Sekura launches new technology to help retailers get back to business
Sanitising robots and social distancing tags
unlock 'the new normal' for retail
Retail technology company Sekura Global has launched two
new products to enable
retailers to ramp up operations post-coronavirus. SteryBot®, the world's first
autonomous retail sanitising robot, and a dynamic social distancing system have
been added to the company's range of PPE and safety essentials to make stores
and distribution centres Covid-safe for customers and staff.
"Our Covid-safe product range is about helping retailers get back up and
running" said Chris Napthine, Director of Operations at Sekura Global.
"Coronavirus has disrupted the entire industry. By making their shoppers and
their staff feel safer, these solutions bring the reassurance retailers need to
get moving again."
Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight column below.
Interface Security Systems Expands its Interactive Monitoring Services with
Integration of Wearable Personal Protection Devices
Systems, a leading managed services provider delivering managed network,
asset protection, and business intelligence solutions to distributed
enterprises, today introduced a
new interactive security service that allows businesses to equip at-risk
staff with a wearable safety device that is directly connected to the Interface
Interactive 24/7 Central Command Centers.
Through a partnership with
RiskBand, a leading provider
of wearable live-monitored safety devices, Interface is enabling businesses
including retailers and restaurants to make wearable safety devices an essential
component of their emergency response strategy.
Protests Go Worldwide
From London to New Zealand to Brazil to
In the U.S. More Protests - Looting - Violence
Shootings & Deaths & Organized Retail Crime
67,000 National Guard Troops
Riots, Looting Amid Protests Upend National Return to Normalcy
As brands and retailers across the U.S.
started to reopen after the coronavirus lockdown, chaotic protesting has forced
closures and led to a great deal of damage.
The World is Standing Up Against Prejudice
America's Own Challenge Reaches Out Worldwide
people are coming out and protesting in light of George Floyd. By the thousands
people are standing up against prejudice and racism. Except without the riots
and looting, which appears to be America's exclusive reaction strangely enough.
With more protests scheduled around the world it appears as though the current
climate will continue, at least for a short time. Floyd's mural appearing in
numerous places with the words 'I can't breath' breathing life into the crowds
and giving protestors a focus point.
Most Restrictive Curfews In More Than 70 years
Historic curfews in Los Angeles and New York are the harshest in decades
In Los Angeles, the curfew is the harshest since the riots in 1992 following the
acquittal of the officer who beat Rodney King. On the East Coast, New York City
has enacted the strictest curfew since the race riots of 1943. As a
result of the violence many cities have enacted curfews to curb the violent and
destructive nature of some attendees of these protests.
Retailers Organizing Companywide Discussions - With
Townhalls & Forums
Protests Derail Comeback Plans for Restaurants and Retailers
Unrest over death of George Floyd shifts businesses' focus to protecting
staff and inserting themselves in racial discourse.
Macy's delayed the reopening of some stores shut by coronavirus. Apple stores
that had recently unlocked their doors were boarded back up. Chains from Kroger
to Popeyes cut back their hours. And the CEOs of Starbucks and McDonald's
organized companywide discussions of the social unrest that has disrupted
efforts to restart business as pandemic lockdowns ease.
widespread protests over the death of George Floyd while in police custody
had chief executives looking for ways to balance their efforts to run their
protect their employees and property, and articulate a response to their
customers, staff and communities about racism and deep-seated problems in
American society. For many, it followed months of struggles to reopen after
crippling global pandemic.
McDonald's plans to hold a company town hall meeting Tuesday to allow
U.S. employees to tell executives what the burger giant can do to foster more
racial inclusion and corporate outreach.
Starbucks held a forum over the weekend for employees to talk about the
death of Mr. Floyd and racially motivated violence, and 2,000 employees
participated, CEO Kevin Johnson said in a company letter. He said the company
will continue to hold forums for workers to share their responses.
In a letter to employees, Macy's CEO Jeff Gennette urged staffers to look
out for one another. "Check on your teams and fellow colleagues-both furloughed
and nonfurloughed," he wrote. "Be each other's ally and seek help when you need
"There is no place for racism in America, and every company, every public
institution and every individual needs to take accountability for calling it out
by name and stopping it," Mr. Cil said.
Widespread Looting Hits Manhattan Before Curfew Begins
Macy's Flagship Among Stores Hit
York City hit an 11 p.m. curfew on Monday after widespread looting erupted in
the central business district of Manhattan, long a symbol of the city's
prominence, with shattered glass and smashed storefronts on several blocks.
Looters tried to ransack some of the city's best-known retailers, including
the Macy's flagship store in Herald Square and luxury stores along
Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged that the Monday night curfew, which had only
been announced several hours before it was to begin, had failed to quell the
criminal violence that marred the otherwise peaceful protests of previous
As a result, he said, a curfew would be imposed again on Tuesday, this time
starting three hours earlier, at 8 p.m.
Overall, there were few reports of clashes between the authorities and those
who had assembled to rally against police brutality and racism. The crowds
had mostly dispersed by 11 p.m., although some protesters continued to walk the
streets in Manhattan and near the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in violation of
Other NYC Stores Hit by Looters
- Aldo Shoe Store
- Foot Locker
Uber, Lyft and DoorDash pause services in cities with curfews due to protests
At least 40 cities and Washington, D.C., have imposed curfews in the wake
of protests that began last week. Ride-sharing and food delivery service apps
are suspending operations in some cities across the nation in order to comply
with curfew orders.
Shadowy "Outsiders" Inflaming the Debate
Violent Agitators & Organized Criminal Enterprises
Truly Organized Retail Crime - Historic Levels Never Seen
Curfews Fail to Deter Overnight Violence Following Peaceful Protests
Looting and violence reported after curfews in several cities where
Daytime and early evening protests were largely peaceful across the country
Monday. Looting and destruction has mostly been taking place after nightfall,
say law-enforcement officials.
In Minneapolis, where the protests began one week ago and sparked national
unrest, the city had its second night without widespread violence.
Property owners and witnesses described organized teams
of looters in locations around the country, with scouts finding properties,
others showing up to break windows and begin stealing and others guarding stolen
goods outside stores before they could be carted away.
In New York, looters broke into several retail stores, including Macy's flagship
store in Manhattan on Monday night, police said. The demonstrations continued
after the 11 p.m. curfew, which Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered after looting in
the SoHo neighborhood Sunday night.
Looting and violence were reported elsewhere Monday, including St. Louis, where
four police officers were hit by gunfire after protests that started peacefully
Monday became violent late Monday night, said Police Chief John Hayden. Chief
Hayden said none of the officers faced life-threatening injuries.
He said that after thousands of peaceful protesters had largely dispersed, about
200 people took to the streets, attacking officers with rocks and fireworks and
looting. "They obviously had no intention on protesting or doing anything
constructive," he said.
"Folks came down here just to steal, just to destroy property and just to
hurt officers," he said.
In Louisville, people broke into a Kroger Co. supermarket overnight
Tuesday, according to a widely shared Facebook live video posted from the scene.
The store had been closed Monday and was boarded up, but protesters can be
seen wheeling carts full of groceries and other supplies out of the store.
Shadowy protesters inflame, muddle George Floyd debate
The shadowy identity of the violent agitators trashing cities across the
country has muddled the national debate over racial justice, inflaming
partisan tensions, triggering finger-pointing from all sides and threatening to
sap the power of those seeking reforms after the death of George Floyd at the
hands of the Minneapolis police.
a majority of those demonstrators have marched peacefully, violence has flared
from Seattle and Santa Monica, Calif., to Atlanta and Miami, where vandals have
smashed police cars, looted shops and torched vehicles and businesses with
seeming indiscrimination. In Washington, D.C., on Sunday night, some sought to
burn a historic church.
The violence has consumed much of the media coverage, as images of burning
streets and masked demonstrators clashing fiercely with law enforcers have
dominated cable news. And it's prompted plenty of speculation that outside
groups - left and right - have seized on a tragedy to push a political agenda
largely divorced from the issues of racial inequality and police brutality that
Floyd's death has thrust into the national spotlight.
"If you look at these protests when they begin, they are always nonviolent. Then
there comes a moment ... when all of a sudden there comes a new element, which
clearly could not have come from these nonviolent protesters. It has to have
come from somewhere else," Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said Monday by
And on Monday, Louisville's mayor fired the city's police chief after a black
restaurant owner was fatally shot by law enforcers clearing a crowd just
Meanwhile, BET compiled more than a dozen videos from social media showing
unidentified white people spray painting "BLM," or Black Lives Matter, on
property, breaking glass and vandalizing businesses, and instigating fights with
"White Extremists Terrorize and Loot: 13 Videos of Destruction Black
People Will Be Blamed For," the headline read.
"Nashville is being destroyed right now. Every brick I saw thrown without
exception was thrown by white people," tweeted Tennessee writer and author
Nancy French. "This [black] man was yelling at these white people who'd just put
horse excrement on a cop car and broke out their windows. He said, 'they'll
In DC Police Chief Peter Newsham said "There's federal statutes and local
statutes that can address an organized continuing criminal enterprise to come
in here and destroy our property," said Newsham, flanked by D.C. Mayor
Muriel Bowser (D) and other city officials.
Outsiders Start to Get Arrested
"I lit it on fire" MN Sprint Store & Looted Office Depot
Federal Criminal Complaint Charges Illinois Man
Traveling To Minnesota To Riot, Possession Of Explosive Devices
United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal criminal
complaint against MATTHEW LEE RUPERT, 28, charging him with civil disorder,
carrying on a riot, and possession of unregistered destructive devices.
According to the allegations in the complaint, on May 28, 2020, RUPERT posted
messages on his Facebook account referencing the public protests occurring in
the Twin Cities following the death of George Floyd, including one that stated,
"I'm going to Minneapolis tomorrow who coming only goons I'm renting hotel
rooms." On May 29, 2020, RUPERT posted a self-recorded cell phone video to his
Facebook account indicating that he was in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the video,
RUPERT can be seen passing out explosive devices he possessed, encouraging
others to throw his explosives at law enforcement officers, actively damaging
property, appearing to light a building on fire and looting businesses in
In the video, RUPERT stated, "They got SWAT trucks up there . . . I've got some
bombs if some of you all want to throw them back . . . bomb them back . . . here
I got some more . . . light it and throw it." RUPERT makes these statements as
he hands out an item with brown casing and a green wick to other individuals.
The video also depicts RUPERT asking for lighter fluid before entering a
Sprint store, followed by his statement, "I lit it on fire." RUPERT then
goes to a nearby Office Depot and states, "I'm going in to get [expletive]."
RUPERT can be seen taking items from the store.
Deaths, Injuries &
Police - Protestors - Looters
6 Police Officers Shot
US cities endure another night of violence, looting amid George Floyd protests
The nighttime chaos unfolded Monday in places including New York City, Las
Vegas, Buffalo and St. Louis, where
four police officers were shot in the downtown area ransacked by looters
and left in flames.
In Buffalo, wild video shows the moment an
SUV plows through a line of officers at a protest, injured at least two.
The driver and passengers were taken into custody.
And a Las Vegas police officer
is now fighting for his life after being shot in the head while trying
to disperse protesters in front of the Circus Circus on the Las Vegas Strip.
Peaceful protests in Philadelphia took a turn when police fired tear gas at
demonstrators blocking a highway, causing a stampede,
according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Protesters and men wielding baseball
also squared off as residents fought to protect their neighborhood.
Two people were killed in the Chicago suburb of Cicero, officials there
said, adding that the violence was linked to protests.
Meanwhile, looting broke out across the country, including in Manhattan - where
hundreds of opportunists
breached Macy's flagship store in Herald Square and other businesses across
Dozens of cities have imposed curfews in hopes of curtailing the violence and
looting, while governors in 23 states and DC have activated 67,000 troops
with the National Guard.
Philadelphia, PA: South Philly Gun Shop Owner Shoots, Kills Looter
Say A South Philadelphia gun shop owner shot and killed a man trying to break
into his store early Tuesday morning amid heightened looting concerns.
Philadelphia police said the owner of Firing Line Inc. was staying the night
inside the shop on South Front Street because over the last few nights someone
had tried breaking in. The owner told police he was monitoring his
surveillance camera and saw three or four people trying to get in around 4
a.m. The group was using bolt cutters on the gate.
A broken lock could later be seen on the ground. The group then smashed in the
back door, police said. When they made it upstairs the owner started shooting
and shot one man in the head. That man died in the store, police said. The
other men ran off. Police found a gun that the owner said does not belong to his
shop at the scene, so they think someone brought that with them.
Las Vegas, NV: Shootings following Monday protest leave officer in 'grave
condition,' man dead
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo said an officer was in "grave
condition" after being shot on the Strip, and that another man was
dead in a separate shooting, both following protests in the area Monday
night. Lombardo said the officer shot near Circus Circus was in "grave
condition" and on life support at University Medical Center on Tuesday morning.
As Metro made attempts to disperse a crowd in the area around 11:30 p.m.,
Lombardo said the officers took rocks and bottles from the crowd. While
attempting to place several people in custody, he said a shot rang out and the
officer was down. The suspect was identified later in the night and was taken
into custody by SWAT and K9 officers.
Davenport, IA: Two people dead after rioting; officer shot;
Police "ambushed" with gunfire
Two people were killed and one officer was injured after rioting broke out in
Davenport Sunday evening. Davenport Mayor Mike Matson and Davenport Police Chief
Paul Sikorski held a press conference early Monday morning. They said Saturday's
protests and demonstrations were peaceful, however, it was a different story
Sunday evening. Around 10 p.m., the police department started to see numerous
disturbances near NorthPark Mall. There were more than 100 cars filled with
St Louis, MO: 'Mayhem': 4 police officers shot during night of violence &
Four police officers were shot in downtown St. Louis early Tuesday, as a day
of peaceful protests turned into a violent and destructive night in the
city. Early in the day, hundreds of people gathered across the St. Louis region
again Monday to protest the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
But tensions rose after the sun fell in downtown St. Louis. Just after midnight,
four officers, all men, were shot near 16th and Olive streets. All four are
conscious, and their injuries are considered non-life-threatening. Two officers
were shot in the leg, one was shot in the foot, and one more was shot in the
Lynchburg, VA: More arrests come after protesters shoot at officers Monday night
Lynchburg police released information just before 1 a.m. Tuesday about Monday
night's protest in Lynchburg. Protesters shot directly at officers during one of
several reports of shots fired, according to police. Police said they aren't
aware of any injuries connected to the shots fired incidents.
KY: Police Chief fired after protest shooting death
NYC Curfew Extended Through Sunday; 700 Arrested as 'Packs' of Looting Youth
Alleged looter at George Floyd protest in SoHo shot - by fellow looters
Video shows NYPD cop being attacked by several men in the Bronx
NYPD Sergeant, Officer Struck By Hit-And-Run Drivers In Separate Incidents
Las Vegas, NV: 155 arrested during night 4 of Las Vegas Strip protests
Washington, DC: Prosecutors drop many rioting charges as dozens charged in D.C.
protests appear in court
Sioux Falls, SD: Both Nebraska and South Dakota activate National Guard after
protests turn violent; Rocks thrown at Police, several businesses in the area of
the Empire Mall had windows damaged
Coronavirus Tracker: June 2
US: Over 1.8M Cases - 107K Dead - 616K Recovered
Over 6.4M Cases - 378K Dead - 2.9M Recovered
Officers From the COVID-19 Pandemic: 40 |
Private Industry Security Guard Deaths:
2nd Wave Fear
ReOpenings Slowed Due to Riots
From Miami beaches to Minnesota's Mall of America-while Chicago and Philadelphia
are considering slowing reopening efforts planned for this week.
Beaches in Miami-Dade County were scheduled to reopen on Monday, but the closure
there will now stay in effect indefinitely, Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced this
weekend, after protests in the area gave way to rioting and looting, while the
Mall of America in Minnesota and the upscale South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa,
California have also called off planned reopenings.
The mass protests seen across the U.S., which has had the most coronavirus
infections of any country in the world, has raised concerns among health
officials that the demonstrators could aid in sparking a second wave of
That concern has led officials in cities like Chicago and Atlanta to ask that
anyone who was out protesting to go into a voluntary 14-day self-quarantine.
Will Protests Set Off a Second Viral Wave?
Protests Could Be - 'Super-Spreaders'
Protests risk spread of coronavirus
Tens of Thousands Yelling & Screaming -
Spitting - Touching
The tens of thousands of Americans marching to protest of the death of an
unarmed black man may be putting themselves at risk of contracting the
coronavirus, setting off what could be a second wave of cases just as the
number of new infections begins to ebb in major cities.
Images from almost a week of protests across the country show many peaceful
protesters wearing masks. But few appear to be following social distancing
The California Department of Public Health published recommendations for
protesting while maintaining social distance.
Over the weekend, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) said he worried the
protests could become "super-spreader" events.
The peaceful protesters face a cruel irony that raising their voices
against injustice for George Floyd comes at the risk of exposing them to a
virus that preys on systemic injustice. With 60% of the deaths comprised of
The virus has already impacted brown and black people at far greater rates than
whites, for a host of reasons: Minorities are more likely to live in densely
populated areas where air pollution that leads to underlying conditions is
worse. They are more likely to work in service sector jobs that put them in
close proximity with others, raising the prospects that they could come into
contact with the virus.
New COVID-19 hot spots emerge across the U.S.
Select areas in California, Wisconsin, Arkansas and more are seeing spikes in
cases, and some areas are even reporting the highest numbers they've seen
since the pandemic hit the U.S.
Alabama - Alabama, reaching an all-time high last week, nearly two
weeks after the state reopened. Never issued a stay-at-home.
California - 25 percent increase in confirmed cases in the past 14 days.
North Carolina - 40 percent increase in cases over the past two weeks.
Virginia - The virus
spike in the state, and it looks like it could get worse before it gets
Wisconsin - just saw its highest single-day increase in confirmed
COVID-19 cases and deaths this week. Court Stopped stay-at-home order.
Will COVID-19 spur a surge in biometrics technologies?
coronavirus was a wakeup call. Following the success seen in places like Taiwan
and South Korea using biometrics to prevent the spread of the virus,
countries around the world may look to replicate similar strategies in their own
deployment of the technology. As biometrics make their way into the public
infrastructure, that opens the door to novel use cases to make our communities
safer and our lives more convenient. But how likely is this biometrics
revolution, and what would it actually look like?
The next stage of the customer experience
The inspiration for larger deployment of biometrics systems may come from the
pandemic but, as we know from our own use of biometrics in our daily lives, the
technologies aren't restricted to public health. Once the groundwork has been
laid, biometric identification solutions also offer a valuable tool for
businesses to improve their customer experience.
Biometric safety also means digital security
A majority of consumers already
prefer biometrics to traditional security measures, and as the technology
becomes a regular feature in public spaces, it provides an opportunity for
businesses to further highlight how they're protecting their customer's data
when they take the bus, shop for new clothes and more.
So, what does the future of biometrics look like? It's impossible to know
exactly how widescale deployment will unfold in the years to come, but the
coronavirus is likely to become a catalyst for much broader public investment in
the technology around the world. We've already seen the success of a select
few countries in leveraging biometrics to contain the spread of the pandemic. As
others look to safeguard their own citizens, the amplification of public space
biometrics technologies will help to keep our communities safer, make our lives
easier and our identities more secure.
Protests, Pandemic Create Workplace Stress
After this weekend's protests over the
death of George Floyd-plus the stress of the coronavirus pandemic-people
will be coming to work with a lot on their minds. How can you support
employees who are worried, angry or scared? How can you work to eliminate racism
from your workplace?
Taking Steps to Eliminate Racism in the Workplace
"Unless we are prepared to have a discussion about the impact of stereotypes and
how they affect decisions that are made within organizations, we are not going
to make any more progress toward eradicating racism," said Binna Kandola, a
British business psychologist.
7 Practical Ways to Reduce Bias in Your Hiring Process
A vast body of
research shows that the hiring process is biased and unfair. Unconscious
racism, ageism, and sexism play a big role in whom we hire. But there are steps
you can take to recognize and reduce these biases. So where should you start?
And how can you help others on your team do the same?
Jack Hayes Report on Loss Prevention Newsletter -
Summer 2020 (Vol 35 No 3)
This Quarter's Issue:
32nd Annual Theft Survey (page 1)
- Two-thirds of retailers participating in
this survey reported an increase in shrink in 2019.
- Shoplifting apprehensions and recovery dollars increased 3.0%
and 3.5% respectively.
- Employee theft apprehensions were down 2.9%, but recovery dollars
from those apprehensions increased 7.8%.
● Competition's Impact on Shoplifting (page 2)
When evaluating your location's shoplifting vulnerability, do you
look outside your four walls at what other retailers are doing within your
center/mall, especially your immediate competition?
● Top 10 Safety Violations (page 3)
OSHA recently released their statistics for the "Top 10" most frequently cited
safety violations during 2019.
Read the full newsletter.
Senior LP & AP Jobs
Mapco post Director Of Loss Prevention position in Franklin, TN.
MAPCO has 346 corporate-owned convenience stores operating primarily in
Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia with additional locations in Arkansas, Virginia,
Kentucky and Mississippi.
The Director of Loss Prevention will be responsible for ensuring MAPCO's assets
are protected through analyzing retail data, establishing appropriate key
performance indicators, reporting, directing or conducting investigations, and
educating retail managers and employees on loss control and prevention measures.
Director of Security job posted for Maggie's Farm Marijuana in Pueblo, CO
Maggie's Farm Director of Security is responsible for the identification,
development, implementation and management of the organization's security
strategies and programs for risk and threat management. The Director of Security
directly reports to the COO with additional reporting relationships to the
Director, Retail Operations and Director, Farm Operations.
Senior LP Job Postings Removed from Website:
● Director, Loss Prevention Stores -
Tractor Supply Co. - Brentwood, TN
Google expands tools to help businesses impacted by COVID-19
CVS Health Reaches Goal of 1,000 COVID-19 Test Sites With 1.5M Test Monthly Goal
New OSHA COVID-19 Regulations in South Carolina
Chicago issues regulations for restaurants re-openings
Five Below Opens 75% of 900 Stores - Plans 100 to 200 New Stores in 2020
Pier 1 gets OK to liquidate
Big Lots Q1 comp's up 10.3%, sales up 11.1%
Costco Q3 comp 's up 7.8% excluding fuel, digital sales up 65%, net sales up