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January 21, 2014


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Tim Bartkowiak was named Director of Asset Protection for the newly merged SpartanNash grocery stores chain.
 SpartanNash was created after Spartan Stores and Nash Finch grocery stores merged this past November. SpartanNash based in Grand Rapids Michigan, now operates 177 retail stores with approx. 16,000 associates and 22 distribution centers covering 44 states. They also distribute product to 174 military commissaries and over 400 exchanges globally. Tim began working at Spartan Stores in 2001 and will now lead the newly formed company by strategically partnering with the Senior Executive Team to lead the building of the company’s AP department and culture. He has been a key contributor to enhanced IT and food safety & security initiatives, company business plans and operational improvement plans/processes based on ROI leading to proactive shrink/risk reductions and improved top / bottom line profits. Congratulations Tim!

QuikTrip Corporation - admits using facial recognition in security surveillance in c-stores  Plenty of surveillance cameras, facial recognition software and other new technologies are helping QuikTrip Corp. and local law enforcement agencies catch more shoplifters than ever before. QuikTrip Corporation is a privately held company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma and does more than $10 billion in sales with 670+ stores in eleven states. Yesterday responding to a reporter in Tulsa about surveillance upgrades they've made to catch thieves, Mike Thornbrugh, a spokesman for QuikTrip Corporation told the reporter: "Thornbrugh wouldn't share details of the security upgrades, but said surveillance is far more advanced than thieves realize. They even have facial recognition software that helps them find all the times a thief strikes. From there law enforcement can use similar software to identify the person."  (Source (Source

700,000 cross-border Canadian shoppers possibly hit by Target breach
Target Corp. notified Canadian shoppers who visited U.S, Target stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013 that some of their personal data may have been compromised in the major data breach that hit the retailer. According to the Canadian Press, that information includes personal data such as names, addresses, emails and phone numbers, but not financial data. A Target spokesperson said less than 1% of all victims, or less than 700,000 consumers, were customers from Canada. (Source

Companies Trying Harder to Get Compliance Right
You can measure this commitment in any number of ways: the rising salaries compliance staffers are getting, the uptick in the number of compliance employees, and, maybe most importantly, the growing number of compliance officers with a direct line to top brass. The person at the helm of a compliance program is also key, and organizations are sometimes making unconventional hires to fill this top job. (Source

Dot Joins Clothing Retailers Filing for Bankruptcy
Dots LLC, the 400-store clothing chain for young women, filed for bankruptcy protection, blaming prior management, the economy and leases that cost too much. Dots said in its Chapter 11 filing in Newark, New Jersey, that it’s running low on cash. In October, vendors began demanding Dots pay for new goods faster than the company could afford, “causing significant liquidity challenges,” Chief Executive Officer Lisa Rhodes said in a court affidavit filed yesterday. To turn around Dots, Rhodes said, the company will try to bring traditional customers back and seek new investors to keep the company operating, she said. A sale of “some or all” of the business is also possible, according to the company. Financial sources said the company has been in talks to find a buyer, but that some of those discussions stalled. Dots, which operates more than 400 stores, is owned by Irving Place Capital. Irving Place, based in New York, has invested in retail brands including teen clothing chain Aeropostale Inc., Vitamin Shoppe, Seven for All Mankind jeans and Stuart Weitzman shoes. Store closings to follow. Since they began struggling last year the LP department has shrank a bit with losing two Regional LPM's.  (Source (Source

Coach Gets $5.5M in Fakes Case Settlement against Florida flea market - a precedent setting case - the first one won against a flea market - expect more to come!  While anticounterfeiting is a tireless fight for many brands, Coach Inc. scored a $5.5 million win last month by settling with the owner of a well-known Fort Lauderdale, Fla., flea market that was selling fake Coach goods. In the federal court settlement, Preston Henn, owner of the Swap Shop, agreed to the multimillion-dollar payment. “Thrilled” as Coach’s deputy general counsel Nancy Axilrod was with the settlement, it was not about the money per se, but the deterrent effect the case will have on others. Beyond the dollar amount, what makes Coach’s settlement significant is the fact it stems from a criminal case that held the property owner accountable. The news also comes at a time when designers and major brands are battling knockoff artists who are using 3-D printing and prototypes to try to fool designer-hungry shoppers. (Source

Companies must improve incident response plans - Your retailer could be next - or - are hackers already in?  Security threats are imminent, but CEOs and other members of the management team are in the dark about potential cyber-attacks against their companies, say the results of a Ponemon Institute report entitled, "Cyber Security Incident Response: Are we as prepared as we think? The research also shows that, as a result, Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) often lack the resources necessary to fend off the continuous onslaught of advanced threats facing today's organizations. (Source

Nordstrom To Open Fulfillment Center In Elizabethtown, Pa.

China seized 60,000 suspects in intellectual property piracy cases worth $28 billion in 2013

Selecting tablets for payments acceptance

I-View Now, Axis team up on hosted video solution
The belief that video verification and hosted video are ready for broader adoption is behind a new cloud-based service created by I-View Now and Axis Communications. The offering, called the I-View Cloud service, brings cloud-hosted video powered by Axis Communications’ network cameras into I-View Now’s central station interface. The service blends video verification technology with several other functionalities, including VSaaS, virtual guard tours and device monitoring. (Source

Unions unhappy with in-store Staples post offices - be on the lookout for upset union workers  The program that operates small post offices inside dozens of Staples stores is being met with a big backlash. That's because these so-called mini post offices aren't staffed with postal service employees, but rather Staples workers. (Source

Mailbox thefts prompt crackdown - The identity thief's new store - the mailbox
Mailbox thefts: Postal investigators and local law enforcement officers targeted rings that were responsible for bulk mailthefts, particularly in the Sacramento, Fresno and Bakersfield areas, US Attorney Ben Wagner said. The thieves pried open boxes inside post office lobbies and multiple-slot postal lock boxes in many neighborhoods. They also broke into postal delivery trucks, in part so they could counterfeit postal-box keys. They were after checks, credit cards, personal identifying information and prescription drugs delivered by mail. Losses topped $400,000. A federal crackdown that has led to charges against at least 27 people. (Source

Delaware's largest Mall - Christiana Mall - has three major power failures in seven weeks - causing stores to close  About 70 percent of the mall went dark for about an hour on the major shopping day of Black Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. A few weeks later, on Dec. 11, much of the power at the mall went out again, this time for seven hours. On Saturday night, a different problem hit, Chambliss said. It was an off-site substation feeding one of the mall’s lines, and the mall again lost power to 70 percent of the building. (Source





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MO. Total
Jan 66 $18,930,910
Feb 52 $200,662,400
Mar 62 $4,961,800
Apr 70 $5,856,050
May 78 $4,034,114
Jun 75 $219,695,478
Jul 87 $3,853,854
Aug 98 $10,824,090
Sep 74 $5,305,376
Oct 89 $218,415,844
Nov 73


Dec 72


Total 823 $701,533,840



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Feb 410 310 24.4%ò
Mar 332 294 11.4%ò
Apr 307 377 22.8%ñ
May 342 385 12.6%ñ
Jun 330 320 3.03%ò
Jul 355 306 13.8%ò
Aug 425 326 23.3%ò
Sep 375 304 18.9%ò
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Nov 337 246 27%ò
Dec 265 295 10.2%ñ
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It May Be Riskier to Ignore Big Data Than Implement It, Says New ISACA White Paper  Enterprises that choose to avoid using big data analytics techniques because of the possible dangers, such as security and privacy breaches, may be creating risk of another type, says a new white paper from global nonprofit IT association ISACA. “Generating Value From Big Data Analytics” encourages information technology professionals to look at big data holistically, taking into account the cost of inaction. The white paper points out that understanding the business case is just as important as understanding the technology and compliance risk. Enterprises need to understand the business rationale for adoption, the anticipated return on investment and the impact if the enterprise chooses not to adopt while its competitors do. Many professionals are open to seeing value in analytics. According to ISACA’s 2013 IT Risk/Reward Barometer, a global indicator of trust in information, close to half (46%) of the 2,013 business and IT professionals polled say that big data has the potential to add or has already added value to their organization. Yet only 22% feel adequately prepared to provide governance and manage privacy effectively. The new ISACA white paper provides detailed guidance on understanding the business case for big data, summarizing case studies that show how increased competitiveness and transformative results are achieved through imaginative uses of preexisting data. The retail and healthcare industries are particularly fertile grounds for a business case justifying the use of big data analytics, notes the paper, due to the sheer volumes of already-collected data that can be further leveraged through sophisticated analytics. The whitepaper can be downloaded free of charge at (Source


Join Verint Systems at these upcoming global conferences and webcast events:

Verint and NEC Seminar - Jan. 22. Tokyo, Japan. Verint’s Takeo Hirakawa will co-host a seminar with NEC and present the session titled “Visualization of Workforce Optimization Using Desktop Analytics for the Contact Center and Back Office.”

CALNENA - Jan. 27-29. San Diego, California. Verint’s Gary Schiavo will host the session “New, Expanded Enterprise-Class Recording in a Multi-Site Shared Environment.”

Why Health Plans Have To Get Member Obsessed in 2014 - Jan. 29. Verint Webcast featuring Forrester Research, Inc. Join Forrester Research's Ellen Carney and Verint’s Brian Strachman for this informative webcast on Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. ET.




Caring More Deeply About Safety
Leaders are always reminded that safety starts at the top, but that's not where it ends. It must trickle through all levels of an organization so that all workers care about and work on safety. What is the key to getting workers to care more about safety? Maybe that's the wrong question to be asking; to ask that question assumes that workers don't care about safety. Maybe the right question to ask is "How can you make your workers be safer?" If you can follow these guidelines and make sure what you are doing is effective, not that you're not doing enough, you will be on the right path. (Source



Saks Fifth Avenue Achieves High Score in Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index Score in Debut Year

Jan. 21, 2014 - NEW YORK - In its first year participating, Saks Fifth Avenue has achieved a score of 90 out of a possible 100 in HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. This excellent first year ranking was achieved via a number of programs Saks Fifth Avenue conducts both corporately and locally through stores including:

Offering medical, dental, vision, dependent and COBRA benefits to same sex partners, these benefits have been provided since 2001
Parity in the qualified joint and survivor annuity-equivalent benefit to same sex spouses and partners
Creating a culture of LGBT inclusion company-wide which includes celebrating LGBT Pride month and raising overall awareness through internal and vendor sponsored events
Partnerships and charitable events benefitting God’s Love We Deliver, Live Out Loud, LGBT NYC Expo and the NYC LGBT Community Center
A dedicated Facebook program to support the DOMA ruling

Of the score, Kathleen Ruiz, Saks Fifth Avenue’s SVP, Vendor & Store Marketing & Public Relations, said, “At Saks, we have always strived to be inclusive to the LGBT community, this was not something that was tied to an initiative, but simply part of our culture. In our goal to be in the Top 100 Best Places to Work companies, our strategy includes goals around diversity and inclusion, and community outreach. To achieve a score of 90 in our first year participating in HRC’s Corporate Equality Index is something we’re extremely proud of.”

About Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s pre-eminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. As part of the Hudson’s Bay Company brand portfolio, Saks operates 41 full-line stores in 22 states, five international licensed stores, 72 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and, the company’s online store.

Saks Fifth Avenue is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named.

Saks Fifth Avenue
Sophia Brown, 212-451-3957



Texas duo busted with Target credit card info busted after spending thousands at Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Toys R Us  Two Mexican citizens who were arrested at the border used account information stolen during the Target security breach to buy tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise, a South Texas police chief said. McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said Monday that Mary Carmen Garcia, 27, and Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, 28, both of Monterrey, Mexico, had used cards containing the account information of South Texas residents. Rodriguez said they were used to purchase numerous items at national retailers in the area including Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Toys R Us. “They’re obviously selling the data sets by region,” Rodriguez said. McAllen police began working with the Secret Service after a number of area retailers were hit with fraudulent purchases on Jan. 12. The Secret Service confirmed that the fraudulent accounts traced back to the original Target data breach from December, Rodriguez said. Investigators fanned out to McAllen-area merchants and reviewed “miles of video” looking for the fraudsters, he said. From that, they were able to identify two people and a car with Mexican license plates. (Source

Tempe, AZ, PD to release info on city's biggest fraud scheme in city's history - check fraud mill - crimes totaling $240,000  Officers have arrested more than 100 people after an 18-month investigation uncovered five check-fraud mills and crimes totaling more than $240,000. A police spokesman said many of the suspects are related and recruited other family members to participate in the operation that also included credit card fraud. (Source

Police arrest five for credit card fraud in Sandusky Mall, OH
Hitting Lowes and Toys R Us for thousands in gift cards. Officers were able to confirm the group had been to Sandusky Mall, Lowe’s and Toys“R”Us. A search of the Yukon turned up a bag containing 18 Discover credit cards, five Visa Rush debit cards and six $500 Home Depot gift cards, along with Game Stop, Lowe’s, Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us gift cards of unknown value. Two Xbox Ones, four video games and two controllers were also found in the vehicle. This is the largest bust of something like this that we have seen” Curran said. All five remain in the Erie County jail without bond until their court appearance Tuesday morning. (Source

Armoured car robbery - shots fired at Fairview Mall, in North York, Ontario, Canada  Shots were fired but no injuries reported during an armoured truck robbery in North York on Monday night. Toronto police said two armored truck guards were held at gunpoint during the incident at Fairview Mall around 10:30 p.m. Two suspects escaped in a van with an undisclosed amount of money, police said, adding that the van has since been recovered. (Source

Austin PD ramping up presence in Northwest Austin following series of armed robberies - Retailers Alert  The robberies began Saturday night just before 9 p.m. at a Pizza Hut off Research Boulevard near Spicewood Springs Road. Police said two masked men walked inside, held a gun to an employee and demanded money. The same thing happened 30 minutes later at the Jenny Day Spa two miles away. Four robberies happened within 50 minutes, according to police. (Source

Fire started in Walmart shoe aisle intentionally set - all caught on video in Sheboygan, WI

Bomb threat forces evacuation of Bloomington, Ind., Walmart
A Walmart was closed for a couple hours Monday night in Bloomington after investigators said a man called in a bomb threat, demanding gift cards. (Source

Drive-by shooting; 1 shot, killed outside Altamonte Springs, Florida Best Buy  Altamonte Springs Police said a man was shot and killed around 1:45 p.m. Monday just outside the store. Investigators said they have taken two men in custody. Police said the victim was walking with a friend along State Road 436, when the suspects pulled up next to them, unleashing a hail of bullets. In all, 10 to 15 shots were fired. Some hit the victim, while others left bullet holes in stop signs and vehicles in the Best Buy parking lot. (Source

Easy Way co-owner shot, killed at a Memphis grocery distribution center  Employees of a home grown produce retailer are mourning after one of the company owners was shot and killed during an apparent robbery. Co-workers identify the victim as David Carter, who co-owns Easy-Way Food Stores with his brother. Police say the victim showed up to work at the Easy-Way Distribution Center at 4545 South Mendenhall before dawn on Monday. Investigators believe the robber was already there waiting for him, followed him inside, and shot and killed him during the course of a robbery. (Source

Criminal charges against alleged NYC counterfeit retailers
The two are each facing one count of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Fourth Degree, a Class E Felony, and one count of Trademark Counterfeiting in the First Degree, a Class C Felony. If convicted, the defendants face up to 25 years in state prison. (Source

Shoplifter nabs TV from Target - Uses unusual getaway vehicle  The unidentified man entered a Super Target Wednesday night just before the store closed. Mounted on a skateboard, he glided through the store, snagged a 32-inch television, and made a quick getaway. Security cameras caught it all on surveillance, even this suspects first attempt to skate out of the store with the stolen merchandise in hand. Finding the door was locked, he was forced to get off the board and flee on foot to another exit. According to police, the thief pulled a knife when an associate tried to approach him. (Source

Tractor trailer thefts continue at Scotland County parking lot in Laurinburg, NC

Columbus, Ohio PD issue alert regarding string of rooftop robberies

Arson suspected in Oroville, CA damaged a jewelry store and restaurant

Barkley Haggen grocery store employee hit with bear spray while trying to stop shoplifters in Bellingham, WA

Kroger employee accused of stealing narcotics in Fort Wayne, IN

Zales in Savannah, GA hit for over $120,000; One person acted as a customer distracting the sales staff, the second suspect is believed to have used a key or key type device to open showcase

Zales in Kileen, TX, suspect asked to take a picture of a $5700 3Ct t.w. diamond ring with his cellphone, then snatched the ring and ran

Piercing Pagoda in Las Vegas, NV hit with a $1200 gold chain Grab and run

Kay Jewelers hit by Distraction Team at the University Mall in Tampa Florida for a $10,000 1 ct. solitaire diamond ring

Helzberg Diamonds in Minnetonka, MN hit by distraction team for 2 rings totaling a value of value of over $20,000

Ultra Diamonds store in San Marcus, Texas hit by 1 suspect with a grab and run of a gold chain valued at $1299

Helzburg Diamonds in the Willowbrook Mall in Houston hit by Grab and run of 2 diamond cluster rings valued at $4700

Gordon’s Jewelers in Houston, TX struck with an Armed Robbery Sunday afternoon; 2 suspects grabbed 12 Movado watches valued at over $12,000

Advanced Auto & Family Dollar armed robbery this month- same suspect in Columbus, OH.
Olive Garden armed burglary in Greenville County, S.C.
Burger King employees forced into bathroom during armed robbery in Monroeville, PA.
Steer Inn restaurant employee injured during armed robbery in Cushing, Okla.
Ace Cash Express – Burglary- Dallas TX – suspect cut through wall, stole $10,000
AT&T – Burglary – Columbus, OH – rock smashed out window, same as Verizon
AT&T – Armed Robbery – Milwaukie, WI - 2 suspects being sought
Dollar General – Armed Robbery – Waco, TX – suspect arrested, no injuries
Johnson Mini Mart – Burglary – Canton, GA – 2 suspects caught of tape
PDQ – Armed Robbery – Madison, WI – Police officer inside the store foiled robbery, suspect arrested
Rite Aid – Armed Robbery - Mechanicsburg, PA – no injuries
United Dairy – Armed Robbery – Columbus, OH – no injuries
Verizon – Burglary – Columbus, OH – rock smashed out window
Verizon – Armed Robbery – Long Beach, CA – employees’ hand tied up and held in a backroom, no injuries




ORC trio stopped at T J Maxx - with one arrest in Radnor, PA.  Radnor police arrested a Philadelphia man in connection with the attempted theft of merchandise form the TJ Maxx store in St. Davids. Jan. 7 Witherspoon, along with two women entered the store and attempted to take $1,800 worth of merchandise. Witherspoon and two women were seen in the store. The group had been selecting items when Witherspoon pulled out a plastic TJ Maxx bag and started putting items in the bag. Witherspoon was stopped by loss prevention as he attempted to leave the store. Following a struggle Witherspoon got away from them and then fled, police said. The two women exited the store and were last seen getting into a blue car. The bag contained $1,800 worth of merchandise and was dropped near the entrance of the store. (Source

Wal-Mart store in Coal Township, PA., being hit for Dyson vacuum cleaners by one suspect  Coal Township Police said Nick C. Villareal, 45, of 219 E. Cameron St., Shamokin, was involved in both thefts, which occurred at the Walmart Supercenter along Route 61 at 7:11 p.m. Sunday and at 4 p.m. Monday. Patrolman Matthew Hashuga said charges are pending. The suspect then allegedly pulled the Spider Wrap theft deterrent system from two Dyson vacuum cleaners. (Source

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First Deployed Soldier to Obtain Certified Forensic
Interviewer (CFI) Designation Returns Home;
First Stop: Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates

Sgt. Tyler Vickers made WZ one of his first stops to show his appreciation for the educational and moral support while deployed

CHICAGO, Jan. 21, 2014 – Sergeant Tyler Vickers returns home after his second deployment as the first military personnel to achieve his Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) designation while deployed. The CFI designation prepares our military heroes for careers in asset protection, law enforcement, security or investigations.

CFI is the industry standard for professionals practicing the art of interviewing or interrogation and its exam has successfully received coverage under the G.I. Bill. Upon returning home, one of Vickers first stops is the Wicklander-Zulawski (WZ) offices to show his appreciation for the educational and moral support for him as well as his fellow soldiers.

“I am thrilled at the opportunity WZ has provided us,” said Sgt. Tyler Vickers. “It’s comforting to know we are supported, but WZ goes the extra mile by truly donating their time, resources and relationships to help ensure we have a smooth transition. I look forward to utilizing my new CFI designation as I build my own security and investigations company.”

Since the beginning of 2013, WZ has been sending care packages and letters to seven units totaling more than 30 soldiers, but the support doesn’t end there. WZ has provided scholarships for the CFI prep course and has begun reviewing soldiers’ resumes to help connect qualified soldiers with fulfilling civilian positions.

“We are very proud to welcome home our first active military CFI designation,” said Dave Zulawski, CFI, co-founder and senior partner of WZ. “We have the utmost respect and admiration for our active and retired military service men and women. We believe this is a small part in giving back for a fraction of what their service means to us as individuals but also our country.”

The troops that successfully complete the CFI exam will have a year of free access to continuing education material through the International Association of Interviewers (IAI). IAI is dedicated to ensuring professionals stay relevant in their careers as interviewers and interrogators. Visit to learn more.

About Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates
Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. (WZ) continues to be recognized as the premier consulting and training company on interview and interrogation techniques. We are dedicated to assisting public and private sector professionals to improve their ability to obtain the truth through legally acceptable techniques. To this end, WZ continues research to provide the highest quality training, products and professional services to an ever-increasing number of organizations throughout the world. Visit to learn more.

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What Today's Leaders Can Learn from Napoleon's Mistakes  It's best to learn from the leaders that came before you, so you know what works and also what doesn't work. Don't follow this great historical figure's mistakes, but you can apply these leadership lessons to today's business world! (Temper, temper)

Lead Your Team into Unknown Land
You're not only a leader, you're an explorer too, going new places and coming up with new ways of doing things. Your job in this fast-paced and always changing world is to venture into the undiscovered realms and possibilities. Who knows, you may find the holy grail you've been looking for! (What's your Terra Incognita?)

7 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure in Difficult Times  We all go through those stressful periods, but it's critical that, as leaders, you maintain your composure, especially as pressure continues to grow. Your employees need to feel safe and secure, and that won't happen if you're in a panic yourself. (It's nothing personal)

7 Ways to Keep Employees Happy
Keeping your employees in your organizations really isn't that hard. It takes some continuous work, and providing for your employees basic emotional needs, but if they are happy, you will be happy too. In turn, happy employees will mean happy customers! That makes for a happy organization! Use these tips to make sure everyone's all smiles! (Who's # 1)

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