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Zurich helps retailers, supply chain professionals prepare for Black Friday and Cyber Monday risks

To help online retailers, in-store retailers, and supply chain professionals mitigate holiday season risk, Zurich today launched “Zurich HelpPoint for the Holidays,” a complimentary, customizable online risk guide designed by the insurer’s loss prevention specialists. The presentation can be viewed here:  <>

“In addition to the in-store risks of holidays past—such as large crowds, slips, trips and falls, and theft—a recent study reflects that 69 percent of consumers plan to do some holiday shopping online this year,” said Armand Fernandez, chief risk engineering officer, Zurich Services Corporation. “Credit card fraud is a 365-day-a-year exposure that escalates during the holiday season. Whether a retailer sells in-store exclusively, online exclusively, or a combination of both, Zurich HelpPoint for the Holidays provides assistance for Black Friday and Cyber Monday risk planning.”

Zurich HelpPoint for the Holidays also includes guidelines for supply chain and logistics professionals. “While we know seasonal orders are processed and in transit, Zurich stresses that the best time for businesses to assess that their supply chain is adequately prepared for increased demand is ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday,” said Linda Conrad, director of Strategic Business Risk, Zurich Global Corporate. “Recent data reflects that more than 70 percent of organizations recorded at least one supply chain disruption in 2010, and 53 percent listed adverse weather as the main cause of disruption.” Zurich now offers supply chain insurance and assessment products in North America.

For risk management information throughout the holiday season and year-round, businesses can follow Zurich on Twitter at HlpPntAdvocate and ZurichNAnews.

About Zurich
Zurich in North America is a part of Zurich Financial Services Group (Zurich), an insurance-based financial services provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in North America and Europe as well as in Asia Pacific, Latin America and other markets. Founded in 1872, the Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland and employs approximately 60,000 people serving customers in more than 170 countries, including more than 9,500 employees in North America. Risk engineering services are provided by Zurich Services Corporation.

Zurich entered the U.S. market in 1912. According to Highline Data LLC (NAIC 2008), Zurich in North America ( is the second-largest writer of commercial general liability insurance and the fourth-largest commercial property-casualty insurance company, serving the global corporate, large corporate, middle market, specialties and programs sectors. Zurich’s risk engineering services in the United States are provided by Zurich Services Corporation.       

Media contact:
Brett McKenzie Wood
Zurich, North America
(847) 605-8826
<mailto:[email protected]> [email protected]

Brett McKenzie Wood
Media Relations & Communications Specialist
Zurich in North America
office: 847.605.8826
cell: 847.271.9667
[email protected]
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