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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

DoD Budget and Compensation Commission Report likely to be at odds on military resale. The end state remains unclear:

There appears to be a glaring disconnect on the horizon with the release of the 2016 DoD budget and the report to be released this week from the military compensation commission. A report issued that the commission will recommend keeping the commissary benefit intact and consolidating the military resale system while the DoD budget proposal decimates the current level of appropriations over the course of the budget cycle. The following excerpt is from the article that follows:

"Sources said the commission also will recommend keeping intact current commissary benefits, to include continuing to sell products at cost plus 5 percent surcharge. That runs counter to a separate DoD budget proposal that is expected to call for increasing prices to fully cover the costs of operating commissaries.

The commission also is expected to recommend consolidating the commissary and exchange systems. Initially, they would keep their separate branding — Navy Exchange, Defense Commissary Agency, etc. — but eventually would be combined."


Panel will propose new military retirement system
Read the Full Story
Military Times, Andrew Tilghman
The long-awaited report on military compensation set to drop soon will propose fundamental changes to military retirement and health care benefits, according to several people familiar with the report.




The DoD 2016 budget proposal would once again be the beginning of the end for military resale:

Commissary hours would be cut under draft budget proposal
Read the Full Story
Military Times, Karen Jowers
Many commissaries would have to cut their hours and days of operation — as much as two days a week, in some cases — under a draft Defense Department budget document that details proposed reductions in the commissary budget for fiscal 2016.


There is no easy answer but military resale is not the problem ... it is part of the solution!

Military compensation reform commission prompts a divisive debate
Read the Full Story
Defense One, Gordon Lubold and Molly O'Toole
Overhauling the U.S. military's compensation system is a little like reforming the U.S. tax code: most agree it has to be done, but there's neither agreement over how to do it nor a profusion of political will to get it done.



Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association




WASHINGTON UPDATE


The Pentagon's new fiscal cliff
POLITICO
The administration and the new Republican-controlled Congress are creating another budgetary cliff on defense spending, forcing the military to face across-the-board cuts if Pentagon spending busts the caps that are already law.
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Joint chiefs warn against sequestration, again
Defense One
The U.S. military's top officers testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that the mandatory spending caps, known as sequestration, are threatening national security — although Congress is unlikely to do anything about it.
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DoD business panel proposes $125 billion in savings
Defense News
The Pentagon's Defense Business Board issued a series of recommendations on Jan. 22 calling on the Defense Department to slash $125 billion in spending over the next five years by reducing services from contractors, implementing early retirements, reworking contracts and reducing administrative costs.
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25 issues to watch in the coming DoD budget
Defense News
On Feb. 2, the Pentagon will submit its fiscal 2016 budget request to Congress. Defense News reporters teamed up with budget analytics firm VisualDoD to highlight the most important issues to watch.
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Hagel exiting on his own terms
POLITICO
Chuck Hagel is going out like he came in: on his own. When the White House invited him to the ceremony where President Barack Obama nominated his successor, he didn't go. As members of Congress schedule their hearings about the Pentagon's new budget, they're getting his successor, not him.
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Pentagon gearing up once again to fight sequestration
Defense Daily (registration required)
Pentagon leaders are preparing to mount an assault on the possible full return of draconian spending cuts known as sequestration as they near plans to unveil the defense budget request for fiscal 2016, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said recently.
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HASC chair: DoD 'nickel and diming' troops
Military Times
Pentagon personnel budgeting is "nickel and diming our people to death," according to the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and he hopes an upcoming compensation review can restore some sanity to the debate.
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Army leaders now hope to slow the drawdown
Army Times
The Army is considering taking measures to slow the drawdown, though the service still plans to eventually reach an end-strength of 450,000 active-duty troops.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Specific information on upcoming ALA events is posted regularly on the ALA website. To learn more about each event, please click the following links:

Date Event
March 17-18, 2015 2015 ALA Exchange Impact Workshop
April 30 - May 1, 2015 2015 Commissary Roundtable
Oct. 26-28, 2015 68th Annual Convention


COALITION UPDATE


Commissaries: What will the Commission recommend?
National Military Family Association
So, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) is releasing their report this week and we're all wondering, what will it say about commissaries and how will it affect military families? We don't know what the MCRMC will recommend. The Commission is not bound to refer to any institution's ideas about what compensation should look like. However, we know funding must remain at current levels to preserve the commissary savings benefit that ensures families can thrive no matter where they go.
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Military commissaries facing budget axe once again?
KPBS-TV
Military commissaries would have to shut their doors to shoppers by up to two days a week, under a draft Defense Department budget document obtained by the Military Times. The document lists proposed cuts to the Defense Commissary Agency's budget for fiscal 2016: The Defense Commissary Agency [must] ... meet a DoD mandate to come up with $322 million in annual savings — nearly one-fourth of DeCA's annual baseline budget of $1.4 billion.
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Pentagon struggles with budget cuts
Washington Examiner
"We will not be able, in this institution, to fulfill the commitments of the president's defense strategies with the kind of continued, abrupt, steep, large cuts that sequestration will demand," stated Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. But even those closest to the fight don't know if there's a fix. "That fix has got to pass the House of Representatives, it's got to pass the Senate, and it's got to be signed into law by the president," said Congressman Max Thornberry, House Armed Services Committee chairman. "The Armed Services Committee alone cannot fix it."
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Dempsey: Sequestration is 'absolutely crazy'
U.S. Department of Defense
Sequestration is "absolutely crazy." It will hurt national security and make it "impossible" for the United States to meet its global commitments, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The world has changed dramatically since sequestration was passed into law in the Budget Control Act of 2011, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said. The sequestration mechanism forces across-the-board government spending cuts, a "mechanical withdrawal" that "doesn't allow you to balance your books," Dempsey said.
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New Jersey lawmakers warn against new base closings round
The Hill
A bipartisan group of New Jersey House members is urging the Defense Department to avoid proposing a new round of military base closures in its next budget request. "At a time when the United States faces adapting threats from around the globe, including groups, like [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria], we cannot afford to diminish the capabilities we use to neutralize these threats, and protect our freedoms at home," the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel late last week.
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website between 10 AM, January 22, 2015 and 10 AM, January 29, 2015:

PROMOTIONS:
- DP #6, Alaska Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
- Severe Weather, Far East Quantities #1.

NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
- 15-12, Store Reset Revised Dates — Fallon.
- 15-21, Update on Value Brand Program.
- 15-22, Your Healthy Lifestyle Festival.
- 15-23, 2015 Frozen Turkey Merchandising Program.

MISCELLANEOUS:
- Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 15-04.
- DeCA December 2014 Sales Data.
- Guard/Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule as of January 28, 2015.
- CRV Values, January 25, 2015.




FEDERAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES


Material Handling Equipment Maintenance and Repair Services
FedBizOpps.gov
This solicitation is being issued as 100 percent set-aside for small businesses. The solicitation is for the performance of preventive maintenance (PM) and repair services on Government owned Material Handling Equipment (MHE) as required for the following Defense Commissary Agency commissaries.
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Shelf Stocking and Custodial Operations for the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), Fort Knox Commissary
FedBizOpps.gov
Furnish all necessary supervision, personnel, equipment and supplies necessary to perform shelf stocking and custodial operations for the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), Fort Knox Commissary, located Fort Knox, Kentucky, in accordance with the Government's Performance Work Statement (PWS).
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Shelf Stocking, Receiving/Storage/Holding Area (RSHA) and Custodial Services
FedBizOpps.gov
Furnish all supervision, personnel, equipment and supplies necessary to perform shelf stocking, receiving/storage/holding area (RSHA) and custodial operations for the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), Fort Bragg North Commissary, located at Fort Bragg North, North Carolina, in accordance with the Government's Performance Work Statement (PWS).
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COMMISSARY NEWS


Sales of gluten-free products continue to grow double digits on quality, selection
FoodNavigator-USA.com
Improving the quality and selection of gluten-free foods available in mainstream channels will help sales in the category grow nearly 1.5 times through 2019, according to market analysis by Packaged Facts.
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How to deliver an engaging customer experience
Supermarket News
We've all had the experience. The checkout operator asks, "Did you find everything OK?" but the body language shows total disinterest. As a customer, it just feels insincere and makes us feel unappreciated.
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What next for the toxic grocer?
Management Today
Tesco's troubles are deep-rooted and multiplying. Does new boss Dave Lewis have the beans to turn the retail giant around?
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Super Bowl spending to hit $14.3 billion
Progressive Grocer
This year's Super Bowl is expected to draw a staggering 184 million viewers on Feb. 1, and their spending is likely to follow suit, with each viewer spending an average of $77.88 on food, televisions, athletic wear and decorations, up from $68.27 last year.
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Favado's new app helps find the best grocery deals
TechCrunch
The new Favado application has launched, hoping to now cater to less "extreme" savers who just want to find great grocery deals without having to actually clip newspaper coupons and match them with local sales.
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Post Holdings to buy MOM Brands to expand in hot cereals market
Reuters
Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. said it would acquire privately held rival MOM Brands Co. for about $1.15 billion to expand in the growing bagged and hot cereal categories, sending its shares up as much as 9 percent.
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FTC green lights Albertsons/Safeway merger
Progressive Grocer
The Federal Trade Commission has given final approval for the merger agreement between Cerberus-owned AB Acquisition LLC, parent company of Albertson's LLC and New Albertson's Inc., and Safeway Inc.
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EXCHANGE NEWS


2015 Exchange Impact Workshop: 'Elevating the Experience'
ALA
March 17- 18
Hilton Arlington Hotel
Arlington, Texas


If you do business with the Exchange, you do not want to be left out of this inaugural meeting. For the first time, more than 45 associates of the Exchange will be presenting their categories and collaborating in townhouse forum workshops to improve go to market strategies. From store repositioning discussions to individual category workshops, you do not want to be left out.

The Early Bird Registration rate is set to expire Feb. 2. Don't miss this opportunity!

For further information about the workshop, click here. To register and view the preliminary agenda, go to www.ala-national.org. Space is limited, so register today! The choice to be involved is yours.

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Exchange resolves to promote healthy lifestyles for 2015
Public Affairs
For many, the dawning of a new year is a time to focus on health and fitness. In fact, nearly one-third of Americans who make new year's resolutions focus on health and fitness, according to the Cooper Clinic. From low-calorie meals in the food court and expresses to the latest workout gear in the main store, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is doing its part to ensure Soldiers, Airmen and their families have a healthy new year.
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Army & Air Force Exchange Service earns 2015 Diversity Leader Award
Public Affairs
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service has been named a Diversity Leader Award winner from Profiles in Diversity Journal for 2015, emphasizing the Exchange's commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Family Dollar shareholders approve Dollar Tree deal
Reuters
Family Dollar Stores Inc's shareholders approved the discount retailer's deal to be bought by Dollar Tree Inc., scuppering a higher hostile offer from larger rival Dollar General Corp.
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J.C. Penney shuts down its Foundry Big & Tall stores
The Kansas City Star
J.C. Penney Co. Inc. has closed all 10 of The Foundry Big & Tall Supply Co. stores, including four in the Kansas City, Missouri, area. The Foundry locations were stand-alone men's stores that were introduced in 2011. They catered to the big and tall customer.
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Gas prices now fueling spending: Sam's Club CEO
CNBC
Sam's Club is already seeing an uptick in spending as its customers spend less on gas, and the momentum is building week over week, CEO and President Rosalind Brewer told CNBC recently.
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NRF 2015: The year that personalization transforms retail
NRF
At the recent U.S. National Retail Federation's 2015 Big Show expo in New York, one of the big themes is personalization. From customizing the online shopping experience to using beacons to engage customers' needs and interests in-store, from smart shopping carts to smart changing rooms, better understanding shoppers' needs is one of retailers' biggest challenges — and one that tech-savvy brands are eager to help solve.
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Retail CEOs reveal top goals for 2015
Forbes
During the recent National Retail Federation's Big Show, Forbes spoke with a cross section of Retail CEOs (and one president) at the conventions' annual evening soirees. Here's what's in store for Macy's, Bloomingdale's, The Container Store and Bliss Spa this year.
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Wal-Mart to offer service to give US tax refunds in cash
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will give Americans their tax refunds in cash for little or no fee, the latest financial service offered by the world's largest retailer aimed at getting shoppers to spend more at its stores.
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Sharing the knowledge
NRF
There are about 11 active shooter incidents each year in this country, according to the FBI, with an average of two people killed or wounded in each one. Perpetrators come in many varieties, from anti-social teens and deranged loners to jilted lovers and disgruntled ex-employees. The victims, however, generally have one thing in common: They are innocent bystanders in an unfortunate place at an inopportune time.
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Coming to a Whole Foods near you: In-store bars and restaurants
Crain's Chicago Business
As Chicago's upscale grocery scene gets more crowded and more consumers turn to grocery delivery services, it's no longer enough to stock the shelves and hope customers show up. Amid a six-store expansion in the Chicago market, Whole Foods is adding in-store dining options and bars to each, hoping to give adult customers more reasons to visit.
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Chicago Tribune poll: Emanuel leads challengers but may face runoff
Chicago Tribune
Mayor Rahm Emanuel still has a ways to go to convince city voters to give him a second term next month and allow him to avoid a politically risky runoff contest in April, according to a new Chicago Tribune poll.
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State of the Union sets stage for debate on range of retail issues
NRF
President Barack Obama took on a wide range of issues affecting the retail industry in his recent State of the Union address, agreeing with retailers on some and disagreeing on others but setting the stage for a number of long-awaited debates in Congress.
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Real life stores regain cool as Web lacks hands-on deals
Bloomberg
Remember when e-tailers were going to dethrone the local mall and consign real-world stores to the ash heap of history? Not so fast. Shoppers are increasingly returning to stores, executives from companies said at the recent Digital Life Design conference in Munich, Germany.
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C-STORE NEWS


Bring it on, Wawa!
CSP
Wawa Inc. has just announced its strategy for expansion into Broward and Palm Beach counties in southern Florida, expecting to open as many as 40 convenience stores by the end of 2019.
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What consumers want; and, will they want you?
CSP
If you plan to stay the same, you're making a big mistake. The exclusive CSP-Technomic report "Future-Focused: Next-Level Convenience Retailing" shows change is vital if you wish to compete in an increasingly crowded marketplace in which customer loyalty is rare and options are legion.
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Tobacco: Smoke signals
CSP
Yes, cigarettes are declining in sales and margin. But in defiance of the surgeon general, your customers are issuing their own warning: Don't dis the smoker.
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The most-searched chains and people
CSP
Who is the most popular in the convenience store industry? Based on searches of CSPedia.net from Dec. 1, 2013, through Nov. 15, 2014, here are our most popular chains and peeps.
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Spiced up beverages
CSP
Variety is the spice of life. It's a cliché; but it is a phrase accurately represents what we've always known about your customers: They like having a choice, especially where beverages are concerned. Variety in prepared and packaged beverages sates even the choosiest Bubba, Alice or Granny.
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'Wawa South' expansion
CSP
Wawa Inc. has revealed plans for expanding into Broward and Palm Beach counties in southern Florida during the next five years, reported The South Florida Business Journal. The Wawa, Pennsylvania-based convenience store and gas station chain is scouting locations now.
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7-Eleven debuts 7-Select GO!Smart private-label banner
CSP
7-Eleven Inc. has introduced two premium, better-for-you snack bars under a new private-label banner, 7-Select GO!Smart.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Top 10 wins for military families in 2014 (National Military Family Association)
Republican lawmakers again propose slashing 115,000 civilian defense jobs (Government Executive)
Congress, Pentagon will have to agree to disagree on budget issues (National Defense)
Survey: Base services, health care are military family's top benefits (Military.com)
Top 10 supermarket trends coming in 2015 (Omaha World-Herald)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


MWR NEWS


Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri: Jan. 31 deadline for required passes to access post
Waynesville Daily Guide
The deadline is approaching when installation access passes will be mandatory for a select group who require entry onto Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Contractors, vendors or others who regularly provide some type of service on or for the installation will need a Fort Leonard Wood pass as of Jan. 31, or risk access being denied until a pass is obtained, according to officials of the Directorate of Emergency Services.
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Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia: Focusing on family
Kings Bay Periscope
Families at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay enjoy a unique range of events, facilities and services. Some are unique to Kings Bay because the size yields a greater variety and sometimes because the services are provided in a different way. This benefits families, like the Rayne family. They love Kings Bay.
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Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Honolulu: The Gathering Place offers JBPHH Airmen perfect on-base retreat
Ho'okele
Dorm-dwelling Airmen at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, who are looking for a place to enjoy a free meal and kick back and relax with their peers after a long day's work need look no further than The Gathering Place. The Gathering Place, a lounge conveniently nestled in the courtyard between the Airmen dorms, provides a neutral environment for Airmen to meet up and spend their leisure time.
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