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Robert Rice was named Director, Retail Security for Sony. Before being hired by Sony, Robert spent a year at Hallmark Cards as the Retail Director of Loss Prevention. Before Hallmark, Robert spent some time at LPI Solutions, Inc as a Senior LP Executive and before that he spent almost eight and a half years at Office Depot as both the Director of Loss Prevention and the Director, International Loss Prevention. Prior to Office Depot, Robert spent four and a half years at Nike as the Director of Loss Prevention. To get his start in the industry, Robert spent 15 years at Mervyn's. Congrats Robert!


Operation Southern Hospitality- the largest takedown of a cargo theft ring in US history - 11 member gang who stole more than $100 million - with 2 brothers and 10 others arrested. They orchestrated the Eli Lilly warehouse $80M drug heist in March 2010 but one man touched a water bottle in the warehouse and left it behind. These defendants moved truckloads and pallets of stolen pharmaceuticals from other states to South Florida for storage and ultimate sale. One of the thefts alone was the largest individual theft of prescription drugs in United States history, as described by the authorities, was intricately orchestrated and meticulously executed but one guy left a water bottle. A five hour operation with tools they Video:cargo theftbought from Home Depot and leased tractor-trailers and upscale rental cars. On Thursday, Amaury Villa, 37, and Amed Villa, 46, his brother, both Cuban citizens living in Miami who have extensive arrest records, were charged in connection with the March 2010 theft of drugs. All told, at least 12 people were charged in several states in connection with a string of thefts of drugs, cigarettes and liquor in recent years, which included the one from Eli Lilly, a theft from a GlaxoSmithKline warehouse in Virginia, and shipments stolen at truck stops in several states. A three year undercover FBI investigation! These are the pro's and what a story! (Source nytimes.com) (Source bizjournals.com)

The largest seizure at a flea market in U.S. history - the raid of Baltimore's Patapsco flea market netted $47.3M last month after they were done counting all the goods. Federal officials released new details of the April 22 raid on the bazaar, where authorities say vendors sold counterfeit and pirated goods with the market owner's knowledge. The raid came after a 2 1/2 year sting targeting merchants selling fake and pirated goods at the popular market, which has a history of similar seizures, according to federal documents. (Source baltimoresun.com)

13 people were killed daily on the job in 2010 and 50,000 died from occupational diseases and 3.8 million experienced work-related injuries and illnesses The 2010 fatality count signifies an increase from 2009, when 4,551 workers died on the job. The number of workplace homicides decreased in 2010 (518 compared to 542 in 2009) but workplace suicides increased to 270 compared to 263 in 2009. The cost of job injuries and illnesses is estimated at $250 billion to $300 billion a year. Don't take safety lightly! (Source ehstoday.com)

Happy 50th birthday to all four - Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart and Kohl's Hard to believe they all started the same year! (Source forbes.com)

April retail sales worst since 2009 An average of April's results for 22 retailers nationwide rose 0.6 percent — the worst since November 2009 when the tally was down 0.2 percent, according to The International Council of Shopping Centers. The recession officially ended in June 2009. The latest results are impacted by a flurry of negative economic news. Government reports on jobs and housing in recent weeks have renewed concerns that the economic recovery is facing a spring slowdown for the third straight year. (Source Associated Press)

Food Marketing Institute CEO tells FMI general session "Limits on our own experience often prevent us from truly grasping the world-shaping magnitude of what’s right in front of our eyes," a warning to retailers that they must adapt to "stunning changes" in consumer attitudes and technology. Regarding technology-enhanced shopping, "It’s a bit like the Wild West," she explained. "There’s a true sense of lawlessness out there." (Source supermarketnews.com)

John McAfee - the founder of McAfee antivirus security- was at home when the Belize "Gang Suppression Unit" smashed down the doors, ransacked his house and shot his dog in the early morning on May 1st. McAfee blamed events on his refusal to donate money to "the local political boss" in his locality. No charges have been made. (Source csoonline.com)

Pension Plan Sues Wal-Mart Officials Over Failures One of the nation’s largest pension plans filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing Wal-Mart’s leadership of breaching its fiduciary duty in connection with a bribery scandal at the retailer’s Mexican subsidiary. (Source nytimes.com)

Yahoo's new CEO under fire for misleading resume that claimed he had a degree in computer science when in fact he "only has an accounting degree from Stonehill College." A major shareholder is using it as leverage in trying to topple the board of directors. The Yahoo CEO just joined them after running PayPal payment service. Of interesting note is that one CEO in retail was forced to resign after years of service when the same thing happened to him. Being accurate in your resume is an absolute must. (Source Associated Press)

The UK's Retail Bulletin's 3rd Loss Prevention Summit 2012 will be held Sept. 12th in London Leading loss prevention expert speakers from retailers including Argos, River Island, Co- operative Group, B&Q, Republic, Ryman’s and Tiffany & Co will come together on September 12th in London to share best practices of loss prevention. The interactive day, sponsored by General Dynamics HCM, will focus on the key trends in retail criminal activity which companies must tackle. "This is not an expensive vendor sales pitch led event requiring a number of days out of the office; it’s a one-day, low cost, retailer-focused summit designed to enable you to drive profits and market share and mitigate risk through cost-effective loss prevention strategies" says the summit’s Director of Conference Production, Carl Goodman. (Source theretailbulletin.com)

Hudson Bay in talks with Bloomingdales to bring a store to Canada With Nordstrom looking for space in Canada Hudson's is trying to counter it. Hudson's already owns Lord & Taylor but even those stores are Bloomingdales'. As a store within a store this new approach could be interesting to watch. (Source theglobeandmail.com)

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'Smash-and-grab' jewelry heist at Westside Pavilion nets $130,000. Three men used a hammer to shatter glass cases and made off with jewelry worth $130,000 in a "smash-and-grab" robbery at the Zales store in the Westside Pavilion mall in West Los Angeles Thursday night. (source go.com)





Shotguns are the target of a burglary at Dunham’s Sporting Goods near Milwaukee. West Allis Police are investigating the burglary that occurred last night where 3 suspects smashed out the front door of the store, then smashed a weapons display case, leaving quickly with armfuls of shotguns. (source fox6now.com)



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One woman ORC operation hitting Wal-Mart and Target stores in northern Texas and Oklahoma stealing dozens of iPad tablets. Sherman police are joining investigative forces with several other North Texas and Oklahoma agencies in hopes of finding a woman suspected of shoplifting dozens of iPad tablets. Hitting at least 28 Wal-Marts and several Target stores area wide police have released photographs. The suspect operates the same way at every retail store, concentrating on those which provide both grocery and electronic sales. She gets a grocery cart, shops extensively throughout the store, and fills it with groceries and sometimes other items. Then, she goes to the electronics department and selects, usually, three iPads, which a store clerk carries to the checkout counter for her. In those stores, it has been the practice for the cashier to ring up the electronic items first. The surveillance video shows the cashiers Video: iPad thiefringing up the iPads, and that is when their security devices are deactivated, and then the cashiers place them in plastic bags. It is customary for the customer to place all their purchases on a conveyor belt in both retail chains. Then, the cashier takes the items from her right, rings them up, and puts them in plastic bags on her left. The customer usually helps move the process along by putting the plastic bags in the waiting, empty grocery cart. The suspect is seen in the videos first removing the plastic bags containing the iPads. She moves them to the grocery cart, near a large tote bag. As the cashier is concentrating on continuing the checkout on the numerous groceries still on the belt, the suspect is seen then slipping the plastic bags and iPads into the tote bag. Moments later, she tells the cashier she has to go to her car to get more cash, and, with the tote bag in tow, she leaves the store, along with the unpaid-for iPads. (Source heralddemocrat.com) (source kvue.com)

One man ORC bust in High Point, N.C. where police recovered $100,000 of stolen merchandise Marcus Devin Riffe, 38, of 5128 Meyers St. in Archdale, was arrested in connection with the stolen merchandise after three searches found over $100,000 in stolen merchandise - including large quantities of over-the-counter drugs, makeup, DVD players, and clothing — was recovered from each location. (Source myfox.com)
 

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IT and Physical Security Industries Collide at Interop as
Networking Veteran Vincent Ricco Joins Axis Communications


Ricco aims to evangelize IP video surveillance benefits and raise
Technology Partner Program to new levels for entire channel

 

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – Interop Booth #621 – May 3, 2012 – Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, today announced that 23-year network hardware and software industry veteran Vincent Ricco has joined the company as North American Business Development Manager for the Technology Partner Program. Ricco will join the Axis team at Interop 2012 (booth #621) to showcase the company’s network video surveillance solutions and educate the IT industry on the ongoing technology shift from analog CCTV to IP-based video surveillance.

Vince RiccoDespite image quality, functionality, total cost of ownership and scalability benefits of IP video surveillance, analog technology still comprises an estimated 70 percent of new physical security installations. However, industry analysts predict that by 2014 network video surveillance sales will overtake analog in terms of revenue (IMS Research) and, by 2020, the surveillance market will be nearly 100 percent IP-based.

Through Ricco’s leadership, Axis aims to bridge the gap between physical security, hardware and infrastructure providers to build tight partnerships and mutual interoperability testing procedures that deliver complete IP video surveillance solutions. The Axis Technology Partner Program will grow to not only provide sales opportunities for leading IT hardware and infrastructure partners, but also solutions, sales and technical training and overall industry education for the entire channel – from security and IT systems integrators to distributors and end-users.

"Some of my friends and colleagues have asked, 'Why move from IT to physical security?' My response is always the same: It moved into me," said Ricco. "In a world where nearly everything has gone digital, video surveillance is one of the last pure growth opportunities for IP technology. As the inventor of the IP camera and today’s industry leader, Axis was the logical choice for me."

Ricco joins Axis following nearly two decades at Allied Telesis, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Layer 2-7 network hardware and software solutions. He held a variety of positions during his tenure at Allied, from district sales manager to vice president of sales. Most recently, Ricco was a senior network consultant working with end-users and integrators to provide infrastructure guidance for the physical security, transportation and healthcare markets.

"I’m excited to help evangelize the benefits of IP video while, at the same time, demystifying the technology for both analog users and the traditional IT channel," he continued.

Ricco will report directly to Rob Muehlbauer – who was recently promoted to business development programs manager – and will work with the global partner and business development teams at Axis to help hardware, software and infrastructure partners navigate the physical security landscape amidst the analog to digital surveillance technology shift.

"When you consider our goals for the Technology Partner Program in North America, I can’t think of a better time than Interop to announce that Vince has joined our team," said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications, Inc. "As our industry moves toward all IP, we’ll need technology partners by our side that are committed to growth in network video surveillance and the best in interoperability."

Vincent Ricco has been a contributor to various IT standards organizations, such as the TIA/EIA Fiber Optic LAN Section and the HIMSS Infrastructure Standards Committee. He is based in San Jose, Calif., and will be one of the 150-plus regional employees reporting to the brand new Axis North American Headquarters in Chelmsford, Mass.

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