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"An increase in consumer confidence is helping to fuel the best seasonal hiring the U.S. has seen in recent years," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder Thirty-six percent of retailers plan to have extra hands on deck around the holidays, a healthy jump from 29 percent in 2011. (Source einnews.com)

Turnover in the "C" suite picks up 300% last year - with more CEO's heading for the door As the economy smoothed out somewhat last year, company boards took a breather from worrying about corporate stability -- and sometimes survival -- and began looking ahead to position their company with a new vision, along with new leaders. Of the S&P 1500 129 CEOs left in 09', 110 in 10' and 361 in 11' - over a 300% increase last year alone. From the survival mode during the recession to let's get it restarted in 2011. That's almost a 25% turnover rate in one year alone. (Source cnn.com)

Wal-Mart legal troubles mount as Black Friday walkout looms In the midst of worker strikes in several cities and the looming threat of a mass employee walkout on Black Friday (one of the busiest shopping days of the year), the world's largest retailer has been hit with a class action lawsuit affecting temporary and part-time workers in the Chicago area. The filing accuses Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and two temporary staffing agencies in the region -- Labor Ready Midwest Inc. and QPS Employment Group, Inc. -- of breaking minimum wage and overtime laws for temp workers by making them show up early and work through lunch breaks. The lawsuit also alleges that Walmart failed to pay contracted workers the requisite four hours minimum in wages. (Source wtoc.com)

Wal-Mart centralizes compliance and legal issues Wal-Mart said on Wednesday that various staff groups involved in compliance and legal issues will soon all report to its general counsel, Reuters reported. The move comes as the retailer works on coordinating efforts after an alleged foreign bribery scandal. Wal-Mart also said on Wednesday that it has already spent more than $30 million on updating its global foreign corrupt practices act and anti-corruption compliance program. (Source retailingtoday.com)

Ikea releases plans to expand by 2020. The furniture superstore has announced it plans to increase annual revenue by as much as 85%, increase the store count by 200 stores, increase its workforce by 69,000, and quadruple sales of 'sustainable' products. (Source businessinsider.com)

Best Buy falls on 3Q outlook, 2 more execs leaving - they're streamlining Best Buy said Wednesday two executives, including its U.S. president, are leaving the company as it eliminates the most senior level of its U.S. operations, the latest move by CEO Hubert Joly to turn around the struggling electronics chain. The company also offered a dim view of its upcoming third-quarter financial results, predicting net income would be "significantly below" last year and a key revenue figure would fall. Executive Vice President of U.S. Operations Tim Sheehan will leave the company at the end of the month. Best Buy said in a statement it was removing the senior-most layer of its U.S. operations to create "a leaner structure intended to improve the company's agility." (Source tri-cityherald.com)

The Perfect Storm may be brewing to hit next week and it's "spooking" meteorologists Much of the U.S. East Coast has a good chance of getting blasted by gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain and maybe even snow early next week by an unusual hybrid of hurricane and winter storm, federal and private forecasters say. Hurricane Sandy in the Caribbean, an early winter storm in the West, and a blast of arctic air from the North are predicted to collide, sloshing and parking over the country's most populous coastal corridor starting Sunday. The worst of it should peak early Tuesday, but it will stretch into midweek, forecasters say. (Source yahoo.com)

An "insider" comes to work with a USB memory stick - inserts it in a PC and erases the data on 30,000 PCs in your company - in one clean swoop That's what happened at Saudi Aramco in August a state owned company and they replaced all the data with an image of a burning American flag. What if it happened in your company and the IT department asked for your help? What would you do? (Source csoonline.com)

Verizon DBIR analysis finds intellectual property theft takes years to detect More than half of the intrusions took place at companies North America. Most of the breaches were the work of external attackers, professional criminal rings, activist groups, competitors, and state-sponsored actors, according to the data. (Source techtarget.com)

Dyson files a $1.6 Million industrial spying case against German rival Bosch. Dyson has filed papers at the High Court alleging that a worker at its Wiltshire (UK) base stole the blueprints and passed them to its rival, Bosch. It demands that the German manufacturer returns the details of the technology. Dyson alleges that the unnamed employee was paid $18,000 by Bosch for passing on details of its "secret motor technology" over a two-year period. (Source businessinsider.com)



New Orleans leads nation in seizures of Counterfeit NFL products. The Agents of Homeland Security seized 800 items, valued at nearly $30,000 from a shop in New Orleans on Tuesday. No arrests have been made in connection with Tuesday’s raid. Last year, HSI New Orleans led the nation in the amount of counterfeit NFL merchandise that was confiscated. (Source wdsu.com)




Homeland Security raids two Springfield Main Street stores suspected of selling Counterfeit Goods. Omar Fashion and Triple Jay’s Fashion, both located on Main Street in Springfield, Massachusetts got a visit from the Agents of Homeland Security. Boxes of confiscated merchandise were seized by the agents. Both stores have been operating in the area for five years. No arrests have been made and the investigation is still pending. (Source wggb.com)

Cargo Handlers at the airport in Kuala Lumpur steal $1.28 million worth of Samsung phones. A total of 1,407 Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphones were stolen by six baggage handlers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Saturday. Some of the items were recovered when Police arrested two additional suspects, but most of the merchandise is still missing. The baggage handlers were able to remove the 70 boxes of phones simply by having a fellow accomplice sign for the merchandise as the consignment's rightful owner. (Source asiaone.com)

Houston truck driver steals 1,512 cases of beer, tries to sell them on his front lawn. Sundiata Bilal Simba, 52, is now facing a felony theft charge in the case of the stolen beer. Simba's boss, Robert Riles, contacted Simba after he discovered that the beer never arrived at its destination. Simba, who had been working for the company about one month, told Riles over the phone that his truck had broken down 'and that it was going to cost $2,000 to tow the Freightliner and he didn't have that kind of money.' Four days later, Houston police were notified that a massive amount of beer was being sold from rental trailers in the front yard of a northeast Houston residence. Police went to the residence to investigate and found dozens of damaged Budweiser cardboard boxes along with plastic wrappings marked with bar codes that matched the order picked up by Simba. (Source chron.com)

Smash and grab crime spree continues in West Lebanon, NH Hitting three retailers in the last month the lone suspect uses his Volkswagen Jetta without a front license plate to smash into the front doors and steal merchandise and in one case a safe. (Source wcax.com)

Devil masked robbery suspect severely injured in fall off a cliff The suspect is tied to the Winn Dixie armed robbery that occurred in Birmingham last Friday. Police are still wondering what happened, but following a hold-up of a convenience store where a 53 year old customer was shot; the robbery suspect fled and was later discovered at the bottom of a cliff. The suspect had fallen, breaking his back and one of his legs needed to be amputated after the incident. Upon searching the suspect’s car, they found several items which tie him other robberies in the area. (Source alabamas13.com)

Robbery suspect taken into custody after 45 minute stand-off with Police. Police in Newport responded to a burglary alarm at 3 am at the Shop Express Convenience Store. Outside the rear of the store, police recovered boxes of cigarettes and the store’s cash register, along with the suspect’s backpack. Police saw 19 year old Alexander Caruso in the store and asked him to come out on his own. After waiting 45 minutes, police entered the store and took Caruso into custody. (Source unionleader.com)

Teen faces Arson charges over a fire she set at an East Greenbush, NY Target Store. A 15 year old female faces arson charges following an incident where she lit a fire in the shoe department of a Target store. The fire spread to a shoe display, damaging a dozen pairs of shoes and footwear valued at more than $600. Target Loss Prevention associates immediately responded with portable fire extinguishers. Although the fire was put out quickly, the store was evacuated due to a considerable amount of smoke. (Source timesunion.com)

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On Tuesday October 16, 2012, Plainville MA Police arrested a male in connection with the theft of several hundred dollars worth of Diabetic Test Strips at the Target store in Plainville. This male, 28 years old from Weymouth MA, had been a suspect in two prior thefts of the strips, one in August, one in September. Overall, we believe the amount is in the thousands.

While speaking with him at the police station, he gave us some information we believe is worth passing on. "PJ" would go on Craig's list looking for jobs for short money to buy heroin. At some point he saw an ad for test strips and called. He was told to steal the strips from Target. In return he would receive money. PJ did this in Braintree first, then Weymouth, Plainville, and other stores (he mentioned Walgreens in Norwood). He called a number, and usually met someone at one of the rest areas on Rt. 24 in Bridgewater near the 495 interchange. A male in either a white Buick Park Avenue, or a silver Chevy Tahoe would collect the test strips and give PJ his money. This meet was usually within 15 - 20 minutes of the theft.

PJ learned that the test strips went to a "crime family" in Boston. He once met one of these members at the Wonderland Dog Track in Revere. The strips would then be posted on Craigs List and/or Amazon for sale at a lower price. PJ stated that this arrangement occurs all over the state. He is one of many "errand boys" for this group. Target is the store they are most apt to steal from. As PJ told us, "Cameras have blind spots, ...the people in this group will walk in to see who is loss prevention to ID them, and try to get a photo of them."

Hopefully this helps any retailer and/or law enforcement agency. If you would like more information regarding this ORC, including photos and reports, please contact Sergeant Scott Gallerani with the Plainville Massachusetts Police Department.

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Friendly return policy at Nordstrom taken for $150,000 in Cincinnati. Six individuals have plead guilty to multiple charges, including theft, money laundering, identity fraud, telecommunications fraud and receiving stolen property. The group used counterfeit checks and stolen credit card numbers to purchase gift cards at Kroger. The thieves would then purchase items at Nordstrom, wear them, and then return the items for cash, taking advantage of Nordstrom’s return policy. (Source cincinnati.com)

Two Florida men arrested hitting Wal-Mart stores and notes found in their vehicle with security details about several Walmarts in Florida Deputies in Indian River County arrested two shoplifters at Wal-Mart who had been gathering details on security for other locations throughout Florida. William Thayne, 41, of Boca Raton and Jose Santiago Ramirez, 44, of Weston were charged Friday with felony shoplifting in concert with others. Ramirez has sold more than 200 items on eBay in the past few months, according to his affidavit. The Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate Ramirez in connection with other thefts. (Source tcpalm.com)
 

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