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Tesco may pull the plug on the US venture Fresh and Easy chain. Tesco has indicated that it could pull the plug on its American Fresh & Easy supermarket chain if it continues to make a loss. Chief executive Philip Clarke made the comments at the supermarket’s AGM on Friday where shareholders criticized the supermarket giant for failing to stem losses at the chain which has not made a profit since launching in 2007. "If we see there is no chance of success, we’ll do as we’ve just done in Japan," Clarke said referring to last month’s announcement that the supermarket had entered a deal to exit from the Japanese market. (source

Walmart suspends dealing with its largest Seafood Supplier over alleged workers rights violations. CJ’s Seafood of Louisiana was Walmart’s largest supplier of crawfish, but recent allegations show the company abused its workers forcing them to work 24 hour shifts and threatened them if they complained to authorities. CJ’s Seafood employed 50-60 migrant workers, the company now facing investigations from both OSHA and the Department of Labor. If the allegations are found to be true, Walmart will cut all ties with CJ Seafood. (source

The Glen shopping center in Glenview, Illinois will remain business as usual, facing $56 million dollar debts. The Glen Town Center has not made a payment to creditors since 2009 and facing foreclosure, but businesses are doing fine at the former property of the US Navy. The retail area is anchored by Von Maur department store and Dick's Sporting Goods, and features a 10-screen movie theater and Kohl Children's Museum, all of which are exempt from the suit. The shopping center has a 92 percent occupancy rate and lease rates near $18 per square foot, which analysts said are respectable for area "lifestyle centers," according to real estate information company CoStar Group. (source

Texas becomes latest state to tax online retailers. Texas joins eight other states in taking legislative action requiring online-only retailers, notably, to collect sales tax. Online retailers will have to collect sales tax in Texas beginning July 1. Eight states have followed Texas' lead and passed legislation or taken administrative action in the past year to help level the retail playing field by requiring online retailers like Amazon to collect sales tax. California and Pennsylvania are next up, with both states requiring Amazon to collect sales tax in September. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell recently struck agreements with Amazon in their respective states, with Amazon beginning sales tax collection next year. "States are leading the charge to level the playing field, but can only go so far to close the sales tax loophole on their own -- it's time for Congress to act," said Kennedy. "Congress should act this year to pass the Marketplace Equity Act in the House, and the Marketplace Fairness Act in the Senate." To date, fifteen Republican governors have called on Congress to act. (source

UPS 5.9% and FedEx 6.9% Sets Freight Rate Increase. Con-Way Inc., YRC Freight and ABF Freight, an average rate hike of 6.9% went into effect June 25. UPS Freight, the less-than-truckload unit of UPS Inc. said it was raising its rates an average 5.9%, effective July 16. Less than truckload (LTL) shipments generally takes up only part of a truck trailer and involves shipping bulky items of 150 pounds or more. Trucking companies typically consolidate loads from multiple shippers in a single LTL trailer. The rate increase covers non-contractual shipments in the United States, Canada and Mexico, UPS said in a statement. (source

Shopping Mall in London hoping for Gold. The Westfield Mall was built as part of the public’s transport hub for all the Olympic events. It is estimated that several million people will need to stroll through the mall on their way to the different Olympic venues. Security will of course be a major concern. Last week a man was stabbed to death on the ground floor of the mall, nine men were arrested. (source

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Fire in mall kills 10 in China; 16 others injured. A state news agency says the death toll from a weekend fire in a mall in northern China has risen to 10. The official Xinhua News Agency says 16 others were slightly hurt in the fire that broke out in a commercial mall just north of the coastal business city of Tianjin. It said the fire burned for about seven hours before it was put out. Xinhua says the cause is still being investigated. (source

click to watch videoOwner of a Kentucky Flea market shoots at robbery suspects. A woman was shot by the owner of a flea market early Sunday morning after the business was broken into in Georgetown. Samantha Johnson, 21, was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital after the shooting that was reported shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday. The hospital spokeswoman had no information about Johnson's condition Monday morning. Police arrived at 150 Edwards Avenue and found that Marion Criswell, the owner of Georgetown Vendors Mall, who also lives there, had fired shots from a .22-caliber revolver that struck Johnson. Criswell was awoken by the sound of a large rock being thrown through the door of his store. (source (source
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Tacoma Police still seeking the identity of Hide in the store iPad thief. The Target store estimated that it lost nearly $15,000 of iPads and accessories, to a man who was hiding in the closed store. At midnight, the suspect came out of hiding and smashed the store’s display cases and packed the electronics into luggage, then smashed out the glass of the front door of the store to escape. Police recovered one of the suitcases, but the suspect is still at large. (source

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Man arrested after firing shots during cell phone store robbery. Charlotte Police have tracked down a suspect who they said held up a cell phone store and fired his gun inside. Officers charged Christopher Lee Wilkes with robbery with a dangerous weapon. Customers were inside the store and Wilkes was wearing a mask during the robbery. The store owner said Wilkes started shooting, but he was able to knock the gun away. (source


The inside story comes out in court, of the detailed planning of a grocery store robbery in Indiana. The father and son suspects are now behind bars, but the details and time they put into the robbery attempt have come out in court this past week in Indiana. Details of the lay-out of the building, what to do and even what to wear were all carefully planned prior to what was a very short successful hold-up. Police made the apprehension of the two suspects at their home. The plans were turned over to police by the suspect’s grandmother who found the notes in the suspect’s pants pocket. (source

Arrest made after man attempts to steal television from an Alabama Walmart. One man was arrested Sunday morning after attempting to steal a flat screen television from Walmart in Huntsville. An employee with Walmart notified a Huntsville Police officer around 12:30 a.m. that a man was attempting to leave the store with the television without paying. Police said Walter Hicks shoved the officer and ran off, but after a short pursuit the officer caught up with Hicks and arrested him. Hicks is being charged with third degree robbery. (source

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Nordstrom’s Distribution Center hit for $60,000 by a warehouse contract employee. Donnell Norman had the access of moving goods from the store’s delivery trucks to his own personal vehicle. Norman was taking 15 minute smoke breaks, but it was later revealed he even lied about that, he doesn’t smoke. When police searched Norman’s home they recovered nearly $40,000 of merchandise, most displayed in a showcase in his dining room. $20,000 of product had already been sold. (source

RILA Announces New Chairs and Vice Chairs for Asset Protection Committees


This past spring, RILA was proud to introduce six new leaders of its asset protection committees. The Crimes Against Business (CAB) Committee announced new Chair Mark McClain, director of asset protection investigations at Walmart, and Vice Chair John Hawthorne, senior LP manager at Publix Super Markets.

RILA is also excited to welcome Ryan Williams, senior manager of environmental health and safety at The Home Depot, and Nadine Lajeune, director of safety and hazmat at Sears Holdings, as chair and vice chair of RILA’s Workplace Safety Committee.

Finally, Mike Rackley, formerly of Target, concluded his tenure as chair of RILA’s Disaster Recovery & Preparedness (DRAP) Committee. Vice Chair, Jim Waldrop, manager of corporate crisis and emergency operations at Sears Holdings, ascended to chair and Bryan Strawser, group manager of global crisis management, has assumed the role of committee vice chair.

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Multistate print cartridge shoplifting ring caught in Tilton, New Hampshire. Three men from New York were arrested, and a fourth man was being sought on Friday night. Police are searching for Dwayne Dollar, 27. They said he escaped as police swarmed the Staples store in Tilton late Friday. Police said the suspects are wanted in thefts of toner cartridges from Staples stores in at least four New England states. It has been a costly crime wave over the past week, with more than $100,000 in toner cartridges stolen in New Jersey alone, according to police. "They would target toner, at $100 a box or $200 a box, and they were averaging between $2,000 to $3,000 per store in thefts every time they hit," Tilton police Chief Robert Cormier said. Investigators said by the time the four suspected thieves walked into the Staples in Tilton on Friday night, the store was already expecting them. Officials said the men tried to flee, but police were already in the shopping plaza on another call. Police arrested three men, all from Brooklyn, as they tried to get away. (source

Razor blades, Prilosec and Advil theft from Pennsylvania Walmart gets 22 people indicted. Six thousand dollars in razor blades, Prilosec and Advil were tied to at least two men who were witnessed stealing a tote of products then throwing them into an awaiting car. On June 13th two of the 22 ring members were indicted of fifth degree felony theft charges. The pair of thieves are believed to be tied to the same type of incident in nearby West Virginia where $5,000 of merchandise was taken. (source

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