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Everything is on the table:

Panel votes 'sensible' TRICARE cost hike
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Kitsap Sun, Tom Philpott
The House Armed Services Committee has endorsed key portions of the Obama administration's plan to begin to raise out-of-pocket costs modestly for some TRICARE beneficiaries, particularly working-age retirees.


Federal worker pensions emerge as target in debt-reduction talks
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The Washington Post, Lori Montgomery
The generous pension system enjoyed by millions of federal workers from clerks to senators and judges has emerged as a key target in negotiations between Vice President Joe Biden and congressional leaders looking to restrain the growing national debt.


Buyer beware:

Tacoma police, Army investigate fraud scam
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The Seattle Times, Hal Bernton
The Army and Tacoma police are investigating a fraud ring that last year allegedly bilked Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores out of about $500,000 in merchandise, and also hit other businesses that extend credit.


President visits Coast Guard:

Obama tells Coast Guard cadets: 'We remember our moral compass'
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Hartford Courant, Vanessa De La Torre
Fighting pirates off the Horn of Africa, saving lives after natural disasters and stopping terrorists from entering American ports are all missions expected of the U.S. Coast Guard, President Barack Obama told graduating cadets.


VCS show and sell:

I had a chance to spend some time this week with those great folks from the Veteran's Canteen Service who do an extraordinary job of taking care of our veterans and those who care for them. The event was well planned, and there were some exceptional product presentations. I had a chance to join Marilyn Iverson, VCS CEO as those companies that go above and beyond supporting this important business channel were recognized. This is a great partnership effort and a opportunity we must continue to support. The growth and innovation in this business channel over the last four years has been exceptional. A special thanks to Marilyn Iverson and her great team at the VCS. We will have more about this event and some great pictures posted to our website.

Congress:

Sen. Tom Coburn: Pentagon should get its finances ready for audit
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The Oklahoman, Chris Casteel
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who has been pressing Pentagon leaders to get their financial books in order, said a new report on the Defense Department's efforts to become "audit ready" should be followed up by concrete results or senior department leaders should be held accountable.


2 states, 1 aircraft carrier, no end in sight
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The Washington Post, Ben Pershing
Progress on Capitol Hill is usually all about compromise — nearly every piece of legislation is ripe for some sort of deal. But some battles can end with only one winner, and in the case of an ongoing spat between the Virginia and Florida congressional delegations, an aircraft carrier can't be sawed in half.



Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA


Washington Update


Power shifts on foreign-policy team
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When President Barack Obama layed out his vision for the Middle East in a speech May 19, he also tacitly drew attention to another upheaval: Tumult in the Arab world has accelerated a shift in the standing of Washington's foreign-policy power players. The White House has moved to exert greater civilian control over the military, challenging the views of the top brass in some areas, officials say. More

Wounds of war: As military grows older, injuries increase, treatment proves costly
Louisville Courier-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBrief Older troops are more vulnerable to injuries and likely to face long recoveries, presenting long-term challenges to a country that has committed to their lifetime care. "There is definitely a cost," said Loren Thompson, a military analyst with The Lexington Institute, a think tank in Arlington, Va. More

Commissary News


Check out the future of shopping
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBriefA device that looks like a smartphone is making supermarket shoppers — and stores — happier. Perched on the handle of the shopping cart, it scans grocery items as the customer adds them to the cart. More

Supermarket giant Kroger to rid cans, receipts of BPA
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Responding to growing health concerns, supermarket giant Kroger Co. has pledged to stop using the chemical BPA in the linings of food cans "as quickly as possible." BPA, short for Bisphenol A, is a compound often used in plastics and in other food and beverage containers. It has been linked to health problems ranging from breast and prostate cancer to infertility and obesity. More

On the frontline
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
United Supermarkets, Lubbock, Texas, has met with store dietitians to educate them about Nutrition Keys, a voluntary labeling system designed by the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association to provide essential nutrition information at a glance. More

Idaho potatoes certified heart healthy
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The American Heart Association has certified that fresh Idaho potatoes meet its criteria for saturated fat and cholesterol, a significant milestone for an industry that had been hit hard by the low-carbohydrate diet fad. "For years, the IPC has been working hard to communicate to consumers that Idaho potatoes are an important part of a healthy, nutritious diet," said Frank Muir, Idaho Potato Commission president and CEO. More

Fresh & Easy expanding gluten-free product range
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Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, El Segundo, Calif., said it is expanding its range of gluten-free products and creating additional displays to highlight them in stores. The move builds on the retailer's earlier efforts — in January 2010 it added more gluten-free items, created a labeling system for the products, and posted a list of all gluten-free products on its website. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website since 10 a.m. May 12 and as of 10 a.m. May 19:

PROMOTIONS
  • Summer club pack, Far East & Alaska August Quantities.
  • Holiday chill/freeze, Far East & Alaska Quantities.
  • Holiday cookie/cracker/fruitcake Far East & Alaska Quantities.

NOTICES TO TRADE

  • 11-73, Store reset dates — Gulfport.
  • 11-74, Store reset dates — Rock Island Arsenal.
  • 11-77, Turkey coupon program November (meal solutions).


MISCELLANEOUS
  • Adds/changes/deletes for week 11-20.
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
  • Price look up listings for grocery coupons, chicken, seafood, meats, grocery case lot sales, emergency, grocery, grocery ham, grocery gift voucher, grocery turkeys, bakery, deli, plants and produce. Filed under Doing Business with DeCA.
  • Container Redemption Values by Vendor & UPC. Filed under Doing Business with DeCA.
  • Commissary Council Category Management Committee Brief, Consumer Awareness Team Brief & Operating Systems Committee brief, May 11.
  • Commissary Council May 12 meeting slides.


DP #13 Promotion & Shipper Quantities:
Draft quantities sent to the stores May 17. Quantities are due back to the MBU COB May 31. Final quantities will be published June.

CRV INFORMATION FOR HAWAII VENDORS:
Several vendors apparently included in their Hawaii CRV the $0.01 processing fee as part of the CRV. DeCA West issued a notice to the trade advising industry the processing fee should be included in the cost of goods.

NEW INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM DeCA:
DeCA has begun sending us the Container Redemption Value source files the stores will be using as their baseline beginning May 16. This is valuable information suppliers need to insure the correct CRV's are being reported for applicable items within each state. We will be getting updates the beginning of each week. The following is an overview of the two files:

CRV Values by UPC: The CRV Values by UPC list's the CRV's for each state that will be posted by the store in their front-end system. Although several vendors may have reported CRV's for stores in their area, e.g., bottlers, only one CRV value will be listed for each UPC. Future updates will have a slightly different format from the original file to enable stores to see the changes from the previous week.

CRV Values by Vendor: The CRV Values by Vendor identifies the items and applicable CRV that automatically will be paid to each supplier. Although the CRV value by UPC for a state may be listed, vendors must verify they have a CRV listed for every applicable item on their contract. If any item eligible for CRV is missing a CRV on their vendor file, DeCA has no obligation to pay the supplier any item missing a CRV on the CRV Value by Vendor file.

UPCOMING CONFIRMED COMMISSARY RELATED MEETINGS:

2011 Congressional Caucus: June 14, House Rayburn Building, Washington, D.C. Watch for registration information.

2011 ALA/DeCA Hawaii Conference & Food Show: Aug. 15-18, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu. Watch for registration information.

64th Annual Convention: Oct. 4-6, Orlando World Marriott Center, Orlando, Fla. Watch for registration information.


ALA Meetings


ALA Congressional Congress
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Gordon will join us on the morning of June 14 in Washington, D.C., at the Rayburn House Office Building and address the congressional caucus. In light of the recent budget stress, this is a must-attend event. Click here to visit our webpage and register today!

For details on any of our events, visit our Web page at www.ala-national.org.


Exchange News


Sears researching possible move from Illinois
The Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sears Holdings Corp. is researching a possible move of its headquarters and 6,200 jobs out of Illinois, a company spokesman said. The retailer has had preliminary discussions with the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, where it is located, and has commissioned an economic impact study, said spokesman Chris Brathwaite. More

Retail sales rise for 10th straight month in April
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Retail sales rose 0.5 percent in April after a 0.9 percent increase in March, the Commerce Department reported. It was the 10th straight increase and came as consumers spent more on gasoline, clothing and autos in April. More

Apparel makers' inventories pose risks
MarketWatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Increased inventory levels among apparel and shoe manufacturers could mean higher discounts and gross-margin pressures if sufficient demand fails to materialize, according to a Citigroup report. More

5 ways to reward employees without spending a dime
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most entrepreneurs get so caught up in operating their businesses every day that they forget to reward the one thing that makes their company a success: their employees. Most would admit that they take their employees for granted until there is a crisis. The occasional fancy gift or bonus always is appreciated, but a successful culture is built by rewarding a company's employees every day. More

From cupcakes to moneycakes: 3 ways to increase sales, profitability
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Author Larel Delaney writes, "Recently, I had a conversation with a woman business owner who claims her business in Chicago is drying up. She bakes cupcakes from scratch in every imaginable flavor and size from her small bakery, Think Sprinkles, 11 miles south of downtown Chicago. As a one-woman shop, how can she increase sales and profitability so her business doesn't shrivel up? It starts with going back to the basics of good old-fashioned marketing." More

The magic weapon against online complaints
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A recent Harris survey conducted for RightNow concludes that the best way to handle online complaints is to use social media to nip them in the bud. More

9 questions: Lexy Funk, CEO of Brooklyn Industries
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lexy Funk is the co-founder and CEO of Brooklyn Industries, the popular Brooklyn, N.Y.-based lifestyle clothing retailer. Founded in 1998, Brooklyn Industries now has 15 stores in four states. Funk recently spoke with OPEN Forum about her strengths, her regrets and her dream of opening up a gas station. More

5 ways to make your leadership come alive
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When leaders use their influence to overpower people for selfish gain, they become less effective. Good leaders understand that influence is power, and that how they handle power will affect their impact and results. The more you understand influence, the better you are able to maximize it for the benefit of those you lead — which in turn benefits you as well. More

Economy cuts into shopping trips, retailer profits
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Supermarket profitability slipped to a new low in 2010 as consumers increasingly focused on bargains and made fewer trips to the store, according to recent data released at Food Marketing Institute's Future Connect conference. More

Wal-Mart frets as US shoppers buy food, little else
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For Wal-Mart's customers, the economy still looks a lot like 2009. The poorer customers who shop at the nation's biggest retailers are still on tight budgets. More

Concerns growing over food, gas prices
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Eighty-four percent of consumers believe that grocery prices have risen in the past three months, and 62 percent believe restaurant prices have risen. That's among the findings of the most recent consumer sentiment and behavior survey from Technomic Inc., the Chicago-based food industry research firm. More

NACStech: Going mobile with coupons
CSNews Retail Technology    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mobile coupons are a prevalent and pervasive marketing solution, according to Rick Sales, president of Abierto Networks LLC, moderator of the session, "Toss the Scissors — Coupons Have Gone Mobile," at NACStech. With 94 percent of the U.S. population using coupons while shopping and 72 percent of U.S. adults and 87 percent of teens using text messaging, mobile couponing can play a key role in the c-store marketing mix. More

Exchange Announcements


1 of the Exchange's most important missions: Military family careers
Public Affairs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Understanding that serving the military today means caring about the community's tomorrow, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service is focusing on active-duty, veteran, retired, National Guard and Reserve families' career aspirations. With more than 31 percent of approximately 43,000 associates identifying themselves as military family members and veterans accounting for another 12 percent of the workforce, the Exchange understands the unique perspectives its customers bring to "the other side of the cash register." More

AAFES Executive Announcement
Promotions & Assignments


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

Executive promotions

Miles E. Bowman — PB 5A Senior Labor Relations Specialist, HR Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5C Chief HR Policy and Labor, HR Directorate, Exchange HQ in August.

Debra L. Byerly — PB 4F Marketing Specialist, Marketing Directorate, Mainz-Kastel Exchange to the position of PB 5A Sales Planning Branch Manager, Marketing Directorate, Exchange HQ in August.

Erik W. Hallback — PB 4F Corporate Communication Specialist, Marketing Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Creative Director, Marketing Directorate, Exchange HQ in June.

Charles T. Jestis — PB 4F Field Technician Supervisor, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Senior LAN Administrator, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in May.

Kenneth L. Knowlton — PB 4F Network Planning Analyst, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Telecommunications Engineer Analyst, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in April.

Kenneth L. Knowlton — PB 4F Network Planning Analyst, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Telecommunications Engineer Analyst, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in April.

David Lemons — PB 5A Senior Inventory & Systems Manager, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5B Planning, Allocation, & Replenishment Manager, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ in April.

Kathleen McKay — PB 4F Business System Analyst III (S), Finance and Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A General Accounting Operations Manager, Finance and Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ in August.

James Ribble — PB 5B Senior Policy Program Manager, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5C Store Planning Branch Manager, Real Estate Directorate, Exchange HQ in July.

Petra R. Simmons — PB 4F Help Desk Supervisor II, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Information Technology Install & Maintenance Manager, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in May.

Charlotte B. Stadler — PB 5B General Accounting Manager II, Finance & Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5C Senior Account Reconciliation, Finance & Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ in April.

Phillip T. Tencick — PB 5C Investment Manager, Finance & Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5D Assistant Treasurer, Finance & Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ in May.

Peggy A. VrMeer — PB 4F General Accounting Manager I, Finance & Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Field Support Office Manager, Finance & Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ in October.

Mia K. Zierlein — PB 4F Forecast Analyst II, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Business Analyst Senior, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ in June.


Executive assignments

Michael E. Brennan — PB 5C General Manager, Wiesbaden Exchange, Europe Region to the position of PB 5C Business Planning Branch, Real Estate Directorate, Exchange HQ in June.

Joan Ford — PB 5A Creative Director, Marketing Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Advertising Branch Manager, Marketing Directorate, Exchange HQ in April.

Roger Hugh — PB 5A Finance Analysis Manager, Finance & Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Field Support Office Manager, Okinawa Exchange, Pacific Region in July.

Michael C. Lanham — PB 5C General Manager, Fort Sill Exchange, Central Region to the position of PB 5C General Manager, Wiesbaden Exchange, Europe Region in August.

Tina M. Lovitt — PB 5D Tina Lovitt, General Manager, San Antonio Exchange, Central Region to the position of PB 5D Area Manager, Western Region in August.

Jeanne McDonald — PB 5A Advertising Branch Manager, Marketing Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Senior Branding Execution Manager, Marketing Directorate, Exchange HQ in April.

Jeffrey A. Wigness — PB 5D Area Manager, Western Region to the position of PB 5D Strategic Communication Executive Director, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ in August.


Congratulations! Please disseminate to our Exchange family.

James E. Moore
Senior Vice President
Human Resources


ALA NY Chapter golf outing at Scenic West Point Military Academy
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Monday, June 20
Scenic West Point Military Academy
New York

Join us for a day of golf, fun and networking!

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Military Commanders' Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarship monies to military dependent children. Your past support has allowed us to increase the scholarship payments from previous years and we have even bigger goals in the works.

You can help:

Hole sponsorships: An important source of contributions to the scholarship fund. Whether or not you are able to attend the event, please consider sponsoring a hole. Email your company logo and we will include on hole sponsorship sign.

Prize donations: The raffle/auction is an very important source of fund raising. We appreciate whatever you can provide.

Please email me the item/items you are donating and ship to:

Denise Passarella
Pepsi Cola Military Sales
700 Anderson Hill Rd. MD 426
Purchase, N.Y. 10577-1444
(NOTE: PLEASE MARK BOX WITH YOUR COMPANY NAME AND ALA GOLF EVENT)

Please note that to guarantee you receive a shirt in your requested size, we MUST receive your completed reservation form by May 20.

We must order the shirts well in advance. Reservations for the event will be accepted after the May 20 deadline, but we may not have your size available when you arrive. Please help us out and get your reservation forms in early.

We hope to see you on June 20.

For the ALA NY Chapter,



Linda S. Sharlin
Board Member, NY Chapter ALA
Linda@Maxisavergroup.com
609-577-9634


Washington Update


Scholarship posters
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Fisher House Foundation recently mailed large posters that recognize sponsor donations to the Scholarships for Military Children program to all store directors and to each of the companies that donated to the 2011 program. Additional copies will be available at the DeCA Training Conference in Norfolk, Va., May 23-25. Store directors or sponsors wanting additional copies can also email Jim Weiskopf, Fisher House Foundation, with their postal address and he will mail them to you. Copies also will be available in the vendor area (first floor) of DeCA headquarters after the conference.

James D. Weiskopf
Vice President
Fisher House Foundation Inc.
Phone: 703-378-5670 (Home), 202-607-1067 (Mobile)
Email: JWeiskopf@fisherhouse.org


Coming to Tampa Bay supermarkets: Self-service health testing
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Emboldened by shoppers warming up to more job-killing self-service automation inside stores, marketers are eager to add more routine health monitoring to the grocery store. More

New fiscal reality, same commitment to soldiers, families
U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A fundamentally different fiscal reality. We will be hearing some variation of that phrase from Army leaders for a long time to come. The Army's budget is smaller than it has been in previous years, and it will get smaller still. However, a different fiscal reality does not change the reality of what we owe to Soldiers and Families for their service and sacrifice. More

Get ready for summer with National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
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This past winter was long and miserable, with record breaking temperatures, snow and ice. Maybe you spent too much time in front of the fire reading instead of cross-country skiing. Now that it is time to put on the spring clothes, you realize just how much weight you've put on and need to do something about it. No need to worry: May is National Sports and Fitness Month, and the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation gyms have many options for exercise to help get that weight off and get on the road to good health and fitness. More
 
 

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