Web version / Mobile version



LP, AP & IT Security's #1 News Source





























Keith White named Global Chief Security & Safety Officer for Salesforce
Keith is a recognized leader in the Loss Prevention/Asset Protection industry. Before joining Salesforce as Global Chief Security & Safety Officer, he spent two decades with Gap Inc., first as SVP of Loss Prevention and most recently as EVP. Earlier in his career, he served as Director of Loss Prevention for Mervyn's for three years and Regional LP Manager for Marshall Field's/Dayton's for four years.

Salesforce.com is a cloud-based software company headquartered in San Francisco, CA. It provides customer relationship management (CRM) service and also sells a complementary suite of enterprise applications focused on customer service, marketing automation, analytics, and application development. Congratulations, Keith!

Melanie Millaway, CFI promoted to Director, Investigations and Security for PetSmart
Melanie has been with PetSmart for more than 13 years, starting with the company in 2007 as DC Fish Manager. Before her promotion to Director, Investigations & Security, she held various LP positions, including Area Director - LP & Safety (3 years), Sr. Regional LP & Safety Manager (5 months), and Regional LP & Safety Manager (5 years). Earlier in her career, she spent five years with UPS. Congratulations, Melanie!

See All the Executives 'Moving Up' Here   |   Submit Your New Corporate Hires/Promotions or New Position



3 Top Security Execs Join ADT

ADT Commercial Announces New Appointments to Enterprise Security Risk Group

Today, ADT Commercial, a provider of security, fire, life safety and risk management solutions to commercial customers in the U.S., announced the hiring of three senior-level security professionals to join ADT Commercial's Enterprise Security Risk Group (eSRG). The new members of the team boast wide-ranging experience in Fortune 500 companies, healthcare and law enforcement to help commercial organizations as they focus on business continuity, resiliency and adopting best practices in disruptive and uncertain times. 

Members joining the ADT Commercial Enterprise Security Risk Group (eSRG) include:

  ● Chris Fowler named eSRG director of global risk services
  ● Patricia Coureas named eSRG principal consultant
  ● David LaRose named eSRG principal consultant

Read more about these three executives in today's Vendor Spotlight below.

Protests & Violence

Trump says he could send as many as 75,000 federal agents to US cities
President Donald Trump said Thursday that he's willing to send as many as 75,000 federal agents into American cities to quell violent crime, a recent campaign theme for the President.

Speaking in a telephone interview on Fox News, Trump began by saying he was ready to dispatch "50,000, 60,000 people" into American cities. But eventually he upped the figure to 75,000 -- but said it would require local authorities asking for help.

"We have to be invited in. At some point we'll have to do something much stronger than being invited in," Trump said. "We'll go into all of the cities, any of the cities. We're ready."

Deploying 75,000 officers would mark a significant portion of all federal officers in the country. According to a 2019 report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, there were approximately 100,000 federal law enforcement officers in the entire United States in 2016, the last year for which data was available. cnn.com

What the feds can - and can't - do about soaring urban crime
Help is on the way for Chicago, now that President Trump and Mayor Lori Lightfoot have agreed on plans to send 200 federal agents to the city to help rein in out-of-control violence. Let's hope Gov. Andrew Cuomo remains right in waving off Trump's offer to do the same for New York City.

Now, thank goodness, Chicago Mayor says federal agents can come; "all resources will be investigatory in nature and coordinated through the US attorney's office."

The president has also sent agents to other cities plagued by bloodshed and turmoil as part of his Operation Legend anti-violence initiative, named for a 4-year-old fatally shot in Kansas City.

It remains to be seen how much good the feds can do, when mayors and local prosecutors (such as Chicago's Kim Foxx - retailers remember this DA) refuse to take a firm stand, even as bodies pile up. nypost.com

'Operation Legend' expanded to Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee
Operation Legend involves more than 200 agents from Justice Department components in Kansas City, a similar number in Chicago, and 35 in Albuquerque, and it is focused on violent crime, AG William Barr has said. It is named after 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and killed in Kansas City in late June.

Barr said the officers deployed would be added to existing federal task forces, and more cities could see deployments in the coming weeks. The White House revealed on its website Thursday that those cities include Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee.

"In a sense, this isn't any different than what we already were doing on a daily basis, because we already have several hundred federal agents who are stationed permanently in Kansas City," one U.S. official said Thursday. Some local leaders, though, are worried the administration is not being fully transparent about its intent. washingtonpost.com startribune.com

LAPD begins cost cutting, and units must 'show your relevance,' chief says
Following a historic $150-million budget cut, and amid a nationwide re-imagining of what policing should be, the LAPD is reviewing its operational structure from top to bottom and pushing forward with potentially far-reaching internal changes in anticipation of an even broader shake-up, officials said.

The revamped LAPD will have hundreds of fewer officers to deploy by this time next year, and Moore has asked unit commanders throughout the department to write him proposals for what their teams should look like in such a future. The Metro force, which includes the department's targeted enforcement teams, is being scrutinized closely for potential cuts, and gang units and other specialized squads are also likely to be slimmed down. latimes.com

'Defund Police' Won't Happen in Baltimore, Judge Says
Amid calls to "defund the police," the federal judge overseeing the Baltimore Police consent decree said Thursday that "such reform options may exist in other cities, but not here," the Baltimore Sun reports. U.S. District Judge James Bredar doubled down on his support for the city to continue with its years-long reforms, which require increased funding and hiring more police officers, despite the recent push to shift police funding to other areas or restructure policing to incorporate more social services. thecrimereport.org

Minneapolis City Council approves first substantial cuts $1.5M to police - Mayor to approve or veto

Portland protesters worry violence is taking away from Black Lives Matter message

Portland: 460 face charges since protests began in late May, DA says

US judge blocks federal agents from arresting Portland observers Judge in Portland bars federal officers from arresting or using force against journalists and legal observers

Federal agents on standby in Seattle ahead of planned protests

Trump's plan to deploy federal agents in Chicago met with lawsuit from community groups

'Not welcome in Wisconsin': Gov. Tony Evers writes letter to President Trump criticizing plan to send federal agents to Milwaukee

Baltimore State's Atty Mosby: Federal agents sent to Baltimore 'will face criminal charges'

Cleveland mayor and police chief clarify: No federal troops coming into city

U.S. Attorney McSwain Announces Detention of Alleged Burglar Accused of Stealing $104,000 During Recent Rioting in Philadelphia


COVID Update

US: Over 4.2M Cases - 147K Dead - 1.9M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 15.7M Cases - 639K Dead - 9.6M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 154+   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 65
*Red indicates change in total deaths

'Stay Calm': Walmart Trains Staff How to Deal With the Maskless
Although top health experts recommend wearing masks in public to prevent the spread of the virus, the issue of whether to wear one has swelled into a culture war.

Walmart Inc. has some advice for employees who have the unenviable task of reminding shoppers to wear masks: Stay calm, listen intently and show understanding. But if customers insist on walking in without one, staffers should just get out of the way.
That's the message from a short training video for Walmart's new "Health Ambassador" role. The two-minute guide, which was obtained by Bloomberg News, teaches employees how to deal with customers who are not wearing masks - an issue that has divided the nation as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread.

The animated video explains to Health Ambassadors - who receive no additional pay for the role - that not all customers can wear a mask due to age, health conditions or religious reasons.

"If a customer tells you they can't for one of these reasons, listen and tell them you understand," says the video, which is dated July 13, just two days before Walmart decided to require that all customers wear masks regardless of local mandates. "And thank them for shopping at Walmart."

But not everyone has a valid exception. When a customer who won't wear a mask or provide a reason for not donning one tries to enter a store -- portrayed in the video as a man with narrowed eyebrows and hands angrily on his hips -- Health Ambassadors should simply allow the maskless customer inside and alert a member of management to determine the next steps, which are not detailed. bloomberg.com

Seeing is Believing
Health, safety protocols remain most important factor for returning to a store

Stores that don't adhere to responsible safety precautions are at a real risk of losing customers

Twenty-nine percent of consumers would stop shopping at a retailer altogether if they knew the brand was not implementing health and safety measures, according to new data from Ipsos' Consumer Health & Safety Index, a health and safety benchmarking study that evaluates how retailers across five industries are operating amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Health and safety protocols remain the most important factor for returning to a store, increasing in importance from 42% in May to 48% in early July.

The first wave of the Consumer Health and Safety Index was conducted in May. It revealed that brands could be doing more to keep Americans safe. For example, 82% of stores audited across 45 national brands did not have hand sanitizing options available at or near checkout.

Ipsos recommissioned the survey during the first week of July, with new data revealing that consumers are even more concerned about their safety than they were in May and are eager to see visible efforts from retailers to implement health and safety protocols.

Trust is highest among retailers that are making visible efforts in their stores to implement health and safety protocols, including clear reminders and signage, employees actively cleaning and clear investments from the brand, including company-issued employee safety equipment. chainstoreage.com

California Workers Are Scared
Workers fear returning to work. Many are resisting the call

Also anger, confusion and frustration with California's roller-coaster coronavirus economy - in which workplaces close and open and close again, rules for those that remain open can change by the day, and enforcement often seems lax.

Nonetheless, thousands of employees who have been furloughed or able to work from home since March are being called back to physical workplaces.

Many, especially those backed by powerful labor unions, are resisting. They cite the failure of employers over the last four months to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, even in hospitals, nursing homes, fast-food outlets, grocery stores and warehouses where workers were deemed "essential" by the state.

Since March, more than 17,800 workplace complaints about COVID-19 have poured into the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as Cal/OSHA, had received some 3,800 complaints as of mid-July.

Furloughed employees called back to the workplace usually lose unemployment benefits if they don't return. "It's a terrible situation," Stock said. "People have to choose between a paycheck and their health - not only their own health, but the health of their family and their community." latimes.com

Companies Start to Think Remote Work Isn't So Great After All

Projects take longer. Collaboration is harder. And training new workers is a struggle. 'This is not going to be sustainable.'

Now, as the work-from-home experiment stretches on, some cracks are starting to emerge. Projects take longer. Training is tougher. Hiring and integrating new employees, more complicated. Some employers say their workers appear less connected and bosses fear that younger professionals aren't developing at the same rate as they would in offices, sitting next to colleagues and absorbing how they do their jobs.

"There's sort of an emerging sense behind the scenes of executives saying, 'This is not going to be sustainable,'" said Laszlo Bock, chief executive of human-resources startup Humu and the former HR chief at Google.

Few companies expect remote work to go away in the near term, though the evolving thinking among many CEOs reflects a significant shift from the early days of the pandemic.

One benefit of working together in person, many executives said, is the potential for spontaneous interactions. Mary Bilbrey, global chief human resources officer at real-estate giant Jones Lang LaSalle. She noticed that she was soon having conversations with peers that wouldn't have happened in a remote set up-a discussion sparked by a passing question in the hall, for instance. "They weren't going to think about scheduling a 30 minute call to do it," she said.

It's important to have people in a room and see body language and read signals that don't come through a screen, says Mark Loehr, the CEO

More companies now envision a hybrid future, with more time spent working remote, yet with opportunities to regularly convene teams. wsj.com

COVID Impact on Conferences & Events
Will Hybrid Meetings Become the Standard Event Format?

At the start of the pandemic, that meant associations had to pivot their events to completely virtual. But now associations are looking at the hybrid model as the way to offer attendees two options: a smaller, in-person event that adheres to social-distancing requirements or a virtual experience.

The format is rapidly gaining popularity. According to a recent survey by Etc.venues, 73 percent of event professionals say they are planning to host a hybrid event before the end of the year.

While implementing a hybrid meeting structure will raise additional logistics to work through, it also comes with benefits. For example, you may be able to attract new attendees to the online component, such as working parents, those with compromised immune systems, caregivers, and international participants. In addition, hybrid meetings could provide new ways to deliver content and allow you to extend the life of your event by giving attendees the ability to watch sessions on demand.

More importantly, a hybrid format will allow those who may be uncomfortable traveling to take part remotely and connect with fellow industry professionals. This shows that your association is putting its members' and attendees' comfort first-something that could translate into better retention and loyalty. associationsnow.com

Information Sharing More Critical Than Ever amid the Coronavirus
One thing that remains clear is the urgent need for close coordination and information sharing between emergency management and public safety agencies, the public and private health communities, the private sector, and across the "whole of government. govtech.com

Mask Requirements
McDonald's to Require Face Masks in U.S. Restaurants
Loves Travel Shops requires masks in all 520 locations July 29th
See the full list of chains requiring customers to wear masks

Hy-Vee to Distribute 3 Million Masks to Shoppers

3 factors for implementing contact tracing in the workplace

As COVID-19 Cases in the U.S. Spike, Few U.S. Employees Say Their Organizations Have the Culture and Resilience to Navigate a Crisis

Rite Aid Expands COVID-19 Testing To 258 Total Locations

Retired NYPD officer survives 61-day COVID-19 hospitalization: 'A true miracle'

COVID Tech Trend

Thermal Imaging Market to Reach $16B Globally by 2026
According to a recent study from market research firm Global Market Insights, the thermal imaging market has emerged as one of the most profitable niche verticals of the global electronics and media industry. The unveiling of more cost-effective products would further enhance the stance of uncooled technology segment in the thermal imaging market space, according to Global Market Insights. Thermal imaging market players have been focused on research and development activities that would likely bring down the prices of several imaging devices in the forthcoming years. sdmmag.com

How thermal imaging cameras will help facilities reopen in a COVID-19 world

By Jason Ouellette, Head of Technology Business Development,
Johnson Controls

Retailers, office complexes and educational facilities are recognizing that technology will also play a critical role to help identify individuals who may have the virus even before that person enters the premises.

This is where thermal imaging camera systems play a pivotal role, with casinos, retailers and manufacturing facilities among the first to invest in and deploy this solution to help them to proactively detect an elevated temperature in visitors or employees prior to entry. Many more businesses are expected to follow suit in the coming weeks and months, as they look for additional measures to reduce the spread of the virus and to safely reopen in a COVID-19 world. securitymagazine.com

Save the Date for Virtual ISC West 2020
ISC West | October 5-7, 2020 | Virtual Event

Due to the cancellation of the ISC West 2020 in-person event, Reed Exhibitions, along with premier sponsor SIA, will transform ISC West 2020 into an all-virtual event occurring on October 5-7, 2020 to serve the security and public safety community. In the coming weeks, our team will be rolling out additional information on the ISC West 2020 Virtual Event but see below and stay tuned as we announce more details and registration soon!

Keynotes | SIA Education@ISC Sessions | Showcased Solutions & Technologies | Vendor Solution Sessions | Customized Matchmaking | Networking Opportunities | Discussion Groups| & More!
Registration for our ISC West Virtual Event will be open in the coming weeks. Sign up here and be the first to know when registration opens. iscwest.com

Violence Spike Response - Body Worn Cameras
UK Co-op Introduces Body Worn Cameras For Safety of Front-Line Staff

UK Co-op Store Crime Up 140% - 1,350 Violent Incidents in First Six Months

Co-op will equip front-line staff with more than 1,000 Motorola Solutions VT100 body-worn cameras in around 250 stores initially, with the ability to stream video in real-time to the Security Operations Centre of Co-op security partner Mitie. The footage is used to identify criminals and provide evidence to secure prosecution.

U.K.'s Largest Consumer Co-operative Leverages Motorola Solutions' Body-worn Video to Battle In-store Crime and Keep Employees Safe

The cameras can be worn in standby mode for up to six months, preserving battery for instances when Co-op store colleagues feel threatened by aggressive or violent behaviour. The cameras are operated by a simple one-push activation, instantly recording footage to the camera itself, and streaming live video to the security operations centre, allowing for a quick response from security personnel or police.

The cameras are supported by cloud-hosted VideoManager software, which enables secure and efficient camera allocation, user administration, and incident management.

Co-op has committed a further £70m over the next three years in innovative technology to keep employees safer, such as SmartWater Fog Cannons, the latest remote monitored iCCTV, body cameras and, communication headsets for all frontline colleagues. talkingretail.com

Coresight Research
Weekly Store Tracker

5,439 2020 YTD Closures
3,285 2020 YTD Openings

The How And Why Of Gunshot Detection

AMC Postpones Reopening of U.S. Theaters Until August

Quarterly Results
MarineMax Q3 comp's up 37%, revenue up 30%
Tractor Supply Q2 comp's up 30.5%, sales up 35%
Canada's Loblaw Co.'s Q2 Food Retail comp's up 3%, Drug Retail comp's down 1.1%, e-commerce sales up 280%, revenue up 7.4%
Chipotle Q2 comp's down 9.8%, digital up 216.3%, revenue down 4.8%
Del Taco Restaurants Q2 system-wide comp's down 10.1%, total sales down 13.9%
Murphy USA Q2 comp's down 27.4%, total retail gallons sold down 25.7%
Sketchers Q2 domestic sales down 47.3%, e-commerce sales up 428.2%, international down 37.8%, sales down 42%

All the News - One Place - One Source - One Time
Thanks to our sponsors/partners - Take the time to thank them as well please.
If it wasn't for them The Daily wouldn't be here every day for you.







ADT Commercial Announces New Appointments
to Enterprise Security Risk Group

Today, ADT Commercial, a provider of security, fire, life safety and risk management solutions to commercial customers in the U.S., announced the hiring of three senior-level security professionals to join ADT Commercial's Enterprise Security Risk Group (eSRG). The new members of the team boast wide-ranging experience in Fortune 500 companies, healthcare and law enforcement to help commercial organizations as they focus on business continuity, resiliency and adopting best practices in disruptive and uncertain times.

"Today's unprecedented external pressures expose businesses to new risks that require thoughtful planning and expert counsel in public safety, communications, risk, resilience and security," said Ed Bacco, vice president of ADT Commercial's Enterprise Security Risk Group. "These accomplished professionals represent the unparalleled commitment and resources of ADT Commercial's eSRG and are true innovators who have served in roles similar to many of our customers. They bring a sophisticated, 360-degree view to identify threats, then build custom programs to help manage risk in an increasingly complex world."

Staffed by senior executives with backgrounds in intelligence, business stability, organizational change and technology, members of ADT Commercial's eSRG independently assess the risks facing its customer organizations, identify the people and process metrics to continuously improve performance, provide managed services to enhance internal staff, build a value-based security program and plan and create a technology roadmap to make the most of a company's people and processes.

Members joining the ADT Commercial Enterprise Security Risk Group (eSRG) include:

Chris Fowler has been named eSRG director of global risk services. Fowler brings more than 25 years' experience in law enforcement, strategic planning and policy development to the role, and has also served as Brigadier General for the Washington Army National Guard. Fowler has developed comprehensive training programs on active shooter scenarios and workplace violence, and implemented national best practices recognized for their effectiveness by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). In his role as director of global risk services, Fowler's varied background in law enforcement will be leveraged to provide key insights for commercial customers in evaluating strategies and solutions to boost incident response efficiency, optimize environmental design and develop crisis management plans.

Patricia Coureas joins ADT Commercial as eSRG principal consultant, bringing 30 years' experience with the FBI as well as a proven track record of success in building and managing global security for a Fortune 500 organization. Coureas delivered threat prevention and resolution to global business systems in Europe, Latin America and Asia, providing asset protection by identifying vulnerabilities, strengthening incident management and crisis resolution and ensuring business continuity. Coureas is focused on helping prepare companies for the unexpected, while also minimizing risk with a growth mindset to deliver results that preserve and help to increase business performance.

David LaRose enhances ADT Commercial's presence in the healthcare security arena as an eSRG Principal Consultant, showing industry leadership during his 35 years of experience providing healthcare security, safety and law enforcement solutions to customers. In his role, he'll advise organizations on considerations to more readily achieve patient and staff safety, quality patient experience, regulatory compliance, enterprise security best practices and enterprise risk management. LaRose is the past president for the International Association of Healthcare Safety and Security's Board of Director (IAHSS) and currently serves on the ASIS Healthcare Council.

"As organizations across the country work to safely reopen their businesses in our communities, the newest additions to our eSRG team mean that ADT Commercial is further poised to assist commercial clients more readily and completely," said Dan Bresingham, executive vice president, ADT Commercial. "Under the guidance of this team, we can help organizations to identify key vulnerabilities and implement policies, technologies and best practices that not only mitigate risk, but help protect business stability and value so they can rebound in times of crisis such as this."

For more information on the Enterprise Security Risk Group's team and services, visit https://www.adt.com/commercial/risk-assessment.






McKinsey & Company
COVID-19 crisis shifts cybersecurity priorities and budgets

Cybersecurity technology and service providers are shifting priorities to support current needs: business continuity, remote work, and planning for transition to the next normal.

Few corporate functions shifted priorities so much and so quickly when the COVID-19 crisis struck as corporate cybersecurity operations and the technology providers that support them did. As legions of employees suddenly found themselves in a work-from-home model, chief information-security officers (CISOs) adjusted, pivoting from working on routine tasks and toward long-term goals to establishing secure connections for newly minted remote workforces. CISOs also took steps to prevent new network threats that target remote workers and to bolster business-facing operations and e-commerce after a surge in online shopping during pandemic lockdowns.

The response to the crisis continues to press department budgets and limit resources for other, less essential functions-a situation that we believe will direct spending in fiscal year 2021, which many departments are beginning to plan for. According to new McKinsey research, overall spending should taper off from the sector's recent rapid growth in industries that were hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis while holding steady in industries that have not been as affected.

The challenges that cybersecurity organizations face have spilled over to technology providers. Those companies have done their own pivots to keep up with customers' shifting needs and to institute new ways of doing business. To succeed in the post-COVID-19 era, technology providers must rethink their strategies and offerings to accommodate a new security landscape. And they must continue to monitor customers' needs and adjust sales, service, and training accordingly

70% of CISOs and security buyers believe budgets will shrink by the end of 2020 but plan to ask for significant increases in 2021. mckinsey.com

Protecting High Profile Social Media Accounts
Twitter Breach a Reminder of Need to Protect Corporate Social Media Use

Intruders had access to direct messages associated with 36 accounts in last week's attack, social media giant discloses.

Twitter on Wednesday disclosed that the attackers who took over accounts belonging to several high-profile individuals last week managed to access the direct message inbox of at least 36 individuals.
The update further highlights the severity of the breach at Twitter and shows why organizations need to have measures protecting against - and mitigating fallout from - compromises of corporate social media accounts and accounts belonging to their top executives.

"The public figures of a company need a continuous, higher-level awareness of their technology footprint and what it means so issues can be identified more rapidly," says Brandon Hoffman, CISO at security firm Netenrich.

Twitter's investigation so far has shown that the attackers sent the Bitcoin tweets from 45 accounts and managed to download detailed Twitter profile information, including tweet history, phone numbers, and other data, from eight of the compromised accounts.

Twitter has said the attack resulted from a social engineering scheme that targeted several internal employees with access to key internal systems. darkreading.com

How do cybercriminals secure cybercrime?
Trend Micro unveiled new insights analyzing the market for underground hosting services and detailing how and where cybercriminals rent the infrastructure that hosts their business.

Over the past five years, increased use and abuse of compromised assets has formed a whole new market. There are varied types of underground hosting and associated services used by cybercriminals to operate their businesses, including bulletproof hosting, VPNs, anonymizers, and DDoS protection.

Such services could variously be used to protect availability, maintain anonymity, disrupt forensics, obfuscate physical location, and enable IP spoofing, among other things.

"For over a decade, Trend Micro Research has dug into how cybercriminals think, as opposed to focusing only on what they do, which is critical when it comes to protecting against them," said Robert McArdle, director of forward-looking threat research at Trend Micro.

The cybercrime industry

Cybercrime is a highly professional industry, with sales and advertisements leveraging legitimate marketing techniques and platforms, all driven by cost to some extent.

Although many of these services are traded on underground forums, some of which are invite-only, others are clearly advertised and sold via legitimate social media and messaging platforms such as Twitter, VK and Telegram.

In fact, the line between criminality and legitimate business behavior is increasingly difficult to discern.

Underground services

In the case of bulletproof hosters, which are more definitively linked to cybercrime, they are generally regular hosting providers trying to diversify their business to cater to the needs of specific customers. For a premium price, they're prepared to push to the absolute limit of what the law allows and prosecutes in their local jurisdiction.

Understanding where and how these services are sold, and consequently impacting the cost of these sales, is arguably our best strategy to help make a lasting and repeatable dent in the cybercriminal underground market. helpnetsecurity.com




March 10, 2020 U.S. Senate: ORC Legislation
Cassidy, Durbin Introduce INFORM Consumers Act to Require Greater Transparency from Third-Party Sellers for Online Products

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation today to fight the online sale of stolen, counterfeit and dangerous consumer products by requiring extensive transparency of large-volume third-party sellers in online retail marketplaces.

The Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers (INFORM) Act would mandate online retail marketplaces that include third-party sellers of consumer products to authenticate the identity of "high-volume third-party sellers," which will help equalize transparency among brick-and-mortar retailers and prevent organized retail crime rings from stealing items from these stores to resell those items in bulk online.

"Criminal third-party sellers trick consumers into buying counterfeit and hazardous products online. This bipartisan bill provides information so that consumers can distinguish between genuine retailers and frauds in the internet marketplace," said Dr. Cassidy.

The INFORM Consumers Act will verify high-volume third-party sellers by acquiring the seller's government ID, tax ID, bank account information and contact information. High-volume third-party sellers are defined as vendors who have made 200 or more discrete sales in a 12-month period amounting to $5,000 or more.

"We're pleased to see the U.S. Senate work toward keeping online marketplaces accountable for the products sold on their platforms which will prevent criminals from selling counterfeit and stolen goods to unsuspecting customers," said Scott Glenn, Vice President of Asset Protection for The Home Depot. senate.gov

July 23, 2020 U.S. House of Representatives: ORC Legislation
U.S. Rep. Schakowsky Introduces Legislation (IL-09) to Protect Consumers Online

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, introduced legislation to combat the online sale of stolen, counterfeit, and dangerous consumer products by requiring verification of third-party sellers on online retail marketplaces. The Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers (INFORM Consumers) Act directs online platforms that allow for third-party sellers of consumer products to authenticate the identity of high-volume third-party sellers, which will provide consumers with much-needed information and also prevent organized retail crime. The bill will also ensure that consumers can see basic identification and contact information for high-volume third-party sellers of consumer products on online marketplaces. U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) have introduced the Senate companion bill, and Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL) is an original cosponsor of the House bill. 

The INFORM Consumers Act directs online marketplaces to verify high-volume third-party sellers by acquiring the seller's government ID, tax ID, bank account information, and contact information. High-volume third-party sellers are defined as vendors who have made 200 or more discrete sales in a 12-month period amounting to $5,000 or more. 

The legislation instructs online marketplaces to order their high-volume third-party sellers to disclose to consumers the seller's name, business address, email address, phone number, and whether the seller is a manufacturer, importer, retailer, or a reseller of consumer products. The online marketplace will also need to supply a hotline to allow customers to report to the marketplace suspicious marketplace activity such as the posting of suspected stolen, counterfeit, or dangerous products. 

"Reducing retail crime is about much more than protecting our products from being stolen. Our employees and customers are put at risk when these crimes are committed in our stores. Minimizing these threats and protecting our people starts with making it harder to sell stolen goods online and it will be harder for criminals to sell online when the marketplaces increase their accountability by verifying basic information about the sellers. Ulta Beauty thanks Congresswoman Schakowsky for her leadership and strongly supports The INFORM Consumers Act," said Ulta Beauty CEO and Retail Industry Leaders Association Chair Mary Dillon.  house.gov

Legislation is first step in curbing organized retail crime
Online Marketplaces Should be Required to Verify Seller Info

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced its support for the INFORM Consumers Act, legislation introduced today by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) which will require common-sense disclosures and accountability from big tech platforms like Amazon.com who increasingly sell products from third party sellers on their websites. The bill is designed to provide consumers with greater transparency by requiring online marketplaces to simply verify a seller's information and for the seller to provide contact information to consumers. This legislation will hold big tech marketplaces accountable for fraudulent transactions and allow law enforcement to better identify high-frequency sellers suspected of trafficking stolen and counterfeit goods.

"Consumers continue to buy items online in record numbers, and that shift has exposed a growing and dangerous trend that must be dealt with immediately-the exponential growth of stolen and counterfeit goods sold through online marketplaces," said RILA Senior Executive Vice President for Public Affairs Michael Hanson "The INFORM Consumers Act provides a measured response to this problem by requiring online marketplaces to verify information about the sellers on their platform." rila.org

Walgreens Supports INFORM Consumers Act Introduction in U.S. House of Representatives

Click here to read more about the INFORM Act in the D&D Daily's March 11 Special Report




Nationwide Fraud Ring Leader Gets 12 Yrs Fed Prison
Indianapolis Check Scam Ring Leader Gets 134 months;

Hitting Kroger Stores for $300,000+
AdvertisementFrank Powell a/k/a "Bread", 29, Indianapolis, Ind., was sentenced to 134 months in federal prison for orchestrating a large-scale fraud ring, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

From 2017 through April 2018, Powell and others presented and used fraudulent checks at Indianapolis Kroger stores and in at least 12 other states, to purchase gift cards and merchandise. Powell recruited and trained over 20 "runners" to cash checks at Kroger stores nationwide, including co-conspirators Javonte Wright, Anthony Duerson, and Antionne Brewster.

Powell printed the fraudulent checks and distributed them to the "runners", and received a cut of the profits. The scope of this retail scheme was far-reaching, touching on at least 12 states with more than 5,000 fraudulent checks, resulting in losses exceeding $300,000.

Co-conspirators Wright and Duerson were previously sentenced to 30 months and 24 months respectively. Co-conspirator Brewster has not yet been sentenced. justice.gov

Forsyth County, NC: Investigators with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office have identified an organized ring of people who are shoplifting & reselling baby formula
The formula might be be unsafe for babies due to how it was stored after it was stolen, the sheriff's office said Thursday. On Wednesday, investigators began their probe after multiple retail chains, including CVS, Food Lion, Lowes Foods, Target and Walmart, reported large quantities of baby formula were stolen from their businesses, the sheriff's office said. The sheriff's office contacted the Gerber Products Co. who told investigators that "storage for more than a couple hours in temperatures that exceed 90 degrees will cause a breakdown in the vitamins and minerals within the formula." The sheriff's office encouraged parents not to feed their babies formula purchased at El Rincon Latino at 540 Akron Drive in Winston-Salem. journalnow.com

Lexington, SC: UPS employees arrested in gun theft ring
Lexington County deputies arrested five UPS employees last week in connection with guns stolen from the shipping company's hub in West Columbia. Five men are charged with breach of trust, according to arrest warrants. Kinney and Peters are also charged with criminal conspiracy. "UPS' security team called us in as soon as they became aware of guns being stolen from incoming trucks," Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. "Once we started our investigation, detectives determined Kinney and Peters devised a plan to steal guns from incoming packages at the UPS hub." The five men sold the guns or gave them away while on company time, according to Koon. Investigators arrested them at the UPS hub Thursday. They have been released from the Lexington County Detention Center after meeting conditions of their bond. swlexledger.com

Queens, NY: Burglars Nab $19K Worth Of Alcohol From Bayside Liquor Shop

Gaithersburg, MD: Police investigate a theft of $4,800 worth of eyeglasses

Fairview Township, PA: Police seeking to identifying man who tried to steal $1,400 of merchandise from Giant store

Bloomfield, NJ: Home Depot LP apprehends suspect with 2 Poer Drills valued at $388

Whitman County, WA: Deputies Identify Two Suspects in Identify Theft Case at Sportsman's Warehouse and Ace Hardware

Bloomfield, Suspect flies Walgreens with $345 of shampoo

Clarksdale, MS: Suspect fled Walmart with 3 Large Screen Televisions

View ORC Archives

Case Goes Public?
Share it with the industry

Submit your ORC Association News

Visit ORC
Resource Center




Shootings & Deaths

Minneapolis, MN: Teen gunned down near George Floyd memorial
A teenager was shot and killed Thursday near a memorial for George Floyd at the site where Floyd died at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Police said the 17-year-old was gunned down just three blocks from the intersection where Floyd died on May 25. The unidentified teen was shot outside a local market around 6 p.m. on the East 3500 block of Chicago Avenue, the outlet said. nypost.com

Sioux Falls, SD: SD Supreme Court upholds 90-year prison sentence for teen who stabbed store clerk 38 times
The South Dakota Supreme Court this week said that a 90-year prison sentence for a teen who stabbed a convenience store clerk attempting to stop him and a friend from stealing beer was not unconstitutional. Carlos Quevedo, now 20, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the January 2017 death of Kasie Lord in Rapid City. He was sentenced to 90 years in prison, making him eligible for parole at the age of 62. argusleader.com

Louisville, KY: Employee shot during robbery of downtown gas station
According to the Louisville Metro Police Department, the shooting happened at Bader's Food Mart/Shell Gas Station on S. 1st Street around 4:45 a.m. Friday. They said a store employee was shot during an attempted robbery. The victim is a male; no other details about him were provided. Police said he was taken to University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. wlky.com

Norfolk, VA: Two men, woman hurt in shooting outside Holiday Inn Suites


Credit Card Fraud

Collier County, FL: Man places skimmer on bank ATM, uses obtained cards at Immokalee casino




C-Store - Geneve, NY - Burglary
C-Store - Lincoln, NE - Burglary
C-Store - Yarmouth, MA - Robbery
CVS - Mansfield, MA - Armed Robbery
CVS - Wilbraham, MA - Armed Robbery
CVS - Greensboro, NC - Armed Robbery
Casino - Sioux Falls, SD - Armed Robbery
Cellphone - Bronx, NY - Robbery
Clothing - Northampton, MA - Burglary
Dollar General - Wichita, KS - Robbery
Family Dollar - Carrollwood, FL - Burglary
Family Dollar - Tyrone, PA - Robbery
Internet Casino - Sioux Falls, SD - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Dearborn, MI - Armed Robbery
Liquor - Queens, NY - Burglary
Liquor - Nashville, TN - Burglary
Liquor - Angola, IN - Burglary
Liquor - Darien, IL - Burglary
Restaurant - Lincoln, CA - Robbery
Restaurant - Juneau, AK - Burglary


Daily Totals:
• 11 robberies
• 9 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


Weekly Totals:
• 50 robberies
• 46 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

Click to enlarge map



None to report.

Submit Your New Hires/Promotions or New Position


Featured Jobs

To apply to any of today's Featured Jobs, Click Here

View Featured Jobs   |   Post Your Job




Active listening is absolutely critical if you really expect to influence change or modify behavior. You've got to hear what they're saying before you can plan or expect to do virtually anything. And hearing what they're saying is not simply hearing the words it's all about hearing the meaning and the intentions behind the words. Because words have a tendency to hide the true meanings and beliefs. As truth is often cloaked in humor so is meaning hidden in words. With the number one obstacle being one's self hearing is often drown out by how we want others to view us. So if you can leave your self at the door so to speak you can then begin to focus on hearing what they're saying.

Just a Thought,

We want to post your tips or advice... Click here



Not getting the Daily? Is it ending up in your spam folder?
Please make sure to add d-ddaily@downing-downing.com to your contact list, address book, trusted sender list, and/or company whitelist to ensure you receive our newsletter. 
Want to know how? Read Here

FEEDBACK    /    downing-downing.com    /    Advertise with The D&D Daily