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CrimeScience – The Weekly Review: Episode 24 with Dr. Read Hayes, Tony D’Onofrio, Tom Meehan, and Guest Joseph Skorupa

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Joe Skorupa, Editorial Director for RIS News, joins us this week to provide insight into what retailers are thinking and doing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and how the upcoming holiday season could play out in this unprecedented time, including his suggestions on how to succeed. Our co-hosts also touch on COVID-19 infection rates, LPRC initiatives, Salesforce’s global digital and mobile sales data, parcel volume increases, video conferencing platform issues, The Beagle Boys (the North Korean hacker group), charge-back increases, open-source intelligence gathering during the civil unrest and much more.

Joe is the Editorial Director and featured blogger for RIS News, an EnsembleIQ media portfolio. Joe is frequently named as one of the top Influencers in retail and technology. He is a frequent speaker at conferences such as the SXSW Interactive, Oracle OpenWorld and the NRF Big Show. His blog was named the top B2B retail blog by Folio Magazine in 2019. The RIS News website www.risnews.com was named the best B2B retail website by Folio Magazine in 2018 and 2019.

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CrimeScience – The Weekly Review: Episode 23 with Dr. Read Hayes, Tony D’Onofrio, and Tom Meehan

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COVID-19 accounts for most 2020 cyberattacks. Amazon Fresh, Amazon’s grocery delivery service, opens in California. Apparel sees an increase in sales. This, & more, including information on positive COVID-19 test rates, therapies & vaccine trials, new data from Retail Dive, brand intimacy, school shopping, curbside retail, online forums & violence, and cyber-security advice in this LPRC Crimescience: The Weekly Review episode co-hosted by Dr. Read Hayes, Tom Meehan, and Tony D’Onofrio.

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CrimeScience – The Weekly Review: Episode 21 with Dr. Read Hayes, Tony D’Onofrio, Tom Meehan, and Guest Peter Trepp

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In this special LPRC Crimescience: The Weekly Review episode, Peter Trepp, CEO & President of FaceFirst, joins us to give his take on the future of privacy, delving into expectations of privacy, legislation, security, technologies, and more. In addition, co-hosts Dr. Read Hayes, Tom Meehan, and Tony D’Onofrio discuss upcoming LPRC collaborative initiatives, the recent Jacob Blake incident, digital risk protection, Microsoft’s Zero Trust security, ransomware, D&D’s crime report, and the global retail data.

Peter Trepp is a technology executive, investor, advisor, and thought leader.  He is currently the CEO of FaceFirst, a recognized leader in the facial recognition market that provides AI-enabled identity solutions to commercial and government organizations around the world. Peter has nearly $1B of exits in his career having helped numerous software companies achieve successful exits as a co-founder, executive and board member including CSC’s acquisition of ServiceMesh, BlackLine’s sale to Silver Lake Sumeru, and RedHat’s acquisition of Inktank. Peter’s thought leadership on AI, technology, and matters of privacy have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, WIRED Magazine, CNBC, New York Times, Forbes and elsewhere.  He is working with Senators on Capitol Hill to help craft upcoming legislation on facial recognition and works closely with numerous Fortune 100 companies to develop corporate privacy policies.  Peter is widely regarded as an expert on privacy and is the author of the book, “The New Rules of Consumer Privacy”. Peter earned his MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and BS degree in Economics from UC Irvine.

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CrimeScience – The Weekly Review: Episode 20 with Dr. Read Hayes, Tony D’Onofrio, and Tom Meehan

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253 deaths took place in retail locations – an increase of 45% from this second quarter. Why is the total revolving credit card debt down 10%? Dr. Read Hayes, Tom Meehan, and Tony D’Onofrio discuss this and more, including COVID-19 vaccine testing, LPRC initiatives, virtual SOC,  increased online sales, fraud risks, & chargebacks, puppy scams in the age of COVID-19, BOPIS,  technologies in retail, sustainability, recent crime data, and the fastest-growing retailers in this episode of LPRC CrimeScience: The Weekly Review.

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CrimeScience – The Weekly Review: Episode 19 with Dr. Read Hayes, Tony D’Onofrio, Tom Meehan and Featured Guest Greg Buzek

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In this episode of LPRC CrimeScience: The Weekly Review, Dr. Read Hayes, Tom Meehan, and Tony D’Onofrio are joined by Greg Buzek, Founder and President of the IHL Group, to delve into COVID-19’s impact on retail, inventory distortion, emerging technologies (artificial intelligence & computer vision), the millennial unemployment rate, global retail sales, virtual SOC, cybersecurity training, and much more.

Greg Buzek is the Founder and President of IHL Group and one of the Founders of the Retail Orphan Initiative (www.retailROI.org), a charitable foundation that seeks to help the 400 million orphaned and vulnerable children around the world. In 10 years, RetailROI has been involved in over 200 projects in 24 countries helping an estimated 226,000 children through clean water, education, computers, language training and care.

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CrimeScience – The Weekly Review: Episode 18 with Dr. Read Hayes, Tony D’Onofrio, Tom Meehan

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In this episode of LPRC CrimeScience: The Weekly Review, Dr. Read Hayes, Tom Meehan, and Tony D’Onofrio gives a breakdown of LPRC initiatives, vaccines & therapeutics, the Twitter cyber-attack, social engineering, cyber-security during COVID-19, 2020 murder rates, Amazon’s sales data and innovation, the top 5 surveilled cities, COVID-19 related deaths by population, new store openings,  and much more.

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CrimeScience – The Weekly Review: Episode 17 with Dr. Read Hayes, Tony D’Onofrio, Tom Meehan and Featured Guest John-Pierre “JP” Kamel (RFID Sherpas)

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In this episode of LPRC CrimeScience: The Weekly Review, featured guest John-Pierre “JP” Kamel, RFID specialist, joins Dr. Read Hayes, Tom Meehan, and Tony D’Onofrio to discuss RFID as a data collection tool and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected its role in retail and loss prevention.  Tune in to also learn about LPRC initiatives, ransomware, VPNs & leaked data, recent nation-state cyberattacks, Amazon’s online market share, the rise in mobile and voice online shopping, and top retail technologies in use.

John-Pierre “JP” Kamel is a retail, Omni-channel, and RFID specialist. He is a recognized leader in the Canadian and US RFID and Mobility communities and brings over 20 years of enterprise strategy and solutions integration experience, primarily focused on RFID, Omni-Channel, wireless and mobility solutions. Over the past 10 years, JP’s work has been primarily focused on working with retailers, brands, and 3PLs to develop comprehensive RFID and Omni-channel strategies and ultimately helping them build robust and profitable programs.

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CrimeScience – The Weekly Review: Episode 16 with Dr. Read Hayes, Tony D’Onofrio, Tom Meehan

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In this episode of LPRC CrimeScience: The Weekly Review, Dr. Read Hayes, Tom Meehan, and Tony D’Onofrio discuss LPRC initiatives, face masks, the retail data this week, store closures, inventory distortion, supply chain issues, NRF’s shrink survey results, open-source intelligence, hacking trends during COVID-19, multi-factor authentication, and much more.

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CONTROLTEK Offers Virtual Site Surveys to Better Serve Retailers

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (Jun. 4, 2020) – CONTROLTEK a leader in retail asset protection and security solutions, adds virtual site survey services for examining loss prevention solutions to better support retailers while keeping a commitment to the health and safety of employees and customers.

“Retailers are preparing their stores for reopening and the anticipated increase in theft issues and health and safety concerns. We want to allow them to examine asset protection solution options without having to wait for lifted restrictions or be concerned about exposing the health and safety of their employees,” said Rubin Press, vice president, global sales at CONTROLTEK. “We’ve simply taken our LP Professional Services and made them virtual to meet the needs of our customers.”

“Our Customer Success organization’s many years of experience operating remotely has allowed us to provide uninterrupted and responsive customer support during this difficult time,” said David Hardeman, CONTROLTEK’s director of customer success. “We conduct the virtual site survey with the same First Time Right approach and level of service our customers would experience in-store. Our certified representatives know the right questions to ask to understand our customer’s challenges, and which loss prevention solution would work best in their particular retail environment.”

“This new service offering is another way we continue to support our customers amidst the challenges brought on by the pandemic, while helping them prepare their stores and protect their assets,” said Rod Diplock, CEO of CONTROLTEK. “Thinking differently to evolve and improve our operations has also allowed us to keep our employees working while ensuring their health and safety is protected.”

About CONTROLTEK’s Professional Services and Virtual Site Survey

Our First Time Right™ Systems Deployment and Professional Services streamline the process of implementing a new loss prevention technology, making your life easier. Our team of retail and technology experts are with our customers every step of the way. During the virtual site survey, our Professional Services team conducts a video conference survey examining the store and providing loss prevention solution recommendations. For more information about our Virtual Site Survey and Professional Services, visit the CONTROLTEK website.

Tom Meehan and Rubin Press examining RFID technology in an innovation lab

What is RFID & How Does RFID Work?

by Rubin Press, Vice President of Global Sales at CONTROLTEK

Radio frequency identification, more commonly known as RFID, has been around since World War II and used in many settings and applications. In the last 20 years, the developments in the technology have made RFID available in the retail industry.

How RFID Works

RFID consists of an RFID reader and a tag with an RFID chip and antenna. The reader sends out a radio frequency (RF) signal and waits for any tags in range to respond. The tags used in retail are typically passive tags and require no battery, and the RF signal sent from the device powers the chip on the tag to enable it to respond. One of RFID’s greatest advantages is that it does not need to “see” a tag to detect it. This means a tag can be read through product packaging, inside a shopping cart, or even through clothing, which allows for a very quick reading process.

An RFID tag also contains information about the asset, compared to traditional EAS tags which cannot carry information at all. This means that the company will always know where an asset is, which is a great benefit in asset protection and store operations.

RFID Applications

RFID was first introduced as a way to improve inventory accuracy, not to reduce shrink. However, retailers who implement RFID in their store locations have seen shrink decreased by an as much as 55 percent. RFID tags and systems can act in the same role as traditional EAS tags and systems while also having the ability to provide much more information to the retailer. For example, if an asset with an RFID tag leaves the store without being paid for, not only will the tag trigger the alarm, but employees can see exactly which product left the store, making it easier for them to ensure all the missing items are recovered. This also provides retailers with insight into what stock may need to be replenished, in turn minimizing the loss of future sales revenue.

RFID technology is also a huge advantage for supply chain management. RFID tags can provide important data for lost items because assets can be tracked from source to sale. Considering that many assets begin their journey with overseas manufacturers, then pass through several ports, customs checks and logistical channels before actually reaching a store floor, RFID can be an invaluable technology for supply chain asset protection.

RFID Systems & Tags

RFID systems can be tricky and expensive to install. However, here at CONTROLTEK, we make the process easy. From start to finish, we focus on your business goals and budget so you can protect your profitability and enhance your customer experience. And with our First Time Right™ approach, over 97 percent of our installations are fully completed on the very first visit. Contact us today for a free quote!