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Wal-Mart Bribery Probe Limps to an End - With Scant China Findings
The U.S. Justice Department is wrapping up its four-year investigation into alleged corruption in Wal-Mart's international dealings, sources told Bloomberg. Interviews with former executives and others associated with Wal-Mart's China operations have yielded little information, sources said, in part because of a lack of evidence and byzantine disclosure rules in China.

Bloomberg reports that prosecutors will probably cite Wal-Mart for a lack of a sufficient system to control, detect and prevent violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and that much of the fallout will include fines rather than any criminal penalties.

The China investigation is part of a wide-ranging investigation by U.S. officials into Wal-Mart's dealings in Brazil, Mexico and India. In late 2011, Wal-Mart disclosed possible violations in Mexico, and the following April, the New York Times reported company officials in Mexico had paid $24 million in alleged bribes and then halted an internal probe. retaildive.com bloomberg.com

Retailers Slow to Adopt EMV Despite Widespread Card Security Worries
As of January 2016, only 37% of merchants had implemented the standard even though an October 1, 2015 conversion deadline came and went. While liability for card present fraud shifted to the merchants if they were not EMV ready by that date, adoption has been slower than forecast. Some experts had predicted 50% adoption or more by spring. "The fact that more consumers are worried about credit and debit card security than their health shows that for many, handing over personal data to a merchant is a scary proposition," stated Jennifer Mazzanti, President, eMazzanti Technologies. "This is a problem that retailers can address by implementing EMV, and doing so can build trust, generate goodwill and create a competitive advantage for forward-looking merchants." virtual-strategy.com

New 2015 OSHA Reporting Rule - Shows 10,000 severe workplace injuries
Might be only half the problem

Shortly after a federal rule requiring employers to report severe work related injuries was implemented, Labor Department staffers in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Atlanta office noticed a disturbing and surprising trend - "numerous reports of fingertip amputations among workers using food slicers."

That's one finding in an OSHA document released Thursday about the 10,388 severe work-related injuries reported in 2015, the first full year of a federal reporting requirement. Injuries resulting in eye loss, amputation or hospitalization must be reported within 24 hours.  Included were 2,644 amputations and 7,636 hospitalizations. Employers were already required to report fatalities within eight hours.

Until the severe injury reporting requirement, OSHA officials didn't have a full grasp of the situation. "Too often, we would investigate a fatal injury only to find a history of serious injuries at the same workplace," the report says. "Each of those injuries was a wake-up call for safety that went unheeded." "We think the actual number might be twice as high," Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels said by telephone. oshatoday.com

Study: Retailers vary and so should retail minimum wages
Should Walmart and Costco be required to pay employees the same minimum wage? The answer is no, at least that's the conclusion of a new study according to the National Center for Policy Analysis, a conservative think tank based in Dallas. The analysis warns that requiring the same minimum wage regardless of industry could be detrimental to the very workers "living wage" advocates are trying to help. In its comparison of Costco and Walmart, the first and least favorite retailers of "living wage" advocates, the study found that:
 

• Retail wages vary by type or store, ranging from an average of $11.19 paid to gas station clerks, to $22.12 paid to electronics and appliance store clerks.
• Profit margins for retail industries also vary, ranging from about 2 to 4%.
• Business models also differ between retailers. Thus, Costco caters to a higher income and small business shopper than Walmart, and they charge a membership fee.
• Productivity aside, raising wages often leads to price increases on basic goods, which hurts price-sensitive, low-wage workers.

"It is simply unrealistic to expect that one retailer is going to provide the same pay and benefits as another, particularly if they are targeting shoppers of different income levels," said Pam Villarreal, NCPA senior fellow and one of the authors of the study.

The study, entitled "Should Walmart Imitate Costco? The Variation in Retail Wages" can be downloaded here retailingtoday.com

Sports Authority May Shape Future Of Retailer Ch. 11s
Sports Authority's bitter dispute with consignment sellers over proceeds has the potential to shape the role of vendors in retail Chapter 11s for years to come, and the results of the fight could send shocks to an already weak sector, bankruptcy experts say. The conflict, which has thus far dominated the two-week-old, $1 billion case, centers on the proceeds reaped from the about $85 million worth of consignment goods supplied by roughly 170 vendors.

The consignment vendors argue that the merchandise they've supplied, which accounts for 20 percent of the retail chain's business, is not property of Sports Authority's bankruptcy estate and that the portion of the proceeds they're due, based on their prepetition agreements with the debtor, should go back to them and not be used to satisfy lenders. But Sports Authority is challenging the vendors' rights to those proceeds, launching a campaign of more than 160 adversary actions to that effect.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mary F. Walrath has urged the sides to come to some sort of settlement, but if she has to rule, bankruptcy experts say her decision is poised to have a resounding impact not only on how vendors deal with their protections in Chapter 11 cases but also on the future of retailers' financing options and relationships with suppliers. law360.com

Staples and Office Depot take another shot at FTC
The CEOs of Staples and Office Depot penned a letter to customers which reveals the extent of their deteriorated relations with the Federal Trade Commission ahead of a hearing that begins March 21 that will determine whether the retailers are allowed to merge. In the letter, Staples Chairman and CEO Ron Sargent and Office Depot Chairman and CEO Roland Smith stop short of actually calling the FTC stupid, but that is the inference from more diplomatically worded prose. "The FTC's actions to stop this transaction are based on a flawed analysis of the marketplace and a deep misunderstanding of the competitive landscape," Sargent and Smith state in the letter. "The FTC has cherry picked a few facts to fit its narrative and support its case. In making its case, the FTC refuses to even acknowledge the rise of new competitors, such as Amazon, and the disruptive effects of the digital economy." retailingtoday.com

American Apparel Asks Judge to Order Charney to Comply With Subpoena
Attorneys for American Apparel accused Dov Charney in court last week of helping to form the group that's aiming to unionize the company's factory workers. Documents filed in Central District court by attorneys at Paul Hastings LLP, on behalf of American Apparel, seek to have a judge enforce a subpoena that would compel Charney to produce any communications related to the General Brotherhood of Workers of American Apparel between himself and certain individuals, or any financial support of the group. The order would also force Charney to testify in hearings on the group's certification. wwd.com

Sears Strikes Deal Over Pension Protections
Sears said Friday it has finalized an agreement with a government agency that protects employees and retirees with private pensions as the struggling retailer looks to manage its domestic pension obligations, which have skyrocketed in recent years and will require $318 million in contributions in 2016. Sears Holdings Corp. said it has finalized a five-year pension plan protection and forbearance agreement with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. The deal, originally announced in September, preserves existing PBGC protections for approximately 200,000 Sears and Kmart employees who received benefits under the plan. law360.com

CarMax announces new sponsorship with The American Red Cross to support Disaster Responder Program
CarMax, Inc. has announced a new sponsorship with The American Red Cross to support disaster response work through the Disaster Responder Program. Disaster Responder Program member donations help the Red Cross ensure an immediate response to meet the needs of those affected by disasters of all sizes, at no cost and regardless of income. "When disasters occur in the communities where CarMax associates live and work, they often seek ways to provide support. In response to their interests, CarMax has pledged support to the American Red Cross as a Disaster Responder Member," said Craig Cronheim, vice president of human resources and loss prevention at CarMax. eprretailnews.com

Sherwin-Williams to Buy Valspar for $9.3 Billion

Home Depot, McDonald's to create nearly 3,000 jobs in Alberta, Canada

Oregon grapples with consequences of landmark minimum wage law

Analysis: Tween and teen retailers remain financially vulnerable


Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Couche-Tard Q3 US comp's up 5.5% with total revenue up 2.5%
Gordmans Q4 comp's down 2.2% with net sales up 0.9%


Last week's #1 articles --

Credit card terminal goes from safe to compromised in less than three seconds
In a video released by Miami Beach Police, two men work as a team to install a credit card skimmer at a local gas station. In less than three seconds, the terminal goes from safe to fully compromised.

Distracted by one customer, the store clerk starts a conversation with a friendly gentleman who is asking for assistance, happy to wait his turn. Keeping a friendly tone, the man doing most of the talking is there to keep the attention off his companion - who is clearly aware that he's on camera.

Keeping his head low, and his face covered by a hat, the man waits until his friend has the clerk get something further down the counter and makes his move.

Did you see it? In less than three seconds, that payment card terminal has been compromised. He's attached a skimmer. Scams such as this are one of the reasons merchants are supposed to move to EMV terminals. If your bank or credit card company hasn't issued you one yet, you should call them and inquire as to why.  csoonline.com
 


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DHS launches two-way threat sharing system for public-private collaboration
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has declared itself officially ready to exchange cybersecurity intelligence with private industries and other organizations using an automated threat-sharing system, under the terms of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. Central to this announcement was the deployment of DHS's new Automated Indicator Sharing (AIS) system, the tool that the DHS and other federal agencies will use to electronically share cyberthreat data, in virtually real-time, with businesses, critical infrastructure partners, non-profits, academic institutions, foreign allies, Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs) and Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs). In an announcement posted on DHS' web site, the agency stated that "when one participant detects a threat, all participants in AIS will learn about it."

The National Retail Federation, a strong proponent of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) upon which the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 was built, applauded the launch of AIS in an emailed statement to SCMagazine.com. "Sharing information on cyberthreats will create an atmosphere of community vigilance that will ensure that consumers' sensitive data is kept safe," said David French, senior vice president for government relations at the NRF. scmagazine.com wsj.com

Underground markets flooded with stolen credit card data
Today there are at least hundreds of sites online selling stolen account data, yet only a handful of them actively court bulk buyers and organized crime rings. Faced with a buyer's market, these elite shops set themselves apart by focusing on loyalty programs, frequent-buyer discounts, money-back guarantees and just plain old good customer service. krebsonsecurity.com

27% of U.S. office workers would sell their passwords -
42% could access company data even after they leave their jobs

In a survey released today, 27 percent of of U.S. office workers at large companies would sell their work password to an outsider, compared to a global average of 20 percent. The study itself was conducted by Vanson Bourne, an independent research firm. The same survey was conducted last year as well, but then only one in seven employees were willing to sell their passwords.

Crooks have to be willing to shell out some dough, however, as 56 percent of employees priced their credentials at over $1,000. Others, however, were willing to go as low as $100. "Last year, the minimum mark was $150," said Rizkallah. "Things are getting worse."

In other results from the survey, 65 percent of employees admitted to using the same password in multiple locations, and 32 percent shared passwords with co-workers. The problem doesn't end when employees leave their jobs -- 42 percent of employees said they could continue to access their company accounts and data. csoonline.com

Rise of the robots: How retailers are planning on using cutting-edge technology to get customers into stores
Doug Stephens, a retail consultant and futurist, noted a pair of Oxford University researchers predicts robots could replace 92 percent of retail sales clerks by 2023. "Amazon is using robots in its warehouse, and in Japan they use them in retail spaces," he said. "I don't think retail employees should be running scared from this, but it is a really great merchandising device." Stephens said robots could also handle a lot of the routine functions that retail employees find themselves bogged down with, such as measuring inventory levels, to free them up to have more dynamic retail interactions with customers.

"If a smartphone is now a store, what is the role of the store?" Stephens said. "Store is becoming media. Nobody wants another box in the suburbs filled with products. People will get off the couch to go to the store when there is a remarkable experience there, and retail is exciting again." financialpost.com

Apple Hires Former Amazon Exec as VP of Corporate Information Security

Johns Hopkins researchers poke a hole in Apple's encryption

FAA: Close call at LAX between passenger plane and drone
 

 


 

Nedap appoints Director for Business Development


Wakefield, MA - March 16, 2016 - Wouter Ubbels has been appointed Director for Business Development at Nedap, a global leader in loss prevention and RFID solutions for the retail sector. In this role, Ubbels' main responsibility is to manage the relationships with their partners in the Americas as well as stimulating the sales efforts of their integrators.

Patrick O'Leary commented:
"We are thrilled to have Wouter as permanent member of the America's team. His expertise in channel management as well as loss prevention and RFID solutions will continue to enhance and strengthen our position in the Retail market."

Ubbels, coming from the head office in the Netherlands, brings a lot of expertise and experience with the Nedap product range and the company.


Nedap is a manufacturer of intelligent technological solutions for relevant themes. Sufficient food for a growing population, clean drinking water throughout the world and smart networks for sustainable energy are just a couple of examples of themes Nedap is working on. It has a continual focus on technology that matters. Nedap was established in 1929, has been listed on the stock exchange since 1947 and, with more than 750 employees, Nedap is active around the world. Nedap helps global retailers permanently prevent losses, optimize stock levels and simplify the multi-store retail management.
 

 


 

2016 NRF PROTECT Awards

You're Great at Identifying Criminals.
Can you Also Spot a Winner?

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 NRF PROTECT Awards, the most prestigious loss prevention and asset protection recognition in the retail industry. Help us celebrate our successes and recognize the hard work and talent within our ranks. Submit your nomination to acknowledge LP professionals and law enforcement officers who have made an impact on the community and retail industry.

Nominations are open until March 22, 2016.

If you have any questions, contact us at NRFPROTECTAwards@nrf.com.

Nominate a winner!

Ring of Excellence Award

This award recognizes a loss prevention professional whose career achievements and outstanding leadership have shaped the retail industry throughout their years of service. The Ring of Excellence award winner receives one complimentary full conference pass, hotel accommodations and round trip airfare within the United States to travel to and from NRF PROTECT 2016. Nominate today.

LP Volunteers in Action

This recognition program acknowledges loss prevention teams making significant and measurable contributions to charitable organizations in their community. Learn how LP teams from 7-Eleven, Delhaize Group, Macy's and Old Navy, the 2015 recipients, made an impact. Or, see how the 2014 loss prevention teams from Barnes and Noble, Kroger and L Brands made a difference. Nominate today.

Loss Prevention Case of the Year

This award spotlights LP professionals whose work has made a significant impact on their company, community and the retail industry, and was successfully adjudicated. The honoree receives one complimentary full conference pass, hotel accommodations and round trip airfare within the U.S. to travel to and from NRF PROTECT 2016. Nominate today.

Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Award (LERPA)

This honor recognizes law enforcement professionals or agencies who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support the retail industry. Up to two LERPA honorees will receive a complimentary full conference pass, hotel accommodations and round trip airfare within the U.S. to travel to and from NRF PROTECT 2016. Nominate today.
 

 

Live interviews from the NRF Big Show January 2016

LP's Digital Fast-Break Conference



For over 50 years, Se-Kure Controls has been working with retailers to reduce shrinkage caused by shoplifting. Over that time, there has been an explosion of new products in the consumer electronics and fashion-focused softlines industry. As Mike Campbell, Executive VP U.S. Sales, tells us, Se-Kure Controls has kept pace with the innovation, developing literally hundreds of innovative LP solutions over the years, including 11 new products in 2015 alone. While all of their major competitors source their products from Asia, Se-Kure Controls manufactures all of theirs in the U.S., providing a quicker turnaround time for their customers.
 


LPNN Quick Take #9

An LPNN Co-MC who needs no introduction, Hedgie Bartol, Retail Business Development Manager for Axis Communications, comes bearing gifts in this Quick Take interview! Watch him try to show Amber how to use a "selfie stick."
 

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Amazon's Execution Key To Dodging 'Selfie Pay' Woes
Online Facial Recognition Collection

Amazon recently joined the wave of businesses looking to make digital transactions more secure by moving to patent technology that would allow shoppers to use live selfies to complete purchases, a move that experts say could backfire if precautions aren't taken to safeguard and limit the collection of facial recognition data from consumers.

In a patent application made public on March 10, titled "Image Analysis for User Authentication," Amazon proposes a method for authorizing transactions that would require consumers to perform an action in view of a camera or sensor - such as a smile, blink or head tilt - in order to help confirm that person's identity.

However, acceptance of the proposed method - as well as the ability of Amazon to avoid lawsuits and regulatory actions - is likely to be conditioned on the details of how consumer data is collected, used and secured. law360.com

Leading the fight against loyalty fraud
Loyalty fraud tends to work along the same lines as CNP fraud but, instead of getting access to someone's payment details, fraudsters gain access to loyalty schemes through a mixture of phishing scams, identity theft and hacking weak and vulnerable passwords. And, with loyalty schemes using smart cards and being managed online, the parallels with card-not-present fraud are all too clear. Loyalty points can be spent like cash and, so, are as vulnerable and attractive as any payment account.

A recent US survey showed that 72% of loyalty scheme managers had faced problems with fraud[2]. In the UK, even the mighty Nectar scheme has fallen foul of fraud. In February 2015, the scheme reported that points had been stolen from members and were being spent on eBay and in Argos[3].

There are two main elements to combating this threat: stopping loyalty schemes being breached and knowing when transactions made using points are genuine or fake.

● Keep the data safe: The first question to be asked is "how much information do you need?" Only keep as much as you need and keep it secure. While multi-factor authentication might make it slightly more difficult for scheme members to gain access to their details, it makes it far more difficult for fraudsters. And the inconvenience of having to enter two passwords is nothing compared to the inconvenience of being a victim of identity fraud.

● Keep watch for fraudulent loyalty point transactions: Retailers should already have technology and protocols in place to guard against fraudulent card transactions. The indicators of card-not-present fraud, such as different addresses, different ISP address, different spending patterns and testing on small items before going for the big ticket items are all present for loyalty fraud too. So retailers should subject loyalty point transactions to the same rigorous testing as they do to card transactions. retailfraud.com

Mobile payments to replace cash and cards by 2030?

PayPal Says Order-Ahead Tool Lures More Digital Wallet Customers

 

 

Snohomish, WA: Two pairs of organized retail theft suspects swiped $15,000 worth of sunglasses
The North Snohomish County Property Crimes Unit is hoping you can identify two couple's accused of stealing $15,000 worth of expensive eyeglasses from the Sunglass Hut at the Seattle Premium Outlet Mall in Tulalip. A man with a tote bag grabs several pairs of glasses and brings them over near a woman standing by the display cases. Then watch as he swings his bag around and she starts putting the glasses in it, one expensive pair after another. Once they've swiped more than $15,000 worth of shades they take off - and detectives say they weren't working alone. "It looked like one couple first came in, kind of distracted the sales clerk, which is typical of these types of groups doing organized retail theft. One couple will distract the sales clerk, while the other couple does their stealing, their shoplifting. They actually did some shoplifting over at the Adidas store right after this where they're caught on camera running out of the store. q13fox.com

Perinton, NY: Shoplifting Suspects Flip Vehicle After Police Chase, Crash
Ontario County sheriff's deputies identified the two people charged following a police chase Sunday afternoon. Deputies say they responded to Von Maur at Eastview Mall for a report of shoplifting. They say Derrick Harley, 48, of Rochester, and Pamela Gavin, 43, led deputies on a foot chase before getting into their car and taking off, hitting a deputy. Authorities say a short vehicle pursuit began and ended when the car rolled over while trying to get onto route 490. Deputies say they deployed a taser on the pair before taking them into custody. The two were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and were released. They were arraigned in Victor Town Court. twcnews.com

Nanuet, NY: Kohl's Loss Prevention stop 3 suspects in $672 theft
Clarkstown police were called to the Kohl's store on East Route 59 in Nanuet, N.Y., at 9:15 p.m. March 17 for a report of a fraudulent transaction. According to loss prevention personnel, one person selected merchandise from the store displays. Two other people then brought the merchandise to the checkout line and attempted to purchase the items, which were valued at $672.72. patch.com

Grants Pass, OR: Couple steal trash can full of merchandise,
Assault Walmart employee
Police arrested one person but another got away following a violent theft incident at Walmart store on Sunday. According to Police, officers responded to the Walmart for a report of theft suspects fleeing the scene at about 5:35 p.m.. Officers contacted employees who said male and female suspects tried to leave the store with a trash can full of stolen merchandise. When confronted, the suspects allegedly pushed one of the employees to the ground. The man then jumped into a silver car and fled, leaving his friend behind.
Police said 33-year-old Christi Thompson was detained inside the store. She was arrested and charged with 1st-Degree Theft. kajo.com


Tucson, AZ: Female inmate flees from work crew in Pima County;
serving 18 days for shoplifting
Sarah Herrera was part of an inmate work crew working at the Pima Animal Care Center when authorities say she walked away. Herrera is serving an 18-day sentence for misdemeanor trespassing and shoplifting charges. Rodriguez says she has served four days so far. fox10phoenix.com


Surprise, AZ: Police looking for shoplifting suspects, possible juveniles

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Shootings and Deaths

Fort Wayne, IN: Gunman killed by Indiana State Police following incident at AutoZone
Indiana State Police say officers fatally shot a suspected gunman in the northeastern Indiana city of Fort Wayne. Police say state and city officers came across the man with a handgun as they responded to reports of a man firing shots at an Auto Zone auto supply store about 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Police said in a news release early Monday that the man fled on foot when the officers arrived. State police say officers chased the man who then turned and fired on them. Officers returned fire, shooting the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities said the suspect's initial gunfire struck a man inside the Auto Zone who was taken to a hospital in serious condition. journalgazette.net

Lexington, KY: Suspect in Kentucky mall shooting arrested after standoff
A six-hour standoff with Lexington police ended with the arrest of a 17-year-old male. Police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said that the youth was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree assault stemming from a shooting Thursday at a shopping mall. The standoff occurred at an apartment complex, and police talked the youth into surrendering shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday. In the shooting at the Palomar Center, a 19-year-old male was shot in the leg and taken to a hospital. kentucky.com

Houston, TX: Police involved shooting leaves 2 Robbery suspects dead
Two robbery suspects taken into custody after a deadly police-involved shooting in Houston have been arraigned. Lontay Young, 32, and Ross White-Leonard, 25, faced a judge Friday night on aggravated robbery with a weapon charges, KTRK-TV reported. A third suspect, 23-year-old Barry Jones, is hospitalized with gunshot wounds; he is expected to be charged upon his release from the hospital. Two people were killed in the Thursday evening shooting, which happened when a police tactical team opened fire outside of a Houston furniture store after a day of tracking the group of five robbery suspects. statesman.com

North Charleston, SC: Police investigate reported shooting at Family Dollar
North Charleston Police reported to shooting call shortly before 5:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at a Family Dollar store. According to North Charleston police, the employees at the Dorchester Road store told police they witnessed someone shooting at a small, 4-door, white car. They said they saw the suspect run toward Purcell Drive. While searching the area, police say they found a bullet hole in the gas station located across the street from the Family Dollar. counton2.com

Iowa City, IA: Trial set to start in April for man accused of shooting girlfriend in Coral Ridge Mall
Lawyers have worked out final details ahead of the first-degree murder trial for Alexander Kozak, accused of fatally shooting a woman inside Coral Ridge Mall last summer. Kozak, 22, appeared in a Linn County courtroom Friday for his pretrial hearing, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported. His trial is set to begin April 12 and is expected to last two weeks. The trial was moved to Story County after Kozak's attorney argued that media attention made it too difficult to find an impartial jury in eastern Iowa. Kozak is charged in the death of 20-year-old Andrea Farrington. She was shot three times in the back on June 12 while she worked at an Iowa Children's Museum information kiosk in the mall. Police say Kozak told officers he "snapped" after getting a text from Farrington, breaking off their relationship. omaha.com


Store Evacuation

Franklin, WI: Three Grenades found in Goodwill donation box, store evacuated
A Goodwill store in Wisconsin was evacuated on Saturday after employees found three grenades in a box of recently donated items. Local police kept the store cleared until the Milwaukee Police Department's hazardous devices unit arrived on the scene and determined the grenades were inert. Because the grenades were inoperable, police don't believe the scare was intentional. Police determined the event unsuspicious and decided not to investigate further. upi.com


Robberies & Thefts

Springfield, IL: Dollar store robbery Sunday in Springfield 5th in a month
A man who implied he had a gun robbed a dollar store in Springfield Sunday - the fifth discount store robbed in a month. Springfield police said the man walked into a Family Dollar Store at 9:53 a.m. and demanded money. He suggested he was armed although the clerk did not see a gun. The man took an undisclosed amount of money and escaped on foot. Police say they are investigating the likelihood that the robber is the same one who has robbed four other dollar stores in recent weeks. In the last two incidents, no weapon was displayed. wandtv.com

San Diego, CA: Kohl's burglars lead Police on high-speed chase
A 48-year-old man is in custody Saturday after leading deputies on a high-speed chase that started in Poway and ended in Escondido, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. Tracy Kendall was booked on one charge each of auto theft and commercial burglary. He was also treated for injuries after a San Diego Police dog bit him during the pursuit. At 2:30 a.m., deputies from the Poway station responded to a silent alarm activation at Kohl's. Upon arrival, they saw three adult males running into the bushes outside the store. The subjects then got into an older-model Suburban and attempted to flee. A license plate check revealed the Suburban was stolen. Deputies began pursuing the suspects, with speeds varying between 30 to 90 mph near the store.  cbs8.com



Bossier Parish, LA: Five arrested in connection to Armed Robbery of C-Store
The woman wanted in connection with a Haughton robbery will soon be reunited with the four other suspects in the caper, all of whom have involuntarily taken up residence at Bossier Maximum Security in Plain Dealing. Megan Claspell, 24, who was wanted in connection with the Rogers Corner Store robbery, was arrested Saturday by the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office. Claspell was the last of five suspects implicated in connection with the February armed robbery of Rogers Corner Store in Haughton. Earlier this month, the Bossier Sheriff's Office arrested four in connection with the armed robbery of Rogers Corner Store in Haughton. arklatexhomepage.com



Phoenix, AZ: Armed robber targeting Dollar Tree, Sally Beauty Supply stores
A serial armed robber is targeting Dollar Tree and Sally Beauty Supply stores in the Phoenix area. "These people have been traumatized by these robberies," Phoenix Police Sgt. Jamie Rothschild said. The string of crimes appears to have started in July 2015. "It appears the suspect waits in the parking lot and scopes out the business," Rothschild said, adding that at least four locations have been victimized. The man sits in his PT Cruiser in the dark, watching the unsuspecting clerk. At closing time, after the last customer leaves, he makes his move. He enters the store, pulls out a gun and demands cash. Most robbers would leave after getting the money, but not this guy. "He sticks around and forcefully shoves and pushes the clerk to the back of the store," Rothschild said. "Then he uses whatever he can find to tie-up the victim so they can't call for help." Luckily no one has been hurt. ktar.com

Chandler, AZ: Chandler Police are seeking woman who repeatedly tried to rob businesses
Sgt. Joseph Favazzo with the Chandler Police Department tells us that the woman attempted to commit a robbery at the CVS, around 3:20 p.m. Sunday. Earlier in the day, she attempted to rob the Papa Murphy's in the same area around 1:25 p.m. On March 18, she was involved in a robbery at the Water and Ice store. The woman has not displayed a weapon during any of these crimes, according to Favazzo. fox10phoenix.com

PA Atty. Suspended For Year After Shoplifting At Wal-Mart

Muncie, IN: Meijer's shoplifting incident escalates to Police chase

Kay Jewelers in the Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD reported a Grab & Run on 3/18, merchandise was valued at $4,799

Piercing Pagoda in the Westgate Mall, Brockton MA reported a Grab and Run on 3/19, merchandise valued at $119


UK: Compassionate Tesco supermarket manager offers shoplifter a job instead of pressing charges

New Theft wave of Armed Jewelry Store Robberies in Norway


Cargo Theft

Cargo Theft: China and EU report sharp increase of Cargo Thefts from Moving trucks; 'Open Sunroof Thefts'
There has been a sharp increase in thefts from moving trucks in China, according to BSI's 2015 annual report on supply chain threats. This type of theft - which has also been encountered recently in Europe - are known as 'open sunroof thefts' because thieves in these incidents drive cars behind cargo trucks, jump on to the moving vehicles, cut a hole in the top of the soft-sided trailer, and toss cargo back to the car trailing behind. securingindustry.com



Credit Card Fraud

Middletown, N.Y., couple found with fake credit cards, forgery device

Fairview Park, OH: Surveillance cameras capture three people using robbery victim's credit card


Skimming Reports

ATM Skimming-Device Suspects Linked to 21 More Thefts: NYPD

Fargo, North Dakota credit card skimming operation at gas stations & convenience store



AutoZone - Fort Wayne, IN - Shooting
Casey's General - Dubuque, IA - Armed Robbery
Case & Keg - Laconia, NH - Armed Robbery
Citgo - Memphis, TN - Shooting
CVS - Chandler, AZ - Robbery
Dollar General - Albany, GA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Springfield, IL - Armed Robbery
Fuel Stop - Raleigh, NC - Shooting
Holiday Oil - Cottonwood Hts., UT - Burglary / ATM
Kangaroo - Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC - Armed Robbery
Kohl's - San Diego, CA - Burglary
Meijer's - Kokomo, IN - Armed Robbery/ Pharmacy
Oky Doky - Dubuque, IA - Armed Robbery
Papa Murphy - Chandler, AZ - Robbery
Redners Grocery - Milford, DE - Robbery
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Listening and hearing what your internal customers are saying is critical if you expect to be successful with any program or project. Oftentimes, the speed of delivery negatively impacts the process of success and keeps us from hearing exactly what we need to hear when we so passionately roll out our programs and projects. After testing and reviewing our plans and being so committed to our beliefs, we oftentimes don't hear our retail partners once we've committed ourselves to a specific path. And sometimes it's not what they say that's important as much as what they don't say or as much as what they quietly say beneath their breath or maybe even how they react. Whenever you're rolling out a new program or project, use those interrogative skills, in a positive way, and read the reactions of your internal customers because they will determine the success regardless of how good it is.

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