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Chase Seitz promoted to National Principal of Operations and Asset Protection for Macy's

Chase has been with Macy's for nearly 18 years, starting with the company in 2002 as a Loss Prevention Detective. Prior to his latest promotion to National Principal of Operations and Asset Protection, he served for a year as District Director of Operations and Asset Protection - NJ/PA. Throughout his career at Macy's, he has held various other LP/AP roles, including District Director of Asset Protection, Regional LP Training Manager, Dual Store LP Manager and Multi-Store LP Executive, among others. Congratulations, Chase!


Sensormatic Solutions to showcase connected, scalable solutions at EuroShop 2020

New product innovations and partnership with Intel drive operational excellence and elevate the shopper experience

Johnson Controls announced today its leading global retail solutions portfolio, Sensormatic Solutions, will showcase its latest product innovations at EuroShop 2020, 16-20 February 2020 at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre in Germany. By combining insights into retail inventory, shopper traffic and loss prevention, Sensormatic Solutions powers operational excellence at scale and helps retailers create unique shopper experiences.

Sensormatic Solutions continues to fast forward retail with its portfolio of smart, connected and scalable solutions. The technologies that will be on display at this year's show leverage the latest in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), smart sensors, and video analytics, and bring to life the new collaboration with Intel Corporation. businesswire.com

'The Golden Age of White Collar Crime'

As the FBI, IRS and other federal agencies' have seen their investigative resources dwindle, prosecution of white-collar fraud has plummeted in recent years

In January 2019, white-collar prosecutions fell to their lowest level since researchers started tracking them in 1998. Even within the dwindling number of prosecutions, most are cases against low-level con artists and small-fry financial schemes. Since 2015, criminal penalties levied by the Justice Department have fallen from $3.6 billion to roughly $110 million. Illicit profits seized by the Securities and Exchange Commission have reportedly dropped by more than half. In 2018, a year when nearly 19,000 people were sentenced in federal court for drug crimes alone, prosecutors convicted just 37 corporate criminals who worked at firms with more than 50 employees.

Tax evasion, to pick just one crime concentrated among the wealthy, already siphons up to 10,000 times more money out of the U.S. economy every year than bank robberies. In 2017, researchers estimated that fraud by America's largest corporations cost Americans up to $360 billion annually between 1996 and 2004. That's roughly two decades' worth of street crime every single year.

Over the last four decades, the agencies responsible for investigating elite and white-collar crime - roughly speaking, the IRS, SEC, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and FBI - have seen their enforcement divisions starved into irrelevance. More than a third of the FBI investigators who patrol Wall Street were reassigned between 2001 and 2008. Enforcement funding at the IRS has fallen by 23 percent over the last decade. And every time a scandal exposes the government's inadequacy, Congress steps in to squeeze the regulators even harder.

Since 2009, the percentage of employees at large companies who report that they've been pressured to commit ethical breaches has doubled. In a 2015 study, more than half the auditors for the country's largest companies said they had been asked to falsify internal audit reports. In Ernst & Young's 2016 Global Fraud Survey, 32 percent of American managers said they were comfortable behaving unethically to meet financial targets. huffpost.com

Demand for narcotics, cough syrup driving violent crime at California pharmacies

Armed robberies up 132% over 3 years - Pharmacy break-ins up 49%

California pharmacy break-ins have increased by 49% in between 2015 and 2018, from 114 break-ins to 265, according to data from the state's Board of Pharmacy.

When it comes to robberies and armed robberies, the state reported more than 260 cases in 2018, which shows an increase of 132% over the same three years.

These types of crimes are on the rise in the Golden state. The California Pharmacists Association previously lobbied for a bill to make it a harsher crime to steal cough medicine, but the legislation did not make it pass then-Governor Jerry Brown's desk.

"If we made those drugs higher level of controlled substance in the state, then there would be more teeth," said Clint Hopkins, owner of Pucci's Pharmacy in Midtown Sacramentom, whose store was robbed for $30,000 worth of pills 3 years ago. The thieves were never caught, and the store has been broken into 5 times since. abc10.com


Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus could drive up out-of-stocks at stores by April: Wells Fargo
Shoppers could start seeing empty store shelves as soon as mid-April due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to Wells Fargo analysts who say concern about the supply chain is rising among retailers.

Store closures and guidance cuts have been the primary impact of the outbreak on the retail sector thus far, leaving the supply chain largely unaffected. Wells Fargo said that inventories are healthy at the moment, thanks to retailer efforts to get ahead of tariff issues and the Lunar New Year. Moreover, merchandise for spring and summer has shipped.

"That being said, our sources indicate that
out-of stocks at retail for replenishment product could start within 60-to-90 days if disruptions continue beyond the next few weeks, with more significant inventory issues in seasonal product possibly by midsummer if disruptions stretch longer," wrote analysts led by Edward Kelly.

Among the
companies at high risk, according to Wells Fargo, are Best Buy Co Inc., Target Corp., Walmart Inc., Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. and G-III Apparel Group Ltd.

"It's worth noting that
big-box players like Target and Walmart could be the first to experience out-of-stock issues, as they are more heavily dependent on a shorter lead time replenishment model," Wells Fargo said.

At low risk are off-price retailers like Burlington Stores Inc., Kroger Co., and Ulta Beauty Inc. marketwatch.com

Rate of new coronavirus infections slows, but China remains largely shut down

The number of deaths from the illness, now known as covid-19, has surpassed 1,100, Chinese officials said Wednesday. But a reduction in the number of new cases reported for a second consecutive day is offering some hope, not least for China's ruling Communist Party, which is trying to manage an outpouring of public anger over its handling of the emergency and is proposing measures to boost the sagging economy.

The number of new infections in China outside the epidemic hotspot of Hubei province has fallen for the eighth day in a row, even as the total number of deaths reaches new highs.

death toll from the coronavirus rose to 1,113, nearly all of the fatalities in China, and total confirmed cases reached 44,653. washingtonpost.com

Cruise ship turned away from five countries allowed to dock in Cambodia

Coronavirus 'great concern' for travel retail

KFC and Pizza Hut Stores Shuttered by Coronavirus Take a Bite Out of Yum China's Forecast

Video: Teen pranksters pretend to spill coronavirus on NYC subway

MarketScale Mornings: Retail's Direction in the Aftermath of NRF 2020

Video Interview with Tony D'Onofrio, Global Retail Influencer

On this episode of MarketScale Mornings, hosts Daniel Litwin and Tyler Kern were joined by retail guru and industry leader Tony D'Onofrio. The three unpack the high points of NRF 2020, Retail's Big Show.

In particular, MarketScale's Geoffrey Short said the mood on the show floor centered around a few key trends - data and its potential applications in the retail industry, the need for a blending of ecommerce and traditional retail spaces as innovation and customer desires continue to snowball, growing cybersecurity concerns and solutions, and more.

For his part, D'Onofrio touched on progress in data collection, Amazon's presence at NRF and what it means moving forward, consumer technology's continued intertwining with retail, and other big-picture drivers of the retail industry as a new decade gets underway. marketscale.com

The Body Shop Becomes First Major Retailer to Adopt "Open Hiring"

No Interviews - No Background Checks - No Drug Tests

Almost all retailers run background checks on prospective employees - one of the many obstacles for people who were formerly incarcerated and are now trying to find a job. For other job seekers, a drug screening for marijuana might cost them a position even in states where recreational use is legal. This summer, the Body Shop will become the first large retailer to embrace a different approach, called "open hiring."

When there's an opening, nearly anyone who applies and meets the most basic requirements will be able to get a job, on a first-come, first-served basis.

The company piloted the practice, which was pioneered by the New York social enterprise Greyston Bakery, in its North Carolina distribution center at the end of 2019. "We're not asking for your background check," says Andrea Blieden, the general manager of the Body Shop for the U.S. "We're not asking for you to be drug screened. And there's only three questions to get a job. It's, 'Are you authorized to work in the U.S.? Can you stand for up to eight hours? And can you lift over 50 pounds?' If those three questions are answered, then we will give you a chance to come work in our distribution center."

The Body Shop plans to expand the practice to all of its retail stores this summer, where it employs around 800 people, and as many as 1,000 during the holidays. It's not a pilot, but a permanent shift in how it handles hiring. fastcompany.com

Report: Supermarkets failing at informing shoppers about product recalls
Grocery stores and supermarkets should do better when it comes to notifying customers about foods that have been recalled from their store shelves, a new study finds.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group queried 26 of the largest U.S. grocers - including Target, Kroger, Harris Teeter, Safeway, Food Lion, Walmart and Whole Foods - in late August 2019 about their practices for notifying consumers about food recalls. Most stores declined to respond to the survey, the group says in its "Food Recall Failure" report, out Wednesday.

The findings:
A vast majority of stores - 84% - failed to "adequately inform the public about recall notification efforts" or how to sign up for notifications from a store, or where to find in-store postings about recalls, the researchers found. usatoday.com

RILA: Leading Retailers Want Action on Payment Reforms
"As Chairman Powell addresses Members of Congress this week on the state of the economy, one of the issues the Chairman and the overall Federal Reserve Board should be pressed on is their complete failure to update the bipartisan debit reforms that were passed under Dodd-Frank over a decade ago. During this time, the Federal Reserve has chosen to prioritize policy revisions that benefit Wall Street banks over Main Street businesses and leading retailers. This can simply no longer stand.

Since 2009, the largest financial institutions have seen their costs reduce by 52% from seven cents to three to handle debit transactions but because the Federal Reserve has been reluctant to address this drastic disparity, Wall Street banks are still allowed to charge merchants 21 cents per transaction - receiving a roughly 600% profit." rila.org

Retail's Big Shift: From Point Of Sale To Point of Transaction
Four years after the EMV conversion, connected devices and contextual commerce have been gaining traction at brick and mortar retail. In this article, Jasma Ghai, vice president of global products and delivery for Discover tells PYMNTS how personalization at the point of transaction - along with payments choice - can benefit issuers and merchants, increasing consumer spend and fostering loyalty. pymnts.com

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director, Safety - Sam's Club - Bentonville, AR
Develops and formulates safety, compliance, and accident prevention strategies, goals, and objectives by reviewing and approving safety and compliance programs and policies; benchmarking with other companies and organizations; identifying areas of safety and compliance risk or potential non-compliance; and directing techniques to be utilized in addressing specific accidents and/or loss trends. Ensures facilities are compliant with and execute safety and compliance policies, procedures, and regulations by directing the completion of audits and reviews; evaluating process improvements; and reporting results and corrective action to senior leadership. Analyzes data and financial reports to decrease injuries, losses and increase company profitability by identifying trends; applying resources; monitoring improvements; and communicating results to corporate leadership team. myworkdayjobs.com

Director, Loss Prevention Stores - Tractor Supply Co. - Brentwood, TN
This position is responsible for supervision of multiple regional loss prevention managers throughout the country to include staffing, development, performance oversight and budgeting for the assigned regions. This position will develop, maintain and manage exception-based reporting review for the regional loss prevention manager team and drive shrink reduction initiatives in all stores. Evaluates accounting and operational processes and recommends programs to reduce risk and losses. This position may also directly cover a set number of stores in all aspects of loss prevention for a geographic area to reduce and control shortage and other financial losses. careers-tractorsupply.icims.com

Forever 21's $81M sale wins court approval

Amazon pays $50M+ for real estate in Chicago suburb

Popeye's reports 34% increase in Q4 comp sales - driven by popular fried chicken sandwich

Quarterly Results

CVS Q4 Retail/LTC revenues up 2.5%, Pharmacy revenues up 6.2%%, total revenues up 22.9%
CVS full yr. Retail/LTC revenues up 3.1%, Pharmacy revenues up 5%, total revenues up 23.1%

Ahold Delhaize Q4 U.S. comp's up 2.7%, online sales up 42.7%, overall net sales up 3.1%
Ahold Delhaize full yr U.S. comp's overall net sales up 2.3%

Tim Hortons Global comp's down 4.3%; TH Global sales down 2.9%
Burger King Global comp's up 2.8%; BK Global sales up 8.4%
Popeyes Global comp's up 34.4%; Popeyes Global sales up 42.3%

Tim Hortons Global comp's down 1.5%; TH Global sales down 0.3%
Burger King Global comp's up 3.4%; BK Global sales up 9.3% 
Popeyes Global comp's up 12.1%; Popeyes Global sales up 18.5%

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White House Official Says Huawei Has Secret Back Door to Extract Data
Huawei has the ability to secretly retrieve sensitive information in next-generation wireless networks and other systems it maintains around the world, a top White House official said Tuesday.

The comment from Robert C. O'Brien, the national security adviser, is one of the sharpest public denunciations of the Chinese company by the Trump administration, and comes as the United States is reeling from the decision by Britain to allow Huawei to build part of their fifth-generation, or 5G, network.

American intelligence officials have long said privately that Huawei has so-called back doors that could allow the company to obtain data that flows on the networks they build and maintain. But publicly, officials have spoken mostly about the potential that Huawei could provide Chinese officials with access to all kinds of data, without offering concrete proof.

Mr. O'Brien said Tuesday that the United States had evidence that Huawei could "access sensitive and personal information" in the systems it maintains around the world. nytimes.com

FTC to investigate 'hundreds' of past acquisitions made by
Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook

Companies like Apple, Amazon and Google do not always disclose every acquisition they make, especially when the companies in question are little fish in the big tech pond. But in aggregate, all that M&A could pose bigger questions about how they are using their financial power and market influence in anticompetitive ways.

That idea is the subject of the latest announcement from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which has issued Special Orders to five big tech firms - Alphabet (including Google), Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft - "requiring them to provide information about prior acquisitions not reported to the antitrust agencies under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act."

The five companies will need to come clean and report on every deal they have made - whether or not the media has spilled the beans on the acquisition or not - including the terms (that is, price and other financial details), scope, structure and purpose of each transaction made between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2019. techcrunch.com

UK regulator imposes maximum pre-GDPR fine on major retailer:
Cybersecurity lessons for retailers (and other organizations)

Last month the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the UK data protection regulator, imposed a monetary penalty notice of £500,000 on electronics retailer DSG Retail Limited (DSG), a company better known by its trading brands, such as Currys PC World and Dixons Travel. DSG is a subsidiary of Dixons Carphone plc.

The personal data breach occurred during a compromise of DSG's systems in the time period between 24 July 2017 to 25 April 2018. As this was prior to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force on 25 May 2018, the maximum penalty available to the ICO under the former Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998) was a fine of £500,000.

The ICO's decision to impose the maximum penalty is another clear example of the fact that the ICO is determined to use its fining powers when it considers it appropriate and to impose high fines for what it considers to be serious failures. This strategy is also evidenced by the ICO's notices of intent of July 2019 to fine British Airways £183,390,000 and Marriott International £99,200,000 for personal data breaches that, according to the ICO, resulted at least partly from failures to comply with the data security requirements of the GDPR (although, obviously, we need to wait for the ICO's final Monetary Penalty Notices in these cases to confirm the amounts of the fines that the ICO will impose in the end). jdsupra.com

CCPA and GDPR: The Data Center Pitfalls of the 'Right to be Forgotten'
Compliance with the new privacy rules doesn't always fall on data center managers, but when it does, it's more difficult than it may sound.

The new set of privacy laws that went into effect in California on January 1 affects companies in and outside of the state - across the US and even around the world. A somewhat similar set of rules went into effect in Europe in 2018. Its effects are also felt well beyond European borders, by all companies above a certain size that provide services to Europeans.

For the most part, these laws are designed to protect individual consumers' privacy. Both the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) include the "right to be forgotten." It entitles every consumer to request that a company delete all the information it has collected about them, with a few exceptions, such as cases where the data needs to be retained to comply with other requirements. itprotoday.com

Report: 267 million Facebook users IDs and phone numbers exposed online

WiFi: A New Way to Spread Emotet Malware

Why the Fed is considering a cash-backed cryptocurrency


Coronavirus Impacts Canadian Retail

Vancouver retailers fear coronavirus fallout

Shopping centres more likely than street-front stores to feel first impact

Vancouver retailers are warily monitoring news but have yet to notice any downturn in business from shoppers' fears of contracting the coronavirus 2019-nCoV, which has so far caused 494 deaths and 24,631 infections worldwide.

Even in the Alberni Street shopping district known for high-end shops and plenty of offshore-visitor consumers, store managers told Business in Vancouver that they do not believe shoppers are postponing visits out of a fear of getting the disease.

Manuel Bernaschek, who owns the Stefano Ricci store on West Georgia Street near the Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver, estimated that about 35% to 40% of his customers are visitors to Vancouver from China. He is anticipating that there may be a slowdown in the weeks ahead but that things will then get back to normal.

"Malls will be the first to feel the impact, versus street-front retailers, but I think it has to be a lot more significant than where we are right now." He believes consumers are being curious about the disease but viewing it as being far away and not yet something that they need to fear.

"We might be washing our hands more, and we're probably more alert if someone is coughing around us, but I wouldn't expect that there is much of an impact yet." Coffee shops and other public meeting places could be hit, he suggested. biv.com

First Hong Kong protests, now coronavirus: Canada Goose slashes outlook as China revenue sinks to 'negligible levels'

'Revenue is now at negligible levels across the entire store network in Greater China'

After taking a hit from the protests in Hong Kong, Canada Goose Holdings Inc. is now slashing guidance on its 2020 outlook as its business in China is being bludgeoned by the coronavirus.

During the luxury parka-marker's third-quarter earnings call, Canada Goose's leadership said the coronavirus was having a "material negative impact" on its performance. They pointed to a sharp decline in customer traffic and purchasing activity at its three locations in mainland China and the two it operates in Hong Kong.

Chinese consumers, which represent about 40 per cent of Canada Goose' business, are staying home in fear of contracting the virus that has afflicted more than 31,000 people worldwide and killed more than 600, chief executive Dani Reiss said. financialpost.com

Canada confirms seventh case of new coronavirus

Canada's legal weed stores attractive targets for robbers
Prior to legalization, unlicensed dispensaries were a frequent target for robberies by bandits motivated by the knowledge they were high-yield, cash-only businesses unfriendly to police. Dispensary robberies became widespread enough that some were able to distinguish themselves by their violence, and others by their absurdity. However, since legalization, the problem has begun to shift to the legal cannabis retail market.

After licensed producer Aleafia reported it had lost a truckload of product to thieves, security expert David Hyde noted robberies appreciate that cannabis retail combines compact, high-value products with insistence on cash.

"It is hard to find a store that is an exact comparable to a cannabis store," Hyde told the Globe and Mail, "but it is a hybrid between a jewellery store and the check-cashing stores or Money Marts of the world, because the latter has the cash and the former has the high-value items, but in a cannabis store they are both in the same place. You've got the double-whammy effect there, so they are attractive to criminals."

Regulations may not be playing in the favour of retail safety: in one Edmonton robbery, a store-owner complained the government-mandated window-coverings designed to prevent minors from seeing cannabis prevented potential witnesses seeing the robbery occurring. leafly.com

'Culture of dysfunction': Federal Court certifies $1.1B bullying, harassment class action against RCMP leadership
The Federal Court has certified a $1.1-billion class action alleging RCMP leadership fostered and condoned an environment of systemic bullying, intimidation and harassment.

The federal government attempted to shut down the class action last summer, arguing that its own internal processes - updated in 2014 following numerous reports of sexual harassment - were adequate to deal with the claims.

The class action was proposed in June 2018, calling out the RCMP for what it alleges is a toxic work environment. The statement of claim was filed one year after two workplace harassment reports commissioned by the federal government laid bare a "culture of dysfunction" within Canada's national police force. globalnews.ca

Live, Work, Shop, Play
Canadian Shopping Centres to See Unprecedented Redevelopment and Site Intensification: Retail Council of Canada Study

Canada's shopping centres will see dramatic changes in 2020 and beyond. That's one of the key findings of the recently released 2019 Canadian Shopping Centre Study by Retail Council of Canada. The study was sponsored by Engagement Agents.  retail-insider.com

Retail Council of Canada Ranks Top 30 Shopping Centres in Study

Oakville, ON: 'We were freaking out': Armed robbery at Oakville Place mall sends employees and shoppers into a panic
Two men armed with a crowbar and fire extinguisher walked into Oakville Place mall in haz-mat suits and robbed a jewelry store, sending customers inside into a worried frenzy. The incident occurred around 9 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 6), just as the mall on, Leighland Avenue, was closing. Police said two suspects entered the mall wearing white haz-mat-type suits, and proceeded directly to Peoples Jewellers. Once inside the store, one suspect began to smash a display case at the back of the store with a crowbar. The other suspect sprayed a fire extinguisher directly at the store's surveillance cameras, police said. Both suspects ransacked the display case and stole a quantity of jewelry before fleeing the mall in a dark-coloured SUV, according to Det.-Sgt. Barrett Gabriel in a news release. "We were freaking out, screaming," said Susan McCaileff, who said she was leaving the mall with friends as the heist was occurring on the other end. "There were still quite a lot of people in the mall and a lot of them were just trying to get away." insidehalton.com

Charlottetown, PEI: Guilty of $27K smash and grab, man begs judge not to
send him to prison
A man who robbed a Charlottetown clothing store after smashing through a window in what prosecutors called a "major heist" has been sentenced to 10 months in jail. Darren Donald Burke, 49, and another person used an axe and hammer to break into Island Activewear on University Avenue last September. Burke was on probation at the time and had cut the monitoring bracelet off his ankle minutes before the smash and grab, according to facts presented at a sentencing hearing Wednesday in provincial court in Charlottetown. In addition to jail time, Burke was ordered to pay $27,351.52 in restitution. cbc.ca

Saskatoon, SK: Man allegedly pulls hatchet on LP officer after caught shoplifting
Two people were arrested this weekend after a shoplifting complaint in Saskatoon. The man and woman were stopped by a loss prevention officer at the Safeway on 33rd Street W. and Avenue C. When they were approached by the officer, the man allegedly took out a hatchet and ran out of the store. Both people were found and arrested. No one was injured. cbc.ca

6 arrested in Kingston kidnapping and robbery investigation; forced victim to rob c-store

Robberies & Burglaries

C-Store - Kingston, ON - Robbery
Cannabis Store - Burglary - Strathmore, AB
Oakville Place Mall - Armed Robbery - Oakville, ON
Pawn Shop - Sudbury, ON - Robbery
Perfume - Ottawa - Armed Robbery

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Kount Unveils Identity Trust Global Network With New Adaptive AI Technology, Largest Data Network of Trust & Fraud Signals, and User Experience Engine

The future of digital fraud prevention is establishing real-time identity trust to deliver personalized user experiences while reducing false positives and manual reviews

Kount, the leading AI-driven fraud prevention solution, today unveiled its Identity Trust Global Network, flipping the script on fraud management from just blocking bad transactions to empowering organizations to unlock previously untapped revenue streams through delivering personalized user experiences. Identity Trust is the ability to establish a real-time level of trust for each identity behind every interaction, including payments, account creation, and login events.

With new advancements to Kount's award-winning artificial intelligence including a new architecture that further slashes false positive rates in half, Kount links 2.7 billion fraud signals per interaction in real-time. This ultimately enables businesses to create customized user experiences and automate their fraud prevention decisions, reducing manual reviews.

"The fraud prevention industry is changing, and the future is in establishing trust in order to create a personalized experience," says Jordan McKee, Research Director at 451 Research. "To this end, merchants must reimagine their approaches to fraud. Solutions such as Kount's Identity Trust Global Network go beyond machine learning or rules, offering an identity trust data network, advanced AI, and a user experience engine. Businesses that are able to make dynamic decisions based on the level of trust in a users' identity will be at a significant advantage in the years ahead." businesswire.com

Google brings Amazon Marketplace competition to email

Third-party Google Shopping retailers can now directly advertise to Gmail subscribers

Beginning in March 2020, retailers participating in the Google Shopping online marketplace can run ads that appear in their standard Shopping campaigns targeting the Google Display network on the Gmail email platform. Currently, Google Shopping retailers can run Shopping ads on YouTube and the Google Discover feed.

This means that reporting information will include Gmail in addition to YouTube and Google Discover for configurations including the Google Ads API, AdWords API. Google Shopping advertisers will be able to opt out of Gmail ads. chainstoreage.com
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Beaumont, TX: Man guilty of Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods; $117,000 of Best Buys items from AL and MS
Curtric DeMaine White pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of stolen property on Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin. During the early morning hours of July 31, 2019, White and others burglarized Best Buy in Mobile, Alabama and D'Iberville, Mississippi. Later in the evening of that same day, law enforcement officers conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 10 West in Vidor, Texas on a vehicle having a fictitious license plate. White was identified as one of the two occupants of the vehicle. While questioning the occupants, the officer noticed a steel security cage in the vehicle. After getting consent to search, the cage was found to have the Best Buy "Geek Squad" insignia on it and contained approximately 20 new Apple iPhones, all of which were determined to belong to Best Buy. In total, the two Best Buy stores suffered a combined loss of $117,363.97 in stolen items and damage to their property.

Under federal statutes, White faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing. The statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office. kfdm.com

Dania Beach, FL: T-Mobile smash-and-grab burglary targeting Apple Watches and iPads
Two masked men didn't mask their intentions. They wanted inside a T-Mobile store in Dania Beach, so one of them took a hammer to the front door, shattering the glass and stepping inside. Surveillance video of the Tuesday morning theft shows the first person inside taking a tablet from a display table. His accomplice went for the Apple watches, ripping the display from the wall. local10.com

Tinley Park, IL: Police say man conspired to steal $35K in iPhones from Best Buy
Ryan Olsen, 26, was arrested and accused of felony theft by deception and felony continuing a financial crime enterprise after police said he and an accomplice conspired to steal approximately 29 iPhones valued at nearly $35,000 while employed at Best Buy. chicagotribune.com

Montgomery, AL: Woman charged after stealing over $800 worth of candles from Bath & Body Works

Fairfield, CT: Retail theft ring suspects caught after foot pursuit

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Shootings & Deaths

Orlando, FL: Update: Fired Under Armour employee kills manager, had list of employees to target
A man who had been fired from his job at Orlando International Premium Outlets killed a manager in the Under Armour store and is still on the run, police say. According to WFTV in Orlando , the shooting happened just after 8 p.m. Monday night inside the Under Armour store. Between ten and 20 shoppers were in the store at the time, and a female manager, later identified as 37-year-old Eunice Vazquez, was found dead at the scene. Police say the suspect is Daniel Everett, 46, and that he was fired earlier Monday. According to WFTV he had worked at the location for about three years and was a manager. WFTV reports that Everett also created a list of other employees to potentially target. Officials say those employees may have made complaints toward Everett in the past. All of the people on the list are accounted for and safe, police say. 10news.com

Colorado Springs, CO: Homicide investigation underway at shopping center
An investigation is underway after a man is found dead inside a store in Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs Police responded to a shopping center on W. Fillmore St., around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday. When officers arrived they found a deceased man. The CSPD Violent Crimes division assumed the investigation. At this time this case is considered a homicide. krdo.com

Rapid City, SD: Pharmacy Armed Robbery suspect kills self after standoff in Custer
The suspect in a armed robbery fatally shot himself Tuesday night after fleeing law enforcement and engaging in an hours-long standoff in Custer. "For more than three hours, law enforcement attempted to negotiate with the suspect driver in an attempt to bring the incident to a peaceful resolution," according to a joint news release from the Rapid City Police Department and Custer County Sheriff's Office. But the man shot himself around 7:30 p.m. and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital after first responders tried to save him. The incident began around 3 p.m. when Boyd's Drug Mart on East St. Patrick Street in Rapid City reported an armed robbery. Witnesses told officers that a man approached the pharmacy, displayed a firearm and demanded prescription medication. The pharmacists complied. Witnesses provided officers with a description of the suspect's vehicle and its license plate, and officers alerted law enforcement agencies across the Black Hills about the suspect vehicle. rapidcityjournal.com

Raleigh, NC: Pawn shop clerk in his 70s injured in Peace Street shootout
A store clerk was shot late Tuesday afternoon during a robbery at a downtown Raleigh pawn shop. The incident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. at Golden Isles Rare Coins & Jewelry. Two suspects, at least one of them armed, entered the shop, police said. A shootout with the store clerk in his early 70s followed, leaving the clerk with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. newsobserver.com

Atlanta, GA: Man gets 2 life sentences for murdering Atlanta grocery store owner, employee


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Davisville, FL: Man Charged As Accomplice In Armed Robbery Of Piggly Wiggly
A man is now charged as an accomplice in the December armed robbery of the Piggly Wiggly in Davisville, just south of the Alabama-Florida state line. Johnny Cecil Patterson, 46, was booked into the Escambia County Jail this week on charges of first degree accessory after the fact robbery with a firearm and grand theft. Former Piggly Wiggly employee Maurice Montraye Ervin, 26, is was arrested in December for robbery with a firearm and first degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is also charged with felony grand theft for an earlier incident caught on camera. northescambia.com

Auburn, WA: Washington Burglar Stole Thousands from Grocery Store by Coming In and Out Through the Roof
According to King5 News police found upwards of $8,000 worth of Haggen Northwest Fresh Market merchandise, including liquor, cigarettes, and a $395 wheel of artisanal cheese weighing 17 pounds. His romps in the rafters also did about $13,000 worth of damage to the store. yahoo.com

Phoenix, AZ: Armed Robber Throws Bleach On Dollar Tree Employee, pistol-whipped another; suspect arrested

Portland, ME: Rental Car Theft Ring Discovered at Maine Airport; 25 cars in 4 months



Milwaukee, WI: Woman who bit a mall employee, then led police on a 100 mph chase gets 300 days in jail


AT&T - West University Place, TX - Robbery
AT&T - Lower Merion Township, PA - Burglary
C-Store - Los Angeles, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Horry County, SC - Burglary
Cell Phone - Miami, FL - Burglary
Clothing - Keene, NH - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery
Dollar Tree - Phoenix, AZ - Armed Robbery/ Assault
Family Dollar - Erie, PA - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Manchester Township, NJ - Burglary
Guns - Belton, SC - Burglary
Jewelry - Tulsa, OK - Robbery
Jewelry - Davenport, IA - Robbery
Jewelry - Clarksville, TN -Robbery
Jewelry - Bowie, MD - Robbery
Jewelry - Sioux City, IA - Robbery
Liquor - Miami, FL - Burglary
Marijuana - Woolrich, ME - Burglary
Pawn - Raleigh, NC - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Simi Valley, CA - Robbery
Pharmacy - Rapid City, SD - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - North Babylon, NY - Burglary
T-Mobile - Dania Beach, FL - Burglary
Verizon - Montvale, NJ - Robbery
Verizon - Beaumont, TX - Burglary
Walmart - Fort Worth, TX - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 16 robberies
• 10 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


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