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April 14, 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 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





ABC news (Video clips) Baby Formula is 'liquid gold' to Organized Retail Criminals
Joe LaRocca (Senior Asset Protection Advisor at the NRF ) and Rhett Asher (VP at the Food Marketing Institute) share their insight on this alarming trend, costing retails Millions. Robert Ranki (International Formula Council) is working with many others calling for national legislation making the theft of formula by an ORC ring a violation of federal racketeering laws. One ORC ring in California/Oregon stole $2.5 million in infant formula, over a 4-year period until busted in 2010. (Source:

Office Depot Explores Smaller Store Idea
Kevin Peters (head of Retail), believes the Big Box retail concept is broken, and the company must refocus on stronger customer service. Office Depot also has to face unhappy shareholder on April 21st to explain the tax error that took the 2010 financials from a profit of $33M to a lose of $46M. (Source:

Best Buy to Expand "Services and Accessories"
Best Buy wants to expand its focus on the electronic hardware market, increase its online presence and continue to grow Best Buy Mobile. The company said it plans to cut its U.S. big-box store square footage by 10% over the next three to five years, generating annual savings of $70 million to $80 million. (Source:

SuperValu Surges After Profit Forecast Tops Analystsí Estimates
Supervalu Inc., the third-biggest U.S. supermarket chain by sales, said on Thursday that more effective promotions fueled quarterly profit that topped its own expectation, and shares surged 13 percent. Analyst believe that Supervalu is aiming to reverse 12 consecutive quarters of same store sales declines by plowing savings from cost cutting efforts -- including closing underperforming stores and trimming corporate operating expenses -- into lower prices for groceries. (Source:

Retail Clothing Prices To Climb 10% to 20%
Analysts predict that retail clothing prices will rise 10% to 20% before the year's end, a result of increased prices for cotton, labor, oil and other commodities. (Source:

Shoplifter Shoves 14 Bottles of Body Wash in Pants
A man tried to shoplift 14 bottles of Dove Body Wash from a Rock Hill Bi-Lo Tuesday, police say. (Source:

St. Louis County Jury Awards Damages to Woman Attacked at Mall
Erica Whitley, 22, was an employee at Claire's, a jewelry boutique, when she was roughed up the day after she helped catch a shoplifter. Police said the father of the accused shoplifter, Mark C. Wells, and a woman beat up Whitley for her role in the apprehension of the teenager. (Source:

U.S. Retail Industry's Most Admired Companies - Wal-Mart Is Biggest, But Not the Best, Most, or Favorite
Fortune Magazine greatly "admired" Apple, Google ,, McDonald's , Wal-Mart and Disney last year, and those same six companies and their retail operations were admired again in 2010. (Source:

UK department store, Debenhams, CEO to retire as profit rises 14%
Rob Templeman is planning to retire at the end of the current financial year, after holding the office for eight years. For the 26 weeks ended February 26, the company's profit before tax increased to 125.3 million pounds ($204.86 million) from 114.5 million pounds in the previous year. (Source:

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

Job Opening




Regional Loss Prevention Mgr Burlington Coat Factory AL, MS, TN Region Burlington Coat Factory
Regional Loss Prevention Mgr Burlington Coat Factory AR, LA, OK Region Burlington Coat Factory
Regional Loss Prevention Mgr Burlington Coat Factory Metro NY, NJ and CT Region Burlington Coat Factory
Regional Loss Prevention Mgr Burlington Coat Factory San Antonio Region Burlington Coat Factory
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




Loss Prevention Mgr Bloomingdale's Garden City, NY SnagAJob
Special Invest. Global Security Wal-Mart Bentonville, AR Wal-Mart
District Loss Prevention Mgr Marshalls Moorsetown, NJ Indeed
District Loss Prevention Mgr TJMaxx Norwalk, CT TJX
Area Loss Prevention Mgr Ross Stores Corporate Pleasanton, CA Indeed
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears Costa Mesa, CA Indeed
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies Inc Amarillo, TX Lowes
Regional LP Mgr Talbots Los Angeles, CA Monster
Natl Task Force Investigator TJ Maxx San Jose, CA LPJobs
Area Loss Prevention Mgr Rent-A-Center Baltimore, MD LPJobs
Asset Protection Investigator Saks Fifth Avenue Washington DC, MD LPJobs

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Sometimes when you're moving so fast and dealing with the mistakes of the day, the frustration levels peak and one can tend to forget that sometimes you've just got to stop, listen and take a breath and maybe talk to a friend about it all.  If it's a good friend, they'll bring you back into focus and make sure you don't react too aggressively and make the mistakes even worst.  There aren't many friends like that nor ones that you can absolutely trust.  But if you've got a couple, make sure you thank them as well for taking the time.

Just a thought
Gus Downing

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