The Zellman Group Announces the Industry's
First ORC Recovery Program
The Zellman Group, LLC, the leader in Civil Recovery and Loss
Investigations announces their newest service
ORC RECOVERY. Organized Retail
Crime costs the retail industry more than $30 billion each year according to the
National Retail Federation. ORC is a serious issue for large and small retailers
The ORC RECOVERY department will be lead by William Ramos as the
Director of ORC RECOVERY. Bill has more than 30 years of domestic and
international retail investigation experience. He is a CFI. Bill, together with
his team of investigators, the Law Offices of Michael Ira Asen, and The Zellman
Group's network of Law Enforcement contacts, has the criminal investigation,
civil recovery and litigation expertise to deliver a cost-effective program and
provide maximum ORC recovery.
Over a year in development, this expert team will
assist clients in determining the scope of cases, assist in compilation of case
information and documentation for presentation to law enforcement, prosecutor
and civil courts. Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight column below.
Numerous Major Corporations Join White House Initiative To Ban The Box
Some of the largest companies in the country just agreed to help former
prisoners overcome one of the greatest hurdles to successful re-entry: finding
employment. On Monday, five months after President Obama
ordered federal employers to ban the criminal history box on job
applications, Starbucks, Google, Uber, and a host of other corporate giants
White House's Fair Chance Business Pledge to make access to private sector
jobs easier. Some, including Xerox and the famous Greyston Bakery, pledged to
ban the box from their applications. PepsiCo, Prudential Financial, and Libra
Group committed to job skills training, and Google said it will host forums with
formerly incarcerated people to hear their specific needs and recruit other tech
companies to ban the box.
As of 2014, nearly 90 percent of all employers in the United States asked job
applicants about their criminal histories, and 60 to 75 percent of former
inmates could not find work within the first year of their release. Unable to
secure a steady job to meet their most basic needs - finding housing and paying
for food and clothes - people are more likely to resort to criminal activity to
15 More Retailers Probed Over On-Call Scheduling Practices
The scheduling practices of Coach Inc., American Eagle Outfitters Inc.,
Aéropostale Inc., and a dozen other retailers are coming under scrutiny as
attorneys general of eight states and the District of Columbia seek information
on whether they cancel the shifts of hourly employees with little notice. Last
year, New York's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, sent similar requests to
14 retail chains, including Target Corp. and Gap Inc. Not long after, Gap,
Abercrombie & Fitch Co., and L Brands Inc.'s Bath & Body Works announced that
they would discontinue the practice.
The letters sent Tuesday state that on-call scheduling doesn't appear to be a
business necessity, given that a number of retailers don't use the method. The
information requests were sent to BCBG Max Azria, Carter's Inc., DavidsTea Inc.,
Walt Disney Co., Forever 21 Inc., Ascena Retail Group Inc.'s Justice, Pacific
Sunwear of California Inc., Payless ShoeSource, Tilly's Inc., Uniqlo, VF Corp.'s
Vans, and Zumiez Inc., in addition to Coach, American Eagle, and Aéropostale.
Appriss Acquires Sysrepublic
- Further Enhances Efforts to Fight Retail Fraud, Protect Profits, and Mitigate
- Sysrepublic to Be Merged Into The Retail Equation Division of Appriss
Appriss Inc., a leading provider of data, risk assessment and analytic solutions
for government, health care, and retail industries, today announced it has
acquired Sysrepublic, a global provider of analytics for retail businesses.
Sysrepublic will be merged into the retail division of Appriss, The Retail
Equation, creating a single market leader in both retail exception-based
reporting and return fraud solutions.
With offices in Los Angeles, London and Warsaw, Sysrepublic is best known for
its suite of advanced exception reporting, case management, and real-time
integration tools. These solutions enable retailers to identify, prevent, and
investigate retail fraud and operational breakdowns, thereby reducing shrink and
loss and maximizing profits.
Finalists Announced for 2016 Retail AP Innovation Awards
Eleven Solution Providers Ranked Among the Best for Advancements in Asset
The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has announced 11 finalists for
the 2016 Retail AP Innovation Awards. The Awards recognize the most visionary
and influential solution providers and serve as a showcase for exciting new
technologies in major areas of asset protection.
RILA received applications across categories, including Business Intelligence
and Analytics, Workplace Safety, Crimes Against Business, and more. Finalists
will showcase their cutting-edge technology to a panel of top executives at
RILA's 2016 Retail Asset Protection Conference, April 17-20 in Dallas, Texas,
where the winners will be announced. Conference attendees will have the chance
to meet the finalists, experience their technology, and cast their vote for
Retailers' Choice Award.
Axis Communications - Zipstream
Centronex, LLC - Retail Employee
Safety Service (CRESS)
Checkpoint Systems Inc. - iS AutoPeg
ClickIt Inc. - ClickIt's Virtual
Digital Signal Corporation - (DSC)
DiSa Digital Safety USA
Zebra Technologies Corporation - AirDefense Services
Platform and MPACT
ATM Fraud in the U.S. is Skyrocketing
- Nonbank-owned ATMs and debit cards are the biggest target
A new FICO study has discovered that the number of compromised ATMs in the
U.S. skyrocketed 546% from 2014 to 2015. This was due in large part to
nonbank-owned ATMs, which accounted for 60% of ATM fraud in 2015, compared to
39% in 2014.
Debit fraud is a major factor in the increase in overall ATM fraud. People
typically access ATMs with their debit cards, which have much higher rates of
fraud than in the past. In the first quarter of 2015, 30% of all merchant fraud
loss stemmed from debit cards, compared to 16% in the same period in 2014.
This occurred because debit cards have been slower to integrate chips than
credit cards. Estimates say up to 75% of U.S. credit cards upgraded to chips
by the end of 2015, compared to 25% of debit cards. Fraud always targets the
most vulnerable space, hence the high percentage of debit card fraud.
And the fraud problem is not contained at ATMs. Fraud cost U.S. retailers
approximately $32 billion in 2014, up from $23 billion just one year earlier.
To solve the card fraud problem across in-store, online, and mobile payments,
payment companies and merchants are implementing new payment protocols that
could finally help mitigate fraud.
Beauty Retailer Ulta Accused Of Stiffing Customers On Returns
Beauty retailer Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc. "systematically
shortchanges" customers who return merchandise by excluding tax from their
refunds and pocketing the difference, according to a proposed class action filed
in California federal court Monday. Customer Cassandra R. Hearn's proposed class
action complaint lodges a breach of contract claim at Ulta, alleging the
retailer refunds customers less than the full amount they paid when they bring
merchandise back to the store pursuant to its refund policy by excluding tax.
Ulta is capable of calculating and refunding the full and correct amount, like
other retailers do - but it does not, the suit said. A spokeswoman for Ulta said
the company was aware of the lawsuit but had not yet been served and cited a
policy of not commenting on pending legal matters.
Tysons Corner, VA: Growing crime in Tysons Corner area
since Silver Line opened
Since the Silver Line opened nearly two years ago, it has delivered as promised,
many visitors to Tysons Corner. But all the added traffic has also created
significant problems. Lieutenant Riddle is with the Tysons Urban Team,
established in 2013 to respond to the urbanization of the area. He says a
consistent and growing crime is people grabbing expensive items from stores in
the mall--shirts, pants, an Xbox and fleeing. "...and simply run right out and
headed towards the train," Lieutenant Riddle said. Between 2014 and 2015, the
Tysons Urban Team recorded a 58 percent increase in felonies and a 34 percent
increase in misdemeanors, and the trend is continuing in 2016. Fairfax Police
are also seeing an increase in out-of-state organized retail crime groups
hitting the malls at Tysons from New York, Michigan, Illinois and beyond. Last
month the Urban Team busted 3 suspects from Florida accused of taking $76
thousand dollars in high-end clothing and accessories from stores at Tysons
Felony Expungement Bill Signed Into Kentucky Law
Gov. Matt Bevin has signed a bill that will allow some Class D felonies to be
cleared from criminal records five years after a sentence is completed. The new
policy would apply to 61 Class D felonies, which constitute about 70 percent of
Class D felonies committed. Some of the most frequently committed offenses are
failure to pay child support, possession of a controlled substance and theft.
Those who want to get their records cleared will need a clean record for five
years after their sentences are complete and pay $500.
Amazon posts Director, Loss Prevention & Security position - based in Seattle
As the physical security and loss prevention Subject Matter Expert (SME) for our
North America Fulfillment Centers, you will create, establish, and verify
compliance with security procedures, physical security design standards and
policies. Further, you will lead our shrink mitigation efforts while also
ensuring that procedures, standards, and policies comply with both our
Information Security and Physical Security Policies while optimizing the
effectiveness and efficiency of security at our facilities, including leveraging
technology to create processes and support systems that are sustainable and
scalable with a focus on delivering these services at the lowest possible cost.
Amazon.com is the world's largest online retailer of books, clothing,
electronics, music and many more goods. In 2015, the company's net sales
increased 20% to $107.0 billion, compared with $89.0 billion in 2014.
Loblaw to build 50 new stores, renovate 150 more, creating 20K jobs this year
Wal-Mart to expand grocery pickup program to 30 markets
Nearly 40,000 Verizon Employees Begin Strike