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Sonya Hostetler named President of Nashville Division for Kroger Co.
Former VP of AP and Safety for Walmart

Hostetler spent the previous 30 years with Walmart Inc., where she began as an hourly associate and went on to hold key leadership positions in retail, asset protection, human resources and operations. Most recently, Hostetler was VP and regional general manager based in Dallas, one of Walmart's largest markets. In this role, she led 13 markets, 122 stores and 45,000 associates, Kroger said. Also at Walmart, Hostetler was corporate VP of asset protection and safety; VP and regional general manager based in Bentonville, Ark.; senior director of divisional loss prevention; senior people director, health and wellness human resources; and store manager. Kroger's Nashville division includes 91 stores across east and Middle Tennessee, north Alabama and southern Kentucky. Congratulations Sonya! winsightgrocerybusiness.com
Yvonne Rouse named President of the International Organization
of Black Security Executives

Yvonne will be replacing Don Knox's role as President of IOBSE. Yvonne is the Vice President of Loss Prevention for Ross Stores in the Central Region of the United States. She has extensive experience in Loss Prevention, Safety, and Investigations. She started her retail career with TJ Maxx. Yvonne has held leadership roles with various retailers, including Ross Dress for Less, Sears Holding Corporation, Marshalls and T. J. Maxx. Yvonne holds a bachelor degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. Congratulations Yvonne!
Paul Trickett named National Director of Asset Protection
for Staples Canada

Previously, Paul was the Regional Manager of Loss Prevention for TJX Canada/Winners Merchants International LP for over two years. Prior, he was their National Manager of Distribution Services, Supply Chain LP and Home Office, the Sr. Regional LP and Safety Manager - Canada for PetSmart, Regional AP Team Leader and Senior Group Manager AP - Canada for Target, and Divisional Manager of AP Supply Chain, Merchandising & Environmental Stewardship for The Home Depot Canada. Congratulations Paul!

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2019 Mid-Year & Q2 Retail Fatalities Report

LP & Retail Industry Efforts - Saving Lives
Retail Fatalities & Criminal Acts Trending Down - 1st Time in 4 Years

With a 24% decline in Q2 2019 and a 10% decline since Q2 2016, it's apparent that industry efforts may be saving lives.

Interestingly, the 2 to 1 ratio of victims (68%) vs. suspects (31%) seems to be the norm. As the numbers remain consistent over the four years.

Texas and California remain at the top of the list on virtually all retail crime reports. With Houston continuing to be the deadliest city in America, regretfully.
Read the full report here: d-ddaily.com


Retailers Urge Tennessee Supreme Court to
Uphold Felony Conviction for Serial Shoplifters

Washington, DC - This term the Tennessee Supreme Court will decide whether the state of Tennessee can use its burglary statute to prosecute serial shoplifters who have been issued no-trespass warnings banning them from re-entering retail stores. Leading retailers are encouraging the court to uphold this practice, arguing that habitual shoplifters should face more stringent consequences to deter them from re-victimizing the same retail establishment.

"Retailers are doing all they can to combat the growing problem of shoplifting. But their efforts cannot succeed unless they are backed up by serious legal consequences, including the use of a felony burglary charge for shoplifters who return to stores after they've been issued a trespass warning by the retail establishment," said Deborah White, President of the Retail Litigation Center (RLC) & General Counsel of the Retail Industry Leaders Association.

The RLC along with the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP) and the Tennessee Retail Association (TRA) filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to permit the enforcement of felony burglary statutes to cover habitual shoplifters who ignore no-trespass notices and then re-enter retail establishments to try to steal more products. rila.org

Hamilton County, OH Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Implements Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP)
The Hamilton County, Ohio Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) is the latest agency to implement Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP), technology that automates communication between alarm monitoring central stations and PSAPs / 911 centers, resulting in faster, more accurate emergency response for users of monitored alarms. The implementation includes all areas of Hamilton County, excluding the City of Cincinnati, which operates a separate PSAP and is not using ASAP technology at this time.

The use of ASAP results in the following benefits for monitored alarm users and first responders: less phone calls to emergency response centers, quicker processing times, and greater accuracy of information transmitted.  Read more here: vectorsecurity.com


OSHA: 2 Million Reports of Workplace Violence Each Year - 450 Deaths
Verify: Is workplace violence becoming more common?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says about two million people report some type of workplace violence each year.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, about 25 percent of workplace violence goes unreported.

The National Safety Council says assaults are the fourth leading cause of work-related deaths. The council reports between 2014 and 2017, workplace assault that led to nonfatal injuries increased by about 2,400 cases. 

13WMAZ verified that workplace violence does appear to be on the rise, but the numbers do not tell the full story.

The National Safety Council says in 2017, workplace assaults resulted in more than 18,000 injuries and 450 deaths. The council reports certain industries, like healthcare and education, are more prone to violence. 13wmaz.com

Update: Southaven, MS: Who is Martez Abram?
Man accused of killing 2 managers, injuring Officer at Walmart

Martez Abram, 39, is accused of shooting the two employees to death and injuring an officer Tuesday morning. One employee was shot inside the store, another employee was shot outside the store. Both were killed. Families of the victims confirmed their identities as Brandon Gales and Anthony Brown - both were fathers. A Southaven officer was also shot during the incident - but he is expected to be ok. The bulletproof vest he was wearing stopped the bullet.

According to investigators, authorities recovered several weapons at the scene. Martez will be facing two charges of murder after his release from the hospital, but officials said more charges could be coming.

The DA told FOX13 he was possibly suspended after bringing a knife to work a few days earlier. "To our knowledge he did not threaten anyone with it, he just showed the knife," Champion said. Officials said Abram didn't have a criminal history before the shooting in Southaven. fox13memphis.com

Pleasant Prairie, WI Editorial: 'More must be done to deter flash theft mobs'
Flash theft mobs won't stop unless there is a fear of reprisal and serious consequences. There are many victims and it costs consumers. Organized retail theft is taking a toll.

Legislatures could consider changing laws regarding theft as it pertains to flash mobs. If these flash mobs make customers or staff feel threatened or fear for their own safety, this intimidation could raise the bar to becoming robbery, a felony with more serious consequences. Retailers bear the primary responsibility. Security cameras, how and where more expensive items are displayed or controlled, and training staff on what to do are important first steps. Staff should learn to get descriptions of thieves, vehicle descriptions, call police and secure video. Forming retail alliances, sharing information as Premium Outlet Mall does, also will help, as well as a push to prosecute. While these efforts may not stop these flash robs, it may put a serious dent in the number of episodes. wiscnews.com

Facial biometrics' law enforcement potential debated around the world
As facial recognition becomes more commonly used, controversies and calls for limitations continue around the world. Both sides of recent mass protests in Hong Kong have been using facial recognition to identify individuals on the other side. Protesters also began taking pictures of police officers, after they deployed without wearing visible badgers, to identify them using facial recognition. Protesters have spray painted the lenses of CCTV cameras black in at least one instance.
New York police plan to continue using facial recognition, but only for investigations, a representative said during a recent panel discussion. NYPD Detective Bureau Assistant Chief Jason Wilcox said that people expect the force to use cutting-edge technology, and that it is "not scanning the people walking down the street, trying to identify wanted people."
Civil liberties advocates in Britain are also calling for public facial recognition to be banned, while police say it is a potentially highly valuable tool. Hannah Couchman, lead spokesperson on facial recognition for the group Liberty, calls facial recognition "enormously dangerous to modern democracy."  biometricupdate.com

Calif. AG Files Criminal Charges Against Bay Area Walgreens Pharmacist - Impersonator

Woman - Pharmacist impersonator filled over 745,000 phony prescriptions for over a decade

California's attorney general has charged a Milpitas woman with impersonating a pharmacist and dispensing hundreds of thousands of prescriptions over several years. Kim Thien Le is facing three felony charges of false impersonation, identity theft and obtaining money, labor or property by false pretenses, Attorney General Xavier Becerra's office announced Tuesday.

For more than a decade, beginning in November 2006, Le used license numbers of legitimate pharmacists to illegally impersonate pharmacists and dispense more than 745,000 prescriptions.
More than 100,000 of those prescriptions "contained highly regulated controlled substances, including prescription opioids such as fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, and codeine," a statement from Becerra's office said.
The attorney general also alleges Le never obtained a pharmacist license "and was therefore never actually legally permitted to dispense medication."

In January, this news organization revealed a California State Board of Pharmacy investigation of Le and three Walgreens stores in Fremont, Milpitas and San Jose that allowed her to perform pharmacist duties. mercurynews.com

JCPenney AP Operations Gets New EVP Stores Boss
JCPenney Announces James (Jim) DePaul as new EVP of Stores effective August 5th. As executive vice president of stores at JCPenney, DePaul will oversee the Company's stores, store operations, store environment and design, and asset protection teams to deliver a fulfilling and productive customer experience. DePaul worked with Penney's CEO at Shopko previously. yahoo.com

Robots Are Coming Fast & Furious Worldwide
Robots Are Taking The Store At Kroger, Walmart And Whole Foods.
What Could Go Wrong?

The grocery industry is stepping up its investment in shopper-facing robot technology ambitiously, and evidently with much confidence, as it strives to offset the costs of online delivery and pressure from non-supermarket competition. Retailers overall are investing an estimated $3.6 billion in artificial technology globally, and are expected to invest $12 billion by 2023, according to Juniper Research.

Kroger, in addition to building 20 robot-automated warehouses in the U.S., is testing driverless robot delivery cars. Walmart has adapted robots to scan and sort inventory and identify shelf items that are out of stock. And at 172 Giant Food Stores in the MidAtlantic region, as well as 100 Stop & Shop stores in New England, a pillar-shaped robot named Marty scopes the aisles for hazards such as spills and runs price checks.

What could go wrong? A few things, experience has shown. forbes.com

GardaWorld to Recapitalize in Transaction Valued at C$5.2 Billion

2019 ASIS Foundation Scholarship & Grant Recipients

USDA Awards $5.1M in SNAP Fraud Framework Grants to 10 States

AT&T working on 5G inventory robots for use in retail stores

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Webinar: Self-checkout in Retailing:
Understanding the Risk and Managing the Problem

As retailers continue to invest in developing ever more 'frictionless' shopping environments, the use of a range of self-checkout technologies is becoming ever more conspicuous across a broader range of retail formats. While undoubtedly offering both retailers and consumers a range of potential benefits, these technologies have also been found to negatively impact upon retail losses.

This Webinar brings together the latest research on not only the scale and extent of the problem of self-scan-related losses but also the emerging strategies and approaches that may help retailers to begin to manage them more effectively. Focusing particularly upon the role video technologies might play in controlling self-scan losses, this Webinar will provide detailed and thought-provoking insights into an increasingly important part of the rapidly developing retail landscape.

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A Cloud Insider Who's Everywhere & Anywhere
Capital One Breach Shows Danger of a New Insider Threat - A Cloud Provider

The alleged Capital One hacker had worked at the bank's cloud provider recently, highlighting the challenges in stopping attackers with inside knowledge.

The breach disclosed by Capital One Financial Corp. this week highlights an uncomfortable truth: It's almost impossible to stop a determined hacker with inside knowledge of a firm's systems.

As more information is stored in the cloud, staff trained in how to use these systems could become a threat to other companies.

The data exposed in the Capital One hack was stored on Amazon.com Inc.'s cloud, according to a federal criminal complaint and people familiar with the matter.

An Amazon spokesman attributed the hack to a firewall issue, not a cloud-computing problem.

While AWS itself wasn't breached, cloud providers should do more to assist their users.

Capital One Breach Casts Shadow Over Cloud Security

And could reignite debate among financial institutions about using such vendors. WSJ Pro

Equifax throws Big Money at Cybersecurity
Over $2.5 Billion, A New Leadership Team + 1,000 New Hires
Equifax Spent $1.44 Billion Recovering From 2017 Breach

$1.26 Billion allocated for technology and security investments between 2018 and 2020 and hired 1,000 in IT and cybersecurity over the past year alone.

Equifax so far has spent around $1.44 billion recovering from the cyberattack, including data security and technology investments and legal costs, according to its most recent financial statement.

The company plans to make its board-assessment method public and it is promoting it to other businesses through the World Economic Forum and the National Association of Corporate Directors, he said. Representatives for these organizations declined to comment.

"We want to be a force for good," Jamil Farshchi, who joined as chief information security officer in February 2018. Mr. Farshchi comes from Home Depot Inc., where he cleaned up after a 2014 breach exposed data about 56 million customers-one of the biggest cyber incidents until that point.

Equifax said it now ties part of executive bonuses to cybersecurity goals. Executives this year became accountable for improving firewalls to defend against attacks targeting web applications and implementing more advanced technology to classify cyber threats, among other objectives. The company is also experimenting with a system to rate managers in part by how well their teams adhere to security practices.

Mr. Farshchi reports to Mr. Begor, Equifax CEO, while the former head of security reported to Equifax's chief legal officer. A direct relationship with the CEO, some analysts say, can help elevate cybersecurity to a business priority.

Mr. Begor receives security alerts on his smartphone through a mobile app, as well as emails and text messages from Mr. Farshchi. Some alerts are automated, sent by security tools. Others Mr. Farshchi decides to send on an ad hoc basis, considering risks such as attacks on customers or business partners that use the same technology as Equifax. The security team may send alerts if it discovers hacked credentials from the company's vendors for sale in dark web criminal forums, he said.

Top executives hope the moves will make Equifax a cybersecurity model. WSJ Pro

  Equifax settlement claims: FTC says fake Equifax websites popping up to skim consumer data

Suffering SOC Saga Continues
New study exposes low confidence among security professionals in their security operations centers.

More than half of IT and security professionals consider their security operations center (SOC) ineffectual, and the long hours, alert overload, and incomplete visibility into their IT infrastructure has 65% considering quitting their jobs.

The saga of the stressed-out SOC has been well documented over the past few years as organizations have amassed a cache of security tools amid an ever-expanding threat landscape where they don't have the time, resources, or expertise to fully tap into the tools nor keep up with all of the data they generate. Meantime, nearly 70% of organizations studied in a new report by the Ponemon Institute consider their SOC essential or very important to their security posture.

"There was a general concern or lack of confidence in the SOC being able to achieve its important role because of burnout, the crazy hours people are working, and a whole bunch of reasons," including lack of visibility into their IT networks, says Larry Ponemon, president of the Ponemon Institute and author of the SOC study. darkreading.com

A Return to Security Basics
Security trends to follow at Black Hat USA 2019

A telling shift in emphasis between the 2018 and 2019 Black Hat USA agendas, as the focus moves away from new attack vectors to devising improved approaches to closing long-standing security gaps. Recent high-profile breaches attributed to existing security gaps, such as those affecting Facebook, First America, and Quest Diagnostics, have inspired a return to security basics. Industry experts are increasingly hesitant to direct resources towards securing brand new IT environments when fundamental gaps endure within existing security architectures. helpnetsecurity.com

US files lawsuit against Russian 'Mr. Bitcoin' exchange -
helped launder ransomware profits

The US Department of Justice has filed a civil lawsuit seeking to recover more than $100 million from a notorious cryptocurrency exchange that has helped cyber-criminals launder stolen funds, such as those obtained from ransomware payments, dark web drug marketplaces, and funds from hacked cryptocurrency exchanges. zdnet.com

Facebook Says Libra Digital Currency May Never Launch

Report: LAPD Data Breach Exposes 2,500 Officer Records & 17,500 Police Candidates


Canadian Security announces 2019 Community Leader Award winner
Circle K LP Security Exec Sean Sportun

Canadian Security magazine is pleased to announce the winner of our Community Leader Award for 2019: Sean Sportun. Sportun has 26 years of professional experience in the security industry and has spent the last 13 years as manager of security and loss prevention for Circle K Stores Central Canada Division.

During his career, Sportun has consistently volunteered his time and expertise to worthwhile causes and industry associations. In 2002, he joined the Toronto Crime Stoppers volunteer Board of Directors and is currently the program's chair. He is first vice-president of the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers and second vice-president of the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners. In 2017, he was a member of the elite security organizing committee for the Invictus Games which were held in Toronto.

Sportun has been recognized numerous times for his volunteer efforts and professionalism. In 2013, he was named Security Director of the Year by Canadian Security magazine's editorial advisory board. canadiansecuritymag.com


Congratulations to Paul Trickett for being named National Director of Asset Protection for Staples Canada
Read more above in today's Moving Up column.

First Published in the Daily on July 29
Montreal Multi-Brand Luxury Men's Retailer Closes Amid Death Threat
Store Owner with Alleged Ties to the Mafia 'Flees for His Life'

The three-level Giorgio Gruppo Roma store at 1440 Peel Street in Montreal has shuttered as its owner, Tony Elian, flees for his life. That's according to a French language report over the weekend in TVA Nouvelles, which says that it has sources who say that Montreal police have informed Mr. Elian to go into hiding because his life is in danger, with threats said to be linked to his many debts to creditors.

The threats to Mr. Elian's life follow other serious incidents. In the spring of 2017, his car was firebombed and in March of 2018, he was shot with a shotgun in his Peel Street store. The TVA Nouvelles report notes that last week, a moving truck was parked in front of the shuttered Giorgio Gruppo Roma store.

Debts have plagued Mr. Elian's business dealings since at least 2015. TVA Nouvelles reports that there's a long list of subcontractors claiming to be unpaid for work done on a condominium building in nearby Westmount that was developed by Mr. Elian's company Cesare Immobilier. Between 2009 and 2014, Mr. Elian was involved in a $1.1 million lawsuit with Frank Bertucci, who was accused of trying to bribe a Revenue Canada representative with $150,000 for a tax reduction.

Some are saying Mr. Elian had ties to criminal entities in the Montreal area. He was seen in photos with gangster Ducarme Joseph who was murdered in 2014, and he attended the funeral of Italian-Canadian crime boss Vito Rizzuto in late 2013 - Rizzuto is alleged to have been the leader of the Sicilian Mafia in Canada.  retail-insider.com

How Canadian Employers Address Bullying and Harassment
More than half of Canadians say they have experienced bullying at work, according to the results of a November 2018 survey by polling firm Forum Research. The survey showed that 55 percent of them reported bullying to management, senior staff, human resources, or another person or department responsible for employee conduct. Only 1 in 3 Canadian employers took action to address the bullying.

Workplace bullying and harassment can have far-reaching impacts on worker health and safety, leading to absenteeism, lower productivity, anxiety and depression.

What British Columbia Employers Can Do
To date, British Columbia is the only Canadian province that has developed policies specifically addressing workplace bullying. These steps include the following:

  • Draft a policy statement that workplace bullying and harassment are not acceptable. Then distribute the statement to workers.

  • Create ways workers can report incidents or complaints of bullying and harassment.

  • Figure out how HR or supervisors will handle incidents or complaints of workplace bullying and harassment, including how and when to conduct investigations.

  • Train workers and supervisors about what bullying and harassment are.

Policies Across Canada
Each Canadian province has different laws about workplace bullying and harassment. McFarlane explained that Ontario's approach is different from British Columbia's because Ontario has legislation that requires an investigation. Under Ontario's health and safety laws, employers must have a workplace harassment policy that includes procedures for workers to report incidents of harassment. Employers also have a general duty to protect workers from risks on the job, including physical and mental harm. shrm.org

'It can happen to anyone': Fraud on the rise in Saskatoon and nearly double the incidents reported in Regina
According to Statistics Canada, 5,957 incidents of fraud were reported to police in 2018, up from 5,503 in 2017. Many of those incidents happen in Saskatoon. Statistics Canada, in its most recent Crime Severity Index report released this month, found that Saskatoon recorded 1,739 occurrences of fraud in 2018, up from 1,459 in 2017. When it comes to identity fraud in particular, 281 incidents were reported to Saskatoon police in 2018, up from 204 in 2017. thestarphoenix.com

Canada Store Openings & Expansions
Giant Tiger opens in Halifax
Baskin-Robbins opens 102nd Canadian shop
Juul opens first-ever North American store in Toronto amid teen vaping outcry

Taiwan's Famous 'Tiger Sugar Bubble Tea' Just Opened Their First-Ever Store In Canada
National Access Cannabis Corp. Licenses to Open Two New Retail Cannabis Stores in Alberta
First Sylvan Lake pot shop to open Saturday

Capital One data breach hits about 6 million people in Canada, 100 million in U.S.

Some Canadian c-stores are giving the retail model a makeover

Expert tips on how to keep online identity in Windsor safe after increase in fraud

Crime Severity Index increase in Moncton area provoked by fraud: Statistics Canada

Cannabis sales jumped $11M in May as more stores open

Couche-Tard invests millions in cannabis company Fire & Flower

Canadian Security announces 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winner

Montreal, QC: Two killed, others injured in multiple attacks near Plaza Laurier
Two people were killed and several other injured during several unrelated attacks on Sunday and early Monday. An 18-year-old man died of his injuries after he was attacked late Sunday near the St. Laurent metro station. Earlier in the evening, several people began fighting inside a restaurant on Ste. Catherine St. at the intersection of St. Christophe St. Early Monday another attack took place inside the Plaza Laurier on Laurier Ave. near Henri Julien Ave. When emergency crews arrived the victim, a 54-year-old man, was unconscious. Emergency responders performed CPR as they put the victim in an ambulance. Police said the man succumbed to his injuries later in the day. ctvnews.ca

Richmond, BC: Man injured in 'targeted' drive-by shooting at Richmond mall; could be linked to Vancouver car fire
A man in his 30s is in hospital following a shooting in Richmond that may be linked to a vehicle found burning in Vancouver an hour later.When officers arrived at the CF Richmond Centre, they found a 35-year-old man with apparent gunshot wounds. He was transferred to hospital for injuries that the Richmond RCMP described as serious but not life-threatening. Witnesses told police they saw a two-door silver sedan driving by, and believed the shots were fired from someone inside the vehicle. About an hour later, Vancouver police were called to the Victoria-Fraserview area for reports of a burning vehicle. ctvnews.ca

Toronto, ON: Man arrested after allegedly hitting pedestrian, crashing into downtown Shoppers

Ottawa: Police report 30 distraction thefts in city's east end in recent months as crews target retail areas, parking lots

Toronto, ON: Dealers warned to be vigilant after bust of multimillion-dollar auto theft ring

Lindsay, ON: Man accused of theft barricades himself in bathroom

Yellowknife, NT: Man arrested after theft of perfume, hair products

2nd puppy found safe after being stolen from Calgary pet store


Robberies & Burglaries

Hardware Store - Kingsville, ON  - Burglary
Jewelry Store - North Bay, ON - Burglary

Liquor Store - Ponoka, AB  - Armed Robbery
Safeway - Thunder Bay, ON - Robbery
7-Eleven - Victoria, BC - Robbery

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E-Retailers Need to Prepare For Holiday Spikes
Spike in web traffic means additional threat of cyber-attacks

Web traffic during Amazon Prime Day, in which 250 e-commerce merchants participated, reflected a significant uptick in the US, according to Akamai. The fifth annual event spanned 48 hours this year, resulting in a 14% spike in web traffic.

Interestingly, the surge in US traffic resulted in a decline in global traffic, "with the exception of LATAM, where baseline traffic increased nearly three times as much as the US," according to the research.

The report warned that retailers need to be aware of these spikes in traffic in order to prepare for future online sales and the holiday season, according to Akamai's Chris Wraight. "Also, the growing number of shoppers who use their mobile device to research means that it is vital to present images and videos quickly, regardless of device, browser or connection speed," wrote Wraight.

With a spike in traffic comes the additional threat of cyber-attacks. The report also found that "nearly 10 billion total bot attacks during the 48 hours of Prime Day is equal to the number of retail-specific bot attacks we detected from May to December 2018. Prime Day was very attractive to threat actors due to the high visibility of Prime Day and the larger number of retailers offering their own promotions. Detecting, correctly interpreting and remediating credential stuffing attacks needs to be a top priority of retailers, especially going into the Q4 holiday peak traffic season." infosecurity-magazine.com

Protecting Your Trademarks In The World Of Online Retail Platforms
In the digital age, many vendors have expanded beyond brick and mortar shops and now sell their goods and services online. While some use purpose-built websites, many rely on online retail platforms, such as Amazon, eBay, AliExpress, and Taobao. These online retail platforms have undoubtedly transformed the e-commerce space by assisting vendors to expand their customer reach and improve their bottom lines; however, these platforms have also become a hotbed for anti-competitive activities - a serious concern for any vendor.

It is important to implement a pro-active trademark protection strategy so that you can capitalize on the benefits and mitigate the risks of selling your goods through online retail platforms. Here are some strategic points to consider:

1. Register your trademarks
2. Use the tools provided by the online retail platform
3. Remain vigilant and take action

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Phoenix, AZ: Man wanted for $45,000 wine theft, found in federal prison
in California

A man wanted for a $45,000 wine theft in Scottsdale was found in a federal prison in California. Court records show that Joseph Eric Hill, 52, was charged last week for theft, forgery, and identity theft after wine was stolen from Phoenix Wine in Scottsdale. Police say Hill ordered 51 bottles of wine and liquor and paid for the order with a stolen credit card. When he came to store, he allegedly provided credit card information and identification from an identity theft victim from California. After helping to load the wine bottles into his car, a store assistant took a photo of Hill. Later "Phoenix Wine received a charge back for $45,339 for this transaction." abc15.com

West Springfield, MA: Two wanted in $10,000 credit card/ID theft
Police in West Springfield are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a pair of suspects accused of using fraudulent credit cards at various location. West Springfield Police state that the pictured individuals allegedly purchased over $10,000 in merchandise using fraudulent credit cards, all on July 15. Both individuals that are pictured may have ties in Vermont. westernmassnews.com

American Canyon, CA: Walmart cashier got kickback for allowing thefts
totaling $1,100

A Vallejo woman was arrested Monday after American Canyon police say she was paid for her help in allowing someone to come into the store and steal more than $1,100 of merchandise. Eboni Symone Green, 24, was on the job for only five days. Green was arrested on suspicion of four felonies related to theft, embezzlement and conspiracy. napavalleyregister.com

Jacksonville Beach, FL: 3 suspects sought after phones stolen from Sprint store

Bartlett, IL: Jewl-Osco reports arrest of woman who stole over $1,000 of OTC medications

Bloomington, IN: Woman reportedly steals $915 worth of hair loss products, toothbrush heads from CVS

Trussville, AL: Man arrested for toilet paper thefts at Fresh Value, using TP for janitorial business

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Shootings & Deaths

Tulsa, OK: One man dead after shooting outside Whataburger
Police are investigating after one man died outside a midtown Tulsa Whataburger early Wednesday morning. Tulsa police responded to the shooting call near 15th and Peoria around 2 a.m. Officers say an altercation inside the Whataburger continued into the parking lot where the man was then shot multiple times. No arrests were made after questioning the shooter. fox23.com

Phoenix, AZ: 2018 shooting surveillance video now released
Customers tackle murder suspect after being held hostage inside Circle K

The video, just now released, after the Maricopa County Attorney's Office ruled the officer-involved shooting of the suspect was justified. Police say 53-year-old Joel McClain Carson entered the Circle K near 19th Avenue and Grant Street on May 9, 2018. In surveillance video, he can be seen deliberately walking up to a customer waiting in line and shooting him in the back of the head. The victim was 24-year-old Efran Hernandez, who was a father of two. He died at the scene before paramedics could get him to a hospital. Carson reportedly tried to shoot several other customers and employees in the store, but his .22-caliber handgun malfunctioned. Investigators say Carson had recently stolen the gun. abc15.com

San Antonio, TX: C-Store Clerk shot and wounded in Armed Robbery

Orange County, FL: Police Chief discusses violent week after 12 shootings in 10 days


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Sherman, TX: 7 people, 4 cars involved in Goodwill Burglary
The Goodwill loading dock is where four different cars of people pulled up, got out, and took items from the donation pile. "You ought to be ashamed of yourself," Goodwill marketing specialist Sarah Pierce said about the people who stole from them. Surveillance video caught seven people in four different cars taking donations from the loading dock on Sunday night from about 8:30 p.m. to midnight. "86 cents to every dollar that is sold from the donations we receive goes right back into our mission, which is to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities or disadvantages," Pierce said. kxii.com

Port Huron, MI: Four teens accused of Kay's Jewelers robbery waive preliminary hearing
The four were arrested following the attempted robbery of Kay Jewelers in Fort Gratiot on July 9. A little before 7:30 p.m., three males broke glass in the store with large hammers while a fourth suspect stayed in a vehicle, police said. Three suspects entered the store and grabbed an unknown amount of jewelry before quickly leaving, witnesses told detectives. The incident lead to a car chase through Port Huron, ending in a crash. Three are charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, receiving and concealing stolen property $20,000 or more and conspiracy receiving and concealing stolen property motor vehicle. thetimesherald.com

Kent, WA: Teen with gang affiliation threatened Safeway employee with gun
An 18-year-old suspected gang member from Tukwila was charged with first-degree robbery in King County Superior Court. The robbery is alleged to have happened around 7:15 p.m. July 5 at Safeway. In a probable cause document, police said Ismael Cibrian threatened a store employee with a gun while he stole two cases of Modelo from the store. kiro7.com

St Louis County, MO: Six businesses burglarized overnight in South County

Charlack, MO: Mother accused of overdosing in a 7-Eleven bathroom with son locked in car



Chinese National Sentenced to 3+ years for Smuggling 40,000 Apple Knockoffs from China

Former CIA Profiler Claims Most Packaged Cannabis Products Are Fake


Granby, CO: Former City Market employee sentenced to 90 days in jail, 3 years probation for $12,000 theft



C-Store - San Antonio, TX- Armed Robbery/ Clerk shot, wounded
C-Store - Dudley, MA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Iowa City, IA - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Ashe County, NC - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Wilmington, NC - Robbery/ Assault
Dollar General - Toledo, OH - Robbery
Dollar General - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Jonesboro, AR - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - St Petersburg, FL - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Albany, GA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Hollywood, FL - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Beverly, OH - Robbery
Goodwill - Sherman, TX - Burglary
Grocery Store - Kent, WA - Armed Robbery
Grocery Store - St Louis County, MO - Burglary
Liquor Store - St Louis County, MO - Burglary
Liquor Store - Detroit, MI - Burglary
Marijuana Dispensary - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
McDonald's - Valdosta, GA - Robbery
Nail Salon - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Pawn Shop - Decatur, IL - Burglary
Restaurant - Hollywood, FL - Armed Robbery (Little Caesars)
Restaurant - Garland, TX - Burglary (Braum's)
Restaurant - Spartanburg County, SC - Burglary
Restaurant - Cape Girardeau, MO - Robbery (Zaxby's)
Restaurant - Madison Heights, VA - Burglary
Sprint - Jacksonville, FL - Robbery
Tailor Shop - St Louis County, MO - Burglary
Verizon - Mt Carmel, IL - Robbery


Daily Totals:
18 robberies
11 burglaries
1 shooting
0 killed




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The Old School 'Us Them' Mentality
Partnerships and collaboration go well beyond the typical definition and one of the most important lessons in your career is realizing that your team includes the solution providers that deliver the tools, technology and resources that help make you successful.

One of the common mistakes I've seen over the years is not totally appreciating the role these executives and companies play in the overall success of a retailer's program. So much so that without them the program would fail.

For decades the "Us Them" mentality prevailed as one of the biggest obstacles to growth and development, when in fact these executives hold the keys to tomorrow's success.

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