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Johnson Controls Launches Intelligent Frictionless Access Control for High Security Environments

● Solution captures insightful, seamless movement of people in buildings, places and spaces

● Engineered with artificial intelligence, deep learning algorithms and robust cybersecurity protocols, the Tyco Illustra Insight solution is designed to create a frictionless, unobtrusive experience for all

● Integrated into OpenBlue, a dynamic platform for connected, safe and sustainable building solutions from Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart and sustainable buildings, has launched Tyco Illustra Insight, an intelligent frictionless access management solution for work environments where there is a requirement for a high level of security without disrupting the constant flow of employees, contractors and visitors. The solution offers an unobtrusive, stress free way for authorized people to smoothly move around buildings, places and spaces, and yet provides security personnel with a highly effective solution for controlling and visually verifying who has access to restricted areas. Read More Here

CONTROLTEK Demonstrates Commitment to the LP Industry by Advancing Their Support to a Doctorate Level Partner for the Loss Prevention Foundation
The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) announced that CONTROLTEK has advanced its partnership to become the newest Doctorate level scholarship partner. CONTROLTEK has been a bachelor level partner and supporter of the LPF and with their commitment to becoming a Doctorate level partner they are continuing to set an example to the industry regarding the importance of continued education. The Doctorate level partnership secures numerous certification course scholarships as well as, complimentary LPF memberships for CONTROLTEK to distribute to Loss Prevention professionals. Read More Here

Lawmakers Put Amazon Back in the Hot Seat
House Report Says Amazon Abuses Market Power, Bullies Competitors, Misused Data

Amazon Accused of Using Monopoly Power as E-Commerce 'Gatekeeper'
A congressional panel took direct aim at one of Amazon.com Inc.'s defenses against antitrust scrutiny of its retail dominance and detailed allegations about how the company wields its market power.

In a report issued Tuesday, the Democratic-led House Antitrust Subcommittee challenged the company's stance that its share of total U.S. retail shopping is the most relevant way to understand its size. The committee asserted repeatedly that Amazon dominates U.S. e-commerce.

The company's market share of U.S. online sales is often said to be about 39%, but the figure is as high as 74% across a range of product categories, according to the report, which also called out practices of other large tech companies.

"Amazon functions as a gatekeeper for e-commerce," the report said. The subcommittee provided details that it says shows how Amazon uses its size and platform to thwart competitors, dedicating more pages to its findings about the Seattle-based technology giant than the other subjects of the probe.

Amazon addressed the findings in a blog post. "All large organizations attract the attention of regulators, and we welcome that scrutiny. But large companies are not dominant by definition, and the presumption that success can only be the result of anti-competitive behavior is simply wrong."

The House panel argued that Amazon has amassed "monopoly power" over sellers on its site, bullied retail partners and improperly used seller data to compete with rivals. The subcommittee cited examples that it said showed how Amazon has launched copycat versions of products sold by third-party merchants on its platform. The report also accused the company of blocking search advertising on its site for competitors and attempting to "replicate some of the startups it meets with or invests in."

Several investigative articles by The Wall Street Journal published this year accused the company of similar actions. Amazon launched an internal investigation following one story about whether its employees used seller data to inform the company's private-label strategy. wsj.com

Internal Amazon documents show how it instructs employees to comfort retailers who are worried about using its cloud services, including by calling Walmart 'paranoid'

Read Amazon's Full Blog Post Response: Fringe notions on antitrust would destroy small businesses and hurt consumers

Click below to read the Daily's coverage of Amazon's antitrust hearings back in June:

1st Time Event in Congress
Congress & The Big Four - Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Antitrust showdown: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google CEOs report to Capitol Hill

Bezos Clueless & Unprepared About Vetting
What didn't Jeff Bezos know and when didn't he know it?

Will Anything Really Change?
Bezos Admits To Serious Issues For Retail Brands In Antitrust Inquiry. What Will Change?


COVID Update

US: Over 7.7M Cases - 216K Dead - 4.9M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 36.1M Cases - 1M Dead - 27.2M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 190   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 118
*Red indicates change in total deaths

How Coronavirus Changed the Retail Landscape

From foot traffic to profit margins, the story of the retail reckoning in charts

The coronavirus pandemic accelerated a major shift in the retail industry. Traffic to stores evaporated. Online credit-card transactions soared. E-commerce sales in the second quarter rose by 44.5% compared with the same period in 2019 and they now make up 16% of all U.S. retail sales, according to the Commerce Department.

Consumer spending has picked up since many cities and states began lifting lockdown restrictions and allowing stores to reopen in May, but only some sectors have regained lost ground. Sales, profits and hiring at many grocers and home-improvement retailers are up. Many apparel sellers have slashed staff and closed stores for good. Weekly foot traffic from July until the second week of September is down by an average of 14% compared with the same period a year ago, according to mobile-device location data from foot-traffic analytics firm Placer.ai.

Online Shopping: The pandemic pushed many of the last online-shopping holdouts over the e-commerce hump. Online transactions with credit and debit cards have increased an average of 88% each month since the beginning of April.

Store Closures: Since April some 5,000 stores in the U.S. have shut their doors for good. In the same period only about 680 new stores were opened. In August alone, almost 2,200 retail stores closed while only 14 opened.

Retail Sales: U.S. retail sales have been climbing steadily since late May, though several categories are still struggling. The nonstore retailer category, which includes online merchants, maintained the highest growth rate since the beginning of the pandemic. Grocery stores had a huge sales uptick in March, but growth has slowed since then. Sporting-goods stores recovered faster than most. And clothing stores suffered the most.

Employment: Initial claims for jobless benefits held steady at 870,000 last week, revealing a loss of momentum in the recovery of the labor market. Retail is one area where job losses could be permanent.

Profit Margins: eBay Inc. by far had the biggest increase in its profit margin in the second quarter compared with the same period last year. Other winners were automotive and discount chains, which managed to boost profitability despite the higher costs of operating in a pandemic. wsj.com

Deloitte Study: Virtual deal-making will continue post-pandemic,
regardless of cybersecurity concerns

Despite ongoing economic uncertainty amidst a global pandemic, many dealmakers remain optimistic about the outlook for the year ahead as they increasingly pursue alternative merger and acquisition (M&A) methods to navigate the crisis and pursue new disruptive business growth strategies. According to Deloitte's new "Future of M&A Trends Survey" of 1,000 U.S. corporate M&A executives and private equity firm professionals, more than 6 in 10 survey respondents (61%) expect U.S. M&A activity to return to pre-COVID-19 levels within the next 12 months.

Soon after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, deal activity in the U.S. plunged - most notably during April and May. Responding M&A executives say they tentatively paused (92%) or abandoned (78%) at least one transaction as a result of the pandemic outbreak. However, since March 2020, possibly aiming to take advantage of pandemic-driven business disruptions, 60% say their organizations have been more focused on pursuing new deals. securitymagazine.com

Casey's puts the customer first in its COVID-19 response
Casey's General Stores is building its "new normal" operational strategy around meeting customer needs. Chain Store Age recently spoke with Chris Jones, chief marketing officer Casey's General Stores Inc., about how the Midwestern convenience chain is adapting to the continuing challenges of COVID-19 while maintaining core corporate values. chainstoreage.com

Lowe's paying another pandemic bonus to hourly associates
Lowe's announced it will pay full-time hourly workers $300 and part-timers $150 as part pf a discretionary bonus. With the new payments, Lowe's has paid more than $775 million in bonuses to workers during the novel coronavirus pandemic. pennlive.com

Cuomo Orders Shutdown in NYC's COVID-19 Hotspots
Only essential businesses to remain open; schools remain closed

New York Gov. Cuomo unveiled a plan to combat coronavirus "clusters" Tuesday that includes closing businesses and limiting religious gatherings in areas seeing a surge in cases.

The governor called the measure a "last resort" and blamed the uptick in infections in the city on Mayor de Blasio failing to enforce social distancing and mask-wearing mandates.

The new restrictions, which include limits on religious services, barring mass gatherings and stopping indoor and outdoor dining in affected areas, come a day after the governor dismissed the city's proposal to close businesses and Cuomo knocked de Blasio on enforcement and defining hotspots by zip code. nydailynews.com

Orthodox Jews Set Fire to Masks in Protest at New York's COVID Restrictions


Stimulus Talks

Corporate America Condemns Trump Move to Halt Stimulus Talks
Business leaders across America expressed dismay after President Donald Trump announced that his team will halt stimulus talks until after next month's election, with executives from the retail and air-travel industries saying more jobs will be lost if the economy doesn't get immediate aid.

"This is very unfortunate. The economy is not something that can be put on hold until a time that might be more convenient," Steve Lamar, the head of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, said in a statement to Bloomberg News. "People are suffering today."

Delays in further stimulus measures are a blow to sectors such as retail, restaurants and air travel, which have borne the brunt of the Covid-19 economic downturn. Bankruptcies has swelled this year as consumers rapidly overhaul their spending and travel habits.

Stimulus efforts earlier in the pandemic helped soften the blow of widespread job losses and economic shutdowns, but the effects have faded. In September, the U.S. unemployment rate was 7.9% -- more than double what it was this time last year, according to data from the Labor Department released Friday. bloomberg.com

NRF: Retailers say White House and Congress cannot wait on new pandemic recovery legislation
The National Retail Federation expressed concern over President Trump's decision today to stop negotiating with congressional leaders on new legislation intended to help the economy recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

"The pandemic isn't over and neither is the economic crisis it has created," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "There are many families still struggling to make ends meet and businesses facing obstacles to putting workers back on the payroll. We need a vaccine to ensure our personal health. And we need further stimulus to ensure we can fix an ailing economy, bring people back to work and spur growth in communities large and small."

NRF has led the retail industry's call for economic relief, setting out priorities including expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program, tax credits for the cost of personal protective equipment and protection against lawsuits for businesses that follow safety guidelines set by public health agencies.

NRF last week joined more than 200 trade associations to form the COVID Relief Now coalition, which sent a letter to Congress urging immediate and meaningful economic support. nrf.com

Trump Urges Congress To Pass Stimulus Checks, Paycheck Protection Funds After Ending Talks

IRS extends deadline for 9 million people to register to get a stimulus check

Federal judge tells Trump administration to stop withholding $1,200 stimulus payments totaling $100 million from incarcerated

California Fire is Now a 'Gigafire,'
A rare designation for a blaze that burns at least a million acres

Wildfires have gotten so extreme in recent years that experts have had to coin new terms to describe their increasingly massive scale. Enter the "gigafire" -- a term for a blaze that burns at least a million acres of land and a level above the "megafire," which burns more than 100,000 acres.

California recorded its first gigafire in modern history on Monday, after the expansive August Complex in the northern part of the state scorched more than a million acres. The August Complex is now the largest fire in California's history, according to Cal Fire.

The fire, which is now burning across several counties, began as a series of separate fires sparked by lightning strikes in August. Those smaller fires later morphed into the larger complex that firefighters are now battling. The blaze is 58% contained as of Tuesday morning.

Blazes across the state have burned four million acres so far, more than double the previous record set in 2018, the state's fire agency said Sunday. This fire season has also produced five of the six largest wildfires in California's history. cnn.com

Online order fulfillment is this year's hot holiday retail job
Big-box retailers are starting to announce their holiday hiring plans. Most share a similar mandate: hire more people to help them fulfill online orders.

Target, Walmart, Kohl's, Gap, Michael's and Dollar General are among the retailers who have announced within the past two weeks plans to start hiring in preparation for the holidays, with an emphasis on hiring for roles in its e-commerce fulfillment centers, or to fulfill orders in stores that were placed online.

Walmart said in a press release at the end of September that it plans to hire for 20,000 workers specifically at its e-commerce fulfillment centers.

Target said in its announcement that it would be training existing team members on "areas that are in higher demand during the holiday season, such as order pickup and drive up," and plans to have double the number of store employees working on these services compared to last year. modernretail.co

  Warehouse employment is at an all-time high

Coresight Research: The Impact of COVID-19 on Halloween Retail Spending

Walmart CEO: Diverse thinking makes for stronger companies
In a Fortune opinion piece, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon writes, "When companies work to foster a culture of collaboration, communication becomes second nature. It's important for the day-to-day operation of a business, but it's also essential when the stakes are high, as they are today. Companies with cultures that celebrate diverse opinions and encourage the exchange of ideas have an advantage when solving difficult problems. A company that doesn't is at a clear disadvantage." fortune.com

Chico's FAS Joins 'Time to Vote' Ahead of 2020 General Election
Chico's FAS, a leading omnichannel specialty fashion retailer for women, today announced it has signed on as a member of Time to Vote, a non-partisan, CEO-led coalition that aims to increase voter participation in U.S. elections. Chico's FAS joins forces with more than 1,300 companies who have committed to delivering voting information to its employees and providing them with time to vote in the 2020 U.S. General Election. prnewswire.com

True Religion's bankruptcy plan OK'd by court

Macy's invests in installment payments firm Klarna

DoorDash adapts corporate delivery program for companies working from home

Ghosts, ghouls and social distancing: A fractured Halloween haunts Party City

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WHITEPAPER: The Migration Of Thieves

Illicit Markets Mirror Legitimate Markets

What is popular in stores today is also popular with thieves today. Like any other businesses, underground markets depend on the law of Supply & Demand. Professional thieves will only steal merchandise they can quickly sell, and only things in high demand sell quickly. Equally similar to legitimate businesses, professional thieves tend to specialize in certain merchandise. Some only steal from Home Improvement stores because they have an outlet, or fence, who is ready and willing to take tools and equipment off their hands quickly. Some professional thieves specialize in the theft of jewelry, electronics, or health & beauty products for the same reasons. Their contacts and distribution channels are mostly equipped to only handle those specific commodities. Because these vast fencing networks can move large amounts of stolen merchandise quickly, professional thieves do not hesitate to steal cartloads of these commodities in a single incident. The more they can steal each time, the less risk of getting caught. That may seem counterintuitive, but most professional thieves would rather steal thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise by shoplifting once per day than stealing that same amount over the course of several store visits per day. This is why shopping cart-based retailers are a favorite target of professional thieves. It is also important to note that professional fencing networks are not necessarily needed anymore. With the development of faceless apps and online commerce sites, it is not uncommon for illicit transactions to take place in the vary parking lots of the victim retailers.

So, what happens when professional thieves specializing in the theft of toys, for example, find themselves with limited access to their chosen commodity?

This is precisely what happened on September 18, 2017, when Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Almost instantly, Toys R Us had to clearance-out their inventory and shutter their stores. For professional thieves specializing in the theft of toys, a decision had to be made. They either had to find a job or find a new commodity to steal.

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Cheers to the RH-ISAC 2020 Peer Choice Award Winners

RH-ISAC relies on the continued support and engagement of our membership to further the cause to #ProtectasOne. The Peer Choice Awards provides the opportunity to recognize those whom their peers have determined went above and beyond in sharing intelligence on incidents, threats, vulnerabilities, and threat remediation, and collaborating to share best practices that help to strengthen security operations.

The Peer Choice Award winners were recognized at the RH-ISAC Member Meeting on October 5, which also kicked off the 2020 RH-ISAC Cyber Intelligence Summit. We are proud to announce to the full community our 2020 Peer Choice Award winners. rhisac.org

Risk Management Framework Online Training
NIST has released an updated Risk Management Framework for Systems and Organizations Introductory Course to reflect guidance from NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-37, Revision 2. The RMF was developed by NIST to help organizations manage information security and privacy risks to and from Information Technology (IT) systems more easily, efficiently and effectively.

This three hour online course provides individuals new to risk management an overview of a flexible methodology for organizational and system risk, the Risk Management Framework (RMF). For individuals with experience with NIST SP 800-37, Revision 1, this course explains updates to the RMF in Revision 2, including the integration of privacy and supply chain risk management into this holistic process.

The RMF Introductory Course describes at a high-level the importance of establishing an organization-wide risk management program, the information security legislation related to organizational risk management, the steps in the RMF, and the NIST publications related to each step. The course can be launched through your internet browser and upon completion, individuals may print a certificate of completion. The training is also available for organizations who wish to include it as a module in their Learning Management Systems (LMS) in the following LMS standards: SCORM, AICC, xAPI, and cmi5. csrc.nist.gov

Maintaining PCI Compliance
Deep Dive: Fighting Card Data Breaches With Payments Partnerships
Retailers must protect customers' card data from hackers who try to snatch payment details, and following Advertisementbest practices to ensure security requires adhering to the regulations established by the PCI SSC, a global payments industry forum. The panel's standards apply to all entities that accept credit or debit card payments and are intended to ensure that these organizations are working to reduce their risks of security breaches and to minimize the damage of attacks that slip through their defenses.

Sellers that fail to abide by these requirements could see fees or be disqualified from accepting card payments altogether, meaning following PCI standards is critical for businesses' health as well as customers' safety. Maintaining compliance can be tricky for merchants, however, as they may struggle to comprehend all aspects of these rules or find cost-effective ways to adhere to them.

This month's Deep Dive examines the challenges sellers face in becoming - and staying - PCI compliant as well as how payment orchestration platforms can simplify this task: pymnts.com

PCI DSS Compliance Slumps 28% Since 2016
Compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) has declined for the third year in a row, with organizations failing in their long-term planning, according to Verizon.

The tech giant compiled its Verizon Business 2020 Payment Security Report based as usual on data gathered by its own PCI DSS qualified security assessors (QSAs) and those of other providers. It revealed that on average only 27.9% of global organizations maintained full compliance with the PCI DSS, a drop of over 27% since compliance peaked in 2016.

The report highlighted other concerns: just half (52%) of assessed organizations successfully test security systems and processes and unmonitored system access, and around two-thirds monitor access to business-critical systems effectively. infosecurity-magazine.com

Independent poll says 68% of Americans support facial recognition

Facial Recognition Market is Projected to Garner $9.6 Billion by 2022 | 21.3% CAGR

Researchers show modest progress in face biometrics bias reduction, find a possible cause




COVID Update

2nd Wave Coming
Canada 'going in the wrong direction' on COVID-19, Trudeau says as cases rise through most of country
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admitted Monday that
efforts to prepare Canada for a second wave of COVID-19 have fallen short and Canadians need to take matters into their own hands to help reduce cases.

Monday brought another grim tally with nearly
1,800 new cases in Ontario and Quebec. Hospitalizations are also starting to rise in both provinces and outside of Atlantic Canada, all parts of the country are seeing rising levels of new cases.

Predictions of a second wave of the virus in the fall have been made for months, and the federal government gave provinces $19 billion in June to try and get ready, increasing contact tracing and testing resources. nationalpost.com

Too Scared to Shop
30 percent of Canadians now nervous to shop-in store
With the end of the year fast approaching, Google has revealed new data on Canadians shopping habits amid the COVID-19 pandemic and leading up to the holidays.

Most notably, Google found that
30 percent of Canadians say they're currently nervous to shop in-store, given the global health crisis. Further, 35 percent of Canadians noted that they feel social distancing measures make it harder to shop. Those that are still turning to brick-and-mortar stores to shop have driven searches for "curbside pick up" to increase by over 3000 percent year-over-year.

What's more, 33 percent of Canadian shoppers who normally go to stores for
Black Friday are saying they won't do that this year. Nearly 30 percent of Canadians are also even planning to order gifts online and have them shipped directly to friends and family.

Interestingly, though, Google found that 33 percent of Canadian consumers have shopped with a store/retailer that they hadn't before tried prior to the pandemic. upnewsinfo.com

Selling Fake Tests & Treatments
Winnipeg police warning of COVID-19-related frauds and scams
Winnipeg police are warning about a number of scams and frauds that have popped up due to COVID-19.

In some cases, there are
people going door-to-door trying to sell household decontamination services and companies offering fast COVID-19 tests for sale. However, only health-care providers can perform the tests and no other tests are genuine or guaranteed to provide accurate results.

In the health scams, police warn of those
selling fraudulent products that claim to treat or prevent COVID-19. Police say many people fall victim to frauds and scams, but far too many people never report it. globalnews.ca

Accused of COVID price gouging, Calgary company pleads guilty and admits to 'grossly excessive' prices
A Calgary company accused of COVID-related price-gouging has been fined after pleading guilty to a charge under the Consumer Protection Act. Following an anonymous complaint in April, investigators found CCA Logistics was charging
"grossly excessive" prices on COVID-related items like personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer.

The company was initially ordered to remove the items -
$120 masks and $39 hand sanitizer - but when undercover investigators returned to the store, they discovered CCA had not fully complied. cbc.ca

Local business 'dispirited' after anti-maskers slam store with negative reviews
A London, Ont. business is being slammed with negative reviews on social media after
a group of people refused to abide by the store's mandatory mask policy and were asked to leave. Troy Hutchison, the owner of Grooves Records on Dundas Street, said the reviews came after an incident last week when a customer refused to wear a mask inside the store. cbc.ca

'We're not out of paper': Expert cautions against panic buying during second wave

Manitoba businesses struggling to enforce mask-wearing amid new COVID-19 restrictions

Calgary mom 'humiliated' after daughter with disabilities refused entry to store over lack of mask

Shoppers Drug Mart to begin selling new medicinal cannabis products
Shoppers Drug Mart will partner with Alberta-based Atlas Biotechnologies to provide smoke free, fast-acting products for patients across Canada. ctvnews.ca

Louis Vuitton Opens Impressive Yorkdale Flagship Store in Toronto

Hudson's Bay getting early start on holidays

Canadian Outerwear Brand 'Moose Knuckles' Launches Significant Store Expansion

Hudson's Bay to Close Downtown Winnipeg Flagship Store

Regina, SK: Police seek man suspected of stabbing store employee during robbery
Police in Regina said they're looking for a man believed to have
stabbed a store employee during a robbery. Officers were called to the 2100 block of Albert street just after 3 a.m. CST Friday. When they arrived they could not find the suspect. The injured employee was taken to hospital by paramedics. A K9 unit tried to find the man but was unsuccessful. cbc.ca

Brockville, ON: Walmart LP officers bust shoplifter with $1,000 of stolen merchandise
A 56-year-old man faces a theft under $5,000 charge in connection with a shoplifting incident at Brockville's Walmart store on Saturday afternoon.
Loss prevention officers at the north-end store arrested the man at 1:09 p.m., after staff observed him leaving the store with approximately $1,000 worth of merchandise, not making any attempt to pay, police said Monday. recorder.ca

Vancouver, BC: Man shot to death Wednesday had history of fraud in both B.C. & California

Waterloo, ON: BB gun shooting outside Conestoga Mall

Montreal, QC: Police put out Molotov cocktail fire before it does major damage to store

Video shows woman stealing small couch from Vancouver store in brazen daylight theft

Robberies & Burglaries

Army Surplus Store - Oshawa, ON - Armed Robbery
C-Store - London, ON - Armed Robbery
Ice Cream Shop - Waterloo, ON - Robbery
Pharmacy - Calgary, AB - Robbery
Unnamed Store - Regina, SK - Armed Robbery/Stabbing
Unnamed Store - Ottawa, ON - Robbery

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What to expect during Amazon Prime Day 2020

Amazon's sixth-annual Prime Day will be Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 13-14. This year's event may cut into Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday shopping sales.

Prime Day 2019, Amazon's fifth such event, generated a Digital Commerce 360-estimated $7.16 billion globally over the 48-hour period between July 15-16, 2019. That was an increase of 71% from the $4.19 billion during the 36-hour sales event in 2018.

How does Prime Day compare with other online shopping holidays?

Based on Digital Commerce 360's estimates, the 2019 Prime Day sales event still lags behind larger shopping events such as the Cyber 5 (the five-day shopping period Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday) or Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba's Singles' Day event held on Nov. 11 each year.

The question this year is if Prime Day will affect Cyber 5 and holiday shopping. digitalcommerce360.com

Amazon, Whole Foods merger saved the grocery chain, according to CEO
Mackey wrote that while "with any marriage there are challenges," Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods has proven to be a "win-win-win solution" for the brand's customers, employees, and other stakeholders. He wrote that Amazon's Prime Now services are "revolutionizing our business" and the e-commerce giant is ensuring "richer and more seamless" shopping experience at the grocery chain.

Meanwhile, the acquisition has also helped safeguard the "unique culture at Whole Foods" and shelter the brand from Wall Street expectations.

"I truly believe the Amazon merger was the best alternative for Whole Foods and the ideal win-win-win solution to the problems we faced with shareholder activists and new competitive challenges," Mackey wrote. businessinsider.com

E-Commerce Will Explode This Holiday Season, Putting Retailers' Online Strategies To The Test







$50M ORC - $8M Recovered
San Francisco, CA: Major Area Retail Theft Ring Busted; Five Suspects Arrested;
$8 Million In Stolen Merchandise Recovered
Five suspects were facing a variety of charges and approximately $8 million in stolen merchandise has been recovered after state and local law enforcement officers busted a major retail theft ring, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Tuesday. Becerra said Edgar Geovany Robles Morales, Isis Vasquez Villanueva, Jose Villatoro, Danny Louis Drago and Michelle Renee Fowler had been arrested and faced charges for allegedly buying stolen goods and reselling them for profit.

Trailer after trailer, bin after bin, sack after sack - stored on pallets, stacked floor to ceiling, two stories tall. It took a team of 30 people two days to catalog it,
mostly merchandise from CVS, as part of 'Operation Proof' of Purchase, $8 million dollars worth in all. "It's a lot of stuff, sure is," said Ben Dugan.

Dugan is one of CVS's top experts on organized crime, and says they've been tracking the so-called boosters, professional shoplifters, as they enter their stores and stuff bags with merchandise. The boosters then met up in the Tenderloin and according to investigators, sold the items to so-called "crew leaders" or "street fences", Villanueva, Villatoro and Morales.

Captain Duri realized bad guys know no boundaries, so he called in the cavalry: The California Highway Patrol-Golden Gate Division's multi-agency Organized Retail Crime Task Force made up of investigators from CHP, SFDA, SFPD and the United States Postal Inspection Service along with CHP Cargo Theft Interdiction Program investigators. CHP Lt. Kevin Domby heads it up.

"Any one of these police departments is not going to be able to connect the dots on their under-$1000 theft. Retailers know they've had ten stores hit throughout Northern California. They might have 10 different law enforcement agencies working on those smaller crimes, but the retailer knows they're connected to something larger," said Lt. Domby. Working with the task force, investigators tracked the stolen goods to 16 different storage lockers, warehouses and homes across the Bay Area. Much of the goods were then sold online through what law enforcement says was a shell company run by Drago, called D-Luxe OTC.

Chicago, IL: Convicted felon 'busy little bee' during his alleged looting spree
Lee Mitchell, 28, allegedly ransacked seven Near North Side stores in over a two-hour period during the city's second wave of widespread looting over the summer. "It appears [Lee] Mitchell was a busy little bee. I was tired just listening to the work he put in," Judge John Lyke Jr. said of the 28-year-old's alleged criminal activities in the early morning hours of Aug. 10. "He put in a lot of work that night allegedly. Wow." Mitchell had just been released from the Illinois Department of Corrections less than two weeks before he looted the businesses in the Gold Coast and Ranch Triangle neighborhoods, prosecutors said.

San Angelo, TX: Galveston man wanted in 12 counties, stole over $23k from San Angelo Walmart
A Galveston man wanted in 12 counties was arrested Friday after Walmart Global recognized a man recorded stealing from a San Angelo Walmart, according to arrest affidavits obtained Tuesday. On Sept. 23, 2020, a San Angelo police officer responded to a burglary at Walmart, 5501 Sherwood Way. Video footage showed people force entry into display cases containing various cellphones, Apple AirPods and Beats headphones, according to the affidavits. The people put $23,115 worth of electronics into a "carseat box" and left the store. One of the stolen items had an active GPS, which alerted the store to the burglary, records state. Walmart Global Investigations told investigators one of the people "has vast numbers of other burglaries in a similar fashion all across the state," according to the arrest affidavit. 

Hagerstown, MD: Facebook helps ID suspected Ulta thieves; over $2,000 of High End Fragrances

Cleveland, TN: 4 Nashville Residents Charged With Assaulting Female Clerk While Stealing over $1,000 of Shoes from Rack Room

Fayette County, WV: ATV and $30,000 worth of weapons stolen form local Auxier Farms store

Lincolnwood, IL: Man charged with stealing $6,900 worth of merchandise from Arman Jewelers

Trussville, AL: Pair facing charges after 2 thefts at Home Depot totaling $1,400

Lincolnwood, IL: Suspect charged in $1,000 theft from Lowe's

Miami Beach, FL: Boutique receives $2K anonymous donation to after being hit by thief

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Shootings & Deaths

Sacramento, CA: Father Killed Inside Market While Shopping With 4-Year-Old Daughter
Sheriff's deputies continue to investigate a shooting rampage inside a local grocery store that happened Saturday in the Arden-Arcade area. A gunman shot three people Saturday afternoon at East Market and Restaurant off El Camino Avenue, before turning the gun on himself - and now deputies are focused on determining a motive. A witness said Shujauudin Omerkheil and his daughter Bushra were buying food for Saturday night dinner when he was shot while holding bread, rice and his daughter's hand. Yousafzai said the two other men who were shot have serious injuries. One is in critical condition and the other still has a bullet lodged in his shoulder. Survivors told Yousafzai that the shooter walked into the store looking angry. A spokesperson for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said the attack appears random. They said the suspect is of Afghan descent. sacramento.cbslocal.com

Blackville, SC: Two men charged in the September murder of C-store owner
Agents from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division arrested two men on Tuesday in connection to the robbery and shooting at a convenience store in Blackville, South Carolina. The first suspect, Jason Jarmez Smith, 23, was charged with Murder, Armed Robbery, and Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime. Both men were booked at the Barnwell County Detention Center. Ashwinbhai "Andy" Patel, 60, who owned Corner Stop 10 Convenience Store, was shot to death during a robbery before 7 a.m. on Sept. 8.

Citrus County, FL: Recent Prison Releasee arrested in connection with shooting outside C-Store; Demare Barnes II faces a charge of Attempted Murder

Fort Worth, TX: Man shot, critically injured at an east Fort Worth C-store


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Houston, TX: Pizza Hut employee filmed chasing robbery suspects away while brandishing pizza cutter
A quick-thinking employee at a Pizza Hut in Houston turned the tables on a group of robbers by chasing them out of the store with a rather large, rather intimidating-looking pizza cutter. The police are now hoping to charge the criminals with aggravated robbery. On Tuesday, the department's Robbery Division released surveillance footage from the Aug. 29 incident on YouTube, asking for the public's assistance in identifying the fleeing suspects. foxnews.com

Los Angeles, CA: Man Exonerated After 7 Years in Prison for Robbery
He Did Not Commit
Derrick Harris was released on Tuesday after his co-defendant signed a declaration that Harris was not part of the robbery.

Janesville, WI: Former Tennis standout pleads guilty to 2018 Walgreens Opioid Armed Robbery

Pittsburgh, PA: Driver for alleged burglary ring pleads guilty to attempts on 2 local Gun Stores

Athens, GA: Unidentified person stole $1,000 worth of Chick-fil-A cooking oil




C-Store - Altoona, PA - Burglary
C-Store - Martinsburg, WV - Robbery
C-Store - Kingman, AZ - Robbery
C-Store - Thomson, GA - Armed Robbery
CVS - Valdosta, FL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Gulfport, FL - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Menomonee Falls, WI - Robbery
Jewelry - Phoenix, AZ - Burglary
Jewelry - Little Rock, AR - Robbery
Jewelry - El Cajon, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Palm Coast, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Martinsburg, WV - Robbery
Liquor - Milwaukee, WI - Armed Robbery
Liquor - Honolulu, HI - Burglary
Liquor - Chubbuck, ID - Burglary
Metro PCS - Atlanta, Ga - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Fitchburg, MA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Houston, TX - Robbery (Pizza Hut)
Restaurant - Staten Island, NY - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Brookhaven, GA - Armed Robbery (WingStop)
Restaurant - Madison, WI - Armed Robbery (TGI Friday
Shoes - Cleveland, TN - Robbery
T-Mobile - Decatur, GA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Chicago, IL - Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 20 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


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