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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Retail Workers Fear for their Safety as Theft & Assaults Surge
Amid Attacks and Thefts, Some Retail Workers Want to Fight Back

Assaults at stores have been increasing at a faster pace than the national average. Some workers are tired of fearing for their safety.

There was the
shooting that killed 10 people, including three workers, at the King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colo., in March 2021. Another shooting left 10 more people dead at a Buffalo grocery store last month.

In her 37 years in the grocery industry, said Kim Cordova, a union president in Colorado,
she had never experienced the level of violence that her members face today.

So when she was negotiating contracts for 21,000 grocery workers in Colorado this past winter, the usual issues of wages and scheduling were certainly on the table. But
just as critical, if not more so, was safety.

According to a New York Times analysis of F.B.I. assault data,
the number of assaults in many retail establishments has been increasing at a faster pace than the national average.

From 2018 to 2020, assaults overall rose 42 percent;
they increased 63 percent in grocery stores and 75 percent in convenience stores. Of the more than two million assaults reported to the F.B.I. by law enforcement agencies across the country in 2020, more than 82,000 - about 4 percent - were at shopping malls, convenience stores and other similar locations.

Last year, the
F.B.I. said, more than half the so-called active shooter attacks - in which an individual with a gun is killing or trying to kill people in a busy area - occurred in places of commerce, including stores.

Violence in and around retail settings is definitely increasing, and it is a concern," said Jason Straczewski, a vice president of government relations and political affairs at the National Retail Federation.

Safety #1 Issue | Hands-On Approach? | Felony Threshold Impact: Read full article here

Mass Shooting Surge Fuels Shopper Anxiety
U.S. struggle with mass shootings has changed how people live their lives

The surge of gun violence has some Americans avoiding public places 

CNN recently spoke to people about the fear and anxiety they feel amid a surge of gun violence and several high-profile mass shootings, and how those feelings have affected the way they live.

Many, like Megan, described a new, compulsive habit of identifying escape routes or hiding spots in crowded gatherings, or avoiding certain public places altogether. Parents expressed a fear of sending kids to school, or a desire to move abroad. Teachers recounted leaving their chosen career. 

For some these raw feelings are new, emerging after mass shootings like those at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. But for others, this anxiety has been building for years as the list of shootings gets ever-longer -- and a sense of dread grows along with the death toll. 

As of June 23, there had been 279 mass shootings in the United States since the beginning of the year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which, like CNN, defines a mass shooting as one in which four or more people are shot, excluding the shooter. That means there have been more mass shootings so far this year than there have been days -- a trend that also occurred in 2020 and 2021. 

Glenda Prince stopped going to her local supermarket outside Austin, Texas, fearing the store with a predominantly Black customer base could be a target -- like the one where last month's shooting in Buffalo happened.

Prince, a British citizen who has lived in the US since the 1980s, now drives about 20 miles into Austin to go shopping. She goes less often, too, and when she does, she tends to go late at night when it's less busy. She goes to these extra lengths, she said, because she wants to see her 7-month-old grandson live to reach 18.

"Prior to all of this, you just didn't think about it. You just lived your life, and you went about and did what you have to do," Prince said. "Now you've got to think about it and just don't put yourself in harm's way."  cnn.com

Letting Repeat Shoplifters Run Free in NYC
'Professional booster' notches 100th shoplifting bust - and is released again
A "professional booster" with an alleged penchant for shoplifting at Manhattan retailers notched what could be her 100th bust over the weekend - and was released without bail yet again on Sunday.

Michelle McKelley, 42, was arrested late Saturday for allegedly pocketing $125 worth of goods from a CVS in Lower Manhattan, and then was freed under the state's soft-on-crime criminal justice reforms.

Prosecutors said in Manhattan Criminal Court Sunday that McKelley has failed to appear in court 27 times on her multitude of past arrests - and has five other pending cases.

But the charges do not qualify for bail under the 2019 state reform, which means prosecutors could only ask that she be let go on supervised release while the case is pending. Manhattan Judge Charlotte Davidson agreed, noting the charges do not qualify for bail.

McKelley, who described herself to cops as a "professional booster," was last cut loose Thursday after she was charged with stealing from a Duane Reade in East Harlem. Last month, she was charged with robbing a Rite Aid at Second Avenue and East 96th Street 10 times, with cops at that time reporting it was her 108th arrest. Court officials said the Thursday bust was just her 99th, without explaining the discrepancy.

McKelley is so brazen that when she was arrested in February for allegedly ripping off a Target store on the Upper East Side she bragged that "I haven't got caught in a long time." nypost.com

Major Crimes Surge 40% in NYC
'It's bad': Eric Adams admits being 'shocked' by the sorry state of NYC
Mayor Eric Adams had no idea how rotten the Big Apple was at its core before taking office - telling The Post he was "shocked" to learn just "how bad this place is."

During an exclusive interview conducted as Adams rode the subways overnight for more than three hours last week, the former NYPD transit cop said he was astounded by the botched "deployment of resources" that has New Yorkers on edge amid a nearly 40 percent surge in major crimes this year.

"Let me tell you something: When I started looking into this, I was shocked at how bad this place is," he said of the city.

Adams - who campaigned on a promise to restore order to an increasingly lawless Gotham - said the scales fell from his eyes when he began reviewing internal city operations following his swearing in moments after midnight on New Year's Day.

"It was probably the third - third or fourth week in January. I spent a lot of time in the office," he said. Using the NYPD "as one example," he said, "We have not utilized this amazing agency and all our skills."

In 2021, the final year of de Blasio's tenure, the city saw nearly every category of major crime increase to levels that hadn't been seen in years, with felony assaults exceeding 22,000 for the first time since 2001. The number of murders also reached 486, the most since the 515 committed in 2011. nypost.com

For Gun Violence Researchers, Bipartisan Bill Is a 'Glass Half Full'
Now that President Biden has signed the most significant revision to the nation's gun laws in decades, America's gun violence researchers are taking a bit of a victory lap - despite viewing the bipartisan legislation as imperfect and last week's Supreme Court decision expanding gun rights as a countervailing setback.

SF: Is Mayor Breed's budget too focused on downtown and the Tenderloin?

Eric Adams patrols subways with NYPD cops amid surge in transit crime


COVID Update

593.7M Vaccinations Given

US: 88.9M Cases - 1M Dead - 84.6M Recovered
Worldwide: 549.9M Cases - 6.3M Dead - 525.7M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 360   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 787
*Red indicates change in total deaths

The Post-COVID Great Debate
Remote working vs back to the office: Benefits are clear, but there could be trouble ahead for some

When offered remote work, most people will take it - but not all employers are so clear on the value.

It's clear that remote working has become a pretty popular option for many people, and some new research shows just how widespread that's become. The latest edition of McKinsey's American Opportunity Survey queried 25,000 Americans in spring 2022 and it found that over half (58%) had the option of working from home at least one day a week.

One in three said that, if they wanted, they could work from home five days a week. And when workers are given the option of remote working, 87% of them will take it.

"This dynamic is widespread across demographics, occupations, and geographies. The flexible working world was born of a frenzied reaction to a sudden crisis but has remained as a desirable job feature for millions. This represents a tectonic shift in where, when, and how Americans want to work and are working," the researchers said.

Unsurprisingly, according to McKinsey, the "vast majority" of employed people in computer and mathematical occupations report having remote-work options, and 77% report being willing to work fully remotely zdnet.com

COVID Helps China Overtake the U.S. in Apparel Retail
China topples US in apparel retail market size during COVID-19
China displaced the US to gain top position in terms of apparel retail market size during COVID-19 years of 2022 and 2021, mainly owing to milder impact of the pandemic compared to the world's largest economy. It is projected that China would gain further lead over the US by 2025 because the market size growth will be more than double for the Asian giant.

The US was much ahead of China in 2017, when apparel retail market size was $327.61 billion for the US and $235.30 billion for China. American market size grew to $332.86 billion in 2018 and $337.52 billion in 2019. But the market size shrunk to $252.90 billion in 2020 due to the pandemic and frequent lockdowns, according to Fibre2Fashion's market insight tool TexPro. fibre2fashion.com

Covid anxiety is giving way to economic anxiety. How to cope.

F.D.A. May Move Toward Updating Vaccines

Roe v. Wade Ruling: The Retail Impact

Ongoing Retail Response to Roe v. Wade Decision
How retailers are responding to the Roe v. Wade ruling

Many companies have spoken out in the wake of the decision to reiterate current benefits or add to their abortion coverage for employees.

The Supreme Court's decision last week to overturn the half century-old constitutional protection of the right to abortion led several retailers and brands to join others in pledging to pay for medical services and travel for employees in need of the medical procedure.

Retailers like Levi's and Amazon had previously released statements to that effect following a leaked draft of the landmark opinion last month. That indication of the high court's reversal on Roe did little to prevent the shock that ensued following the official opinion, spurring protests nationwide, including on the court's own doorstep.

Indeed, companies moving to protect access to abortion have the American public on their side: In a CBS/YouGov poll taken June 24 to 25, a solid majority (59%) in the U.S. disapprove of the ruling, with 64% saying they believe that abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

Retailers aren't the only ones taking such steps - big banks including Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are reiterating or adding abortion services and abortion-related travel expenses to their benefit plans, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In a tweet following the decision, GlobalData Managing Director Neil Saunders, an investor analyst who covers the retail industry, said, "We must not rest until women's rights are reinstated."

Read more about retail's response here: retaildive.com

With Roe v. Wade overturned, which states would restrict or protect abortion rights?

New York Times: America Before and After Roe

CVS, Walmart and Rite Aid Limit Purchases of Plan B Pills After Surge in Demand


Deadly Mall Attack in Ukraine
At least 16 killed in Russian missile strike on shopping mall, Ukraine says
Two Russian missiles slammed into a crowded shopping centre in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk on Monday, killing at least 16 people and wounding 59, the regional governor said.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said more than 1,000 people were in the shopping centre at the time of the attack, which witnesses said caused a huge fire and sent dark smoke billowing into the sky.

A Reuters reporter saw the charred husk of a shopping complex with a caved-in roof. Firefighters and soldiers were pulling out mangled pieces of metal as they searched for survivors.

"It is impossible to even imagine the number of victims ... It's useless to hope for decency and humanity from Russia," Zelenskiy wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

Dmytro Lunin, governor of the central Poltava region, told Reuters that 10 people had been confirmed killed and that rescue workers would keep searching through the smouldering rubble for two days, with more bodies likely to be found. wsj.com  reuters.com

$517M Settlement Over Collapse - Security Guard Failed to Initiate Alert System
Security Provider to Pay $517M to Settle Charges from Miami Building Collapse
Ninety-eight people were killed and numerous others were thrust into homelessness one year ago when the Champlain Towers South building in Miami, Florida, partially collapsed. The anniversary of the tragic event will mark moments of reflection and remembrance, as well as the finalization of the second-largest class-action lawsuit in the U.S. state's history.

On Thursday, Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Michael Hanzman gave final approval to a more than $1 billion settlement ($1,021,199,000) involving more than 24 defendants who were sued on charges of negligence, wrongful death, and personal injury related to the building collapse. One of those defendants was Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., which was the contract security provider for the building and will pay almost half of the total settlement figure: $517.5 million. None of the defendants admitted to wrongdoing as part of the settlement terms, according to The Miami Herald.

The Securitas guard on duty, Shamoka Furman, was aware of the incident and called 911 immediately; she also reached out to residents individually on their cell phones.

But she did not initiate the alert system that was connected to intercoms in every unit of the building to warn people of the damage or initiate an evacuation. Seven minutes after the pool deck failure, the building collapsed for reasons that are still being investigated. Four people were rescued from the building's rubble, but 98 others died. asisonline.org

100M Auditor Cheating Scandal
Ernst & Young hit with $100 million fine over cheating on ethics tests

Hundreds of employees at the accounting giant shared answers to exams required to maintain their licenses

Hundreds of auditors at accounting giant Ernst & Young cheated on ethics tests they were required to take to get or maintain their professional licenses, and the company withheld evidence of the misconduct from federal authorities investigating the matter, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In response, the SEC is imposing a $100 million fine on the company, the largest ever on an audit firm, the agency announced Tuesday.

The agency found that beginning in 2017, 49 Ernst & Young professionals shared or received answers to ethics exams they needed to pass to get licensed as certified public accountants. Hundreds more cheated on courses they needed to take to maintain their standing with state oversight boards, while others who didn't participate themselves helped facilitate the behavior, the SEC said.

The firm's leaders then covered up the activity, failing to report it to the SEC after the agency asked Ernst & Young about complaints it had received and the company launched an internal investigation that confirmed the misconduct, according to the SEC. The record-breaking fine - twice the $50 million tab that rival KPMG paid the agency in 2019 over its cheating scandal - in part reflects the gravity of the firm's decision not to cooperate with the investigation, an SEC official told reporters. washingtonpost.com

Just Walk Out Evolves
Amazon supports store innovation with ML algorithms
Amazon continues evolving its in-store shopping and payment experience using leading-edge machine learning (ML) algorithms.

At the recent re:MARS 2022 global artificial intelligence (AI) event hosted by Amazon, Dilip Kumar, VP, physical retail and technology, Amazon, discussed how the omnichannel giant leverages computer vision and ML algorithms.

How Amazon applies algorithms in its Just Walk Out frictionless shopping technology, Amazon One palm payment solution, Amazon Style physical apparel store, and Amazon Dash Cart smart shopping cart.

Just Walk Out

In the case of Just Walk Out technology, which allows shoppers to skip the checkout line in many Amazon stores, select Whole Foods Market stores, and several third-party retailer stores, Amazon deploys sensors, optics, and machine vision algorithms. As a result, the company has reduced the number of cameras required in Just Walk Out technology-enabled stores to make them more cost-effective, smaller, and capable of running deep networks locally.

Amazon's Just Walk Out sensors and algorithms have evolved to detect a broad range of products and differences in shopping behavior in full-sized grocery stores, The company has also increased the diversity of environments its algorithms can account for as it deploys Just Walk Out technology to third-party retailers.

Amazon Dash Cart

When Amazon built the Amazon Dash Cart, a smart shopping cart that helps customers skip the checkout line in many of its U.S. Amazon Fresh stores, the company developed a set of computer vision and sensor fusion algorithms to detect items while in motion, including accurately capturing weight and quantity. The machine vision algorithms also have strict latency budgets, as the cart keeps track of a customer's receipt in real-time. chainstoreage.com

The Future of Big Cities?
Downtown S.F. could see vacancy ranging from 35%-50% in 2024
San Francisco started the year with a roughly 22% citywide vacancy across its office inventory - compared to a single digit rate pre-pandemic- and should market conditions fail to improve, that vacancy could increase in certain downtown areas in the next two years as offices leases expire, said the city's chief economist Ted Egan on Thursday.

The city is projecting that 33% of its workforce will be reduced to remote work permanently. bizjournals.com

Why there could be a wave of retail bankruptcies
CNBC's Lauren Thomas joins 'The Exchange' to report on the possibility there could be a wave of retail bankruptcies on the horizon.

Sheetz will lower its gas prices to $3.49 and $3.99 a gallon through July 4

Walgreens Abandons Boots Sale as Debt-Market Chaos Spooks Buyers

Advance Auto Parts Opens 'Super Hub' Store as Part of L.A. Expansion

Walmart is piloting 30-minute grocery delivery

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Tally Releases 2021 Smart Shelf Alerts
Summary Report

Average incident $ amounts for four ORC categories

Longmont, CO -- Tally Retail Solutions released its 2021 Summary Analysis of Store Alerts.

The Smart Shelf provides retailers an effective proven on shelf inventory monitoring tool and case management platform to combat ORC, customer theft, manage inventory levels, and forecast customer demand based on real-time product movement. Incident reporting results for 2021 continued to prove the Tally Smart Shelf is a strong deterrent to all forms of customer theft especially ORC and provides on shelf availability status alerts.

"We are pleased the Smart Shelf is once again proving to be a more permanent solution to retail theft," said Sean Ryan, Tally's Chief Revenue Officer. He continued," Smart Shelf was tested in the Loss Prevention Research Council Lab at the University of Florida. It received the highest test scores for 'Get It' and 'Fear it'. The LPRC's methods, criteria and insights are proven to help retailers and solution providers create solutions that are a strong deterrent to retail theft. Our retailer categorized incident results for 2021 are further proof that support LPRC's research and conclusions regarding our solution."

Trey Ryan, Tally's Chief Technical Officer, stated,"2021 was a very positive year for Tally. Our solution was selected as top 10 from among nearly 200 innovations. We were scheduled to present our solutions to retailer and CPG executives at both the ECR and FMI conferences. The response so far has been very positive leading to more retailers and CPG's considering the Tally solution to solve their most challenging loss and on shelf availability problems."

This year's data was collected from six separate retail chains that deploy the Tally Smart Shelf in their most challenging stores. The alerts and incident details were categorized and recorded in the Tally Portal. An event description along with the $ value of the recovered merchandise was recorded in three possible theft categories:

1. Deterred Theft - Offender, upon hearing the announcement returned the product to the shelf or abandoned the product in the aisle.

2. Recovered Merchandise - Offender was approached and surrendered the products. Many times, items not protected by the Smart Shelf were also recovered.

3. Shoplifting - Shoplifter or gang members identified with items and amount stolen used to create evidence-based record for local prosecutors.

Four categories of merchandise were included in the 2021 analysis.

1. Laundry Detergent
2. Energy Drinks
3. Baby Formula
4. Hair Care

Tally Smart Shelf 2021 Summary Results

Average $ amount recovered
per incident:


% Incidents per category where offender was deterred and/or merchandise was recovered:


For a more detailed discussion about these and other findings and to arrange a demonstration please contact Sean Ryan at 954-422-2222 or email at sean.ryan@tally.solutions






American Data Privacy and Protection Act
House data privacy bill raises concerns for restaurants

Association cites areas of act that might impact operators of all sizes

As more restaurant brands gather customer information in beefing up such technological tools as order, pay, pickup and other app offerings, they are nudging into new data privacy territory.

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce on Thursday marked up the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (H.R. 8152), which would set a national standard for data collection and protection. It still needs to be considered by the committee, the full house and the Senate.

The Washington, D.C.-based National Restaurant Association said that any preemptive federal data privacy law that creates a single, uniform standard would benefit the industry. However, the association said it had concerns that proposed data privacy act, as drafted, would present significant challenges for large and small restaurant operators.

Sean Kennedy, executive vice president of public affairs for the National Restaurant Association, said in a statement: "As the cornerstone of communities throughout America, restaurant operators build their business on trusted relationships with their guests, and they rely on robust data privacy and security practices to strengthen that trust in today's digital economy."

Some areas of the bill raised association concerns: "This bill is moving very quickly through the committee, and we are working with members to address these concerns," Kennedy said. "The good news is that all these concerns have resolutions that would vastly improve this bill for the restaurant industry while still strengthening protections for consumers."

The association's concerns were outlined in an earlier letter to the subcommittee. nrn.com

Retail Hack Triggers Fine & Security Measures
FTC Orders Online Retailer CafePress to Improve Security After 2019 Hack

Settlement includes $500,000 fine and mandates multifactor authentication and other measures

The Federal Trade Commission on Friday ordered online retailer CafePress to strengthen its security measures and pay a $500,000 fine as part of a settlement over a 2019 breach affecting millions of customers' personal data.

The final order mandates that the e-commerce site minimize its data collection, encrypt users' Social Security numbers and institute multifactor authentication measures. The company also will have to undergo independent security audits every other year.

The settlement reflects how the agency under Chair Lina Khan has pushed prescriptive measures to curtail alleged data-privacy abuses and security lapses. The Biden appointee has promised to take a more aggressive approach to such issues as part of an expansive regulatory agenda.

The CafePress settlement stems from a February 2019 incident in which a hacker accessed data from the online retailer's computer systems. The breached information included more than 20 million customer emails and passwords with allegedly inadequate encryption, as well 180,000 Social Security numbers stored in plain text. The FTC alleged that the e-commerce site failed to implement reasonable security protections, retained data longer than necessary and didn't properly investigate the breach.

The order, finalized Friday, will cover CafePress for the next 20 years, requiring the e-commerce site to also report future cyber incidents to the FTC. wsj.com

Spreading Out Cybersecurity Leadership
Businesses nudged to decentralize cybersecurity leadership

The push to enable employees to make informed security decisions comes amid an increase in the rate and severity of cyberattacks.

AdvertisementTo help bridge security gaps across operations, more businesses are looking to decentralize cybersecurity leadership. A decentralized approach allows employees to implement security strategies into everyday operations, which can speed response and hopefully prevent attacks.

The change is "being driven by necessities - the increased sophistication of cybersecurity threats, larger attack surfaces, etc." said Ron Westfall, senior analyst and research director at Futurum Research. "I think we do need to see tighter implementation of organization-wide, decentralized cybersecurity policies that are driven by the entire C-suite."

But this shift does not spell the end of the chief information security office (CISO) role. The idea is that with cybersecurity leadership spread out, employees can make risk-informed decisions while meeting enterprise needs. The drive for decentralization comes as CFOs and others in the C-suite are also looking at a range of strategies to make sure the IT and cybersecurity investments they are making in their companies are paying off.

Gartner found nearly eight in 10 employees would bypass security policies to reach enterprise goals. In return, only one in 10 CISOs trust employees to make informed security decisions independently.

The goal with decentralization "is to be more embedded into the business, as opposed to only having a centralized security group that may be, at times, far removed from individual business lines, especially for larger organizations," said William Candrick, a director analyst for Gartner. cfodive.com

$1M Hacking Bounty
(Update) Horizon Offers $1M Bounty to Hackers Who Stole $100M

Attackers Appear to Have Compromised a Multi-Signature Contract

Blockchain company Harmony has offered a $1 million bounty to hackers who stole $100 million worth of Ethereum tokens. It also says it won't push for criminal charges if the funds are returned.

The Horizon bridge is a cross-chain protocol connecting the Ethereum, Binance and Harmony blockchains. It allows the transfers of cryptocurrencies, stablecoins and non-fungible tokens between the Harmony blockchain and the other networks.

The company has attempted to contact the hackers via a transaction to their Ethereum wallet address, Harmony tells Information Security Media Group.

At the time of writing this story, the Blockchain Intelligence Group tells ISMG that the stolen funds remain in the hackers' wallet. But around 12 pm Eastern Time, the hackers moved 7,000 ETH to Tornado Cash, the company says. The exploiters' wallet currently holds a little over 67,830 ETH, which is likely to be laundered through Tornado Cash as well, it adds.

Tornado Cash is a virtual currency mixers or tumblers help obscure the original source of funds. The company has shut down its services to prevent further losses. govinfosecurity.com

Cybersecurity Experts Warn of Emerging Threat of "Black Basta" Ransomware

NetSec Goggle shows search results only from cybersecurity sites






Search by image

If you have ever seen an image on social media or an article that you wanted to find out more about? Google allows you to search for images by right clicking on images in your browser and selecting "Search the web for image." Interestingly, Google Image Search was first implemented due to demand for pictures of the green Versace dress of Jennifer Lopez worn in February 2000.




Amazon Rolls Out Fleet of Warehouse Robots
Amazon, robots, and diverging views of automation and the future of work
What happens to jobs, the economy and business when a company can create the perfect worker out of silicon and steel? Amazon's new warehouse robots, unveiled this week, could have lasting implications for the company and its workforce at a pivotal moment for technology and the labor movement.

In addition to developing and deploying its own fleet of robots, Amazon is keeping an eye on technology that's further out on the horizon, as demonstrated by its investment in Agility Robotics, maker of a bipedal warehouse robot called Digit. (Amazon hasn't yet signaled any plans to use Digit in its own operations.)

Amazon says it sees immense long-term benefits for worker safety, productivity and efficiency, with robots ultimately helping humans do better and more fulfilling work, not taking their jobs. The company points to the fact that it has hired a million people in the past decade, more than twice the number of robots in its operations.

"We build our machines so that humans are at the center of the robotics universe," said Tye Brady, chief technologist for Amazon Robotics, unveiling the new robots on stage in Las Vegas this week at re:MARS, an Amazon conference focusing on machine learning, automation, robotics and space.

He added, "At the highest level, the very highest level, we aim to extend human capability and build collaboration between people and machines."

Others see it from a different perspective. Philip Su, a former Microsoft and Facebook software engineering leader who worked the peak season last year inside an Amazon warehouse, welcomes the safety improvements promised by the new robots, and feels empathy for the union movement based on his experience.

However, he says, it's hard to overlook the pragmatic implications.

"The higher the standards and protection that unions or other facilities provide workers, the higher the motivation for a company like Amazon to quickly invest in and deploy these sorts of labor-removing technologies," Su said. geekwire.com

Amazon Security Guard Lawsuit
Amazon security guard sued bosses after colleague made fun of his height

Christian Ononye claimed he was being harassed because of his height after a colleague pinned a picture of famously short child star Gary Coleman to the wall

An Amazon security guard sued his employers for harassment after claiming a colleague 'ridiculed' his height by comparing him to 1980s child star Gary Coleman. Christian Ononye said he was being harassed because of his height after a colleague pinned a picture of the famously short American actor to a wall at work.

The tribunal, held in Norwich, Norfolk, heard that Mr Ononye was hired by MAN Commercial Protection Limited to provide security at Amazon's warehouse in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, from August 2019.

Just months later in November, Mr Ononye claimed an agency worked at the site had 'ridiculed' him by 'pinning up a picture of a person of small stature.' He complained to site security manager Richard Unitt, believing he was the intended target of the image, and it was removed.

The tribunal heard that Mr Unitt carried out an investigation of those on shift but that a lack of CCTV in the area meant the person responsible was not found. dailymail.co.uk

New Virtual C-Store from Walmart & Instacart
Walmart, Instacart Pilot a New Virtual Convenience Store in Canada

Walmart Now gives customers access to groceries, snacks and more for delivery in as fast as 30 minutes

Walmart and Instacart are piloting a new virtual convenience store in Canada, giving customers in the Toronto area access to groceries, pantry and household essentials, snacks and more for delivery in as fast as 30 minutes, the companies announced June 23.

Called Walmart Now, the new virtual c-store will leverage Walmart's existing network of stores to bring the fast, convenience-based option to about 40% of greater Toronto area households, Walmart Canada said in a release. Additionally, nearly 4,000 of the retailer's most-shopped items will be available on Walmart Now. winsightgrocerybusiness.com

E-Commerce Giant Ebay Acquires NFT Marketplace Knownorigin




Calabasas, CA: Theft Crew Arrested After Allegedly Stealing More Than $200K in Merchandise From Ulta Beauty Stores
Authorities say they have arrested members of an organized crew of retail thieves that struck multiple suburban cosmetics stores on multiple occasions in June, stealing more than $200,000 worth of merchandise in the process. According to police, Quashawn Scott and Raphyll Jordan both Chicago residents and both 21 years of age, were taken into custody in connection with multiple thefts that occurred at Ulta Beauty locations, including two at the same Orland Park store that occurred within weeks of one another. Authorities allege that the duo was responsible for a string of thefts that targeted cosmetics stores in recent months, with more than $200,000 worth of merchandise stolen in an organized fashion. The theft crew is alleged to have targeted the Orland Park Ulta store on two occasions, robbing it on June 8 and then again on Monday morning. It was that Monday theft that allegedly led authorities to the duo, with Chicago police locating the suspects' vehicles and stolen merchandise. Both men were taken into custody when the vehicles were located, according to police. Both men will face multiple felony charges in connection to the theft ring, but it is unclear whether police are searching for additional suspects at this time. nbcchicago.com

Columbus, OH: Man steals $3,000 of computer equipment from Best Buy in Polaris
Columbus police are looking to identify a male suspect after they say he stole computer equipment from a Best Buy on the 1300 block of Polaris Parkway. According to CPD, the man went to the store on June 9 at around 1:35 p.m. and is pictured on surveillance cameras loading $3,000 worth of computer equipment into a shopping cart and leaving the store.  nbc4i.com

Alameda, CA: Police Arrest 2 For Armed Robbery, recovered $1500 worth of stolen merchandise
Alameda Police arrested two woman on suspicion of armed robbery following the theft of $1,500 worth of merchandise from a South Shore Center business last Tuesday, according to police. No injuries were reported during the crime. Police were told that the women brandished cans of pepper spray when confronted by a loss prevention officer. A caller gave police descriptions of the women and their vehicle. Police said one of the women also had an outstanding warrant for assault with a deadly weapon and robbery from a 2021 crime on Encinal Avenue. patch.com

Honolulu, HI: Camera footage captures brazen $6300 jewelry theft at Ala Moana Shopping Center

Richland Township, PA: Suspects Sought in $1,100 Retail Theft at Walmart

Wilkes-Barre, PA: Police search for three suspects accused of 'quick change' scheme, theft at Wyoming Valley mall

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Shootings & Deaths

San Antonio, TX: 1 dead after exchange of gunfire outside Circle K store
One person is dead following an exchange of gunfire outside an an East Side convenience store early Tuesday morning, according to San Antonio police. Officers responded to a shooting at a Circle K convenience store near the intersection of South W.W. White Road and East Houston Street around 4:15 a.m. According to police, the driver of a blue sedan had gone into the store when another vehicle pulled up alongside the car and started firing. That's when, police say, the driver of the sedan came from the store and returned fire. SAPD said the driver sped off to the Stella Apartments located on Lord Road where he then fled the vehicle, leaving behind the passenger. That person was later pronounced dead by emergency crews. The person's name and age have not been released. Authorities say they have not identified or found the driver. It is unclear if they were injured in the shooting. A reason for the gunfire is also not currently known. ksat.com

Lancaster, PA: Argument turns to gunfire, killing 1 man inside a C-Store
A 19-year-old man was fatally wounded in a shooting in downtown Lancaster late Monday night. Officers were dispatched to the A plus store, located at 111 West Orange St. shortly after 10:15 p.m. Officers found the victim, Damian Santiago, inside the store with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Santiago was unresponsive and transported to Lancaster General Hospital, where he died a short time later from his injuries. Detectives interviewed witnesses who said the suspect fled the scene immediately after the shooting. Police have also learned there was an argument and a physical altercation prior to the shooting. Detectives have identified the suspect as Carlos Almanzar-Torres, 21, of Lancaster. Police said about one hour after the shooting, he came into the police station to speak with detectives. wgal.com

DeKalb County, GA: One person is dead after a shooting outside a Popeyes restaurant
It happened around 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen located at 4815 Redan Road near S. Hairston Road. Surveillance video captured the entire incident. It appears an SUV drove by and opened fire on a man standing outside. DeKalb County police said officers arrived to find a man suffering from a gunshot wound. That man was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died. It was not immediately clear if police were searching for a shooter. The name of the man has not been released. The motive for the shooting remains under investigation. fox5atlanta.com

El Paso, TX: Police investigating 'in-custody death' outside 7-Eleven
El Paso investigators are looking into what they call an "in-custody" death on Monday morning in Northeast El Paso. Officials say police responded to a welfare check on 36-year-old hispanic man on the 5800 block of Dyer, at the 7-11 right by the Walmart. A spokesman with El Paso Police says the man became aggressive with officers and they were forced to use a taser. "They located an individual that seemed intoxicated or just off a bit. That person become combat a struggle began at that point. Taser deployed and officers took custody at that point" says El Paso Public Information Officer Adrian Cisneros. Officials also say the person was unresponsive while in custody. Emergency services were on the scene and provided CPR before he was transported to the hospital, where he later died. kfoxtv.com

Orlando, FL: Update: Bodycam Captures Shootout Between Police, Teen outside Mall at Millenia
Body camera footage captured a shootout between Florida police and a 19-year-old boy near a mall last month. The incident happened just after 7 p.m. May 28 near the Mall at Millenia, WKMG-TV reports. An extra-duty Orlando police officer had noticed a teenager who was exhibiting "irrational behavior," and he was escorted out of the mall. Once outside, the officer asked to search the teen's bag. That's when the 19-year-old pulled a gun and fired shots before fleeing. The teen then confronted an on-duty police officer in a cruiser near a restaurant. Shots were fired by both the teen and the officer inside the patrol car. The teen died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but it's unclear what led to that. The extra-duty officer suffered minor injuries in the incident. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting. officer.com

Prichard, AL: Customer shoots 2 Popeyes employees in drive-thru window at Alabama restaurant
Two Popeyes employees were injured after a customer opened fire in the drive-thru window at an Alabama restaurant, police said. According to the Prichard Police Department, the shooting happened just after 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Investigators said the man got out of his vehicle and fired a gun into the drive-thru window, striking two employees. Police did not release a motive for the shooting and did not clarify the injuries of the workers. The shooting is under investigation. kwqc.com  

Houston, TX: Suspect shot after fight with security guard at N. Houston Panda Express
A suspect was injured in a shooting involving an officer in north Houston, police said. At about 7:30 p.m., authorities were en route to an "officer-involved shooting" in the 4400 block of North Freeway, HPD said in a tweet. An HPD on the scene told ABC13 that an officer was working an extra job as security at a Walmart. The officer approached the suspect, who was beating someone with some type of club after they got into an argument while checking out, HPD said. The suspect and officer physically fought outside the Panda Express. The officer was struck several times and used a taser, which the suspect rejected. He then shot the suspect who took off running towards the Chic-Fil-A, according to HPD. Another unit responding to the scene got into a car crash nearby, there were no reported injuries, HPD says. Those units captured the suspect and sent him to a nearby hospital. The suspect is in stable condition. The officer was also taken to a nearby hospital. The officer is expected to be OK. abc13.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Lake Zurich, IL: Advance Auto Parts, Lake Zurich Police launch safety program
Rolling down your window for a Lake Zurich police officer may snag you a gift card this summer. The department is teaming up with Advance Auto Parts to provide 60 gift cards worth $25 each. "Many times when we have motorists that have some sort of mechanical problem, a headlight or a taillight out or a battery that goes dead or something ... sometimes those drivers are working people, trying to get to work. Things are tight right now. Gas is so expensive. These are the people that I think could use a hand," said Lake Zurich Police Chief Steve Husak. Advanced Auto Parts donated $1,500 in gift cards to the department for the program. They can be redeemed in store on online. The hope is motorists will use the money to repair issues, so they aren't ticketed in the future. fox32chicago.com

Hardwick, VT: JUST WOW! Vermont man tried to use excavator to stop son's arrest
A 52-year-old Vermont man was charged with aggravated assault after using an excavator to stop his son's arrest, according to Vermont State Police. Police arrived at Wayne Tallman's home in Hardwick, Vermont on June 14 to arrest his son on charges stemming from an aggravated assault and burglary case, but were surprised when the excavator's bucket began moving towards them, according to a post on the VSP's blog.  wzzm13.com

Nashville, TN: Suspect Involved in Several Cell Phone Store Robberies Sought

Pikeville, KY: Police arrest suspect in $4000 Kay Jewelers robbery

Pocatello, ID: Man allegedly involved in high speed chase after Walgreens Armed Robbery appears in court



Auto - Temple Hills, MD - Burglary
Auto - Douglasville, GA - Burglary
C-Store - Austin, MN - Armed Robbery
C-Store- Lake Charles, LA - Burglary
Check Cashing - Bridgeton, NJ - Armed Robbery
Hardware - South Windsor, CT - Burglary
Jewelry - Pikeville, KY - Robbery
Jewelry - Honolulu, HI - Robbery
Jewelry - New Orleans, LA - Burglary
Jewelry - Aurora, CO - Burglary
Jewelry - Colorado Springs, CO - Burglary
Jewelry - Orlando, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Jackson, TN - Robbery
Jewelry - Lynnwood, WA - Burglary
Jewelry - Albuquerque, NM - Burglary
Jewelry - Pueblo, CO - Robbery
Jewelry - Colonial Park, PA - Burglary
Restaurant - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Restaurant - Fullerton, CA - Burglary
Tobacco - New York, NY - Armed Robbery
UPS Store - East Hempfield Township, PA - Burglary
Vape - New Orleans , LA - Burglary
Walgreens - Pocatello, ID - Armed Robbery
Walmart - San Antonio, TX - Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 10 robberies
• 14 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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Region Asset Protection Manager-Southwest Florida
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Loss Prevention Specialists (Store Detective)
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Being engaged in the business of your retailer is a critical element for every Loss Prevention executive. For decades, our industry has often been accused of being silo'ed and separate from the operators and the merchants. This separateness in many cases ultimately leads to a disconnect, a sense that we aren't part of the team. Which in actuality, regardless of your performance, it can lead to your job being eliminated or just you being replaced with someone new. So the real question is: How do you become engaged in the business and truly add value to the company's success beyond reducing shrink? And then having the courage to go make it happen. We all tend to stay in our comfort zones and remain safe. At least that's what we think. But at the end of the day, it's that comfort zone that can actually increase your risk. So the next time you're in a corporate meeting or traveling stores with your operators or merchants, go beyond with your comments and opinions - take a risk - add some value - help them run the business - you might be surprised.  

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