Black Lives Matter Calls For Protest at Mall of America Tomorrow
Largest US Mall Launches Lawsuit Against Black Lives Matter
Civil rights groups have expressed concern over Mall of America's attempt to
scuttle a Black Lives Matter protest. The United States' largest shopping mall
began legal action Monday demanding the Black Lives Matter movement scrub its
social media accounts of advocacy for an upcoming protest.
Black Lives Matter has called for a protest at the Mall of America in
Minnesota state Wednesday. The demonstration aims to draw attention to the
fatal police shooting of the 24-year-old Black youth Jamar Clark in November in
The mall has now called on a judge to bar protesters from demonstrating at the
retail center. A lawsuit filed by the mall named the group Black Lives Matter
and four individuals as defendants, and is demanding the group retract its
social media calls for protest.
While Hennepin County Judge Karen Janisch has stated a decision will be made
quickly, protest organizers have responded to the suit by stating the
demonstration will go ahead as planned.
"We are here for Black Lives, no matter what," Kandace Montgomery, a named
defendant has stated.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota (ACLU-MN) says it is "closely
monitoring the case," and described the mall's case as "over-zealous." "The Mall
of America is trying to intimidate free speech activities with this aggressive
lawsuit," said ACLU-MN Executive Director Charles Samuelson. The mall's response
to the protest has also been met with anger on social media. telesurtv.net
Street gangs migrate to white-collar-crime turfs and credit card fraud
In New Jersey, 111 Neighborhood Crips used a machine to make dozens of fake gift
cards for supermarkets, pharmacies and hardware stores. The group based in Union
County also made tens of thousands of dollars from bogus tax returns - and four
of the 12 members indicted during the summer were also charged with murder and
attempted murder in separate incidents. Their cases are pending.
These aren't members of an organized Mafia or band of hackers. They're street
crews and gangs netting millions in white-collar schemes like identity theft and
credit card fraud - in some instances, giving up the old ways of making
an illicit income in exchange for easier crimes with shorter sentences.
Law enforcement officials say they see increasingly more gangs relying on such
crimes. This year, more than three dozen suspected crew members have been
indicted in separate cases across the country.
The nation's largest police department has revamped how it responds to financial
crimes after officials started noticing street crews with recoded credit
cards. Now, the grand larceny division brings in detectives from the gang
unit and other divisions to work together.
Pasqual said for some, it was a replacement for other crime. "For some it's a
supplement. They're earning the money to grow the other side of their business,
using white-collar crime to fund gun running. For a lot of them this becomes
their day to day. They travel the country when they get really good at it."
As officials crack down on one type of scam, criminals move on to the next. Gang
members learn the craft from each other - but many are also millennials,
"raised in a computer age, and they know how to use it," said Lt. Greg
Besson of the NYPD's financial crimes task force. phillytrib.com
Super Saturday Surge Helps Stores Weather Manic Markdown Season
Super Saturday lived up to its reputation but didn't move the needle. The crowds
came out. Business was good, and according to Customer Growth Partners, retail
sales rose 4 percent to $55 billion last weekend, compared to $53 billion on the
two comparable days last year.
Yet the surge wasn't super enough for anyone to revise the outlook which
stands at a modest 3 percent sales gain on the season. Moreover, profits could
be down from last year amid ubiquitous discounting.
Saturday and Sunday represent "the two highest traffic days of the year,"
said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners. "It was a strong
weekend, but it was too-little, too-late to save retailers from a lackluster
Buy online, pick up in store. Simple, right? Not this Christmas
Fully 60 percent of such orders placed on Cyber Monday ran into problems,
one study found. The wrong items were received, or orders were cancelled because
the product was no longer in stock. Sometimes there was no notification an order
was ready. Shoppers in droves have taken to social media to complain
about long waits at the service counter and other issues, an outcry that could
get louder as a crush of gift-buying procrastinators begin descending on store
counters in the final days before Christmas.
So far, experts say much of the retail industry is doing a lousy job of
consistently meeting customer expectations on these transactions.
FTC Rejects Staples' Concession In $6.3B Office Depot Deal
The Federal Trade Commission has rejected an offer by Staples to amend its $6.3
billion acquisition of Office Depot Inc. in an effort to appease the federal
agency's wariness over the deal, Staples announced on Monday. The office supply
retailer said it had offered to divest up to $1.25 billion of commercial
contracts to ease the FTC's concerns that the deal would hinder competition and
lead to higher prices, but said the federal agency did not accept the concession
and didn't respond with a counteroffer. law360.com
Directing Retail Security at the UK's ASDA: interview with Claire Rushton
Compston, features editor at SecurityNewsDesk, talks to Claire Rushton, senior
director - operational security - at supermarket giant Asda about the
opportunities and challenges of a career in retail security. Today, with her
recent appointment to a senior director role based out of Asda's headquarters in
Leeds, Claire Rushton is responsible for overseeing the operational security
around retail, distribution, and the company's Home Offices. This wide ranging
remit includes: dealing with 'out of the ordinary incidents', intelligence
gathering to flag up the latest criminal trends, and, significantly, sharing
best practice and applying strategies and technologies to facilitate effective
loss prevention Asda-wide.
Catching-up with Claire for this interview, one of the first things I wanted to
uncover was what influenced her decision to follow a career path into security
and, crucially, how she has ended up, years later, scaling the heights of retail
security with Asda, one of the UK's foremost retailers.
Austin, TX: 'Tis the Season for Cargo Thefts, How You Can Prevent Them
This year, both Christmas Day and New Year's Day occur on a Friday, creating two
separate three-day weekends, leaving more opportunity for shipments to be left
unattended or parked in unsecured locations for extended periods of time. The
cargo theft prevention and recovery services provider CargoNet analyzed theft
data from Dec. 23 -Jan. 2 for 2012 through 2015 and noted 112 incidents reported
in the United States and Canada during that period.
Texas and Georgia recorded the most activity, with 20 incidents each. Arkansas
made a rare appearance on the list due to a rash of trailer break-ins in during
2014 and early 2015. The top five states accounted for 63 percent of cargo theft
during that period.
During the holidays, thieves targeted truck stops with 20 thefts, warehouses had
17 thefts, and parking lots saw 15 thefts. Those three locations accounted for
just under half of all reported thefts in the reporting period. The average loss
was valued at US$170,487. CargoNet recorded a loss value just above US$5 million
for all thefts in that period.
It's official: Canadians have abandoned U.S. outlet malls
Day trips into the United States this year are down 26 per cent, rivalling some
of the sharpest drops on record. The loonie's historic slide over the past year
or so "has completely reversed the tide of cross-border shoppers," Sal Guatieri,
economist at Bank of Montreal, says.
The numbers back up what retail execs have been noticing this year along the
U.S.-Canada border, home to scores of outlet malls that Canadians spent freely
at just a couple of years ago but have virtually abandoned as the CAD has
plunged in value against the U.S. dollar. Some of the major outlet malls are
near the Canadian border, or have a significant [number of ] Canadian tourists.
All you have to do is visit [outlet locations], and you can see" the decline in
The Bon-Ton Stores Talking to Stage Stores and Belk about possible merger
Westfield sells five malls in billion dollar deal
The Secure Stores Forum, a whole new kind of LP meeting, gets high marks from
Loss Prevention leaders
This year's event is Feb. 21-23, 2016 in Miami
Last year at this time, about 45 retail Loss Prevention executives were
wondering what to expect as they looked forward to the very first
Forum event. Well, the reviews for Secure Stores were very strong indeed. The LP
leaders who attended, representing retailers ranging from Bloomingdale's to Big
Lots, Donna Karan to Dress Barn and more, gave the event high marks across the
Attendees said they enjoyed the Forum's different approach: Secure Stores Forum
hosts just 50 senior LP leaders, by invitation, for intimate conversation and
the opportunity for one-to-one networking at a resort between peers, colleagues
The Second Annual Secure Stores Forum is February 21-23, 2016 at the 4-star Eden
Roc Resort on Miami Beach. A few of the 50 retailer spots for this year's event
are still available, first-come, first-served, for VP and Director-level LP
leaders who haven't attended before. (LP executives can call or
Stores Forum for an invitation.) There is no cost to attend, and Secure Stores
Forum pays all expenses: airfare, hotel, meals, for those who qualify.
We see a unique place in our industry for this event as a complement to the
larger, established shows and conferences. Secure Stores Forum won't replace
them, but it is doing something different, and from all reports, it's doing that
something quite well. Whether you're a retailer or a service provider, Secure
Stores Forum may indeed be something you should consider adding to your schedule
for February of 2016.
Stores Forum - February 21-23, 2016 (800) 746-9646 -
The Event on Retail Security & Loss Prevention
Eden Roc Miami Beach, February 21-23, 2016