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|Brad Reeves was named Sr. Manager of Asset Protection for Five Below. Brad was previously the Director of Loss Prevention for The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company and had been a part of their loss prevention team for over four years. He started as their Regional Asset Protection Manager. He has also worked in loss prevention and security for other retailers such as Sears Holdings Management Corporation as their District LP Manager, Target as their Executive Team Lead of Asset Protection, and Bloomingdale's, May Department Stores and Strawbridges as their Security Manager. Brad earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Law and Justice from Rowan University and went on to earn his MBA in Business with a specialization in management from Eastern University. Congratulations Brad!|
Under fire from U.S. group, Alibaba says it's fighting counterfeit goods Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said it had a range of measures to fight counterfeits
on its websites - remarks that come after a trade group requested the U.S.
government help in prodding the Chinese e-commerce giant into action against
fake goods. Concerns over fake products on Alibaba's platforms, including online
marketplace Taobao, have dogged the world's largest e-commerce firm for years,
although the U.S. trade office removed Taobao from its list of "notorious
markets" in 2012 in recognition of progress made. In the latest flare up over
the issue, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) said in an
April 8 letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman it was convinced
Alibaba was either incapable or not interested in addressing the problem.
The association added that since Taobao had been delisted as a notorious market,
the problem had worsened and urged the USTR to send a clear signal that Taobao
would be relisted unless more action was taken. In response, Alibaba said on
Tuesday that its measures to tackle counterfeits included data mining, working
with Chinese authorities and cooperating with over 1,000 brand owners and
several industry associations. Alibaba added it had been talking with AAFA
since 2012 over how best to tackle counterfeits and was committed to continuing
to do so. Prior to the AAFA letter, the USTR said last month it was keeping an
eye on Alibaba for sales of counterfeit and pirated goods, but refrained from
putting the site back on the piracy blacklist.
Canada Updates Credit-Card Transaction Rules - Gives Retailers Greater Control,
Reflects Growing Use of Mobile Payments Canada on Monday introduced an update to the rules
governing credit-card transactions to reflect the growing use of mobile payments
and to give the country's merchants additional powers in dealing with the
payments industry. The changes would give merchants greater flexibility to opt
out of their contracts with payment processors without penalties if fees are
raised. Under the changes, merchants can refuse to accept mobile payments if the
processing cost exceeds that of other forms of payments. Rules governing credit
cards will be extended to apply to the growing mobile-payment field, the
Canadian government said. Last November, Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc.
voluntarily agreed to lower the swipe fees they charged Canadian retailers,
avoiding the imposition of lower fees by the Canadian government. Those
and the ones announced Monday, are meant to appease small-business owners and
retailers who say high processing fees hurt their bottom lines. The Retail
Council of Canada was a driving force behind the passage of these new
2 workers hurt in electrical accident at King of Prussia Mall Two
members of a construction team are hospitalized and a third was under
observation after an electrical accident at the King of Prussia Mall. It
happened at 7:20 a.m. Monday, as crews worked on the mall's expansion project.
Police say two men inside a scissor jack lift were cutting electric cables
beneath the second story floor of an existing section of the Mall near an newly
constructed portion. A 36-year-old worker was shocked and seriously injured when
an energized cable carrying 13,000 volts of electricity was cut by one of the
men. The other worker, a 27-year-old man, suffered non-life-threatening
injuries. Both men, who work for Omni Electric of Collegeville, Pa., were
treated at the scene then taken to Paoli Hospital, along with a third man who
was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Initial reports indicated that third
worker was injured, but he was unharmed. The accident happened in the Court
section of the mall near Macy's. According to police, the arcing wire created a
small fire, which was extinguished, and a moderate smoke condition, which was
quickly remedied. Power restoration to the area was delayed an hour due to the
accident. Construction projects around the mall continued Monday morning, and
all stores remained open.
2 workers hurt in electrical accident at King of Prussia Mall Two members of a construction team are hospitalized and a third was under observation after an electrical accident at the King of Prussia Mall. It happened at 7:20 a.m. Monday, as crews worked on the mall's expansion project. Police say two men inside a scissor jack lift were cutting electric cables beneath the second story floor of an existing section of the Mall near an newly constructed portion. A 36-year-old worker was shocked and seriously injured when an energized cable carrying 13,000 volts of electricity was cut by one of the men. The other worker, a 27-year-old man, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Both men, who work for Omni Electric of Collegeville, Pa., were treated at the scene then taken to Paoli Hospital, along with a third man who was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Initial reports indicated that third worker was injured, but he was unharmed. The accident happened in the Court section of the mall near Macy's. According to police, the arcing wire created a small fire, which was extinguished, and a moderate smoke condition, which was quickly remedied. Power restoration to the area was delayed an hour due to the accident. Construction projects around the mall continued Monday morning, and all stores remained open. 6abc.com
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EMV technology will greatly aid their efforts in the fight against credit and debit card fraud, say the respondents to a survey by the Association for Financial Professionals. The survey, underwritten by J.P. Morgan, found that 92% of finance professionals firmly believe EMV, or chip-and-PIN, cards will be effective in reducing point-of-sale fraud. In addition, 61% believe that chip-and-PIN will be the most effective authentication method in mitigating credit/debit card payments fraud. Despite companies' fears, the survey found that 70% of companies that were subject to payments fraud in 2014 did not suffer a financial loss from the attack. Although declining, checks are by far the payment method most subjected to actual or attempted fraud, and they accounted for the largest dollar amount of loss. bankingexchange.com
Global B2B online retail market 'to be worth $6.7tn by 2020' The business-to-business (B2B) online retail market is expected to reach double the size of the business-to-consumer (B2C) online market by 2020, generating revenues of $6.7 trillion. New analysis suggests that B2B online sales will account for close to 27% of total manufacturing trade, with China and the US set to be leaders in the marketplace. The US is anticipated to double its revenue contribution to $1.2 billion by 2020. Frost & Sullivan said that B2B online retailing has been witnessing strong growth due to the rapid migration of manufacturers and wholesalers from legacy systems to open, online platforms - mirroring trends in the consumer eCommerce market. essentialretail.com
New security requirements for payment card vendors The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has published version 1.1. of its PCI Card Production Security Requirements. The updated standard helps payment card vendors secure the components and sensitive data involved in the production of payment cards, protecting against fraud via the compromise of card materials. The standard consists of both physical and logical security requirements that address card production activities including card manufacturing, chip embedding, data preparation, pre-personalization, card personalization, chip personalization, fulfillment, packaging, storage, mailing, shipping, PIN printing and mailing (personalized, credit or debit), PIN printing (non-personalized prepaid cards), and electronic PIN distribution. net-security.org
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ORC teams with US Postal Inspectors to Apprehend USPS Employee for Theft of
Stolen Online Orders As part of an ongoing investigation with
the Office of the Inspector General of the Brooklyn Division, the United States
Attorney's Office- Eastern Division and the Macy's Asset Protection ORC Unit, an
arrest was made on April 8th in the Bronx, NY on a U.S. Postal Supervisor
assigned to the Queens Processing Plant located in Flushing, New York. During
this investigation dating back to June 2014, it was alleged that the USPS
Employee named Helen Davis has been stealing online orders being shipped from
Macy's locations and Macys.com facilities via U.S. Mail while at the USPS
Processing Plant. Davis would conceal and transport the stolen merchandise to
her personal vehicle during her shift. Davis would subsequently return a
significant amount of the stolen merchandise to Macy's locations where she would
receive credits in the form of Gift Cards valued at $40k. In conjunction with
the arrest of Helen Davis, U.S. Postal Agents served warrants on her personal
vehicle and her residence and recovered over 200 units of merchandise, 100's of
Macy's receipts and media documents that she received from her thefts / fraud
returns and seized as evidence for prosecution of the case. During the interview
of Davis by U.S. Postal Agents, she admitted to all of her actions of theft over
the past 3+ years. Davis was booked into federal holding with the U.S. Marshalls
office and charged with 400+ counts of theft of U.S. Mail. Thanks Chris
DeSantis for this article submission!
Cargo Theft: Former Inland Empire, CA UPS Driver Sentenced for Stealing Gun Shipments A former UPS driver who stole dozens of rifles and pistols that he was supposed to deliver to Inland Empire retail outlets but instead sold on the black market was sentenced today to 3 1/2 years in federal prison. Curtis Ivory Hays, 37, of Rancho Cucamonga was convicted in January of the 15 felony counts on which he was indicted, including theft of firearms in interstate commerce, conspiracy, possession of stolen firearms and receipt of goods stolen in interstate commerce. Riverside-based U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips imposed the sentence recommended by the federal Office of Probation, which found that because Hays lacked prior convictions, he was eligible for a low-term sentence. The U.S. Attorney's Office agreed that the 41-month term was acceptable -- despite the fact that the defendant could have faced up to 115 years behind bars. patch.com
Academy Sports Distribution Center violent robbery suspects arrested in Houston; Security Guard kidnapped and 70 guns were stolen Curtis Duncan, 25, and William Eason, 24, are sitting in a Harris County Jail cell without the option to walk out on bond. Both men are convicted felons who have had multiple run-ins with the law. In this latest case, investigators said one of the suspects confessed to the entire crime. The two are accused of committing dangerous crimes -- kidnapping a security guard and then using him to steal guns from the warehouse of a local retail giant. Duncan appeared in court last week to face a judge on the charges. According to court documents, Duncan and Eason committed the crimes just over two weeks ago at an Academy Sports and Outdoors warehouse in Katy. A security guard at one of the gates was reportedly approached by a guy wanting to know how he could apply for a job there. But the security guard said that's when the man pistol-whipped him in the head and forced him into the back seat of a car with two other robbers. The suspects allegedly demanded the security guard hand over the keys to the Academy storage trailers that carry store merchandise, including firearms. The security guard told police the guys said "they would kill him" if he didn't give them his keys, so he agreed. He said they made him "strip down to his underwear" and he was "driven around the area for a while" so the other suspects could cut through the fence at the Academy warehouse and open the trailers. Investigators said they got away with more than 70 guns. Police in La Porte said one of the guns ended up in the hands of a man who lives there. Court documents state that when Harris County investigators saw our story about his arrest on Click2Houston.com, they went to question him and were led to the suspects accused in the kidnapping. The security guard told police the robbers eventually dropped him off about three miles away from the warehouse at I-10 and Grand Parkway, where he said he flagged down a driver who took him to the hospital. click2houston.com
COACH Store in the Johnson Creek Premium Outlets hit by trio Three
Milwaukee residents were arrested during a traffic stop on Interstate 94 Friday
evening after a theft at a Johnson Creek business. Nicholas Ryan Burks, 28,
Courtney Letraile Stewart, 22, and Domonic Dewyane McCovery, 23, all of
Milwaukee, were expected to appear before Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge
David Wambach on Monday. Recommended charges from the Johnson Creek Police
Department are felony theft. Burk is slated to be charged with the theft, while
Stewart and McCovery are facing theft as being party to the crime. Johnson Creek
Police Chief Gary Bleecker said around 3:55 p.m. Burks entered the Coach store
at the Johnson Creek Premium Outlets mall. The chief said the subject grabbed
eight purses and walked out with them. "A description of the vehicle was
received from the clerks inside and another bystander." Bleecker said On Friday,
April 10, at approximately 4:15 p.m., a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper stopped
the vehicle on I-94.
UK: "Professional" shoplifter who used foil-lined bag jailed for 12 months A 'SERIAL and professional shoplifter' who stole items from shops in Poole and Dorchester has been jailed. Helen Cooper, 38, of Bournemouth appeared before Dorchester Crown Court via video link from HMP Eastwood Park. The defendant admitted 11 counts of theft by shoplifting and two counts of going equipped to steal in various offences ranging from July 2014 to February 2015. David Reid, prosecuting, said in four separate incidents from July 5 to November 20 2014 Cooper had stolen DVDs and CDs totaling $2,534 from Tesco in Poole, and electrical items from John Lewis in Poole totaling $1,968 in the run up to Christmas. bournemoutheco.uk
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Shreveport, LA Police arrest 3 in connection to 6 Armed Robberies Shreveport Police arrest three individuals in connection to a series of business robberies taking place over the past two months. Police say Joseph Chisolm, 24, Akeem Reed, 24, and Dominique Washington, 24, were arrested and charged with armed robbery for their alleged roles in the armed robbery of three Dollar General stores, one Family Dollar store, a Circle K convenience store and a Burger King restaurant. The robberies occurred between March 24th and April 11th. Over the course of their investigation police say information and evidence collected suggests Chisolm and Reed were the armed participants in the heists, while Washington served primarily as the getaway driver. arklatexhomepage.com
UK: Armed Gunmen take over Aldi store in Kingstanding, England Police
said three men, with their faces covered, went into the store around 9pm, one
armed with a weapon described as either a rifle or shotgun. They threatened
staff and customers and tried to force the store manager to open the safe, but
left without stealing any cash. West Midlands Police said the offenders then
escaped in a black vehicle, described as a new-style hatchback, possibly a
Vauxhall Astra or a Ford Focus, which drove off along College Road, towards
Birmingham. Det Insp Tom Hadley, from Sutton Coldfield said: "Police
investigations into the attempted robbery are on-going. There were about ten
customers in the store when the robbery took place, who were ushered into a
corner. The thieves escaped without cash but they did take a mobile phone from a
Credit card fraud in Michigan leads to two-year prison term According
to the criminal complaint: A credit card was reported stolen from a Tri-Star
Electrical truck on Oct. 5. It was used to purchase more than $13,000 in goods
from area convenience and home improvement stores between Sept. 30 and Oct. 10.
Ruth was identified in a number of surveillance videos making purchases with the
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