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Vector Security Announces
Craig Leyers Promoted to President of Nashville-based ADS Security
Vector Security, Inc., a leading provider of intelligent mobile security and home automation solutions to homes and businesses, along with its Nashville-based ADS Security division, announces the promotion of Craig Leyers to President of ADS. Leyers succeeds John Cerasuolo, who is stepping down after serving as ADS President for the past 12 years. In his new role, Leyers is responsible for managing the ADS Business Unit, with branch operations reporting to him, as well as ADS marketing. He will report to Vector Security CEO Pamela J. Petrow.

Leyers served as the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ADS for more than six years and was responsible for leading sales and marketing efforts across the Southeast. Prior to his role as Senior Vice President, Leyers served as Vice President and General Manager for nearly six years. He joined ADS Security from AFL Telecommunications, where he held various positions during his 15-year tenure, including Director of Marketing Communications and Enterprise Market Manager. Read more here

Shannon Hunter promoted to Vice President of Merchandising Operations & Sustainability for Office Depot

Shannon has been with Office Depot/OfficeMax for more than 20 years. Before his promotion to Vice President of Merchandising Operations & Sustainability, he served as VP, Loss Prevention, Safety & Sustainability. Prior to that, he served many roles throughout his time with the company, including Sr. Director, Loss Prevention & Safety; Director - Supply Chain, Corporate & International Loss Prevention; and Director, LP Operations & International. Earlier in his career, he also held LP roles with Service Merchandise, Montgomery Ward, Sears and Venture Stores. Congratulations, Shannon!

Amanda Buell, MBA, LPC promoted to Standards and Compliance Manager, Global Security Operations Center for Amazon

Amanda has been with Amazon for more than two years. Before her promotion to Standards and Compliance Manager, Global Security Operations Center, she held multiple positions with the company, including Loss Prevention Manager II, Loss Prevention Manager I, and Loss Prevention Specialist. Prior to that, she worked for Lowe's for over 11 years as a Loss Prevention Safety Manager and Loss Prevention Specialist. Earlier in her career, she spent two years with Target as a Target Protection Specialist. Congratulations, Amanda!

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FaceFirst Launches SDK to Accelerate Computer Vision-enabled Security & Identity Verification Solutions

FaceFirst Introduces Software Development Kit (SDK) to Ease Deployment on Any Device

FaceFirst, the leading U.S. computer vision company, announced today the availability of its SDK (Software Development Kit). This enables developers of security and identity verification products to incorporate advanced facial recognition and other video analytics into their solutions with just a few lines of code.

Retailers, transportation centers, hospitals, law enforcement agencies are just some of the organizations that trust FaceFirst face recognition and video analytics solutions to detect and deter real time threats and enhance customer engagement. The FaceFirst SDK helps technology teams quickly enable cameras, kiosks, terminals, and other IoT hardware products with frictionless identity verification and customer insights that proactively personalize the customer journey and reduce or eliminate identity fraud and crime.

"FaceFirst's SDK transforms the ease with which developers build complete face recognition and video analytics solutions," said Peter Trepp, CEO at FaceFirst. "The SDK falls right in line with our strategic goal of making FaceFirst the industry standard platform for organizations building safe communities, great customer experiences, and personalized services."

Lightweight and easy to integrate, FaceFirst's SDK includes native support for industry standards. It enables developers to customize and incorporate ID/transaction verification, password replacement, and personalized insights into their applications. The SDK can work online or offline, supports the Linux operating system and runs in a docker container to enable easy integration and embedding into any IoT device. It includes FaceFirst's industry leading facial recognition for images and video and age / gender recognition capabilities.

To learn more about the FaceFirst SDK visit facefirst.com

New Report Finds Retail Returns Totaled $309 Billion in 2019
Impacting Stores and E-Commerce

Appriss Retail's "2019 Consumer Returns in the Retail Industry" Report Finds Returns of Online Purchases Totaled $41 Billion; Return Fraud up 35% over 2018

Appriss Retail, the industry leader in retail performance improvement solutions, today released an analysis of the revenue and profit loss ramifications of U. S. consumer merchandise returns. The new "2019 Consumer Returns in the Retail Industry" report states that overall value of returned merchandise in the United States during the past year was $309 billion, and returns from online purchases accounted for $41 billion of that total. This cost does not include the overhead a retailer incurs when receiving, sorting, and repackaging useable goods for resale, nor does it account for the disposal of unsaleable merchandise. In addition, an estimated $27 billion of that sum were fraudulent returns, up 35% over 2018. Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight below.

Protos Security launches new logo

Logo reflects company's expansion in managed, monitored and direct guard services

Protos Security, a nationwide leader in security guard services, today announced a new logo and brand identity system. The new branding reflects the company's expanded portfolio of managed, direct and monitored guard services from its acquisition of Security Resources Inc in August 2019. It also reinforces the combined company's modern approach to delivering security guard services and next-generation technology that put clients in control of their loss prevention and risk management programs. Read More Here


NRF 2020: Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella Says:

Data & AI is the 'Tip of the Spear' Shaping Retails Future

Your Store is a Computer - Automation & Prediction Through Data

One of the top tech trends he foresees spreading through the industry is personalization. About 30% of ecommerce sales come from recommendations and he said that percentage will keep increasing. Nadella said the market has reached a point where consumers expect personalized interaction with retailers, which can be accomplished through data and AI. "This is at the tip of the spear of how digital capability can shape what retail of the future looks like."

There are already examples of AI being put to work across multiple aspects of the retail process. Nadella cited Starbucks, which developed their own AI technology called Deep Brew. "They built this using reinforcement learning; it's driving their recommendation engine in the Starbucks app," he said. "It's something they are going to use across multichannels."

Retailers have valuable assets, Nadella said, in the form of commercial intent and consumer behavior data. That information must be converted into marketing efforts that can be leveraged. For example, Marks & Spencer, he said, has implemented compute in-store to give the retailer the ability to track all activity including the length of the checkout process in real-time.

Nadella proposed that other retailers should consider similar approaches embedding compute throughout their operations to take greater advantage of transformation. "What if you took the entire store and effectively thought of it as a computer?" he asked. "You do that with your website and mobile app. What if the physical space itself had all of the computing signal, all of the analytical signal you have on your website?" informationweek.com

NRF 2020: Biometric facial recognition payments and matching, security and identity verification tools at NRF 2020
A great number of innovative solutions are showcased as well as insightful case studies that can disrupt retail with innovation.

Computer vision-enabled security and identity verification solutions

Biometric facial recognition payments

Unified architecture for points of sale and interactive retail solutions

Facial matching with deep learning analytics

Seamless and friction-free inventory management

Cash payment automation kiosks biometricupdate.com

Tampa, FL: Alert LP Agent Stops 'Firebomb' From Exploding at Walmart
Authorities in Tampa say they arrested a woman over the weekend who was trying to build a bomb inside a local Walmart. Just after 6 p.m. on Saturday deputies responded to the store on Fletcher Avenue for reports of a woman trying to make a "firebomb" inside the store.

Emily Stallard, 37, was opening items like flammable material, projectiles and matches inside the store that she hadn't paid for, the sheriff's office says. A security guard saw her and immediately called 911. Authorities say the guard and an off-duty FWC officer, who was in the store at the time, detained Stallard until deputies arrived.

"This woman had all the supplies she needed to cause mass destruction at her disposal. Had it not been for an observant off-duty law enforcement officer and a watchful security staff at Walmart, she may have followed through with her plans to cause an explosion inside the store," said Sheriff Chad Chronister.

The sheriff's office says Stallard had a child with her at the time. She is charged with attempted arson of a structure, fire bombing, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child abuse and battery on a law enforcement officer. abcactionnews.com

How Tiffany Moved 114,000 Gems Without Getting Robbed

It Took Dozens of Security Officers, Hundreds of Cameras & a Vow of Secrecy
Moving to Temporary Quarters During Its Flagship Renovation on Fifth Avenue.

Tiffany & Company had millions of dollars' worth of shining, sparkling jewelry in its famous Fifth Avenue store on Sunday: $4,000 rings that spell the world "love" in small diamonds, $165,000 diamond necklaces, and even a $2.475 million engagement ring that weighs as much as a bullet.

Tiffany was emptying its 10-story fortress for a long-planned renovation. The merchandise had to travel only 50 feet or so - Tiffany will occupy a former Nike store during the makeover - but security was tight.

The jeweler assigned 30 security officers to watch as 114,179 "units of merchandise" - a "unit" being retailing jargon for one ring, necklace or brooch - were taken from their display cases and shuttled to the temporary store.

New York City police officers were standing by outside. They watched as the jewelry was rolled along the sidewalk in distinctive carts with robin's egg-blue tambour doors. The color is so much a part of Tiffany's identity that the company has a trademark on it.

But if the carts were somewhat showy, they were also meant to be secure. They had locks that were checked and rechecked, and before each cart was pushed onto the sidewalk, it was sealed in plastic shrink-wrap. And Shifra Balancio, a Tiffany employee, was posted at the door of the store's temporary home to keep a careful log of each cart that arrived.

There were 300 cameras monitoring the Tiffany store and about as many in the temporary store, as well as a few more trained on the route along the sidewalk, that were live feeding monitors surveilled by other security officials in the two stores and at Tiffany's distribution center in Parsippany, N.J.

Employees had been told to keep word of the move quiet. That directive was repeated by Andrew Mikulskis, the Tiffany executive who coordinated the move and is overseeing the renovation, during a briefing for employees after the store closed on Sunday afternoon. He implored them not to post messages or photos on social media that might provide clues as to what was happening.

Well before that, Tiffany officials had monitored social media, looking for hints of potential criminality. Tiffany hired a company that tracks social media and provided a list of key words like "move," "727 Fifth Avenue" - the address of the old store - "6 East 57th Street" and the move date.

As an extra security measure, Tiffany put up a tent in front of the door of the temporary store to block the view. Every item was entered into an inventory-control system when it was packed in the old store and checked off when it was unpacked in the temporary one. nytimes.com

Worldwide Sales of Knockoffs Exceeds $520B in 2019 - 3.3% of all Global Trade
How $470 million worth of fake Nikes get into the US

7 Year Investigation - Follow a Suspect Turned UC

An international counterfeiting ring shipped hundreds of millions of dollars worth of counterfeit sneakers to the United States using an elaborate web of fictitious company names, bogus paperwork, phony email addresses, and burner phones. That's according to a now-unsealed federal complaint, which says the fake Nike and Louis Vuitton footwear would be worth more than $472 million if it were real.

It was a larger-than-usual bust for US authorities, who have broken up several large sneaker counterfeiting operations in recent months. Last year, the feds busted a New York-based counterfeiting ring they say smuggled 385,280 pairs of imitation Air Jordans into the country, potentially costing Nike more than $70 million in lost revenue. In October, federal agents arrested a Queens man they say shipped more than $5 million worth of fake Timberland and Ugg boots from China into the New York City area. The same month, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers intercepted 14,806 pairs of counterfeit Nike Air Jordans, which would have been worth $2.2 million, had they been genuine.

In this latest case, the counterfeiting crew allegedly used slightly altered versions of actual company names to make their shipping paperwork look legit. Once the cargo cleared US customs, the 40-foot containers didn't go to the addresses listed on the manifests-which falsely claimed the shipments were made up of everyday household items like ventilation fans-but rather to various self-storage facilities in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island, NY, where the boxes of phony sneakers were broken down into smaller quantities to be sold. Investigators eventually linked a total of 129 shipping containers containing bogus shoes to the same organization.

The network first appeared on law enforcement's radar in February 2012, when CBP officers in the New York area seized a container loaded with counterfeit sneakers coming in from China. CBP made 16 identical seizures over the next several years-with, of course, unknown numbers slipping into the country undetected.

Finally, in October 2018, investigators picked up a crucial lead.

Setting the trap - Follow How Investigators Developed a Undercover Op. qz.com

Stop stolen guns in Baltimore County by requiring retailers to secure
the weapons they sell

Secure All Firearms Effectively (SAFE) Act

More than 5,650 firearms were stolen nationwide in burglaries from firearm retailers in 2018 alone. Stolen firearms are often sold or traded to criminals, providing deadly weapons to many individuals barred from owning guns. These weapons in turn are used to commit violent crimes.

In 2018 and 2019 alone, there were 10 burglaries or attempted burglaries at seven different firearm retail establishments in Baltimore County. More than 50 firearms were stolen in those incidents. Meanwhile, last summer, criminals targeted establishments in Howard County and Montgomery County on successive nights, stealing a total of 45 weapons. Often, even after arrests are made in these cases, stolen firearms are never recovered.

More can be done to stop these crimes, and we have an obligation to do so. We've introduced the Secure All Firearms Effectively (SAFE) Act: a straightforward public safety solution to keep stolen guns off our streets and out of the hands of violent criminals.

The SAFE Act sets minimum security standards for firearm retailers and gun shows to deter would-be burglars and prevent guns from being stolen. Specifically, the bill creates a new county license requiring a police department-approved plan that uses a combination of physical security, video surveillance and alarm systems to provide a baseline level of security.

Security requirements have already been enacted in other jurisdictions, including Connecticut, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia - and they work. New Jersey, a state with a policy similar to the SAFE Act, saw three firearms stolen by burglars between 2012 and 2017 while North Carolina, a state without requirements, saw 1,400 firearms burgled over that same period. baltimoresun.com

With package theft at an all-time high, Amazon and others are fighting back

1.7M Thefts A Day Costing $25M in Theft Daily

Package theft is at an all-time high, with 1.7 million packages stolen or lost every day in the U.S. As Amazon drives more shopping online, Prime members say they receive on average 51 packages a year, and one in three Americans report having at least one package stolen, resulting in $25 million of lost goods and services every day, according to C+R Research.

In response, Amazon has installed secure locker locations in 900 U.S. cities and now offers Amazon Key, which allows customers to give remote access to delivery drivers so they can leave packages inside the home, garage or car trunk. UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service also offer a growing number of storefronts where packages can be picked up. Other solutions include video doorbells by companies like Google, start-ups experimenting with advanced package tracking, and lockboxes for individual homes. cnbc.com

NRF Big Show: Positive outlook for 2020
The economy is positioned for steady growth this year.

Jack Kleinhenz, NRF chief economist, is optimistic that NRF will hit its economic forecasts for the year. "I think 2020 will be a little more balanced and less uncertain," Kleinhenz said at the conference. "I don't see any sign of a downturn. The consumer continues to be the driver for the economy, and has the ability and willingness to spend."

To encourage consumers to spend, retailers will focus on how to innovate, drive efficiency and better service their customers. This will require retailers to contemplate how to invest more heavily in automation, and use it to get goods into consumers' hands faster. chainstoreage.com

Training Staff to Be Better Interviewers
Many organizations take a team-based approach to hiring and for good reason. Gaining perspectives about job candidates from their potential co-workers can help avoid bias and blind spots. But it's rare for the non-HR employees participating in these panels to actually have experience in, or aptitude for, the interview process.

"Many organizations do not have a formal system where interviewers cohesively and completely share what they have learned in the interview, crippling the selection process," said David Lewis, CEO of OperationsInc., an HR consulting firm in Norwalk, Conn.

Why Interviewers Should Be Trained and Coached for the Role shrm.org

Walmart expands robots to 650 additional stores

Online retailer Casper plans 200 stores

Danish company Too Good To Go eyes new American front against global food waste

Facial Recognition Bans to Hit College Campuses?

Instacart workers organizing national boycott next week to reinstate a default 10% tip

Quarterly Results
Game Stop 9 week Holiday Sales - comp's down 24.7%, sales down 27.5%

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Appriss Retail's "2019 Consumer Returns in the Retail Industry" Report Finds Returns of Online Purchases Totaled $41 Billion; Return Fraud up 35% over 2018

IRVINE, Calif. - Appriss Retail, the industry leader in retail performance improvement solutions, today released an analysis of the revenue and profit loss ramifications of U. S. consumer merchandise returns. The new "2019 Consumer Returns in the Retail Industry" report states that overall value of returned merchandise in the United States during the past year was $309 billion, and returns from online purchases accounted for $41 billion of that total. This cost does not include the overhead a retailer incurs when receiving, sorting, and repackaging useable goods for resale, nor does it account for the disposal of unsaleable merchandise. In addition, an estimated $27 billion of that sum were fraudulent returns, up 35% over 2018.

Return rates vary greatly by retail vertical; for example, drug stores/pharmacies showed a 2.1% blended return rate while auto parts retailers had a rate of almost 19.9%. Footwear and home improvement retailers also tracked higher than the 8.1% average return rate. The report contains the blended return rate for 10 retail verticals, and also tracks return rates by original payment type.

"Return fraud is up 35% over last year, at the same time that retailers are struggling to find a balance between making returns as frictionless as possible and keeping costs in check," said Steve Prebble, president of Appriss Retail. "While many types of returns can be risky for the retailer, there are ample rewards to be earned when consumers have a friendly in-store interaction. We hope that the report invites further discussions about how retailers can improve their customer experience and optimize the profit potential of service-oriented options like buy-online-return-in-store (BORIS)."

Other highlights from the report include:

● Total merchandise returns account for $309 billion in lost sales for US retailers, including $41 billion from returns of online purchases. This revenue size would rank #2 on the Fortune 500.
● Annual losses from merchandise return fraud are estimated at $27 billion, up 35% over 2019.
● The estimated return fraud percentage of 8.8% is 76% higher than last year.
● The largest risk for online returns is in-store. BORIS (buy-online-return-in-store) return fraud is $1.6 billion compared to $0.4 billion for non-store locations.

The full report is now available for download at https://apprissretail.com/resource/2019-consumer-returns-in-the-retail-industry/





Will This Be the Year of the Branded Cybercriminal?

Threat actors will continue to grow enterprise-style businesses that evolve just like their legitimate counterparts.

All businesses evolve and adapt to their environments. Businesses in the Dark Web are no exception. In the burgeoning and nearly unpoliceable business climate that is the Dark Web, it's only natural that businesses should become more "professional" - both in their revenue models and in their practices. We saw this happen in 2019 and expect even greater movement in this direction in 2020.

The "Servitization" of the Dark Web

Making money from stolen personal credentials via the Dark Web is pretty much de rigueur for would-be cybercriminals. Yet in the past, this process involved significant effort for the cybercriminal-to-be.

First, criminals needed to code or acquire a Trojan to use for infecting online banking portals or payment systems. Then they'd have to disseminate their malware and infect targets. Following the infection, they'd need to access all infected machines, harvest relevant data, and process it. Only then could they begin cashing out - selling stolen credentials or data via the Dark Web.

This process is now becoming astoundingly less complex - and infinitely more dangerous.

Servitization is the process of shifting from selling products to selling services that provide the outcomes those products deliver. This shift has transformed many above-board business models, and this same process will continue to spread across criminal networks this year and beyond. Today's cybercriminals are already buying and selling services rather than goods in the cybercrime financial ecosystem - and this trend will accelerate. darkreading.com

NRF 2020: CISOs Lament Talent Shortage
Security chiefs at retailers Target Corp., Best Buy Co. and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. on Monday lamented the tough market for cybersecurity hiring while speaking on a panel at the National Retail Federation's annual conference in New York.

They also outlined tactics they use for retaining high-performing security pros and seeding the sector with promising talent. "If we can't get people we need, this is a really big deal," said Adam Mishler, CISO at Best Buy (pictured center).

Because cybersecurity isn't widely taught in colleges and universities, corporate CISOs have to be creative about the kind of professionals they seek, said Dave Estlick, CISO at Chipotle. Mr. Estlick (pictured right) joined Chipotle in December, after more than nine years in cybersecurity at Starbucks Corp.

Rather than require a certain number of years of security experience, he looks for problem-solvers. "I'm as likely to hire somebody with an economics degree as computer science," he said, because both disciplines rely on the ability to see patterns.

Helping prospects see the excitement in cybersecurity is valuable, said Target CISO Rich Agostino (pictured left). He regularly talks to students in regions near the company's Minneapolis headquarters office. "They think you're sitting in front of a computer all day waiting for an alarm bell to go off," he said. He explains how cybersecurity touches various technology and business positions and that security experts can have long-term careers.

Mr. Estlick said three tenets make for satisfied, loyal cybersecurity staffers: interesting work; an opportunity to learn from experts and, in turn, to become one; and fair compensation.

The executives counseled patience as the young discipline develops. After all, Mr. Agostino noted, his own position didn't exist until relatively recently. "CISO weren't even a thing 20 years ago." cybersecurity.cmail19.com

NRF 2020: Retailers ponder cloud choices, Zebra launches SmartSight, Micro-markets in focus

Nutanix survey: Highlights the moving parts as retailers ponder hybrid cloud choices.
Zebra launches SmartSight, and Shekel Brainweigh is using Hitchi sensors for a micro-market called Capsule.

Retailers are increasingly opting for hybrid cloud deployments and often moving workloads from public clouds to their own data centers to repatriate data, according to research by Nutanix.

The findings offer a notable backdrop to the National Retail Federations annual conference in New York City. NRF 2020 this year features cloud providers pitching retailers as well as a bevy of technology providers offering tools to boost efficiency in an industry buffeted by competition from Amazon.

72% of retailers said they had moved or planned to move some public cloud applications back to on-premises infrastructure. Retailers from 2018 to 2019 increased their data center usage by 14%.

Retailers' ideal IT operating model revolved around hybrid cloud deployments. Retailers said they plan to increase hybrid cloud usage by 43% and multicloud usage by 10% in the nextfive5 years.

Agility was cited as the top reason for their deployment decisions followed by cost and end-user experiences. zdnet.com

Ransomware Victim's Unusual Response: Legal Action Against Unknown Attackers

Ireland Injunction Blocked Website of Posted Stolen Data
Such a move could insulate victims from legal fallout after data breaches, experts say

Southwire confirmed it suffered a cyberattack in a Twitter post on Dec. 11. Southwire's U.S. federal court complaint refers to "confidential business information and other sensitive information" that hackers accessed. The company took a two-step legal approach. It filed a complaint on Dec. 31 in a federal court in Georgia and is seeking damages from hackers. The lawsuit is against "John Doe" and states that Southwire is unaware of the defendant's name.

Separately, Southwire obtained an emergency injunction the same day from an Irish judge, removing a public website, hosted by an Irish firm, where hackers had posted some of Southwire's stolen data. The data was available for anyone else to see, and wasn't hidden in a dark web forum. Hackers had also written on the website that they would publish more data if Southwire refused to pay a ransom. The website provider, World Hosting Farm Ltd., blocked the website address the day Southwire filed the injunction, World Hosting Farm Chief Executive Artur Grabowski said in an email.

Southwire decided on that strategy based on legal advice in the U.S. and Ireland, said Jason Pollard, vice president of talent acquisition and communications. "We feel this is the best way to mitigate further impact, and to do what is best for our company, employees and customers," he said.

Lawyers and cybersecurity experts said it was the first time they had heard of a ransomware victim suing hackers for damages. But companies often seek injunctions after a data breach because doing so can help prove they tried to prevent the spread of stolen information, said Kenneth Dort, a partner in the Chicago office of law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

If personal information is exposed, companies could face lawsuits from individuals alleging their data wasn't properly secured. Contractual agreements with business partners may specify how commercial information must be secured. wsj.com

Albany Airport Pays Off Sodinokibi Ransomware Gang: Report


Why Software Updates are Vital

Though it can be annoying to have to restart your device to install a system update, it's much better than the alternative: leaving your computer or mobile device vulnerable to attack. In fact, the notorious WannaCry ransomware attack targeted computers that had not been updated to the latest version of Windows. Regularly updating your software is the easiest way to make sure you are protected from known software vulnerabilities.




Amazon Ramps Up Counterfeit Reporting to Law Enforcement

Trump Considered Adding Amazon to 'Notorious Markets' List

Amazon.com Inc is planning to give more data on counterfeit goods to law enforcement in a further crackdown on fakes listed on its e-commerce sites, a person familiar with the program told Reuters.

The move comes as Amazon faces public scrutiny over how it polices counterfeits and allegedly unsafe products on its platform. Fakes have long frustrated top labels like Apple Inc and Nike Inc, discouraging some from selling via Amazon at all.

In the past, the world's largest online retailer has informed authorities of counterfeit peddlers when it thought it had enough information for police to pursue a culprit. Now, the company plans to disclose merchant information to European and U.S. federal authorities every time it confirms a counterfeit was sold to customers, increasing the frequency and volume of reporting to law enforcement, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

In recent weeks, Amazon has held meetings with government authorities and related organizations to discuss its new counterfeit reporting strategy and how the company can further their enforcement efforts, the person said. The hope has been that Amazon's coveted data will help law enforcement make connections about criminals.

According to the source, Amazon will report a merchant's name, company name, product and contact information to authorities, after it confirms a business was selling fakes, closes the seller's account, and the account holder does not make a successful appeal via Amazon's typical processes.

In an April memo, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a crackdown on fakes sold via online marketplaces while the country was locked in trade talks with China, one source of counterfeits. The Trump administration also considered last year adding some Amazon websites to its "Notorious Markets" list for counterfeits, the Wall Street Journal reported, though similar proposals in 2018 were discarded. reuters.com

British Convenience Food Retailer Using ACI Worldwide to Prevent eCommerce Payments Fraud

Salesforce: Digital holiday spend up 8% amid strong mobile growth




Update: Minneapolis, MN: Two Men Charged After Stealing Nearly $20,000 In Apple Watches And Selling Them On Mom's Facebook
Hennepin County criminal complaint says law enforcement arrived at a T-Mobile store in Eagan on Sept. 8, 2019, after reports that two males had stolen four Apple watches. The watches had been on display and attached to security devices, but the thieves were able to run out of the store with them anyway. The thefts were only part of a string of crimes in the Greater Twin Cities area.

In all, three Apple watches were stolen in Roseville, two in St. Louis Park, four in Brooklyn Center, three in Minnetonka, four in Maple Grove, four in Golden Valley, and at least nine in Eagan. Abdalla later admitted to his involvement in the thefts, while in custody at the Hennepin County Jail, adding that, "he used his mother's Facebook profile to post the Apple watches for sale," according to the complaint. Abdi faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty. Abdalla faces five years on these charges. He is also currently being held on other offenses. minnesota.cbslocal.com

Youngstown, OH: Moms take kids on Lego shoplifting spree at Boardman, Cortland, Austintown, Walmarts
Two sisters from Akron were arrested on Monday after police say they were caught with hundreds of dollars worth of Lego toys allegedly shoplifted from Walmart stores in Boardman and Cortland while their children were with them. Twenty-five-year-old Julia Serrano and her 27-year-old sister Vanessa Serrona were scheduled to appear in Boardman Court on Tuesday to answer charges of theft and child endangering. Police say the women poured the Legos into handbags they had brought into the store, then bought two candy bars and a balloon at the self-checkout. The two were stopped by store security, who called police. Inside the suspect's car, officers say they found two bags of new Legos as well as about 100 packages of Legos on the floor of the car. wfmj.com

Yuba City, CA: Two Men arrested in $5,000 AT&T Burglary
Two men from Sacramento were arrested by the Yuba City Police Department after they allegedly stole more than $5,000 in Apple products from the AT&T store on Harter Parkway in Yuba City. appeal-democrat.com

Palo Alto, CA: Four arrested in Macy's '$5,000 Grab and Run' theft; Police say armloads of clothing were stolen
Police on Sunday arrested four women on suspicion of stealing more than $5,000 worth of clothing from the Macy's at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto. Officers were dispatched to the department store about 3:50 p.m. for reports of a "grab and run" theft. Police said an investigation revealed that a customer witnessed the women stealing armloads of clothing and shoes. The witness then started taking video of the suspects and followed them. One of the suspects became agitated that she was being recorded, De la Vega said, and "lunged at the witness and kicked her in the buttocks." The witness, however, was not injured. sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

Plymouth Township, PA: Police seeking info on four suspects in $1,500 heist from Dick's Sporting Goods

New York, NY: Calculator heist at Target in East Village adds up to $1,200 in stolen goods

Vacaville, CA: Police arrest two for shoplifting $1,100 of merchandise from Kohl's

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Shootings & Deaths

Glenwood Springs, CO: Grocery Store Armed Robbery suspect killed by
New Castle Police
New Castle Police shot and killed an armed New Castle man who fled the scene of a robbery in Glenwood Springs Saturday afternoon and led law enforcement on a high-speed vehicle pursuit on Interstate 70, authorities say. An armed robbery occurred at the El Azteca grocery store in west Glenwood Springs between about 1:30 and 2 p.m. Saturday. Glenwood Springs police Lt. Bill Kimminau said a man wearing a beanie and scarf to disguise himself and carrying a handgun entered the store and demanded money, fleeing with probably more than $500. No one was injured in the robbery. gjsentinel.com

Greentown, IN: 2 found shot, killed in vehicle parked in Casey's General store lot
Two people have been found dead with gunshot wounds inside a vehicle parked in a Casey's General Store parking lot in Greentown, according to the Greentown Police Department. Around 6:30 p.m. Monday, police were called to the Casey's General Store for a welfare check. Officers arrived to find a deceased man and woman inside a vehicle. An investigation into their deaths is ongoing. cbs4indy.com


Mobile, AL: Mall Chaos: Video shows shot fired inside Mall, no one injured
The suspect in a struggle with police that resulted from an alleged shoplifting attempt is now in Mobile Metro Jail. 28-year-old Jermiah Johnson reportedly turned himself in to police Monday night. After an apparent struggle with police, the suspect in the video drops his weapon, which fires off a shot in The Shoppes at Bel Air mall. mynbc15.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Update: Brighton, MI: Three arrested in connection to string of Target store burglaries
Three suspects have been arrested in connection with recent burglaries at Brighton and Fenton Target stores. The investigation into the string of burglaries led Michigan State Police troopers from the Brighton and Flint posts on a vehicle chase early Monday morning. During the chase, the suspects' vehicle ran off the road into a wooded area, prompting the three suspects to flee on foot, police said. A police K-9 tracked them and they were arrested without further incident, police said. All three men face numerous felony charges from multiple police agencies, police said. mlive.com

Athens-Clarke, GA: Suspects Identified in Christmas Eve $25,000 C-Store Burglary
Burglars entered the grocery store Dec. 24 and not only stole from the store, but caused damage, according to a police report. Police charged Garlan Alan Paschal, 46, and Tiffany Ridgeway, 41, with burglary and felony theft. The thieves stole lottery tickets, cash, a cash register, a security camera, tobacco products, clothing, food and other items. onlineathens.com

Normal, IL: Suspect Charged In String Of Truck Burglaries At Menards
Matthew Lawrence was arrested and charged Saturday with 10 counts of theft and burglary. Lawrence allegedly stole chainsaws, an eco-gas blower, and other equipment from trucks during five separate incidents last summer. (Menards does not have a surveillance system that records the parking lot.). Lawrence was allegedly caught burglarizing a vehicle in the Menards lot in November. Authorities traced him to the summer burglaries after tracking his history of pawning items in central Illinois, prosecutors said. Lawrence allegedly made around $7,500 from pawning the stolen items, prosecutors said. wglt.org

Portland, OR: No jail time for man who attacked Macy's Loss Prevention with Machete at Lloyd Center
A man who attacked a security guard while armed with a machete at a Macy's store pleaded guilty to intimidation in the second degree and must write an apology letter, according to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. Camar Livingstone, 20, was arrested in May last year after a loss prevention officer at the Macy's store at Lloyd Center saw him place a large amount of clothing into his backpack. Livingstone removed the clothing from his backpack when confronted by the security guard, but then started using vulgar and homophobic language to threaten the officer, according to a probable cause affidavit. At one point, Livingstone took the unpaid clothing that he had gathered and threw it at the officer. A second loss prevention officer tried to get Livingstone away from the first officer, and during that altercation, Livingstone pulled a machete out of his pants and started waving it around, taunting both officers, the attorney's office says. Portland police responded and arrested Livingstone. kptv.com

UK: Plymouth, England: Shoplifter runs away from police in Plymouth - but his trousers fall down and he breaks his arm


Baltimore, MD: Man Convicted After 5-Day Trial on Federal Charges Related to the Attempted Armed Robbery of a Food Service Company Where An Employee Was Shot
Slater picked Smith up at his residence and the two traveled to the business.Four employees arrived for the morning shift to open the store. Surveillance cameras show Smith and Slater waking across a parking lot in the direction of the employee entrance. As employees entered the store, Smith and Slater trailed them through the open door, posing as employees.

Upon entering the building Slater confronted two victims outside of the manager's office, pulling out a gun and shooting one of the victims in the face. Slater then forced the other employee toward the direction of the cash room, where the safe was stored. In the meantime, Smith entered the employee breakroom and confronted two other victims, brandishing a firearm while he ordered the victims to hand over their cell phones and get on the floor. Once Slater and the victim reached the cash room, the victim quickly entered the room and shut the door behind him, knowing that the door would lock automatically. justice.gov

Rochester, NY: Man Sentenced For 6 C-Store Armed Robberies and Hobbs Act; serving 108 months and $4,000 in restitution

Florida Man Gets 36 Months Fed. Prison for $174,660 ATM "Cash-out" Scheme in New England



AT&T - Yuba City, CA - Burglary
Books - Portland, OR - Burglary
C-Store- Hilo, HI - Burglary
C-Store - Valdosta, GA - Burglary
C-Store - Cherokee County, SC - Burglary
C-Store - Nassau County, NY - Burglary
C-Store - Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery
Clothing - Bakersfield, CA - Burglary
Clothing - Bakersfield, CA - Burglary
Clothing - Bakersfield, CA - Burglary
Dollar General - Cherokee County, SC - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - DeLand, FL - Robbery
Furniture - Fresno, CA - Burglary
Gas Station - Glenwood Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Glenwood Springs, CO - Armed Robbery/ Suspect killed
Grocery - Dothan, AL - Robbery
Grocery - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Guns - Port St Lucie, FL - Burglary
Jewelry - Hackensack, NJ - Burglary
Jewelry - Lemont, IL - Burglary
Jewelry - Limerick, PA - Robbery
Jewelry - Lawrenceville, GA - Burglary
Jewelry - District Heights, MD - Robbery
Jewelry - Chattanooga, TN - Robbery
Nieman Marcus - Charlotte, NC - Robbery/ Assault on LP
Macy's - Palo Alto, CA - Robbery
Restaurant - Cherokee County, SC - Burglary
Restaurant - Altoona, PA - Burglary
Restaurant - Phillips, WI - Burglary
Restaurant - Butternut, WI - Burglary
7-Eleven - Portsmouth, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Salt Lake City, UT - Robbery
7-Eleven - Manassas, VA - Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 14 robberies
• 19 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed

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