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Kelly Schultz was named Manager - Global Logistics & Customs Compliance for AM Retail Group. Kelly was previously the Manager - Global Trade Security Partnerships for Target before taking on this new role. She had been with Target since 1987 and has held such positions as Import Logistics Analyst - International Transportation, Supervisor, Overseas Operations - International Transportation, Assets Protection Team Leader - International Supply Chain Security, and Senior Business Partner - International Assets Protection. Congratulations Kelly!
Major specialty retailer LP Director reporting
into Chief Information Officer the CIO In what might be a new
trend long term the LP function at a major specialty retailer now reports direct
line into the CIO's pyramid. Interesting development given what's happened in
retail over the last two years. With hackers, rogue employee's,
BYOD, remote access to company data, and third party exposures it make sense to
have the investigative subject matter experts reporting into the area that in
today's connected world represents more of a threat than any ORC gang. The
synergies and united effort it creates gives the organization a real-time
response model that combines the best of both worlds. And given the SEC's recent
announcement that the Board will be individually liable for cybersecurity it
makes sense to have both groups connected at the hip. Long term it also feeds
the evolution of the LP executive to potentially develop into more of a CSO role
because it eliminates the gap and forces educational development. Stay tuned
next week as we name the retailer and give the reasons behind the recent shift
from the traditional operations or finance reporting structures. Just a thought
- Gus Downing
Retail sales fall 3rd straight month in Feb. - harsh weather kept
consumers from auto showrooms & shopping malls - could hurt Q1
Snowy and cold weather and the now-settled labor dispute at the country's West
Coast ports, which disrupted the supply chain, hurt economic activity early in
the year, but the slowdown in growth is seen temporary against the backdrop of a
rapidly firming labor market. The decline in sales last month was fairly
broad-based, suggesting that bad weather that blanketed the country in the
second half of February could have been a factor.
Systemax to close TigerDirect brick-and-mortar stores
Systemax, the parent company of Miami-based TigerDirect, said Wednesday it plans
to exit its brick-and-mortar electronics business. The company will focus
exclusively on selling online and directly to businesses. The move will include
closing a distribution center and 31 of its 34 stores and the company will lay
off an unspecified number of workers. The announcement accompanied the company's
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Cocaine addict Radoslaw Ozgowicz has been jailed after he stole hundreds of cosmetics from a laboratory and sold them to a couple who made thousands on eBay. Portsmouth Crown Court heard the 36-year-old would take up to 50 items a day while working for Estee Lauder. It comes as couple Dariusz Suski, 32, and Joanna Lazarska, 33, were jailed after their home – dubbed an Aladdin’s Cave – was raided and police found thousands of Estee Lauder and Clarins items. Judge Sarah Munro QC jailed Ozgowicz for two years. Sentencing Ozgowicz, of Copnor Road, she said: ‘You were stealing products during your breaks and hiding them. ‘You, at the time, initially sold some of those items through eBay but very quickly you were selling directly to Suski and Lazarska. ‘You estimated that about 70 per cent of the products you sold to them were stolen. ‘On the figures, in fact, it must have been a far higher figure.’ Judge Munro added he received at least 62,000 pounds from Suski and Lazarska, of St Ronan’s Road, Southsea, who had 11,000 items at their home. He stole the items between January 2011 and September 11, 2013. Some of the items he took were from the Estee Lauder shop and others were damaged and not due for sale at their normal retail price.
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Apple Watch aims to alter payment and shopping experience
Apple CEO Tim Cook waited until the end of its "Spring Forward" event to discuss
the new device, and even then the company mostly focused on fitness and health
features. But Apple did give the gathered audience in San Francisco quick
glimpses into how the Apple Watch will work with Apple Pay, airline boarding,
and mobile banking. When it's time for a consumer to pay for an item at a
retailer, he or she will double tap the side button on the Apple Watch to
prepare Apple Pay and the preferred payment card will appear on the screen. A
consumer then holds the Apple Watch near an NFC reader to pay. Apple Watch
notifies the user the transaction is complete with an audible ping, and then
proceeds to show some purchase details on the screen. At first blush, it appears
the Apple Watch payments experience reduces the overall time it takes to
complete a purchase compared with an iPhone or credit card. But is that enough
to increase mobile payments adoption? "Although this may seem like just five
seconds of time improvement, that really matters from an adoption standpoint for
mobile payments" Mike Wehrs, head of U.S. operations and global chief marketing
officer of Appster, said. "We see this as a fundamental accelerator for the
adoption of mobile payment technology overall."
Leader of Counterfeit Credit Card Ring of Five - Sentenced To 9 Years In Prison
for $126K fraud in MD. Michael Crew, age 54, of Owings Mills,
Maryland, sentenced today to nine years in prison followed by three years of
supervised release, after Crew pleaded guilty to bank fraud conspiracy and
aggravated identity theft, arising from his use of stolen credit and debit cards
to manufacture counterfeit credit cards used to buy merchandise and services.
Judge Quarles also entered an order that Crew pay restitution of $126,318.99,
the amount of the actual loss to victims. Generally the gift cards used to
manufacture the counterfeit credit cards were shoplifted from stores. For
example, on June 13, 2012, Crew was arrested when he attempted to shoplift gift
cards at the Shoppers Food Warehouse in Howard County. Crew received a
citation and was released. Crew generally did not use the counterfeit credit
cards himself, but either sold them or had others use them. Sometimes he told
them what to purchase, such as gift cards, electronics and luxury linens which
he resold. Crew and his co-conspirators accessed or attempted to access
credit card accounts with credit limits of between $400,000 and $1 million,
using the financial account numbers of real people. To date, five other
defendants have pleaded guilty to their participation in the scheme and await
Identity Theft ring - two suspects arrested - 'netted thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise' in New Brunswick, N.J. Two Sayreville residents were arrested and charged Wednesday for their alleged roles in a credit card and identity theft ring, say county officials. Clare Ojeda 37, and Shaun Howard, 38, have both been charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, identity theft, theft by deception and conspiracy to commit identity theft by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey. A joint investigation by Cranford township police and prosecutor's office detectives determined that Ojeda and Howard allegedly obtained and used credit cards in the names of at least seven victims between Dec. 19, 2004 and March 9, 2015, county officials say. Investigators say the theft ring potentially netted thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise. According to police, Ojeda and Howard used the identities of the victims to obtain credit cards, which then were used to make various purchases, including clothing, shoes and sunglasses. The total amount of the thefts has yet to be determined, officials say. Police say the investigation into the thefts is ongoing. nj.com
ORC couple - female busted - male escaped after assaulting Home Depot LP in Pleasanton A woman has been arrested for stealing power tools and a man who was with her is being sought for attacking a security worker at the Home Depot in Pleasanton, police said Wednesday. Smith and the alleged getaway driver, Steven Proctor, 21, were identified as suspects after loss prevention officials with Home Depot realized the two matched a description of suspects in a similar crime at a store in Vacaville, police said. After that theft, a loss prevention officer detained Smith in the store parking lot but was then struck by a Lexus driven by Proctor, police said. The security officer was knocked to the ground but is expected to make a full recovery. Proctor, who is a transient, is being sought on a $210,000 warrant for theft. He is known to frequent East Bay hotels, police said. sfgate.com
ORC female & employee of Amy's Country Candles busted selling $5,600 of merchandise online from second job in Kenner, La. Investigators suspect Kimberlee Chapman Romero, 35, of Metairie, stole more than $5,600 worth of merchandise from the company's Esplanade Mall location in Kenner, said Lt. Brian McGregor, spokesman for the Kenner Police Department. Romero was selling the products online and from her cubicle at a Metairie insurance company where she worked a second job, authorities said. She even had a pricing sheet where she was selling them at a significantly lower price," McGregor said. Police booked Romero on Tuesday (March 10) with organized retail theft greater than $500, possession of stolen property valued over $1,500 and theft valued over $1,500. nola.com
ORC Allentown male duo hit Moravian bookstore for 9 calculators for $1,664 to support heroin addiction Pair of Allentown men are accused of stealing $1,664 worth of scientific calculators from a Moravian College bookstore, according to court records. They stole a total of nine calculators from the store at 1125 Monocacy St. in Bethlehem. Police say the pair sold the calculators at an Allentown pawn shop. lehighvalleylive.com
3 Men stole $15,000 of Text Books from Follett Bookstore at Saint Cloud University St. Cloud police are looking for three men they say stole more than $15,000 worth of mostly textbooks from Husky Bookstore during approximately nine separate thefts last month. Authorities say surveillance video shows three men concealing various textbooks, including chemistry, business law, and other science books — in book bags and leaving the store without paying. Police said store employees discovered several previous thefts by the same suspects by looking back at past security footage and inventory logs. The theft was first reported by the privately owned bookstore in Centennial Hall at St. Cloud State University on Feb. 14. Husky Bookstore is operated by Follett Higher Education Group, a campus retailer based in Illinois that operates more than 940 campus stores. sctimes.com
Johnson City, MO Police arrest 2 teens stealing $610 in merchandise from JC Penney Police said two teens each picked up felony shoplifting charges after they were caught trying to steal hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise from a local department store. Police arrived to see store staff had detained Cheek and Zeolia after the alleged shoplifting attempt. Staff told officers, police said, that the two women placed $610 worth of merchandise inside a handbag and hid more merchandise on their persons while they were in a store fitting room. johnsoncitypress.com
Aldi Distribution Center employee in Faribault, MN charged in theft of 94 cases of shrimp valued at $15k A Faribault man is accused of stealing 94 cases of shrimp worth more than $15,000 while working as a custodian at the Aldi distribution warehouse last year. southernminn.com
3 Deliverymen indicted for stealing $8,700 from Navel Exchange The men allegedly loaded the new, unsold merchandise onto an NEX delivery truck and, along with another person, took the merchandise to their homes while conducting pre-scheduled deliveries, documents state. guampdn.com
Man loads 27 cases of beer in shopping cart at Walmart in North Lauderdale busted
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'Rental car' traffic stop produces two gift card scam suspects in Garner, N.C.
Dominic Speaks and Daron James were arrested in Garner after police found
several Visa gift cards inside their rental car during a traffic stop in
January. Police were able to use technology provided by the U.S. Secret Service
to learn that the cards had been manipulated to hold stolen credit card
information. Police said the cards had been mechanically altered to look like
real credit cards with real people's names. Police say criminals often obtain
stolen credit card information from data breaches and by using skimming software
that can be attached to card readers, often at places like self-serve gas
stations and car washes where there is no attendant monitoring the activity.
Man fights with Wal-Mart security guard over gun in New Hartford, NY A man is accused of reaching for a gun just before getting in a fight with a Wal-Mart loss prevention officer in a parking lot in New Hartford. Police said were called around 8 p.m. Tuesday to the Wal-Mart after two men were confronted by employees for stealing. Tevin V. Joyner, 20, was being detained by loss prevention officers while 26-year-old Willie Alexander fled across the parking lot and toward the store's garden center, police say. Witnesses told police that Alexander was trying to get rid of the gun when a loss prevention officer approached him. The two fought after Alexander allegedly reached for the gun on the ground while the employee was trying to detain him. New Hartford Police Officer Ann Marie Brelinsky took Alexander into custody when she arrived at the parking lot. Joyner and Alexander are charged with misdemeanor petit larceny, while Alexander also faces a felony second-degree criminal possession of a weapon charge. syracuse.com
5 men arrested in Verizon store robbery in Manhattan Beach, CA Five
men were in custody Wednesday in connection with a robbery at a Verizon Wireless
store in Manhattan Beach, where the manager was held at gunpoint and a safe was
emptied. Two suspected robbers were caught immediately, but three others who
disappeared were captured later when police used GPS to track cellphones stolen
from the business to a parking lot in Culver City, Manhattan Beach police
Officer Stephanie Martin said. The robbers struck the store at Aviation and
Artesia boulevards just before 9 p.m. Tuesday. Three men entered the business.
One pointed a gun at the manager, while the others took store iPhones and iPads
from the unlocked safe and display cases.
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