Black Lives Matter demonstration at Mall of America moves forward as planned,
despite judge's ruling barring three lead activists
- Judge reinforces mall's right to remove protestors from private property
- Organizers expect hundreds at protest
A judge's ruling Tuesday won't prohibit a Black Lives Matter demonstration at
the Mall of America on Wednesday, or satisfy the shopping complex's desire to
make the group take down social-media messages about the protest. The 29-page
order from Hennepin County Judge Karen Janisch did reinforce the mall's right
to remove from its private property protesters who may show up at Wednesday's
event. But Janisch declined to bar BLM, because the mall couldn't prove that
the group was a legal entity.
Janisch agreed to the mall's request to prohibit BLM activists Miski Noor,
Michael McDowell and Kandace Montgomery from demonstrating on mall property.
Before the ruling, Noor and others had said they wouldn't cancel the protest
seeking justice for Jamar Clark, who was killed Nov. 15 by Minneapolis police in
a scuffle. Activists claim he was handcuffed when he was shot, an assertion
denied by police officials.
The call for a 1:30 p.m. protest at the mall's east rotunda remains in place
on the Black Lives Matter Minneapolis site, which indicated 654 were "going" as
of Tuesday evening. Kandace Montgomery, one of three organizers barred by
the judge's order, said the group isn't deterred by the ban. She declined to say
if she or her fellow organizers still planned to go to the mall, but she said
she expects at least 700 people to show up. "We are a leader-full
organization. Just barring three of us does not mean that you've stopped our
work," she said.
Mall Of America BLM Protest Could Spark Arrests And Early Store Closures
Mall of America could be thwarted from conducting business today as Black Lives
Matter protesters continue with plans to converge on the massive shopping
complex. The Bloomington, Minnesota police may have beefed up security efforts
in advance of the Mall of America Black Lives Matter protest, but department
officials are not sharing details of any such efforts with the media. Although
some agree that the court does not have the authority to issue a restraining
order to prevent possible illegal action by unknown individuals or groups,
few have expressed doubt that the highly publicized Black Lives Matter rally
will keep shoppers away from the Mall of America on one of the busiest shopping
days of the year. If stores close early due to the protest and lack of
customers, it is not likely that the employees at the mall shops, eateries, and
amusements will garner a full paycheck this week. During a similarly planned
protest on December 23 last year, stores did close early and dozens of
protesters were arrested.
Bomb Scare in London -
Christmas Shoppers on Regent Street Evacuated Due to Suspicious Vehicle
London was once again victim of a bomb scare on Regent Street, early Tuesday
afternoon. Following reports of a suspicious vehicle, the police cordoned off a
section of the busy shopping thoroughfare around 1 p.m., the peak lunchtime
shopping hour. Shops including Hamleys toy store, Furla, COS and Anthropologie
were affected by the incident, as Christmas shoppers were evacuated from the
street or asked to stay inside shops. The vehicle in question was a black cab
that did not have a license on display and had tinted windows, which is not
permitted for working taxis. Bomb squad officers crashed one of the windows
while examining the vehicle and declared it non-suspicious one hour later.
Shoppers World Deploys Retail 20/20 from Agilence, Replacing XBR
Agilence, Inc., the leading provider of cloud-based data analytics solutions for
retail operations and loss prevention, today announced that Shoppers World will
be replacing their legacy XBR software with the Retail 20/20 reporting solution
from Agilence. The department store chain selected 20/20 for its reporting and
alerting capabilities, both of which allow users to focus on the anomalies
impacting their bottom line, enabling them to improve operations and reduce
fraud more efficiently. Headquartered in New York, NY, Shoppers World operates
35 stores in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland, Georgia,
Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois.
Gets in the Holiday Spirit - Watch this awesome music-themed light show from
inside their office!
'Tis the holiday season, and boy are we getting in the spirit! To add to our
office festivities we decided to have the first annual Agilence Holiday
Decoration Contest, and as you can see in this video one of our developer team
set the bar pretty high. The rest of our team came through as well with themes
like Santa's workshop, a winter wonderland, presents under the tree, an
elementary school Christmas, and the journey to Christmas. To see all of the
pictures check out our
LPRC to Host Cyber Security Summit in Early
The University of Florida and the Loss Prevention Research Council are teaming
up once again, this time to bring you a cyber security summit set to kick off in
early spring 2016! The summit will analyze major issues and common security hot
topics affecting retailers in our technological world today. If you are
interested in learning more about this, please follow this link to learn more:
http://fics-institute.org/. If you are interested in attending the summit,
please contact Brittany at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned!
Tyco minds the store with latest acquisition
Security technology specialist Tyco International plc is continuing to expand
its focus on providing store analytics to retailers. Tyco has reached a
definitive agreement to acquire ShopperTrak, a global provider of retail
consumer behavioral data and location-based analytics, for approximately $175
million in cash. Based in Chicago, ShopperTrak provides customer traffic and
related intelligence to more than 1,200 retailers in 97 countries. ShopperTrak's
offerings include solutions for perimeter traffic counting, in-store consumer
behavior analytics and industry benchmarking. The addition of ShopperTrak to
Tyco's recent acquisition of FootFall, a global provider of retail traffic
analytics based in the U.K., will capture data from 35 billion shopper visits
Higher food prices increase theft fears in supermarkets -
Increased use of credit cards and reusable bags also factor into increased theft
People who shoplift from grocery stores usually start by stealing small
quantities of cheese or charcuterie, says Florent Gravel. But as their appetites
and larcenies grow, so does the threat they pose to the bottom lines of grocers.
"Grocers have to always be on the lookout at the front, back and inside their
stores," said Gravel, president and general manager of the Association des détaillants en alimentation du Québec, which represents some 8,000 owners of
food stores of all stripes and size. "But these days they have to be even more
According to Gravel, the low Canadian dollar, a fragile economy, and the
spike in prices for some foods in 2015 - notably beef and imported fruits,
nuts and vegetables - has been accompanied by increased shoplifting. He
pegged the cost of shoplifting at 1% of all grocery sales, or roughly the same
amount as grocers make in profits. About 65% of stolen groceries are estimated
to go out the front door, with employees and/or receivers (delivery people)
accounting for 35% exiting through the back.
According to Gravel, two recent consumer trends have also increased the threat
of grocery store shoplifting. One is the widespread use of reusable bags.
"We never used to let people bring bags into stores, now everybody does," said
Gravel. The other trend is debit card use. "People don't carry money
around anymore, so the pickpockets have turned to stealing groceries," said
He said they tend to work in teams that fill up grocery bags with expensive
items like meats and cheeses and razors, and leave them next to cash registers.
One or two then create a distraction, and the others pick up the bags and exit
the store. They then sell the stolen goods to unscrupulous people or
businesses like restaurants and even other food or convenience stores.
Amazon's Relationship with UPS Shifting from Partner
to Potentially Disruptive Shipping Competitor
As the clock counts down to Christmas, workers at United Parcel Service Inc. are
busy hustling packages along loading docks and conveyor belts at its Louisville,
Ky., hub-part of a costly, intricate system built in part to cater to Amazon.com
Inc., its biggest customer. But the symbiotic relationship between the two
giants has come under increasing strain, according to interviews with more than
a dozen current and former UPS and Amazon executives. Rising package volumes
and costs have Amazon seeking alternative delivery routes - shifting the online
retailer's role from key ally to a potentially disruptive competitor. Amazon
has held talks with air-cargo companies to lease airplanes and build its own
freight operation. The company is already using its own trucks, drivers and a
fleet of couriers for the final and most-expensive leg of an order's trip. It
has been making its own deliveries in certain high-density regions and relying
more heavily on the U.S. Postal Service. Eventually, it hopes to get drones to
drop packages into backyards.
Rag & Bone Sued Over Wheelchair-Unfriendly NY Store
Rag & Bone and a subsidiary of property manager Aimco were hit with a
discrimination suit Tuesday in New York federal court, alleging the luxury
apparel chain's Upper West Side store in Manhattan is inaccessible to people
using wheelchairs. Rag & Bone Holdings LLC and landlord Aimco 182-188 Columbus
Avenue LLC violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New
York State Civil Rights Law and the city's Administrative Code by failing to
provide an obstacle-free entrance for individuals with disabilities who use
wheelchairs to get around, the complaint says.
Restoration Hardware Gets OK For $1.5M Wage Settlement
A California judge on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to Restoration
Hardware's $1.5 million settlement of a wage-and-hour class action filed on
behalf of 2,200 of the home furnishings store's Golden State employees alleging
it failed to provide required overtime and breaks.
Britain's largest sportswear retailer, Sports Direct, to review workers'
Sports Direct responded to critics of its employment practices on Friday with
the launch of a review of conditions for its thousands of agency warehouse
workers, to be overseen by its billionaire founder and majority shareholder,
Mike Ashley. A
report by the Guardian newspaper last week said that protracted security
checks of workers at its main warehouse in Shirebrook, central England, meant
that some were effectively paid less than the legal minimum, an allegation
denied by the company.
Weekly Retail Sales Index Jumps 3.6% as Markdowns Heat Up
Chain store growth slows in NYC; Dunkin' Donuts tops list
Kroger unveiling new concept in Seattle
RILA 2015 Accomplishments
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