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Family advocate joins effort to save military resale programs
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Candace Wheeler, a leading advocate for military families, has joined the effort to protect vital on-base exchange and commissary programs, the American Logistics Association and the Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits announced today. Wheeler joins the ALA as Vice President of Strategic Communications and Marketing and will play an integral role in Save Our Benefit's effort to promote and preserve the military resale system. Thousands of service members, veterans and military families rely on their military shopping benefits to make ends meet. The average family of four saves $7,000 dollars a year by shopping at on-base commissaries and exchanges. However, looming sequestration in Congress aimed at reducing the deficit will drastically weaken the military resale program if no action is taken.


EMAIL TO MILITARY
Over 100,000 have signed up! Email is the way to reach out. Don't hope that a few people will visit a website and click on your banner. Deliver your message directly into their inboxes. Contests, Events, Special Promotions, Commissary and Exchange Sales and more. Everybody on this email list has visited the MilitaryShoppers.com website and signed up to receive your email message of interest to the military community.
Contact info@militarymedia.com or (845) 454-7900. More

Sequestration looms large:

What Congress did and didn't do in its final week
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The Associated Press via Yahoo News
The 112th Congress has been one of the least productive in recent history. The following is a look at what Congress has accomplished and left undone in its final week before leaving for the election campaign.

Furloughs remain a recurring theme in forecasting sequestration's impact
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Government Executive, Charles S. Clark
On the eve of a vote to adjourn Congress until after the elections, top military and civilian Defense Department officials unveiled new details on the harm that looming across-the-board budget cuts would inflict if they kicked in this January.


Gold Medal Products Co.

Gold Medal has more than 350 employees committed to fueling our product lines with sales-generating concessions, as well as specialty foods machines and supplies. In addition to the network of dealers world-wide, Gold Medal has 11 branches throughout the nation to serve you. MORE

Partisan Democrats, GOP can only agree defense cuts bad
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The Associated Press via Yahoo News
The only thing a bitterly partisan Congress can agree on as it heads for the exits is that looming defense cuts will have a devastating effect on the military.

Senate passes funding bill to avoid Oct. 1 government shutdown
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Reuters, David Lawder
A deeply divided and unproductive Congress recently wrapped up its final business before November's elections as the U.S. Senate passed a stopgap measure to fund federal programs and avoid an Oct. 1 government shutdown.


Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association


Washington Update


Rebalancing act
Marine Corps Times via The Early Bird    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The coming years will mark big changes as the Marine Corps shifts from war footing in Afghanistan and increases its presence across the Asia-Pacific. For Marines, that will mean more opportunities to see new parts of the world, away from the sands and grit of the war zone. The Corps is trimming its overall structure and deploying more units to the Pacific — in line with the broader national strategic pivot to the Asia-Pacific. More

Direct Mail Reaches Military Families Where They Live
The Military Shopper Insight Study reported that shoppers want information and coupons in advance to help them save money by planning at home. Active duty families living on post will receive Judy Johnson's Military Family Mailbox envelopes for Labor day and again for Veterans Day. Active duty families on post is the segment of the market with the most potential new commissary shoppers. Young active duty families are your core customers. Reach them at home! Get them into the store!
Contact: info@MilitaryMedia.com
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6 senators sound bipartisan alarm over sequester
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Six Republican and Democratic senators are urging their party leaders to find a way to avert the spending cuts slated begin Jan. 2, a rare bipartisan warning that that the so-called sequester could have a "devastating impact" on defense and domestic programs. More

Pentagon offers hints of sequester's impact
Bloomberg Government    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With Congress gone until after the Nov. 6 elections, contractors turned to the Pentagon's comptroller this past week for hints on the impact of automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. More



Market slide could force Congress to face 'fiscal cliff'
Defense News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A stock market downturn later this year might provide the kind of pressure both political parties need to avoid a so-called "fiscal cliff," which includes $500 billion in cuts to planned Pentagon spending, says a key U.S. lawmaker. More

Pentagon comptroller sees possible softer blow from spending cuts
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Defense Department may have more flexibility to cope with what it has painted as a potentially devastating across-the-board spending cut, the department's chief financial officer said. More

Defense budget chief: Sequester would have serious impact on civilians
Government Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Civilian personnel in the Defense Department will be "seriously affected" if a budget sequester takes effect next year, the Pentagon's top budget official said. There will be a "high probability" of both a hiring freeze and furloughs of current employees should Congress allow the sequestration process to go forward, said Robert Hale, undersecretary of Defense and chief financial officer. More

Commissary News


Shelf stocking, custodial operations at the Fort Worth NAS JRB Commissary
Federal Business Opportunities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Furnish all necessary supervision, personnel, equipment and supplies to perform shelf stocking, and custodial operations for the Defense Commissary Agency, Fort Worth JRB NAS Commissary, located at Fort Worth, Texas, in accordance with the Government's Performance Work Statement. The solicitation includes a base period (March 1, 2013 through Feb. 28, 2014) and four 1-year option periods. More

Salty Wahine Gourmet Hawaiian Sea Salts
Our wide variety of gourmet sea salts, seasoning and BBQ rubs are the perfect gift for any home chef. Infused with tropical flavors, they are unlike anything you have ever experienced. Try our Guava Garlic, Mango Lava Java, Pineapple Poultry Seasoning, Lilikoi Chili Pepper, and our special Hawaiian Rub blend. www.saltywahine.com.


Perform shelf stocking, receiving/storage/holding area, and custodial operations
Federal Business Opportunities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Furnish all supervision, personnel, equipment and supplies necessary to perform shelf stocking, receiving/storage/holding area and custodial operations for the Defense Commissary Agency, Dover AFB Commissary, located at Dover AFB, Delaware, in accordance with the Government's Performance Work Statement. The solicitation includes a base period (Aug. 1, 2013 through July 31, 2014) and four 1-year option periods. This acquisition is a 100 percent set-aside for the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) concerns. More

Dual temperature spot display merchandiser
Federal Business Opportunities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This solicitation is being issued as unrestricted. The solicitation is for dual temperature spot display merchandisers for use by Defense Commissary Agency commissaries in the Continental United States and overseas locations. However, for overseas locations, the contractor would only be responsible for preparation for overseas shipment and delivery to the port. More

Preventative maintenance, repair of miscellaneous food processing equipment
Federal Business Opportunities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Perform preventive maintenance and repair on Government Owned Miscellaneous Food Processing Equipment as required for the following commissary: Fort Buchanan Commissary, Puerto Rico. MFP consists of: meat saws, mixer/grinder systems (single, tandem and industrial), meat conveyor, meat chopper table model, meat molder/bulkers, meat tenderizer table models, horizontal meat cleavers and automatic meat slicers. More

RAPIDGate® by Eid Passport, Inc.

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• Contact: Greg Hendricks, Vice President – Defense Programs ghendricks@eidpassport.com


Grocers go healthy
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Traditional supermarkets are investing more in the healthy food fad, trying to win back customers from the increasingly popular Whole Foods Markets Inc. and farmers markets. More

Armored car services
Federal Business Opportunities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Armored car services, multiple commissaries. The period of performance will be for a base period of Dec. 1, 2012 through Nov. 30, 2013, and will include four 1-year option periods that may extend performance through Nov. 30, 2017. This Request for Quotation will be issued on or about Sept. 28, 2012, with a tentative closing date of Oct. 30, 2012. More

Vulnerability analysis tool
Federal Business Opportunities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This request is for the purchase of software and annual support and maintenance for a vulnerability analysis tool that will reside for the Defense Commissary Agency. The major functions and capabilities DeCA requires in these tools are that the requirement must accept scan results from various DoD and industry and produce a report of the results in a readable and workable format. More

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Albertsons recalls ground beef in 3 states due to E. coli risk
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Alberstons recently said it is voluntarily recalling a number of ground beef products sold at its stores in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, due to risk of E. coli contamination. No illnesses have been reported. More

Pink Ribbon Produce returning to grocers
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In tandem with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Pink Ribbon Produce returns Oct. 7 to more than 500 Harris Teeter, Meijer and Price Chopper stores. The breast cancer education program, managed by advertising and PR agency AugustineIdeas, teams the three supermarket operators with produce suppliers to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. More

Study reveals how consumers shop, steal and sample
The Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to a new poll released by SodaHead.com, 25 percent of shoppers admit to having stolen from a grocery store, and 36 percent said they tend to "sample" while shopping, with food, candy and gum identified as the items taken most often. These findings imply that rising prices at the grocery store may be a reaction to this consumer behavior. More

In $2 million ad campaign, FreshDirect to emphasize food quality
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
FreshDirect, the online home-delivery grocer, is preparing a new advertising approach as it seeks to freshen its brand image. A campaign scheduled to begin soon will introduce a theme, "Grocery shopping perfected," that is intended as a more engaging way to express the company's philosophy than current lines like "A new standard for grocery shopping." More

Save money on groceries without clipping coupons
The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
On TV, extreme couponers can save 99 percent off their grocery bill, but in real life, few of us have the time (or maybe, dedication) to pull that off. But we can still save a significant amount of money on our groceries each week by putting forth just a little bit of effort. More

Kroger adds clothing to shopping list in Ohio
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Add a pair of blue jeans to the grocery list. Shoppers at a remodeled Kroger store in Ohio can now buy clothing in addition to food, gas and furniture. The nation's largest traditional supermarket chain says it will be the first time one of its namesake stores sells clothing. "It's a one-store test. We'll see how that goes and make decisions based on customer feedback," said Keith Dailey, a spokesman for The Kroger Co. More

Commissary Announcements


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., September 27, 2012.

PROMOTIONS
DP #19, Update #2.
DP #21, Update #1, CONUS, Alaska & Pacific Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
DP #22, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
Fall Club Pack, Update #2 & Far East & Alaska Quantities #3.
Thanksgiving/Christmas – Gift Packs, Update #2.
Thanksgiving/Christmas – Baking, Update #2.
Thanksgiving/Christmas – Non-Food, Update #2.

NOTICES TO TRADE
12-140, Important Information on the Revised Brand Name Resale Ordering Agreement Master Terms and Conditions and Implementation of the System for Award Management.
12-141, Extension of WW Pre-Packaged Salad Program.
12-144, Air Fresheners.

MISCELLANEOUS
DeCAF 70-10, Vendor Credit Memorandum, May 2012 (Minor updates).
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-39.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates. CRV Values.

SAVE THE DATES
Oct. 1–3, 2012: 65th Annual Convention, Omni Shoreham, Washington, D.C. Registration available on the website.
April 23, 2013: ALA/DeCA Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament, Fort Lee, Va.
April 24–26, 2013: ALA Commissary Roundtable, Marriott Hotel, Richmond, Va.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.



Exchange News


RadioShack's CEO quits after one year
NBC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Struggling electronic retailer RadioShack recently said James F. Gooch, its chief executive officer, will step down from his role, effective immediately. The retailer said the decision was made by mutual consent with the company's board of directors. The board will now begin searching for Gooch's successor, and Dorvin Lively, RadioShack's executive vice president and chief financial officer, will assume the role of acting CEO. More

Boomer brain marketing assumptions: Think again
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many stereotypical marketing practices aimed at men and women over the age of 60 may not be as effective as previously assumed, according to a new report from Nielsen NeuroFocus, the Berkeley, Calif.-based agency that specializes in neurological testing for consumer research. More

Retailers welcome ILA extension
The Journal of Commerce    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Retailers say they welcome the agreement by the International Longshormen's Association and United States Maritime Alliance to extend negotiations for 90 days past the ILA-USMX contract's Sept. 30 expiration. More

Mom & pops beat Wal-Mart on Facebook
Advertising Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wal-Mart may have beaten mom & pop stores in many ways long ago, but when it comes to Facebook fan love, local businesses are beating the giant retailer handily, according to a new study by social-media metrics firm Recommend.ly. More

Starbucks gives single-serve a shot
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Coffee companies are adding a new weapon in the single-cup brewer war: espresso. As sales of machines that brew one cup of coffee at a time begin to moderate, Starbucks Corp. and other coffee companies are introducing brewers that can make single shots of espresso as well as lattes and other espresso-based drinks. More

American Legion riders deliver $40,000 in goods and gift cards
Farmington Daily Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
American Legion riders from New Mexico and Texas recently drove to Fort Sam Houston to deliver more than $40,000 in goods and gift cards for Wounded Warriors at the Warrior and Family Support Center. More

Why brick-and-mortar stores will trump online in end
CNBC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Even as more retail purchases are made online, it is the brick-and-mortar stores that will win out in the end, said Toys 'R Us Chairman Jerry Storch. "The world is evolving," Storch said during a recent interview with CNBC's "Squawk Box." More

Temporary holiday hires could turn into permanent jobs
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you're looking for work, don't dismiss a temporary job in retail this Christmas season. It may be more of a foot in the door than in past years. Stores say they need extra workers for the holiday rush and are also looking for employees whom they can keep after the season ends. More

Tapping the potential of mobile commerce
Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While many retailers, travel companies and ticketers are making investments in mobile commerce, they have different reasons depending on their businesses for targeting consumers using smartphones and tablets. That's one finding from the Internet Retailer 2013 Mobile 400 Guide. More

More holiday hiring in store
Boston Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The nation's shaky job outlook isn't deterring some retailers from hiring more holiday workers this year. Kohl's Department Stores and Wal-Mart are among the 36 percent of retailers that plan to take on more temporary help to handle the holiday rush, according to a seasonal staffing survey by Philadelphia consulting firm Hay Group. That number is up from 10 percent last year. More

Ritz tops list of best-perceived snack brands
Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ritz is No. 1 on the list of U.S. consumers' best-perceived snack brands, according to professional research and consulting organization YouGov. Lay's, Doritos, Fritos and Orville Redenbacher are also highly regarded. More

Finally, after months of increases, gas prices drop
TIME    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In June, amid plummeting gas prices, the prospect of a $3-per-gallon national average seemed like it could become a reality by Halloween. After reaching the most expensive ever gas prices for September — which came on the heels of the highest-ever end-of-summer gas prices — that forecast seems highly unlikely to become reality. But at long last, drivers are finally seeing some relief at the pump. More

Retailers' seasonal hiring to shift behind the scenes
Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumers' online shopping habits probably will affect retailers' holiday hiring plans this year, industry observers say. Online spending is expected to climb to roughly 10 percent of total sales this season, up from more than 8 percent last year, according to comScore Inc. As a result, retailers are expected to retool their staffing to reflect this subtle, but important, shift. More

Chapter Announcements


Benefit luncheon
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Click here for flier to the Hampton Roads ALA Benefit Luncheon for AREA & NEREA

HRALA notice — VERY IMPORTANT
Access to Little Creek for Oyster Roast


Please take immediate action and pass this along to anyone you know who may be attending.

Please forward the following information to Dana.Yeck@MDVNF.com:
Your driver's license number
State issued in
This is required information for access to Little Creek.

Dana will compile into the Oyster Roast Access list and forward to Mr. Crump, Little Store Director NLT Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The list will be sanitized through Little Creek Base Security and placed with the Security Guards at Gate 3 the morning of the Oyster Roast. Please enter only through Gate 3, Auto Gate (Not gate 3, Truck Gate as we have in the past. Truck Gate will not have a copy of the list).

If you need help with access, call Ollie Bates at 757-630-4506. This includes last minute Picnic Attendees. Ollie is available from 0700-0830 and 1230-1330 to help get on Little Creek.

Please take a minute and answer this notice by sending your info directly to Dana Yeck or Paul Wehner.

PASS THE WORD!


Exchange Announcements


AAFES GSA SmartCard pricing
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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service offers competitive prices to authorized GSA SmartPay card holders. Servicemembers, military units and government agencies using a SmartPay card at the Exchange or online at www.shopmyexchange.com pay no sales tax and receive 10 percent off any purchase (excluding gas, tobacco, alcohol and certain Military Clothing items). AAFES will also match a competitor's price on identical items under the "We'll Match It" program. Also, civilian employees who are not normally entitled to Exchange privileges, but are authorized to make organizational purchases, need only show their SmartPay card and a government ID to make official purchases. For more information, contact your local Exchange.

For more discounts for service members, veterans and families, visit the Military.com Discount Center.




ALA Exchange E-Blast week 9/28/12

ALA Executive Briefing (Archive link)

Exchange now accepting Medagate worldwide
As of Sept. 8, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is officially the first retailer to accept the Medagate Over the Counter benefits card on a worldwide basis. Medagate is a card-based program provided by Medicare and Medicaid Services that enables merchants to accept payment at the register for medicine and medical supplies covered by medical insurance plans.
Read more here.

AAFES press release archive 2010-2012

AAFES Sales Flyers — to view click below: Food court info

Product Recalls and Alerts (Exchange)

Save the dates:

Oct. 1-3, 2012 — 65th Annual Convention, OMNI Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.

March 6-8, 2013 — All Exchange Round Table, Grand Hyatt, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport

Go to: www.ALA-National.org, sign in and CHECK OUT the information.





Washington Update


Family support services
Military.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Once a service member is mobilized, family members may find they need assistance with a particular problem or be in need of general support. Regardless of which military branch the Reserve is serving in, family members can receive services from any military installation. What is available will vary according to installation staffing, active-duty population, and geographical isolation. If you do not live near an installation, many of the services can be provided via the telephone and email. More

Mark your calendar
Kaiserslautern American    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pick a song of rock, pop, country, soul or whatever your favorite genre may be at Armstrong's Club's Karaoke Night! Armstrong's Club is located in Bldg. 1036 on Vogelweh Family Housing. For more information, call 0631-354-9986. More

Exchange now accepting Medagate worldwide
NewsroomAmerica    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As of Sept. 8, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is officially the first retailer to accept the Medagate Over the Counter benefits card on a worldwide basis. Medagate is a card-based program provided by Medicare and Medicaid Services that enables merchants to accept payment at the register for medicine and medical supplies covered by medical insurance plans. More

National Association of Enlisted Personnel joins effort to preserve critical military benefit
Press Trust    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The national association working to ensure the health and welfare of enlisted military personnel, and veterans in particular, is joining a coalition to preserve one of the most valued benefits of military service. The Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits recently announced that TREA: The Retired Enlisted Association will support the coalition as a Valued Associate. More
 
 

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