Barry Brandman, Danbee Investigations CEO, Featured in 10/06/15 Convenience Distribution Association Webinar on How to Effectively Use Undercover Investigations

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Undercover investigations have been providing senior executives with valuable intelligence for many years. The CBS hit show Undercover Boss has shown how effective “going undercover” is at identifying security and operational problems.

The Convenience Distribution Association (CDA) will be holding a webinar for their members on October 6, 2015 that will feature Barry Brandman, CEO of Danbee Investigations. His presentation,“Undercover Boss – Distribution Center Edition”, will explain how undercover operations have exposed fraud, embezzlement, inventory loss, cybercrime, workplace substance abuse as well as operational problems that can significantly impact profitability.

The tremendously popular CBS TV show brought to light how valuable information gathered undercover can be for a company and its owners or shareholders. Even veteran CEOs who felt they had an excellent handle on what was happening at every level of their business were shocked at some of the activities they discovered by donning disguises and going undercover inside their own companies.

“What the show did was create discussion about the value of undercover intelligence to senior level executives,” says Barry Brandman, president of Danbee Investigations. “Of course, it isn’t possible for most executives to personally go undercover as they do on the TV show; that’s why they contact a firm like ours that has been conducting sensitive undercover investigations inside major corporations for over 25 years.”

“Sometimes CEOs come to us and they just want to get a general sense of how well their companies are being run. Is the management implementing the policies and practices that corporate has dictated? How is morale? Are there problems that they’re not aware of but should be? What about the level of productivity? That type of operational insight is very important for them.”

“Of course, they will also come to us if they suspect or know of some security related concerns -- such as theft, cybercrime, collusion, fraud, workplace substance abuse, theft of proprietary information, and a number of other issues” says Brandman. “In that particular area, undercover has been very effective for the companies that we work with and they’ve found the intelligence to be extremely valuable. In this webinar I will explain how to get the best results from undercover, certain pitfalls to avoid, as well as how to respond to the intelligence without jeopardizing the confidentiality of the investigation.”

About Barry Brandman:

Barry Brandman, CEO of Danbee Investigations, is credited with developing innovative solutions that have literally saved companies millions of dollars by eliminating loss and reducing risk to security threats. He is the author of The Executive’s Guide to Business Security, has appeared on network television and has been interviewed by national publications such as USA Today, Forbes and The Journal of Commerce. He has also been a consultant for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

About Danbee Investigations:

Danbee Investigations, headquartered in Fair Lawn, NJ, (http://www.danbeeinvestigations.com) is one of the most respected names in corporate security, providing investigative and consulting services, including undercover operations, vulnerability assessments, C-TPAT certification services, an employee Hotline program, security auditing and training. Their clients include Fortune 100 corporations as well as privately held companies and law firms domestically and internationally.

About CDA:

The Convenience Distribution Association (CDA), formerly AWMA, is the trade organization working on behalf of convenience products distributors in the United States. Its distributor members represent more than $92 billion in U.S convenience product sales, serving a wide variety of small retail formats. Associate members include leading convenience product manufacturers, brokers, retailers, suppliers and others allied to the industry.

Typical products sold by convenience distributors include candy, snacks, food service, tobacco and tobacco related products, beverages, beverage programs, groceries, HBC and general merchandise. In addition to convenience stores, their largest customer segment, convenience distributors also serve a variety of retail formats including: grocery, drug, tobacco, mass, news, concession, gift, fundraising, hospitality and institutional.

CDA provides convenience distributors with advocacy on legislative and regulatory issues; business education, programs and initiatives on a variety of areas from category management and food safety to warehouse delivered data and logistics; innovative events, communities and forums helping to align distributors with their trading partners and suppliers, and, a full slate of distributor-focused published products.

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