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Food stamp use among military rises again
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CNNMoney, Jennifer Liberto
Even with the increasing encroachment of low-cost "big box" stores, commissaries remain a highly valued benefit for active-duty members — especially enlisted troops — and their shopping habits bear that out, according to a subscriber survey conducted by Military Times. About 65 percent of the roughly 2,100 active-duty troops who responded said they shop at their commissary once a week or more, and 75 percent said they spend 50 percent or more of their monthly grocery budgets at commissaries.


Vice president's wife urges support for military families
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U.S. Department of Defense
Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, joined former president George W. Bush today at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas to discuss ways to support transitioning service members and their families. Biden said one of the best parts of her role as second lady is getting to spend time with veterans and military families. "As I travel across the country and the world, I am always inspired by the strength and the resilience of our military families," said Dr. Biden. Though the military makes up just 1 percent of the U.S. population, Biden said, she wants to make sure the remaining 99 percent supports them in every way they can.


A showdown on the horizon:

Military can close bases WITHOUT Congress's OK — Hill staffer: 'Take your chances'
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Breaking Defense, Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
"The commercial base will disappear," Boeing executive James Moran believes. It's not just sequestration, the retired brigadier general said this morning at the Association of the U.S. Army's winter conference. There is real anxiety among defense contractors that as budgets tighten, the Army will starve private sector companies of work to keep feeding its in-house government facilities, the depots and arsenals whose employees are so popular with Congress. But maybe it's Congress that should be worried.

A bad omen for Pentagon budget?
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The Hill, Jeremy Herb
The swift work in Congress to repeal $6 billion in cuts to military pensions that passed just two months earlier is a bad omen for future efforts to curb military personnel costs, budget analysts say. Congress included the reductions in military retirement pay as part of the December budget deal, but it quickly reversed course amid a major backlash from veterans groups. "It is definitely a step backwards and is going to make future efforts much more difficult," said Ed Lorenzen, a senior adviser to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.



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WASHINGTON UPDATE


WEST: Defense industry wants open and honest dialogue with services
UNSI News
Open and honest dialogue between business and government is crucial if industry can effectively deliver during an era of fiscal austerity, executives from some of the nation's top defense contractors said during a morning panel discussion on the final day of West 2014 in San Diego, Calif. All three speakers agreed the biggest challenge is operating in an era of limited spending and demands for further cost cutting,
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Bush-era lessons remain relevant for Obama, Hagel as they prepare Pentagon's budget
The Washington Post
Since the heady Bush years, the Pentagon has been on a budgetary downslope, a change from the years immediately following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, when the military services got almost everything they wanted, with few questions asked.
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Security Insiders: High time for Congress to cave on closing military bases
National Journal
It's high time for Congress to agree to the Pentagon's request to close military bases, a whopping 91 percent of National Journal's National Security Insiders said. Lawmakers, even as they search for ways to cut spending, have rebuffed the Defense Department's requests to close military installations it no longer needs as the military downsizes after long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — to the dismay of the pool of national security experts. "Enough already," said one Insider.
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Congress focusing on significant changes to federal security-clearance process
The Washington Post
The outbreak of comity in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, often a sharply partisan place, means the government's security-clearance process is in for significant changes. Democrats and Republicans on the committee are united by an urgency to fix a system that was not able to stop Aaron Alexis's September rampage. He was a defense contractor with a security clearance who attacked his Washington Navy Yard workplace, killing 12 before being shot to death by police.
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Defense officials step up rhetoric against cuts
National Defense Magazine
Military leaders are launching preemptive strikes as a new round of budget battles heats up in Washington over defense spending beyond 2015. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno recently fired a fresh salvo when he drew a hard line on force reductions that would be necessary to comply with the 2011 Budget Control Act. Last month's Bipartisan Budget Act reversed some of the cuts for 2014 and 2015. Beyond that, the military would have to adjust to lower spending caps.
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Obama signs order to raise contractor minimum wage
Federal Times
President Barack Obama signed an executive order Feb. 12 that would raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 an hour. The increased wage will only apply to employee wages on new contracts beginning Jan. 1, 2015, according to the administration. Obama had announced he would raise the wage during the annual State of the Union Address Jan. 28.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    At Pentagon, pre-emptive budget strikes (The Hill)
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Hobby Lobby to open 70 stores in 2014 (Chain Store Age)
The world's top 10 most innovative companies in retail (Fast Company)
House votes to repeal COLA caps (Military Times)

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MISCELLANEOUS
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DeCA Sales Team Directory, February 14, 2014. (Updated)
CRV Values, February 16, 2014.
New Items Added in CAO, Zone 28 Test, February 20, 2014.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
March 5-7, 2014: 2014 Exchange Roundtable at Marriott Norfolk Waterside, Norfolk, Va. Registration is open.
April 30, 2014: 2014 DeCA/ALA Appreciation Day Golf, Ft. Lee, Va.
May 1 & 2, 2014: 2014 ALA Commissary Roundtable at Richmond Marriott, Richmond, Va.
June 24, 2014: 2014 ALA Congressional Caucus, Washington, D.C.





COMMISSARY NEWS


'Commissary Club' to open at McChord Field
Northwest Military
The Defense Commissary Agency is about to make the McChord Field Commissary one-of-a-kind. Starting Friday, March 7, DeCA will test its new club store format on the Air Force side at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The new format will feature a huge, new section of the store entirely dedicated to club packs and other oversized packaged products commonly found in commercial warehouse club stores, such as Costco or Sam's Club. DeCA called the new store format a "Commissary Club."
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A big bet on gluten-free
The New York Times
The Girl Scouts recently introduced a gluten-free chocolate chip shortbread cookie to their annually anticipated line of sweet treats. Vodka companies vie over which one of them was the "first" to introduce a gluten-free version of their products. Makers of products that have always been gluten-free, including popcorn, potato chips, nuts and rice crackers, are busy hawking that quality in ads and on their packaging.
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Most consumers unwilling to pay more for non-GMO
Grocery Headquarters
The labeling of genetically-modified foods is at the center of debate across the country, but the decision to buy or not buy non-GMO foods often is based on price, according to The NPD Group, a leading global information company. A recent NPD food market research study on GMO awareness and concern among consumers finds that 67 percent of all primary grocery shoppers are not willing to pay a higher price for non-GMO foods.
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Kroger buys you technology for digital coupons
MediaDailyNews
Awareness and interest continues to grow for digital coupons among consumers and marketers alike, reflecting the growing penetration of smartphones and tablets. Now the owner of one of the country's largest supermarket chains, The Kroger Co., is bolstering its digital coupon capabilities with the purchase of You Technology Brand Services, which operates a cloud-based platform for digital coupons and promotions.
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Consumers want citrus convenience
Supermarket News
When shopping for citrus, customers have varying expectations when it comes to tangerines and grapefruit. "Convenience is huge in the tangerine category. People want things that peel very easily and that you can pull the sections apart. They want it to be juicy enough to be refreshing, but they don't want it to be drippy," said Peter Chaires, executive director, New Varieties Development & Management Corp.
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Younger shoppers making deli's future bright
Progressive Grocer
Consumer eating trends bode well for in-store deli and prepared foods. Barbara Ford of Acosta Sales and Marketing trumpets the emergence of "grocerants" — the growing trend of restaurant-style foodservice operations at grocery stores that have been giving quick-casual dining establishments a run for their money. In particular, the trend is being embraced by the coveted millennial shoppers, who, along with Generation X'ers, are more likely than older consumers to purchase prepared foods and foodservice meal solutions at the supermarket.
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Report: Consumers demand more ground beef, less steak
Iowa Farmer Today
Don Close says the numbers do not lie. Close, a cattle economist with Rabobank, says consumers are demanding more ground beef and less steak. He released his report, "Ground Beef Nation," during the recent National Cattlemen's Beef Association convention in Nashville, Tenn. Over the past four decades, he said consumer beef demand has fallen.
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Are grocery stores doomed? More shoppers buying food at big-box stores
Forbes
Thanks to a proliferation of press attention, it may often seem like Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and farmers markets peddling organic kale are today's favored grocery shopping destinations. Not so, according to a new study. In fact, more than ever, consumers are looking to big box stores like Wal-Mart and Target as well as convenience stores, dollar stores and pharmacy chains including Walgreen and CVS to fulfill their grocery lists.
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Imagining food smells may increase consumption
BakeryAndSnacks
Imagining the smell of cake may lead people to eat more cake, suggests a study in the Journal of Consumer Research. Turkish and U.S. researchers have dubbed the phenomenon "smellizing," explaining that the impact of visual imagery in food marketing has been thoroughly explored, but little research has examined the impact of olfactory imagery — this, imagining the smell of a food.
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Employee assistance programs offer help to veterans with PTSD
By Joy Burgess
With the growing number of veterans in the workplace, many employers have employee assistance programs in place that offer help to veterans, specifically to those dealing with mental health problems and reintegration issues.

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Congressman calls for hearing on moving Marine Corps Times at exchanges
Marine Corps Times
Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., recently called for a congressional oversight hearing on why the Marine Corps abruptly moved Marine Corps Times from newsstands in the front of exchange stores to the back, where the publication is more difficult to find.

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Bill to restore COLA for military retirees clears Senate hurdle
Military Times
The Senate recently cleared a key procedural hurdle on a bill that would undo the cuts to military retirement pay introduced by the Bipartisan Budget Act. Senators voted unanimously, 94-0, to advance the bill.

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COALITION NEWS




Coalition and Valued Associates Advocacy and Actions...

Last week, the Coalition sent Military.com a Letter to the Editor responding to their misleading article, "Survey: Most Enlistees Don't Value Commissaries." We heard back from their managing editor who plans to do a follow up story incorporating our thoughts and reactions to the survey. Here is our letter:
February 13, 2014

Letter to the Editor, Military.com:

RE: Article entitled, "Survey: Most Enlistees Don't Value Commissaries"

The recent Military.com article, "Survey: Most Enlistees Don't Value Commissaries" (Feb 6) recasts a release from last year where Todd Harrison, from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), discussed his analysis of the survey they conducted that asked troops and retirees what benefits they valued the most.

Military.com reached out to Mr. Harrison and included his comments, which cast doubt on the reliability of his analysis, and specifically states nothing should be done until a more comprehensive analysis is undertaken. With that in mind, the title and subtext of the Military.com article is misleading.

The fact is a more comprehensive analysis was undertaken by the Military Times, "For troops, commissaries are still a valued benefit" (Dec 22) and a totally different picture has developed. Disregarding this information gives an incomplete and inaccurate picture.

We realize the Military.com article has created quite a stir and has generated over 1000 comments. However, from what we can see, most comments voice a frustration with the CSBA survey and some take Military.com to task for the article itself.

We believe selective reporting does a disservice to the issue and that breaking news needs to reflect the facts. Unfortunately, in this instance Military.com missed the mark.

Sincerely,

Candace Wheeler
Spokesperson, The Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits

Last week, President Obama restored full retirement COLA to service members who signed up before 1/1/2014, "Obama signs debt limit measure into law, restores military benefits." Many of our Valued Associate members were among those who vocally opposed the cut to military retirement COLA. Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee, and their members sent more than 295,000 messages to Members of Congress over the past two months.

Many other Valued Associate organizations sent Call to Action alerts to their members to urge them to write their Representatives, stormed the Hill, participated in Town Halls, and engaged their members in grassroots efforts to include the KeepYourPromise Alliance.

With the news that the Department of Defense has proposed a plan to drastically cut the $1.4 billion annual commissary funding by $1 billion over the next three years, Save Our Benefit members, Coalition Valued Associates, military and veterans service organizations, commissary employees, concerned citizens, and grassroots advocates are gearing up for another fight.

KeepYourPromise Alliance Co-Founders Tony Carr posted the following JQPublic Blog, "Engage Your Government. Sometimes, it Works":
When senior military leaders made it clear they would not step forward to contend with this latest broken promise, groups of veterans, spouses, families, affiliates, and ordinary Americans sprang into action. They put their voices together and let Washington know they noticed and didn't approve.

The following are some comments posted on the KeepYourPromise Alliance Facebook page:
"Keep fighting the good fight. TriCare, Commissaries, etc. Make them honor ALL their promises!"

"Thanks for all the hard work to keep what we have earned!! I have no doubt the battle will continue with BAH or the commissaries....."

"Thank you to the organizers of this effort. I think it made a difference. It is a shame we had to unite to defend our Service Members and their EARNED benefits."

"Stand by as more is coming our way. Great job by all on this fight!!!"

"Due to this, I do believe more military families will be more vigilant when it comes to passing bills. It never hurts to stay up to date on current issues."

During a conference call last week, the Coalition and AFGE DeCA Council 172 firmed up plans to engage employees and patrons outside commissaries in March. DeCA Council 172 will be reaching out to other unions as well to engage them in our efforts. The Coalition is creating a flier to be handed out to employees and patrons, and will be updating our Capwiz letters to reflect the current threat.


More Military Families Using Food Stamps in the News...

CNN Money reported this week that, "Food stamp use among military rises again." According to the February 17th article:
Food stamp redemption at military grocers has been rising steadily since the beginning of the recession in 2008. Nearly $104 million worth of food stamps was redeemed at military commissaries in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30...

CBS MoneyWatch released a report on "Why Soldiers Are Increasingly Relying on Food Stamps":
One reason for jump in food-stamp usage among soldiers could be the relatively low pay awarded to junior members of the military...

But another significant issue facing military families is a relatively high unemployment rate for spouses, with female spouses between the ages of 18 to 24 suffering from a 30 percent unemployment rate... That's almost three times higher than their civilian cohorts.

KPBS reported that there are, "More Military Families Using Food Stamps To Make Ends Meet":
The use of food stamps by military families has been on the upswing since 2008…One reason may be that more military families were able to qualify for food stamps during the Great Recession…Unemployment and underemployment among military spouses could be another reason for the increase in food stamp usage...



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Join us for the Hampton Roads ALA Golf Tourney at Sewells Point Golf Course in Norfolk, Va., on March 5.

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EXCHANGE MARKET NEWS


Phishing email led to Target cyberattack
Chain Store Age
A "phishing" attack using an email containing malware reportedly enabled hackers to gain access to Target's computer network in 2013. According to security blogger Brian Krebs, an employee at the HVAC vendor Fazio Mechanical in Sharpsburg, Penn. which includes Target among its clients, opened a fraudulent email that allowed hackers to enter Fazio's network and take over a computer.
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NRF: Weather dampens January retail sales
Chain Store Age
Consumers leveled off post-holiday shopping and spending in the beginning of the year due in part to severe winter weather in much of the country. According to the National Retail Federation, January 2014 retail sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, were flat seasonally adjusted month-to-month, yet increased 3 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
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Home Depot to hire 80,000 seasonal workers
USA Today
Home Depot, the largest U.S. home improvement retailer, is hiring for more than 80,000 seasonal positions in its stores as spring nears and the housing market improves. "Spring is our peak hiring season," said Tim Crow, executive vice president for human resources.
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Prada gets even more elitist and it pays off
Bloomberg Businessweek
If one has a $3,000 handbag, she shouldn't let just anyone get their grubby hands on it. That's the message this morning from Prada, which has been limiting the amount of fancy clothes and accessories it sells through wholesale channels. Instead, the Italian design house has been opening its own stores, adding 79 in the past 12 months to bring the tally to 540.
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Retailers upbeat heading to Vegas market
Women's Wear Daily
It's about the new. Retailers heading to the trade shows in Las Vegas next week don't foresee men's wear sales backtracking this year. (Subscription required.)
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NRF urges immediate adoption of chip-and-PIN payment card technology
Chain Store Age
During a recent press conference on Feb. 11, the National Retail Federation called for widespread adoption of chip-and-PIN payment card technology by U.S. retailers and their partners. "The chip validates that it's the real card," said Tom Litchford, VP retail technologies for NRF. The PIN provides two levels of validation."
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Sears is introducing a new drive-through shopping option
The Washington Post
Cold weather has been blamed for a lot of bad economic data this year, including retailers' weak sales. After all, it's easier to stay home and order everything online. But for shoppers who still make the effort to drive out to stores, retailers are trying to make the process a little more rewarding.
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Target to collaborate with top Pinterest users on party collections
Entrepreneur
By now, it's old hat for brand-name designers to team up with discount retailers (Stella McCartney for H&M, Isaac Mizrahi for Target, Vera Wang for Kohl's, to name just a few). But Target now plans to dip into a new pool of talent by partnering with three of Pinterest's top influencers.
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The world's top 10 most innovative companies in retail
Fast Company
No industry has been more transfigured in the past year than retail. Stores now behave like websites, tracking customers as they browse. American malls have pretty much died. And in some parts of the country, you can have your milk and eggs home-delivered, along with your new iPod, on the same day. Those who lead the field strike the right balance between physical and digital, experience and affordability, and convenience and quality.
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Retail CFOs expect strong 2014 sales
Women's Wear Daily
U.S. retailers' chief financial officers appear to have put the rough-and-tumble holiday season behind them and are expecting their firms' sales to gain 5.1 percent in 2014. (Subscription required.)
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Report: Retail data breaches not an attack on US, economy
Chain Store Age
The National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, a combined effort of the FBI, Secret Service, intelligence agencies, and the Department of Homeland Security, has released a report stating there is no evidence that recent data breaches in the computer networks of U.S., retailers are a deliberate attack on the U.S., economy.
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Winter's price tag this year estimated at $50 billion
United Press International
Harsh winter weather is wreaking havoc on the U.S. economy, with mounting losses due to slow retail sales, travel disruption and other factors, economists said. The fallout of frigid temperatures in December and January includes jobs lost, flights canceled, slower retail sales and oil production curtailed, the Chicago Tribune recently reported.
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7-Eleven faces some delays on the road to franchising
Convenience Store News
The year was 2007 and 7-Eleven Inc. announced its intent to get out of running its own stores and instead move entirely to a franchised operation. The nation's largest convenience store chain targeted 2013 as the year when this vision would come to fruition. It's now 2014 and 7-Eleven acknowledges it not fully franchised, but affirms that it is growing its franchise base every day. Currently, 75 percent of its U.S. stores are operated by independent franchisees. Before launching its franchising endeavor, that figure stood at about 60 percent.
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Benefits of going green in the warehouse
By Tracy Stevens
Going green or lean in your warehouse by streamlining processes and introducing cost-saving initiatives can bring many benefits. To stay competitive and be on the leading edge, going green is a win-win process. Encourage your employees to develop a green mindset. Offer incentives and rewards for workers who come up with innovative and green solutions for the workplace. Here are some steps to take to make your warehouse more energy efficient, resulting in a smaller carbon footprint.
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Demographic shifts contribute to the changing face of retail
NPR
So far this year, retail chains have announced some heavy cuts. J.C. Penney said it would. Macy's said it would. Sears will close its flagship Chicago store in April. That's creating a glut of excess space. But that's just one of several forces changing the face of retail. Jason Moser, an analyst at Motley Fool One, focuses on one key number in retail: Revenue per employee. Moser also says inefficiency in legacy brick-and-mortar chains is bleeding some iconic brands.
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Wal-Mart Q4 earnings show challenges
USA Today
This winter's wrath put a chill on Walmart's sales in the fourth quarter, leading to profit of $4.4 billion, a 21 percent drop, the company said. Wal-Mart's earnings per share were $1.34, down from $1.67 in the same quarter last year. For fiscal 2014, the company reported EPS of $4.85, a 2.0 percent increase over fiscal 2013's EPS of $5.01. That missed Wall Street estimates for annual earnings per share of $5.11 and its quarterly estimate of EPS of $1.59.
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EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENTS


Important notice from MCX Executive Team
MCX has partnered with SPS Commerce to kick off an important Point of Sale initiative with our vendor community in the coming weeks.

An SPS Commerce representative will be contacting your company to walk through the process. Please provide SPS Commerce with your formal Point of Sale decision by March 14.

This is a collaborative effort between MCX and our vendor community, and we look forward to working with you to make it a success.

Click here to learn more about this initiative and to register for an informational webinar session.

This is a Web based analytical tool that is being offered for a monthly fee to MCX vendors to view MCX POS data. Deadline to participate in this program is March 14. The webinar can be viewed in a couple of days by going to www.spscommerce.net; Username = mcxvendor, Password = spscommerce.

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Important Exchange Update: Attention vendors and brokers,
We are announcing new and improved changes in the Sample Program. Effective March 1 there will be no COOP charge for the Sampling Events. The Exchange is requesting free goods for each store to create the Sample Events every month. Additionally vendors are recommended to create the customer experience sampling demos in our top 50 Express locations and our top 50 Main Stores worldwide! This new sampling program strategy will leverage the Exchange associates and utilize vendor/broker resources to introduce and sample new items.

March Sample offers are due NLT Feb 21. Please send complete DOF's to your buyer(s) with the amount of free goods listed in the comments.

Thank you so much for your continuing support!

Jamie Trevino
Merchandise Assistant
Army & Air Force Exchange Service
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214-312-3855
TrevinoJam@aafes.com
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2014 Exchange Roundtable revised agenda is now available:

Click here to view the updated 2014 Exchange Roundtable Agenda

Congressman Joe Wilson will join us in Norfolk for the Roundtable

For the NEXCOM Big Idea Session It is intended for vendors who may have an idea or concept they feel will help drive the business in 2014. If there is a vendor interested in presenting something, please contact Eileen Andrews at Eileen.Andrews@NEXWEB.ORG directly and she will schedule 10 minute sessions for vendors to come in and present their idea during the "Big Idea" session at the Roundtable meeting. It will be on a first come, first serve basis. If we run over time we will determine how we will handle the remaining proposals.

Participants need to come prepared with a business case to include potential sales and margin impact.

The Other Services are developing what they want to cover during their session and Ana Middleton and Mike Immler will be discussing strategic processes as well as taking your comments and suggestions if you would like a question to be asked and don't want to do it in person email bellis@ala-national.org or text 817-201-9921.

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2014 Exchange Roundtable
All Day Event
March 5-7, 2014
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Norfolk, VA
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Why do I need to be there for this event?
Attend the March 2014 Roundtable in Norfolk to better understand The critical significance of the Military Resale Exchanges in a new Defense budget era and how you too can help by participating in an all-new panel and town hall format.

Military resale and VCS programs meet critical criteria for Defense and Veterans programs, providing a model to emulate, not a program to decimate. In short, we are all part of the solution to present and future challenges, to increase the benefit and not reduce the benefit for our service members and their families.

Exchanges, Canteens and Commissaries provide this model because it offers the ability to produce and support a highly valued benefit with high personnel support, retention, and compensation value, all at little net cost and a significant financial ROI return to the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration.

What will you do and how can you help support the tremendous sacrifice of our military personnel and their families? Please join us in Norfolk.


Hotel Information:
The headquarters hotel for this meeting is the Marriott Norfolk Waterside located at 235 E Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510. The Marriot is offering a discounted group rate to industry attendees: $112 single, plus taxes. To take advantage of this discount, contact the Marriott at 1-800-228-9390 or 757-627-4200, and mention the "American Logistics Association 2014 Exchange Roundtable." This discounted rate will be offered through 5pm eastern, Feb. 12, 2014, or until the ALA room block fills. 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 Partner Reservations:
The Government Per Diem room block secured by ALA is reserved for those persons employed by AAFES (The Exchange), MCCS, NEXCOM, CGES, VCS, DOD or DeCA. The Marriott will require proper ID upon checking in. To reserve a room at the GPD rate, please complete the GPD Hotel Reservation Form and return it to ALA no later than COB Feb. 10, 2014. Reservations will be made on a first come first served basis and, once the GPD block is full, ALA cannot guarantee that a reservation at the GPD rate will be available.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. Cancellations received by Feb. 3, 2014, will receive a full refund. Cancellations received between Feb. 4-21 will be subject to a $250 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after February 21st or for "no-shows". Cancellation refunds will be processed by original method of payment. All refunds will be processed post-meeting and mailed directly to the individual on the registration form. 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 resulting due to a family or medical emergency must be submitted in writing by within three days of the start of the meeting to receive a refund.

Click here for the Industry Registration Form (for check payments only)
Click here for the GPD Hotel Reservation Form

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