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President's Message


As the deadline approaches we can only wait and hope:

Rival debt plans being assembled by party leaders
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The New York Times, Jennifer Steinhauer and Helene Cooper
The House speaker, John Boehner, and the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, were preparing separate backup plans to raise the nation's debt ceiling July 24 after they and the White House were unable to form a bipartisan plan that would end an increasingly grim standoff over the federal budget.

In both houses, fortifying support for rival plans
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The New York Times, Jennifer Steinhauer
House Republicans and Senate Democrats gained substantial support July 27 within party ranks for their separate plans to resolve a looming debt crisis, but the momentum seemed to be pushing both sides further from a compromise.

When it is all said and done, Defense spending will be cut:

DoD may take downsizing cue from private sector
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Federal Times, Marcus Weisgerber
The Pentagon could replicate downsizing initiatives conducted by major corporations over the years in an attempt to reduce overhead and redundant functions as it braces for budget cuts, an influential review panel has found.

Military spending in crosshairs
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Politico, Charles Hoskinson
Bolstered by warnings from top military officers about potentially dire national security consequences, some members of Congress are pushing back against the prospect that deep defense spending cuts will be part of a plan to reduce the nation's burgeoning deficit.

Sen. Coburn's cuts: Another whack at defense
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The Washington Post, Walter Pincus
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., wants the Navy to cut its aircraft carriers from 11 to 10 and reduce Navy Air wings by one as part of his plan to reduce Defense Department spending on buying and operating weapons.

Senators try to tackle long-term costs of war
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McClatchy, Rob Hotakainen
Crystal Nicely said she doesn't mind serving as the chief cook, driver and groomer for her husband, Todd, who lost both arms and legs in March 2010 when he stepped on an explosive device during combat operations against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. But she'd appreciate a little more help from the federal government.


Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA


Washington Update


Cost of treating veterans will rise long past wars
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Though the withdrawal of American military forces from Iraq and Afghanistan will save the nation billions of dollars a year, another cost of war is projected to continue rising for decades to come: caring for the veterans. More

Tom Coburn's cuts: Military's Tricare Prime health care program targeted
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Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., wants to cut taxpayer funding for non-military elements of the Defense Department, starting with making retired, uninjured service members pay more for what he described as "extremely low-cost health care for life" for themselves, their wives and dependents under the Tricare Prime system. More

Leaders' wives urge support for military families
The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Military families in New Hampshire recently got a boost as Michelle Obama and Jill Biden offered their thanks at a National Guard cookout. "Thank you for your service; thank you for your sacrifice; thank you for everything you have done for our country," said the wife of President Barack Obama. "We want you to know this country has your back." More

Walter Reed Hospital holds closing ceremony
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
History has marched through the halls of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where presidents, princes, kings and generals mingled in their hospital gowns. So Walter Reed's closing — scheduled for the end of August when the keys to its stately brick buildings will be given to the State Department and the District of Columbia — drew an emotional response from many gathered to commemorate the occasion. More

Commissary News


Fortification drives consumer definition of 'healthy'
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Fortification and added healthy ingredients are stronger factors in driving purchases of foods perceived as healthy than absence of less healthy ingredients like sugar, saturated fat and sodium, according to the results of a new survey. More

Sifting out the waste at in-store bakeries
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In an ideal world, when an in-store bakery makes, say, 45 red velvet cupcakes, all of those cupcakes would be quickly and lovingly devoured by adoring shoppers. Sadly, sometimes 45 shoppers aren't in the mood for red velvet, or a torrential downpour or a school holiday keeps them out of the store. Waste and shrink come with the territory in fresh departments, but how can in-store bakeries waste as little as possible? More

Winn-Dixie renovating select stores
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. is in the process of overhauling certain locations among the 484 it operates in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, according to a published report. The stores are completely renovated for around $5.5 million each, the Jacksonville, Fla., Daily Record reported, with the aim of boosting sales. More

Giant Eagle partners on sustainable seafood
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Pennsylvania-based supermarket chain Giant Eagle and international nonprofit organization Sustainable Fisheries Partnership have announced a partnership to develop a comprehensive sustainable seafood procurement strategy. SFP will work with Giant Eagle to develop a strategy geared toward offering the most sustainable sources of wild-caught and farmed seafood to consumers. More

Smartphones used for food shopping by 43 percent of US owners
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Nearly half of American smartphone owners have used their device to assist in some part of the food shopping process and one third use their mobile devices in the supermarket according to a study released July 19 by Deloitte. More

Slash your grocery bills
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There's no debating that today's grocery bills are out of control. Sadly, snagging a deal on household staples such as cereal and toilet paper can be as much of a thrill as hitting a great shoe sale these days. However, there is some good news: Deals on groceries are getting easier to find as competition is heating up. More

Commissary Announcements


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website:

PROMOTIONS
DP #16, CONUS Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
DP #17, Alaska Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
DP #18, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
Holiday Candy, Far East & Alaska Quantities.

NOTICES TO TRADE
11- 87, Store Reset Dates – Maxwell AFB.
11-102, Selection of Suppliers for DeCA Brand Name Fresh Chicken Merchandising Program.

MISCELLANEOUS
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 11-30.
June 11 DeCA Sales Data.
DeCA slide on Comparison with Commercial Supermarkets.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
CRV Values.

UPCOMING CONFIRMED COMMISSARY RELATED MEETINGS:
2011 ALA/DeCA Hawaii Conference & Food Show: Aug. 15-18, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii. Registration and agenda information is now available on the website.

Commissary Council Consumer Awareness Team (CAT) golf tournament, Sept. 12, Country Club of Petersburg, Va. Contact Ainsley Everhart, aeverhart@dunhamsmith.com, for further information and registration.

64th Annual Convention, Oct. 3-5, Orlando World Marriott Center, Orlando, Fla. Registration now available on the ALA website.


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Exchange News


Back-to-school survey: Flat sales
CNBC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBriefBack-to-school sales are likely to be flat this year compared to last year, according to an NRF survey, but retailers are adjusting and finding ways to remain profitable. Department stores have figured out a way to make themselves more relevant with private-label offerings, NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay says in this CNBC interview, which offers further insight into the forecast. More

Back-to-school business: Boom or bust?
Women's Wear Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Major footwear retailers are rolling out marketing strategies for the back-to-school season that aim to help customers feel they are getting maximum value for their dollars. Wavering consumer confidence and tight budgets have retailers unsure how sales will fare this season. E-commerce and promotional plans will aim to convince consumers they are spending wisely. (Subscription required.) More

Borders end to have ripple effect across country
Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What happens when a pioneer like Borders goes out of business? Depends on who you ask. The move could have a wide ranging and different impact on everyone from authors to consumers to competitors at a time when the industry is desperately trying to adapt to a new generation of readers who'd rather browse on an electronic book or tablet computer than turn the page of a paperback. More

New faces join high-end comfort market
Women's Wear Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A wave of newcomers in the high-end comfort space is signaling a resurgence in the category. And with product retailing well into the $400 range, designers and vendors are upbeat about the added competition. (Subscription required.) More

Nielsen gets Wal-Mart retail data
Crain's Chicago Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has reached a deal to provide U.S. store sales information to a local unit of information firm Nielsen Holdings N.V. The agreement will provide sales data to Nielsen for Wal-mart big-box centers as well as Wal-mart Neighborhood Markets and Sam's Club stores. More

Customer loyalty programs that work
Working Knowledge via Harvard Business School    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The customer rewards cards that clutter wallets and clog key chains of many a shopper may soon be no more, as retailers move from physical to digital forms of loyalty program member identification. It's a smart decision. More

McDonald's tweaks happy meals to include fruit, vegetables
ABC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kids ripping into their Happy Meal box at McDonald's will get something different than the standard hamburger, soft drink and fries that have filled the little, red box for 30 years. The Illinois-based chain recently announced on "Good Morning America" that it will begin serving a fruit or vegetable with every Happy Meal sold in the U.S. More

Retailers commit to open stores in food deserts
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Several retailers recently committed to open or expand 1,500 stores in underserved communities across the U.S. and to make affordable, healthier food options more accessible. Those commitments — contained in memorandums of understanding from Wal-Mart Stores, Supervalu and Walgreen Co. — were announced by first lady Michelle Obama as part of her Partnership for a Healthier America initiative aimed at eliminating food deserts in the U.S. within seven years. More

Consumers show increased interest in portion control
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It appears that the newest craze in healthy eating is portion control. Consumers are increasingly aware of the importance of managing the size of the portions of food they eat, according to a new report by The NPD Group, a Chicago-based market research firm. More

Wal-Mart adds streaming video to its website
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has added streaming movies to its website as the world's largest retailer attempts to grab a bigger share of the online movie market from rival service Netflix Inc. The decision to offer movie sales and rentals through Walmart.com comes just two weeks after Netflix raised prices for the majority of its customers. More

Exchange Announcements


AAFES SD-C buyer changes
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The new AAFES dairy and bakery buyer is Adriana Ybarra. You can contact her at ybarra@aafes.com.

The newest HBC team member is Amber Mitrisin. Mitrisin is responsible for buying the categories of sun care, baby supplies, diapers, creams and lotions, soap, bath and cotton. You can contact her at mitrisin@aafes.com.

Kathy Wulff went from senior buyer of seasonal candy to senior buyer of linens. You can contact her at wulffk@aafes.com.

Julie Bierman will take Wulff's position, effective Sept. 3. You can contact her at biermanj@aafes.com.


Washington Update


Shopping the Exchange pays dividends
Association of the United States Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is paying dividends in more ways than one as troops exercising their benefit by dining and shopping at Exchange facilities last year generated a dividend of $261.1 million. These funds are critical to Army, Air Force, National Guard, Marine Corps and Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation efforts. More

At Oceana, first lady offers simple message: 'Thank you'
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First lady Michelle Obama recently spent about two hours at Oceana. In addition to kicking off the free "Harry Potter" screening, where she thanked military families for serving their country, she toured an on-base summer camp for kids. The visit was part of "Joining Forces," a new initiative launched by Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, that aims to bolster support for uniformed personnel and their families. More

Leaders' wives urge support for military families
The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Military families in New Hampshire recently got a boost as Michelle Obama and Jill Biden offered their thanks at a National Guard cookout. "Thank you for your service; thank you for your sacrifice; thank you for everything you have done for our country," said the wife of President Barack Obama. "We want you to know this country has your back." More
 
 

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