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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only April 1, 2011
 
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Exchange Roundtable delivers on key issues:

The 2011 Exchange Roundtable conducted March 28-30 in Dallas provided an excellent forum to address key initiatives and issues facing this powerful retail engine. Execution updates provided by the executive team of the respective commands showed aggressive performance targets and solid growth expectations. The various presentations from the commands will be posted to the members-only section of the ALA website as soon as available.

Call to Action for Patron Awareness:

On of the key outcomes from the 2011 Exchange Roundtable was the re-emergence of the Patron Awareness Committee of the American Logistics Association to monitor, approve and communicate patron awareness activities. The overarching goal of an effective patron awareness program will be to position the military community with its supporting elements as a model community for America. The outline of the program will include a "top down and bottom up" approach using multiple communication capabilities to meet the respective stakeholder groups. You will be seeing more on this initiative as this initiative unfolds.

US military plays a major role in Japan relief:

I mentioned last week that the military resale commands have stepped ion to assist in the overall relief efforts in Japan following the devastating disaster. They continue to perform at the highest levels to support those who need help.

Disaster aid puts new face on US military in Japan
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Star Adviser, Eric Talmadge, The Associated Press
As logistics gradually improve, U.S. troops have been moving farther into hard-hit zones and providing tons of relief supplies and badly needed manpower to help the hundreds of thousands of Japanese whose lives were shattered in the March 11 disaster. In a part of Japan that hosts few U.S. bases, the Americans in uniform are a high-profile presence.


Isle military steps up Japan relief response
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Star Adviser, William Cole
The military in Hawaii is ramping up relief efforts following the tsunami and radiation crisis in Japan, preparing emergency evacuation housing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for up to 1,400 people and continuing to send personnel and supplies to Japan.


US ship delivers aid to Japan
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NPR, Anthony Kuhn
The U.S. government is providing relief supplies and logistical support as Japan struggles to recover from a powerful earthquake and tsunami. That aid is being delivered through the U.S. military. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports that the relief operation may help to bolster the U.S.-Japan alliance, which has experienced recent friction over the issue of U.S. military bases in Japan.


Defense budget:

DoD expects up to $100 billion more in cuts
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Federal Times, Marcus Weisgerber
With another round of spending cuts on the horizon, top Pentagon officials spent the past week trying to determine exactly how they might trim billions of dollars from the 2013 budget.


Firms face Uncle Sam's cuts
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The Wall Street Journal, Joe Light
Just as consumers begin to spend again, some companies are staring down almost certain belt tightening by their biggest customer: the federal government.


Audit of Pentagon spending finds $70 billion in waste
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The New York Times, Christopher Drew
Despite improvements, more than half of the Pentagon's big weapons systems still cost more than they should, with management failures adding at least $70 billion to the projected costs over the last two years, government auditors said recently.


Defense employees bear heavy burden in efficiency plan
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Government Executive, Robert Brodsky
The Defense Department will save $25 billion by freezing personnel levels and salaries of military civilians, but only $6 billion by reducing its reliance on service support contractors, a top Pentagon official said recently.


Likelihood of government shutdown rises as talks falter
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The Washington Post, Felicia Sonmez
A recent breakdown in closed-door negotiations between congressional leaders and the White House on funding the federal government makes it increasingly possible that Congress will not agree on a long-term funding resolution or another temporary measure by an April 8 deadline, aides from both parties said.



Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA


Washington Update


Pentagon spends billions to fight roadside bombs, with little success
McClatchy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In 2006, with roadside bombs killing more and more American soldiers in Iraq, the Pentagon created an agency to defeat the deadly threat and tasked a retired four-star general to run it. Five years later, the agency has ballooned into a 1,900-employee behemoth and has spent nearly $17 billion on hundreds of initiatives. More

DoD considering radical revamp for reserves
Association of the United States Navy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Pentagon is finalizing a controversial plan to reshape and redefine the reserve components across the entire force — including the creation of a new "hybrid" service member who will commit to serving far more than traditional reservists but not as much as active-duty troops. An internal report moving up the chain to the desk of Defense Secretary Robert Gates calls for creating a new type of service agreement for reservists who, for example, may want to commit to drilling 90 days a year and mobilizing for one out of every three years, according to officials familiar with the draft report. More

Commissary News


7 supermarket rip-offs
SlashFood    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Walking into your average supermarket is a lot like being a contestant on "Jeopardy!" If you think hard, choose wisely and give all the right answers, you can go home with a carload of cash and prizes. But make a few mistakes and you'll leave with an empty wallet — not to mention a lot of empty calories. More

New cane sugar soda at H-E-B
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H.E. Butt Grocery Co. has expanded its line of store-brand carbonated soft drinks made with pure cane sugar. The Texas-produced line, called H-E-B Pure Cane Sugar Sodas, includes three new flavors: Orange Burst, Wild Red and Old Fashioned Root Beer. More

Kroger to end double/triple coupons program in Houston
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kroger stores in the greater Houston area will discontinue the doubling and tripling of coupons as of April 13, the company said recently. Cincinnati-based Kroger cited the "growing popularity of digital coupons, mobile apps and manufacturers producing coupons valued at more than 50 cents" as a primary cause for ending the program. More

Grocers head to Washington to lobby for interchange fee reform
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Grocers from across the U.S. are in Washington, D.C., this week to give lawmakers their input on why Congress should not delay implementing debit card swipe fee reform. Neighborhood grocers will talk about their struggle to operate a business when one of their fastest-growing businesses expenses, debit card swipe fees, continues to increase at an unpredictable rate. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website since 10 a.m. March 24 and as of 10 a.m. March 31:

PROMOTIONS
  • DP #9, CONUS shipper & promotion quantities.
  • Spring club pack, Far East & Alaska quantities.

NOTICES TO TRADE

None received.

MISCELLANEOUS
  • Adds/changes/deletes for week 11-13.
  • Guard & reserve on-site sale schedule updates.

UPCOMING COMMISSARY RELATED MEETINGS:

ALA/DeCA Eastern Region Store Directors Conference, April 12-13, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville-Riverfront, Jacksonville, Fla. Registration is available on our website. There is an opportunity for industry to present store recognition awards during the joint session on the 13th. If you want to present something to a store or zone please contact me to arrange.

DeCA Western Region Korea POD meeting: The POD is planned for first week of May. May 2-6 are travel days. Ice breaker on May 2 at 1800. ALA portion on May 4 with golf in the afternoon. Contact Don Bailey (Bailey, Donald L CIV (USA) DeCA Far East Korea zone, donald.bailey@deca.mil) for all accommodations. More information to follow shortly.

2011 ALA/DeCA Appreciation Day golf tournament, May 10, Ft. Lee, Va. Registration is available on our website.

ALA/DeCA Training Event & Conference, May 23-25, Norfolk Waterside Marriott, Norfolk, Va. Watch for registration information.

2011 Congressional Caucus, June 14, House Rayburn Building, Washington, D.C. Watch for registration information.

2011 CONUS Western Region CONUS Store Directors Conference, July 12-14 (tentative agenda), Point Hilton's Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Phoenix. Watch for registration information.

2011 ALA/DeCA Hawaii Conference & Food Show, August 15-18, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu. Watch for registration information.

64th Annual Convention, Oct. 4-6, Orlando World Marriott Center, Orlando, Fla. Watch for registration information.


Exchange News


Spotlight on social commerce: Taking stock of the social department store
Department Store Retailing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There was a time when department stores were at the cutting edge of retail. Their role in the economy changed during the 20th century — first with the rise of suburban malls and then with the advent of online shopping. More

Why the Easter bunny is a retail beast
The Street    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Easter Bunny may look fluffy and cute, but retailers know there's a lot of consumer-toned muscle beneath that fuzzy exterior. Easter may not have the profile of other more secularly oriented holidays, but the bunny is a retail beast. More

Stores look forward to customers' tax refunds
The Augusta Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tax refunds are an upside of tax season, and they are used for an assortment of purposes ranging from cushioning a nest egg to splurging on a cruise to the Bahamas. However, according to the National Retail Federation, 42 percent of taxpayers plan to save their 2011 refunds. More

Store-brand food seen eating up market share
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Grocery retailers' store-brand products are expected to double their share of the global packaged food market over the next 15 years to make up half the market, according to a recent report. The report said growth of private-label brands will be fueled by retail consolidation in developed markets, adoption of modern retail in developing markets, and increased consumer acceptance of private-label brands following the recession, among other factors. More

Receipts going paperless
Boston Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Paper or plastic?" is giving way to another checkout query, "paper or paperless?" More stores are offering the option of "paperless receipts" for environmentally conscious consumers who don't mind giving out their email addresses. "It's all about finding ways to be more environmentally friendly and making it more convenient for shoppers," said Liz Burkhhart, a Whole Foods spokeswoman. More

Pain at the pump: Running on empty, Americans cut spending
Advertising Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
America's discretionary income is under siege and it's only getting worse. According to Census data analyzed by Patchwork Nation, 140 million Americans live in counties where the average family income has decreased in the last 30 years. That's being exacerbated as pump prices rise, leading to consumer resolve to cut discretionary spending. More

Ruling emphasizes crowd control by retailers
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Retailers are facing more pressure to comply with crowd safety guidelines issued by the government, after a decision last week that upheld a fine against Wal-Mart in the 2008 trampling death of an employee. Wal-Mart has spent more than a year and almost $2 million fighting the $7,000 fine from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which stems from a customer stampede on Thanksgiving weekend at a Valley Stream, N.Y., store that killed the employee, Jdimytai Damour. More

Family Dollar plans consumables promotions
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Family Dollar Stores recently said it hopes to drive increased traffic with more in-store and direct-marketing campaigns that focus on its increased assortments of consumables and private-brand merchandise. "We're also increasing targeted digital marketing efforts and executing more promotional events to leverage our growing customer traffic," said Howard R. Levine, chairman and chief executive officer. More

Exchange Announcements


AAFES Executive Announcement
Promotions & Assignments


On behalf of the Commander, I am pleased to announce the following executive promotions and assignments. Please join me in congratulating these deserving associates:

Executive promotions

Nicholas Adkison — PB 4F Application System Program Analyst III, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Systems Analyst Lead, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in March.

Orfe Dussetschleger — PB 4F Compensation Analyst III, Human Resources Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Systems Analyst Lead, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in April.

Stephen Palsky — PB 4F Project Manager II, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Senior Project Manager, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in March.

Patricia Tinker — PB 4F General Manager (Dual), Goodfellow Exchange, Central Region to the position of PB 5A General Manager, March AFB Exchange, Western Region in May.


Executive assignments

Michael Bradford — PB 5E Vice President Infrastructure Technology Division, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5E Vice President Enterprise Computer Operations Division, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in April.

Diana Brenzel-Radojevic — PB 5A Telecom Engineer Analyst, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A IT Field Support Manager, Europe Region in April.

Regan Cook — PB 5E Vice President Enterprise Computer Operations Division, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5E Vice President E-Business Division, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ in April.

John Engroff — PB 5E Vice President MS Hardlines Division, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5E Vice President, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ in April.

Santiago Garcia III — PB 5A Intrusion Detection & Prevention Manager, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Systems Analyst Lead, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in March.

Leigh Roop — PB 5E Vice President HR Operations Support, Human Resources Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5E Vice President Human Resources, Human Resources Directorate, Exchange HQ in July.

Robert Westergard — PB 5A General Manager, March AFB, Western Region to the position of PB 5A Store Manager (MS), Davis-Monthan Exchange, Western Region in May.


Washington Update


AFAP gives Wiesbaden a plan for action
U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden's collective voice has been heard — from a plea for more high-school-age activities to a request that would allow more single Soldiers to live off post. Now it's time for action or at least a plan for action. More

Time to support AER: 'Contributions drive the train'
U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A traffic accident put Staff Sgt. Brian Jenkins in the hospital for nine weeks and demolished his car. During this year's AER fundraising campaign, which runs through May 15, soldiers are asked to once again "help the Army take care of its own" by giving generously. More

Baumholder town hall focuses on changes, future projects
U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There was standing room only at the Feb. 23 Baumholder town hall. The forum focused on updating the community about ongoing and future projects as well as changes that will come about in light of the current deployment. More

Digital maestro: Wiesbaden CYSS youth wins Boys and Girls Clubs of America music tech award
U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A love of the Beatles and some digital music mastery earned a Wiesbaden School-Age Center youth accolades and cash courtesy of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Grayson Walls, age 10, garnered $500 in the Boys and Girls Clubs of America's Digital Arts Festival to be used by the Wiesbaden Child, Youth and School Services facility for an upcoming event or day trip. Walls, who was 9 at the time of the contest was a national music tech winner in the 6- to 9-year-old category. More

Initial review of survey data indicates high satisfaction with Army life
U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Data from the 2010 Survey of Army families indicates an increased satisfaction with military life, despite of the current operational tempo, according to Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation officials. Since the last survey, completed in 2005, there has been an increase in the number of spouses who indicate their soldier plans to stay in the Army beyond their present obligation. More

US Army Garrison Grafenwoehr CYSS employees take customer service to a new level
U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tonya Phillips was at her wit's end. Snowstorms and the resulting flight delays had forced her family to spend several days strung out in various airports and on myriad modes of transportation between Fort Irwin, Calif., and Vilseck, Germany. After finally arriving at the Kristall Inn on Rose Barracks, Phillips and her family began the often-dreaded task known by Army families everywhere: in-processing. More

Army Family Readiness Groups enhance mission
U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Overseas assignments bring unlimited opportunities for adventure and excitement, but they also may bring stress, frustration and a profound sense of loneliness if individuals don't connect with familiar support systems. Army Family Readiness Groups can help. More
 
 

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