Starbucks closes all Brussels stores after airport terrorist attack
Starbucks closed all of its stores in Brussels Tuesday following terrorist
attacks at the airport there and at a metro station. One of the explosions
that took place at the airport happened outside of a Starbucks store,
according to eyewitness accounts. Starbucks said that one employee was
injured but that everyone has been accounted for and is safe.
"We are deeply saddened by the senseless acts that have taken place in Brussels
today," the Seattle-based coffee company said in a
statement. "This store and all other Starbucks stores in Brussels will
remain closed until further notice."
Airport worker Anthony Deloos told the Associated Press the first explosion took
place near counters where customers pay for overweight baggage. He and a
colleague said the second blast hit near the Starbucks.
"We heard a big explosion. It's like when you're in a party and suddenly your
hearing goes out, from like a big noise," Deloos said, adding that he jumped
into a luggage chute to protect himself.
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Insurer Blames Tyco Security For $60M Eli Lilly Drug Heist
Eli Lilly's insurer told a Florida jury Monday that Tyco Integrated Security LLC
failed to protect a Lilly pharmaceutical warehouse in Connecticut and should
shoulder the blame for a $60 million drug heist there by burglars who disabled
the alarm system.
In opening arguments before a jury in federal court in Miami, National Union
Fire Insurance Co.'s attorney Elisa Gilbert said Tyco, formerly ADT Security
Services Inc., routinely failed to investigate its security systems after
burglaries and "stubbornly, arrogantly refused to cooperate" with National
Union's investigation into the 2010 break-in.
"We know who took the cookies," Gilbert told the jury. "This case is about who
more likely than not left the kitchen door open."
The burglary at Eli Lilly's Enfield, Connecticut, facility was carried out by
brothers Amed and Amaury Villa, who cut a hole in the warehouse roof directly
above the control room, deactivated the alarm system and absconded with
thousands of cases of drugs, including including the antidepressant Prozac and
schizophrenia treatment Zyprexa, fleeing in a tractor trailer.
National Union paid Eli Lilly over $42 million in connection with the burglary,
the insurer said in its suit against Tyco.
UK Landmark ruling could see businesses prosecuted for employees
UK businesses could be liable if an employee commits a negligent act while at
work, the Supreme Court has ruled. The landmark judgement, which was confirmed
this week, will have considerable consequences on the way employers train and
monitor their staff, according to North West law firm Kirwans.
The warning comes after Morrisons were held responsible for the actions of an
employee who kicked and punched a customer at a store's petrol forecourt in
Birmingham in 2008. Ahmed Mahmoud, who was assaulted by Morrison's worker Amjid
Khan on the supermarket's premises, the Supreme Court ruled Morrisons were
"vicariously liable" for Mr Khan's actions.
This means, that the supermarket giant was held responsible for its employees
"The Supreme Court's judgement is extremely significant and could open the
floodgates for similar cases where an employee commits a negligent act, in a
place of work, during working hours. Under this new ruling, liability is no
longer a matter for the individual alone; the employer will now also be
Merchants Bear a Heavy Cost from Non-Fraud Chargebacks
Third Party Dispute Resolution Network?
Today it is possible for a post billing chargeback notification platform to
process hundreds of thousands of cases monthly and to enable almost near
real-time collaboration for both fraud and non-fraud chargeback disputes. By
integrating directly with card issuers and redirecting disputes from the issuer
to the merchant for resolution, disputes can be resolved before they escalate
and become chargebacks. In this scenario, everybody wins; merchants avoid costly
fees, fines or penalties while Issuers experience lower operating expenses while
supporting cardholder satisfaction through timely resolution.
TC-40s and SAFE list certainly have their uses, so they aren't going away
anytime soon. But neither will prevent fraud or chargebacks. The way forward is
a collaborative dispute resolution network that closes the loop before
chargebacks occur. In our experience, using a dispute resolution network could
reduce chargebacks by up to 40% and give merchants and issuing banks another
tool to keep customers happy and save money. paymentssource.com
Amazon Sues Executive Recently Hired by Target
Retailer says logistics and supply chain expert Arthur Valdez violated
In the lawsuit, the Seattle retailer said Arthur Valdez, employed by Amazon for
16 years, was in a position to reveal confidential strategy to its rival. Target
had touted Mr. Valdez's lengthy experience in a news release last month
announcing his hiring.
Amazon said Mr. Valdez is bound by a noncompete agreement he signed in 2012,
which requires an 18-month hiatus before he can take a position with similar
responsibilities at a rival firm. Mr. Valdez's new post will necessarily involve
"the disclosure and use of Amazon's confidential and proprietary information to
Amazon's detriment and Target's advantage.
"We have taken significant precautions to ensure that any proprietary
information remains confidential and we believe this suit is without merit," a
Target spokeswoman said. "However, as this is pending litigation we are not
going to comment further at this time."
Amazon is seeking to prevent him from contributing to Target's supply chain or
logistics operations for the full 18-month period, beginning March 1, 2016.
State Cargo Theft Report Trend Analysis 2012-2015
Between the years 2012 and 2015, CargoNet® received and logged more than 992
incidents of cargo theft, vehicle theft, and identity theft for trucking
companies in California. CargoNet received reported loss values totaling
$83,689,725. The average loss value per incident was calculated at $112,767. If
combined with the known loss value, we can estimate the value of stolen cargo in
all 992 incidents to be $111,639,330.
From 2012 to 2015, 45% of the total number of cargo theft incidents occurred
between Friday and Saturday. Friday was the most common day for cargo theft; 21%
of all cargo thefts occurred on Friday. Cargo theft also spiked on Monday,
contributing to 17% of total cargo theft incidents. Wednesday was the least
active day, with only 11% of total cargo theft incidents.
29% involved the theft of food and beverage products with electronics, coming in
at 19%. CargoNet recorded that 22% of cargo theft incidents occur at warehouses,
followed by secured yards and parking lots at 8%.
View additional California cargo theft analysis in
CargoNet's State of the State report
Feds Want Banks To Check Prepaid Card Customer IDs
Curtailing Criminal Use
Federal regulators said Monday that banks and other financial institutions that
issue reloadable prepaid cards are responsible for collecting personal
information from customers, even if those cards are marketed through third
parties, in a bid to curtail criminal use of the popular financial products.
That means that banks will have to collect, at minimum, the names, birthdays,
addresses and identification numbers of cardholders even if those cards are
issued by third-party firms and not the banks themselves. law360.com
FedEx Gets Drug Trafficking Claims Trimmed After DOJ Flub
A California federal judge drastically trimmed criminal charges against FedEx
Corp. and a subsidiary over drug shipments on Friday, saying the statute
of limitations has run out and prosecutors had no excuse for putting the
wrong company's name on deals to extend the deadline.
The ruling frees FedEx Corp. and FedEx Corporate Services from all ten counts of
distribution of controlled substances, and one count each of conspiracy to
distribute misbranded drugs, conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy to
distribute controlled substances.
That leaves the parent company and its e-commerce services unit facing one count
of misbranded drug distribution conspiracy, two counts of money laundering
conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
FTC 'Ginned Up' Case Against Office Depot Deal, Staples Says
FTC Says They Have 79% of Largest B2B Customers
Staples laid into the Federal Trade Commission on Monday as a D.C. federal court
mulled whether to pause the company's Office Depot merger, accusing the agency
of "gerrymandering" and not crediting competition from Amazon and other office
supplies providers in opposing the deal.
At opening arguments Monday of a two-week hearing, Staples and Office
Depot pushed back against the FTC's argument for a preliminary injunction
against the retailers' $6.3 billion merger. Staples' counsel Diane Sullivan of
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP said that the FTC has contorted the office supply
market by excluding thousands of business customers and whole categories of
products, to find a "narrow, rigged, artificially inflated view of the world
that has nothing to do with reality" and to challenge the deal.
The FTC, meanwhile, defended its administrative complaint, which
focused on business-to-business office supply contracts. The FTC's attorney Tara
Reinhart continued that argument in pushing for the preliminary injunction
Monday, saying that Staples and Office Depot routinely compete with each other,
lowering prices for those businesses.
Monday's opening arguments teed up a battle over the bounds of the market for
office supplies, both in the customers served and the products considered, as
the FTC looks to preserve its list of the largest business customers - 79
percent of which are served by Staples or Office Depot currently.
Eagan, MN: Woman sues Police and Gap Inc. store in Federal Court for Theft
Arrest; seeking $15,000 in damages
A Medford, MN., woman has filed a federal lawsuit against an Eagan police
officer and an outlet store after she was arrested for allegedly shoplifting an
item she bought earlier that day. In the 20-page lawsuit filed last Thursday,
Kathryn Krogh, 33, is suing Eagan Police officer Sean Sweeney and Gap Inc. for
unlawful arrest and defamation during an October visit to Twin Cities Premium
Aritzia posts Vice President of Loss Prevention position for Vancouver, Canada
Aritzia is searching for our new Vice President, Loss Prevention who will
maximize profit by minimizing loss while respecting People, Brand and
Operations. The Vice President, Loss Prevention is responsible for developing
Aritzia's Loss Prevention strategy and tactics for Merchandise, Finance, People,
Property, and Information.
Founded by Brian Hill in 1984, Aritzia now has more than 70 locations in select
cities across North America, including Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, New York,
San Francisco and Chicago.
Macy's posts over 70 Asset Protection positions on
LinkedIn in last 30 days
Retailers Say Consumption Tax Would Cause 'Great Disruption' to U.S. Economy
83 Ahold-Delhaize stores for sale: Includes 19 Martin's stores in Richmond
Modell's Sporting Goods to open 2 stores - Boston
Rochester, NY: Local malls tough on shoplifting
Apple Event: CEO Tim Cook Addresses iPhone Security; Small iPhone Gets Upgrade
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