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Canada's Shopify - Driving Omni-channel retailing
The Ottawa-based company is launching a comprehensive system that allows retailers to run their entire operation, from cash register to inventory management to online storefront, from an iPad. Shopify attracted tens of thousands of retailers by offering a system that allows users to set up web-based store fronts in minutes. The distinction between online, mobile and bricks-and-mortar retailing shouldn’t exist,” Shopify chief platform officer Harley Finkelstein said of Shopify POS, which launches Wednesday. “Our view of the future of retail is that it’s the consumer’s choice, how, where and what you want to buy. In five years, this will be the norm.” (Source

Police add high-tech tools to prevent truck cargo theft in partnership with Verisk's CargotNet  CORNWALL, Ontario – Police have teamed up with Verisk Crime Analytics (VCA) to form a new strategic alliance against truck cargo and equipment thefts. Police officers will use Verisk's CargoNet and the National Equipment Register (NER) to foil criminal activity targeted to transport trucks and distribution warehouses. Given the volume of trucking activity in Cornwall due to the number of distribution centers, it makes this a logical partnership to enter into from a police perspective," said Cornwall police Sgt. Shawn White, in a statement. The newly acquired cargo theft analytics tools provide a free service that gives police access to investigative support through the 24-hour CargoNet and NER operations centres. (Source

Montreal skimmer busted with 6 credit card skimming devices
A Montreal man has been arrested by Niagara Regional Police for possession of credit card skimming devices and identity theft. On Thursday police began an investigation regarding a male who was suspected of placing skimming devices on ATMs in Niagara Falls. The male was captured on video surveillance installing the devices. A few hours later the same male was seen by a witness and followed to a hotel in Niagara Falls. Police discovered a total of six skimming devices, computer equipment used to forge credit cards and stolen credit card data. (Source

RCMP discover skimming device in Cochrane fast food restaurant  RCMP say they have discovered a sophisticated credit/debit skimming device at a fast food restaurant in Cochrane. Officials haven’t said when the device was discovered or which eatery it was found at, but say at least 130 people were victims of fraud or attempted fraud. RCMP are warning the public to protect themselves from credit and debit fraud by always covering their PIN, and never using a key pad if it looks compromised or strange. (Source

ORC Family busted in connection with $750,000 gift-card scam in Toronto, Canada  Three members of an Aurora family have been charged in connection with a $750,000 gift card fraud scam targeting major retailers across the Greater Toronto Area. York Regional Police say their investigation began in June 2013 after they received complaints from loss prevention officers that the family was using fraudulent cards to make large purchases. Investigators say the family allegedly used fake credit cards to buy gift cards at major retailers and then resold the items online. A search warrant was executed on July 18 at the family’s home where police seized merchandise, jewelry, cash and equipment used to manufacture fake IDs. Zeba Chaudhry, 49, Hasan Chaudhry, 21, and Waleed Chaudhry, 24, have been charged with fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime, use of credit card data and possession of credit card data. The value of the fraud may be higher as the investigation is ongoing. (Source

Retail Fast Facts: August 2013

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 -0.5 per cent over the comparable month last year. (Source

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