Security Industry favors women in workplace|
Readers responded positively when Security Systems News asked in its latest News
Poll about women in the security industry. Many respondents have women in their
company in executive roles, including some who are mentoring other females, and
a vast majority said gender diversity is helpful for business. Rhianna
Daniels Hile, director of the Women's Security Council, said the results to
the poll are "very encouraging."
A majority of respondents, 70 percent, said that their companies have women on
staff, including in executive management. An additional 22 percent said they
have female staff, but not on the executive level.
Hile said that women in leadership create a positive environment for other
women. "There are many companies in the market that are very progressive and
even within their own internal organizations, create mentoring groups for female
professionals" she said.
Diversity is good for business according to 89 percent. Seven percent
said that diversity isn't important for their business, and 4 percent didn't
Despite these numbers, some readers shared negative experiences. "Security
mainly still has the 'good ole boys club' feel to it. Women may be tolerated,
but [they're] not part of it," said one reader. This respondent isn't alone; two
other readers called the security industry a "boy's club." One said that it
"probably has a lot to do with the lack of woman in the industry as sadly the
stereotype still exists."
Only 8 percent reported no women at their company. A few respondents in this
group also reported active efforts to recruit women.
"If a company is dedicated to growing diversity within their organization ...
it takes a significant initiative," Hile said. "If you really want to actively
recruit women, when you're in a male-dominated environment, that's going to be a
hard sell. You have to take a look at your corporate culture."
Are security companies actively recruiting women? Fifty-five percent said that
they are, with 33 percent saying "not actively." Twelve percent weren't sure.
A lower percentage of women in the industry isn't necessarily due to an
industry-wide mentality, according to one reader. "I do not see many younger
women coming into the industry, however I don't think that is because we are
picking men over women in these roles, but rather the pool of women interested
in the security industry is very small."
Diversity in areas other than gender is a current issue as well, according to
responses. One reader sees a lack of African-Americans in the industry.
Williams-Sonoma can't block former Senior VP from working at competitor Arhuas -
But Judge can block him from recruiting former co-workers & disclosing trade
secrets - Judge rules A Tennessee federal judge on Thursday refused to
ban a former Williams-Sonoma Inc. executive from working at a rival home goods
company, shooting down an injunction bid that cited the doctrine of "inevitable
disclosure." Williams-Sonoma sued Timothy Stover and two other former
executives last year for trade secrets theft over their jump to Arhaus LLC.
While the company settled with the others, Stover is fighting it out, so
Williams-Sonoma sought an injunction barring the former senior vice president
from working for the rival until the case is resolved.
To do so, the company invoked "inevitable disclosure" - a doctrine through which
courts can block a former employee from starting with a rival if the new job
would "inevitably" or "very likely" result in the ex-worker disclosing
proprietary information, even without hard proof of impending harm.
Courts around the country have split on the doctrine. Some have allowed it,
finding that in certain circumstances even well-meaning ex-employees cannot help
but rely on proprietary information. Others have avoided it, seeing as overly
speculative means for restricting employee mobility.
Stover no longer has access to any physical files, and "much of the
information that Stover likely retains in his head is of the type that one would
find in any business school class on supply chain management," Judge McCalla
wrote. "Accordingly, a restraint on Stover's employment would be excessive."
The judge was careful, however, to stress that Stover wasn't in the clear and
that Williams-Sonoma had merely failed to meet the high standard for winning a
ban on his employment based on information he retained in his head.
The judge issued a preliminary injunction that bars Stover from accessing,
using or disclosing Williams-Sonoma trade secrets, or from soliciting his
former co-workers to join him at Arhaus. He refused to impose a third-party
monitor on Stover and Arhaus.
The Grocery Store and Drug Store Wars
With the grocery store industry consolidating and competition growing in
virtually every sector, the grocery industry is in a fierce battle. With
Wal-Mart owning and growing its huge market share and Target trying to gain more
all at the cost of the traditional grocery stores. Kroger well established and
the strongest of all, buying smaller ones, and really representing the last big
one standing so to speak. Ahold and Delhiaze's eminent merger on the East Coast,
Safeway and Albertsons merger and downsizing, and A&P trying to sell a third of
their stores if not the whole thing. German grocer Aldi quietly opening 1,300
smaller format, private labeled, low priced stores in the U.S. bringing their
worldwide store count to over 9,000. And now just last week another German
grocer, Aldi's fierce European competitor Lidl, a 10,000 store small format
grocery chain announcing their coming to the States. That industry is in a
fierce battle which hopefully will be good for the consumer. However with all
of the consolidations it does mean fewer jobs above the store level. And quite
frankly while most every other retail sector has gone through their
consolidations, the grocery industry is probably the last one left that hasn't.
Not to exclude the super strong and publically loved HEB, Publix, Wegmans, and
Whole Foods but even they have to be concerned with the dollar stores, the drug
stores and the convenience stores. All of which are expanding and refining their
food offerings and taking food market share.
Outside of the online and Amazon battle taking place with the entire retail
industry this battle is probably the second most fierce going on in retail right
The drug store industry's battle may not be as volatile as the grocery industry,
but there's a fierce battle brewing long term just at a slower pace. With
Wal-Mart opening Neighborhood Markets with pharmacy's at the speed of light.
Opening close to 300 in two months alone this past holiday season. Now we've got
Target selling their pharmacy's to CVS, which will obviously spur more stores
and increase deliverables and customers at Target stores. And all of them now
growing their health care clinics and taking market share from the medical
industry. But the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets impact will grow and hurt the
big three (CVS - Walgreens - Rite Aid) sooner or later. Its just a matter of
time. As the drug store industry consolidated years ago back in the 90's
actually. Just some thoughts.
Fashion Chain Zara Profiles Black Shoppers As Potential Thieves, Workers Allege
In Report In early June, Spanish fast fashion chain Zarahit headlines
when the longtime in-house lawyer for their American stores sued for $40 million
in damages, alleging anti-Semitic, anti-gay discrimination. Zara called their
former counsel's allegations "shocking," adding that the company intends to
"respond strongly and vigorously" in court. A report released on Monday suggests
the clothier may have deeper troubles, starting with a corporate culture steeped
in racism. Labor advocacy group Center for Popular Democracy surveyed Zara
retail employees at six of the fashion chain's seven New York City stores this
past spring following a handful of scandals involving insensitive designs by the
fashion company, like a child's shirt that resembled a Holocaust uniform. The
union-backed group secured the participation of 251 of the approximately 1,500
Zara store workers in Manhattan, describing the chosen respondents as a "random
sample." Zara's corporate powers that be did not participate in the survey.
Among the study's claims: black customers are far more likely to be targeted as
potential thieves than white customers. The report describes a practice within
Zara of referring to suspected shoplifters as "special orders," leading to the
racial profiling of black shoppers as soon as they enter the store. "Most
employees broadly defined the term 'special order' as a code that is used when
someone 'suspicious' - 'a potential thief' -walks into the store," reads the
study. "Once a 'special order' has been called and the customer is described
over the headset, employees and managers follow that customer." Forty-three
percent of the Zara workers surveyed did not answer questions referring to
'special orders' or said they were unfamiliar with the term. Of the 57% who did
respond, however, 46% claimed black customers were called special orders
'always' or 'often', compared with 14% of Latino shoppers and 7% whites. "The
majority of employees believe that Black customers are coded as potential
thieves at a higher rate than white customers," it reads. "Employees stated that
special orders are identified by 'dressing a certain way' and are 'mostly
African-American.' Special orders were also defined as 'Anyone who looks Black,
not put together or urban.'
A spokesperson for Zara USA condemned the report and questioned the Center's
motives, saying in a statement: "Zara USA vehemently refutes the findings of the
Center for Popular Democracy report which was published without any attempt to
contact the company. The baseless report was prepared with ulterior motives and
not because of any actual discrimination or mistreatment. It makes assertions
that cannot be supported and do not reflect Zara's diverse workforce." "Zara USA
believes that the report is completely inconsistent with the company's true
culture and the experiences of the over 1,500 Zara employees in New York City.
We are an equal opportunity employer, and if there are individuals who are not
satisfied with any aspect of their employment, we have multiple avenues for them
to raise issues that we would immediately investigate and address."
Pilot Accused of Manipulating Employee Time Records - Judge grants class status
to 82,000 workers A group of more than 82,000 Pilot Corp. retail
employees and restaurant workers were granted class status on June 16,
accusing the travel center operator of altering time records to hide
off-the-clock work. The class certification dates back to a complaint filed
by lead plaintiff Arvion Taylor, who in April 2014 filed a complaint stating
that while working for a Subway restaurant at a Tennessee Pilot location, her
manager made her work before and after her shift, as well as during her lunch
break, with time sheets allegedly showing she worked fewer hours than she
actually did. Pilot Corp. did get one victory in Lipman's ruling, as she refused
to include anyone in the class other than hourly cashiers, team leaders and
shift leaders, stating the plaintiffs failed to show other employees were
similarly affected, reported the news source. csnews.com
Saks Fifth Avenue - The fastest moving luxury brand in the U.S.
Ever since the Hudson Bay acquisition last year Saks Fifth Avenue seems to be
one of the fastest growing luxury brands on the planet. With Canadian expansion
of both of their brands and now with buying Kaufhof, Germany's leading
department store chain, Sake Fifth Ave could be crossing the pond and looking at
some great growth. Kaufhof operates 103 Galeria Kaufhof locations and 16
Sportarena stores in Germany as well as Belgium's only department store, the
16-unit Inno chain.
Affordable Care Act: Should You Treat Worker's Comp Claims Like Crime Scenes? A
must read article An unintended consequence of the Affordable Care Act
is that it's making workers' compensation a more-attractive option for employees
who are injured while off the job. With doctor shortages predicted to skyrocket
over the next 20 years and the impact of additional users increasing
significantly it could greatly impact the delivery of healthcare in the workers'
As healthcare costs rise for individuals, and doctors find themselves
conflicted over where they can be better compensated, we may see a rise in
fraudulent workers' compensation claims. We have seen a dramatic increase in
questionable or 'red flag' claims as the ACA has been phasing into place,
and identifying the true cause of an injury is becoming a larger and larger area
of focus in our workers' compensation claims handling process."
With so much at stake, it is becoming increasingly important not to take
every workplace injury at face value. Every job incident should be treated like
a crime scene; think of it as Workers' Compensation CSI.
Gibson posts Chief Security Officer position in Nashville, TN. - Cool Job in the
music industry Gibson Guitar Corp, the world's premier musical
instrument manufacturer and the home of such preeminent brands as Gibson,
Epiphone, Baldwin and Wurlitzer, is looking for a Chief Security Officer to join
the global security team. This position will be based out of Gibson's World
Headquarters, located in beautiful Nashville, TN - the heart of Music City. With
one very interesting responsibility obviously when you think about the music
industry - Evaluates current procedures, practices and precedents for
accomplishing Gibson Guitar Corp activities and functions relative to security.
Shoppers in Malaysian mall tumble when escalator suddenly reverses
3 Workers killed in Malaysia after roof of
Shopping Mall collapses
Washington's Best Kept Secrets: FMI Style
By: Amber Bradley
Members of the Food Marketing Institute's (FMI) Asset Protection
Council and Risk & Safety Council both descended on FMI's newly
renovated headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, the week of May 18 to
challenge the organization and themselves to "think differently"
about tackling critical industry initiatives and continuing to raise
the bar in 2016.
Their jam-packed agendas included dissecting the recent Asset
Protection conference, which took place earlier this year in
Memphis, to discover even more ways to uniquely position itself and
add value to the industry's Asset Protection, Risk Management and
Safety professionals. The councils are laser focused on
understanding and building on a recent comment made by a recent FMI
AP conference attendee, "The FMI AP show is now where all the 'cool
kids' come to truly get valuable professional development. No one
wants to miss it!"
The councils also discussed developing FMI industry objectives such
as new research initiatives, how to continue to tackle critical
challenges such as cybersecurity, other threats against hthe
workplace and legislative / compliance issues affecting the
But leave it to FMI to treat council members to some personal
enrichment with special executive briefings. Nina Easton, FORTUNE
Washington Columnist and Senior Editor, TV commentator, and
bestselling author, spoke to the Risk & Safety Council on "5 Things
you don't know about Washington." It was a captivating insider's
look at Washington politics. The Asset Protection Council was
treated to a discussion with Bon Cusak, Managing Editor of The Hill
and national policy and politics analyst. He also shared valuable
insights into the Washington political scene with his presentation,
"A View from the Hill." Both speakers delivered insightful
perspectives on the upcoming presidential race as well as in-depth
and exclusive views of candidates on both sides of the aisle.
The meetings capped off with evening tours of Washington's
celebrated national monuments. Many people have the chance to see
these landmarks during daylight hours, but it was a distinct
pleasure for FMI Council members to see them "all lit up." The
evening tour included the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the
Jefferson Memorial, the Korean Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, the
Martin Luther King Memorial and the National World War II Memorial.
The aforementioned speakers and this slightly surreal, yet
awe-inspiring tour was FMI's way of giving back to all those council
members who work so hard to further our mission and support the
daily activities of our organization.
Check out what these innovators are planning by attending the FMI
Asset Protection Conference March 14 - 17, 2016 at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, Arizona.
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CCTV market headed for growth, changes - IP-based cameras have highest value in
market The CCTV market is poised for growth, according to a RNCOS
report, with a 7.5 percent CAGR expected in North America from 2014 to 2020, and
a 12.2 percent CAGR globally during the same time period. RNCOS expects the
North American CCTV market to rise from $3.5 billion in 2014 to $5.3 billion by
The report divided the CCTV market into three main technologies: analog,
IP-based and Wi-Fi-based systems. In 2014, analog was the most prevalent,
followed by IP-based and wireless-based. By 2020, this order will change:
IP-based systems will be at the top, with Wi-Fi close behind it.
The report also examined the market in terms of the value of four components:
IP-based cameras, video analytics, video servers and video management software.
IP-based cameras have the highest value in the market, followed by video
servers and VMS. Video analytics is the smallest portion of the market. "This
order would remain the same [to 2020]," he said. The capability for remote
monitoring using a mobile device is a driver for the market. Higher rates of
terrorism and burglaries are other market drivers. 360-degree cameras as an
emerging technology trend. Axis, Samsung, Vicon and Tyco as key vendors for this
market growth. securitsystemsnews.com
Services' promises to radically change retailer-consumer interaction
"Living services will allow retailers to move away from the industry's standard
scenario of bombarding shoppers with offers on arrival at a location. By working
with Pinterest Nordstrom is also providing staff with an iPad app to make it
easy to show customers trending products and merchandise live," stated the
report. "The services will start to grow on a new layer of connected
intelligence formed by sensors, the cloud, connected smart devices and real-time
analytics," which is all part of the emerging Internet of Things.
We call them 'Living Services' for three reasons," said Brian Whipple, senior
managing director, Accenture Interactive, in a release. "They will change
consumer experiences such as travel booking and shopping in real time around us.
They will be driven by things that are very proximate to us such as wearables
and nearables. And, at the human level, living services will affect our lives in
a much deeper and more positive way than mobile and web services have. In
effect, living services breathe life into what is rapidly becoming a vast
network of connected machines and objects, enabling branded services to flow
through and utilize this connected environment." retailcustomerexperience.com
How is your Vulnerability Management? PCI Compliance
An important element of the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) requirement is that
merchants/retailers maintain a vulnerability management program. As defined on
the *PCI website, this includes updating software on all systems and developing
and maintaining secure systems. More specifically, any major vulnerabilities
found should be patched within one month to remain PCI compliant, although
ideally they should be patched immediately or as soon as a patch is available in
order for the retailers to remain secure. However, many retailers still rely on
manual processes for this laborious task, making the requirement to patch within
a month a challenge, and immediate patching a near impossibility.
Underwriters of cyberinsurance policies need
better understanding of cyber risks
STANLEY Security Debuts New Vertical & Centralized Operations Team, Network
Operations Center at NRF PROTECT 2015
IN - (June 22, 2015) - STANLEY Security, a leading global manufacturer and
integrator of comprehensive security solutions for a wide range of industries,
announces the establishment of its new Vertical & Centralized Operations (VOPS)
team and supporting Network Operations Center at the 2015 NRF PROTECT Loss
Prevention Conference & Expo this week, June 23-25 in Long Beach, CA. The
combination of these entities is dedicated to providing an unparalleled
installation and service experience for multi-location retailers. By bringing
project management and execution to the highest standard of effectiveness and
efficiency, the VOPS team provides tangible ROI and time-saving benefits to
STANLEY's vast network of retail customers.
Vertical & Centralized
As part of the broader vertical market solutions division launched earlier this
year, the VOPS team enables STANLEY Security to better serve its customers by
offering optimized, highly intuitive and integrated security solutions to its
retail focused end-users. Along with STANLEY's newly developed retail vertical
market group, the VOPS team delivers superior service delivered through over 75
branch locations throughout North America and strengthened by a group of highly
qualified professionals offering broad customer support.
The expanded field services team focuses on bolstering design, application,
installation and service processes enabling enhanced productivity through
comprehensive project management, as well as sales and operations connectivity
that more seamlessly integrates differentiated, first-class technologies,
solutions and services in the dynamic retail sector. Bruce Riesterer has been
appointed Vice President, Vertical & Centralized Operations for STANLEY Security
to lead the credentialed team to directly respond to the needs of retailers
"STANLEY Security deploys a comprehensive and collaborative approach to
identifying customers' needs in order to customize the best solution for each
customer and maximize their return on investment. The Vertical & Centralized
Operations team is an excellent opportunity for us to better partner with our
customers by providing the vital support they need at all stages of their
security projects," said Jonathan Rosman, President, STANLEY Security Retail.
"Bruce and his dedicated team are an exciting addition to STANLEY's operations
and will provide exceptional support to our highly valued retail customer base."
The VOPS team provides operations support and scalable resources that drive
results for customers and facilitate high quality outcomes through the
deployment of highly trained and certified Application Engineers, Design
Engineers, National Account Program Managers, Project Managers and Partner
Development associates. These experts will be focused on driving consistency,
seamless integration and innovative implementation of large-scale projects in
Read more here.
To learn more about the STANLEY's Vertical & Centralized Operations team, the
Network Operations Center and STANLEY's broad range of retail-specific products,
solutions and services, please visit
www.stanleycss.com/retail, or STANLEY Security's booth (#1419) at the 2015
NRF PROTECT Loss Prevention Conference & Expo this week.
Game Changing & Innovative technology
coming to NRF Protect 2015
Boca Raton - Snaptagg is the game-changing technology the retail LP industry
has been waiting for and we are proud to be introducing our product line to
industry leaders at the NRF PROTECT conference 2015 in Long Beach, California!
Come see why we were the busiest booth at RILA 2015 last month in Orlando where
we launched Snaptagg!
Snaptagg is a new and extremely innovative multi-functional "wire-free"
self-alarming tag (10+ alarms) which solves many of today's retail pain points
relating to current solutions such as wraps, acrylic lock boxes, box opening,
box concealment, tag cut-out, blister package security (item cut-out), "wrap
rage", blister packaging return losses, packaging design, EAS alarm response,
merchandising, locked items, cable protection, ORC, online (youtube)
"how-to-defeat" schemes, easy-to-obtain detachers, multi-device management,
unnecessary labor cost, POS throughput, self-checkout, and much more!!!
Snaptagg's patented twist & lift design creates the right balance between
store security, employee handling, and the future of retail with self-pay
technology such as iPay!
Our product effectively protects items in blister packages & boxes without
wires: featuring Snaptagg Cut-Out Protection, Snaptagg Booster Bag
Detection, and Snaptagg Digital Locksmith coded keys.
Why Wrap! Just Snap!
Snaptagg embodies a "grow concept" so it is ready for use today on all
merchandise, but also tomorrow when packages are sourced with an integrated
Snaptagg base! Come see live proto-types of Snaptagg Ready products at
our booth (#1465). Snaptagg will endeavor to marry the retail LP industry with
the brand owners and the packaging industry to achieve impressive solutions
never before seen!
Also, discover our "hybrid one key" POS solution for "wraps and snaps"!
Simple to utilize and effective against ORC!
As if this were not enough, Snaptagg converts into a cable solution. Tiny
Cable solutions are high security solutions for hard goods and soft goods
(fashion) and showcase protection.
Snaptagg will give LP departments the confidence to securely unlock items which
will in turn unlock sales and therefore Increase Profits!
Start "Snap-tagging" today!!!
Visit us at the NRF PROTECT conference: booth #1465 near the right side
FOOD/SEATING area in the back!
To book an appointment please write to
or call us at 561-981-6278.
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