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The top three cars targeted by thieves are the Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Impala and Nissan Altima, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau .
The NICB released another first-edition vehicle theft report, this one on the large and mid-sized classifications. The report is based on National Crime Information Center vehicle theft records for the period Jan. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2012, and is limited to 2010, 2011 and 2012 model-year vehicles.
The large vehicle class contains nine makes and 10 models, while the mid-sized class has 16 makes and 20 models, as defined by Automotive News. This report reviews large/mid-sized thefts and produces a combined class top 10 most stolen list.
In the combined top five list, the most stolen car was the Toyota Camry with 4,619 thefts. It was followed by the Chevrolet Impala (3,608); Nissan Altima (3,103), Chevrolet Malibu (3,035) and Ford Fusion (2,819).
The rest of the top 10 were the Dodge Charger (2,808), Hyundai Sonata (1,847), Honda Accord (1,712), Dodge Avenger (1,321) and Chyrsler 300 (1,045).
During this reporting period, a total of 31,586 large and mid-sized vehicles were reported stolen in the United States. By far, the mid-sized class had the most theft activity with 22,090 thefts, or 70 percent of the combined large and mid-sized total.
Speaking to more than 800 attendees at the Governor’s Energy Summit, Gov. Bryant announced the Fraser Institute has again ranked Mississippi among the world’s most attractive places for oil and gas investment. Mississippi ranks number two globally for energy policy and is first in its tier when energy policy is considered along with proven oil and gas reserves.
The Fraser Institute developed the rankings by surveying petroleum industry executives about barriers to investment in 157 oil- and gas-producing regions throughout the world. According to the report, barriers to investment can include high taxes, cost of regulatory compliance, uncertainty over environmental regulations and the interpretation and administration of regulations.
Now that bankrupt Furniture Brands International has completed the sale of most of its assets to KPS Capital Partners, it’s time to wind down what’s left of the company.
To that end, Furniture Brands is now FBI Wind Down Inc.
Former FBI chief administrative officer, general counsel and corporate secretary Meredith Graham, 41, is leading FBI Wind Down as it closes its books and ties up loose ends. She’ll be paid her base salary of $286,000 on a pro-rated basis. She’ll be employed up to six months.
KPS completed its $280 million purchase of Furniture Brands on Nov. 25, getting Lane, Broyhill, Thomasville, Drexel Heritage, Maitland- Smith, Henredon, Hickory Chair, Pearson, La Barge and Lane Venture.
KPS put all of the brands under control of a new company, Heritage Home Group, which has assumed Furniture Brands’ former website.
Lane Furniture Industries employed about 1,400 people in Northeast Mississippi prior to Furniture Brands’ Sept. 9 Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. It’s not known how many remain employed at Lane or at the other brands. However, KPS said it would offer employment to most of the employees of the brands.
Also as a result of the KPS purchase, Ralph Scozzafava, the former CEO of Furniture Brands, and Vance Johnston, its former CFO were ousted from the company. Also let go were the presidents of Lane and Hickory Chair.
In addition, the former board of directosr for Furniture Brands – Ira D. Kaplan, Ann S. Lieff, Aubrey B. Patterson, Dr. George E. Ross and Scozzafava – was let go. Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve had Gray Thursday and Black Friday; then there’s Green Monday. Pretty soon, we’ll have every day of week color-coded during the Christmas shopping season..
Green Monday, however, has nothing to do with buying environmentally friendly merchandise.
Here’s an explainer RetailMeNot, the digital coupon site:
Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have passed, but that doesn’t mean shoppers have finished purchasing holiday gifts! Fortunately for consumers, there’s still time to save some green – on Green Monday that is.
Green Monday, coined by eBay to describe their best sales day in December, takes place on December 9 this year and has become a major online shopping day. Last year Green Monday (Dec. 10) reached $1.275 billion in spending according to ComScore data and was one of the largest days for holiday shopping behind Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Green Monday sales were $854 million in 2009 and $1.133 billion in 2011.
Applebee’s is adding 100,000 tablets to every table and many bars at its nearly 1,900 locations by the end of next year.
Customers will be able to add food and drinks to their existing orders, play games and pay for their meals at their seats.
Chili’s started adding tablets this year to its nearly 1,300 locations and should be finished by the first half of 2014.
According to BusinessWeek:
For now, at least, the computers won’t take over for human employees. Applebee’s says it’s not changing staffing levels in restaurants as the tablets are installed.
Applebee’s chose a startup named E La Carte, largely because of its Silicon Valley pedigree. The company came through the Y Combinator accelerator program, and Intel is a major investor. The tablets run on the Android operating system.
The Associated Press says “cyber thieves know what the hot gift items are and they target their scams accordingly. That can include fake contests on social media sites, dangerous links, and texts and emails designed to get shoppers to reveal personal information or download malicious software.”
Other recommendations to stay safe include making sure a website is legitimate and secure before ordering, install anti-virus software and a firewall, pay for credit card protection and print records of online transactions.
From the Detroit Free Press:
According to the federal authorities, here are some key schemes to be on the lookout for:
- Gift cards being sold for dramatically reduced prices.
- “One day only” websites offering sales on high-demand name brand items.
- “Phishing” e-mails, text messages, or phone calls that pretend to come from established and well-known retailers, asking shoppers to verify credit card numbers, bank accounts, or detailed personal information.
When it comes to shopping, the feds say there are three basic principles that consumers should consider to avoid being scammed: price, location and quality. If the quality is poor, the prices fall way below retail, or the websites look suspicious because they’re selling goods not typically associated with certain brands, that should set off red flags to the consumer.
Credit cards need to be guarded extra carefully.
U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade stressed that while online shopping offers convenience and easy price-comparison, “consumers should do their homework before sharing credit card information online.”
If you are a victim of an internet crime, report it at the Internet Crime Complaint Center, known as IC3, at www.ic3.gov
Prime Designs, which now employs about 120, is investing $500,000 and adding up to 120 jobs in the next year to build the Duck Commader-licensed products.
The furniture maker is the first to get a licensing agreement from Duck Commander, the company behind the popular “Duck Dynasty” show featured on A&E.
Prime Designs co-founder Tim Richey said the sales potential of the Duck Commander-licenced line is unlimited.
“It could be $60 million to $100 million – we’re just not sure at this point,” he said.
At the end of the two-year agreement, the two companies will review the results.
“If they’re happy with the results, we can continue the license.” Richey said. “We hope we make them very happy.”
A big selling point was that Prime Designs opted to embroider the logo onto the furniture, rather than have it as a sewn-on decal. In addition, the logo is prominently displayed.
While the camo pattern is an obvious link, other patterns are available, too, said PD national sales manager Jerry Marlin.
“We’ve have solids, cotton, leather and even wood trim,” he said.
Prime Designs was apparently the first furniture manufacturer to approach Phil Robertson and the Duck Commander crew about licensing the company’s name on products, and the first to get a license.
“‘Duck Dynasty’ is the name of the A&E show, but Duck Commander is the name, the company behind why the show exists,” Marlin said. “We were fortunate to be the first to ask. There have been others after us. And there’s Duck Dynasty-licensed products, but we don’t have anything to do with that. We’re strictly Duck Commander.”
Several top 100 national furniture retailers have already placed orders with Prime Designs, and the company is negotiating with Walmart, Sam’s and other large chains.