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DeCA director to retire:
Defense Commissary Agency Director Joseph H. Jeu announced Jan. 31 that he will retire on June 3, 2017, with more than 38 years of federal service.
Mr. Jeu served 6 1/2 years as the Agency head. He has guided the Agency through enormous transformation. He set an aggressive strategic direction to ensure the commissary benefit is enduring for generations to come.
He provided direction and oversight of the modernization of DeCA's supply chain management systems. The first increment of the Enterprise Business Solution (EBS) was successfully deployed. He developed a transformation of the commissary business model to preserve the benefit while reducing the need for appropriated funds. He has set actions in motion to transition the commissary benefit from an "at cost" benefit model to a variable priced business model.
"The transformation is well on its way and the right people are in place to see it through," said Jeu. "It is time for me to leave it in their capable hands."
You may read the entire DeCA News Release here.
Commissary savings model released:
One of the cornerstones of the DeCA transformation initiative was unveiled this week with the release of the new savings methodology and baseline for the new business model moving forward. It is obviously difficult to display all of the nuances of the new model in a press release so the initial reaction from some beneficiary groups were questions about the changes:
Some advocates question the nearly 7 percentage-point difference in the savings benefit.
"I was struck by the regional savings, versus the 30 percent savings. In some regions it was significant and surprising," said Eileen Huck, government relations deputy director for the National Military Family Association. "And across the board, even the global average was more than 6 percentage points less."
"What I'm concerned about is whether the value of the benefit is really less than what we've been told all along? What's more reliable -- the old methodology or this new method?"
DeCA will rely on the new methodology to implement its variable pricing model where it hopes to focus on key items in the market place to remain competitive while delivering savings.
Shoppers save 23.7 percent by using commissaries instead of civilian grocery stores — lower than the 30 percent savings claimed for years, according to a new analysis by the Defense Commissary Agency.
Hiring freeze could impact veterans:
Overall, 30.9 percent of all federal employees in fiscal 2015 were veterans, according to the Office of Personnel Management, potentially making veterans one of the largest groups affected by the federal employee hiring freeze. The proportion of veterans who make up the workforce at each department and federal agency, however, varies widely.
Gen. Norton A. Schwartz (ret.) and Dennis A. Bovin, special to Defense News
In James Mattis' confirmation hearing before the Senate two weeks ago, most of the questions directed at him appropriately focused on threats to the United States. There were thoughtful exchanges on Russia and Iran. And discussions about sequestration. However, one of the greatest threats not receiving appropriate attention is the Pentagon's current business processes. Archaic and inefficient, the Defense Department's processes used to acquire and manage resources have ultimately become counterproductive in supporting the military's warfighting mission.
The government hiring freeze put in place by U.S. President Donald Trump will apply to Department of Defense civilian positions but will not impact uniformed personnel.
While questions remain over the limits of President Donald Trump's recent federal hiring freeze, a larger reshaping of the executive branch is underway.
For the last 94 years, every permanent or acting head of the U.S. veterans benefits bureaucracy has served in the military. But that is expected change in coming days.
Specific information on upcoming ALA events is posted regularly on the ALA website. To learn more about each event, please click the following links:
||DFW Golf Tournament
|The DFW Chapter will hold a golf tournament Monday, March 13 at the Las Colinas Country Club beginning at 11 a.m. Download the details and a registration form here. |
||2017 Exchange Impact Workshop
|Online registration is open and a Preliminary Agenda is now available! Omni Dallas Hotel at Park. |
||2017 Commissary Roundtable
|Online registration will open soon. Don't miss this event! Richmond Marriott, Richmond, VA |
||2017 Congressional Caucus
|Mark your calendars! Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC |
||70th Annual Convention
|Save the Date for the upcoming ALA Annual Convention. Norfolk Waterside Marriott, Norfolk, VA|
Commissary officials unveiled new savings requirements for the system's 238 stores worldwide, setting the framework on which prices will be based under an upcoming plan known as "variable pricing." A new pricing model passed by Congress last year allows the Defense Commissary Agency to instead use a variable pricing plan, with prices based on a percentage of savings over the same items sold off base and determined on a region-by-region basis.
U.S. Department of Defense
Secretary Jim Mattis issued budget directives aimed at addressing shortfalls in the department and building a more lethal joint force. The budget directives have a quick trigger, with the first request — for an amendment to the fiscal year 2017 budget — due Defense to the Office of Management and Budget by March 1. The budget request for fiscal 2018 is due May 1.
President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged to resist any plans to "privatize" veterans' services but also outlined a vision of a more robust, community-integrated system for the future.
Congressmen Rob Wittman (VA-01) and Darrell Issa (CA-49) introduced legislation aimed at easing the tax burden on military families by allowing them to establish one consistent state of residency. Under current law, active duty service members are able to maintain one state of legal residency for tax purposes even when they move on military orders.
U.S. Department of Defense
The Defense Department has launched mandatory training for eligible service members about their options under the "Blended Retirement System" nearly a year before that new system goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, Defense Department officials said.
Commissary Web Posts
The following commissary items were recently posted to the ALA Website:
- DP #10, Worldwide Promotion Package.
- DP #11, Publishing Shippers/Pallets/One-Time-Buys.
- 2017 Deal of the Week Features thru DP #13.
- Sun Care, Far East Quantities #1.
- Winter Club Pack, Far East Quantities #2.
NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
- 17-15, Frozen Turkey Merchandising Program.
- 17-17, Commissary’s 150th Anniversary – July 1, 2017.
- Adds/Changes/Deletes, Week 17-05 & April 2017 Reset, Proposed Adds/Changes/Deletes as of January 27, 2017 and a CORRECTED COPY of this file.
- FY 17 Guard/Reserve CONUS On-Site Sale Schedule, January 27, 2017.
- CRV Values, January 29, 2017.
- DeCA December 2016 Monthly Sales Data.
- Sales Team Directory, December 1, 2016.
Defense Commissary Agency
The Defense Commissary Agency has chosen the names "Freedom's Choice™" and "HomeBase™" for its private label product assortment. That announcement came from DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. Private label, also known as store brands, will be appearing on commissary shelves in May.
"The sky isn't falling — the status quo is disappearing."
That's how Michael Sansolo describes the ongoing global societal shifts that are changing the way people produce, sell, prepare and consume food.
Sansolo, principal of Sansolo Solutions LLC, moderated a panel discussion on the future of food retailing during the 2017 Food Marketing Institute's Midwinter Executive Conference.
Some might argue making center store more exciting is a lot like putting lipstick on a pig, but that analogy might not be too far off.
One study unveiled at the recent Food Marketing Institute's Midwinter Executive Conference suggests that creating a destination for health and beauty care, along with general merchandise, could tap underdeveloped opportunities for growth in the supermarket channel.
Online grocery shopping could grow five-fold over the next decade, with American consumers spending upwards of $100 billion on food-at-home items by 2025, according to a recent report.
Supermarket giants Wal-Mart Stores and Kroger already draw sales from their online efforts and compete with Amazon and other e-commerce challengers, but the report from Food Marketing Institute and Nielsen points out that the online channel is likely to capture significantly more market share in the decade ahead from the bricks-and-mortar stores.
BakeryandSnacks analyzes IRI’s multi-outlets with c-stores data regarding the bakery category for the 52 weeks ending December 25, 2016.
While most companies in the category have experienced negative or stagnant growth during the period, certain products, such as Vermont Bread Company's English muffing and the cakes from Rich Prods, have seen a sales increase of more than 100 percent.
By Bambi Majumdar
A recent report by Market Research Future states that the global frozen fruits and vegetable market will grow at an annual rate of 5.34 percent and reach 751 million tons by 2027. Changing consumption patterns and busy schedules, as well as demand for newer flavors and ingredients have contributed to this growth. A rise in demand for convenience across the globe has pushed frozen fruits and vegetables right up the food ranks.
Once a term known only to industry, the concept of "clean label" food is increasingly becoming a sought-after part of the grocery shopping experience.
Though 34 percent of consumers believe that food and beverage manufacturers are transparent and 37 percent believe they are genuinely "interested in promoting healthy food choices," consumer distrust of Big Food and overprocessed artificial ingredients is growing among shoppers.
Orlando Business Journal
Attention, Wal-Mart shoppers: The new 190,000-square-foot Lake Nona Wal-Mart Supercenter now is open, featuring futuristic technology and a modern layout to give customers an enhanced experience.
Customers at the store will be able to avoid long lines with apps, have items delivered to their car for free and use technology that can detect what you want to see.
More Martin's Food Markets grocery stores are in the pipeline to be converted to Publix Super Markets Inc. locations, according to building permits issued in Colonial Heights and Henrico and Chesterfield counties.
Publix is buying and converting 10 area Martin's stores to Publix stores.
Permits were filed recently for four more Martin's-to-Publix store renovations.
Co–sponsorships are available:
Welcome Reception — $15,000
Tuesday Continental Breakfast — $7,500
Tuesday AM Beverage Break — $4,000 – on hold*
Tuesday Light Lunch — $10,000
Tuesday PM Break — $5,000
Wednesday Continental Breakfast — $7,500
Wednesday AM Beverage Break — $4,000
Wednesday Light Lunch — $10,000
Wednesday PM Break — $5,000 – SOLD!
Lanyards EXCLUSIVE! — $2,500 – on hold*
Official Program EXCLUSIVE! — $2,500 – SOLD!
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Sponsorship demonstrates your company’s partnership and support of ALA and the Exchange. Let us help you highlight your company at the 2017 Exchange Impact Workshop!
One company logo in the Official Program included in the registration packet of ALL registered attendees.
Sponsor ribbon for every attendee from the company.
Signage as appropriate throughout the conference.
Sponsor logo displayed on screen in the general session room during breaks.
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In 2015, an elite group of individuals planned and executed the first Military Exchange Resale impact workshop in Dallas. This meeting changed and defined the need to integrate our organizations into the customers world. Since that meeting, other services have asked to have a collaborative meeting tailored to the needs and impact of their business and strengthen the relationship between the Industry and resale partners. So once again, we are announcing a Military workshop with the Exchange in Dallas for 2017.
Dates: March 13-16
Location: Omni West, Las Colinas
Theme: Innovate to Activate
Monday Afternoon: Golf tournament, proceeds to go to the scholarship fund and / or Snowball Express
Tuesday-Wednesday – Impact Sessions
The overall conversation with the Exchange team was that the 2015 workshop was great but what can we do to make it more impactful in 2017. The agenda topics will be revised to reflect an innovation session with Industry within the different categories.
DFW Chapter of ALA — Golf Tournament
March 13 at 11 a.m.
Las Colinas Country Club in Irving
Military - $75 ; Industry - $125
- 1 p.m. Shotgun start
- Scramble format
- Boxed lunch included
- Event proceeds to benefit AREA Scholarship Funds
Hole Sponsor - $100
Longest Drive - $100
Closest to the Pin - $100
Download the details and a registration form here.
The National Retail Federation applauded a warning from Federal Reserve Bank of New York President and CEO William Dudley that a border adjustment tax would have "unintended consequences" for American consumers.
Automation and artificial intelligence are coming to retail. Here's how the industry can prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation's largest retailer, is jumping into car sales through a partnership with CarSaver, an online automotive retail platform.
CarSaver, in turn, is setting up partnerships with dealership groups, including AutoNation Inc., the nation's largest new-vehicle retailer.
The National Retail Federation's Annual Big Show is big, and chock full of new technologies, concepts and inspiring ideas. Here's a look at a few of the biggest takeaways. We'll have more from NRF in the coming days and weeks.
The Wall Street Journal
Two years after raising minimum wages for store employees to $9 an hour, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is making adjustments to the way it dispenses pay increases and trains store employees.
The retailer will abbreviate a training program that new employees must complete to earn $10 an hour.
Target Corp said it plans to launch its own mobile payment service this year in stores, which would allow customers to pay for goods using an app on their mobile phones.
The retailer did not specify the time of launch and a spokesman declined to give additional details. The Minneapolis-based company has about 1,800 stores, all in the United States.
In a presentation at Retail's BIG Show, Kathleen McLaughlin, who holds the dual roles of chief sustainability officer of Wal-Mart and president of the Wal-Mart Foundation, announced a $2 million grant to the NRF Foundation for its Retail Industry Fundamentals training/credentialing program, developed as part of NRF's RISE Up initiative to offer credentials and training to help entry-level job seekers build meaningful retail careers.
The Wall Street Journal
Troubled teen retailer Wet Seal LLC is closing all of its stores after it was unable to nail down fresh capital or a buyer.
In a letter dated Jan. 20, the retailer notified employees in its Irvine, California, headquarters that the office would be permanently closed and all of the workers would lose their jobs.
The Wall Street Journal
A growing number of retailers are relying on suppliers to ship online orders directly to customers, a strategy they hope will help them compete with e-commerce rivals without spending more on inventory.
The practice, known as drop shipping, lets retailers offer more products for sale on their websites — such as multiple colors of the same sweater — without having to keep those items in stock. Instead, merchandise ships directly from the supplier's warehouse.
An expanded foodservice and beverage offering is the differentiator for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s latest convenience-store concept, this one designed for its Supercenter properties. The two pilot locations are in Rogers, Arkansas, and Crowley, Texas.
At 2,500 square feet, the yet-to-be-named stores — which opened in late January — are larger than the company's previous fuel kiosks located in the parking lots of many of its Supercenters.
Convenience Store News
With relatively low gas prices and high consumer confidence, there is no better time to be a convenience store retailer. And with roughly 154,195 stores, there is no better time for tobacco to be in the convenience channel.
Foodservice is undoubtedly a hot category for C-stores, but even without foodservice, merchandise sales were up 4.5 percent in 2015, according to Convenience Store News' Industry Report, published in June.
Convenience Store Decisions
The National Association of Convenience Stores has applauded the reintroduction of legislation to protect small businesses and their workers from the unreasonable burdens and potential criminal penalties of the Food and Drug Administration's final menu labeling regulations.
Convenience Store News
Nearly one year after revealing its strategy for succeeding in today's competitive market, Murphy USA Inc. is seeing its efforts pay off.
"When we held this call one year ago we noted that we would see the impact of several improvement initiatives in 2016 results and I can proudly say we delivered these benefits to our shareholders, and there is more to come in 2017," Andrew Clyde, president and CEO, said during the company's earnings call.
Convenience Store Decisions
Food origin is an important consideration for today's shoppers, as they want to know how their food is produced, transported and handled. This is one of hundreds of findings in "What's in Store 2017," the latest edition of the annual trends publication from the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association, and What's in Store Online, a collection of over 150 downloadable graphs and tables, as well as links to white papers and trends articles.
CSP Daily News
The U.S. Payments Forum's new status report on the U.S. EMV chip migration offers changeover updates to help retailers make the move to the new technology sooner and cheaper.
The release includes updates on the progress of the U.S. EMV chip migration — the credit- and debit-card technology update required by Europay, MasterCard Visa — and priorities to help facilitate speedy merchant chip enablement, in addition to information on preventing fraud in the card-not-present channel, which includes online and mobile payments.
JBLM Northwest Guardian
Fort Leonard Wood Guidon
After four years in Waynesville, the Armed Services YMCA of Missouri officially opened on Fort Leonard Wood Jan. 9, returning operations to the installation.
According to Matt Rumph, Armed Services YMCA executive director, the local branch of the organization, which provides services for military Families, began the process of relocating to Fort Leonard Wood in late 2016.
"By moving back on post, we are able continue our mission of working closely with the military Families at Fort Leonard Wood," Rumph said.
"When we were located off post, it was difficult to be an asset to the garrison. Now we are able to reestablish the working relationships with (Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, (the) USO, (Army Community Service) and Garrison Command. This opens the door for the ASYMCA to offer additional programming in the near future," he added
Geneve Mankel writes: "It's the last week of January and the last article in my series about programs and services at Fort Bragg that can help people achieve their New Year's resolutions. I debated whether to use this last entry as an opportunity to share information about gyms, personal trainers, nutritionist and dietitians at Fort Bragg.
It's no secret that losing weight/getting fit/living healthier is the No. 1 resolution, but I thought I would write about something a little different and about programs that might be lesser known than where the gyms are located.
Learning something new is not the most popular resolution, but it can definitely be very fulfilling for those who decide to expand their knowledge and personal development."
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