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    Pandemic Flu Preparedness Added to 2006 NRF Loss Prevention Conference Agenda

    WASHINGTON -- With the threat of avian flu carrying the potential to disrupt business practices worldwide, the National Retail Federation (NRF) has added a special session exploring this potential pandemic to the programming at its 2006 Loss Prevention Conference and Exhibition, June 5-7 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis.

    WASHINGTON -- With the threat of avian flu carrying the potential to disrupt business practices worldwide, the National Retail Federation (NRF) has added a special session exploring this potential pandemic to the programming at its 2006 Loss Prevention Conference and Exhibition, June 5-7 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis.

    On Tuesday, June 6, at 9:45 a.m., Bill Jones, director, food safety & quality assurance, Sears Holding Corp., will be joined by commissioner Michael Campion, who leads Minnesota Governor Pawlenty's cabinet on the bird flu pandemic, in a session on preparing for a pandemic. These two authorities will speak on the current outlook for this potential crisis and outline how retailers can best prepare their companies. In addition, attendees will learn about early warning and response strategies, limiting the arrival and spread of a pandemic, communicating to all stakeholders in their company, and accelerating the development after a crisis.

    "Last year's devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina were a reminder of the importance of being prepared for disasters," said Joseph LaRocca, NRF's v.p. of loss prevention, in a statement. "It is essential that companies remain proactive by educating themselves and preparing plans of action that will protect their businesses, their employees and their customers before a potential crisis."

    More than 2,600 loss prevention executives will connect during NRF's Loss Prevention Conference and Exhibition to explore new ideas, research, and strategies on today's top loss prevention topics. The three-day event will feature more than 40 educational sessions and forums, as well as an exhibit hall with products and technologies from more than 200 suppliers. For more information about NRF's Loss Prevention Conference, visit http://www.nrf.com/lp06.

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