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Predicting Social Unrest through Qualitative Research

Ryan Long, Head of Global Intelligence and Executive Protection for McDonald’s, joins TalkLP host Amber Bradley to chat about being an intelligence analyst for nearly 20 years.  What exactly does this sexy title mean?  Is it data or all cloak and dagger? Ryan explains his role and how he serves McDonald’s through his role.  He […]

Managing the Complexities of Restaurant Security

Sean Foley, SVP of Enterprise Security Sales at Interface Security, with Interface joins TalkLP host Amber Bradley to talk lessons from COVID, protecting workers while increasing drive-thru speed, PPE, and partnering with local law enforcement with restaurant loss prevention executives Louis Burke, Senior Manager, Safety and Loss Prevention at El Pollo Loco and Chris Magana, […]

Actionable Ways to be Responsible for Cybersecurity

Twenty-two years and counting for industry veteran Mike Mata who is currently the Director of Cyber Security and Retail Loss Prevention at Worldwide Golf Enterprises.  TalkLP host Amber Bradley sits down with Mike to hear how he proactively did the work to add cybersecurity to his responsibilities.  Mike provides the TalkLP audience with his path […]

Innovation in EAS Tags? Hear what Kroger is doing.

Think EAS tags can’t be innovative?  Think again. TalkLP host welcomes Carlton Hemphill, Senior Retail Operations Manager, at Kroger to talk about how he’s working to beat organized retail crime (ORC) and opportunistic shoplifters with this simple, yet effective, innovation.  Need proof?  Carlton’s got it.  Hear him explain his product test, how he did it […]

GBI’s Assistant Director: ORC’s Connection to Gangs, Violence, Hezbollah and Politics

TalkLP host Amber Bradley welcomes John Melvin, Assistant Director – Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to talk about the connection between Organized Retail Crime to gangs, violence, Hezbollah and politics.  In this intense conversation, John gives us a law enforcement perspective on how ORC impacts our society and what politicians can do about it — […]

Loss Prevention’s Take on Retail Predictions

TalkLP host Amber Bradley sits down with Vice President of Education at the National Retail Federation (NRF), Susan Reda to talk retail predictions for 2021 and why they matter to loss prevention.  We also discuss how those predictions are holding up being mid-year and why it’s important for loss prevention executives to pivot.  Susan also […]

Talking Tech with Tom: Easy SCO Product Protection?

Talking Tech with Tom episode 2 brings you more education on the hottest tech topics — this week’s ControlTek’s newest products and partnerships PLUS the latest innovation in protecting products while making it easy for self-checkout….yep, you heard that right.  Self-checkout and even scan and go now have options for protecting high-dollar merchandise.  Tom Meehan, […]

In His Own Words: Ben Dugan on the WSJ’s Exposé on ORC

The Wall Street Journal published an exposé about organized retail crime (ORC) featuring Ben Dugan, Director of Organized Retail Crime & Corporate Investigations at CVS Health. It’s an interesting article that describes the war on ORC that retailers continuously fight — and how CVS is working hard to lead the industry on this growing challenge.  […]

The Importance of Explaining the Why

TalkLP was extremely excited to take a walk in the brain of Chris Nelson, Senior Vice President / Head of Asset Protection at Gap Inc. with guest co-host Mike Keenan, President and CEO at Goodwill Industries of Greater East Bay.  Chris talks with Mike and host Amber Bradley about his time in the military, the […]

Unapologetic Series: Guess Who’s Traveling Again…

TalkLP host Amber Bradley chats with Wicklander-Zulawski & Associate’s Brett Ward, CFI in our next episode of “Unapologetic.”  Guess who’s traveling again?  That’s right.  And you can guess how excited he is about it!  (actually, pretty excited!)  Listen now to hear how he feels about it — what he’s hearing in the industry now we’re […]

Why Digging in to Total Retail Loss is Important

Pamela Velose, Vice President of Asset Protection/Safety and Store Operations at Belk knows retail.  There’s no doubt about that.  Check out this podcast with special guest co-host John Matas, CFE, CFCI, Head of Global Fraud & Risk Operations at Etsy and TalkLP host Amber Bradley dig in to Pamela’s career, how she has been successful […]

Talking Tech with Tom

What’s up TalkLP podcast fans?  We’re here today to dispel a few myths — including, did Tom Meehan really write that book on Asset Protection? Trust me, I was a doubter — but Tom owns up to the truth on this episode of TalkLP.  We also talk about scam calls on your iPhone and other […]

Keith White’s Corporate Insights for America

TalkLP guest co-host Debbie Maples,  VP Global Safety & Security: Intelligence, Investigations & Protection at Salesforce, joins host Amber Bradley to interview Keith White, Chief of Safety and Security for Salesforce.com at Salesforce.  As many know, Keith started his career as a loss prevention agent and has ascended up the ranks to many c-level roles.  Hear […]

What do CFOs Really Want from LP Executives?

This episode of TalkLP features host Amber Bradley and special guest co-host Peter Chie, VP of Asset Protection at Bloomingdale’s interviewing the CFO of Bloomingdale’s, Scott Zettell.  Scott provides insights into exactly what he’s expecting when evaluating capital, what’s important to him from asset protection executives as well as how he started in asset protection […]

Demonstrating LP’s Value to Operations

TalkLP host Amber Bradley is joined by guest co-host David Shugan, CFI, Sr. Director of Asset Protection for Carter’s to pick the brain of Robert LaCommare, CFI, Vice President of Asset Protection for Big Lots Stores.  This episode covers ways loss prevention professionals can demonstrate the value of LP to operations.  We also hear what […]

The Value of the Informal Job Shadow

Ok, when it comes to new ideas to consider – David Ruffing, Vice President of Loss Prevention, Remote Operations, and Investigations at Kohl’s, kills it.  TalkLP host Amber Bradley and David discuss many critical lessons learned along his career path including — rapid expansion, navigating internal politics, understanding people, and the importance of training.  Hear […]

Intentional Leadership in Action

Meredith Plaxco, Vice President, Loss Prevention and Safety at PetSmart joins TalkLP host Amber Bradley for a specific and unique conversation about all-things leadership.  Specifically, Meredith shares her own personal belief system of measuring goals and staying on track to be an intentional leader.  Trust me, you’re doing to have writers (or typers) cramp after […]

Getting Comfortable with Uncomfortable

TalkLP host Amber Bradley is stoked to moderate this RLPSA panel with James Fripp, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer from YUM! Brands and Steven Antoine, Chief Security Officer for YUM! Brands to discuss “Getting Comfortable with Uncomfortable” from their keynote session at the Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association (RLPSA) Annual Conference To Go March […]

Captain Phillips: Never Trust a Pirate

In this episode, TalkLP host Amber Bradley sits down with the Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association’s (RLPSA) keynote speaker Captain Richard Phillips as a sneak preview to his speech that was supposed to happen in-person at the Orlando 2020 conference….that was moved to March, 2021.  As you all know by now, the conference happened […]

The Accelerated LP: A conversation with a President

TalkLP host Amber Bradley sits down with a security technology thought leader, Robert Raff, President of Stanley Security Solutions at STANLEY Security. Raff talks about his perspective of working with loss prevention security professionals during COVID-19 and how they are preparing for the future.  Raff and Bradley also talk vendors selling vaporware, the best of […]

Why You Should Take Things Personal

TalkLP host Amber Bradley and guest co-host Melissa Allgood, CFI, chat with Marty Andrews, CFI, Vice President of VF Corporation.  Curious what VF Corporation is?  How did Marty make it through mergers, acquisitions and multiple corporate cultures?  Take a listen!  Marty and crew discuss why loss prevention professionals SHOULD take things personally — including social […]

Calculating Career Moves

In this episode “Calculating Career Moves,” TalkLP host Amber Bradley discusses many leadership topics with Peter Chie, CFI, Operating Vice President, Asset Protection and Risk Management for Bloomingdale’s.  Peter discusses the elements professionals should consider prior to making a career change and defines his 4 “B’s” of leadership and success.  Take a look and listen […]

How LP Prepares You for the CEO Role

President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater East Bay Mike Keenan, CPP, CFI, LPC joins TalkLP host Amber Bradley and guest co-host Angie Barnes, Executive Vice President of Sales for NAVCO.  This episode discusses how Mike’s extensive experience in loss prevention gave him a unique and valuable perspective for his current role as CEO.  […]

Making the Diversity & Inclusion Conversation Stick

In this episode TalkLP podcast host Amber Bradley keeps it real on a vital topic, “Making the Diversity & Inclusion Conversation Stick.”  TalkLP is honored to have one of the top diversity and inclusion minds, James Fripp, Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer for YUM! Brands join industry-innovator Steven Antoine, Chief Security Officer for YUM! Brands […]

The TRUTH About Surrounding Yourself with Good People

After starring in his own podcast episode, “Solving Your Own LP Groundhog Day,” TalkLP host Amber Bradley welcomes guest co-host David Lund, CFI, MBA, LPC, Vice President of Loss Prevention at Dick’s Sporting Goods to interview his long-time friend and colleague David Shugan, CFI, Senior Director of Asset Protection at Carter’s.  This podcast episode gets […]

Unapologetic Series: Staying Hungry

TalkLP host Amber Bradley and special guest host of our Unapologetic Series, Brett Ward, CFI, Vice President at Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, welcome Debbie Maples, Vice President Global Loss Prevention, Corporate Security & Facilities at Williams-Sonoma, Inc.  This podcast gets meaty with discussion on entitlement, navigating internal politics, gender & diversity issues and more!  Listen now […]

Passing the Torch

TalkLP host Amber Bradley sat down with Mike Lamb, former Vice President of Asset Protection of Kroger and the current Vice President of Asset Protection at Kroger, Mark Stinde, to talk passing of the torch from one industry veteran to another.  This podcast is value-packed for those interested in building their network, understanding what it […]

Solve Your Own LP Groundhog Day

TalkLP host Amber Bradley chats with industry-veteran David Lund, MBA, CFI, LPC, Vice President of Loss Prevention for Dick’s Sporting Goods.  We talk how to solve your own LP Groundhog Day…and what David would have told his 20-year-old-car-salesman-self back in the day.  Oh yeah, and work/life balance? Get some insight from “therapists” David and Amber […]

Building Your Own LP Ladder

TalkLP host Amber Bradley and guest co-host David Thompson, CFI, from Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates chat with Jennifer Schaefer, MA, LPC, Field Asset Protection Manager with T-Mobile. Jennifer talks how to navigate the loss prevention industry by building your own career ladder.  She talks creativity, being open to new challenges and deciding to take calculated risks.  […]

The Value of Transferable Skills in LP

TalkLP host Amber Bradley and guest co-host Wicklander-Zulawski & Associate’s Dave Thompson, CFI grab a chat with Melissa Allgood, CFI, Director Loss Prevention for NBC/Universal Studios Hollywood about her role and the value of transferable skills in the loss prevention industry.  Melissa is definitely an industry veteran with some major experience — but how does […]

GROC’s Keynote with NBA Legend Dominique Wilkins

Host of TalkLP, Amber Bradley, and Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates’ Dave Thompson, CFI were totally fan-girling out at GROC’s PIVOT Virtual ORC conference in August interviewing its keynote speaker NBA legend Dominique Wilkins!  Check out these lessons on PIVOTing in 2020 and how true leaders get it done in life and also in the board room.

Women in LP: Breaking Barriers in a Male Dominated Industry

TalkLP host Amber Bradley had the honor and pleasure of moderating GROC’s breakout panel, “Women in LP: Breaking Barriers in a Male Dominated Industry” at its recent PIVOT conference.  Just when you think you know what women in the loss prevention industry have to say about being executives in a male dominated industry, you have […]

De-escalation in the Real World

Are you tired of wearing a mask?  Me too.  And lots of other folks are too, however, I know those reading this don’t get nasty about it.  But. Some do.  I sat down with Lyle Forcum, Executive Director of Loss Prevention for Panda Restaurant Group to discuss what should be done in these intense scenarios.  […]

GROC’s PIVOT: A convo with Scott Glenn

TalkLP host Amber Bradley and Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates’, David Thompson, CFI sat down with Home Depot’s Vice President of Asset Protection at GROC’s PIVOT virtual ORC summit in August.  Check out the conversation where we get candid with Scott on his advice for these crazy times, and more importantly….how the hell do you protect all […]

Unapologetic with Brett Ward

Don’t you get tired of apologizing?  We do too.  Sometimes you just want to say what’s on your mind.  TalkLP host Amber Bradley and Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates’ Brett Ward, CFI are unapologetic in their analysis for what’s going on right now…and more importantly what loss prevention professionals can learn from it.  Take a listen, but […]

I’m dishonest. But so are you.

Is there such a thing as 100% honest all the time?  Take a listen to this podcast to understand the science that predicts how honest people will be and why that matters in the loss prevention industry.  TalkLP’s host, Amber Bradley and Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates’, Dave Thompson, CFI, discuss Dan Ariely’s book, The (Honest) Truth […]

A Leader’s Clear Vision

Amber and Dave were lucky enough to chat with Cary Jones, CFI, Vice President of Loss Prevention, Administration, and Compliance Officer with VisionWorks of American pre-COVID crisis.  So if you need a break from virus and you’re interested in some valuable leadership perspectives, this podcast is for you!  Cary provides insight on the unique business […]

Educating an Industry on ORC

Hey, remember when we had conversations and we didn’t have to talk about COVID.  This was one of those!  We were lucky enough to talk to Jerry pre-COVID crisis. You know, ORC wasn’t always ORC.  It took many individuals and an evolution in the loss prevention industry to truly understand the varying types of shoplifters […]

A Suite View: President & COO Talks LP

Larry Carroll joins the TalkLP as a guest co-host to interview his own President & COO, Jason Kidd, of 99 cents only stores!  We talk about C-suite perspectives of loss prevention, what executives care about, and why is it always, “what have you done for me lately?”  Take a listen as we get candid and […]

What the hell is Tag Recirculation? And why should I care?

Hear from the Store Operations and Director of LP Operations, Joe Liethen, CPA, formerly with Kohl’s Department Stores as he shares perspectives on why Loss Prevention professionals should care about this simple and effective way to impact your organization’s bottom line.  Not sure what the hell “Tag Recirulation” is?  Why not learn something new from […]

Masks are hot these days. Can you still read behavior?

It’s no doubt that masks are all the fashion rage this time of year…..er, well….due to other reasons, BUT we as a loss prevention industry still need to read behavior.  How can we do that with would-be-shoplifters and employees covering their faces with masks?  How can we apprehend shoplifters that cough on us?  Our resident […]

Post-COVID Debate: What’s being ignored?

Amber and Dave tackle another “She said / He said” podcast debating the question: What’s being ignored?  As an industry, we’re all focused on COVID-19 but what’s around the corner?  Are there any issues that loss prevention professionals should be aware of?  What type of “perfect storm” has this global pandemic caused?  Before you freak […]

The New Normal from the Delivery Leader

TalkLP host Amber Bradley and co-host Dave Thompson, CFI, sit down to talk the new normal post-pandemic with Van Carney, Director of Loss Prevention, Safety, and Security for Domino’s.  Learn about the history of Domino’s and how Van’s team dealt with quick innovation like contactless delivery. Thank you to Amphion for sponsoring this episode! Amphion […]

“O” is for InnOvator: A convo with Bob O.

Amber and Dave sit down with asset protection veteran Bob Oberosler, SVP of Loss Prevention at Dollar Tree Stores – Family Dollar, to talk innovation, the impact of COVID-19 on retail, and how to truly excel in the loss prevention industry.  Thank you to our sponsors Product Protection Solutions (PPS) and ALL-TAG! Find out more […]

What are you sick of?

Amber and Dave sit down with the (in)famous Brett Ward, CFI of Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates to talk: “What are you sick of?”  Why not get something off your chest?  We also cover what professionals should be doing right now (and in the future) to expand their career opportunities.  Brett enabled TalkLP to finally debut our […]

Top 5 ORC Concerns Post-COVID

Amber and Dave sit down with ORC expert, John Matas, CFI, CFCI, Corporate Principal, Fraud and Profit Protection for Macy’s Inc./FDS National Bank to discuss another TalkLP TOP 5: “Top 5 ORC Concerns Post-COVID.”  Any idea what’s coming next in this “new normal” for retail when it comes to ORC?  John has some insights from his […]

Real Solutions to Real Problems Series #1

Amber and Dave launch our first episode in a new series called, “Real Solutions to Real Problems.”  This industry is chock full of valuable solution providers that can help us solve real challenges.  Take a listen to Kris Vece, Vice President of Client Relations for Protos!  Kris talks about what’s going on in the guard […]

Top 5 Mistakes Interviewers Make

Dave Thompson enters the hot seat to discuss the Top 5 Mistakes Interviewers make in our first episode of a new series called, “TalkLP’s Top 5.”  Check this out to learn what you should or should not be doing…..hit us up at @LetsTalkLP to submit a “Top 5” topic! Disclaimer: We recorded this WAY before […]

Innovating to Maintain Your Edge

Amber and Dave chat with loss prevention executive, inventor, entrepreneur, and Shark Tank survivor!  Check out this former Director of US Security for McDonald’s and current loss prevention solution provider of all types of unique items that solve problems!

Preparing and Dealing with Crisis: What’s Frogger Got to do with it?

Amber and Dave sit down with Steven Antoine, Chief Security Officer, Global Assets Protection for YUM! Brands to discuss his philosophies on handling the crisis.  He answers the most important question: What’s Frogger got to do with it? Take a listen to Steven’s perspectives and have your twitter handle ready – he has lots of […]

Ensuring Your Career Health: What should you be doing now?

Amber and Dave talk to LP recruiting guru Chris O’Leary of Loss Prevention Recruiters, LLC about how to ensure your career health these days.  How important is professional development right now?  Which one should you be focused on?  How terrible is the “in-car selfie” for your LinkedIn photo?  Listen to find out!  Thank you to […]

Leadership in Crisis: A conversation with David Johnston, Dunkin’ Brands

David Johnston, Senior Director of Loss Prevention and Corporate Security at Dunkin’ Brands, sits down for a chat with Amber and Dave to talk lessons in leadership during a crisis.  Certainly fitting with the times we’re in — take a listen to see what you can learn.

She Said / He Said Debut

TalkLP hosts take on the Super Bowl halftime show complaints, #MeToo, Travel tips in light of the Coronavirus and more….take a listen if you’re not easily offended.  Hell, even if you are, it will be fun.

Talking Shop with Tim

Amber and Dave talk shop with Tim Lapinski, CFI, LPC from Helzberg Diamonds.  We cover Tim’s diverse background, his advice for creating an ROI for LP and the most annoying thing vendors do.  Thank you to Protos for sponsoring this episode!  #ProtosIsDaBomb Check it.

Shrink is on the LAMB at Kroger

Decreasing shrink is never easy – especially when dealing with perishable waste. Take a listen to hear how Mike Lamb tackles the complexities of grocery and his advice for young LP professionals. Thank you to Gatekeeper Systems for sponsoring this episode!

Handle Bar Mustache Handling LP

We are super stoked to welcome Jason Swanson from MOD Pizza to the podcast.  Special thanks to Agilence for sponsoring today’s conversation.  Jason teaches us about spreading the MODness and how LP skills translate from retail to restaurant, lickadee split!

What’s Trending: We actually are on video

It’s another “What’s Trending” series – but this time, we actually ARE on video….and yes, at the worst angle and lighting ever, but hey, get over yourself. Take a listen to the unscripted side of LP – where you never know what will come up or what you’ll learn along the way.  Be nice.

Amber and Dave get real with Larry Carroll

Amber and Dave get chatty with the VP of Asset Protection, Inventory Analytics and Compliance at 99 Cents Only Stores, Larry Carroll. Ever wonder what makes this guy tick?  Check out this podcast to see how this uber-successful industry veteran gets. things. done.

My body says whhhhhat about me?

Amber Bradley and Dave Thompson, CFI chat with body language expert Lisa Mitchell, CFI to discuss how body language in business and personal settings. Of course, the most important questions come up…like, “how do you know she’s into you?” (for all you singles out there – you’re welcome). Take a listen to this badass expert.

What’s Trending Series: “hey, we think we’re on video”

In our NEW “What’s Trending” series Amber Bradley and Dave Thompson, CFI pretty much shoot the bull and see what comes up. This one is especially nuts because we actually think we’re on video….although we didn’t quite figure that out yet….Enjoy.

Detective Joseph Hopkins, LAPD Steps Into the Hot Seat

Amber and Dave sit down to talk CALORCA and LEAPS with LAPD Detective Joseph Hopkins. You’ve seen him around the industry, now get to know him!

TalkLP Welcomes Adrian Beck

TalkLP hosts welcome Adrian Beck to talk about what he’s seen in the LP industry over the years and his newest research and retail trends. We also talk free research resources for loss prevention professionals (yes, even here in the US!).

TalkLP Gets Personal with Gus Downing

Get to know Gus in our unscripted environment! Take a listen to the unscripted side of LP when the industry’s leading interviewer becomes the interviewee!

Dave and Amber get the Scoop on the FL Retail Federation

Have you heard about these state retail organizations? Any clue what they’re about – or why you should care? Take a listen to Shelby Dotson from the Florida Retail Federation to find out!

Dave and Amber talk Netflix and False Confessions

Amber interviews Dave about his recent appearance on Netflix and why he doesn’t have an IMDB rating yet? You never know where this conversation will go…false confessions, Netflix suggestions, and IF you should interview people you know, yep, we went there.

Kickoff – TalkLP Welcomes New Host: David Thompson, CFI

Kickoff – TalkLP Welcomes New Host: David Thompson, CFI

Episode 5 – The Loss Prevention Foundation – A friendly and informational conversation with the newly appointed President, Terry Sullivan.

Terry, Amber, and Kevin talk about the history, the function, and the great benefits of the Loss Prevention Foundation.

Episode 4 – SEXUAL HARASSMENT INTERVIEW TRAINING – The topic of sexual harassment in the workplace continues to be a prevalent conversation throughout today’s society.

Brett Ward – Divisional Vice President – Business Development & Client Relations at Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates takes a deep dive into this sensitive yet relevant subject with Amber and Kevin.

Episode 3 – CLIMBING THE LEADERSHIP LADDER IN LP – The journey, challenges, and best practices of rising through the ranks in Loss Prevention / Asset Protection – Kathleen Smith – VP of Asset Protection at Albertsons Company

TalkLP.com’s third episode is an in depth conversation with Kathleen Smith, a well regarded senior leader in the LP / Asset Protection industry. Kathleen shares her experience in transitioning from law enforcement to Loss Prevention as well as some tips to those looking to increase their role and responsibility.

Episode 2 – FALSE CONFESSIONS – Obtaining an admission of guilt for a crime for which the confessor is not responsible – Dave Thompson – VP of Operations at W-Z

TalkLP.com’s second episode is a conversation with Dave Thompson, an interview and interrogation expert. Dave has been heavily involved in the national conversation regarding false confessions for the past few years. His expertise and perspective on the future of interviewing and interrogation is certainly interesting!

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