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Checkpoint Systems Partners With ECR Europe and the University of Leicester for a Four-Year Study on Shrink

New Research Projects Planned for the Next Four Years Will Aim to Transform the Understanding of Loss in the Retail Community

LONDON, UK — Nov. 12, 2012 - Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CKP), a leading global supplier of shrink management, merchandise visibility and apparel labeling solutions for the retail industry, today announced its collaboration with a four-year study on shrink with the University of Leicester and ECR Europe (Efficient Consumer Response), which is developing new ways to combat loss in the retail industry.

The co-chairs of ECR Europe Shrinkage Work Group: John Fonteijn, Head of Group Asset Protection at Royal Ahold; and Colin Peacock, Customer Development Director, On-Shelf Availability for Procter & Gamble, will ensure these new projects bring value to the retail community by improving industry knowledge and understanding on a wide range of retail loss related issues.

These projects will include:

- Understanding the impact of loss on on-shelf availability

- Charting the potential impact of developments in mobile scanning technology

- Exploring the links between employee satisfaction and loss

- Discovering the challenges of managing loss in the multichannel retail environment

Companies involved in the project next to Checkpoint Systems are: Tesco, Asda, University Of Leicester, L'Oréal, Procter & Gamble, Marks & Spencer, Beiersdorf, Royal Ahold, Carrefour Belgium, Sainsbury’s, Heineken, Jumbo Supermarkten, ECR Europe, Metro Group, Wilkinson, Diageo Brands, Bacardi, Polo Ralph Lauren, A.S. Watson and GSK.

John Fonteijn, Head of Group Asset Protection at ROYAL AHOLD, shared his enthusiasm: "I am confident that we will uncover new perspectives and insights into a wide range of aspects related to loss in the retail industry. As an established think tank on the topic of shrinkage and loss in the retail sector, the ECR Europe Shrinkage Group, with the continued support of Professor Adrian Beck and the addition of a new Research Assistant Megan Bornman to the team, can now really begin to develop new knowledge to help the industry better manage the significant problem of loss."

Colin Peacock, Customer Development Director, On-Shelf Availability for PROCTER & GAMBLE, added: "I believe the production of new knowledge and understanding is essential in developing more effective methods of loss prevention as well as useful tools that could aid retailers and manufacturers to better manage loss in their organizations."

Per Levin, President & Chief Sales Officer Shrink Management & Merchandise Visibility Solutions for Checkpoint Systems, added, "Checkpoint is excited to partner with ECR Europe Shrinkage Group on this four-year study that will provide a valuable insight into the effects of shrink in the industry. We are committed to help retailers and manufacturers reduce shrink and improve merchandise availability, especially in stores where new technologies are revolutionizing purchasing habits. By understanding and improving the impact of losses, we can support manufacturers and retailers and ensure consumers have a pleasant shopping experience."

ECR Europe Shrinkage Group hopes to further establish its presence within the retail community as an active forum that provides a unique, fresh look at the problem of loss as well as providing ongoing and up-to-date support catering to the needs of the retail community. In line with this, an active web presence, through the use of various social media forums and websites, will be created. Furthermore, the initiation of new modes of disseminating the findings of the research being conducted has already been planned.


Annabel Lemétais
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Checkpoint Systems
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Adrian Beck
University of Leicester Professor
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Megan Bornman
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Olivier Mouton
ECR Europe
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Colin Peacock
Procter & Gamble
Co-Chair ECR Europe Shrinkage Group
John Fonteijn
Royal Ahold
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Matt O'Keefe was promoted to Sr. Director Loss Prevention - Global Supply Chain & ORC for Gap, Inc. Matt has been with Gap since 2002, holding the positions of Regional Loss Prevention Manager, Director of Supply Chair Loss Prevention, and Sr. Director of Loss Prevention - Supply Chain. Matt received his BS in Criminal Justice/Sociology from the University of Baltimore. Congrats Matt!
Erik Newcomb was promoted to Director of Asset Protection for lululemon athletica. Erik has been with lululemon athletica since 2009, previously holding the titles of Regional Manager - Asset Protection and Area Manager - Asset Protection. Prior to working at lululemon athletica, Erik spent six years at Abercrombie & Fitch, holding positions such as Regional Loss Prevention Auditor and Regional Loss Prevention Manager. Erik graduated from the University of Michigan, where he got his BA in Economics. Congrats Erik!

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Goodies, Walmart's new food subscription service, lets shoppers discover new foods. For a monthly fee of $7, customers can sign up to get a box filled with five to eight sample-size food items. The items range from organic to ethnic and are not currently found in Walmart stores. If you like the items, you can also purchase full sizes on the website. The service began tests three months ago and already has 3,000 subscribers. (Source

New Jersey moves to create toughest cargo theft laws in the country. New Jersey is working on a new bill to increase the penalty on cargo theft. Currently when a person steals a semi-truck and trailer, he is committing a 'property crime' which carries a small penalty. Under the new laws proposed, anyone who steals a truck would face second degree criminal charges. The offense carries a sentence of five to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000. (Source

The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group is key to successful raids in China, seizure of 1700 products. The U.S. organization worked in conjunction with the Chinese government on three raids on manufactures and distributors of counterfeit merchandise. The Golf Anti-Counterfeiting Group consists of five of the most well-known golf companies in the world, Callaway-Odyssey; TaylorMade-Adidas Golf and Ashworth; PING; Cleveland Golf, Srixon and Never Compromise; and Acushnet Company whose brands are Titleist, FootJoy and Scotty Cameron. (Source

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Popeye’s goes high tech to optimize operations and Loss Prevention efforts. Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen Restaurants has placed Envysion's Insight video systems in all 40 of its company owned store location to improve operations, increase profits and enhance the efforts of Loss Prevention. (Source

HEB Loss Prevention Agent struck by shoplifter get-a-way car. Maria Ramirez and Maria Jimenez pushed a cart full of groceries out of the HEB store in Laredo, when approached by Loss Prevention they ran. Both suspects were able to get into the car, as the Agent approached he was struck as the car pulled quickly out of the parking lot. The LP Agent’s injuries were minor. (Source

Novi, Michigan Police Officer attacked with a knife in a Walmart Security Office. A shoplifter who was attempting to steal a 42" television was stopped by two female Loss Prevention associates. The suspect resisted but a Novi Police Officer happened to be in the building and came to assist. Once in the office area, the suspect pulled a knife and stabbed the Officer in the hand and was able to escape. After a short Police chase, the suspect was arrested, again after fighting with the arresting officers. (Source

Long Island Shoe Store Owner accused of fake robbery claim during Sandy. A Long Island man is facing charges, accused of lying about a break-in at his store during the height of Superstorm Sandy. Suffolk County police say Wilguens Mentor falsely claimed burglars got into his store, Fly Forever Sneakers, in Wheatley Heights on October 31. He allegedly reported that more than $60,000 in merchandise had been stolen. Police say he planned to file a false claim with his insurance company. Mentor is charged with second-degree attempted insurance fraud and third-degree falsely reporting an incident. (Source

JC Penney Loss Prevention finds cell phone in the ceiling of the ladies restroom, belonging to JC Penney’s Contract Cleaning Crew Supervisor. West Palm Beach Police interviewed and arrested Marco Bartolon-Velasquez, who admitted to police that he had placed the phone near the ceiling exhaust fan in the ladies restroom, in an attempt to see how well his cleaning crew associates were working. Bartolon-Velasquez admitted he has been placing the phone in the same place since last year. Bartolon-Velasquez is in the country illegally and was using his brother’s name to gain employment. (Source

Orlando, FL Gun Shop burglarized, 14 handguns stolen. Five masked suspects smashed their way into an Orlando Gun / Pawn shop smashing showcases and displays, while removing 14 handguns and one air rifle. Police have no suspects at this time. (Source

Salvation Army store employee’s boyfriend threatened to kill her if she didn’t give him access to the store and safe. Frederick, Maryland Police were called to the Salvation Army store by an associate who told police that the store had been burglarized and that he had received a text message from a fellow associate that her boyfriend had threaten to kill her unless she opened the store and accessed the $600 in cash in the safe. (Source

Massachusetts convenient Manager takes on armed robber with Chili Powder. The suspect dressed all in black, wearing a mask and pointing a gun to the Manager’s head gets a little more then he bargained for. The Manager of the store punched the suspect in the face, then threw chili powder in his eyes. The suspect ran from store and made a quick get-a-way. Police believe the suspect has committed the same type of robbery in other surrounding communities. (Source

Three Houston men arrested by SWAT team in Bellville grocery burglary. An apparent burglary attempt at a Bellville, Texas grocery store overnight has landed one Houston man in the hospital after taking unknown pharmacy drugs and at least one other in jail. Developing reports indicate that police in the Austin County town about 60 miles northwest of Houston responded to an alarm around 3 a.m. at Brookshire Brothers grocery store and called in the SWAT team when the suspects refused to come out. (Source

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A Mississippi man has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for selling pirated DVDs and CDs. Attorney General Jim Hood said Patrick Lashun King, 37, was sentenced to 18 years with three years suspended this past week. Hood said King pleaded guilty to six counts of selling pirated DVDs and CDs before Copiah County Circuit Judge Lamar Pickard. Hood said investigators seized 10,510 pirated discs along with computer equipment used for making the copies at King's home and business. Hood said King was arrested after selling pirated copies of five movies and one music CD to an undercover investigator. (Source

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