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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


Greetings from the Exchange Roundtable in Dallas, Texas. These are clearly interesting times considering the budget discussions going on in D.C., but for the most part the military exchanges are upbeat and leaning forward for business opportunities. Clearly there is a different set of impacts facing the exchanges with almost the entire funding stream being non-appropriated funds and not subject to sequestration impacts. The impacts on DeCA are a different event entirely. I have tried to capture the key elements of the discussion in the news segments that follow. This is a changing landscape so stay tuned as events unfold.

House votes to avert shutdown as Obama looks for big deal
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The Washington Post, Rosalind S. Helderman and Philip Rucker
The House recently took its first step to avert a government shutdown as President Barack Obama began a series of rare meetings with Republican lawmakers, reviving chances for a long-term deal to reduce the federal deficit.



Here is a summary of the action outlined in the Continuing Resolution:

Here's the appropriation's chairman's statement before the rules committee this week.

Also below is the press release issued by the committee. Essentially, they increase funding by adopting the 2013 conference agreement that was made last year which effectively increases O&M about $10 billion, providing relief for about one-third of DOD's overall O&M problem by shifting funds from procurement, R&D, etc. to O&M.

That still leaves sequestration in place and thus the DeCA sequestration cuts. It still faces headwinds as the Democrats might object to a carve-out for Defense. So, the bottom line is that if the measure passes and the president signs it, it would provide some relief to the overall O&M pressure but not to the across-the-board sequestered cuts, leaving DoD with a continuing budget and O&M problem.


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Chairman Rogers statement on HR 933 before Rules Committee

Washington, March 5:
Good afternoon, Chairman Sessions, Ranking Member Slaughter and members of the Committee. I am here before you today to present HR 933, a Continuing Resolution to provide funding for the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year, and to provide full-year appropriations for the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

The current six-month Continuing Resolution expires on March 27, so there is a need to move this legislation quickly, get it over to the Senate, and ultimately on to the White House. As you know, the White House has indicated it does not want a government shutdown, and neither do we. Consequently, Mr. Chairman, I would request an appropriate rule to bring this bill to the floor.

This bill continues current funding levels as set by the Budget Control Act. However, sequestration is now in effect, and the levels in this bill are subject to those reductions. Therefore, the effective funding level in this bill is approximately $984 billion, as required by the President's sequestration order.

HR 933 has three main parts. To protect our national security and ensure that our troops and veterans receive quality care, this package provides full-year Appropriations for Defense, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. These bills were fully negotiated on a bipartisan and bicameral basis last December, and will provide DoD with some leeway to do the best it can with the funding it has. And, of course, Continuing Appropriations funding is included for the remainder of the federal government.


Without this bill, the Pentagon could face serious funding shortfalls that, when combined with sequestration, would have serious and potentially harmful repercussions on our national security. In fact, all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of our nation's military have expressed strong, public support for this CR package. This bill makes critical investments in our national security, protecting core functions — such as operations — to help ensure the continued readiness of our military.

For Veterans Affairs, the bill provides about a $2.5 billion increase, to make sure we continue to do our best to take care of our veterans. What we're doing with this legislation is right-sizing our military and veterans spending, to ensure funding goes to where it is best and most effectively used.

In addition, we made specific, technical changes only where absolutely necessary to prevent catastrophic, irreversible changes to programs, and to ensure good shepherding of taxpayer dollars. For instance, we have allowed additional funding for embassy security in light of the Benghazi attacks, offset by reduction in other spending, and have worked to ensure that critical law enforcement functions — including border patrol and FBI — are continued. We've also extended the federal pay freeze — which, as you know, also effectively freezes the pay of you, me, and every Member of Congress.

In addition, I've submitted a very technical amendment that I would ask the Committee to include in the rule. The amendment simply adds the required appropriating clause to division B of the bill.

It is abundantly clear that this nation is facing some very hard choices when it comes to how to deal with our finances. It's up to Congress to pave the way for our financial future. But right now, this bill is absolutely necessary. We must show our people that we can do what is best for our nation — keeping the government's lights on, funding essential federal programs and services, and helping maintain our national security.

Thank you.

Chairman Rogers introduces Continuing Resolution to prevent government shutdown, protect national defense and veterans

Washington, March 4:
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today introduced a Continuing Resolution to prevent a government shutdown and continue government operations until the end of the fiscal year on Sept.30 (HR 933).

The legislation includes a full-year Defense Appropriations bill, as well as a full-year Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill. These two individual bills passed the House last year on a broad bipartisan basis, and have been negotiated by both the House and Senate.

Except for the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the CR will extend funding for other government agencies at last year's levels. However, the funding within the bill is subject to sequestration cuts. This means that the funding rate within the legislation is approximately $982 billion — the level required by the president's sequestration order.

"The legislation will avoid a government shutdown on March 27, prioritize DoD and Veterans programs, and allow the Pentagon some leeway to do its best with the funding it has," said Chairman Rogers.

"It is clear that this nation is facing some very hard choices, and it's up to Congress to pave the way for our financial future," said Rogers. "But right now, we must act quickly and try to make the most of a difficult situation. This bill will fund essential federal programs and services, help maintain our national security, and take a potential shutdown off the table. This CR package is the right thing to do, and it's the right time to do it," continued Rogers.


Click here to read Continuing Resolution Summary

Military leaders welcome House GOP budget bill
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The Associated Press via Yahoo News, Donna Cassata
A massive House Republican measure to keep the government operating would ease some of the pain of automatic spending cuts slamming the Defense Department, the nation's senior military leaders recently told Congress.

This is what we know:

Pentagon to furlough teachers, cut commissary time
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The Associated Press via The Denver Post, Lolita C. Baldor
The Pentagon will furlough about 15,000 military school teachers and staff around the world because of the automatic budget cuts that took effect last Friday, but spokesman George Little recently said the department will manage the process so the schools don't lose their accreditation.


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WASHINGTON UPDATE


Boehner: Deal to avert shutdown likely
The Washington Post via The Day
Congress returned to work this past week with no plan to reverse across-the-board spending cuts that took effect late Friday - but with hope on both sides of the aisle to avert an end-of-month showdown that could result in a government shutdown. A spending measure recently voted on would provide funding through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, allowing new flexibility to the Pentagon to manage the $40 billion hit the military took Friday but otherwise lock in lower spending levels that reflect the so-called sequester.
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Issa: Cut wasteful and ineffective programs first
The Washington Post
Federal agencies needing to pare their spending under sequestration should first cut wasteful and unnecessary programs, the chairman of the House government oversight committee recently said.
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As sequestration nears, federal workers brace for furloughs, vent anger at politicians
McClatchy
All across the D.C. area and the rest of the country, federal workers are having tense, belt-tightening conversations with spouses, children and co-workers. They're canceling little luxuries such as cable, cellphone service, restaurants and movie nights, putting off long-planned vacations and searching for second jobs. Some are thinking about raiding their 401(k)s for emergency cash.
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Pentagon operations would get $10 billion under proposal
Bloomberg
House Republicans sought to ease the Pentagon's pain from across-the-board spending cuts, proposing legislation that would shift $10 billion to train troops, maintain weapons and pay for operations.
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House Republicans introduce bill to keep government running
The Washington Post
House Republicans recently introduced a bill that would avoid a government shutdown at the end of March but that also could mitigate some of the most striking effects of the across-the-board federal spending cuts enacted last week. But even though the proposed shifts would make the sequester slightly less indiscriminate — particularly for the military — the measure would leave in place the $85 billion spending reduction, locking in the cuts through Sept. 30, end of the fiscal year.
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2 Italy-bound 173rd units now staying in Germany
Stars and Stripes
U.S. Army Europe will reroute a pair of Italy-bound combat units to Germany and begin eliminating 2,500 positions in support units across the theater. The moves are the latest phases in a lengthy restructuring shaped by a broader Army drawdown.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    The Sequester: Absolutely everything you could possibly need to know, in one FAQ (The Washington Post)
DoD unlikely to get budget-cutting authority (Defense News)
For Penney's heralded boss, the shine is off the apple (The Wall Street Journal)
Commissaries make plans to close Wednesdays (Air Force Times)
Zale Q2 profit better than expected (Chain Store Age)


COMMISSARY NEWS


Hot food holding cabinets
Federal Business Opportunities
This requirement is being issued as 100 percent small business set-aside for hot food holding cabinets for the Defense Commissary Agency stores located at Monterey, Calif. (93944), McClellan AFB, Calif. (95652-1130), Hanscom AFB, Mass. (01731-6290), Fort Bliss, Texas (79906-0019) and Fort Stewart, Ga. (31314-6070). The Request for Quote will be posted on the FedBizOpps at www.fedbizopps.gov on or about March 14.
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Renewal maintenance support for DeCA's 3 enterprise warehouse's Teradata environments
Federal Business Opportunities
Modification of award HQC007-11-P-0007 with Computer Marketing Associates, a small business concern, to extend the current purchase order for a period not to exceed three months through June 30, for uninterrupted maintenance support and licensing subscriptions of the Defense Commissary Agency headquarters hardware/software and brand name parts for DeCA's enterprise data warehouse's three Teradata environment.
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Survey Report: Retailer contributions to health and wellness
Food Marketing Institute
For years, FMI and its members have recognized the need to help consumers navigate the abundance of health, wellness and nutritional offerings within today's supermarket. With health and wellness top-of-mind for our nation's grocery shoppers, supermarkets are uniquely positioned to help consumers appropriately blend their food, nutrition and medication needs.
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Largest US retail chains with no mobile Apple apps for iPhone, iPad users
About.com
Even though the growth of mobile retailing is expected to be explosive in 2013, some of the largest U.S. retail chains still don't have retail mobile shopping apps available to iPhone and iPad users in the Apple Apps store, according to statistics provided by Xtreme Labs. This lack of mobile retailing presence is a competitive disadvantage that is already contributing to customer loyalty defection for these retailers, according to a copious amount of mobile retailing research.
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March is Military Appreciation Month at Giant-Landover
Progressive Grocer
Giant Food LLC of Landover, Md., has designated March as its first-ever Military Appreciation Month. As well as offering to employ transitioning military veterans and their family members, Giant has joined forces with USO of Metropolitan Washington (USO-Metro) and USO Delaware for a third year to host an in-store giving campaign that will support the organizations’ programs across the Mid-Atlantic region.
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Shoppers need help on meat, poultry
Supermarket News
Shoppers aren't confident in how to prepare meals with poultry and meat, but they aren't turning to butchers in the meat department for help, according to findings from the Power of Meat report presented at the Annual Meat Conference here on Feb. 24-26. "Every single year we see that shoppers are very knowledgeable when it comes to saving money, but when it comes to cooking — not so much," said Anne-Marie Roerink, principal at 210 Analytics, which conducted the consumer survey.
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Commissary workers brace for furloughs
WVEC-TV
VideoBrief As the military's civilian employees prepare for pay cuts because of the sequester, workers at commissaries are bracing for the same furloughs. This week the Pentagon announced that all 247 of the military commissaries worldwide will likely have to close an additional day each week.
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Eating well should include the right choice of snacks
The Arizona Republic via USA Today
Americans are snacking more frequently than ever. And that can be a good thing for those who are making the correct choices, at least, most of the time. Competitive marketing by companies that sell healthful snacks, coupled with heightened consumer health consciousness, are pushing shoppers in the right direction.
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., March 7, 2013.

PROMOTIONS
DP #6, Update #1.
DP #8, Alaska Quantities.
DP #9, Far East Quantities.

NOTICES TO TRADE
13-58, Extension of Worldwide Pre-packaged Salad Program.

MISCELLANEOUS
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 13-10.
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


Official: Walmart Foundation head to be tapped as next budget director
CNN
Sylvia Mathews Burwell will soon be nominated by President Barack Obama to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget, a senior Obama administration official said. Burwell, 47, is currently the head of the Walmart Foundation, the retail chain's charitable organization. The organization donated nearly $1 billion to causes worldwide in 2011, according to its website. If confirmed by the Senate, she will assume a Cabinet-rank position as head of the White House agency that assists the president on budget matters.
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Retailers focus on flash sales as mobile changes how consumers shop
Mobile Commerce Daily
With flash sales sites such as Gilt Groupe and Rue La La posting significant growth during the recent holiday season – driven in large part by mobile users – other retailers are looking to get in on the action with their own flash sales offerings.
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Domino's Dares posts videos with little fanfare
ClickZ
VideoBriefAccording to the Fun Facts on Domino's website, the breadsticks it introduced in 1992 were the pizza chain's first national non-pizza menu item. Twenty-one years later, Domino's has launched its Domino's Dares campaign to push other non-pizza items customers might be reluctant to try, acknowledging it could be scary to sample something other than pizza from a pizza place. However, the brand is taking a casual approach to online promotion, posting videos on YouTube with little fanfare on other networks.
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Groupon ousts CEO Andrew Mason, still faces underlying problems
San Jose Mercury News
Now that Groupon has gotten rid of its quirky founder and CEO, the chief question is whether the company's underlying online deals business is promising enough to reverse its falling stock price, declining revenue growth and waning consumer interest.
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Target adds Geek Squad at more stores
St. Paul Business Journal
Target has added Geek Squad's tech-support services at more of its stores, expanding a partnership with Best Buy that launched last year. Target, which first added Geek Squad agents at 20 stores in Denver in October, recently expanded the test to 20 stores in Kansas City, Mo., based on "positive feedback."
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J.C. Penney CEO: 'I take personal responsibility' for 'big mistakes'
Dallas Business Journal
After spending the first several minutes of a recent earnings call talking about J.C. Penney's accomplishments, CEO Ron Johnson admitted they also "made some big mistakes." "I take personal responsibility for these," said Johnson, who has historically been talented at painting a pretty picture out of dismal earnings.
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Wal-Mart: Trying to understand India rules
The Wall Street Journal
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will work with Indian authorities to understand the investment rules for foreign supermarkets looking to set up operations in the country, its Asia chief executive recently said. India lifted its ban on foreign investment in supermarkets in September, permitting foreign companies to own up to 51 percent of local joint ventures. Before that, they were permitted to operate wholesale businesses.
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Continuing the long climb up the health care reform learning curve
Retail's BIG Blog
Disbelief is quickly turning into concerns about complying with the sweeping changes that come with the Affordable Care Act. Small business owner Dave Ratner and I spoke at the Main Street Retailing Forum held during Retail's BIG Show in New York to help small retailers understand requirements that will begin as early as this June. Our focus was on preparation and continued work to smooth the rough edges off the health care reform law, while also highlighting NRF's continued efforts to keep Main Street healthy through the implementation process.
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Macy's issues upbeat outlook
The Wall Street Journal
Macy's Inc. fourth-quarter earnings fell 2 percent amid debt-extinguishment expenses, but the department-store operation continued to register strong sales growth. The retailer kicks off the earnings period for mid-tier department stores, and it usually fares among the best.
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Macy's dresses up Herald Square dining
The New York Times
Second floor: women's shoes. Third floor: men's suits. Sixth floor: prosecco, wood-oven pizzas, beef short ribs with polenta and Florentine gelato. Recently, Macy's Herald Square, where mealtime options have traditionally run to burger bars and coffee nooks, opened Stella 34 Trattoria, a 260-seat restaurant with a sweeping view of Broadway and an ambition to become a dining destination in a part of the city where worthwhile choices are few.
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Strong sales help Home Depot outshine Lowe's
Reuters via The Globe and Mail
Improvements in the U.S. housing market and sales tied to Hurricane Sandy helped Home Depot Inc report a higher-than-expected quarterly profit and outshine rival Lowe's Cos Inc for the 15th straight quarter. The strong results, recently announced, prompted the world's largest home improvement chain to forecast higher sales and earnings for the current fiscal year.
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Best Buy pushes back earnings to let founder's bid deadline pass
The Wall Street Journal
Best Buy Co. pushed the date of its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings release back a day so that founder Richard Schulze's window of opportunity to make a bid could pass. The consumer electronics retail chain, which is in the midst of a shakeup even as Schulze has sought to regain control.
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Busting underground shoplifting rings: Inside organized retail crime raids
ABC News
VideoBriefWe used to call it shoplifting, but these days the foot soldiers of retail crime rings are known as boosters. Police even have an acronym for these operations: ORC, which stands for Organized Retail Crime. "It's just like a Fortune 500 company," said Sergeant Eric Lee of the Gardena Police Department in Gardena, Calif. "All of this is just organized."
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Foursquare partners with Visa and MasterCard to give discounts when users shop
Advertising Age
Looking to unlock a new revenue stream, Foursquare is announcing new partnerships with Visa and MasterCard that will let credit and debit card holders claim discounts at participating retailers.
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3 essential truths, golden rules to live by in the digital age
Shop.org Blog
Retail's BIG Show attendees were recently treated to a bit of British wit and wisdom from Oliver Walsh, founder of the digital creative agency behind luxury fashion brands like Tory Burch, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Mr Porter, Armani, H&M and J.Crew. Style and technology are a natural pair in the fashion world, where it's all about pushing creative limits. But, citing the Englishman's love of order and rule, Walsh quite neatly outlined three areas that can help retailers form their game plans for our new digital reality.
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Sears tops estimates; some skeptical about turnaround
Reuters
Retailer Sears Holdings Corp reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit that stemmed mainly from cost cuts, doing little to boost Wall Street's faith in its turnaround and sending its shares down as much as 7 percent.
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Gap reports strong sales on increased marketing spending
Advertising Age
Gap Inc. reported its best holiday shopping season in six years as the retailer's turnaround efforts take hold. Annual measured-media spending for the company rose 13 percent from $302 million to $340 million, according to Kantar Media. Spending for the Gap brand in North America more than doubled from $21.5 million in 2011 to $54.5 million in 2012.
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Barnes & Noble rethinks its strategy for the Nook
The New York Times
Barnes & Noble, reporting a sharp drop in sales of its Nook tablets, recently said it would pull back on its ambitions for its device business, shrinking it in size while focusing more on digital content. Calling Nook sales over the holiday period an "obvious disappointment," the bookseller's chief executive, William Lynch, said the company was taking "significant actions to right size investments" in its digital hardware division through steep cuts in advertising and the manufacturing of devices
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Companies take action to woo a cautious US consumer
CNBC
The American paycheck's not the only thing that's shrinking as big business thinks of creative ways — everything from smaller packages to deep price cuts — to capture the hesitant consumer's dollar amid signs of weak sales.
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New health insurance requirement for retailers, protection against patent 'trolls'
Retail's BIG Blog
As NRF has often said, decisions made in Washington can impact retailers' bottom line just as much as those made on Wall Street. We have provided in-depth updates on public policy issues to retail industry government relations executives in our Washington Retail Insight newsletter for close to 20 years. But small business owners and retail executives on the operations side of the business also need to know what's going on in Washington and how it will affect their companies.
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Foodservice at retail, restaurants see upswing in customer spending
CSNews Foodservice
This past year proved to be good for food retailers — both restaurants and foodservice at retail — and 2013 looks to bring continued good news, according to the findings of AlixPartners' annual "North American Restaurant and Foodservice Review," released last month. Last year did not bring any surprises. On the upside, consumer spending was up a bit and it seemed like the overcapacity in the foodservice industry was on its way out. In addition, many operators were able to pay down their balance sheets and get some of the debt off the table, which has decreased the overall level of distress.
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Clean energy growth helps Wal-Mart hit a sustainability goal early
Bloomberg
Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke delivered upbeat news to the company's semi-annual Sustainability Milestones Meeting in November 2009. The world's largest retailer was on track to hit 36 of the 37 energy and environment goals Duke's predecessor set for the company in 2005.
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Women more active in-store mobile shoppers
MediaPost
Consumers are using mobile devices in stores to price match, but they're not showrooming. After comparing prices and reading reviews, the next most popular activities among mobile shoppers are checking for in-store deals (49 percent) and browsing a brick-and-mortar retailer's own Web site (36.5 percent).
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What retailers need to know about patent trolls
Retails BIG Blog
It's a relatively new phenomenon, and it's impacting retailers and the technology community across the country. The threat comes from firms whose business model focuses on buying obscure patents for things they didn't invent and then threatening to sue companies who use technology with even vague ties to the patent are known as "patent trolls," or officially as patent assertion entities. Trolls conjure up all kinds of images from mythology and folklore. But in the digital age, "troll" has taken on a new meaning. The truth is, patent trolls are causing significant headaches for retailers because they often file claims that are so exorbitant it's cheaper to settle rather than litigate.
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Retail shipments should still fly through the sequester
Internet Retailer
While keeping a wary eye on the pending slashes to federal spending that will cut budgets for air travel control, companies involved in shipping say they don't expect disruptions in the shipping of retail goods.
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Wal-Mart: Some shoppers shun online credit card use
Supermarket News
Many online shoppers still appear to be hesitant to pay online using a credit card, according to anecdotal evidence presented by a top Wal-Mart Stores executive. Bill Simon, chief executive officer, Wal-Mart U.S., noted that a "substantial portion" of its customers who use the "Pay with Cash" service offered on its website — through which customers order a product online and pay for it at a physical store — actually pay using a credit card at the store.
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EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENTS


Alcohol removal
The local command has requested that we remove all alcohol from the Main Store and Car Care at Fort Buchanan. Need to watch our inventories carefully; this may affect the overall sales of our products.

Bridget MacFawn
Divisional Merchandise Manager
macfawnb@aafes.com

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ALA Exchange E-Blast week 3/8/13

Hope you all have a great time at the Dallas Round Table this week!

American Logistics Association and Veterans Canteen Service

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.


ALA Executive Briefing (archive link)

AAFES Press release Archive 2010-2012

Merchandise Restrictions
Exchanges in CONUS may not sell:
  • Diamond settings with individual stones that exceed one-and-one-half carat.
  • Jewelry other than diamond jewelry with a per-unit cost to the exchange in excess of the cost price of 2 ounces of gold.
  • Finished furniture with a per-unit (piece) cost to the exchange in excess of $1,100.
  • Decorative housewares or furnishings with per unit (piece) cost to the exchange in excess of $500.
  • Small appliances with a per-unit (piece) cost to the exchange in excess of $150 except there is no cost limitation on floor polishers, food processors, fans, coffee makers, humidifiers, air purifiers, microwave ovens, refrigerators, rotisseries, broilers and vacuum cleaners.
  • Recreational boats with a per-unit cost to the exchange in excess of $750.
  • Sports equipment and supplies; recreational, garden and manual arts equipment; and photo supplies and film with a per-unit cost to the exchange in excess of $750.
For more information about merchandise restrictions, go to: DODI 1330.21 Armed Services Exchange Regulations.

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

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MWR NEWS


18th FSS claims PACAF awards
Kadena Air Base
The 18th Force Support Squadron was recently recognized by Pacific Air Forces headquarters for their superior service. Among the eight awards received by 18th FSS, the Curtis E. LeMay award is both a PACAF and an Air Force-level award. "We're hoping this is our year (to win the LeMay award at the Air Force level again)," said Daniel Bell, 18th FSS deputy director. "I'm proud to say that at the Air Force level, we've (previously) won (the award) four times. No active FSS in the Air Force has won it more than four times."
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FMWR wins recreation award
The Gold Standard
As Col. Bruce Jenkins, the Fort Knox garrison commander, has said on numerous occasions, Fort Knox continues to win accolades and he's not sure how it's done given the installation's dwindling resources and manpower shortages. But another award is destined for the Fort Knox trophy case; the Installation Management Command announced that after winning IMCOM's award as best among large installations in the Atlantic Region, Fort Knox went on to win the Garrison Recreation Award at the Department of the Army level.
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IMCOM encourages Army families to take Military Saves Pledge
U.S. Army MWR
Clink, clink, clink is the sound heard around U.S. Army Installation Management Command during Military Saves Week, Feb. 25 - Mar. 2, as service members start filling piggy banks. Across military communities worldwide, service members will take The Saver Pledge and help themselves, their families and their country by saving money and reducing debt. Military Saves is part of a national campaign, America Saves, designed to motivate and encourage families to commit to reducing debt and create a monthly savings plan.
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