Report: Restaurant chain is latest data breach victim
Sonic has been targeted in a cyber-attack.
The restaurant chain, which is known for drive-up ordering kiosks and roller skating waitresses, has confirmed it has suffered a data security breach. Specifically, the incident has jeopardized the security of credit cards from up to 5 million customers, according to KrebsOnSecurity, which first broke the news.
The first hints of a breach surfaced last week, when the chain’s credit card processor notified the company about a pattern of fraudulent activity among payment cards. The breach led to a “fire sale” of millions of stolen credit- and debit-card accounts on a credit card theft bazaar called Joker’s Stash, the report said.
The investigation is still in its early stages, and Sonic is still investigating how many or which of its stores may be impacted, Christi Woodworth, VP of public relations at Sonic, told Krebs.
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Report: Department store retailer keeps holiday hiring plans under wraps
Don’t expect to hear specifics about Kohl’s holiday workforce any time soon.
Unlike other chains, including Target and Macy’s, that have announced their plans to hire thousands of temporary workers during the holiday season, Kohl’s is not discussing the number of seasonal hires its will make, according to CNBC.
The chain did confirm it will hire “some seasonal staff.” However, it is more focused on giving additional hours to its current workforce — a group that it has been bolstering all year, the report said.
Walmart made a similar move last week when it announced it would give extra hours — and train — existing employees for both traditional roles, including cashier and stocker, as well as newly created technology-empowered positions, such as personal shoppers and Pickup associates.
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Party goods retailer bolsters store fleet with Halloween pop-up shops
Party City is getting ready for the Halloween rush.
The party goods retailer plans to open up more than 270 Halloween City pop-up stores during its make-or-break season. These locations will bring the company’s store fleet up to more than 1,200 Party City and Halloween City retail outlets.
Party City is also currently bulking up its staff for the season, and hiring approximately 25,000 temporary employees. This is less than last year, when the company hired 35,000 seasonal associates.
“Consumers’ continuing search for uniqueness has really influenced Halloween costume shopping,” said Party City CEO Jim Harrison. “We believe that Party City, both online and in our stores, offers the widest assortment of costumes and accessories, allowing consumers to differentiate themselves.”
Party City Holdco, which designs, manufactures, sources and distributes party goods, operates more than 900 specialty retail party supply stores (including approximately 150 franchise stores) throughout North America operating under the names Party City and Halloween City, and e-commerce websites, principally through the domain name PartyCity.com.