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March 28, 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.

LP Program Spotlight
eBay's PROACT Team

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Women in LP Caucus
Mentor Program
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April 1, 2011
NRF National Level Exercise Webinar
2:00 p.m. Eastern

April 8, 2011
NEW Deadline
NRF LP Awards Program Nominations

April 10-12, 2011
Global Supply Chain Summit
Columbus, OH

April 20, 2011
Georgia Retail Association ORC Symposium
Atlanta, GA

April 20, 2011
NRF-Investigator's Network Meeting
McLean, VA

April 21, 2011
NRF-Investigator's Network Meeting
Houston, TX

April 28, 2011
NRF-Investigator's Network Meeting
Dallas, TX

April 28, 2011
2011 Great Central U.S. Shakeout

April 28, 2011
Retail Council of New York ORC Conference Albany, NY

May 3, 2011

LP Professional Development Call, hosted by the women in LP Caucus
2:00 p.m. Eastern

May 3-4, 2011
NRF LP Legislative Committee Meeting
Washington, DC

May 16-19, 2011
National Level Exercise


March 30-31, 2011
RILA Disaster Recovery & Preparedness Committee Meeting
Washington, DC



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






Tulsa, Oklahoma police are cracking down on ORC with Target Stores donating $6,000 to help police "target" such crimes with the assistance of the Oklahoma Organized Retail Crime Association.  (Source

Courts are starting to get tough on identity theft with Delaware sentencing one 41-year-old man to 16 years in prison for a "massive" ID theft scheme where he stole the mail of victims and then confirmed the social security numbers through the background search site and possibly other people search sites.  He then opened at least 343 credit cards and 54 bank accounts formed two shell companies to make fraudulent purchases for services which resulted in a loss of nearly $1 million.  (Source

Meijer's stores in Michigan were hit last week by three men traveling from New York and Pennsylvania that were encoding stolen credit card numbers onto other cards to obtain thousands in stored-value cards, or "gift cards."  Police found all of their tools in their vehicle.  (Source

A few weeks ago, we reported that a group of Disney employees had filed suit against Disney for embedding their social security numbers on the back of their employee ID cards which they claim puts them at risk for identity theft.  Well last week at a Disney shareholders meeting, Disney President Bob Iger responded to the problem after being asked about it during the question-and-answer session by a representative of Disney Resort's hotel union by saying; "We are addressing this issue. This issue will be completely fixed. We’re trying to do it as quickly as possible,” Iger said.  (Source

Wal-Mart re-opening 12 of its northern Japan stores and hopes to re-open the remaining 12 impacted stores as soon as possible.  (Source

Border's is asking the bankruptcy court for the permission to pay $8.3 million to key employees it says are leaving at a rate of 5 a week since its Chapter 11 filing last month.  Already losing 25 "significant corporate employees" they've listed 17 executives as eligible with bonuses ranging from $4.7 million to $7.1 million and would be paid either 30 days after the plan of reorganization becomes effective or the closing of a "going concern" or liquidation.  A separate retention bonus plan totaling $1.2 million would apply for 25 non-executive managers and a small number of key employees with pay outs averaging $37,000 to $20,000.  (Source

Liz Claiborne February same store sales down 5% at Juicy Couture, down 8% at Mexx Europe and down 3% at Mexx Canada, but up 12% at Lucky Brand and up 87% at Kate Spade.

South Florida is "ground zero" for cargo heists and each year hundreds of high-dollar heists are pulled, some with the military-like precision that resembles a scene from "Ocean's Eleven."  Florida is now the major hub for stolen goods and home to some of the nation's most daring thieves.  (Source


Upcoming event!
Southeastern ORC Conference
Sponsored by the Georgia Retail Association
Loss Prevention Council
April 20, 2011
AmericasMart, Atlanta, GA

eBay Investigators Help Identify Suspect in Stolen Goods Case Leading to Arrest

eBay investigators support Arizona law enforcement investigation into the alleged sale of stolen thermostats that leads to arrest and demands of restitution. Chandler, AZ police have arrested a 28-year-old suspect they say was involved in a lucrative scam in which he stole and resold more than $70,000 worth of high-tech thermostats from his former employer. The suspect was receiving positive reviews from satisfied customers until his employer fired him, and then the feedback became negative, police say. Additionally, the day he was released from police custody, the suspect tried unsuccessfully 33 different times to log onto his eBay account to erase his bank and credit card information, change his address and his name, the report says. The suspect's former employer, Temple Mechanical, eBay and PayPal are all demanding prosecution and restitution in the matter and continue cooperating with police on the case.  Click here for article

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Vector Security Announces 2011 LPF Scholarship Program Winners

Vector matches increased scholarship program awareness and participation with an increased number of scholarships

In 2009 there were only 10; in 2010 there were 20; and now in in 2011 there were 30 scholarships which Vector Security provided to support those who want to increase their retail loss prevention centric educational and career opportunities. "This year, we received over 105 applications from those wanting to apply for these scholarships," cites Michael Grady, Vector Security's Executive Vice President. "That's almost ten times greater than the numbers we received during the first year of the program, and nearly three times the amount we received last year."

Grady credits this increasing interest and participation with three specific factors. "First and foremost, the growing desirability of the LPF educational programs speaks for itself. They offer a level of loss prevention education which is virtually unavailable outside the LPF. Second, loss prevention professionals are realizing that continuing education is important in a field where their roles are expanding quickly. LP professionals are expected to be sharp, technically savvy business managers, leaders, educators, social scientists, accountants, statisticians, high level executives, and of course -- investigators. Third, the loss prevention industry has received increasing levels of
awareness due to the LPF's great job at expanding the coursework to colleges and universities. That's attracting a more diverse level of people to their programs and the retail LP industry in general."

While the results of this year were outstanding, Grady states that Vector really didn't know what the first year would bring. "When we began this program in 2009, we were uncertain whether people would have an interest to respond. The LPF, itself, was in the process of improving and expanding its programs and we didn't know if the program would be widely accepted." That year, Vector got fewer than 20 applicants for the ten LPQ (Loss Prevention Qualified) scholarships the company donated.

"We sort of sat back and said this thing is going to take off, we just need to maintain our dedication to it." Then, 2010 was a pivotal year for Vector. The applicants tripled, Vector doubled the number of scholarships, and the program included the recently released LPC (Loss Prevention Certified) program.

That set the stage for 2011! Vector tripled the number of scholarships from their 2009 level and the LPF coursework, itself, progressed and became even more valuable to retail LP professionals. The result -- Vector's scholarship program received its largest level of interest and participation ever! We are pleased to announce this year's winners:




Casey Alexander
Lucio Botello
Tom Chason
Andrew Diamond
Patrick Foy
Deborah Giordano
Cameron Hess
Brad Johnson
Renaldo N. Johnson
Neil Jones
Brandon Mathews
Jose Mendoza
Mike Otten
Tyson Robertson
Kenneth Willaims
Gordman's Stores
CVS Pharmacy
Pursuing opportunities
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
J.D. Mauer & Associates
Pep Boys Auto
Belk, Inc.
Cabela's, Inc.
Pursuing opportunities
Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Michaels Stores, Inc.
Panera Bread, LLC
Mashalls (TJX Companies)
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Brian Clark
Marcus Collins
Sal D'Amico
Laura J. Guerry
Thaddeus C. Hugues
Tiffany O'Brien
Ken Parsons
John Reid
Louis Senecal
Martha Skokowski
Amy Stephens
John F. Watson
Keith Weiner
Monty Whitlow
Kathy Wood
Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Walgreens Co.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Fred Meyer, Inc.
Staples, Inc.
Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc.
Michaels Stores, Inc.
The Zellman Group, LLC
Luxottica Retail
Macy's, Inc.
Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Pursuing opportunities
Pursuing opportunities
Kohl's Corporation

But according to Grady, not only the number of applicants has changed, "The level of interest from candidates located outside the direct retail loss prevention community has grown significantly. We had ex-military and ex-police candidates, college students and people who are between jobs seeking scholarships this year. That's a great testimony to the attractiveness of the retail LP industry as of late, and we made sure to include those types of individuals in this year's selection." He closes by saying that those who maintain a continued interest in the scholarship program and demonstrate a real work ethic in the way they pursue opportunities are receiving additional attention. "The fact that we are experiencing an increasing level of interest from the public, and are expanding our contributions accordingly is great; but we are dismayed by the fact that we are disappointing people, most of whom are good scholarship candidates. When we see people continually applying for scholarships, that means they're engaged in the process, and that helps them rise to the top."

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Asset Protection Investigator e-Bay, Inc. San Jose, CA e-Bay
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Washington DC Sears Holdings Corp.
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Honolulu, HI Sears Holdings Corp.
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Redwood City, CA Sears Holdings Corp.
Regional LP Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Atlanta, GA Sears Holdings Corp.
Divisional LP Director Confidential Chicago, IL Downing & Downing
Director of Investigations Confidential Central US Downing & Downing
Director of Loss Prevention Confidential Midwest Downing & Downing
National Account Sales Mgr Confidential New York City, NY Downing & Downing
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Phoenix, AZ The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Metro Northern NJ The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Sacramento, CA The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Salem, OR The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Detroit, MI The Home Depot
Director of Loss Prevention Confidential California Downing & Downing
District Loss Prevention Mgr Confidential Los Angeles, CA Downing & Downing

Today's Daily Job Postings from the Net - Appearing Today Only

Job Opening




Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Statesville, NC Lowes
Regulatory Compliance & Safety City of Cleveland Cleveland, OH Indeed
District Loss Prevention Mgr Kohl's Corporation Detroit, MI Indeed
Field Mgt-Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Baltimore, MD SimplyHired
Loss Prevention Mgr Macy's Boston, MA SimplyHired
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears Seattle, WA Sears Holdings
Loss Prevention Mgr Bed Bath and Beyond Las Vegas, NM Indeed
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Sparks, NV Lowes
District Loss Prevention Mgr Dick's Sporting Goods Tulsa, OK Dick's
Loss Prevention Mgr Macy's Rochester, NY SimplyHired
AP/LP - District AP Mgr Kmart Belleville, NJ SimplyHired
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Cincinnati, OH Lowes
Market AP Mgr Wal-Mart Raleigh, NC Juju
Regional Supply Chain AP Mgr The Home Depot Chicago, IL Juju
Scott Springer was named Divisional Loss Prevention Director for Dollar General
Richard Read was promoted to Director of Distribution Asset Protection for Sports Authority
Cliff Rodriguez was named Assistant Director of Loss Prevention for Bogopa Service Group
Melissa Lauricello was named Director of Global Analytics for the Zellman Group

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Business buzz words and phrases, aren't they great? "Change agent, influence without authority, forward thinking, consummate professional, think outside of the box"; the list goes on and on. Heck, folks have made decent livings publishing books on leadership and management. Personally, I've enjoyed reading a good number of these books and have even been employed by a company that truly embraced the messages the author was conveying. With that said, not everyone catches on to those messages.

Yes,  you have to do more than make folks read. Change comes from the top and as leaders, if you don't outwardly embrace change, it will be difficult for others in the organization to catch on. Don't expect a required reading to   simply change your culture - only you can do that. Culture is so unique, diverse, and broad that a book won't simply cut it. Back to those buzz words -- be the company change agent and influence without authority. You'll be regarded as a proactive consummate professional who is able to think outside of the box.

Jim Palmer
Chief Security Officer / Director of Loss Prevention
U.S. Coast Guard Community Services Command (CGX-MWR)

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