Tom Meehan was
promoted to Corporate Manager of Data, Systems and Central
Investigations for Bloomingdale's.
Tom has worked for Bloomingdale's since 2004, previously
holding the titles of Loss Prevention Manager and Regional
Manager of Investigations. In October 2012 he was awarded
the Internal Investigative Excellence 2012 award from
Bloomingdale's. Prior to working for Bloomingdales Tom
worked as a private investigator and detective. He was also
an LPM for Home Depot. Congratulations Tom!
Reports swirling that J.C. Penney might have new round
of layoffs at HQ
Some in the retail real estate industry are questioning
whether store closing announcements are not far behind.
J.C. Penney reported that in the third quarter of 2012,
ended Oct. 27, same-store sales declined 26.1 percent,
while total sales fell 26.6 percent. Results for the
all-important fourth quarter have not been released yet,
but same-store sales are rumored to be down 30 percent
for the period. (Source
Three of the top five Loss
Prevention jobs in the U.S. have been filled with
Target, and in effect, Home Depot filled their senior
Assets Protection positions with former operators.
Interestingly enough and just as a side note, all three
use the term Asset Protection and not Loss Prevention.
Kind of in keeping with the change at RILA - changing
their title to Asset Protection as well.
The paint store
industry is losing two senior LP roles
With ICI Paint stores eliminating their Director of Loss
Prevention and with Sherwin Williams buying The Comex
Group, they'll lose their VP of Asset Management position
as well. This means two more senior LP jobs gone this
New jobs for Tyco’s Hauhn and Monaco
Jay Hauhn is now VP, Product Management and Industry
Relations; Hank Monaco is now VP, Marketing. As VP,
Product Management and Industry Relations, Hauhn will
oversee product technology and innovation as well as
industry and government relations. He will lead product
and service solution development and engineering, and is
charged with the development and implementation of
product strategy. Hauhn will also be in charge of the
technology roadmap for strategic product vision. Hauhn,
who has served as Tyco's VP, Industry Relations, will
work continue to work with industry associations and
Tyco’s Government Relations office. As VP, Marketing for
Tyco IS, Monaco will lead advertising, branding,
communications, interactive marketing, strategy,
business development and product marketing.
One retailer is
getting set to explode their LP program
We're working on bringing this great story to you as
soon as possible, as it is the growth story for 2013.
More to come!
Will we all become just Showrooms?
In-store Shopping Still Center of Shopping Experience.
While digital technology continues to reshape the way
companies and consumers interact, social media is not
replacing the in-store shopping experience, according to
a new report by PwC, “Demystifying the Online Shopper:
10 Myths of Multichannel Retailing.” Based on a survey
of more than 11,000 shoppers globally, the study debunks
the conventional wisdom about online consumer behavior
and helps companies better measure their approach to
multichannel retailing. For the serious retail read.
This one makes sense. (Source
Last week's busted $200M credit card fraud gang operated
meticulously and patiently for years building their
operation The 18 people authorities said spent
years meticulously creating fake credit cards, building
up their credit scores and borrowing money they never
repaid in what may be one of the nation's largest credit
card fraud rings. In which at least $200 million was
stolen using at least 7,000 identities and 25,000 credit
cards. The enterprise spanned 28 states and eight
countries, authorities said. The elaborate, widespread
fraud involved an outlay of patience and meticulous
planning rarely seen in such a large credit card fraud
case, authorities and industry analysts said.
Cyberattacks against US getting worse and the value may
reach $400B a year
What's being stolen? Personal identities, Social
Security numbers, money from banks, blueprints for
next-generation jobs. At risk are private companies and
public agencies. Some estimates put the value of
information hacked at up to $400 billion a year. But
many companies are reluctant to admit they've been
attacked to keep a competitive edge and avoid reactions
from shareholders. (Source
Just when we're getting over the shock of BYOD now we've
got cloud storage - Where's your data?
Big or small there's no way for a CIO, IT security, or
LP for that matter to know where your data is being
stored or who's accessing it when it's in the cloud.
BYOD is not the problem, cloud storage is. It is now
very simple for employees to store documents, for free,
using any number of file storage providers such as
Dropbox or Google drive. There is also an increasing
number of applications that can be downloaded that help
with office work. Where data is stored and how securely
within these applications is often a mystery. The next
headache is here. (Source
Symantec Study Shows Employees Steal Corporate Data and
Don't Believe It's Wrong
Companies are failing to adequately train employees in
intellectual property theft awareness. Half of employees
who left or lost their jobs in the last 12 months kept
confidential corporate data, according to a global
survey from Symantec, and 40 percent plan to use it in
their new jobs. Are you watching who's resigning? The
two-week notice thing may become the way of the past.
Walmart wins wrongful death suit in North Carolina Court
The estate of a Wal-Mart store greeter who died after a
loss-control employee and an alleged shoplifter collided
with her cannot sue the retailer for wrongful death.
Pender’s daughter and the executor of her estate sued
Walmart Stores along with Joshua Max Lambert, the man
who was suspected of stealing, and Sean Respass, a loss
prevention associate. Superior Court Judge Clifton W.
Everett Jr. ruled in February that the Walmart
defendants weren’t liable for Pender’s death, but the
plaintiff’s claim against Lambert could proceed.
Parking Lot Attendant Sentenced to 27 Months for
Stealing Nearly $900,000 in Fees
Freweyni Mebrahtu, 46, of Sterling, Virginia, was
sentenced today to 27 months in prison, followed by
three years of supervised release, for stealing nearly
$900,000 in visitor parking fees when she was employed
by Parking Management Inc. (PMI), the company contracted
to manage parking services at the Smithsonian
Institution’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly,
Three armed robberies in Atlanta Saturday
Hitting a Waffle House, a bank inside a Kroger, and a
jewelry store- Diamonds R Forever. What a Saturday.
Two robbers in UK lose $3.14M stolen museum loot - judge
calls them inept giving them both 8 yrs. in prison
They planned it out perfectly but hide the two items
they stole on a wasteland and returned two days after
the heist and couldn't find them. Witnesses watched as
one tried searching for them on the wasteland and heard
him very upset on his cell phone. Oh well, best laid
plans of mice and men. (Source
employee Struck by car driven by Suspected Shoplifter in
Towson, Maryland. A
PacSun employee was hit by a car while pursuing a
suspected shoplifter, according to Baltimore County
police. Police say a woman stole a T-shirt from the
Towson store and then backed her vehicle into the
employee Thursday evening. The employee saw a woman put
a shirt into her purse and leave the store without
paying. The employees followed her and one stood behind
the car to prevent the woman from leaving. Police say
the woman backed up and hit the employee in the leg. The
employee refused medical treatment.
LA Piggly Wiggly store robbed, second time in three
months. The Piggly
Wiggly grocery store was robbed this morning in
Hayneville, Louisiana of an undisclosed amount of cash,
no injuries were reported. The store was opening for
business when an armed gunman entered the store. This is
the second robbery at this location in the last 3
store in Pembroke Pine, FL robbed of $5000 in
Three suspects are being sought by
police for burglary of the AT&T store after driving a
car into a 20 foot glass window. Three suspects are seen
in the surveillance video running through the store
grabbing boxes from under the counters.
Two Men rob a New Castle, Delaware
Police in New Castle, Delaware are searching for two
suspects who they say robbed a cell phone store Saturday
night. The robbery happened just before 8 p.m. at the
T-Mobile store on the 100 block of East Basin Road.
Police say the two men entered the store and took
merchandise and cash. According to police, one of the
men had a handgun. Police say three employees were
inside of the store at the time of the robbery but no
one was injured. (Source
Former Florida Deputy behind bars for
jewelry store burglary.
A former Collier County deputy was arrested for
allegedly breaking into a Cape Coral jewelry store. Kyle
Beiner, 39, remains in the Lee County jail after his
Thursday morning arrest. Beiner faces 36 charges,
including robbery and dealing in stolen property. Beiner
used a sledgehammer to smash the window of Greco
Jewelers. Police officers tackled Beiner as he was
making his way toward a marina and carrying the jewelry
in a bag. (Source
week's most popular news article --
Eight Retailers That Will Close the Most Stores
For many retailers, the sales situation is so bad that
it is not a question of whether they will cut stores,
but when and how many. These are the eight retailers
that will close the most stores in 2013. Best Buy,
Sears, J.C. Penney, Office Depot, Barnes & Noble, Game
Stop, Office Max, and Radio Shack.
Senior LP executives -
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have any IT security responsibilities we'd like to hear
from you and find out exactly what they are. This is an
informal study meant to determine exactly where we are
today and where we might be heading. So anyone that is a
senior LP executive within the traditional retail model
and has components of the IT security areas let us know.
Even if it includes your involvement in the mobile
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