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Jarrod Fullerton Promoted to Business Development Manager, Signature Brands
for Genetec

In this newly created position Jarrod will be responsible for the Retail, Financial, Hospitality, Gaming & Venue Vertical Markets in the Northeast United States & Canada for Genetec.

Jarrod joined the Genetec team in 2011 as a Regional Sale Manager. During his tenure, Jarrod has won multiple President's Awards for his success developing enterprise level solutions for customers across all vertical markets in his region

Jarrod has a Bachelor's degree from the University System of New Hampshire with a focus on information technology, business relations and corporate communications. He started his career designing data center infrastructure for some of the region's top fortune 500 companies. He then became a Project and Sales Engineer for the largest privately held systems integrator in New England, focused on system design for the Retail, government, and critical infrastructure markets.

As a key asset for Genetec, Jarrod will continue his track record of providing knowledge and value to our customers, business partners and the security industry the Northeast and Canada. Congratulations Jarrod!

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Value-Packed RLPSA Conference Continues In Dallas!

RLPSA's 39th annual conference continued on Tuesday for another eventful day in Dallas. The day included several value-packed breakout sessions touching on food fraud prevention, sexual harassment investigations, risk management and more. NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith was also on hand to deliver the keynote address about his championship vision. View the full conference agenda here

Click below to watch the Day 2 video recap!

New Face Recognition Data on Shoplifting Reveals Extent of ORC

Shoplifting Study Challenges Long-Held Assumptions about Premeditated Behavior

An analysis of biometric data from FaceFirst, a leading retail facial recognition provider, revealed that repeat shoplifters are more organized and aggressive than previously known, striking the same retailer multiple times across several locations.

In a shoplifting recidivism study of biometric data spanning a six-month period, FaceFirst found that 60 percent of known shoplifters were detected entering at least two separate locations of the same retail chain, while 20 percent visited three or more locations.

Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight column below.

Genetec and Appriss Retail Integration Enables Retailers to Instantly Correlate Video with Suspicious Transactions
Genetec Inc. ("Genetec"), a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, today announced that its unified platform, Security Center, has been integrated with Secure Store, a profit protection and exception reporting solution developed by Appriss Retail. With this integration, retailers can now immediately disprove or validate suspicious transactions by accessing the security video evidence associated with suspected fraudulent activity.

Secure Store enables retailers to significantly mitigate losses related to fraud, theft, and operational/systemic breakdowns. Using artificial intelligence and machine learning, Secure Store performs advanced exception modeling from multiple data sources and enables immediate corrective action.

US-based retailer, DICK'S Sporting Goods, is using the Security Center platform to monitor over 18,000 cameras across 720 stores, and manage 230 cameras and 130 doors at its headquarters. The organization is now using the joint Genetec/Appriss Retail solution to provide immediate insight, reduce shrink, improve profitability and achieve rapid ROI, as Jacob Gillette, Director of Loss Prevention and Operations, DICK's Sporting Goods explains:

"The Genetec system, combined with the Appriss Retail Secure Store application gives us capabilities that help speed up our investigations, which has been hugely beneficial to our organization. Our investigation team can now easily retrieve video from Security Center to validate suspicious transactions that are flagged by the Appriss Retail exception reporting system." genetec.com

Multibillion-Dollar Overseas Bank Fraud Shuts Down U.S. Retailer
Samuels Jewelers Files for Bankruptcy - Will Close 100+ Stores
Retailer was controlled by jewelry magnate wanted in Indian bank fraud probe

Samuels Jewelers Inc., a Texas-based chain that was controlled by Mehul Chinubhai Choksi, the uncle of fugitive jewelry designer Nirav Modi, has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Messrs. Choksi and Modi are both wanted by Indian authorities, who are investigating an alleged multibillion-dollar bank fraud. Mr. Modi's U.S. jewelry businesses have been in bankruptcy since February and largely have been sold off.

Samuels, which operates more than 120 jewelry stores in the U.S., has called in liquidators to start selling off inventory to pay off debts of more than $100 million, according to papers filed Tuesday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del. Court papers also say there are plans to close more than 100 stores.

Court papers in the Samuels case indicate there will be efforts to save the chain. Gordon Brothers Retail Partners LLC and Hilco Merchant Resources have already been chosen in a competition for the right to run the liquidation.

Based in Austin, Texas, Samuels is owned by India's Gitanjali Gems Ltd. , which listed Mr. Choksi as its chairman as of the end of 2017, according to court papers. Restructuring executive Robert J. Duffy said in court papers that Mr. Choksi resigned from Samuels's board of directors in February, after the allegations surfaced.

Gitanjali and Mr. Choksi, along with Mr. Modi, have been named in a fraud probe started by the Punjab National Bank . Messrs. Modi and Choksi denied wrongdoing after the bank filed a criminal complaint with India's federal investigative agency against them. wsj.com

#FindingNiMo - Why the Nirav Modi/Mehul Choksi Scandal Matters

Cabela's Sued Over Sale Of Murder Weapon To Felon
Claims retailer should have conducted background check first

The family of Bryan Galliher, 21-year-old Orrville, Ohio man murdered in 2016, is suing outdoors retailer Cabela's for negligence and wrongful death, arguing that the store should not have sold the weapon used to kill him to a man with a violent criminal history.

In the complaint, attorneys argued Cabela's, and its parent company, Bass Pro Group LLC, violated state law by selling a "black powder gun" - a replica of an antique firearm made from modern materials - to Paul R. Claren, the Orrville man who killed Galliher using the gun in August 2016.

A Wayne County jury convicted Claren, now 69, of aggravated murder and having weapons while on disability in August 2017. Claren is serving a life sentence without parole in the Richland Correctional Institution. Claren's criminal history in Cuyahoga and Summit counties includes a 2001 conviction for felonious assault in Summit County.

The lawsuit alleges that Cabela's knew, or should have known, about Claren's violent past, and therefore should not have sold him the black powder revolver. ohio.com

Chipotle Outbreak - 2nd Lawsuit Filed with More to Come
Health officials still don't know why 624 people got sick from Powell, OH Chipotle

It's been a week since a Chipotles store on Sawmill Parkway in Powell started receiving complaints from customers who believed eating there made them sick, and now there's a second lawsuit stemming from the incident.

The complaints phoned into the Delaware General Health District numbered more than 700 by late last week, but the official number has been revised down to 624, the health agency said late Monday afternoon.

The Delaware health agency has not found the cause of the illnesses yet, as initial tests for four common food-borne illnesses came back negative. Additional testing is ongoing. dispatch.com

Convergint Technologies Buys Access Control Technologies
Convergint Technologies announces the acquisition of Access Control Technologies (ACT), bringing further electronic security systems experience to integrator's extensive service capabilities. Headquartered in Clifton, N.J, ACT provides integrated security solutions involving access control, video surveillance, identity management and alarm monitoring. The company serves more than 1,000 customers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware and eastern Pennsylvania. securitysales.com

Checkpoint Systems' StrapLok Helps Largest DIY Retailer in Benelux Protect Luxury Range of Faucets and High-Value Tools
Checkpoint Systems, a leading global supplier of Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS), RFID solutions and Alpha High-Theft Solutions for the retail industry, today announced that its StrapLok solution is helping the largest DIY retailer in Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) to protect its high-end range of faucets and tools.

Praxis, part of the Maxeda retail group, operates a diverse range of outlets, including superstores and small high street stores, and has an online presence. In total, the company runs more than 370 stores, with chains such as Plan-it by Praxis and Formido in the Netherlands, and Brico and Plan-it in Belgium and Luxembourg. businesswire.com

Retail defaults are at an all-time high
Here are all the bankruptcies and liquidations so far in 2018

Casper Sleep to open 200 stores

Amazon cuts Whole Foods pickup time to 30 minutes

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Retailers dot 'Best Employers for Women' list

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New Face Recognition Data on Shoplifting Reveals Extent of Organized Retail Crime

Shoplifting Study Challenges Long-Held Assumptions about Premeditated Behavior

LOS ANGELES - An analysis of biometric data from FaceFirst, a leading retail facial recognition provider, revealed that repeat shoplifters are more organized and aggressive than previously known, striking the same retailer multiple times across several locations.

In a shoplifting recidivism study of biometric data spanning a six-month period, FaceFirst found that 60 percent of known shoplifters were detected entering at least two separate locations of the same retail chain, while 20 percent visited three or more locations.

"Unfortunately for retailers, shoplifters are incredibly loyal to their favorite brands," said FaceFirst CEO Peter Trepp. "Until now, it's been nearly impossible to prove beyond anecdotal evidence how pervasive and strategic recidivism is."

The data challenges statistics from the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention (NASP) asserting that the vast majority of shoplifting is not premeditated. However, the study appears to validate National Retail Federation (NRF) reports that indicate a broad trend toward rising organized retail crime (ORC), defined as the professional theft of retail merchandise with the intent to resell for financial gain. The National Retail Federation estimates that organized retail crime is a $30 billion problem for stores each year in the United States, and the average cost of a single shoplifting incident is $559. An estimated $9.6 billion of stolen merchandise is returned fraudulently, while a 2018 LPRC study found evidence that other items are sold at flea markets.

"Our team is working to integrate bio-recognition into retail stores for two primary reasons," said Dr. Read Hayes, University of Florida Research Scientist, and Director at the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), which aims to assist loss prevention professionals through in-depth research and analysis on the latest technology. "Facial feature-matching helps managers more rapidly recognize known violent or property offenders, helping make employees and shoppers safer."

Facial recognition is used by retailers to quickly identify repeat offenders and notify in-store loss prevention personnel. "Face recognition makes it possible to stop crimes before they start," stated Trepp. "Our retail customers have seen a decrease in external shrink by one third or more after implementing facial recognition solutions in conjunction with their current loss prevention processes."

Hayes also foresees future adoption among retailers for use cases that go beyond security: "Secondly, many shoppers indicate they'd like to be recognized at their favorite brick and mortar stores, just as they are at their preferred shopping websites."

Read more about the study's methodology here.

For more information on preventing retail crime and recidivism, visit FaceFirst.com.


Collaboration Is Our Shield Against Cyber Attacks

By Doug Baker, Vice President, Industry Relations, Private Brands, Technology, Food Marketing Institute

Modern day demands a new type of shield, especially when it comes to protecting businesses from one of the most deceptive enemies, a cyber attack. Our best defense is to collaborate and share information about previous attacks to help each other be better prepared and learn from missteps. Food retailers are committed to ensuring their customers' information remains private and protected. As the industry starts to utilize more technology like robotics, self-driving cars, etc., our technology security professionals need to be ahead of the curve and anticipating potential threats.

For all these reasons and more, FMI, with the support of our Information Technology Leadership Council, has joined other industry associations to form the advisory board of the Retail Cyber Information Sharing Center. R-CISC is a platform for sharing research, resources and best practices to mitigate, respond and recover from cyber threats and breaches. As members of this share group, we are held to a high confidentially standard so that we can all learn and grow by hearing the full story.

The work that is already being done through R-CISC is a good way to proactively address and hopefully stay ahead of hackers and bad actors. Collaboration among technology security professionals is our modern-day shield and by working together we all get stronger. fmi.org

World's First CISO
Describes Why a 'Business Risk Management' Approach Is So Essential

What advice does the world's first CISO have for the current generation of CISOs? Stephen Katz emphasizes, first and foremost, that cybersecurity must be treated as a business risk management issue rather than a technology issue.

"Security has to evolve and grow at the same pace as the business," he stresses in an interview with Information Security Media Group.

The role of the CISO has to be recognized as a core business function, he adds. "Security has to be an enabler of the business; security has to earn a seat at the executive table. Too often, we give people the title of chief information security officer; they don't believe they're an executive, and executives don't believe they are an executive."

Katz is the founder and president of Security Risk Solutions LLC, an information security company providing consulting, mentoring, coaching and advisory services. He was formerly CISO at JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Merrill Lynch. careersinfosecurity.com

Three US payment processing companies' targeted by hackers
Software giant Oracle claims that three US payment processing companies have been targeted by Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) hijacking attacks on their DNS servers.

Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is a standardised exterior gateway protocol designed to exchange routing and reachability information among autonomous systems on the Internet.

Oracle said in a report on Monday that on three separate dates in July, it saw what appeared to be BGP hijacks that targeted the DNS servers for US payment processors Datawire, Vantiv, and Mercury Payment Systems.

These internet routing attacks were apparently designed to redirect traffic intended for the payment processors to servers controlled by the malicious actors. v3.co.uk

Worries Mount Over Ability to Weaponize Drones
Attack on Venezuelan leader highlights security threats from off-the-shelf drones
Drone industry and law-enforcement officials are struggling to find common ground over expanding flights and protecting public safety, a debate thrust into the public spotlight by a reported assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

The Federal Aviation Administration is projecting a fourfold increase, from more than 110,000 currently, in the number of commercial drones flying in U.S. skies in the next five years. U.S. law-enforcement officials, however, want to delay widespread operations until reliable defensive systems are developed.

Saturday's attack with unmanned aircraft in Caracas was a reminder for the drone industry and U.S. government officials over the potential security threats even readily available commercial drones can pose. wsj.com

The iPhone doesn't spy on users, Apple tells US lawmakers
Apple has stressed the measures it takes to protect iPhone users' privacy in response to questions by US lawmakers. The questions were partly prompted by a tightening of App Store rules in June this year, when Apple banned developers from storing address book information collected from iPhones, and required apps to seek consent for each use of a user's contact list. zdnet.com

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This Canadian mall could be tracking you as you shop
Cadillac Fairview may be using cell phone location tracking in shopping centres

A Canadian real estate company already under investigation for using facial recognition technology in malls may also be tracking the movement of shoppers using mobile phones.

A former employee of Cadillac Fairview told CBC News he was aware of at least one of the company's Canadian shopping centres that had a system installed to track cellphone movement throughout the mall to collect market research data.

CBC News has agreed to keep the former employee's identity confidential. He worked directly for Cadillac Fairview in security for more than three years, and was responsible for providing access for the system's installation in 2016.

He said he was told the system would monitor and note where each device, such as a cellphone, went within the centre, and how long it remained in any particular location, "whether you were just walking through the mall or whether you're spending hours there dropping thousands upon thousands of dollars." cbc.ca

First-ever Canadian police team dedicated to scouring web for stolen property
$750K in stolen goods seized in 400 cases over 16 months

The Calgary police online stolen property team - the first full-time unit of its kind in the country - was on the prowl looking to bust a prolific seller of stolen property using the online buy-and-sell website Kijiji.

"Typically we do a buy-bust, which is when we set up a meet with an offender, and then subsequently arrest them and seize the stolen property they were selling," said Teworte.

The online stolen property team, formed 16 months ago, has seen great success early on. Through more than 400 cases, it has recovered at least $750,000 worth of stolen property.

Trends in traditional types of crime like theft, shoplifting and break and enters have begun to transition into the internet age. Offenders who committed these crimes were starting to pop up more and more on Facebook buy-and-sell pages, as well as other quick-sell websites like Kijiji, Craigslist or PinkBike.

The online stolen property team is the first of its kind in Canada, said Teworte, who sees the work they do as important and setting a bar for policing agencies to deal with the shift to cybercrime across the nation. calgarysun.com

In Canada's Grocery Carts, a Boycott U.S.A. Movement Starts Rolling ​
Seasonally Adjusted Exports Down 1.2%

Ticked-off Canadians, irked by U.S. metals tariffs and President Trump's harsh words for their prime minister, are boycotting American products and buying Canadian.

The push to buy more Canadian products-and to boycott American ones-gained strength after the U.S. levied 25% tariffs on Canadian steel and 10% on aluminum starting June 1 and President Trump called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "Very dishonest & weak" on Twitter following a Group of Seven meeting the following week. Canada in turn imposed retaliatory tariffs on some U.S. products, including foodstuffs such as ketchup, orange juice and yogurt.

It is difficult to say whether the nascent boycott efforts are having an impact. Goods exports to Canada were up nearly 4% in June from the same month last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, they were down 1.2% when compared with the previous month on a seasonally adjusted basis. wsj.com

From boats to beer, Canadian businesses blaming U.S. tariffs for price hikes
The 25-per-cent tariff on steel and 10-per-cent tariff on aluminum means products made from these metals and sourced from the U.S. are becoming more expensive for businesses that rely on them, and they're having to consider how to offset the cost, potentially passing it on to consumers.

While Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey recently told U.S. media that it will be raising prices, a spokesperson for Coca-Cola said that while in Canada the company is facing a similar squeeze, Coca-Cola isn't sure if it will implement the same increases here.

Later this month the Campbell Company of Canada -- which uses steel cans -- is set to hike the price on a "broad range of products," company spokesperson Alexandra Sockett told CTV News in an email. ctvnews.ca

Canada and the Artificial Intelligence Revolution
AI Will Be 'Revolutionary' for Businesses

Canada is a world leader in AI research with three cities-Toronto, Montreal, and Edmonton-leading the charge of the national strategy.

"It is going to impact a big part of your life, but in a positive manner," said Schuler. "There probably isn't an industry that won't be touched by it. Yes, it is going to be quite revolutionary."

While Canada has spent over $500 million to get its national AI strategy off the ground, China is pledging more than $7 billion in AI funding. Canadian business needs to adopt and embrace AI and create more opportunities. China clearly realizes the potential of AI, as the country has doubled its patents since 2005 and has AI as a national priority. theepochtimes.com

RCC Retail Secure 2018 - September 20

RCC Retail Secure is Retail Council of Canada's newly expanded loss prevention conference designed for retailers. This all-day event will explore three significant issues in the changing reality of retail: Fraud Protection, Data Security and Loss Prevention.

To provide depth on these issues, specialized educational sessions have been developed for attendees to customize their learning experience during the conference. Leading security, protection and prevention experts will present best practices and improvement strategies. This event will also feature a full range of exhibitors to provide expertise on the latest in asset protection programs, technology and investigation techniques.
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Canada Store Openings
Kenneth Cole Expands Canadian Operations Including 1st Retail Stores
Kusmi Tea Launches Multi-Location Canadian Expansion
Urban Athletic Brand 'RYU' Announces Significant Store Expansion
Low-cost retailer MINISO to open in Scarborough Town Centre
Luxury Diamonds Vancouver Engagement Rings Opens Flagship Store
Giant Tiger Roars into Winnipeg, Manitoba
Nordstrom Rack Announces 3 Canadian Fall Store Opening Dates
Private cannabis retailer looks to open up shop in Windsor
Three new cannabis sales outlets announced for Quebec

'I think it's disgusting': Struggling former Sears Canada employees furious that board members made $630K since bankruptcy

Petco Expands to Canada through New Partnership with Canadian Tire

Cannabis retailers step up race to hire staff as legalization looms

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Edmonton, AB: Traffic stop leads to arrest of man wanted for 14 store robberies over three months
A man wanted in connection with a three-month crime spree that targeted convenience and liquor stores across south Edmonton now faces more than 30 robbery and weapons-related charges. Edmonton police said the man faces 31 charges for a string of 14 commercial robberies that happened between May 3 and July 16. In each case, the male suspect walked into a convenience store or a liquor store carrying various weapons, including a crow bar and box cutter, and demanded cash from the clerks, Edmonton police said Friday in a news release. cbc.ca

Red Deer, AB: Truck drives through mall, hauls off 2 ATMs in brazen smash and grab
Three men in a pickup crashed into a Red Deer mall Thursday and drove through the corridors to the food court, before loading up two ATMs and leaving through a second entrance. The theft caused significant damage to the Parkland Mall, say RCMP. They determined the suspects entered the mall through the doors at Entrance 5, drove through to the food court area, lifting two ATMs into the back of the truck then smashed through glass doors at Entrance 1 and drove off. cbc.aca

Chilliwack, BC: Melee ensues after salon locks in customer who wouldn't pay
The customer received a manicure that cost $76. Dissatisfied with the work, she offered to pay half the amount. The owner of the salon subsequently locked all the doors and wouldn't let her leave until she paid the full amount. Video from the scene showed the customer yelling and swearing at staff, and employees trying to hold her as she attempted to leave the store. Consumer rights advocates say a business has no right to lock people inside. The complainant, however, was within her rights to refuse to pay, as long as she left contact information so that the business could take legal action. globalnews.ca

'Everybody is worried about the guns'
Threat of armed robbery looms for Saskatoon store owner

The previous owner of the business, located on Saskatoon's west side, was robbed at gunpoint four times in the span of a couple of months in late 2015. In 2016, he sold the store to Uddin. Robberies are on Uddin's mind. His store has been burglarized twice in the past 10 days. "Everybody is worried about the guns," he said. "If anybody has guns, they think I'm the powerful guy." "Firearm related violence is certainly on the rise. We're seeing more incidents with firearms or replica firearms," said Inspector Dale Solie with Saskatoon Police. cbc.ca

Crime stinks: Winnipeg shop owner offers free cheese to catch intruder

Barrie, ON: Man tried to steal $1K worth of meat before fleeing across highway

Winnipeg, MB: Man faces charges after more 112K illegal cigarettes seized

Edmonton, AB: Police investigate after U-Haul van crashes into hobby shop

Robberies and Burglaries

C-Store - Thunder Bay, ON - Armed Robbery
Cheese Store - Winnipeg, MB - Burglary
Hobby Shop - Edmonton, AB - Burglary
Parkland Mall - Red Deer, AB - Burglary/Smash & Grab
Salvation Army - Airdrie, AB - Armed Robbery



LP/AP Supports Total Enterprise Success

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Read Hayes
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In this 16-minute episode, Dr. Hayes talks about three areas LP/AP teams can focus on to support total enterprise success in a brick-and-mortar retail environment - from ensuring on-shelf availability to providing a low-friction environment to making shoppers feel safe and secure.

Learn how retailers like Walmart are implementing this concept, what the early success has been like, and how you can get your organization involved.


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Amazon joins FTC to investigate Sellers Playbook consumer fraud
Business Owners Charged in $15M 'Get Rich Scheme'

Amazon has joined Federal Trade Commission's investigation into consumer fraud allegedly committed by Sellers Playbook.

Thus, Sellers Playbook and its owners Jessie Tieva and CEO Matthew Tieva, a married couple who are not affiliated with Amazon.com, were charged by the FTC and the state of Minnesota with running a large business opportunity scheme. Specifically, the Minnesota-based business deceived consumers with a "get rich scheme," marketing a system that it claimed could enable purchasers to make thousands of dollars per month selling products on Amazon, according to TechCrunch.

Jessie Tieva and Matthew Tieva allegedly made more than USD 15 million between April 2017 and May 2018, with some consumers forking over more than USD 32,000. thepaypers.com

Researchers Uncover Massive Malvertising Operation
While analyzing recent drive-by download attacks, security researchers have uncovered a large malvertising operation that infiltrated the legitimate online ad ecosystem and abuses more than 10,000 compromised websites.

Malicious advertising, or malvertising, is the practice of displaying rogue ads on legitimate websites without their owners' consent or knowledge. This has been a very popular attack vector for many years and even led to an investigation by the U.S. Senate in 2014. securityboulevard.com

Delivery security a key consideration in online conversions
39% of consumers say confidence in parcels being left securely is a key factor when making an online purchase. Yet 60% of retailers allow carriers to leave goods in unsecure locations, according to Sorted research involving 2,000 UK shoppers and 50 retail leaders.

For 48% of consumers, the ability to designate a 'safe place' for their online order would improve their experience. But only 58% of retailers track deliveries at multiple touchpoints to ensure security in the fulfilment process. And only a third asked for an alternative location in the event of an unsuccessful initial delivery. retailtechinnovationhub.com

More than half of buyers on Amazon Prime Day were first-timers

Walmart to pilot robotics for grocery ecommerce picking

Millennials make up greater portion of Best Buy's online buyers than Amazon's

Amazon Rolls Out Whole Foods Curbside Delivery In Sacramento, VA Beach




Update: Tucson, AZ: Man Sentenced in High-End Arizona Heists; over $130,000 of Jewelry and Handbags
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona says a California man has been sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison for a robbery spree involving high-end jewelry and handbags worth more than $130,000. Office spokesman Cosme Lopez said Tuesday that U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins issued the sentence on Monday for 50-year-old Mitchell Ray Finley of Fresno. Lopez says that during a string of heists in May 2016 Finely and three other men stole a diamond solitaire ring from a Tucson jewelry store, several designer handbags from a Scottsdale department store and some high-end watches from a Glendale shop. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pima County Sheriff's Office as well as police departments in Scottsdale, Glendale and Fresno helped prosecute the case. justice.gov

Update: Father and Son on trial in 2015 "Plastic Paradise" Gift Card Theft Ring
Capitalists or crooks? That's the choice jurors will have to make in the trial of a father and son accused of running a racket by buying gift cards from shoplifting teams, who got the cards by ripping off stores. The son, James Dale Holcombe, is currently running for a seat on the Ormond Beach City Commission representing Zone 4. He lists in his candidate paperwork his occupation as running an online retail business named Holcombe LLC.

The 29-year-old Holcombe and his father, Dale Chester Holcombe, 55, of South Daytona, are on trial charged with racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering. The Holcombes owned Cash for Gift Cards stores in Daytona Beach, Deltona and Bunnell. The Holcombes were among 23 people arrested in 2015 in an operation dubbed Plastic Paradise.

Assistant Statewide Prosecutor Mary Sammon said in her opening statement Tuesday that the Holcombes ran a racket buying gift cards from people who got the cards by returning stolen items to stores. They would then take the gift cards to Cash for Gift Cards, where the Holcombes employees would knowingly buy the stolen gift cards from them, paying them less than the cards were worth to make a profit, Sammon said. Cash for Gift Cards would resell the cards on Internet websites which were a kind of Ebay for gift cards, according to testimony. news-journalonline.com

Pasco County, FL: $25,000 of merchandise stolen in Smash & Grab at Ralph Lauren store in Tampa Premium Outlet
Deputies in central Florida are looking for a group who made off with $25,000 worth of goodies from a Ralph Lauren store. The Pasco Sheriff's Office shared video of the smash-and-grab on Facebook. It shows a group of people casing a store before one of them uses a metal sign to smash a hole in the door. Someone sticks their arm through to unlock the door. Deputies said the thieves flooded the store and stole thousands of dollars worth of Polo clothing. cbs12.com facebook.com

Brevard County, FL: Couple carrying out an organized scheme to steal $4,000 of power tools out of stores under blankets
Police said Elise Bianco and her partner Timothy Kerstetter raided a Home Depot in West Melbourne often enough to each rack up a dozen charges, including organized fraud and grand theft. Authorities said the couple pawned all the stolen items at the same pawn shop. "In a case like this, where you're talking about brand new stuff, that raises some red flags for law enforcement," Wheeler Dealer Pawn Shop manager Alex Mavrelis said. Police said the couple hid expensive power tools under movers' blankets and then paid for the blankets and stole the tools. wesh.com

Anoka County, MN: Woman offered Diversion program; over $3,000 of merchandise stolen from The Home Depot
Kathryn Ann Pinnow, 29, was placed in a diversion program after pleading guilty to a string of Home Depot thefts in Anoka County District Court July 24. Pinnow was charged with felony theft after stealing power tools from Home Depot stores in six communities earlier this year, including Blaine and Coon Rapids. Home Depot Loss Prevention employees eventually were able to record the license plate number of the vehicle Pinnow would hop into after leaving each Home Depot with power tools, worth a combined total of $3,179. Through the diversion program, Pinnow will be on probation for two years and must pay $269 in restitution. She must also complete 40 hours of community service. hometownsource.com

Amarillo, TX: Two men arrested in $7,000 Burglary of cigarettes from local C- Store

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Shootings, Stabbings & Deaths

Bloomington, MN: Police Releases Images From 2017 Mall of America Stabbings
For the first time, we are seeing what happened just before two men were stabbed inside a Macy's store at the Mall of America. Mahad Abdiraham, 29, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for stabbing two brothers outside a dressing room last fall. Both men survived, but suffered serious injuries and permanent scarring. On Monday afternoon, Bloomington Police released pictures taken from the scene and other evidence. Transcripts released from that night show a dozen people called 911 from inside the Macy's store. Some of the callers are frantic, saying they are hiding from a man with a knife.

Alex Sanchez, 19, was the first victim. He told police he was shopping with his family and came out of a dressing room to find a man holding a knife. Abdiraham stabbed and slashed Sanchez in the face and torso with an 8-inch kitchen knife. Sanchez's brother, John, helped subdue Abdiraham, but he too needed dozens of stitches for wounds to his back and hands. In court, Abdiraham pleaded guilty and said he was answering the call of Jihad, and that ISIS inspired him to attack that night. cbslocal.com

Phoenix, AZ: Shot fired inside C-Store, 1 man is critical condition
A man is in critical condition after being shot in Phoenix early Tuesday, and police are looking for three people who were involved. According to police, the trio approached the man in the parking lot of a convenience store near 27th Avenue and Indian School Road at about 1:30 a.m. A fight broke out and continued into the store.

One person in the trio fired a shot inside the store, but no one was hit. Police say that's when the man ran from the store, followed by the three people, two of whom were armed. As the man continued running away, the two people with guns chased him and fired multiple rounds at him. The trio then fled in a blue SUV. The man was transported to a nearby hospital. The relationship between the man and the trio was not known. azcentral.com

Annapolis, MD: Safeway store Security Guard grazed by bullet
Annapolis police release that says responding officers found the man outside a Safeway with a graze wound to his chest Tuesday night. Police say the guard was shot while two groups of men exchanged gunfire. It's unclear whether the victim was the intended target. The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been announced. washingtonpost.com

Missoula, MT: C-Store Shooting Accomplice Pleads Guilty; A man who pepper-sprayed and shot a C- store employee and customer during an Armed Robbery


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Oconomowoc, WI: Taco Bell employee planned, executed Burglary at restaurant
An 18-year-old man is facing two felony charges, accused of burglarizing the Taco Bell, where he was an employee. Dominic Pilgreen was charged Aug. 1 with felony burglary and felony possession of THC. He was also charged with resisting or obstructing an officer. On July 26, Pilgreen entered the restaurant with a key card that had been left in the mailbox for the manager to open the store in the morning. Surveillance footage shows Pilgreen walking into the fast-food restaurant and stealing money from the safe in the office and from the register. If he is convicted of all charges, he could face up to 13 years in prison. jsonline.com

Henry County, GA: Former Publix employee arrested after robbing 2 stores
at gunpoint

A man is behind bars accused of robbing two metro area Publix grocery stores at gunpoint. Police said Isaiah Alexander, 26, robbed a Publix store on July 13 in McDonough then another store near Lawrenceville on August 1. Gwinnett County Police said Alexander is from Macon, Georgia and used to work at a Publix store. fox10phoenix.com

Cincinnati, OH: 11-year-old girl tased by Police for stealing food from Kroger
Police said they made contact with an 11-year-old girl suspected of shoplifting a backpack full of food. Officers said she resisted arrest and tried to run away before they deployed the Taser. Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman has launched an investigation to determine exactly what happened and he wants answers within 24 hours.

Councilman Jeff Pastor said it's hard to understand why an officer would use a Taser on a child. "We're still waiting on bits and pieces of information but I can see no reason, I have a 12-year-old daughter, but I can see no reason why an 11-year-old child would be tasered given the circumstances for shoplifting," Pastor said. Lt. Steve Saunders with CPD said their guidelines allow them to use a Taser on anyone 7 and older. "I would like to confer with the police officers to see why that policy is in place," Pastor said. "I'm not in the business of criticizing the policy, however a 7-year-old kid, being eligible for use of force by Taser, it probably shocks me, probably shocks most Cincinnatians." The child was charged with theft and obstruction of justice, police said.

The 11-year-old was taken to Children's Hospital after the event and was released to one of her parents. Police said the responding officer attempted to turn on his body camera, but it did not turn on initially. There is bodycam video from after the incident. Police did not know or have a copy of surveillance video from inside Kroger. wlwt.com

C-Store Owner with a baseball bat chased after Robber
The men had just robbed his store, while his daughter was working inside. When she hit the panic button, her father arrived within 90 seconds and saw the men running out with bags filled with cigarettes and lottery tickets. Surveillance cameras show the store owner jumping out of his vehicle with a baseball bat in hand and running after the crooks. Police arrived seconds later and ended up catching one of the suspects. But the thief being chased by the store owner with the baseball bat got away. abc13.com

UK: Hull, England: Pharmacy staff watch in horror as thieves steal drugs van before police 'swarm' on them
Shocked pharmacy staff have revealed the moment they watched thieves steal a van full of drugs after threatening a traumatized delivery driver. A white van full of prescription drugs and "controlled medication" meant for City Health Pharmacy in Goodwin Parade, west Hull, was stolen by two crooks at around 3pm on Tuesday. In a dramatic afternoon, though, police were able to track the van and "swarmed" around it in Hessle Road, where they shut off a section of the busy west Hull road to arrest two men inside. hulldailymail.co.uk

Lubbock, TX: Wienerschnitzel Restaurant evacuated; man with knife arrested after standoff with K9 and negotiators

Gainesville, FL: Man attacks Lakeshore Mall Security Officer, steals badge and radio


Port Newark, NJ: $73 Million worth of fake Nike Air Jordans confiscated in NJ; over 380,000 pairs
Authorities discovered over 380,000 pairs of counterfeit Air Jordan sneakers in Port Newark. The thousands of sneakers were worth an estimated $73 million. Federal prosecutors said that the sneakers were imported from China and designed to resemble Nike Air Jordan sneakers. Once in New York, trademark logos were then added to the shoes in locations in Brooklyn and Queens and then sold across the country. Police said that five people have been charged for conspiring to traffic in counterfeit goods. They each face a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted. abc7ny.com

Sentencings & Charges

Virginia Beach, VA: Man sentenced to 40 years for Boost Mobile Armed Robbery, Abduction and Shooting at an Officer

Tucson, AZ: Man gets nearly 6 years in prison for Robbery at Tiffany & Co.


C-Store - Amarillo, TX - Burglary
C-Store - Henderson, KY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Waynesboro, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Statesville, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Fresno, CA - Robbery
Cash Loan - Chickasha, OK - Burglary
Dollar General - Reidsville, NC - Robbery
Gas Station - Waukesha, WI - Armed Robbery
Gun Store - Lakeville, MN - Burglary
Hibbett Sports - Jackson, MS - Burglary
Jewelry Store - Albuquerque, NM - Burglary
Liquor Store - Pfugerville, TX - Robbery
Nail Salon - Torrington, CT - Burglary
Pawn Shop - Jefferson City, MO - Burglary
Ralph Lauren - Pasco County, FL - Burglary
Restaurant - Cummings, GA - Burglary
Rite Aid - Adams County, PA - Burglary
Vape Store - Xenia, OH - Burglary
Wawa - Franklin, NJ - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - St George, UT - Robbery


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9 robberies
11 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killings





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