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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Quiet before the votes:
ALA continues to work with the congressional staffers in preparation of key votes and conference discussions on the pending 2015 NDAA and the supporting appropriations bills. Yet to be resolved is the key difference in the funding levels between the House and Senate Bills. The House reached an agreement to restore all of DeCA funding with the exception of $100 million and the Senate has concluded at this point that there should be no reduction. We continue to work vigorously behind the scenes while these issues are debated.

Base access:
We continue to monitor this issue and its application to ALA members. At this point we do not see any interruption to current access for ALA members. The policy is just being implemented at a handful of bases and feedback is sporadic.

Some military bases now can do FBI checks on anyone entering gates
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Military Times, Andrew Tilghman
Now, some military installations will be able to run FBI background checks on anyone trying to pass through the gates.




WASHINGTON UPDATE


Universities chase big defense dollars
POLITICO
Some of the nation's most elite universities are deep into defense lobbying, often hiring Washington, D.C.-based firms to press Congress and the Pentagon to fund their science projects.
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Iowa candidates make pitch to veterans
The Hill
Senate hopefuls Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, and state Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, have released new television ads touting their work on behalf of U.S. service members and veterans. The military has become a key issue in the increasingly close race that could decide which party controls the Senate.
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Paralyzed veterans begin 6 days of Olympic-style competition
Philadelphia Inquirer
The thunderous boom of modified wheelchairs crashing into one another filled a massive hall at the Convention Center recently, giving a preview of what's to come across the region in the next few days.
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Robin Williams was a staple of USO tours overseas and in US
Military Times
Comedian Robin Williams was a regular on USO tours, performing for more than 89,400 service members in the U.S. and overseas before his recent death, said USO spokeswoman Oname Thompson.
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Army budget director promoted to 3-star
Army Times
One of the Army's top budget gurus was promoted to lieutenant general, making her one of only five female Army three-stars serving on active duty today.
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COALITION UPDATE



Coalition and Valued Associates Advocacy and Actions...

The Reserve Officers Association hosted a Celebration of Life Memorial Service recently in memory of Captain Marshal Hanson, United States Navy (Retired). As the Director of Legislation and Military Policy for ROA, the Co-Chair for the National Military Veterans Alliance — of which ALA is a member — and as the Co-Chair for the Guard and Reserve Committee for The Military Coalition, Captain Hanson was a tireless advocate for America's Reservists. He also served as the representative for ROA, as a Coalition valued associate member.

CAPT Hanson and ROA have been strong advocates in support of military resale and the important benefit it provides our Reserve Forces and their families. In their statement before the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission regarding quality of life benefits, ROA stated:

Reserve Force members don't use QOL elements as much as the Armed Forces, as most are not located near military facilities, but access to these are symbolic toward parity. Historically, Reserve and National Guard members were given limited access to the commissaries and exchanges. Groups like the ROA worked hard to improve access, so that today, a Reserve force member can walk into either the exchange or commissary with a military ID and be a patron.

CAPT Hanson also testified before the Senate Armed Service Committee in May 2014 stating:

While it is acknowledged that the Reserve Force uses the commissary less frequently than those within the Active duty culture, Reserve and Guard members are not indifferent. Access to the commissary is symbolic, as it was a parity issue only recently corrected. Many within the Reserve and Guard committee object to the removal of subsidies to the commissary because of the effect on junior serving members and families.

We know ROA will continue to lead the fight to protect Reserve families' critical earned benefits — including commissary and exchanges — but CAPT Hanson's steady hand at the helm will be sorely missed by those of us who knew him and by the countless Reserve families he fought to protect.



COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website between 10 AM, August 4, 2014 and 10 AM, August 14, 2014:

PROMOTIONS:
DP #21, WW Promotion Package, Thanksgiving Day dinner festivities.

NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
None received.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Adds/Changes/Deletes, week 14-33.
CRV Values, August 10, 2014.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
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





COMMISSARY NEWS


DeCA announces changes in 4 leadership positions
Defense Commissary Agency
Defense Commissary Agency Director and Chief Executive Officer Joseph H. Jeu announced changes in four senior leadership positions within the Sales, Marketing & Policy Group. Changes take effect Aug. 10
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Federal business opportunities: Portable sink
FedBizOpps.gov
The solicitation is for 10 portable sinks to be delivered to Defense Commissary Agency — commissary solicitation No. HDEC04-14-T-0093.
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Federal business opportunities: Holiday refrigerated trailer rental service
FedBizOpps.gov
Available under other defense agencies (ODA), Defense Commissary Agency, No. HDEC05-14-T-0045.
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Snyder's-Lance reaches 'key turning point'
Food Business News
The sale of its private label business and the acquisition of Baptista's Bakery combined to make the second quarter "a key turning point" for Snyder's-Lance Inc., the company's top executive said.
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Investors bet on a break from beef
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
U.S. cattle prices are sliding from the record highs reached in July as investors bet beef consumption could cool in the short term.
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Ground broken on massive exchange/commissary project in South Korea
Stars and Stripes
Ground was broken for the new Camp Humphreys Downtown Exchange and Commissary, another milestone in the U.S. military's massive project to relocate most American troops in South Korea to regional hubs south of Seoul.
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Federal business opportunities: New commissary, NEX addition, upgrade, pharmacy renovation
FedBizOpps.gov
New Commissary, NEX addition, upgrade and pharmacy renovation, NAS Jacksonville, Tennessee. Solicitation No. HDEC03-14-R-0003
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Federal business opportunities: Resale fresh/frozen beef product
FedBizOpps.gov
This announcement is seeking sources to provide fresh chilled beef and frozen ground beef products to the Central Meat Processing Plant in Ramstein, Germany. The associated NAICS Code for this procurement is 311611.
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CHAPTER ANNOUNCEMENTS


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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EXCHANGE NEWS


The Exchange: New executive leadership structure
The Exchange recently created a new executive leadership structure that both differentiates between levels of responsibilities and closely aligns with industry and federal agencies' best practices. This change resulted in the creation of five executive vice president positions at the tier II level. Generally, the difference between the levels speaks to the scope (global or regional) of the position, its complexity and reporting relationships.

To complete the executive organizational structure, the role of chief operating officer will be identified as president/chief operating officer. This change reflects the business nature of the role in executing organizational strategies and recognizes the distinguished service and valuable contributions of the position in driving business imperatives and strategies.

The chief logistics officer (formerly SVP of LG) and chief human resources officer positions were elevated from tier I to tier II effective July 19. Both positions have significant impact to our global business, meet the complexities required at the tier II level and align with the C-suite structure found in private industry which is conducive to driving Exchange global business strategies.

Strategic Planning & Partnerships EVP & CSO — Mike Immler
Information Technology EVP & CIO — Phil Stevens
Finance & Accounting EVP & CFO — Renee Figge
Merchandising EVP & CMO — Ana Middleton

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Some military bases now can do FBI checks on anyone entering gates
Military Times
Now, some military installations will be able to run FBI background checks on anyone trying to pass through the gates.

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P&G to sell up to 100 brands to revive sales, cut costs
Reuters
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.

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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.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Dear Valued Military Partner,
I am writing to inform you that today we announced the appointment of Michael Archbold as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately, replacing Joe Fortunato, who has left the company.

Mike is a seasoned executive with proven leadership experience, most recently leading a successful transformation as CEO and CFO of women's clothing retailer Talbots. He also has a deep understanding of our business sector having previously served in a variety of senior roles, including president and COO at Vitamin Shoppe Inc. We are confident that Mike's retail and financial expertise, proven leadership skills and experience and demonstrated ability to deliver superior financial performance while fostering a strong corporate culture will be tremendous benefits to GNC going forward.

As we look ahead, the GNC board and management team are confident in the prospects for the company to succeed and accelerate profitable growth. We believe the company's best days are ahead. Our relationship with you is important and we do not expect that relationship to change as a result of today's announcement. Thank you for your ongoing support of GNC.

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2014 STORES Hot 100 Retailers report
National Retail Federation
This is a good time to be a small-footprint or specialty grocery chain, whether national in scope or one with stores clustered in regional markets. Being a home goods retailer isn't too bad, either. That, in a nutshell, is the story told by the 2014 STORES Hot 100 Retailers report.
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Survey: Retail supply chain execs seek seamless customer experience
Chain Store Age
The top company initiative among retail supply chain executives is "to enable a seamless customer experience online and in the store." According to the new 2014 Supply Chain Benchmark Survey from Boston Retail Partners, this "unified commerce" initiative as the evolution of both multichannel and omnichannel retailing to provide a seamless shopping experience whether in the store, on the Web or anywhere customers choose to shop on their mobile devices.
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New Target CEO has a 'rare combination' of skills
CNBC
When Target appointed an interim CEO following Gregg Steinhafel's departure in May, analysts and executive placement experts saw it as an indication the retailer would for the first time reach outside for a new leader.
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Wal-Mart launches new price-match program called 'Savings Catcher'
The News & Observer
Wal-Mart is launching a new grocery price-matching program that aims to reel in budget-minded consumers who don't have the time or inclination to shop multiple stores.
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Study: Amazon, Sears most price dynamic retailers
Chain Store Age
Leading the pack of the most price-dynamic retailers are Amazon and Sears, according to analysis from price intelligence technology vendor 360pi. Both retailers change prices on 15-20 percent of their 360pi-sampled assortment on a daily basis.
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Dollar General does digital couponing
Retailing Today
A new digital coupon program was successfully rolled out to Dollar General's more than 11,300 stores in partnership with Coupons.com, the companies announced.
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Retail industry added 27,000 jobs in July
National Retail Federation
The National Retail Federation calculated retail industry (excluding autos and gasoline) employment increased by 27,000 jobs in July. NRF calculated that retail gained 232,000 jobs year-over-year. The healthy and steady increase in retail employment was due to improved economic and seasonal factors in the second quarter and should provide for stronger growth in the second half of the year.
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Dollar General said to explore Family Dollar bid
Bloomberg
Dollar General Corp. is weighing a bid for Family Dollar Stores Inc. that would challenge Dollar Tree Inc.'s $8.5 billion takeover of the discount retailer, people with knowledge of the matter said.
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Michael Kors aims its retail mojo at men
Bloomberg Businessweek
Michael Kors, increasingly coveted by women from Sante Fe, New Mexico, to Shanghai, China, is going after guys.
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In ambitious bid, Wal-Mart seeks foothold in primary care services
The New York Times (tiered subscription model)
Wal-Mart has spent years trying to turn some of its millions of customers into patients, offering a simple menu of medical services that consumers can buy along with everything from a bag of chips to a lawn mower. Now, the store is making an aggressive push to become a one-stop shopping destination for medical care.
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The benefits of a transparent supply chain
Modern Distribution Management
Transparency up and down the supply chain is crucial to succeeding in today's global market, according to Lalit Wadhwa, vice president of global supply chain solutions for electronics distributor Avnet Inc.
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Retired Navy officer helps run company that targets troops with bad credit
Military Times
USA Discounters knows a lot about the military. 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.
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Shoppers are fleeing physical stores
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
U.S. retailers are facing a steep and persistent drop in store traffic, which is weighing on sales and prompting chains to slow store openings as shoppers make more of their purchases online.
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RadioShack opens 23 interactive remodel stores in Washington, DC, area
Chain Store Age
RadioShack is opening 23 new interactive remodel stores in the Washington, D.C., metro area.
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Jamba Juice plans 500 new US stores
Chain Store Age
Jamba Inc., parent company of the Jamba Juice chain, is launching a new franchise recruiting campaign focused on single-store development in existing and new domestic markets.
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J.C. Penney opens its 1st store in Brooklyn, NY
Chain Store Age
J.C. Penney Company will open its first store in Brooklyn, New York, on Aug. 29, further increasing its New York City footprint.
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Report: Microsoft may open Manhattan, NY, store
Chain Store Age
Microsoft Corp. reportedly is negotiating to open a new store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York. According to the New York Daily News, the site is only a few blocks from Apple's large "glass cube" store.
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Yellow Box store makes California debut
Chain Store Age
DSW's Affiliated Business Group division and Yellow Box Corporation have opened the first Yellow Box Footwear store at the Westfield Topanga Mall in Canoga Park, California.
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C-STORE NEWS


QuikTrip: ADA changes 'made us a better company'
CSP
QuikTrip Corp. has paid more than $1.5 million in damages under a consent decree it previously reached with the U.S. Department of Justice to compensate 47 individuals with disabilities who experienced discrimination at QuikTrip gas stations and convenience stores in violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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C-Stores generate heat
CSP
"Hot retailers do things better than their competitors. They've cleverly carved out a proposition for the consumer," said Bryan Gildenberg, chief knowledge officer with Kantar Retail..
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Super Pantry sells all 55 C-stores to Couche-Tard
CSP
Picking up all 55 Super Pantry convenience stores from Tri Star Marketing Inc., Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. signed a deal to acquire the 51 locations in Illinois and four in Indiana.
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Visa service helps gas stations reduce fraud at pump
CSP
Visa Inc. is helping U.S. gas station and convenience store fuel retailers prevent credit card and debit card fraud at the pump with intelligent analytics that identify higher-risk transactions that may be fraudulent.
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Smucker to acquire Sahale Snacks
CSP
The J. M. Smucker Co. has signed an agreement to acquire Sahale Snacks Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium, branded nut and fruit snacks, which it sells in the U.S. primarily under the Sahale Snacks brand.
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Is the FDA prepared for a deeming wave?
CSP
While the 2014 NATO Show missed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's long-awaited proposed deeming regulations announcement by mere weeks, CSP's Tobacco Category Review Meeting took place just days before the deadline to submit public comments on the proposal.
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Has California's plastic bag ban backfired?
CNBC
Several large cities in California, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, have banned the use of plastic bags in grocery stores, and the legislature there is considering a ban for the entire state.
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MWR NEWS


Weekly FMWR briefing: Aug. 11-17
Coastal Courier
Here's what FMWR is bringing into the area for military families stationed at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia.
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Base recycling program generates more than pocket change
Schriever Air Force Base
Schriever Air Force Base has $40,000 and is searching for ideas on ways to spend it. In today's restrained funding environment, there's one base program running a surplus: Schriever's Qualified Recycling Program.
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Restaurant announces option for beachgoers
Ho'okele
Sam Choy's Island Style Seafood Grille & Hapa Bar at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam has launched its Sun, Surf and Take Out Menu, available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday.
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