Increased police presence in schools could be tied to a decline in academic outcomes for students, according to two studies that examined data of students in schools in Texas, from 1999-2008, and New York, from 2004-12. Increasing numbers of police in Texas schools resulted in worse rates of high-school graduation and college enrollment, and in New York City, a similar move resulted in lower test scores for black male students, the data found.
The Pathmark grocery banner will return to one of its former locations in Brooklyn, N.Y., as part of the Allegiance Retail Services cooperative. The former location should open this spring, bringing back a banner that closed amid the bankruptcy of A&P in 2015.
Walmart is testing two types of digital shelf tags in the baked goods section at two stores in Rogers, Ark. Test shoppers sent by market research firm Field Agent preferred the labels to standard ones, but were split in their opinions between the long, full-color LED strips and the smaller digital tags.
Liquor maker Brown-Forman overhauled its digital and data strategy during the past few years and now can use data analytics to monitor everything from pricing to batch production, says Chief Information Officer Tim Nall. "We've really shown how having this information available in real time on any advice gives us a competitive advantage when we're engaging with our customers," he says.
Papa John's has teamed with Purdue University Global to offer free tuition for corporate employees and subsidize fees for employees of its franchisees. Employees who have worked 90 days and 20-plus hours per week are eligible to take online classes in one of the university's 180 degree programs.
M&M's Chocolate Bars, which feature M&M candies enrobed in chocolate, are off to a great start, says Mars Wrigley Confectionery Americas President Tracey Massey. "We launched it just [toward] the end of last year ... it did really, really well -- it's actually one of the things that really drove our sales in December," she says.
A middle school in Arizona is attempting to curb the vaping trend among students by installing sensors in some of the school's restrooms. The sensors also will be installed in some hallways and outside near where students eat lunch.
Procter & Gamble will bring four products to market this month under its Secret label. The new offerings are Body Cleansing Wipes, Clinical Strength Fast Acting antiperspirant, Aluminum Free Deodorant and Clinical Strength Night Treatment antiperspirant.
Coca-Cola is responding to demand for new flavors by innovating around existing brands and pulling back on drinks that aren't as successful, says CEO James Quincey. "[I] think you'll see more from us in terms of innovation, not just around new brands and new products, but also on new flavors," he says.
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