AutoZone promotes Tom Newbern, senior vice president of store operations and
loss prevention to the role of executive vice president of store operations,
commercial and loss prevention
330+ Divested Family Dollars to become Dollar Express-
New LP Dir Job in Future?
Owned by Sycamore Partners, the same company who owns Aeropostale, Coldwater
Creek, Jones of New York, Hot Topic, Nine West, Talbots, Torrid, Stuart
Weitzman, and others, will obviously be forming a new management team which we
would think would include a Director of Loss Prevention position.
Retailers looking to mobilize CCTV footage
Surveyed 2,200 large and small retailers in UK, Ireland,
Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden
Retailers are increasingly looking to introduce covert CCTV into their
operations, while two-thirds are planning to use mobile technology to access
footage in the near future.
A study undertaken by the Centre for Retail Research, which was commissioned
by tech solutions supplier Axis Communications, showed that 59% of retailers use
covert CCTV but that 70% of those not using covert CCTV want to start using it
in the future.
In addition, results indicated that 18% of retailers are currently able to
access live recorded footage generated by their security cameras but 66%
aspire to use mobile access for this area of their operations, in the
Some 83% of retailers involved in the research said CCTV reduces losses and
30% are now using fraud analytics to help improve their security, with 60%
planning to do so in the future. Respondents also said that public-view
monitors are being used mainly to deter crime, with 21.8% of retailers placing
them solely at store entrances.
"40% to 60% of small businesses never recover after being hit by natural
disasters" says FEMA
21 percent of small businesses have continuity plans. Yet the effects of lack of
planning can be devastating. Continuity planning is increasingly important, said
Scott Teel, education director at Agility Recovery Solutions, based in
Charlotte. Ready.gov is helpful federal government site. The best protection,
Mr. Teel and many other experts say, is developing a continuity plan that plots
out responses to different disaster situations. Some big companies now even
require small businesses to have a continuity plan in place before they will
work with them, experts said.
Continuity plans that are never used can even help improve business
profitability, said Donna R. Childs, author of the small-business book "Prepare
for the Worst, Plan for the Best."
The process can be easily be broken into five steps. "Most of them are simple,"
said Al Berman, president of the Disaster Recovery Institute. "They include
keeping track of resources, inventory, personnel and physical sites." The plan
should be written and stored in the cloud, as in a Google document, for example,
so it can be retrieved anywhere.
Step 1 is analyzing a business's critical functions. Step 2 is focusing on risks
that could topple the business. These risks could be damaged inventory, lost
data or irate customers. Step 3 creates strategies to protect crucial parts of
the business. Businesses might also want to think about interruption insurance.
Step 4 means testing the plan. This phase is the most-forgotten step, experts
say. Finally, plans should be updated every year, including the contact list.
Amazon, Staffing Co. Say High Court Ruling Nixes Pay
Case for Security Screenings Pay
Amazon.com and warehouse staffing agency Integrity Staffing Solutions have told
a Kentucky federal court that the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in their
case, along with stark state laws, means that what remains of ex-warehouse
workers' wage-and-hour suit over security screenings pay must be dismissed.
Amazon Can't Escape Class Action Over Background Checks
An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday refused to let Amazon off the hook for
allegations that the company fails to inform rejected applicants of poor marks
on their background checks, though the judge expressed skepticism that the class
action would go much further, as the lead plaintiff remains vulnerable to being
"picked off" by the online retailer.
U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman denied Amazon.com Inc's summary judgment
motion after the employer said it offered potential class representative Gregory
Williams $1,000 to drop his accusations that Amazon and staffing agency SMX LLC
violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The judge said it wasn't clear what
relief Amazon was offering.
Williams seeks to represent a nationwide class of prospective Amazon
employees who weren't informed of negative information on a background check
before having job offers pulled.
Lumber Liquidators To Pay $13.2M In DOJ Settlement -
The Cases Just Keep Piling Up - All to create record-high margins
Guilty of harvesting too much - Unrelated to formaldehyde case
Lumber Liquidators will pay $13.2 million to settle a Department of Justice
investigation primarily related to hardwood flooring the company imported from
foreign suppliers, including Eastern Russia, that harvested more timber than
permitted, the company announced Wednesday.
As part of the deal, which still requires court approval, Virginia-based
Lumber Liquidators agreed to plead guilty to violations of federal customs law
and the Lacey Act, a U.S. conservation law regarding the protection of plants,
fish and wildlife.
The settlement announced Wednesday is unrelated to current California Air
Resources Board-related claims related to the sale of Chinese-made flooring
that allegedly exceeds the state agency's standards for safe formaldehyde
The retailer said its record-high margins were based on creative "sourcing
initiatives" when in fact they came from illegal wood harvesting and the sale of
cheap, toxic floors, according to one lawsuit.
The agreement includes four misdemeanor due care violations of the Lacey Act
and a single felony charge for entry of goods by means of false statements.
Lumber Liquidators also has agreed to implement an Environmental Compliance Plan
to ensure future compliance with the Lacey Act.
UK Shopping basket theft set to soar
Supermarkets are bracing themselves for a new issue this month, with leading
supplier of merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry
Checkpoint Systems warning of an increase in shopping basket theft, following
the introduction of the new 5p plastic bag levy.
When the 'bag tax' was first introduced in Wales and Scotland there were reports
of substantial increases in the number of baskets being pilfered. In
preparation for today's launch, one UK manufacturer received an order for more
than 60,000 wire baskets from one of Britain's largest grocery retailers.
Over the course of a year, one major store in Wales had almost 500 stolen
when it began charging 5p for plastic bags - resulting in a four-figure loss
from just one site. Although WRAP predicts it will cost shoppers just 6.50
pounds a year, history shows that some shoppers will turn to theft to get around
the new law. retailfraud.com
National Retail Federation Forecasts Holiday Sales to Increase 3.7%
The National Retail Federation announced today it expects sales in November and
December (excluding autos, gas and restaurant sales) to increase a solid
3.7 percent to $630.7 billion - significantly higher than the 10-year average of
2.5 percent. Holiday sales in 2015 are expected to represent
approximately 19 percent of the retail industry's annual sales of
$3.2 trillion. Additionally, NRF is forecasting online sales to increase between
6 and 8 percent to as much as $105 billion.
September Comps Fall Flat on Fair Weather, and Storms -
Where have the consumers gone?
Hurricane Joaquin left many areas in the South - notably South Carolina - with
record rainfall and severe flooding. Major retailers including Wal-Mart Stores
Inc. closed units, and the recovery has been somewhat slow.
RetailNext: September sales disappoint, but mall traffic improving
Sales declined a disappointing 8.7% on a year-over-year basis, and transactions
dropped 9.6%. Sales per shoppers dipped 0.5%. In some good news, average
transaction value increased 1.1%, although returns also edged up 0.1%. And while
traffic declined 8.1%, this was down significantly from traffic declines of 9.9%
in August and 11% in July, and the smallest decline in eight months. chainstoreage.com
FTC may delay decision on Staples-Office Depot deal: WSJ
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is likely to delay a decision on approving
Staples Inc's $6.3 billion takeover of rival Office Depot Inc. The companies and
the FTC have been in talks about extending the timeline for approving the deal
in the United States after EU regulators launched an investigation last month,
the WSJ reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
The European Commission has said that the proposed deal could hurt business
customers with international contracts in Europe and those with national
contracts in the Netherlands and Sweden due to the risk of price increases. It
will decide by Feb. 10 whether to clear or block the deal. The proposed deal has
been approved by competition authorities in China, Australia and New Zealand.
Atlanta, GA: Insurance broker sentenced for $3.7mn fraud
involving 800 trucking firms
An Atlanta-area insurance broker received a federal prison sentence this week
after being charged with collecting $3.7 million in premiums for client policies
he never purchased. From 2013 to mid-2014, John Paul Kill of Appeals Insurance
Agency swindled more than 800 commercial trucking companies in nearly a dozen
different states. Kill was convicted of charging his clients for cargo insurance
policy premiums, amassing millions of dollars, while the trucking firms
unknowingly operated without coverage. Investigators with Georgia's Insurance
Commissioner's Office discovered the fraud and - once realizing it involved
customers in multiple jurisdictions - requested assistance from the FBI. The
ensuing joint investigation culminated with Kill pleading guilty in federal
court. Now, he will serve four years in a federal prison and pay $1.23 million
in restitution to his victims.
Bill Would Streamline Licensing, Testing of Ohio Security Officers
Security officers and private investigators would receive one identification
card they could take from job to job under a bill before Ohio lawmakers. The
proposed legislation would eliminate the current requirement that a new
application, background check and fees be submitted each time a security officer
or investigator switches jobs.
The bill would also create standardized training and testing requirements for
security officers and private investigators and makes licenses good for two
years instead of one.
Executive Protection Security Director posted for
UPS in Atlanta, GA
Saks and Lord & Taylor are moving their headquarters to Brookfield Place
Saks Fifth Avenue Sets Second Specialty Store Format
Wal-Mart to open 2nd massive distribution hub in Fort Worth
Macy's Inc. developing specialty store prototype appealing to Millennials -
close to colleges and universities
Stella McCartney Sues Steve Madden Over Knockoff Bags
September Same Store
Fred's comp's up 4.2% withy sales up 15%
Costco U.S. comp's up 3%, Canadian comp's down 10%
Cato comp's up 2%
Conn's comp's up 1.8% with sales up 7.8%
Stein Mart comp's down 2.8%
Zumiez comp's down 1.8%
The Buckle comp's down 6.7% with net sales down 5.6%
Quarterly Same Store
Domino's Q3 domestic comp's up 10.5%, international comp's up 7.7% with revenues
RLPSA CONNECT Crime
Coming to New Orleans on Nov. 17th
Originally hosted in Houston as a crime workshop, we are pleased to introduce a
new branding strategy for the workshops - now known as RLPSA CONNECT. The second
offering of our crime workshop series, RLPSA CONNECT - New Orleans, helps
connect restaurant LP communities, connects you to your peers and establishes a
networking opportunity for connecting with local law enforcement, government and
food service practitioners.
RLPSA CONNECT - New Orleans, builds off the strong beginnings of the
Houston workshop. Quality sessions, focused on a specific market, that will help
you fight crimes against restaurants in your communities. With strong support
from the city of New Orleans and surrounding parishes, the highlight of the
single day workshop is a panel discussion with the Office of the Mayor, Chief of
Police David Hennessy and District Attorney Sharonda Williams.
RLPSA CONNECT will be held Tuesday, November 17, at the Renaissance Pere
Marquette Hotel in New Orleans. The workshop is free to RLPSA Members, through
the generous support of
Off Duty Services. Registration for the workshop is required.
Please use the
attached reservation form. Seating is limited to the first 90 registrants.
Registrations will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. This
program sold out in Houston, so do not wait.
Hotel reservations can be made at the special RLPSA rate of $149,
Welcome Message: New Orleans Chief of Police
CAP Index Crime Statistics
Using Technology to Defend Against Theft and Robbery
Open Forum: Restaurant Security Practices
Law Enforcement and Government Panel
Legal Issues Facing the Restaurant Industry