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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Board changes
Leah Gardner, Kraft-Heinz, has resigned from the ALA Board of Directors to assume greater responsibilities within the newly-merged organization. Ms. Gardner served on the ALA Board as a member of the Executive Committee , in the capacity of Association Treasurer. Keith Eubank, Tyson Foods, has assumed the duties of Association Treasurer. It was previously announced that Gardner was nominated to serve as the in-coming Chair-Elect in this year's Board election. A new replacement nominee has yet to be announced. We thank Gardner for her service to the military trade channel, and her service to the ALA membership.

Budget machinations:

Ready for another government shutdown? Because here comes the debt ceiling
Read the Full Story
The Week, Bonnie Kristian
The Congressional Budget Office announced that the national debt — which first exceeded $18 trillion less than a year ago — is due to pass the legal debt ceiling of $18,113,000,080,959.35 by mid-November.

At defense forum, Reps. Smith and Heck give 'depressing' outlook on military budgets
Read the Full Story
The News Tribune, Adam Ashton
U.S. Rep. Adam Smith wouldn't call himself "depressed" when he spoke to a military lobbying group at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but he acknowledged that he brought him with him a "depressing" message.

Sources: Congress mulls full-year continuing resolution
Read the Full Story
Defense News, Joe Gould and Aaron Mehta
With a Sept. 30 deadline looming, the Pentagon is coming to grips with the reality that it will be operating under the stop-gap spending measure known as a continuing resolution for the near future.


Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association




WASHINGTON UPDATE


Remember the Pentagon's Pacific pivot? It's still on
Defense One
The U.S. will continue sending new weapons and equipment to the Asia-Pacific region to counter China, U.S. Defense Department officials say. And in a new strategy document, the Pentagon said it would continue ignoring Beijing's claims that reclaimed land in the South China Sea constituted sovereign territory.
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Paul: 'If you're eager for war' vote for other candidates
Washington Examiner
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul pointed the finger at both Democrats and Republicans for contributing to America's "horribly broken" political system during a recent rally in Seattle.
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Senate cybersecurity bill hinges on 22 amendments
Defense One
Republicans and Democrats alike want to reshape the bill, which would encourage companies to share information with the government.
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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


SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MILITARY CHILDREN PROGRAM


2016-17 Scholarships for Military Children Program
Fisher House Foundation
The 2016-17 Scholarships for Military Children will open on December 15, 2015, and will award a total of $1,400,000 in scholarship grants to 700 recipients ($2,000 each). Jim Weiskopf from Fisher House Foundation is the point of contact. He can be reached via email at JWeiskopf@fisherhouse.org.

Read the memorandum to industry partners as it outlines the details for the annual program.

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COALITION UPDATE



Coalition sends letter to Chairmen and Ranking Members
Save Our Benefit
We strongly urge the Senate and House conferees to roll back provisions in the Senate version of the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act, which dismantle long-standing legal protections for this benefit and require the Department of Defense to develop a plan to privatize commissaries and test the plan for two years in at least five of the largest U.S. commissary markets. Despite passage of an amendment by Senators Jim Inhofe, Barbara Mikulski and 25 other Senators that offers a sensible, pragmatic and thoughtful approach to examining private operation of military commissaries, the Senate bill retained the provision mandating privatization. We find this very troubling that this measure somehow still found its way in to the Senate bill.
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Six weeks to shutdown?
Military Officers Association of America
With no federal budget in place, and tough rhetoric from the White House, Congress could be facing another shutdown this fall. The administration is threatening to veto any legislation that exceeds federal budget caps. On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are at odds over the appropriate levels of domestic and defense spending. When Congress returns from the August recess on Sept. 8, lawmakers will have only 10 legislative working days to avoid a shutdown. What options do lawmakers have?
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NAUS and TAPS award scholarships to fallen service members' families
National Association for Uniformed Services via KTUL-TV
As millions of American families are preparing to head back to school, the National Association for Uniformed Services (NAUS) and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) — both of which are Coalition valued associate members — have joined forces to award scholarships to family members of our Nation's fallen service members. The partnership was formed when both organizations realized that there were unmet financial aid needs for surviving family members.
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website between 10 AM, August 20, 2015 and 10 AM, August 27, 2015:

PROMOTIONS:
- 2016 DP #1, Shippers/Pallets/One Time Buys, items selected.
- DP #21, Far East Promotion Quantities.
- DP #22, Thanksgiving Holiday Specials.

NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
None Received.

MISCELLANEOUS:
- Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 15-34.
- CRV Values as of August 23, 2015.
- Guard/Reserve CONUS On-Site Sale Schedule as of August 20, 2015.
- FDS Distributor Change Form & Distributor Codes, August 25, 2015.
- Hawaii Food Show, August 17-19, 2015 Presentations by ALA Legislative Affairs & DeCA Director, Store Operations.




COMMISSARY NEWS


Neighborhood Market watch: Behind Wal-Mart's latest numbers
Supermarket News
As the world's largest retailer with a vast global presence, it takes quite a bit of time to dissect Wal-Mart's impact on U.S. supermarkets. The headlines are simple enough: Sales up, earnings down and earnings expectations are tempered through year end. Beyond that, there are some interesting stats that should have supermarket operators taking note.
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Customer satisfaction drops amid supermarket price war
Business Reporter
Supermarkets are finding themselves challenged to balance customer service and competitive pricing, as overall customer satisfaction with the food retail industry declines.
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McCormick completes Stubb's acquisition
Food Business News
McCormick & Co. has completed its purchase of One World Foods Inc., the Austin, Texas-based seller of Stubb's premium barbecue sauces, for a cash payment of approximately $100 million.
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How the social mission of Ben & Jerry's survived being gobbled up
The New York Times (tiered subscription model)
Big food companies have an endless appetite for smaller brands that make local, organic and socially responsible products. Over the years, Danone acquired Stonyfield Farm yogurt, General Mills bought Annie's Homegrown and Campbell Soup swallowed up Plum Organics. Each time such a deal is announced, fans of the target company ask whether its cherished products will be safe under the new owner, or if the integrity will disappear in the belly of the beast.
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Tyson Foods says it will stop using human antibiotics on its chicken
Eater
The natural food trend in restaurants and Americans' dining habits is catching up to Tyson Foods. The Arkansas-based meat processor has announced its intention to eliminate human antibiotics from its chickens by September 2017, according to The Associated Press.
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Why are we still debating online grocery?
Supermarket News
It's been clear for a while that a wide range of shoppers would like to do at least some of their grocery shopping online — not just folks who physically can't get to the store, but this group includes millennials, busy moms, young professionals, Baby Boomers and the list goes on. It's safe to say demand for online grocery shopping is strong and growing. So why are we still debating whether or not grocers should make an investment in e-commerce?
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General Mills files patent on frosting low in trans fat
Food Business News
General Mills Inc. has filed a patent related to low-density frosting compositions that are low in trans fat and contain nonhydrogenated, palm oil-based fat.
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Update: J&J sells popular Splenda sugar substitute to Heartland Food
Reuters
Johnson & Johnson said it was selling its widely used Splenda sugar substitute to privately held Heartland Food Products Group in order to focus on other consumer brands.
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The paperless chase
Progressive Grocer
Digital coupons are currently a footnote in overall coupon distribution and redemption. Traditional free-standing inserts that shoppers receive in newspapers are overwhelmingly dominant. But if newspaper readership is declining and so-called "Mobile Millennials" will be the key grocery shopper of the future, it's clear that digital offers will grow.
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EXCHANGE NEWS


Opening delayed for new Fort Hood post exchange
Killeen Daily Herald
The new $47 million post exchange at Fort Hood won't be opening as soon as expected, officials said. "Based on general contractor required inspections and additional construction details needed to complete the shopping center, it has become necessary for the Exchange to delay its opening," according to an email from Chris Ward, a spokesman for the Dallas-based Army and Air Force Exchange Service.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Do you know who your consumer is?
Business of Fashion
"Wine o'clock" browsing from your iPad in London, an impulse buy made on your mobile phone in Los Angeles, a purchase returned to a flagship store in Shanghai. It isn't easy keeping tabs on today's increasingly mobile and digital consumers, who now interact with brands and retailers across a dizzying array of touch points.
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Inside Lands' End's quest for a younger, cooler customer
Bloomberg Business
Gazing over a spread of magazines on a side table in her New York office on Broadway, Federica Marchionni eagerly flips through the pages to find her advertisements inside. For the new Lands' End chief executive officer, this is her big unveil, the first time she gets to show what she's been working on since taking the job in February.
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Best Buy will soon offer AppleCare
TWICE
Apple and Best Buy appear to be forging even closer ties. After giving the No. 1 CE retailer first dibs on its smartwatch, the House That Jobs Built will now begin sharing its eponymous warranty programs with the chain.
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Target gains ground; corrals tiny creatures for back-to-school blitz
MediaPost
With turnaround efforts going better than expected, Target is baiting its back-to-school trap with the irresistible: Tiny tortoises wearing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpacks, for example. Denim-wearing dachshunds eating their own homework. Pencil-sharpening guinea pigs.
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Staples: Office Depot acquisition will likely close on time
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Staples Chairman and CEO Ronald Sargent affirmed that the company's $6.3 billion acquisition of Office Depot is on track to close by the end of 2015.
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Sam's Club aims to be less like Wal-Mart
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
After struggling for years to turn around sluggish sales, Sam's Club is now pursuing a more fundamental fix: breaking away from the low-income consumers who shop at its parent, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
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Apple simplifies retail stores by demoting iPods to shelves, dropping iPad Smart Signs
9to5Mac
Apple is preparing to make significant changes to its stores to simplify the experience by relocating iPod stock to accessory shelves and removing iPad-based Smart Signs, according to several Apple Retail managers briefed on the plans.
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Shopping in the Heartland
NRF
At one time, outlet stores were treasure troves of brand overstocks, a chance to nab designer-name goods at deeply discounted prices. No matter the location, they were worth the drive. Today's outlets, however, can be stocked with slightly reduced-quality items made specifically for those stores — and the brands freely admit it.
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Shipping growth slows at US East Coast ports
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Georgia and Virginia ports are seeing cargo expansion level off after big gains earlier in 2015 amid labor strife on the West Coast.
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Wal-Mart is getting hit hard by thieves
Bloomberg Business
Wal-Mart has a shrinkage problem, and it's not the Seinfeld variety. It's the kind that, in retail industry jargon, refers to stealing and losing stock to damage or poor inventory management.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Coast Guard Exchange Buyer Update (ALA)
Healthy Base Initiative ends, but concept continues (Military Times)
Budget talks could be more like the 'Hunger Games' this time around (MSN Money)
Company that sued soldiers closes its stores (ProPublica)
Yes, FreshDirect and Blue Apron are healthier than grocery shopping (The Huffington Post)

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C-STORE NEWS


Whining over too much wine?
CSP
A flood of new options — it was a dilemma that recently saddled the gum category in convenience stores and it appears that an overflowing new product pipeline has also now become the wine segment's burden.
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66 cent jump sends Midwest retailers reeling
CSP
Even as gasoline-price volatility evaporates to a virtual flat line, a Midwest retailer said the one-day spike in wholesale costs that occurred recently in his region was the largest he's ever seen — 66 cents a gallon — where 12 cents a day earlier would have been considered a significant jump.
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Kellogg's combines classics for convenience
CSP
To help retailers build new sales opportunities, Kellogg's Convenience has introduced Rice Krispies Treats Blasted with M&M's Minis. The company is launching this new snack creation exclusively in the convenience store channel and delivers the traditional crispy marshmallow taste of Rice Krispies Treats with real milk chocolate candies from M&M’s Minis.
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Slideshow: Update: Wawa opens 700th C-store
CSP
Wawa Inc. held the grand opening of its new Bradenton, Florida, convenience store on Aug. 20, reaching the milestone of the company's 700th location.
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MWR NEWS


Employees on 5-year rule now given higher priority
Fort Hood Sentinel
Overseas government service workers subject to the Defense Department's five-year employment limitation will be restored to a higher status in the priority placement program, according to a DoD memorandum released Aug. 6. The changes restore priority status, which was in effect before July 2010.
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Fort Hood businesses welcome newcomers at fair
Fort Hood Sentinel
More than 100 area businesses and agencies came to welcome nearly 1,000 newcomers at Hood Howdy held at Club Hood on Aug. 13 in Fort Hood, Texas. Hood Howdy is an information-rich resource fair designed to be a one-stop shop for newcomers to learn about the resources available to them.
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DoD EHR project opens doors for HIT vendors, nonvendors
EMR & HIPAA
Numerous medical advances can be traced back to development and research conducted by the U.S. military. In most instances, these developments were directly related to mitigating casualties and disease during times of war. The U.S. Civil War is seen as one of the most influential military events to advance modern medicine. Life-saving amputations, anesthesia, thoracic surgery, wound treatment, facial reconstruction and the inception of the ambulance-to-ER transport system all originated with military intervention. While today's medical advancements have certainly surpassed anything ever imagined by Civil War surgeons a century and a half ago, the model of health care innovations spurring from military initiatives remains steadfast.
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