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Express names Laurel Krueger as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary

Laurel Krueger was previously general counsel and corporate secretary at clothing company Kontoor Brands

Columbus, Ohio-based fashion retailer Express has hired Laurel Krueger as senior vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Krueger was most recently executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at clothing company Kontoor Brands, a role she took up in January 2019. Kontoor was spun off from VF Corporation in May 2019.

Before her time with Kontoor, Krueger spent almost seven years at Signet Jewelers in a variety of roles including vice president and general counsel, senior vice president for legal, ethics and compliance (general counsel), general counsel and
executive vice president for compliance, risk and loss prevention and most recently executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.

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CONTROLTEK Introduces Omni SAM+RF, The Most Versatile
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BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (Sep. 14, 2021) - CONTROLTEK, a leader in retail loss prevention solutions, has released Omni SAM+RF, a new omni-technology EAS system that uses both AM and RF technology in one system, with the option to upgrade to RFID in the future.

"Omni SAM+RF is the most versatile EAS system in retail today, combining all available technologies into one system with the ability to use any EAS tag on the market," said Rubin Press, vice president of global sales at CONTROLTEK. "Omni SAM+RF also has the option to upgrade to RFID, which opens up the possibility of automated inventory management, real-time asset tracking and improved customer insights for the forward-thinking retailer."  Read more in the Vendor Spotlight column below

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

New ORC Task Force in Chicago
Chicago, IL: Task force to crack down on Organized Retail Thefts amid string of crimes along Chicago's Mag Mile
llinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is
cracking down on retail thefts in Chicago and the suburbs by creating a new task force to target organized hits on retail stores.

From smash-and-grabs on Michigan Avenue and State Street to large-scale looting events such as those seen last summer, organized retail theft is on the rise in Illinois
, accounting for a staggering $45 billion dollars in losses.

"There is an organized crime aspect to much of today's retail theft and those arrested are often being used as mules at the lowest level of a larger enterprise," Raoul said. "These people, they have online stores. They have actual stores," Will County State's Attorney Jim Glasgow said.

According to law enforcement, retail theft does not discriminate and criminals target every product line that can be easily monetized. The proceeds are then used to fund other illegal activities, such as human trafficking and narcotics. It's gotten so bad, many large companies employ their own in-house investigation teams. Home Depot recently identified an Illinois man with $50,000 in boxed stolen merchandise inside his home.

Thefts that are also increasingly putting store employees at risk. From 2018 to 2020, CVS Pharmacy reported a 37% increase in retail theft, while the use of a weapon or physical violence during these incidents has doubled.

Along Michigan Avenue, where dozens of these high-profile incidents have taken place over recent years, the concern is its impact on the long-term viability of retail and the neighborhood itself.

"It lends itself to a safety question, a safety environment, that frankly deters tourists and others from spending time not only in the North Michigan Avenue area, but in other retail hubs as well," said Rob Karr, Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

And while similar efforts have been launched in other states across the country, the Organized Crime Retail Taskforce is the first large-scale public/private partnership of its kind in Illinois. abc7chicago.com

Retailers Call on Lawmakers to Strengthen Shoplifting Laws
Albuquerque, NM: Businesses call for stronger shoplifting statutes in New Mexico
During a committee meeting Monday afternoon, a panel of state lawmakers heard how businesses across New Mexico are struggling with organized retail crime and professional shoplifting. Patrick Block with the New Mexico Retail Association said organized retail crime is a growing concern for businesses across the state.

"I want to emphasize that organized retail crime is not someone stealing bread to feed their family or an isolated one-time occurrence. Instead, what we're seeing is professional crime rings steal from retail organizations for the purpose of turning retail products into financial gain rather than for personal use," said Block.

Lawmakers also got an update from an Albuquerque police commander, who said they've beefed up their organized retail crime unit, but police say the criminals are becoming more dangerous.

"We are seeing that more and more individuals who are perpetrating these crimes are armed or they're threatening the asset protection entities, as they leave the store, as they're contacted, as they exit all points of sale they're pulling weapons to include handguns edged weapons knives tasers. They're using mace, this is something that is seen fairly regularly throughout the city of Albuquerque in my experience," said Block.

Two corporate managers for Home Depot also briefed the committee about how organized retail crime is endangering their employees and customers.

"So we ask the committee to consider closing loopholes that have allowed these criminal organizations to flourish and to facilitate better cooperation between law enforcement and our in-house investigators."

Home Depot wants lawmakers to strengthen the shoplifting statute to charge serial shoplifters with felonies. "It does not allow for aggregation from store to store from city to city, they're all seen as one individual offense we would like to change that." kob.com

LA's Cop Gangs - Tattooed, Intimidating, Aggressive, Violent, Secret Societies
Deputy cliques in the 10,000 strong L.A. County Sheriff's Department likely growing, study finds
Hundreds of Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies said they have been recruited to join secretive, sometimes gang-like cliques that operate within department stations, according to the findings of a survey by independent researchers.

The anticipated study into the problematic fraternities - which L.A. County officials commissioned the Rand Corp. to conduct in 2019 - found 16% of the 1,608 deputies and supervisors who anonymously answered survey questions had been invited to join a clique, with some invitations having come in the past five years.

The study concluded that the groups, which have existed for decades in the Sheriff's Department and have been criticized for glorifying an aggressive style of policing, are more likely to form at "fast" stations - ones that patrol areas with higher levels of violent crime - and are divisive within the Sheriff's Department. The researchers did not ask deputies whether they'd ever belonged to a clique.

The Sheriff's Department has long struggled to clamp down on the groups of tattooed deputies that exhibit what critics have long alleged are the violent, intimidating tactics similar in some ways to those used by criminal street gangs.

Los Angeles County has paid out at least $55 million in settlements in cases in which sheriff's deputies have been alleged to belong to a secret society, records show. The figure comes from a list of cases compiled by county attorneys.

Several cases involving deputies associated with tattooed groups accused of glorifying an aggressive style of policing remain pending. They include one brought by eight deputies who allege they were routinely harassed by the Banditos, a gang of predominantly Latino deputies at East L.A. station who have matching tattoos of a skeleton outfitted with a sombrero, bandolier and pistol. latimes.com

New DOJ Policing Practices
Department of Justice Announces Department-Wide Policy on Chokeholds
and 'No-Knock' Entries

New Policy Limits Circumstances in Which Federal Law Enforcement Can Use Chokeholds and "No-Knock" Entries

The Department of Justice today announced written department-wide policies explicitly prohibiting the use of "chokeholds" and "carotid restraints" unless deadly force is authorized, and limiting the circumstances in which the department's federal law enforcement components are authorized to use unannounced entries. The announcement follows a review with the department's law enforcement agencies led by Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco.

The Department of Justice today announced written department-wide policies explicitly prohibiting the use of "chokeholds" and "carotid restraints" unless deadly force is authorized, and limiting the circumstances in which the department's federal law enforcement components are authorized to use unannounced entries. The announcement follows a review with the department's law enforcement agencies led by Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco.

"Building trust and confidence between law enforcement and the public we serve is central to our mission at the Justice Department," said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. "The limitations implemented today on the use of 'chokeholds,' 'carotid restraints' and 'no-knock' warrants, combined with our recent expansion of body-worn cameras to DOJ's federal agents, are among the important steps the department is taking to improve law enforcement safety and accountability."

Under the new policy, the department's law enforcement components will be prohibited from using "chokeholds" and "carotid restraints" unless deadly force is authorized, that is "when the officer has a reasonable belief that the subject of such force poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or to another person."

Federal agents are generally required to "knock and announce" their identity, authority and purpose, and demand to enter before entry is made to execute a warrant in a private dwelling. However, there are some circumstances where unannounced entries are authorized. justice.gov

Report Contradicts Public Perception of Rising Crime
'Overall crime decreased in 2020' in the U.S., report finds
A new report by Third Way digs into the numbers and concludes: "Contrary to the media narrative, overall crime decreased in 2020 compared to 2019." The study shows that homicides went up last year, but it found the category to be an outlier.

The paper explores crime rates in the 22 states and the District of Columbia, which submitted and published full data. They cover a broad mix from deep-red states like Nebraska and Tennessee to swing states like Wisconsin and Florida to liberal New York and Washington, D.C.

Nine of the jurisdictions have Republican governors, and 13 have Democratic governors; the mayor of Washington is also a Democrat. The report finds "no difference in crime trends between Republican-led and Democrat-led states" from 2019 to 2020. Crime rose in some blue states and fell in some blue states; it rose in some red states and fell in some red states.

And the paper said there was no apparent disparity in crime trends between states that changed police laws and states that didn't.

"There seems to be a hysteria that began about a year and half ago to try and convince Americans that we're undergoing another crime wave," said Jim Kessler, Third Way's executive vice president for policy. "At a certain point, we just wanted to look at what the actual data was. And it doesn't bear up."

"What we're seeing is really scant evidence of a crime wave," he said.

There is no doubt that Americans are worried about crime. A Morning Consult poll in July found that 78 percent of voters say violent crime is a "major problem" and that 73 percent believe it is increasing. nbcnews.com

Progressive DA Defends Record as Crime Rises
Chesa Boudin, the Most Hated of the Progressive Prosecutors

Critics see the 41-year-old San Francisco district attorney as a symbol of progressivism run amok. In an interview, he defends his record.

His critics see the 41-year-old San Francisco district attorney as a symbol of the progressive legal-reform movement's excesses. But Boudin has also attracted national attention because his personal story is so extraordinary: When he was barely a toddler, his parents, David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin, left him with a babysitter so they could rob a Brink's armored car with fellow members of radical leftist militant groups. Participants in the robbery shot and killed two police officers and a security guard, and Boudin's parents were both convicted of felony murder.

Boudin was raised by Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, leaders of the Weather Underground who, along with Boudin's birth parents, orchestrated anti-government bombings and anti-war protests, such as the violent 1969 Days of Rage riots in Chicago.

Boudin's detractors say that rates of certain kinds of crime are up in the city because he does not enforce the law aggressively enough. Two recall campaigns have been launched against him, although one has already failed. He has described the recalls as Republican-backed, and slammed the police union for undermining him.

"These tactics have nothing to do with me or my policies and everything to do with a retrograde, reactionary, racist police-union leadership determined to exploit tragedies, undermine criminal-justice reform, and ensure impunity for even those police officers who shoot and kill unarmed Black men," he told me. theatlantic.com

The Return of D.C.'s Security Fortress?
Washington ramps up security ahead of Sept. 18 rally
Taking no chances, Capitol Police and other law enforcement officials are ramping up security measures ahead of Saturday's rally in Washington to support the pro-Trump insurrectionists who attacked the Capitol earlier in the year.

Capitol Police have installed temporary high-tech security cameras to allow them a vaster view of the Capitol complex. A Capitol security board on Monday approved a plan to reinstall a seven-foot fence around the main Capitol building, which had stood for months after January's deadly assault.

The board also said it has issued an emergency declaration, which will allow Capitol Police to deputize outside law enforcement as "special" Capitol Police officers on Saturday.

And unlike the lead up to Jan. 6, when a number of lawmakers were warning of rampant violence during Congress's vote to formalize the election results, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Hill leaders have been requesting security briefings ahead of Sept. 18, including one held Monday, to ensure officials have a game plan if violence erupts this weekend.

"We are here to protect everyone's First Amendment right to peacefully protest," Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said in a statement after the briefing. "I urge anyone who is thinking about causing trouble to stay home. We will enforce the law and not tolerate violence." thehill.com

Indianapolis, IN: Council approves $150M in funding to go toward curbing violent crime


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12,000 U.S. COVID Deaths This Month - But Promising Hospitalization Data?
Our Most Reliable Pandemic Number - Hospitalizations - Is Losing Meaning

A new study suggests that almost half of those hospitalized with COVID-19 have mild or asymptomatic cases.

At least 12,000 Americans have already died from COVID-19 this month, as the country inches through its latest surge in cases. But another worrying statistic is often cited to depict the dangers of this moment: The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States right now is as high as it has been since the beginning of February. It's even worse in certain places: Some states, including Arkansas and Oregon, recently saw their COVID hospitalizations rise to higher levels than at any prior stage of the pandemic. But how much do those latter figures really tell us?

The study found that from March 2020 through early January 2021-before vaccination was widespread, and before the Delta variant had arrived-the proportion of patients with mild or asymptomatic disease was 36 percent. From mid-January through the end of June 2021, however, that number rose to 48 percent. In other words, the study suggests that roughly half of all the hospitalized patients showing up on COVID-data dashboards in 2021 may have been admitted for another reason entirely, or had only a mild presentation of disease. theatlantic.com

Backlash Continues Over Biden's Vaccine Mandates
Controversy Erupts Over Biden's Vaccination Mandate

Opponents to the OSHA vaccination ETS approach pledge to oppose it in court.

Businesses and their employees are about to get a crash course in federal regulatory law thanks to President Biden's nationwide announcement ordering the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to require employers of more than 100 workers to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of employment.

Opponents of this sweeping command pledge to have it overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court-and they may actually have a good chance of accomplishing that. But in the immediate term, the overwhelming difficulties surrounding organizing and imposing such a massive program on so many employers could prove to be quite daunting for the administration.

For employers, the new vaccine mandate is going to require a crash course in the arcana of federal rulemaking laws and procedures, as well as on the role of the states in workplace safety and health regulation. Announced on Sept. 9, the President's intention is to have OSHA issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) laying out what will be expected of employers.

Then there is the political fallout which began immediately following the President's speech. In his speech, President Biden confessed to losing patience with those of his fellow Americans who have chosen not to get vaccinated for a variety of reasons. Given the divided state of this country right now, still reeling from the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, it could be tough for the President to sell the vaccination mandate to the public. ehstoday.com

Large Retailers Hold Back After Biden's Vax Announcement
Businesses are waiting before ordering company-wide jabs in the wake of Biden's vaccine mandate

Biden's move doesn't meant that large retailers will immediately begin requiring the jab.

A group representing executives from Walmart, Amazon, Home Depot, and more has voiced support for the Biden administration's plan to mandate vaccines or weekly testing for employers with more than 100 workers. But few of these companies have said yet how they plan to respond to the changes.
A Target spokesperson told Insider that they had no news to share regarding their vaccination strategy. Home Depot confirmed to Insider that it has not yet issued any sort of vaccination mandate for its workers.

"We're evaluating these new developments," a Home Depot spokesperson told Insider. "We don't currently require associates to get vaccinated. We're communicating regularly with associates through our internal channels to encourage COVID-19 vaccination, and we provide information and resources to make it easier for our associates to get the vaccine."

Additionally, a Dollar Tree spokesperson told Insider that, "The health and safety of our associates, customers, and vendors is a top priority. We are focused on complying with all federal, state, and local ordinances."

Walmart recently issued a partial vaccination mandate that only applied to corporate employees, and left out most frontline workers.

Large retailers, which have hundreds of thousands of workers across the US, are likely waiting for more direction from OSHA before making any moves on the new mandate, said Kate Bally, the Director of Labor and Employment Service at Thomson Reuters Practical Law. She said that there a currently a number of unknowns in terms of how the mandates will play out. businessinsider.com

Business Vaccine Mandate Enforcement
How will NYC vaccine mandates for restaurants, gyms & other businesses be enforced?
With a precedent-setting New York City mandate requiring all employees and patrons of more than 30 different types of businesses to show proof they received the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine now being enforced, there's one question on most New Yorkers' minds: How will the city make sure everyone complies?

When asked which city agency would do the enforcing, and how the city will force resistant businesses to comply with the mandates, de Blasio said: "What we're hearing overwhelmingly is that restaurants, fitness and entertainment locations are doing it well already. I've been to a bunch of places, and I'm hearing from my team that people are going in and they [business owners] are checking vaccination cards. They are doing it. They are making it work."

De Blasio said previously that at least initially inspectors from 13 "civilian agencies" wouldn't be focused on fining businesses. Instead, they will be helping business owners comply with the mandates.

The city has provided small businesses with posters and flyers to alert customers of the new mandates. The flyers alert patrons to the mandate and that children under 12 are exempt from the requirement, which the mayor dubbed the "Key to NYC." In addition, the flyers provide information about how to get a free COVID-19 vaccine.

"Any place that needs help, we're going to help them do it," he said. "I don't expect to see hardly any instances of an attempt to defy something that's about the health and well-being of the customers, the employees and the future of New York City. ...Obviously, if there are violations, there will be penalties." silive.com

Work in the Covid-19 Era
What the Numbers Say About Vaccine Mandates, Quitting and More

Job frustrations, work-safety worries, delayed office reopenings-this isn't the post-pandemic season we were hoping for

The numbers say attitudes around vaccine mandates are changing. Frustrations with work, and the urge to throw it all away for something new, are accelerating. The gap between what employees want their work lives to look like, and what bosses think we'll eventually snap back to, persists. And parents, especially mothers, are staring down another strange school year and struggling.

'I quit' - People are on the move-or want to be. Nearly two-thirds of workers are looking for a new job, according to an August survey of 1,007 Americans by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. That's up from about one-third of workers polled in May. Job seekers say they're motivated by the promise of more money, benefits and chances to climb the ladder.

Bosses feel the pressure. The overwhelming majority-88%-said they're seeing higher turnover than normal, according to an August PwC survey of 752 executives.

Changing calendars - Four in 10 corporate leaders polled by employment law firm Littler Mendelson P.C. said last month that they were delaying plans to bring more employees back, in an effort to keep staff safe amid the Delta variant of Covid-19. In recent weeks, companies such as Apple Inc., Chevron Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. have pushed back their dates.

A stance on shots - In a September poll from CivicScience, 56% of 2,282 people surveyed agreed that proof of vaccination should be required to go to work, compared with 27% who disagreed. Some employees are losing patience with unvaccinated colleagues, increasingly supporting measures like restricting them from in-person work and business travel, according to spring and summer polls from Eagle Hill Consulting. wsj.com

Big City Commuters Want to Stay Home
Offices Reopen With Safety Plans, but Big-City Commutes Spook Workers

Some employees push back against returning to the workplace, saying they are reluctant to use trains and buses during the Covid-19 pandemic

Many workers say they are reluctant to ride subways, trains and buses into city centers, particularly when they could be in close quarters with unmasked or unvaccinated people. Several executives say their employees are citing Covid-19 fears related to their commutes as a key reason they want to continue working from home.

Inside offices, safety protocols include widely distanced desks and masks worn in common areas. The White House's order for most employers to mandate Covid-19 vaccines or weekly testing among workers aims to make vaccination a standard for most of the U.S. Yet despite the measures in place at work, the prospect of long rides in crowded subways, train cars and buses is still proving too much for some people, say many workers and executives.

"I'm afraid to get on the train," said Ms. Jackson, 43 years old, who is fully vaccinated. "I remember getting on the train and you're, like, literally sandwiched in sometimes. And I just don't want to be close to people anymore if I don't have to."

Many managers and employees like Ms. Jackson had hoped that people would feel comfortable taking public transit again as vaccines were rolled out, but Covid-19's highly transmissible Delta variant has disrupted those plans in many cities. wsj.com
Delta Has Shoppers Retreating
Shoppers returning to their earlier pandemic behaviors, research finds
Consumers are retrenching in the face of the delta variant of the coronavirus, with 20% "highly optimistic" about a return to normal, down from a third at the beginning of the summer, according to Numerator research. Nearly 60% are "very or somewhat concerned" about holiday plans being disrupted by the pandemic, Berkeley Research Group found.

The number of people who said they had resumed pre-COVID behaviors fell for the first time, from 39% in July to 27% in August, Numerator said. Nearly half say they expect a full reopening to be delayed until 2022 or later, up from 23% who said so in July and 18% in June, the firm found.

The comfort level of shopping without a mask dropped 15 percentage points from July to August, with 34% preferring to go in stores with mask requirements and 36% having a higher level of respect for businesses that enforce mask wearing, per Numerator research. retaildive.com

British grocery chain Morrisons cutting paid time off for unvaxxed workers forced to self-isolate
Morrisons, the British grocery chain, announced that it will cut the amount it pays to staff who are unvaccinated and required to self-isolate. Anti-vaxxers have called for a boycott of the retailer on social media while those supporting vaccinations have celebrated the news. standard.co.uk

Here's a List of Everywhere in NYC Proof of Vaccination Is Required

Amid cries of tyranny, Britain cancels any plan to require vaccine passports

Biden vaccine mandate will test OSHA, U.S. workplace regulator

The NRF's 2022 Visionary Award
NRF Announces Target CEO Brian Cornell as The Visionary 2022
WASHINGTON, September 14, 2021 - The National Retail Federation today announced that Target Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell will receive The Visionary award, given each year to an outstanding retail industry leader. The award will be presented during the seventh annual NRF Foundation Honors on January 16 in New York City.

"Brian Cornell's purpose-driven leadership and strategic vision reflect an unwavering commitment to his team, and a keen ability to cut through the noise and truly understand what American families want and need," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "From spearheading billions of dollars in investments in Target's team and bold business strategy, to cultivating a culture of care among hundreds of thousands of employees, to helping guide the industry throughout the challenges of the pandemic, Brian is an inspiring and innovative leader committed to making a positive impact inside and outside his company. Brian's career and servant leadership are exemplary of why The Visionary award was created."

The Visionary award is presented each year to a retail executive who has driven positive change for the industry. Cornell was selected for his success in creating a business model and culture that stems from Target's core purpose: Helping all families discover the joy of everyday life. He has prioritized investing in team members and placing stores at the center of Target's omnichannel strategy to better serve the thousands of communities Target reaches.

Past recipients include Kohl's CEO Michelle Gass; Nike Chairman, President and CEO Mark Parker; Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon; and Levi Strauss & Co. President and CEO Chip Bergh. nrf.com

Retail's Wage War Stays Hot as Amazon Seeks 125K New Workers
Amazon Adding 125,000 Workers in U.S., Opening Dozens of Facilities
Amazon Inc. plans to add 125,000 employees throughout its U.S. warehouse operations as the technology giant prepares for the holiday shopping period, in which a tight labor market is set to make it more challenging to find staff.

The company also said Tuesday that it plans to open 100 facilities across the country in September, deepening its pool of locations used to store, sort and ship its packages. Amazon, which has had a starting wage of $15 an hour, said its minimum wage has gone up in many locations and now averages more than $18 across the nation. In some areas, for example, Amazon said it has offered pay of up to roughly $22.50 an hour.

Amazon's hiring announcement comes during what has been a competitive period for hourly employees throughout the country. As the U.S. labor market has tightened, firms from across industries-including warehousing, hospitality and restaurants-have tried to edge each other out by enticing workers with sign-on bonuses and other benefits.

As the nation's second-largest private employer and one of the most powerful tech companies in the world, Amazon's size and leverage has enabled it to continue growing at a brisk pace. The company is planning to hold a global recruiting event on Wednesday. wsj.com

Fake Walmart Press Release
Walmart says crypto press release is a fake
Walmart yesterday found itself having to issue a statement calling a press release sent out by Globe Newswire a fake. The false press release claimed that Walmart would begin accept litecoin cryptocurrency payments for online orders.

The news was first leaked through a litecoin Twitter account and then followed by the press release under the headline "Walmart Announces Major Partnership With Litecoin (LTC)"

The fake announcement appeared to be authentic, complete with made-up quotes from Walmart CEO Doug McMillion. It also came on the heels of the retailer posting a "Help Wanted" ad for a cryptocurrency expert, according to CNN.

CNBC reports that several legitimate news organizations, including its own, went live with the story.

Shares of litecoin, the nineteenth most valued cryptocurrency, according to MarketWatch, jumped following the phony announcement but quickly came back down after Walmart refuted it and Globe Newswire recalled the release. Walmart's stock price did not appear to have been significantly affected by the non-news. retailwire.com

Not as Strong as Ida, but Still Life-Threatening Storm Surges
Nicholas now a tropical storm after making landfall in Texas as a Category 1 hurricane packing 75 mph winds
Nicholas made landfall Tuesday morning along the Texas coast as a Category 1 hurricane, threatening to pummel the state with fierce winds, heavy rain and possible flooding.

Residents along the coast from Port Aransas to Port O'Connor face a life-threatening storm surge of up to 5 feet as Nicholas bears down, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm came ashore near the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula, about 10 miles west-southwest of Sargent Beach, Texas, about 1:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, packing 75 mph winds. Hours after landfall, it was downgraded to a tropical storm with winds of 70 mph.

The storm is expected to inundate the region with 6 to 12 inches of rain and isolated totals of 18 inches as it sweeps northeast across the Gulf Coast. Already, it has left about 360,000 customers without power in Texas, according to PowerOutage.US. cnn.com

Retail Sales Projections for the Holidays
Holiday sales could spike 9% in 2021: Deloitte
Retail sales during the holiday season could rise 7% to 9%, according to the latest projections from Deloitte.

In total, sales could reach up to $1.3 trillion. Deloitte projects e-commerce sales could grow 11% to 15% year over year, or up to $218 billion. The growth would come on top of last year's 5.8% increase in holiday sales, which beat Deloitte's expectations for the season. retaildive.com

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CONTROLTEK Introduces Omni SAM+RF,
The Most Versatile EAS System in Retail

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (Sep. 14, 2021)
- CONTROLTEK, a leader in retail loss prevention solutions, has released Omni SAM+RF, a new omni-technology EAS system that uses both AM and RF technology in one system, with the option to upgrade to RFID in the future.

"Omni SAM+RF is the most versatile EAS system in retail today, combining all available technologies into one system with the ability to use any EAS tag on the market," said Rubin Press, vice president of global sales at CONTROLTEK. "Omni SAM+RF also has the option to upgrade to RFID, which opens up the possibility of automated inventory management, real-time asset tracking and improved customer insights for the forward-thinking retailer."

"For retailers, EAS poses an unexpected problem because they have to choose between using AM and RF EAS in their stores," said Tom Meehan, CFI, chief strategy officer and chief information security officer at CONTROLTEK. "However, with Omni SAM+RF, retailers no longer have to choose. Instead, they can combine the power of both AM and RF without compromising on performance to better protect their merchandise."

For more information about Omni SAM+RF and CONTROLTEK's other solutions for retailers, visit the company's website or contact a CONTROLTEK sales representative at sales@controltekusa.com.





Urgent Apple Security Update
Apple issues urgent iPhone software update to address critical spyware vulnerability
Apple has updated its software for iPhones to address
a critical vulnerability that independent researchers say has been exploited by notorious surveillance software to spy on a Saudi activist.

Researchers from the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab said the software exploit has been in use since February and has been used to deploy Pegasus, the spyware made by Israeli firm NSO Group that has allegedly been used to surveil journalists and human rights advocates in multiple countries.

The urgent update that
Apple released Monday plugs a hole in the iMessage software that allowed hackers to infiltrate a user's phone without the user clicking on any links, according to Citizen Lab. The Saudi activist chose to remain anonymous, Citizen Lab said.

Apple credited the Citizen Lab researchers for finding the vulnerability.

Attacks like the ones described are highly sophisticated, cost millions of dollars to develop, often have a short shelf life, and are used to target specific individuals," Ivan Krstić, head of Apple Security Engineering and Architecture, said in a statement.

Krstić said
Apple rapidly addressed the issue with a software fix and that the vulnerability is "not a threat to the overwhelming majority of our users." cnn.com

Millions of Walgreens COVID Testing Patients Exposed?
How Walgreens' sloppy Covid-19 test registration system exposed patient data

Millions of people got Covid-19 tests through Walgreens. Their information wasn't adequately protected.

If you got a Covid-19 test at Walgreens,
your personal data - including your name, date of birth, gender identity, phone number, address, and email - was left on the open web for potentially anyone to see and for the multiple ad trackers on Walgreens' site to collect. In some cases, even the results of these tests could be gleaned from that data.

data exposure potentially affects millions of people who used - or continue to use - Walgreens' Covid-19 testing services over the course of the pandemic.

Multiple security experts told Recode that the
vulnerabilities found on the site are basic issues that the website of one of the largest pharmacy chains in the United States should have known to avoid. Walgreens has promoted itself as a "vital partner in testing," and the company is reimbursed for those tests by insurance companies and the government.

Alejandro Ruiz, a consultant with Interstitial Technology PBC, discovered the issues in March after a family member got a Covid-19 test. He says he contacted Walgreens over email, phone, and through the website's security form. The company was not responsive, he says, which didn't surprise him.

"Any company that made such basic errors in an app that handles health care data is one that
does not take security seriously," Ruiz said.

Recode informed Walgreens of Ruiz's findings, which were confirmed by two other security experts. Recode gave Walgreens time to fix the vulnerabilities before publishing, but Walgreens did not do so. vox.com

'Everyone's a Target'
Honing Cybersecurity Strategy When Everyone's a Target for Ransomware
These days,
ransomware is seemingly ubiquitous. No longer just a discussion topic for cybersecurity professionals and researchers, these days it seems like rarely a week goes by when it's not in the mainstream media. It's rapidly become a commonplace word, and in some respects, this increased visibility is a positive development.

In today's world, essentially everyone is a potential target for ransomware - and that means
security pros have their work cut out for them.

Increased Vulnerability Overall
Even the most avowed Luddites among us probably have at least a tiny digital footprint, whether they know it or not. If you buy groceries with a debit card, visit a doctor or pay taxes, there is personal information about you in a digital format somewhere. And that's just to name a few examples.

That means the mentality of "Oh, I don't have anything cybercriminals would be interested in" needs to be set aside for good. Yes, you do, and even if you don't think you do directly, you're probably connected to someone else with more valuable digital assets - and
bad actors will try to use you as a pathway. And as security professionals, we need to make everyone understand this.

The Lowest-Hanging Fruit Isn't Always the Best Target
While not all hackers are out for the money, if they are, they become particularly crafty at plying their trade. What malicious actors are often looking for are the "keys to the kingdom" - the most lucrative mission-critical information, passwords, contacts or accounts - which is usually found within the C-suite. And not only do C-suite targets have the most valuable organizational data, but they are also the decision-makers of whether to pay a ransom.

More Cybersecurity Training is Needed
Social-engineering schemes such as phishing attacks continue to be one of the most common vectors for ransomware and other cybersecurity attacks. And while many organizations are allegedly doing training for employees, those
workers are apparently not retaining what they've been taught.

Greater awareness is the fundamental principle on which a strong cybersecurity strategy is based. Although many organizations focus on the daily end-user cyber awareness training, they should also consider the value of training their security and network professionals. threatpost.com

Most Cybersecurity Incidents are Avoidable
Brute-Force Attacks, Vulnerability Exploits Top Initial Attack Vectors

A new analysis emphasizes how most security incidents can be avoided with strong patch management and password management policies.

A new analysis of data from security incidents that Kaspersky responded to in 2020 shows
63% resulted from poor patching and password management practices.

Though newly discovered
vulnerabilities tend to attract a lot of attention and concern, Kaspersky found only a relatively small proportion of incidents it investigated last year involved vulnerabilities discovered in 2020. In most other instances, attackers used older vulnerabilities, including at least one from 2017, that enterprise organizations should have patched long ago.

Adversaries act as businesses:
They pay attention to the costs and know the most cost-efficient attacks are those that target low-hanging, easily accessible security issues, says Gleb Gritsai, head of security services at Kaspersky. "A lot of victims happen to be aware of existing security issues - [such as] lack of security patches and bad passwords - or suspicious behavior that was not properly investigated," he says. "Did they need expensive and stellar security solutions, and complex security controls to prevent or detect incidents? No, just security basics to minimize attack surface," Gritsai says.

Kaspersky's analysis shows brute-force attacks on enterprise systems surged from 13% of all incidents in 2019 to 31.6% of incidents the security vendor investigated last year. Brute-force attacks involve the use of automated trial and error methods to crack passwords. While they rarely work - or take a lot of time - with strong passwords,
attackers have used the technique successfully for years to crack weak and commonly used passwords.

Kaspersky described the surge in brute-force attacks as likely tied to the shift to a more distributed and hybrid work environment since the global COVID-19 pandemic began. Gritsai says the increase in remote work led to a loosening of security controls for publicly available systems as organizations sidetracked security for the sake of business operations.
This presented attackers with more systems protected with password-based authentication that they could target with brute-force attacks. darkreading.com

REvil Operation Appears to be Back
Bad News: Innovative REvil Ransomware Operation Is Back
Has the notorious
REvil ransomware group resumed full-scale attack operations? On Tuesday, multiple security experts - including Brett Callow, a threat analyst at Emsisoft - reported that the group's Tor-based sites had come back online, including its "Happy Blog" data leak site and its payments portal. That's notable because the ransomware-as-a-service operation, also known as Sodinokibi, went dark in July, not long after two big hits.

Unfortunately, with its infrastructure coming back online,
REvil appears to be back. Notably, all victims listed on its data leak site have had their countdown timers reset, Bleeping Computer reports. Such timers give victims a specified period of time to begin negotiating a ransom payment, before REvil says it reserves the right to dump their stolen data online.  bankinfosecurity.com

CERT NZ Releases Ransomware Protection Guide for Businesses
The New Zealand Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT NZ) has released a guide on ransomware protection for businesses. The guide includes a pair of helpful diagrams that outline different ransomware attack pathways and illustrate where relevant security controls can work to protect or stop an attack.

CISA encourages users, administrators, and business leaders to review the CERT NZ guide, Protecting from ransomware, for more information as well as recommended prevention and mitigation measures.

For additional resources related to the prevention and mitigation of ransomware, see https://www.stopransomware.gov as well as the CISA-MS-ISAC Joint Ransomware Guide.

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Lawmakers Pile On Amazon for 'COVID Misinformation'
Senator and congressman condemn Amazon for promoting anti-vaxxer books

Elizabeth Warren and Adam Schiff have written to complain about search algorithms that appear to spread misinformation

American senator Elizabeth Warren has accused Amazon of
"peddling misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines and treatments" through its search and bestseller algorithms, after the online retail giant pushed a book by an author the New York Times called "the most influential spreader of coronavirus misinformation online".

Searching for Covid-19 on the site gives the top result as Joseph Mercola and Ronnie Cummins's The Truth About Covid-19,
a title that claims to reveal how the "effectiveness of the vaccines has been wildly exaggerated", how the virus was lab-engineered in Wuhan, and how "safe, simple, and inexpensive treatment and prevention for Covid-19 have been censored and suppressed to create a clear path for vaccine acceptance".

Warren has written to Amazon's chief executive Andy Jassy over her
concerns that the online retailer's search algorithms "appear to contribute to the spread of Covid-19 misinformation". The Massachusetts senator pointed to research from her staff, which found that searches on pandemic-related topics "consistently included highly ranked and favourably tagged books based on falsehoods about Covid-19 vaccines and cures".

Warren was joined in her attack by Adam Schiff, a California congressman, who wrote to Jassy about his concerns that
as long as anti-vaccine products remain on the site, "Amazon is directly profiting from the sensationalism of anti-vaccine misinformation, while these conspiracy theories continue to directly contribute to Covid-19 deaths".

Schiff called on Amazon to lay out the steps it is taking to ensure its recommendations are
not used to promote misleading health information. theguardian.com

Racism Gets Amazon Employee Fired
Amazon employee fired after calling delivery driver n-word for walking on grass

"We were deeply concerned by what we observed in the video," an Amazon spokesperson said.

Ring doorbell captured the moment a white Amazon manager in North Carolina possibly called a fellow Amazon delivery driver the N-word for walking on his lawn.

The obscene rant later got Brad Boynton fired. The delivery man, Nikolas Mayrant,
claims he was racially abused when delivering a package to Boynton's home, the Daily Mail reports. Video footage of the incident shows Boynton complaining about the deliveryman on the phone with an Amazon manager, accusing Mayrant of not following "any of the f-ing policies."

As Mayrant walks away,
Boynton is heard twice saying what appears to be the N-word. An Amazon rep told the Daily Mail that he was saying, 'Nader, Nader,' because he was speaking on the phone to "someone by the name of Nader." news.yahoo.com

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$2M TJX Fencing Operation Busted
Orange County, CA: $2M In Stolen Goods Recovered by CHP Retail Task Force, 4 Arrested In TJX Fence Operation
Four people were arrested and almost $2 million in merchandise stolen from TJX companies was recovered after an extensive investigation in Orange County, officials say. A search warrant served by California Highway Patrol investigators yielded the discovery of the stolen goods, requiring multiple trucks to recover and transport the vast amount of merchandise recovered during the operation. All items were found with store tags, sensors and in brand new condition. $65,000 in cash was also recovered, officials say.

Anaheim residents Jaime Mendoza, 36, and Maritza Guerrero, 31, are accused of committing "multiple thefts" of retail goods and delivering those goods to a mobile home in Midway City.

Yolanda De la Rosa, 48, of Midway City, Jaime De la Rosa, 55, of Midway City, residents of the mobile home where the stolen merchandise was found "packed almost floor to ceiling," the California Highway Patrol's Organized Retail Crime Taskforce said.

The four suspects were booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of
involvement in the retail theft from over 40 stores totaling almost $2 million. The task force served warrants and discovered a mobile home filled with stolen merchandise. There were also four self-storage units found in connection with all of the suspects, all containing stolen goods. All of the merchandise was found with the store tags still in place and several of the items had security sensors still attached, CHP reported. patch.com

Colorado Springs, CO: More than $410K in diesel fuel stolen from Kum & Gos
Springs police say a ring of thieves siphoned six figures' worth of diesel gasoline from a convenience store chain over a span of months. Officers arrested one of the suspects late last week, who allegedly had roughly 750 gallons of fuel on him when he was taken into custody. More arrests are expected. The investigation started in late April when CSPD was contacted by the senior loss prevention manager for Kum & Go.

"CSPD was contacted ... regarding a crime pattern in which unknown parties were using stolen credit card numbers to purchase large quantities of diesel fuel from their business," police said. According to the loss prevention manager, the crime wave started in Denver but moved to the Colorado Springs-Fountain area. Since moving to the Pikes Peak region, the price tag on the fuel stolen came out to an eye-watering $410,000.

"It was believed that the suspects were using full size pick-up trucks that were modified in order to obtain and transport the large quantities of stolen fuel," police said. During the investigation, detectives said they witnessed one suspect use phony gift cards at three Kum & Go locations, traveling between the gas stations in a Ford F-250 with a massive fuel tank "that took up the entire bed of the truck." The cards had allegedly been reencoded with stolen credit card numbers. Detectives with the CSPD Financial Crimes Unit and patrol officers from the Gold Hill sub-station arrested the suspect on Sept. 10. He has since been identified as Jose Romero-Bizuela and faces charges of identity theft, cyber crime and theft.

Riverside, CA: Pair accused of stealing $170,000 in jewelry from JC Penney
Two men are suspected of stealing $170,000 in gold jewelry during a smash-and-grab theft at the Galleria at Tyler mall in Riverside, according to police. A 23-year-old Upland resident and a 22-year-old from West Covina each posted a $10,000 bond before the start of the weekend and were released from the Robert Presley Jail. Officer Javier Cabrera, a Riverside police spokesman, said the suspects allegedly targeted the JC Penney jewelry counter shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8. The pair walked directly to a display case and used a sledgehammer to break the glass, Cabrera said, then the two allegedly reached in and grabbed as much gold jewelry as they could carry and fled.

A police helicopter crew reached the area within a couple of minutes and spotted the suspects allegedly dumping items into a trash receptacle not far from the mall, Cabrera said. Patrol officers surrounded the men before they could get back into their vehicle, he said. "The stolen jewelry, with an estimated value of $170,000, was found in their getaway car," Cabrera said. The men were booked into the downtown Riverside jail on suspicion of grand theft, burglary and conspiracy.

Baton Rouge, LA: Boutique owner defends store from would-be shoplifter
A wild shoplifting attempt in Baton Rouge was caught on cell phone video. The owner of a boutique fought back when she said someone tried to steal hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise from her store. "I worked hard to like get here and she can't just like take that," said Abby Bullock, owner of 'Wanderlust by Abby' on Perkins Road. "It's not right." This was not the first time the store almost got robbed. 'Wanderlust by Abby' has a big selection of women's clothes and accessories. The owner said the would-be shoplifter mistook the 'Half Off' signs, thinking things were free. "I attempted to get the bag from her and she kind of went crazy on me. And it was a hustle all the way out the door. But I got every single thing back. It was $850 worth of stuff," explained Bullock.

Shreveport, LA: Security Camera Catches $20,000 Bike Shop Theft
According to dealer/manager Jim Synder (who was alerted about the break in by the store's security system), the pack of pilferers were in and out in less than 50 seconds! That being said, the video footage from the break in doesn't exactly convince me that we're dealing with an "Ocean's 11" type of crew. Synder says all-in-all ,the thieves made away with 2 bikes for a total loss of $20,000 plus the damage caused when the burglars forced their way in.

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Shootings & Deaths

Update: Springfield, MO: Second man charged in fatal shooting at C-Store
A second suspect has been charged with second-degree murder in a shooting outside a Springfield convenience store this summer, Greene County prosecutors said. Cody J. Westmoreland, 24, was also charged Monday with armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and felony robbery in the death of Jason E. Masters, 49, of Springfield. Garrett Austin Eagle, 22, of Springfield, has been charged with second-degree murder in Masters' death. Police found Masters in a truck at the store suffering from gunshot wounds on Aug. 13. He died later of his injuries. Eagle told investigators that he was not the shooter but Westmoreland told detectives Eagle pulled the trigger, KYTV reported. Masters allegedly owned Eagle money, police said. stltoday.com

Ogden, UT: Teen charged in Ogden grocer's death certified as an adult
A 16-year-old boy accused of shooting and killing an Ogden grocer in February would serve time in the juvenile system before going to prison at age 21 under terms of a new tentative plea deal. The teenager has not yet entered any guilty pleas, but Weber County Attorney Chris Allred said Monday the teen is expected to do so in Ogden's 2nd District Court on Wednesday. The boy had faced a charge of aggravated murder in juvenile court in the death of Satnam Singh, 65, until prosecutors filed reduced charges in the adult system last week. Evidence in the case points to a robbery gone awry, Allred has said, but not a hate crime. ksl.com

Milwaukee, WI: A shooting took place at the Walmart in Milwaukee,
no injuries reported
Police confirmed that there was a shooting Monday night at the Walmart located at 10330 W. Silver Spring Drive. Police provided no further details Monday night and didn't say if anyone was injured, but a worker at the store said she didn't believe anyone was injured. Milwaukee Fire Department Deputy Chief Will Kowalski confirmed that no victims were found. The Walmart employee said she was near the fitting room when she heard five or six gunshots "going off repeatedly." "Once police had the scene secure, they were able to get everybody out of the building safely," Kowalski said. A Journal Sentinel
reporter on the scene counted 14 evidence markers located just outside the front doors of the store, with a number of police officers gathered nearby. jsonline.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Livonia, MI: Two men terrorize Celebration Station party store staff, customers during violent robbery
The owner of a shop in Livonia is speaking out after surviving a violent and frightening robbery. Joan Bates owns the Celebration Station in Livonia. She said on Sunday (Sept. 12) a man walked in with a red hoodie over his head and a red bandana over his face. She said he told her he needed balloons for his niece's birthday. Then another man in a red hoodie and red bandanna walked in. Bates said she didn't think much of the bandannas. "I said, 'Does she like butterflies, mermaids?' He came up from behind me and put his arm around my neck," Bates said. "He said, 'shut up. Stop talking. I am going to kill you.'" Both men made everyone in the store, including Bates' 6-year-old niece, lie on the floor. Bates said one knew which button to push to make the register open so he could take the cash. The other man forced Bates to hand over her cash box, which had her rent inside and then slammed her niece up against a wall. They tried to tie Bates and her niece up with balloon ribbon.
"For somebody to come in and violate such a fun place is just disgusting," she said. "You stripped a little girl of her innocence at somewhere that's fun."  clickondetroit.com

San Bernardino man gets 6 years in prison for 5 month Robbery spree of 28 Food and Retail Stores in Southern California
A San Bernardino man who robbed more than two dozen retail and fast-food stores during a five-month span in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties was sentenced today to 72 months in federal prison. David Sanchez, 41, was sentenced by United States District Judge Mark C. Scarsi. Sanchez pleaded guilty on June 21 to two counts of interference with commerce by robbery.

From November 2020 to April 2021, Sanchez robbed 28 fast food restaurants and retail stores. In each robbery, he brandished what appeared to be a firearm - but was in fact a BB gun - and demanded money from the cash registers. The robberies netted a total of at least $3,853. Sanchez admitted in his plea agreement to robbing stores and food shops in Lynwood, Long Beach, South Gate, San Bernardino, Palmdale, Compton, Whittier, Fontana and Bellflower. The robberies targeted Walgreens, Circle K, Little Caesar's Pizza, Subway, El Rey Supermarket, Lynwood Farmer's Market, Family Dollar Store, Starbucks, Domino's Pizza and Dollar Tree outlets. justice.gov



Sarasota, FL: Credit card trafficker, counterfeiter sentenced to 4 years in prison
Man working a credit card and counterfeiting operation in Sarasota has been sentenced to four years in prison. The State Attorney's office announced Friday that Tyrone Mason was sentenced to four years of prison followed by two years of probation. Mason was found guilty of trafficking in credit cards, possession of a skimming device and possession of counterfeit U.S. currency. Mason and accomplices came from Tampa to Sarasota to launder several counterfeit $100 bills at local businesses. Mason would purchase relatively small items and tender the fake money. The money was created by washing lower denominations and reprinting $100 bills on top of $5 or $10 bills.
A cashier at a Home Depot spotted the suspicious currency and alerted law enforcement, prosecutors said. mysuncoast.com




Beauty - Kenosha, WI - Burglary
Bikes - Shreveport, LA - Burglary
C-Store - Sioux City, IA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Waynesboro, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Turlock, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Turlock, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Dauphin County, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Greensboro, NC - Armed Robbery
CVS - Fishers, IN - Robbery
CVS - Chesterfield, VA - Robbery
Check Cashing - Las Vegas, NV - Robbery
Clothing - Columbus, OH - Robbery
Family Dollar - Hampton, VA - Robbery
Gas Station - Stillmore, GA - Armed Robbery
Golf - Valencia County, NM - Burglary
Jewelry - Riverside, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Toledo, OH - Robbery
Party Supply - Livonia, MI - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Groesbeck, TX - Burglary
Restaurant - Reading, PA - Robbery
Walgreens - Madison, WI - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Clarksville, TN - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 18 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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