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President's Message


ALA testifies before House Armed Services Committee:

The big event at the close of the past week was the opportunity for your association to appear before the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee and present our views on the state of the military resale system, and in particular the issues we see facing the marketplace in the midst of proposed budget reductions and reorganizations. The key areas we addressed are:

  • Full funding of commissaries, exchanges and MWR programs on quality of life and retention and readiness grounds.

  • Relief from the 3 percent withholding requirements of section 511 of the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 in the form of full repeal, or exemption of MWR and resale programs when it effects prices to our men and women in uniform and their families.

  • A secure, affordable and expedient method of providing access to installations and facilities for industry personnel.


We are pleased to report that the subcommittee addressed all three issues and in each case supported the position expressed by the ALA. The opening statement by the Chairman Congressman Joe Wilson and the statements of all the witnesses is posted to the ALA website. We will continue to follow up on all relevant issues as we work towards the ALA Congressional Caucus to be hosted on Capitol Hill on June 14. Registration for this event will open shortly.

Resale hearings link
ALA recently appeared before the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee to present their views on the state of the military resale system, and in particular the issues they see facing the marketplace in the midst of proposed budget reductions and reorganizations. For more info, click here.


A skilled surgeon required:

Pentagon chiefs: Don't cut defense too deeply
Read the Full Story
The Associated Press via Yahoo News, Donna Cassata
The Pentagon's top civilian and military leaders recently implored Congress not to cut too deeply into military spending, plunging into a heated political debate over how to curtail defense costs without imperiling U.S. strategic interests at a time the military is fighting two wars. "We shrink from our global security responsibilities at our peril," Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the House Armed Services Committee.


Lawmakers warn not to cut funds for military morale programs
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McClatchy Newspapers, William Douglas
Morale-boosting programs for military service members and their families could face severe funding reductions from the new Congress, which is eager to slash the Defense Department budget, the chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee recently warned. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., the chairman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, predicted that slashing the programs — recreation, sports and leisure activities, base exchanges and commissaries — could damage morale and military preparedness, and adversely affect re-enlistment rates.


Adm. Mullen: Don't forget sacrifices of military families
Read the Full Story
The Carlisle Sentinel, Joseph Cress
If there's ever a common ground, it's in the wishes of parents to see their children grow up in peace and experience a higher standard of living. In his travels the world over, Adm. Mike Mullen has seen this singular desire play out across the many divides of language and culture.



Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA



Washington Update


Defense comptroller: Continuing resolution for 2011 is dangerous
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If the Defense Department has to operate under a continuing resolution for the rest of fiscal 2011 "bad things will happen," and Pentagon officials will face the hard choice of "which child do you kill" when it comes to funding key programs such as a new Air Force tanker, Defense Comptroller Robert Hale recently told reporters at the Pentagon. Defense, along with the rest of the federal government, has been operating under continuing resolutions, which set funding at 2010 levels since the start of the 2011 fiscal year in October. More

Gates defends plan to raise some Tricare fees
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Health care coverage rates for working-age military retirees would increase about 13 percent under a controversial plan recently unveiled by Pentagon officials. The fee increases, which will require approval from Congress, are part of Defense Secretary Robert Gates' broader plan to cut $7 billion from the military health system's budget during the next five years. More

Official: Contractors will bear brunt of personnel cuts at command
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Contractors will bear the brunt of personnel cuts when the Defense Department dismantles the U.S. Joint Forces Command this year, Army Gen. Raymond Odierno said during a recent press conference. Odierno said 2,000 of the nearly 3,000 positions slated for elimination will be contractor positions. Defense will reduce by about half the total personnel associated with the Joint Forces, he said, restating previously announced figures. More

Under fire from right, House GOP proposes $100 billion in cuts
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In another victory for tea party rebels in Congress, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., scrapped his original plan for spending cuts and announced that he will seek to cut $100 billion from what President Barack Obama had requested for this fiscal year. "My committee has been working diligently to go line by line in every agency budget to find and cut unnecessary spending to reduce our deficit and help our economy thrive," Rogers said in a statement. More

Commissary News


Wegmans weighs pros and cons of BPA-free
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Wegmans Food Markets is having a difficult time finding BPA-free substitutes for can linings given the drawbacks of alternatives, noted Mary Ellen Burris, senior vice president of consumer affairs, in a recent column. "One possible alternative shortens shelf life to less than one year and can't be used for high-acid foods like tomatoes," she said. "Glass jars are a possibility. They're BPA-free, but heavier and probably have a bigger carbon footprint. Always tradeoffs. When an approved substitute is found, all processors will switch." More

Safeway launches 'SimpleNutrition'
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Safeway Inc. has taken the wraps off its "SimpleNutrition" program, an in-store shelf tag system to help customers decide which foods and beverages have the nutritional properties they're looking for. The green shelf tags on qualifying items can be found throughout the grocer's stores, next to everyday low prices and club card specials. More

Ailing A&P to close 32 stores in 6 states, including at least 16 in New Jersey
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The troubled Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company is planning another round of grocery store closings, including at least 16 supermarkets across New Jersey, according to a labor union representing workers at those stores. The closings, which are expected to occur by the end of April, will include seven Pathmarks and three A&P groceries. The company also will shutter four SuperFresh stores in the southern part of the state. More

Room to grow
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Even with limited store space, specialty grocery chain Sprouts Farmers Market is mindful to provide its shoppers with the best product assortment available. By trading manual processes for a space optimization solution that creates customized planograms for its 54 stores in four southwestern states, the Arizona-based chain is improving inventory management and replenishment. As a result, it has experienced increased customer satisfaction and higher sales. More

Dole adds two salad kits, arugula blend
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Dole Fresh Vegetables plans to bring two vinaigrette-based salad kits plus a 5-ounce arugula blend to retail shelves starting in April. The company also is revamping a number-based texture/taste scale system on salad packages. The kits — Endless Summer and Spinach Cherry Almond Bleu — join the All Natural Dole Salad Kits line, company spokesman Bob Ochsner said. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website since 10 a.m. Feb. 10 and as of 10 a.m. Feb. 17:

PROMOTIONS
  • Mothers Day, update #1.
  • Severe weather, update #1.
  • Suncare, update #2.
  • Spring Club Pack, CONUS April quantities.
  • DP #8, Far East promotion and shipper quantities & case lot mix & match Far East & Alaska quantities.

NOTICES TO TRADE
  • 11-38, Round table discussion — DeCA Worldwide Brand Name Pre-Packaged Salad Merchandising Program.

MISCELLANEOUS
  • Adds/changes/deletes for week 11-07.
  • Guard & Reserve on-site sale schedule updates.
  • Reset schedule, update #4.
  • Corrected copies of the FY 2011 December store & Region sales number.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
The annual ALA/DeCA Appreciation Day Golf Event has been scheduled for Ft. Lee, Va., golf course for May 10. Watch for more information.


Exchange News


Walgreens launches campaign to push store-brand products
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The next time consumers visit a Walgreens drugstore looking for something to soothe their achy heads, the company hopes they will reach for its private-label pain reliever and not a brand name. To help consumers make that choice, the drugstore chain will begin the first national advertising campaign for Walgreens-branded health and wellness products soon. More

Blockbuster heads toward sales block
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Blockbuster Inc. is preparing to put itself up for sale after creditors disagreed on plans to give the movie-rental chain more cash to help it exit bankruptcy protection, people familiar with the matter said. Blockbuster now plans to seek buyers instead of reorganizing in bankruptcy court and could ask a judge to approve bidding procedures for the company soon. More

Coach says it's not overzealous in sales crackdown
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Gina Kim liked the $428 handbag she bought with her employee discount at a Coach Inc. store in San Francisco for its pillowed bottom and striped, colorful strap. But she hardly used it: it was white and she didn't want it to stain. So she ultimately did what many other people do with luxury items they no longer want. She put it up for sale on eBay. That decision earned Kim a "cease and desist" letter from a law firm representing Coach that accused her of selling counterfeit goods in violation of state and federal law. More

Retailers on quest to rekindle the personal touch of a bygone era
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In days of yore, retailers knew their customers. Sales clerks sent invitations to store events, called when items of interest arrived and had Rolodexes crammed with notes about shoppers' favorite brands and styles. That style of shopping — an intimate experience, not an anonymous one — long has been thought dead, driven to extinction by the invasion of the big-box retailer. But now retailers are hoping to recapture some of the old magic. More

US retail sales hit another new high in January
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The bad weather didn't keep all Americans from shopping in January. U.S. sales for retail and food services rose for the seventh month straight to $381.6 billion, according to the Census Bureau. That's a 0.3 percent increase compared to December, and a 7.8 percent jump from a year earlier. It also set a new high, breaking the previous best set in December. These numbers continue to suggest that American consumers are slowly getting more comfortable spending again. More

Wal-Mart launches consumer insights group
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Recently, Wal-Mart Stores said that it will launch a global consumer insights team headed by Cindy Davis, the former executive vice president of its Sam's Club division. Davis was named to the newly created position of executive vice president of global consumer insights. The department will help Wal-Mart and Sam's Club understand broad consumer trends, provide insight into customers' needs across the world, and create advanced analytical tools to support the business, the retailer said in a statement. More

Target to carry retro General Mills cereal boxes
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Minneapolis-based Target Corp. will feature five General Mills Big G cereal boxes featuring retro package designs and cartoons through mid-March, the Golden Valley-based cereal company recently announced. The five boxes that will be featured are Cheerios, 1956; Trix, 1968; Honey Nut Cheerios, 1984; Cinnamon Toast Crunch, 1984; and Lucky Charms, 1989. More

Hostess tickled pink over new cupcake
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Hostess has taken the wrapper off its newest product, a pink strawberry cupcake. The new snack cake will become a permanent addition to the company's line of squiggle-topped treats. "Hostess CupCakes continue to be among America's most popular sweet treats," said Mike Touhey, vice president of snack marketing for Hostess Brands. More

Born in Syracuse, On the Run C-stores are on their way out of CN
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Across Upstate New York, Exxon-Mobil's On the Run stores are, well, on the run. They were born in the Syracuse market in 1996, created by Mobil as an entry to the convenience store format, which major oil companies saw at that time as a hot retail niche. The On the Run stores already are starting to depart from Upstate New York, including in Central New York, as Mobil rival Sunoco appears to be getting a firmer grip on the major oil company gasoline-convenience store business. More

Exchange Announcements


Resale hearings link
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ALA recently appeared before the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee to present their views on the state of the military resale system, and in particular the issues they see facing the marketplace in the midst of proposed budget reductions and reorganizations. For more info, click here.


Mark your calendars
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West Point Charity Golf Event
to benefit the Military Commanders' Scholarship Fund

Monday, June 20
West Point Golf Course, West Point Military Academy, N.Y.
Brunch, golf, dinner and awards are included.
For further information, contact Joe Mugnai, FamilyMedia, 516-746-2000.



2011 Exchange Roundtable
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March 28 to 30
Omni Mandalay
Irving, Texas

Online registration is now open! Click here to register now!

Agenda highlights
We have an exciting agenda planned that you will not want to miss! One of our guest speakers will be Denise Austin! Denise is a pioneer in the exercise and sports industry. A 5-foot-4-inch dynamo, she has sold more than 20 million exercise videos and DVDs, authored more than 10 books on fitness and starred in the longest running fitness show in the history of television. Denise's trademark zest for life, positive outlook and can-do attitude have endeared her to millions of fans across the country — and around the world — and earned her the reputation as "America's favorite fitness expert." A multimedia talent, Denise is a top-selling author and a highly sought-after speaker and TV personality. Her upbeat energy and unique ability to make people feel that she's right there with them, cheering them on, have inspired the millions who watch her on television, read her books, or follow her videos and DVDs.

Industry hotel reservations
The Omni Mandalay, 221 East Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, Texas, 75039, is the headquarters hotel for this meeting. The Omni Mandalay is offering a discounted group rate of $149, plus tax. To receive the discounted group rate, contact the hotel at 800-843-6664 and identify yourself with the American Logistics Association 2011 Exchange Roundtable. Reserve your room by March 5 to secure a reservation at the discounted group rate. Hotel rooms are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, and attendees are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible for best availability.

Government/Military hotel reservations
The headquarters hotel for this meeting is the Omni Mandalay Hotel, 221 E. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, Texas, 75039. The prevailing government per diem rate is $107, plus taxes. Instructions on reserving a government/military hotel room will be provided when your registration is received by ALA. GPD rooms are available only to those persons who work in a government agency involved in the military resale system, and you will be asked to present proper ID upon checking in. All GPD reservations must be completed by March 5.

Cancellation policy
Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. Cancellations received by Feb. 28 will receive a 100 percent refund. Cancellations received after Feb. 28 but before March 14 will be subject to a $150 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after March 14 or for "no-shows." Cancelled registrations may be transferred to individuals within the same company, upon written request. Cancelled registrations may not be transferred to another ALA meeting. Any cancellations because of a family or medical emergency must be submitted in writing by March 18 to receive a refund. Cancellation refunds will be processed post-meeting by original method of payment.



2011 Exchange Roundtable golf tournament
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The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the American Logistics Association will be hosting a golf tournament in conjunction with the Exchange Roundtable on March 28.

Spend a day of fun with more than 100 golf enthusiasts from industry and government at the Hackberry Creek Country Club on March 28. Registration starts at 10 a.m. with a noon shotgun start. Space is limited to the first 144 golfers that register and pay.

Hackberry Creek Country Club is an 18-hole private country club designed by the legendary Byron Nelson. It recently celebrated its 25th year of providing a beautiful setting for family fun and upscale business entertaining. Hackberry Creek has enjoyed critical acclaim with Avid Golfer magazine's "Best of Private Clubs." Visit www.hackberrycreekcc.com for directions and more information about the club.

Special guest golf pro Scotty Robertson will be on the longest hole to hit a drive for each team. Robertson's unorthodox style of play has led NBC's "Dateline Show" to describe his particular golf game as "Lightning in a Bottle." For more information, go to www.scottyrobertson.com.

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 pin will also be awarded.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for lunch, dinner, the 19th Hole Awards Ceremony, hole sponsors, longest drive and closest to pin. Co-sponsorships are also available. Please see the registration form for more information.

Player fees for industry are $125 and the government rates are $75. This includes:

* Box Lunch * 19th Hole Reception & Dinner * Snacks & Beverages
* Greens Fees * Cart Fees * Range Balls

Please fill out the attached registration form and return it no later than March 25. Sponsorships are due March 4.

Please join us after your spectacular round of golf for the awards reception and auction. Proceeds from the auction benefit the AREA Scholarship Fund. Donated items are always welcome and very much appreciated. If you're interested in donating items for the auction, please contact Julie Fox at jfox@mssco.com or 469-221-4122.



Washington Update


MWR hearings link
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ALA recently appeared before the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee to present their views on the state of the military resale system, and in particular the issues they see facing the marketplace in the midst of proposed budget reductions and reorganizations. For more info, click here.


Lawmakers warn against cuts in military morale programs
McClatchy Newspapers via Miami Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Morale-boosting programs for military service members and their families could face severe funding reductions from the new Congress, which is eager to slash the Defense Department budget, the chairman of a House Armed Services subcommittee recently warned. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., the chairman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, predicted that slashing the programs — recreation, sports and leisure activities, base exchanges and commissaries — could damage morale and military preparedness and could adversely affect re-enlistment rates. More

Adm. Mullen: Don't forget sacrifices of military families
The Carlisle Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If there's ever a common ground, it's in the wishes of parents to see their children grow up in peace and experience a higher standard of living. In his travels the world over, Adm. Mike Mullen has seen this singular desire play out across the many divides of language and culture. More
 
 

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