The end of an antique era is near

first_img The councilwoman said although the city has done nothing official to designate the area as an antique district, it just evolved that way, and losing Penny Pinchers would be a blow. “The antique store owners are all friends, they are all in the same business and they kind of worked together,” she said. “People come from out of town to go there.” Williamson recalled finding a huge mirror with beveled glass years ago almost hidden in a remote corner of the store. “Now everybody who comes to my house says, ‘Oh my gosh, where did you get that mirror?”‘ Sharon Ruedy of Chatsworth, the owner of Shop Around the Corner, an antique store down Valley Fair, said Simi Valley’s antique shops attract customers from throughout the region. “We’re all very sad about (the Penny Pinchers move) because the more antique stores makes it a destination and gives people more variety,” she said. “It’s going to impact us. … Kathy established an antique center here years ago, and the other stores opened up.” She said Simi Valley has even attracted antique dealers who have shops in other cities but come here looking for bargains they can resell. Since the news of Ervin’s move was announced before Christmas many things for sale were marked down as much as 50 percent and she and the other vendors there sold thousands of items, leaving the shelves increasingly bare. Still, it’s almost impossible to imagine what’s available: antique china, stuffed animals, old-fashioned skis, a Columbia phonograph record player from the early 1900s, an antique wheelchair, English-style riding hats, an outboard motor, spinning wheels and early Disney character dolls. Ervin has used part of the store to sell her own items and rented space to other vendors to sell theirs. The variety in merchandise is astonishing, said customer Doug Wardlaw of Camarillo. “You almost can’t come here without finding something,” he said. Ervin recalled a case in the 1960s when a man brought her an old metal tray he wanted to sell for $8, and she put it up for $35. But it was purchased by another person who learned it was an antique tray once used in performing circumcisions. It was worth $10,000. Liz Kirby of Simi Valley was there recently looking at the half-price bargains. “I really only buy old stuff,” she said. “This place has a lot of variety but not a lot of high-end things. Every once in a while you find something that is dear.” Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s been wonderful. I’ve loved every minute of it and I’m not ready to retire,” said Ervin, 77. “I love the people I meet through the business, the customers and my vendors.” Simi Valley City Councilwoman Barbra Williamson said she has been shopping at Penny Pinchers for years, an experience she described as a journey back in time. “You go in there and you see your past, things from your childhood and your mother’s past,” she said. But it is natural as Simi Valley grows bigger and more prosperous for property to change hands, selling for higher prices and bringing higher rents, she said. “I am so sorry to hear Kathy is having this problem,” Williamson said. “I think it’s a sign of the times.” SIMI VALLEY – Antique hunters are waiting to see what will become of Penny Pinchers, a huge emporium in the middle of Simi Valley where shoppers enter a time warp, unsure of what they will find. Kathy Ervin, who traded thousands of goods from the past in her sprawling 17,200-square-foot complex, has to move by the end of the month because the building was purchased by a man who wants to use the space for his mortgage and real estate business. Some of her supporters hope she can move nearby because the neighborhood has become Simi Valley’s unofficial antique district. Since Penny Pinchers, at 4265 Valley Fair St., opened in the late 1960s, several antique stores have settled around Valley Fair and Los Angeles Avenue near Tapo Street. last_img read more

Unai Emery offers no guarantees to Mesut Ozil amid Real Madrid rumours

first_imgUnai Emery says Mesut Ozil could still have a future at Arsenal, but refuses to offer any guarantees the playmaker will return to the starting line-up.Ozil has struggled for game time since Emery was appointed manager in the summer, and has appeared for just 20 minutes in total since the middle of November. 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED MONEY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move “I am not thinking about this situation,” he said when asked if the former Germany international could leave when the transfer window opens.“He has scored three goals, he give us assists. Some matches we need different things tactically and individually. It’s not only for him.“For me the player’s salary is not important for me, I don’t know the player’s salary because for me they are the same.“Every player, I want to give them the same conversation or the same decision for play or not play.“The most important thing for me is the commitment and they are every player with the commitment. And then when I decide they are not to play because of a tactical decision, it’s with him and another.“If you are asking this is different because one is with more salary and the other is less salary, for me it’s the same.” Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED BEST OF He was snubbed earlier this week for their Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham, failing to even earn a place among the substitutes, with Emery confirming it was a ‘tactical decision’.Reports suggest that he could leave the club on a temporary basis when the transfer window opens next month, with reports of a potential swap deal involving Real Madrid’s Isco.Emery insists he is not planning to lose Ozil, however he warned the World Cup winner that his status as Arsenal’s highest-paid player does guarantee he will return to the team. ADVICE Arsenal manager Unai Emery 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REPLY Ozil was recently made captain by Emery but performed so badly he was subbed off no dice REVEALED huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Emery managed big-name players on lucrative contracts during his time at Paris St Germain, where the likes of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe.While dropping Ozil has led to a lot of interest in the relationship between player and manager, Emery insists he is only concerned with what is best for his Arsenal side and not what others think as the Spaniard revealed Ozil is back in the squad for Saturday’s visit of Burnley.“I don’t think how they are going to think outside (the club),” he added.“I can explain here clearly my decision why. For example, for tomorrow every player is okay in the squad, for trusting in them to work the match tomorrow.“My focus, my plan with them is to do the best match. If Mesut is in the first XI, the same. Trust in him help us with his quality.“Mesut is OK (to face Burnley) I trust in him, I trust in our team, our players. We are going to play. Our game plan tactically, individually the best performance individual and to continue pushing with the players, giving them confidence, to take responsibility, rhythm.”last_img read more

Coming to a Store Near You? 10 Trends from 2019

first_imgFrom trending news stories, 2019 conference presentations, and interviews with industry thought leaders, a picture of the future becomes—if not clear—perhaps a little sharper in focus. Here are ten trends expected to impact retail and LP in the next few years.Buy online, pick up in store (BOPIS) is poised to grow. Several LP leaders we spoke with are newly contending with BOPIS, and all signs indicate the trend will expand. In the UK, for example, some 68 percent of shoppers surveyed said they now take advantage of click-and-collect programs. And it’s clear why stores will advance the trend: 85 percent of customers that pick up online orders in a store buy additional merchandise while there, according to Barclaycard data. Since Kohl’s began accepting Amazon returns at its stores, Kohl’s CEO Michelle Gass reports that 80 percent of those customers stick around to shop.Omnichannel strives to be omnipresent. Industry leaders are noting the trend of products integrating services—toward a new goal of “omnipresence”—and increasing interactions between brand and consumer. The goal? For a brand to always be in the right context at the right time. One decades-old shelf staple provides an example: Tide is no longer just laundry detergent. You can now download an app, go to a Tide locker with dry cleaning or laundry, drop it off, and pick it up when a text tells you it’s ready.- Sponsor – We haven’t reached peak data. At the Madrid meeting of the ECR Community Shrink & OSA Group, visions offered on the subject of LP in 2025 make it clear that data management and analysis is both the present and the future. Even more information is heading LP teams’ way, and our effectiveness will hinge upon making sense of it all. Specifically, “to identify how it can be combined and integrated into a single platform to enable statistical tools to be used to rapidly seek out and visualize previously unseen insights on the causes of retail loss,” according to a report from the meeting. Data analytics will be the foundation of LP for years to come, and the ability to squeeze value from it will determine how much of an asset LP is able to be to their organizations. Technology is allowing for increasingly smart pattern detection in retail transactions—it’s up to LP to take advantage and to use improved data analysis to make effective decisionsThe definition of “retail security” will continue to expand, destined to grow as wide as the imagination of marketers. Helzberg Diamonds, for example, recently had this gem of an idea: let’s offer wedding ceremonies at our 216 stores for customers who buy wedding rings. That concept, and many marketing ideas like it, have security ramifications. So it seems certain that LP will continue to be pressed into managing security risks arising from new operations. Retailers are being told they need to be nimble, and LP will need to minimize risks as stores pursue that goal without unnecessarily tapping the brakes on innovation. From examining a background check process of a third-party in-home delivery service to writing a plan to minimize safety risks from new “store experiences,” LP will continue to be pressed into action to maintain the safety of our employees and guests.LP must protect brands as well as products. Similar to the point made above, industry thought leaders have been suggesting that, as retail becomes more about experiences, preventing loss becomes as much about preventing interruption to those experiences as it is about protecting the products you sell from theft. Better store security equals better customer experiences. And in 2020 and beyond, that will increasingly equate with a successful retail operation.Social media monitoring is important in a divisive society. It’s getting more difficult for retailers to avoid being swept into polarizing political debates. After El Paso, for example, CVS Health and Walgreens asked customers to stop openly carrying firearms in stores, and Walmart announced an end to select ammunition sales. Some retailers may wish to avoid taking positions on culturally divisive issues, but others may make a point of doing so to connect with their customers. Picking sides on hot button issues—or even appearing to pick sides—makes retailers more likely targets of protest groups and can spur individuals to conduct politically motivated cyber attacks. These attacks are particularly difficult to defend against because the aim isn’t theft but to cause headaches and embarrassment. In addition to technical safeguards, corporate security teams should consider proactive monitoring for what is being said about them online.Collaboration for LP must be the new normal. The effectiveness of LP—as both a department and an industry—will increasingly depend on engaging and cooperating with others. IT and online divisions are obvious examples but just some of many cross-functional partners with which LP will need to engage to provide value to retail enterprises, say industry leaders. In the latest NRF Protect survey, nearly nine in ten respondents said there is increasingly overlap between LP and cyber, but many retailers haven’t aligned them yet.Delivery wars are only just beginning. Kroger piloted a thirty-minute delivery service called Kroger Rush at two stores near its Cincinnati headquarters. Macy’s plans to offer free same-day delivery. Walgreens teamed up with Google’s Wing Aviation to test drone delivery in a small town in Virginia. All are examples of the growing effort by stores to compete with online sellers. As the battle continues, experts say it’s important for loss prevention to be part of planning as retailers innovate, whether they embrace ship-from-store, pick up in store, and into futuristic scenarios like autonomous delivery.Social engineering scams will continue to grow in sophistication. One ORC investigator acknowledged fighting external scams targeting employees in which individuals pose as a company manager or other higher-ups to facilitate fraud. These scams are fueled by greater access to information—and posing as someone else is poised to get even easier. The Washington Post recently reported that a French insurance company said one of its clients was victimized by thieves who used artificial-intelligence-driven voice-mimicking software to imitate a company executive’s speech and scam a managing director into transferring $240,000 into their bank account. The employee said he thought the request was odd but that the voice was so accurate he felt he had to comply. “This is a technology that would have sounded exotic in the extreme ten years ago, now being well within the range of any lay criminal who’s got creativity to spare,” Andrew Grotto of Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center, told the Post.Retail organizations need to improve natural disaster preparedness to limit business disruption. In 2018, the US experienced 14 billion-dollar-plus natural disasters, which caused approximately $90.9 billion in losses, according to the latest US Household Disaster Giving report. Once-a-century type storms now seem to happen all the time, and climate experts generally agree that the trend will persist. Disruption from civil unrest and political instability also seems poised to increase, warn experts in risk management. In today’s evolving retail environment, effectively mitigating the business impact from these events can make the difference between winning and losing in the global marketplace. LP’s expertise is vital to enabling businesses to manage both predictable and catastrophic challenges and forge greater resiliency. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more