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Dan Reynolds Selected to Lead Customer Experience at Vector Security

Industry veteran joins the company with a concentrated effort to create exceptional experiences for customers at every touchpoint.

Vector Security, the fourth largest security company in the United States and the leading provider of intelligent mobile security and automation solutions to homes and businesses, announced that Dan Reynolds has joined the company as Director of Customer Experience, effective immediately.

In this newly-defined role, Reynolds will be responsible for defining, executing and managing for continuous performance, the overall customer experience across all areas of Vector Security. With a focus on the customer journey for each customer segment, this role will identify high-impact customer touchpoints and areas for improvement that lead to a positive and valued customer experience. Ultimately, this position will include direct functional oversight for specific departments, as well as matrix responsibilities in other customer-facing areas of the company's business. This position will report directly to the VP of Marketing. Read more here


NBA names Leon Newsome Senior Vice President, Chief Security Officer
The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced that Leon Newsome, the Deputy Director of the U.S. Secret Service, has been named Senior Vice President, Chief Security Officer. Newsome will oversee all aspects of security operations for the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League and soon-to-launch Basketball Africa League as well as the NBA's 15 offices worldwide. He will join the NBA on March 15 and report to President, Administration Bob Criqui.

Newsome has 28 years of experience with the Secret Service, rising to Deputy Director in August 2019. As Deputy Director, he oversaw the daily investigative and protective operations of an agency with more than 7,000 employees globally. He also implemented emerging protective technologies and led the Secret Service's public and private partnerships on issues directly impacting national security.  securitymagazine.com

Julie Myerholtz joins Grainger as VP and CISO
Julie Myerholtz has joined Grainger as Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). In this role at the broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products company, Myerholtz is responsible for the company's cybersecurity vision and strategy, as well as collaborating with customers, suppliers, Grainger leadership and the board of directors on information security-related matters.

Myerholtz has more than 20 years of experience in enterprise risk management, information security, data privacy, and IT operations and governance. She most recently served as CISO at First Solar, a solar panel manufacturing company. securitymagazine.com

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Sensormatic Solutions by Johnson Controls Collaborates With Intel to Digitally Transform Retail and Improve Shopper Experiences

- Johnson Controls' innovation partnership with Intel now includes powering Sensormatic IQ

- Sensormatic IQ, the new intelligent operation platform for retail, leverages Intel's AI technology at the edge to deliver real-time insights across the enterprise

- The collaboration enables customers to make informed business decisions that drive positive outcomes

NEUHAUSEN, Switzerland, March 9, 2021 - Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, today announced that Sensormatic Solutions, its leading global retail solutions portfolio, continues to collaborate with Intel Corporation to deliver innovative solutions to retailers.

A key partner in powering Sensormatic IQ, the new intelligent operating platform for retail, Intel is helping Sensormatic Solutions deliver improved shopper experiences and retail outcomes for its customers. Through deep knowledge of the retail industry plus joint investments and developments in scalable, artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision-based solutions, Sensormatic Solutions and Intel are helping retailers gain real-time insights into inventory, shoppers, associates and the retail environment.

"As the retail landscape evolves, our technology evolves with it," said Bjoern Petersen, President, Sensormatic Solutions. "Intel's AI solutions for the edge paired with our Sensormatic IQ platform is helping to power the digital transformation of the retail industry. Through this partnership and shared commitment to innovation and engineering, we are pleased to deliver solutions to address our retail customers' biggest challenges and confidently move into the future." Read more here

Protests & Violence

'George Floyd Square' Quiet & 1,000 Peaceful Protesters At Courthouse
Peaceful protesters march in Minneapolis as Derek Chauvin trial in George Floyd's death slowed by legal wrangling
The specter of fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial hovered over an anxious Twin Cities on Monday as legal proceedings began at the heavily fortified Hennepin County Government Center.

Crowds of peaceful protesters seeking a conviction in the death of George Floyd gathered outside the building in downtown Minneapolis. Worshipers prayed for the judicial system in houses of worship across the Twin Cities at high noon. Neighbors of the former police officer expressed fears that last year's tensions on the streets will repeat themselves during and after the trial.

At the intersection 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, where Floyd fell unconscious as Chauvin and two other officers pinned him down, a planned vigil and gathering of Black men were canceled following a deadly shooting there Saturday. The space, still blocked off and known as George Floyd Square, had been expected to be a place for a dynamic community gathering during the trial. On Monday, though, the atmosphere was quiet.

Outside the courthouse, which was surrounded by temporary concrete barriers, metal fencing and concertina wire, about 1,000 protesters gathered peacefully as court convened Monday morning. They chanted: "No more killer cops!" and "Ain't no power like the power of the people!" And they held banners: "The world is watching." "Justice for stolen lives."

Police officers have remained on edge since Floyd's death, knowing they are under a microscope.

"If he doesn't get convicted, it's going to be hell," she predicted. "There will be more riots. There will be more destruction - I hope not as much. ... I'm worried people are going to lose more faith in the court system, and in humanity. People are going to be deeply hurt if he doesn't get convicted. It just shows that a cop can murder someone in broad daylight and there's no consequences." startribune.com

Chauvin trial disrupted by third-degree murder issue
Jury selection in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with killing George Floyd, was postponed until Tuesday after prosecutors expressed concerns about a contested Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling that affects his case.

"Unless the Court of Appeals tells me otherwise, we're going to keep moving," Cahill said before court adjourned at 2:47 p.m. startribune.com

COVID Update

92.1M Vaccinations Given

US: Over 29.7M Cases - 538.6K Dead - 20.4M Recovered
Worldwide: 118M Cases - 2.6M Dead - 93.5M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 279   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 266
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CDC Says Keep Up Mitigation Measures After Vaccination
CDC Says Fully Vaccinated People Can Gather Privately Without Masks

New guidelines direct fully inoculated people to wear masks and observe
social distancing in public

People who are fully vaccinated against the new coronavirus can gather privately in small groups without masks or physical distancing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, relaxing safety guidelines for inoculated individuals under some circumstances.

The CDC said Monday that fully vaccinated people should continue to take precautions in most circumstances to prevent the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19. People who are fully immunized should continue to wear masks and keep their distance from others in public or while visiting unvaccinated people at higher risk for severe cases of Covid-19, the CDC said. The agency, leaving its travel guidance unchanged, said vaccinated people should continue to hold off on long trips.

In its guidance, the CDC said people who are fully vaccinated against the virus can visit with unvaccinated members of a single household without wearing masks or maintaining social distancing as long as everyone in that household is at low risk for severe cases of Covid-19.

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the two-shot vaccines made by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE as well as by Moderna Inc., or two weeks after getting the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to the CDC. wsj.com

CDC: Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

During Lockdown: 100% Of Essential Workers Verbally Abused & 2/3rds Report Increase in Physical Violence
UK: Retailers write to PM over pandemic-fuelled increase in store violence
More than 65 leading retailers and industry bodies have written to prime minister Boris Johnson calling on him to take urgent action to tackle violence and abuse towards retail workers.

The letter calls for the government "to treat the issue with the seriousness it deserves and improve protection for our employees by creating a new statutory offence of assaulting, threatening or abusing a retail worker". This legislation would toughen sentences for those who are violent or abusive towards shopworkers, deter future perpetrators, and ensure shopworkers feel safer at work.

The letter comes in response to a recent survey conducted by the BRC, which found that of "essential" retailers, who are currently allowed to be open, 100% of respondents have seen an increase in verbal abuse.

In addition, two-thirds of respondents reported an increase in the number of incidents of physical violence against staff during the current lockdown. All retailers who reported a rise in verbal or violent attacks said that the enforcement of Covid restrictions was the key factor.

One leading retailer reported 990 incidents of violence or abuse in the first week after face coverings became compulsory in shops in including incidents of coughing and spitting. talkingretail.com

Compliance Officers Stretched Thin As Remote Work Goes On
In the COVID-19 era, compliance professionals have all but lost this essential tool, and they continue to operate largely without an on-site presence one year into the declaration of the pandemic as a national emergency.

The lack of face-to-face interactions amid the pandemic is reducing the ability of compliance professionals to uncover potential misconduct and adequately monitor employees.

The shift to remote work has also led to a heavy reliance on technological tools to help with the rising cybersecurity threats and employee oversight needs, but this has only placed additional strain on compliance officers who may lack the skills or guidance to implement them, they said.

While video conferencing has largely replaced in-person meetings and investigations, it isn't as effective as the real thing.

Investigative interviews are incredibly challenging over video conference, particularly when the aim is to extract sensitive information, he added. "As an investigator or an FBI agent, you can't work a case from behind a computer screen," he said. "So if you're looking at doing compliance investigations, it's much more difficult now to interview people remotely." law360.com

CA is Opening Up More
Within 48 Hours LA County & Other Counties Could Open Up More
L.A., O.C. close to wider reopening of economy as COVID vaccinations climb
Some of California's largest counties - including Los Angeles - could be poised to unlock parts of their economies as soon as this week if certain state-set benchmarks are met.

The potentially accelerated opening in places like L.A., Orange and San Bernardino counties is possible thanks to a rewrite of California's coronavirus reopening blueprint that state officials announced last week.

It works like this: 40% of the state's available COVID-19 vaccines will now be dedicated to residents in California's most disadvantaged areas - a massive commitment officials say will help address glaring inequities in vaccine administration.

"Our understanding is that within 48 hours of the state announcing the vaccine trigger has been met, L.A. County - along with other counties with qualifying case rates - would be moved into the red tier and permitted to reopen for additional activities," L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said during a briefing Monday.

Counties in the red tier can allow indoor restaurant dining and movie theaters to reopen at 25% capacity or up to 100 people, whichever is fewer. In-person classes also would be allowed to resume for students in grades seven through 12. latimes.com

A year into remote work, Upwork findings show the experiment is working
We now have enough empirical evidence to support the benefits of working remotely, according to Upwork's new The Future of Remote Work report.

Although the pandemic is far from over, there is enough empirical evidence to support the argument that remote work has actually worked well despite the ad hoc way many of us were forced to take it on.

Upwork just released key findings and trends from polling hiring managers over the past year. Among the noteworthy observations:

Productivity is still higher than it was in the office.
More work for freelancers.
Relocation, relocation, relocation. 23 Million moving to more affordable places.
Time and money saved.
Ranks of remote workers will still dwindle. Over next five years 20% to 25% will work remote fastcompany.com

The Power of Going Viral
Trader Joe's reinstates NYC employee after highly publicized firing
Ben Bonnema, the NYC Trader Joe's employee who was fired last week after raising concerns with the grocer's CEO over workplace COVID-19 safety protocols, is headed back to work on Monday. Trader Joe's offered to reinstate Bonnema to his former position at its Upper West Side location on Wednesday night, the Daily Beast reports.

Bonnema was first fired from Trader Joe's on February 26 after sending a letter to company CEO Dan Bane outlining steps that the company should take to upgrade store safety during the pandemic, according to several tweets that Bonnema posted following the incident. The firing attracted national media attention, and public figures, including the former head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, called for Bonnema to be reinstated. nyeater.com

City Of Los Angeles Imposes "Hero Pay" Requirement - Risks And Ramifications
Starting Monday, grocery stores, drug stores and big box retailers in the City of Los Angeles will be required to pay "Premium Hazard Pay" - an additional $5.00 per hour - to non-exempt employees. The ordinance mandating the pay hike is the latest in a wave of local measures adopted throughout California meant to acknowledge customer-facing employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Los Angeles ordinance brings legal risks and unanswered questions for covered employers. jdsupra.com

News Outlets & Trade Publications Are All Concerned with Mental Health Issues Now
So much so that we at the Daily have to mention it to this community
 - It's a Major Concern Out There

7 Red Flags You're Experiencing Trauma From The COVID-19 Pandemic

Here's how to spot coronavirus-related post-traumatic stress disorder, plus advice on how to address it.

According to Vaile Wright, senior director of health care innovation at the American Psychological Association, many people are experiencing trauma right now, which, clinically speaking, involves being personally exposed to or witnessing a traumatic event that threatens your life or your physical integrity.

Some people will develop anxiety and depression. A smaller group will face PTSD ― although it's important to remember that not all traumatic events will lead to PTSD, she said. huffpost.com

Editor's Note: From "rampant loneliness in America", to alcohol and drug abuse increasing, to suicides, depression, fatigue, overeating, the entire gambit of human reactions to life in quarantine. Every executive has to be aware of the signs and sensitive to our friends and colleagues that may need help or just encouraging words. Just a thought -Gus Downing

OSHA Increasing Enforcement Efforts
Especially after the blistering WSJ OSHA article Friday

Take Steps to Fight Pandemic Fatigue
Some workers are growing tired of ongoing pandemic-related restrictions and becoming lax in their compliance with COVID-19-related protocols such as mask wearing. Their "pandemic fatigue" is creating challenges and legal risks that employers need to address.

David Barron, an attorney with Cozen O'Connor in Houston, said a lack of diligence in following safety protocols "is especially problematic right now because OSHA [the Occupational Safety and Health Administration] and several state safety agencies are increasing enforcement efforts through new standards and regulations, which raises the stakes for noncompliance."

There are many causes for pandemic fatigue, including the inconvenience of measures like masks and growing complacency as news improves and vaccinations increase, Barron said.

But employers risk undermining their entire safety programs if they pick and choose which rules to enforce, he cautioned. For example, Barron asked, if an employee can ignore a mask requirement, why not ignore a hard hat or safety glasses requirement? shrm.org

Editor's Note: This might be a time to refocus or reinvent some programs in the stores. As Friday's WSJ investigative OSHA report will absolutely cause a resurrgence of activity there. Expect OSHA auditors! See the article in Friday's Daily "OSHA Failure"

Robbing Delivery Workers Epidemic
'My Turn to Get Robbed': Delivery Workers Are Targets in the Pandemic
Armed robbers are targeting delivery workers in New York, stealing the expensive electric bikes that are the key to their livelihood.

A growing number of delivery workers who have been victims of robberies and other violent assaults as their numbers have swelled since the pandemic first swept through the nation's largest city a year ago.

On any given day thousands of men, and a growing number of women, can be seen crisscrossing city arteries, transporting takeout, groceries and medicine in plastic bags on top of their well-worn bikes. But their visibility has also made them targets for opportunistic criminals looking for a quick profit through robbery.

Investigators said robbers often use fraudulent credit cards to call in bogus orders and lure delivery workers to secluded locations. The delivery workers then are faced with two dire options: let go of the pricey bikes they need to remain employed or risk injury and even death. nytimes.com


It's All About Your Solution Providers
Uncovering the legality and security of radio frequency based drone detection systems

5 questions to ask technology providers

Last August, the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an advisory guidance document to help non-federal public and private entities navigate the laws and regulations related to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, mitigation and detection technology. The advisory references various federal provisions and laws that could render such technology illegal to use but does not cover state and local laws that might also be relevant.

American Security Drone Act of 2021

The American Security Drone Act of 2021, formerly introduced as the American Security Drone Act of 2019, was given new life in January 2021 with bipartisan support and now incorporates drone detection and mitigation systems, not just drones. It would ban federal entities from purchasing drones and detection/mitigation systems developed by "covered foreign entities" which includes entities who pose a national security risk or are influenced by or located in the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Get to The Bottom of System Legality and Security

The federal advisory cautions against relying solely on vendors' representations of their systems' legality or functionality. Here are five questions you can ask RF-based technology vendors to determine if they are in compliance with the federal advisory or could be banned by the American Security Drone Act of 2021 for security and cybersecurity reasons.

1. Does the system include any mitigation capabilities?
2. What information is the technology collecting (e.g., UAS type, manufacturer, model, protocol, unique identifier, telemetry)?
3. Is any of the information extracted DRAS information?
4. Are electronic communications being acquired? If so, are any portions of the communications acquired by the technology "content?"
5. What is the equipment and software country of origin?

IoT could be the key to ending food spoilage in grocery stores
Connected devices are emerging as a new way for grocers to reduce losses due to food spoilage and energy waste. With bottom line benefits like these, it's not surprising to see some of the biggest in the business already putting Internet of Things (IoT) technology to work to improve their operating results.

Walmart has been using IoT tech for such tasks as monitoring food temperature and equipment energy output, according to Talk Business. One IoT application monitors refrigeration units that house products like ice cream frozen and milk cold. It also reports back to a maintenance team if sensors indicate equipment problems so they can be fixed early with minimal downtime and without serious malfunctions. IoT solutions are used so broadly throughout Walmart's massive store footprint that its connected devices send a total of 1.5 billion messages per day.

Throughout grocery, IoT is being leveraged to improve food safety and reduce excessive energy consumption, according to the World Economic Forum. IoT solutions have allowed food retailers to reduce food loss by 40 percent and experience a net energy savings of 30 percent.

In 2018, it was estimated that grocers were losing on average $70 million per year to food spoilage, with the largest chains losing in the hundreds of millions. retailwire.com

Kroger Issues Open Call To Startups With Ideas To Prevent Food Waste
The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation has announced its second Innovation Fund open call, inviting eligible innovators with ideas and solutions to prevent food waste to submit an application by April 1 for business support and funding totaling $2.5 million in collective grants.

"Kroger's Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation, our stores and associates are on a mission to end hunger and food waste in the places we call home," said Felix Turner, manager of corporate affairs for Kroger's Atlanta Division, which includes Georgia, Eastern Alabama and South Carolina. "The Innovation Fund open call focuses on startups that are finding solutions for upcycled food, which is the next frontier in recovering and repurposing food that may otherwise go to landfills, promoting the reintroduction and reuse of these food items into the supply chain. We encourage startups that are interested and meet the criteria to submit an application."

To learn more about the foundation's open call and apply, visit ZeroHungerZeroWasteFoundation.org.

Ross Stores to Open 60 Stores in 2021

Lidl to enact $15 starting hourly wage in Philadelphia

Quarterly Results
Dick's Sporting Goods Q4 comp's up 19.3%, digital sales up 57%, net sales up 19.8%
Dick's Sporting Goods FY 2020 comp's up 9.9%, digital sales up 100%, net sales up 9.5%

Del Taco Q4 comp's up 3.8%, total revenue down 0.2%, FY 2020 comp's down 0.9%, total revenue down 4.1%

Casey's General Stores Q3 inside comp's up 2.1, digital up 95%, total revenue down 10.6%

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Exec Dir-Verizon Corporate Security job posted for Verizon in Basking Ridge, NJ
The Executive Director (ED), Verizon Corporate Security is responsible for managing an integrated program for security through the development and implementation of strategic security programs, created through interactions with senior management, other employees, external resources and key stakeholders. The ED will ensure that Verizon provides the necessary tools and education to protect Verizon's employees, assets and facilities. The ED will provide the strategic vision integrating the Verizon Workplace Safety and Response Program throughout the corporation. jobs.verizon.com

Senior Manager, Field AP job posted for Carvana in Atlanta, GA
The Asset Protection Leader will work closely with the Director of Enterprise Security in supporting the development of the program, but will be primarily focused on implementing and executing the program within our facilities. Key to implementation will be the development of a team of Asset Protection professionals who can provide partnership and expertise to our facility leaders. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in creating and implementing risk mitigation programs for companies with thousands of employees across varied US locations. boards.greenhouse.io

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Equal Pay - Women's Top Encouragement
Half of women in cybersecurity report positive career impact from COVID-19
New Tessian report reveals that cybersecurity jobs weathered Covid-19 storm and explains why industry needs to address issue with equal pay to encourage more women to join.

Women In Cybersecurity Roles Thrived During 2020

Nearly half (49%) of women cybersecurity professionals in the U.S and U.K. also said Covid-19 had a positive impact on their career, with just 9% saying the pandemic negatively impacted their job. In addition, 89% of women working in cybersecurity said they feel secure in their jobs.

There is, however, work to be done to encourage more women to join this thriving industry and change perceptions of the industry among Generation Z. As part of the report, Tessian surveyed college graduates aged 18-25 years old and found that men in this age group were more likely to consider a job in cybersecurity - 42% versus 26% of women.

When female cybersecurity professionals were asked what would encourage more women into cybersecurity roles, equal pay topped the list with 47% of the global respondents saying this would help bridge the gender gap. This was especially true in the U.S. with 73% of U.S. respondents citing equal pay as necessary. securitymagazine.com

Office 365 Backup and Teams: What You Need to Know
Microsoft Teams has enjoyed explosive growth over the past year, and that reinforces some key points about Office 365 and secure backup. Karinne Bessette of Veeam Software and Archana Venkatraman of IDC share new insights and strategies.

In a video interview with ISMG, Bessette and Venkatraman discuss:

What's unique about Microsoft Teams;
Compelling reasons for Office 365 backup;
● The shared responsibility model. govinfosecurity.com

The Ransomware Gold Rush of 2020
Number of ransomware attacks grew by more than 150%
By the end of 2020, the ransomware market, fueled by the pandemic turbulence, had turned into the biggest cybercrime money artery. Based on the analysis of more than 500 attacks observed during Group-IB's own incident response engagements and cyber threat intelligence activity, researchers estimate that the number of ransomware attacks grew by more than 150% in 2020.
In 2020, ransomware attacks on average caused 18 days of downtime for the affected companies, while the average ransom amount increased almost twofold.

COVID-19 made many organizations, distracted with mitigating the fallout from the pandemic, vulnerable to cyber threats. Ransomware turned out to be the one that capitalized on the crisis most. The attacks not only grew in numbers but also in scale and sophistication - the average ransom demand increased by more than twofold and amounted to $170,000 in 2020.

The norm seems to be shifting toward the millions. Researchers found out that Maze, DoppelPaymer, and RagnarLocker were the greediest groups, with their ransom demands averaging between $1 million and $2 million.

On a technical level, public-facing RDP servers were the most common target for many ransomware gangs last year. Against the backdrop of the pandemic that caused many people to work from home, the number of such servers grew exponentially. In 52% of all attacks, analyzed by Group-IB, publicly accessible RDP servers were used to gain initial access, followed by phishing (29%), and exploitation of public-facing applications (17%). helpnetsecurity.com

John McAfee Charged With Cryptocurrency Fraud
John McAfee, who already faces federal tax evasion charges, has now been indicted for allegedly using his vast social media following to run cryptocurrency pump-and-dump schemes as well as promote virtual currencies to investors without revealing his stake in them, according to the Justice Department. govinfosecurity.com

Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act: Here Comes the Next State Privacy Law
of the Land

Scammers are already targeting the next round of coronavirus relief checks

Walmart data-privacy suit: Consumers suing Walmart over alleged data breach can't expect the Calif. Consumer Privacy Act to apply retroactively, a judge ruled




The Big Push - Drives Wages & Benefits Up - Which Drives Retail Wages & Benefits Up
Amazon fights aggressively to defeat union drive in Alabama,
fearing a coming wave
Amazon's relentless push to beat back a union drive among warehouse workers mirrors the company's past efforts to oppose unions in Seattle, New York, Canada and the United Kingdom.

A Seattle worker had been watching the push by thousands of Amazon warehouse employees in Bessemer, Ala., to join a union. He became one of more than 1,000 Amazon workers in the United States who contacted the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in recent weeks to see what it might take to start an organizing drive at his facility. And he says that an Alabama victory would inspire more of his co-workers to join the fight.

The interest shows how seeds of unionization efforts at one U.S. warehouse could blossom into organizing drives at its other facilities and force Amazon to adopt workplace rules it finds restrictive. Among other problems, unions could dent the company's flexibility, limiting its ability to rapidly hire and cut workers to meet shopping demands that spike and recede throughout the year, said former company executives who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly about internal policy.

And it explains why Amazon is fighting aggressively to defeat the union drive in Alabama, as well as quieter ongoing workers' efforts at facilities from Iowa to the United Kingdom. That's a strategy it has followed throughout its 27-year existence, including using hard-nosed tactics to stop the Alabama drive from a well-worn playbook.

Many of the 5,805 employees in Bessemer who are in the middle of a seven-week mail-in voting period to decide whether they want the RWDSU to represent them, receive four or five emails a day from the company to discourage unionization. The vote ends March 29. The company has pressed its anti-union case with banners at the warehouse and even fliers posted inside bathroom stalls.

The company opposes unionization, noting that it often pays more than its peers, and offers health-care, vision and dental benefits, a retirement plan, and opportunities for advancement, Amazon spokeswoman Heather Knox said.

"For over 20 years Amazon employees have chosen to maintain a direct relationship with their managers, which may be because Amazon already offers what unions are requesting," she said in an emailed statement. washingtonpost.com

Retailers Increasing Ecommerce Investments
51% of respondents increased their ecommerce investments in the past six months. And 64% said they plan to invest in the next six months. emarketer.com

Saks Fifth Avenue owner spins e-commerce site into separate business




Multi-State Ulta Theft Ring?
Over $129K in products stolen from Ulta stores in region
At least six police agencies in the four-state area are investigating thefts related to Ulta Beauty stores, including the possibility some are connected. The thefts are for large quantities of products, often thousands of dollars per theft, leading police to believe there is a possibility of a theft ring, according to multiple police agencies. The value of the products stolen is worth over $129,000 from at least 27 of the thefts.

Two Baltimore women
were charged in connection to one of the thefts, at a Martinsburg Ulta, in late February after their car crashed in Maryland with police in pursuit, according to records in Berkeley County Magistrate Court and Washington County District Court.

While there is no "concrete evidence" of a theft ring, such a scheme is suspected based on the amount of products stolen and intelligence from other law enforcement agencies, said Cpl. T.L. Funk with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office. While there is no "concrete evidence" of a theft ring, such a scheme is suspected based on the amount of products stolen and intelligence from other law enforcement agencies, said Cpl. T.L. Funk with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

Other agencies have other suspects as well, Funk said. Multiple police agencies are looking into whether Stokes and Griffith were involved in other Ulta thefts in the region. heraldmailmedia.com

State police warn of theft/fraud ring targeting off-road vehicle dealers in Indiana
The Indiana State Police has become aware of eight confirmed cases which have occurred throughout the state of Indiana recently exhibiting similar fraudulent activities. All the cases have the following elements:

Person wants to purchase an ATV, side by side, lawn mower, dirt bike, etc. over the phone.
Provided driver's licenses and credit cards are fraudulent.
Credit card transactions might be declined, additional credit cards may be used for the entire purchase, or charges may be disputed later by the actual credit card owner.
Suspect's story is often that they are buying the vehicle for someone else, who is not present.
Suspect usually brings a moving van/rental truck to transport fraudulently purchased vehicle. 953mnc.com

Staten Island, NY: Individual sought for questioning in theft of $24K in rings from jewelry store at Staten Island Mall
The NYPD is asking for the public's help to identify an individual sought for questioning in connection with the theft of $24,000 in rings from a jewelry store at the Staten Island Mall. The grand larceny allegedly occurred on Thursday at about 1 p.m. when an unknown person entered Goff Jewelers in the mall and asked to see two rings, according to a statement from the NYPD's Deputy Commissioner of Public Information. An employee allowed the individual to view the gold rings, valued at about $24,000. Shortly thereafter, the individual exited the store without paying for the jewelry, according to the police statement. The individual fled on foot through a rear exit of the mall, police said. silive.com

Eau Claire, WI: Couple engaged in theft-and-return scheme at Menards
A man and woman from Augusta attempted a theft-and-return scheme at two Eau Claire Menards stores on successive days in January, police said. The pair received money for the returns on the first day but were denied money on the second day of the scheme, police said. Jennifer Brown, 33, and Nathan W. Brown, 49, are each charged in Eau Claire County Court with two felony counts of retail theft and bail jumping, one felony count of theft by false representation, and a misdemeanor count of attempted theft by false representation. The Browns bought a few small items but did not pay for the high-dollar items in Jennifer Brown's purse, which were valued at $731. news.yahoo.com

York County, PA: Pair smashes window to steal $2,500 in cigarettes

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Shootings & Deaths

Little Rock, AR: Man accused of shooting, killing woman at Arkansas Chuck E. Cheese during toddler's birthday party
A man has been charged with fatally shooting a woman during a child's birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese in North Little Rock, police reported. Marlon Marbley Jr., 21, faces a count of capital murder. Marbley got into an argument with Christina Clay, 32, while Clay was attending a birthday party for her girlfriend's 2-year-old son at Chuck E. Cheese on Landers Road, police said in a news release. Marbley, Clay and others tried to diffuse the situation by going outside to smoke and talk. Marbley then got into an argument with another man, pulled out a gun and pointed it at Clay, the release says. Marbley's family and friends began pushing him away and tried to get him to leave, but he ran toward Clay and opened fire as she was walking back inside the restaurant. Clay of White Hall was killed. Police said Marbley fled the area. He surrendered to authorities Monday on an arrest warrant. katv.com

Orangetown, NY: 2 stabbed, 1 fatally, during fight at Rockland County restaurant
At least two people were stabbed, one fatally, and shots were fired during a fight at a restaurant in Rockland County Saturday night, authorities said. The Orangetown Police Department responded to a report of shots fired outside the Oiso Restaurant along Route 303 in Blauvelt around 10:50 p.m. At the same time, police received a report of two stabbing victims that went to the hospital. One of the victims, 30-year-old Caneggio Grant, died from injuries sustained in the incident, police said. Investigation determined a large fight occurred inside the restaurant, which resulted in the stabbings, according to police. As people fled the restaurant, several shots were fired, police said. No injuries were reported from the shots fired.  pix11.com

Charlotte, NC: Police respond to shooting inside southwest Charlotte Walmart
Police say a shooting happened Monday evening inside a southwest Charlotte Walmart. Officers responded to the store on S. Tryon Street around 7:20 p.m. Police found evidence of a shooting inside the business, but have no found any victims. Officers, SWAT and K-9 unit helped evacuate the store to search for injuries. An investigation is ongoing. wbtv.com

Boca Raton, FL: Man shot in Boca Center Mall parking lot
A man is in stable condition after being shot in the parking lot of the Boca Center Mall. According to Boca Raton Police, they responded to reports of shots fired around 5:30 p.m. Monday in the area of Military Trail and Town Center Road. After an investigation, it was determined that the victim's car became disabled at the intersection of Military Trail and Town Center Road. Police say, the victim exited his car and proceeded to walk into the parking lot of Boca Center where the suspect followed him and fired a gun striking the victim. wpbf.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Atlanta, GA: Armed citizen stops robbery suspect at midtown Chick-Fil-A
Atlanta police responded to a midtown Chick-Fil-A where they say an armed citizen stopped an attempted Robbery. Police received a call after 3 p.m. about a man who entered the restaurant inside Colony Square with a gun and demanded cash. Atlanta police originally said the man fired three shots inside the restaurant, according to witness reports. However, police later said the shots came from an armed citizen who tried to stop the robbery. As the man ran from the restaurant, Sgt. John Chafee said several people nearby saw what was going on and attempted to stop him. One of them fired two shots and held the robbery suspect at gunpoint until officers arrived. No one was injured in the shooting.  ajc.com

Grab and Runs on the Increase, Jewelers Security Alliance Says
The Jewelers' Security Alliance (JSA) has noticed a spike in grab and runs, and warns retailers to take basic precautions. "Of all the crimes we are seeing right now, they are predominant," says JSA president John Kennedy. "It's all over the place. There's just tons of them." JSA's key piece of advice to avoid this crime: Only show one piece at a time; if a customer asks to see multiple items at once, that's a red flag. Retailers might consider a policy of asking to be shown ID before they take out a high-value item. And if a theft does happen, don't chase after the perpetrator, since they, or an accomplice, may have a gun, or get violent in other ways.

Kennedy attributes the spike to three factors:

First, with less crowds at the malls and shopping centers, criminals have less of an audience.

Second, some people are in dire economic straits.

"You don't have to be a big-time professional to do this job," says Kennedy. "But people will enter this kind of behavior because they are desperate. It's all sexes, it's all races, all ages. Anybody can be a grab-and-run artist."

Third, it's possible that wearing masks has emboldened some crooks, though it's not clear if there is such a connection.

"A lot of the experts we speak to say it's possible that the criminals would do it masked or unmasked," he says. "They did it unmasked for years." jckonline.com

Albany, GA: Bat wielding former C-Store employee arrested for stealing money
A man who used to work at an Albany convenience store is in the Dougherty County jail, charged with armed robbery by snatching. He had a baseball bat when he allegedly took the money. According to Woodall's store manager Melissa Williams, the suspect had a few arguments with her the past few weeks, but around 8:30 Monday Morning, he came to the Woodall's on North Jefferson Street with a bat, and threatened to hurt her. walb.com

North Carolina: Man sentenced to 411 months in federal prison for role in jewelry store robberies in Elizabeth City and Garner


Europol Busts

Europol: Seizure of €14M - $16.6M U.S. worth of contraband cigarette leads to 13 arrests in Danish-Dutch sting
A total of 13 individuals were arrested in Denmark for their alleged role in smuggling counterfeit cigarettes produced in a clandestine factory and destined to the United Kingdom.  europol.europa.eu

EUROPOL: Cute, but deadly: law enforcement seize over €16M - $19M U.S. worth of fake toys
Police and customs authorities worldwide are warning the public to be vigilant with their gift-giving after they have seized over €16 - $19M U.S. worth of fake toys during the recent festive period.

Close to 5 million counterfeit toys have been confiscated as a result of Operation LUDUS organized by Europol with the support of OLAF and the EUIPO. Over 4 700 inspections were carried out across 24 countries between 19 October 2020 and 31 January 2021 in order to detect the illegal shipment and storage of counterfeit toys.

This is the first operation ever organized on such a scale targeting the sale of counterfeit toys.

Europol's Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC3), co-funded by the EUIPO, was instrumental in the success of this operation:

Participating Countries:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States. europol.eu




C-Store - Friendswood, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Friendswood, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Hall County, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - York County, PA - Burglary
C-Store - Jefferson County, AL - Burglary
C-Store - Philadelphia, PA - Burglary
Gas Station - Omaha, NE - Robbery
Gas Station - Friendswood, TX - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Trempealeau County, WI - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Hobby - Levittown, PA - Burglary
Jewelry - Daytona Beach, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Lancaster, PA - Robbery
Jewelry - El Paso, TX - Robbery
Liquor- Mayfield Heights, OH - Robbery
Pharmacy - Milton, DE - Robbery
Restaurant - Atlanta, GA - Robbery (Chic-Fil-A)
Restaurant - Muskogee, OK - Armed Robbery (Subway)
Restaurant- Rockville, MD - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Anderson, IN - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Santa Barbara County, CA - Robbery
7-Eleven - Oceanside, CA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Portsmouth, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 19 robberies
• 5 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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