was named Interim EVP of Stores/VP Loss
Prevention, Safety & Risk Management for National Stores, Inc.
Chris is Vice President of Loss Prevention for National Stores
Inc. and had been the Director of Loss
Prevention prior to that. Other LP positions he has held include
Regional LP Director for Sears Holdings Corp.,
District LP Manager for Gap Inc./Old Navy,
Regional LP Manager for Limited Too and Sr.
Regional LP Investigator for KB Toys. Chris has
worked in the LP industry for over 13 years.
Newsome, CFI was named Vice President of Support Services for Goodwill
Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina.
In this new role
Doug will be providing executive leadership in the areas of Risk Management,
Information Technology, Maintenance, Custodial Services, Grounds Maintenance
Services, Sub-Assembly Services, Loss Prevention, and SCVIA. He was previously
the Vice President of Loss Prevention & Technology for the retailer and has been
with Goodwill for over seven years. He has also held loss prevention leadership
roles for Jo-Ann Stores as Regional Loss Prevention Manager, CompUSA as
Divisional Director of Loss Prevention, and Dollar General as Regional Asset
Protection Manager. Doug earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Justice
Studies from Georgia Southern University and is currently pursuing his Masters
of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Congratulations Doug!
Craig M. Gage was named Director of
Loss Prevention for Brown's Super Shoes (ShopRite).
Craig will be directing all aspects of Safety, Risk Management
and Loss Prevention in his new role. He was previously the District Loss
Prevention Manager for Sears Holdings Corporation. He has also held other loss
prevention leadership roles for such retailers as Amazon as Senior Manager of
Safety, Home Depot as Regional LP Manager, and Target as District AP Team
Leader. Craig earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Security Management from
St. John's University.
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Disney World hit with security worker lawsuits - discrimination - racial
Walt Disney World is fighting two discrimination lawsuits from security workers,
and several other employees in that division have made similar complaints during
the last few years. Disney World has more than 1,000 security workers who watch
over guests throughout the resort. Six former and current workers filed lawsuits
in Orange Circuit Court from 2011 to 2014 saying they were harassed and unfairly
targeted based on race, religion and national origin. A jury ruled against one
plaintiff and three lawsuits were voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiffs.
Disney has denied the workers' claims. "We have a rigorous process in place to
thoroughly and independently review any and all workplace issues," spokeswoman
Kim Prunty said in an emailed statement. "These lawsuits are baseless and
Camelia Joseph has a trial set for this summer. A black Haitian woman who works
at Disney as a security guard, Joseph says in her lawsuit she applied for a job
in 2010 as an emergency coordinator but the position went to a white man with
less experience and education. Her lawsuit alleges that after she complained to
the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she was reprimanded and "subjected
to intense scrutiny on the job." After I filed against the company with the EEOC,
everything turned upside down," said Joseph, who has started an online
fundraiser for her legal bills.
Another suit is pending from Nabil Boromi, a plain clothes operative who was
fired in 2013 for "using electronic devices" while monitoring security cameras.
Boromi, who is Moroccan and Muslim, alleges in his lawsuit he was subjected to a
higher standard than other workers, who were not fired even though they engaged
in similar behavior.
Boromi says in his lawsuit he "complained about Arabic patrons being treated
with greater suspicion whenever they entered the park" and that officers were
instructed to watch black customers "because they 'committed a lot of retail
thefts.'" Disney has denied those accusations in court documents.
Criminal Records Haunt Hiring Initiative
Employers face growing pressure to give the tens of millions of Americans with
criminal records a chance to compete for jobs, with a skein of local and state
laws aimed at barring the exclusion of ex-offenders from the hiring process.
But such efforts have run into a bedrock underwriting principle that still
guides business insurers: Someone who has been dishonest in the past is more
likely to be dishonest in the future-and expose a company to loss-than someone
The unseen hand of commercial insurers influences businesses' hiring decisions
and gives employers a justification for maintaining broad prohibitions on hiring
people with criminal records, employers and advocates for ex-offenders say.
A growing body of research has challenged the notion that ex-offenders are an
indefinite liability to employers. In a widely cited 2009 study, professors
Alfred Blumstein of Carnegie Mellon University and Kiminori Nakamura of the
University of Maryland found that after 10 to 13 years, ex-offenders pose no
greater risk of committing another crime than a person without a criminal
An employee is typically excluded from standard insurance policy against fraud,
theft, embezzlement and other crimes-known as a fidelity bond-as soon as the
employer discovers that he or she has committed a dishonest act, whether
recently or in the past. Federal and case law has defined such acts as
comprising larceny, theft, embezzlement, forgery, misappropriation and related
Since 1998, at least 17 states and more than 100 cities and counties have
adopted limits on employment background checks, allowing ex-offenders to compete
on equal terms with others in the initial hiring phase, according to the
National Employment Law Project, a group that advocates for such policies. Some
bar questions about a criminal history from employment applications, known as
"ban the box" policies in reference to the box on some applications that job
seekers must check if they have been convicted of a felony. The New York City
Council banned such inquiries from job applications in June.
The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission has put employers on notice, however, that
categorical rejections of applicants with a criminal record could violate
federal employment-discrimination laws. A company policy that says "'We don't
hire felons' is pretty much like saying, 'Sue me,'"
Walmart lays off 1,000 at HQ - 200 Vice President's, hosts anti-Prime Day
Sources close to Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and its Sam's Club brand reported that
1,000 jobs will be cut at corporate headquarters by Nov. 1, including up to 200
vice presidents. In addition, the big-box retailer announced the release of
2,000 online discounts to rival Amazon's Prime Day on July 15.
Walmart has not confirmed or denied the layoffs, The City Wire reported.
This is the second round of corporate layoffs this year after 50 employees were
let go in February. The paring down of corporate employees aligns with U.S. CEO
Greg Foran's plan to restructure the company and give some of the power back to
lower-level store managers. In addition, the cuts will help support the
retailer's announcement to increase hourly wages.
3 Reasons Costco Has Membership Fees - Loyalty - Reducing Shrinkage - Income
Stream - They've never built a formal LP model Costco has found a way
to deter theft in its stores: charge people to shop. It's unlikely that
shoplifters will spend $55 a year for the opportunity to steal. Costco notes, in
its 2014 financial report, that the company's theft rate is "well below those of
typical discount operations" and credits it to membership fees. Editor's
Note: For years the industry has wondered why Costco never built a traditional
LP model and they always responded by saying they rely on their store management
teams to keep shrink down. But here for the first time they actually state it in
their 2014 annual report. They've also been reported to say they don't really
sell anything shoplifters want and those things they do are locked up. investopedia.com
Tory Burch Counterfeiters Ordered To Pay $41M In TM Row
A New York federal judge on Friday issued a $41 million final judgment and
permanent injunction in a trademark infringement suit brought by Tory Burch LLC
accusing a jewelry maker of selling counterfeit goods with a cross logo that
was confusingly similar to the Tory Burch TT logo. Youngran Kim and her
company Lin & J International Inc. to pay $38.9 million in damages, attorneys'
fees of $2.3 million and costs of the action to be determined later, along with
interest for the aforementioned until full payment is made, according to court
Blame ID Thief, Not CVS Or Giant For Drug Fraud
A Pennsylvania magistrate judge on Thursday recommended the court dismiss a
customer's putative class action alleging Giant Eagle Inc. and CVS Caremark
Corp. failed to take proper precautions to stop an unnamed perpetrator from
filling fraudulent prescriptions in his name. The judge said most of the
allegations, such as identity theft, would be proper against the perpetrator and
that the companies are only involved as third parties.
Macy's Settles Class Action Over Customer Info Collection when paying
Macy's Inc. has reached a settlement in a proposed class action accusing the
company of illegally gathering customer data during credit card transactions,
according to an order dismissing the case filed in California federal court
Friday. The plaintiffs alleged that Macy's employees requested ID and a
telephone number after they provided their credit cards to pay for their
purchases, and claimed that they were falsely led to believe that they were
required to comply with the request.
Starbucks-led coalition commits to hiring 100,000 disconnected youth
Schultz, who pledged this year to hire 10,000 such youth by the end of 2018, is
being joined by top executives from 16 companies who will look to hire young
people for apprenticeships, internships and part-time or full-time jobs. In
addition to the Seattle-based Starbucks, Alaska Airlines, Cintas, CVS Health,
Hilton Worldwide, HMSHost, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Lyft, Macy's, Microsoft,
Porch.com, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Taco Bell, Target, Walgreens and Walmart have
signed on. The coalition is looking to recruit more companies to join the push.
J. Crew Launching New Division - lower-priced J. Crew Mercantile
J. Crew Mercantile will be an upstart in an already mature field of outlet and
off-price retail players such as TJ Maxx, Ross Stores, Saks Off 5th and
Nordstrom Rack, which have all been performing well and continuing to grow their
'Active shooter' training was held Sunday night at
Buffalo's Eastern Hills Mall
Macy's to close downtown Pittsburgh - 170 jobs
Wal-Mart takes the fight to Amazon's July 15th
Prime Day - reduces free shipping to $35 purchase & promising "atomic deals"
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Walmart Canada looks into possible credit card data breach - Another Third Party
Exposure Hit Walmart Canada is investigating a potential breach of
customer credit card data after one of its websites operated by a third party
was compromised. "We were recently informed of a potential compromise of
customer credit card data involving Walmart Canada's Photocentre website,
www.walmartcanadaphotocentre.ca, which is operated by a third-party," said Alex Roberton, director of corporate affairs and social media at Walmart Canada.
recommend Walmart Canada's Online Photocentre customers monitor their card
transactions closely and immediately alert their financial institution about any
unauthorized charges." |
Walmart said it has "no reason to believe" its Walmart.ca and Walmart.com
destinations or its in-store transactions have been affected.
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Co attractions data breach - credit cards at
risk Anyone who used a credit card at Hershey Entertainment &
Resorts Co. attractions from mid February to early June could have stood a
chance of having their card compromised, the company announced on Friday. In
late June, Hershey Entertainment confirmed that a data breach might have
occurred, which could have put customers who used credit cards for purchases at
risk. The company had not previously released a time frame for when the breach
might have occurred, however. It's possible visitors of Hersheypark, the Hotel
Hershey, Hersheypark Stadium and the company's other area attractions had their
credit card information exposed between Feb. 14 and June 2. Those who used their
cards to make purchases from the company after May 9 were the least likely to be
affected by the possible breach, the company said.
Why organizations fight data breaches differently
In the wake of recent high-profile security breaches at retail stores such as
Target and Neiman Marcus, a new study from the University of Texas at Dallas
seeks to determine why differences exist in the level of information security
control resources among organizations. Protecting information initially was
viewed as a technology-related problem, he said, and was solved by investing in
technology-based solutions. "But over the years, it has become clear that
technology-based solutions are not foolproof or sufficient," In light of this
observation, we were interested in identifying a coherent set of organizational
resources for information security controls that organizations should invest in
to protect their information assets. The study found that organizations
should invest in three distinct resources to better protect their information:
security technologies, qualified information security personnel and security
awareness of organizational users. Because organizations perceive security
risks differently, they invest in information security controls at different
levels. The researchers also examined the drivers of these investments. "We
found that coercive pressures - stemming from business partners or industry and
government regulations - and normative pressures, rooted in information security
practices of partners, as well as the firm's exposure to security best practices
through professional organizations, trade shows, conferences and security
publications, largely impact the firms' investments in security control
resources," Cavusoglu said. Cavusoglu said the study shows that information
security is not solely about technology and that to ward off security threats,
organizations should invest in both technology-based solutions and
CFPB Urges Privacy Considerations In Faster Payments Push
The U.S. consumer finance watchdog on Thursday said that developers should take
into account privacy, anti-fraud measures and error resolution as they work to
create a new, faster payments infrastructure. The Consumer Financial Protection
Bureau released its "guiding principles" for a faster payments system,
highlighting nine areas that the financial industry and the Federal Reserve
should take into account as they develop new systems for transferring money
between parties that would replace current methods.