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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Aloha Everyone:
Greetings from the Hawaii Food Show and Conference (someone had to do it) ... Great meetings with the Hawaii Delegation to Congress who all expressed strong support for the funding and core value proposition of the commissary benefit ... "Goods at Cost."

The Food Show showcased 69 companies, 18 of which were new to the military. Hawaii offers a huge business opportunity with more than $500 million in annual sales between the commissary and the exchanges. Kudos to the resale executives from DeCA, AAFES and NEX who provided business updates during our joint business session.

Representatives from all congressional offices attended the show and Congressman Takai and Senator Schatz spoke at the business meeting.

A special thanks to the Dr Pepper Snapple Group that sponsored a Wounded Warrior recognition program and gave away two Harley Bikes to two lucky commissary patrons.


American Logistics Show Hawaii:

Local vendors to show products at commissary trade show
Read the Full Story
KHNL-TV
Chocolate, coconut water, crackers, coffee, local-style noodles and baked goods will be among some of the foods presented by 65 companies at the 18th annual American Logistics Hawaii show, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 18, at the Hawaii Prince Hotel, Waikiki.

Local businesses look to enter Oahu commissaries through food, product show
Read the Full Story
KHAN-TV
Seventy local businesses showcased their products at the 18th annual American Logistics Hawaii Show in Waikiki on Aug. 18. The annual business-to-business show provides Defense Commissary Agency and Army & Air Force Exchange Service officials the opportunity to taste-test local products and to interact one-on-one with Hawaii business owners before recommending products for commissary and exchange shelves.

Bernanke: Near-term deficit woes don't justify defense cuts
Read the Full Story
Defense News, Andrew Clevenger
Short-term deficit reduction is not a good reason to cut federal military spending, and defense spending cuts under sequestration likely hurt the U.S. economic recovery, former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke during a discussion of the defense economy.


Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association




WASHINGTON UPDATE


Budget talks could be more like the 'Hunger Games' this time around
MSN Money
Whether Republicans and Democrats come together and craft a budget compromise that staves off potentially devastating federal spending cuts remains to be seen. But one thing is certain: the talks will require greater buy-in from leadership and prove much trickier than just two years ago.
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Survey: Most Americans think government is failing vets
Military Times
A majority of Americans don't think the U.S. government or American businesses are doing enough to help veterans, and few believe that charities are doing enough to help cover those unmet needs, according to a recent survey.
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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
Oct. 29 2015 ALA/MCCS Impact Workshop
Dec. 3 NY ALA Holiday Luncheon


COALITION UPDATE



Healthy Base Initiative ends, but concept continues
Military Times
The Healthy Base Initiative, a DoD demonstration project at 14 installations that tested ways to improve the health and wellness of troops, civilians and their families, is ending this month. Base officials are submitting final data and completing an assessment survey by the end of August. They're measuring factors, such as changes in the rates of obesity and overweight; change in the usage of tobacco; change in the percentage of total sales at commissaries that is fresh produce; the percentage change in designated tobacco areas; and the percentage of schools that have made positive changes.
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Visit your legislators at local office during August
Fleet Reserve Association
With many legislators back in their district offices, this would be an excellent opportunity for a group of members or for individual Shipmates to visit them in person to express deep concerns on legislative issues. Oppose the pharmacy co-pay increase, cuts to commissary benefits, the smaller active duty pay increase and BAH reductions in Senate Defense bill; and ask Senators to support House provision to provide veterans status for 20-year reservists.
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Congress should follow its budget rules
National Defense
As we move toward the end of fiscal year 2015 and the official Oct. 1 beginning of fiscal year 2016, once again we find ourselves facing the prospect of no approved budget reflected in appropriations bills. Here is just one example of the implications of this situation. Of the five members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who will be leaving their positions or retiring this September, none ever had a defense budget passed on time under regular order following the procedures of the Budget Control Act of 1974 during their entire term in office.
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website between 10 AM, August 13, 2015 and 10 AM, August 20, 2015:

PROMOTIONS:
- DP #19, Alaska Promotion and Shipper/Pallet/OTB Quantities.
- Fall Club Pack, Update #2 & October 2015 CONUS Quantities.
- 2016 Store Operations Push Promotion Calendar. Posted with 2016 Promotion Calendars.

NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
- 15-63, Revised Store Reset Dates – Ft. Eustis.
- 15-86, Store Reset Dates – Panger Kaserne.
- 15-87, Store Reset Dates – Patch Barracks Version 2.
- 15-89, Store Reset Dates – Miramar.
- 15-90, Store Reset Dates – Langley AFB.
- 15-91, Store Reset Dates – Lackland AFB.
- 15-94, Category Review – Water/Water Filtration.

MISCELLANEOUS:
- Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 15-33.
- CRV Values as of August 16, 2015.
- DeCA July 2015 Sales Data.
- Guard/Reserve CONUS On-Site Sale Schedule as of August 14, 2015.




COMMISSARY NEWS


Experts: Food fraud a bigger problem than many realize
Food Safety News
Pick up any item in the supermarket and read through the ingredient labeling. Nearly all of the ingredients listed have the potential to be vulnerable to food fraud, according to food fraud investigator Mitchell Weinberg.
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Organic Foods pull back from escalating growth at mainstream retailers
Highbrow Magazine
The wave of organic packaged foods may have crested at mainstream retailers. Organic foods and beverages are pulling back from startling growth levels in recent years and settling into a small niche space at mainstream retailers, food industry executives and analysts said this week.
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General Mills unveils new brand
Food Business News
General Mills has launched a new brand of dinner kits called The Good Table. Featuring gourmet-style sauce and crust mixes for chicken and fish, the products contain no added monosodium glutamate, artificial flavors, high-fructose corn syrup or colors from artificial sources.
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Retailers, CPGs strive to crack code on millennials
Supermarket News
The food industry is desperately trying to understand Gen Y consumers, and many of the clues are already within grasp, according to speakers at the GMA Leadership Forum in Colorado Springs. This was a big topic of conversation at this annual gathering of the CPG industry, and it wasn't just CPGs involved in the discussion.
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Snack attack: How quick eats are revolutionizing the industry
Food Dive
When 94 percent of Americans admit to snacking at least once a day, snacks are a difficult industry to ignore. According to the same Mintel report, half of adults snack two to three times a day, and 70 percent believe that any food can be a snack. With numbers like that, it’s no surprise food companies are taking action.
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Publix thrives as Wal-Mart grapples with its grocery business
Tampa Bay Business Journals
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is still grappling with its grocery business, but it is seeing early success with a small pilot program of online food shopping.
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Target tiptoes into grocery delivery
MediaPost
With online grocery delivery — finally — poised to catch on big in the U.S., Target is reportedly about to begin testing its own version. Its rivals, including companies as diverse as Walmart, AmazonFresh, Instacart and just about every grocery store anywhere, are likely wondering if Target can come up with an approach that hits the bullseye.
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Yes, FreshDirect and Blue Apron are healthier than grocery shopping
The Huffington Post
Gone are the days when "food delivery" was considered a nutritional no-no. Over the past few years, online meal kits, including Blue Apron, Plated and Chef'd, and grocery delivery services, like FreshDirect, Instacart and Peapod, have revolutionized the ways many Americans treat dinnertime. In a world where time is scarce and convenience is key, these methods of putting food on the table are majorly tempting for a lot of harried professionals.
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GMO industry set to flood US food supply with toxic chemicals
Global Research
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's recent approval of genetically modified organisms resistant to new herbicides will soon unleash a flood of new toxic chemicals across the nation's agricultural heartland, observers have warned.
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EXCHANGE NEWS


MCCS Impact Session Scheduled
ALA
Save the Date and Join us on 29 October Immediately Following the ALA National Convention in Washington, D.C.

This year the annual exchange Roundtable for MCCS has been replaced with a more interactive format and will coincide with the ALA National Convention. Participation for MCCS suppliers is expected on 29 October at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. As you can see by the preliminary agenda, a collaborative array of working and briefing sessions will be provided, and the meeting is designed to improve the lines of communication between the MCCS and supplier community. This meeting as designed will provide a better understanding for supporting the mission between the supplier and exchange community. All the key buyers and divisional managers will be attending this first of its type event.

The Environment in the Military Resale Channel has changed and will continue to follow a newer trend and everybody that supports the Marine Corps Exchange system to attend and participate in the one-day session in October, immediately following the ALA National Convention on 29 October 0800 hourse at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

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Coast Guard Exchange Buyer Update
ALA
To the Retail Community: We received several questions about Vicki Miller's new buyer ship and the department realignments so we are sending out an updated org chart and the departments moved are highlighted. Changes are also noted in blue. Please forward to the Military Brokers and anyone you think needs this update. Thank you in advance! Any questions, please contact Marilyn Holloway at 757-842-4738.

Click "Read More" to read the rest of the announcement and to see department moves and changes.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Company that sued soldiers closes its stores
ProPublica
For the first time in its history, USA Discounters is living up to its name. For years, the company has specialized in selling marked-up appliances, electronics and furniture to service members through high-priced loans. But these days, it's just the place for a soldier to go for a steal on a bedroom set or a washer. The company's website used to shout "Bad credit? Slow credit? No credit? No Problem!" Now it's "Entire store on sale!"
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Amazon, Wal-Mart, Wingtip: Size (and loyalty) does matter
MediaPost
A few weeks back, Amazon announced earnings, and quietly surpassed Wal-Mart in market valuation. How was this not bigger news? Amazon's market value was estimated at about $244 billion, while Wal-Mart's estimate was around $229 billion — which means a virtual store is worth more than the world's largest physical store.
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3 takeaways from July jobs report
McClatchyDC
The economy added 215,000 jobs in July, a welcome sign that the recovery is chugging along without losing steam. The unemployment rate remained at 5.3 percent, according to the latest Labor Department report, and wages continued their slow creep upward.
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Apple, Nike, Chipotle emotionally engage millennials
MediaPost
Emotional engagement of the difficult-to-pin millennial consumer doesn't directly translate into social networking shares and tweets, according to Brand Keys. Marketers do that because they mistakenly equate things, like sharing and tweets, with actually creating some sort of relationship with millennials, which are clearly not the same thing, says Robert Passikoff, Brand Keys founder and president.
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Even with a 'Greatness Agenda,' Kohl's is struggling to attract new shoppers
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)
When Kohl's found itself in a sales rut last year, company executives began rethinking the department store chain's strategy. Kohl's unveiled the "Greatness Agenda," bringing in a wider assortment of merchandise, putting a greater emphasis on national brands and developing a loyalty program.
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Lower electronics-store spending may not be what you think
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Americans spent more at retailers selling everything from cars to camping gear in July, but they spent less at electronics stores. How can this be when gadget-head consumers are equipped with everything from Fitbits to Beats by Dre headphones? One answer is that websites and general-merchandise stores are stealing sales from traditional electronics purveyors.
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Solid US retail sales bolster Fed rate hike expectations
Reuters
U.S. retail sales rebounded in July as households boosted purchases of automobiles and a range of other goods, suggesting the economy was growing solidly early in the third quarter and bolstering the case for a Federal Reserve interest rate hike.
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Stores suffer from a shift of behavior in buyers
The New York Times (tiered subscription model)
As Americans spend more money on doing things, not buying things, department stores are losing out. A rebound in overall spending at retailers, which grew 0.6 percent in July from the previous month, has eluded department stores, where sales dropped 0.8 percent.
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Mobile shopping and in-bag checkout
MediaPost
In-aisle checkout may be getting closer. At the annual eTail East conference and exhibition in Boston, one of the most interesting displays involved an innovative approach to in-aisle shopping. The idea is that as a consumer shops the store aisles, the costs of items selected are automatically tabulated on the shopper's smartphone for in-aisle checkout.
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Wal-Mart gets serious about health care clinics
Chain Store Age
A pioneer in retail clinics has joined the nation's largest retailer. Sandra Ryan has accepted a position with Wal-Mart to lead the chain's Care Clinic business, Drug Store News has learned, in a move that suggests the world's largest retailer is ready to make some major moves in the retail clinic space.
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Seesaw retail spending may finally be on upward slope
MarketWatch
Consumers have spent their paychecks in fits and starts so far this year, with a weak month followed by strength. And this pattern likely continued in July, with a strong report after a dismal June reading, said Chris Christopher, economist at IHS Global Insight.
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What price off-price?
NRF
Editor of STORES Media Susan Reda writes: Mickey Drexler of J.Crew and Macy's Terry Lundgren are two retail CEOs I hold in very high regard. I've followed closely the trajectory of their respective careers and the role each has played in shaping the industry. Both made news in the last few months for the same reason — opening new stores that will sell apparel at lower prices, hoping to win over cost-conscious shoppers.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Commissaries still in jeopardy (The Retired Enlisted Association)
Commissary reformers eye appeal of 'cost-plus-5-percent' pricing (Stars and Stripes)
Big changes in food industry turn activists upside down (The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model))
10 things you need to know about the changing American consumer (FoodNavigator-USA)
Editorial: Safeguard military facilities now (Navy Times)

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C-STORE NEWS


We cut through the noise in search of true snack stats
CSP
This isn't Groundhog Day and you are not Bill Murray. You've seen this headline before, but, promise, today is a new day. Your alarm clock indeed went off at the same time, but the date on the top of your morning CSP Daily News is different.
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Employees on 5-year rule now given higher priority
U.S. Army
Overseas government service workers subject to the Defense Department's 5-year employment limitation will be restored to a higher status in the priority placement program, according to a DOD memorandum released Aug. 6.
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Diet Pepsi goes aspartame free
CSP
As expected, PepsiCo Inc. has unveiled a new option for cola fans — aspartame-free Diet Pepsi.
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The plunge at the pump continues
CSP
Aug. 10 marks the 26th straight day that the national average for a gallon of gasoline has dropped in the United States, bringing it to $2.59 per gallon, the lowest since April 30, according to GasBuddy.
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Takeout containers drive sales
CSP
Senior Associate Editor for Restaurant Business Sara Rush writes: If I can't put a takeout container in the toaster oven, chances are I’m not too thrilled with my takeout experience. Yes, I know most packages are supposed to keep food hot, eliminating the need to reheat it, but that can fail. It's not often the fault of the packaging. If I'm bringing home leftovers from lunch, taking leftover carryout to work the next day or grabbing something in the suburbs before my hour-long drive home to the city, never do I get upset the containers didn't defy the laws of physics and keep my food warm for hours. But as that stereotypical millennial, I'm always searching for ease and convenience — even in my dining. And that includes in the heating-of-leftovers-and-takeout process.
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MWR NEWS


Halverson addresses garrison workforce
The Fort Campbell Courier
Lieutenant Gen. David D. Halverson, commanding general of the Army's Installation Management Command, came to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for the second time in four months to address the civilian workforce. During a nearly hour-long appearance at Wilson Theater for a garrison town hall, the IMCOM commander and assistant chief of staff for installation management, emphasized the importance of completing the Army's mission despite fiscal constraints and decreasing personnel.
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Remain calm, all is well
U.S. Army
"It's just like Kevin Bacon said in 'Animal House,' 'remain calm, all is well,'" said Col. Robert Ashby, deputy chief of Staff, G5, 108th Training Command (IET). "There's no reason for units to have a mass exodus. We are doing everything we can, especially for instructors and drill sergeants, to ensure those Soldiers have a position." That's the message 108th leadership wants to convey as the command barrels forward toward Headquarters Standardization and Reformation.
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2 El Paso civilian employees to be honored by Army
El Paso Times
Two El Pasoans who manage two of Fort Bliss' most prominent facilities in Texas are being honored by the Army. Don Diego Aguilar, the business manager of Desert Strike Lanes, has won the Excellence in Management Award for bowling, while Tabitha Bohn, the business manager of the Centennial Club, has won the James A. Carroll Award for Excellence in Club Management.
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