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Mike Rackley was named Sr. Director Global Security & Chief Security Officer for Apollo Group. Before joining with Apollo Group, Mike spent over 11 years at Target, holding positions such as Group Assets Protection Team Leader, Sr. Group Manager - Crisis Management & Corporate Security, and Director - Global Security. Mike was recently a member on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, Twin Cities Area Chapter and he is currently a member of the National Advisory Council for FEMA. He is also currently studying at the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Congrats Mike!
David Canola was named Executive Director of Safety & Security for The Conrad. David has previously held loss prevention and safety positions at the director level with the Millenium Hilton in New York City, Marriot Hotels, and The Loews Miami Beach Hotel. David has also held loss prevention and security positions at the managerial level with La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa, Tiffany & Company, W Hotels, St. Moritz Security Services, Marriot Hotels, The Breakers Hotel, Dav-El Chauffeured Transportation, and The Venetian. David got his start in the LP world at Macy's Herald Square, where he was a security officer. Congrats David!


Costco, Macy's and IKEA honored at World Retail Awards. Costco was named the world's "Retailer of the Year", Macy’s was recognized as "Multichannel Retailer of the Year", and IKEA was named "International Retailer of the Year" at the 2012 World Retail Congress held in London. (Source insiderretailing.com.au)

Toys 'R' Us sued by Nabi Tablet for trade secret theft. The maker of the Nabi tablet computer for children sued Toys 'R' Us Inc on Monday, saying the world's largest toy retailer stole trade secrets in preparing to introduce the rival Tabeo tablet this month. The lawsuit filed in federal court in San Diego, California, seeks to stop Toys 'R' Us from selling Tabeo ahead of the all-important holiday season. Nabi creator Fuhu Inc contends that Toys 'R' Us agreed to become the exclusive seller of the Nabi last year to learn product secrets before bringing Tabeo to market. (Source theatlanticwire.com)

Staples plans to shut 60 stores, hoping to save about $250M
. Forty-five of those are located Europe and 15 are here in the U.S. While the U.S. stores were already expected to close, Staples has accelerated the process.  (Source bloomberg.com)

Discover Card to refund $200 million to credit card customers. In addition to the refunds, Discover agrees to pay $14 million in civil penalties as part of a consent order to settle allegations of deceptive marketing tactics. More than 3.5 million Discover credit card customers will share $200 million in refunds in the wake of a federal investigation that determined the bank tricked people into signing up for payment protection plans and other add-on services. (Source yahoo.com)

Lululemon defends the strictest return policy in the business. Absolutely no returns after 14 days, not even on gifts. The Yoga gear company says that they fully understand that many customers have turned to selling the un-returnable merchandise on eBay. Luluemon stated that the policy has helped the brand to sell 95 percent of its product at full price by creating the concept of scarcity. (Source businessinsider.com)

Wet Seal is fighting off the Clinton Group’s demand for change. Wet Seal hopes that its shareholders stand against the Clinton’s Group demands for changes to the Board of Directors. Wet Seal feels that they have a handle on the recovery of the company. The Clinton Group feels Wet Seal should replace five Board Members and even urged Wet Seal to sell the company in the past. (Source businessweek.com)

Kenneth Cole shareholders approved a plan by the founder and namesake of the clothing brand to take it private for $15.25 a share with an enterprise value of about $245 million. The deal is slated to close today. (Source wwd.com)

Maurices’ plans for new Corporate Headquarters building in Downtown Duluth. Maurices’ has just outgrown its current office space, over the years adding more office space in adjacent downtown buildings. Now a new plan has been developed to build a new 15 story, $80 million office tower, which Maurices’ will be the anchor tenant and occupy up to 6 floors. (Source duluthnewstribune.com)


Round Rock, Texas IKEA the largest solar installation in the US. Anyone who has ever shopped in an IKEA stores knows just how large that store is. Well now the store in Round Rock has a Texas sized solar panel online. The 6,664 solar panels could power 206 homes annually. IKEA plans on continuing to explore more solar installations around the country and was recently named one of the top 20 companies (along with Walmart and Costco) using solar power. (Source bizjournals.com)



Aldi to open three new stores in Northern Michigan. Aldi is just a few months away from opening three new stores in Northern Michigan. Aldi already occupies 55 stores in Michigan, 26 of those are in the Greater Detroit area. Aldi is keeping silent on the numbers of store yet to open in the state, but believe Michigan had a dramatic impact on the company’s bottom line. (Source mlive.com)

With 4M sold in the first three days, Apple sets a new record with more than 5M iPhone 5s sold. Although this number may seem large, it is actually disappointing to Apple because it is less than the 6 to 6.5M that analysts expected in the first three days. In fact, it only beats the iPhone 4S launch by a small margin.  (Source crainsnewyork.com)

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores urges Obama to sign a crime bill into law
. Called the "Strengthening and Focusing Enforcement to Deter Organized Stealing and Enhance Safety Act of 2012," the bill passed unanimously in the Senate on Sept. 22 and passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 26.  (Source supermarketnews.com)
 

UK’S Cyber Expert Investigator states that criminals are always looking for that next big score. Bob Burls has played a major role in some of the largest cyber crime investigations in the world. Burls explains how more sophisticated malware is being developed, tested, released on the world’s global market everyday. (Source sophos.com)




Early look at Macy’s $400 Million Flagship Makeover. (Source businessinsider.com)





$150,000 in Coca-Cola, tractor-trailer stolen in southwest Orlando Hundreds of cases of 20-ounce Coke bottles are missing along with a tractor-trailer stolen over the weekend in southwest Orlando, according to police. The soda disappeared shortly before midnight Saturday after break-ins of two trucks parked on Westgate Drive, a report stated. The theft was the second in less than two months in Orlando involving tractor-trailers parked overnight with more than $100,000 of merchandise. (Source catholic.org)

Trailer with 24 sports vehicles reported stolen in Ohio. The Williams County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of a rig trailer containing two dozen recreational vehicles from the truck parking lot at a northwestern Ohio motel. The trailer was reported stolen at 7 p.m. Sunday from the Ramada Inn near the Ohio Turnpike. The Sheriff’s Department believes the loss is listed at $195,000 and was reported by an employee of a Paulding company that specializes in moving specialty and power sport vehicles. (Source wane.com)
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Why you might see more counterfeit bills in the next six weeks
. Counterfeit bills are popping up more and more and a big reason could be the current presidential race. The connection between the two is the Secret Service. As agents are spread thin with the election, counterfeiters are cashing in.  (Source wkyc.com)




Three South Carolina men arrested for selling counterfeit goods. Joint Task force of Local and State Law Enforcement take down a flee market in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Investigators confiscated 816 DVDs Total value of the seized items was $16,320, hundreds more in counterfeit shoes and apparel. The following week investigators returned to the flea market to find and arrest Djiby Ndiaye, who had nearly $50,000 of counterfeit merchandise. (Source wltx.com)

Costco Jewel thief caught in San Antonio, TX stole nearly $120,000. San Antonio Police arrested a man accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from Costco. Dustin Ammons, 31, is accused of burglarizing the store on U.T.S.A. Boulevard and Interstate 10 back in July. Investigators say Ammons broke into the store and managed not to trip any motion detectors, then shot out the jewelry cases, making off with more than $120,000 worth of jewelry and watches. Officers say they believe Ammons had some of the jewelry with him when he was arrested. They believe the rest of the jewelry was pawned or sold. (Source kens5.com)

Three Burglars arrested hitting Bass Pro Shop in Olathe, Kansas. Police arrested three men in connection with a burglary at the Bass Pro Shops early Monday. Officers were dispatched about 12:20 a.m. to the Bass Pro Shops, on a commercial burglary alarm and discovered a window smashed out on the store's east side. The K-9 unit with the Lenexa Police Department also responded to assist with a building search. Police determined that five assault rifles were stolen. The three men, who are being called persons of interest, were later taken into custody with the assistance of the Shawnee Police Department. (Source kctv5.com)


Mattress World Warehouse fire in Central PA. Police have arrested a Bellefonte man they say is suspected of starting the fire Monday morning that destroyed the Mattress World warehouse in Bellefonte. Police said Jeffrey E. Karg, 22, was arrested and charged with arson, criminal mischief and unlawful burning. Karg was arrested without incident as he was walking downtown and may be connected to a fire which leveled a historic building just three blocks away. The cost of damage has not been determined. (Source wearecentralpa.com)



Michigan bus driver was using a school bus as a get-a-way vehicle. A High School bus driver stopped at Parisian’s to shoplift nearly $600 in merchandise. When Parisian’s Loss Prevention staff went to make the apprehension, they were shocked that her school bus was right outside the store. Rose Stacho’s next stop was to pick up the children for their ride home from Stoney Creek High School. (Source clickondetroit.com)


Man crashes stolen car in Missoula after stealing a semiautomatic rifle from Walmart. Michael Reynolds is facing charges after allegedly stealing a car and an assault rifle and then leading Missoula police officers on a chase. Michael Reynolds is now being charged with felony theft and robbery. Officers responded to Walmart after receiving a report that a man who was looking at an assault rifle grabbed the rifle and then ran out the door. (Source missoulian.com)

Suspect had $3000 in cash on her, spent 2 hours changing tickets in a Target. Genel Gingeleski spent two hours placing clearance tickets on full priced merchandise valued at $167. Gingeleski then put on an outfit of stolen clothes in the fitting room and walked to the store to purchase the re-ticketed items. At the time of her apprehension, Gingeleski had $3000 in cash in her purse. (Source bradenton.com)

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Pre-peeled banana idea backfires on supermarket
. Billa, a supermarket that has locations in nine countries across Europe, thought they had a great idea when they decided to sell pre-peeled bananas wrapped in plastic. However, the idea backfired on them when angry customers called the chain out for being environmentally unfriendly and wasteful.  (Source businessinsider.com)

 

 


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Woman charged with stealing $6K in baby formula from Kroger in Louisville, KY. A Louisville woman has been charged with stealing more than $6,000 worth of baby formula over the course of a month. St. Matthews police say 18-year-old Ruby Bard was arrested Saturday on a shoplifting charge after being caught trying to leave a Kroger with a tub full of 41 cans of formula. Bard was also caught on camera with the same tub stealing formula on Aug. 25, 26 and 30, and Sept. 10 and 13. The value of the 41 cans of baby formula was reported to be $6,200. Police say Bard had been caught shoplifting at a Kroger before and had been banned from all of the company's stores. (Source wdrb.com)



Eighteenth cigarette heist in Columbus, Ohio since July. Investigators said on Monday that the same people are suspected in at least 18 similar east side break-ins in the past three months. Columbus Police said the thieves take these cigarettes and lottery tickets, and they'll try to sell them out on the street or they'll try to fence them to a corner carry-out. Police believe the total from these burglaries is nearly $100,000. (Source 10tv.com)

 

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Axis Introduces Affordable 360°/180° Panoramic Network Cameras with up to 5MP Resolution for Superb Overview Surveillance

The discreet AXIS M3007-P and vandal-resistant AXIS M3007-PV provide ceiling- and wall-mounted video options with de-warped quad and panoramic views

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – September 25, 2012 – Axis Communications, the global market leader in network video, today announces 360° fixed mini dome cameras with a 5 megapixel sensor that enables detailed, high-quality 360° or 180° panoramic views of wide indoor areas. The competitively priced AXIS M3007-PV and AXIS M3007-P Network Cameras (-P for panoramic) provide retail stores, hotels, schools and offices with cost-effective solutions to capture wide video overviews that help detect incidents and track the flow of people.

The cameras, which are the latest additions to the AXIS M30 Series, can be mounted on ceilings for 360° overviews or on walls for 180° panoramic views. Both the highly discreet AXIS M3007-P and vandal-resistant AXIS M3007-PV support several viewing modes, including 360° overview in 5 megapixel resolution, as well as horizontal panoramic views and single-stream quad views that are “de-warped” inside the camera for easy viewing (see video).

When mounted on the ceiling, the camera will produce a circular, 360° bird’s eye overview video of the entire room. Typically, adapting a circular image to fit into a rectangular view causes what is commonly referred to as a "fisheye" or "barreling" effect, which is when the horizontal and vertical lines in the flattened image appear curved. De-warping digitally straightens these lines to produce a clearer, detailed image that can be viewed in a panoramic or quad-view format. The cameras also provide view area modes that allow users to digitally pan, tilt and zoom in on specific areas of interest within the panoramic or 360° view.

"Before this week’s official launch at Security Essen in Germany, we gave a sneak peak of the new 360° / 180° fixed domes at ASIS International. Alongside the covert AXIS P12 Series, they definitely generated the most buzz," said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications, Inc. "Our partners and end-customers were especially excited about the versatile ceiling- and wall-mount options, the quad and panoramic viewing profiles for detailed video and, of course, the price of these multi-megapixel mini domes."

Just like the recently announced AXIS M3004-V, AXIS M3005-V and the wide-angle AXIS M3006-V fixed domes in the AXIS M30 Series, AXIS M3007-PV is a vandal and dust-resistant fixed dome camera. AXIS M3007-P, which has a different outer shell with no cover over its lens, is an extremely discreet camera that can blend into any room because it has the appearance of a smoke detector.

AXIS M3007-PV/-P cameras come focused at delivery, which shortens installation time, and are fitted with a 6.6 ft. network cable that supports Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af) to eliminate the need for additional power cables and reduce installation costs. To reduce storage costs, multiple streams in H.264 and Motion JPEG can be sent simultaneously.

AXIS M3007-PV/-P offer considerable processing power for the installation of intelligent video applications through the AXIS Camera Application Platform. In addition, the cameras’ built-in microSDHC card slot enables several days of recording to be stored locally on a memory card. When local storage is used together with the free AXIS Camera Companion client, users have an affordable way to remotely view and manage IP video surveillance for up to 16 cameras per site.

AXIS M3007-PV/-P cameras are also supported by industry-leading video management software, including AXIS Camera Station and third-party applications from Axis’ Application Development Partner Program. Additionally, the cameras support hosted video and ONVIF for easy camera system integration.

AXIS M3007-PV and AXIS M3007-P have suggested retail prices of $649 and $599, respectively. They are expected to be available for order in Q4 2012. For photos and other resources, please visit www.axis.com/corporate/press/press_material.htm?key=m3007pv and www.axis.com/corporate/press/press_material.htm?key=m3007p

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