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June 6, 2011

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

Bill Titus
Vice President
Loss Prevention
Sears HC

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

Complimentary Webcast:
Enhancing Your Operational Audit Process

June 29, 2011
2:00 p.m. EST

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



John Bocker was named Director, Compliance & Loss Control for Smashburger.

Kathleen Smith, Vice President of Loss Prevention for Safeway, was recognized by Progressive Grocer, the leading trade publication, and named as one of 2011's Top Women in Grocery award winners at the senior level.  "Over the years that we’ve solicited nominees for our annual Top Women in Grocery honor, our editorial staff has never ceased to be amazed at the level of dedication, talent, expertise and sheer determination demonstrated by those whose names are submitted by appreciative colleagues and vendor partners," said PG’s editor-in-chief, Meg Major. "Our 2011 Top Women in Grocery honorees are a special bunch, and we are proud to pay tribute to all they do to advance the industry and the communities that they serve."  (Source

Borders EVP and chief merchandising officer resigned last week.  An attorney for Borders said parts of the company could be sold in as quickly as two weeks.  With losing over 50 corporate executives in the last few months, this is a downward spiral.  (Source

A third lawsuit seeking class-action status against Michaels was filed Thursday in relation to PIN pad fraud. It's possible that more lawsuits could be in the works.  (Source

A Williams Sonoma trusted Memphis Distribution Center employee who had over $1.15 million in merchandise - 1,217 boxes - shipped to his sister's house since October 2006 and then sold it to friends, family, and whomever, was sentenced to 8 years in prison.  (Source

With the South Jersey - Philadelphia region being one of the top 10 areas for ORC, the Organized Retail Task Force in New Jersey has made some great inroads and this article talks about some of the progress they've made.  (Source

The owner of The Purse Barn Store in Buffalo pled guilty to trafficking in counterfeit goods and access device fraud Friday and faces 10 years in prison for selling counterfeit purses marked Versace, Burberry, Kate Spade, Gucci, Coach and others.  (Source

Sony has become the #1 target worldwide for hackers over the last 2 months with 6 major attacks across the world with experts saying its their own fault with the way they've responded to consumers with installing rootkits on players PC's and filed numerous lawsuits.  (Source

Small ORC group apprehended in Buffalo with merchandise from Wal-Mart and Big Lots.  (Source

Lulz Security, an online hacking group, hacked into an Atlanta-based FBI partner organization InfraGard and stole 180 passwords from members and leaked them on the internet intentionally.  InfraGard, a public-private partnership devoted to sharing information about threats to U.S. physical and Internet infrastructure, was hit because Lulz Security claimed it was acting in response to a recent report that the Pentagon was considering whether to classify some cyberattacks as acts of war.  (Source Associated Press)

Wal-Mart's CEO Mike Duke told 16,000 shareholders Friday that it will add sales wherever it can: overseas, online, and in small towns and big cities.  With their priority being to grow its comp store sales.  He listed 5 priorities -- Growth by adding customers, opening new stores and acquiring other retailers -- Keeping costs low and passing the savings to customers -- Building a global Internet business -- Developing talent, including a greater focus on women and minorities -- Expanding the company sustainability effort.  Duke said "We are right in the sweet spot of the 'next-generation' customer ...  They're connected to the world through smart phones and social media ... They're in charge of when they shop and how they shop. They know who has the lowest prices."  (Source Associated Press)

Hackers are now using a little-known Microsoft protocol to figure out what type of antivirus software their victims are using and building attacks specifically for that code and Yahoo and Hotmail users are now being attacked.  (Source

Here's the security data and survey directory provided by CSO.

With U.S. credit card fraud rising due to outdated card technology and the banks passing the cost off to the retailers, many retailers are beginning to install new sales terminals that can process the smart-chip cards.  With most card issuers offering zero-liability policies for losses, the retailers are stuck.  When France introduced smart-ship cards, fraud dropped by 50% and counterfeiting dropped by 78%.  (Source


Annual Technology Showcase and Golf Outing

June 29-30, 2011
Hilton Hotel
Beachwood, OH

Please see our
Invitation and Agenda



eBay Global Asset Protection Team Help Solve Internal Theft Investigation

eBay's Global Asset Protection team members in Europe, working closely with well-known fashion designer Isabella Oliver and United Kingdom Bedfordshire Police, completed extensive research and provided information leading to arrest, guilty plea and jail term for former employee of the company. The 23-year-old suspect from Barking in Essex, pleaded guilty to theft, fraud, making a false instrument and possessing criminal property and was ordered jailed for eight months. The company's stock records were altered by the suspect so he could steal the goods and he also used the company's packaging and mailing process to send the goods out to his customers. In support of the criminal trial, Alan provided full details of the PayPal accounts used in the crime. Judge Michael Kay QC said, "It is inappropriate to suspend the sentence as this was a breach of trust simply for greed."  (Click here for full article)

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       Tim Gates, Vice President of Alpha Sales, North America

                                  People - Innovation - ROI 


Having been recognized earlier this year for his leadership and management abilities, Tim Gates was promoted to Vice President of Sales for Alpha North America.  He was an important contributor to Alpha's record year in 2010, and has made a significant impact in his 16 years with the company.  Having spent 6 years prior to that with Sensormatic, Tim has watched and played a role in the industry's evolution.  Grounded in the principles of doing what's best for his customer and always positioning himself as the customer's consultant, Tim strongly believes that his role is to deliver the absolute best product and best price to his customer each and every day.

Under Larry Yeager's leadership, Tim is proud to point out that that they've built a very diverse "phenomenal team" who all share the same high values and passion for what they do and for the impact they can make on the industry.  With their core philosophy over the years of creating a family oriented environment, they've been able to develop a group of individuals and executives who truly epitomize the phrase "Team Players." 

In this people oriented company, they share a mutual respect for each other that breeds motivation and a sense that each individual is building and managing their own business that's supported by subject matter experts - family members - with all of them united in their mission of doing the best they can for each customer.  

one of the leading solution providers for High Theft Solution products in the industry today, Tim credited Larry's leadership, their team, and their emphasis on innovation as the driving forces behind their success.  Given their early beginnings of being focused on the CD retailers, they found themselves, like so many others, impacted by technology many years ago which fueled their focus on innovation and reinforced their commitment to always listening and hearing their customers. 

With technology continuing to impact our world, Tim talks to the importance they've placed on integrating their engineering team into the very fabric of the retail Loss Prevention industry and community by ensuring that the engineers, themselves, maintain a front row seat with participating in the various conferences and establishing face-to-face relationships with the retailers.  To them, the priority is to hear and know what the retailers need and where the retailers are going and to give them the support they need to get there.

Alpha is working on several new product rollouts currently and, while Tim was quick to point out he'd have to shoot the writer if he shared any of it, we're certain that with their historical achievement of always delivering a return on investment within 12 months , that their new products will add value and deliver results.


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John Bocker was named Director, Compliance & Loss Control for Smashburger.
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