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Arlington Police, Walmart recognized for unique loss prevention initiative

BY Michael Johnsen

 
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Arlington Police Department was selected as a Finalist for the 2016 Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing for the organization’s work on the Walmart Restorative Justice Initiative. This recognition was given during the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing Conference in Tempe, Ariz. on Oct. 26, 2016.
 
“Our partnership with Walmart has added value to our community and has also helped with restorative justice efforts," stated Police Chief Will Johnson. "Through this program, first time offenders have an opportunity to choose a better path."

The Walmart Restorative Justice Initiative is a collaborative partnership between APD, Walmart and Corrective Education Company that has significantly improved the department’s response to property crimes at the three Walmart retailer locations throughout the city. The goal is to reduce criminal offenses and the overall police hours expended responding to calls for service and arrests. And that goal is accomplished in part through CEC, a company that provides corrective education.

CEC is a leader in restorative justice, occupying a unique niche in the loss prevention market. CEC's program enables first-time offenders to correct their mistakes and avoid prosecution. Retailers can reallocate loss prevention resources and law enforcement can focus their efforts in more effective ways for their individual communities. CEC works with individuals, retailers, law enforcement, prosecutors and parents to provide a successful, equitable and more efficient alternative to judicial prosecution.

The Arlington Police Department networked with Walmart executives and helped develop an 8-step approach, designed to shift the loss-prevention focus from apprehension to prevention. In an 12-month period, this approach resulted in a 43% reduction in calls for police service, a 60% reduction in theft and shoplifting arrests and the savings of 5,000 resource hours of police time.
 

 
 

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An expanding Weis Markets records Q3 revenue growth of 4.4%

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. – Weis Markets on Monday posted a third quarter sales increase of 4.4% to $743 million compared the same period in 2015. Comparable store sales for the 13-week period ended Sept. 24, 2016 increased 2.7%.

In the third quarter, the company's net income declined 16.9% to $10.6 million compared to $12.8 million for the same period in 2015. The company's earnings per share totaled $0.40 compared to $0.48 per share for the same period in 2015.

"In the third quarter, we invested in driving sales during a time of record growth for our company despite significant deflation in key categories, notably meat and dairy," stated Jonathan Weis, Weis Markets' chairman and CEO.

The company attributed the decline in its third quarter net-income primarily to $4.4 million in net costs related to the acquisition, conversion and reopening of five former Mars Super Markets in the Baltimore market and 10 former Food Lion units in Maryland. In the fourth quarter, it will complete the conversion of 28 additional former Food Lion units in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.

 

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Google testing voice search for local shopping

BY DSN STAFF
Google is testing a feature that allows users to search for specific products nearby or in a specific area using voice commands. 
 
According to a report by MediaPost, the feature, similar to a search experience, provides the users with a response (verbal in this case) based on local inventory around them. 
 
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