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75% of women admit to buying counterfeit designer goods 
Even if they can't afford the real thing, many American women still strive for that designer look and have no problem buying knockoffs, or cheaper copies, according to a new survey released on Tuesday. More than half bought knockoffs because they couldn't afford the designer label, while 37% wanted to impress their friends or family. But 9% simply couldn't tell the difference. Many said they had as many as five fake dresses, handbags, wallets, jewelry or pairs of shoes. (Source

7-Elevens fast paced growth has some communities pushing back with the most serious concern raised by 7-Eleven opponents has to do with crime
.  The world's largest convenience store chain is growing at a blistering pace, packing more markets into regions where the company is already established. But this unprecedented expansion is meeting resistance in some cities over concerns including crime, traffic and health. In San Mateo, a group of neighbors fought back against -- and may succeed in shutting down -- a 7-Eleven that opened last month in a mostly residential area near a high school. Similar controversies have erupted in Florida, Connecticut, Oregon and several other states. The company acknowledges it is not always welcomed with open arms but says it tries to work with communities to address their growing concerns. 7-Eleven claims it is offering more healthful food and leads the industry in crime-prevention measures. (Source

EU organized crime makes $2B U.S. a year on credit card fraud
Organized crime groups in Europe make about 1.5 billion euros (US$2 billion) a year from payment card fraud, according to a new report from the European Police Office (Europol). Payment card fraud is "dominated by well structured and globally active organized crime groups," said the Europol report, released Monday. Payment card fraud is a "low risk and highly profitable criminal activity," the report said. The report called payment card data the "ideal illicit Internet community" because it is easily sold. (Source

Amazon to build one-million-square-foot warehouse in Robbinsville, N.J

Last year, the e-retailer made a deal with New Jersey under which Amazon in 2013 would start collecting sales taxes for purchases made from it by state residents. Amazon said it would build two warehouses in New Jersey. Amazon has similar deals in other states, including Virginia, Indiana and Tennessee. Amazon has said it employs some 20,000 full-time fulfillment workers in at least 40 U.S. fulfillment centers. (Source

Supervalu cutting 117 jobs at Wisconsin DC, with plans to sell the facility to Meijer
As reported last week, Supervalu has been in talks to sell some of its assets to Cerberus Capital Management and could announce a major restructuring as soon as this week. It is scheduled to report third-quarter earnings on Thursday. (Source

The search is on for two suspects behind an armed robbery spree spanning Los Angeles and Orange counties 
Four businesses in Cerritos and Buena Park were targeted late Tuesday night. One of the businesses is less than half a mile from a police station. Three of the four businesses were gas stations, and the robbers also hit a Pizza Hut on Beach Boulevard and Malvern Avenue. (Source

Lancashire,UK counterfeiter busted with multiple eBay/Paypal accounts: $160,000 in counterfeit shoe sales
.  Shaun Morris is believed to have fooled many customers with his fake Ugg, Timberland, Nike, and Puma shoe sales on his multiple eBay sites, claiming the merchandise was the real thing. Investigators revealed that Morris had been operating his counterfeit shoe business for the last 18 months. Morris’ sister, mother, and a friend were all charged with money laundering, assisting Shaun Morris with hiding his profits. (Source

Two empty trailers discovered from Sea Tac
King County Sheriff’s detectives said that two trailers and a box truck that were reported stolen from SeaTac on December 16 and were loaded with 7,000 WII-U game consoles have been recovered empty. (Source

Update: Oshkosh Walgreen’s robbery suspect turns himself in
.  With the help of high quality video, a man involved in the robbery of a Walgreen in Oshkosh, Wisconsin turned himself into police. The suspect claimed to have a gun when he demanded money from the cashier, but no weapon was displayed. No one was injured during the incident. (Source

Jewelry store robbery suspect arrested near Lexington
Aaron McDaniels has been charged with third degree robbery for stealing approximately $100,000 in jewelry from EquiTreasures in Midway, Kentucky. The owner of the store remained inside over night to attempt to catch the burglar; she did a few days later. The suspect is the son on the shopping center’s landlord. (Source

Red Bluff brothers arrested with help of dog, in Chico, CA Lowe's break-in
Two Red Bluff brothers were arrested for suspected burglary at the Lowe's store in Chico at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday night. A Chico police officer was in the area that night when she spotted a chain link fence damaged in the garden section of the store. Two previous thefts had occurred at home stores, including one at Home Depot Dec. 31, and at Lowe's Dec. 29. On Sunday there was merchandise near the fenced garden area. The officer called in for other officers, including Luna the dog and her handler officer Rich Hartman. One brother, Russell Castor, age 40, gave himself up to police. Brian Castor, age 34, did not until after he was bitten by the dog. (Source

Idaho Falls Police arrested two men for allegedly stealing electronic devices from Walmart
. Police say Tyler M. Goodworth, 21, and William G. Graf, IV, 19, are charged with burglary for stealing three large flat-screen televisions, a printer and other electronic devices from the Idaho Falls store. Walmart employees called police on Saturday regarding two men who had taken merchandise without paying for it. Goodworth was arrested Monday when he again returned to Walmart and tried to steal other items. Police also made contact with and arrested Graf. (Source

Louisville shoplifter tased during a struggle with police over a pint of ice cream
. Donald Doran was observed stealing a pint of ice cream from a Value Mart, police were called and they quickly tracked down Doran. Upon attempting to place him in custody, Doran took a ‘fighting stance’ and the officer drew his taser. Doran ran from the officer who needed to use both his taser and baton to subdue the aggressive suspect, who was taken into custody. (Source

Identity theft suspect forgets to change the mailing address, Victim receiving packages daily.  Everything from an autographed baseball bat to a Dale Earnhardt Jr picture, electronics and clothing is showing up at the doorstep of an Alaskan couple who were the victims of identity theft. In one hour, the thief somehow got the Linford’s debit card information and charged up $5000 via the internet, but either failed to or could not change the ship to information.  (Source

Oviedo, Florida Jewelry thief hits store after mall closing.  Precious Fine Jewelry in the Oviedo Mall was hit by a lone suspect after the mall had been closed for the evening. The suspect used bolt cutters to gain entry into the store, then removed an undetermined amount of jewelry and escaped. The thief was also able to gain entry into the Master Cuts and a Modern Furniture store stealing cash from the register. (Source

Police Seek Culprits of Armed Robbery At Radio Shack in Bryan, Texas.  Bryan police are investigating an armed robbery that took place Sunday evening around 6:40 at Radio Shack. Officer said one employee was scratched during the robbery, and one of the customers saw a gun on one of the thieves. The three thieves, who all had bandanas covering their faces, left with money and merchandise. (Source

Akron Grocery store burglar eludes police, search called off inside the store after hours of searching.  The suspect somehow gained entry into the IGA store, then as quickly he got in, somehow eluded police. Akron Police searched the muli-leveled building for 2 hours hoping to locate the burglar but were unable to find him. (Source

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To Highlight Career Paths in Retail, NRF and University of Phoenix Announce “Dream BIG” Scholarship

-Program Will Award 10 Current Retail Workers with Full-Tuition Scholarships-

Washington, January 8, 2013 – Ten U.S. retail employees will have a chance to make their dreams a reality through a program announced today between the NRF Foundation and the University of Phoenix. The Dream BIG scholarship will award 10 current retail employees with full tuition at any University of Phoenix campus or online program, providing them the opportunity to pair education with their work experience and ambitions to pursue a wide-array of career opportunities within the retail industry. The flexibility of the degree program will allow recipients to continue to work and live at home while advancing their education.

“Whether they’re working in marketing, IT, or finance, millions of people in our industry are living proof that retail career opportunities don’t end at the cash register,” said NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis. “With over 20 million Americans eligible to apply for this scholarship, we can’t wait to hear the dreams and stories of those who hope to advance their retail career through education, and look forward to making those dreams a reality for ten dedicated people in our industry.”

“Retail employees already dream big,” said University of Phoenix Chief Business Operating Officer Barry Feierstein. “Connecting driven, professional working learners with great careers is what we do. This education partnership and the Dream BIG Scholarship represent an important development in our long-term commitment to make higher education more responsive to the needs of both our students and our employer partners. Everyone benefits from having a highly-educated and skilled workforce that can compete in an ever-increasingly connected and collaborative global economy.”

How to Apply:

Eligibility is limited to the first 1,000 qualified applicants, who must meet all admissions requirements and submit a completed application by April 9, 2013. The application includes three written essays that highlight the applicant’s educational goals, aspirations within the industry, and a personal reflection of what inspires them. The applicant must also submit a letter of recommendation from a current retail professional with knowledge of the applicant’s skills and work ethic.

How and When Winners Are Chosen:

After being narrowed down by executives at NRF and the University of Phoenix, final scholarship recipients will be chosen by a panel of retail and educational executives, chaired by Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSNi. Recipients will be notified on July 30, 2013.

For more information about the Dream BIG Scholarship and how to apply, visit

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Three member ORC gang hits Walmart in Bremerton, WA
Two Bremerton women were arrested Monday for allegedly stealing $1,200 in merchandise from the Port Orchard Walmart with the help of a device to remove security tags. Surveillance tape Dec. 10 from the store shows the women, with a third person still at large, selecting items, some of which had security devices attached. The devices were removed "to bypass the alarm system" before the three left the store. (Source

Knox County celebrates a good year for the Holiday Task Force; 328 arrests, $65,000 in stolen goods recovered.  Lt. George Edlund is proud of his Holiday Task Force; the 34 year veteran of the Knox County Sheriff’s department headed the unit which worked closely with Knoxville area loss prevention professionals. (Source

South Carolina mother and son using two way radios to steal from a Bi-Lo store
. The son, Bradley Dunaway filled the basket of an electronic cart, then drove it out of the store, the store manager quickly followed behind. The manager had recognized Dunaway from a previous shoplifting stop. Dunaway’s mother was also arrested, using a two-way radio to talk about which items to steal. The total of the 10 items stolen was $50. (Source


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The Media Tag: Your solution for boxed merchandise security

Protecting valuable boxed merchandise has always been a tricky proposition. There is an abundance of specially designed tags and wraps for this purpose, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Another popular method is to encase these items in lock-boxes, yet this isolates customers from your products. However WG Security Products has designed the ultimate protection for boxed items, while maintaining a customer friendly environment: The Media Tag.

The Media Tag, a member of WG's illustrious Wave Tag family, combines the most advanced EAS tag self-alarming technology with aesthetics to outperform the competition. The sleek rectangular body rests flush against any side of your box and is held tightly in place with an adhesive clear plastic case. The tag contains plungers to detect when a tag has been placed on an item and to arm the tag. When armed, the Media Tag can detect any attempts to pry the adhesive case from the body of your merchandise, resulting in an audible alarm from the tag itself. The tag will also self-alarm if removed prior to deactivation with a coded IR signal, found only in the Wave detacher. Now you can display your items in full view of your customers without fear of shoplifting or even internal theft. The Media Tag is compatible with any 58 KHz AM EAS system.

With an impressive battery life, the Media Tag is a green conscious product that can be re-used for long periods of security of your valuable products. But don't just take our word for it. Watch the video below to see the Media Tag in action.

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Catch your people doing it right. It is so easy to get caught up in finding errors; we forget to reward our employees for the things they do correct every day. Maybe someone helps the new guy; maybe the new guy helps see an existing situation differently; let's remember together that our employees do hundreds of things right each and every day. A "nice job" or "excellent insight" goes a long way toward job satisfaction and longevity. It is far easier and more cost effective to keep a good employee than recruit, screen, hire, and train a new employee.

Take this a step further and let employees catch each other doing great work. Empower your team members to recognize other team members for their contributions. Depending upon the size of your team, this could be a monthly or quarterly recognition. The award could be a simple certificate and/or gift card (I have found gift cards for coffee, movies or restaurants very effective).


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