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Canadian Push 2-21-14

Samsung to open 90 "store in store" kiosks at Best Buy & Future Shops in Canada this spring  On top of its 1,400 US locations, Samsung is now pushing ahead with plans for a greater presence in Canada and in Europe. The company said that it would operate those Samsung Experience shops for three years, and then evaluate with Best Buy whether to continue the arrangement. (Source

Joe Fresh to open 120 stores in 25 countries
Grocery giant Loblaw Companies Ltd. is taking its Joe Fresh discount clothing line overseas in a major expansion that will target fashionistas in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South Korea. Currently, Loblaw sells the apparel brand at more than 300 locations across Canada, including 12 standalone and studio stores, and six U.S. locations in New York and New Jersey. (Source

Amazon top Canadian digital retailer

Organized retail crime ‘very common,’ Calgary police say after big bust & seizure of $230,000 of stolen merchandise  They hire small-time crooks to fill orders of goods — high-end clothing, purses, food — that they want stolen from retailers. They pay the low-level thieves with cash, usually 30 cents on the dollar, or with drugs. Teams of shoplifters raid stores during the day, distracting staff, grabbing jackets worth maybe $3,000 and escaping undetected, the items concealed in bags rigged to evade censors. Once their underlings have stolen enough loot over a period of days or months, the organized retail crime rings approach a middleman, a fence, to sell the products. It could be through online auction sites, including eBay and Kijiji, or some other means, such as shipping the goods to other jurisdictions for sale. Calgary police have identified “several pockets” of offenders running at different levels of organized retail crime over the past two years. Officers on Wednesday unveiled the seizure of nearly $230,000 worth of high-end clothing, wallets, purses, coats, sunglasses and baby items stolen from retailers in the Calgary area and recovered in a Vancouver apartment. Police believe the 1,570 items were stolen by organized retail crime offenders. They’re part of a troubling brand of criminal who is constantly knocking off stores, said Const. Lara Sampson, with the Calgary Police Service’s retail industry crime initiative. "It is very common,” Sampson said. “We’re finding them, whether it be through straight product or through counterfeit credit cards to purchase merchandise or other gift cards. And we see it on a daily basis.” The Vancouver Police Department’s anti-fencing unit was a behind the latest seizure. Working off of a tip in December, police found an apartment with its doors open and about 10 people inside trying on jackets from clothing racks. Calgary police are reaching out to local retailers to identify the recovered property, believed to have been stolen between October and December. Retail theft costs Canadian businesses an estimated $4 billion annually, according to the Retail Council of Canada. It has a “huge impact” on the industry and it also affects consumers because the losses “trickle down to the costs of other goods,” said Lanny McInnes, director of the retail council’s Prairies office. (Source

Four busted using stolen credit cards hitting retailers in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, Ontario  On Feb. 18, Police were notified of a group of males buying gift cards and Ipads from various businesses in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, using stolen credit card data. Police arrested one of the males inside one of the businesses and the three other males who were waiting in a vehicle nearby. Charged with possession of property obtained by crime, identity theft, identity fraud, obstruct police, unauthorized use of credit card data, participation in criminal Organization, and fraud over $5000 is 24-year-old Saqib Tariq, William Manzara, Michael Lee and Cesar Mederos. (Source

Winnipeg police bust four in “crime spree” involving credit card, debit card and check fraud  The four allegedly stole about 100 pieces of identification, credit and debit cards and checks in home and vehicle break-ins, police said. The stolen items were used to make purchases at Winnipeg businesses. (Source

Two suspects charged in Shopper’s Drug Mart robbery in Mount Forest, Ontario, CN 

Vancouver Man faces charges in three robberies where gun was fired 

RCMP in Fort Macleod, Alberta investigating the Fort Pharmacy burglary

Canadian Push 2-21-14
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