, NV




ADT announced Tuesday that it's expanding its efforts to help food manufacturers and suppliers develop food defense strategies in light of the new Food Safety Modernization Act.  Last year, they hosted a two-day defense event for food processors and manufacturers and they've teamed up with Arrowsight, a remote video auditing (RVA) company at the Food Defense Demo Lab in Huntsville, Ala.  (Source

Urban Outfitters will be announcing today that they expect to add 1,000 new jobs over the next three years to its headquarters.  There must be plans a foot for this retailer. (Source

ORC - "Shoplifters for Hire" in Stark County, Ohio charging $50 an hour, Pamela Ann Nordquist and Brion Scott Schreckengost were arrested after a two-month investigation and after completing 15 of their shopping lists.  (Source

With the VAT tax being talked about in Washington DC, we can look at the UK's recent adoption and how it's impacting their business for hopefully some indicators as to how it would impact the states.  An article today in the UK's Retail Bulletin quotes Stephen Robertson, British Retail Consortium Director General, as saying, "The VAT rise had little effect on shop prices in January. Poor Christmas trading left retailers with stock to shift. The impact of the increase was almost entirely lost among the unusually high number of post-Christmas discounts and promotions."  "But, with a range of other cost pressures also squeezing margins, retailers will struggle to go on absorbing it."  (Source

In 1999, Corning, the world's biggest maker of LCD glass for flat-screen TV's and computers, placed some blue prints of their LCD glassmaking process in a hopper containing confidential material that was to be destroyed.  An employee at Corning at the time,  Jonathan Sanders, found them and sold them to a consultant representing one of Corning's competitors for $34,000 in 2000.  Somehow, Corning found out about the theft in 2001 and notified the FBI which led to the arrests of both Sanders and the consultant, both of whom are now serving prison sentences.  The competitor, PicVue, a Taiwan-based electronics company, had intended to use the technology to compete with Corning and, while Corning valued the theft at $60 to $80 million, they settled with now defunct PicVue for $1.5 million.  Merely another example of how confidential information can have such a huge impact on a business and how serious it is to safeguard your company's information and data.  (Source Associated Press)

DSW 4Q reports same store sales up 14.9%
The Pantry 1Q reports revenue up 4% but a net loss of $12.2 million

The Labor Department said that employers advertised 3.1 million jobs in December which is 31% higher than the July 2009 bottom, roughly 700,000 more jobs, but still far below the 4.4 million advertised jobs in December 2007.  "We expect (job openings) will be bouncing back in the months ahead," said Dean Maki, Chief U.S. Economist at Barclays Capital.  (Source Associated Press)

A game changing settlement between the National Labor Relations Board and American Medical Response of Conn. over an employee who had been fired after she went on Facebook to criticize her boss "will have employers around the country re-examining their internet policies," according to Chuck Cohen, a labor and employment lawyer and former NLRB member during the Clinton administration.  The government is basically telling employers they better think twice before trying to restrict workers from talking about their jobs on Facebook or other social media sites.  The settlement reinforces "longstanding legal protections that allows workers to discuss wages, hours, and working conditions with co-workers," according to the NLRB.  (Source Associated Press)

We've complied the list below of retailers/brands that have disappeared over the last 20 years and, while a few of them still exist under different banners, the companies themselves are gone and so are tens of thousands of jobs.  Retail over the last 20 years has changed dramatically and, while it's always funny to sit at trade shows and talk with a group of peers about how many companies we've all worked for that no longer exist, the fact is that other than a few iconic retailers the retail industry is like a game of musical chairs in slow motion with everyone vying for a spot and always a few losing their seat at the table.  Like Jim O'Connor said yesterday just "don't get caught flat footed." 
Due to the fact that the list is 269 retailers long, we will be attaching a link tomorrow for your viewing.

Upcoming NRF event
Los Angeles Area ORC Association Conference
February 24, 2011, Los Angeles, CA
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EBay Charts Growth Path

EBay was growing so fast early in its history that Meg Whitman, its former chief executive, liked to joke that "a monkey could drive this train." John Donahoe, her successor, still has the company on the track, but eBay's competitors are moving a whole lot faster. Chief Executive Officer, John Donahoe, says it is ready to "go on the offensive," building on momentum with mobile shoppers. Mr. Donahoe says he plans to tell Wall Street securities analysts on Thursday at the company's analyst day that eBay can now "go on the offensive" by building on its early momentum with mobile shoppers and that it will better integrate sister products like PayPal, the online payment service. Mr. Donahoe has been shifting eBay from its roots as an online flea market and he has recruited big retailers that need to sell out-of-season, refurbished and liquidated merchandise. He pressed for more fixed-price sales so that impatient users -- eBay had 94.5 million active users at the end of last year -- could buy products without having to bid and wait to see if they won. It was part of a broader strategy to make the company more competitive. This year, eBay expects its customers will buy at least $4 billion by using smart phones, twice the amount spent in 2010. Its RedLaser application, a bar-code scanning service, lets users compare prices for a product on a store shelf with those online and another acquisition from last year, Milo, helps users find local stores that have a particular product in stock. Click here for full article.

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National Account Mgr (NAM) Vector Security New York/New Jersey Vector Security
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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
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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
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Director of Loss Prevention Confidential California Downing & Downing
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Jennifer Bowman was promoted to District Asset Protection Manager for Sports Authority.

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Jim O'Connor's proactive tips yesterday apply to not only companies in tough times, but also to executives who want to make a difference and get involved in the business.  Going beyond your job description and taking responsibility for things outside your scope broadens your "runway" and quite frankly we hear that term all the time when it comes to defining an executive's future.  It's not the job that's defining you, it's your own perceptions of what you can do that determines how far you go.  Opening your mind and embracing what you don't know will allow you to change your own perceptions and thus lengthen your runway.  And in today's environment where we've all been stretched, you've got to be focused on the value you're adding to the company you're working for.  If you can focus there and be able to specifically list the value you're adding, odds are, regardless of what happens to the company your working for, you'll do great!

Just a Thought
Gus Downing

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