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Bryan Granata promoted to AVP-Investigations, Training, Analytics and Fraud for Saks Fifth Avenue
Bryan has been with Saks Fifth Avenue for more than two decades, starting with the company in 1999 as an Asset Protection Manager. Before his promotion to AVP-Investigations, Training, Analytics and Fraud, he served as Senior Director of Asset Protection for seven years. Prior to that, he spent two years as Managing Director Asset Protection and three years as Asset Protection Director. Congratulations, Bryan!

Eric Johnson named Corporate Investigator for Floor & Decor

Before joining Floor & Decor as a Corporate Investigator, Eric served as a Senior Federal Air Marshal for the Department of Homeland Security for 20 years and in the California Air National Guard for more than 12 years. Earlier in his career, he held LP roles over a seven-month stint with The Home Depot. He also spent two years as a Police Officer with the Satellite Beach PD and nine years with the United States Air Force. Congratulations, Eric!

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How LP Can Partner with Other Departments to Boost Video Surveillance Investments

May 12, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET

Join Axis and Prosegur, as we look beyond buzzwords such as AI, machine learning, and IoT to better understand where accelerated digital transformation has brought the video surveillance industry. Walk away with key insights to get IT, HR, Marketing, Operations, and other key stakeholders interested in gaining more value from your systems today and help budget for your interconnected systems of tomorrow.


Illinois AG, Top Retail Execs to Headline RILA Asset Protection Conference

Retail industry's top asset protection event back in person, and more vital than ever to industry's success

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)'s Retail Asset Protection Conference, the leading event for retail asset protection executives, will meet April 24-27, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. In-person for the first time since 2019, attendees will convene with a fresh perspective on the vital role of asset protection in retail, ready to discuss the industry's top challenges.

"Asset protection has evolved so much over the last several years and it's truly never been more vital to retail's success," said RILA Senior Executive Vice President of Retail Operations Lisa LaBruno. "We're thrilled to bring all the key players within the AP ecosystem - including retailers, law enforcement, solution providers, and more - together in person to discuss today's top challenges and collaborate on real solutions that can propel our industry forward."

The conference will offer attendees networking, benchmarking, and education around key topics in retail asset protection, including organized retail crime, workplace safety, supply chain security, diversity, equity, and inclusion, disaster relief, safe shopping protocols, and more. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, who created one of the first-of-its-kind organized retail crime task forces in his state, will join for a conversation on how retailers can leverage partners in government to complement their own ORC strategies.

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Felony Thresholds, Theft & Inflation
As inflation keeps rising, more small-time thefts count as felonies

Steal $201 shoes in New Jersey and you face a felony. Steal the same sneakers in Texas, it's a misdemeanor.

The big picture: Some states haven't changed their thresholds for felonies in years. Advocates are pushing them to create updated standards, arguing that outdated laws are unfairly making felons out of people who committed minor crimes.

Details: An analysis by the police reform advocacy group Campaign Zero found that the felony threshold for larcenies like shoplifting can be as low as $200 in New Jersey or high as $2,500 in Texas and Wisconsin.

New Jersey hasn't adjusted its felony theft threshold since 1978. New York's remains at $1,000 -- unchanged since 1986 when the Mets last won the World Series. New Mexico, one of the poorest states in the country, has a threshold of only $500.

Why it matters: Felony offenses typically carry a penalty of at least a year in state prison. Leaving the bar for a felony unchanged for years on end is contributing to skyrocketing prison populations, which disproportionately affect communities of color, Campaign Zero executive director DeRay Mckesson told Axios.

What they're saying: "Because of inflation, $1 today is worth a lot less than $1 in the 1980s. And so a state (with a decades-old unchanged threshold) is then applying felony punishments to crimes of lesser and lesser significance," said Jake Horowitz, Director of Safety & Justice Research and Strategy at Pew Trust.

The other side: The National Retail Federation, which in recent months has been sending out alarms about jumps in shoplifting, has blamed increased felony theft thresholds for reported retail crime surges.

But, but, but: The Pew Charitable Trusts examined crime trends in the 30 states that raised their felony theft thresholds between 2000 and 2012 and found that raising the felony theft threshold had no impact on overall property crime or larceny rates. axios.com

California's ORC Explosion
Authorities work to crack down on retail thefts
Daniel Romero of the Fontana Police Department said the women are from Los Angeles and are part of a bigger operation. The Inland Empire isn't alone. In a 2021 survey by the National Retail Federation, 69% of retailers said they saw a rise in organized retail crime during the previous year.

Police are working to fight back against retail thefts, which can include flash mobs and smash-and-grabs. Lt. Adam Smith of the Southern Division of the California Highway Patrol said they've had nearly 400 investigations since the CHP formed an organized retail task force in 2019.

So far, the CHP's three divisions have collectively recovered more than $20 million in cash and stolen goods.

"These organized groups are putting out shopping lists of what they want people to gather and what they're willing to buy that month from them so it could change from baby formula one month to a certain pair of denim jeans ... Unfortunately, it's a low-risk, high-reward for them right now, and that's what our task forces are trying to change and it could be a very high-risk, low-reward with us being able to investigate them, capture them, pursue them and hold them accountable through the court system," Smith said. ktla.com

Shoplifting Arrest Goes Viral Nationwide & Sparks Internal Police Investigation
Syracuse police stop a boy, 8, over stolen chips. Sobbing, accusations and a viral video ensue
In the video, viewed by almost 2,000 on Facebook and 1.3 million on Twitter, a Syracuse police officer is holding the boy from behind and walking him to a marked police vehicle. Bystanders, including the man who recorded the incident, are shouting at police to let the child go.

"Why would the police treat that child like that?" Weah asked, who said he wants to file a complaint against the police. "Over a $3 bag of chips."

On Twitter, there was widespread condemnation of police. People saw the police response as a massive overreaction to a minor offense, an example of escalating conflict. The fact that the three cops were white and the child Black led commenters to connect it to a history of racial injustice in urban policing in Syracuse and nationwide.

Weah, who is from Ethiopia, acknowledges what his son did was wrong. But he also takes issue with the way the officers handled the incident, which is now under review by the police department. Another officer told Jackson the boy had been stealing. What didn't make sense to Jackson, he said, was the officers' response. One officer recounted recent shoplifting and vandalism in the area. syracuse.com

WSJ Letter to the Editor
Is Mass Shoplifting the New Cost of Doing Business?

'Happens all the time,' Walmart employees told me.

I've witnessed "America's Shoplifting Epidemic" (Review & Outlook, April 9) twice in recent weeks at Walmart. The thieves scanned and bagged the items but then walked out without paying. The bags passed inspection at the door, if the guard was even paying attention. Each time I reported the thefts to an employee. "That happens all the time" was the response. wsj.com

9 security guards shot, 5 fatally, in metro Atlanta in 18 months
Nine security guards have been shot, five fatally, in metro Atlanta since October 2020.

Augusta, GA: Sheriff vows to halt shootings, but the criminals aren't listening

Op-Ed: Legislature aims to make crime pay with CA taxpayers footing the bill



COVID Update

571.2M Vaccinations Given

US: 82.5M Cases - 1M Dead - 80.3M Recovered
Worldwide: 507.9M Cases - 6.2M Dead - 460.3M Recovered

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COVID Cases Up 24% in the U.S.
WHO: COVID-19 cases continue to fall globally while increasing In United States
Weekly confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the globe dropped 21.7% as of April 11, the World Health Organization revealed on its weekly tracker as cases continued to drop internationally. The WHO reported 5.76 million confirmed coronavirus cases around the world, a decrease from 7.36 million for the week concluding April 4. It marked the fourth straight week global cases have fallen.

While cases dropped around the world, confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States increased nearly 24% to 245,594 for the week ending April 11 from 198,085 the week before. Weekly confirmed cases in the United States had dropped to 193,417 on March 21. Cases in the United States had reached a record 5.61 million in one week on Jan. 10 during the rise of the Omicron variant. The dramatic increase forced some localities to return to pandemic restrictions until the recent drop in cases. upi.com

CA Businesses Speak Out Against Workplace COVID Rules Extension
Calif. set to extend workplace COVID rules through 2022 as businesses resist
California workplace regulators are poised to extend mandatory pay for workers affected by the coronavirus through the end of 2022, more than two months after state lawmakers restored similar benefits through September.

The decision expected Thursday again pits management against labor as the seven-member Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board renews revised workplace safety rules that would otherwise expire in early May.

Small businesses have particularly struggled with the obligation, Moutrie said. The Cal/OSHA rule applies in almost every workplace in the state, covering workers in offices, factories and retail businesses, while the state sick leave law applies only to companies with 26 or more employees.

The pending regulation requires employers to keep paying workers' wages and maintain their seniority and other benefits for as long as they can't work because of a coronavirus exposure or infection through work, unless they receive disability payments or the employer can prove the close contact wasn't work related. latimes.com

Philly Ends Mask Mandate Days After Reinstating It
Philadelphia Reverses Course & Ends Indoor Mask Mandate Again

The reverse decision comes only a few days after Philadelphia became the first major city in the U.S. to reinstate its Covid-19 mask mandate for indoor activities

"Due to decreasing hospitalizations and a leveling of case counts, the City will move to strongly recommending masks in indoor public spaces as opposed to a mask mandate," a spokesperson with the Philadelphia Health Department told NBC10 Thursday night. "Given the latest data, the BOH voted to rescind the mandate." The mandate will be lifted on Friday.

The reverse decision comes only a few days after Philadelphia became the first major city in the U.S. to reinstate its Covid-19 mask mandate for indoor activities as the highly contagious omicron BA.2 subvariant drives new Covid cases higher across the country.

Philadelphia reinstated its mask mandate on Monday after cases jumped 50% from April 1 through April 11, health officials said. Hospitalizations were steady as of April 11, but have since rapidly risen. nbcphiladelphia.com

Target Goes Permanently Hybrid
Target Corp., the biggest employer in downtown Minneapolis with 8,500 staff members, announced that it will permanently offer a hybrid style of working, where teams and employees decide when to work at home and when to be in the office.

"We really saw this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape the future of work and the experience of work," said Melissa Kremer, Target's chief human resources officer.

Target is not setting a minimum requirement for in-office time, based on employee feedback and the desire to attract and retain talent. The retailer modified its downtown offices with "flex floors," which feature desks workers can occupy temporarily amid a range of meeting spaces. shrm.org

More Than 90% of COVID Cases in U.S. Linked to 'Stealth Omicron' Subvariants

Food businesses across the UK pivot again as crowds return to restaurants, shops

Australia: Retail groups rejoice at roll back of COVID rules


Behind the Numbers: Why 50K Stores Will Close by 2026
Stores proved their worth over the past few years - but will it be enough?

"The pandemic dramatically demonstrated the value of brick-and-mortar stores, and local retail in particular."

UBS has forecast that 40,000 to 50,000 stores will close in the U.S. by the end of 2026, downwardly revising research from April 2021 that estimated 80,000 closures. Part of the reason for the change is because physical stores have shown their value over the course of the pandemic.

The industry saw 5,000 net store openings in the last few quarters. A second reason for the reassessment is the rise in inflation. Mr. Lasser wrote, "Retail sales growth has been and will probably be strong for the near future due in part to rapid inflation. Retailers recognize sales in nominal dollars, so this provides support even as costs are growing rapidly too."

UBS still expects e-commerce penetration to increase sharply over the next few years, especially as innovations like social commerce, virtual reality and automation/robotics advance. The updated forecast, however, assumes e-commerce penetration grows from 18 percent of retail sales in 2021 to 25 percent by 2026, down from its previous target of 27 percent.

Nonetheless, 40,000 to 50,000 stores - or between 4.5 percent to 5.7 percent of overall stores - are expected to close over the next five years as online's gains drive rationalization. The steepest cuts are expected to be seen in the office supplies, consumer electronics, clothing and accessories, sporting goods and housewares channels. Stores in enclosed malls could account for nearly half of all closures being forecast, assuming 10 to 20 percent of them are closed or redeveloped. retailwire.com

Viral Videos Spur Dollar General Union Effort?
Dollar General manager fired over videos on difficult hours, staff shortages
A Tampa Bay Dollar General store manager went viral after posting TikTok videos meant to show how difficult it is to lead a store when hours and employees are limited. Mary Gundel, who managed the Dollar General on US 301 and Martin Luther King for several months, said her videos are the reason she was fired. She said she's been with the company for more than three years as a manager at various stories.

Gundel posted more than six videos, totaling to 18 minutes. Through the videos, she's told millions of TikTok users about staffing levels and workload. "I want fair treatment for Dollar General employees," she said. "I want fair wages for them."

Dollar General released this statement:

"Maintaining two-way, open lines of communication with our employees is a priority. We provide many avenues for our teams to make their voices heard, including our open-door policy and routine engagement surveys. We use this feedback to help us identify and address concerns, improve our workplace, and better serve our employees, customers and communities. We are disappointed any time an employee feels that we have not lived up to these goals, and we use those situations as additional opportunities to listen and learn. Although we do not agree with all the statements currently being made by Ms. Gundel, we are doing that here."

Gundel said she's heard from many employees since posting her first video and that they are researching ways to unionize. "At the beginning of all this, I would have told you [this would not have made a difference]," she said. "But now standing in front of you, I would say yes."

She said she has started working for Uber and Lyft to help make ends meet for her husband and three children. She said a walkout is being planned for early May, in hopes of demanding better pay and hours. fox10phoenix.com

Starbucks alleges baristas union intimidated workers in new complaints with the labor board
Starbucks filed two complaints with the National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday alleging that the union organizing its baristas broke federal labor law. This marks the coffee chain's first time on the other side of accusations around lawbreaking behavior amid the union battle.

Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, has filed dozens of complaints of its own against Starbucks with the NLRB, alleging that the company has illegally retaliated against, harassed and fired organizers in cafes across the country.

More than 200 of the coffee chain's locations have filed paperwork to unionize under Workers United since August. To date, 24 stores have voted to unionize, with only two locations so far voting against. cnbc.com

Is the Wage War Cooling Off?
Americans are still getting larger-than-usual raises, but the wage rallies are starting to slow in some cities

The labor shortage continues to push wages higher across the country, but some cities are set to enjoy the pay hikes longer than others.

The good news: working Americans are still seeing wages climb at a historic pace. Average hourly earnings rose by $0.13, or 0.4%, to $31.73 in March, accelerating from the mild gain seen through February and continuing the trend of above-average wage growth. With job openings and quits both near record highs through February, businesses continued to boost pay in hopes of attracting and keeping workers.

Yet the wage rally is starting to diverge. New Beige Book reports from the 12 regional Federal Reserve banks published Wednesday reveal just how labor markets differ across the US. While employers in some cities and the regions around them are preparing for another round of larger-than-usual raises, others are starting to rein in their pay-hike plans.

The pay-bump party is charging forward in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago, but Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, and Atlanta showed signs the pay rally is cooling. businessinsider.com

Bolstering Supply Chains to Keep Store Shelves Full
U.S. Companies Face Hurdles in Moving Production Closer to Home

It may take years to duplicate the supplier networks and availability of raw materials on a scale found in Asian manufacturing hubs, experts say

Companies looking to make their supply chains more resilient with nearshoring strategies may only be bringing production problems closer to home, experts say.

U.S. importers who are studying shifting their sourcing from the Asia-Pacific region to Mexico and deeper into Latin America are finding it tougher to find suppliers with the right raw materials, production quality and networks for getting their own components that have been established in manufacturing hubs like China and Southeast Asia. Reproducing that capacity and re-creating clusters of suppliers under a nearshoring strategy will take years, experts say.

Supply-chain disruptions over the past two years, resulting from the impact of the pandemic, have driven more Western companies to look at moving production close to home. The push has gained steam as bottlenecks have left seaports jammed, store shelves empty, factories idled and many billions of dollars of goods stuck in overstuffed distribution networks.

Nearshoring, or placing production closer to consumers and end users, is supposed to make supply chains more resilient to such shocks by eliminating the long supply lines that can subject shipments to more disruptions and higher costs. wsj.com

Mother's Day Retail Spending Surge
NRF: Mother's Day Spending to Reach Record High
Mother's Day spending is expected to total $31.7 billion this year, up $3.6 billion from 2021's record spending, according to the annual consumer survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Approximately 84 percent of U.S. adults are expected to celebrate Mother's Day.

Consumers are planning to spend $25 more this year on Mother's Day purchases and are expected to spend a record average of $245.76. nrf.com

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Federal Law Enforcement Issues Warning Over Russian Cyber Threats
CISA, FBI, NSA & International Partners Issue Advisory on Demonstrated Threats & Capabilities of Russian State-Sponsored & Cyber Criminal Actors

Advisory provides a comprehensive overview of Russian state-sponsored and cyber criminal threats to Critical Infrastructure along with recommended mitigation guidance for all organizations

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Security Agency (NSA), Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (CCCS), National Cyber Security Centre New Zealand (NZ NCSC), and the United Kingdom's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-UK) and National Crime Agency (NCA), with contributions from industry members of the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative, issued a joint Cybersecurity Advisory on Russian state-sponsored and criminal cyber threats to critical infrastructure that could impact organizations both within and beyond Ukraine.

It is the most comprehensive view of the cyber threat posed by Russia to critical infrastructure released by government cyber experts since the invasion of Ukraine in February.

The advisory provides technical details on malicious cyber operations by actors from the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), and Russian Ministry of Defense, Central Scientific Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics (TsNIIKhM). It also includes details on Russian-aligned cyber threat groups and cybercrime groups. Some of these cybercrime groups have recently publicly pledged support for the Russian government and have threatened to conduct cyber operations in retaliation for perceived cyber offensives against Russia or against countries or organizations providing materiel support to Ukraine.

The advisory recommends several immediate actions for all organizations to take to protect their networks, which include:

Prioritize patching of known exploited vulnerabilities;
Enforce multifactor authentication;
Monitor remote desktop protocol (RDP); and
Provide end-user awareness and training

"We know that malicious cyber activity is part of the Russian playbook. We also know that the Russian government is exploring options for potential cyberattacks against U.S. critical infrastructure. Today's cybersecurity advisory released jointly by CISA and our interagency and international partners reinforces the demonstrated threat and capability of Russian state-sponsored and Russian aligned cyber-criminal groups to our Homeland," said CISA Director Jen Easterly. "We urge all organizations to review the guidance in this advisory as well as visit www.cisa.gov/shields-up for continually updated information on how to protect yourself and your business."  cisa.gov

All Industries Vulnerable to Russian Cyberattacks
Risk of cyberattacks rises following Ukraine invasion

Government, critical infrastructure and essential services are all in the firing line following sanctions on Russia

AdvertisementIn 2021 there were 40,000 cyberattacks per day, up 125% from the previous year, according to security solutions company Datos101. But while it is true that the number of cyberattacks has been rising in recent years, there are certain factors, such as the pandemic and widespread teleworking, that experts say contributed to the exponential growth in 2021. Now, in the midst of the war between Russia and Ukraine, the threat has increased once more.

Prevention is the best strategy against the threat of cyberattacks, and this is where lawyers have a fundamental role to play, specifically in the adjustment of organizations to the protective regulatory framework.

Since the invasion of Ukraine began, critical infrastructure suppliers such as energy companies, public agencies and technology firms such as Microsoft and Apple, as well as many banks have been subjected to this type of attack.

However, they are not the only targets of cybercrime. Cyberattacks continue to occur on a significant scale in all types of companies, from SMEs to multinationals. "In Russia, there are organizations that take advantage of any conflict to step up cyberattacks," explains Cristina Cajigos, account executive at Grupo Paradell Technologies, a consulting firm specializing in digital and corporate risk. As for the underlying motive for a cyberattack, Jesús Yáñez, a cybersecurity partner at the law firm ECIJA, admits that it can be tremendously varied, "from economic ransom to gaining access to secret information, to an act of revenge by a former employee who knows that the security measures of his former company are minimal." english.elpais.com

Crypto Thieves Get Bolder by the Heist, Stealing Record Amounts

Hacker steals $182 million over the weekend, the fifth largest hack on record

On Sunday, a hacker exploited a new algorithmic stablecoin project called Beanstalk and drained it of $182 million worth of digital assets. After the bean stablecoin's collapse, the hacker's profit was about $76 million.

The Beanstalk hack was the fifth-largest crypto theft on record, according to Rekt.news, which tracks crypto hacks. The hack follows a $540 million theft last month from the platform for the online game Axie Infinity.

The 2022 pace of roughly a hack a week is in line with last year, but the amount stolen is rising, according to Rekt. Since August, there have been 37 hacks in 38 weeks that have drained about $2.9 billion worth of cryptocurrencies.

That is on par with the $3.2 billion stolen in all of 2021, according to analytics firm Chainalysis.

Hackers are finding larger exploits amid the increase of decentralized finance, or DeFi, projects. Hackers tend to target new protocols that haven't been fully tested and vetted, said Max Galka, chief executive of crypto forensics firm Elementus.

The open-source nature of DeFi projects is another reason they are attractive to thieves. Hackers can spend time examining the code looking for weaknesses, Chainalysis said. Even platforms that have audited their code have still been hacked. The firm said DeFi protocols need to have a more thorough approach to security. wsj.com

Vulnerable Laptops Worldwide
Millions of Lenovo Laptops Contain Firmware-Level Vulnerabilities

Three flaws present in consumer laptops can give attackers a way to drop highly persistent malware capable of evading methods to remove it, security vendor says.

More than 100 different Lenovo consumer laptop computers, used by millions of people worldwide, contain firmware-level vulnerabilities that give attackers a way to drop malware that can persist on a system even after a hard-drive replacement or operating system re-install.

Two of the vulnerabilities (CVE-2021-3971 and CVE-2021-3972) involve Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) drivers that were meant for use only during the manufacturing process but inadvertently ended up being part of the BIOS image that shipped with the computers. The third (CVE-2021-3970) is a memory corruption bug in a function for detecting and logging system errors.

UEFI firmware ensures system security and integrity when a computer is booting up. The firmware contains information that the computer implicitly trusts and uses while it boots up. So, any malicious code embedded in the firmware would execute before the computer even boots up and before security tools have had a chance to inspect the system for potential threats and vulnerabilities. darkreading.com

How Russia Is Isolating Its Own Cybercriminals
Sanctions imposed by the Biden administration, coupled with Russia's proposed initiative to cut itself off from the global Internet, is causing cybercriminals to ponder their future.

The evolving role of the lawyer in cybersecurity







Amazon Pours Money Into Fighting Union Efforts
Amazon engaged anti-union consultants at a weekly rate of up to $20,000 each to work in its Staten Island warehouses, documents suggest

Documents filed with the US Department of Labor show how Amazon has engaged anti-union consultants.

Amazon engaged anti-union consultants at a weekly rate of up to $20,000 each to work at its warehouses in Staten Island, New York, documents filed with the US Department of Labor suggest.

The consultants were "engaged to represent the interests of Amazon relative to labor matters" at the company's Staten Island facilities, according to an October 2021 letter from Amazon to Lev Labor, a consultancy that describes itself as specializing in "collective bargaining, union organizing campaigns and labor relations strategy and development."

The presence of anti-union consultants had been noted by workers inside JFK8, an Amazon warehouse on Staten Island, which voted on April 1 to form the company's first union. In leaked audio from a mandatory meeting inside the warehouse, published by Vice in February 2021, a union avoidance consultant told workers that if they unionized, pay negotiations with Amazon could start as low as the minimum wage. The employer of this consultant isn't known.

Amazon is now facing a swell of union organizing activity. A union vote is due to be held at a neighboring Staten Island facility starting on April 25. Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported that a warehouse in New Jersey had obtained enough worker signatures to hold a union election. businessinsider.com

The E-Commerce Boom That Never Happened?
The Myth Of The Great E-Commerce Acceleration
One of the most pervasive retail industry narratives is the belief that online shopping growth was massively accelerated by the pandemic. Set your WABAC Machine to the spring of 2020 and you'll find scores of references to how we experienced "10 years of growth in only 3 months." Even with the big (and easily predicted) moderation that occurred later that year, the "great acceleration" story line persists to this day.

There's only one little problem: it's simply not true. On average, e-commerce penetration is only slightly ahead of where we would expect it to be had the pandemic not happened. And as much fun as it is to call bulls*** on people who get paid to know better, the much bigger problem is that if you bought into this fallacy you might well have done the precise opposite of what you should have.

The big problem with buying into the "everything is moving online faster" narrative is that it most frequently leads to the conclusion that brick & mortar will become increasingly useless. While plenty of physical retail is becoming irrelevant-I'm looking at you JC Penney-a whole lot is actually becoming ever more relevant and important. One of the best examples is Target, which rings up about 20% of its sales online, but fulfills some 95% from its brick-and-mortar locations. forbes.com

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Update: Cincinnati, OH: Masked suspects get away with $413K in merchandise from Louis Vuitton store in Cincinnati
An estimated $413,000 in merchandise was stolen Wednesday from the Louis Vuitton store at Kenwood Towne Centre in Kenwood, Ohio, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. Shortly after 3 p.m., around eight to 10 people wearing ski masks were dropped off at the entrance of the shopping center. The individuals proceeded to the Louis Vuitton store as they pushed passed store employees to get into the store, the sheriff's office explained. The group managed to steal "every item on the showroom floor," the sheriff's office said. wtap.com

Monterey, CA: Over $131,000 stolen in string of Monterey Sunglass Burglaries
Monterey Police are searching for several suspects who have targeted sunglass businesses on at least five occasions, it is unknown if these incidents are connected. On March 8, at around 6:31 p.m. officers arrived at Del Monte Shopping Center on Munras Avenue after two males went into a store and stole multiple pairs of sunglasses. When an employee tried to stop the two they pushed them away. $13,000 worth of merchandise was stolen and the suspects were not found.

The second incident occurred on March 12 at 4:59 p.m. when officers were once again called to the Del Monte Shopping Center where $15,000 in merchandise was stolen. On April 11 at 5:46 p.m. two males wearing masks stole $13,000 worth of sunglasses and left in a silver sedan. The fourth instance was on April 15 at 5:37 p.m. as officers returned to Del Monte Shopping Center where four males stole around $80,000 worth of sunglasses. The last instance was on April 21 at 12:48 p.m. when officers were dispatched to a report of a female that stole $10,000 worth of sunglasses on the 700 block of Cannery Row. kion546.com

San Francisco, CA: 3 Teens Arrested In Connection To GameStop Thefts In SF's Mission District
Three teen boys from San Francisco were arrested in connection to a series of thefts at a GameStop in the Mission District, police announced in a press release Thursday afternoon. There were three separate incidents on April 3, 6, and 8 at 2673 Mission St. A 14-year-old was arrested on four counts of burglary, grand theft, and organized retail theft. A 15-year-old was arrested on two counts of robbery, burglary, grand theft, and organized retail theft. A 16-year-old was arrested on three counts of burglary, grand theft, and organized retail theft, according to San Francisco police. All three were booked into the Juvenile Justice Center. GameStop is calling the April 3 incident a smash-and-grab robbery involving five suspects, according to the company's press release. The suspects smashed open a glass cabinet containing game consoles and took the items in it. Approximately $3,000 worth of headsets, controllers, and gaming accessories was stolen. A store employee was assaulted by one of the suspects, the release said. mydroll.com

Kenosha, WI: Two charged with stealing nearly $8K in iPhones from Best Buy
Two men have been charged for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of iPhones from a Kenosha Best Buy. Valentino T. Perry, of Hampton, Va., and Marcellous Z. Radford, of Decatur, were each charged with felony retail theft of merchandise valued between $5,000 and $10,000 as party to a crime and misdemeanor criminal damage to property as party to a crime Wednesday in Kenosha County Circuit Court. According to the criminal complaint, on March 4, Kenosha Police were called to Best Buy, on 71st Street to investigate the theft of eight Apple iPhones. Police spoke with an employee who stated she had been working that day when she heard an audible alarm in the Apple section of the store, according to the criminal complaint. The employee reportedly witnessed two men, dressed with their hoods up and masks on, cutting iPhones from the security wires with pliers. The men then fled the store and then ran across the parking lot to the nearby parking lot of Camping World. kenoshanews.com

Fontana, CA: Two Women busted with $3,500 of merchandise from Rite Aid
Two women were arrested after they allegedly stole more than $3,500 worth of goods from a Fontana Rite Aid. They entered the store and dumped skincare products and prescription medication into trash bags, according to the Fontana Police Department. Daniel Romero of the Fontana Police Department said the women are from Los Angeles and are part of a bigger operation. ktla.com

Sparks, NV: Sparks Police investigating duffle bag filled with stolen merchandise at Outlets at Legends

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Shootings & Deaths

El Mirage, AZ: Shooting at El Mirage shopping center leaves 1 dead
A deadly shooting is under investigation at a shopping center in El Mirage. The crime happened late Thursday night after two people reportedly stopped to get a drink at a convenience store near El Mirage and Thunderbird roads. Police say the pair began fighting with someone else, and that person opened fire at them. The victim, only described as young and possibly underage, was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The other person he was with was unhurt. El Mirage Police haven't released any details about the gunman or what sparked the fight that led to the shooting. fox10phoenix.com

Albuquerque, NM: Man accused of murdering 2 men at Albuquerque convenience store arrested
A double murder suspect is behind bars. Albuquerque Police say Marcos Vigil gunned down Kenneth Sweetwater and Dominic Sanchez following an argument at the DK convenience store on Tramway and Copper on April 12. Police were able to identify Vigil based on surveillance video and witness statements. Vigil was arrested and booked on Thursday. krqe.com

Raleigh, NC: 16-year-old dies after being shot in head at Raleigh grocery store
A 16-year-old has died after he was shot in the head at a Raleigh grocery store more than a week ago. On April 12, witnesses told police they saw two people shoot at Timothy Solis from the inside of a white SUV. He was on the grounds of Zack's Grocery Mart, located in the 1600 block of New Bern Avenue, near the intersection of N. Raleigh Boulevard. Police arrived on the scene of the shooting at approximately 9:45 p.m. to find Solis suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Raleigh police announced Thursday that Solis had died from his injuries. The investigation into this shooting remains ongoing and no suspect information has been released at this time. cbs17.com

Columbia, SC: Third person arrested in SC Mall shooting has bond hearing
A judge denied bond to a third person arrested in a shooting at a Columbia-area mall Saturday that resulted in more than a dozen people hurt. Columbia Municipal Judge Jessica Mangum ruled that 21-year-old Amari Sincere-Jamal Smith would remain in jail. The Columbia Police Department charged Smith with attempted murder, nine counts of aggravated assault and battery, and unlawful gun carrying, according to Lexington County Detention Center records. The department alleges that Smith, along with two others, came into Columbiana Centre mall in Harbison on Saturday carrying guns. The three exchanged gunfire, resulting in nine people being shot and six others being hurt as people fled from the gunfire. thestate.com

Pomona, CA: Man in Custody in Attempted Murder of Pomona 7-Eleven Employee
A man was in police custody Thursday for allegedly shooting a Pomona convenience store employee during a robbery, authorities said. Josue Cervantes, 26, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting that occurred about 3:30 a.m. Monday at a 7-Eleven on East Grand Avenue, the Pomona Police Department reported. Cervantes, who was arrested later on Monday, was being held on $3 million bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Officers went to the business on a report of an armed robbery, police said. "The employee ... was outside the store when he recognized the suspect from a prior theft," police said in a statement. "The victim entered the business, quickly locking the door behind him before the suspect could follow him inside. The suspect, armed with a rifle, demanded entry to the business. The suspect then began shooting at the victim through the glass, entered the store, and stole merchandise." Arriving officers found the employee, who was suffering from a gunshot wound, and he was taken to a hospital and was expected to recover, police said. mynewsla.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Albuquerque, NM: Man accused of using child in Walmart robbery
A warrant is out for the arrest of a man accused of using his child in a robbery. According to the criminal complaint, a woman - later identified as Leezul Ogaldez - went into the Walmart at Coors and I-40 with the child. When they tried to leave, they were stopped. Police say 29-year-old Frank Romero walked in and pointed a gun at employees. Police say they got away but Romero crashed at Central and Atrisco. Police say Romero swerved to miss another car when the crash happened. They say Romero took off running, leaving the child behind. Both Romero and Ogaldez are facing armed robbery charges. Romero is also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child abuse, and leaving the scene. krqe.com

Update: New York NY: Jewelry Thieves Nab $450K in Diamond Rings in Brazen Midtown Heist
Police are looking for two women and a man they say stole almost a half-million dollars worth of diamond rings in a brazen midday heist at a midtown Manhattan jewelry store earlier this month, authorities said. Two of the suspects, the man and one of the women, acted as lookouts when a 33-year-old employee stepped into a back area of the jewelry shop on West 47th Street around 3 p.m. on April 7 officials said in sharing surveillance late Wednesday. Once he was out of sight, the second woman went behind the counter while her accomplices kept watch and stuffed 112 white and yellow gold diamond rings in a bag. The value of the merchandise was about $450,000, police said. The thieving trio then walked out of the store with the estimated $450,000 in stolen merchandise and hopped a southbound F train at the Rockefeller Center subway station, officials said. nbcnewyork.com

Camden, SC: Manager assaulted at Camden grocery store; police seek persons of interest

Albuquerque, NM: Woman arrested for shoplifting with stolen gun at Cottonwood Mall



Auto - Aurora, CO - Burglary
Best Buy - Kenosha, WI - Robbery
C-Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Shreveport, LA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Charleston, SC - Robbery
Collectables - Waynesboro, PA - Robbery
Eyewear - Monterey, CA - Robbery
GameStop - San Francisco, CA - Burglary
Gas Station - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Cleveland, OH - Burglary
Grocery - Memphis, TN -Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Buffalo, NY - Robbery
Restaurant - Detroit, MI - Burglary (Burger King)
Shoe - Hickory, NC - Armed Robbery
Urban Outfitter - Durham, NC - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Albuquerque, NM - Robbery
7-Eleven - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Pomona, CA - Armed Robbery / cashier shot & wounded
7-Eleven - Dallas, TX - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Dallas, TX - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Frederick, MD - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 19 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed


Weekly Totals:
• 82 robberies
• 20 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 0 killed

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Our Area Loss Prevention Managers ensure safe and secure stores through the objective identification of loss and risk opportunities. Our Area Loss Prevention Managers plan and prioritize to provide an optimal customer experience to their portfolio of stores. They thrive on supporting and building high performance teams that execute with excellence...

Loss Prevention Security Investigator
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Regional Loss Prevention Manager
Sugar Land, TX - posted March 7
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New Orleans, LA, Memphis, TN, or Jackson, MS - March 9
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Loss Prevention Supervisor
West Jefferson, OH - posted March 7
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Retail Asset Protection Associate
Medford, MA; Brockton, MA; Waterbury, CT;
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Loss Prevention Specialists (Store Detective)
Boston, MA - posted March 7
Detect and respond to external theft and fraud by working undercover within the store(s) you are assigned to. Working as a team with store management and associates in combating loss in the store(s). Developing and analyzing external theft trends, utilizing information in company reports and information gathered from store management and associates... 

Asset Protection Lead
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