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Feb. 12-15

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

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Twin Cities ORC Association Annual Conference & Training
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Career Development in Asset Protection
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Quick Take #28

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CVS Staffs VPAP Job By Filling Head of Asset Analytics & Insights 
Hires Deloitte Consultant

While the position still appears online, sources indicate that they indeed have filled the position with Quinby (Yost) Squire a senior manager - Strategy and Operations at Deloitte Consulting LLP.

With Deloitte currently engaged with CVS on a number of projects, according to our sources, Quinby was involved in reviewing their Asset Protection efforts and accepted the position as their Head of Asset Analytics & Insights managing the entire Asset Protection program.

A 2005 MBA graduate of Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and joined Deloitte right out of college in 2005.

Job Description online:

As the Head of Asset Analytics & Insights, you are an experienced proven leader with deep technical and financial analytic capabilities, and a real passion for solving complex business problems through data driven outcomes and execution. You take ownership and accountability for developing and executing a company wide strategy and tactical plan, for asset protection and loss prevention control functions, that supports superior operational performance across the enterprise.

In this role, you will ensure the company's processes; controls and systems are of the highest standard, protecting our assets, customers, business and employees. You provide expertise and leadership in all aspects of loss prevention across the CVS Health enterprise, and are responsible for leading and developing the asset protection/loss prevention team of over 700 colleagues across North America. cvshealth.com

McDonald's Restructure & Security Impact

Security Re-Organized & Flat Lined

After an extensive multi-year analysis by multiple consulting firms McDonald's has re-banded jobs, flat lined the organization, eliminated positions, and increased the span of control.

Impacting support functions across the board. From IT, communications, legal, operations, human resources, finance, real estate, training and security. The process is an ongoing initiative the CEO talked about in 2015 when he said he'd reorganize business units, sell restaurants to franchisees and cut costs in a bid to turn the fast-food chain into a "modern, progressive burger company."

In Security the VP of Global Safety, Security & Risk was rebanded to a Sr. Director level. The Sr. Director rebanded to Director of North America Security Delivery.

The two field Director's of Security were offered Sr. Mgr. positions with the 10 field Regional Security Managers now reporting direct line into the Director of North America Security.

While not losing or adding any headcount Security was able to grow risk intelligence positions by shifting personnel.

According to our sources they also cut 1,200 positions throughout the company during this process, however this point has not been confirmed.

From 2015: McDonald's reset to change structure, cut costs, boost franchises
McDonald's Corp's new chief executive officer said on Monday he would reorganize business units, sell restaurants to franchisees and cut costs in a bid to turn the fast-food chain into a "modern, progressive burger company." reuters.com marketrealist.com

Friday Announcement of Another Top VP Spot Filled

DKNY cuts VP Loss Prevention position
Pulls Out of Fashion Week - Two Seniors Leave Company

RFID Use On the Rise in Retail
In just the last two years, the share of apparel retailers using or piloting RFID technology has doubled, according to a 2016 survey by consulting firm Kurt Salmon.

Retail industry experts say the potential to bring some perks of online shopping to brick-and-mortar stores while making it easier to keep up with impatient, time-pressed customers is convincing more companies the tiny tags are worth it.

Lululemon finished its RFID rollout in North American stores in September 2015. Information from the techie tags also helps Lululemon keep sales floor displays stocked.

Early adopters already are working on more creative uses for the technology.

At the trade show, Lincolnshire-based Zebra Technologies Corp. and Intel Corp. each displayed systems that combine a network of ceiling-mounted sensors throughout the store with video cameras and other devices to collect more detailed data, similar to how retailers can monitor a consumer's use of its website. In other words, merchants can track an item's every move through a store.

Indeed, Zebra says the system can deter theft since it can signal when a shopper carries a pricey item past checkout without paying.

But RFID tags also could help retailers determine why a particular item might not be selling well, Intel said.
Levi's is piloting Intel's Responsive Retail Platform. Zebra said three North American retailers, which it declined to name, are testing its SmartSense for Retail system.

Target is among the believers in the technology; it began tagging all apparel and home goods products in spring 2016, and has seen significant improvements in inventory accuracy in those areas, said spokesman Eddie Baeb.

Macy's told RFID Journal last year that it plans to tag every item in its stores and fulfillment centers by the end of 2017 and Kohl's is testing the technology to see whether it delivers on promises of a better customer experience and higher sales. chicagotribune.com

Consumerist Asks is RFID Something To Fight - Tracking Your Every Move
Musings from the Left

Responding to the Chicago Tribunes article above, today the Consumerist states and then asks:

Another possible use? Theft deterrence, since the tags track the location of an item in real time, even if that item is walking past the door.

Customers may not even realize that they're being used, and leave RFID tags in fabric tags attached to the clothes behind. Technically, this means that someone could trace your movements while you wear a coat or shirt that uses one of them.

Is that something to fight, or something we're already used to, like ubiquitous security cameras? First customers need to realize that that the tag are there, then realize how they might be misused. consumerist.com

Here's the Proof - Now it's up to you to use it
Growth of ORC Proven by NYPD Directly
Overall Crime may be down but ORC is growing
Violent Drug Gangs Increasingly Turn to Credit Card Thefts as Big Moneymaker

Some of New York's most violent drug gangs are finding new, less perilous ways to make money: credit card fraud.

NYPD officials said raids on street crews for drugs and guns are increasingly turning up evidence of major stolen credit card operations, a far cry from their perhaps typical bloody drug wars.

In the last year alone, "hundreds and hundreds" of gang members were arrested citywide and found in possession of stolen credit cards, according to NYPD Lt. Rohan Griffith of the Queens Larceny Squad.

"Just five short years ago that almost never happened," Griffith said. 

NYPD officials are devoting more resources to target repeat offenders and gangs carrying out these scams, including adding detectives to grand larceny squads in each borough, as well as having gang squads conduct raids to try to get suspects off the streets. The raids often involve catching them in the act in more serious offenses like weapons or drug possession.   

Surveillance videos from recent schemes show how often gangs are using credit card fraud to fund their operations. One recent video taken at a big box retailer showed suspected gang members using one stolen credit card to purchase multiple iPads. Other videos show how suspects use parking meters, fast food restaurants or taxis to test stolen card numbers; once the card is approved, the suspects move on to other locations.

"These gang members are tech-savvy," said NYPD Chief James Essig. "They are wizening up, and they realize street violence only brings more heat on them."

Investigators said some of the money raised is used to buy weapons or pay for vacations or expensive cars. Some suspects even post videos on social media showing off alleged trips or purchases allegedly made using bogus credit cards.

Investigators say gang members often obtain card numbers from hackers on the so-called dark web or by having associates work at stores or restaurants. Using hidden card readers, a person's data and can be stolen with a quick swipe. That data is then uploaded onto a stolen card and put to use by gang members.

Fraud arrests continue to grow in New York, as are the number of street crews getting into the credit card fraud business. And with the NYPD putting on additional pressure, investigators say they see street crews increasingly venturing out to the suburbs and exurbs where smaller departments have fewer resources to try to counter these ripoffs. nbcnewyork.com

Editor's Note: With your senior management team constantly hearing that overall crime is down nationwide and political pundits bragging about how crime has decreased it's critical that you keep educating them about the growth of ORC with news articles such as this one that proves it.

We have the NYPD publicly talking about it's growth and popularity with the gangs. Even while NYPD is reporting crime is down to record levels. As I submit that a number of them may not be believing us or at least are questioning our accounts, maybe even behind our backs. With this proof it's hard not to see it.

NRF Forecasts Retail Sales Will Increase 3.7- 4.2 Percent Over 2016
Which exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants, will grow between 3.7 and 4.2 percent over 2016. Online and other non-store/online sales, which are included in the overall number, are expected to increase between 8 and 12 percent.

"The economy is on firm ground as we head into 2017 and is expected to build on the momentum we saw late last year," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "With jobs and income growing and debt relatively low, the fundamentals are in place and the consumer is in the driver's seat. But this year is unlike any other - while consumers have strength they haven't had in the past, they will remain hesitant to spend until they have more certainty about policy changes on taxes, trade and other issues being debated in Congress.

"Lawmakers should take note and stand firm against any policies, rules or regulations that would increase the cost of everyday goods for American consumers," Shay said. nrf.com

NRF Press Release Sends Trump a Message
With CEO Matthew Shay saying "Lawmakers should take note and stand firm against any policies, rules or regulations that would increase the cost of everyday goods for American consumers," Shay said, he's sending a message to the new administration.

With tariffs, tax reform, trade policies, cyber security, and a host of other issues sure to be addressed by Trump's administration, the retail industry is waiting to see how this shakes out. Certainly the tariffs issue is being widely discussed and mentioned throughout the media. However with cyber crime sweeping the nation and Guliani's committee looking at cyber security there's bound to be regulations coming. Just a thought.

Target Corp. leads other retailers when it comes to reaching
and attracting qualified talent

The discounter ranked the highest (at No. 26) among Fortune 500 retailers for employment branding in a study by global talent solutions com-pany WilsonHCG. Target was followed by Publix (No. 42), The Home Depot (No. 50), Walmart (No. 64), Nordstrom (No. 77) and Whole Foods Market (No. 115). No retailer cracked the top 10, which was led by Gen-eral Electric, Johnson & Johnson and AT&T. chainstoreage.com

T.J. Maxx Backs Away From Ivanka Trump as President Assails Nordstrom
Last week, employees at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls got very clear instructions about where to put signs for Ivanka Trump products: in the garbage.

The TJX Companies, the retailers' parent company, told employees not to display Ivanka Trump merchandise separately and to throw away Ivanka Trump signs, according to a note to employees on Wednesday, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times.

"Effective immediately, please remove all Ivanka Trump merchandise from features and mix into the runs," the note read. "Runs" refers to the normal clothing racks where the majority of products hang. "All Ivanka Trump signs should be discarded."

A worker at one of the company's stores, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said she had not received such a request during her several years at the company. nytimes.com

Live in NYC 2017 - We will be mailing out LP team pictures with NYPD Comm. O'Neill soon - Stay tuned!

Aldi plans $1.6B 1,300 store remodel in U.S. - adding 650 stores by 12-18
BCBG closing 120 stores

Chicago's Marbles: The Brain Store files Chapter 11 - to close its 37 stores

The Body Shop may be on the block

Trump slams Nordstrom on Twitter for treating daughter "unfairly"

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Canada's Indigo Books Q3 comp's up 3.8%, revenue up 4.5%
The Container Store Q3 comp's down 3.9%, net sales up 1.7%

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'Dark Web' Sites Hit in Cyberattack
Here's One for the Good Guys

A network of websites used by hackers and others to anonymously share information has itself been hit by a cyberattack. The attack disabled a large chunk of the so-called Dark Web, knocking thousands of websites offline, cybersecurity and privacy specialists said. The anonymous attack, which hit a web-hosting provider named Freedom Hosting II, occurred on Friday and as of late Monday, they remained offline, they said.

The attacker who claimed credit for the strike against Freedom Hosting II left an email address, but when contacted, declined to give an identity. Although the data came from more than 10,000 websites, only a few thousand of them were actively being used. Many of the sites were anonymously run political blogs, she added. wsj.com

From Russia With Love
How to Make $5 Million a Day in Cybercrime

In the biggest digital advertising fraud in the history of the U.S., it was recently found that a group of hackers is bringing in from $3 million to $5 million a day from media companies and brands.

White Ops, an online fraud-prevention firm, uncovered this campaign, which they have called "Methbot," and the firm found that the campaign is generating more than 300 million video ad impressions each day.

AFT13, which is a cyber criminal gang, has worked to develop the Methbot browser, which spoofs all of the interactions that are necessary to initiate and carry out these ad transactions.

The hackers, which are allegedly Russia-based, have registered more than 250,000 distinct URLs and 6,000 domains, all of which impersonate US brand and companies, including Vogue, ESPN, Fox News, Huffington Post, and CBS Sports. They then take these sites and sell fake ad slots.

The cybercriminals that are behind Methbot are using their servers, which are hosted in Amsterdam and Texas, to give power to almost 600,000 bots. These have fake IP addresses, most of which belong to the US, and this makes it look like the ads are being viewed by visitors in the US. The criminals then get video-ad inventory, which they display on the fake media website that they have created. They get top dollar for this, and they trick the marketplace into believing that this content is being seen by legitimate visitors. In reality, however, these ads are being "viewed" by fake viewers thanks to an automated program that mimics a user watching an ad.

To make the bots look even more real, the group also uses methods such as fake clicks, mouse movements, and even social network login info. White Ops has also found that this fake army of viewers has amassed about 300 million ad views each day, and it has an average payout of about $13 per every 1000 views. If you multiply this by the compromised IP addresses out there, the money is rolling in.

White Ops believes that the Methbot empire has created from 200 to 300 million fake video ad impressions each day, which targets about 6,000 publishers. In a 24-hour period, this is generating somewhere between $3 and $5 million in each 24-hour period.

While the operation has its headquarters in Russia, White Ops can't say for sure that Methbot has Russian origins. The good guys have been in contact with the FBI, and together, they have been working towards stopping this scam for several weeks. finextra.com

Cybersecurity report reveals who consumers trust most in securing data
And It Sure as Hell isn't the Retailers

When it comes to securing their online data, Americans have more confidence in online marketplaces than traditional retailers.

Fifty-four percent of Americans who shop online trust online marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon, with their financial information. In contrast, only 33% of consumers trust established retail brands such as Walmart, Gap, Target, and Macy's.

33% of consumers believe they are more secure online if they don't save their credit card information. Others choose to only use PayPal or other payment services they trust (30%). chainstoreage.com

Platt Retail Institute Finds RFID-Based Inventory Accuracy, Sales and Satisfaction Gains at Macy's - Part 6
In addition to these key areas of research, the study found a potential for better demand forecasting, merchandise trends understanding, dynamic pricing, fitting room use, in-store marketing and effective merchandise placement with RFID. For instance, Platt says, demand and trend forecasts are key to effective merchandise management, and RFID can enable managers to understand inventory levels, view trends, and thereby make better buying decisions and reduce overstock. Variable pricing can be adjusted according to sales and browsing trends, he adds. Tracking merchandise brought into fitting rooms also enables retailers to identify units that are popular, as well as those that are tried on but not purchased-which could indicate a potential problem with a fit, for example. rfidjournal.com


Agilence Adds 32 Customers, Receives Multiple Industry Awards in 2016

Broad adoption of cloud-based data analytics solution drives robust sales and customer growth

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ, February 08, 2017 - Agilence, Inc., the leader in cloud based data analytics for store operations and loss prevention, today announced record growth driven by robust sales of its 20/20 Data Analytics platform, which includes the industry-specific 20/20 Retail and 20/20 F&B solutions for retailers and restaurant operators respectively.

2016 was marked by the second major release of 20/20 Retail, which saw extensive improvements to the user interface along with new functionality including an advanced query builder, prescriptive alerts, and opportunity-based dashboards. Building on the success of 20/20 Retail, Agilence launched 20/20 F&B, which is designed to support the unique needs of restaurant operators. The new offering from Agilence can provide data analytics for any type of restaurant environment, from quick-service chains (QSR) to fine dining table-service (TSR) and everything in between.

In October 2016, Agilence was cited in the Forrester Report Breakout Vendors: Industry-Specific Insights Service Providers. Agilence was included among industry-specific insights solutions providers who were noted for their ability "to help firms within their market get actionable insights and tangible business value." Later in the year, Agilence was also named a "Best Retail Data Analytics Solution Provider" by the Softech Business Awards.

"2016 was an exceptional year for Agilence fortified by a new release of our 20/20 Data Analytics platform, and the introduction of 20/20 F&B. We work hard to develop the best data analytics solutions for store operations and loss prevention in the world and based on customer feedback, we believe we have succeeded," said Russ Hawkins, President & CEO, Agilence, Inc. "Looking at the success of 2016 and what we have planned for this year, we expect to have even greater success in 2017."

In 2016, the 20/20 platform of products was selected by 32 retail and restaurant banners including: Guitar Center, L'Oréal, BJ's Wholesale Club, Hibbett Sports, Pier 1 Imports, Cracker Barrel, and Sears Holding Company among others. Together, these organizations account for over 15,000 locations in the US, bringing the total number of locations 20/20 provides analytics for to over 35,000.

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Mac's taking crime prevention seriously
New initiative "virtually eliminated" crime at participating stores

"Mac's has asked us to partner in two initiatives that involve positive interactions with youth," said Sault Deputy Police Chief Sean Sparling.

Sean Sportun, Manager of Security and Loss Prevention for Mac's Convenience Stores Central Canada, said the programs are the company's Positive Ticketing Program and its StreetART Program. Through Positive Ticketing, Mac's provides coupons for free beverages to local police, who then give them to youth "observed engaging in good behavior."

"In addition to rewarding good behavior by youth, the initiative offers opportunities for police to interact with youth in a non-law-enforcement way," Sportun said. Young people may also paint murals at Mac's locations through StreetART.

The company's statement on this program says the concept "has seen positive results, not only in the reduction of crime at the locations where the murals have been painted, but also in the beautification the mural has within the community.

"As a result of this initiative, graffiti crime and overall crime at these locations have been virtually eliminated," the company says. saultthisweek.com

Hudson's Bay making bid to take over Macy's
Are they a perfect match or is this a 'real estate play'?
Hudson's Bay Company will become a leading operator of department stores globally if it buys the struggling Macy's Inc. chain in the U.S. - at a time when the future of traditional retail seems murky.

Macy's announced last month that it would close 68 locations and lay off up to 10,000 employees, citing weaker than expected sales and shifting consumer tastes away from the large showroom-style stores that the retailer is associated with.

Macy's fits Hudson's Bay's overall objective of breaking into the U.S. retail market. That being said, Hudson's Bay could find it a challenging move to absorb Macy's, which has a market cap of roughly five times that of Hudson's Bay and carries a significant debt.

Retailers are still struggling to deal with the onslaught of mobile-based purchases which have overtaken desktop purchases and are now taking a toll on foot traffic in stores. For large retailers like Macy's, this is a game-changing shift in business, which some companies just can't handle.

Still, the deal could very well go through.

"The Hudson's Bay Co. has tremendous financial strength in its real estate," a source familiar with the situation said. "As it's done numerous times in the past, it could use that as a currency to acquire other things, even Macy's."

Others aren't so sure: "I think it's a real estate play more than anything," said Arthur Fleishmann, president and partner, john st. He doubts Hudson's Bay will bring Macy's or Bloomingdale's - which Macy's also owns - into the Canadian marketplace.

Either way, the retail landscape continues to evolve, and Hudson's Bay Co. remains at the forefront as an enticing investment opportunity. fool.ca theglobeandmail.com thestar.com

Shoppers warned after President's Choice Plus accounts breached
Reward Points Being Used Across Brands by Hackers

President's Choice Plus Points can be used to buy food and other merchandise at stores within the Loblaw Companies Limited chain.

The company has declined several interview requests from CityNews on this issue but, in a written statement, draw attention to data breaches at other large companies.

The company recently sent an email to PC Club members, urging them to update their passwords on a regular basis. Loblaw said it will reimburse customers who have had their points stolen. 680news.com

Toronto luncheon to discuss cargo theft, fraud
The Toronto Trucking Association hosting a March 29 luncheon discussion about cargo theft and fraud and will feature a panel that includes Constable Patrick Lynch from Peel Regional Police's Commercial Auto Crime Bureau; Kendra Emmett from Northbridge Financial Corporation; and Andrew Ross of UCIT Online Security.

Some of the topics to be discussed include: "Stolen Loads - who and what is being targeted," "Internal Connections to theft what you can do to protect yourself," "Thefts - What is their impact on your loss runs," and "What is Live Video Monitoring and how can it help protect outdoor company assets?" todaystrucking.com

Trump Opponents #Baycott HBC Stores
More shoppers, including those in Canada, are joining a campaign to push back against Trump's divisive rhetoric and policies with their wallets, taking aim at a growing hit list of companies that support the first family's business ventures.

Hudson's Bay Co. operates several retailers on the Grab Your Wallet list, including Hudson's Bay and Saks Off 5th, which all sell some of the Trump family members' products. huffingtonpost.ca

Paladin Security Group acquires Victoria-based security business

Iconic Calgary retailer Arnold Churgin Shoes closing its doors

Montreal, QC: Woman shot in the face during mall robbery
Police are searching for a male suspect in his 40s after the owner of a dépanneur was shot Tuesday afternoon during a botched robbery attempt at an indoor mall in the east end of Montreal. Police said the 41-year-old woman was struck by a bullet in the jaw area, after she refused to hand over money to the suspect. She was transported to a hospital and is in stable condition. Rakesh Chandrekant, who owns a discount shop in the mall, said petty crime is a problem at Place Frontenac. He uses a surveillance system with 13 cameras in his small store. montrealgazette.com

Whitecourt, AB: Storefront 'obliterated' by pickup truck in ATM theft attempt

Assiniboia, SK: Traffic stop leads to robbery and drug trafficking charges

Bellville, ON: 3 Toronto men charged in credit card fraud over $5,000

Toronto, ON: Man stabbed multiple times at Toronto store, rushed to hospital

Strathmore, AB: Walmart evacuated after threats received

Morinville, AB: Two men wanted in theft of cigarettes and merchandise from Mac's

Toronto, ON: Man wanted in 2 bank robberies, 2 retail robberies arrested

Update: $165K rectum gold thief gets 30 months in prison

Robberies and Burglaries

Needs Covenience Store - Holywood, NL - Robbery/Theft attempt
Undisclosed convenience store - Newbury, ON - Armed Robbery
Undisclosed fast food store - Toronto, ON - Robbery
Undisclosed pharmacy - Saskatoon, SK - Armed Robbery
Undisclosed restaurant - Windsor, ON - Armed Robbery
Undisclosed store - Toronto, ON - Armed Robbery
3P Computers - Toronto, ON - Armed Robbery

Live interviews from the NRF Big Show January 2016

Critical Incident Management

Chad McIntosh, VP of LP & Risk Management, Bloomingdale's, and Blue Montez, Director of Loss Prevention, Torrid

In today's multi-threat real-time environment, it's critical for retailers to be educated, informed and highly collaborative. With critical incidents like active shooters on the rise, learn about the proactive steps Loss Prevention can take when it comes to physical security programs, educating employees, monitoring social media and collaborating with law enforcement. Chad McIntosh, VP of LP & Risk Management, Bloomingdale's, and Blue Montez, Director of Loss Prevention, Torrid, share their thoughts on LP's elevated role as first responders in active-incident situations.

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LPNN Quick Take #29

As LP's digital conference comes to a close, MCs Joe LaRocca and Amber Bradley sign off from yet another historic, groundbreaking, information-packed D&D Daily broadcast! "Live in NYC 2016 at the NRF Big Show" brought us eight hours of education and fun from a who's who list of LP leaders, retailers and solution providers. You can re-watch all the episodes here!

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A New Tool for the War on Fake Rolexes - Blockchain
Blockchain, an independently validated, distributed and unalterable transaction ledger, has the potential to help all sorts of other industries, perhaps none more than retailing and manufacturing. Let's consider just one problem these businesses face: vulnerability to counterfeiting. Because the decentralized nature of blockchains replaces transactional trust with objective verification, it could be the perfect tool for fighting the counterfeiting scourge.

Imagine if there was a way for retailers and manufactures to document the location, manufacturing stage and ownership of any item at any time anywhere in the world. With simple tools like embedded sensors or scannable tags, this functionality is now well within reach. Companies could scan each item as it progresses through the supply chain. Those transactions would be documented in the blockchain and visible online to any interested party. This won't prevent all counterfeiting, but it would provide a mechanism for consumers and intermediate buyers to establish authenticity. bloomberg.com

Fake Apps on Rise: How to Protect Your Brand in the App Store
The notion of "fake apps" first emerged a couple years ago, when illegitimate antivirus apps successfully scammed users into spending a lot of money to, ironically, try and keep their computers safe. During the most recent holiday shopping season, dozens of brands were targeted, with fake apps appearing for brands ranging from the Dollar Store to Salvatore Ferragamo.

How did it happen? One possible cause is a change in how apps are now approved to be sold in the apps stores. Until recently, it was tedious and mostly manual, but app stores have recently endeavored to simplify the process to make release cycles faster and as bureaucracy-free as possible for developers. Unfortuntely, counterfeiters have found this streamlined process ideal for their own schemes.

As scary as it all sounds, the answer for brands isn't to simply forgo having an app. Here's a step-by-step approach to prevent the havoc a fake app could wreak on your brand -- and on your consumers.

1. Stake your claim.
2. Check the app store frequently.
3. Learn from them.
4. Know your foe.
5. Create an app that delivers.  adage.com

Jet.com, HSN, Shopstyle.com drop Ivanka Trump Line

Pay with Amazon payment volume nearly doubled in '16 - 33M used it online

FedEx Launches FedEx Fulfillment To Compete With Amazon

Eight out of 10 consumers demand online reporting of store inventory

20% of grocery sales could be online by 2025

Morgan Hill, CA: Four suspects arrested with $1,000 of stolen baby formula from Safeway
Police nabbed four suspected thieves Feb. 6 in possession of $1,000's worth of baby formula and other merchandise at two local Safeway grocery stores. Morgan Hill Police apprehended three female suspects and one male suspect as they attempted to flee in their vehicle. Officers stopped the car and learned that the male driver was on parole. Officers searched the vehicle and recovered $1,000s worth of merchandise, including baby formula, medications and toiletries from various stores. "The investigation revealed that both Safeway stores and at least one CVS had been hit by this crew," the MHPD's Feb. 6 post details. "Video surveillance footage showed the same three females hitting multiple stores." morganhilltimes.com

Gainesville, FL: Mobiquity Store employee steals nine laptops
A man was arrested Monday after stealing and pawning at least nine laptops from his place of work since November. Jimmy Rousseau, who works at the business development company Mobiquity, was suspected of theft by the store's manager when the manager noticed three laptops went missing from the store Friday. Police said Rousseau had access to the laptops, three of have a total value of about $4,500. Police discovered Rousseau pawned one of the laptops, an Apple MacBook, for $600 at TBG Jewelry and Pawn in January. He returned to the pawn shop a week later and pawned two other Apple MacBooks for $1,400. Rousseau pawned at least six others, but the total value of the stolen products remains unknown. alligator.org

Waltham, MA: Father & son busted for $1,500 Printer thefts from Staples
Waltham Police arrested a father and son from Springfield for allegedly stealing five printers from two different Staples stores on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Gary Thibault Sr., 52, and his 25-year-old son, were each charged with larceny over $250 after police located the duo on Winter Street after the reported theft. According to police, the Thibaults stole two printers from Staples at 800 Lexington St. The two printers, combined with three allegedly stolen from a Staples in Acton, totaled almost $1,500. wickedlocal.com

Update - Memphis, TN: Man Convicted of Choking TJ Maxx LP agent Unconscious during Shoplifting Incident; $500 theft and 15 prior felony convictions
A career criminal with more than 15 prior felony convictions was found guilty Tuesday of choking a security officer unconscious in a shoplifting incident at an East Memphis clothing store. 53-year old Christopher Talley was found guilty of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault and theft of property under $500. The incident happened on August 10, 2014, when a loss prevention officer at T.J.Maxx caught Talley trying to steal a half dozen Michael Kors purses. As the officer tried to apprehend him, Talley threw-up and shouted at the officer, "I have AIDS. I'm going to give you AIDS." When the officer finally got the defendant to the loss prevention office, Talley attacked the officer and wrapped a wire cable around his neck until he lost consciousness. A video of the incident shows the officer's face turn purple and the officer appeared to be unconscious for several minutes. A Crime Stoppers tip led to his arrest 11 days later. Talley faces up to 30 years in prison. He's scheduled to be sentenced on March 2. localmemphis.com

Mohave County, AZ: Man arrested in connection with 23 Shoplifting incidents, Burglary and Motorcycle theft

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Shootings & Death

Boynton Beach; FL: Suspect charged in 2015 Fatal Shooting of a Liquor Store Owner
An arrest has been made in connection with the 2015 fatal shooting of a Boynton Beach liquor store owner who was just hours from retirement. The homicide occurred Nov. 22, 2015 at the Liquor Market located at 1660 S. Congress Ave., taking the life of 79-year-old Ali Arezoumandifar of Jupiter. wptv.com

Howland, OH: Police involved in a Shoot-out with a Murder suspect in Giant Eagle parking lot
A manhunt for a murder suspect ended with a shoot-out with police in a busy grocery store parking lot. Officials said the murder happened Tuesday at a home in Weathersfield around 7 p.m. The victim and the suspect were fighting, when one fired a gun and fled. The victim died. Police were searching the Niles and Howland areas for the suspect, when the search led to a Giant Eagle in Howland. A shoot-out with the suspect reportedly followed in the parking lot. Police sources say the suspect was shot and was taken to the hospital. His condition is not known. wfmj.com

Claremont, CA: Supermarket Security Guard shoots man suspected of breaking into a car
Security guard at a Claremont supermarket shot and wounded a man Tuesday night after confronting him for allegedly breaking into a car, police said. The shooting was reported about 8:45 p.m. in the parking lot of the Super King Market. A supermarket employee had seen a man trying to break into a vehicle and notified the security guard, police said. The guard approached the suspect and, during the confrontation, fired several shots. It's unclear if the man was armed with a weapon. When Police arrived, they found the man on the pavement with multiple wounds. The man was rushed to the hospital and is expected to survive. latimes.com

Palatine, IL: Chicago man found shot in parking lot of Wal-Mart
A 19-year-old Chicago man was found shot outside a Wal-Mart in northwest suburban Palatine on Tuesday night, police said. Police were called to the store on N. Rand Road just before 7:30 p.m. following a call about gunfire and found the victim in the parking lot with a single gunshot wound, according to police. According to a news release from Palatine police, initial reports from witnesses indicated that "offenders" were possibly inside the store, but when officers searched the store they determined the offenders "were no longer on the scene." chicagotribune.com

Robberies & Thefts

Detroit, MI: Armed Robber disarms a CVS Armed Security Guard
Detroit police are on the lookout for a man with at least two handguns and $2,000 after allegedly robbing a CVS store on the city's west side and disarming a security guard in the process. The robbery took place at about 5 a.m. at a 24-hour CVS on West McNichols. The armed suspect entered the CVS, announced that this was a holdup, and forced a manager who'd been sweeping the store's front walk inside the store at gunpoint. While inside, the suspect disarmed the store's security guard and locked the store employees into a back office. Between a store safe and cash registers, police say the man made off with about $2,000. detroitnews.com

Corbin, KY: Driver charged with Assault after accused Shoplifter injured while attempting to flee Belk
An accused shoplifter's attempt to flee from Belk loss prevention Friday afternoon ended with her being airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and the getaway vehicle driver charged with second-degree assault. Corbin police and firefighters were called to the store at the Trademart Shopping Center about 2 p.m. in response to a 911 call that a woman had been struck by a vehicle. thenewsjournal.net

Bryan, TX: Man gets 25-year sentence for Walgreen's robbery
Before Thursday's plea, Boone had been convicted of various forgery, burglary, drug and theft charges from 1984 to 1990. The severity of Boone's sentence was increased because of his use of force in taking the $45 from the cashier. Two Walgreens employees suffered minor injuries attempting to stop the Robbery. theeagle.com

Philadelphia, PA: Armed Robbery suspect wanted in connection to a series of C-store and Restaurant hold-ups

Piercing Pagoda in the Colonie Center, Albany NY reported a Grab & Run 0n 2/7, item valued at $349

Credit Card Fraud & Wire Fraud

Fontana, CA: 2 Women On Probation For Burglary Arrested On Suspicion Of Massive ID theft Spree
On Monday, police showed photos of a trove of stolen mail stuffed in gym bags, duffel bags and backpacks. They contained personal data Fontana police said the two accused thieves used to power their identity theft operation. The suspects, Denette Alvarez and Charlina Miller, were caught while trying to break into mailboxes along Beech Avenue. Miller was also arrested less than a month ago on suspicion of trying to cash a fraudulent check. Detectives said they found computers, stolen mail, W-2 forms, ID's, credit cards, tax returns and more at the suspects' homes. cbslocal.com

'Top 10 Spammer' Indicted for Wire Fraud
According to an indictment returned in federal court in Chicago, Persaud used multiple Internet addresses and domains - a technique known as "snowshoe spamming" - to transmit spam emails over at least nine networks.

The Justice Department says Persaud sent well over a million spam emails to recipients in the United States and abroad. Prosecutors charge that Persaud often used false names to register the domains, and he created fraudulent "From:" address fields to conceal that he was the true sender of the emails. Persaud is currently listed as #8 on the World's 10 Worst Spammers list maintained by Spamhaus, an anti-spam organization. krebsonsecurity.com

Counterfeit Goods

Dubai: Dept. of Economic Development confiscates 67.7 million pieces of counterfeit products in 2016
The Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai confiscated 67.7 million pieces of counterfeit goods worth approximately $315 Million in 2016, a number seven per cent higher than the 63.3 million pieces unearthed in 2015 and the corresponding increase in estimated value of the goods was 15 per cent, approximately $ 274 Million. cpifinancial.net


Houston, TX: Speedy Mart 2-Alarm fire under investigation; store destroyed, heavy damage to plaza

Skimming Thefts

Lebanon, VA: Police suspect credit card scammers hitting area gas pumps

Tippecanoe County, IN: Man faces up to 6 years in prison for McDonald's skimming operation

Circle K - Bradenton, FL - Armed Robbery
CVS - Detroit, MI - Armed Robbery - Disarmed Security Guard
CVS - Terre Haute, IN - Robbery
CVS - North Miami Beach, FL - Armed Robbery
Dollar Store - Norcross, GA - Armed Robbery
Elite Firearms - Horry County, SC - Burglary
Exxon - New Brighton, MN - Robbery
EZ Mart - Texarkana, AR - Armed Robbery
Giant Eagle - Howland, OH - Officer Involved Shooting
Hustler Hollywood -Nashville, TN - Burglary
Parker's - Savannah, GA - Armed Robbery
PK Plaza - Sparks, NV - Armed Robbery
Quick Stop Food - Warren, OH - Armed Robbery
Solar Nails - Moultrie, GA - Robbery
Super King Market - Claremont, CA - Security Guard Shooting- suspect breaking into cars
T&A Market - Memphis, TN - Shooting- 1 man killed outside
Tedeschi's C-store - Lowell, MA - Armed Robbery
Toys R Us - The Woodlands, TX - Robbery
Walmart - Palatine, IL - Shooting- man shot and wounded in parking lot
7-Eleven - Ferndale, MI - Armed Robbery
7- Eleven - Oak Park, MI - Armed Robbery
7- Eleven - Madison Heights, MI - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
16 robberies
2 burglaries
4 shootings
1 killed

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