Sean Finegan, C.F.I. named Director of Loss
Prevention for Save Philly Stores, LP
he was named Director of Loss Prevention for Save Philly Stores, Sean served as
Loss Prevention Manager for Insomnia Cookies. Prior to that, he spent more than
four years with Signet Jewelers as Regional Loss Prevention Manager. Earlier in
his career, he held LP roles with AutoZone, Save-A-Lot and Kmart Corporation.
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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact
Retailer Rolls Out Armed Security Teams
Hy-Vee unveils armed 'retail security team' amid theft surge
The Hy-Vee security team has experience in law enforcement and will be "equipped
to protect the safety" of customers.
at the Midwest grocery chain Hy-Vee will soon
encounter armed security guards while shopping at stores in light of the recent
surge in retail thefts.
The Iowa-based retailer unveiled plans Wednesday for the launch of a
retail security team to operate at stores across eight states.
While the chain has not said if a specific incident prompted the initiative,
Hy-Vee Vice President of Security Jamie Sipes
suggested in an interview that a recent
uptick in retail thefts nationwide
was a factor.
"I think across the country, we're seeing an increase in thefts and different
crimes in retail locations," Sipes told
KYTV in Missouri. "So Hy-Vee made the decision to move forward with a
forward-facing security program that includes the tools that an officer would
need to keep employees and customers safe."
Hy-Vee said the
security officers, many of whom have backgrounds in law enforcement,
will be trained in de-escalation techniques and "equipped to protect the safety"
of customers and employees.
The chain released footage depicting the retail security officials
dressed in uniform and equipped with badges, guns and tasers.
Hy-Vee said members of the retail security team are already on site at "several
stores." The company is actively recruiting for security roles and plans to add
a security presence at stores in eight states "in the near future."
Hy-Vee opted to
start its own security operation after previously relying on outside contractors,
the Kansas City Star reported. The grocery chain operates approximately
285 stores across eight Midwestern states
and employs more than 93,000 workers.
Retail Thieves Earning More Than Drug Dealers?
How Retail Theft Rings Use Facebook Marketplace to Sell Stolen Goods
One thief said he made $2,500 a day stealing
power tools before he was arrested: "You make more money than you do selling
drugs, and it's less jail time"
Police say it's a growing illegal industry:
massive, organized retail theft, in which internet-savvy
criminals shoplift pricey items from the shelves of big-box retailers and sell
them on Facebook Marketplace
and similar sites.
Detective Sgt. Todd Curtis of the Perrysburg Township Police Department in Ohio
is one of a trio of investigators who began busting organized shoplifting rings
a wave of cities began acknowledging the problem in recent weeks.
He recently helped arrest a 44-year-old man selling a stolen Husqvarna chainsaw
on Facebook Marketplace after Lowe's and Home Depot reported several of their
stores in the area were hit by a shoplifting crew.
For the past two decades, law enforcement has struggled to keep up as one
platform succeeded another as the preferred marketplace for stolen goods. But
law enforcement agencies say Facebook Marketplace, which has increasingly become
a go-to destination for organized rings because of its
ease to offload their loot,
has already gained a reputation among investigators for being so slow to respond
and cooperate that officers often have to give up or invent workarounds.
"It's just a perfect
storm of a lot of bad things being enabled all at once,"
said Sucharita Kodali, a principal analyst at Forrester, a market research firm.
"The fact that they're so prevalent, the fact that there is absolutely no
regulation around them, the fact that the marketplaces themselves are explicitly
exonerated from illicit activity, which is a huge, huge flaw."
and other states are reassessing their yearslong push to scale back property
crime enforcement as viral videos circulate featuring "smash-and-grabs"
at high-end shops
across the country.
The War Over Retail Crime Data
LAPD warn of crime wave, but data shows theft, robberies down
A recent rash of retail crimes has resulted in
calls for increased police funding.
numbers tell one story,
but recent messaging from the Los Angeles Police Department appears to be
burglary and theft are down in Los Angeles compared to 2019,
according to the
latest crime data from the police department. But in recent weeks, police
have indicated those types of crimes are rising, pointing to incidents involving
"smash-and-grab" shoplifters who descended on high-end shopping districts at the
height of the holiday shopping season.
At a Dec. 2 news conference, L.A. officials announced the
arrests of 14 people in smash-and-grab crimes and retail thefts from Nov. 18
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore described the incidents as a wave of
"violent and dangerous crimes."
"The rash of these smash-and-grab type crimes have placed community members and
store employees in significant danger due to the violence that's associated with
them," Moore said then.
The retail crimes have prompted city officials to
renew support for the police department, including backing a 12 percent budget
Moore told the Los Angeles Police Commission on Dec. 7 that the crimes were part
of a larger "surge" of violence that was "expanding," and he said the LAPD and
commission need to "draw particular focus and laser attention to it and amplify
it. Because that's the only way we get results."
Gov. Gavin Newsom this month pledged $300 million to combat retail theft.
Critics of City Hall and the Los Angeles Police Department say the
smash-and-grab incidents, while alarming, have been happening for at least the
better part of a decade. They argue the
incidents have yet to create anything approaching a spike on a graph and are
being used to scare residents,
lobby for officer raises and decry justice reform.
"We're not saying crime doesn't exist," said Ricci Sergienko, an organizer with
the People's City Council, a coalition of social and climate justice
just saying the cops' own statistics don't match their narrative."
Theft-Driven Store Closures of 2021
Major retail chains that closed in 2021 due to dwindling profits, spike in
Several retailers have started to shift to
e-commerce in effort to boost profit
retailers have announced the closure of locations in various cities, citing a
number of factors, from changing consumer attitudes and future health needs to
issues with spikes in crime.
announced in November that it planned to
close around 9% of its nearly 10,000 locations,
with further closures of 300 stores each year for the next three years.
also said it would close 63 stores in order to reduce costs and boost profits.
also cited a shift to e-commerce as a major factor in closing physical
locations, with the pandemic lockdown in 2020 showing many retailers the frailty
of the brick-and-mortar model.
JCPenney and Neiman Marcus
filed for bankruptcy last year after weeks of lockdowns starved the retailers.
in October said that it needed to close several locations - all in San Francisco
- in response to
The retailer said it
increased security measures at locations across the city
to the tune of 46 times the average.
also admitted that it would close a few locations in San Francisco over security
concerns, according to ABC 7. That
city has become a "shoplifter's paradise,"
according to the Wall Street Journal, after District Attorney Chesa Boudin
effectively decriminalized theft below $950.
Nearly two dozen CEOs of prominent retailers, including
Home Depot, Best Buy
and CVS, in early December signed a letter to Congress urging action to address
the "growing impact of
organized retail crime
on retail employees and communities."
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Deadly Burlington Store Police Shooting in LA
(Update) Groups call for arrest of LAPD officer involved in Burlington store
shooting that killed 14-year-old
Los Angeles-area groups are calling for the arrest and prosecution of the police
officer who inadvertently shot a 14-year-old girl to death while
confronting a suspect inside a
North Hollywood Burlington store.
On Sunday, demonstrators
rallied outside of the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters in
downtown, calling for the arrest of Officer William Jones - who was
identified by police last week as the officer involved in the shooting.
Valentina Orellana Peralta was with her mother in a dressing room trying on
dresses two days before Christmas when she was
struck by a police bullet that
passed through a wall on the second floor of the Burlington store on
She died in the arms of her mother, who said she and her daughter sat down and
hugged when they heard the commotion in the store. The force of the gunshot that
struck the teen threw them both to the ground, the girl's mother said.
police released body-camera footage and other details of the shooting when
officers responded to reports of a man assaulting people, and possibly firing
shots, inside the Burlington store.
The demonstrators on Sunday
said they want the officer to be charged with involuntary manslaughter.
25% Spike in Law Enforcement Deaths - 482 Year-to-Date
19 Deaths in December: 9 COVID - 5 Gunfire - 4 Auto-Related - 1 Weather
19 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty. The cause breakdown
(for December 2021 only) is: 9 COVID-related, 5 gunfire, 4 auto-related, and
1 due to weather / a natural disaster. This means that the year-to-date
total for line of duty deaths is at 482, a 25% increase from the same time
The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our deepest condolences to the families,
friends, and agencies who lost a loved one to a line of duty death this past
month. We encourage our supporters to read the memorials of each of the officers
who died in the line of duty.
Smash-and-grabs and follow-home robberies
The real story was complicated
A series of high-profile crimes in upscale parts of Los Angeles - the so-called
smash-and-grab and follow-home robbery - have gotten widespread attention in
recent months. Police have deployed officers to malls and shopping corridors
such as Rodeo Drive and Melrose Avenue. Right-wing media have seized on the
robberies as proof that crime in California is out of control.
Yet for all the attention they have received, the brazen crimes make up only a
fraction of the city's burglaries and robberies, which overall have not seen a
Citywide, burglaries are down 8% and robberies up 5% over 2020. Far more serious
is the rise in homicides: 389 this year, an increase of 12% from 2020 and 51%
But the smash-and-grabs and follow-home robberies have managed to captured the
city's attention in ways the climbing homicide rate could not, roiling the
political discourse over crime, policing and how the judicial system punishes
The Times identified several people arrested on suspicion of committing
smash-and-grabs, follow-home robberies and similarly brazen heists in which
people have simply grabbed merchandise off shelves in full view. Through
interviews with police and some of the suspects and a review of court and
probation records, The Times found that a wide range of people -
from a group of Romani women
from Orange County to crews of reputed gang members from South Los Angeles -
have been implicated in the crimes.
Retailers Support New ORC Legislation
Ohio bill looks to address retail theft sprees
Reacting to organized theft rings, including the more
recent phenomenon of smash-and-grabs, as well as the sale of counterfeit
knock-offs, the Ohio
House and Senate recently passed separate bills requiring online marketplaces to
know exactly who that "high-volume seller" is using their platforms. And then
those marketplaces would have to make some of that information available to
The bills are
supported by traditional retailers - big names such as Walmart, Home Depot, and
Walgreens - that seek to level the playing field with sometimes faceless online
competitors that suspiciously undercut their prices. They hope to make
themselves less of a theft target.
But the digital marketplace - including names such as
eBay and Etsy - has pushed back,
arguing that the bills would place a regulatory burden on legitimate small
businesses that depend on online sales while having little direct impact on the
actual crime of stealing from store shelves.
"While we share the goal of protecting consumers and curtailing organized retail
crime, this bill does little to achieve that goal and instead
imposes regulations that will discourage Ohio small businesses and entrepreneurs
from increasing their sales on online marketplaces,"
the Coalition to Protect America's Small Sellers, which counts eBay and Etsy
among its members, said in testimony submitted to the House Commerce and Labor
House Bill 272
would define a "high-volume seller" as one who, over the course of one year, has
made at least 200 sales worth $20,000 or more via an online marketplace such as
Amazon, Facebook, or eBay. Once that threshold is surpassed, the marketplace
would have 10 days to obtain such information as the seller's name, contact
information, and banking and tax information.
The online marketplace must then make the nonconfidential details - such as name
and contact information - of those sellers available to their customers via
digital confirmations of orders.
Failure of a seller to comply could lead to a ban from the platform.
Amid mob theft scare, Bay Area property crime in 2021 was modestly up and down
Many cities - San Jose and Berkeley, for two - enjoyed a second consecutive year
of decreases in property crime. And even those that endured year-over-year
increases still have not risen back to pre-pandemic peaks.
Oakland saw a 7.5% increase in all property crime from 2020 but is still down
12.3% overall from 2019.
San Francisco, up 11.8% in property crime from the year before, remains 11.2%
below its 2019 levels.
Even Walnut Creek - where a mid-November mass attack on a downtown Nordstrom
reverberated nationwide - has seen property crime decline 9% from two years ago.
The data underscore a couple of things: Just how dramatic an impact the
coronavirus pandemic has had in lowering property crime rates - a phenomenon
experts still struggle to explain - and the power of high-profile crimes to
shape public perception.
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Winter Wave of Omicron
A 'tsunami' of omicron variant COVID-19 cases are coming, WHO warns
World Health Organization warned Wednesday that the world will soon see a
"tsunami of cases" of COVID-19 which will stretch throughout the winter.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's director-general, said the highly
transmissible omicron variant and the fast-spreading delta variant will lead
to the surge of cases, per
The Financial Times.
WHO director-general warned that the omicron variant can be really dangerous
because of hospitalizations. Early research has found the
omicron variant has led to less severe COVID-19 symptoms and
hospitalizations among the fully vaccinated, as I wrote for the
Deseret News. But that doesn't mean hospitalizations and deaths will stop
The Economist, the omicron variant has such high transmissibility that it
could lead to more hospitalizations and deaths, which could destroy the
Cases Skyrocketing - Less Severe - Fewer
Nearly 45,000 new coronavirus cases reported in L.A. County over the holiday
L.A. County recorded 23,553 new cases on Saturday and 21,200 more on Sunday, far
above last winter's peak average of 16,000 cases a day.
County health officials urged residents to curtail higher-risk activities, such
as indoor events where people are unmasked for long periods of time and crowded
Actual case counts were likely even higher than those reported over the weekend,
when numbers tend to be tamped down by undercounting, officials said. Still, the
increased spread of the virus has been obvious; with 7,425 new cases on
Wednesday, a number that more than tripled by Saturday.
With the spread of the outbreak outstripping last winter's peaks, public health
officials could take some solace in the fact that the now dominant Omicron
variant remained less deadly than earlier strains of the coronavirus.
young adults are driving the surge in Southern California. Rates among
the youngest adults - those 18 to 29 - are more than eight times higher than one
month ago. And among adults in their 30s and 40s, cases are six times as high.
Yet, fewer patients
have been hospitalized with COVID-19 in this fifth surge than the last
two. Health officials have voiced optimism that symptoms in cases linked to
Omicron are less severe than other variants. It's also likely that disease
severity is lower because so many people have been vaccinated.
Closed Stores in NYC - Omicron's Retail Impact
Omicron Takes a Toll on Businesses, From Airports to Bars and Supermarkets
Surging Covid-19 infections have led to canceled flights, closed stores and
rapid spread of Covid-19's
Omicron variant is weighing on U.S. businesses,
keeping more workers home sick or quarantined and leading some companies
to cut services and reduce hours.
The rise of U.S. Covid-19 infections to record levels in recent days
has driven thousands of canceled flights,
prompted retailers to train available employees on new jobs, and closed some
stores altogether, companies said. The rapidly spreading Omicron variant
is hitting businesses at a time when consumers'
demand for products and services has surged, and
many companies already are struggling with
staffing and supply-chain challenges.
Supermarket operators said they anticipate the Omicron variant's spread will
drive increased absences among cashiers, stockers and other employees in
the days ahead,
deepening staffing problems the grocery sector has faced for months.
In Williamsville, N.Y., Tops Markets LLC said it is relying on overtime and
asking available workers to cover additional shifts across the company's 162
grocery stores. The company said it is training employees across multiple
departments as it monitors what the chain's officials called a
significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases among its workers.
have led some retailers to temporarily close stores, such as Apple Inc.,
which limited access to New York City-area locations, including its iconic Fifth
Some business leaders, including executives of Delta and JetBlue, this month
called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
to reduce its recommended isolation time for vaccinated people, a
move they said would help get healthcare workers, airline crew members and
others back on the job more quickly. The CDC last week
cut its recommended isolation time to five days from 10, citing new research
and the stress on businesses due to worker absences.
COVID Safety in the Workplace
Employer must face worker's lawsuit over husband's Covid death - Calif. court
The worker says she contracted Covid-19 because the company failed to
ensure safety in the workplace.
A California candymaker must face a lawsuit by an employee who says she caught
Covid-19 at work and gave it to her husband, resulting in his death, a state
appeals court held on Tuesday, upholding what appeared to be the first ruling
allowing a worker's lawsuit against an employer over a family member's Covid
Employer Vaccine Mandates Heads to Supreme
Will Biden's vaccine mandates survive the Supreme Court?
This week, the Supreme Court will hear challenges to two of the Biden
administration's federal vaccine mandates
President Joe Biden's effort to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic with vaccine
mandates has faced pushback from the beginning. But this week, two of his key
policies will encounter their toughest obstacle yet.
The Supreme Court on Friday will consider whether Biden's rules for federally
funded health care facilities and employers with more than 100 workers
can take effect across the country. A key question in both cases is whether the
federal government has the authority to craft and enforce vaccine mandates.
Administration officials have said they are prepared to defend the policies and
feel confident about their legal footing.
What's the Store's Employee Population Impact
Omicron-related disruptions cause over 2,400 flights canceled on Sunday in U.S.
Globally, more than 11,200 flights were delayed. Transportation agencies across
the United States were also suspending or reducing services due to
coronavirus-related staff shortages.
The rise in U.S. COVID cases had caused some companies to change plans to
increase the number of employees working from their offices from Monday.
U.S. authorities registered at least 346,869 new coronavirus on Saturday,
according to a Reuters tally. The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 rose by at least
377 to 828,562.
CES to now end sooner than planned as Omicron cases surge
CES will now end a day earlier (Jan. 7) than planned, the organizer of
the global technology and gadget show said, after companies including Amazon.com
Inc and General Motors Co dropped out of attending the Las Vegas event in person
due to Omicron concerns.
As worries over the new variant loom, many companies have withdrawn from
presenting in-person at the event, planned both virtually and in-person, that
begins on Jan.5 with over 2,200 exhibitors.
Over the last few days, a host of firms including Advanced Micro Devices,
Proctor & Gamble, Alphabet Google, Facebook parent Meta Platforms have also
dropped their in-person plans.
All attendees in Las Vegas will be required to be fully vaccinated and masked.
COVID-19 test kits will also be provided at the venue, according to CTA's
As Omicron Spreads, Officials Ponder What It Means to Be 'Fully Vaccinated'
The Biden administration is signaling that it may change the definition of
"fully vaccinated" to require booster shots, a prospect that could affect what
140 million Americans can and can't do in public.
NJ Walmart Temporarily Closes After Employee COVID Outbreak, Worker Says
L.A. County coronavirus transmission rate at highest point since early months of
The CDC Might Recommend Asymptomatic People Test Negative For COVID-19 Before
Puerto Rico Faces Staggering Covid Case Explosion
Big City Vaccine Mandates Take Effect
New York, NY
New York City Tries New Approach: Vaccine Mandate for Private Employers
As coronavirus cases surge in the city because of the Omicron variant,
some employers said a sweeping new vaccine mandate was the least of their
On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio's
vaccine mandate for private businesses went into effect, a requirement that
his administration says is the most sweeping in the nation and among the most
ambitious in the world.
In New York City,
coronavirus vaccines were already required for public sector employees,
as well as patrons and staff at restaurants, indoor entertainment venues and
gyms. Now, all other private employers in New York City must verify that
their on-site workers have received at least one dose of a vaccine. If
employees have opted for a two-dose vaccine, they must submit proof that they
have received the second dose within 45 days.
Mayor Adams continues NYC's COVID state of emergency, upholds indoor vax mandate
Mayor Eric Adams signed two executive orders Saturday as he
kicked off his new administration.
One order continued the state of emergency put in place by Mayor Bill de
Blasio's administration to deal with COVID-19, and the other maintained the "Key
to the City" order that requires proof of vaccination in designated indoor
COVID-19 vaccine mandate starts Monday, but how will Chicago restaurants enforce
it? Here's what to know.
Chicago's vaccine mandate arrives Monday as COVID-19 cases skyrocket yet
again, near and far.
Those looking to dine or drink inside restaurants and bars must provide proof
of vaccination for anyone 5 years or older, plus - and this is key - photo
identification for anyone 16 and older with a name matching the name on the
proof of vaccination. Restaurant workers are able to show a negative test result
in lieu of proof of vaccination, but customers cannot.
The city has pledged to monitor compliance, and restaurants flouting the rule
will be subject to fines and closure of one day or potentially longer "for
egregious situations," Miguel Campos, supervisor of business compliance
investigations for the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection,
Philly's new vaccine mandate starts today. Here's what you need to know
The mandate is the latest effort by health officials to curb the spread of
the highly transmissible omicron variant.
a new citywide mandate will require customers at indoor restaurants and
sports venues, movie theaters, and other locales to show proof of
vaccination. For a short period of time - Jan. 3 to Jan. 17 - the venues can
also accept proof of a negative COVID-19 test from a lab within the previous 24
New Orleans vaccine mandate for children entering businesses starts Monday
2022 Security Budgets
Security budgets may double or triple in 2022
the COVID-19 pandemic began around the world in early 2020, budgets decreased as
businesses shuttered their doors. According to Global Guardian Founder and CEO
Dale Buckner, security budgets have the potential to double or triple in
Buckner says physical security budgets plummeted as employees left the office
and enterprise organizations under duress looked for department funding to cut.
two-thirds of security budgets increased in 2021, they still have yet to
reach 2019 levels. 2022 has the potential to change that.
"The reality is, as we come back to life, active shooter and mass casualty
events are not going to go away - they're going to come back," says Buckner.
COVID-19 created new security challenges that have yet to be solved, and as
schools and businesses reopen and remain open during future surges, the security
risks of the past return as well. In order to protect themselves from past,
current and future threats, enterprise organizations need to reinvest in
Another factor contributing to budget increases in 2022 is executive protection.
According to the Ontic 2021 Mid-Year Outlook: State of Protective Intelligence
Report, 58% of CEOs who expressed a stance on political issues received
physical threats. Of those CEOs who did not express a position, 40% still
received threats. Additionally, 56% of enterprise leaders who encouraged
health measures like vaccination or mask-wearing received physical threats.
Against the backdrop of this increased threat landscape, executive protection
has grown in importance among physical security professionals.
In an uncertain and rapidly changing threat landscape, organizations can protect
themselves with integrated security strategies. Another factor increasing
security budgets in the New Year will be insurance - as physical and cyber
threats compound, organizations looking to secure themselves on all fronts will
see higher insurance premiums as supply chain, cyber and physical risk
increases. Buckner emphasized the importance of the lessons learned by
challenges early on in the pandemic, saying that security professionals need to
identify and remedy any weaknesses in their strategy exposed by the pandemic.
Security officers, executive protection and acting quickly to solve
challenges highlighted by COVID-19 will all lead to increases in security
budgets in 2022. With the threats of today combined with the security risks
of pre-pandemic times, enterprise security leaders will need to work proactively
and reactively to fully secure their organizations.
Another Facial Recognition Lawsuit
Hawthorne Race Course sued over facial recognition security system at horse
The owners of Hawthorne Race Course have improperly used a facial recognition
security and surveillance system to scan the faces of everyone who visits
its horse racing track, claims a new class action lawsuit under Illinois'
biometrics privacy law.
According to the complaint, the system captures footage of every visitor
to Hawthorne's track, at the time they enter the facility, using cameras mounted
on the ceiling. The system then scans visitors' faces, based on their so-called
facial geometry, which is considered a unique biometric identifier.
The system then allegedly compares those facial scans against a database curated
by Hawthorne, to allow track operators and DigiTek to weed out "unwanted
visitors" to the track.
The complaint asserts Hawthorne has improperly scanned the faces of visitors,
like Mala, without first securing written authorization from those visitors
to scan their faces, and share the digital scan data with DigiTek or anyone else
for the facial comparisons.
Retail Holiday Sales Jump 11%
Holiday sales soared, with e-commerce notching huge gains, a report says
sales in the United States jumped nearly 11 percent this season compared with
the holiday period in 2019, the year before the pandemic upended the global
economy, according to a report Mastercard published on Sunday.
Mastercard SpendingPulse, showed an 8.5 percent increase in retail sales
over the holiday season, defined as Nov. 1 to Dec. 24, compared with last year.
The figures exclude automobile sales.
Sales in stores were up 8.1 percent compared with last year, while e-commerce
sales were up 11 percent. Compared with 2019, before the pandemic brought about
an explosion of online ordering, e-commerce sales jumped over 61 percent.
Online sales made up 20.9 percent of all retail sales this year,
according to the Mastercard report. In 2019, online sales accounted for just
14.6 percent of all retail sales, underscoring how the pandemic has accelerated
the shift to e-commerce.
Indeed, despite early fears, holiday shoppers
received their gifts mostly on time, with many shopping early and in
person. Retailers, as well, placed merchandise orders early and tried to head
off other bottlenecks. For their part, delivery companies ramped up hiring to
handle the deluge of packages, which crushed the
Postal Service last year. Nearly all packages delivered this year by UPS,
FedEx and the Postal Service arrived on time or with minimal delays, according
Retailers brace for record returns
Early results are in and
holiday retail sales increased 8.5% year-over-year from November 1 through
December 24, according to Mastercard Spending Pulse. Mastercard reports sales
rose 8.1% in-store and 11% in e-commerce.
Online sales accounted for 20 percent of all consumer spending during the
holiday season, according to Mastercard Spending Pulse. That means that large
numbers of returns are bound to follow. Retailers could be looking at returns
totaling up to $114 billion if traditional return rates apply.
Drilling down by retail category, Mastercard found that apparel stores advanced
the most with sales up nearly 50% over previous year. Jewelry stores saw a
nearly one-third increase in sales and even department stores got a 21% kick.
If returns continue on at last year's pace and retailers reach NRF's originally
projected $843.3 to $859 billion sales projection, then retailers can expect to
receive some $112 to $114 billion in goods back this year, including some $43 to
$45 billion from e-commerce sales.
Some retailers are going to be harder hit than others since returns are not
spread evenly across retail. For example, e-commerce purchases are returned at a
more than double that of purchases made in-store. Returns may rise as high
as 40% for some retailers, suggested David Sobie, CEO of Happy Returns.
Bugs Prompt H&M Store Closure
H&M Store Closes After Employee Shared Photos Of Bed Bugs On Clothing For Sale
employee at H&M's World Trade Center location in New York tweeted that a
customer discovered lice on the clothes on the store. Others debated and
said it was bed bugs since lice are tiny.
After alerting managers to the issues, instead of closing the store, they
simply roped off the section, according to an employee. That prompted the
women to air out the
brand's dirty laundry on
Twitter Wednesday. The H&M employee shared photos of the bugs literally
crawling on clothing in the store.
The post led to a flurry of negative comments, tearing down the brand for its
unsanitary conditions and not closing the store for the outbreak. The
employee made it a point to say this was the first time she has witnessed
insects on clothing and that they weren't on display long because they receive
new shipments everyday.
An H&M representative told the
Daily Mail the store is taking the matter seriously and has closed the
store to sanitize it.
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Retail Predictions 2022:
The End of Business as Usual
January 26, 2022
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Not that long ago we were
speaking about the "retail apocalypse" - the end of physical stores
and retail moving entirely online. The pandemic that followed became
a 5 to 10 year accelerator of digital transformation trends that
were already underway in all industries including retail.
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Cybercrime 'Groundhog Day'
In the Fight Against Cybercrime, Takedowns Are Only Temporary
Disrupting access to servers and infrastructure continues to interfere with
cybercrime activity, but it's far from a perfect strategy.
Emotet's revival highlightshow
many botnet takedowns lack permanence.
Along with the resuscitation of TrickBot in 2020, the resurgence of Emotet
demonstrates that the industry and government agencies should take a hard look
at whether the
tactic needs to be revisited or revised,
says David Monnier, a fellow with threat intelligence firm Team Cymru.
"It is an incredibly valid question that we should be asking, as we do with
anything: If you are not getting the results you want, should [you] be doing
something different instead?" he says. "Are we getting better or is this [the
movie] 'Groundhog Day'?"
More than a decade ago, Microsoft pioneered using legal measures to allow
private companies to take down botnets. More than a score of takedowns later,
multi-organizational efforts - which now often include law enforcement and
private-industry partners - often only temporarily disrupt botnet
infrastructures. Trickbot's operators, for example,
started reviving the network within a few weeks of the initial takedown.
In Emotet's case, the
takedown led to a 10-month hiatus,
during which the botnet's operators appear to have made changes, such as moving
away from the increasing use of cybercriminal services for parts of the
infection and payload chain, says Scott Scheferman, a principal cyber strategist
at Eclypsium, a firmware- and hardware-security firm.
"These actors have a lot of resilience and a ton of money. As a result,
they can adapt easily,"
he says. "They are going back to the triad of distribution, a Trickbot loader,
and ransomware drop. They are pulling back into themselves centrally, rather
than using everything as a service."
Some takedown efforts have led to success. The takedown of the Necurs botnet -
which acted as a distribution platform for other malware, such as GameOver Zeus
and Trickbot - appears to have largely worked. The botnet, which had gone silent
and previously returned, largely disappeared in March 2020 following
a takedown spearheaded by Microsoft and Bitsight.
many attackers learn from such actions and return, improving their tactics,
techniques, and procedures
(TTPs). Fortunately, defenders and law enforcement are also getting more
efficient in takedown efforts, says Team Cymru's Monnier. While the balance
currently seems to favor attackers, if disruption efforts take less time for
defenders to accomplish and more time and effort for attackers to recover from,
taking down servers and infrastructure - while temporary - will be worth it, he
Influx of New Ransomware Players
As Ransomware Variants Shift, Incidents 'Still on the Rise'
LockBit 2.0, Conti and BlackMatter Dominated
Attacks in Q3, Researchers Find
For anyone hoping to celebrate the decline and fall of ransomware by year's end,
think again. Security researchers say that the
ransomware soap opera remains alive and well:
Some ransomware groups have exited, others have simply rebranded, the influx of
new players remains constant,
highly skilled affiliates as well as initial access brokers continue to ply
Many ransomware groups continue to employ a ransomware-as-a-service model. In
this model, the RaaS developer or administrator typically maintains the
ransomware and a payment portal for victims and may run some attacks themselves.
But typically, they'll rely on business partners - aka affiliates - who receive
a customized version of the ransomware and use it to infect victims. For every
victim who pays, the affiliate receives a cut.
Providers of RaaS services continue to change. Affiliates, meanwhile, may also
change who they're working with, and sometimes work with more than one group at
a time. All of this can make it
difficult to predict what groups might target which types of victims, based on
their sector, geography or size,
some experts say.
4 Groups Dominate
Which ransomware operations are most active? From July through September, threat
Intel 471 says it tracked 612 attacks tied to 35 different ransomware
variants. But just four variants together accounted for the majority of attacks
LockBit 2.0: 33%
What's notable is that three of those four groups were relative newcomers. Hive,
for example, was first spotted on June 26. By August, the FBI had issued a flash
alert over Hive, after the group hit
Memorial Health System in Ohio, among other victims.
More Regulations Coming in 2022
Companies Face Stricter Cyber Rules in 2022
State-sponsored hacks and ransomware attacks pushed the U.S. into
aggressive cyber policies that end the era of voluntary standards
This year, security chiefs face further cyber reforms, a workforce shortage,
and ongoing threats from ransomware groups.
May presidential executive order dramatically shifted what had been a
relatively hands-off approach to cyber in the past, with voluntary guidelines
and little oversight. Increasingly the government is telling entities critical
to the country's cyber infrastructure exactly what is expected of them, former
Companies in some sectors are now required to report cyberattacks, appoint
dedicated staff to liaise with officials, and must design their networks to
conform with zero-trust principles.
U.S. officials in 2022 are likely to issue further cyber requirements to
critical infrastructure companies, including the water supply, said Sidley
Austin's Mr. Raman.
"We're dealing with a significant cyber workforce and talent shortage,
and the government can't solve the problem alone," Mr. Medairy said.
Justice Department officials have also said that, without further rule making by
Congress in 2022 such as mandatory breach reporting, the question of
whether attacks are going up or down is hard to answer. Senior officials,
including Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen
Easterly, have urged lawmakers to pass these laws with short time frames for
Photography site Shutterfly is dealing with a ransomware attack
American photography company Shutterfly has experienced a ransomware attack
on parts of its networks, the company confirmed in a statement late Sunday
"We engaged third-party cybersecurity experts, informed law enforcement, and
have been working around the clock to address the incident," the company said in
a statement shared with CyberScoop.
The incident interrupted portions of the company's Lifetouch and
BorrowLenses business, Groovebook, manufacturing and some internal corporate
systems. The Daily Beast
first confirmed the attack.
The company declined to comment on whether it was actively negotiating with the
cybercriminals behind the ransomware attack. The company says that credit
card, financial account information and Social Security numbers were not
Combating Ransomware for a New Era of Work
The good news about hybrid work is that it's made many employees happier and
more productive. The bad news is that it's done the same for hackers.
Analyzing 537 breaches across 17 countries,
Ponemon Institute recently found that remote work was a contributing factor
in 17.5% of cases over the past year. Additionally, remote work increased the
cost of these breaches by $1.1 million, in part by making them harder to
contain. According to the study, when organizations had more than half of their
workforce working remotely, it took them 58 days longer to identify and contain
breaches. When more than 80% of the workforce was working remotely, the cost of
a breach was 27% higher than average.
7 of the Most Impactful Cybersecurity Incidents of 2021
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Amazon Consumer Warning
Millions of customers will see their Visa card stop working this month
Amazon is reminding millions of customers that their Visa credit cards are
about to stop working
you own a Visa credit card, you won't be able to make any purchases from Amazon
in a matter of days. Yes, Amazon is once again warning its customers to head to
their account settings and remove all Visa credit card from their account
before it's too late.
In November, Amazon UK announced that it would stop accepting Visa as a valid
payment method from January 19, 2022. And as this date fast approaches, Amazon
has emailed affected customers, letting them know if a Visa credit card is
linked to their monthly Amazon Prime membership fees, they need to change it to
an alternate payment method – or lose access to unlimited next-day delivery,
Prime Video, Prime Music, unlimited photo back-up and more. New orders
placed with a Visa card will be rejected too.
In an email sent out to customers a few days ago, Amazon UK warned: "Please
update your Amazon Prime payment method. Starting 19 January 2022, we will
unfortunately no longer accept any Visa credit cards issued in the UK, due
to the high fees Visa charges for processing credit card transactions.
"Our records indicate that you currently use a Visa credit card to pay for your
Prime Membership. To ensure you continue to have access to unlimited fast
delivery, endless streaming with Prime Video, millions of songs and podcasts
with Amazon Music Prime and the many other Prime benefits you enjoy, you’ll need
to update your payment card."
While Amazon won't be accepting Visa credit cards from January 19 2022, the
retailer will accept all debit cards (including Visa debit cards) as well as
non-Visa credit cards such as MasterCard, American Express and EuroCard.
Predictions About Amazon’s Physical Retail In 2022
It now has over 20 Amazon Go locations across four cities, 23 Amazon Fresh
locations in the U.S, and 15 in London.
Amazon 4-Star will grow, Amazon Books may diminish, and Amazon Pop Up will
Meanwhile, Amazon 4-Star and Amazon Books are also evolving. The Amazon Books
store was its first retail concept and still exists today. Its focus seems to be
on its 4-Star stores, which carry an array of top-reviewed products. They are
around 4,000 square feet and have various products, including electronics,
books, games, and more.
A potential new large-format store will threaten existing department stores
This year, The Wall Street Journal reported Amazon has plans
expand into large footprint stores, around 30,000 square feet, indicating a
potential new department store concept. Although the company did not verify the
speculated plans, it follows a trend of reimagined department stores from
companies like Neighborhood Goods and Showfields. Although it’s not clear what
Amazon’s plan is, the new stores will likely house oversized items like
furniture and products consumers prefer to feel, touch, and test, like clothing.
Unfortunately, if the concept takes off, it will pose a considerable threat to
existing department stores.
Better Business Bureau gives gift return guidance for online shoppers
Upland, CA: Four arrested in attempted smash-and-grab jewelry store robbery
Four of five men suspected in an attempted “smash-and-grab” robbery of an Upland
jewelry store Thursday, Dec. 30, have been arrested, authorities said. The men
arrived mid-afternoon at Uptown Jewelry Mart on South Mountain Avenue, the
Upland Police Department reported. Four men entered the shop with their faces
covered, while the driver stayed in the car, police said. The men deployed a
large canister of bear spray on people inside the store, but a business owner
thwarted the crime with a legally owned firearm, police said. The men ran to the
car and drove away. No one inside the business was seriously injured.
In smash-and-grab robberies, organized groups swarm businesses, break glass
counter tops and quickly leave with merchandise. Detectives used surveillance
video inside the store to help identify the men, Upland Police Lt. Anthony
Kabayan said. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department believes that some
of them were involved in smash-and-grab robberies of jewelry stores in Claremont
and Chino Hills in the past few weeks, Kabayan said. Most of the men
involved in the Upland robbery were associated with a gang, according to police.
Police found one suspect and what they believe is the get-away vehicle in
Upland. Meanwhile, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies apprehended three
other men in Ontario. Police were searching Saturday for the fifth man.
Windham, NH: $40,000 of Dirt bikes stolen from motorsport business; 2nd time
it's happened in less than a year
Four dirt bikes worth more than $40,000 total were stolen from a Windham
business early in the morning on New Year's Day. Windham police said they
responded to Nault's Powersports around 4:25 a.m. on Saturday morning after
getting an alarm for the location. According to police, surveillance video from
the business shows at 4:22 a.m., five men wearing hoods and masks walked up to
the front of the business on Range Road, and then started smashing the window
with rocks until there was a hole. Three men went inside the business while two
others went the northern entrance of the building.
Nacogdoches, TX: Police investigating burglary at local pharmacy after ‘large
amount’ of prescription drugs stolen
The Nacogdoches Police Department is investigating after a local pharmacy was
broken into on New Year’s Eve night and a large amount of prescription drugs
were stolen. Sgt. Brent Handy with the NPD said that the burglary took place at
Medicine Shoppe at 212 North Street and that the owners are still trying to find
out how much inventory was stolen. Police responded to the burglary on Saturday
afternoon at 3:21 p.m. Sgt. Handy added that the burglary was forced entry.
Three suspects were arrested at the Outlets of Orange as they tried to steal
thousands of dollars of clothing
The CHP arrested three retail thieves at The Outlets at Orange as they were
trying to steal thousands of dollars of retail merchandise. The CHP officers saw
one of the suspects come out of a store with his booster bags fully loaded. As
the male suspect walked out a female accomplice walked in. The suspect then
dumped the stolen merchandise into a minivan in the parking lot. The CHP
investigators then arrested him and waited for his accomplice to return to the
minivan as well. The suspects used the booster bags as well as tools designed to
disable security sensors to steal 31 pairs of Levi’s jeans worth $2,202.
The CHP investigators stuck around at The Outlets and about an hour later saw
another suspect acting in a suspicious manner. The suspect had another booster
bag filled with merchandise. The CHP investigators stopped him and found he had
expensive Gucci clothing worth at least $2,499. The suspect also had burglary
tools that were almost identical to the tools the other suspects were equipped
with. The three suspects were arrested on charges of violating California’s
Organized Retail Crime law and multiple other theft charges.
Update: Sacramento, CA: 3 suspects arrested for stealing $6,000 of merchandise
from Sacramento, West Sacramento
a Thursday release, police arrested three people on suspicion of systematic
retail theft for stealing more than $ 6,000 from around Sacramento and West
Sacramento. A month-long systematic retail theft investigation During, West
Sacramento officials determined that three suspects were involved in multiple
thefts across the region, including Home Depot, Lowe’s, Safeway, Raley’s, Rite
Aid, and CVS Store. According to authorities, a total of 20 thefts are believed
to be related. Officials said they had seen the three suspects enter several
major retail stores and saw them steal about $ 700 in a single stop in
Sacramento. The detective stopped the suspect loading the stolen goods into the
car and arrested him on charges of systematic retail theft and robbery. It is
not clear who the suspect was or when he was arrested. This week, investigators
issued a Yoro County investigation warrant at a known location for stolen
property, finding 678 alcohol and 406 over-the-counter cold remedies.
to see ORC cases from Dec. 23-31
Shootings & Deaths
Milwaukee, WI: Teenage girl shot and killed at Burger King
police are investigating the deadly shooting of a 16-year-old girl at a
fast-food restaurant According to police, the shooting happened around 10:30
p.m. Sunday at a Burger King near 51st Boulevard and Capitol Drive in Milwaukee.
Police believe the shooting is related to a robbery at the Burger King. Police
have not made any arrests and continue to seek an unknown suspect.
Forsyth, GA: 17-year-old shot and killed in Walmart
The GBI is investigating a shooting incident that happened in a Forsyth/Monroe
County Walmart that left one person dead. The Forsyth Police Department asked to
GBI to investigate the incident on Sunday, January 2, 2022, at around 6:30 p.m.
At 6:12 p.m., the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call from
a person inside Walmart indicating that someone was firing shots inside the
store. Monroe County deputies and Forsyth Police officers responded to the
scene. The preliminary investigation shows that Tarmaine Jontavion Bowden, age
17, of Forsyth, shot and killed Cedric James Mayes, age 17, of Forsyth. Bowden
is in police custody awaiting charges.
Las Vegas, NV: Suspects held after 2 killed in New Year’s Eve Armed Robberies
Two suspects were in custody after two fatal New Year’s Eve shootings during
robberies left a man in his 50s and a 66-year-old woman dead, police said.
Metropolitan Police Department Lt. David Valenta said at a news briefing that
investigators believe the incidents in parking lots at the Fashion Show mall on
the Strip and at Palace Station on West Sahara Avenue were related. The
first shooting occurred about 1:30 p.m. during an apparent robbery in the
parking garage of the Fashion Show mall, Valenta said.
A married couple were exiting their vehicle when a robber tried to steal
something, possibly a purse, from the woman, Valenta said. During a struggle,
the robber shot the woman. She was taken to University Medical Center, where she
died. The husband was not injured in the shooting outside the mall, at 3200 Las
Vegas Blvd., Valenta said. Police were searching for the male shooter. He said
investigators think the woman may have been a tourist. The second shooting
occurred in a parking garage at Palace Station, 2411 W. Sahara Ave., where a man
in his 50s was shot just after 6 p.m. during another apparent robbery attempt,
Valenta said. He later died at a local hospital.
Valenta said two suspects were detained after the second incident, but declined
to say where they were arrested. He said investigators believe the two incidents
were related, but provided no details. Las Vegas police also responded earlier
to reports of another unrelated shooting at Meadows Mall.
Moneta, VA: Huddleston Man Fatally Shot outside Moneta restaurant
A Huddleston man died early Saturday during a fight that, according to the
Bedford County Sheriff, has resulted in murder charges against his alleged
assailant. Lago Pizza in Moneta was the scene of an incident around midnight,
said the sheriff’s department, in which shamanic Peter Mickle, 44, was allegedly
robbed by 28-year-old Clinton Minter from Bedford. About two hours later, Mickle
returned to Lago Pizza from Roanoke. The sheriff’s department said there was a
“confrontation” between Mickle and James Sipos, 49, from Huddleston, in which
Sipos died. The sheriff’s department said Minter had been charged with “robbing
Shamanique Mickle’s funds through physical violence that resulted in serious
Saginaw, MI; Police release photos of person of interest in Armed Robbery of
Family Dollar, 16 year old clerk shot in the face
have released photos of a person of interest in the robbery of a Saginaw
business that involved a teenage employee being shot in her face. The
surveillance camera images of the person were released by the Michigan State
Police shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 1. They show a man inside the
Family Dollar at 3417 E. Genesee St., wearing a blue jacket, gray sweatpants, a
backpack, and a light-colored hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled closely
around his face. Police have said an unknown person entered the store about 11
p.m. on Friday, shot an 18-year-old clerk, then left with an undisclosed amount
of money. The victim, identified by friends and family as Ariana Flynn, suffered
a gunshot wound to her face. Flynn remains hospitalized with serious injuries.
Her former manager, Jillian Reynolds, has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise
money for Flynn’s medical expenses.
Concord, CA: Person shot while attempting to aid robbery victim at Sunvalley
Gunfire sending shoppers running for cover on New Year’s Eve. Concord Police say
one man was wounded. It began as a robbery, around 3:30pm, but when someone
tried to help the robbery victim, suspects opened fire. The suspects fled the
sceen, one victim was transported to the hospital in stable condition.
Bloomington, MN: Suspect still being sought in Mall of America shooting
Police are still looking for suspects after last Friday's shooting at The Mall
of America. Two people suffered non-life threatening injuries after the incident
in Bloomington. Officials say the shooting happened Friday night as a result of
an altercation between two people, with one shooting the other. The second
person was believed to have been grazed by the single shot and was treated at
the scene. The mall was temporarily locked down while officers searched for a
suspect. A suspect hasn't been found yet and no gun has been recovered. The mall
is back to regular operations.
St Louis, MO: Man found dead in south St. Louis gas station parking lot is
city’s first homicide of 2022
Incidents & Thefts
Glendale, AZ: 1 in custody, none hurt after shoppers ran, hid from rumored
shooter in Arrowhead Towne Center
No one is hurt but a person was taken into custody in reference to a scare of a
possible shooting at Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale on Sunday afternoon.
Glendale police responded to reports of a person with a gun near the food court
just after 4 p.m., according to police spokesperson Tiffany Ngalula. There were
various reports of possible shots fired and people running and hiding in the
mall. Officers managed to take the person into custody without further incident,
Ngalula stated. There was no evidence of any shots fired inside the mall.
There were also no confirmed injuries as of 4:30 p.m., according to a tweet by
the Glendale Police Department. Though officers had conducted primary sweeps
around the mall, officers were assisting mall security with secondary sweeps,
Ngalula said. There were no other outstanding subjects. Police did not evacuate
the mall and it reopened as of 5:05 p.m., Ngalula said.
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News from Dec. 23-31
Auto – Westmont, IL -
Bikes – Eden Prairie,
MN – Burglary
Boost – Manitowoc, WI
– Armed Robbery
C-Store – Woodbridge,
VA – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Rochester,
NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store – Richland
County, SC – Robbery
CVS – Dearborn, MI –
Family Dollar –
Saginaw, MI – Armed Robbery/Shooting
Jewelry – Upland, CA –
Jewelry – Wheaton, MD
– Armed Robbery
Jewelry – Chattanooga, TN – Robbery
Jewelry – Temple, TX – Robbery
Jewelry – Westminster, CO – Armed Robbery
Jewelry – Syracuse, NY – Burglary
Jewelry – Charleston, SC – Robbery
Jewelry – Houston, TX – Robbery
Jewelry – Tulalip, WA – Burglary
Jewelry – Albuquerque, NM – Robbery
Jewelry – Santa, Ana, CA – Robbery
Jewelry – Albuquerque, NM – Armed Robbery
Jewelry – Laurel, MD – Robbery
Jewelry – Tulsa, OK – Robbery
Motorsports – Windham,
NH – Burglary
Pet – Orlando, FL –
Nacogdoches, TX – Burglary
Lewisville, NC – Burglary
Milwaukee, WI – Armed Robbery (16yr old killed)
Restaurant – Leesburg,
VA – Armed Robbery (McDonalds)
Tobacco – NYC, NY –
7-Eleven - Chula
Vista, CA – Armed Robbery
7-Eleven – Bonita, CA
– Armed Robbery
• 23 robberies
• 8 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 1 killed
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promotions, increased salaries, and new jobs is very difficult in today's
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Because at the end, it's what defines us and sooner or later our positive
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