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July 7, 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

Coming in August

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


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

National Retail Federation
2011 ORC Survey

Executive Summary
Full Report

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

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




Contact the RCC Events Team at 1(888) 373-8245 or visit

October 4-6, 2011

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


Louis Vuitton and Burberry have won significant damages in Canada's single largest trademark counterfeit and copyright case last month -- $1.4 million for Louis and $1.1 million for co-plaintiff Burberry -- claiming that 3 companies, Singga Enterprises, Carnation Fashion and Altec Productions, all Canadian companies, had been selling fake Vuitton and Burberry handbags and "fashion accessories" either online or in stores since January 2008.  The judge found that the companies had orchestrated large-scale and sophisticated counterfeit manufacturing operations in China to have vast amounts of counterfeit products imported and sold nationwide.  This case highlights the need for Canada to make trademark counterfeiting a crime in Canada and to grant Customs officers in Canada ex-officio authority to seize counterfeit goods at the border.  Currently not a crime in Canada to import counterfeit goods, there is pressure right now from both countries' Chambers of Commerce to include it in the process the U.S. and Canada are now working on to improve and expedite distribution channels.  (Source

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation reports an increase in cargo thefts that is "plaguing metro Atlanta."  Cargo theft is such a growing problem, the GBI created a task force made up of five people devoted to solving the cases and they say it isn't enough.  (Source

With the ever-increasing cybercrime problem continuing to grow, a new group in Europe consisting of McAfee, Trend Micro, Cassidian, Visa Europe, Core Security Technologies, Yodel, Transactis and the Shop Direct Group has formed the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA) representing the private industry's response to cybercrime.  Governments are diverting their funding to protect their critical national infrastructure against cyber attacks, which leaves less to protect private businesses.  Law enforcement in many countries lacks the training and skills to conduct difficult investigations.  In addition to training, the ICSPA will work with academia to establish a standard by which law enforcement officers could be accredited for learning cybercrime fighting skills. The organization will also seek to promote information sharing between entities that collect data on cybercrime and also promote best practices within the industry.  The ICSPA has also secured a partnership with Europol, a pan-Europe law enforcement organization that investigates organized crime and terrorism. The two organizations will work to harmonize law enforcement training and put a renewed focus on computer-related crime.  The ICSPA is funded in part by its members, but the group plans to approach the European Union for more funding as well as the governments of the U.S., U.K. and others.  (Source

The Phoenix Police Department, Homeland Security, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies will be teaming up with the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force this week to aggressively enforce counterfeit laws during the MLB All-Star Week  to protect fans from purchasing "substandard products" as well as protect legitimate manufacturers and vendors "who invest money and other resources" to provide licensed products.  (Source

The 2009 Annual Study: Cost of a Data Breach published by the Ponemon Institute showed that the average cost of a data breach to a company is $6.75 million with the average cost per compromised record per breach being $204.  In studying 45 organizations that had specifically experienced a breach, the survey included 15 industry sectors with the retail sector having 8 participants.  Of special note is that the retail sector ranked #1 in "Internal Breaches" with 6 and the remaining 2 being categorized as "Third Party Breaches."  More than 1 in 3 data breaches concerned lost, missing, or stolen laptop computers and those incidents are more expensive.  To read the survey visit

Ross Stores will open its 1,000th store on July 16th.  (Source

Law Enforcement authorities conducted 30 raids on properties Tuesday in Italy and Switzerland and rounded up 15 members of the famous "Anonymous" hacking gang aged from 15 to 28 with the ring leader being 26.  Anonymous denied their structure had been dismantled and its leader arrested saying, "Our protest will continue louder than ever."  (Source

June Same Store Sales Results

Costco up 14%
Limited Brands up 12%
Saks up 11.9%
The Buckle up 10.8%
Zumiez up 9.8%
Nordstrom up 7.9%
Kohl's up 7.5%
BJ's Wholesale up 7.3%
Wet Seal up 7.3%
Bebe Stores up 7%
Macy's 6.7%
TJX up 5%
Walgreens up 4.8%
Target up 4.5%
J.C. Penney up 2%
Stage Stores up 1.8%
The Gap up 1%
Hot Topic up 0.4%
Fred's down 0.7%
Destiny Maternity down 0.7%
The Bon Ton down 0.9%

Shrinkage On The Rise
Dr. Hollinger's preliminary NRSS findings

Retail shrinkage increased to 1.58% of retail sales in 2010 ($37.1B) -- up from 1.44% in 2009 ($33.5B)
95% of retailers have been a victim of ORC over the last 12 months
43.7% of retail shrinkage in 2010 was employee theft ($16.2B)
18.7% of cases involved collusion between internal and external sources
32.6% of total losses was shoplifting ($12.1B)
12.9% of shrinkage was admin error ($4.8B)
5.4% shrinkage was vendor fraud ($2B)

46% of retailers said their loss prevention budgets were increasing
 and 35% said they were staying the same


Enhanced Detection That's a Step Ahead of Shoplifters

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  • Booster Bag detection to combat the growing problem of ORC

  • Integrated People Counting to help maximize staffing and merchandising to increase customer satisfaction

  • EAS Alarm Directionality to better manage your anti-theft solutions

  • "Jammer" software detection to identify another method gangs try to defeat your EAS system

  • "Tags Too Close" feature that reduces unnecessary service calls

To learn more about ADT's Ultra•Exit Enhanced Detection, click here or call 1-877-258-6424.


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District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Honolulu, HI Sears Holdings Corp.
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Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Metro Northern NJ The Home Depot
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Today's Daily Job Postings from the Net - Appearing Today Only

Job Opening




Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears Chicago Ridge, IL Sears Holdings Corp
LP and Safety Mgr Eby-Brown Company Naperville, IL CareerBuilder
Asset Protection Mgr BJ's Wholesale Club Dedham, MA CareerBuilder
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears Portland, OR Sears Holdings Corp
Loss Prevention Mgr Macy's Shops at La Cantera San Antonio, TX Macy's
Loss Prevention Mgr Amazon Campbellsville, KY Monster
Loss Protection Mgr Coinmach Corporation Charlotte, NC Monster
Divisional LP Mgr Heartland Automotive Svcs Hartford, CT Monster
Loss Protection Mgr Century 21 Dept Store New York, NY CareerBuilder
Loss Protection Mgr Century 21 Dept Store Westbury, NY CareerBuilder

Johnnie Chromcak was named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Burlington Coat Factory, San Antonio TX.
John Clark was named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Burlington Coat Factory, New Jersey.
Sheila Martinez was named Regional Loss Prevention Director for Kohl's.

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The "power of the pen" is a phrase carried down thru generations and rightfully so.  The ability to write your thoughts, to express your beliefs, your opinions is incredibly important and can have a significant impact on your career.  Developing the ability to communicate in written form can make the difference in how far an executive goes and it also gives one the ability to go as far as they want as long as they're willing to risk it and put it out there so to speak.  I've always tried to write as if one person is sitting in front of me and I'm just trying to communicate to that person.  While many are reluctant to write, the one thing you merely need to keep in mind is write as if you're speaking to merely one person and don't hold back.  Our Thought Challenge column was developed to offer everyone that opportunity.  To be able to share a thought an opinion or an idea with your colleagues and this year we added the Awards program as a way to hopefully inspire thought and motivate people to share.  Our Awards Committee is comprised of some of the best leaders in the industry and they're excited about this program and look forward to reading your Thought Challenges.  Who knows what ideas may come out.  My only suggestion is take the risk - stir the pot - and share your thoughts!

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