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President's Message

Could the Repeal or At Least an Exemption of the 3 Percent Withhold be in the Plans?
The section below details the planned legislation resulting from the HASC Acquisition Reform review that was posted last week. The committee report called for the repeal of the TIPRA legislation (3 percent withhold). As you recall, we have been working on the repeal of this legislation for the past several years. We are cautiously optimistic that the proposed legislation will include this needed relief…We will continue to watch the bill closely as it passed through the legislative process.

House Armed Services Leaders Aim To Cut Pentagon Waste, Fraud
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The Hill
The leaders of the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday will take aim at waste and fraud in the Pentagon purchasing process.



Congressional Hearings Set for 23 April
On 23 April ALA will provide testimony before the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. This year the order of the testimony has changed due to hard work on the part of your government relations staff (Nixon/Rossetti). We will be providing our comments in a panel format along with the resale commanders as opposed to being mixed in with the groups representing beneficiary interests as in the past. This will allow more time for comments and questions along with significantly raising the visibility of the ALA. We continue to work diligently behind the scenes to make sure your voice is heard loud and clear in the halls of congress and by the administration.


White House Emphasizes the Importance of the Military Family

Michelle Obama, at Pentagon, Honors Armed Forces and Their Families
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Christian Science Monitor, by Gordon Lubold
Mrs. Obama appeared at the Pentagon to honor members of the military and their families in what her office billed as her "16th visit" to the Defense Department – but her first across the river from the White House to the Pentagon itself.



Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA





Washington Update


Military to save $1.6B going green
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's not just the troops' uniforms that are green: The U.S. military says its investments to conserve energy and water are beginning to pay off, with benefits for cost, national security and troop safety. More

DoD seeks more control over '12 budget
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The U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense has decided to conduct so-called "front-end assessments" of some 20 capability areas that drive operational, force structure and investment needs - such as long-range strike, shipbuilding, electronic attack, satellites and end strength - to better shape Pentagon spending decisions starting with the 2012 budget, officials said. More

Fort Bragg named Army's top post, gets $1 million
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Fort Bragg has won the military's top award for excellence among Army posts. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced the five winners of the 2010 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence. More

Gates: Defy authority when needed
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Speaking at the Naval Academy, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates told the midshipmen there would come a time in their careers when bucking authority will be necessary. More

Burning Question: What parts of government would you cut?
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A recent Economist/YouGov poll found that Americans are a lot more comfortable with cutting spending than raising taxes to reduce the federal budget deficit. But when it comes to figuring out exactly what to cut, things get sticky. More

Commissary News


Study: Specialty food sales top $63B in 2009
The Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Even with fewer new product introductions, the specialty food industry rang up $63.09 billion in sales in 2009, an increase of 2.9 percent over the previous year, according to The State of the Specialty Food Industry 2010, an annual report from SPINS, Mintel International and the National Association of the Specialty Food Trade. More

Fire the Nerds! Is there hope for those secondary brands after all?
Retail Wire (free registration required)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
No rocket science here - the recession has turned many branded manufacturers into cowards, afraid to innovate. More and more, from the shopper's point of view, the only real differentiation between brands is "what's on sale?" What's the opportunity for smaller brands within the movement toward SKU rationalization at the bigger boxes? More

Food Lion launches 'Low Price Heritage' campaign
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Food Lion debuted a new advertising campaign highlighting its recent price-lowering efforts and featuring testimonials from its president, Cathy Green. More

Grocery shoppers stick to staples
MainStreet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Americans denied their urges for fancier foods and opted for more economical meals including beans, grain, rice and pasta during the recession, according to a recent research report. More

Meat processors worried about proposed safety rules
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Federal regulators are proposing new meat testing requirements that small processors say would impose staggering new costs and force businesses to drop products or go out of business. More

Pan-Oston and the N.G.A. Tour America to support independent grocers
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Committed to helping the independent grocer succeed in a competitive marketplace, the National Grocers Association (N.G.A.) and Pan-Oston have developed two state-of-the-art mobile Innovation Centers showcasing the latest in front-end technology. The Utopia Across America Tour kicks off on April 26 at the N.G.A. headquarters in Washington, D.C. and continues throughout 2010, making stops at the corporate offices and stores of independent grocers across the United States. More

Study: Core organic consumers seek local, 'clean' products
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Core organic consumers — those who are the most loyal to buying organics — are seeking more authentic, clean foods through farmers' markets and community support agriculture (CSAs), according to the "State of the Organic Consumer 2010" by the Hartman Group. More

Commissary project in Moon to start next year, Rep. Murphy tells vets
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Groundbreaking for a long-awaited military commissary in Moon, Pa., is expected next spring, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, told a group of veterans in Bethel Park. More

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Web site as of 10 a.m., 15 April:

PROMOTIONS
  • #12, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities
  • Spring Club Pack June Quantities
  • Far East & Alaska Summer Club Pack July Quantities
NOTICES TO TRADE
  • 10-73, Category Plans (Jun & Jul)
  • 10-52, Body Wash & Bar Soap Category Review
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Adds/Changes/Deletes for week 10-15
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates
DeCA NEWS RELEASES
  • 36-10, Sakowitz announces plans to retire in July and a picture of Sakowitz


Exchange News


The lobby: Best Buy
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Name any major U.S. company, and chances are good it runs an office in Washington. They're all here to lobby, yes, but more specifically, they're watching the Hill, the White House, and regulators for any policymaking that could affect their businesses. In a new regular feature, Fortune.com will introduce you to one of these offices. We'll talk to the head lobbyist for that company and find out what policies they're pushing the hardest in Washington. We'll also talk to industry groups to see what's on their radar. More

A brighter ninety-day outlook
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Each month, BIGresearch conducts a Consumer Intentions & Actions Survey for NRF and others, surveying over 8,000 consumers. Watch the highlights from the March 2010 survey in this video, including which retailers shoppers are frequenting and consumer plans for future purchases. The survey found that "increasing confidence in the economy and less concern over job loss are contributing to a brighter ninety-day outlook." More

To win the sale, win your customer's heart
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You're unappreciated in your company, and you've begun to doubt your importance there. Huh? How did I know that? I didn't. But I'm rarely wrong when I make that assumption about people, and especially about potential clients. More

Coupons make a comeback in all retail channels
Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Great Recession of 2009 marked a coupon renaissance and all channels - including dollar stores, mass merchandisers, convenience stores and drug stores - posted double-digit redemption growth, according to a new report by Nielsen Inc. More

US: Walmart to launch major price-cut campaign
Kam City    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Walmart is set to drop the prices of about 10,000 products across its U.S. outlets, as it looks to stop declining sales. The move was reported by the Wall Street Journal, which cited Chief Marketing Officer Stephen Quinn. Walmart said it will mostly cut prices of food and other staple products, but did not specify the size of the price cuts. More

Broad group of retailers had big gains in March
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Sales rose robustly in March across a wide range of retail stores, another sign that American consumers were beginning to spend more freely even as the job market remained weak. More

As recession fades, Americans head to the mall
Business Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After two long years of belt-tightening, U.S. consumers are finally starting to spend again. That is giving the economy a much needed boost. Will the shopping spree continue? More

Darden sets sustainability goals
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To further its sustainability efforts, Darden Restaurants Inc. said it has set a goal of reducing energy and water use at its 1,800 restaurants by 15 percent by 2015. More

Double-dip doesn't figure with inventory rebuilding
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Companies from Tiffany & Co. to Home Depot Inc. are restocking shelves in a move that will boost economic growth and may keep the recovery on track through 2010. More

NRF releases March sales report
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Washington, D.C.-based National Retail Federation released its March retail industry sales report, reporting a 0.9 percent increase for seasonally adjusted sales, and 5.7 percent increase for unadjusted sales. More

Little Angels Visit the USA

The Little Angels of Korea will visit the United States this coming June, to kick off a 16-nation tour to honor and thank the Korean War Veterans for their sacrifices during the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War. While priority will be given to the Korean War Veterans and their families, all veterans will be offered complimentary tickets for the performances on a first-come, first-served basis. A maximum of 4 complimentary tickets will be offered for each veteran and his or her family. Additional complimentary tickets may be requested, subject to availability.


SCHEDULE IN THE U.S.
  • Washington, DC—The Little Angels' Tour will begin in the prestigious Kennedy Center's Opera House with four performances from June 9-12, all beginning at 7:30 pm. The first two performances on June 9 and 10 will be benefits for the veterans. The third and fourth performances on June 11 and 12 will be public events at which tickets must be purchased. All public tickets will be at a reduced rate as a tribute to the Korean War Veterans.
  • New York, NY—The renowned Hammerstein Opera House of the Manhattan Center located at 311 West 34th Street in New York City will be the site of the Little Angels' four performances on June 15 and 16 with matinee and evening performances on both days. Complimentary tickets are available for June 15 performances only.
  • Columbus, GA—Primarily for the soldiers of the Infantry and Calvary Center at Ft. Benning, the Little Angels will perform on June 27 at 2:00 pm in the River Center Theater at 900 Broadway Avenue in Columbus.
  • Atlanta, GA—The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in Atlanta will be the site of the Little Angels' performance on June 29 at 7:30 pm. Half of the tickets will be complimentary, half will be for public sale.

TICKET DISTRIBUTION

The Korean War 60th Anniversary Memorial Committee, the official organizers of the Little Angels' tour, would like to ask for the assistance of all veterans' organizations in assuring the widest and most complete distribution of complimentary tickets. We are therefore asking for donated space in your organization's publication, on your Web site, for placing articles and/or ads, which will allow your members to RSVP and obtain tickets. Sample articles and print-ready advertisements will be provided by the Committee.

Complimentary tickets for veterans (up to four tickets per veteran) will be distributed directly to the veteran upon the Committee's receipt of his or her Ticket Request Form. It is essential that each ticket distributed be used – no empty seats!

If you have not yet filled out an Organization Response Form, please do so and send to us today.

For more information: call 202-684-8724 or fax 202-775-0377 or e-mail KW60tickets@gmail.com



Washington Update


First Lady thanks military community for service
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First Lady Michelle Obama today applauded servicemembers and defense civilians for their commitment and service to the nation in a speech in the Pentagon courtyard, calling America’s military community the finest in the world. Obama was joined on stage by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, his wife, Becky, and several defense civilians, all of whom have more than 40 years of federal service. She recognized Gates and his wife for their support of military families and for their relentless service under eight different U.S. presidents. More

Military Personnel Subcommittee Hearing Schedule Posted

April 20, 2010, Tuesday
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: Implementation of the Requirement to Provide a Medical Examination Before Separating Members Diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the Capacity of DOD to Provide Care to PTSD Cases
Witnesses: DOD (TBD)

April 21, 2010, Wednesday
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
HVC-210, the Capitol (Tentative)
Subject: Defense Health Program
Witnesses: DOD Witnesses (TBD)

April 23, 2010, Friday
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: Military Resale and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Overview
Witnesses: Panel One: Under Secretary of Defense Personnel and Readiness, the Commanders of the Military Resale Activities, the Service Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Chiefs. Panel Two: American Logistics Association, Armed Forces Marketing Council


 


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