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May 11, 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

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Women in LP Caucus
Mentor Program
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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





Mike Limauro was named Vice President of Asset Protection for Weis Markets.  Formerly the Director of Loss Prevention for Farm Fresh, a division of Supervalu, Mike has over 20 years of experience in the grocery industry and helped define the early stages of Kmart's Super stores grocery side of the business.  Obviously, he'll be reviewing the entire program at Weis Markets and designing a best in class model that we're confident will be very successful.  Congratulations Mike!

Louis Vuitton is suing the operators of 182 websites for selling counterfeit goods in U.S. District Court for Nevada in Las Vegas.  One of the attorney's handling the suit for Louis Vuitton, Stephen Gaffigan of Fort Lauderdale, FL is also handling the case Tiffany filed on April 18th in the same court against 223 defendants.  Some of the sites like and go over the line of boldness and are truly a reflection of just how far the internet has gone in almost making buying counterfeit acceptable.  (Source

ORC is happening in Canada just as much as in the U.S.  In Manitoba, an ORC ring of 6 were busted in Brandon that had been traveling across the Province with bags from the specific stores they were shoplifting from.  (Source

Paramount Mattress (retail store and manufacturer) employee shoots his two co-workers Monday in Norfolk, VA. The company president stated they didn't see it coming.  They are looking at their security program and offering employees counseling.  (Source

The Food Marketing Institute Trends survey shows that 88% of consumers are "somewhat" or "completely" confident in the safety of their food they buy at the supermarket, the highest score in 7 years.  (Source

Google is bracing for a $500 million hit from the SEC over the way its automated system has been treating some unnamed advertisers.  (Source Associated Press)

The AT&T and T-Mobile $39 billion merger is being reviewed by a U.S. Senate panel today where executives will try to prove that the merger will benefit consumers and still leave room for competition.  Sprint, Nextel and Cellular South will also be testifying probably against the merger.  Although the Justice Department and the FCC will approve or block the transaction, they'll certainly be influenced by the government review today.  If merged together, this will ultimately lead to a merger of the LP departments and a possible reduction in force.  (Source Associated Press)

Large scale mergers don't always happen -- as was the case many years ago when Staples and Office Depot tried to merge which was blocked by the SEC.  Some industry followers have even said that Staples benefited from the attempt by virtue of having a full open-book look at their stores' operating methodologies.  Fast forward to today and some are saying that industry doesn't have room for three players and the rumors of Office Depot and Office Max merging may be an industry necessity long term.

Apple told Congress yesterday that the iPhone's logging of Wi-Fi hot spots and cell towers is meant to improve service and not stalk customers.  They also said the data sent back to Apple about locations is anonymous and not tied to a particular user.  Their intent is to make location-based services, such as mobile mapping, work faster.  But in earlier articles, it wasn't Apple's use that was the concern.  It was that, with an additional tool, the public could use the iPhone tracking to locate anyone they wanted.  (Source Associated Press)

At a Plainfield, IL flea market police seized 3,127 counterfeit/pirated DVDs.  (Source  

Publix is testing coupon verification software in 70 stores that verifies that a shopper purchased an item for which a coupon has been scanned thus eliminating human error and possible fraud.  (Source

Grainger April revenue up 14%

Macy's 1Q reports same store sales up 5.4% with revenue up 5.7%

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfatal workplace injuries continue to fall on a national basis from 3.7 million in 2008 to 3.3 million in 2009 with nonfatal incident rates per 100 FT workers dropping from 3.9 cases to 3.6 cases during that same period, with workers' compensation payments hitting $57.6 billion in 2008 nationally.  Supermarket operator Ahold USA is taking proactive measures to help reduce the skyrocketing medical payments side of the workers' compensation world and making headway.  (Source

Two retail LP directorship appointments are due next week.

Upcoming event!
May 16-19, 2011
National Level Exercise


eBay Inc. Diversifies Interest in Skype, Business Sold to Microsoft for $8.5Billion

eBay Inc. decided to divest Skype because of its limited synergies with its core businesses -- payments and commerce -- enabling a clearer focus on fully growing and investing in the PayPal and eBay business models and long-term strategies. Microsoft and Skype Global have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire 100% of Skype, the leading Internet communications company. With the announcement that Microsoft will pay $8.5B in cash for Skype's equity and debt, it's clear they made a sound investment. eBay Inc. had previously retained approx 30% of the Skype business, it was acquired by Silver Lake Investment Group in 2009, and said its total return on original investment was around $1.4B and they will receive approx. $2.3B from this sale transaction providing greater flexibility in future investments.

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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
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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

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Regional LP Mgr DSW, Inc. Manhattan, NY
District LP Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears Honolulu, HI Sears Holdings Corp
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Regional LP Mgr Anna's Linens Costa Mesa, CA Anna's Linens
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Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Stevensville, MD LPJobs
Loss Prevention Mgr Office Depot Washington DC LPJobs

Mike Limauro was named Vice President of Asset Protection for Weis Markets.

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Individual growth is an overly used phrase for something that is extremely difficult to truly accomplish.  Corporate America tends to force it faster than many can absorb.  Out of necessity or by design it requires a mental investment and a conscious effort on the part of the executive to truly grow beyond their current capabilities.  Consequently, growth is oftentimes as a result of direct force or life-changing events.  But it is a necessity if one expects to advance and stay current with the industry.  Technology represents the Loss Prevention industry's biggest opportunity for growth and if one expects to be a leader tomorrow it would be wise to grow your technology education.

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