marks the start of Rich Mellor's new job as Vice
President of Loss Prevention for the NRF. Rich,
has been an active member of the NRF LP Advisory
Council for many years, including his tenure as
Chairman of the Council from 2002 to 2005. He is
truly an industry veteran, with more than 30
years of retail security and loss prevention
experience – beginning at the Pennsylvania-based
John Wanamaker Stores and continuing his
prestigious career Woodward & Lothrop, Macy’s
East, The Bon-Ton Stores and Helzberg Diamonds.
In 2005, Rich was NRF’s Silver Plaque award
winner, which recognizes his leadership and
influence on the retail LP community. Rich will
be responsible for directing the NRF's loss
prevention initiatives, including the Loss
Prevention Conference and EXPO, the LP Advisory
Council and the NRF Investigator’s Network. We
would like to welcome Rich to his new role in
the LP community.
Final numbers for Cyber Monday shows 33% increase
Online sales yesterday increased 33% compared with a
year ago, according to IBM Corp.’s SmarterCommerce unit
that tracks data from 500 retailers. 10.8% of shoppers
used a mobile device to visit a retailer’s site on Cyber
Monday, up from 3.9% a year ago. (Source
JCPenney, Apple and Macy’s take the prize for best Cyber Monday site
The quickest-loading e-commerce sites of top e-retailers on Cyber
New Pennsylvania bill would lower shoplifting felony offense from
$2k to $1k.
State Rep. Todd Stephens will introduce the bill next week to
stiffen the laws and increase the penalties because of the increased
activity and comes in conjunction with dismantling a major theft
ring recently in his area. The ring that recently was dismantled
targeted stores across 11 counties, including Montgomery, by using
fake UPC labels to purchase items well below cost. The stolen
products were then resold online. "Organized retail theft in
Pennsylvania is a sophisticated crime and a growing problem that in
just 2010 cost our commonwealth an estimated $60 million in sales
tax revenue," Stephens said. "There’s a reason the New Jersey man
charged with running the recent organized retail theft ring chose
Pennsylvania for his operation." "We must deter criminal
organizations from targeting Pennsylvania retailers and our weak
penalties," Stephens said. (Source
Effective Is Justice Department Crackdown on
Counterfeit Goods Dealers?
A great PBS News Hour telecast and a must watch.
The Justice Department used Cyber Monday, the
biggest online shopping day of the year, to shut
down 150 websites that were allegedly peddling
fake shoes, sporting goods and handbags. Gwen
Ifill discusses the crackdown on counterfeit
goods with author Larry Downes and Steve Tepp of
the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. (source
U.S. Judge Demands Counterfeit Luxury Goods Sites
De-Indexed from Facebook, Google & Twitter
A federal judge yesterday in Nevada ruled in favor of
luxury goods maker Chanel in a battle against websites
trafficking counterfeit luxury goods. The court can now
seize all questionable domain names, transferring them
to a US-based registrar GoDaddy. The judge has also
ordered that Internet search engines and social media
websites Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Bing, Yahoo and
Google all "de-index" the domain names. This would
completely remove them from all search results.
One in every 11 shoppers who enters a store will shoplift
meaning retailers will bleed $119 billion this year due to
shoplifters. Michael Creedon, North American
vice president of retail sales for ADT Commercial Security, told
AdWeek that "the economic environment has led to stealing for
need-based purposes." "Seventy percent of shoplifters tell us they
didn't plan to shoplift," Barbara Staib, spokesperson for the
National Association of Shoplifting Prevention told AdWeek. And
shoplifting jumped 6% in 2010, reports AdWeek.
Wal-Mart burglary in Topeka, KS, Saturday at 3:12 am
after Black Friday sales netted robber between $200,000
A stocky white man with a shaved head, who wore
glasses and a Carhartt jacket, breached store security
early Saturday to steal more than $200,000 from Wal-Mart
and got away. Store security video tape captured the
thief walking into the office and walking out. The theft
hasn't been traced to an employee.
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the Bureau of
Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of
Justice announce a new public education campaign to combat
intellectual property (IP) theft.
Based on newly released research from the National Crime Prevention
Council, home of McGruff the Crime Dog, the campaign will confront
the public belief that intellectual property theft is a victimless
crime. "Intellectual property (IP) theft hurts real people," said
Ann M. Harkins, NCPC President and CEO. "It damages the global
economy. It helps fund international organized crime and domestic
gang activity -- including child labor, drug trafficking, and
violence. Reducing demand for counterfeit and pirated products is
what this campaign is all about -- educate the public that IP theft
is just that -- theft, like robbery or shoplifting. NCPC is pleased
to be working with the White House, the U.S. Department of Justice,
and our important IP industries to prevent intellectual property
More violence and injuries reported on Black Friday with
newspapers around the country picking up the story's.
As reports of shopping-related violence rolled in this week from Los
Angeles to New York, experts say a volatile mix of desperate
retailers and cutthroat marketing has hyped the traditional
post-Thanksgiving sales to increasingly frenzied levels. With stores
opening earlier, bargain-obsessed shoppers often are sleep-deprived
and short-tempered. Arriving in darkness, they also find themselves
vulnerable to savvy parking-lot muggers.
Dick's Sporting Goods expanding westward with a new DC and 160
stores over the next 5-10 years.
Dick's Sporting Goods
took another step in expanding out West with the announcement that
it will build a distribution center in Goodyear, Ariz.
The distribution center will be designed to ultimately support
approximately 160 stores as Dick's Sporting Goods grows its store
base in the Western United States over the next 5-10 years. (Source
Consumer confidence up in November as holiday shopping gets in full
Heading into December, consumers are feeling more confident about
the economy after six months of steady declines. Consumers in
November had a much better attitude toward the next six months. This
explains the same store sales increases in spit of the European doom
and gloom and the federal government budget issues. The consumer may
just be tired of listening or has just gotten use to it. Regardless
it's good news for the final six weeks. Lets hope it keeps up.
Save Mart Supermarkets removes tampered credit/debit card readers in
20 stores in California The company said it
discovered the units had been tampered with during routine
maintenance, but had not been notified of any reports that customer
accounts had been compromised. "Steps were taken immediately to
remove the tampered card readers in the affected stores, as well as
enhanced security to every credit/debit card reader in all 234
stores in our company," Save Mart said in a statement. (Source
200+ arrested at Occupy Los Angeles, 50 in Philly
More than 1,400 police officers, some in riot gear, cleared the
Occupy Los Angeles camp early Wednesday, driving protesters from a
park around City Hall and arresting more than 200 who defied orders
to leave. Similar raids in Philadelphia led to 50 arrests, but the
scene in both cities was relatively peaceful. Occupy is becoming
Defy which at the end of the day means it's
(Source Associated Press)
'We have come to take the 99%'s money back'
Anonymous and other hacktivists have
joined together to launch an attack on banks in response to recent
crackdowns against the Occupy protest movement.
TeaMp0isoN and Anonymous are joining forces to
run OpRobinHood, which will involve using stolen credit details to
donate to charities and others, supposedly at the expense of banks.
"In regards to the recent demonstrations and protests across the
globe, we are going to turn the tables on the banks. Operation Robin
Hood is going to return the money to those who have been cheated by
our system and most importantly to those hurt by our banks.
Operation Robin Hood will take credit cards and donate to the 99% as
well as various charities around the globe. The banks will be forced
to reimburse the people there [sic] money back."
FCC had 'questions of fact' on AT&T - T-Mobile merger
A report by the staff of the Federal Communications Commission
says AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA provided flawed information to
justify AT&T's planned $39 billion acquisition of its smaller rival.
The report, released Tuesday, says the companies' application left
open "material questions of fact." For instance, the staff did not
see reason to believe AT&T's claims that the merger would create
jobs rather than eliminate them. The FCC staff also rejected AT&T's
assertion that it would not have reason to build out its new
wireless data network fully if it was not allowed to buy T-Mobile
USA. They noted that AT&T competes with Verizon Wireless, which is
pursuing a full network buildout. The report found the companies
failed to show the deal was in the public interest, echoing
conclusions by the Justice Department, which sued three months ago
to stop the acquisition. The combination of the No. 2 and No. 4 cell
phone companies in the country would reduce competition and likely
lead to higher prices, they say. Analysts now believe the
Dallas-based company has virtually no chance to get the deal
(Source Associated Press)
Tis the Season for increased shoplifting.
StopLift's CBS news interview at Big Y supermarkets with Maureen
Fuller, LP field Manager in Boston. Mass. (source
Tiffany's 3Q reports same
store sales up 16% with total sales soaring 21%.
JoS. A. Bank Clothiers 3Q reports same store sales up 14.6%
American Eagle Outfitters 3Q reports same store sales up 5% with
total revenue up 11%
High end retailers are all soaring with international growth plans
that are unparalleled.