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SAVE THE DATE!
American Logistics Association
63rd Annual Convention

October 19-21
Hyatt Regency
Bellevue, WA

President's Message

Military Appreciation Month:
Both chambers of the U.S. Congress have adopted a resolution calling for Americans to recognize and honor U.S. service members during May's National Military Appreciation Month.

Virginia Rep. Tom Davis, along with 16 cosponsors, introduced Concurrent Resolution No. 328 in the House in November. The Senate agreed to it without amendment and by unanimous consent April 26.

The resolution states that the House, with the Senate concurring, "supports the goals and objectives of a National Military Appreciation Month." It also "urges the president to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States, localities, organizations and media to annually observe" the month "with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Finally, the resolution urges the White House Commission on Remembrance to "work to support the goals and objectives" of the month.

The Senate first passed a resolution in 1999 designating National Military Appreciation Month. That declaration summoned U.S. citizens to observe the month "in a symbol of unity, … to honor the current and former members of the armed forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom and peace."

Traditionally, May has focused on the military in many ways. For example, Public Service Recognition Week, celebrated the first full Monday through Sunday in May since 1985, recognizes the roles of public servants, including the military, at local, state, regional and federal levels. As a part of PSRW, communities across America showcase military equipment and service members from U.S. installations. The largest PSRW event takes place on Washington's National Mall, where more than 100 federal agencies, including the military services, put their activities, people and equipment on public display. This year's mall event is May 6-9.

Armed Forces Day, created in 1949, is an annual event held on the third Saturday in May, with activities at U.S. military bases around the world. This year's celebration occurs May 15.

The month culminates with Memorial Day, a federal holiday on the last Monday in May. The day, dating from the Civil War era, traditionally has marked recognition of those who have died in service to the nation. Each year on Memorial Day, the White House Commission on Remembrance promotes one minute of silence at 3 p.m. local time to honor the military's fallen comrades and to pay tribute to the sacrifices by the nation's service members and veterans.

Budget Battle Looms:

House Committee Passes Defense Bill
Read the Full Story
Politico, Jen DiMascio
The House Armed Services Committee unanimously passed its version of the defense authorization bill, setting up a showdown with the Pentagon over jet engines and potentially exacerbating tensions in the hotly contested aerial refueling tanker competition.


Gates Gets Pushback On Budget Plan
Read the Full Story
Politico, Jen DiMascio
Defense hawks, defense industry lobbyists and veterans groups are predictably mobilizing against a shift in how the Pentagon spends its billions, being pushed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, leaving observers to wonder whether his effort will get any further than the countless efforts before his.


Congressional Caucus Agenda Firms Up:
There is still time to sign up for this premier Washington DC event…The pressure on the DoD budget will drive tough decisions. Listen first hand to the decision makers as they lay out the plans for the future…Join Resale Commanders as the key issues impaction military resale are detailed…

DRAFT
2010 ALA Congressional Caucus
15 June 2010, B-339 Rayburn House Office Building

09:00-10:00   Registration
09:00-9:45    Continental Breakfast
09:45-9:55    Chairman’s Opening Remarks
09:55-10:20   Susan Davis (D-Calif.), Chairwoman, Personnel Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee
10:20-11:15   John Kamensky, IBM Senior Fellow Obama Administration Management and Budget Issues, Open Government Plans, Deficit Commission and other deficit reduction efforts.
11:15-11:30   Honorable James Webb (D-Va.) (Invited)
11:30-11:45   Honorable Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), Chairman, House Armed Services Committee
11:45-12:00   Honorable Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) Ranking Member, Personnel Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee
12:00-12:15   Honorable Glenn Nye (D-Va.), Member, House Armed Services Committee
12:15-13:00   Lunch
13:00-13:45   Expert Panel: DoD’s plans to right size and overhaul its infrastructure, joint basing, overseas basing plans, BRAC, base access and force protection, privatization and outsourcing
13:45-14:00   Honorable J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), Ranking Member, Readiness Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee
14:00-1430   Honorable Walter Jones, (R-N.C.) Member, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Armed Services Committee
14:30-15:00   Honorable Solomon Ortiz (D-Texas), Chairman, Readiness Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee
15:00-15:30   Honorable Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), Chairman, Senate Veterans Committee (Invited)


Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA





Washington Update


Forward observer: Gates' swan song?
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In pleading for sanity in providing for "the common defense," as the Constitution puts it, Defense Secretary Roberts Gates sounds like a man who (1) plans to announce his resignation from Fort Fumble right after the midterm elections and leave office by the end of this year; (2) wants to burnish his reputation as a reformer before he becomes just another Washington has-been or (3) has persuaded President Obama to take the defense budget off the White House "don't touch" list, starting next year. More

NY AG Cuomo sues retailer for ripping off military
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New York's attorney general sued a national retailer that he said sold grossly overpriced computers and electronics to members of the armed forces, and then steered them into exorbitant payment plans. More

Senate panel approves supplemental, floor fights await
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The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $59 billion supplemental spending package including $33.5 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and $68 million in aid to address the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. More

Battle over financial reform pits auto dealers vs. military
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The debate over the Senate's financial reform bill is setting up an unusual battle on Capitol Hill between two powerful groups: automobile dealers and the military. More

TRICARE fee structure needs overhaul, says Defense official
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The Pentagon's top policy official called for changes in the military's health benefits system for retirees, saying the current structure has become unsustainable in today's economic environment. More

Cartwright: U.S. likely to remain at war for a decade
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For the next "five to 10 years," the U.S. military likely will remain engaged in the same kinds of conflicts it has been fighting since 2001, said Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright. More

Commissary News


Obesity task force targets in-store ads, packaging
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The food and beverage industry should extend its self-regulatory program to cover all forms of marketing to children, and food retailers should avoid in-store marketing that promotes unhealthy products to children. More

Wegmans tries something new with store brand
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Wegmans Food Markets is doing something with a private label that it's never done before: calling out the product's manufacturer on packaging. More

1.5 trillion calorie cut impresses NRA
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Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, issued the following statement regarding the White House announcement that the manufacturing members of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation have pledged to reduce 1.5 trillion calories by 2015. More

Publix launches sustainable seafood grading system
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Publix is launching a new seafood grading system that will rank more than 300 seafood items from tuna steaks to frozen shrimp on sustainability and other environmental standards, reports the Miami Herald. More

Recent E. coli outbreak underscores critical need for food-safety reform
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Congressman John Dingell, D-Mich., Victims of Foodborne Illness, and public health expert call on the Senate to Act. More

Price Chopper debuts 'Diabetes AdvantEdge'
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Price Chopper's brand-new comprehensive integrated diabetes management program, "Diabetes AdvantEdge," aims to give people with the medical condition greater access to medication, enhanced support and information, and education on nutrition, better food choices, and disease management. More

International News: London convenience retailer plans to grow fresh produce on store roof
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Thornton's Budgens, a progressive convenience retailer in the United Kingdom, is planning to start a garden on the roof of its Crouch End store in London and sell the produce it grows in the store, according to Insight's Global Convenience Store Focus newsletter. More

The Food Emporium offers arty bag for a good cause
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The Food Emporium has teamed up with 3D pop artist Charles Fazzino on a special-edition reusable bag design that will be exclusive to the A&P banner's Manhattan stores. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the bags will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. More

Fresh & Easy undertakes LED retrofit project
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Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, the US subsidiary of Tesco plc, will have its medium temperature cases in its 159 stores retrofitted with LED lighting through a partnership of Nualight Ltd, a manufacturer of LED lighting solutions for retail, and Kysor/Warren, a manufacturer of refrigerated cases in North America. More

Fresh Express earns Black Pearl Food Safety Award
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The International Association for Food Protection has bestowed upon Chiquita Brands' Fresh Express subsidiary the prestigious Black Pearl Award for Corporate Excellence in Food Protection and Quality. More

Safeway pledges 'innovations,' bigger dividend
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Safeway here told shareholders at its annual meeting that it plans "many significant innovations" this year, though it did not elaborate. More

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Web site as of 10 a.m., 20 May:

PROMOTIONS
  • Canning, Alaska & Far East Aug-Sep Quantities
  • Summer Club Pack CONUS Quantities
NOTICES TO TRADE
  • 10-91, Ready to Eat Cereal
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Adds/Changes/Deletes for week 10-20
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates
DeCA NEWS RELEASES
  • 48-10, Get on the ball to help burn calories, tone muscles and a picture
  • 49-10, DeCA rated among best for its ability to ensure correct delivery of commissary benefit


Exchange News


AAFES Gift cards may be sent to any recipient who has exchange privileges. These cards, available in values from $10-$500, are redeemable at any AAFES, Navy or Marine Corps exchange facility worldwide for most purchases of merchandise or services; they are not redeemable at Coast Guard Exchanges.




April retail sales show continued momentum
NRF    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Retail sales continued their upward climb in April, showing evidence of a much more confident consumer compared to this time last year. More

Will iPad make m-commerce mainstream?
MultiChannel Merchant    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The iPhone has made the mobile Web accessible to more users. Halley Silver, director of online services at King Arthur Flour baking products merchant King Arthur Flour, for one, believes that the iPhone was a game-changer for most merchants in terms of going mobile. More

Retailers tap stores to speed online orders
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Some traditional retailers, seeking to compete with the efficiency and shipping speed of online merchants like Amazon.com Inc., are finding new ways to tap their stores to fill online orders. More

How mission, vision, and values statements can energize your marketing program
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If you want to really energize and focus your overall marketing efforts, take the time to write a mission statement, a vision statement, and an ethics/values statement for your business. I’ve been working on these for a client, and I realized that I—and any business owner, small or large—ought to have them, too. The simple act of writing these statements has three benefits. More

With sales up, Walmart woos the struggling
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While Wal-Mart Stores says its first-quarter sales and earnings both hit record levels, it is worried about its struggling customer base, and the company unveiled steep price rollbacks to win them over. More

Discount winners: Family Dollar
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Discount isn't dead. Not judging by the recent trading session, at least, when shares of dollar-store retailers rallied, with some names reaching fresh 12-month highs. More

Target beefs up electronics sections
Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Target Corp., which last year experimented with larger, more open displays for its video games and electronics, said it's begun rolling the idea out throughout the chain. More

Retail sales up, economic recovery seen widening
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Sales at U.S. retailers rose more vigorously than expected in March and firming demand led businesses to rebuild inventories to a seven-month high in February, suggesting a broadening economic recovery. More

Home Depot, Lowe's keep eye on Europe's effects on US consumers
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Home Depot Inc. and Lowe's Cos. haven't been directly affected by the debt crisis in Europe, but executives at the big U.S. home-improvement retailers say they are on the lookout for trouble. More

Luxury spending rebounds, at least for those who can truly afford it
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The luxury business is making a comeback, but it is relying on fewer and wealthier consumers. More

Washington Update


Official equates financial, military readiness
U.S. Air Force    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Through outreach and a robust system of educating servicemembers, Defense Department officials are working to keep troops financially fit to fight and protected from predatory lenders, a Pentagon official said May 19 here. More

Senate OKs military family anti-scam measure
Marine Corps Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Senate has approved legislation designed to help prevent the families of military personnel from falling prey to predatory lenders. More
 


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