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2012 Congressional Caucus
June 19, 2012
House Office Building
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Hiring veterans is good business:
Corporate America's military opportunity
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The Wall Street Journal, Ann Curry
Today's veterans, many of whom enlisted after America was attacked on 9/11, are as deserving as their World War II predecessors. And putting them to work may well be the most selfish thing our nation can do right now. Where else might any business find better, more "can-do" men and women?
McCaskill deals serious blow to BRAC
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The Hill, Jeremy Herb
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., recently said she will not let new rounds of base closures pass her subcommittee this year, dealing a potentially fatal blow to the Pentagon's plans for the Base Realignment and Closure Commission in its 2013 budget.
Cuts could kill buildup: Analysts fear impact of federal 'sequestration'
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Pacific Daily News , Paul C. Barton
The budget hammer known as "sequestration" would force abandonment of plans to move U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam, regardless of any progress made with Japan over basing issues, some defense analysts say.
Navy budget pressures forcing tough moves
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Newport News Daily Press, Hugh Lessig
The Navy wants to slow down construction of two future aircraft carriers at the Newport News shipyard so it can spread out payments to six years. That in itself "is not the end of the world," said Rep. Randy Forbes.
TRICARE debate rages on
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Newport News Daily Press, Tom Philpott
A House subcommittee expected to vote soon on whether to recommend raising retiree TRICARE fees sharply over the next five years heard some emphatic testimony against the move last week.
Senators: Make personnel cuts, but carefully
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Army Times, Rick Maze
Two key senators recently said they are willing to help cut military personnel costs as long as care is taken to protect combat veterans and their families.
Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association
Top military officer: US can stay global power despite threatened cuts
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The top U.S. military officer raised eyebrows earlier this year with a dire warning to Congress about the consequences of imposing automatic across the board budget cuts on the Pentagon: "We would no longer be a global power." More
McCain wants new plan from Mabus to contain carrier costs
Navy Times via Association of Naval Aviation Share
Sen. John McCain wants the Navy to develop a plan by April 13 to control costs on the three Gerald R. Ford-class carriers. "Failure to effectively manage a program of this size and importance at a time of growing pressures on the defense budget raises serious questions about the viability of the aircraft carrier program and will cut into funding not only for other shipbuilding programs, but potentially for other defense priorities," McCain, R-Ariz., wrote in a March 21 letter to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. More
Cyber debate turns Senate friends to rivals
Bloomberg Government via Current Mil-Tech News Share
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., are sponsoring competing bills aimed at securing computer networks and allowing for greater information-sharing between government and private companies to deter potential cyber attacks. More
Budget gridlock imperils national defense
Washington Times Share
Defense analysts and Capitol Hill insiders are anticipating that automatic federal budget cuts will occur Jan. 1 and force the armed forces to scrap plans for new weapons systems. Washington's polarized political landscape shows no signs of a compromise on taxes and spending that would head off the 2011 Budget Control Act's requirement for across-the-board cuts to begin in nine months. More
Japan asked to shell out extra $1 billion over marines' transfer to Guam
Japan Times Share
Washington is pushing Tokyo to pay an additional $1 billion over the transfer of U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam, reneging on an earlier pledge to shoulder the costs itself, sources close to bilateral relations said. More
Where are you buying your groceries?
The Huffington Post Share
Before you answer, pause and ask yourself if you are shopping for foods differently than you did just a few years ago. You may have changed your purchasing habits because you want more local or fresh foods, or healthier foods or perhaps you are just trying to save money. But there is another influencer at work the food stores themselves are changing. More
More consumers opting for local produce
The Gourmet Retailer Share
According to recent Mintel research, 52 percent of consumers say that it's more important to buy local produce than organic options. Data from Mintel's Global New Products Database seems to support this statement, as fruit products with a natural/organic claim have declined 58 percent between 2008 and 2011, while vegetable product launches with that claim have decreased by 77 percent during the same time period. More
Breaking bread: Gains in whole grains
Supermarket News Share
Sprouted, ancient and other whole grains have had a transformative effect on the commercial bread aisle. Once categorized as the ultimate comfort food, bread is now a vehicle for nutrition as taste innovations and new forms of whole grain make it easy for health-conscious Americans to heed federal guidance and make half their grains whole. More
Idaho Potato Commission launches cooking website
The Packer Share
The Idaho Potato Commission launched a website, Potato 101. The website will include 23 instructional videos that offer cooking instructions for preparing potatoes in various dishes, including roasting and making potato chips. More
Save your food and budget
The Seattle Times Share
The next time you go food shopping, lay all of your vegetables, fruits and other purchases on your kitchen counter. Take a good look at those tender strawberries and fresh lettuce leaves. Then take half of your bounty and dump it in the trash. That's an example of how much food is being wasted in the United States. More
Why 'shopping the perimeter' at the grocery store doesn't work
Business Insider Share
Considering most grocery stores have fresh meat, dairy products and produce lining their perimeter, "shopping the U" sounds like a smart rule of thumb, and one that might help you save. A reduced health bill means more savings, right? More
Wal-Mart plans to reduce grocery prices by $1 billion
Fox Business Share
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will lower grocery prices by $1 billion, hoping customers will come in for the reduced costs and then fan out to other parts of the store. The retailer is taking the step to continue, or even increase, progress its U.S. stores began to see in the second half of last year, when U.S. comparable-store sales turned positive. More
Store-brand groceries now on premium shelves
USA Today Share
Once stigmatized as a second-rate alternative, store brands are taking on their name-brand counterparts with splashier packaging and a growing number of organic, all-natural and higher-end products. The push is part of a broader expansion of store brands into every corner of the supermarket; shoppers can now find cheaper versions of Greek yogurt, organic frozen pizzas, gelato and even specialty chocolates. More
The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., 29 March 2012.
DP #9, CONUS Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
DP #12, WW Promotion Package, Let Freedom Ring Savings Spectacular (July 4.)
Severe Weather, Far East Quantities #2.
NOTICES TO TRADE
12-64, Store Reset Dates Osan.
12-65, Store Reset Dates K-16 Commissary.
12-67, Extension of Worldwide Pre-packaged Salad Program.
2012 Reset Schedule as of March 28, 2012.
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-13.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates. CRV Values.
SAVE THE DATES
May 1, 2012: ALA and DeCA Appreciation Day Golf Tournament, Fort Lee, Va.
May 2 & 3, 2012: ALA and DeCA Roundtable, Marriott, Richmond, Va. Registration is available on website.
June 19, 2012: Congressional Caucus, Washington, D.C. (Date change again)
August 20-23, 2012: Hawaii Conference & Food Show.
Wal-Mart penalized $2.1 million for overcharging California customers
Chain Store Age Share
A state attorney for California said recently Wal-Mart has agreed to pay a $2.1 million penalty for overcharging customers in the state. Wal-Mart is being penalized for charging prices higher than those posted, violating a 2008 judgment for it to halt the overcharging. More
Retail USA in 4 years
Research Brief via MediaPost Share
According to a new Whitepaper from Nielsen, What's In Store, In-Store For U.S. Retail In 2016, presented by Todd Hale, senior vice president of Consumer & Shopper Insights, traditional mass merchants and supermarkets have yielded share to value channels (club, dollar and supercenter) and drug stores, prompting a series of changes, including format blurring, new marketing outreach techniques and shopper entertainment. More
5 myths about social media
So you haven't taken the plunge into the fast-paced, confusing world of social media. Or maybe you have dipped your toes in the water and then wondered what all the fuss is about. Either way, you might be thinking social media marketing isn't worth the time and effort. Don't give up so fast. More
New Jersey could require retailers to collect zip codes on gift card sales
National Retail Federation Share
NRF recently warned merchants on a conference call that New Jersey could soon begin requiring retailers to collect zip codes from customers who buy gift cards under a controversial new law that could spread to other states. The move is expected after a court lifted a two-year-old injunction against the requirement, part of a 2010 measure that also allows the state to claim any unused funds that remain on a card two years after it is purchased. More
NRF expects sales to hop up this Easter
Drug Store News Share
While intentions aren't always equal to results, if the National Retail Federation's predictions are correct, consumers will be shelling out quite a bit of cash this Easter. According to NRF's Easter spending survey, conducted by BIGinsight, Americans will spend an average of $145.28 on everything from apparel and candy to food and decorations this year, up 11 percent from $131.04 last year. Total spending is expected to reach $16.8 billion. More
Starbucks turns attention to European operations
Chicago Tribune Share
Starbucks Corp. hopes to brew up a European business renaissance after reviving its operations at home. The world's biggest coffee shop chain dominates in the United States but has been just another player in Europe's famed cafe culture. It wants to change that. More
Sam's Club leads in customer loyalty rankings
Drug Store News Share
Sam's Club has the most loyal customers, according to a new study by the Temkin Group. The report, "2012 Temkin Loyalty Ratings," rated the loyalty that consumers have to 206 large companies across 18 industries. Sam's Club had the most loyal customers across all industries, with a loyalty rating of 65 percent. More
Food/pet supplies rise to 19 percent of Target sales
Supermarket News Share
Food and pet supplies accounted for 19 percent of Target Corp.'s 2011 sales of $68.47 billion, up from 17 percent of sales in 2010 and 16 percent in 2009, according to the company’s 10-K filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. More
Survey: Rising fuel prices will alter travel plans
USA Today Share
Rising gasoline prices are likely to make business and leisure travelers alter their travel plans this summer, a survey to be released today by the U.S. Travel Association finds. More than half, 54 percent, of leisure travelers who planned to travel by car say higher fuel prices would affect their plans. A smaller percentage, 26.8 percent, of business travelers would reconsider their plans. It would take an increase of at least 26 cents to $1.25 a gallon for travelers to alter their behavior. More
For retail, honesty is the only policy
Retail Customer Experience Share
When it comes to customer service, honesty isn't the best policy, it is the only policy. Lying to or misleading customers invariably leads to far worse problems than looking them straight in the eye and telling them something unpleasant they need to hear right now. There are two very good reasons for facing your customer with the bad news. More
US consumers used less, paid more for gas in 2011
Convenience Store News Share
Despite using less gasoline in 2011, U.S. drivers still spent more on fuel than they did the previous year, according to market research firm The NPD Group. Its Motor Fuels Index, which tracks motor fuel purchasing behaviors and attitudes, found that U.S. consumers spent 24 percent more dollars on 1.7 percent fewer gallons of fuel last year, resulting in an additional $76 billion being spent on fuel versus 2010. More
Department of Defense oldest and largest retailer to hold historic Change of Responsibility ceremony
Army & Air Force Exchange Service Share
Civilian to take reins as CEO for first time in organization's 116-year history
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service's leadership will undergo an historic transformation as it welcomes its first civilian chief executive officer/director.
The Defense Department has instructed the Exchange to convert the commanding general's position to a non-military CEO/director position, marking the first time in the Exchange's 116-year history that a civilian will lead the organization. Chief Operating Officer Mike Howard will take over as acting CEO/Director as the organization's Board of Directors seeks a permanent replacement.
The "Change of Responsibility" ceremony will also serve as the official retirement ceremony for the Exchange's current commander, Maj. Gen. Bruce Casella, after more than 36 years of service.
Who: Outgoing Exchange commander MG Bruce Casella
Exchange Chief Operating Officer Mike Howard (Incoming Acting CEO/Director)
Exchange Chairman of the Board Lt. Gen. Raymond V. Mason presiding
What: Change of Responsibility ceremony
When: Friday, March 30 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Exchange Headquarters
3911 S. Walton Walker Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75236
Contact (for installation access): Chris Ward at 214-312-2714 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Services officials announce teen summer camps
Sedalia Democrat Share
Air Force Services Agency officials recently announced the call for three Air Force teen summer camps for 2012. The annual camps are designed to help Air Force youth build leadership skills and aspire to careers in space or aviation. More
Retiree Activities Corner: Teen camps offered
Retiree families may participate in three Air Force teen summer camps being offered by the Air Force Services Agency. The annual camps are designed to help Air Force youth build leadership skills and aspire to careers in space or aviation. More
AEFIs ensure Airmen know deployment window
Air Force Print News Today Share
Do you know your Air and Space Expeditionary Force Indicator, or AEFI? The two-digit code identifies when your deployment period occurs within an AEF Cycle. All Airmen should know their AEFI and be prepared to deploy during that time period. AEFIs also give the Air Force Personnel Center's AEF and Personnel Operations directorate visibility of an Airman's AEF period and allow commanders to know when their Airmen should be prepared to deploy. More