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Canadian Push 10-24-14


Canadian to be appointed as ASIS president in 2015
ASIS International, the leading organization for security management professionals worldwide, is pleased to announce Dave N. Tyson, CPP, will serve as its 2015 president. Tyson will be the 60th president of ASIS, succeeding Richard E. Widup, Jr., CPP, who will become ASIS chairman of the board in 2015. These volunteer leaders maintain the strategic continuity of the programs, products and services ASIS provides. The full 2015 ASIS Board Management Committee is comprised of five people.

Study: Canada C-Suite execs say companies prepared for threats
A survey of C-suite executives in Canada has found that 60 percent have increased their security budgets in the last two years while 87 percent say they're prepared to deal with threats. Still, only 23 percent rate their companies as very prepared.

Jacob to close its doors - despite attempt to reinvent
The news comes after Jacob announced in May it intended to close and liquidate its 92 stores, but later received several court extensions to try to keep about 40 stores open.

Canadian retailers expected to face tough holiday season
Price wars, skittish consumers and e-commerce heavyweights threaten to squeeze retailers as they head into the all-important holiday shopping season. The November-December period, which can account for up to 30 percent of merchant annual revenue, is shaping up to be a tough one in a market that is becoming more crowded with discounters and luxury players alike.

Gun report briefly closes Kanata mall in Ottawa
Kanata's Hazeldean Mall was locked down for a brief period Thursday afternoon after police received a report that a man was seen nearby with what may have been a rifle. Spokeswoman Melanie Westland said the shopping centre was locked down for about 45 minutes as a precaution. Police allowed the mall to reopen shortly before 3:30 p.m. after finding no trace of the man. She said everyone calmly stayed where they were, but once the lockdown was lifted, "everybody was pretty anxious to leave."

Two deadly assaults on uniformed members of Canada's armed forces in three days - one at strip mall - Does it impact holiday sales?  Everyone knows the exact stories but when you combine it with Canada's drop in retail sales in September and the upcoming holiday sales, what do we end up seeing over the next few critical months? With anymore attacks or any Ebola cases popping up north of the border and we could have a recipe for fear that keeps people out of crowds and away from the malls. Loss Prevention has to be on high alert as well and reporting anything we feel might represent a threat or exposure. Just a thought.

Target could sell Canadian assets to Wal-Mart or HBC, analyst speculates
Will troubled discounter Target Canada stay in Canada or leave? That's the burning question that retail analyst Perry Caicco at CIBC World Markets asks in a report on Wednesday. It may do either, but probably won't make a decision until the end of 2015, he concludes. Maintaining operations in Canada through the end of 2015 will give Target the chance to see if better logistics, lower pricing and sharper merchandise will make a difference to its Canadian operations, Mr. Caicco said. U.S. parent Target Corp already has sunk more than $6-billion into setting up shop in this country, he says. "Target has been a disaster in Canada, producing sales at about half of our initial projections, and running deep operating losses," Mr. Caicco writes.

IBC, Quebec trucking industry group partner to fight cargo theft
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) and the Association du camionnage du Québec (ACQ) are teaming up to crack down on cargo theft, a crime that costs Canadians up to $5 billion each year. Thanks to the Programme provincial de déclaration de vol de cargaison, the cargo theft reporting program launched in Quebec by the two organizations, in collaboration with the Service du renseignement criminel du Québec (SRCQ) and Quebec's two police services, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and the Service de police de la ville de Montréal (SPVM), it has now become much easier to share information among the trucking community, companies, insurers and the authorities.

Toronto Police release image of suspect in a $30,000 Optical Store Robbery  Toronto police are asking for the public's assistance to identify a man in connection with a case of chronic theft. Police say a man broke into an optical store in near Dundas Street W. and Huron Street on July 15. According to police, the man smashed the store's front door windowpane and used deadbolt cutters to break the lock. After gaining entry, the man was able to leave with about $30,000 worth of merchandise. He is now wanted for theft over $5,000. Police say the man tried to return to the optical store on Aug. 18 but couldn't get in. A security camera image was taken of the suspect and has only now been released to the public.

Canadian web sales to grow 12.3% annually through 2019

Saks Fifth Ave stores to have high-end food halls

Retail Fast Facts: October 2014

• Total monthly retail sales changed by 2.5 per cent over the comparable month last year.
• Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 3.1 per cent over the comparable month last year.  Read more


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