Former N.J. cop gets probation for shoplifting
A former New Jersey police officer accused of stealing approximately $500 of laminate flooring from Home Depot has been sentenced to one year of probation, according to an article in the New Jersey Herald.
Darnell Esdaile, 47, was facing a possible 10-year sentence for exiting a Home Depot store in Freehold Township with unpaid merchandise on Nov. 11, 2010. Testimony at his trial revealed that Esdaile had visited the store an hour before his arrest and loaded eight boxes of laminate flooring on a flatbed cart, as well as a steam mop. Esdaile approached the cashier, advised her that he had already paid for the flooring and simply wanted to be charged for the mop.
When Esdaile failed to produce a receipt for his alleged purchase, the cashier alerted store security. Esdaile ultimately set the steam mop aside and proceeded to another register where he paid for the eight boxes of laminate flooring with a credit card.
After loading the purchased merchandise into his car, Esdaile proceeded back into the store with the same flatbed cart and reselected the same type of flooring in the same exact quantity. Additionally, he placed six pieces of quarter-round molding on the flatbed cart, along with the flooring. Esdaile then made his way to a register, where he dealt with another cashier and showed her a receipt for the earlier purchased flooring. At that time, Esdaile indicated to the cashier that he had already purchased the flooring, but had forgotten to purchase the quarter-round molding. He showed the cashier his receipt for the first batch of laminate flooring, purchased just minutes before, and requested to be rung up only for the molding.
When Esdaile attempted to leave the store with the unpaid flooring, he was stopped by Home Depot security. They escorted him to an office within the store until officers from the Freehold Township police department arrived.
Esdaile was found guilty of shoplifting, a fourth degree crime. After the verdict, the defendant was ordered to immediately forfeit his position as a police officer with the Freehold Borough police department.
Esdaile was a patrolman since 1996 and earned $99,402 a year.
Energizer brings Power Seal Technology to the U.S.
Energizer has introduced its Energizer MAX brand batteries with Power Seal Technology to the United States. Power Seal Technology was first launched in Asia in 2009.
Power Seal Technology gives these batteries better power retention to hold power longer. Improvements include a stepped can construction to improve clamping effectiveness, a sealant application, nylon ring seal insertion, and improved storage and drying processes to reinforce the sealing effect before packing.
“We are excited to launch Power Seal Technology in the U.S. and strongly believe this innovation will give consumers confidence that they’ll always have power when they need it most,” said Michelle Atkinson, VP North America marketing for Energizer.
Several months ago, Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA batteries got a power boost with a re-tooled formula, including improved materials and construction. They now last up to nine times longer in digital cameras, and Energizer Ultimate Lithium AAA batteries also last up to nine times longer in digital cameras.
“Power Seal Technology takes reliable performance to a new level. We’re proud to demonstrate that we will continue to be a technology leader and deliver the products that retailers and consumers expect from the Energizer brand,” Atkinson said.
Power Seal Technology labeled packages are appearing at retail now.
HD expounds on plans for Mexico, Latin America
Home Depot executives, in two published interviews, discussed the Atlanta retailer’s views on expansion south of the U.S. border and beyond.
Ricardo Saldivar, chairman Home Depot Mexico, told El Financiero that the Mexican division expects to end this year with 100 stores in 58 cities. Currently there are 94 stores in Mexico. More than nine out of 10 Home Depot store openings take place in Mexico, Saldivar said.
Carol Tome, Home Depot’s longtime CFO, was more limited in her view of global expansion. In an interview with the Atlantic Journal Constitution, Tome said: "If we look around the world, there aren’t very many places in the world that are very interesting" for expansion, citing the challenges of logistics, currency rates, times zones and cultural differences.
But Home Depot hasn’t ruled out Central America, Tome said, despite the home improvement chain’s failed attempt to operate stores in Chile and Argentina in the late 1990s. Home Depot does have its eye on Brazil, although there are no immediate plans to open stores there.
Tome also said the company is studying India, a large market that cannot be overlooked. In China, where Home Depot recently closed its remaining big-box formats, the company will keep two pilots open: a paint and flooring store and another unit focused on its Home Decorators Collection. The company has short-term leases and specific milestones for these test stores, she said.