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Walmart blasts Trump administration's 'disturbing' detainment
of migrant children in one of its former stores

Walmart on Tuesday attacked the Trump administration's detainment of migrant children in one of its former stores.

The company said on Twitter that it was "shocked and disappointed" that its former store in Brownsville, Texas, was being used to house children who had been separated from their parents at the Mexico border.

The separations are part of the Trump administration's new "zero-tolerance" policy against illegal immigration.

"We had no idea our former store would be used for such a disturbing purpose, A.L.," Walmart tweeted Tuesday in response to a woman who called for a boycott against the company. "We are just as shocked and disappointed as you are."

The Brownsville store, a former supercenter that Walmart closed in 2016, is now known as Casa Padre. It houses nearly 1,500 migrant boys between the ages of 10 and 17, some of whom were separated from their parents at the Mexico border.

The facility is one of approximately 100 shelters the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement is using to hold more than 11,000 refugee children in 17 states. businessinsider.com

ICE arrests more than 100 workers in raid on Ohio meat supplier
Largest Workplace Enforcement Action Under Trump Administration So Far

Federal immigration officials on Tuesday raided a large meat supplier based in Massillon, Ohio, and arrested more than 100 workers suspected of using stolen or fraudulent identification to gain employment.

As many as 100 agents from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, US Customs and Border Protection and the US Border Patrol descended upon four facilities operated by Fresh Mark during the late afternoon raid. Authorities said they made 146 arrests during the raid, which ICE said makes it the largest worksite raid nationally in at least a decade.

The raid -- which was conducted with no prior notice to the business -- was the largest workplace enforcement action to take place under the Trump Administration, said Steve Francis, special agent in charge of ICE's Homeland Security Investigations unit, which oversees Michigan and Ohio. cnn.com

'Cash Machines for Addicts'
New Jersey Towns are Allowing Mob-Linked Shops to Attract Junkies, Thieves
Returning stolen goods for gift cards - then selling them to cash shops

A state watchdog group finds the state's pawn shops, secondhand good stores and scrap metal yards are infested by corrupt and mob-connected owners who are encouraging drug addicts to steal goods and metals from retailers, utilities and homes.

Shockingly, the state investigative report finds, many of these illegal and unscrupulous businesses could have been shut down but local police department were clueless about their municipalities' own laws.

"We found that not only do these secondhand goods stores and scrap yards readily accept stolen items, in some cases they were directing the customers on what items to steal," said Kathy Riley, a spokesperson for the State Commission of Investigation, which issued the 100-page report Tuesday recommending that the state take over the licensing and regulating of these businesses.

"These are businesses that are contributing to the opioid crisis, which is arguably the most serious public health emergency in generations, by basically serving as cash machines for addicts," she said.

"Some of the individuals who were behind the counters and directing some of these sales were individuals who were convicted felons or organized crime associates."

The report also faulted retailers and Lakewood-based CardCash.com - which allows people to sell unused gift cards for a price much less than what the card is worth, and the site then resells it for a higher price than it paid. The report says thieves often take advantage of lax return policies by returning stolen goods for gift cars, which they then sell to these cash shops.

The SCI report found that New Jersey pawn shops and secondhand businesses each raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from CardCash. One retail theft crew earned more than $317,000 from CardCash in two years, the SCI said. nj1015.com

Cigarette Smugglers Stub C-Store Sales
Earlier this year, U.S. Customs & Border Patrol, in conjunction with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security investigators, took possession of six million counterfeit cigarettes during a warehouse inspection in Florida, with a street value of more than $1 million.

In May 2017, authorities from more than 20 federal, state and local agencies concluded a year-long investigation into illicit cigarette trafficking in Virginia. The bust culminated in 43 arrests, 743 separate charges and shuttered a scheme that involved more than 600,000 cartons of cigarettes worth in excess of $30 million.

Both cases are examples of the nation's burgeoning cigarette black market. What the news bites don't reveal is the impact such illegal activities have on convenience stores' tobacco profit margins. The cigarettes in question are considered smuggled because the people who sold them didn't pay taxes to the states they live in.

"With high state cigarette and tobacco excise tax rates, cross border purchasing and illicit trade between low-taxed and high-taxed states is a growing concern," said Thomas Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO).

Smuggling continues to chip away at the industry's most valuable category, no matter the U.S. region. cstoredecisions.com

Five victims in Indiana file lawsuits against Goodwill,
Allege nonprofit retailer failed to stop sex offender

Five victims have filed two lawsuits in Hamilton County, Ind. this week against Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana alleging the organization failed to protect its workers from a registered sex offender.

The lawsuits stem from incidents involving Ritchie Hodges, a former employee accused of secretly recording employees in the bathroom at the 116th Street and Allisonville Road location.

As Scripps station WRTV in Indianapolis reported in March, Hodges is a registered sex offender with recent convictions for child pornography and voyeurism.

Indianapolis attorneys Dan Chamberlain and Fishers attorney Linda Havel represent five victims, including three minors and two adults, who allege Hodges recorded them without their consent.

In their lawsuits, they allege Goodwill was negligent and breached its duty of care to its employees and their safety.

Records show Hodges served time in prison from 2012 to 2014.

The nearly identical lawsuits also accuse Goodwill of failing to inspect its premises on a continual basis and that it repeatedly failed to supervise Hodges. tmj4.com

Ethics Policies Don't Build Ethical Cultures
'It's easy to make unethical choices when they are socially acceptable'

No one plans to destroy their career by breaking the law or violating their company's ethics policy. There are usually personal stressors that push them over the edge, triggering a "fight or flight" response. At that point, they're not thinking rationally, Gallagher said.

Financial problems, relationship problems or health issues are the most common emotional stressors, he said.

"If you're going to be an ethical leader, are you paying attention to your employees' emotional triggers?"

For an ethical lapse to occur, he said, three things must happen:

There must be a need. There must be an opportunity. There must be rationalization. He knew it was illegal, but he rationalized his actions by telling himself that he was just "borrowing" the money.

To create an ethical culture, ethics must be discussed openly and often within an organization, Gallagher said. If you talk about ethical issues that occur every day in the workplace, people will recognize such situations and stop before they step over the line. They'll be more aware of how "socially acceptable" ethical violations can lead to more serious violations.

And, an ethical culture must start at the top. If an organization's leader is setting a bad example, the employees will follow suit. shrm.org

Get-Rich-Quick Scheme to Game Amazon Lands a $102 Million Fine from FTC
The FTC today announced that a group of people who had run a get-rich-quick-on-Amazon scheme have agreed to pay $102 million in fines and restitution. The people, operating under different names in Nevada and Massachusetts got people to pay from $995 to as much as $35,000 for "secrets" that were supposed to let them make big money on Amazon's marketplace, although they had no real connection with Amazon at all.

According to the FTC, the people behind the scheme had taken their victims for at least $36.1 million, and possibly significantly more. inc.com

Amazon Accused Of Stiffing Delivery Workers On Overtime
Amazon was hit Monday with a proposed nationwide collective action in Florida alleging the company violated federal labor laws by shorting employees on overtime pay when they delivered packages for the giant e-commerce site. law360.com

Target's CEO says retail industry will fight negative impact of tariffs
The U.S. retail industry will try to fight the negative impact of tariffs on Chinese and other imports the same way it fought and defeated a border-adjustment tax proposed by President Donald Trump that would have led to higher costs for imported goods, Target CEO Brian Cornell said Tuesday.

Cornell, who chairs the board of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), said the trade group will take a wait-and-see approach on a strategy to Trump's most recent threat to place protectionist levies on $200 billion worth of unspecified Chinese products imported annually to the U.S. startribune.com

Starbucks reins in expansion, closing 150 underperforming stores
The coffee giant on Tuesday said it expects a 1% increase in global same-store sales in its third (current quarter), below analysts expectations of a 2.9% increase. As part of a streamlining initiative, Starbucks is "optimizing" its U.S. store portfolio at a more rapid pace in fiscal 2019, and will close about 150 company-operated underperforming stores in its most densely populated markets (up from an historical average of 50 annual). New store growth will focus on under-penetrated markets. It also is slowing licensed-store growth. chainstoreage.com

Foot Locker jokes about basketball player's shoplifting incident in new ad
LiAngelo Ball's collegiate career came to an early end after he sparked a minor international incident by stealing a pair of sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store while on a preseason trip to China. Ball was suspended indefinitely, but his father LaVar quickly pulled him out of school entirely, and the two youngest Ball children soon embarked on their overseas trip to Lithuania.

With the 2018 NBA Draft this week, Ball starred in a new "One and Done" ad for Foot Locker, and the brand referenced Ball's legal trouble. usatoday.com

Sears and Kmart to combine on store-within-a-store concepts

GameStop confirms buyout talks as downloads take their toll

CVS Pharmacy's prescription delivery expands to all locations nationwide

D.C. voters approve raising minimum wage for tipped workers

Amazon books food trucks to help feed 2,500 full-time workers at Chattanooga center

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R-CISC Announces Robert Herjavec as a Featured Speaker
for 2018 Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit

Washington, DC - The Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC) today announced Robert Herjavec as a featured speaker at this year's Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit, held on October 2-3 at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver in Colorado. He will explore evolving IT trends and the rising cyber security threats retailers face on a daily basis in his session titled, "Fast Forward and Focused." Robert will also share a few secrets from inside the Shark Tank and share advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.

In addition to serving as a host of ABC's Shark Tank, Robert Herjavec has a deep background in cybersecurity. He is a dynamic entrepreneur and has built and sold several IT companies. In 2003 he founded Herjavec Group, to provide cybersecurity products and services to enterprise organizations. The group quickly became one of North America's fastest growing technology firms. Herjavec has served as a cybersecurity advisor for the Government of Canada and participated in the White House Summit on Cybersecurity. In addition to his appearances on Shark Tank, Herjavec is regularly featured in print, digital and TV outlets, offering his views on the threat landscape, on emerging technologies and on the need for a proactive security framework.

"The Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit brings together CISOs and their teams to share best practices, gain insights and, most importantly, network with other information security professionals to build trust. The conference addresses the key challenges and issues facing strategic retail leaders and tactical practitioners at a critical time in our industries. We are looking forward to adding Robert to the conversation this year," Suzie Squier, executive director of the R-CISC said. r-cisc.org

Former CIA Engineer Charged with Theft and Transmission of Classified Info
Ex-CIA software engineer Joshua Adam Schulte has been charged with stealing and disclosing classified information from the agency. The charges came in a 13-count federal indictment released today.

Schulte reportedly had been named as a suspect who had allegedly handed over to WikiLeaks a massive trove of the CIA's cyber espionage tools that the activist group then published online. He has been imprisoned in Manhattan since Aug. 27, 2017, on unrelated child pornography charges.

The epic breach came to light in March 2017, when WikiLeaks began publishing more than 8,700 confidential CIA documents under the title "Vault 7." Among the leaked documents were various zero-day vulnerabilities, as well as exploits against network routers, smart TVs, and connected vehicles.

Schulte, 29, also tampered with user privileges and access to a CIA computer, according to the indictment, acquiring unauthorized access for himself, locking out other users, and deleting any evidence of his activity in the system. darkreading.com

Most Websites and Web Apps No Match for Attack Barrage
The average website is attacked 50 times per day

No matter how large or small, websites and web applications are under a constant barrage of attacks. Two new studies out today put a finer point on the numbers, showing just how frequently attacks hit the average website and how this constant pressure is yielding a huge number of compromised websites and web apps.

According to the Sitelock Website Security Insider Q1 2018 report, the average website today is attacked 50 times per day, with the vast majority of attacks coming through automated means. The study shows that 88% of traffic filtered by firewalls is from bad bots seeking to compromise sites.

By casting a very wide and automated net, attackers who hit their marks even a slim percentage of the time stand to compromise a huge volume of sites. The study shows that about 1% of sampled sites studied by analysts are infected with malware. That means at any given moment, 18.7 million sites around the world are infected by some form of malware. darkreading.com

How to Make Stolen Data Valueless
As we all know, credit card information, combined with other user data from other breaches and social media, can build a complete profile. In the hands of fraudsters and criminals, these valuable identity sets are usually sold to other cybercriminals and used for myriad criminal activities, both on the internet and in the physical world.

Bad actors keep taking advantage of the smallest gap to steal customer data. For this reason, we must change the current equation of breach = fraud by changing how companies think about online identity verification. Companies need to protect all customer data, but more important, they need to make it valueless.

Multilayered technology that thwarts fraud exists right now. Passive biometrics and behavioral analytics technology are making stolen data valueless by verifying users based on their inherent behavior instead of relying on their data, such as credit card information. This makes it impossible for bad actors to use stolen data, as they can't replicate the customer's inherent behavior attached to that data. paymentssource.com

Phishing Campaigns Target Sports Fans, Consumers
Two phishing campaigns have been targeting consumers of both the FIFA World Cup and one of its longtime partners, Adidas. One campaign attempts to lure victims into clicking on a malicious link under the guise of downloading a World Cup schedule of fixtures and a result tracker, while the second promises a "free" $50-per-month subscription for Adidas shoes. infosecurity-magazine.com

Chinese e-commerce company is running a nearly autonomous warehouse
with almost ZERO human employees

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has constructed a fulfillment center that handles as many as 200,000 orders each day - and it only has four employees.

That's because the roughly 100,000 square foot facility is run almost entirely autonomously, with human employees solely on site to tend to the robots.

According to JD.com, the warehouse leverages 'highly-automated sorting technology' to sort up to 16,000 packages per hour with 99.99% accuracy. dailymail.co.uk

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Retail Council of Canada's Loss Prevention conference rebrands
RCC Retail Secure Conference - Sept. 20 in Toronto

RCC has some updates about the group's upcoming conference in Toronto on Wednesday, September 20th. They have also sent out a Call for Speakers with information about other sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities.

Retail Council has met with an organizing committee to develop content for this year's conference and they have also gone through a rebranding. Formerly known as the RCC Loss Prevention Conference, it will now be known as the RCC Retail Secure Conference.

The format for this conference is also being developed to include more concurrent session with less Keynote (main stage sessions) comprising of 3 main content educational tracks:

1. Payments / Fraud
PCI Compliance, Online & offline Fraud, in-store fraud, card not-present, DSS standards, payment data security

2. Information Security & Protection
PIPEDA, Customer Data Security, Privacy Vs. Security, Data Breach, Data Breach Response, GDPR

3. Physical Security & Investigations
Store Security, ORC, Last Mile / Supply Chain Security, Shrink, Counterfeit, Security Systems and Technology, Workplace Violence / Harassment, Cannabis in the Workplace / In the Store

Should your organization be looking to provide thought leadership in any of the above educational tracks or participate in other branding/engagement initiatives at this event, please see the link here for the Call for Speaker document.

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Editor's note: The Daily's Gus Downing will be attending RCC's Retail Secure Conference on Sept. 20.

Mob Rule in Canada: Italian mafia leading source of cargo theft
$500,000 in goods disappearing everyday in Toronto
Todd Moore was playing hockey in Hamilton, Ont., when some guys came forward with 10 cases of Moosehead beer that had "fallen off a truck". He knew exactly where it had come from, though. Everyone knew. The theft of two loads of beer in New Brunswick had been all over the news, complete with jokes about Moose being on the loose.

It was no joke to the career police officer, now president of Canadian Armed Robbery Training Associates.

The Greater Toronto Area now has the highest rate of cargo theft in Canada, rivaling major U.S. centers. Research by the Canadian Trucking Alliance and insurers suggests the crime across Canada costs about $5 billion a year. A typical cargo theft is now valued at about $196,000, with more than $500,000 in goods disappearing every day in the Toronto area alone.

In Canada, Moore says traditional organized crime groups are at the top of the food chain.

Mafia connections

In the Greater Toronto Area and Montreal, the leading mafia groups include the 'Ndrangheta, Cosa Nostra, and Camorra, which can be traced to Italy and Sicily. The Cosa Nostra is likely the most widely known. "They've been involved in cargo thefts and hijackings for decades," Moore says. But the 'Ndrangheta mafia - otherwise known as the Calabrian Mafia - is the biggest in the GTA and the world at large. It has 10 related groups in the GTA and Hamilton, Ont. alone.

The Calabrian mafia's 25,000 made members with 250,000 affiliates and associates made an estimated $75 billion in 2017 alone. He calls them the "McDonald's Mafia" because of it. In Montreal, the Sicilian Mafia connected to the original "five families" of New York City has a stronger presence, although it also has an active cell in the GTA.

They don't work alone, either. The mafia groups also work alongside outlaw motorcycle gangs, and organized crime cells linked to Russia and Europe.

Click here to read about the mafia's targets & the tools being used to battle them.

Display system helps Canadian retailer cut theft and increase revenue
Deters two-third of thieves from stealing
Like many retailers that offer small, high-value items, London Drugs has struggled with theft. To address shoplifting - particularly "velocity theft," in which a criminal takes multiple units at a time - the retailer implemented a system that was "fairly successful from a loss prevention perspective," says Tony Hunt, general manager of loss prevention. The downside? "It diminished our sales," he says.

When Hunt and his colleagues looked for easy-to-use ways to limit theft, they came across the InVue T1000. InVue, a global technology company, provides merchandising, software and security systems. The T1000 was designed to help retailers "balance the sales and shrink equation" for hanging merchandise, says Karen Bomber, director of product marketing.

To access a product hanging on a T1000, customers must push a button, which then dispenses the item with a time delay. Although minimal, the delay is key, as it can dissuade criminals from engaging in ORC. When the Loss Prevention Research Council studied the T1000, it showed the product to 14 individuals who'd engaged in ORC. Nearly two-thirds said they wouldn't steal a product protected by the T1000, with most citing the time required to access the merchandise.

The T1000 "limits the risk of theft, but keeps the merchandise available and visible," Bomber says. stores.org

Hudson's Bay, other stores pressured to dump Trump products, amid tariff tiff
The recent tariff dispute between Canada and U.S. has sparked a renewed social media call to boycott stores carrying Trump family merchandise.

However, the campaign may be fruitless, according to some business strategy experts. They say not only do boycotts not tend to work, but also, goods associated with the family of U.S. President Donald Trump - from his red ties to his daughter Ivanka's dresses - have already fallen out of favour with shoppers.

The call to boycott came shortly after Trump slapped tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum imports. Social entrepreneur and Maclean's writer Scott Gilmore compiled a list of companies to target, all of which carry Trump merchandise. cbc.ca 

From last week's Daily: The retail impact of escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and Canada

R-CISC goes to Canada
R-CISC took their workshop tour to Canada on Tuesday to host the first R-CISC Canadian Retail Cybersecurity Invitational with their partner, Deloitte. The one-day gathering brought cybersecurity professionals together from Canada's leading retail, grocer, consumer products, entertainment, and hospitality organizations. The day increased local retailers' awareness of shared cybersecurity challenges and began meaningful discussions about how to strengthen collective cyber threat defense capabilities.

With the uptick in cyber threat activity in Canada it was very valuable to bring current and new members together in Toronto. If you're interested in attending, email R-CISC at events@r-cisc.org. Check the events page for other upcoming workshops and webinars, r-cisc.org/event r-cisc.org

With Saks & Nordstrom Invading Canada
Holt Renfrew shells out $400M for department store updates

The Holt Renfrew store being renovated in Vancouver will serve as a template. retaildive.com

Canada Goose to expand retail presence to more cities

ALDI among retailers to buy some Toys R Us store spaces

Canada Goose stock soars - up 20% on earnings beat and three new stores

(Update) Edmonton, AB: Grocery store guard who 'stomped' man in stomach found guilty of manslaughter, robbery
A Court of Queens Bench judge found 37-year-old Sheldon Bentley guilty Thursday in the 2016 death and robbery of Donald Doucette. Doucette died on July 31, 2016, after he was kicked in the stomach while passed out drunk in the alley behind the Lucky 97 grocery store at 107th Avenue and 97th Street in Edmonton. Bentley, a security guard for the store at the time, first stole $20 from Doucette, and then stomped on the sleeping man's stomach, causing massive internal bleeding. He has been found guilty on charges of manslaughter and robbery. cbc.ca

Toronto, ON: Theft duo arrested in theft of $25,000 in diamond earrings
Couple also swiped 20 Samsung cell phones from another store

Two Toronto residents have been charged in the theft of $25,000 worth of diamond earrings from a Shoppers World jewelry store in April. Peel Regional Police say they arrested two suspects June 5 and charged them with the April 8 theft, and a Dec. 28 theft of 20 Samsung cellphones from a store in the Dixie Outlet Mall in Mississauga. The owner of the store said a man and woman distracted employees and stole the jewelry. The man came in first and said he was waiting for his wife, said the store's owner, who did not want to be identified. When the employees were occupied with other customers, they reached over the counter and inside the showcase, removing the earrings. bramptonguardian.com

Charlottetown, PEI: Woman stole and defrauded more than $6,000 from former mall employer, shoplifted from four local retailers
A P.E.I. woman was sentenced to jail and ordered to pay more than $6,000 in restitution for defrauding her former Charlottetown employer and theft from city retailers. Judge Nancy Orr sentenced Crystal McTaque, 30, in provincial court in Charlottetown to a total of six-and-a-half months in jail and ordered her to pay $6,820.50 in restitution. The bulk of the restitution - $6,106.12 - is owed to her former employer, Bentley, in the Charlottetown Mall. McTaque was employed as the store's manager, and from March to October in 2017, she stole items and defrauded the business by performing fake returns using her own identification as well as other employee's identifications. McTaque was also sentenced for four theft offences at retailers in Charlottetown. theguardian.pe.ca

Calgary, AB: Four teens charged following armed robbery at Seton cell phone store; Over $5,000 stolen

Barrie, ON: Police ask for information on a $300 theft from Canadian Tire store

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C-Store - Hamilton, ON - Armed Robbery
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Queen Mary Dispensary - Halifax, NS - Armed Robbery



Retail Trends Redefining LP & "Total Retail Loss"

Paul Jaeckle, VP of AP, Meijer


The retail world is evolving and changing more rapidly than ever before. As every corner of retail reinvents itself, LP and AP teams worldwide are all learning how to manage and investigate the new risk, exposures, and benefits that technology is creating and driving. Paul Jaeckle, LPC, Vice President of Asset Protection, Meijer, tells us how digital trends are changing the face and role of retail security, how new technology enables a deterrent-first type approach, and why "Total Retail Loss" should be every retailer's focus.

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Quick Take #6

Mike Lamb, Vice President of Asset Protection, Kroger, previews his upcoming session on Change Management and shares a few words of wisdom. Hear how he got into the LP field, his advice for gaining a seat at the executive table, and what he does for fun outside of work.



Study: Online fraud continues to vex retailers
Retailers that have a digital presence continue to worry about how they will handle the increasing pace of e-commerce fraud.

Nearly half of all retailers (including two-thirds of the largest segment) worry about their systems' abilities to handle increased e-commerce fraud as a result of data breaches, according to "Fighting Fraud in the E-Commerce Channel: A Merchant Study," a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

According to data, e-commerce fraud is expected to increase over the next six to 12 months, and these incidents will largely stem from data breaches. More than three-quarters of retailers expect e-commerce fraud attacks to climb in next six to 12 months.

The top three drivers of e-commerce fraud attacks are data breaches; e-commerce growth, and targeted attacks. However, retailers of all sizes named card-not-present (CNP) as their most feared fraud threat. This was followed by in-person card fraud at the point-of-sale. chainstoreage.com

How blockchain will transform the e-commerce industry over the next few years
Blockchain e-commerce projects such as Request Network and ECoinmerce have an aim to create a blockchain based marketplace using fast and secure transactions for any e-commerce business model. Request Network also wants to utilize blockchain technology for the financial transactions aspect of the e-commerce industry by providing low cost financial transactions, high security standards, and an overall amazing customer experience.

2.Supply chain management
Blockchain projects like VeChain aim to create an incorruptible visualization of the supply chain process. Since data validated on the blockchain network is virtually incorruptible, the supply chain process on a supply chain focused blockchain network is a much-needed solution for supply chain management problems facing the e-commerce industry today.

An incorruptible blockchain network will provide a transparent supply chain where consumers can see the order flow of the products they buy, helping increase consumer confidence.

3. Data security
Customer's data is stored on centralized servers where it is vulnerable to online criminals. Some e-commerce companies have suffered attacks from cybercriminals and a substantial amount of data has been stolen. However, with a blockchain based e-commerce platform, it is virtually impossible to suffer such attacks since blockchain platforms are decentralized, which in turn means customer data is also decentralized.

It is virtually impossible to hack all the nodes of a blockchain platform, so data on a blockchain based e-commerce platform is considered to be relatively safe.

4.Transparent marketplace
With blockchain based e-commerce platforms like Bitboost, transparency is the "watchword." Bitboost is a decentralized marketplace that facilitates online transactions between buyers and sellers in a frictionless and transparent manner. thenextweb.com

Amazon private labels target wide range of shoppers

Two of Ascena's fashion-outlet brands going online

New Amazon robotics-based fulfillment center planned for Michigan

CVS Adds Home Delivery With Help From U.S. Post Office



Indiana Retail Organized Crime Coalition participates in Annual Community Day
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department-North District (IMPD) held their 12th annual community day event at Broad Ripple Park on June 14th, 2018. This event is designed to help law enforcement and law enforcement partners become more visible within the community and introduce themselves to the public. This event has many different groups working together to give the members of the community a fun filled and memorable day.

IROCC board present members of IMPD with
the bicycles to be raffled
IROCC members and kids building the build
kits and doing crafts

The Indiana Retail Organized Crime Coalition (IROCC) was privileged enough to be a big part of this day. Members of IROCC donated a boy and girl bicycle to be raffled off by IMPD. Members also constructed many different build kits with kids throughout the day. The build kits ranged from monster trucks to airplanes. The kids also had the chance to color and make crafts via kits donated by members of IROCC. This was a great opportunity for IROCC to give back to the community and partner with IMPD to show our appreciation of them. IROCC always looks forward to this great event!

Follow IROCC on Twitter @indianaorc for future events and information.

Oklahoma City, OK: Thousands of stolen jewelry found during traffic stop
BC Clark Jewelers was a victim of a Smash & Grab Burglary, items valued at nearly $75,000 back in February. Months went by with no arrests, and the stolen items hadn't appeared anywhere. Police got their break at an intersection. An officer stopped a driver who blew through a stop sign. Andre Hawkins' license was suspended, and a search of the car delivered the big surprise. "They found a bag containing a large amount of jewelry," Police said. The officer found dozens of rings, many still with price tags, some still on their finger displays. Two diamond-encrusted watches and several pawn slips were in the glove box. kfor.com

Corvallis, OR: Advance Auto Parts employee accused of embezzling $33,000
Travis Bradley Teague, 27, is charged with first-degree aggravated theft in Benton County Circuit Court. Officers arrested Teague at the automotive parts store, 532 NW Third St. According to police, an investigation from the Advance Auto Parts Regional Asset Protection Department determined Teague made over 105 fraudulent merchandise returns to his personal credit cards totaling $33,417. He allegedly did this between Oct. 23 and June 16. gazettetimes.com

Port Angeles, WA: ORC Duo Stole More than $1,300 in Infant Formula from Safeway Stores
Two Port Angeles residents stole more than $1,300 worth of infant formula from Safeway stores in Port Angeles and Sequim in early June to sell at $8 a tub, Sequim police said. Kirsten M. Ivliyev, 25, and Jordan J. Pinheiro, 21, had their first court appearance June 11 on charges of second-degree organized retail theft, a Class B felony in which a person, with an accomplice, has stolen at least $750 worth of goods from a store. Ivliyev and Pinheiro allegedly stole $1,500 in merchandise, including the powdered formula, on June 7. Ivliyev said she took to formula from the Sequim Safeway on West Washington Street to pay for her rent. sequimgazette.com

Detroit, MI: Parole Absconder Admits To Organized Retail Crime, habitual offender and Fleeing Police
Lamika Samon James; in exchange for her plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a count of 1st degree retail fraud, driving on a suspended license and providing false identification to a police officer. whmi.com

Marana, AZ: Police asking for help identifying Walmart thieves
Police detectives are asking for help identifying two men and a woman connected to a theft of merchandise at a Walmart this month. In the June 11 theft, flat-screen televisions and bicycles were stolen from a Walmart in Marana and loaded into a U-Haul vehicle. tucson.com


Boca Raton, FL: Woman steals $1,300 worth of T-Shirts, shorts from Boca Raton store

Boca Raton, FL: Man steals a purse valued at $2,295

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Shootings & Deaths

Tallassee, AL: 3 dead after shooting outside Walmart in Alabama
Police have now released the names of the three people involved in the apparent murder-suicide outside the Walmart store in Tallassee. Police say when they arrived around 10:15 Tuesday morning, they found two cars that had hit each other near the garden center. Officers found 65-year-old Harold Miller lying in the parking lot dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officers then found the bodies of 58-year-old Tresea Miller and 75-year-old Barbara Buttles inside one of the cars. Police say both of the women were victims of multiple gunshot wounds. Police say their preliminary investigation shows there was a history of domestic incidents between the family members and are considering the case to be a murder/suicide. They have not yet described the family relationship of the three people involved. Police Chief Matt Higgins says cameras in the Walmart parking lot will be reviewed leading up to the shooting. alabamanews.net

Honolulu, Hawaii: Customer shot during Armed Robbery of Vape Store
Police are searching for as many as three males in an attempted murder investigation after a male customer was shot in the abdomen as he confronted suspects robbing a vape shop in Aiea. Aloha E-Liquids put out a statement on social media today thanking the community for its prayers and support and posting a fuzzy image of two of the three main suspects in Monday night's robbery. staradvertiser.com

Robberies & Thefts

U.S. Convicts Two Ex-Soviet Criminal Gang Members On Racketeering Charges
A U.S. jury has found two members of an organized criminal gang from the former Soviet Union guilty of racketeering and other charges in a verdict announced by the U.S. Justice Department on June 19. The department said the jury unanimously found that the gang's chief, Razhden Shulaya, and his chief enforcer, Avtandil Khurtsidze, engaged in an array of violent criminal activities that included extortion, theft, trafficking in stolen goods, and fraud. Prosecutors described Shulaya as a "vor" -- the Russian word for thief -- which they said in criminal jargon means that he belongs to an "order of elite criminals from the former Soviet Union who receive tribute from other criminals, offer protection, and use their recognized status as vor to adjudicate disputes among lower-level criminals."

They said Shulaya was one of the first such alleged criminals to be charged with racketeering in the United States. They said most of his gang members were born in the former Soviet Union and maintained ties with associates in Georgia, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation even as they operated schemes in the U.S. states of New York, New Jersey, Nevada, and elsewhere. Shulaya was found guilty on five counts, including one count of racketeering conspiracy, which carries a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, prosecutors said. The other counts carry prison terms of up to five years. Prosecutors said Khurtsidze was a former middle-weight boxing champion who acted as Shulaya's enforcer. rferl.org

Alton, IL: Thousands of dollars of pain killers stolen from Walgreens and CVS pharmacies
A warning from Police Tuesday after thousands of dollars' worth of opioids were stolen from two Alton pharmacies. Police said they're working to track down the suspects before they target another store. "Any community with a 24-hour pharmacy is a potential target," said Lt. Gary Cranmer, Alton Police Department.

Suspects robbed two pharmacies located across the street from one another on Washington Avenue within a three-day period. The first robbery was at the CVS around 1 a.m. on Sunday. The second was at the Walgreens around 3 a.m. Tuesday, during which a clerk was seriously injured. Lt. Cranmer estimates the thieves made off with more than $30,000 dollars' worth of opioids during one of the heists. fox2now.com

Cleveland, OH: Would-be thieves fail to steal ATM during smash-and-grab, customers keep shopping
According to Fairview Park Police Chief Erich Upperman, three men are accused of trying and failing to steal money from an ATM at Circle K around 4 a.m. on Wednesday. First, a minivan, which was reported stolen out of East Cleveland, was spotted slamming into the front of the gas station. Then the driver got out and ran over to the ATM, where he struggled to open it. So he got back in the van and tried to run it over again. That's when he got stuck. Some customers were apparently unfazed by the chaos and were seen going into the store to get their morning coffee. news5cleveland.com

Houston, TX: Burglar slithers on floor during bizarre Smoke Shop heist
Owners of a Houston smoke shop hope surveillance video will help police identify a man who crawled on the floor throughout a burglary over the weekend. The Owner said the man came back 20 minutes later, still slithering on the floor. He eventually took nearly $1,000 in merchandise and cash, all while causing more than $700 in damage. abc13.com

Long Island, NY: 12 Steal Food Stamps From People With Disabilities to Buy $8,000 in King Crab Legs, Steaks, Ribs

Pine Bluff, AR: Police say man paid waitress with her own stolen credit card

Daniel's Jewelers in the Menifee Countryside Market Place, Menifee, CA reported a Grab & Run on 6/15, item valued at $2,899

Helzberg Diamonds in the Brandywine Square, Downingtown, PA reported a Distraction Theft on 5/19, item valued at $3,999

JC Penney in Tukwila, WA reported a Grab & Run on 6/13, item valued at $11,250

Kay Jewelers in the Colonial Park Mall, Harrisburg, PA reported a Distraction Theft on 6/16, item valued at $1,299

Kay Jewelers in the Valley Fair Mall, West Valley City, UT reported a Grab & Run on 6/18, item valued at $4,499


Philadelphia, PA: US Customs Seize Shipment Of 100 Counterfeit YETI Mugs; CBP says it's their fifth significant counterfeit seizure in the last 3 months

Sentencings & Charges

Reno, NV: 2 men sentenced to 13 years for Armed Robbery of 7-Eleven

Huntington, WV: Teen pleads guilty to the theft of 174 Firearms from a Pawn Shop; facing 10 years


AT&T - Martinez, CA - Armed Robbery
Adult Store - Garden Grove, CA - Armed Robbery
Auto Repair - Osakis, MN - Burglary
C-Store - While Hall, WV - Armed Robbery
CVS - Alexandria, VA - Robbery
CVS - Alton, IL - Armed Robbery
CVS - Roseville, MI - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Hobe Sound, FL - Armed Robbery
Dollar Tree - Vadnais Heights, MN - Burglary
Liquor Store - Dawson Springs, KY - Burglary
Mapco - Nashville, TN - Burglary
McDonalds - Lansing, NY - Armed Robbery
Pawn Shop - Gaithersburg, MD - Armed Robbery
Smoke Shop - Houston, TX - Burglary
Vape Store - Honolulu, HI - Armed Robbery/Customer shot
Walgreens - Alton, IL - Armed Robbery
Wendy's - Nottingham, MD - Armed Robbery
XPO Logistics - Wichita, KS - Burglary
7-Eleven - Howard County, MD - Armed Robbery



Daily Totals:
13 robberies
6 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killings





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