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March 11, 2011

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Paul Jones
Head of Global
Asset Protection,
eBay, Inc.

Dan Provost
VP US Retail Store and Distribution Center LP,
Staples, Inc.

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Women in LP Caucus
Mentor Program
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March 30-31, 2011
RILA Disaster Recovery & Preparedness Committee Meeting
Washington, DC


Jewelers' Security Alliance
March 9-11, 2011
Flamingo Hotel
Las Vegas, NV for info on registering


October 4-6, 2011
CLEAR/Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail
2nd Annual Training Conference
Peppermill Resort/Casino
Reno, NV






Mario DiBartolo was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations for Conway Stores in New York City.  Our firm placed Mario at Conway Stores in 1995 as the Director of Loss Prevention and now he joins the ranks of those few who have reached the Senior VP level.  He's a perfect example of going beyond - and truly adding value to an organization.  Congratulations Mario!

RadioShack last month downsized the operating field team and went from 4 operating divisions to 2 operating divisions, thus eliminating 2 Divisional LP positions.

Wal-Mart announced yesterday that they may consider buying retailers with smaller stores here in the U.S. to help turn around its weakened U.S. business.  (Source

Louis Vuitton and Burberry filed a civil law suit this week in Canada against three Canadian companies seeking $2 million in damages from 7 people in what could be Canada's largest civil claim against counterfeiters.  Evidence showed that a sophisticated network had been set up to produce phony Louis Vuitton and Burberry merchandise in Chain and distribute it thru two Canadian companies and one retailer.  Four of the seven people have already fled the country.  (Source

Canada "is cementing its reputation as a haven where technology sophisticated international piracy organizations can operate with virtual impunity." 
"And while 99 percent of Argentineans may be getting their music illegally, we're hosting the banks of tunes they are plundering" says one columnist.  Canada hosts two of the world's largest cyberlockers, which allows users to store and share files by acting as servers where people can store and share pirated movies, music, games and software.  The two companies, and, have over 24,000 sites connected to them and linking all over the world.  (Source

Yesterday's threat from the hacker group Anonymous seems to be a real threat with today's news that they took down the website of Broadcast Music Inc. in a protest against its stance against file-sharing.  The denial of service attack against the US-based performing rights society began late on Wednesday and remains ongoing, leaving its main site difficult to access.  Your company's policies and possible public position on issues may come under fire as well.  (Source

Cybercriminals are in the clouds as well and leveraging cloud-based form management sites like Google docs and to collect information from unwitting victims.  (Source

The Consumer Products Safety Commission has launched a public database that allows people to report and search safety complaints on thousands of products at .  The site allows people to file reports of injury or potential harm about household products and more.  Long term, this may result in Agents from the Commission showing up at your retail office or store.  (Source Associated Press)

Ulta Salon 4Q reports same store sale up 10.4% with revenue up 20%
The Buckle 4Q reports same store sales up 6.3% with revenue up 6%
Hibbett Sports 4Q reports same store sales up 1.2% with revenue up 4%
Stein Mart 4Q reports same store sales down 1.2% with revenue down 2%
Aeropostale 4Q reports same store sales down 3% with revenue up 5%

The former chairman and CEO of St. Louis-based KV Pharmaceuticals was fined $1 million and sentenced to one month in prison after the company distributed an oversized pain-relief drug called morphine sulfate to retailers in Canada and California in 2008, even after the company's internal safety assessment from May 2008 concluded that the oversized morphine tablets raised potential safety concerns, including the possibility of an overdose that could cause a coma or death.  (Source Associated Press)

Canada's largest provider of pre-employment screening, BackCheck, has now teamed up with Canada Post and offers companies the ability to send individuals to a post office to complete criminal background checks free of charge for the individual to fulfill requirements for employment.  (Source

"Blockbuster, its creditors and potential buyers have reached an agreement on a sale process that may prevent liquidation of the movie rental chain."  (Source Associated Press)


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eBay Provides Data Supporting Investigation into Bernie Madoff Prison ID

eBay investigators responded to a United States Department of Justice (DOJ) request supporting an investigation into an alleged stolen Bernie Madoff Federal Prisoner Identification card. Special Agent Russell Cunningham of the Justice Department told police that he subpoenaed eBay & PayPal to provide the real name of the eBay user "windycitystang" which, upon request being satisfied by eBay investigators, identified the seller as David J. Fisk. The ID card had been bought by someone living in Thailand. Cunningham further stated that the suspect had served a prison sentence in the federal corrections complex in Butner, NC, the same prison where Madoff is serving time for stealing millions through a Ponzi-scheme investment fraud. When questioned, the suspect said he obtained the ID card from another inmate who owed him money. Click here for article.

Also, the eBay Business Development Team is pleased to announce the arrival of two new branded stores on eBay Marketplace - Babies R Us & Toys R Us.

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Rosamaria Sostilio, Sr VP Corporate Asset Protection, Saks Fifth Avenue

Building Her Own Brand

With Focus, Determination, and Passion

Starting her career in 1982 with Bloomingdales Rosamaria worked her way through college earning a B.A. degree in Psychology in 1985 and rose to the Assistant Security Manager's position before leaving in 1989 to join Saks Fifth Avenue as a Loss Prevention Manager.  In ten months Rosamaria was promoted to Regional Director and two years later promoted again to Loss Prevention Director of Branch Stores.  This promotion brought her to Saks Fifth Avenue's Corporate Offices in New York, which is where the current chapter of her career begins. 

In 1992, almost 20 years ago, Rosamaria set out on a journey that most of us can't appreciate and quite frankly are unaware of.  Armed with 10 years of superb field experience, she quickly reached the corporate level and began the next stage of her career in the corporate arena at a time when there were even fewer women in the industry than there are today.  Alone, new to the corporate environment, and being one of the first women to reach the Director level, Rosamaria faced every adversity that one can imagine and it helped fuel her determination and her focus.  Early on, she realized the need to focus on results and she committed herself to her career, her team, and her high standards. 

The business culture in this industry in the early- and mid-90's was quite different to what it is today, and Rosamaria played an invaluable pioneering role in helping to change it.  Her professional and personal mantra of "Act It and You Will Become It" enabled her to transcend beyond the day-to-day hurdles and kept her focused on continuing to learn as much as she could and contributing to her organization and her team.  Her commitment to self-development and orchestrating strategic change is driven by her core belief that an organization will give you what you put into it and that an individual must be willing to take on difficult tasks, be held accountable, and prove themselves. 

As a leader who manages from the heart, Rosamaria's holistic management style begins with listening to and understanding her team members and extends to her organization's vision and expectations.  Listening and understanding are key principles in her management philosophy which allows her to add value and help her individual team members, her senior management team, and her organization while simultaneously giving her the information she needs to ensure organizational agility and maintain exceptional performance.

Rosamaria's leadership style gives true definition to the word Teamwork.  Her "open door" policy  and "one-on-one" interactions allows each individual the ability to be heard, understood and play an equal part in reaching the objectives of the team.  Her belief that constant communication, recognition, showcasing the team, and being open to debate are critical components for the long-term success of the organization, and the individuals themselves.  Her emphasis on constant communication is reflective of virtually every successful senior manager.  The ability to communicate a clear and basic message over and over again is critical to the success of every program and the Saks Fifth Avenue Asset Protection program is, indeed, very successful.

Her individual advice is so simple that it's brilliant; look at your job each week as if it's a brand new job and, as in the case of a new job, you have to reinvent yourself every week.  Reinventing yourself on an ongoing basis forces you to look at how you can enhance and improve your organization and yourself, so that neither become stagnant.  The agility to change!

Rosamaria's success at Saks Fifth Avenue over the last 22 years is evidenced by her having reached the Senior Vice President level and it was accomplished by her dedication, commitment, leadership abilities and just as importantly with the help of her team.  Having known her for over 20 years, we can absolutely say she's one of the great leaders out there and her story is one to learn from.

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Mario DiBartolo was promoted to Senior Vice President, Operations for Conway Stores
Rob Ruiz was named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Charming Shoppes
Samual Breeze was promoted to Regional Asset Protection Manager for Christopher & Banks
Matt Lapka was named Regional Asset Protection Manager for Christopher & Banks
Paul Votto was named District Loss Prevention Manager for Big Lots

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Interesting tip of the day on Wednesday regarding listening to your inner voice and the bird on your shoulder. It leads us into a thought about being able to analyze our own strengths and opportunities. Specifically, confidence in our own ability to determine an approach to a decision, execute so that the outcome reached is the one desired, and that our decision supports the goal(s) and vision of the task, project, company, etc. When the desire to reach out to our inner circle hits us, we should try to understand the motivation to do so. Is it because we are seeking input/information or expertise that will add value, or are we doing it because we are not sure of our approach or method, which leads to uncertainty, fear, and subsequently, bad decisions? If the latter, we have to be able to understand this opportunity, take a step back and regroup/refocus, and begin again.

I've also tried to take a look back at the last year and ask myself how I've reacted when others have come to me as a part of their inner circle. Did I discount their thoughts or ideas for my own (knocking the bird off their shoulder), or have I tried to listen objectively and provide the needed information or expertise that will assist them in their decision? As an aside, I think sometimes understanding how we have handled these issues with others will also help us handle them for ourselves. Many times as mentors, friends, spouses, we have the ability to see if someone is approaching us regarding a decision from a position of uncertainty. It would be easy at that point to tell them what they should do and how it should be done. But the better path would be to guide them by asking them how they have come to the decision. What information or experience are they using? What are the possible outcomes of that decision? Will the result be aligned with the goals and objectives of the task, project, or company? This may take more time and effort on our part, but it will ensure their development and confidence in their own decisions.

Just a thought,
Jonathan Stelly
Regional Director of Loss Prevention

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