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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

The 2016 Budget and the Compensation Commission Recommendations:

The pot continues to bubble with the issues surrounding the proposed Administration Budget and the recommendations of the Military Compensation Commission. Once again the budget as proposed decimates the military resale benefits and the Commission recommendations while recognizing the importance of these programs retraces some previously troubling ground. The decision makers are still in the receiving mode with meetings taking place in the Pentagon and on the Hill that will try and shape a course of action moving forward. We support business opportunities and efficiencies but not at the expense of the benefits.



Commission ideas draw bipartisan praise on Hill
Read the Full Story
Military Update, Tom Philpott
There is rising confidence across the Senate and House armed services committees that 2015 will be the year Congress passes legislation to modernize military compensation, with an alternative to traditional 20-year retirement and perhaps replacing the triple-option TRICARE health program.

Sen. Graham: Cautious support for retirement changes
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Military Times, Andrew Tilghman
An influential senator said he supports the idea of modernizing military retirement, but wants to take a close look at the research and analysis underpinning the latest proposal for historic change.




Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association




WASHINGTON UPDATE


Carter takes over at Pentagon
Military Times
President Barack Obama's fourth secretary of defense recently took office, bringing in a new team to run the Pentagon for the final two years of the two-term administration.
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New DoD chief: We must become leaner, balance budget
Federal Times
The Defense Department must steer through "wasteful" sequestration cuts and continuing budget uncertainty as it looks to the future, new DoD Secretary Ash Carter said in a letter to defense personnel Feb. 17.
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Scaled-back pay raises called 'insidious'
Military Times
Your military paycheck is getting smaller. It's happening despite raises in military pay every year, military advocacy groups warn. And they say it will keep shrinking if Pentagon officials get their way.
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Panel: Beef up troops' financial literacy
Military Times
Service members need better and more frequent financial literacy training — to the tune of about $400 million over the next five years, a congressional commission has recommended.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Specific information on upcoming ALA events is posted regularly on the ALA website. To learn more about each event, please click the following links:

Date Event
March 17-18, 2015 2015 ALA Exchange Impact Workshop
April 30 - May 1, 2015 2015 Commissary Roundtable
Oct. 26-28, 2015 68th Annual Convention


COALITION UPDATE


Carter outlines his priorities as he's sworn in as defense secretary
Stars and Stripes
Ashton Carter was recently sworn in as President Barack Obama's fourth defense secretary, assuming the post at a time when the administration's policy against Islamic extremists is being widely criticized and the military brass are raising the alarm over the effects of budget cuts on America's ability to cope with national security threats.
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3,000-plus troops will deploy to Europe
Army Times
More than 3,000 soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division will be deployed for three months to Europe beginning in March to support Operation Atlantic Resolve. The operation is intended to reassure European allies about America's commitment to the region as tensions between Ukraine and Russia continue.
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NAUS testifies before House Military Personnel Subcommittee
National Association for Uniformed Services
NAUS Legislative Director, Rick Jones, offered testimony to the House Military Personnel Subcommittee on portions of the retirement proposals presented by the Military Compensation & Retirement Modernization Commission.
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National Military Family Association announces legislative priorities for 2015
NMFA
The Association's highest priority is to fight for military families. We fight to protect the programs and services that allow them to meet the challenges of military life and maintain readiness, whether active or reserve component. Our Nation's leaders cannot ignore the promises they made to those currently serving as they prepare to shape the force of the future. The National Military Family Association believes it is the Nation's responsibility to provide robust and responsive benefits and support programs for military families in recognition of their service.
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website between 10 AM, February 12, 2015 and 10 AM, February 19, 2015:

PROMOTIONS:
- DP #4, Update #2.
- DP #6, Update #1.
- DP #7, Alaska Shipper & Promotion Quantities.
- Father's Day, Far East & Alaska Quantities.
- Case Lot Sale, Store Sale Dates, filed with the Case Lot Promotion Package.
- Spring Club Pack, CONUS Quantities.


NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
- 15-11, Update #1, Store Reset Dates – Ft. Bragg South.
- 15-25, Store Reset Dates – Offutt AFB.
- 15-26, Store Reset Dates – Bremerton.

MISCELLANEOUS:
- DeCA January 2015 Sales Data.
- Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 15-08.
- CRV Values, February 15, 2015.
- Commissary Open/Closure/Project List, February 15, 2015.





FEDERAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES


Procurement List: Proposed additions and deletions
Federal Register
The Committee is proposing to add products to the Procurement List that will be furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities, and deletes products and services previously furnished by such agencies.
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Nutritional Guide Program with shelving labels for Commissary Stores
FedBizOpps.gov
This Request for Information is in support of Market Research being conducted by the Defense Commissary Agency to identify companies that provide full service nutritional guide programs that can support the DoD's Healthy Base initiative.
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COMMISSARY NEWS


Nestlé removing artificial flavors and colors from its candy
Progressive Grocer
Glendale, California–based Nestlé USA will remove artificial flavors and FDA-certified colors, like Red 40 and Yellow 5, from all of its chocolate candy products by the end of 2015. The first major U.S. candy manufacturer to make such a commitment, Nestle's decision impacts more than 250 products and 10 brands, including Nestle, Butterfinger, Crunch and Baby Ruth.
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Consumers want healthy foods — and will pay more for them
Forbes
Consumers' health is front and center for those who churn out the food products that will line supermarket shelves in the next year.
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US online grocery market lagging globally
PYMNTS.com
Although online grocery shopping is growing globally, a new report from dunnhumby reveals that the U.S. lags France, South Korea and the U.K. Globally, growth has been strong in multichannel grocery shopping.
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Report: Natural, organic help frozen food's image
Prepared Foods
According to "Frozen Foods in the U.S.: Hot Meals, Sides, and Snacks," a new report by Packaged Facts, consumers are slowly warming up again to frozen foods. Concerns about preservatives and other ingredients are alleviated by the natural, organic healthy halo.
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Publix prepares to switch to smart-card system
The Tampa Tribune
The new credit-card terminals started appearing in Publix Super Markets stores recently with little fanfare. But the new smart-card terminals represent a big step for Publix and are part of a nationwide project to thwart credit card fraud with microchip-enabled cards.
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Expert column: CPGs must think small to grow big
Progressive Grocer
Ask any Big CPG company what their greatest challenge is today, and each one would likely give the same answer: Growth. In the slow-growth environment in which we live, one or two points of topline increase is hard won. As a follow-on question, if you ask the companies what they lack the most in terms of achieving growth, they will answer: Focus.
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Hershey plans to use simpler ingredients in products
Reuters
Hershey Co. says it will start using simpler ingredients in its chocolate bars and kisses brands, the latest chocolate maker yielding to U.S. consumers' concerns about the quality and sourcing of food.
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Grocery receipt scanning apps you should try
U.S. News & World Report
First there were paper coupons, then came the print-at-home and digital coupons. Now a wave of smartphone apps, including Checkout 51, Ibotta and Snap by Groupon, allow you to take a photo of your receipt from the grocery store to earn cash back on certain items without clipping coupons.
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Foodie bait: Grocery stores go to new extremes for shoppers' attention
Houston Chronicle
The latest effort to capture the fancy of Houston grocery shoppers includes a sit-down restaurant with a full-time chef, a spice-blending station for stay-at-home gourmets and a long refrigerated aisle dedicated to yogurt — nearly 500 varieties of the stuff.
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EXCHANGE NEWS


2015 Exchange Impact Workshop: 'Elevating the Experience'
ALA
March 17- 18
Hilton Arlington Hotel
Arlington, Texas


If you do business with the Exchange, you do not want to be left out of this inaugural meeting. For the first time, more than 45 associates of the Exchange will be presenting their categories and collaborating in townhouse forum workshops to improve go to market strategies. From store repositioning discussions to individual category workshops, you do not want to be left out.

For further information about the workshop, click here. To register and view the preliminary agenda, go to www.ala-national.org. Space is limited, so register today! The choice to be involved is yours.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Forecast: Retail industry to generate strongest growth in 4 years
Forbes
Consumers will be in the mood to shop: This year, the retail industry will generate its most robust annual growth since 2011, according to The National Retail Federation.
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What Target is cooking up for its stores
Star Tribune
As Target Corp. looks beyond the closing of its Canadian stores, innovations in its U.S. operations will play a bigger role as it aims for a financial rebound this year.
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What retailers think of mobile marketing
CIO
Marketers are getting the message that serving the consumer at the mobile moment should be their top priority. So are they investing mightily in mobile marketing tech? Not as much as you might expect.
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Rite Aid agrees to buy TPG's EnvisionRx for $2 billion
Bloomberg Business
Rite Aid Corp. agreed to buy EnvisionRx, a pharmacy-benefits manager owned by private-equity firm TPG, for about $2 billion, opening a new front in its competition with CVS Health Corp.
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Military compensation reform commission prompts a divisive debate
Defense One
Overhauling the U.S. military's compensation system is a little like reforming the U.S. tax code: most agree it has to be done, but there's neither agreement over how to do it nor a profusion of political will to get it done.
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Report: Argos Merger provides $1.9 billion funding for PetSmart buyout
Chain Store Age
The $8.7 billion private equity acquisition of PetSmart Inc. that was announced in December is one step closer to fruition. Argos Merger is providing a $1.9 billion senior note unsecured offering to finance the purchase.
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Planalytics: Cold temperatures to drive winter clearance sales, limit demand for spring categories
Chain Store Age
Starting Valentine's Day weekend and continuing into the following week, cold temperatures are holding a grip on virtually all markets from the Rockies to the East Coast of North America, with most markets trending much below normal, according to business weather intelligence firm Planalytics.
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Michael Kors opens largest store in SoHo
Luxury Daily
U.S. fashion label Michael Kors is placing increased emphasis on its menswear with the opening of its largest store worldwide in New York.
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Imports rising even as threat of West Coast ports shutdown looms
NRF
Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to rise 10.1 percent in February over the same time last year, even as West Coast ports come closer to a possible shutdown due to the lack of a contract with dockworkers, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
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GNC plans 125 net new domestic stores in 2015
Chain Store Age
GNC Holdings Inc. is looking to 2015 as a year of expansion. The retailer plans to open 125 total net new domestic and retail segment locations, approximately 150 net new international franchise locations, and approximately 30 net new GNC-Rite Aid store-within-a-store locations.
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Get it right: Pricing strategies that work
American Express OPEN Forum
If you're not exactly sure which pricing strategy will work for your business, these six steps can help you successfully set your company's prices.
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Economic outlook: Stronger growth in 2014 sets the stage for 2015
NRF
After a cold start to 2014, the year ended on an impressive note with stronger job creation, gains in economic activity, rising retail sales and a more confident consumer. Adding it up, the economy appears to be on solid ground, showing signs of forward momentum.
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C-STORE NEWS


AAFES doing its part to promote a healthy 2015
Convenience Store News
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is helping soldiers, airmen and their families have a healthy new year by offering a broad selection of good-for-you products and services through its new BE FIT program.
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Cost of C-store businesses declining?
CSP
The median sale price of convenience-store businesses sold by BizBuySell dipped in 2014, even as the average multiple of revenue and the average multiple of cash flow remained generally the same.
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Getting ready for menu labeling rules
Convenience Store News
When the Food and Drug Administration handed down its final rules on menu labeling at chain restaurants, grocery/convenience stores and vending machines, everyone knew it would have a big impact — but how big?
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How to manage your in-store categories before they manage you
CSP
"Look at your categories as distinct business units," advised Ieva Grimm, the former Sheetz Inc. veteran and now owner and president of Sigma Development Co.
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Millennials crave convenience stores most of all
USA Today
Turns out that what you've heard and read about millennials trading up from fast-food chains, such as McDonald's for fast-casual chains, such as Chipotle, is only half true.
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3 C-store product success stories
CSP
When it comes to being successful with new products in convenience stores, it's all about listening — and responding — to customer needs.
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Report: Shoppers Drug Mart testing sales of groceries
Chain Store Age
Shoppers Drug Mart, which was acquired by grocer Loblaw nearly a year ago, is testing the sale of fresh foods in select locations, according to published reports.
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Cover story: Hack-proof
CSP
Ed Freels has a digital superhero protecting his personal data. It's not a Minecraft avatar or even antivirus software. It's a series of made-up answers to what street he grew up on, his mother's maiden name and his first pet. Why the mental maze? Protection.
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Sheetz taking new campus concept to 2nd college
Convenience Store News
Sheetz Inc. will open its second convenience store without gas pumps later this year, the company announced. Located in State College, Pennsylvania, the new store near Penn State University will instead feature a beer cave and casual dining options.
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Whole Foods posts record sales, plans more stores
Supermarket News
Whole Foods Market said it expects to open between 38 and 42 new stores this year, including relocations, for annual square-footage growth of 9 to 10 percent.
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RaceTrac to celebrate National Frozen Yogurt Day
Convenience Store News
Feb. 6 was National Frozen Yogurt Day and convenience store chain RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. celebrated in a cool fashion — with free frozen yogurt.
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'Massive' overhaul set for Wawa
CSP
Embarking on an initiative unprecedented in the company's more than 50-year history as a convenience store retailer, Wawa Inc. has launched the Wawa Remodel Program, a massive effort to remodel older, legacy stores to reflect Wawa's latest design, technology and food service offering.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Off-base stores won't commit to military discounts (Military Times)
Troops give early OK to proposed health care changes (Military Times)
Lawmakers skeptical of call to abolish Tricare (The Hill)
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Budget 2016: Defense faces stiff political headwinds (National Defense)

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MWR NEWS


Arizona: News Briefs — Feb. 13
The Fort Huachuca Scout
News and events in the Fort Huachuca, Arizona, area.
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IMCOM unveils plan for 2025 and beyond
U.S. Army Installation Management Command
The U.S. Army Installation Management Command released "IMCOM 2025 and Beyond," a new campaign plan operationalizing the commanding general's vision for the organization.
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