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President's Message


It is all about the budget:

Obama: Military budget deal unlikely by November
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The Associated Press via Yahoo News
President Barack Obama says he doesn't believe Congress can reach a deal before the November elections that avoids deep cuts in military spending, but says he is optimistic that the reductions won't occur.

What sequestration could mean for military, civilian staff
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Herald Net, Tom Philpott
Members of Congress appear more interested in winning re-election in November than in avoiding the budget "sequestration" that threatens to lop 10 percent off 2,500 defense programs starting Jan. 2.

CBO warns of significant recession if Congress doesn’t act to avoid fiscal cliff
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The Washington Post, Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderman
The nation would be plunged into a deep recession during the first half of next year if Congress fails to avert nearly $500 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts set to hit in January, congressional budget analysts said.


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On the wire:

Some senior lawmakers show flexibility in budget negotiations
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Defense News, Marcus Weisgerber
With Congress in recess until September, few believe lawmakers will agree on a comprehensive deal to lower the U.S. deficit before November's elections.

Editorial: Reach deficit reduction deal
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Defense News
Pentagon and defense industry leaders are doing their best to turn up the heat on lawmakers to avoid $500 billion in automatic cuts they say will devastate U.S. national security.

Heritage Foundation discusses impact of sequestration on the National Guard
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C-SPAN
Former Bush administration Assistant Defense Secretary for Homeland Security Paul McHale warned that additional defense spending cuts will result in the "hollowing out" of the National Guard.


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GOP senators visit Air Force base, sound military budget cut alarm
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The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Three Republican senators sounding the alarm about looming military budget cuts told an audience in North Las Vegas there won't be Social Security without national security.

Industry analysis: FAA cuts under sequester would be costly
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Federal Times, Sean Reilly
Automatic budget cuts slated to begin in January could cost the Federal Aviation Administration $1 billion next year and take a sharp bite out of the U.S. economy, a new industry forecast concludes.

Washington region could see 'devastating recession' with sequestration
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Washington Business Journal, Sean Reilly
If federal budget cuts automatically take place in January, the Washington region could lose about 65,000 federal jobs and 96,000 federal contractor positions in the short term, according to an analyst.


Defense Department:

Pentagon says normal operations continue before cutbacks
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Bloomberg, Tony Capaccio
The Pentagon plans "to continue normal operations," such as issuing contracts, as it faces the prospect of $500 billion in potential cuts, Comptroller Robert Hale wrote lawmakers.


Defense budget:

Report shows business impact of defense cuts
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Army Times, Rick Maze
A pro-defense think tank has issued a new report that shows by congressional district the impact on local businesses of the potential $500 billion in across-the-board budget cuts looming in January.

CBO projects defense spending under sequestration — warns of recession
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Defense News, Marcus Weisgerber
The United States could slip into a recession if Congress fails to modify planned spending cuts and tax increases set to start next year, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects in a new report.


Joining Forces exceeds its goals:

Officials: Goal set for hiring 250,000 veterans, spouses by 2016
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Stars and Stripes, Leo Shane III
Officials from the Joining Forces campaign say they have helped 125,000 veterans and military spouses find jobs in the last year and are setting a new goal of getting another 250,000 hired in coming years.

First lady announces new hiring push for vets
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The Associated Press via Yahoo News, Brendan Farrington and Kelli Kennedy
First lady Michelle Obama recently chose a naval station in the electoral battleground of Florida to announce 2,000 businesses around the country have hired or trained more than 125,000 military veterans and spouses in the past year, exceeding a White House goal of 100,000 by the end of next year.

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Washington Update


Report: Dial back pay raises
Army Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The time is right to scrimp on military pay raises, says a new report that appears to agree with a Pentagon proposal to cap basic pay hikes starting in 2015. The report, commissioned by the Defense Department, was conducted by the Rand Corp., a think tank that has done considerable research for the military on ways to hold down personnel costs. More

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Sequester ground zero: 'Fayette-nam'
Politico    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the military town home to Fort Bragg, long fighting off its nickname "Fayette-nam," the unemployment rate has soared above that in the rest of the country for years. And things could get much worse, military officials, contractors and voters here fear, if Congress doesn't work out a deal before Jan. 2, when $500 billion in automatic defense cuts will take effect. More

US troops' children early victims of Congress budget inaction
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Amid all the hand-wringing in the U.S. Congress over Jan. 2 spending cuts that would wallop military and domestic programs, children of American soldiers already are feeling the pinch of a budget mess. More



Survey: Finding a job biggest challenge for veterans
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite a continued drop in the unemployment rate among Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans, a new survey reports that more than two-thirds of their post-9/11 generation believe that finding a job is the greatest challenge they face in making the transition to civilian life. More

Surge in canceled deals offers preview of sequester damage ahead
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A surge in canceled U.S. contracts as war funding winds down may be a preview of the damage ahead for government vendors under looming automatic budget cuts. More

Defense workers to Congress: Solve the problem, stop the automatic cuts
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The uncertainty over automatic cuts in U.S. defense spending to be triggered in January because of congressional inaction has spread to the engineers and project managers in South Florida's aerospace industry. More

Obama extends pay freeze until Congress passes a budget
Government Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
President Barack Obama recently said he would use his authority to give federal employees an across-the-board 0.5 percent pay raise in 2013, but the increase will not take effect until Congress passes a budget. Lawmakers anticipate passing a six-month continuing resolution when they return from August recess to fund the government through the first part of fiscal 2013. That means a pay raise for federal workers would not take effect until April, at the earliest. More

Commissary News


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Federal Business Opportunities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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Jewel-Osco changes up cheese section
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Supervalu's Jewel-Osco stores are working with Kraft Foods to revise their dairy case cheese sections to make them more shoppable, officials said. "Approximately half of Jewel-Osco's 180 stores are participating in the reorganization of the dairy cheese category. These are the stores that have enough space for the project," said Bob Brown, Jewel-Osco sales and merchandising manager. More

US drought to boost food prices through next year
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The drought epidemic impacting much of the U.S. will result in overall higher food prices in the coming months and well into 2013, according to analysts with Great American Group. Beef and dairy products will be affected in particular, which are expected to post substantial increases as the cost of corn continues to rise. More



Barons Market's small format, 'clean' products provide edge
Retail Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As many midmarket supermarkets struggle to boost margins due to higher costs and increased competition, some niche players are outperforming them. San Diego, Calif.-based Barons Market is one of a growing number of specialty grocers succeeding by differentiating themselves through product selection, service and price. More

The top 5 grocery store tricks to avoid
Elevated Existence    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Since America has turned onto a health kick recently, retailers and grocery stores alike are trying to keep up by adding new "healthy" items geared towards consumers' wants and needs. However, when grocery shopping, it is very easy to get confused on what is actually healthy. The following are the five most common health claims to watch out for. More

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  • Food co-ops beat grocery stores: 5 to 0
    Care2 Causes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The National Cooperative Grocers Association released a new study, "Healthy Foods Healthy Communities: Measuring the Social and Economic Impact of Food Co-ops," that compares how food co-ops and conventional grocery stores perform in five categories. As described on the NCGA consumer website, "unlike their conventional counterparts, co-ops are owned and governed by member-shoppers and rooted in principles like community, voluntary and open membership, economic participation and cooperation. Because of these principles and practices, food co-ops inherently serve and benefit the communities where they are located." More

    Shopping at certain times can save you money on groceries
    KLAS-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    VideoBriefEveryone is bracing for soaring prices at the grocery store as a result of the nation's severe drought, but experts say when you shop could save you money on groceries. According to Time Magazine, meat should be purchased in the morning on weekdays, when you are more likely to see "manager's specials" that often must be sold by noon. Just freeze what you don't use. More

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    How to read the sticker codes on grocery store produce
    Lifehacker    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When you buy fresh produce at the grocery store, you may notice they're often stickered with a code that the store uses to match the produce to its type and price when you check out. What you may not know is that code can tell you a lot about what you're buying. More

    Shop off the beaten path for savings
    The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Grocery shopping can feel less like a chore and more like an adventure when you shop off the beaten path. Shaking things up by adding "nontraditional" sources of fresh foods and pantry items can net you some big bargains — and encourage you to try new things. More

    Grocery dietitians advocate balanced diets
    Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A growing number of dietitians and nutritionists have joined grocery chains in the past decade to help advise consumers on important health issues. Many of them have taken the stance that a well-rounded, balanced diet is key — choosing not to single out particular products or ingredients sold on their shelves as being unhealthy, unless they are over-consumed. More

    Commissary Announcements


    Commissary Web Posts

    The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., August 23, 2012.

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    Exchange News


    As school bells ring, retailers start listening for sleigh bells
    Orlando Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    U.S. retailers expect another solid showing this holiday season, as summertime surveys and shipments show that companies are placing big orders even as some remain cautious about the economy. More

    Best Buy names former Carlson Chief Joly as new CEO
    The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Best Buy Co. recently named a new chief executive to lead the company as it struggles with falling sales and manages a public back-and-forth with founder Richard Schulze, who proposed to take the retailer private earlier this month. (Subscription required.) More



    Brand watch: Target's multichannel mobile approach
    Mobile Marketer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Not many marketers have a solid mobile strategy and retail giant Target is among the select few that truly understands that taking a multichannel approach is critical in driving engagement and sales. More

    Kay Krill on giving Ann Taylor a makeover
    Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Building on the success of her Loft division, Krill is making over Ann Taylor with smaller stores and cheaper clothes. She talks with Carol Hymowitz about shopping during the downturn. More

    Dillard's: A department store on sale for investors
    The Globe and Mail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The drama in U.S. retailing is at J.C. Penney Co. Inc., where former Apple Inc. executive Ron Johnson, brought in to revitalize the retailer, has instead presided over two disastrous quarters. It's enough to make you wonder whether there's any hope for the good old-fashioned department store sector. That company is Little Rock-based Dillard's Inc. More

    Is J.C. Penney your new yoga studio?
    Dallas Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Would you take a yoga class in the middle of a J.C. Penney store? Ron Johnson hopes so. The CEO of the Plano-based retailer said that in the center of the store, known as "The Square," the company will have seasonal merchandise, as well as activities like yoga or Pilates classes. More

    The power of partners
    American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    If you're the sole owner of your business, how can you tap into the power of partners? Try finding a partner outside the business. Whether it's a mentor, a spouse or even a trusted professional like your accountant, you need someone you can talk to honestly and openly, getting input about your business, venting about the bad days and celebrating the good days. More

    Can you ban perfume in your workplace?
    American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    One employer is facing the considerable expense of a trial, a settlement — or both — thanks to its refusal to attempt to provide a fragrance-free workplace to accommodate an employee's allergy. More

    Inside a customer's head
    American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Rory Vaden writes, "Let's be upfront: I'm not a customer service expert. But I am an expert customer. I know when someone cares about me and my business and when someone is just watching the clock until it's time to go home. If you hate your job, I get it. I wouldn't want to be there any longer than I was scheduled to either. But providing fundamental service while you are there is not about loving your job, it's not even about work ethic — it's about human decency." More

    When working from home isn't working
    American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Whatever the reason, despite your best intentions, working at home is not working for you. Renting expensive, full-time office space defeats the purpose of minimizing business expenses by working at home, so here are five low-cost alternatives. More

    Understanding your customers through research
    American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Most business leaders know the value of customer input and feedback. But if some recent developments are any indication, the right way to get that customer insight is less well understood and practiced. More

    How to get a good deal on almost anything
    American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Looking for a deal on a salad bar? A helicopter? Or just a laptop? Chances are there's a government agency looking to offload one online. Federal, state and city agencies are using Internet auction sites the way the rest of us do — as online garage sales. More

    What did we learn from Chick-fil-A?
    American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Who would have thought that the London Olympics, the presidential election campaign and the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death would all be overshadowed by a chicken sandwich? Yet that was the case when the Chick-fil-A controversy erupted. More

    The 5 unwritten rules that will kill your business
    American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It goes without saying that as business leaders we enforce rules that "go without saying." You know what I'm talking about — those unwritten rules like "The customer is always right" and "Hire only A players." These apparently obvious business success rules aren't necessarily written in corporate guidelines or HR manuals, but they obviously work. Or at least that's what we thought. More

    Retail and consumer products: A less stable environment ahead
    National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    By all indications, 2012 will be another year of lethargic growth, store closings and increased focus on everyday low prices by several major retailers, all which will have a significant impact on the entire retail landscape. Multichannel is key to survival for many. Online retailing also threatens existing store economics, measurement systems and incentives. As a result, financial metrics are changing, too. More

    How retailers measure up on 'research online, purchase offline' capabilities
    Shop.org Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Judging from the results of the "Global Cross-Channel Retailing Report: The (Un)Connected Store" study conducted by Okamura Consulting and Ebeltoft Group earlier this year, some retailers and some categories are making strides, while others clearly have a fair bit of work ahead. More

    Shopping malls grow appetite for restaurants
    CNBC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The nation's shopping malls are undergoing a big shift — one that will soon be hard to miss. They're adding a full course of sit-down restaurants where you have typically found retailers in the past. More

    Where's the big idea?
    Shop.org Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Marketers have long sought the "big idea" when it comes to creative expression of their brands. Belief in the power of a big idea to accelerate a brand's success has long been a cornerstone of many legacy ad campaigns. With the multiplication of screens, a widespread fragmentation of audiences and an increase deficiency in tracking media consumption behavior, is the big idea still relevant? More

    Target eyes over 75 CityCenter stores
    Women's Wear Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Target Corp. has big plans for its CityTarget format. As the discounter released second-quarter results and raised year-end guidance, Greg Steinhafel, chairman, president and chief executive officer, envisions "somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 units to a couple hundred" CityTarget stores. "There are very strong levels of sales in apparel and home. That's a Target signature strength and it's resonating in urban markets," said the executive. (Subscription required.) More

    Go consumer! The mixed picture for retail spending
    Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Nobody breaks a pundit's heart like the U.S. consumer. Since late 2008, these fickle folks have kept economists guessing. One minute, they're confident. The next, they're not. Even now, with the U.S. unemployment rate rising to 8.3 percent and Europe edging into recession, Americans are spending again. More

    Apparel prices climb
    Women's Wear Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Retailers successfully maintained their pricing power for the fifth consecutive month in July, as apparel prices rose 0.2 percent last month according to the Labor Department's Consumer Price Index. (Subscription required.) More

    Virtual storefronts: Retailers try to combine online and traditional shopping
    Postmedia News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The problem with online retail is that there's no foot traffic. The problem with brick-and-mortar retail is that it demands staff, space and money – not easy to come by in uncertain economic times. Enterprising sellers are instead combining the two, operating storefronts with no physical store. More

    It's hot now, but forecasters see a big winter coming
    Christian Science Monitor via NBC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Last winter, big cities like New York and Philadelphia saved a lot of money because the Northeast had a snow drought. Not so this winter. Yes, even while air conditioners are still running, meteorologists are beginning to focus on the long-term winter weather forecast. More

    Retail gas prices rise to season high
    Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The pain at the pump got a little more painful this past week as gas prices hit a seasonal high. The national average price for regular gas increased 2.3 cents to reach $3.744 a gallon, nearly 20 cents higher than a year ago when the price stood at $3.581 a gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration. The figure is the highest level for this season since at least 1990, according to Bloomberg. More

    Import numbers show signs of stronger holiday season in 2012
    Retail's BIG Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With retailers smack in the middle of back-to-school, it's way too early to predict what will happen during the holiday season. NRF's annual forecast doesn't come out until October, and lots can happen between now and then. But one set of numbers recently released could give some insight into what retailers are expecting. More

    Study: Discounts as low as 2.5 percent sway shoppers to leave stores, purchase online
    Drug Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Forty-five percent of customers shopping in-store at brick-and mortar-locations will walk out and complete their purchase online for a discount as low as 2.5 percent, according to new showrooming research from GroupM Next. This number jumps to 60 percent of shoppers who will leave and purchase a product online for a savings of 5 percent. When discovering an online discount of 20 percent, a small percentage of shoppers (13 percent) stay and complete their purchase in store. More

    Wal-Mart gives its Facebook fans early access to layaway
    Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The holiday season continues to get started earlier and earlier. The latest example is Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which is giving shoppers who Like its stores' local Facebook pages early access to holiday-only layaway program. More

    NRF: School, college shoppers' lists still long
    National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    According to NRF's 2012 Back-to-School and College Surveys conducted by BIGinsight, the average person with children in grades K-12 has completed 40.1 percent of their shopping, while college shoppers and their families have completed slightly more at 45.3 percent. Overall, school and college shoppers this year are expected to spend a total of $83.8 billion. More

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    Exchange Announcements


    Dear Exchange partners,
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    Dan Tompkins, SVP, and Harold Hall, VP, Exchange Logistics will be attending this year's ALA National Convention and would like to invite each of our partners to contact us so we can discuss any question or issues related to Exchange DC and Transportation operations. We are working with Bob Ellis to set up a meeting area in the general session room the evening of the Oct. 2, or if that is not convenient then we can set up times during breaks, lunch or after the sessions. If you have specific questions or want to set up a specific time contact me at hallh@aafes.com so that we can set up the meeting or be prepare to address those specific questions. Looking forward to meeting everyone and see you in October.

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    Air Force 1 Pilot Mark Tillman Speaker at the October Convention!
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    Washington Update


    NSA Hampton Roads hosts inaugural Back-to-School Extravaganza
    The Flagship    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads held their inaugural Back-to-School Extravaganza at the Capt. Slade Cutter Athletic Park, Aug. 10. The free event was open to the public. The goal of the event was to provide military and non-military children, and their families, an opportunity to meet School Liaison Officers, learn about the programs available to them in the surrounding community, and of course, have a lot of fun. More

    Bases ponder charging stations for personal electric vehicles
    Stars and Stripes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Department of Defense may soon encourage private companies to fund quick-charge points on military bases so service members can juice up personal electric cars. Off-base "quick-charge points" are proliferating near military facilities in California, Hawaii and Japan, and bases have started to install their own chargers to cater to a growing armada of battery-powered official vehicles. More
     
     

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