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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


President Barack Obama recognizes Commissary importance in meeting with the troops:

"The commissary your families rely on closed a day a week. We can do better than that," he added to applause. "That's not how a great nation should be treating its military and military families."

Obama, before a military audience, vows to end across-the-board cuts
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The New York Times, Jackie Calmes
President Barack Obama recently stood at a desert base before nearly 3,000 marines, sailors and their families — and a captive audience of two Republican adversaries from Congress — and vowed that he would fight to end across-the-board budget cuts that have shaken the military.


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Furloughs reduced:

Defense cuts furlough days to 6
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Government Executive, Kellie Lunney
The Pentagon will reduce the number of furlough days for civilian employees to six days through the end of September, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently announced. Defense officials found other ways to make the budget cuts mandated by sequestration, enabling the department to reduce forced unpaid leave from 11 days to six days in fiscal 2013, he said. Specifically, the reduction was made possible by management initiatives, reduced costs and congressional approval of a request to reprogram funds.

Cuts in troops, civilians looming
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USA Today via Mastermind Century Group News, Tom Vanden Brook
Troop cuts and civilian layoffs are imminent unless Congress and the White House reach a deal to avert another round of automatic budget cuts this fall, according to the Pentagon's No. 2 official. Ashton Carter, the deputy Defense secretary, said that unless Congress and the White House reach a deal to avert the cuts, the Pentagon will have to make a series of tough and dangerous cuts in military and civilian personnel. The cuts, known as the sequester, call for about $500 billion in defense cuts through the end of the decade.


Pentagon reports major progress in spouse-employment effort
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Army Times, Karen Jowers
Military-friendly employers have reached the goal of hiring 50,000 military spouses two years early, said Jessica Wright, acting under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness.

Outside 'enforcer' to oversee DoD headquarters cuts
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Defense News, Marcus Weisgerber
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants a person from outside the Defense Department to oversee the daunting task of reducing military headquarters by a 20 percent.

An end to civilian pensions for military retirees?
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Federal Times, Sean Reilly
To address long-term sequester cuts, the Defense Department is mulling numerous reductions that will affect civilian employees, including doing away with civilian employee pensions for military retirees who go back to work for the government as civilian employees.



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WASHINGTON UPDATE


On defense cuts, Rep. Forbes fighting his own party
The Virginian-Pilot
U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes has spent much of his dozen years in Congress gaining expertise on military affairs and using it to combat efforts by House liberals to scale back defense spending. But the Chesapeake Republican is facing new opponents in what he sees as a crucial fight to protect national security: determined budget-cutters from his own party.
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Furlough campaign draws in customers
The Baltimore Sun via PressDisplay
In the week since Havre de Grace businesses began providing discounts to furloughed Aberdeen Proving Ground workers, some are starting to see interest from customers. Twenty-one businesses have signed on to the city's Furlough Friendly Community campaign, offering discounts of at least 15 percent to military and civilian workers at the Army base in Harford County who have been affected by the furloughs.
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A plan to end furloughs of DoD's civilian employees
Federal Times
Across the country and around the world, the men and women of our military rely on civilian employees in countless ways to help them accomplish their missions and stay safe. These civilian employees may be doctors at military hospitals, or child care providers for service members, or intelligence analysts supporting special operations teams fighting terrorists.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Supermarkets are merging again. What does that mean for your grocery bill? (The Washington Post)
Farmers Market provides healthy food options (Belvoir Eagle)
Why the crop crunch won't cut your food bill (CNBC)
Pet spending passes $60 billion (MediaPost)
Why 'Chesty' still inspires the Marines (The Wall Street Journal)

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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., Aug. 8, 2013.

PROMOTIONS
DP #18, Alaska Shipper & Promotion Quantities.
DP #19, Far East Promotion & Shipper.
Thanksgiving/Christmas – Chill/Freeze, Update #1.
Thanksgiving/Christmas – Cookies/Crackers/Fruitcake, Update #1.
Thanksgiving/Christmas – Non-Food, Update #1.

NOTICES TO TRADE
None received.

MISCELLANEOUS
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 13-32.
Performance Measures, Bi-Weekly reports, 16 – 31 July 2013.
DeCAF 40-18 40-15 Worksheet, 31 July 2013.
DeCAF 40-16 40-15 Worksheet, 31 July 2013.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
CRV Values.

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Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La. Registration open!
Oct. 15–17, 2013: 2013 Hawaii Food Show, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii



COMMISSARY NEWS


Commissaries return to normal hours Aug. 18-24
Air Force Reserve Command
Military commissaries worldwide will return to normal operating schedules the week of Aug. 18-24, said the director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency. The DeCA announcement comes in the wake of the Department of Defense's Aug. 6 decision to curtail furloughs of its civilian workforce from 11 to six days.
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Hanging scales and floor stands (amended notice)
Federal Business Opportunities
Amendment to notice: The solicitation is now scheduled to close at 4 p.m. on Sept. 6; Solicitation has been uploaded to this notice. This solicitation is being issued as 100 percent total set-aside for Small Businesses for Hanging Scales and Floor Stands to be delivered to Defense Commissary Agency commissaries, world-wide (to include Europe). A Firm-Fixed Price contract is contemplated. The Request for Proposal will be posted on FedBizOpps at www.fedbizopps.gov.
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Fort Lee commissary tests online ordering
Richmond Times-Dispatch
For Denise Holtschulte, shopping at the Army's commissary at Fort Lee can be hectic. "I have three kids, and it's (frustrating) to bring them into the store," said Holtschulte, 28, the wife of a Navy corpsman. "It's chaos." That's why Holtschulte started using the Click2Go online ordering program being tested at Fort Lee, the only commissary in the country currently offering the service.
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Defense cuts furlough days to 6
Government Executive
The Pentagon will reduce the number of furlough days for civilian employees to six days through the end of September, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently announced. Defense officials found other ways to make the budget cuts mandated by sequestration, enabling the department to reduce forced unpaid leave from 11 days to six days in fiscal 2013, said Hagel. Specifically, the reduction was made possible by management initiatives, reduced costs and congressional approval of a request to reprogram funds.
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Commissary Rewards Card now offers mobile app
Commissaries.com
Your Commissary Rewards Card celebrates its one-year anniversary by delivering a gift — to you. "The app will allow you to access your account, select coupons and review clipped, redeemed and expired coupons – making it even easier to put your coupons to work for you," said Marye Carr, DeCA's Rewards Card program manager. An Android version of the app will become available in the future.
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Report: Shopper sentiment improves
Supermarket News
Consumer sentiment around grocery shopping is improving, driven by an uptick in the outlook of millennials, according to the latest quarterly MarketPulse report from Information Resources Inc. IRI's Shopper Sentiment Index — which seeks to measure price sensitivity, brand loyalty and spending required to maintain a desired lifestyle — was the highest since the index was launched in the first quarter of 2011.
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A remix in grocery retailing
Progressive Grocer
Supermarkets are undergoing some of their greatest changes since they came to the fore in the 1940s and 1950s, according to a new report from market researchers Packaged Facts. Indeed, while "The Future of Food Retailing: Shopper Insights and Market Opportunities," report reiterates a great many of the same observations we make on a daily basis on both our website and print editions, it also provides additional color to enhance its findings.
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Would grocery shopping with a nutritionist help people eat healthier?
Atlanta Magazine
Kristina Lewis, a medical researcher with Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, snagged one of the inaugural awards from the New York Academy of Sciences' Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science. Lewis, a practicing doctor as well as researcher, hypothesizes that information doesn't translate from nutritionist to patient, rendering the benefits of seeing a dietician "minimal." Instead, she has a proposition: Patients might change their eating habits if their sessions with nutritionists were conducted in grocery stores rather than clinical consulting rooms. Thanks to her $50,000 Sackler grant, she's testing this theory in a study.
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Experts who decide on food additives conflicted
USA Today
How safe are the additives that make your food tastier, thicker, more vitamin-filled or less likely to spoil? It depends on how much you trust the companies that make those additives. A recent study finds that the scientists who judge the safety work for the additive manufacturers or for consultants they've hired. To understand the scope of the issue, it helps to know that 43 percent of the 10,000-plus food additives in use are considered so safe they're exempt from Food and Drug Administration supervision.
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FDA issues rules for gluten-free food labeling
Drug Store News
Gluten-free foods have been all the rage lately as more retailers move to address patients with gluten intolerance and celiac disease. In response, the FDA moved to issue rules defining gluten-free and the characteristics of food that bear the label. Criteria for gluten-free food include a gluten limit of less than 20 parts per million, which is the lowest level that can be consistently detected in foods using scientific tools, is tolerable to most people with celiac disease and is consistent with rules in other countries.
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US adds 162,000 jobs as growth remains sluggish
The New York Times
The painfully long and slow recovery of the American economy stumbled last month as employers added a disappointing 162,000 jobs, leaving uncertainty about the timing of the Federal Reserve's plans to begin tapering its extraordinary efforts to revive healthy growth.

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Navy Blue Holiday vendor invite
NEX
We are excited to share with you this year's Navy Birthday marks the start of a new season called Navy Blue Holiday. This event is a time to celebrate our valued connection to the Navy and their families, and reinforce the NEX's mission of quality, value and savings.

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Supermarkets are merging again. What does that mean for your grocery bill?
The Washington Post
The grocery market has been on something of a trading bender as of late. What's going on here? And what does the flurry of mergers and acquisitions have to do with the price of beans?

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EXCHANGE NEWS


Penney hires former Kraft executive to lead marketing efforts
The Wall Street Journal
J.C. Penney Co. named Debra Berman, a former Kraft Foods Group Inc. executive, as senior vice president of marketing to lead the struggling department-store operator's efforts to revitalize its brand.
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Hot 100 Retailers: The nation's fastest-growing retail chains 2013
STORES
Many of the nation's hottest retailers are either on a growth tear or coming off a major acquisition — which may be a good thing or bad long term, if too much baggage was included in the transaction. Next year's Hot 100 report will likely tell tales of what happened to several of this year's leaders. Various scenarios are well-represented at the top of this year's STORES Hot 100 Retailers report, with Bi-Lo Holdings, a collection of struggling supermarkets, ranking No. 1, followed by Michael Kors, one of the hottest brands in clothing.
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At Target, innovation begins from within
Star Tribune
Elwin Loomis had spent 12 years at Target Corp. when he realized he wanted to work for smaller technology companies that really focused on game-changing innovation. Over the next decade, Loomis' quest took him everywhere from Hong Kong to North Mankato. About a year and half ago, Loomis finally found a large corporation that energized him: Target.
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Macy's-J.C.Penney Martha Stewart suit nears end
Chain Store Age
The long-running legal dispute over whether J.C. Penney has the right to sell Martha Stewart Living products appears to be nearing a conclusion. The Wall Street Journal reports that lawyers for Macy's, which is suing Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia alleging a breach of contract giving Macy's exclusive rights to sell Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and Penney, which may face fines and/or a ban on selling Martha Stewart Living products, recently gave closing arguments in New York State Supreme Court.
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NRF: Industry added 37,000 jobs in July
Chain Store Age
The National Retail Federation said the retail industry added 37,000 jobs in the month of July, with increases in general merchandise, food and beverage and building and garden supply stores.
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Homeownership down, posh apartment decor sales rise
Investor's Business Daily
While homeownership has fallen to the lowest rate since 1995, retailers like Williams-Sonoma look to cash in on renters filling smaller living spaces with posh furniture and accessories to make their apartments feel less temporary. The seasonally adjusted homeownership rate fell to 65.1 percent in the second quarter, from 65.2 percent in Q1 according to the Commerce Department. The rate topped out at 69.4 percent in 2004.
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Starbucks and Google partner for upgraded Wi-Fi
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Starbucks' customers will soon be able to traverse the Internet a little faster thanks to the company partnering with Google for upgraded Wi-Fi.
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Office Depot sees smaller businesses buying again
MarketWatch
With the sluggish U.S. job growth rate and increased use of tablet devices, consumers and businesses alike have had less need to buy larger ticket items. And office-supplies chains including Office Depot Inc. and Staples Inc. have been feeling the pinch. However, there are signs of hope.
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Parents, get ready for some tax-free shopping
CNNMoney
As children across the country start getting ready to say goodbye to summer, 17 states are preparing to offer shoppers tax breaks on back-to-school items. The tax savings could amount to anywhere from 4-7 percent on everything from crayons to computers.
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Mobile POS will surpass $2 billion in 2013, iPad as cash register
Forbes
When Apple began using mobile devices in their stores, people in retail started paying attention. According to a recent study from research firm IHL Group, 28 percent of North American retailers plan to adopt Mobile POS in some form by the end of 2013. The Mobile POS market will surpass $2 billion in hardware/software sales in North America this year.
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Walgreens tests closed-loop mobile coupons delivered via PRIMP app
Mobile Commerce Daily
Walgreens and Duane Reade stores in New York are testing a new mobile coupon program enabling marketers to tie in-application offers directly to in-store purchases. L'Oréal is the first brand participant and delivering offers to users of the Pretty in My Pocket mobile social beauty shopping app that can be redeemed at participating retail locations. The program leverages Sparkfly technology that is integrated into Walgreens promotion engine, enabling redeemed coupons to be tied back to offers delivered via PRIMP.
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Burger King reports 30 percent profit increase, adds restaurants
South Florida Business Journal
Burger King Worldwide reported a 30 percent increase in second quarter profits while it accelerated its international growth. The Miami-based fast food chain posted second-quarter net income of $62.9 million, or 18 cents per share, up from $48.2 million, or 14 cents per share, a year earlier.
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Parents favor major brands online
MediaPost
During the remaining weeks of summer, where are the most likely digital destinations to find mom and dad? Wal-Mart, JCPenney, Macy's, Staples and Sears, according to fresh data from Experian Marketing Services. In other words, parents appear to be doing the majority of their online back-to-school shopping with brick-and-mortar brands, according to Bill Tancer, general manager of global research at EMS. "Brick-and-mortar stores are getting the majority of search traffic to date," said Tancer.
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New Geek Squad chief may signal Best Buy push into business services
Star Tribune
Best Buy Co. Inc. CEO Hubert Joly hasn't said much about his plans for Geek Squad. But his latest hire suggests that the company hasn't abandoned the idea of entering the highly profitable, competitive world of business services.
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Back-to-school retailers shift to dorm-room market
Bloomberg Businessweek
When it comes to back-to-school shopping, major retailers are growing up. Sure, they are still rolling out big deals touted through massive August advertising campaigns, but this year there's a new emphasis on college-bound students instead of their younger siblings. Why focus on crayons when you can be selling comforters and couches?
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5 trends changing back-to-school shopping forever
Business 2 Community
This back-to-school season is expected to be down 7 percent from last years. The crowds seem to be isolated to just a few retailers like Apple and those who are offering deep discounts. What is contributing to this slowdown in back-to-school sales?
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Mastering the medium of digital signage
Convenience Store News
Many restaurant and retail establishments are already developing and incorporating digital signage into their environments to drive sales and now, convenience store operators are seeing the benefits as well. Digital signage can do so much more to help store owners boost profits and improve brand loyalty.
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The power of keeping a promise
MediaPost
Your relationship with your customers is in some ways no different from your relationships with your friends or family. They hold you to your word and expect you to keep your promises, whether you're aware you made one or not. And that's the dilemma for many companies today — from telecom to banking, to the auto industry. A majority of customers are expressing disappointment over what they perceive as broken promises.
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Direct marketing and consumer focus
By Archita Datta Majumdar
If you look into the history of direct marketing, you will find its rise is attributed to consumer focus. First there was need, and then there was competition to fulfill that need. Once the competition became too stiff and obliterated the efforts to segregate the brand and consumer, there arose a need for a targeted consumer focus that identifies singular pockets of need, gets the message across to them and fulfills their needs. The growth of the direct marketing industry is evident, especially with digital channels that have helped to streamline the targets.
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Top back-to-school trends for 2013
National Retail Federation
In you haven't already heard, back-to-school and back-to-college shopping have been buzzing in the news. From Advertising Age to CNBC, the coverage has started for what is the second-biggest consumer spending season of the year other than the winter holidays. Recently, NRF released its 2013 Back-to-School Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, showing combined back-to-school and back-to-college spending is expected to reach $72.5 billion. But there are always trends hidden within the data.
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Mobile commerce keeps climbing
Internet Retailer
Consumers continue to shop more with mobile devices, new research illustrates. From July 2012 to July 2013, the percentage of Web sales from smartphones at 18 retailer clients of mobile commerce technology provider Branding Brand increased 59.2 percent from 2.7 to 4.3 percent, the vendor reports.
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EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENTS


Navarre's SpeedFC partners With Army & Air Force Exchange Service to build integrated e-commerce website
GlobeNewswire
SpeedFC, a leading provider of end-to-end e-commerce services and a subsidiary of Navarre Corp., has partnered with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service to build and maintain a fully integrated, end-to-end e-commerce solution that will replace the legacy system currently powering their website at shopmyexchange.com.
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Military exchanges remove 891 magazines from stores
Aerotech News
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is removing 891 magazines from its stock, an assortment that includes The Saturday Evening Post, SpongeBob Comics, the Home Buyers Guide, Playboy and many others. AAFES officials said they want to reduce space for the magazine product category in exchange stores by 33 percent. The additional exchange floor and shelf space will be given to products and services such as electronics, whose demand is increasing, said officials.
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6 ways to get retailers to buy your products
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American Express OPEN Forum, Vanessa Ting
It's not just PR exposure that retailers care about when considering whether or not to place your product line in their stores, but your overall ability to build awareness and demand for your products. Creating demand and awareness of your brand helps drive foot traffic to retail stores and increased sales, which is ultimately what retailers care about most.


Exchange-retail food manufacturers and brokers:
The Retail Food Team will conduct a vendor meeting Sept. 10-13, to review Business Terms Agreements, advertising programs, the marketing rate card, collaborative planning for 2014, and the Operation Be Fit initiative. The meeting will begin with a 90 minute review of key strategies and programs to grow sales. The afternoon of Sept. 10, and continuing through Sept. 13, buyers will meet with individual vendors in pre-scheduled appointments to discuss agreements and begin collaborative planning for 2014.

Please contact individual buyers to schedule appointments during the dates/hours listed below.

Meeting agenda from 9:30-11 a.m., Sept. 10:

Grow the Express Initiative Overview
  • Retail Food Buyer Introductions
  • Agreements – ARA, BTA, SSL, DOF
  • New Item Forms
  • Advertising Programs
  • Marketing Rate Card
  • 2014 Collaborative Planning
  • Auto Replenishment and Allocation Update
  • Buyer Category Overview
  • We will serve lunch at the Skyline Club after the main presentation, the cost of lunch will be $10 per person.
Buyer Meeting Schedule: Vendors must contact buyer directly during the periods listed to confirm meetings.

Sept. 10, 1-4 p.m.
Sept. 11, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sept. 12, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sept. 13, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Meetings are recommended to be 30 minutes to review specifics with each buyer. Meetings must be pre-scheduled.

Retail Food Buying Team

David Arens — Divisional Merchandise Manager
Julie Bierman — Senior Buyer/Seasonal Candy Buyer
Paul Olney — Frozen Foods Buyer
Danielle Pelland — Snack Avenue Buyer
Randy Demster — Dry Grocery & Meat Snacks Buyer
Melissa Kitchen — Snack Buyer
Adrienne Townes — Everyday Candy Buyer
Adriana Ybarra — Deli/Dairy/Bakery/Fruit Buyer/Operation Be Fit POC
John Carmichael — ECOMM Buyer

We look forward to meeting with you on Sept. 10!

If you or someone from your company will be attending and you haven't done so please RSVP at trevinojam@aafes.com

Memorandum: Defense Commissary Agency vendors
Subject: Scholarships for Military Children Program
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide information regarding the Scholarships for Military Children Program for school year 2014-2015. The Program is now in its 14th year. In its first 13 years, Fisher House Foundation has been honored to having been able to enrich the lives of 7,412 students by awarding scholarship grants totaling $11,316,000. These grants were possible primarily through the generosity of DeCA vendors whose donations sustain the program.
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Save the dates:

Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.
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Oct. 15-17, 2013: 2013 Hawaii Trade and Food Show, Hawaii Prince Hotel Honolulu, Hawaii

Dec. 5, 2013: ALA NY Chapter Annual Holiday Luncheon, New York City.

Dec. 13, 2013: ALA DFW Chapter holiday luncheon
Join the ALA DFW Chapter for a festive holiday luncheon and auction at the Las Colinas Country Club, 4400 N. O'Connor Blvd., Irving, Texas. Guest speakers include: CEO Tom Shull and CMO Ana Middleton
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MWR NEWS


Air Force launches free mobile app to keep Airmen informed
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
The Air Force launched a free mobile app geared toward informing Airmen and their families about force support squadron morale, welfare and recreation events happening on their bases. "MyAirForceLife," developed by the Air Force Personnel Center, links eligible patrons to force support squadron-related MWR information at Air Force led installations.
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