Christmas Shopping hassle free

November 1, 2011

I have been reading news stories about the competitive environment heading into this years Black Friday shopping season. Everyone is trying to open earlier to drive sales and from a customer perspective people will want to beat the crowds and traffic.

I am reminding all of my friends to remember eBay never closes, so using your smart phone or PC you can shop at any time on Thanksgiving day or night and get great products, great prices without any crowds or traffic and frankly you save on your gas.

My challenge to you…. List all the things you want to buy for Christmas and check ebay, I bet you it is available, hassle free.

My goal this year is everything for Christmas/Holiday will be purchased online


eBay number 2 in mobile

March 21, 2011

eBay’s Nov Dec 2010 LP magazine article

December 5, 2010

Here is our recent LP Magazine article.  Have a great holiday and remember to shop on eBay for all of your gifts, no lines, no traffic!!!

EBay welcomes new ORC legislation

September 29, 2010

Many of us have worked hard over the last few years to see this Bill move forward. Congrats to all.

NRF-eBay work with Congress on legislation0

September 23, 2010

We are expecting some good news today from Washington, DC as it relates to ORC legislation.

eBay and JSA announce partnership

August 19, 2010


For Immediate Release JSA: John Kennedy   (212) 687-0328 or eBay: Amanda Miller (408) 376-5316 or

Jewelers’ Security Alliance, eBay Announce Partnership to Fight Organized Jewelry Crime New York, NY, August 19, 2010 – eBay, the world’s largest online marketplace is partnering with the jewelry industry’s trade association focused on crime prevention to combat organized jewelry crime. This unique partnership between eBay and the Jewelers’ Security Alliance provides for greater information sharing to further support the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies working in partnership with jewelry loss prevention professionals. “JSA has done a great job in its long history of fighting jewelry crime, but a dynamic marketplace requires new tools and alliances,” said Paul Jones, Global Director of Asset Protection, eBay. “Through this partnership, JSA and eBay are taking a stand against criminal activity; we will work with law enforcement partners to prosecute those who unlawfully obtain jewelry and abuse the online marketplace to sell the ill-gotten items.” In their efforts to fight organized jewelry crime, the groups have agreed to collaborate in the following ways: * Regularly discuss state of the industry, share best practices and take measures to eradicate the illegal activity. * Identify ways to leverage new technology, including JSA email network and stolen jewelry website, and eBay PROACT program, to further assist law enforcement in identifying and tracking organized jewelry crime rings. * Collaborate with the FBI Jewelry and Gem Initiative to help identify crime rings that have been responsible for stealing jewelry. “eBay has invested substantial resources and is making great progress in assisting law enforcement agencies and loss prevention professionals in tracking illegal behavior,” said John Kennedy, President of JSA. “Our partnership will further help stop criminals from fencing their stolen jewelry by providing additional information and expertise so that law enforcement can fight jewelry crime more effectively.” About eBay Inc. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) connects millions of buyers and sellers globally on a daily basis through eBay, the world’s largest online marketplace, and PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to securely, easily and quickly send and receive online payments. eBay also reaches millions through specialized marketplaces such as StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, and eBay Classifieds sites, which together have a presence in more than 1,000 cities around the world. For more information about the company and eBay’s portfolio of online brands, visit

About JSA Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) is a non-profit trade association providing crime information and services to the jewelry industry and law enforcement. JSA, founded in 1883, has 20,000 members and works closely with the FBI and law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S., sharing its data and analysis in order to further the war on jewelry crime. JSA fulfills its mission of informing and educating jewelers and law enforcement about jewelry crime through frequent E-Mail Crime Alerts, Wanted Bulletins and print publications, web sites ( and, seminars, consulting activities, and assisting local crime prevention networks of jewelers. To contact JSA: e-mail: Jewelers’ Security Alliance 6 East 45th Street New York, NY 10017, USA 212-687-0328 (Phone) 212-808-9168 (Fax) John J. Kennedy, President

ORC Legislation- eBay’s thoughts

July 30, 2010

July 28, 2010 202.478.3597

eBay Supports Bill to Crack Down On Organized Retail Crime

Tod Cohen, Vice President for Government Relations and Deputy General Counsel at eBay Inc, made the following statement upon the introduction of the Organized Theft Investigation and Prosecution Act of 2010 by Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA).

“eBay has been very involved in helping our partners in retail and law enforcement combat organized retail crime, and it is clear that additional resources and funding are needed to stop this problem. We applaud Chairman Bobby Scott for introducing a bill that will improve security at stores and provide more support for law enforcement investigations when a crime does occur.”

eBay June – July Loss Prevention Magazine

June 2, 2010

Hot off the press is this month’s LP magazine article.

Thank You, to all of those who have productively worked with us to take the battle to the criminals involved in Organized Retail Crime.

My view is the solution to the organized Retail Crime issue is collaboration and Law Enforcement resources.

I am excited to see many of you at this years NRF conference.  We will be proudly sponsoring this years Fusion center.

For those

Who owns shrink??

May 3, 2010

As someone who spent 25+ years in Loss Prevention and now have had 2.5 years to view it from an outside perspective, I have had a chance to think about who really owns shrink.

Who owns shrink has been a question thrown about from the stock rooms to the board rooms inside American retailers. In my opinion the best Loss Prevention division is not able to impact shrink if it is not part of the entire company culture.

Too often I hear that shrink is up, which means LP has dropped the ball. The fact is that shrink management is no easy task. It takes a true leader in the top Loss Prevention seat to navigate the halls of their companies and ensure that shrinkage is not a stand alone function of Loss Prevention, but rather Shrinkage Reduction is a Management Discipline.

This discipline influences engagement from every member of the company from the sales force to the C-suite and each of them play a critical role in delivering year over year shrink improvement.

Too often you will see a segment of the company ratchet up the heat on shrink and demonstrate some marginal improvement. A true “World Class Loss Prevention Approach”, is the ability to keep shrink reduction as a management discipline on everyones radar and ensure each division carries their weight. When this becomes the culture within a company you will move from shrink results being like a “whack a mole”, to a program of continuous improvement with season over season improved performance.

If it were this easy why doesn’t everyone do it?

First, it is not complicated but it is far from easy. Ensuring that a subject like shrink management becomes part of a company culture takes a Loss Prevention leader who has the ability to navigate the personalities and issues within their corporation all of which are competing for support. The Loss Prevention leader that takes the easy path of least resistance and just placates their C-suite will be well liked but will probably not be able to show continuous improvement on the shrinkage front year over year. The Loss Prevention leader who takes the tougher road of having difficult conversations and ensures that everyone is playing their role may not be the most popular, but they will be respected.

As a shareholder in several retailers, I want a Loss Prevention leader that does not take the easy path. It is incredibly hard to take the tougher road and instill this discipline in the company culture, but the sustained results will be delivered when this occurs. This requires hard work, and a constant balance between relationships and roles and if done incorrectly can end a bright career too soon.

It is not complicated, but it is hard work!

Hats off to all my former colleagues who are leading Loss Prevention programs today and posting year over year shrink reduction. You have a lot to be proud of!

eBay+NRF+ FBI partner together to combat ORC

March 22, 2010

Today’s Press release (below), signifies a great step forward for retailers and Loss Prevention Professionals

I have had the benefit of viewing this issue from several vantage points and I am convinced that the issue of Organized Retail Crime is most effectively addressed through collaboration and partnerships.  I look forward to the progress we as an industry will make in 2010 working agressively to tackle this issue.