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Appriss Acquires Verisk's Retail Loss Prevention Solutions

Adding product lines and client bases increases Appriss' retail performance improvement leadership

Appriss, a leading provider of data analytics solutions in safety, health, and retail, today announced the acquisition of the retail loss prevention solutions from Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK), a leading data analytics company serving the insurance industry, energy and specialized markets, and financial services. Verisk's retail loss prevention portfolio has a broad and global client base of more than 70 retailers, many new to the Appriss family. This acquisition will be integrated into Appriss' retail business unit, Appriss Retail. Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight column below

NFMA Takes Credit For Defeating the One Federal ORC Bill in Late '90's
The ORC Fight Drove One Trade Association to Develop Legislative Branch
National Flea Market Association Says - ORC Fight Created Legislative Need

The National Flea Market Association has been representing national flea markets and swap meets in Washington since the late 1990's. Without their input, flea market and swap meet vendors would be held on a tight leash by members of Congress. Steve Blakewood, a member of the legislative branch of the NFMA, explains just how this national organization fights for flea market rights.

"The need for representation in Washington became apparent to the NFMA's leadership in the late 1990's when "big box" retailers and their lobbyists began pushing legislation in Washington under 'Organized Retail Crime Legislation' that was designed to restrict flea markets from selling certain items under the guise of protecting the public safety," Blakewood said in a report.

By going back and forth to Washington and getting the message out to Congress that flea market and swap meet owners only want an even playing field, the NFMA pushed back on the proposed 'Organized Retail Crime Legislation,' which ultimately failed to become law. This raised the association's profile and improved their image, showing just how powerful a group can be. fleamarketzone.com

Editor's Note: This was the one and only time when an ORC Bill actually passed in one House and could have become law. The public reason was no budget dollars for the new office required - costing around $5M. However as is the case, most often the prevailing reasons always come out years later - such as this. But this is the first time we've seen this position.

This was a great effort that Joe LaRocca, the former VP of LP for the NRF at the time, steered and almost won. While the bill didn't make it all the way through, it certainly raised the profile and awareness of the ORC problem. So it's been a long series of battles, and the states have clearly stepped up and filled the gap. Even with today's anti-shoplifting prosecution mentality the nations DAs can not ignore it.

I for one had no idea that it led to an association developing a legislative branch to fight it. In some regards that's almost like paying for a legal protection racket. Hey just my thoughts.

US Senators: "McDonald's Can & Must Do More to Protect Employees"
Democratic senators press McDonald's on workplace violence

A group of Democratic U.S. senators urged McDonald's Corp. to take steps to protect employees from workplace violence and asked the U.S. Department of Labor to fully investigate an employee complaint about violent incidents.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration should conduct a full investigation into a complaint filed on May 20 by a group of Chicago-area employees of the company, the senators said in a letter to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act's general duty clause requires employers to furnish employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm.

"Clearly, McDonald's is not meeting this requirement," the senators said.

OSHA did not treat the submission as a formal complaint and emailed the franchisee rather than conducting a formal investigation, according to the letter.

"McDonalds can and must do more to protect its employees, but employers will not take seriously their obligations to provide a safe workplace if OSHA does not enforce workers rights to a hazard-free workplace," the letter stated.

McDonald's employees have experienced 721 incidents of workplace violence in the past three years - 281 of which resulted in at least one physical injury and 288 of which occurred between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., according to a recent report by the National Employment Law Project that examined media coverage of workplace violence incidents against employees of the fast-food giant.

England Seeing Same Robbery & Violence Trends as U.S.
Central England Co-op reduces store crime

Central England Co-op's crackdown on store crime has seen burglaries drop by 6% and robberies drop by 30% - bucking a national trend that has seen incidents jump by 137% and 508%, respectively.

The new figures have been released one year after the retailer rolled out a string of new measures to try and stop incidents and protect colleagues, members and customers.

These new measures sit alongside a range of others such as product GPS trackers, additional ATM anchors, gas suppression systems and stringent cash controls.

Craig Goldie, loss prevention advisor at Central England Co-op, said: "All of these measures have, as the figures show, already started to deter criminals and, most importantly, ensure our colleagues and customers feel safe.

Goldie added: "Also, in 2019, we will be working closely with other retailers, police forces across the 16 counties in which we trade and the government to tackle issues of violence and aggression towards colleagues.

"We are doing everything we can to prevent incidents like this from happening, but if something does happen we offer them support and counseling both from within our business and specialists." talkingretail.com

Putting safety first:
Retailers wrestle with supply chain safety amid drug import push

One Answer to Drug Prices - Import Cheaper Drugs
Product safety is a multifaceted issue for any retailer dealing with the pharmacy and prescriptions, and the systems that are in place to protect the quality and integrity of the goods offered constantly are evolving to strengthen the industry's defenses.

One of the key loopholes between consumers and the dangers of unsafe products, however, is the potential for the introduction of items from other countries that fail to meet the rigorous safety standards of the United States.

The Food Safety Modernization Act, which took effect in 2011, sought to close that gap by imposing tighter regulation around the import of foods and ingredients from overseas. The act requires companies that import products to the United States to ensure that their suppliers meet the same standards for product safety that are required of American companies.

Market pressures in the pharmaceutical industry, however, have led officials at both the state and federal levels to explore the possibility of bringing drugs in from other countries at a lower cost, potentially circumventing the Food and Drug Administration's close oversight of U.S.-made medications, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

The U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain is in the midst of complying with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act, a law that requires tracing medicines from their origins in the manufacturing process all the way through to the consumer. Importing drugs from other countries could circumvent that law and potentially open up the supply chain to fraudulent medications. drugstorenews.com

SOX Compliance Doesn't Get Easier With Time
Despite ongoing expectations to the contrary, complying with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act remains a moving target for companies.

Seventeen years after passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, those not involved in SOX compliance might assume that by now it would be a rote activity requiring diminishing effort.

They would be wrong. Despite efforts and expectations to the contrary, the time and cost expended on SOX compliance have decreased little over the past decade, according to a new report by Protiviti.

In fact, in the consulting firm's survey of finance professionals from 693 publicly held companies, half (51%) said SOX compliance hours increased in 2018. And among those, 59% said the increase was more than 10%.

The overall trend "reflects the fact that the cumulative time internal teams and external auditors invest in compliance activities is determined by a range of 'beyond-SOX' factors, including ... [Public Company Accounting Oversight Board] inspections, the adoption of new accounting standards, internal technology implementations, process changes, and more," Protiviti said.

As to cost, average internal SOX compliance costs were virtually identical last year as they were in 2017 for both large accelerated filers (companies with a public float of $700 million or more) and accelerated filers (public float between $75 million and $700 million). cfo.com

Giant Eagle & Grabango: First-of-its-Kind Checkout-Free Partnership
A "no-wait" and checkout-free brick-and-mortar payment experience
At the industry level, this announcement is not only an important first but a harbinger of many announcements to come in the retail-tech industry. True, checkout-free technology eliminates lines at checkout, and it also unlocks a variety of customer-oriented, loss prevention, safety, merchandising and operational efficiency applications as well. Grabango collaborates with its clients to thoughtfully apply technology to promote superior shopping experiences and a safer workplace that facilitates more store associate-to-shopper interactions.

Since its incorporation nearly four years ago, Grabango has amassed 17 patents related to checkout-free technologies and signed on clients that it claims serve over 600 million shoppers per year collectively. grabango.com venturebeat.com pymnts.com

BOPIS State of the Industry Report - Part 2
New Report Ranks Top Retailers' Online Buying Experience in the BOPIS Process

The report takes an in-depth look at the online and notification portion of the BOPIS experience from the consumer's perspective.

The findings in the report are based on the feedback provided by 300 secret shoppers that explored the BOPIS shopping journey at 10 top retailers across the U.S. "With this research, we solidified our hypothesis that the online purchase and notification segments are the most mature elements of the BOPIS experience. However, there are still significant differences between the top-ranking retailers and bottom ranking retailers, especially in areas that have significant impact on the customer, namely the time to notify the customer, and clear instructions on the in-store pickup process."

Key findings include:

  • Transparency Matters: Consumer satisfaction ratings for having items clearly marked as 'Available for Pickup' mirror the overall rating of the retailer's site, satisfaction with the overall BOPIS process and the probability of repeating the service.

  • Timeliness Differentiates: The speed of notification is the greatest area of disparities in the ratings. Those retailers who sent notifications of fulfilled orders in two hours or less, saw a significant increase in metrics around repeat business, recommending the service to others and buying additional items.

  • Clarity Helps: Retailers who provide clear instructions on where to pickup orders once in the store has a critical impact on their overall pickup experience ratings.

You can download Part 2 of the BOPIS State of the Industry Report here: globenewswire.com

Instacart Putting Drivers At Risk
Hiding Addresses - High Crime Areas - Until Driver Accepts
"The real reason Instacart doesn't want us to see the addresses is they know experienced shoppers will refuse batches to customers who live in high-crime areas, have a history of harassment or violence, and who are poor tippers,"

Instacart tells Fast Company that the policy change is to protect customer privacy, since both the address and potentially sensitive items ordered would be broadcast to many drivers. As an example, they cited a customer ordering a pregnancy test.

As for fears about driving into dangerous neighborhoods, Instacart says that assignment offers do provide an approximate location, so shoppers can make a call. "If there is an issue, where you are uncomfortable delivering to an address, please reach out to us," a support rep wrote to another shopper. "We can compensate you for shopping and remove you from the order." fastcompany.com


Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Corporate Security Manager - Apple, Cupertino, CA
Apple is looking for an articulate and creative problem-solver with a background in delivering solutions according to the very highest customer service standards. Experience with campus security services, special event security, incident command, program building, guarding service management or similar is terrific. Anyone from outside the security field but who have fabulous customer service skills will be strongly considered. We want the right person and can train the security piece. This is an individual contributor role. It does not have any direct reports. BA/BS required. Advanced degree preferred. apple.com

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Appriss Acquires Verisk's Retail Loss Prevention Solutions

Adding product lines and client bases increases
Appriss' retail performance improvement leadership

Appriss, a leading provider of data analytics solutions in safety, health, and retail, today announced the acquisition of the retail loss prevention solutions from Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK), a leading data analytics company serving the insurance industry, energy and specialized markets, and financial services. Verisk's retail loss prevention portfolio has a broad and global client base of more than 70 retailers, many new to the Appriss family. This acquisition will be integrated into Appriss' retail business unit, Appriss Retail.

Verisk's retail loss prevention solutions include Aspect EliteLP, APIS (Aspect Protection Information System), and (n)act. Together, they bring to Appriss Retail a well-known product set and an experienced team of retail professionals, highly skilled in exception reporting and incident management solutions as well as retail operations and total loss analytics. This addition to the current Appriss and LP Software offerings further enhances Appriss Retail's position as the premier retail analytics provider in the market.


  • Appriss is committed to growing organically and via acquisition, recently surpassing 25 consecutive years of growth.

  • Appriss celebrates an innovative culture, investing in its growth by tripling R&D spend in the past three years.

  • Appriss Retail's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions target the retail Global 1000 and drive action throughout the organization, including operations, finance, marketing, and loss prevention.

  • Appriss Retail's comprehensive platform for performance improvement yields measurable results with significant ROI among retail store, ecommerce, and inventory functions.

"The inclusion of Verisk's retail clients now allows Appriss Retail to serve more than 300 of the largest, most advanced retailers in the world," said Krishnan Sastry, chief operating officer of Appriss. "What we gain by serving such a large client-base is collective intelligence. This creates the combined knowledge that we are able to leverage through our platform and our world class data science team to deliver advanced analytics and predictive models that drive measurable performance improvements across many functions in each specific retailer."

"Joining the Appriss Retail organization is an incredible opportunity for us to leverage our more than 20 years of experience in providing leading retail solutions with a team that has led the way in using advanced analytics to protect the profits of retailers worldwide," said Cheryl Blake, division president of Verisk Financial | Retail Solutions. "Our clients will benefit from the laser focus on the retail space while still enjoying the outstanding support that has been the hallmark of our team."





RH-ISAC & Accenture Security's iDefense Team Up
1st Ever Retail and Hospitality Threat Trend Report

iDefense and RH-ISAC analysis saw cybercriminals and cyber-espionage groups remain active throughout 2018. The retail and hospitality sectors are diverse, and threats were distributed to impact much of the sector. When compared with other malicious indicators, malspam (cybercriminal malicious e-mail campaigns) accounted for the highest volume of RH-ISAC member reporting during 2018. This activity is a global problem, with campaigns observed daily, and is likely to continue.

Key Findings:

  1. Strategic threat landscape and horizon scan: Technology innovation in the sector could draw significant investment and lead adversaries to evaluate opportunities as a result of that spend.

  2. Cyber espionage impacting hospitality: Personally identifiable information stolen from hospitality organizations, or their clientele, can be used for purposes beyond financial gain, such as to track travel patterns of high-value targets.

  3. Analysis and comparison of point-of-sale malware families: Despite the widespread adoption of chip cards in the United States, attackers continue to find ways to steal credit card information, often offering it for sale to criminals or exploiting the data themselves.

  4. Virtual skimming threat activity poses risk to payment card data: The demand for new skimmer development and deployment could grow as more and more global consumers use mobile applications for purchasing.

For the full TLP: White report, visit: https://www.accenture.com/us-en/insights/consulting/retail-hospitality-threat-trend-report. If you are an RH-ISAC member, contact info@rhisac.org for the TLP: Amber version. rhisac.org

Business Email Scams Rose 133% in 2018 Over 2016
A type of scam that involves impersonating vendors or corporate executives and requesting fraudulent wire transfers is on the rise, according to the Treasury Department's financial crimes unit.

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, in a report Tuesday, said it received roughly 14,000 suspicious activity reports in 2018 related to business email compromises, up from about 6,000 in 2016.

Fraudulent vendor invoices accounted for 39% of all business email scams in 2018, up from 30% a year earlier. WSJ Pro

US Mayors Commit to Just Saying No to Ransomware
In a resolution signed at the US Conference of Mayors earlier this month, the top elected officials of every city of more than 30,000 citizens committed to not paying ransoms to the cybercriminals that encrypt data and demand payment to unlock the information. The resolution came just days after Lake City, a town of 12,000, paid $460,000 and weeks after Riviera Beach, Florida, a town of 35,000, paid $600,0000 to regain access to their respective systems. darkreading.com

Editor's Note: Last time I heard that expression being used it didn't do so well. Wonder who's going to break first?

Businesses' Core Functions Are More Vulnerable to Hackers
Companies are connecting behind-the-scenes business software to the internet, meaning that the systems that run their accounting, supply chains and other core functions are increasingly vulnerable to hackers.

The complex, customized software, known as enterprise resource planning systems, traditionally has been kept away from public networks, running instead in companies' data centers. In recent years, businesses have built links between ERP systems and the internet, in part to make employee access easier.

The Department of Homeland Security warned last year that cybercriminals, including state-sponsored attackers, are targeting ERP systems, many of which were installed decades ago and are updated less frequently than software built for web and mobile use.

"From the security point of view, ERP systems are underserved and don't get enough attention," said Jason Fruge, chief information security officer at watchmaker Fossil Group Inc. "Everything is in there-you can easily say it's the most important application in the organization." WSJ Pro

FBI Publishes GandCrab Decryption Keys
GandCrab Developers Retiring After Earning $150M in 18 Months

Publishing the keys should render existing versions of the ransomware far less dangerous for victims.
The keys' release follows a June 1 announcement from GandCrab developers that they were shutting down the criminal network and retiring after earning, they claim, more than $150 million from the roughly 18 months GandCrab was in operation. That's out of more than $2 billion in claimed earnings from the entire GandCrab network. darkreading.com

FBI Flash

What is bias in AI really, and why can't AI neutralize it?
Selection algorithms everywhere are exhibiting traits that appear to be racist, sexist, and otherwise discriminatory. Have neural networks already developed their own neuropathy? Or are people somehow the problem?

Suppose a CCTV camera were to spot your face in a crowd outside a sports stadium. In a data center somewhere on the planet, an artificial neural network analyzes images from the CCTV footage frame-by-frame. How confident are you right now that this algorithm can exclude your face from a set of mug shots in an Interpol wanted list?

If the police were to call you aside for questioning, inform you exactly what the algorithm inferred from the image, and tell you they had reason to detain you, how would you defend yourself? Could you claim it's unfair for anyone or anything to presume to know what a terrorist typically looks like? zdnet.com

Editor's Note: Great article on the subject and market update on how to neutralize it.

What the CFOs Are Reading
Here We Go - Ripping Crypto - Dangerous Place to Be
U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Warns of Cryptocurrency Security Risks

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin echoed his boss's concerns about cryptocurrencies, saying he was "not comfortable" with Facebook's proposed Libra digital currency, in part due to the risk it could be misused by criminals and terrorists.

According to The New York Times, Mnuchin's comments at a news conference on Monday are "the latest indication that Washington is preparing to exert its power over digital currencies."

In a series of Twitter posts last week, President Trump said he was "not a fan" of cryptocurrencies and that they can be used to "facilitate unlawful behavior," including drug trafficking.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said last week that the central bank had "serious concerns" about Libra and had been in contact with Facebook regarding its project. cfo.com


Canadians Returning to the Black Market for Cannabis
Illegal Cannabis in Canada is 80% Cheaper than Legal Pot

The average cost of a gram of cannabis from the illicit market continues to drop as legal prices rise -- with authorized retailers charging as much as 80 per cent more, according to an analysis by Statistics Canada.

The cost of a legal gram of weed, however, was $10.65, up from $10.21 in the previous quarter and $9.82 in the fourth quarter of 2018, based on self-submitted quotes. At $10.65, legal cannabis in the second quarter is roughly 80 per cent more costly than the $5.93 price tag on illicit weed.

"The share of respondents who reported purchasing illegally due to 'legal cannabis being too expensive' roe from 27 per cent in the first quarter of 2019, to 34 per cent in the second quarter," the Ottawa-based agency said in a release.

Overall, based on these voluntary submissions, the average price per gram of cannabis fell to $7.87 from $8.03 in the previous quarter, largely attributed to lower reported illegal prices.

The share of StatsCannabis respondents purchasing pot illegally rose to 59 per cent during the quarter, up from 55 per cent in the first quarter. ctvnews.ca

The Fight Heats Up Over Ditching Cash Payments
Will Canadian Food Retailers Go Cashless?

According to a recent survey by Payments Canada, 42 per cent of consumers use cash fewer than four times a month when purchasing food. A year ago, it was only 20 per cent. Our food transactions are becoming more digitalized and the conversion rate away from using cash is phenomenal. There has been a lot of talk about Amazon Go's cashier-less model in the United States, which will come to Canada at some point.

But some argue that cashless stores discriminate against low-income shoppers who may not have a bank account or the means to have credit or debit cards. Close to a million Canadian adults are unbanked and have no credit or debit cards. Many of them are single mothers. These are arguments that can hardly be overlooked, especially if food is involved.

In food service though, the cashless agenda is very different. Some argue that digitizing food transactions is allowing food service companies to inconspicuously increase food prices. If the price of a cup of coffee was raised by 5 or 10 cents, it is easily noticeable when you visually see your money before paying the cashier. Now, though, you're just a tap or a swipe away from that coffee. No paper, no coins, no visuals. retail-insider.com

Restaurant Chain Gives Back
Paramount Fine Foods CEO provides work to refugees upon arrival in Canada

The head of Middle Eastern food chain Paramount Fine Foods has tapped into a global refugee talent pool to hire a new team member. CEO Mohamed Fakih hired Nabil Maati at his Paramount Crestlawn location as a chef and kitchen manager, through a non-governmental organization called Talent Beyond Boundaries.

Maati arrived in Toronto last week with his family from Iraq, and is one of 10 refugees that the company has hired upon arrival. Paramount Fine Foods has hired over 150 refugees in Canada and over 75 around the world. cbc.ca

Canada Store Openings & Expansions
Canadian Furniture Brand 'Bois & Cuir' Opens Flagship as it Rapidly Grows Retail Operations
Innovative Fashion Retailer 'Reformation' Launches Canadian Expansion with 1st Storefront
Famoso Italian Pizzeria + Bar Expanding to Greater Toronto Area
Sleep Country opens at Square One
Healthy Planet opens at Parkway Mall in Scarborough
Boutique men's store launches on Reid Street
Versace Opens Impressive Canadian Flagship on Yorkville Avenue

Aritzia continues sales growth streak, reports nearly 32% jump in income

Canada Made Its Legal Weed Rules Too Tough and We're Going To Pay For It

Fight erupts, shots fired outside shopping center at Toronto music festival
Police say there were only minor injuries after a brawl broke out and shots were fired at a music festival outside a Toronto shopping centre on Sunday evening. Const. David Hopkinson says the incident happened at the Sandz Toronto Caribbean Music Festival in the city's west end. He says officers were already on the scene to provide security for the outdoor festival, and they heard shots ring out after a fight erupted. Hopkinson says they found evidence a gun had been fired, but nobody was shot. globalnews.ca

Capilano, BC: Man shot in the stomach in Walmart parking lot
Police responded to reports of a weapons complaint around 7:45 p.m. to find a man with an apparent gunshot wound. The man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being shot in the stomach. Witnesses say the victim got out of the Impala and that two men were seen arguing in the parking lot before the shooting. edmontonsun.com

Edmonton, AB: Store surveillance captures homocide victim the night he disappeared

Winnipeg, MB: Beer store shooting leaves man in critical condition

Hamilton Mountain, ON: Fleeing shoplifter abandons stroller stuffed with $1,000 in stolen goods

Nanaimo, BC: Mall temporarily locked down after police respond to call for youth with firearm

Calgary, AB: Stolen pet store puppy recovered; Boston Terrier still missing


Robberies & Burglaries

● C-Store - Kitchener, ON - Armed Robbery
Superstore - Toronto, ON - Robbery

Unnamed Store - Saskatoon, SK - Armed Robbery

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'Inside the LPRC IMPACT Conference' 2018
An Eight-Episode Series Presented by Sensormatic

Assessing The Real-World Impact of LP Efforts
The LPRC Delivers Evidence-Based Solutions and Actionable Results

LPRC Board of Advisors

Industry Impact & Future Direction
Helping to Steer the Industry's Only Academic Research Effort

Brian Bazer, Sr. Director of Loss Prevention, rue21, & Chairperson of the LPRC Board of Advisors
Shannon Hunter, VP, LP, Safety & Sustainability, Office Depot,
& Vice Chair of the LPRC Board of Advisors
Eric Buttlar, Vice President, Profit Protection, Best Buy, & LPRC Board Member

In our 8th and final episode in this LPNN series, we speak with three members of the Loss Prevention Research Council's Board of Advisors who are helping steer the effort with Dr. Read Hayes, Director of the LPRC, and his team.

With years of LPRC involvement, Brian Bazer, Shannon Hunter, and Eric Buttlar talk about why the LPRC has been so successful over the years and what the future holds, as the only academic resource in the LP/AP industry bringing together retailers, solution providers, manufacturers, and government agencies to solve the problems of today and potential problems of the future.

From utilizing evidence-based research to developing peer relationships, learn how the LPRC can help you contribute to your organization at a much higher level.

As a retailer, the LPRC can help you work smarter, not harder, leveraging the wisdom of the crowd without reinventing the wheel. As a solution provider, the LPRC allows you to hear directly from the voice of the customer.

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Stolen Payment Data: Infected Ecommerce Website to Darknet Markets
The final actor of the stolen payment data supply chain is the end user. Rather than just selling or reselling payment data, the end user plans on fraudulently monetizing it.

This malicious end user typically buys payment data in limited quantities, since:

1. The price per stolen data greatly increases from when it was originally sold by the source.
2. There's an unknown amount of time until the financial institution revokes the issued stolen data. As a result, it's in their best interest to use the stolen payment data beforehand.

We can break down this end user group further into two subgroupings based on the nature of the fraudulent transactions they commit: Physical transactions or Card-Not-Present (CNP) scenarios.

Physical Transactions
Before the criminal can actually use any stolen data, they must generate a physical payment card with the information purchased from the darknet. Ideally, the criminal wants the payment card to accurately reflect the stolen data that they encode onto the magnetic stripe.

Once the criminal has the stolen data and blank payment card, they can begin generating a physical payment card on their own. Two necessary tools are typically employed for this purpose, and can be easily found on popular websites like Amazon: Embossers and Encoders.

Card-Not-Present (CNP)
CNP occurs when the payment card used for the fraudulent transaction is not physically present. Nowadays, the majority of CNP is done through online transactions, but telephone and postal services may also be used.

One method used to cash out payment cards without the use of physical drops (e.g receiving stolen goods to an address resale) is to exploit payment processors in conjunction with a fake ecommerce website set up by the criminal. Once the stolen funds have been consolidated from multiple stolen payment cards, foreign criminals use money/stolen good mules to launder their money through the mule's personal bank accounts. Read more: securityboulevard.com

Alexa, How Was Prime Day?
Prime Day 2019 Surpassed Black Friday and Cyber Monday Combined

This year, Prime Day was once again the largest shopping event in Amazon history with more than one million deals exclusively for Prime members. Over the two days of Prime Day, on July 15 and 16, sales surpassed the previous Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. Prime members purchased more than 175 million items throughout the event.

Global Highlights from Prime Day 2019

● Prime members worldwide saved more than one billion dollars throughout Prime Day.
● Millions of items shipped in one day or faster using Prime Free One-Day, Prime Free Same-Day, or Prime Now worldwide - making it the fastest Prime Day ever.
● Members in 18 countries shopped - double the number since the first Prime Day five years ago.
● Amazon welcomed more new Prime members on July 15 than any previous day, and almost as many on July 16 - making these the two biggest days ever for member signups.

U.S. Highlights from Prime Day 2019

● A record number of Prime members shopped during Prime Day in the U.S.
● Prime members purchased more than 100,000 lunchboxes, 100,000 laptops, 200,000 TVs, 300,000 headphones, 350,000 luxury beauty products, 400,000 pet products, 650,000 household cleaning supplies, and more than one million toys. yahoo.com

Europe is now formally investigating Amazon's use of merchant data
European regulators have announced a formal antitrust investigation of Amazon's use of data from third parties selling on its ecommerce platform.

We need to ensure that large online platforms don't eliminate these benefits through anti-competitive behaviour. I have therefore decided to take a very close look at Amazon's business practices and its dual role as marketplace and retailer, to assess its compliance with EU competition rules."

Based on its preliminary fact-finding the Commission said today that Amazon "appears to use competitively sensitive information - about marketplace sellers, their products and transactions on the marketplace".

On both sides of the Atlantic regulators are fast dialing up their scrutiny of the tech sector. techcrunch.com

Editor's Note: And if you had every competitor's data on your systems, what would you do?

Amazon settles German antitrust probe ahead of EU battle

Patagonia TM suit targets 'customs dodging' counterfeiters

On Prime Day, Amazon faced website glitches, but no major crash

Report: Online sales will reach $645 billion in 2020; but growth slowing

Rue21 partners with Klarna for online orders

Carter's Bolsters Its Website Performance with Yottaa, Inc.


Cleveland, OH: 7 Indicted in $156,000 in 'One of the Biggest Thefts in Giant Eagle History'; 5 Associates involved
On Tuesday, a Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted seven people in an alleged coupon fraud scheme at Giant Eagle in Bedford. According to the indictment, the customers would fill "one or more grocery carts with items for sale - typically the items chosen were baby products, paper goods, personal care items, cleaners, other non-perishable goods, and retail gift cards." The items would be scanned at the register and cards would be activated, with the "customer" offering coupons which were non-matching or otherwise ineligible. "When the store register would decline the coupon, the employee member would simply override it and apply the coupon anyway," the indictment read. Transactions averaged more than $400 apiece, with the customers paying less than $20. According to the indictment, the offenses took place between July and December 2018. The total value of the goods was more than $156,000, roughly $44,000 of it being in gift cards, which sources say employees pocketed. Many items were also sold at makeshift pop-up stores, at least one of which was in a storage unit, with customers paying pennies on the dollar. wkyc.com

Corpus Christi, TX: Smash & Grab Burglars cleared shelves of a local Office Depot; $30,000 of merchandise
Burglars made off with shelves worth of merchandise from an Office Depot this morning. According to officials, police responded to the call at 2:36 am at the Office Depot on S Padre Island Dr. The burglars appeared to have driven through the front entrance that was locked with a metal gate. CCPD Senior Officer Travis Pace told KRIS that the damages and items stolen total at about $30,000. There was a string of smash and grab burglaries in May. Officials say it is too early to tell if these are connected. kristv.com

Sparks, NV: Two Suspects wanted for Tool Theft from Granger
Police need help finding two men who posed as employees and stole tools from an industrial store on two separate occasions. Officers say the duo went to Grainger on Packer Way several times claiming to be employees of several different businesses. They allegedly picked tool orders - and made off with the stolen goods. ktvn.com

Chattanooga, TN: Ulta Beauty reports 2 suspects fleeing with nearly $5,000 of merchandise

Edina, MN: $2,505 worth of Apple Watches reported stolen from Apple Store in Southdale Center


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Shootings & Deaths

Richmond, VA: 10-month-old girl dies after she's left in hot car outside Grocery store
The child, believed to be 10-months old, was left in the SUV while the adult she was with went grocery shopping, Tuesday afternoon. The car was then driven to a home in South Richmond. That's where emergency crews responded just before 2 p.m. The child, who was in cardiac arrest, died on the way to the hospital. Crime Insider sources say that detectives want to know why the 911 call was made from the Britannia Road home instead of the parking lot of the grocery store where she was left. Temperatures in Richmond Tuesday afternoon were in the low 90s, with a "feels like" temperature between 101 - 103. wtvr.com

Mukwonago, WI: Woman says homicidal thoughts led to stabbing of stranger at gas station
An 18-year-old woman accused of stabbing a stranger at a Mukwonago gas station told police she has had homicidal thoughts in the past and brought a knife to school last year. Ashlyn Wieczorkowski, 18, is charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide after police say she used an approximately 12" long butcher knife to stab a 59-year-old Illinois man in the chest and hand. Investigators say the woman did not know the man and she seemingly chose him at random. It happened around 9:15 a.m. Monday, July 15 at the North Star Shell gas station near Highway 83 and Veterans Way. cbs58.com

Update: Las Vegas, NV: Woman accused of hitting and killing Vegas salon worker with stolen car pleads Not Guilty, bail denied
21-year-old Las Vegas woman pleaded not guilty and lost a bid to be freed from jail in the death of a salon worker who tried to stop her from skipping out on a $35 manicure. A judge on Tuesday rejected a request from Krystal Whipple's attorney, Timothy Treffinger, to set bail at $100,000 and house arrest pending trial next April in the death of 51-year-old Ngoc Q. Nguyen. A prosecutor noted Whipple fled after video aired widely last December showing the deadly confrontation in the salon parking lot. news3lv.com

Ferguson, MO: Argument inside Market ends with 1 man shot and killed in parking lot


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Seattle, WA: Former Microsoft Employee Charged For Role In $10M Theft Scheme
A former Microsoft software engineer was arrested today and charged in a criminal complaint charging him with mail fraud for a scheme to steal $10 million in digital currency from Microsoft. Volodymyr Kvashuk, 25, a Ukrainian citizen residing in Renton, Washington, worked first as a contractor at Microsoft and then as an employee from August 2016 until he was fired in June 2018. Kvashuk was involved in the testing of Microsoft's online retail sales platform, and used that testing access to steal "currency stored value" such as gift cards. The complaint alleges Kvashuk resold the value on the internet, using the proceeds to purchase a $160,000 Tesla vehicle and a $1.6 million dollar lakefront home.  morningsidemaryland.com

Update: Pleasant Prairie, WI: Two Arrested, 8 still at large
after "Flash Mob" steals more than $30K in clothing
Two of the ten men involved in a flash mob that stole more than $30,000 worth of clothing from a Pleasant Prairie North Face store have been arrested by Chicago authorities. Pleasant Prairie police say 28-year-old Bernard Stratton and 25-year-old Jerrod C. Brim were arrested on charges of felony retail theft and for being a party to a crime in retail theft as repeat offenders. Arrest warrants were obtained for four additional suspects who have been identified. According to the criminal complaints, all of the men have current addresses in Chicago. Pleasant Prairie, WI is 60 miles northwest of Chicago.  cbs58.com

Kansas City, MO: Burglars steal more than $40K worth of merchandise from upscale KC Consignment shop Initial KC, a local boutique, is shutting its doors for good. An early morning break-in left one of Kansas City's only upscale sneaker consignment shops out of more than $40,000. Co-owner Ivan Qui said they were just days away from their one-year anniversary, and he believes the store may have been targeted. fox4kc.com

Crookston, MN: Man Shows Gun At McDonald's Drive-Thru And Says:
"Give me all your money. Just kidding."
Police in Crookston say a man pulled up to the drive-thru at McDonalds, showed a gun and said, "Give me all your money. Just kidding." Crookston Police are not laughing. They say although the driver implied the incident was a joke, his actions are still criminal and he could be charged. After they got their order, they drove off.  kvrr.com

Edgewater, NJ: Aggravated Assault: Police Officers Injured In Scuffle With Target Shoplifter
What began as shoplifting put a man behind bars after he assaulted two Edgewater police officers, authorities said. Joseph Holman, 36, had been going in and out of the Target on River Road, changing his shirt each time and stuffing electronics into his backpack, Detective Sgt. Timothy Farrell said. Summoned by security, Sgt. Brian VanWettering and Officer Daniel Massuda said they confronted Holman in the electronics section, found him carrying stolen goods and began to take him into custody. Holman resisted, however, Farrell said. Both officers sustained cuts and bruises in a struggle to finally arrest him, the sergeant said. Holman's record includes an arrest for an Edgewater convenience store burglary in November 2017.  dailyvoice.com

Port Charlotte, FL: Chick-fil-A Restaurant the victim of an Armed Robbery, no injuries

Marion County, SC: Investigators release surveillance photos in Dollar General robbery

Beaumont, TX: Three teens quickly arrested in Armed Robbery of Dollar General



AT&T - Indian River County, FL - Robbery
C-Store - Baltimore County, MD - Armed Robbery
C- Store - Robeson County, NC - Burglary
Consignment Shop - Kansas City, MO - Burglary
Gas Station - Opelika, AL - Burglary
Grocery store - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Gun store - Tarrant County, TX - Burglary
Liquor Store - Detroit, MI - Burglary
Marijuana Store - Alamogordo, NM - Burglary
Office Depot - Corpus Christi, TX - Burglary
Pharmacy - New Albany, OH - Robbery
Restaurant - Port Charlotte, FL - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - McAlester, TX - Robbery
Restaurant - Danville, VA - Burglary
Restaurant - Santa Clarita, CA - Burglary
Salvation Army - Visalia, CA - Burglary
7-Eleven - Woodbridge, VA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
7 robberies
10 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed




None to report

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