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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

With everyone focused on the recommendations from the compensation commission, we must not take our eyes off of the fact that the proposed Administration budget for 2016 and the FYDP takes $4.4 Billion out or the commissary appropriation with indications that all SDT will be eliminated. We all agree that if this budget proposal goes through, military resale will be destroyed.

"We must hang together, gentlemen ... else, we shall most assuredly hang separately!" ~Benjamin Franklin



DoD wants more details on proposals to overhaul retirement, health systems
Read the Full Story
Military Times, Patricia Kime and Andrew Tilghman
Pentagon officials are raising questions about the conclusions reached by a blue-ribbon commission and its proposal to overhaul the military retirement and health care systems, a top defense official said.

Deficit hawks have advantage in budget battle
Read the Full Story
Defense News, John T. Bennett
Congressional deficit hawks, and their big-money donors, won the first match. Defense hawks stole the second. And all signs point to the spending hawks taking the next round.

GOP factions already waging 'budget war'
Read the Full Story
Defense News, John T. Bennett
The 114th Congress is shaping up to be a battle of wills among various factions of the Republican Party with the U.S. defense sector caught in the middle.



Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association




WASHINGTON UPDATE


McCain: 'A lot' of members in sequester talks
Defense News
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says a large group of senators are discussing plans to avert additional across-the-board Pentagon budget cuts.
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A look at Locklear, other possible Joint Chiefs chairman frontrunners
The Washington Post
A recent report highlights a notable transition that is coming: It's getting close to the time for new Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and President Barack Obama to pick a new top military officer to lead in the Pentagon.
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Give us sequester? Bases will get cut
Breaking Defense
Sequestration will literally hit Congress where it lives. If implemented, Army officials and a key senator said, the Budget Control Act spending caps will require cutbacks or outright closures at bases across the country.
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Democrats won't support DoD; only sequestration repeal
Military Times
Senate Democrats will not support plans to exempt defense accounts from mandatory spending caps while squeezing nondefense spending, the Senate Budget Committee's senior Democrat vowed.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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

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


COALITION UPDATE


Stop reductions to the commissary budget
Fleet Reserve Association
FRA wants to ensure adequate funding for the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) in order to preserve the value of the current benefit for active duty members and retirees. The Association opposes the Department of Defense (DoD) FY 2016 budget provision that slashes funding for stateside commissaries by $1 billion over three years as a cost saving measure. Commissary funding was already cut by $100 million last year. Members are urged to use the Action Center on the FRA website to ask their legislators to oppose further cuts to the Commissary budget.
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The Washington Report: As we see it
Air Force Sergeants Association
The military retail benefit is a perennial target for bean counters, but this year the attack is coming from two fronts. First, from the President's FY 2016 Budget Proposal, which asks lawmakers to reduce the commissary subsidy from $1.3 billion to $400 million over the next three years. Secondly, from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC), which recommended combining the commissary with the exchange system, so it operates as a single entity that sells its wares at a profit to pay for its operations. As we see it, commissaries and exchanges are two separate systems that work.
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Army readiness at 'historically low levels'
WVEC-TV
The Army faces "increased risks" and readiness that has reached "historically low levels," senior Army leaders warned as they took the fight against further budget cuts to Capitol Hill. In the last three years, the Army has cut the active component by 80,000 soldiers, inactivated 13 brigade combat teams and is in the process of cutting three combat aviation brigades, said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. The Army also has cut 18,000 soldiers from the Army National Guard and Army Reserve.
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New SMA seeks soldier feedback, lays out to-do list
Army Times
Just one month into his tenure, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Dan Dailey already has an extensive to-do list as the service grapples with a drawdown, increasing demands around the world and shrinking budgets that threaten readiness, family programs and morale. Dailey laid out his initiatives and the tasks before him during a trip to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, his first troop visit since becoming the Army's top enlisted soldier. "In my four deployments ... never once did a soldier say, 'I'm worried about my family,'" Dailey said during testimony on Capitol Hill. "I'm concerned that someday, that will be an issue."
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Jobless rate for post-9/11 veterans hits record low of 6.7 percent
Military.com
The February unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans fell to the lowest on record at 6.7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. While still higher than the 5.5 percent national average for all workers, the unemployment rate for younger veterans was down from 9.2 percent the same month a year ago and reflects a double-digit decline from previous years. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), which has highlighted the issue of vets' unemployment, stated that "once we invest in veterans, the research shows that the results are a more skilled labor force, better team members and better employees."
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website between 10 AM, March 5, 2015 and 10 AM, March 12, 2015:

PROMOTIONS:
- DP #10, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
- DP #11, WW Promotion Package, Father's Day Celebration & National Dairy Month.
- DP #13, WW Published Shippers/Pallets/One-Time-Buys Promotion Package.
- May Case Lot Sale, Update #1 and Alaska Quantities.

NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
- 15-33, Contingency Planning to Support Commissaries Overseas.
- 15-34, Accepting Presentations for Value Brand Program.

MISCELLANEOUS:
- Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 15-10.
- Healthy Lifestyles Festival Dates for Stores, March 5, 2015.
- 2015 DeCA Master Worldwide List of Stores Holiday Schedules.
- Commissary Open/Closure/Project List, March 9, 2015.
- CRV Values, March 8, 2015.
- Guard/Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule as of March 10, 2015.




FEDERAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES


Shelf Stocking, Receiving/Storage/Holding Area (RSHA), and Custodial Services
FedBizOpps.gov
Furnish all supervision, personnel, equipment and supplies necessary to perform shelf stocking, receiving/storage/holding area and custodial operations for the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), Tyndall AFB, located at Tyndall AFB, Florida, in accordance with the Government's Performance Work Statement (PWS).
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MHE Preventive Maintenance and Repair Services
FedBizOpps.gov
This solicitation is being issued as 100 percent set-aside for small businesses. The solicitation is for the performance of preventive maintenance (PM) and repair services on Government owned Material Handling Equipment (MHE) as required for the following Defense Commissary Agency commissaries: Columbus AFB, Gulfport NCBC, Kessler AFB, Meridian NAS and New Orleans NAS.
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Shelf Stocking, Receiving/Storage/Holding Area and Custodial Operations at the Fort Myer Commissary for the Defense Commissary Agency located at Fort Myer, Virginia
FedBizOpps.com
Solicitation Number: HDEC08-15-R-0009.
Agency: Other Defense Agencies.
Office: Defense Commissary Agency.
Location: Contracting Bus Unit/Commercial Activities (HDEC08).

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COMMISSARY NEWS


Delis close at 22 commissaries
The Leavenworth Times
Deli and bakery services at 22 commissaries in eight states were temporarily suspended March 1 while the Defense Commissary Agency seeks a new contractor. Sixteen of the 22 commissaries had sushi bars that also were to be temporarily suspended. The Fort Leavenworth Commissary is among those affected.
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New food safety protocols published for reusable grocery containers
Food Safety News
Reusable plastic containers used to transport fruits and vegetables have proliferated across the grocery industry in recent years despite recent warnings from university research studies suggesting the containers may harbor and spread harmful pathogens over time.
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New mobile app enhancement improves field data collection
Progressive Grocer
An enhancement to AccuStore's mobile app version 3.5 for iOS and Android aims to enhance the store walk process, streamlining "offline" data collection and providing the head office and field users faster access to information.
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Food suppliers call for squeeze play
Supermarket News
A trip through the aisles at the recent Natural Products Expo West show in Anaheim, California, indicates squeezable packaging isn't just for kids anymore. Everything from cooking sauces to nutritious snacks have found homes not in boxes, bags, bottles or bars, but in stand-up pouches with screw-off lids, which, according to exhibitors, speaks to an overarching trend toward convenience, and an increasing taste for good food that's also ... "goo" food.
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Wal-Mart, Cargill, Tyson, McDonald's join new sustainable beef roundtable
GreenBiz
When McDonald's announced last year that it would begin purchasing verified sustainable beef by 2016, the multinational fast food conglomerates touched off a debate over a more fundamental question: What exactly is "sustainable beef?" The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef released a broad definition for sustainable beef in November that did not include specific metrics, indicators or practices.
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Grocery shopping is complicated
MediaPost
According to a survey by Ipsos among a representative sample of U.S. primary grocery shoppers to understand shopper behavior, shopping for groceries at only one store is the exception rather than the rule. When shoppers have more than one store in their repertoire set, the stores are likely to be complementary rather than substitutable.
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Kroger is coming after Whole Foods in the fancy quinoa business
Business Insider
Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are often praised for reinventing the grocery business. But Kroger is thriving in a difficult market for grocery stores.
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Is organic wine better for you?
Food Network
The Environmental Working Group ranks grapes No. 3 on the dirty dozen list due to the high level of pesticide residue found on conventionally farmed grapes. Thus, the nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer advocacy organization encourages shoppers to purchase organically grown grapes as the healthier alternative.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Sony phasing out its retail stores
Twice
Sony President Mike Fasulo said that Sony will phase out eight of its remaining 10 company-operated Sony Stores, but will expand its retail footprint through the dealer channel by rolling out about 100 more Sony Experience in-store shops.
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Kate Spade wants to well $8,000 furniture
Bloomberg Business
Kate Spade has taken another step toward its goal of being the next Ralph Lauren by announcing new lines of furniture and home goods.
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Lifestyle centers: Reinvented communities or dressed-up shopping malls?
The Conversation
Meet the shopping mall's hipper, New Urbanist cousin: The "lifestyle center." The form is becoming more and more popular among developers and shoppers. But while lifestyle centers are promoted as a 21st century, community-oriented alternative to the soulless shopping mall, their purported Main Street "authenticity" is perhaps a new style of retail façade.
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Google, Wal-Mart part ways over local shopping ads
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
The relationship between Google Inc., the world's largest Internet search provider, and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the biggest retailer, has frayed over the data used to lure shoppers into stores.
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Best Buy steps up shareholder rewards as slowdown looms
Bloomberg Business
Best Buy Co. will boost its dividend payments and step up cost-cutting efforts as the company grapples with a slowdown in sales this year.
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Target raises ante in e-commerce fight with Amazon, Wal-Mart
Fortune
Target has lowered the minimum online order size by half as the e-commerce wars with Amazon and Wal-Mart escalate.
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Spending on home goods increases
The Arizona Republic
Consumers increased their spending on small appliances and other home goods over the past two years. That's because the home-goods industry responded to what customers wanted, according to industry analysts.
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Merch 2014 playbook
NRF
Retail has been around for thousands of years, but e-commerce is just a couple of decades old. The retailers who attended Shop.org's Online Merchandising Workshop discovered more than inspiring ideas and useful tactics; they learned they're not alone. We're all still figuring it out, learning more with each usability test, product launch, photo shoot and development sprint.
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Ports gridlock reshapes the supply chain
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
The labor dispute that caused months of gridlock at West Coast ports may be over, but the disruption is expected to redraw the trade routes that goods take to reach U.S. factories and store shelves.
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Retailers in expansion mode
Chain Store Age
Retailers making headlines with store expansion plans for 2015 include a mix of global players as well as some familiar national brands. Here's an update.
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C-STORE NEWS


QuikTrip maintains 'Great Place to Work' momentum
CSP
What makes a workplace great? Whatever it is, convenience-store retailer QuikTrip Corp. has it. On the 2015 100 Best Companies to Work For, the annual ranking by Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine, the company came in at No. 54, the only c-store/gas station company to make the list, which it has done for the last 13 years.
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Visa, Pizza Hut developing connected-car commerce
CSP
Visa Inc. and Pizza Hut are working together to develop a proof-of-concept "connected car" to test mobile and online purchases on the go. The connected car is expected to feature Visa Checkout, Visa's online payment service, cellular connectivity and Bluetooth Low Energy, as well as Beacon technology deployed at Pizza Hut restaurants to alert staff when the customer has arrived and is ready to pick up the order.
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Why convenience store retailers are smiling
CSP
Low gasoline prices have not only warmed up consumer sentiment, they also are making fuel retailers feel pretty special, according to the latest quarterly retailer sentiment survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores.
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Not-so-name-brand nation
CSP
As more customers recognize recent improvements in quality, variety and innovation in store-brand food products, more people buy them. It's simple cause and effect.
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New convenience store roundup for January 2015
CSP
This edition of New C-Store Roundup of new convenience store openings, sales, acquisitions and store closings features listings for the month of January.
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Opinion: What we've learned over 25 years
CSP
The year 1990 marked the beginning of the decade before the last one. Seems hard to believe, doesn't it? It was the time before a Clinton White House and a second Bush White House. It was a year marked by Iraq's invasion
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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MWR NEWS


Complaint review: Government Vacation
Rip Off Report
Government Vacation Rewards are deceptive practices; do not agree to anything over the phone.
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California: A service invested in your community
High Desert Warrior
The Fort Irwin Exchange in Fort Irwin, California, plans to complete improvements to some of their facilities and enhance their provided services to the community by this spring. "Currently, the Service Station on Langford Lake Road is undergoing an image upgrade to make it look more appealing for our customers and to increase efficiency related to customer service," stated Lynn Thompson, the general manager of the local Exchange.
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