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American Apparel Cracks Down On Shoplifting, second only to Wal-Mart in RFID tagging. Employees state that in the early years of American Apparel shoplifting was almost an accepted practice. The merchandise was getting into the hands of the people they wanted wearing the brand. Tao Lin was inspired to write, Shoplifting from American Apparel, regarding stealing from a corporation in Vice Magazine. Now, American Apparel tracks everything and shrink has dropped 75 percent. (source

Nordstrom Rack outlets gain ground on full line stores in 2012. The company achieved record sales of $10.5 billion for fiscal 2011. Nordstrom plans to spend nearly $500 million on expansion plans, building 11 new Rack stores to add to the existing base of 104 outlet stores, while only one new department store is planned. (source

Build-A-Bear Workshop unveils new store design; posting fourth quarter loss. Five stores will be retrofitted this year and will add 10-12 new franchised stores in Europe in 2012. Closing 15 to 20 stores in the US and relocating 15 stores. Build-A-Bear Workshop reported a loss of $9 million for the fourth quarter, down from a profit of $8.3 million in the year-ago period. (source

Struggles of taking a Retail Business into India. UK’s High End retailers are slowly navigating their way into a very controlled retail society. Joint ventures, using the guidance of the locals of India may be the only way into the market (also very expensive). In 2011 the present Government made efforts to allow large international supermarket chains and other multi-brand retailers to enter the Indian market without an Indian partner, but had to withdraw the proposed legislation due to vigorous opposition from political parties, middle men involved in retail trade and small family businesses. (source

New Mexico woman faces trial in theft of $2 pumpkin. Her sister spent $75 but forgot to pay for the $2 pumpkin as they left McCall’s Pumpkin patch. The 23 year old college student was arrested and refused to plead guilty to the charges and will now go to trial on Tuesday. (source

Cell phone Networks can Track You Down, is anything really private anymore? Reports surfaced Friday that Google and others allegedly put code on iPhones that let companies track users' activities without them knowing. Apple itself vowed earlier to purge apps from the App Store that sneakily grabbed users' contact lists, and a software maker named Carrier IQ was at the center of a controversy in recent months regarding whether carriers used its technology to track users in nefarious ways. (source

U.K. e-commerce spending increases 16% in January Many reports come out and really don’t indicate where exactly the growth of the e-Market is. Well today the UK announces web shoppers spend more on lingerie, booze, beauty products and travel. (source

Amazon could build a 3 million square foot complex in Downtown Seattle. Although Amazon has not announced it publicly, the Seattle Department of Planning and Development confirms that Amazon has filed preliminary paperwork to build three office towers in the city’s Denny Triangle, a historic section of downtown Seattle. (source

Advanced Auto Parts planning to repeat the success of 2011. Record sales, profits and store expansion. Advanced Auto plans to open 120 to 140 new stores. The company generated $828.8 million in operating cash flow and a record $507.2 million of free cash flow, driven by a significant decrease in inventory, net of payables, and strong growth in net income, partially offset by an increase in capital expenditures. (source

Port of Manila busts counterfeiting shipment of $9 Million, imported from Hong Kong. The smuggled shipment included 130,000 capsules of Tuseran Forte, 55,000 units of cell phone batteries and 9,000 units of cell phone chargers, 10,000 Hermes bags, 810 Gucci bags, 720 Louis Vuitton bags, 180 Coach bags, 180 Chanel bags and 30,000 wristwatches. Last year the Port of Manila had an even larger bust of a shipment of counterfeit goods. (source


In case you missed it last week's most popular news article --

Woman accused of shoplifting sues store for false imprisonment. The plaintiff is asking the court for an award of damages for physical pain, mental anguish, medical expenses, punitive damages, interest and court costs.  (Source


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

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UK’s Shoplifting Gang Has To Pay Back $229,999. The leadership of the gang finds that crime does not pay after the Economic Crime Unit finds you. The ECU determined that the leader was responsible for nearly $250,000 in theft, he is repay $120,000. If not repaid to the Crown Court, the suspect will face an additional 21 months in prison. A total of eight members of the theft/ refund group have been charged. (source

Police obtain information leading to the arrest of six for theft, possession, and receiving stolen property. Upon the arrest of one suspect at Wal-Mart for returning stolen merchandise, they travelled to a local hotel and raided three rooms. Numerous items were recovered. Suspects claim they stole to pay their rent. (source

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Rachel Lamb, CFI was promoted to Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Brookstone.
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How Abraham Lincoln Became America's Greatest President There is much we can learn by studying Abraham Lincoln's journey from being just another politician to becoming America's greatest president. It wasn't his strengths but the self-discipline with which he used those strengths for the right purpose. (Honest Abe)

The Catastrophe of Success
Something odd and interesting happens to a lot of people who become very successful. Once the initial thrill wears off, then come to perceive their success as "a catastrophe." However, it seems to be the successful person's imagination that is taken captive. (Tennessee Williams is right)
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9 Etiquette Rules That the Boss Shouldn't Break "A business etiquette mistake can become very costly depending on how severe it is, and who you're offending." To help you navigate these tricky situations, here is a list of what you should avoid in the workplace. (#5 should be a given)

10 Things Bosses Never Tell Employees There's a lot you don't know about your employees, especially the things your employees will never tell you. There's also a lot employees don't know about you. Here are 10 things you might wish you could say to your employees. (These might surprise you)

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Sometimes you have to lose in order to win long term. Picking your battles is an art that many never acquire, but those that do are usually two steps ahead of you. So while the loss may seem to set you back, regroup and focus two steps ahead because that's where the winner of the last battle is. And remember always lose with dignity and win with humility.

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