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November 3, 2011

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

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Loss Prevention and
Risk Management
Wal-Mart Canada

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November 9, 2011
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The murderer of the Lululemon Athletica co-worker this past March in Bethesda, Md., was convicted of first-degree murder and faces the prospect of life in prison. (Source

With Home Depot creating 68 District Asset Protection positions last month the roll out is almost complete and it marks the largest AP roll-out of 2011 for any retailer in North America.

A collaboration in Albuquerque, N.M., between law enforcement and local retail stores has become a model retail-crime-fighting tool that is being replicated across the country. The Albuquerque Retail Assets Protection Association was formed in 2006 as a vehicle for the Albuquerque Police Department and local retail stores to share information about retail crime. The group brings together law enforcement officers with local loss prevention professionals at monthly meetings where information about recent cases of shoplifting or organized retail crime is shared. "This isnít sitting around having coffee and donuts and shaking hands. This is bringing real case information to share with this group of professionals on both sides," said Joe LaRocca, VP of loss prevention for the National Retail Federation, who has attended ARAPA meetings. "They solve cases in that room." (Source

Toys"R"Usģ today announced it has reinvented its assortment of consumer electronics and tech accessories as it continues to stay at the forefront of emerging trends for kids and families. The company has redesigned its electronics department and significantly increased the space dedicated to consumer electronics by developing an open floor plan and adding interactive displays to all its stores across the country. The evolution continues. (Source

Filene's Basement, owned by Syms Corp., is closing all 46 stores. An American icon and known for their Bridal Run will be no more. (Source

A Wells Fargo study recently showed that even if Amazon starts collecting sales taxes in every state they'll still be 10% cheaper than Wal-Mart.

The Bon-Ton department stores is closing 4 stores and getting out of the Rochester, N.Y., market. (Source

The baseball-bat beating that killed a 74-year-old man inside a Southern California Wal-Mart store appears to be random, a homicide investigator said Wednesday. The suspect taken into custody outside the Lakewood store following Tuesday's attack was a local transient, Richard Lawrence Kalfin. Kalfin, 46, was arrested on suspicion of murder and was being held on $1 million bail. (Source MSN Money)

A new form of identity theft where four suspects merely called the credit agency impersonating the victim and had themselves added to the account after stealing some of the personal information (not cards) and obtaining a credit profile. Four men in Detroit are wanted for running this identity theft ring. (Source

An off duty constable in Louisville, Ky., shoots a Wal-Mart fleeing female shoplifter in the arm and foot after she ran over his foot with her vehicle. (Source

Cisco for the first time names a Senior Vice President to lead their Security Group. The SVP levels in Security and Loss Prevention are appearing in every industry more so now then ever before. (Source

The hacking group Anonymous has waged a full-on war on BART, the San Francisco subway system, over cellular shutdowns to stifle protests. Following two demonstrations that led to temporary station closures, hacking and posting personal information of BART police officers, Anonymous has now posted naked photos of BART spokesman Linton Johnson. Even with one of their own being kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel they're still hacking. (Source

Quarterly Results

Limited Brands 3Q reports same store sales up 9% and up 11% for 39 weeks
Neiman Marcus 1Q reports same store sales up 8%
CVS 3Q reports same store sales up 2.3 with revenue for drug stores up 4%
Big Lots 3Q reports same store sales up 1.7% with revenue up 6%
Aeropostale 3Q reports same store sales down 9% with overall revenue down down 1%

October Same Store Sales Repo

Costco up 9%
Dillard's up 8%
Limited Brands up 6%
Nordstrom up 5.4%
Ross Stores up 5%
Target up 3.3%
TJX up 3%
Macy's up 2.2
Fred's up 2%
Saks Fifth Ave. up 1.8%
J.C. Penney down 2.6%
Cato down 3%
Gap down 6%
The Bon-Ton down 10.2%



WG Presents the Newest Addition to our PROTECTION with Class Collection

            The lock-it Tag

Innovation is the name of the game!  WG Security Products continues to prove its reputation as being the most innovative and forward-thinking EAS designer and developer in the world time and time again.  First it was the elegance of the Teardrop tag, then the adaptability of the Teardrop Lanyard and now WG raises the bar for aesthetics and security yet again with the release of the lock-it tag.  The lock-it is the newest member to WG's vaunted PROTECTION with Class Collection; EAS tags designed to provide superior aesthetics as well as WG-caliber performance. 

The lock-it is fashioned to resemble a fashionable accessory rather than an EAS tag.  It is composed of superior polycarbonate plastic material and a metal shackle to securely lock around high-end merchandise such as luggage, bags, jewelry and other items incapable of being secured with a traditional pin-supported tag.  The lock-it operates on an AM frequency and contains a superlocking mechanism and ferrite technology for extra security and peace-of-mind.  Currently available in Midnight and Pearl colors, the lock-it is adaptable to support self-alarming technology for the retailer with extra security needs.  Burgundy and Rose colors are available by request.  The design and utility of the Lock-it is patent pending.


Along with the Teardrop and Teardrop with Lanyard tags, the
lock-it is a beautiful addition to the PROTECTION with Class Collection.  Never before has a collection of EAS tags been designed not only for superior protection, but to display the best aesthetics for the upscale merchant.  The lock-it from WG; it will almost be a shame to take it off!  

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact:
Dennis Jordan Marketing Department
(408) 241-8000


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Defusing Threatening People Hostile and threatening people typically feel unfairly treated and usually do not feel heard or adequately understood. This can aggravate an already delicate situation. CCN Chairman, Bruce Blythe, describes a three-step, take and use, approach to defuse threatening and hostile individuals. This method is not only valuable in the workplace, but has been proven to be successful outside of the workplace as well. A five minute video worth watching from the Crisis Care Network. (Resolve)

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Perception becomes reality slowly on a macro level and it's difficult to change it if it's incorrect or doesn't portray the truth.  It's the same reason law enforcement separates witnesses to ensure clarity and truth.  The group mind becomes influenced by opinion and agendas and distorts the true reality.  One can only rely on daily vigilance based on doing what's right to hopefully impact the individuals one works with on a daily basis to carry the experience forward and be witness to what is right.

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