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Drones Are Coming - Securing 'Drone Zones' Throughout the Entire Supply Chain
Since Jeff Bezos unveiled Amazon's flying fantasies on CBS 60 Minutes last year,
there are stories almost daily about their commercial use. Bezos is not alone.
DHL is already doing drone deliveries in Germany, and FedEx and Google are
working on it here in the U.S. In Japan, the Yamaha Motor Company is developing
drone technology and the government has formed a panel to encourage private
companies to come up with ideas on how and where they can be used in "drone
FAA is also looking at establishing drone zones. In March, Crocs opened a
pop up store in Tokyo that used drones to deliver shoes to customers who ordered
them at an in-store kiosk. Called the "Flying Norlin" project, customers
chose their shoes, hit the "take off" button and magnet-equipped drones were
supposed to deliver the shoes to a waiting basket. Some were dropped in
mid-flight and a couple of others flew into customers. No one was hurt and
it probably created more buzz than harm. McDonald's has also encouraged
entrepreneurs to consider door-to-door delivery, making drive-thru's obsolete.
Amazon gets green light from U.S. regulators for new drone tests
Amazon.com Inc has won approval from U.S. federal regulators to test a delivery
drone outdoors, less than a month after the e-commerce powerhouse blasted
regulators for being slow to approve commercial drone testing. Amazon must keep
flights at an altitude of no more than 400 feet (120 meters) and no faster than
100 miles per hour (160 km per hour).
IKEA to shoppers in Beijing: Please stop napping on the furniture Snoozing shoppers have reportedly become such an issue at the store's Beijing location that the Swedish retailer is having to crack down. IKEA spokesman Josefin Thorell told the Wall Street Journal last summer that napping was fairly common in its Chinese store, and it appears that the home goods retailer was originally okay with it. "This is a spontaneous phenomenon. Some customers who enter the Chinese stores sleep in the bed," he said. "But we don't see it as a problem." Apparently that tune has changed, as the Shanghaiist reported earlier this week that the Chinese location is no longer tolerating those who opt for sleeping over shopping since they prevent other customers from testing and buying products. This isn't the only rule IKEA has made lately. It recently put a stop to the 32,000-plus people who wanted to play hide-and-seek in its European stores. today.com
Apple rescinds policy against hiring felons for construction work at new campus
in Cupertino, CA Apple has opened the door for construction workers
with recent felonies on their records to help build its new campus. The tech
giant has lifted a requirement that people who had been convicted of felonies
within the past seven years could not work on the massive Cupertino construction
project, Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock told this newspaper Thursday. After the
policy came to light this week, Apple came under fire from union leaders and
advocates, who say construction jobs are a key source of work for felons trying
to transition back into society.
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65 Future Shop stores left - re-open under Best Buy name - Investing $200M over
next two yrs to improve "customer experience" Some 1,500 employees,
including 500 full-time and 1,000 part-time positions were eliminated during the
closures of the other 66 stores. That's in addition to the 136 stores that
already operated under the Best Buy name, including 18 in the Toronto
region. In Ontario, 22 Future Shops were converted to Best Buy stores, while 30
others closed permanently, for a total of 55 Best Buy stores and 29 Best Buy
Mobile stores across the province. The company said its Best Buy stores are
larger, which will allow it to invest in appliances and in-store experiences.
The company said it plans to invest up to $200 million over the next two
years to improve the customer experience, both in-store and online.
Quebec based David's Tea files for IPO; sees potential for 300 U.S. stores - Could need an LP Director in the future Founded in 2008, Canada's David's Tea has flown largely on the radar, and now operates 134 stores in Canada and 24 in the United States. It sees the potential for up to an additional 100 stores in Canada and an additional 300 locations in the United States. In fiscal 2015, David's Tea expects to open approximately 25-30 stores in Canada and 10-15 stores in the United States. looks to open 30 to 40 annually. Editors note: This company could probably use an LP Director once they hit that 200 store mark. Keep an eye out for them. chainstoreage.com
Canadian Tire - A Brand Canadian's should be proud of & one that helped defeat Big Red (Target) Much can be said about Target's problems and their own self-inflicted wounds but one element seems to have avoided most writers and analysts covering the Canadian Push, and that's that a few of the Canadian born retailers and the already well established U.S. retailers in Canada, specifically Home Depot and Wal-Mart up'ed their game and fought back. One of the leaders being Canadian Tire. Canadian Tire knew it had to up its game again, and that is exactly what it did. Its "Smart Store" concept is a vast improvement over the traditional Canadian Tire stores, and its other banners have gotten a nice facelift too. Canadians have responded well-revenue from the retail segment grew by an impressive 10.4% just last quarter. So, when looking ahead, Canadian Tire is much better off than it would be if Target never arrived. The company famously survived back in the mid-1990s, when both Walmart and Home Depot entered Canada. Editor's Note: It wasn't just the problems Target had internally that led to their demise. It was also the fact that up until Target's announcement of their 130 store Canadian entry the U.S. push had been very controlled and slow, almost going unnoticed, but once Target made their announcement the retailers saw it as a declaration of War and knew that it would be survival of the fittest. So, in one regard the entire Target event benefited the Canadian retailers and the Canadian consumer. Because everyone up'ed their game and whenever that happens most everyone wins. Except for Target that is. But I wouldn't write them off in Canada yet, because they may be back. Just a thought. fool.ca
Canada could see 7 Sakes Fifth Ave. stores & 25 Off Fifth's - That's Lots of LP jobs! Two Saks Fifth Avenue locations are currently under construction, and negotiations continue for other free-standing stores. The chain's Canadian flagship, spanning 150,000 square feet over four floors within Toronto's flagship Hudson's Bay building, is scheduled to open in the spring of 2016. A second 130,000 square foot location, at Toronto's Sherway Gardens, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016. Both stores will be unique in how they will feature large grocery departments, each approximately 25,000 square feet, unlike in Saks' American locations. retail-insider.com
Nordstrom plans to open between seven and 10 Canadian stores, with locations already open in Calgary and Ottawa Nordstrom will open its first Vancouver location this September and in 2016-2017, it will open three Toronto locations. Two of Toronto's Nordstrom stores will be located in the same malls as Saks. retail-insider.com
Boutique Jacob relaunching operations with five Quebec stores Womenswear retailer Boutique Jacob is resuming operations, although on a much smaller scale. Family owners are developing a plan to relaunch the business with five stores in Quebec along with online operations after exiting seven months of creditor protection under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. Jacob is abandoning any hope of rebuilding a national brand after closing 91 stores last year and shedding some 990 employees. Instead, it will focus on locations in Montreal, Quebec City and Sorel-Tracy where the company started 35 years ago. financialpost.com
Kelowna RCMP looking for Vacuum thief - hit London Drugs store six times
Chaos as Walmart shoppers swarm armed robber in Hamilton Customers swarmed an armed robber at an east Mountain Walmart Tuesday night, in a chaotic scene that saw two cashiers jabbed with a mock gun. Police say the suspect went into Walmart a few minutes after 8 p.m. Pulling a fake handgun out of his sock, he walked up to a cashier, police say. "He pressed the imitation gun to her side, told her to open the cash register," said Staff Sgt. Gary Thompson. According to witnesses, he screamed at her several times to hand over the cash. Police say the shaken employee could not open the register fast enough. The suspect then moved to another employee and began yelling at him to open his register while shoving the gun into his back. The staffer panicked as well and fumbled to open the drawer. Scared customers scrambled in all directions, police said, just as the employee got the register to open. "Then they swarmed him," Thompson said. Police say a customer came from behind and struggled to restrain the gunman. They ripped the gun from his grasp. Lumsden said he passed the weapon to a nearby employee and continued to hold the man down. Police say no one was injured in the incident. thestar.com
Crash in Regina leads to fraudulent credit cards seizure by RCMP A rollover on the Trans-Canada Highway led to the RCMP seizing a number of fraudulent credit cards. On March 21 the Morse RCMP found a 2004 Dodge Durango in the centre ditch near Ernfold. Officers found a firearm at the scene and seven grams of crystal meth. Interested in what else might be inside, they got a search warrant on the Durango and found a number of altered gift cards, computers, two grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Most of the cards were Visa and MasterCard brand, with the real numbers sanded off along the with the amount of the gift card. The suspects appear to have embossed stolen credit card numbers onto the cards as well as expiry dates and customer name. leaderpost.com
Jewelry Store Robbers caught by police a block away in North Vancouver Unfortunately for two males who had just robbed a jewellery store, they were observed by plain clothes police officers who were at the right place and time a block away. handcuffs with blue and red lights. The incident unfolded on April 7 in North Vancouver when at approximately 11 a.m. two males entered a jewellery store in the 1500 block of Lonsdale Avenue. One of the males stood watch while much to the alarm of the store employees the other male suddenly jumped over the counter and grabbed an extensive amount of expensive jewellery from the show cases. Both suspects were last seen fleeing the area on foot. Working nearby were plain clothes police officers who observed the two males acting suspiciously as they ran down the street. The two males were ultimately arrested by the North Vancouver RCMP. thenelsondaily.com
Retail Conditions Report February 2015
Each quarter, Retail Council of Canada surveys members to bring you the latest news on retailer performance across the country. The Retail Conditions Report provides members with valuable, real-time insight into consumer behavior, best practices in retailing, trends and economic conditions. Read more
Retail Fast Facts: March 2015
● Total monthly retail sales changed by 0.5 per cent over the comparable month last year.
● Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 3.7 per cent over the comparable month last year. retailcouncil.org
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The American Apparel & Footwear Association files two counterfeit complaints against Alibaba The association has lodged two formal complaints against the Chinese Internet giant with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and the U.S. Trade Representative's office, imploring federal officials to step up scrutiny and oversight of Alibaba's commitments to crack down on counterfeits on its Taobao online marketplace. "Alibaba's Taobao platform is notorious as one of the biggest platforms for counterfeit goods worldwide," Duggan said in her letter to Froman. "Our members encounter innumerable counterfeits on Taobao every day, which result in millions of dollars of lost sales, damage to reputation, legal costs and exhaustion of internal resources." The Chinese e-commerce giant has also come under scrutiny from its own government. Duggan said her members have had "mixed success" in securing "takedowns" of just a small percentage of infringing, counterfeit products being sold on Taobao, she said. wwd.com
Survey: Three in four shoppers use mobile in-store Purchases in brick-and-mortar stores still accounted for more than 94% of all retail sales in the U.S. last year, totaling $4.4 trillion. But according to the new "Reality of Retail" report from retail marketing firm InReality, consumers are shifting their in-store shopping habits. For example, 75% of surveyed shoppers use mobile devices in-store, with 25% making mobile in-store purchases. Perhaps reflecting this increased reliance on mobile technology to support store activities, only 12% of shoppers feel the in-store sales associate is an important touch point in a purchase decision. chainstoreage.com
Annual web sales sail ahead by 190% for Pier 1
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of Three Arrested in Connection to Organized Retail Theft from Ralphs Grocery
Stores Due in Court; accused of theft of $1 Million in product One of
three men accused of stealing goods from a Ralphs distribution center in
Riverside is slated to be arraigned Thursday. Charles Jeffrey Cherry, 48, of
Colton was arrested in early February following an investigation that allegedly
uncovered evidence that he, 58-year- old Froilan Lopez Garcia of Menifee and
34-year-old Dean Thompson of Temecula had stolen products altogether valued at
more than $1 million. Thompson has pleaded not guilty; Garcia is scheduled to be
arraigned in May. All three defendants are free on bond. According to Riverside
police, the Ralphs grocery chain initiated an internal investigation in June
2014 after documenting instances in which food and other goods had been removed
from the company's Riverside distribution center. It's believed the thefts went
on for months before they were discovered. Detectives from the Riverside police
Organized Retail Crime Division were eventually contacted and picked up the
investigation, ultimately identifying Cherry, Garcia and Thompson as the alleged
perpetrators. Search warrants served at each man's residence resulted in the
seizure of $20,000 in stolen merchandise, police alleged.
"Billy The Kid" Arrested for running ORC gang in Wichita Falls, TX A man who has been arrested numerous times in Wichita Falls and other places around Texas in shoplifting cases is back in Wichita County jail. 29-year-old Austin Bounds is jailed in connection with four Wichita County cases and one from Williamson County. He was arrested in Wichita Falls last December in what police say appeared to be a "team" shoplifting scheme at Best Buy in which they say a camera was taken. Officers say there appeared to be three people working together bounds cutting the security sensor off the camera, the woman putting her purse down so bounds could put the camera inside, and another man serving as a lookout or diversion. A witness told police the three left in a car and went to Target, where officers tased one suspect and found the other man and the woman hiding in the store. Police say they found other stolen items in the car. Bound was re-arrested for bond violations and a bench warrant for theft, and an evading arrest charge from Williamson County in connection with a rash of thefts in the Round Rock and Austin area. Police there say Bounds is known there as A-town, or Billy the Kid and has arrests dating back to 2002. texomashomepage.com
Thieves in Grandville, MI return $8,000 of stolen items to Cabela's for gift cards A band of young thieves who stole from Cabela's and quickly returned the pilfered items for gift cards were using part of the proceeds to support heroin habits, police said Thursday. The four appeared in Grandville District Court Thursday for a probable cause hearing on charges of conducting and conspiring to conduct a criminal enterprise. Over the course of three weeks, they stole an estimated $8,000 in merchandise, which was then returned to Cabela's for in-store credit, court records show. More than 45 gift cards were then sold to area pawn shops or on the streets, netting the group about $3,900. Gift cards were sold for 50 cents on the dollar, court documents show. An affinity for heroin was a binding factor in the thefts, Grandville Police Chief Daniel Steere said. "Heroin drives a lot of this, it really does,'' Steere said. "The retail fraud, the shoplifting and other larceny-type activities are driven by this. It's not just exclusive to Grandville; not at all.'' wzzm13.com
Man convicted of having addicts shoplift gets 14-month term A western Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 14 months in prison - far less than the four years federal prosecutors originally sought after he was convicted of enlisting crack addicts to shoplift tens of thousands of dollars' worth of items he then resold at an Ohio flea market. Thursday's sentencing of Terry Sempf, 57, of New Brighton was complicated by the fact that the government couldn't precisely calculate how much stolen merchandise he resold from 2007 to 2010. That's important because federal sentencing guidelines - which recommend a penalty based on the seriousness of one's crimes - are driven by dollar amounts in theft cases. The government had argued Sempf re-sold at least $120,000 worth of DVDs, over-the-counter drugs, cosmetics and beauty aids. But U.S. District Judge David Cercone, even before the sentencing, issued a ruling that the amount was more likely about $80,000, dropping the guideline range to 27 to 33 months. heraldonline.com
Woman caught stealing 118 pairs of panties from Victoria's Secret in Rock Hill, SC Rock Hill Police arrested a Georgia woman Thursday afternoon after Victoria's Secret employees accused her of trying to steal 118 pairs of panties from the Rock Hill Galleria store. Employees told officers the merchandise is valued at more than $1,700, according to police records. The woman is accused of putting the underwear in her purse but then dumping the items back on the store table after being confronted, police say. Authorities say she then ran out of the store but was caught by mall security. Rock Hill officers charged Nathalia Martinez, age 31, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, with first offense shoplifting. heraldonline.com
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Anne Arundel, MD County Police Officer shot, critically wounded outside 7-Eleven
Anne Arundel County Police say an officer has been shot and critically wounded
and police are searching for the shooter. Police spokesman Lt. T. J. Smith said
the shooting occurred early Friday near a 7-Eleven along College Parkway in the
Arnold area. Smith says the officer made contact with a man around 2 .m. after
someone reported a suspicious person in the area. He says both ran away from the
7-Eleven and witnesses then heard gunshots. Smith says other responding officers
found the officer suffering from a gunshot wound. He says police believe the man
fired at the officer and they consider the man armed and dangerous. The officer
was taken to Shock Trauma at the University of Maryland Medical Center in
Albuquerque, NM Shoplifter threatened CVS employees with a knife An
Albuquerque man stuffed packages of pistachios down his pants at a local CVS
pharmacy, then waved a knife at an employee who tried to stop him from leaving,
according to the police department. When police tracked down the
camouflage-dressed man, they say they found he had an 18- to 20-inch short sword
hidden inside his jacket.
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