Wal-Mart has recently decided to take a stand against its numerous shoplifting cases. Instead of being dependent to the police, the retail giant preferred to solve the situation on its own terms. The new crime fighting approach is called the restorative justice program. It is now up and running in around 1,500 of its stores. The main idea behind this initiative is to offer first-time offenders a choice.
Shoplifters Can Take a Course Instead of Going to Police
As of January 31st, 2017, Wal-Mart Stores Inc owns a total of 11,695 stores across a total of 28 countries. To protect its retail empire, Wal-Mart decided to be proactive when it comes to its many shoplifting cases. While federal justice is not neglected in this initiative, the company wants to play the good cop whenever its employees catch a person red-handed. From now on, first-time offenders will be able to choose between handcuffs or joining an anti-shoplifting course.
The retailer has just implemented the restorative justice program. However, it is already showing signs of great success. A spokesman for Wal-Mart, Ragan Dickens, revealed that the employees had to resort to law enforcement 35% less than usual since the approach to shoplifting cases was initiated.
“No retailer is immune to the challenge of crime. We recognize the importance of this issue at the highest levels of the company, and we are investing in people and technology to support our stores.”
The official statement disclosed that shoplifters have to personally cover the expenses of the course. The paper did not mention the price tag. However, the text discovered that those who take the course have little chances to repeat their felony. If the program continues to show a high amelioration of this problem, then Wal-Mart is about to cut down on large expenses.
Shoplifting Cases Cost Wal-Mart $0.02 for each Earned Dollar
Wal-Mart has a serious issue when it comes to shoplifting cases. Due to its large accessibility, it is easier for people to grab products in secluded aisles and not pay for them. The retailer has few staff members to cover the security of the entire perimeter of one of its stores. Together with the fact that it stays open until late hours, the company has a deeper issue with shoplifters than other retailers.
The managing director at Strategic Resource Group, Burt Flickinger, did the math and concluded that for each earned dollar Wal-Mart loses $0.02 because of shoplifting cases. By comparison, local rivals such as Winco or Costco lose up to one penny for each earned dollar.
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