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 July 28, 2014


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Progressive Grocer's 2014 "Top Women in Grocery" Awards Kroger Loss Prevention Executive Peggy Merschbach

Now in its eighth year, PG’s Top Women in Grocery awards program recognizes the integral role women play across all areas of the dynamic retail food industry, within the retailer and supplier communities, in three sectors: Senior-Level Executives, Rising Stars and Store Managers.

"With a record number of 311 watch-worthy women, our 2014 judging panel pored over hundreds of applications in search of candidates who went above and beyond their core responsibilities to deliver exceptional results,” said PG Chief Content Editor Meg Major. “The incredible achievements of our 2014 Top Women in Grocery honorees provide an enduring portrayal of our program’s founding purpose: to celebrate the continuing progress the previously male-dominated grocery industry is making to close the historical gender gap while prominently recognizing the vital roles women serve in their companies, communities and the industry at large.”

All Top Women in Grocery winners are recognized in PG’s June 2014 issue, and will also be honored at a gala awards celebration that will take place on Nov. 12, 2014, at InterContinental Chicago O’Hare, Chicago (Rosemont, Ill.). Registration and related information for the gala event – highlights of which include afternoon workshops and networking and an evening cocktail reception, dinner, awards ceremony and after-dinner dessert party – can be found here.

Peggy Merschbach, The Kroger Co. Loss Prevention Transaction Monitoring Manager, has been honored by Progressive Grocer magazine as one of the Top Women in Grocery for her strong leadership skills as well as for her ability to build cross functional relationships with other business units to develop loss prevention programs that add value for the company. Rarely is this honor bestowed upon a loss prevention associate so Peggy’s nomination is especially noteworthy. Congratulations Peggy!





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First Time Ever! Macy's Posts Group Vice President, Loss Prevention position
For the first time ever Macy's actually post their Group VP of LP position on their web site and LinkedIn. Obviously being the biggest job of 2014 this posting actually represents a first for the department store industry. Number 1: this job has never been open since it's creation and number 2: it'll be the first time the department store industry has opened a senior search to the public in many years. Obviously they plan on keeping the position in NYC as stated in the description itself and not move it to their Cincinnati offices. With over 840 stores, 172,500 employees and sales of $27.9B they're now listed as the 14th largest retailer in the U.S. Broken down in 7 operating regions each of which has a (7) Regional Vice President of Loss Prevention, 7 Regional Director's of Investigations, 7 ORC Managers, with 57 District Director's of Loss Prevention, and corresponding District Managers of Investigations, and over 3,000 Loss Prevention associates. With Bloomingdales operating as a separate entity. This position is one of the premier positions in the entire industry. The "Job Overview" states: "Direct and manage division loss prevention and shortage programs. Ensure consistent performance by central, regions, districts and stores in shortage programs and awareness, training standards and improved operating standards. Develop the loss prevention executive team across the stores' division. Perform other duties as assigned." (Source macysjobs.com)

Laws banning early criminal background checks for job applicants are gaining momentum - Banning Criminal History Question 
Employee Benefit News reports that new ban-the-box laws are becoming reality in Illinois and New Jersey. Ban-the-box laws prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history until after the applicants clear an initial round of job screening. According to the National Employment Law Project (NELP), removing questions from job applications that ask about criminal history gives potential employees a fair chance to compete for jobs. On July 19, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, which will help ex-offenders secure employment in the private sector. The new law prevents criminal background checks until after an applicant is deemed qualified for a job. The new law takes effect January 1, 2015, and covers private employers with 15 or more employees. (Source nacsonline.com)

Insider trading on Barnes & Noble stock gets online stock trader 1-1/2 prison sentence - Microsoft executive's sentence coming soon 
An online stock trader who profited from inside information passed to him by a former Microsoft Corp finance employee was sentenced to 1-1/2 years in prison in Seattle on Friday. Netting more than $400,000 in illicit profits over an 18-month period for him and his Microsoft accomplice. (Source reuters.com)

Seattle City Council Appeals to Bezos Over Subcontracted Amazon Security
In a letter to Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, Seattle’s nine city council members declared themselves “deeply concerned” over alleged mistreatment of subcontracted security workers who patrol the company’s headquarters there. At issue are claims by the Service Employees International Union that Security Industry Specialists, a California-based firm contracted by Amazon and other tech companies, illegally punished workers for trying to organize and discouraged them from talking about the union. “As one of Seattle’s largest employers,” the council members wrote, “we ask that Amazon take full responsibility for ensuring a respect for human rights and national labor law on behalf of your direct and subcontracted employees alike.” (Source businessweek.com)

Michaels data breach class-action suit tossed after plaintiffs can't show damage
Michaels has ducked a putative class-action lawsuit after a federal judge ruled that the plaintiffs could demonstrate any kind of “economic damage” from a breach that compromised the hobby retailer's customer data between May 8, 2013 and Jan. 27, 2014. (Source scmagazine.com)

NRF leads effort for tokenization in payment security
The National Retail Federation (NRF), Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Merchant Advisory Group, National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), National Grocers Association, and National Restaurant Association (NRA) are jointly calling for an open and universal tokenization standard in the U.S. payments system. The groups released a statement saying payment card data is currently vulnerable to theft where card information is swiped or entered, where card information is stored, and where it is transmitted. (Source chainstoreage.com)

Dollar Tree acquires Family Dollar for $8.5B - Looking to save $300M in "efficiencies" - There will be job cuts if the sale is approved  "With the acquisition of Family Dollar Stores, Dollar Tree will become a leading discount retailer in North America, with over 13,000 stores in 48 states and five Canadian Provinces, sales of over $18 billion, and more than 145,000 associates on our team. We will continue to operate under the Dollar Tree, Deals and Dollar Tree Canada brands, and when this transaction is complete, we will operate under the Family Dollar brand as well," Dollar Tree's CEO said. (Source drugstorenews.com)

Shareholders approve Safeway's $9.2 billion sale to Albertsons

Fast-Food Workers Intensify Fight for $15 an Hour - 1,200 rally in Chicago - "We are worth more"  As labor gatherings go, this one was highly unusual — 68 workers arrived on charter buses from St. Louis, 100 from New York City and 180 from Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas. Fifty flew in from Los Angeles and two dozen from Seattle. Fast-food workers — 1,200 of them — from McDonald’s, Burger King and other chains, eager to pursue their ambitious goal of creating a $15-an-hour wage floor for the nation’s four million fast-food workers. (Source nytimes.com)

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Toys R Us RLPM sentenced to 25 years in prison - "I lost my husband, my best friend, the man I love so much," says widow of slain store manager  A former regional loss prevention manager for Toys R Us was sentenced today to 25 years in prison to be followed by five years of post-release supervision in the fatal stabbing of an assistant manager last summer in the victim’s office during a robbery attempt.  (Source buffalonews.com)

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Joan Manson, VP of LP, Benefits, Payroll & Legal for The Container Store and Chair of the NRF’s Women in Loss Prevention Caucus Committee, sits down with Joe LaRocca to talk about the history of the Caucus and its mission to help grow and develop the presence of women in the LP field. With an annual meeting at the NRF Show, quarterly conference calls with industry leaders and a highly successful mentoring program, the Women in LP Caucus offers countless opportunities for networking and professional development to both men and women alike.

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Visa Enables Internet-Connected Devices to Become Secure Commerce Vehicles
Visa Inc., announced the creation of Visa Digital Solutions, a comprehensive suite of offerings that facilitate secure payments across a broad range of Internet-connected devices and wearables. Visa Digital Solutions fall into two main categories: 1. Support for New Payment Methods Making a purchase with a mobile device at a physical retailer or online is becoming commonplace, particularly in countries with a high penetration of smartphones. Visa is extending its support for mobile payments to enable retailers, financial institutions and developers to create new ways to pay via smartphones. 2. Technology That Protects Consumers and Supports Industry Innovation As the number of online and mobile transactions has increased, so has the need to protect consumer payment account information. In September, Visa will introduce an innovative tokenization service that strengthens payment security while facilitating industry innovation. (Source marketwatch.com)

The web will account for or influence 59% of U.S. retail sales by 2018

Worldwide e-commerce sales to increase nearly 20 percent in 2014

Visa bolsters tokenization to calm security concerns around mobile payments

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ORC Trio in Darlington, Wis. - Theft case might be tied to numerous others  Officers were called to the Darlington Mini Mart on Galena Street at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for a report of three people who stole alcohol from the store. Police sent out an alert and the suspects were located by Monroe police. Police said hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise was found in the car, and they believe it was stolen from other businesses in other communities. Monique Banks, 34, Felicia Green, 40, and Andrew Banks, 33, all of Beloit, were arrested on suspicion of retail theft. Banks remains jailed on a Rock County warrant. (Source channel3000.com)

Female ORC thief busted hitting Walmart in Augusta, Maine
Purington was taken into custody on unrelated warrants and charged by detectives for numerous offenses to include; Robbery, four counts of Theft by Unauthorized Taking or Transfer, five counts of Misuse of Credit Identification, and eight counts of Violation of Conditions of Release. The thefts occured at Wal-Mart in Augusta between the dates of June 28 and July 5. (Source wlbz2.com)

Albuquerque, NM Organized Crime Unit arrest a restaurant employee for skimming credit cards; $15,000 in a month  It was a scheme Albuquerque Police Sgt. Mizel Garcia called more insidious than usual. An Albuquerque burger-restaurant waiter allegedly stole customers’ information by running their cards through a separate skimming device while he was processing their payments. The device captured the data from the cards’ magnetic stripes, and police say he turned it over to accomplices who used it to create counterfeit cards. They then took their fraudulent plastic to a local grocery store, where other cronies would accept them as payment for real gift cards and money orders. By the time authorities made arrests in the case, the ring had been operating for about a month and caused about $15,000 worth of credit- and debit-card fraud, Garcia said. (Source abqjournal.com)

Lower Burrell, PA Officers recognized for ending theft ring
The American Police Hall of Fame and Museum has recognized five Lower Burrell police officers and a police dog for their contributions toward breaking up a regional burglary ring earlier this year. Police Chief Tim Weitzel said the crew was nominated for the General Commendation Award for the March arrest of two alleged burglars found on the roof of the former J.C. Penney building. (Source triblive.com)

Caught on camera: man steals $18,000 in merchandise from Walmart in Newburgh, IN The Warrick County Sheriff's Office says $18,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from the Newburgh Walmart on Monday night, and it all happened in under an hour. The amount of the theft is so high because the suspect targeted high ticket items including iPhones, DVD players and other electronics. (Source 14news.com)

3 Utica, NY women accused in $2,600 theft from Walmart
Three Utica women have been accused of stealing more than $2,600 worth of merchandise from Walmart Friday night, town police said. Khadejah Williams, Tiashona Hollingshead and Melyra Maddox were seen by store security filling shopping carts with numerous items and exiting the store without paying for them, police said. The suspects then were confronted outside by store security and police. (Source uticaod.com)

Traffic stop uncovers five dozen phony credit cards - two males arrested in Roanoke, Va.

Two women wanted for credit card fraud, according to Myrtle Beach Police

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Two shot inside Eastland Mall in Columbus after rival gangs argue at T-shirt shop
Two people were shot Friday afternoon inside Eastland Mall when rival gangs clashed over shirts being made to memorialize fallen members. Hundreds of shoppers heard the gunfire and ran for safety. The shooting occurred about 4:30 p.m. near a T-shirt kiosk that’s in front of the Deb Shops store near the mall’s food court, according to police and witnesses. “The rival gangs went to the same location to get some shirts made,” said Columbus Police Sgt. Ralph Guglielmi. Words were exchanged, he said, and shots fired. Others described a “tidal wave” of security gates closing at surrounding stores, with employees and shoppers taking cover behind merchandise. Late Friday night, four people were in custody for questioning at police headquarters Downtown, Guglielmi said. One of them is presumed to be the gunman. No charges had yet been filed. Both people shot are expected to survive. (Source dispatch.com)

Shooting at Fry's in Phoenix, one person injured
Phoenix Police say one person has been shot and another is in custody from a shooting Sunday evening at the Fry’s on 19th Ave and Glendale. It started as an argument at the front door of the grocery store between 3 people. One of theme pulled out a gun and fired at the other two, hitting one putting a hole in the sliding glass door. Police say the suspect drove away in a car and was found a few miles away from the scene. The person shot has non-life threatening injuries. (Source myfoxphoenix.com)

Crest Foods employee pulls gun on store manager who caught him stealing meat in Oklahoma City  The store manager watched the employee on surveillance camera and when he confronted him the employee pointed a gun at him and took off running. (Source koco.com)

Man who pulled gun at Greenville, SC Target arrested at another store
A man accused of pulling a gun on a Target employee was arrested at another Upstate Target on Saturday, according to police. The suspect, Daniel Lee Waldrop, is accused of shoplifting and pulling a gun on a loss prevention officer at a Greenville County Target store, and then lying to police after he was spotted in the Anderson Target on Friday. Police said they were called to the Target on Clemson Boulevard about a possible shoplifter after Waldrop, 28, of Starr, was spotted inside the store. (Source foxcarolina.com)

Robber steals money at Advanced Auto Parts in Frenchtown, MI; 1 employee sustained minor injuries 

Police in Southern OH and WV investigate 11 Burglaries

Phoenix Lowe's armed robbery suspects sought

Wimington, NC Police identify suspect in armed robbery at Independence Mall

Four suspects wanted for using stolen credit card in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Three male suspects arrested for using stolen credit cards in Selma, AL.

Two security officers stabbed with ice pick by shoplifter at Cookie's Kid's school uniform store in Queens - neither hospitalized

Walmart in Chesapeake cleared after bomb threat called in

Sally Beauty Myrtle Beach Robber unable to open register, takes off with hair extensions instead

It Looked Like an Easy Target, But These Robbers Probably Didn’t Know a Champion MMA Fighter Worked Inside the Houston c-store

Kay Jewelers Outlet in the Vacaville Premium Outlet, Vacaville, CA hit with a Grab and Run; merchandise valued at over $13,000

Kay Jewelers in the Gresham Station, Gresham, OR the victim of a Grab and Run; merchandise valued at $13,700

Kay Jewelers in Kings Plaza, Brooklyn, NY Grab and Run thief steals a 3 ½ tw caret valued at over $8,000

Boost Mobile - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery
Carvel - Bronx, NY - Robbery
Citgo - Bristol, CT - Burglary - suspect arrested
Cumberland Farms - Port St. Lucie, FL - Armed Robbery
CVS - Aliquippa, PA - Armed Robbery - suspect arrested
CVS - Hanover Co., VA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Bluffton, SC - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Gulfport, MS - Armed Robbery
Freedom Value - Sioux Falls, SD - Armed Robbery - clerk assaulted
Luxxor Games - Lehigh Acres, FL - Armed Robbery
Mac’s - Moose Jaw, Regina, CN - Armed Robbery
Pit Stop - Greene Twp, PA - Armed Robbery
Paul’s Pharmacy - Evansville, IN - Robbery - suspect arrested
Radio Shack - Harris Co., TX - Armed Robbery - suspect arrested
Rite Aid - Warrington, PA - Armed Robbery
Sunoco - Chambersburg, MD - Armed Robbery - second man faces trial
T-Mobile - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
Tesoro - Ammon, ID - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Albany, GA - Burglary - suspect dropped his I.D.
Walgreens - Treasure Island, FL - Armed Robbery
Whole Foods - Baltimore, MD - Armed Robbery
Y-Mart - Albuquerque, NM - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Orlando, FL - Armed Robbery



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If You Want to Win, Stop Focusing on Winning  Sounds counterintuitive that not concentrating on a victory could actually lead you to one, but this great NFL coach did just that. To him, he focused on the success of the process, not whether a play earned a score. Look at your work in the same way. (Focus on what you control)

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Going beyond your job description and taking responsibility for things outside your scope broadens your "runway" and quite frankly we hear that term all the time when it comes to defining an executive's future. It's not the job that's defining you, it's your own perceptions of what you can do that determines how far you go. Opening your mind and embracing what you don't know will allow you to change your own perceptions and thus lengthen your runway. And in today's environment where we've all been stretched, you've got to be focused on the value you're adding to the company you're working for. If you can focus there and be able to specifically list the value you're adding, odds are, regardless of what happens to the company your working for, you'll do great!

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