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LP Magazine: A Look Back at the Middle Years

Bill Turner, LPC, has been a reader and contributor to Loss Prevention magazine (now LP Magazine) since its inception in 2001. Now, as the publication celebrates its 15-year anniversary, Turner looks back at the middle years of the publication in a feature article in the November-December 2016 issue. This sequel article to “Fifteen Years of Loss Prevention,” which appeared in the September-October issue, covers LP Magazine’s history from 2007-2011.

Turner inventories some of the top trends and major changes in the loss prevention industry as seen through the eyes of the magazine during those middle years. For example, organized retail crime (ORC) was again a hot topic. From the article:

“As we saw previously, organized retail crime has been the subject of numerous articles in the magazine. From the cover story by King Rogers in the very first issue through today, ORC continues to be a huge concern to most retailers. A recent 2016 statistic indicated that “professionals” were responsible for 3 percent of all shoplifting and 10 percent of all shoplifting dollar losses. I would bet that most retail loss prevention professionals who regularly deal with ORC would think those statistics are too low.

ORC, once again, made the very first cover of the second five years, the January–February issue of 2007. In that feature article, the first in a two-part series, John Talamo of Limited Brands gave a historical view of the subject. He also talked about ORC in specialty retail and outlined Limited Brands’ strategy to attack it. Talamo concluded his article in the March–April 2007 issue and discussed the training of Limited’s ORC team, investigation strategy and tactics, and partnerships with law enforcement.”

Other topics covered by the magazine during the middle years and reviewed in the article include crisis management, fraud, employee theft, loss prevention technology, and much more.

Check out “Fifteen Years of Loss Prevention, Part 2” to read the full article and learn more about the history of LP Magazine during 2007-2011. You can also visit the Table of Contents for the November-December 2016 issue or register for a free subscription to the magazine.

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