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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


Our Congressional Panel Hearing originally scheduled for Oct. 25, has been cancelled since Congress will not be in session. We are expecting a new date announcement in a few days.

Done deal: Obama signs debt bill into law

After weeks of stalemate that shuttered the government for 16 days and brought the nation within hours of a key deadline to renew its borrowing authority, the standoff is finally over.

President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to re-open the government and extend the debt ceiling – just hours after the House and Senate passed the measure with broad bipartisan support.

Obama said the measure would immediately restart federal programs that had been put on hold during the funding lapse.

"We will begin reopening our government immediately," he said in remarks before the House passed the bill. "And we can begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty and unease from our businesses and the American people."

The world reaction to the debt deal was one of relief Thursday, but but there were signs the drawn-out process has undermined confidence in America's global standing in both finance and politics. The International Monetary Fund urged Washington to build a more stable management of U.S. finances, mindful that Wednesday night's deal only suspends the debt limit until Feb. 7.

Read more here.


Key points of the bill:

OK, so Congress passed a bill, the president signed it into law and the government's finally back in business. But with all the last-minute press conferencing, speechifying, and endless partisan tweeting, the one thing that wasn't extensively discussed was the actual details of the bill. Since it evolved constantly and was pushed through at the 11th hour, things got a tad confusing. Here's are the key points you need to know about the bill that saved the government:

America can keep spending . . . through January 15
This goes down as a "win" for President Barack Obama and the Democrats. Republicans tried to use the shutdown and the looming debt ceiling deadline to force spending cuts or even dismantle major parts of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. They got neither.

"We fought the good fight, we just didn't win," House Speaker John Boehner said on a local radio station.

Now, there's a little more time for both sides to hash out the bigger issues, like entitlement programs and tax reform. But Republicans have been badly bruised and aren't going to want to walk away empty-handed again. So, it's safe to expect them to regroup, get on the same page, and take a hard line the next time around.

We run out of cash again . . . on February 7
Mark your calendars, because we get to have this fight all over again in a few months. Feb. 7 is the new date the Treasury Department will run out of ways to pay America's bills. This legislation raised the debt ceiling just enough to fund the government for the next few months. The two chambers of Congress will now have to create a spending plan for the 2014 fiscal year. If negotiations break down, we may be in for another round of last-minute debt ceiling shenanigans. But what are the odds of that happening, right?

Show them the money . . . for healthcare subsidies
This was a win for Republicans, but they aren't exactly doing a group high five. Conservatives had been pushing for insurance marketplaces to confirm the income of those requesting health care subsidies since the Obama administration scaled back the requirement months ago. It's a pretty small bone to be thrown when you consider their starting point was an effort to totally defund Obamacare. But hey, a (small) win's a (small) win.

Furloughed workers WILL be getting back pay
In an expected move, Congress agreed to pay back federal workers whose wages were withheld while the government was shut down. Remember the Capitol police officers, some of whom showed up to work out of a sense of duty and put their lives on the line when an erratic driver tore through the streets of D.C.? They'll finally get paid. Sylvia Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said furloughed workers should expect to return to work Oct. 17.

Of course, in the midst of battling to keep the U.S. from defaulting, Congress took the time to load the 35-page deal with some choice pork spending. But that's another story.


Show helps Hawaii businesses get their products on military commissary shelves
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Pacific Business News, Stephanie Silverstein
Local businesses recently presented their made-in-Hawaii products to 43 buyers representing the military commissaries and exchanges in an effort to get their products on store shelves not only in Hawaii, but worldwide. The 16th annual American Logistics Food Show, held at the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki, is similar to the annual Made in Hawaii Festival, but is open only to military buyers.



Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association




COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., Oct. 17, 2013.

PROMOTIONS
2014 DP #1, WW Promotion Package, Promises for the New Year Sale.
DP #22, Alaska Quantities.
Fall Club Pack, Final Quantities.

NOTICES TO TRADE
14-01, Store Reset Dates – Imperial Beach.
14-02, Seasonal & Club Pack Promotion Calendars – 2014.

MISCELLANEOUS
Sales, Marketing & Policy Buyer Assignments Listing, Oct 14.
Adds/Changes/Deletes – Not published this week.
CRV Values.



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Leveraging virtual reality in the CPG industry
Progressive Grocer
The adoption of virtual reality technology is gaining steam in the CPG industry, enabling brands and marketers to transform store merchandising and shopper marketing programs. Savvy marketers are discovering the speed, versatility, cost-savings and competitive advantage that can be achieved by incorporating virtual reality into their business strategies.
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Local military commissary to adopt club store format
San Diego Business Journal
The Defense Commissary Agency, the federal agency that runs the low-priced supermarkets on military bases, is taking a page from private industry's playbook. In a pilot program, the agency will soon change the commissary at Naval Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach into a club store format. Roughly one-third of its sales area will be devoted to club pack product assortments.
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The future of our food
Progressive Grocer
If current growth patterns continue, "extra mouths to feed" will be an understatement in 2053, when our planet's population is predicted to jump by 2 billion people. That's going to be a big challenge for the food industry, and everyone from farmers to distributors to restaurant owners are asking the question, "What does this mean for us?"
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The grocery store may be on its death bed
TIME
The need for the weekly 30-minute expedition browsing up and down the aisles of the supermarket is being eliminated. Instead, many shoppers are taking advantage of new services in which they place an order online and hit a convenient pickup location to retrieve their groceries — often without ever having to leave the car.
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Retail orange juice sales continue decline
The Ledger
Retail orange juice sales in U.S. supermarkets fell 1.1 percent in the recently completed 2012-2013 citrus season, marking the 11th sales decline in the last 12 seasons. The downward trend has accelerated in recent months with OJ sales falling by 3.9 percent in the final period of 2012-13 for the four weeks ending Sept. 28, according to the Florida Department of Citrus.
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Dunkin' Donuts seasonal coffees are back to brew up holiday cheer
Grocery Headquarters
Dunkin' Donuts packaged coffee is celebrating the aromas of fall and winter with seasonal coffee flavors, including a new Apple Pie variety and returning favorites Pumpkin Spice and Mocha Mint. Consumers can savor the sippable holiday treats they look forward to most from the comfort of their own home.
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EatingWell: A handy guide to gluten-free grocery shopping
Chicago Tribune
Go to the grocery store without a list and it's easy to lose focus. You may find yourself lost in the snack aisle when all you really needed was a gallon of milk and some fresh greens. Shopping is even more challenging when you're trying to follow a special diet, like eating gluten free. Use the following guide to stock your grocery cart with a balanced variety of good-for-you gluten-free foods.
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    Sam's Club waives membership fees for military personnel during shutdown
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Consumers are stocking up on specialty (The Gourmet Retailer)
Groceries are cleaning up in store-brand aisles (The New York Times)
VA secretary warns of shutdown impact on veterans, families (Aerotech News)
Federal contracts awarded by federal agencies in Virginia (TMCnet)

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Hershey's to launch 1st new brand in 30 years
Grocery Headquarters
The Hershey Company announced it is launching a new confectionery brand in the United States called Lancaster.

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An evolution of Starbucks food
The Wall Street Journal
Starbucks Corp. is beginning to kick some regulars out of its coffee shops.

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Sam's Club waives membership fees for military personnel during shutdown
The Baltimore Sun
Sam's Club is waiving membership requirements for military personnel and retirees and their families during the government shutdown.

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EXCHANGE NEWS


The government shutdown cuts communities deep
Retail's BIG Blog
In the business world, leaders don't have the luxury to have a back and forth debate on how to fix company problems. They are forced to make hard decisions, sometimes very quickly, to run a successful business. If our current government leaders were in corporate America, no doubt, they'd be fired by now.
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Sears cashes out of prime stores
The Wall Street Journal
Sears Holdings Corp. has been selling off some of its best stores to raise cash, an unusual strategy that makes it harder for the struggling chain to improve its sales even as it helps shore up its financial position.
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Wal-Mart Executive: Shoppers feeling economy's pinch
Women's Wear Daily
Wal-Mart shoppers, who number 140 million every week in the U.S. alone, are feeling economic pressure, said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising and marketing officer. (Subscription required.)
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Office Depot merger challenges grow as Staples offers low-price match
Sun Sentinel
The merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax could hinge on the companies' ability to show the Federal Trade Commission that their combination favors consumers. The office-supply retailers, which hope to complete their $1.2 billion merger by year-end, recently confirmed they both have completed answers to a second set of questions from the FTC about the pending merger.
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J.C. Penney revival hinges on avoiding holiday price war
Bloomberg
Now that J.C. Penney Co. Chief Executive Officer Mike Ullman has slowed the sales decline and amassed enough cash to fund two years of operations, he faces his biggest challenge since returning as CEO: A holiday season marked by price wars and penny-pinching consumers.
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How much cash is in your wallet? Probably less than $20
Fast Company
Visa recently released a report that reveals America's online shopping habits. Though the survey focused on e-commerce and mobile shopping, some of the more interesting facts center on cash: 40 percent of Americans, on average, carry less than $20 in their wallets. Even though women are prone to giant-purse syndrome, 30 percent of them have less than $10 in cash (compared with 16 percent of men) while 21 percent of men carry more than $100 (compared with 5 percent of women). The study also finds that showrooming is becoming less of a problem.
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'Tis the season for a temp retail job
The Buffalo News
Retail hiring counts have varied wildly so far this year, but when all the ups and downs are tallied, hiring levels are expected to be flat, according to predictions by outplacement agency Challenger, Gray & Christmas. If seasonal job numbers don’t increase this year, it will end a four-year streak of growth since 2008. But since last year’s seasonal employment rolls were the highest in more than a decade, this year's numbers will still be better than most years since 2001, whether levels budge or not.
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Toys 'R' Us mobile site delivers best user experience
Mobile Commerce Daily
Toys "R" Us made numerous improvements to its mobile site in the past year, including streamlining the checkout process. As a result, the toy store chain now delivers the best mobile site user experience with a score of 83.5 out of 100, according to a new report from the e-tailing group.
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Fire hits Bangladesh garment factory
Chain Store Age
Another deadly fire has reportedly hit a garment factory in Bangladesh. According to Bloomberg, an Oct. 8 blaze at a garment factory near the Bangladesh capital city of Dhaka killed 10 workers and injured more than 50.
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Staples will match Amazon prices
The Boston Globe
For many years, Staples Inc. stores have gone toe to toe with other brick-and-mortar giants like Office Depot and OfficeMax. But the office superstore leader will be focused on a different competitor this holiday season. Staples recently said it would match the prices of Amazon.com Inc., its top Internet competitor, to boost holiday sales. The price match applies to both online Staples sales and purchases made in stores.
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Best Buy confirms $100 smartphone trade-in promotion for customers buying latest iPhones
AllThingsD
Aiming to get a greater share of iPhone buyers, Best Buy is planning another promotion, this time guaranteeing at least $100 credit with the trade-in of any working smartphone. That makes the base-model iPhone 5c free with any trade-in, and the 16 gigabyte iPhone 5s available for $99 (though customers may still owe sales tax on the new phone, and are responsible for any activation fees). And, of course, customers have to be eligible for an upgrade to get those iPhone prices.
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For CVS regulars, ads tailored just to them
The New York Times
CVS Pharmacy is taking a big step forward in the increasingly popular realm of personalizing and selecting products for shoppers. The effort will offer customers who belong to the chain's ExtraCare loyalty program tailored versions of the weekly print circulars distributed through newspapers and in stores to an estimated 45 million people.
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Family Dollar sales weaker than expected — shares fall
Reuters
Family Dollar Stores Inc recently said it was taking a cautious approach to 2014 as shoppers focus on basics, and posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit as its focus on controlling costs helped offset weaker-than-expected sales.
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First comes love ... Macy's woos the millennial market
STORES
M illennials may not be at the stage where they're ready to change their Facebook status to "in a relationship," but Macy's is already committed, targeting the influential demographic with the aim of being there from the first date.
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Google updates the mobile playbook
Women's Wear Daily
Retailers need to sharpen their online skills and pay as much attention to merchandising online as they do in their stores. (Subscription required.)
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Amazon goes for PayPal jugular with 'login and pay'
USA Today
Amazon.com recently stepped up competition with eBay's PayPal division by launching a new service that lets its more than 215 million active customers purchase more easily online. "Login and Pay with Amazon" lets shoppers pay for products on participating websites using their existing Amazon account credentials, the company said.
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NRF: Traditional costume favorites for adults, children this Halloween
National Retail Federation
This Halloween there will be plenty of pumpkins, princesses, zombies and witches around town. According to the National Retail Federation's 2013 Top Costumes Survey, adults and children will look to traditional favorites for their costumes this year.
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Study: Showrooming skyrockets 156 percent
The Gourmet Retailer
Savvy smartphone users are showrooming more and more. In fact, it is now a mainstream shopping behavior that most shoppers are doing, according to Vibes, a mobile marketing technology company. Since 2012, there has been a 156 percent increase in consumers who purchased a product from a competitor while in a retail store, according to Vibes.
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Understanding social media customers
Social Media Today
Content marketing is not only focused on selling, but it should also inspire loyalty and interest from current and potential customers. With that said, as a business you should know who you're trying to target.
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Amazon introduces new payment option for online merchants
Small Business Trends
For online merchants, one of the biggest challenges is providing a payment solution customers will want to use. There's no point in offering that one of a kind product at an unbelievable price if it's too much of a hassle for visitors to sign in with their credit cards and place an order.
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Proper supply chain management can minimize risk
Inside Counsel
Social responsibility is one of the most important trends in business today. Companies around the nation are taking a close look at the way they do business both here and abroad. As these companies consider their supply chains, they are concerned with environmental issues, human rights and labor concerns, conflict minerals and more. Businesses have come to realize that risk management and reputation protection are key elements in supply chain management.
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Finding the holy grail of marketing: True loyalty
MediaPost
The problem with most loyalty programs is that they don't build loyalty in the true sense of the word. Instead, they encourage buying one more products as opposed to asking people for support, advocacy and the Holy Grail of loyalty — trust.
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Social media is transforming into a social marketplace
PR News
More than three-quarters (81 percent) of online shoppers make purchasing decisions based on Facebook and Twitter friend recommendations. And according to a MarketMeSuite study, nearly 40 million teenagers (ages 13-18) admitted that social media sways purchasing decisions. The study indicates that social media is dramatically changing the way we shop.
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Choosing the right font for your brand
By Jessica Taylor
Whether you're coming up with a new logo, business card, brochure or website, fonts can say a lot about you and your business. Typography helps create an experience for your audience before they have even read a word; it tells a story about you and your business. Recently, we've seen two large companies, Yahoo and Google, change their logos. But, unless you've studied the design of these two logos, it's hard to tell the difference.
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EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENTS






ALA actions taken to get commissaries reopened:
By now you all have heard many things about the reopening. Your ALA was instrumental in getting this done. Even though our national convention was going on we immediately prepared and had hand delivered a letter to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Honorable Ashton Carter. This letter, which I have attached for your information, was signed by Patrick Nixon and delivered on Oct. 1, 2013.

Additionally, our Legislative person – Steve Rossetti, immediately worked his magic by having the House Armed Services Committee question the Department of Defense on the commissary closure and direct they reopen them. Next we energized our Save Our Benefit website by preparing a Call To Action which was sent to all registered members. This Call To Action immediately generated emails which went to the Honorable Ashton Carter. Also, we energized our Valued Associate SOB associations who are comprised of military members. They took our message and ran with it.

All the actions your ALA Professional Staff took caused immediate pressure on DOD to reopen the commissaries. It was a pressure packed time yet our folks still ran the convention without a hitch. None of this could have been accomplished without the continued membership and support of our industry companies and their associate members. Also, those of you who are also signed up with the Save Our Benefit website helped us to put pressure on the Department of Defense through your SOB emails. If you haven't registered with the Save Our Benefit website you need to do so.

Lastly, we, the American Logistics Association, were the first one's to let everyone know when the commissaries would reopen and assisted many members in energizing their work force to help reopen the stores. Because of our immediate response you probably knew what was going on before many of the commissary store employees did. I just wanted to provide this short recap of some of the actions taken to let you know we, as an Association, are extremely involved with protecting this valuable benefit and therefore supporting our ALA members.

Executive Promotions
Amy Bell, PB 4F Buyer III, Merchandising Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Web Merchandising Manager, E-Commerce Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013. Jay McCartin, PB 5D Director of SD Support, Merchandising Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5E Vice President of Fulfillment Operations, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013.
Lakisha Berry, PB 4F Systems Admin III (ZOS), Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A IT Access & Control Manager, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013. Thanavathy Murti, PB 4F Pricing Analyst II, Merchandising Directorate, Exchange HQ to PB 5A Strategic Pricing Manager (S), Merchandising Directorate, Exchange HQ in September 2013.
Bradley Bingham, PB 5B Pension Analyst, Finance and Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5C Chief Financial Analysis, Finance and Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ in September 2013. Thomas Newell, PB 4FApplication Systems Programming Analyst III, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Systems Analyst Lead, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013.
Eric Boen, PB 4F Merchandise & Inventory Planning Manager, Merchandising Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5B Planning, Allocation, Replenishment Manager, Merchandising Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013. Linh Ngo, PB 5A Systems Analyst lead, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5B Application Programming Manager, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in September 2013.
Brandi Bueker, PB 4F Lan Administrator, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Sr. Lan Administrator, Information Technology Directorate in August 2013. Keith Parker, PB 4F Real Estate Project Manager, Real Estate Directorate ,Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A HQ Facility Manager, Central Region, Exchange HQ in October 2013.
Daniel Cooksey, PB 5D Attorney III, General Counsel Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5E Deputy General Counsel, General Counsel Directorate, Exchange HQ in July 2013. Kathi Phillips, PB 5A Sr. Project Manager, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5C Project Management Office, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013.
Sandra Egger, PB 4F Buyer III, Merchandising Directorate to the position of PB 5A Buyer IV, Merchandising Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013. Kelly Purdom, PB 4F Application Systems Programming Analyst III, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Systems Analyst Lead Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in September 2013.
Julie Emory, PB 5A Senior Project Manager, Finance & Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5B General Accounting Manager II, Finance & Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013. Tanesha Roberts, PB 4F Project Manager II Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Senior Project Manager Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013.
Alan French, PB 5D Director of Logistics Operations, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5E Vice President Logistics Operations, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013. Patrick Rowlett, PB 4E, Restaurant Program Planner, Services and Food Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Senior Restaurant Program Planner (S), Services and Food Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013.
Patricia Hogue, PB 5A Systems Analyst Lead, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5B Application Programming Manager, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013. William Stewart, PB 5B Chief Loss Prevention Special Services, Loss Prevention Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5C Senior Loss Prevention Operations Manager, Loss Prevention Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013.
Anthony Hutchinson, PB 4F Buyer III, Merchandising Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Buyer IV, Merchandising Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013. Robert Suesserman, PB 4F Assistant Facility Manager- Exchange HQ, Real Estate Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Region Facility Manager-Central Region, Real Estate Directorate, Exchange HQ in September 2013.
William King, PB 4F Application Systems Program Analyst III, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to Systems Analyst Lead, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in September 2013. Gary Tolle, PB 4F Planogram Specialist (S), Merchandising Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Planogram Manager, Merchandising Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013.
Robert Kuhn, PB 5C Business Intel APP Developer, Business Intelligence Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5D Director Business Intelligence, EG-Business Intelligence Directorate, Exchange HQ in July 2013. Mark Vaughan, PB 4F Project Manager II, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Senior Project Manager, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013
Charlotte Lyon, PB 5A Systems Analyst Lead, Information Technology Directorate ,Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5B Application Programming Manager, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013. Dawn Walker, PB 4F LD Profit Recovery Manager, Merchandising Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A IT Security Policy & Risk Manager, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013.
Jennifer Martin, PB 5A Strategic Pricing Manager (S), Merchandising Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5B Planning, Allocation, Replenishment Manager, Merchandising Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013. Steven Waycaster, PB 4F Network Planning Analyst , Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Telecommunication Engineer Analyst, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013.
James McCready, PB 5B PAC Food Program Manager, Pacific Region to the position of PB 5C Director of Food Programs, Food Theater Operations, Exchange HQ in September 2013. Charles Wickersham, PB 5B Application Programming Manager, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5C Application Systems Analyst Program Manager, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in September 2013.
Executive Assignments
Joyce Bowers, Vice President of Strategic Corporate Communication, Strategic Planning & Partnerships Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of Vice President of Store Operations, Merchandising Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2013. Brett Hardin, Region Food Program Specialist, Eastern Region to the position of Region Food Program Specialist, Pacific Region in November 2013.
Debra Byerly, Sales Planning Branch Manager, Merchandising Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of Store Communication Manager, Merchandising Directorate, Exchange HQ in July 2013. Darrick Smeby, Chief of SD Support, Merchandising Directorate, to the position of E-Business Solution Manager, Merchandising Directorate in July 2013.
Bryan Ed, Storage and Distribution Manager II, Chief Supply Chain OPS to the position of DC Manager II, Waco Office of Distribution Center Manager in August 2013. Raymond Stewart, Region Retail Program Specialist, Pacific Region, to the position of General Manager, KSO Southern (Camp Walker), Pacific Region in September 2013.

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Save the dates:

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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Civilian retiree identification card to be replaced
The Warner Robins Patriot
Retired Air Force civilians who use the Air Force Form 354, Civilian Identification Card, to access Air Force installations have until early 2014 — when the AF354 will be rescinded — to get a Department of Defense Civilian Retiree ID Card or other access credentials, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.
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Government shutdown: Frequently asked questions
Aerotech News
The following are frequently asked questions about the current government shutdown. If you don't find the answer to a question you have about the government shutdown and its impact on the Air Force, post your question as a comment. We will research and try to find the answer(s) for you and respond to your post(s) here.
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ACS provides added resources, advocacy this month
U.S. Army
1.3 million. That's the number of women who become victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. What is perhaps most shocking, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that domestic violence is one of the most chronically underreported crimes, with less than one-fifth of victims seeking medical treatment following an injury.
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Many return to work as shutdown persists
The Fort Campbell Courier
Many Fort Campbell Department of the Army civilians recently returned to work as a struggling Nation moved into the second week of government shutdown. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recalled most of the DoD civilians placed on furlough as a result of the shutdown that began Oct. 1, when government funding lapsed.
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New lodging construction
Ft. Meade SoundOff
Richard Fetter, construction manager from Lend Lease construction company; Kate Alger, development manager with Lend Lease; Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley; Martha McClary, director of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; and Emma Beard, general manager of InterContinental Hotels Group, break ground for the Candlewood Suites hotel, which is being constructed near McGlachlin Parade Field.
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Continuing family support during the shutdown
Military.com
Our service members, their families and survivors have responded brilliantly to all that's been asked of them, especially since the start of combat operations well over 10 years ago. They have and deserve our respect and support for continuing to serve honorably despite the many challenges associated with the vibrant military lifestyle. Unfortunately, as we all are now aware, another one of those challenges that all of us will have to contend with is the government shutdown.
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AAFES steps in to fill needs during government shutdown
Convenience Store News
As the partial government shutdown enters its second week, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service remains open and is seeing higher demand than usual. "Some of our military installations are located in rural areas, with a few located as far away as a two-hour drive to a major metropolitan area. So when, as result of the government shutdown, the on-base commissaries and other appropriated funded services close, the Exchange is able to step up and provide an outlet for service members to purchase essential items," said the Exchange's Deputy Director Maj. Gen. Joseph S. Ward.
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With civilians back, many family support, MWR programs are open
Association of Defense Communities
Many family support and other quality-of-life programs are open at installations across the United States, following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's recent recall of most civilian workers that had been furloughed since the government shutdown began.
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