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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


At least a beginning:

2014 DoD budget a step toward 'grand bargain'
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Defense News, John T. Bennett
The Obama administration's 2014 Pentagon budget request ignores sequestration. Experts call it a purely political document. It's going nowhere — and that's the plan.



Congress:

Sen. Levin: Void 2014 sequester cuts if 'grand bargain' fails
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Defense News, John T. Bennett
An influential Senate Democrat recently said Congress should pass a plan that would void pending cuts to the Pentagon's 2014 budget if Washington fails this year to craft a "grand bargain" fiscal deal.


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    Obama's budget targets COLAs, federal retirement benefits (Government Executive)
10 retailers urged to pull potentially toxic products (USA Today)
Hagel to defend 2014 budget ignoring cuts (Bloomberg Government via Early Bird)
Commissary asks for patience during staff shortage (Fort Gordon Signal)
2013 Scholarships for Military Children Program (Fisher House Foundation)

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WASHINGTON UPDATE


Hagel defends DoD's call for Tricare fee hikes
Army Times
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently defended dramatic Tricare fee hikes included in the Obama administration's proposed 2014 budget, telling Congress the changes "were among the most carefully considered and difficult choices" in the entire plan.
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Pentagon reinforces call for base closings
Newport News Daily Press
Top Pentagon officials recently defended their call for a new round of military base closings, suggesting it would be less expensive than the 2005 round, which cost far more than estimated.
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Air Force to eliminate 1,000 'surplus' civilian jobs
Air Force Times
The Air Force will use its reduction in force authority to re-balance its civilian work force and eliminate "surplus employees," officials said. Though the service got rid of more than 16,000 civilian positions in fiscal 2012, it still has about 1,000 civilians in unfunded positions. The RIFs will take place on 60 installations through Aug. 23.
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New state law aims to help veterans land jobs
The Baltimore Sun
First lady Michelle Obama recently went to Annapolis on to praise a new Maryland law, saying it sets a national standard for removing barriers for veterans in transition to the civilian workforce.
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Pushing past mediocrity in the federal workplace
The Washington Post
Given the current uncertain fiscal environment, many federal employees are feeling frustrated and helpless in the workplace. Tom Fox spoke with organizational change expert Brigadier General John Michel about how federal leaders can help employees focus on the possibilities rather than the limitations. Michel is the chief change and learning strategist at the U.S. Transportation Command and is also the author of "Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo Will Propel you From Ordinary to Extraordinary."
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COMMISSARY NEWS


Integration of the Portegrity Data Security Management Solution into DeCA's upgraded Teradata environment
Federal Business Opportunities
The Defense Commissary Agency issued modification P0003 to its existing firm fixed price GSA delivery order HQC007-12-F-0002 to Computer Marketing Associates, a small business concern, for professional services to integrate Protegrity Data Security Management Solution into DeCA's upgraded Teradata environment under the authority of FAR parts 6.302-1, only one responsible source and 8.405-6 utilization of a limited sources justification. The period of performance will be on or before April 15, 2013, through Jan. 31, 2014.
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Renewal maintenance support for DeCA's eDOCS software application
Federal Business Opportunities
The Defense Commissary Agency will issue a modification P0004 to its existing firm fixed price GSA delivery order HQC007-12-F-0006 to Open Text Inc., a large business concern, for reinstatement of renewal maintenance support for DeCA's eDOCS software applications under the authority of FAR parts 6.302-1, only one responsible source and 8.405-6 utilization of a limited sources justification. The period of performance will be on or before May 3, 2013, through Feb. 28, 2014.
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Pepperidge Farm honors US military with $25,000 donation to Fisher House, creation of specially-designed packages of Goldfish® crackers
The Wall Street Journal
To honor those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, the Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® brand announced its $25,000 donation to the Fisher House Foundation. The donation will be used for the Foundation's Scholarships for Military Children program which helps U.S. military families worldwide pay for their children's college expenses. The scholarships are designed to recognize the important role of the commissary in the U.S. military family community and are primarily funded through the generosity of manufacturers and suppliers whose products are sold at military stores.
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IRI announces most successful consumer packaged goods brands of 2012
The Wall Street Journal
In 2011-2012, nearly 1,900 new CPG brands hit retail shelves across the U.S. multi-outlet geography, which includes traditional grocery, drug and mass market retailers, as well as sales from dollar and club channels, Wal-Mart and military commissaries. Information Resources, Inc. recently announced that only 11 percent of those launches met the stringent, industry-recognized benchmarks of exceptional first-year sales success required to achieve 2012 New Product Pacesetter status.
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Industry seeks reform on 'Day in Washington'
Supermarket News
Members of the National Grocers Association, Food Marketing Institute and Food Industry Association Executives recently met with legislators on a range of issues, from health care reform to credit card fees. The food retail industry's annual "Day in Washington" congressional fly-in drew retailers, wholesalers and state association leaders from more than 30 states, according to a statement from the associations.
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Whole Foods pushes forward on product labeling initiatives
Austin American-Statesman
Over the past few years, Whole Foods Market has gotten much stricter about where its products come from. The natural foods grocer has rolled out a series of standards regarding animal welfare, seafood sustainability and genetically modified ingredients — to name a few — that is unprecedented in scope for a major food retailer.
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World food prices rise in March on dairy surge
Reuters
Global food prices rose 1 percent in March, the United Nations' food agency recently said, pointing to a surge in dairy costs, while cereals prices were little changed and seen facing downward pressure in coming months. Food prices spiked over the summer of 2012 fueled by a historic drought in the United States and dry weather in other major producers. Prices eased slightly towards the end of last year but have been nudging higher again for the past two months.
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The next big marketing weapon for supermarkets: The dietitian
Advertising Age
Once confined to hospitals and offices, dietitians are a marketing weapon for the supermarket chains bringing them aboard to aid shoppers seeking the best foods to drop weight, battle diseases or avoid allergic reactions. The trend is another sign that consumers are demanding more from their food providers as the nation's health care system puts a premium on preventive care. And it also represents an increasingly powerful constituency for the nation's food marketers to win over.
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Kroger goes all in on sustainable palm oil
Progressive Grocer
The Kroger Co. has committed to sourcing sustainable palm oil by the end of 2015. "Kroger recognizes the benefits of using responsibly-sourced palm oil in all of our Corporate Brand products," the Cincinnati-based grocer stated in a policy statement recently issued. "We also recognize this is a developing issue for many of our suppliers, and we are committed to working with them to improve sustainability in the palm oil production supply chain. By the end of 2015, Kroger will purchase 100 percent of palm oil from suppliers certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., April 18, 2013.

PROMOTIONS
DP #7, Update #2.
DP #8, Update #2.
DP #9, Update #1.
DP #10, Update #1, CONUS, Far East & Alaska Quantities.
DP #12, Far East Quantities.
2013 Halloween WW Promotion Package.
Spring Club Pack, June Quantities.
Severe Weather, Far East & Alaska Quantities #2.
Father's Day, Update #2.

NOTICES TO TRADE
13-72, Vendor Related Coupon Issues.

MISCELLANEOUS
Bi-weekly Fill Rate Reports, 1–15 April 2013.
Sales Data for March 2013.
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 13-16.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
CRV Values.

SAVE THE DATES
April 24, 2013: ALA/DeCA Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament, Fort Lee, Va.
Registration open - April 25 – 26, 2013: ALA Commissary Roundtable, Marriott Hotel, Richmond, Va.
June 18, 2013: ALA Congressional Caucus, Washington, D.C.
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.



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Pepperidge Farm shows support for military families
Baking Business
Farm has announced a $25,000 donation to the Fisher House Foundation, an organization that since its inception in 1990 has served more than 180,000 families, providing "a home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers.

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Wal-Mart strains to keep aisles stocked fresh
The New York Times
Michelle Obama visited a Wal-Mart in February to extol the fresh, healthy food in the company's grocery aisles. But Wal-Mart, Obama's corporate partner in a campaign to make food healthier and more affordable, has been running into problems with food that is not so fresh.

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Obama's budget targets COLAs, federal retirement benefits
Government Executive
President Barack Obama's 2014 budget proposal will include a less generous formula for calculating federal retirees' cost of living adjustments, and ask federal employees to make higher contributions to their retirement pensions, a senior Obama administration official has informed members of Congress.

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CHAPTER ANNOUNCEMENTS


Naval Station Norfolk NEX events
Please be advised that Naval Station Norfolk NEX, the world's biggest NEX, will be hosting the following special events:
  • Customer Appreciation: June 12-16 — NO TENT — list of events to GM NLT 0424.

  • Memorial Day: May 24-27 — Tent goes up May 21, comes down May 28 — list of events to GM NLT 0501.

  • Independence Day: July 1-5 — Tent goes up June 29, comes down July 5 — list of events to GM NLT 0531.

  • Labor Day: Aug. 30-Sept. 2 — Tent goes up Aug. 27, comes down Sept. 3 — list of events to GM NLT 0630.
The NS Norfolk NEX would welcome any support for the above events in the form of special celebrity appearances, door prizes, costume characters/mascots and other special events your company can assist in providing. Companies interested in participating may contact Andrea Simek at 757-440-2000 ext. 2018 or email: Andrea.Simek@nexweb.org.

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EXCHANGE NEWS


Online shopping carts: From abandon to conversion
STORES
All online retailers experience shopping cart abandonment. And with abandonment rates averaging between 60-70 percent, e-commerce executives know that the majority of shoppers who start the checkout process will leave before completing it, representing a significant amount of lost revenue. To capture as many of those sales as possible, merchants need solid strategies for bringing shoppers back without leaving consumers feeling overwhelmed.
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E-books help fuel gains in US book sales in 2012
Los Angeles Times
Book sales rose 6.2 percent last year in the U.S., thanks to the continued growth of electronic publishing, according to newly released StatShot data from the Assn. of American Publishers. Electronic books, which a decade ago represented a tiny fraction of the industry's revenue, now are the fastest-growing segment of the publishing business.
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Quickly does it
The Economist
For many shop owners, e-commerce remains a riddle. Each step, from creating an online shopfront that lures in customers to taking payment for goods, can flummox retailers selling their wares online. In many cases, intimate knowledge of such technical wizardry as Perl, PHP and MySQL databases is needed.
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Renewable energy usage a competitive advantage for Wal-Mart
Retailing Today
Wal-Mart is eyeing greater energy efficiency and less reliance on fossil fuels as key drivers of its low cost, low price business model. The company recently announced several new targets that are designed to put it further along the path to becoming supplied 100% by renewable energy and save an estimated $1 billion annually in energy costs.
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Big-box stores offering loans, other financial services
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Need to refinance your mortgage? Just put it on your shopping list next time you visit Costco, alongside the jumbo paper towels and the 6-gallon bucket of cat kibble. Big-box retail stores today offer a growing number of financial services, from check cashing and reloadable pre-paid cards to small business loans and life insurance.
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Retailers state their case for fall 2013
Women's Wear Daily
Women's Wear Daily asks retailers which single collection is their favorite of the season and why. Top fashion merchants from around the world weigh in.
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The 5 keys to: Buy anywhere, fulfill anywhere, return anywhere
National Retail Federation
In today's world, shoppers don't follow "traditional" buying patterns. They buy online. They buy in stores. They buy online and pick up in stores. And they even buy on their mobile devices from the store aisles. The age of omni-channel commerce has arrived.
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Sears launches celebrity branding unit with Adam Levine, Nicki Minaj
Chicago Tribune
Sears Holdings Corp. has launched a new business unit, Shop Your Way Brands, aimed at creating and selling celebrity-driven fashion and lifestyle brands. Pop Stars Adam Levine and Nicki Minaj, who moonlight as judges on popular TV shows "The Voice" and "American Idol," respectively, are the first collections to be launched by the unit.
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Retail sales broadly miss estimates during cold March
CNBC
Retailers broadly missed analysts' estimates for same-store sales in March, a month that typically sees cold weather and slow hiring in the early weeks. So far, 63 percent of retailers who reported results fell short of Wall Street's estimates for sales at stores open at least a year, a key industry metric, according to the Thomson Reuters same-sales index, recently released.
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Spotlighting the advantages of the Compensation and Benefits Survey
Retail's BIG Blog
The U.S. Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey — you've heard of it of course, but what the heck is it, and how can it help your company? While it's not meant to be a secret, the study has done quite a good job at staying under the radar as the "secret weapon" for more than 150 retailers' HR practices.
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Taco Bell promises better nutrition — by 2020
USA Today
Taco Bell — long-known as a place to load up on low-price, high-calorie and high-sodium grub — wants to fix the high-calorie and high-sodium part. By 2020, that is.
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Retail sales point to flagging economic momentum
Reuters
Retail sales contracted in March for the second time in three months and consumer confidence tumbled in April, a sign tax hikes early this year stole momentum from the economy.
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NRF: Cold weather and economic policy dampen March retail sales
National Retail Federation
Consumers cooled spending in March as the impact of colder weather across the country and harmful fiscal policy, namely the payroll tax hike, caught up to the economy and weakened retail sales. According to the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade association, March retail sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) decreased 0.2 percent seasonally adjusted from last month and increased 1.6 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
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Burger King CEO to take Heinz reins after deal
Chicago Sun-Times
Burger King CEO Bernardo Hees will take the top job at Heinz following its acquisition by investment firm 3G Capital and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Hees, 43, has been CEO at Burger King, another 3G Capital investment, since 2010. Before that, Hees was CEO of America Latina Logistica, Latin America's largest railroad and logistics company.
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J.C. Penney: The best case for test and learn
Chain Store Age
As much as investors may think there is opportunity for big change in retail, the departure of J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson highlights the need to trust your managers in the field and use "test and learn" as the best way to gauge the potential impact of changes before rolling them out.
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Report: Wal-Mart executive who called sales 'total disaster' has left
Chain Store Age
A recent report by Reuters said that Jerry Murray, the Wal-Mart finance VP who called the chain's early February sales "a total disaster" in an email made public by Bloomberg, has left the company, effective April 5.
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Alco Stores moving corporate headquarters to Texas
Chain Store Age
Alco Stores Inc. recently said it is moving its corporate headquarters from Abilene, Kan., to a suburb of Dallas, citing the need to be "in a more metropolitan area."
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Ackman: J.C. Penney to revive coupon now Johnson out
Bloomberg
J.C. Penney Co. will reverse Ron Johnson's strategy of reducing discounts and put coupon advertising in newspapers again, said William Ackman, the activist investor who recruited the ousted chief executive.
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Judge: J.C. Penney can sell Martha-designed goods for now
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
A New York State Supreme Court judge recently ruled that until further notice J.C. Penney is allowed to sell some Martha Stewart items slated to be in stores this spring.
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Sometimes, we want prices to fool us
The New York Times
Devoted coupon users may be more frugal than the typical consumer. But most shoppers, coupon collectors or not, want the thrill of getting a great deal, even if it's an illusion. In recent months, J.C. Penney recognized that human trait and backtracked on its pricing policy, offering coupons and running weekly sales again. And it started marking up items to immediately mark them down for the appearance of a discount.
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Furniture makers show 'made in the USA' pride
USA Today
Peggy Farabaugh was inspired to sell American-made furniture seven years ago after reading about animal habitats with her children. In the process, she discovered that the wood used to make most of the furniture sold in the U.S. is harvested from rainforests. A desire to raise awareness about wood sources, sustainability and forest conservation led her to found Vermont Woods Studio, which boasts a selection of furniture handmade in Vermont.
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Shoplifting an organized crime for professional thieves
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Every single day in South Florida, kleptomaniacs and five-finger discount enthusiasts slip into malls and stores across the region to do one thing: shoplift. Some will steal because they want to, some will even steal from the department store they work at. But others, the professionals, will have a different criminal pedigree altogether. They will work in teams and execute thefts with pre-determined moves worthy of a coach's clipboard. "This is a big problem for our businesses," said Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. "Anytime you have retail theft, it drives prices up."
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Sony expanding retail footprint
Chain Store Age
Sony Electronics is revving up its retail expansion, opening the doors to three newly remodeled Sony Stores and several brand new Sony Gallery experiences during the past few months. The company also unveiled a smaller-store format called Sony Gallery.
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7-Eleven acquires 46-store portfolio in South Carolina
Chain Store Age
7-Eleven recently announced it has closed on the acquisition of 46 Hickory Point and Palms Stores from CB Mart. While the terms of this particular deal haven't been made public, the acquisition boosts 7-Eleven's Carolinas store count to more than 100 and puts the c-store operator solidly on track to continue its accelerated growth plan.
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Report: Caribou Coffee to close 80 stores, rebrand 88 others into Peet's
Chain Store Age
Caribou Coffee will close some 80 stores nationwide and turn 88 other locations into Peet's over the next 12 to 18 months, the Chicago Tribune reported. Caribou, which is based in Minneapolis, went private this year in a $340 million deal with German investment firm Joh. A. Benckiser Group, which also owns Peet's.
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Hudson Group launches new travel retail concept
Chain Store Age
Travel retailer Hudson Group, owner of the Hudson News airport stores, recently said it has launched a new retail concept called Hudson, with the first unit slated to open at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport's Central Terminal.
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Leslie's to open 48 stores this spring
Chain Store Age
Leslie's PoolMart marked the grand opening of five retail locations on April 12. The stores are in Gold Canyon, Ariz., Madera, Calif., Torrance, Calif., West Springfield, Mass., and Magnolia, Texas. With these new stores and its recent acquisition of 24 Warehouse Pool Supply stores in the Houston area, Leslie's will bring its total store count to more than 800 stores nationwide.
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13 ways to painlessly improve profitability in 2013: See the light
By Jay Fiske
We've been using incandescent lighting since Thomas Edison developed the first practical light bulb more than a century ago. In today's world where innovation moves at the speed of light, lighting innovation ironically moved at a snail's pace until the last couple of decades. Today, innovation has made lighting the epitome of low-hanging fruit for energy misers. The following are 10 ways you can use technology to light up your bottom line.
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Study: Big data making fast headway in retail
Progressive Grocer
Big data is moving into retail fast, and many industry executives are already in the midst of big data-related initiatives, according to the latest research study by Barrington, Ill.-based retail consultancy Brick Meets Click. According to Moving Forward with Big Data: The Future of Retail Analytics, two-thirds of the executives recently surveyed are now involved in big data projects, and 27 percent of these projects are already in production.
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Is 'showrooming' the future of retailing?
LinkedIn
Ever since e-commerce took off in the late 1990s, there has been a debate in retailing over "bricks versus clicks." At times, particularly at the height of the dotcom bubble, there were predictions that online stores would make physical shops obsolete, malls would disappear and the high street would just become a long, depressing line of Starbucks outlets. This vision of what the economist Schumpeter called "creative destruction" has been revived recently since price comparison apps on mobile phones have allowed customers to demand online-equivalent prices in physical stores, exposing the higher costs of physical stores to a potentially devastating competitive pressure.
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Wal-Mart, Target bite the big one as Q1 profits look to disappoint
Brand Channel
In an on again-off again economy, spotty consumer spending can wreak havoc on retailers. The first quarter of 2013 proves the point. Jon Hatzius, chief economist for investment firm Goldman Sachs, said real consumer spending growth in Q1 was actually stronger than expected, but he cautions that "the March retail sales and the dip in consumer sentiment in early April suggest that consumption is entering the second quarter on a weak note," reports Business Insider. According to the monthly Consumer Reports Index, consumers' outlook has continued to decline since January.
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EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENTS




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

Executive Promotions
Hollie Heft — PB 4E Sales & Merchandise Manager, Schofield, Pacific Region, to the position of PB 5A Store Manager (MS), Tinker AFB, Central Region in May 2013. Bryan Moon — 5A Procurement Manager, HQ PZ-Plans (PZ-PL) PZ Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of 5C Associate Director Contracting, HQ PZ-P Purchasing Policy, PZ Directorate, Exchange HQ in February 2013.
Ellen Henderson — PB 4F Store Manager (MS), Barksdale AFB, Central Region, to the position of PB 5A General Manager, Barksdale, Central Region in August 2013. Michael Ruben — PB 4F Area Food PGM SP, Europe Region, to the position of PB 5A Food Court Manager, Foster Exchange, Pacific Region in August 2013.
Jeffrey Hyatt — PB 4F General Manager, FE Warren, Western Region, to the position of PB 5A General Manager, Fort Huachuca, Western Region in August 2013. Mark Sheppard — PB 4F Store Manager (MS), Fort Drum, Eastern Region, to the position of PB 5A Store Manager (MS), JBMDL-DIX, Eastern Region in May 2013.
Rita Inchaurregui-Powell — PB 4F General Manager, Kunsan, Pacific Region, to the position of PB 5A Store Manager (MS), Fort Meade, Eastern Region in August 2013. Aldeen Williams — PB 4F Exchange Restaurant Business Manager III, Hawaii Food Office Exchange, Pacific Region to the position of PB 5A Food Court Manager, Schofield Exchange, Pacific Region in August 2013.
Stephanie Kuykendall-Bernstein — PB 4F General Manager (Dual), March JARB, Western Region, to the position of PB 5A Store Manager (MS), Fort Carson, Western Region in July 2013.


Executive Assignments
Keith Boettiger — Loss Prevention Operations Director, Loss Prevention Directorate, Exchange HQ, to the position of Audit Project Manager, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ in March 2013. Kim Perez — Regional Human Resources Manager (North Central), Human Resources Directorate, DS: Exchange HQ, to the position of Sr. Policy Specialist, Human Resources Directorate, Exchange HQ in April 2013.
Miles Bowman — Chief of Human Resources Policy & Labor Relation Branch, Human Resources Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of Chief Employee Relations and Field Support, Human Resources Directorate, Exchange HQ in April 2013. Anna Stanton — General Manager, Offutt AFB, Central Region, to the position of Regional Human Resources Manager (North Central), DS: Exchange HQ, Human Resources Directorate, Exchange HQ in June 2013.
Carlos Figueroa — Region Food PGM SP. (WER), to the position of Food Court Manager, Kadena BXFC Over Head Exchange, Pacific Region in July 2013. Danne Raborn — Assistant Distribution Center Mgr I, South East Distribution Center to the position of LG OPS Manager (I/O), Dan Daniel Distribution Center, in July 2013.
Preston Huddy — Distribution Center Manager I, South East Distribution Center, to the position of Assistant Distribution Center Manager II, West Coast Distribution Center in March 2013. Sheila Whitfield — Operational Policy Specialist, eCommerce Directorate, Exchange HQ, to the position of Buyer IV, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ in March 2013.
Linda Mihalick — PB 5E Vice President of E-Commerce, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in April 2013.
Congratulations! Please disseminate to our Exchange family.

Susan I. Simone
Senior Vice President
Human Resources


AAFES CEO, leaders visit JBLE Exchanges to highlight growth, improvement of facilities
Air Combat Command
Top officials from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service toured Exchange facilities and met with top major command officers at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., on April 10. Thomas Shull, AAFES CEO, planned the tour to better understand JBLE's unique challenges and gain valuable insight to ensure AAFES is providing a great environment for service members to shop, live and work. "The Exchange's first priority is taking care of Soldiers, Airmen and their families," said Shull. "Offering comprehensive support through all stages of a military career is the foundation to maintain the relevance of the Exchange."
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American Logistics Association and Veterans Canteen Service

April 9

Dear Show & Sell Exhibitor,

The ALA has received official notice from the VCS that the 2013 VCS Show & Sell has been cancelled. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. For those vendors who have purchased booths, you can anticipate a refund of your booth fees paid within the next 30 days.

If you have further questions regarding the cancellation of the 2013 VCS Show & Sell, please direct your inquiries to VCS at 314-845-1200.

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April 24, 2013: ALA/DeCA Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament, Fort Lee, Va.

April 25 – 26, 2013: ALA Commissary Roundtable, Marriott Hotel, Richmond, Va.

June 24, 2013: NY Chapter Golf event at West Point - To benefit the Military Commander's Scholarship Fund.

Aug. 19 – 22, 2013: 2013 Hawaii Trade and Food Show, Honolulu, Hawaii

Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2013: 66th Annual Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.

Dec. 5, 2013: ALA NY Chapter Annual Holiday Luncheon, New York City.

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Budget request would shift money among military family programs
Military Times
The White House's 2014 budget request for military family support programs — $8.5 billion — is the same as its request for 2013, but the devil is in the details. Money has shifted within the different programs.
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Arby's Restaurant Group opens 2nd military location at Fort Stewart
Noodls
Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. opened its second Army & Air Force Exchange Service-operated Arby's® restaurant in the Exchange at Ft. Stewart, Ga., on April 15. Military personnel and their families stationed at or visiting Ft. Stewart will be able to enjoy Arby's full menu including its classic Roast Beef sandwiches, Curly Fries, Jamocha Shakes and Market Fresh® deli-style sandwiches and salads, as well as new found favorites, including the premium Angus Three Cheese & Bacon Sandwich, Value Menu starting at $1 and more.
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ACAP equips soldiers to find civilian jobs
U.S. Army
As Fort Sill's Army Career and Alumni Program entered the second week of evaluating the pilot curriculum of the Transition Assistance Program, they had a special visitor — the program's top director. Walter Herd serves as Director of the Army Transition Office, which is part of the Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Ky.
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