About the Author

Tom Meehan, CFI

Tom Meehan, CFI

Meehan is the director of technology and investigations for Bloomingdale's. He specializes in new technology deployments, business intelligence, industrial intelligence, and systems implementation and design. Meehan brings nineteen years of expertise in retail LP, information technology, and process improvement, the last eleven years with Bloomingdale's and eight years prior to that with Home Depot. Meehan is also chair of the LPRC's Future of LP working group and co-chair of the Fraud working group. He can be reached at tom (dot) meehan (at) bloomingdales (dot) com.

Articles by Tom Meehan, CFI

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Read the Fine Print

In my last article, we reviewed what social media is, how it is commonly used in retail, and the basics of how it works from a technology standpoint. This time, we will cover recent events surrounding privacy, live monitoring, and live video related to criminal activity.
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Social Media Monitoring: How Does It Work?

In this article, I will cover how social media monitoring works, the common use cases, and some of the myths and misconceptions. Let’s start by defining social media and social media monitoring.

What is social media? Social media is content found on the Internet allowing creation and sharing of information, content,

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Going Beyond the Gut: Fact-Based Research

Imagine starting your day off receiving budget approval for new loss prevention equipment to protect your high-shrink departments in ten different stores. You are thinking of unrolling this technology to other departments based on the performance in shortage reduction, but how do you measure it? Do you measure the stores

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Bridging the Gap between Cyber Crime and ORC

Cybercrime and organized retail crime (ORC) are words we hear on a daily basis. Let’s talk about how they’re related and how they’re different. ORC is very difficult to define because it falls under many different definitions depending on where you are reading it. For the purpose of this discussion,

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LP Associates of the Future

The Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) Future of LP Working Group looks to the horizon for loss prevention issues that are sure to plague the industry in the near and long-term future. Collaborating with other retailers, as well as relying on the research produced by the LPRC, we as asset

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What Is Big Data?

Big data is a very large amount of complex data that can be structured, semi-structured, and unstructured. This can be a collection of traditional data sources, digital data sources from both inside and outside of your organization, social media, or public records, just to name a few. The reality is

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Things to Consider

This column will discuss a series of broad topics of things to consider as we face the rapidly changing future of retail loss prevention. With the advancement of technology today, how will business keep up? How can we better leverage the connectivity of everything with an off/on switch? How will