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GSX 2023

Visit These D&D Daily Partners at GSX 2023 Starting Today

September 11-13 in Dallas, TX

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Axis Communications expands its offering in key categories with new solutions launched at the 2023 Global Security Exchange

Axis Communications showcases new developments in body worn, radar and video intercoms at GSX 2023

As organizations in every industry seek to gain efficiencies through technology, Axis Communications continues to deliver new solutions with expanded capabilities. In keeping with its proactive approach to product development, the company will launch its latest innovations at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, September 11-13, including a compact, lightweight body worn camera; a body worn activation kit for auto-recording in stressful situations; a high-frequency radar device for accurate detection, classification and tracking; and a discreet but powerful video intercom with deep learning capabilities. These newest additions to
Axis' growing portfolio will be displayed in booth #3233 alongside the company's entire collection of products and solutions launched so far in 2023.

For those not attending the show, Axis welcomes visitors to demo all their products and solutions at any one of their Axis Experience Centers across the Americas and around the globe, including Dallas, Texas. Axis Communications plans to showcase its latest video, audio, analytics, end-to-end, and other solutions at GSX 2023.

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Your Monday GSX 2023 Guide
GSX 2023 officially kicks off this morning and it's going to be the action-packed day you'll need your boots on for (figuratively speaking, we strongly recommend wearing shoes with great arch support onsite in Dallas).

Here are some of the highlights that you won't want to miss whether you're in Dallas in person or attending digitally. All times are in Central Time (CT).

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Retail Theft & Shrink By the Numbers
Shrink and theft losses near $1 billion at Lowe's - here's how much they're costing other retailers

CNBC analyzed the balance sheets of seven retailers to determine how much money they're actually losing from shrink and retail theft.

A range of retailers are again
blaming shrink as one of the reasons they saw another quarter of lackluster profits. But some of those companies have started to offer more detail than ever on how much shrink, or items lost to factors like external or employee theft, damage or vendor fraud, is cutting into their bottom lines.

During second-quarter earnings reports in August and September,
nearly two dozen retailers said shrink has continued to weigh on profits. But the details each company provided, and the explanations they gave for losses, varied widely.

When they reported second-quarter results, some companies like
Target and Dick's Sporting Goods
offered clues into how much shrink is costing them and squarely blamed theft

Ulta and Foot Locker , which both blamed "organized retail crime" for losses in May, did not mention theft during their most recent results. They only used the term "shrink" when discussing how it squeezed margins.

Lowe's has some of the highest shrink numbers among the companies analyzed by CNBC. It has blamed a range of factors for the losses. Sometimes it
has said organized retail crime cut into profits, but in other cases, it blamed weather-related damages.

Over the last few quarters,
more and more retailers have called out shrink as a drain on profits and blamed theft for those losses. But they have offered few details about how much inventory losses are actually costing them. Experts have said some companies could be using crime as an excuse to distract from other operational challenges that drive shrink, such as poor inventory management and staffing issues.

Here's how much shrink is costing those retailers, based on a CNBC analysis:

Lowe's  - Fiscal 2022 annual shrink loss: $997 million
Target -  Second quarter shrink cost: $219.5 million
Macy's - Second quarter shrink cost: $11.2 million
TJX Companies - Fiscal 2023 shrink cost: $150 million higher than the year prior
Ulta - Fiscal 2022 shrink cost: $71.46 million higher than the year prior
Dick's Sporting Goods - Second quarter shrink cost: $27.1 million
Dollar Tree - Second-quarter shrink cost: at least $87.84 million  cnbc.com

Portland Nike Store Closes Permanently Over "Theft & Safety Issues"
Nike abandons Portland store re-opening amid 'theft and safety issues'

Nike had offered to pay off-duty police officers to beef up security at the store

Nike has reportedly
decided not to re-open its factory store in Portland, Oregon, which it closed temporarily last fall due to "theft and safety issues."

The neighborhood's business group, the Soul District Business Association (SBDA), called the decision
"a major economic blow."

"This news has landed like a lead balloon in our district," John Washington, the SDBA's executive director, said in a news release. "We had all been holding our breath since last November when the store quietly
shuttered its doors due to internal and external theft and safety issues. But, like so many of us riding out the fallout of the pandemic and protests, we held out hope that Nike, city officials and community leaders would recalibrate and realign order. But it looks like it's game over."

Local ABC affiliate KATU reported in February that
the retail giant had offered to pay for off-duty police officers to help beef up security at the store on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard - a proposal that never came to fruition - before announcing that it would ultimately abandon the store that community activists had fought to get opened in the neighborhood.
Portland Police expressed doubt about officers' ability to fulfill Nike's proposal at the time, citing
an officer staffing shortage in a city that previously voted to defund its police.

"We are aware of the letter, and I believe there will be a conversation in the future on the topic. That being said, there are several large roadblocks that would have to be overcome, including the fact that with the level of staffing we have,
we struggle to even fill overtime for regular shifts at the precincts," the police department told KATU earlier this year.

Portland voted to defund its police department in 2020 and subsequently struggled with an increase in violent crime, leading to calls from its mayor for millions in police investment just one year later. The city has continued to struggle with crime and rampant drug use. foxbusiness.com

   RELATED: Retail theft remains a bottom-line breaker

Theft Surge Puts Retail Employees 'In The Line of Fire'
How the Rise in Shoplifting Is Hurting Retail Employees
The last few years have been tough for the retail industry, and in particular,
the retail employee experience. "Retailer efforts to reduce theft have put employees in the line of fire of disgruntled customers who are angry about merchandise not being easily accessible on the shelf," said Steven Rowland, host of The Retail Warzone podcast and a former retail manager. "It's just one in a long list of situations where low-wage retail employees are set up for abuse from the public."

Making a Hard Job More Difficult

Among the recent
factors diminishing the retail employee experience are:

1. Increases in theft and theft-deterrence policies. Retailers experienced a 26 percent increase in organized retail crime in 2021, according to the NRF, and 8 in 10 retailers reported increased violence and aggression associated with such crime. In response, some retailers have locked up certain products and taken other loss-prevention measures that have made life more difficult for retail employees.

2. Political and cultural clashes in the aisles. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, a spate of viral videos appeared in which customers who opposed mask-wearing confronted retail employees about store requirements that customers and workers wear masks. Retail employees often had to serve as front-line enforcers of local public health mandates and store policies on masking, on top of their other in-store duties.

3. Inventory and supply chain problems. Retail stores have encountered unprecedented challenges in keeping certain goods in stock, most (in)famously toilet paper and baby formula, largely due to supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic. Ongoing supply chain problems have created frustrations for both customers and the front-line employees who have to respond.

4. Reduction in retail profits and impact on staffing. The loss of foot traffic during the pandemic and the spate of shoplifting have only exacerbated its financial woes.

5. Ongoing tension around unionization. Labor shortages during the pandemic led some retail workers to either quit and find another job, or stay and demand better pay and working conditions. shrm.org

Theft & Robbery Surges Across California's Largest Counties
Retail Theft and Robbery Rates Have Risen across California
So-called smash-and-grabs at high-end stores across the nation frequently make the national headlines, as do retail closures-especially in San Francisco-that are seen as partly due to shoplifting. Our examination of retail theft and robbery in California points toward recent increases across the state. Using the most up-to-date data and focusing on California's 15 largest counties, we find that while
these recent trends are especially notable in the Bay Area and the Central Valley, there have been significant jumps in commercial burglaries in Southern Coastal California, and Los Angeles County has the highest commercial robbery rate.

Data on reported commercial shoplifting-defined under
Proposition 47 (2014) as entering a commercial establishment with intent to steal property valued at less than $950 during business hours-failed to reveal evidence of increases until 2022, when the state saw a 28.7% jump from the unusually low rates of the pandemic years. Even after this sizeable increase, the shoplifting rate in California remains 8% below its pre-pandemic level. However, shoplifting is not the only type of retail theft that can shed light on the challenges retailers may be facing.

Unlike shoplifting,
commercial burglaries increased during the first year of the pandemic; after a 5.8% uptick in 2022 the rate is 15.7% higher than in 2019.

The data shows that the
commercial robbery rate has increased by 13.3% since 2019, with an uptick of 9.1% in 2022.

In sum, the 2022 data shows that while California's shoplifting rate jumped notably in 2022, it remains lower than it was at any point in the decade before the pandemic. The
commercial burglary rate, however, reached its highest level since 2008, and the commercial robbery rate rose to roughly where it was in 2017. The challenges of retail theft and robbery appear to be widespread, but they vary across the state. ppic.org

Store Owners Blast California's 'Soft on Crime' Policies
CA store owners sound off on retail theft hurting business

Small business owners say rising crime has scared away customers, caused sales losses

small businesses find unique ways to fend off suspected thefts or criminals, two California business owners explained exactly how a crime surge has hurt their livelihoods.

Due to a rise in retail theft and crime, which Madan and Hernandez-McCollow
blame on Democrat-led policies, some businesses have been installing electric fences or fog alarms to stop crimes in their tracks.

Madan's convenience stores are part of the
many nationwide that lost an estimated total of $86.6 billion in 2022, according to Capital One shopping research.

We cannot ask our employees to stand their ground because that's a violation of the policy. So that is why you see so much happening in California," Madan said.

She referenced Senate Bill 553: "
It would become illegal for business owners and employees to confront looters, shoplifters and street criminals. And in anticipation, you already see people walking out with stuff just like on the videos that you're noticing. And the employees are unable to stop them because then we are held liable for stopping them."

"This law is going to be
very, very bad for small business owners," Madan continued.

For Hernandez-McCollow's two restaurants,
sales have reportedly dropped an estimated 30% due to the crime issues.  foxbusiness.com

Retail Crime Expert & ALTO USA Senior VP Discusses Retail Crime
Retailers being forced to make changes in order to save inventory, sales

Stores across the country and in the Tri-State are being targeted by thieves.

It's the highest I've ever seen it in over 40 years of being involved in this topic. Not only is it the highest level of activity, but the violence level is off the charts," said Karl Langhorst, an adjunct professor of criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati.

Langhorst also currently works in asset protection for several large corporations across the country.

"Just about every major community, up to and including Cincinnati,
organized crime is a pain point for retailers. And when it becomes a pain point for retailers, understand it's already a pain point for law enforcement and the community at large," he explained.

Langhorst says these thefts are distinctly different from shoplifting. The thieves are not stealing for personal need, but instead for resale -
it is organized and they are often working to support drug habits.

"They have no fear, which means they have little regard for human life, so retailers have been forced to take that
hands-off policy to protect not only their employees but their customers as well," added Langhorst.

The expert says that even if they are caught,
these criminals often get a slap on the hand and are back out re-offending in no time. He calls it a cycle that is taking a toll in various forms.

Stores in cities like
New York and San Francisco are now locking merchandise up in cages. Dick's Sporting Goods is being forced to lay off workers to offset a 23% drop in profits due to organized retail crime. Some other retailers are shuttering their brick-and-mortar stores altogether. fox19.com

Arizona Takes Tough Stance Against Retail Theft
Smash & grab crimes will face tougher prosecutions, vows Maricopa Co. Attorney
Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell is making her message very clear that stealing from retail stores in Arizona will not be tolerated.

Mitchell's comments come days after a viral video showed a man trying to steal more than $150,000 worth of items last Friday at a family owned jewelry store in Old Town Scottsdale. The man accused of trying to steal is Troy Bell. He was initially booked for shoplifting and assault charges. But the Maricopa County Attorney's Office feels
it's appropriate to file more serious charges. Bell could now face time in prison.

This is not the state you want to be in to mimic the behavior you are seeing on the news and other parts of the country such as Los Angeles," Mitchell said.

county's top prosecutor says would-be thieves need to understand retail theft is something that will not be handled lightly by her office. "I do not want to see Maricopa County or Phoenix or other surrounding areas turn into the hellscape that is Los Angeles," Mitchell said.

The crime was a big topic of conversation for Mitchell. Bell was
originally booked on shoplifting charges but Mitchell says because of the amount he tried to take, he is now being charged with Class 2 felony theft. This means mandatory prison time. "Again, this is not the state and certainly not the county you want to be in to commit these types of offenses," she said.

Last July,
Mitchell created a team to tackle retail theft. Prosecutors work with local business owners to ensure successful prosecution of these crimes. Mitchell previously said the Los Angeles District Attorney, George Gascon will not prosecute retail theft below $1,000. Gascon is a familiar name in Arizona, having previously served as Mesa's police chief between 2006 to 2009. azfamily.com

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Global Companies Lost $1T Due to Physical Security Incidents in 2022
'Economic Unrest' is Biggest Security Hazard Over Next Year - Security Budgets to Soar

World Security Report Finds Physical Security Incidents Cost Companies USD$1 Trillion in 2022

Landmark research on world security gauged opinions of 1,775 chief security officers based in 30 countries

IRVINE, Calif. - Sept. 11, 2023 - According to the first-ever World Security Report (commissioned by  Allied Universal®), large, global companies lost a combined $1 trillion in revenue in 2022 due to physical security incidents. Economic unrest is expected to be the greatest security-impacting hazard in the next 12 months, a significant increase on the prior year.

The report also found that companies anticipate
a surge in threats and hazards like social unrest, climate change, fraud and theft. As a result, physical security budgets are predicted to increase significantly to keep people, property and assets safe. Security leaders intend to focus investments on advanced technology and providing security professionals with additional skills and training.

Fraud - deception intended to result in gain - is likely to be the biggest external threat over the coming year. The leaking of sensitive information is predicted to be the biggest internal threat. Dangers posed by hackers, protestors, spies and economic criminals are expected to soar.

Key findings from the World Security Report:

Security Threat and Incident Findings

Economic unrest was reported by 47% as the greatest security-impacting hazard in the next 12 months -- up from 39% in the previous year.

Climate change events are on the rise and the second most concerning hazard

Leaking of sensitive information is expected to be the biggest internal threat in the next 12 months according to 36% of respondents.

Fraud is expected to be the biggest external threat
in the next year, predicted by 25% of CSOs.

Security Budgets

Physical security budgets at 46% of respondent companies are set to significantly increase in the next 12 months.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is top of the agenda
for future physical security technology investment

Read more here

Quit Rate for Retail Workers 70% Higher Than Other Industries
US Retail Workers Are Fed Up and Quitting at Record Rates
To be a US retail worker in 2023 means fielding an
onslaught of growing American anxieties about everything from high prices to politics. Increasingly, some workers say the job isn't worth the wages.

Low pay, erratic schedules and monotonous tasks have long been a challenge for the nearly 8 million Americans working in retail, but the pandemic years have added a host of taxing new duties. Employees must cope with an uptick in shoplifting and customer orneriness. They manage online orders and run up and down the aisles to unlock items as quotidian as toothpaste.

A 2022 McKinsey study found that
the quit rate for retail workers is more than 70% higher than in other US industries. And the Covid years made the problem worse. Before 2020, turnover for part-time retail employees - who make up the bulk of the in-store work force - hovered around 75%, according to data from Korn Ferry. Since then it's shot up to 95% and hasn't budged, which has at times led to understaffed stores.

The declining worker experience
follows a tough decade for retailers. Stores that survived the "retail apocalypse" have had to find ways to cut costs and boost profits with fewer shoppers. For many, particularly small brands, that has meant reducing headcount, or finding other ways to bring in money. Physical locations increasingly double as returns and logistics centers, as companies build out hybrid online and offline services. The early years of the pandemic brought a slight respite, as people stuck at home spent their time - and stimulus checks - on online shopping. But that quickly gave way to supply chain issues that snarled inventories and the era of high inflation.

To hear rank-and-file retail employees tell it,
working conditions started to deteriorate when they returned to the job after mandatory Covid lockdowns. Customers didn't particularly like being told to wear masks or forgo free samples. But as health and safety protocols eased, tensions didn't.

Nearly four out of five companies have seen
a rise in "guest-on-associate violence" over the last five years, according to the National Retail Federation, a trade group. And in today's era of political polarization, some have been caught in the crossfire of the culture war. bloomberg.com

Apples Facing Bans in China
US House panel chair: Chinese iPhone ban aims to quash Apple's market access
A wider
ban on China state employees from using Apple's iPhones is not surprising and seeks to limit a Western company's market access, the chairman of the U.S. House panel on China told Reuters on Thursday.

"This is textbook Chinese Communist Party (CCP) behavior - promote PRC (People's Republic of China) national champions in telecommunications, and
slowly squeeze western companies' market access," U.S. Representative Mike Gallagher said in an emailed statement.

American tech companies seeking to cozy up to the CCP must realize the clock is ticking," added Gallagher, a Republican.

China in recent weeks has widened curbs on the use of iPhones by state employees, telling staff in at least three ministries and government bodies to
stop using their Apple mobile phones at work, Reuters reported on Thursday, following earlier reports by the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. reuters.com

Signet Jewelers Makes a Minor Move With Major $1.2 Billion Implications for the Jewelry Retail Industry
Signet Jewelers, despite facing a decline in revenues, reported positive results in North America, where over 90% of its revenue originates, with sales down 7.1%.
The company expects a continued decline in engagements for the rest of the year due to disruptions in dating behavior caused by the pandemic. Signet also made a significant acquisition, acquiring SJR National Retail, a jewelry and watch repair company, for $6 million, opening the door for Signet to provide business-to-business repair services to independent jewelers, potentially creating a $1.2 billion opportunity in the services sector. retailwire.com

Forty-five new Sephora shops opening at Kohl's this fall

More Bartell Drugs locations to close this month

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Last week's #1 article --

Imprisoned Shoplifter Says New Laws & Anti-Theft Measures Won't Work
What will stop ORC? We went behind bars to ask a prolific shoplifter

Convicted felon explains how he ripped off stores & why anti-theft measures don't work

Martin Castaway is currently
serving seven years in prison for theft convictions in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties. Castaway led a crime ring known as the "Castaway Crew," which hit big box retailers throughout the Portland area. We spoke with him inside the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario.

Kyle Iboshi: Did the presence of a security officer or loss prevention impact your decision on whether to go into a store or not?

Martin Castaway: Not really. If I see a security dude with a gun, I know he can't touch me. I got to a point where it was almost like a game to me. I wasn't stopping for nothing. Now, if I see a suspicious car in the parking lot who looks like a police officer, I'm going to have second thoughts on that. I'll probably just cruise through and keep going. kgw.com

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Cybersecurity Industry Plagued by Mental Health Crisis
Cyber professionals say industry urgently needs to confront mental health crisis

There's a growing awareness about mental health across the industry, but many professionals told CyberScoop it's not enough.

More than a dozen cybersecurity professionals shared with CyberScoop stories stemming from the
intense work demands of an industry that involves often 24/7 vigilance against a growing tide of cyberthreats. Despite a growing awareness of mental health struggles within the industry, sources said there still aren't enough resources inside companies or across the broader cybersecurity community for professionals dealing with burnout, stress and the intense anxiety of working in a high-pressure environment.

Cybersecurity workers told CyberScoop they have seen intense job pressure contribute to
colleagues leaving the industry, experiencing trouble at home and leading to substance abuse issues. In some of the most extreme cases, sources said, they have known colleagues in cybersecurity struggling with mental health issues who have committed suicide.

At industry conferences and online forums high-profile figures within cybersecurity have sought to
shine a brighter light on mental health challenges in cybersecurity. Even Jen Easterly, director at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, has spoken candidly about the subject and her own brother's death by suicide.

The stress reported by cybersecurity professionals isn't just anecdotal, with research pointing to growing stress and burnout among cyber professionals. A 2022 study by the security platform Tines of more than 1,000 security professionals across the U.S. and Europe found that
66% of respondents had "significant levels of stress at work," with nearly as many saying their stress impacted their work performance. The same study found nearly 20% of respondents were consuming more than three drinks a day and 51% had been prescribed medication for their mental health. Yet just over half said their workplace prioritized mental health. A February Gartner outlook predicted that nearly half of cybersecurity leaders will change jobs by 2025, 25% for different roles entirely, due to work-related stress.

Stress and burnout within the cybersecurity industry is occurring against the backdrop of growing mental health concerns nationally. In August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that an estimated 49,500 people died by suicide in the past year, a record high. The Biden administration has named access to mental health care and research a key policy priority. cyberscoop.com

Global Effort to Takedown Cybercrime Syndicates
US, UK take action against members of the Russian-linked Trickbot hacker syndicate

The DOJ also unsealed indictments against some of the sanctioned individuals for alleged roles in ransomware and other cybercrime activity.

AdvertisementU.S. and U.K. officials on Thursday announced sanctions against 11 alleged members of the notorious Trickbot cybercrime syndicate, saying that the people were key to the group's management and procurement efforts.

Thursday's action
marks the second time in seven months the two governments have sanctioned members of a cybercrime group that has "ties to Russian intelligence services and has targeted the U.S. Government and U.S. companies," the U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement.

The alleged Trickbot members sanctioned Thursday are: Andrey Zhuykov, Maksim Galochkin, Maksim Rudenskiy, Mikhail Tsarev, Dmitry Putilin, Maksim Khaliullin, Sergey Loguntsov, Vadym Valiakhmetov, Artem Kurov, Mikhail Chernov and Alexander Mozhaev.
The two governments sanctioned seven other members in February.

The U.S. Department of Justice also unsealed indictments filed in three U.S. jurisdictions against some of the sanctioned individuals for their roles in Trickbot activity as well as
connections to the Conti ransomware operation. Charges - filed in the Northern District of Ohio, the Middle District of Tennessee and the Southern District of California - relate to the individuals' alleged roles in stealing money and confidential information, and various ransomware attacks. cyberscoop.com

Chinese Threat Actors Accessing Email Accounts
Microsoft ID Security Gaps That Let Threat Actor Steal Signing Key

China's Storm-0558 accessed user emails at some 25 enterprise organizations earlier this year using forged tokens.

Several security missteps on Microsoft's part allowed a
China-based threat actor to forge authentication tokens and access user email from some 25 Microsoft enterprise customers earlier this year, the company's investigation has shown.

The attacks by a Chinese cyber espionage group that Microsoft is tracking as Storm-0558 were noteworthy because they involved the threat actor using a Microsoft account (MSA) consumer signing key to forge Azure AD tokens for accessing enterprise email accounts. MSA consumer keys are typically used to
cryptographically sign into a Microsoft consumer application or service such as Outlook.com, OneDrive, and Xbox Live.

Storm-0558 is believed to be a China-nexus cyber espionage group that has been active since at least 2021. Its targets have included US and European diplomatic entities, legislative governing bodies,
media companies, Internet service providers, and telecommunications equipment manufacturers. In many of its attacks, the threat actor has used credential harvesting, phishing campaigns, and OAuth token attacks to gain access to target email accounts. darkreading.com

How cybercriminals use look-alike domains to impersonate brands
Cybercriminals create hundreds of thousands of counterfeit domains that mimic well-known brands for financial gain. These fake domains serve multiple malicious purposes, such as sending phishing emails, hosting fraudulent websites, rerouting web traffic, and distributing malware.

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H-E-B Taking Aim At Walmart?
H-E-B opens its largest fulfillment center as it eyes online shopping for growth

The massive facility is the seventh fulfillment center the grocer has opened since 2018.

H-E-B is opening its largest eCommerce fulfillment center yet in Katy, and it
could lead to improvements for curbside and home delivery orders. Located at 2102 Elrod Road, the massive center is twice the size of previous facilities at more than 100,000 square feet and will have more than 300 part-time and full-time employees.

With the new facility, the San Antonio-based grocer
could be making a bid to take on giants like Walmart, which has tested online grocery shopping with its InHome service. And there's also Amazon, which has its largest Houston-area site at a five-story Richmond warehouse that holds more than 40 million units of inventory.

H-E-B's Katy facility is the seventh fulfillment center the grocer has opened since 2018 and follows a center that opened earlier this summer in Plano.
For companies like H-E-B, fulfillment centers are spaces that receive and sort inventory that's later distributed directly to customers. chron.com

Walmart's E-Commerce Expansion
Will Walmart Marketplace Become the Retail Giant's Focus for E-Commerce Expansion?
Walmart added fuel to the expansion of its digital marketplace with an in-person event for third-party sellers. The Walmart Marketplace summit, which started on August 30, invited merchants of all sizes to participate to
help Walmart further develop its digital offerings.

Walmart also announced plans to expand its
marketplace - which currently operates in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico - to Chile next year. This will enable cross-border sellers to expand their international reach and could give Walmart's e-commerce business in the country an extra boost.

Additionally, the retail giant is continuing to roll out dedicated digital brand storefronts called Brand Shops, which give third-party sellers additional control over their pages with options like curated assortments and seasonal selections. It has also created
"new opportunities to reach more customers," including Walmart Business, which is dedicated to B2B sellers, and Walmart Restored, which enables resale.

Walmart is also working with third-party sellers by
offering local pickup and delivery for retailers with physical stores, with options for shoppers to choose in-store pickup or same-day delivery. Walmart Fulfillment Services, the retail giant's end-to-end fulfillment solution, is available for bulky items like trampolines. retailwire.com

Fulfillment Agreement Between Two E-Commerce Giants
Shopify and Amazon Pact Seems to be Working
When word of it first came out, no one was quite sure just how well the fulfillment agreement between e-commerce greats Shopify and Amazon would work. But now that it's gone on for a little while,
it seems to be working out pretty well for both sides.

The agreement, when it was struck, called for Shopify vendors to be able to offer customers a Buy with Prime option. That option would route payment through Amazon, and also have Amazon fulfill the order. That's when Bank of America's Justin Post weighed in, saying that this could be better for both than the investors of either might realize.
Amazon gets a chance to demonstrate its remarkable skill with logistics, and Shopify gets to maintain its status as a capital-light operation while still delivering substantial value to its user base and its investors.

Amazon got Shopify on board via a series of key principles. Amazon offered a means for merchants to raise sales while at the same time enjoying a delivery system that was similar in scope to Prime. Further, Amazon offered a "collaborative environment" that
allowed both sides to profit, and let both sides go forward. There were certainly doubts; some wondered if this wasn't a way for Amazon to quietly profit by routing some of Shopify's business through its own operations. But thanks to some impressive negotiation, Shopify quietly managed to make this just as much a win for itself as for Amazon. tipranks.com

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Irwindale, CA: Thieves escape with $40,000 worth of items from SoCal bike shop
Security video captured the moment thieves ransacked an Irwindale bicycle shop and escaped with around $40,000 worth of merchandise. Owners of Irwindale Cycles located on Arrow Highway said the brazen burglary was planned and the thieves knew exactly what they were looking for. The break-in happened in the early morning hours of Aug. 28. Five masked suspects were seen breaking into the shop through the back door using an angle grinder to cut through the steel security gate.  ktla.com

Northridge Macy's Hit by Thieves Who Steal Perfume Valued at $20,000 in Bold Smash-and-Grab Incident
During Sunday morning, a group of thieves armed with hammers broke into the Macy's store at Northridge Fashion Center, stealing approximately $20,000 worth of perfume, according to the police. Incident occurred at the store on the 9301 block of Tampa Avenue around 11:00 a.m. Videos shared on social media reveal hooded men wearing face masks, swiftly grabbing packaged luxury perfume bottles such as Giorgio Armani and stashing them into black trash bags. Broken glass shards can be seen scattered under the display cases. 

Everett, WA: 'You feel violated:' Everett car dealership fed up with near-daily thefts, calls on city to take action
Smash-and-grab robbers are ransacking businesses in Everett, and the owners say their appeals to police for help have gone unanswered. One car dealership, Broadway Auto Sales, told FOX 13 that every evening, they can count on someone stealing or destroying something. Sometimes that's parts, other times it's gas, and the dealership has had cars stolen before. Both owners told FOX 13, this is a regular occurrence, and it is more than frustrating. "They literally will pull up right next to the dealership, they do not care about anything," Hutchinson said. "Do not care about license plates, they will literally just have a heyday of whatever they want." Thieves have gotten away with catalytic converters and other valuable car parts. Thieves favorite item to steal -- gasoline, straight out of the tank. Harpham and Hutchinson said they called police many times, yet crime still happens over and over. 

Orange County couple allegedly stole $17,000 worth of items from Target
Security video captured a couple allegedly stealing around $17,000 worth of merchandise from Target stores in Orange County. The suspects were identified as Analu Gonzalez, 25, and Alexis De Jesus Garcia, 22, both residents of Anaheim. Video from the Irvine Police Department showed the couple ransacking a Target in Costa Mesa on March 3 and a Target in Irvine on April 2. During the Costa Mesa theft, the couple can be seen wheeling a shopping cart toward the baby formula aisle with a child sitting in the cart seat. The couple begins quickly grabbing products off the shelf and stuffing them into a large tote bag in the shopping cart. While exiting the store, they appeared to be stopped by a Target employee, but they grabbed their stolen items and calmly walked away. During the April theft, the couple once again headed directly to the formula aisle and began clearing the shelves of products. In total, police said the suspects escaped with around $17,000 worth of stolen goods. The couple was later tracked down at a residence and arrested on charges of grand theft and organized retail theft. 

Long Island, NY: 2 women charged with Robbery and Grand Theft at Saks OFF 5th
Two women are accused of trying to rob a Long Island department store and one of the suspects allegedly attacked an employee who tried to stop them, police said. Alexis Zambrano Padilla, 27, and Jessenia Ramirez, 27, allegedly tried to leave the Saks OFF 5th on Old Country Road in Garden City with a large bag of items they didn't pay for at around 5 p.m. Friday, police said. When two workers confronted them outside of the store, Padilla allegedly pushed and scratched a male employee on the right side of his face, police said. Another worker then helped subdue Padilla until cops arrived. Police arrested Padilla and Ramirez, a Brooklyn resident, and they were charged with robbery and grand larceny. Padilla, a Queens resident, was also charged with criminal possession of an anti-security item, police said. 

Warrington, DE: Two Arrested For Target $1200 Retail Theft

Mount Pleasant, WI: Man accused of retail theft at Piggly Wiggly facing 10th criminal conviction

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Ceredo, WV: Multistate search for murder suspect ends with hostage situation and fatal standoff at gas station
A man suspected of a killing in Ohio and multiple carjackings in Kentucky was killed by West Virginia police in a standoff outside a gas station where he was holding three hostages. The multistate search for David Maynard, 54, ended late Saturday evening at a Speedway in a West Virginia town bordering the Ohio River. That is where a sergeant stopped and recognized the man standing behind the counter as the suspect who had eluded troopers up to that point, according to a West Virginia State Police release. Maynard pointed his pistol at the sergeant, and a State Police Special Response Team responded with local law enforcement, according to the release. Police say a negotiator successfully got two hostages released before Maynard requested that a blanket be placed at the door for the third hostage. Officers fired shots after Maynard "exited the door and engaged" members of the State Police Special Response Team, according to the release. West Virginia State Police told The Associated Press that they could not release more information on Sunday.  bostonherald.com

Clayton, IN: Employee murdered during argument at a Hendricks County truck stop killing
Hendricks County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a Monrovia man who has been charged with the murder of a fellow employee. The incident occurred at a TA truck stop by I-70 and State Road 39 near Clayton Saturday night. Investigators reported that Darin Lee Simpson, a 33-year-old from Martinsville who worked at the truck stop, was fatally stabbed by his coworker, 20-year-old Sebastian Jones. Simpson's family told FOX59 and CBS4 that the assault was the result of a social media argument that got out of hand.  fox59.com

Cudahy, CA: C-Store Employee Shot Dead inside store
A 27-year-old man who was shot to death inside the Cudahy convenience store where he worked was publicly identified Sunday. The victim was identified as Arvind Arvind of Cudahy, according to the Los Angeles County Office of Medical Examiner. Deputies were called at 4:50 a.m. Friday to the Circle K store in the 5000 block of Clara Street and Wilcox Avenue, where they found Arvind inside, according to homicide Lt. Patricia Thomas of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  mynewsla.com

New York, NY: NYPD Officer fatally shoots knife-wielding man in Bronx 7-Eleven store
An NYPD officer responding to an incident at a Bronx 7-Eleven store on Saturday fatally shot a man who lunged at him with a knife, cops said. Police encountered the knife-wielding man in the store at the intersection of E. Tremont Ave. and Barkley Ave. in Throgs Neck, adjacent to the NYPD's 45th Precinct stationhouse. About 2:10 p.m., a man entered the 7-Eleven and was reported by a store employee to have been walking back and forth from the front to the back of the store, police said. The man "was removing products from behind the counter," said Gurley, who is chief of NYPD Patrol Borough Bronx. The merchandise behind the counter was mostly cigarettes. The employee then walked to the 45th Precinct stationhouse next door and reported what she saw. About 2:30 p.m., two officers walked to the 7-Eleven, Gurley said. "They observed the male in the rear, by the coffee machines," Gurley said. One of the officers ordered the man "to take his hands out of his sweatshirt pocket," added Gurley. "That male then advanced on the officer, revealing a knife in his hand," Gurley said. The man ignored the officer's commands to drop the knife.  nydailynews.com

Mesa, AZ: 'This was the last straw': Man accused of killing CVS Pharmacy store manager in Mesa
Police say an employee died after being shot inside a CVS Pharmacy in Mesa on Thursday night. Investigators say the suspect, later identified as 38-year-old Jared Sevey, was "acting weird" before he shot someone inside the store near Brown Road and Mesa Drive around 8 p.m. Police arrived and found the store's manager, 49-year-old Michael Jacobs, shot several times. Jacobs was rushed to the hospital but later died. A 911 caller was able to give police a description of Sevey. According to police, Sevey was inside the store earlier on Thursday when he began arguing with Jacobs about shoplifting. Sevey claimed Jacobs "swung" but didn't hit him, investigators said. After the confrontation, Sevey reportedly went home and grabbed a gun. Court documents state Sevey told his daughter to go to her grandmother's if he didn't come home. Sevey reportedly returned to the store armed and told an employee to grab Jacobs. Court documents state he also asked the employee to get everyone out. Surveillance video captured Sevey pulling out a gun when Jacobs walked up to the front of the store. Witnesses heard four gunshots as Jacobs attempted to run away from Sevey. However, investigators said he followed Jacobs and continued to shoot at him.  azfamily.com

Memphis, TN: 1 dead, 1 critically injured in shooting at furniture store
A shooting at a furniture store in Northeast Memphis left one man dead and another in critical condition Saturday night, according to Memphis Police. Around 11:58 p.m., officers responded to a shooting at the At Home store. Police say two male victims were located at the scene. One was pronounced dead, and the other was transported to Regional One in critical condition. The suspects fled in a gold SUV, according to the Memphis Police Department.  wreg.com

Houston Man Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole for Killing Willowbrook C-Store Manager in Armed Robbery
A Houston man was sentenced to life in prison without parole late Thursday for killing a convenience store manager in a 2016 armed robbery, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced. "The community is tired of unabashed gun violence, and when the evidence supports it, they will send a message by sending violent offenders to prison for the rest of their lives, without parole," Ogg said. "There is absolutely no reason this hard-working store manager had to die and that his family has to live with the grief. It is heartbreaking." Nadonte Pugh, 27, was convicted by a jury who deliberated for about 45 minutes after a two-day trial for capital murder.  texaspolicenews.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Aiken County woman arrested after allegedly Threatening to Shoot Store Clerk
An Aiken County woman was arrested Wednesday evening after allegedly pointing a pistol at and threatening to shoot a convenience store clerk. Aiken County Sheriff's deputies arrested Sarah Williamson, 37, of Jackson, Wednesday evening on a charge of pointing and presenting a firearm at another person. A female complainant told officers Williamson called the convenience store where she worked about
ordering food. The complainant said Williamson was "being rude" and she didn't want to argue so she hung up the phone. The complainant said a short time later Williamson arrived and began yelling at her. She added they began arguing back and forth before she exited the store to collect herself.  postandcourier.com

Rochester, NY: Man accused of theft, causing $200k in damage at local golf shops
A Brockport man has been charged with burglary and arson in connection to thefts and damage at local golf pro shops, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. Deputies say they responded to Twins Hills Country Club and Timber Ridge Golf Club on August 16 for the report of burglaries. After reviewing surveillance footage at both locations, MCSO says the suspect smashed the door and stole over $1,200 in cash and checks from a safe at Twin Hills. At Timber Ridge, deputies say a suspect was seen breaking a window. The owner said nothing was stolen. A week later, on the morning of August 24, deputies responded to Twin Hills Country Club for a burglary. Deputies say when they arrived, they found the door to the shop was shattered, and there was smoke in the building. Damage was estimated at more than $200,000.  rochesterfirst.com

Waukegan, IL: Man charged with smacking female Loss Prevention across face, threatening to shoot her
A man allegedly smacked a female security officer across her face and threatened to shoot her after she told him to move his illegally parked car at a grocery store in Waukegan. Andre N. Hyatt, 32, of Beach Park, was charged with three counts of battery, a Class A misdemeanor. Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Manuel Mandujano said a loss prevention officer at a Jewel-Osco in Waukegan was battered on August 13. The officer was notified of a black Hyundai parked outside in the fire lane. Staff announced on the intercom of the store that the owner of the car needed to move the vehicle, Mandujano said. Another employee waited outside for the owner and Hyatt approached the vehicle after exiting the store. The loss prevention officer told Hyatt he was not allowed to be in the fire lane. Mandujano said Hyatt yelled at the victim and approached her aggressively before chest-bumping her twice. Hyatt made reference to shooting the woman in the face, Mandujano said. He then allegedly made the gesture of a gun with his hand and made a pointing motion at her. Hyatt started walking toward his car when he smacked the employee in the side of her face, causing her to fall to the ground, Mandujano said.  lakemchenryscanner.com

Thieves escape with over $30,000 from San Bernardino County restaurants

Chicago, IL: CPD investigating string of robberies at North Side businesses



Auto - Everett, WA - Burglary
Bikes - Irwindale, CA - Burglary
C-Store - Los Angeles County, CA - Armed Robbery / Clerk killed
C-Store - New York, NY - Armed Robbery / Susp killed
C-Store - Oakland, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Portland, OR - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Warminster, PA - Robbery
C-Store - Burlington, VT - Armed Robbery
Clothing - Bakersfield, CA - Burglary
Furniture - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery / 1 killed
Gas Station - Pittsburgh, PA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Springfield, MO- Robbery
Jewelry - Gilbert, AZ - Robbery
Jewelry - Moreno Valley, CA - Armed Robbery
Macy's - Los Angeles, CA - Robbery
Restaurant - San Bernardino County, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Troy, NY - Burglary
Restaurant - San Marcos, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
Saks - Garden City, NY - Robbery
Smoke - Cleveland, OH - Burglary
Sports - Rochester, NY - Burglary
Target - Warrington, DE - Robbery         


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• 8 burglaries
• 3 shootings
• 3 killed

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