According to a report issued Wednesday by
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Retail Council of Canada,
Canadian retailers lose about $4 billion a year in
theft, accounting errors and damaged products.
The report also found an increase in the percentage of
employees involved in the activities in 2008, estimating
that it grew to more than 33 percent of theft-related
incidents. In 2008 it was only 19 percent.
Williams-Sonoma will open its first store in Quebec,
Canada, on Nov. 3
Located at Carrefour Laval
in Laval, Quebec, the new store marks Williams-Sonoma’s
eighth location in Canada, and will be the first to
showcase a brand new store design.
Canada's high-end retailer Holt Renfrew to launch new "hr2"
retail concept next spring after 175 years in business
The retail concept will offer Canadians new and unique
designer product selection at great value, said the company.
The merchandise assortment at hr2 will include unique
product lines sourced especially for hr2 and not available
elsewhere in Canada. A new hr2 division will buy distinct
merchandise for these new stores. The first hr2 store will
debut in Quebec at Quartier DIX30 in March 2013, with
another location planned for Ontario in early 2013.
"Canadians can look forward to a strong national presence of
our hr2 stores across the country before the end of 2015,"
said Heather Arts. (Source
Mall owners upgrading properties to draw foreign retailers
Mall owners are injecting billions of dollars into their
properties ahead of Target and Nordstrom’s Canadian debut,
hoping the investment will woo shoppers and attract coveted
retailers, reports The Globe and Mail.
RCMP talk addresses retail theft issues
When a business is faced with a shoplifter it can be tricky
for the owners to know who they can tell and what
information they can share without breaking any privacy
laws. For this reason the West Shore RCMP organized a series
of workshops last week with RCMP Legal Services lawyer Kyle
Friesen. RCMP members and business owners and managers took
part in the workshops, which focused on explaining the
rights of businesses when it comes to dealing with retail
Canadian Mounted Police appoint officer with extensive
knowledge of gemology to head its investigations of
From his base in Alberta, Corporal Kelly Ross, who
majored in geology and is a certified gemologist, will
also hunt down criminals who use gold and precious gems
as a cash medium. Ross says that the need for a federal
enforcement officer dedicated solely to fighting diamond
industry crimes arose when officers noticed a new trend
among drug dealers: the tendency to use jewels in lieu
New Canadian ePassports More Difficult to Counterfeit
Canada’s new ePassports will include iconic images to make
them more attractive and secure. Besides making the
passports more attractive, the images are also meant to
bolster security, as the complexity of the images makes the
passports more difficult to counterfeit. There are currently
close to 100 countries around the world issuing ePassports.
The government says Canada fell behind in developing the
ePassport due to America’s Western Hemisphere Travel
Initiative coming to effect in 2007, which required all
Canadians to carry a passport to enter the U.S.
FLIR Systems has agreed to acquire Lorex Technology Inc., a
Markham, Ontario, Canada-based provider of consumer and
professional-grade video surveillance systems
sells its solutions through retailers such as Costco, BJ’s
Wholesale, Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, as well as through
distributors of large-scale security solutions. Lorex
provides homes and businesses bundled video surveillance
systems and equipment, including connected visible light
video cameras, illuminated infrared cameras, DVRs, video
monitors, baby monitors, and wearable action sports cameras.
Think Logistics Launches Canada's First Robotic Fulfillment
Think Logistics, a
provider of tailored retail, direct to customer and
commercial supply chain solutions for organizations serving
the Canadian market, is revolutionizing supply chain
logistics with the opening of Canada's first Kiva Systems
powered third-party logistics' facility.
suspected shoplifter in a motorized wheelchair violently
taken into custody in Vancouver.
The apprehension is under investigation by the owner
of Genesis Security, the firm contracted to patrol the
Vancouver’s Pacific Centre Mall. No criminal charges
were filed against the Loss Prevention Agents seen
pulling a man with only one leg out of his wheelchair
and handcuffed on the ground. The man was suspected of
stealing over $1000 of sunglasses which were recovered.
Vancouver ORC couple who were busted by Safeway ORC team
also selling counterfeit air bags Yveginey
and Lyudmila Smirnov were arrested by police in late May
after allegedly buying $750 worth of purportedly stolen
items from an undercover investigator working for
Safeway's Organized Retail Crime Department in the Hazel
Dell Walmart parking lot. Deputies also recovered
"hundreds" of air bags from their home while serving the
search warrant. After the arrest, sheriff's deputies
searched the Smirnov's home and found "numerous amounts
of different merchandise" including Crest White Strips,
Rogaine and air fresheners, court documents say.
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