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News and coverage of security threats from in-store related theft involving employees, shop-lifting and organized crime, as well as digital issues related to cybersecurity, data breaches and theft.

Advance Auto Parts drives away unauthorized web ads

A leading aftermarket auto parts retailer is increasing customer conversion rates by preventing “hijacking” of shoppers’ online journeys.

Online Forever 21 shoppers will have access to single-click checkout, among other new payment-related features.

The North Face is reportedly notifying customers of a breach that may have exposed information from their accounts with the retailer.

Best Buy Co. Inc. is teaming with Accenture to advance the retailer’s technology strategy and to add diverse talent to its digital and technology team.

Home Depot Canada has confirmed it accidentally sent emails containing private customer information to the wrong recipients.

Walmart has sued the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration as it seeks “clarity for pharmacists in dispensing prescription opiods.” 

A regional specialty apparel retailer is streamlining the execution of online and mobile transactions.

A major bookseller is acknowledging some of its corporate systems were penetrated in a cyberattack.

Customers plan to spend money online this Black Friday, but take a dim view of e-commerce platforms that sell counterfeit items.

H&M has been fined for violating the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

Customer data of less than 200 retailers using the Shopify e-commerce platform may have been exposed in a security incident.

Gavel striking

Crime did not pay for a group of defendants who sold counterfeit 3M N95 respirators on Amazon. The defendants - KM Brothers Inc., KMJ Trading Inc., Supreme Sunrise, Inc., and Mao Yu and third-party Zhiju USA, Inc.

Four individuals accused of defrauding Amazon of millions of dollars are facing federal charges, in part due to actions taken by the e-tailer.

Instacart is providing virtual COVID-19 screenings and medical consultations for its shoppers, and also enacting new mask regulations. 

Amazon is reportedly now legally responsible in California for defective products sold by third-party vendors on its site.


Amazon is teaming up with a U.K.-based cosmetics company in a product infringement lawsuit.

Amazon Project Zero

Amazon is spreading its “Project Zero” anti-counterfeiting program across the globe. Launched in the U.S. in February 2019, Project Zero provides automated and self-service safeguards against counterfeit goods being sold on Amazon’s online stores.

Fraudsters are pulling off e-commerce scams using popular social media platforms and search engines.

COVID-19 is reshaping the 2020 holiday shopping season, and retailers need to prepare with technology.

eBay is partnering with a technology provider founded by an NFL legend to ensure the authenticity of sports memorabilia sold on its site.

Amazon’s cloud computing platform is managing the process of detecting potential online fraud events.

Legislation has been introduced that targets organized retail crime and would shed light on certain sellers by requiring online retailers to verify high-volume sellers.

Retailers experienced increased online and e-commerce fraud volumes and monetary losses correlating to a mass shift to online and mobile transactions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gavel striking

On June 30, 2020—just one day before the most comprehensive privacy law in the United States became enforceable—California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released an alert reminding his state’s residents of their rights under that law, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). The ale


Retail shrink  totaled $61.7 billion in 2019, up from $50.6 billion the year before, amid rising employee theft, shoplifting and organized retail crime (ORC). That’s according to the annual National Retail Security Survey released by the National Retail Federation (NRF).

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