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Obama to create enforcement unit to crack down on unfair trade practices and beef up border inspections to block counterfeit goods. The White House said the new enforcement team would bring together resources and investigators from across the federal government to go after unfair foreign trade practices. "Obama said his administration had already brought trade cases against China "at nearly twice the rate as the last administration -- But we need to do more. It's not right when another country lets our movies, music, and software be pirated." (Source

J.C. Penney plans to cut thousands of jobs according to New York post article Layoffs will impact all 1,100 stores. Under pressure from its largest shareholders J.C. Penney plans to outline its transformation process on Jan 25-26 and their new CEO and former Apple senior executive has "teased about transforming J.C. Penney into "America's favorite store." (Source

Collective Brands (Payless Shoe Source) up for sale? Collective Brands Inc. may extract the biggest takeover premium of any apparel retailer in the world. Collective Brands, which said in August it was reviewing options to boost shareholder value, may attract interest from buyout firms and rivals such as Wolverine World Wide Inc. when bids are due next week, according to people familiar with the process. A buyout firm could acquire the retail business and close more money-losing stores to boost profitability, according to one analyst. Facing competition from shoe departments at retailers such as Target Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the company already said last year that it will close almost 500 "under-performing and low-volume" stores in the next three years. 'Slash and Burn' "You just slash and burn and get rid of the stores that are underperforming and then suddenly you have a business that’s generating revenue, that’s healthy," the analyst said. This could mean losing some LP jobs in the long term. (Source

Fed's plan to crack down on counterfeit Super Bowl gear - in last years "Operation Interception" they seized $3.56M of fakes. While the Giants and Patriots gear up for the rematch of a lifetime, Super Bowl XLV, federal agents are preparing for one of the biggest sports-related counterfeit busts ever. This year, agents expect another major haul, especially given the extreme popularity of the two teams, according to Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for ICE. (Source

6 months to go before Britain's largest-ever planned security operation police arrest 97 in scams involving fake tickets, fake Olympic websites and nonexistent hotel rooms. "Police are sending a very clear message that we’re not going to tolerate intrusions by organized criminals into the Olympic Games," said Home Secretary Theresa May. But the threat most on the minds of organizers is terrorism — Britain was the first western European country to be targeted by Al Qaeda-inspired suicide bombers who launched attacks on London’s transit system in 2005, killing 52 people the day after the city won the 2012 Olympics bid. (Source

About to hit $1B in e-retail sales Kohl's announces it's opening a 950,000 sq.-ft. DC in Desoto, TX. With that business up 51% in 2010 Kohl's e-retail business is booming and after opening this new DC they'll then have 13 distribution centers in the U.S. This means jobs and a few LP jobs as well. (Source

Businesses are also becoming victims of identity theft "The Better Business Bureau warns of a recent surge in business identity theft. Impostors hijack and exploit information from legitimate organizations to swindle unsuspecting consumers," said Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of BBB. Copycats often design similar-looking websites, advertisements and solicitations featuring real business names, logos and contact information to cheat consumers under false guise—and potentially ruin other businesses' reputations. (Source

Jacksonville Police bust cargo theft ring that had stolen 20 to 25 tractor-trailers from Tampa to Jacksonville Five people have been arrested by Jacksonville police and at least two others are in custody elsewhere in Florida in an investigation into a statewide truck theft ring. Police said the suspects took between 20 and 25 tractor-trailers in Jacksonville, Nassau County, Orlando, Tampa and Lakeland. Investigators said the stolen goods were being shipped to Miami. (Source

Believe it or not! The Would-Be Jewelry Store Robber. A Georgia man steals car tags in the morning- buys a pellet gun at Wal-Mart - a mask at Party City and then drives to a jewelry store - sitting in his car outside arranging his get-up with mask-gloves-glasses and hat - and a witness calls police - the police arrested him just entering the store. "It was definitely bizarre," said Glenn Easterwood, co-owner of Empire Jewelry. "We are very thankful someone saw what was happening. It could have saved many people’s lives –- there was no telling." Lesson to would-be bandits: If you’ve gotten together a disguise to stick up a jewelry store, don’t put it on in the parking lot where everyone can see you. (Source

NY shoplifter leaves hospice, sent back to jail because she could live another 6 months. A New York judge who released a shoplifter from jail so she could spend her dying days in a hospice has ordered her back to jail because she could live another 6 months. McCloud made headlines last year when she was released from jail to pursue a heart transplant. She lost that chance when she was arrested again after shoplifting at three drugstores. She pleaded guilty to petty larceny and was jailed. She was again freed from the county jail this month to enter the hospice. What a price to pay. (Source




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

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

Coming in February

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Vice President LP



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Submitted by Tony Caccioppoli, VP of AP, Saks Fifth Avenue

In September 2011, Saks Fifth Avenue’s Corporate Asset Protection team initiated an investigation involving merchandise thefts originating from a trucking consolidator used by Saks and many other retailers. Saks’ Asset Protection team, led by Samuel Edge, networked with other luxury retailers and learned from Neiman Marcus’ James Stark, Director of Loss Prevention, Neiman Marcus Direct that they too were conducting an investigation of similar shortages mostly from designers such as Gucci, YSL, Chanel and Tory Burch.

Over the next three months, through the tracking of drivers, the analysis of missing merchandise and investigative research using various social media databases, Saks Fifth Avenue Asset Protection discovered that several drivers were compromising the deliveries and then reselling the merchandise to a fence located in Northern New Jersey. Saks Fifth Avenue presented the evidence to the New Jersey State Police Cargo Theft Unit who immediately took the case. Within weeks, a search warrant was issued and on December 9, 2011, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and several other retailers joined the NJSP in the execution of the warrant. Inside the storefront the retailers discovered well over $2 million of their stolen merchandise. Over the next few days Saks and Neiman Marcus worked together on inventorying their merchandise and when it was completed, Saks had recovered approximately $600,000 of stolen merchandise while Neiman Marcus had recovered approximately $200,000.

The success of the investigation was due to the diligence and teamwork between Saks’ Asset Protection, Neiman Marcus Loss Prevention, and various law enforcement agencies.

Baton Rouge identity theft crew of three busted hitting retailers Three people from Chicago were arrested last week after state police found items bought using stolen personal information in their car. Julius Moore, 22, Monique Bowens, 21, and Keith Bond, 45, were initially pulled over on I-10 near LA-415. After receiving permission to search the car, troopers found thousands of dollars of merchandise bought in the Baton Rouge area that was bought using other individuals' identification and information. (Source

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Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Kahului Maui, HI Sears Holdings Corp.
Dept. Mgr. Store LP and Safety Lowe's New Iberia, LA Lowe's
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Shaun Gilfoy, CFI was promoted to Sr. Manager of Loss Prevention Strategy for Old Navy.
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It's amazing how everyday life can impact our performance each and every day. With some days so consumed by our daily events that merely thinking about reaching corporate objectives is a feat in and of itself. Hundreds of emails, phones ringing, family issues, pressure coming from virtually every angle, and choices to make all day long. Seems like speed is not something that you work up to anymore but rather it's something you wake up to face and catch up to each and every day. And the only answer is - to slow it down by disciplining your mind to identify and recognize what's the most important objective of the day outside or your daily life and forcing yourself to become and stay focused. One of my best boss's in my career once said - "Use work as therapy - as a way to escape from the pressures of your life" and it was absolutely the best advice I was ever given. To this day that's exactly what I try to do every day. Escape life through your work. Because at the end of the day it improves your performance - gives you a break from life's problems - and allows you to go back at it with a fresh mind and a new outlook.

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