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J.C. Penney donates center for high-tech retail crime task force

BY Dan Berthiaume

OAK BROOK, Ill. —J.C. Penney is donating a 5,500-square-foot center in the North Riverside Park Mall in North Riverside, Illinois to assist efforts of the Cook County Regional Organized Crime Task Force in combating retail organized crime. The center will house law enforcement offices for various police departments, government agencies and retailers for the purpose of hands-on training and collaboration.

Using the Motorola Real-Time Crime Center solution, the center will integrate streaming video, incident and criminal complaints, access to arrest records, photographs, multimedia inputs stored on separate databases for the purposes of deterring crime as it occurs and also in conducting investigations.

Situational awareness made available with Motorola’s Real-Time Crime Center solution is made actionable with the integration of a radio console to enable real-time direct voice communications with officers in the field and real-time video streaming to a vehicle or handheld device over existing carrier or private wireless networks.

“We’re proud to be a founding partner of the CCROC task force, and we’re pleased to donate space for the operations training center,” said Stan Welch, VP of loss prevention for J.C. Penney. “The center is an integral tool in derailing organized crime, and allows all participants to collect and share information like never before.”

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Home Depot recalls 107K fan heaters

BY Dan Berthiaume

Atlanta – The Home Depot is recalling about 107,000 Chinese-made fan heaters because the fan’s plastic housing can melt, deform and catch fire during use, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The Soleil portable fan heaters, marked with model number LH-707, cost about $15 each, and Home Depot will issue a full refund for the purchase price.

The heaters were sold between September 2012 and May 2013 for about $15 each. The CPSC says there have been 464 reports of fans melting, but no injury or property damage has been reported.

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Art Van Furniture converting 31 Mattress World stores to Art Van PureSleep brand

BY Staff Writer

Warren, Mich. — Art Van Furniture plans to convert 31 Mattress World locations in Michigan and Indianapolis to its signature Art Van PureSleep brand, which is known for its diagnostic system that determines the exact mattress and pillow best suited for each individual’s comfort.

The conversion, which will begin August 1st, will be completed by the end of 2013, and will result in a total of 76 Art Van PureSleep stores.

"It makes sense to put all of our efforts into further enhancing and growing Art Van PureSleep, which has become one of the most sought-after sleep science systems in the entire furniture industry." said Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture

Specialty sleep stores are one of the fastest growing retail categories. Art Van Furniture originally acquired the Howell, Michigan-based Mattress World chain in May 2011.

Art Van Furniture is Michigan’s number one mattress retailer. The company carries all major mattress and bedding brands including Kluft, Sealy, Beautyrest, Sleep to Live, Stearns & Foster, Tempur-Pedic, King Koil, ComforPedic, and more. The PureSleep System fits guests to the right mattress, pillow and protector to deliver their best sleep ever – the deep restorative sleep that provides better energy, fewer body aches and pains and improved concentration. There are currently Art Van PureSleep departments inside all 35 Art Van Furniture stores and 10 free standing stores in Michigan and Ohio, with four more scheduled to open in Michigan in 2013. For more information, go to artvanpuresleep.com.

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