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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Passing of a loved one:

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Dale S. Bryan, retired SVP of the Sales Directorate and Logistics Directorate of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. After a courageous and lengthy battle with cancer, on the evening of 16July 2014. Dale left this world peacefully with his wife Allison, children Brett and Brooke, grandsons and beloved dogs by his side. Please pray for the Bryan family and Dale's many close friends as they struggle through losing this incredible man.

Funeral service details to follow.


Budget update:

Protection of the funding needed to sustain operations of the commissary program took a major step forward on July 15 when the Defense Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee added $200 million to the Administration's request for commissary operations for the fiscal year that begins October 1, 2014. This essentially matches the action taken by the Senate Armed Services Committee last month. The Committee also moved to eliminate tobacco pricing disparity between on and off base tobacco sales outlets.

Both the House Appropriations and Armed Services Committees moved in their fiscal year 2015 funding bills to restore only $100 million of the $200 million shortfall in the commissary budget. The House has completed work on its versions of the defense bills. All of the Congressional action carries the qualification that they are reserving judgment on the future funding for commissaries pending the completion and submission of a report by the Commission on Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization that is due to Congress by February 15, 2015.

The Administration had proposed a $200 million cut for Fiscal Year 2015 and served notice that it intended to cut commissary funding by a billion dollars a year by fiscal year 2017. This would have been devastating both for commissary operations and for exchange operations that benefit to a large extent from commissary patron traffic.


Both Senate defense spending committees still await action be the full Senate on their bills. This means that final funding levels for this benefit for this fiscal year will be reconciled in respective authorizing and appropriations conference committees. The schedule for Senate floor action and the ensuing reconciliation conferences is uncertain at this point. If it is not completed by October 1, we could enter a scenario where we have a "continuing resolution" where defense spending is maintained at last year levels. Or, Congress could choose to roll several spending bills together in what is called an "Omnibus" spending bill and attempt to discharge that prior to the end of the fiscal year.

Protection of the commissary funding levels and this benefit in an intensively competitive budget environment is no accident. Congressional support for the commissary benefit is greatly appreciated and is in large part the culmination of nearly five years of work by the Association to ensure that key policy makers understand the need to sustain funding for commissary operations. ALA recognized early on that a defense spending crisis was emerging and took action to educate lawmakers and patrons of the potential for reductions to the funding levels and the need to get proactive on defending these levels both for the well-being of the commissaries and for the well-being of exchanges and MWR programs.

We did this because we recognize that the funding levels have a direct bearing not only on the savings provided to patrons but on continued viability of ALA member businesses and the ability of the entire supply chain to be sustained and uninterrupted. Because the defense budget crisis is expected to continue going forward we will continue to work to ensure adequate funding for commissaries.

The Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee also took action to eliminate all pricing disparity for tobacco products between outside communities and on installations.

ALA will be working in the reconciliation conferences to ensure that commissaries are funded and maintain rational and fair access to products and services on military installations.


Senate panel backs 1 percent pay increase
Read the Full Story
Military Times, Leo Shane III
Senate appropriators plan to fund only a 1 percent basic pay raise for troops next year and will go along with a Pentagon proposal to trim housing allowances in an effort to rein in personnel costs. The moves, if adopted later this week, leave troops and families with a mixed message from lawmakers about how much belt tightening they'll see next year.

US Senate panel proposes keeping A-10, 11 aircraft carriers with $547.9 billion defense bill
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Defense News, John T. Bennett
A US Senate panel recently approved nearly $550 billion in military spending as part of a bill that would keep alive weapon systems the Pentagon wanted to retire. The chamber's Appropriations Defense subcommittee unanimously approved legislation that would give the Pentagon $489.6 billion in base spending and $58.3 billion in war funding. It would block a long list of weapon system retirement proposals or Pentagon plans to not purchase systems next year to save money.

Consumer Watch: Comparing 'private label' prices takes time, but can save money
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Army Times, Karen Jowers
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. In fact, the commissary alternatives' prices are as good as or better than the Exchange's private label.

Senate panel proposes ending tobacco discounts
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Military Times, Leo Shane III
Smokers could lose their discount on tobacco products sold at military exchanges under a provision recently unveiled in the Senate. Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee chairman Rep. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee's defense panel, called the move a common-sense decision to give troops less incentive to use tobacco.

HASC readiness chair hoping for renewed focus on sequestration after midterms
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National Defense, Valerie Insinna
The chairman of the House Armed Service Committee's subcommittee on readiness said he was optimistic that Congress will be able to protect defense funding and prevent sequestration in 2016. Key to this effort will explaining the importance of military spending to Republican budget hawks and the new representatives who will take office after midterm elections this November, Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., told reporters July 15.

Hagel hits the road to pressure Congress on sequester
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Breaking Defense, Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
Defense Secretaries always "try to get out of Washington and visit as many of our bases and talk to as many of our people" as they can, as Sec. Chuck Hagel said this week at Kings Bay submarine base in Georgia. But when you're SecDef, you always take Washington with you. Physically, that means the entourage of one general, one admiral, and myriad lesser aides, bodyguards, and even ragtag reporters (e.g. me) that accompanies the Secretary almost everywhere he goes except the bathroom. Politically, it means every word the Secretary says is said with Washington much in mind.



Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association






2014 ALA BOARD ELECTION

2014 Board Elections

The ALA Board of Directors has approved the following slate of candidates to run for the 2014 Board of Directors: DirectorsMarcia Doyle, Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc.; Kurt Hall, Unilever; Executive CommitteeJoe 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.


WASHINGTON UPDATE


Senate probe offers new details on Air Force acquisition blunder
National Defense
A Senate panel concluded that the Air Force wasted more than a billion dollars on a logistics information system largely because it failed to follow existing laws and regulations designed to prevent such flops. The program, called the expeditionary combat support system, or ECSS, was terminated in 2012 after eight years in development.
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Air Force to cut thousands of installation support jobs, create new command for surveillance
Air Force Times
The Air Force is cutting thousands of manning and organization officers, and creating a new numbered Air Force to oversee intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, the service recently announced. A total of 3,459 positions will be cut in an effort to save $1.6 billion over the next five years. The move comes about a year after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed the services to cut headquarters staff by 20 percent.
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House hearing examines 'viability' of federal senior executive service
The Washington Post
Federal senior executives may not have realized there's a question about the existence of their elite crew. Yet, that's the implication from the title of last week's House hearing on "The Viability of the Senior Executive Service."
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COALITION UPDATE



Coalition and Valued Associates Advocacy and Actions...

ALA President, Pat Nixon shared the great news with all of you in his President's Message that the Defense Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee added $200 million to the Administration's request for commissary operations for the fiscal year that begins October 1, 2014. As he stated, "Protection of the commissary funding levels and this benefit in an intensively competitive budget environment is no accident." It was the result of years of hard work and proactive steps taken by Your ALA.

In addition to educating lawmakers and patrons of the potential for reductions to funding levels and the need to proactively defend these levels, Your ALA also built a coalition of support for military resale. We actively engaged military and veterans service organizations, who joined our efforts as valued associate members of The Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits.

These advocacy organizations are some of the largest, oldest, and most trusted military and veterans' service organizations in the country, as well as those representing our newest veterans and family members. Our valued associate "partners" represent over 2 million service members, veterans, and military families, who know first hand the value of the military resale system and the critical savings they provide the military community. Together and individually these organizations worked tirelessly, alongside Your ALA, to preserve and protect military resale benefits in the wake of the defense budget crisis. We greatly thank them for their efforts!

Our Coalition valued associate members:

  • Met with Members of Congress and DoD to discuss the importance of protecting military resale; these critical earned benefits; and the valuable savings they provide our service members, veterans, and their families.
  • Incorporated our economic research within their Congressional testimony and outlined how the Pentagon's drastic budget cuts would affect military families' purchasing power.
  • Actively supported Congressional legislation protecting military resale.
  • Wrote press releases, articles, blogs, tweets, and were consistently quoted in media reports and news articles.
  • Galvanized their members to Storm the Hill, participate in virtual town hall meetings, contact their Representatives, and to let their voice be heard!

Because the defense budget crisis is expected to continue going forward, Your ALA will continue to work with and engage these dedicated advocacy organizations and Coalition valued associates in protecting military resale and safeguarding these critical earned benefits.



COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website between 10 AM, July 10, 2014 and 10 AM, July 17, 2014:

PROMOTIONS:
DP #14, Update #2.
DP #19, WW Promotion Package, Autumn Dollar Days.
Halloween, Update #2.

NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
14-56, Value Brand Program. NOTE: Though not depicted in this NTT the presentation acceptance date has been extended through August 2014.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Adds/Changes/Deletes, Week 14-29.
CRV Values, July 13, 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. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION OPEN





COMMISSARY NEWS


Unilever sells Slim-Fast brand to US private equity firm
Reuters
Consumer goods maker Unilever Plc said it had sold its Slim-Fast brand to Kainos Capital, a U.S.-based private equity firm focused on the food and consumer sector. The sale is part of Unilever's ongoing effort to reshape its U.S. portfolio and focus on its core higher-margin personal care business, the company said.
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China giant Bright Food billed as possible Bumble Bee bidder
Undercurrent News
China's Bright Food is being linked as a possible bidder for Bumble Bee Foods, which is reportedly being prepared to a sale. Bright Food has links to Lion Capital, the owner of US shelf stable seafood giant Bumble Bee, and also has a venture in tuna for the Chinese market.
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The other value equation
FoodBusinessNews
Consumer demand for healthier products has product developers experimenting with a variety of ingredients to develop prepared foods that deliver more than basic nutrition, in other words "functional foods." Functional foods are defined as products that may provide benefits beyond basic nutrition and consist of a variety of food components that potentially may reduce disease and promote health.
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Lockers, clothing, steel
Federal Business Opportunities
This solicitation is being issued as a 100 percent set-aside for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business for steel clothing lockers for use by Defense Commissary Agency commissaries worldwide (including Europe). However, for overseas stores, with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii, the Contractor would only be responsible for preparation for overseas shipment to the port. A Firm Fixed Price Contract is contemplated. The Request for Proposal will be posted on or about July 25, 2014.
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Fresh fruits and vegetables Pacific area
Federal Business Opportunities
This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for fresh fruits and vegetables. The contractor is to provide delivery to commissaries in South Korea, Japan (to include Okinawa), and the U.S. Territory of Guam. The Government will award one or more contracts resulting from this solicitation based on evaluation using the best value, tradeoff procedures.
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Congress slams door on commissary cuts
Daily Press
The Senate version of the defense budget contains good news for Hampton Roads, and we're not just talking about saving an aircraft carrier. Besides restoring funds to refuel the USS George Washington, the budget adds money to maintain operations at on-base commissaries, which are tremendously popular in the region. The move isn't exactly a surprise. Ever since the Obama administration announced plans to cut commissary funding, protests have been loud and long. Commissary shoppers save about 30 percent on grocery and household items, and if the administration's cuts went through, those savings would have dropped to about 10 percent, according to reports.
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Cargill Turkey says no to growth-promoting antibiotics
Grocery Headquarters
Cargill's Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms are removing growth-promoting antibiotics from their turkeys across the independent farms they work with, without charging a premium price. Based on consumer research and feedback, these brands are pioneering efforts to provide families with affordable, turkey choices. Cargill worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop a three-part verification process for turkey production that exceeds all current government and industry standards.
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The heart of the matter
Progressive Grocer
The grocery industry today is evolving and more competitive than ever. Small local stores, large chain supermarkets, pharmacies and dollar stores are all vying for the same customers by offering the best products, the most convenient locations and superior customer service. The standards are consistently being raised. A shift toward wellness formats is one of the newest trends, and ironically, whether most retailers in this space realize it, they're already in the health-and-wellness business: offering healthy food, nutrition coaching, first-aid supplies and pharmaceuticals. Store patrons want to know that their preferred grocer values not only their in-store experience, but also has a regard for their wellness.
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General Mills launches 150 products inspired by food trends
BakeryAndSnacks
General Mills introduces a range of 150 products across the U.S. The company is not able to specify how many of the new products will be bakery, cereal or snacks. The products are inspired by leading consumer food trends: protein, bold flavors, gluten free, indulgence and whole grain.
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Roosters' fertility problem hits US chicken supply, causes spike in poultry prices
New York Daily News
The world's largest chicken breeder has discovered that a key breed of rooster has a genetic issue that is reducing its fertility, adding to problems constraining U.S. poultry production and raising prices at a time when beef and pork prices are already at record highs. The breed, Aviagen Group's standard Ross male, is sire through its offspring to as much as 25 percent of the nation's chickens raised for slaughter, said Aviagen spokeswoman Marla Robinson.
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Army shifting thousands of soldiers to Fort Meade
Maryland Gazette
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.

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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.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Wal-Mart gaining steam with Made-in-US push
Women's Wear Daily
Wal-Mart recently held its first open call for U.S. Vendors at the company's Bentonville, Arkansas, headquarters. The retail giant is armed with $250 billion to spend over 10 years on products made in the U.S.
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Why a merger of pet retailers would make sense
The New York Times
PetSmart's activist shareholders are barking up the right tree. Jana Partners and Longview Asset Management, which together own about a one-fifth stake, are demanding that the purveyor of dog food and toys sell itself. There are other options to enhance shareholder returns, but a deal with Petco, the smaller rival controlled by TPG and Leonard Green, could be the pick of the litter.
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Adidas joins wearable stampede with fitness tracker
The New York Times
There are a few things that should give pause to Adidas, the footwear and apparel maker, as it enters the so-called wearables market. First, there is the swirl of hype. Wearable devices, most of which offer at their core some form of activity-tracking for the people wearing them, are flooding the market, even though a lot of people do not understand their value and there is evidence that a meaningful number of users simply stop wearing them over time.
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Target turns to cause marketing for Back-to-School season
Advertising Age
Target is looking to a cause-related campaign to kick off the back-to-school season and boost awareness of its Up & Up brand. The retailer will give one Up & Up brand school-supply product to a student in need for each Up & Up school supply purchased between July 13 and August 2. Ultimately, Target hopes to donate $25 million worth of supplies to the Kids In Need Foundation — a goal it will be tracking and updating consumers on throughout the campaign.
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J. Crew's new XXXS isn't 'vanity sizing,' It's made for Asia
ABC News
Both fans and foes of J. Crew are abuzz this week about J. Crew's new size: XXXS or 000. Who would want to wear a XXXS, which fits someone with a waist size of 23 inches? A lot of untapped customers in Asia, according to the apparel company. The privately-owned retailer said it extended additional sizing to accommodate customer demand primarily coming from their market in Asia; Hong Kong in particular.
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Retail brands register their own top-level domains
Internet Retailer
The Internet is about to be a more diverse place. Previously, there were only 21 top-level domains—the characters following the second "dot" in an Internet address — such as .com, .org and .edu. But that number is expected to grow to more than 1,200 within the next two years. The first such domains were released in January, and retailers are among the first to get into the new Web-address game.
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Retailers swallow online food cost to lock in shoppers
Reuters
Big retailers are taking a calculated hit to margins to invest in online grocery operations, in the hope they can persuade consumers to add more profitable items like clothes and computers to their orders of fruit and vegetables. Food has been one of the last things to move online because complex logistics for fresh, chilled and frozen products make it an expensive business. Retailers are also reluctant to lose the potential for the lucrative impulse buys that occur in-store.
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Top 10 stories of the first half of 2014
Chain Store Age
Having passed the calendar's mid-point, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the most viewed stories of the year to date on Chainstoreage.com.
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Sears, Kmart expand free in-store pickup
Chain Store Age
Sears and Kmart will allow pick up of Sears.com or Kmart.com orders at any of each other's more than 2,000 U.S. stores. Customers will be able to select free store pickup and a preferred pickup location for specially marked online items. The order will then ship to the chosen store and the customer will receive an email confirmation when it is ready for pickup.
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Wal-Mart embracing smaller stores in growth strategy
MarketWatch
Just weeks after being named chief executive of the world’s biggest retailer, Wal-Mart's Doug McMillon held a meeting with his top executives and gave them a homework assignment: Read "The Everything Store," the tell-all book about Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos. It was a surprising order from the top of a company that long ago devised one of retail's most successful formulas and milked it for nearly half a trillion dollars in sales last year. According to the book, Bezos himself studied Wal-Mart as he built Amazon, internalizing its credo of acting fast and experimenting often.
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Home Depot expands stock of smart home gadgets
USA Today
Boosting your home's IQ recently got easier as The Home Depot began selling a collection of nearly 60 gadgets that can be controlled by mobile devices, including light bulbs, lawn sprinklers and water heaters. Now that mobile devices can remotely operate appliances and other items, the number of smart-home products is exploding. Two years ago, The Home Depot sold 100 of them but now offers 600, said Jeff Epstein, the retailer's vice president for home automation merchandising.
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9 retailers in search of a CEO
Chain Store Age
New York — The heat is on — in more ways than one. While Target's search for a new chief executive has been much in the news, the discounter is not the only big retailer on the hunt for a chief executive. The following is a brief review (all dates are 2014 except where noted).
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Promotions help drive June sales; Costco same-store sales up 6 percent
Chain Store Age
Retail sales generally improved in June, helped by good weather and big discounts as retailers look to clear inventory for the back-to-school season. Costco Wholesale Corp. reported a 6 percent increase in June same-store sales, helped by higher fuel prices. Its results topped Wall Street estimates.
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Study: June events curtail shopper traffic
Chain Store Age
Shopper traffic declined 9 percent in June, compared to the same month the previous year, as vacations, holidays, and record-breaking World Cup viewership cannibalized time spent on shopping-related activities. According to data from in-store analytics provider Euclid, despite the reduced traffic, high levels of consumer confidence boosted shoppers' spending habits with .2 percent growth year-over-year in general merchandise, apparel, furniture and other (GAFO) retail sales.
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Family Dollar Q3 profit falls 33 percent
Chain Store Age
Family Dollar Stores' third quarter income plunged 33 percent amid higher costs and increased competition. Same-store sales fell 1.8 percent, which marked the third straight quarterly decline. Family Dollar is under pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn to put itself up for sale. The company has adopted a shareholder rights plan, or "poison pill."
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Ron Johnson: 'I was a terrible fit for J.C. Penney'
Chain Store Age
Ron Johnson, who has been keeping a relatively low profile since he was ousted from J.C. Penney in April 2013, took to the podium in May, as a guest lecturer at Stanford University. Johnson, a graduate of Stanford and a member of its board, was a guest speaker at the university's View From the Top series, where he discussed with Stanford Graduate School of Business students Penney, Apple and Target and the lessons learned over his career in retail.
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Inside Google's big plan to race Amazon to your door
ReCode
Google is the undisputed king of search in all but one lucrative and vital category: Product searches. Over the past decade, Amazon has transformed itself from a seller of books online to the place Americans turn to when they want to search and buy just about anything — from diapers to flat-screen TVs. In some cities, Amazon has started delivering fresh groceries. With each product search that starts on Amazon instead of Google, the search giant's main business of selling ads alongside search results weakens.
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Reynolds American to buy Lorillard for $25 billion
Reuters
Reynolds American Inc will buy Lorillard Inc for $25 billion (14.58 billion pound), merging two of the world's biggest cigarette makers in a deal that includes the sale of the top-selling U.S. e-cigarette to Britain's Imperial Tobacco Group. The deal, which gives Reynolds control of Newport menthol cigarettes, strengthens the combined company's hand in competing for a shrinking pool of smokers and sets up a three-way battle with Marlboro-maker Altria Group Inc for the e-cigarette market.
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5 tricks to lower credit card processing fees
BusinessNewsDaily
Credit card processing fees don't seem like a lot at first. But those few cents here and there and the small percentage cuts processors take for every transaction quickly add up. Combine those costs with minimum, statement, gateway and other monthly fees, and the next thing you know, you're staring at your monthly credit card processing bill in utter sticker shock. Sound familiar? The bad news is that these credit card processing expenses are unavoidable. The good news is that there are several things merchants can do to take control and save up to hundreds of dollars every month.
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C-STORE NEWS


Reynolds, Lorillard set crowded tobacco deal table
CSP Magazine
Bringing a long-rumored and much-anticipated deal or deals one step closer to reality, Reynolds American Inc. on July 11 issued a statement saying that it "confirms that it is in discussions with Lorillard Inc. regarding a possible acquisition of Lorillard." Speculation has been persistent and growing since March that a merger between Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Reynolds and Greensboro, N.C.-based Lorillard could be in the works.
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Nestle Pure Life debuts Exotics Sparkling Waters
CSP Magazine
You may have seen it first at CSP's FARE Conference in June, but Nestle Pure Life officially announced the expansion of its product portfolio this week with the introduction of Nestle Pure Life Exotics Sparkling Water, a line of unsweetened sparkling water with unique, bold and all-natural exotic fruit flavors.
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Is your c-store a 'variety store'?
CSP Magazine
Variety stores — These sites are full-service, medium-sized outlets, in all county types, with roughly two-thirds located in New England, Mid Atlantic and Southeast areas. They have a higher concentrations of Caucasians in these zip codes, a broad assortment mix, but with lower turns per category, and high volume on cigarettes but lower on other tobacco product categories.
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QuikTrip's not-so-secret weapon
CSP Magazine
When you're one of the industry's highest-volume fuel retailers, you are largely insulated from the overall decline in gasoline demand. It's a privileged position, but for QuikTrip Corp., that doesn't mean you rest on your laurels.
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7-Eleven launches omnichannel birthday promotion
Chain Store Age
7-Eleven is celebrating its 87th birthday with eight days of free offers, beginning July 11. To receive each day's free offer, a customer must first download and register on the 7-Eleven app.
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CSPedia retailer news and updates for June 2014
CSP Magazine
The staff of CSPedia, CSP Business Media's online encyclopedia of convenience store chains, gathers new insights and news and updates the listings for the nearly 500 retailers in its database on a daily basis. CSPedia delivers a monthly summary of these reports, often news not yet announced publicly, to its subscribers. The following is a collection of some of the news and people updates from June 2014.
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Family Dollar plans to tap beer and wine
CSP Magazine
Family Dollar Stores Inc., in an effort "to strengthen its value proposition ... and improve its financial performance," is planning to add beer and wine to its merchandise mix in its fiscal 2015, along with other recently implemented or pending initiatives that could increase cross-channel competition with convenience stores.
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Departing joint base commander says aloha to our ohana
Ho'okele
Capt. Jeffrey James, Commander, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam: I turn over command of JBPHH this morning and close out a naval career that has spanned 30 years. As I reflect back over the past three years as your joint base commander, my mind is filled with the rich imagery of the people and the events that have defined this tour.
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412th MSG welcomes new commander
Desert Wings
In the following photo, Brig. Gen. Michael Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander, hands the 412th Mission Support Group guidon to Lt. Col. Eric Leshinsky, incoming 412th MSG commander, signifying the official change of command for the group during a ceremony at the Airman and Family Readiness Center July 9. Leshinsky assumed command from the outgoing commander, Col. Robert Hoff, who now leaves for his new assignment at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
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Retiring civilian looks back at over three decades of federal service
DCMilitary.com
The U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick assistant plans officer Harry Geesaman has supported the men and women of the U.S. military across the globe, serving as a civilian in Europe, the Middle East and in Maryland. Now after almost 35 years of Federal service, with 17 at Fort Detrick, Geesaman is retiring. Geesaman's journey began in 1970, when he was a sophomore in high school and was hired as a contracted kitchen police at Fort Ritchie, Maryland.
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