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DoD may hike prices, close stores to cut commissary budget
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Military Times, Karen Jowers
Selling beer, wine and other products at a markup in commissaries is among the proposals being floated in the Pentagon as officials look for ways to save money, according to a source familiar with the discussions. Defense officials, looking in every corner to find ways to save money, ordered Defense Commissary Agency officials to participate in a review laying out options for cutting its $1.4 billion annual operating budget by one-third. The review is due in early July.
Lawmakers want more for 'locavores' in military stores
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Army Times, Karen Jowers
Lawmakers want more local food products sold in base stores. In the House version of the 2014 defense authorization bill, lawmakers direct defense officials to develop goals by Sept. 30, 2018, to maximize the purchase of local food products, sustainable products and recyclable products by commissaries and exchanges. They also direct the Defense Department to develop guidelines within two years after the law is passed for identifying fresh meat, poultry, seafood, produce and other products raised or produced through sustainable methods that are not harmful to the environment. The guidelines should also ensure those products are not made too expensive for customers, lawmakers noted.
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Mandatory federal cuts hurt private sector, too
The New York Times
Congress's $85 billion, across-the-board budget cuts may not have brought the economy to a halt, as many once feared. But they are having a negative effect on jobs in the private sector, according to an analysis of the industries whose head count is most dependent on federal funds.
Obama again taps Dempsey for Joint Chiefs chair
USA Today via Cincinnati.com
President Barack Obama recently said he will renominate two top military aides: Gen. Martin Dempsey as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Adm. Sandy Winnefeld as vice chair. "These two distinguished military leaders have earned my trust and that of the American people," said Obama in a statement.
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Pentagon moves to extend benefits to gay spouses
USA Today via The Times Herald
The Defense Department recently said it would immediately begin the process that will lead to providing benefits to the spouses of military service members in same-sex marriages. The announcement follows the Supreme Court ruling striking down part of a law that denied federal benefits to married same-sex couples.
Marines may have to cut 8,000 more if sequester remains
The Marine Corps may have to cut an additional 8,000 troops beyond planned reductions if automatic spending cuts are not rescinded, the corps' top officer recently said. The Marine Corps plans to reduce the size of the active-duty corps to about 182,000 as part of overall reductions in defense spending. It is about 194,000 now, down from a peak of more than 200,000.
Army to cut its forces by 80,000 in 5 years
The New York Times
Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, recently said that the Army would institute the largest organizational change since World War II by eliminating combat forces from 10 bases across the United States, part of a planned reduction of 80,000 active-duty troops over the next five years.
GAO: Cost gaps in Corps' plan for Pacific shift
Marine Corps Times
A government watchdog agency has cautioned the Defense Department to get a better grip on the costs associated with the Marine Corps' shift in the Asia-Pacific region. The projected price tag tied to the Marine Corps' plan to move more than 9,000 Marines from Okinawa, Japan, to other parts of the region is missing key expenses, the Government Accountability Office reported June 11.
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Navy announces layoffs for 745 civilians
The Navy Installations Command recently announced that it would undertake a reduction in force for 745 civilian positions. The RIF will be completed by fiscal 2014, and will affect civilians working in 20 states; Washington, D.C.; Guam; Italy; Greece; and Cuba, according to the announcement. The Navy said it was part of "cost–saving measures" being undertaken because of tightening budgets.
Donley retires; Under Secretary Fanning becomes acting AF secretary
Air Force Times
Air Force Secretary Michael Donley recently retired after five years as the service's top civilian. At a retirement ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised Donley for always recognizing that national security is "above and beyond politics."
Commissary Web Posts
The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., June 27, 2013.
DP #15, Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
DP #18, WW Promotion Package, DeCA's 21st Anniversary Sale and Oktoberfest Celebration.
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13-57, Impact of Possible Sequestration on DeCA. NOTE: This NTT announces limited vendor appointments during the furlough period.
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 13-26.
Bi-Weekly Item & New Item Reports, 1-15 June 2013.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
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Aug. 19, 2013: Commissary Council Consumer Awareness Golf Tournament, Country Club of Petersburg, Petersburg, Va.
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Oct. 15–17, 2013: 2013 Hawaii Food Show, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii
September worldwide case lot sale cancelled
Defense Commissary Agency
The Defense Commissary Agency is cancelling its September case lot sale because of budgetary reductions mandated under sequestration. This announcement follows DeCA's decision in February to cancel the May case lot sale. The case lot cancellations are part of ongoing steps to reduce operating costs wherever possible. Those steps include a hiring freeze, restrictions for official travel, and postponement of all Guard and Reserve on-site sales after July 8 until further notice.
Dozens of overseas commissaries to stay open despite furlough of US workers
Stars and Stripes
More than three dozen commissaries in Europe, the Pacific and Middle East will remain open despite the impending furlough of U.S. government workers, the agency that runs the military's supermarkets announced.
15-item comparison offers glimpse of prices at area stores
Fort Hood Herald
Rose L Thayer writes, "I'll admit, I was a skeptic on the savings the commissary provides. I thought off-post stores would take the edge over the commissary, because while each offers its own off-brand, the commissary only sells name-brand products. As the Washington Post wrote, the commissary is "stocked with seemingly every brand of every food product available in America." And it is true; the commissary offers the same variety of brands of ketchup as Walmart — five to be specific — but could the discount of the Great Value store brand be enough to pull civilian stores into the lead for budget shopping?"
Procure mobile security carts
Federal Business Opportunities
his solicitation is being issued as a 100 percent small business set-aside for mobile security carts for use by Defense Commissary Agency commissaries at the following locations: Buckley AFB, Colo.; Arnold AFB, Tenn., West Point, N.Y.; Ft. Belvoir, Va.; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; McConnell AFB, Kan.; Port Hueneme, Calif.; Maxwell AFB, Ala.; Ft. Stewart, Ga.; Lemoore NAS, Calif.; Ft. Huachuca, Ariz.; Ft. Carson, Colo.; Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. A Firm Fixed Price Purchase Order is contemplated.
Commissaries offer farmers market events in June, July
Fresh produce in a farmer's market atmosphere will be returning to commissaries beginning mid-June and continuing through mid-July. "Our farmers market events contributed to record produce sales last year with a 2.22 percent increase over last year," said Bridget Bennett, the Defense Commissary Agency's produce manager. Once again, many of DeCA's stores have invited local farmers to participate and speak with customers about their products.
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Handicap wheelchair shopping carts
Federal Business Opportunities
This Request for Quotes is being issued as 100 percent total small business set-aside. The RFQ is for manual wheelchair handicap shopping carts to be delivered to Defense Commissary Agency commissaries in the Continental United States and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. A Firm-Fixed Price purchase order is contemplated.
Chilean fresh fruit sales in DeCa supermarkets increases
The campaign to promote Chilean fresh fruit in 160 supermarket stores from the Defense Commissary Agency of the U.S. Government ended successfully. The promotional campaign for Chilean fruit in North America, with the support the Export Promotion Bureau, ProChile, which was executed CFFA, on behalf of the national Chilean fruit export industry has paid off.
Chuck Milam: Healthy Base Initiative
Acting Deputy ASD (MC&FP) Charles Milam provides remarks at the American Logistics Association Government Relations Forum on the Healthy Base Initiative.
2 DeCA produce managers chosen among best
By Nancy P. O'Nell
Deborah "Dolly" Horton, from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, and Maureen McCarthy, from Fort Bragg North Commissary, N.C., have been named by the United Fresh Produce Association to its Top 25 Retail Produce Managers list for 2013. For almost a decade, the United Fresh awards have acknowledged produce managers who help increase sales and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
New Bridgeport Commissary, Marine Mart opens
By DeCA Public Affairs Division
A new commissary and Marine Mart recently opened, making shopping a lot easier for authorized patrons near the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center at Bridgeport, Calif. Nestled amid the picturesque landscape of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the shopping complex serves more than 3,000 active duty, Guard and Reserve, retirees and family members. The Bridgeport facility is located in the Lincoln Military Housing Area of Coleville about 21 miles from the Marine training center.
DOD recognizes Safeway for hiring reservists
Safeway is one of 15 companies — and the only retailer — selected to receive the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, given to employers for exceptional support of National Guard and Reserve employees. "I commend and thank the 15 recipients of the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for providing exceptional support to our Citizen Warriors," said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, in a statement.
This is what our grocery shelves would look like without bees
Last winter's so-called Beepocalypse ravaged U.S. bee colonies like nothing that had come before. The country's beekeepers reported that 31.1 percent of their colonies perished in the months spanning last fall through early 2013. The number of bee casualties in that period twice that considered natural is in keeping with rising honeybee mortality rates of the last six years. Scarier still, scientists aren't exactly sure as to the cause for the degrading health of bee populations something that should give you great cause for concern. After all, without bees, you can kiss your favorite fruits and nuts goodbye. Now, if you can manage it, imagine life without apples, mangoes or almonds.
New technology helps Kroger speed up checkout times
Kroger is touting a new number it says is winning shoppers and adding to the grocer's bottom line: a wait of just 26 seconds to start in the checkout lane, down from 4 minutes a few years ago. Getting shoppers through checkout as quickly as possible is key to building customer loyalty — cited by Kroger as one reason earnings were up 9.6 percent in the three months ending May 25, compared with the same time a year ago.
Greenhouse grocery store educates shoppers about locally-grown food
There has already been a lot of talk about greenhouses in urban settings to address the demand for produce in a city environment. Just earlier this year supermarket chain Whole Foods announced its plans for a commercial-scale rooftop greenhouse. For industrial designer Ben Greene, his approach is more utilitarian and scaled down. His idea is to combine the concept of a grocery store and a greenhouse into a new type of food retailer called The Farmery. The Farmery is basically a greenhouse and store in one. Food is grown and sold in one site. Customers will be able to see for themselves how the food is grown and buying produce at The Farmery will be an immersive experience for the shoppers.
Money tip: Grocery-shopping advice from couponing stars
The Seattle Times
Grocery-shopping savings advice has become ubiquitous in recent years, but all tips aren't created equal. Some strategies and tactics can save you a lot of money, while others add more hassle to your life than money to your pocket. Grocery shopping is a popular topic because it's an area of huge spending for many, and an area of huge potential savings.
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Distracted driving is deadly
Motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver kill thousands of people each year on America's roadways. Joining the nationwide effort to raise awareness of the risks associated with this unsafe practice, the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center hosted its first-ever distracted driving event, "So you think you can drive distracted?" on June 4.
Main characteristics of the 2014 defense policy bills
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
The 2014 defense policy bills are making their way through the House and Senate, and have quite a few important characteristics to watch out for. The following is a look at the difference between what the Senate passed this past Thursday, and what the House approved on Friday.
Wal-Mart stepping up Bangladesh inspections
Women's Wear Daily
Mike Duke, president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said the world's largest retailer is stepping up factory inspections and safety measures. (Subscription required.)
Diverse opportunities for Wal-Mart International
For Doug McMillon, Wal-Mart Stores is not a domestic company with an international division, but an international company with a global outlook. As president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart International, McMillon oversees more than 6,100 stores in 26 countries outside of the United States — the main engine of growth for the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer over recent years.
Gap launches in-store pickup of items reserved online
Gap Inc. has begun enabling shoppers to reserve items online and pick them up in the chain's stores. For now, "Reserve in Stores" is available only at select Gap and Banana Republic stores in Chicago and San Francisco, the retailer says.
Target to heavily promote cause campaign
As part of its back-to-college campaign, Target has partnered with Feed Projects, a nonprofit founded by Lauren Bush Lauren, to create a limited-edition collection. The collection marks the first time Target has treated a cause-related campaign like one of its designer collaborations, with TV and print ads, as well as a digital campaign and broad-based support in store.
Affluent consumers continue spending
Attribute it to an improving economy, or simply fatigue in behaving a certain way, but the days of well-to-do consumers reportedly hiding their blue Tiffany bags in plastic Target bags are just about over. According to the most recent Affluent Online Shopper Index, affluent shoppers (those who make more than $100,000 a year) continue to outspend other segments in the first quarter of this year.
Nordstrom's big plans for expansion of Rack
Women's Wear Daily
Nordstrom Rack is looking to expand north, south, east and west. The openings are part of parent Nordstrom Inc.'s goal of having over 230 Racks in operation by 2016. (Subscription required.)
J.C. Penney to end Johnson-era sales force hide-and-seek
Best Buy Co.'s sales force wears blue shirts. Apple Inc. "specialists" are garbed in branded tees. J.C. Penney Co. associates can wear whatever they want. The un-dress code is a legacy of ousted Chief Executive Officer Ron Johnson, the former Apple retail chief who espoused a hipper, less formal vibe for J.C. Penney. The strategy has a flaw evident to anyone who has shopped at the department-store chain lately: You can't tell the sales workers from everyone else. That made it hard to ask for assistance and pay for purchases because Johnson also removed many cash registers and put checkout devices in the hands of hard-to-find store workers.
The most common website mistakes (and how to fix them)
When it comes to a retailer's website, there are thousands of things to measure and test, tweak and retest, so when it comes to site design and usability, a little expert advice is a good thing. That's just what attendees at our upcoming Online Merchandising Workshop will get at their one-on-one expert site consultation.
Wal-Mart's e-stumble with Amazon
The Wall Street Journal
Amazon.com Inc. has become the runaway leader in online sales thanks to a network of more than 40 U.S. warehouses, some employing robotic assistants, which speeds orders to homes with ruthless efficiency. As it seeks to play catch-up in e-commerce, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has concluded it doesn't want to simply clone Amazon's model since it also has to worry about supplying its stores.
In face of increased competition, Safeway plans expansion
The Washington Post
In the District's less prosperous days, Safeway — the city's top grocery chain for decades — was often competing only with itself. After years of population declines, swaths of D.C. neighborhoods did not have any grocery stores at all, much less competitors on the same street. Now that the city is undergoing an economic and demographic resurgence, Safeway is at the center of a battle among grocers to cash in on the Washington area's boom.
Retail apparel prices rise in May
Women's Wear Daily
Retail apparel prices rose for the first time in three months in May, increasing a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent, primarily driven by an uptick in the men's and girl's departments. (Subscription required.)
Laundry detergent traded for drugs, cash
Strange as it may seem, detergent — specifically liquid Tide and Tide Pods — has become a currency on the black market nationwide. It is traded for drugs or sold far below retail prices at open swap meets and clandestine meetings, law enforcement and retail officials say. Several factors have combined to turn the product into what some are calling "liquid gold": The Tide brand is the most popular, even though it is the highest priced; detergent is relatively easy to steal and, unlike electronic items with serial numbers, is difficult to trace; and shoplifting is a relatively low-risk operation compared to other crimes to make a quick buck.
'Mobile Moment of Truth: How to Win With Mobile Shoppers'
STORES Knowledge Series
Thanks to mobile devices, today's shoppers have access to vast amounts of data in-store. They check prices, read reviews, comparison shop and get input from their social groups. This "Mobile Moment of Truth" is the new competitive battlefield for retailers, brands, apps and e-commerce pure plays, who are all competing to win this coveted consumer.
Study: 88 percent of consumers have negative mobile shopping experiences
Chain Store Age
The trend to shop on smartphones is growing, with 71 percent of smartphones owners saying they shop using their mobile device, according to a report by Scava, a provider of mobile, tablet and in-store technologies. However, mobile shopping experiences fail to meet consumer satisfaction, as 88 percent of those who shop on their smartphone have experienced negative issues.
Specialty apparel retailer launches social media model search
Chain Store Age
Multichannel specialty apparel Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie is turning to Facebook to find its next new models. Pampered Passions is launching a contest where women can post photos of themselves on its Facebook page. Every month, the customer with the photo receiving the most likes will receive a dedicated page with their pictures on the Pampered Passions e-commerce site and also get a one-year free membership in the retailer's "Lingerie of the Month" club.
Report: Smartphone usage driving shift to more seamless, personal interactions
Chain Store Age
Around the world, consumers want it all, and they want it in the palm of their hand. According to a global study released by First Data, consumers worldwide expect strikingly similar mobile and technology-powered experiences from large and small businesses as well as financial institutions – and their expectations are fueled by skyrocketing smartphone usage.
Starbucks to post calorie labels in stores nationwide
Beginning on June 25, Starbucks Corp displayed calorie counts for coffees and snacks at all its U.S. locations, ahead of a federal requirement that large American food chains prominently disclose nutrition information. The company recently said the labels were meant to encourage health-conscious consumers to further customize orders by opting for sugar-free syrups or nonfat milk over more calorie heavy alternatives.
Webinar: How Express keeps store associates on brand
Chain Store Age
Chain Store Age recently hosted a webinar on how fashion apparel retailer Express uses targeted training to keep its store associates on brand. Adam Zaller, director of learning and development for Express, discussed how the chain deployed a cloud-based learning management system in its 600plus stores.
Kohl's to open customer service ops center in Dallas
Chain Store Age
Kohl's Department Stores has announced plans to open a new customer service operations center in Dallas. Expected to open in late spring 2014, the two-building, three-story, 240,000-square-foot facility will support the continued growth of the company's Kohl's Charge program, as well as its online business, which reached $1.4 billion in sales last year following three consecutive years of more than 40 percent annual growth.
Best Buy to carve out Microsoft mini-stores
The Wall Street Journal
Best Buy Co. is opening a new door to selling Microsoft Corp. products, with in-store shops called Windows Stores. The companies said Thursday they are teaming up to transform computing sections in 600 Best Buy-owned locations into mini-stores featuring Microsoft computers, phones and Xbox videogame machines. The new Windows Stores, which will start opening this summer, will be visually distinct from the rest of a Best Buy, with wood floors and prominent Microsoft colors and logos.
Wal-Mart's everyday hiring strategy: Add more temps
Wal-Mart Stores Inc has in recent months been only hiring temporary workers at many of its U.S. stores, the first time the world's largest retailer has done so outside of the holiday shopping season.
Why the mall will never die
By most accounts, the commercial Internet was born in 1995 the same year as today's high school seniors. That makes this Taylor Swift and Snapchat-loving generation of teens the first wave of Americans who have literally never known life without the modern Web. So if you'd expect anybody to feel more at home spending money online than at a brick and mortar store, it might be them. But you would also be wrong.
US May retail sales rose more than expected
Chain Store Age
A report recently released by the Commerce Dept. said that retail sales in the U.S. gained 0.6 percent in May, more than forecast and likely boosted by increased hiring during the month. The increase was the largest in three months and followed a 0.1 percent advance in April. Bloomberg economists called for a 0.4 percent increase. The figures used to calculate economic growth, which exclude categories such as automobiles, climbed 0.3 percent.
Exclusive: Washington D.C. is 'hottest retail market'
Chain Store Age
Washington, D.C. ranks as the nation's hottest retail market, followed by Greater New York City, a leading developer told Chain Store Age in an exclusive video interview.
Staples redesigns its stores for the Internet age
Office supplies retailer Staples Inc. recently announced the launch of its first two "omnichannel stores" that aim to bridge the divide between its various retail channels. The stores feature several large kiosks. Some of the kiosks let consumers buy from the retailer's site optimized for tablet computers, while others enable shoppers to get specific information, such as where to find ink and toner.
To boost digital sales, Best Buy turns to its stores
If Best Buy Chief Financial Officer Sharon McCollam has her way, the company will soon operate 1,000 mini-warehouses inside its 1,000 stores across the country. Under McCollam, who is overseeing a vast overhaul of Best Buy's supply chain infrastructure, the Richfield, Minn.-based consumer electronics retailer is currently shipping merchandise housed in 50 stores to fill orders from online customers.
Shoppers are going red, white, and blue this Independence Day
Retail's BIG Blog
As the summer season rolls in and the temperatures continue to rise across the country, Americans are gearing up to celebrate Independence Day. While many are eager to fire up the grill with their favorite cookout cuisine, others will use the holiday for a family vacation before children head back to school. Whatever festive summer plans may be brewing, the Fourth of July is just around the corner and consumers are feeling patriotic.
Convenience stores can uncover potential in expanded, new categories
Convenience Store News
Despite having an average of 500 SKUs on their shelves, convenience store operators still rely on a few key categories such as motor fuels, cigarettes and foodservice. However, opportunities are out there for retailers who want to push their stores ahead of the competition.
Exclusive whitepaper: Amazon's local strategy
MultiBriefs Staff Writers
With its sights set on a profitable 2011 holiday season, online retail giant Amazon made a bold decision. Having millions of customers armed with smartphones and Amazon's barcode-scanning feature, it chose to offer customers 5 percent off purchases if they went into a local store, scanned items for price and then went home empty-handed — retailers be damned. Thus began showrooming. And as Amazon captures local store data only to encourage consumers to buy online, it does so at the expense of the local retailer.
Parents preparing their back-to-school budgets with caution
Retail's BIG Blog
It's true that there's never a dull moment in retail. After one exciting holiday or "season" ends, another one begins. And with temperatures this hot, it can only mean one thing: back-to-school is here. July kicks off what is well-known in retail as the second biggest shopping time of the year, and while children may be reveling in the fact that they can sleep in every day, parents are already chomping at the bit to get their children out of bed and back into school.
Motorola seeks to transform the store with mobile technology
Motorola Solutions recently introduced Mobility Lifecycle Management, a service that maintains the performance and availability of mobile devices for retailers and other businesses that have deployed mobile devices to staff members, such as tablets for store associates. The new service can handle Apple Inc. iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and Motorola mobile devices.
Restructuring the Exchange
Since January, there have been several steps taken to restructure the Exchange. Here is a summary of the changes implemented to reposition the organization and keep the Exchange moving forward:
The Marketing Directorate was renamed eCommerce: The MK Directorate became the eCommerce Directorate, led by Senior Vice President John Engroff. MK formerly consisted of three divisions which were realigned to the following:
Strategic Communication, Project Management and Public Affairs aligned under the Strategic Planning and Partnerships Directorate
Customer Relationship Marketing aligned under the Chief Operating Officer
Digital Media Network aligned under Sales Directorate – Marketing and Advertising
Marketing and Advertising aligned under Sales Directorate;
Forms and Records aligned under PL, Corporate Policy Division
Direct Marketing Division transitioned to new eCommerce Directorate;
eCommerce buying staff joined with SD buying staff; the Name Tape Plant will realign to SD, e-Business
Services Food Directorate: The Services Food Directorate was established, with the symbol of SF. Jack Morris, former Senior Vice President of Central Region, was selected to the position of Senior Vice President of the new directorate, and reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer.
Business Development Directorate: The Business Development Directorate was established, with the office symbol of BD. Dr. Jim Skibo, former Vice President of Business Intelligence, was selected Senior Vice President, where he will be responsible for spearheading value-enhancing business development initiatives. Other changes include:
The Community Development Initiative will realign under BD
The Customer Relationship Marketing group will divide accordingly:
Customer Service and Social Media teams, now titled the Customer Value team, will align under BD
The Strategic Marketing team will divide; six positions to report to PL-Strategic Corporate Communication
ASI/CSI/MSI team remains aligned under the Chief Operating Officer
Merchandising Directorate: The Sales Directorate changed its name to the Merchandising Directorate.
New job titles in headquarters:
SVP SD changed to Chief Merchandising Officer (CMO)
SVP Plans changed to Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)
SVP FA changed to Chief Finance Officer (CFO)
SVP IT changed to Chief Information Officer (CIO)
SVP HR changed to Chief Human Resource Officer (HRO)
Realignment of Visual Merchandisers: The Visual Merchandisers positions were realigned from HQ Sales Directorate, Marketing and Advertising Division to the region. Area Visual Merchandising Branding Managers directly report to the Merchandising Directorate.
Southeast Distribution Center: The SEDC, projected to close in July, will close on 30 June.
Retail food manufacturers and brokers
The Retail Food Team will conduct a vendor meeting Sept. 10-13, to review Business Terms Agreements, advertising programs, the marketing rate card, collaborative planning for 2014, and the Operation Be Fit initiative. The meeting will begin with a 90 minute review of key strategies and programs to grow sales. The afternoon of Sept. 10, and continuing through Sept. 13, buyers will meet with individual vendors in pre-scheduled appointments to discuss agreements and begin collaborative planning for 2014.
Please contact individual buyers to schedule appointments during the dates/hours listed below.
Meeting agenda from 9:30-11 a.m., Sept 10:
Buyer Meeting Schedule: Vendors must contact buyer directly during the periods listed to confirm meetings.
- Grow the Express Initiative Overview
- Retail Food Buyer Introductions
- Agreements – ARA, BTA, SSL, DOF
- New Item Forms
- Advertising Programs
- Marketing Rate Card
- 2014 Collaborative Planning
- Auto Replenishment and Allocation Update
- Buyer Category Overview
- We will serve lunch at the Skyline Club after the main presentation, the cost of lunch will be $10 per person.
Sept. 10 @ 1-4 p.m.
Sept. 11 @ 8-4 p.m.
Sept. 12 @ 8-4 p.m.
Sept. 13 @ 8-4 p.m.
Meetings are recommended to be 30 minutes to review specifics with each buyer. Meetings must be pre-scheduled.
Retail Food Buying Team
David Arens Divisional Merchandise Manager
Julie Bierman Senior Buyer/Seasonal Candy Buyer
Paul Olney Frozen Foods Buyer
Danielle Pelland Snack Avenue Buyer
Randy Demster Dry Grocery & Meat Snacks Buyer
Melissa Kitchen Snack Buyer
Adrienne Townes Everyday Candy Buyer
Adriana Ybarra Deli/Dairy/Bakery/Fruit; Buyer/Operation Be Fit POC
We look forward to meeting with you on Sept. 10!
If you know yourself or someone from your company will be attending you can RSVP @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Divisional Merchandise Manager
Exchange joins in 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program
In recognition of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service's participation in the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program, Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull received a certificate of proclamation and commemorative flag in a ceremony June 18 at Fort Belvoir. Lt. Gen. Raymond Mason, former Chairman of the Exchange Board of Directors and Army Staff Lead for the Interagency Advisory Group on the Department of Defense's 50th Commemoration, presented Shull with the proclamation and flag.
AAFES breaks ground on new Fort Hood Mall
The Killeen Daily Herald
Officials recently broke ground on a new shopping center that will double the size of the current post exchange. Army & Air Force Exchange Service kicked off construction on a new 265,000-square-foot Fort Hood Mall on Clear Creek Road, just across the street from the current 128,000-square-foot Main Exchange.
ALA is moving! In mid-July, ALA HQ will be moved to a new location, just a block from our current address. Beginning July 15, our new address will be 1101 Vermont Avenue, Suite 1002, Washington, DC 20005-3560. As our move date approaches, we will update you with further details.
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Digital 2013 Worldwide Directory available!
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Save the dates:
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.
Oct. 15-17, 2013: 2013 Hawaii Trade and Food Show, Hawaii Prince Hotel Honolulu, Hawaii
Dec. 5, 2013: ALA NY Chapter Annual Holiday Luncheon, New York City.
Dec. 13, 2013: ALA DFW Chapter holiday luncheon
Join the ALA DFW Chapter for a festive holiday luncheon and auction at the Las Colinas Country Club in Irving.
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Furloughs of post civilians begin July 8
The Leaf Chronicle
After months of being deferred, the furloughs that have been dreaded by Fort Campbell's civilian work force will finally begin on July 8, and continue until the close of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. During that 11-week period, workers will lose one work day a week and 20 percent of their pay, totaling 88 hours far less than the initial 22 days (176 hours) that civilian workers thought they would lose when the sequester was automatically triggered on March 1.
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Save the date: ALA DFW Chapter holiday luncheon
Join the ALA DFW Chapter on Dec. 13 for a festive holiday luncheon and auction at the Las Colinas Country Club in Irving. Click here to view flier.
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063