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Ted Fancher III, LPC promoted to Director Asset Protection & Safety for Whole Foods Market

Ted has been with Whole Foods Market for nearly four years, starting with the company in 2018. Before his promotion to Director Asset Protection & Safety, he served as Regional Asset Protection & Safety Manager. Prior to Whole Foods, he spent nearly eight years as District LP Manager for Food4Less-Kroger. Earlier in his career, he held LP roles with Lowe's, Sears, Kohl's, and Gap Inc. Congratulations, Ted!

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Record Low Conviction Rate for Petty Theft Cases
New data explores Chesa Boudin's handling of San Francisco retail theft cases
There's new data to fuel the war between District Attorney Chesa Boudin and his critics, who blame him for the relatively high rates of property crime in San Francisco.

Boudin, who ran on a platform that included promises to reduce incarceration rates for nonviolent crimes, has argued that his office is appropriately prosecuting serious criminals, including filing felony charges against all suspects involved in a brazen series of daytime robberies in Union Square, and charging property crimes at a similar rate to his predecessor.

A San Francisco Chronicle analysis of the new data found that, in his two years in office, Boudin has increased diversion rates for assault, robbery and drug cases, and decreased convictions of the same crimes. An SFGATE analysis of the data found that trend also held true for defendants accused of petty theft, the charge most often leveled against shoplifters and other perpetrators of retail theft.

After Boudin took office in 2020, the diversion rate for petty theft reached a record high of 63.6%, while the conviction rate reached a record low of 7.3%.

While rates of incarceration have dropped during Boudin's tenure, there's a huge piece of information missing from any of this data: whether or not the San Francisco diversion programs are actually working to lower the number of subsequent crimes committed by the people who enter them.

Rates of recidivism are high for those convicted of crimes in San Francisco. The DA's Office estimates that 57% of individuals convicted of burglary and 43% of individual convicted of "other property crimes" are arrested again for another crime within five years of release. The District Attorney's Office has said it does not have data on what happens to people who enter the programs, which are run by non-city-affiliated groups, but says it is working with the programs to gather data.

In addition, Boudin's office has long maintained that few retail theft suspects ever actually interact with the District Attorney's Office, blaming the San Francisco Police Department's low arrest rates. A suspect was turned over to the DA's Office for prosecution in just 2.4% of larceny theft cases last year, according to police data. sfgate.com

'Out of Control' Smash and Grabs
GOP lawmaker wants redo vote on repeal Prop 47
The Assembly Public Safety Committee decided along party lines last week to keep a controversial law on criminal theft that recent polling shows many voters want off the books.

AB 1599, a bill to repeal Proposition 47, was voted on by the Public Safety Committee March 8, with Democrats Mia Bonta, Isaac Bryan, Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Miguel Santiago, and Mark Stone voting to retain it, and Republicans Tom Lackey and Kelly Seyarto voting to repeal it.

AB 1599 author Kevin Kiley, R- Rocklin, has filed a motion for reconsideration, and voters can still make their voices heard on Proposition 47, Kiley told the Northern California Record.

"Well, I think what happened was extremely unfortunate because right now, you have crime that has absolutely spun out of control with organized retail theft operations and smash-and-grabs," Kiley said. "People are not feeling safe their communities and people also recognize that Prop 47 is really at the root of this problem."

Results of a Berkeley IGS poll last month show voters favor scrapping it. "That's why voters in California favor getting rid of Prop 47 by a margin of two to one," Kiley said.

The impact of the ongoing crime wave has made people wary of shopping or recreation in numerous parts of the state, and businesses struggling even more than they already were due to the pandemic.

"It is particularly tough on businesses that are losing merchandise, that have to deal with people walking in and just taking their items without any fear of consequence," Kiley said. "A lot of times, they won't even report these things to the police, because there's really nothing the police can do about it, so we really need to give our law enforcement officers the tools they need to keep our communities safe and that starts with overturning Prop 47."  norcalrecord.com

   RELATED: Targeting Proposition 47 As Statewide Crime Rises

Retail RFID Continues to Make Headlines
NBC News Touts RFID for Thwarting Theft

The broadcaster has published a fair, balanced and well-researched look into how the technology can benefit the retail sector in the ongoing battle against shoplifting.

There was a time when positive news about radio frequency identification (RFID) was primarily found on websites like RFID Journal. Mainstream news sources rarely gave RFID much coverage, and when they did their stories often skewed negative, portraying the technology as privacy-infringing, too expensive or-at more irrational, conspiracy-based outlets-something controversial and dangerous to be feared.

The tide has begun to turn in recent years, as businesses have embraced RFID and other Internet of Things technologies to improve supply chains, inventory management, asset tracking and logistics. This has been particularly true throughout the pandemic, during which retailers and suppliers have turned to RFID to keep stores afloat at a time when the simple act of shopping could prove deadly to consumers and employees.

A recent article published by NBC News, titled "Retailers Take Shoplifting into Their Own Hands with Online Readers," was written by reporter Leticia Miranda, and it explored how retailers are using RFID tags to identify stolen goods in stores and online.

Miranda cited the example of Victoria's Secret, which has been attaching tags not only to its in-store products, but also to those sold online, enabling the company to track merchandise throughout its supply chain, as well as combat organized retail theft.

According to the article, 15 percent of all retailers have adopted RFID to monitor for shoplifters. That number is significant-the fact that a prominent site like NBC is the one reporting it, even more so. Clearly, NBC News is listening to what RFID Journal and other experts have to say, which is a reassuring sign that attitudes are changing. rfidjournal.com

Mall Crime & Violence Nationwide
National issue, or just at Destiny USA? Looking at crime in other large malls
Pyramid Management Group pointed to national crime rates arguing the shootings and robberies at the mall are tied to national trends and aren't a Destiny USA specific issue.

Destiny USA is the eighth largest mall in the country. In the past three months, the mall has seen three shootings or shots fired on its property. Is this an issue plaguing other large malls?

Stephen Congel, Pyramid Management Group CEO said in a statement Friday, "Collectively, we will each do our part by investing additional resources into our security efforts as a result of national trends of rising crime."

At the largest mall in the country, the Mall of America the only recent story that comes up is from the New Year's Eve shooting of 2021 where two people were wounded. At the 3rd largest mall, the King of Prussia mall outside of Philadelphia there was an accidental shooting in March of 2021, a year ago, where a man shot himself in a leg. And police shot a man who faced charges and was on the run at the mall in 2017.

At the 4th largest mall, South Coast Plaza there are mentions of armed robberies but no articles mentioning any shootings at the mall. A similar search for crime reported at Destiny USA will find 3 reports of shootings at the mall in the past 90 days.

Meanwhile, in Syracuse, the mayor said Tuesday afternoon that the police department will start patrolling mall parking lots to provide extra security. cnycentral.com

NYPD's New Anti-Crime Teams Hit the Streets
Let new NYPD anti-crime teams do their jobs, says NYC Mayor Eric Adams
As new NYPD anti-crime teams hit the streets, Mayor Eric Adams acknowledged Wednesday that those cops are in harm's way amid increased violence, and warned against interference with police activity.

The teams of five officers and one sergeant, are heading to 30 of the city's high-violence precincts, as well as four public housing areas.

Adams said the teams are different from the now-disbanded plainclothes anti-crime units. They wear special outfits identifying them as cops and have training in constitutionally-protected policing techniques and de-escalation methods. At the same time, Adams added, the job of the safety teams is fraught with risk.

Adams said he expected New Yorkers to safely document with smartphones police activity on the street but warned that anyone inserting themselves into a potentially violent situation and verbally abuses officers will face harsh consequences.

The NST units are the most visible component of Adams and Sewell's plan to cut down gun violence that has steadily climbed over the past two years to levels not seen since 2006. So far in 2022, shootings are up 10.7% over 2021, and 58.4% over 2020. Adams said the spike in violence is unacceptable and making life less livable for residents.

"Our city has reached the point where everything and anything goes," said the mayor, referring to everything from rampant store thefts to gun crimes. "We have just reached the point in this city where the quality of life has eroded. New Yorkers don't want that to happen." newsday.com

The Fear Factor and Crime in New York
Recent arrests of mentally ill people in highly publicized violent crimes have unsettled New Yorkers.

Washington D.C. continues to be plagued by violent crime


COVID Update

557.6M Vaccinations Given

US: 81.2M Cases - 994.7K Dead - 56.6M Recovered
Worldwide: 464.6M Cases - 6M Dead - 396.9M Recovered

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America is Returning to Normal
New poll: Americans ditch masks, gain confidence
Americans' emotional and physical health is bouncing back, along with record confidence about life returning to "normal" as mask mandates are abandoned, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

The big picture: Two years after the start of the pandemic, the nation is ready to move on. 64% of survey respondents now favor federal, state and local governments lifting all COVID-19 restrictions, up 20 percentage points since early February. But three in four say they'd go back to masking if infections increase again where they live.

By the numbers: Just 27% of those surveyed said state or local government mask mandates were still in place where they live, down from 36% at the end of February and 42% at the start of the year. axios.com

COVID Lockdowns in China Disrupt Amazon & Walmart Shopping
(Update) Brace for delays to your Amazon & Walmart orders, official warns

The head of a trade group said the COVID-19 lockdown in China could delay Amazon and Walmart orders.

The Chinese city of Shenzhen - which is responsible for about half of online retail exports - went into lockdown on Sunday after the National Health Commission reported the country was facing its worst outbreak in two years.

Most manufacturing and logistics companies in Shenzhen have either been shut down entirely or are operating at a heavily reduced capacity, Wang Xin, head of the Shenzhen Cross-Border E-Commerce Association, told Bloomberg on Tuesday.

Xin, whose trade group is responsible for about 3,000 exporters from some of the highest selling online products, said the lockdown is likely to tack on delays to the production and delivery of ecommerce goods and even top retailers like Walmart and Amazon will not be immune.

The supply-chain disruption adds on to historic delays that the retail industry has been forced to combat since the pandemic started. On Tuesday, Chang Shu, chief economist for Bloomberg Economics in Asia, warned that the restrictions in Shenzhen could cause the most significant coronavirus-related impact on economic growth since the first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. businessinsider.com

COVID Lockdowns Pummeled UK Retail
Almost 90% of Debenhams stores still lie empty a year after collapse

UK retail data shows slow revival of high streets partly driven by independent businesses moving into vacant sites

Nearly 90% of former Debenhams stores remain empty almost a year after the department store closed its doors for the last time, in a sign of the challenge to reinvent high streets across the country.

The empty shops are among nearly 8,000 outlets left empty last year, according to a report by the high street analysts Local Data Company (LDC), as Covid lockdowns accelerated the shift towards shopping online and pummelled city centres.

However, that was down from 11,319 net closures in 2020, as fewer businesses fell into administration, while more than 43,000 new businesses opened, an increase of more than 10%. theguardian.com

Walmart Exec on How COVID Has Changed Work
Walmart chief legal officer promotes work-life balance
As retail companies prepare for the long-delayed return to office at corporate headquarters across the country, Walmart Inc. Executive Vice President for Global Governance, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary Rachel Brand says executives need to be supportive of work-life balance - especially for working parents.

After two years of meeting virtually rather than getting on a plane, and realizing work can be done from anywhere, "people's expectations are changing," said Brand, the keynote speaker at NRF's Retail Law Summit in February.

"Before COVID-19, there were lots of family meltdowns in my household," Brand said. "We have no babysitter, someone's got to get the kids to the bus, and it's a total you-know-what. Now I know I could just call in to that meeting if that happened," she said. "Getting to that kind of flexibility is going to be extremely important for not just women but men, too." nrf.com

States Pull Back on COVID Workplace Guidelines
Virginia Is Undoing COVID Workplace Rules - Other States May Follow
With worried state and local elected officials pulling back on COVID-19 restrictions across the country, it should not seem too surprising that the state of Virginia is getting ready to withdraw its pandemic-related employee health and safety requirements that earlier served as an example for other states to follow.

On Feb. 16, the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) Safety and Health Codes Board (HCB) voted to recommend revoking the Commonwealth's COVID-19 permanent workplace safety standard.

At present, 14 states have adopted COVID workplace rules, including Washington State and Oregon, which also created their own ETS standards. Some states simply chose to issue workplace masking requirements while others imposed some sort of safety official guidelines for employers to follow. Several of those may be withdrawn as political leaders make changes in attempts to avoid voter backlash at the polls this fall. ehstoday.com

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Nike Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Lawsuit
Nike files motion to keep sensitive records in sweeping gender discrimination lawsuit sealed

Nike on Wednesday asked a judge to keep some records sealed in a potential class-action lawsuit.

On Wednesday, Nike asked a federal judge to keep parts of a sweeping sexual harassment and gender discrimination lawsuit under seal, setting up a potential legal battle over some of the lawsuit's most sensitive records.

The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed in 2018 on behalf of four former Nike employees who claimed they were subject to gender discrimination and sexual harrassment while at Nike. The lawsuit followed explosive reports in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

The class action lawsuit filed against Nike Inc. alleged toxic workplace behavior that became the biggest scandal to envelope the company since it repeatedly batted away sweatshop criticisms in the 1990s. It alleges "women's careers (at Nike) are blunted because they are marginalized and passed over for promotions."

"Nike judges women more harshly than men, which means lower salaries, smaller bonuses, and fewer stock options. Women's complaints to human resources about discrimination and harassment, including sexual assault, are ignored or mishandled," the lawsuit claims.

Nike has broadly denied the claims and repeatedly said it has a zero tolerance policy for discrimination. The case is proceeding under a protective order, a legal move that enables lawyers to more quickly and freely exchange confidential information, including sensitive human resources records. businessinsider.com bizjournals.com
Top Ranked Grocery Retailers
The Fresh Market Named Best Supermarket for 2nd Year

Consumers voted on their favorite food retailers based on value, selection and service

For the second year in a row, The Fresh Market has been named the "Best Supermarket in America" in USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards. Hy-Vee was again named the No. 2 supermarket and Aldi took over the third spot.

Rounding out the top five, respectively, are Lidl US and Connecticut-based independent grocer Stew Leonard's. The complete top 10 winners in the Best Supermarket Brand category include:

1. The Fresh Market
2. Hy-Vee
3. Aldi
4. Lidl US
5. Stew Leonard's

6. Market Basket
7. Publix
8. Wegmans Food Markets
9. Trader Joe's
10. PCC Community Markets

NRF Response to February Retail Sales Numbers
February Retail Sales Rose Strongly Year-Over-Year While Monthly Pace Slowed Amid Inflation
Retail sales showed a strong year-over-year gain in February, but the monthly pace slowed compared with January as inflation drove up prices and lingering effects of the COVID-19 omicron variant affected the supply chain, the National Retail Federation said today.

"Retail sales data continues to show impressive consumer resilience," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "Despite all that's been thrown at them including inflation, supply chain constraints, market volatility and significant geopolitical events, consumers remain able and willing to spend. Retailers are nimble and are dedicated to serving their customers with great experiences, great products and services at the best possible prices they can. Our outlook remains constructive, with solid retail sales growth for all of 2022 increasing by 6 percent to 8 percent."

"February retail sales reflected continued strong labor market conditions but were certainly affected by higher consumer prices," NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. "With the highest levels in 40 years, there is no doubt continued increases in inflation are hitting household purchasing power and likely restraining spending." nrf.com

The Legal Right to Ignore Your Boss?
The big switch-off: Workers want a legal right to ignore out of hours emails

The majority of employees would support a new law giving them a 'right to disconnect' from workplace communications.

More than half of UK workers deem it unacceptable for their employer to expect them to respond to emails texts, calls and instant messages sent by their boss during private or leisure time, the survey found. Sixty per cent would support the UK government introducing a right to disconnect law, including 34% who would strongly support it. zdnet.com

Crisis in Ukraine: How Brands Are Stepping Up to Help
A list of corporate commitments as Russia's deadly invasion disrupts countless lives
Starbucks CEO to leave; will open 20,000-plus stores by 2030

US shoppers are signing up for Costco memberships to buy cheaper gas

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Advice from Loss Prevention Experts
- A Retail Analyst Roundtable

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. EST

When it comes to improving loss prevention or asset protection strategies, there's no more valuable resources than an experienced colleague. That's why we're bringing together some of the brightest minds in retail to discuss their best practices and detection methods. Agilence's Gabrielle Nankervis will be joined from LP experts from Barnes & Noble, Sally Beauty Holdings, and BJ's Wholesale Clubs to discuss:

What's it's like to be at the forefront of LP/AP as an analyst
How the pandemic has shifted priorities
Their most-impactful investigations and use cases
The impact of a digitally driven world and the future of LP

At the end of the session, Agilence will also give away 5 free LPC Course Scholarships to random webinar attendees! Winners will be notified the day following the Webinar via email.

This webinar is presented by the Loss Prevention Foundation in partnership with Agilence, Inc. and qualifies for 1 continuing education unit (CEU) towards your LPC recertification or CFI recertification.






Cybersecurity 'Game Changer'
What the Newly Signed US Cyber-Incident Law Means for Security

Bipartisan cybersecurity legislation comes amid increased worries over ransomware, and fears of cyberattacks from Russia in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine.

When President Biden signed the omnibus spending bill Tuesday, he also put the bipartisan Cyber Incident Reporting Act into effect, which requires critical infrastructure companies in the 16 industry sectors identified by the federal government to report to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within 72 hours if they are experiencing a cyberattack and within 24 hours of making a ransomware payment.

Game Changer

"It's a game changer," says Tom Kellerman, head of cybersecurity strategy at VMware. "It's a fundamentally important strategic decision made by the federal government to finally eliminate the plausible deniability that had existed for far too long. ... Corporations have [for some time] underinvested in cybersecurity because they could always maintain plausible deniability."

Kellerman argues that the new law will force companies to hire a CISO, give that person a budget, and provide detection response oversight.

The new law gives CISA the authority to subpoena companies that fail to report cybersecurity incidents or ransomware payments. Organizations that fail to comply with the subpoena can be referred to the Department of Justice.

"This is very significant legislation as it addresses the increasing cybersecurity threats amid rising concerns that Russia's invasion of Ukraine could lead to Kremlin-backed hackers attacking critical infrastructure such as hospitals, power plants, and fuel pipelines," notes Chris Cruz, SLED CIO at Tanium.

Centralized Repository

CISA will have a centralized repository of information on threat-actor plans, programs, and operations, he notes. "This will allow information sharing among the critical agencies like the DoJ and FBI and provide a standardized method in which to deal with these attacks, prosecute these perspective cyber hackers, and ensure that each reporting entity has a well-defined cybersecurity strategy that integrates security and operations across their respective networks." darkreading.com

How Ransomware-as-a-Service is Used in Ransomware Attacks

Initial access brokers and ransomware-as-a-service providers make it easier to launch a ransomware attack contributing to the rise in attack frequency.

Some of the most well-known attacks of 2021 featured ransomware sold by RaaS providers. A DarkSide affiliate facilitated the Colonial Pipeline attack, and REvil was responsible for the attack on Kaseya. Ransomware-as-a-service is lowering the barrier of entry, making attacks like these an all-too-common phenomenon in the last few years.
How Ransomware-as-a-Service Works

Ransomware-as-a-Service is a business, and just like a legitimate business, these RaaS operators advertise to get clients. They recruit on the dark web where want-to-be ransomware attackers are browsing for the best product, just like any modern eCommerce consumer. There are a few different revenue models for RaaS. You may simply pay a monthly subscription fee for access to the service. You may pay a fee, as well as a portion of your ransomware profits, which is known as being an affiliate. Other models are solely based on profit sharing or a one-time fee for purchase with no profit sharing required.

The Role of Initial Access Brokers in Ransomware Attacks

Initial access brokers may sell active directory credentials, web shell access, access to a VPN or Remote Desktop Protocol, or any other method to get someone in, but the level of access impacts the asking price. Admin access where additional escalation won't be required is worth more, as are credentials to a high-revenue target.

Impact of Ransomware-as-a-Service | Defending Against Attacks: rhisac.org

#1 Phishing Attack Target: Microsoft
Microsoft the No. 1 Most-Spoofed Brand in Phishing Attacks

New Barracuda Networks data shows attackers sent some 3 million emails from around 12,000 pilfered accounts.

Nearly 60% of all phishing attacks impersonate Microsoft and about half a million Microsoft 365 accounts were compromised in 2021, new data shows.

Barracuda Networks' telemetry - from from millions of emails it analyzed - shows that in 2021, a little over half of all social engineering attacks came via phishing, and Microsoft was the most-impersonated brand in those attack attempts. Overall, attackers sent 3 million emails from 12,000 compromised accounts, and one in five organizations suffered an account compromise last year.

It may seem counterintuitive, but an employee at a small business with less than 100 employees sees, on average, 350% more social engineering attacks than an employee at a larger organization, the report says. Large organizations get hit with more attacks due to their size, Barracuda says. darkreading.com

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Cannabis Video Surveillance
Camera Manufacturers for the Cannabis Industry
Video surveillance is a key part of the security strategy for any cannabis business, but with hundreds of surveillance camera manufacturers on the market, it can be hard for a cannabis business owner to know which to choose. Today, video surveillance is about more than just observation.

Modern cannabis camera manufacturers offer solutions that include enhanced video analytics, video storage options, and monitoring services. Each cannabis camera manufacturer features different types of cameras and overall system capabilities.

Choosing the right cannabis camera manufacturer for a cannabis business depends on many elements, including regulatory requirements, price, and capabilities.


The commercial video surveillance market is changing rapidly. Recently, the Secure Equipment Act of 2021 shook up the commercial video surveillance market, effectively banning some low-cost, Chinese camera manufacturers such as Huawei, Hikvision, and Dahua from use in the US. While the immediate implications of the Secure Equipment Act on cannabis businesses have yet to be seen, it is important for every cannabis business owner to be aware of current and future regulations of camera manufacturers. Similarly, cannabis business owners need to be aware of any state policies in place that may impact their choice in camera manufacturer.

Quality Camera Manufacturers

The good news for cannabis business owners is there are a variety of low cost, quality camera manufacturers to choose from. Hanwha, for example, is a great value-driven solution and update to many of the low-cost solutions banned under the Secure Equipment Act. Given their competitive price point, Hanwha's line of AI cameras are a great low-cost entry point for those looking to take advantage of video analytics.

Vivotek is another camera manufacturer known for their inexpensive, quality options, rising just slightly above Hanwha in terms of price. Like Hanwha, Vivotek has a history of working with cannabis companies to meet and exceed licensing requirements sapphirerisk.com

Pandemic's Impact on Retail Cannabis
How to Choose the Best Cannabis Delivery Software for Your Dispensary
The pandemic and a preference for convenience have certainly changed the way people purchase just about everything, including cannabis. There has been a significant increase in E-commerce and delivery orders for cannabis products in the past couple of years- and these revenue streams are poised to grow bigger as new consumers enter the market. Evidently, cannabis retailers all over North America have been struggling to keep up with delivery demand as they adapt to these changing times, which means the trend is here to stay. And if you don't offer delivery services at your dispensary, your customers will order from elsewhere.

A cannabis delivery service requires little overhead costs if you already have a brick-and-mortar dispensary location. Of course, transportation and security costs would entail an initial investment, but you will get a high return on it in the long run. With a plethora of cannabis delivery software options available on the market, retailers are spoiled for choice. However, to grow your dispensary business, there are certain must-have features that you can not compromise on. Following are five considerations you must take into account while choosing a cannabis delivery software for your dispensary.

1. Cannabis E-Commerce and Online Ordering

To make cannabis delivery a success, your dispensary must have a well-designed E-commerce platform to not just manage online orders but also help facilitate the logistics needed to deliver cannabis products. Your E-commerce platform must integrate with your point of sale system and the delivery management software to allow for a seamless shopping experience.

2. GPS Tracking and Fleet Management
3. Inventory Management and Analytics
4. Cannabis Compliance and Traceability
5. Integration with POS and Cannabis Tech Ecosystem

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FTC Scrutinizing Amazon
The FTC Is Probing How Amazon Allegedly Tricks People Into Signing Up for Prime

The tech giant has known for years that its Prime subscription sign-up techniques were manipulative but hasn't done much of anything about it.

Someone at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has had it with free trials that turn out not to be so free months later. The federal agency thought that the online signup for Amazon Prime was so shady it conducted an official inquiry into it.

The ecommerce giant is facing the FTC's scrutiny over its use of "dark patterns"-manipulative online interface tricks-that supposedly lured users into signing up for costly Prime memberships without their overt knowledge.

Amazon has been persuasive in promoting Prime, perhaps too much so. Federal investigators have spent the past several years looking into the tech giant's UX/UI choices in response to ongoing reports that consumers have felt tricked into Prime enrollment via the company's design choices.

One of those design choices should be familiar to anyone who has used the tech giant's services: by merely clicking "Get FREE Two-Day Delivery with Prime" during the checkout process, a user gets roped into a 30-day free-trial with Prime-which will default into a paid one (the current annual subscription price is a nice, fat $139). This is such a simple, painless enrollment process that, in the past, many people appear not to have realized they were enrolled until they saw their first bill in the mail. Amazon has been sued previously on related grounds.

Prime-that glistening subscription service that throws underpaid workers under the bus to bring you discounted junk and breakneck delivery times-is a really big deal for Amazon, and the company has gone to extreme lengths to secure new members and keep them subscribed, Insider reports. gizmodo.com

Fighting Inflation with Smart Online Shopping
Online shopping tips to beat the high price of inflation
WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez said "it's really painless, you know. I remember too, growing up and we had binders of coupons and kind of sorting through everything. Now, you can really do it all with a click of a button, and even promo codes, things you might not necessarily know about."

Gonzalez recommends using free shopping apps, like Capital One Shopping, Honey, or Amazon Assistant. These price check apps are browser extensions people install on a laptop; apps which essentially run in the background of a computer, hunting for bargains while you shop.

Capital One Shopping lets consumers shop as they normally would and delivers the savings right to their online carts. Honey searches for promo codes to get discounts. Amazon Assistant allows savvy shoppers to track the best prices and read product reviews. wmar2news.com

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Rialto, CA: Police investigating brazen burglaries at 3 different Walgreens stores
Rialto police are investigating a burglary at a Walgreens store in which an employee shot video of two thieves grabbing beauty supplies, stuffing them into large bags, and then casually walking out of the store. The incident happened at the Walgreens on the corner of E. Baseline Road and N. Riverside Avenue on Thursday, March 10. Police responded to the scene within 10 minutes and have since been following up on leads. So far, no arrests have been made.

"There appears to be no regard or concern with anybody taking their photograph, or videoing them," said Rialto PD Capt. Anthony Vega about the two thieves who wore gloves and face masks. "They're definitely not afraid of anybody confronting them." Police believe the same two thieves then burglarized another Walgreens store in Rialto, and a third Walgreens store in Colton. "It appears to be the same suspects that came in and removed the items in the same exact manner and walked out casually with a little over $1,000 worth of beauty supplies," said Vega. He said Rialto police detectives are investigating nearly a dozen of these kind of incidents in the city over the past year. But it's not a situation unique to the Inland Empire. abc7.com

Foley, AL: Overnight sunglass burglary at Tanger Outlets in Foley
Foley Police are investigating an overnight burglary at the Sunglass Hut at Tanger Outlets in Foley where they said "an undisclosed amount of merchandise was stolen from the store... prior to opening," according to a news release. Foley Police were called to 2601 S. Mckenzie Street Tuesday. Police asked for information about the crime in a Wednesday news release. wkrg.com

Tucson, AZ: Three Men convicted of stealing Ceiling Fans from Home Improvement stores in Pima County
Three men have been convicted for operating a retail theft scheme that targeted home improvement stores, the Attorney General's Office announced Wednesday. Officials said Micah Allen Pierce, 35, Jesse Raul Henderson, 31, and Clint Anthony Anaya, 39, stole over 70 ceiling fans that were valued at $28,000 and resold them on Facebook Marketplace. Store security officers identified Pierce and his Facebook account and referred the case to the Tucson Police Department. Investigators linked Pierce, Henderson, and Anaya to 28 thefts around Arizona, including stores in Pima, Maricopa, and Pinal counties. kold.com

Washington, DC: Navy Yard Lululemon Robbed 2 Days in a Row
Several suspects are wanted for robbing a Lululemon store in Washington, D.C.'s Navy Yard neighborhood on both Saturday and Sunday, police say. Surveillance video shows four suspects all wearing hoodies and face masks go into the store on Tingey Street SE on Saturday just after noon. They appear to walk around casually and say something to one of the employees at the store. Then, the video cuts to the suspects grabbing armfuls of pants and shirts before they quickly leave the store. About 3 p.m. Sunday, three suspects walked in the store and took $15,000 worth of clothing, according to a police report. nbcwashington.com

Miami, FL: Thief steals 20 left shoes while burglarizing Florida shoe store
Police are looking for a thief who stole 20 left shoes after breaking into a Florida shoe store by cutting a hole in the roof. Surveillance video from inside the Luxe Miami shoe store caught the criminal climbing the wall where the shoes were on display around 2:30 a.m Tuesday. Store owner Johan Alvarez told WSVN "when he comes down, he kinda falls off, comes to the ground. He just goes up quick and starts grabbing every shoe here. It's a big hit, definitely." Alvarez says the store suffered $15,000 to $20,000 in losses, and they don't have insurance. According to Miami Police Officer Michael Vega, Luxe Miami was not the only store that was targeted. "These crooks, they actually made three holes on top of the roof, two of them not being in this business, so it's more of the damage that they caused then what they actually stole," said Vega. "Talking about what they took, they took left feet shoes. They didn't take a pair of shoes, they just took single shoes that were on the rack." Alvarez said he's hoping the thief realizes he only has 20 left shoes and brings them back. wflanews.iheart.com

Wood River, IL: Man charged in Adult and Lingerie store $17,000 burglary
Michael S. Butler, was charged with burglary and forgery after he allegedly took $17,000 in merchandise from Dr. John's in Wood River and allegedly tried to cash a bogus check at Wood River Market. Butler entered the Dr. John's building just before closing time on Feb. 21, and hid as employees were leaving, according to John Coil operator of the store, which is officially known as Dr. John's Lingerie and Novelty Boutique. Coil said that Butler took a shopping cart and filled it with merchandise. "He went shopping," Coil said. In addition to lingerie, among the items sold at the store are adult toys. The owner said Butler allegedly turned off the electricity to the store so as to defeat the security cameras; however, he was unaware that the cameras included backup batteries. Officers were able to identify Butler from the video. The forgery charge alleges Butler tried to cash a fraudulent $512 check at Wood River marker on Jan. 14. riverbender.com

Hattiesburg, MS: Police asks for help identifying Hattiesburg shoplifting suspect
Police in Hattiesburg are asking for help in identifying a woman in a recent felony shoplifting incident. According to Hattiesburg Police Department spokesman Ryan Moore, the woman pictured below stole $1,543.99 worth of perfume/cologne on March 12, 2022, around 6:45 p.m. wdam.com

Baton Rouge, LA: Thieves steal $50K worth of jewelry during store burglary
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for a pair of jewelry store burglars that cost a business thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise and damages. It happened at P&T Jewelers on Coursey Boulevard in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, March 16, around midnight, according to EBRSO. One of the surveillance images provided showed someone swinging a bat right outside the business. wafb.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Covington, VA: Fallen officer marks first-ever on-duty shooting death of Covington Police Officer
Residents were encouraged to participate in a processional Tuesday afternoon following the death of a Covington Police officer. The police officer and two civilians died following a triple shooting Monday night at a gas station in the City of Covington. Covington Police Officer Caleb Ogilvie, 35, was shot and killed. Covington's chief of police said Ogilvie leaves behind young children and asks for your prayers. "This is a senseless loss that is being felt by so many today," the Covington police chief said. Ogilvie's death marks the first-ever on-duty shooting death of a Covington police officer. Ogilvie has a long, dedicated career as a public servant, first as a Marine from 2006 to 2010. He reenlisted in the reserves from 2011 to 2016. He has also served the City of Roanoke as an EMT. He joined CPD in 2021. wset.com

Albuquerque, NM: APD search for woman accused of shoplifting, pulling & firing gun
Albuquerque Police are searching for a woman accused of shoplifting and pulling a gun on a security guard. Police say on December 26, 2021, an unknown female was confronted by security for shoplifting from the Walmart at 11001 Menaul NE. When security confronted her, the suspect fought with security and then brandished a gun and fired it in the parking lot. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (505) 843-STOP (7867). krqe.com

New York, NY: Man points firearm at Manhattan Goodwill employee
Surveillance video shows the moment an agitated man pointed a handgun at a Goodwill employee March 10. The incident took place about 4:10 p.m. inside a West 14th Street Goodwill, police said Tuesday. The suspect initially engaged in a verbal argument with an employee at the store; the conflict escalated when he pointed a gun at the victim. After pulling out his gun, police said the suspect pushed the employee to the ground and then ran away. The employee was not injured. pix11.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Salinas, CA: Police looking for man that threatened people with knife
Salinas Police said they are looking for a man who stole a bike and threatened people with a knife. When loss prevention caught up to the suspect he pulled out a knife and threatened people. Loss prevention backed off so nobody got hurt and the suspect left. kion546.com

Brownsville, TX: Burglary suspects arrested after one enters raffle
Two men accused of credit card abuse and burglary of a vehicle turned themselves in to Brownsville PD. According to a post by Brownsville PD, Juan Jose Tamayo, 37, and Arturo Rubio, 24, turned themselves in to police on March 15. On Feb. 13, a victim reported to police that someone had broken into their vehicle. The suspects took the victim's wallet from the vehicle, which contained money and credit cards. On Feb. 16, agents from the Brownsville PD Auto Theft Unit went to a jewelry store and a shoe store in downtown Brownsville where the credit cards were used to make purchases. The agents were able to get information, including a name and phone number, of the suspect "from a raffle the suspect entered," the post stated. Agents were also able to obtain video surveillance that showed two suspects in the shoe store. Agents then made contact with the suspects by contacting them over the phone, and warrants were issued for both of them. Tamayo and Rubio then turned themselves in. valleycentral.com

Little Rock, AR: Around $20k worth of evidence stolen from police building
After a full inventory of the stolen items was taken, it was determined that the value of the stolen evidence was $20,000, excluding the amount of money it will cost to repair the damage to the building, fence, and cargo straps on a trailer that was cut. The cost to fix the damage was estimated at over $2,000. It was not disclosed what the evidence that was stolen consisted of, but Little Rock police said that the evidence located in that hangar isn't classified as "high-risk" and the items taken do not represent a danger to the public. thv11.com

Los Angeles County. CA: Two Men Charged with Multiple 7-Eleven Store Robberies in 6 week crime spree

Oakland, CA: Brink's guard robbed outside 7-Eleven


Cargo Theft

Los Angeles County, CA: Train Cargo Thieves Caught In City of Industry
As if timed out to coincide with NBC4's continuing coverage of train burglars, LA County Sheriff deputies took three men into custody near a rail yard in the City of Industry. It happened Tuesday afternoon. Reporting from NBC4 in recent weeks showed new, heightened security at the Union Pacific railyard in East Los Angeles had made it harder for thieves to break onto the tracks and steal cargo. A train engineer for UP, speaking on the condition on anonymity, told NBC4 the new security was working and that he had seen an uptick in thefts near the railyard in Industry.

Sure enough, that's what LA County Sheriff deputies saw, too. LASD Industry Station Sgt. Andre Kneubuhler says it was a passerby that saw the men trying to load a pick-up truck near the railyard and called police.
"A lot of the help is from the people driving by on Valley Boulevard who call and say hey we see guys running with packages from the train yard," Kneubuhler said, "and we're so close at the station, we have a quick response." He says LASD happened to have their air unit up which got to the area first, spotting the men down below loading the truck. nbclosangeles.com



Adult - Wood River, IL - Burglary
C-Store - Evansville, WY - Robbery
C-Store - Honey Brook Township, PA - Burglary
Gaming - West Lampeter Township, PA - Burglary
Gas Station - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Burlington, VT - Burglary
Grocery - Elmira, NY - Burglary
Jewelry - Baton Rouge, LA - Burglary
Jewelry - Glendale, AZ - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Olympia, WA - Burglary
Jewelry - Salem, NH - Robbery
Jewelry - Woodlands, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - National City, CA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Cerritos, CA - Robbery
Liquor - Nashville, TN - Robbery
Liquor - Glen Rock, NJ - Robbery
Marijuana - Oakland, CA - Burglary
Marijuana - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
Restaurant - Chico, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
Sunglass Hut - Foley, AL - Burglary
Thrift - Murfreesboro, TN - Burglary
Walgreens - Rialto, CA - Robbery
Walmart - Albuquerque, NM - Armed Robbery / Shooting
7-Eleven - Los Angeles, CA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 13 robberies
• 12 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed

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New Orleans, LA, Memphis, TN, or Jackson, MS - March 9
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West Jefferson, OH - posted March 7
Provides leadership to the LP staff which includes but not limited to performance development, direction on daily duties, and meeting department goals. Supervises Loss Prevention programs and process in the Distribution Center (DC) and partners with DC Management team to ensure physical security, product, equipment and employees meet LP requirements...

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