Web version / Mobile version



LP, AP & IT Security's #1 News Source





























Michael Goldman named Vice President of Store Operations & Loss Prevention for GrowGeneration Corp.

Prior to being named Vice President of Store Operations & Loss Prevention for GrowGeneration Corp., Michael spent nearly three years at Forman Mills as Vice President of Store Operations & Loss Prevention (10 months), Senior Director of Stores & Loss Prevention (4 months), and Director of Stores, Store Operations & Loss Prevention (nearly two years). Before that he spent nearly two years as Regional Vice President at Dollar Express Stores LLC. Earlier in his career, he held various positions with Annas Linens, Linens 'n Things, and Kohl's, among others. GrowGeneration Corp. owns and operates specialty retail hydroponic and organic gardening stores. Currently, GrowGen has 19 distribution and retail locations, in 6 states, California, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Washington. Congratulations, Michael!

Kevin Mrockowski promoted to Program Manager, Corporate Security for Walgreens
Kevin has been with Walgreens for more than three years, starting with the company in 2016 as an Asset Protection Solutions Officer. Before his latest promotion to Program Manager, Corporate Security, he spent two and a half years as a Mobile Security Specialist with the company. Earlier in his career, he spent over nine years with the United States Air National Guard and some time as a Security Officer with Allied Barton Security. Congratulations, Kevin!

See All the Executives 'Moving Up' Here   |   Submit Your New Corporate Hires/Promotions or New Position



Coronavirus Update

LP Conferences Postponed - Europe Travel Banned - Italy Stores Shut Down

New England Loss Prevention Expo reschedules event for Sept. 30
Based on the continued developments with COVID-19 coronavirus and consultation with public health officials, we have made the decision to reschedule the March 18th LP Expo. The new date for this year's Expo is September 30. There is so much that happens behind the scenes to make this conference a reality and this decision was not made lightly. It was extremely important to us to ensure we were not influenced by fear or rumor but instead grounded in data and consistent with industry expert recommendation. At this point, we all agree it is the correct call and best course of action. retailersma.org

2020 IOBSE Spring Conference Postponed Over Coronavirus Concerns
Due to the increased spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19 virus), the 2020 Spring IOBSE Conference scheduled for April 21 - 23 in Redmond, WA hosted by Microsoft has been postponed until further notice.

Our concern is for everyone involved, and the community. Our decision to postpone the conference was not made easily, however, the safety of our students, members, and sponsors is the priority. The IOBSE is committed to the safety of everyone. We will keep you posted as we continue to monitor this critical event. iobse.org

RFID Journal LIVE! 2020 postponed until September due to coronavirus
After closely monitoring the risk and impact of COVID-19 on a daily basis, and speaking at length with members of our community, RFID Journal LIVE!, which had been scheduled for April 28-30, 2020, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., has been postponed to September. RFID Journal LIVE! 2020 will now take place Wednesday, September 9 to Friday, September 11, 2020, at the Orange County Convention Center and will co-locate with another Emerald event, Surf Expo. Staging Thursday, September 10 - Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the Orange County Convention Center, Surf Expo is the largest and longest-running board sports and beach/resort lifestyle tradeshow in the world. rfidjournallive.com

Coronavirus Map: March 12 Update

US: 1,302 Cases in 44 States, 38 Dead -- Globally: 127,800 Cases, 4,718 Dead


U.S. to Suspend Most Travel From Europe as World Scrambles to Fight Pandemic
President Trump on Wednesday night blocked most visitors from continental Europe to the United States and vowed emergency aid to workers and small businesses as the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic, stock markets plunged further and millions of people cut themselves off from their regular lives.

In a prime-time address from the Oval Office, Mr. Trump outlined a series of measures intended to tackle the virus and its economic impact as he sought to reassure Americans that he was taking the crisis seriously after previously playing down the scope of the outbreak. He said he would
halt travelers from Europe other than Britain for 30 days and asked Congress to support measures like a payroll tax cut. nytimes.com

World economy takes hit - Business plans disrupted - Consumer confidence shaken

President Trump's abrupt decision to shut America's borders to most European travelers sowed chaos at the Continent's airports and at travel-related businesses Thursday, as airlines scrambled to figure out how to halt flights to the United States and governments warned of potentially devastating financial costs. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire spoke of a "massive shock," and European officials reacted angrily. The State Department warned Americans that they should reconsider all international travel, the most severe caution it can offer short of "do not travel." nytimes.com

Travel industry could lose $24 billion, crippling tourism from outside US

The U.S. travel and tourism industry could lose at least $24 billion in foreign spending this year because of the rapidly spreading coronavirus, according to data produced by Tourism Economics. That would be equivalent to about seven times more than the industry lost during the SARS outbreak in 2003, according to the data. The figures also imply 8.2 million lost visitors in one year, which would be even more than the 7.7 million international travelers lost in 2001 and 2002, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. cnbc.com

Coronavirus May Light Fuse on 'Unexploded Bomb' of Corporate Debt
A surge of risky borrowing by companies around the world leaves the global economy especially exposed to the potential costs of the outbreak. As the coronavirus outbreak spreads, halting factories from China to Italy, sending stock markets plunging and prompting fears of a worldwide recession, historic levels of corporate debt threaten to intensify the economic damage. Companies facing grave debt burdens may be forced to cut costs, laying off workers and scrapping investments, as they seek to avoid default. nytimes.com

Italy Shutdown:

Italy closes bars, restaurants and most shops as coronavirus death toll jumps 30%

Italy's nationwide coronavirus lockdown is set to rock the luxury retail industry,
with brands bracing for what could be a billion-dollar setback

Starbucks and Others Shut Shops in Italy Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Apple closes all retail stores in Italy until further notice due to coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus Puts Back-to-School Shopping on the 'Do It Now' List
While you're hoarding wipes and toilet paper, you might want to stock up now on clothing and other supplies for the back-to-school season. That's because
retailers are preparing orders for August as manufacturers in China cope with coronavirus shutdowns and delays, and there might not be enough goods to go around.

"Everybody will want to be back shopping, and that's when the real inventory shortage will hit," said Richard Maicki, a managing director at consulting firm Berkeley Research Group, who advises retail and consumer companies on turnaround plans. "That is not great timing."

The coronavirus outbreak has idled factories that produce the world's clothing, shoes and electronics.
Spring and summer goods were shipped before the disruptions began, but expect shelves to look leaner by early summer, Maicki said. bloomberg.com

NY lawmakers introduce price gouging bill
New York State lawmakers from across the state said examples of price gouging on hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes is a public health issue. New legislation would limit stores from increasing prices on consumer medical supplies by more than 10 percent when there is a public health emergency. The bill would also allow the Attorney General to fine retailers, manufacturers and distributors who are in violation by up to $25,000. news10.com

Coronavirus: How Employers Around the Globe Are Responding
Companies are scrambling to respond as the coronavirus, which causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, spreads around the world. During a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) webcast March 10, an official with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked employers to do all they can to slow the coronavirus.

SHRM Online has collected a list of news reports on the following topics, reflecting the different ways in which organizations are reacting to protect their employees and their businesses:

● Emergency Leave
● Employee Relief Fund
● Coronavirus Testing
● Closures and Quarantines
● 'No-Contact' Food Delivery Offered
● Teleworking Promoted, Office Visits Restricted
● Domestic and Global Travel Restricted
● Work Areas Disinfected

So you're working from home now...
Here's how to stay productive away from the office

The Verge advises setting up an area that helps you focus, and make sure you have the tools you need, like reliable Wi-Fi and mobile signals. And don't forget to stretch your legs every so often.

Quartz offers tips on how to work from home when your partner is too, including setting up separate zones if possible and deciding who does what around the house during the day.

● The NYT has useful information for leaving the house, such as whether you can get your money back if you cancel a flight - and what experts say about whether you should travel at all.

● Take some mental health breaks, like watching this uplifting video about hygiene tips.

Leaked Target memo reveals how the retailer is trying to obliterate germs in its stores by wiping down everything from ATMs and handcuffs to Bullseye, the company's mascot

That whole don't touch your face thing? Makeup shoppers at Sephora are not having it

Instacart and DoorDash now offer paid sick leave for workers diagnosed with COVID-19

PCI issues guidance for performing remote assessments in light of the coronavirus

Coronavirus fallout: At least 150 companies have warned of earnings hit

Adidas Predicts $1B Revenue Shortfall as Coronavirus Hits Chinese Sales



Don't Be Duped by Felony Threshold Limits

By Robert Harling, President & CEO, Gatekeeper Systems

To prevent prison overcrowding, felony thresholds have been rising over the last few years. This means that for shoplifters to be charged with a felony rather than a misdemeanor, a shoplifter must steal much more merchandise.

To Loss Prevention and Asset Protection (LP/AP) professionals, this essentially means shoplifters have a license to steal from retailers with virtually no behavior-rectifying punishment. By charging the same shoplifters with a misdemeanor each time they are apprehended with no regard to criminal history there is nothing in place to inspire a chronic shoplifter to change their behavior. In the past, a shoplifter knew that after being charged with petty theft a few times, they'd be facing a lengthy prison term if caught again. The absence of this stipulation, according to most LP/AP professionals, has opened the flood gates of shoplifting, and they are feeling the pain.

Should LP/AP professionals be working to reverse these new threshold limits, or should they accept this new reality and begin focusing their energy on finding unique ways of safeguarding their assets?

In Calibration Group's latest whitepaper, The Great Deception: Why Felony Thresholds Should Not Be Our Primary Focus, this question is explored in-depth, and the answer will surprise you.

Overstock.com Investor Seeks Docs On CEO's $90M Cash-And-Run

An Overstock.com investor filed a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court on Wednesday seeking records related to alleged wrongdoings by the company's founder and former CEO before he
cashed out on $90 million in stock and fled the country.

Stockholder John Murphy said he is seeking the records under Section 220 of Delaware General Corporation Law to
investigate possible breaches of duty by company directors in connection with actions by the Utah-based online retailer's former President and CEO Patrick M. Byrne.

"This action seeks corporate books and records to investigate Byrne's and the board's role in what appears to be a scheme to cause a so-called 'short squeeze,' resulting in Byrne's sudden resignation from the company and sale of over $90 million of his stock," the suit said.

"Having spent years publicly espousing wild conspiracy theories about the U.S. government, the U.S. capital markets, and short sellers, Byrne has harmed Overstock's reputation and repeatedly put the board on notice of his evident psychological instability," Murphy claims.

"His misconduct not only triggered an investigation by, among others, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, it contributed to the
destruction of hundreds of millions of dollars of the company's value," the records suit contends. law360.com

Related: Patrick Byrne sells his Overstock shares, but blames the SEC and 'Deep State'

FDA Warns Retailers, Manufacturers to Remove Unauthorized E-Cigarette
Products from Market

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued 22 warning letters to online and brick-and-mortar e-cigarette product retailers and manufacturers across the country who sell flavored, cartridge-based electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products advising them that selling these products, which lack marketing authorization, is illegal.

The warning letters were sent to some establishments with well-known names such as
7-Eleven and Shell and are the first of what will be a series of ongoing actions consistent with the FDA's recently issued policy of enforcement priorities for e-cigarettes and other deemed products on the market. fda.gov

Kentucky House advances criminal justice reform bills to reduce prison population
The state House Judiciary Committee passed two criminal justice reform bills Wednesday designed to reduce Kentucky's overcrowded prison population and potentially save the state millions of dollars. House Bill 552, approved by a 23-0 vote, would give judges the option to consider graduated sanctions against offenders who violate terms of their probation, instead of revocation and sending them back to prison. The committee on Wednesday also passed House Bill 586, which lowers the criminal penalties for possessing trace amounts or residue of a controlled substance. courier-journal.com

Airport retailer OTG will use Amazon's cashierless technology starting next week
Earlier this week, Amazon announced it will now sell its cashierless technology, dubbed "Just Walk Out," to other retailers. Today, airport
hospitality group OTG, which operates more than 350 restaurants and retail locations in North American airports, revealed it will be one of the first retailers to adopt Amazon's tech in its own stores.

The first store, a CIBO Express Gourmet Market, will open next week (March 16) in Newark Liberty's Terminal C. This will be followed by additional stores in both Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports, OTG says. techcrunch.com

Will rival retailers buy Amazon's 'Just Walk Out' technology?
The development of the Go store concepts was intended to eliminate the single biggest pain point for customers at retail - the checkout line. The
data the retailer acquires is seen as a major benefit, giving Amazon and others who deploy it the kind of consumer insights typically associated with online shopping.

Dilip Kumar, vice president, Amazon Physical Retail, told Reuters that his company expects the success of its tech with other retailers to be determined by the customers who shop in those stores. He also said that Amazon will not use data collected at other retailers for its own purposes.

Critics of Amazon's technology have, in the past, suggested that it comes with a number of limitations, including the
costs and structural challenges related to placing video cameras and other hardware in store ceilings. Many question the viability of retrofitting stores with the Just Walk Out technology, meaning that its use may be limited to locations where it could be incorporated at the outset. retailwire.com

Project Python: Feds arrest over 600 alleged Mexican cartel members

Modell's Sporting Goods files for bankruptcy; to liquidate

CVS To Buy 110 Schnuck Grocer Pharmacies

Drunk shopping translates into $44.9 billion business in the U.S.

Quarterly Results
Dollar General Q4 comp's up 3.2%, net sales up 7.6%; full-year comp's up 3.9%, net sales up 8.3%
Express Inc Q4 comp's down 3%, net sales down 3%; full-year comp's down 6%, net sales down 5%


All the News - One Place - One Source - One Time
Thanks to our sponsors/partners - Take the time to thank them as well please.
If it wasn't for them The Daily wouldn't be here every day for you.






A Statement from The Zellman Group on COVID-19

To: All Our Valued Clients

From: The Zellman Group

We are carefully monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and actively taking steps to ensure the safety of our team. All Zellman employees are following CDC and World Health Organization recommendations to prevent infection, including washing their hands thoroughly and repeatedly, using hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes, social distancing, and using on-line meetings instead of holding in-person meetings. As a constant and visual reminder, the CDC guidelines are posted throughout our office.

Be assured we do not anticipate significant disruption to any of our service or operation as a result of COVID-19. We are proud of our continuity plan which has ensured there has never been a closure of our business during any weather event or other potential crisis. Our team has the ability to work remotely and has done so routinely through snowstorms, hurricanes and even Superstorm Sandy. We have geographic diversity for our Call Center in New York, Florida and North Carolina and our Analytics team in New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Washington. All analysts currently work from home offices. Additionally, we have redundancy for each of our customer-facing team members in place.

The current situation is rapidly evolving and causing uncertainty; however, our business continuity plan is designed to ensure we can service our valued clients regardless of the external crisis. We look forward to continuing to service your recovery, OSINT and analytical needs.

We wish good health to you, your families and your co-workers.






COVID-19 Drives Rush to Remote Work. Is Your Security Team Ready?

A rapid transition to remote work puts pressure on security teams
to understand and address a wave of potential security risks

Many companies, concerned for employees' health amid the rapid spread of coronavirus, have begun encouraging them to work from home. The shift, rightly done to protect people from infection, could also potentially expose organizations to cyberattack if precautions aren't taken.

Advertisement"The unfortunate spread of COVID-19 is forcing many employees around the world to work remotely," says Bret Hartman, vice president and CTO of Cisco Security Business Group. "While necessary, this new level of workplace flexibility is putting a sudden strain on IT and security teams, specifically around the capacity of existing protections in place given surge in demand."

Security execs now have the issue at top of mind as companies move in the same direction, says Craig LaCava, global executive services director at Optiv Security. "Most CISOs are thinking about it, are being diverted to calls with executives briefing them about it, and just getting ready for worst-case scenarios," he says.

The problem, LaCava adds, is not everyone has the right devices, processes, and infrastructure in place to support a fully remote workforce.

Remote work fundamentally changes the dynamic, especially for teams accustomed to working side-by-side every day. People forced to change their behaviors may experience loss in productivity, communication challenges, and other unexpected roadblocks as they shift from corporate offices to home offices. An unexpected environmental change can drive security risk. darkreading.com

Tech Firms Seek to Head Off Bans on Facial Recognition
Amid rising calls for regulation, technology companies are pushing for laws that would restrict use of facial-recognition systems - and head off the more severe prohibitions some cities and states are weighing.

Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc. and others stand to profit as government agencies and businesses expand use of the technology, which can require large investments in machine-learning and cloud-computing capacity.

That opportunity is threatened by campaigns to severely restrict its use.

San Francisco and six other cities have passed laws to block government use of facial recognition. Lawmakers in New York, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Michigan are considering some form of ban or strict limitation.

A coalition of 40 activist groups led by Fight for the Future is circulating "Ban Facial Recognition" petitions that call on lawmakers to block government agencies from any use of the technology.

Against this backdrop, Microsoft is backing bills in Congress and in its home state of Washington permitting use of the technology with oversight. The Washington state measures would allow facial recognition for specific uses such as investigating crime, controlling access to a building or identifying a ticket holder.

Amazon, the world's largest provider of cloud-computing services, declined to comment, but has said it supports national standards. International Business Machines Corp. has called for "precision regulations" that don't allow mass surveillance, and the CEO of Google owner Alphabet Inc. has said he is open to a temporary pause while regulations are developed. wsj.com

New Yorker Feature Article:
Dressing for the Surveillance Age

As cities become ever more packed with cameras that always see, public anonymity could disappear. Can stealth streetwear evade electronic eyes?


Never a Dull Moment in the World of Security - RSA Conference Afterthoughts

Attackers Distributing Malware Under Guise of Security Certificate Updates

Study: Retailers lag in leveraging data

Dunkin' Brands Announces New Vice President, IT Store Systems




Will Cannabis Users Get Workplace Protections in California?

New Bill Offers Protections for Medical Marijuana Users

Years after California legalized recreational use of cannabis, employers continue to struggle with determining their rights and liabilities regarding employees who engage in that activity.

In 2016, a majority of California voters approved Proposition 64, The Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Prop 64 permits adults 21 years of age and older to possess and grow specified amounts of cannabis for recreational use.

That said, Prop 64 did not address the myriad implications of allowing recreational use of cannabis, including employers' rights and obligations to employees who choose to engage in that activity. Further confusing the issue has been employees who use marijuana to treat an illness pursuant to the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.

Recently, Assemblymen Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, introduced AB 2355. The bill seeks to make it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to refuse to hire or employ a person, to discharge a person from employment, or to discriminate against an employee because of the employee's status as a medicinal cannabis user. shrm.org

Canadian Security Roundtable
Cannabis security experts share best practices on industry direction

On January 22, Canadian Security magazine hosted the Cannabis Security Roundtable at its office in Toronto, Ont. The thought leadership event brought together security experts to discuss, debate and share their subject-matter expertise on how licensed producers, retailers and other cannabis-related businesses in Canada can protect their facilities, assets, staff, customers and data.

Sponsored by GardaWorld, Pivot3, Johnson Controls Inc., and Raytec Systems Inc., roundtable participants included:

Paul Baziuk, Johnson Controls Inc.
Ken Doige, CannTrust
Charles Ethier, GardaWorld
David Hyde, Hyde Advisory
Mike Jamieson, Raytec Systems Inc.
Dave Scott, Pivot3
Brandon Smith, Canopy Growth Corp
Mike Soberal, Aurora Cannabis

Click here to view the whitepaper, videos and Q&A articles produced from Canadian Security's Cannabis Roundtable

Cannabis and EHS Regulations Part 3

Penalties for noncompliance are steep

We described the "carrot" of increased business growth due to being an industry leader and implementing a top shelf EHS program. In turn, compliance costs are reduced allowing for reinvestment in the business. However, the "stick" may be waiting for those who choose to ignore EHS regulations and safety practices.

For those who plan to lay low, ride the storm out, or beg forgiveness rather than ask permission, be aware that costs for violations only get higher with each passing day out of compliance. While these penalty numbers may be considered extreme, the examples above indicate the cannabis industry is not immune to significant financial penalties and that agencies are enforcing the regulations the industry is required to meet.

Whether the owners are aware or not, these regulations have long been in place to guide other industries, and they do apply to the cannabis industry. Lack of knowledge, or misinterpretation, does not protect an operator from fines, or in some cases, prosecution. In a recent statement, Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum encouraged the industry to take steps to protect workers. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

Cannabis Around the World, Part IV: Modern Cannabis Policies

By Tony Gallo, Managing Partner & Katharine Baxter, Lead Technical Writer for Sapphire Risk Advisory Group

Cannabis Around the World is a multi-part series exploring cannabis' journey around the globe - from its beginning in ancient cultures Before the Common Era, its spread and integration into new societies in the Common Era, and its current status in the governments of the modern world.

Although cannabis is not indigenous to Africa, trade routes established Before the Common Era and during the Common Era made the plant popular in many African countries. Cannabis is now illegal throughout most of Africa, but the continent has a large black-market industry for the plant. In many of the most populous countries of Africa, all uses of cannabis are prohibited. Despite the ban on cannabis, it is widely cultivated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Although the death penalty is still a possible punishment for distributing cannabis, harvesting and selling the plant remains a popular source of income for many locals.

South America:
Medical cannabis is legal throughout most of South America, and although recreational cannabis is still illegal in some countries, many have also decriminalized the plant. In Argentina, medical cannabis use is legal for patients with specific conditions and the government provides the cannabis free of charge. Recreational cannabis use has also been decriminalized for up to 5 grams, but public consumption can result in a stop by police.

North America:
Most North American countries have some form of cannabis legalization or decriminalization. In 2018, Canada became one of the first countries in the world to legalize recreational cannabis and currently allow the possession of up to 30 grams or the personal cultivation of up to 4 plants per residence. Canada also legalized medical cannabis early, and since 2001 Canadian patients have had access to the plant. While recreational cannabis in Canada is regulated similarly to alcohol, medical cannabis is treated more like any other prescription drug and patients are allowed to possess up to 150 grams, or a thirty-day supply, in addition to the 30 grams of recreational cannabis they can possess at one time.  Read more

CBD & Hemp Market Cutting Traditional Retail's Way
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the production of hemp when it removed hemp from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. Because CBD is found in hemp, it effectively legalized CBD at the federal level, opening the door to an entire new product category.

But as CBD and hemp become mainstream, hurdles continue to appear. One big one is that consumers are still confused about the products. They remain uncertain about which manufacturers to trust and how CBD and hemp can help them. Retailers have a key opportunity to educate customers, allay concerns and introduce customers to quality products. cstoredecisions.com

Senior Job
Director of Security job posted for Grassroots Cannabis in Chicago, IL
The Director of Security work under the direct supervision of our Chief Administrative Officer supporting, developing and managing the implementation of company-wide security programs. Responsibilities include ensuring all company security operations comply with local and state standards while also directing a small team towards success across all markets.

Grassroots is one of the largest medical cannabis dispensary owners in the country with licenses in a growing number of states. indeed.com




Coronavirus shifts U.S. online shopping habits

The continuing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting two key U.S. e-commerce metrics.

According to data analysis from predictive retail analytics platform Quantum Metric, coronavirus is driving U.S. consumers online. E-commerce retailers based in the U.S. experienced a 52% growth rate in online spending during the fifth to eighth weeks of 2020 (the time period when the virus began rapidly spreading outside of Asia) compared to the same weeks of 2019. These weeks span Jan. 27 - Feb. 23, 2020.

In addition, online conversion rates rose 8.8% year-over-year during those same weeks in 2020. For the ninth week of 2019 (Feb. 24 - March 1), Quantum Metric data shows a reversal in growth. The company says this trend may indicate the e-commerce spurt may be calming down and reflect spending that has been pulled forward, rather than increased overall.

According to Quantum Metric, consumers may have increased their online shopping because their local stores have run out of stock due to delayed shipments from China, to stockpile items, to avoid busy public places, or to take advantage of direct shipping options for bulk purchases. The company also advises that increased online shopping may not offset reduced in-store traffic for Q1 results.

A recent consumer survey from First Insight indicates that as a result of the coronavirus, 21% of respondents say they are shopping more frequently online. chainstoreage.com

Amazon has two-pronged response to Seattle coronavirus outbreak
An e-tail giant is launching two charitable efforts to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on its home state.

Amazon is creating a $5 million Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund to provide cash grants to small businesses in Seattle that need assistance dealing with the impact of COVID-19. The fund is intended for businesses with fewer than 50 employees or less than $7 million in annual revenue, and with a physical presence within a few blocks of Amazon's Regrade and South Lake Union office buildings. The businesses must also be open to the general public and reliant on foot traffic for customers.

In addition, Amazon will subsidize a full month of rent for tenants in the buildings it owns, and is continuing to pay all hourly staff who work for the service providers that support its offices in Seattle and Bellevue, Wash., during the time the company has recommended its employees work from home.

In addition, Amazon, Microsoft and other Seattle-area companies are partnering with nonprofits and governments to launch a relief fund that will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the Puget Sound region's coronavirus outbreak. The COVID-19 Response Fund will provide grants to organizations helping at-risk populations, such as workers who can't take sick leave, people without health insurance, people with limited English language proficiency, healthcare and gig economy workers, and communities of color. chainstoreage.com

A $220 bottle of Lysol? Coronavirus leads to price-gouging on Amazon

Facebook Launches New Business Resource Hub for Organizations Impacted by Coronavirus




Oklahoma: SB 1689 - ORC bill pending before the state legislature seeks to prevent pawn shops from selling stolen goods
This bill would prohibit unscrupulous pawn shops from continuing to buy new-in-box items from stores without some form of proof of purchase, such as a receipt.

Currently, we know that pawn shop will buy obviously stolen product from the same person - multiple times per day - and the pawn shop is covered as long as the criminal signs the pawn declaration slip.

Pawn shops paying easy cash for stolen items is why they are stolen in the first place! It's time to stop this practice. Retailers - have your governmental affairs people contact our legislators TODAY to have them support this! -Norm Smaligo, President at Oklahoma Retail Crime Association (OKRCA)

Natick, MA: Police searching for three theft suspects at Natick Mall
On Wednesday, police posted photos of the three women on its Facebook page, hoping someone recognizes them. Police did not release the name of the store, only saying the thefts occurred at the mall. Police typically do not release the name of stores that they post on Facebook because they said it could hinder investigation. "Apparently, this group of three frequents one of the stores in the Natick Mall on a regular basis, carrying a 'booster bag' (not the store on the logo) and they help themselves to whatever catches their eyes," police wrote on Facebook. "They arrive right around closing time and spread out to distract the employees who are already busy reorganizing merchandise at the end of the day." The most recent thefts occurred last Thursday. The women stole more than $1,000 in clothing. Police spokeswoman Lt. Cara Rossi said the women have done the same thing at the same store several times. metrowestdailynews.com

Manteca, CA: Pair Sentenced To Prison For Organized Retail Crime
A man and woman convicted of organized retail crime after being arrested in Manteca last year have been sentenced to prison. Cassey Noel Perkins and Ryan Allen Vanostrand, both Turlock residents, were arrested back in late August 2019. Officers say the pair hit a Kohl's store in Manteca, first staging clothes by an exit so that they could quickly grab the merchandise and run without paying. Officers were in contact with Kohl's employees as the pair prepared, however. The officers were right there waiting when the suspects made their move. Merchandise stolen from other stores was also found in the pair's car. Perkins has since been convicted of grand theft with priors of felony convictions. On Wednesday, Manteca police announced she has been sentenced to four years in state prison. Vanostrand was also convicted of grand theft with other priors. He was given a five years in state prison sentence. sacramento.cbslocal.com

Franklin, TN: Serial shoplifter identified; Cash reward for information on his whereabouts
Franklin Police asked for help from the public to identify a serial shoplifter suspected in several area Target store thefts. That suspect has been identified as Michael Whitlow, who is now wanted by Franklin Police for Theft and Assault after he attempted stealing two vacuum cleaners from Franklin's Columbia Avenue Target. During his getaway, Whitlow assaulted store security, who tried holding him for police. franklinpdnews.com

View ORC Archives

Case Goes Public?
Share it with the industry

Submit your ORC Association News

Visit ORC
Resource Center




Shootings & Death

Stockton, CA: Shooting at Sherwood Mall claims life of one teen, injures another
Two young males were shot, one fatally, at Sherwood Mall late Wednesday, Stockton police said. Police were called to the scene at around 8:40 p.m., according to Stockton Police Department spokesman Officer Joe Silva. When officers arrived, they located two apparent teenage males who had been shot. One victim was pronounced deceased at the scene by medics and the other victim was transported to an area hospital. Police Department spokesman Officer Joe Silva said the incident happened inside the mall and led to "chaos" as bystanders fled.

"The preliminary investigation is indicating there was some type of fight inside the mall at the eatery," Silva said. "And that's when gunshots were heard, and that's when everybody came running out of the mall." Police had Macy's, Dick's Sporting Goods and a restaurant blocked off, Christine Cowan said from the scene, where she said police activity was heavy. She said police were keeping onlookers away from the scene and were checking empty cars in the parking lot. recordnet.com

Waterloo, IA: One Armed Robbery suspect dead, another in custody for Armored Vehicle Robbery
A shooting at a Waterloo bank during an alleged attempted robbery left one person dead and another injured. At around 9:47 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the Waterloo Police Department was sent to a report of shots being fired at a US Bank. Officers discovered one man suffering from gunshot wounds. Another had reportedly fled. B allegedly were involved in attempting to rob an Armored Vehicle in the bank's parking lot. Officer later located the car of the man who fled, unoccupied, within a few blocks of the US Bank location. Later, he was found at a Kwik Star convenience store. The man, Rogelio Gonzalez, 28, was taken to the hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound, then taken into custody and charged with first-degree robbery. The first man that was found when officers originally arrived at the bank was taken to a hospital where he later died. kwwl.com

San Jose, CA: Police Investigate Online Threat Of Mass Shooting At Valley Fair Mall
Police investigating an online threat of a planned mass shooting at the Westfield Valley Fair shopping mall in San Jose have determined the threat is not credible. A message posted on the online forum Reddit entitled "Fun at the mall" early Wednesday morning led to the investigation. The post by an individual who gives his name as James states that he has been having a hard time in school and has "just had enough of it."

"I'm just here to warn you and invite you to my stream," the post reads. The poster goes on to claim that he plans to go to Westfield Valley Fair in San Jose at 3 p.m. Wednesday "fully armed" with an automatic weapon and bulletproof vest. The person posting invited users to tun into his Snapchat stream to watch what transpires. The post was heavily circulated on Twitter and Facebook with people warning others not to go to the mall Wednesday afternoon.

In a statement, the Santa Clara Police said the threat was immediately investigated and determined to be non-credible. The department also said similar threats were directed at San Jose High School and other locations throughout the state, and that the threats originated with the same individual. sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

Lake Saint Louis, MO: Shots fired inside Walmart during fight between employee, customer
A fight between a Walmart employee and a customer led to shots being fired into the air inside the Lake Saint Louis Walmart in St. Charles County. Officials said the employee and customer got into a fight near the self check out when the customer pulled out a gun and shot into the air while inside the store. Police said a loss prevention employee then wrestled the customer to get the gun out of his hands. The customer suffered minor injuries during the fight and was taken to the hospital. Police said no one was shot. The shooting happened around 7:40 p.m. The customer is a 60-year-old man, police said, while the employee is a 58-year-old man. kmov.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Nashville, TN: Cricket Wireless Employee claims Boss instructed him to rob store
18-year-old David Saravia was charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools after being caught at
Cricket Wireless attempting to crack a safe. He claimed his boss was paying him to do it.On March 9th, Advertisementofficers arrived at the Cricket Wireless location on Murfreesboro Pike and found David Saravia outside the store. David stated he was an employee and his boss told him to break into the safe, a story his uncle showed up to corroborate. The uncle added that his nephew told him his boss would compensate him $50 to burgle the safe using his grinder. Upon his arrival, the store manager denied giving David that directive. The officers observed burglary tools on the premises. David was taken to the precinct and questioned by detectives. scoopnashville.com

Charlotte, NC: Police searching for man who robbed Family Dollar store, forced employees to tie each other up

Merced, CA: Armed robbery suspect arrested, brandished firearm at Best Buy Loss Prevention

Chicago, IL: After Fraudsters Racked Up $6,000 On Stolen Credit Card, HSBC Demanded Victim Pay Up $6,000, Despite 'Zero Liability' Promise

Trumbull, CT: Target Manager Pursues Shoplifter To Bridgeport Train Station

Fort Worth, TX: Got him! Tips lead to arrest of suspected armed serial robber of Drug Stores in Arlington and Fort Worth





Best Buy - Merced, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Duluth, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Fargo, ND - Burglary
C-Store - Toledo, OH - Armed Robbery
Cricket Wireless - Nashville, TN - Burglary
Gas Station - Las Vegas, NV - Robbery
Gas Station - Green Bay, WI - Robbery
Jewelry - Rehoboth Beach, MD - Robbery
Jewelry - Tempe, AZ - Robbery
Jewelry - Florence, SC - Robbery
Jewelry - Auburn, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Cedar Park, TX - Robbery
Restaurant - Davenport, IA - Robbery/ Assault (Subway)
Restaurant - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Lake Forest, CA - Robbery
7-Eleven - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery / Assault
7-Eleven - Santa Ana, CA - Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 15 robberies
• 2 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed



Click to enlarge map



Nadia Abuomar promoted to District Loss Prevention Manager
for Kohl's

Submit Your New Hires/Promotions or New Position






Featured Job Spotlights



Director, Global Asset Protection
Draper, UT
This role will lead a global team of investigators to execute our value proposition. Candidates should be passionate about the eBay customer, and efficient self-starter with an ability to operate effectively in a fast paced, rapidly-changing environment...

Regional Asset Protection & Safety Manager
Seattle, WA

The Regional Asset Protection (Loss Prevention) and Safety Manager will lead the Pacific Northwest Region (Washington, Oregon & British Columbia) in shrink reduction and profit maximization efforts. The position will proactively seek to bring economic value to the company, promoting profitable sales and world class customer service while ensuring a safe place to work and shop...
Regional Asset Protection Manager (Southeast)
Florida/Georgia (Home-based, must reside in the SE)

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management of the Asset Protection function in their assigned area. Guide the implementation and training of Asset Protection programs, enforcement of policies and procedures, auditing, investigations and directing of shrink reduction efforts...

Profit Protection Leader
Corte Madera, CA
Responsible for leading and execution of the Protection and Prevention tiers of the Profit Protection strategy for all RH locations including our Corporate Campus in Corte Madera, CA - PROTECTION - Access Control | Alarms | CCTV | Guards - PREVENTION - Awareness | Audits | P&P | Training...

Loss Prevention Manager
Las Vegas, NV
Demonstrate management leadership skill to achieve the goals of the Company. Experienced with and has knowledge of regulatory agencies to include: TSA, DOT and OSHA. Establishes and communicates a risk business plan consistent with the objectives of the Company that pro-actively identifies and corrects poor behaviors...

Featured Jobs

To apply to any of today's Featured Jobs, Click Here

View Featured Jobs   |   Post Your Job





Finding the right network into a company is critical if one expects to truly be able to compete in this job market. Going beyond the HR executives and finding the hiring managers and other decision makers and being able to communicate with them or have your network of colleagues communicate with them is important. Managing those communications is no easy task and ensuring that the information is handled correctly and expediently can be delicate.

Just a Thought,

We want to post your tips or advice... Click here



Not getting the Daily? Is it ending up in your spam folder?
Please make sure to add d-ddaily@downing-downing.com to your contact list, address book, trusted sender list, and/or company whitelist to ensure you receive our newsletter. 
Want to know how? Read Here

FEEDBACK    /    downing-downing.com    /    Advertise with The D&D Daily