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April 20, 2011

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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
AL, AK, GA, IL, KY, MO, MS, SC, TN

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




 




 




 

 

Dee McCown was named Director of International Security for Grainger Industrial Supply.  This is a new position in the industry which is in response to Grainger's growth internationally and their strong performance last year.  Dee is a former FBI special agent and field supervisor from 1997 to 2008 and served in the U.S. Army in different roles from 1987 to 1997 and will be reporting to Keith Blakemore, Grainger's Director of Security & Loss Prevention.

Regretfully, the spring fling is beginning to look a little like the spring sling with two more senior LP positions eliminated recently at Children's Place and Aeropostale.  This almost appears to be a repeat of early spring 2009. 

With the Dish Network filing with Bankruptcy Court yesterday for 500 leases and not mentioning the other 1,200 units, rumor has it that they may be down to two Loss Prevention positions when all is said and done. 

The International Organization of Black Security Executives (IOBSE) had a strong conference last week in Bentonville, Ark., with over 100 executives attending and 43 students.  They're the only association that truly focuses on student participation and mentoring and they do a fantastic job with it each year.

Agilence, Inc., a provider of point-of-sale video auditing solutions purchased the assets of video analytics company Vidient Systems, Inc.  They plan to modify Vidient's technology and combine it with their Hawkeye platform specifically for the transportation and retail industries.  Agilence will adapt the solution to provide additional use cases, including people and vehicle counting, wait and dwell time assessment, and congestion detection.  (Source agilence.com)

A thief while trying to steal copper piping at the mostly vacant Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio, was electrocuted and died with the bolt cutters in his hands.  Witnesses said they heard an explosion and saw smoke coming from the electrical cabinet located between the JC Penney Outlet store and the former Sears location.  (Source fox8.com)


A report of a man with a rifle inside a Nordstrom department store triggered a massive police response and the evacuation and closing for two hours of the Burlington Mall near Boston on Tuesday, but the man turned out to be carrying only an umbrella.  (Source google.com)


A 25-year-old man who had been stalking his ex-wife at her place of employment at the Columbia Center Mall in Lexington, S.C., pled guilty and was sentenced to 50 years for shooting and murdering his ex-father-in-law while he was trying to protect his daughter.  The shooting occurred at the Mall itself four years ago.  (Source thesunnews.com)

The Gap is consolidating four existing international business units into one with 530 stores in 30 countries and their plans are for international and online sales to account for 30% of their revenues within the next two years.  This makes a lot of sense with their struggling domestic sales.  (Source retailingtoday.com)

Office Depot stumbles when the IRS determined some losses were improperly accounted for which has forced the company to restate financial results that turned a "meager 2010 profit of $33 million into a $46 million loss."   That industry may be overstored with Staples, Office Max, and Office Depot all vying for the same customer.  Long term, this industry will see continued shrinking.  (Source retailingtoday.com)

New Deloitte survey shows "Inflation anxiety may continue to wear at consumer confidence in the months ahead," and that continued falling home prices and rising energy costs have negatively impacted consumer purchasing power.  (Source retailingtoday.com)

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) appoints Robert Rosado as Director of Government Relations to focus on legislation that impacts supermarkets in the areas of food safety, health care, food deserts and the 2012 Farm Bill.  Certainly, he may also be needed to help organize the support of the ORC legislation as well.  (Source retailingtoday.com)

A repeat counterfeit salesman gets a three-month prison sentence in Lynchburg, Va., for selling counterfeit Nike shoes out of his van in a Wal-Mart parking lot.  (Source newsadvance.com)

A 23-year-old Philadelphia man on a robbery spree of gas stations and convenience stores was shot and killed by police Monday night.  (Source delcotimes.com)

Tesco's Fresh & Easy banner in the U.S. reported losses of $302.6 million.  (Source supermarketnews.com)

The Food and Drug Administration has redesigned its web page dedicated to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, www.fda.gov/FSMA  (Source supermarketnews.com)

With "about half" of retailing in Canada currently foreign controlled and that figure possibly growing to "70%" with the American invasion, homegrown Canadian retailers are looking for shoppers to "help prevent Canadian retailers from being wiped out," as quoted by Rona's CEO yesterday when he addressed a business audience in Toronto.  (Source pentictionherald.ca)

The ORC article supporting the new legislation that's been popping up in papers all over the country ran today in the Columbus Dispatch in Ohio.  This didn't happen last year with the legislation.  So hopefully it'll have an impact on Congress.   (Source dispatch.com)

Analysis of frauds in the UK during the first quarter of 2011 by Members of CIFAS -- the UK Fraud Prevention Service, shows  1) a
n overall decrease in fraudulent activity of nearly 7.5%, 2) a 13% dip in the level of identity fraud, and 3) a 62.5% increase in successful application frauds, signaling a resurgence of application fraud as a fraud technique of choice.  While much fraud has long, well-established links with organized criminal gangs, frauds perpetrated by individual applicants and account holders are increasing.  (Source theretailbulletin.com)

The upcoming Royal wedding could mean as much as $863 million U.S. in spending in the UK.  The Royal family is as much a revenue maker for them as a tradition in their culture.  (Source theretailbulletin.com)

Nordstrom's ordered by Maryland jury to pay nearly $1.6 million to two women stabbed inside its Bethesda, Md., store six years ago, concluding that the retailer did not adequately warn shoppers that a woman armed with four butcher knives was on the loose in the store.  (Source washingtonpost.com)

The Children's Place said Tuesday that its customer email address database was recently hacked by an unauthorized third party.  (Source csoonline.com)


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Southeastern ORC Conference
Sponsored by the Georgia Retail Association
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April 20, 2011
AmericasMart, Atlanta, GA

 

PayPal Supporting White House National Strategy for Trust Identities (NSTI) Initiative

PayPal Chief Information Security Officer, Michael Barrett, announced PayPal's full support of President Obama's efforts on creating the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), a blueprint for a decentralized system of secure credentials that could have a substantial positive impact on online sellers and soon expects to deliver benefits to both PayPal and eBay customers. PayPal is pressing ahead with the development of experimental new authentication measures, with plans to roll out more services to merchants and customers over the next several months. CISO, Michael Barrett commented; "We intend to directly support the NSTIC, which we expect will result in many new benefits to our customers, perhaps the most immediate benefit being the use of PayPal and eBay identities within the e-government context. I am not personally concerned about these dystopian worries. From every conversation I've had with the White House team, they're simply trying to set the voluntary ground rules of an identity ecosystem that will allow the creation of a safer online experience, without a heavy-handed "big brother" approach."  (Click here for article.)


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Submitted by Ken Gladney, CFI, Loss Prevention Manager, United Supermarkets

"Over qualified?" "Not enough experience?" "Not a good fit?" REALLY!?

Recently, I was watching one of many sports talk shows on TV today. One of the conversations spoke of how many previous head coaches that were fired from various teams are now employed on teams with younger head coaches. The sports casters talked about how the new generations of young head coaches are actively going after these older, experienced and knowledgeable coaches. One newly hired head coach stated that it was a no brainer to hire these types of individuals. Because, they bring not only their experience but, their wisdom, leadership, confidence and, proven success records with them.  Not to mention the intangible qualities that comes along with life experience. Who wouldn’t want that type of person on their team?

How does this relate to our industry? It's quite simple really? In December of 2010, one of the most respected professionals in our industry, Jim Lee, wrote an article in LP magazine about the same exact topic. Here are just several quotes from Jim's article.

· "One of the areas where we have done a poor job is hiring those who are out of work who are "overqualified." No one would admit this, but I think it does happen that "mature workers" don't get jobs because of their age."

· "Look around. In many other fields, experience is a "valued add." Look at the assistant coaches in sports."

· "I think loss prevention needs to take a "deeper dive" in evaluating the positives of hiring some of these older, experienced LP professionals."

My point is simply this; we have a lot of great, talented superstars sitting on the bench waiting to get back into the game again. All they ask is for the chance to show what they can do. But, unfortunately due to the current economic climate and the job market, the hiring process has become more subjective rather than based on qualifications and experience. And, when did being experienced, proven, and successful become a negative attribute in seeking a job?

So, before you tell a prospective candidate that they are "overqualified" or "they won't be a good fit," remember that person sitting in front of you has probably walked in your shoes and has dedicated their professional life to this great industry of ours so you can be in the position you're in. Don't break their spirit.

Lastly, I agree with Jim, "value the experience and don't feel threatened" or intimidated by the superstar LP professional sitting in front of you. He or she may be exactly what you're looking for.

Just my thought.

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Job Opening

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Location

Origination

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
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

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Location

Origination

Loss Prevention Mgr Pet Supermarket Sunrise, FL CareerBuilder
Regional LP Mgr Petco San Diego, CA Indeed
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears East Northport, NY Indeed
LP & Safety Compliance Mgr Vera Bradley Fort Wayne, IN RetailGigs
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears Yuba City, CA Indeed
Director, Loss Prevention Jo-Ann Hudson, OH Indeed
Market AP Mgr Wal-Mart Maple Grove, MN Indeed
Special Investigator, Global Security Sears Holdings Corp Tuscon, AZ Indeed
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Chester, VA Lowes
Regional LP Mgr Harbor Freight Tools San Francisco, CA LPJobs
 

Dee McCown named Director of International Security for Grainger Industrial Supply.
Steve Frank was named Corporate Claims and Freight Audit & Payments Manager for JC Penney.
Chad Shade named Internal Audit and Investigations Manager for Goodwill of Orange County.
Steve Coniglio named District Asset Protection Manager for Goodwill of Orange County.
Paul Scruggs named District Asset Protection Manager for Goodwill of Orange County.

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Developing a long-term successful Loss Prevention program depends on a steady stream of qualified entry level candidates. It's time to go back to school. Every spring many colleges and universities host job fairs giving students exposure to employers specializing in their area of interest. Participating in these job fairs is a great way to give your Loss Prevention department exposure, but more importantly, it's a great way to meet candidates and make a connection that could lead to a successful recruitment. Here are two hints that will help you make the most of these visits. 1) Don't just sit around in the auditorium at  tables with 50 or more other employers. Contact the head of the Criminal Justice department and volunteer to give a lecture while you're there. 2) Don't concentrate entirely on graduating seniors. Many juniors will be looking for a summer job. If you can find a way to offer a paid summer internship, or part-time work, a year from now that junior may think of working for you instead of a competitor.

John Velke
V.P. Loss Prevention & Safety
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