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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Happy 4th of July

"Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide" ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

"Where liberty dwells, there is my country" ~ Benjamin Franklin

"We stand for freedom. That is our conviction for ourselves; that is our only commitment to others. " ~ John F Kennedy


Compensation Commission issues interim report:

The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission released its Interim Report yesterday, 3 July. As a contributor to the report, the ALA was sent an advanced copy. The Interim Report is a thorough review of the current compensation system and benefit programs, relevant laws, regulations, policies, appropriated Federal funding, and historical background for the uniformed services' compensation and benefit programs.

The report contains comprehensive sections addressing the Commissary, Exchange, and Morale Welfare and Recreation programs. Quoting DoD Instruction 1330.17, the report states, "The commissary program is an integral element of the military pay and benefits package for active-duty personnel. An income benefit is provided through savings on purchases of food and household items necessary to subsist and maintain the household of the military member for the inclusive period of compensated duty or service." The report also references 10 U.S.C. § 2481, stating that the purpose of the exchange system is to "enhance the quality of life of members of the uniformed services, retired members, and dependents of such members, and to support military readiness, recruitment, and retention."

The Commission thanked our association for our contribution to the report and support of their work to date saying, "The success of our future recommendations will be, in a very real way, attributable to the counsel your organization has given this Commission." The ALA will continue to work with the Commission as they develop their recommendations – from detailed analysis – for compensation modernization, due to the President and the Congress on February 1, 2015. The ALA stands firm on our position that, "We are not afraid of analysis. We are afraid of the lack of analysis."

We encourage you to read the sections on the Commissary and Exchange (pdf) or to read the complete report: http://www.mcrmc.gov/public/docs/reports/MCRMC-Interim-Report-Final-HIRES-L.pdf.




American Logistics Association hires more than 25,000 veterans and military spouses
Read the Full Story
The White House, Colonel Steve Parker
Recently, I had the pleasure of joining the American Logistics Association (ALA) to thank and congratulate them as they announced that their member companies have hired more than 25,000 veterans and military spouses in the past three years. In October 2011, ALA was one of the first private-sector associations to answer the President's call to hire more than 100,000 veterans.

ALA is one of many groups that have made significant commitments and contributions to hiring veterans and military spouses. Their member companies have seen that hiring these veterans and spouses is not only the right thing to do, but it is also good for their bottom line. At Joining Forces, we encourage more associations; large and small businesses; and state and local communities to step forward and hire veterans and military spouses — and we're highlighting ways to make it even easier.

Connecting veterans with employers is an important step in supporting our economy and supporting our veterans and military families. In April of this year, the First Lady and Dr. Biden, announced the Department of Veterans Affairs' E-Benefits Employment Center, the newest tool to support companies hiring veterans, and veteran job seekers.

DoD: Curbs on pay and benefits finally taking hold
Read the Full Story
Military Times, Andrew Tilghman
Despite stiff opposition in some quarters to cutting back on some military compensation programs, overall military personnel costs are in fact coming down, and the Pentagon's long battle against rising pay and benefits is showing signs of gaining momentum, the Pentagon's top money manager said. "We are making progress," said Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale shortly before his retirement in late June.

Report: Fort Lee faces more cuts
Read the Full Story
Progress-Index, Patrick Kane
Fort Lee could see major cutbacks and a $243 million impact to the local economy, if the worst-case cuts in a report recently released are enacted. The base could lose up to 2,800 permanent party soldiers and 750 civilian jobs compared to 2011, casting a cloud on the area's economy. However, Denny Morris, executive director of the Crater Planning District, is optimistic that the Army will maintain Fort Lee, which has seen a major consolidation of training programs - and $1.2 billion of investment - since 2005.

Obama to nominate former Proctor & Gamble CEO as Veterans Affairs secretary
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Military Times, Leo Shane III
The White House recently nominate former Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald to take over as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, charged with fixing the ongoing veterans care delay scandal and restoring public faith in the department. McDonald, a West Point graduate, retired from the corporate giant one year ago. He brings considerably more business experience than military experience, spending five years after graduation in the Army and 33 years working with Procter & Gamble's various offices.



Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association






WASHINGTON UPDATE


DoD seeks healthier food choices for troops
Military Times
Concerns about the comparative scarcity of healthy food choices on military installations have led defense officials to launch a comprehensive study of dining facilities, fast food and vending machine options, according to Defense Department officials. Those concerns surfaced in early findings of DoD's Healthy Base Initiative, a demonstration project of 14 sites launched 15 months ago, aimed at enhancing the health of troops, civilians and family members.
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Commissaries to group 'Better for You' products
Military Times
Commissary officials are making it easier for customers to make healthy food choices. Beginning with the Fort Meade, Maryland, commissary, they're creating a "gluten-free" section and rearranging other items to highlight their "Better for You" products, as well as organic and natural products that the stores have offered for years.
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'Magic Money': DoD's overseas contingency budget might dry up
Defense News
While the U.S. Defense Department's Afghanistan war budget is expected to receive little resistance from lawmakers, the Pentagon is under pressure from the White House Office of Management Budget to lower, then eliminate supplemental requests, sources said. The overseas contingency operations (OCO) budget, sent to Capitol Hill last week, requests $58.6 billion in war-related spending in fiscal 2015. That's about $20 billion less than the Pentagon's 2014 OCO request.
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Report: DOD lacks realistic plan to cut costs at management headquarters
Stars and Stripes
The Pentagon has produced no realistic plan for cutting costs at its many management headquarters, according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office. The Department of Defense was mandated by Congress to develop and submit a plan by the end of this month for HQ budget cuts for the years 2015-2024, which was to include combatant commands. It remains unclear, however, "how the department will provide reliable information to Congress," concluded the report by the GAO, a government watchdog agency that advises lawmakers.
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COALITION UPDATE



Coalition and Valued Associates Advocacy and Actions...

Veterans and military family advocates from The American Legion, Jewish War Veterans of America, Military Officers Association of America, National Military Family Association, and Veterans of Foreign Wars attended the Joining Forces ceremony last week honoring ALA member companies for hiring 25,375 Veterans and military spouses.

"Gainful employment is the cornerstone to sustainable financial independence and quality of life, both of which our nation's veterans and their families have earned and deserve," said Denise Rohan, Chairman, National Veterans Employment & Education Commission, The American Legion. "Veterans and their spouses are perfect candidates for companies to hire and retain. The American Legion is grateful that the American Logistics Association's member companies realize the benefit of hiring veterans and their spouses and applaud ALA's efforts through the Joining Forces hiring initiative," added Rohan.

"Military spouses want careers in which they can grow professionally and move with them as they follow their service member from one assignment to another," said Joyce Raezer, Executive Director, National Military Family Association. "We appreciate that the Defense Commissary Agency, the military exchanges, and their industry partners have long recognized that military spouses are motivated, highly-skilled, and loyal to employers who understand their talents and the challenges they face. Through the American Logistics Association's partnership with the Joining Forces Initiative, military families, communities, and employers benefit," said Raezer.

During the ceremony, Veteran Dwayne Brooks shared his hiring experience with MDV-SpartanNash, an ALA company where his military experience was a critical factor in getting hired. Dwayne said he told his interviewer of his military experience and interviewer said 'Stop right there': you are hired as long as you pass the background and driving test. "Every day I take pride in my military service and that day made it even more special."

"There are many roadblocks and challenges that military spouses face when trying to find a job," said Jennifer Shoffitt, an active duty military spouse who spoke at the ceremony and was hired by Unilever Corporation. "The most obvious is the frequent moves. Employers see your resume and think you're a job hopper." "Unilever believed that I would be able to provide insights into military consumers," said Shoffitt. "This was the first time the fact that I was a military spouse worked in my favor."

The ALA, Coalition and its valued associate members continue to stress the importance and value of hiring Veterans and military spouses, and recognize the Commissary and Exchange, and its industry partners, as long time exemplary leaders in this effort.



COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website between 10 AM, June 26, 2014 and 4 PM, July 2, 2014:

PROMOTIONS:
DP #15, Update #1.
DP #16, Update #1.
Christmas Baking, Far East & Alaska Quantities.
Summer Club Pack, Update #1.

NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
14-61, Store Reset Dates – Ft. Meade.

MISCELLANEOUS:
CRV Values, June 29, 2014.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
ALA Hawaii Conference & Exhibition, 19-21 August 2014, Pacific Beach Hotel, Honolulu. REGISTRATION OPEN
ALA Washington Chapter Jim Griffin Memorial Golf Outing, September 17, 2014, Ft. Belvoir Golf Course.
ALA Hampton Roads Chapter Oyster Roast & Golf Tournament, October 2, 2014.
ALA National Convention, October 27 - 29, 2014, Hyatt Capitol Hill, Washington, DC





COMMISSARY NEWS


Nestlé sells Juicy Juice brand to buyout firm Brynwood Partners
The Wall Street Journal
Nestlé has sold its Juicy Juice brand to buyout firm Brynwood Partners, the latest move in the Swiss food giant's push to simplify its sprawling U.S. business by shedding languishing brands. A pioneer in the all-natural juice segment, Juicy Juice has faced falling sales in recent years as health concerns chipped away at demand for sugary drinks for children and Nestlé prioritized faster-growing brands.
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Snyder's-Lance to restructure as it completes $430 million private brand divesture
BakeryAndSnacks
Snyder's-Lance will kick-start a restructuring plan to improve margins and drive focus on its branded products following the competition of its private brands divestment to Sherarer's Foods. The snack giant sold off its private brands business along with two manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Canada in a recent 430 million deal. At the same time, the company also purchased Wisconsin-based Baptista's Bakery.
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Forget dinner, it's always snack time in America
The Wall Street Journal
Americans are becoming serial snackers. What started as grazing more than three decades ago has turned into willy-nilly consumption patterns, disrupting the American diet of three meals a day and making the pillars of peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch and bacon and eggs for breakfast a part of the past—and roiling the food industry in the process.
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Pinnacle ends Hillshire agreement to clear way for Tyson
Bloomberg
Pinnacle Foods Inc. opted to receive a $163 million breakup fee by terminating an agreement to be taken over by Hillshire Brands Co., clearing the way for its would-be acquirer to be bought out by Tyson Foods Inc. Proceeds from the payment will be used to reduce debt, which will drop interest expense for the year to less than an original forecast of $100 million, Parsippany, New Jersey-based Pinnacle said in a recent statement. The company repeated its guidance for per-share profit of $1.70 to $1.75 this year.
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Mintel: Brands should eye up children's gluten-free
BakeryAndSnacks
More parents are introducing their babies to food via a special diet, creating a demand for gluten-free baby products like porridge and biscuits. Across Europe, 42 percent of all new baby food products launched are labelled as gluten-free, according to research firm Mintel – a trends it found was already starting to translate into a market for gluten-free children's food.
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Direct thermal print labels for Defense Commissary Agency commissaries
Federal Business Opportunities
This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotes are being requested and a separate written solicitation will not be issued.
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Demonstration tables
Federal Business Opportunities
This solicitation is being issued as a small business set-aside. This acquisition is for 26 demonstration tables to be delivered to 16 DeCA commissaries in the Continental United States and four located overseas. The contractor will be responsible for preparation for overseas shipment and delivery to the port of embarkation with the exception of shipment to Hawaii. The contractor will be responsible for direct shipment to the commissary located in Hawaii.
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Perform shelf stocking, receiving/storage/holding area, RSHA custodial, meat custodial operations for the Defense Commissary Agency,
Quantico MCB Commissary, located in Quantico, Virginia

Federal Business Opportunities
Provide all of the necessary supervision, personnel, supplies, and equipment to perform shelf stocking, receiving/storage/holding area (RSHA), RSHA custodial, and meat custodial operations for the Quantico MCB Commissary, located in Quantico, Virginia, in accordance with Attachment 1, (PWS) and all terms and conditions herein.
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Shelf stocking, RSHA and custodial services
Federal Business Opportunities
Furnish all supervision, personnel, equipment, and supplies necessary to perform shelf stocking, receiving/storage/holding area, and custodial operations for the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), McConnell AFB Commissary, located near Wichita, Kansas, in accordance with the Government's Performance Work Statement (PWS). The solicitation includes a base period (Jan. 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2015) and four one-year option periods. This acquisition is a 100 percent set-aside for Women Owned Small Business concerns. The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) number is 561990, and the business size standard is $10.0 million.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    US Senate confirms Morin, Wright (Defense News)
Kroger is the new king of healthy foods (CNN)
Deli/bakery resale operations 17 commissaries in GA, NC, and SC
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The end of the shopping center: Postponed (MainStreet)
Congress has one hurdle left to pass a VA bill, but it's a high one (National Journal)

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Survey finds problems with supermarkets' scanners
The Boston Globe
Electronic scanners installed in supermarket aisles are supposed to prevent irksome cash register surprises by allowing consumers to scan UPC codes to check the price of a can of tuna or jar of peanut butter. But a review of nearly three dozen supermarkets in Greater Boston by the online journal ConsumerWorld.org found nearly half the scanners did not work or otherwise comply with state rules aimed at guaranteeing pricing accuracy. The rules went into effect 18 months ago.
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Kroger to acquire online retailer Vitacost
Supermarket News
Kroger Co. recently said it has agreed to acquire Vitacost.com, a leading Internet retailer of vitamins, supplements and healthy living products, in a deal the company said would accelerate its nascent e-commerce strategy. Kroger officials said Vitacost would help to jump-start its e-commerce strategy by providing a team with extensive e-commerce experience and a "substantial platform that includes technology and ship-to-home fulfillment centers to serve customers in all 50 states and internationally."
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HVAC system's transparent friend: Window film
Progressive Grocer
There are many examples of wasted energy in a retail food stores - inefficient HVAC systems, refrigeration and use of excessive lighting for example. In fact, a recent study by EnergyStar found that supermarkets in the United States use around 50 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity and 50 cubic feet of natural gas per square foot per year. For a typical 50,000-square-foot store, this is roughly $200,000 annually in energy costs, along with 1,900 tons of CO2 emissions. Many of the opportunities to save energy and therefore money – such as upgrading lighting, refrigeration and ventilation controls – are well known. However, one source that often goes unrecognized is the energy required to cool space heated by sunlight coming through storefront windows.
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Fighting the good-for-you fight
Grocery Headquarters
Imitation is considered the sincerest form of flattery. However, try telling that to Whole Foods executives. They are in the midst of a battle to maintain their market share of the natural and organic consumer segment. The international grocery chain is generally credited with pioneering the natural and organic retail market, bringing shoppers an indisputably unique product mix and shopping experience.
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'The Great Fish Swap': How America is downgrading its seafood supply
NPR
What's the most popular seafood in the U.S.? Shrimp. The average American eats more shrimp per capita than tuna and salmon combined. Most of that shrimp comes from Asia, and most of the salmon we eat is also imported. In fact, 91 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad, but one-third of the seafood Americans catch gets sold to other countries. Shrimp and salmon are two case studies in the unraveling of America's seafood economy, according to author Paul Greenberg. In the following, Greenberg discusses what's driving the changes in America's seafood economy and why you should buy wild salmon frozen when it's out of season.
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Traditional American supermarkets are being eaten alive
Quartz
The grocery store business has never been easy, given its traditionally thin margins. But the last decade has seen a fundamental transformation of the food business as giant discounters such as Wal-Mart and Target cut into food sales. According to a recent note published by equity analysts at Credit Suisse, discounters controlled 22.7 percent of the U.S. retail food business in 2013, up from 16.9 percent in 2003. That market share came directly from traditional supermarkets, which saw their market share slip from 30.7 to 26.7 percent over the same time period.
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USDA sees more rapid increases for US dairy, fruit prices
Reuters
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently maintained its forecast for U.S. food prices to rise by 2.5 to 3.5 percent in 2014, in line with historic norms, but raised its estimates of price increases for dairy and fresh fruit. The agency evaluated expected increases in overall food, food-at-home and food-away-from-home prices.
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FEATURED ARTICLE
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Using social media to grow your email list
By Mayur Kisani
Email is the most personal and direct way of reaching customers. Social media can be a great supplementary tool — to engage prospects and customers, build relationships with them and also generate leads. It is a simple and direct relationship.

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Nielsen rewards innovations of successful new products
The New York Times
It's tough being a consumer products company. Of the nearly 3,500 new consumer goods introduced in 2012, just 14 managed to generate at least $50 million in sales in their first year and sustain that momentum into their second, according to the market research group Nielsen.

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Bishop study: Conventional formats up 1 percent, non-traditional up 3.1 percent
Supermarket News
Sales within traditional grocery formats increased 1 percent during 2013, while sales within non-traditional formats rose 3.1 percent, according to an annual survey by Willard Bishop, Barrington, Illinois.

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EXCHANGE NEWS


Dear Supplier: IN EFFECT NOW

The Exchange has updated the published guidance regarding the Vendor Compliance Program. Please note that the following infractions will be charged against the supplier beginning 1 July, 2014.
  • Submission of duplicate invoices; submitting the same invoice multiple times
  • Sending paper invoices in addition to EDI invoice. A paper invoice refers to anything received through the mail, fax or APInvoices@aafes.com
  • Incorrect pricing on Invoice(s)
  • No PO# or incorrect PO# on invoice(s)
  • Returned check due to address change
  • Returned ACH payment due to incorrect bank information
Invoices will be paid promptly and correctly if vendors follow the requirements outlined in the Exchange Terms and Conditions and Supplier Requirements Guides.

To view the updated guidance please see the Vendor Compliance Program under “Doing Business with the Exchange” on the Shop My Exchange website.

The Exchange
Army Air Force Exchange Service
Supplier Compliance Program
AAFESVendorCompliance@aafes.com

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Welcome to the Retail Food Team-New Buyer

Good morning/afternoon,

We are very excited to introduce our new Everyday Candy Buyer Diana Turgut! Diana will be replacing Adrienne Townes as she moves over to the Beverage Team. Diana brings to the team a well-rounded background that includes store operations, contingency, and buying experience.

Diana can be reached at turgutd@aafes.com to schedule appointments, etc.

David H. Arens
Divisional Merchandise Manager Retail Food
Sales Directorate
214-312-3215
arensd@aafes.com

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Military considers letting more veterans shop online at a military store for the first time
The Canadian Press
The U.S. military is looking into allowing all of the nation's veterans who served honorably to shop online at exchanges that sell discounted, name-brand goods — a perk that is currently available only to a small minority. The change is proposed by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service director as a way to show appreciation for veterans and to offset a loss of revenue as troops return from overseas, where they had few alternatives but to shop at the military retail stores.
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Waco AAFES could benefit from more veterans' discounts
Waco Tribune-Herald
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service wants to expand the number of military veterans who can order discounted merchandise on its website, and the issue could have an impact on the AAFES distribution center in Waco that serves as a warehouse for everything from clothing to appliances. Dallas-based AAFES, which operates exchanges for military men and women worldwide and sponsors shopmyexchange.com, has proposed allowing all the nation's veterans who serve honorably to shop online — a perk that now has restrictions.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Why Amazon's new phone threatens retailers
Adweek
Amazon recently unveiled its highly anticipated smartphone — dubbed Amazon Fire Phone — that will give the e-commerce giant yet another piece of ammunition against retailers in its goal to own online shopping through showrooming and price comparisons. The Seattle-based company's phone includes a feature called Firefly (which appears to be a souped-up version of its mobile app) that claims to recognize more than 100 million products.
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What does the future of retail look like? 4 young companies provide a glimpse
Forbes
There was a lot to digest at Jason Calacanis' and Pivotal Labs' Launch Beacon conference on Monday, an event devoted to exploring trends around e-commerce, retail, payments and location-based technology. To this audience member, the most interesting bits came from the morning demos of four companies working on technology with applications for retail and e-commerce. If these startups have their way, we'll soon live in a world of interactive in-store displays, ubiquitous mood tracking and effortless shopping on the fly. Oh, and your smartphone might replace your waiter.
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E-receipts: The invited guests of consumers
National Retail Federation
The following flexReceipts white paper defines "transactional emails" and how retailers can use them to build customer loyalty and encourage repeat purchases, all while staying FTC-compliant.
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Gap sees job applications jump after wage-raise pledge
Bloomberg
Gap Inc.'s pay pledge has gotten the attention of job seekers. After announcing plans in February to increase hourly wages to $10 by 2015, employment applications at the Gap and Old Navy chains have surged by at least 10 percent from a year earlier, according to the San Francisco-based company.
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Even retail is bigger in Texas
National Retail Federation
It's not just state pride, hair, trucks and land that are bigger in Texas – it's retail too. In the Lone Star State retail supports 1 in 4 jobs. And recently, the industry's role in the state got even bigger. Charlotte-based department store Belk invested $20 million to build its brand new flagship at the Galleria in Dallas. The investment represents a long-term commitment to the Dallas-Fort Worth community.
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Barnes & Noble wants to separate retail, Nook
NorthJersey
Barnes & Noble says it wants to split its retail bookstores and Nook media business into two separate public companies as it looks to boost shareholder value. The bookseller's stock jumped more than 8 percent in recent premarket trading. Barnes & Noble has been trying to turn itself around as competition from discount stores and online retailers toughens, and as readers shift away from traditional books to digital formats.
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Are retailers shifting fast enough from 'old school' media to new digital marketing opportunities?
RetailMeNot, Inc.
To better understand the investments in digital marketing channels, over 200 retail marketing decision makers were surveyed in a recent study conducted by Kelton and commissioned by RetailMeNot, Inc. The survey responses demonstrate retail marketers' enthusiasm for current and future digital marketing promotions and how they can help drive sales.
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Study: National economy could suffer from shutdown of West Coast ports
Long Beach Press Telegram
The national economy could lose as much as $2.5 billion a day and disrupt thousands of jobs if labor talks between longshore workers and their employers force a shutdown of West Coast seaports, according to a new study recently released.
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How AT&T could keep crooks from using your credit card
Bloomberg
Banks and card networks like Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. are working with wireless carriers to cut down on fraudulent transactions by tying purchases to the location of a shopper's smartphone. In the next few months, AT&T Inc. will test a service that verifies transactions by using a phone's whereabouts — as long as it has customers' permission. The telecommunications provider is one of several companies developing fraud-detection services based on a simple premise: People who are out shopping normally carry their phones with them.
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Wal-Mart will open a new e-commerce fulfillment center in Indiana
Internet Retailer
By shipping from new distribution centers and its 4,200 U.S. stores, Wal-Mart says it has cut online delivery times by 15 percent and lowered delivery costs 22 percent. The world’s largest e-retailer also announced plans for a new 1.2-million-square-foot online fulfillment center in Indiana. The facility will open in 2015 and employ more than 300 workers, the company says.
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C-STORE NEWS


Where does America like to fill up?
CSP Magazine
Consumers prefer to fill up their gas tanks at grocery stores and wholesale clubs rather than at traditional gas stations, according to a study by Market Force Information, a provider of customer intelligence solutions. The poll of more than 5,300 consumers found that Kroger is their favorite gasoline retailer, with Costco and QuikTrip tied for second and Sam's Club ranking third.
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Is a grocery partnership in Couche-Tard's future?
CSP Magazine
Noting an "over-heated" acquisition environment in the United States, an analyst anticipates that Canada's Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. could enter into "more complicated partnership arrangements" with U.S. grocers to continue its convenience store chain growth, naming Kroger and Cerberus (Safeway) as possible partners.
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The people's retailer
CSP Magazine
Many convenience store chains are faceless to the public, or are known primarily by a mascot or logo. But John MacDougall, the prominent CEO of upstate New York's Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes chain, became a visible, well-known local celebrity and company frontman who excited customers.
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'Quick Food' at QuikTrip
CSP Magazine
QuikTrip Corp. has launched its fresh, made-to-order menu of food, premium drinks and frozen treats in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina, markets. Customers can order food at the new QT Kitchens full-service counters each day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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Grilling up good times on the Fourth of July
National Retail Federation
With winter's polar vortex a distant memory, summer's warm temperatures have consumers celebrating in front of the grill. According to NRF's 2014 Independence Day Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, more than 153 million consumers – nearly two-thirds of those celebrating – are set to observe the Fourth of July holiday with a cookout, barbeque or picnic, spending an estimated $6.2 billion ($68.16 per household) on burgers, snacks and other food items for the occasion. This is the first year NRF asked celebrants about their spending plans on food items.
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QuikTrip reaches 700 mark
CSP Magazine
QuikTrip Corp. opened its 700th convenience store on Thursday in Overland, Missouri, near St. Louis. The chain has opened 100 stores in the last two years, according to a report by The Tulsa World. "The new growth is absolutely phenomenal in its own right; however, when you include the relocation of existing stores, rebuilds on existing locations and the remodeling for our full-service fresh food offer, QuikTrip employees have performed absolutely Herculean feats," said Chet Cadieux, president and CEO of QuikTrip.
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McNamara HQC employees celebrate Family and Diversity Day
Press Release Point
McNamara Headquarters Complex employees and their families enjoyed a carnival-like atmosphere, including pony rides and funnel cakes, June 25 during the 2014 HQC Family and Diversity Day. The theme for this year's event, hosted by the Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Defense Technical Information Center and Defense Contract Audit Agency, was "One Big Happy Family."
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Online registration open for FMWR July 4th events
My Guidon
You can get a jump on your Independence Day plans and sign up now for two Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation events on the FMWR website, www.fortleonard woodmwr.com. The site lets visitors register in advance for the 2014 "These Colors Don't Run" 5k race and the Fourth of July Car Show, both of which are part of FMWR's upcoming Independence Day Celebration. Here's a breakdown of each event.
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More to do on July 4th with MWR
Ho'okele
For those looking to escape the summer heat before stepping out for the Fourth of July fireworks at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Morale, Welfare and Recreation has some alternatives to help keep cool before the sun goes down.
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