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New retail, FBI partnership provides crime retail data to law enforcement officers

BY CSA STAFF

Washington, D.C. Hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers around the country will gain instant access to information on retail crime through a new partnership between retailers and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Retail Federation announced today.

Through the FBI’s Law Enforcement Online network (leo.org) federal and local law enforcement will be able to directly connect to the retail industry’s Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Network, or LERPnet (lerpnet.com), a secure national database where retailers track and report retail crimes.

The partnership will enable law enforcement agencies to gain central, immediate access to retail crimes ranging from counterfeiting and organized retail crime to armed robberies and smash-and-grab burglary incidents.

“Law enforcement agencies have always been a crucial ally in the fight against retail crime,” said Joe LaRocca, senior asset protection advisor for NRF. “With direct access to the LERPnet system, millions of police officers will be better equipped to identify and track the most dangerous retail criminals, protecting both shoppers and retail employees.”

Training for law enforcement officers will commence the first week of April and special task forces to track crime in specific regions will continue to meet.

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Borders chief resigns

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. Borders announced that Ron Marshall has resigned as president, CEO and a director of the company, effective immediately, to accept the role of CEO at another retailer.

The company has named EVP and chief merchandising officer Michael Edwards as the interim CEO.  Edwards is a 26-year retail veteran with CEO experience who joined Borders in September 2009 and has been leading the merchandising and marketing teams.  

“We have a clear commitment to drive the top line at Borders Group and there will be no interruption of our strategic plans and efforts to focus with great energy and determination on this goal during the transition,” said Edwards.

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Jo-Ann joins ArtFire to help artisans sell their wares

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HUDSON, Ohio Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores announced that it has partnered with ArtFire, an online artisan community, to provide sewers and crafters with the tools they need to create and sell their goods.

“By partnering with ArtFire, Jo-Ann is able to provide sewers and crafters all the tools they need to make and sell their products,” said Riddi Kline, SVP marketing, at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. “In stores and online at Joann.com, customers can shop for all their materials and find inspiration for projects. Cards and gift wrap in our stores complete the process for those creating handcrafted gifts, and now, those customers who sell their creations can do so through the Jo-Ann community at ArtFire.com.”

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