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$100B price tag? so far according to economists with record storm surge in NYC flooding tunnels, train stations and streets An unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater — 3 feet above the previous record — gushed into Gotham, inundating tunnels, subway stations and the electrical system that powers Wall Street. Skyscrapers swayed and creaked in winds that partially toppled a crane 74 stories above Midtown. Sitting on the dangerous northeast wall of the storm, the New York metropolitan area got the worst of it. Fire destroyed at least 50 homes Monday night in a flooded neighborhood in the Breezy Point section of the borough of Queens, Airlines canceled around 12,500 flights because of the storm, a number that was expected to grow. NYC subway system facing worst disaster in its 108 year history. Con Edison in New York City told CNN that Sandy has caused the worst damage the utility has ever seen. (Source weather.com)

Sandy killing at least 20 people in seven states, cutting power to more than 7.4 million homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Ohio, & causing scares at two nuclear power plants. The massive storm reached well into the Midwest: Chicago officials warned residents to stay away from the Lake Michigan shore as the city prepares for winds of up to 60 mph and waves exceeding 24 feet well into Wednesday. Killing 69 in the Caribbean, the death toll snow climbs to 85. (Source yahoo.com)


National Guard deploys 1,175 troops to protect the streets of New York City and Long Island amid fears of looting after deluge of Twitter messages. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling up an additional 1,000 National Guard troops, doubling the superstorm force he called up Sunday. (Source gather.com)

Loss Prevention Command Centers across the country were in full swing With Sandy pounding the eastern U.S. every LP command center is in full swing with store closings and re-openings, employee & customer safety, store damage, response teams, merchandise needs, and store security at the top of the priority list.

IT security professionals throughout the northeastern United States were fighting to keep vital IT networks functioning

Home center industry to see huge sales spike because of Sandy Their sales will just take off over the next 4 to 6 months because of the storm all across the eastern seaboard and especially in the areas hardest hit. With online home improvement merchants seeing record sales leading up to the storm. (Source internetretailer.com)

Hurricane Sandy Threatens November Retail Sales in clothing and holiday gifts by as much as 3% while benefiting supermarkets and home-improvement stores such as Home Depot Inc. and Lowe's. Traffic may fall 40% in affected areas in November’s first week, which accounts for about 22% of the month’s sales, Chen said in a note. A Citigroup analyst, said in an e- mail. “The storm will disrupt last-minute Halloween sales and mall traffic but drive stock-up trips to the discounters. (Source bloomberg.com)

Good Morning America's Saturday edition - Extreme Shoplifting Caught on Tape: Organic Foods Targeted Saturday the industry got some coverage about ORC and the extent of the shoplifting problem in the U.S. With Rich Mellor, VP of LP for the National Retail Federation talking to the cost and consumers consequences of higher prices. (Source yahoo.com)





People Are Outraged by American Apparel's Hurricane Sandy Sale. American Apparel is getting backlash after it offered 20 percent off merchandise in the name of Hurricane Sandy. The retailer, which has had its share of controversies, emailed customers yesterday to notify them to enter "SANDYSALE" at check-out online to get the discount. The offer only applied to people in states affected by the hurricane. It didn't take long for people on Twitter to react to the insensitive promotion. One woman said "I will forever boycott their stores." Another man called the sale "the lowest of the low." So far, the sale is still happening. American Apparel hasn't commented on the controversy. (Source globalpost.com)




Apple's Retail Boss John Browett Is Out After Just 9 Months On The Job. In a huge executive shakeup, Apple announced today that its retail boss, John Browett, is out. Browett was selected to replace Ron Johnson, the former retail boss who created the Apple Store. Johnson left Apple last year to become CEO of JCPenney. Apple hired Browett in January of this year; he was formerly the CEO of Dixon's, an electronics retailer based in the UK. Part of the reason for Browett’s departure was his attempt to changes the Apple’s Retail culture, he decided to cut retail employee hours after giving everyone a raise to boost Apple's profits. He was later forced to apologize and reinstate employee hours. (Source tuaw.com)

U.S. buyout firm Cerberus Capital Management LP working with a group of real estate firms on bid for Supervalu Inc Supervalu is considering a sale after losing customers to competitors like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Kroger Co. , which has caused the company to close stores and cut costs. The chain is struggling with $6 billion in long term debt and pension liabilities. People familiar with the matter told Reuters last week that Cerberus is preparing a takeover bid for Supervalu, the third-largest U.S. supermarket chain, with an eye toward selling off the assets. (Source chicagotribune.com)

Raley's - Northern California's largest independent supermarket chain -  preparing for a possible strike by it's employee's - the 1st in it's 77 year history The company says it will unilaterally impose a proposed labor contract that would reduce its workers' wages. Raley's said the union failed to offer an up-and-down vote to its members on the contract offer, which included a two-year wage freeze. (Source news10.net)

ISC East postponed, new dates not yet determined ISC East organizers announced that the trade show scheduled for Oct. 29-31 at the Javits Center is postponed, due to Hurricane Sandy. ISC East is offering free storage for exhibitors that "wish to keep their materials in the New York area until the next ISC East". (Source securitysystemnews.com)

Tyco acquires Carter Brothers Fire & Life Safety Tyco Integrated Security (TycoIS) and Carter Brothers on Oct. 26 announced that TycoIS has acquired Carter Brothers Fire and Life Safety business. (Source securitysystemnews.com)


Homeland Security confiscating thousands of counterfeit World Series items from the streets of San Francisco.
Investigators believe the counterfeit vendors and manufacturers operate as a ring. They take plain black T-shirts made abroad and stamp them with orange logos mimicking the Major League Baseball's official Giants clothing, Ho said. He also suspects Los Angeles street gangs are involved, though couldn't say why. They found plenty, seizing 1,019 T-shirts, 109 ball caps and 69 knit hats from vendors outside the San Francisco ballpark during the first two games of the World Series. Most of the vendors came from Southern California. None were arrested, though agents took down names and hope to continue their investigation and find the source of the fake goods. "This money doesn't go to the Giants. It goes to a gang in LA," he said. The federal agents had a similar sting two years ago when the Giants won the World Series, they later donated the seized clothing to victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. (Source nbcbayarea.com)

Tennessee Highway Patrol recovered $200,000 in stolen cell phones. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol the tractor-trailer was stopped at the Interstate scales in Manchester Friday morning when a state trooper asked for the log book. Driver Oreste Jose Garcia instead fled on foot into the woods. He was located and arrested about a mile down the road. The trailer contained 18 pallets of cell phones. It had been reported stolen in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and the estimated value was approximately $200,000. THP seized the trailer and is investigating. (Source thunder1320.com)

UGG finding it difficult to compete against it’s counterfeit product sold in China. With 20 stores in China, Deckers Outdoor (owner of UGG) is watching sales drop 10% due to the increased competition of UGG counterfeiters. Angel Martinez, CEO of Deckers Outdoor, said. Stemming the rise of counterfeit UGG boots is now central to growth plans, particularly outside the US. (Source securingindustry.com)

Portland graphic designer gets prison for role in jet setting ID theft ring. A Portland man who used his graphic design expertise to help a gang of highly mobile identity thieves make off with at least $688,000 was sentenced on Monday to a little more than four years in federal prison. Gregory M. Zimmerman, 36, was a key figure in a jet-setting band of suspected identity thieves. He produced high-quality identification for a group of "creepers," who burglarized commercial office buildings in many U.S. cities, stealing checks, credit cards and personal information to defraud banks. The thieves plotted scores at a Portland strip club, moved through glitzy cities such as Las Vegas and Beverly Hills, and cashed proceeds at Spirit Mountain Casino. (Source sfgate.com)


Party City Manager killed during armed robbery in Ridgeland, Mississippi. A long term employee of Party City, 68 year old Bobby Adams, was shot and killed during a robbery. Police said it appears that Adams was standing at the door just prior to 11 pm, watching employees leave and making sure they got to their cars safely. When two employees were left inside the store, a light-colored SUV can be seen on the surveillance tape approaching the back of the store. (Source wlbt.com)


Petland lets family keep stolen puppy they bought. A 12-week-old puppy stolen from Petland earlier this month will be allowed to remain with her new family. The family, whose identity has not been released, told Plano police they recognized the man arrested last week in connection with the burglaries as the person who sold them their puppy. Family members said they purchased the soft-coated wheaten terrier for their 4-year-old daughter and didn’t realize it had been stolen. The puppy was identified through its microchip. The family will not be charged with a crime. Petland took the puppy so it could be vaccinated and checked by a veterinarian. But store owners plan to return the puppy to the family at no charge because it did the right thing and returned it. The puppy has a retail value of $1,500. (Source nbcdfw.com)

Wentzville, MO police investigate series of burglaries. Wentzville detectives are investigating a series of burglaries in the downtown business district, the most recent break-in occurring about 5 a.m. Monday at the Napa Auto Parts store. The burglary was the fourth since Oct. 1, according to the Wentzville Police Department. The others were at the Wheel Sports Bike Shop, Ehll’s Western Auto and Chic Lumber. All of the incidents involved similar methods of entry, and the intended objective is believed to be cash. The downtown association has offered a $500 reward for specific information that leads to arrest and prosecution. (Source ksdk.com)

Cabazon Outlet Center in Cabazon, California property crimes and vehicle break-ins total loss over $100,000. The break-in to cars at the Cabazon Outlet Center continues to have its effect on other retailers in the area. Surveillance photos show a suspect using the stolen credit cards at Gap and Target that were stolen hours earlier from a parked car at Cabazon. (Source swrnn.com)

Kohl’s shoplifter in Vallejo, California, just wanted to see how much she could pack for a trip. Sounds logical, the trio of shoplifters filled a cart with clothing valued at over $1000, then grabbed a large suitcase from the sales floor, and loaded the merchandise inside and left the store. When apprehended the suspect told police, " she was going on a trip and wanted to see how much would fit into the suitcase". All three suspects were arrested. (Source mercurynews.com)

Gun battle outside of a Ross Dress for Less Store ends with one suspect dead A man suspected of firing on a man outside a south valley retail store Monday afternoon was fatally shot shortly after by Las Vegas police. Shoppers inside Ross were not endangered during the shooting. Metropolitan Police Department officers killed a record 12 people in 2011. (Source lvrj.com)

Man arrested in string of armed robberies at Little Caesars Pizza, Auto Zone, Subway, Mancinos and Qdoba, all in Delta Township, Michigan (Source wins.com)

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With Captain Bill Williams, Commanding Officer, Commercial Crimes Division, LAPD & LAAORCA Law Enforcement Co-Chair; Kent Oda, LAPD Detective; George Torres, CVS & LAAORCA Retail Co-chair; and Joe LaRocca, Senior retail partner and Senior AP Advisor to the NRF - the group's highly energized discussion serves as a great example of how retail and public law enforcement partnerships can successfully work. A must watch for any retail LP executive who is interested in the national ORC efforts. Stayed tuned tomorrow for part three.

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Two Eyeglass Stores hit in an hour in Peoria, IL. Two stores lost nearly $9,000 in inventory while one man distracted the employee and three other men stole frames and sunglasses. The LensCrafters store lost $2,700, while the All About Eyes store lost $6,000 in merchandise. (Source pjstar.com)

Police warn of shoplifting rings operating in Southwest Texas and Louisiana Beaumont police are warning their local retailers as they've seen an increase in this activity and they may be operating in multiple counties and Houston. (Source kfdm.com)


Serial Coat Thief in Tulsa apprehended, stealing over 30 coats from Macy’s and others. Macy’s believe that Ramon McBee is responsible for stealing at least $500 worth of ladies coats, but that dollar amount may go much higher. He is suspected of stealing 30 coats and four vests from both the Promenade and Woodland Hills Malls. McBee is a convicted felon and has an extensive criminal record, earlier in the month he was added to the Tulsa’s Most Wanted. (Source newson6.com)
 

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At the conference room table, everyone has an agenda. Resources are limited, and everyone needs some portion of them to affect change in their area of the business. In most cases, initiatives with the most significant financial impact are awarded these resources. Most organizations are focused on growing sales and cutting expenses to an extent far greater than the impact of inventory shrinkage.

However, if we take a closer look, we may be ignoring an ally. Proactive Loss Prevention departments routinely examine and refine controls and processes. These activities may have a direct impact on the labor required to perform them. In many cases, there may be labor savings. If so, it may make sense to include them in a formal presentation.

Retail salaries can exceed 10% of sales and account for one of the leading expenses for a retail store. When salaries become part of the conversation, they can add a significant financial impact to an inventory shrinkage initiative, which is a much smaller expense at 1.5% of sales (NRF average). The same could apply to retail utilities or any other positive impact to the business. On the other hand, there may be negative impacts which would reduce savings from an initiative. Nevertheless, Loss Prevention initiatives that positively impact multiple areas of the business may warrant more attention from the organization.

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