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MAY-JUN 2019

LP magazine publishes articles for loss prevention, asset protection, and retail professionals covering shrinkage, investigations, shoplifting, internal theft, fraud, technology, best practices, and career development.

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EDITOR'S LETTER Jack Trlica Managing Editor A New Digital Platform A bout five years ago we upgraded our website with an integrated platform that was state of the art at the time. It served us well but, like all technology, became dated. Therefore, we engaged a team of digital publishing experts to help us create a more up-to-date website and digital newsletter that we launched in April. The new website is still accessed at LossPreventionMedia.com and houses all the same content but is streamlined to enhance your reading experience. Some of the enhancements include: Q Faster loading and simpler navigation Q Fully mobile friendly for those who access content on smartphones Q Easier subscription process Q No login required for accessing print magazine content Q Cleaner, more contemporary look Our daily e-newsletter has also been redesigned to provide more news and original articles with links to breaking news, new job openings, and upcoming events in a format that is clean and easy to scan for the information you are most interested in. Please visit our website and sign up to receive our newsletters and other digital content. It's free and only requires you to provide a business or personal email. Unfortunately, announcing the good news about our new digital platform comes with some bad news for the LPM team. Our digital managing editor, Kelsey Seidler, is leaving the team to accept an exciting opportunity to advance her career. Kelsey has been a terrific employee for the past four years juggling the many tasks required for running a magazine's digital channels. We hate to see her leave but at the same time are excited for her new opportunity. Thank you, Kelsey, for all you've done for the magazine these past four years. We never could have done it without you. Best of luck in your new position. Content Is King There is an adage in the publishing industry that "content is king," meaning no matter what your website or print magazine looks like, if you don't publish content that people find interesting and want to read, you won't be successful. The fact that we've published Loss Prevention Magazine now for over eighteen years, hopefully, speaks to the fact that we've kept that publishing mantra at the forefront of our minds. This issue is no different. In our cover story on page 15, we examine how LP teams are fighting back on the increasing violence and bad behavior that put both associates and customers in danger in our stores. It's an unfortunate aspect of today's society that has been trending upward for the past several years. A number of industry executives contributed to this article. Check it out and see how your organization compares to what others are doing. The partnership between retailers and vendors is one of the most important relationships that contribute to the success of LP organizations. We have a couple of articles addressing that topic. Jim Lee's feature interview on page 31 includes five solutions providers who discuss what they believe is important to a successful retailer-vendor partnership. On page 52 in our Perspectives column, three executives with combined decades of experience negotiating contracts discuss some of the pitfalls that can happen when procurement is more interested in saving pennies instead of developing meaningful partnerships. The findings from our latest industry survey titled "The New Generation of Loss Prevention: Are We on the Same Page?" on page 43 offers some interesting results. Our goal was to see how perceptions of key issues in our industry may differ—or not—between field LP professionals and corporate executives. You may be surprised by our findings. Finally, our fourth feature on page 55 titled "LP Challenges in a 'Secure' Environment" was contributed by Chris Rathgeb, senior director of LP and safety at Paradies Lagardère. He describes his team's unique challenges preventing loss in the retail and restaurant environment inside airports. If you have a story like Rathgeb's, contact us. We welcome and encourage contributions from working practitioners. 6 MAY–JUNE 2019 | LOSSPREVENTIONMEDIA.COM

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