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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Can increased demands on the military lead to a breakthrough on Sequestration?

Rep. Paul Ryan: Stay 'medium' in working with Obama on fiscal deal
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Defense News, John T. Bennett
Go big or go home? Not so fast, says a key U.S. House lawmaker. He wants, as former Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn once advised, to just "stay medium" in pursuit of a sequester-addressing fiscal deal.


Military panel set for shake-up
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The Hill, Martin Matishak
Rep. Mac Thornberry is poised to become one of the leading Republican voices on national security as President Barack Obama embarks on a prolonged military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.


Troops to get help against predatory lending:

New rules to cap credit interest rates for troops
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Military Times, Karen Jowers
Defense Department officials have proposed sweeping new rules that would limit the amount of interest that could be charged to service members and their spouses on most forms of credit — including credit cards.


Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association






WASHINGTON UPDATE


DOD steps forward to credible audits
Breaking Defense
For decades, critics have rightly nailed the Pentagon for the fact it doesn't know how much money it's spending or where that money really goes. Pressure has grown and grown for the Pentagon to prove it is worthy of the money taxpayers grant it by producing books an accountant can comb through and produce a proper audit to exacting government standards.
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The many, many ideas to fix the broken security clearance process
Government Executive
In just a few months beginning mid-2013, the American people's confidence in the federal government's ability to administer security clearances was upended.
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Poll: 70 percent of troops say no more boots on the ground in Iraq
Military Times
As the tide of war rises again in the Middle East, the military's rank and file are mostly opposed to expanding the new mission in Iraq and Syria to include sending a large number of U.S. ground troops into combat, according to a Military Times survey of active-duty members.
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Senator raises hopes for sequestration's end — then dashes them
Defense News
One U.S. senator says America's war against a violent Sunni group should lead Congress to address sequestration, but his comments suggest a deal remains elusive.
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COALITION UPDATE


The Assault on Military Benefits
The National Association for Uniformed Services (NAUS), recently released a report entitled, The Assault on Military Benefits. NAUS warns that EARNED benefits are under attack, including Commissaries, and urges readers to take action. NAUS has been warning about the coming assault on military benefits since 2011 and states, "That assault is now under way in earnest ... Listening to top senior defense officials, one would believe that the greatest threat to national defense is service members earned benefits."
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Military Service Organizations Continue to Call on Congress to Pass FY NDAA
Although Congress has passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund the government through December 11th, military service organizations and Coalition valued associate members, continue to call on Congress to pass the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Both Chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees have stated they will push for completion of the defense bill in the lame duck session, but the course of action may change based on the outcome of the election.
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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
The Department of Defense (DoD) is helping to kick off National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a national campaign held in October that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The 34th Annual Department of Defense Disability Awards will be given out next month. The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) received the Secretary of Defense award in 2011, and military resale continues to make hiring individuals with targeted disabilities a top priority.
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website between 10 AM, September 25, 2014 and 10 AM, October 2, 2014:

PROMOTIONS:
DP #19, Update #1.
DP #21, Alaska Shipper & Promotion Quantities
Christmas Gift Packs, Update #2
Christmas International, Update #2
Thanksgiving/Christmas Chill/Freeze/PPM, Update #1

NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
None Received.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Adds/Changes/Deletes, Week 14-40.
CRV Values, September 28, 2014.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
  • ALA National Convention, October 27-29, 2014, Hyatt Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. REGISTRATION OPEN
  • ALA New York Chapter Annual Holiday Lunch & Business Meeting, Thursday, December 4, 2014, Vabella Restaurant, New York City. Reservation form on the ALA Website.
  • 2015 Commissary Roundtable, April 29 – May 1, 2015, Richmond Marriott, Richmond, VA.





  • COMMISSARY NEWS


    Federal Business Opportunities
    FedBizOpps.gov

    Request for Information- Recycling Services for the Defense Commissary Agency
    DeCA is exploring the feasibility of one contract or regional contracts for recycling services (cardboard, plastic and office paper). The services are for 161 Commissary located in the United States.

    Fresh, Shell Eggs
    Contractor is to furnish fresh shell eggs for commissaries located in the West Area for the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). The commissaries require various quantities of jumbo, extra large, large, medium, fresh, shell eggs in white and brown.

    Defense Commissary Agency Network Infrastructure Services Transition
    FAR 6.302-1 — Only one responsible source (except brand name.) Contract Award Number: HC1028-08-D-2005-0002.

    Deli/Bakery Operations for West Area
    The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) is seeking a contractor/contractors with current relevant qualifications, experience, personnel and capability to provide the labor, management and assorted food products necessary to support In-Store Delicatessen and Bakery Resale Operations (to include hot foods and sushi) in U.S. Military commissaries.

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    J. Lee's Gourmet BBQ Sauce sells over 2,000 bottles in US commissaries in 1 month
    San Francisco Chronicle
    J.Lee's Gourmet BBQ Sauce continues to do what the experts say can't be done. In the company's first month being carried by the U.S. Commissaries, J. Lee's has sold more than 2,000 bottles. What makes this even more impressive is that the product is only currently carried in two regions; the South and the Central.
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    Which snack did you consume in the past 30 days?
    USA Today
    While Americans snack a bit differently from the rest of the world, with a special penchant for chips, the simple snack — from a candy bar to a piece of fruit to a granola bar — now permeates the globe as it increasingly replaces breakfast, lunch and dinner in households from Houston to Hanoi.
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    Can trendy ingredients make pasta appealing again?
    The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
    Pasta makers are throwing spaghetti at a wall to see what sticks with consumers. Once vilified, noodles now boast about their extra doses of protein, vegetables and fiber.
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    PCC moves to BPA/BPS-free receipts
    Supermarket News
    PCC Natural Markets is using receipt paper that is free of Bisphenol A and Bisphenol S — compounds that have been linked to a variety of health concerns.
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    With new app, Groupon goes after grocery deals
    The New York Times
    Groupon has always been a deals company. But it is moving into a different, more traditional deals business: The supermarket.
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    Wal-Mart's drive-through grocery concept is a head scratcher
    Forbes
    Recently, Wal-Mart debuted its Walmart Pickup — Grocery service to registered customers in its hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas. Plans to build and test the concept were announced earlier this year by former Wal-Mart U.S. CEO, Bill Simon.
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    California becomes 1st state to ban plastic bags
    The Associated Press via ABC News
    Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.
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    Use social media to strengthen loyalty
    Supermarket News
    It's interesting to see how many retailers treat social media as just another marketing channel, to broadcast their latest promotions, products and the like. Yet, the power of social media lies in its ability to connect and strengthen relationships — the "social" rather than the "media." Approached this way, it can strengthen loyalty and encourage customers to spread the word for the brand.
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    New Army vice chief expects worse manpower conditions
    Army Times
    The Army’s new vice chief expects in 2016 that sequestration will once again rear its ugly head, and that means thousands more force-cuts in the service.

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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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    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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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Wal-Mart to offer GoBank mobile checking account with linked debit card
    Los Angeles Times
    Saying it hopes to poach customers from mainstream banks, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is rolling out a mobile checking account with a linked debit card — a program that it promised would remain low-cost by eliminating fees charged for overdrafts or failing to maintain a minimum balance.
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    Back-to-school slump raises concerns about holiday season
    Bloomberg
    U.S. retailers are suffering through the slowest back-to-school shopping season since the recession ended in 2009, raising concern that the year-end holidays will bring more of the same.
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    Retail's turnover a plus for economy but challenge for stores
    CNBC
    With seasonal retail jobs expected to hit levels not seen since 1999, the slew of recent holiday hiring announcements is an early indication the industry is feeling markedly better about the Christmas season than in 2013. But the good news isn't just restricted to retail.
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    Move over millennials, Generation Z is on the scene
    Direct Marketing News
    Although millennials are demanding the attention of marketers across multiple industries, marketers' sights are already beginning to fixate on a new group of potential young buyers: Generation Z, born roughly after 1995 and now estimated to be America's largest generation.
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    Self-checkout terminals eyed as possible culprit in massive retail hit
    VentureBeat
    Infected self-checkout terminals at Home Depot have emerged as the prime suspect into a systems breach whose damage to the retailer is still being tabulated.
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    Christmas already on retailers' minds
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Yes, Halloween is just a little less than a month away, but retailers are already looking over market research for indications of how Christmas — the biggest time of the year — will treat them.
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    It's omnichannel holiday planning season
    NRF
    Whether you like the term or not, "omnichannel retailing" clearly is here to stay. Desktop device ubiquity aside, comScore found that 173 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones by June of this year, and estimates that we check our phones more than 120 times per day.
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    Macy's, JCPenney among retail companies teaming up to block organized crooks
    NY Daily News
    They compete tooth and nail to draw customers to their Midtown flagship stores, but Macy's and JCPenney are teaming up to block the thievery of organized crooks.
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    5 Kmart stores to close in Michigan
    The Detroit News
    Five Michigan Kmart stores, including two in Metro Detroit, are expected to close in early December, company officials announced recently, costing 610 employees their jobs.
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    The boo boom: Halloween to set new records
    MediaPost
    With Halloween falling on a Friday, two different surveys are predicting a major bounce in this year's boo-a-thon. The National Retail Federation forecasts spending this year will total $7.4 billion, with a record 67.4 percent of revelers planning to dress in costume. And a report from the International Council of Shopping Centers is even more upbeat, estimating that spending will come in at $11.3 billion.
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    C-STORE NEWS


    QuikTrip tops Market Force survey of favorite convenience store chains
    Chain Store Age (subscriber article)
    QuikTrip is North America's favorite convenience store chain, according to a study by Market Force Information, a leader in customer intelligence solutions.
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    Ohio chain halfway to goal of 100 sites with In & Out acquisition
    CSP
    With its acquisition of 11 In & Out convenience stores, Stop & Go is nearly halfway to meeting a goal of reaching 100 sites within the next five years.
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    7-Eleven denounces franchisees' worker exploitation
    CSP
    Saying that it "will not tolerate this conduct in its franchisees and will continue to cooperate with federal authorities in this matter," convenience store corporation 7-Eleven Inc. denounced the actions of a New York Long Island husband and wife who pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York to being among the leaders of a conspiracy that exploited undocumented immigrant workers at their 7-Eleven stores on Long Island and in Virginia.
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    Pabst: We will remain an American company
    CSP
    The current owners of Pabst Brewing Co. are coming to the defense of the company's buyer, maintaining that the brewer will remain an American company.
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    Huckleberry found inside St. Regis Travel Center
    CSP
    If you're passing through St. Regis, Montana, it's hard to not stop. If the billboards advertising huckleberry milkshakes aren't enough to make you pull in, the look of the place just might. The St. Regis Travel Center's fun signage promoting its gift shop, restaurant, casino and aquarium are enough to make passersby hit their brakes and go inside.
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    More lower-cal drinks coming to market?
    CSP
    The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation, is teaming up with representatives from American Beverage Association, The Coca-Cola Co., Dr Pepper Snapple Group and PepsiCo Inc. to announce an agreement to work toward decreasing beverage calories in the American diet.
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    Hershey CEO honored for corporate responsibility leadership
    CSP
    J.P. Bilbrey, president and CEO of The Hershey Co., has been named a 2014 Responsible CEO of the Year Award winner by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. The awards are presented to CEOs across industries who visibly exceed standards in the areas of employee relations, environmental impact, human rights, philanthropy and corporate responsibility practices.
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    Euro convenience stores are on trend
    CSP
    Imagine the European shopping experience: Do you envision bustling market streets filled with stalls devoted to breads, sausages, cheese, flowers and fish? Do you see picturesque villages with sunny streets shaded by striped awnings and populated with slow-moving patrons? You likely don't imagine a harried shopper, interested in getting the best deal as fast as they possibly can. But that's how things are trending.
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    Cigarette sales volume drops 3.5 percent in c-stores in Q2
    CSP
    A midyear survey of tobacco retailers and wholesales, including contacts representing more than 30,000 convenience stores, shows industry cigarette volume declines held steady during the second quarter of 2014 as the competitive environment eased.
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    MWR NEWS


    RIF in effect to balance skills, garrison notifies employees
    Fort Hood Sentinel
    With all other options to rebalance the workforce exhausted and no respite from Congress, the reduction of civilian positions at Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas, will be effective Jan. 10, Fort Hood Garrison Commander Col. Matt Elledge told civilian employees.
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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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