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Defense Department

The other shoe has dropped:

DoD is working on a proposal in the FY 15 Budget to reduce DeCA funding by $1 billion over the next three years. This is the doomsday scenario ...


DOD considers $1 billion cut to commissary budget
Read the Full Story
Defense Communities
The Pentagon is considering recommending that funding for military grocery stores drop by $1 billion, or 71 percent, over three years as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request, reported Military.com.

A cut of that magnitude likely would lead to the widespread closure of commissaries, with stateside stores bearing the brunt of the impact. The recommendation under discussion would reduce the Defense Commissary Agency's current budget from $1.4 billion to $400 million by FY 2017. The agency operates 247 stores worldwide.

"If DeCA's budget is cut to such a magnitude, it would ultimately require DeCA to close stores or change the way it delivers the commissary benefit," a source told Military.com.

Beyond closing stateside stores, the agency could change the way food is shipped to commissaries overseas. DOD officials would neither confirm nor deny that significant commissary cuts are under discussion as it finalizes its budget submission.


"As the Department of Defense faces an increasingly constrained budget environment, we are reviewing all programs to identify cost-cutting and money-saving opportunities," said Joy Clabaugh, a spokesman for the personnel and readiness office of the assistant secretary of defense. "We have a process in place to finalize and announce budget decisions, and right now, we are assessing all options," said Clabaugh.

The possibility that DOD's FY 2015 budget request would decimate commissary spending comes two months after it was revealed that top defense officials asked DeCA for a plan to close all domestic military grocery stores.

Commissaries are a key benefit for service members, saving a family of four an annual average of almost $4,500 as a result of discounted prices approaching 30 percent.


Here is the source story:

Pentagon proposes plan to gut commissary's budget
Read the Full Story
Military.com, Amy Bushatz
The Defense Department is discussing a $1 billion cut over the next three years to the commissary's budget in a move that could lead to a widespread closure of stores, Pentagon and industry officials said. Word of the pending cut comes two months after news that the Pentagon's top financial adviser ordered the Defense Commissary Agency to produce a plan to close most stateside commissaries should the need arise.


DoD finalizing 2015 budget proposal
Read the Full Story
Defense News, Marcus Weisgerber
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently huddled with his top military and civilian leaders as the Defense Department puts the finishing touches on its 2015 budget proposal.

On Hill, an exodus of defense champions
Read the Full Story
The Hill, Jeremy Herb
The defense industry is grappling with an exodus of its biggest advocates in Congress. The retirement announcements this week of House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., and Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., added two more members to the list of longtime champions of the military and defense industry who will no longer be serving.

After FY14 budget agreement, Congress turns to debt ceiling
Read the Full Story
Defense News, John T. Bennett
Congressional defense hawks, written off months ago by some as having lost their political punch, are gearing up for a showdown that might prove those proclamations were premature.


Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association






WASHINGTON UPDATE


Senate bill would restore COLA reduction for military retirees
Navy Times
The Senate is poised to consider a massive veterans bill that not only would improve education, health and employment benefits for former troops, it would restore the cost-of-living adjustment reduction for military retirees set by the Bipartisan Budget Act.
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Senate to hold hearing on pending COLA cuts
Military Times
Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., recently scheduled a hearing to examine the impact of the pending cost-of-living adjustment cuts for military retirees. The Senate Armed Services Committee will hear from Defense Department officials and military advocacy groups on the COLA reductions, which were implemented in December as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act.
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Hard decisions await new House Defense Appropriations chair
Stars and Stripes
The man at the center of the new defense spending bill never intended to be there. But the death of an iconic congressman left open a coveted spot in the Capitol Hill hierarchy. After 18 years in Congress, Rodney Frelinghuysen has taken on the chairmanship of the powerful House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, the purse strings of the Defense Department.
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What will Congress cut to 'Support Our Troops'?
National Journal
Congress undid some of its planned cuts to veterans' benefits in the latest spending bill, but it also left the vast majority of the reductions in place. And in so doing, it ensured that the white-hot controversy over benefits will not go away any time soon.
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Healthy base initiative: Childhood obesity — reversing the epidemic
Aerotech News
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Today, children live a very different lifestyle than their counterparts of 30 years ago. Buses and cars have replaced walking or riding bicycles to school; recess time at school has been shortened to accommodate more time for standardized test preparation; afternoon playtime has been traded for TV, video games and the Internet; and home-cooked meals have been exchanged for quick and easy fast foods.
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., Jan. 23, 2014.

PROMOTIONS
DP #3, Update #2.
DP #5, CONUS Shipper & Promotion Quantities.
DP #8, WW Promotion Package, Earth Month Dollar Day.
2014 Spring Club Pack (Apr – Jun) Promotion Package.

NOTICES TO TRADE
14-15, Store Reset Dates – Los Angeles AFB.
14-17, Store Reset Dates – McChord AFB (Club Store).

MISCELLANEOUS
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 14-04.
CRV Values, January 19, 2014.
New Items Activated in CAO, Zone 28 Test, January 17, 2014.
FDS Distributor Change Form, January 22, 1014.
FDS Distributor Codes, December 30, 2013.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
March 5-7, 2014: 2014 Exchange Roundtable at Marriott Norfolk Waterside, Norfolk, Va. Registration is open.
April 30, 2014: 2014 DeCA/ALA Appreciation Day Golf, Ft. Lee, Va.
May 1 & 2, 2014: 2014 ALA Commissary Roundtable at Richmond Marriott, Richmond, Va.





COMMISSARY NEWS


Tyson Foods buys Warren-based Bosco's Pizza
Detroit Free Press
More than 25 years after founding Bosco's Pizza as a carry-out pizzeria, Mark Artinian has sold the company to Arkansas-based food giant Tyson Foods. Over the years Artinian transformed Bosco's from pizza restaurant into a food distribution company best known for its Original Bosco Sticks that are sold in school cafeterias, stadiums, grocery stores and other venues across the country.
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Food back in focus for Unilever
Food Business News
After steadily shedding food brands over the past few years, Unilever P.L.C. said it is now ready to recover its position in the category. "The actions we've taken so far have stabilized performance, and we are ready to accelerate food beyond the 1.5 percent per year on average that we've done over the last five years," said Paul Polman, chief executive officer.
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Carried-from-home breakfasts on the rise
Progressive Grocer
A positive correlation exists between the health of the economy and the prevalence of carried-from-home breakfast occasions, so finds food and beverage market research from The NPD Group. Carried breakfasts were on the rise until 2008, but as the recession hit and unemployment rose, the trend began to decline. As the economy continues to recover, however, carried-from-home breakfast occasions are seeing a slight uptick, and NPD predicts continued growth.
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Fresh pork products
Federal Business Opportunities
This is not a solicitation or request for proposals. This is a sources south synopsis only; no contract will be awarded from this synopsis. The NAICS Code is 311611.
This Request for Information is issued in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 15.201(e). The Defense Commissary Agency is seeking potential sources and information in anticipation of a requirement to provide and deliver program buy fresh chilled pork products to store locations in the Continental United States to include Alaska and Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.

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Shelf stocking, receiving/storage/holding area, custodial, residual grocery services
Federal Business Opportunities
Furnish all supervision, personnel, equipment, and supplies necessary to perform shelf stocking, receiving/storage/holding area, custodial, and residual grocery operations for the Defense Commissary Agency, Fort Hood II (Warrior Way) Commissary, located in Killeen, Texas, in accordance with the Government's Performance Work Statement. The solicitation includes a base period (Aug. 1, 2014 through July 31, 2015) and four 1-year option periods. This acquisition is a 100 percent set-aside for small business concerns.
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The star of the party
Grocery Headquarters
One of the biggest at-home party days of the year is on the horizon. Super Bowl Sunday. Game day parties are not just about the action: Super Bowl Sunday is as much a culmination of recipe experimentation and snack ideas as it is the finale of the football season. One key fact that dictates a party's menu, according to industry observers, is that consumers will not bring something new; they want tried and true recipes.
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Organizations, Congress urge Obama to back labeling GMOs
Progressive Grocer
More than 200 organizations and businesses encouraged President Barack Obama to keep his 2007 campaign promise to require the labeling of genetically engineered foods, whose ingredients are known as GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. Joining the chorus of voices who support labeling such foods were members of Congress, led by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., who sent a letter on the issue to Obama.
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Business reviews now available on the ALA Business Resource
MultiView
Nearly 7 out of 10 people read online reviews before making a purchase, and in the business-to-business world, reviews are even more important in the decision-making process. To help in your purchasing decisions, we are pleased to announce that we've now incorporated business reviews into our ALA Business Resource. Now you have the opportunity to share your experiences with a company's products or services with your fellow colleagues, or read what others have to say about a potential future vendor. Visit the ALA Business Resource to search for qualified product and service providers and write a review.


Volume, quality of raspberries and blackberries improve
The Packer
Grower-shippers expect raspberry and blackberry volumes and quality to return to seasonal norms after shaky starts in Mexico. Raspberry volumes are up slightly over last season at the same time for Salinas, Calif.-based Naturipe Farms LLC, said Scott Norman, director of blackberry and raspberry product management. Mexican blackberry volumes were typical for this time of year as of Jan. 21, Norman said.
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Wal-Mart joins farm workers' rights program
Supermarket News
Wal-Mart and its Florida tomato suppliers have pledged to improve pay for tomato farm workers as part of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Fair Food Program. The retailer's commitments include working to expand the Fair Food Program's principles to tomatoes grown outside of Florida and to other crops; acknowledging Fair Food compliant suppliers with longer term purchase commitments; ensuring tomato price premiums are passed on to workers; and supporting a higher wage for tomato harvesters.
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Survey: Consumers want to manage calories, won't give up favorite foods
FoodNavigator-USA
A survey of American, British and French consumers by Truvia Natural Sweetener found that French consumers claim to eat the healthiest, while American and British consumers are more likely to reward themselves with food and drink. But all three consumer groups hold fast to their favorite indulgences.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Family Dollar president, COO Michael Bloom resigns (Chain Store Age)
Low-end retailers had a rough holiday (The Wall Street Journal)
J.C. Penney to close 33 stores, cut 2,000 jobs (Moneynews)
Restaurants fear clout of a new food giant (The Wall Street Journal)

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Who comes 1st? Customers or employees?
By Mel Kleinman
Who comes first, the customer or the employee? Some argue that running a business is pointless without customers and that making the customer happy comes first.

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Does the Commissary REALLY save you 30.5 percent?
Military.com
A new study conducted by the Defense Commissary Agency found that shoppers save an average of 30.5 percent when using the commissary instead of other grocery sources.

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Do online grocers beat supermarkets?
The Wall Street Journal
The idea of buying groceries online has been around as long as the Internet, but who would ever do it? Limited selection, high cost and inconvenient delivery timing has kept it a niche business in mostly urban areas.

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COALITION NEWS




The Coalition in the news ...

Military.com broke the news Wednesday night (Jan 22) that the DoD FY15 budget includes a major cut to the DeCA appropriated funds of 1 billion over the next 3 years, with DeCA funding for 2017 being reduced to 400 million. Amy Bushatz with Military.com reached out to the Coalition for comments and we provided the following quote:

"The military community will fight this devastating cut to their earned commissary benefit," said Candace Wheeler, spokesperson for The Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits. "Commissaries are vital to helping military families make ends meet and provide much needed employment for veterans and family members, cutting them would be another broken promise," added Wheeler.

Here is the full story: Pentagon Proposes Plan to Gut Commissary's Budget


Coalition and Valued Associate Advocacy and Actions ...

We notified our Coalition Valued Associates Wednesday night of the proposed devastating cuts to the commissary. Military and Veterans' Organizations are vowing to fight this threat with urgency and force. Joyce Raezer with the National Military Family Association sent this reply:
"With smaller pay raises and lower retiree COLAs, military families need the 30% commissary savings more than ever. We must and will fight this threat to military families' health and financial well-being!"
The Coalition has updated our Capwiz letters and will be launching another Call to Action Alert. We will share this alert with our ALA Members, Valued Associates, The Military Coalition, The National Military Veterans Alliance, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) DeCA Council 172, and our military media partners.

Through the collective outreach of our Coalition members, we will continue to rally the military community to stand up and protect this vital benefit. Both the military community and the resale community must be "all in" for us to win this fight!




CHAPTER ANNOUNCEMENTS


Hampton Roads ALA Golf Tourney
Join us for the Hampton Roads ALA Golf Tourney at Sewells Point Golf Course in Norfolk, Va., on March 5.

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Please sign up by Feb. 15, 2014. Field is limited to first 144 to register.

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EXCHANGE MARKET NEWS


Target tried antitheft cards
The Wall Street Journal
Target Corp. Chief Executive Gregg Steinhafel is calling on retailers and banks to adopt chip-based credit-card technology to better protect shoppers. But the debate was different a decade ago, when the executive was on the other side of the issue as Target pulled the plug on a $40 million, three-year program that did just that.
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7 things you need to know about Costco
U.S. News & World Report
Many people shop at Costco because they want good value on the more than 3,700 items in stock. Yet few people know just how Costco is able to give its customers such quality and value, or what makes Costco different from other wholesale companies.
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Target tests small store for urban shoppers
The New York Times
Target wants to be a bigger part of city living, by experimenting with going smaller. The discount retailer, which has long focused on large stores in suburban markets, completed a lease this past week on its smallest store yet, a 20,000-square-foot location in Minneapolis, a test store for a new format called TargetExpress.
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Stores confront new world of reduced shopper traffic
The Wall Street Journal
Best Buy Co. recently became the latest retailer to chime in with weak holiday results. Like other chains, the electronics retailer blamed the race to offer the deepest discounts, a game of brinkmanship that hurt profit margins and held back revenue. But there is a deeper malaise at work: A long-term change in shopper habits has reduced store traffic — perhaps permanently — and shifted pricing power away from malls and big-box retailers.
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Target to testify before Congress about breach
Chain Store Age
Target Corp. will reportedly testify about its recent massive holiday data breach in a Congressional hearing in early February 2014. According to Reuters, a Congressional commerce, manufacturing and trade subcommittee headed by Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., will investigate large data breaches and their effect on consumers.
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Best Buy holiday revenues fall 2.5 percent
Chain Store Age
Best Buy Co., Inc. saw its revenues for the nine-week holiday period ended Jan. 4, 2014 fall 2.5 percent from the same period a year earlier. Holiday revenues for the 2013 season were $11.45 billion, compared to $11.75 billion in the 2012 season.
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Year in review: 2013
This is Retail
The National Retail Federation launched the following website as a way to share the stories of retail careers, community and innovation through the eyes of the people who work inside the industry every day. The following are a few of their favorite moments of 2013.
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eBay Enterprise debuts ship-from-store solution
Chain Store Age
eBay Enterprise has launched a ship-from-store solution, which the company calls a game-changing initiative that retailers can deploy within 99 days to effectively leverage their physical store inventories while gaining advantages in margin and shipping cost.
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Online shopping, discounts boost holiday sales
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
If there were discounts to be had and online shopping available, shoppers were more than willing to open their wallets this past holiday season. Last years sales in November and December rose 3.8 percent according to the National Retail Federation.
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Holiday hiring hits 14-year high, followed by layoff concerns
Los Angeles Times
Retailers taking on an army of seasonal workers in December helped push overall holiday hiring levels to a 14-year peak this year, according to a new report. But the better-than-expected increase of 801,100 jobs over the final three months of the year is now raising concerns about layoffs, according to consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
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An explanation of the 53-week year
National Retail Federation
Dividing the retail calendar into 52 weeks of seven days each, or 364 days, leaves an extra day each year to be accounted for. As a result every five to six years a week is added to the fiscal calendar. During the last few years this anomaly has occurred in FY'00, FY'06, FY'12 and will occur in FY'17.
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RadioShack names Dollar General's Feray chief financial officer
Bloomberg
RadioShack Corp., the electronics chain that's posted seven straight quarterly losses, named a Dollar General Corp. executive as its chief financial officer. John Feray will join as CFO on Feb. 6, the Fort Worth, Texas-based retailer recently said. He'll replace Holly Etlin, an interim CFO from consulting firm AlixPartners. Etlin will continue to work with RadioShack, the company said.
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Retail industry security hacks may surge in 2014
USA Today
The massive security breach that hit Target over the holidays may be only the beginning for the retail industry. Attempts to hack into retailers' computer networks and steal credit card data and other customer information are likely to surge this year, cyber security experts say in the wake of the attacks on Target and luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus.
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Shattering retail norms
STORES
J ust when you think you've got the retail business figured out, along comes a player — or three — that breaks the rules, challenges long-held perceptions and shatters norms. Meet STORY, Indochino and OpenSky. Each business is re-conceiving retail in a different way and each has quickly become a force to be reckoned with in its own niche.
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What I really do: Mystery Tackle Box
This Is Retail
What does the CEO of an e-commerce operation do, exactly? Good question! Mystery Tackle Box, a highly innovative monthly subscription service providing fishing tackle and lures, shows us the real day-to-day life of an e-commerce boss.
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Relieving your biggest management headaches
By Harry J. Friedman
As a retail business owner or manager, it often seems that you're so busy trying to put out daily fires that you let certain sales standards slide. It's up to you to decide whether you're willing to accept these behaviors or put an end to the headaches for good. Take the short quiz below, and then let me give you some tips to help you on your way to stress-free managing. Think of these tips as the first sip of the tonic that will make your business stronger than ever.
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Visual content marketing and most-searched retail brands
Search Engine Journal
Visual content marketing has transformed retailers — in a good way. With Google's Hummingbird and other changes de-emphasizing keywords, it is more important than ever to focus on topical authority and social networks to ensure visibility. As brands shift from "talking at you" to "talking with you," the use of relevant visual content marketing will define the winners and losers in 2014.
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A more upbeat outlook
Convenience Store News
With an improving labor picture, the national economy as measured by the Gross Domestic Product is projected to grow "in the high 2 or low 3 [percent]" range this year, according to Convenience Store News' consulting economist Maureen Maguire. A good point of estimate for 2014 would be 3 percent. That would be a slight improvement over the estimated 2.1-percent growth in GDP in 2013.
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Why 'green' still matters on direct mail and packaging
The Digital Nirvana
Research into the purchase of "green" consumer products shows that overall, consumer awareness and value of green product development is growing even as their commitment to actually paying more for green products is waning. Consumers like to think of themselves as being green, but their actual purchasing behavior should not be taken for granted.
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EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENTS


Vendor support services
The Exchange is implementing VendorNet Dropship Manager to automate dropship order processing and communication with its dropship vendors. VendorNet Dropship Manager is simple, easy-to-use software that manages the flow of information between retailers like the Exchange and vendors like you that fulfill dropship orders directly to end customers. VendorNet Dropship Manager is accessed via the Internet (no software to install). It delivers your orders to you via a VendorNet-enabled the Exchange Web portal allowing you to print your orders locally and communicate order information including shipping information and invoicing, back to the Exchange.

Working with VendorNet is fast and easy. The only thing you need is a PC, an Internet connection and a printer.

The Exchange and VendorNet's goal is to provide you with an intuitive tool that helps you streamline your dropship processes, ship orders faster and invoice quicker. Whether you have sophisticated business systems or just simple business processes, VendorNet will work closely with you to ensure a smooth transition that will ultimately make it easier to do business with the Exchange.

Getting started with VendorNet Dropship Manager
  1. VendorNet Support Service Fee
    • A VendorNet representative will contact you shortly to get you connected. The VendorNet service is $55 per month plus the following $.31 per order transaction fee*
    • The fees cover direct support with VendorNet and include system communications for all transactions related to a single order (inventory, order documents, shipments, invoicing) with the Exchange.
  2. VendorNet Set-up Options
    • A VendorNet implementation manager will contact you to discuss the following set-up options
    • Browser-Based – One-time setup fee of $500. Allows you to login to the web portal and manually process orders.
    • System-to-System – One-time setup fee of $1500. Allows you to exchange files in standardized EDI, including traditional EDI 856 and EDI 810 files, or other file formats such as, CSV, fixed width, flat files and many more.
  3. "Go Live" with VendorNet
    • The Exchange will determine your "Go Live" date for processing orders via VendorNet Dropship Manager. Set-up and training will occur a few weeks before your "Go Live" date.
  4. Ongoing Support & Training
    • You will have direct access to the VendorNet Account Management Team and receive ongoing support for questions, training and basic setup changes.
    • Refresher training is also available for new or existing employees to ensure you are using VendorNet effectively and receiving the maximum benefit.
*Fees may adjust downward over the contract year based on the total Exchange dropship vendor network order volume. Fees reset annually.

Click here for more info on VendorNet Dropship Manager.

Click here for the Vendor Setup Request Form.

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Army/Air Force Exchange: Reporting for duty
Modern Materials Handling
The base Exchange store is both a perk and tradition of military life. Every day, millions of active duty and retired service personnel and their families shop at the Exchange for everything from candy bars to lawn mowers. Merchandise is typically less expensive than similar product in civilian stores and often carries no sales tax. What's more, most profits from the store are used to support community activities aimed at improving morale among service members and their families.
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Esteemed Exchange Council,

I hope all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season and are excited about the opportunities awaiting us all in 2014! Hard to believe, but the 1st major ALA meeting of the year; the 2014 Exchange Roundtable is only slightly over 6 weeks away. The Chairperson for this year's meeting, Ms. K.C. Remick and Committee are hard at work preparing to make this year's Exchange Roundtable the most exciting and innovative meeting to date. Join us with the Military Resale leaders on board to share their results from 2013 and strategies that will drive success in 2014!

Roundtable Update: The Sponsorship Committee is working hard to fill up the sponsor openings and I'm proud to say making great progress since last week. We are excited about the steering committee’s recommendations for an industry speaker, DoD Speaker, and Congressional representation.

The Town Hall format including GMM's will be a "Big Idea Session" and the Exchange leaders will be taking your questions and comments, but mostly are looking for idea's that will help grow the business in 2014. So if you have a question or comment bring it or send it to Bob Ellis at bellis@ala-national.org so we can include in the format.

Anyone interested in sponsoring an event at the 2014 Round Table can contact Danny Dowds at ddowds@acosta.com, Roger Blood at rblood@acosta.com Tracey Durand at tdurand@ala-national.org or Chris Sutter at csutter@dunhamsmith.com.


AAFES Sales December 2013

NEXCOM Sales December 2013

CGES Sales December 2013

Homeward Bound

Exchange YTD and Monthly Summary's 2012

ALA Executive Briefing (archive link)

Prospective suppliers/vendors

AAFES Press release Archive 2010-2012

AAFES sales flyers (to view click below)

(Click image above for special advertisements!) Exchange Savings Tabloid Portal

EUROPE SALES FLYER (AAFES)

PACRIM SALES FLYER (AAFES)

Exchange Facebook promotion pages

Food Court Info

Savings Portal: See all the savings posted here by week from AAFES and DeCA

SaveOurBenefit

Receive money saving offers via text

Join your local Exchange Buddy List

Join our Online Savings Club

Military Life Resource Directory page

Exchange Online Store

Exchange Online Store — Savings Center

Exchange Online Mall

Join the Exchange Online SAVINGS Club (receive exclusive COUPONS)!

MCX Mailers

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View our latest market surveys

Product recalls and alerts (Exchange)

Save the dates:

March 5-7, 2014: ALA Exchange Roundtable, Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, Va.
Click here to view flier.

2014 Exchange Roundtable
March 5-7, 2014
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Norfolk, VA

Why do I need to be there for this event?
Attend the March 2014 Roundtable in Norfolk to better understand The critical significance of the Military Resale Exchanges in a new Defense budget era and how you too can help by participating in an all-new panel and town hall format.

Military resale and VCS programs meet critical criteria for Defense and Veterans programs, providing a model to emulate, not a program to decimate. In short, we are all part of the solution to present and future challenges, to increase the benefit and not reduce the benefit for our service members and their families.

Exchanges, Canteens and Commissaries provide this model because it offers the ability to produce and support a highly valued benefit with high personnel support, retention, and compensation value, all at little net cost and a significant financial ROI return to the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration.

What will you do and how can you help support the tremendous sacrifice of our military personnel and their families? Please join us in Norfolk.


Hotel Information:
The headquarters hotel for this meeting is the Marriott Norfolk Waterside located at 235 E Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510. The Marriot is offering a discounted group rate to industry attendees: $112 single, plus taxes. To take advantage of this discount, contact the Marriott at 1-800-228-9390 or 757-627-4200, and mention the "American Logistics Association 2014 Exchange Roundtable." This discounted rate will be offered through 5pm eastern, Feb. 12, 2014, or until the ALA room block fills. Hotel rooms are reserved on a first come, first served basis and attendees are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible for best availability.

Government/Military Partner Reservations:
The Government Per Diem room block secured by ALA is reserved for those persons employed by AAFES (The Exchange), MCCS, NEXCOM, CGES, VCS, DOD or DeCA. The Marriott will require proper ID upon checking in. To reserve a room at the GPD rate, please complete the GPD Hotel Reservation Form and return it to ALA no later than COB Feb. 10, 2014. Reservations will be made on a first come first served basis and, once the GPD block is full, ALA cannot guarantee that a reservation at the GPD rate will be available.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. Cancellations received by Feb. 3, 2014, will receive a full refund. Cancellations received between Feb. 4-21 will be subject to a $250 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after February 21st or for "no-shows". Cancellation refunds will be processed by original method of payment. All refunds will be processed post-meeting and mailed directly to the individual on the registration form. Cancelled registrations may be transferred to individuals within the same company, upon written request. Cancelled registrations may not be transferred to another ALA meeting. Any cancellations resulting due to a family or medical emergency must be submitted in writing by within three days of the start of the meeting to receive a refund.

Click here for the Industry Registration Form (for check payments only)
Click here for the GPD Hotel Reservation Form

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