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Retailers launch Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center

BY Dan Berthiaume

Arlington, Va. – The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), along with several retail brands, has launched the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC), the centerpiece of which is a Retail Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Retail-ISAC).

Retailers participating in the initiative are American Eagle Outfitters; Gap Inc.; J. C. Penney Company Inc.; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; Nike, Inc.; Safeway, Inc.; Target Corporation; VF Corporation; and Walgreen Company. Through new program, retailers are sharing cyber threat information among themselves and, via analysts, with public and private stakeholders, such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The R-CISC will also provide advanced training and education and research resources for retailers.

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Report: EBay targets Latin America

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Jose, Calif. – EBay Inc. is reportedly targeting customers in 19 Latin American countries with tailored Spanish- and Portuguese-language e-commerce sites. According to Bloomberg, the sites will conduct transactions in local currencies and serve customers in countries including Mexico and Brazil.

The effort will also include a Portuguese-language mobile app to go along with EBay’s existing Spanish-language mobile app. EBay executives said growth in e-commerce is moving south and east and that markets such as Brazil are growing rapidly.

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Global Facility Management names two new managers

BY Dan Berthiaume

Melville, N.Y. – Global Facility Management & Construction is naming two new members of its management team. Bruce Wollmuth has been named construction manager, leading a team of construction project managers.

Wollmuth has 16 years of construction / facility management experience, including 11 years as part of the retail facilities teams at Abercrombie & Fitch for 11 Years and he spent three years at Hollywood Video prior to that. Most recently, Wollmuth worked as Facilities Manager for Charming Charlie, where he managed the day to day facility needs of their corporate offices and their 250 retail store locations.

Richard Kowalewski will be joining its accounting team in the role of controller. His new position will see him assist Global with cost control, compliance, reporting and budget analysis. Kowalewski has more than 15 year’s controller experience.

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