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Supervalu announces that it's in "active dialogue" with several parties. The third-largest U.S. grocery store chain released a statement saying it had received a "number of indications of interest" but there can't be any assurance that they may result in a transaction.  (Source bloomberg.com)

As the holidays come closer, online retail price wars are heating up
. Some online retailers are even switching the prices of consumer items several times each day. As the online marketplace gets increasingly competitive and confusing, here are some things savvy shoppers should look out for to come out on top.  (Source businessinsider.com)

Target and Best Buy are price-matching for the holidays, but could it backfire
? As Best Buy and Target attempt to compete with online retailer Amazon, they have promised to match competitor's prices. However, instead of making happy customers, Ann Zimmerman at the Wall Street Journal thinks this plan may confuse and anger customers instead.  (Source businessinsider.com)

As retailers try to combat Amazon, shoppers will be the ones stuck in the middle
. Analysts are expecting brick-and-mortar merchants to use a variety of tactics to help them compete with Amazon and other online-only companies.  (Source cnbc.com)

McDonald’s profit fall 3.5%, US sales decline. McDonald’s Corp., the world’s largest restaurant chain by sales, reported third-quarter profit fell 3.5 percent as sales growth slowed at U.S. stores. Net income dropped to $1.46 billion, or $1.43 a share, from $1.51 billion, or $1.45, a year earlier, the Oak Brook, Illinois-based company said today in a statement. McDonald's has beefed up advertising to try to fend off the resurgent rivals. (Source cnbc.com)

President Obama seen as the "most anti-gun President in American history” has been great for the gun industry. President Obama was rumored for years to enact a strategy to restrict the purchase of guns; this triggered record sales of firearms over the last four years. "The driver is President Obama. He's the best thing that ever happened to the firearm industry," said Jim Barrett, an industry analyst at C.L. King & Associates Inc. in New York. (Source cnbc.com)

Tesco and Walmart struggle to understand the consumers in China. Both retailers are finding out that competing against the small local retailers is a little more difficult in China. Tesco and Walmart announced slow downs in growth in the Chinese market, due to soft sales. Retail giant Carrefour is closing its store in Singapore due to falling sales. (Source bloomberg.com)

Associated Grocers of Baton Rouge (AGBR) has joined with The Retail Control Group, Scottsdale, Ariz., to launch an initiative that trains retail members of AGBR to reduce store shrink and grow store sales. The retailers will be provided with The Retail Control Group’s "Total Store Manager" and "Customer Service Excellence" programs, following implementation at targeted member stores. (Source supermarketnews.com)

A newly released report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that there has been an increase in violent crime for the first time in 20 years
. Between 2010 and 2011, the rate of violent victimization increased 17%. “This report reinforces the need for chains large and small to review and reinforce their proactive crime prevention practices,” said security consultant Rollie Trayte. “The bottom line is that retailers need to be more security conscious in managing their businesses. The same basics of crime/loss prevention that were constructed by NACS in the early 1990s generally still apply.”  (Source nacsonline.com)

Two bomb threats at two Home Depot Long Island stores this week
. A Home Depot store on Long Island was evacuated for the second time this week after a report of a suspicious package sent police rushing to the scene and led customers and employees of an entire shopping plaza to vacate the area. The second Home Depot, in Elmont, N.Y., was evacuated Wednesday after suspicious items were found inside a box from a jigsaw that a customer had returned. The FBI is now assisting in the Huntington investigation. (Source yahoo.com)

Polk County, Florida makes an arrest in recent cargo thefts; 42 cargo thefts in last 10 months
. Police in Dundee, Florida made one arrest yesterday and are hoping this leads to many more. The apprehension of one suspect for stealing a semi-trailer of tires valued at $62,000 is just the tip of the iceberg; a total of $3.5 Million in cargo has been stolen over the last 10 months in the county. (Source theledger.com)

Nintendo loses $12 million in sales to one counterfeiter
. Justin Brooks of the UK is facing charges for counterfeiting and selling Nintendo games. Police believe he made a profit of close to $1 million. The sales took place online from 2009 to 2011. Brooks is now charged with two counts of fraudulent trading, two counts of supplying an article to use in fraud, two counts of unauthorized possession of goods bearing a trademark and one count of unauthorized use of a trademark. (Source croydonguardian.co.uk)

Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) leads police to Counterfeiting Movie Scam
. Police in Sydney apprehended the owner of a home which contained 41 DVD burners and nearly 1000 never released movies. The newly released movies where still playing in cinemas, the thief was selling the counterfeit movies at flea markets for just $5 per disk. (Source theaustralian.com.au)

Click here to view videoPerson in custody for Ballston Common Mall Molotov Cocktail
. A person of interest is in custody in connection with an incident at Ballston Common Mall in Arlington, Virginia where a Molotov Cocktail-like device was thrown into the food court. Leon A. Traille, Jr., 29, was standing in the upper portion of the mall when he threw the device down into the court shortly after noon on Thursday. The bottle shattered, but did not catch fire or explode. The man ran from the mall after throwing the bottle. The 40-ounce bottle was filled with an unknown liquid and had a fuse attached. Three similar bottles have also been discovered on the second level of the mall. Paramedics were requested to evaluate two people at the mall, though police say no one was injured. (Source nbcwashington.com)
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Woman beaten, kidnapped in Dallas’ NorthPark Mall parking lot, found in Nacogdoches, Texas. A couple savagely beat and kidnapped a 42-year-old Dallas woman Wednesday in the parking lot of NorthPark Center, driving her van to Nacogdoches with her inside. Minh Nguyen was attacked as she sat in her 2009 Toyota Sienna in the parking lot of the mall shortly after 8 p.m. She was there to see a movie with a friend, but they split up, leaving Nguyen alone in the van with the keys. Police say a woman walked up to the van and began chatting with Nguyen. Then a man, later identified as Tommy Simmons, punched her in the face and forced her in the back of the Sienna. (Source nbcdfw.com)

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Dillard’s Grab and Run thieves fall down and leave empty handed. Three suspects are still on the lose, but may need time to better plan their next escape. Running into each other as they tried to quickly run out of the Dillard’s Department Store at the Perimeter Mall in Georgia with an arm load of Polo shirts did not go so well on this attempt. (Source yahoo.com)

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Portland, Maine smoke shop employee makes a daring escape from armed robber
. The cashier scaled an interior wall to run from a robber. The cashier was quickly followed by the robber but managed to escape unharmed. The robbery suspect is still being sought by police. (Source wlfi.com)



Two suspects sought for jewelry robbery at Kmart in Stockton. Stockton Detectives are seeking two men for questioning in connection with the armed robbery Tuesday morning of a Kmart store. The men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, are believed to have entered the store on East Mariposa Lane and taken an undisclosed amount of jewelry. Both robbers appeared to be in their 20s. (Source news10.net)
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Tulsa cell phone theft ring hits four stores in last few weeks
. Tulsa Police are looking into the connections of four recent burglaries in the area, targeting cell phone stores. The thieves have hit Boost, Sprint and Phone Doctor stores targeting iPhones, Samsung Galaxy, and LG Brands. (Source newson6.com)




Buenos Aires thieves steal a van containing $250,000 of Apple electronics
. The theft was perpetrated when criminals who, on three vehicles, intercepted a truck from the Ezeiza international airport, carrying 110 notebooks in full light of day and in a heavily traveled area. Two men were arrested, but the merchandise was not recovered. (Source buenosairesherald.com)
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San Antonio Target store shoplifter charged with robbery after attacking security, left girlfriend behind
. Arik Modisette attacked a Target loss prevention associate who was stopping him for the suspected theft of DVD’s. Modisette dropped several of the stolen DVD’s during the struggle and fled, leaving his girlfriend behind to take the fall. When confronted by police, the girlfriend gave up all the information on Modisette. Modisette has been arrested, no word on the couple getting back together. (Source kens5.com)

Nine men plead not guilty to armed robbery of $8 million in micro chips in Bernama, Malaysia
. In two separate proceedings, four of the men were charged with armed gang robbery and the other five with possession of the stolen goods. The accused face up to 30 years in prison and whipping upon conviction under Section 395 of the Penal Code. (Source nst.com)
 

 


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Loblaw plans 700 corporate layoffs On Tuesday Loblaw Cos. said it would lay off approximately 700 jobs at its corporate headquarters over the next three weeks. "We're managing costs where it makes sense by reducing administrative expense." Loblaw, which operates and franchises more than 1,000 stores across Canada and employs more than 135,000 people, last week had been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp Canada. Just last week the Daily reported cuts at Shoppers Drug Mart and Hudson's Bay. Canada is streamlining in anticipation of the increased competition coming next year when Target opens and they're not seeing the sales increases like the retailers in the states this year. Not even close. And they haven't gone through the downsizing era we in the states experienced in the last fives years either. Relatively speaking their cultural background is more pro-employee and therefore downsizing is a bad thing to do for the corporate image and can result in a customer backlash. (Source supermarketnews.com)


'Gas and Dash' awareness campaign
. According to Crime Stoppers, stealing gasoline is on the rise. On Tuesday, Crime Stoppers and four retail groups launched an initiative aimed at putting a dent in gasoline theft. The anti-theft initiative campaign is being orchestrated in concert with the Canadian Fuels Association, Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc., the Ontario Convenience Stores Association and the Canadian Independent Petroleum Marketers Association.  (Source theglobeandmail.com)


Counterfeit MAC makeup seized by Sarnia Royal Canadian Police. Following a lengthy investigation, Sarnia RCMP has seized over 11 hundred suspected counterfeit MAC makeup products from a local salon and spa. Sergeant Deb Murtha says no charges have been filed as of yet so the business will not be named. Consumers are advised to be on the look-out for more such fakes. The Mounties say counterfeit makeup is unregulated and may contain unknown chemicals which can cause allergic reactions and burns. (Source newswire.ca)

2,500 small convenience stores in Ontario and Quebec shut down because of contraband cigarette sales There is a booming black market for illegal cigarettes all throughout North America. You've got smugglers who get busted and start right up again within months moving millions on contraband smokes. From Virginia to Manitoba, Canada illegal smuggling of cigarettes is a billion dollar industry. (Source updatenews.ca)

Man found not guilty of trying to kill Fairview Mall security officer after fleeing from The Bay store trying to escape arrest A man who fired a shot at a mall security guard to escape arrest was acquitted of attempted murder Friday and convicted of lesser charges. Christopher Alexander, 29, was convicted of recklessly discharging a 9mm Glock handgun to prevent his arrest after stealing a sample bottle of cologne from The Bay store at the Fairview Mall on Sept. 13, 2010. Alexander now faces a minimum of five years for firing a prohibited weapon to escape arrest and a maximum of 14 years. (Source privateofficerbreakingnews.com)
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Sixteen Year old with a Machete, taken down by a Jewelry Store Customer in Burnaby
. The thief walked into the Augustun Jewellers with the intent to steal, waving a large machete to make his point. As a 29 year old customer was shopping for an engagement ring, standing only a few feet from the robber, he jumped into action. (Source ctvnews.ca)
 

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Faucets and power tools lands a Staten Island Home Depot thief in jail. Domingo Vidal didn’t have the greatest plan, simply placed the items into a cart and walked out the front door. Vidal was observed the first time on October 3rd leaving with faucets he failed to pay for, but was able to get away. On October 11th, Vidal loaded the shopping cart again. This week Vidal was arrested and charged with two counts of fourth degree grand larceny and fifth degree criminal possession. (Source silive.com)

Two JC Penney associates confess to stealing over $5000 in merchandise in Monroe, Louisiana. Keenan Jackson confesses to scheme to steal clothes with help of a fellow JC Penney employee at the Pecanland Mall. Both men are now charged with felony theft, reportedly stealing by under ringing sales and voiding transaction. (Source mywebpal.com)

Piercing Pagoda employee steals from her store, sells merchandise to another store in the same mall
. Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested a 20-year-old North Port woman on 17 felony charges after she allegedly stole $4,306 jewelry from her employer, The Piercing Pagoda in Town Center Mall. Alexandrea Lia McArthur, 8269 San Jacinto Ave., reportedly sold the jewelry to a gold-buying shop in the same mall and a North Port pawn shop. Detectives obtained eight separate transactions with McArthur's Florida driver's license and thumb print from Gold Pros. McArthur was arrested on eight counts of dealing in stolen property, eight counts of false verification of ownership and one charge of grand theft. She was jailed on $67,500 bond. (Source sun-sentinel.com)


O’Reilly Auto Parts Store employee busted, stole $11,000 over last two years. Jenifer Hauser of Iowa City admitted that she processed over $11,000 in fraudulent returns to her personal credit card. Hauser now faces first degree felony theft charges; she had a prior record for assault, felony robbery and at least two other minor theft convictions. (Source kcrg.com)
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Axis Communications Awarded Prestigious Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for Lightfinder Technology

Lightfinder enables better identification in surveillance applications by providing color, detailed video even in the dark

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – October 18, 2012 – Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, is proud to announce that it has received The Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award in the Physical Security category for its Lightfinder technology.

Lightfinder is an unrivalled technology in the surveillance world that enables IP-based, digital surveillance cameras to see detail and color during difficult lighting conditions, including at night (see video). Colors are maintained in low light with no need for artificial illumination, which provides business owners, law enforcement and security personnel with key details for identification as compared to typical day/night surveillance cameras that switch to black and white video in low light.

Axis launched Lightfinder globally in 2011 with the introduction of AXIS Q1602 Network Camera, and has since rolled out the feature in its other product lines, including AXIS P33 Fixed Dome Network Camera Series and AXIS P13 Network Camera Series. Additionally, Axis recently combined Lightfinder with its advanced 'dynamic capture' wide dynamic range technology (see video) with the launch of AXIS P3384-V/-VE Fixed Dome Network Camera.

Axis with Lightfinder was the only winner in the Physical Security category of The Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards.

In a Wall Street Journal interview, William Webb, chief technology officer of Neul Ltd. and an Innovation Awards judge, said that Axis combined a few different ideas to put more intelligence into how the camera works – ideas that stuck out to the judge.

"We’re delighted and honored to get this award," says Ray Mauritsson, president and CEO at Axis Communications. "It verifies our strength as an innovative company and proves that Axis is a driving force behind the shift from analog to digital video surveillance."

A total of 536 applications from 24 countries were submitted to The Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards competition in 2012. A team of editors and reporters reviewed applications and forwarded the 172 most promising entries to an independent panel of judges from venture-capital firms, universities and companies. From that pool, the judges chose 37 winners and runners-up in 18 categories.

Other awards that Axis received for Lightfinder include the Private Security Award (2012), ASIS Accolades (2011) and the Government Security News Homeland Security Awards (2011).
 

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As we all race through our careers with little time for anything other then our day-to-day responsibilities and our families, we often times neglect to realize that we, in fact, are one piece of a larger effort, a larger circle. One member of a community dedicated to doing the best we can for the companies we work for. As time passes we find a small group of others on the same path that become our life long friends. Strapped for time and saddled by daily events, our immediate circle becomes those trusted colleagues that help us grow and provide us with healthy debate. Finding solace, the circle strengthens and true bonds emerge that at times go beyond even that of family. Focused on the same mission the circle engraves itself and long term becomes our definition. Enriched by their caring we almost become one. Years pass and as human nature takes hold, the circle tightens and in some regards limits our need to grow and share on a broader scale and as a community. The cherished bonds developed over years of hard work and dedication play an invaluable role but also possess the challenge to go beyond our immediate circle of friends and realize we are in fact a community; a larger group of individuals and executives all traveling the same path and all needing the same things. When was the last time we just picked up the phone and called someone in our community outside of our group just to share and offer a few minutes of our time? This industry, this community has been through a lot the last few years and there's quite a few that would appreciate feeling that sense of community.

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