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Jacob Myers named Senior Manager of Loss Prevention Operations for Gap Inc.

Previously, Jacob was the Director of Loss Prevention - West Territory for Old Navy for over a year. Throughout his over 14 years at Old Navy, Jacob held various loss prevention positions including Director, International Loss Prevention, Senior Manager, LP Strategy, Manager, LP Awareness & Communications, Learning & Development - LP, and District LP Manager. Congratulations Jacob!

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Detex-Partner DSI Wins 2nd Consecutive 'New Product of the Year' Award
for Pedestrian Security Entrances Division

Security Today magazine recently announced the winners of its 2019 New Product of the Year Award, which honors the outstanding product development achievements of security equipment manufacturers whose products are considered to be particularly noteworthy in their ability to improve security. Nearly 100 entries were received in the 11th successful year of the independently juried contest. Winners were honored in 40 product award categories.

Designed Security, Inc. won the Pedestrian Security Entrances division award for the ES8300 Barrier Arm Optical Turnstile Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight below.

Portland "Ground Zero" for Protests Between Right, Left Wing
Hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon, on Saturday for a long-hyped rally that attracted President Donald Trump's attention and resulted in at least 13 arrests.

Police seized metal poles, bear spray and other weapons and closed bridges and streets to try to keep the rival groups apart. They were largely successful. Six minor injuries were reported.

"This was a dynamic event with demonstrators frequently moving from one part of the city to another," Mayor Ted Wheeler said at an evening news conference.

Leaders of the right-wing groups vowed to return to Portland, saying they would keep coming back to the liberal West Coast city so long as the left-wing antifascists, known as antifa, groups remained active.

The events began late Saturday morning. Flag-waving members of the Proud Boys, Three Percenters militia group and others gathered downtown, some wearing body armor and helmets like the antifa protesters. Police said they had seized the weapons, including shields, from multiple groups as they assembled along the Willamette River, which runs through the city.

More than two dozen local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, were in the city for the right-wing rally. Portland Police said all of the city's 1,000 officers would be on duty for the gathering that was hyped on social media and elsewhere for weeks.

But hundreds of people remained downtown and on nearby streets, and there were skirmishes throughout the day. Police declared a gathering of mostly left-wing protesters near Pioneer Courthouse Square a "civil disturbance" and told people to leave.

Police spokeswoman Lt. Tina Jones at one point said there were about 1,200 on the streets, but that number fell throughout the day. At 6:30 pm police demobilized. wsbtv.com

Stores Are the Front Lines
26,000 Stores At Risk as Natural Disasters Increase
'When levees break: How retailers are preparing for a riskier natural world'

The march of fearsome weather events has caught the attention of retailers, who collectively have some 26,000 stores at risk to climate-based calamities.

Hurricane Irma alone, which ravaged the Caribbean before slamming into Florida, had an estimated $2.8 billion impact on retail, while Harvey brought a $1 billion hit to retailers, according to weather intelligence firm Planalytics. Last year's Hurricane Florence, as yet another example, was estimated to have cost retailers around $700 million. 

With climate change predicted to increase risks from natural disasters like floods, hurricanes and wildfires, retailers likely face more operational disruption in the future. Media coverage and tumultuous seasons have increased the interest among retailers in planning for disasters, say those who work in business resilience and risk management. After years of shrugging off disaster planning, many are now starting to take a closer look at managing stores through events and protecting their supply chains from existential threats from the climate.
26,000 Stores at risk
Thousands of stores across the industry lie in the path of hurricanes and flood zones as well as coastal areas expected to experience sea level rises in the coming decades.

More specifically, retailers have some 1,900 facilities exposed to hurricanes and typhoons, another 6,770 exposed to rises in sea level and more than 17,000 exposed to floods, according to data provided to Retail Dive by Four Twenty Seven, a climate risk data firm recently acquired by Moody's. 

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Walmart - perhaps unsurprisingly given that it's the world's largest retailer by revenue - faces the most risk, with 14% of its global facilities exposed to hurricanes and 16% to floods, according to Four Twenty Seven.

Off-mall retailers are hit hardest in hurricanes specifically because lost sales are typically not made up. At the same time, broad-line retailers can benefit, as can home centers such as Home Depot and Lowe's, which are major sources for clean-up and rebuilding materials. However, the analysts said that "severe, land-falling hurricanes can pose longer-term disruption risk to their store bases and supply chains."

Retailing in disasters

Stores often end up as front lines for both major weather events and the rebuilding process. Retailers, depending on what they sell, have to balance customer and employee safety against the store's importance in filling customer needs for food, daily necessities and clean-up supplies.

Walmart, for example, has a multi-pronged emergency operations team that is online 24 hours a day, and handles 22.5 million alarm signals and 365,000 calls a year. retaildive.com

Investigators Team Up to Battle Cross-Border Financial Crime
Transnational Criminal Organizations - TCOs

Today's modern criminals have evolved with the times, adapting to advances in technology at a far quicker pace than both policy makers and law enforcement agencies. Organized groups, gangs, and other criminals have applied principles of risk management to their illicit tradecraft.

The FBI reports that there were 4,251 bank robberies in 2016-a 45 percent decrease compared to 2004. Criminals realize there is more money to be made with less risk of violence, arrest, and imprisonment by leveraging technology to further their criminal enterprises and schemes. Why rob a bank-risking physical harm and stiff penalties-when you can engage in identity theft or identity fiction and rob banks, financial institutions, and credit card companies with little fear of exposure? There is greater potential reward with decreased risk. 

Advancement in technology enables progress, accelerates global commerce, and improves our daily lives. However, it also facilitates faster, more anonymous criminal activity. Financial crimes have become increasingly sophisticated and dispersed among transnational criminal organizations (TCOs), which have reinvented themselves by leveraging ubiquitous technology and exploiting the gaps inherent in open societies and the global economy. Their influence is damaging, widespread, and formidable.

TCOs follow different pathways to success, but all share one common theme: The governments of these organizations' countries of origin are often unwilling or unable to deter these criminal enterprises.

According to Verizon's 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report, 71 percent of data breaches were financially motivated, and 39 percent of breaches were conducted by organized criminal groups.

In fiscal year 2018, financial crime investigations resulted in 970 arrests worldwide and prevented more than $400 million in potential losses and $312 million in actual losses to the financial system. asisonline.com

Why shoplifting is such a problem in LA
Up 3% First Six Months 2019 - LAPD Data

Top 4 Cities = Studio City -
Sherman Oaks - Downtown
& Northridge

And that's in light of the current trend to not even prosecute or file on shoplifting.

Shoplifting is on the rise in the City of Los Angeles.
There was a 3% increase in reported shoplifting incidents for the first six months of 2019, according to publicly available LAPD data.

Reports of shoplifting in the city have also risen steadily overall for the past nine years. The largest spikes in the crime came in 2014 and 2015, when reports of shoplifting increased nearly 21% and 32%, respectively, over the previous years. The highest total came in 2016, but 2017 saw a dip of 9.3%. The totals inched back up again last year. 

Electronic Article Surveillance Market by Component (Tags, Antennas & Detachers)
Technology, End User and Geography - Global Forecast to 2024

The electronic article surveillance (EAS) market is expected to grow from USD 981 million in 2019 to USD 1,173 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 3.6%. Protection against inventory losses, shoplifting, and theft and modernizing the retail sector are the major driving factors for the market growth during the forecast period. However, additional investment required to implement EAS systems and the high adoption rate of RFID technology in the retail sector is likely to hinder the growth of the electronic article surveillance market in the future. researchandmarkets.com

IPR Center reports counterfeit seizures rise to $1.4 billion
The report also reveals an upward trend in all categories of HSI enforcement showing 381 individuals arrested, 296 indictments obtained, and 260 convictions related to intellectual property crimes.

IPR Center Director Francis is taking his concerns to private industry with a request to join him and the Center's network of 25 domestic and international partner agencies as part of a campaign designed to heighten public awareness about the dangers of counterfeit goods. He is asking industry to help raise awareness about the threat against a wide variety businesses and organizations around the world that are engaged in the fight against counterfeits.

The report lists the top five product categories as apparel/accessories, footwear, watches/jewelry, handbags/wallets, and consumer electronics. Watches and jewelry accounted for 44% of the total $1.4 billion MSRP, while handbags and wallets represented 16% of the total.

For more information on the Fiscal Year 2018 Seizure Statistics report, please visit www.iprcenter.gov. You can also follow the IPR Center on Twitter, @IPRCenter. ice.gov

7-Eleven Launches Mobile Checkout in Manhattan
This new frictionless shopping experience is integrated into the 7Rewards loyalty program. Mobile Checkout works on both Android and iOS devices and is available for most 7-Eleven merchandise that has a bar code. Some items still require cashier assistance - financial services and age-verified products such as alcohol, tobacco and lottery tickets. All payment transactions can be made securely through Debit Card, Credit Card, Apple Pay or Google Pay.

7-Eleven is the first c-store chain to develop proprietary technology for a full frictionless payment experience from start to finish. After testing mobile self-checkout with employees at its Store Support Center store, the company piloted the concept in a handful of Dallas locations in 2018 to get customer feedback, conduct real-world tests and refine the process. prnewswire.com

Zippin Updates Frictionless C-Store in San Francisco
The newly reopened store uses vision cognition technology, machine learning and smart shelf sensors to provide a frictionless solution to a well-known problem. Customers simply use an app on their phone to enter the store, grab what they want and leave.

In response to San Francisco's banning cashless stores, Zippin now also accepts cash. Employees are available outside the store to assist - and to explain the technology to customers who are new to the concept. cstoredecisions.com 

U.S. to extend Huawei's partial 90 day reprieve on supply curbs-sources
The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers. The "temporary general license" will be extended for Huawei for 90 days.

The extension renews an agreement set to lapse on August 19, continuing the Chinese company's ability to maintain existing telecommunications networks and provide software updates to Huawei handsets.

The world's largest telecommunications equipment maker is still prohibited from buying American parts and components to manufacture new products without additional license approvals.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to discuss Huawei in a call this weekend, one of the sources said. reuters.com

New #MeToo-Inspired Law in Illinois Creates Sweeping Employer Obligations
In line with recently passed legislation in New York and California, the Illinois Legislature rallied to create a bill that would help increase employee protections by combating discrimination and harassment in the workplace. 

On June 2, the General Assembly, through bipartisan efforts, passed SB 75, which created three new laws and amended others that relate to sexual harassment and discrimination. On Aug. 9, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed SB 75, Public Act 101-0221, into law, comprehensively re-shaping the landscape of sexual harassment and discrimination law in Illinois. 

The new law not only prohibits unilateral agreements to arbitrate claims involving discrimination, harassment, and retaliation for complaining about discrimination or harassment, but also changes sexual harassment reporting and training requirements and impacts how union representation is handled during the course of proceedings related to claims of sexual harassment. shrm.org

   Workplace Transparency Act

Reviewing Year-to-Date US Store Closures and Openings
In this report, we review year-to-date announced store closures and openings in the US, by sector. Our data are as of July 31, 2019.

- Major retailers have announced 7,567 store closures so far this year. In 2018 overall, major retailers closed 5,524 stores.
- By sector, apparel specialist stores have led the casualty list, with 2,750 closures announced so far this year. Gymboree, Dressbarn, Charlotte Russe and Charming Charlie contributed a majority of these closures.
- Major retailers have announced 3,064 store openings for 2019. In the full year 2018, major retailers opened 3,083 stores.
- By sector, general merchandise stores announced the greatest number of store openings. Dollar General, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar together account for a significant majority of these openings. coresight.com

California Lawmakers Approve Change to Workplace Injury Reporting
California employers will have to immediately report serious occupational injuries and illnesses and workplace fatalities to the state by phone or an online system if Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a bill that legislators recently sent his way.  shrm.org

The Cannabis industry represents the biggest growth opportunity For Retail & LP
We could see close to 500 new jobs over 5 years possibly and significant growth for the solution providers. Actually this represents the single biggest new business for both groups. Which is sorely needed right now.


Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director, Asset Protection & Investigations posted for Herbalife Nutrition
in Winston-Salem, NC

This is the most senior Security position reporting to the VP of Global Security and the VP of Operations at HIMWS. The Director position will receive direction from both VPs. Previously the Sr. Manager position had dotted line reporting to the Director of HR. This position will lead and manage security operations and investigations for Global Security at the HIMWS location with an expanded global role in Corporate Event Security as directed.

Herbalife Nutrition is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier. We have been on a mission for nutrition - changing people's lives with great nutrition products & programs - since 1980. Together with our Herbalife Nutrition independent distributors, we are committed to providing solutions to the worldwide problems of poor nutrition and obesity, an aging population, skyrocketing public healthcare costs and a rise in entrepreneurs of all ages.

Available exclusively to and through dedicated distributors in more than 90 countries. Herbalife has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and our shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of approximately $4.4 billion in 2017. To learn more, visit Herbalife.com or IAmHerbalife.com.

New Job Growth: Acreage Holdings posted Director of Security in New York, N.Y.
Acreage Holdings is the largest vertically integrated, multi-state owner of cannabis licenses and assets in the U.S. We deeply believe in the transformational power that cannabis has to heal and change the world. Our mission is to champion and provide access to cannabis' beneficial properties by creating the best quality products and experiences.

● Reported second quarter revenue on August 13, 2019 of $17.7 million, up 501% over 2018 Q2.
● Pro forma revenue* for the second quarter was $36.6 million.

The Director of Security will provide and oversee execution of the organization's security management strategy and programs. 88 dispensaries, 1.2M sq. ft of cultivation.

The position is categorized into the operations group and there's store line jobs currently listed in various facilities.

Special Attention: Canopy Growth and Acreage Holdings Merging
Second Quarter Statement - August 13th

"During the second quarter, we received overwhelming support from our shareholders and a final court order to proceed with our historic arrangement with Canopy Growth. The arrangement unlocks significant potential and will help further position Acreage as the leading cannabis operator in the United States" said Kevin Murphy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Acreage.

Gap, Kohl's, L Brands and Nordstrom reporting financial results this week

Tailored Brands Sells Corporate Apparel Business for $62M

Over 75% of apparel, footwear will still be hit with tariffs Sept. 1

Mass. Bill Would Freeze Gov. Use of Facial Recognition Due to Bias

Quarterly Results

Dillard's Q2 comp's down 2%, sales down 2.8%

Last week's #1 article --

Mass shootings in the United States: When, where they have occurred in 2019
According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, a total of 253 mass shooting incidents have occurred as of August 4.

In 2018, a total of 340 mass shooting incidents occurred across the U.S., which is a slight decrease from 346 incidents in 2017.

The number of 2019 incidents is higher than that of the same time period in 2018, in which 88 incidents occurred through May 7, 2018.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, a mass shooting is described as four or more individuals being shot or killed in the same general time and location. The F.B.I. defines a "mass killing" as the killing of three or more people in a public place, but the federal agency also defines a "mass murderer" as someone who has killed four or more people in the same location.

The Gun Violence Archive lists itself as a not-for-profit organization that documents gun violence and gun crime nationally. abc15.com

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Detex-Partner DSI Wins 2nd Consecutive
'New Product of the Year' Award

Security Today magazine names Designed Security, Inc.
winner of Pedestrian Security Entrances division award

DALLAS, August 15, 2019 -
Security Today magazine, the leading industry media brand providing technology, education and solutions for security professionals, and securitytoday.com, the preeminent editorial website for the security industry, announced the winners of the Security Today 2019 New Product of the Year Award today.

The Security Today New Product of the Year Award honors the outstanding product development achievements of security equipment manufacturers whose products are considered to be particularly noteworthy in their ability to improve security. Nearly 100 entries were received in the 11th successful year of the independently juried contest. Winners were honored in 40 product award categories.

Designed Security, Inc. won the Pedestrian Security Entrances division award for the ES8300 Barrier Arm Optical Turnstile.

Winners will receive awards and will be recognized at GSX September 10-12 in Chicago. They will also be featured on the security industry leading website, securitytoday.com, and will be highlighted in the November/December 2019 issue of Security Today magazine. Entrants are included in the September 2019 issue of Security Today magazine.

"In an ever-changing society and security world, I'm always excited to see and study the newest products entered in our New Product of the Year contest, each year," said Ralph C. Jensen, editor in chief of Security Today magazine. "I'm very pleased that many manufacturers take the time to share with us and our readers the products they have designed and brought to fruition. Our world needs the technology and benefits from those people who are ever thinking about new ways to secure the world. There has never been a time in the history of mankind when security efforts are more needed than they are today."

Last year, Designed Security, Inc., was named the Pedestrian Security Entrances winner with the ES5600 Entry Sentry with Voice. Read more about 2018's award here





Retailers in Europe Not Ready
Payments fraud remains on the table as PSD2 delay takes hold
Increased Security For E-commerce Transactions Delayed in Europe

As the highly anticipated delay in the implementation of PSD2 takes hold in Europe, experts are warning that retailers, financial industry companies and consumers remain vulnerable to criminal fraud as the industry struggles to resolve a myriad of problems that put plans to implement Strong Customer Authentication on hold. 

The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority earlier this week conceded to growing demands from the industry and recommendations of the European Banking Authority to provide an additional 18-month delay of the mid-September SCA deadline, which would have required increased security for e-commerce transactions throughout the continent.

One of the main drivers behind the delay in SCA implementation has been a lack of merchant preparedness, according to Nick Maynard, lead analyst at U.K.-based Juniper Research. Retailers have not yet made the necessary changes to their payment and authentication systems and banks have had a difficult time in terms of preparing their merchants for the implementation.

"During this 18-month delay, cybercriminals are sure to capitalize on retailer's weak spots and it's the responsibility of business to shore up defenses at all stages of the customer journey, not only at the payment stage." mobilepaymentstoday.com

Black Hat Session
5 Things to Know About Cyber Insurance

More businesses are recognizing the need for cyber insurance as part of an overall security strategy. Here are some key points to consider when evaluating, purchasing, and relying on a policy.

PWC estimates only about 30% of companies have cyber-risk insurance or cyber liability insurance coverage, the market continues to grow. According to a recent report by A.M Best, direct premiums written for both standalone and packaged cyber policies grew about 12% in 2018, from $1.8 billion to $2 billion. While this is a bit slower than the past two years, the $2 billion figure is more than double what was written in 2015.

In his session, "Integration of Cyber Insurance Into A Risk Management Program," Risk Based Security CISO Jake Kouns walked attendees through some of the best practices and caveats for investing in a policy. Here are some key takeaways for CISOs to consider when evaluating, purchasing, and relying on cyber insurance.

1. If Your Organization Doesn't Already Have Cyber Insurance, It Will
Organizations are increasingly investing in cyber insurance simply because they have no choice, Kouns said. Clients are insisting their partners have insurance for compliance purposes and regulatory requirements. More and more, having cyber insurance is part of contractual requirements, he said.

2. Insurance Coverage Is Not a Substitution for a Security Program
Just like you wouldn't drive recklessly in a car simply because you have auto insurance, cyber insurance should not serve as reasoning to tailor back on investing in security strategy and tools. Under no circumstances should a business purchase cyber insurance and assume it is covered without putting the time and investment into a solid security program, Kouns said.

3. Security Should Get Involved Early in the Insurance Process
While the conversation about insurance is often being led in other financial divisions of a company, such as at the CFO level, the security department should be involved at the outset to help evaluate policies and coverage levels, Kouns said.

4. Ensure the Requirements of a Policy Are Fulfilled So Your Coverage Won't Be Nullified
You've got a policy and now you're covered, right? Think again. You are obligated to fulfill and have in place a number of requirements in order for that policy to cover you in the event of a breach or other security incident.

5. Some Elements of Your Incident Response Plan May Need to Change
Kouns stressed that certain steps in an incident response plan may need to be tweaked once a cyber insurance policy is in place. This will include your breach reporting timeline because, as Kouns pointed out, almost all policies have requirements about timely reporting. darkreading.com

Once Warned - Only 26% Create New Passwords
Google Analyzes Pilfered Password Reuse

Newly published research from Google surrounding its Password Checkup extension for Chrome found that 1.5%, or 310,000, of 21 million usernames and passwords were stolen or exposed credentials.

Google took a sampling of some 670,000 users and their logins from the early adopters of the extension, which alerts Chrome users when their credentials have been found exposed or stolen. The company also found that users who were warned their passwords were stolen created new passwords just 26% of the time.

"Based on anonymous telemetry reported by the Password Checkup extension, we found that users reused breached, unsafe credentials for some of their most sensitive financial, government, and email accounts. This risk was even more prevalent on shopping sites (where users may save credit card details), news, and entertainment sites," Google wrote in a blog post this week.

In fact, outside the most popular web sites, users are 2.5X more likely to reuse vulnerable passwords, putting their account at risk of hijacking," the post said. darkreading.com

   Google Blog

Rite Aid tightens payment processing and security
Rite Aid has selected Bank of America Merchant Services to be its omnichannel payment processor and security solutions provider. Bank of America Merchant Services' technology will manage payments at Rite Aid's more than 2,400 stores nationwide, as well as its Riteaid.com e-commerce site.

In addition to payment processing, Bank of America Merchant Services is providing Advanced Smart Routing, which is intended to help Rite Aid with the efficiency and effectiveness of PIN transactions. chainstoreage.com

10 Best Password Manager of 2019




Staying Left of Boom!

Chris Nelson, Vice President, Loss Prevention, Gap Inc./Old Navy
Rich Giaquinto, Senior Director, Gap Inc.


"Left of Boom" is a military term referring to the timeline before an explosion. When the explosion happens (the boom), then the timeline shifts to "right of boom". Left of boom is where you want to be.

Chris Nelson and Rich Giaquinto explain how the concept applies to the retail environment - whether it's active shooters, natural disasters, or other events that disrupt the business. Learn how Gap Inc. maintains business continuity and organizational resilience by applying a "Left of Boom" approach.

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Quick Take 12 with Mike Lamb, VP of AP, Kroger

Mike Lamb, Vice President, Asset Protection & Safety, the Kroger Company

with MCs Joe LaRocca
and Amber Bradley


Mike Lamb talks about the opportunities and challenges he faced back in 2017 when he took over Kroger's massive AP operation, consisting of over 20 different brands. As an executive who's managed loss prevention at the highest level in a number of different store formats throughout his career, Mike talks about the complexity of managing shrink and waste in a grocery store environment.




NY Times Investigation
Book counterfeiters cashing in on Amazon

As fake and illegitimate texts proliferate online, books are becoming a form of misinformation. The author of "1984" would not be surprised.

The Authors Guild said that in the last two years, the number of piracy and counterfeiting issues referred to its legal department has increased tenfold. Counterfeit editions are a blow against the authority of the book and accelerate a dangerous trend toward misinformation.

The Association of American Publishers, just filed a heavily researched analysis with the Federal Trade Commission that is remarkably blunt.

"The marketplace of ideas is now at risk for serious if not irreparable damage because of the unprecedented dominance of a very small number of technology platforms," the report concluded. nytimes.com

"Amazon is the Wild Wild West"
Now Includes Counterfeiting in Financial Disclosures Risk Factor
What Happens After Amazon's Domination Is Complete? Its Bookstore Offers Clues

Amazon's domination of the book business. The company sells substantially more than half of the books in the United States, including new and used physical volumes as well as digital and audio formats. Amazon is also a platform for third-party sellers, a publisher, a printer, a self-publisher, a review hub, a textbook supplier and a distributor that now runs its own chain of brick-and-mortar stores.

But Amazon takes a hands-off approach to what goes on in its bookstore, never checking the authenticity, much less the quality, of what it sells. It does not oversee the sellers who have flocked to its site in any organized way.

That has resulted in a kind of lawlessness. Publishers, writers and groups such as the Authors Guild said counterfeiting of books on Amazon had surged.

The scope of counterfeiting across Amazon goes far beyond books. E-commerce has taken counterfeit goods from flea markets to the mainstream, and Amazon is by far the e-commerce heavyweight. But books offer a way to see the depths of the issue.

In Amazon's bookstore, the unruly behavior has been widespread, aided by print-on-demand technology. Booksellers that seem to have no verifiable existence outside Amazon offer $10 books for $100 or even $1,000 on the site, raising suspicions of algorithms run wild or even money-laundering. The problem of fake reviews is so bad that the F.T.C. has already gotten involved.

The Authors Guild said it was also seeing "a massive rise" in counterfeit books.

In February, Amazon included counterfeiting in its financial disclosures as a risk factor for the first time, saying it might not be able to prevent its merchants "from selling unlawful, counterfeit, pirated or stolen goods" or "selling goods in an unlawful or unethical manner." nytimes.com

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Associated Foods Stores Adds Online Shopping at 33 Stores

10 Ways Bad Data Hurts an Ecommerce Business


Tyler, TX: Police searching for 6 suspects who stole 'large number' of Apple products from Best Buy
According to Tyler PD, at about 2:32 a.m., officers arrived at the Best Buy located at 5514 S. Broadway Ave. in reference to a commercial alarm. "When [officers] arrived on the scene, they observed that the front doors had been damaged by pry bars and their gate inside the doors was was up. So immediately that they'd been compromised. They cleared the building, they didn't find anyone inside," Tyler PD Public Information Officer Don Martin said. According to a store representative, a "large number" of Apple computers and watches had been stolen. The video also shows that the burglars were in and out of the building in about five minutes. Investigators believe this is an organized crime ring that has struck numerous Best Buy retail stores recently in the state of Texas. cbs19.tv

St, Louis, MO: $100,000 worth of rare video games locked in a safe stolen
from store

St. Louis-area video game store owner says he is out at least $100,000 Friday after he says thieves broke into his store and stole a safe containing rare video games. Jason Brassard owns Trade-N-Games in Fenton. He said someone broke through the window of his store around 4:30 Friday morning. He received an alert from his security company about the break-in and rushed to the store, he says. "In the safe was about 150 video games, all original in-their-boxes video games," said Brassard. "First edition Atari games, first edition Nintendo games, Super Nintendo games." Brassard says just one of those games was worth $20,000. He planned to sell the rare games soon and use the money to buy a house. fox10tv.com

San Diego, CA: Optical Store burglarized for a 2nd time, $40,000 theft of frames
Multiple burglaries in San Diego, Escondido, Chula Vista and La Mesa

Store owner Michael Wang shared surveillance video of the burglary with NBC 7. In it, at least four men in dark hooded sweatshirts and gloves crawled through a shattered glass door and began shoving handfuls of glasses into a duffle bag. Last Thursday, three separate burglaries occurred at optometry stores in Escondido, San Diego and La Mesa. And, last month, a break-in was reported at an optometry clinic in Chula Vista. nbcsandiego.com

Semmes, AL: Hibbetts Sporting Goods Manager attacked by 7 suspects
in $500 Theft

The Mobile County Sheriff's Office is searching for seven people who attacked the manager of a Hibbett Sports and fled with $500 in merchandise. On August 16, at about 9:20 p.m., MCSO responded to Hibbett Sports in Semmes. Witnesses stated four women and three men entered the business and began trying on clothes and shoes. Employees witnessed one of the suspects taking items that were placed behind the counter.

The manager, who was suspicious of a potential snatch-and-grab asked the woman to pay for the item, during which time an argument ensued. The manager then locked the door to the business with the suspects inside, which escalated the incident. All of the suspects then pawed and slapped at the manager while trying to get out of the locked door. The door was unlocked, and the suspects fled with about $500 dollars worth of shoes, hats, and assorted clothing. wkrg.com

Akron, OH: Shoplifters sic pit bulls on Loss Prevention at Acme Fresh Market
Capt. David Laughlin said Sunday that the grocery store filed a police report alleging that a "white woman and a younger black male" left the store without paying for a cart full of goods. A 55-year-old employee followed the man and woman to a van in the parking lot. "He approached and they let two pit bulls loose from inside the vehicle," Laughlin said. "The dogs attacked him and bit him multiple times. The suspects entered the vehicle and fled the scene." ohio.com

Tehachapi, CA: 21 firearms reportedly stolen from Gun Shop
According to officials, Monday morning a person who passed by Southern Shooters Supply spotted a broken window. Police responded shortly after and found that the business had been burglarized. turnto23.com

Monroe, LA : Home Depot employee charged with assisting in theft of $1,200 of merchandise

Austin, MN: Woman allegedly steals almost $1,800 from Walmart by swapping barcodes

Park City, UT: Suspected shoplifter loads grocery cart with Prilosec, Zegerid, ribeyes, Coke; valued at over $500

Santa Clarita Valley, CA: Two female Shoplifters wanted for felony theft at 2 area Ralph's stores

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Shootings & Deaths

Newport News, VA: Officer involved shooting injures 3 people,
including murder suspect

Police stated in a briefing Saturday afternoon that the shooting that left one woman dead at a local gas station and the officer involved shooting are connected. Around 3:34 p.m., officers were dispatched in reference to a shooting that took place at the Circle K.

About two hours after the woman was killed, officers were able to locate the suspect's car in a nearby apartment complex parking lot. After police surrounded the area, the murder suspect began shooting at the officers, according to Chief Drew. The suspect's gunfire struck an officer and an individual who was with the officer at the time. Officers returned fire and the suspect was struck by the gunfire. All three have been taken to a local hospital. wtkr.com

Los Angeles, CA: Triple shooting outside Liquor store leaves 21-year-old man dead, 2 others hospitalized
The incident occurred at about 1:20 a.m. near Neighborhood Market, a small store on the corner of Avenue 43 and North Griffin Avenue. According to Los Angeles Police Department investigators, the victims were standing outside the market when the shooter opened fire. The number of gunshots was unclear, but more than a dozen evidence markers were later seen on the sidewalk and in the street. abc7.com

Fort Worth, TX: Woman fatally shot outside C-store 'tried to run'
Suspect fired shots from vehicle

A woman died Friday night after she was shot in the torso outside an east Fort Worth convenience store, police said. The woman was gunned down outside Eastwood Food Mart, by an assailant firing from the passenger seat of a white vehicle at about 5:15 p.m., a witness said. The woman had a bag of chips with her when she was shot, the witness, a store employee, said. Other people were also outside the store. "She tried to run," the employee said. star-telegram.com

Salem, OR: Gunman opens fire outside bar, kills one
A late-night shooting in Salem left one woman dead and a man hospitalized, increasing unease in a city that has experienced a raft of shootings. Salem police are putting on extra patrols to counter the violence. salemreporter.com

Pinellas County, FL: 'Stand Your Ground' manslaughter trial begins today in killing over handicap parking spot

Oklahoma City, OK: Man shoots Taco Bell employee after asked to pull forward in drive-thru

Lansing, IL: AutoZone employee shot and wounded attempting to stop an Armed Shoplifter

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Baton Rouge, LA: Computer Heaven employee jumps in back of Shoplifter's Pick-up Truck to stop theft
A man perused the aisles of Computer Heaven, Inc., for about 15 minutes before closing time Thursday and, when he attempted to make a purchase, ran out of the store with the merchandise. The man was recorded running from the store, jumping into his truck and driving off. As he pulls out of the parking spot, the employee jumped in the bed of the truck and held on as the man sped out of the parking lot and onto the street. The store owner told WBRZ, the employee banged on the roof of the truck until the crook was annoyed enough to hand over the stolen merchandise and drive off. wbrz.com

Houston, TX: Panic in the Mall: Police looking for 4 suspects after robbery at Baybrook Mall jewelry store
A robbery at a jewelry store in Baybrook Mall on Saturday afternoon some shoppers thinking something much worse was going on. Houston police said suspects using hammers broke into at least one glass case at Helzberg Diamonds around 1 p.m. That commotion caused misinformation to spread on social media. khou.com

7 indicted in 'at least' 15 pharmacy armed robberies in L.A., Riverside
and Orange counties

Prosecutors say the armed crew robbed stores in Bellflower, Cerritos, South Los Angeles, Westminster, Pico Rivera, Fullerton, Hawthorne, Huntington Park, Anaheim, Glendale, Riverside, Paramount and Claremont over an 18-month period that ended last month. Prosecutors say the robbers stole a variety of prescription medications, targeting oxycodone in particular, planning to sell the stolen drugs on the black market. dailynews.com

Orange County, FL: Man who robbed Family Dollar safe in Orlando linked to more cases in Central and South Florida
Octavious Antwan Jackson, 26, was arrested Thursday in the July 20 robbery of a Family Dollar. Jackson has also been linked to robberies of several other stores, including a Family Dollar and a 7-Eleven in Orlando and at least one Family Dollar in Homestead, records show. orlandosentinel.com

Portland, ME: Rash of burglaries hits Portland restaurants, stores; 6 in last few weeks

Clarksville, TN: Man arrested for multiple armed robberies

6 C-Stores Robbed this month in York, PA



Gainesville, FL: Man sentenced to 25 years Attempted murder of CVS employee
A Gainesville man accused of stabbing a CVS employee in the head was sentenced to 25 years behind bars, according to court documents. Brandon Shane Dudley, 34, took a negotiated plea Aug. 7 on charges of attempted murder and attempted armed robbery among other charges. gainesvilletimes.com



Longmont, CO: Firefighters Tackle Alleged Arsonist While Putting Out Fire
Firefighters discovered a man trying to ignite more fires as they were dousing flames he had already started inside a business Saturday night. "This was a first for us" says Longmont Chief of Fire Jerrod Vanlandingham. "You don't typically expect to encounter an arsonist lighting fires at the time you are trying to extinguish them." That man now sits in the Boulder County Jail facing felony arson and burglary charges. The business's manager, according to the police report, estimated total damage to the store at more than $500,000.



AT&T - Grand Rapids, MI - Burglary
AT&T - Whitestown, IN - Armed Robbery
AutoZone - Lansing, IL- Armed Robbery
Beauty Supply - Houston, TX - Robbery
Best Buy - Tyler, TX - Burglary
C-Store - Locust Grove, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lubbock, TX - Robbery
C-Store - Bullard, TX - Burglary
C-Store - Wahkiakum County, WA - Burglary
Cellphone store - Woonsocket, RI - Burglary
Cellphone store - Lincoln, NE - Burglary
Clothing store - Rochester, MN - Burglary
Clothing store - Savannah, GA - Burglary
Clothing store - Southbury, CT - Burglary
Dollar General - Lamar, SC - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Toledo, OH - Robbery
Electronics store - Baton Rouge, LA - Robbery
Electronics store - St Louis, MO - Burglary
Eyewear store - San Diego, CA - Burglary
Gas Station - Bay City, MI - Robbery
Grocery store - Akron, OH - Robbery/ LP injured
Gun Shop - Tehachapi, CA - Burglary
Hair Salon - Rochester, MN - Burglary
Jewelry store - Houston, TX - Robbery
• Jewelry store - Turlock, CA - Burglary
• Jewelry store - Riverside, CA - Robbery
• Jewelry store - Memphis, TN - Robbery
• Jewelry store  - Wichita, KS - Robbery
• Jewelry store - Goodlettsville, TN - Robbery
• Jewelry store - Providence, RI - Robbery
• Jewelry store - Kansas City, MO - Robbery
Liquor store - Naugatuck, CT - Burglary
Marijuana store - Spokane County, WA - Burglary
Pawn Shop - Philadelphia, PA - Burglary
Restaurant - Savannah, GA - Burglary
Restaurant - Savannah, GA - Burglary
Restaurant - Fitchburg, WI - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - My Comfort, IN - Armed Robbery
Sporting Goods - Semmes, AL - Robbery
Target - Mobile, AL - Robbery
7-Eleven - Manatee County, FL - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
18 burglaries
0 shootings
0 killed





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