ALA Congressional Caucus projects impressive line-up (June 19, 2012, Room B339 Rayburn House Office Building) a must attend event!
2012 ALA Congressional Caucus and Public Policy Forum
In this fast-changing defense and fiscal environment, policy makers are faced with major decisions that will directly affect the way the military does business and how industry and ALA must prepare to work with Defense in the coming years. On June 19, in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, ALA will gather major Washington elected and appointed officials and public policy experts to discuss a wide range of issues including: the politics of defense and national security, supporting military families, status of budgetary deliberations, doing business in a dynamic environment, changes to force structure and sizing, military basing plans, federal and White House policy and direction. Keep reading below for more information on this issue.
Agency officials, defense and public policy experts
Defense Issues Affecting Military Resale, Family and MWR Programs. Robert Gordon, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy).
Navigating the New Era of Fiscal Austerity. Developing procurement advocacy strategies to ensure market awareness of products and sustainable business in an austere budget environment. Jim Schweiter, former Senior Professional Staff Member and General Counsel, House Armed Services Committee and partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge, Beth Ferrell, McKenna Long & Aldridge.
Federal Fiscal and Management Issues for 2012 and Beyond. John Kamensky, Senior Fellow with the IBM Center for the Business of Government, Fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration, Deputy Director, National Partnership for Reinventing Government.
Future of military bases domestic and overseas. David Vine, Assistant Professor at American University. Author of several books on military basing.
National Defense Issues Before the U.S. Congress. Defense experts from Gannett Government Media & Bloomberg News Service.
Update on Base Access for Defense Contractors. Lt. Col. Mark DiCarlo, Air Force Directorate of Security Forces, Integrated Defense Branch Chief, Pentagon, Lead Agent Defense Installation Access Control Working Group followed by a panel discussion on base access programs, policies and procedures.
Issues facing military resale and MWR programs in the Administration and the 113th Congress. Stephen Rossetti, Director of Government Affairs, American Logistics Association.
Members of Congress
Senator Dan Akaka, D-Hawaii, Veterans Affairs Committee, Armed Services Committee (invited).
Congressman Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., Ranking Member- House Appropriations, Military Construction, Veteran Affairs, & Related Agencies Subcommittee, Chairman, Military Family Caucus.
Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, D-Guam, Ranking Member - House Armed Services, Readiness Subcommittee (invited).
Congresswoman Susan Davis, D-Calif., Ranking Member - House Armed Services, Military Personnel Subcommittee.
Congressman Norm Dicks, D-Wash., Ranking Member - House Appropriations, Defense Subcommittee (invited).
Congressman Randy Forbes, R-Va., Chairman - House Armed Services, Readiness Committee (invited).
Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Committee on Education and the Workforce and Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (invited).
Senator Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, Chairman, Appropriations Committee (invited).
Congressman Walter Jones, R-N.C., Vice Chairman, House Financial Services, Domestic & Monetary Policy & Technology Subcommittee.
Congressman Sylvester Reyes, D-Texas, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, House Armed Services Committee, Co-Chair, Army Caucus (invited).
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, R-Wash., Member, House Energy & Commerce Committee, Co-Chairman, Military Family Caucus (invited).
Congressman Adam Smith, D-Wash., Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee (invited).
Senator James Webb, D-Va., Chairman, Military Personnel Subcommittee, Armed Services Committee (invited).
Congressman Allen West, R-Fla. Member, House Armed Services, Military Personnel Subcommittee, Emerging Threats & Capabilities Subcommittee.
Congressman Joe Wilson, R-S.C., Chairman, House Armed Services, Military Personnel Subcommittee.
Hiring vets is great policy and even better business:
How Amazon learned to love veterans
Read the Full Story
CNNMoney, Adam Lashinsky
Won over by their logistical know-how and "bias for action," the online retailer is on a military hiring spree.
The gamesmanship is in full bloom on the hill. The House passes a proposal that is clearly dead on arrival at the Senate and they both earn the right to point fingers and criticize the other. In the meantime we are on the slippery slide towards budget chaos.
House to vote on GOP plan that would forestall Pentagon cuts
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The Washington Post, Rosalind S. Helderman
The House is expected to vote today on a Republican plan that would spare the Pentagon from the deep across-the-board spending cuts envisioned as part of last summer's debt-ceiling agreement, reviving what has been an emotional debate in Washington about the best ways to reduce the federal budget deficit.
Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association
House panel considers higher 2013 defense budget
Yahoo News Share
The House Armed Services Committee recently pressed ahead with a version of the 2013 defense budget that adds billions to President Barack Obama's proposed budget and rejects the administration's call for military base closings. More
House spares Pentagon, homeland security from cuts
The Associated Press via Yahoo News Share
Republicans controlling the House are sparing the Pentagon, military veterans and most homeland security programs from the budget knife as action begins on a set of spending bills setting the day-to-day budgets for federal agencies. Foreign aid programs would absorb a 5 percent cut in legislation released Tuesday, while the FBI would receive a 2 percent budget hike in a separate measure. More
House bill offers aid cuts to save military spending
The New York Times Share
The Republican-led House this week will lay bare the choice between social programs and Pentagon spending in an age of austerity when it takes up legislation to slice $261 billion from food stamps, Medicaid, social services and other programs for struggling Americans over the next decade to stave off more than $50 billion in military spending cuts scheduled to take effect next year. More
Republicans seek to add more in defense spending
The Washington Post Share
House Republicans recently spelled out some funding increases they are seeking in defense programs above the amounts President Barack Obama requested in the fiscal 2013 Pentagon budget, including an additional $1 billion for Israeli anti-missile defense systems. More
Budget crisis: A chance to improve, not dismantle, government?
Government Executive Share
As the November elections draw nearer, the budget debate will not be about whether to cut government spending, but how, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., told an audience of federal workers. While Democrats tend to focus on how to make the government more efficient, most Republicans seek ways to dismantle it, he said, imploring employees to "help tell the story" and "carry forward the great cause of providing service to the American people." More
Feds would pay more for pensions under House bill
Government Executive Share
The House Budget Committee recently approved a measure on a party-line vote that would increase the amount government employees contribute to their pensions. The legislation, shepherded by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., incorporates measures approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in late April requiring current federal employees to pay 5 percent more toward their retirement over the next five years, beginning in 2013. More
Defense budget casualties light on civilian side
The Washington Times Share
The Pentagon's civilian workforce, which expanded dramatically during President Barack Obama's first three years, is not facing any significant reductions even as the Defense Department is slashing ground troops by more than 10 percent, retiring ships and combat planes, and putting off the purchases of some new weapons. More
Pentagon budget headed for House rewrite
Members of the House Armed Services Committee take out their red pens this week to rewrite President Barack Obama's defense budget. The Republican-controlled panel is preparing to reverse much of Obama's plan for defense spending cuts when it votes on its version of the defense authorization bill. Committee leaders already have made clear their intention to boost funding for battle tanks, Navy destroyers and missile defense. More
Mobile grocery shop targets bored commuters
Chicago Tribune via News & Observer Share
You wouldn't think picking up milk at the "L" station would be a good idea. But online grocer Peapod has turned a busy Chicago train station into a virtual supermarket aisle, enabling commuters to use their smartphones to scan and buy any of 70 items on the fly. More
Healthy supermarket shopping: Is an in-store nutritionist the secret to healthful choices?
The Huffington Post Share
How do you make healthy choices at the grocery store? We've all heard the advice: avoid the center aisles where processed food abounds and stick to the produce, meat and dairy sections around the perimeter of your grocery store. And while supermarkets carry everything from healthful kale to harmful sugary sodas, some businesses are starting to help their customers make better selections with health ratings, stickers and other indicators that a food is good for you. But will labels work? More
Could those reusable grocery bags make you sick?
The Boston Globe Share
Only 15 percent of Americans wash their reusable tote bags on a regular basis, according to a survey conducted by the Home Food Safety program, a collaboration between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods. According to Ruth Frechman, a registered dietitian and media spokesperson for AND, "Food poisoning can easily be prevented by using practical steps, such as cleaning grocery totes and separating raw meats from ready-to-eat foods when shopping, cooking, serving, and storing foods." More
Trying the caveman diet doesn't have to cost the earth
Business Insider Share
So you've made the switch to the Paleo diet or are seriously thinking about it. Great! You've heard followers of the Paleo diet say they feel more energetic, sleep better, and feel less bloated after eating. The reality of eating as many fresh foods as this plan requires hits home on your first trip to the grocery store. Don't let this discourage you though, because there are great resources and tips available to help you plan out your meals and save money. More
What is healthy grocery shopping?
Medical News Today Share
Grocery shopping can be a daunting task if one follows advice of not buying anything at eye level, studying the label, and avoiding center isles and goods at the perimeter. Evidence has shown that Americans buy most of their food in grocery stores and that their shopping habits are predictive in terms of their fruit, vegetable and sugared soft drink consumption. More
The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., 10 May 2012.
DP #9, Update #2.
DP #10, Update #2.
DP #15, WW Promotion Package, Lunch Box Full of Savings/Back To School Sale.
Thanksgiving/Christmas Seasonal Package – Chill/Freeze/Prepackaged Meat.
Father’s Day, Update #2.
September Mix and Match Sale (Formerly Case Lot Sale).
Spring Club Pack, Update #3.
Summer Club Pack, Update #1.
Severe Weather, Update #2.
NOTICES TO TRADE
12-78, Promotional Matrix Input for 2013.
12-80, Household Cleaners Review Live Test Set Date.
ALA Commissary Roundtable Presentations.
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-19.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
SAVE THE DATES
June 19, 2012: Congressional Caucus, Washington, D.C.
August 20–23, 2012: Hawaii Conference & Food Show
The changing role of association e-newsletters
An e-newsletter used to complement an associations newsletter with expanded or additional feature stories. However, associations are now using their e-newsletters primarily as a way to send news about its industry. In some cases, the e-newsletter has even become the main way in which associations communicate with its members.
Lisa Smith, senior content editor, Multibriefs, a vendor who puts together e-newsletters in conjunction with associations, said that in her experience, most associations tend to lean toward more content curation to deliver accurate and precise information to its members.
"More and more we see that associations are handing over the reins to companies like us to put these e-newsletters together because it gives them the freedom to focus on their face-to-face meetings with members, their trade shows and other important aspects of their organization."
Robert Flynn, co-founder and CEO, Aggregage, a firm that also puts together e-newsletters in conjunction with associations, agreed. He said that content curation is starting to permeate through larger organizations.
Starbucks names former defense secretary to board
The Wall Street Journal Share
Starbucks Corp. recently said former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been named to its 11-member board. Gates served as defense secretary from 2006 until June 2011, working under both Republican President George W. Bush and his Democratic successor, President Barack Obama. More
Facebook's roadshow underway; IPO set for May 18
The Wall Street Journal Share
Facebook Inc. started its roadshow to pitch its stock to investors on May 7, as the social network enters the final stages of its coming public offering, said people familiar with the matter. (subscription required.) More
Talking with Forrester Research VP and Principal Analyst Brian Walker
Shop.org Blog Share
A retailer's thinking these days can be dominated by smartphones, tablet devices, social media, social commerce, new payment systems and numerous other emerging technologies. However, much of that activity ultimately directly impacts the website itself, so retailers cannot afford to overlook fundamentals of running their online business, such as site maintenance, load testing and replatforming. More
ASDA cuts fuel prices
Kantar Retail Share
Immediately following fuel price cuts on April 21, ASDA has slashed the price of unleaded fuel again across its 195 filling stations nationwide, effective May 4. More
Supervalu announces new EVP of store operations
Kantar Retail Share
Supervalu has announced the departure of Pete Van Helden, Executive Vice President of Retail Operations effective this spring. More
Target will stop selling Amazon Kindles
Kantar Retail Share
Target recently announced it will stop selling Amazon's Kindle e-readers and accessories in stores and online. More
Best Buy announces pre-orders for new Call of Duty video game
Kantar Retail Share
Pre-orders are now available for the new video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II in more than 1000 Best Buy stores and on BestBuy.com. The highly anticipated game will be released on Nov. 13, and customers who pre-order it from Best Buy will receive exclusive Call of Duty dog tags with their orders. More
Costco reports April 2012 results
Kantar Retail Share
Costco's net sales increased 7 percent to $7.25 billion for the four-week period ending April 29. More
Best Buy expanding distribution center in Minnesota
Kantar Retail Share
Best Buy is expanding the size of its 434,000-square-foot distribution center in Bloomington, Minn., by 156,000 feet, and increasing employment at the center by 25 percent. More
Sears to invest in rewards program, stores
Sears Holdings Corp Chairman Edward Lampert laid out a blueprint for boosting results, calling for everything from investing millions of dollars in the retailer's "Shop Your Way" rewards program to improving the layout and signs in its stores. More
Call it Victor's secret
The New York Times Share
Are men really ready to shop for underwear the way women do? There are plenty of examples that indicate that the market for men's unmentionables has been heading in a more fashion-conscious direction for some time, what with the popularity of the new Calvin Klein Bold collection, rainbow-striped briefs from Diesel and the latest snakeskin-printed waistbands from 2(x)ist. It's almost like the 1970s again, except that synthetic fabrics are now considered desirable. More
Senators, retailers urge more flexible apparel rules in Asia-Pacific deal
The Hill Share
A bipartisan group of senators is urging U.S. trade officials to adopt more flexible rules of origin and gain better market access for apparel as part of an Asia-Pacific trade deal. A letter signed by 15 senators — seven Democrats and eight Republicans — urges President Barack Obama to consider integrating rules on textiles and apparel into broader discussions on all other industrial goods in the ongoing negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. More
Market Alley Wines named top three finalist in national competition
Daily Review Atlas Share
Not often does Monmouth top major American cities. April 30, however, was one of those special moments in Monmouth history. It happened when Susan Kaufman learned her wine shop, Market Alley Wines, made it into the top three finalists in the National Retail Federation's "This Is Retail" competition topping stores in Phoenix, Baltimore and around the country. More
Retailers pay a lot less in debit fees under new rule
USA Today Share
Retailers are paying significantly less every time a customer swipes a debit card under a rule capping the fees that banks are allowed to charge. More
Better peak season fulfillment requires smarter seasonal workers
Internet Retailer Share
Forget any old ideas of seasonal workers walking into a warehouse hiring office in the early fall and then muscling around for a few months to help a retailer sort, pick and ship all those holiday orders. Today's e-commerce operation requires a bit more sophistication, says Chip Edgington, executive vice president of operations for Redcats USA, No. 33 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide. More
Retailer boosts pay despite economy
The Columbus Dispatch Share
For the fourth straight year, the owner of retailer Hobby Lobby has boosted the minimum hourly wage for its full- and part-time workers, keeping their pay well above what either state or federal law requires. More
US retailers add jobs
Women's Wear Daily Share
Department stores and discounters boosted payrolls in April, as job growth in the overall economy slowed, the Labor Department recently said. (Subscription required.) More
Slow economy weighs on households and retailers
The Washington Post Share
Three years after the recession, economic stress is increasing in Washington area households as the unemployment rate remains elevated, prices rise and home values remain depressed. According to Delta Associates' household stress index, which accounts for the rate of inflation, unemployment and real estate values, households experienced a rise in stress during 2011. More
Costco makes plans for boosting its online sales
The Seattle Times Share
Costco.com already sells about $2 billion worth of goods, but it lags far behind Amazon and Wal-Mart in online sales. The Issaquah, Wash.-based chain plans to introduce new mobile apps this month in an effort to significantly expand its online business. More
Study: Consumers opt for traditional Mother's Day gifts
The Gourmet Retailer Share
"Tradition" is the buzzword when it comes to gift-giving for Mom this year, as 9 of 10 consumers plan to celebrate Mother's Day, with total spending estimated to reach nearly $17.2 billion, according to the annual Brand Keys Mother's Day survey. Celebrants intend to spend an average of $163 this year, up 10 percent over 2011. Men, following a long-time pattern, intend to spend more than women, reporting an anticipated average spend of $190. Women anticipate spending $136 on Mom. More
Men are out-shopping women online
It might be time for the consumer lexicon to change. Retailers usually refer to shoppers as "she," but turns out, men are out-shopping women online. According to digital performance company iProspect, there are 19 million affluent men online, and the vast majority of them are shopping. Nearly half of these wealthy men spend more than $4,000 a year online. More
Smaller retailers tap into the power of digital displays
Digital signs are becoming pervasive, whether to entertain bored shoppers at supermarket checkouts or demonstrate the latest gadgets in home-furnishing stores. Although shoppers most often see digital signage at big-box retailers like Wal-Mart and Best Buy, the technology is becoming more affordable for smaller businesses. The following are four ways small-business owners are using digital signs. More
United Fresh 2012: Retailers still face reluctant shoppers
Supermarket News Share
The economy may be slowly improving, but consumers still have less money to spend on food than before the recession. More than half of shoppers — 61 percent of the population — are "survivalists," said Thomas J. Blischok, chief retail strategist and senior executive advisor of Booz and Co., at the "Understanding Today's Changing Retail Trends" workshop at the recent United Fresh Show in Dallas. More
EIA lowers summer gas price predictions
Convenience Store News Share
With the unofficial start of summer only three weeks away, there is some good news on the gas price front. The Energy Information Administration has downgraded its forecasted price at the pump for the summer driving season. According to the EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook, recently released, the agency projects regular gasoline will average $3.79 per gallon during the summer season, which stretches from April through September. That number is only 8 cents more than last year's summer average of $3.71. More
Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command Customer Advisory
(Note: There are still discussions in progress for how this will impact the Exchange Business.)
May 4, 2012
Subject: Lithium batteries prohibited in international/military mail
Purpose: To provide DOD shippers an immediate notification on mailing lithium batteries to/from APOs, FPOs or DPOs.
Be advised: Effective May 16, 2012, the United States Postal Service will prohibit the shipment of lithium metal batteries, lithium-ion batteries and devices containing lithium batteries by international/military mail. This prohibition includes mail sent to and from APO, FPO and DPO locations and applies regardless of quantity, size, watt-hours and whether the cells or batteries are packed in equipment, with equipment or without equipment.
USPS stated that under current rules of various international agencies, including the International Civil Aviation Organization and the Universal Postal Union, lithium batteries cannot be sent as mail matter on international commercial air transportation. Customers sending electronic devices containing removable lithium batteries must remove the lithium batteries before tendering internationally and to or from APO, FPO and DPO shipments for mailing. Electronic equipment with non-removable lithium batteries may not be sent by international or military/diplomatic mail.
A. International Mail Manual
B. Domestic Mail Manual
C. Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted and Perishable Mail
POC: Military Postal Service Agency, Operations Division, Verdar May, (703) 545-5463, DSN 312-865-5463
Exchange chief operating officer receives Champion of Diversity Award
Public Affairs Share
The Texas Diversity Council is just the latest organization to commend the Army & Air Force Exchange Service for its commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Exchange's Chief Operating Officer, Mike Howard, was one of two 2012 winners of the Champions Diversity Leadership Award at the council's annual Diversity and Leadership Conference held in Dallas on April 4. More
Save the dates!
May 21: Dallas Chapter/Commanders Cup Golf event
Bear Creek Golf Club
3500 Bear Creek Court, Dallas, Texas 75261
Click here for directions and here for the official flier.
June 25: ALA New York Chapter Golf Event
Click here for registration form and directions.
Delivering one last gift. Click here for video.
Civilian workforce critical to Army's success
Federal Times Share
John McHugh writes, "Throughout my professional career — at the local, state and federal level — I've been fortunate to work alongside tireless, dedicated employees committed to their communities and the people they serve. That's why I'm grateful and honored by this opportunity to recognize them and say thank you during Public Service Recognition Week." More
Your Air Force base services
Air Force Services Agency Share
The Air Force Services team provides mission sustaining combat support and community service to Airmen and their families every day at deployed and home station locations. Our contribution to the Air Force mission is evident in our involvement in worldwide deployments. We are there feeding troops, managing tent cities, operating field exchanges, attending to fallen comrades and providing fitness activities and off-duty sports programs. Air Force Services delivers a unique capability anywhere in support of Global Reach and Global Power. For more information visit our public affairs site here. More
Job fairs offer opportunities for transitioning soldiers, veterans, family members
U.S. Army Share
Are you a soldier transitioning from active duty and looking for your next job? A veteran? Or a family member wanting to continue your career? Garrison Army Career and Alumni Program and Army Community Service offices support hundreds of job fairs on or near our installations every year. The following article has a list of events for transitioning soldiers, veterans and family members coming up in the next three months. To find out about other events or all the services ACAP offers, visit the ACAP website at www.acap.army.mil/ or contact an ACAP center at www.acap.army.mil/acap-centers.aspx.htm. More
Linking to Army OneSource
U.S. Army Share
ArmyOneSource.com is a website dedicated to enriching and enhancing the lives of Army soldiers and their family members. Linking to ArmyOneSource.com is free. For your convenience, we have provided you with versions of the Army OneSource logo in the following article that may be used on your website as a link to ArmyOneSource.com. More
NMFA: Who we are
National Military Family Association Share
The National Military Family Association is an organization with strong grassroots support balanced with professionalism that makes us a leader in the field. Not only do we support military families – we are military families. Spouses, parents and family members make up our staff and board positions. We speak up on behalf of military families and empower husbands, wives and children to understand and access their benefits. Based on what we hear from our members, we meet the needs of service members and their families with insightful recommendations, innovative programs and grassroots efforts to better the quality of life for military families. More