Andrew Beckett promoted to Director,
AMZL Loss Prevention, Americas Region for Amazon
Andrew has been with Amazon for more than six years, starting with the
company in 2015 as Regional Loss Prevention Manager. Before being
promoted to Director, AMZL Loss Prevention, Americas Region, he spent
two years as Senior Manager, LP, Amazon Logistics and over three years
as Sr. Manager, Logistics LP - Amazon Transportation Services. Earlier
in his career, he held AP/security roles with Weis Markets and FedEx.
Brooke (Anderson) Murota, MBA promoted to Sr. Manager Asset Protection
Operations for Old Navy
Brooke has been with Old Navy for more than two decades, starting with
the company in 2000 as a Sales Associate. Before her latest promotion to
Sr. Manager AP Operations, she spent more than four years as Manager of
LP Awareness and Communication. Prior to that, she spent nearly two
years as Business Process Owner of Compliance and Technology. She has
held various other roles with Old Navy throughout her career with the
company. Congratulations, Brooke!
Justin MacIntyre, CFI, LPC promoted to
Manager of Corporate Investigations for Bealls, Inc.
Justin has been with Bealls for six years, starting with the company in
2015 as District Loss Prevention Manager. Before his promotion to
Manager of Corporate Investigations, he spent a year and a half as
Senior Zone LP Manager. With Bealls, he has also served as Zone LP
Manager, District LP Manager, and Regional LP Manager. Earlier in his
career, he spent nearly 12 years with Von Maur in various loss
prevention roles, including Director of LP. Congratulations, Justin!
Frederick D. Hassel, Jr. named Assets Protection Operations Manager for
Before joining Target as Assets Protection Operations Manager, Frederick
spent more than three and a half years at Walmart, most recently as
Environmental, Health and Safety Operations Manager and also as Safety,
Compliance and Trust Sr. Business Partner. Earlier in his career, he
held AP/LP roles with Jet.com, Walgreens, and SDA Inc. Congratulations,
Robert Grant promoted to Senior Area
Loss Prevention Manager for Ross Stores, Inc.
Robert has been with Ross Stores for nearly five years, starting with
the company in 2016 as a Store Manager. Before his promotion to Senior
Area LP Manager, he spent more than four years as Area LP Manager. Prior
to joining Ross, he spent a short time at Big Lots as a Store Team Lead.
Earlier in his career, he spent more than four years in a separate stint
with Ross Stores in various LP roles. Congratulations, Robert!
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Protests & Violence
A Look at the Tight Security Surrounding the Derek Chauvin Trial
'Parade of Police Officers' Lines Up to Testify Against Chauvin
Most Damning Witnesses in Chauvin Trial are Fellow Cops
Richard Zimmerman, who leads the Minneapolis Police Department's homicide
unit, said Chauvin's use of force while Floyd was already pinned down and
handcuffed was "totally unnecessary." Police Chief Medaria Arradondo
testified that officers are not trained to kneel on the necks of suspects.
Sgt. Jody Stiger, an LAPD use of force expert, said Chauvin had employed
"excessive" force. Another police officer, Nicole Mackenzie, said
officers are required to provide medical help and to call emergency services for
suspects who appear in distress.
Prosecutors have of course selected witnesses who bolster their case. But
most of the officers who testified came across as sympathetic, subtly
embroidering the wider arguments about police brutality in America. It's
impossible for an outsider to know what's really going on: Is one officer
being thrown overboard to shield the Minneapolis Police Department from wider
claims of endemic brutality and misconduct? Or are witnesses revealing a
rogue colleague whose actions left an unfair impression of the force and the
police more generally?
In either case, it is highly unusual to see a parade of US police officers
testify so uniformly against one of their own. More often, they close ranks.
The Debate over George Floyd's Cause of Death
Medical expert: 'In a vise,' George Floyd did everything he could as he
struggled to breathe
Even after George Floyd took his final breath and went motionless under
Derek Chauvin's knee, the since-fired Minneapolis police officer kept the
pressure on for another three minutes and 27 seconds, a Chicago-based lung
and critical care expert testified Thursday.
Dr. Martin Tobin, a Chicago physician who has written textbooks and specialized
in respiratory and critical care medicine for decades, showed through graphics
and video how Floyd pressed the fingers of his cuffed right hand to the ground
and his knuckles against a police squad-car tire as he fought in vain to open up
his side to pull air into his right lung.
"Mr. Floyd died from a low level of oxygen," Tobin said. "This caused
damage to his brain that we see, and it also caused a [pulseless electrical
activity] arrhythmia that caused his heart to stop."
Police Homicides Down But Murders Up in the BLM Era
Police Killings Decrease in Cities With BLM Protests
The Effects of Black Lives Matter Protests
Research shows places with BLM protests from 2014 to 2019 saw a reduction
in police homicides but an uptick in murders.
There’s long been a fierce debate about the effect of Black Lives Matter
protests on the lethal use of force by police. A new study, one of the first to
make a rigorous academic attempt to answer that question, found that the
protests have had a notable impact on police killings. For every 4,000 people
who participated in a Black Lives Matter protest between 2014 and 2019, police
killed one less person.
From 2014 to 2019, Campbell tracked more than 1,600 BLM protests across the
country, largely in bigger cities, with nearly 350,000 protesters. His main
finding is a 15 to 20 percent reduction in lethal use of force by police
officers — roughly 300 fewer police homicides — in census places that saw
Campbell’s research also indicates that these protests correlate with a 10
percent increase in murders in the areas that saw BLM protests. That means
from 2014 to 2019, there were somewhere between 1,000 and 6,000 more homicides
than would have been expected if places with protests were on the same trend as
places that did not have protests.
Nationwide Crackdown on Protests?
Lawmakers Push for Harsher Penalties for Protesters
Civil rights groups say the laws could have 'chilling effect' on free speech
the wake of nationwide racial justice protests, Ohio and other states are
considering legislation to impose harsher punishment for rioters, go after
organizers of violent protests and penalize those who harass or harm first
Supporters say more protection is needed for police, firefighters and EMTs who
are being targeted for doing their jobs and stiffer penalties against those who
turn peaceful protests into violent, destructive events.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, however, says the broad sweeping
bills contain ambiguities that could have a chilling effect on free speech.
HB109 increases penalties for disorderly conduct during a riot or illegal
protest and expands the state’s corrupt activities law to apply to those who
provide “material support or resources” to rioters.
It also creates a new offense for harassing or intimidating a first responder
if the behavior results in death, serious injury or more than $5,000 in damages.
Those who provide support to rioters — anything from bottled water to weapons
— could be prosecuted under the corrupt activities law and their
organization could be dissolved and assets seized, Daniels said.
Iowa Bills to Impose Stiffer Penalties for Rioters
One arrested, police officer assaulted at Iowa Capitol as group rallies
against bills increasing protest-related penalties
troopers arrested an 18-year-old activist at the Iowa Capitol Thursday as a
group rallied against proposed legislation that would increase qualified
immunity for law enforcement officers and heighten penalties for some
Activists on Thursday rallied against a handful of proposals this year to
raise penalties for crimes like rioting and unlawful assembly while
increasing protections for police officers and
raising the level of immunity they have against lawsuits. Protesters also
gathered in opposition of legislation that would
prevent the inclusion of "divisive concepts" in diversity training used by
state and local governments, including schools and colleges.
Co-organizer Harold Walehwa said the Iowa bills don't make sense after last
summer's protests and the push for racial justice in the aftermath of the
death of Floyd.
"We're at literally in the middle of the Derek Chauvin trial, but we're
trying to pass bills to (increase) qualified immunity?" he said.
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Cases, Deaths Surge in the U.S. & Globally
Countries worldwide hit new records for virus cases, deaths
Ambulances filled with breathless patients lined up in Brazil as nations
around the world set new records Thursday for COVID-19 deaths and new
coronavirus infections. The disease surged even in some countries that have
kept the virus in check. In the United States, Detroit leaders began making a
plan to knock on every door to persuade people to get vaccine shots.
The U.S. has now fully vaccinated nearly 20% of its adult population, and
New Mexico became the first state to get shots in the arms of 25% of its
residents — milestones that are still far off for many hard-hit countries.
That variant is more contagious, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention said this week that it is now the most common variant in the
United States, raising concerns it will drive infections and cause more
people to get sick.
Michigan is 'Worst-in-the-Nation'
Biden to surge vaccinators, testing to hard-hit Michigan
Washington is surging federal resources to support vaccinations, testing and
therapeutics, but not vaccines, to Michigan in an effort to control the
state’s worst-in-the-nation COVID-19 transmission rate, the White House said
President Joe Biden outlined the moves late Thursday in a call with Gov.
Gretchen Whitmer to discuss the situation in the state, according to senior
administration officials. It will not include a “surge” of vaccine doses,
a move Whitmer has advocated.
Instead, Biden outlined how the federal government was planning to help Michigan
better administer the doses already allocated to the state, as well as
surge testing capacity and drugs for virus treatment.
Researchers identify 5 new cases of ‘double mutant’ variant in California
Retailers Continue to Shine in Vaccine Effort
Target offering vaccines to its 19,000 team members
week, Target began offering vaccines to its more than 19,000 frontline store
and distribution center team members in Minnesota at 17 designated vaccination
sites across the state. This marks another significant milestone in removing
barriers for team members who choose to get vaccinated.
The vaccines have been allocated by the Minnesota State Health Department for
Target frontline and essential team members working in stores and distribution
centers located in Minnesota. Target will partner closely with CVS and Medcor
as they administer the vaccine in accordance with state and federal guidelines.
Team members working at Target’s three Minnesota distribution centers will have
the opportunity to get vaccinated on-site, and team members working at
Minnesota’s 74 Target stores can visit any of the 14 designated locations
across the state to receive their vaccine.
Target is also continuing to support its team and communities during the
pandemic by partnering with CVS locations within Target stores to offer
vaccines to eligible guests. Target is also currently making fitting rooms
available to CVS at nine Target stores in Minnesota to use for COVID vaccination
clinics as part of the federal pharmacy program. Vaccine-eligible guests
can register for appointments by visiting CVS.com to see if there’s a
participating location in their area.
More than 1 in 4 US adults are fully vaccinated against Covid-19
While more than 66 million people have received two doses, more than a
third of Americans -- or 112 million -- have received at least one dose,
according to data published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and
Officials and experts hope to get Americans vaccinated quickly as lockdown
fatigue takes its toll and many people are letting down their guard just as more
transmissible, and perhaps more deadly, variants of the virus become dominant.
In that effort, all 50 states have committed to opening vaccinations to all
Americans 16 and up by April 19.
America may be close to hitting a vaccine wall as demand is met
Kroger Investigation Coming?
Councilmen Want Investigation Into Kroger Closing Stores Over Hero Pay
councilmembers Wednesday introduced a motion to have the city investigate the
reasons the Kroger Co. decided to close three Los Angeles stores following
passage of a city ordinance that requires large grocery and pharmacy retailers
to offer employees an additional $5 per hour in hazard pay amid the COVID-19
"The city has an interest in considering whether it should take legislative
action to address these closures and potentially future closures of other
grocery stores especially in areas of the city that are commonly known as
Food Deserts,'' the motion introduced by Councilmen Marqueece Harris-Dawson and
Paul Koretz reads.
"In order to do so, the City Council should seek information from the grocery
stores and their executive management to better understand their actions and
inform the City Council on ways that might protect the city and its residents
from the consequences of these types of closures.''
Backlash to Kroger's 'Hero Pay' Store Closures
Workers protest announced Kroger closures amid COVID 'Hero Pay' ordinance
large group of protesters gathered on Thursday afternoon amid the announced
closure of Food 4 Less in East Hollywood. It is one of the three Kroger
stores in the Los Angeles area set to close due to a "Hero Pay" ordinance.
In response, Kroger issued the following statement:
"Ralphs and Food 4 Less have made the difficult
decision to close three of its 68 locations in the City of Los Angeles. The
closures follow the Los Angeles City Council’s mandate that requires a select
group of employers to provide extra pay for frontline workers, but not all
companies who employ frontline workers. The mandate will add an additional $20
million in operating costs over the next 120 days, making it financially
unsustainable to continue operating the three underperforming locations. Despite
our efforts to overcome the challenges we were already facing at these
locations, the extra pay mandate makes it impossible to run a financially
sustainable business that ensures our ability to continue serving the Los
Angeles community at those three locations with reliable access to affordable,
fresh groceries and other essentials. We are proud of our role as a leading
employer in Los Angeles and remain committed to our dedicated associates on the
frontlines serving in our 65 other area locations."
On Wednesday, two councilmembers introduced a motion to have the city
investigate the reasons the Kroger Co. decided to close three Los Angeles stores
following the passage of a city ordinance that requires large grocery and
pharmacy retailers to offer employees an additional $5 per hour in hazard pay
amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Glendale, Calif. Approves ‘Hero Pay’ For Local Grocery Workers
Fast Food Price-Fixing Scandal Continues
McDonald's will pursue damages from Tyson and Pilgrim's Pride
in chicken price-fixing scandal
McDonald's is seeking damages after a chicken price-fixing scandal rocked
the world of fast food, according to an internal memo obtained by Insider.
Tuesday, the fast-food giant told franchisees it had informed Tyson and
Pilgrim's Pride, which is owned by meat-industry giant JBS SA, that it will
pursue damages related to allegations the brands illegally conspired to
raise chicken prices, according to two people who were not authorized to speak
on the record about the matter.
The chicken giants have been embroiled in a price-fixing scandal for years.
Tyson, Pilgrim's, and other major chicken companies have been accused of
conspiring to fix prices on chickens from 2008 to at least early 2019.
"McDonald's distribution centers (DCs) may have been victims of the purported
conspiracy, unknowingly purchasing broiler chickens from Tyson and Keystone
Foods (now owned by Tyson) at alleged wrongfully-inflated prices, which our
DCs then resold to McDonald's and franchisees," Marion Gross, McDonald's chief
supply chain officer, and Angie Steele, the interim US general counsel wrote in
the memo that was sent on Tuesday.
In February, Pilgrim's Pride pled guilty to conspiring to fix prices for chicken
products and agreed to pay $107 million in criminal fines following a
Department of Justice investigation. Pilgrim's previously agreed to pay $75
million to chicken buyers to settle an antitrust lawsuit, according to
financial documents filed in January.
Tyson Foods said in a filing in late January that it will pay $221.5
million to settle class price-fixing claims.
Retailers are Investing in Racial Equality
Target to spend over $2B with Black-owned companies by 2025
A wave of American retailers, from Sephora to Macy’s, have committed to
spending more money with Black-owned businesses
up on its promise to help Black guests feel more included, Target on Wednesday
announced its commitment to spending $2 billion with Black-owned businesses
The retail giant plans to work with over 500 Black-owned businesses to add
products across different categories, according to a company press release.
Target said it also intends to boost its spend with Black-owned firms in other
areas such as marketing agencies, construction companies and facilities
Alongside the investments, Target plans to create new resources, including a
program called Forward Founders to engage with Black-owned startups earlier
and a team dedicated to helping its Black vendors scale their operations in mass
After last year’s protests over police brutality, a wave of American
retailers, from Sephora to Macy’s, have committed to spending more money with
Black-owned businesses. Many of them have joined
a movement known as the 15 Percent Pledge, which supports devoting enough
shelf space to Black-owned businesses to align with the African-American
percentage of the national population.
Racial Bias Suit Tossed Out
Saks Gets Black Employee’s Racial Bias, Retaliation Suit Tossed
- Alleged retaliation for reports of bias, harassment
- Judge finds racism and treatment of worker aren’t linked
A former Saks Fifth Avenue employee in Missouri failed to allege she was
fired based on her complaints about racial discrimination and harassment in the
store, in part because many of the actions she described weren’t within the
statute of limitations, a federal court said Thursday.
More Curbside Pickup is Hurting In-Store
McDonald’s Is Closing Hundreds of Its Walmart Restaurants
Fast-food chains are closing more in-store restaurants as the Covid-19
pandemic accelerates the demise of a once mutually beneficial relationship
is closing hundreds of restaurants located in the largest U.S. retailer’s
stores, the last vestiges of a roughly 30-year-old experiment between the
companies. Around 150 McDonald’s stores will remain at U.S. Walmart locations
after another wave of planned closures that are expected to finalize by this
summer, according to the burger giant. At the peak of the partnership, there
were roughly 1,000 McDonald’s restaurants inside Walmart stores.
Franchisees of Subway, one of the largest fast-food chains in the world
with locations across Walmart stores, also say they are closing locations
this year, citing diminished foot traffic and lower profits.
More Walmart customers are picking up their goods in
store parking lots during the pandemic,
which means fewer sandwich sales, said Jim Miller, a Subway franchisee. “The
Walmart locations have been our toughest challenge,” said Mr. Miller, who aims
to close four of his five Walmart restaurants located in Michigan, Ohio and
Indiana by June.
Retail Defaults & Bankruptcies
Retail defaults to ease in 2021; leveraged retailers remain vulnerable
There is good news and bad news for the U.S. retail industry when it comes to
defaults and bankruptcies.
The default rate in retail and apparel speculative debt will fall to 5.3%
this year, down from the record high of 20% last year, according to a new
research report from Moody’s Investors Services. Retailers with high leverage,
however, could still find themselves unable to make their debt payments even
as the country emerges from the pandemic, warned the credit watchdog.
"With 20% of Moody’s-rated U.S. retailers defaulting last year, the pandemic
exacted a heavy toll on the industry,” said Raya Sokolyanska, a Moody’s VP and
senior analyst. “But we believe the sector has a brighter horizon in 2021,
thanks to big liquidity boosts from capital raises, broad balance sheet
improvement and macroeconomic growth.”
At the same time, Sokolyanska added, the retail default rate remains
Friday's Comic Relief
Six-foot lizard discovered scaling shelves of beverage section in Thai 7-Eleven
and customers at a 7-Eleven in the Thai city of Nakhon Pathom, near Bangkok,
were stunned this week by the intrusion of a giant Asian water monitor,
which barged through the store and scaled shelves next to the beverage cooler,
drink cartons cascading down in its wake.
Shrieking bystanders recorded some of the action. Once. Twice. Thrice it almost
crashed to the floor. But the lizard was muscular. It appeared determined. It
could not be deterred by nine shelves of snacks, footage reveals.
A member of staff said that while the animal was guided out of the shop,
rescuers did not catch it. “It just ran away into the bushes,” the employee
told a British tabloid. “I’ve never seen a monitor lizard that big in my life.”
Regal Cinemas to re-open 500 locations this spring
Mall vacancy rate increases by a record margin
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Retail Import Surge Expected Through Summer
BJ’s Wholesale Club CEO and President Dies at 49
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From Russia With Love
Top Biden cyber official: SolarWinds breach could turn from spying
to destruction 'in a moment'
President Biden’s top cybersecurity adviser says the “likely Russian” hackers
who breached the popular IT monitoring software SolarWinds could use their
access to “degrade” or “destroy” networks rather than simply spy on them “in
Speaking Wednesday evening during a digital panel discussion hosted by the
Council on Foreign Relations, Anne Neuberger, the deputy national security
adviser on cyber and emerging technology on the National Security Council, said,
“Even if it’s routine espionage,” the action is “still counter to our
interests” and requires the U.S. government to find ways to force the
perpetrators to reconsider their actions in the future. “How do we change our
attackers’ calculus to make them think about those hacks they may be doing?”
Neuberger’s remarks come amid an ongoing debate about whether the breach was
an act of digital warfare or a carefully crafted espionage campaign, and on
the heels of an essay by Marcus Willett, a former senior cyber adviser to
Britain’s digital intelligence agency, GCHQ, urging the U.S. to be cautious
about retaliating. Willett deemed SolarWinds a “surgical” espionage campaign
on the part of the Russians, rather than a reckless and destructive effort.
The Biden administration is still investigating the aftermath of the
expansive SolarWinds breach, which gave the hackers, believed to be Russian,
access to at least nine U.S. government agencies and a large number of private
U.S. companies. While senior administration officials have yet to explain what a
response to the breach might look like, they continue to insist it’s coming
in “weeks, not months,” according to discussions with reporters in
Trade Secret Theft Detection
Coca-Cola trade secret theft underscores importance of insider threat early
A research engineer used basic exfiltration techniques to steal trade
secrets from Coca-Cola, but wasn't caught until she attempted to steal similar
data from another company.
The trial of Xiaorong You is set to begin today, April 6, in Greenville, TN. She
is accused of trade secret theft and economic espionage after allegedly
stealing bisphenol-A-free (BPA-free) technologies owned by several companies,
including her former employers Coca-Cola and Eastman Chemical Company.
The value placed on the development of the stolen technologies is $119.6
million. Other affected companies include Azko-Nobel, Dow Chemical, PPG, TSI,
Sherwin Williams and ToyoChem.
The details of the case suggest that the damages You is allegedly responsible
for could have been minimized if better real-time insider threat detection
methods had been in place. They also outline possible motives for the theft of
the intellectual property: ego and money.
How You allegedly stole BPA-free trade secrets
You is alleged to have stolen trade secrets from her two employers and
availed these to a Chinese company that her co-conspirator managed. The
theft was carried out in a straightforward manner: She uploaded information to
Google Drive; for the more sensitive documents she used her smartphone’s
camera to take screenshots of the documents, avoiding detection from the infosec
Insider threat takeaway: Early detection is critical
The time between You’s departure from Coca-Cola (August 2017) and her indictment
(February 2019) indicates that the upload of the trove of documents from the
Coca-Cola infrastructure to You’s Google Drive account was not detected by
the information security team in real time and was discovered after the
fact. The actions taken at Eastman Chemical are indicative of a real-time
detection of an anomaly that resulted in an immediate investigation resulting in
You’s firing. She copied internal information to an external drive.
Two actions could have stopped the theft or lessened its impact:
Real-time alerts and processes designed to prevent sensitive and protected data
from exiting the corporate environment.
Prohibiting personal and non-authorized electronic devices, including
smartphones, from proximity to trade secrets or sensitive installations. Using
the smartphone’s camera to copy documents and workspace is a throwback technique
of espionage days of old, when miniature and subminiature cameras would be used
to copy documents from within restricted spaces.
One-Third of Organizations Saw Daily
Cyberattacks in 2020
The Cyberthreats Keeping IT Pros Up At Night
In this year’s Cyber Protection Week Global Report, concerns over cyberthreats
run high across the board for IT professionals. Nearly 80% of the IT
professionals surveyed from around the world reported concern over all of
the cyberthreats identified in the survey.
That said, there were some threat vectors and categories that loomed especially
large. When ranked, the cyberthreats that most concern IT pros today are:
2. Data theft / data breaches
3. Phishing attacks
4. DoS / DDoS attacks
5. IoT attacks
7. Insider attacks
Given that the pandemic saw cyberattacks grow by 400% and that one-third of
organizations were attacked on a daily basis in 2020, it makes sense that
concern runs high for IT teams. What makes less sense, is the method IT
professionals have taken to respond.
Defenses have gotten complicated
79% of IT professionals surveyed reported that they had up to 10 different
security and protection tools running simultaneously – from data protection
to anti-malware and regular patch management and vulnerability assessments. The
remaining 21% had even more than that.
Remote work challenges persist, downtime grows
- IT priorities in 2021:
RaceTrac & Shell Impacted by Third-Party Cybersecurity Incident
Unauthorized parties accessed data stored in Accellion's File Transfer Appliance
RaceTrac stated that unauthorized parties were able to access a subset of
RaceTrac data stored in the Accellion File Transfer Appliance by exploiting a
previously undetected software vulnerability. This includes email addresses
and first names of some RaceTrac Rewards loyalty users. The incident was limited
to Accellion services and did not impact RaceTrac's corporate network.
Additionally, the systems used for processing guest credit, debit and RaceTrac
Rewards transactions were not impacted. The convenience store retailer notified
law enforcement and is continuing to investigate the incident with Accellion and
third-party security partners.
Shell stated that upon learning of the incident involving Accellion's File
Transfer Appliance, which it uses to securely transfer large data files, it
addressed the vulnerabilities with its service provider and cyber security team,
and began an investigation to better understand the nature and extent of the
incident. It found no evidence of any impact to Shell's core IT systems, as the
file transfer service is isolated from the rest of Shell's digital
LinkedIn Phishing Ramps Up With More-Targeted Attacks
Amazon Defeats Unionization Attempt
Amazon Has Enough Votes to Bust Bessemer Union
Amazon secured a majority of "no" votes in counting, the Retail Wholesale
and Department Store Union has indicated that it plans to mount legal challenges
employees at a 5,800-worker warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, have voted against
, according to a preliminary vote count by the National Labor
Relations Board. Amazon secured a majority of "no" votes in counting that took
place Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. There are still hundreds of
contested ballots, however, even taking into account those ballots, Amazon has
enough votes to bust the union.
The Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) has indicated that it
plans to file objections to Amazon's conduct during the election, and the NLRB
did not immediately declare Amazon victorious.
Despite international press
coverage and endorsements from prominent politicians and celebrities, the union
faced an uphill battle in winning an election against one of the world's most
powerful companies, which campaigned against the union, and in a legal
environment that is stacked in favor of employers.
RWDSU plans to challenge the election, it said in a statement Tuesday night. In
particular, the union could file a complaint against Amazon for emailing USPS
employees in early 2020 and
pressing the agency to install a mailbox feet from the entrance of the
“Our system is broken, Amazon took full advantage of that
, and we will be
calling on the labor board to hold Amazon accountable for its illegal and
egregious behavior during the campaign," Stuart Appelbaum, president of RWDSU,
said in a statement on Thursday night. "But make no mistake about it; this still
represents an important moment for working people and their voices will be
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in a store, customers can view products from all angles, evaluate the quality
and in some cases even try them. Ensure all products listed on your online
store have the maximum information possible on their product page
3. Poor management of out-of-stock products
- Managing your product
inventory and updating your online store accordingly is essential to maintain a
positive customer relationship.
4. Complex checkout process
Optimizing your checkout process
is a crucial piece of the puzzle. Offer
your visitors an alternative way to complete their checkout process (i.e.,
without having to create a user account).
5. Hard-to-reach customer service
- Last but not least, customer service
should not be neglected in order to preserve the reputation of your site and the
loyalty of your users. An online store that makes it hard to reach out to
customer service can prompt potential customers to steer clear. First off, be
sure your online store has an 'About us' page clearly filled with your brand,
registered business number and contact information. Additionally, consider
including your business phone number on every page of your website. Having a
contact form is also highly recommended. Bonus points if you have a live chat
feature and a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section.
Knoxville, TN: East Towne Mall demolition begins as Amazon moves in
Whitehall, OH: Whitehall Police arrest 21 suspects in theft “Blitz”
Police collaborated with local businesses to catch shoplifters and other
theft-related crimes and arrested 21 suspects for theft and additional charges.
Undercover and patrol officers and detectives saturated the Great Eastern,
Town and Country, and Walmart shopping centers. They provided a coordinated
response to incidents. “Blitz” is defined by Whitehall Police as targeted
enforcement of a specific crime, targeted enforcement in a specific area, or
“Our targeted enforcement efforts have proved very successful over the last few
years,” said Deputy Chief Dan Kelso in a news release Thursday. “We do this on a
small scale almost every day and frequently on a larger scale like this blitz.
The message is if you come to Whitehall to steal or commit other crimes, expect
to end up in jail.”
In addition to multiple theft and shoplifting charges, police arrested suspects
for drug offenses, an OVI, a stolen car, improper handling of a firearm,
falsification, resisting arrest, and several felony warrants. One suspect who
was caught shoplifting had 10 warrants for theft.
Lafayette, IN: Police seize assets, $200k in cash; Purdue professor emeritus,
ex-wife face multiple charges
Jenkins, an employee, said dozens of officers, seeing her move to open the
store, had left their cars to execute a search warrant for Treasure on Pallets.
Jenkins handed over the store key, answered questions about where the store’s
money was and showed the police around. A gray-haired woman from the Internal
Revenue Service showed Jenkins her badge, which made her think her boss hadn’t
been paying taxes, she said. West Lafayette, Lafayette and Tippecanoe County
police were involved, as were detectives from non-local agencies.
Local police departments, the Tippecanoe County prosecutor’s office and the
state of Indiana on Monday filed a civil forfeiture lawsuit against the owners
of Treasure on Pallets, asking that their assets be frozen and seized because of
allegations of racketeering and money laundering. CD Land Inc., which shares a
name with a former electronics store on Earl Avenue that also sold guitars,
T-shirts and posters, is now listed under the same address on Old U.S. 231.
The owners, the divorced couple Menashi and Fran Cohen, also own Deal Zone, a
business on Creasy Lane that was similarly raided by dozens of police officers
on March 5. Police also served search warrants at the Cohens’ separate
residences in Lafayette. The raids commenced a multi-agency investigation of the
owners, officials said.
“Offenses involving theft were committed by knowingly or intentionally
purchasing stolen property; aiding, inducing or causing others to commit theft;
and/or ... failing to report money owed to the state of Indiana” in taxes, the
forfeiture lawsuit says. The initial search warrants yielded nearly $200,000
in cash alone, the lawsuit states. A list of other items seized includes jewelry
and gold items at Fran Cohen’s residence, as well as firearms and electronics
from Menashi Cohen’s residence. Civil forfeiture laws allow law enforcement
agencies to seize and keep cash and other items based on the property’s
suspected connection to possible criminal activity. Neither Cohen has yet been
charged with a crime, according to online records.
Nashville, TN: Trio from 5-Member Shoplifting Ring charged in Thefts
at Mapco Stores
Masi Kingston is the latest to be charged in series of Mapco thefts from 2019.
He was served overnight as he was transferred into the Metro Nashville Jail. He
will join two more co-defendants, Jerock Walker and Annisha Holmes, who were
previously arrested, on their next court date to answer to the charges. Metro
Nashville Police have charged Masi Kingston, Jerock Walker, and Annisha Holmes,
in a series of thefts from Mapco stores on Old Hickory Boulevard. Though some
were served on the outstanding warrants in recent months, the latest defendant
was charged overnight.
Metro Police say in 2019, a group of five people entered the Mapco at 629 Old
Hickory Blvd. and worked together to distract employees so they could conceal
and steal multiple items. Masi was observed on security footage reaching across
the counter to the lottery tickets, and all five co-defendants fled with
multiple stolen items. Two of the individuals have yet to be served with the
warrants in the case.
Eau Claire, WI: Woman gets probation for making fraudulent credit cards, no
further contact with Menards
An Eau Claire woman will spend two years on probation for making credit cards
with stolen information. The fraudulent purchase of a washing machine at an Eau
Claire store led to the discovery of the crime, police said. Whitney J.L. Moore,
35, pleaded no contest Thursday in Eau Claire County Court to two felony counts
of identity theft. Ten additional identity theft charges and a felony count of
retail theft were dismissed but considered at sentencing by Judge Michael
Schumacher. Moore was fined $2,180 and must pay $959 in restitution. As
conditions of probation, Schumacher ordered Moore not to have contact with
Menards stores or possess other peoples' personal identifying information.
MA: Police seek $1,000 Shampoo thieves
Police are seeking three people — two women and a man — who they believe swiped
more than $1,000 worth of merchandise during a visit to the Price Chopper
grocery store last weekend. Authorities released security camera photos of the
people they believe went on the shoplifting spree, according to Detective Scott
DeCeiro. “They shoplifted more than $1,000 worth or products, mostly expensive
shampoo,” he said. Police released photos of the three suspects taken by store
security cameras. One of the two women and the man have carriages as they move
along the store.
New York, NY: Scissor-wielding thief robs five cellphone stores throughout the
Bronx and Manhattan
Newark, NJ: Man Arrested for Stealing $300 Chainsaw from Home Depot in
Bryan, TX: Mass Shooting in Texas; Cabinet factory shooter ID’d as
27-year-old Larry Bollin
Shootings & Deaths
Texas cabinet factory worker accused of shooting six co-workers and a state
trooper in a deadly Thursday afternoon rampage has been identified as
27-year-old Larry Bollin. Bollin has since been charged with murder and is being
held on a $1 million bond. One of the shooting victims at a Kent Moore Cabinets
factory in Bryan was killed, and four of the five injured workers are in
critical condition, police said in a statement.
A Texas DPS Trooper was also shot by Bollin, and seriously injured,
during a police pursuit about a half-hour away from the crime scene, officials
said. Bollin was reportedly captured in Grimes County, northwest of Houston, two
hours after the 2:30 p.m. mass shooting. Police have not revealed a possible
motive for the workplace shooting, and are expected to announce the names of the
victims Friday, according to the local station, which spoke to Bollin’s
Cuyahoga Falls, OH: McDonald's employee fatally shot, coworker arrested
A Cuyahoga Falls McDonald's employee was fatally shot by a coworker on Thursday,
according to police. Police said Christopher Riddick confronted a coworker at
the McDonald's location on Howe Avenue at 1:30 p.m. According to police, Riddick
shot the man in the chest. Riddick fled the scene on foot, but was arrested a
short time later. The victim was transported to Akron City Hospital, where he
later died. Police said Riddick has been charged with aggravated murder.
Atlantic City, NJ: More police, substation eyed for Atlantic City Boardwalk
after store owner's death
Nashville, TN: Man shot during argument at Waffle House
Billings, MT: Man sentenced to 19 years for shooting C-store clerk during
Des Moines, IA: Teen charged with attempted murder in stabbing
of Subway employee
Robberies, Incidents & Thefts
The Des Moines Police Department said a 16-year-old is charged with attempted
murder in connection with a stabbing at a Subway restaurant. Police said
Thursday that 16-year-old Brian Michael Schnathorst is charged with one count of
attempted murder and one count of willful injury. The stabbing occurred around
3:30 p.m. Wednesday. According to Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek,
18-year-old Subway employee Connor Kernes was stabbed shortly after entering the
restaurant to begin his work shift.
Parizek said the attack was almost instantaneous. “When we reviewed the video,
it looked like the suspect was already in the store … maybe getting ready to
order some food,” he said. “The victim walked in, there was a real brief
instance where they looked like maybe they exchanged a few words and then he was
stabbed. (It was) just that sudden.” Police said the investigation has yet to
confirm a motive, but the suspect and victim knew each other.
Cape Coral, FL: Police investigating stolen vials of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19
A Cape Coral business left without Covid-19 vaccines after more than $2,000
worth are stolen. A total of ten vials of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19
vaccine were stolen from Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida. It’s the
first crime of its kind here in the area and it has left police just as
confused. “This is the only one I’ve heard of," says Master Corporal Phil Mullen
with the Cape Coral Police Public Affairs Department. "This is brand new. When
we did see it yesterday, we figured you guys would come calling. It’s unique.”
According to a police report, an officer was called to Viscaya Parkway Wednesday
just after 3 p.m. for the theft. Ten vials of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19
vaccine that had been once stored in a refrigerator were missing.
Orange County, FL: Repeat Offender faces life in prison for role in DeBary gun
Orange County man faces a sentence of mandatory life in prison after he was
convicted of participating in the theft of 18 guns during the burglary of a
DeBary gun store. The burglary was unusual because undercover Orange County
deputies had tailed the teens into Volusia and watched as they broke into the
store. Jaquez Tuijay Smith, 21, was found guilty of principal to armed burglary
following a jury trial on Tuesday. Smith faces mandatory life in prison when he
is sentenced because he was classified as a prison release reoffender since he
committed the crime within a three-year window of being released from prison.
Anchorage, AK: Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Federal Prison for Using
Craigslist to Setup Armed Robberies
An Anchorage man was sentenced to nine years in prison followed by three years
of supervised release for possession of a firearm during two separate armed
robberies of Craigslist sellers. According to court records, on August 24, 2019,
Cloyd Lacap Jr., 22, robbed two individuals at gun point after arranging to meet
them for the supposed purpose of purchasing items each had listed for sale
Lynn, MA: Man Sentenced for Convenience Store Robberies
Paul Pacheco, 47, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D.
Burroughs to 27 months in prison, two years supervised release and ordered to
pay $380 in restitution. Pacheco pleaded guilty to one count of robbery in
November 2020. Between September 2019 and January 2020, Pacheco committed five
robberies at two convenience stores in Lynn. During each robbery, Pacheco
displayed what appeared to be a firearm and demanded money. When Pacheco was
arrested committing the fifth robbery on Jan. 16, 2020, law enforcement
recovered the firearm Pacheco displayed, later determined to be an air pistol,
and marked money stolen from the convenient store.
Two women cook their own meal at Waffle House after finding store unlocked and
worker asleep in his car
video begins with the women going past an employee sleeping in his car. The
women then make it to the kitchen counter and begin cooking using the
restaurant's pots and pans, with one woman trying to make an omelet. One of the
women later shows off the food that they made at the restaurant. The video has
racked up over 52,000 likes on TikTok so far.
Orlando, FL: Man Sentenced To 35 Years In Federal Prison For Four Armed
Robberies; C-Store and Banks
Charlotte, NC: Man sentenced to 16 years in prison after Dollar General Armed
Fresno, CA: Man arrested for committing a series of Armed Commercial Robberies
Denver, CO: Police asking for information about suspects in CVS Robbery
Edmonton, Alberta, CN: Woman says she was racially profiled, accused of
shoplifting at wellness store
C-Store – West
Seattle, WA – Robbery
C-Store – Labette
County, KS – Robbery
CVS – Denver, CO –
Island, NY – Robbery
Gas Station – Mentor,
OH – Armed Robbery
Jewelry – Santa Cruz,
CA – Burglary
Jewelry – Lexington,
KY – Robbery
Laundry – La Crosse
County, WI – Burglary
Pharmacy – Cape Coral,
FL – Burglary
Restaurant – Oklahoma
City, OK – Burglary (Domino’s)
7-Eleven – Honolulu,
HI – Armed Robbery
7-Eleven – Honolulu,
HI – Armed Robbery
7-Eleven – San Mateo,
CA – Armed Robbery
• 9 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed
• 51 robberies
• 23 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed
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