Leroy Green promoted to Assets Protection
Director for Target
Leroy has been with Target for more than seven years, starting with the
company in 2014 as Executive Leader/ Regional Executive Trainer. Before
his promotion to Assets Protection Director, he spent two years as
Assets Protection Business Partner. He also served as Executive Leader -
Asset Protection and Executive Leader - Stores Remodel with Target.
Earlier in his career, he spent two years with Gap as Field Loss
Prevention Leader. Congratulations, Leroy!
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ADT Commercial Acquires SAFE Electronics, Inc.
Commercial continues its strategic M&A strategy to expand its nationwide
geographic footprint with today's announcement that it has purchased
SAFE Electronics, Inc., based
out of Las Vegas, NV. The acquisition comes just a month after ADT Commercial
purchased the assets and customer agreements of Atlanta-based Ackerman Security
Systems' commercial sales and service division.
Established in 1984, SAFE Electronics has been a family-owned and operated
low-voltage systems integrator, helping to protect people and property across
the state of Nevada. SAFE Electronics specializes in the system design and
installation of fire alarm and suppression systems, security alarms, video
surveillance and access control for a wide range of commercial industries,
including in retail, industrial facilities, institutional environments, hotels
and hospitality, gaming and entertainment arenas, and manufacturing sites.
Prosegur Security Launches New Edge D-Arm Series of EAS Tags
That Resist Illegal Detachers
BEACH, Fla. (March 10, 2021) - Aiming to solve the problem of illegal
detachers purchased online being used by shoplifters to remove EAS tags,
Prosegur Security, a
global leader in security technology, has launched a new series of EAS tags that
self-alarm if removed with just a magnet. The new Edge D-Arm EAS tagging
solutions from Prosegur, which are available in both
lanyard variations, are designed to reduce retail shrink by catching
shoplifters before they get anywhere near a store exit.
"Shoplifters have continuously been adept at evolving their strategies to
overcome loss prevention efforts," said
D'Onofrio, CEO of Prosegur's global retail business unit. "The new Edge
D-Arm tags create and reinforce an overall sense of control by staying a step
ahead of the shoplifters through innovation. As a major investment protection
bonus, these tags leverage the existing EAS infrastructure already deployed in
retail stores to greatly reduce overall installation cost."
Protests & Violence
National Guard to Remain at U.S. Capitol Through May 23
The National Guard will extend its mission at the U.S. Capitol into May, the
Defense Department said Tuesday, as congressional officials weigh how to secure
the complex going forward.
formally requested the Guard extension last week, saying threats against
members of Congress during the first two months of this year were up 93%
compared with last year.
As of this week, just under 5,200 Guards troops were deployed in Washington
from more than 30 states and territories, defense officials said Monday.
After Friday, nearly 2,300 Guard members will remain in Washington due to
have warned about the possibility of violence from domestic extremists
following the assault on the Capitol.
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More Than 130 California Security Officers Have Died From COVID-19
According to new records that we have obtained with the assistance of a local
reporter and The Guardian, we have determined that more than 130 known
security officers in California have died from the virus including at least 10
so far this year.
Although the numbers don't tell the whole story, we know that many of the fallen
security officers had been on duty, working and around crowds prior to
We have also determined previously through interviews and on-site observations,
that many security personnel were not equipped with proper Personal
Protection Equipment and still are not today which certainly added to the
spread of the virus as well as to the deaths of security officers.
According to the news site, The Guardian, when the Covid-19 pandemic closed down
California's offices, malls and event spaces last year, nearly 200,000 security
Most Dramatic Reopening Steps Since Winter
Maryland Lifts Caps on Dining, Retail, and Religious Establishments
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday said he will lift capacity limits on indoor
and outdoor dining, retail businesses, fitness centers and religious
establishments — the most dramatic steps taken toward reopening in the region
since the winter surge in coronavirus cases.
executive order from Hogan (R), scheduled to take effect at 5 p.m. Friday,
allows large venues such as concert halls and theaters to return to 50 percent
capacity and lets adult day-care centers reopen. Quarantine requirements for
out-of-state travel are also being lifted. Masking requirements will stay in
place, and bars and restaurants still can provide service only to seated
customers and must ensure physical distancing among patrons.
For the Road Warriors - The Good, The Bad &
The Silver Linings of Pandemic-Era Air Travel
In travel, yes, there actually are some silver linings to the pandemic. Some
technologies are rolling out faster. Some key airport projects have been sped up
to take advantage of the absence of passengers and airplanes. Some airline
policies have changed for the benefit of fliers.
The lack of cleaning on airplanes and in airports and hotels has been exposed.
Cleanliness standards may be changed for at least the next several years.
The partial elimination of change fees is one of the major
pandemic-related changes for air travel, although like so many things with
airlines, there's fine print that erodes consumer value.
The most significant silver linings may be found at big construction projects at
congested airports like Los Angeles International and New York's LaGuardia.
Some travelers will see elimination of change fees on United, American
and Delta as a silver lining-but not all travelers.
The pandemic has also accelerated adoption of new technologies to speed up
check-in. Keyless hotel locks that open with a guest's phone eliminate the
need to stop at a desk. Travelers will find more kiosks in hotels as well-a
trend that echoes how airports and airlines have made check-in self-serve.
(Of course this automation represents bad news for hotel workers who lost their
jobs during the pandemic and haven't been hired back.)
Cleanliness is a trend that could reverse over time. But airlines have
acknowledged that they were deficient on cleaning before the pandemic. Now
expectations have changed. Some airlines have added health and cleanliness
executives to management teams. Airport bathrooms and public areas get more
frequent cleaning, too. Whether that lasts may depend on whether travelers
call out dirty facilities and planes when airlines and airports start cutting
Here's one I love: A lot of older airplanes have
been retired, meaning more flights will be on newer aircraft. American
accelerated retirement of its 757s, 767s and A330-300s, as well as some regional
jets. Delta flew its last MD-88 and MD-90 flights in June.
Travelers will find plenty of dark clouds along with the silver linings
when they return. They'll encounter fewer direct flights, meaning more
connections through hubs. Airport restaurants and clubs will reboot gradually as
traffic builds. Onboard service will take some time to return to normal.
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Self-Help Seminar Goes Way too Far
Panda Express staff forced to strip at team-building seminar that seemed like a
'cult initiation ritual,' lawsuit says
The Panda Express cashier had already been forced to strip to her underwear
in front of her fellow staff during a "self-improvement" one-day seminar in 2019,
she said, and told to open up to the group about her vulnerabilities.
But when a male colleague broke down crying while trying to do the same, the
session's leaders ordered her to go one step further: She had to "hug it out"
with him, both of them still undressed, as others filmed her or ogled at her
body, the 23-year-old employee in California said.
That was just part of a bizarre, psychologically abusive four-day seminar
that "more and more resembled a cult initiation ritual as time went on,"
a lawsuit she filed last month against the fast-food chain in Los
Angeles County Superior Court.
Her allegations underscore the dark consequences of an unusual management style
promoted by Panda Express and its co-founder,
Andrew Cherng. While the company has earned plaudits for
self-improvement programs for employees, her lawsuit paints this focus as an
obsession that devolved into abuse.
"The atmosphere resembled less a self-improvement seminar than a site for
off-the-books interrogation of terrorist suspects," the lawsuit said, comparing
the overall effect to "that of a particularly nasty drill sergeant."
A spokesperson for Panda Restaurant Group, the chain's parent company, said in a
statement to The Washington Post that it takes the allegations "very seriously"
and is investigating the matter.
The company also denied it has ties to the Alive Seminars and Coaching
Academy, which led the 2019 seminars and did not immediately respond to a
request for comment from The Washington Post late on Tuesday. In a statement to
the Orange County Register, the organization said its training sessions are
presented with respect and dignity
Other Panda Express staffers who had to pay out of pocket for the session have
since joined to file a class-action lawsuit concerning the seminar.
CEO Pushes ORC's 'Inform Act' - Being
Reintroduced in Congress
NACDS' CEO Anderson discusses INFORM Consumers Act With Legislators
in DC & In Op-Ed
'How Congress Can Make Consumer Safety a Top Priority in 2021'
a Morning Consult op-ed, Steve Anderson, president and CEO of the National
Association of Chain Drug Stores, welcomed the reintroduction of The INFORM
Consumers Act and called on Congress to keep customers safe from organized
In an op-ed, published today in Morning Consult, National Association of Chain
Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson welcomed the anticipated
re-introduction of the The INFORM Consumers Act in the U.S. House and Senate.
The act would require e-commerce marketplaces to provide
basic information and contact details on third-party sellers.
During NACDS' virtual fly-in last week, Anderson discussed with lawmakers how
the bill would go a long way in promoting transparency and protecting consumers.
Anderson said that as our nation continues to accelerate efficient and equitable
COVID-19 vaccinations as vaccine supply becomes more available, so do
pharmacies. "But we call on Congress to keep customers safe from organized
retail crime, an increasing threat to their health and safety. The stakes are
just too high," he wrote.
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NRF & SHRM Opposes PRO Act Bill
U.S. House of Representatives Passes the PRO Act
On March 9, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 225-206 to pass H.R. 842,
the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. If enacted into law, the bill
would be the most expansive labor relations legislation since the National Labor
Relations Act (NLRA) of 1935.
"SHRM strongly supports policies that protect and ensure employers and employees
are equally represented at the bargaining table," SHRM wrote. "Because H.R.
842 would create an imbalance in labor-market relations, SHRM urges you to
oppose H.R. 842."
NRF: Retailers Say House Bill to Expand Union Powers Would Harm Both
Employers and Employees
License-Plate Scans Aid Crime-Solving but Spur Little Privacy Debate
Mass surveillance, warrantless searches help police track down stolen
cars, suspected Capitol rioters despite scant public awareness of data troves
vast network of automated license-plate scanners, which has been growing for
decades, makes it nearly impossible to drive anywhere in the U.S. without being
The scanner data has become a key tool for law enforcement from local police to
the Justice Department, requiring no warrant to access.
The scanners, which automatically grab images of any plates they identify, are
an often-overlooked layer of the surveillance that blankets Americans, along
with social media, online searches, mobile-phone apps and credit-card purchases.
Some see the privacy downsides as considerable.
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Social Media Activity
3rd Cir. affirms employer's right to fire for social media posts
The plaintiff, a senior control analyst, was fired after she posted a
comment on a news article on Facebook "about a man who faced criminal charges
for driving his car into a crowd of protesters,"
according to court documents. In response, the worker commented: "Total
BS. Too bad he didn't have a bus to plow through." BNY Mellon fired
the worker upon discovering her comment, and she sued. The worker claimed race
discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A district
court ruled for the employer on summary judgment.
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Jackson, MS: 24-Hour C-Stores soon will be required to have Security Guards
Some convenience stores in Jackson, Miss., will soon be required to have
security guards after the city council approved an ordinance requiring
24-hour c-stores to have security personnel in place between the hours of
midnight and 5 a.m.
All other gas stations located in the Jackson corporate limits will be
required to adopt a security plan and file it with the city within 100 days of
the ordinance's passage.
The council unanimously approved the measure days after a deadly shooting at
a Jasco gas station in the city, according to a WBLT
report. In early February, two men were killed in a Sunday afternoon
shootout at the gas station.
"What we have to do is make sure these stores are safe."
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Santa Barbara Council Adopts Ordinance to Corral Abandoned Shopping Carts
Grocery store owners will be required to retrieve any of their carts left
in a public right of way, or risk having to pay a fine
store owners will have to retrieve their abandoned shopping carts or face fines,
according to an ordinance approved Tuesday by the
Santa Barbara City Council.
Assistant City Attorney John Doimas said that 538 shopping carts were retreived
in the city in 2020. The city contracts with a company to retreive abandoned
shopping carts, paying about $5 for every shopping cart picked up. Doimas said
that California has 150 cities with shopping cart retrieval ordinances,
including Carpinteria and Oxnard.
The city then will inform the owner in writing that the cart would be impounded
and in storage for 30 days before the city can sell or trash it. In addition,
store owners must submit a site containment and retrieval plan as well as
take loss prevention measures, such as a wheel lock. It would cost a company
aboutcart, $100 to retrieve a shopping cart.
Retailers Not Getting Shipments - Impacting Store Inventory
Supply chain pressures have been a constant for retailers throughout the
pandemic. But a chorus of chains, including Crocs, Urban Outfitters, Foot Locker
and Dollar Tree, in recent weeks have described the container shortage and
backlogs at West Coast ports as the latest challenges in securing merchandise
"Importing product from Asia, getting it through Long Beach and other ports, and
getting it shipped to customers is really challenging right now," Crocs CEO
Andrew Rees said on a February 23 call with analysts. "I think that will smooth
out over time, but it's going to take a little while."
"The supply chain has been maxed out," said Jon Gold, vice president of
supply chain and customs policy at the National Retail Federation, a trade group
for the retail industry. Gold said US ports were "not able to handle the volume
that is coming in" because of a surge in demand, as well as hundreds of
workers who have been sickened by Covid-19. "Containers have been sitting at
the port longer than they typically do" and "the availability of empty
containers has been a challenge, both here and overseas," he said.
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net sales down 28%
Express Inc. Q4 comp's down 28%, net sales down 29%, FY 2020 comp's down 27%,
net sales down 40%
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Is This The One?
Establishing Uniform National Standards for
Retailers Support DelBene Bill Providing Balanced Approach to Privacy Law
The National Retail Federation welcomed a new privacy bill introduced in the
House today by Representative Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., saying it offers a
balanced approach that has been missing in earlier measures considered in
DelBene’s bill, the
Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act, would give
consumers new control over the use of their sensitive personal information while
providing businesses with a uniform framework on the collection, processing and
disclosure of data. Consumers would have the right to opt out of the use of
non-sensitive personal information in a way that would allow businesses to
continue to provide products and services consumers expect. For sensitive
personal information, businesses would be required to obtain a user’s opt-in
approval, which processors and third parties would also be required to honor
NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. “By
standardizing comprehensive privacy rules, the Act protects consumer data no
matter where a consumer lives or which business handles the data.” French’s
comments came in a
letter of support sent to DelBene, who chairs the pro-innovation New
Democrat Coalition, one of the largest coalitions of House Democrats.
"We Need To Do Something"
Massive Hacks Linked to Russia, China Exploited U.S. Internet Security Gap
Protecting U.S. networks from cyberattacks launched domestically emerges
as an intelligence blind spot, security experts say
U.S. lawmakers and security experts are voicing concern that foreign governments
are staging cyberattacks using servers in the U.S., in an apparent effort to
avoid detection by America's principal cyberintelligence organization, the
National Security Agency.
hackers recently targeted servers running Microsoft Corp.'s widely used
Exchange software, they employed U.S.-based computers from at least four service
providers to mount their attack, according to an analysis by the threat
intelligence company DomainTools LLC.
The attack that Microsoft disclosed last week affected at least
tens of thousands of customers and has been linked by the software giant and
other security researchers to China-based hackers.
It is the second major suspected nation-state hack unearthed in the past few
months to have employed U.S. servers as a launchpad. In both cases, the
hacks were disclosed by private-sector researchers, not the U.S. government.
"The combination of these two attacks definitely has pushed us to a tipping
point in terms of the policy makers and the executive branch recognizing now
that we need to do something," said Glenn Gerstell, former general counsel
at the NSA.
Hacking Collective Showing Off - Hacking CCTVs
Hackers breach thousands of security cameras, exposing Tesla, jails, hospitals
A group of hackers say they breached a massive trove of security-camera data
collected by Silicon Valley startup Verkada Inc., gaining access to live
feeds of 150,000 surveillance cameras inside hospitals, companies, police
departments, prisons and schools.
Companies whose footage was exposed include carmaker Tesla Inc. and software
provider Cloudflare Inc. In addition, hackers were able to view video from
inside women's health clinics, psychiatric hospitals and the offices of Verkada
itself. Some of the cameras, including in hospitals, use facial-recognition
technology to identify and categorize people captured on the footage. The
hackers say they also have access to the full video archive of all Verkada
The data breach was carried out by an international hacker collective and
intended to show the pervasiveness of video surveillance and the ease with which
systems could be broken into, said Tillie Kottmann, one of the hackers who
claimed credit for breaching San Mateo, California-based Verkada.
Only 50% Sharing Threat Info
48% of Security Pros Prohibited From Intelligence-Sharing
Some do so anyway, according to new Kaspersky research.
Threat intelligence (TI) analysts are often involved in professional
information-sharing communities, such as ISACS. But that does not necessarily
mean they are offering up helpful threat intelligence for the common good:
According to new research from Kaspersky, while over two-thirds (69%) of TI
analysts said they are involved in professional communities, 48% of all those
working in IT and cybersecurity roles are not allowed to share threat
intelligence artifacts discovered through those communities.
Kaspersky surveyed more than 5,200 IT and cybersecurity practitioners globally
for the report "to see if other businesses were ready to collaborate and share
The research found that respondents with TI analysis responsibilities are more
likely to participate in specialized forums and blogs (41%), Dark Web forums
(33%), or social media groups (21%). But when it comes to sharing their own
findings, only 50% of respondents have actually made their discoveries
In companies where external sharing is allowed, 79% of security analysts did so.
In 7% of cases, security analysts even shared TI findings despite it being
prohibited by their organizations.
Kaspersky says sharing restrictions are partly driven by concerns that if some
objects are known publicly before a company can respond to an attack, then
cybercriminals may realize they have been detected and change their tactics.
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Mobile Apps Now Viewed As Public Health Tool
Rapid Roll-Out of Mobile Contact -Tracing Apps Opened Pandora's Box
Contact-tracing mobile apps, which have been available since spring 2020 yet
still lack some of the most basic security protections.
*In a sense, contact-tracing mobile apps are an example of a crowdsourced
solution to a governance problem, and their success sets an important precedent.
Mobile devices will no longer be seen as exclusively communication or leisure
platforms. They'll also be considered whenever public health authorities and
other government entities need to gather data from their entire population.
All this data collection should be done far more carefully and securely than it
is today, or governments will risk losing their citizens' trust permanently.
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discuss the retail awakening — consumers are changing and retailers need to
Front-Line Retail Workers Put in Dangerous Situations
Mask video shows 'difficult decisions' front-line staff face in pandemic, says
Video shows supervisor at grocery chain denying service to woman who
wasn't wearing mask
footage of a maskless woman being denied service at a St. John's grocery
store has prompted discussion about how individual businesses can enforce their
COVID-19 restrictions. The video, which was recorded by a woman who declined
to wear a mask while inside a Colemans location, has racked up thousands of
views since being posted on social media last week.
Greg Gill, Colemans' vice-president of marketing, said the store's concern
was for the safety of their employees.
In the video, the woman says the store is refusing to serve her because she
isn't wearing a mask. She claims a medical exemption for an unspecified
reason, and says a cashier had been serving her without issue until a supervisor
An employee identified as a supervisor explains that if the woman doesn't want
to wear a mask, she can call ahead or order online, and store staff will bring
her groceries out to her.
In online reaction to the video, some people applauded what they saw as
someone standing up for personal freedoms, but others said it was selfish to not
wear a mask in a public space, especially when other options are available
for people who cannot wear one.
'We want this one ... to be the last one'
Toronto businesses reopen on Monday, but the spectre of 'back-and-forth'
closures still looms
Toronto's non-essential retail stores can open at 25% capacity
Monday, Toronto's stay-at-home order will be lifted and the city will emerge
from the most restrictive measures to contain the pandemic since the initial
shutdown in the spring of 2020.
The shift back into Ontario's colour-coded framework means non-essential
retail stores like Tap Phong will be allowed to re-open with limited
capacity for the first time after they were ordered closed 104 days ago.
Officially, the city remains under Ontario's grey lockdown level, though the
province has adjusted its rules to permit retail stores to open at 25 per
cent capacity even under lockdown restrictions. Indoor dining, gyms, and
personal care services will remain closed.
The city's business owners have responded to the news with relief, but also
anxiety due to their experiences during the pandemic so far. Toronto Mayor John
Tory has said the city will do everything in its power "to stop the one
thing that we want to stop more than anything else, which is another lockdown
"We want this one, as it comes to an end, to be the last one," Tory said
Friday on CBC Radio's Metro Morning.
'Draconian Lockdown Measures' Not Working?
Ontario COVID lockdown not curbing caseloads, but punishing businesses, say MPPs
Almost 80 per cent of all COVID-related deaths are in group-living
“Most of the province has been in lockdown since Thanksgiving, but cases,
cases, cases – the only thing that seems to matter, continue to climb,” said
Independent Ontario MPP Roman Baber in a passionate member statement.
Baber noted Ontario’s COVID-19 case count has risen, despite province-wide
lockdowns under the mandate of Bill 195, which gave the province emergency
powers for the next year to tackle COVID-19.
Alongside Baber, New Blue Party MPP Belinda Karahalios – also booted from the
Ontario PCs for objecting to Bill 195 – called out its “draconian lockdown
measures” because it disproportionately impacted small and medium-sized
businesses who “suffer considerably.”
GTA malls entering grey zone use staff at doors, tech to track capacity
Greater Toronto Area malls are using capacity tracking technology and staff
stationed at doors to abide by COVID-19 rules that went into effect in parts
of the region today. Under provincial regulations, non-essential stores and
malls in Toronto and neighbouring Peel Region are allowed to open, but required
to keep capacity at 25 per cent or below.
Oxford Properties says it has staff at designated Yorkdale, Square One and
Scarborough Town Centre entrances to stop people from entering when capacity has
been reached. The Oxford malls are also showing on their websites how full
they are so that shoppers can have an idea of whether they should expect to wait
to enter once they arrive.
The Profound Effects of Losing Independent Retailers and Businesses in
Canada During the Pandemic
COVID enforcement blitz finds 44% of Windsor-Essex businesses in violation of
Montreal Retail Struggles Amid Lockdowns and Consumer Shifts
Enabling Canada's Epstein?
Accused Nygard 'co-conspirators' deny enabling their former boss
longtime former employees accused of being among Peter Nygard's
"co-conspirators" are denying allegations against them. Angela Dyborn, who
is also Nygard's niece, and Tiina Tulikorpi, a Toronto-based senior executive
and friend of the family, have both been named in lawsuits involving the former
Canadian fashion mogul and are accused of enabling him in his alleged
"How can people say that about me?" Tulikorpi asked in an interview with
CBC. "That's very hurtful for people to say that." "That's appalling and
ridiculous," said Dyborn.
The names of both women, who are identified as "co-conspirators" in the
lawsuits, are also contained in a grand jury subpoena, issued in New York in
August 2020, ordering the company to turn over emails from a small list of
Pandemic-Related Fraud Sweeps Canada
With pandemic-related fraud everywhere, from takeout to online shopping, here's
how to spot it
The pandemic has left people exposed to more than just a virus, especially
with everyone doing everything -- shopping, working, and most else -- from home.
Being online so much also leaves people vulnerable to scams. The Canadian
Anti-Fraud Centre reports that fraud are on the rise, saying that since March of
last year, Canadians filed nearly 70,000 fraud reports totalling more than
$100 million in reported losses.
February was Fraud Prevention Month, and a number of authorities tried to alert
people to how to spot fraudulent schemes.
“People are hopping online to buy goods and services, landing on deceptive,
fraudulent web pages, where they’d buy good that ended up being counterfeit or
they didn’t receive anything at all," he said.
The problem can also come from things that seem relatively simple: nearly one
quarter (23 per cent) reported that they provided their credit card number
over the phone to a store or restaurant, which Moneris says is a a high-risk
activity for both consumers and businesses.
Many Canadians believe shopping online leads to fraudulent activity
Alberta RCMP provide tips on spotting a scam during Fraud Prevention Month
#1 E-Commerce Retailer in Canada?
Walmart Canada Accelerates E-Commerce Expansion with 1st in-Store
Fully-Automated Fulfillment Centre
Canada is accelerating its e-commerce business as construction has started on
its first fully-automated market fulfilment centre inside the Scarborough
West Supercentre (1900 Eglinton Ave E.).
The retailer said the 22,000-square-foot space will automate online grocery
picking and dispensing with picking speeds up to six-times faster than
manual store picking and the new space will also feature a first for a big
grocery retailer in Canada: automated kiosks that serve as vending machines for
online grocery orders and can serve up to five customers simultaneously.
“We are on a journey to be the number one e-commerce
retailer in Canada. Our customers want choice of service and we see
the demand for online shopping continuing. We are ramping up our e-commerce
offering with a focus on speed, accuracy and service,” said Horacio Barbeito,
President and CEO at Walmart Canada, in a statement.
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(Update) Winnipeg, AB: Inquest called into death of 16-year-old Eishia Hudson,
shot last year by Winnipeg police
Manitoba's chief medical examiner has called an inquest into the death of Eishia
Hudson. Hudson, a 16-year-old Indigenous girl, was shot by a Winnipeg police
officer last April following a pursuit, in which police say she drove a
vehicle involved in a liquor store robbery in Winnipeg's Sage Creek
neighbourhood earlier that day. She was sent to the Winnipeg Health Sciences
Centre where she was pronounced dead. The inquest will examine the circumstances
surrounding Hudson's death.
Edmonton, AB: Police release video of $300K jewelry theft to find 2 more thieves
people wearing masks and gloves went into a jewelry store at the Bonnie Doon
Shopping Centre on Feb. 23 at approximately 5:30 p.m. One suspect pointed a
firearm at a store employee as they smashed display cases with a sledgehammer
and loaded approximately between $200,000 and $300,000 worth of jewelry into
two blue bins, police said. The three people fled the store on foot, stole a
vehicle in the parking lot and drove to a residential area about eight blocks
northwest, police said. They burned the stolen vehicle, police said, and got
into another vehicle being driven by a fourth person. The second vehicle led
investigators to an apartment building near 117 Avenue and Groat Road. Police
searched a number of suites on Feb. 26 and found loaded firearms, a
sledgehammer and approximately $6,000 in stolen jewelry.
Alberta watchdog investigates shooting death of woman in hotel by Calgary police
Corner Brook, NL: Bail denied for man accused of theft, armed robbery
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Rare Carat On Why Overreliance On AI And ML Is Insufficient Against
Credit card fraud accounts for more than $27 billion in annual losses, posing an
especially grave threat to merchants selling high-value items like diamond
rings. In this month’s Digital Fraud Tracker, PYMNTS talks with Apeksha
Kothari, chief operating officer of diamond ring eTailer Rare Carat, about
pairing artificial intelligence and human analysts to keep credit card fraud
from taking the shine out of diamond buyers’ special purchases.
“The biggest [menace] has to be credit card fraud, with somebody using somebody
else’s [stolen] card,” she said. “Our retailers will only ship to the address
that is on that credit card, for example, which other eCommerce players might
not insist on, but it’s something that we just have to do, given the high
This security protocol is backed up by Rare Carat’s partner PayPal, a payment
option at checkout, which adds its own security protocols to keep fraudsters
from exploiting the merchant and its diamond-dealer partners. The core of its
security system relies on artificial intelligence and machine learning, said
“These third-party checks rely on AI and ML to identify customer patterns that
seem irregular,” she explained. “There’s a lot of IP tracking as well — if their
IP says they’re in Bermuda, but they’re placing an order for an address in
Mexico, that could be suspect.”
AI and ML have been proven to reduce fraud rates significantly, but they are
not a panacea, Kothari warned. False positives are still a potential issue,
for example, these technologies cannot account for all the nuanced signs of
fraud that a human analyst can easily recognize.
Another obstacle for fraud prevention in the eCommerce space is the
ever-lingering threat of new fraud techniques. Kothari noted that most existing
fraud prevention methods are geared toward individual bad actors, for example,
but larger-scale hacking attempts have the potential to overwhelm the existing
systems of many eCommerce merchants.
Individual consumers [who] are engaging in fraud is something that I think
retailers are now getting used to and understanding and baking into their
financial estimates,” she explained. “I think it’s the more major events that
could destabilize your entire operations: somebody trying to come in and get
[personally identifiable information], for example, or financial information.
Smaller retailers have become a little more prominent as hackers expand their
focus and are more of a target where they weren’t before.”
Shoppers Relying on Amazon More Than Ever
New Survey: The Big Bad Guy Perception of Amazon is Dwindling
As Consumers now feel that Amazon has a positive impact on the retail industry
Since the COVID-19 pandemic triggered widespread store shutdowns in March of
2020 – and since then, consumers have relied on Amazon more than ever. Fast,
free shipping and convenience - not necessarily price and selection - are the
drivers of Amazon’s success.
Nearly half of Americans (49%) shop at Amazon because they ‘trust their packages
will be delivered when promised’ and 1 in 5 (19%) choose Amazon for its
‘proactive communication during delivery’.
Editor's Note: Political pressure may ease up as a result. So breaking
them up may be harder now then ever. Just a thought -Gus Downing
Disney shifts focus to e-commerce
Davie, FL: Police investigate possible connection between burglaries of birds at
Davie, Delray Beach pet stores
are investigating a possible link between two separate burglaries involving
birds at pet stores in Davie and in Delray Beach. We’ve all heard bird chatter,
but when bird sellers across Florida are hit by bird thieves, they communicate,
too. “One of our friends’ stores in Davie was robbed a few weeks ago,” said
Billy Polden, whose family runs Brenda’s Birds in Delray Beach. “Another store
in Orlando that was robbed, it was a little different M.O. Instead of coming
through the ceiling, they came through a hole in the back wall.”
Thieves stole different species of birds from Charlie Hong’s business in Davie
last month. Someone cut into Hong’s ceiling, cut the power and the alarm and
stole about 140 birds. Surveillance footage showed someone walking behind the
Shops at Stirling Place with objects in each hand. A spokesperson for Delray
Beach Police said they will be comparing notes with Davie Police about the
cases, but the bird sellers in South Florida said they’re similar enough for
them to be on high alert.
Fresno, CA: Caught on Camera: Over $8000 in product stolen from 2 Ulta stores
Fresno Police Department is asking for the public's help identifying two people
they say were caught on camera stealing over $8,000 in merchandise from two Ulta
Beauty stores in Fresno. The thefts happened on Tuesday, March 2nd at the store
located on Herndon Ave. near Highway 99 and the store on Blackstone at Nees.
Longmont, CO: Police are working to identify 3 male suspects caught on stealing
more than $5,600 worth of merchandise from electronics store
thefts occurred on Monday about 11:30 a.m. in the 200 block of Ken Pratt
Boulevard. The suspect vehicles include a blue Volkswagen 4-door sedan and a red
Nissan X-Terra. Two suspects went into the store several times and placed items
in an aisle of the store. Later, another man went into the store with a large
empty box and met the other suspects. The three suspects put the items in the
empty box and left the store, according to police.
Cape Coral, FL: Officers look for Cape Coral Home Depot attempted thief
A man in a striped tank top was caught trying to steal more than $2,000 worth of
merchandise from a Home Depot on Pine Island Road. The Home Depot loss
prevention officer on duty confronted the man, who threw his items and ran from
Natick, MA: Macy’s $1000 shoplifter uses bathroom ruse to escape store, nabbed
after car chase
Landover, MD: Man shot and killed Inside Dollar Tree
Shootings & Deaths
man was shot and killed in a Landover, Maryland shopping complex on Tuesday,
leaving shoppers rattled and an investigation underway. Prince George’s County
Police sources told News4 that the shooting took place inside a Dollar Tree.
Prince George’s County homicide detectives said the man, whose name is being
withheld until his family is notified, was killed around 3 p.m. Crime scene
investigators collected evidence inside the store and detectives are checking to
see if there is surveillance video of the murder.
Queens, NY: Man, 33, fatally shot outside Liquor store after argument with
Detectives have booked a Queens man in connection in the deadly shooting of a
33-year-old man outside a liquor store on Tuesday night, police reported. Mark
Watson, 24, of 201st Street was charged Wednesday with murder and criminal
possession of a weapon for allegedly pulling the trigger on the unidentified
victim during an apparent dispute, law enforcement sources said.
Winston-Salem, NC: Man shot in head, killed after fleeing from Winston-Salem
supermarket workers in 2019
Skeletal remains found in Winston-Salem have been identified as a 21-year-old
man, according to Winston-Salem Police. Around 11:55 a.m. on Feb. 25, officers
with the WSPD were dispatched to an open field on West Devonshire Street to
investigate the discovery of what appeared to be human remains. Detectives
responded to the scene and worked with authorities with the North Carolina
Medical Examiner’s Office to confirm that the items found were skeletal human
Detectives conducted a search of the area and found a gun and other evidence to
indicate that the death was likely unnatural. On Tuesday, the skeletal
remains were positively identified as David Rojo Garcia, 21, of Winston-Salem.
The cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound to the head.
Investigators discovered a report filed with the WSPD on Oct. 22, 2019. In
that report, workers at the Compare Foods Supermarket at 951 Silas Creek Parkway
approached Garcia to speak to him about a matter related to the business.
Garcia fled on foot from the store and workers saw that he had a gun. He
fled toward West Sprague Street and the 700 block of West Devonshire Street.
Compare Foods workers reported hearing gunshots in the direction where Garcia
fled. There were no other reports of gunshots in relation to the Oct. 22, 2019
incident. Garcia has not had any contact with police, family or friends since
the Oct. 22, 2019. He was not a reported missing person.
Fresno, CA: Several shoppers flee Fashion Fair during jewelry theft and reports
of gunshot noise
shoppers at Fresno’s Fashion Fair mall rushed out to the parking lot in a frenzy
Tuesday evening after hearing a loud noise that some believed were the sound of
gunshots. Fresno Police said the cause of the commotion was a grand theft that
occurred around 6:30 p.m. at a jewelry store kiosk inside the mall. Police said
no gunshots were ever fired nor was a gun displayed. Instead, the loud sound was
the result of the suspect kicking in a glass display at Zee Jewelers.
Marshalltown, IN: Man suspected of shooting and killing a Casey's General clerk
pleads not guilty
Hartford, CT: Police investigate five separate shootings in the last 24 hours
Jacksonville, FL: Man who shot at Jacksonville Police Officer suspected in
string of Armed Robberies
Bellingham, WA: Police seek robbery suspect who pepper sprayed LP, escaped
Robberies, Incidents & Thefts
A robbery suspect is on the loose in Bellingham. The Bellingham Police
Department posted that 56-year-old Craig Wise robbed a local establishment and
pepper sprayed loss prevention on March 5. He escaped custody when he was taken
to the ER for a medical evaluation.
Detroit, MI: Man robbed same dollar store twice in 2 days
Texarkana, TX: Man behind bars, accused of stealing over $9K worth of jewelry at
Sullivan, IL: Man who stole money from laundry machines is sentenced to prison
for 6 years, due to priors
C-Store – Leominster,
MA – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Flagstaff,
AZ – Armed Robbery
C-Store – San Diego,
CA – Robbery
C-Store – Denver, CO –
C-Store – Lincoln, NE
C-Store – Volusia
County, FL – Robbery
Check Cashing –
Jacksonville, FL – Armed Robbery
Dollar – Detroit, MI –
Dollar Detroit, MI –
Gas Station – Pulaski
County, KY – Burglary
Grocery – Seattle, WA
Jewelry – Fresno, CA –
Jewelry – Evansville,
IN – Burglary
Jewelry -Texarkana, TX
Jewelry – Cincinnati, OH - Burglary
Jewelry – Lee Summit, MO – Robbery
Jewelry – Ft Worth, TX – Robbery
Jewelry – Hicksville, NY – Armed Robbery
Jewelry – Allen, TX – Robbery
Liquor – Evansville,
IN – Burglary
Liquor – Flandreau, SD
Marijuana – Portland,
OR – Armed Robbery
7-Eleven – Plainfield,
IL – Armed Robbery
• 16 robberies
• 7 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed
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Healthy debate in any industry spurs growth, understanding and challenges the
status quo. Without it, the normal evolutionary processes which are slow to
begin will slow even further. It is those who have the courage to debate that
make a difference and create change. However, as in the case of any debate,
interpreting and understanding the messages is critical in order for it to have
a positive impact and facilitate change.
Usually driven by opposing sides, debates are driven by individual experience
and environmental influences that are oftentimes invisible and, therefore,
unrealized. But at the end of the day, regardless of opinion, all debates spur
discussion, thought and emotion and that is what causes change and
While interpretation is an individual experience, the experience itself has the
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