About the 2011 Defense Budget
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Online Registration is now open!
Register by Jan. 31 to receive the Early Bird Rate, and don't forget to make your hotel reservations! The headquarters hotel is the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. You will find detailed hotel information, as well as a link to the hotel Web site (to make your reservations online) on our Web site.
A preliminary agenda is also posted to our Web site.
Dear Prospective Member,
This year the ALA is offering a unique partnership opportunity to attract new members and demonstrate the benefits of the association. We are allowing non-member companies to attend one of our key business meetings held between now and the end of June with the payment of the registration fee and an additional premium(1) that will be applied to the 2010/2011 membership dues if the company applies for membership prior to July 1, 2010(2). The meetings include:
2010 Exchange Roundtable, March 15-17, in Norfolk, Va. This segment of the military market represents nearly $14 billion in sales from a mass merchandise type format to gas stations and Convenience stores. Meeting includes key updates and topic specific breakout sessions providing insight into this $14 billion business channel.
2010 DeCA/ALA Worldwide Partnership Summit and Training Event, June 7-11, Atlanta, Ga. This meeting will be attended by all DeCA store directors world wide along with all key decision makers in the agency. Business base is over $6 billion in a supermarket like assortment with the opportunity for world wide distribution and sales. Includes an opportunity to learn how to do business with the government and develop your business approach.
2010 ALA Congressional Caucus, June 15 in Washington, D.C. The ALA is the recognized advocate in the nation's capitol when addressing issues impacting the military resale channel. This Capitol Hill symposium is attended by all of the senior members of military resale and focuses on the key issues facing the military business channel. Topic specific presentations are made by subject matter experts along with timely presentations from key members of Congress and the Administration. This day long event includes a "power" reception in the evening with members of congress and their staffs.
This presents a great opportunity to learn about this great business opportunity, experience the partnership opportunities membership in the association provides and see the impact the association has on Capitol Hill. The ALA has been supporting world class quality of life for our troops and their families through strong resale benefits for over 90 years. The staff of the association consists of senior executives with demonstrated records of performance. This is your opportunity to join us. For additional information about the specific agendas and registration for these meetings or any other information you need about the association, please visit our Web site at ALA-National.org. I look forward to seeing you at one of our events.
Patrick B. Nixon
Obama seeks increase in Defense spending
Government Executive Share
The Obama administration requested a $708.2 billion defense budget for fiscal 2011, plus an additional $33 billion to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the remainder of the fiscal year. More
Defense budget tackles major management issues
Government Executive Share
The Defense budget request includes funding for several key management initiatives aimed at strengthening the civilian workforce, improving financial management and, perhaps most important, reforming the way the department buys weapons. More
Camacho asks defense so slow buildup
Pacific Daily News Share
Saying Guam simply can't absorb the shock of a population surge in four years, Gov. Felix Camacho is asking the Defense Department to relocate about 8,000 Marines and their 9,000 dependents to Guam in eight years instead of four. More
U.S. ambassador stresses need for troops on Okinawa
Stars and Stripes Share
The Marines stationed on Okinawa might be the least understood of the nearly 50,000 U.S. troops serving throughout Japan, according to the United States' top diplomat explains in a speech to Japanese the importance of the military alliance. More
Draft defense budget avoids weapons cuts
The Washington Post Share
The Obama administration's 2011 defense budget avoids the controversial weapons cuts of last year, according to a draft copy, and continues to shift modest amounts of money to weapons programs such as helicopters, unmanned planes and Special Operations units that are in heavy use Afghanistan and Iraq. More
There are daily flights leaving from Ft. Bragg I have been promised some space on for any of our members that want to support the U.S. Troops in Haiti this weekend.
"Ft Bragg has 3500 troops in Haiti and they (command) are asking if we can assist their troops for the Super Bowl this Sunday. They have a C-130 going to Haiti everyday and can get the donations on one of the planes. The are looking for comfort type items like soda, chips, jerky, cookies, candy, and other similar items. This is just for the Super Bowl only."
Contact Bob Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org, 817-201-9921, for delivery information.
ASA-Selection GmbH to launch U.S. distribution in March 2010
Gourmet Retailer Share
ASA-Selection is forging ahead in the U.S. market with its first wholly owned sales and distribution company this March in an effort to build North America into its fifth-largest export market over the next five years. More
IRI: Marketers push discretionary categories with increased promotional activity
Supermarket News Share
The vast majority of grocery categories experienced increased merchandising activity in 2009, as marketers experimented with ways to provide value without lowering price, according to a new Information Resources Inc. Times & Trends report. More
ShopRite among retailers using Verizon 'three screen' digital coupon program
Progressive Grocer Share
ShopRite is testing a new free digital coupon service developed by Verizon for its wireless and FiOS TV customers to save users money on their next trip to the grocery store. More
IFIC: Food labels could be improved
Supermarket News Share
The recession pushed shoppers to pick necessities over discretionary items, discounts over luxury. But retailers hope to shift such behavioral changes further in coming months, affecting what consumers will buy, pay and experience at stores. More
Obama's budget funds food retailers in underserved areas
Progressive Grocer Share
In his 2011 budget proposal, President Barack Obama has called for over $400 million in investments in new and expanded supermarkets, farmers markets' and other food stores. More
Safeway gets seafood help from FishWise
Retailing Today Share
Safeway announced it will join forces with FishWise - a non-profit organization focused on improving the sustainability and financial performance of seafood retailers, distributors, and producers - to develop and implement a more comprehensive sustainable seafood policy. More
The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Web site as of 10:45 AM February 4:
Wal-Mart stores reorganizes U.S. operations
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said it is realigning its U.S. operations in an effort to give more autonomy to executives in regional markets and reinvigorate U.S. growth. More
NRF ready to work with Obama on job creation
The National Retail Federation welcomed President Obama's emphasis on job creation in last night's State of the Union address, saying jobs are the key to economic turnaround for the nation’s economy and retail in particular. More
'Discount stores' popularity on the rise
Brand Week Share
Nudged along by retailers' promotional activities, consumers are increasingly gravitating toward discount stores, according to a Harris Poll released this week. More
Sam's demo move steps with larger strategy
Tactically, the Sam's Club decision to enlist Shopper Events to do its in-store product demonstrations should improve the retailer's performance on sampling initiatives, but strategic considerations certainly entered into the retailer's thinking. More
Industry poised for mobile payment strategies
Convenience Store News Share
With four in 10 Americans saying they "cannot live without" them, cell phones are quickly becoming key components of retailing. More
Chick-fil-A outlines expansion plans for 2010
Atlanta-based fast-food chain Chick-fil-A ended 2009 on a positive note by marking the company's 42nd year of consecutive sales growth. More
On behalf of the Commander, AAFES, I am pleased to announce the following executive promotions. Please help me in congratulating these deserving associates:
Please disseminate to our AAFES family!
JAMES E. MOORE
Senior Vice President
Military families get free access to caregiver network
Army National Guard Share
Military families now have free access to an online network of quality caregivers who can assist with everything from babysitting to dog walking. More
When soldiers deploy, 'family deploys'
USA Today Share
Wives of soldiers sent to war suffered significantly higher rates of mental health issues than those whose husbands stayed home, according to the largest study ever done on the emotional impact of war on Army wives. More