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Jennalee Mihulka promoted to Manager - Store Safety for Casey's

Jennalee has been with Casey's for nearly three years, starting with the company in 2020 as Occupational Safety Health Specialist. Before her promotion to Manager - Store Safety, she served as Risk Analyst for a year. Earlier in her career, she held Occupational Therapist roles with multiple companies. Congratulations, Jennalee!

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Summer 2023 Weekend Shooting Analysis
Crime & Violence in America's Big Cities

Big City Violence Continues to Drop Compared to Last Summer

1,496 Shootings - 409 Killed - 1,577 Injured in 15 Cities Over Last 14 Weekends
Shootings (down 10%), deaths (down 19%) and injuries (down 9%) have all declined from 2022

The D&D Daily's Big City Weekend Violence Study - Memorial Day to Labor Day

The Daily's annual study analyzes weekend s hooting data in 15 major U.S. cities from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend 2023

Starting Memorial Day Weekend, the D&D Daily compiled and analyzed data from 15 major U.S. cities to get a snapshot of summer gun violence.

Over this past weekend, from August 25th through August 27th, there were 91 shootings recorded in these 15 big cities, resulting in 27 deaths and 96 injuries.

In total, over the past 14 weekends, these cities have recorded 1,496 shootings, resulting in 409 deaths and 1,577 injuries.

Compared to last summer at this time in the study, total shootings in these cities are down 10%, deaths are down 19%, and injuries are down 9%.

The D&D Daily will continue to track this data throughout the summer to capture the weekend violence trend in our nation's big cities as warm weather typically brings about more crime and violence.

Click here to see the list of incidents per city and follow along each week as this spreadsheet will be updated every Monday. docs.google.com

Read more coverage about America's crime and violence surge in the section directly below

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Retail Settings Continue to See Deadly Mass Shooting Attacks 

DOJ Investigating Racist Attack That Left 3 Dead at Dollar General Store
The shooter donned a bulletproof vest and mask before heading to the Dollar General store

Jacksonville shooter tried to enter historically Black college before killing 3 in Dollar General store
A White gunman who opened fire in a Jacksonville Dollar General store, killing three Black people in what law enforcement called a racially motivated attack, first tried to enter the campus of nearby historically Black college but was turned away, according to a notice from the school.

The man, identified on Sunday as 21-year-old Ryan Christopher Palmeter from Clay County, Fla., was denied entry to Edward Waters University by a security officer, and local law enforcement was alerted. "The individual refused to identify themselves and was asked to leave," said the statement, adding that the person "returned to his car without incident."

Palmeter donned a bulletproof vest and mask before heading to the Dollar General store less than a mile away and opening fire, Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters (R) said in an interview on CNN on Saturday. Armed with an AR-15-type rifle inscribed with German Nazi insignia and a handgun, he killed two male victims, ages 19 and 29, inside the store, and one female victim, age 52, in the car park outside at the store before fatally shooting himself.

The shooter believed to have acted alone and did not know the victims. Local law enforcement said that he "hated Black people" and left behind evidence that the attack was racially motivated. Around 30 percent of Jacksonville's 970,000 residents are Black.

Waters said in a Saturday news conference said Palmeter detailed a "disgusting ideology of hate" toward Black people in several manifestos that he wrote before the attack. The FBI's Jacksonville office is investigating the shooting as a hate crime, the agency said in a statement posted on social media.

"The Justice Department is investigating this attack as a hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism," Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement on Sunday. He also extended condolences to "the loved ones of the victims and to the Jacksonville community as they mourn an unimaginable loss." washingtonpost.com  jacksonville.com

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California, Texas & Florida Face Greatest Mass Shooting Risk in U.S.

Mass Shootings Steadily Increased Over Last 50 Years-And Big States Like California And Texas Face Highest Risk, Study Finds
As the number of mass shootings in the U.S. continues to steadily increase, the most populous states face the highest risk, as do certain locations such as workplaces or retail locations, a study out Tuesday found, after researchers assessed more than 60 years of data to predict the risk of future tragedies.

The rate of mass shootings has been steadily increasing over the past 50 years, Cameron MacKenzie, an Iowa State University professor and co-author of the study, said, adding that the number of mass shootings in the U.S. has increased by about one shooting every 10 years since the 1970's.

The states that have the greatest risk of a mass shooting are the most populous states-California, Texas, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania-and together they account for 44% of all mass shootings, the study published in the journal Risk Analysis found.

Using that data from the Violence Project researchers calculated the probability a mass shooting would occur in nine different types of public locations-restaurant, school, workplace, house of worship, retail, college or university, government building, place of residence, or the outdoors-in California and Iowa.

In both Iowa and California, the location with the highest risk of a mass shooting was a workplace, followed by retail location and restaurant, bar or nightclub. forbes.com

Theft is the Hottest Topic in Retail
How 'shrink' became the biggest story in retail

Retail theft, or "shrink," as business executives put it, has run wild.

In waves of earnings calls, references to shrink resemble the retail industry's upside-down version of mentioning AI. But instead of generating hype, citing shrink softens the blow of sinking profits.

The most prominent mention of shrink in recent weeks came from Dick's Sporting Goods. The theme of missing merchandise also featured in recent calls from Dollar Tree, Macy's, Home Depot, and Target.

Analysts say the trend reflects a real problem for retailers, and one that they are taking steps to prevent. And as executives continue to hammer on the industry-wide threat coming from shrink, the concept has gathered momentum and can work as a crutch for explaining weaker financial performance.

Growing 'shrink'

Jonathan Simon, a criminal justice professor at UC Berkeley School of Law, said businesses probably do have relatively accurate estimates of how much their inventory is shrinking due to theft. And that it's possible retail theft has increased partially because of online resale platforms, which serve as a conduit for organized theft for profit.

"But businesses also have an incentive to place more emphasis on theft as it shifts the responsibility for business shrinkage - never a good look to investors or customers - to an abstract but blameworthy factor like organized crime," he said.

Beyond the 'smash and grab'

The dramatic crime figures and sensationalized videos that have drawn broader public attention have also invited criticism that the problem might be overblown. Janine Stichter, a research analyst covering consumer retail and lifestyle platforms at BTIG, said citing shrink figures isn't something that you can fake for very long.

Stichter sees the timing of shrink's big moment in earnings calls, which picked up at the end of last year, as coinciding with price increases and a weaker economic environment, highlighting a link between crime and a tougher economy. finance.yahoo.com

   RELATED: Nordstrom stock reverses gains as execs warn about 'historic' retail theft

Anti-Theft / LP Measures Are Working
Ulta says locked fragrance cabinets are helping sales

The cases, which are in about half of the beauty retailer's stores, are reducing theft and keeping product in stock.

Ulta Beauty continued its sales streak in the second quarter, with a 10% jump in net sales to $2.5 billion. Comps grew 8% thanks to increased transactions, according to a Thursday press release. Both operating and net income nudged slightly up in the quarter, with net income reaching just over $300 million. Ulta called out shrink again as a challenge to profit, but the retailer is taking action to prevent it.

After indicating in May that it would put fragrances behind locked cases to combat theft, the retailer has rolled out those fixtures to about half of its stores and is seeing sales improve as a result, Chief Operating Officer Kecia Steelman said on a call with analysts.

Ulta executives discussed increased theft in detail this spring, saying incidents had become more violent and aggressive. Now, with locked fragrance cases in about 50% of its stores, the retailer said there hasn't been a negative impact on shoppers yet.

"We actually saw sales improvement because we were in stock with the product and we had it available to the guests," Steelman said on an earnings call Thursday. "We're also investing in labor because we don't want to be sales preventative from the guests being able to purchase ... The bottom line is that we're pleased that we're able to maintain our in-stocks for our guests, and quite frankly, keep the bad actors from coming into our stores."

CEO Dave Kimbell touted double-digit traffic growth in the quarter, and said the beauty retailer saw growth in every major category it sells. The retailer continues to expand its brick-and-mortar presence, opening three new stores in the quarter and 62 shop-in-shops at Target. Ulta is now located in 421 Target stores, Kimbell said. retaildive.com

'Our goal is not to prosecute'
'A work in progress': The 'Citation Docket' meant to reduce Baltimore's petty crime is off to slow start
When State's Attorney Ivan Bates started the "Citation Docket," he touted it as distinguishing him from his predecessor, Marilyn Mosby, also a Democrat, who discontinued the prosecution of low-level offenses. Bates said the goal was to avoid arrests and prosecutions, instead diverting defendants to community service and wraparound help.

"Our goal is not to prosecute," Bates said at the time, asking for patience as he rolled out the program and dealt with any initial hiccups. "Our goal is to hold people accountable for these quality-of-life crimes."

Critics remain concerned Bates' policy will lead to unnecessary arrests and prosecutions that won't make Baltimore, which has averaged more than 300 homicides a year for the last eight years, safer. They predict long-term trends will show enforcement disproportionately targeting marginalized communities, and describe a host of consequences from summoning someone to court for loitering, trespassing and open containers.

"Bringing police back into the business of policing low-level offenses means, by definition, bringing them back into address poverty, mental health struggles, addiction, when we know that criminal justice intervention is not the most effective response to those challenges," said Heather Warnken, director of the University of Baltimore School of Law's Center for Criminal Justice Reform. "We are creating unnecessary interactions and ongoing inequities." baltimoresun.com

Teenage Retail Violence Continues
Hundreds of teenagers at scene of brawls in Emeryville, 1 stabbed in mall melee
Brawls broke out and at least one person was stabbed after hundreds of teenagers swarmed the Bay Street shopping complex in Emeryville on Sunday, police said.

The unrest began around 4:30 p.m. when workers at an unidentified business at the East Bay mall reported that about 50 young adults were "causing a disturbance" inside the store, Oliver Collins, a captain with the Emeryville Police Department, said in a statement Sunday evening. Officers responded to escort the youth out of the store, Collins said.

Over the next hours, however, several fights erupted as hundreds of additional teenagers packed the mall, police said. After the initial skirmish, a group of "about 100 young adults" showed up at the mall, Collins said. They were followed by an additional "100 to 150 more" teenagers, according to estimates of officers dispatched to patrol the area, he said. sfchronicle.com

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San Francisco's Ongoing War on Crime & Homelessness

San Francisco's Tale of Two Cities
Despite Soaring Retail Vacancies, Luxury Thrives in Downtown San Francisco
Concerns about crime and declining foot traffic in recent years have spurred a mass exodus of stores from the area around Union Square, San Francisco's best-known shopping district. Downtown retailers from Anthropologie to Crate and Barrel to Nordstrom have shut their doors. The area has quadruple the retail vacancy rate of San Francisco overall.

But it's a different story for the luxury sector.

A handful of high-end brands aren't just holding on in Downtown-they are expanding. Along with luxury brands, services and restaurants that cater to a clientele with deep pockets are also opening for business.

Retailers are also clinging to a silver lining in the form of recent numbers showing tourism has been roaring back in the city.

Union Square has enjoyed a comeback since the bleak days of the pandemic, with a 22% jump in foot traffic since last year. Visitor spending is also expected to continue to grow in 2023, up from the $522 million in tourism-generated fees and tax revenue delivered to the city last year, according to a report by the city's official visitor bureau, San Francisco Travel.

Visitors better be ready to spend when they get here sfstandard.com

Cleaning Up San Francisco Faces Opposition
Tenants Want Homeless Sweeps Back

Dueling rallies show homelessness divides SF more than ever
Opposing sides of San Francisco converged at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday morning for a hearing about one of the major flashpoints embroiling The City: how to best serve its unhoused population. Oral arguments in the ongoing legal battle between The City and the Coalition on Homelessness were made Wednesday over illegal street sweeps of homeless encampments.

The coalition filed a lawsuit against The City in September, alleging that officials were conducting illegal street sweeps of homeless encampments without offering unhoused people adequate alternatives to shelter. In December, Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu issued an injunction against The City, ordering officials to suspend certain sweeps of homeless encampments, offer adequate shelter and catalog unclaimed belongings.

In the months since, the coalition has accused The City of not abiding by the injunction, a claim that City Attorney David Chiu disputed earlier this summer. The fight has put Mayor London Breed and several city supervisors at odds with the coalition and several advocacy groups. Prior to the hearing, the two groups gathered in front of the courthouse to rally for or against the lawsuit. sfexaminer.com

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The Facial Recognition Surge Continues
Face biometrics adoption hits another gear

Face biometrics rollouts are proliferating for popular consumer products and services

Top biometrics news of the week

Major League Baseball fans became able to use facial recognition instead of presenting tickets or scanning their phones to enter the ballpark in Philadelphia this past Monday, in a pilot implementation.

California is taking the next step in the rollout of its mobile driver's license by launching an app featuring iProov's face biometrics and liveness detection. The mDL can be added to the dedicated app on iOS or Android devices, but not to their native mobile wallets.

Fingerprint biometrics are being adopted by banks around the world to make onboarding and authentication at branches and ATMs secure and compliant.

Corsight Chief Privacy Officer Tony Porter decries the use of an evaluation from 2019 which has already been updated as evidence that facial recognition algorithms are generally biased in another Biometric Update guest post. Even using the old version of the NIST FRVT for demographics, advocates often misrepresent the conclusions that can be drawn from it, Porter points out.

Troubled social media platform X is introducing selfie biometrics from Au10tix to verify the identity of premium service subscribers, and seemingly as an option for other users. The site formerly known as Twitter is undergoing changes with the ambition of becoming a super-app. Microsoft is also introducing identity verification for advertisers using document checks.

LinkedIn is expanding its use of selfie biometrics from Clear to Canada, in the first rollout behind its U.S. base.

The Spark platform used by Walmart delivery drivers has reportedly responded to an identity fraud problem by implementing selfie biometrics checks with Persona's technology. biometricupdate.com

Targeting Sticking to Its Guns on Hybrid Work Despite Pushback
Businesses are pressuring Target to force its employees to return to the office - and it's more evidence that companies can't win in the remote work wars

Target is sticking to a flexible hybrid work schedule for employees at its Minneapolis headquarters.

Companies from Amazon to Goldman Sachs are forcing employees back to their corporate offices. But not Target. Corporate employees at Target aren't subject to a company-wide return to office mandate, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported on Thursday.

Managers can set requirements for their teams under Target's policy, but workers are subject to what Target calls a "flex your day" approach, the Journal reported. That means employees can pursue a hybrid schedule instead of having to come into an office for a certain number of days each week.

But many businesses in Minneapolis, Target's hometown, aren't thrilled by the policy, the Journal reported.

In downtown Minneapolis, where the retailer has its corporate headquarters, restaurant owners say that food traffic is still down significantly compared to before the pandemic. The difference is especially pronounced around lunchtime on weekdays.

"We've lost an arm and a leg staying put and waiting for downtown to get back," David Fhima, who owns two restaurants in downtown Minneapolis, told the Journal. "We're done waiting. We're calling on Target: Do your part, please." businessinsider.com

Store closing announcements up, along with retail bankruptcies
In the first six months of calendar 2023, significant U.S. retailers announced plans to open about 3,420 new stores, down sharply from about 5,080 announced openings in last year's first half, according to analytical work by The Daily on Retail, an investor-oriented consumer research platform. Retailers announced plans to close about 3,365 stores, nearly four times higher than the approximately 895 store closings announced in the first and second quarters of 2022.

The drop in opening announcements and jump in closing announcements reflect the tougher consumer backdrop after two very good years with the benefit from pandemic-related stimulus in 2021 and excess pandemic savings in 2022, as well as the strong labor market in both years. nrf.com

Starbucks is experimenting with 'scanless checkout' for drive-through users
Starbucks is testing a new way for customers to pay for their favorite beverages - without even having to pull out their phone. The company confirmed an internal test of "scanless pay," a new contactless checkout method that would leverage a Starbucks app's user's current geolocation to identify them in the drive-through lane so they wouldn't have to pull out their phone to pay. The experience is currently only being tested as a proof-of-concept with Starbucks employees, the company told TechCrunch. It doesn't have a set date as to when such a feature would launch to consumers, or even if it will. techcrunch.com

Hurricane watch issued for Florida Gulf Coast as Idalia gains strength
The storm could rapidly intensify over the eastern gulf before making landfall Tuesday into Wednesday

Aldi deal to buy Winn-Dixie doesn't include pharmacies

The Fresh Market set to scale store fleet by 14% over 2 years

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Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Vice President, Physical Security, Health, Safety, and Environment job posted for Richemont in Shelton, CT
The VP; Physical Security, Health, Safety, and Environment leads these combined functions (PSHSE) for the Richemont Americas Region, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. The role oversees all related activities for the Region's coporate offices, retail boutiques, and operational facilities, leading the development, implementation, and advancement of PSHSE strategies, polices, and practices, in partnership with Group Security and Region leaders, and providing thought leadership and best-practices insights to protect employees and customers, and physical and intellectual assets (excluding information technology). jobs.richemont.com

Director, Security job posted for Walmart in Bentonville, AR
Provides overall direction by analyzing business objectives and customer needs; developing, communicating, building support for, and implementing business strategies, plans, and practices; analyzing costs and forecasts and incorporating them into business plans; determining and supporting resource requirements; evaluating operational processes; measuring outcomes to ensure desired results; identifying and capitalizing on improvement opportunities; promoting a customer environment; and demonstrating adaptability and sponsoring continuous learning. walmart.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com

Manager, Asset Protection Solutions job posted for Walgreens in Woodland, CA
Manages safety and security programs, procedures, techniques, and equipment related to DC and Central Pharmacy facility employees. Proactively identifies, investigates and reports potential and actual exposure to loss of Company assets. Develops means to minimize risk, ensure compliance to Company policy and provide guidance to DC store/personnel on detecting and preventing loss. jobs.walgreens.com

Division Asset Protection Manager job posted for Casey's in Sioux Falls, SD
As a Division Asset Protection Manager, you'll investigate, manage, resolve, and coordinate all asset protection, shrink and waste, and safety functions in the stores within your assigned division (approximately 500 store locations). As a Division Asset Protection Manager, you'll partner with all levels of Store Operations to ensure shrinkage and waste programs are implemented and achieving maximum effectiveness, as well as being the leader for all critical incidents and responses. recruiting.adp.com

Cyber Security Manager job posted for Jushi Holdings in Boca Raton, FL
Responsible for developing IT security governance and managing cyber security, data protection and the IT components of HIPAA and Sox programs as well as drafting, reviewing and/or implementing policies and procedures supporting same. Develop and deliver IT security standards, best practices, architecture, and systems to ensure information system security across the enterprise. Implement procedures and methods for auditing and addressing risk and non-compliance to information security standards. Jushi Holdings Inc. is a national, multi-state cannabis company developing and operating high-end retail locations, premium brands and state-of-the-art cultivation, processing and manufacturing facilities. indeed.com

Last week's #1 article --

Dollar Tree Becomes Latest Retailer to Blame Theft for Profit Slump
Theft has "definitely advanced a little further than what we had anticipated"

Dollar Tree says theft is such a problem it will start locking up items or stop selling them altogether
Dollar Tree had a miserable quarter, and company management is chalking it up to a mix of factors: changing consumer demands on top of higher prices for fuel and electricity ... and theft. The company's chief executive and chief financial officer homed in on that last one on a call with Wall Street analysts Thursday.

Dollar Tree CEO Richard Dreiling and CFO Jeffrey Davis blamed a surprisingly large drop in gross profit margin - tumbling to 29.8% last quarter from 32.7% a year earlier - on "shrink," the industry term for inventory losses due to theft, damages and other causes.

Davis said the company has taken steps to fix the problem, but the shrink issue is getting worse - and "definitely advanced a little further than what we had anticipated." In response, Dreiling said Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores, which the company also owns, will take more drastic measures in the coming months cbsnews.com

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Zoom Collecting Your Data to Train Their AI
Vendors Training AI With Customer Data is an Enterprise Risk

While Zoom has scrapped plans to harvest customer content for use in its AI and ML models, the incident should raise concerns for enterprises and consumers a like.

Zoom received some flak recently for planning to use customer data to train its machine learning models. The reality, however, is that the video conferencing company is not the first, nor will it be the last, to have similar plans.

Enterprises-especially those busy integrating AI tools for internal use-should be viewing these potential plans as emerging challenges which need to be proactively addressed with new processes, oversight and technology controls where possible.

Abandoned AI Plans

Zoom earlier this year changed its terms of service to give itself the right to use at least some customer content to train their AI and machine learning models. In early August the company abandoned that change after pushback from some customers who were concerned about their audio, video, chat and other communications being used fin this way.

The incident-despite the happy ending for now-is a reminder that companies need to pay closer attention to how technology vendors and other third parties might use their data in the rapidly emerging AI era.

Clear Distinction

It's a distinction that is already the focus of attention in a handful of lawsuits involving major technology companies and consumers. One of them pits Google against a class of millions of consumers. The lawsuit filed July in San Francisco accuses Google of scraping publicly available data on the Internet-including personal and professional information, creative and copywritten works, photos and even emails-and using them to train its Bard generative AI technology. "In the words of the FTC, the entire tech industry is "sprinting to do the same" - that is, to vacuum up as much data as they can find," the lawsuit alleged.

Another class action lawsuit accuses Microsoft of doing precisely the same thing to train ChatGPT and other AI tools such as Dall.E and Vall.E. In July, comedian Sarah Silverman and two authors accused Meta and Microsoft of using their copyrighted material without consent for AI training purposes.

Oversight and Due Diligence: darkreading.com

Small Businesses Targeted by Ransomware
Ransomware With an Identity Crisis Targets Small Businesses, Individuals

TZW is the latest version of Adhubllka, which has been active since 2019 but has gone largely unreported due to its lower ransom demands.

AdvertisementResearchers have identified a new strain of ransomware that dates back to 2019 and targets individuals and small businesses, demanding small ransoms from each client rather than the often million-dollar sums that typical ransomware actors ask.

TZW is the latest strain of the Adhubllka ransomware family, which first appeared in January 2020 but already was active the year before, researchers from security and operations analytics firm Netenrich revealed in a blog post published this week.

Even more important than the discovery of the strain is the process that researchers undertook to identify it correctly. Over the years, many of the samples of Adhubllka have been misclassified and/or mistagged into some other ransomware family, says Rakesh Krishnan, senior threat analyst at Netenrich.

"This would confuse threat hunters/security researchers while doing an incident report," he says. Indeed, researchers report that multiple engines had previously detected TZW but found traces of other malware, such as CryptoLocker, in the sample. darkreading.com

Fighting the Deepfake Scourge
Unleashing the power of liveness detection: A game-changer in the battle against deepfakes
The generative AI revolution is here. With its ability to augment human intelligence and effort in a wide variety of fields including healthcare, robotics and creative endeavors, it is no wonder that the global market for generative AI is predicted to be $110 billion by 2030. However, this rapidly advancing technology also starts to seriously question whether the image, audio or video that you just experienced is real or an AI-generated deepfake. Deepfakes have the potential to cause significant harm by spreading misinformation, manipulating public opinion, and eroding trust.

One recent example is Senator Blumenthal's opening remarks at the Senate hearing on AI, in which he began by speaking with his voice and eventually switched to a deepfake impersonation of his voice. It was used to highlight how deepfakes are becoming more sophisticated and harder to detect. Deepfakes also can upend the determination of remote identity either when someone opens or accesses an account. In either of these cases, biometrics have been used to successfully safeguard accounts from fraudulent financial transactions, fraudulent access to healthcare records and identity theft. Biometrics answers the question, incredibly conveniently and accurately, whether it is the right human opening or accessing the account. With deepfakes, biometrics need to be augmented to answer a precursor question, which is, is this even a human opening or accessing an account or a machine?

One of the most promising technologies for augmenting biometrics and combating deepfakes is liveness detection, a technique leveraging attributes that come naturally to humans but are hard for machines to replicate at scale over sustained periods. biometricupdate.com

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New Types of E-Commerce Loss & Risk Emerge
A better way to understand the ecommerce risk landscape

New report, typography identifies and measures ecommerce losses

The growth of omnichannel retail has given rise to new types of ecommerce-related loss and risks, including fraudulent returns, payment fraud and non-delivery losses. To combat the losses associated with these and other ecommerce risks, retailers need a way to understand the full landscape of loss that needs to be controlled.

ECR Retail Loss commissioned Adrian Beck, emeritus professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester, to develop an ecommerce loss typology to better understand how retail businesses are affected by losses in the ecommerce space.

"This report confirms the continued convergence between asset protection, cybersecurity and digital payment teams, and the need to build a cross-functional approach to ecommerce fraud prevention," says David Johnston, vice president of asset protection and retail operations at NRF.

In particular, Beck's typology, built upon his Total Retail Loss typology, creates a definition of ecommerce loss that differentiates between outcomes and events considered to be the "costs" of doing business and those which can be regarded as "losses." The typology also identifies, categorizes and measures the range of losses associated with ecommerce retailing.

The challenges of ecommerce retailing

Ecommerce retailing inherently is a process-heavy operation, Beck pointed out, which means layers of complexity compared with bricks-and-mortar organizations. "It's just more processes required to get orders in, processed and delivered," he said. "When you have extra process, you typically have extra problems in terms of managing those processes and generating potential loss."

Retailers are no longer looking at local offenders. Instead, they are facing a global offender pool. In addition, knowledge and information about potential cracks in an ecommerce system can be communicated and shared much more quickly and much more widely among this larger offender pool.

Data holds the key

On the plus side, the ecommerce retail environment is more data-rich than a traditional retail environment, which could put retailers in a stronger position.

Beck said his typography and the associated report, "Developing a Framework for Understanding and Measuring Ecommerce Losses in Retailing," is meant to truly help retailers "understand the size of the prize," or the scale of loss that is associated with ecommerce. "And critically, then that gives you something to chase after in terms of what loss prevention and loss prevention teams can begin to do."  nrf.com

Amazon's Return-to-Office Battle
In leaked recording, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy wouldn't share data for his controversial RTO mandate. Said it was a 'judgement' call, like launching AWS.
During an internal fireside chat last week, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy was pressed by an employee to share data that supports his return-to-office mandate, which requires most corporate staff to work at assigned Amazon offices three days a week, or leave the company.

But instead of offering data points, Jassy described the company's controversial return-to-office mandate as a "judgment" call and compared it to other major decisions that weren't widely supported by data in the past, like the launch of the Amazon Web Services cloud unit, according to a recording of the meeting obtained by Insider.

He also cited Amazon's move into the third-party marketplace businesses, as well as the decision to ban Powerpoints from company meetings, as examples that lacked "perfect data" but worked out well. AWS's launch in 2006, for example, raised eyebrows because it was an unproven business model, with no direct ties to Amazon's core retail segment. businessinsider.com

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Los Angeles, CA: Undercover Police Sting Thieves At East L.A. Nike Store, Arrest 10 In Ongoing Retail Crime War
Score one for the good guys. In the ongoing battle against organized retail theft at Los Angeles County stores, police arrested 10 people during a two-day undercover operation at the Nike Community Store in East Los Angeles. The arrests were made Thursday and Friday, and more than $3,000 of recovered merchandise was returned to Nike, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Detectives with an LASD burglary-robbery task force worked with the East Los Angeles Station Crime Enforcement Team, Summer Enforcement Team and Nike Loss Prevention on various surveillance operations "to apprehend suspects, deter criminal activity, and protect life and property at the Nike Community Store in East Los Angeles," the department said.  deadline.com

San Joaquin County, CA: Detectives investigating organized retail thefts at Stockton Sephora witness another attempt
Three women are facing charges in connection with organized retail theft at a Sephora in Stockton that happened while detectives were in the store, authorities said. The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office said the detectives were investigating previous thefts at the store at Lincoln Center last week. Two women were recognized by store employees. The workers told the detectives that the women had stolen items before. The sheriff's office said detectives watched as the women walked around the store, putting stuff into their bags then walked out without paying. The detectives gave patrol deputies a heads-up about what was happening. The deputies then found the suspects' car in a nearby parking lot and all three women were arrested. Deputies said they found the stolen merchandise worth more than $3,000 in the trunk. All three women were booked on felony grand theft, organized retail crime and conspiracy.  kcra.com

California AG Announces Charges Against 4 Suspects in 'Smash-and-Grab' Robberies
California Attorney General Rob Bonta Friday announced arrests and charges against four people allegedly involved in "smash-and-grab" robberies carried out at high-end retail stores in Los Angeles and Riverside counties earlier this month. The suspects are accused of being members of an organized retail theft ring that planned the attacks and burglaries at a Burberry, a Nordstrom, and a Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) store between August 1 and August 12. Their crime spree resulted in more than $750,000 in losses to the stores. Today, the California Department of Justice (DOJ) filed multiple felony charges, including grand theft and second-degree robbery, against the suspects. "Organized retail theft harms businesses, retailers, and consumers - and puts the public at risk," said Attorney General Bonta. "I want to thank our local law enforcement partners for their work in apprehending the suspects in this case. The California Department of Justice and its partners will continue fighting to keep our communities, businesses, and consumers safe from retail theft and other crimes." The suspects in this case are alleged to have taken part in a coordinated series of crimes that involved breaking into stores across Southern California, destroying property and stealing merchandise. The alleged crimes included:

A burglary and theft of $97,000 of merchandise at a Burberry outlet store in Riverside County on August 1, involving two of the suspects;

A robbery of approximately $300,000 of merchandise at a YSL store at the Americana Mall in Glendale, Los Angeles County, on August 8, involving two of the suspects; and

A robbery of approximately $356,000 of merchandise at a Nordstrom store in Topanga Mall in Los Angeles on August 12, involving three of the suspects.

Two of the suspects are also accused of carrying out a carjacking on August 7.  contracosta.news

Culver City, CA: Juvenile suspects jump over store's gun counter, Big 5 store robbery caught on video
Surveillance video shows the moment a group of juvenile suspects robbed a Big 5 store in Culver City. The footage captured on Thursday shows the suspects jumping over the gun counter inside the store on Sepulveda Boulevard, according to the Culver City Police Department. One of them punched a store employee and another is accused of making threats while reaching toward his waistband. The suspects took off with several replica BB guns, but they only got a few blocks away before officers found and arrested them. They were booked and released to their respective guardians.  abc7.com

El Centro, CA: El Centro Police Foil 'Ulta'-mate Crime; Arrests Duo
An apparently short-lived interstate crime spree ended in the Imperial Valley when a duo out of San Bernardino County was arrested for the daylight burglary of Ulta Beauty on East Danenberg Drive in El Centro. One suspect, 24-year-old Dalin Willie Morton of San Bernardino, was arrested near the site of the attempted heist, which was reported just after 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, after a brief foot chase with El Centro police, according to call log information. The second suspect fled in the getaway car, a stolen Kia rental out of San Bernardino, and was apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol at the Highway 86 checkpoint. Taken into custody was 31-year-old Loren Nicole Richmond of Ontario, who initially was identified in the logs as "Jenaia." Both were booked on counts of second-degree burglary, grand theft, and conspiracy to commit a crime.  calexicochronicle.com

Highland Park, CA: 6 arrested for WSS shoe store robbery
Six people were arrested for organized robberies targeting a Warehouse Shoe Store (WSS) in Highland Park. The thefts targeting the store located at 6251 York Blvd. happened on Aug. 22-23, according to L.A. County District Attorney George Gascón. On Aug. 22 at around 4 p.m., Olivares and Palazuelos allegedly entered the WSS store and stole a large amount of shoes and merchandise without paying for it. They fled the scene before police could arrive. On Aug. 23 at around 1 p.m., Thomas, Metcalf and Manuel allegedly entered the store and began grabbing merchandise before stuffing them into large bags. The suspects fled the scene in a getaway car before police could arrive. All three suspects also pled not guilty at a Saturday arraignment hearing. A future preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 8.  ktla.com

Menomonee Falls, WI: Kohl's $6,000 makeup theft; police seek to ID 3 women suspected
Menomonee Falls police are asking for the public's help to identify three women they say shoplifted more than $6,000 in makeup from the Kohl's Department Store on Appleton Avenue. Officials say the crime happened just before 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21. Police say the three women arrived in a silver minivan (pictured below), entered the store, selected $6,294 of makeup - and hid the merchandise in their clothing.  fox6now.com

Albuquerque, NM: Video shows men allegedly stealing purses from Albuquerque store

Hopkins County, TX: Pair Arrested on Warrants for Theft/ Criminal Trespass in Sulphur Springs

Australia: 20+ new chainsaws stolen in $30,000 Hobart heist

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Columbus, OH: Two 13-year-olds arrested in connection with fatal shooting at Easton Town Center
A teenage boy is believed to be the person killed after a shooting at Easton Town Center on Sunday evening that was an "isolated incident," Columbus police said. Two 13-year-olds have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting. One has been charged with delinquency murder and another with a delinquency count of obstructing justice in Franklin County Juvenile Court. Sgt. Joseph Albert said the victim died at 6:50 p.m. at Mount Carmel East hospital. The victim's age has not been confirmed, however, he is believed to be under the age of 18. The victim's identity will not be released until their family has been notified. The male who died is the lone victim in a shooting that initially was reported at 6:14 p.m. at the shopping center. Initial reports were that a second person had been injured, however, it was later confirmed that there was only one person who was shot.  dispatch.com

Peoria County, IL: Man shot, killed outside of liquor store identified
The Peoria County Coroner has identified the man who was shot and killed outside of Laramie Liquors Saturday night. The coroner says 21-year-old Mason R. Loy of Havana, Illinois, was pronounced dead on the scene at 10:25 p.m.  25newsnow.com

College Park, GA: Deadly shooting at popular Mexican restaurant on Old National Highway
Police in College Park are searching for clues in connection to a deadly shooting at a Mexican restaurant on Sunday. It reportedly happened at Cozumel Cantina on Old National Highway. 11Alive crews went to the scene and saw several evidence markers at the scene. When the chaos unfolded, a woman said she was coming to pick up her sister's car. The restaurant owner at the Cozumel Cantina, Tara Padilla, alleges the shooting happened after a man was turned away. "He had words with our security, went to the car, grabbed a gun and opened fire on our security," Padilla said. "Security returned fire. He got hit in the arm." Police have not released any information about the shooting thus far; according to the medical examiner's office, information about the victim is being held until the family is notified.  11alive.com

Yonkers, NY: Shoplifter who fatally stabbed Yonkers store owner sentenced to 21 years in prison
A shoplifter who fatally stabbed a Yonkers clothing store owner after stealing a hat was sentenced Thursday to 21 years in prison, the Westchester District Attorney's Office said. Tyrese Shubrick was indicted for second-degree murder in the April 20, 2021 killing of 47-year-old Ruben Martinez-Campos but was allowed to plead guilty four months ago to first-degree manslaughter. "Today we have ensured a violent individual, who ruthlessly took the life of a man trying to protect his business and livelihood, is off our streets," District Attorney Mimi Rocah said in a statement. Moments before the fatal confrontation, Shubrick had allegedly assaulted a cab driver on New Main Street. He then entered Premier Fashion and was checking out a display of baseball hats before getting into an argument with Martinez-Campos. As the owner tried to get him to leave, according to court documents, Shubrick displayed a knife, grabbed one of the hats and left. When he turned back and passed the store, Martinez-Campos confronted him to get the hat back, holding a long stick used to hang clothing in the store. During a struggle, Shubrick stabbed Martinez-Campos twice in the chest as the victim's wife looked on. He picked up the hat that he dropped during the struggle and fled.  lohud.com

Cicero, IL: Teen boy injured in shooting during large gathering at AMC, police say
A teen boy was injured in a Sunday evening shooting as a large group of teens gathered at a west suburban strip mall, Cicero police said. It all started around 5:45 p.m. Officials said around 250 teenagers gathered at an AMC movie theater in the 4700 block of West Cermak Road. It was a $4 movie night, which police said traditionally attracts a large number of teenagers. Cellphone video from a would-be moviegoer shows dozens of teenagers being dispersed by authorities from the AMC parking lot. That witness said, at one point, there were hundreds of teenagers gathered, with many jumping on cars and attempting to break into other businesses located within the strip mall. That, however, has not been confirmed by Cicero police, who said they estimated the crowd to be around 250 people when they first responded. The first 911 calls came in shortly after theater employees began to turn away people after it reached capacity, upsetting those who were trying to get in.  abc7chicago.com

Chicago, IL: Man fatally shot during armed robbery outside Gas Station in Calumet Heights

Boston, MA: New details emerge in Boston mass shooting: Police charge 4 in connection with morning melee, and at least 4 more in other incidents

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Torrance, CA: Brawl among teens creates disturbance at Del Amo Fashion Center mall in Torrance
A large police presence responded to the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance Sunday after a massive disturbance related to a brawl among teenagers. Video posted to social media showed dozens, possibly hundreds, of teens and young adults running around the mall, with multiple fights occurring in groups as they moved around. Torrance police say the fight was reported around 4 p.m. It took several hours for officers to disperse the crowds, as the city issued warnings asking the public to steer clear of the mall. They say there may have been as many as 1,000 juveniles at the mall. Police say there was a report of gunfire but no known serious injuries were reported or victims located. Witnesses told Eyewitness News some of the fights seemed to have started around the AMC movie theater. Sunday was National Cinema Day and theaters around the country were offering $4 ticket specials. "It was just everybody just running, going to the movie theater," said witness Connor Swan. "Everybody was just jumping on top of people. It was just chaos." Jenna, a manager at the BJ's restaurant at the mall, said it was a chaotic scene and they had to lock their doors to prevent more people from entering. "Just everyone was running up and down the AMC stairwell," she said. "It was mass chaos." Because of the size of the crowd, Culver City police were sent to assist Torrance PD with crowd control. Multiple patrol cruisers and dozens of officers were at the mall.  abc7.com

Santa Clara, CA: 2 stabbed when 49ers and Raiders fans fight at In-N-Out
Two people were stabbed during a brawl between San Francisco 49ers and Las Vegas Raiders fans at an In-N-Out Burger in Santa Clara, police said. There were at least 10 people involved in the rumble that left the two victims with multiple stab wounds inside the fast food restaurant on Mission College Boulevard early Saturday after the Niners' preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers, police said. Several people were detained after the incident, but police are still looking for a suspect, police said. The wounded people were hospitalized, but their conditions were not described by police.   ktvu.com

Douglasville, GA: No Shots fired: 2 teens arrested after fight at Arbor Place Mall
Two teens were arrested after a fight began inside Arbor Place Mall in Douglasville Sunday evening, according to the police department. Authorities said they responded around 5:40 p.m. to a fight involving a group of 10 teenagers. "At some point, a sign fell causing a loud noise, which resulted in people reporting gunshots. There is no evidence of any gunshots and there are no reported injuries as a result of the fight," Douglasville Police said.  11alive.com  

Nassau County, NY: Man charged with attempted robbery after smashing Macy's jewelry case at Roosevelt Fields
A Hempstead man has been charged with attempted robbery after using a baseball bat to smash a jewelry case at the Macy's store in the Roosevelt Field mall on Saturday, Nassau County police said.  newsday.com

Chicago, IL: CPD investigating string of armed robberies, carjackings
Chicago police are investigating 8 armed robberies and carjackings that occurred in the South Loop and Northwest Side Sunday night and Monday morning.

Fort Wayne, IN: Macy's robber caught with over $1K in merchandise sentenced to 14 years

Woodridge, IL: Police receive $115,000 grant to help deter Retail theft



Auto - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
Auto - North Augusta, SC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Durham, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Paris, ME - Robbery
C-Store - Culver City, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Atlanta, GA - Armed Robbery
CVS - University Park, TX- Armed Robbery
CVS - Decherd, TN - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - El Cajon, CA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Harrisburg, PA - Armed Robbery
Handbags - Albuquerque, NM - Robbery
Hardware- Seattle, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Santa Monica, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Tukwila, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Commerce, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - New Hartford, NY - Burglary
Jewelry - Effingham, IL - Robbery
Jewelry - Cerritos, CA- Robbery
Jewelry - West Covina, CA - Robbery
Kohl's - Menomonee Falls, WI - Robbery
Liquor - Iowa City, IA - Robbery
Macy's Nassau County, NY - Robbery
Restaurant - Stockton, CA - Robbery
Shoe - Highland Park, CA - Robbery
Sports - Culver City, CA - Robbery
Ulta - El Centro, CA - Robbery
Vape - New York, NY - Robbery            


Daily Totals:
• 27 robberies
• 1 burglary
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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