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February 25, 2011

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Rosamaria Sostilio
Sr. Vice President
Corporate Asset Protection,
Saks Fifth Avenue

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

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

LP Program Spotlight
eBay's PROACT Team

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Women in LP Caucus
Mentor Program
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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






Illinois Governor signs ORC bill that targets "habitual thieves" who shoplift for profit, but also gives them an incentive for good behavior that wipes their conviction off the books in two years.  Massachusetts has their bill now in committee.  (Source

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Security Council's inclusion in the NRF's LP Show is a big step in allowing the retail LP community to truly build relationships with these executives and understand their goals, objectives, and issues.  By including them, the NRF is in effect helping to build a bridge between the organizations that house the nation's retailers and the retailers themselves.   

Some American retail models may not be working in China with Best Buy closing their brand stores and The Home Depot closing their last Beijing store last month.  The Home Depot still has a few stores in "some key provincial cities where costs are presumably lower and competition perhaps less intense."  (Source Associated Press)

J.C. Penney 4Q reports same store sales up 4.5% with revenue up 2.8%
Gap 4Q reports same store sales at Gap stores down 2%, at Banana and Old Navy both were up 1% with overall revenue up 3%

Target announced it plans to expand its "Pfresh" grocery sections to 380 stores this year on top of the 341 they did last year.  Coupled with their "City Target" initiative and their 100 to 150 Canadian stores by 2013-2014 (Zellers), they're projected to exceed $100 billion in the next 6 to 7 years.  (Source

A male Disney reservations clerk offered a woman his employee discount when she made her reservation and, when she arrived with her two children, he spent the day with her and according to the woman assaulted her in her hotel room after she fell asleep.  The clerk was charged with sexual battery.  (Source Associated Press)

Wal-Mart de Mexico plans to open 445 stores in Mexico and Central America.  (Source Associated Press)

HMV, Canada's largest music retailer, is closing a number of their 125 stores.  (Source

This is Visa Canada's Fraud Prevention Month and they've even launched a web site dedicated to it,

The U.S. retail world is seeing more activity from investors and private equity groups than it has in years and the shake-ups will continue well into 2011.  How this impacts the LP community is unknown right now.  But leave it safe to say that when things are shaken up, things change.  (Source

The New York Observer received a tip that Apple may be opening their biggest store yet in New York's Grand Central Terminal.  (Source

Visa is planning a commercial rollout in the U.S. in the second half of this year of a service for allowing people to turn their existing smartphones into electronic wallets.  (Source

There are 8 senior LP positions available in the U.S. presently.  Usually there's always 5 to 8 at any given time scattered throughout the U.S.   But the busy season is about to begin at the senior level with March thru September being the most active months, usually reflective of review cycles and end of the year shrink results.  Interestingly enough, when you see an internal promotion to a senior position, there's no domino effect with openings.  Last year, this 7 month period was the busiest in history.

The NRF's ORC event in Los Angeles yesterday was the most attended ever with over 800 executives.


eBay VP Applauds Congressional Leaders for Protecting E-tailers Against New Taxes

eBay Vice President of Global Government Relations and Deputy General Counsel Tod Cohen applauded Congressman Lungren, Congresswoman Lofgren and their colleagues for their "bipartisan leadership in defending small online retailers who are creating jobs and helping move the US economy forward." Cohen added, "This resolution sends a clear signal that Congress will protect Internet-enabled small businesses from new, unfair tax-collection schemes." The U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Daniel Lungren (R-CA) and lead Democratic sponsor Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced a bipartisan resolution "Supporting the Preservation of Internet Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses." This resolution clearly expresses opposition to states imposing new tax burdens on small businesses on the Internet, including requirements to collect and remit sales taxes for out-of-state online purchases. Click here for full article.

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Job Opening




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




Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Weaverville, NC LPJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Pensacola, FL LPJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Antioch, CA LPJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Issaquah, WA LPJobs
Director, Global Security Program Centre for Intl Governance Innovation Waterloo, ON, Canada Workopolis
Safety/LP Mgr New Mexico Mutual Albuquerque, NM Juju
District Loss Prevention Mgr Big Lots Birmingham, AL Juju
Director of Loss Prevention PCH Hotels and Resorts Florence, AL Juju
AP Mgr Multi-site The Home Depot Philadelphia, PA Juju
AP Mgr Multi-site The Home Depot Ozone Park, NY Juju
Asset Protection Mgr The Home Depot South Plainfield, NJ Juju
Asset Protection Mgr The Home Depot Grand Rapids, MI Juju
Mgr Finance AP/Store Ops Finance The Home Depot Atlanta, GA Juju
Sr Mgr Supply Chain AP The Home Depot Atlanta, GA Juju
Loss Prevention Mgr Arrabelle at Vail Square Vail, CO Indeed
Loss Prevention Mgr Energy Recruiters Gulf Coast Indeed
Loss Prevention Mgr Macy's Florence Mall Florence, KY CareerBuilder
Asset Protection Mgr Sam's Club Illinois/Indiana Monster

Melissa Lauricello was named Director Global Analytics for The Zellman Group
Bryan Rice was promoted to Senior Regional Loss Prevention Manager for the Eastern U.S. for Urban Outfitters.
Carlos Portela has been promoted to District Manager of Investigations for the South Miami District at Macy's.
Anson Huckleby was named Senior Investigator National Task Force for Marmaxx (TJX Co.'s).

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The “rumor mill” is a very treacherous and unforgiving world of fact and fiction that at times is filled with innuendos, accusations, untruths, and whatever gets added to the information being talked about regarding companies and people.  Participating in it is human nature and we all know third-party information leaves a lot to be desired. So the rule of thumb should be to be cautious about believing, try not to form an opinion until you’ve heard both sides, understand the agendas that everyone has, and most importantly be careful about what you say.

Good Luck
Gus Downing 

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