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Lord & Taylor is deploying handheld RFID readers from Motorola Solutions in its stores to maintain accurate inventory levels and prevent out-of-stock situations. This technology allows retailers to rapidly determine how much tagged inventory is in a particular location at a given time. (Source

Long Island drug store in Uniondale installs security device that sprays plant DNA on exiting robbers. The device hangs above the store's front door, and and is activated by an employee from behind a counter. When the robber passes underneath, a motion sensor triggers a spray containing plant DNA. The indelible fluorescent mist is made visible by a special light, and the "presence of the marker provides forensic evidence" of the linkage to the crime, according to the manufacturer, Applied DNA Sciences of Stony Brook. (Source

E-commerce sales reach 5.5% of total retail sales in 4th Q 2011. Commerce Department reports $61.8 billion in online retail sales in the 4th Q of 2011 and hitting 5.5% of total retail sales a 16% increase over last year's 4th quarter. Online retailers are starting to make a dent in the brick-and-mortar business model. Many chain stores are looking to cyber space to supplement weak in-store sales. (Source

J.C. Penney is adding three market Investigators positions in Houston, Miami, and Orlando.

IBM white paper on Strategies for assessing cloud security Embracing cloud computing without adequate security controls can place the entire IT infrastructure at risk. Cloud computing introduces another level of risk because essential services are often outsourced to a third party, making it harder to maintain data integrity and privacy, support data and service availability, and demonstrate compliance. If you're involved in your company's cloud development or use this may be well worth the read. (Source

With opposition mounting the European Union backs down on the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement, known as ACTA. With the U.S. backing down on SOPA after a mountain of opposition the EU is backing down on their piracy and intellectual property theft act as well. Critics say the agreement would stifle free speech and access to information. The world is a long way off from even trying to regulate the internet. (Source

Cybersecurity Center of Excellence Launched The National Institute of Standards and Technology is establishing the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, a public-private collaboration aimed at accelerating the widespread adoption of integrated cybersecurity tools and technologies. (Source

Miami International Airport getting hit the fourth time in a month for $1.4 million in consumer electronics cargo theft. As a driver merely went in to sign paperwork his tractor-trailer was gone loaded with consumer electronics. With Miami PD's "TOMCATS" Cargo Theft Task Force just taking budget cuts an increase in organized cargo theft activity is in this area is only highly probable, it's happening. (Source

Anonymous hackers may be headed for our national power grid soon United States security officials are sounding the warning against possible power outages brought about by cyberattacks from hacker - and hacktivist - groups like Anonymous. "The group has never listed a power blackout as a goal, but some federal officials believe Anonymous is headed in a more disruptive direction. An attack on a network would be consistent with recent public claims and threats by the group. Last week, for instance, Anonymous announced a plan to shut down the Internet on March 31, which it calls Operation Global Blackout," the WSJ said. It's a real threat," said James Lewis, a cybersecurity specialist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies who is currently researching the group. "You want to occupy Wall Street? How about turn Wall Street off? Even for a day." (Source

Quarterly same store sales results
Chico's up 8.7% with revenue up 20%
TJX up 7%
Dollar Tree Stores up 7.3% with net sales up 12.8%
Zale's up 5.8% with total revenue up 6%


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LP, Risk and Audit
Michael Stores, Inc.

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D&D Daily Canadian Push

With 1,500 Zellers workers in 12 stores in Ontario ratifying a new, three-year union agreement they're now launching a battle with Target, who's buying some of their stores. Four of the Zellers stores covered by the collective agreement will be converting to Target, according to United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Local 175, which said it is “challenging Target to abide by all provisions of the new collective agreement.” And with Target operating as a non-union company this may be a battle. UFCW Canada is a partner in a campaign asking Target to guarantee that Zellers workers will continue to be employed in their stores once the conversions have occurred, and that their working conditions and years of service will be honored by Target. The campaign’s website is Years ago the union tried to organize Wal-Mart in Canada unsuccessfully with Wal-Mart literally shutting the store down. (Source

Wal-Mart's #1 Asset Protection position remains open after their last Vice President Stephen O'Keefe left to join the Retail Council of Canada as Vice President.

Microsoft is looking at its first Canadian store and trying to play catch-up with Apple. With only 14 stores in the U.S., Microsoft is making a big push to expand its chain, emulating a strategy Apple tapped into more than a decade ago. Today, Apple runs more than 360 outlets globally – mostly in the U.S. Microsoft’s Canada store would be only its first outside the U.S. Apple stores to generate $4,000 in sales per square foot, roughly 10 times more than the average at U.S. malls, with some Apple stores believed to reach $6,500 per square foot. So the challenge for Microsoft is daunting. (Source

The Bay's 5'8" virtual greeter - a life like digital image projected on a glass tower in their flag ship store in Toronto - welcomes customers to its new interactive display of high-end gifts. Duane Read, drug stores - a division of Walgreens, rolled out their virtual greeter in NYC before the holidays and its spreading. The future is here and one day they'll appear right next to someone who's concealed merchandise asking if they can help them with that item. (Source

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LPNN's Exclusive interview with the San Diego Detective Dave Iorillo who busted the "Box Stuffer Crew" for $6.4 million. This crew stole well in excess of the $6.4 million they were busted for - with the Detective estimating they stole over $12 million. Here's our exclusive interview we had with the Detective at last weeks Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crime Association's 3rd annual conference, and a brief case history.

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On November 11, 2011 the Daily first reported on the Box Stuffer ORC case. Over the course of many years, the box stuffer crew traveled to at least 20 states, reportedly making over a million dollars each year. The crew would go to the electronics department of a store, empty a large box and refill it with thousands of dollars in electronics. The group would reseal the box and either pay for the original item or walk out of the store without paying. They would then sell the items on eBay or to in-person buyers.

On January 23 of this year, the Daily reported that five people were in custody regarding this case. The authorities described the group as an interstate shoplifting ring that netted as much as $6 million. Police began the investigation in 2008.

ORC rings hit the UK as well with one gang serving time and ordered to pay back $229,000 to local retailers. The gang of nine hit stores, stealing merchandise and returning the items for cash or selling the stolen merchandise online, with the cash laundered through their bank accounts. The gang leader enlisted known drug users to swipe high-value goods across Bucks and Oxfordshire. They've all been given prison sentences varying from 2-4 months with restitution ordered. The Thames Valley Police's economic crime unit led the investigation and was pleased with the outcome, commenting "It is wrong, especially in the current financial climate that criminals are seen to benefit from their crimes and we will make every effort to ensure that within our communities crime will not pay." (Source

U.S. Government Accountability Office report on Organized Retail Crime dated June 2011 shows no federal agency had been keeping track of or monitoring the ORC problem in the U.S. As of February 2011, the FBI initiated a program across the bureau that is intended to enhance the level of detail of case-related information and improve data collection and reporting efforts. Specifically, personnel are required to use a collection of Crime Problem Indicator (CPI) codes when entering data into the FBI's case management system. The CPI codes include a combination of mission-oriented threat priorities, as well as case-specific keywords and activity types. If implemented as envisioned, this effort could allow the FBI to mine the case management system for all cases involving ORC. Without this critical information how can we, as an industry, truly measure the impact and the problem, and come up with the solutions necessary based on analytical data? Certainly within two years we may have a clearer national picture but only from the FBI's perspective. (Source

Small Abilene, TX., ORC group of three stealing merchandise and returning the items for gift cards apprehended and charged with organized retail theft. The preliminary investigation revealed that all three suspects conspired to steal merchandise and then go back into the store to redeem the merchandise for a store gift card. The gift card was recovered and all three suspects were arrested for organized retail theft. (Source

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   Checkpoint Systems Launches Broad Portfolio of Solutions for Large-Scale RFID Deployments in Apparel Retail

Includes High-Speed Bulk Tag Commissioning, Expanded RFID Service Bureaus, In-Plant Printing, New RFID Tags for Merchandise Visibility, Loss Prevention

PHILADELPHIA — Feb. 22, 2012 -- Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CKP), a leading global supplier of shrink management, merchandise visibility and apparel labeling solutions for the retail industry, today announced its expanded and new RFID encoding solutions and the expansion of its RFID tag portfolio for apparel brands and their retail partners, as well as closed-loop apparel retailers and department stores.

Checkpoint’s growing RFID portfolio of hardware, software, tags, and service and support offerings provides further value for the increasing number of apparel retailers seeking to deploy RFID broadly throughout their operations to increase sales, reduce out - of - stocks, reduce working capital, as well as enhance loss prevention efforts and consumer experience.

"We developed these offerings specifically to meet the needs of retailers and vendors that are scaling their RFID initiatives," said Per Levin, Checkpoint Systems’ worldwide president, Merchandise Visibility and Apparel Labeling Solutions. "As apparel retailers increasingly adopt RFID-based solutions, they are looking for scalable, deployable, operational solution sets, and we’re particularly proud to announce this world-class capability to enable their success."

Expanded, New RFID Encoding Solutions

Checkpoint now offers suppliers and retailers three ways in which to uniquely encode tags:
•    High-Speed Bulk Encoding: This solution enables the encoding at a distribution center (DC) of RFID tags applied onto multiple items in a single box at operational speed, significantly reducing the time needed to encode large quantities of merchandise. Upon reviewing the DC’s existing operations, Checkpoint implements an RFID system that addresses the facility’s unique needs. This solution ensures the fastest and most accurate encoding of Electronic Product Code (EPC) numbers without the need to open boxes and handle individual garments. It includes best-in-class hardware and software to ensure the highest levels of accuracy and encoding speed. High-speed bulk encoding is under implementation in multiple locations.
Expanded Service Bureaus: Checkpoint now offers RFID service bureaus in Asia, Europe, Central America and North America for rapid encoding and printing. With this rapid turn-around approach, Checkpoint encodes unique EPC numbers, prints variable data on labels in the company’s own print shops and ships the labels to suppliers’ tagging locations world-wide.
In-Plant Printing: In some cases, apparel brands and close-loop retailers need to manage the tagging process from remote locations that may not have reliable Internet service, inhibiting their ability to obtain EPC numbers needed to print and encode RFID on demand. Checkpoint’s new In-Plant services enable companies to locally manage the complete process, including number serialization and tag printing from these sites.

All of these new products and services work in conjunction with Checkpoint’s existing Open EPC Number Management Solution, an easy-to-deploy, cloud-based software application that provides complete global EPC number management.

"Brand owners are looking for the flexibility to decide when, where and how they manage their item-level tagging processes across their global supply chains," said Daniel Bowman, senior product line manager, Impinj. "We’re impressed with Checkpoint’s leadership in bringing new solutions to brand owners and pleased that it has chosen Impinj’s unique source tagging platform with STP encoding technology for high-performance bulk commissioning."

RFID Finished Tag Offerings

Checkpoint now offers a complete line of fully integrated RFID tags offering the branding information, tactile benefits and loss prevention benefits of existing hard tags and apparel labels, with the addition of RFID for inventory management and loss prevention. The new line includes the RFID Full-Color Graphic Tag, a custom, finished tag featuring sophisticated, full-color graphics to meet the branding needs of apparel retailers. These are high-quality graphic tags retailers are accustomed to, integrated with RFID. In addition, Checkpoint’s expanded range of RFID Hard Tags delivers inventory visibility and shelf availability while leveraging the same tag for deterrence and loss prevention.

Checkpoint’s line of integrated tags is available in a variety of form factors, including swing tickets, woven labels, care labels, pocket tags and hard tags. It offers a comprehensive range of tag and label formats for applications such as Merchandise Visibility and RFID-based EAS, to work with Checkpoint’s existing RFID Overhead EAS Solution and RFID Pedestal EAS Solution. With these tags, Checkpoint addresses the apparel market’s growing desire for integrating RFID and branding onto one tag.

"We are leveraging Checkpoint’s RFID Hard Tag together with the RFID Overhead EAS Solution to obtain all of the benefits of traditional EAS," said Frank Albany, director of Asset Protection, Under Armour. "We see this as a smart investment that will enable us to prepare for a broader implementation of RFID to obtain additional benefits beyond loss prevention, including better inventory visibility and enhanced shelf availability."

RFID Tag Inlays

Checkpoint now offers three new tags for apparel brands optimized for use on apparel merchandise: High-Kick, Whirl and Triumph. With these tags, Checkpoint delivers a broad UHF portfolio for EPC-compliant tag solutions, addressing the needs of leading apparel retailers, as well as their suppliers that are seeking certified, standards-based tags for greater visibility into merchandise location and movement and loss prevention.

Checkpoint’s new tags join the company’s existing tag and label inlay products: the Item-Level Tag, Case and Pallet Label, Champion Tag, and anti-theft RFID Hard Tags, all of which are already in commercial use globally. Each RFID tag is available with its own unique size, shape and performance characteristics. In addition, each is optimized for use in certain categories of apparel products such as basics, denim, intimates and sporting goods.

"Total solutions are a key end-user requirement in RFID deployments," said Michael Liard, director of RFID at VDC Research Group, Inc. "Going forward, the availability of end-to-end systems comprised of best-of-breed offerings will play a critical role in helping the retail space transition to widespread deployment."

All of today’s announced products and services are available immediately, with the exception of the In-Plant Printing Solution, which will be available in March 2012.

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Jason Shaw, LPC, CFI was promoted to Manager, Loss Prevention Programs - North America for Nike.
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Stephen McIntosh, CFI was named Regional Manager Asset Protection for lululemon athletica.
Rich Neuman was promoted to Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Bed Bath & Beyond.

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Your Perks Aren't Motivating Your Employees Frustrated that your office ping pong table or employee wellness program doesn't seem to be motivating your team? Everyone's puttering around not getting much more work done than before. Here's why your perks are ineffective. (What went wrong?)

Employee Perks That Don't Work
While it's great to see that employers are concerned about the well-being of their employees, the unfortunate reality is that many businesses are wasting huge sums of money on work-like initiatives that don't work for the majority of their employees. (Work-life balance)
11 Easy Ways to Make Work Fun How often when you leave your home for the office do you think "I'm going to have fun today." If your employees aren't having fun, they're probably not performing at their highest level. So ease up already and try one of these tactics. (#7 is easy)

Motivational Strategies How do you re-inspire exhausted team members? Erin Keown Ganju, Cofounder and CEO of Room to Read, answers this business question in this 30 second video. You can also click through and find how other top leaders answered the same question. (Tough question)

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Being too close to the trees to see the forest is an expression that also fits not appreciating the role you play on your own team. With the needs of the day seemingly always taking priority, it's difficult for some to step back and truly see the value you can add to your own team. Realizing it and accepting the responsibility as a team member is half the battle. But doing something with it and truly adding value is what helps the team win the game. Every group, every department is in fact a team and every member plays a vital role towards the success and the survival of that team. That's why that old expression - One for all and all for one - took such a hold in literature. Because it is that simple. The hard part is taking responsibility for it.

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