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RILA Retail Supply Chain Conference 2017
Feb. 12-15

Jewelers' Security Alliance's 39th Annual Security Seminar and Expo
March 7-9

ISC West
April 6-8

NRF Protect 2017
June 26-28

Carolinas ORC Alliance 2nd Annual Conference
Sept. 21

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Sept. 25-28

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 'D&D Daily's LP New Years Kick Off' was a great success!

Macy's AP Team with
NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill
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nnual NYC Dinner
 
 

 
 

 

Pictured (left to right): Alisa Dart (VP of Asset Protection), John Matas (VP-Asset Protection/Investigations & ORC), Kevin Colman (Group VP of Asset Protection), Commissioner James O'Neill, Stephen Boarman (Director of AP Operations & Administration), Chris DeSantis, and Joe Coll (VP Asset Protection Operations & Administration)



 


 

In Case You Missed It

January's Moving Ups

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New Senior LP's - 11 Appointments - 5 Promotions

Assemblers Incorporated named Bob Zumbrunn Corporate Loss Prevention Manager
Ascena Retail Group named Brian Bazer, VP of Asset Protection & Safety
Ascena Retail Group named Rob LaCommare, AVP, Global Operations & Analytics, Asset Protection
Ascena Retail Group named Eric Pidgeon, Director of Global Operations & Safety, Asset Protection
Ascena Retail Group named Adam Gilvin, Director of International Asset Protection- Great Lakes/Canada
AT&T promoted Geoff Oletti to AVP Asset Protection
BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP named Zuhal Weber named Director of Asset Protection
Brookstone promoted Jonathan Carroll, CFI, LPC to Senior Regional Loss Prevention Manager
Burberry promoted Thomas Kane to Senior Regional Manager Asset & Profit Protection - East Coast/Distribution/Corporate
Denny's named Michael Woods Director of Assets Protection & Safety
Duluth Trading Company named David Homolka VP of Human Resources
Gap Inc. of Greater China promoted Michael Zang to Senior Director of Loss Prevention
Protection 1 Security Solutions named Brian Broadus named National Account Manager
Rexall named Andy Buchanan, CFI Director of Loss Prevention
T-Mobile promoted Michael Karis, CFI to Senior Manager, Area Loss Prevention
Things Remembered named Korey Smith Senior Manager Loss Prevention


 





Peyton Manning and Former Washington, D.C., Police Chief
Among Headliners at NRF's 2017 Loss Prevention Conference

A Super Bowl-winning quarterback and the first woman to lead the nation's capital's police force will be among keynote speakers as more than 2,000 industry leaders, loss prevention professionals, cybersecurity experts and law enforcement officers convene in Washington, D.C., June 26-28, 2017, at NRF PROTECT 2017.

Cathy Lanier, former chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, will kick off the keynote sessions at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28, in a session titled "Safety and Preparedness in the 21st Century." The session will cover Lanier's extensive experience in fighting crime and security threats while protecting people and assets.

On the same day, five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning will speak at 1:00 p.m. in a session titled "The Goalposts of Leadership are shifting: Are You?" Manning will discuss how he has fought many epic battles under intense pressure on the gridiron, earning the respect of the league and players as a game-changing leader. nrf.com
 

 


An anti-Trump movement is calling for the boycott of these 33 retailers
Shannon Coulter, a brand and digital strategist, started the #GrabYourWallet hashtag in October following the publication of a leaked tape that showed Trump making lewd comments about women. Coulter used the hashtag to encourage people who were offended by Trump's language and actions to boycott companies doing business with his family.

In the months since the election, she and other anti-Trump Twitter users have circulated a spreadsheet with retailers that do business with the Trump family. 

As of Monday, Grab Your Wallet's list of brands that carry Trump products included 33 retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, and Bloomingdales. businessinsider.com
 
Identity Fraud Rose 16% In 2016
15.4M consumers hit in US - highest ever
CNP Up 40% - Account Takeover up 61%

Identity fraudsters had a banner year in 2016. The number of identity fraud victims increased 16% in 2016, rising to 15.4 million consumers in the US, according to Javelin Strategy & Research's 2017 Identity Fraud Study.

The criminals adapted to all the latest prevention techniques to net 2 million more victims in 2016 - an increase of $1 billion, to $16 billion. The rise of available information via data breaches has been a boon to the criminals.

Card not present (CNP) fraud up 40%. EMV chip and pin cards have closed off opportunities for point-of-sale fraud, so the criminals have moved online. In fact, 3.42% of all consumers had their cards abused by this type of fraud.

Account takeover up 61% to $2.3B with incidents up 31%. During 2016, victims paid an average of $263 in out-of-pocket costs and spent 20.7 million hours to resolve this type of fraud - 6 million more hours than in 2015.

Account takeover on mobile phone became nearly twice as prevalent in only one year. Mobile phone accounts represented 12% of all takeovers in 2016, up from 7% in 2015. Cybercriminals sought to monetize mobile accounts and leverage them to compromise the mobile-based alerting and authentication solutions that financial institutions, issuers, and other businesses rely on to prevent fraud.

New account fraud (NAF) continues unabated. NAF increased from 0.62% in 2015, to 0.74% of consumers last year. Fraudulent credit cards proved most attractive, rising 21% for new fraudulent accounts opened in 2015, to 30% last year.  darkreading.com

5 Tactics to Consider When Tackling Retail Crime & Violence
The recent trend within large retail store networks (Walmart, Costco and Target to name just a few) isn't so much the latest fashion, but rather an increase in the number of violent crimes.

From shoplifting and holdups to carpark hit and runs, shoppers are putting pressure on Corporate Security Directors (CSD) to come up with new and innovative ways to make stores a safe place to shop.

So, what new gadgets and tactics can CSDs employ? Here the five we think are worth considering:

1. Enhance Video Quality
4K video offers four times the resolution as 1080p HD. This means you capture even more detail to better detect issues and identify what is happening more clearly. There is just one key issue: A 4K camera needs four times the storage and bandwidth as HD.

2. Analyze Big Data
Analyzing internal data sources can help security to ensure accuracy of inventory records and loss prevention.

In regards to video analytics, these days security are able to monitor figures such as traffic volumes, movement trends and motion patterns, resulting in operational intelligence that helps deploy staff and resources more effectively.

3. Smarter surveillance
According to Alan O'Herlihy, CEO of Everseen, "non-scans are eight times more frequent at self-checkout than they are at staffed checkouts."

With self-checkouts are becoming more common, the addition of security cameras that pan, tilt and zoom can improve surveillance capabilities, particularly at POS locations.

4. Remote monitoring
Using internet-connected surveillance cameras provides security personnel access to remote monitoring.

5. Leverage open source intelligence
As the use of social media becomes more prevalent in everyday life, so does the need to monitor it.
Geo-fencing your retail stores and the surrounding area or community and monitoring relevant social media chatter provides security operation centers valuable insight and intelligence to feed into retail staff and security on the ground.

With retail crime and violence on the rise, it's the perfect time to ensure you're leveraging new technology and intelligence sources to protect your retail network's staff, stores and stock. securitymagazine.com

"Walkout Shopping"
Amazon Go's impact on payments, self-checkout

Amazon introduces "walkout shopping" - what many industry observers are calling a "game changer," entitled Amazon Go.

Simply stated, the Amazon store has no cash register or payment kiosk. Instead, shoppers scan themselves into the store using the free Amazon Go app, shop as normal, remove items from a store shelf, place items in a shopping bag and leave the store. The items are in turn billed to an authorized Amazon.com account accompanied by a detailed email receipt.

No one enjoys standing in line at the checkout station of a retail store, be it self checkout or cashier attended. Amazon Go eliminates lines by implementing a revolutionary application that records purchases based on shelf removal and placement into a specialized shopping bag.

• Industry observers claim that Amazon Go isn't only disrupting grocery shopping. It may be reinventing the entire retail category. retailcustomeresxperience.com
 
NC gets share of Western Union fraud settlement
2,000+ WU employees knew what was going on

North Carolina will receive $256,000 as part of a $5 million fraud settlement between 48 states and Western Union.

The multi-state settlement, announced Tuesday, concludes a fraud investigation of international money laundering, wire fraud and other violations spanning more than a decade. The case resulted in a separate $586 million settlement with federal law enforcement agencies that the Federal Trade Commission called the largest forfeiture ever imposed on a money services business.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, more than 2,000 Western Union agents participated in fraudulent transactions between 2004 and 2012. Western Union knew its agents were processing prohibited transactions for illegal schemes, but the company did not intervene, the FTC said.

The complaints spanned internet purchases, lottery prize scams, emergency scams, advance-fee loan scams and online dating scams. The agents who colluded with criminals permitted fraudsters to pick up money transfers using fake IDs, or without IDs. newsobserver.com
 
Federal Regulator Stopped Wells Fargo Severance Pay to Fired Executives
In mid-November, Wells Fargo's federal regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, imposed additional restrictions on the troubled bank. The rules, part of which are intended to curb golden parachute packages, limit what payments Wells Fargo is permitted to make to terminated employees without explicit regulatory approval.

Former employees at all levels of the company, from rank-and-file branch workers to corporate executives, are affected by the hold.

The people affected are those whose jobs have been cut as part of Wells Fargo's regular business adjustments. They are not accused of wrongdoing. Workers who are fired for cause, such as those involved in the scandal, are not eligible for severance. In recent years, the bank has terminated 5,300 employees in connection with its misconduct.  nytimes.com

Inside Sears' death spiral: How an iconic American brand has been driven to the edge of bankruptcy
'The ceilings are leaking and the floors are cracked' "No one believes in Eddie's vision," this person said. "He has just gone rogue." 'There are so many people running for the door'

Even if the company went bankrupt, Lampert wouldn't walk away empty-handed, according to bankruptcy experts and former executives. "He's moving money from one pocket to the other pocket, and he's protected himself on both sides," one former vice president said. "The guy is a brilliant asset manager. He's just not a retailer."

"There are so many people running for the door not just because the ship is sinking, but because the captain of the ship is screaming at them, blaming it on them, and telling them it's their fault," one former vice president said.

"The game's over," he said. businessinsider.com

Shoprite employees honored for emergency aid
LP Presented the Award
ShopRite of Byram and ShopRite of Franklin managers and associates were honored recently by Wakefern Food Corporation, the distribution arm of ShopRite Supermarkets, for their heroic acts to save two customers that collapsed in the stores in 2016.

Following their training in CPR and the use of the AED (automated external defibrillator), these courageous associates worked together to save the lives of two customers. Wakefern's Loss Prevention team visited the stores to present Tiffany & Co. crystal hearts to all associates involved. Some performed CPR and used the AED, others called 9-1-1 and maintained crowd control and privacy for the customers. Collectively, their efforts ensured the stricken customers received the care they needed prior to arrival of emergency personnel.

ShopRite Supermarkets were the first supermarkets in the country to install AED's and implement a Code Blue procedure. All store managers and department managers are trained in CPR and the use of the AED and are able to react quickly in times of emergency. Since the Code Blue program began in 1999, 107 lives have been saved throughout all ShopRite stores. spartaindependent.com

Alaska board mulls pot use in retail stores

NRF Says Consumers Will Spend $18.2 Billion on Valentine's Day

 
Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Boot Barn Q3 comp's up 0.2%, net sales up 2.9%


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Over 4.2 Billion Records Exposed In 4,149 Breaches In 2016
Survey says US and UK witnessed more than half of 2016 global breaches; 52% of attacks compromised Social Security Numbers.

2016 saw a significant rise in worldwide breaches and data theft with incidents in US (1,971) and UK (204) accounting for more than half of them. The increase in theft of Social Security Numbers (SSN) because 52% of all 2016 breaches involved SSNs - up from 44% in 2015 - carried out through spear-phishing.

Last year, over 4.2 billion records were exposed in 4,149 cyber incidents which is around 3.2 billion more records from the previous high of 2013, with Yahoo breaches contributing majorly to the increase. While businesses were prime targets, accounting for 55% of all attacks, severity of breach had increased, too, with an average severity score of 9.96 out of 10 reported among the 10 biggest breaches of 2016.

Hackers appear to be getting better with sophisticated methods of attacks and more precision, says an Online Trust Alliance report.

"They're targeting specific companies and industry sectors and not just for consumer data, but for business data, data regarding acquisition and mergers, data that may also harm a company's reputation," it adds.  darkreading.com

Platt Retail Institute Finds RFID-Based Inventory Accuracy, Sales and Satisfaction Gains at Macy's
Part 1 follow the article in part 2 tomorrow

The use of radio frequency identification technology at Macy's stores has boosted the global retailer's rate of on-shelf display compliance and overall inventory accuracy, while also lifting customer satisfaction and enhancing omnichannel fulfillment based on in-store, single-unit accuracy. That was the finding of a report released by The Platt Retail Institute (PRI), developed in cooperation with the Northwestern Retail Analytics Council (RAC).

But those findings are just the beginning, says Steven Keith Platt, the Platt Retail Institute's director and research fellow and RAC's research director. According to Platt, the technology offers retailers such as Macy's the opportunity to conduct a wide variety of analytics based on product tag reads, including better management of fitting rooms, determining best merchandise placement techniques, and managing pricing and trends predictions.

PRI's working paper, the research for which took about 15 months to complete, quantifies the benefits of RFID data for Macy's. The researchers tracked Macy's technology implementation results in four use cases. These consisted of RFID's use with display items in the women's shoes departments across all of Macy's U.S. stores, the overall inventory accuracy as measured by the gross unit variance (GUV) averages from 2013 to 2015, single unit fulfillment for omnichannel or in-store sales and, finally, back-room to store-front replenishment.  rfidjournal.com

US consumers question retailers' ability to protect their personal information
Merchants can bolster shoppers' confidence by better understanding cybersecurity issues and taking more advanced anti-fraud precautions, experts recommend.

Most U.S. consumers don't have a high level of confidence that their personal information will be safeguarded by retailers with whom they shop, according to a new Pew Research Center report.

Only 14% of adults surveyed were "very confident" that companies and retailers they do business with will protect the sensitive data collected about them, and 46% said they were "somewhat confident." More than one-third of respondents expressed low levels of assuredness, with 21% "not too confident" and 15% "not at all confident" in the ability of retailers to securely handle their information.

We saw a lack of confidence in entities people interact with daily, and that was very consistent with the public climate given the steady stream of hacks, breaches and cyberattacks by hostile entities that have been in the news. internetretailer.com

2nd Circ. Looks Tempted To Revive Michaels Card-Hack Action

94% of CISOs Worry About App Compromise






 

Vector Security Now Accepting Applications for 2017 LPF Scholarships

Intelligent security and home automation provider continues commitment to furthering loss prevention education.

PITTSBURGH, January 31, 2017 - Vector Security, Inc., the provider of intelligent security and home automation solutions tailored to the needs of customers, is accepting applications for its 2017 Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) scholarship program from now through March 31, 2017. Applications can be submitted via the Vector Security website at www.vectorsecurity.com/lpfscholarship.

The scholarships provide financial support to loss prevention professionals - or those who have an interest in loss prevention - seeking to obtain LPQ and LPC certifications. Vector Security began awarding the scholarships in 2009 in support of career development and continuing education for professionals in this important and rapidly-growing industry.

The scholarships cover all course and examination fees for retail loss prevention professionals who wish to obtain LPF's Loss Prevention Qualified (LPQ) or Loss Prevention Certified (LPC) certifications.

In 2012, the program was expanded into Canada and will continue this year as well. A total of 10 LPQ and 10 LPC scholarships will be awarded to U.S.-based professionals, while another five LPC scholarships will be awarded to Canadian-based professionals.

"We are pleased to collaborate with the Loss Prevention Foundation once again to support loss prevention education and certification," said Michael T. Grady, LPC, Executive Vice President, Vector Security. "We value the contributions loss prevention professionals make to this industry and our commitment to this profession remains strong."

He added, "Over the years, LPQ and LPC certifications have become immensely popular and well-respected. Through our scholarship program, we're honored to assist worthy individuals who otherwise may be hindered by the costs associated with obtaining this certification."

Anyone currently in the loss prevention industry, or has an interest in the industry, may apply for an LPQ scholarship. Those applying for the LPC scholarship must meet certain eligibility requirements. Detailed information can be found at www.vectorsecurity.com/lpfscholarship.

Vector Security has awarded 184 scholarships totaling $189,345 since the program began in 2009.






  

Canadian Retail Continues to Polarize as Stores Close
The polarization of Canadian retail continues into 2017, with a number of retailers closing store locations while both luxury/high-end and value-priced retailers continue to expand. We recently published our 2017 Canadian retail industry forecast, and this update considers the recently announced Canadian store closures. 

Since the beginning of January, several retailers have either announced they were exiting Canada, have sought bankruptcy protection, or expressed the possibility that they could close their Canadian stores. Tip Top Tailors entered creditor protection, which could result in the closure of stores and staff layoffs. HMV Canada announced that it would close all 102 Canadian store locations.

Toronto-based Jean Machine, a leading denim specialist for four decades, entered bankruptcy protection in early January this year. At the same time, German women's fashion brand Gerry Weber has closed its Canadian stores in order to focus on wholesaling, while American Apparel is in the process of liquidating and closing its Canadian stores.

Unfortunately, this likely won't be the end of store closings in Canada - Retail Insider has learned that a Quebec-based company will soon announce the shuttering of one of its retail concepts, resulting in the closure of all of its stores. Other retailers are also struggling, according to sources, and may decide to end their operations in 2017. 

Polarization in Canadian retail has been a hot topic for the past couple of years, with HRC Retail Advisory CEO Antony Karabus noting in a May, 2015 article that Canadian retail would continue to expand in the luxury and in the value-priced sectors, while "middle" retailers would continue to be pressured by the polarization impact. It appears that Mr. Karabus' May 2015 polarization predictions are coming to fruition in Canadian retail.  retail-insider.com

Move over skimmers, 'shimmers' are the newest tool for stealing credit card info
"Shimmers" are the newest form of credit card skimmers, only smaller, more powerful and practically impossible to detect. And they're popping up all over the place, says RCMP Cpl. Michael McLaughlin, who sounded the alarm after four shimmers were extracted from checkout card readers at a Coquitlam, B.C., retailer.

Unlike skimmers, a shimmer - named for its slim profile - fits inside a card reader and can be installed quickly and unobtrusively by a criminal who slides it into the machine while pretending to make a purchase or withdrawal.  Once installed, the microchips on the shimmer record information from chip cards, including the PIN. That information is later extracted when the criminal inserts a special card - also during a purchase or cash withdrawal - which downloads the data. The information is then used to make fake cards. cbc.ca

Pot Shops a Magnet for Violent Thieves
Vancouver, Toronto take different approaches to policing pot shops

Vancouver's approach to regulating - not raiding - its 95 dispensaries stands in stark contrast to Toronto, Canada's other largest market for these illegal stores, where police and politicians say an ongoing crackdown has become more urgent as these pot shops have become a magnet for violent thieves.

Earlier this week, Toronto police announced there had been 13 armed robberies of dispensaries in the past eight months - six of which were not reported by employees or owners of the businesses. Investigators said they believe additional robberies have gone unreported.

The Vancouver police says it typically will not arrest dispensary employees or owners for trafficking if they report a store robbery because it wants to encourage people to come forward and report violent crimes. The department typically only targets dispensaries caught selling to minors or doing business with organized crime because, it has said, it takes the equivalent of three months' work by one investigator to execute a single warrant on a pot shop. theglobeandmail.com





Pictou, NS: Intense blaze destroys fishing supply store







Lowe's Canada will fill 2,800 positions during the first half of 2017

Quebec wines slowly making way to grocery store shelves

HMV Canada goes into receivership, set to close all 102 stores

Canadian footwear retailer Shoes.com shutters operations

Uptown Saint John pot dispensary reopens after police raid

Police close down pot dispensary in Ottawa

Regina stores ban 650 people under trespassing law

Quebec City, QC: Grocery Store owner among dead in mosque shooting
The six men killed in a Quebec City mosque on Sunday night were shot in the back as they gathered for evening prayers. Among the victims of Sunday's mosque attack in Quebec city, was a grocery store owner who helped newcomers settle into the community. Azzeddine Soufiane, 57, owned and operated the Boucherie Assalam in Sainte-Foy, less than a kilometre away from the Islamic cultural centre where the shooting took place.

"[His store] was really my refuge and we became friends after that," one person said. "He was a father to everyone, a brother to everyone - very tolerant, very respectful." cbc.ca



Quebec: Men convicted in $18 million maple syrup theft should face stiff penalties, Crown says
Three men convicted of stealing $18 million worth of maple syrup should face stiff penalties for their part in the scheme, the Crown said Friday during sentencing arguments.
Prosecutor Julien Beauchamp-Laliberte told a court in Trois-Rivieres, Que., the men should pay back the value of the syrup as well as pay additional fines and should also serve jail terms ranging from three to eight years. thestar.com

Crown seeks 3yrs for rectum gold thief; Smuggled $165,000 in gold
The Crown is asking for a three-year sentence for a Royal Canadian Mint employee who captured international attention when he was convicted of theft, after apparently smuggling gold bricks out of the building, likely in his rectum. In November 2016, the court heard Leston Lawrence, 35, "almost certainly" hid gold "nuggets" in his rectum during a three-month spree that ended in March 2015.

"About $165,000 worth of gold was stolen-in round, seven-ounce pucks-most of it never recovered." He was convicted for stealing 22 pucks: only five were recovered.
ottawacitizen.com


Surrey, BC: Canadian man killed in McDonald's shooting

Ottawa: Suspect sprays flames into jewelry store during robbery

Mississauga, ON: Suspected Fraudster Targeting Online Sellers


Toronto, ON: Robbers tried to escape pot store by firing shots at locked door

Pickering, ON: Shots fired into local coffee shop

Red Deer, AB: Liquor store employee assaulted with bear spray during robbery

Kitchener, ON: Eldery woman robbed of wallet, debit card outside of grocery store

Robberies and Burglaries

Bower Liquor - Red Deer, AB - Armed Robbery
Green Buddha Medicinals - Toronto, ON - Armed Robbery
Undisclosed convenience story - St. John's, NL - Robbery
Undisclosed convenience story - St. John's, NL - Robbery
Undisclosed jewelry store - Ottawa - Armed Robbery/Smash & Grab



 

Live interviews from the NRF Big Show January 2016

The LPM Profile of the Future & The Importance of Community Relations

Kevin Colman, Group VP of AP, Macy's

As Omni retailing continues to evolve, so does the role of the single-unit Loss Prevention Manager. With the internet and technology driving massive change in today's connected store, the LPM is more connected now than ever before and plays a vital role in community relations. Kevin Colman, Group VP of Asset Protection, Macy's, tells us what the profile of an LPM may look like in the future, as the job evolves from adrenaline-based shoplifter takedowns to a larger emphasis on investigations and protecting the company brand.

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Credit-Card Thieves Move Online as Chips Thwart In-Store Fraud
The adoption of credit-card chip technology by U.S. retailers is having an unintended consequence: Criminals are moving from brick-and-mortar stores to the internet.

The use of stolen card data to pay for merchandise on websites, in mobile apps and by dialing call centers surged 40 percent last year, according to a report from Javelin Strategy & Research released Wednesday. That's forcing merchants to spend billions on online fraud protection in an effort to detect when a crook is using someone else's card number.

"We are seeing more sophisticated type of fraud moving into the online environment," said Erika Dietrich, global director of payments risk management at fraud fighter ACI Worldwide.

By the end of last year, almost 1.81 million U.S. merchants had switched to accepting European-style chip cards, more than double the number the year before, according to Visa Inc. Issued by banks, cards containing the so-called EMV technology are much harder to counterfeit, which cuts down on in-person fraud at stores.

With worldwide e-commerce surging and more stolen data available on the black market, retailers are ramping up spending on online security. E-commerce merchants and financial institutions will spend $9.2 billion annually in fraud-detection solutions by 2020, up 30 percent from current levels, according to Juniper Research.

Online sales worldwide are projected to rise to $27.7 trillion in 2020, up from $22 trillion last year, according to researcher eMarketer. North America, the second-largest e-commerce market in the world behind Asia, is expected to see double-digit growth through 2020, eMarketer said. Expansion into new categories such as grocery, and increasing sales through mobile devices are helping to boost sales, the company said.

More shopping online means more opportunities for crooks, who are now using sophisticated attack tools such as bots. The software programs can run through online checkout pages and place orders using stolen data automatically -- without a human being needing to be involved. bloomberg.com

Amazon's attention turns to the $200 billion ad industry

Paypal's global mobile transaction volume grows 53% in Q4

Amazon building $1.5B Prime Air cargo hub near Cincinnati









Cass County, IN: Repeat Offender sentenced to 12 Years; Investigation began with series of Walmart Thefts
Wabash County man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for his involvement in a theft ring that targeted the Logansport Wal-Mart. Cass County Prosecutor Lisa Swaim said Kenny Purvis, 38, of Silver Lake, Indiana, was sentenced to 12 years in the Department of Corrections. Swaim said Purvis was found guilty of the felony charge of corrupt business influence by a jury on Jan. 6. He was also found guilty of theft, conspiracy to commit theft and being a habitual offender. Purvis has two prior felony convictions for theft and dealing cocaine. According to Swaim, the investigation began after a series of thefts from Wal-Mart. She said Purvis and several others would enter the store in groups and steal merchandise, which would later be sold online. wishtv.com

St Joseph, MO: Four Rally House Employees Plead Guilty to $7,400 theft
Four women accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a St. Joseph sportswear store have admitted to their crimes. The four young women all pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft charges in January. The store managers reported a loss of $7,455.93 due to employee theft to police in September 2016. Authorities said the women made fraudulent returns and stole items and cash from Rally House while employed at Rally House. stjoechannel.com

Glenview, IL: Two charged with 'continuing financial crime enterprise' for thefts from Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods
Two suspects were arrested on charges of continuing financial crime enterprise for stealing merchandise from retailers and reselling it. Jane Kang, 26, and Nate Barker, 33, were arrested on January 26 after an investigation by the Glenview Police. Sgt James Foley said continuing financial crime enterprise is a charge used when offenders make crime their business. Barker and Kang allegedly took items from retailers such as tools and electronics, according to Foley. Monalinda Saldivar, an assistant chief deputy clerk in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, said Dick's Sporting Goods in Glenview was a target and that Kang also allegedly stole from Walmart in Mt. Prospect. jwcdaily.com

Wareham, MA: Six charged in $1,700 Home Goods theft/ refund scheme
Six men are charged in connection with a scheme to steal items from the Home Goods store and then return the merchandise for gift cards or store credit. Wareham Police reported that the shoplifting ring would steal items from the store at the Wareham Crossing, give the items to associates, who returned them for either credit or gift cards. The gift cards were then sold on the streets or at local pawn shops for less than face value. Police reported they documented "at least 10 separate incidents" between December and January, totaling more than $1,700 in stolen merchandise from the store. southcoasttoday.com



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Shootings & Death

Hollywood, CA: SUSPECT KILLED IN OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING; Suspect with knife inside Jack in the Box
 A suspect was shot and killed by police after officials said he went on a stabbing rampage on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood on Tuesday. Authorities swarmed Sunset Boulevard near Ivar Avenue at about 2 p.m. after receiving reports of a stabbing. Officials said a suspect stabbed someone near a liquor store at Sunset Boulevard and Cold Place before walking to a Jack in the Box near Ivar Avenue. Witnesses saw the suspect randomly swinging a knife at people inside the Jack in the Box. Police shot and killed the suspect inside the Jack in the Box. abc7.com


Seattle, WA: One hurt in drive-by shooting outside Safeway
One person was hit in a drive-by shooting in the parking lot of a grocery store in the New Holly neighborhood in Seattle. Officers were called to the Safeway store on South Othello for a report of a drive-by shooting at about 12:20 a.m. Wednesday. At least one person fired shots from a vehicle toward the Safeway store. One person was hit and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. kiro7.com


Las Vegas, NV: Suspect arrested in November's Goodwill shooting
Police arrested Randy Miller, 23, on Jan. 28. He is charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon. According to police, two men entered the store on Nov. 23 and stole something. When they were confronted by an employee, they left. Later a vehicle returned to the store and a shot was fired from inside the car toward the store, police said. lasvegasnow.com


Robberies & Thefts

Jackson, MI: Arrest made in string of Pharmacy Armed Robberies
Police say a man accused of robbing two pharmacies was arrested during his attempt to rob a third one in Jackson County Tuesday. At 4:41 pm the suspect hit Welcome Pharmacy, at 5:05 pm he struck again at CVS then at 5:36pm the suspect hit Walgreens. Officers were able to arrive on scene and surround the business while the suspect was still inside. As officers entered the front of the business, the suspect ran out a back door but was quickly apprehended by additional officers. wilx.com



Brownsville, TX: Bachelor Contestant Busted Shoplifting at Target
Bachelor contestant and Rio Grande Valley native, Ida Marie De Los Santos was busted shoplifting at Target. De Los Santos and Bianca Longoria were shopping at the Target store on 1002 Dixieland Road in Harlingen. According the report, $373.01 of store merchandise was returned. rgvproud.com



Hanson, KY: Three arrested in December Pharmacy Burglary at Wellness Center

Houston, TX: Seven Suspects arrested in C-Store smash and grab

St Louis, MO: Break-ins at Cell Phone and Tech shops may be work of burglary ring

UK: Canberra, Australia: JB HiFi Store Manager stole $22,500 in refund fraud; sentenced to 150 hr of Community Service

Fred Meyer Jewelers in the Christiana Mall, Newark, DE reported a Grab & Run on 1/31, items valued at $17,000

Zales Jewelers in the Warwick Mall, Warwick, RI reported an Attempted Diamond Switch on 1/31, no loss reported

Zales Jewelers in the McCain Mall, North Little Rock, AR reported a Grab & Run on 1/31, items valued at $4,700


Cargo Theft

Bethel Township, PA: Delaware man took truck after being fired
After being fired from his job as a tractor-trailer driver for a distribution center along Interstate 78 in Bethel Township, a Delaware man was told to clean out his truck and find his own way home. But according to Bethel police, Timothy L. Ware, 27, of Dover drove away with the company truck, which was recovered three days later by Tinicum Township police. readingeagle.com


Skimming Thefts

Bowling Green, OH: Skimmer found at Rossford Shell station

Niagara County, NY: Trio accused of more credit card skimming in WNY

Rossford, OH: Device found on pump at Shell; 1st device found in Wood County

Darien, CT: ATM skimming device found at Fairfield County Bank





BP - Napoleon, MI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Houston, TX - Burglary/ Smash & Grab
C-Store - Sterling, VA - Armed Robbery
Chevron - McCammon, ID - Armed Robbery
CVS - Jackson, MI - Armed Robbery
Dee Dee's Liquor - Trenton, NJ - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Nauvoo, AL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Garland County, AR - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Shreveport, LA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Pueblo, CO - Burglary
Dollar General - Broussard, LA - Armed Robbery
Express Food - Brackenridge, PA - Armed Robbery
IHOP - Jackson, MS - Armed Robbery
Jack in the Box - Los Angeles, CA - Police Shooting/ armed suspect killed
Jared - Aventura, FL - Armed Robbery
P&P - East Lansdowne, PA - Aggravated Assault/ Owner injured
Payless Shoe - Lafayette, LA - Armed Robbery
Road Boss Trailers - Pauls Valley, OK - Burglary (8 trailers stolen)
Safeway - Seattle, WA - Shooting (outside)
Sam's Gas - Pineville, SC - Armed Robbery
ShopRite - Hatfield Township, NJ - Robbery
Smoke Shop - Tarrant County, TX - Armed Robbery/ Clerk shot and killed
The Pink Tractor - Grand Rivers, KY - Armed Robbery/ Shooting (no injuries)
Tri-Town Food - Portland, CT - Armed Robbery
Turkey Hill - Harrisburg, PA - Robbery
Walgreens - Jackson, MI - Armed Robbery
Welcome Pharmacy - Jackson, MI - Armed Robbery
Your Mini Sweet Shop - Racine, WI - Armed Robbery/ 3rd time in a year
7-Eleven - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery/ Shooting- customer wounded
7-Eleven - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery/ Shooting
7-Eleven - Jackson, MI - Armed Robbery

 

Daily Totals:
25 robberies
3 burglaries
6 shootings
2 killed












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