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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Clean CR, sequestration hopes: Fall Hill predictions
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Colin Clark, Breaking Defense
In the next few days most of Capitol Hill's workforce will return from the summer recess and most efforts will be focused on winning reelection and ensuring the primacy of whichever tribe one favors.

Obama issues plan to give feds a 1 percent pay raise
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Government Executive, Eric Katz
President Barack Obama issued an alternative pay plan recently, setting an across-the-board increase for civilian federal employees of 1 percent in 2015.

Why a government shutdown is so unlikely
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Government Executive, Daniel Newhauser
Democrats have been floating an electoral dream scenario recently: House conservatives will revolt against their leaders and force a government shutdown a mere month before a pivotal midterm election.

Pentagon says website improves communication between DoD, industry
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Defense News, Marcus Weisgerber
A U.S. Defense Department website has helped DoD gain better insight into industry's research and development projects and improved face-to-face meetings between contractors and their military counterparts, Pentagon officials say.


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WASHINGTON UPDATE


'Not much drama': McConnell predicts passage of bill to avert government shutdown
DefenseNews
The U.S. Senate's embattled top Republican is predicting Congress will pass a funding measure that the president would not veto.
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White House pushes for lower pay raise in 2015
Military Times
The White House is moving ahead with plans for another slimmed-down pay raise for troops in 2015, and outside advocates still aren't happy about it.
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Rep. Tammy Duckworth pregnant; girl due in December
Chicago Sun-Times
Wounded Iraq war vet Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a double amputee, is pregnant. A girl. Due in early December.
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COALITION UPDATE



Coalition and Valued Associates Advocacy and Actions...

September is National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, which helps increase public awareness of the risks for suicide, provides information about the resources available to aid someone in crisis and shows how individuals, organizations and communities can work together to save lives.

The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have been working year-round to raise awareness of the Military Crisis Line and Veterans Crisis Line, a joint effort between the departments, which provides free confidential support to active duty, National Guard and Reserve, Veterans, family members and concerned friend of those in crisis.

Military and Veterans Service Organizations, health care providers, corporations, educational institutions and government agencies are working alongside the DoD and VA to help spread awareness of the crisis line. Trained counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by calling:

  • In the United States — 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and Press 1
  • In Europe — 00800 1273 8255 or DSN 118
  • In Korea — 0808 55 118 or DSN 118
  • In Afghanistan — 00 1 800 273 8255 or DSN 111

In addition to the crisis phone line, help is available online through the Military Crisis Line and Veterans Crisis Line or by sending a text to 838255. Since launching in 2007, the Military and Veterans Crisis Lines have answered more than 1.25 million calls and made more than 39,000 lifesaving rescues.

We can all make a difference during Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. If you know a Veteran or Service member in crisis or having thoughts of suicide, one conversation can connect you with free, confidential support from the Veterans or Military Crisis Line. ALA member companies and individuals can also access suicide awareness and prevention month materials by visiting the Veterans Crisis Line The Power of 1 or Spread the Word websites. The Defense Suicide Prevention Office has a family guide that offers steps to take when someone is in crisis. It also lists at-risk behaviors and warning signs of a person who is potentially suicidal, as well as protective factors that help safeguard against suicide.

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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website between 10 AM, August 28, 2014 and 10 AM, September 4, 2014:

PROMOTIONS:
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DP #21, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
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NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
14-76, FY 2015 DIBS FDS-DSD Call Numbers.
14-77, Round Table Discussion — Brand Name Fresh Chicken Merchandising Program.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Adds/Changes/Deletes, Week 14-36.
CRV Values, August 31, 2014.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
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. Contact Paul Wehner, MDV/Nash Finch, 757-858-9397 for additional information.
NEW ALA Alamo Chapter Meeting & Golf Tournament, September 25, 2014, Cannon Springs Golf Club, San Antonio. All Zone 6 Store Directors, the DeCA Executive Director, Store Operations and the DeCA West Area Director will be in attendance and make presentations. Contact the Chapter President Joel Wilks at 210-308-4220 for more information.
ALA National Convention, October 27-29, 2014, Hyatt Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. REGISTRATION OPEN





COMMISSARY NEWS


Miamisburg label maker wins $3.9 milion military deal
Dayton Business Journal
Hooven-Dayton Corp. has won $3.9 million military supply contract. The Miamisburg-based company, which makes flexible labels and packaging, was awarded the work for direct thermal print labels for commissaries that fall under Defense Commissary Agency.
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Tyson, Hillshire reach deal with Department of Justice on takeover
Reuters
Tyson Foods Inc. needs to divest its Heinold Hog Markets sow buying business in order to proceed with its $8.5 billion acquisition of Hillshire Brands Co., the Department of Justice said recently.
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80 Tennessee cities, counties to vote on wine in grocery stores
WBIR-TV
People in 80 Tennessee towns and counties will get the chance to vote in November on whether they want the opportunity to buy wine in grocery stores.
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Where Whole Foods counts as a cheap grocery store
Slate
Bloomberg Intelligence did a bit of comparison shopping with a basket of 97 items, which cost a grand total of $391.39 at Whole Foods. At Fresh Direct, a service that delivers groceries to your door, the bill ran to $398.44, while at Gristedes (a popular Manhattan, New York, chain) came to $458.84 — grocers D'Agostino and Food Emporium were also pricier, while Fairway was less expensive. Whole Foods has supposedly been cutting its prices to fend off cheaper competition in the organic grocery business, so this might be a sign that its efforts are paying off.
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Safeway launches high-protein frozen entrees
Supermarket News
Safeway has introduced high-protein frozen entrees under its "Eating Right" private label. "Eating Right for High Protein" frozen entrees each have at least 20 grams of protein and less than 15 net carbs.
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Bloomberg gun safety group spends 6 figures on Kroger ad blitz
Forbes
Michael Bloomberg-backed gun control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launched its first ever large-scale corporate campaign with an advertising spend of six figures aimed at pressuring Kroger, the country’s biggest grocery chain, to change its firearms policies.
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NPD Group: Young people eating snacks to 'round out' meals
FoodNavigator-USA.com
Younger consumers are reaching for snacks to accompany and round out meals, and the better-for-you category is set to benefit most, finds the NPD Group.
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How does your store make customers feel?
Supermarket News
Grocery retailing is a rational business. In the fight to attract and keep customers, we focus on such rational elements as price, promotion, assortment, quality and service. However, explore with loyal customers why they shop where they do, and you find instead that they're driven by emotion — by how a particular shop makes them feel.
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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


NEXCOM again named 1 of 'top 50' best companies for Latinas to work
ALA
For the third year in a row, LATINA Style Magazine has named the Navy Exchange Service Command as one of the top 50 companies that are providing the best career opportunities for Latinas in the U.S. Of NEXCOM's nearly 13,000 associates worldwide, 10 percent are Latina and nearly seven percent are Latina women. More than 800 companies were evaluated in this year's review.

"NEXCOM is honored to win this award for the third straight year," said Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi (Ret), Chief Executive Officer, NEXCOM. "NEXCOM fully embraces its diversity policy of fostering an inclusive workforce because it makes our organization stronger and better for both our associates as well as our customers. I am extremely proud of our team's efforts to embrace diversity, and this is a very tangible and visible sign of our progress."

Companies responding to LATINA Style's questionnaire are evaluated based on issues that LATINA Style magazine readers identified as most important to them in the workplace. Among the principal areas of evaluation are: number of Latina executives, Latina retention, mentoring programs, educational opportunities, alternative work policies, employee benefits, women's issues, job retraining, affinity groups and Hispanic relations.

"The LATINA Style 50 Report is the most exhaustive study of corporate America's policies and opportunities for Latinas in the workplace," says Robert E. Bard, president and CEO of LATINA Style, Inc. The companies listed on the report are the ones that truly are the best places for Latina professionals to work."

NEXCOM will receive its award on Feb. 5 at the LATINA Style 50 conference in Washington, D.C.

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Concerns arise about opening online exchanges to veterans
Marine Corps Times
While giving all honorably discharged veterans online exchange shopping privileges would be an added benefit, there are questions within the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments about whether some of the profits should also go back to veterans' programs.
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New Balance pitches DoD on standard-issue shoe for recruits
Army Times
New Balance has unveiled a sneaker prototype that could become standard-issue in boot camp and spell an end to the cash allowances that let recruits buy foreign-made shoes.
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Analyst: Best Congress will do is 2 governmentwide spending bills
Defense News
A prominent federal budget analyst is predicting the best Congress will do this year on spending bills is pass two massive governmentwide measures.

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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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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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INDUSTRY NEWS


Abercrombie to remove logos from most clothing
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
It's about to get a lot harder to tell who is wearing Abercrombie & Fitch. The teen retailer that built a lucrative business selling A&F emblazoned T-shirts and hoodies at premium prices is going to be logo-free in North America come spring.
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Is less bad good enough for teen retailers?
CNBC
Teen retailers haven't given young men and women much of a reason to shop in their stores over the past few years. But if the segment's second-quarter earnings results are any indication, the Abercrombies and American Eagles of the world are finally starting to turn a corner — albeit, a small one — with their target demographic.
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Dollar General isn't giving up on bid for Family Dollar stores
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Chief Executive Rick Dreiling said the company remains committed to trying to buy Family Dollar and create a combined company with nearly 20,000 stores that sell household goods, food and other products at low prices. Dreiling said the merger would result in lower prices for shoppers and that the antitrust concerns are "very manageable."
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Elizabeth Arden reviewing Rhone's tender offer for 20 percent stake
Bloomberg
Elizabeth Arden Inc., the maker of celebrity fragrances for Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber, said it's evaluating a tender offer by Rhone Capital LLC's funds to acquire as much as 20 percent of the company.
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Amid squabbling, a glimmer of hope on Senate defense bill (Defense News)
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Men define loyalty programs through honor, women see trust
MediaPost
Despite seemingly every store offering its own loyalty program, shoppers, on average, have 10 loyalty cards in their wallet, according to the new Living Loyal study from customer engagement agency The Marketing Store.
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Americans prefer online browsing over buying
MediaPost
Americans lag behind their Asian and European counterparts when it comes to online shopping, according to a study from Nielsen.
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The retail marketing buzz on back to school
NRF
Retailers' summer marketing plans aren't complete without back-to-school and back-to-college promotions. This summer, it was clear that budget-focused shoppers were looking for ways to cut corners where they could, including coupons and the reuse of last year's school supplies.
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RadioShack said to discuss rescue deal with shareholder
Bloomberg
RadioShack Corp. is talking with shareholder Standard General LP about getting a rescue financing package that could help the retailer stave off a bankruptcy filing, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
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Best Buy predicts rough holiday season
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Best Buy Co. predicted another hard-fought holiday season, anticipating deep price cuts and lower sales as the battle for shopper dollars intensifies both online and in stores.
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On comeback trail: What can JC Penney, Best Buy teach other retailers?
brandchannel
J.C. Penney and Best Buy have shown signs of life in their earnings reports in recent days, providing some hope to brand leaders, other employees, investors and communities associated with the companies. Do their unlikely, though still very tentative, comebacks provide some lessons for other retailers that now are afflicted with big leaks in their own boats, such as Wal-Mart, Target and Sears?
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Best Buy posts profit despite continued sales declines
USA Today
Electronics retailer Best Buy is showing signs that it can compete in a market that is increasingly going online.
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Dollar stores in battle to double down on the poor
Reuters
The small but frequent purchases of low-income customers add up: Family Dollar Stores is the target of an $9 billion cash takeover offer from rival Dollar General and an $8.5 billion cash and stock offer from Dollar Tree. Both competitors are betting not only on the health of the deep discount retail sector, but also on the intractability of poverty in America.
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Target to keep some stores open to midnight in push for traffic
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Target Corp. is keeping its doors open later at more than half of its U.S. stores, hoping to snag guests who are putting off shopping until well after dark and might have gone elsewhere.
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Why the basics matter more than ever in online retail
NRF
Change happens fast in retail, and while it's exciting and absolutely necessary to look to the future, nailing the basics, like search engine optimization and e-mail marketing, are more important than ever. Shop.org's recent The State of Retailing Online 2014 reports show why.
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Amazon expanding cloud business through pop-up stores
Bloomberg Businessweek
Amazon.com Inc. is increasingly trying to spread its cloud-computing business by using brick-and-mortar stores.
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Marketers are sizing up the millennials
The New York Times
Millennials have been called a lot of names. Narcissistic, lazy and indecisive. They have been labeled the boomerang generation for the many unable or unwilling to leave their parents' home, or even more negatively, the Peter Pan generation because they supposedly won't grow up.
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C-STORE NEWS


Articles from Convenience Store Petroleum
CSP
CSP unveils mystery-shop report cards
— Online addendum offers extended results of annual survey

Mystery shop report card: Kwik Trip
— Four-time winner misses 'five-peat' by one-half point

Mystery shop report card: Sheetz
— A c-store standard-bearer scores well on employees, foodservice

Mystery shop report card: Thorntons
— Foodservice, restrooms rank high for Kentucky retailer

BP rolling out new technology to retail network
— Upgrades intended to support global credit-, debit-card EMV standards

7-Eleven, Belly expand loyalty partnership
— App will be available in more than 2,600 of chain's c-stores by year's end

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MWR NEWS


New director of FMWR brings enthusiasm to current programs
DCMilitary.com
After serving as the chief for Child, Youth and School Services for the Installation Management Command in San Antonio, Lisa Hamlin recently relocated to Fort Detrick to serve as the new Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation director.
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Fort Bliss changes gate access policy over Labor Day weekend
El Paso Times
Motorists wanting access to Fort Bliss for the rest of the Labor Day holiday weekend may have to make some adjustments to which gates they use and allow a little extra time to get onto the installation.
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