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GAO report confirms early warnings:
DoD must move carefully on commissary and exchange reforms
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 10, 2016) — A recently released GAO report affirms concerns about hasty changes to exchanges and commissaries voiced by military and veterans groups representing millions of commissary and exchange beneficiaries.
"A Government Accountability Office report 'DoD Commissaries and Exchanges—Plan and Additional Information Needed on Cost Savings and Metrics for DoD Efforts to Achieve Budget Neutrality' has confirmed our fears that the Defense Department's plans have little basis in data, merit, and are deficient of methodical analysis," stated Candace Wheeler, spokesperson for The Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits.
According to the GAO report, "DoD expects to achieve an estimated $2 billion in reductions [to commissaries and exchanges] over a 5-year period [2017-21]. However, the report does not include any assumptions, a methodology, or specific timeframes related to cost savings initiatives that would lead to the $2 billion savings." The GAO found that without information to support DoD's conclusion, "the department lacks assurance that its cost savings target is an accurate and achievable cost saving estimate, and decision-makers cannot evaluate the effectiveness of DoD's efforts in achieving cost savings without reducing patron benefits."
"The GAO report makes it clear that DoD doesn't have enough information to know how its proposed changes will affect the resale system," stated Joyce Raezer, executive director for the National Military Family Association. "We're concerned about the long-term impacts on a benefit that thousands of service members and families rely on."
"It's troubling that reforms may be contemplated in the Fiscal Year 2017 Bill prior to the receipt and analysis by GAO of the report as mandated in last year's Act," the Coalition warned Congress in May 2016. The Coalition stressed that, "transformation reforms to commissary and exchange programs were being fast-tracked by the Department of Defense with limited process for review, without input from military families, and would be applied system-wide with no limitations on scope or duration."
"The takeaway from this report is that setting metrics/benchmarks before making changes is good business from the standpoint of protecting the benefit and the proper way to manage a change of this magnitude responsibly," said Lt Gen Dana Atkins, USAF (Ret), President of the Military Officers Association of America. "Congress acted in good faith by enacting statutory requirements to preserve current levels of patron savings and satisfaction and product quality. We agree with GAO the onus is on DoD to establish benchmarks, measure savings progress, and ensure those protections are fulfilled."
"The GAO report should remind Congress and Executive Branch policy-makers to move carefully in order to protect troop-generated exchange funding from being diverted to pay what have traditionally been legitimate taxpayer obligations," Wheeler said. "And, we want them to be transparent in efforts to manipulate commissary product prices in their drive to make these stores more self-sufficient."
"NAUS is troubled that radical reforms may be inaugurated before such changes can be properly analyzed," said Rick Jones, legislative director for the National Association for Uniformed Services. "It is clear, looking at the GAO report, that sweeping changes, like privatizing commissaries, pose a serious threat to one of the military's most popular earned benefit. NAUS urges Congress and the Pentagon to refrain from drastic changes. Cost-cutting proposals that squeeze our men and women in uniform are unacceptable."
Wheeler reiterated calls by the Coalition to have Congress or DoD set up a "Military Resale Patron Benefits Advisory Committee" to provide an independent patron view of DoD’s plans for these vital programs. Wheeler urged policy-makers to tread carefully on forcing manufacturers to divert funds for DoD's benefit rather than continuing to contribute to patron product promotions and a wide range of benevolent programs, such as USO, Fisher House, and other military family support charities. The Coalition expressed concern that commissary transformation initiatives will also negatively impact socio-economic programs for the blind and disabled, and small Veteran and women-owned businesses.
"Hastily implementing these changes – absent significant further study and Congressional oversight — also poses a threat to relationships with dedicated grocery industry partners," said Jack DuTeil, executive director of the United States Army Warrant Officers Association." For more than half a century these patriotic businesses have provided hundreds of millions of dollars in support of our commissaries and exchanges. If these relationships are ruined, they may be impossible to reestablish."
Commissary and exchange programs are a gift that keeps on giving to the military community — spinning off benefits far in excess of resources that are consumed — tens of thousands of jobs for family members; financing hundreds of millions of dollars in base infrastructure improvements; hundreds of millions of dollars in dividends that support MWR programs; and providing the support and financial base for services and programs for overseas and deployed forces.
Maximizing revenue has never been a priority for the commissary, nor should it be. The commissary and exchange mission is to provide military families with a vital non-pay benefit — the savings they realize by shopping there. "We are not opposed to responsible reforms in the way these programs are structured and managed but moving too far and too fast puts the entire system at risk," said Wheeler.
There are several converging factors that could cascade and jeopardize the entire military family base support structure. If commissary sales decline and reduce exchange sales, which in turn reduces earnings traditionally channeled to support MWR programs. That would be particularly harmful at a time when appropriations for MWR programs are drying up, and exchange product restrictions and Government-only labor cost hikes are also buffeting exchanges. "I don't think we want to find out where that tipping point is," added Wheeler.
What GAO Recommends:
"GAO recommends that DoD provide information to Congress to support its conclusion about budget neutrality; develop a plan for achieving alternative reductions to appropriations; and identify specific metrics for customer satisfaction, product quality, and savings. DoD concurred with GAO's recommendations."
To access the GAO report highlights: http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/680924.pdf and complete GAO report: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-17-38.
Here's a run-down on how presidential and congressional elections will impact the direction of the military's resale programs.
On one hand, the election of Donald Trump could lead to an increase in defense spending but the same fiscal issues that caused the caps on defense spending carry over into the Trump Administration. Although the Democrats do not control either the Senate or the House of Representatives, they still are positioned to block any funding increases for defense that do not have increased spending for domestic programs — which has been their position in the current and past congressional sessions.
Nevertheless, with a Republican President and GOP control of both houses of Congress, we can expect a drift toward easing the caps on defense spending and defense related stocks were way up after the Trump victory. The present Obama Administration plan is already $113 billion over the defense budget caps for the next four years and it's difficult to see how defense could be increased beyond this given the continued overall National deficit projections. Trump has promised to build a 350-ship Navy, up from the services goal of 308; to grow the Army to 540,000 active-duty troops, up from approximately 475,000 today; and to increase fighter aircraft from 1,113 to 1,200.
According to Trump's campaign website, he promises to "pay for this necessary rebuilding of our national defense by conducting a full audit of the Pentagon, eliminating incorrect payments, reducing duplicative bureaucracy, collecting unpaid taxes, and ending unwanted and unauthorized federal programs."
Transition to the Trump Administration is well underway. It's a difficult time as the Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Budget is being developed to be submitted in late January. Transition teams are getting ready to descend on the Pentagon. Several names have been tossed around for Defense Secretary including Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., former Missouri Senator Jim Talent, former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Mike Flynn. However, this is early speculation.
Trump roughly has set up six prongs for "agency action" under the leadership of Ron Nicol, a senior advisor for the Boston Consulting Group. Former Representative Mike Rogers is said to head up national security. Mira Ricardel, a former Boeing vice president for international business development for network and space systems, will be working under former Army general and defense executive Keith Kellogg to run President-elect Donald Trump's Defense Department transition team, according to sources. Kellogg is expected to run Trump's defense team, with Ricardel in charge of the Pentagon transition. Trump first named Kellogg as a policy adviser in March. Kellogg retired from the Army in 2003 as a lieutenant general serving as the director of command, control, communications and computers for U.S. forces under the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Ricardel is a consultant at Federal Budget IQ, a marketing firm, but she previously served as acting assistant secretary of defense for international security policy from 2003 to 2005.
Congress will have to deal with funding soon. Funding for the government expires on December 9. We don't know whether they will move to fund the government through the remainder of this fiscal year (ends on October 1, 2017) or pass another short term funding resolution to carry it beyond the swearing in of the new Congress in January. This will be determined by the leadership of the Congress and the leaders of the appropriations committees. Some think that Congress would want to get the Fiscal Year 2017 funding behind them and move on to Fiscal Year 2018 funding matters. However, today's thinking is that conservatives will push for another continuing resolution so they can negotiate spending levels with Trump instead of Obama.
Defense appropriations committees
With the Republicans retaining control of the Senate, we expect Senator Thad Cochran, R-Miss., will continue to be Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Cochran has been a consistent advocate for commissaries. Senator Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., who has been a strong advocate for the commissary and exchange benefits will be retiring at the end of this year. We expect that Senator Dick Durbin will be the ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Durbin has been a consistent advocate of military family programs and has advocated for responsible reforms to military compensation programs that do not diminish the level of benefits.
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., is set to succeed Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee because Rogers' chairmanship is term limited. Rogers wishes to succeed Frelinghuysen as chair of the defense appropriations subcommittee. Congressman Frelinghuysen has been a consistent and strong supporter of a wide range of military family support programs including commissaries and has supported restoring commissary funding reductions that have been recommended by the Obama Administration for the past three years. Chairmanship of the defense appropriations subcommittee is in play between Rogers and Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, who has made it known she would like the post.
Defense authorizing committees
The election comes in the middle of House/Senate negotiations over the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that contains major provisions affecting the military's resale programs including permanent authority to proceed with transformation initiatives being undertaken by the Defense Commissary Agency to include variable pricing and conversion of DeCA to a nonappropriated fund instrumentality along the lines of AAFES, NEXCOM, and MCX. For the defense authorizing committees, Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., will continue to chair the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senator Jack Reed, D-R.I., is expected to continue as Ranking Member of the Committee. McCain is expected to continue his aggressive reforms in the entire defense structure to include military resale programs. Both McCain and Reed have advocated major reforms to commissaries and exchanges and have pressed outright privatization of commissaries in the past two Defense Authorization Bills. Subcommittee assignments for the next Congress will be made soon but we do not expect major changes here. Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., a major supporter of McCain, was defeated and will not be returning to the Senate. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a member of the House Armed Services Committee and a strong supporter of military family programs was elected to the U.S. Senate from Illinois. We do not know at this time what committee assignments she is seeking or will receive.
Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, will retain chairmanship of the House Armed Services Committee. There are major changes here. A number of members of this committee who are strong supporters of military resale programs have retained their seats. However, there have been significant departures. Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., will not be returning to the committee because he lost his primary in a surprise upset earlier this year, leaving a vacancy on the Seapower Subcommittee that puts Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., in position to succeed him. However, it has been rumored that Congressman Forbes may have a post in the Trump Administration, perhaps as Secretary of the Navy. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., lost her bid to become a Senator from California and will not be returning to the Committee. Congressman Joe Heck, R-Nev., lost his bid for the U.S. Senate (and his seat in the House) and will not be returning to the House Armed Services Committee. So, there will be a major re-shuffling of subcommittee chairs and ranking member positions. We expect subcommittee assignments will be made soon.
The unheralded sacrifice of military families: There is ample reason to honor the loved ones of those who serve
by Jim Roberts, president of American Veterans Center, The Washington Times, Oct. 31, 2016
As we enter the month of November, the end of a contentious election cycle rests on everyone's mind. With so much attention and focus on this historic election, it's easy to lose sight of the things that matter most. Veterans Day, Nov. 11, is just around the corner, and while many Americans will be spending the weekend enjoying time off work, many more will be gratefully reflecting on the brave commitment their friends and loved ones have made to their country. After all, were it not for these courageous men and women, many of the freedoms we enjoy today — including elections — would not exist.
But we should not stop at thanking our veterans. While many individuals dedicate a day (and weekend) to our veterans, we should not forget those who have supported them every other day of the year, and continue to do so. It goes without saying that our military servicemen and women make huge sacrifices to serve and protect, but what is often overlooked is the tremendous sacrifice made by their families, starting with the spouse and all the way down to the sons and daughters. For this reason, November has been designated as Military Family Appreciation month.
Military Family Appreciation Month is a month-long celebration to honor the families of America's service members, who sacrifice their lives at home in order to support their loved ones in their duty to serve at all costs.
Military families are the definition of resiliency. A military member's children will change schools an average of up to nine times over the course of their military tenure. They deal with extended time departed from their parent(s), who often miss major childhood milestones, such as little league, homecoming, prom and graduation. As they get older, military kids are asked to step up and take on responsibilities not asked of other kids their age, in order to fill the role of the deployed parent.
Not enough can be said of the spouses of military members, who serve our country every bit as much as their enlisted husband or wife. They often have to give up their careers to move from base to base as their loved one is called to duty, and sometimes traveling around the world on short notice. At home, they hold down the fort, fulfilling the role of two parents for months and sometimes years at a time.
"Our troops keep our nation safe from threats here at home and around the world, and our journey forward is not sustained by those in uniform alone. The United States is stronger and safer thanks to the millions of military family members who, in sacrificing cherished moments with their loved ones, selflessly afford us precious time with ours," says President Barack Obama.
They smile through birthdays, holidays and major milestones without their deployed loved ones, supporting them even when they themselves need someone to lean on.
If enough has not been said, at the end of the day, these big-hearted families are still willing to give more of themselves. Whether it's helping those in need, volunteering at the local school, or opening their homes while their loved ones are away, military families support their home communities and those sacrificing with them. And of course, when a soldier makes the ultimate sacrifice, their families, too, have sacrificed, living every day that follows, bearing this loss.
With the amount of time and energy spent behind elections, protests and movements this year, it's important that Americans take some time this month to go above and beyond to show appreciation to our veterans and their families. If it weren't for their sacrifice, we wouldn’t have the freedom to vote, protest or speak out as we do so freely today.
Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association
President-elect Donald Trump's surprise victory has left defense watchers scrambling to figure out who will take over key national security posts next year, including defense secretary.
Marine Corps Times
Nov. 10, 1775, marks the beginning of the greatest fighting force the world has ever seen. To celebrate the Marine Corps' 241st Birthday, we looked at the top 10 things that make the Corps awesome.
An advocate for a 350-ship Navy and $20-billion annual shipbuilding budgets and a vocal opponent of Chinese aggression in the Western Pacific will likely be the pick for the next Secretary of the Navy in a Donald Trump Administration.
For several years, the Pentagon has been blocked by Congress in its request to begin another round of Base Realignment and Closure. Now, facing an expected wave of modernization bills in the next decade, a top DoD official has suggested the building needs to look for alternative ways to shut down excess infrastructure.
Jamie Morin, the head of the Pentagon's office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, told Defense News that he believes the department needs to look at all the options on the table and try to work with Congress to dump excess infrastructure, even if it means going outside the BRAC procedure.
The U.S. House Armed Services Committee faced a shake-up in the Nov. 8 election that will affect defense policy and dollars. Aside from any additional members possibly voted out of office, the committee is sure to lose 10 members, including the chairmen of the Seapower and Military Personnel subcommittees.
The vacancies, depending on how they are filled, could open up other posts and opportunities for lawmakers.
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The program is now in its 17th year. In its first 16 years, Fisher House Foundation has been honored to having been able to enrich the lives of 9,414 students by awarding scholarship grants totaling $15,33,000. These grants were possible primarily through the generosity of DeCA vendors whose donations sustain the program.
As each scholarship grant will be $2,000, we ask vendors to donate a minimum of $2,000 if they wish to receive recognition and acknowledgement for sponsoring a scholarship. Donations should be sent to Fisher House Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) public charity (FID 11-3158401). Neither DeCA nor Fisher House Foundation is involved in the selection of recipients.
The selection process begins immediately following receipt of all applications in February. As a result, Fisher House Foundation must have all donations by mid-March or a pledge that the donation will be forthcoming. For more information, please read the Memorandum and Program Summary & Eligibility or contact Marye Dobson, who serves the DeCA scholarship liaison (804-734-8000, ext. 5281) or Jim Weiskopf at Fisher House Foundation (202-607-1067).
Specific information on upcoming ALA events is posted regularly on the ALA website. To learn more about each event, please click the following links:
||2016 NY Chapter Holiday Luncheon
|This year's event features a return to New York's scenic Water Club with proceeds supporting the Military Commanders' Scholarship Fund. Please plan to join us! |
||2016 ALA DFW Holiday Luncheon
|Join the ALA DFW Chapter for a fun-filled, festive Holiday luncheon and Auction! Friday, December 9, Las Colinas Country Club, Irving, TX 75062|
National Military Family Association
Now that Americans have spoken and elected you as the new Commander-in-Chief, military families have a few things they'd like to tell you, our new leader. Military families are tired of the uncertainty, and worried about more unfulfilled promises from leaders who have their loved one's life in their hands. Nearly 300,000 service members are currently deployed, many still fighting a war that's lasted more than 15 years. In that time, benefits for service members dwindled, sequestration became an unavoidable reality, and military families began to wonder if the country really understood the issues their communities face. So how do military families want you to support them during the next four years?
Military Officers Association of America
A Washington outsider who pledged to rebuild what he's called a weak and ineffective military soon will serve as the new commander in chief. Donald Trump won Tuesday's presidential election in a surprising political upset after he swept key swing states in the South and Midwest. In his acceptance speech, Trump called on Americans to come together after the divisive campaign season, and pledged to put more Americans to work by rebuilding infrastructure and promised to "finally take care of our great veterans."
The White House
America has long stood as a beacon of hope and opportunity, and few embody that spirit here at home and beyond our borders more than the members of our Armed Forces. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen are part of an unbroken chain of brave patriots who have served our country with honor and made tremendous sacrifices so that we may live free. On Veterans Day, we salute the women and men who have proudly worn the uniform of the United States of America and the families who have served alongside them, and we affirm our sacred duty as citizens to express our enduring gratitude, both in words and in actions, for their service.
Commissary Web Posts
The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website between 7 AM November 3, 2016 and 10 AM, November 10, 2016:
- 2017 Winter Club Pack, Far East Quantities.
- DP #3, WW Promotion Package, National Hot Breakfast Month, Super Bowl, Snack Food Month.
NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
- Adds/Changes/Deletes, Week 16-46.
- FY 16/17 Guard/Reserve CONUS On-Site Sale Schedule, November 4, 2016.
- CRV Values, November 6, 2016.
Target Corp.'s grocery chief, one of CEO Brian Cornell's first major hires, is leaving after just 18 months in the role.
The departure of Anne Dament, Target's senior vice president of grocery merchandising, comes as the Minneapolis-based retailer continues to struggle through an overhaul of its grocery department.
Meanwhile, a growing roster of rivals continues to step up its food game.
Safeway has entered an agreement with San Francisco-based Andronico's Community Markets to purchase the five Andronico's stores, all in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The deal goes back to earlier this year, when Dallas-based private equity firm Renovo Capital, which acquired Andronico's out of bankruptcy in 2011, approached Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway about purchasing the Andronico's stores in Berkeley, Los Altos, San Anselmo and San Francisco, with the goal of preserving union jobs and keeping the stores operating in the same friendly, local way their customers have come to expect.
Whole Foods Market Inc. co-founder John Mackey, who opened his first store in 1980 with a staff of just 19 people and built the chain into an organic powerhouse, is now taking full responsibility for restoring the company to glory.
The retailer named Mackey as its sole chief executive officer, ending a dual-CEO role that he shared with Walter Robb for the past six years.
The Wall Street Journal
Grocers are struggling to lure e-commerce-loving millennials into their aisles amid what experts say is a permanent shift in shopping patterns among consumers. Baby boomers used to bring long grocery lists to supermarkets and club stores. Now shoppers in their 20s and 30s are visiting supermarkets less frequently than their parents, government records and survey data show.
Midwestern grocery retailer and distributor SpartanNash will acquire certain assets of Caito Foods Service and Blue Ribbon Transport, including Caito's produce distribution and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables businesses, its newly constructed Fresh Kitchen facility for fresh-prepared foods, and Blue Ribbon's logistics business.
As part of Whole Foods Market's target to reduce expenses by $300 million by the end of its 2017 fiscal year, the retailer is making changes to its labor structure, CEO John Mackey told investors in a recent earnings call.
One tactic is to combine store teams, including the meat and seafood teams in "lower volume stores." Whole Foods has also moved its HR and marketing functions from store level to metropolitan area, as well as cut back on the number of buying positions.
The changing eating habits of millennials, packaging innovations, and the growth of premium pet foods and accessories are among the biggest trends impacting private label, Brian Sharoff, president of the Private Label Manufacturers Association told Supermarket News.
Florida-based Publix Super Markets Inc. has received building permits from Henrico County for renovations of the first three of 10 area Martin's Food Markets grocery stores it will convert to Publix supermarkets.
Army & Air Force Exchange Service Director/CEO Tom Shull's passion for taking care of America's warfighters took him to Creech and Nellis Air Force Bases, giving him a first-hand look at how the benefit is thriving for troops and families.
Targeted News Service
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service issued the following news release:
The Exchange is keeping a steady supply of fuel rolling to Express locations in the Southeastern United States following the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline.
Trucks are loading fuel from alternative supply points, some as far as 100 to 200 miles from typical sources, to ensure customers across the region are served with minimal disruption.
With the start of November comes the inevitable roll out of Black Friday-related sales, deals and extended hours — or, in the case of dozens of stores, lack of hours.
More than 50 national retailers will be closed on Thanksgiving, a day when increasingly more stores are open to accommodate the Black Friday rush of shoppers freshly stuffed with turkey and pumpkin pie, PIX 11 reported.
After months of increases, the retail industry lost 7,000 jobs in October over September as consumers were buffeted by hurricanes and floods, unseasonably warm weather and an anxiety-producing campaign season, the National Retail Federation said. The numbers, which exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants, came as the Labor Department announced that the U.S. economy overall gained 161,000 jobs.
Macy's has sold five store locations — including one in Kentucky — to mall operator General Growth Properties, the retailer said.
The Cincinnati-based department store operator will continue to operate some locations through the 2016 holiday season, but the sales are part of the company's push to reduce its store footprint.
Contributor to Forbes, Bryan Pearson writes: "Here's a potential formula for retail of the future: One Apple squared equals a community experience minus the traditional sales space.
I am talking town square, as was used to describe Apple's new concept stores. The plus? That depends on how well the formula is executed, and Apple may be among those setting the standard, along with Whole Foods' new stores, called 365.
Apple's next-generation stores won't exist merely to sell computers, Angela Ahrendts, Apple's senior vice president of retail, told attendees at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit. It will instead focus on 'enriching lives,' with classes and workshops for children, adults and teachers, as well as visits from artists and musicians. By the end of 2016, Apple plans to operate 95 such next-generation stores."
As Wal-Mart Stores continues to explore ways to facilitate online pickup, the retailer said it was testing a massive storage locker at a store in Rogers, Arkansas, that can distribute packages to online shoppers in the manner of a vending machine. The contraption known as a BOPUS (buy online pick up in store) machine was installed recently at a Walmart Supercenter in Rogers, near its Bentonville, Arkansas, headquarters.
The Dallas Morning News
Neiman Marcus bought some breathing room recently.
The Dallas-based luxury retailer and its lenders, led by Deutsche Bank, have extended the term for its revolving credit agreement.
Neiman Marcus has $645 million available to it with some restrictions from the term loan. It was to expire in October 2018 and now is good to July 2021. To do that, Neiman Marcus agreed to a higher interest rate.
Convenience Store Decisions
"Retailers are glad that this unprecedented election is over, along with the divisive rhetoric and the impact it had on consumers concerned about their future," says NRF President and CEO.
Convenience Store News
Innovation is a key competitive battleground in the food and beverage categories in convenience stores. Consumers expect innovation throughout the store, but this quest for newness is especially keen in the cold vault and foodservice categories, according to consumers interviewed while judging the 2016 Convenience Store News Best New Products Awards program.
Discount retailer Dollar General Corp. has developed a new, smaller-format store, tentatively branded DGX, which closely resembles a convenience store. The new store will "serve busy, metropolitan shoppers with everyday low prices on the essentials they need in a convenient, easy-to-shop format," according to a statement from the company.
Convenience Store Decisions
Some 13 percent of snack foods purchased online are consumed as a meal replacement, compared to 10 percent for total channels.
Convenience Store News
By now, you've significantly increased compliance with lessons from part 1, optimized your point-of-purchase materials from lessons in part 2, and you're now ready to capitalize on your success by winning the fight for checkout-area merchandising.
Amid the growing complexity of technology solutions ranging from data analytics to home deliveries using driverless cars, retailers need to understand their opportunities and develop ways to prioritize projects, according to panelists at Winsight's Outlook Leadership Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Our most recent annual list of the best retail employers includes Wegmans, Patagonia, and more.
Be Daring! Be Different! BE FIRST!
A novel idea and the basis for a new and unique marketing tool currently being offered only by the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Marketing team on the US Army side of Joint Base Myer Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia.
With the recent budget adjustments, many MWR offices across the DoD are looking for ways to fund the events so critical to their installations mission readiness and soldier readiness. Knowing that support for events and support programs comes from AAFES and DECA through their contributions to MWR, the Fort Myer FMWR team developed the "BASE Case"! The name "BASE Case" was chosen because every military installation in the world is referred to as the "base." For instance, which Army base did you serve at, have you been stationed on any bases in Europe and so on.
Fort Hood Sentinel
A group of senior leaders from the Installation Management Command and the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management met with a focus group of 30 junior enlisted troops to receive their feedback on a pilot program in the discussion phase for Fort Hood, Oct. 26.
The focus group was held in the Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers headquarters to discuss the potential pilot program — a corporate donor offering to provide assistance for a Soldier service or program — and to hear what the troops would like to see initiated at Fort Hood.
Ft. Meade Soundoff
"The true Soldier fights not because he hates what's in front of him, but because he loves what's behind him." —
G.K. Chesterton English writer, poet, philosopher (1874-1936)
Each November, the president signs a proclamation declaring Military Family Appreciation Month to recognize and honor the commitment and sacrifices made by military families — the ones left behind.
"During Military Family Appreciation Month, we salute the families of those who proudly are a part of our nation's unbroken chain of patriots for their unwavering devotion, and we renew our sacred vow to uphold our promise to our troops, our veterans, and their families," President Barack Obama wrote in this year's proclamation.
At U.S. military installations worldwide, tribute will be paid to the families of active-duty service members, the National Guard and Reservists in special events and community activities.
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