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Pentagon sees $20 billion hit in 2014 if budget cuts hold
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Reuters, Andrea Shalal-Esa
The Pentagon would have to slash its budget by about $20 billion in fiscal 2014 from a year earlier if mandatory budget cuts remain in effect, the chief arms buyer for the U.S. military said on Wednesday, calling that an increasingly likely scenario.
Budget battles keep agencies guessing
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The New York Times, Annie Lowrey
The collision of the $1 trillion in budget cuts known as sequestration and the breakdown of the normal budgeting process is creating headaches not just for Washington but also for a vast web of offices dependent on federal financing. Many have been left uncertain as to how much money — if any — they will have to spend in the year ahead.
Obama writes Congress in support of 1 percent pay raise for federal employees
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The Washington Post, Lisa Rein
President Barack Obama recently told congressional leaders that he intends to give federal employees a 1 percent pay raise starting Jan. 1 because Congress has taken no action on the issue.
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Pentagon urges Philippines to allow US troop presence
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently pressed the case to the Philippines to allow a rotating U.S. troop force to return to the country, an effort that would build up the U.S. presence in Southeast Asia and provide stepped-up training opportunities to the Philippine military.
Lawmakers: Syria resolution will be 'a very tough sell' in Congress
The Washington Post
Leading lawmakers recently dealt bipartisan rejection to President Barack Obama's request to strike Syrian military targets, saying the best hope for congressional approval would be to narrow the scope of the resolution. From the Democratic dean of the Senate to tea party Republicans in their second terms, lawmakers said the White House's initial request to use force against Syria will be rewritten in the coming days to try to shore up support in a skeptical Congress.
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Pentagon buying official forecasts much tougher 2014 for defense contractors
The Washington Post
The Pentagon's acquisition staff is preparing to delay and potentially cancel programs in the coming weeks as it readies for another year of significant budget cuts, the military's top procurement official said in a recent interview.
Army civilians can swap vacation time for excess furloughs
The Washington Post
Civilian army employees who served too many furlough days under the sequester can swap their excess hours for annual leave in order to receive pay for the now-unnecessary time off work. The obvious drawback is that they will lose vacation time.
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$377,436 federal contract awarded to Force 3
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Force 3 Inc., Crofton, Md., won a $377,436.03 federal contract from the U.S. Defense Commissary Agency, Fort Lee,
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FedEx gets $49 million DoD contract to deliver veggies to Guam, Japan, Korea, Alaska
Pacific News Center
The Department of Defense has announced a $49.7 million contract award to Federal Express Corp. of El Segundo, Calif. for "over-packing and transportation" of perishable subsistences. According to the contract award announcement on defense.com, the contract requires "cold-chain packing, logistics and international air transportation of primarily fresh fruits and vegetables from the U.S. West Coast to various Pacific locations in support of the Defense Commissary Agency and Defense Logistics Agency."
How snacking became respectable
The Wall Street Journal
As parents take their children back-to-school shopping this year, it isn't just new jeans and notebooks that will be checked off the list, but also booty for the pantry: snacks to help bridge the gap between the end of the school day and dinner. When it comes to American eating, snacking is ubiquitous — at home, at work, everywhere. But snacking wasn't always such a regular or accepted part of the American eating routine.
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US reaches settlement with Safeway to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting substances nationwide
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The settlement involves the largest number of facilities ever under the Clean Air Act's regulations governing refrigeration equipment. The settlement resolves allegations that Safeway violated the federal CAA by failing to promptly repair leaks of HCFC-22, a hydro-chlorofluorocarbon that is a greenhouse gas and ozone-depleting substance used as a coolant in refrigerators, and failed to keep adequate records of the servicing of its refrigeration equipment. Safeway will now implement a corporate refrigerant compliance management system to comply with stratospheric ozone regulations. In addition, Safeway will reduce its corporate-wide average leak rate from 25 percent in 2012 to 18 percent or below in 2015.
The Greek yogurt culture war
The Wall Street Journal
Over one-third of the yogurt in a typical grocery store is now Greek, in varieties from low-fat to fruit-on-the-bottom to tubes for children. Because shelf space is limited, the Greek squeeze means consumers have had to say goodbye to some varieties of traditional-style yogurt and more obscure flavors.
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Back to school: Resources for safe lunches and snacks
Food Safety News
The nation's school children are now returning to classrooms in droves. Children and parents pack millions of school lunches daily, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has released information about how to keep those lunches safe.
Understanding the millennial mindset
Some of the commonly held beliefs about millennials' brand attitudes, shopping habits and preferences are, as it turns out, not as true as once thought, according to a recent study by CPG research firm Concentric Marketing. "As marketers, we must find a reasonable level to cluster diverse populations like these into meaningful groups," said Bob Shaw, president of Concentric Marketing. "We must recognize true differences and nod to the nuances to find the right balance of segmentation and generalization."
NPD Group: Small kitchen appliances sales increase
The NPD Group Inc., a global information company, reports that U.S. sales of small kitchen appliances grew 15 percent to $2.5 billion in the first half of 2013 compared to the same time period one year ago. "The small kitchen appliance industry continues to reap the rewards from product innovation in specialty appliances, nutrition and diet trends, and the consumers' desire to replicate away-from-home in the home," said Debra Mednick, executive director of The NPD Group Inc.
Wal-Mart ready to loan $50 million to Bangladesh factories
Wal-Mart Stores Inc recently told investors that it could provide up to $50 million in low-interest loans or other types of payments to Bangladesh factory owners for building improvements.
DSW looking at smaller stores as it continues expansion march
Columbus Business First
DSW Inc. may get bigger by being smaller. The Columbus-based shoe retailer this fall plans to test a store format that is roughly half the size of the DSW you're used to shopping. The test stores will be around 10,000 square feet; the average DSW is 22,000 square feet.
Retail loyalty programs add tiers to reward big spenders
Taking a page from airline programs, more retailers are adding elite levels with extra perks to their loyalty packages. But shoppers may find membership nearly as pricey as a first-class airline ticket.
The Barneys evolution
New York Post
Barneys, one of NYC's most venerable and iconic stores, will celebrate its 90th anniversary this fall. It hasn't survived by clinging stodgily to its past. Through recent extensive renovations and updates, the store has made a guy's shopping experience even better.
After decades of toil, Web sales remain small for many retailers
The Wall Street Journal
Nearly two decades after the Web revolutionized shopping, many big retailers are still struggling to turn the Internet into a big part of their business. Their progress is on display in new correspondence between the Securities and Exchange Commission and a bevy of chains, including Target Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., PetSmart Inc. and Fifth & Pacific Cos.
Spending on cars, homes threatens apparel sales as holidays approach
Even with consumer confidence at a six-year high, retailers ranging from Target Corp to Macy's Inc are competing not only with each other but are also having to adapt to shifting spending patterns.
As economy improves, local retailers say consumers are investing in big-ticket items
The Washington Post
As the economic recovery picks up, analysts say consumers have begun spending more deliberately, choosing big-ticket items such as cars and appliances over clothing — and area businesses say they're taking notice.
Francesca's is fastest-growing apparel chain
Chain Store Age
Analysts project that Francesca's, a junior apparel and accessories retailer, will have the retail industry's fastest rates of growth during the next three years, reported Bloomberg.
Report: American Dream Meadowlands mall close to signing big retailers
Chain Store Age
American Dream Meadowlands, the much-delayed shopping and entertainment complex adjacent to Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., is close to signing several major retail tenants, according to Crain's New York.
Retail 2020: 7 trends impacting brick and mortar retailers
Chain Store Age
The retail industry is in the midst of a massive transformation driven by consumers' adoption of digital technologies. By 2020, the retail landscape will have fundamentally changed how every retailer will go to market. No segment of retail will be more impacted than the brick-and-mortar store.
Target hopes to offer in-store pickup service by the holidays
With less than three months left until the official start of the holiday shopping season, Target Corp. is furiously playing digital catch-up. The Minneapolis-based retailer is introducing a service that allows consumers to pick up online orders in stores, something already available at Wal-Mart and Best Buy Co. Target wants to roll out the service, known as Buy Online, Pick Up in Store, to all of its 1,800 stores in the United States by the time Black Friday shoppers hit stores in late November.
Stores vie for customers with layaway programs
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Fall is still weeks away — but don't tell major retailers, many of which will kick into holiday season mode with Labor Day now past. Despite Christmas being a little less than four months away, it's not uncommon for retailers to begin hiring for the holiday rush and decorating their stores with ornaments as early as mid-September, said National Retail Federation senior director of media relations Kathy Grannis.
Why affordable luxury companies' rich gains may last
Investors Business Daily
Affordable luxury goods makers are enjoying strong sales and stock gains, as the slow economic recovery gives consumers more money to spend but not enough to splurge like millionaires.
Retail's role in reviving 'Made in the USA'
We hear it every day it seems like nothing sold in stores is made in America anymore. And it's true that U.S. retailers take a global approach to sourcing in order to bring American families the products they need at the prices they can afford. But that doesn't mean everything retailers sell has to come from overseas. And that's why NRF, the world's largest retail trade association, joined up last month with Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, to hold the first-ever U.S. Manufacturing Summit in Orlando.
Supply chain disruptions 'significantly hurt' bottom line
More than 90 percent of companies say supply chain disruptions have a significant impact on a company's business and financial performance, according to a report from the MIT Forum and PricewaterhouseCoopers. However, 60 percent of the companies pay only marginal attention to risk reduction processes.
Does your store have a culture?
By Harry J. Friedman
Each store has its own culture, and the question that must be answered is whether the culture in your store is the way you have planned it to be perceived by the customer. Step back and look at the culture, if any, you currently have in your store. Is it the kind of culture you want? Did it happen because you caused it to happen? If you are unhappy with what you see or feel, it's time to take the steps to change.
How social customer service affects marketing and building followers
More and more companies and organizations are turning to social media when it comes to handling business relationships with customers. Still, regardless of how important this relation between marketing and building loyal customers, it requires best practices for social customer service. Is your company well prepared to do it?
MCX buyer change
We are happy to tell you we have a new addition to our buying team.
Adrianna Nelson has joined our team as our new Data Tech. Adrianna comes to us from Target where she was a Hardlines Lead.
Please join us in welcoming Adrianna to our team. We are excited to have her and know she will be a strong addition to our team.
Adrianna's email is: Adrianna.E.Nelson@usmc-mccs.org.
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Madina and I will be training Adrianna over the next few weeks and appreciate your patience during this time of transition.
Please forward to any of your team members I may have missed on this email.
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Dec. 13, 2013: ALA DFW Chapter holiday luncheon
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Recreation centers offer value to troops, families
U.S. Department of Defense
Fans of the Armed Forces Recreation Centers can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that because the crown jewels of the military's morale, welfare and recreation programs are completely self-supporting, they're unaffected by defense budget cuts and undergoing capital improvements.
Shopping the Exchange pays off improves quality of life
Fort Polk Guardian
The Fort Polk Exchange is paying dividends in more ways than one as soldiers, airmen and their families, exercising their benefit by dining and shopping at Exchange facilities, generated a dividend of $1,037,881 last year.
Air Force offers potential model for future MWR programs
For a glimpse into how the military services might provide quality morale, welfare and recreation services and programs despite continuing budget pressures, the transformation program the Air Force Services directorate has been rolling out for the past two and a half years is worth a look.
Exchange facilities popular with soldiers
The Gold Standard
The Fort Knox Exchange is paying dividends in more ways than one as soldiers and their families exercising their benefit by dining and shopping at Exchange facilities last year generated a dividend of $1,485,679.
Innovative programs keep MWR relevant
Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group
Military fitness centers, swimming pools, lodging facilities and outdoor recreation offices might sound to some like a footnote among competing budget requirements. But Ed Miles, DoD's MWR policy director, and his counterparts across the military services see a close connection to military readiness.
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