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June 15, 2011

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Coming June 24th:
Gary Johnson
Vice President LP
The Vitamin Shoppe
Also Vice Chair NRF Advisory Council,
Effective June 16 Chair of NRF Advisory Council

Doug Marker
Vice President
LP, Risk and Audit
Michael Stores, Inc.

LP Program Spotlight
eBay's PROACT Team

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Complimentary Webcast:
Enhancing Your Operational Audit Process

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

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


China jails 3 for stealing the design to Apple's iPad2  
The three people who were arrested for stealing the design to the iPad2 tablet computer were using it to manufacture counterfeits.  Xiao allegedly paid 200,000 yuan for the iPad2 design, it said. The iPad2 was officially launched in China, the world's biggest Internet market, in May. In 2010, Apple's iPad, the first generation of the tablet computer, was also pirated before its official launch in China and sold as the "iPed" for only a fraction of the cost of the real product. 

Internet CCTV firm rebuked after shopper video posted on YouTube
Controversial crime-spotting website Internet Eyes has upset the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after CCTV footage of a member of the public out shopping was posted on YouTube. Internet Eyes launched in 2009 with the promise it would pay Internet users to watch CCTV images streamed from a variety of locations such as shops and UK streets, reporting any criminal activity noticed. Retailers are charged for the service which is mainly aimed at deterring shoplifting. 

Office Depot manager got rich selling stolen ink cartridges, police say. 
King County (Seattle, WA) prosecutors have charged an Office Depot manager and another man with running a stolen goods ring, in which they allegedly stole ink, toner and cameras from an Office Depot and sold them on eBay for thousands of dollar. Prosecutors said the Office Depot warehouse in Kent had lost more than $2.1 million in missing ink and toner supplies since 2007. Police said Ngugi's PayPal account had received more than $1 million over the years. 

Retail Stock:  Tuesday Morning, J.C. Penney pace sector drop.
  As an example that year-over-year food and gasoline price inflation has hurt some consumer spending, closeout home-furnishings retailer Tuesday Morning Corp. tumbled 15% to $3.94 after it cut its full-year outlook again. J.C. Penney Co. shares pulled back 2%. They were up 17% Tuesday in their biggest percentage gain in at least a decade after it named Apple’s retail store chief Ron Johnson as its next chief executive. 

Bass Pro Shops plans Sayreville store; would be first in NJ.  “The shop will be about the size of 5½ football fields,” Whiteley said. “Each store is a natural history museum, an aquarium, an art gallery, an antique shop and a conservation education center.” The local store would join the 56 Bass Pro Shops currently open, Whiteley said, adding that two more stores are slated to open by the end of the year. 

Consumer prices rise by smallest in 6 months.
   Americans paid more for food, cars and clothing in May. But overall consumer prices rose by the smallest amount in six months, slowed by the first drop in energy costs in nearly a year. The Consumer Price Index rose 0.2 percent in May, the Labor Department said. That's down from April's 0.4 percent increase. Food costs rose 0.4 percent, while energy costs fell 1 percent. Clothing rose 1.2 percent in May, a result of higher cotton prices and increasing labor costs overseas, where most U.S. apparel is made. 

Wal-Mart Workers Try the Nonunion Route. 
After numerous failed attempts to unionize Wal-Mart stores, the nation’s main union for retail workers has decided to try a different approach: it has helped create a new, nonunion group of Wal-Mart employees that intends to press for better pay, benefits and most of all, more respect at work. The group, Organization United for Respect at Walmart, or OUR Walmart for short, says it has quietly signed up thousands of members in recent months, and it is going public this week with a Web site. 

Starbucks to Let Customers Pay By Android Phone.
  The coffee chain, which launched its Starbucks Card Mobile application for other platforms in January, said the new Android app would be available July 15 at all of its 6,800 stores in the U.S. along with 1,000 locations in Target and the same number of Safeway-owned stores. Mr. Davidson said Starbucks' success means the chain isn't waiting on Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to process mobile payments. 

A 13-year-old girl starts flip-flop business.
  With the help of her father, Dan Robinson, Maddie has produced a colorful line of FishFlops products inspired by fond memories of beach days at her seaside birthplace. When she was 8 years old, Maddie sketched her first flip-flop design based on the sea life she had experienced at the beach, labeled with the playful title “FishFlops.” She is now responsible for filling out the UPS forms on shipments, writing personal emails to online customers and meeting store buyers. 

Day two recap of the events that took place at the NRF's Loss Prevention Conference
- How to stop dreading difficult discussions 
- Bieber Fever: A cautionary tale in crowd control 
- Retailers share trends, challenges and advice on fighting organized retail crime 
- Compelling stories abound at this year’s LP Awards Ceremony 
- A safety case study: How Winn-Dixie reduced onsite accidents in 18 months 

- Dr. Hollinger shares preliminary NRSS findings 
Shrinkage cost the retail industry $37.14 billion last year, or 1.58% of total retail industry sales.
Employee theft (43.7%), Shoplifting (32.6%), Administrative Error (12.9%) & Vendor Fraud (5.4%).
Companies say that 18.7% of employee theft cases involve collusion between internal and external sources.
46% of retailers said their loss prevention budgets were increasing & 35% said they were staying the same



truTV is producing a new reality project highlighting the work that you do!

We are currently casting for LOSS PREVENTION PROFESSIONALS to be featured on the show. If you're interested in helping us re-create a number of stories highlighting the work that you do every day, please call us or e-mail with your information. We are looking to hire a number of people to be LOSS PREVENTION AGENTS on camera for a few days work in mid to late July.

Please e-mail your personal info (with picture or video if available) if you're interested in being an agent on the show!

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Annual Technology Showcase and Golf Outing

June 29-30, 2011
Hilton Hotel
Beachwood, OH

Please see our
Invitation and Agenda



eBay Asset Protection Sponsors Fusion Center at Annual NRF Conference

eBay Global Asset Protection team sponsored the Fusion Center at this week's National Retail Federation (NRF) Loss Prevention conference for the second consecutive year. eBay executives including Jack Christin, Paul Jones, Stoney Burke, Dave Disilva, Lauren Cunningham, John Mearls along with investigating members of the PROACT team, Mat Flinders and Hawken Averett, actively participated and engaged with both law enforcement agencies and retail industry loss prevention executives at this year's event in Dallas, Texas. Supported by record attendance, the Fusion Center created, provided and encouraged collaboration between retail investigators and members of the law enforcement community, including the FBI, ICE, Los Angeles , Houston, Albuquerque, Denton police departments along with the Montgomery County Sheriff department and other local, state and federal agencies as they discussed investigations, enhanced long-term partnerships and obstacles related to retail theft investigations. This was the second year eBay sponsored the event's Fusion Center initiative and attendance for both the overall conference and center activity were record setting. eBay was extremely pleased and pledged continued support.
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Job Opening




ORC Investigator Walgreens Texas Walgreens
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
Director of Asset Protection Confidential NYC, NY Downing & Downing
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Honolulu, HI Sears Holdings Corp.
Director of Loss Prevention Confidential Midwest Downing & Downing
National Account Sales Mgr Confidential Chicago, IL 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
Corporate Inv. & Training Mgr Confidential Ohio Downing & Downing
Director of Loss Prevention Confidential California Downing & Downing
Regional LP Director Confidential Los Angeles, CA Downing & Downing

Today's Daily Job Postings from the Net - Appearing Today Only

Job Opening




Market Asset Protection Wal-Mart West Valley City, UT Wal-Mart
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears Yonkers, NY Sears Holdings Corp
Loss Prevention Mgr Bon-Ton Bayshore Mall Glendale, WI Indeed
Regional LP Mgr RadioShack New York, NY Indeed
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears Midwest City, OK Sears Holdings Corp
Loss Prevention Mgr Loomis Las Vegas, NV Indeed
Loss Prevention Mgr Goodwill Industries Little Rock, AR Indeed
Division Mgr, Security/LP Purolator, Inc. Toronto, ON, Canada Workopolis
Director, Asset Protection Advance Auto Parts Lakeland, FL Advance Auto Parts
Director, Asset Protection Advance Auto Parts Chantilly, VA Advance Auto Parts
Regional LP Mgr RadioShack Guaynabo, Puerto Rico LPJobs
District LP Mgr Old Navy Toronto, ON, Canada Gap, Inc.
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears Lake Charles, LA Sears
Loss Prevention Mgr Belk Knoxville, TN Indeed
Asset Protection Mgr The Home Depot Columbus, OH The Home Depot
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Jonesboro, AR Lowes

Michael Mills was named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Anna's Linens.

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With everything that goes on in one's personal and professional life, it's oftentimes difficult to be able to really focus on the day's objectives.  It's easy to get lost in everything going on around you and, while no one can bat 1,000 everyday, you've got to be able to separate -- to use your work as a form of escape from everything and to get lost in your work.  Your work can give your mind the chance to separate from virtually anything going on in your life which allows your subconscious time to rethink-refresh- and hopefully see things more clearly.  It's like using work as therapy.  The trick is forcing yourself to do it.  Much easier said then done.

Just a Thought
Gus Downing

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