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Exchange-commissary merger eyed to stem store crisis
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Military.com, Tom Philpott
Crowds that shop daily in base commissaries and exchanges perhaps are oblivious to a confluence of forces threatening to dismantle their multi-billion dollar resale systems. Thomas C. Shull, chief executive officer of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), is not, which helps to explain his March 17 memo proposing a merger of commissaries with exchanges to try to save both. While Department of Defense civilian and military leaders testify that base grocery stores can survive 20 percent higher prices, and that base department stores can weather falling sales, behind the scenes the systems' top managers are sounding alarms. At risk are the prized discounts on groceries and merchandise the military has enjoyed for decades. Industry sources contend the threats have never been more real, more numerous or potentially more destructive.


Key hearings:

The news from Capitol Hill this week focuses on key hearings surrounding the proposed reductions in benefits for the military and their families. Key hearings were held by both the House and Senate and a summary of the testimony and interaction is contained below: It is important to note that in both hearings the proposed reductions to the commissary appropriation were prominent topics of discussion.


Here is a summary of the House Hearing:

House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel. The following individuals testified before the Subcommittee:
  • Jessica Wright, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
  • Sheryl Murray, Assistant Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Marine Corps
  • Lt. General Howard Bromberg, Deputy Chief of Staff, United States Army
  • Lt. General Samuel Cox, Deputy Chief of Staff Manpower, Personnel and Services, Air Force
  • Vice Admiral William Moran, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, United States Navy
During the opening testimony, Jessica Wright made the following remarks regarding commissaries, "Commissaries currently receive an appropriation of $1.4 billion per year. We propose a $1.0 billion decrease to the annual budget to operate commissaries, with the decrease taking place gradually over the next three years. Our plan does not direct the closure of any commissary. Under this plan overseas commissaries and those in remote locations will continue receiving direct subsidies. The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) will continue to receive approximately $400 million to support overseas commissaries and those commissaries designated by the Department as remote/isolated. Prices at all commissaries will rise, however, and the mix of products may change. Commissaries will also need to find additional operating efficiencies. This plan requires changes to U.S. law. The Department is drafting a proposal for the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act to implement the adjustments. The Department recognizes the value of commissaries to our people, especially younger military families and retirees. Stateside commissaries, however, have many private-sector competitors and it is reasonable to operate more like a business. Commissaries will continues to provide good deals to Service members, military families and retirees and will remain a dependable benefit for families, particularly those serving overseas and in remote and isolated areas."


Chairman Joe Wilson, R-S.C., reported that he was very concerned about quality of life issues, especially the proposed reeducating of the commissary benefit. He reported that commissaries are very important to military families and is an important component to the quality of life for our service members.

Congressman Joe Heck, R-Nev., inquired why the Department of Defense is proposing cuts to programs such as the commissaries before the report from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is received and reviewed. He commented that the Congress created this commission to review quality of life issues and it is supposed to be an objective body. He is concerned that the Department of Defense is "nickel-and-diming" programs before we receive the commission's report.

Ms. Jessica Wright reported that the Department of Defense believes it has sufficient analysis for its proposals including the reduction in the commissary subsidy.

Click here to read more of the House Hearing summary.


The following is a summary of the Senate Hearing:

Senator Kristen Gillibrand, D-N.Y., convened the hearing of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee. The following witnesses testified before the subcommittee:
  • Ms. Jessica Wright, Acting Under Secretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness
  • Mr. Robert Hale, Comptroller, Department of Defense
  • Mr. Jonathan Woodson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
  • Mr. Frederick Vollrath, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness and Force Management
  • Mr. Richard Wightman, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs
Jessica Wright delivered the opening statement for all panelists. During her opening remarks, she made the following comments regarding commissaries, "Commissaries currently receive an appropriation of $1.4 billion per year. We propose a $1.0 billion decrease to the annual budget to operate commissaries, with the decrease taking place gradually over the next three years. Our plan does not direct the closure of any commissary. Under this plan overseas commissaries and those in remote locations will continue receiving direct subsidies."

During the question-and-answer period, Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., inquired that what effect would a reduction in the commissary benefit have on the Post Exchange (PX) system. He qualified his remarks by stating that if shoppers move off-base, then it would have an impact on the PX system.

Ms. Wright commented that the Department of Defense is not looking to close commissaries, though the Department does expect to see average savings to decrease from 30 percent to 10 percent and that there may be an impact to the Post Exchange system if shoppers move to off-base facilities.

Click here to read more of the Senate Hearing summary.



Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association






WASHINGTON UPDATE


Senator: Find $2 billion to undo troop benefit cuts
Military.com
A leading Republican senator in Congress is asking his colleagues to find $2 billion in the federal budget to offset proposed reductions to troop pay and benefits. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the proposal during a recent hearing of the panel's Military Personnel Subcommittee.
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DoD official: 'Tough choices' necessary on pay and benefits reform
Military Times
Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale recently pleaded with Senate lawmakers not to undo money-saving personnel changes in the fiscal 2015 budget proposal, saying such a move would devastate spending plans for years to come. But members of the Senate Armed Services Committee said they will at least brainstorm ways to reverse the planned cuts, calling them financially crippling to enlisted members and military families.
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Boehner: No boost to defense spending
The Hill
House Republicans will not seek to increase defense spending in their 2015 budget in the wake of the crisis with Russia, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will keep both the top-line spending level of $1.014 trillion for 2015 and the specific caps for defense and non-defense spending. The two-year budget deal reached in December put a $521 billion cap on non-defense spending and a $492 billion cap on defense spending, not including funds for the war on terrorism.
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House lawmakers cool to DoD pay, benefits proposals
Military Times
The Pentagon's pay and benefits proposals for fiscal 2015 would be crippling for troops and their families, and potentially a disincentive for many to continue serving, according to House lawmakers who oversee personnel programs in the annual defense budget. At a recent hearing, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee's military personnel panel, hinted that proposals to trim basic pay, housing stipends, Tricare benefits and commissary offerings could be overhauled by lawmakers in coming weeks as they finalize their budget priorities.
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Navy mulls banning tobacco sales on bases, ships
USA Today
The Navy is on the verge of eliminating tobacco sales on all its bases and ships, according to sources inside and outside the Defense Department. Officials are reportedly considering removing tobacco from all sales venues, to include any exchange-operated retail outlets, as well as base-operated retail outlets where cigarettes may be sold. Commissaries on Navy bases currently do not sell tobacco products.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Time to say goodbye to your supermarket (TIME)
Army to cut combat brigades (The Hill)
Philpott: Documents show Hagel's plans for commissaries (Democratic Underground)
Republicans target civilian DOD personnel (The Hill)
Google searches for space in NYC's Soho for retail store (Bloomberg)

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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website between 10 AM, March 20, 2014 and 10 AM March 27, 2014:

PROMOTIONS:
DP #9, Alaska Quantities & Far East K3 and K4 Store Quantities.
DP #11, Far East Quantities.
Canning, Far East & Alaska Quantities #2.
Severe Weather, Update #1.
Sun Care, Far East Quantities #2.

NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
None Received.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 14-13.
DeCA Sales Team Directory, March 21, 2014.
CRV Values, March 23, 2014.
New Items Added in CAO, Zone 28 Test, 24 March 2014.

Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization
Commission Upcoming Hearings:
The commission has again scheduled hearings. Please help spread the word and attend as many of these public hearings as possible. Here is the schedule:
  • Fort Benning and Ft Gordon, Atlanta, GA, 16-17 April 2014
  • MacDill AFB, FL, 21-22 May 2014
In addition, public hearings in North Carolina will be rescheduled for some time in the spring.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
DeCA/ALA Appreciation Day Golf, April 30, 2014, Ft Lee, VA.
ALA Commissary Roundtable, May 1 & 2, 2014, Richmond Marriott, Richmond VA. Registration is open.
ALA Congressional Caucus, June 24, 2014, Washington, DC
ALA Hawaii Conference & Food Show, August 2014, Honolulu
ALA National Convention, October 24, 2014, Hyatt Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

Why You Need To Register For the May 1 & 2, 2014 ALA Commissary Roundtable

If you haven't yet registered for the May Commissary Roundtable you need to do so. The steering committee has designed a must attend preliminary agenda for those who sell to the commissary system. This roundtable is all about SALES and TRAINING. The industry and our customer are changing quickly and we will kick the session off with Matthew Kelly, a Nationally acclaimed speaker, author and business consultant whose focus is learning to adapt to change and manage transition. His discussion is timely given the real life challenges that Industry and DeCA may face. He will arm us with the tools to push forward and grow SALES.

Of course, the DeCA Director will discuss DeCA's mission and what the future may hold and the Executive Director, Sales, Marketing & Policy along with the Director of Sales will share their vision and insight on increasing SALES today and tomorrow.

Concurrent breakout sessions on the Beverage Category, the Dry Grocery Category, the Store Perimeter and the Non-Food Category will be held. You can expect each of the respective Category Managers to outline their vision for the category and how they expect to grow the business. Since the four sessions will run concurrently, it is a must for each sales person who deals with DeCA and the company business manager to attend their appropriate breakout session. Additionally, in each of these sessions the Category Managers want to hear from us about our store level execution, product availability, etc. This will be the place to get the information you need to increase your SALES.

The Executive Director Store Operations personnel will hold another great session on Operational Execution and Excellence where they will be talking about where the SALES are accomplished – the store itself. We can expect to hear about promotional execution to improve SALES, keeping the shelves full, store level SALES, etc. Again, all about SALES and improving the business.

A guest speaker from the Category Management Association will fill us in on the training and direction of the Category Managers and he will attend the breakout sessions as a resource. Brian Gildenberg, Kantar Retail, Chief Knowledge Officer, will give us insights on shopper needs and category trends as well as ideas on how we succeed in this new environment and grow SALES.

During the general session, we will have an Industry Panel of Experts from top CPG companies which will use their category, retailer and Industry expertise in a discussion designed to facilitate brand, category and retail SALES growth at DeCA.

The DeCA Infrastructure Directorate will give us insight on supply chain modernization and we will again hear from the DeCA Chief Operating Officer.

We are working on obtaining some key Congressional leaders to provide us with their Congressional view. And of course, ALA Legislative Affairs will give us the "down and dirty" status of the legislation and how it might affect all of us.

The One-On-One sessions with DeCA Category Managers will be held, so industry members can meet the new DeCA Sales team.

This will be a jam-packed event all centered on training and improving SALES. If you haven't registered you need to do so soonest.

Hope to see you there!





COMMISSARY NEWS


Federal contracts awarded to companies in Virginia
TMCnet
The following federal contracts were announced by federal agencies as having been awarded to companies operating in Virginia.
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DoD: Some US commissaries may close due to cuts
Military.com
Despite earlier promises that no commissaries would be closed as a result of proposed pay and benefits cuts, a Pentagon official recently told lawmakers that some closures might happen. To slow the growth in personnel costs, which have increased 83 percent since 2001, the Defense Department proposed cutting commissary subsidies when it submitted its fiscal 2015 budget request earlier this month.
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Food trends: Sriracha hummus, frozen Greek yogurt and more
U.S. News & World Report
Dietician and author Toby Amidor writes, "This year, I had the pleasure of attending the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif. Talk about being a kid in a (healthy) candy store. There were three floors filled with new healthy foods, beverages and supplements, as well as natural home goods and beauty products. Based on the buzz at the expo, here are the top food trends that should be hitting your local market in the very near future."
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Consumers seek food industry transparency
The Gourmet Retailer
A new white paper titled "Emerging Faith in Food Production," from Sullivan Higdon & Sink FoodThink indicates consumers are looking for more information about the food they eat. The paper states that nearly two out of three consumers (65 percent) want to know more about where their food comes from and how it was made. "Food companies have the opportunity to build trust and loyalty among Americans while educating consumers on certain processes," said Erika Chance, senior FoodThink researcher. "Transparency about animal welfare, sustainable practices and fair labor practices will help to soften consumers' distrust of the food industry."
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Food cost in America rose 4 percent in last 12 months
Live Trading News
The reports are that the price of bacon has spiked, and the cost coffee and orange juice, is set to rise because of global supply problems, from drought in Brazil to disease on U.S. pig farms. The cost of meats, fish and eggs led the biggest increase in U.S. food prices in nearly 2.5 years in February, according to USgovernment data. An index that tracks those foods rose 1.2 percent in February and has climbed 4 percent Y-Y. While overall inflation is said to remains low, the increases in food prices force shoppers to look for deals, and cut back and buy less.
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Canned food ups fruit and vegetable intake
FoodProductionDaily
Research from Michigan State University shows use of cans in food packaging leads to increased consumption of fruit and vegetables. Most consumers don't get enough; Americans, for example, only get 33 percent of the recommended daily amount of fruits, and only 27 percent of vegetables.
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Evolutionary eruption
Progressive Grocer
"Organic Shmorganic." So blared the headline of a Jan. 29 story on Slate.com by Melinda Wenner Moyer, who shared a controversial view that organic produce is wildly overrated, in a nearly 3,000-word story that deconstructed the debate about whether it's worth buying organic produce for children because of fears that pesticides on conventional produce are harmful. Moyer's advice to parents mirrors what the produce industry has long maintained: Instead of parents fruitlessly obsessing – as she admits she used to do – about whether an apple has trace synthetic pesticides, she argues that they should focus more on making sure their children are eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
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Sustainable sugar should be a priority for bakers
BakeryAndSnacks
Sugar can be extensively used in sweet baked goods and can often feature second on an ingredients deck for donut, muffin or brownie. Because of the volumes used in bakery, Fair Trade USA said it should be a priority for manufacturers to consider sourcing sustainable sugar that was Fair Trade certified.

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For Pentagon, it's always a tough battle to get Congress to close military bases, facilities
The Washington Post
The third time may be the charm for the Defense Department in getting Congress to start the procedure that ultimately could close more excess military bases. That would mean authorizing the Base Realignment and Closure process.

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Report: Target had early notice of breach
Chain Store Age
Target Corp. reportedly had early notice of the holiday data breach that exposed the personal and financial information of millions of customers but did not act upon it. A $1.6 million security application notified Target of a possible intrusion in to its network, but the retailer failed to respond.

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COALITION NEWS



Military Patrons Take Action...

More than 26,000 advocacy messages have been sent from patrons to Congress thus far to oppose the cuts to the commissary benefit, pay raises, basic allowance for housing, and TRICARE as part of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) #BudgetBattle campaign. The Coalition participated in the MOAA virtual town hall event to help provide information, field questions and address concerns about the proposed defense budget and the effects on military families’ purchasing power.

Coalition and Valued Associates Advocacy and Actions...

Coalition Valued Associate member organizations, the Military Officers Association of America, Fleet Reserve Association, Reserve Officers Association, and the National Military Family Association testified March 26th before the Subcommittee on Personnel of the Senate Armed Services Committee as part of the second panel of witnesses representing The Military Coalition (TMC) – comprised of 33 organizations representing more than 5.5 million members of the uniformed services — active, reserve, retired, survivors, veterans — and their families.

In their opening statements, each of the associations focused on specific concerns of The Military Coalition. Kathleen Moakler, Government Relations Director for the National Military Family Association and Co-Chair of the TMC Personnel, Compensation, and Commissary Committee addressed the TMC's concerns with the proposed drastic cuts to the commissary benefit. In her opening remarks she stated that "Commissaries are an important part of compensation reform and that for every $1 in appropriations, military families realize $2 in savings. Why would Congress want to tinker with a successful program?"

In addition to appearing before the Subcommittee, each of the associations submitted written testimony, as well as joint TMC testimony which strongly supports the DoD Resale Operations:

The Military Coalition strongly believes military commissary, exchange and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs contribute significantly to a strong national defense by sustaining morale and quality of life for military beneficiaries both within the United States and around the globe.

The Coalition is very concerned about any initiatives to curtail appropriated fund support for these activities – especially the FY 2015 proposal to significantly reduce the commissary subsidy.

The Coalition urges the Subcommittee to:

  • Oppose reducing the savings provided to Commissary patrons.
  • Sustain necessary appropriated funds to support the Commissary and Exchange.
  • Oppose attempts to consolidate the commissary and Exchange systems.
  • Support Defense commissary Agency (DeCA) efforts to increase patronage, thereby increasing support for all components/branches and their families.

It is important to note that the Fleet Reserve Association's written testimony referenced the economic report ALA commissioned:

FRA opposes the proposed reduced funding for military commissaries. Military commissaries and exchanges are essential parts of the military benefit package and FRA’s on-line survey completed in February/March 2014 indicates that 61 percent of active duty respondents and more than 63 percent of retirees rated Commissary/Exchange privileges as "very important."

A 2013 study by the Resale and MWR Center for Research entitled, "Costs and benefits of the DoD Resale System" indicates that these programs provide military members, retirees and their families with shopping discounts worth $4.5 billion annually. These stores are the biggest employers of military family members with 50,000 spouses, dependent children, retirees and veteran on the payrolls, adding $884 million a year to military house hold incomes. Exchange profits also fund important base morale, welfare and recreation programs (MWR) that contribute to an enhanced quality of life for military beneficiaries.

The Military Officers Association of America's written testimony states:

The "quadruple whammy" of capping pay, increasing out-of-pocket expense for housing, slashing commissary savings, and having military families pay more for their health care, would be major steps backward on the road towards repeating the insidious measures which led to retention and readiness problems in the past.

Each may seem small by themselves...a pay cap of .8 percent. A five percent out-of-pocket housing cost. Copays for family off-post doctor visits. Reduced savings at the commissary.

However, the elimination of the $1 billion dollar subsidy for the commissary benefit itself will reduce the purchasing power of a military family of for by nearly $3,000 annually.

And when you add up the FY14 and FY15 pay caps, the proposed BAH reductions, the reductions in commissary savings, and the new TRICARE fee structure, an E-5's family of four would experience a loss of nearly $5,000 in purchasing power annually; and an O-3's family of four would experience a loss of nearly $6,000.


The National Military Family Association's written testimony strongly supports the commissary benefit, here are a few excerpts:

Out of all of the cuts in the FY15 budget proposal, many families tell us the reduction in commissary savings is what will prove most detrimental to their financial well-being. Even with the 10 percent savings proposed by DoD, a family of four that shops regularly at the commissary would lose at least $200 per month.

Senior leaders tell us they will not close commissary stores as part of this proposal. But when military families lose their savings at the commissary, they will stop shopping there. Fewer patrons will reduce the ability of the commissary system to leverage economies of scale – the revenues generated at the larger commissaries such as Fort Belvoir allow the family shopping in a smaller commissary in Guam or Dugway, Utah to realize the same savings. This will have tragic consequences to a system that currently works. Military families need savings; they don’t need just another grocery store that is convenient to where they live!

To view the entire hearing with both panels or to download testimony, go to http://www.armed-services.senate.gov/hearings/active-guard-reserve-and-civilian-personnel-programs_03/26/14.



CHAPTER ANNOUNCEMENTS


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EXCHANGE MARKET NEWS


Changes at AAFES aimed at improved shopping experience
U.S. Army
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service wants its customers to have an enjoyable shopping experience comparable to any of the large civilian retailers, said Thomas C. Shull, AAFES chief executive officer. Subtle but important changes are taking place within the stores that might not be noticed by customers, he said, explaining that shoppers are desiring more "aspirational brands," such as Michael Kors.
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Navy considers ban on tobacco sales at exchange stores
NBC News
The Navy is considering a ban on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products at Navy and Marine Corps exchange stores. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus met with his staff last week and asked them to examine the impact of ending the sale of tobacco on base, two defense officials told NBC News. The possible move is part of an initiative to improve the culture of fitness in the services. Among the issues that will need to be resolved is whether to ban sales only on installations in the United States or to extend the ban overseas.
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J. Crew-Fast Retailing Co. merger talks cease
Chain Store Age
Merger talks between J. Crew and Japanese retailer Fast Retailing Co. have reportedly ended, at least for the time being. According to the Wall Street Journal, Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo chain, left the discussions not long after they were made public by the media in late February 2014.
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Wal-Mart to offer spring 'Black Friday' sale on outdoor items
Chain Store Age
Wal-Mart is offering its largest outdoor living, lawn and garden event of the year, featuring Black Friday-like prices. Starting at 8 a.m. on March 21, through March 29, Wal-Mart's Spring Savings Event will offer its lowest prices of the season on more than 60 outdoor essentials.
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7-Eleven Hawaii to double stores
CSPnet
As 7-Eleven Hawaii's top executive, Greg Hanna is guiding the convenience store chain through aggressive growth in the Islands. The Maryland native said the expansion plan is on track. President and CEO Hanna talked recently with Pacific Business News about the company's plans to double the number of stores to 100 and employees to 1,600 in Hawaii over the next several years.
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Groups call out youth e-cig study
CSPnet
Earlier this month, the University of California San Francisco released the results of what they claimed to be the first study of the relationship between electronic cigarette use and smoking among adolescents in the United States. Using data from the 2011 and 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey, lead author Laura Dutra and co-author Dr. Stanton Glantz made quite the media splash by claiming the study proved "e-cigarettes are likely to be gateway devices for nicotine addiction among youth, opening up a whole new market for tobacco."
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2013 'Comeback Year' for candy industry
CSPnet
Despite several weather challenges, shorter seasons and the continued quest for value among shoppers, 2013 was a "comeback year" for the confectionery industry. The National Confectioners Association has released an in-depth confectionery performance review that found many improved key metrics, including sales, trips, buyers and per capita consumption, in addition to a strong execution of the four big seasons: Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween and the end-of-year holidays.
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FedEx takes sloppy e-tailers to task
The Wall Street Journal
FedEx Corp. Chief Executive Fred Smith recently took a tough line with e-commerce companies, saying they need to shape up sloppy shipping practices or risk losing customers. FedEx said severe weather shaved $125 million off of its fiscal third-quarter profit, pushing earnings well below even scaled-back analyst estimates. But snow and ice weren't the only things Smith blamed. A significant part of the industry's Christmas-delivery mess, he said, stemmed from problems on the part of retailers.
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Thanks to mobile, more retailers 'clienteling'
MediaPost
Amid all the retail angst about how smartphones are shocking the shopper ecosystem with trends like showrooming and webrooming, there's a more hopeful buzzword on the horizon: Clienteling. A new report from PwC describes it as using every mobile and digital advantage possible to arm sales associates, enabling them to create a personalized shopping experience that's at least as satisfying as shopping online. Leveraging technology, they can close the service gap.
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Report: Obama seeks to raise OT threshold
Chain Store Age
President Barack Obama reportedly wants to raise the maximum salary threshold for overtime eligibility for salaried employees. According to Reuters, Obama has directed the Labor Department to raise the current maximum salary level of $455 per week, which covers about 12 percent of all hourly employees.
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Report: 9-in-10 women research before purchase
Chain Store Age
Nine-in-10 (91 percent) women conduct online research prior to making a purchase, and 92 percent are willing to pay more for competing products that receive positive online reviews. A new consumer survey from Interactions, "Retail Perceptions - The Power of Persuasion," also found that 30 percent of women use a mobile device to conduct research and 37 percent of mobile users say they conduct research during their shopping trip.
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Retail apparel prices slip in February
Women's Wear Daily via Retail Geeks
Pain at the gas pump kept the pressure on apparel prices in February, erasing their pickup in January. Retail apparel prices fell a seasonally adjusted 0.9 percent in February compared with January, as merchants lost some pricing power and resorted to more discounting to attract the cautious consumer, the Labor Department's Consumer Price Index recently showed. The 0.9 percent decline in apparel prices in February offset a 0.9 percent one-month increase in apparel prices in January.
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Wal-Mart to accept video game trade-ins
Chain Store Age
Starting March 26, Wal-Mart customers will be able to trade in their video games and apply the value immediately toward the purchase of anything sold at Walmart and Sam's Club, both in stores and online. The traded-in games will then be sent to be refurbished and made available for purchase in like-new condition at a reduced price.
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Wal-Mart pilots convenience concept
Chain Store Age
Wal-Mart is piloting a new small format convenience concept called "Walmart To Go." The first Walmart To Go store has opened in Bentonville, Ark., location of the retailer's corporate headquarters. The concept offers a blend of convenience store products, prepared foods and gasoline.
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Survey: 60 percent of consumers blame retailers in breaches
Chain Store Age
Six-in-10 (60 percent) of those who knew about any data breaches at notable retailers, such as Target and Neiman Marcus, hold the merchant responsible for preventing future incidents of a data breach. The "2014 Consumer Reaction to Financial Data Breaches Study" of more than 2,000 adult U.S. consumers from Feedzai and Harris Interactive also found that 43 percent think nothing is more aggravating than getting credit/debit card data stolen.
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Breakfast: Over easy
CSPnet
Breakfast at limited-service venues, including "snack and beverage restaurants" and c-stores, was expected to reach $30 billion last year, up 7.4 percent from 2012, according to Rockville, Md.-based Packaged Facts. That number is projected to rise another 6.0 percent in 2014 and yet another 6.7 percent in 2015. Single-digit percentages, yes, but consider the size of the omelet. Many indicators are in favor of c-store success, but it'll be a scramble against these other channels that are historically positioned to fork over their portion.
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Dollar General to recycle smaller units
Supermarket News
Dollar General Corp., Goodlettsville, Tenn., plans to pursue a "lifecycle remodeling" program for its smallest stores rather than relocating them, Rick Dreiling, chairman and CEO, told investors Thursday during an earnings call. The stores in the lifecycle program run between 5,700-square-feet and 6,500-square-feet — "stores that are undersized by our current standards that historically we might have relocated," explained Dreiling.
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Chance of wage rise so remote lobbyists pay little heed
Bloomberg Businessweek
The odds that Congress will pass an increase in the U.S. minimum wage before the November elections are so low that even the nation's lobbyists are largely ignoring it. The AFL-CIO, the nation's largest union group, won't gear up for a push in Congress until a vote on an increase is scheduled in the Senate, said chief lobbyist Bill Samuel. His group, and business organizations that oppose raising hourly pay, are giving more attention to wage proposals in the states.
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Bargain retail lifts US shopping centers as big names stumble
Reuters
Bargain store chains are flooding into North American malls and shopping centers like never before, upstaging old mainstays like J.C. Penney and Sears that are reeling from the one-two punch of an ailing economy and competition from online stores. "We're seeing a seismic shift in retail shopping centers," said Garrick Brown, director of research at real estate firm Cassidy Turley. "The challenges of the weak economy are being replaced by the challenges of e-commerce."
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States urge retail giants with pharmacies to stop selling tobacco products
The New York Times
More than two dozen attorneys general sent letters on Sunday to five of the country's largest retailers, encouraging them to stop selling tobacco products in stores that also have pharmacies, which would follow the example CVS Caremark set with its announcement earlier this year that it would stop selling such products in its drugstores. The letters were sent to Rite Aid, Walgreen, Kroger, Safeway and Wal-Mart, five companies that are among the biggest pharmacy retailers in the country.
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28 AGs call on retailers to stop selling tobacco products
CSPnet
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has joined Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in leading an effort to persuade the largest pharmacy chains in the United States to stop selling tobacco products. Led by Schneiderman and DeWine, the attorneys general of 28 states and territories have written to the CEOs of Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Rite-Aid, Safeway and Kroger, asking them to remove any and all tobacco products from their shelves.
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Analysis: What's next for the pantry
CSPnet
In the shareholder's private space, euphoria erupted moments after he learned that a dissident faction representing just 2 percent of The Pantry's stock had won in a landslide — a 6-to-1 ratio — sweeping out the heavy-handed board chairman and two other veteran directors of the convenience store chain. "There is not a dry eye among the management team," the shareholder told CSP Daily News in an exclusive interview.
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Peltz keeps pressure on PepsiCo for split
CSPnet
In the latest volley of letters and responses, Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management LP, which own approximately $1.3 billion of PepsiCo Inc. shares, has sent a letter to PepsiCo's board of directors calling on it to provide shareholders with analytical support for PepsiCo's continued reliance on the integrated "Power of One" strategy and its rejection of Trian's recommendation to separate global snacks and beverages into two independent public companies.
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You can't always duplicate the magic in retail
By Harry J. Friedman
Business owners and supervisors can easily get caught up in chasing what was instead of recognizing what is and what can be. The factors that build a company are not necessarily the things that sustain it. Unfortunately, you can't duplicate magic. You have to create new magic each time you pursue success in retailing.
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10 states with the highest gas prices
USA Today
Gasoline prices have risen steadily the past six weeks through March 18. There was an uptick in gas prices all but one of the past 38 days, and gas is now more expensive than at any point the past six months. In a number of states, the price of gas is now more than $3.75 per gallon, versus $3.52 nationwide, with gas prices in several other states not far behind.
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Retail Association: Card security costs outweigh benefits for many
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. retailers are not ready to support the 2015 transition to new credit and debit card technology intended to reduce payment fraud because the return on investment isn't clear, says Tom Litchford, vice president of retail technologies at the National Retail Federation. He said CIOs must weigh whether the costs to upgrade their payment systems are greater than the financial costs associated with fraud.
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EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENTS




Senior Executive Announcement

I am pleased to announce the following promotion of Ken Brewington and Trini Saucedo to a senior executive role. Please help me in congratulating Ken and Trini!

Ken Brewington, Vice President of Central Region, has been selected to be our next Senior Vice President of Western Region, effective May 2014. Ken will lead all Western Region strategies aligning these strategies with the Exchange's mission, vision and long-term business objectives. Ken has held a variety of retail leadership positions including Main Store Manager, General Manager, Area Manager, and assumed his current position of Region Vice President in August 2012. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management from New Mexico State University.

Trini Saucedo, Vice President of Services and Vending, has been selected for the position of Senior Vice President, Food and Services Directorate, effective April 2014. Trini will be responsible for developing and growing the Food and Services business for the Exchange. Trini has held the positions of General Manager, Area Manager, Region Vice President, and assumed her current position as Vice President of Services and Vending in August 2012. She has a Bachelor of Arts – Accounting, from Our Lady of the Lake University and a Masters of Arts – Public Administration from Webster University.

Congratulations, Ken and Trini! Please share with our Exchange family.

TOM SHULL
Director/CEO



A note from William Van Hoorn:
All,

I have decided to take an opportunity and move closer to my family in Wisconsin. Unfortunately this meaning I will no longer be employed by MCX and my last day will be this Friday 3/28/2014. Please contact Jordan or Lisa for any day-to-day issues and Bob for more pertinent issues. I have enjoyed my time working with everyone and wish you the best of luck in the future. Please pass along to anyone I may have mistakenly not included.

Below is the contact information.

Bob McLaughlin – DMM
mclaughlinr@usmc-mccs.org
703-432-2692

Jordan Shomo – Assistant Buyer
Jordan.shomo@usmc-mccs.org
703-784-3981

Lisa Samad – Data Tech
Lisa.samad@usmc-mccs.org
703-732-0740

Thanks,

William Van Hoorn

HQ MCX Buyer
HBA & Cleaning
william.vanhoorn@usmc-mccs.org


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MWR NEWS


Further background checks coming from CYSS
The Gold Standard
According to World Sport Chicago, youth sports can play a big part in youth development. It is apparent that when children are put in a positive environment where they can play together, share experiences and work towards a common goal, good things happen. Encouraging children to learn things like teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership, all while making new friends, will shape their character in a way that will stick with them for the rest of their life.
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USAREUR's commander meets with service members at MK Air Base
U.S. Army
U.S. Army Europe commander Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell alongside Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, USAREUR's top enlisted Soldier, visited on March 19 to meet with the soldiers, Marines and airmen who work behind the scenes to maintain day-to-day operations that support the transit of U.S. service members into and back home from Afghanistan.
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Air Force Trademark and Licensing supports MWR efforts worldwide
PressReleasePoint
In an ongoing effort to enhance the quality of life for Airmen and their families, the Air Force Trademark and Licensing office contributed $352,550 to programs managed by the Air Force Personnel Center's Services Directorate. Air Force Trademark and Licensing, a division of the Air Force Public Affairs Agency tasked with safe guarding official marks of the Air Force, collects royalties for the commercial use of the Air Force Symbol, the Air Force Emblem and other intellectual properties.
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Navy weighs ban on sale of tobacco
The Virginian-Pilot
Navy officials are reportedly considering halting the sale of tobacco from places such as exchange-operated retail outlets and Morale, Welfare and Recreation-operated retailers, according to the Navy Times and NBC News. In 2012, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus visited Norfolk Naval Station to announce efforts that included moving closer to a smoke-free force. The use of tobacco is now discouraged, and tobacco products sold on bases are no longer subsidized.
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Navy mulls banning tobacco sales on all bases, ships
Marine Corps Times
The Navy is on the verge of eliminating tobacco sales on all its bases and ships, according to sources inside and outside the Defense Department. Officials are reportedly considering removing tobacco from all sales venues, to include any exchange-operated retail outlets, as well as MWR-operated retail outlets where cigarettes may be sold. Commissaries on Navy bases currently do not sell tobacco products.
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Changes at AAFES aimed at improved shopping experience
4-Traders
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service wants its customers to have an enjoyable shopping experience comparable to any of the large civilian retailers, said Thomas C. Shull, AAFES chief executive officer. Subtle but important changes are taking place within the stores that might not be noticed by customers, he said, explaining that shoppers are desiring more "aspirational brands," such as Michael Kors. The Exchange is bringing these brands to shoppers at competitive prices, both in-store and online, said Shull.
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