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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

When the party line just isn't true!

It's a matter of benefits vs. readiness, DOD official tells spouses, civilians
Read the Full Story
Stars and Stripes, Nancy Montgomery
An already tough fiscal environment prompting proposed benefit cuts would get far worse if Congress does not repeal another round of sequestration in 2016, a top U.S. Defense Department official warned military spouses and civilians at town meetings.


Looks like a continuing resolution is in the works:

Senior Senator: Both chambers should pass CR, Syrian rebels authorities 'before' weekend
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Defense News, John T. Bennett
A senior U.S. Senate Democrat is hopeful both chambers can pass a stopgap spending measure and approve presidential authorities to train and equip Syrian rebels by the upcoming weekend, Sept. 19-21.

US House comes back early, could take up CR early
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Defense News, John T. Bennett
The U.S. House could vote on a government shutdown — averting spending bill and new authorities to take on the Islamic State.

Lawmakers eyeing lame-duck for defense bill vote
Read the Full Story
The Hill, Martin Matishak
House and Senate lawmakers are holding informal talks on cobbling together a joint 2015 defense policy bill in the hopes that they could approve the must-pass legislation during a lame-duck session of Congress, Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas.

House votes to avoid government shutdown:

US House votes to avert government shutdown; all eyes now on Senate
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Defense News, John T. Bennett
Congress is one step closer to avoiding another Pentagon and federal government shutdown, something leaders of both political parties fear heading into a crucial election homestretch.

Is a healthy base initiative relevant? Just look:

Report: Poor fitness in military poses peril
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The New York Times, Ron Nixon
An increase in the number of overweight and out-of-shape service members who are unable to run long distances or perform physical tasks, like push-ups, poses a direct threat to the United States' ability to defend itself, a group of retired military leaders fighting for improved childhood nutrition said.

Stay the course on school lunches, retired brass say
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Military Times, Kevin Lilley
About 7 in 10 young adults are ineligible for military service, according to a new report from a group that is pushing school nutrition standards as a way to improve that situation.



Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association






WASHINGTON UPDATE


Commentary: Please, not another continuing resolution
Defense News
As we've come to expect, Congress revealed plans not to pass a defense spending bill by the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30, and will extend this year's spending authority by passing another continuing resolution, this time to fund the Defense Department through November.
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AF secretary's husband: Flexibility key for spouses
Military Times
In Frank Beatty's experience in the private sector, discussions about job losses and benefits cuts are not limited to the military community. But a key difference between the two sectors is family programs, said Beatty, husband of Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James.
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Obama push to hire veterans into federal jobs spurs resentment
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama's push to hire military veterans for jobs across the government is fueling resentment in federal offices, as longtime civil servants and former troops on the other side of the cubicle increasingly question each other's competence and qualifications.
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House approves bill to make it easier to fire senior executives
Government Executive
The House recently passed legislation that would make it easier to discipline and fire senior executives across the federal government.
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Sources: Expect next year's USAF budget to continue push for cuts
Defense News
When the U.S. Air Force rolled out its budget request in March, it was billed as a realistic look at the post-sequestration world, one filled with necessary tough choices but still maintaining current capabilities.
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COALITION UPDATE



Coalition and Valued Associates Advocacy and Actions...

ALA members and our military resale partners will not be surprised to learn that:

Commissaries and exchanges ranked as the number one used DoD services by active duty service members, veterans and their families.

According to the results of the Blue Star Families fifth annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey released this week, the five most used DoD services were:
  • Commissary and Exchange — 95%
  • Military Health Care System — 82%
  • Morale, Welfare and Recreation — 72%
  • Base Housing — 61%
  • Child Development Centers — 33%
More than 6,200 service members, veterans, and military spouses participated in the survey, with more than half identifying themselves as active duty spouses. Sixty-five percent of respondents were affiliated with enlisted service personnel. Sixty-four percent of respondents were in the 25-44 age group, and fifty-two percent were in the ranks of E5 to E9.

The survey covered a wide range of topics with more than two-thirds of military family members expressing concern about their military pay and benefits, and changes to their retirement benefits.

Nearly fifty percent of service members and spouses indicated that financial issues were their top stressor
during their time in the military, and 60% of respondents indicated that their family's current financial condition caused "some stress" or a "great deal of stress." The top three obstacles to financial security were:
  • Spouse employment – 40%
  • Uncertainty in military life – 38%
  • Uncertainty in potential changes in benefits – 34%
Even more telling, sixty-two percent of respondents said they have “no” or “hardly any” confidence in the federal government.

According to Dr. Debbie Bradbard, Ph.D., Director of Research and Policy for Blue Star Families, "We have policy changes happening at the national level, but the impact will be felt at the family level, and people are waiting to see what that means to them personally."

Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families helped design the survey, and many of our Coalition valued associate member organizations helped distribute it to their members.

To learn more, we suggest you read the 2014 Military Lifestyle Executive Summary.



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While most newspapers and print media are losing readership and advertising revenue to digital media, niche market newspapers are continuing to thrive.

Niche market newspapers like those published for local communities such as military bases are thriving because they provide advertisers a way to zero-in on their specific target markets. These newspapers are free and delivered to homes on military bases and placed in high traffic areas around the community. They enjoy a very high readership rate among the audience to which they are delivered. MORE
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website between 10 AM, September 11, 2014 and 10 AM, September 18, 2014:

PROMOTIONS:
DP #18, Update #2.
Fall Club Pack, November CONUS Quantities.

NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
14-79, Store Reset Dates — Ft. Hamilton.
14-80, Store Reset Dates — ARDEC (Picatinny).
14-81, Store Reset Dates — Columbus AFB.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Adds/Changes/Deletes, Week 14-38.
CRV Values, September 15, 2014.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
  • ALA Hampton Roads Chapter Oyster Roast & Golf Tournament, October 2, 2014. Contact Paul Wehner, MDV/Nash Finch, 757-858-9397 for additional information.
  • 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
  • 2015 Commissary Roundtable, April 29 – May 1, 2015, Richmond Marriott, Richmond, VA.





  • COMMISSARY NEWS


    Federal Business Opportunities
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    Cigarette Merchandisers
    ...cigarette merchandisers. This equipment will be used by Defense Commissary Agency commissaries in the continental United States and overseas…

    Armored Car Service
    ...available under ODA (OTHER DEFENSE AGENCIES), DEFENSE COMMISSARY AGENCY, HDEC05-14-T-0044. Potential offerors must use...

    Stripping & Waxing Services
    ...available under ODA (OTHER DEFENSE AGENCIES), DEFENSE COMMISSARY AGENCY, HDEC05-14-T-0053. Potential offerors must use...

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    C-suite exclusive: Pilgrim's Pride still on the prowl
    Food Business News
    In early June, Pilgrim's Pride Corp. withdrew its offer to acquire Hillshire Brands for $55 per share. Tyson Foods offered $63 per share and Pilgrim's management decided to not raise its bid. While the poultry processor did not succeed in acquiring Hillshire, Bill Lovette, president and chief executive officer of Pilgrim's Pride, said the company is still looking for acquisition opportunities.
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    Fresh produce defense contracts awarded in August
    The Packer
    The Department of Defense announced several contract awards for fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers in August. On Aug. 8, DNO Inc., Columbus, Ohio, was awarded a maximum $18.9 million modification exercising the second option period on an 18 month base contract to provide fresh fruit and vegetable support, according to a news release from the agency.
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    Survey: Financial concerns plague military families
    Marine Corps Times
    The active-duty community's uncertainty about their future and concerns about their own financial stability are clear in the results of this year's Blue Star Families annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey.
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    Retailers discuss Hispanic learnings
    Supermarket News
    By 2015, the U.S. Hispanic market is estimated to be worth $1.5 trillion. Retailers know by now that they need to address the 53 million Hispanic consumers in the United States. Over the last few years, they've launched new promotions, products and services to meet the needs of their Hispanic shoppers.
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    Vegetable flavors trending for beverages because of healthy halo
    Beverage Industry
    In contrast with last year's indulgent flavor trends, beverages this year are shifting to reflect consumer interest in health and wellness. "We have noticed the beverage market is leaning more toward the ongoing flavor trends of superfruits, exotic fruits, tropical fruits and fruit-and-vegetable combinations in both nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages," says Alex Scott, flavorist at Gold Coast Ingredients Inc.
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    Single-cup coffee, iced coffees show growth
    Beverage Industry
    High-commodity pricing can be a major issue for the beverage industry. However, when premium-priced products are in demand, this challenge becomes less troublesome. Such is the case for the coffee market, in which growing trends, such as higher-priced single-serve packaging, are helping to offset rising costs of coffee beans, according to market research analysts.
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    US House could vote to avert government shutdown
    Defense News
    The U.S. House soon could vote on a spending measure that would keep the Pentagon and other federal agencies funded while lawmakers hit the campaign trail.

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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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    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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    EXCHANGE NEWS


    NEXCOM buyer farewell
    All,

    As some of you may have heard, I will be leaving NEXCOM as of September 26th. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with each and every one of you and look forward to seeing you again in the future as I continue to further my career in the broker community.

    In saying this, I am asking that you please reach out to me with any unresolved issues before my departure date so that we can make sure that all loose ends are tied up. Please also make sure that you copy my DMM, Kim Stewart, my assistant, Inga Love, and my merchandiser, Keri Eyler, on all future emails so that we can be sure everyone is in the loop on all issues. Their email addresses and contact numbers are as follows.

    Kim Stewart, Email: Kimberly.Stewart@nexweb.org, Phone: 757-631-3450

    Inga Love, Email: Inga.Love@nexweb.org, Phone: 757-631-3553

    Keri Eyler, Email: Keri.Eyler@nexweb.org, Phone: 757-631-3734

    Thank you,
    JoEdna E. Mages
    NEXCOM, Beauty Care Buyer
    Phone 757-631-3488

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    Army & Air Force Exchange Service brings back fee-free layaway for the holidays
    Public Affiars
    As the holidays draw closer, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is bringing back its fee-free layaway program, ensuring military shoppers have plenty of time to pay for gifts while keeping them safely out of sight.
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    Hampton Roads ALA Golf and Oyster Roast Chuck Johnson Memorial
    Join us for this event Oct. 2 at the Eagle Haven Golf Course — Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Tee time is 8 a.m. Oyster roast lunch is at 1 p.m. This event is limited to 144 golfers signed and paid. Please sign up and remit payment by Sept. 15. Click "Read More" for further information, pricing and contacts.
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    The Exchange retail food, candy, snack seasonal proposal process 2014-2015
    The Retail Food Seasonal Candy and Food category is a year round program. The six seasons that make up the calendar are as follows:

  • 26 Dec-14 Feb: Valentine's Day
  • 15 Feb – 5 Apr: Easter
  • 4 Apr – 31 May: Chocolate Fest
  • 1 Jun – 31 Jul: Summer Sweets
  • 15 Aug – 31 Oct: Halloween
  • 1 Nov – 25 Dec: Christmas

    The following information outlines the 2014- 2015 seasonal candy, food & snack proposal process.

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    Revised: The Exchange retail food, candy, snack seasonal proposal process 2014-2015
    Dear Vendor Partners,

    The Exchange will be moving to McLane's for the distribution of Seasonal Candy. As a result, submission dates for Chocolate Fest 2015 and Summer Sweets 2015 are being revised up to accommodate the new processes involved.

    CHOCOLATE FEST 2015
  • Item proposal forms due Sept 19, 2014
  • Selection complete: Oct 14, 2014
  • McLane’s Item Selection: Dec 13, 2014
  • McLane’s PO Order date: Jan 13, 2015


  • SUMMER SWEETS 2015
  • Item proposal forms due Oct 24, 2014
  • Selection complete: Nov 22, 2014
  • McLane’s Item Selection date: Jan 20, 2015
  • McLane’s PO order date: Feb 20, 2015

  • Please make note of these new date requirements and submit offers accordingly.

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    Homeward Bound winners
    The Exchange
    The Exchange and our vendor partners are proud to serve those who serve! Congratulations to our latest Homeward Bound winners and thanks to everyone who entered. Check back often to enter our latest giveaway — you could be our next winner.
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    Prospective suppliers/vendors
    The Exchange
    Since July 1895 and for more than 116 years, The Exchange has remained dedicated to its mission to serve soldiers, airmen and their families around the world. This equates to products being sold across 12,000 Exchange facilities worldwide, in catalogs and online; thus, enhancing the quality of life for our active duty military, National Guard members, Reservists and Retirees. To succeed at being the customer's first choice, we rely on a large network of suppliers to provide the merchandise our customers want and expect.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Retail sales swell as shoppers step up spending
    USA Today
    Consumers stepped up their purchases in August as retail sales grew at the fastest pace since April, the Commerce Department said recently.
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    Clean stores top shoppers' priority lists
    San Diego Union-Tribune
    With an ever-increasing number of grocery options, consumers can be pickier than ever, and it turns out they care about more than just selection and price.
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    August retail sales increased 0.5 percent
    NRF
    The National Retail Federation calculates that August retail sales — excluding automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants — increased 0.5 percent seasonally adjusted month-to-month and 2.7 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
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    RadioShack searches for a lifeline
    The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
    The clock is ticking down at RadioShack Corp. The struggling electronics chain warned that it would soon run out of cash and could be forced to turn to bankruptcy court if it can't find a way to shore up its finances.
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    Wal-Mart to rebrand Express stores Neighborhood Market
    Supermarket News
    Wal-Mart said it would extend the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market name to its smaller-scale Walmart Express stores, saying the two concepts serve similar missions for their shoppers.
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    Time to work overtime on overtime
    NRF
    Retailers might think they don't need to worry about President Barack Obama's plan to expand overtime starting in 2016 for another year or more. But the truth is that the most crucial part of the fight could be over in the next few weeks — and that those who don't get engaged now will have lost before they even know the battle has begun.
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    Retailers ready to start the holiday toy wars
    NorthJersey.com
    Wal-Mart got the jump on Wayne-based Toys "R" Us in the high-stakes game of holiday toys, releasing its hot-toy list and information about its marketing plans, nine hours before Toys was to hold its annual holiday preview for the media.
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    Retailers give themselves makeover as millennials follow own beat
    Reuters
    Alison LePard, a 19-year-old college sophomore from Wellesley, Massachusetts, says that when she shops for clothes and accessories, her goal is a look that is uniquely hers. So she does a lot of mixing and matching. "I don't blindly follow what they put out," LePard said of store displays. "I don't want to wear just one brand. I don't want to be a stereotype."
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    For UPS, e-commerce brings big business and big problems
    The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
    When United Parcel Service Inc. Chief Executive David Abney bought his first book from Amazon.com Inc. about 15 years ago, e-commerce seemed no more complicated than ordering from a catalog. "Pretty basic," he says. Online sales have mushroomed since then into a huge business for the package-delivery company — and a big problem.
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    C-STORE NEWS


    Articles from Convenience Store Petroleum
    CSP
    PDVSA seeking offers for CITGO
    Subject of much speculation, deal estimated at $10 billion, possibly more

    Marathon now interested in CITGO assets?
    CEO acknowledges desire to grow, says refinery locations are interesting

    Spinx sinks its teeth into the midlands
    Acquires seven convenience stores in Columbia, South Carolina, area from 7-Eleven

    Harvest sells 53 North Atlantic, Home Town, Orangestore Stations
    Newfoundland retail business "unique and attractive stable margin asset"

    2014: The best gasoline-margin year of all time?
    Winter-blend likely to extend downhill pricing trend: Lundberg

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    MWR NEWS


    NY: FMWR plans day of fun for Fort Drum community
    The Mountaineer Online
    New York's Fort Drum community members are in for a treat Sept. 18. Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation has packed the day with events and activities, beginning with the Mountain Mudder challenge in the morning and wrapping up with Fort Drum Rocks: a Welcome Home Festival.
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    Maryland: Fort Meade's Healthy Base Initiative offers health tips from a hologram
    Capital Gazette
    "Holly-Graham" takes learning about nutrition and health to the next dimension. As the new Healthy Base Initiative exhibit in Gaffney Fitness Center at Fort Meade, Maryland, "Holly-Graham," a female hologram that relays health information, will be traveling to multiple locations on Fort George G. Meade over the next 26 weeks.
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    Virginia: Howling good time had at Fort Myer Doggie Dip
    DCMilitary.com
    The annual Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Doggie Dip was the final scheduled outdoor activity at the Fort Myer Officers Club pool complex in Arlington, Virginia, and despite some morning heat and humidity, another bumper crop of kids, owners and dogs got in the last splashes and dives of the 2014 summer.
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    NY: Exchange senior enlisted adviser visits Fort Drum
    The Mountaineer Online
    Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson, senior enlisted adviser for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, recently visited Fort Drum, New York, where he toured facilities, met with Soldiers and community members and talked about how the Exchange can better serve them, including updating its assortment of name brand merchandise in store and online.
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