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Annual Conference 'To Go':
The Results Are In!
By Amber Bradley
RLPSA Annual Conference TO GO finished-off Thursday with record attendance of
restaurants, franchisees, grocers, c-stores, and retailers in attendance. The
conference featured speakers such as Octavio Jara, President of RLPSA, as well
as many other industry professionals covering critical and relevant topics such
• “Getting Comfortable with Uncomfortable Conversations: Diversity & Inclusion”
presented by James Fripp, Chief Diversity Officer for YUM! Brands, and Steven
Antoine, Chief Security Officer for YUM! Brands
• “Domestic Terrorism: The New Normal” presented by David Johnston, Senior
Director, Loss Prevention & Corporate Security, Inspire Brands, Dan Moren,
Senior Manager, Global Security & Resilience, Starbucks, and FBI / Federal Law
• “Drive-thru & Curbside: Balancing Safety & Security with Speed & Accuracy”
presented by Rick Walker and Rose Roth, Chick-fil-A, Kevin Shaw, Workforce
Practices and Corporate Security, Darden, and Rocco Prate, Loss Prevention &
Corporate Security, Wendy’s
• “Constantly Innovating for Delivery Safety & Security” moderated by Van
Carney, Director of LP, Safety, and Security for Domino’s and panelists include
Craig Jones, Senior Manager Safety, Security, and Loss Prevention at Papa Johns,
and Scott Sanford, Director of Loss Prevention for GoPuff
• “Everything You need to know to De-escalate a Tough situation,” presented by Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates’ Joe Wolf, CFI
Hear what some of the attendees are saying:
• “Great virtual conference - easily the best of its kind that I have seen!”
Jason Swanson, Senior Manager of Asset Protection with MOD Pizza
• “BEST virtual conference ever. Very engaging!” – Heather Hearn, Senior
Security Advisor with Wawa
• “This was SUCH a great conference! So engaging and fun! I’ve done quite a few
virtual conferences and this was the BEST!” Rebecca Alexander, Program Manager,
Global Safety & Compliance with Starbucks
• “Great job! Love the platform and flow!” – Chad McManus, Senior Manager, AP with T-Mobile
The conference included inspirational speakers MLB Legend Jim Abbott and Captain
Richard Phillips, the Captain of the Maersk Alabama who was rescued by Navy
SEALs after being captured by Somali pirates.
RLPSA is looking forward to its in-person conference in April 10 – 13, 2022 in
downtown Denver at the newly renovated Sheraton!
Violence & Protests
Last Minute Possible Change
Possible Delay? Stay Tuned
The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a trial judge was wrong to
refuse reinstating third-degree murder against former Minneapolis police officer
Derek Chauvin, who is scheduled to be tried next week in the killing of George
A legal scholar and attorney have said it could cause a delay if Chauvin's
attorney, Eric Nelson, asks the Minnesota Supreme Court to review the ruling,
or, if Nelson invokes his client's constitutional rights to a fair trial and
argues that he needs more time to prepare for the added count.
Starting Monday: Expecting Protests & Gatherings in Minneapolis
What you need to know about the trial of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek
Minnesota will once again be the focus of international attention when the
murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin begins on
Monday. He is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter
in the killing of George Floyd in south Minneapolis on May 25. The events that
led to Floyd's death, which a bystander recorded on video and posted to
Facebook, immediately drew international outrage and spurred a global protest
It will be the first high-profile criminal trial in a Minnesota state court
to be broadcast live. Three other former Minneapolis officers will face
trial later in the summer. Here are answers to questions you may have about the
trial and how to watch it.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday. Regardless of how long it takes to
finalize the jurors, opening statements are slated for March 29. The trial is
expected to last several weeks. During jury selection, each day's session
will begin at 8 a.m., with first hour reserved for motions. Jury selection
begins at 9 a.m, and is expected to end by 5 p.m.
A video and audio feed of the proceedings will be provided by Court TV,
beginning with jury selection on March 8. And on Star Tribune's website.
City officials have placed concrete barriers and other "fortifications"
around government buildings, including the Government Center, Minneapolis City
Hall and police precincts.
Law enforcement and Minnesota National Guard troops are expected to maintain a
visible presence in the downtown area and commercial corridors around the city,
including Nicollet Mall, Hennepin Avenue, S. Washington Avenue, Lake Street and
So far the only road closure announced in downtown Minneapolis is S. 6th Street
between 3rd and 4th avenues, which runs under the Government Center's two
adjoining towers. It closed Monday.
Demonstrations are expected near the Government Center on the morning of
March 8, when jury selection begins. There will likely be additional
protests and gatherings in downtown Minneapolis or elsewhere in the city
throughout the trial.
Photos show intense security around the US Capitol ahead of a QAnon insurrection
that nobody showed up for yesterday
NYC: Police union seeks to intervene in federal suit against NYPD
New York City’s largest police union is seeking to intervene in a
federal lawsuit against the NYPD over the department’s response to George
Floyd protests last summer — claiming in a court filing that city leadership
may not have officers’ best interests in mind. The motion to intervene was
announced Thursday by Pat Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association,
who claimed in a statement that cops were “besieged” by “violent criminals”
during the uprisings — then scapegoated by city leaders.
The legal action by the PBA was filed in a Manhattan federal court lawsuit
brought by Attorney General Letitia James in January, which seeks a federal
monitor to oversee the department “to end the pervasive use of excessive force
and false arrests by the New York City Police Department against New Yorkers in
suppressing overwhelmingly peaceful protests.”
Ferguson activists, Michael Brown's father demand $20M from BLM
The father of Michael Brown and other activists from Ferguson, Missouri, are
demanding financial support from Black Lives Matter after the organization
revealed it raised over $90 million last year. Michael Brown Sr., whose son
was fatally shot by a white police officer in August 2014, along with the other
activists that helped propel the movement, want $20 million from the group to
help their community.
"Where is all that money going?" Brown Sr. asked in a Tuesday press release from
The International Black Freedom Alliance. "How could you leave the families who
are helping the community without any funding?"
Portland: Feds quietly dismiss dozens of protest cases
Federal prosecutors have dismissed more than one-third of cases stemming from
last summer’s violent protests in downtown Portland, when protesters clashed
with federal agents. KGW reviewed federal court records and found 31 of the 90
protest cases have been dismissed by the U.S. Department of Justice, including a
mix of misdemeanor and felony charges.
Portland sports bar owner forced to shut down after business vandalized blasts
city response to riots
A newly proposed Tennessee bill would give immunity to drivers who
unintentionally hit protesters blocking streets
Kentucky bill would make it a crime to insult police officers
'Why aren't we coming together?' Seattle still reeling from year of violent
82.5M Vaccinations Given
US: Over 29.5M Cases - 533K Dead - 20M Recovered
Over 116M Cases - 2.5M Dead - 92M Recovered
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Two-Week Trend - COVID Cases Down 17%
COVID Cases Appear to be Plateauing Nationwide While Decreasing Slightly
While most states continue to see declines, some states are seeing an uptick.
Journal’s analysis showed that in more than 15 states as of Wednesday, the
average number of new cases over the past seven days was greater than the
average number of cases over the past 14 days, a sign cases are on the rise.
Those states include Texas, Arkansas, New Jersey and Mississippi.
In all, the U.S. has reported 28.8 million cases, and more than 520,000 people
have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. World-wide, more than 115.6 million
cases have been reported and over 2.56 million people have died.
As Texas Drops Mask Mandate, Covid-19 Cases Bear Watching
As states continue to ease restrictions, the business world’s reaction
remains mixed. Hyatt Hotels Corp , Target Corp. , Starbucks Corp. and CVS
Health Corp. , are among the major corporations saying they have no plans to
drop mask requirements. Gym operator Life Time Inc., Albertsons Cos. and a
number of local restaurants plan to stop mandating masks or return to normal
capacity, or both.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, as of Wednesday, 21 states were
considered to be reopened, up from eight in early January. An additional
22 states have eased restrictions.
Dr. Fauci slams Texas, Mississippi for ‘inexplicable’ decision to lift mask
Anthony Fauci is urging Texas and Mississippi residents to keep wearing face
coverings after their Republican governors
lifted COVID-19 mask mandates in the states — slamming the decision as
But Fauci, the president’s science adviser, said Thursday that “now is not
the time to pull back” on the public health measures. “The good news is we
have vaccines coming online. You see the curve of infections coming down,” Fauci,
director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,
said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“But we have reached a bit of plateau where the deflection isn’t going straight
down the way it was,” he said, adding, “I would advise the people of Texas and
Mississippi to just abide by the public health measures we talk about all the
“I understand the need to want to get back to normality, but you’re only going
to set yourself back if you just completely push aside the public health
guidelines — particularly when we’re dealing with anywhere from 55 to 70,000
infections per day in the United States,”
Fauci told CNN’s Erin Burnett.
Here We Go Again? New Strain "Evades" the Vaccine?
Happy Anniversary NYC - On COVID's 1st Birthday
New COVID Strain "Proliferating Vigorously Across NYC
A new strain of the coronavirus, known as B.1.526, is proliferating vigorously
across New York City, after having originated in February in a part of upper
Manhattan known as Washington Heights.
“I am concerned about its immune escape,” Dr. Eric Topol told Yahoo News,
a reference to the strain’s heightened ability to evade the body’s antiviral
armaments, including a vaccine. Vaccines remain broadly effective against
the coronavirus, including B.1.526, but the emergence of new varieties will
require constant vigilance from virologists.
The eventual goal is
a universal coronavirus vaccine that could defang any and all versions of
The new variant’s arrival comes along
exactly a year after New York City began reporting coronavirus cases.
“The variants are the X factor here,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
As the arrival of the new variant shows, the pandemic is far from over. Some
half-dozen strains of the coronavirus are now spreading across the United
As the CDC has warned, opening up while new strains of the coronavirus are
gaining force may ultimately prolong the pandemic. “Fatigue is winning,”
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky
cautioned on Wednesday
26 percent of the coronavirus cases identified last week were of the B.1.526
variant. “It’s really all over the city.”
Europe Experiencing an Unwelcomed Resurgence of COVID After six weeks of
Rising 9% in the past week. World Health Organization officials
attributed some of the increase to a more contagious variant, first detected
in the United Kingdom, that is driving an outbreak in the Czech Republic and
OSHA Failed Essential
Workers Across the Nation
Was it a Structural/Organizational problem or internal Leadership issue?
Or Was it the Previous Administration? Or a mixture of all of the above?
OSHA’s Job Is Workplace Safety. In the Covid-19 Pandemic, It Often Struggled.
Federal and state agencies conducted fewer inspections than in the past
and often handled coronavirus complaints through no more than an exchange of
letters, a Wall Street Journal investigation shows.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration faced one of the biggest
workplace-safety challenges in its 50-year history when the coronavirus struck.
It didn’t meet the moment.
Instead of thoroughly investigating complaints of unsafe practices at
workplaces, the federal agency and state OSHA agencies it oversees often took
limited steps, OSHA records and state health data show, leaving workers more
vulnerable to workplace outbreaks.
OSHA’s mandate, spelled out in a 1970 law, is to help ensure safe and healthy
working conditions, by setting workplace standards and enforcing them.
The agency’s rules are largely designed to minimize chemical-exposure risks and
injuries such as falls and electric shock—for the most part, problems that are
readily identifiable and correctable. It has struggled to address the
altogether different hazard of the coronavirus: invisible, lacking a sure
corrective and permeating blurred lines between workplace and the world outside.
Leadership Problems?: Federal OSHA,
which regulates workplaces in 29 states, sets standards for state agencies
elsewhere. Federal OSHA said when the virus struck that it had rules in place
to protect workers. Yet some state agencies took an opposite position—that
there were no rules to enforce to address many Covid-19 concerns. Other state
agencies created rules of their own.
Understaffed & Not Supported By Previous
Administration?: Workers flooded state and federal OSHA agencies
with complaints alleging their workplaces weren’t safe. On the federal level,
OSHA’s compliance-officer staff had declined in recent years. Managers needed to
limit the officers’ exposure to Covid-19. Compounding the challenge early on
were shortages of masks and shifting guidance from authorities about who needed
to wear them, in the face of a poorly understood threat.
Street Journal Investigation:
How OSHA Struggled to Address Workplace Safety During
A Wall Street Journal investigation found that OSHA, the agency whose job it is
to ensure worker safety, conducted fewer inspections and often took limited
steps to address complaints of unsafe work practices during the pandemic.
Investigative reporter Alexandra Berzon joins host Annmarie Fertoli with the
The Post Pandemic Top 10 Most Valuable Global Retail and Apparel Brands
D'Onofrio, Global Retail Influencer
Five years since it last held top spot, Apple is named world's most valuable
brand by Brand Finance Global 500 2021 ranking as diversification strategy
finally pays off, brand value US$263.4 billion.
As new technologies drive brand value across industries, Tesla leaves
traditional auto marques behind with fastest brand value growth in ranking, up
158%. E-commerce brands thrive in new normal, with Alibaba.com doubling
in brand value, but chain retailers are cashing in on home delivery too -
Walmart climbs up to 6th rank.
Hospitality suffers from travel and dining restrictions, as Marriott and
Airbnb check out from ranking and Starbucks, McDonald's, and KFC see brand
values drop. WeChat overtakes Ferrari to become world's strongest brand with top
score of 95.4 out of 100 and AAA+ brand strength rating.
As we emerge from the COVID-19 in 2021, the importance of branding will
increase. In this post, we will concentrate on the top retail brands that will
lead the recovery in the new normal.
Half of Workers Wish to Remain Remote Permanently
Some CEOs are pushing return-to-work dates into the fall or refusing to
commit to specific dates, signaling to workers that 2021 may be another year
of working remotely.
New research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shows that 27
percent of organizations plan to bring all employees back to the worksite when
the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available. Thirty-four percent of
organizations are unsure when they will bring all employees back; 18 percent do
not ever plan to have all employees return; and 5 percent of respondents
reported that a return-to-work date has already been set.
Research shows that the skepticism many companies previously had about
maintaining productivity while working from home started to erode in 2020, but
negative aspects of the remote experience—isolation, diminished
collaboration, longer hours and burnout—are getting starker as we approach the
one-year anniversary of the abrupt transition to remote work.
Potential downsides to remote and hybrid work arrangements come from an erosion
of the organizational norms that culture and performance rely on, such as trust,
cohesion and shared experiences, and from the risk of two divergent
organizational structures emerging: one in person, one virtual.
Another concern is polls that show many workers don't want to return to the way
things were before the pandemic.
SHRM found that
over half (52 percent) of 1,000 U.S. workers would choose to permanently work
from home on a full-time basis if given the option.
5 ways to check on your team’s well-being without being invasive
employee wellness is not always easy. Between lockdowns, reshuffled family
responsibilities, and ever-changing health news, our pre-COVID-19 strategies
aren’t necessarily effective right now. Our current work days may not be
“normal,” but we can adapt and apply new techniques to help our teams through
the good times and the bad.
The pandemic is shining a light on mental health. More people are talking
about critical topics like stress, anxiety, resilience, and burnout. Complete
wellness also includes more components.
According to a Gallup study, conducted globally, well-being has five
interconnected elements: Take a minute and read how you can help your teams
of Mars Wrigley on the key to being a Black leader in business in 2021
Mars Wrigley President Anton Vincent talks about the importance of
inclusivity, the impact of the pandemic on communities of color, & how he stays
motivated as a leader.
Turning into Zoom Zombies
"Zoom Fatigue" Setting In? Now having it's own classification BTW
working from home amid the pandemic are exhausted with video calls, and
a study suggesting possible reasons for that mental toll. A researcher
from Stanford University found that the amount of close-up eye contact, the
tendency to stare at our own faces, the lack of movement during the
conversations and the required mental effort increase the burdensome feeling
now known as “Zoom fatigue.”
The study's author also suggested some easy antidotes: turning off the
self-view function, minimizing the video call screen and taking breaks.
Four reasons you’re tired of Zoom calls — and what to do about it
Dollar Tree to Open 3,000 Rural Concept Stores
Burlington Stores to Open 100 Stores in 2021
Costco Q2 comp's up 12.9%, e-commerce up 74.8%, sales up 15%
Kroger Q4 comp's up 10.6%, digital sales up 118%, sales up 10.7%
Kroger FY 2020 comp's up 14.1%, digital sales up 116%, sales up 14.2%
Qurate Retail, Inc Q4 retail sales up 7%, eCommerce sales up 12%
Qurate Retail, Inc FY 2020 retail sales up 5%, eCommerce sales up 11%
QxH Q4 sales up 1%, FY 2020 sales up
QVC Q4 sales up 16%, FY 2020 sales up 10%
Zulily Q4 sales up 11%, FY 2020 sales up 4%
Cornerstone Q4 sales up 30%, FY 2020 sales up 19%
Total Q4 sales up 7%, FY 2020 sales up 5%
Big Lots Q4 comp's up 7.9%, ecommerce sales up 130%, net sales up 8.1%
Big Lots FY 2020 comp's up 16.1%, net sales up 16.5%
Hibbett Sports Q4 comp's up 21.9%, stores comp's up 17.7%, ecommerce up 44.8%,
Q4 net sales up 20.4%
Hibbett Sports FY 2020 comp's up 22.2%, stores comp's up 13.3%, ecommerce up
89.3%, net sales up 19.9%
Burlington Stores Q4 comp's flat, net sales up 4%, FY 2020 total sales down 21%
Gap Inc Q4 comp's flat (when open), store sales down 28%, digital sales up 49%,
total net sales down 5%
Gap Inc FY 2020 comp's flat, digital sales up 54%, total net sales down 15.7%
Old Navy Q4 comp's comp's up 7%, net sales up 5%, FY 2020 net sales
Gap Global Q4 comp's down 6%, net sales down 19%, FY 2020 net sales
Banana Republic Q4 comp's down 22%, net sales down 27%, FY 2020 net
sales down 42.4%
Athleta Q4 comp's up 26%, net sales up 29%, FY 2020 net sales up
Ruth's Hospitality Group Q4 comp. owned comp's down 39.7%, sales down 43%, FY
2020 comp's down 40.2%, sales down 40.9%
Senior LP & AP Jobs
Dir. AP Programs & Infrastructure job posted for Nordstrom in Seattle, WA
Director of Asset Protection Programs and Infrastructure will lead, develop,
prioritize and implement cross functional initiatives that support
organizational strategies across business units of Stores, Supply Chain and
Corporate Offices. This business leader will be a collaborative change agent,
recommending and influencing program and process improvement to drive
productivity, produce and achieve KPI benchmarks, accomplish departmental goals
and ultimately support reduced shrink.