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Finding the Needle in the Hay Stack - Yum
Brands Dir of LP search proving to be difficult & taking months to find that
perfect fit Listed on our Featured Jobs now for months, the Yum
brands job is proving to be a difficult and long-long process. With requiring a
bi-lingual with international experience, a four-year degree and someone with
Food Service industry experience, they may be waiting a long time before they
find that executive. Unless someone pops up out of the McDonalds LP team I doubt
very seriously they'll find that needle in the hay stack. But given that these
jobs can typically go 6 to 12 months to fill, it's not unusual. They'll end up
giving in a bit on their requirements or they'll hire an operator or federal law
enforcement executive. But hey, we've been wrong before. Nevertheless, it's a
great opportunity. The issue for the executive is he or she will be spending
more time abroad than here in the states. As over the years Yum's unloaded most
of their U.S. stores but remain heavily invested in Asia, the Middle East and
South America - the key reason why they want a bi-lingual with international
experience obviously. They've passed on a lot of strong LP executives so far.
And word has it they're still looking. Just a thought, Gus Downing
Finance Execs See Chip Cards as Anti-Fraud Boon
With issuers and retailers preparing to switch to anti-fraud, chip-based credit
cards in October, 92% of finance professionals believe the technology will be
effective in preventing point-of-sale fraud, according to a new survey. In its
2015 Payments Fraud and Control Survey, the Association for Finance
Professionals (AFP) found that 61% of respondents believe chip-and-PIN will be
the most effective authentication method for mitigating fraud. Only 7% saw
chip-and-signature as most effective, as reported on CFO.com. The survey "should
serve as a call to action for card vendors," Jim Kaitz, president and CEO of AFP,
said in a news release. "Financial professionals clearly prefer chip-and-PIN
over chip-and-signature in the fight against fraud, and they overwhelmingly
believe in EMV."
A Step Closer to Meaningful Data Breach Legislation
Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing
and Trade marked up and voted to advance the "Data Security and Breach
Notification Act of 2015" to the full committee. The draft legislation, which
was authored by Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess (R-TX) along with Reps.
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Peter Welch (D-VT), aims to enact a national data
breach notification standard that preempts existing state laws.
To Sprint or to Liquidate - That is the Question for Radio Shack – As
Liquidators Fight For Cash Over Cell Phone Stores RadioShack Corp.
said an offer from Standard General LP to save much of the iconic chain is the
best to emerge from an auction, beating out rival offers that would see the
retailer shut down. At a bankruptcy-court hearing Thursday, RadioShack asked a
judge to sign off on the takeover, which would save much of the chain from
liquidation. More than half of RadioShack's 4,000 stores are being shut down,
but Standard General has said it will keep 1,743 stores open, in a bid that has
been valued at about $160 million. The Standard General deal still faces a
challenge from Salus Capital Partners, which contends it didn't get a fair
hearing at the auction on a bid it tried to make in an alliance with
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Van Carney, Director of Safety & Loss Prevention, Domino's Pizza, and David Johnston, Sr. Director Loss Prevention & Corporate Security, Dunkin' Brands Inc., discuss the challenges of delivering LP services in a franchise environment. Between the two companies, Domino's and Dunkin' Brands have over 22,000 stores combined doing over $17 billion in sales. David and Van tell us about the structure of their LP programs, the technologies they've implemented and the consultant-type role they take with franchisees, helping individual business owners understand and apply corporate LP practices.
Jackie Andersen, Director, Retail Strategic Accounts, MultiSight, rejoins
Amber for another LPNN Quick Take. Learn about MultiSight's recent launch
into the LP market and how they keep up with the quick speed of retail. Jackie
and Amber also talk social media boundaries.
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Canadian Retail Sales Are In Good Shape
Almost all the recent decline in total retail growth is due to lower gas prices, while other retail sectors are performing within or better than their normal range of variation. Gasoline stations account for about 12.5% of total retail, so a major sales decline in this subsector is a significant drag on the overall total. Excluding gas stations however, the rest of retail was up 4.2% in January year-over-year, and up 4.9% for the 3 months ending January. retail-insider.com
16 Target Stores closed - 30 more closing April 1st - Last 87 by mid-May - The Target impact on LP jobs - Simple Law of Supply & Demand regretfully With Target hiring well over 300 LP positions over the last two years and paying top end for the executive levels it now causes a real problem for those now losing their jobs. With the LP industry being rather small to begin with once all of those folks left their last employer those jobs were either filled or eliminated. Now going back to the market, a small one at that, what many of them will find is that there's too much supply and little if any demand in this tight market. The one saving grace is that the Canadian Push is still happening and their biggest retailer Loblaw is growing and opening over 50 stores this year alone. However, there won't be enough jobs and some will have to transition out of LP. So if you hear from one of these unfortunate individuals please take the time to offer your advice, your guidance, and even take the time to call them back - as you don't know how much that will mean to them. After all one day the shoe may be on the other foot. Just a thought Gus Downing
Wal-Mart Canada considering installing automated external defibrillators (AED) in stores - Cabela's AED Saves a Life Last week, John Tomchuk, 60, went into sudden cardiac arrest while loading groceries into his car in the Saskatoon parking lot. A bystander reportedly entered Walmart looking for an AED, but was told there wasn’t one. Eventually an AED was retrieved from the nearby Cabela’s and was used to save the man’s life. “Cabela’s retail stores maintain AEDs on site for just such emergencies,” said John Tramburg, the company’s vice-president of Canada and outdoor services. “Our hope is to be prepared and able to provide care for our customers and employees in the case of any emergency.” globalnews.ca
Canadian grocer Loblaw has announced it will tie up with footwear retailer Aldo on the shoe component of its Joe Fresh clothing offer Joe Fresh was launched in 2006 to diversify Loblaw’s offer and has since been extended to offer clothing, accessories and cosmetics. Until now, Joe Fresh’s footwear offer has also been designed in house. The deal will mean Aldo takes over the design and production of Joe Fresh’s footwear offer. Loblaw will debut a larger family footwear department in 54 Joe Fresh stores next year as it expands into the discount footwear sector. retail-week.com
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Credit card skimming devices on pay-at-pump machines on rise over last couple of months, Calgary Police warn
Two arrested for theft at Walmart in Leduc, AB
Windsor police arrest suspect in Shoppers Drug Mart robbery at Tecumseh Mall A Windsor man is facing charges in relation to the gunpoint robbery of the Shoppers Drug Mart at Tecumseh Mall earlier this month. Matthew Ronda, 27, was arrested around 11 p.m. Tuesday after a police effort that involved patrol officers, a police dog and members of the drugs and guns unit. Police credit information from the public for identification of the suspect. Ronda has been charged with robbery with an offensive weapon, wearing a disguise with intent to commit a crime, and breach of recognizance. windsorstar.com
Armed man tries to rob The Source store in Okotoks Okotoks RCMP are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who attempted to rob The Source electronics store with a firearm on Monday evening. Just before 9 p.m., a lone, armed man entered the store on Southridge Drive and demanded that the store clerk open the till. While the clerk was opening the till, RCMP say a suspected accomplice knocked on the store window. The man left the store and entered a waiting vehicle, which then fled. The store employee wasn’t injured and nothing was taken from the store. calgaryherald.com
Chilliwack RCMP seek suspect in a string of Robberies RCMP in Chilliwack are turning to the public for help finding an armed robber targeting small businesses. Police say between March 17 and 23, someone robbed more than half a dozen corner stores, restaurants and markets in Chilliwack, in the downtown area. The suspect carries a concealed weapon and often tries to cover his face, RCMP said. cbc.ca
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Card-Not-Present Fraud Leads Global Rebound in Payment Card Fraud Industry efforts to reduce fraud exposure through certain payment technologies have resulted in sharp declines in certain types of payment fraud. For example, the smart chip embedded in EMV cards to store and protect cardholder data thwarts counterfeit card fraud. However, changing consumer trends, particularly the growth of card-not-present (CNP) transactions online has left the industry somewhat exposed, and as a result global fraud losses are once again on the rise. A latest research report, Global Payment Card Fraud Trends and Statistics, examines global payment card fraud by examining fraud statistics and initiatives in four selected countries: the United Kingdom, France, Australia, and South Africa. The report discusses overall fraud rates on domestically issued cards and shows the rate by type of fraud, including counterfeit card, lost/stolen card, card ID theft, mail non-received, and card-not-present fraud. “While the future of the payments industry is hard to predict, one certainty is that cybercriminals will continue their attacks on consumers, businesses, and financial institutions via the payment channels available today. Although the payments industry may not be able to end all types of payment fraud, it continues to evolve new fraud deterrents and become better equipped to tackle criminal attacks. The hope is that with the creation of new security technologies like tokenization, the industry can begin to play offense rather than always having to play defense against payment fraud attacks,” comments Tristan Hugo-Webb the primary author of the research. prweb.com
Kwik Chek revolutionises the customer experience with the internet of things Kwik Chek is using new technologies to connect customers’ mobile phones to petrol pumps, store point of sale (POS) terminals, and loyalty programmes. The company is also integrating its existing store infrastructure and software, which tracks inventory and fuel. The new connected system is helping to transform the operations of the company thanks to the improved reliability and efficiency of its staff and processes. The insight the new technologies are helping to provide covers customer habits. This means Kwik Chek is able to improve its sales and inventory and improve the experience of its customers. PetroZone Mobile Commerce is a mobile app that enables navigation, cashless payment and smart digital offers, while PetroZone Retail Fuels Module is a cloud-based solution that uses the Microsoft Dynamics AX modern POS system to integrate with the system that controls fuel pumps, financial systems and the back office. With PetroZone Mobile Commerce, customers can connect via the cloud and geo-locate their nearest Kwik Chek location. They can also reserve a pump and find out about the availability of services such as the car wash and ATM. onwindows.com
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Westmoreland Co, PA Women to stand trial in theft of $360,000 of drugs from
Norwin Pharmacy A North Huntingdon pharmacy technician confessed she
stole 180 to 600 pain pills on every shift she worked for more than a year, then
handed them over to be sold on the street, according to the state attorney
general's office. Agent Andrew Sakmar testified at a preliminary hearing that
former Norwin Pharmacy technician JoAnn Gruber, 53, admitted in an interview
last fall that she stole “tens of thousands” of painkillers including oxycodone,
Xanax and Opana, and gave them to Michele L. Garufi, 41, of Hempfield, to
resell. After listening to two hours of testimony from Sakmar, Greensburg police
Detective Jerry Vernail and another co-defendant, Ronald Menchio III, 24, of
Hempfield, Greensburg District Judge James Albert ordered Gruber and Garufi to
stand trial. The women are charged with multiple criminal counts by Attorney
General Kathleen Kane's office for running a painkiller distribution ring that
sold at least 12,000 pills with an estimated street value of $360,000 between
2013 through September 2014.
Chesterfield, MO Police catch shoplifters using 'booster bags' to elude store security systems Retailers and law enforcement are catching on to a shoplifting trend in which criminals alter what look like regular shopping bags to act as a barrier to stores' security sensors. Chesterfield Police seized booster bags from suspected shoplifters Carrie and April Chambers after they visited Victoria's Secret at Chesterfield Mall. The suspects allegedly inserted a lining into shopping bags from mall stores Hot Topic, Charlotte Russe and H&M to hide stolen goods and remove them from shops without security alarms sounding. In their case, however, the booster bags did not work. "A lot of retailers are aware of these items and they look for those items as an indication that a possible shoplifting is about to occur," said Detective Marshall Broughton of Des Peres Police after a similar incident occurred at West County Mall in August 2014. Police are also aware of the altered shopping bags and were able to catch the suspects allegedly shoplifting from Victoria's Secret. Both Carrie and April Chambers are charged with felony stealing. kmov.com
Two sought in rash of thefts from CVS stores in Berks Co, PA Police are trying to identify a man and woman in connection with a series of thefts at CVS stores in Berks County. A man and woman, seen in the surveillance photo, took more than $600 worth of Rogaine and Prilosec from the CVS store at 45 Constitution Blvd. in Kutztown on Monday, according to Chief Craig Summers, Kutztown Police Department. Police said they believe the same pair struck two other CVS stores in Berks County on the same day. About $850 worth of Rogaine and Prilosec were taken from the CVS store at 8565 Allentown Pike (Route 222) in Maidencreek Township (Blandon), and $1,447 worth of Rogaine and Crest Whitestrips were swiped from the CVS store at 906 W. Leesport Rd. in Bern Township, according to police who cover the municipalities in which those stores are located. wfmz.com
Suspects steal over $899 in razors from BJ’s Hillsborough Co, FL Three suspects stole $899 in razors from a BJ's on March 7, a man and two women waked into the BJ's, proceeded to the Razor blade display area and placed several items inside their cart. They went to the restroom area where the man remained in the hallway with the shopping cart, while the women proceeded to the restroom (no longer in view of the camera). Minutes later, the women exited the restroom, rejoining the man and leaving behind their shopping cart. Store security later discovered that a Braun Electric Shaver with head, valued at $199.00, 9 packages of Gillette Fusion razors, valued at $49.99 each, and 5 Gillette Manual razors, valued at $47.99 each were taken. wtsp.com
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2 NY men arrested in Auburn, Maine charged with manufacturing over 300 credit
cards Two New York men made their first appearances Wednesday in U.S.
District Court for allegedly purchasing stolen credit card numbers from the
Ukraine, then manufacturing at least 300 credit card gift cards in an Auburn
apartment. Shaun “Scoobs” Wray, 24, and Guy “Spook” Noel, 24, both of Brooklyn,
New York, were arrested Tuesday in Auburn, according to court documents. They
were not asked to enter pleas because they have not yet been indicted by a
federal grand jury. Both men were charged with conspiracy to manufacture or
possess a fraudulent access device.
Two arrested in $1 million armed robbery of Charleston, SC jewelry store
Authorities have arrested two career criminals in connection with the armed
robbery of $1 million worth of jewelry from a "luxury" jewelry store in
Charleston in 3 weeks ago. Police located one suspect in San Francisco and the
other in Atlanta. Around 11:23 a.m. Wednesday March 4, 2015 Demetre Jewelers at
253 King Street was robbed. The jewelry store describes itself as a "nationally
known luxury jewelry store." A police report made available says a list of the
items taken from Demetre Jewelers includes 11 Rolex watches worth $10,000 each
and $500,000 worth of merchandise that wasn't inventoried. According to police,
two men wearing masks, one armed with a handgun and one armed with a hammer,
robbed the business. The hammer was used to smash a show case and they stole
Shoplifter beats Dollar General Employee while shoplifting in Louisville, KY A Dollar General store clerk was attacked and beaten to the floor after trying to stop a shoplifter and it was all caught on surveillance video. Police say it happened around 3 p.m. on Wednesday when two people walked into the Dollar General on Outer Loop and purchased a few items. As they were about to leave, the woman headed to the makeup aisle. “The manager went to him and asked, ‘Hey could you leave your bag up front, you know it's just common courtesy, could you leave your bag up front?' And he got into her face and said, ‘No I'm not doing that, I've bought these things, I'm shopping, I'll continue to shop',” Det. Underwood told WDRB News. The pair continued to shop and at some point the man picked up and put on a blue hat worth about $4. “The manager again asked the man to leave his bag up front. Another store clerk heard this and walked down the aisle to see what was going on. "Looked at him and said, 'hey what's up?' and our suspect at that point got into his face and said, ‘Nothing going on, you need to stay out of this,'" Det. Underwood said. The man was again asked to leave his bag up front and take off the hat. That's when the violence ensued and the store clerk was attacked. The two men can be seen on video flying out of the aisle, throwing punches with items falling off the shelves. wdrb.com
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