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Royal Canadian Mint conducts crypto-currency trial
The Royal Canadian Mint is currently running an employee trial of its MintChip crypto-currency. MintChip is linked to the Canadian dollar, and is designed for low-value online, mobile and physical payments. A Canadian government-owned crown corporation that produces Canada's coins and bank notes, the Mint has issued MintChip accounts to 200 employees at its Ottawa and Winnipeg offices. It has installed Ingenico's IWL220B contactless card readers in its cafeterias, enabling pilot participants to pay for purchases using MintChip via NFC-enabled BlackBerry 10 smartphones. And the Mint also is encouraging pilot participants to exchange MintChip value with one another, both face-to-face using NFC and remotely via email or SMS text messages. (Source

The growth of organized retail theft
Each year organized groups of professional shoplifters steal or fraudulently obtain billions of dollars in retail merchandise to resell back into the marketplace. This activity, known as organized retail theft, is a growing concern for retailers across Canada. In addition to the direct financial losses to retailers, those who engage in organized retail theft also pose a significant threat to the safety of employees and the community during the commission of their crimes. What’s more concerning, is the potential public health and safety concerns involved – for example, some products commonly stolen for resale include infant formula, over-the-counter medications and other health & beauty items; which may be expired, repackaged, or improperly stored or handled before reaching the consumer. Recognizing this and with employee and community safety top of mind – the Retail Council of Canada, Building Owners and Managers Association of Toronto (BOMA), Interac Association, FACECROOK and retailers like TJX Canada, Loblaw Companies, Sobeys, Mac’s Convenience Stores and Building Technologies have partnered with Toronto Crime Stoppers, Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers and the creative team at DDB Canada to develop a proactive campaign to bring awareness to the issue of Organized Retail Crime. The focus of the initiative is straightforward – create awareness in the community on the growing issue of retail theft, let the offenders know the retail industry is taking action and lastly, provide the community with a conduit to relay anonymous information of offenders to the police by calling Crime Stoppers. By working together with aggressive campaigns like this, Toronto Crime Stoppers and the Retail Industry will continue to make a difference in the prevention of crime at their locations. For more information on Organized Retail Crime visit (Source

Vancouver business owner duped in gift card scam  Madalena Corsi has owned a jewellery store in Vancouver for more than 20 years and she thought she’d seen every scam in the book until she fell for a gift card scam. Corsi was duped after trading around $100 cash for what she thought was $300 in grocery gift cards. He placed an order for $300 in gift cards saying it was for his mother’s birthday, but when it was time to pay he had no wallet, leaving and returning to say it was locked up in his car along with his keys. Corsi says the man phoned the tow company and carried out an elaborate conversation in front of her. “He said I’ll leave you my Safeway gift cards that I got here for my birthday and I’ll be back in a hour, and of course he never came. At the end of the day just to satisfy my curiosity I went down to Safeway and of course they were not activated with zero balances” says Corsi. Corsi is not alone, others are complaining to the Better Business Bureau about a similar scheme. (Source

Kelowna RCMP released surveillance photos of suspects in the armed robbery of a Mac's Convenience Store  Kelowna RCMP have released surveillance photos of two male suspects involved in an armed robbery at the Mac's Convenience Store early Saturday morning. The robbery took place shortly before 1 a.m., according to police both men entered the store with their faces covered. "One man threatened the clerk with a golf club while the other emptied various items from a store display case into a garbage bag," says Cst. Kris Clark. Clark says the clerk was unharmed and no cash was taken, but about $500 worth of product was stolen. (Source

Wal-Mart to invest $500 million in Canada, create 7,500 jobs

Home Depot Canada to hire 6,300 Associates for Spring Season - their Christmas season 

Loblaws Distribution Center security guard jailed for stealing from workers in Kitchener, ON 

Vancouver Rexall pharmacy robbed of strong methadone

Couple charged in Langley, BC store and spa robberies

Retail Fast Facts: January 2013

Total monthly retail sales changed by 3.9% over the comparable month last year.
Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 4.7% over the comparable month last year. Read more

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