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Executive Briefing
 
 
President's Message

About the 2011 Defense Budget

The DoD put its money (request) where its mouth is with a people focused funding profile that contains $138.5 billion for personnel programs. This includes a modest 1.4 percent pay raise that is keyed to the employment cost cycle. Out of the total a robust $8.1 billion is directed for family support programs. This includes funds for child care and youth programs, spouse employment, commissaries and DOD's managed school programs (DODEA). The Defense budget is expected to grow about one percent over inflation over the five years following 2011 while most other departments will be in a holding pattern due to an imposed freeze in growth. Along with the funding will come increased scrutiny in the form of performance metrics directed by the administration to drive performance improvement in federal programs.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA




2010 Exchange Roundtable

March 15-17
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Norfolk, VA

Delivering the Benefit in 2010 and Beyond
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.

Highlights include:
  • Updates from the Chief Merchandisers of each of the services
  • Col. Matthew H. Molloy, USAF
  • Breakout sessions from each of the services focused on the following areas: Consumables, Hardlines, Marketing, PAR/Replenishment and/or Other Topics
CLICK HERE to register now!

ALA Events Open to Non-Members

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.

Sincerely,


Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA



Washington Update


Obama seeks increase in Defense spending
Government Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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
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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


Commissary News


Super Bowl Support for Haiti U.S.Troops

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 bellis@ala-national.org, 817-201-9921, for delivery information.



ASA-Selection GmbH to launch U.S. distribution in March 2010
Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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
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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    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Web site as of 10:45 AM February 4:

PROMOTIONS
  • DP #3, Update 3
  • DP #4, Update 2
  • DP #6, Update 1
NOTICES TO TRADE
  • 10-41, Cancellation of Category Review for Cookies & Crackers
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule for East as of 29 Jan 10
  • Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 10-5
DeCA NEWS RELEASES
  • None received


Exchange News


Wal-Mart stores reorganizes U.S. operations
Missoulian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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
NRF    Share    Share on
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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    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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
BNET    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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
DDi    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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


Executive Promotions

On behalf of the Commander, AAFES, I am pleased to announce the following executive promotions. Please help me in congratulating these deserving associates:
  • Gloria H. Cho, PB 5A Store Manager (MS), KIP Yongsan Exchange, Pacific Region to the position of PB 5B General Manager, Korea Northern Exchange, Pacific Region in July 2010
  • Kenneth J. Limtiaco, PB 5B General Manager, Korea Northern Exchange, Pacific Region to the position of PB 5C Store Manager (MS), Camp Foster/Okinawa Exchange, Pacific Region in June 2010
  • Nicole R. Magart, PB 5A Auditor III, Audit Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5C Audit Project Manager, Audit Directorate, HQ AAFES in February 2010
  • Catherine R. Orona, PB 4F Store Manager (MS), NAS Fort Worth JRB Exchange, Central Region to the position of PB 5A Store Manager (MS), Fort Hood Exchange, Central Region in May 2010
  • Mae C. Padgett, PB 4F General Manager, Minot AFB Exchange, Central Region to the position of PB 5A Store Manager (MS), Fort Sill Exchange, Central Region in April 2010
  • Michael D. Pecaut, PB 4F Contract Team Leader, Procurement Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5A Procurement Manager, Procurement Directorate, HQ AAFES in January 2010
  • Gloria Wilson, PB 5B Planning, Allocation & Replenishment Manager, Sales Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5C Division Merchandise Manager, Sales Directorate, HQ AAFES in January 2010
On behalf of the Commander, AAFES, I am pleased to announce the following executive assignments. Please help me in congratulating these deserving associates:
  • Hazel E. Green, OSD Liaison Officer I, Washington Office to the position of Senior Corporate Policy Specialist, Strategic Planning & Partnerships Directorate, HQ AAFES in May 2010
  • Jeanne L. McDonald, Director of Diversity, Command Group/Diversity Office, HQ AAFES to the position of Advertising Branch Manager, Marketing Directorate, HQ AAFES in January 2010
CONGRATULATIONS!

Please disseminate to our AAFES family!

JAMES E. MOORE
Senior Vice President
Human Resources


Washington Update


Military families get free access to caregiver network
Army National Guard    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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
 


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