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Brian Bazer
was named AVP Loss Prevention & Risk Management for Ascena Retail Group Inc. Dressbarn Division. Prior to joining the Ascena Retail Group Brian was VP of Asset Protection and Risk Services for Advance Auto Parts for just over three years. Brian has also served as a Senior Consultant for the Retail Relationship. He was also with Best Buy for 11 years with his last position there as Director of Best Buy. Prior to that he worked as a LPM for Ikea. Congratulations Brian on your new position!

The last 6 months have probably been the most volatile at the senior level in retail LP then we've ever seen. Over the last 6 months we've seen over 20 senior LP turns with the most activity in the last three months. It's almost as if there's this pent-up demand for change regardless of results coupled with this new technology wave that's changing retail faster than we've ever seen before and raising expectations beyond current boundaries that's redefining everyone's role.

The murder of a manager during a Phoenix Wal-Mart robbery has the company considering store changes nationwide. While security has been on high alert in this specific store since the unfortunate incident with a strong police presence a number of articles are making this same claim that Wal-Mart is considering "changes nationwide." However there is no other information available as to what those changes may be. (Source

New survey shows less than 50% of retailers are familiar with cloud-based systems for security management. Frost & Sullivan's new report "2011 United States Security in Retail Overview: Physical Security and Building Technologies Focus" shows that many retailers are not familiar with cloud based security systems. (Source

Networld Alliance survey shows 11.8% already have biometric fingerprint authorization processes & 26% are considering it & 41% want to learn more about it. It'll be here quick enough. (Source

Japanese ATMs to use palm readers in place of cash cards One Bank will do away with cards all together after the natural disasters and everyone losing their cards. The new machines will allow customers to withdraw or deposit cash and check their balances by placing their hand on a scanner and entering their birthday plus a pin number. Finger and palm scanners are currently used by many large Japanese banks along with cash cards as an additional safety feature. The palm-scanning technology in the ATMs was developed by Fujitsu, which uses the vein patterns in a person's hand to check their identity. Fujitsu has said its technology can quickly differentiate between hundreds of thousands of people, and the company also sells products such as computer mice with built-in palm readers that can be used in place of passwords to log users in to online systems. ATM skimming could become a thing of the past with this technology. It'll be here soon. (Source

U.S. sues Apple and 5 publishers for conspiracy on price fixing in the $1.7B e-book industry. Three of the publishers have already settled. The Justice Department accused Apple of colluding with the five publishers as the Silicon Valley giant was launching its iPad in early 2010 and was seeking to break up's low-cost dominance in the digital book market. Because of the agreement, e-book prices went up an average of $2 to $3 in a three-day period in early 2010, according to the Justice Department lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday. A number of states have also been filing their own cases which have been successful as well. e-Book prices will come down. (Source

"CIO's rarely discover the insider crime that can ruin companies. Here's what needs to change." The cover story on this months issue of CIO magazine points to how there's more than just LP focused on internal fraud. And its a good article on shows how monitoring internal fraud is a team effort and how the LP industry has to evolve beyond our current defined boundaries in order to truly evolve in this tech driven world. Thirty years ago the IT department where merely the folks providing us with sales data and now they're the ones steering e-commerce, m-commerce and real time analytics. Tomorrows truly successful LP executive will be a tech savvy enterprise risk expert that can sit side by side with the CIO. (Source

Des Moines retail stores hit with "stacks" of counterfeit bills. Police have confiscated stacks of counterfeit bills allegedly used in a surprisingly uncomplicated scam to steal from Des Moines-area retail stores. Two men went to the Sears Store at Merle Hay Mall on March 23 and bought about $850 worth of clothing with counterfeit money and returned the merchandise at the Sears Store at SouthRidge Mall for a refund. With $850 in real money, they went to another cash register and asked if they could have larger bills for the ones they just received at the other cash register. The men gave a clerk $300 in counterfeit $20 bills and walked out with another $300 in real cash. At Dillard’s Department Store at Jordan Creek Town Center the following day one of two men tried to buy a suit with $500 in bogus cash that the pen showed was counterfeit and police detained them. (Source



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2012 International Organization of Black Security Executives

Spring Conference
April 18-20
Chicago, IL

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Retail Fraud 2012

Largest Retail Fraud & LP conference in Europe

Novotel West, London

April 19, 2012

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2012 Retail
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September 12, 2012
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Washington State Organized Retail Crime Alliance (WSORCA)

Annual Training Conference
October 18, 2012

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Northern Michigan University, located in Michigan’s incredible Upper Peninsula, offers one of the only baccalaureate loss prevention management programs in the United States. It is offered completely online and accepts up to 92 transfer credits. An affordable investment into a dynamic and growing profession.

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Neil Watanabe, The Journey from LP to CFO - Leadership & Development Series           Coming Next Week                 --                      The ORC Leaders Panel Discussions -  #1 - The Drug Store Industry's ORC Leaders             #2 - The Big Box & Specialty ORC Leaders               Coming soon!

LPNN's "External Business Partners Series"

This series is dedicated to educating and informing each reader about the various solution providers in North America that make it possible for you to provide your company with the resources you need to develop, build, and deliver your Loss Prevention services. As you progress in your career you'll find that these companies and executives, who are dedicated and committed to the Loss Prevention industry, play a vital role in the success of your program. They're an extension of your team and the relationships you build with them are critical. They also provide a wealth of information and knowledge that can help add value to your company, your department, and most importantly to you, the Loss Prevention executives of North America. This series is dedicated to bringing you these executives, their companies, and their knowledge.

Bass Security Services, Inc.
Dale Bass, President and CEO &
Joe Mignone, Vice President Sales and Marketing

Meet Dale Bass and Joe Mignone, the two leaders of Bass Security and learn about their organization, their history, and their focus on customer service. With over 30 years of experience and dramatic growth, including the acquisition of The Girtman Group, they're well positioned to be a One Point Contact dedicated to all aspects of mechanical and electronic security.


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Corpus Christi, TX., police arrest store owner of Norma's Fruits for selling stolen H-E-B food. H-E-B loss prevention worked with Corpus Christi police and shut this store down after an investigation. No other information was available. Obviously they had a team of shoplifters working the local H-E-B stores. (Source

Organized theft syndicate ‘Geng Kangkang’ arrested with powered milk in Kuala Lumpur. The group admitted to traveling 13 hours away to unload its stolen loot, but police were on their trail, nabbing the five members of the group and seeking the arrest of five other suspects. The group is believed to have raided stores throughout Malaysia. (source

East Longmeadow, Massachusetts "Tooth Paste" thief causes concern for small businesses. Police apprehended a would be thief trying to steal a cart load of tooth paste, now police are focused on the small convenience stores who buy products from shoplifters. (source


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Axis Communications HDTV-quality IP Surveillance Cameras to Monitor Race Day Operations at the 2012 Boston Marathon

Mass.-based LARiiON to install highest quality PTZs at Athletes’ Village and finish line to help Marathon run smoothly and create time lapse videos

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – April 12, 2012 – Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, today announced that four HDTV-quality AXIS Q6035-E PTZ Dome Network Cameras will be used to monitor race day activities at the Athletes’ Village and finish line for the 116th running of the Boston Marathon on April 16th. Needham, Mass.-based LARiiON Integrated Solutions will be installing the IP video system and condensing more than 12 hours of Marathon activity into a few short minutes of video with specially designed time lapse software.

The Athletes’ Village, located at Hopkinton High School, is where the 26,000-plus registered runners meet to relax and stretch before the Boston Marathon. The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) and its sponsors provide pre-race entertainment, light refreshments, liquids and shelter at the Village before directing the runners to the starting line in assigned waves to ensure the Marathon begins efficiently and in an orderly fashion. Two AXIS Q6035-E Network Cameras will stream live video to the command center trailer to help race organizers monitor operations and assign volunteers and resources where necessary.

Two additional pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras mounted near the finish line will simultaneously cover multiple blocks-worth of activity, including runner flow from the finish line to the medical tents, operations at the medal reception and refreshment zones, as well as volunteer staffing levels and foot traffic at the race souvenir and Mylar blanket areas.

"With more than 26,000 runners and 500,000 spectators participating in Monday's Boston Marathon, it's important that our event upholds high standards of safety for all involved," said Tom Grilk, Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association. "To have access to high definition cameras and cutting edge surveillance technology will be a major asset to our operations team and our event."

LARiiON’s time lapse software will be used to create a compelling race day video for runners and fans, as well as give race organizers insight into hours’ worth of activity recapped in a few minutes to help identify operational efficiencies that can be used for next year’s Marathon and other races. Additionally, live view from the AXIS Q6035-E Network Cameras will provide the B.A.A. with real time video feedback for the first time.

The outdoor-ready AXIS Q6035-E PTZ Dome Network Camera is Axis’ highest quality PTZ camera with 1080p HDTV performance and 20x optical zoom (see video). The IP camera, which is typically used for the most demanding surveillance applications, features true day/night functionality, multistream H.264 and Motion JPEG compressions, High Power over Ethernet connection and intelligent video features like Active Gatekeeper, tour recording and motion and audio detection. AXIS Q60-E Series can operate in temperatures from 122° down to -40° F thanks to Arctic Temperature Control, and high-quality performance enables 1080p video at 30 frames per second and 720p up to 60 frames per second.

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Axis Communications Inc.

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2012 Thought Challenge Awards Committee Members

We'd like to announce this year's Thought Challenge Awards Committee Members. The committee consists of ten members from various retail stores across the nation. Serving as the Chairperson is Jim O'Connor, VP LP for Bed Bath & Beyond and the Manager Member is Art Silva, Retail Sr. Executive. The following individuals are also on the committee: Tom Arigi, National Stores; Megan Curtis, Walt Disney Co.; Debbie Maples, Gap, Inc.; Pedro Ramos, Agilence; Tom Roan, Macy's; Bob Serenson, Wal-Mart; Rosamaria Sostilio, Saks Fifth Avenue; and Mark Stinde, 7-Eleven. Thanks for serving on this year's committee!

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Brian Bazer was named AVP Loss Prevention & Risk Management for Ascena Retail Group Inc. Dressbarn Division.
Ken Warfield was transferred to CVS's New Jersey-New York division as the Area Director of Loss Prevention.
Hector Pearson was named Area Director of Loss Prevention for CVS Mid Atlantic.
Wayne Barnes is now Manager, Regional Investigator at ANN INC.

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Productivity, Multitasking, and the Death of the Phone Sherry Turkle, MIT professor speaks with HBR's Susie Jackson on the topic of multitasking and productivity. She discusses how research has shown that technology and constant connectivity has not made us more productive, and she offers some tips on how we can regain control. (a healthy diet of technology)
A New Productivity for the Smartphone Era There appears to be a new definition of productivity and it has to do with two things: converting "down time" to work time, and being able to "stay in touch" with what’s happening at work at all times. How does your company define it?  (the gift of a smartphone)


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Competition is a good thing because it's what has made America so strong. Whether it's competition between companies or between executives, it has a tendency to bring out the best in most people and in most organizations. It leads to innovation, invention, growth and it instills a sense of competition in everything we do that tends to motivate and challenge people to reach beyond their own self-definitions of what they can do or can't do. Without it, progress, which is slow to begin with, would be stifled but, with it, you have inspiration and purpose. The whole key is how you compete in the open market, whether as a company or as an executive, reflecting professional standards and a code of ethics is critical even when your competition isn't. The #1 rule should always be never speak ill of the competition because in actuality it's more of a reflection of who you are and not who they are.

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