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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

NRF's 'Fight Retail Crime Day' - October 26
Tell Congress to take action to fight the retail crime surge

2 ways Congress can fight retail crime
Organized retail crime is on the rise. According to NRF's 2022 National Retail Security Survey, retailers reported an average 26.5% increase in ORC. Perhaps more concerning, retailers also noted an increase in violence and aggression associated with ORC. These shocking crimes not only put employees and customers at risk - they also add to total shrink, costing the industry almost $100 billion in 2021.

This rise in crime has caught the attention of policymakers in Washington and they are considering legislation to help. Here are two ways Congress can fight retail crime.

Curb the sale of stolen goods online by passing the INFORM Act

To help curb the sale of counterfeit goods and stolen merchandise, bipartisan legislation called the INFORM Consumers Act would require online marketplaces to verify the identity of high-volume third-party sellers.

Increase federal coordination to fight crime by passing the Combatting Organized Retail Crime Act

The recently introduced Combating Organized Retail Crime Act seeks to increase coordination between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies by establishing a Center to Combat Organized Retail Crime at Homeland Security Investigations.

The proposed Combating Organized Retail Crime Act will help combine expertise from state and local law enforcement agencies as well as retail industry representatives. It also creates new tools to assist in federal investigation and prosecution of organized retail crime and help recover lost goods and proceeds. This coordination is a critical step for retailers to effectively combat criminal activities.

Fight Retail Crime Day

NRF has named October 26, 2022, as Fight Retail Crime Day. On this day, NRF will recognize the nearly 100 congressional supporters of our ORC priorities as Retail Crime Fighters, encourage additional congressional support and highlight ways the retail community can make its voice heard. We need all retail advocates to contact their members of Congress and ask them to support these bipartisan solutions to fight retail crime. nrf.com

Progressive DAs Fueling ORC & Lawlessness?
Op-ed: The Real Epidemic in Our Cities: Lawlessness
America's recent crime wave has been fostered by poor policy decisions, prosecutorial activism, and apathy for justice. At least a dozen major American cities set records for murder totals in 2021. While some are calling for enacting harsher criminal penalties, the problem in many American cities is rooted in the lack of criminal accountability and an unwillingness of prosecutors and elected officials to enforce the laws we already have.

Amidst the persistence of the "defund the police" movement, the recent collective response to rioting, looting, and lawlessness in most major cities has been flaccid. Across the country, elected officials and prosecutors entrusted to enforce the law are implementing reckless bail "reform." Across the country, organized shoplifting and retail theft crimes have become more violent, brazen, and sophisticated.

Businesses and large box stores here are succumbing to organized retail theft at an alarming rate. And with the advent of online marketplaces, it has become easier for criminal networks to offload goods quickly and anonymously.

Employees are relatively powerless to stop this rash of theft and police agencies are stretched too thin or constrained by top-down political calculations to intervene. This epidemic is demoralizing to business owners, employees, and law-abiding customers alike, who are paying the price with higher costs and thus increasing dependency on the online capabilities of big-box stores. The next generation of customers and business owners will be harmed in ways we haven't yet imagined because of an unwillingness to demand law and order and collectively tackle this wave of theft.

Many of the top cities affected by organized retail crimes are those under the unwatchful eyes of liberal mayors, district attorneys, and even state attorneys general. The continued spike in organized retail crimes in these jurisdictions is, in large part, a direct result of the lack of leadership from those who were elected to enforce our laws and keep their citizens safe. townhall.com

San Francisco Has Become a 'City of Chaos'
Crime running unchecked in the city's core shopping areas.

S.F. store owner's viral message after a year of constant retail theft: 'Something has to change'
The CEO of a popular clothing chain announced he shuttered its store in San Francisco's Hayes Valley shopping district on Tuesday, saying it's beset by organized retail thefts, and that the perpetrators have apparently outwitted all his security measures.

"It's sad, but San Francisco appears to have descended into a city of chaos," Cotopaxi founder and CEO Davis Smith wrote in a blistering and instantly viral LinkedIn post - the latest illustration of crime running unchecked in the city's core shopping areas.

Smith went on to describe how thieves repeatedly smashed the windows of the store he opened a year ago. After gaining entry, these flash-mob-style theft crews grabbed thousands of dollars of merchandise and fled, only to return days later, he said.

Although Smith said he tried covering the window with plywood, installed a metal security gate, and even began locking the door during store hours and only opening it for customers, nothing seemed to work.

He went on to criticize San Francisco leaders for reducing police patrols downtown, saying the city had let down taxpaying businesses. Smith then listed various quality-of-life issues - including car break-ins and open air drug use - that keep welling up on San Francisco retail corridors, fueling social media memes about lawlessness and a fraying city.

"Something has to change in San Francisco," Smith concluded. sfchronicle.com

Crime & Prop 47 Top Issues in Calif. AG Race
California's Attorney General race: Bonta vs Hochman

Here's where Rob Bonta and Nathan Hochman stand on the big questions about California crime, justice and law.

Do you support making significant changes to or outright repealing Proposition 47?

Hochman: Yes, though did not specify what specific changes he would like to see. Though he was particularly critical of the provision in the law that reclassified theft of property under $950 from a felony to a misdemeanor, he stressed that "as long as Prop 47's on the books, I'm enforcing Prop 47."

Bonta: He said he is "open to any discussion on how we might be able to strengthen our state's criminal justice system," but stressed that current law has already allowed the state Department of Justice to break up multiple major retail theft rings.

What two initiatives would you pursue first to address the growing public concern about crime?

Hochman: He said he would "create a spiral of lawfulness" so that "crimes actually do have measured consequences." He also said he would make addressing fentanyl overdoses a top priority by holding regular press conferences, aggressively prosecuting dealers and launching "a very robust educational effort" aimed at kids.

Bonta: "Public safety is job number one, two and three." He emphasized programs to reduce gun violence by prosecuting street gangs, investing in violence intervention programs and enforcing the state's strict gun laws. He also pledged to continue focusing on violent crime and putting more resources toward prosecution and victim services. abc10.com

Armed Police Robots in Oakland, CA
Oakland, Calif., Is Weighing Lethal Capability for Police Robot

Police officials in the Bay Area city are asking to use robots fitted with military-grade percussion-activated non-electric disruptors - used to disable bombs. But the devices could also fire lethal shotgun ammunition.

The Oakland Police Department is considering deploying potentially lethal robots armed with shotgun rounds.

According to a report by the Intercept published Monday, an Oakland police spokesperson said that despite objections from a civilian oversight board, the department still has its sights on using said robots. The police department needs permission from a "governing body," per California law, to use military-grade percussion-activated non-electric (or PAN) disruptors, which could be outfitted with live rounds.

Typically, PAN disruptors are used to disable bombs from up to 10 meters away using blank shells. At a September Oakland Police Commission subcommittee meeting, Oakland Police Lt. Omar Daza-Quiroz explained to subcommittee member Jennifer Tu how the robots could be armed with lethal force.

"Yeah, physically, a live round can go in, absolutely, and you'd be getting a shotgun round," Daza-Quiroz said. He went on to say, "I mean, is it possible we have an active shooter in a place we can't get to? And he's fortified inside a house?"

While the technology has been billed as a way for police to intervene in crisis situations with reduced risk, critics caution that the deployment of robots in this context could, in fact, make police more likely to cause harm. govtech.com

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COVID Update

627.8M Vaccinations Given

US: 98.9M Cases - 1M Dead - 96.3M Recovered
Worldwide: 631.6M Cases - 6.5M Dead - 610.5M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 362   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 813

Amazon COVID Workplace Safety Lawsuit
NYC Amazon workers win partial revival of COVID-19 safety lawsuit
Amazon.com Inc must face a claim that it failed to protect New York City warehouse workers and their families from COVID-19, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday while dismissing the bulk of the workers' 2020 lawsuit.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversed a federal judge's ruling that said only the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had the power to review complaints about Amazon's workplace safety practices.

OSHA may have expertise in worker safety, but the legal issues posed in Amazon's case "are within the conventional experience of judges," Circuit Judge William Nardini wrote for the court.

The 2nd Circuit, however, upheld the dismissal of other claims, including that Amazon created a "public nuisance" by failing to stop the spread of COVID-19 and did not properly provide payments for sick leave.

The case involves workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island that employs about 5,000 people and had become the company's first unionized facility earlier this year. The union campaign was spurred by concerns over worker safety amid the pandemic.

Amazon did not respond to a request for comment. The company has denied wrongdoing and said it took various steps to protect warehouse workers.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Brooklyn federal court, said Amazon had made the Staten Island warehouse a "place of danger" by forcing employees to work at "dizzying speeds." That prevented them from socially distancing, washing their hands and sanitizing their work spaces, the workers said. reuters.com

Big Cities 'Decimated' by COVID & Remote Work
Downtown San Francisco Can't Shake Working From Home
The Covid-19 pandemic decimated activity in large North American central business districts, none more so than downtown San Francisco, which has struggled mightily to rebound.

These statistics, from a recent report by the University of California at Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies that uses mobile-phone location data, are from last spring (a report with updated numbers should be out next month). Timelier Google location data for the whole city indicate that while retail and recreation mobility has continued to rise, activity at workplaces - which are concentrated downtown - has been about the same in September and October as in the spring.

The much-watched back-to-work statistics from Kastle Systems, which measure how many people come into the buildings that use the company's security systems, do show an increase for the San Francisco metropolitan area, to 42% of pre-pandemic normal last week from about 35% in the spring - bumping it up to second-to-last place among the 10 metro areas tracked, ahead of Philadelphia. But it's not clear how much of that is in downtown San Francisco and how much is in other areas like the large complex of biotech labs and offices along the bay just south of the city, where the parking lots were full when I passed by on a workday late last month. washingtonpost.com

New Variant Could be a Global 'Nightmare'
Is there really a COVID 'nightmare variant' spreading? Here's what experts say
While the United States contends with the newly detected COVID omicron BQ.1 subvariants, another highly mutated strain of the coronavirus called XBB is tearing across Southeast Asia, where in some countries, it has caused the number of cases to double in a day.

Some more sensationalist reports have called XBB a " nightmare variant " due to its apparent ability to evade immunity and dampen some therapies. But infectious disease experts say it is too soon to jump to such broad conclusions.

The good news is the updated bivalent boosters - which contain half the recipe that targeted the original coronavirus strain and half protection against the dominant BA.4 and BA.5 omicron versions - are designed to broaden immune defenses against newer strains. Experts just don't know how much. sfchronicle.com

Airlines are cashing in on remote work
United Airlines reported better-than-expected quarterly profit of $942M. What's interesting is that the carrier is attributing at least part of its financial success to the growing trend of remote work.

States ending COVID-related pandemic emergency measures

FDA authorizes booster shot for Novavax's Covid-19 vaccine



Workplace Safety Investments are Critical as Violence Rises
Realizing A Return on Investment On Workplace Safety

There's no greater ROI than protecting customers & employees - for both the bottom line and brand reputation

Why is it that when the FBI tells us acts of violence are on the rise across the nation, we choose to disregard this well-informed data? Why is it acceptable that research shows workplaces are lagging on safety procedures for critical incidents like workplace violence (43%), system outages or cyberattacks (43%), active shooters (42%) and hazardous materials incidents (41%)?

The National Safety Council (NSC) tells us that workplace violence is on the rise and nearly half of U.S. employers are unprepared to prevent or respond to incidents. Why isn't corporate America listening?

Duty Of Care

As leaders, we have a duty of care-a responsibility to safeguard our employees and visitors.

Leaders listen to numbers. So, why is the business world so reluctant to invest in safety when the metrics speak for themselves? Researchers for Liberty Mutual and National Safety Council reported that the top causes of on-the-job injuries cost U.S. employers more than $1 billion per week and work-related injuries and death cost U.S. employers and individuals a whopping $171 billion in 2019, respectively.

If organizations don't take prudent and common steps to avoid horrific workplace incidents, it can affect both their bottom line and brand reputation.

Business Continuity

Investing in safety is also critical for business continuity. Today's leaders uniquely understand how quickly business operations can be turned upside down if companies aren't prepared for disruptions, including acts of violence, severe weather and other crisis events. When it comes to business continuity, corporate reputations and company profitability are both at risk. It's time for the investment in workplace safety to follow suit. forbes.com

Global Surge in Aggressive & Violent Retail Customers
Aggression in the workplace: how to support your people

Employees embroiled in toxic cultures are ready and willing to quit

Hospitality managers are being urged to back employees on the receiving end of rude behavior, if they want to attract and keep good people for their businesses. This was the advice of Genius You CEO Simone-Ellen Keller, also a former bar owner, who pointed out that it's unlikely that unfavorable working conditions are the sole reason for the skills shortage. According to Keller, low pay, demanding working conditions, and even a drop in immigration have always been present and did not deter workers from joining the industry in the past.

Keller pointed out that the growing cases of rudeness and intolerance from customers are most likely the factors driving workers away. Retail NZ previously reported that retailers continue to face "high levels of in-store violence, aggression, and anti-social behavior."

"I think the workforce that is coming through, your Generations Ys, expect to be treated better, but rude and abusive customers are now a constant occurrence," Keller said. Retail NZ has already advised the public to avoid being aggressive towards retail workers, with "Shop Nice" signs already put up to keep their behavior in check.

"Retail NZ is encouraging New Zealanders to take a moment and breathe instead of involving retailer workers in an undue aggressive or tense situation," said chief executive Greg Harford. "Kiwis will continue to see Shop Nice posters throughout retail stores, social media content and advertising, as a reminder of the impact undue actions can have on workers."  hcamag.com

Progressive Lawmakers Call on FTC to Block Kroger-Albertsons Merger
These senators are pushing back on the $25 billion Kroger-Albertsons merger
The proposed $25 billion Kroger-Albertsons grocery giant merger is already running into significant opposition from progressive lawmakers and others.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Wednesday called on the Federal Trade Commission to block the deal. "More mergers and less competition would mean even higher prices-and layoffs for employees," Warren said on Twitter.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has also urged the regulators to reject the deal. And the Senate Judiciary's antitrust subcommittee announced Tuesday that it will hold a hearing next month to scrutinize the merger.

"We have serious concerns about the proposed transaction between Kroger and Albertsons," Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Mike Lee of Utah said in a joint statement. "We will hold a hearing focused on this proposed merger and the consequences consumers may face if this deal moves forward."

Senators Klobuchar, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Cory Booker of New Jersey urged FTC chair Lina Khan Tuesday to investigate the merger, saying it "raises considerable antitrust concerns."

The proposed merger, which the companies expect to complete in 2024, would combine two of the largest grocers in the United States. Kroger currently owns nearly two-dozen chains, including Ralphs, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Mariano's and QFC. Albertsons, meanwhile, owns 24, such as Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's and Acme. cnn.com

Driving Up In-Store Traffic by 57% Over 2020
Target's Deal Days event drives an uptick in store traffic: report
Signaling the success of new retail holidays, Target's foot traffic increased by 3.2% during the week of October 3-9, 2022, compared to October 4-10, 2021, according to a Placer.ai report.

The October Deal Days event, which ran Oct. 6-8, attracted nearly 28% more average daily visits from customers to Target locations than last year, and nearly 57% more daily visitors per store than in 2020, according to the report.

The Deal Days event generated more visits on Saturday, Oct. 8, than on the Saturday and Monday of Labor Day 2022, but the combined visits during Labor Day weekend surpassed the October 2022 deal days, the report also found.

Though Labor Day is a popular retail holiday, the uptick in foot traffic for Target signals that major retailers may benefit from creating their own shopping holidays that steer consumer behavior, Placer.ai noted in its report. The Deal Days event spread partially over the weekend suggests that consumers are open to shopping holidays that occur during an otherwise slow timeframe. retaildive.com

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Defeating ORC Networks

"It takes a network to defeat a network."

Since Stanley McChrystal said this in conversation with Auror CEO Phil Thomson, it's been somewhat of a rallying cry for the team. That's because the ORC (Organized Retail Crime) problem is made up of exactly that - networks.

What does it take to defeat ORC? How can the ORC problem be addressed?

Auror has covered the answers to these questions and more on their media channel, The Intel.

Lessons from a Four-Star US Army General

In the first episode of The Intel by Auror podcast series, join Auror CEO Phil Thomson as he chats with General McChrystal about why and how their systems worked for the US military - and how they can work for retail Asset Protection/Loss Prevention (AP/LP) too as they address ORC.

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Celebrating the ORCA community

Why did Auror choose to partner with the ORCA community? ORCAs (Organized Retail Crime Associations) are doing such impactful work to help protect our communities. We saw an opportunity to support the ORCAs with a best-in-class technology to help them identify repeat people, build cases faster, and increase collaboration between law enforcement & retailers.

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Why networks are our best chance against ORC

Organized Retail Crime (ORC) is one of the most complex and persistent problems that all retailers struggle with, no matter where they are in the world. Targeting retailers is one of the most attractive types of crime for people and groups who are committing profit-motivated crimes. The people responsible for this malicious stock loss, impacting the customer experience, and aggression in stores continue to offend repeatedly, all the while being protected by a veil of anonymity.

While some in the AP/LP industry feel helpless to solve unrelenting loss and harm happening in their stores, with no known perpetrators to blame, there are others who have found the answer to addressing ORC in the power of building a connected network of retailers, law enforcement, and retail associations using a Retail Crime Intelligence platform.

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Weekly Topic: Business Email Compromise

Business Email Compromise (BEC) is a type of scam targeting companies who conduct wire transfers and have suppliers abroad. Corporate or publicly available email accounts of executives or high-level employees related to finance or involved with wire transfer payments are either spoofed or compromised through keyloggers or phishing attacks to do fraudulent transfers, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses. In 2016, BEC attacks led to an average of US$140,000 in losses for companies globally.

Formerly dubbed as Man-in-the-Email scams, BEC attackers rely heavily on social engineering tactics to trick unsuspecting employees and executives. Often, they impersonate CEO or any executive authorized to do wire transfers. In addition, fraudsters also carefully research and closely monitor their potential target victims and their organizations.

Learn more here about BEC here

The #1 Most Costly Internet Crime: BEC
Can Machine Learning Help Prevent Business Email Compromise?
According to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center, business email compromise (BEC) has become the most financially damaging internet crime, with business losses totaling over $43 billion between June 2016 and December 2021. How can an exploit that's been around this long still be so effective? Surprisingly, it's because of its low-tech strategy.

AdvertisementMost BEC attacks don't contain the malicious URLs or dangerous attachments that typical signature-based security tools look for. Instead, BEC attacks use social engineering and spear phishing emails to take over or spoof a business email account to hack business processes in order to defraud a business or its partners.

What's the solution? A continuous real-time feedback loop of ML and crowdsourcing can help beat the clock and stop BEC and spear phishing attacks in minutes or seconds-before they can do their damage.

How Machine Learning Works

Legacy email security tools look for known threats and can require significant time and effort to maintain. ML-based email security tools can identify and potentially even predict advanced attacks by analyzing large data sets to spot similarities, correlations and trends. No manual programming is required.

Where ML fails, however, as with most security tools, is with zero-day attacks, such as a spear phishing email so different from previous ones that it's unrecognizable. New varieties of phishing emails are released by the millions on a daily basis, challenging even the most well-designed ML models to detect these new attacks.

Melding Human And Machine

Humans have an innate ability to spot deviations from expected patterns and sequences. As such, employees are naturally adept at spotting something in an email that's out of sorts. Now, multiply the intelligence of a single human by thousands spanning organizations of all sizes and locations, and you now have a powerful early warning detection threat intelligence feed, giving both the tool and fellow customers a much better chance of finding zero-day phishing attacks. forbes.com

Security Pros Spending $1M+ Annually on Phishing
New Study Finds Phishing Represents a Huge Time and Expense Burden for Organizations

The Business Cost of Phishing report reveals organizations with 25 IT and security professionals are spending more than $1 million per year to handle phishing

IRONSCALES, the leader in AI-powered email security and the fastest growing email security company in the world, today announced the results of a new study conducted by Osterman Research to quantify the direct costs borne by organizations in mitigating phishing threats, and to explore expectations about how phishing will change over the next 12 months. The report includes survey responses from more than 250 IT and security practitioners.

The Business Cost of Phishing shows that IT and security teams spend one-third of their time handling phishing threats every week. Seventy percent of organizations spend 16-60 minutes dealing with a single phishing email message. On average, dealing with the threat of a single phishing email takes 27.5 minutes at a cost of $31.32 per phishing message. Most respondents expect the impact of phishing to get worse over the coming 12 months, with 67% expecting the time spent on phishing per week for IT and security teams to stay the same or increase.

"Organizations of all sizes and across all geographies continue to struggle with the impact of phishing attacks," said Ian Thomas, vice president of Product Marketing at IRONSCALES. "This new report quantifies this impact in terms of the time and energy required to defend against the never-ending and ever-evolving onslaught of these attacks. It also reveals where practitioners feel these attacks will spread next." cybersecuritydive.com

New Ransomware Cartel Linked to REvil
Ransom Cartel linked to notorious REvil ransomware operation
Researchers have linked the relatively new Ransom Cartel ransomware operation with the notorious REvil gang based on code similarities in both operations' encryptors.

REvil reached its pinnacle of success in the first half of 2021, compromising thousands of companies in a Kaseya MSP supply-chain attack, demanding a $50 million payment from computer maker Acer, and extorting Apple using stolen blueprints of non-yet-released devices.

The REvil ransomware gang finally shut down in October 2021 following intense pressure from law enforcement. However, in January 2022, the Russian authorities announced arrests, money seizures, and charges against eight of the gang's members.

In December 2021, a new ransomware operation named 'Ransom Cartel' was launched that shared many code similarities to REvil's malware.

A possible rebrand?

A new report from Palo Alto Network's Unit 42 sheds further light on the connection between the two cybercrime gangs, sharing similarities in techniques, tactics, and procedures (TTPs) and, most importantly, common ground in the code of their malware.

Because the source code of REvil's encrypting malware was never leaked on hacking forums, any new project using similar code is either a rebrand or a new operation launched by a core member of the original gang. bleepingcomputer.com

Microsoft warns over unusual ransomware attacks
Microsoft has flagged a new piece of ransomware that's hit transport and logistic organizations in Ukraine and Poland.

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Canada Seeing the Same Thriving Black Market as California
Four years after legalization, illegal cannabis market still thriving in Canada

'Four years into legalization, the problems that have kept the unlicensed system in business are largely preventable'

While Canada marks four years of legal cannabis on Monday, industry observers are wondering why it's taken so long for a legal, government-regulated weed marketplace to overtake the illicit market.

"Most growers and sellers did not break any laws other than producing and selling cannabis," he explained. "Thus, many cannabis consumers did not see a great moral, ethical or safety advantage to switching from their benign, long-term providers to the new legal system."

Indeed, many "legacy" growers see little benefit to switching, and don't want to endure the time, expense and red tape of going legit.

"As legalization was rolling through, we obviously started to understand that these legacy farmers were finding it impossible to transition to the legal market," David Hurford of B.C. Craft Farmer's Co-op said at the time.

The co-op was established to help bring BC's growers into the legal marketplace. Tara Kirkpatrick, who operates Backwoods BC Bud near Prince George, described transitioning to the legal marketplace as the hardest challenge of her career, and said few peers feel moving is worth the hassle nationalpost.com

Circle K Gas Stations to Begin Selling Weed
Weed is coming to Circle K gas stations across the US next year
Weed is hitting US gas stations. Circle K, the global convenience store chain, signed a deal with Green Thumb Industries Inc., one of the largest US cannabis producers, to sell licensed marijuana at its Florida gasoline dealerships. The partnership will begin next year with 10 of the company's 600 locations in the state, Green Thumb said.

The deal is a global first, as legal marijuana has previously only been sold in standalone dispensaries in the U.S. and dispensaries in countries like Uruguay and Germany. By selling marijuana, which is still illegal at the federal level, at gas stations where consumers buy staples like snacks and cigarettes, the partnership can help push the drug further into the mainstream.

The agreement will "further normalize" marijuana by incorporating it into regular consumer products," Green Thumb chief executive officer Ben Kovler said in an interview. "This is a futuristic deal." Financial terms between Chicago-based Green Thumb and Laval, Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., owners of Circle K, were not disclosed. As part of the agreement, Green Thumb will lease space from Circle K locations.

The Green Thumb outposts will be known as "RISE Express" stores and will have a separate entrance from the gas station. Since Florida is one of several states where cannabis can be legally sold only for medical purposes, purchases are restricted to Floridians who hold medical marijuana cards. That's currently around 700,000 people. canadatoday.news

Marijuana Home Delivery In Canada
Uber Eats Can Now Deliver Marijuana To Your Door Step In Canada

19 years old and above will be able to order weed from the Uber Eats app just like they order food.

Canada is a country that doesn't consider weed consumption illegal for recreational and medical practices. However, if you are facing difficulty in buying marijuana in Canada then it's a piece of good news for you as Uber has bought you the solution. As per the latest reports, the Uber food delivery app is now going to deliver cannabis to your doorsteps in Toronto, Canada.

Marijuana Home Delivery In Canada

According to a report from Axios, Uber Eats has joined hands with the cannabis marketplace known as Leafly to manage the entire procurement process. As per the company, it will be the first brand in the world to deliver weed to the doorstep. Since November 2021 Uber Eats app was taking orders for weed but the only drawback was you had to get out of your house and get it picked up from the store.

19 years old and above will be able to order weed from the Uber Eats app just like they order food. However, the app will warn you about the legal age before you place the order, and it will also show you the price of the weed upfront. Once the order is placed the app will allow cannabis retailers' staff to deliver the order and check the age of the customer and their sobriety. in.mashable.com

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Online Shopping Fraud Fears on the Rise Ahead of Holidays
More Than Half of Consumers Concerned with Fraud This Holiday Season-A 17% Increase From Last Year

New TransUnion report finds more consumers want security measures and have higher overall expectations for online shopping experiences

Most consumers (54%) are concerned with being victimized by fraud this holiday season-a 17% increase from last year, according to TransUnion's 2022 Consumer Holiday Shopping Report. In addition, consumer fears of fraud have intensified, with one-third saying they are more concerned than last year, compared to only one in four consumers who felt that way in 2021.

With fraud concerns heightening, 60% of consumers said they have a positive view of additional identity verification measures at checkout with online retailers-a 20% increase since last year. Conversely, when consumers were asked for the top reasons they would abandon their online cart, compared to 2021, 72% more selected "fraud concerns" while 40% more selected "not enough security on the site."

What makes or breaks an online shopping experience

When asked to rate the importance of certain elements of shopping on a mobile device, the highest-rated feature was two-factor authentication (e.g. receiving a one-time security code via text), with 80% of consumers indicating it was moderately or very important.

This year's report also found a 53% increase in the number of consumers who said having their personal information pre-filled at checkout is "very important." There was also an 18% decrease in the number who said this feature is "not important."

A connection between enthusiasm and spending

The consumer survey also assessed holiday shopping behaviors and found 26% plan to spend more this year. This represents a 44% increase from last year and a record high since TransUnion first launched its Consumer Holiday Shopping Report in 2018.

This trend was more pronounced among younger consumers, with nearly half (44%) of Millennials and Gen Z consumers planning to spend more this year. In addition to inflation, a possible explanation for this might be an increased feeling of enthusiasm for holiday shopping.

For more information about the survey findings and their implications for retailers, download the 2022 Consumer Holiday Shopping Report. globenewswire.com

E-Commerce's Shift to Robotics
Ambi Robotics Raises Funding for New Kind of Warehouse Robot

A startup called Ambi Robotics has raised $32 million to put a new kind of robot into e-commerce warehouses.

The awkwardly named Ambisort A-Series V3 doesn't need coffee in the mornings, bathroom breaks or relentless corporate agitprop about why it shouldn't join a labor union. The elaborate contraption takes up 375 square feet of warehouse space and features a blue articulated arm equipped with a five-camera vision system and three kinds of suction cups, which it uses to pull an assortment of envelopes, plastic bags or lightweight boxes from a bin. Then the arm hands off each parcel to a second robot, a sort of forked tray, which passes over a gantry of mail sacks and selects the right one to drop it in, sorting the parcels by Zip code.

The Ambisort can plow through about 400 parcels per hour; humans do the same work at about one-third the pace and usually make more mistakes. Ambi Robotics, the company that developed the system and the accompanying machine-learning algorithms that allow the robot to recognize each parcel and select the right way to grasp it, has deployed 80 of these systems and plans to surpass 100 in the field next year. On Monday, Ambi is announcing that it raised $32 million from Tiger Global, Bow Capital and the UK's Ahren Innovation Capital. Pitney Bowes, the postage meter maker turned e-commerce logistics firm with 55 warehouses around the country, is another investor in the round as well as a customer. bloomberg.com

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Los Angeles County, CA: 4 arrested in San Bernardino after $30,000 LA County phone-store heist
Four people who police say stole $30,000 worth of merchandise in the armed robbery of an AT&T store in Los Angeles County were arrested in San Bernardino on Tuesday, Oct. 18, after a tracking device led authorities to them. San Bernardino police said they believe the men arrested after the Lynwood theft may be responsible for other robberies. The robbers, who included a 15-year-old boy, forced an AT&T employee to open a safe at gunpoint. They fled in a BMW, with police tracking their moves with the GPS device embedded with the merchandise. San Bernardino police spotted the car at about 6:45 p.m. near Baseline Street and Waterman Avenue. After they stopped the car at 9th Street and Waterman, two rear passengers tried to run from police - one throwing a loaded gun away as he fled - but were caught. The driver then tried to speed away but was quickly caught when he crashed, police said. The front passenger also was handcuffed after he tried to run away. A search of the car netted more than 30 cell phones and tablets, police said. The gun had been reported stolen, they added.  msn.com

Aurora, CO: 6 arrested in large-scale identity theft, forgery operation
A grand jury indicted six people for their alleged roles in running a large-scale criminal enterprise that involved multiple crimes. According to the 18th Judicial District, the FBI and Aurora Police Department announced the names of the six individuals who were arrested for their alleged role in a large-scale criminal enterprise that included the following crimes: Multiple car thefts, Aggravated robberies, Two shooting investigations. Series of identity theft, fraud and forgery cases. All of the crimes took place in the Denver metro area, according to APD. According to the DA, this group of friends and family members participated in an identity theft and forgery operation that resulted in multiple fraudulent purchases of luxury vehicles. The vehicles were then used in multiple aggravated motor thefts, robberies and burglaries. kdvr.com

Oak Brook, IL: 2 women charged with stealing from Nordstrom Rack, then driving away at 100+ mph
Two women from Wisconsin have been charged with burglary and retail theft, accused of stealing from the Nordstrom Rack store in Oak Brook, then leading police on a high-speed car chase. Bail was set Wednesday morning at $50,000 for Kaphree Jordan, 25, of Milwaukee, and $40,000 for Aaliyah Guy, 24, of Milwaukee. Jordan is also charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding. Authorities say that around 4 p.m. Tuesday, police officers on patrol at the Shops of Oak Brook shopping center on 22nd Street saw a woman run out of Nordstrom Rack with a backpack and get into the passenger side of a Kia automobile. A few moments later, police saw another person leave the store, get in the Kia and drive away. The Kia was driven in excess of 100 mph, authorities say, as it traveled Route 83, I-88, I-290 and I-294. Police stopped it by deploying spike strips on northbound I-294. Authorities say they found 21 bottles of cologne and perfume, valued at $1,273, in a duffel bag in the Kia. dailyherald.com

Mount Dora, FL: Leesburg man with theft record arrested at Walmart
Leesburg man was arrested on a theft charge at the Walmart in Mount Dora. An asset protection employee caught 58-year-old Lee Curry Cobb on Monday attempting to push a cart filled with electronics out of the store without paying for the items, according to an arrest report from the Mount Dora Police Department. Cobb was escorted to the loss prevention office where he was interviewed and placed under arrest by a police officer. A records check revealed that Cobb has three previous theft convictions leesburg-news.com

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Update: Hartford, CT: Man gets 3 years for stealing 50 guns from warehouse
Shameik Camara was accused of stealing a shipment of 50 pistols from a R&L Carriers warehouse in August 2021, according to the announcement. Employees knew about the theft, but didn't report it for a month. In October 2021, investigators saw Camera selling speakers and athletic trading cards online that matched the description of other items that were stolen from the warehouse, according to officials. When he was arrested on Oct. 28, 2021, he had two firearms - one of which was a pistol stolen from the warehouse. Out of the 50 stolen firearms, only 14 have been recovered. msn.com

Bronx, NY: Man slashes Bronx smoke shop worker in the face during clash
A man slashed a Bronx smoke shop employee in the face during a clash this week, new video released by police shows. The assailant entered the BX-Otics store on Jerome Avenue near West Burnside Avenue just before 11:30 a.m. Sunday - and got into an argument with a worker who accused him of previously stealing from the shop, cops said. Footage released late Tuesday shows the suspect lunging at the employee, slashing him in the face before leaving the store. The victim was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital in stable condition, cops said.  nypost.com

Oakland, CA: Oakland restaurant workers dressed as Power Rangers kick into action to stop alleged assault
Power Rangers was undoubtedly one of the best live-action superhero series in the 90s. The squad was in true form Friday as they took down an alleged assailant at an Oakland Ramen shop. At the newly-opened Noka Ramen shop located at 90 Franklin Street in Jack London Square, employees dress up in Power Ranger suits on Fridays to heighten the experience of ordering the Noka Ranger cocktail inspired by the series, as mentioned by SFGate. The saga was detailed in a series of tweets by writer Ploi Pirapokin (@ppirapokin), who witnessed it firsthand as she was dining at the ramen house. Pirapokin said a woman had come running into the restaurant saying that she was in danger. Pirapokin said that's when a man came running in behind the woman and put her into a choke hold. "Once the woman had expressed she wasn't safe, and she didn't want to go home with this man who was choke holding her, the black power ranger (the manager with a kickass bob) and the yellow ranger, told the man to leave," Pirapokin wrote. fox35orlando.com

New York, NY: NYC police looking for man who robbed Home Depot with syringe
The New York Police Department is asking the public for help finding a man who allegedly used a syringe to rob a Manhattan Home Depot. The robbery occurred at approximately 3:22 p.m. ET on Sept. 22. "The suspect placed merchandise in a backpack [and] pointed a syringe at an employee that confronted him," police said in a tweet. The man is seen wearing a backpack, a Yankees hat, a gray hoodie, black sneakers and a yellow and orange safety vest. foxnews.com

Woman arrested after not scanning over $1,000 at Michigan Walmart self-checkout
A Michigan woman accused of stealing from Walmart by not scanning all items at self-checkout is facing charges. Police say TeddyJo Marie Fliam, 34, was caught skipping items as she rang up her purchases at the store on M-32 in Alpena County in July. When confronted by a loss prevention worker, she allegedly became agitated, denied it, and left. That employee reviewed surveillance video and found that Fliam had stolen more than $1,000 worth of merchandise since April by not scanning it. Fliam was arrested at her Alpena home Sept. 29 and charged with first-degree retail fraud. fox35orlando.com

Albuquerque, NM: Spirit Halloween store robbed at gunpoint
A terrifying situation at a popular Halloween store on the west side. A Spirit Halloween store was robbed in broad daylight. When an employee tried to stop the suspects, one pulled a gun in front of small kids. Jesse Orion is the New Mexico District Manager and said this is the first time something like this has happened at the Spirit Halloween store near Ellison Road and Coors Bypass Northwest. Employees noticed two people walk into the store and were acting suspicious Monday afternoon. "Whenever you see someone crumble up a mask or a t-shirt, it usually doesn't mean they're going to buy it," said Orion. In the video, you can see the assistant manager approach one of the suspects. He is carrying a basket of merchandise from the store. When she tries to stop him, the other suspect pulls out a gun and points it at her. The two suspects then try to walk out of the wrong exit, and the assistant manager tells them which exit to take. "Everyone is watching at this point. She's asking people to step back because this man has a gun in his hand," said Orion. krqe.com

Philadelphia, PA: Suspect wanted in connection with robbing 2 Bucks County Wawa's

Vacaville, CA: 1 adult, 2 minors arrested after Armed Robbery of a 7-Eleven

Plano, TX: Two Suspects Arrested After Violent Attack At A Plano Hooters

East Providence, RI: Suspects used $1K in counterfeit bills at Walgreens



C-Store - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Graham, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Vacaville, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Columbus, OH - Robbery
Clothing - Oak Brook, IL - Robbery
Clothing - Albuquerque, NM - Armed Robbery
Dollar - Hampton, VA - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Hollywood, FL - Robbery
Guns - Kansas City, KS - Burglary
Guns - Minooka, IL - Burglary
Hardware - New York, NY - Robbery
Hardware - Fort Fairfield, ME - Burglary
Jewelry - Pineville, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Tucson, AZ - Robbery
Jewelry - Fayetteville, NC - Robbery
Liquor - Morris, IL - Burglary
Motel - Barstow, CA - Armed Robbery
Rent-a Center - Hampton, VA - Burglary
Restaurant - San Francisco, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Morris, IL - Robbery
Restaurant - Bourbonnais, IL - Armed Robbery
Tobacco - Bronx, NY - Armed Robbery
Vape - Lexington Park, MD - Burglary
Verizon - Eugene, OR - Burglary


Daily Totals:
• 17 robberies
• 8 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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