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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


Budget update:

We have attempted over the course of the last week to provide the latest information on the possibility of a government shutdown and the implications. There are a couple of articles below that detail the dynamics of a shutdown and its impacts. The fact is we may not know until the last minute (next Monday) just what is going to happen. At this point, it is my feeling that a shutdown will be averted as the focus turns to raising the debt ceiling later in October that is a higher flashpoint for action and hence a better political target. There are going to be critically important discussions next week on the immediate, short term, and longer view budget implications for military resale. Keep in mind that we are entering the second year of a 10 year budget reduction cycle set in place by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The resale commands are in the midst of very important strategic planning meetings to determine the necessary course of action for the future. I can tell you for certain that the way it was is no more. I urge all members to attend the conference next week and be prepared to engage in a very important dialogue on how we can best position the marketplace and the associated business models for the future. It is at times like this that often the greatest opportunities appear. Safe travels and I look forward to seeing you next week.


House Republicans explore strategy to avoid federal government shutdown
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The Washington Post, Lori Montgomery and Juliet Eilperin
With federal agencies set to close their doors in five days, House Republicans began exploring a potential detour on the path to a shutdown: shifting the fight over President Obama's health-care law to a separate bill that would raise the nation's debt limit.

A step-by-step guide to what's next in the government shutdown showdown
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The Washington Post, Sean Sullivan
So, what's next? Several things — some which we know with more certainty than others. In the following we explain how we anticipate the debate playing out on Capitol Hill, step by step, with the caveat that there are a lot of moving parts, and things could change in a hurry.

Pentagon begins 'prudent' prep for possible shutdown
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Stars and Stripes, Chris Carroll
With less than two weeks to go before a new fiscal year begins and no measure in place to fund federal government operations, the Pentagon says it has begun dusting off and updating plans for navigating a government shutdown.


Thousands of employees can be cut from Pentagon
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The Associated Press via Yahoo News, Pauline Jelinek
Without hurting the U.S.'s fighting power, the Defense Department could cut 60,000 troops and 50,000 civilians.

House passes GOP spending plan that defunds Obamacare
Read the Full Story
The Washington Post, Lori Montgomery and Philip Rucker
Recently, instead of offering a simple bill to keep the government open through Dec. 15 and maintain the spending cuts known as the sequester, Boehner threw the full w"ight of House leadership behind the anti-Obamacare cause. "This place is a mess," said Pelosi before the vote. "If the idea is to limit government, let's work together to do that. But what is brought to the floor today is without a doubt a measure designed to shut down government."

Senate Democrats seek a shorter spending measure
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The Wall Street Journal, Siobhan Hughes, Patrick O'Connor and Janet Hook
Senate Democrats recently announced they would support a six-week federal-funding extension — a month shorter than the bill passed by the House — creating another difference that needs to be ironed out to avoid a partial government shutdown.

Wondering about a government shutdown? First thing to know: It all won't disappear
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The Washington Post, Lisa Rein and Eric Yoder
With no deal in sight between the House, Senate and White House to pay the nation's bills after midnight on Sept. 30, much of the federal government is set to run out of money 10 days from now, and large functions of the federal world could shut down Oct. 1.



Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association




WASHINGTON UPDATE


Navy braces for 2nd set of automatic budget cuts
The Virginian-Pilot
A second year of automatic budget cuts that eat into Navy training and maintenance will start Oct. 1 unless Congress intercedes. And this time, the leader of U.S. Fleet Forces Command is planning for the worst.
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Future troops could see reduced benefits
Army Times
The Defense Department has won an important congressional convert in its push to cut military and retiree benefits to save money. In what could mark a turning point in the efforts of Pentagon officials to sell Congress on cutting benefits, Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., who oversees about two-fifths of the defense budget in his role as chairman of the House Armed Service Committee's readiness panel, said he is ready to consider cutting the compensation package for future troops in order to secure funding for other programs.
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Shutdown's shadow shrinks Hill priorities
The Washington Post via Early Bird
As Washington slouches toward the next battle in its three-year budget war, both parties have abandoned the quest for a "grand bargain." Instead, with a shutdown set to occur in 11 days unless a deal is reached, lawmakers are aiming mainly just to keep the lights on and not miss a payment on the bills.
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Pentagon: Budget uncertainty crippling military
Reuters
With lawmakers spoiling for another fight over federal spending ahead of the new fiscal year next month, senior Pentagon officials are trekking to Congress with a sobering message: budget uncertainty is wreaking havoc with the armed forces.
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Likely new personnel chief supports lower raise
Army Times
The Pentagon is likely to get a new chief of its sprawling personnel and readiness directorate, a top official who will oversee major decisions on pay, benefits and other fundamental changes to the way the military manages its people.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    House GOP ties government funding to health law (The Wall Street Journal)
DoD starts new effort to get troops, employees thinking healthy (Army Times)
Wal-Mart sells Coors about at cost to be largest beer seller (Bloomberg Businessweek)
7-Eleven wants to be your healthy-snack store (The News Journal)
Marine Corps limiting liquor sales on bases (Stars and Stripes)

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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., Sept. 26, 2013.

PROMOTIONS
DP #19, Update #2.
DP #21, Alaska Quantities.
DP #22, Far East Quantities.
Christmas/Thanksgiving - Baking, Update #2.
Christmas/Thanksgiving – Cookies/Crackers/Fruitcake, Update #2.
Christmas/Thanksgiving – Non-Food, Update #2.
Christmas/Thanksgiving – Chill/Freeze/PPM, Update #2.
Fall Club Pack, Update #3.
2014 Valentines, Far East & Alaska Quantities.

NOTICES TO TRADE
None Received.

MISCELLANEOUS
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 13-39.
FY2013 DeCA August 2013 Sales Data.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
CRV Values.

SAVE THE DATES
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.
Oct. 15–17, 2013: 2013 Hawaii Food Show, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii



COMMISSARY NEWS


Construct new commissary facility, Fort Rucker, Alabama
Federal Business Opportunities
The Defense Commissary Agency, Acquisition Management Directorate, Construction-Design Branch (HQ DeCA/LEAAF), anticipates awarding a firm-fixed-price construction contract to construct a new roughly 84,725-square-foot commissary at Fort Rucker, Ala. The primary function of the new facility will be to provide sales and processing of miscellaneous commodities and grocery items for the military community of the installation.
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House of OZ cuts SNAP funding
The Progressive Influence
"This bill is designed to give people a hand when they need it most. Most people don't choose to be on food stamps. Most people want a job," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. "Most people want to go out and be productive so that they can earn a living, so that they can support a family, so that they can have hope for a more prosperous future. They want what we want."
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AlphaPoint Technology, Inc., Go-To-Market partner PSL to present AssetCentral™ application at DISA's Cloud Computing TEM
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
AlphaPoint Technology, Inc., a leading developer of Data Center Management Software solutions for global enterprises, recently announced that together with its Go-To-Market partner, Peniel Solutions have accepted an invitation from the Defense Information Systems Agency Chief Technology Office-Technology Office 1 Division, to present a technical demonstration and brief of its AssetCentral™ application capability, during the Cloud Computing Technical Exchange Meeting on Friday, Oct. 4.
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Enyart: '$98 million in SNAP benefits were redeemed by veterans in 2012'
GroundReport
On Sept. 18, Rep. William Enyart of Illinois asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of Representatives for 5 minutes regarding an important issue dealing with veterans in America. "Mr. Speaker according to the Census Bureau, about 7 percent of people who report prior military service also report receiving SNAP benefits. Census data indicates that some 1.5 million households with a veteran are receiving SNAP benefits."
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Pro VM auditor maintenance renewal
Federal Business Opportunities
Defense Commissary Agency requires the issuance of a firm-fixed priced contract for Prolific Solutions, Inc.'s brand name ProVM Auditor software renewal maintenance. The period of performance includes a base year and three one-year options.
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Celebrate October savings at your commissary
Targeted News Service
October represents the unofficial start of the holiday season, and that's great for commissary customers who want to see store promotions, giveaways and more discounts beyond their usual 30 percent or more savings.
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Poll: Public doesn't want to shut down government over Obamacare
Government Executive
In the first nationwide poll released since the recent House vote for a stopgap spending measure that defunds Obamacare, 59 percent of respondents said they oppose the Republican plan to defund the Affordable Car Act if it requires a shutdown of the government.
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Northrop Grumman lands $9.2 million Army contract; work to begin on Fort Rucker commissary
AL.com
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $9.2 million change to an existing Army contract for work in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The work will include intercept install capabilities at Forward Operating Base 101 and is for foreign military sales to Afghanistan. A portion of the work will take place in Huntsville.
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The Genome, nutraceuticals and your store
Supermarket News
Over the past decade, we have heard a lot about studying genetics with a focus on the genetic architecture of disease — how we hopefully can eliminate diseases through this science and turn around the trend in health and wellness.

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Macy's CEO store visits gain urgency amid shares slump
Bloomberg
Macy's Inc. Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren calls store managers from his car as little as 10 minutes before conducting a surprise visit.

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House GOP ties government funding to health law
The Wall Street Journal
House Republicans recently said stripping funding from the health-care law would be their price for keeping federal agencies open after the end of this month.

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EXCHANGE NEWS


Kohl's kicks off holidays with plans to hire 53,000 workers
Los Angeles Times
The holiday hiring season is upon us even as summer barbecues continue to sizzle, kicked off by Kohl's Department Stores' plans to hire 53,000 workers to handle demand through the end of the year.
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US textile plants return, with floors largely empty of people
The New York Times
The old textile mills here are mostly gone now. Gaffney Manufacturing, National Textiles, Cherokee — clangorous, dusty, productive engines of the Carolinas fabric trade — fell one by one to the forces of globalization.
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Deliv raises $6.85 million to bring same-day delivery to a store near you
Tech Crunch
Investors have recently piled millions into same-day delivery startups such as New York's Zipments and San Francisco's PostMates, and now Palo Alto firm Deliv has become the latest beneficiary, with plans to use a $6.85 million series A investment to hire new staff and roll out services to hundreds of retailers located in shopping malls across America.
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Staples, RadioShack yank Amazon lockers from stores
Bloomberg
Staples Inc. and RadioShack Corp. have removed Amazon.com Inc. lockers from their stores about a year after starting the program as competition stiffens with the online retailer.
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Holiday sales forecasts: Black magic or science?
ABC News
The nation's retailers, anticipating what forecasters believe will be a lackluster holiday shopping season, are launching big sales promotions earlier than ever before. But how accurate are forecasters' predictions? A lot is riding on the accuracy of the predictions economists make about how much merchandise shoppers will scoop up between Thanksgiving and December 31: Holiday sales traditionally account for up to 40 percent of a store's annual sales.
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Retailer T.J. Maxx quietly relaunches online store
The Boston Globe
T.J. Maxx is finally back online. Eight years after the off-price retailer's first Internet store fizzled — costing the Framingham company $15 million — its new website went live Tuesday, selling women's clothing, accessories, shoes and handbags.
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Best Buy revamps rewards program to lure more shoppers
Twin Cities Business
The Richfield-based electronics retailer said it is renaming its "Rewards Zone" program "My Best Buy," and it will offer customers early access to sales and promotions, extended return periods, and free reward points for "checking in" at stores using a mobile app.
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Lessons in IT innovation from Silicon Valley
Harvard Business Review
Innovation is always infectious. But our recent research has taught us a lot about how management innovations can travel — in this case, from Silicon Valley tech sector companies known for their experimentation and agility in information technology management to the much older Bay Area companies who are their neighbors.
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Tisn't the season, but it's never too early for layaway
TODAY
It's mid-September and the Christmas shopping season is now officially underway. A number of major stores, including Wal-Mart, Toys "R" Us and Sears have already rolled out their holiday layaway programs. "A lot of retailers expect this to be another big year for layaway," said Kathy Grannis, senior director of media relations at the National Retail Federation.
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How sales and coupons persuade consumers to spend more money
Minnesota Public Radio News
When J.C. Penney hired CEO Ron Johnson in 2011 to turn around the retailer, there was hope that simplifying the company's pricing strategy would woo back consumers. J.C. Penney eliminated sales and coupons, offering its customers cheaper everyday prices.
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Macy's blurs lines between stores, online
The Cincinnati Enquire
Cincinnati-based Macy's Inc. has doubled down on a strategy to increase cross-selling among stores and online, aiming to cut excess inventory while getting items to customers faster than ever.
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Real men don't shop? Think again: Retail's new frontier
CNBC
They don't shop, coupon or ask for directions. Turns out the stereotypes about men are pretty off base, according to a new survey from WSL Strategic Retail, which analyzes retail trends and shopper behavior.
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US retailers' holiday hiring seen falling 6.9 percent
Bloomberg
Holiday hiring by U.S. retailers may fall about 6.9 percent this year as shaky consumer confidence and more efficient store practices reduce demand for seasonal workers, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.
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Post Sandy, Halloween may be ho-hum
MediaPost
Even though Hurricane Sandy disrupted Halloween 2012 celebrations for much of the East Coast, don't expect a stampede for the costumes and candy this year: A new survey from the National Federation of Retailers predicts consumers will be somewhat subdued in this year's celebrations.
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Target's social strategy stands out for driving mobile engagement
Mobile Commerce Daily
Retailers such as Office Depot, JCPenney and Staples recently took to social media to promote back-to-school shopping. However, Target's strategy really stood out for driving 50 percent of tweets from a mobile device, according to exclusive mobile data from Engagor.
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EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENTS




"Feeling lucky? There will be a special 50/50 Raffle at the ALA Convention. Tickets are $10 per donation with half going to the lucky winner and the other half going to the Fisher House. Tickets may be purchased in the Conference area."

How digital coupons influence shopping behavior
Real the Full Story
Shop.org Blog, Fiona Swerdlow
This summer, 54 percent of online back-to-school shoppers cited coupons as the leading factor that influenced them to shop at a particular store. The latest Shop.org Snapshot report "Consumer Use of Digital Coupons" examines the new frontier in coupons: digital and mobile.

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AAFES Sales August 2013

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Save the dates:

Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.
Click here to register and for more info!

Oct. 15-17, 2013: 2013 Hawaii Trade and Food Show, Hawaii Prince Hotel Honolulu, Hawaii

Nov. 7, 2013: Hampton Roads ALA Benefit Luncheon for AREA, NEREA, HRALA Scholarships
Noon-3 p.m. at the Lesser Inn at 3319 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Featuring special guests Congressman Scott Rigell, VA 2nd NEXCOM CEO Rob Bianchi and AAFES COO Mike Howard

Luncheon buffet with great silent auction items!
Pay by Oct. 25 — $45 for Industry, $25 for Resale
At the Door — $50 for Industry, $30 for Resale

Remit to Hampton Roads ALA, Attn: Paul Wehner, MDV Nash Finch, PO Box 29, Norfolk, VA 23501
Name_________________
Company _______________
Email ________________

Registration deadline: Oct. 29

Companies interested in sponsoring the luncheon are encouraged to contact Tina Davenport, HRALA at Tina.Davenport@asllcnet.com or call 904-874-8937

All sponsor proceeds will be divided among AREA, NEREA, & HRALA scholarships

Dec. 5, 2013: ALA NY Chapter Annual Holiday Luncheon, New York City.

Dec. 13, 2013: ALA DFW Chapter holiday luncheon
Join the ALA DFW Chapter for a festive holiday luncheon and auction at the Las Colinas Country Club, 4400 N. O'Connor Blvd., Irving, Texas. Guest speakers include: CEO Tom Shull and CMO Ana Middleton
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MWR NEWS


Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation A to Z: S is for social media
My Guidon
Today social media sites, such as Facebook, enables military Families to share, connect and be part of events in real-time — from daily updates about weather and school to milestones like first steps, promotions and birthdays. Social media enables the Army Family around their community, around the country and around the world to stay connected, gather information and spread the Army's key themes and messages.
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Military lodging opens door to year-round getaways
U.S. Department of Defense
If you're mourning the end of summer — and with it, the annual vacation season — take heart that military lodging facilities remain open for business, offering year-round escapes at a fraction of the cost of commercial hotels.
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Iraq and Afghanistan veterans join fight to protect earned military
Finwin
Dedicated to standing with the 2.4 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan from their first day home through the rest of their lives, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America has added it powerful voice to protecting commissary and exchange benefits. With a membership of more than 270,000 veterans and supporters nationwide, IAVA has joined The Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits, which now represents nearly 1.9 million service members, veterans and their families.
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