RETAIL CRIME UP: The frequency of organized retail crime is on the rise, according to a survey being released today by the National Retail Federation. The survey found that 79 percent of retailers polled were the victims of organized retail crime within the last year. Additionally, 71 percent said they had noticed an increase in theft activity connected to organized retail crime in the last year, which compares with 48 percent in the 2006 poll. Organized retail crime rings steal merchandise from stores and sell it through Web-based auction sites or at flea markets. The survey revealed that 61 percent of retailers said they had discovered or recovered stolen merchandise from such locations, up from 59 percent in the 2006 survey.

ROSSI APPOINTMENT: Gucci Group has appointed Didier Bonnin chief executive officer of Sergio Rossi, succeeding Isabelle Guichot, who left to become ceo at Balenciaga earlier this month. Bonnin, 40, begins on June 18, and comes from Bottega Veneta, where, for the past four years, he was industrial director. Previously, he held managerial posts at Louis Vuitton and Celine. "Didier is an experienced luxury goods professional and I am delighted that he is to lead the team at Sergio Rossi," said Gucci Group chief Robert Polet in a statement. "He is a strong example of the breadth and depth of talent that we have within Gucci Group, and I am very confident that Didier will advance the excellent work achieved to date by the existing team and take the brand forward."

JENSEN JOINS JEWELER: New York jewelry firm Me & Ro has tapped Joan Jensen as national sales director. Jensen was most recently key accounts director at John Hardy. She has also had stints at Fabergé and Carolee. Jensen will work on expanding existing accounts with stores such as Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus, in addition to doors in Europe and Asia. The company, which has stores in New York, Miami and Los Angeles, is planning to open two additional stores this year.

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