Wireless sensors and the Internet of Things, WordPress Q & A session, and protecting your creative assets are a few of the events you’ll discover in the October 2015 events calendar.If you’re in southeast Michigan and looking for user experience and web professionals meetups, learning opportunities, or networking events, my curated calendar offers you a quick summary of a wide range of events to learn from and meet colleagues and professionals. While I don’t attend every event on the calendar, I usually make it to one or two events each week. I’d love to meet you. If you see me, stop by and say hi!Importance of BrandingDate: October 7, 2015, 6:00pm to 8:00pmLocation: Bamboo Detroit in Detroit, Michigan (map to Bamboo Detroit)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredAt this month’s Detroit Design Talk, learn about the importance of branding from Scott Rutterbush of Dine, Drink, Detroit and Tara Gardiner of Gardiner Connections. Intended for local business leaders, entrepreneurs, and startups, the Detroit Design Series is an informative series focused on the importance of design within your business. Enjoy sandwiches from Russell Street Deli during the discussion. WordPress Q&A: Get Your WordPress Questions AnsweredDate: October 12, 2015, 6:30pm to 8:30pmLocation: First National Building in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to First National Building)Cost: $5.00, pre-registration requiredGet your WordPress questions answered at our Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup quarterly workshop. This is an informal meetup where we’ll have several members available to help troubleshoot and answer your questions for both self-hosted WordPress and WordPress.com sites.Wireless Sensors; Changing IndustriesDate: October 12, 2015, 6:00pm to 8:00pmLocation: TechTown Detroit in Detroit, Michigan (map to TechTown Detroit)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredFor their October meetup, Mobile Monday Detroit hosts presentations on sensors, how they’ve been used in the past and how the Internet of Things has rekindled interest in using sensors in applications. Gerry Roston, CEO of Civionics and Executive-in-Residence at TechTown Detroit and Al Juarez, Director of Business Development, RX Networks are the guest speakers.PHP DetroitDate: October 15, 2015, 6:00pmLocation: Nexcess in Southfield, Michigan (map to Nexcess)Cost: Free, pre-registration required Learn PHP form validation and how to maintain an open source project at this month’s PHP Detroit meetup. Presenters include Sharon Eddings, who is working on developing a social networking site and mobile games using MIT’s app inventor. Aric Watson, currently working on Nexcess projects, will discuss open source project maintenance.Congrats to my colleague Frank Laszlo and PHP Detroit on re-launching the PHP Detroit group! Lunch & Learn: Intellectual Property for Creative EntrepreneursDate: October 20, 2015, noon to 2:00pmLocation: Bamboo Detroit in Detroit, Michigan (map to Bamboo Detroit)Cost: $15, pre-registration requiredEvery business has intellectual property that needs to be protected. Learn the basics of intellectual property law from Maxwell Goss, an attorney at McDonald Hopkins, PLC. Additionally, you’ll learn how you can protect and maximize your creative assets while avoiding costly conflicts with others.The educational session will cover trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and patents. Intended audience is anyone working in the creative industry from graphic design, architecture, web design and development, social media, writing, publishing, photography, etc. Everything You Need for Killer SEO & Website ConversionDate: October 27, 2015, 6:30pm to 8:30pmLocation: Bamboo Detroit in Detroit, Michigan (map to Bamboo Detroit)Cost: $15, pre-registration requiredAt this evening session and workshop, Scott Kloustin will help you learn the basics of converting website visitors into leads, phone calls, or sales.You’ll learn how to set up your website for key search terms, get better search rankings, and convert traffic, and walk away with the knowledge to conduct your own search engine optimization.Scout Kloustin has worked on the web for over 20 years. He works at Quizzle and MyBankrate, leading search engine optimization and conversion,Share EventsIt’s impossible to include every event happening in our area. Do you know of any metro Detroit events not on the list? 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A rendering of the airport redevelopment. Image: SLC. It’s been 50 years—five full decades—since Salt Lake City International Airport got more than a mere makeover.Now, that’s about to change.Delta Air Lines’ pivotal western hub is getting a full-blown $US3.6-billion blitz of a rebuild.Phase One is set for a 2020 debut. The last of the massive project is set to come online four years later.The terminal layout will be the soul of simplicity: a large central terminal connected via an underground passenger terminal to a pair of linear concourses. This arrangement will replace the present geriatric terminal.The new facility is set to move both passengers and aircraft about more efficiently. A case-in-point is that most up and down movements via escalator will be eliminated, making the terminal easier and quicker to navigate.The efficiency theme carries through to the tarmac. Salt Lake City airport (SLC) says the new concourses will eliminate aircraft parking bottlenecks, allowing airlines to get their aircraft to the gate and back into the air faster than they’re able now. The bottom line for passengers is fewer delays.The Salt Lake City Department of Airports says the US$3.6-billion rebuild is being paid for entirely through user fees, primarily by the airlines. Salt Lake City International contends, “Even after the project is complete, SLC will have a significantly lower cost per passenger than other major US .” This matters much to continually cost-conscious carriers.”READ: Luggage fees soar as airline bagmen strike.A bit of context: SLC as we know it today is the product of the 1987 merger of Delta and Western Airlines, a classy major airline that fell prey to the merger mania that swept the airline industry in the late 1980s.Currently, Delta commands some 70 percent of the 370 daily scheduled departures. The airport lofts nonstop flights to almost 98 cities.Delta can fly you nonstop from Salt Lake City to London and Paris. KLM flies nonstop to Amsterdam.When the airport’s spacious new terminal and complex become a reality (workers recently “topped out” construction of the project’s first phase) international market access should get a boost, opening up even more connections alternatives—especially for flyers used to arch-rival Denver International.DEN lies a mere 391 air miles to the East, over the Rocky and Wasatch mountain ranges.
USS recently announced the expansion of its electronic article surveillance (EAS) system integration capabilities and offerings to include radio-frequency identification(RFID} technology; made possible through a new partnership with enterprise RFID hardware and software manufacturer and developer,Mojix, Inc.Founded in 2004, California-based Mojix specializes in solution providers and system integrators partnerships to provide customized enterprise RFID system solutions accompanied by trusted installation, integration and maintenance services.USS Chief Technology Officer Robert Simoneau voiced his excitement for the new partnership and technology capabilities, and the possibilities they present for USS’ product development teams.- Sponsor – “This an incredible opportunity for USS to drastically expand our technology and product catalogue,” said Simoneau. “RFID technology is the way of the future,” he continued. “In addition to increasing more-revealing detection and business intelligence, it allows users to make decisions backed by data, resulting in safer and more efficient environments.The MojixViZix™ IoT solution is particularly appealing as it represents a proven middleware platform that is absolutely ready for use by our retail partners.”“By leveraging a partnership with a like-minded, innovation-driven, organization like Mojix, the resulting synergy will meet clients’ unique needs not only now, but well into the future.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
NJ Postal Worker caught stealing credit cards, funding lavish lifestyleA New Jersey couple was arrested for allegedly stealing dozens of credit cards from the Long Island post office. The couple was charged with forgery, possession of stolen property, and identity theft. This is yet another case of credit card fraud and theft, a rampant crime in the United States. A 28-year-old NJ resident was apprehended after his shift on Tuesday; at the time, he was carrying six different stolen credit cards on him. The accused resident and his girlfriend allegedly used the stolen cards to purchase expensive cars and other luxury items. The perpetrator began working at the Garden City post office in 2014 as a letter carrier. During his routes, he would look through the mail for any packages with credit cards. Afterwards, he went to the dark web and used the crypto-currency Bitcoin to purchase personal information about the cardholders in order to activate the cards. According to prosecutors, the perpetrator stole over 30 credit cards in the last eight months. The couple used the credit cards to buy brand name items at the Short Hills Mall; the couple also owned a BMW and a Maserati.The theft was uncovered when Garden City residents began to complain that they had never received their credit cards. After searching the couple’s home in Perth Amboy, authorities discovered $30,000 in cash, several handguns, and other luxury items. After being arraigned in court, the couple was held on a $50,000 cash bail. It is unclear whether either defendant has obtained a lawyer. This incident has left a bad taste in the mouths of many Garden City residents. A number of residents expressed dismay at the thought that they were unable to trust their local post office to safely deliver their packages. However, the U.S. Postal Service was quick to assure the public that perpetrator’s actions do not represent the other 500,000 people they currently employ. A public statement read, “… the overwhelming majority of Postal Service employees are honest, hardworking, and trustworthy individuals who would never consider engaging in any type of criminal behavior.” [Source: Lendedu News]Here’s how one employee stole $130,000When Keynan Kinard hit upon a white-collar crime scheme so successful he was able to steal $130,000 from Lowe’s, he perhaps could have used the money to pay down restitution costs from a previous act of insurance fraud. Instead, he spent almost as much money as he took in on “lavish vacations.” That’s according to an affidavit of probable cause from North Londonderry Township Detective Toby Pokrop that sheds more light on how a 25-year-old human resources manager could pull off the “elaborate scheme” for which he recently received criminal charges. For more than five months, Kinard managed to avoid detection in a complicated endeavor that involved signing former employees up for debit cards, clocking into work as other employees, and making ATM withdraws in Harrisburg, the affidavit says. Here’s how he allegedly did it – and how police caught on to the scheme.Beginning on July 1, 2017, Kinard took advantage of a Lowe’s paycheck option that was supposed to make employees’ lives more convenient. If employees don’t have a bank account, they can apply for a Visa debit card and Lowe’s will load their paychecks onto that card, according to the affidavit.- Sponsor – Kinard admitted that he activated the cards on behalf of former employees, according to the affidavit. “He admitted to changing the pay rate for each employee,” the affidavit states. “He admitted to clocking them in and out to show un-worked hours, vacation and bereavement.” Kinard would have the cards loaded, then withdraw the funds from various ATMs, usually on the same day, usually in Harrisburg, and generally around $600 at a time, the affidavit said. To prevent the former employees from knowing, he also managed to change the addresses listed on their W-4 forms to the North Londonderry Lowe’s store address. It took nearly six months for police to investigate the case, but once debit card vendor First Data Corp. first raised red flags to Lowe’s on Dec. 4, it became obvious something fishy was going on. Kinard was charged with one count each of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, theft by unlawful taking, unlawful use of computer, and 46 counts of identity theft, 46 counts of access device fraud and 46 counts of tampering with records or identification. Kinard has waived his preliminary hearing, according to court documents. [Source: Lebanon Daily News]Patriots, Eagles team up against Super Bowl counterfeitersThe New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles joined forces ahead of this year’s Super Bowl, asking a Minnesota judge to grant local police the power to seize counterfeit merchandise and tickets. NFL Properties LLC, New England Patriots LLC and Philadelphia Eagles LLC sued Does 1-100 in Hennepin County District Court last week, just as the Patriots and Eagles get set to face each other in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on Sunday. According to the lawsuit, the defendants consist primarily of large-scale professional counterfeiters who plan to sell merchandise and tickets bearing the National Football League’s trademarks and logos. NFL Properties and the two teams – represented by lead attorney Leita Walker with Faegre Baker Daniels in Minneapolis – say the counterfeiters will take advantage of numerous official Super Bowl LII-related events by duping fans into buying counterfeit merchandise and tickets. Each year, the Super Bowl attracts a television audience of more than 100 million viewers in the U.S. alone, and intense media attention is focused on the game and the participating teams in the weeks leading up to the game, the complaint states. According to the lawsuit, NFL Properties has issued national licenses to nearly 180 companies for use of the NFL trademarks on a variety of products, such as apparel, souvenirs, games and novelty items, but counterfeiting remains a significant concern. The Patriots, Eagles and NFL Properties seek an ex parte temporary restraining order and a judgment enjoining any counterfeiters from producing or selling any merchandise bearing the protected NFL trademarks. They also want the court to give law enforcement authority to seizure any counterfeit merchandise or tickets. NFL Properties did not immediately respond Monday to a request for comment. [Source: Courthouse News]CargoNet 2017 cargo theft trend analysisThe CargoNet Command Center logged 1,391 supply chain intelligence events into the CargoNet database in 2017. A total of 741 records involved a cargo theft event in the United States or Canada—one of the safest years ever recorded by CargoNet. The average cargo value per event was $196,109, and an estimated $145 million in cargo was stolen. CargoNet also recorded 1,479 stolen tractors, trailers, or intermodal chassis and containers in the United States and Canada in 2017. The decrease in cargo theft can be largely attributed to successful law enforcement investigations in 2016. California was one of the states where successful investigations had the biggest impact; cargo theft was down 32% in California compared with 2016. California also has one of the highest concentrations of specialized cargo theft units in the country. Cargo theft events in New Jersey decreased 13% from 2016. Note that New Jersey State Police maintains specialized cargo theft units that work closely with local and county law enforcement agencies. Most of the top five states with the most cargo theft each year had decreases in 2017. In 2017, 22% of all cargo thefts involved food and beverage items, with more than 100 cargo thefts of this commodity.Cargo thieves stole meat products and both alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages the most. However, thefts of food and beverage items decreased from 2016 in favor of household items such as major appliances and tools. Cargo theft most commonly occurred on weekend days in 2017. Theft was most common on Friday, with 19%, Saturday, with 17%, and Sunday, with 16% of all cargo theft losses in 2017. In 37% of cargo theft cases, the cargo was left unattended for multiple days; and there was no electronic tracking, witnesses, or surveillance to determine the exact day of loss. In the event the exact day of loss is not known, the theft is assumed to have occurred on the first possible day. When we examined events in which the day of theft was known, theft was highest on Sunday, with 17% of losses, and Monday, with 16% of losses. This may not be a fair analysis, because truckers may be more likely just to leave their trucks overnight on Sunday or Monday compared to Friday or Saturday. Cargo thefts occurred the most at warehouse locations but were closely followed by fenced yards. In 2017, 18% of all cargo theft occurred at a fenced yard location. We do not believe this indicates that fenced yards are more desirable targets, just that it is more common for a yard to be fenced at cargo theft hot spots like industrial areas of most major metropolitan areas. [Source: American Journal of Transportation]Man charged, accused of credit card fraudA Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, man who allegedly used more than a dozen credit cards to commit more than 70 fraudulent transactions was charged with five crimes. Jevon Morgan, 25, faces two counts forgery, two counts of misappropriating identification and one count of credit card fraud. He returns to court Feb. 8. Although just a handful of counts were filed, according to the Brown County Sheriff’s Department, information of 14 cardholders was used in 73 successful purchases last June at a Bellevue retailer. Additional charges may be filed. Morgan also faces six similar charges in Winnebago County for offenses last June and July. A jury trial is scheduled for June 30 in that case. [Source: Fox11 News]“Is it shoplifting if it’s not the customer’s fault?” Amazon Go raises questions for the retail industry“Just walk out,” say the signs at the entrance and store windows at Amazon’s newest concept store. “No lines. No checkout. (No, seriously.)” Amazon Go opened in Seattle last week with much fanfare, raising a host of questions about the future of retail. Among them: How will the company handle shoplifting? And what does the tech-heavy, no-cashier concept mean for shrink — industry speak for theft, damage and other errors that might eat away at a retailer’s inventory — which costs retailers an estimated $48.9 billion a year? One of the store’s first patrons took to Twitter Jan. 22 to report that Amazon Go had failed to charge her for a container of vanilla yogurt. “I think I just shoplifted??,” CNBC reporter Deirdre Bosa wrote on the social media platform using the hashtag #freestuff. Amazon executives responded with a giant shrug. “It happens so rarely that we didn’t even bother building in a feature for customers to tell us it happened,” Gianna Puerini, Amazon Go’s vice president told CNBC “I’ve been doing this a year and I have yet to get an error. So we’ve tried to make it super easy on the rare occasion that does happen either to remove it or enjoy breakfast on us.” But retail analysts said the incident raised concerns about how the store, which relies on a system of cameras, scanners and infrared sensors to track customers’ movements and purchases, might handle theft, whether intentional or not. A spokeswoman for Amazon Go did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment for this story.“The absolute biggest concern for me is shoplifting,” said Paula Rosenblum, managing partner at RSR Research, a retail technology consultancy in Miami. “How long until someone figures out a way to cheat the system by — who knows — wrapping items in aluminum wrap or stuffing them into metal containers? Shrink, as a general rule, is a big problem for the industry that nobody has been able to solve.” “Is it still shoplifting if it’s not the customer’s fault?” added David Bell, a marketing professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. “I suppose it’s in the eye of the beholder.” The rise of online shopping and app-based payments have given way to a gray area, retail and technology experts say, where the culprit for lost revenue might not be a nefarious customer or an employee slipping items into coat jackets, but a technical glitch. Take, for example, instances where a ride-sharing app doesn’t charge a rider for the full ride, or when a warehouse employee accidentally sends an extra item to a customer. Not the shopper’s fault, but it is still a potential problem for retailers. Supermarkets, analysts said, are among the most vulnerable retailers, in part because large, chaotic stores make for easy targets. “There’s an entire cottage industry in place to find ways to steal from stores,” Rosenblum said. “The customer is the biggest variable there is.” [Source: The Washington Post] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now