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Steve Mick
was promoted to Director of Asset Protection Operations for Toys R Us. The company recently instituted a Director level position at the HQ level to help better drive all the initiatives and programs that have been put in place over the last year. Steve has been with the "R" Us organization for the past nine years, where he served as a Regional Asset Protection Manager in the Southern California area. Prior to joining the company Steve worked for several other retailers, including Home Depot and Sears, where he served in various asset protection positions. Steve holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Global Business Management from the University of Phoenix. 

Specifically trained contract guards in the UK are being given "selected" policing powers after becoming members of the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS). With tax budgets tightening around the world, contract guard firms are seeing increased usage, training, and in some circumstances actual public law enforcement responsibilities. With Canada's House of Commons actually looking at legislation to increase contract guards' arrest powers and here in the States G4S is actually looking to open a "police station." Over the years they've successfully built their prison system business and helped a number of states. The real question and challenge will be - quality of service and how it impacts crime and does using contract guards make it more dangerous? It'll take a few years to see the results. With 1,006,880 Security Guards according to the Department of Labor, May 2010 survey in the U.S. alone earning a mean wage of $26,870 you can see why the public officials are moving in that direction. (Source

8.5 million calls made in 4 months by phony debt collectors based in Southern California - from call centers in India - raked in $5 million from intimidated consumers who didn't owe them a thing. The "phantom-debt" collection calls originated from two companies - American Credit Crunchers LLC and Ebeeze LLC, based in Villa Park, Calif. The FTC announced last month that both companies have been shut down by court order and their assets frozen. A "brazen operation based on pure fraud." (Source

Wal-Mart to open 13 Neighborhood Market grocery stores in California - turning up the heat in the grocery industry. With a full range of produce and everything you'd find in a grocery store and even opening one in an old Safeway store Wal-Mart is continuing their push in the grocery world. (Source

Dick's Sporting Goods to open 40 new Dick's stores this year. With 480 Dick's stores presently and 81 Golf Galaxy stores they had a soft 4th quarter due to the warm weather and poor sales of cold weather products. (Source

To the Fed's taking out the head of LulzSec and five of his fellow hackers yesterday was to the IT security world like taking out Osama bin Laden. The ring-leader, who was operating like an under cover operative for the Fed's since last summer, is facing over 125 years in prison while his fellow hackers are only facing 10 years each. So they'll get out long before he does. But the real question is how does this impact Anonymous and do the Fed's have enough to take out the rest of them? Or once you cut off the head does it simply grow back? But yesterday, in the world of the IT security professional, was a huge day and they're celebrating all over the world today. (Source

Retailers are responding to the extreme couponners who abuse discount offers. Stores including Kroger and Rite-Aid have become frustrated by this group of bulk-buyers. Some, as a TLC reality show on the subject reveals, can even end up profiting from the exercise - though it comes at huge cost to a retailer, in terms of both profits and employees' time. Now, though, many stores are changing or adapting the policies that allow shoppers to redeem coupons in an effort to deter extreme couponners. (Source

Seattle's "Operation Oliver Twist" storefront fencing operation nets 124 suspects and 314 criminal cases in 11 months. Bucking a national trend of decreasing property crime, Seattle started their fencing operation 11 months ago buying stolen goods for penny's on the dollar and nabbed 124 suspects. Ranging from stolen cars to computers to credit cards they've even posted pictures of the stolen merchandise they bought so the public can reclaim their goods. Click here for the pictures on flickr:  (Source

Quarterly same store sales results

Children's Place Q4 down 2.7% and for the years same store sales were down 2.5%



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

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Vice President LP

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Washington State Organized Retail Crime Alliance (WSORCA)

Annual Training Conference
October 18, 2012

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2012 International Organization of Black Security Executives

Spring Conference
April 18-20
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2012 Retail
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September 12, 2012
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Northern Michigan University, located in Michigan’s incredible Upper Peninsula, offers one of the only baccalaureate loss prevention management programs in the United States. It is offered completely online and accepts up to 92 transfer credits. An affordable investment into a dynamic and growing profession.

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April 19, 2012

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The NRF LP Leaders 3 Part Series -- March 12th - 14th          InstaKey, Cita Doyle -- March 15th          Bass Security -- March 19th          LAAORCA Leaders -- March 20th - 22th

LAAORCA Speakers
These episodes of opening speakers at the Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crime Association's 3rd annual conference in Feb 2012 represent the 2nd largest city in the U.S. and are comprised of senior public officials that have been heavily involved in the ORC efforts throughout Southern California. Their speeches show how important the public and private partnerships are in combating this national problem. Their comments and predictions are extremely important to hear and shed light on how effective LAAORCA has been and how important LAAORCA's future role must be. Established in 2009, LAAORCA now stands as a perfect role model for all ORCA programs in North America and these episodes are being brought to you for just that purpose. Educating today for growth tomorrow. Make sure you watch them and if you're trying to form one in your city feel free to share them with your public officials and make sure you watch the LAAORCA Leaders episode as it gives you an inside look at how it got started and how it operates.

LAAORCA - Steve Cooley- District Attorney of Los Angeles County

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At the beginning of these Op Ed articles, I posed the question of whether or not there was a stigma attached to being unemployed. During the first few weeks of being unemployed, when friends would ask the question of "How is work going?" as a way to start small talk, I felt like I was wearing a scarlet letter 'U' for unemployed. It was embarrassing to discuss and I avoided social situations so that I wouldn’t have to feel like I needed to explain myself once again. With time, however, that stigma in my mind has started to fade and I realize that it was all part of the process for me.

Many of the people who have reached out since I began writing this article have expressed that they too had to go through some of the stages of grief before finally accepting the fact they were unemployed and moving on. It is only natural that such a big change to a major part of your life would invoke such a response, but I think many of us try not to let emotion creep into our conscious lives. I believe that being able to grieve in much the same way as you would when a loved one has passed will actually keep us from getting stuck in a more self-destructive stage like anger or depression.

Whether or not others view unemployment with a stigma attached to it is something that is out of our control. But understanding and acknowledging that we our selves might attach a stigma to it is something that we can accept and overcome through internal reflection, by asking for help, or through a combination of the two. The concern shouldn’t be with where our minds and emotions start, but rather in our reaction to the situation and in moving forward by staying positive and not losing hope.

Thank you once again for allowing me to share my perspective on unemployment over the last few weeks. I really appreciate your taking the time to follow my story, and also for all of the support I have received. I hope that this series of articles has offered a glimpse into just a few of the considerations I have come across in this unexpected life event so that those readers who are in the same place understand they are not alone and those readers who are not can understand what their unemployed colleagues, friends, and/or loved ones are facing.

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Steve Mick was promoted Director of Asset Protection Operations for Toys R Us.

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How to Avoid Communication Pitfalls in the Workplace There is a large body of work concerning the way women's communication style differs from that of men. However, a more reliable way of looking at the issue of communication styles is to look at it from the point of view of personality. (What type are you?)
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How Do You Set Business Goals and Priorities? Are you trying to set a goal for your team and aren't sure where to start? Or maybe you don't know which task to start with first. Eric Ryan, cofounder of Method, answers this business question. (30 Second MBA)

What to Do Before You Reorganize
There's no such thing as a perfect organizational structure. In fact, the more you move stuff around to reorganize, the more complexity and confusion you potentially create. Here are three approaches you can try to simplify your organization design.  (It's like a Rubik's Cube)

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Social networking sites have in essence dissolved any distance between the professional and the personal life of an executive. They enable employers to see every aspect of one's life at any given moment and can show historical patterns that resumes may not overcome in the future. What a person does on the net stays on the net, what is written will be read and, as time goes on, background checks will include social networks that go well beyond Linkedin. On the flip side, one could do well to maintain a sense of professionalism in every thing they do on the net and their profiles.

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