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Prosegur USA Welcomes New Group CEO, Ty Stafford

Leader in security solutions appoints industry veteran as Group CEO

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (May 16, 2022) - Prosegur Security, a global leader in security solutions, has appointed Ty Stafford as Group CEO of Prosegur Security USA. As Group CEO, Stafford will lead day-to-day operations for all of Prosegur's business units in the U.S., accelerating the company's growth with a special focus on security technologies.

"I am very glad to count on Ty to lead our business in the USA," said Fernando Abós, global managing director of Prosegur Security. "I am confident that his wide expertise in the security sector will add more value to our strategy."

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The 2022 SDM 100: Navigating the High Seas

By Karyn Hodgson, SDM Magazine

Facing headwinds on several fronts, SDM 100 companies in 2021 had to get creative to move forward. By the numbers it appears most of them were able to manage uncertainties and succeed - and some turned their sails to take advantage of new circumstances.

Every year SDM 100 survey asks a few open-ended questions such as, "What was your company's most significant accomplishment last year?" "Describe the market for security systems sales in the past year compared with the previous year," and "What issues and trends do you think will have the greatest impact on your business in the coming year?" This year, one particular phrase came up again and again in all three of those answer sections: supply chain issues and how they were dealing with them.

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Buffalo Grocery Store Mass Shooting Fallout & Updates

How the Shooter Studied the Store to Plan His Attack
Store guard confronted Buffalo suspect during March visit, online account says

Shooter also planned to shoot up 'another large superstore' in addition to Tops

Two months before Payton Gendron allegedly killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, he was confronted by a security guard at the store during a trip on which he compiled detailed plans of the location, according to a document posted online last month by a writer who identified himself as Gendron.

The encounter with the guard at the supermarket was described within a 589-page document posted online on April 29. The document refers to the supermarket as "attack area 1" and describes two more Buffalo locations as other attack areas to "shoot all blacks" during an apparent reconnaissance trip that spelled out the travel paths to each one, timing needed for each shootout and the estimate that more than three dozen people would be fatally shot in all.

The document contains numerous photos of Gendron and uses a handle Gendron used on other social media platforms. The messages contain many images of his activities and reference several events in his personal life, such as a speeding ticket, that The Washington Post has confirmed.

Several images, including detailed sketches of the Tops store layout, were included alongside the written account of the March 8 visit. It noted that there were "many blacks" at the cashier's area of the store. In all, 53 Black people and six White people were inside the store during the March trip, the account said. Police have said they are investigating the shootings as a racially-motivated hate crime.

The security guard involved in the confrontation during the March visit was one of two Black guards present and armed that day, according to the account, which noted the guards' locations and movements. Authorities said a security guard fired at the shooter during the May 14 attack at the store, but that the suspect was protected by body armor and allegedly returned fire, killing the guard.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said in media interviews on Monday that authorities believed the gunman intended to continue his attack at additional locations, telling CNN this was based on "some documentation."

Gramaglia told CNN that the suspect had spoken "about possibly going to another store," after Tops, potentially turning his fire on "another large superstore." "He was going to get in his car and continue to drive down Jefferson Avenue and continue doing the same thing," Mr. Gramaglia said. washingtonpost.com nytimes.com

Gunman Targeted & Studied Security Guard Post & Camera Blind Spots
They Were at Tops When the Shooting Started. This Is How They Survived.
Much has been discovered and will be learned in the weeks ahead about the massacre and the man who the authorities say perpetrated it. But this is a story about the men and women who were at work that day at an uncommonly beloved supermarket - one that functions like a family - and what they did when that place became the scene of a massacre.

The store opened 19 years ago and became a neighborhood hub and gathering place in what had been a food desert. Regular customers greeted workers by name, and employees were known to hang out after their shift, catching up with friends.

This very community is what drew the gunman. An avowed racist, he selected this Tops after researching predominantly Black ZIP codes and drove hundreds of miles here from his nearly all-white hometown.

By the time Saturday arrived, the man knew the store - where the security officer usually stood, where the cameras had blind spots. He'd drawn a map of the interior and plotted his assault through the aisles. He'd been inside before, according to people who remembered noticing him, the white stranger. Ashley Marks, a cashier who likes to joke with customers, was sure she rang up his two Red Bulls days earlier.

On Saturday morning, he walked inside and fired, over and over. He shot women old enough to be his grandmother. Ms. Brown, the cashier with the new baby, was helping customers in the self-checkout lanes when the shooting began, and she dove between two taller cash registers. Beside her, a new manager named Chris took a bullet in the knee. nytimes.com

Suspect Kicked Out of Tops Night Before Mass Shooting Attack
Buffalo gunman was kicked out of Tops the night before mass shooting
Shonnell Harris Teague, an operations manager at Tops, told ABC News she saw the suspect sitting on a bench outside of the store for several hours Friday, the day before the shooting. He had camper bag on his back and was dressed in the same camouflage he wore Saturday, she said.

He entered the store that evening, but he appeared to be bothering customers so she asked him to leave, which he did, Teague said. The next day she was fleeing out the back door of the store as the gunman shot people in the aisles.

"I see him with his gear on and his gun and how it was all strapped on. ... I (saw) all the other bodies on the ground," she said. "It was just a nightmare." democratandchronicle.com

Victims of the Tops Mass Shooting
Tops identifies associates wounded in shooting at Buffalo, N.Y., store
Four of the victims were store employees, including a security guard who confronted the shooter and was killed, The Buffalo News reported. The Buffalo Police Department has identified the alleged shooter as 18-year-old Payton Gendron and taken him into custody. He was arraigned on first-degree murder charges on Saturday.

Store associates wounded in the shooting were Christopher Braden, 55, of Lackawanna, N.Y.; Zaire Goodman, 20, of Buffalo; and Jennifer Warrington, 50, of Tonawanda, N.Y., Tops reported on Monday. The security guard killed in the shooting - Aaron Salter, 55, of Lockport, N.Y. - was a retired Buffalo Police officer that hired by Tops through an outside agency, Allied Security Co., the supermarket chain said. supermarketnews.com

Workplace Violence Prevention & Response
Timely Article Following Buffalo Mass Shooting

Understanding Workplace Violence Prevention & Response
Each year, an average of nearly 2 million U.S. workers report having been a victim of violence at work, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). And the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the number of annual workplace homicides at about 400.

What can employers do to protect their workers from becoming victims of workplace violence? The ultimate goal is to deter disgruntled insiders or nefarious outsiders from violence by making your company a hard target. A secondary goal is to make sure your company and workforce are prepared for violence so you can minimize casualties and respond quickly in the event of a violent incident. If you can save a life-or many-the return on investment will be well worth it.


The federal Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act includes a general duty clause requiring employers to "furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees." According to OHSA's Enforcement Procedures and Scheduling for Occupational Exposure to Workplace Violence, "employers may be found in violation of the General Duty Clause if they fail to reduce or eliminate serious recognized hazards.

How To Prepare for Workplace Violence

Preparing for any type of workplace violence is key. Larger companies with robust security departments have the advantages of resources and trained personnel who manage the security effort. But for smaller companies with little or no security measures in place, the responsibility often falls on the general counsel or the head of human resources. See How to Prepare Your Workforce for Violent Incidents.

As the FBI's Critical Incident Response Group points out in Workplace Violence: Issues in Response, there is no one-size-fits-all plan that employers can download and implement. Every employer will need a plan that is tailored to its particular circumstances and that considers company culture, physical layout, resources, management styles and other factors.

Create a Workplace Violence Prevention Plan: shrm.org

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California Crime & Progressive DA Recall Efforts
CA Gov. Funding 'New Responses to Retail Theft'
Abortion, inflation & crime: How Newsom would spend record-setting CA surplus
Newsom's January budget plan committed $285 million to public safety programs that included new responses to retail theft across California. latimes.com

Crime Top Issue in CA Recalls
California DAs Face the Voters

On June 7, voters will cast ballots for district attorney in every California county except Los Angeles.

Occurring during the summer primary when voter turnout is typically low, the off season elections could nonetheless determine how far the criminal justice pendulum swings in a moment of pandemic-stewed uncertainty. sfchronicle.com

Mayor Picks SF DA Boudin's Replacement If He's Recalled
Who would replace S.F. Progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin if he's recalled?
But unlike the recall effort against Gov. Gavin Newsom, voters won't get a say in Boudin's potential replacement. That power falls on Mayor London Breed, a moderate Democrat who has exchanged barbs with Boudin and other progressives over the city's criminal justice strategies. If he's removed, Breed will likely choose a successor who will roll back some of the policies intended to keep people out of jail, but that are held up by critics as too permissive to criminals.

But he also has plenty of support from the city's progressive arm. sfchronicle.com

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COVID Update

581.8M Vaccinations Given

US: 84.3M Cases - 1M Dead - 81.3M Recovered
Worldwide: 523.3M Cases - 6.2M Dead - 493.3M Recovered

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COVID Cases, Hospitalizations & Deaths

The Return of NYC's Mask Mandate?
NYC moves from 'medium' to 'high' COVID alert level: officials
New York City has moved from a "medium" COVID-19 alert level to a "high" alert level, the five boroughs' health commissioner said Tuesday. The city's health commissioner, Dr. Ashwin Vasan, made the announcement in a statement released Tuesday morning.

While officials have not imposed any new mandates, the city is urging New Yorkers to wear "high quality" masks in public indoor settings and "crowded outdoor spaces," the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a press release.

New Yorkers should "consider avoiding higher-risk activities (such as crowded indoor gatherings) and any gatherings should be limited to small numbers," the release added. The city is also continuing to advise New Yorkers to get vaccinated and boosted, the release noted.  ny1.com

Post-COVID Return to Work Failing to Gain Traction
At Tech Companies, the Rebellion Against the Return to the Office Is Getting Serious

Companies requiring in-person work are facing pushback. Those with looser policies find that flexibility makes recruitment easier. 'I will find somewhere else to work.'

After months of return-to-work starts and stops, many tech companies, including Alphabet Inc.'s Google, Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp., are telling remote workers it's finally time to come back for good, or at least show up part of the week. Employees who fled the Bay Area and other high-cost tech hubs earlier in the Covid-19 pandemic-or who just prefer to work from home-now face hard choices: move back, try the super commute, or hold out for a concession or new job elsewhere.

How the emerging power struggles play out will be a telling indicator of how much leverage remote-work converts in other sectors have as more employers call staff back to offices. A competitive job market, plus the relative ease with which businesses adjusted to work-from-home over the past two years, has emboldened many professionals to try to say goodbye to offices permanently.

Two-thirds of the workforce said they would find a new job if required to return to the office full-time, according to a survey of more than 32,000 workers by ADP Research Institute. Of those who quit their jobs in 2021, 35% cited wanting to move to a different area, according to the Pew Research Center. wsj.com

Managers, Be Ready
Remote work or back to the office? The calculation just shifted again

Managers who rely on old assumptions about how jobs get done are going to be badly disappointed.

Here's what's happening: many knowledge workers have now spent plenty of time working remotely and have proved (to themselves at least) that they can be as effective at home as they are in the office.

What's more, that shift to remote working has improved the work-life balance for many (but not all) by giving them a bit more flexibility. This has not gone unnoticed.

On top of that, cutting out all that travel is good for both their bank balances and the environment. And as the cost of living squeeze continues, all of this will be at the front of workers' minds when managers ask them to be back in the office full time. zdnet.com

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Solution to the 'Great Resignation'?
Employee Health May be Key to Addressing the 'Great Resignation'

Better healthcare options are a top reason employees are looking to leave their jobs.

Two-thirds of employees (66%) say they are thinking about changing jobs next year or have begun or recently completed a job change. Looking at the top reasons employees who were thinking of leaving their jobs gave, 38% said better benefits were a top reason while 36% wanted better healthcare options. Work/life balance was another concern for 36% of those surveyed. And money topped the last at 50%

More than 3 in 4 (78%) of human resources leaders say their organization has been impacted by the "Great Resignation," and 90% believe they will have to improve benefit packages and increase wages. And yet, over seven in ten (72%) human resource leaders surveyed also say it is likely there will be a recession that will impact hiring in the next year.

"While there has been significant attention on low pay, lack of flexibility, and disrespect at work as main reasons driving the 'Great Resignation,' our findings suggest employee health programs play a major role as well," said Jay G. Wohlgemuth, M.D., senior vice president, R&D and Medical, and Chief Medical Officer, Quest Diagnostics, said in a statement. "Employers are taking extraordinary measures to attract and retain talent, and healthcare benefits, access and affordability are areas of focus they can't afford to overlook to compete for workers." ehstoday.com

Retail & Fast-Food Workers Strike
'I cannot survive on $260 a week': US retail and fast-food workers strike

Workers who bore the brunt of the Covid pandemic at billion-dollar companies such as Dollar General, McDonald's and Wendy's are leading a surge in action

Workers in America's fast-food and retail sectors who worked on the frontlines through the dangers of the Covid-19 pandemic are continuing a trend of strikes and protests over low wages, safety concerns and sexual harassment issues on the job.

The Covid-19 pandemic has incited a resurgence of interest and support for the US labor movement and for low-wage workers who bore the brunt of Covid-19 risks.

The unrest also comes as corporations have often reported record profits and showered executives with pay increases, stock buybacks and bonuses, while workers received minimal pay increases. Workers at billion-dollar corporations from Dollar General to McDonald's still make on average less than $15 an hour while often being forced to work in unsafe, grueling conditions. theguardian.com

Baby Formula Manufacturer Reaches Deal with Feds
Abbott reaches agreement with FDA, could restart plant within 2 weeks
The baby formula manufacturer at the heart of a nationwide formula recall said Monday that it has reached an agreement with the US Food and Drug Administration to enter into a consent decree, a legally binding agreement that would require the company to take certain steps in response to violations found at its Sturgis, Michigan, facility.

If a court approves the agreement, the company says, it could restart the site within two weeks. It would first resume the production of its specialty metabolic formulas EleCare and Alimentum, followed by Similac and other formulas.

After Abbott restarts the site, it will take six to eight weeks for the products to reach store shelves, it said. The Justice Department said Monday that it had filed the proposed consent decree in federal court.

Abbott said it submitted a corrective action the FDA on April 8. But even before this formal response, it had been working on improvements, including reviewing and updating education, training and safety procedures for employees and visitors and updating protocols regarding water, cleaning and maintenance procedures at the facility. cnn.com

Walmart & Amazon Brand Formulas Planning for Long-Term Shortage
Maker of Walmart, Amazon store-brand baby formulas sees shortages through rest of 2022
Perrigo Company PLC, which makes store-brand baby formulas for retailers, including Walmart Inc and Amazon.com Inc, expects shortages and heightened demand to last for the "balance of the year," Chief Executive Murray Kessler told Reuters in an interview.

The Biden administration this week has come under increasing pressure to address a baby formula shortage, which has roots in a February recall of some formulas by one of the nation's main manufacturers, Abbott Laboratories.

Perrigo's formula manufacturing facilities in Ohio and Vermont are now running at 115% of capacity, Kessler said. At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Perrigo is focusing on four items, the store-brand versions of Similac Pro Sensitive and Pro Advance and Enfamil Gentle Ease and Infant, Kessler said. reuters.com

Retail Sales Up for 4th Straight Month
U.S. Retail Sales Grew 0.9% in April as Inflation Remains High
U.S. shoppers increased retail spending in April for the fourth straight month, taking on higher prices with inflation close to its highest level in four decades. Retail sales-a measure of spending at stores, online and in restaurants-rose a seasonally adjusted 0.9% in April from the prior month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

Retail sales aren't adjusted for inflation. That means that while consumers have continued to spend more, they are likely getting less due to rapidly rising prices. In April, consumers spent more at bars and restaurants, on vehicles, furniture, clothing and electronics. However they pulled back on spending at grocery stores, on home improvement and sporting goods.

Receipts at gas stations also dropped as pump prices pulled back briefly from a sharp run-up related to the war in Ukraine. Gasoline prices have since risen again, hitting a record high this month. wsj.com

McDonald's begins selling 850 Russian restaurants
McDonald's was the first American fast food restaurant to open in the Soviet Union. It's the largest Western corporation to leave Russia over the Ukraine invasion.

Nestlé is flying baby formula into America as shortage continues

Urban Outfitters brings 'buy now, pay later' to the U.S.

REI names its first-ever chief supply chain officer

Quarterly Results

Walmart Q1 U.S, comp's up 3%, e-Commerce up 1%, Total company revenue up 2.4%
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   Inter. positive comp's, net sales down 13%, negatively affected by $5B in divestitures
   Global Advertising business up 30%

Warby Parker Q1 revenue DTC up 10.3%

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Victim Impact Statements - Follow-through is the key to success

More than 40% of Victim Impact Statements are never returned by retailers.

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Business-Government Cybersecurity Partnership Strategy
US Cyber Director: Forging a Cybersecurity Social Contract Is Not Optional

US national cyber director Chris Inglis outlined his vision of an effective cybersecurity public-private partnership strategy.

The future of cybersecurity public-private partnerships (PPP) will be about sharing efforts and pooling resources to provide a common defense, explained US national cyber director Chris Inglis during a fireside chat at Black Hat Asia.

Inglis called it a "new social contract" and defined the joint work that lies ahead for both government and business to protect their interests. It should be a "collaborative, not a division of effort," he told moderator and Black Hat founder Jeff Moss. He added that it's up to businesses to build secure systems from the start rather than being "the poor soul at the end of the supply chain."

Building a Defensible System

In return for adding the cost of security into the design and build phase, these companies won't be left alone when it's time to respond to threats. "We have to build a defensible system," Inglis said. "And in a collaborative fashion, we are going to defend it." Market forces are pushing companies toward that model, but not fast enough, Inglis said, with the assurance that any regulation will be with the "lightest touch" by government.

Business as a Government Cybersecurity Collaborator

He added that since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the US government has shared intelligence with the private sector to help defend their systems against cyberattacks. Inglis also lauded the action by Microsoft to roll out a patch against the Russian wiper virus used in attacks against Ukraine, but warned that it's imperative that we not "conflate geography with risk."

For instance, blocking Putin from platforms is different than blocking the wider Russian population, which has happened on TikTok, Netflix, Facebook, and many others. Inglis also expressed that the private sector should demonstrate that is has an interest in protecting privacy and providing more transparency into their businesses.

Ultimately, the relationship between business and government is evolving.

"Today, there are instances where the private sector is the supported organization and the government is the supporting organization," Inglis said. "This is a new social contract, but we've done this before. It's about allocation of responsibility across the entire ecosystem." darkreading.com
Ransomware-Triggered Disaster Recovery Response
79% of orgs have activated a disaster recovery response over past year
Zerto recently commissioned IDC to conduct a major ransomware and disaster preparedness survey, which revealed that 79% of respondents have activated a disaster recovery (DR) response within the past 12 months. 61% of these incidents were triggered by ransomware or other malware with 60% of organizations reporting they had experienced unrecoverable data during that same time-substantially more than the 43% response rate to the same question a year ago.

AdvertisementThe survey was carried out across North America and Western Europe among medium to large organizations. Respondents reported an average of 19.3 attacks (all types) and 2.3 ransomware attacks in the past year with 93% of organizations suffering a data-related business disruption during the past 12 months and 67.8% of respondents experiencing four or more such disruptions.

With so many attacks taking place, the chances of a breach have become very high. Of the respondents that reported being attacked, 83% indicated that at least one attack resulted in data corruption. Of even greater concern, 59.6% of respondents have experienced unrecoverable data loss within the past 12 months.

The proliferation of applications and the associated increased data creation are making the effort to keep data always available more difficult. Moreover, the research indicates that more than 80% of new applications will be deployed in the cloud or at the edge with most cloud applications being either SaaS or cloud-native containerized configurations.

As a result of this shift to the cloud, IDC predicts that by 2025 55% of organizations will have adopted a cloud-centric data protection strategy. Although data will continue to be protected at the core, cloud, and edge, IDC expects enterprise data protection and DR will be managed from the cloud.

Organizations lack confidence in their current backup and data recovery solutions

In addition, the survey found that most organizations lack confidence in their current backup and DR solutions. Only 28% of respondents expressed 100% confidence in their backup system's ability to recover data, and 29% have 100% confidence in their DR solution to recover data, though both numbers are higher than the prior survey.

"These ransomware and malware attack statistics are stunning with the odds of becoming a victim no longer a matter of if or when but how often," commented Phil Goodwin, research vice president, infrastructure systems, platforms and technologies group, IDC. helpnetsecurity.com

Scheme to Sell Ransomware to Hackers
Hacker and Ransomware Designer Charged for Use and Sale of Ransomware, and Profit Sharing Arrangements with Cybercriminals

Defendant Designed Software With "Doomsday Counter," Shared in Profits from Ransomware Attacks, and Bragged about Use by Iranian State-Sponsored Hackers

A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging Moises Luis Zagala Gonzalez (Zagala), also known as "Nosophoros," "Aesculapius" and "Nebuchadnezzar," a citizen of France and Venezuela who resides in Venezuela, with attempted computer intrusions and conspiracy to commit computer intrusions. The charges stem from Zagala's use and sale of ransomware, as well as his extensive support of, and profit sharing arrangements with, the cybercriminals who used his ransomware programs.

"As alleged, the multi-tasking doctor treated patients, created and named his cyber tool after death, profited from a global ransomware ecosystem in which he sold the tools for conducting ransomware attacks, trained the attackers about how to extort victims, and then boasted about successful attacks, including by malicious actors associated with the government of Iran," stated United States Attorney Peace. "Combating ransomware is a top priority of the Department of Justice and of this Office. If you profit from ransomware, we will find you and disrupt your malicious operations."

"We allege Zagala not only created and sold ransomware products to hackers, but also trained them in their use. Our actions today will prevent Zagala from further victimizing users. However, many other malicious criminals are searching for businesses and organizations that haven't taken steps to protect their systems - which is an incredibly vital step in stopping the next ransomware attack," stated Assistant Director-in-Charge Driscoll.

As charged in the criminal complaint, Zagala, a 55-year-old cardiologist who resides in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, has designed multiple ransomware tools-malicious software that cybercriminals use to extort money from companies, nonprofits and other institutions, by encrypting those files and then demanding a ransom for the decryption keys. Zagala sold or rented out his software to hackers who used it to attack computer networks. justice.gov

Russians allegedly storm Ukrainian ISP, blackmail it to switch to Russian networks







Bezos vs. Biden
Amazon's Bezos again blasts Biden administration on inflation, says it's most hurtful to the poor

Bezos on Friday called out President Biden over a tweet that said taxing wealthy corporations can help lower inflation

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos tweeted on Sunday that inflation is most hurtful to the least affluent in the United States, and criticized President Joe Biden for the second time in a week for his comments on inflation.

"In fact, the administration tried hard to inject even more stimulus into an already over-heated, inflationary economy and only Manchin saved them from themselves," Bezos wrote on Twitter. "Inflation is a regressive tax that most hurts the least affluent. Misdirection doesn't help the country."

The comments from Bezos were in response to a thread in which President Joe Biden claimed the U.S. was on track to see its largest yearly deficit decline ever, totaling $1.5 trillion. Biden also took aim at former President Donald Trump, who saw the deficit "increase every single year" in office, he wrote.

On Friday, Bezos called out President Biden over a tweet that said taxing wealthy corporations can help lower inflation. Bezos urged the Disinformation Board to review the tweet.

"Raising corp taxes is fine to discuss," Bezos wrote on Friday. "Taming inflation is critical to discuss. Mushing them together is just misdirection."

In both instances, the president did not explicitly name Amazon, though he has previously commented on the e-commerce giant's tax record.

Comments from both President Biden and Bezos come as inflation in the United States sits near 40-year highs and Federal Reserve officials look to hike interest rates to combat the issue. cnbc.com

Amazon's Surplus of Warehouses
Amazon Has Too Many Warehouses. Now Sellers Are Paying More

Sellers keep getting hit with fee increases-at a time when shelves are sitting empty.

When Amazon announced it had built or bought $2 billion too much warehouse space, Walker and other third-party FBA customers received a letter. In the UK, it said that their FBA fees would be rising 4.3 percent due to a "fuel and inflation surcharge." In the US, where the price hike took effect slightly earlier, it was deemed necessary "to partially offset the higher permanent operating costs we face going forward."

"You're completely at the mercy of Amazon," says Graham. "It makes it harder to offer any kind of value. You end up with significantly lower margins on Amazon than you would offering the products on your own website." The ecommerce giant is cheaper than many competitors, Graham admits, but its dominance means that when price rises come in, it's Amazon's way or the highway.

The alternative is for sellers to build their own or rent space in independent warehouses-challenging enough at any point, never mind at a time when the market is squeezed. The warehouse vacancy rate in the UK is 2.8 percent-the lowest it's ever been, according to Kevin Mofid, head of industrial and logistics research across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for the real estate firm Savills, and a specialist in warehouses. In the US, the vacancy rate is 4.4 percent, he says, with variations depending on the market. (On the coasts, vacancy rates of less than 2 percent are not uncommon.) "The market is so tight at the moment that anyone, not just Amazon, is having to think strategically about how much space they need, and how much they might need in the future," Mofid says. wired.com

Three questions retailers should ask before Prime Day arrives







Wichita Falls, TX: Romanian citizen pleads in Walmart phone theft ring
A Romanian pleads guilty in Wichita County in connection to an organized theft ring police said he played a part in, targeting cell phones in several Walmart stores in Texas. Radu Benone is one of three suspects authorities said traveled all around the state of Texas, stealing iPhones and electronics from various Walmart locations, including all three Wichita Falls stores, in 2019. Benone, who police said is a Romanian citizen, pleaded guilty Friday, May 13, 2022, to two separate cases of engaging in organized criminal activity - theft, in 30th District Court. Benone was handed a 2 year probated sentence.

The Walmart on Greenbriar Road first reported the suspects stealing from the cell phone display case. Security officers told police video shows that three men went to a display case and huddled around it so it was hard to see what they were doing. According to authorities, two of the men were serving as lookouts while the third opened the lock. The three men then left the store with about $2,000 in stolen items. Police learned the other two Walmart locations in Wichita Falls had cell phone thefts and a review of surveillance video showed the same three suspects were responsible.

Wichita Falls police learned from corporate Walmart security officials that three suspects had been arrested for theft in a Walmart in Lufkin earlier in 2019, and police said at least two of them were involved in the Wichita Falls cases. Investigators with the WFPD spoke to many other police agencies across Texas and Walmart security personnel statewide. Police said they learned the three suspects had been traveling all over Texas, stealing items from numerous Walmart locations across the state. texomashomepage.com

Albuquerque, NM: New Mexico AG files arrest warrant for couple committing serial retail crime
Ashley Roybal and Marvin Alderete have caught the attention of the New Mexico Attorney General's Retail Crime Task Force. "They were on our radar since November of last year. Our task force has really focused on the worst, most violent offenders," Hector Balderas, New Mexico's Attorney General, said. According to their arrest warrant, the pair has stolen $20,000 in merchandise from multiple stores in our region, mostly Walmarts. But what is concerning to Balderas is the behavior of the couple. "They're not just stealing. When they are getting confronted by their employees or they are near customers, they are brandishing weapons, knives and really showing a propensity for dangerous conduct," said Balderas. In one instance, the warrant for Alderete states, when confronted at a Walmart he pointed the gun at a security guard and asked him, "Are you willing to die." Balderas said retail crime is becoming big across New Mexico and he is calling for action. "It is a shame that New Mexico, in terms of retail shopping centers, has among the most violent shopping centers in the nation. And that really has to alarm lawmakers," Balderas said. koat.com

Ontario, Canada: Over $60,000 worth of merchandise stolen during break-in at Stone Road Mall
Guelph police are investigating after four people used a sledgehammer to break into Stone Road Mall and made off with over $60,000 worth of product. In a media release, Guelph police said it happened around 4:45 a.m. on Sunday. Four males used a sledgehammer to break into the mall and then break into a business inside. Police said they were inside less than one minute. More than $60,000 in product was reportedly stolen. The males are described as Black, wearing hoodies, sweatpants and gloves. One was carrying a sledgehammer and one was carrying plastic bins which were used to remove the products. They fled in a white SUV. kitchener.ctvnews.ca

Perrysburg Township, OH: Thief targets Lowe's stores, casually walks out with $36,000+ in merchandise
Police are looking for a thief that has been hitting Lowe's stores throughout northwest Ohio, loading up thousands of dollars of supplies, then casually walking out the door. The latest theft, caught on surveillance video from the location on Fremont Pike, netted the suspect $7,300 in one trip. "Copper wire, microwaves, riding lawn mower, power washer, whatever it might be, he is getting orders from someone to steal those items for whatever that return is going to be for him," said Perrysburg Twp. Police Detective Chris Klewer. The Perrysburg Kohl's saw a similar threat earlier this month, where a pair of thieves made off with $56,000 in jewelry. Law enforcement believes they are crimes of convenience - big box stores have policies in place that discourage confrontation with suspected thefts. "It's very frustrating for us as law enforcement and also for front line employees at the store that have to witness this occur and without them being able to do anything to stop them," Detective Klewer said. 13abc.com

Fraud Ring Gets Prison - Buying cell phones with fake cards
Leader of multi-state identity fraud ring sentenced to federal prison

Defendant ordered to pay more than $100,000 in restitution

Evidence presented in court showed that beginning in or about January 2019 through May 2019 in Jefferson County, in the Northern District of Alabama, Hunte and a co-conspirator used the fraudulently created identification cards to purchase cell phones and network contracts through a third-party retailer in a Wal-Mart store in Homewood, Ala. Hunte paid only a percentage of the cost up front for the phones and contracts, fraudulently purchasing approximately 127 phones.

The conspirator received employee commissions from the retailer and kickbacks from Hunte, while Hunte profited from the black market sale of the fraudulently obtained phones. The total loss amount from the conspiracy is $104,347.16 - the amount Hunte is ordered to repay. justice.gov

Southaven, MS: : Men steal generators worth over $2K from Mississippi Lowes
Police are looking for two men who generated a felony shoplifting case at a Mississippi store. According to the Southaven Police Department, two men stole two 800 Watt Generac generators model 76751 from the Lowes on Goodman Rd. on March 9, 2022. Those two generators were worth $1,199 each or $2,398 total, according to police. Police said the two men walked into the store around 7:10 p.m. on March 9 and left with the stolen generators in a white SUV. fox13memphis.com

Worthington, MN: Man allegedly swindles Walmart out of $1,500 in gift cards, merchandise

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Shootings & Deaths

Memphis, TN: Man charged in shooting that killed Security Guard, injured 2 others at Orange Mound club
A man is behind bars after a shooting at an Orange Mound club. The shooting happened at Club Memphis on April 24. Three people were shot, and a security guard died, according to Memphis Police. One victim went to Regional One with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The second surviving victim was shot in the arm, according to an affidavit. A group of people at the club got into an altercation with security guards before the shooting. A suspect, identified as Donyale Lee, was removed from the club with the group he arrived with. Lee then made threats to shoot up the club and harm a security guard while he was in the parking lot, according to the affidavit. Police said that's when bullets began flying, hitting the victims. Surveillance video showed someone hanging out the passenger door of a car fleeing the scene, firing shots toward the club. fox13memphis.com

Tulsa, OK: Over 100 gunshots fired during Tulsa murder
Authorities are investigating a bizarre homicide in Tulsa. Around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, officers with the Tulsa Police Department were called to a hookah lounge at Admiral and Lewis after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. When police arrived at the scene, they found a man in a parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Officials say paramedics rushed the victim to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead. As investigators searched the scene, they found more than 100 shell casings of various calibers in the parking lot. kfor.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Update: Frenso, CA: Bail for Woman in CVS Smash-and-Grab Totals $245K
There's no zero bail for 21-year-old Schirell Denise Cummings this time after her arrest Friday for a daylight smash-and-grab from the CVS at Herndon and West avenues. Two years ago, after being arrested on suspicion of stealing about $14,000 in Nike clothing from a Dick's Sporting Goods in Clovis, Cummings and others in an alleged theft ring mocked police and law enforcement supporters in social media posts.
"Nanana, boo boo bail," read one post on the Clovis PD Facebook page. Another post stated, "I'm reading the comments wit my feet kicked up out on bail."

Charges Pending in Case: Cummings remained in jail Monday and her bail totals $245,000. She faces nine felonies, including robbery and organized retail theft, although she has yet to be charged by the Fresno County District Attorney's Office. One of her alleged accomplices, Reginald Walter Taylor, also 21, faces two felonies. Taylor's bail totals $45,000 and he remains in jail.

Police Respond After Customer Videos Theft: Though store employees didn't attempt to stop Cummings, Taylor, and another person from walking out with bags stuffed with liquor bottles, a customer videoed the whole thing and posted it on social media. After seeing the video, the Fresno Police Department began an investigation that included dusting for fingerprints. However, anyone who follows the news closely might have recognized Cummings, whose picture was disseminated widely after her arrest and mocking of zero bail in the 2020 Dick's Sporting Goods case. gvwire.com

Update: Orlando, FL: Deputies search for armed man accused of robbing Lowe's
Deputies need the public's help in identifying a man caught on surveillance video appearing to rob an Orlando Lowe's Home Improvement store while armed with a gun, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office shared video of the May 6 incident on social media. According to OCSO, a man armed with a gun walked into the store on West Colonial Drive near Good Homes Road around 8 p.m. and began demanding money from a cash register. Store surveillance video appears to show the man grab a store employee at the register while holding a gun, before he leaves with money taken from the register, Orange County deputies say. fox35orlando.com

Memphis, TN: KFC employee saves the day after kidnapped woman leaves note begging for help
A KFC employee saved the day over the weekend after calling the police when a woman left a note begging for help, according to court records. Diego Glay, 23, is charged with evading arrest and kidnapping after allegedly holding a woman against her will. On May 15, the Memphis Police Department (MPD) responded to a kidnapping/abduction call in the 6200 block of Winchester Road just after 5 p.m. Officers were told by an employee of the KFC that a woman had left a note begging for help and gave a description of the woman and the man with her, the affidavit said. Officers were able to make contact with Diego Glay and the woman who matched the description given by the KFC employee. Glay was arrested following a short chase. The victim told police that Glay had been holding her against her will with physical assaults, threats and being armed with a handgun, records show. The victim said she and Glay had been in a relationship. According to officials, the suspect said that he and the victim had been living in cheap, random hotels around the city. fox13memphis.com

Bridgeport, CT: Police Search For Suspect In Home Depot Robbery; fled with tools after he threatened to stab employees with a hypodermic needle

Grand Haven, MI: Teen sentenced to 10 years prison for Armed Robbery of T-Mobile store



Beauty - Cordova, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - New Market, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Providence, RI - Robbery
C-Store - Ewa Beach, HI - Burglary
C-Store - Billings, MT - Burglary
Cell Phone - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
Clothing - Salt Lake City, UT - Burglary
Gas Station - Lexington, KY - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Carlisle, PA - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Tangipahoa Parish, LA - Burglary
Grocery - Inwood, NY - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Southaven, MS - Robbery
Hardware - Perrysburg Township, OH - Robbery
Hardware - Bridgeport, CT - Robbery
Jewelry - Bronx, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Goodlettsville, TN - Robbery
Jewelry - Overland Park, KS - Robbery
Jewelry - Fayetteville, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Springfield, OR - Robbery
Jewelry - Taylor, MI - Robbery
Jewelry - Lithonia, GA - Robbery
Lyft - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery (White Castle)
Walmart - Taylorsville, UT - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Millersville, MD - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Suffolk, VA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 22 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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