Canadian cargo theft more common than people think, expert says -
Columbia Sportswear hit hard The theft of truckloads of
merchandise is much more common than the general public thinks, according to a
trucking expert. "In this industry, we know it's not the opportunistic criminal
that's identifying a whole truckload of merchandise and says: 'Hey, this looks
like something fun to steal'," said Jennifer Fox, vice-president of trade and
security with the Ontario Trucking Association. "What we have is a very
organized criminal element in place." According to research of cargo thefts
by the Ontario Trucking Association, food products are the number one commodity
being stolen, as well as house hold products. The reason? They're easy to
off-load and get rid of quickly. There is also a high demand for food and
household items year-round, she said. Fox added that cargo theft is also often
not reported, making it difficult for her organization to pinpoint how
frequently they occur. "We have, for years, been trying to bring more attention
to the issue," she said. "Initially, I think there was hesitation from the
trucking industry to start talking about this issue and how often it's
happening. There's a real fear about the negative image that can be conjured up
by your customers and the public if you seem to be victimized by this." More
trucking companies are, however, coming forward with information about thefts,
Fox said. There's a level of frustration in the industry that it seems the
criminals are getting more sophisticated in how they operate. "They have things
such as GPS blockers now, so you put a GPS on your trailer and the criminal
element can use these GPS blockers and essentially block that signal," she said.
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Best Buy sales soar in U.S., plunge 25.6% in Canada
Shares of U.S. electronics giant Best Buy Co. Inc. soared 12.57% August 25,
thanks to unexpectedly strong sales and profit in the U.S. as well as a strong
outlook. That made it the best performer in the S&P 500. The company's Canadian
subsidiary, Burnaby-based Best Buy Canada, however, was a drag on the company's
business. Best Buy does not specifically break out Canadian sales but it reports
on its international division, which is now almost exclusively Canadian. Sales
in that division fell 25.6% to US$650 million in the quarter, which ended August
1, compared with US$874 million in the same quarter a year ago. Canada is
essentially the company's entire international division given that Best Buy
completed the sale of its business in China in February.
As U.S. retailers eliminate on-call scheduling, Loblaw signs part-time workers
deal with union up north A month after ratifying a six-deal with the
union that represents 12,000 of its employees in Ontario-avoiding a strike in
the process-Canada's biggest food retailer has inked another deal with the
United Food and Commercial Workers that aims to make life easier for part-time
workers. Under the terms of the new deal, according to the Toronto Star, Loblaws
Great Foods and Superstores will introduce several pilot projects to make the
schedules of part-time workers more predictable and guarantee them better hours.
It provides part-timers with 10 days advance notice of scheduling, instead of
the previous three-a longstanding source of irritation for part-time workers
with families, studies and other jobs to juggle.
Canadian Salary Growth to Slow
Canadian employers are expecting salaries to rise by an average of 2.5 per cent
in 2016. This is down from the average 2.8 per cent salary increase expected for
2015, as reported in last year's Trends in Human Resources survey, an annual
project from Morneau Shepell. The average salary increase figures include
expected salary freezes.
Nine West sold to American owner of brand, new subsidiary to run business
British Fashion Brand REISS Plans Cross-Canada Store Expansion
Laura's Shoppe Inc to close 20 stores by Sept. 13, seek rent cuts on 26 others
Vacant Target Canada locations inspire Tumblr page
Three police officers win Canadian Banks' Law Enforcement Award for innovative
Labour Day Retail Hours: What Retailers Need to Know
Retail Fast Facts: August 2015
Total monthly retail sales changed by 3.7 per cent over the comparable month
Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 4.5 per cent over
the comparable month last year.
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Nearly 100 fentanyl patches stolen from downtown Toronto pharmacy this week
The theft occurred between the closed store hours of 6 p.m. on Aug. 26 to 7:30
a.m. on Aug. 27 in the area of Church Street and Queen Street East. Police say
14 to 20 boxes of fentanyl were taken - each containing five patches. "It looks
very similar to a nicotine patch," said Detective Sergeant Mike Richmond during
a press conference on Friday. Earlier this month, investigators issued a warning
to the public of the potentially deadly combination of fentanyl infused
narcotics that are slowing making its way into the city's drug scene.
Audiotronic's merchandise stolen from Dawson Creek turn up in the Okanagan
According to Sgt. Ed Reinink with the Dawson Creek RCMP, a variety of goods
stolen from the store Audiotronics last Sunday turned up in the Northern
Okanagan region. 22 cell phones and a Nikon camera were found by RCMP in a
stolen vehicle. Officials have launched a formal investigation to find out just
how the electronics made it to the interior, and who is involved in breaking and
entering the store.
Robbery suspects break into Woodbridge convenience store by cutting hole in roof
The robbery occurred at a store which also serves as a Canada Post outlet in the
area of Highway 7 and Kipling Avenue. Police say the suspects entered the shop
by cutting a hole in the roof but were unable to get out of the building through
the front door.
Barrie, ON: Police seeking suspects in ice cream truck theft
Police in Barrie, Ont., are looking for suspects who made off with an ice cream
truck Tuesday night. Investigators say the truck was recovered early Wednesday
morning about 90 kilometres away by provincial police in the Bracebridge, ON
area. Police described the vehicle as "very distinctive" as it was covered with
decals of ice cream cones, sundaes, Popsicles and slushies. OPP say significant
damage had been done to the truck before it was recovered. The fate of the ice
cream that was in the truck isn't known.