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February 18, 2011

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Rosamaria Sostilio
Sr. Vice President
Corporate Asset Protection,
Sak's, Inc.

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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eBay's PROACT Team

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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






Burlington Coat is continuing their LP organizational development and actually adding an additional Territorial Director and 10 more Regional Loss Prevention Managers.  Jim Connolly, Sr. VP of Asset Protection, who joined the company last year started with 2 Directors of Loss Prevention and 12 Field Loss Prevention Managers.  Now with this additional staffing, Burlington Coat will have 5 Territorial Loss Prevention Directors and 30 Regional Loss Prevention Managers.  This is great growth for the industry and certainly will increase quality and service to Burlington's stores.  With all of the job eliminations over the last few years, it's great to see one expanding.

ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) announces it sent notices of inspection to 1,000 employers in the U.S. and warning that agents will be auditing their hiring records of employees.  With last year's Abercrombie & Fitch fine, retailers should be ensuring that each stores records and I9 forms are up to date.  (Source

Massive ORC shoplifting ring arrested in Miami after selling over $150,000 of stolen merchandise (1,400 items) on eBay.  The ring hit on average 4 stores a night and store the merchandise in their own warehouse.  They'd make a legit purchase, obtain a receipt and other ring members would go back in the store selecting similar merchandise flashing the receipt as if they had purchased the merchandise.   Then selling it on eBay under the name Nancy Outerino. (Source

"Shoplifting for hire" ring leader in Alliance, OH is indicted on a second felony charge after being arrested last week.  Her $50 flat rate for each customer kept her and her accomplice busy during the holidays with more than 25 Christmas wish lists in her possession when she was apprehended.  (Source

Family Dollar confirms it received an unsolicited offer from the Trian Group to acquire the company.  (Source

Credit card fraud ring of 5 busted in Santa Barbara County, CA with the card-making machinery.  (Source

Yesterday, the Medical Fraud Task Force brought criminal charges on 111 doctors, nurses, and health care company executives in what officials described as the nation's "largest-ever federal healthcare fraud takedown" and valued at $225 million. (Source

Twenty years ago, Canada had 20 U.S. retailers up there and soon it'll be over 200 and one analyst says that 50% of the retail landscape in Canada is now foreign controlled and expects it to grow to 70% by 2015.  The press is calling it the "American retail invasion" and Canadian retailers may be worried.  This is a great article about the subject.  (Source

Canada's copyright reform legislation, Bill C-32, which was introduced last June continues to "rage" in legislative committee and their reputation as a piracy haven is having an impact.  Being viewed as "a major source of the world's piracy problem," Industry Minister Tony Clement said the new bill will target "wealth destroyers."  (Source

Grocery prices are predicted to increase 5% to 10% over the next year.  (Source

Here's an interesting one that should cause concern:  The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (the "industry cop" ) fined Lincoln Financial Securities $600,000 for allowing employees to use shared usernames and passwords to access 1,000,000 customer records from any web browser on any network.  While retailers aren't as controlled or monitored and don't posses such detailed financial information, we still have customer records that warrant protection and control.  And as is the case with all working groups, people have a tendency to become lackadaisical about logon and password information.  Ensuring that this doesn't happen is every managers responsibility.  (Source Associated Press)

Upcoming NRF event

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


Fast Company Magazine Recognizes eBay’s Innovation

eBay was recognized as one of the world's most innovative companies in a recent article with Fast Company Magazine. After what eBay has done over the past 12 months, it's time to stop thinking of the company just as, well, whatever you've been thinking of it as: auction site; Internet stock monster; Meg Whitman launching pad. The new eBay is mobile, mainstream, and fashionable. For starters, eBay has made good on its promise to move aggressively into the mobile-commerce space. "We want consumers to engage even when they don't have a purchase in mind," says Steve Yankovich, eBay's VP of mobile platforms. The results have redefined the brand. The company sold almost $2 billion worth of goods via smart phones and tab-lets in 2010, more than double the total sales from 2009. Click here for full article.

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Job Opening




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.
Divisional LP Director Confidential Chicago, IL Downing & Downing
Director of Investigations Confidential Central US 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 Stanton Island, NY Downing & Downing

Today's Daily Job Postings from the Net - Appearing Today Only

Job Opening




DC Manager Asset Protection The Home Depot Atlanta, GA The Home Depot
Regional Loss Prevention Mgr TJ Maxx Itasca, IL LPJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Wood Village, OR LPJobs
Market Investigator ORC JCPenney Garden City, NY LPJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Derby, CT LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears Texarkana, TX Indeed
Regional Loss Prevention Mgr Company Not Listed Kansas City, MO Indeed
Regional Loss Prevention Mgr 99 Only Stores California Simply Hired
Loss Prevention Mgr Bloomingdale's Willow Grove, PA SnagAJob

David Nelson was promoted to Senior Regional Loss Prevention & Safety Manager for the Southwest and Northwest Region
Raul Garcia was named District Loss Prevention Manager for T. J. Maxx

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With review time approaching, it may be wise to do a critical and realistic self-review in preparation.  While most of us are fully aware of our own positive and negative attributes, it's human nature to minimize and rationalize.  Taking the time to do it in actuality not only prepares you for the review, but it'll force you to surface all the issues of the last year and rethink them.  This process alone can have multiple benefits.  From developing strategies for individual objectives, to creating a proactive response to your review itself, to actually changing your priorities and maybe even your focus.  Very few take the review process as seriously as they should whether it be corporate America or the executive themselves.  But as all the studies, psychologists, and human resource executives will tell you, it is a defining moment for an executive and an individual and getting prepared for it will help you. 

Just a Thought
Gus Downing

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