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(The following article was originally published by The Maritime Executive, September 17, 2019)

The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) has published a revision of its position paper on cargo theft prevention. Cargo crime has reached alarming proportions, says the IUMI, calling for action to minimize the risks. In particular, the IUMI says efforts by law enforcement agencies to increase transnational cooperation to combat cargo theft must be enhanced.

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TAPA – The Americas continues its supply chain security webinar series. On Thursday, October 10th, the topic will be, “Blockchain: The Basics.”

Supply chain security is an ever-increasing topic among global manufacturers, as incidences of theft, fraud, and counterfeiting and even infiltration by cyber-attackers become more frequent and more widespread. That said, there is still a mystique around blockchain. Blockchain certainly offers some exciting possibilities to fix some of the persistent security issues associated with the global supply chain. However, technology alone will not eliminate the many risks associated with the industry.

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Join us in Nashville, Music City USA, December 10 – 11, 2019 for the TAPA AMERICAS T2-Meeting. This annual event offers members access to relevant research, resources, and presentations addressing current and emerging issues in supply chain security, resilience, and cargo theft.

You’ll have the unique opportunity to meet Cargo Crime Task Forces from around the country at the local, state, and national levels, all coming together in one location. This premier event offers a unique opportunity to build relationships and advance your knowledge in this critical field. Read more ...

Time constraints, budgets, and travel restrictions make it difficult for many industry professionals to continue their professional education.  Webinars offer an excellent solution. The Transported Asset Protection Association (AMERICAS) finds 5 benefits of their webinar series.

Flexibility
Webinars enable members to access learning material anywhere at any time. This is exciting news for those who do not have time or geographic access learning material.

Timetable Availability
The learning timetables of seminars offered at onsite meetings do not provide flexibility to members. Webinars have made it possible for members to log in and access the webinars on-demand in the members-only library.

Cost-effective
Members who use webinars for education find it cheaper since traveling costs and other expenses that demanded by onsite learning.  It also allows them to gain additional membership value by increasing their access to the benefits of member engagement and online learning.

Interactivity
Speakers are more approachable online, and members are more comfortable asking questions through chats and discussions as opposed to face-to-face interactions. Webinars put all attendees in an equal position to contribute to the virtual seminar.

Better Understanding of Content

According to a study by the U.S. Department of Education, "on average, members in online learning conditions performed modestly better than those receiving face-to-face instruction." The department of education found out that members who take online learning perform better than those who use face-to-face learning.












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We are pleased to invite TAPA members and non-members to join our upcoming webinar: "Cargo Theft Trends and Methods." The event is Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 2:00 PM EDT.

This webinar will be presented by Scott Cornell, 2vp Transportation Leader, and Crime & Theft Specialist, Travelers Inland Marine. Scott has been in the insurance industry for 15-years with Travelers and is currently leading the Cargo/Transportation division. Before his current role, he conducted investigations for 25-years, specializing in cargo theft and transportation, internal theft, embezzlement, and corporate investigations and is a nationally recognized expert in the cargo theft field. Scott helped create a fully dedicated cargo theft unit for Travelers, known as SIG (Special Investigations Group), and is a co-inventor of a patented process for methods and systems for providing customized risk mitigation and recovery to an insurance customer. He and the SIG team regularly partner with law enforcement and cargo task forces nationwide.

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Does Your Association Bring Value to Its Members?
Is your industry association bringing value to its members? Answering this question should be the touchstone for every decision made by an association's leadership. Moreover, it should be the foundation for a successful strategic plan. This plan will be a living document that establishes the key benefits of membership and the roadmap for delivery.

Who are your members?
Understanding your organization's target audience is the first step in ensuring that you can provide a viable and sustainable value proposition. You can't be all things to all people. Therefore, defining your demographics, and member profile enables your organization's leadership to build a strategic plan that addresses the needs of its members.

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The 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.

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Our T1-Meeting in Atlanta was a great success. Members and guests had the opportunity to broaden their professional knowledge, share best practices, and network with their peers. 

Ronne Malham with the Office of Criminal Investigations|U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave a presentation on the criminal side of the FDA, Office of Criminal Investigations. His office handles any criminal activity covered under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). 

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Most new members say they joined TAPA simply because someone shared why it’s important. As an active TAPA member, you know first-hand the value your membership provides. This ” Member-Get-a-Member Campaign is the ideal opportunity to share your professional successes by encouraging your non-member colleagues to join. Now is the perfect time to reach out to your professional contacts and recruit them to join.

This membership initiative is your opportunity to share the value of TAPA membership with your friends and colleagues. Not only can you take pride in supporting TAPA, but you can also earn a dues discount for your company.
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