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2014 Board Elections
The ALA Board of Directors has approved the following slate of candidates to run for the 2014 Board of Directors: Directors Marcia Doyle, Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc.; Kurt Hall, Unilever; Executive Committee – Joe Campagna (Chair), Kellogg; Rick Page (Vice-Chair), Coastal Pacific Food Dist.; Carla Williams (Secretary), Procter & Gamble; and Leah Gardner (Treasurer), Kraft Foods Group, Inc. Ballots will be mailed to all ALA voting members in early August. Any ALA member who wishes to be considered for inclusion on the ballot may do so by petition. Write-in candidates appear on the ballot when no fewer than 25 voting members of the Association subscribe to the candidacy. This petition for candidacy must be provided to the Secretary and Chairman of the Nominating Committee, JD Fenessy, no later than 60 days prior to the Annual Meeting of Members. The Annual Meeting of Members will be held at the 67th Annual Convention in Washington, DC on October 29, 2014.
Pay panel appears wary of cutting compensation
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Military Times, Andrew Tilghman
For years, the Pentagon's top brass has called for an overhaul of the entire military compensation system, claiming that the cost of troops' pay and benefits is soaring unsustainably and threatening future funding for readiness and weapons modernization. But a highly influential panel of experts appears to be unconvinced.
Here's how the Pentagon could save $108 billion over the next decade
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Defense One, Eric Katz
Thanks to sequestration, the Defense Department will have to reduce its spending by $500 billion over the next 10 years. Despite congressional resistance, Pentagon leaders — up to and including the commander in chief — have repeatedly sought to rein in compensation for military members and retirees in order to reach the reduced spending level.
Hagel urges Congress to reverse defense cuts
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The Hill, Kristina Wong
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says deep defense budget cuts keep him up at night. "Sequestration has been devastating to this institution. It's something that our leaders and I work with every day trying to convince Congress to change that," Hagel recently told troops at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia. Under sequestration, the Pentagon faces $500 billion in cuts over the next decade. The cuts have been partially relieved since they went into effect last year, but are scheduled to hit full force again in 2016.
Patrick B. Nixon
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Army shifting thousands of soldiers to Fort Meade
As the Army works on plans to downsize over the next five years, Fort George G. Meade is getting ready to add about 4,000 servicemen and women. Col. Brian P. Foley, garrison commander, said the preliminary estimate makes Fort Meade one of a handful of Army installations that will grow instead of contract by the end of the decade.
Sanders backs VA pick
Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., recently voiced his support for the Obama administration's pick to lead the troubled Veterans Affairs Department, hinting at a smooth confirmation process. Sanders labeled his hour-long sit-down with former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald "a really good meeting."
House VA chairman wants to meet nominee
The chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee wants a face-to-face meeting with President Barack Obama's nominee to run the Veterans Affairs Department. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., is trying to arrange an in-person meeting with former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald, according to a House aide.
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FORSCOM head nominated to be new Army vice chief
The top general at Forces Command has been nominated to be the next Army Vice Chief of Staff, according to information on the Senate Armed Services Committee website. If confirmed, Gen. Daniel Allyn will succeed Gen. John Campbell as the Army’s No. 2 officer.
July's Philippine Defense Expo is first in decades
Defense contractors will gather this month in Manila to compete for a piece of the estimated $1.5 billion budgeted for phase one of a three phase modernization program for the Philippines armed forces. Asian Defence & Security 2014 will be held July 16-18 at the World Trade Centre, Manila. The show is the first defense exhibition in decades, said Sandy Wong, a show organizer.
Congress has little time to finalize VA, defense bills
Congress returns from its July Fourth vacation to a long list of high-profile, unfinished defense business and a short legislative calendar before the November elections. The new Veterans Affairs Department reform bill, the annual defense appropriation bill, the annual defense authorization bill, and funding for military construction and VA operations for fiscal 2015 are all on lawmakers' immediate to-do list — in between more briefings on the situation in Iraq and other overseas threats.
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Coalition and Valued Associates Advocacy and Actions...
The Coalition and the ALA are extremely saddened by the news that CAPT Marshall Hanson, Co-Director of the National Military Veterans Alliance and Government Affairs Director for the Reserve Officers Association, passed away yesterday. We honor his service to our country, his advocacy on behalf of the military community he loved, and will forever cherish his legacy of friendship. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Hanson family.
The Coalition and valued associate organizations consistently share information with our members regarding their Commissary and Exchange benefits; and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation programs.
Trending articles and posts on the SaveOurBenefit Facebook page include:
DoD seeks healthier food choices for troops
(Military Times) Concerns about healthy food choices on military installations have led defense officials to launch the Healthy Base Initiative (HBI), a comprehensive study of dining facilities, fast food, and vending machine options.
Col. Brian Foley, garrison commander at Fort Meade, Maryland - one of the HBI pilot sites - told American Logistics Association members that he has a "great partnership" with commissary and exchange officials on post. The commissary periodically holds its own farmers market with fresh produce placed out front, and the exchange shoppette has moved its fresh fruit to the front of the store.
The Defense Commissary Agency, exchanges, and industry partners are supporting the HBI efforts...
Did you know that commissaries, exchanges, and the supporting industry are the largest employers of Veterans and military families?
These programs continue to recognize the value of hiring our Veterans and military spouses. The American Logistics Association member companies announced this week that they have met and exceeded their goal of hiring 25,000 Veterans and military spouses as part of the First Lady's Joining Forces Initiative...
Military Times staff writer, Andrew Tilghman wrote an excellent summary of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission's Interim Report, which was released last week. In his article Pay panel appears wary of cutting compensation he states:
"For years, the Pentagon's top brass has called for an overhaul of the entire military compensation system, claiming that the cost of troops' pay and benefits is soaring unsustainably and threatening future funding for readiness and weapons modernization. But a highly influential panel of experts appears to be unconvinced..."
Air Force releases Morale, Welfare, Recreation survey
A random sample of 50,000 Airmen and civilians will receive an email invitation asking them to participate in a Recreational Interest Survey to help determine new, revised, and improved activities and programs. Participants will be asked to mark activities they have done in the past 12 months, activities they would like to do again, or specific activities they would like to try. If you receive the survey, we encourage you to take it. #SaveOurBenefits
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Commissary Web Posts
The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website between 10 AM, July 2, 2014 and 10 AM, July 10, 2014:
DP #17, Far East Quantities.
Holiday Seasonal Football (Superbowl), Far East & Alaska Quantities.
Thanksgiving/Christmas – Dry Grocery, Far East & Alaska Quantities.
Thanksgiving/Christmas WW Seasonal Package – Candy Program.
Thanksgiving/Christmas WW Seasonal Package – Ham Program.
September Case Lot, Alaska Quantities.
NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
14-53, Distributor Improvement & Collaboration Plan.
14-60, Excel Copy of the Calendar.
14-62, Store Reset Dates – Ft. Lewis.
14-63, Store Reset Dates – Smokey Point.
14-64, Store Reset Dates – Ft. Lee.
14-65, Store Reset Dates – San Diego.
Adds/Changes/Deletes, Week 14-27 and 14-28.
DeCA Sales Team Directory, July 9, 2014.
Guard/Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule, July 9, 2014.
CRV Values, July 6, 2014.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
ALA Commissary Council Golf Tournament, August 18, 2014, Country Club of Petersburg, Petersburg, VA.
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.
Comparing 'private label' prices takes time, but can save money
When it comes to cheaper alternatives to name brands, commissaries' options run neck-and-neck with — and often beating — Wal-Mart's private label prices, according to a limited comparison by Military Times. The Defense Commissary Agency doesn't have its own official "private label" like the Wal-Mart "Great Value" brand or the Safeway brands, or the military exchanges' "Exchange Select" brand, but it does carry other options.
Commissary case lot sales dates announced
The Killeen Daily Herald
After two months of anticipation, officials announced the new dates of Fort Hood's popular case lot sales this past week. The Warrior Way Commissary will host shoppers Aug. 15-17. The Clear Creek store's case lot sale is Aug. 28-30. All sales will occur from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. "They're basically back by popular demand," said Rick Brink, spokesman for the Defense Commissary Agency.
Supermarkets could soon manipulate where you walk
You walk into the local supermarket, list in hand. You know the routine: with basic meat, bread and dairy necessities strategically set up around the perimeter, you'll have to pass by a host of other items on the way there and back. Maybe you'll grab one or two things you hadn't planned on, just what the manager wants you to do. And of course, the old stand-by: candy and gum at the checkout line, the ultimate impulse buy. The grocery store setup has worked this way for years, seemingly eons. Is it time for an update?
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Retail beverages promote energy in a healthy way
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
The beverage industry has experienced quite the roller coaster ride over the last couple of years. First, New York City tried to ban super-sized sugar-laden drinks. Now, Maryland is in position to become the first state to ban the sale of energy drinks to minors. Whatever the questionable ingredient is that forces such government regulation, today's refrigerated and frozen beverages don't have it. Instead, they promote energy in a healthy way.
Cherry Point Commissary donates more than 30,000 lbs. to food bank
The Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Commissary joined local agencies early this year to donate more than 30,000 pounds supplies to feed thousands of hungry people across central and eastern North Carolina. The Commissary partnered with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to bolster food bank supplies and lessen the discarding of items marked unsellable throughout the store.
DECA commissaries partner with food banks
The Fort Campbell Courier
The Fort Campbell Defense Commissary Agency has established a formal process covering diversion of unsellable but edible food to local food banks. The program now involves 109 U.S. commissaries that will divert qualifying food to 76 food banks approved by the Department of Defense, but both numbers will continue to rise.
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As food prices rise, fed keeps a watchful eye
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. food prices are on the rise, raising a sensitive question: When the cost of a hamburger patty soars, does it count as inflation? It does to everyone who eats and especially poorer Americans, whose food costs absorb a larger portion of their income.
Kroger sets water goal, makes strides toward Zero waste
The Kroger Co. has set its first-ever public water conservation goal as part of its eighth annual sustainability report, released this week by the Cincinnati-based grocery giant. Kroger is committed to reducing water consumption in supermarket locations by 5 percent in 2014. In 2013, Kroger manufacturing plants reduced water usage by 61 million gallons, which is equivalent to the yearly water usage of 1,455 American homes.
Food flavor trends emphasize fresh, fast, and healthy
Key trends and opportunities within the U.S. market for flavors center on ever-changing consumer preferences and recent ongoing and anticipated advances in food flavor technology. Consumers' continued yearning for food that is fresh, fast, and healthy is driving innovation and new food and flavor product development, according to U.S. Market for Flavors by market research company Packaged Facts. Looking ahead, the value of the total U.S. market for flavors — including flavor additives, flavor enhancers, sugar substitutes, and spices — will increase from $6 billion in 2014 to $7 billion in 2019.
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The power of freshness
Obviously, grocers seek to draw shoppers through every department in the store as a way to build their baskets. But the fresh perimeter is much more likely to be an entry point to the store than other departments, because fresh is a showcase that nontraditional grocery retailers have a harder time replicating.
Commissaries to group 'Better for You' products
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.
'The Great Fish Swap': How America is downgrading its seafood supply
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.
Might Apple have a future as a fashion conglomerate?
Things that are useful have never really inspired us. Power drills are lovely, but all they make us feel is relief that the job's done. Modern computer technology, though, is different. We don't just want to use it, we want to be inspired by its looks, the way it feels. We want to be seen with it, as the choice of brand says something about who we are. This is something Apple has understood from the very beginning.
Historic trumps hip for Levi's new campaign
You don't have to be hip, young or a cultural trendsetter to rock a pair of Levi's jeans, according to Jennifer Sey, global CMO of the Levi's brand. The company, which saw its U.S. sales flatten this year, is reconnecting to its roots, with a new message, "Live in Levi's," that woos the general market with a focus on the historic 501 product line.
Scan one, get one free: Digital deal player expands to Walmart, Target
SavingStar, a digital coupon and promotion program that offers deals and gathers individual shopper data across many retailers and brands, is expanding to 30,000 additional stores, including Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Dollar General and Family Dollar as of July 7. The service, which launched more than two years ago and has 5 million members shopping at more than 100 grocery and drug chains, up to now has worked by linking to retailers' loyalty databases and scanners to track purchases.
NRF: Retail adds 27,800 jobs in June
Chain Store Age
The National Retail Federation (NRF) calculated retail industry employment gains (excluding autos and gasoline) of 27,800 jobs in June 2014, compared to the prior month and 230,800 year-over-year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Summary showed that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 288,000 in June, better than analysts' and economists' expectations.
Kroger to buy Vitacost for $280 million
Kroger Co., the largest U.S. supermarket chain, agreed to buy online retailer Vitacost.com Inc. for $280 million to add a new channel for selling nutrition and healthy-living products. The $8-a-share deal has been approved by both boards and by holders of 26 percent of Vitacost's shares, the companies said today in a statement.
An early pulse on the back-to-school shopper
National Retail Federation
In places like New York City where school ended just a few days ago, preparing for "back to school" can be hard to believe for some parents. But for families who wish to avoid the long lines typically associated with late August school and college shopping, spread out their spending and ensure they get their hands on the hottest products at a reasonable price – some retailers have them covered.
Readers recall tablet magazine ads at same rate as print ads
The Wall Street Journal
A splashy ad in a magazine may catch a reader's eye as he or she is flipping through the pages, but would that ad grab someone’s attention when it's displayed on a tablet? With an ever-growing array of screens and formats to serve ads, it can be a headache for marketers to figure out where ads resonate with consumers and where they don't. However, new research suggests that tablet magazine advertising is just as effective as (and can even add impact to) print campaigns.
Shop.org Think Tank: Open letter to digital professionals
National Retail Federation
Dear Digital Professionals,
Your talents are ripe for building and reinventing brands. The U.S. retail industry has a GDP of $2.5 trillion and digital is the fastest growing component. Innovative technology is disrupting old business models and creating new opportunities to influence the direction of an industry that touches hundreds of millions of consumers daily. Are you ready to build the next mobile experience, configure big data in the cloud or develop solutions for omnichannel shopping?
J.C. Penney appeals Macy's ruling
Chain Store Age
J.C. Penney has filed an appeal of a June 16 ruling by the New York State Supreme Court that it "tortuously" interfered with Macy's 2006 contract with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia when Penney entered into its own contract with Martha Stewart in 2011. In the ruling, Justice Jeffrey K. Oing said Macy's failed to prove that it is entitled to punitive damages.
Staples expanding home/office automation platform; 500 store rollout planned
Chain Store Age
Staples is expanding its home and office automation platform, Staples Connect, including a rollout to 500 stores, new pricing for the Staples Connect Hub, and collaborations with Microsoft, Jawbone, and D-Link. Staples is also the first retailer to announce the integration of wearable technology to its platform.
Top 100 retailers
National Retail Federation
The current retailing revolution isn't about overthrowing the old elite; it's about the speed with which the old dogs are learning new tricks. One such example: Amazon.com has joined the uppermost ranks of STORES magazine's Top 100 Retailers. Last year Amazon was beaten — percentagewise — in e-commerce sales growth by Wal-Mart. Amazon's total online volume dwarfed Wal-Mart's, but Wal-Mart's 30 percent increase in web sales outpaced Amazon's 20 percent.
Forever 21 sets ambitious growth plan
Don Chang is plotting a dramatic expansion for Forever 21. The founder and chief executive officer of the fast-fashion chain, based here, told Zee his "ultimate goal is to double the size of our company within the next three years," giving it a footprint of 1,200 doors globally. And the company's newest concept, F21 Red, could be key to that ambitious plan. Last month, Forever 21 launched the banner at the Azalea Shopping Center in South Gate, Calif., a working-class community about 20 miles south of here.
Walmart sees room to grow in Target's home territory
Always a magnet and very often a lightning rod, Walmart seems to draw a crowd of commerce and controversy wherever it goes. The challenges Walmart has faced are well-reported. It's been an ongoing target of organized labor, and has been criticized on issues of fair competition within communities and selling outsourced manufactured goods from low-wage third-world countries. But the world's largest company became that way for a reason lots of people shop there.
Coming soon to Walmart: A new way to find products from women entrepreneurs
Retail labels are full of signals designed to appeal to shoppers' preferences and values: Made in America, gluten-free, fair trade, or kosher. Soon, shoppers will be able to look for a new one: A small, circular symbol indicating that the company behind the product is owned by women.
Costco Wholesale brings Apple iPods, iPads and iTunes gift cards back to store shelves
International Business Times
Shortly after the debut of the iPhone 5s at Costco Wholesale Corp., the rest of the Apple Inc. device family has returned to the warehouse retailer's shelves, ending a four-year absence.
Survey: CEOs maintain traditional supply chain focus
Chain Store Age
Although 50 percent of CEOs say that their supply chain can be a strategic differentiator in the new omni-channel customer paradigm, 83 percent of worldwide CEOs believe that their retail supply chains are currently "not optimal" for today's changing retail environment. In a global retail CEO survey of more than 400 retail industry CEOs conducted by PwC for JDA Software titled: "CEO Viewpoint: The Strategic Role of Supply Chain in an All-Channel World," CEOs indicated what they are doing to adapt to this changing environment and establish a new foundation for growth.
What C-stores are among Top 100 retailers?
7-Eleven Inc. and Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. were the only pure-play convenience store chains to crack the STORES Magazine Top 100 Retailers ranking for 2014, based on U.S. sales.
PMG acquires 'Ocean's 13'
Petroleum Marketing Group Inc. has closed on the acquisition of 13 convenience stores, a large number of supply-only contracts and all the other associated business assets formerly owned and controlled by Ocean Petroleum Inc. and its affiliated companies.
Consumer snacking trends must now serve as the nucleus for any successful initiative. But if you try and define what a snack is, good luck. The definition of a snack is blurred, and the definition of a day-part has also changed drastically. I can rightfully say that everything we sell at Kwik Trip within foodservice is a "snack."
Hormel acquiring Muscle Milk
Hormel Foods Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CytoSport Holdings Inc., maker of Muscle Milk products. As a leading provider of premium protein products in the sports nutrition category, CytoSport's brands align with the company's focus on protein while further diversifying the Hormel Foods portfolio.
Wawa celebrates 5th year as title sponsor of Wawa Welcome America!
Wawa Inc. has announced plans for seven days of signature events and activities for its fifth year as title sponsor of the Philadelphia region's biggest Independence Day celebration, Wawa Welcome America!. Wawa's signature Hoagie Day celebration on July 2, in honor of Wawa's 50th anniversary, will include 50 returning heroes, a five-ton hoagie and more.
Open & Shut for June 2014
This edition of the Open & Shut digest of new convenience store openings, sales, acquisitions and store closings features listings for the month of June 2014. Many of the stores are owned by independent operators, while others belong to major chains, some part of CSP's Convenience Top 101.
Air Force releases Morale, Welfare, Recreation survey
Desert Lightning News
Ever feel like you had the perfect idea for a new activity at your base but were not sure who to tell? Now is the perfect time to be heard. The Air Force Personnel Center Directorate of Services recently began sending recreational leisure surveys to Airmen located within the continental United States June 19. The survey results will be used to identify new opportunities to meet recreational interests and how Services can deliver programs to meet changing needs, with more emphasis on providing the right programs to the right people.
Markets debuts US Army branded paper towels
Weis Markets recently announced it will sell U.S. Army branded paper towels beginning this week in honor of the Fourth of July holiday. A portion of the sales from the paper towels will help support the U.S. Army's Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs, which offer soldiers and their families opportunities to enrich their lives culturally and creatively and are designed to relieve stress, build strength and resilience, and help the Army Family stay physically, mentally and financially fit.
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