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SAVE THE DATE!
American Logistics Association
63rd Annual Convention

October 19-21
Hyatt Regency
Bellevue, WA

President's Message

ALA/DeCA Partnership Summit Hits the Target:
The ALA DeCA 2010 Worldwide Partnership Summit held this week in Atlanta has received high marks from the participants as meting their training and networking needs. The training track schedule addressed the key topics and allowed for the necessary interaction. Congratulations to the Steering Committee for putting together a fantastic program… more to follow next week…


Nothing to be Spared in Planned Cuts:
Pentagon looks to save $100 billion over five years
Read the Full Story
Wall Street Journal, Nathan Hodge
Signaling a fresh round of belt-tightening for the military, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has directed an across-the-board initiative to impose greater austerity and streamline business processes within the Pentagon.


White House asks agencies to trim budgets 5%
Read the Full Story
Government Executive, Elizabeth Newell
Identifying areas to cut back will allow the administration to continue nonsecurity spending freeze, OMB Director Peter R. Orszag says.


Lawmaker explores Pentagon savings ideas
Read the Full Story
CongressDaily, Megan Scully
Review by House Armed Services chairman would complement a five-year effort within the Pentagon to find more than $100 billion in cost savings.


ALA Recognized Dennis Colvin of P&G:
Dennis Colvin graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1973 where he was on the College Dean's List, was a Football All-American and Academic All-Conference. He was drafted by the NFL's New York Giants, in 1974 and played the 74 season in the Canadian Football League with the British Columbia Lions and Calgary Stampeders.

Dennis started his 35 year Procter & Gamble career in 1975 in Houston, Texs. He filled several different P&G roles in Texas, Colorado, Missouri and P&G's General Office in Cincinnati Ohio before he found his true passion serving on the Military Team. For the past 19-plus years Dennis has faithfully served our DeCA Patrons and heroes. He has been the Global P&G Operations Manager for the past eight years diligently leading his team to increase the benefit across the globe and to make the "Commissary Worth The Trip."

Dennis is married to Vicki for 34 years, is the father of four boys and two of his sons also played Division I football. Dennis has recently announced his intention to retire effective Aug. 31 of this year to spend time on his other passions: fishing, backpacking, reading, gardening, woodworking and finance.



Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA





Washington Update


Gates cautions allies on military cuts
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Defense Secretary Robert Gates cautioned Britain and other NATO allies on Tuesday against cutting troop strength in response to their growing budget woes, urging them to try to find cost savings first in other areas. More

Skelton takes Gates 'seriously' on defense spending reforms
The Hill    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., indicated that he backs Defense Secretary Robert Gates's efforts to free up about $100 billion from the Pentagon’s budget over the next five years. More

US war costs: $1 trillion and counting
Orlando Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After nearly a decade of combat, U.S. spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan recently passed the $1 trillion mark, making them the biggest wartime expenditure since World War II, according to a new report. More

Commissary News




Stater Bros. CEO labels plastic bag bill unfair
Mercery News    Share    Share on
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A bill that would ban the use of plastic bags at grocery stores isn't fair to the grocery industry, Stater Bros. chief executive Jack Brown said. The State Assembly recently approved a bill that, starting in 2012, would prohibit grocers from providing customers with single-use plastic bags. The bill, which has yet to be taken up by the state Senate, only applies to grocery stores and convenience stores. More

New guide for tracing meat, poultry due by mid-June
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The mpXML group, which consists of meat and poultry suppliers and retailers who work on data standards for the meat and poultry supply chain, will be releasing a “Traceability for Meat and Poultry U.S. Implementation Guide” by mid-June, according to Douglas Bailey, chief information officer, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. More

PepsiCo gets into digital out of home media
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In a first for PepsiCo, the food and beverage giant is expanding its marketing mix to include digital out of home media, signing a multi-year, multibrand agreement with Gas Station TV. More

US: Kellogg agrees to drop immunity health claim
Just-food    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kellogg has agreed to pull a health claim it made on Rice Krispies in the US, the country's advertising watchdog said 3 June. The cereal giant had advertised its Rice Krispies brand as helping "support your child's immunity." More

FreshDirect gets even fresher for summer
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Online grocer FreshDirect doubled its locally sourced offerings to over 350 products during the peak summer season. The newly added items come from over 30 farmers and suppliers located within 300 miles of New York City. More

Unifying force
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Herkert, one year into his tenure as Supervalu's chief executive officer, has sought to unify the company's unique amalgamation of businesses, from retail banners to wholesale operations. More

Nosing out oil-tainted Gulf seafood
MSNBC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
William Mahan bends over a bowl of raw shrimp and inhales deeply, using his left hand to wave the scent up toward his nose. Deep breath. Exhale. Repeat. He clears his palate with a bowl of freshly cut watermelon before moving on to raw oysters. Deep breath. Exhale. Repeat. He's one of about 40 inspectors trained recently at a federal fisheries lab in Pascagoula, Miss., to sniff out seafood tainted by oil in the Gulf of Mexico and make sure the product reaching consumers is safe to eat. More

FDA shuts down soy product manufacturer
The Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to a June 7 statement from the FDA, Lifesoy can no longer manufacture tofu and its other soy products. The FDA filed a consent decree of permanent injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on June 2. This required the San Diego-based Lifesoy to stop manufacturing and distributing food products until it registers with the FDA and complies with federal laws regarding sanitary practices. More

Exchange News


Walmart CEO reveals growth strategy
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. president and CEO Mike Duke has outlined how the mega-retailer will build what it calls "the Next Generation Walmart," which, among other things, will create 500,000 jobs worldwide over the next five years. More

The retailers' dilemma
The Economist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The mood of executives at retail firms normally moves in lockstep with that of their customers. But in America the news on May 25 that consumer confidence had reached its highest level in two years left them oddly subdued. Consumer spending per person, which fell for two years in a row for the first time since the Depression last year and the year before, has been rising again in recent months. But as retail executives place orders for the crucial end-of-year rush, they are anxiously debating how strong and lasting the consumer’s revival will be. More

PumpTop TV, music choice bring celebrity news to the pump
CSN    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
PumpTop TV and Music Choice have partnered to bring the biggest names in the music industry to the gas pump through two monthly 30-second interviews played on the PumpTop TV network, which reaches 12 million motorists each month when they fill their tanks. More

Redbox DVD rental success overshadows parent-company Coinstar
The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Increasingly, Redbox is the go-to place for cheap movie rentals on a Friday or Saturday night. While Movie Gallery, the bankrupt parent of Hollywood Video, closes all of its remaining U.S. locations, and Blockbuster plans to shutter at least 500 stores, Redbox adds nearly 22 new machines daily, bringing its projected year-end total to about 30,000. More

Can Kmart build loyalty with a laundromat?
The Big Fat Marketing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kmart has picked a new store opening June 5 to house its first public washers and dryers in an Iowa City location based on space and community demographics. The demographics of the shoppers must have been the top decision in where to open the store as not everyone would want to tote bags of laundry to Kmart. More

C-stores seek distance from BP oil spill
CSN    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As U.S. consumers vent their frustration over the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by launching demonstrations and speaking out online, some retailers are evaluating their gas brand choice, according to published reports. More


Exclusive Tour (Still Open) — AAFES Dan Daniel Distribution Center for ALA

On a first come basis ALA is coordinating a tour of the massive AAFES Distribution Center in Newport News, Virginia on 15 July. The Dan Daniel Distribution Center (DDDC) opened in the fall of 1987 in Newport News, Va. It was the first of the new modern state-of-the-art AAFES distribution centers.

There will be 45-50 minute briefing and then 2½-3 hour tour of the DDDC. You will be responsible for transportation to Newport News/Ft. Eustis and subject to a security screening upon entering the compound. (Pay as you go lunch at the Officers Club and BX/ Commissary visit option with credentials.)

The Tour will be limited to the first 100 to sign up. If you are interested contact Bob Ellis at: 817-201-9921, bellis@ala-national.org.


AAFES Executive Moves

On behalf of the Commander, AAFES, I am pleased to announce the following executive promotions. Please help me in congratulating these deserving associates:
  • Michael E. Brennan, PB 5B Store Manager (MS), Grafenwoehr Exchange, Europe Region to the position of PB 5C General Manager, Wiesbaden Exchange, Europe Region in July 2010
  • Frederick A. Brown, PB 5A Senior Project Manager, Information Technology Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5B Senior Project Manager, Marketing Directorate, HQ AAFES in May 2010
  • John W. Burk, PB 4F Exchange Retail Business Manager, Fort Sam Houston Exchange, Western Region to the position of PB 5A Region Retail Program Specialist, Western Region in October 2010
  • Nicola C. Carter, PB 5A General Manager (Dual), Denver Consolidated Exchange, Western Region to the position of PB 5B General Manager (Dual), MacDill AFB Exchange, Eastern Region in September 2010
  • Gloria H. Cho, PB 5A Store Manager (MS), KCP Yongsan Exchange Korea, Pacific Region to the position of PB 5B General Manager, KNO Northern Exchange Korea, Pacific Region in June 2010
  • Tina M. Corley, PB 5A Senior Procurement Analyst, Procurement Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5C Associate Director HQ Food Procurement, Sales Directorate, HQ AAFES in June 2010
  • David A. Crain, PB 5A General Manager, Patrick AFB Exchange, Eastern Region to the position of PB 5B General Manager, Fort Lee Exchange, Eastern Region in September 2010
  • Michael D. Deerhake, PB 5C General Manager, Wiesbaden Exchange, Europe Region to the position of PB 5D Area Manager, Central Region in July 2010
  • Rocky Heckel, PB 4F Operations Analyst, Logistics, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5A Senior Transportation Analyst, Logistics, HQ AAFES in June 2010
  • Stefan E. Marks, PPB 5A Store Manager (MS), Wright Patterson AFB Exchange, Central Region to the position of PB 5B General Manager, Tinker AFB Exchange, Central Region in September 2010
  • Norissa B. Stutson, PB 4F Contract Team Leader, Procurement Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5A Procurement Manager, Procurement Directorate, HQ AAFES in June 2010
  • Nancy L. Sweet, PB 5A Region Retail Program Specialist, Central Region to the position of PB 5C General Manager, Eglin AFB Exchange, Central Region in July 2010
On behalf of the Commander, AAFES, I am pleased to announce the following executive assignments. Please help me in congratulating these deserving associates:
  • Shelly M. Armstrong, General Manager, Lackland AFB Exchange, Western Region to the position of Area Manager, Western Region in July 2010
  • Tony Pares, Region Retail Program Specialist, Eastern Region to the position of General Manager, Patrick AFB Exchange, Eastern Region in September 2010
  • Jason Rosenberg, General Manager, Fort Jackson Exchange, Eastern Region to the position of Store Manager (MS), Ramstein Exchange, Europe Region in August 2010
CONGRATULATIONS!

Please disseminate to our AAFES family!

JAMES E. MOORE
Senior Vice President
Human Resources



SAVE THE DATE!
Hampton Roads ALA Benefit Luncheon for AREA & NEREA
December 15
12 noon to 3 p.m., EST

Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel
36th & Atlantic Avenue


Featuring Major General Bruce A. Casella
Commanding General, Army and Air Force Exchange Service

With a 2nd Guest Speaker TBA soon!


Luncheon Buffet with a great silent auction!
Remit $40 to Hampton Roads ALA. (Admission is $25 for Resale.)
Return to Paul Wehner, MDV Nash Finch, PO Box 29, Norfolk, VA 23501

Companies interested in sponsoring the luncheon are encouraged to contact Cory Belkov, HRALA at belkovc@wattspohn.comor call 757-831-8208.

All sponsor proceeds will be divided equally with one-third going to NEREA, one-third to AREA, and one-third to the HRALA Scholarship Funds.


Washington Update

Government helps strapped military homeowners
North Country Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Like thousands of American homeowners, John and Susan, a Coast Guard couple, were slammed financially by the real estate crisis. More

Mullen thanks Fort Bragg troops, families for service
DoD    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen visited with soldiers and families here yesterday, praising their efforts and continued support over the past decade despite frequent deployments and strenuous combat missions. More
 


Grunt Apparel, Inc.

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Hubert Company


Create excitement for all of your Patriotic Events with seasonal decorations from Hubert. More


Tyson Foods, Inc.

Tyson Foods is dedicated to bringing you quality, service, and support you need to drive sales. More

 

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