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July 6, 2011

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July 8, 2011
Doug Marker
Vice President
LP, Risk and Audit
Michael Stores, Inc.

Stephen O'Keefe
Loss Prevention and
Risk Management
Wal-Mart Canada

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Kelly Gorman
Vice President LP

LP Program Spotlight
eBay's PROACT Team

LPRC invites
innovative solutions providers to join their

Benefit Denial Working Group (BDWG)

to develop and test leading-edge product protection solutions


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Women in LP Caucus
Mentor Program
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August 7-10, 2011
National Food Service Security Council
32nd Annual Meeting

Hyatt Grand Champion
Indian Wells, CA

Retail Council of Canada's

2011 Loss Prevention Conference

Going Beyond LP - Partnering for Success

September 14, 2011
7:30am - 5:00pm
International Centre
6900 Airport Road
Mississauga, Ontario




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October 4-6, 2011

CLEAR/Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail
2nd Annual Training Conference
Peppermill Resort/Casino
Reno, NV

Mark Caldwell was named Vice President of Global Asset Protection and Security for Wal-Mart.  Serving currently as the Associate Director-Global Security & RSM with Proctor & Gamble in Dubai, UAE, and having Global experience with the American International Group and Gillette, Mark also spent 15 years with the Department of State in the Diplomatic Security Service.  With a BA in International Studies from Austin College and currently serving on the Overseas Security Advisory Council, he brings a wealth of international operations and security experience to Wal-Mart. 
Mark Dickens was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Loss Prevention for TJX Europe.  Prior to starting with TJX in Europe in 2004, Mark spent 4 years with JD Sports and spent over 7 years as a Police Officer with Kent Police in the UK.

Mike Rackley, Director of Global Security at Target, was elected to the American Red Cross Board for the Twin Cities Area Chapter in Minneapolis and was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Advisory Council.  Community involvement is an important and rewarding component of an executive's career and Mike exemplifies what all LP executives should work towards and aspire to.

The NRF LP Conference in Dallas last month had over 2,700 registered executives and saw a 20% increase in retail attendees - setting new records!  It was a great job on the part of the NRF led by Joe LaRocca and Angelica Rodriguez and the LP Advisory Council led by Bill Titus, Council Chair.  Their Tuesday night event at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium sponsored by The Zellman Group and Bluedot was an exceptional event with well over 1,500 attendees.  Great night thanks to the sponsors!

With up to 12,000 law enforcement officers daily and a security budget of approx. $948 million, the London 2012 Olympics is conducting a series of 42 exercises and test events for the emergency services and other key organizations involved in the games.  Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Munich Olympics, when 11 Israeli team members were killed by Palestinian gunmen, the 2012 Olympics is set to be Britain's largest peacetime security operation and will be policed at the "severe" threat level.  (Source

With two sports lock-outs now in place, retailers are bracing for the financial hit.  Genesco, which has more than 2,000 stores, Adidas, and Footlocker are the most vulnerable due to licensing agreements with both the NFL and the NBA.  Genesco, themselves, said during their Q1 conference call that the lock-outs could cost them at least $5.5 million in pretax profit if the NFL lockout stops the season.  (Source

With more than a dozen investigations centers in the U.S. and two forensics labs, Target's investigative efforts are leading the nation.  "There, crime specialists can view live video footage from most of the chain's 1,750 stores, watch for trends and develop "link charts" detailing a crime ring's network, including recent activity, patterns of theft, possible accomplices and getaway vehicles."  In their forensics labs, investigators dust for fingerprints on products that suspects touched, but didn't steal and use video technology to analyze suspects' identifying features and license plates.  "Things have really evolved" according to Doug Ramey, investigation team leader for Target's Western region.  (Source

RSA, the IT security software company that provides SecurID two-factor authentication programs for companies, that was hacked a couple of months ago, created and staffed a new CSO (Chief Security Officer) position responding to this incident.  Eddie Schwartz, their first CSO, previously had served as CSO at NetWitness, an EMC-owned network security provider of real-time network forensics and automated threat analysis, says that RSA is focusing their internal security on efforts to reduce the time an intruder can go undetected.  In response to the incident itself, RSA is also sponsoring later this month a private conference with 100 invited security professionals that will explore the existing IT security landscape.  (Source

The Legal Workforce Act of 2011 requiring all U.S. employers to use the E-Verify system to determine whether new hires and current employees can legally work in the U.S. is running into opposition from all of the civil liberties groups.  The bill requires that all employers compare information supplied by current and prospective employees with information contained in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) databases.  As part of the verification process, the Social Security number provided by new hires would be compared with the name on record and also proposes a pilot biometric authentication program that would let employers fingerprint employees as part of the vetting process.  The bill calls for penalties of up to $25,000 per violation and imprisonment of at least one year for employers who refuse to use E-Verify.  Because E-Verify contains photos and will very soon contain drivers' license information, it could quickly evolve into a national identity system," the civil liberties groups warned and added "that its size and openness would present an irresistible target for identity thieves."  (Source

Very soon and for the first time in the U.S., a holographic image of a female greeter will appear in a Manhattan Duane Reade drug store store who welcomes entering customers and says one of seven scripts on a continuous loop.  A Virtual Assistant technology already in use in the UK.  Will the LP message make its way in this new technology?  (Source

A counterfeit money warning has been issued by authorities in Logan County, Kentucky.  (Source

The Top 10 U.S. retailers as ranked by the NRF's top 100 list for 2010: (Source

1.Wal-Mart, $307.7 billion
2.Kroger, $78.3 billion
3.Target, $65.8 billion
4.Walgreen, $61.2 billion
5.The Home Depot, $60.1 billion
6.Costco, 59 billion
7.CVS Caremark, $57.5 billion
8.Lowe’s, $48.2 billion
9.Best Buy, $37.1 billion
10.Sears Holdings, $35.4 billion

The U.S. government has warned domestic and international airlines that some terrorists are considering surgically implanting explosives into humans to carry out attacks.  There is new intelligence pointing to a fresh interest in using this tactic, a U.S. security official told the AP.  (Source Associated Press)

Walgreens June same store sales up 4.8%

The U.N.'s new agency UN Women released its first report entitled "Progress of the World's Women: In Pursuit of Justice," which showed that 600 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not a crime, women are still paid 30% less then men in some of the 117 countries that have laws guaranteeing equal pay,  and that 53% of working women -- 600 million in total -- are in vulnerable jobs such as self-employment, domestic work, or unpaid work for family businesses which often lack the protection of labor laws.  "For most of the world's women, the laws that exist on paper do not always translate into equality and justice."  (Source Associated Press)


National Retail Federation
2011 ORC Survey

Executive Summary
Full Report


PayPal Celebrates Reaching +100 Million Active Users

eBay Inc.'s PayPal financial business has reached a milestone of 100 million active users the company confirmed this week. The company also announced it was upping estimates of the amount of mobile payments transactions using the technology this year; doubling the estimate to $3B in mobile total payments volume in 2011. At the end of last year, PayPal had around 94.4 million active users, and has been adding approximately one million active accounts per month. PayPal represents 39 percent of eBay Inc.'s total revenue, and nearly made $1 billion in revenue Q1, up 23 percent from same quarter the previous year. PayPal has been making its own small forays into local commerce and late last year launched a new version of its popular iPhone app that allows users to find businesses near their immediate location that accept PayPal as a form of payment. (Click here for full article)

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Vector Security's Falcone Scholarship Winner Headed to Cazenovia College to Pursue Criminal Justice Degree

Janeen Bligen from City of Poughkeepsie High School is scholarship recipient

The winner of the 2011 John Falcone Scholarship Program, Janeen Bligen, will be heading to
Cazenovia College to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. Ms. Bligen, who will begin her studies in the fall of 2011, says the additional assistance of the Vector Security scholarship will help her realize her dreams.

"I will continue to move forward at Cazenovia College" said Bligen. Located in Central New York, 19 miles southeast of Syracuse, Cazenovia College is an independent, coeducational college offering baccalaureate programs in the liberal arts and professional studies. Ms. Bligen continues, stating that, "I am so blessed and will remember those who have helped me this far. All I can say is I thank you, and I cannot describe what this means to me."

When Poughkeepsie, NY police officer, John Falcone, responded to a domestic dispute call on Friday, February 18, 2011, the eighteen-year veteran of the Poughkeepsie City Police Department would end up giving his life to save a three-year-old kidnap victim. The selfless act did not go unnoticed by Hammond Security, the newest branch of Vector Security, which responded by establishing a scholarship program in the fallen officer's name to help fund the educational needs of those pursuing careers in law enforcement or criminal justice.

According to Vector's Kim Sears, even small city police forces need to be prepared to encounter events like this. "Police officers know that domestic disturbance calls are some of the most dangerous types they can be dispatched to. Usually victims and assailants are in a highly troubled state of mind, and are making choices based upon the emotion of the moment. This crime, in particular, depicts how whole families can be impacted, to include both that of the child and of the police officer as well."

In this instance, the child's father was holding the three-year-old and waving a pistol when Officer Falcone arrived on the scene. After wrestling the child free from his kidnapper, a struggle for the weapon ensued and Officer Falcone was fatally shot in the head in the exchange. The shooter then committed suicide. The shooter's estranged wife was found dead in a nearby automobile and police theorize that the man shot his wife first, kidnapped his son and then met up with Officer Falcone.

The Hammond/Vector Security Scholarship for Careers in Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice has been created to support and inspire an exceptional student. Sears said, "What better way can you keep a hero's memory alive? This program rewards a man or woman who wants to serve the public as Officer Falcone did." Vector offered the scholarship through the City of Poughkeepsie High School, with the inaugural award occurring with the 2011 graduating class.

Cazenovia Colllege also agrees that her future studies at their facility will honor Officer Falcone's memory. "We look forward to Janeen's arrival on campus as a Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Studies major, and the education that Janeen will receive at Cazenovia College will be a fitting living memorial to Officer Falcone," said Stewart Weisman, professor and director of the program.

The CJHSS program provides students with the tools they need to enter into a career in the expanding field of law enforcement, the emerging area of homeland security, or to pursue a graduate degree or attend law school, and is designed to educate students to be critical thinkers who communicate effectively, and who act in an ethical manner.


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Mark Caldwell named Vice President of Global Asset Protection and Security for Wal-Mart.
Mark Dickens promoted to Assistant Vice President of Loss Prevention for TJX Europe.
Mike Rackley, Director of Global Security for Target, was elected to the Board of The American Red Cross, Twin Cities Chapter.
David Schmuck was named Area Loss Prevention Manager for dd's Discounts a division of Ross Stores.
Curt Steele was named District Loss Prevention Manager for Nike.

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Integrity. Say it out loud. It's a powerful word with profound meaning. As LP practitioners, we live the meaning of this word. Or do we? Have you ever noticed how things can sometimes become transparent? This is great when the enterprise needs change as it makes for a much smoother transition. But it's not so great when you're taking orders to do something you would have questioned in the past. Don't become numb to your surroundings, challenge your boss/peers, but never let your integrity be called into question.

Jim Palmer
Director, Loss Prevention
U.S. Coast Guard Community Services Command (CGX-MWR)

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