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September 22, 2011

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

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

Coming in October

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Vice President LP

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National Retail Federation
2011 ORC Survey

Executive Summary
Full Report 

Women in LP Caucus
Mentor Program
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Watch for our article the day after each event!

October 12, 2011
NRF-Investigator's Network Meeting
NYC Metro Area

October 19, 2011
NRF-Investigator's Network Meeting
McLean, VA

co-hosted by
Universal Surveillance Systems

CLEAR/Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail

2nd Annual Training Conference

October 4-6, 2011
Peppermill Resort/Casino
Reno Nevada



Albuquerque Retail Assets Protection Association (ARAPA)
is hosting their

2nd Annual
Southwest ORC Conference

Albuquerque Convention Center

October 13, 2011

and the cost is free

Additional information including conference topics can be found at the
link below


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































LPRC 2011 Impact Conference

October 10-12, 2011

Office Depot Headquarters
Boca Raton, FL



Dan Doyle assumes a newly established and expanded role as  Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Bealls.  Doyle's new responsibilities will encompass critical initiatives in the areas of Talent Management, Recruiting and Development Training, in addition to his existing oversight of Compensation, Benefits, Public & Government Relations, and Employee Relations.  As a former Loss Prevention executive, Dan has progressed extremely well and clearly demonstrates how a Loss Prevention executive can in fact reach beyond and obtain a "C" level position.  Congratulations Dan and may your success show others that anything is possible if you commit and dedicate yourself.

Kirk Van Zee
has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Store Operations and Real Estate for Beall’s Department Stores.  Van Zee has served with Bealls Outlet Stores as VP of Stores in the Sunbelt states.  Prior to joining Bealls, he held the position of VP of Store Operations for Macy's in Atlanta.  Once again Kirk started his career as a Loss Prevention executive as well in Atlanta and has shown how being a retailer first and foremost broadens your career opportunities and opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

Bryan Gittings, CFI, was named Director of Loss Prevention for Big 5 Sporting Goods
.   Having spent the last 18 years with such organizations as Target, The Home Depot, and most recently as the Director, Specialty Loss Prevention for Sears HC, Bryan will now lead the LP effort at Big 5 in Los Angeles.  Bryan holds an M.S. degree in Criminal Justice and a B.A. degree in Psychology

Wal-Mart continues their support of women by the launch of a dedicated page on that will feature an assortment of products created by women in nearly two dozen countries.  They expect to feature over 500 items by more than 20,000 women.  Walmart's dedicated e-commerce page is part of the company's global effort to empower women. The five-year plan, developed with help from both governmental and non-governmental organizations and philanthropic groups, will direct $20 billion on goods and services from U.S. businesses owned by women, as well as double the amount to women-run suppliers overseas.  (Source

Gap Inc. announced that its Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement program for women was recognized by former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative, held in New York City.  Launched in 2007, Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. program creates opportunities for women to advance in their careers and personal lives. P.A.C.E. was designed and developed in partnership with Swasti Health Resources and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). CARE International is a key implementing partner. Gap Inc.'s vendor partners also play a critical role. One of these vendors in India that employs more than 60,000 workers has committed to extending P.A.C.E. to all workers by the year 2020. To date, more than 7,500 female garment workers have participated in the program.  (Source

Toys"R"Us announced that it plans to hire more than 40,000 employees to staff its U.S. stores and distribution centers this holiday season.  (Source

e-receipts have been slowly growing in popularity since Apple and a handful of other companies introduced the electronic option about six years ago and experts expect email receipts to become the standard as new smartphone technology could eliminate the need for credit cards.  How does this impact the basic step of LP asking – may I see your receipt?  (Source

The FTC will hold a workshop that examines how the burgeoning use of facial recognition technology impacts privacy and security on Dec. 8th.  Free and open to the public the FTC will gather consumer protection organizations, academics, business and industry representatives, privacy professionals, and others to examine the use of facial recognition technology and related privacy and security concerns.  (Source 

Personal information on about a third, 2.1 million, of Massachusetts residents, 6.6 million, has been compromised, according to the state's attorney general, citing statistics gleaned from the tough data breach reporting law there.  (Source

Kohl's store fire caused by a faulty light ballast in Salisbury, MD closed the store and caused $75,000 in merchandise damage.  (Source

WiFi warhackers indicted in Washington after hitting dozens of businesses and stealing hundreds of thousands by just driving by and picking up wireless signals.  In some cases, prosecutors say that once the men hacked into the wireless hotspots or burglarized the businesses, they obtained financial data, hijacked payroll systems, stole the identities of employees and routed pay checks to accounts they'd set up in the employees' names.  (Source Associated Press)

Two stores in Petersburg, VA shut down and the owner indicted for selling counterfeit goods bought in New York City.  (Source

Immigration/Customs Enforcement agents arrest a Reading, PA man operating and selling counterfeit golf equipment made in Chain and shipped directly to the buyers' homes from Hong Kong.  (Source

A Pottstown. PA man, Shannon Edwards was arrested for breaking into 38 retail businesses in shopping plazas in three counties over the last several months and his accomplice is still at large.  (Source

Bed Bath & Beyond 2Q reports same stores sales up 5.6% with net sales up 8.3%
Rite Aid 2Q reports same store sales up 2.2% and lost $94.7 million

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D&D Daily Canadian Push

Wal-Mart says bring it on Target we're ready for them Wal-Mart's Canadian CEO said they may spruce up their 300 stores, but otherwise no big strategic changes are planned.  Or at least what they're willing to share with the public at this point.  (Source

Jen Drake CFI, West 49th Inc, Director of Resource Protection on –

Understanding the Real Estate and Construction impact on your store

The first thing that comes to mind is the differences for the Real Estate and Construction group. If you are a US retailer planning to lease shopping mall or power centre locations, you will discover that it's a relatively small commercial real estate market here in Canada. Gaining space in our malls is very competitive. You will have fewer options, have less power for negotiating and be held to more stringent requirements than you are accustomed to in the US. For example, Cadillac Fairview exercises greater leverage and may dictate requirements to your store design. The mall can dictate what your store front looks like, what the first 10-15 feet inside your store looks like, what style of EAS tower you deploy, if your Marketing/Promotional materials run on TVs within the first 15 feet, they may want to be included in what content is playing. In cases where you lease strip or street store locations, you could face a two-step approval process for things like exterior graphics. Governments and municipalities supersede any landlords. We had a store open up in a resort/destination city and despite the landlord approving our exterior graphics, the city had not approved them (this city has a 30% window coverage by-law) and we had to play catch up to gain the proper approvals.

"Despite weak retail sales results in Canada so far this year," a quote of potential concern for any retailer, "almost all of Canada's hottest shopping districts are experiencing an increase in rental rates."  The U.S. push is driving rents up more than 6.7% with rents on Toronto's Bloor St., the 20th most expensive street in the world, hitting $326 U.S. a square foot.  (Source

Express, Inc., opened it's first Canadian location in Toronto.  With 600 stores in the U.S., Express plans on opening 6 stores in Canada by the end of 2011 and an additional 50 over the next five years.  More Canadian Push!  (Source

A number of Canadian Loss Prevention senior executives have agreed to write their views on "The Canadian Push" for this series and we look forward to publishing their articles.

Ottawa, Ontario, Ca., retailers have experienced a series of 7 robberies between Sept. 7th and 21st that they believe are all related to one gang.  Hitting the stores in the early morning hours, the suspects carrying guns and wearing masks have been captured on video, but have not been apprehended and the police are looking for the public's help.   (Source

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The Orlando "Drag Queens" reported on earlier this week in the Daily, who were apprehended this past Sunday shoplifting from a Jo Ann Fabrics store in Orlando and who were stealing fabrics, feather boas, lace gloves, and other accessories worth thousands of dollars, have been linked to a string of Central Florida stores.  They are part of a larger group of transvestites who "terrorize fabric and hobby retailers" in that area and have been for over a year.   "It's a whole gang of drag queens," Amanda Marshall, manager of Jo-Ann Fabrics.  When confronted by staff Sunday, one suspect swore at a clerk and threatened to cut her before attempting to flee the scene.  (Source

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Dan Doyle assumes a newly established and expanded role as  Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Bealls.
Kirk Van Zee has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Store Operations and Real Estate for Beall’s Department Stores.
Bryan Gittings, CFI, was named Director of Loss Prevention for Big 5 Sporting Goods.

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