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MAR-APR 2019

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30 MARCH–APRIL 2019 | LOSSPREVENTIONMEDIA.COM INTERVIEW EDITOR'S NOTE: Paul Jaeckle, LPC, is vice president of asset protection for Meijer Stores based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He moved to Meijer in 2017 after nearly twenty years in various loss prevention and operations positions with Walmart. Jaeckle is very active in the industry serving as chair of the Retail Industry Leaders Association's (RILA) Asset Protection Leaders Council, vice chair of the board of advisors for the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), and member of the board of directors for the Loss Prevention Foundation and the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention. EDITOR: I want to start with your contributions to our industry and the various roles you have with different organizations. Let's start with RILA's Asset Protection Leaders Council (APLC). Tell us about the APLC and your role with them. JAECKLE: The APLC is a group of department leaders from the leading retailers across the US. It is a small, collaborative group of individuals who are focused on trying to solve many of the same types of problems within their companies. The council gives us an environment and platform where we can have open and transparent discussions that each of us may be facing, as well as trying to establish some continuity of the way that the industry looks at solving critical problems. EDITOR: What kinds of issues do you address? JAECKLE: Some of the more recent topics include the total retail loss report produced by Emeritus Professor Adrian Beck, self-checkout and mobile payment, and the integration of brick-and-mortar and e-commerce retailing and how to define the scope and exposure of loss with this channel. We're not trying to necessarily solve the big topics with one-size-fits-all solutions but at least standardize the way people talk about common issues, provide clarity to the issue, and keep the topics relevant and on the front burner for awareness, resolve, and support. These are broad, wide-sweeping issues that allow the opportunity for decision-makers of their organizations to be able to talk through and to really understand what the scope of the issues are that exist in today's retail environment and their impact to the asset protection business. The nice thing about the APLC is that it mirrors what is in play for a lot of other different functionalities through RILA. Supply chain has a similar council. The CEO ranks have a very similar mechanism. This works very nicely to be able to give that level of discipline related to an asset protection and loss prevention lens for the decision-makers. EDITOR: How often do you all get together for a face-to-face meeting? JAECKLE: We'll pull ourselves together usually two times a year as a broad group, and then we may have one or two additional breakout sessions throughout the year. As an example, this upcoming year we'll be together at the RILA asset protection conference in Denver in May. We will then be back together for the joint meeting that takes place between LP Magazine , What makes it nice having a retailer that chairs the group, whether it be myself or someone else, is that you have a boots-on-the-ground practitioner who helps steer the relevancy of the topics and projects that are commissioned on behalf of the APLC, making sure that we're providing value back to those who are involved with the council.

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