|March 8, 2013|
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The Loss Prevention Research Council continues to grow with new members and 15 new research projects Excited LPRC keeps growing with new members like Nike, BJ's Wholesale, Tractor Supply Co., Neiman Marcus, Diageo, Mead Johnson as we move forward with over 15 new research projects.
Near Field Communications, universal acceptance of mobile payments and location-based POS is the secret sauce of retailing today More than half (53%) of industry leaders believe that improving customers’ retail experience is essential to creating a successful mobile payments scheme, according to a recent survey by SAP. The study, SAP’s third consecutive GSMA Mobile World Congress survey, found that the “secret sauce” for creating a better retail experience includes POS services such as near-field communication (28%), facilitating universal acceptance of mobile payments (25%) and location-based point-of-sale offerings (24%). (Source retailingtoday.com)
Store Closure Strategies Still Overshadowing Expansion Campaigns
Announcements of store closures continue to outnumber planned store openings, according to the latest year-end results being reported by the nation’s largest publicly held retailers. Major retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Best Buy and Sears, all announced store closures as part of plans to "rationalize" or "right-size" the number of stores. (Source costar.com)
J.C. Penney eliminates 1,500 store-level department managers and merchandising positions across its chain The layoffs this week are the latest carnage at Penney, which last month eliminated 300 positions at its headquarters in Plano, Texas, according to sources. Last April, in the first of two major rounds of layoffs, Johnson canned 8,000 store-level positions, including managers and assistant managers, sources said. In January, the 1,100-store chain laid off 1,000 receptionists at its salons. (Source nypost.com)
Macy's, Penney's goes into mediation
A New York State Supreme Court Judge has ordered Macy's, J.C. Penney and Martha Stewart Living into mediation in a bid to resolve a dispute over a partnership with the Martha Stewart brand. On Thursday, Martha Stewart and Terry Lundgren, CEO of Macy's, had "a productive conversation regarding the ongoing contract dispute," Martha Stewart Living said in statement prior to the judge's order that the parties enter into mediation. This was the first conversation they had since Stewart told Lundgren about the Penney's deal on Dec. 6, 2011 when Lundgren was so upset he hung the phone up on her. Johnson knew Stewart needed the money for her businesses and obtained a copy of the Macy's contract which allowed Stewart to open her own stores which Penney's used as their wedge. This is a retail battle worth watching because it is all about the money on a grand scale. That can impact thousands of employees and quite a few LP jobs as well. (Source philly.com)
Waterstones bookstores to close 6 campus stores and HMV is teetering in the UK
The same scene in the UK as it is in North America. The book stores and music stores are just shrinking quickly. Elton John actually tried helping HMV recently by performing in one of their stores just to help out as it was his childhood favorite store. But the exact same thing is happening in the UK as it is here with these stores just getting replaced by online retailers. (Source theretailbulletin.com)
Demand for IT cybersecurity executives over last 5 years grew 12 times faster than all other jobs, includes retail security analysts In 2012, there were more than 67,400 separate postings for cybersecurity-related jobs in a range of industries, including defense, financial services, retail, healthcare and professional services. The 2012 total is 73% higher than the number of security jobs posted in 2007. Posting for all jobs grew by only 6% during the period. The two most sought-after jobs by employers were information security engineers and security analysts, which includes retail security analysts. (Source csoonline.com)
European Cybercrime Center (EC3) helps bust Asian criminal network, 15,000 compromised credit card numbers from around the world Finnish law enforcement authorities, working closely with the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol, have dismantled an Asian criminal network responsible for illegal internet transactions and purchasing of airline tickets. The criminal network had been misusing credit card details stolen from cardholders worldwide. In Europe alone, over 70,000 euros in losses were sustained by cardholders and banks. In addition, there is evidence of further criminal activities in large-scale international payment fraud and illegal immigration. (Source net-security.com)
Walmart Plans Midwest Distribution Center in Mankato, Minnesota. Walmart plans to open a 420,000 square foot distribution center in Mankato, Minnesota to serve its growing customer base in the Upper Midwest. City officials said the facility will employ approximately 300 associates and will help stimulate additional local business growth. The facility will be used primarily for the distribution of perishable products throughout the Upper Midwest. The facility is expected to open in late 2015. (Source bizjournals.com)
Rochester, N.H., police build website to fight shoplifting Police said shoplifting is on the rise in the city, and they hope the new website will help business owners connect and share information that could stop would-be thieves in their tracks. The website hasn't launched. Rochester police said they are trying to recruit as many businesses around the city as they can. (Source wmur.com)
Pasco County, Florida hit with 13 smash and grab burglaries since Jan.
For two months, there's a been a bit of a crime spree in Pasco County. Sheriff's office investigators say a man seen on surveillance video attempting to break into Kamala Food Mart in Hudson is behind 13 smash and grab burglaries since January. They've hit stores in Port Richey and New Port Richey but most of their work takes place in Hudson -- nine locations in total. (Source myfoxtampabay.com)
Brisbane, Australia’s Queen Street Mall locked down; one armed gunman threatening customers and employees shot by police with rubber bullets sustained non life threatening injuries. Dozens of heavily-armed police had converged on the mall, after a confrontation between the gunman and plain clothes officers. News footage shows the man sitting on a chair, under an awning at the casino end of the mall. Thousands of workers and shoppers had been evacuated, with police telling them to run and take shelter in nearby shops. One witness told AAP she was having lunch in the mall when three men confronted another man nearby. "The guy ripped off his shirt and pulled out a gun and pointed it at them." "The other three men, who looked like plain clothes police, pulled out their guns and screamed at the man to get down on the ground. Police declared an emergency situation, and dispatched negotiators to the scene. (Source abc.net.au)
Deadly force not justified, family sues Walmart, Deputy
and Security Company in Houston.
Back in December a sheriff's deputy working for an
outside security contactor was working at Walmart. By
the time the deputy reached the suspects believed to
have shoplifted they were already in their car. The
deputy opened the car’s passenger door, reaching in as
the other female driver put the car in reverse. The
officer said he feared for his safety and shot the
suspect, killing her. The family of Shelly Marie Frey is
now seeking damages for wrongful death.
New London Woman Arrested For Allegedly Stealing
$125,000 of Pandora Charms From Jared's Jewelers.
The Waterford Police Department charged a 21-year-old
woman with first-degree larceny after she allegedly
stole 1600 Pandora charms from Jared Jewelers, where she
worked. Chassa Ladson, 21 had worked at the Jared
Jewelers store for 10-months, at the Waterford location.
Ladson told police she would give the charms to a man
named Juan Rodriquez, who sold them on eBay and at a
club, and would give her 10 percent of the profit.
Ladson refused to give more information about Rodriquez,
and instead said she would “take the fall” for the
larceny. The Class B Felony is punishable with between
one and 20 years in prison. (Source
Jewelry store employees duck taped as 2 posing as soldiers rob the store in Washington. The jewelry store is just a few blocks from the entrance of McChord Air Force Base, so seeing two men dressed as soldiers will get you buzzed into the store. The two suspects pointed a handgun at the associates and demanded jewelry as store security cameras caught the incident on tape. The suspects took seven minutes to grab everything they wanted, then duct taped the two associates in the restroom of the store. (Source kirotv.com)
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PA, March 5, 2013 – Vector Security, one of North America’s
top electronic security companies, announces the addition of
David Williams as Director of North American Sales,
reporting to Michael Grady, Executive Vice President of
Vector Security. David, most recently with Protection 1,
will be responsible for managing the National Accounts
Division sales and marketing plan while concentrating on
developing business in the Eastern United States and Canada.
David will work from the Atlanta Georgia area. Gary Fraser,
Director of North American Sales for Vector Security will
concentrate his sales efforts on the Western United States
Target Canadian launch expected to spark
The arrival of U.S. discount giant Target in
Canadian markets will introduce some much-needed retail
competition, providing shoppers with more opportunities to
benefit from price wars, experts say. "In certain cases, the
prices will actually be completely on par with U.S. prices
and in some cases there might be some differences,” Target
Canada spokesperson Lisa Gibson told The Canadian Press.
“Our overall goal is to make sure we're competitive with the
marketplace." But with higher minimum wages and more paid
holidays all paid out of the stores there is a difference in
labor costs. Target plans to open another 21 stores
throughout Ontario this month, although the dates haven't
been announced. (Source
Union claims Target Canada engaged in unfair hiring
practices The Canadian arm of the United
Food and Commercial Workers union has taken aim at Target
for its alleged unfair treatment of former Zellers workers.
The union claims that Target, which is converting 189
Zellers stores, is not giving former employees a fair shake
in the hiring process and that many have been turned down
for employment without reason. They fought Wal-Mart as well
in Canada and won't give up easily. (Source
Sponsored by Vector Security
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Friday proposed a
plan intended to stop organized retail theft
Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced a legislative
proposal intended to stop organized retail theft, a type
of organized crime that ultimately leaves consumers
paying higher prices as a result of businesses’ losses.
State Rep. Ross Spano advanced House Bill 1173 and state
Sen. Kelli Stargel posed Senate Bill 1404 to enhance the
penalties and stiffen sentencing guidelines for an
organized retail theft exceeding $50,000. The new
organized retail theft charges would equal first-degree
grand theft with a baseline sentence of 21 months in
prison. In order to crack down on this illegal industry,
our laws against such offences need to be strengthened.
I am excited to sponsor legislation that enhances the
Florida Communications Fraud Act and to work with
Attorney General Bondi in addressing this issue on
behalf of Florida's businesses and consumers," said
Update: 4 Mount Pleasant Men Charged With Shoplifting - ORC Three men arrested for home invasion last week are now charged with shoplifting from several stores in Isabella County. Now police say all four stole merchandise from Dunham's, Meijer, Dick's Sporting Goods, Wal-Mart, and K-Mart in Mount Pleasant over a six month span. (Source 9and10news.com)
Three suspects arrested at Target, the focus of investigation for hitting both San Pedro and Hawthorne stores back in January. The group of four people in the video from January shopped the Target store, selecting things from nearly every department. When they went to the register and the total of the two carts full of merchandise was valued at over $1000. When one of the suspects wrote a check it was refused, and the three of the suspects had already pushed the carts out the door. The merchandise was loaded into a van, and then they snatched the check writer from the front of the store waiting with Loss Prevention. (Source dailynews.com)
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generation eLearning platform Axonify as a recipient of the
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Axonify has been recognized by the industry for its
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Success can not happen without
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regardless, and mandates change. And in order for change to
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