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July 26, 2011

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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


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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





1st Annual One-Day
ORC Conference

Friday, August 19, 2011
7:30am - 4:30pm
Cal State San Marcos





5th Annual
Crime Symposium & Trade Show

Wednesday, Sept 21, 2011
8:30am - 5:00pm

Hilton Garden Inn
35 Major Taylor Blvd
Worcester, MA



October 4-6, 2011

CLEAR/Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail

2nd Annual Training Conference
Peppermill Resort/Casino
Reno, NV


Washington State ORC ALLIANCE


1st Annual
Training Conference

Wed, November 2, 2011

Training Site:
WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission Auditorium

19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA


Dollar General signed a multi-year contract with Interface to provide secured managed cloud services for all of their 9,500+ stores that includes wide-area network management, PCI compliance, wireless access Management, IP alarm system monitoring, IP video surveillance, and interface digital voice.  (Source

Macy's Loss Prevention employee "whistleblower" in Florida claims "backward hung privacy doors" on fitting rooms may be legal, but aren't moral.  Channel 10 News in Tampa Bay investigated and found a number of Macy's Florida stores had these "backward" hung privacy doors that allows an individual inside the fitting room area to see inside the fitting room, themselves.  However, the practice does fit within Florida law.  The Whistleblower went further in claiming racial profiling, illegal wiretapping, and falsified reporting.  Macy's acknowledged installing the doors backward as a loss-prevention method.  "Retailers work hard to strike a balance between preserving the privacy of customers, providing customer service, maintaining customer safety in fitting rooms, and deterring the theft of merchandise," said Melissa Goff, Vice President of Media Relations & Cause Marketing at Macy's.  (Source

Flash mob appears in a Target store in Van Nuys, Calif., yesterday led by American Idol contestant in season 9 Todrick Hall who took over the front end of the store and blocked access to the check-out stands and had dozens of well-choreographed dancers dressed in red perform to Beyonce's single, "End of Time."  Disappearing at the end, Hall was left alone in the aisle as customers and employees applauded.  (Source 

With 500% profit margins counterfeiting is really led by sophisticated criminal organizations world-wide that some experts believe will double that market by 2015 in 4 years alone.  Behind these seemingly innocent neighborhood sellers are "unscrupulous criminal syndicates that undermine legitimate businesses and may use the proceeds from counterfeits to fund illegal activities such as narcotics trafficking, arms smuggling and even terrorism."  (Source

This past weekend two female shoppers at an H&M store in Portland were observed shoplifting and three employees followed them outside of the store, confronted them and were pepper sprayed by one of the suspects.  Police did arrest both and charged one with assault and unlawful use of teargas.  (Source   

While China has closed two of the fake Apple stores, three still use the Apple logo and remain open because they have the right permits.  (Source

The New York Times has a summer writing contest for students that appears in their "The Learning Network" column weekly.  This week's winner, a 15-year-old from Forest Hills, NY, interestingly enough wrote about the counterfeiting problem in NYC and the peer pressure she feels for having designer purses and how peer pressure in actuality feeds the counterfeit industry.  Her article is an intelligent and realistic account of the issue with one touching difference – her solutions:  "I propose three alternatives to harness demand for illegal counterfeits: 1) Crackdown on wholesalers who import illegal products. 2) Impose penalties on guilty consumers. 3) Educate our generation and teach them, like my mom has taught me, that we, as individuals, are worth much more than anything we own."  (Source

Three stores in Daytona Beach, Florida, were found selling counterfeit merchandise and over $238,000 of merchandise was seized after an undercover investigation was started after receiving a tip from an angry competitor.  (Source

The cross-border trucking industry is rapidly growing, especially given the expansion in Canada, and the RMCP is seeing an increase in smuggling that has become more violent and more brazen.  Organized criminals are using bribery and blackmail to force some people in the trucking industry to do things that they otherwise wouldn't do.  They're using specialized compartments to conceal contraband that includes cocaine, drugs, money, people, and counterfeit goods.  With 31.500 owner-operators moving 70% of all goods into Canada from the U.S. this is a growing problem that won't go away.  (Source

Supervalu Q1 reports same store sales down 3.9% with total retail sales down 4.4%

Supervalu's division, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy in Maryland, who agreed to pay a $2.5 million fine and cooperate in the federal prosecution of Ulysses Currie, a state senator and two former Shoppers executives who prosecutors said used Currie's influence to help Shoppers secure retail sites and get favorable infrastructure assistance for certain projects, has been ordered to provide documents that might be used in Currie's defense.  (Source

Now Wal-Mart is streaming same day DVD releases of movies on for rent or purchase.  Everyone is getting in on this business.  (Source


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A City Wide Approach to Organized Retail Crime (Day 3 of 3)

This is the last of a 3-part series that started on Friday, July 22nd, where we have reported on this new approach to ORC which began last April and has had a lot of success.  Today, we are reporting on the Operation Result.




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Job Opening




Sr. Manager of AP Safety Winn-Dixie Jacksonville, FL Winn-Dixie
ORC Investigator Walgreens Texas Walgreens
Corp LPM of Analytics & Exception Reporting Confidential Florida Downing & Downing
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




Regional LP Mgr Gymboree Atlanta, GA Gymboree
Mgr Corp Sec & Emergency Svcs Worksafebc Richmond, BC, Canada Workopolis
Loss Prevention Mgr J. Crew Arden, NC Monster
Loss Prevention Mgr Diversity Working Boca Raton, FL America's Job Exchange
Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Chattanooga, TN Indeed
District LP Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Phoenix, AZ Indeed
AP Mgr Wal-mart/Sam's G2 Newington, CT Walmart
AP Mgr Wal-Mart/Sam's G1 Aurora, CO Walmart
LP Mgr III AAFES Minot AFB, ND Indeed

None to report.

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As a 35-year veteran of Retail Loss Prevention, and someone who has conducted many pre-employment interviews, I thought readers might be interested in some of my favorite interview questions and the thinking behind each of them. Each day for the next five days I'll be sharing one of the questions from my list of second interview questions. Answers to these questions tell me a lot about how a candidate thinks:

Day 2 - When is the best time to fill your gas tank and why?

In most cases there are only three variables to consider when filling your gas tank, the price of gas; how long it takes to stop and fill up; and how much gas you have in your tank. Your thought process in determining when you fill up will give me an idea about how you value your time. For example, if you fill up when you have half a tank of gas left you are stopping for gas 33% more often than someone who fills up when they have a quarter tank of gas left.

Hint: The first step in effective time management is recognizing what you spend your time doing. If you’ve been thoughtful about the time you spend doing mundane tasks like stopping for gas, you are more likely to be thoughtful about effectively using your work time and mine.

John Velke
V.P. Loss Prevention & Safety
Total Wine & More

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