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President's Message


DeCA hits the $6 billion sales target!

DeCA announced the great accomplishment of surpassing the $6 billion sales goal at the ALA National Convention held last week in Washington D.C. A letter from Joe Jeu, director and CEO of DeCA captures the great partnership between DeCA and industry that supported this accomplishment.

Notice to the trade — DeCA Notice 13-03
Subject: $6 billion sales goal achievement —Fiscal Year 2012


"I am pleased to announce that DeCA surpassed its $6 billion sales goal for fiscal 2012. Your contribution helped to make this a notable reality.

Our success is due largely to the phenomenal support we receive from you, our industry partners. You can be extremely proud that you have been directly responsible in bringing unprecedented value to our deserving patrons." - Joe Jeu

To read more of Jeu's letter, click here.


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Congress:

Lawmakers to Pentagon: Enforce 'Made in America'
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Air Force Times via Early Bird, Jeff Schogol
Two members of Congress plan to urge the Defense Department to ensure U.S. troops only wear American-made uniforms and gear after Air Force Times revealed this summer that an airman deployed to Afghanistan was given Chinese-made boots by his unit. Reps. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Michael H. Michaud, D-Maine, are asking fellow lawmakers to sign a letter that asks the Defense Department to comply with the "letter and the spirit of the Berry Amendment," which requires the food, clothing, fabrics and other textiles the Pentagon buys to be grown or made in the U.S.


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US House report lists multitude of weapons programs sequestration would hit
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Defense News, John T. Bennett
Unless lawmakers find a way to prevent a $53 billion cut to planned defense spending for 2013, the U.S. military services would be forced to buy fewer F-35 fighters, Stryker vehicles and Army helicopters, says a House panel. What's more, the pending cut could jeopardize the Air Force's plans for new tanker and bomber fleets.

Challengers could topple Armed Services members
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Politico, Leigh Munsil
With Election Day less than a month away, some members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees are fighting for their political lives in races that could well go down to the wire.


Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association


Washington Update


If cuts happen, troops, major weapons are DoD priorities
Defense News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Pentagon will move to protect major weapon programs, including those locked into fixed-price procurement deals, should mandatory U.S. government spending cuts go into effect under sequestration in January. More

Military focusing on special forces health
Tampa Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In 2006, Lisa Nantz's husband, Sgt. Randy Nantz, a Green Beret, had been severely wounded when his Humvee was blown up by a roadside bomb in Iraq. "Even if you haven't been injured," said Lisa Nantz, "you have seen and done enough that you are forever changed." Those changes have increasingly drawn the attention of military leaders 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!
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For some military families, budget cut hurts
Newark Star-Ledger via Early Bird    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Military Family Support 360 project — which over five years was to provide $1 million to assist military families in New Jersey with disabled children — has been cut short by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services after assisting 400 families in three years, a victim of federal budget cuts. More

Army prepares for workforce cuts, but not sequestration specifically
Government Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Army Undersecretary Joseph Westphal recently said the service is not planning any contingencies for sequestration and warned the cuts would threaten the Army's stability. Speaking at an event the Government Executive Media Group hosted, Westphal said any systematic planning for sequestration — automatic, governmentwide across-the-board cuts set to go into effect on Jan. 2, 2013 — would create a "self-fulfilling prophecy" toward eliminating programs. More



Woman just named 1st female leader of 5,000-strong fighter wing
ABC News via Early Bird    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Col. Jeannie Flynn Leavitt is not only a decorated fighter pilot; she has broken through gender barriers few thought possible. She was recently named the Air Force's first female wing commander, commanding 5,000 airmen at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina. More

Military families balk at health fee
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A provision in the national health care law that lets young adults stay on their parents' insurance plan is popular with many families — but not ones in the military. More

Commissary News


Volcollect maintenance
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The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, IT Contracting Division, Hardware Section (DITCO/PL8322) intends to issue a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial maintenance prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotes are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. More

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Brand name Cisco hardware, software, maintenance support and installation services
Federal Business Opportunities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Defense Commissary Agency awarded a firm fixed price competitive delivery order to World Wide Technology Inc., a large business concern, for the purchase of brand name Cisco hardware, software, maintenance support and installation services. The period of performance is Nov. 1, 2012 to Oct. 31, 2013. More

Giant Eagle 'locks up' lower prices
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Giant Eagle Inc. is locking in its low prices through the holidays on hundreds of often-purchased items. "Increases in commodity costs for corn, wheat and soybeans continue to contribute to rising food prices, and are compounded by additional factors such as fluctuating energy costs and drought," said Lisa Henriksen, Giant Eagle senior VP of marketing. "Our Low Price Lock program will help Giant Eagle customers manage through this uncertainty during the holiday season, and make it easier to plan gatherings and budget-friendly meals with prices on many popular every day and seasonal items locked, or in some cases reduced. Our Low Price Lock is yet another way for consumers to save by shopping at Giant Eagle." More

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Online grocery shopping forecast to grow 9.5 percent annually
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Growing at an annual rate of 9.5 percent, online grocery shopping is forecast to reach $9.4 billion in 2017, according to new research published by market research firm IBISWorld. The bright future ahead for online grocery shopping is borne of a combination of the recovery of consumers' disposable income and widened Internet access, IBIS World researchers report. More

Holiday season sees heightened spending
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sixty-two percent of consumers plan to spend the same or more this holiday season compared to the same time last year, revealing optimism for both consumers and retailers for the year's end. According to PriceGrabber's first winter holiday shopping survey, 50 percent of shoppers plan to spend the same amount compared to last year — up slightly from 48 percent in 2011 — and 12 percent plan to spend more, up 7 percent from last year. More

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30 retailers participate in American Cheese Month
The Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
October is the Second Annual American Cheese Month, and cheese retailers around the country are celebrating by participating in the American Cheese Month Passport Program. Launched in 2011 by the American Cheese Society, the Passport Program is designed to generate consumer enthusiasm for American artisan, farmstead, and specialty cheeses. More

Tech tools to make grocery shopping easier
TechHive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Going to the grocery store is about as pleasant as doing laundry, yet it's an errand that we can't just make disappear. From writing a list to making a budget to finding time in our busy schedules to go to the store, the whole grocery-shopping process can be a major chore, especially if the prospect of preparing a meal is equally daunting. If you think your only alternative to buying groceries is to eat every meal out, think again. Relying on quick food and eating at restaurants comes at a major cost to your wallet and your waistline. But now, technology offers several tools to make your grocery-store trips easier and more efficient. More

What your grocery store says about you
KCET    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You know the perfect times of the week to visit, when it's not packed to the brim with shoppers and you can get through an entire People magazine in the 12 Items or Less (or even better, Fewer) line. You know exactly where the rack with the nearly-expired marked-down bread is, and the most direct route to the liquor if you're picking up something last minute for the party. You may even have a favorite (or most despised) check-out clerk who you'll wait a few extra minutes for (or to avoid). Your favorite grocery store is an extension of yourself. But what does that say about you? More

Market Street rolls out all-natural cakes, frosting
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Market Street has added all-natural cakes and frosting to its bakeries, parent company United Supermarkets announced. New white and chocolate cakes contain no preservatives, additives, chemicals, artificial flavors or colors and are trans-fat free. The vanilla buttercream frosting can be spruced up with plant- and vegetable-based colorings that are also all-natural. More

Commissary Announcements


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., October 11, 2012.

PROMOTIONS
Winter Club Pack 2013, WW Promotion Package.
Thanksgiving/Christmas – Chill/Freeze/Pre packaged Meat, Update #3.

NOTICES TO TRADE
13-01, Shortening, Oils, Olive Oils Review Live Test Set Date.
13-03, $6 Billion Sales Goal Achieved – FY 2012.
13-04, Reset Schedule for CY 2013.

MISCELLANEOUS
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-41.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
CRV Values.

SAVE THE DATES
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


Wal-Mart delivery service says to Amazon: 'Bring it'
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In its latest bid to take on Internet powerhouse Amazon.com Inc. this holiday season, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is promising same-day delivery in some cities for orders placed online. More

Exchanges make more products available online
Navy Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Military shoppers who don't live near an exchange on an Army post or Air Force base — or simply don't have time to shop there — are starting to see more options online for their favorite brands. Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials have added eight brands and 214 items to the Exchange Online Store. The goal is to increase the online product selection to mirror the biggest AAFES stores. More

Layaway leads to early rush on holiday toys
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It isn't even Halloween and some Christmas toys are already getting scarce, in part because of new, earlier layaway plans and programs that let parents reserve what are expected to be hot sellers. More

Toys"R"Us goes to the movies
Advanced Television    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Toy and juvenile products retailer Toys"R"Us has become the latest U.S. outlet to add video to its product portfolio with the launch of Toys"R"Us Movies, a digital entertainment service that provides families instant access to the movies and TV shows children love. Available at ToysrusMovies.com, the service features more than 4,000 titles, specially selected to supply hours of entertainment and fun for parents and children. More

New Exchange general manager takes the reins at March ARB
The Beacon    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
March Field's newest resident, Stephanie Kuykendall, is ready to make an impact on quality of life here, as the Exchange's new general manager. "I'm extremely excited to be at March," said Kuykendall. "Taking care of Airmen and their families is my number one priority. I will strive to ensure their needs are met every time they step foot in the Exchange." More

McDonald's eyeing retail coffee market?
Burger Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Coffee is a $2 billion-plus business for McDonald's in the U.S., but the chain is signaling an interest in following Dunkin' Donuts, Tim Hortons and others into the coffee-retailing business. On Sept. 18, a U.S. trademark registration was filed for the McDonald's name specifically covering ground and whole-bean coffee. More

Lawmakers to Pentagon: Enforce 'Made in America'
Air Force Times via Early Bird    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two members of Congress plan to urge the Defense Department to ensure U.S. troops only wear American-made uniforms and gear after Air Force Times revealed this summer that an airman deployed to Afghanistan was given Chinese-made boots by his unit. Reps. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Michael H. Michaud, D-Maine, are asking fellow lawmakers to sign a letter that asks the Defense Department to comply with the "letter and the spirit of the Berry Amendment," which requires the food, clothing, fabrics and other textiles the Pentagon buys to be grown or made in the U.S. More

Convenience stores: The retail channel that could
Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Back in 2007, as the economy began its unforgettable downward spiral, financial experts everywhere were quick to count convenience stores out — predicting the industry would be the retail channel to suffer the most. Boy, did the industry prove them wrong. According to Hank Armour, president and CEO of NACS, the Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing, many financial pundits sounded the alarm for the convenience store channel because they said customer visits were "entirely discretionary." What followed were the four most profitable years for the industry, which came through the downturn as the best-performing retail channel, he told the attendees of the 2012 NACS Show. More

Value and price compete with free shipping for the hearts of holiday shoppers
Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While free shipping continues to be "the carrot driving shoppers to buy online," says Lauren Freedman, president of consultancy The E-tailing Group Inc., this holiday season shoppers are looking for value over price. More

Why retailers should design mobile for the experience, not the device
Shop.org Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Put five "masters of mobile" on a panel and you get a lot of interesting thinking about where mobile is heading for the retail industry. "In any mobile initiative, data is important, but what's also important is how the consumer interacts with it for shopping to make the customer experience more interactive and more effective. In the mobile arena, personalization has to be "device agnostic" and cover many different form factors," Vice President for The Aberdeen Group Sahir Anand told attendees of the Shop.org Annual Summit in Denver. More

Chapter Announcements


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


Exchange Announcements




On behalf of the Director/CEO, I am pleased to announce the following executive promotions and assignments. Please join me in congratulating these deserving associates:

Executive Promotions

Judd Anstey — PB 5A Public Relations Branch Manager, Marketing Directorate, Exchange HQ, to the position of PB 5B Senior Public Relations Manager, Marketing Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2012.

Angelita Garcia — PB 4E Disaster Recovery Analyst, Information Technology Directorate, ExchangeHQ, to the position of PB 5A Telecommunications Engineer, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2012.

Gregory Hardin — PB 5A General Accounting Operations Manager I, Finance & Accounting Directorate, Europe Region to the position of 5B General Accounting Manager II, Finance Accounting Directorate, Europe Region in September 2012.

Walter Lowe — PB 4F Auditor ll, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of 5A Auditor lll, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ in September 2012.

Morgan Meeks — PB 5B Assistant Distribution Center Manager II, Logistics Directorate Waco Distribution Center, to the position of PB 5C Distribution Manager II, Logistics Directorate, Waco Distribution Center in September 2012.

Scott Perdue — PB 4F Auditor II, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Auditor lll, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ in September 2012.

Yong Raines — PB 5A Logistics Operations Manager (I/O), Logistics Directorate, Dan Daniel Distribution Center to the position of PB 5B Assistant Distribution Center Mgr II, Logistics Directorate, Waco Distribution Center in November 2012.

Maheshi Ruffin — PB 4F Logistics Operations Manager V, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A, Logistics Analyst Senior, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ in September 2012.

Cynthia Ryan — PB 4F Area Food Program Specialist, Eglin AFB Exchange, Central Region to the position of PB 5A Food Court Manager, Ft. Campbell Exchange, Central Region in December 2012.


Executive Assignments

Kevin Beason — Distribution Center Manager II, Logistics Directorate, Waco Distribution Center to the position of Chief Supply Chain Operations, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ in September 2012.

Michelle Jones — Senior Career Manager, Human Resources Directorate, Exchange HQ, to the position of Regional HR Manager, Human Resources Directorate, DS: Ft. Stewart, Eastern Region in August 2012.

Lori Maggard — Food Court Manager, Schofield Exchange, Pacific Region, to the position of Region Food Program Specialist, Central Region, Exchange HQ in October 2012.

Thomas Matthew — Food Court Manager, Ft. Campbell Exchange, Central Region, Exchange HQ to the position of Food Court Manager, Schofield Exchange, Pacific Region in October 2012.

Charles Olney — RE Programmer (Certified), Real Estate Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of HQ Facility Manager (OCONUS), Real Estate Directorate, Europe Region in September 2012.

Michael Ryan — General Manager (Dual), Kirtland AFB Exchange, Western Region, to the position of General Manager (Dual), Bitburg Exchange, Europe Region in September 2012.

Michael Smith — Telecom Business Manager (OCONUS), Services Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of Telecom Business Manager (OCONUS), Services Directorate, Europe Region in January 2013.

Charles Watkins — HQ Facility Manager (OCONUS), Real Estate Directorate, Europe Region, to the position of RE Programmer (Certified), Real Estate Directorate, Exchange HQ in September 2012.

Congratulations! Please disseminate to our Exchange family.

Susan I. Simone
Senior Vice President
Human Resources


NEX customers can take advantage of furniture and mattress offer
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The NEX and Military Star® Card program have teamed up to provide customers with a special offer on furniture, major appliances and mattresses priced at $499 or more.

From Oct. 31 — Nov. 18, customers will have no down payment, no interest and no payments for 360 days when using their Military Star® Card to purchase furniture from Ashley, Franklin, Corinthian, Lane, United and Progressive or mattresses made by Simmons, Serta, Sealy, Paramount and Tempur Pedic. Customers can also purchase major appliances from Kenmore, Whirlpool, GE, Maytag, LG, Samsung and Frigidaire. Special orders may also be placed.

The Military Star® Card offers many benefits including 10 percent off the first day's purchases (up to the customer's credit limit), no annual fee, low interest rate and 24-hour customer service including online access.

Military Star® Card applications are available at any NEX. The application can be processed the same day at the NEX customer service desk.

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Exchange offers fee-free holiday layaway
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A good program just got better as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service's Holiday Layaway program is now fee-free. Shoppers simply select their gifts for layaway and stop by customer service to complete the layaway process. More



ALA Exchange E-Blast week 10/12/12

NEXCOM operations teams

Retailers say sales slowed in September
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The New York Times, Stephanie Clifford
Retail sales growth slowed in September among 19 major American retailers, dragged down by a big decline in prescription sales at Walgreens drugstores.

Commissary Rewards Card now available at JBLE commissaries
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Peninsula Warrior
The Commissary Rewards Card is now available in the Langley Air Force Base and Fort Eustis Commissaries. The card allows customers to access digital coupons online and redeem them in any commissary by scanning the card at checkout.

ALA Executive Briefing (Archive link)

AAFES Press release Archive 2010-2012

AAFES Sales Flyers — to view click below: Product recalls and alerts (Exchange)

Save the dates:

Dec. 6, 2012 — Southwest Chapter Holiday Event (Click link for more info.)

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

Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2013 — 66th Annual Convention, Hyatt New Orleans, New Orleans, La.

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





Washington Update
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Customer service standards to receive a facelift this fall
Noodls    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By November, over 1,000 employees in the Bavarian Military Community will begin a new customer service regimen that will regulate how different directorates approach and manage their customer relations. The push, which is one of U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Commander Col. James Saenz's priorities for the military community and an Installation Management Command tasker, will address the shifting realities of a leaner budget and institute a standard of customer service across the BMC. More

The Army 10-Miler
Examiner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Army's 28th annual Army Ten-Miler race is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21 in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Pentagon. Produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington this prestigious race attracts more than 30,000 military and civilian runners from around the word. All race proceeds benefit Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation that supports soldier and soldier family programs. More

AF officials reestablish squadron commander support staffs
U.S. Air Force    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Air Force officials reestablished squadron commander support staffs on Oct. 1 to help commanders manage administrative duties and other personnel and knowledge operations functions. The decision to recreate squadron CSSs was made by Air Force senior leaders during a Corona South conference in February to help squadron commanders who were overburdened by personnel, knowledge operations and administrative support workloads. More
 


 



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