|May 15, 2015|
The LP Industry's #1 News Source - Informing, Educating and Instilling a sense of community
New Industry Conference - 'Retail Fraud' conference to open in New York - 24th September 2015 Retail Fraud - New York has been created to give US retailers easy access to international expertise in the business of loss prevention. By bringing together top retailers, experts, academics and law enforcement agencies drawn from not only the US but also more widely from the rest of the world, we hope to create a hotbed of truly international expertise and collaboration, to discuss and promote best practice and to ever more effectively work together to fight crime.
Retail Knowledge is pleased to be producing Retail Fraud - New York in association with the National Anti- Organized Retail Crime Association of America. N.A.O.R.C.A started as a LinkedIn Group in 2011 to collaborate, educate, provide training and promote awareness of the worldwide epidemic of organised retail crimes. The association has grown to over 2,500 members worldwide and is now incorporated in Massachusetts.
Retailers attending Retail Fraud - New York can expect to see presentations from an international array of leading experts offering new and exciting viewpoints and concepts. You will have the opportunity to network with other top executives involved in the business of retail risk and loss prevention. You can expect to take away from the conference concepts, case studies and methodologies that will make significant contributions to their roles.
You will not be bombarded by sales people all day. Only a small number of vendors are permitted to exhibit at the show and only retailers are able to attend as delegates.
The conference is being staged at one of the top conference hotels in New York on 24th September 2015 with refreshments throughout the day and an excellent lunch.
The entire event is free to retailers. retailfraud.com
FedEx Can't Duck Criminal Case Over Drug Shipments A California federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss an indictment accusing FedEx Corp. of colluding with illegal online pharmacies to deliver prescription drugs to addicts and drug dealers, saying FedEx's argument that it's exempt from the charges because it's a common carrier defies common sense. U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer, who is presiding over the case, said that under FedEx's theory, any drug dealer who decided to take out a license to become a "common carrier" so he could transport controlled substances would be shielded from prosecution. That doesn't make sense, Judge Breyer said.
FedEx was indicted last July, when prosecutors charged the company with 15 counts relating to trafficking controlled substances and misbranded drugs. In August, a superseding indictment added three counts of conspiracy to launder money. FedEx could be forced to return its gross proceeds of $860 million and be fined up to twice that amount, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors say FedEx management knew the company was delivering to addicts and drug dealers after drivers complained that customers demanding pills were stopping them on the road. The drivers said deliveries were addressed to vacant parking lots where multiple customers were waiting.
FedEx also set up a separate credit check system just for online pharmacies after it was repeatedly unable to collect unpaid bills from pharmacies that were shut down by law enforcement, according to the indictment. Because of the constant risk that the pharmacies would go out of business, FedEx made sure pharmacy accounts were not tied to specific salespeople in order to avoid harming sales targets, prosecutors say.
FedEx has pled not guilty to the charges in both indictments. law360.com
Nike is facing harsh criticism for offering a 30% discount to police officers on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Nike is under fire for offering police officers a 30% discount for a "law enforcement appreciation day." Critics are blasting the brand for supporting law enforcement in the wake of a string of shootings involving police officers who killed black men, Quartz reports. The May 13 promotion coincides with National Police Week, Quartz points out. Critics have called the promotion tone-deaf and now some are calling for a boycott of the sportswear company. In a statement to Business Insider, Nike said it has held discount days in its stores for first responders, including law enforcement and the military, since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the US. "Nike has no intention to offend anyone, nor to imply that we are insensitive to the serious and important issues between law enforcement and black communities in America," the company said. "We care about and support efforts to continue discussions to create positive change and bring equality for everyone in our society." businessinsider.com
U.S. ground zero for card skimming - Romanians and Eastern Europeans Leading the Crime Wave - Why? "Good education and high unemployment," said analyst Litan. "They are really good at computer science and they don't have any jobs." Queensland, Australia, detective superintendent Brian Hay has been quoted as saying history has something to do with it. "Romania was, prior to the fall of the (Ceausescu) dictatorship, a center of mathematics and computer coding," he has said. "Those skills were exploited by the Eastern Bloc organized crime groups." As far as criminal gangs using younger accomplices, unwitting or not, Pascual thinks they would have no qualms. "They would take one of these kids, shoot them in the head and bury them," he said. Sometimes the kids that are doing it are not the ringleaders," she said. "Usually they are part of a larger ring and they are the low men on the totem pole" and "often they don't know who they are working for," Litan said. "The guys who are in charge don't want to show up in front of an ATM" because of the video cameras that photograph those using the machines, she said. abqjournal.com
Wages of Fraud Lower for Women
A new report from the specialty insurer Hiscox USA found that although women masterminded over 60% of frauds against employers last year, they embezzled a median of only $242,000, about 30% less than men. That's an even worse gender gap than in legitimate employment, where, according to figures cited by the White House, "women earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns." "It's because women hold lower level authority positions with lax controls and a lot of cash access-bookkeepers, accounting clerks, office managers." wsj.com
Invisible inks to help foil counterfeiters
Counterfeiting is very big business worldwide, with $650 billion per year lost globally, according to the International Chamber of Commerce. Scientists have invented sophisticated fluorescent inks that one day could be used as multicolored barcodes for consumers to authenticate products that are often counterfeited. Snap a photo with your smartphone, and it will tell you if the item is real and worth your money. homelandsecuritynewswire.com
South African tycoon enters UK retail fray with New Look purchase for $1.3 Billion A South African retail billionaire is poised to become one of the most powerful players on the British high street, after snapping up a majority stake in New Look for £780m. The deal pitches Christo Wiese - who owns a third of investment company Brait, which has been building stakes in UK brands - against other dominant retail owners, including Sir Philip Green, Mike Ashley, and the Weston family who control Primark. ft.com
Lowe's takes down Director of Corporate Investigations job from website
First Look at the Year-Long Investigation on Counterfeit Goods - Airing tonight on ABC
Sorry, Publix: Wegmans 'really is the best supermarket in the U.S.'
Kohl's alone spent over $5M on snow removal in February - What's the total retail tally? $100's of millions
Newk's Eatery plans 200 new stores by 2018 - LP Jobs?
Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Party City Q1 up 5.2% with revenue up 6.7%
Nordstrom Q1 comp's up 4.4% with net sales up 9.8%
Kohl's Q1 up 1.4% with sales up 1%
Children's Place Q1 up 0.7% with net sales down 1%
Dillard's Q1 down 1% with sales down 1%
Hhgregg Q1 comp's down 10% with net sales down 9.8%
All the news - One place - One Source - One Time
Report Your News!
Retailers, Banks Spar Over Data Security Before House The House
Financial Services Committee on Thursday heard testimony from representatives of
the banking and retail industries who emphasized the importance of addressing
consumer data security but also sought to deflect blame for breaches that have
already occurred. Brian Dodge, an executive vice president of the Retail
Industry Leaders Association, said that the financial services industry hasn't
adapted quickly enough. "The woefully outdated magnetic stripe technology used
on cards today is the chief vulnerability in the payments ecosystem," Dodge
said. "Retailers continue to press banks and card networks to provide U.S.
consumers with the same chip and PIN technology that has proven to dramatically
reduce fraud when it has been deployed elsewhere around the world." U.S. Rep.
Brad Sherman, D-Calif., questioned Dodge on whether the existing threat of
enforcement combined with the reputational damage that results from a security
breach is enough to compel retailers to spend enough money to protect consumer
Starbucks denies mobile app hack, blames careless customers Starbucks
has rebuffed claims that its mobile app has been hacked. In a statement, the
coffee chain suggested the isolated reports of fraudulent activity on customers'
online accounts are down to password re-use or other lax security practices by
its clients. "Starbucks takes the obligation to protect customers' information
seriously. News reports that the Starbucks mobile app has been hacked are false.
Like all major retailers, the company has safeguards in place to constantly
monitor for fraudulent activity and works closely with financial institutions.
To protect the integrity of these security measures, Starbucks will not disclose
specific details but can assure customers their security is incredibly important
and all concerns related to customer security are taken seriously." theregister.co.uk
More than $22,000 given to support loss
prevention continuing education
PITTSBURGH, May 14, 2015 - Vector Security recently announced the winners
of its Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) scholarships, which provide financial
support to loss prevention professionals in the U.S. and Canada seeking to
obtain Loss Prevention Qualified (LPQ) and Loss Prevention Certified (LPC)
"This year we received a record number of applications, making the selection
process especially difficult," said Michael T. Grady, LPC, Executive Vice President
of Vector Security. "While the awardees represent a variety of professional
backgrounds, they each express the highest level of desire for the opportunity.
In addition, they all possess a positive outlook as to how they will use this
program to enhance the value they bring to their respective employers and to the
profession. We are pleased to help them advance their career aspirations."
Loss Prevention News Network
Loss Prevention Strategy and Analytics (LPSA) team helps organizations
understand where their loss prevention function is today and how to move closer
towards the goal of continuous improvement by performing a cross functional
analysis of the processes that impact loss or operational performance. Bill
Titus, Managing Director, PwC, talks about the evolution of the LPSA program in
this LPNN interview. Working with 80% of the Fortune 1000 retail and consumer
businesses and over 20,000 partners and staff dedicated to the retail and
consumer practice, PwC can offer a wealth of resources to any LP or AP team.
In this LPNN Quick Take, Amber
shares some staggering stats on cybersecurity and
his strong point of view on the subject.
Solution Providers, have a video or commercial you want to publish? Contact us.
We still want your Group LP Selfies - So keep them coming retail LP teams!
New to the D&D Daily, "My LP
View all the selfies
Canadian Outlet Malls - are booming
Being a rather new retail sector for Canada with two new ones opened in Ontario over the last year, the retailers are booming. And Canadians are flocking to these locations. Four-in-10 (41%) of Canadians surveyed prefer to shop at Canadian factory outlet malls versus those in the US, with more than half (57%) having shopped at a Canadian factory outlet mall in the past 12 months alone. chainstoreage.com
Canadians slowing down on cross-border shopping Deterred by higher US exchange rates, Canadians are less willing to make the drive, despite the wider product selections available stateside. Despite 44% agreeing that Canadian factory outlet malls are not as price competitive as those in the US, despite the exchange rate, shopping at Canadian outlet malls continues to rise. chainstoreage.com
Canadian consumers send wake-up call to retailers as 76% of Canadians households head online Of that percentage, about a quarter of Canadians have become "frequent" shoppers, which means they're buying on the Internet four to 10 times per year, the data says. Consumers are dipping their toe into e-commerce, testing the waters, and becoming very quickly converted," said Danielle Doiron, director of parcels and e-commerce market development at Canada Post. The report also found that shoppers will buy products online they wouldn't have just a few years ago. thechronicleherald.ca
Ikea to test two new 'pick-up-point' store formats in London, Ontario and Quebec City as part of global pilot The two locations, slated to open in late 2015, will allow customers who have shopped online or at an Ikea store some distance away to pick up their products closer to where they live. Customers will also be able to buy services to support their purchases, sit at a computer station to browse the retailer's web site, and also select among 99 of the company's top-selling products available for immediate takeaway. chainstoreage.com
Bullied B.C. grocery store employee wins $16,000 in discrimination case A Vancouver-area man has been awarded almost $16,000 by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal for a series of threats and slurs he endured from his boss' sons. The tribunal ruled that Kyle Garneau was discriminated against while working at Buy-Rite Foods in Surrey, B.C., where the owner's sons repeatedly physically and verbally harassed him. Garneau is gay, and has a brain abnormality that affects him physically and mentally, including his appearance and weight. In a decision released earlier this month, tribunal member Parnesh Sharma wrote that owner Shingara Sumal failed to ensure his store was a safe work environment, free from harassment. canadiangrocer.com
Canadian Security's Focus On Retail Security one-day seminar A valuable opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about the latest techniques to combat retail crime. You can expect to hear more about: ● Organized Retail Crime ● Restorative Justice ● Online Fraud For full agenda and registration details visit: www.focusonseries.ca
Indigo to Overhaul 6 Flagships - Open 4 American
Alberni Mounties Dismantle Island Wide Theft Ring The Port Alberni
RCMP has arrested 2 men at the core of an extensive property crime scheme that
victimized owners from across Vancouver Island. Both suspects have extensive
histories of property theft, and are well known to police in the Island region.
Over the past 2 weeks this criminal group is alleged to have committed truck
thefts, break-ins, vandalism, and possessed stolen property in multiple Island
jurisdictions including Port Alberni, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Campbell
River, Nanaimo, and Victoria. While the tally is climbing as the investigation
unfolds, investigators indicate that the total loss and damage resulting from
these incidents is currently estimated at over $400,000.
Sponsored by The Zellman Group
What You Don't Know About Chargebacks...Can Hurt You Are you
experiencing higher than normal chargeback rates? You might be getting hit by
fraudsters and not knowing it. That's because it can take 60 - 90 days or more
for chargebacks to be reported to you, making timely fraud detection nearly
impossible. This eBook, we describe six warning signs of fraud and how
chargeback lag distorts your profit and loss reporting. Discover the key
capabilities your fraud prevention solution needs to detect and shut down
fraudulent chargebacks immediately - before they overwhelm you. must fill out
Two Men Plead Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Violent
Daytime Robberies of Jewelry and Watch Stores Across Four States Preet
Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York,
announced today that Sean Robinson and Kenddal Thompson pled guilty in
connection with a robbery conspiracy operating across New York, New Jersey,
Virginia, and Connecticut in which members committed daytime robberies of
high-end jewelry and watch stores, including Cartier in Manhattan, using
violence, including firearms, and resulting in serious injury to victims and the
theft of more than one million dollars in watches and other goods. THOMPSON pled
guilty today before United States District Judge Loretta A. Preska, and ROBINSON
pled guilty on May 7, 2015, before Judge Preska. To date, eight members of the
crew have been apprehended and pled guilty. Two defendants, Jamal Dehoyos and
Courtney Hardin, remain wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI")
and are considered armed and dangerous.
9 Minnesota Men Indicted In $3.8M Stolen Cell Phone Ring A 30-year-old
Golden Valley man is accused of leading a stolen cell phone ring that trafficked
at least $3.8 million worth of devices between Hong Kong and the United States.
Eight Twin Cities co-conspirators also face charges. Zibo Li was indicted on
Thursday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. The indictment says Li and
others entered used identity theft to fraudulently enter service contracts in
the U.S. at the reduced rates that come with long-term contracts. They would
then break the contracts with the mobile service carriers and sell the phones in
Hong Kong. "These defendants stole the identifying information of nearly 60
known individuals and 20 known businesses," said Assistant United States
Attorney Manda M. Sertich in a statement. "They exploited vulnerable members of
our society, including people residing in homeless shelters, to steal cell
phones and turn a profit." The case is a result of an investigation conducted by
the U.S. Secret Service, the St. Paul Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of
Criminal Apprehension, the Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force, the University
of Minnesota Police Department and the Plymouth Police Department.
Do you have an ORC case to share?
Sponsored by NuTech National
Man shot in Colorado Springs Hobby Lobby was on a 'death mission' A fugitive who was shot multiple times inside a Colorado Springs Hobby Lobby last week told authorities he was on a "death mission" before he began attacking sheriff's deputies, armed with a knife. A fugitive who was shot multiple times inside a Colorado Springs Hobby Lobby last week told authorities he was on a "death mission" before he began attacking sheriff's deputies, armed with a knife. Brian Lowe, 48, who walked away from a community corrections facility last month, resisted arrest at the store and later charged at a deputy with a knife and grabbed a deputy's stun gun, according to Lowe's arrest affidavit. At one point, Lowe had "the taser in one hand and the knife in the other hand" before he was shot, the affidavit says. El Paso County Sheriff's Office deputies Robert Mitchell and Keith Duda approached Lowe in the store at 525 8th St. just before 6 p.m. Friday, the affidavit says. Lowe refused to be handcuffed and placed his hands in his waistband area, the affidavit says. Lowe said he was "tased" in the chest before he gained control of the stun gun, according to the affidavit, but Duda said, "Brian Lowe broke away and it was not successful." While the deputies tried to take him into custody, Lowe threw a punch at Mitchell and swung his knife "within a few inches" of Mitchell's head, the affidavit says. He also tried to "jab" Duda with the knife, and the deputy and Lowe began struggling over the knife, the affidavit says. Mitchell pushed Lowe, who saw Mitchell draw a stun gun and said, "I hope you brought something bigger than that (expletive)," according to the affidavit. gazette.com
Orem, UT Concealed weapon carrier involved in Macey's Grocery store shooting
will not be charged The man who shot and killed an alleged carjacker
during an altercation on May 2 will not face criminal charges, the Utah County
Attorney's Office announced Thursday. Orem police say the man, whose name has
not been released by county prosecutors, shot Taulagi Matafeo once in the chest
while trying to prevent Matafeo from taking a woman's car by force at a Macey's
grocery store parking lot in Orem. Matafeo, 26, died at a nearby hospital from
his injuries. The woman and the shooter were not injured. The man who came to
the woman's aid "acted within the purview of Utah law, and no criminal charges
will be filed," the Utah County Attorneys Office said in a prepared statement.
Unexpected apology and Admission of guilt in 15 Armed Robberies in Lexington, KY "I am guilty, and I have accepted my accountability for my actions," said Edward Hale, from behind bars in the Fayette County Detention Center. He said he admits that Lexington Police have arrested the right man. "I apologize from my heart for committing these 15 robberies," said Hale. It's an unexpected apology, however Hale said he's ready to take responsibility, and most of all make amends. "I am truly sorry for running into their stores, and you know, petrifying them," said Hale. Since January Lexington Police said he's robbed more than a dozen businesses, including a Waffle House, Dollar General, Speedway and Game stop. For months Hale said he was on the run. On Wednesday Hale was finally arrested. Investigators said he pulled off nine of the robberies with Darnell Thomas, including one at the Tobacco Zone. Police said during that crime Thomas was shot after a struggle with the clerk. lex18.com
Burglars smash and grab thousands in merchandise from Valor Exchange in Arvada, CO An Arvada business is releasing surveillance video hoping it will help lead police catch three people responsible for a spike in thefts. The owners of the Vapor Exchange reported losing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise after a burglary early Thursday morning. The thieves are also suspected of several other thefts at electronic cigarette stores in recent weeks. Arvada police has not released a description of the suspects or confirmed if the robberies are related. In Thursday's incident, the thieves used a baseball bat to break through a front door. kdvr.com
Diamond Switch thieves hit Belk for $7,500 in Spartanburg, SC On May 04, 2015 at 7:30pm, suspects pictured below distracted the clerk and swapped a diamond out of a pair of 1.5 carat yellow gold diamond earring studs valued at $7500 from Belk (Westgate Mall - Spartanburg, SC). The clerk stated that the male gave the name of "Mike" and the female gave the name of "Melinda" or "Miranda." Suspects later attempted to pawn several pieces of jewelry at pawn shops in the Lavonia (GA) area and were driving a dark blue or black newer Lexus car. Contact: Jason Tapp JTAPP@CITYOFSPARTANBURG.ORG Spartanburg Police Department
Henderson, NV Police seek suspect in Gordon's Jewelers Robbery
VP of LP
Academy Sports & Outdoors
Academy Sports & Outdoors
Appearing One Day Only
View our Internet Jobs Archives here
Area LP Manager
AP Manager in Training
Pass Christian, MS
AP Manager in Training
Albert Lea, MN
AP Manager in Training
Dallas W, TX
LP Manager Hrly
La Crosse, WI
Sears Holdings Corp
LP Manager Hrly
Sears Holdings Corp
ETL AP in Training
San Rafael, CA
Home of the Industry's Original
Cristian Consuegra was named Area
Asset Protection Manager for Pep Boys.
Sponsor this section of the Daily
9 Tests Every Leader Must Pass|
The question still stands: Are leaders born or made? After much research and published studies, the answer is "yes." Leadership behavior may come more natural to some, but everyone can learn ways to be a more effective leader. The learning process starts with a full self-examination. If you can pass these questions, you're a great leader! How's your attitude?
5 Things Real Leaders Do Every Day, According to Henry Ford With summer right around the corner, it's a great time to push hard and develop your team and your own leadership skills just like Henry Ford did in the summer of 1899 as he went on to focus on automobile production. Here are some great leadership lessons inspired by Ford's quotes. High expectations
How Springtime Can Make Us Better Leaders
As spring arrives it's been noticed that leaders often focus with new energy on helping their teams grow and thrive. It's our automatic response to want to start fresh when spring comes around, but it takes time for people to grow, just like it takes time for your plants to bloom. Here are some tips you may use in your own gardening that can apply to leadership. Just be patient
Just WHO Do You Think You Are?
Who do you think you are? This question is extremely important because how you define yourself will impact how successful you are and how happy you will be. Becoming aware of your identity also helps you become a better leader because it allows you to perfect some areas and grow in others. Who do you want to be?
Tip of the Day
Sponsored by Vector Security
Surveys show that happiness at work significantly improves
performance and productivity. It translates into higher energy levels, better
reviews, faster promotions, higher wages, better health and overall a better
environment. While it shouldn't be surprising it often times needs to be
remembered. When fellow executives are unhappy for long periods or with their
co-workers it needs to be addressed because productivity and overall team health
will suffer. Attitudes are contagious and happier teams produce more and have
better results. Is your team happy?
Reach your target audience in 2015 every day!
36615 Vine Street, Suite 103