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Getting on military bases is about to involve FBI background checks
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Nextgov, Aliya Sternstein
Members of the defense community, starting August 8, automatically will be screened against the FBI's criminal database when they try enter military installations and pulled aside if the system shows an arrest, felony or outstanding warrant.
Retired Navy officer helps run company that targets troops with bad credit
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Army Times, Andrew Tilghman
The big-box retailer operates close to some of the nation's biggest military installations, selling furniture, electronic gear, car rims and jewelry — often offering high-interest loans and getting troops to sign fine-print documents surrendering a portion of their pay if they default.
Consumer watch: Prepare for saving money at commissary case lot sale
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Military Times, Karen Jowers
Whether you've just moved to a new duty station and need to restock your pared-down pantry; or want to stock your barracks room; or need to stock up on drinks and other items for the kids' school lunches; or you want to save money on items you use all year, take note.
Defense could save millions in health care costs if Congress would let it
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Government Executive, Kellie Lunney
Congress should scrap an outdated and unnecessary health care program that is costing the Defense Department billions in contracts, according to a new report from the government's watchdog.
Senior official: Pentagon may review force levels in Europe
If tensions between Russia and the West continue to mount, the Pentagon may launch a far-reaching review of the U.S. military's footprint in Europe this fall, the Defense Department's number two official said.
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Amid squabbling, a glimmer of hope on Senate defense bill
U.S. lawmakers spent the days before a five-week legislative break trading barbs and moving bills with little chance of becoming law. But just before they departed, the U.S. defense sector received a glimmer of hope.
Army preparing for steep drawdown, losing patience with Congress
National Defense Magazine
The Army is drawing up plans for how it would operate with nearly 100,000 fewer troops. The analysis will identify specific missions and duties the Army would no longer be able to do at that smaller size.
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Military families face tough financial challenges. Budget cuts will make it even harder for DeCA to deliver the commissary benefit.
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Coalition and Valued Associates Advocacy and Actions...
With Congress out for their August recess and not due back until September 8, the likelihood of them passing the 2015 defense appropriations bill before the September 30 deadline seems unlikely. A continuing resolution to allow the government to operate after October 1 is the more probable scenario. In his President’s Message, Retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, president of the Association of the United States Army, a Coalition valued associate member, warned about the effects of a continuing resolution on defense spending, stating:
- Continuing resolutions create enormous risk to our national security because of the fiscal uncertainty they bring. Spending is frozen at the previous year's levels — combat training center rotations are cancelled, maintenance of equipment is delayed, civilian hiring is frozen and new contracts cannot be issued. The bottom line is that training and readiness suffer and fiscal uncertainty reigns. In our dangerous world, defense spending uncertainty is a recipe for disaster. As I have said many times before, regular order in the defense appropriations process must be restored.
Sullivan also called again for the permanent end to sequestration. In an earlier President's Message, Sullivan stated, "The automatic, mindless cuts imposed by sequestration weaken our nation in many ways. It has created successive years of defense budgetary instability that has caused program cuts, civilian employee furloughs, compromised military training and readiness and a reduced ability to retain highly-qualified military personnel."
He also stated that the President's budget:
- Reflects the folly of sequestration in its funding of a total Army that is too small to protect the nation in very uncertain times and in its proposals to limit pay raises, while increasing the costs of medical care, housing and commissaries for the 1 percent of Americans who volunteer to serve in our armed forces — Active, National Guard and Army Reserve …
Without sequestration, fiscal pressure on the defense budget would be lessened so that there would be no need to target soldier and military retiree benefits in misguided attempts to solve our financial problems on the backs of soldiers.
AUSA, many of our coalition-valued associates and other military and veterans service organizations, have repeatedly called on Congress to end sequestration, rallied their members to storm the Hill and continue to urge the military community to contact their Members of Congress and let their voice be heard. Last week, the National Defense Panel also denounced sequestration in its independent and nonpartisan report on the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, calling sequestration a "serious strategic misstep."
If sequestration continues in fiscal year 2016 and beyond, military and veterans service organizations warn that we will once again be facing drastic cuts to military and civilian personnel; compromising military readiness; and jeopardizing critical earned benefits and programs for our service members and their families — to include Commissary and Exchange benefits and essential Morale, Welfare, and Recreation programs.
Commissary Web Posts
The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website between 10 AM, July 31, 2014 and 10 AM, August 7, 2014:
DP #16, Update #1 and Alaska Quantities.
DP #18, Far East Quantities.
Super Bowl, Update #1.
Thanksgiving/Christmas — Cookies/Crackers/Fruitcakes, Update #1.
Thanksgiving/Christmas — Chill, Freeze, PPM, Update #1.
Thanksgiving/Christmas — Ham Program, Update #1.
Thanksgiving/Christmas — International, Update #1.
Christmas — Gift Packs, Update #1.
Winter Cocoa/Cider/Miscellaneous, Update #1.
NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
14-67, Revised Store Reset Dates — Kaneohe Bay.
14-68, Revised Store Reset Dates — Pearl Harbor.
14-69, Revised Store Reset Dates — Pittsburg.
14-70, Revision Store Set Agenda — Ft. Polk.
14-71, Revised Store Reset Dates — Smokey Point.
14-72, Revised Store Reset Dates — Ft. Lewis.
14-73, Revised Store Reset Dates — San Diego.
Adds/Changes/Deletes, Week 14-32.
DeCA Sales Team Directory, August 5, 2014.
CRV Values, August 3, 2014.
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ALA Commissary Council Golf Tournament, August 18, 2014, Country Club of Petersburg, Petersburg, Virginia.
ALA Hawaii Conference & Exhibition, August 19-21, 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, D.C. REGISTRATION OPEN
P&G to sell up to 100 brands to revive sales, cut costs
Procter & Gamble Co., the world's largest household products maker, said it could sell about half of its brands in the next two years and cut jobs to revive sales growth and save costs, sending its shares up as much as 4.3 percent.
Fresh Del Monte taps into protein trend
Food Business News
As consumers clamor for more protein, even fruit processor Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. has tapped into the trend. The company in July unveiled an expansion of its Nature Made brand with new single-serve salad bowls and fresh fruit and protein snack packs. Fresh Del Monte recently added protein production lines at its Dallas facility to launch the products.
Retailers shift promotions to nonfood categories
The majority of key nonfood categories profiled in SN's Annual Category Guide posted flat to modest sales increases.
This was reflective of sales across the entire store, with any growth coming from true inflation or higher prices resulting from decreased promotional activity, according to Sue Viamari, editor of thought leadership for IRI.
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Putin bans food imports from countries with sanctions on Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Aug. 6 ordered government agencies to ban the import of agricultural and food products from countries that have imposed sanctions due to the crisis in Ukraine. The retaliatory decree, signed by Putin and released by the Kremlin, said food, raw materials and agricultural products would be banned or limited for one year.
Americans cannot stop snacking
A Nielsen study finds that 91 percent of people are daily snackers and that 17 percent are snacking more this year than last. It's a matter of differences between the sexes, too: Women prefer chocolate, candy or cookies, while men are more likely to go for chips or pretzels.
Alabama: Food store at Gunter Annex opens to military customers
Military patrons expressed delight as they were welcomed inside the newly constructed commissary at Maxwell Air Force Base's Gunter Annex in Montgomery, Alabama.
Gluten-free label rule to take effect, but its use won't be mandatory
Los Angeles Times
The Food and Drug Administration has determined that as of Aug. 5 packaged food labeled gluten free or similar claims, such as "free of gluten," cannot contain more than 20 parts per million of gluten. One caveat is that use of the gluten-free label is voluntary; there is no requirement that a package containing gluten must declare that.
Dale Bryan Memorial Golf Outing
Memorial Golf Staff
Please join us at the Dale Bryan Memorial Golf Outing at Prairie Lakes Golf Course in Grand Prairie, Texas, on September 29. The tournament will be a scramble team format followed by a lunch catered by Eddlemon's BBQ and awards.
Sign-in will begin at 0700 with tee off at 0800.
There will be mulligans for sale during check-in and the tickets also will be used for drawings after the awards. There will be prizes for 1st through 3rd place and hole awards for closest to the pin on par 3's and longest drive.
All proceeds will be donated to a charity in Dale's name and that will be announced at the awards following the tournament.
Please use this link to sign up and help us make this an awesome event!
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Survey: J. Crew tops in June online customer service
Chain Store Age
J. Crew was ranked No. 1 for overall online customer service in June. According to monthly benchmark analysis from customer service analysis provider StellaService, J. Crew ranked first in phone support, 10th in email support and 12th in returns.
Exchange ensures prices remain stable throughout its global facilities
The Gold Standard
Whether stationed at home or abroad, service members can expect to find the same or very similar prices at Army & Air Force Exchange Service facilities worldwide.
Known as pricing parity, this practice ensures Exchange prices are established centrally.
"While there may be some slight price differentiation that occur with items purchased locally overseas, per Department of Defense policy, the Exchange doesn't increase prices in order to cover shipping or other higher operational costs," said Exchange Senior Enlisted Adviser Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson.
Target's new CEO knows food more than fashions
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber article)
Target Corp.'s new chief executive is a polished businessman who spent the last decade job-hopping across the divide between retailers and their suppliers. Now, he will have to settle in and study up on areas where Target needs work.
39 ways the future of email marketing is evolving
The Marketing Site
Hot off the presses, The Forrester Wave: Email Marketing Vendors Q3 2014 has been published, and we have reserved you a free copy.
The report uses 39 different factors to rank and compare best of breed platforms for email marketers. Get access today to see for yourself why enterprise marketers looking to advance their email programs see the Forrester Wave as the gold standard ESP guide for selecting their next partner.
Wal-Mart to build second local Neighborhood Market
The Joplin Globe
A second Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market store is planned for Joplin, Missouri.
The company has filed an application with the city to rezone nearly six acres of land on the west side of town in the tornado zone to build a new Neighborhood Market and gas station.
American retail is losing its mind over Chinese consumers
Chinese consumers have retailers' undivided attention.
Companies, like Procter & Gamble and Unilever, have ambushed Chinese customers with tailored assortments, such as green tea-flavored toothpaste. Consumer brands, like Victoria's Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch and Old Navy are aggressively building stores in mainland China.
The increasing scope of retail careers
National Retail Federation
Back-to-school season is upon us, and we can bet you know a bright student who is preparing to head off, or back, to college. They might be majoring in finance, marketing, engineering, communications or IT. Are they thinking about retail? They should be.
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Amazon to invest $2 billion in Indian operation
Chain Store Age
Amazon.com is making a serious bid to control the Indian e-commerce market with a planned $2 billion investment in its Indian operation. In a statement emailed to major U.S. media outlets, Amazon said it sees "huge potential" in India's economy and e-commerce market.
J.Crew leads in customer service
J.Crew beat out 129 competing companies in a Stella Benchmarks list when it was named best in overall customer service for June. The retailer last topped the same list in January and is 1 of only 6 companies to remain in the top 25 since the year began.
Despite challenges, RadioShack rolls out 21 concept stores in San Francisco Bay area
Dallas Business Journal
RadioShack announced that it is rolling out 21 remodeled stores in the San Francisco Bay area. The news comes at the same time its stock has taken a steep decline.
NRF honors Sen. Mark Warner, Rep. John Kline
The National Retail Federation announced that Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., have been recognized as NRF's Legislators of the Year. The awards presentation was made during the Retail Advocates Summit, NRF's annual congressional fly-in.
More head to retail clinics for chronic woes, prevention
A new report from Walgreens shows that consumers increasingly are relying on retail clinics for help managing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and asthma, as well as preventative care. The study also reports that loyalty to these health care hybrids is growing, with more than half of patients who use them returning in the future.
Clinique sees hope in a fresh start
Performance Claims have served Estée Lauder Cos. well in recent years, helping it beat competitors with often eye-popping numbers, such as the 12 percent organic sales growth reported in its fiscal third quarter.
H&M, other clothing makers launch a circular economy trend
The fashion sector is taking a lead on disruptive "circular economy" business models.
"The new business models we're seeing emerge hold the key to unlocking value and creating supply/demand-side competitive advantage through the circular economy." That is the view of Peter Lacy, managing director of Accenture Strategy for the Asia Pacific region.
Retailers fighting 'funk' every way they can
Ever since Container Store Group CEO Kip Tindell said retail is in a "funk," investors have been trying to get a fresh read on the consumer.
Back-to-school shopping and holiday preparations already are looming large as the all-too-important second half of the year approaches. Funk or not, retailers can't afford to sit back and wait for the tide to turn.
How to get the most from back-to-school sales
Although our days are still filled with barbecues, pool parties and summer camp drop-offs, many retailers have been sneaking in the back-to-school deals since the Fourth of July. It's no wonder: back-to-school shopping is a $72 billion industry and retailers want to get you to spend those dollars with them.
1 useful feature for online retailers: Lots of physical stores
The Wall Street Journal
Pure-play online retailers, such as Amazon, now account for about 5 percent of total U.S. retail sales, according to estimates from A.T. Kearney, with another 5 percent going through the online channels of traditional brick-and-mortar stores, like Wal-Mart and Best Buy. The other 90 percent of sales still happen where sales have been happening for hundreds of years: in physical stores.
EBay to experiment with selling mechanics' services
EBay Inc. plans to experiment with selling auto mechanics' services alongside car parts, said Devin Wenig, president of the marketplaces business, in an expansion of the e-commerce company's offerings.
Wal-Mart, Target team up with cosmetic suppliers, improve sustainability performance
In an unlikely partnership, retail rivals Wal-Mart and Target have come together to work with cosmetic suppliers to improve sustainability performance.
Why American Eagle, H&M, Nike and Puma want your hand-me-downs
There's only so far that community or family hand-me-downs can go to address the booming issue of textile waste, so I:Collect created a global collection network to keep discarded clothing and shoes out of landfills.
Dollar Tree, Family Dollar to merge in $8.5 billion deal
Pittsburgh Business Journal
Dollar Tree Inc. and Family Dollar Stores Inc., two of the nation's biggest dollar stores, announced an $8.5 billion merger, but said the combined company will continue to operate both brands.
Expert insight: The race for volume, part 1: Pricing
It is no longer news that the race for gasoline volume is becoming increasingly tough for convenience retailers. The reasons are well known: more efficient vehicles, growth in alternative fuels, increasingly rigorous legislative standards and expansion of nontraditional competitors. The list goes on.
State tobacco, e-cigarette legislative overview
With only eight state legislatures still in session this year, a clearer picture of the outcome of tobacco and e-cigarette legislation is emerging. So far, very few tobacco and e-cigarette bills have been passed and enacted into law despite the fact that 25 state legislatures considered cigarette and/or tobacco tax-rate increases, 16 states debated bills to assess a tax on e-cigarettes and 14 states deliberated bills to restrict the use of e-cigarettes/vaping in public places.
Dollar Tree-Family Dollar: Threat to convenience stores?
Calling it a "transformational opportunity," Dollar Tree Inc. CEO Bob Sasser announced an $8.5 billion merger agreement under which Dollar Tree will acquire Family Dollar Stores Inc.
Minnesota teen's Vine video campaign show how convenience store workers racially profile him
A teenager has filmed himself experiencing alleged racial discrimination in stores and uploaded the footage online.
"If it keeps happening, I'm going to be forced to record it," Rashid Polo said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
A Feb. 27 Vine shows 19-year-old Polo as a white female employee appears to lurk behind him in multiple parts of a convenience store.
Mini cans bring major benefits to Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo
The past couple of years have seen a whirlwind of new package sizes for carbonated soft drinks: 20-oz. PET made way for 16 oz., followed by 12 oz. and more recently 8 oz. and 16 oz. cans. With each new size came new price points and new challenges to make them all fit in the cold vault of convenience stores.
Gas exodus, part 5
Demand defense: A look at different tactics three retailers have adopted to deal with declining fuel demand.
Missouri: 'US Army Soldier Show' at post Aug. 1
The Rolla Daily News
Rousing music, vibrant costumes, entertaining choreography and colorful visuals — all the elements of a Broadway production will be on display when the "U.S. Army Soldier Show" comes to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Army Entertainment is slated to present the Soldier Show at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 1, in Abrams Theater on the post. Admission is free and open to the public. Doors for the performance open at 5:45 p.m.
New IMCOM CG calls for deeds over words, introduces new mission, vision
United States Army
Lt. Gen. David Halverson, assistant chief of staff for installation management and commanding general of U.S. Army Installation Management Command, introduced IMCOM's new mission and vision and stressed the importance of trust and teamwork during his first town hall with IMCOM headquarters staff.
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