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Khris Hamlin

New RILA Hire Reflects Expanded Focus on Addressing Retail Crime, Workplace Safety

Washington, DC - Today the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced Khris Hamlin will join the organization as Vice President, Asset Protection.

Hamlin brings extensive experience in retail asset protection to the role, having most recently served as Senior Vice President, Asset Protection, Inventory Control, and DC/Logistics Operation for Saks OFF 5th. Hamlin has also held asset protection and operations roles within Nordstrom, Belk, and Macy’s.

“With experience working in-house at several retailers, Khris knows firsthand the complex and evolving role of asset protection professionals. Among the many challenges retailers face, addressing organized retail crime and workplace safety has never been more critical for retailers and the communities we serve,” said RILA Senior Executive Vice President, Retail Operations Lisa LaBruno.

“We’re confident that RILA’s community of asset protection leaders will benefit from Khris’ unique perspective and expertise and we’re looking forward to having him on board as we continue to help the retail industry navigate challenges and explore opportunities to better serve customers,” said LaBruno.

Hamlin also serves on the Board of Directors at the International Organization of Black Security Executives. His first day with RILA is June 26.

“I am excited to join Lisa and the entire team at RILA,” said Hamlin. “I know RILA is passionate about supporting the AP community—their conferences, community engagement and support for AP leaders is second to none in the industry, and I am looking forward to joining a dynamic team committed to excellence across the industry.



Steven P. Palumbo CFI, CPP named Senior Director Corporate Security for PVH Corp.
Before joining PVH Corp. as Senior Director Corporate Security, Steven served as Senior Director - Security Operations for Bed Bath & Beyond for a year. Prior to that, he served as Senior Manager - Security Risk Management for Kroll for a year and a half. Earlier in his career, he held security and loss prevention roles with Tiffany & Co. and Bloomingdale's. Congratulations, Steven!

Sarah Torrez CFI, LPC named Director - Security & Safety
for IGS Solutions

Before joining IGS Solutions as Director - Security & Safety, Sarah spent more than two years with 99 Cents Only Stores as Community Engagement Asset Protection. Prior to that, she served as LP Director for SPARC Group LLC. Earlier in her career, she held LP roles with Charming Shoppes, The Limited, and Smart and Final. Congratulations, Sarah!

Bric' Shires named Manager of Security and Investigations -Technology Division for DHS Supply Chain
Before joining DHS as Manager of Security and Investigations -Technology Division, Bric' served as National Director of Client Development and Investigations for PHENIX Investigations. Prior to that, he spent more than three years with Family Dollar as Midwest Regional Manager of Asset Protection & Safety. Earlier in his career, he held LP roles with Tractor Supply Company, Dollar General, Service Merchandise, Little Caesars, and Sears. Congratulations, Bric'!

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Verkada Joins as ISCPO’s First Preferred Vendor Partner

Dallas, TX (May 25, 2023) – Today, the International Supply Chain Protection Organization (ISCPO) announced that Verkada will join as the organization’s first preferred vendor partner as ISCPO continues to support its members and the supply chain security community. The speed of business has exponentially accelerated the supply chain, and ISCPO members rely on a variety of vendors for innovative tools, technology, and services to help them make their departments and flow of goods run effectively.

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact


"Retail America - The Silent Victim of ORC' - Is No Longer Silent

A Chorus of Retail CEO's Call Out ORC & Violence as Top Issue in Quarterly Results
An industry first!

As retailers are pulling back or going silent about their urban plans, in the last few weeks, ten major retailers have listed and discussed in their quarterly results how ORC is impacting results and how employee and customer safety has become a major concern.

News channels, from CNBC to Fox News and CNN, and a multitude of local news shows are covering it, as never before have we seen such coverage. 

CNBC Episode Debunked

Even with the March 18th CNBC's episode questioning the "validity of the data," with their Cato Institute subject matter expert claiming "all of these crime trends from petty theft and organized shoplifting rings all the way up to various category's of violent crime is blown out of proportion by people who have an agenda, either to get more eyes on their content or to get more funding."  

And following up with the now infamous Walgreens CFO who in Jan. back tracked on his early comments with Wall Street about ORC by saying "maybe we cried to much last year when we were hitting numbers that were 3.5% of sales."

Meanwhile Walgreens was closing San Francisco stores for just that reason.

Regardless of CNBC's position however, the episode itself gave prominent industry subject matter experts the opportunity to truly create an awareness amongst the general viewers. 

But now, the reality is, the numbers speak for themselves and the chorus of top CEO's in America can't be denied by any group or party. 

Interestingly the BJ's CEO, Bob Eddy, said:  ORC is posing a challenge in "particular" areas where "blue state or local blue governments that don’t really feel like prosecuting crime.”

With the Giant Food CEO, Ira Kress saying this weekend on Fox that "it's out of control," and he doesn't want to have to close stores. Which means they're discussing it.

Let's hope these messages and coverage reaches Congress.  Just my thoughts  Gus Downing



Fox Business Episode Covers ORC with Matt Shay, President NRF

Retailers Nationwide Call Out ORC As Industry Wide Problem That Needs Action
NRF VP LP Dave Johnston reiterated it's not just about protecting profits.
It is about protecting employees and customers as these crimes have gotten more violent

Kohl's, Foot Locker, Target, Walmart say brazen retail theft worsening 

Matt Shay, NRF President, says on Fox Business episode that right below the normal economic concerns worrying everyone ORC is the #1 concern amongst retail CEO's

The nation's largest retailers are still feeling the effects of brazen retail theft despite their best efforts to prevent loss and increase safety for customers and employees.

The issue is putting employee and customer safety at risk, and also taking a toll on the profits of companies across the industry. Experts project things will continue to get worse unless laws are enacted to better assist in the federal investigation and prosecution of organized retail crime and recovery of lost goods.

In 2022, total shrink — the loss of inventory due to circumstances such as retail theft — cost retailers nearly $100 billion, and it is only getting worse, David Johnston, vice president of asset protection and retail operations for the National Retail Federation (NRF), told FOX Business. 

"Based on what we're hearing already from many of these CEOs and based on what we're experiencing daily in retailers across the nation… I do foresee us to have a much higher loss in 2023," Johnston said. 

On Wednesday, Kohl's CFO Jill Timm told analysts on an earnings call that the company faced higher shrink during the first fiscal quarter and projected that this headwind will continue.

"We feel like we can definitely put some actions against that to at least moderate it, but we will expect that to continue," she said. 

Last week, Foot Locker CEO Mary Dillon also warned that the problem is "having an increased impact on Foot Locker," specifically its apparel because one shoe is left out for customers to try on. 

"I would just say that, again, this has been a multi-year dynamic industry, we are not immune to it, it's increasing," Dillon said. 

Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner said on an earnings call last week that retail theft "has been really challenging" for the entire industry

"We're going to actively manage this issue," he said. "We're going to continue to take the steps that are reasonable and required to make sure we're protecting our customers, protecting our associates and protecting our assets and inventory."

Furner said, though, that the industry cannot tackle this problem alone. 

"It will take communities stepping up and enforcing the law to be able to bring this issue back under control," he said. 

Target CEO Brian Cornell is in agreement, saying that "while we're doing all we can to address the problem, it's an industry and community issue that can't be solved by a single retailer."

Cornell said the Minneapolis-based retailer — which expects to take a more than $500 million hit in profits this year due to theft — is working with legislators, law enforcement and retail industry partners to advocate for public policy solutions.  foxbusiness.com


BJ's CEO Says ORC Rise is in Blue States or Local Blue Governments That Don't Prosecute

Organized retail crime is definitely a thing, says BJ’s CEO: ‘We see it, and it is material’

BJ’s Wholesale CEO Bob Eddy says he’s been talking to his industry counterparts about the problem of organized retail crime

The impact of organized retail crime has been a subtheme of earnings season in the retail sector, with BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc. CEO Bob Eddy the latest executive to weigh in on the issue.

“Organized retail crime is definitely a thing,” he said, during a conference call to discuss the company’s first-quarter results Tuesday. “We see it, and it is material,” he added.

The CEO identified some parts of the U.S. as posing a particular challenge when it comes to shrinkage. “It is a much more pointed problem in certain places, particularly on the West Coast or places like Chicago or Albuquerque that have blue state or local blue governments that don’t really feel like prosecuting crime,” Eddy said, in an apparent nod toward a popular talking point among Republican politicians and aligned media outlets about Democratic public prosecutors who favor bail reform and new approaches to incarceration.

“My view is the government’s first obligation is to provide a safer environment for people to do their daily business and in some places that’s not happening. But politics aside, I think you continue to see this be a problem that the retail industry as a whole needs to work on.”  marketwatch.com


Dollar Tree Q1 Results: 'Elevated Shrink' Contributes to Gross Margin Decline in Q1 & Rest of 2023

Revises Fiscal 2023 EPS Outlook: $5.73 to $6.13 on Macro-Driven Higher-Than-Anticipated Shrink and Unfavorable Mix Shift Towards Consumables, Including $0.12 per Share Legal Reserve

“While we are seeing early results from our initiatives, we are not immune to the external pressures affecting all of retail, notably, the margin impact of elevated shrink and the product mix shift to consumables.”

“While we are maintaining our full-year 2023 sales outlook, we are adjusting our EPS outlook as we expect the elevated shrink and unfavorable sales mix to persist through the balance of the year.

Dollar Tree also incurred a $30M charge to legal reserve as a result of the rat infestation at Family Dollar distribution facility in Arkansas.  businesswire.com


Another Fox News Episode on ORC - "It's Out of Control"

Giant grocery chain fighting to keep stores open as theft, violence has 'increased exponentially:' Report

One grocery chain is fighting hard to keep stores open despite rampant shoplifting and an uptick in violence forcing many retailers to leave major cities across the country.

Giant Food, which operates 165 supermarkets in D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware, has taken multiple measures to combat theft and keep stores safe, according to a report in The Washington Post. That includes limiting store entrances; hiring security guards; restricting the number of items at self-checkout stands; putting less high-value items on shelves; and securing razor blades in containers that make noise if opened.

Company president Ira Kress said he's seen theft rise at least "tenfold in the last five years" and violence increase "exponentially."

He hopes these measures will help keep stores open, even if they inconvenience shoppers. "The alternative is worse for customers," he told the Post. "The last thing I want to do is close stores. But I’ve got to be able to run them safely and profitably."  foxnews.com


Giant Food is taking several small steps to cut costs and stop theft without deterring customers


Cartels Become Retailers to Launder Drug Money
Shipping Chinese cell phones & goods through the U.S. & down to Colombia

33 arrested as global money laundering service is shut down

Authorities in Italy and Spain arrested 33 suspects in a coordinated action against a globally active money laundering criminal network. The alleged perpetrators, who are of Italian, Albanian, Colombian, Moroccan, and Syrian nationality, had built up an international network of companies to launder dirty money. As a so-called “money laundering network controller”, the criminal network offered a professional criminal service to veil the origin of proceeds generated by illegal drug trafficking from South America. 

With the support of Europol and Eurojust, money-laundering specialists from the Italian Guardia di Finanza uncovered a network of electronics companies located around the globe and seized EUR 18.5 million in assets. The intricate structure used companies in countries such as China, Türkiye, and the United States of America, amongst others. This complex web of companies allowed organised crime to disguise the nature, source, location, ownership, control, origin and/or destination of illegally acquired funds and to avoid their detection.

Trade-based money laundering

In order to launder drug profits generated in Europe, the arrested criminals offered a service of trade-based money laundering known as the “Black Market Pesos Exchange”. This process reduces the risk of losing money through seizures and allows for faster access to the funds. The drug producers would provide drugs to the Italian buyers as a form of credit. The profits generated from the sale of the drugs in Europe were then picked up by brokers, introduced into companies, and used for ordering goods such as mobile phones from China, to state just one example. These goods were then shipped to the United States and further transported to Colombia, where they were offered on the market. Upon being sold, the cartels such as the Grupo Armado Organizado received the cash and thus their veiled payment for the drugs provided to European sellers.  europa.eu


Shoplifting is "Soaring in the UK With England Up 24%

The UK's Biggest Shoplifting Hotspots

Shoplifting is on the rise in the UK, mainly due to the constantly rising cost of living and food prices.

The number of reported shoplifting incidents soared in the most deprived regions of the UK, where the crisis has hit the hardest. In 2022, the England and Wales Police processed nearly 296K reports, a 24% increase compared to 2021. Scotland also saw an increase, albeit by a smaller percentage of approx 10.3% (22,913 vs 20,557 offences). The only exception is Northern Ireland where shoplifting has been on a constant decline since 2016.

The most dangerous UK region in terms of shoplifting is the North East with an average rate of 778 offences per 100,000 people as confirmed by the Office of National Statistics. What is more, as many as 3 of the areas with the highest number of offences per capita in 2022 are located there – Cleveland, Durham, and Northumbria.

However, neither of these is the UK shoplifting hotspot. It is hardly surprising that the crown belongs to the City of London. With a population of 8,600 residents, it recorded 680 shoplifting incidents in 2022, which pushes its crime rate to 7,907 per 100,000 residents. Its score far surpasses the ones of Cleveland and Nottinghamshire which make up the Top 3 with shoplifting rates of 1,172 and 1,005 offences per 100,000 people. According to CrimeRate, the City of London is the most unsafe small city and one of the most dangerous localities overall, with various types of crimes taken into account.

The second most dangerous UK region for shoplifting is Yorkshire and The Humber, with an average crime rate of 702 offences per 100,000 residents. It is the home of another 3 of the areas with the most offences per capita – Humberside, West Yorkshire, and South Yorkshire with shoplifting rates of 848, 759, and 687, respectively.  tradingpedia.com


Lawmakers ask DOT to create supply chain theft task force

Pointing to an increase in supply chain thefts, several lawmakers are asking for the creation of a permanent task force to address the issue.

Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., and several other lawmakers wrote to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General on May 22.

We write to share concerns regarding an area of increasing supply chain fraud and theft,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter. “Specifically, stolen truck loads and funding fraud schemes, when truckers drop of their loads but do not get paid, are disrupting freight hauling by truck and brokering.”

The lawmakers said that there are about 3,500 such schemes conducted each year.

Members of Congress suggested the creation of a task force.  “We urge the Office of Inspector General to consider creating a special unit within the office, in consultation with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Department of Justice, to investigate, refer and prosecute cases of transportation fraud in a systematic, concerted manner.”  landlinemedia.com


The George Floyd Civil Unrest

The 2nd costliest civil uprising in U.S. history ($500M) & still a backlog of unfinished redevelopment projects.

Three years after George Floyd civil unrest, state offers $120 million for rebuilding businesses. Is it enough?

Yes, Porter recalls community members showing up in the immediate aftermath of the civil unrest. They brought brooms, dustpans, buckets and garbage bags to help clean up some 1,500 locations across the Twin Cities — many of them businesses owned by people of color and immigrants — that sustained an estimated $500 million in damage.  minnpost.com


S.F. downtown exodus: Another major retailer closes at Westfield mall - Banana Republic



Last week's #1 article --

ORC Explosion & Theft Closures Keep Making National Headlines
"We're in a period where bad behavior is legitimized, even normalized"

Why retail theft is soaring: inflation, the economy - and opportunity
Retailers large and small say they're struggling to contain an escalation in store crimes - petty shoplifting to organized sprees of large-scale theft that clear entire shelves of products.

Target last week said it was bracing to lose half a billion dollars this year because of rising theft. Nordstrom, Whole Foods and some other big chains said they were abandoning San Francisco because of changing economic conditions or employee safety. Many other retailers have blamed crime for closing stores.

It's not clear that crime is growing significantly more serious. But as economic fears grow amid inflation and rising borrowing costs, shoplifting often comes with the territory, industry watchers say.

Read Hayes, criminologist at the University of Florida and director of the Loss Prevention Research Council said, "This is organized retail crime. It's an opportunistic crew stealing specific items from a specific place or one item from many places to resell them." The stolen goods are most often sold online or to neighborhood mom and pop shops or at street fairs, for example. cnn.com

Police 'Staffing Emergency Threatens Public Safety'

Police agencies are desperate to hire. But they say few want the job

As law enforcement leaders ring alarm bells, reform advocates see a chance to reimagine policing

The San Francisco Police Department is down more than 600 officers, almost 30 percent of its allotment. Phoenix needs about 500 more officers to be fully staffed. The D.C. police force is smaller than it has been in 50 years, despite troubling gun violence and carjackings, as officers leave faster than they can be replaced.  Cook County Sheriff's dept. down 300 officers.

Police departments across the country are struggling to fill their ranks, creating what many current and former officials say is a staffing emergency that threatens public safety.

They cite an exodus of veteran officers amid new police accountability measures that followed the 2020 murder of George Floyd, increased hostility from the communities they police, and criminal justice laws that seek to reduce the number of people in jail.

Almost half of all new hires in 2020 and 2021 were transfers from other agencies — a dramatic and unprecedented spike.

Illinois department chiefs, surveyed anonymously, admitted they were lowering standards for educational and criminal records so they could achieve bare minimum staffing.

Nobody wants to be a cop because of how much social media has impacted and changed the perspective of what it’s like to be a cop,”  washingtonpost.com


Retailers Clamp Down on Returns

Merchants shorten return windows, increase mail fees and offer discounts to discourage returns

Amazon gives a heads-up to shoppers about items that have high return rates. Online retailer Dress the Population offers discounts to people who agree not to return their purchases. Retailers with large numbers of physical stores such as Zara and H&M are also making adjustments like charging shoppers for sending returns by mail. 

Return rates surged during the Covid-19 pandemic, as more consumers shifted to online shopping—and frequently bought multiple sizes of the same item because they were unsure of the fit. Return rates in 2022 were roughly 14% higher than in 2019, according to Narvar, a returns-management company.

“Customers say free returns is the most important thing, but if it’s not there they still shop,” said Katie Mullen, chief customer officer at JCPenney, which charges $8 for returns by mail. “There is a big difference between what they say in surveys and what they do in practice.”

The move to reduce returns is part of a sea change in retailing that is giving priority to profits over growth.

Sixty-six percent of retailers charge for returns, according to a survey of 500 U.S. retailers in March by goTRG.  That number is up from 60% in September. 

The in-store return rate nearly doubled last year to 16.5% from about 8% in 2021, as more shoppers returned online purchases to stores, goTRG said.  wsj.com


'Duty of Care?' 

Family suing 7-Eleven over security negligence after teen killed in shooting in downtown Dallas

Family suing 7-Eleven over security negligence after teen killed in shooting in downtown Dallas.

"[7-Eleven] knew or should have known that crime was prevalent on the property and should have enhanced security, safety, training, enforcement, and management procedures," the lawsuit stated.

According to the lawsuit, the convenience store also "maintained inadequate staffing, training, and security personnel on the property at the time of the shooting." wfaa.com


Houston woman found by son dead in Louisiana Arby's walk-in freezer as handle inside broke

Now the family is suing the restaurant, alleging they knew a handle inside the freezer was broken for months.

Nguyet Le, 63, died on May 11 and the details of her death, outlined in a lawsuit, are frightening.

On the morning of May 11, Le went into the Arby's to begin prepping the fast food restaurant for opening. We learn she went into the store's walk-in freezer when the door closed behind her and locked. The family's lawyer, Paul Skrabanek, said the store owners knew since last year that the door was broken. They were routinely keeping the door open with a box of oil, apparently," Skrabanek said.

"From talking with authorities, there was something broken about the latch."  "The officers told us he went out there to inspect it himself and got locked into the freezer and had a panic moment," Skrabanek said.  abc13.com


Five Below Plans to Open 400 Stores in 2023 & Hit 3,500 by 2030

Journeys to close more than 120 stores in 2024


Quarterly Results

Dollar Tree Q1 Comp's Sales: Dollar Tree +3.4%; Family Dollar +6.6%; Enterprise +4.8%, net sales up 6.1%

BJ's Wholesale Q1 Comp's up 5.7%, digital up 19%, net sales up 5%

DICK'S Sporting Goods Q1 comp's up 3.4%, net sales up 5.3%

American Eagle Q1 stores revenue up 5%, digital down 4%, revenue up 2%

Costco Q3 comp's up 0.3%, U.S. comp's down 0.3%, E-commerce sales down 10%, net sales up 1.9%

Kohl's Q1 comp's down 4.3%, net sales down 3.3%

Genesco Q1 Comp's down 8%, stores down 8%, direct up 7%, net sale down 7%

Best Buy Q1 domestic comp's down 10.4%, online down 12.1%, Inter. comp's down 5.5%, enterprise comp's down 10.1%

Foot Locker Q1 comp's down 9.1%, total sales down 11.4%

Express Q1 retail comp's down 18%, eComm sales down 7%, net sales down 15%

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Russ Hawkins, Agilence CEO, on the
Multiply Your Success Podcast

'Leveraging Analytics to Minimize Preventable Loss Throughout Your Organization'

You are familiar with analytics regarding offensive strategies in marketing and sales, but how do you use analytics as a defensive tool to create strategies to reduce costs and prevent shrinkage?

Listen to the full episode here







The great CISO resignation: Why security leaders are quitting in droves

With ransomware becoming increasingly commoditized and generative AI tools like ChatGPT broadening hackers’ arsenal, organizations are increasingly under attack in what some are calling a cyber cold war.

This places greater and greater pressure on security leaders dealing with shrinking budgets, skeleton crew staff and a conglomeration of security tools and protocols — so much so that they are increasingly up and quitting.

This so-called Great CISO Resignation is concerning, experts warn — because what happens when there’s nobody guarding the gate and rallying the troops?

CISOs face too much firefighting, excessive expectations

Recent research from anti data exfiltration and ransomware prevention company BlackFog revealed that nearly a third (32%) of CISOs or IT cybersecurity leaders in the U.S. and UK were considering leaving their current organization. Nine in 10 CISOs report being “moderately” or “tremendously” stressed, according to another study, and average CISO tenure is just two years and two months.


The top reasons for CISO dissatisfaction, according to BlackFog: A lack of work-life balance and too much time spent “firefighting” rather than focusing on strategic issues. Many are struggling to keep up to date with new frameworks and models (such as multi-factor authentication and zero trust), and others say keeping their team’s skill levels up is a “serious challenge.”

Then there is the general lack of qualified team members to begin with. Over an eight-year period, the number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs grew by 350%, from one million positions in 2013 to 3.5 million in 2021. That number is expected to hold out to 2025. Organizations are increasingly under attack, and with short staffing, their vulnerability only increases — less than one in 10 organizations are equipped to deal with an attack from professional cybercriminals.

In fact, 100% of CISO respondents to one recent survey said they needed additional resources to adequately cope with current IT security challenges.

Increasing scrutiny, lack of authority and collaboration

Additional frustrations come from lack of collaboration with higher ups who expect CISOs to do more — and more quickly — with less, lack of authority to make changes and challenges in influencing management to top challenges and needs.   sdxcentral.com


The Security Implications of Drone Threats

Cybersecurity and exploitation of data. Drones have the capability to elude security cameras and other physical security measures to hover close to an otherwise secure facility (think facilities that move, store, or transmit highly sensitive data). Drones carrying a micro-computer could closely approach these facilities to overtake computers and accessories connected via Bluetooth peripherals, steal data by posing as an evil twin mimicking a Wi-Fi network, or even capture passwords with a Wi-Fi keylogger. All of these actions can be enabled by proximity of a drone hovering close to these sensitive areas. 

It is clear that there needs to be a way to disable drones and thwart these threats. Unfortunately, there are many policy limitations that leave officials unable to act.  asisonline.com







Exploitation of Remote Work Tools and Software

Scammers are taking advantage of the increase in people working from home and the use of video conferencing tools such as Zoom, Microsoft Team and Blue Jeans. The NCSC and CISA have reported phishing emails with attachments using these remote work platform names to trick users into downloading malicious files. Some examples of reported phishing emails include 'microsoft-teams_V#mu#D_##########.exe' and 'zoom-us-zoom_##########.exe'. It is important to remain vigilant when clicking links and downloading files. Be wary of file names that include strange character stings and investigate the legitimacy of a link by hovering your cursor over it to reveal the URL destination without clicking on it.




Amazon Takes Heat From All Directions & Locations at Annual Shareholders Meeting

Amazon investors reject proposals on worker safety, climate impact

Amazon investors voted against 18 proposals at the company’s annual shareholder meeting Wednesday, opting out of efforts to require Amazon to provide more information on its use of plastics, possible pay disparities and working conditions in its warehouses.

Meanwhile, at the same meeting, CEO Andy Jassy told investors about Amazon’s future focus on artificial intelligence and a shift in its delivery strategy meant to get items to customers faster. 

On Monday, a group of corporate employees began urging their colleagues to walk-off the job later this month to show frustration with recent layoffs, Amazon’s return to office mandate and a lack of action on climate change, organizers said. The one-day walkout, slated for May 31, hinges on at least 1,000 employees from Amazon’s Seattle headquarters agreeing to participate. 

On Tuesday, workers at an Amazon warehouse in Missouri delivered a petition to management with 400 employee signatures asking the company to slow the pace of work, increase break times and conduct an independent safety audit of its facilities.

That same day, protesters gathered outside Amazon’s corporate offices in South Lake Union, calling on the company to decrease pollution from its network of delivery vans. The group of activist organizations asked Amazon to commit to zero-emissions deliveries by 2030.

Standing outside Amazon headquarters, carrying cardboard boxes that read “deliver change” and signs emblazoned with “Amazon: prime polluter,” protesters said those changes were coming too late. 

Investors also voted against proposals regarding working conditions in Amazon’s warehouses, including one that matched the demand for an independent safety audit in the petition Missouri workers delivered to management before Wednesday’s meeting.

Amazon says it has already seen “substantial improvements” in injury rates at its warehouses and has a “solid foundation from which to build” worker safety. The company has invested $1 billion in safety initiatives and plans to invest another $550 million in 2023.  seattletimes.com








Lansing, MI: Michigan AG Nessel gives update on Organized Retail Crime investigation.

Tuesday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel held a press conference alongside members of the FORCE Team to give an update on the Organized Retail Crime Unit’s first large-scale investigation. The multi-state investigation led to three people being charged with fraudulently using EBT cards at Sam’s Club locations in Metro Detroit. Michigan State Police assisted the task force in the investigation. Investigators believe there are several other individuals involved in addition to the three already charged. Walmart requested assistance from FORCE at the end of 2022. wilx.com

(Video) Peachtree Corners, GA: Woman called police after thieves hit a metro Lululemon store, she was then fired.

A Gwinnett County woman says she was fired for calling the police on four robbers who stole thousands of dollars worth of clothes from the Lululemon store she worked at. Rachel Rogers captured the frightening moments on cellphone video last month when three brazen robbers walked into her store and began stealing thousands of dollars worth of clothing from the store at the Forum Shops in Peachtree Corners.

The 23-year-old said that the three men grabbed as much as they could before they bolted from the store where their getaway driver was waiting. “They’re just full-blown, like, running circles around you grabbing as much as they can,” Rogers said. “And it’s a scary feeling, and you don’t know how to react. So, our reaction is to scream, ‘No! Get out! Leave!’”

Rogers said she and her former coworker Jennifer Ferguson were shaken but uninjured, and immediately reported the robbery to police. But two weeks later, they were let go and fired after they learned that they had both violated company policy by calling 911.

So how were they supposed to handle this situation? “Clear a pathway. At least this is what is posted, is a clear pathway, and don’t interact, let them take what they want. Let them take what they have and do not make contact with them at all,” is what Rogers said was what she was told. She told Seiden that she was frustrated because she’s been dealing with this same problem for the last eight months. “I’ve experienced it probably five or six times, and I know it’s happened on other occasions when other people are working,” Rogers said. Investigators say the same group of robbers struck again the following day in Peachtree City where police arrested and charged them with multiple felonies. wsbradio.com

Phoenix, AZ: Police arrest 2 suspects after tracking cell phones stolen from east Phoenix store.

Two people are in custody after police tracked cell phones that were stolen during an early morning break-in at an east Phoenix business.

Officers responded to reports of a burglary at a cell phone store on McDowell Road near State Route 51 around 6:45 a.m. Friday. When they arrived, the suspects were already gone but police worked with the store to track the location of the stolen phones.

Officers first followed leads into Mesa before tracking the suspects into the west Valley near Litchfield Park. Police and DPS troopers tracked the suspects’ car traveling north along Loop 303 before taking them into custody near Northern Avenue.

A man and woman were arrested at the scene. Their identities have not yet been released.azfamily.com

San Joaquin County, CA: Stockton burglary connected to Bay Area pawn shop selling stolen items.

An April 1 vehicle burglary in Stockton has been connected to a series of robberies in San Joaquin County and the Bay Area involving at least 140 victims, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. A vehicle burglary in the Lincoln Center parking lot on April 1 led the sheriff’s office Special Services Division to identify DeShawn Leandrei Allen, a gang member from Richmond, as the main suspect. When Allen’s residence was searched under warrant, evidence was found that showed communication between Allen and Urias Joram Hernandez Ochoa, owner of Oromax Pawn Shop in Richmond.

“The communication between Allen and Hernandez Ochoa included photographs of items Allen had stolen, with the intention of selling them to the pawn shop,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a news release. Deputies arrested Allen, who is now facing charges for burglary, grand theft, possession of burglary tools, vandalism and receiving stolen property. A search warrant was later served at the Oromax Pawn Shop where a “significant amount” of stolen items were found including; cellular devices, laptops and cameras.

Hernandez Ochoa was arrested but was later released on bond. As of May 26, the sheriff’s office have identified over 140 victims who did not sell their property to the Oromax Pawn Shop. Some victims have been located as far as Brooklyn, New York.kron4.com

Vicksburg, MS: 2 Rainbow store employees charged with felony theft; $5, in merchandise.

El Paso, TX: Convenience store thief steals $400 of cigarettes, Slurpee

Newington, CT: Burglars steal multiple weapons from local Gun shop


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Columbia, SC: South Carolina Store Owner Charged with Murder for Fatally Shooting 14-Year-Old Black Teen He Suspected of Stealing Water.

A convenience store owner in South Carolina is facing murder charges after he shot and killed a 14-year-old boy he suspected of shoplifting. The Richland County Sheriff's Department says the shooting happened at a Shell gas station on Parklane Road in Columbia, around 8 p.m. Sunday night. Rick Chow, who owns the Shell gas station chased Cyrus Carmack-Belton from his store and shot him just down the road in the 200 block of Springtree Drive, as reported by WAFB. "It's senseless, it doesn't make sense," Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said in a Memorial Day press conference. "You have a family that's grieving, we have a community that's grieving over a 14-year-old who was shot." The owner told police he suspected Carmack-Belton of shoplifting inside the store, which the department said did not happen. The department reviewed surveillance footage as part of this investigation.

"Regardless, even if he had shoplifted four bottles of water, which is what he initially took out of the cooler and then he put them back, even if he'd done that, that's not something you shoot anybody over, much less a 14-year-old, but you just don't do that," Sheriff Lott said. ibtimes.sg

Goldsboro, NC: Two charged in killing of clerk during robbery at Family Dollar.

Two men are facing charges after a Family Dollar employee was fatally shot during a robbery, according to WTVD. Goldsboro Police Department said they responded to calls about an armed robbery and a person being shot around 3 p.m. on Wayne Memorial Drive. At the scene, police found 46-year-old Alexander Thomas behind a register with a gunshot wound to his chest. Thomas was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries, according to WTVD. Police said two men, 24-year-old Aaron Coppedge and 20-year-old Yiheim Quishown Fryar, were taken into custody not too far from the scene. Each man has been charged with one count of armed robbery and an open count of murder. They are being held at the Wayne County Detention Center without a bond, according to WTVD. wsoctv.com

LaGrange, GA: Man kills wife, then shoots himself in convenience store parking lot.

Two people are dead after a shooting that occurred near a convenience store on Whitesville Road on Monday evening, according to Troup County Coroner Erin Hackley. Hackley said the initial information is that it was an apparent murder/suicide, though law enforcement continues to investigate. The identity of the deceased individuals has not yet been released. The incident occurred near the Junior Food Mart. There was a heavy police presence in the area and police tape around the scene Monday evening. lagrangenews.com

Atlanta, GA: Man was shot to death outside a local grocery store.

A man is dead after getting shot several times near a small grocery store in southeast Atlanta Sunday. Atlanta Police Department officers are investigating after they were flagged down at 807 Conley Rd. SE just before 4 p.m. Police found a 48-year-old man who had been shot multiple times. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office identified the 48-year-old as Fredrick Key. 11alive.com

Cleveland, OH: Man murdered outside Cleveland C-Store.

EMS officials found a man murdered outside of a liquor store in Cleveland on Friday. Officials said they found the body in the parking lot of the Union Beverage & Deli, located at 12408 Union Ave. in the city’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood, at approximately 7:30 p.m. EMS officials said the victim suffered gunshot wounds.cleveland19.com

Columbus, MS: Suspect in custody in Inferno Sports Bar fatal shooting.

The suspect in a Friday night shooting inside the Inferno Sports Bar turned himself in to authorities Saturday evening. Undra Lamorris Williams, 30, is charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Devan Thompson, 33, of Columbus. Four others were injured during the shooting, according to police. “After he appeared on the news and social media, a family member reached out to Williams,” Chief Joseph Daughtry said in a press release. “He and I then began a conversation of negotiating a way for him to be taken into custody.”cdispatch.com

Scottsdale, AZ: Scottsdale Quarter Security Guard stabbed during fight with suspect.

A stabbing and fight at a north Scottsdale shopping mall left a security guard and a suspect injured. According to police, the incident happened at around 12:40 a.m. on May 29 at Scottsdale Quarter, near Scottsdale Road and Greenway Parkway, when a fight broke out between a security guard and a suspect. During the fight, the security guard was stabbed multiple times in his hip. The suspect, identified as a man in his late-30s, suffered a stab wound to his back during the fight. He was restrained by the security guard until officers arrived at the scene. Both the security guard and suspect were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.fox10phoenix.com

Hollywood, FL: 9 injured in shooting in retail / restaurant area near beach.

Nine people were injured when gunfire erupted along a beachside promenade in Hollywood, Florida, sending people frantically running for cover along the crowded beach on Memorial Day.

The nine people hurt Monday evening included six adults and three children, according to Yanet Obarrio Sanchez, a spokesperson for Memorial Healthcare System. All of the victims were in stable condition, she said. Police spokesperson Deanna Bettineschi said four children between the ages of 1 and 17 were hit, along with five adults between 25 and 65. One was in surgery late Monday while the others were stable, she said. It was not immediately clear if the hospital was counting a 17-year-old as an adult. The shooting happened shortly before 7 p.m., Bettineschi said. A fight broke out, at least one gun was pulled and shots were fired. At least one person was in custody, but police were looking for more suspects. fox34.com

Memphis, TN: Shoe Shop owner shoots armed man in store.

A victim allegedly turned the tables on a would-be attacker, who reportedly walked into a South Memphis store with a semi-automatic weapon.

Detectives say Aaron Brown, who can be seen in his mugshot with an arm injury, was shot by a shop owner just after 3 on Saturday afternoon. Brown allegedly went into a shoe-shine business on East McLemore armed with a semi-automatic weapon.

The owner told police he fired first to protect himself and those inside the store. wreg.com

Camillus, NY: Walmart customer upset with ATM machine points gun at employee who trips, falls.

A customer inside a Walmart Supercenter was so upset after using an ATM that he pointed a gun at a store employee, Camillus police Capt. James Nightingale said.

The employee, a loss prevention officer, tripped and fell as the man pointed a gun at him, Nightingale said. WAVES Ambulance took the Walmart employee to Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, he said. Police are continuing to look for the man with a gun Monday night.

The incident began shortly before 5 p.m. when the man had trouble using the ATM inside the Walmart at 5399 W. Genesee St. Police are still trying to determine what exactly happened that made the man irate, but witnesses said the man began banging on the machine, the captain said. syracuse.com

Chicago, IL: 53 shot, 10 fatally, in Memorial Day weekend gun violence across city

Burbank, CA: Parking Lot Shooting at Home Depot under investigation.

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Akron, OH: C-Store Clerk found Not guilty in death of customer.

A 56-year-old Akron store clerk who shot and killed a customer, was found not guilty of negligent homicide. Gurninder Banvait’s jury trial was heard last week in Akron Municipal Court. Akron police said Banvait fired a gun inside the Sunoco in the 800 block of Lovers Lane on Sept. 1, 2022, because an unruly customer threatening to kill her over incorrect change.

The bullet instead struck Torres Bruster, 48, who died from his injuries on Oct. 18, 2022. cleveland19.com

Houston, TX: Bitcoin ATM Robbery in Houston: 7 Arrested

Chicago, IL: Burglars target Chicago medical spas, steal high end laser equipment

Seattle, WA: At least 3 Eastside 7-Eleven stores held up by armed robbers

Suffolk County, NY: Brentwood Man Indicted for Robbing Multiple Convenience Stores and Gas Stations Across Suffolk County

Ontario, CA: Police investigate hoax shooting report at Ontario Mills mall

Trumbull, CT: Shot fired at Trumbull Mall, no injuries; 2 teens being sought.




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• 8 Burglaries
• 3 Shooting
• 2 killed

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