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Matthew H. Dawson, CFI promoted to Senior Program Manager, Global Security Operations for Amazon
Matthew has been with Amazon for nearly four years, starting with the company as a Manager, NACF Loss Prevention. Prior to his promotion to Senior Program Manager, Global Security Operations, he served as Program Manager, Global Security Operations. He also spent nearly two years as Program Manager, Physical Security Loss Prevention for the company. Before his Amazon career, Matthew spent nearly four years with CVS Health as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager and Manager, Loss Prevention DC. He also held LP/security positions at Goodwill, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's and The Home Depot. Congratulations, Matthew!

Pat Moran promoted to Senior Regional Manager Logistics Loss Prevention - GSF for Amazon

Pat has been with Amazon for more than five years, starting with the company as a East Region Sort Centers Loss Prevention Manager. Prior to being promoted to Senior Regional Manager Logistics LP GSF, he served as Senior Manager Logistics LP for more than two years. With Amazon, he has also held the position of Region Loss Prevention Manager-Amazon Logistics and Senior Manager Logistics Loss Prevention. Earlier in his career, he held spent more than two decades as Director of Security for UPS. Congratulations, Pat!

Jillian Sutherland promoted to Senior Manager of Asset Protection for Loblaw Companies
Jillian has been with Loblaw Companies for nearly 10 years, starting with the company as a Loss Prevention Representative. Prior to her promotion to Senior Manager of Asset Protection, she spent more than three years with the company as a District Asset Protection Manager. Earlier in her career, she served as a Sales Associate and Warehouse Manager for Pier 1 Imports. Congratulations, Jillian!

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Intellicheck's Technology Saves Retailers and Consumers From Black Friday Fraud Losses as Chinese Fake ID Seizures Highlight Ongoing Risks

Intellicheck (NYSE AMERICAN: IDN) President and CEO Bryan Lewis says the company's state-of-the-art technology solutions, driven by Retail ID and Retail ID Online, saved retailers, consumers and financial institutions from millions of dollars in potential losses on Black Friday.

Early data shows attempted fraudulent purchases at retailers using Intellicheck's fraud detection solutions jumped across key retail categories during the Black Friday sales event compared to pre-Black Friday fraudulent purchase attempts. The company's
Retail ID SaaS solutions halted an attempted 77% increase in fraudulent purchase attempts at specialty retailers, a 57% increase in fraudulent transaction attempts at tool and equipment retailers and a 22% increase in fraudulent purchase attempts at furniture retailers. businesswire.com

Checkpoint Systems Announces the Launch of First Inlays
With The New Impinj M700 Chips

The new inlays will be 18% smaller, more sensitive, made from 70% recycled content and will set a new standard in the retail industry.

Checkpoint Systems - the world's only vertically integrated RFID solution provider for retail - has announced the official launch of the first inlays with the new Impinj M700 tag chip family through its partnership with Impinj, a leading provider and pioneer of RAIN RFID solutions. The new chips - Impinj M730 and Impinj M750 - have the highest receive sensitivity (-24 dBm) of any RAIN tag IC, stronger reply signaling and improved AutoTune adaptive RF tuning to optimize performance across a range of materials and operating frequencies. Read more in the Vendor Spotlight column below

Calif. Justices Weigh Wages For Bag Checks In Apple Case
California Supreme Court justices are expressing concerns with forcing Apple to pay its store employees for the time they spend undergoing bag checks, with one justice saying workers regularly choose to bring personal bags to work and that it seems "odd" to require Apple to pay them for checking items.

During a hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Justice Goodwin H. Liu said it seems "weird" to reason that allowing workers to bring personal bags benefits employers. But he said it would also be draconian for a company to ban personal bags outright.

The justice said bringing personal bags to work is ultimately "just a part of the ordinary baseline of how we live," but he seemed skeptical of concluding that the downstream consequences of that reality is that Apple should pay workers for bag checks.

Justice Liu questioned why it doesn't instead make sense for each side to absorb some of the costs of allowing employees to bring bags to work, with workers getting their bags checked without pay and employers bearing the costs of the managers who perform the checks.

"Apple has costs for paying managers and employees bear costs of submitting [to them]," he said. "Why isn't that fair?"

The justice's comments came during a hearing on whether state wage orders require Apple to pay a certified class of store employees for time spent checking their personal bags.

Apple retail workers initially filed suit in 2013, claiming the company's policy requiring them to clock out before undergoing two daily bag checks was illegal and led to about 90 minutes of unpaid work per week. U.S. District Judge William Alsup found in favor of Apple two years later, and the workers appealed to the Ninth Circuit. law360.com

Canada: Durham, Ontario:
Family of Boy Injured in Apple Store Theft Sues Company for $750K

The family of an Ajax boy, who they say was injured during an attempted theft at an Apple Store, is suing the company for $750,000 in damages for allegedly failing to provide proper security measures in a store the company knew or ought to have known would be targeted for acts of theft.

Apple "knew or should have known of the high level of thefts at the Apple store prior to this incident," a lawsuit filed by Andrew McDermott and Millisa MacCormack says. They claim McDermott and the couple's son Braeden, who was seven at the time of the 2017 incident, sustained physical and emotional injuries when Braeden was trampled by a man attempting to flee with a stolen laptop.

McDermott was injured when he struggled with the suspect, who was subsequently arrested and charged by Toronto police, the statement of claim says. durhamregion.com

Pablo Escobar's Brother Threatens To Sue Apple For $30 Billion
Roberto de Jesus Escobar Gaviria, the brother of 'Narcos' fame drug lord, Pablo Escobar recently launched a new foldable smartphone- the Escobar Fold 1. He is now threatening to sue smartphone giant Apple - he plans to file a class-action lawsuit against Apple for the most intriguing reason - selling overpriced phones to customers.

Escobar told Digital Trends Wednesday that he will file a $30 billion class-action lawsuit on Jan. 6, 2020 in California against Apple for accumulating illegal profits. He further stated that he had already spent $1 million on lawyers to file the lawsuit. He believes that Apple has no right to sell phones at thousands of dollars when he can sell a foldable phone for $349.

Roberto has a history of going after tech giants and is now going after Apple. He had stated in July that Elon Musk's Tesla had stolen his design of a flamethrower and had threatened to sue Musk unless he gave up $100 million worth of Tesla shares. ibtimes.com

CVS Completes Rollout of Time Delay Safes to all North Carolina Pharmacies
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), announced today that it has completed the rollout of time delay safes in all of its 375 CVS Pharmacy locations in North Carolina, including pharmacies located in Target stores. The safes are anticipated to help prevent pharmacy robberies and the diversion of controlled substance narcotic medications by keeping them out of the hands of unauthorized individuals. In addition, the safes are anticipated to help CVS Pharmacy ensure the safety and well-being of its customers and employees.

CVS Pharmacy expects these time delay safes to help deter pharmacy robberies including those involving opioid medications such as oxycodone and hydrocodone by electronically delaying the time it takes for pharmacy employees to be able to open the safe. CVS Pharmacy first implemented time delay safes in Indianapolis, a city experiencing at the time a high volume of pharmacy robberies, in 2015. The company saw a 70 percent decline in pharmacy robberies among the Indianapolis stores where the time delay safes had been installed. cvshealth.com

NYC's new top cop Dermot Shea plans to take neighborhood policing to 'next level'
Newly-appointed NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Monday that policing is about more than public safety. "It's about service. It's about providing hope. It's about protecting those who can't protect themselves. And it's about changing lives," said Shea, who was sworn in as the city's 44th police commissioner at department headquarters in Manhattan.

Repeating the sentiment of the NYPD in 2014 at the start of the neighborhood policing initiative, Shea said he believes the city can continue to drive down crime statistics with "far-less intrusive" policing. He cited data showing a reduction in street stops, criminal summonses, arrests and incarceration -- while the number of crimes has simultaneously dropped.

Under neighborhood policing, each precinct is divided into four or five sectors, patrolled by the same officers who work the same shifts each week, in an effort to familiarize themselves with residents to prevent crimes from occurring. silive.com

Elizabeth Warren introduces bill to protect part-time workers
during the holiday shopping season

Just as the holiday shopping season kicks into overdrive, presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday introduced a measure to protect part-time workers, which companies from Target to UPS hire to help handle extra work during the peak period for retailers.

The measure would require large employers to offer employees more hours before hiring new employees or subcontractors. It would also allow part-time workers to participate in an employers' pension plan and be eligible for family and medical leave. cnbc.com

Ahold Delhaize's Cashierless 'NanoStore' heads to the airport
The portable store, engineered by technology company AiFi​, is open now through January at the airport's Jan Dallaert Square area. It was transported on a trailer from its original test location at Albert Heijn's headquarters, where it opened in September.

Shoppers have to use a debit card at the door to gain entry to the store. Then they can shop for products and just walk out. Upon exit, customers can verify their purchases against the receipt. No cash is accepted. grocerydive.com

Uber Eyes Retail Delivery
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said the ride-hailing company could potentially offer courier services for retail businesses in the future, according to a report by Reuters.

"We can extend that [food delivery] model to essentially every single local retailer, so that anything you want in New York City can be delivered to you, hopefully in under 30 minutes," Khosrowshahi said. pymnts.com

The RealReal Building an LP Program With Staffing Shortage Control Manager
Reporting to Director of Loss Prevention in Brisbane, CA

Reporting to the Director of Loss Prevention, this role will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Shortage Control department. This is a newer department within the company that has tremendous growth potential. This role requires a strong analytical and excel reporting background and is responsible for generating daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly reporting that is pushed to departments across the company. Directly manage a team of 3-4 Shortage Control analysts and coordinators.

The RealReal is a company with millions of shoppers and consignors, three retail stores in NYC & LA and 9 Luxury Consignment Offices across the country, three of which are in our stores.

This role will be based in The RealReal's eCommerce center located in Brisbane, CA and will report to the Director, Loss Prevention and Facilities. therealreal.com

Macy's president Hal Lawton is stepping down to become CEO of Tractor Supply

Amazon adds 200K workers, expands fleet for first peak season with one-day shipping

The 230 cities that lost HQ2 'perhaps can create the next Amazon'

Target plans to open small store in NYC's Times Square

Nearly 700,000 SNAP Recipients Could Lose Benefits Under New Trump Rule

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Checkpoint Systems Announces the Launch of First Inlays With The New Impinj M700 Chips

The new inlays will be 18% smaller, more sensitive, made from 70% recycled
content and will set a new standard in the retail industry

December 4, 2019 - Checkpoint Systems - the world's only vertically integrated RFID solution provider for retail - has announced the official launch of the first inlays with the new Impinj M700 tag chip family through its partnership with Impinj, a leading provider and pioneer of RAIN RFID solutions. With an early access partner agreement, Checkpoint has been working closely with Impinj to design and validate inlays with the new ICs.

The new chips - Impinj M730 and Impinj M750 - have the highest receive sensitivity (-24 dBm) of any RAIN tag IC, stronger reply signaling and improved AutoTune adaptive RF tuning to optimize performance across a range of materials and operating frequencies.

With the new chips, Checkpoint will release six inlays which will have a longer read distance (up 11%) and a bigger coverage area (up 21%). For example, an inlay which had a 10 meter (32.8 feet) read range using the latest IC from the competition, would now have a read range of 11 meters (36 feet) using the Impinj M700.

One of the six inlays, Njord (44mm x 30mm), will become the smallest ARC certified inlay in categories F and I. Another tag, UNO, will combine RAIN RFID and RF EAS technologies to support both supply chain visibility and theft prevention.

The new inlays by Checkpoint have improved sustainability characteristics. With a 40% reduction in the Impinj chip size, the reduction in material usage for Checkpoint inlays will be 18%. Also, Checkpoint's inlays are produced with 70% post-consumer waste PET.

John Dargan, President of Checkpoint Systems, commented: "At Checkpoint, we have made significant investments in our R&D facilities, testing laboratories and manufacturing facilities over the last three years. This allowed us to get involved in the development process of the new chips early on, provide input during the design phase and develop the Impinj M700 family-based inlays ahead of the market. We believe that the new chips and our inlays based on those will become a quantum leap for the retail industry because of their functionality, sensitivity and speed."

Chris Diorio, CEO of Impinj: "The advancements in the new Impinj M730 and M750 tag chips reflect Impinj's mission to extend the Internet of Things to every thing that matters to businesses and people. We are thankful for Checkpoint's support during development and delighted to see them leverage the benefits the Impinj M700 family delivers as they bring-to-market advanced inlays that meet both ARC requirements and growing retailer demand."

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'Evil Corp': Feds charge Russians in massive $100 million bank hacking scheme
Key ringleaders indicted - 17 individuals targeted - Decade-long operation

The U.S. Justice and Treasury departments took action Thursday against a Russian hacking group known as "Evil Corp.," which stole "at least" $100 million from banks using malicious software that swiped banking credentials, according to a joint press release.

"Evil Corp.," a name reminiscent of the nickname for the key malevolent corporation in the popular television drama "Mr. Robot," is "run by a group of individuals based in Moscow, Russia, who have years of experience and well-developed, trusted relationships with each other," according to a Treasury Department press release.

The criminal group used a type of malware known as "Dridex," which worked to evade common anti-virus software and spread through emailed phishing campaigns. Once infected, the malware was able to steal login credentials and empty the accounts of bank employees and bank customers, forwarding the proceeds to offshore accounts held by Evil Corp., according to the press release.

The group also stole an estimated $70 million using a similar malware known as "Zeus."

The federal agencies say Evil Corp.'s criminal proceeds likely are "significantly higher" than the estimated $100 million stolen, making the enterprise one of the biggest hacking groups ever, according to the release.

The Justice Department announced indictments against key ringleaders of the group, while the Treasury Department announced sanctions against Evil Corp. under the department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). cnbc.com

Retailers, prepare wisely: DDoS remains a holiday threat
Researcher Madeline Cyr interviewed Forrester security and risk analysts David Holmes and Joseph Blankenship to help retailers understand the threat of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks during the upcoming holiday retail season.

Q. Last year, DDoS attacks on eCommerce sites peaked during Black Friday weekend. Could a DDoS attack wipe out Black Friday/Cyber Monday online sales?

DDoS attacks happen against eCommerce digital properties every year, though it's usually impossible to predict who the exact victims will be. We've heard from DDoS service protection vendor Radware that the typical reasons for service outages involving retailers/eCommerce include:

● Self-inflected DoS: that is, simply not having the proper resources to deal with a burst of natural traffic
● DDoS: Criminal attack to prevent/restrict access under ransom denial of service (RDoS) threat
● DDoS: Criminal attack to impact sales
● DDoS: Criminal attack to divert shoppers to other sites during an outage
● DDoS: Hacktivist attack for political reasons that are direct or indirect
● Bots: Criminals trying to purchase an item and flood system resources in the process; prevents others from checking out

Q. What strategy and technology protections do retailers need to have in place now to thwart DDoS attacks?

The most important advice is that retailers should seek a DDoS protection agreement before an attack occurs and to work with the service to set up your clean traffic tunnels during business as usual. Trying to combat a DDoS attack with no protection in place is a stress-inducing nightmare that no IT team wants to contemplate during peak season. There's also the potential impact on sales if a site is unresponsive or slow during the critical buying season. And many DDoS protection providers charge a five-figure premium to put protections in place during an attack; configuring the protection is much more difficult when the retail services cannot be reached. zdnet.com

When Rogue Insiders Go to the Dark Web
Researchers who operate undercover in the Dark Web are noticing an increase in activity among rogue employees selling access and stolen data from their organizations - mainly financial and telecommunications companies - for profit.

Charity Wright, cyber threat intelligence analyst and researcher at IntSights, says the rogue employee, often working via underground brokers, is a growing phenomenon in the Dark Web. Researchers have observed sellers, especially in Russian language-speaking forums, openly discussing how they offer services where they steal and sell information from their employers.

The researchers spotted a pair of telecommunications employees selling text message logs and geolocation information from phone SIM cards, for example. "There's huge potential for damage if they use it to target VIPs or government employees," for instance, Wright notes. "These services are relatively cheap, and all you have to do is provide them a phone number and they can give you everything they have on it."

IntSights has been studying the rogue insider trend in the Dark Web for the past four years. In 2017, IntSights and RedOwl published a report, "Monetizing the Insider: The Growing Symbiosis of Insiders and the Dark Web," on their two-year study of Dark Web forums that recruit insiders. At the time, they noted a twofold increase in insider outreach and forum discussions between 2015 and 2016. darkreading.com

Analysis: Vendor Contract Changes Under CCPA
Getting the proper vendor contracts completed is a top concern for organizations preparing to comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act, says Caitlin Fennessy, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (see: Analysis: Draft CCPA Regulations Fail to Clarify Ambiguities).

"Many of these companies had to put in place new data processing agreements to comply with GDPR [the EU's General Data Protection Regulation] ... and now they realize that they really need to do it again," Fennessy says in an interview with Information Security Media Group.

"The key component which is causing challenges with regards to CCPA is the notion and delineation between 'service providers' and 'third parties'," Fennessy says. govinfosecurity.com

Attackers Continue to Exploit Outlook Home Page Flaw

Microsoft Issues Advisory for Windows Hello for Business



Cannabis: The Past, Present, and Predictions for the Future
PAST: Part One of a Three-Part Series

By Tony Gallo, Managing Partner & Katharine Baxter, Lead Technical Writer for Sapphire Risk Advisory Group

You've likely noticed cannabis' new presence in your hometown: marijuana leaves on billboards, CBD stores popping up, or a dispensary opening down the street. But, cannabis has been present in the United States since before its founding. Hemp, which is fast growing and easy to cultivate, was valued by early colonists for its versatility, and was even used as legal tender in select states in the 1600s.

Cannabis also has a long history of use and cultivation by U.S. presidents; George Washington wrote about growing hemp and using it to alleviate tooth pain, Thomas Jefferson cultivated hemp and likely smoked while ambassador to France, and it's widely accepted that James Madison once remarked that "hemp gave him the insight to create a new democratic nation."

By the late 1800s, cannabis products were commonly sold in pharmacies and cultivation remained widespread until its criminalization in the 20th century.

The public's perception began to change when immigrants escaping the Mexican Revolution popularized recreational use. Cannabis developed a racial stigma and opinions deteriorated further during the social unrest of the Great Depression. By 1931, it had been prohibited in all 29 states.

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Banks No Longer Required to Report Hemp Growers as Suspicious, Regulators Say
A group of financial regulators on Tuesday clarified the compliance requirements for banks whose customers produce hemp, a variety of the cannabis plant that is often used for its fiber and generally doesn't get people high.

Suspicious activity reports identify potential criminal activity or transactions, which banks file to the U.S. Treasury Department's financial crimes unit. Until recently, hemp production largely was banned under federal law. A farm bill signed into law last year by President Trump removed hemp from a list of federally controlled substances. The legislation also directed the U.S. Agriculture Department to regulate domestic production of the crop.

Banks are still required to file reports on customers in the hemp business if they suspect suspicious activity, regulators said. The Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network will issue additional guidance after further evaluation of the USDA's rules governing hemp production, regulators said. wsj.com

Marijuana in the workplace
As cannabis acceptance grows state by state, so do employers' uncertainty
about what is legal and what is not.

Employers' confusion on the issue is understandable given the patchwork of different state laws affecting cannabis use in the workplace. The way in which marijuana use is tested - which may be hours or days after consumption - also contributes to the incertitude employers might feel about disciplining or terminating employees for use of marijuana.

Nowhere is this confusion more evident than in a comparison of the regulatory differences between longtime adult-use states, such as Colorado, and other states with newly formed workplace laws involving legal marijuana use.

As 2019 draws to a close, there's little indication to suggest that marijuana acceptance and legalization won't continue to grow nationwide. What is clear is that employers will need to continue balancing their workplace policies with a talent pool that is increasingly using marijuana medically and recreationally. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

Over 500K pot vapes seized in 2 years as busts rise in US
From New York City to Nebraska farm country to California, authorities have seized at least 510,000 marijuana vape cartridges and arrested more than 120 people in the past two years, according to an Associated Press tally derived from interviews, court records, news accounts and official releases. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

Union Square retailers fight to bar cannabis dispensary from 'luxury zone'

Green technology: 7-Eleven installs CBD vending machines

Boris Jordan, America's Pot King: Curaleaf is now the biggest U.S. marijuana company, with a market value of about $2.5 billion

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Face Recognition: Do You Know Who's In Your Store?

Peter Trepp, CEO, FaceFirst


FaceFirst is the global market leader in facial recognition systems for retail stores, including superstores, grocery, pharmacies and other retail environments. FaceFirst helps retailers create safer stores, great customer experiences and personalized service through face recognition and AI. Peter Trepp, CEO of FaceFirst, talks about the increased adoption of face recognition by retailers, the many ways the technology can be used in stores, and what sets it apart from other retail security solutions.

Quick Take 6 with Axis Communications

Hedgie Bartol, Retail Business Development Manager,
Axis Communications

with MCs Joe LaRocca
and Amber Bradley


Amber and Joe meet up with a familiar face - the one and only Hedgie Bartol of Axis Communications. With LP departments being tasked with doing more in the store, learn how Axis is helping retailers leverage network enabled technologies to create a truly connected store. Also, hear Joe LaRocca do a southern accent.




Report: 60% Rise in Suspected Holiday Weekend E-Commerce Fraud Since 2017
iovation, a TransUnion company, today released new findings around online retail trends during the start of the 2019 global holiday shopping season. The research shows a 29% increase in suspected online retail fraud during the start of the 2019 holiday shopping season compared to the same period in 2018, and a 60% increase in suspected e-commerce fraud during the same period from 2017 to 2019. The findings are based on the online retail transactions analyzed for its e-commerce customers between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday over the last three years.

"This data unfortunately reinforces the fraud fears that consumers expressed in our recent survey," said TransUnion Senior Vice President of Business Planning and Development, Greg Pierson. "Among the conclusions from TransUnion's 2019 Holiday Retail Fraud Survey: nearly half of all consumers, 46%, are concerned with being victimized by fraudsters this holiday season with baby boomers being the most concerned of any generation at 54%."

The percent of suspected fraudulent e-commerce transactions during the start of the holiday shopping season and entire year compared to legitimate transactions for the past three years:

● 15% from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, 2019. 10% so far in 2019.
● 13% from Nov. 22 to Nov. 26, 2018. 11% all of 2018.
● 11% from Nov. 23 to Nov. 27, 2017. 7% all of 2017.

The top days during the start of the 2019 holiday shopping season for legitimate and suspected fraudulent online retail transactions:

● Thanksgiving, Nov. 28: 16% of legitimate holiday weekend transactions (#5). 17% of suspected fraudulent holiday weekend transactions (#4-tie).

● Black Friday, Nov. 29: 26% of legitimate holiday weekend transactions (#1). 25% of suspected fraudulent holiday weekend transactions (#1).

● Saturday, Nov. 30: 19% of legitimate holiday weekend transactions (#3). 19% of suspected fraudulent holiday weekend transactions (#3).

● Sunday, Dec. 1: 17% of legitimate holiday weekend transactions (#4). 17% of suspected fraudulent holiday weekend transactions (#4-tie).

● Cyber Monday, Dec. 2: 22% of legitimate holiday weekend transactions (#2). 21% of suspected fraudulent holiday weekend transactions (#2). prnewswire.com

Cyber Monday reveals mobile driving ecommerce train
73% of global digital traffic came from mobile
Mobile transactions reached $3.1 billion on Cyber Monday, representing the highest year-over-year growth ever recorded for this date.

"Cyber Monday sales surged late last night as consumers established new records both in overall purchases and purchases made via smartphones," Taylor Schrieiner, principal analyst and head of Adobe Digital Insights, said in a company release. "The coming days will reveal if retailers will extend their holiday sales more than years past due to the shortest possible remaining shopping season till Christmas."

Schreiner said companies offering one day shipping or buy online pay in-store (BOPIS) will be well positioned to help consumers complete their purchases during the last few weeks of the holiday season. Salesforce on Tuesday reported a record $31 billion in U.S. Cyber Week digital commerce revenue, citing advances by retailers in utilizing artificial intelligence, mobile and social networking.

Salesforce reported that 73% of global digital traffic came from mobile, compared with 66% a year ago. retailcustomerexperience.com

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Cleveland, OH: 7 Arrested; Crime Ring Accused Of Stealing In 4 Counties
Seven people have been charged with taking part in a crime ring that stole goods from businesses and homes in four Northeast Ohio counties. The indictment against the group includes 116 felony charges, including grand theft, conspiracy, vandalism, breaking and entering and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. patch.com

Columbus, OH: Police searching for suspects captured on camera stealing AirPods
Columbus Police are now trying to identify four females accused of stealing dozens of Apple AirPods from a Walmart on Bethel Road. Investigators say a woman was captured on surveillance cameras stealing $6,600 worth of earphones that were locked in a security cage. One suspect was seen on camera tossing items in a shopping cart that was covered by bedding. Investigators say three accomplices distracted store workers while the loot was stolen. Two of the women proceeded through the check-out line with the stolen airpods covered by other merchandise. The four women paid for the bedding and then left the store. abc6onyourside.com

Flagler County, FL: 'Lego Booster' accused of swiping $3,000 in toys, games from Flagler, Volusia stores
They nicknamed him the "Lego Booster" because of his penchant for stealing boxed sets of the popular toy. Sean Dunlop, 30, was arrested this week amid reports he swiped nearly $3,000 worth of premium Lego collectibles and video games from retailers in Flagler and Volusia counties between August and October. Dunlop was booked into the Flagler County jail on Monday and charged with grand theft in connection with a Sept. 9 incident during which he stole $910 worth of "high-priced" Lego boxed sets from the Target in Palm Coast. ocala.com

Wareham, MA: Police Allege Woman Shoplifted Over $10,000 Worth of Merchandise

Milford, CT: Two women accused in $3,500 shoplifting at Boscov's Connecticut Post Mall

Galesburg, IL: $2000 in Apple products stolen from Walmart

McKinleyville, CA: Woman stealing $1,500 of merchandise pulls knife on Security

Bel Air, DE: Police Holiday Patrol and Macy's arrest female with $1,200 of merchandise

Savannah, GA: Police seeking woman who stole $900 of merchandise from Ulta Beauty

Fresno, CA: Couple hits a Camera Supply Store for the 3rd time

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Shootings & Deaths

Seat Pleasant, MD: Man charged in fatal Prince George's liquor store shooting
A suspect has been arrested and the victim has been identified in a fatal shooting Tuesday at a liquor store in Seat Pleasant, Maryland. Prince George's County Police said Nevonia Evans, 22, of Northeast D.C., was arrested Wednesday morning in the death of Curtis Jones Jr., 28, of Suitland, MD. The police said Evans shot Jones during a confrontation at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Blue Sky Liquors. Police are still investigating what the confrontation was about. wtop.com

Detroit, MI: Police arrest 2nd suspect in fatal shooting at O'Reilly Auto Parts
Detroit police arrested a man Tuesday in connection with the fatal shooting at an O'Reilly Auto Parts store on the city's west side last week. "We've made some significant progress in this case since last Thursday," said Detroit police Chief James Craig. "The community has come out to support (the victim's) family and we've received a lot of tips. We cannot thank the community enough." Craig said the suspect in the latest arrest is a 39-year-old black male who was picked up for traffic warrants. The chief said police were seeking a warrant for a charge of accessory after the fact and harboring a criminal. Police arrested Shawnta Sharee Anderson, 23, Monday night at a home in the 6000 block of Colfax.

Craig said police accuse Anderson of firing the shot that killed auto parts store's manager James Haller Jr., 75. Authorities still are searching for another woman, Eboni Monae Mcewen-Ross, 28, in connection with the shooting. Investigators said they believe she may have fled to Ohio. Police said Haller was at about 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 as he walked up to two females robbing the store, located at 16830 Schaefer near Six Mile and the Lodge Freeway. valliantnews.com

Cleveland, OH: Suspected Tractor Supply Burglar sues Summit County police officers who shot him in 2018
One of two men shot by police in Summit County last year filed suit against two small departments saying the officers were unjustified in opening fire against him and his passenger. Christian Beard, 23, of Akron, said in a federal lawsuit filed Nov. 26 that both he and passenger Matthew Burghardt were unarmed when Lakemore Village officer Ezekiel Ryan and Springfield Township officer Kristofer London opened fire in February 2018. A bullet remains lodged in Beard's neck, and he also suffered nerve damage and permanent damage to his hand, according to the lawsuit. Officers encountered the pair in a van while looking into an attempted burglary at a Tractor Supply store, according to police. cleveland.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Crestview, FL: Couple buys baby bouncer at Goodwill, finds semi-automatic rifle inside
A Florida couple shopping for a baby shower gift thought they got a great deal when they found a baby bouncer for only $10 at Goodwill. What they didn't expect was to find a semi-automatic rifle inside. Veronica Alvarez-Rodriguez said she was attending a baby shower on Sunday, so she stopped by the Goodwill in Valparaiso to pick up a gift. That's where she found a Baby Einstein baby bouncer in an unopened box that appeared to be new. For only $9.99, it was quite a bargain. ktvu.com

Ballwin, MO: Pies taken from unlocked store, money & apology note left behind
Police in Missouri said someone took two pies from a store that was accidentally left unlocked while closed -- but the culprit left money and a note, making it an "after-hours transaction" instead of a burglary. The Ballwin Police Department said the front door of Honey Baked Ham had apparently been left unlocked accidentally on Thanksgiving Day, when the store was closed for the holiday, and a customer who came inside the empty store in the afternoon called police. Police found some cash on the counter and a note reading: "Happy Thanksgiving! No one was here, and we were in desperate need of pies. Left money, took pies. Thanks!" upi.com

New York, NY: Accused female shoplifters caught on camera brawling in street with Barneys security
Video shows two shoplifting women brawling with Barneys workers in the middle of Madison Avenue. The women are seen fighting with the two male employees who followed them out of the store. It happened on November 18th at 11 a.m. One of the shoplifters was caught by surveillance cameras inside the store putting a hat into her bag and walking out with it. The Moncler winter hat is worth $392. During the incident, the women are accused of punching, biting and scratching the employees. abc7ny.com

Phoenix, AZ: Police search for armed man accused of stealing Amazon truck & SUV
An armed man is at large after he reportedly stole an Amazon truck and SUV Wednesday morning, according to Phoenix police. The man ran from police after officers approached a group of men near Cave Creek Road and Larkspur Drive around 7:25 a.m. after receiving a call of suspicious activity, officials said. Police said the man took an Amazon truck while the driver was making a delivery and allegedly displayed a handgun at a passenger inside the truck. Police Lt. Bryan Coley said the mancould be heard saying he had "warrants for his arrest" as he was running from police. The passenger escaped the truck after placing it in park and taking the keys from the ignition, police said. The man then found a stopped SUV, Police said the man allegedly pointed a handgun at the female driver, struck her from the passenger side to push her out the driver's door and then fled with the victim's car. No victims were significantly injured over the course of the incident. azcentral.com

Dayton, OH: Area Dollar Stores robbed 28 times this year
Dollar stores in Dayton were robbed 28 times so far in 2019, according to data from the Dayton Police Department. The amount of robberies is a major concern for law enforcement, which is working with the parent companies for Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree to crack down on crime. "There's a lot of different theories," Lt. Hall said. "I even have my own. There are only so many places to rob and these are businesses where there's not a lot of other things around them. That could make them targets of opportunity. "It's not scientific, it's a gut feeling." Most of the robberies involved use of a gun - 25 were classified by the department as armed robberies while three were classified as unarmed. wdtn.com

UK: Staines, England: Gang stalked a Travelling Jewelry salesman and robbed him of gems worth $5.3 Million after Retailer advertised his whereabouts online
A travelling jewelry salesman working for American designer Le Vian was robbed of £4.1million worth of gems after retailer Ernest Jones advertised his location online, a court has heard. The gang stalked jewelry salesman Joseph Savoie before violently attacking him at the Elmsleigh Shopping Centre car park in Staines, Surrey, for his suitcase containing 'chocolate diamond' items. The mobsters planned their heist after British high-street retailer Ernest Jones put on their website the location of the unusual jewels, to drum up business at shops around the country. Three suspects are all charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.  dailymail.co.uk

Spain: Barcelona: Thieves fake disability to dupe jewelry shop staff in $1.4 Million robbery

Clovis, CA: Victim's wallet stolen at Trader Joe's; $3,000 of charges at Apple Store


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Auto Parts - Baton Rouge, LA - Burglary
Boost Mobile - Peoria, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Darlington, SC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Dothan, AL - Robbery
C-Store - Bay County, MI - Burglary
C-Store - Girard, OH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Starkville, MS - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Newark, OH - Burglary
C-Store - Bakersfield, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Fuqua-Varina, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Portland, TN - Armed Robbery
Camera - Fresno, CA - Robbery
Cellphone - Burien, WA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Hayward, CA - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Placerville, CA - Robbery
JC Penney - Santa Clarita, CA - Robbery
Pharmacy - Bucks County PA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Ballwin, MO - Burglary (Honey Baked)
Restaurant - Atlanta, GA - Armed Robbery
Unknown - McKinleyville, CA - Armed Robbery
T-Mobile - Oakland, CA - Armed Robbery
T-Mobile - Wylie, TX - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Hayward, CA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Tacoma, WA - Armed Robbery / clerk wounded
7-Eleven - Lacey, WA - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
• 23 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed


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Richard Young
promoted to Multi-Store Loss Prevention Supervisor
for Kohl's

Jason Hittel promoted to Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Amazon

Josh Koehn named Loss Prevention Manager for Blain's Farm & Fleet

William Lehman, CFI named Regional Manager of Asset Protection for Abercrombie & Fitch

Marcus Nichols named Asset Protection Operations Specialist for BJ's Wholesale Club

Elizabeth Porter promoted to Organized Retail Crime Specialist
for Albertsons

Kevin Charles named District Loss Prevention Manager for TJX Companies - Home Goods/Home Sense

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