I've been on vacation since last Friday and as much as I meant to keep up with my blogging, I just couldn't. It was time for a well deserved mini-break from blogging. (Hope my boss doesn't read this.)
Anyway, there has been a lot happening, especially in the retail market. Here's the run down.
*A bill last week was introduced by Congressman Bobby Scott that addresses e-fencing. HR 6713, the E-Fencing Enforcement Act of 2008, would impose "reasonable duties on online marketplaces to collect information that law enforcement can in turn use to prosecute those that fence goods on their websites." Further, the bill requires online marketplaces to halt the sale of goods on their sites if they are known to be stolen.
*The Combating Organized Retail Crime Act of 2008, also introduced last week, would address this issue by amending federal law to give law enforcement the legal clarity to prosecute organized retail crime. The bill would also place basic disclosure requirements on online marketplaces. Finally, the legislation requires both online marketplaces and traditional fencing locations, such as flea markets and pawn shops cooperate with retailers and law enforcement to ensure stolen goods are identified and removed. The bill was introduced by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL).
According to a press release from the Retail Industry Leaders Association, the varying patchwork of state laws has given ORC criminals the ability to operate largely without risk. Because of the lack of a federal law, ORC gangs that move from store to store stealing thousands of dollars of merchandise are often only subject to minor misdemeanor charges.
*Dedicated Micros Inc. announced last week that its president and CEO, Dr. Alan E. Calegari, on July 1 transitioned to a new role as non-executive Chairman, providing strategic support to the executive team.
Mark Provinsal assumes the role of executive VP and leader of the DM's executive team in addition to his role as VP Strategic Marketing and Product Strategy. Mark will be the leader over there, of more officially the "point of contact for all executive matters until such time as a new president and CEO is appointed."
I really enjoyed getting to know Alan over the past few years during his time at DM and Siemens. I'm not sure where he is headed or how long he will stay as non-executive Chairman. I do know that Mark is great and obviously very capable of handling multiple jobs. Hope he is being seriously looked at as a contender for the president and CEO position.
*Andrews International, a provider of security and risk mitigation services, acquired Seventrees Corporation, a uniformed security, personal protection, special event security and training services company, based in Benton Harbor, Mich. According to a press release, Andrews International is continuing its growth strategy of organic business development, alliance building and acquisition to become "one of the fastest growing security and risk mitigation services in the country." (Wonder who that is accurately measured?)
*Jeff Floreno, former global security and compliance manager for Georgia Pacific, joined Wren as director of security operations and strategy. In this new position at Wren, Floreno will be responsible for directing product development strategies, leading Wrenâ€™s efforts to more closely integrate video and access control, and developing overall security strategies for education, government and retail markets.
Florenoâ€™s career includes top-level security management positions with Northrop Grumman, 3M and Georgia Pacific. At Georgia Pacific, Floreno championed a loss prevention program designed to address vulnerabilities in Georgia Pacificâ€™s $2.5-billion timber procurement supply chain. At 3M, Floreno worked with internationally renowned forensic psychiatrics to develop a workplace violence program that continues to be used on a national basis. At Northrop Grumann, Floreno was responsible for the development,implementation and management of security programs. Ultimately, he was cleared at the Top Secret Level with a special background investigation and given multiple Department of Defense and User Agency Accesses, DOE Clearance, and Intelligence Agency Access, a testament to the sensitivity of his position and responsibilities. During his last two years, Floreno was appointed Contractor Security Manager for the B-2 Bomber Program.
Floreno served as founding treasurer of the Atlanta Chapter of Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.
As I go through my e-mail, I'm sure I'll have more to share with you but this gives you something to chew on for now.