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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Congress struggles with the 2016 NDAA:
Once passed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, maybe a landmark policy shifts for the Defense Department going forward. The problem is that it is so sweeping in addressing key issues facing our Nation and the military that it is increasingly more difficult to find a common ground on all the issues as the bill works its way through the conference process. Optimist had hoped a final bill would be completed this week but it appears it may languish until after the August Congressional recess. ALA continues to monitor progress of this key legislation and engage staff and members as necessary.

NDAA unlikely to finish before recess
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Politico, Louis Nelson
The National Defense Authorization Act appears unlikely to wrap up before the long summer recess as the leaders of the Armed Services Committees had hoped, due to a House-Senate dispute over housing benefits and compensation, lawmakers and aides tell Morning Defense. The major sticking point appears to be over the basic housing allowance and other benefits issues — the same fight that delayed last year's NDAA during conference negotiations.

Congressional members send letter to Chairmen and Ranking Members
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Congress of the United States
We write to offer concerns regarding Sec. 652 of the Senate version of the FY'16 National Defense Authorization Act, which would require the Department of Defense to develop a plan for privatizing commissaries and conduct a privatization test at five of the largest commissaries. We oppose concurrence with the privatization language for the following reasons.

Another ID card:

Yes, that is right; there will soon be a new ID card for veterans. At this point, no one is sure of who will issue it, what will be on it and who will pay for it. Stay tuned.

Vet benefit: President signs Rep. Vern Buchanan's bill on veteran IDs
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McClatchyDC, Chris Adams
President Barack Obama signed a bill from U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan that will allow veterans nationwide to get a special, government-issued identification card.


Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association




WASHINGTON UPDATE


Obama announces new credit protections for troops
Military Times
President Barack Obama announced that the Defense Department will expand existing credit protections for troops and families against predatory lenders.
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Obama uses VFW speech to rail against sequestration
Military Times
President Barack Obama reiterated his pledge to veto defense budget bills if Congress does not lift mandatory spending caps on several federal agencies, saying Republican funding plans jeopardize national security.
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Defense bill could lift restrictions on guns on military bases
The Hill
Congress could vote to lift a ban on military personnel carrying guns at bases in the aftermath of the recent attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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The unarmed forces: Will the Pentagon let troops carry weapons after Chattanooga, Tennessee shooting?
The Washington Post
Recently, the U.S. Army awarded Purple Hearts to two soldiers who were wounded in an attack by a gunman on a military recruiting center. One of them, Pvt. William Long, received the award post-humously after being killed in the attack. The other, Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, was wounded numerous times but survived.
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No explanation on flags not lowered to half-staff for Tennessee shootings
Stars and Stripes
The White House provided no explanation amid questions over why the president had not ordered flags across the nation to half-staff in the wake of a Chattanooga, Tennessee, shooting that killed five service members.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Specific information on upcoming ALA events is posted regularly on the ALA website. To learn more about each event, please click the following links:

Date Event
Oct. 26-28 68th Annual Convention


COALITION UPDATE


Coalition urges conferees to roll back harmful commissary provisions
Save Our Benefit
We strongly urge the Senate and House conferees to roll back provisions in the Senate version of the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act, which transfers operating costs to patrons including provisions to: (1) allow the Secretary of Defense to increase prices of goods at commissaries; (2) allow domestic transportation costs to be factored into the cost of goods and prices charged to patrons; and, (3) have patrons pay with surcharge costs that have traditionally been paid with appropriations. These actions will destroy the commissary benefit.
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AMRA supports Save Our Benefit call to action
America Military Retirees Association
The House and Senate will be meeting over the next couple of weeks to iron out differences in their versions of the NDAA for fiscal year 2016. The Senate version of the NDAA includes language that would be detrimental to the commissary benefit and transfers operating costs to patrons: allows the Secretary of Defense to increase prices of goods at commissaries; allows domestic transportation costs to be factored into the cost of goods and prices; allows surcharge costs traditionally paid with appropriations to be paid by patrons. As the Senate and House conferees meet to discuss these important issues, they need to hear from military families!
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Reject military pay and benefits cuts
Military Officers Association of America
Members of Congress may leave Washington, D.C., without having completed an annual defense bill. Some of the proposals up for debate in the defense bill are a bad deal for the military community, including: pay raises that fail to keep pace with the private sector; dramatic pharmacy fee increases; erosions to housing allowances; and continued cuts to commissaries. These shortsighted decisions will have a long-term effect on the future of America's military. Before Congress adjourns for the August recess, show your support. Speak up and tell your elected officials you support the House-passed provisions in this year’s defense bill.
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Empty promises mean empty wallets for military families
National Military Family Association
Our United States all-voluntary military is still looking for men and women ready to serve and protect! Congress offers a competitive compensation package for your sacrifice, like a "marriage penalty" BAH cut for dual-military families, increased commissary prices and capped pay raises below your private sector counterparts. Sound enticing? Find out what else your country's leaders think your military family deserves for your selfless call-to-serve, and how NMFA is fighting to stand against these injustices.
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Report: nearly 1 in 3 young adults too fat for military
The Associated Press via Military.com
The nation's obesity epidemic is causing significant recruiting problems for the military, with 1 in 3 young adults nationwide too fat to enlist, according to report issued by a group of retired military leaders. The nonprofit, nonpartisan group called Mission: Readiness (Military Leaders for Kids) is promoting healthy school lunches across the nation as a way to combat the problem.
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website between 10 AM, July 16, 2015 and 10 AM, July 23, 2015:

PROMOTIONS:
- DP #17, Alaska Promotion & Shipper/Pallet/OTB Quantities.
- DP #18, Far East Promotion & Shipper/Pallet/OTB Quantities.
- DP #20, WW Promotion Package, Halloween Specials.

NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
None Received.

MISCELLANEOUS:
- Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 15-29.
- CRV Values as of July 19, 2015.
- DeCA Sales Team Directory, July 16, 2015.




FEDERAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES


Shelf stocking, receiving/storage/holding area, custodial operations at the Fort Stewart Commissary for the Defense Commissary Agency located at Fort Stewart, GA.
FedBizOpps.gov
Solicitation Number: HDEC08-15-R-0026. Agency: Other Defense Agencies. Office: Defense Commissary Agency. Location: Contracting Bus Unit/Commercial Activities (HDEC08).
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Landscaping services
FedBizOpps.gov
Lawn Maintenance Service, Fort Polk Commissary, The Period of Performance will be for a base period of Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2016, and will include four one-year option periods that may extend performance through Sept. 30, 2020.
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Miscellaneous operating supplies, paper bags for CONUS, Puerto Rico, Alaska, Hawaii and the Pacific Theater
FedBizOps.giv
Solicitation Number: HDEC05-15-R-0003. Agency: Other Defense Agencies. Office: Defense Commissary Agency. Location: Contracting Business Unit Support Services/Supply and Revenue Branch (HDEC05).
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COMMISSARY NEWS


Who you callin' ugly? Join the campaign to end food waste now!
TreeHugger
It's time to stand up for the uglies! Supermarkets have long discriminated against any fruits and vegetables that do not meet the absurdly high cosmetic standards for sale, with an estimated 26 percent of all produce in the United States tossed before it's even given a chance on the shelves.
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More players entering drinkable soup category; which one says is next big thing
FoodNavigator-USA
The founder of Tio Gazpacho, a front runner in the drinkable soup segment, welcomes to the nascent category several newcomers that he hopes will help validate the new food concept and build consumer interest.
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Supermarkets: Is anyone buying what they're selling?
MarketWatch
Forget the cleanup on aisle 14. Does the supermarket industry itself need a complete makeover? That's what some industry analysts and experts are saying in light of the news that the storied A&P chain has declared bankruptcy for yet a second time, with a debt load of $2.3 billion.
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Who's really in charge at the supermarket?
TreeHugger
Shoppers like to think they're in control of their own food decisions, but there's actually a complex web of manipulations between supermarkets and food processors going on behind the scenes.
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Americans will know less about GMO products with new food label law
International Business Times
A bill will go before the House of Representatives that will prevent states from requiring food companies to make labels that indicate if the products are made with genetically modified organisms.
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Reinventing category management
Progressive Grocer
That was one of the messages coming out at the recent FMI Connect in Chicago, when a panel of experts discussed the results of a Food Marketing Institute/Deloitte study revealing that the vast majority of retailers are clinging to category management standards at least two decades old.
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Is your favorite grocery store making you fat?
Science Codex
Is your favorite grocery store making you fat? According to new findings, a Grocer Retailer Scorecard may be an effective, healthy shopping tool that benefits both grocers and shoppers.
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Q&A: Quinn Popcorn pushing to reinvent category
Food Business News
Transparency, as Kristy Lewis has learned, can be tricky. In 2014, her company, Boulder, Colorado-based Quinn Popcorn, launched an ingredient traceability initiative that has added challenges to sourcing.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Weak US retail sales hint at slower economic growth
Reuters
U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell in June as households cut back on purchases of automobiles and a range of other goods, raising concerns the economy was slowing again.
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Wal-Mart's self-interested shot at reviving the American factory
The Washington Post
The group cheer at Wal-Mart's third annual U.S. manufacturing summit — convened to find more American-made products — was greeted with a voice from another era.
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The top 10 clothing companies in America
Business Insider
The apparel industry rakes in a massive amount of revenue each year. But as shopping malls struggle with a decline in foot traffic, many retailers have had to get creative to keep sales growing.
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After splurging in 2014, families trim back-to-school spending for 2015
NRF
After spending more on school supplies and electronics in 2014, parents this year will head into the back-to-school season evaluating what their children really need before spending on new items.
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What will cheaper J.Crew line mean for brand's image?
CBS News
As J.Crew prepares to launch a more affordable clothing line, the company's CEO won't be worrying about how its cheaper products will hurt their image, according to CBS News financial contributor Mellody Hobson.
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2015 Retail Holiday Planning Playbook
NRF
The inaugural 2015 Retail Holiday Planning Playbook is the retailer's guide to key questions and issues around the upcoming holiday season.
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Texas food companies score Wal-Mart shelf space
Austin Business Journal
Two Austin, Texas, food companies will get their products in front of potentially millions of new customers by the end of the year thanks to the Wal-Mart chain's increasing emphasis on U.S.-made goods.
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Ashley Furniture decides to retain family ownership
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. recently reported to have been exploring a possible sale, will remain in the hands of its current owners, chiefly the Wanek family.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Report: Nearly 1 in 3 young adults too fat for military (The Associated Press via Military Times)
Navy recognizes Best Ship's Stores (America's Navy)
NEXCOM announces its 2014 Bingham Award winners (NEXCOM)
Kraft-Heinz merger forms world's 5th-largest food-beverage company (Vending Times)
Why are the food and beverage industries being reinvented? (Packaging Digest)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


C-STORE NEWS


Minnesota: St. Paul's new TargetExpress thinks outside the big box
St. Paul Pioneer Press
The world's second smallest Target is about to open for business in Minnesota's St. Paul Highland Park. Customers will no doubt notice differences when they begin perusing the aisles of the new TargetExpress. It will be the second TargetExpress in Minnesota.
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Food safety fears spell opportunity for retailers
Forbes
Take note, retailers: The potentially harmful ingredients lurking in food and personal care products are putting a bad taste in the mouths of consumers.
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Survey: These 2 retailers satisfy gas customers
Chain Store Age
When it comes to filling their tanks, consumers are most satisfied by two retailers. Wawa and Costco are the most satisfying gas station/convenience store and wholesale/grocery/big box retailers for fuel, respectively, according to a new survey of 6,935 U.S. consumers by Market Force Information.
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New Convenience Store Roundup for June 2015
CSP
This edition of New Convenience-Store Roundup features new convenience-store openings, sales, acquisitions and store closings with listings for the month of June 2015.
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Slideshow: Inside Sheetz U Place
CSP
"We're amplifying what we do today. In laying out the store, we're bringing the dining experience to the front."
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MWR NEWS


Kentucky: Leadership Fort Campbell cultivates future leaders
The Fort Campbell Courier
The 13th graduating class of Leadership Fort Campbell consisted of 18 students split into four groups — red, gold, blue and green. Zubeda Hemani, supervisor planning and policy was red. The IT Specialist said she applied for the program with very little knowledge of what the students actually did.
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ACS birthday celebrates enhancing military lives
Hawaii Army Weekly
In 1967, Hester Ruth Francis was living with her parents in a dilapidated, three-room cabin in rural Kentucky, while her husband, Pvt. Sterling R. Francis, was stationed in South Korea. The cabin did not even have indoor plumbing or central heat. Money was clearly an issue for the Francis couple, especially with a newborn on the way.
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