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Big Y Foods Loss Prevention Team

"Raising Awareness, Providing Solutions"

First row Left to Right: Dino Yacovone - LP Tech Specialist, Gina Russo - Scan It All Coordinator, Michelle Bruneau - LP Data Analyst, Joann Descoteaux - Check Collector, Lynda Medina - Alarm Center Operator, Tracey Gordon - LP Support, Tyler Drewnowski - LP Representative, Michelle Burke - Check Collector, Pat McDonald - LP Admin. Manager, Vince Stanek - LP Representative, Nick Wells - LP Representative, Sue Ilnicky - LP Operator, Shawn Thomas - LP Representative,

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Michael Zang promoted to Senior Director of Loss Prevention for Gap Inc. of Greater China

Michael was previously the Loss Prevention Director for Gap Inc. of Greater China, and he also held other senior executive loss prevention positions such as Head of Asset Protection for METRO Cash & Carry China, Loss Prevention Director for China Resources Vanguard Co. Ltd, and District Loss Prevention Supervisor for Wal-Mart China. Congratulations Michael!

Lowe's Layoffs: Lowe's Companies, Inc. to Cut Around 3,000 Jobs
The Lowe's layoffs will have the home improvement retailer reducing its total workforce by roughly 1%. The decision comes after the company lowered its outlook for 2017 due to lower customer traffic.

The Lowe's layoffs plan will also have the company switching how its employees handle their duties. The company wants to have more employees that currently work behind the scenes interacting with customers. It hopes that these employees will be able to help customers with questions and give them information about products that the retail chain sells.

The report that Lowe's Companies, Inc. will be cutting jobs comes from unnamed sources that are close to the matter. These sources claim that LOW is attempting to adjust to the new shopping habits that it is seeing from customers. The company currently employs roughly 285,000 people, reports MarketWatch. investorplace.com

Essilor, Luxottica Ink Deal To Form $49B Eyewear Giant
France-based Essilor will merge with Italy's Luxottica, the owner of Ray-Ban and Oakley, in an all-stock deal that stands to create a $49 billion eyewear giant with strengths in both production and distribution, according to a Monday announcement.

The combination of the two eyewear companies, to be known as EssilorLuxottica, sets the stage for a global eyewear giant with well-known eyewear brands and both brick-and-mortar and online retail distribution channels, according to a statement. law360.com

American Apparel to close all of its stores
Gildan Activewear has no obligation to keep employees

American Apparel, once a high-flying retailer that peaked at more than $600 million in sales, is probably headed toward liquidation after a bankruptcy auction ended with Canadian T-shirt and underwear maker Gildan Activewear buying intellectual property and other assets for $88 million.

This transaction doesn't include American Apparel's stores, and the fate of its garment workers in Los Angeles remains in doubt. The company had 4,700 employees and 110 stores as of November, when it filed for bankruptcy for the second time in 13 months.

Gildan said it has no obligation to keep any American Apparel employees. pressdemocrat.com

NRF 2017: Tech focus can help us recruit top talent - Macy's CEO
Macy's is going through some major changes in 2017, with the closure of 68 stores and over 10,000 job losses announced at the start of the year, but CEO Terry Lundgren is still looking to attract the next generation of retail workers with a focus on digital development.

Talking as part of the first keynote at this week's National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show, in New York, US, the retail boss said working alongside universities and committing to online, data analytics and other systems development can help the organisation boost its performance again.

"We've been focused on [digital development] for many now - we've become the sixth largest online retailer in America," he explained.

"As a result of [this strategy] we've been able to attract great talent that is focused on technology."

Despite the retailer facing a challenging environment in the 12 months ahead, he suggested the company has received plaudits for the work it has done in supporting women's development in technology. The retailer has also recently grown its data analytics team as it looks to get a closer measure on how best to serve modern shoppers. essentialretail.com

Checkpoint's Wind RFID Label Debuts for Retail Cosmetic, Other Merchandise Visibility Applications
Checkpoint Systems, Inc., a leading global supplier of Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) and RFID solutions for the retail industry, today announced here at NRF's Annual Convention & EXPO its Wind RFID label for cosmetics categories and many other merchandise visibility applications.

The new label features the use of Impinj's Monza® R6-P RAIN RFID tag chip, which is optimized for serializing items such as apparel, electronics, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, jewelry and various other products. The chips support privacy, loss-prevention and brand protection capabilities for retailers and brand owners. Monza R6-P also delivers the industry's best read range, fastest encoding speed and outstanding data integrity. businesswire.com

NRF 2017: New report unwraps holiday web sales insights
Research presented today at the NRF Big Show in New York highlights 2016 holiday findings from popular retailers.

To aid retailers as they begin to analyze last year and prep for November and December 2017, price monitoring firm 360pi today presents findings from its Holiday Insights Executive Intelligence report at the National Retail Federation Big Show in New York City.

Electronics dominated early holiday promotions, according to the new report, For example, electronics accounted for 28%, or 11 pages, of Target Corp.'s 40-page Black Friday ad 38%, or 14 pages, of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s 37-page ad; and 83%, or 40 pages, of Best Buy's 48-page ad.

Additionally, marketplace sellers on Amazon.com Inc. continue to grow, accounting for 96.2% of all products offered on Amazon.com this holiday season, 360pi says. Additionally, from May 2015-November 2016, Amazon increased the products for sale on its site (both products sold by Amazon directly and from marketplace sellers) by 14.4%. internetretailer.com

2017 Retail Predictions
As the new year gets underway, it's time to look forward to the changes and trends 2017 will bring. For retailers, that includes some new consumer behaviors in addition to the always-expected technological advances. While change might seem overwhelming, it can also provide fresh opportunities for sales. And with a little planning, retailers can stay ahead of competition to meet the demands of their customers.

Automated Online Returns - Throughout 2016, online shopping experienced enormous growth - and there's no sign of a slowdown. As online shopping continues to become more common, you can anticipate a push for easy, automated return processes from online retailers.

Retailer Transparency - From manufacturing details to corporate values, the average consumer desires greater transparency from retailers recently. This is especially true of Millennial shoppers, many of whom would rather purchase from a socially conscious brand over a luxury retailer.

Independent Retailers - Over the last several years, there's been a growing demand for niche, independent retailers. Why? It starts with personalization - having access to a retailer that simultaneously caters to individual needs and likely knows their customer inside and out. For both new and existing brands, this trend leads to improved, more personalized service as well as a smaller store footprint.

Mobile, Mobile and More Mobile - The growth of mobile is no longer a secret, and incorporating a mobile strategy can only benefit your brand - regardless of your company's size. chainstoreage.com

Top 10 Workplace Trends:
Data-based Action Plans

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) has published its fourth annual Top 10 Workplace Trends list. Several of the trends on this list signify great changes in the way workplaces function. It appears "change" will be a major trend itself in organizations this year.

#3. Leveraging Big Data to Make Data-Driven Decisions

Big data has been one of the biggest organizational buzzwords for several years, but data aren't of much use without taking action on it. This year, we will see organizations work to tie all their data to workforce planning to make better, informed business and workforce decisions. Data-based strategic decision making will go beyond data analytics to create meaningful data-based action plans. ehstoday.com

Woman Drives Car Into T-Mobile Store Over Cracked Phone?
An SUV was filmed driving into a T-Mobile store in Palm Springs, Florida, on Jan. 12. According to police, Shinobia Montoria Wright first went to the store on Jan. 11, and tried to get her cracked iPhone replaced. She reportedly told the store manager that she would "bug out" if her iPhone was not replaced. The manager told the cops that Wright seemed to be under the influence. Wright allegedly came back to the store on Jan. 12, and smashed her 2005 Nissan Armada SUV through the front of the store. opposingviews.com

Director of Security and Loss Prevention job posted for Goodwill Southern California - Los Angeles, CA
Directs, oversees and develops a Security and Loss Prevention team whose responsibility is to protect our employees, guests and physical assets and a Loss Prevention team whose responsibility is to prevent, detect, investigate, resolve and document internal and external losses and policy violations.

Goodwill Southern California (GSC) prepares and places thousands of individuals into sustainable employment through programs and services throughout Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. As one of the leading non-profit brands in the world, and the largest non-profit in Southern California, we have been transforming lives through the power of work for over 100 years. Goodwill Southern California supports its mission with proceeds generated from over 78 retail stores and over 44 attended donation centers, as well as from charitable donations and grants from the public and private sectors. dayforcehcm.com

AI Technology Takes Center Stage At NRF Big Show

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IoT, Foreign Actors, Insider Threats Shape 2017 Risk Management
A new year means new and evolving security threats are shaping businesses' risk management strategies. In 2017, corporate security concerns will come from insider threats, hostile nation-states, and the growth of new technologies connected to the Internet of Things.

Hostile nation-states are an increasing threat to Western countries, explains Jon Condra, Flashpoint's director of east Asian research. We'll see their greater willingness to use cyber means to reach their goals.

The threat of financially motivated cybercriminals will also escalate. Businesses should be especially wary. "There was a shift towards targeting organizations, especially within the cybercrime community" says Condra of 2016 threats. "Attackers are targeting large organizations instead of their customers in order to monetize stolen data."

This trend is poised to escalate in 2017. As more people understand how data can be monetized for a variety of reasons, security pros should be on alert for insider threats.

There are several reasons why employees go rogue, Condra continues. They may be disaffected with their work or desire supplementary income. As insider cases become more publicized, and potential gains increase, workers will be tempted to become sources for threat actors. darkreading.com

Dangerous security assumptions that put companies at risk
In the broader picture, many businesses make dangerous assumptions in the way they think about architecting their security. "There is this assumption that they must do this or that to be secure. For example, they assume that if everything is done over SSL that they are protected," Kotler said.

They assume their connection is secure, but in reality that's not always going to be the case. "The idea that users are behind a firewall, so they are safe makes a company believe they are not at risk, but hackers will work around it," Kotler said.

In addition to believing that their security solutions will protect them, many companies make the dangerous assumption that if they are compliant, they are secure, said Chris Camacho, Flashpoint's chief strategy officer.

"They think because they've invested in security, brought in a top consultant, and checked boxes, that they are secure, but they have done nothing to secure the operational network and overall security operations," Camacho said.

Often when these companies incur an incident, they then ask why they didn't detect it or get an alert or have any details. "Usually an organization was prepared to meet regulatory compliance, not security," he said. csoonline.com

Identify and Protect Your Critical Assets
Without moving to the area of guessing, it's critical for businesses to understand the risk factors and potential damages they have in the enterprise. They need to know where they are most vulnerable, "But also, if someone does get in, what are the damages that will happen?" Bar Noy said.

Understanding their environment will allow them to focus on areas that are most critical instead of spending money on solutions for something that might happen. Because a threat exists, doesn't mean it is a risk for all enterprises. "Focus on the area that you feel the damages will be substantial, then ask, 'how are my most precious assets protected?'" Bar Noy said.

It's also important to remember that those groups of bad actors around the world are all doing this for money. "This is a business. People wake up in the morning in the same way that you and I go to the office, but their entire day is focused around penetrating the organization. They want the quickest, highest pay out. They won't put a lot of effort into targeting the least reward," said Bar Noy. csoonline.com

Profitect Kicks off 2017 with Continued Momentum Heading into NRF Presentation

Over 200% growth in customer portfolio and revenue, alongside 75% increase in staff contributed to a successful 2016

WALTHAM, MA - Profitect Inc., the leading prescriptive analytics provider for the retail industry, today announced growth statistics for 2016, revealing a revenue increase of over 250 percent compared to 2015. This, alongside a reported twofold increase in customer portfolio, mirrors the retail industry's desire to make better use of their data with actionable analytics solutions. In addition to its already impressive list of clients, Profitect partnered with Ascena Retail Group's Lane Bryant and Catherines divisions as well as ASDA to give store managers a holistic view of shopper behavior, loss prevention and Internet of Things data management. Profitect's modules work in tandem to maximize value, offering analytics to operations such as inventory or sales. Customers leveraging additional modules and expanding to new organizations in the business served as a significant driver for 2016's revenue increase.

Profitect CEO Guy Yehiav will be discussing these data analytics capabilities and the potential for retailers to leverage the Internet of Things at NRF 2017. Alongside Seth Hughes, Senior Manager of Asset Protection Solutions at Walgreens and Andrea Weiss, founder of the O Alliance, Yehiav will cover retail's relationship with IoT and how prescriptive analytics utilizes machine learning to maximize the value of the Internet of Things.

"If you look at the successes we've seen in 2016, it is the combination of two major influences," said Guy Yehiav, CEO and Chairman of Profitect. "The first, of course, is the hard work our internal team does on a daily basis to make sure our customers are using a simple, easy to deploy solution which makes their lives easier, generating strong monetary value. The second is reflective of a wider industry trend, as businesses -- not only retailers but organizations across a variety of verticals -- are turning to prescriptive analytics and machine learning capabilities to become as efficient and effective as possible. There is a unique potential in prescriptive intelligence to create an almost self sustaining system of identifying profit increasing opportunities and flagging them appropriately in real time. It's a trend that is only primed to grow as we look toward the future."

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Live interviews from the NRF Big Show January 2016

Incorporated in California in 1998, WG Security has been turning heads in the EAS and RFID industry with its ingenuity and out-of-the-box thinking since its inception. In this LPNN interview, Ed Wolfe, VP of Business Development, shows off some of WG's latest innovations, including their Multi-Detacher and the latest iteration of their popular Ninja Tag. Learn how WG is able to service their EAS systems in a manner of minutes through remote monitoring and tuning, why they offer an unmatched five-year warranty for their products, and what else is on the horizon for them in 2016 and beyond.

LPNN Quick Take #12

With two sessions coming up later in the broadcast on Organized Retail Crime, MCs Joe LaRocca and Amber Bradley chat a little about ORC. Joe tells us why he thinks the $30 billion estimate of the problem is "seriously understated", and then the conversation takes a turn.

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Amazon Fined $1.1M For List Price Issue
Amazon is now on the hook to pay a $1.1 million fine to Canada's Competition Bureau. The fine is part of a punishment slapped against the retail giant for misleading consumers with erroneous prices on its Canadian website, www.amazon.ca.

The Competition Bureau, an independent law enforcement agency, recently investigated Amazon's pricing practices between May 2014 and May 2016. Prices posted on its site were compared to a "list price" that had a line slashed through it, ultimately leading consumers into thinking that they were saving money by purchasing the item on Amazon as opposed to another retailer. As it turns out, the suggested savings incentive was never verified by Amazon, according to the bureau's findings.

Amazon's actions violate the Competition Act, a law that safeguards from being deceived by inflated regular prices. The pricing issue appeared not only on the Amazon.ca website, but also on Amazon's mobile apps, online ads and even emails sent to consumers.

As a result, Amazon will be paying $1 million to the government and another $100,000 to cover the costs of the agency's costs in resolving the issue. pymnts.com

Alibaba's counterfeit woes won't soon stop
Just before Christmas, the U.S. Trade Representative added Alibaba's Taobao e-commerce site to a list of "notorious markets" that traffic in counterfeits. That's an unseemly place for a publicly held company: Other members include a Chinese shopping mall that specializes in counterfeit leather goods and a Paraguayan border market rife with organized crime that hawks everything from fake Ray-Bans to knockoff DVDs.

Alibaba isn't keen to be associated with this motley group. But like Amazon.com, eBay and other online marketplaces dependent on Chinese manufacturers, it has struggled to maintain its integrity against an onslaught of counterfeiters. Without an aggressive crackdown by China's government, these marketplaces won't stand much of a chance against the fakes.

By many measures, counterfeiting is one of China's leading industrial sectors. A study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce found that it brings in about $396 billion annually, representing some 12 percent of China's total exports and 1.5 percent of its gross domestic product.

The global outsourcing boom that started in the 1980s brought foreign factories and expertise to China. Workers at those factories excelled at making iPhones and other consumer goods, but also quickly learned how to knock them off.

Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma bluntly told a gathering of retailers last year that counterfeiters use exactly the same factories and raw materials as legitimate manufacturers.

As a China-based company, Alibaba has greater exposure to counterfeiting than Amazon does, given that Chinese consumers are generally quite price-sensitive and less averse to purchasing fakes. But it isn't helpless. For one thing, it could simplify its procedures for brand owners to report instances of counterfeiting. It could also use its global profile and political leverage to push the government to prosecute more counterfeiters. dailyrepublic.com

Wal-Mart to Shake Up Online Team, Cut Prices In Amazon Fight
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is overhauling its e-commerce team and elevating executives from its recently acquired Jet.com business, aiming to better challenge Amazon.com Inc. with more selection and lower prices.

The changes are meant to make Wal-Mart more "customer-centric," Jet founder Marc Lore, who is now CEO of Wal-Mart's e-commerce operation, said in a memo Friday that was obtained by Bloomberg.  esmmagazine.com

Groupon Gains On Alibaba Takeover Rumors
Shares of daily deal website operator Groupon gained in trading Thursday (Jan. 12) on unconfirmed rumors of a takeover offer.

According to a report, the speculation is that Alibaba, China's leading eCommerce operator, is looking to acquire Groupon. The report noted that Alibaba has a "sizable" stake in Groupon. pymnts.com

Omaha, NE: Ex-Brix worker accused of stealing $110,000 in gift card scheme; unclear if case is related to shuttering of stores
A former Brix employee who worked at the Village Pointe location of the now-closed wine bar and store is accused of stealing more than $110,000 as part of a gift card scheme. Brenton McLaurine on Dec. 29 pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony theft by deception. It is unclear if McLaurine's case is related to the recent closings of both Brix locations, the second being in Midtown Crossing. Brix founder and CEO Dan Matuszek said Friday he had no comment on the case. omaha.com

Milwaukee, WI: Man accused of stealing $55,000 in power tools from multiple Home Depots
Kyrus Porch, 43, is charged with seven felony counts of retail theft. Porch is responsible for allegedly stealing more than $22,000 worth of power tools from a Wauwatosa Home Depot alone. Porch allegedly stealing merchandise on seven separate occasions dating back to August. A security officer from Home Depot told police that Porch allegedly threatened staff several times and "pushed cashier during escape". Wauwatosa Police arrested Porch in a Milwaukee alley on January 4. Zalewski said Porch was in the van he allegedly used to commit several of the tool thefts.

Authorities say the case against Porch is expanding. "This individual has literally been driving around the state committing these retail thefts for an extended period of time," Zalewski said. Law enforcement agencies from Franklin, Menomonee Falls, Milwaukee, Oak Creek, Racine, Waukesha, Wauwatosa and West Allis are now involved. Home improvement stores from each jurisdiction claim they have evidence of Porch stealing power tools to the tune of an additional $33,000. tmj4.com

Gurnee, IL: Orlando identity thieves ran $20K on credit cards
Three Orlando residents were charged with identity theft after flying to Chicago and allegedly committing about $20,000 in credit card fraud in Gurnee. Police received several reports of credit card fraud on Wednesday from multiple Gurnee businesses. The suspect descriptions in each report were similar, and a vehicle was identified that had been registered to a rental company. Officials found the vehicle at a hotel with three people in one of the rooms, along with evidence and proceeds from the crimes. suntimes.com

Novato, CA: Investigators continue hunt for suspects in Safeway and Sephora organized thefts
Novato police remained on the hunt for three suspects involved in Thursday night robberies at Safeway and Sephora. The first incident occurred at 7:30 p.m. at Safeway when two women, accompanied by a child about 10 years old, stole some items, Sgt. Alan Bates said Thursday night. The loss at Safeway was estimated to be in the "thousands of dollars." The suspects took baby food and formula. At around 8 p.m., a woman and a man, also accompanied by the child, took items from Sephora. There was no estimate of the loss at Sephora but the suspects took "a number of perfumes." No employees were injured. marinij.com

East Baton Rouge, LA: Two possible members of the Florida based Felony Lane Gang busted with stolen checks
Deputies located and arrested the two women - Tina Eggleston of Tallahassee, Florida, and Erin Brown of Newport, Tennessee. Investigators say they were able to connect the pair to at least seven vehicle burglaries between Oct. 16 and Jan. 10 and to multiple attempts to cash checks stolen in those incidents. The report says the pattern of crimes by the two women fits with what is known as the "Felony Lane Gang." The gang is described on in an FBI report as is a group of thieves based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who travel the country stealing identities and checkbooks from unattended cars in "smash and grab" burglaries. theadvocate.com

Darien, CT: Serial Thief Nabbed With Shampoo In His Pants
A man suspected of cleaning out high-end shampoo and hair products in multiple towns was arrested Friday morning after he allegedly tried to do it again, Darien Police said. Officers reviewed the CVS surveillance video and saw the suspect remove and conceal about 15 haircare items from a shelf in the store and concealed them in his loose-fitting pants, police said. In all, he is accused of stealing $3,500 in merchandise from the Darien CVS in the two incidents, police said. He was also identified as a suspect in shoplifting incidents in CVS stores in Stamford, Westport, and New York City, police said. In these incidents, he is suspected of stealing approximately $9,000 worth of merchandise. dailyvoice.com

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Shootings & Death

San Bernardino, CA: Police investigate stabbing at Inland Center Mall,
shooting at 99 Cents Only

Police on Friday night, Jan 13 were investigating a shooting and stabbing that happened separately within minutes of each other. About 6:25 p.m., officers were called out to the 99 Cents Only Store after an employee was shot multiple times in the upper body. An unarmed guard was on-duty at the store. Around 6:10 p.m., someone was stabbed at the Inland Center Mall. Officers asked for an ambulance to respond. pe.com

Tinley Park, IL: Major crimes, including 2008 Lane Bryant slayings, focus of task force's work
On Jan. 8, 1993, two men entered a Brown's Chicken in northwest suburban Palatine and murdered the husband-and-wife owners, as well as five of their employees, stashing the bodies in the restaurant's freezer. What became known as the "Brown's Chicken Massacre" would influence the thinking of police chiefs in the south and southwest suburbs as far as how law enforcement investigates homicides, whether there's one victim or multiple on a mass scale. The formation in 1999 of the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force was a result of the Brown's Chicken case, according to Tim McCarthy, chairman of the task force and police chief in Orland Park.

A part-time administrative director works in the task force headquarters in Oak Forest, inside the headquarters of the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Formed in the years after the Palatine slayings, the task force got its own mass killing the morning of Feb. 2, 2008, when a man walked into a Tinley Park women's clothing store and opened fire on six women, killing five. Nobody has been arrested in connection with the slayings at the since-shuttered Lane Bryant store, and authorities have investigated thousands of leads over the years. "For a couple of years we had people working on it full time," McCarthy said. He said that the task force has been able to resolve close to 60 percent of the cases it's called to investigate. chicagotribune.com

Robberies & Thefts

Kansas City, KS: Jewelry Company Management accuses staff of theft of $300,000 in merchandise
Silpada Designs Inc., which shocked customers and sales representatives by closing suddenly last year, has sued three former employees and a Kansas City jewelry store over $300,000 in merchandise it said they conspired to steal and sell. The petition, filed last week, comes after more than two months of courtroom battles. Their dispute centers on Silpada-labeled boxes, jewelry and materials as well as purses, scarves and other accessories that the Lenexa-based company said had been earmarked for destruction. Instead, the company's recent filing claims, the employees used "insider knowledge," "the cover of darkness" and a forklift to take nearly 23,000 items with them. Silpada said it has video of the thefts taking place over several days in mid-October. Not so fast, say the employees and jewelry store operator. They argue this has to do with the confusion surrounding Silpada's shutdown, not some criminal conspiracy. kansascity.com

Millburn, NJ: Theft at Louis Vuitton; Fraud and Forgery Strike Nordstrom at Short Hills Mall
 On January 5, 2017 Millburn Police Officer Zonn responded to the Louis Vuitton store at The Mall at Short Hills on a theft report. Louis Vuitton personnel report a Hispanic male wearing an olive colored jacket and jeans concealed a pair of sunglasses valued at $760.00 and fled the store. On January 4, Nordstrom reported a credit card fraud case valued at $695.00. tapinto.net

Australia: Apex members storm Melbourne jewellery store and attack staff
Brazen 'African Apex gang members' storm exclusive Melbourne jewellery store for the second time in three months - this time hitting a worker in the head with a GUN before fleeing in a getaway car Melbourne's latest gang violence has been captured in clear CCTV footage, showing the pack of hooded men showering IMP Jewellery shop in Toorak Village with broken glass after smashing cabinets with hammers. dailymail.co.uk

UK: Woman jailed for embezzling $182,000 from Ena Mill retail factory outlet
A RETAIL factory outlet worker has been jailed for three years and nine months after embezzling 150,000 UK pounds from her employers. Rita Swan was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday after admitting stealing the money from Ena Mill in Atherton, where the 44-year-old from Blackburn worked since 2006. The owners of the company have thanked customers and staff for their support following the conclusion of the 'regrettable' case. theboltonnews.co.uk


Kingsport, TN: McDonald's Employee charged with Aggravated Arson; started restroom fire
Kingsport Police said a woman accused of setting a fire inside a local McDonald's women's restroom last month was arrested Thursday morning. Arson detectives were searching for Amber N. Mazen. Mazen was suspected of starting the fire at the McDonald's on Lynn Garden Drive after surveillance video showed she was the last person inside the restroom before the fire was discovered by a customer on Dec. 23 around 12:30 p.m.

Firefighters located the fire in the women's restroom, where they found an unoccupied toilet stall with the door locked from the outside. Detectives interviewed Mazen on December 29, who admitted that she lit an item on fire, placed in the trash and left the stall - locking the door from the outside. wjhl.com

Darlington, SC: Fire at Dollar General being treated as Arson
Investigators are treating a Friday evening fire at a Darlington Dollar General store as arson. According to Darlington County Sheriff's Lt. Robert Kilgo, deputies were dispatched to the store, located at 904 Lamar Hwy., in Darlington, at 7:25 p.m. Kilgo added there is no indication of injuries. The store sustained heavy damage. wmbfnews.com

A-1 Check Cashing - Groves, TX - Armed Robbery
Buffalo Speed Check - Erie, PA - Armed Robbery
BP - Atlanta, GA - Shooting / man and two bystanders wounded
C-Store - Houston, TX - Shooting/ 2 men shot and wounded
Casey's General - Durant, IA -Armed Robbery
Chevron - Phoenix, AZ - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Phoenix, AZ - Armed Robbery
CVS - Dartmouth, NH - Robbery/ Assault
CVS - Des Moines, IA - Robbery
Dirigo Drug - Clinton, ME - Armed Robbery
East Hollis Street Variety - Nashua, NH - Robbery
Family Dollar - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
Forsyth Pharmacy -Cumming, GA - Armed Robbery
Grab -N-Go - Greensboro, NC - Shooting/ 1 man shot and killed
Grizzly Mart - Memphis, TN - Shooting / 1 man shot and killed
"iFixYouri" - Palm Beach Gardens, FL - Robbery
Inland Center Mall - San Bernardino, CA - Stabbing/ 1 person wounded
Kroger - Plymouth, IN - Robbery
L'eggs Hanes Bali Playtex - Riverhead, NY - Robbery
Magic Fountain - Mattituck, NY - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Jupiter, FL - Robbery
MJ Christensen Diamond Center - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery
Scheels - Billings, MT - Armed Robbery
Sprint - Jupiter, FL - Robbery
Starbucks - Glen Ellyn, IL - Armed Robbery
Taco Bell - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
The Connect - Lebanon, PA - Burglary
Tobacco Discounts - Rochester, MN - Burglary
Valero - Little Rock, AR - Shooting/ no injuries
Walgreens - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Warminster, MA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Park Meadow, NY - Armed Robbery
99 Cents Only - San Bernardino, CA - Shooting/ employee shot and wounded inside store


Daily Totals:
24 robberies
2 burglaries
6 shootings
2 killed

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Grand Rapids, MI

The Vice President of Asset Protection is responsible for strategic oversight and direction of Meijer's Asset Protection programs for the Stores, Distribution, Manufacturing and Corporate functions at Meijer. This executive position is accountable for the development and implementation of Asset Protection programs including Shrink Reduction, Risk Mitigation, Safety and Security Plans, Training, Investigations and Analytics to drive overall operating efficiencies while supporting the Company's strategic focus of a "Customer First" experience...

Director of Security and Loss Prevention
Los Angeles, CA

Directs, oversees and develops a Security and Loss Prevention team whose responsibility is to protect our employees, guests and physical assets and a Loss Prevention team whose responsibility is to prevent, detect, investigate, resolve and document internal and external losses and policy violations...

Sr. Mgr., Investigative Strategy and Risk
Seattle, WA

The Sr. Mgr., Investigative Strategy & Risk, will lead our global investigative strategy and workplace incident management program supporting Worldwide Operations and Customer Service. This position will provide strategic framework globally for investigations and workplace incident management as well as assist field loss prevention partners as a subject matter expert... 

Director of Investigations
New York, NY

The Director of Investigations is responsible for developing multi-level and multi-tiered strategy for investigations company-wide. These areas include investigations, investigative analysis, and investigative training. To create this multi-tiered strategy, The Director of Investigations must influence and impact members of Legal, Human Resources, Store Operations, and Customer Service to ensure that the collective decisions and policies incorporate Loss Prevention's goals of reducing business integrity-related risks...

Head of Financial Crime, Loss Prevention & Safety
Malvern, PA

The Head of Financial Crime, Loss Prevention and Safety 1NA is responsible for developing strategies to identify and remedy vulnerabilities that lead, or could lead, to financial loss throughout the NA operation, both in the field and office locations...


Director, Loss Prevention Initiatives Job
Dublin, CA

The Director of LP Initiatives & Compliance is responsible for directing cross-functional initiatives for both Ross and dd's Stores. The Director will direct and lead rollouts of new/updated processes, policies and procedures by working directly with LP Field Management and Stores for feedback. The Director will also direct LP compliance and merchandise protection programs... 


Director, Loss Prevention & Safety
Westlake Village, CA

The purpose of this job is to develop and implement programs and activities for the Loss Prevention department, to include inventory control and shrinkage protection, investigations, safety and health, and bad debt...


Director, Supply Chain Loss Prevention and Safety
Perris, CA

The Director of Loss Prevention is responsible for achieving the shortage and safety goals set for the Supply Chain. This is done by supervising and promoting Loss Prevention initiatives and programs, and by developing and maintaining a strong collaborative partnership with Operations and Human Resource business partners...

Director, Loss Prevention
New York, NY

Maintain inventory levels and reduce loss. Responsible for developing and maintaining the strategy for reducing shrink and increasing profitability within the Fashion division. Building programs to sustain a high level of Loss Prevention awareness in our boutiques, and support our MBR partners and corporate partners...


Global Security & Retail Loss Operations Manager
San Francisco, CA

The Global Security & Retail Loss Operations Manager will be responsible for the strategic planning and execution of projects/programs. You will ensure that projects are completed on schedule and to the scope established and agreed upon with key stakeholders...

Sr. Manager Loss Prevention
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Asset Protection Manager will oversee the asset protection efforts in all Retail and Outlet stores in Canada and in the states of: Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio which will include the following:
• Conduct investigations as it relates to theft, fraud and policy violations and furnish those results the VP of Asset Protection as well as Human Resources.
• Reviewing an analyzing incident reports generated from the stores...

Regional Loss Prevention Manager
Antioch,  CA

The Regional Loss Prevention Manager works under the direction of the Regional Director of Loss Prevention. Implements company programs relating to shortage control, theft resolution, and safety. Oversees and works with investigations staff to identify and resolve internal and external theft cases. Serves as a role model for all store and district personnel. Works as a liaison between National Stores Inc. and the criminal justice community...


Loss Prevention Manager
Chicago, IL

The Loss Prevention Manager is responsible for monitoring the performance and minimizing the losses experienced in the bowling centers operated by AMF Bowling Centers, Inc. The Loss Prevention Manager will investigate incidents of fraud, theft, policy violations, allegations of wrongdoing or any other activities that have or potentially could adversely affect the bowling centers... 


Loss Prevention Business Analyst
New York, NY

Protects company assets and increases profitability through the analysis, response and management of various data across a broad spectrum of internal financial and technology resources such as Exception Reporting, Sales Audit, FP&A, IT and Loss Prevention. The Loss Prevention Analyst works cross-functionally in a dynamic, fast paced and demanding environment providing critical guidance to the organization's asset protection and profit improvement initiatives... 

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