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• The Wall Street Journal reports that Wal-Mart plans to move Lee Culpepper, its top government relations executive, from Washington to company headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, where he will become the retailer’s vice president of corporate affairs. The move means that Wal-Mart is looking for a replacement for Culpepper in the DC office.

• Published reports say that an Illinois judge has ruled that Wal-Mart employees in the state cannot sue the retailer in a class action over accusations that they were forced to work overtime without commensurate pay.

• The Wall Street Journal reports that Wal-Mart has said that one month’s worth of results from its packaging scorecard – which evaluates suppliers on their packaging sustainability – suggests that suppliers have a “strong interest” in being more environmentally minded.

In the first month, according to the story, “2,268 vendors logged on to the site and 117 products were entered in the system.”

Beginning next year, Wal-Mart intends to go a step farther and rank the sustainability of products, not just packaging.

• Published reports say that Wal-Mart has launched a new format in Argentina. The concept, called Changomas, is said to be about 45,000 square feet in size but with an extensive product assortment that includes fresh foods, clothing, electronics and household goods. The format reportedly also features a prominent section that markets and merchandises the products of local suppliers.
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