Rodriguez was promoted to Loss Prevention Director for Chanel, Inc.
Cliff has been at Chanel since June of 2011. He came to Chanel as the first Loss
Prevention Manager and second employee of that department. He was promoted to
the Associate Director of Retail and Events and have expanded the LP department
with two Regional LP Managers overseeing the East and West coast retail
boutiques. Cliff is a career long security and loss prevention professional that
has worked in big box, fashion, grocery, and luxury retail. Congratulations
"Restoring JCP To Its Glory Days"
Former LP Exec. & Now CEO of JCP, Marvin Ellison Delivers 4Q Results that Top
All Quiet on the VPLP Job Hunt - Who'll be the next VP of LP?
Few companies, except home improvement chains such as Home Depot Inc and Lowe's
Cos Inc, have been able to beat Wall Street estimates amid a pullback in
spending on discretionary items. "Another solid result in a flat out tough 4Q
for department stores ... CEO Ellison has the right demeanor, discipline, and
business acumen to restore JCP to its glory days," Sterne Agee analyst Renato
Basanta wrote in a note.
Total sales rose a better-than-expected 2.6 percent, to $4 billion, while
same-store sales rose 4.1 percent, in line with analysts' expectations.
Marvin R. Ellison, chief executive officer, said, "We are very pleased with our
performance for the fourth quarter and full year. We are also pleased that we
delivered strong fourth-quarter results while effectively managing our
inventory, which finished the year up 2.6 percent. I would like to thank our
over 100,000 associates who embrace our strategy and come to work each day
focused on driving sales and providing excellent customer service.
"Contrary to some of the negative macro data that has been discussed in the
marketplace, our data shows that this mid-tier consumer has continued growth
possibilities in 2016," Chief Executive Marvin Ellison said on a conference
Editor's Note: Now the question is who does he deliver to the VP of LP
position? Our opinion is he already has it locked and someone's waiting for a
bonus payout. Just a thought.
Where Have the Shoppers Gone?
The Trump Impact? Is he impacting retail sales as much as he is the election?
Across channels and regions, it seems that consumers have mostly fled the
market. And while retailers are blaming the weather for soft traffic and lousy
fourth-quarter results, a more frugal shopper - at all income levels - continues
to be keen on bargains and shopping online. Meanwhile, a presidential election
year is also emerging as a distraction for consumers.
For now, retailers struggle to post solid financial results amid a promotional
market aimed at luring shoppers into stores.
Since last fall, presidential hopefuls on both sides of the aisle have consumed
the attention of consumers. Social media channels including Facebook, Twitter
and YouTube have been flooded with various perspectives, rants and op-eds on the
which candidate would be best.
This election cycle, though, appears to be different as more people seem to be
keying into messages that focus on income inequality, the vanishing middle class
and other social issues. And the political chatter is not limited to social
Analyst Gabriella Santaniello, president and founder of A-Line Partners, takes a
systematic approach to store visits, which takes her to various markets all
over the U.S. "I've never seen anything like this," she said of the political
buzzing. "I'll be in a store and sales associates will start chatting about the
election or about a specific candidate. It is unusual and unprecedented."
Editor's Note: If he wasn't in the election would we all be watching and talking
like we are? I think not.
Wal-Mart Cuts More Staff at Headquarters
Retail giant laid off more than 100 employees this week
In October, Wal-Mart laid off 450 people from its Bentonville, Ark.,
headquarters, then the company's warehouse chain Sam's Club cut about 150
positions in January. The company also recently closed more than 100 U.S. stores
that employed thousands of hourly workers.
This week's cuts came in the information systems department, part of the
retailer's recently created Walmart Technology group, which merged staff that
works on the company's website and store technology staff.
This week's layoffs will likely hit hardest among Northwest Arkansas's community
of South Asian immigrants, mostly drawn to the area by software and technology
jobs at Wal-Mart or the company's vendors. wsj.com
Sears laying off 250 in administrative offices
The parent of struggling retailers Sears and Kmart said Thursday it eliminated
250 positions after posting fourth-quarter losses following a dismal holiday
shopping season. The layoffs at Sears Holdings represent a "mix of positions in
various units and roles across the organization," spokesman Chris Brathwaite
told the Tribune. Brathwaite also said 151 open corporate office positions will
not be filled.
While the company has several administrative outposts, including locations in
New York, Seattle and a call center in Troy, Mich., the bulk of the layoffs and
the open positions that will not be filled will come from its Hoffman Estates
Sears CEO Lambert says its unfair to criticize
Lampert, chairman and chief executive officer, said in his annual letter to
shareholders: "Because of Sears and Kmart's long-standing history and cultural
impact, we are targeted for criticism when our results are poor. But it is
unfair to evaluate our approach through the rearview mirror without
acknowledging the changing circumstances in our industry as well as our bold
attempts to change the way we do business to meet this changing reality."
While questions remain over the long-term survival of Sears, retailers across
the board have been rushing to adapt to a landscape shaken by disinterested
consumers, economic turmoil and changing shopping patterns, especially the shift
to online and mobile shopping. Editor's Note: It may be unfair but it is
Shoplifting Video Going Viral on YouTube today
Walmart customer who films shoplifter apprehension banned from store in
North Carolina man recorded a shoplifter inside Walmart's Wilmington location,
only to be verbally harassed, threatened with arrest and banned by a clueless
employee of the SuperCenter last Friday afternoon.
Jon Andrade thought he was doing the retail giant a favor by using his cell
phone to capture a petty theft, when Walmart employees turned on him and
demanded that he leave or be arrested for criminal trespassing on private
property ending the encounter by telling the man that he is "Banned." The minute
and ten seconds long video below picks up when Andrade was nearly in the parking
As John Andrade's wife wrote, he was just trying to be thoughtful. It's common
knowledge that Walmart loses billions annually to "shrinkage" which is the
retail industry's term for shoplifting: As Jon was exiting the store, he sees a
woman who has shoplifted from Walmart. She had thrown down a large purse filled
with items she had stolen and takes off, into the parking lot, out the front
doors. My husband, who worked as a security officer for over 5 years, instantly
is in the mindset to whip out his IPhone and record this woman and this incident
happening, thinking maybe he could help out; Not to mention in this day and age,
the majority of people who see a crazy incident at Walmart are going to
instantly grab their smartphone and hit record.
A Walmart employee, ironically wearing a "GAP" sweatshirt asks him to, "Please
stop recording." That's where the pleasantries ended.
The First Amendment protects photography as a pre-cursor to expressive speech -
such as Joe Andrade's post which is going viral on YouTube today - and when in
public, jurisprudence says that there is no expectation of privacy for anyone,
police or otherwise.
This North Carolina associate has become YouTube famous for the wrong
reasons, and now is going to learn (probably the hard way) when someone may or
may not record video at a SuperCenter. Editor's Note: The verbal
confrontation is too lengthy to post, but leave it to say it included
OSHA Fines Schwan's Global Supply Chain Over $172,000 For Employee Injuries
Fined for three repeated, four serious and one other-than-serious safety
violations on Feb. 9. Agency inspectors found Schwan's exposed workers
to amputation and other serious hazards, according to Insurance Journal. The
company is facing more than $172,000 in fines after two workers at its Salina,
Kan., facility suffered amputations in separate incidents and a third suffered
lacerations and burns. During its inspections, the agency also found other
safety hazards. These included workers with personal protective equipment that
did not properly fit, storage of oxygen cylinders near highly combustible
material, and had exit routes that did not meet height and width requirements.
Quarterly Same Store
Foot Locker Q4 comp's up 7.9% with sales up 5%
Sprouts Farmers Market Q4 comp's up 7.4% with net sales up 21%
J.C. Penney Q4 comp's up 4.1% with sales up 2.6%
Gap Inc. Q4 Gap Global down 6%, Banana Republic down 10%, Old Navy flat
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a True LP Hero
Off-Duty Police Officer working as Macy's LP Detective dies of heart attack
Pearman passed away on February 16, 2016 while working his "second job" as a
Loss Prevention Detective at Macy's. Donnie, as he was known to all, started his
Loss Prevention career over 25 years ago with the retailer Emporium Capwells.
Donnie worked in stores from El Cerrito to the flagship store in downtown San
Francisco and was always a star detective everywhere he went. Along the way,
Donnie worked hard to pursue his dream of becoming a Police Officer. For the
past 19 years, Donnie fulfilled his dream and was a Police Officer for the city
of Pittsburg, CA. Donnie was a well respected officer, loved by both his peers
as well as the community he protected. Over the years, Donnie maintained his
love for Loss Prevention and worked "second jobs" for JCPenney and recently
joined the Macy's team. Donnie was a Top Cop, stellar Loss Prevention Detective,
loved son, devoted father and a wonderful man and cherished friend.
Editor's Opinion: There will be a day when
Loss Prevention and IT Security
will be one
The evolution and volume of cybercrime and the advancing development of the
cybercriminal themselves will dictate that we work as one in order to combat and
resolve the speed and magnitude of the risk.
As the continued siloing of LP and IT Security will actually slow the
investigative response and handicap the reactive and proactive processes. Now
this doesn't mean that the IT Security executive has to posses the investigative
prowess. Nor does it mean the LP executive must be a programmer. But what it
does mean is that both must be connected and proficient in each others worlds in
order to truly defeat yesterday's gang member who is today's cybercriminal.
The news is filled with story's about gang members turning to smuggling
cigarettes, counterfeiting, identity theft, skimming, and cloning cards. Most of
which is headed by computer geeks pulling the strings from around the world.
Obviously proving the fact that the criminals have already eliminated their
silos and are now working as one. With the IT thief actually managing the
street thief who the LP world has been fighting for generations.
So how long will it be before we get the message that they've combined their
resources and they happen to be winning the war. The point being that the
merging of our two worlds, which all of us recognize is indeed happening, will
in fact continue and will one day be one, under one roof.
Wars have a tendency to dictate evolution and if current trends are indicative
of where we're headed we're not winning right now. So something has to change
and all of the technologies that both groups are using individually have to be
connected in order to increase their strength. And the only way to do that is
with the human element. Therein lies the merger into one.
Just yesterday a PwC global report showed how online fraud is actually "holding
retailers back from meeting customers expectations," because retailers aren't
able to match demand for same or next day shipping. Now how long do you think
retailers are going to put up with that? And that's just one impact of hundreds
that exist. United we stand. Divided we fall. Just a thought.
detect breaches sooner, but attackers have gotten nastier
Firms are detecting breaches nearly 30 percent sooner than before, according to
a new report from Mandiant, but attackers are also getting more aggressive in
their methods by demanding millions for not releasing data, or erasing all
systems around them as they go.
Last year, it took an average of 146 days for a company to discover a breach,
down from 205 in 2014 -- and 416 in 2011.
There are two main reasons that attacks are getting detected sooner, he said.
One is that organizations are getting better at spotting them. However, despite
better security, few organizations are successfully able to keep out determined
The other reason that breaches are getting spotted sooner is that the
attackers are bragging more about their successful attacks. While criminals
and state-sponsored attackers tend to stay quiet about their hacks in order to
keep the data flowing, hacktivisits and cybervandals are looking for fame and
Generation Z (ages 18 to 24) is twice as likely to make a mobile payment as the
Mobile payments & purchases will be the prevailing transactions in the near
More than half (53%) of Gen Z respondents said they have made a mobile payment
while using the Internet in the past six months. That is almost four times the
rate (14%) for Baby Boomers (ages 50 to 68). Gen Y (ages 25 to 34) came in at
37%, and Gen X (35 to 49) at 27%. About one-third (31%) of Gen Z consumers agree
that "making payments with a mobile device is more secure than other methods";
this is double the general population level (16%), and five times the Baby
Boomer score of 6%.
The study also shows that more than half (53%) of Gen Z respondents are looking
forward to paying for "more and more transactions" from mobile devices. This is
twice the overall US average (27%), and higher than Gen Y (45%) and Gen X (30%).
Hey You Get Off Of My Cloud
Cloud Apps Not Ready for GDPR
As many as 88% of apps are not enterprise-ready - lacking important
functionality such as security, service-level agreement and vulnerability
remediation. Netskope say organizations currently have a lot of work to do when
it comes to monitoring and mitigating cloud-based threats.
Now more than ever, it's imperative that organizations have complete visibility
into and real-time actionable control over their cloud app usage to better
monitor and understand trends and vulnerabilities. It's only with this knowledge
that IT can begin to protect against threats lurking in cloud apps, such as
Four key developing trends in cybercrime
These are: The evolution of exploit kits to stay one step ahead of security
systems; a continued surge in SSL/TLS encryption that is giving cyber-criminals
more opportunities to conceal malware from firewalls; the continued rise of
Android malware; and a marked increase in the overall number of malware attacks.
THOROFARE, N.J. - Feb. 25, 2016 -
Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CKP), a leading global supplier of
merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry, today announced that
Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentación, S.A. (DIA), a multinational
discount food retail chain with stores in Europe, Asia and South America, had
selected its electronic article surveillance (EAS) solutions to improve
merchandise availability at its 2,600 Spain-based stores.
The fast growing retailer will be replacing all acousto-magnetic (AM) EAS
pedestals with Checkpoint's radio frequency (RF) systems. In addition, its
technology switch to RF has positioned it to easily adopt RFID in the future.
To protect its high-risk merchandise, DIA has also licensed Checkpoint's
Alpha High Theft Solutions Keepers.
According to Per Levin, President of Merchandise Availability Solutions,
Checkpoint Systems, "We are incredibly excited that one of Europe's leading and
fastest growing food retailers is making the technology change and embracing
Checkpoint Systems' solutions to improve its merchandise availability. We look
forward to working with DIA to help it reap the benefits of RFID in the future."
About Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (www.checkpointsystems.com)
Systems is a global leader in merchandise availability solutions for the retail
industry, encompassing loss prevention and merchandise visibility. Checkpoint
provides end-to-end solutions enabling retailers to achieve accurate real-time
inventory, accelerate the replenishment cycle, prevent out-of-stocks and reduce
theft, thus improving merchandise availability and the shopper's experience.
Checkpoint's solutions are built upon 45 years of radio frequency technology
expertise, innovative high-theft and loss-prevention solutions, market-leading
software, RFID hardware and comprehensive labeling capabilities to brand, secure
and track merchandise from source to shelf. Checkpoint's customers benefit from
increased sales and profits by implementing merchandise availability solutions
to ensure the right merchandise is available at the right place and time when
consumers are ready to buy. Listed on the NYSE (NYSE: CKP), Checkpoint operates
in every major geographic market and employs more than 4700 people worldwide.
LP's Digital Fast-Break Conference Kickoff
LPNN Quick Take #1
Live from New York, it's the D&D Daily! LPNN's dynamic duo,
MCs Joe LaRocca (VP & Senior Advisor, Loss
and Amber Bradley (Owner & Brand
Strategist, Calibration, LLC) help kick off
LP's Digital Fast-Break Conference.
With 27 information-packed episodes filmed over 8 straight hours - featuring a
who's who list of LP leaders, retailers, and solutions providers - "Live in NYC
2016 at the NRF Big Show" is our biggest broadcast yet.
Stay tuned to the Daily over the coming weeks, as we re-broadcast each episode
in order, covering a variety of hot topics
- including ORC, cybersecurity, LP's role in technology, mastering the change
process, research & development, critical incident management, and so much more!
While Amber and Joe (and a few surprise guests) provide plenty of fun and
excitement in our "LPNN Quick Takes" along the way!
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'Shopping while black': Marketplace finds some shoppers targeted by retailers
because of race
Monitoring shoppers based on the colour of their skin violates human rights
codes, but it does happen
It's called "shopping while black." When the colour of your skin can get you
increased attention from a store's security guards. And it seems to happen every
Consumer racial profiling is a violation of provincial human rights codes, but
some security guards admit it happens, a CBC Marketplace investigation
When an employee asked Mary McCarthy to open her backpack in a Shoppers Drug
Mart in Toronto in 2011, it took her a moment to understand why. And then
I realized I was being accused of being a thief, I was being accused of
stealing," says McCarthy, who is from Fredericton. I was a 55-year-old,
middle-aged black woman and I didn't deserve that treatment."
In a special months-long investigation, Marketplace looked at how race and
culture influence how companies treat shoppers, apartment-hunters and
job-seekers across Canada.
Some shoppers followed
A 2013 report for Nova Scotia's Consumer Racial Profiling Project found major
differences in how people are treated based on the colour of their skin.
Almost three-quarters of aboriginal respondents reported being followed by store
staff, while 62.7 per cent of black Canadians reported being followed while
shopping. Just 23.6 per cent of white respondents reported that they had
experienced being followed.
Watch a special, one-hour Marketplace report, Are we racist?, this Friday on
CBC Television at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) or online.
Visit CBCNews.ca at 11:30 a.m. on Friday for an online discussion on when to
intervene when you see discrimination.
CBC Marketplace tested consumer-based racial profiling in major chains across
Canada, documenting how three male shoppers of different racial backgrounds -
one white, one black and one aboriginal - were treated in 15 stores across five
All three wore similar clothing, carried almost identical bags and followed
specific instructions: they all acted in the same manner and visited the same
While most locations treated the three men the same, at other locations, they
got very different levels of attention.
Mark Simms, a Jamaican-Canadian, was offered help three times and then followed
around the store while shopping at a Best Buy location in Fredericton.
The white shopper was offered help once and then left to browse.
A security expert who works for several large retailers -- and who asked
to remain anonymous for fear of losing his job -- watched the hidden camera
footage. He told Marketplace this technique is frequently used to monitor
shoppers identified as suspicious in order to let them know they're being
In a Shoppers Drug Mart in Regina, Rory McCusker, who is white, noticed
he was watched by an employee.
McCusker says he was surprised by the attention. "It was a little weird because
I've never been followed in a store before."
But when aboriginal shopper Leeland Delorme entered the same store, he
was followed by multiple staff members and was tracked as he moved from
aisle to aisle.
Delorme says this type of experience has happened to him before. "This is
exactly what I expect from this city," he says. "I'm sorry to say I am not
shocked at all. But it still pisses me off."
Shoppers Drug Mart says it takes these allegations "very seriously."
We are currently looking into the footage of the alleged incident that took
place in the Regina store location and will take appropriate action, if
necessary," a spokesperson wrote to Marketplace in an email.
Best Buy says it doesn't tolerate discrimination. "These allegations go against
everything we expect from our employees and everything we stand for as a
company," the company wrote in an email.
'It does happen'
Even though it's against the law, racial profiling by security guards does
happen, one current security consultant told Marketplace.
"We'd have a different code name for certain different people, of different
ethnic backgrounds," he says. "When certain ethnic backgrounds or a black
minority would come in, that code name would be called out on the radio."
When Tomee Sojourner was a security guard, she remembers being told by a site
supervisor to follow a group of black youths.
"What caught me off-guard was I was a black youth in my 20s. He was telling me
to basically follow myself," she says.
"Most retailers won't acknowledge it, so part of getting them to even hear these
recommendations is to talk about it in a language that they understand," she
Sojourner, who is now a Master of Law candidate at York University's Osgoode Law
School, last week presented a report on consumer racial profiling to the Ontario
Human Rights Commission. The organization is looking to develop a new policy on
Robberies at banks, retail on rise in Toronto
Retail Robberies Up 31% First Two Months of '16
Bank robberies and store hold-ups are on the rise so far this year in Toronto.
"Both bank robberies and retail robberies are up. We've been very busy in the
first couple of months of the year. We saw five bank heists in a single day
recently and retail robberies occur pretty much daily," says Toronto Police
Staff-Insp. Mike Earl in charge of the Holdup Squad.
"We're monitoring the situation and collecting data, so it's too soon to
speculate on why we're seeing this spike. But it's almost like the people
committing these robberies lack the fear of apprehension."
"Our arrests are actually up in each of the last four years - the numbers are
constantly rising. We've also made some significant arrests in the last two
months as we work hard to try and curb these robberies."
2015: 52 by end of February
2016: 68 in first two months of year (with five days left in February)
= 31% increase
Shoppers Drug Mart says pharmacies are 'safest option' for medical marijuana
Canada's largest drugstore chain made the statement Wednesday after the Globe
and Mail, citing unnamed sources, reported that Shoppers is looking at the
possibility of selling medical marijuana. The Globe reported that Shoppers,
which is owned by Loblaw , has held several meetings with medical marijuana
producers and suppliers over the past year.
Editor's Note: Some ask what's the difference between Canada and the U.S. Well
folks here it is. You'd never see CVS or Walgreens making this statement.
Regardless of your position on the subject this approach and bold comment is at
the root of the difference between the U.S. and Canada. More liberal, open, and
relaxed maybe the U.S. needs to listen. canada.com
Victoria's Secret stops its expansion in Canada
due to weak dollar
Nordstrom begins hiring for its two Toronto stores
- LP Jobs?
Sears Home Canada to close 8 stores assigning
leases to Leon's
Lowe's Canada to open 12 new stores in '16
Simons looks to grow a Canadian retail empire
Kit and Ace lays off 35 corporate employees
Halifax mall shooting plot case set for May 2017 trial
The pair accused of plotting mass murder at the Halifax Shopping Centre are now
scheduled to go to trial in the spring of 2017. Lindsay Souvannarath and Randall
Shepherd made a brief appearance in Nova Scotia Supreme Court this morning. The
pair are charged with conspiracy to commit arson, conspiracy to commit murder,
uttering threats and other charges. They were arrested Feb. 13, 2015, just hours
before they were to allegedly carry out an attack on a mall full of shoppers.
They have been in custody ever since.
Toronto, CN: Photo released of suspect wanted in GTA credit card scam
Toronto police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect wanted
in connection with a fraud investigation. On Sept. 15 and Sept. 18, a man
allegedly contacted a business in the Port Union Road and Highway 401 area and
ordered items over the phone. Police said the man provided the business with
credit card information and picked up the purchased items that same day. It was
later discovered that the credit card used was fraudulent. Officials said
further investigation revealed the man has defrauded multiple people across the GTA using the same method.
Brandon, MB: Bloody trail of stolen guns
A pair of semi-automatic handguns stolen from a Brandon store nearly four years
ago have turned up under disturbing circumstances in other communities. One was
found lying next to a man in Thompson who had killed himself, while another was
found in the possession of a gang member during an investigation into a shooting
in Edmonton. Over a dozen weapons were stolen during a Burglary of Jo-Brook
Firearms in Brandon in 2012. Justice John Menzies said it's likely 11 to 12
handguns stolen from the store are in the hands of crooks.
Windsor: Caught on cam: Robbery Suspect Gets Locked In
Windsor police are asking for the public's help identifying a suspect in a
convenience store robbery on Albert Road. Police released video of the alleged
robber, who got away after being locked inside the store by the employee. The
armed robber approached the clerk and demanded cash. While the suspect was
focused on the register the clerk ran out of the store and locked the door from
the outside. The complainant ran to a neighbor and called the police. The clerk
returned when officers arrived and found that the lock on the door was broke off
and the suspect was gone.
Peoples Jewellers in the
Cornwall Square, Cornwall, ON was the victim of a Grab & Run theft on 2/24 at
8:20pm, male suspect fled with a Men's Movado watch valued at $1,150
Organize, Optimize, Synchronize - American Eagle Outfitters' new distribution
center integrates e-commerce and store fulfillment
American Eagle Outfitters has expanded its omnichannel operations in recent
years. The specialty clothing, accessories and personal care products retailer
implemented a buy-online/ship-from-store program that has exceeded expectations,
and is also adding new features to its website, including 360-degree product
viewing and more on-body product display.
Along with those improvements, though, comes the challenge of establishing the
optimal balance in distribution centers that can replenish stores and fulfill
e-commerce orders. The Pittsburgh-based retailer recently went live with a new
distribution center in Hazleton, Pa., that was specifically designed to handle
e-commerce and store fulfillment with maximum efficiency.
The new facility and system has produced significant efficiencies and savings
for AEO. The center was constructed to environment and energy standards in what
Miller calls a "very environmentally and cost-conscious design" with energy
efficient features. Bringing the distribution center closer to customers has
paid off; now 90 percent of direct orders are fulfilled in two to three days. A
new internal system also allows the company to turn orders in 24 hours or less.
How the Internet of Things is becoming the 'Internet of Commerce'
The maturation of mobile payment services combined with the proliferation of IoT-capable
devices has created a perfect storm of innovation that's seeing our money going
places it never could, both securely and conveniently. And thanks to innovators
like MasterCard, the Internet of Things is moving from pure connectivity, to
When MasterCard launched its Commerce for Every Device program last October, the
payment innovator declared that any connected device - not just a smartphone or
smartwatch - could become payments-enabled. For example, MasterCard and Coin
recently banded together to offer payment support on wearable devices such as smartwatches and fitness trackers. MasterCard also partnered with Samsung's home
appliance division to create the first smart refrigerator - unveiled at CES in
January - that allows users to order and pay for groceries from the comfort of
their own homes. Through a partnership with General Motors - which has already
produced an NFC-enabled key fob, capable of touch-payments - MasterCard will be
at the center of the "smart car" movement.
U.S. Online Retail Industry Still on the Increase
The year 2016 is still relatively young and so far, internet shopping is
showing strong signs of picking up at a faster rate. Coming from 2015, the
industry totaled a whopping $341.7 billion by the end of December, which proved
to be a positive sign that the niche will stay on track. As the ecommerce
industry continues to boom, investors are cashing in on the niche's success. In
some cases, the boom can be seen in the performance of U.S. online companies on
the stock exchange. The massive boom in online shopping has made online
companies' value show higher in their stock valuations.
PwC: Mobile shoppers in U.S. aren't buying
According to a new study of 23,000 global consumers (including U.S. shoppers)
from PwC, "Total Retail 2016," only 22% of U.S. consumers make a mobile purchase
at least monthly and only 26% say mobile will become a main purchasing tool for
them in the future. Deloitte cites the lack of widespread tools to make mobile
purchasing easier, such as buy buttons, currently available in the U.S.
Target's online sales jump 34% in Q4 on a strong
Web sales jump 26% for Lowe's in the fourth quarter
Mobile sparks Q4 sales at Home Depot - online sales up 23%
Best Buy customers flock to the web in Q4 - web sales made up 15.6% of revenue
Gap ekes out a 1% gain in 2015 web sales
Europe's food retailers take bolder moves to fight
Dallas, TX: Trucker admits stealing $100k in wedding rings |
from Army - Air Force Exchange
A Dallas man has pleaded guilty to his role in a scheme to steal and pawn nearly
$100,000 worth of wedding ring sets from a Dallas military exchange. Arthur Lee
Hightower II was accused of scheming with his ex-wife and their two sons to
steal rings from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. Hightower, 56, worked
as a truck driver whose duties included delivering merchandise to the Dallas
exchange, which provides goods and services to soldiers, airmen and their
families. But instead, Hightower stole about 70 rings in October 2014, according
to a Department of Justice news release. Arthur Lee Hightower II admitted to one
count of theft of government property. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in
federal prison and a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced in July.
Greenfield, IN: Hancock Co. Investigators probe $35,000
Credit Card Cloning Ring
Hancock County investigators are releasing new images of a potential suspect,
trying to crack a credit card cloning case, as the number of victims has been
increasing. Investigators said they usually get half a dozen cases of credit
card theft in a month. In the past month, they've almost tripled that.
Investigators aren't sure how the suspects are getting the credit card
information, as none of the victims actually reported their cards lost or
stolen. Police said skimmers are likely, but they have not found one location in
town that connects all the victims. Investigators said they've got the man
tracked across the region, from Avon to Brownsburg and in Indianapolis on the
far east side, the north side, and the south side, making up to this point,
$35,000 in purchases.
Bozeman, ID: Former Gibson employee accused of stealing guitars from factory;
valued at $15,547
A former employee of Gibson Acoustic in Bozeman is accused of stealing multiple
guitars from the factory and pawning them at a local pawn shop. Joseph Clayton
Erickson, 27, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony According to the
manager, Erickson stole eight guitars between Jan. 26 and Dec. 30, 2015, and
pawned them at Pawn Depot in Bozeman. The eight guitars have a retail value of
Alpharetta, GA: Shoplifting Crew escapes capture with infant in tow
Police are searching for a shoplifting crew that put a baby in danger while
fleeing capture, and also used the infant as a possible "cover" during their
crimes. Video shows the shoplifting thieves carrying a baby at North Point Mall
and then as the individuals are approached by a loss prevention officer, the
thieves sprint at full speed. Detectives believe the crew has hit at least five
malls in the Metro within the past six months, to include The Mall at Stonecrest,
Lenox Square, Cumberland Mall and Gwinnett Place Mall.
West Vincent, PA: Police arrest High End Eyewear thief;
$2,300 of merchandise seized at Pawn Shop
The thief asked a technician to adjust his eyeglass frame. The technician took
his eyeglasses to another room to make the adjustments. When the technician
returned, she noticed that several pairs of eyeglass frames were missing from a
display rack. The items have a total value of $2,300. Police said the items were
sold at a pawn shop in Pottstown.
Dearborn, MI: Man arrested for stealing prepaid Visa cards from Kroger
A 23-year-old man was arrested for retail fraud Feb. 16 after he stole multiple
prepaid Visa cards at Kroger, 23000 Michigan Ave. Loss Prevention personnel saw
the man pocket four Visa Green Dot cards and eight prepaid Visa cards. The man
told police a friend was going to give him $5 for each card he stole.
Woodland, WA: Police Thursday arrested Thomas
Charles Larue, 43, of Vancouver on suspicion of second-degree burglary and
organized retail theft
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North Attleboro, MA: Macy's Loss Prevention Agent Busted
for the Theft of $7,500 in merchandise
Authorities say Anna Oliveira worked in loss prevention at the Macy's in the
Emerald Square mall and was caught concealing items in bags inside the loss
prevention office, then walking out of the store. Prosecutors say she stole
about $7,500 worth of clothes, jewelry, perfume and cash.
Xenia, OH: Police investigate Harley Davison dealership break-in,
second HD dealership burglary this month
It happened at Buckminn's D&D Harley Dealership at around 2:30 a.m Police say
someone pried open the door and grabbed several leather jackets, valued at $500
each. They also broke into two trucks in the back parking lot and stole DVD and
CD players. Police tell us none of the motorcycles were stolen. This is the
second time in two weeks that a Harley dealership has been broken into. Vandalia
Police are investigating a break-in from Feb. 12 at The Buckeye Harley Davidson
Dealership. More than $9,000 worth of leather merchandise was stolen during that
break-in. Police aren't saying whether the two break-ins are related.
Indianapolis, IN: 15 year old Arrested after Robbing 7 Cell Phone stores
Police have arrested a 15-year-old for allegedly stealing from seven different
cell phone stores. He was recognized when he walked into the Keystone Wireless.
He faces almost 30 criminal charges including criminal confinement, pointing a
firearm and armed robbery. No injuries were reported in any of the robberies.
Paramus, NJ: Alarm snares would-be burglars at T-Mobile, 4 arrested
Police arrested four would-be burglars last Saturday morning. The burglar alarm
activated at the T-Mobile Store at about 12:56 a.m. Saturday. Police found a
broken rear window and footprints leading to and from woods behind the building.
Police saw a Honda Accord speed away, which backs up to the T-Mobile store. The
driver and the three other occupants all were wearing black clothing, gloves and
masks. Officers also saw burglary tools on the back seat. All four were arrested
and charged with possession of burglary tools and attempted burglary.
St George, UT: Man identifies roommate as possible business burglar;
$5,300 in merchandise stolen
A Washington City man was arrested Monday night after his roommate allegedly
recognized remote controlled items he had brought home as items that had been
reported stolen Saturday during a St. George business burglary.
Erath Co., TX: Grand jury indicts three involved in check forgery ring;
total of 26 indicted
An Erath County grand jury has indicted 26 individuals including three women
involved in a forgery ring that was busted back in September 2015. The 3
indicted this week have all been charged with engaging in organized criminal
activity; third degree felonies.
San Antonio, TX: Thief stashed TV's, laptops inside Walmart store
Two people walked into a Walmart store in late December and grabbed three Sony
flat screen televisions and four HP laptop computers. Surveillance video shows
the pair stashing the items in the store's automotive area and then walk out the
front doors. Loss prevention specialists who were watching the incident unfold
on the store's surveillance system say the pair then drove to the automotive
center which was closed at the time, pried the door open and then stole the TV's
Dozens of reported skimmers in Sarasota, FL.,
prompt police checking pumps today throughout city
Couple caught on camera placing skimming device in Attleboro stores strike again
Two arrested after skimming device found on Sterling ATM in Stony Point, NY
Skimming device found in Sioux City
Baltimore, MD: Man sentenced to eight years for
$10,000 credit card theft
Northborough, MA: Dick's Sporting Goods employee
charged larceny; fraudulent returns
UK: Wales: Tesco Security Guard was attacked;
thieves steal $50 of Cheese
Advance America - Waterford, MI - Armed Robbery
Boost Mobile - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery
Boost Mobile - Shreveport, LA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Shreveport, LA - Burglary
Fast & Fresh - Hickory, NC - Armed Robbery
Fred's Beds - Erie, PA - Arson
Harley Davidson - Xenia, OH - Burglary
Metro PCS - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery
Pet City - Ypsilanti, MI - Burglary / puppy stolen
Quik Mart - Tucson, AZ - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Oneonta, NY - Armed Robbery
Scotchman - Myrtle Beach, SC - Armed Robbery
St Vincent De Paul - Waterloo, IA - Burglary
Sky RC - St George, UT - Burglary
Super America - St Cloud, MN - Armed Robbery
T-Mobile - Paramus, NJ - Burglary
Walgreens - Kingsport, TN - Robbery
7-Eleven - Santa Cruz, Ca - Armed Robbery
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