first_imgThe LPM “Magpie” Awards offer a means to celebrate industry accomplishments on an ongoing basis, recognizing the loss prevention professionals, teams, solution providers, law enforcement partners, and others that demonstrate a stellar contribution to the profession.Excellence in LeadershipJohn Voytilla, SVP of Operational Excellence for Construction, Facilities, LP, Safety, Procurement, and Project Management, Party City“Driving shrink down and saving millions of dollars for an organization is fun and exciting,” said Voytilla. “But having the opportunity to hire, train, and build great teams is the most rewarding part of the business. Seeing individuals that I’ve had the privilege to lead, now leading strong organizations and becoming leaders in the industry—that’s what I cherish the most.”- Sponsor – Voytilla started his LP career as a store detective to help with college expenses. Nearing graduation, he accepted an LP manager role with Gold Circle Stores, which led to multistore roles with TJ Maxx and Montgomery Ward. He later accepted his first director position with OfficeMax. “I learned what it meant to have a vision for building an organization and helping the company grow, becoming an officer of the company and having the privilege to lead the loss prevention and safety programs through two mergers in the process.”Two years ago, Voytilla joined Party City to build an in-house professional LP organization while assuming additional responsibility for construction, facilities, procurement, and project management.Voytilla also believes in contributing to the industry in other ways. He’s been very active with the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), currently serving on the Board of Advisors (BOA) and previously serving as chairman of the BOA from 2014 to 2017. He also served as a member of the National Retail Federation LP Council for a number of years.“To be a true leader in the industry, you must have integrity, humility, relentless focus, and be disciplined in all aspects of the business,” he said. “Don’t focus on a title. It’s more important to learn all the different areas of your company and take advantage of the opportunities presented to you. Volunteer for stretch assignments and be a learner. When you make a mistake, own it and move on. Finally, as a leader you need to listen to those closest to the work. They’ll provide you unfiltered feedback—you just need to ask for it.”Nominate Your PeersThose of you working as LP practitioners witness these exceptional performances on a regular and ongoing basis, and we strongly encourage you to provide us with nominees for each of the award categories. We encourage creative nominations and want the program to cast a positive light on the many tremendous contributions of the loss prevention community. Nominations can be submitted via email to excellence [at] LPportal.com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

first_imgConferousFrom PW: “A toll-free number with support for multiple conference rooms, create rooms with a specific purpose and track the number of participants.”A very simple service and there are others like GroupCall that use Twitter for creating a conference calls. RingerousRingerous lets you post to your blog by phone.Your recorded message is added to the post with an embedded MP3 player for easy playback. There are a number of similar services . alex williams Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… On Programmable Web (PW), the telephony category has 83 APIs. Of these, Twilio is by far the leader with 88 mashups associated with its API. That’s far ahead of Skype, which has 28; Jaduka has 8 and MyVox and Ringful each have six.Twilio is a cloud-based service that helps you build telephony-based services. In September it added more than 100 new features. Using telephony-based APIs is new territory for many. We are always asking how telephony services are used. Developers use the Twilio API for alerts, changes to calendars, conferencing and a host of other uses.To get a perspective, here are five ways developers are using the Twilio API:Bad News RobotBad News Robot allows you to call someone with bad news without having to do it yourself. The robot does the talking for you.Using Twilio, the service will call the recipient for the robot to deliver the bad news. The robot may have a “dude voice,” or a “chick voice.” The call costs 99 cents. Twitter and email is free. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing center_img VoxilateVoxilate provides the ability for a silent auction. Bidders can bid on items over the phone and are notified via text message when they are outbid.From the Voxilate blog, a walk-through for how it works:“All bid items are listed in a Google spreadsheetUsers at the silent auction enter their name, bid amount, and phone number on the auction sheets.When the auction completes, on-site staff enter the winners into the Google Spreadsheet.Bidders dial the Twilio-provided number and enter their phone number as a PIN (automatic if they send Caller ID). They are told whether they have won, and if so, what their total is (important for those who bid on multiple items!). They are then instructed to say their names, addresses, and other pertinent information and are of course thanked for participating.This information is then transcribed and posted into the Google Spreadsheet (this is fun to watch in real-time!) The Twilio link to audio is also included in case the information needs to be double-checked.On-site staff can then complete the checkout at their leisure.We’re using Google App Engine for serving the TwiML responses to Twilio, and the Google Data APIs for connecting to Google Spreadsheet.”The services we see range from the trivial to the truly useful. What they all offer is an example of how the telepehony space is rapidly becoming a platform for communication that sits on equal footing with the Web. From an interview with Pha on the Twilio blog:“I built Conferous using Ruby on Rails with a slightly customized version of the Twilio gem from Webficient to communicate with the Twilio API. The Twilio API was so flexible and easy to use that I was able to develop the core functionality very quickly. In addition, I deployed the application on Heroku, which sped up the development/deployment process even more. On the front-end side, I used jQuery to create some of the UI effects and for AJAX interactions. You could say I’m a sucker for technologies that make my life easier and let me focus on functionality and not nitty-gritty details.”Mobile CommonsMobile Commons is a service that is a page out of modern, political marketing. It provides advertisers and agencies quickly launch and manage mobile marketing campaigns from a Web-based user interface. Can you see how this might be used in the next session of the U.S. Congress? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgMinister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, has called on countries to continue educating persons about Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and to share resources and experiences, so that all can benefit from its implementation and utilization. Like Our Facebook Page and Follow Us On Twitter Addressing representatives from the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and Africa, at the 6th Conference of the Urban Regional Information Systems Association at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, in Montego Bay, on November 14, the Minister emphasised that there is an acute need for countries around the world to utilize GIS technology and its applications in their planning processes. “I am sure that many of us, if not all, are sold on the benefits and use of GIS and know that it will provide us with the tools to engage in the critical thinking necessary to deal with the critical times in which we live.   I put it to you that GIS and its supporting technologies can empower us as Small Island Developing States and bring us closer to each other as sister islands within the region,” Mr. Pickersgill told the over 200 delegates at the conference. Alluding to the benefits of using GIS technologies, especially when implemented and used on an enterprise/national basis, the Minister advised that small countries need to take a co-ordinated national approach, as a sectoral and/or piecemeal approach cannot yield the best returns. “Governments therefore need to have realistic long term plans with identified financial support to fund national GIS programmes.  What is also needed is a national GIS vision for our respective countries, long term objectives and goals that are constantly being fine tuned, reviewed and implemented in a progressive manner, given the availability of resources. A piecemeal or sectoral-based approach is counter productive to achieving the benefits that may be derived from a national co-ordinated approach,” the Minister argued. “We need to stop implementing GIS related projects and activities in a vacuum.  We need to share our resources, experiences and data sets and talk to each other.  The answer to achieving successful GIS programmes lies in the sharing, co-ordination and amalgamation of resources.  Governments and project executing agencies need to negotiate to have sustainable projects implemented, that will benefit organizations and by extension their countries in the long term,” Mr. Pickersgill added. He pointed out that continuous education on GIS technology has its place, as “too many professionals in GIS related fields in the region are not keeping abreast of changes in technology.” “I am therefore recommending that educational institutions within the region meet to spearhead an initiative to encourage these continuous education programmes for GIS professionals.  Indeed, our professionals in the region will soon be left behind, if we do not constantly upgrade our GIS skills sets,” the Minister said “With the changing trade agreements and the opening of borders and economies, as a region we must be prepared to forge ahead to meet the changes head on or inevitably be trampled along the way.  It is my fervent hope that the issues I have outlined will be addressed at this conference and that all participants will come away with fresh perspectives and strategies for the strengthening and sharing of geospatial information among our respective countries,” Mr. Pickersgill added. The conference was held under the theme: ‘Spatial Technologies – critical thinking for critical times’.last_img read more