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April 4, 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
Register Here

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




October 4-6, 2011

CLEAR/Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail
2nd Annual Training Conference
Peppermill Resort/Casino
Reno, NV





Blockbuster heads to bankruptcy court with two more offers in hand to pull them out.  One from Dish TV could be an interesting development with it giving them a retail platform and obviously with even fewer stores.

Family Dollar who recently held off a takeover bid reorganizes the entire company - laying off over 180 corporate executives including a senior vice president and a number of vice presidents including the vice president of loss prevention and as much as 10% of the LP field team, 12 to 15 executives.

Hackers obtained email addresses and names of the customer of Best Buy, Kroger, Walgreen, TiVo Inc., JP Morgan, Capital One, Barclays Bank, U.S. Bancorp and others in a data breach of a third-party company, Epsilon, who manages email programs.  This may lead to huge "phishing attacks."  Epsilon, which is a marketing services firm, sends out more than 40 billion emails annually and has more than 2,500 clients.   The list is growing and it may end up being the biggest breach ever in history.  More information will be released as this story develops over the next few days.  (Source

American Apparel stated in its 4thQ financial statement that there is "substantial doubt that the company will be able to continue as a going concern."  Over the last year, the company has installed RFID in 28 stores, installed traffic counters and security cameras in 100 stores, and completed installation of EAS tagging in 223 stores globally.  (Source

With State budgets in a tailspin, 22 states are now looking at their tough-on-crime era stiffer sentences and looking to revise them due to the increased cost of housing inmates.  The $12 billion cost in 1988 is more than $50 billion now and many are now looking at more drug and alcohol treatments programs for abusers and probation for petty thieves.  California's largest state prison population of 152,000 inmates now ships over 10,000 out of state as a way to improve medical treatment and meet a federal court order to reduce inmate population.  The tough-on-crime era may be over because at the end of the day who's going to pay for it?  (Source Associated Press)

Legal pharmaceutical drugs now account for 15% of the estimated $8 billion to $12 billion in annual cargo theft with law enforcement saying that the organized criminal gangs, many of them Cuban-American operating out of South Florida, have been dramatically increasing both the size and frequency of heists and it's the #1 most lucrative target.  With 54 major pharma thefts reported in 2010, the average haul was $3.7 million according to FreightWatch.  Tabacoo's next at $1.4 million a haul.  Last year's Easter heist of Lilly's warehouse in Conn. was a $75 million haul.  (Source

The second annual Guardian Analytics and Ponemon Institute study shows that 56% of businesses experienced payments fraud in the last twelve months.  Money is leaving accounts unnoticed at an alarming rate and corporate account takeover fraud is continuing to escalate.  (Source


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

eBay Supports Investigation Leading to Jail Sentence for Canadian Fraudster

eBay Asset Protection investigators, working closely with Canadian law enforcement and tax authorities, leads to three-year jail sentence after guilty plea entered. The suspect pleaded guilty to two counts of income tax evasion, one count of fraud, one count of possession of property obtained by fraud and one count of laundering proceeds of crime and was sentenced to three years in jail and fined $223,849. The business involved selling equipment and services to enable customers to decode encrypted satellite television programming signals without paying a subscription fee and used online merchant accounts -- including PayPal, PaySystems, WorldPay and PayZip -- to process payments for the sale of the illegal products and services. As a result of the investigation, it was determined the taxable income was also understated by $626,331 between 2003 & 2007. The business operation defrauded lawful distributors of encrypted subscription programming signals in Canada & the U.S, and the suspect participated in money laundering activities exceeding $300,000. Click here for article

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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




Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Kmart Chesapeake, VA Sears Holdings Corp.
District Asset Protection Mgr Sears Holdings/Kmart Belleville, NJ Sears Holdings Corp.
District Asset Protection Mgr Sears Holdings/Kmart Greenbelt, MD Sears Holding Corp.
Regional LP Mgr Sears Holdings Corp Atlanta, GA JobCircle
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp North Riverside, IL LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Knoxville, TN LPJobs
Asset Protection Mgr Luxottica/Mfg, Distribution Knoxville, TN Luxottica
Asset Protection Mgr Luxottica/Mfg Ctr Dallas, TX LPJobs
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Louisville, KY Lowes
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp Concord, NH LPJobs
Area Loss Prevention Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Denver, NC Lowes
Asset Protection District Mgr Gordmans Memphis, TN LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Macy's Tanasbourne Hillsboro, OR Macy's
Loss Prevention Mgr Harbor Freight Tools New York, NY LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Roebuck and Co. Baltimore, MD JobCircle
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Roebuck and Co. Stevensville, MD JobCircle
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Novi, MI SimplyHired
Branch Loss Prevention Mgr HMS Host Charlotte, NC HMS Host
Distribution Svcs Area LP Mgr TJX Companies, Inc. Atlanta, GA TJX
Market Asset Protection Mgr Wal-Mart Raleigh, NC Wal-Mart
Assistant LP Mgr Neiman Marcus Newport Beach, CA Indeed
Safety and LP Mgr Ryder System Miami, FL Ryder
District LP Mgr Harbor Freight Tools USA Calabasas, CA Indeed
Regional LP Mgr RadioShack Pittsburgh, PA Indeed

Chris Hinger was promoted to Director of Loss Prevention Operations for Dick's Sporting Goods.
Jennifer Walker was promoted to National Loss Prevention Compliance & Awareness Manager for Charming Shoppes.
Ian Stan was named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Limited Brands.
James Borrelli was named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Aritzia.
Kevin White was named Regional Loss Prevention Investigator for Dollar General.
Paul Ganz was promoted to Senior Manager Supply Chain Asset Protection for Home Depot.
Travis Riley was promoted to Area Loss Prevention Manager for Bed Bath & Beyond.
Ben Peart was promoted to Senior Loss Prevention Manager for J.C. Penney.
Jeff Stone was named Loss Prevention Specialist for the the Navy Exchange.
Randall Stevens was named Loss Prevention Manager for the Navy Exchange.
Kelly Barraza was named National Accounts Manager for the Security Store.
Stacie Price was named Loss Prevention Supervisor for the Navy Exchange.
Hugo Cortez was named Loss Prevention Manager for the Navy Exchange.
Joseph Austin was named Loss Prevention Manager for the Navy Exchange.
Gene Rondina was promoted to Loss Prevention Specialist for the Navy Exchange.
Addie Govan was promoted to Loss Prevention manager for the Navy Exchange.
Mark Wasmunb was promoted to Loss Prevention Manager for the Navy Exchange.

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Sending and delivering the LP message in stores and at the corporate office is probably one of the most critical things one can do everyday.  How you communicate and how you deliver your message will determine how they respond and react.  If you expect to improve performance and influence change in the stores, then you've got to communicate in their words and their terms.  Each company has a message, a mission and core values and your message should fit all of them and be an extension of them and not an addition to them.  This breeds integration and results in inclusion, all of which are important elements of a successful executive.

Good Luck
Gus Downing

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