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'Not Lovin' It': 2,000 Low-Wage Workers Met by Riot Police Outside McDonald's HQ  The movement among fast food workers demanding higher pay, access to benefits and the right to unionize without retaliation took a new turn today after police arrested protestors at McDonald's (MCD) annual shareholder meeting in Oak Brook, Ill. According to a news release from the protest's organizers, 101 workers were arrested outside of the headquarters. Additionally, three dozen clergy and community leaders were taken into custody. Police issued two orders for protestors to get off of McDonalds' property, and, when many refused, they were arrested for trespassing. Police on the scene wore riot gear, including face shields and vests. This marked the first time that the campaign, launched in New York City in the fall of 2012, had engaged in acts of civil disobedience. Two thousand people from cities across the United States marched onto the campus chanting, "Hey McDonald’s You Can’t Hide, We Can See Your Greedy Side,” and “No Big Macs, No Fries, Make our Wage Supersize,” before holding sit-in, blocking the entrance. As they marched deeper into the campus the protesters were met by a line of police officers in riot gear. Last week, thousands of fast food workers walked out of restaurants in more than 150 US cities and 30 different countries in an effort to win higher wages and the right to form a union. Various news outlets reported that McDonalds had told employees at its corporate headquarters to stay home during the protests because of potential traffic problems. A McDonald's spokeswoman said in a statement about the protests: "We respect everyone's rights to peacefully protest. We are focused on welcoming our shareholders to McDonald's annual meeting." A recent McDonald's regulatory filing listed potential problems with wage disputes as a risk for the company in the future. (Source cnn.com) (Source commondreams.org)



Vendor error forces Lowe's to issue breach notification letters - Current and former employees at Lowe's receiving warning letters in the mail  In a letter to both current and former employees, Scott Purvis, Vice President of Human Resources at Lowe’s, says that personal information might have been compromised after a third-party vendor exposed it to the public. According to the letter, the personal information of current and former drivers for the company, including names, addresses, birthdays, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, and other driving record information, were exposed during the incident. "The breadth of data that was accessible about these individuals is troubling," commented Paul Lipman, CEO at iSheriff, when asked his opinion on the breach notification letter. "Lowe's data breach, coming hot on the heels of the news of eBay's stolen customer database, demonstrates the increasingly porous nature of corporate networks. Frankly, it's irresponsible to store sensitive personal data of this nature in an unencrypted format, regardless of where it resides," Lipman added. "As corporate data becomes increasingly mobile and dispersed, organizations must rapidly turn their attention to protecting against inadvertent acts that could put their business, customers and employees at risk." Once the problem was discovered, SafetyFirst blocked access to the unsecured backup server. Internal investigations determined that the personal information housed on the server may have been accessed between July 2013 and April 2014. "This incident serves as an important reminder to organizations that data in the hands of third-party vendors should have strict oversight when possible." (Source csoonline.com)

Just 10% of organizations’ have a workable information governance policy  The survey of more than 500 business leaders revealed that although electronic records are “increasing rapidly” in 68 per cent of organizations, just 10 per cent of respondents have an information governance policy in place that is respected and enforced. 21 per cent have a policy in place, but it is mostly ignored. The survey also found a strong movement away from narrowly-focused records management policies, to the much wider scope of information governance across all active and stored content. (Source retailfraud.com)

New York Police Boost Focus on Thefts - Bratton Forming a Grand Larceny Unit to Fight Identity, High-End Electronics Thefts  A new unit of 300 New York Police Department officers will focus on preventing identity and high-end electronics thefts, some of the fastest-growing crimes in the city, Commissioner William Bratton said on Wednesday. The grand larceny unit officers will handle a wide range of crimes, such as thefts of smartphones, computer tablets and people's financial resources, Mr. Bratton said. is unclear where those officers will be pulled from, and more details will be announced in the coming days, he said. Several NYPD divisions, including the financial crimes unit, currently address the problems. Grand larcenies—when an item that could be valued at more than $1,000 is stolen—now account for 40% of all crimes in the city, Mr. Bratton said. They also make up the majority of crimes in Manhattan below 125th Street. Precincts in Brooklyn's northern neighborhoods have seen a 6.6% increase in grand larcenies so far in 2014 when compared with the same period in 2013, according to crime data. A large concern are offenders entering the city, collecting money from ATMs with phony debit cards and then "getting out of here very quickly," Mr. Bratton said. Mr. Bratton said he will soon unveil an "action plan" that will shift resources between some units and precincts and other ways to improve officer morale. (Source wsj.com)

Ahold settles U.S. Foodservice suit for $297M
The Amsterdam-based company said it had indemnified U.S. Foodservice against damages arising out of this class action as part the terms of its sale of U.S. Foodservice to private equity investors in 2007. The division was one of several that Ahold divested in the wake of a larger 2004 accounting scandal. U.S. Foodservice had used shell companies and false invoices to artificially inflate the prices it charged certain customers who purchased product on a “cost-plus” basis from 1998 to 2005. Ahold, parent of the Stop & Shop, Giant-Landover and Giant-Carlisle chains in the U.S., said it will fund its payment to the settlement fund out of its available cash balances, and expects this payment to take place in late 2014 or the beginning of 2015. (Source supermarketnews.com)

Revolutionary New Checkout Scanner a Great Shopping Experience  Within days of the 40th anniversary of the first bar code scan in a retail store, the newest Tesco Extra store in Lincoln is offering customers a revolutionary new checkout alternative that improves the customer checkout experience by reducing the time spent in checkout. The new automatic data capture - bar code scanner register allows the shopper to place their items on a checkout belt, in any orientation, and have them automatically scanned by the Jade X7 Automated Scanner. Items are then automatically directed to a bagging area just like traditional checkout lanes. This frees up staff to spend more time engaging with shoppers and delivering great customer service at the checkout, driving up satisfaction and loyalty. As the shopper places items on the checkout conveyor they pass through scanning arches which automatically read bar codes and visually recognize items at a much higher speed than a traditional checkout configuration. The items are then directed to one of three bagging areas for bagging and payment and the next customer’s transaction can begin immediately. (Source pointofsale.com)

Consumer spending passes $10 trillion
The outlook for 2014 continues the positive trend with spending expected to increase further by 3.6% – more than three-times the projected rate of inflation for the year. In 2014, just one-in-10 Americans say that they don't spend extra money, bur that they save it; and a similar share say that they "never" have any extra money. These sentiments are in stark contrast with 2013 and 2008 survey results when the share of savers was at least double. (Source chainstoreage.com)

Gap Inc. Hit by Web Hoax on Bangladesh Accord - Fake Website Taken Down  Protesters seeking to push Gap Inc. executives to join the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh weren’t able to gain access to them at the company’s annual shareholder's meeting Tuesday, but others with similar sentiments got well under the retailer’s skin via an Internet hoax. Within hours of the meeting at the company’s headquarters here, a parody Web site gapdoesmore.com — undoubtedly a play on the motto of the company’s late founder Don Fisher, “Do more than sell clothes” — released a professional-sounding statement on behalf of Gap Inc. titled “Gap Inc. Signs Bangladesh Accord.” The professional-looking site was replete with the logos of Gap’s six brands — Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta, Piperlime and Intermix. The bogus website has since been take down. (Source wwd.com)

The decline of cash and card: alternative payments will make up 20% of retail transactions in 5 years, according to research  Payments that do not involve cash or card are set to grow from 9.3% of all retail transactions today to 19.6% by 2019, a new study has revealed. The research, commissioned by PayPoint and carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), shows that consumers are increasingly demanding a choice of payment methods, including mobile and coupons. A third of people aged 18-30 have bought goods and services via their mobiles in response to offers or advertisements, while a fifth of consumers aged over 55 agreed they would make purchases via their mobiles. (Source information-age.com)

High-Fashion Retailer Century 21 Goes IP With American Dynamics  
Tyco Security Products, part of Tyco, the world’s largest pure-play fire protection and security company, announced that Century 21, a high-fashion, low-price retailer with stores in New York and New Jersey, has chosen an end-to-end American Dynamics IP video surveillance solution as part of a unified loss prevention program for its newest store at Jersey Gardens: The Outlet Center in Elizabeth, N.J. The systems integrator on the project was Tyco Integrated Security. The solution encompasses a host of American Dynamics’ Illustra cameras, including more than 40 Illustra HD dome cameras, selected to enhance the ability of Century 21 loss prevention personnel to track individuals throughout the store. (Source securityhive.com)

Axis Communications Replaces Outmoded Surveillance System To Improve Safety At SuperGroup European Stores  International apparel brand SuperGroup has turned to Axis Communications, the global leader in network video, to replace its legacy, outmoded surveillance system in order to improve safety and security across its European store network. Founded in 1985, SuperGroup has developed to design and sell a wide range of premium men’s and women’s clothing under its flagship brand, Superdry. (Source sourcesecurity.com)

Study finds payment card info most compromised, breach detection lags

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Williams-Sonoma Q1 up 10% with net revenues up 9.7%
Kirkland's Q1 up 5% with net sales up 6.9%
Signet Jewelers Q1 up 3.3% with sales up 6.3%
SpartanNash Q1 up 2.5% with net sales up 199.1% due to Nash Finch purchase
Dollar Tree Q1 up 2% with net sales up 7.2%
L Brands Q1 up 2% with net sales up 5%
Trans World Entertainment Q1 up 0.3% with total sales down 7.2%
Sears Holdings Corp Q1 - Sears stores up 0.2% - Kmart down 2.2% with revenue down 7% - partly because of fewer stores
The Buckle Q1 down 0.9% with net sales up 0.7%
Best Buy Q1 domestic down 1.3% with domestic revenue down 2.1%
Claire's Q1 down 4.4% with net sales down 0.2%
The Bon Ton Stores Q1 down 5.8% with total sales down 6.1%
Sears Canada Q1 down 7.6% with revenue down 11% and a net loss of $75.2M
 

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Demystifying Process Safety Management for an Enabled Workforce  A rapidly aging workforce in developed economies, the lack of skilled workforces within process and extractive industries, increasingly stringent local employment requirements and an increased reliance on contractors to perform specialized tasks all are contributing factors to declining institutional knowledge among businesses. Further complicating matters, many companies in the process and extractive industries believe employees must be engineers to understand the technologies relevant to those industries and how they operate. As a consequence, only those employees with the appropriate education or qualifications tend to be trained in advanced technologies, and some of these individuals are reluctant to share their knowledge or experience concerning specific processes and the associated risks of those processes within the organization. These two trends largely are responsible for a scarcity of required knowledge and skills that significantly compromises the operational safety of many facilities. (Source ehstoday.com)

 

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E-commerce sites involved in most data breaches  The number of data breaches increased 53.6% in 2013 from 2012, and 54.0% of those breaches were targeted at e-commerce web sites, according to a new report. While payment card data made up 55.0% of the data stolen last year, non-payment card data—financial credentials, internal communications and personally identifiable information—were stolen 33.0% more often in 2013 than in 2012 and made up 45% of the breaches. Criminals stole financial account credentials 22.0% more often than in 2012. Breaches at the point of sale, where customers enter payment information at physical stores, accounted for 33.0% of data breach investigations. 54.0% of the breaches happened on e-commerce web sites, and 10% happened at data centers. (Source internetretailer.com)

How do you build trust in online retail environments?  Trust in business is important but in an online retail environment it is crucial. As Nielsen’s recent Global Trust in Advertising report also demonstrated, opinions posted by consumers online (both good and bad) are the most trusted form of advertising today. But how do we quantify this impact and better understand its value to the growing ecommerce economy? How do we understand what is lost or gained by proving your business is not a risk? Trust Economy research revealed that 77 per cent of UK consumers using the internet now look at online reviews by other customers before making their purchase decision. The survey also found that 89 per cent of British consumers are influenced by negative reviews, with 78 per cent claiming it could deter them from making a purchase altogether. For those businesses looking to cash in on the growth of ecommerce, the research found that 68 per cent of customers trust online reviews more when there is a mix of negative and positive sentiment. Clearly, the phrase ‘too good to be true’ applies to retailers who simply see online reviews as another form of advertising. In fact, 95% of consumers said they would be more likely to return to an online store if they could see a business had listened, responded and resolved customer issues quickly and efficiently. The Trust Economy research shows that customer trust is locked into the experience consumers have with a business and how it responds if things go wrong. It is possible to conclude from the research that how a retailer responds to a problem sends a more powerful message to consumers than anything else. Furthermore, the data reinforces we really are now in the age of reference not deference. (Source retailfraud.com)

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Spokane Police Department’s new policy limits ability to stop shoplifters  A new Spokane Police Department policy limits the ability to stop local shoplifters. The Spokane Police Chief announced immediate policies that changed the guidelines for limited commission officers’ and how they deal with shoplifters at retail stores. The General Store on North Division Street received the letter outlining changes for security officers commissioned through the police department. The store manager said he wished he had an opportunity to offer input on the policy changes. Before the new policies, commissioned security officers had limited arrest powers and the authority to cite suspected criminals for eleven charges. Security officers caught more than 250 shoplifters each year at the General Store. General Manager Jonathan Evans said his limited commission officers detained suspects, handcuffed them, and searched them for dangerous items. Within between 20 and 25 minutes officers could send them out the door with criminal citations. The new policy prohibited limited commission officers from using handcuffs, any form of restraint or force. It also banned them from conducting pat downs. (Source krem.com)

Oklahoma pharmacist who fatally shot teen robber seeks post-conviction relief  An Oklahoma pharmacist sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting a teenager who tried to rob his store is asking an appellate court to reconsider his appeal because he claims he had PTSD. Ersland was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the 2009 shooting death of a 16-year-old boy during an attempted robbery. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the conviction and sentence in 2013. Ersland claims in court documents filed Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court that he only recently remembered certain details of the incident. He now claims a second gun was in his pocket, not in a drawer, and that he believed he was being shot at. (Source newsok.com)

Boost Mobile employee stabbed during robbery in Sanford, FL  A Boost Mobile employee was stabbed Wednesday night when someone attempted to rob a store in Sanford. When police arrived at the store at 2603 Park Ave. they found the employee lying injured in the road. Police said the robber fled from the store and broke into a home nearby to hide. Police arrested the man and took him into custody. The condition of the victim is unknown at this time. (Source wesh.com)

1 fatally shot, 3 injured near Dallas tire store
Dallas police say one person has been fatally shot and three others were wounded after a man with a rifle opened fire outside the Dub House Tire store in the Oak Cliff shopping center. Police on Thursday did not immediately say whether anyone has been arrested following the shootings during an apparent argument. Police on Wednesday night responded to reports of gunfire and found 29-year-old William Hill of Dallas dead at the scene. Witnesses told officers that a man with a rifle chased Hill before shooting him several times. (Source cbslocal.com)

Surveillance Video Released Of East Bay State Senate Candidate Hayashi Shoplifting  The East Bay State Senate race heats up after surveillance tape surfaces of candidate Mary Hayashi’s 2011 shoplifting incident at a Neiman Marcus in San Francisco. The hour long video shows the former 18th District assemblywoman picking out about $2,500 worth of clothing then going into a dressing room with shopping bags. After she paid for some of the clothing, she was met by two security guards after she walked out the door. San Leandro Talk blog editor Margarita Lacabe posted the video to her website after obtained the in-store footage from the San Francisco police under a Freedom of Information Act request last week. (Source cbslocal.com)

Denver Police suspects Boost Mobile clerk in cell phone store robbery  Two men entered the Boost Mobile store, one pointed a gun at two customers standing at the front counter and ordered them to drop down onto the floor. The robbers took the customer's wallets, which contained a total of $950. One then pointed the gun at the clerk and yelled, "Give me all the (expletive) money." She gave him everything that was in the cash register, nearly $2,700. The robbery occurred at 7:20 p.m. on April 2. Now, investigators believe that the clerk was in on the heist. (Source thedenverchannel.com)

Gunman Botches Cellphone Store Robbery in Manhattan  A teenager tried to rob a Madison Avenue cellphone store at gunpoint, but fled empty-handed when he couldn't open any of the cases the valuable electronics were in. The suspect, photos of whom were released by police, first asked a clerk at BC Wireless, 218 Madison Ave., how much iPhones cost, but then drew his gun and demanded the clerk drop to the floor about 3 p.m. Wednesday. (Source dnainfo.com)

Mannequin shot in Houston lingerie shop during botched robbery  Before three men who broke into a lingerie store in Houston could steal anything, one with a revolver backed into another holding a rifle. Surveillance video showed the jolt caused the rifle to fire, "which then spooked the suspects," police officer Jeff Brieden said. Believing they were being fired upon, both armed men opened fire, discharging nearly a dozen rounds, one of which went through a mannequin, before all three fled. (Source khou.com)

FBI Seeks Suspect in a Credit Union Robbery inside Fred Meyer in south Anchorage, Alaska

Marks & Morgan Jewelers in the Village Mall, Auburn, AL hit with a Diamond switch; earrings valued at $2,000

Vero Beach, FL man pleads guilty to robbing GameStop store

Lorain, OH Walmart employee accused of stealing $1500 

Bealls worker stole over $2K from the College Station store

Fort Wayne, IN Pepsi employee accused of taking $23,500 cash 

Robberies and Burglaries

CVS – Keyser, WV – Armed Robbery – 2 suspects arrested
Dollar General – Bentonville, AR – Armed Robbery – suspect arrested
Family Dollar – Bibb Co., GA – Armed Robbery
Five & Dime General Store – San Diego, CA – Burglary
Fuqua Store – Columbus, OH – Shooting – suspect arrested
Gamerz World – Huntsville, AL – Burglary
Gilligan’s Tobacco – Butte, MO – Shooting – no injuries
Ingles – Gainesville, FL – Armed Robbery – suspect charged
Mr Jiff – Fort Smith, AR – Armed Robbery
Penn- Taft Pharmacy – West Mifflin, PA –Armed Robbery – suspect charged in 2012 robbery
South Bay – San Jose, CA – Armed Robbery / Shooting

 

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Surveillance video shows thieves stealing high-end eyeglass frames in Houston  Police are looking for five burglars who smashed their way into the Eye Impact store in the Memorial area to steal high-end frames. The store's owner, Dr. Gray Nguyen, lives above the store located off Washington and Asbury. He was asleep around 5:00 Wednesday morning when his dog started barking and the alarm was triggered. Nguyen called 911 then went downstairs to investigate. He heard rustling in the shop and went back upstairs to wait for police. Nguyen says the thieves were in and out of the store in less than 10 minutes and were gone by the time officers arrived. (Source abc13.com)

Bradenton, FL Macy’s employee charged with theft after stealing in 3 different ways  Dominique Lynn Mapes, 21, is charged with theft after she stole from Macy's as far back as Aug. 6, 2013. She was arrested at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday. Mapes purchased listed items for the listed amount and then processed a refund without returning the merchandise. On another occasion, Mapes placed an additional $130 of merchandise into a friend's bag without charging her, the friend left without paying. A woman named in the report stated that Mapes processed five refunds of $40 each, which totaled to $200 in fraudulent refunds. (Source bradenton.com)

5 Arrested for Shoplifting more than $3,000 from TJ Maxx and Marshall’s in CT and NJ  Five people were arrested Wednesday after allegedly shoplifting items worth more than $3,000 from stores across Connecticut and New Jersey, and one was found to be in possession of marijuana. Police responded to a complaint of shoplifting at the Marshall’s store at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. Raysean Simpson, 30, of Yonkers, N.Y.; Alberto More, 28, of Bronx, N.Y.; Kristopher Bowen, 22, of Mt. Vernon, N.Y.; Tashay Smith, 25, of Perth Amboy, N.J.; and Shenice Green, 27, of Bronx, N.Y, were arrested. Police said they later located several other items with security sensors still attached from other Marshall’s and TJ Maxx stores in Connecticut and New Jersey valued at $3,086.64 in the two cars they were traveling in. A Milford Police K-9 also allegedly found 17.5 grams of marijuana packed inside several small bags in Simpson’s car. (Source nhregister.com)

Arrested once a month for shoplifting, Grand Rapids man now faces armed robbery charges  It has not been a good spring for 43-year-old Michael Scott Robinson. Robinson has been arrested once a month, starting in March, for shoplifting at the Meijer in Walker. He was then busted again in April for shoplifting from Meijer. Authorities allege he stepped it up a notch when he pulled a knife on an employee at the Family Fare store connected to Rogers Plaza. (Source mlive.com)

Pair arrested for shoplifting at Kohl's in Rochester, NY  Two Dover residents were arrested Monday for an alleged shoplifting incident at Rochester Kohl’s last month. Julie M. Henderson, 31, and Michael A. Chase, 31, both of 10 New York St., Dover, were charged with willful concealment, a Class B misdemeanor. On April 25, they allegedly concealed merchandise at Kohl’s and walked out. (Source fosters.com)

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Statue of Liberty Upgrades to New State-of-the-Art Digital Video Surveillance System from Total Recall Featuring Axis IP Cameras

Total Recall Corp. assembled “Dream Team” of nine top technology providers to create an innovative IP video solution to improve safety, security and operations for Lady Liberty’s millions of annual visitors

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – May 13, 2014 – Axis Communications, the global leader in network video surveillance, announced its involvement in an award-winning, IP-based digital video surveillance solution led by Total Recall Corporation, a video-centric security technology provider specializing in surveillance solutions. The new IP video system leverages nine state-of-the-art technology vendors and is used by the U.S. Park Police, National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of Interior (DOI) to enhance public safety and improve operational efficiencies at the recently renovated Statue of Liberty National Monument and Liberty Island.

The high-profile project kicked off 2014 with two prestigious award wins. Capt. Gregory J. Norman, Liberty District commander, U.S. Park Police will be honored as a Gov30 leader at this week’s GovSec event, and Government Security News selected the installation for the “Homeland Security Extraordinary Achievement in Public Safety and Security” award. Previously, the Statue installation received recognition from Security Technology Executive in partnership with the Security Industry Association (SIA) for the “Security Innovation Award.”

The Statue of Liberty reopened to the public on Independence Day, July 4, 2013, following eight months of renovation and repairs due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. As part of the refurbishment, Total Recall reached out to the U.S. Park Police, NPS and DOI with a state-of-the-art surveillance system proposal that would be designed, installed and maintained as a donation by the company.

A video case study and photos of the Statue of Liberty installation can be found here.

Total Recall redesigned the Statue’s surveillance and security system from top to bottom, including a complete migration from outdated analog CCTV to the latest in IP-based digital video technology, building an intelligent and ultra-modern command center to help the NPS and U.S. Park Police do their jobs more effectively and enabling the park to cover areas with video surveillance that they could not reach before, such as the security screening facilities.

“The National Park Service and Statue of Liberty National Monument greatly appreciate the comprehensive security system donated by Total Recall,” Capt. Gregory Norman, commander of Liberty District, U.S. Park Police said.

“We are extremely honored to once again be part of the surveillance system design and installation at the Statue of Liberty,” said Jordan Heilweil, president, Total Recall Corporation. “We assembled a Dream Team of cutting-edge security technology providers to give her the best protection possible while helping the Park Police, DOI and NPS deliver a memorable experience for the millions of families who visit the Statue each year.”

Because of their advanced features, reliability, and discreet appearance, a mix of nearly 160 Axis Communications IP cameras were selected to be an integral part of the total solution.

“New IP technologies bring amazing capabilities to surveillance that were not available before, including HDTV quality, color-at-night Lightfinder and 20x zoom in1080p for PTZ cameras. These advances really make protecting and securing this historic landmark much easier compared to analog CCTV,” said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications, Inc. “Axis is honored to be selected as part of the Dream Team, and our focus on open systems and partnerships made integration with the other eight technology companies easy.”

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Progress or moving forward has as much to do with which way you're facing as anything else. If you stay focused on facing your customer and not your internal team then you might find success is a little closer than you think. This goes for the vendor and for the retailer, as we all have customers to serve both internally and externally. And while it's impossible to always stay facing them the mere thought of it will bring you back a little faster if you just remember that your ultimate success is driven by your customers whether its individual stores or companies. Much too often we all tend to get lost in the politics of our inner group and use it as a means of avoiding having to accomplish difficult tasks. But all you've got to remember is to turn around and face the customer and then you'll be back on track getting things done and moving forward.

Just a Thought,
Gus Downing

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