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ONVIF Announces Leo Levit of Axis Communications as
New Chairman

ONVIF, a global standardization initiative for IP-based physical security products, announced the appointment of Leo Levit as the new chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee. Levit serves as director of system integration at Axis Communications and brings to the chairman's role a strong technical background and more than a decade of product management, marketing and sales experience. Read more here

Edward Coloske promoted to Senior Asset Protection Supervisor
for Wakefern Food

Edward has been with Wakefern Food Corp. for nearly 10 years. Before his promotion to Senior Asset Protection Supervisor, he served as Lead Retail Investigator for the company. Before joining Wakefern Food, he spent more than four years in Loss Prevention with Shop Rite of Bristol CT. He graduated from Tunxis Community College with an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice & Corrections. Congratulations, Edward!

John Rangel named Manager of Physical Securities for
Mattress Firm

Before joining Mattress Firm as Manger of Physical Securities, John spent nearly five years with Stage Stores as Supervisor, AP & Facilities Operations, Administrator, AP Operations-Corporate, and Area Investigator. Earlier in his career, he spent more than two years with Sears Holdings Corporation a Asset and Profit Protection Manager. Congratulations, John!

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ADT & DISH Network Partner to Bring Smart Home Security to DISH Customers

ADT and DISH Network Corporation today announced a partnership where DISH will begin marketing, sales and installation services for ADT smart home security products.

"Our partnership with DISH significantly extends ADT's reach to bring more innovative smart home security solutions to millions of existing and potential subscribers," said Jim DeVries, president and CEO of ADT. "This complementary agreement with an industry leader represents yet another channel to further expand ADT's subscriber base."

DISH is a connectivity company with more than 20 million subscribers across its pay-TV and wireless brands. DISH customers will receive access to ADT products and services sold and installed by DISH's nationwide network of smart home professionals. OnTech Smart Services, a subsidiary of DISH, will also serve as an installation provider for ADT security products and services. sdmmag.com

Auror's Commitment to the Retail Industry Continues as They Advance to a Master Level Partnership with The Loss Prevention Foundation

The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) announced that Auror USA, Inc. has advanced its partnership to become the newest Master Level Scholarship Partner. Auror has been a Bachelor level partner and supporter of the LPF and with their commitment to becoming a Master level partner they are continuing to set an example to the industry regarding the importance of higher education.

Terry Sullivan, LPC, President of the LPF stated, "We are delighted to announce that Auror continues to demonstrate their belief in the work of the LPF by increasing to the Master partnership level. Auror was instrumental in setting up and delivering the Global Retail Crime Summit last year in conjunction with the LPF and its other partners. This showed their innovation and commitment to providing education and insights during an incredibly tough and uncertain time for the industry." Read More Here

Protests & Violence

Security Will Remain High in D.C. Due to Ongoing Threats

Capitol Police chief says extremists have discussed attack on Congress during Biden's first joint address
The acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police warned lawmakers Thursday that militia members involved in the Jan. 6 riot "want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible" during President Biden's first congressional address.

The stark warning about another potential threat to Congress - which has not been corroborated by other law enforcement agencies - comes as a date for Biden's first address on Capitol Hill has not been set. New presidents typically deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress in February.

Acting chief Yogananda D. Pittman told lawmakers there was "a direct nexus" between the threats and a Biden speech. She cited that intelligence to explain why National Guard members who were deployed and the tall security barriers that were erected around the Capitol after the insurrection have not yet been removed.

"Based on that information, we think that it's prudent that Capitol Police maintain its enhanced and robust security posture until we address those vulnerabilities going forward," Pittman said. washingtonpost.com

States move in opposite directions on guns in capitols after armed protests

21 states allow guns in their capitols in some form.
Michigan, Vermont & Washington are among those considering stricter measures.

In the past year, insurrectionists have breached the U.S. Capitol and armed protesters have forced their way into statehouses around the country. But the question of whether guns should be allowed in capitol buildings remains political, and states are going in opposite directions.

In Montana, a new state law signed allows anyone with a permit to bring a concealed firearm into the statehouse. GOP-dominated Utah passed a law this month allowing people to carry concealed weapons into its Capitol building and elsewhere in the state without a permit.

Guns are allowed in statehouses in some form in 21 states, according to a review by The Associated Press. Eight states allow only concealed firearms inside their capitols, while two states allow only open carry.

Montana and Utah are two of at least 13 states that do not have metal detectors at the entrance to their capitols. The statehouses are open to the public even as many have closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Several other states, though, are moving to restrict guns inside their capitols. In Michigan, where armed protesters forced their way inside the statehouse last year and the FBI said it uncovered a plot to kidnap the governor, a state panel banned the open carry of guns after the Jan. 6 riots in Washington, D.C.

Vermont lawmakers, meanwhile, are considering expanding their statehouse ban on guns to other government buildings. In Washington state, a bill that would ban open carry of guns in the statehouse and near permitted demonstrations has won early approval.

In nearby Oregon, crowds opposed to the building's public closure during a pandemic-related session stormed the state Capitol, including at least one person armed with an AR-15. And in Idaho, self-styled "patriots," anti-vaccination groups and others forced their way past police in August at the Capitol, shattering a window as they pushed and shoved into a gallery. nbcnews.com

The Group to Watch Out For
As fractures emerge among Proud Boys, experts warn
of a shift toward extremist violence
In the weeks since the capital riots, this unified front of the all-male far-right group has fractured and the very brand of the group has begun to corrode. Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio - who had been arrested and banned from the District wrote a message to thousands of followers: "I am with you. We are all with you. You make this country great. Never stop fighting."

Experts who study far-right organizations warn that as members distance themselves from the group, the Proud Boys could metastasize into an increasingly violent organization led by those who have long jockeyed for control.

On Feb. 3, the Canadian government designated the Proud Boys a terrorist organization. Bill Blair, Canada's public safety minister, said that "since 2018, we have seen an escalation toward violence in this group,"

As different factions of the group wrestle with what direction the Proud Boys should take, experts said, more extreme members and influences may push the group to double down on its violent roots. washingtonpost.com

Acting Capitol Police chief: Phone logs show Jan. 6 National Guard approval was delayed

Black Officer Gives Account of Capitol Riot

Utah lawmakers move to set aside nearly $1.2 million for expanded Capitol security

Ohio Spent $1 Million on National Guard Security After Deadly Jan. 6 Insurrection

Charlotte: District Attorney Begins Dropping Charges From 2020 Protests

Chief who knelt with protesters retires in new NYPD shake-up

COVID Update

US: Over 29M Cases - 520K Dead - 19.4M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 113M Cases - 2.5M Dead - 89M Recovered

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Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Case Count

The Coronavirus Is Plotting a Comeback. Here's Our Chance to Stop It for Good.
Across the United States, and the world, the coronavirus seems to be loosening its stranglehold. The deadly curve of cases, hospitalizations and deaths has yo-yoed before, but never has it plunged so steeply and so fast.

Is this it, then? Is this the beginning of the end? After a year of being pummeled by grim statistics and scolded for wanting human contact, many Americans feel a long-promised deliverance is at hand.

Americans will win against the virus and regain many aspects of their pre-pandemic lives, most scientists now believe. Of the 21 interviewed for this article, all were optimistic that the worst of the pandemic is past. This summer, they said, life may begin to seem normal again.

But - of course, there's always a but - researchers are also worried that Americans, so close to the finish line, may once again underestimate the virus. nytimes.com

A New Coronavirus Variant Is Spreading in New York, Researchers Report
A new form of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in New York City, and it carries a worrisome mutation that may dodge the immune system and weaken the effectiveness of vaccines, two teams of researchers have found. The new variant, called B.1.526, first appeared in samples collected in the city in November. By the middle of this month, it accounted for about one in four viral sequences appearing in a database shared by scientists. nytimes.com

50 states, 48 strategies
Your place in the COVID-19 vaccination line depends a lot on where you live

Though the nation's COVID-19 vaccine availability will probably improve substantially in the coming months, officials are now going through what could be the most contentious phase of the rollout: a period marked by relentless demand, constrained supply and a patchwork of policies over who gets priority.

Attempts to fairly distribute the scant supply have created 48 vaccine eligibility lists across 50 states, according to data collected by the Kaiser Family Foundation. In California, there are as many as 61 more vaccine priority lists, as local health departments are allowed to deviate from Gov. Gavin Newsom's rules as they deem appropriate. latimes.com

Eligible people still struggling to get vaccine appointments,
alternate avenues available to schedule shots

Some people eligible for the COVID vaccine are still struggling to get appointments even with more doses flooding across the country. Major pharmacy chains said they had hundreds of thousands more vaccines for a handful of states, while the Biden administration said it is doubling the amount of doses being sent to them.

CVS has around 570,000 doses of the vaccine that they sent out to 17 different states to be distributed this week. Walgreens has around 480,00 doses of the vaccine sent to 2 different states and jurisdictions.

There is a new tool available for eligible people, a website called Vaccine Finder. People can type in their zip code and it lists locations where vaccines are being offered and whether or not they have any in stock. The site pulls information form Walmart, Kroger, CVS, Walgreens, Meijer and more. whio.com

No Traveling Until 2022! It's Not Safe
Survey Reveals Permanent Changes in Behavior and Expectations Beyond COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

- Curbside Pickup Shines as the "Most Helpful New Thing"
- Over 64% Planning on getting Vaccine Will Eliminate Travel Through End of Year

Latest blind survey of over 1000 people in the United States regarding behavior, trends and expectations beyond the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Notably, "curbside pickup" led the way as the "most helpful thing" during COVID-19, outpacing video calling, online video streaming, telemedicine and mobile food and grocery services. In addition, of those who plan on getting the COVID-19 vaccine, 64% will avoid staying in a hotel, casino or resort for the remainder of 2021 if given the option.

86% of people working from home due to COVID-19 want to continue working from home after getting the vaccine

64% after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, if given the option, will avoid staying in a hotel, casino or resort for the remainder of 2021

1 in 4 say they won't get the COVID-19 vaccine because they don't think it is safe yahoo.com

CDC Is Depending on Employers to Encourage Worker Vaccinations
Vaccination is an important tool in controlling the pandemic, say public health leaders, who are asking employers to encourage and make it easy for workers to get vaccinated. Speaking Feb. 25 during a webcast for members of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials explained what employers can do to promote efforts to vaccinate employees.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and lead for the CDC's efforts on COVID-19 vaccines, said, "It's going to take all of us working together to use the vaccines in the best way possible."

Messonnier emphasized the importance of safety and equity with the vaccines. "These vaccines are safe and effective, but that won't matter if people do not take them," she said. "It's essential people have confidence in the vaccination program, including trust in the vaccines, vaccinator and the system that produced" the vaccines. She said the CDC is working with communities to build trust in the midst of a pandemic, especially in communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted.

Kitt noted that there is a new CDC smartphone-based monitoring program for COVID-19 vaccine safety called V-safe. V-safe:

● Uses text messaging and Web surveys to check in with vaccine recipients after vaccination.
● Enables participants to report any side effects or health problems after COVID-19 vaccination.
● Helps the CDC call vaccine recipients to follow up on reports of significant health impact.

The CDC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration also co-manage the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, which provides an online form for reporting a reaction to a vaccination. shrm.org

28% Willing to Lose Their Jobs Over Mandated Vaccines
Can an Employee Refuse to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?
Employers wanting to require workers to get a COVID-19 vaccination should be prepared to respond to workers' concerns and make reasonable accommodations under federal and state law.

According to research by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 60 percent of U.S. workers said they will probably or definitely get the vaccine once it becomes available to them. However, 28 percent of respondents said they are willing to lose their jobs if their employer requires the COVID-19 vaccine.

"Most employers are choosing to inform, educate and encourage their employees to consider the vaccine," However, she noted, there may be industries where vaccination is critical and a mandatory approach makes sense. "Even then, employees should be informed and educated as to why the business felt that approach was necessary," she said. "If the employer has made the vaccine mandatory, it needs to be sure that it is ready to terminate or otherwise address employees who refuse and who are not entitled to a reasonable accommodation." shrm.org

Let's Work in the Park Today
Here's An Interesting COVID Response to Long Term Social Distancing
REI picks new satellite office 'surrounded by trail networks'
After abandoning its plans for a centralized Bellevue headquarters last year, REI has picked Issaquah for one of its several planned satellite offices.

REI's shift to satellite work sites embodies what some predict could happen to traditional offices as work-from-home policies became commonplace. Demand for office space has dropped, especially in downtown Seattle, as some companies offer up their office space for sublease.

In August, REI said it would sell the never-used campus in Bellevue in favor of dispersing its headquarters to several offices, including an existing site in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood.

The company said it also plans to "test a model" allowing headquarters employees to work from home up to five days a week.

"Instead of dedicated workspaces," REI said in a news release, "each employee can choose the combination of locations that best suit their role, work and team on a given day - including satellite offices, coffee shops, home offices or even local parks." seattletimes.com


Setback for $15 Minimum Wage Movement
Top Senate Official Disqualifies Minimum Wage From Stimulus Plan

Democrats suffered a major setback on Thursday in their bid to push through a $15-an-hour minimum wage as part of President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package, after the Senate's top rule-enforcer said that the increase could not be included in the bill.

The decision effectively knocked out a crucial plank of Mr. Biden's plan championed by liberals, and demonstrated the perils of Democrats' strategy to fast-track passage of the sweeping pandemic aid legislation, part of an effort to steer around Republican obstruction.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said the House would keep the provision in its version of the stimulus plan, which is set to be voted on on Friday. But the ruling from Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate parliamentarian, all but sealed the fate of Democrats' push to gradually raise the wage to $15 by 2025, which faces enough opposition from Republicans that it is all but certain to die on its own. nytimes.com

Democrats vow to penalize big corporations that don't pay $15 minimum wage
Democrats led by Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., vowed to introduce an amendment that would penalize large companies that pay workers less than $15 an hour. Sanders rebuked a key decision of the Senate parliamentarian, who determined Thursday evening that a proposed $15 minimum wage hike could not pass under the rules of budget reconciliation. Wyden said their plan would levy a 5% penalty on a big corporation's total payroll if any workers earn less than a specified amount. cnbc.com

Zoom Business Attire
The New Work-From-Home Uniform: A Business Suit That's Pajamas, Too
Taichi Ito was on a Zoom call brainstorming with his advertising-agency colleagues when he mentioned his pet peeve about his wife's virtual meetings. It didn't make sense for her to don a business suit when nothing much below the upper arms showed up on camera.

His colleagues agreed, so he showed them a tailor-made solution he had sketched out: the top half of a business suit sewn to part of a sweatshirt starting at around the elbows, plus sweatpants-just enough formality to fit within a video frame.

Clothier Aoki Holdings Inc.'s answer is its Pajamas Suit (trademarked), a three-piece ensemble available in men's and women's variations. Aoki was long one of Japan's top retailers of moderately priced men's business suits, the kind meant to be worn in an office. No surprise, it is losing money these days. wsj.com

Real or fake? Forged documents add another headache to COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Lessons From the U.K. About a More-Contagious Covid-19 Variant

Canadian regulator authorizes AstraZeneca vaccine

Bill Gates on masks: By late spring and summer 'you can look at changing your behavior in a significant way'


Schnucks deploys new tool against in-store coupon fraud

Midwestern grocery retailer successfully detecting counterfeit coupons
at the point-of-sale with a new, free solution.

St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets Inc. is the first retailer to roll out the Inmar Intelligence CNFRM tool, which is free for retailers and prevents the redemption of counterfeit coupons in real-time at the register. Schnucks says it has already begun intercepting fake coupons at the POS in the first week of deployment.

The retailer can instantaneously identify valid and invalid offers at the POS through CNFRM's cloud-based decision engine that leverages both positive and negative offer file data. This real-time process is designed to allow cashiers to accept or reject manufacturer coupons without slowing shoppers down in the lane. Moreover, CNFRM enables accelerated detection and arbitration of new unknown offers that may be counterfeit, resolving them within hours.

According to Inmar Intelligence, CNFRM's cloud-based architecture validates scans within 50-200 milliseconds. The solution also provides access to a comprehensive coupon database maintained by Inmar Intelligence, which it says represents 90% of the offers in market.

"Reducing coupon fraud helps Schnucks remain focused on nourishing people's lives so that customers can feed and care for their families," said Schnucks VP of asset protection Mason Keller. "We are excited to continue partnering with Inmar because we share in the commitment to prevent loss by identifying coupon fraud in our stores without causing a disruption to the customer experience." chainstoreage.com

San Francisco DA's office tackles rampant shoplifting at Walgreens

Shoplifting has closed at least one store in the city. Could it close even more?

Shoplifting incidents at Walgreens and similar retail stores have become almost commonplace, perhaps especially so in the pandemic. The Walgreens at 30th and Mission reported 16 shoplifting incidents, including the one above, between early November, 2020, and early February, 2021, according to the Ingleside Police Station newsletter, compiled by Capt. Christopher Woon. Another Walgreens in the district, at 965 Geneva Ave., reported 30 incidents in the same time period.

Walgreens reportedly takes a hands-off approach to shoplifting. Interfering with a would-be shoplifter can lead to assaults, injuries and insurance liability; instead, employees are encouraged to call the police only after suspects have left the store, according to their posts on Reddit. But when rampant shoplifting has forced other San Francisco Walgreens stores to close, and so many residents rely on their local Walgreens for vaccinations and medications, that policy could leave customers scrambling.

Matthew Donahue, an assistant district attorney in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, has been working for the past few months with the ALTO Alliance, a consulting firm that helps retailers like Walgreens figure out how to deter shoplifting. Together they are working through a list of more than 100 shoplifting cases in San Francisco, some with identified suspects and many without, to support some of the hardest-hit stores and begin to prosecute repeat shoplifters. missionlocal.org

United Paid Over $32M+ By USPS For Intentionally Falsified Delivery Information

United's Cargo Division Defrauds Post Office

United Airlines to Pay $49 Million to Resolve Criminal Fraud Charges and Civil Claims
United Airlines Inc. (United), the world's third largest airline, has agreed to pay over $49 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to fraud on postal service contracts for transportation of international mail.

Between 2012 and 2015, United's Cargo Division engaged in a scheme to defraud USPS by submitting false delivery scan data to make it appear that United and partner airlines with which it worked were complying with the ICAIR requirements, when in fact they were not. Instead of providing USPS accurate delivery scans based on the movement of the mail, United submitted automated delivery scans based on aspirational delivery times. These automated scans did not correspond to the actual movement of the mail, as mandated by the contracts. Because this scan data was not tethered to the actual delivery of mail to the foreign recipients, payment was inappropriate under the ICAIR contracts. Through this data automation scheme, United secured millions of dollars in payments from the USPS to which United was not entitled under the ICAIR contacts.

United further admitted that it concealed problems related to scanning and mail movements that, if known, would have subjected United to financial penalties under the ICAIR contracts. Certain individuals at United worked to conceal United's automation efforts from the USPS, as they knew that the data being transmitted was fabricated. These individuals further knew that the transmission of false data violated the terms of the ICAIR contracts. The attempts to hide the automation practices included efforts to revise the falsified delivery times to make the automated scans appear less suspicious to USPS.

United has further agreed to strengthen its compliance program and to specific reporting requirements, which require United to submit yearly reports to the Fraud Section regarding the status of its remediation and implementation of United's compliance program and internal controls, policies, and procedures aimed at deterring and detecting violations of U.S. fraud laws in connection with government contracting. justice.gov

Retailers Calling for Federal ORC Law

Charlotte, NC: Retailers want law to help stop stolen merchandise
from being sold online
A Fox 46 investigation is sparking new calls for a law that would help curb organized retail crime. The Buy Safe America Coalition says it's sharing a FOX 46 investigation into retail racketeering with North Carolina's Congressional delegation. The group, which advocates for tougher measures to stop the sale of stolen and counterfeit items, says lawmakers plan to reintroduce a bill this year that would provide more transparency when you shop online.

"The story, Matt, that you ran before, I'm going to send that up to Capitol Hill to show how big this issue is from your reporting and how it affects businesses," Buy Safe America Coalition spokesperson Michael Hanson told FOX 46 investigative reporter Matt Grant.

The INFORM Consumers Act, which was introduced last year but did not get a vote, would make online marketplaces like Amazon, eBay and Facebook Marketplace verify the identities of high-volume sellers by requiring photo IDs, addresses, phone numbers and bank account information. The goal is to make sure sellers are legitimate and stop the stolen and counterfeit merchandise from being sold to bargain hunters, who don't have a clue they're being products that could be on a police report.

"Providing this kind of transparency online would protect consumers," said Hanson. "And stop criminals from hiding behind anonymous accounts and selling stolen and counterfeit goods to consumers."

Home Depot says a federal law is needed. "I do think a piece of legislation, federal legislation, in the area of organized retail crime," said Home Depot spokesperson Christina Cornell, "is absolutely necessary to combat this problem." Professional organized shoplifting rings cost retailers more than $700,000 for every $1 billion in sales, according to the National Retail Federation. wnct.com

Calif. Supreme Court upholds law ending adult trials for 14- & 15-year-olds
The California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the state's 2018 law barring 14- and 15-year-olds from being tried as adults and sent to adult prisons even for serious crimes such as murder, arson, robbery, rape or kidnapping. The ruling cements California's status as the first state to take the step, said The Sentencing Project, an advocacy group. The high court found the law did not conflict with Proposition 57, approved by voters two years earlier, that allowed judges to decide whether young suspects should be tried in adult court. "The amendment is fully consistent with and furthers Proposition 57's fundamental purposes of promoting rehabilitation of youthful offenders and reducing the prison population," Associate Justice Joshua Groban wrote in the unanimous decision. Five lower appellate courts previously found that there was no conflict, but a sixth appellate panel ruled in 2019 that SB1391 was superseded by the ballot measure and therefore was unconstitutional. Opponents of the law argued that the state Constitution says such ballot measures can't be changed by the Legislature, only by another statewide vote. ktla.com

Chicago: Orland Square mall new policy restricts access to unaccompanied youth
Orland Square mall in Orland Park, Ill. is putting a policy in place that will ban some unaccompanied teens from being in the shopping center. The shopping center will require those under 18 to be accompanied by a parent or adult, 21 or older, after 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays beginning March 12. Unsupervised guests under 18 will have to either leave the mall by 3 p.m. those days or be joined by a parent or adult. One adult may accompany up to four youths, who must remain with the adult at all times, according to the policy. chicagotribune.com

How About Your DE&I Program?
Are You Holding Your Team Accountable?

Report: Most Companies Are 'Going Through the Motions' of DE&I

Research identifies practices companies can adopt for success

Corporate attempts to improve diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are falling short, according to new research that raises serious doubts about traditional approaches to the business and social issues surrounding DE&I.

"Roughly 80 percent of companies are just going through the motions and not holding themselves accountable," according to the report, Elevating Equity: The Real Story of Diversity and Inclusion.

The report mapped 84 DE&I practices to determine the five essential strategies and 15 practices that have the greatest impact on business, organizational and workforce outcomes across all industries, geographies and company sizes.

The survey found that:

76 percent of companies have no diversity or inclusion goals.

75 percent of companies do not have DE&I included in the company's leadership development or overall learning and development curricula.

40 percent of companies view diversity work as a way to mitigate legal, compliance or reputational risks, with HR in an enforcer role.

32 percent of companies require some form of DE&I training for employees; 34 percent offer training to managers. shrm.org

Best Buy cuts 5K jobs as it shifts to more part-time workers
The cuts followed a 17% reduction in workforce over the previous fiscal year. Best Buy CEO also noted that the company plans to close more large format stores, with plans to accelerate beyond the 20 annual stores the retailer has closed in recent years. retaildive.com

Costco raises its min. wage to $16 - above rivals like Amazon, Target, Best Buy
More retailers and restaurant chains have also moved to a $15 an hour minimum rate. Amazon raised its starting wage to $15 in 2018, while Target and Best Buy bumped up their minimums to $15 last year. Walmart, the largest US retailer, has an $11 minimum wage, and it said last week that it planned to raise pay for around 425,000 employees, a quarter of its workforce, to at least $13 an hour. cnn.com

Sephora plans 260-store expansion through Kohl's, owned stores - Focused Off-Mall locations

L Brands to move away from Malls & close 30 to 50 Victoria's Secret stores

Pallet Alliance Gets Patent for 1st Embedded Tracking Technology for IoT-Enabled Wooden Pallets

Zoom: We're bringing our live transcription service to free accounts

Black History Month Had a Little Less Hashtag Activism This Year

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Prescriptive Analytics:
The New Way of Identifying and Eliminating Shrink

Join Zebra & the LPF for a New Webinar on Mar. 11, 2021 @ 1:00 pm EST

Inventory. It's one of retailers' biggest expenses, second only to labor. And managing and optimizing it is also one of retailers' biggest challenges. Inventories are bigger, more varied and more complex than ever in an effort to appease as many customers as possible. Unfortunately, these characteristics mean that without the right inventory-management tools, retailers will find it difficult to control shrink from many sources - bad news for an industry dependent upon gross margin return on investment (GMROI).

Join retail shrink experts Scott Pethuyne and Bill Inzeo of Zebra Technologies for a look at prescriptive analytics, the inventory-management solution that analyzes data and tells you:

1. What is happening
2. Why it happened
3. How much it is costing you
4. What to do about it
5. Who should do it

Prescriptive analytics empowers retailers to identify and eliminate the root causes of costly shrink, from concrete products and overallocation, to theft and avoidable damages. This webinar will show you how.






Senior Job
Cloud Security Dir. job posted for McKinsey & Company in Atlanta, GA
In this role, you will define and implement the shared technical security architecture for our cloud estate, maintain accountability for the operational execution of its implementation and ensure security compliance is maintained within every McKinsey organization hosting products in the cloud, including ClienTech, our client-serving practices and Technology & Development (T&D). Your responsibilities will range from shaping and implementing strategic products to ensuring that McKinsey's craft stays on the leading edge of technology in cyber for the cloud. mckinsey.com

Consumer Privacy Legislative Update

More States May Follow Virginia in Trend to Pass Consumer Privacy Laws
Virginia may be the first state to follow California's lead on consumer privacy legislation, but it certainly will not be the last. The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) observed, "State-Level momentum for comprehensive privacy bills is at an all-time high." The IAPP maintains a map of state consumer privacy legislative activity, with in-depth analysis comparing key provisions.

We discuss the Virginia legislation here, along with legislative activity in several other states that seem likely to pass. It was California that enacted the first data-breach notification law, which became effective in 2003. In about 15 years' time, all U.S. states have such a law, as well as many jurisdictions around the world.

Whether it is the pending Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), or a similar framework, there are several features that should be considered when examining the effects of such laws on an organization. shrm.org

New Minnesota Consumer Data Privacy Act is introduced
On Feb. 22, 2021, the "Minnesota Consumer Data Privacy Act" (MCDPA) was introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The MCDPA is now the primary candidate to become Minnesota's omnibus consumer privacy law. The proposed MCDPA would add many layers of consumer privacy obligations to companies doing business in Minnesota, and is being closely watched by industry observers. Businesses across the country handling consumer personal data will continue to closely track developments with this bill during the next several weeks as it works its way through the legislative process. securitymagazine.com

Tech Execs Call for Improved Public-Private Coordination After SolarWinds Hack
A wide-ranging hack of U.S. agencies and businesses last year highlights the need for the public and private sectors to coordinate more closely on cybersecurity, technology company executives told lawmakers.
The response to the attack on Austin, Texas-based software provider SolarWinds Corp. and other organizations was at times hindered by a lack of communication between businesses and federal departments, the executives said Tuesday at a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

"That information too often exists in silos," said Microsoft Corp. President Brad Smith. "It exists in silos in the government, it exists in different companies, it doesn't come together."

The tech executives called on security teams to share more information about threats in real time, with some urging lawmakers to create federal requirements for victims to notify authorities and create a single government body to collect cyber intelligence. wsj.com

Wawa Agrees to Pay Customers Up to $9 Million Over Data Breach
Wawa has agreed to pay customers up to $9 million and spend $35 million upgrading its cybersecurity to settle a class-action lawsuit stemming from a massive 2019 data breach that exposed customers' credit and debit card information for over nine months.

Under a proposed settlement filed in federal court Friday, the convenience store chain would provide customers with up to $8 million in Wawa gift cards and pay up to $1 million in cash payments to affected consumers. The agreement must still be approved by a judge overseeing the case. inquirer.com

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To those who have already submitted comments and reviews on the draft publications, thank you! We also want to thank everyone who participated virtually in our January 26th webinar, hosted by the NCCoE, and February 4th roundtable hosted by the Consumer Technology Association. The thoughtful comments we received from participants in these events have given us insight into several emerging themes. We are carefully considering this feedback as we continue through the review and adjudication process. nist.gov

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Gap to invest $140 million to build Texas warehouse as online sales swell
Gap said Wednesday it will invest $140 million to construct a distribution center in Longview, Texas, as part of its effort to double its online business over the next two years.

Upon completion, Gap said the 850,000-square-foot facility will be able to process 1 million packages per day. Initially, it will be used for Old Navy's burgeoning e-commerce business, then expand to other parts of Gap's business.

Gap expects the facility will create more than 500 full-time jobs by the end of 2023, and more than 1,000 over the next five years. It also should bring more than 1,000 part-time and seasonal jobs to the area by 2026.

Construction will begin in April. Gap expects it to be fully operational by August 2022.

The Covid health crisis has accelerated the shift to e-commerce and has forced many retailers to rethink their investments, and pour more money into supply chains and logistics. The e-commerce giant Amazon has announced several investments in its warehouses, including building new ones, as its retail business has boomed over the past year. Big-box chains Walmart and Target have found ways to utilize their stores as mini fulfillment centers, while Macy's took two of its department stores late last year and converted them into pint-sized distribution centers.

While Gap's sales have slumped from 2019 levels during the health crisis, with fewer Americans visiting malls and shopping for apparel, the company has seen rampant growth online. And it expects that to stick around.

Amazon Beware: TikTok Is Ramping Up Its E-Commerce Engine Globally
TikTok is ramping up its e-commerce engines on all cylinders during the past six month. First, it connected to Shopify's millions of independent merchants, opened up its video shopping function, and then tested live e-commerce delivery with Walmart, and opened live room shopping cart function in Indonesia in early February. A few days ago, TikTok's e-commerce expansion project TikTok Shop (similar to Douyin Store of an earlier age) has also been prepared to be launched. chinamoneynetwork.com

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Exton, PA: Pennsylvania State Troopers recover and donate stolen items to Chester County foster closet
The tiny offices at MAZI Adoption and Family Services looked more like a shopping mall today. "This is a result of a traffic stop in 2019," said Pennsylvania State Trooper Kevin Kochka. "The items that you see here were recovered as a result of an investigation done by our trooper that revealed a retail theft ring." Roughly 300 articles of clothing, 45 pairs of shoes, and 17 handbags have been idly waiting for a new home after they were recovered by Trooper Matthew Dwyer. The items were unable to be touched until a court arrived at final disposition for the offenders. "It would either be destroyed, donated, or given back to the original owner," said Trooper Kochka, who is a community service and public information officer with Troop J in Avondale. In this case, the items were collected from various outlets which had already received restitution. That left the troopers in a perfect position to make a donation to a brand new foster closet. "It's always been something that has been on our wishlist," said Simi Riesner, the Executive Director at MAZI, about starting a foster closet. "And just something that we didn't really have the means to do." This morning, that changed thanks to the Pennsylvania State Troopers' donation. "It just felt like it was meant to be," she said. 6abc.com

Berks County, PA: Man wanted in check-fraud ring arrested
Muhlenberg Township man sought by Spring Township police as a leader of a check-fraud ring was apprehended Wednesday morning in Kenhorst. Isaiah Egziabher, 20, was found in a parked vehicle with two other people on Fern Avenue, Spring Criminal Investigator Cory Huntsinger said. The arrest came five days after Spring police, assisted by Muhlenberg police, went to Egziabher's residence after getting arrest and search warrants, as part of a yearlong investigation. Investigators seized a laptop, printers, check paper, a victim's checkbook and additional computer-related items. Some of the checks fraudulently produced were reproductions of legitimate checks of businesses and individuals, and the total loss in the case was in excess of $150,000, police said. In such a scheme, perpetrators attract partners through social media advertisements, targeting vulnerable people, such as those who are unemployed, with offers of quick cash in return for their participation, Huntsinger explained. The partners are paid to provide their debit card account information so bogus checks can be electronically deposited, then quickly withdrawn through an ATM or a money-transfer app such as PayPal, he said. news.yahoo.com

Erie, PA: 3 years later, duo arrested in $20K jewelry heist at Millcreek Kmart during 4-state spree
Two men wearing ball caps walked into the Kmart store on West 26th Street in Millcreek Township on the evening of April 22, 2018, and headed toward the jewelry counter. They walked out of the now-closed Kmart minutes later with more than $20,000 worth of stolen jewelry that one of the men stuffed into his pocket, according to Millcreek police. Township police issued an appeal to the public days after the theft, asking for help in identifying the suspects. Detectives released a portion of surveillance video from the store in hopes that someone would recognize the men and report what they knew.

A viable tip never came in, as Millcreek police never identified or charged any suspects in the crime. But the case would soon be resolved. And would grow. By October of 2018, a federal grand jury had indicted two men that federal investigators believe are responsible for stealing valuables from not only the Millcreek Kmart but from antique stores, a bowling alley and another Kmart store in four states. The crime spree that 38-year-old Shawn A. Pena and 54-year-old Michael Kiser are accused of committing stretched over 25 days and took them from Illinois to New Jersey, according to information in their indictments. Authorities charge that their crime spree netted the pair more than $88,000 in stolen cash and goods. The charges against Pena and Kiser and the details of their accused crime spree were revealed in an indictment that was unsealed in late January, once both men were in custody, according to court records. goerie.com

Stamford, CT: Alleged ID theft ring member faces up to 40 years in prison
A New York man accused of being part of an identity theft ring faces up to 40 years in prison if he fails to pay back more than $10,000 in restitution and fines. Wai Chung Khoong, 38, pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree larceny and first-degree identity theft at Stamford Superior Court Monday. Khoong was arrested by Greenwich police in September 2019 on accusations that he ordered more than $41,000 of merchandise using a stolen identity. stamfordadvocate.com

UK: Birmingham, England: Jaguar Land Rover worker admits stealing $114,000 worth of car parts to sell

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Shootings & Deaths

Update: Peoria, IL: Two teens arrested in Peoria on Homicide charges related to Galesburg Gun Shop break-in
Two minors were arrested here this week in connection with the death of a Peoria teen during a botched robbery last month at a gun store in Galesburg. One of the teens, 17, was arrested on Tuesday, while the other, 15, was arrested on Thursday. Both were initially taken to the Peoria County Juvenile Detention Center, according to Peoria police spokeswoman Amy Dotson. Galesburg Police Chief Russ Idle said the teens are facing charges of burglary and first-degree murder in connection with the Jan. 6 incident at Galesburg Guns and Ammo.

The boys are charged under the state's felony murder provision, which holds that they are legally responsible for 17-year-old Daryl Keller's death even though they didn't shoot him. It was the shop owner who fired several shots at the group of teens who allegedly broke into the business late at night, but under that portion of state law, because the death occurred while the teens allegedly were committing a crime they bear responsibility for the death as a result. pjstar.com

Gardena, CA: Man shot inside Target store in Gardena after fight
A man was hospitalized Thursday morning with gunshot wounds he sustained following a fight with another man at a Target store in Gardena. The men began arguing around 10 p.m. Wednesday inside the store on W. Redondo Beach Blvd., and then started fighting, which alerted store security, according to Lt. Christopher Cuff of the Gardena Police. During the fight, one of the men pulled a gun and fired twice, striking the victim with both shots, then ran from the store in an unknown direction, Cuff said. A detailed description of the shooter was not immediately available. The victim was taken to a hospital in unknown condition and underwent surgery overnight. A reason for the argument was unknown. abc7.com



Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Cherry Hill, NJ: Car crashes through front of Target;
3 people injured
Police say three people suffered minor injuries when a car crashed into a Cherry Hill, New Jersey Target on Thursday morning. It happened in the Hillview Shopping Center on Route 38. Police say the driver, 76, had a medical episode just after 10:00 a.m., which caused him to crash his Hyundai Sonata through the glass into the storage area of the store's Starbucks. The driver, his 58-year-old passenger and an employee, all suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital to be checked out. 6abc.com

Bergen County, NJ: Ring Got 30,000 Painkiller Pills With Prescription Blanks Swiped From NJ Hospitals
Using prescription blanks stolen from hospitals in Bergen and Passaic counties, a crew used a single pharmacy to get its hands on 30,000 high-dose oxycodone pills, including a year's worth of painkillers prescribed to a dead man, authorities charged. The volume eventually gave them away, state and federal law enforcement officials said. Milagros Santiago, 43, of Haledon, was working as a pharmacy technician at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson when she swiped prescription blanks, state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said. dailyvoice.com

Bronx, NY: Man brings flowers into Boost Mobile and then robs it
Video shows the robber approach an employee with a bouquet of flowers inside the Boost Mobile store on East 170th Street Monday afternoon. . Video shows the suspect approaching an employee with a bouquet of flowers inside the Boost Mobile store Monday afternoon. Police say he pulled an unknown object out and demanded cash. When she refused, he grabbed her by the arm and neck, and forced her to the back of the store. And that's where he stole $16,000, according to police, from the safe. Before taking off. news.yahoo.com

Clarksburg, WV: Suspect faces daytime burglary, 3rd-offense shoplifting charges; alleged store theft could be worse for her if she's convicted under West Virginia law

Tulsa, OK: Midtown Tulsa businesses plagued by 'smash and grab' burglaries

San Diego, CA: Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Three Robberies

Philadelphia, PA: Man Sentenced to 12+ Years for Gunpoint Robbery of East Mount Airy Corner Store





Best Buy - Auburn, CA - Burglary
Boost Mobile - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery
Boost Mobile - New Orleans, LA- Armed Robbery
Boost Mobile - Bronx, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Marengo, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Alice, TX - Armed Robbery
Clothing - Long Beach, CA - Burglary
Dollar General - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery
Flowers - Salt Lake City, UT - Burglary
Flowers Salt Lake City, UT - Burglary
Gas Station - Fort Lee, NJ - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Rochester, MN - Burglary
Jewelry - Mesquite, TX -Robbery
Jewelry - Chesapeake, VA - Robbery
Jewelry - Webster, TX - Robbery
Restaurant - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
Restaurant - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
Restaurant - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery (Jers. Mikes's)
7-Eleven - Colorado Springs, CO - Robbery
7-Eleven - Stow, OH - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 13 robberies
• 7 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


Weekly Totals:
• 56 robberies
• 45 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed

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