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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know."

- Donald Rumsfeld



The unknown unknowns:

This posting will take place before a scheduled meeting between Congressional leaders and the president on Friday morning, March 1, so we cannot speculate on those deliberations. However, like we said last fall we have finally realized the results we predicted. It would appear the next debate point will focus on the expiration of the Continuing Resolution that funds the government until late March. That is another opportunity for damage control or course correction from what will obviously happen beginning March 1.

The impacts to military resale are still simmering. The proposal to furlough DeCA employees and close the agency every Wednesday has been amended to state that it is a possibility as opposed to a decision. This is DoD attempting to hold off on as much bad news as possible until the last moment. In any event once the probably length of sequestration is determined there will be no choice but to take action. DeCA is obviously going to be impacted. MWR is already taking big cuts. Second destination transportation is a target as well. The problem is that when the pain is proportionate across the board it is hard to get a voice for your slice of the pain.

Closing an entire agency one day a week doesn't appear to be the best way to promote the importance of the benefit but where you stand sometimes depends on where you sit. I know industry stands ready to assist in any way possible to make the benefit available to as many patrons as possible as often as possible. It would seem you can only save money when you have the opportunity to shop so if there is a better way it ought to be considered.

Finally for this skirmish, but certainly not the war, this round of reductions is but the first in a program that has years of reductions forecast. In the end, military resale may look much different than it does today ... something to think about.


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As budget cuts loom, is government shutdown next?
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The Associated Press via Yahoo News, Andrew Taylor
With big, automatic budget cuts about to kick in, House Republicans are turning to mapping strategy for the next showdown just a month away, when a government shutdown instead of just a slowdown will be at stake.

It does not look like this will get resolved any time soon:

Furlough questions and answers
Read the Full Story
The Washington Post, Eric Yoder
More than 1 million federal employees face unpaid furloughs because of automatic budget cuts that are set to kick in Friday unless lawmakers reach an agreement on reducing the deficit. Not all agencies expect to furlough employees, but few exceptions will apply where they do occur. The number of days and the scheduling will vary by agency and most likely will be spread out over weeks or even months.

On spending cuts, the focus shifts to how, not if
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The Wall Street Journal, Peter Nicholas and Damian Paletta
With across-the-board federal spending cuts likely to begin Friday, a growing question is how much discretion the Obama administration has to soften their blow.

Fresh front in budget battle
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The Wall Street Journal, Janet Hook and Peter Nicholas
Already looking past the current budget impasse gripping the capital, congressional leaders are quietly considering a deal to avert a government shutdown next month — but at the cost of prolonging across-the-board spending cuts.

Acceptance of defense cuts signals shift in GOP focus
Read the Full Story
The New York Times, Jonathan Weisman and Ashley Parker
With Congress unlikely to stop deep automatic spending cuts that will strike hard at the military, the fiscal stalemate is highlighting a significant shift in the Republican Party: Lawmakers most keenly dedicated to shrinking the size of government are now more dominant than the bloc committed foremost to a robust national defense, particularly in the House.

Business:

Defense industry finds few old friends on the Hill
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Politico, Darren Samuelsohn and Anna Palmer
The defense industry is in the fight of its life, but many of its longtime champions on Capitol Hill are retired, dead or in jail.


Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association


WASHINGTON UPDATE


Asia rebalance remains US priority amid fiscal woes
Reuters
The Obama administration policy of shifting its security focus to the Asia-Pacific region will remain on track despite drastic U.S. budget cuts looming this week, the top Pentagon official for Asia recently said.
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Lengthy impasse looms on cuts
The Wall Street Journal
Lawmakers in both parties anticipate that a looming set of spending cuts will take effect Friday and won't be quickly reversed, likely leading to protracted political uncertainty that presents risks both to Congress and President Barack Obama.
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How federal spending would be cut under the sequester
The Wall Street Journal
On March 1, $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending cuts — known in Washington parlance as the sequester — are set to begin, prompted by a 2011 law designed to reduce the government's budget deficit. The following are answers to some commonly asked questions about how it would work, assuming it takes effect as scheduled.
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Neither side blinks in federal budget standoff
Los Angeles Times
The nation's budget solution was never supposed to look like this: Congress and the White House staring at across-the-board spending cuts that will begin slashing indiscriminately through the federal government soon.
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DoD unlikely to get budget-cutting authority
Defense News
With a deadline for avoiding defense spending cuts closing in, there is no effort underway on Capitol Hill to give Pentagon officials the authority to decide what gets trimmed, congressional aides say, despite calls from some quarters to give the Defense Department that authority.
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The Sequester: Absolutely everything you could possibly need to know, in one FAQ
The Washington Post
Today the dreaded sequester is set to take effect. Hands up if you know what exactly that means — and be honest. Don't worry, we're here to set you straight. Follow along for answers to some of the most-asked questions about the impending cuts.
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For Chuck Hagel, confirmed as defense secretary, now the hard work starts
The Washington Post
Chuck Hagel's painful, prolonged and divisive nomination battle in the Senate finally ended Feb. 26, but it is only a prelude to the national-security challenges that will greet him on his first day of work at the Pentagon.
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Hagel approved for defense in sharply split Senate vote
The New York Times
The Senate recently confirmed Chuck Hagel as defense secretary after he survived a bruising struggle with Republicans. Asked at a Defense Department news conference whether Hagel could still be effective despite the difficult confirmation process, George Little, the Pentagon press secretary, was unambiguous: "Absolutely."
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Commissaries cut May case lot sales overseas (Navy Times)
White House seeks 'balanced way' to budget fix (The Associated Press via Yahoo News)
Program helps soldiers with financial matters (USA Today)
13 ways to painlessly improve profitability in 2013: Energy as a profit center (By Jay Fiske)
Pentagon aims ax to make a point with sequester cuts, uses worst-case scenarios to force deal (The Washington Times)


COMMISSARY NEWS


Cargill launches ground beef website
Progressive Grocer
The world's largest ground beef producer, Wichita, Kan.-based Cargill, launched a new website, CargillGroundBeef.com, to provide consumers with information and an ongoing interactive dialogue about the most popular and versatile protein in America.
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Military Saves Week: Savings you can count on
Business Wire via Yahoo
Military communities across our country and overseas are gearing up for Military Saves Week (Feb. 25 - March 2), the national campaign to motivate military families to save every month. Save Our Benefit encourages all military families to "Take the Military Saves Pledge" by visiting www.militarysaves.org, and reminds service members and their families that one of the best ways to save money is by shopping regularly at your commissary and exchange.
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Lenten promos get creative
Supermarket News
Customers' desire for meat-free dishes during Lent has many retailers thinking of creative new products and marketing opportunities, particularly in the seafood department.
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Commissaries make plans to close Wednesdays
Air Force Times
Commissary officials will close all stores on Wednesdays if sequestration takes effect, according to a recent memo to all commissary employees. Defense Commissary Agency headquarters will also close on Wednesdays. The closures would begin in late April and continue through September.
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Price is king, but convenience demands growing for meat consumers
Progressive Grocer
Price and value continue to lead meat purchasing decisions, but the focus on price is no longer as strong as it has been in the past two years, as high income shoppers ease up on money-saving measures. At dinner, convenience is growing in importance, as demonstrated by a greater interest in heat-and-eat and ready-to-eat meats, as well as the ease/time of preparation in consumer purchasing decisions and the types of meals people are preparing more often, including under-20-minute meals and one-pot meals.
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Why you pay more at the grocery store — and how to stop
Lifehacker
Many of us don't think too much about what we throw into our grocery carts — or how much it all costs. After all, we have to eat. But for most Americans, food makes up one of the largest expenses in the budget, right after paying for housing and transportation. If you can trim just $20 off your weekly grocery bill, it can save you $1,000 per year; saving $60 per week could put more than $3,000 extra in your pocket.
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., February 28, 2013.

PROMOTIONS
DP #7, CONUS, Alaska & Pacific Quantities.
DP #8, Update #1.
DP #10, WW Promotion Package, Dairy Month Specials/Your Pet, Your Family Sale.
Spring Club Pack, Update #1.
Truck Load Water Program, Update #1.

NOTICES TO TRADE
13-56, Global Data Synchronization (GDS) Webinar. NOTE: Important.

MISCELLANEOUS
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 13-09.
January 2013 Sales Data.
New DeCAF 40-18, Case Lot Presentation Form, Feb. 11, 2013 along with instructions, a worksheet and four examples.
FDS Distributor Change Request form revised 1 March 2013.
FDS Distributor Codes List revised 1 March 2013.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
CRV Values.

SAVE THE DATES
April 24, 2013: ALA/DeCA Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament, Fort Lee, Va.
Registration open - April 25–26, 2013: ALA Commissary Roundtable, Marriott Hotel, Richmond, Va.
June 18, 2013: ALA Congressional Caucus, Washington, D.C.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.



EXCHANGE NEWS


Martha Stewart betrayed alliance, Macy CEO testifies
The Boston Globe
Macy's chief executive Terry Lundgren recently testified that he hung up on home diva Martha Stewart after she called to inform him on Dec. 6, 2011, that the company bearing her name had inked a deal with J.C. Penney to open shops within most of the chain's stores. He hasn't spoken to her since, even though the two once were good friends.
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Barnes's chairman mulls store buyout
The Wall Street Journal
Barnes & Noble Inc.'s chairman and biggest shareholder, Leonard Riggio, has expressed interest in buying out the retailer's consumer-bookstore chain, raising the prospect that the company could be split in two.
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Hy-Vee to serve wine and beer at new Kansas grocery store
The Kansas City Star
On the grocery list — bread, milk and a beer or wine break before checking out. Hy-Vee's new Overland Park, Kan., store will open soon with a bar serving wine and beer — apparently the first in the Kansas City area and one of the few grocery stores in the country to offer such a service.
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New Wendy's logo rolls out nationwide
QSR Magazine
Wendy's new contemporary logo began appearing in Wendy's advertising, and on product packaging, crew uniforms, new restaurant signage, menuboards and digital assets on Feb. 25. The evolved logo is contemporary and iconic, as it further emphasizes the Wendy cameo while retaining the familiar Wendy's "wave" design. 


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Nordstrom to pump up rack, online
Women's Wear Daily
After a strong performance in 2012, Nordstrom Inc. is prepared to spend big to ramp up Rack, enter Canada with both full-line and Rack outlets, accelerate its direct business and mobile operations and build a Manhattan flagship. Over the next five years, the Seattle-based upscale chain will practically double its capital expenditures to $3.7 billion, compared to the $1.9 billion spent over the last five years. (Subscription required.)
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Health care without the doctors coming to a Wal-Mart near you
PBS NewsHour
As Americans gain coverage under the federal health law, putting increased demand on primary care doctors and spurring interest in cheaper, more convenient care, unmanned kiosks inside Wal-Mart may be part of what their manufacturer bills as a "self-service healthcare revolution."
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Lego shrugs off toy-market blues
The Wall Street Journal
Lego A/S shook off the malaise affecting the wider toy market and fended off an onslaught of fresh competition in the building-block segment to continue its winning streak in 2012, booking a 25 percent revenue increase that vaulted it into a near tie for the No. 2 slot in the global toy business.
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Payroll tax whacks spending
The Wall Street Journal
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recently joined a parade of retailers, restaurants and consumer-goods companies worried about the economic impact of the recently restored federal payroll tax that has left Americans with less money to spend. (Subscription required.)
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Creating a physical Internet to save money and energy on logistics
Fast Company
What if all companies in the world shared warehouses and truck drivers? That's one audacious plan to make our shipping faster and more efficient, and major retailers like Wal-Mart are getting interested.
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Survey details impact of payroll tax changes on retail
Chain Store Age
Nearly three-quarters (73.3 percent) of consumers say their spending plans are taking a hit due to the recent payroll tax changes, according to NRF's 2013 Tax Returns Survey conducted by BIGinsight. When asked how the new federal tax laws have affected spending, saving or budgeting of their households, nearly six in 10 (58.2 percent) of those polled say their plans have been either somewhat or greatly impacted. Specifically, nearly half (45.7 percent) say they will spend less overall, and 35.6 percent will watch for sales more often.
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Wal-Mart tops Q4 profit estimate despite lackluster sales
Chain Store Age
Wal-Mart overcame a meager 1 percent same stores sales increase at U.S. stores to deliver better than expected fourth quarter profits. The company said total sales increased 3.9 percent to $127.1 billion compared to $122.3 billion last year. Without the benefit of a favorable currency exchange situation, sales would have increased a lesser 3.7 percent to $126.8 billion. Full year sales increased by 5 percent to $466.1 billion compared to last year's total of $443.8.
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Safeway Q4 income increases 14 percent, topping estimates
Chain Store Age
Safeway Inc. said that its fourth-quarter net income rose 13 percent to $244 million, far ahead of expectations, helped by its customer loyalty program. Safeway said the program, which offers personalized discounts based on past purchases, is driving market share gains and profits. Quarterly sales rose to $13.77 billion from $13.60 billion a year ago. Same-store sales, excluding fuel, inched up 0.8 percent.
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Zale Q2 profit better than expected
Chain Store Age
Zale Corp. recently posted a better than expected second quarter profit as sales rose at its namesake chain and it cut selling and administrative costs. The company restated its forecast that it will return to profit for its current fiscal year, which ends in late July.
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Wendy's embraces more modern look; 200 remodels planned for 2013
Chain Store Age
Wendy's got a makeover. On Feb. 25, the company unveiled its new, more contemporary-looking logo in advertising, on product packaging, crew uniforms, new restaurant signage, menuboards and digital assets.
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How to design beautiful online shopping experiences
MultiChannel Merchant
Fashion, beauty and apparel brands selling online are quick to adopt innovative ecommerce technologies and tactics that assist in showing off their products to their best advantage. Their online-retail stores are often filled with highly visual site search and navigation features that better show off their products' colors, styles, stitches and fabric details, with advanced sorting options, and merchandising tactics that help visitors quickly find the products they need and convert them into satisfied buyers.
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Boomers up their online shopping, millennials steady
Progressive Grocer
Although online shopping has leveled off overall, the boomer generation has increased their online purchases — up 4.5 percent since 2011 — while millennials' online purchase behavior has declined 7 percent from that time. Even though many shoppers indicate that they are shopping about the same amount online as they were three months ago, there are some interesting shifts in purchase categories, according to the latest issue of "The Checkout," an ongoing shopper behavior study conducted by The Integer Group and M/A/R/C Research.
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Square's 'Business in a Box' offers a digital register for $300
The Wall Street Journal
It's already pretty straightforward to set up a Square account, but the company wants to streamline the process of registering with its app even further. The company launched "Business in a Box" — a package that includes a cash drawer, an iPad stand, card readers and an optional printer for printing receipts. It costs $299 for the readers and cash drawer, and $599 if you include the printer.
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Wal-Mart expands self-checkout in stores via its iPhone app
Internet Retailer
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has its sights set on the smartphone-wielding shopper, this week expanding use of the "Scan & Go" feature for its iPhone app to 40 stores in the Denver area. It has been testing the mobile commerce technology in stores in Northwest Arkansas, Atlanta, San Jose, Calif., and Portland, Ore., a Wal-Mart spokeswoman tells Internet Retailer.
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Marissa Mayer unveils Yahoo's new look
Advertising Age
Well, Yahoo is starting to look like it's in the 21st century. CEO Marissa Mayer recently unveiled a new look for Yahoo's home page and mobile sites on the "Today" show, with a cleaner look that is more of a refresh than a complete redesign. "We wanted it to be familiar but we also wanted it to embrace some of the modern paradigms of the Web," said Mayer.
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The bizarre reason Build-A-Bear Workshop has become popular among millennial women
Forbes
Despite Build-A-Bear Workshop's reputation as a party destination for children, staffers have long been accustomed to seeing a certain type of older guest. These avid middle-aged female collectors — ex-Beanie Babies fanatics — coordinate their visits to coincide with the debut of limited-edition merchandise. But, it was the sudden increase in visits by millennial women that baffled Build-A-Bear staffers.
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E-commerce satisfaction rises; Amazon losing edge
MediaPost
As American consumers become more and more used to online shopping, digital pioneers, including Amazon, are losing their customer satisfaction edge. According to the just-released American Customer Satisfaction Index's annual E-Commerce Report, overall satisfaction rose 1.2 percent this year to 81.1 on its 100-point scale.
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Lowe's builds on improvement
The Wall Street Journal
Lowe's Cos. reported another quarter of improvement as it continues some home renovations of its own. The do-it-yourself retail chain predicted initiatives like revamped departments would propel it to the strongest sales growth it has enjoyed since before the housing bubble burst. But the strategies fueling its upswing also crimped profit outlook, as did caution about how consumers will handle conflicting economic factors.
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Strategies for leveraging your supply chain to improve customer service
Envista
Delivering outstanding customer service is more important than ever before in the face of today's increasingly informed and savvy consumer. However, improving customer service without increasing costs is challenging. In order to win in a highly competitive retail environment, retailers need to rethink their supply chain processes, retail delivery models and enabling technologies.
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Casual Male becomes destination XL Group
Women's Wear Daily
Casual Male Retail Group Inc.'s transformation into Destination XL Group Inc. took effect Feb. 25 as the big-and-tall retailer formally changes its corporate name to reflect its focus on its retail stores and DestinationXL.com e-commerce website. (Subscription required.)
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For Penney's heralded boss, the shine is off the apple
The Wall Street Journal
As he toured a J.C. Penney store before undertaking one of retailing's most ambitious overhauls, Chief Executive Officer Ron Johnson bristled when a colleague suggested that he test his new no-discounts strategy at a few stores before rolling it out at all 1,100. "We didn't test at Apple," the executive recalled Johnson, hired away from the gadget maker, saying.
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Barneys tailors shopping for red-carpet goers via Beverly Hills Hotel shop
Luxury Daily
Department store chain Barneys New York is offering a selection of items worthy of the Academy Awards red carpet to consumers in Los Angeles through a new mini shop. Barneys is looking to trigger purchases from celebrities and their protégés during awards season with a new retail hub at Dorchester Collection's The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows. The retailer currently operates a full retail location in Beverly Hills, but is offering a selection of items at the hotel.
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Why consumers may be on a crash course
CNBC
Consumers are clipping coupons at a rate not seen since before the 2007 recession, and that's a troubling sign, according to Coupons.com CEO Steven Boal. The website tracks how often people view and print coupons and their redemption rate. Right now, Coupon.com's Internet Coupon Index, as it's called, shows a spike in coupon offers and demand. This pattern is almost identical to the one that played out right before the last major economic downturn. The higher the index value, the more consumers are under economic pressure.
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More states consider banning credit card surcharges
CNBC
Charge a fee to use your credit card? It's legal for merchants to do that, unless barred by state law. Ten states already ban such surcharges — California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma and Texas — and more may join the list. The legislatures in 11 other states are currently considering bills that would prevent these so-called "check out" fees.
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NRF: 7 in 10 Americans adjusting spending plans to cope with recent payroll tax changes
National Retail Federation
A change in federal tax law that decreased the take-home pay of many working Americans is impacting household budgets. According to NRF's 2013 Tax Returns Survey conducted by BIGinsight, nearly three-quarters (73.3 percent) of those polled say their spending plans are taking a hit.
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The case for a higher gasoline tax
The New York Times
The average price of gasoline in the U.S., $3.78, has been steadily climbing for more than a month and is approaching the three previous post-recession peaks, in May 2011 and in April and September of last year. But if our goal is to get Americans to drive less and use more fuel-efficient vehicles, and to reduce air pollution and the emission of greenhouse gases, gas prices need to be even higher.
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Predicting the future of convenience retailing
Convenience Store Decisions
From healthy foods to a radical shift in goods and services, retail futurists offer a glimpse of the changing consumer needs that could shape the convenience store industry over the next 10-20 years.
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Card networks take on plastic with mobile platforms
The Wall Street Journal
The world's largest payments networks are angling to capture more electronic transactions by eliminating plastic from the equation. Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. recently unveiled industry partnerships and technology systems intended to make it easier for consumers to make purchases online, on mobile devices and in physical stores without having to pull out a credit or debit card.
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EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENTS


Dear vendors/brokers,
The Retail Food Team is expanding our customer connections and sales growth opportunities by moving into Ecommerce.

We are looking to promote high volume, high velocity items in our everyday assortment that will compel our customers to buy more in volume to save more in the end.

Please discuss with your buyer, in the next five business days, the following topics as we plan to move quickly with vendors to substantially grow sales on the Exchange Ecommerce site:

Seasonal Gifts/Baskets
Everyday Assortment Bulk Full Cases
Vendor Direct Drop Ship Program

Thank you for your continuing support,

David Arens

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AAFES warns of misleading ads
Someone claiming to be "Exchange Inc." has been placing advertisements in auto magazines and commercial newspapers, leading Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers to believe they are purchasing a vehicle through the Department of Defense retailer. Shoppers who believe that they may have been taken advantage of can file a complaint through the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov. Exchange facilities are located solely on military installations. The Exchange does not advertise in civilian outlets such as metropolitan newspapers or automobile sales magazines. Exchange advertisements are published in outlets whose audiences are mostly comprised of military members.
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Manufacturers' coupons save NEX customers even more
Customers know they can save money every day by shopping their NEX. In addition to the average 21 percent savings and no sales tax, customers can also save money by using manufacturers' cents off coupons on their NEX purchases.

"Redeeming coupons provides our customers another way to save money when shopping at their NEX," said Richard Dow, Navy Exchange Service Command Senior Vice President Store Operations. "Coupons are a great way to save even more when shopping for the necessities your family needs."

In fiscal year 2012, NEXs accepted nearly 1.6 million manufacturers' coupons that generated just over $2 million in additional savings to customers.

NEXs accept current valid manufacturer's coupons for the item featured on the coupon, subject to its terms and conditions. This includes on-line Internet coupons, except for those coupons offering free products, coupons for Proctor & Gamble products or those determined to be fraudulent. The NEX does not "double" or "triple" the face value of a manufacturer's coupon.

The NEX accepts scratch-off, percent and cents-off coupons from the Army Air Force Exchange System, the Marine Corps Exchange System and the Coast Guard Exchange System. These can be percent and cents-off in-store coupons, coupons presented in a coupon book, or printed from Facebook. All coupon terms and conditions apply. The NEX also accepts a manufacturer's coupon and NEX coupon, or coupon from another Military Exchange Service, on the same item. The combination of the two coupons cannot exceed the price of the product; money is not returned to a customer on the redemption of coupon(s) which exceeds the price of the product. Only overseas NEXs accept expired coupons for up to six months past its expiration date.

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AAFES recalls 12 grain bread
Stars & Stripes
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service are recalling Nature's Pride 100% Natural 12 Grain bread. The recall comes on the heels of a Feb. 14 voluntary recall by the product's flour manufacturer. Dakota Specialty Milling, in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration, recalled a limited number of its specialty flours and grain blends because of the possible presence of metal wire fragments from a defective screen on one of its manufacturing lines at a milling facility, according to a company news release.
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March 1, 2013 — SEE DATE CHANGE PROPOSED BELOW

Dear exhibitor,
Many of you having been asking about the 2013 VCS Show & Sell. Until this week, the VCS has been waiting for approval from the Veterans Administration. On Tuesday, VCS received concept approval for the show and we hope for final approval next week. Once received, we will notify you via email and the booth application and other details will be available for download HERE.

The dates for Show & Sell have been set for June 9-14, in St. Charles, Mo.

We sincerely hope that you have not been inconvenienced by this late decision and we thank you for your patience. You will be hearing from us shortly.


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Save the dates:

March 6-8, 2013 — All Exchange Round Table, Grand Hyatt, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport

Round Table Golf Outing details:
The ALA DFW Chapter will be hosting the "2013 Roundtable Golf Tournament" on Wednesday, March 6, at Bear Creek Golf Club in Dallas. 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 the pin will also be awarded. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the hole sponsors, longest drive and closest to pin and co-sponsorships are also available.

Please join us after your spectacular round of golf for lunch, the awards reception and silent/live auction. Donated items are always welcome and very much appreciated and proceeds from the auction benefit the AREA Scholarship Fund. Attached is the registration form and additional information, so if you plan on attending, please submit form and payment by Friday, Feb. 22. If you have any questions or are interested in donating items for the auction, please contact Julie Fox at jfox@mssco.com or 469-221-4122.

Click here for the 2013 Roundtable Golf Tournament flier

Click here for the 2013 Roundtable Golf Tournament registration form

Operation Come Back Home — Enjoy Your Benefit!
Updated schedule of events posted!
The 2013 Exchange Roundtable Steering Committee has developed an informative and exciting agenda for next month. We will hear from each of our government partner services via a presentation and a panel, plus the panels from each of the services will take your questions. Additionally, the Executive Director and a Board member (a 4-star General) will speak to us about HeroBox and how we can have a direct and positive impact on our men and women in uniform currently serving overseas. General Claudia Kennedy, the Army's first female 3-star, will describe her experiences, including how the benefit impacted her quality of life. Be in Dallas for this agenda! You do not want to miss it!

Click here for more info!

March 6, 2013 — Bear Creek Golf Club
3500 Bear Creek Ct., Dallas, Texas, 75261
10 a.m. Shotgun Start
For more information, call Julie Fox at 469-221-4122, or email at jfox@mssco.com

April 24, 2013 — ALA/DeCA Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament, Fort Lee, Va.

April 25–26, 2013 — ALA Commissary Roundtable, Marriott Hotel, Richmond, Va.

Aug. 19-22, 2013 — 2013 Hawaii Trade and Food Show, Honolulu, Hawaii

Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2013 — 66th Annual Convention, Hyatt New Orleans, New Orleans, La.

Go to: www.ALA-National.org, sign in and CHECK OUT the information.





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With sequestration, one thing is sure: Big changes will occur for military
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Commando Brigade, battalions assume mission in Afghanistan
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Hood Howdy beneficial to soldier, family newcomers
DIVIDS
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Budget fears force more cancellations
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Naval Base Ventura County will not sponsor a team in the 2013 Corporate Games this year because of the cost involved, base officials from Morale, Welfare and Recreation have announced. Other future MWR events may also be canceled due to ongoing budget concerns. Lunchtime fun runs, like the Sweetheart 5K that was canceled on Valentine's Day, are one example. "The Navy is looking hard at these programs across the board," said Deborah Williams, community support programs site manager.
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