The Retail Council of Canada extends their Loss Prevention
conference to a day and a half for the first time ever on
Sept. 11 to 12, 2012 in Toronto.
This day and a half event brings together all of Canada's
senior retail Loss Prevention executives and a number of
service providers for educational and informative sessions.
If you're a U.S. retailer and just entering the Canadian
market it's a great event to attend to get to know all of
your Canadian counterparts and to learn how they're
approaching issues, dealing with the changing landscape, and
just to establish that critical network one needs to be
successful. Visit their web site to learn more and of
special note is that their Vice President, Operations
Stephen O'Keefe is the former VP of Asset Protection for
Wal-Mart Canada and has a wealth of information for any
executive managing Loss Prevention in Canada.
Canada's "Lucky Moose Bill" Bill C-26 moves forward and
"reinforces the right of business owners to protect their
property." Mr. Chen,
proprietor of the Lucky Moose, was famously prosecuted for
nabbing and confining an inveterate shoplifter, Anthony
Bennett, an hour after Mr. Bennett had been caught on tape
helping himself to the merchandise. The previous law
stipulated that a property-owner "may arrest without warrant
a person whom he finds committing a criminal offence on or
in relation to that property" — but not, as Mr. Chen did,
later. The bill "makes a very modest change: Now a
property-owner can arrest a criminal "within a reasonable
time after the offence is committed," provided he "believe[s]
on reasonable grounds that it is not feasible in the
circumstances for a peace officer to make the arrest." The
obvious question, then, is: What does "reasonable" mean?
Here's a recent blog written by David Hyde that gives
greater detail and some clarity to it -
Target plans to hire as many as 27,000 people next year
alone in Canada
an equities analyst at Veritas Investment Research
calculates Target will "steal" $855M in sales from Canadian
Tire and $397M from Sears Canada. Target told investors last
month it expects its Canadian operations to have at least
$6-billion in sales and 80 cents a share in profit by 2017.
Wal-Mart Canada is gearing up for the Target invasion by
aggressively expanding their presence as well. This is going
to be a battle to watch over the next few years - And
they'll be some casualties!
Wal-Mart entered the Canadian market in 1994 and now has 330
stores with expansion plans to open dozens of more stores.
They just announced this week that they're hiring 4,000 new
jobs. By the end of 2013, the company expects to spend some
$750-million to open, relocate or remodel 73 stores. They
now claim to have 1.1 million customers a day and employ
Dunkin Donuts failed to live up to their commitments to
their Quebec franchise locations - under pressure from Tim
Horton's - and now the courts say Dunkin owes their
franchisees $16.4M in losses
You don't see this often but making commitments to your
franchisees and failing to live up to it's promise to invest
$40M and as the court put it "A successful brand is crucial
to the maintenance of franchise. However, when the brand
falls out of bed, collapses, so too do those who rely on
it," wrote Justice Tingley. Karen Raskopf, Dunkin’ Brands
senior vice-president of corporate communications, said in a
statement, the company intends to appeal Thursday’s ruling.
The retail sector is the largest employer in Canada,
accounting for 12 percent of all workers
The RCC recently held their annual HR conference which
focused on; the importance of having a clear, compelling
company culture, the challenge of retention in a rapidly
expanding market, and how technology is impacting the HR
Canadian Security Magazine is looking for it's 2012 Security
Director of the Year!
Sponsored by Anixter Canada, the award
is given each fall to a senior security director or manager
who has demonstrated leadership and achievement in the
industry. Know someone you want to nominate? Just submit
or contact Neil Sutton via
or phone (905) 713-4347.
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