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SAVE THE DATE!
American Logistics Association
63rd Annual Convention

October 19-21
Hyatt Regency
Bellevue, WA

President's Message

Fleet Reserve Association(FRA) and National Military Families Association (NMFA) Weigh in on DeCA Brand Name NTT:
In a letter dated 11 June 2010, two key representatives of the DeCA Patron Council and the Military Coalition expressed concern to the DeCA Director about the impacts of the DeCA notice to the trade 10-87. In the letter the FRA and NMFA stated: “We’re especially concerned about the potential for dramatic changes in the product mix of items available in commissary stores in the continental US., Alaska and Hawaii and other ramifications of strict enforcement on commissary beneficiaries and anticipate queries from our members about these changes.” This comes on the heels of comments made at the ALA Congressional Caucus last week by Chairwoman Susan Davis, who urged DeCA to proceed with caution and expressed a willingness to address changes to Title X if necessary. ALA as well has urged DeCA to proceed with caution in this area and work with impacted companies to find a satisfactory resolution.


The Military Resale System Will Not Escape Budget Scrutiny:
This is a critical time in the DoD budget process with basic budget profiles due to be developed for the 2012 budget cycle by 31 July of this year. We have learned from an unnamed source that DoD is reviewing budget reductions to the commissary program and assessing impacts. In a budget proposal submitted by members of congress and presented in last weeks EB there is a proposal to consolidate the commissary and exchange programs and eliminate the taxpayer subsidy for the commissary by raising prices. This proposal can also be found in 2009 Congressional Budget Office Report. It goes without saying that the ALA takes these issues and proposals very seriously and is actively engaged in an aggressive representation program to get the right information to the decision makers in support of these important programs. In a presentation to a joint DeCA and industry forum last week as part of the 2010 ALA/DeCA Partnership Summit, ALA’s Steve Rossetti emphasized the importance of DeCA delivering sound business results during this review process in particular, continual sound fiscal stewardship along with robust sales and patron transactions.

This Is Going To Get Ugly Early!:
Gates gears up for cuts fight
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Politico, Jen DiMascio
Defense Secretary Robert Gates may hold enormous sway on matters of national security, but when it comes to budget issues, he’ll have to arm-wrestle with two institutional powerhouses: the Office of Management and Budget and Congress.



Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA





Washington Update


House Democrats trim budget by $7B
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House Democrats could unveil a budget package that is expected to set fiscal 2011 discretionary spending about $7 billion below what President Obama proposed, according to a Democratic aide. More

Gates announces choice for Marine Corps chief
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced his choices for new leadership of the Marine Corps, passing over a maverick candidate in favor of the service's No. 2 official. More

Tough choices confront defense budget cutters
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After a decade of unprecedented growth, efforts to cut waste in the defense budget are coming from every corner — from the high levels of the Pentagon to fiscal conservatives and liberals alike on Capitol Hill. More

Gen. McChrystal is dismissed as top U.S. commander in Afghanistan
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President Obama dismissed Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal after concluding that his military chief in Afghanistan had badly damaged the chain of command and could no longer work effectively with the civilian leadership at a crucial moment in the war. More

Obama to order federal agencies to compile 'do not pay list'
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President Obama will order federal agencies to establish a national "do not pay list" to prevent the government from paying benefits, contracts, grants and loans to ineligible people or organizations, according to senior administration officials. More

Navy bans tobacco use on its submarine fleet
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The smoking lamp is going out all across the Navy's submarine fleet, where the mission to "run silent, run deep" now will be carried out by sailors ordered to run undersea operations without cigarettes, cigars or pipes. More

Commissary News




Fresh Madison Market launches online printable coupons
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fresh Madison Market has unveiled an innovative online coupon gallery on its new Web site, through a partnership with the Nash Finch Co. and Coupons.com, Inc. The gallery features coupons for all departments throughout the Madison, Wis., store. Customers are able to browse the coupons and "clip" the ones they want to print on their home computer. The site also keeps track of a customer's total coupon savings. More

Cargill, Meyer Natural Foods form joint go-to-market deal
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Cargill's U.S. beef business and Meyer Natural Foods have aligned for a multi-year agreement to create a collaborative go-to-market effort that will focus on expanding sales of Meyer Natural Angus and Laura's Lean Beef natural and organic beef products to Cargill's retail and foodservice customers. More

Whole Foods demands certification from 'organic' body care brands
The Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new personal care policy at Whole Foods Market mandates that body care items labeled as organic must be certified under the USDA National Organic Program. The Organic Consumers Association (OCA), a consumer group dedicated to organic integrity, applauded the Austin, Texas-based natural grocer's standard for organic body care items. More

Kroger cuts store energy consumption
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Since 2000, the Kroger Co. has reduced overall energy consumption in its stores by more than 27 percent, according to the company report 2010 Sustainability Report, recently published online. More

The sweat/soup-shelf connection
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A sheen of perspiration and small eye movements recorded among a group of consumers helped lead to the redesign of the Campbell Soup Cos. popular gravity-fed shelving system. The sleuthing involved people watching the dots of sweat and monitoring heart rates as shoppers browsed soup shelves. In marketing speak, it's the use of ethnographics and biometrics. More

Restaurateurs and grocers: Texas gulf seafood is safe
San Antonio Express News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
State officials, along with sellers and servers of Gulf of Mexico seafood, are taking pains to tell customers that seafood harvested from Texas waters is safe despite the BP oil spill that's heading into its 60th day. More

Fast, friendly, delicious
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Sam L. Susser, president and CEO of Susser Holdings Corp., is gaining comfort about his company's position in the convenience store market from an unlikely source: Wal-Mart. More

Case Study: Dixon marketing takes smart logistical approach to stocking military commissaries
Field Technologies Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Since 1964, the company has represented manufacturers' products to commissaries and exchanges worldwide, offering an array of services from marketing and sales to promotion development and full customer service. Always looking for ways to streamline procedures and help reps maximize their in-store time, DMI recently began researching ways to eliminate a time-consuming, error-prone paper-based replenishment system in the 173 commissaries it services in the contiguous United States. More

Exchange News


Varying levels of exchange support available to entire military community
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From Fort Bragg, N.C., to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, military installations around the world are home to more than 3,000 Army & Air Force Exchange Service food, entertainment and retail options. The Army posts and Air Force bases where these exchange operations are located host a variety of visitors, contractors and Department of Defense civilians who often ask, "Who's authorized to shop these facilities?" More

Retailers broaden meaning of value
Rueters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Shoppers are still responding to the low price message as unemployment remains high and the stock market gyrates. But clever marketers, aware that consumers may be tiring of being constantly reminded of their tight budgets, are now tinkering with the value message to incorporate elements of workmanship, customization, convenience and service, executives told the Reuters Consumer and Retail Summit in New York and London. More

DOD announces installation realignments in Germany
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The DoD announced that it will return 22 U.S. Army, Europe, sites in Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany, plus the Giessen General Depot between 2010 and 2015. These site closures are scheduled in conjunction with U.S. Army force structure changes in Europe that consolidate remaining personnel onto other DoD main operating bases and allow excess facilities to be returned to the host nation. Final dates for returns are event driven and subject to change. Planned site returns are included in this release. More

CVS, Walgreens bid to dominate drug retail
Smart Planet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
CVS Caremark and Walgreen's announced they have settled a dispute that had kicked the latter out of the former's pharmacy benefit plans. Terms were not disclosed. Regulators should be very wary of this. CVS and Walgreen's are the dominant players in the retail pharmacy trade. Supermarket chains Kroger and Safeway were down on the news. More

Deal reached on credit/debit card swipe fee limits
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States that use debit cards to distribute government benefits would be exempt from new limits on debit "swipe fees" as part of an agreement reached by key negotiators of the financial regulatory reform bill, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., recently announced. More

More-eager buyers researching products online
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According to About.com's Consumer Electronics Study, 65 percent of consumers plan to spend more time researching electronics products online before buying. "Whereas last year they were in hold-back mode, now consumers are thinking about buying again," Evan Minskoff, vice president of marketing for The About Group, tells Marketing Daily. "One of the most interesting findings [from the study] is the way they're leaning on advertising for information." More

Millions of Americans Planning 4th of July Festivities, According to NRF
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According to the National Retail Federation's 2010 Independence Day Consumer Intentions and Actions survey, conducted by BIGresearch, nearly 144 million Americans or 61.9 percent of adults over 18 years old will celebrate the holiday the traditional way by attending or hosting a cookout/barbeque or picnic. As July 4th approaches, 16.2 percent of consumers will head to stores to buy new patriotic merchandise, up from the 14.1 percent who were expected to shell out extra money for apparel, decorations or accessories last year. More

Retailers step up search for next big thing
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With little prospect of a pick up in demand, and not much more room to cut costs, retailers are taking a risk by stepping up spending on innovation in the hope of finding the next must-have product to help boost sales. More

FMI backs report that government would benefit from new interchange rates
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Food Marketing Institute's (FMI) group VP of government relations Jennifer Hatcher, supported the recent report from the U.S. Department of Treasury that found the federal government could save over $36 million a year if it could negotiate its interchange rates with Visa and MasterCard. More

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:
  • Paula D. Bradford, PB 4F General Manager (Dual), Azores Exchange, Europe Region to the position of PB 5A General Manager (Dual), Buckley AFB Exchange, Western Region in September 2010
  • Cindy L. Cantu, PB 4E Store Manager (MS), McClellan AFB Exchange, Western Region to the position of PB 5A Store Manager (MS), Peterson AFB Exchange, Western Region in October 2010
  • Patrick E. Coffman, PB 4F Contract Team Leader, Procurement Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5A Procurement Manager, Procurement Directorate, HQ AAFES in September 2010
  • Jeffrey S. Gardner, PB 5A Store Manager (MS), Hickam Exchange, Pacific Region to the position of PB 5B Store Manager (MS), Schofield Barracks Exchange, Pacific Region in August 2010
  • Julie Leenders, PB 4E Senior Producer, Marketing Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5A Network Services Manager, Marketing Directorate, HQ AAFES in June 2010
  • Tina M. Lovitt, PB 5C General Manager, Andrews AFB Exchange, Eastern Region to the position of PB 5D General Manager, San Antonio Exchange, Western Region in August 2010
  • Antonio M. Porter, PB 4F Customer Care Manager, Marketing Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5A Region Retail Program Specialist, Central Region, HQ AAFES in July 2010
  • William E. Shoffner, PB 4E Store Manager (MS), Shaw AFB Exchange, Eastern Region to the position of PB 5A Store Manager (MS), Fort Stewart Exchange, Eastern Region in September 2010
  • Donald F. Sydlik, PB 5B General Manager, Hill AFB Exchange, Western Region to the position of PB 5C General Manager, Fort Jackson Exchange, Eastern Region in September 2010
On behalf of the Commander, AAFES, I am pleased to announce the following executive assignments. Please help me in congratulating these deserving associates:
  • Sheila A. Hall, Store Manager (MS), Fort Dix Exchange, Eastern Region to the position of Region Retail Program Specialist, Eastern Region in September 2010
  • Robert C. Pickering, Store Manager (MS), Fort Stewart, Eastern Region to the position of Store Manager (MS), Fort Dix Exchange, Eastern Region in September 2010
CONGRATULATIONS!

Please disseminate to our AAFES family!

JAMES E. MOORE
Senior Vice President
Human Resources

Washington
Update

First Lady Visits Camp Pendleton
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First Lady Michelle Obama greeted more than 3,500 servicemembers, civilians and their family members yesterday at the Mainside parade field. She came to express her gratitude for their service and sacrifice because, as she pointed out, so many of those who have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have come from this sprawling base in northern San Diego County. More

Jill Biden 'Army Wives" guest appearance
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As part of her effort to raise awareness about the service and sacrifices of military families, Jill Biden — wife of Vice President Joe Biden — will visit fictional Army base Fort Marshall on an episode of the Lifetime Original Series Army Wives, airing Aug. 15, 10 p.m. EDT. More
 


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