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Scarred by Islamist attacks, Kenya set to
re-open Westgate mall
Kenya's trendy Westgate shopping mall will reopen on Saturday, nearly two
years after gunmen from the Somali militant group al Shabaab massacred at least
67 people inside and held out for four days as security forces laid siege to the
complex. Once a totem of Kenya's growing prosperity, the Westgate building
has since become symbolic of growing insecurity in the east African nation and
President Uhuru Kenyatta's inability to prevent frequent Islamist attacks on
Images beamed across the world during the raid dented Kenya's image abroad and
scared off tourists, hurting a vital sector of the economy. Kenya's
embarrassment was compounded by Westgate security footage which showed soldiers
looting the mall after the Somali militants were killed.
Evans Kidero, the Nairobi governor, said the September 2013 attack was "one of
the saddest days in Kenyan history" but touted the re-opening of the mall as a
triumph of national resilience in the face of militant attacks. "They killed... our friends and relatives, but they did not kill our spirit," he
told reporters after touring the building where workmen were slapping on final
licks of paint and staff were unfurling promotional banners.
Al Shabaab has killed more than 400 people on Kenyan soil over the last two
years, including 148 in a rampage by masked gunmen at a university in April.
Britain and other Western powers have issued several travel advisories warning
of more attacks
Major Western brands, including Subway, KFC and Converse, plan to open stores in
the new mall along with Kenyan companies such as Nakumatt, a high-end
supermarket chain popular with well-heeled locals and expatriate workers.
I.R.G., a private Israeli company, has been put in charge of running security
in the re-opened mall. It has about 25 specialist staff and will use about 55
guards from security firm G4S, inside Westgate.
New security features will include explosive
detectors, luggage X-rays, scanners to check underneath cars, bollards to
prevent car bombs, and bullet-proof guard towers.
Kenya's West Gate Mall Massacre - Could it happen here?
This past January, the Loss Prevention News Network sat down with Special Agent In-Charge Richard Frankel of the
FBI, who deployed to Kenya with a Rapid Deployment Team and assisted the Kenyans
in the forensic and intelligence investigation related to the 2013 Westgate Mall
terrorist attack. In
this LPNN interview, Mr. Frankel discusses the high-profile investigation,
the odds of a similar attack occurring in the U.S., and the importance of
active-shooter programs for retailers.
With the ultimate responsibility of
protecting your employees and customers, learn what LP executives can do to
prepare for and prevent such a catastrophic event.
Click here to watch the interview.
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In addition to his LPNN interview at the D&D Daily's
"Live in NYC" 2015 event,
Special Agent In-Charge Richard Frankel also gave a riveting presentation later in the
evening to dinner attendees, providing further detail and information on the FBI's investigation, including a slideshow with
pictures and video from the horrendous mall attack. While the images were
graphic in nature and hard to watch, Mr. Frankel's presentation provided the
LP executives and solution providers in attendance a sobering
reminder of why we as an industry do what we do. With every retailer in the
country having to face the possibility of an active shooter scenario, the tragic
case of the Westgate mall massacre is something everyone should be aware of and
learn from. Let's keep them all safe out there.
Los Angeles Times runs "Q&A Understanding retail theft" - The National Retail
Security Survey Results With Richard Hollinger's NRSS survey results
presented at the NRF Protect Conference last month in Long Beach the results are
making the rounds in publications around the U.S. Today the LA Times ran a full
page article reviewing the findings and educating the public. It's great to see
all the press coverage and educating the public is a critical step that may
indeed help in building the momentum that'll hopefully lead to federal
legislation on organized retail crime. If you missed any of the information or
want to share it with your retail colleagues this is a great article to share
with them. Just a thought.
Retailers gain new tool in fight against crime
Checkpoint Systems Inc. has created a new tool for retailers looking to decrease
shrink and increase conversion rates. The company has launched the EVOLVE-Store,
a real-time app for smartphones and tablets that supports real-time electronic
article surveillance (EAS) and organized retail crime (ORC) event management.
The company says the app was developed in response to retail customer requests
for an easy means of ensuring that store associates leverage EAS investments
appropriately, comply with store shoplifting policies and have EAS systems
always turned on and operating properly.
"Technology should make life easier for both consumers and retailers," said Uwe
Sydon, senior vice president of innovation, Checkpoint Systems. "EVOLVE-Store
accomplishes this, with simple implementation and proven loss prevention and
merchandise availability benefits that offer advantages to everyone." retailingtoday.com
In-store, keeping customers and staff safe is a priority - The NRF's 2015
Holiday Planning Playbook Loss prevention executives are investing
this year in a range of staffing, training and anti-theft measures along with
reporting and analytics.
Several LP executives noted they are investing in LP staffing for Holiday 2015,
coupled with training for both permanent and seasonal staff. Webinars and iPads
are two tools that LP executives mentioned investing in to deliver timely and
effective training. Cameras and additional tagging as well as refund management
and analytics tools will help store and LP staff do their work more effectively
also. Editors Note; Just one excerpt from the NRF's 2015 Holiday Planning
Playbook. If you haven't read it yet make sure you take the time to review it.
Slain clerk's estate sues MetroPCS, T-Mobile USA - claims security at retail
store was negligent Representatives for the estate of Shelby Farah,
who was shot and killed during a robbery at a Brentwood MetroPCS store two years
ago, have filed a lawsuit, claiming the business had inadequate security
measures. The lawsuit, filed Friday, claims that the 20-year-old victim was
working alone at the retail store on North Main Street when an armed robber shot
and killed her. "They assigned my child that store July 8th. She got robbed and
killed 12 days later."
"The whole reason for this is I want to see changes. I want to see MetroPCS
think about security first and not thing about dollar signs. According to the
suit, the armed robbery was "foreseeable based on crime statistics in the
general area of the MetroPCS store as well as the history of criminal activity
at the MetroPCS store itself." The suit said an employee was robbed at
gunpoint at the store six months before Farah was killed. Attorney Galen
Bauer said the store did not take necessary safety measures like having a
security guard, a silent alarm button, a clerk behind bulletproof glass or an
escape route. "The same store had been robbed six months almost to the day
before Shelby was killed. In response to that wake-up call, they did nothing."
Arrests in NYC Drop in Year After Eric Garner's Death
- in the #1 cigarette smuggling state in U.S. The New York Police
Department has made nearly 33% fewer arrests citywide so far this year for
selling untaxed cigarettes. Last week, nearly a year after Eric Garner's
death, loose untaxed cigarettes were being openly peddled during the evening
rush on the crowded streets of East Harlem, at times in plain view of New York
Police Department officers on foot patrol. While department officials
declined to discuss the drop in arrests, experts say it may reflect officers'
concerns over personal or professional liability, as well as a growing
reluctance to make an arrest over a minor offense. "It's surprising that
they're still doing any 'loosie' enforcement at all," said Eugene O'Donnell, a
professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "NYPD cops must now realize
that challenging anybody could result in a very bad ending, and that any use of
force is a monumental decision." Editor's Note: Of special note here is
that Eric Garner was selling loose untaxed cigarettes at the time when police
stopped him which led to his death
Haggen grocery stores cutting store staffing hours in just-opened new Pacific
Southwest division stores Haggen acquired 146 stores divested by
Safeway and Albertsons earlier this year, including 46 in the Pacific Northwest
and 100 in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada that were remodeled and
converted to the Haggen banner between March and mid-June. The company's
challenge in its new 100-unit store base in Southern California, Arizona and
Nevada is "to establish and grow the brand in competitive new markets. "It
appears customer counts are a challenge for Haggen. It has a great offering
within the four walls, but if it can't get customers through the doors, then
none of that matters." supermarketnews.com
A&P: Bankruptcy, sale speculation 'inaccurate'
NYC Icon FAO Schwarz toy stores says goodbye on
World's second smallest Target opening soon - 16k
sq. ft. in St. Paul metro
Quarterly Same Store
Domino's Q2 domestic comp's up 12.8%, international comp's up 6.7% with revenues
Sherwin Williams Q2 paint stores comp's up 3.9% with net sales up 2.9%
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The next partnership for CMOs: loss prevention - The NRF's 2015 Holiday Planning
Playbook One LP leader mentioned the importance of investing time this
year to work more closely with counterparts in areas such as marketing. For
example, by partnering proactively with marketing, the LP team can understand
holiday season promotions and events to ensure support for combating potential
upticks in shoplifting or fraud. Editors Note; Another excerpt from the NRF's
2015 Holiday Planning Playbook. If you haven't read it yet make sure you take
the time to review it.
retail Internal Auditor leaks personal data on 100,000 colleagues - fellow
retail employees The perils of the disgruntled insider were
highlighted again after it was alleged that an employee at UK supermarket giant
Morrisons posted online sensitive personal information on staff because he
held a "grudge" against the firm.
Andrew Skelton, 43, a senior internal auditor at the Morrisons head office in
Bradford, is accused of leaking the details of nearly 100,000 supermarket
employees - a breach which cost the firm over $3.1M U.S. to mitigate, according
to the BBC. The data, including NI numbers, birth dates and bank account
details, was posted online and sent to several newspapers last year, Bradford
Crown Court heard.
Skelton had previously been cautioned for using the company's mail room to
conduct eBay deals. After that disciplinary action, he was left harboring a
grudge against the supermarket chain, apparently writing in a draft resignation
letter found by police: "I have almost as little concern for the company as it
does for me."
"Morrisons is certainly aware of this threat after spending $3.1M U.S. to clear
up the consequences of a data breach after a disgruntled auditor leaked bank
and pay details of 100,000 store staff. This news highlights how the
consequences of an attack from the inside can be every bit as serious as being
hacked from the outside."
The Crucial POS Software Distinction That Retailers Aren't Paying Attention To
The difference between "retail management POS solutions" and "payment-centric"
POS systems. Retail management solutions put a lot of emphasis on the
operational side of a business, and provide deep functionality that enables
merchants to fully manage their business with software rather than spreadsheets.
Payments-type POS solutions focus on payment processing. While solutions that
fall under the payments category can also provide operational features, their
capabilities aren't as advanced as those offered by retail management POS
Google rolls out Eddystone Bluetooth beacons for