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Walmart taps Datacert’s Passport platform for legal department management

BY CSA STAFF

Houston — Datacert, a global provider of enterprise legal management solutions, announced that Walmart has selected Datacert’s Passport technology platform, to help strategically manage the chain’s domestic legal processes and systems. In addition, Walmart will implement Datacert’s matter management and spend management systems, which are built on Passport.

According to Datacert, Passport is the only enterprise legal management platform available that allows even the most expansive law departments to integrate all legal technology solutions in one space, including complementary software that supports other business processes, e.g., e-discovery, litigation holds, document management, etc. Consolidating systems on Passport will provide Walmart with enhanced visibility into its legal-related business. Among other benefits, this will provide collaboration internally and with outside firms the legal team currently manages.

“A detailed review of key legal department management systems helped us determine that it was time to upgrade our existing spend and matter management systems to embrace more current technologies and features, and to implement a platform that simplifies the integration of other best-in-class legal department management systems," said Ken Vermilion, senior director, Walmart. "Following an extensive RFP process, we selected Passport because it proved to be the only platform with the comprehensive capabilities to meet our current requirements and easily evolve to support our future needs. The ease of configuration and integration that Passport offers, combined with user-friendly features in Datacert’s matter management system, will help us greatly enhance legal process efficiency."

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Coming off strong Q1, Walgreens’ Dec. sales grow

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DEERFIELD, Ill.– Shortly after announcing a record-setting first quarter last month, Walgreens reported that its December sales rose 7.5% to $6.8 billion.

The chain said that Duane Reade stores, which Walgreens acquired in April 2010, contributed 2.5 percentage points.

Meanwhile, Walgreens also raked in a 9.5% increase for its total front-end sales, thanks to a spike in customer traffic and basket size. Pharmacy sales for the chain, which accounted for 58.6% of total sales for the month, saw a 6% boost.

Same-store sales for the drug store chain rose 2.8%, including a 3.6% rise in comparable front-end sales — the highest increase the chain realized in 14 months — and a 2.2% rise in comparable pharmacy sales.

During the month of December, Walgreens opened three stores, including one relocation, and acquired three stores.

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Sears names president of Retail Services unit

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Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Holdings announced that Deidra Cheeks Merriwether has been promoted to senior VP and president of its Retail Services business unit, succeeding James H. Haworth who will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Merriwether will be responsible for the oversight and leadership of retail services for all Kmart and Sears stores.

Merriwether most recently served as SVP, procurement and finance. She also serves as a member of Sears Canada’s board of directors and is the executive sponsor of the company’s African American Associate Network.

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