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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only April 30, 2010
 
Executive Briefing
 
 

President's Message

New Slate of ALA Board Members Announced:
The ALA Board of Directors has approved the following slate of candidates to run for the Board of Directors: Exchange - Jimmy Baecher, L'Oreal Paris Consumer Products Division; Roger Blood, C. Lloyd Johnson, an Acosta Company; David Sisk, Procter & Gamble Dist. Co.; Commissary - Frank Pecoraro, Coastal Pacific Food Distributors; Vince Venezia, Kraft Foods, Inc.; Jeff White, J. M. Smucker Company. Ballots will be mailed to all ALA voting members in early August. Any ALA member who wishes to be considered for inclusion on the ballot may do so by petition. Write-in candidates appear on the ballot when no fewer than 25 voting members of the Association subscribe to the candidacy. This petition for candidacy must be provided to Chairman Emeritus and Chairman of the Nominating Committee, Perri Brackett, no later than 90 days prior to the Annual Meeting of Members. The Annual Meeting of Members will be held at the 63rd Annual Convention in Bellevue, WA on October 21, 2010.

Special Needs Require Special Attention:
Having to pick up and move every several years to a new duty assignment is the norm for the military and in many cases the new location is overseas. Just imagine how difficult it must be to get into the new lifestyle and routine with new schools, new medical offices to deal with, a new financial network…imagine this difficulty and then add the requirement of a special needs child. One of your association partners (Dave Waybright, HJ Heinz) sent this to me and I think it is worth sharing with you. The link below will take you to Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP). Please take a moment, navigate over there and take a look. It will give you insight into behind the scenes requirements we take for granted but have a significant impact on our military and their families. www.stompproject.org

ALA Member Company Makes a BIG Move into the Prime Vendor Arena:
In last week's ALA Executive Brief we included an article from the Washington Post regarding DLA's recent award of the Iraq Prime Vendor contract. What was not included in the article was that the awardee, Anham, has a teaming agreement with one of ALA's long time members, Coastal Pacific Food Distributors (CPFD). Per the agreement, CPFD will source and supply all items from CONUS manufacturers to the Kuwaiti warehouse operations as well as provide IT capabilities for Inventory control, forecasting, procurement, warehousing and Total Asset Visibility (TAV). Additionally CPFD will provide significant assistance in warehousing and transitioning for the largest troop feeding contract in the world. CPFD is not new to Prime Vendor as they have been the contractor for Japan, Singapore and Diego Garcia since 1998. With this award, CPFD will not only be the second largest food distributor for commissaries and exchanges, but also one of the largest Prime Vendor contractors as well.

Pentagon Housecleaning:
The shakeup in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness continues. An unidentified source stated on the condition or anonymity that the shakeup is intended to reshape and re-energize an office that has slipped in its professionalism and accountability.

Pentagon Wounded Warrior Care Official Forced Out
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The Washington Post, Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
The Pentagon official in charge of the wounded warrior program said Sunday he has been forced to resign, as the military continues to struggle with how best to care for troops injured in combat.


Re-energized Focus on Recovery Audits:
This week, the House passed by voice vote the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act. With White House and Senate support, this Bill is expected to work its way through the process to become law. In a new twist, this proposal allows individual Agencies to keep a portion of the recovered funds. Previously, the funds were deposited to the general Treasury receipts.

Any Savings Will Go to Deficit Reduction:
The budget process has enough rules to follow but this added one has implications. Any savings identified will go first to deficit reduction rather than funding new programs…It just means budget pressure in the downward direction will be multiplied.

Senate Panel Approves Budget Resolution
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CongressDaily, Humberto Sanchez
Floor time is uncertain because it's unclear how long it will take the Senate to finish financial regulation legislation.


It's All About Return on Investment:
Collectively, commissary and exchange programs generate over $11 billion in benefits. We estimate that the American taxpayer receives a 9 to 1 return on investment (ROI) through the efficient delivery of these valued programs.

The ROI includes:

  • Savings of nearly $8 billion at the cash register for patrons
  • Hundreds of millions of dollars in cost avoidance to the DoD in cost of living allowances in high cost and overseas areas
  • $600 million in infrastructure improvements given to the Government’s inventory
  • Employment for 30,000 military family members adding $900 million to their pocketbooks
  • Industry partners employing nearly 20,000 family members adding another $600 million to military household incomes
  • $500 million in contributions from earnings provided to community morale, welfare and recreation programs with further employment of family members in MWR programs that are paid by these dividends
Then on the other hand:

Military's Health Care Costs Booming
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USA Today, Gregg Zoroya
Military health care spending is rising twice as fast as the nation's overall health care costs, consuming a larger chunk of the defense budget as the Pentagon struggles to pay for two wars, military budget figures show.



Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA





Washington Update


Three military installations become one
San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on
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The Air Force took over Fort Sam Houston, and it didn't have to drop a bomb or fire a shot. But then, it wasn't that kind of a takeover, and in fact was celebrated as a new era of cooperation among rival services, right down to the joint Army-Air Force band that played before a crowd of 300 on MacArthur Parade Field. More

Troops' care facility in dire shape
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Pentagon effort to consolidate two premier hospitals for treating wounded troops has more than doubled in price and is so rudderless that an independent review and a bipartisan group of legislators say the care could suffer. More

Navy amphibious ship to honor congressman
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The newest amphibious Naval ship, named after late Johnstown congressman John Murtha, will carry Marines through troubled waters around the globe. More

New font in battle on financial rules
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When President Barack Obama complained in his Cooper Union speech Thursday about "battalions of financial-industry lobbyists descending on Capitol Hill," he probably didn't mean it literally. More

Commissary News


Trouble on the high seas
CFO    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The rise in manufacturer and retail inventories marking the end of the great "destocking" has been good news for the U.S. economy as a whole, but it's causing problems for companies transporting goods by ship from overseas, particularly from Asia. More

Beyond the big box: Wal-Mart thinks smaller
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. became the largest retailer by building sprawling stores in suburbs and rural towns. But now it is exploring opening a number of small outposts to penetrate the nation's cities and fight the spread of no-frills grocery chains, which are luring away some of its core customers. More

Harris IT award keeps DOD commissaries well stocked
Washington Technology    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Harris Corp. will continue to provide specialized information technology services to the Defense Department under a nearly five-year contract worth $35 million. More

Big Y rolls out targeted shopper promotion wystem
Progessive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Big Y Foods this week has successfully deployed a new targeted shopper promotion system chain-wide to help enhance its marketing and lift sales. The grocer is using the Targeted Shopper Promotion solution from Woburn, Mass.-based Incentive Targeting. More

Organic food sales grow five percent, top $24 billion in 2009
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According to the Organic Trade Association's "2010 Organic Industry Survey" released earlier this month, U.S. sales of organic products increased 5.3 percent to reach $26.6 billion last years, Gourmet Retailer reports. The figure represents $24.8 billion in food and $1.8 billion in non-food products. More

FMI introduces ethical sourcing standard in SQF program
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The Safe Quality Food Institute, a division of the Food Marketing Institute here, has added an Ethical Sourcing standard for labor and environmental practices to its supplier auditing programs. More

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Web site as of 10 a.m., 29 April:

PROMOTIONS
  • DP #10, Update #2
  • DP #11, Update 1, Shipper and Promotion Quantities
  • Holiday Chill/Freeze
  • Holiday Seasonal Cookies/Crackers/Fruitcake
  • DP #13 Far East Shipper & Promotion Quantities
NOTICES TO TRADE
  • 110-75, Brand Name Value Priced Frozen Whole Turkeys and Brand Name Premiere Frozen Whole Turkeys
  • 10-77, Selection of Suppliers for DeCA Worldwide Value Priced Frozen Whole Turkeys and Frozen Turkey Parts Merchandising Program
  • 10-85, Prepared Dinner Category Review
  • 10-86, Location Change for Live Resets
  • 10-80, Digital Coupon/Loyalty Card Initiatives
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Adds/Changes/Deletes for week 10-17 will not be published until 3 May 10
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates
  • FY10 Sales & Customers by Department by Store by Month & YTD through Mar 10
  • FY10 – Mar 10 versus Mar 09 Region sales Comparison
DeCA NEWS RELEASES
  • 42-10, Commissaries support Soldiers Fitness Program by helping families make healthy food choices
  • 43-10, DeCA celebrates its best produce displays
  • 44-10, Look for less sodium, more potassium in your diet
  • 45-10, Check out your commissary's produce department for delicious springtime favorites


Exchange News


Famed WWII Doolittle Raiders reunite at Air Force Museum
Air Force Material Command    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Four of the remaining eight famed Doolittle Raiders known for their nearly impossible bombing raid on Japan, reunited for the 68th year from April 16-18 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. More

American dies in Iraq
CNN    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A U.S. Department of Defense employee has died in Iraq of unknown causes, the U.S. military reported. The employee worked as a non-combatant for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, the military said. The employee's name was withheld pending notification of next of kin. More

Retail relationships: Tweens influencing more than just products
NRF    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jayne O'Donnell shared the anecdote today that Cosmo Girl Magazine asked girls aged 13-24 if they considered a store a friend and 60 percent said yes. In an age where brands have interactive websites, built-in personal shoppers and notable personalities, why can't a retail store be viewed as a close, personal friend? More

Restaurant chains vow to cut sodium
Nation's Restaurant News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Four restaurants chains, including Subway and Starbucks, were among 16 companies that pledged Monday to voluntarily cut down on the amount of sodium in their products as part of a national initiative aimed at reducing salt consumption by 25 percent over the next five years. More

Target, Wegmans top Greenpeace's seafood sustainability report
Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the first time, half of the leading supermarket operators in the United States garnered "passing" scores for the sustainability of their seafood operations, according to the fourth edition of Greenpeace's seafood sustainability score card, "Carting Away the Oceans," which came out April 28. More

Winn-Dixie offers pharmacy translation
Jacksonville Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. has launched a translation service in some of its pharmacies. WD RxConnect™ Translate provides language interpreter services in more than 100 languages to help pharmacists communicate with customers for consultations and transactions. More

Retail sales defy gloom for third month running
The Independent    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Retailers have reported a third consecutive month of rising sales and expect the positive trend to continue in May, as shoppers carry on spending despite uncertainty about the outcome of the general election. More

Wal-Mart thinks smaller
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. became the largest retailer by building sprawling stores in suburbs and rural towns. But now it is exploring opening a number of small outposts to penetrate the nation's cities and fight the spread of no-frills grocery chains, which are luring away some of its core customers. More

Spring boosts Home Depot, Lowe's
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Spring is usually the best time of the year for home-improvement retailers Home Depot Inc. and Lowe's Cos., and this spring their sales finally appear to be blooming after three years of withering trends. More

Washington Update


Family finds connection to deployed mom online
U.S. DoD    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Klein household was fairly typical: mom and dad worked, and their two rambunctious boys kept them busy the rest of the time. Mom was the snuggler, the reader of bedtime stories, the primary source of emotional support for the kids. More
 


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