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2012 not looking good for consumer spending The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index, released Thursday, continued downward in January and consumer spending will face additional economic headwinds in 2012. (Source retailingtoday.com)

Google Wallet can be compromised using brute-force attack. Google's new NFC system that purports to turn your phone into a credit card can be compromised using a brute-force attack -- and that raises questions about its security. (Source csoonline.com)

Anonymous and other hackers have been targeting police departments and associations over the last week disrupting access to websites and leaking personally identifiable information of police officers. Salt Lake City, Boston PD, New Jersey's Newark Police Foundation, the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association, and the West Virginia Chiefs of Police Association have all been hacked and information shared. (Source govinfosecurity.com)


NYC police make $1 million bust of counterfeit Apple products after month long investigation. After an arrest last month when NYC police saw a man leave the building with a fake iPhone that he later tried to sell on a Hell’s Kitchen street corner, they began staking out an apartment that led to the bust. Police found the treasure trove of fake electronics, which included 500 iPhones and iPods, 19 iPads and 4,200 pairs of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Mo Ling, 36, and Cindy Lie, 25, were charged with trademark counterfeiting. (Source nypost.com)



The Department of Health and Human Services plans to offer videos, tip sheet, and other guidance on security for mobile devices by the end of the year. Given the rapid adoption of mobile devices against the backdrop of the breach incidents reported, there's been a growing concern about the use of these devices because of their vulnerability," Pritts says. "The mobile device privacy and security good practices project is one of the ways we hope to address these concerns." (Source govinfosecurity.com)

Claire's Stores Q4 reports same store sales up 3.4% in North America and down 3.6% in Europe for an overall 0.9% increase

 
Yesterday's article on video analytics generated some discussion. Below is the article and the comments we received.

Is video analytics ready to go ‘mainstream’? Video analytics is clawing its way back from a bad reputation caused by early cases of overpromising and under-delivering and one manufacturer predicted the technology would go "mainstream" within two years. Those were some of the views on video analytics shared by experts during a panel discussing the topic at this year’s TechSec conference. (Source securitysystemsnews.com)

Posted by Read Hayes, PhD "I believe video analytics has provided powerful support opportunity for the last few years. Cueing, traffic movement and counting, dwell time, etc. all provide good decision-making data to operators, buyers, and LP/AP."

Posted by Sagy Amit  "Both Video Analytics and mainstream are kind of broad terms. There are very specific analytics solutions that are already used in residential application. Once you get away from the buzz words and false expectations you have a very useful solution for real time event and verification that can be monitored locally and remotely with good results."



 

 








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D&D Daily Canadian Push

Private Security firms in Canada are welcoming new citizen's arrest law that's being considered in the House of Commons but wants more powers and the police are Private security firms welcome new citizen's arrest law but want more powers - Winnipeg Free Pressagainst it with shoplifting apprehensions being discussed in the hearings. Private security guards outnumber police in Canada 2 to 1 and with the financial crisis of 2008 has decreased the number of police throughout the provinces. The Conservative legislation expands and simplifies the concept of reasonable force for protecting oneself and one's property, and gives private citizens — including their paid security — more latitude to grab a suspect after witnessing a crime. Ross McLeod, president of the Association of Professional Security Agencies, testified at the House of Commons justice committee and he'd like to see the proposed legal changes go even further, and give security guards the power to lay minor charges for crimes such as public disorder and shoplifting. But Tom Stamatakis, president of the Canadian Police Association, warned MPs against any Criminal Code changes that give private security greater power. Stamatakis said he's sympathetic to businesses that suffer shoplifting, but "we must take care not to go too far in the pursuit of protecting property." "We should also take care that any changes made within this legislation do not have the unintended consequence of broadening the current mandate of private security — particularly with respect to loss-prevention in commercial settings," said the Vancouver constable. (Source winnipegfreepress.com)

Canadians pay typically 20% more for goods than Americans Because of two reasons - Many Canadian retailers just aren't as efficient as American retailers and Canadian retailers pay more to their employees because of higher minimum wage requirements (a fact lots of consumers don't realize when they complain about the prices). Additionally Canadian retailers operate with a higher profit margins which is driven by the fact that American retailers have 10 times the customer base so they can afford to earn less and make it up in volume. But it’s competition that most drives the difference between Canadian and U.S. shopping experiences. In a recent government hearing Senators were told that the top four sellers in Canada account for 28% of all sales, as opposed to 12% south of the border. Interestingly enough Canadians in a recent survey ranked the Apple Store as the country's favorite retailer. Three most shopped retailers in Canada — Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire and Shoppers Drug Mart. (Source chroniclejournal.com)

Hudson Bay Co. is closing all 141 Fields stores throughout Canada. Fields is a value-priced merchandise store including apparel, home, grocery, health and beauty. The closure will allow Hudson Bay to focus on growing their other banners - the Bay, Home Outfitters, and Lord & Taylor. With Bed Bath & Beyond opening stores up there Hudson Bay's Home Outfitters will feel the pressure. (Source vancoversun.com)

Cabela's opening their Winnipeg store with more stores coming. With a 345,000-sq.-ft. warehouse and Canadian headquarters in Winnipeg as well and another store opening this spring in Saskatoon they'll then have four stores in Canada. These large stores have 150 employees and they're building more stores in Canada as well. (Source winnipegfreepress.com)

Canada's copyright bill currently in the House of Commons is being influenced by the same lobby groups that promoted SOPA in the States and there's lots of opposition. For example, the music industry has asked the government to insert language similar to that found in SOPA on blocking access to websites, demanding new provisions that would "permit a court to make an order blocking a pirate site such as The Pirate Bay to protect the Canadian marketplace from foreign pirate sites." Section 102 of SOPA also envisioned the blocking of websites. Last week their House Leader indicated the government hopes to pass Bill C-11 within the next two months. Should the government follow through on lobbyist demands, it would leave Bill C-11 virtually unrecognizable with restrictive digital lock rules, SOPA-style site blocking, and severely limited consumer exceptions. Canada has long been viewed as one of the primary locations in the world for websites that facilitate and assist with illegal downloading and they've been under pressure to do something about it but this over reaction may have an impact that ripples into the states long term. (Source thestar.com)

Canada's job growth is slowing down and unemployment is up to 7.6%- two bad signs for their economy. This will "dampen" consumer spending in the short term. They watch the U.S. numbers very closely and are tied to our economy tightly with all the manufacturers up there producing the goods for the U.S. (Source theglobeandmail.com)

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Colorado launches The Colorado Organized Retail Crime Association. Since 2007 Colorado has lost more than $18 million in sales taxes and now they're creating a shared database tool. Chief Deputy District Attorney of the Economic Crime Division Robyn Cafasso said CORCA will open the lines of communication between retailers, law enforcement and prosecutors. Cafasso said the problem is prosecutors look at one incident as shoplifting, a misdemeanor with a possible fine, but criminals involved in retail theft rings are stealing day after day and store after store. CORCA will be launching a website on March 7. It will allow law enforcement and retailers to share input data and information about shoplifters, and exchange information allowing prosecutors to build serious cases, said Cafasso. (Source krdo.com)

New ORC law coming in Colorado and the Colorado news channel continues their series on ORC (A MUST SEE VIDEO) Today, a Colorado lawmaker will lay out his plan to change the law and crack down on these shoplifting gangs. Rep. Mark Barker (R-Colorado Springs) is going to introduce a bill in the State House that will crack down on organized retail crime and give law enforcement more options. "Instead of taking each offense one at a time and dealing with them separately, it allows them to aggregate the offenses over the state and perhaps even over multiple states and charge them under the organized crime act," Barker said. Great article and video that even tapes an ORC investigator selling stolen merchandise to a local c-store. This makes the fourth state in the last six months. (Source 9news.com)
 

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District LP Mgr Sears Sacramento, Ca Sears Holdings Corp.
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Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Reading, PA Sears Holdings Corp.
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Asset Protection Mgr Sam's G3 Willowgrove, PA Walmart
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Chad Sweigert was named Market LP Manager for Gap/Old Navy.
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The shortest speech by the former CEO of Coca Cola

"Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. They are Work, Family, Heath, Friends and Spirit and you're keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that work
is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four Balls - Family, Health, Friends, and Spirit - are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocable scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it."


Former Coca Cola CEO Bryan Dyson during his speech at the Georgia Tech 172nd Commencement Sept. 6, 1996

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