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June 2, 2011

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Coming June 10:
Doug Marker
Vice President, LP, Risk and Audit,
Michael Stores, Inc.

LP Program Spotlight
eBay's PROACT Team

Know about an event we should feature here? Let us know.

Annual Technology Showcase and Golf Outing

June 29-30, 2011
Hilton Hotel
Beachwood, OH

Limited number of free rooms available for out of town guests -- please RSVP by June 3

Please see our
Invitation and Agenda

University of Florida
Security Research Project

Sr. LP Executives can email for NRSS Survey

Women in LP Caucus
Mentor Program
Register Here

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



This week, SportsOneSource, the weekly web magazine for the Sporting Goods Industry and published by Sporting Goods Business (SGB), honored Bob Hough, Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Dunham's Sports, and inducted him on their 4th annual SGB  40 Under 40 Honoree List.  Each year, SGB honors 40 sporting goods industry individuals under the age of 40 who exemplify leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship and energy.  This year, the list of SGB’s 40 Under 40 honorees again exhibit the embodiment of these qualities, with each making a mark on his or her respective company, staff, mentors, peers, colleagues, customers and friends.  With over 450 nominations submitted this year and only being able to make the list once in their career, Bob is the first LP executive to be recognized and included in this 160 distinguished and ambitious member exclusive club.  Congratulations Bob and thanks for leading the way for the LP industry.

Michael's hit with a possible class action suit three weeks after their Pin Pads data breach. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court by a customer in Illinois who claims she used her debit card to buy $18.61 in goods from Michaels around March 15th and on May 4th, the day before the news broke nationwide, she tried to get cash at the bank but found her card deactivated after the bank noticed suspicious activity including two unauthorized transactions for $503 each.  Plaintiff's attorneys have asked the court to grant class-action status to the suit. This status would cover any U.S. resident who swiped their debit or credit card through a PIN pad to make a purchase at any Michaels store on or after Jan. 1, 2011.  (Source

Over the Memorial Day weekend, customers at a Michaels craft store in Las Vegas became victims of the pin pad identity theft scheme when "according to Fox 5 News, customers began to see unauthorized ATM transactions from machines across the valley over the weekend."  (Source

May Same Store Sales
Saks Inc. same store sales up 20.2%
Costco same store sales up 13%
BJ's Wholesale same store sales up 7.4%
Nordstrom same store sales up 7.4%
Macy's same store sales up 7.4%
Limited Brands same store sales up 6%
Duckwall-Alco same store sales up 3.3%
Wet Seal same store sales up 2.9%
Target same store sales up 2.8%
Dillard's same store sales up 2%
TJX Companies same store sales up 2%
Rite Aid same store sales up 1.3%
Stein Mart same store sales up 0.7%
Fred's same store sales up 0.2%
Stage Stores same store sales flat
JC Penney same store sales down 1%
The Bon Ton same store sales down 2.3%
Cato same store sales down 3%
Gap same store sales down 4%

Dollar General Q1 reports same store sales up 5.4% with sales up 10.9%
Pier 1 Q1 reports same store sales up 10.2%
Charming Shoppes Q1 reports same store sales up 2%

Monroe County, Michigan law enforcement (Dundee police) have discovered the identities of a dozen members of an ORC ring that allegedly stole about $10,000 worth of merchandise from Cabela's and most are members on one family.  (Source

The convicted robber of Angelo's Food Store in December 1988 where he stole $7 and gunned down a 29-year-old security guard who was on his second day of his new job, was put to death last night in Dallas, TX after 23 years of appeals.  (Source

Shrevport, LA man, Dwight Reed, 51, was convicted on 19 counts last week in Federal Court for trafficking in counterfeit goods following a long investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.  Selling counterfeit goods in three different stores, ICE seized goods in Reed's stores in 2005 and 2006 and presented over 1,000 counterfeit trademarked items in court.  He faces 10 years in prison and a possible $2 million fine for each count.  "The creation, smuggling and sale of counterfeit goods is not a victimless crime," said Raymond R. Parmer, Jr., special agent in charge of ICE's Office of Investigations in New Orleans. "Products that are produced illegally do harm to trademark holders, may be smuggled into the country and distributed by organized crime groups and sold to the detriment of local businesses and communities who derive no financial gain from the illegal sales. ICE is committed to an aggressive approach towards enforcing the nation's intellectual property rights laws."  (Source

The iconic glass cube Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is the most photographed location in the Big Apple.  In other words, more people take pictures of a retail store than any of the long-standing cultural and historical locations in the entire city. Mind = blown  (Source

Two women were arrested in North Fort Myers, FL with two "booster bags" and a device used to disable anti-theft attachments.  (Source

7-Eleven's owner Seven & i Holdings, the largest Japanese food retailer, said it was expecting sales for the current fiscal year to fall 10.2% and profits are expected to decline about 22% for the year following the massive earthquake and tsunami of March 11 and the resulting nuclear reactor crisis.  About 600 of its 7-Eleven locations in Japan were closed following the earthquake and tsunami, although many have since reopened.  Also, they closed 100 of their 170 Ork-Benimaru grocery stores.  (Source

According to the 2011 edition of How Global is the Business of Retail, London is the world's most popular retail city and now shares the distinction for the first time with Dubai -- followed by New York City and then Paris.  The UK "maintained" the number one position in the top 20 most global retail markets above the U.S.  (Source

A San Francisco man who had his laptop stolen had just installed theft-detecting software on it and, after it was stolen, he received images from the software in his inbox that were grainy, low-lit and intimate pictures of a man curled up on a couch, sound asleep; the same man propped up against pillows on a bed shirtless.  The owner then went online publishing the pictures on Twitter and in a blog titled "This Guy Has My MacBook."   "People who followed me on Twitter retweeted it. It got picked up by social media and the press. It went super viral," he said. On the same day that he posted his website on Twitter, police came calling and on Tuesday arrested a 27-year-old cab driver, Muthanna Aldebashi.  Nothing like social media!  (Source Associated Press)

An international cybersecurity summit is taking place in London this week where hundreds of international delegates from governments and the private sector converged for the two-day conference to try to agree on the basics — how to enforce cybersecurity regulations across borders, what to do about countries that don't want to be regulated, how to protect government and company data and who will ultimately control cyberspace?  The threat grows every day. Natalya Kaspersky, co-founder of anti-virus software provider Kaspersky Lab ZAO, said Internet security firms were logging some 70,000 new malicious programs every 24 hours. Shawn Henry, executive assistant director of the FBI, said that last year alone his agency arrested more than 200 cybercriminals.  On a side note last month Kaspersky paid millions to get his son safely back from kidnappers.  (Source Associated Press)

Annual Technology Showcase and Golf Outing

June 29-30, 2011
Hilton Hotel
Beachwood, OH

Limited number of free rooms available for out of town guests -- please RSVP by June 3

Please see our
Invitation and Agenda





from Scarsdale Security

Retail Security Experts

the future of Loss Prevention is here today --

                                                             with remote video services

Scarsdale Security introduces
Virtual LP services to its premier retail clients to give you, your employees and your customers better security and increased confidence knowing that someone is watching or easily available to help.

Scarsdale Security is led by a team of 3 retail security subject matter experts with over 70 years of Security and Loss Prevention experience and supported by their project coordinators, service managers and office team members dedicated to National Accounts.

David Raizen, President and Founder of Scarsdale Security

David started in Loss Prevention at Macy's New Rochelle more than 30 years ago. His tech savvy problem solving with the security vendor's systems led him quickly up the ladder at Macy's, being asked to help with the Herald
Square Fire investigation and later assigned to the flagship store, making a name for himself in the LP organization.

After graduating from Hofstra University in 1982, David formed Scarsdale to serve the local market, doing security work on the large homes of a major retail chain owner. This led to security work in the industry and for the Polo organization more than 20 years ago, beginning the company's strong role in retail national accounts.  David's aptitude for electronics is among the best in the industry. His propensity for innovative electronic security techniques have led him to be a key partner in the development of manufacturers' products, whether new or revised. The company pretests many products from its key vendors before they are released to other alarm companies. David's strategy, one that has been well received by customers, has always been "to find a way to do it better."

Frank Baker, Director of Operations, Sales and Marketing

With a degree in Criminal Justice, Frank started his career in the security alarm industry in 1978 and spent many years with ADT both in the residential and commercial divisions and was General Manager of AlarmGuard for both Connecticut and New York.  Meeting David while David was with Macy's, Frank joined Scarsdale in 1997 and, with the help of other sales professionals for more than 14 years, David and Frank have guided the growth in National Accounts.

Jim Mahoney, Director of National Account Sales

... and the industry's go-to-executive that will make sure your Virtual LP is crafted to meet your specific needs.

Jim started in LP at Target Stores in the early 90's and gained experience in investigations, physical and electronic security at other retail leaders such as Bealls, JC Penney and Publix. Jim's experience also includes work with video systems providers to retail stores, leading to his leadership role at Scarsdale. Jim's customers, mostly LP operators and decision makers, tell us they appreciate his prior 'LP Customer' perspective and guidance and, for the last five years, Jim has led the success of the Scarsdale National Account team.
Jim Mahoney 

High speed data networks have created a new opportunity for LP decision makers to rely on third-party providers like Scarsdale to be their
Virtual LP team. Using remote surveillance and procedure-based tools, Jim is crafting customer-specific solutions through their Virtual service to provide significant cost savings compared to other offerings.

Come meet the Scarsdale Team at the National Retail Federation's LP Convention and Exhibition in Dallas
And let us show you how our Virtual can help you save money
Booth 924 and visit

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