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March 31, 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

NRF-Investigators' Network Meetings
McLean, VA April 20
Houston, TX April 21
Dallas, TX April 28

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





With the release of a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security FREE online training program titled Active Shooter, What You Can Do, the National Retail Federation updated their Active Shooter Whitepaper.  The training is targeted to reach a broad range of individuals, including managers and associates. While individuals respond instinctually to crisis situations, these materials are intended to help associates be prepared to respond if an active shooter situation erupts. The program will supplement retailers' internal training already provided to employees.  DHS Online Training Program:  Poster:  Booklet: 
Pocket Guide:
NRF Whitepaper:

The sale of counterfeit goods accounts for 8% of China's total Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to some estimates by economists.  And while it's difficult to measure the true amount of sales in the U.S. for counterfeit goods, the Customs & Border Protection unit of the DHS released a ranking for 2009 of the top 10 counterfeit items by seizure amount.  1. Footwear - Value: $99.8 million - 38% of total seizures - By far the greatest amount of any product. By value, 98% of counterfeit footwear originated in China. For the fourth year in a row footwear was the top commodity seized.  2. Consumer Electronics - $31.8 million - 12% - China produces most of these electronics, with approximately $18.5 million worth of seizures. Consumer electronics are also the most popular illegitimate product coming out of Hong Kong, second only to China. They make up 40% of all counterfeit goods intercepted from Hong Kong. 3. Handbags/Wallets/Backpacks- $21.5 million - 8% - China exported $19.5 million of these goods.   4. Apparel - $21.5 million - 8% -  The amount exported from China $17.9 million.  5. Watches/Parts - $15.5 million - 6% - The majority of these items, over $7.9 million almost 50%, came from Hong Kong.  (Source

Blockbuster is closing another 186 stores bringing the total store closures to 1,145 since filing for bankruptcy.  The court approved procedures for an auction of Blockbuster which they've already received one offer of $290 million.  They'll use the funds to pay the movie studios who have agreed to continue shipping.  If this organization falls, expect to see the movie studios and the streaming video players come to a new game changing arrangement.  (Source 

Online advertised jobs for the first three months of 2011 have risen about 200,000 monthly and signaling good news compared to the last 3 years.  (Source

According to H&M's CEO, the increased cost of cotton was the number 1 reason the company's profit fell 30%.  They held tight on price and absorbed the cost to remain value driven.  This is the first retailer to report such an impact and won't be the last.  This one dynamic will be the number 1 reason why many LP budgets won't loosen up this year.  (Source Associated Press)

Google agrees to adopt a comprehensive privacy program to settle FTC federal charges that it violated its own privacy policy when it launched the Buzz last year and automatically created public circles of friends for Gmail users with their most frequent Gmail contacts without asking permission.   Users complained that they didn't want all their email contacts -- which could include ex-spouses, doctors, employers and recruiters -- to become part of a social network for everyone to see.  (Source Associated Press)

J.C. Penney Co.'s Chairman and Chief Executive, Myron E. Ullman III, received compensation worth $12.3 million in 2010, a 48% increase from 2009.  His base salary was $1.5 million, a performance-based cash bonus of $2.56 million, received $6.4 million in stock awards and $1.59 million in stock options.  (Source Associated Press)

Brookstone 4Q reports same store sales up 5.7% with revenue up 9.5%


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

Job Opening




Asset Protection Investigator e-Bay, Inc. San Jose, CA e-Bay
Corporate LP Mgr Confidential NYC, NY Downing & Downing
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.
Director of Investigations Confidential Dallas, TX 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

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Job Opening




District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears Honolulu, HI Sears Holdings Corp
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears Baytown, TX Indeed
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears Ocean, NJ Indeed
Regional LP Mgr--Northeast DSW, Inc. Manhattan, NY Indeed
Safety and LP Mgr Ryder Nashville, TN Indeed
Loss Prevention Mgr Rite Aid Corporation Baltimore, MD Indeed
Loss Prevention Mgr Mattress Overstock Katy, TX Indeed
District Loss Prevention Mgr Big Lots Raleigh, NC JobNet
Director, LP Regional Ross Stores Texas Ross Stores
Area LP Mgr Ross Stores North and South Carolina Ross Stores
Area LP Mgr Ross Stores Dallas, TX Ross Stores
Area LP Mgr Ross Stores San Francisco Bay area Ross Stores
Safety and Regulatory Mgr Schneider National, Inc. Savannah, GA Indeed

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Stagnation is the key to failing. Every CEO at failing retailers I've ever spoken to has told me that the number 1 reason for the company's problems was because the employee population had become stagnate and complacent in their jobs and performance. So many complain when new CEO's bring in their new teams and reorganize their companies, but in essence that's the key to reinventing the organization and rebirthing the company. All teams need to be reinvented from time to time merely to give them new energy, new focus, new opportunities. The human condition always forces us to take the easiest path when in reality that path will ultimately lead us to stagnation. Sometimes it's best to take a new path, one that appears to be the hardest, and maybe the most difficult. Because it's always the darkest path where we find the most rewards. Reinvent-Rebirth-Rethink. It begins every Monday!

Good Luck
Gus Downing

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