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April 5, 2011

Loss Prevention & Safety Recruiters Since 1983


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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





A private security guard at an Apple store in San Diego shot and killed a smash-and-grab burglary suspect early Monday and two other suspects were arrested after the driver of the getaway car died of his head wound and crashed the car.  Apple stores across the country have been getting hit with many stores being hit more than once in only a few months.  The guard opened fire inside the store after one man pulled a gun and fired at him.  Footage from surveillance cameras capturing a number of the Apple burglaries have been posted on YouTube.  (Source Associated Press)

A former disgruntled Gucci headquarters computer technician at their U.S. headquarters in NYC is being accused of hacking into the retailers computer system and causing over $193,698 of damage, but he pleaded not guilty in federal court to computer tampering, identity theft and falsifying business records and other charges.  He had been fired from the company for abusing his employee discount and buying bulk items and shipping them to Asia for resale.  (Source

"Protect yourself with Dish Network. Sign up now, get a free gun." promotion at a RadioShack store in Montana has now been picked up by another RadioShack operator in Mountain Home, Idaho, who is offering a free shotgun with the purchase of a satellite television package.  The promotion in Montana tripled that store's business and now another one, much against corporate wishes, is doing it.  Nothing like operating franchise locations.  (Source

Lowe's Market has purchased 55 Super S Foods stores in south and central Texas.  Now operating 90 stores in west Texas, New Mexico and Arizona with $700 million in sales, this will more than double the size of the company.  How will it impact LP jobs?  (Source 

Wal-Mart may be testing a home delivery grocery service in the San Jose area of Northern California.  (Source

Target was the first U.S. retailer "to have the ability to scan a bar code directly from a mobile device at any store nationwide" and now with Target's image scanners at checkouts in all of its 1,800 stores, they've adopted a mobile coupon system from CodeBroker that creates a single bar code for multiple mobile coupon redemptions.  (Source

Identity thieves are targeting children's social security numbers and saddling thousands with debt and sometimes it'll be years before they even know it.  In a recent study of a database of 42,232 children, it was found that 4,311, or 10.2%, had someone else using their social security numbers.  In one case of a 17-year-old, her number was being used by 8 different people to amass $725,000 in debt and in another a 14-year-old had a 10-year credit history that included a $605,000 mortgage for a house.  (Source

Symantec report shows 3 million malware attacks in 2010, up 93% from 2009, and on average 260,000 identities were exposed for every data breach that occurred with 286 new strains of malware discovered, with mobile phone security becoming an issue as hackers encourage smartphone owners to download malicious apps.  (Source

Yesterday's reported security breach of the world's largest permission-based email marketing provider, Epsilon, now has grown to 2% of their 2,500 clients, estimated at 50.   But the names are big ones; Walgreen, Kroger, New York & Company, Brookstone, Home Shopping Network, Fred Meyer, Ethan Allen, King Soopers, Best Buy, bebe Stores, Ralphs grocery, LL Bean, Fry's, Lacoste, Target, and a host of others.  (Source

Walgreen March same store sales up 3% with total sales up 7.6%

America's Top 10 most fraud ridden states; 1) Colorado, 2) Florida, 3) Maryland, 4) Nevada, 5) Arizona, 6) California, 7) Washington, 8) Delaware, 9) Alaska, 10) Georgia.  (Source

Last week's posting by the Compass Group is the first time in history we've ever seen a Senior Vice President of Loss Prevention position openly advertised on the internet.

Blockbusters auction process is expected to be complete before a sale approval hearing schedule for Thursday.  (Source Associated Press)

A few weeks ago, we reported on the network security company RSA and its SecurID two-factor authentication product that a number of retailers use which had been hacked - well it was done by tricking one employee with an email entitled "2011 Recruitment Plan" and after clicking it a backdoor virus went to work.  (Source 

Target and Supervalu are leading the battle against ORC and those who sell online and cost companies and customers $15 billion to $30 billion annually.  This article discusses the legislative efforts and the need for a global solution and how eBay has been working hand in hand with them.  (Source

McDonald's is hiring 50,000 people on their National Hiring Day April 19th.  Probably the single biggest hiring day for a retailer in history.  Talk about a pre-employment screening program.  (Source

XBR Loss Prevention version 7.0
 to Debut at RILA Loss Prevention Conference

Westboro, MA—MICROS-Retail will premiere the newest version of XBR® Loss Prevention at RILA Loss Prevention, April 11-14. Retailers will see how XBR version 7.0 injects behavioral analytics to pinpoint high-risk transactions and an expanded depth and breadth of reporting. Focusing on true exceptions will yield increased user productivity.

"We've added several features that improve the user experience and increase the reach of the application," says XBR Product Manager Scott Matza. "The new report rendering and digital video links significantly boost the usability and performance of the web client."

XBR's new Employee Violations Dashboards (EVDs) provide the complete picture of employee alerts and offer actionable information in an extraordinarily convenient and user-friendly format that can be easily viewed on a mobile device.

Read about the new XBR release at and visit booth #513 at RILA.


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

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

Job Opening




Asset Protection Mgr The Home Depot Knoxville, TN The Home Depot
Asset Protection Mgr The Home Depot San Jose, CA The Home Depot
Asset Protection Mgr The Home Depot Houston, TX The Home Depot
District Director LP Macy's Long Island West Hicksville, NY Macy's
District SIU Mgr
(internal/employee theft)
Macy's Pittsburgh East Pittsburgh, PA Macy's
District SIU Mgr
(internal/employee theft)
Macy's New York West Rochester, NY Macy's
Regional AP Mgr Wal-Mart Odessa, TX Wal-Mart
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears North Riverside, IL Indeed
LP Investigator/ORC Dominick's Finer Foods Oak Brook, IL Safeway
Safety and LP Sr Mgr Ryder System New Hyde Park, NY eBay Classifieds
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Hillsborough, NJ Lowes
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Cincinnati/Springdale, OH Lowes
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Cincinnati/Norwood, OH Lowes
LP District Group Mgr Beall's, Inc. North Louisiana/NE Texas/
Field Management-LP Mgr Kmart North Miami Beach, FL SimplyHired
Regional LP Mgr Abercrombie & Fitch Dallas, TX LPJobs

Kelli Barraza was named National Account Manager for Security Source.
Andrew Casteel was named Area Loss Prevention Manager for the Gap Stores.

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Everyday you've got to work and you've got to ask yourself what value are you adding to the company, to the industry and to your career. While this may seem rather ominous at first, try reducing it to your daily tasks and just make sure that with every effort you make there is value you deliver to someone, to some store or to some project. If you can merely focus on the word "value" and ask yourself am I delivering it everyday, you're then one step closer to advancing your career. Because if you can build the field they will come and play.

Good Luck
Gus Downing

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