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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Business, security experts call for caution in commissary reform — cite high patron value and return on investment
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Houston Style Magazine, Jo-Carolyn Goode
In addition to the Rand report citing benefits of commissaries to the Department of Defense (DoD) and to military families, a report by business experts has touted the low cost and high return to DoD of commissaries and the risks of abruptly reducing funding support for the program. The report calls for caution in any cuts or reforms of the program.



Former congressman tapped for top Pentagon personnel post
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Military Times, Andrew Tilghman
President Obama has tapped an Army lawyer and former congressman from Oklahoma to serve as the Pentagon's top personnel official.

Rand: Price increases likely will hurt commissaries
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Military Times, Karen Jowers
If experiences of civilian grocery stores are any indication, raising prices in commissaries wouldn't be good for service members and retirees or for the commissary system, according to Rand Corp. researchers.



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WASHINGTON UPDATE


House panel rolls out timeline for defense policy bill markup
The Hill
The House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, April 2 released its schedule for taking up the fiscal 2016 defense policy bill.
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More military tobacco restrictions likely
Navy Times
Raising tobacco prices and expanding tobacco-free areas on military bases are two options for discouraging use that will be presented to Defense Secretary Ash Carter by an advisory committee, according to a defense spokeswoman.
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Experts: OCO strangling budget reform attempts
Defense News
The presence of the overseas contingency operations (OCO) fund is preventing needed reforms to the defense budget, a panel of experts said April 3.
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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
April 30 - May 1, 2015 2015 Commissary Roundtable
Oct. 26-28, 2015 68th Annual Convention


COALITION UPDATE


DoD budget threatens commissary benefit
National Military Family Association (NMFA) Facebook
Of all the cuts included in the budget, none are as harmful to military families’ finances as the plan’s proposal for the commissary. If enacted, the proposals would effectively gut the commissary over the long term, ending a valuable benefit that military families have relied on for generations…Proposed cuts to the commissary budget could ultimately lead to a complete loss of this benefit. We are fighting back against this proposition, and you can help us drive the point home. Let us know in the comments: Would you continue shopping there if the prices increased? NMFA has received 30 pages of comments and has shared the best ones with the Senate Armed Services Committee staff in a face to face meeting.
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Veterans' support builds for consolidating commissaries and exchanges
Military.com
Groups including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) are not opposed to finding efficiencies through consolidation IF the overall value of commissary savings is retained and without a net negative impact to military families, either in terms of payment or accessibility. The National Military Family Association and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) expressed reservations about the proposal: "We have some concerns about the consolidation; specifically it seems to eliminate the assurances of the 30 percent savings, which is a critical part of non-cash compensation for military families."
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With or without BRAC, DoD's footprint is shrinking
Federal News Radio
In each of the past four years, the Pentagon has proposed a new round of base closures and Congress has rejected every one so far. But with or without lawmakers' approval, the military's footprint is shrinking. The Defense Department has hinted that it may move to close some bases even without Congress' explicit permission. Existing law provides for one-by-one base closure processes the department could implement unilaterally, as long as Congress is given fair warning. But another de facto BRAC alternative is already playing itself out as a natural consequence of budget-driven military downsizing.
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Fort Hood hosts Odierno for fourth virtual town hall
DVIDS
This was the fourth virtual town hall in which Odierno fielded questions but the first conducted next to Soldiers. Several Soldiers asked the chief about changes to compensation and retirement plans, especially in light of the recommendations offered by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC). After the session, Odierno addressed potential sequestration cuts and their affects, especially at Fort Hood, where cuts to personnel could top 16,000.
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U.S. expands participation in exercises with Philippines
Stars and Stripes
The U.S. is more than doubling the number of troops it's sending to the annual Balikatan exercise in the Philippines this month. The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines will send a total of 6,000 troops to train with 5,000 Filipino soldiers. The larger number is a result of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement the two nations signed last year, which will lead to more U.S. troops in the Philippines over the next 10 years.
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website between 10 AM, April 2, 2015 and 10 AM, April 9, 2015:

PROMOTIONS:
- DP #12, Alaska Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
- DP #13, WW Promotion Package, Healthy Lifestyle Festival with Local Farmer’s Markets and Your Pet Your Family Campaign.
- DP #15, Published Shippers/Pallets/One-Time-Buys Early.
- Spring Club Pack, Far East & Alaska Quantities #2.

NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
- 15-37, New Store Set Dates – Ft Rucker.
- 15-38, Store Reset Dates – Kings Bay.
- 15-39, Store Reset Dates – Bremerton.
- 15-40, Store Reset Dates – Mayport.
- 15-41, Store Reset Dates – Bolling AFB.
- 15-44, Category Management Changes FY15.
- 15-45, Front-End Rack Plan-O-Gram.
- 15-47, Sales Floor Rack/Cooler Program for 2015-2017.
- 15-48, Category Review Notification - Shredded Cheese.
- 15-49, Store Reset Schedule Revision #1.
- 15-50, Store Reset Dates – Ft. Meade.

MISCELLANEOUS:
- Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 15-14.
- DeCA February Sales Data.
- DeCA Sales Team Directory, April 2, 2015.
- CRV Values, April 5, 2015.
- Guard/Reserve CONUS On-Site Sales Schedule as of April 7, 2015




FEDERAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES


Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Maintenance Services at the Defense Commissary Agency, West Area Headquarters, McClellan, California
FedBizOpps.gov
This is a combined synopsis and solicitation for commercial services (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Maintenance Services at the Defense Commissary Agency, West Area Headquarters, McClellan, California). See the Statement of Work for specific requirements. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotes are being requested and a separate written solicitation will not be issued.
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Shelf Stocking and Custodial Operations for the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), Fort Knox Commissary
FedBizOpps.gov
Solicitation Number: HDEC0815R0008 Agency: Other Defense Agencies Office: Defense Commissary Agency Location: Contracting Bus Unit/Commercial Activities (HDEC08).
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Shelf Stocking, Receiving/Storage/Holding Area (RSHA), and Custodial Operations at the Saratoga Springs, NY Commissary
FedBizOpps.gov
Solicitation Number: HDEC0815R0014 Agency: Other Defense Agencies Office: Defense Commissary Agency Location: Contracting Bus Unit/Commercial Activities (HDEC08).
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COMMISSARY NEWS


Mondelez Brazil unveils rounder packaging for Philadelphia cream cheese
DairyReporter.com
Mondelez Brazil unveiled a new package for Philadelphia cream cheese that features a rounder shape that makes it easier to spoon out the product and stack it on store shelves. The new packaging also includes additional marketing opportunities, including recipes on the inside of the lids.
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Defense Commissary Agency begins its scheduled roll out of Wi-Fi access to its stateside stores
EPR Retail News
Wi-Fi access for commissary patrons is coming to stateside stores as the Defense Commissary Agency begins its scheduled roll out of the online service. Through the Commissary Patron Internet Mobile System, or CPIMS, the agency will gradually open customer Wi-Fi access initially at all stateside commissaries to include Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
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General Mills makes 'significant progress' toward sustainable palm oil goals
Sustainable Brands
General Mills made "significant progress" in 2014 toward its commitment to sustainably source 100 percent of its 10 priority ingredients by 2020, according to the company's annual Global Responsibility Report.
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Demand for natural foods is changing iconic products
The Des Moines Register (survey question required)
Consumer demand for healthier and more natural ingredients is prompting a growing number of corporate giants, including Hershey Co. and McDonald's Corp., to overhaul iconic products they sell, a trend industry watchers say is just getting started.
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5 amazing innovative processes in food packaging
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Food packaging has been long been a concern for scientists and the food-and-beverage industry alike. With growing consumer awareness and health concerns, these packages have become even more of a focus, particularly when present-day food habits include more refrigeration and preservation than ever before. The latest developments in the food-packaging industry show how far we have come since then, and how these innovative developments promise to uphold both product and human safety in unison. A quick look at the latest solutions.
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Aldi's secrets for selling cheaper groceries than Wal-Mart or Trader Joe's
Business Insider
Aldi has been called the world's best grocery chain. The German company has more than 8,000 stores around the world and is rapidly expanding. One reason people love Aldi? The brand's famously low prices. Groceries at Aldi are "shockingly cheaper" than those at Wal-Mart, according to a study by Cheapism. They're also cheaper than those at industry darling Trader Joe's. Aldi employs a few smart strategies to sell groceries for so cheap.
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Who is responsible for battling the big issues in food?
FoodNavigator.com
From obesity to malnutrition and water scarcity, the world is facing an ever-growing number of food-related problems. But how responsible is the food industry for fighting back against these issues?
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INDUSTRY NEWS


It's official: Standard General affiliate buys 1,743 RadioShack stores
Chain Store Age
General Wireless Inc., an affiliate of Standard General LP, has officially received U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval to acquire the inventory and assume leases of 1,743 RadioShack stores following a bankruptcy auction. The company operates a long-term partnership with Sprint, and Sprint will provide services, products and accessories at some stores.
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Ron Garriques to lead Standard General's RadioShack stores
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
A New York hedge fund taking more than 1,700 RadioShack stores out of bankruptcy named former Dell Inc. executive Ron Garriques to oversee the electronics chain's plan to return to profitability.
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Wal-Mart US CEO: Fresher food, fill empty shelves and lower prices
Fortune
Wal-Mart U.S. CEO Greg Foran gave Wall Street an update on how his re-invention of the retailer's stores is going, but acknowledged there is a lot more work to do.
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Wal-Mart ratchets up pressure on suppliers to cut prices
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is increasing the pressure on suppliers to cut the cost of their products, in an effort to regain the mantle of low-price leader and turn around its sluggish U.S. sales.
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How, where affluents are shopping in today's omnichannel marketplace
MediaPost
Finally, winter has departed and spring has officially arrived, so it's now more pleasant for affluent shoppers — especially those who live in the colder and snowier parts of the country — to get out there and start shopping again for more than the basic necessities.
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How Goodwill's new boutiques are dressing up secondhand shopping
Adweek
Goodwill is quietly transforming a small but growing number of its stores across the country into boutiques — smaller, more intimate shops where the furniture is antique, the clothing is designer and the space feels more like Urban Outfitters than a warehouse selling "those moccasins someone else has been walkin' in," as Macklemore put it.
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Sears in joint venture with General Growth Properties
Chicago Sun Times
Sears has entered a joint venture with shopping mall owner General Growth Properties Inc. that will help it extract more value from its real estate holdings and increase its financial flexibility.
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The urban neighborhood Wal-Mart: A blessing or a curse?
NPR
The corner of First and H streets in downtown Washington, D.C., is a reflection of the changing face of the nation's capital. From here, you can see the Capitol dome, while across the street are a concrete public housing complex and a hip new Peruvian chicken restaurant. You can also see a new Wal-Mart.
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Retail execs deem 'personalization' creepy, embrace 'relevancy'
BuzzFeed News
As technology enables more targeted messaging than ever before, some in the industry are shying away from the word "personalization."
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Who will survive the great mall shake-out?
Knowledge@Wharton
The future of retailing is in upheaval, and the country's malls top the list of potential collateral damage. Tenants are pulling out as chains scale back and retailers continue to struggle with how to adapt to the rise of e-commerce and other changes in shopping behavior, and to better target a population that is bucking the demographic trends of past years and moving closer to city centers.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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DoD budget threatens commissary benefit (National Military Family Association)
Carter backs retirement benefits for younger troops (Military Times)

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C-STORE NEWS


New Convenience-Store Roundup for February 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 February.
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Grand opening: Need for speed
CSP
Whether they're fishing in Lake Okeechobee or camping in the Big Thicket, escaping for the weekend to Branson or driving the Robert Trent Jones golf trail, motorists know Murphy USA is there when they're ready for a fill-up and a snack.
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Cigarette sales fell, smokeless sales rose in 2012
CSP
The number of cigarettes sold to wholesalers and retailers in the United States declined from 273.6 billion in 2011 to 267.7 billion in 2012, according to the most recent Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report.
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Reynolds-Lorillard merger odds improve
CSP
Tempering reports earlier this week that the Federal Trade Commission was about to block the merger of cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc., people familiar the matter told The Wall Street Journal that the agency is considering possible settlement terms to allow the $25 billion deal to proceed.
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Is FTC about to block Reynolds-Lorillard merger?
CSP
While one tobacco industry analyst believes such a move is "a low probability," the Federal Trade Commission staff is recommending a lawsuit to block the $27 billion merger of cigarette makers Reynolds American and Lorillard, according to a report by The New York Post, citing a "well-placed D.C. source not working on the case."
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Harris Poll names top C-store Brand of the Year
CSP
A new study shows Sheetz is consumers' most-trusted convenience-store brand and Shell the leading gasoline brand in the United States.
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MWR NEWS


1.8 million children celebrated through Month of the Military Child
America's Navy
Many installations Morale, Welfare, and Recreation offices have services and events for children of military service members.
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Tennessee: Clarksville Chamber announces Warrior Week schedule
Clarksville New
The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee of Clarksville, Tennessee, has announced that the Annual Clarksville-Montgomery County Warrior Week will be held May 7-9.
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House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel Hearing
InsuranceNewsNet.com
On behalf of the nearly 1.9 million members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and our Auxiliaries, thank you for the opportunity to present our views regarding the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission's recommendations. We thank the Commission for its hard word and appreciate that the Committee is addressing the report in a timely manner.
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