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Fred Becker was named Corporate Loss Prevention Director for Bloomingdale's. Prior to being hired by Bloomingdale's, Fred worked at Toys "R" Us, where he was National AP Manager for 5 years. Before that, he was Senior Director of Saks Fifth Avenue for 9 years. Fred has also held roles as District Loss Prevention Manager and Security Manager at The Disney Store and Macy's East respectively. Congratulations Fred!

Darrell Hardin was promoted to Director of Asset Protection Mid Atlantic/Northeast for Advanced Auto Parts, Inc. Congratulations on your new role Darrell!

The Black out months of December, January, and February means very few senior changes in LP throughout North America Traditionally these are the three quietest months of the year for any senior LP job changes. With holiday sales, inventories in January, and 2012 budgets not plugged in yet most senior jobs will not become active until March and April with the most activity happening from June to October.

New survey by Private Officer International shows there were 114 "confirmed" security officer "on-duty" deaths in 2011 in the U.S. as a result of a combination of homicide, accidental, industrial and "unclassified" incidents. But actual death totals are believed to be 12% - 20% higher and misreported in other worker classifications. With more than 37,000 assaults against contract and proprietary officers, loss prevention agents and private police resulting in 13,700 injuries. The deaths were; 54 gunshots, 11 stabbings, 11 suicides on-duty, 19 trauma/assaults, 10 car accidents, 6 industrial accidents, 14 unclassified deaths with the average age being 38. (Source

Barnes & Noble exploring options for its Nook business that might include spinning it off from its bookstores. Barnes & Noble has been investing heavily in electronic books and its Nook e-book readers as it faces face tough competition from online retailers and discount stores. (Source Associated Press)

Macy's is closing 5 stores and opening 5 over the next two years. With Bloomingdales closing 4 in early spring 2012 and opening 2 new ones as well as opening 5 new Bloomingdale's Outlet stores in 2012 averaging 25,000 sq. ft. (Source

Microsoft has filed suit against a major UK-based retailer, accusing Comet of "creating and selling" more than 94,000 counterfeit Windows recovery CDs in 2008 and 2009. Comet’s defense says it was only acting in the best interests of its customers, supplying them with recovery media that wasn’t supplied with the PCs they sold. But the customers could have obtained a free copy directly from the manufacturers however Comet decided to sell them at $24 a piece x 94,000. A great profit considering each disc cost below a dollar. Interesting case that may cause concern for every retailer offering extra help to their customers. (Source

Federal Authorities seized over $350,000 of counterfeit NHL merchandise bogusly branded NHL Winter Classic right outside Philadelphia's stadium. Investigators seized more than 1,600 items in all, including counterfeit MLB, NFL, NBA and NCAA merchandise. They're really cracking down on all Major League merchandise nationwide and next time you go to a game watch out where you're buying your stuff as you could end up involved in a bust. (Source

34% of iPhone users and 20% of Android users who made purchases using their phones bought 50% or more of their holiday purchases via their smartphones. This certain group of consumers are very focused on technology and buying on mobile is no stretch for them. M-commerce is growing rapidly. (Source

December same store sales reports
Ulta Salon up 12.6% for its 7 week holiday period
American Apparel up 12%
Pier 1 Imports up 11.3%
Bebe Stores up 9.6%
The Buckle up 8.9%
Costco up 7%
Limited Brands up 7%
Nordstrom up 8.7%
Macy's up 6.2%
Saks Fifth up 5.8%
Target up 1.6%
Stage Stores up 1.2%
J.C. Penney up 0.3%
Kohl's down 0.1%
Bon-Ton Stores down 0.7%
Wet Seal down 3.7%


Operational Audit 2-Day Forum – January 11-12, 2012

Attend the RILA Operational Audit Meeting to hear about efficient audit procedures retailers have implemented company-wide to maximize operational effectiveness, driving results through their audit programs. Meeting attendees include managers and directors of LP and audit who will examine their audit practices and discuss the drivers of their most effective audit programs. Led by Tractor Supply Company and Publix Super Markets, and sponsored by Pricewaterhouse Coopers, this meeting will be an educational event for anyone looking to enhance their auditing procedures, more effectively interpret audit results and enhance audit programs. Store and distribution site visits will be held for meeting attendees to see firsthand leading audit practices.

For more information or to register, contact Liz Benson at



Doug Marker
Vice President
LP, Risk and Audit
Michael Stores, Inc.

Stephen O'Keefe
Loss Prevention and
Risk Management
Wal-Mart Canada

Coming in January

Kelly Gorman
Vice President LP

LP Program Spotlight
eBay's PROACT Team




Richard C. Hollinger, PhD


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LP Emerging
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Jan. 17, 2012
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101st Annual
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Jan. 15 - 18, 2012

NRF 2011 ORC Survey

Executive Summary
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Effective Crowd Management Guidelines

Education Awareness on Personal Safety
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Return Fraud Survey
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Asset Protection Conference

March 11-14, 2012
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Los Angeles Area
ORC Association

3rd Annual
2012 Conference

February 16, 2012
LA Convention Center


Job Opening




Director of Asset Protection Saks Fifth Avenue New York, NY Saks Fifth Avenue

Corp LPM of Analytics & Exception Reporting



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Director of Loss Prevention



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National Account Sales Mgr


Chicago, IL

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
Regional LP Director Confidential Los Angeles, CA Downing & Downing


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

Job Opening




Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Winston-Salem, NC Sears Holdings Corp.
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Canoga Park, CA Sears Holdings Corp.

Store LP and Safety Mgr

Lowe's Las Vegas, NV Lowe's

Store LP and Safety Mgr

Lowe's Huntington Beach, CA Lowe's
Market AP Mgr Walmart Philadelphia, PA Walmart

Asset Protection Mgr

Walmart Jacksonville, NC Walmart

Asset Protection Mgr

Sam's G1 Morrisville, NC Walmart
District LP Mgr Dick's Sporting Goods New Orleans, LA Dick's Sporting Goods
District LP Mgr TJ Maxx Greenville, SC The TJX Companies, Inc.
District LP Mgr HomeGoods Nashville, TN The TJX Companies, Inc.
District LP Mgr HomeGoods Phoenix, AZ The TJX Companies, Inc.

Fred Becker was named Corporate Loss Prevention Director for Bloomingdale's.
Darrell Hardin was promoted to Director of Asset Protection Mid Atlantic/Northeast for Advanced Auto Parts, Inc.
Larry Evangelista was
named Regional Asset Protection Manager for Toys "R" Us.
Brandon Decker was promoted to Group Loss Prevention Manager for Bloomingdale's.
Dave Miller was
named Loss Prevention Manager for Lord & Taylor.
Ray Acevedo was named District Loss Prevention Manager for Dick's Sporting Goods.
Rich Britton was named District Loss Prevention Manager for Dick's Sporting Goods.

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