Top ADT Commercial leaders discuss the secret to the company’s billion dollar
ADT Commercial stands up as stand-alone
business in 2020
Executive Vice President,
Vice President, Strategic Acquisitions & Alliance, ADT Commercial
Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions,
Nearly three years ago I sat
down for a breakfast interview at ISC West in Las Vegas with the company leaders
who make up
"Owners' Club" to discuss the organization’s plans
as the commercial side of arguably one of the most recognized residential
security companies in the U.S.
Today, the “billion-dollar stand-alone start-up,” as Executive Vice President
Dan Bresingham tells Security Systems News, is creating its own identity as an
innovative national integration company made up of some of the best systems
integrators in the industry, including
well-known companies such as Red Hawk, Aronson Security Group and Advanced
Cabling Systems, to name just a few of the
30 companies – and more than 5,000 employees – that make up the fabric of what
ADT Commercial today.
“All of our employees are this great combination of all of these companies that
we have acquired over the years,” said Bresingham. “We are trying to get the
message out that ADT Commercial is new and that we have our own identity with so
many amazing opportunities for growth, as we have employees who come from some
of these smaller integrators and have now moved into leadership roles.”
Bresingham may have hit on the secret to ADT Commercial’s success, as the sum is
greater than the parts that make up the organization, creating a company that
leverages the talents and strengths of its member companies to create a
comprehensive approach to commercial systems integration.
out of the 30 acquisitions ADT Commercial has done, 28 of the owners are still
on board. “Most are friends of mine,” he
said. “And it has been a good win for the owners, their employees and the
customers, and that is the secret sauce that we have.”
January of 2020 was the first time ADT Commercial was a stand-alone business
unit of ADT, so all of the 5,000 employees that touch commercial customers can
now focus “only on commercial,”
Bresingham explained. “Prior to this, it was always co-mingled, but now we are
at the size and breadth to stand alone, and as you know the needs of residential
are different than commercial.”
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Robby Saylor promoted to Senior Area Loss
Prevention Manager for Ross Stores, Inc.
Robby has been with Ross Stores for more than two years. He started with
the company in 2019 as an Area Loss Prevention Manager. Before joining
Ross, he spent more than six years at Old Navy in various roles,
including Sr. Loss Prevention Manager, Loss Prevention Manager, Loss
Prevention Lead, Loss Prevention Agent, Loss Prevention Service
Representative, and Brand Associate. Congratulations, Robby!
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NFL's RFID Partner - Zebra
NFL and Zebra Technologies Discuss Real-Time Tracking
and Key Insights Leading into Super Bowl
Virtual press conference features NFL EVP
of Football Ops, Troy Vincent, NFL Linebacker Brandon Copeland and Zebra Sports'
Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), an innovator at the edge of the enterprise with
solutions and partners that enable businesses to gain a performance edge, hosted
its annual Super Bowl press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Representatives
from Zebra and the NFL shared notable tracking data from the 2020-21 NFL season
and contextualized the Super Bowl matchup with advanced statistics from the
Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Zebra is now in its seventh year as the Official On-Field Player-Tracking
Provider for the NFL,
powering the league's
Next Gen Stats. To enable the data collection, Zebra attaches RFID
tags to player equipment and footballs, transmitting real-time location data to
receivers positioned around the stadium that gather metrics such as player
speed, distance traveled, orientation and acceleration. During the 2020-21
NFL season, Zebra tagged 2,880 players plus all the officials.
Watch NFL Head Coach Sean Payton talk about the New Orleans Saints'
partnership with Zebra.
(skip to 6:25 in the video)
Watch Zebra and the NFL's full 37-min. press conference, discussing
their partnership and how the RFID technology works on the field.
Protests & Violence
States Crack Down
on Protests Following Civil Unrest
Florida's protest bill raises concerns about unequal treatment
of left- and
Boys and Black Lives Matter activists clashed in a Florida suburb. Only one side
After months of public outrage and accusations of discrimination over disparate
penalties between Black
Lives Matter activists and Proud Boys in
New Port Richey, Florida, the Tampa-suburb became another front in the national
debate over whether authorities treat left-wing protesters too harshly while
cozying up to far-right extremists.
That discussion has turned particularly intense in Florida, where Gov. Ron
DeSantis and other GOP leaders are pushing for a
sweeping state bill to crack down on disruptive
protests, creating new classes of crimes
that include up to 15-years in jail if
police declare that nine or more people have participated in a riot.
DeSantis initially proposed the legislation last summer amid nationwide Black
Lives Matter protests, singling out tactics associated with racial justice
protests: damaging memorials and blocking roadways, while providing protection
from lawsuits for drivers who push through such protests.
Similar legislation has proliferated through statehouses around the country in
recent years in response to racial justice demonstrations.
At least 28 states considered bills that created
new or harsher penalties for protesters last year,
according to the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law, a global
organization focused on laws affecting civic freedom.
flurry of legislation has continued since the Capitol riot, many continuing
to target blocking of traffic and shielding drivers who hit protesters. In
Mississippi, lawmakers are considering a bill that would add up to one year in
jail for protesters who block traffic. In Indiana, two state senators have
proposed a bill that would make it harder for judges to grant bail to people who
are arrested for attending an assembly considered unlawful.
Billionaire George Soros & Children Funding 'Defund Police' Movement
You can bet they're funding more efforts just like
National money flowing into fight over Minneapolis Police Department
Money given to local committee devoted to
defunding the department.
Council Member Alondra Cano spoke at meeting in June to defund the MPD. A
national group has donated $500,000 to a new political committee devoted
to ending the department.
National money is flowing into the political fight over the future of the
Minneapolis Police Department, months before city residents could vote on its
In mid-November, the Open Society Policy Center based in Washington, D.C.,
donated $500,000 to a new political committee, Vote Yes For Minneapolis,
that wants to eliminate the city's requirement to have a Police Department. The
donation, first reported by the newsletter MPLS take and the Minnesota Reformer,
was included in a campaign finance report filed late last month.
Minneapolis politics have drawn unprecedented scrutiny as city leaders and
residents debate how to change policing in the wake of George Floyd's death and
a dramatic uptick in violent crime.
Representatives for the center, whose board members include children of
billionaire philanthropist and Democratic donor George Soros, could not
immediately be reached, nor could a representative for Yes For Minneapolis.
That group has posted job ads online seeking a campaign manager to build
support for an effort to change the city charter, eliminate the requirement
to have a Police Department with a minimum number of officers and "promote
community-led safety proposed by community members."
According to the posting, the campaign manager will work closely with leaders
from Reclaim the Block and Black Visions, two groups that led efforts to end the
Police Department last summer.
DC Insurrection 'Planning & Funding Effort'
New charges allege Proud Boys prepped for Capitol insurrection
Two prominent affiliates of the Proud Boys face new conspiracy charges related
to the US Capitol riot, and another was arrested Wednesday, as the Justice
Department laid out a planning and funding effort
within the far-right extremist group in a major court development.
Justice Department unveiled the new conspiracy charge in a federal grand jury
indictment of Nicholas Ochs and Nicholas DeCarlo. The indictment alleges the two
conspired to block Congress' certification of the electoral votes on January 6.
Prosecutors say they planned and fundraised for the effort, then came to
Washington, DC, and stormed past police and into the Capitol building as part of
the violent crowd, according to a copy of the indictment.
Canada declares the Proud Boys a terrorist group
Canada on Wednesday declared the Proud Boys a terrorist entity, adding the
far-right group to a list that includes al-Qaeda, ISIS and al-Shabab in an
effort to crack down on "ideologically motivated violent extremism," described
by the country's public safety minister as the "most significant threat to
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Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Presents Challenge for Herd-Immunity Push
If everyone in the U.S. who says they definitely plan to get vaccinated gets the
shot, it won't be enough to end the pandemic. That's because
vast numbers of Americans are either unsure about
getting the Covid-19 vaccine or say they will never get it,
according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The survey of responses from about 68,000 adults conducted Jan. 6-18 provides
the most comprehensive picture yet about which Americans are hesitant to get
vaccinated - and why.
About 51% of unvaccinated adults said they will
definitely get the vaccine, with 26% saying they probably will, 14% saying they
probably will not and 10% saying they definitely will not.
Studies show that
to stop the spread of Covid-19 and its mutations,
between 70% and 80% of the population must develop immunity,
raising the stakes for health officials to lure ambivalent Americans into taking
At present, about 8% of the U.S. population has
had at least one dose of vaccine,
according to CDC and Census data.
Flying in China Could Pose New Exposure
China Is Now Using Anal Swabs to Test for COVID in High-Risk Groups
The invasive testing method reportedly involves a saline-soaked cotton swab that
is inserted about 3 to 5 centimeters into the anus.
Tongzeng, deputy director of the respiratory and infectious disease department
of Beijing You An Hospital, said in a
recent interview with state television that the testing method was
introduced after research showed that traces of COVID-19 can be found longer in
the anus than in the respiratory tract.
According to Bloomberg, passengers on a flight from Changchu to Beijing were
tested for COVID-19 via nose and anal swabs on Monday after officials
learned that someone on-board the flight was from a high-risk area.
Many Chinese citizens are vehemently against the invasive new method and 80
percent of survey respondents said they "could not accept" the technique, the
Washington Post reported.
Trader Joes Hikes $4 Hero Pay But Cuts Midyear Raises
BuzzFeed: 37 Things Retail Workers Wish Customers Would Stop Doing During COVID
Mass AG: "Thousands and thousands of documents & emails" that told
"the story of McKinsey's wrongdoing."
Helping to Implement Actions: Shattering the
distance between its advice and its clients' actions
McKinsey and Company Settles for $573 Million Over Role in Opioid Crisis
& Company, the consultant to blue-chip corporations and governments around the
world, has agreed to pay $573 million to settle investigations into its role
in helping "turbocharge" opioid sales, a rare instance of it being held publicly accountable for its
work with clients.
The firm has reached the agreement with attorneys general in 47 states,
the District of Columbia and five territories, according to a court filing in
Massachusetts on Thursday. The settlement comes after lawsuits unearthed a
trove of documents showing how McKinsey worked to drive sales of Purdue
Pharma's OxyContin painkiller amid an opioid crisis in the United States that
has contributed to the deaths of more than 450,000 people over the past two
McKinsey's extensive work with Purdue included advising it to focus on
selling lucrative high-dose pills, the records show, even after the
drugmaker pleaded guilty in 2007 to federal criminal charges that it had
misled doctors and regulators about OxyContin's risks. The firm also told Purdue
that it could "band together" with other opioid makers to head off "strict
treatment" by the Food and Drug Administration. nytimes.com
After Massachusetts sued Purdue, Martin Elling, a leader in the firm's
pharmaceutical practice, wrote to another partner, Arnab Ghatak: "It probably
makes sense to have a quick conversation with the risk committee to see if we
should be doing anything" other than "eliminating all our documents and
emails. Suspect not but as things get tougher there someone might turn to
us." On Thursday, a spokesman for McKinsey said the two men had been
The McKinsey materials released in litigation over the last two years go back as
far as 2004 and are as recent as 2019.
"Its always been about holding accountable those who created and profited off
the opioid epidemic," she said. Ms. Healey was the first state attorney
general to investigate McKinsey's business dealings with Purdue.
Separately, members of the Sackler family, who own Purdue, agreed last fall to
pay the federal government
$225 million in civil penalties, and are in talks with other litigants to
pay $3 billion.
Operation Team Player
169K Counterfeit Sports Items Worth $45M Seized Since Last Super Bowl
ICE HSI, NFL partner to prevent fake sports-related merchandise
from reaching fans ahead of big game
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced Wednesday, the seizure of
more than 169,000 counterfeit sports-related items over the past year, worth an
estimated $45 million. This announcement was made during a joint press
conference in Tampa with the National Football League (NFL), U.S. Customs and
Border Protection (CBP) and the Tampa Police Department (TPD).
"Operation Team Player" is an ongoing annual operation that begins after every
Super Bowl and runs through the next one, targeting international shipments of
counterfeit sports merchandise into the United States. This operation is run by
the HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR
Center), in collaboration with CBP the NFL and other major sports leagues, to
prevent the illegal importation and distribution of counterfeit sports
"Operation Team Player is the most successful and long-standing collaborative
effort to protect U.S. consumers from the sale of counterfeit sports merchandise
and tickets," said NFL Vice President of Legal Affairs, Dolores DiBella.
Last year, HSI announced that enforcement actions related to "Operation Team
Player" resulted in the record-breaking seizure of $123 million worth of
counterfeit sports-merchandise. However, due the COVID-19 global pandemic,
much of the illegal activity moved online, pushing HSI's efforts more
towards commercial websites engaged in the illegal sale and distribution of
DHS: Domestic violent extremism remains a concern
for Super Bowl security this weekend
Domestic terrorism remains a concern for law enforcement heading into Super Bowl
weekend, Department of Homeland Security Acting Deputy Secretary David Pekoske
said as officials aimed to assure the public that the game and surrounding
venues would be safe.
"At this time, one particular area of concern is domestic violent extremism,"
Pekoske said, pointing to the recently released DHS terror threat bulletin
during a news conference Wednesday with the NFL and law enforcement officials.
There were "no specific adjustments" to operations due to the insurrection at
the US Capitol but there is a greater emphasis on investigative and intelligence
work with respect to those threats, Pekoske said. "We see no specific credible
threat for this event, but we want to be prepared," he said.
Asked about increased chatter, Pekoske acknowledged it is harder to track
violent threats when people are using encrypted apps.
The Super Bowl is designated with a "Special Event Assessment Rating 1," which
unlocks federal resources to help secure the game but is lower than the security
designation for the presidential inauguration.
More than 500 DHS personnel are assisting with Super Bowl security, along with
the NFL security team, the FBI and the Tampa, Florida, Police Department.
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Super Bowl Hangovers Rule Mondays
Hey Corporate America: Ever consider making it a national holiday?
Super Bowl Sunday often results in employee no-shows the following Monday.
An estimated 16.1 million of the 146 million adults employed in the U.S.
expect to take the day off after watching the showdown between the Tampa
Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 7.
But 69 percent of respondents to a recent survey said they would feel
guilty pretending to be sick this year when so many people are truly sick
from COVID-19. In fact, 8.8 million workers plan to take a preapproved day
off, according to the 2021 Super Bowl Absence Survey by The Workforce
Institute at UKG and The Harris Poll.
A slight majority of the 1,007 respondents-51 percent-plan to watch the game
at home with only the people they live with. Among those attending Super
Bowl parties, 11 percent-more than 15 million employed adults-are either
planning a social gathering or going to one with no COVID-19 precautions in
place. Only 6 percent said they will be at a party where the number of
guests is limited or other precautions are taken-watching the game outside,
wearing masks or social distancing. Other findings:
4.4 million employees are planning to call in sick to work,
even though they are not ill.
53 percent of respondents admit they would be afraid to call in sick
the day because their employer may require a doctor's note or a negative
COVID-19 test result.
69 percent said they are worried gatherings turning into
COVID-19 "super-spreader events."
33 percent with remote-work arrangements said they will slack off on
10.2 million employees plan to start work later than normal.
2.9 million employees said they will "ghost" their employer
double the 1.5 million who planned to ghost last year.
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RH-ISAC Highlights Exceptional Growth & Sharing
in 2020 Year in Review
RH-ISAC reports 89% of members actively
sharing in 2020
Retail & Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis
recently announced the publication of its
2020 Year in Review, highlighting exceptional growth and sharing.
In a year of unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic – one
that particularly impacted the retail and hospitality sectors, the RH-ISAC not
only experienced a 20% growth in membership but also the continued commitment of
its members to support one another through the sharing of threat intelligence
and in practices and policies that strengthened their environments in everything
from work-from-home policies to how to protect against digital skimming threats
to eCommerce initiatives.
“2020 was a challenging year for our industry, but
this report shows just how
resilient our community is,” commented Suzie Squier, president at RH-ISAC.
resources became even more constrained, the
RHISAC was a force multiplier to
each and every member, with more than 900 analysts and security operations
managers responding in real-time to questions and requests.” Squier continued,
“At the strategic level, CISOs and executives submitted more than
for information and received close to 700 responses from their peers.”
In 2020, 89% of RH-ISAC's Core Members contributed actionable threat
intelligence across the ISAC sharing channels. The top five threats to retail
and hospitality sectors identified by members include:
1. Credential Harvesting
2. Malicious Documents (maldocs)
3. Business Email Compromise (BEC)
A total of 2,300 member analysts attended weekly intelligence calls discussing a
range of topics relevant to the industry. RH-ISAC saw a
in attendance at the first-ever
Virtual RH-ISAC Cyber Intelligence Summit.
318 intelligence products
for Core Members highlighting cybersecurity news, emerging threats impacting the
retail and hospitality sectors, member sharing, details and analysis on topics
relevant to members, resources on new and emerging threats and trends impacting
members, and more. The RH-ISAC also created and produced the tri-annual
Community Landscape Enterprise Analysis Report (CLEAR)
that analyzes four-months of member-shared intelligence, supported by relevant
content contributed by RH-ISAC Associate Members.
with the reports noted above, the RH-ISAC also produced documents showcasing
best practices, trends, and more, such as “Building
the Foundation of Your Cybersecurity Program,”
and the RH-ISAC and Accenture “Retail
& Hospitality 2020 Threat Trend Report.”
The community also responded to 400 requests for information, which yielded more
than 1200 responses and covered such topics as digital fraud, cloud storage,
security architecture, risk management, and more.
To learn more about RH-ISAC’s 2020 accomplishments, read the
RH-ISAC 2020 Year in Review.
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Interview With a Russian Cybercriminal
LockBit ransomware operator: ‘For a cybercriminal, the best country is Russia’
A LockBit ransomware controller has given researchers a glimpse into lone-wolf
operations and the reasons why he chose to go down a criminal route. In an
interview this week with the Cisco Talos cybersecurity team, an operator of
explained his modus operandi, his preferred targets, tool use, and why it is
difficult to become a white-hat specialist in his thought-to-be country of
Cisco Talos' interview with the LockBit operator, referred to as "Aleks" and
thought to be located in the Siberian region of Russia, he claimed to be
self-taught in skills including penetration testing, network security, and
reconnaissance. Aleks, believed to be in his early 30s, secured a job with
an IT company while finishing a university degree.
His motives for becoming a ransomware operator, however, do not seem to be
purely financial. During the interview, Aleks said that while ransomware is
profitable, he also wanted to "teach" companies the "consequence of not properly
securing their data."
Aleks also said that "for a cybercriminal, the best country is Russia," and
victim organizations in the United States and Europe "will pay quicker and more"
than targets in post-Soviet states.
The threat actor claimed that when it comes to
organizations with cyberinsurance, a payout is "all but guaranteed,"
and in Europe, companies are also under more pressure to pay as they are
"scared" of the consequences of violating the EU's GDPR data protection
FTC & Zoom Settle Over Security Practices
FTC Settlement with Zoom over Allegations the Company Misled Consumers about
Data Security Practices
final order requires Zoom to implement a comprehensive security program,
review any software updates for security flaws prior to release and ensure the
updates will not hamper third-party security features. The company must also
obtain biennial assessments of its security program by an independent third
party, which the FTC has authority to approve, and notify the Commission if
it experiences a data breach.
After receiving 12 comments on the proposed settlement, the Commission voted 3-2
on January 19, 2021 to finalize the settlement and to send responses to the
Acting Chairwoman Rebecca Kelly Slaughter and
Commissioner Rohit Chopra each issued dissenting statements. Commissioner
Christine S. Wilson issued a
AI vendors may have to prove systems don't discriminate
Washington state is considering a bill that would require vendors to prove their
AI algorithms aren't biased. If enacted, the AI regulation could have
Washington state legislators are tackling AI regulation with a bill proposal
that requires transparency into how AI algorithms are trained as well as proof
that they don't discriminate -- some of the toughest legislation on AI seen
Senate Bill 5116 is "one of the strongest bills we've seen at the state
level" for AI regulation and algorithm transparency, according to Caitriona
Fitzgerald, interim associate director and policy director at the Electronic
Privacy Information Center (EPIC).
Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter Target Resellers of Hacked Accounts
Google: Proper patching would have prevented 25% of all zero-days found in 2020
Biometric Security in the Cannabis Industry
How Cannabis Companies Can Utilize Biometric Identification
Fingerprints, retina shapes, and voice waves may all be used soon to
verify" a customer's legal status.
cannabis business owners and managers, the use of biometric identification boils
down to preference rather than necessity. The technology is attractive on a
couple of levels. For starters, retail operations like dispensaries generally
have large sums of cash on hand, as well as an inventory of flowers and
concentrates that can demand a healthy sum on the black market.
Therefore, cannabis business owners may choose to implement biometric
identification protocols for internal controls as a proactive measure
against criminal activity. This notion is especially attractive concerning
employees and vendors, who could potentially circumvent a badging system with a
simple exchange of IDs. For companies like Brown Safe, the offering of
biometrically verified storage for assets like cash is a great option for those
businesses interested in an extra level of security.
For cannabis business owners, security protocol boils down to local
compliance standards as well as personal preference in securing their physical
assets. Looking to potential applications of this technology in the cannabis
space, cultivation, processing, and retail businesses must weigh their security
infrastructure between these two criteria. However, in the race to legalization,
more businesses may continue to adopt biometric identification technology in
order to stay ahead of compliance standards.
VP of LP Leading Cannabis Store Expansion
GrowGeneration Expanding With Cannabis Industry Acquisitions & Growth
Lampert and Salaman remain at the head of the company, GrowGeneration has
added new talent to its team. Tony Sullivan joined the company as COO at the
end of 2019, bringing with him 30 years of big-box store experience. Last year,
Michael Goldman joined the company as Vice President of Store Operations and
Loss Prevention, playing an important role as GrowGeneration purchases and
builds out more stores.
GrowGeneration has 450 employees right now, and Lampert expects that
number to grow to 500 soon. The company has 40 stores in 11 states,
and it expects to increase its footprint to 55 stores in 15 states this year. As
it expands, GrowGeneration’s stores are getting larger, and it is looking to
build more distribution hubs.
The company recently signed a 50,000-square-foot lease in Miami, and it
is in the process of signing a lease of the same size in Los Angeles. Each
distribution hub supports commercial and online fulfillment while also acting as
a retail store.
'There’s no stopping the industry now'
Democratic control of the federal government is a big win for marijuana
The day after Democrats swept both Senate seats in the Georgia runoff election,
Curaleaf, America’s largest cannabis company, put over 16 million shares on
the market overnight and brought in $300 million — in equity and debt sales
— in under 24 hours.
The company’s payday foreshadows how the entire cannabis industry is poised
for growth and consolidation as Democrats take full control of the federal
government. Companies are positioning themselves for the greater likelihood
that federal cannabis restrictions will be loosened significantly.
Sales are already booming. Cannabis sales hit $20 billion last year — a 50
percent jump over 2019. Legalization continues to spread across the country,
with more than one-third of Americans now living in states where marijuana is
“There's no stopping the industry now,” said Andrew Kline, who recently
joined the law firm Perkins Coie after serving as public policy director for the
National Cannabis Industry Association.
FDA withdraws draft guidance on CBD enforcement policy
For the CBD industry, a new administration is bringing with it a regulatory
setback. The Food and Drug Administration has withdrawn its draft guidance on
cannabidiol enforcement policy, in-line with a directive from the Office of
Management and Budget instituting a regulatory freeze as a review of new and
pending rules is undertaken.
California cannabis agency creates uproar by revoking 300-plus business permits,
then reinstates most
Marijuana legalization advances in Virginia, but lawmakers push start date to
West Virginia Cannabis Licenses Awarded
Biggest Labor Battle in Amazon History
Amazon battles warehouse union drive with hardball tactics
The stakes couldn’t be higher for the e-commerce giant, which is fighting
the biggest labor battle in its history on U.S. soil
workers in Amazon’s Bessemer, Ala., warehouse complain that the company’s
aggressive performance expectations leave them little time to take bathroom
When they do get there, they face messaging from Amazon pressing
its case against unionization
, imploring them to vote against it when
mail-in balloting begins Feb. 8.
The stakes couldn’t be higher for Amazon, which is fighting the biggest labor
battle in its history on U.S. soil
. Next Monday, the National Labor
Relations Board will mail ballots to 5,805 workers at the facility near
Birmingham, who will then have seven weeks to decide whether they want the
Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union to represent them. If they vote
yes, they would be the first Amazon warehouse in the United States to unionize.
What’s more, a union victory could spark a wave of organizing campaigns among
the 400,000 operations staff at the hundreds of other Amazon warehouses and
that dot the nation.
“Amazon workers all over the country will see there is a path to have a voice on
the job,” said Rebecca Givan, a labor studies professor at Rutgers University. “Collective
action is contagious
Who is Andy Jassy? 6 things to know about Amazon’s next CEO
Jeff Bezos is turning the company he founded over to a longtime executive
who—though the furthest thing from a household name—is a superstar within
Here are six fast facts about the man stepping into one of the most high-profile
jobs in business.
1. He was the heir apparent
2. He's as Amazonian as they get
3. He's already responsible for a huge chunk of Amazon
4. He has a low profile
5. He believes in sweating the details
6. Once upon a time, he was a merchant
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Salado, TX: Thieves Cut Through Wall, Take $500,000 in Jewelry
Two suspects cracked the safe during the burglary at Salado Creek Jewelers, KWTX-TV
reports. The crime occurred early Sunday. The suspects also took a handgun from
the safe, according to the news report. Reports indicate that the suspects wore
masks and gloves. Fox 44 News reports that the two men are believed to have “dug
through an outside wall of the store in the 100 block of North Main and into the
safe early Sunday morning.” That’s suspected to have happened between 2:30 a.m.
and 4:30 a.m.
Jefferson County, CO: Man burglarizes Southwest Plaza JCPenney store, fills
suitcases with stolen merchandise
JCPenney store in the Southwest Plaza Mall was targeted by a burglar who used
suitcases to haul away stolen merchandise, according to the Jefferson County
Sheriff’s Office. Mario Kaiser is accused in the overnight burglary and was
arrested by deputies in the area near the mall shortly after they arrived.
Deputies responded to the retail store for an alarm in the early morning hours
Wednesday. When deputies entered the store, they observed numerous luggage type
bags filled with merchandise from the store, the sheriff’s office tweeted. After
reviewing surveillance video from the store, deputies located the suspect
nearby. Kaiser was booked in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office detention
facility on of second-degree burglary, felony theft, and second-degree criminal
Mansfield Township, NJ: Serial shoplifter arrested in relation to several thefts
at Walmart and Home Depot
On Jan. 24, at 10:08 a.m., police were notified by Walmart loss prevention of a
serial shoplifter who had just left the store with stolen merchandise and was
wanted for previous high dollar shopliftings, police said. An officer located
and then stopped his vehicle on Route 57. The 34-year-old man from New Hampton,
NY was found to be in possession of thousands of dollars worth of stolen
merchandise. He was also wanted out of Morris County on a no bail warrant,
police said. The vehicle had to be towed to police headquarters to unload the
$1055.14 worth of stolen Walmart property as well as numerous electronic items
allegedly stolen from various Home Depots, police said. He was charged with four
counts of third-degree shoplifting for stealing $635.98 worth of merchandise on
December 19, 2020, $770.00 worth of merchandise on January 6, 2021, $1,316.74
worth of merchandise on January 2, 2021 and $1,055.14 worth of merchandise on
January 24, 2021. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, CDS
in a motor vehicle, driving while suspended and unlicensed driver, police said.
Buffalo Grove, IL Armed Robber Who Restrained Employee and Took $57,000 in
Merchandise from AT&T Store Arrested on Chicago’s South Side
Buffalo Grove police responded about 5:40 p.m. Monday, February 1, 2021 to a
report of an armed robbery at the AT&T store at 55 North McHenry Road. Police on
arrival discovered an employee restrained with plastic ties in the restroom. The
employee initially reported no injuries. The AT&T store video surveillance
system captured images of the offender entering the store with what appeared to
be a handgun and leaving with an estimated $57,000 in merchandise, according to
Buffalo Grove Police.
Barron County, KY: Shoplifting complaint tied to pursuit of Louisville man
Police Department responded to a Rural King store for a shoplifting complaint on
February 2. Three people were accused of shoplifting items from Rural King,
Lowe’s and Walmart. The suspects were identified, one of which was Codie Dewitt
of Louisville who police say later stole a 2004 Chevrolet truck in Barren County
and led officers on a pursuit that stopped in Warren County. Dewitt was arrested
in Warren County and is facing charges there. He is charged with shoplifting and
criminal trespassing in Barren County. Also arrested are Conner Tucker and
Bradley Miller who are both charged with shoplifting.
Olivia, MN: Man allegedly seen on video stealing more than 1,000 pills from
The theft of more than 1,000 pills from a Renville County pharmacy has led to
charges against a Freeborn County man. Spencer Troy Sternhagen, 32, of Emmons,
Minn., made a first appearance in Renville County District Court on charges of
first-degree drug possession, second-degree burglary and misdemeanor theft. In
November 2020, a window was broken at the Thrifty White Pharmacy in Renville,
and 1,079 dosage units of controlled substances were reported stolen. When
interviewed by law enforcement, Sternhagen allegedly admitted to breaking into
the pharmacy and taking a large quantity of prescription drugs, which he said
were for personal use and to sell.
Las Vegas, NV: Man shot dead by Police officer, 3 others at gun range
Shootings & Deaths
say a man died amid gunfire from a Las Vegas police officer and three other
people after he attacked and wounded the officer’s patrol partner with a
screwdriver outside a local gun range. Las Vegas police Capt. Jamie Prosser said
Wednesday the man was pronounced dead after the shooting a little before 1 p.m.
in the parking lot of the gun store south of the Las Vegas Strip. The officer
was hospitalized in stable condition with unspecified injuries. Prosser said the
man caused a disturbance inside the indoor gun range before he was ordered to
leave and police arrived.
Trussville, AL: Walmart employee facing attempted murder charge after
shooting at store
Trussville Police Department has charged one of the Walmart employees involved
in a shooting at a Walmart Tuesday afternoon. Christopher Harris, 20, has been
charged with attempted murder, reckless endangerment and second-degree criminal
mischief. Police say the shooting at Walmart involved at least three people, two
of which were employees. The gunfire happened midday Tuesday. Trussville Police
Sgt. Filetti said Harris, a Walmart employee, got into an argument with a female
employee. The female employee then called her brother to the store. The two
males – Harris and the brother – got into a physical scuffle in the parking lot.
At some point, Harris went to his vehicle and got a gun, at which point he fired
two shots at the brother inside the store, police said. No one was injured in
the gunfire. The initial scanner traffic labeled the unfolding incident as an
active shooter situation.
Long Beach, CA: Police arrest man suspected of shooting gas station clerk in
Robberies, Incidents & Thefts
Hartford, CT: Suspect hospitalized for stabbing own neck during arrest at gas
One man was hospitalized for self-inflicted injuries after he and another
suspect wanted on attempted kidnapping charges were apprehended by police at a
Hartford gas station Tuesday afternoon. Hartford Police said Farmington police
notified them of two suspects that were at the south end of Hartford driving a
carjacked vehicle. Police canvassed the area and found the suspected vehicle at
a gas station on Wethersfield Ave. at around 3:24 pm. A male suspect,
30-year-old David O’Brien, entered the business, and police said detectives
followed to make contact with him. O’Brien fled to the back of the store, took
out a knife and started stabbing his own neck repeatedly, police said, and
officials immediately began life-saving measures. An ambulance responded and
transported O’Brien to the hospital, where police said he is listed in critical
Diego, CA: Authorities looking to identify man who set off fireworks in Target
Law Enforcement from city, county and state converged on the Target store in
Vista as a report of ‘shots fired’ came in. Law Enforcemnet moved quickly to
move employees and customers out of the store. It was quickly discovered that
fireworks were set off in a trash can. Deputies eventually deemed the area safe,
but stayed on scene to investigate. No injuries were reported.
Milwaukee, WI: Accused serial robber identified after leaving bag of cookies
with fingerprint at scene of crime
A suspected robber was arrested thanks in large part to the fingerprints he left
behind. According to Milwaukee police, Rasheed Harris entered a Walgreens on
Jan. 17, and approached the counter with a bag of chocolate chip cookies. He
then showed the clerk a handgun and demanded all the money in the register.
After he obtained all the cash, officials say he took off but left the cookies
behind. Harris was identified by the fingerprints he left on the bag of cookies.
Authorities say Harris is tied to five other robberies, including two other
Walgreens, a CVS, and two Family Dollar stores. His fingerprint was also
lifted for one of those robberies. Harris is facing a federal charge of robbery
and use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.
Jonesboro, AR: JT White Lumber employee a charged with theft of $2,500 of roof
Houston, TX: Man ordered to prison for more than 40 years for multiple Christmas
Fort Worth, TX: Police Ask For Help Identifying Suspects in Three Recent Armed
Nashville, TN: Small business hit hard by shoplifting during pandemic; owner
warns other businesses
Bill advances to raise Kentucky’s felony theft threshold
A bill to raise the minimum dollar amount required in Kentucky for the crime
of felony theft cleared its first hurdle Wednesday with approval from the House
Judiciary Committee. The measure would increase the minimum threshold for
felony theft to $1,000 from the current $500. The result would be that property
thefts under $1,000 would be considered a misdemeanor, which carries a lesser
penalty. Under the bill, offenders would still be subject to a felony for
committing three theft offenses of property valued between $500 and $1,000
within a five-year period. The felony threshold for several types of fraud — now
as low as $100 — also would increase to $1,000 under the measure.
Tampa, FL: Super Bowl: Police and Federal Agents bust pop-up shop selling
Officers teamed up with the Department of Homeland Security Wednesday afternoon,
arresting Mylik Webb of New York. Local, state and federal law enforcement
officers warn that people from all over the country are setting up shop to flood
Tampa Bay with counterfeit items. The makeshift business was located outside of
a BP Gas Station on N. Nebraska Avenue. “It’s hurting your community as a
whole,” said Adam Snyder, owner of Heads and Tails, a sports gear shop in Tampa.
According to officials with the Department of Homeland Security, two recent
raids netted more than 7,000 counterfeit items worth an estimated $50 million.
AT&T – Buffalo Grove,
IL – Armed Robbery
AT&T Grayson, KY –
Beauty – Atlantic
City, NJ – Armed Robbery
Best Buy – Woodland
Park, NJ – Burglary
C-Store – Fort Worth,
TX – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Las Vegas,
NV – Armed Robbery
Murfreesboro, TN – Burglary
C-Store - Prince
William County, VA – Burglary
C-Store – Manassas, VA
C-Store – Groton, CT –
Electronics – Newport,
VT – Burglary
Guns – St. Martins, MO
Home Depot – Boulder,
CO – Robbery
Hotel – Newport, VT –
JC Penney – Jefferson
County, CO - Burglary
Jewelry – Honolulu, HI
– Armed Robbery
Jewelry – Glendale, CA
Jewelry – Salado, TX –
● Jewelry –
Knoxville, TN – Robbery
● Jewelry –
Charlotte, NC – Robbery
● Jewelry – Concord,
NC – Robbery
● Jewelry – Tulsa,
OK – Burglary
Restaurant – Pasadena,
CA - Armed Robbery
• 13 robberies
• 10 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed
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