Canadian cargo theft more common than people think, expert says -
Columbia Sportswear hit hard The theft of truckloads of
merchandise is much more common than the general public thinks, according to a
trucking expert. "In this industry, we know it's not the opportunistic criminal
that's identifying a whole truckload of merchandise and says: 'Hey, this looks
like something fun to steal'," said Jennifer Fox, vice-president of trade and
security with the Ontario Trucking Association. "What we have is a very
organized criminal element in place." According to research of cargo thefts
by the Ontario Trucking Association, food products are the number one commodity
being stolen, as well as house hold products. The reason? They're easy to
off-load and get rid of quickly. There is also a high demand for food and
household items year-round, she said. Fox added that cargo theft is also often
not reported, making it difficult for her organization to pinpoint how
frequently they occur. "We have, for years, been trying to bring more attention
to the issue," she said. "Initially, I think there was hesitation from the
trucking industry to start talking about this issue and how often it's
happening. There's a real fear about the negative image that can be conjured up
by your customers and the public if you seem to be victimized by this." More
trucking companies are, however, coming forward with information about thefts,
Fox said. There's a level of frustration in the industry that it seems the
criminals are getting more sophisticated in how they operate. "They have things
such as GPS blockers now, so you put a GPS on your trailer and the criminal
element can use these GPS blockers and essentially block that signal," she said.
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Best Buy sales soar in U.S., plunge 25.6% in Canada
Shares of U.S. electronics giant Best Buy Co. Inc. soared 12.57% August 25,
thanks to unexpectedly strong sales and profit in the U.S. as well as a strong
outlook. That made it the best performer in the S&P 500. The company's Canadian
subsidiary, Burnaby-based Best Buy Canada, however, was a drag on the company's
business. Best Buy does not specifically break out Canadian sales but it reports
on its international division, which is now almost exclusively Canadian. Sales
in that division fell 25.6% to US$650 million in the quarter, which ended August
1, compared with US$874 million in the same quarter a year ago. Canada is
essentially the company's entire international division given that Best Buy
completed the sale of its business in China in February.
As U.S. retailers eliminate on-call scheduling, Loblaw signs part-time workers
deal with union up north A month after ratifying a six-deal with the
union that represents 12,000 of its employees in Ontario-avoiding a strike in
the process-Canada's biggest food retailer has inked another deal with the
United Food and Commercial Workers that aims to make life easier for part-time
workers. Under the terms of the new deal, according to the Toronto Star, Loblaws
Great Foods and Superstores will introduce several pilot projects to make the
schedules of part-time workers more predictable and guarantee them better hours.
It provides part-timers with 10 days advance notice of scheduling, instead of
the previous three-a longstanding source of irritation for part-time workers
with families, studies and other jobs to juggle.
Canadian Salary Growth to Slow
Canadian employers are expecting salaries to rise by an average of 2.5 per cent
in 2016. This is down from the average 2.8 per cent salary increase expected for
2015, as reported in last year's Trends in Human Resources survey, an annual
project from Morneau Shepell. The average salary increase figures include
expected salary freezes.
Nine West sold to American owner of brand, new subsidiary to run business
British Fashion Brand REISS Plans Cross-Canada Store Expansion
Laura's Shoppe Inc to close 20 stores by Sept. 13, seek rent cuts on 26 others
Vacant Target Canada locations inspire Tumblr page
Three police officers win Canadian Banks' Law Enforcement Award for innovative
Labour Day Retail Hours: What Retailers Need to Know
Retail Fast Facts: August 2015
Total monthly retail sales changed by 3.7 per cent over the comparable month
Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 4.5 per cent over
the comparable month last year.
Workplace Violence Red Flags,
Prediction and Prevention
Sep. 16th - The International Centre
school shooting, workplace shooting and even the Navy Yard shooting could have
been prevented if we crowdsourced our security. The fact is that when someone's
about to "go postal," that person tells the world in many obvious ways.
Organizations that do nothing and believe that it can't happen to them are next
in line when it comes to being unprepared.
In this session, Robert Siciliano,
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the red flags that at-risk customers and employees exhibit and
know how to best educate and inform front-line employees, managers and
supervisors. When you recognize what methods to use, you will create an
observant and security-conscious company culture.
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Nearly 100 fentanyl patches stolen from downtown Toronto pharmacy this week
The theft occurred between the closed store hours of 6 p.m. on Aug. 26 to 7:30
a.m. on Aug. 27 in the area of Church Street and Queen Street East. Police say
14 to 20 boxes of fentanyl were taken - each containing five patches. "It looks
very similar to a nicotine patch," said Detective Sergeant Mike Richmond during
a press conference on Friday. Earlier this month, investigators issued a warning
to the public of the potentially deadly combination of fentanyl infused
narcotics that are slowing making its way into the city's drug scene.
Audiotronic's merchandise stolen from Dawson Creek turn up in the Okanagan
According to Sgt. Ed Reinink with the Dawson Creek RCMP, a variety of goods
stolen from the store Audiotronics last Sunday turned up in the Northern
Okanagan region. 22 cell phones and a Nikon camera were found by RCMP in a
stolen vehicle. Officials have launched a formal investigation to find out just
how the electronics made it to the interior, and who is involved in breaking and
entering the store.
Robbery suspects break into Woodbridge convenience store by cutting hole in roof
The robbery occurred at a store which also serves as a Canada Post outlet in the
area of Highway 7 and Kipling Avenue. Police say the suspects entered the shop
by cutting a hole in the roof but were unable to get out of the building through
the front door.
Barrie, ON: Police seeking suspects in ice cream truck theft
Police in Barrie, Ont., are looking for suspects who made off with an ice cream
truck Tuesday night. Investigators say the truck was recovered early Wednesday
morning about 90 kilometres away by provincial police in the Bracebridge, ON
area. Police described the vehicle as "very distinctive" as it was covered with
decals of ice cream cones, sundaes, Popsicles and slushies. OPP say significant
damage had been done to the truck before it was recovered. The fate of the ice
cream that was in the truck isn't known.
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As ecommerce and financial institutions evolve, so does fraud
With the growth of the online and mobile commerce, retailers are trying to build
long-term relationships with their customers by storing customer account
information and creating mobile applications to make access easier. Ecommerce
transactions broken down consist of the following percentages and risks: 80% of
transactions were account logins, with 3% high risk, 19% of transactions were
payments, with 3% high risk and 1% of transactions were account creation, with
nearly 7% high risk. Attacks detected during real-time analysis and interdiction
of fraudulent online payments, logins and new account registrations show us that
fraudsters are constantly developing sophisticated strategies to compromise
U.S. Card Security Is Finally Catching Up with the World
Many Americans who travel abroad have already experienced the changes that chip
technology will bring when chip technology rolls out widely this year. This
change means card information won't be passed to the merchant for payment.
Instead, the embedded chip on the card communicates a single-use code to the
card reader. Behind the scenes, the reader passes the one-time code through the
wireless network to validate that the card is legitimate and to authorize the
transaction. The single-use code can only be used for that transaction, and does
not include the card number. So thieves can't reuse the information passed
during a chip transaction to commit fraud. That means American consumers finally
get the same payment card abilities, safety and security that consumers in
Europe, Canada, Asia, Latin America, and even North Korea enjoy. Everywhere chip
technology is used, counterfeit fraud from point of sale purchases has been
significantly reduced. In the United Kingdom, retailers saw losses fall 67%
since chip implementation in 2004. When Canada instituted chip cards in 2008,
annual fraud losses fell from $142 million to just $38.5 million in one year.
Ulta Beauty e-commerce sales skyrocket 43.4% in Q2
J.C.Penney Plays Catch-Up in E-Commerce
Revolutionary Amazon rival Jet.com will transform
Visa gets more online retailers to add Checkout
Report: Amazon planning a direct pickup option
"Fraud is not a person - it is a dynamic grouping of statistics that deviate
from the norm."
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CEO, The Zellman Group & Zelligent
Pontiac, MI: Man sentenced for using addicts to steal over $600,000 in
merchandise from The Home Depot Detroit man used drug addicts and
homeless people to steal at least $600,000 in merchandise from Home Depot stores
in southeastern Michigan over the past 18 months, authorities said. Adelbert
Ackerman, also known as Aldelbert Lovett, was sentenced Wednesday in Oakland
Circuit Court to four years and six months to 40 years in prison for conducting
the criminal enterprise and 18 months each for two first-degree retail fraud
offenses. As part of his sentence, Ackerman is also banned from Home Depot.
Police first became aware of Ackerman, 46, when, during a November 2014 raid in
Detroit, they found stacks of Home Depot merchandise, still carrying price tags,
scattered around the address, along with Home Depot store value cards, wrapped
in receipts. They first believed the property - stacked in piles totaling $200 -
was being exchanged for drugs.
Tacoma, WA: Nordstrom clerk pleads not guilty to $30,000 theft; blames ORC ring
A Nordstrom sales clerk accused of stealing nearly $30,000 through false
merchandise returns has pleaded not guilty to first-degree theft. The
21-year-old woman was released from custody without bail. The saleswoman began
working at the Tacoma department store in June, and it wasn't long before loss
prevention officers began monitoring her. In a two-month span, she returned nine
items worth $29,333 to the same few credit cards, according to charging papers.
Prosecutors allege none of the returns had receipts and some items did not come
from Nordstrom. One designer blazer had a price tag of $3,300, and a Prada dress
was valued at more than $1,900, prosecutors said. The sales clerk allegedly told
police she was approached by a man who runs an Organized Retail Theft ring and
asked to participate. She said she was paid $400 to $500 per return.
CA Police break up large Shoplifting Ring Ripon police believe they
broke up a large shoplifting ring Tuesday night when they arrested five people
from the East Bay with thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise. Five people
entered a CVS store on West Main Street about 9:30 p.m., split up into smaller
groups and shoplifted items from the store, Lt. Steve Merchant of the Ripon
Police Department said. Employees recognized what was happening and called
police. Officers arrived within minutes and stopped the suspects' vehicle,
Merchant said, conducted a search and found more than 200 stolen items,
including alcohol, gift cards, clothing, perfume, toiletries, jewelry and makeup
worth more than $3,000.
Carlsbad, CA: Theft ring hits Lulu Lemon for $10,000 in merchandise, prompts
police pursuit Three women stole about $10,000 worth of workout clothes from
Lulu Lemon on Thursday, then were stopped at Westfield UTC mall where one was
arrested at gunpoint and two escaped, police said. The two who fled took off in
a stolen car and led San Diego police on a pursuit south on Interstate 805. The
trio is believed part of an organized theft ring out of Los Angeles, Carlsbad
police Lt. Greg White said. He said the woman who was caught is from Los
Angeles, and that there has been a recent increase in LA-area criminals
targeting high-end shops in North County.
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San Diego, CA: Suspect killed in Police involved shooting outside CVS
The shooting was reported outside a CVS store at Friars Mission Center was
reported shortly after midnight, San Diego police Officer Ben Newton said.
Witnesses said they heard police commanding someone to get on the ground just
prior to the sound of gunshots. The victim died at the scene. His name was not
Olympia, WA: Officer-involved shooting of 2 Safeway suspected shoplifters,
documents released Documents relating to an Olympia officer-involved
shooting that injured two suspects have been released. Olympia Officer Ryan
Donald shot and injured theft suspects Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin May 21.
According to the documents, employees at a Safeway grocery store reported an
attempted theft. Donald said he hadn't responded to the store but began looking
for suspects in the area when he encountered two men matching the provided
description. He claims he shot the men after they attacked him with a skateboard
and one tried to take his gun. Thompson told a detective that neither he nor
Chaplin had stopped at a store that evening and that they hadn't used their
skateboards as weapons. Documents say Thompson was shot once, and Chaplin
sustained multiple gunshot wounds.
Portsmouth, VA: Indictment to be sought in Portsmouth officer-involved fatal
shooting of shoplifter The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office has
announced they are seeking an indictment into the fatal officer-involved
shooting of William Chapman in Portsmouth. In April, 18-year-old Chapman was
suspected of having shoplifted from the Wal-Mart on Frederick Boulevard.
Security then alerted police of an alleged shoplifter leaving the store.
Chapman, who was walking across the store parking lot, was approached by a
Portsmouth officer, said Virginia State Police. Multiple witnesses told police
the man and the officer started to struggle. At some point during the
altercation, VSP said the officer shot Chapman. The officer immediately called
for medical rescue, but Chapman died at the scene.
OK: Police searching for man who robbed at Two Aldi stores Twice now
in the past month, a man has made off with a large amount of cash after robbing
two metro grocery stores. Police say there's a good chance he will strike again.
The man walked into an Aldi grocery store Wednesday night, appearing to be a
typical shopper. He even walked to the back of the store to pick up a carton of
eggs before making his move. "He waits until the customers leave so it appears
he's the only person in there. There are two more employees in the back," said
Sgt. Jeremy Lewis, Moore Police. Once at the cash register, he grabbed the
female clerk and demanded cash from the register. The surveillance video caught
the crook pulling out the bills, before leaving with the money and the eggs.
Police in Norman say this crime is nearly identical to an August 3 robbery at
another Aldi store.
Twp, NJ: $80,000 worth of jewelry stolen from Trent Jewelers A Mercer
County jewelry store is reeling after two thieves broke in, smashing display
cases, and making off with thousands of dollars worth of diamonds. It was 3:30
Wednesday morning when two thieves broke a window and entered Trent Jewelers
near Five Points in Hamilton Township. The first suspect took a swing with a
tire iron to smash a display case, while his partner in crime made a beeline to
two more cases at the other end of the store. They filled their bags with
$80,000 worth of diamond rings and other estate jewelry and were in and out of
the store in 30 seconds.
St Louis, MO: Surveillance video of Flash Mob looting at King's Beauty Supply
store released Surveillance video of a beauty supply store being
looted during unrest after an officer-involved shooting in north St. Louis was
released Thursday. Kings Beauty Supply, STL Custom Designs, and Nail Spa were
looted on August 19 during unrest following the shooting of Mansur Ball-Bey.
Police said 30-40 people broke the businesses and stole cosmetic items, hair
products, jewelry and clothing.
Fayette Co, PA: Man charged in at least 12 Armed Robberies in PA and WV
State police on Thursday filed additional charges against a Fayette County man
accused of more than a dozen convenience-store holdups in several Western
Pennsylvania counties and one in West Virginia to get money for heroin. William
Steven Hall, 32, of Uniontown admitted to 13 robberies in Fayette, Somerset and
Allegheny counties, and Fairmont, W.Va., when officers were questioning him
about a robbery near Uniontown.
Worth, TX: Police Looking for Serial Burglary Suspects; hit Ulta for thousands
prior to Grand Opening Fort Worth police are asking for the public's
help tracking down a group of serial burglars. In the last few weeks at least
two men have been targeting high-end stores in Dallas, Euless and Fort Worth.
The Ulta Beauty store in Euless is in the midst of its grand opening
celebrations. But on Sunday morning employees arrived at work to see the damage
left behind from an overnight burglary. Two men broke in and stole thousands of
dollars worth of men's cologne. Both men wore gloves, and one wore a surgical
mask while the other appeared to have a T-shirt over his face. That's about 40
minutes after the same two men were suspected of breaking into a J.C. Penney
store at Alliance Town Center, which is 19 miles away in Fort Worth.
Clemente, CA: Thief Saws Tunnel Through Pet Store Into Bakery The
thief was caught on surveillance video on Tuesday around 3 a.m. cutting through
a wall from inside a pet store to gain entry into the bakery on the other side.
Once the suspect removed the piece of wall, he could be seen walking to the cash
register and prying it open with a crowbar to remove cash.
Police follow the scent after a Smash and Grab raid at Leeds's Harvey Nichols
store Staff arrived at Harvey Nichols, on Briggate in the city centre,
yesterday morning (August 27) to find the glass entrance doors to the designer
department store shattered and the lobby littered with debris. A spokesman said:
"A male then entered and stole a quantity of perfume and aftershave before
driving away in the car."
Des Moines, IA: Sprint employee beaten with a bat
during $40,000 Robbery
Milford, CT: Victoria's Secret worker assaulted during theft
Burbank, CA: Ulta Beauty Loss Prevention agent struck by fleeing shoplifting
Jackson, TN: Man accused of grabbing woman in store
Lansdale, PA: Man admits stealing pills at gunpoint from 4 area pharmacies
Tucson, AZ: Reward offered in Arson of "Novia's & Princess Forever" store;
$300,000 in damages
McLean, VA: Helzberg Diamonds in Tyson's Corner the victim of a Grab and Run,
merchandise valued at $3,500
Perry, MI: Two skimmers found at Mobil gas station
Conyers, GA: Armed Robbery suspect asked Police officer to help jump his car
minutes before Hibbett Sports robbery
Wetumpka, AL: Naked man on meth caught on camera
trashing gas station
Bed Bath & Beyond - Rockville, MD - Burglary
Cefco - Lauderdale, MS - Armed Robbery
CVS - San Diego, CA - Shooting
CVS - Dearborn, MI - Robbery
CVS - Warwick, RI - Robbery
Dollar General - Iberia, LA - Armed Robbery
Kangaroo - Suffolk, VA - Armed Robbery
Loaf & Jug - Pueblo, CO - Armed Robbery
Mac's - Victoria, BC - Robbery
Need's - Halifax, NS - Robbery
Petro- Canada - Victoria, BC - Robbery
Sensitive Sweets - San Clemente, CA - Burglary
Sprint - Des Moines, IA - Armed Robbery/ Assault
Stokes General - Wind Ridge, PA - Armed Robbery
T-Mobile - Miami, FL - Burglary
Turtle Island Gallery - Kelowna - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Abingdon, MD - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Sioux Falls, SD - Armed Robbery
Walters Arms - Mt Sterling, KY - Burglary
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Stagnation is the key to failing. Every CEO at failing retailers
I've ever spoken to has told me that the number 1 reason for the company's
problems was because the employee population had become stagnate and complacent
in their jobs and performance. So many complain when new CEO's bring in their
new teams and reorganize their companies, but in essence that's the key to
reinventing the organization and rebirthing the company. All teams need to be
reinvented from time to time merely to give them new energy, new focus, new
opportunities. The human condition always forces us to take the easiest path
when in reality that path will ultimately lead us to stagnation. Sometimes it's
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