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March 7, 2011

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eBay, Inc.

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

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


Jewelers' Security Alliance
March 9-11, 2011
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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






Bob Garfield, Senior Vice President of the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), a Division of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), is working with a number of retailers including Publix, Supervalu, Wal-Mart Stores, Wawa, U.S. Foodservice, Sysco and Reinhart FoodService in developing guidance on how their distribution centers can become SQF-certified for maintaining high levels of food safety practices.  SQFI is offering this first time global food safety and quality certification program that is applied to food manufacturing facilities and includes retail manufacturing facilities as well.   With the new regulations coming, this a great proactive development.  Is your company involved?  (Source

California Judge orders Target to pay $22.5 million for illegally disposing of hazardous waste at stores throughout the state from 2002 until a few months after the initial lawsuit was filed in June 2009.  (Source

The 4 ring leaders of the largest English-language criminal website (forum), The GhostMarket, were sentenced to a combined 15 years in prison last week in the UK.  The site was a full-service cybercrime forum selling stolen credit card numbers, the tools to steal data, passwords, PINs for PayPal accounts, social security numbers, malware programs, phishing kits, botnet services, tutorials on how to evade police, and details on vulnerable websites and servers.  The 4 ring leaders were 19, 18, 21, and 21 years of age and the police found 130,000 credit card numbers in the site.  (Source

The Pawn Shop Detail in Corpus Christie, TX where the pawn shops provide the receipts for all gold or second-hand electronics purchases, which has been operating for 12 years, has recovered over $3 million in stolen merchandise.  With 3 full-time employees entering 300 receipts daily into a national database, it's been very successful and this year alone has recovered over $60,000 of stolen merchandise.  (Source

Nike continues to search for a new Director of Loss Prevention for retail.

It's rumored that the movie studios may be trying to force Blockbuster into chapter 7 because if another group buys the organization they'll be focused on recovering their money quickly thru the liquidation of the company, leaving the studios with their bills unpaid. 

The real story behind Wal-Mart's battle with the one store in North America in Jonquiere, Quebec that voted for a Union and then was closed down is an interesting story of a small town's unique French culture vs. the biggest retailer in the world -- both having rights and both standing their ground.  An interesting read and one that deserves 10 minutes and it's the best story we've seen on the subject.  (Source

ORC ring leader gets a three-year deferred sentence recommendation in Great Falls, Montana, for pleading guilty to felony theft and has the charges of leading a theft ring dismissed.  (Source

While most think identity theft is an internet-driven crime that only impacts its victims financially, a Russian husband-and-wife identity theft team in Brooklyn, NY was just convicted of killing two of their three victims.  This new wave of crimes that's being labeled as the #1 crime in the world by many authorities is becoming very serious and dangerous.  (Source

Ralph's Grocery, in Compton, CA was placed on three years' probation and ordered to pay fines of $67,616 after pleading no contest last week to 62 misdemeanor charges on overcharging after the Department of Weights and Measures found violations involving mislabeling, false advertising and selling items that weighed less than labeled.  (Source

Ahold supermarkets, which consolidated its 4 U.S. divisions last year (Stop & Shop-New England, Stop & Shop- Metro New York, Giant-Carlisle and Giant-Landover) into one single entity based in Carlisle, PA is "actively looking for growth opportunities."  They've also developed a "compact hypermarket" format development team in the U.S. to look at addressing "tightness and the speed" of shopping trips.   While the consolidation didn't really impact the number of LP jobs initially, most consolidations do long term.  (Source

UK retailer John Lewis selects Alpha 3 Alarm CableLoks and accessory tags for all of its 30 shops nationwide.  (Source

oys R Us 4Q reports revenue up 2%

Two diamond dealers in New York were convicted Friday of staging an elaborate phony heist to get millions in insurance money to save their struggling business.  The New Years Eve 2008 staged heist had movie trappings: costumed bandits dressed like Hasidic Jews, wearing fake beards and flashing realistic looking toy guns while they emptied gems out of the safe.  But the security camera showed the two replacing many of the $9 million in claimed stolen gems, with empty boxes just hours before the supposed holdup.  Pouring drain cleaner over the camera recording system and disabling it didn't destroy the images of their earlier emptying the contents.  They face 25 years in prison and will be sentenced April 29th.  (Source Associated Press)

Jerry Biggs, the Director of ORC for Walgreen, did a great job on CNBC's The Truth About Shoplifting series this past weekend.  If you missed it, try to Google it and watch it.  He truly represented the industry's problems with ORC incredibly well.


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eBay Supports Retailer Investigation into Multi State Thefts

eBay investigators assisted Hobby Lobby Loss Prevention, Local Police and US Attorney's Office in investigation of multi-state shoplifting ring that led to Federal Indictments against two female suspects. In court documents, prosecutors allege the women netted more than a half-million dollars over five years. The two women face federal prison time after they were charged with running a scheme to shoplift thousands of dollars' worth of scrapbooking supplies from Hobby Lobby stores and sell the goods on eBay. The suspects allegedly shoplifted scrapbooking merchandise from Hobby Lobby stores in several Midwestern states and mailed the stolen supplies to a second suspect who in turn sold the goods on the Internet to customers in both the U.S. and abroad. From January 2005 to April 2010, the suspects stole more than $600,000 in goods from the retailer and netted about $560,000 in the fraud scheme. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Funnell said Hobby Lobby's loss prevention department discovered the fraud in 2007 after checking eBay for people selling the company's products at discounted rates. Click here for article

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Expansion Supports Retailers’ Growing Demand for Company’s Predictive Analytics Services

The Retail Equation, the industry leader in retail transaction optimization solutions, has expanded its analytics team with the addition of Christopher Hanks, Ph.D., who joins the company as a senior statistician.

"As retailers continue to realize significant value from The Retail Equation's transaction optimization services, Christopher Hanks will play an important role in expanding our analytics group to support our growing customer base," said David Speights, Ph.D., chief statistician for The Retail Equation. "His expertise will also allow us to enhance our product portfolio and continued development of predictive consumer behavior models -- elevating our ability to serve retailers that can benefit from our industry-leading capabilities."

Hanks will work closely with Speights and the specialized team at The Retail Equation to improve the statistical models that maximize revenue and margins for retailers. In addition, his support will enhance the company's ability to assist retailers' need for increased speed of analysis, providing vital information for operations, loss prevention and marketing decision-makers.

Prior to joining The Retail Equation, Hanks was a statistical consultant for the University of California, Irvine, where he specialized in survey research and marketing data. He also served as director of Research and Information Systems at Amen Clinics in Newport Beach, Calif., where he managed and mined a vast psychiatric brain image database. He also worked as a senior statistician for the Center for Statistical Consulting at the University of California, Irvine. He earned his doctorate in political psychology and master's degree in social science from the University of California, Irvine, and his bachelor's degree in political science from California State University, Northridge.

About the Retail Equation

The Retail Equation, headquartered in Irvine, Calif., optimizes retailers' revenue and margin by shaping behavior in every customer transaction. The company's solutions use predictive analytics to turn each individual shopper visit into a more profitable experience. This yields immediate financial payback, increasing store comps by as much as 2 percent, with significant return on investment. The Software-as-a-Service applications operate in more than 15,000 stores in North America, supporting a diverse retail base of specialty apparel, footwear, hard goods, department, big box, auto parts and more. For more information, visit

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Mike Watson was named District Loss Prevention Manager for Banana Republic.

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With everything that goes on in one's personal and professional life, it's oftentimes difficult to be able to really focus on the day's objectives.  It's easy to get lost in everything going on around you and, while no one can bat 1,000 everyday, you've got to be able to separate -- to use your work as a form of escape from everything and to get lost in your work.  Your work can give your mind the chance to separate from virtually anything going on in your life which allows your subconscious time to rethink-refresh- and hopefully see things more clearly.  It's like using work as therapy.  The trick is forcing yourself to do it.  Much easier said then done.

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