2023 MNORCA Annual Conference sponsored by Axis Communications
Wednesday, September 27
annual MNORCA conference is back with a content filled 2 day Conference
sponsored by Axis
Communications. The conference will be kicked off with Keynote Speaker
George Piro, former FBI Agent, most notable for his interrogation of Saddam
Hussein. We will also have speakers from the FBI, HSI, Local Law Enforcement and
Retail. We look forward to bringing the private and public sectors together to
discuss major issues impacting our businesses and communities. Full Agenda will
be posted closer to event.
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GSX 2023 Wraps Up Today in Dallas
Your Wednesday GSX 2023 Guide
our last go round in Dallas, but there’s still plenty on the schedule to keep
you busy throughout
Military and Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at GSX 2023.
Here are some of the highlights that you won’t want to miss, as well as some
upcoming events you should put on your calendar after we hang our hats up in
Texas. All times are in Central Time (CT).
Check it out here
The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact
'Largest-Ever' Investment to Fight ORC in
Calif. Gov. Newsom Announces $267M Investment to Fight Organized Retail Crime
'When shameless criminals walk out of stores with stolen goods, they'll walk
straight into jail cells,' Newsom said
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday
largest ever single-investment to target retail-related crime in the state,
putting more than $267 million into the cause.
"Enough with these brazen smash-and-grabs. With an unprecedented $267 million
Californians will soon see more takedowns, more police, more arrests, and more
Newsom said in a statement from the governor's office. "When shameless criminals
walk out of stores with stolen goods, they'll walk straight into jail cells."
The funding is a
part of Newsom's
Real Public Safety Plan to combat crime
across the state of California.
The announcement says that the initiative will include
more police, arrests takedowns, prosecutors, felony changes, and accountability.
Individual sheriffs offices and police department will be awarded over $23
million each in funding to be used for creating
"fully staffed retail theft investigative units, increase arrests, install
advanced surveillance technology, train loss prevention officers, create new
task forces, increase cooperation with businesses and the community, target
criminals in blitz operations, as well as crack down on vehicle and catalytic
Organized Retail Theft Prevention Grant Program
will partner with law enforcement agencies in seven counties and 34 cities
across the Golden State.
The Board of State and Community Corrections is
poised to vote on the proposed funding on Sept. 14 and if it is approved, law
enforcements will be dispersed their payments on Oct. 1.
RELATED: SF could be getting $15M from California
to combat retail theft
An All-of-the-Above Approach to Stop Theft Mobs
Task forces, facial recognition & other tech, as well as tougher legislation are
all on the table
Flash mob summer: How can retail theft stampedes be stopped?
With flash mobs of thieves committing dozens of heists in high-end and other
stores around Southern California since early July,
the problem became so dire that officials announced a task force focusing on
cell tower dumps, surveillance video and other high-tech tools.
Arrests are starting to happen. But
halting the trend may take more time.
Angeles police, working with other local, state and federal agencies, are
21 flash mob thefts in Los Angeles County,
Deputy Chief Kris Pitcher said.
Other flash mobs, or “flash robs,” as police call them, have occurred in
Shoppers on edge: ‘It’s nerve-wracking’
The recent flash mob thefts have left some shoppers on edge. “I
am aware of everything around me when I’m shopping,”
said Rose Smith, 66, a Topanga Mall shopper. “It’s
nerve-wracking. It’s very scary.”
But the possibility that a flash mob might suddenly appear won’t necessarily
change shopping habits. “It’s really rare,” said Joseph Saad, 42, who shops at
the Topanga Mall. “You
have to keep your head on a swivel these days,
Who’s reselling the goods?
Organized retail crime rings target items that are
difficult to track and are easily resold.
Stolen items that
once were hawked at flea markets or street corners are now fenced online by
gangs to raise money for their activities,
said Rachel Michelin president and CEO of the California Retailers Association.
“What we are seeing is more sophistication,” Michelin said. “We
see a lot more recruiting; they recruit street gangs, the homeless. They will
pay them 100 bucks to go in and steal.”
High and low-tech tactics
Retailers are increasingly employing high-tech, low-tech and no tech methods to
combat the thieves, including
next-generation video surveillance systems,
facial-recognition cameras, license-plate readers, radio-frequency
identification tags, case locks, more training and increased security.
They have also advocated for
legislation that would increase penalties for theft and would make it easier for
law enforcement agencies
to share information.
States from Coast to Coast Wage War on Retail
Ohio Chamber of Commerce working to prevent future thefts in retail stores
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has seen an uptick in retail crimes
When former Congressman Steve Stivers left Washington D.C. to head the Ohio
Chamber of Commerce, he didn’t realize crime would be at the top of his agenda.
That’s what the majority of the 8,000 members that make up the chamber are
“We're hearing about inflation and supply chain, but
the other thing that I didn't expect to hear from and about is crime,”
said Stivers. “We're hearing about
both retail theft and violent crime as issues of concern.
We did a poll [late] last year,
62% of businesses said they may not expand in Ohio as a
result of crime in Ohio.
That's a staggering figure and it's impacting our economic climate. And that's
when we decided to create a Crime Task Force.”
Crime Task Force is set to meet by the end of this month.
Stivers tells 10TV they are trying to get ahead of retail theft and violent
prevent corporations from moving out of the state.
The committee’s recommendations will be forwarded to the Ohio Legislature.
they are targeting organized crime rings by aggregating misdemeanors, and
pooling together criminal history if the suspect may have hit several stores
within the same day or week and prosecuting it as a felony case.
The Crime Task Force is also looking into charges for juveniles involved in
organized crime to be charged as adults.
Local law enforcement believes
prosecution is a part of the puzzle,
but more needs to happen to prevent retail theft.
20% Rise in Workplace Killings Spurs Bill
California Legislative Update: SB-553 Passed Assembly 55/17 & Ordered to the
SB-553 'Occupational safety: workplace violence: restraining orders and
workplace violence prevention plan'
It requires employers to create a log of violent incidents, implement active
shooter training, provide shoplifter training for retail workers, stop untrained
employees from confronting shoplifters and help with the filing of restraining
orders against attackers.
Bill opponents, including Republican state senators and the California Retailers
Assn., claim the legislation risks the livelihood of small-business owners who
will have to hire security personnel and is too sweeping to work for all
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
in December that
homicides in the workplace increased more than 20% in 2021 to 481 deaths.
This is the latest year for which there are data. That number is the
highest over a five-year span,
topping 458 in 2017. Of the 2021 deaths,
387 were carried out by a shooting.
Cal/OSHA placed the number of
workplace homicides in California in 2021at
57, with 42 killed by guns.
Figures on nonfatal workplace violence vary. The U.S. Department of Justice
a report last year stating that on average between 2015 and 2019, “1.3
million nonfatal violent crimes in the workplace
occurred annually.” The
Bureau of Labor Statistics noted there were 37,060 nonfatal workplace
injuries in 2020 “resulting from an intentional injury by another person.”
Cortese aims to combat violence with a plan that would have employers large and
small crafting workplace violence prevention strategies. He envisions the
plans including security personnel — be they guards or workers whose job it is
to scout for, and stop, thieves.
This portion of the bill in particular has sparked controversy.
Is D.C. Becoming America's 'Murder Capital'
A shaken Washington copes with surging violence: ‘This is not normal’
Violent crime has long been a part of Washington life, the worst of it during
the early 1990s when drug trafficking propelled the annual homicide toll to
nearly 500 and D.C.
earned an inglorious reputation as America’s “Murder Capital.”
The volume of carnage these days is not nearly as high, and most D.C. residents
are unlikely to ever be a victim of violence.
Yet a sharp rise in crime over the past year — punctuated by reports of
homicides, brazen shootings, and carjackings by armed teenagers — is rattling a
city already struggling to recover from a pandemic
that upended its rhythms and ravaged its once-thriving downtown.
As the nation’s capital, D.C.’s stature as the focus of global attention and
tourism remains secure. Yet, months of
persistent gun violence is causing many Washingtonians to question their safety
and commitment to the city with an intensity perhaps unseen since the drug wars.
The randomness is reflected in statistics showing
sharp increases in crime in areas where it is less expected,
as well as the jarring details of individual incidents.
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) and
pushed a variety of initiatives to respond to the violence, including a
curfew for teenagers in select neighborhoods, prosecuting juveniles as adults,
and permitting judges to detain more defendants before trials.
Yet, the bloodshed persists: In the first six days of September alone, eight
people were shot and killed, including four teenagers.
California Legislature approves concealed-carry limits, teeing up possible
Supreme Court fight
A year after Democratic infighting
tanked a high-profile gun-control bill in Sacramento, California lawmakers
successfully approved legislation on Tuesday to limit who can carry firearms in
public, setting up a likely legal challenge that could reach the Supreme Court.
Two high-profile mass shootings in
Half Moon Bay and
Monterey Park this year have only increased pressure on Democrats to crack
down on gun violence in California. That’s despite the state having some of the
most prohibitive gun laws in the country, so restrictive that
some have been struck down by the federal courts.
Another Retailer Reports Theft Hit on Profit
Primark owner sees stronger profits ahead despite store thefts
Theft from Primark stores over the summer was worse than bosses had budgeted for,
but the retailer’s owner still expects profits this year to be slightly better
than it had expected due to growing demand in the US for its classic British
profit margins over the past six months have not been as strong as analysts had
largely because of “higher-than-expected stock loss from stores”
as well as a “modest amount of restructuring costs” in Germany.
ORC Senate Bill S.140 - Combating Organized Retail Crime Act of 2023 - Update
Three new co-sponsors signed up yesterday. It's picking up activity. 5
Republicans - 4 Democrats.
Chicago - Car Thefts Up 94%, Burglaries Up 29%, Robberies Up 24% YTD & Theft is
Up 98% Over 3 Years
Is retail theft really rising?
Security's Most Influential People in Security 2023
The Most Influential People in Security 2023 have driven progress in the
security & risk management field throughout their varied careers.
the past 14 years, Security magazine has been recognizing the Most
Influential People in Security. Our goal with this editorial awards project is
to recognize some of the security executives, industry experts and professionals
effecting change, influencing their organizations, and making a difference each
and every day in the complex, ever-changing world of security and risk
These professionals, executives and leaders have been nominated by their
colleagues or peers and were chosen based upon the unique stamp that each
individual has had within the security landscape.
Our editorial staff is humbled by the number of nominations we received and the
number of people in the security industry doing great things. We are pleased to
offer you a glimpse into 12 of those influencers’ backgrounds, careers and
accomplishments with the Most Influential People in Security 2023. Read on to
learn more about each of these impactful security leaders.
Click here to learn more about each security leader
Retailer Sues Mall Operators For Neglecting
"Significant Security Incidents"
American Eagle sues Westfield for letting iconic San Francisco Centre mall
‘deteriorate into disarray,’ allowing crime to run rampant
One of the largest remaining tenants at
San Francisco Centre on Market Street has sued the former owners,
charging that they let the massive mall “deteriorate into disarray” and allow
crime to flourish.
alleges that after the pandemic began in 2020, co-owner and operator
Westfield neglected security efforts and basic mall
management required by American Eagle’s lease, leaving employees “to suffer and
respond to gun violence, physical assaults, burglaries, and robberies.”
The lawsuit claims the American Eagle shop,
between May 2020 and May 2023, was the scene of more than 100 “significant
… On multiple occasions, patrons have brandished firearms while verbally
assaulting the store’s employees.”
Westfield and co-owner
Brookfield Properties said in June they would default on their $558 million loan
for the large property, blaming San Francisco city government for allowing “rampant
that drove down sales and foot traffic in the mall.
But this suit alleges that the mall operators were equally to blame.
“Westfield cannot walk away from the harm that it has caused without
consequence,” said the lawsuit filed Monday in San Francisco Superior Court. “It
must be held accountable for the damages
caused by its failures and broken promises.” Westfield also closed its
management office in the mall during all this, the lawsuit claimed.
In the suit, American Eagle is seeking “all actual and compensatory monetary
damages” due to the alleged
breach of contract in terms of mall security and
in the lease with the chain, which runs through 2028.
COO of Optical Chain & Dir of Operations of
Appliance Chain Embezzled $1.8M
Eastern Shore Man Sentenced to Over Five Years in Federal Prison for Conspiring
to Steal More Than $1.8 Million from a Salisbury Business
– U.S. District Judge sentenced Stephen Franklin, age 54, of Salisbury,
Maryland, yesterday to
66 months in federal prison,
followed by three years of supervised release, for a wire fraud conspiracy and
aggravated identity theft in connection with the theft of more than $1.8 million
from Shore Appliance Connection and pay restitution which the parties stipulate
Franklin was the
chief operating officer of Accurate Optical, a chain of optometric shops
on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and with the
owners of Accurate Optical he also purchased East Coast Optometric, a chain of
South Carolina optical shops. Franklin and co-defendant Duane G. Larmore
met through the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and became friendly.
Larmore was the Director of Operations at Shore Appliance Connection (“Shore
Appliance”), located in
Salisbury, Maryland, whose duties included maintaining the books and records for
the company. The company was owned and operated by Owner #1 and Owner #2. From
mid-September 2016 through about March 2020,
Franklin conspired with others, including Larmore, to steal more than $1.8
million from Shore Appliance.
Duane G. Larmore, age 48, of Salisbury, previously pleaded guilty to his role in
the conspiracy and is awaiting sentencing.
Mass. Governor to issue emergency declaration after rains batter homes,
The governor will declare a statewide emergency in order to free up cash for
communities slammed by relentless rain that has left the likes of Leominster
Dollar General automates South Carolina distribution center
Casey's General Stores to Add at Least 150 Stores in 2024
Here’s Why Many Decongestants May Soon Disappear From Store Shelves
Senior LP & AP Jobs
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Director provides leadership, administrative direction, strategic support, and
security solutions to the National Security Operations Center staff. Must be
Tallahassee based or open to relocation.
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skimmer scam using AI
Retail deters skimmer crew, builds strong
case in less than six hours
how it started: A store manager saw through a skimmer crew's distractions
at the checkout stand. As the manager approached, the three individuals
abandoned the installation of the skimmer hardware and bolted.
With the immediate threat deterred, the client's AP team used FaceFirst's
powerful visitor search feature. With this "look back," they quickly identified
the subjects' criminal pattern by date, time, and store locations. In just
hours, they built a strong case against a ring of 10 well-organized thieves.
You've seen some variation of this before. In this case, three individuals
entered the grocery checkout together. They blocked view of the card swipe
terminal with a bulk package of paper towels. One person distracted the cashier
by asking for cigarettes from a locked case. Another said, "Oh, I'll bag" and
stepped into position. The goal, of course, is to overlay an illegal skimmer device
card swipe, intercept credit/debit card data, and steal money from the card
The sharp-eyed manager addressed the trio. They fled, leaving the partially
installed skimmer behind. The manager called in his AP team right away. Their
FaceFirst search of the three individuals' images revealed similar incidents in
the client's other stores and more accomplices. Less than six hours after the
manager's report, the AP team had identified 10 individuals casing 28 stores and
installing six skimmers successfully. Overnight, the chain audited all checkout
devices and added security measures.
Consider the benefit of taking an individual's image, running a search, and
identifying that individual's past visits to any of your stores-all
within minutes. FaceFirst's investigative features turn a nearly impossible
manual task for humans into instant, actionable intelligence. FaceFirst helps AP
investigators build strong, detailed cases faster for coordination with law
enforcement agencies and prosecutors.
FaceFirst's face matching technology alerts retailers instantly when known
threats enter their stores, providing both life safety and loss prevention
advantages. Calculate the risks of being caught unaware
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keep your valued customers and associates safer from violent offenders and
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Retail & Hospitality ISAC Announces Agenda for Cyber Intelligence Summit
The 2023 agenda is packed with insights,
innovation, and collaboration.
VA - The
Retail & Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC) has
announced the agenda
for the upcoming RH-ISAC Cyber Intelligence Summit. The conference, scheduled to
take place on October 2-4 in Dallas, Texas, brings together industry leaders,
cybersecurity practitioners, and thought influencers for a three-day event that
explores the latest trends, challenges, and solutions in the ever-evolving
landscape of cyber intelligence.
The member-driven agenda features a diverse array of sessions, workshops, and
presentations designed to empower participants with actionable insights to
safeguard their organizations against modern cyber threats.
Registration for the RH-ISAC Cyber Intelligence Summit is now open. For
more information about the summit, including registration details and the full
agenda, please visit
Discounted registration rates are available for
attendees from retail and hospitality companies. Contact
for further information.
Open Invitation to Loss Prevention & Asset
Seniors, Corporate Teams and those
interested in learning more about retail's cybersecurity efforts.
If your retailer is a member or not, this is a great educational and networking
event for those executives involved in cybersecurity investigations and
Understanding that the summit is being held at the
same time as LPRC's IMPACT conference, seniors may wish to send their teams
representative who they feel would benefit.
100K Facebook Business Accounts Targeted Weekly
Millions of Facebook Business Accounts Bitten by Python Malware
The "MrTonyScam" has a surprisingly high success rate, spreading a
Python-based stealer to some 100,000 business accounts per week.
are targeting millions of
Facebook business accounts with malicious messages, sent via Facebook
Messenger from a botnet of fake and
hijacked personal Facebook accounts. The goal is to spread an info-stealing
malware that can intercept browsing sessions and account cookies, and
it's hitting 100,000
Facebook business accounts per week,
according to researchers.
The Python-based stealer
successfully infects about 1.4% of targets
— or about one out of 70 of those reached, Guardio Labs revealed in a blog post
on Sept. 11. Guardio has dubbed the effort the "MrTonyScam," based on the name
of the administrator of a Telegram channel with which the stealer interacts.
platform has been heavily abused in the past month to spread endless messages
with malicious attachments
from a swarm of fake and hijacked personal accounts," Oleg Zaytsev, a Guardio
Labs security researcher, wrote in the post.
From a technical standpoint,
the attack's messages contain a compressed stealer payload that targets the
victims’ installed browsers to lift session cookies;
these are then sent to threat actors' IM channels in a "swift and effective
operation," Zaytsev wrote.
The messages also contain a link that appears to be relevant to the content sent
in the message, such as a link to product to check its availability.
If clicked, the link downloads a "classic stealer" payload archived with RAR or
zip formats, which then
uses a multistep process and five layers of obfuscation to hide its content,
Zaytsev wrote. The payload also is generated on the fly to avoid static
Taking on the Growing Deepfake Threat
NSA, FBI, and CISA Release Cybersecurity Information Sheet on Deepfake Threats
the National Security Agency (NSA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),
and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
released a Cybersecurity Information Sheet (CSI),
Contextualizing Deepfake Threats to Organizations, which provides an
overview of synthetic media threats, techniques, and trends. Threats from
synthetic media, such as deepfakes, have exponentially increased—presenting a
growing challenge for users of modern technology and communications, including
the National Security Systems (NSS), the Department of Defense (DoD), the
Defense Industrial Base (DIB), and national critical infrastructure owners and
Between 2021 and 2022, U.S. Government agencies collaborated to establish a set
of employable best practices to take in preparation and response to the growing
threat. Public concern
around synthetic media includes disinformation operations, designed to influence
the public and spread false information about political, social, military, or
economic issues to cause confusion, unrest, and uncertainty.
The authoring agencies urge organizations review
the CSI for recommended steps and best practices to prepare, identify,
defend against, and respond to deepfake threats.
To report suspicious activity or possible incidents involving deepfakes, contact
one of the following agencies:
Cybersecurity Report Feedback:
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at
or contact a local FBI
Reporting System or through the agency’s 24/7 Operations Center at
email@example.com or (888) 282-0870
'Open Source Software Security Roadmap'
CISA Releases its Open Source Software Security Roadmap
CISA released an Open Source Software Security Roadmap to lay out—in alignment
National Cybersecurity Strategy and the
CISA Cybersecurity Strategic Plan—how we will partner with federal agencies,
open source software (OSS) consumers, and the OSS community, to secure OSS
infrastructure. To that end, the roadmap details four key goals:
1. Establish CISA’s role in supporting the security of OSS,
2. Understand the prevalence of key open source dependencies,
3. Reduce risks to the federal government, and
4. Harden the broader OSS ecosystem.
Open Source Software Security Roadmap to learn more.
ChatGPT Jailbreaking Forums Proliferate in Dark Web Communities
Chrome zero-day exploited in the wild, patch now!
Retail Council of Canada embarks on new cybercrime awareness venture
The Retail Council of
Canada (RCC) recently launched a new cybercrime prevention campaign to
provide educational resources for retailers and their employees, from frontline
workers to IT security professionals.
Retail CyberSecure initiative, which kicked off at the beginning of this year,
was made possible through the support of the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor
General and includes partnerships with the RCMP and the Ontario Provincial
Police, among other organizations.
The program, which will continue to roll out throughout the year, comprises a
series of six webinars along with downloadable guides and e-learning training
modules. The resources are offered for free to achieve maximum impact, said
Rui Rodrigues, the RCC's executive advisor for loss
prevention and risk management.
The issue of cybercrime has become more acute for retailers, he said, as
threats continue to ramp up. The pandemic also saw retailers become more reliant
on online storefronts when in-store shopping was curtailed or temporarily
"Over the last few years, we've heard more and more from retail organizations
about cyber," said Rodrigues. "You can't escape it."
The CyberSecure initiative is "really focused on ways we could educate, provide
awareness and share best practices," added Rodrigues, "and doing it through
of the six planned webinars are currently available on the
RCC Retail CyberSecure resource website, focused on awareness training and
current cyberthreats. Webinars on threat action plans, defensive procedures,
ransomware training and brute force attacks will follow in the coming months.
Battle on two fronts
In some ways, loss prevention specialists are waging a battle on two fronts:
the threat of shoplifting in brick-and-mortar retail locations and the
ever-present spectre of cybercrime in the digital realm.
In both cases, education and awareness are key, said Rodrigues, along
with collaboration with government and likeminded organizations to get the word
to learn more about the
RCC Retail CyberSecure program
Canada Fighting Same Retail Crime Surge as U.S.
Vancouver shop owner frustrated by repeat violent thefts, including 'full-on
owner of a downtown Vancouver IGA branch is speaking up about the number of
violent crimes his shop has seen in recent weeks,
worried about the physical safety of his staff.
In less than a month, Anthony Sullivan said his team on Robson Street has
endured "dramatic" thefts and theft attempts, "brawls with groups of youth," and
threats with weapons.
"Every day we stop people and we never know how it's going to go," he told
Global News on Tuesday. "It's
getting worse, not easier."
On Aug. 17, Sullivan's manager was hit multiple times in the head by a group of
youth, some of whom had tried to make off with ice cream - an incident caught on
the grocery store's cameras.
Sullivan, who does not speak on behalf of the IGA chain - just his Robson Street
shop - said
something needs to change. The crime is "systemic" in
he added, and there doesn't appear to be much accountability for it.
Sgt. Steve Addison said
the force has worked with the Sullivan family to crack down on shoplifting for
years. Police have even
put a public safety trailer with a surveillance camera outside the shop
to try and deter would-be thieves.
"It's heartbreaking ... people who are just going to work to earn a living are
consistently dealing with people who are committing crimes and using violence to
commit their crimes," Addison said.
Canada's Post-COVID Retail Comeback Continues
Montréal's Retail Sector Thrives with Decreased Vacancies, Increased Foot
Traffic and Exciting Developments
there have been many improvements in
Montréal's retail sector as vacancies have decreased with foot traffic and sales
continuing to climb,
new retail report by commercial real estate firm
It said consumers are starting to feel the effects of the Bank of Canada's
interest rate hike campaign. However, notable
retail-friendly developments are currently underway, which will serve to
facilitate and encourage commercial activity on the island and beyond.
Provost, Associate Vice President of the Retail Advisory Group for JLL, said
the retail scene is exciting in Montreal
these days with new projects such as Royalmount with new to market retailers
coming to the city. There's also quite a bit of activity on the iconic
Sainte-Catherine Street with
many retailers looking to locate on that busy retail area.
"By and large, I would say it's
pretty exciting and a good time for retailers generally in Montreal.
That being said, obviously the economy is what it is. We're seeing interest
rates continuing to increase. So people are being more cautious with their
spending. Retailers are very well aware of this," said Provost. "They're trying
to navigate those choppy waters for the next couple of quarters until we really
see results of all of this at the end of it all."
Canadian Retailers Remain Relevant Despite
Remote work and hybrid learning should have killed the office supply store. Why
Even a global pandemic and remote learning hasn't changed the fact that, for
hundreds of thousands of students, pencil crayons and binders are still an
essential part of the back-to-school routine.
Staples Canada president Rachel Huckle
We are seeing a real shift in education towards digital tools, rather than
just pencils and paper. How does Staples plan to ensure it remains relevant
during that shift?
I think the strength of Staples is that
we have such a great mix of the essentials and technology
- and then
we bolster that with services.
We support customers, consumers, educator, parents and students. What we're
hearing from parents is that there is still this connection between being
creative and using pencils and markers to express yourself in a meaningful way.
And so, I think, in the younger grades, you're still going to see the need and
demand for that. I think you're going to see it being bolstered by technology.
So I think there's a place for pens and markers to remain because there are
skills it'll improve, whether it is cognitive development or sensory activities.
I think our strength is that we have a great assortment of pens and markers with
all of the best tech brands - HP, Apple, Samsung, Google.
We're there to meet customers across that journey.
How Dollarama is Becoming a Player in the Canadian Grocery Landscape
With projections hinting at the possibility of surpassing 2,000 stores by 2030,
Dollarama's influence in the market is poised for substantial growth, selling
more food. For consumers, Dollarama's approach of offering only a single option
for each product may initially seem restrictive. In a world that often
celebrates choice, the idea of having just one brand of ketchup or peanut butter
may raise eyebrows. However, this simplicity lies at the heart of Dollarama's
cost-saving strategy, which directly translates into competitive pricing.
Canadian Consumers Changing Priorities Amid Shift with Retail Impacted: BDC
Geopolitical tensions, environmental concerns, rising prices and reduced
spending power are motivating Canadians to cut back and entrepreneurs can
respond, according to the latest edition of BDC's 2023 Consumer Trends report.
Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us Relaunch Stores in Canada
Mark's Launches 2 New Retail Chains in Canada
Store LP Officer Disarms Knife-Wielding Robber
Store security thwarts robbery, has knife pulled on him: Guelph police
Investigators say just before 4 p.m., a man was seen by a loss prevention
officer leaving the store with clothing that he had tried on earlier and had not
paid for. The staff member followed the man outside and tried to stop him. That
was when investigators say the man pulled out a 15-centimetre knife. They say
there was a struggle between the two before the employee gained control of the
weapon. The suspect fled but was later apprehended by police a short time later.
A search of the individual turned up a credit card in a woman's name. The
28-year-old from Guelph faces a number of charges, including robbery, possession
of a concealed weapon and violating a release order. He was held for a bail
Teen Robbery Spree Hits C-Store & Pharmacies
Teen charged with 5 armed robberies in Milton involving knives and guns
A local teen has been charged in connection with
a rash of Milton robberies at pharmacies and a convenience store over a
Halton police say weapons were used in each of the
five robberies and various items were stolen.
Following a Criminal Code search warrant, a 19-year-old Milton man was arrested
outside a Milton residence Sept. 1. He faces three counts of robbery, two counts
of robbery with a firearm, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.
Edmonton police believe same suspect robbed pair of stores Saturday
Teen boy arrested after robbing convenience store at knifepoint
Police searching for man who held up Kanata store
Selkirk RCMP looking for armed, masked robbery suspect
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Amazon files fresh lawsuit against influencers
E-commerce giant Amazon has filed another legal attack against social media
influencers it accuses of using their online platforms to encourage the sale of
counterfeit luxury goods.
The lawsuit against Kamryn Russell, Ashley Hawat and various associates claims
that they used a 'hidden links' scheme, in which they posted links on their
social media pages that directed their followers to seemingly generic product
listing pages on Amazon,
that were in fact fronts for counterfeit handbags, jewellery and accessories.
According to the complaint, the defendants masked the fact that the products
infringed trademarks to avoid detection by Amazon and the rights holder, in many
cases by blurring the brand's logo, and received a commission on each completed
"These bad actors also urged their followers to buy these products before Amazon
could take down the listings."
Earlier this year, Amazon launched a
new initiative called the Anti-Counterfeiting Exchange (ACX)
that it said would allow participating retail stores to record and track serial
counterfeiters in order to create a communal database of bad actors.
It also said it had
removed more than six million counterfeit products
from its supply chain in its
annual update on brand protection activities and
blocked 800,000 attempts to create new selling accounts, while its Counterfeit
Crimes Unit (CCU) sued or referred for investigation over 1,300 criminals in the
US, UK, EU, and China.
Chinese Amazon Killer?
Is Chinese Upstart Temu an Amazon Killer?
Temu is a Chinese e-commerce app that is the top downloaded mobile application
in the U.S. so far this year.
Unless you've been living under a rock, it's hard not to have noticed the growth
of the Chinese e-commerce platform Temu over the last year. After flooding the
internet with advertisements and spending a boatload of money on two Super Bowl
the PinDuoDuo-owned app has skyrocketed to the top of the downloads list for
mobile app stores in the United States.
Offering free shipping and huge discounts for first-time customers,
Temu has drawn interest from tens of millions of shoppers in the United States,
replicating a model that worked in the Chinese market. Have we finally found the
killer competitor to Amazon? Or is Temu just a flash in the pan?
If you look under the hood, this growth looks unsustainable. According to an
investigation by WIRED magazine,
Temu loses about $30 for every order made on its platform
as it subsidizes free shipping while also spending a boatload on marketing
expenses. And it looks like this spending isn't slowing down soon, with Temu
planning to up its advertising spend from $1.4 billion in 2023 to $4.3 billion
In the short run, Temu could keep growing at an impressive pace by losing money
on every order. But eventually, it will have to generate positive unit
economics, which will be tough to do when competing with Amazon's vertically
integrated e-commerce infrastructure. Amazon has spent hundreds of billions on
capital expenditures over the last decade, a lot of which has gone to delivery
vehicles, warehouses, and airplanes to help quickly deliver products to
customers. Temu has none of this infrastructure.
Unless it can somehow get hundreds of billions of dollars to build out these
capabilities (which is essentially impossible), it never will.
TikTok Shop launches in US
Amazon is launching new supply chain services that will expand its logistics and
fulfillment business beyond its marketplace
Fort Myers, FL: DOJ: Cape Coral Men Sentenced For Their Roles In A Multi-Million
Dollar Credit Card Fraud Scheme
U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has
sentenced Carlos Tejeda (62, Cape Coral) to 16 years in federal prison, Juan
Tejeda (35, Cape Coral) to 15 years in federal prison, and Pedro Pelaez (59,
Cape Coral) to 6 years in federal prison for their roles in a large-scale credit
card fraud scheme which operated in Cape Coral between late-2015 and
mid-2018. On April 27, 2023, a federal jury had found father-and-son ringleaders
Carlos and Juan Tejeda guilty of 44 federal offenses, including conspiracy to
commit wire fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to commit
money laundering, production of counterfeit access devices, and possession of
device-making equipment. For his role in the fraud, the jury found Pelaez guilty
of 11 federal offenses, including conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud,
aggravated identity theft, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. According
to evidence presented during the seven-day trial, Carlos Tejeda recruited
several friends and associates, including Pedro Pelaez, to create shell
companies, obtain credit card processing terminals for their shell companies,
and then permit Carlos Tejeda to
swipe counterfeit credit cards fraudulently encoded with stolen credit and debit
card numbers using the shell company credit card terminals. Evidence
showed that Juan Tejeda’s primary role was to encode the counterfeit cards for
his father Carlos Tejeda, but that he personally swiped counterfeit cards on the
shell company terminals as well.
Each fraudulent transaction was typically between $1,000 and $3,000, but the
same stolen card number was often used several times across multiple shell
companies before victim cardholders from across the United States realized that
their card numbers had been compromised.
Ledgewood, NJ: 9 arrested after police thwart attempted theft totaling nearly
$500k at Ledgewood dealership
in New Jersey stopped a large-scale burglary at a popular motorsports dealer in
its tracks. At around 4:12 a.m. on September 8, Roxbury Township Police
Department responded to a call for unwanted persons on the property of Ledgewood
Powersports. Little did the intruders know, they were being watched. "We see
them even before they breached," said Noelle Schmidt, owner of Ledgewood
Powersports, to Eyewitness News. Schmidt was alerted of the break-in thanks to a
highly sensitive vast security system at the property that alerted her at home.
Before a single move was made, Schmidt was watching, recording and calling
police. 10 thieves were shown on the system, driving the high-end ATVs and UTVs,
lighting them up, hoisting the smaller ones onto the larger ones to try to get
them off the lot. But they didn't realize one thing. "There's no way out," said
Schmidt. Once you're on the parameter, you can't leave except in handcuffs." Not
only does the dealership have tons of cameras, but they also reinforced the
exits and perimeter fence. 10 minutes into the incident, police already
surrounded the store.
Memphis, TN: Man shoots at Store Manager after fleeing with $3K worth of stolen
An alleged robber fired shots in a getaway car at a shopping mall's store
manager. Lashawn Hunger, 23, was charged with aggravated assault, reckless
endangerment with a deadly weapon, vandalism $1,000 to $2,500, and theft of
merchandise. Two men shoplifted clothing merchandise valued at $3,000 from
Southland Mall's Icon Store on store July 4th, according to a court report.
Hunter, later identified on the store's video surveillance, and another man took
clothes out of the store without paying, police said. The manager followed the
two out of the business and said he saw Hunter get into the passenger side of a
sedan, police said. That's when the manager said shots were fired at him from
within the car as it sped away. Bullets smashed the store's window, estimated to
cause about $2,000 worth of damage. The store manager identified Hunter in a
police photo lineup.
Downey, CA: Suspects allegedly stole $25,000 worth of sunglasses from Sunglass
Two suspects were arrested after allegedly stealing around $25,000 worth of
designer sunglasses from a shopping mall in Downey. The theft took place at the
Sunglass Hut store in the Stonewood Center on Sept. 8, according to the Downey
Police Department. Store officials said the suspects entered the shop and
ransacked the display cases and shelves, taking a large quantity of sunglasses
before fleeing the store.
Houston, TX: Shoplifters wanted, caught on video pepper-spraying Academy
are searching for two women caught on camera attacking an employee with pepper
spray while shoplifting at an Academy. The Houston Police Department's Robbery
Division said the aggravated robbery happened on Aug. 19 in the 9700 block of
Katy Freeway. At about 9:25 a.m., two women walked into the sporting goods store
and placed several pairs of Nike pants into their shopping cart. The women then
attempted to walk out of the store without paying for the merchandise when an
employee tried to stop them. Video shows one of the suspects spraying the
employee in the face with pepper spray while the second suspect pulled out a
pink Taser and flashed it at the employee. The suspects then removed the clothes
from the basket and walked into the parking lot, leaving in a light-colored,
Oconee County, SC: Nearly $3,000 worth of cosmetics stolen from SC Ulta Beauty
Harrison County, WV: Man leads police on 100 mph chase after Walmart $1200
Lexington Park, MD: Shoplifting Suspect Sought At Big Lots
Shootings & Deaths
Las Vegas, NV: 2 men killed in Circle K shootings identified
The Clark County coroner’s office identified two men fatally shot last week.
Antonio Lucas Jr., 24, died at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center from multiple
gunshot wounds, according to the coroner’s office.
Lucas was shot Sunday afternoon outside a Circle K store at St. Louis Avenue and
Fremont Street. Emanuel Hodges, 42, was arrested in connection with the killing.
It was unclear how Hodges was identified as a suspect, but the Metropolitan
Police Department said Lucas and Hodges were both shot during a fight outside
the store. A day earlier, Andre Bryant, 33, died at University Medical Center
from multiple gunshot wounds, the coroner’s office said.
El Monte, CA: Robber gets life sentence for killing Jack in the Box employee in
A judge on Tuesday sentenced a San Gabriel man to
life in prison without parole for the 2016 fatal shooting of an El Monte Jack in
the Box employee during a botched robbery. On June 30, a jury found Louie
Herrera guilty of the murder of 25-year-old Juan Vidal of El Monte with the
special circumstance allegation that the killing was committed during an
attempted robbery. They also found true the special allegation that he
personally used a handgun in the crime. Jurors also convicted the 27-year-old
Herrera of four robberies and two attempted robberies in 2015. The businesses he
hit were Takashima at 220 W. Valley Blvd #108 in San Gabriel, Subway at 1020 E.
Valley Blvd in Alhambra and the CVS at 1485 E. Valley Blvd. in Alhambra. He
robbed customers and employees, too. In addition to the life sentence, Herrera
received 25 years to life for using a gun to commit the murder. He was also
sentenced to 24 years for the robberies, attempted robberies and the gun use
allegation related to those charges, according to Venusse Navid, a spokewoman
for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Milwaukee, WI: Update: Deadly Gas Station shooting, Security Guard pleads not
A Milwaukee man
pleaded not guilty Tuesday, Sept. 12 to first-degree intentional homicide for a
gas station shooting on the city's north side. William Pinkin, 56, was
supposed to appear for his preliminary hearing in August – the first step toward
a trial. But because Pinkin did not have an attorney, the hearing was put on
hold at that time. He was bound over for trial after Tuesday's hearing.
Investigators said Pinkin turned himself in two days after the Aug. 16 shooting.
The complaint states 29-year-old Isaiah Allen grabbed a box of Little Debbie
snack cakes and left without paying, and a security guard – later identified as
Pinkin – got up from the back of the store, walked toward Allen and pulled out a
gun. Pinkin then rushed toward Allen, per the complaint, and got a little more
than an arm's length from him before shooting Allen in the back of the head.
Allen dropped to the ground, and surveillance showed Pinkin go back inside the
store. According to the complaint, Pinkin was at the scene when police arrived
and told responding officers – who were unaware of the surveillance video at the
time – that he did not see the shooting. That surveillance video showed Pinkin
was "milling around calmly" and at one point smoking a cigarette after the
Akron, OH: Update: Man charged in July 3 shooting death of Ernestine Stallings
at Dollar Tree
A 24-year-old Akron man will be arraigned in connection to the July 3 shooting
death of Ernestine Stallings at a Dollar Tree, according to a case filed in
Akron Municipal Court on Tuesday. Akron police arrested Jontae Watkins and
charged him with murder about two months after the fatal shooting, a Summit
County Jail daily head count report shows. The arraignment is scheduled for 9
a.m. Wednesday. Watkins was arrested on other violations including a probation
violation, two counts of trafficking in drugs, two counts of possession of drugs
and having weapons under disability. Stallings and her girlfriend, Tasha Love,
were at Dollar Tree preparing for a birthday party for one of Love's children on
July 3. As the two left the West Market Street store at about 1:30 p.m. and
began loading balloons in the car, gunshots rang out, Love told the Akron Beacon
Journal in July.
Grand Rapids, MI: Teenager shot during possible robbery at laundromat
A 911 call was made around 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday about an individual shot during
a possible robbery at the Oakdale Laundromat. The laundromat is located in the
1200 block of Kalamazoo Avenue in Grand Rapids. FOX 17 News spoke with GRPD
Chief Eric Winstrom Tuesday night. He shared that police officers arrived at the
scene to find a young man, a 16-year-old boy, who was shot in the back of a
store. He is now receiving treatment at Helen DeVos Hospital, and is in serious
Conway, AR: Police identify suspect in Sunday shooting at grocery store
The Conway Police Department is seeking help in locating a suspect connected to
a Sunday evening shooting that put one person in the hospital. Police identified
Camryn Smith, 17, as a suspect wanted in connection to the shooting that
occurred at the Kroger located at 855 Salem Rd. Smith is believed to be
traveling in a 2012 silver Chevy Malibu with Arkansas license plate number
AJE97I. Conway police said the shooting to be an isolated incident. According to
the social media post, a 23-year-old male victim involved remains in the
hospital in critical condition.
Incidents & Thefts
Clovis, CA: Walmart fire suspect seen in Lubbock; new arson details revealed
Officials with the Clovis Police Department confirmed a man believed to be the
Walmart arson suspect, Jimmy Guillen, 59, was seen in Lubbock over the weekend.
Captain Robert Telles told EverythingLubbock.com officials believed Guillen was
seeking medical treatment in Lubbock. He was last seen on Saturday around
midnight. Telles said it was not immediately clear if Guillen was still in the
area, but federal agencies in Lubbock were notified. According to police,
Guillen is known to move frequently and only stays at one place for a short
time. Clovis PD asked for the public’s help finding Guillen on Saturday. The
store was closed when Guillen entered at 3:24 a.m. on September 3, court records
stated. A report from the Eastern New Mexico News said court records showed
Guillen entered the store “though a roll up door used for shopping carts.” Court
records said he went in with a propane torch and a canister with a package taped
to it. According to court documents, investigators discovered the package
contained “shrapnel objects” such as beads, glass and rocks. Court records said
security cameras showed Guillen grab multiple bottles of propane and place the
torch with an open flame next to canisters of fuel. Some evidence had blood on
it, court documents stated.
Court records stated Walmart estimated damages at $42 million. As of
Tuesday afternoon, Guillen had not been located. Anyone with information about
Guillen’s location was asked to call police.
Gainesville, FL: Florida man hotwires excavator, crashes it into Walmart
Florida man is accused of stealing an excavator and crashing it into a
Gainesville, Florida Walmart. Jesse Smith, 47, is charged with grand theft,
property damage, resisting an office and trespassing. The incident happened
Monday night. The Gainesville Police Department said Smith entered a worksite,
hotwired the excavator and then took it on a joyride. He took out power poles
before crashing it through the Walmart. He also crashed it into multiple
buildings at a nearby store center.
Smith reportedly caused about $2 million in damages in total.
Baltimore, MD: Smash and grab burglaries leave several Baltimore businesses
C-Store – Rancho
Cordova, CA – Burglary
C-Store – Oakland, CA
C-Store – Staten
Island, NY – Robbery
C-Store – Beaver
County, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store – Boston, MA –
MO – Burglary
C-Store – Hampstead,
NH – Burglary
C-Store – Jefferson
City, MO – Burglary
C-Store – Gardner, KS
– Armed Robbery
Clothing – Memphis, TN
– Armed Robbery
Dollar - Rankin
County, MS - Armed Robbery
Eyewear - Downey, CA –
Gas Station – Loudoun
County, VA – Armed Robbery
Guns – Somerset, PA-
Guns – New Hartford,
NY - Burglary
Hardware – Denton, TX
Jewelry – Downey, CA – Robbery
Jewelry – Arlington, TX - Robbery
Jewelry – Oklahoma City, OK – Robbery
Jewelry – Puyallup, WA – Robbery
Laundry - Grand
Rapids, MI – Armed Robbery
Liquor – Waterbury, CT
– Armed Robbery
Marijuana – Chicago,
IL – Burglary
Ledgewood, NJ – Burglary
Restaurant – Ellicott
City, MD – Burglary
Restaurant – Ellicott
City, MD – Burglary
Restaurant – Atlanta,
GA – Armed Robbery
Sports – Houston, TX –
Tobacco – Chicago, IL
Ulta - Oconee County,
SC - Robbery
Vape – Baltimore, MD –
Walmart – Caldwell
County, KY - Burglary
Walmart - Harrison
County, WV - Robbery
Walmart – Gainesville,
FL – Burglary
• 19 robberies
• 15 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed
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