D&D Daily Call to Action
Let's Pass the INFORM Consumers Act
'Retail America - the
Opioid Epidemic's Silent Victim.'
Let's Get INFORM Passed & On
This is Your Bill - Your Opportunity - Your
INFORM Act currently being considered in both Houses the retail industry has
a unique opportunity to almost eradicate the biggest legalized fencing operation
in history. As in many regards Amazon marketplace along with other market places
represents the largest fencing operation in the world.
All of which are fueling and enabling the nations opioid epidemic. As 'Retail
America is the Opioid Epidemic's Silent Victim.'
With virtually every law enforcement officer involved in the ORC effort will
testify to the fact, that ORC in their respective areas is almost solely driven
by the opioid epidemic crushing this nation and spiking now during the COVID-19
pandemic, according to recent reports.
And our industry, which carry's the torch in this fight, has an obligation right
now to get involved, get your retail executive leadership involved and
communicate support for the two bills at each step during its journey through
the congressional processes. As it won't be easy and there will be opposition i
As the last time we were in a similar fight in Congress, which was being
driven by Joe LaRocca when he was VP LP at the NRF, we got very close to being
enacted. The issue then was, which we found out a few years after the loss,
that the National Flea
Market Association immediately built a lobbying effort to specifically
counter the bill that would have required their vendors to prove purchase of
This lobbying effort, totally non-existent prior to the bill, had an
impact. The degree to which is unknown even today. However just take a look at
current lobbying team and you'll see a strong effort.
And Amazon has a significant lobbying arm very well established and already in
the game. So we need every retailer in America sending letters, emails, and
calling their elected officials. Remember this is your bill. It's your
opportunity to make an impact on over a $30 billion problem and in the process
save some lives and make a difference.
Read below for the details, contact info, and supporting evidence as
we continue to build a tool box for you to use. In the meantime, if anyone has suggestions,
input, and wants to lend their time or data please email us and let's go win
this battle. Thanks. -Gus Downing
Retail Support for the INFORM Consumers Act
RILA Weighs in on INFORM Act
CNBC: Op-Ed: Congress must address organized retail crime at Big Tech hearing
President Pens Op-Ed & Takes Action on ORC
Brian Dodge, Retail Industry Leaders Association
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, leading retailers say that organized
retail crime networks are becoming even more aggressive.
To protect the safety of associates working in retail stores and ensure that
consumers shopping online are not at risk of buying stolen or counterfeit
products, Congress must intervene, says Brian Dodge, president of the Retail
Industry Leaders Association.
Dodge says lawmakers should focus on eliminating the ability of criminals to
hide behind anonymous selling accounts on online marketplace platforms.
Retailers have long reported costly problems with organized retail crime, and
the Department of Homeland Security recently
warned that third-party online marketplaces are facilitating the trafficking
of pirated goods. But this year, in the midst of
leading retailers say that these networks are becoming even more aggressive,
which is consistent with
past surges in retail theft during times of economic contractions.
Legislation is first step in curbing organized retail
Online Marketplaces Should be Required to Verify Seller Info
Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced its support for the INFORM
Consumers Act, legislation introduced today by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)
which will require common-sense disclosures and accountability from big tech
platforms like Amazon.com who increasingly sell products from third party
sellers on their websites. The bill is designed to provide consumers with
greater transparency by requiring online marketplaces to simply verify a
seller's information and for the seller to provide contact information to
consumers. This legislation will hold big tech marketplaces accountable for
fraudulent transactions and allow law enforcement to better identify
high-frequency sellers suspected of trafficking stolen and counterfeit goods.
"Consumers continue to buy items online in record numbers, and that shift has
exposed a growing and dangerous trend that must be dealt with immediately-the
exponential growth of stolen and counterfeit goods sold through online
marketplaces," said RILA Senior Executive Vice President for Public Affairs
Michael Hanson "The INFORM Consumers Act provides a measured response to this
problem by requiring online marketplaces to verify information about the sellers
on their platform."
Walgreens Supports INFORM Consumers Act Introduction in U.S. House of
House & Senate Bills
March 10, 2020 U.S. Senate: ORC Legislation
Cassidy, Durbin Introduce INFORM Consumers Act to Require Greater Transparency
from Third-Party Sellers for Online Products
Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL)
today to fight the online sale of stolen, counterfeit and dangerous consumer
products by requiring extensive transparency of large-volume third-party sellers
in online retail marketplaces.
The Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for
Consumers (INFORM) Act would mandate online retail marketplaces that include
third-party sellers of consumer products to authenticate the identity of
"high-volume third-party sellers," which will help equalize transparency among
brick-and-mortar retailers and prevent organized retail crime rings from
stealing items from these stores to resell those items in bulk online.
"Criminal third-party sellers trick consumers into buying counterfeit and
hazardous products online. This
bill provides information so that consumers can distinguish between genuine
retailers and frauds in the internet marketplace," said Dr. Cassidy.
The INFORM Consumers Act will verify high-volume third-party sellers by
acquiring the seller's government ID, tax ID, bank account information and
contact information. High-volume third-party sellers are defined as vendors
who have made 200 or more discrete sales in a 12-month period amounting to
$5,000 or more.
"We're pleased to see the U.S. Senate work toward keeping online marketplaces
accountable for the products sold on their platforms which will prevent
criminals from selling counterfeit and stolen goods to unsuspecting customers,"
said Scott Glenn, Vice President of Asset Protection for The Home Depot.
July 23, 2020 U.S. House of Representatives: ORC
U.S. Rep. Schakowsky Introduces Legislation (IL-09) to Protect Consumers Online
DC - Today, U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy
Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee,
legislation to combat the online sale of stolen, counterfeit, and dangerous
consumer products by requiring verification of third-party sellers on online
retail marketplaces. The Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online
Retail Marketplaces for Consumers (INFORM Consumers) Act directs online
platforms that allow for third-party sellers of consumer products to
authenticate the identity of high-volume third-party sellers, which will provide
consumers with much-needed information and also prevent organized retail
crime. The bill will also ensure that consumers can see basic identification
and contact information for high-volume third-party sellers of consumer products
on online marketplaces. U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bill Cassidy,
M.D. (R-LA) have introduced the Senate companion bill, and Representative Kathy
Castor (D-FL) is an original cosponsor of the House bill.
The INFORM Consumers Act directs online marketplaces to verify high-volume
third-party sellers by acquiring the seller's government ID, tax ID, bank
account information, and contact information. High-volume third-party sellers
are defined as vendors who have made 200 or more discrete sales in a 12-month
period amounting to $5,000 or more.
The legislation instructs online marketplaces to order their high-volume
third-party sellers to disclose to consumers the seller's name, business
address, email address, phone number, and whether the seller is a manufacturer,
importer, retailer, or a reseller of consumer products. The online marketplace
will also need to supply a hotline to allow customers to report to the
marketplace suspicious marketplace activity such as the posting of suspected
stolen, counterfeit, or dangerous products.
"Reducing retail crime is about much more than protecting our products from
being stolen. Our employees and customers are put at risk when these crimes
are committed in our stores. Minimizing these threats and protecting our people
starts with making it harder to sell stolen goods online and it will be harder
for criminals to sell online when the marketplaces increase their accountability
by verifying basic information about the sellers. Ulta Beauty thanks
Congresswoman Schakowsky for her leadership and strongly supports The INFORM
Consumers Act," said Ulta Beauty CEO and Retail Industry Leaders Association
Chair Mary Dillon. house.gov
How You Can Make A Difference
The most effective way to make a difference is to contact your representatives
in Congress and urge them to support the INFORM Consumers Act.
Contact your senator
Contact your House member
Click here to read more about the INFORM Act in the D&D Daily's March 11