About the Author

Jack Trlica

Jack Trlica

Jack Trlica (tra-LEE-sa) is managing editor and cofounder of LP Magazine. Launched in 2001, LP Magazine is viewed as the premier news and educational publication for the loss prevention professional. Published in print bi-monthly, the magazine also is available in digital format with supplemental content published on its website, daily e-newsletters, podcasts, EyeOnLP videos, and via social media networks. Trlica authors the Editor's Letter column in each issue of the magazine.

The magazine was also the originator and key sponsor of the loss prevention industry’s only certification program that led to the creation of The Loss Prevention Foundation and development of the LPQ (qualified) and LPC (certified) designations. In 2013, the magazine partnered with ORIS Media in the United Kingdom to launch LP Magazine EU, which brings similar loss prevention news and educational content to the European retail security industry.

Prior to launching the magazine, Trlica was associated with Pinkerton Consulting and Investigations for eight years, where he built an award-winning creative department that produced innovative internal awareness programs for retailers and corporations focusing on loss prevention, safety, security, and ethics and compliance issues. He has written and spoken on educating and motivating employees using internal communications techniques as well as current issues in loss prevention at the Food Marketing Institute loss prevention conference, National Retail Federation loss prevention conference, and MIS SuperStrategies audit conference.

Trlica’s professional career in both Fortune 500 as well as entrepreneurial small businesses has been driven by his ability to create innovative solutions to business challenges spanning multiple industries. He has proven highly effective at providing strategic organizational leadership by linking people and ideas to optimize business success.

After graduation from The University of Texas at Austin with a liberal arts degree, Trlica began his professional career as managing editor of an award-winning South Texas newspaper. His initial corporate experience came from eight years with Texas Instruments, where he held positions in both marketing communications and product marketing in Austin, Toronto, and Johnson City, Tennessee. He also has experience as a creative director with both direct marketing and full-service advertising agencies.

Trlica is married with two sons and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and part of the year on the Pacific coast of Mexico in Manzanillo. He can be contacted at jackt (at) lpportal (dot) com.

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Longtime Industry Icon Bob MacLea Passes at Age 75

Loss Prevention

Longtime Industry Icon Bob MacLea Passes at Age 75

Bob MacLea, one of the retail industry’s longest-tenured and most-respected loss prevention executives, lost his battle with cancer last Thursday, March 1. Beginning his career as a security officer in 1975 with Marshalls Department Stores, MacLea steadily rose through the TJX corporation, ultimately retiring as senior vice president of loss

Editor's Letter

A Look Inside This Edition

This issue of the LP Magazine print edition includes articles from multiple sources representing a wide range of subjects. I thought it valuable to comment on some and ensure that you know the breadth of information vehicles we provide the industry.

The cover feature on Rite Aid’s use of a crowdsourcing

Editor's Letter

Ten Things You Can Do to Make 2018 a Great Year

As the calendar year winds down, planning for the next year gets into gear. Reflecting on the results of the current year—both positive and negative—provides some context for things we need to do either similarly or differently to achieve our 2018 goals. Following are some things you might consider in

Editor's Letter

Retailers’ Response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

As I write this column, Hurricane Irma is bearing down on Florida just two weeks after Hurricane Harvey devastated southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. Both storms have exacted extreme damage termed “unprecedented,” “800-year event,” “largest ever in the Atlantic,” and other superlatives that seem to have become the new normal.


California Court Issues Ruling against CEC Diversion Program, Calling It “Extortion”

Shoplifting & Organized Retail Crime

California Court Issues Ruling against CEC Diversion Program, Calling It “Extortion”

In a lawsuit filed in 2015 against Corrective Education Company (CEC), Judge Harold Kahn of the Superior Court of California granted summary judgment against CEC’s restorative justice diversion program, calling it “unlawful because that program violates California’s extortion and false imprisonment laws.”

In his ruling filed August 14, Judge Kahn wrote,