of murdered Walmart Loss Prevention Manager speaks out
Jaseramie Dion Ferguson, a loss prevention officer is dead after being shot and
killed while on the job at a Gwinnett County Walmart location overnight. "He
loved his kids and his family and he was a Christian man," said Tiana Ferguson,
the victim's wife. The incident happened just after 9 p.m. at the Walmart
location on Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn. Jaseramie Dion Ferguson, 25, was
shot while trying to apprehend a shoplifting suspect who was allegedly
attempting to leave the store with three flat screen televisions. He was taken
to an area hospital where he died a short time later. "He wasn't a fearful
person. He walked by faith," said Ferguson, although she admits she feared this
could happen. Another security officer who was assisting Ferguson was not
Video shows Suspected Walmart Murder suspect entering the store, prior to theft
Google buildings evacuated after threat Friday afternoon
Buildings were evacuated at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California,
on Friday afternoon after a threat was made against the company. No one was
injured and there was no damage to buildings, Mountain View police spokeswoman
Katie Nelson said. The incident involved a few buildings, beginning around 3:30
p.m. and concluded shortly before 5 p.m. Both police and Google security
Google didn't immediately have more information to provide. Police didn't
comment on the nature of the threat and said they responded out of caution.
While the campuses of Silicon Valley companies aren't normally considered
terrorist targets on the scale of federal buildings or major sporting events,
major companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook are prominent symbols of U.S.
economic and cultural power.
Walmart mystery shopper scam resurfaces
A mystery shopper scam targeting Walmart customers, which has been around since
at least 2011, has resurfaced. Reports of the scam have started circulating on
Facebook and other parts of the Web, from people who have gotten checks of up to
$2,000 in the mail.
The scam starts with a legit-looking check, usually for an amount of up to
$2,000, which is mailed to a consumer. The check is supposed to be used at
Walmart to purchase items as part of their mystery shopper program, a program
that pays random people to shop at their local store and rate their experience
thought a survey.
A letter that comes with the check directs the reader to a registration website,
which requires several items of personal information including name, address,
phone number, Social Security Number, and in some cases a driver's license
The program is a scam, full stop - and the personal information collected will
provide the scammer either everything they need to commit a number of crimes
including identity theft or financial fraud. If you're curious, the checks
themselves are worthless.
Mall ordered to reveal budgets for security probe in fatal carjacking
Inadequate Security at N.J.'s Short Hills Mall??
In her lawsuit over a fatal carjacking at The Mall at Short Hills, a widow won a
court order this week for her expert to review the mall's budgets and analyze
whether the shopping center was providing adequate security on the night when
her husband was killed.
Superior Court Judge ordered the mall's owners, Michigan-based Taubman Centers,
Inc., to provide full, itemized budgets. The mall had only provided redacted
budgets that showed security expenses, but not other line items.
After reviewing the budgets, the judge said the budgets "could be useful" to
the expert's analysis.
Friedland's attorney said the full budgets are needed to compare the security
spending to other expenses at the upscale mall in Millburn, such as advertising
and snow plowing.
In a related motion from Friedland, Rothschild on March 18 ordered Taubman
Centers to turn over documents related to carjackings, car thefts, or attempted
carjackings or car thefts at any Taubman-related mall in the country for five
years prior to the incident at the Short Hills mall.
The issue of mall security is one of the central elements in Friedland's
lawsuit over the Dec. 15, 2013 fatal shooting of her husband, Hoboken attorney
Dustin Friedland, at the mall. In addition to Taubman Centers, the defendants
include California-based Universal Protection Service, which has provided
security services at the mall.
Nagel has alleged the security company and Taubman Centers provided
inadequate security at the mall and could have prevented Dustin Friedland's
killing. Nagel has noted there were no security cameras inside the parking deck
where the incident occurred.
Stanley Fishman, an attorney for Taubman Centers, said at a July 31 hearing that
the killing was a "random act of violence," and that the mall could not have
The Tide is Changing
Getting Harder and Harder to Recruit for the Retail Industry
The scarcity of qualified retail candidates can be attributed to several trends
that aren't expected to be resolved anytime soon.
One issue is that the industry's contraction has hurt the desirability of
retail as a career path. Retailers generally are closing more stores than
they are opening as more sales come from the Internet, thus reducing the need
for store managers and cutting back the number of positions that would allow for
that crucial climb to the top. Contraction instead of expansion in any industry
can hurt the ability to attract talent.
"It's career suicide to go into retail," said Farla Efros, president of HRC
Advisory. "Going to work for a company that may be going out of business or get
acquired or has bad sales because of bad weather hurts your career instead of
Anthony Christodoulou, president of executive search firm Janou Pakter LLC,
disagrees. "It's a perfect ground for smart, bright people."
Years ago, eager college graduates would enter a retailer's executive management
training program and spend years climbing through the layers of store
management. Eventually, candidates could work their way up the corporate ladder
and get to the c-suite. This investment of time doesn't sit well with today's
Millennials, in general, tend to spend between one and three years maximum at a
company," Efros said. "They have big ideas and a lot of demands and they don't
have a lot of patience to do their time in order to progress through an
organization. That's creating a lot of angst for a lot of companies.
When it comes to Millennial executives, "They want to be heard and listened to.
They want to be part of the decision-making process a lot earlier in their
careers than older generations.
The Tyranny of the Noncompete Clause
Move Afoot - restrict them or eliminate them all together
In Massachusetts, as in 46 other states, it's possible for employers to enforce
post-employment covenants not to compete -- aka noncompete clauses. In
California it generally isn't.
Noncompete clauses usually ban employees from going to work for a competitor or
starting a competing firm for some pre-determined period of time. Such
agreements have been around since at least the 1400s, with proponents defending
them as a way to encourage employers to develop new technologies and invest in
worker training (because they have less reason to fear losing their secrets and
their valuable employees to a competitor) and critics depicting them as an
unfair restraint of trade that hurts workers.
Scholars have in recent years found that noncompetes reduce job mobility and
entrepreneurship and cause brain drain from regions that enforce them. Some even
argue that noncompetes are self-defeating for individual companies.
One recent study found that they do appear to stimulate investment in worker
training. Overall, though, academic research since the 1990s has shone an
increasingly unflattering light on noncompete clauses. Yet actual use of
noncompete agreements has grown since 2000.
A bill being proposed in the U.S. Senate to ban noncompetes for low-wage
workers. It hasn't gone anywhere, but there has been some action on noncompetes
at the state level. The Idaho and Utah legislatures last month approved laws
that restrict the duration of noncompete clauses (to 18 months in Idaho and one
year in Utah). In Massachusetts, where lawmakers have repeatedly proposed bans
on noncompetes in recent years but haven't been able to muster enough votes, a
new bill that would stop short of banning but put some serious crimps in the
practice appears to stand a better chance.
The U.S. Treasury Department, meanwhile, came out with a report last
month that offers new research findings on noncompete clauses' effect on wages
(they depress them), and proposes that firms be required to provide
"consideration" to workers when a noncompete agreement keeps them from working.
Survey Roundup: Compliance Battles Culture of 'Profits Over Prevention'
A survey of 604 chief compliance officers in the U.S., Europe and Asia by law
firm Hogan Lovells found 57% said sales culture is a major threat to their
organizations' anti-bribery and anti-corruption programs, with 59% saying their
organization promotes a culture of "profits over prevention."
The biggest challenge for multinational companies is to translate anti-bribery
and corruption policies into effective guidance on the ground. "Businesses need
to make sure they are doing everything that is legally expected of them in all
of the jurisdictions where they operate, to provide evidence that they help
people decide what is acceptable and what constitutes bribery and corruption."
Retailers not meeting customer experience expectations
550 retailers receive 40% failing grade from consumers for customer
satisfaction. Index measured customer satisfaction in the areas of
consistency, content, context, and convenience. Consistency had the highest
score, with 49% consumer satisfaction. Retailers are generally more effective at
providing visibility into online product availability than in-store product
availability, although retailers scored relatively poorly in both.
Staples Asks Calif. Appeals Court To Cut $16M Age Bias Loss
Staples urged a California appeals court Friday to slash a jury's $13 million
punitive damages award to a 64-year-old manager who claims the retailer pushed
out more higher-paid senior employees, calling it excessive and disproportionate
to the jury's $3.2 million compensatory award. law360.com
LPRC announces several new initiatives
LPRC is on the move! Over 40 retailers are now working with scientists and
solution partners to improve crime and loss control.
LOGO Launch - Our team has been working with a local artist to design new
logos for our organization. A new spin to the current design gives a cohesive
IMPACT 2016 Registration - NOW OPEN! Visit
www.lpresearch.org/impact to sign up and for further information on this
MUST ATTEND event for LP/AP professionals.
LPRC Knowledge Center - Tired of the old "Basecamp?" Our new database and
project management site is set to launch this week featuring a Google-style,
user-friendly keyword search for all research reports and articles. Members will
receive an email directly from the LPRC Knowledge Center prompting them to
create a new log in. This site will serve as the hub for everything membership
based, continuing to develop and become interactive over the next year with our
Innovation Lab and other E-Learning initiatives.
Home Depot says electronic outage slowed card
purchases Saturday across U.S.
Aldi sets 10 more Southern California stores - 45 by end of '16
Kohl's ditching in-store cafes
Last week's #1 article --
Director of Loss Prevention posted for Dollar Express Stores
in Charlotte, N.C.
Family Dollar Spin Off Stores Starting LP Department
Dollar Express is the newest entrant in retail's dollar store segment,
headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Our stores are currently bannered
as Family Dollar stores and will be converted to become Dollar Express
stores. We're a start-up in the sense in that the corporate support function and
all of the associated infrastructure needs to be developed, but we begin our
journey with 330 store locations coast-to-coast in 36 states. Dollar
Express is backed by Sycamore Partners, a leading private equity firm that
specializes in retail and consumer investments.