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Executive Briefing
 
 

President's Message


It is about savings for the military family:

The budget scenarios do not appear to be getting any better and DoD and the Services are preparing for the worst … agencies are being directed to look for reduced costs anywhere they can find them. It clearly is a difficult time for all segments of the military resale channel. Actions already contemplated appear to hit at the heart of the benefit and that is sales to the military family and that is the last target that should be contemplated. It is at this very time that every effort should be made to support the military family … this is a time for the biggest sale ever to show the importance of the programs … not a time to be cutting back on the opportunities for the family to save. Any strategy to meet the new spending targets needs to contemplate how to best get low cost goods to the military and their families not how to cut back on the programs. Eliminating opportunities to sell is not a winning formula …



No deal in sight to stop sequester
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The Washington Post, Lori Montgomery
Less than a month after averting one fiscal crisis, Washington began bracing Tuesday for another, as lawmakers in both parties predicted that deep, across-the-board spending cuts would probably hit the Pentagon and other federal agencies on March 1.


Carter: Automatic defense cuts 'more likely than unlikely'
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Bloomberg, Tony Capaccio and Gopal Ratnam
Less than a month after averting one fiscal crisis, Washington began bracing for another, as lawmakers in both parties predicted that deep, across-the-board spending cuts would probably hit the Pentagon and other federal agencies on March 1.


Sgt. Maj. of Army Raymond Chandler: Obesity a growing concern
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The Fayetteville Observer, Henry Cuningham
The national problem of childhood obesity has the potential for a negative impact on the future Army, the top enlisted soldier said. "We are going to have to recruit that young man and woman," Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler said. "If you have a weight problem, you are disqualified from coming into the Army."


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House budget chief: Automatic spending cuts 'going to happen'
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Reuters, Margaret Chadbourn
Automatic spending cuts postponed at the start of the year will go into effect as scheduled in March but "no one" is talking about allowing a U.S. government shutdown, the Republican House of Representatives Budget Committee chairman said.

Planning for possible cuts bogs down federal agencies
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The Washington Post, Lisa Rein
The drastic $85 billion in automatic spending cuts Congress approved in hopes of heading off another deficit showdown may or may not occur, but federal agencies say the threat has been disrupting government for months as officials take costly and inefficient steps to prepare.

Republicans: Let the sequesters begin
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The Washington Times, Sean Lengell
Congressional Republicans are preparing to let $85 billion in automatic spending cuts begin to bite March 1, saying they have become convinced that letting the "sequesters" take effect is the only way they will be able to wrangle real spending cuts from President Barack Obama.


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President, American Logistics Association


Washington Update


Democratic support for Hagel grows
The Associated Press via Yahoo News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Democratic support for Chuck Hagel's nomination for defense secretary grew as the former Republican senator allayed concerns about his past statements on Israel and Iran. More

Few Army employees would escape furloughs
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Army is allowing only limited exceptions to its hiring freeze now underway, while few current employees would escape unpaid furloughs if sequestration hits. More

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Navy orders cuts to begin now; thousands to be fired
The Virginian-Pilot    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Navy flag officers and top executives were told to begin cutting expenses — laying off thousands of temporary civilian workers, reducing base operations and preparing to cancel maintenance work on more than two dozen ships and hundreds of aircraft. More

Commissary News


Supermarket cuts POS losses with video analytics
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Woods Supermarket has saved "a significant amount of money" by using a video analytics system to ensure that products are scanned correctly at both regular and self-checkout lanes, said Doug Haworth, the chain's director of loss prevention. More

Shelf stocking, receiving/storage/holding area, and custodial operations
Federal Business Opportunities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Furnish all necessary supervision, personnel, equipment and supplies necessary to perform shelf stocking, receiving/storage/holding area and custodial operations for the Defense Commissary Agency, Fort Leavenworth Commissary, located in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in accordance with the Government's Performance Work Statement. More



PMA reiterates commitment to food safety
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The produce industry takes food safety seriously and will use the recent report on foodborne illness, released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to spur additional research and practical applications to advance public health, according to Bryan Silbermann, president and CEO of Produce Marketing Association. More

DeCA forms transformation advisory team to adjust its focus on future of benefit
Defense Commissary Agency    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Defense Commissary Agency announced the formation of the director's transformation advisory team to help adjust the agency's focus on its future amid an environment of potential budget cuts. More

Chicken wing prices up ahead of Super Bowl
NBC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Drought in the summer led to an increase in feed costs, causing a 6 percent hike in chicken prices in December. Chicken wings, a popular Super Bowl snack, are expected to be especially higher in cost because of increased demand as consumers opt for dark meat over breasts. More

Reinventing and reimagining
Stores    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's a hot topic of discussion in retail C-suites: With e-commerce carving out an ever-growing slice of the sales pie, how can retailers ensure that shoppers' bricks-and-mortar experience is productive, personalized, convenient — and most of all, memorable? More

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Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2013 could affect commissary operating hours on stateside Navy bases
Defense Commisary Agency    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Navy will conduct an anti-terrorism exercise, Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2013, Feb. 25-March 1, which could affect the operating hours of commissaries on 44 Navy installations in the continental United States. More

Food Lion debuting kids' grocery exhibit
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Food Lion and the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem, N.C., are offering an interactive exhibit that will enable kids to learn about the grocery industry. Children can go behind scaled-down counters and cash registers and pretend to check out customers, as well as experience three preparation areas. More

Canned food promo set to launch February
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Can Manufacturers Institute will kickoff a multiyear marketing campaign February designed promote the benefits of cooking with canned foods. "Cans Get You Cooking" launches Feb. 1 to coincide with National Canned Food Month. More

Commissary Announcements


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., January 31, 2013.

PROMOTIONS
DP #7, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
DP #8, WW Promotion Package, Cinco De Mayo/May Case Lot Sale/Fun Fitness Festival.
Severe Weather WW Promotion Program.
Winter Club Pack, Update #2.

NOTICES TO TRADE
None Received.

MISCELLANEOUS
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 13-05.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
CRV Values.

SAVE THE DATES
April 23, 2013: ALA/DeCA Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament, Fort Lee, Va.
Registration open - April 25–26, 2013: ALA Commissary Roundtable, Marriott Hotel, Richmond, Va.
June 18, 2013: ALA Congressional Caucus, Washington, D.C.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.



Exchange News


More than 179 million football fans gearing up for Super Bowl
NRF    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Three-thousand miles apart, two teams are preparing for the biggest game of the year, along with the millions of fans who will be cheering them on. According to a new survey by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association, a division of the National Retail Federation, conducted by BIGinsight, more than 179.1 million people will watch the game Sunday, Feb. 3, the most in the survey's nine-year history and up from an estimated 172.5 million last year. More

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Walmart issues 'zero tolerance' policy for global suppliers
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Walmart Stores is tightening the reins on its global suppliers. Effective March 1, the retailer is implementing a "zero tolerance" policy for any supplier who subcontracts work to factories without the company's knowledge, the Associated Press reported. More

Retailers not keen on investing much more in mobile strategies
The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For all the buzz around mobile commerce, many retailers are surprisingly lukewarm about its ability to get digital-savvy shoppers buying more from their websites. More

Target's everyday collection to highlight everyday tweet in live event
ClickZ    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Target has put its bull's-eye on the everyday with a live online event to promote its Everyday Collection and associated ad campaign. Per Target, the Everyday Collection is "the most intensely sensible grocery and essentials collection of the season," as well as a marketing campaign meant to showcase such items in a new light. More

Lowe's boosts seasonal hiring, plans to add permanent part-timers
Dow Jones Newswires via Fox Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lowe's Cos. increased its temporary-worker hiring plan for the spring season from 2012 and said it also would bring on permanent part-time workers, adding 54,000 positions in all as its turnaround shows traction. More

Walmart makes pledges on veterans, sourcing
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Walmart Stores Inc. plans to offer jobs to veterans in their first 12 months off active duty and boost domestic sourcing of products by $50 billion over the next 10 years. More

Restaurants crave smaller venues
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tighter post-recession lending rules and rising labor costs as the Affordable Healthcare Act takes effect have some restaurant chains trying out smaller spaces. More

Dollar General pushing toward 11,000 stores
The Columbus Dispatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dollar General plans to add 635 stores and move 550 existing locations this year as part of its continuing expansion. Central Ohio is going to be part of that expansion. More

Why are so many employees disengaged?
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The answer most often lies in managerial relationships. A recent national study by Dale Carnegie Training placed the number of "fully engaged" employees at 29 percent, and "disengaged" employees at 26 percent – meaning nearly three-quarters of employees are not fully engaged, or productive. More

Dickey's Barbecue Pit opens on Grand Forks AFB
Grand Forks Air Force Base    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Patrons here have a new place to enjoy lunch thanks to Dickey's Barbecue Pit, which opened Jan. 22 in the Base Exchange. More

Lampert's CEO gig doesn't change much at Sears
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The fact that Edward S. Lampert is now taking the corner office at Sears Holding Corp. won't change much for the struggling department store chain, Credit Suisse says. More

Do consumers want same-day shipping?
Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Moosejaw Mountaineering tested same-day shipping in two markets in the days leading up to Christmas, but no shoppers opted for the service, says CEO Eoin Comerford. Whether consumers are likely to use same-day delivery depends on how badly they need the product and whether it's convenient to go to the store and get it without having to pay for shipping, says ShopRunner's Fiona Dias. More

C-store total poised to surpass 150,000 units
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The latest data from Nielsen shows the number of U.S. convenience stores continues to expand and last year set a new record with 149,220 units. More

Retail imports to increase 2.3 percent in January as port strike threat continues
NRF    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to increase 2.3 percent in January over the same month 2012 as retailers continue to urge labor and management to avoid a strike at East Coast and Gulf Coast docks, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. More

Dish to shut 300 Blockbuster sites; 3,000 layoffs loom
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dish Network Corp. plans to close a further 300 Blockbuster stores in the U.S. in the coming weeks, leaving the video chain with less than one-third of the stores acquired by the satellite-television company in 2011. More

Get your Facebook community to leave you positive reviews
Business 2 Community    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Growing your Facebook community is a worthy goal for 2013 considering social commerce is projected to grow into a 14 billion dollar industry in just two years. While some companies are still struggling to establish an ROI from their social marketing campaigns, others are successfully ensuring they are part of the social commerce growth trend. More

Deloitte: Sales in warehouse club stores to outpace other channels
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumer products executives expect their highest growth to come from the warehouse club channel compared with any other retail sales channel over the next three years, including mass merchandise, grocery and e-commerce, according to new research from Deloitte. More

Coach handbag sales take hit, stock slumps
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Coach Inc. reported weak holiday-quarter results and unveiled a new strategy for shoes and clothing, spooking investors with the notion that the days of strong demand for its premium leather handbags may be numbered. More

Exchange Announcements


NEX Redbox machines to vend MWR event tickets
Navy News Service    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Navy Exchange Service Command announced Jan. 29 that it is piloting a program with RedBox, its DVD rental business partner, to sell local tickets to sporting events, music, arts, theater, family and various other live events through its vending kiosks. More



ALA Exchange E-Blast week 2/01/13

To All,

There are now a mere 6 weeks from this year's Exchange Roundtable and we need your assistance. In speaking with Marcia Doyle, this year's Chairperson for the Roundtable, there are only 165 registered, far below the 220 projected to attend. Marcia has asked for the Exchange Council member's help in encouraging our Industry brethren to sign up for this very important meeting.

Marcia and her committee have developed an exciting program, with the key leadership of all the Exchanges scheduled to attend. In addition to the networking opportunities such an event provides, the many critical issues facing Military Resale today demand the active participation by ALA Members. From sequestration possibly impacting Department of Defense funding to the many studies and reports that target both the exchange and commissary benefits, there is no shortage of threats.

I am requesting that each member of the exchange council reach out to co-workers and their contacts within the ALA membership alike ensuring all not registered re-consider attending. This year's Roundtable will be another outstanding event and time well spent for those seeking to both help preserve the Military's critical benefits and identify those strategies to grow their company's exchange business.

Thank you in advance for your expert assistance.

Best Regards,

Rick

Richard S. Page


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Save the dates:

March 6-8, 2013 — All Exchange Round Table, Grand Hyatt, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport

Round Table Golf Outing details: The ALA DFW Chapter will be hosting the "2013 Roundtable Golf Tournament" on Wednesday, March 6, at Bear Creek Golf Club in Dallas. The tournament will be a best ball/scramble format with first and second place prizes for two flights. Prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin will also be awarded. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the hole sponsors, longest drive and closest to pin and co-sponsorships are also available. Please join us after your spectacular round of golf for lunch, the awards reception and silent/live auction. Donated items are always welcome and very much appreciated and proceeds from the auction benefit the AREA Scholarship Fund. Attached is the registration form and additional information, so if you plan on attending, please submit form and payment by Friday, Feb. 22. If you have any questions or are interested in donating items for the auction, please contact Julie Fox at jfox@mssco.com or 469-221-4122.

Click here for the 2013 Roundtable Golf Tournament flier

Click here for the 2013 Roundtable Golf Tournament registration form

Operation Come Back Home — Enjoy Your Benefit!
The 2013 Exchange Roundtable webpage is packed with all the information you need to make the Roundtable an educational and networking success for YOU!
Click here for more info!

March 6, 2013 — Bear Creek Golf Club
3500 Bear Creek Ct., Dallas, Texas, 75261
10 a.m. Shotgun Start
For more information, call Julie Fox at 469-221-4122, or email at jfox@mssco.com

Date change: April 24, 2013 — ALA/DeCA Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament, Fort Lee, Va.

Date change: April 25–26, 2013 — ALA Commissary Roundtable, Marriott Hotel, Richmond, Va.

Aug. 19-22, 2013 — 2013 Hawaii Trade and Food Show, Honolulu, Hawaii

Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2013 — 66th Annual Convention, Hyatt New Orleans, New Orleans, La.

Go to: www.ALA-National.org, sign in and CHECK OUT the information.





Washington Update


2012 CNIC MWR Award winners announced
The Flagship    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In 2006, Commander, Navy Installations Command established the Morale, Welfare & Recreation Awards program under the auspices of Fleet and Family Readiness. The awards recognize those who through inspiration, personal initiative and demonstrated leadership have made noteworthy contributions to Navy MWR programs at the local or regional level. More

Family, morale programs are focus of DoD task force
American Forces Press Service    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new task force will start work in February on a 120-day review of all family and military community programs across the Defense Department to determine their effectiveness and identify gaps and potential efficiencies, a senior defense official said. Recreation programs can address fitness and wellness, and business programs can include golf programs, bowling centers, outdoor recreation and community centers. More

Budget woes lead to Army cost-cutting steps
Stars and Stripes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In anticipation of stinging budget cuts, Army leaders have directed a host of cost-cutting measures that will roll back support for community and recreational activities, freeze civilian hiring and halt restoration and modernization projects. More

Army cuts back on hot meals
WashingtonGuardian.com via WHP-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
President Barack Obama has ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, and as the drawdown begins, some U.S. soldiers are enduring new sacrifices like the end of cooked breakfasts. More

Pentagon cutting jobs, maintenance due to budget fears
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Pentagon has begun laying off most of its 46,000 temporary and term employees and cutting maintenance on ships and aircraft in an effort to slow spending due to fears of new defense budget cuts, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said. More

Durbin to assume Senate defense appropriations leadership
Defense News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After several senators turned it down, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has agreed to take the gavel of the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee. Durbin's ascension to the spending subpanel's biggest chair hands a member of the Senate's leadership team the responsibility of shepherding annual Pentagon appropriations bills to final passage in the upper chamber. More
 


 



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