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April 29, 2011

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Coming May 13:
Doug Marker
Vice President, LP, Risk and Audit,
Michael Stores, Inc.

Coming May 20
Paul Jones
Head of Global
Asset Protection,
eBay, Inc.

LP Program Spotlight
eBay's PROACT Team

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University of Florida
Security Research Project

Sr. LP Executives can email for NRSS Survey

Women in LP Caucus
Mentor Program
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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

May 11-13, 2011
International Anticounterfeiting Coalition
2011 Annual Spring Conference

The St. Regis
San Francisco

August 7-10, 2011
National Food Service Security Council
32nd Annual Meeting

Hyatt Grand Champion
Indian Wells, CA

October 4-6, 2011

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





"Economist believe Canada's economy stalled in February, while the U.S. hit a temporary soft patch in the first quarter."  Based on all of the factors, is this merely a soft patch or has North America been drowned in skyrocketing oil prices, stinging cotton prices, and boiling over food inflation.  None of these are going away any time soon so the patch may be a long, bumpy, circular road right back to where we were.  (Source

Shoppers should get ready to pay even more at the registers with virtually every manufacturer talking price hikes.  (Source

Earlier this year, Starbucks eliminated the Vice President of Compliance and the Vice President of Global Security and Safety positions.  Over the last 4 years, they've cut the AP team, which includes the field auditors, by over 60% and there's no indication they'll be rebuilding this effort any time soon.

With Canadian malls producing $570 per square foot in sales and American malls producing $390 per square foot in sales, "it's a no-brainer" why the Americans are coming.  But with mall vacancies less than 3%, Canada has space issues and especially in their number 1 market, Toronto.  Canadians are "understored," a phrase not heard in the U.S. for decades, but Toronto is considered "overstored" already.  So the demand for space is going to push real estate prices up and retailers will have to get creative.  (Source

According to the National Retail Association in Australia, the "surge towards internet shopping will strip Australia of about 50,000 jobs over the next five years" and with offshore companies not paying the goods and services tax or import duty on purchases of less than $1,000, their Treasury estimated that would decrease their revenue by $460 million a year.  E-commerce is impacting the world both positively and negatively.  And every country sooner or later will have to deal with the taxation issue.  And an article dealing with the issue in detail recently appeared on the departmentstoreretailing.blogspot website that will give you a great prospective.  (Source  and (Source

As one of the world's leading digital piracy havens, Canada has been struggling with copyright reform now for a few years and still hasn't resolved the issue.  Last year, Bill C-32 was killed by an election call and now this year plans are to reintroduce it.  But critics say the government isn't listening to the people who produce, enjoy and curate content which could cause a problem long term in its being passed.  With the problem continuing to grow and impacting both Canada and the U.S., it's time to pass new up-to-date legislation that stops piracy.  (Source

Small ORC ring arrested in Douglas County, Georgia, hitting Rite Aid and Walgreens using booster bags and being paid for the merchandise.  This is an ongoing investigation and anyone interested should contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Investigator, Matt Gray.  (Source

The online counterfeit prescription drug problems have skyrocketed and the "VIPPS" click to verify logo represents that the provider has been accredited and is part of the "Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites."  The FDA has specifically cited the VIPPS role in certifying websites that meet industry standards so that consumers can minimize the risks of getting inferior quality drugs from disreputable sources.  The FDA continues to support the VIPPS program as a vehicle for protecting public health.  (Source

Counterfeit $20 bills are circulating in Vermont with one woman pleading guilty in court for circulating them in a Price Chopper grocery store.  (Source

The civil lawsuits begin for Sony alleging "Sony's failure to use reasonable care and maintain appropriate security procedures."  This may be another game changer as it relates to security measures and response procedures as Sony waited as much as 9 days before notifying customers.  (Source

Identity theft ring member gets three years in jail for charging thousands of dollars in merchandise at Best Buy stores throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties.  (Source

With Sony's breach, you've got to ask who out there is safe?  The answer, according to experts, is no one -- and something similar will almost certainly happen again.  "
We're moving into an era of 'steal everything'," said David Emm, a senior security researcher for Kaspersky Labs.  He believes that cybercriminals are now no longer just targeting banks or retailers in the search for financial details, but instead going after social and other networks which encourage the sharing of vast amounts of personal information.  (Source

BJ's Wholesale Club is being looked at by private equity group Apollo Global Management who already owns the majority share of Smart & Final, the Los Angeles-based chain of 195 non-membership warehouse stores and 52 cash-and-carry locations.  Leonard Green & Partners also said in March that they had entered into a confidentiality agreement to look at them as well.  During this process, the LP department has lost a few positions.  (Source

A "prominent computer hacker who founded the annual Back Hat and DefCon security conference in Las Vegas," Jeff Moss, was hired as chief security officer (CSO) for the organization that coordinates names of the world's websites, ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.  (Source Associated Press)

Crocs 1Q reports revenue up 36%
Coinstar 1Q reports revenue up 31%

Drug smuggling ring busted at Detroit airport where 12 Delta Air Lines baggage handlers were paid to make sure certain suitcases were steered away from international baggage belts and placed in carousels from domestic arriving flights.  (Source Associated Press)

New York ORC conference in Albany gets major press article where James Sherin, President of the Retail Council of New York, said NY retailers lose $70 million a year in taxes from ORC crime and he supports the pending legislation in NY that just passed the Senate last month.  The new law bans the sale of items by "itinerant vendors" that are frequently stolen or fenced items.  It would also make it a felony to steal using "booster bags."  "The economic impact is just the tip of the iceberg," Sherin said. "Product lines such as baby formula and health and beauty aids comprise much of the merchandise stolen, fenced and moved back into the legitimate distribution chain."  (Source Associated Press)

Most security practitioners do not believe the PCI-DSS standard has had a positive effect on information security, according to research from The Ponemon Institute and data security firm Imperva, even though the institute said PCI-DSS compliant companies suffer fewer data breaches.  (Source

Upcoming event!
May 3, 2011
LP Professional Development Call
Hosted by the Women in LP Caucus
2:00 p.m. Eastern


eBay Fraud Suspect Sentenced to Jail Term After Joint Investigation

eBay Asset Protection Investigators collaborated with United Kingdom law enforcement regarding the marketplace trading activities of a known suspect operating under numerous aliases and identities, who created an elaborate world of fictional characters committing fraud offences against community users. The suspect was convicted of non-shipment of goods, selling fake watches and falsely claimed he was an official partner of the upcoming 2012 London Olympics. At the criminal trial, eBay Investigators provided written witness statements supporting the charges and, after a nine-day trial, the suspect was found guilty and sentenced to almost three years in jail. Jeanne Alexander, Cabinet Member for Crime, Justice and Communities, said: "This particular individual was using the internet to defraud anyone who was unfortunate enough to come into his path. He had no qualms about taking nearly 10,000 of someone's hard-earned money and providing nothing in return." (Click here for article.)

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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
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




Vice President of Security Macy's Logistics/Ops Secaucus, NJ Macy's
Market Asset Protection Mgr Wal-Mart Ceres, CA Wal-Mart
Pacific Division AP Sr Mgr Wal-Mart Irvine, CA Wal-Mart
Loss Prevention Mgr Carson Pirie Scott Dundee, IL CareerBuilder
Regional AP Mgr Wal-Mart Odessa, TX Wal-Mart
Special Investigator Global Security Wal-Mart Bentonville, AR Wal-Mart
Loss Prevention Mgr Macy's Montgomery North Wales, PA Macy's
Loss Prevention Mgr Macy's Pearland Center Houston, TX SnagAJob
Loss Prevention Mgr Macy's Brookwood Village Birmingham, AL Macy's
Regional LP Mgr CVS Pharmacy Newark, NJ CVS
LP Business Develop. Mgr ASSA ABLOY Americas Salem, VA Monster
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Cartersville, GA Lowes
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Cumming, GA Lowes
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. Shreveport, LA Lowes
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Hagerstown, MD LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Kahului, HI LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Goleta, CA LPJobs

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It seems like we're always saying "get back to the basics" and "keep it simple" almost on a daily basis.  We say it so much, most of us don't even hear it and certainly don't appreciate its absolute truth that it speaks to.  In our self-motivating attempts to be great at what we do, oftentimes we run faster and try to do more and lose sight of one basic rule.  Success begins with the basics.  And it's only when we feel like we've evolved beyond them that we find we've only outsmarted ourselves and at that point we've all got to start over and just get back to the basics.

From an executive who just got back to them,
Gus Downing

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