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Passing of a loved one:

James Nicholas Juliana: 1922-2013
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Jim was born on April 1, 1922 in Camden, N.J., and was raised in nearby Moorestown, N.J., along with his five siblings, Pete, Joe, Rae, Annetta and Charles. He was the son of the late Rose and Nick Juliana. Mr. Juliana earned a bachelor's degree at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., prior to advancing on to the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in 1946. Juliana served as a deck officer in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theatre of Operations until his honorable discharge in 1946. Jim always strived to more-than provide for his family and enjoyed an extraordinary life. He was driven to success, he tenaciously sought greater challenges and he envisioned and realized effectual and meaningful accomplishments.


Congressional hearing update:

ALA, AFMC, DoD officials, and resale leaders testified at a Congressional hearing this week regarding the status of military resale programs and how they are working together in a fiscally constrained environment.

In his opening remarks, Military Personnel Subcommittee Chairman Joe Wilson stated, "The Commissaries, Exchanges, and Morale Welfare and Recreation programs have long provided extraordinary saving to their patrons, as well as job opportunity for military spouses and families, which I view is critical during the past years of economic challenges."

Click here to read more about the hearing.

Click here to view video of hearing.


DoD requests plan to close stateside commissaries
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Military.com, Tom Philpott
Tasked by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to find ways to preserve force readiness amid sharply falling budgets, his comptroller and the Joint Staff have asked the Defense Commissary Agency for a plan to close all stateside base grocery stores, say military resale community sources.


Budget update:

Defense bill stalls over Dem, GOP divide
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Military Times, Donna Cassata
A $625 billion defense bill that establishes military policy recently stalled in the Senate as Democrats and Republicans struggled over how to move ahead on the massive measure.

US military eyes cut to pay, benefits
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The Wall Street Journal via Yahoo News, Julian E. Barnes
The U.S. military's top commanders, groping for ways to cope with a shrinking Pentagon budget, have agreed to a plan that would curb the growth of pay and benefits for housing, education and health—prized features of military life that for years have been spared from cuts.


Clock ticking on budget deal — defense spending still unresolved
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Military Times, Rick Maze
The House and Senate are only $90 billion apart on reaching a deal on the $3.5 trillion federal budget for 2014, but closing that gap is proving difficult because nobody is budging.

Pentagon Comptroller Hale 'hopeful' for sequestration 'micro-deal'
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Breaking Defense, Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
As the House and Senate budget committees confer behind closed doors, the Pentagon's top budgeteer says that even though he doesn't know what's going on he still has hope.

House Armed Services member blasts 'arrogance' of DoD
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Defense News, John T. Bennett and Aaron Mehta
A U.S. House Armed Services Committee Republican is sharply criticizing Defense Department officials for "an arrogance" that has spawned "a disconnect" between the Pentagon and Congress.


Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association




WASHINGTON UPDATE


Congressional hearings
The House Armed Services, Subcommittee on Military Personnel recently held hearings (though they were late in broadcasting).

They were extremely interesting, and if you missed the original viewing, you may view an archived webcast by going to: armedservices.house.gov/index.cfm/2013/11/military-resale-programs-overview.

Please understand it might take them a day to get the archived version posted.

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Defense industry layoffs picking up steam
National Defense Magazine
Defense and aerospace firms have shed at least 160,000 jobs over the past five years as Pentagon spending has waned. About 30,000 jobs have been eliminated so far in 2013, and industry layoffs are on pace to exceed last year's totals by 30 percent, according to new data by the consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.
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How big an Army do we need?
Los Angele Times
Almost every time this country finishes a major war, we cut the Army appropriately — and then we cut too much. After World War II, we demobilized massively, but then went too far. The result in 1950 was Task Force Smith, the first U.S. Army ground unit to enter combat in Korea, and a debacle on the peninsula as the Army was unprepared for what ensued in the early months of that conflict.
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Michelle Obama: Vets program has hired, trained 380,000
WPLG-TV
First lady Michelle Obama recently said companies participating in a program to help veterans find employment have exceeded their initial goal by training or hiring 380,000 veterans and military spouses. Obama made the announcement during a speech at a daylong Walt Disney World forum aimed at getting opportunities and developing programs for bringing ex-soldiers into the workforce.
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DoD to close domestic Tricare Service Centers
Army Times
The Defense Department will close its 189 walk-in Tricare Service Centers in the U.S., a money-saving move that is part of the reorganization of the military medical system under the Defense Health Agency.
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Obama vs. the Generals
Politico
After a spate of news stories this summer citing tensions between President Barack Obama and his top military commanders over the possibility of U.S. intervention in Syria, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough hastened to assure the Washington Post that everything was, in fact, copacetic.
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., Nov. 21, 2013.

PROMOTIONS
Winter Club Pack, Update #1 and January Quantities.
DP #1, Alaska Quantities.
DP #2, Far East Quantities.
DP #4, WW Promotion Package, Chillin Dollar Day Sale.

NOTICES TO TRADE
14-04, Store Reset Dates – New London.

MISCELLANEOUS
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 13-47.
DeCA FY 14, Oct 13 Sales Data.
New Items Activated in CAO – Zone 28 Test, 19 Nov 13.
Coupons, SNAP & WIC Historical Comparisons – FY06 through FY13.
FY13 Coupons Redeemed by DeCA Store.
Performance Measures – Bi-weekly Fill Rate Reports, 1 – 15 Nov 13.
CRV Values, November 17, 2013.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
March 5-7, 2014: 2014 Exchange Roundtable at Marriott Norfolk Waterside, Norfolk, Va. Registration is open.



COMMISSARY NEWS


Commissary CEO shares sequestration consequences
U.S. Department of Defense
Offering a glimpse at what commissary and military exchange services could become in light of smaller and unpredictable budgets, the Defense Commissary Agency director and CEO recently described to Congress the consequences sequestration and the government shutdown have already imposed. Customers packed commissaries Oct. 1, the first day of the government shutdown, Joseph H. Jeu told the House Armed Service Committee's Military Personnel Subcommittee. Not knowing what was ahead, shoppers stocked up on food and supplies, racking up twice the typical day's sales, at $30.5 million.
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PepsiCo a top-25 'Military Friendly Employer' for a 2nd year
PepsiCo
PepsiCo is proud to be ranked in the top 25 of the G.I. Jobs "2014 Top 100 Military Friendly Employers" list, for the second year in a row. The ranking, now in its 11th year, is the leading authority of veteran-based recruiting programs and represents only the top 2 percent of thousands of eligible companies. The 2014 list marks the second submission — and ranking — for PepsiCo overall.
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Spartan, Nash Finch merger complete
Progressive Grocer
Spartan Stores Inc. and Nash Finch Co. have completed their merger announced in July. Spartan Stores, Inc. will use the corporate name of SpartanNash Company, with the official name change to SpartanNash effective in May 2014. The combined company will continue to conduct business as Spartan Stores, Nash Finch and MDV in their respective markets.
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Meat band saws, tenderizers and slicers
Federal Business Opportunities
This solicitation is being issued as unrestricted for meat band saws, tenderizers and slicers. This equipment will be used by Defense Commissary Agency commissaries in the continental United States and overseas locations, excluding Europe. However, for overseas stores, except Alaska and Hawaii, the contractor would only be responsible for preparation for overseas shipment and delivery to the port. Possibly one to three firm-fixed price requirements contract(s) for a base plus three option years will be awarded.
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Linen rental and cleaning
Federal Business Opportunities
Notice of Intent to Re-Solicit for linen/mat rental and cleaning services for the Defense Commissary Agency due to requirements change in the type of linens required. Contracts issued prior to FY 2013 will be re-solicited and will include the following items: White Butcher clothing (shirts, pants, coats and aprons), Navy Blue bib aprons, Navy Blue cobbler Aarons, mats (3x5, 3x10, 4x6) and mops (dust and wet). Options on existing contracts will not be exercised in 2014.
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For new commissary director, customer satisfaction reigns
DCMilitary.com
Customers come first and always for new Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Commissary Director Raymond Lane. "Our climate here, it's about 95 percent retirees who shop at Fort Myer, so we have a unique group," said Lane. "My job is trying to get everything we possibly can to serve that customer, to make sure that it's like one-stop shopping." The Washington, D.C., native added, "Our vision is to understand our customers and deliver the 21st century commissary benefit."
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Renewal maintenance support ActivIdentity's CAC Middleware Software Application
Federal Business Opportunities
The Defense Commissary Agency will issue a modification to delivery order HQC007-11-F-0018 awarded to Software Information Resources Corporation of 907 N Street NW, Suite C-2, Washington DC 2001-4829, a small business concern, for renewal maintenance support for ActiveIdentity's CAC Middleware Software Application. This action is pursuant to the authority of FAR Part 6.302-1, only one source.
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Meat choppers
Federal Business Opportunities
This solicitation, issued as unrestricted, is for 23 meat choppers to be delivered to Defense Commissary Agency commissaries in the Continental United States and overseas locations. However, for overseas locations, with the exception of Hawaii and Alaska, the contractor would only be responsible for preparation for overseas shipment and delivery to the port. A purchase order is contemplated.
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Coin counter/wrapper
Federal Business Opportunities
This Request for Quotes is being issued as 100 percent total small business set-aside. The RFQ is for coin counter/wrappers to be delivered to Defense Commissary Agency commissaries in the Continental United States, and an overseas location wherein the contractor would only be responsible for preparation for overseas shipment and delivery to the port. A Firm-Fixed Price purchase order is contemplated.
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Tyson Foods announces management changes, new leadership jobs
Arkansas Business News
Tyson Foods Inc. recently announced changes to the meat processor's corporate and management structures, including new leadership positions and a separation of its poultry and prepared foods businesses. In a statement, the publicly traded firm said the moves are designed to support growth in its domestic and international protein and prepared foods businesses.
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Butterball talks turkey: Fewer fresh birds this season
USA Today
It won't be all gravy for turkey lovers — and sellers — this holiday. A shortage of fresh, large, whole turkeys — 16 lbs. and greater — could impact the holiday season, says the nation's largest turkey producer.
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'Tis the season to focus on fresh
Progressive Grocer
There's no time like the holidays for lavish feasts and decadent treats, which means it's time for consumers to start decking their fridges and pantries with food for year-end entertaining. So when December hits, shoppers up the ante when it comes to stocking their baskets with fresh foods, when family and friends begin gathering to indulge on holiday favorites like turkeys, pies and sweet potatoes.
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Wal-Mart promises cheaper thanksgiving meal
Supermarket News
Wal-Mart Stores said customers can purchase a 10-person Thanksgiving meal for $34.86, which is close to 30 percent less than the national average $49.04 estimated by the American Farm Bureau Federation. "We don't believe families should have to compromise their holiday meal traditions because they are concerned about how much it costs," Jack Sinclair, executive vice president of grocery, Wal-Mart U.S., said in a statement.
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Study: GMO sweet corn rare in US supermarkets
eNews Park Forest
A first-of-its-kind investigation to look for genetically modified sweet corn in the United States has yielded surprising results: Monsanto's first direct-to-consumer product, a genetically engineered sweet corn, appears to be a flop in the U.S. market.
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US goes cold on Campbell's Soup
3 News
Americans' shift toward fresh foods is kicking Campbell Soup right in the can. The company says its quarterly profit fell 30 percent as US sales of soups and V8 beverage declined. A recall of its recently acquired Plum Organics products also hurt results and the company cut its outlook for the year.
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USDA introduces certification program for meat without growth-enhancing drugs
Food Safety News
A new U.S. Department of Agriculture certification program for livestock producers may permit them to market their products with a special "Never Fed Beta Agonists" label. Beta agonists are feed additives used to increase muscle mass and promote weight gain in livestock animals. The drugs are typically added to feed along with vitamins and given to animals while they're in feedlots for a few weeks before slaughter.
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OSHA proposes new rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued a proposed rule to improve workplace safety and health through improved tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses.

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Which big companies are the best at hiring veterans?
The Washington Post
Your soda and your dishwasher are helping to put military veterans to work. Your iPhone? Not as much. Many women and men who served our country are still struggling to find work once they leave the military.

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Air Force chief: Cuts coming soon
Air Force Times
The service will soon start announcing force reduction measures to help it meet sequester-driven cuts of roughly 25,000 total force airmen over the next five years, said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh.

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CHAPTER ANNOUNCEMENTS


Annual holiday luncheon
Greetings all,

The Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter of the American Logistics Association will be hosting its annual holiday luncheon and auction on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. The luncheon will be held at the Las Colinas Country Club from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. We are excited to announce that Mr. Tom Shull, Director/CEO of AAFES and Ana Middleton, AAFES Senior VP will be our guest speakers this year.

Click here for more info and to register!

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the registration form by Friday, Dec. 6, and return to Julie Fox by email or mail.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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EXCHANGE MARKET NEWS


TravelCenters of America to purchase 31 convenience stores/gas stations for $67 million
Business Wire
Travel Centers of America LLC recently announced that it has agreed to acquire 31 convenience stores with retail gasoline stations ("C-stores") for $67 million, before closing costs and customary working capital adjustments. The seller is a private company which operates these C-stores under its proprietary brand name "Minit Mart".
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NRF: Black Friday weekend shoppers to decline
MarketWatch
Many retailers are opening their doors to holiday shoppers on Thanksgiving Day in an effort to extend the much-hyped Black Friday buying frenzy, but fewer people are expected to hit the stores and Internet.
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Holiday shopping season looking bleak for Wal-Mart, Kohl's
NBC News
This holiday season may not be one of joy for some big retailers as the aftermath of the recession — slow job growth and higher payroll taxes — has lower-income shoppers struggling to make ends meet and cautious about splashing out.
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Office Depot picks turnaround expert Roland Smith as CEO
Reuters
No. 2 U.S. office supply retailer Office Depot Inc. recently named Roland Smith, the former head of the U.S. unit of supermarkets operator Delhaize Group, as its new chief executive, hoping to tap his expertise in integrating and turning around businesses.
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Would you drink Patagonia beer? Apparel brand gets an organic brew
Advertising Age
Patagonia, a company known for its fishing, snow, surf and other outdoor sports gear, is partnering with craft brewer New Belgium Brewing on a limited-edition beer called California Route aimed at celebrating Patagonia's 40th anniversary.
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Gen Y warms up to the 'new' Black Friday
MediaPost
That news comes just as Target announces that it too will open its doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day — joining Wal-Mart, Kohl's, JCPenney and Macy's, as retailers around the country continue their effort to broaden and build on the sales momentum of Black Friday.
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Retailers sweeten the pot for Thanksgiving workers
CNBC
As a growing number of retailers announce plans to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day, criticism has similarly mounted among protesters and consumers, who are outraged that employees will now spend the holiday at work.
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Import figures solid despite government shutdown
United Press International
The National Retail Federation recently said imports at U.S. ports rose 6.5 percent in October compared to October 2012, despite the government shut down. Retailers placed orders well in advance of October and U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspectors were kept on the job, while other federal workers were furloughed.
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Fashion retailers are still failing to optimize email marketing for mobile
Econsultancy
Mobile email is an increasingly important marketing channel as stats show that around 40 percent of email is opened on smartphones. It appears that businesses are finally beginning to react to this change in consumer behavior, as the new Econsultancy/BuyDesire Mobile Marketing and Commerce Report shows that optimized emails are one of the top mobile priorities for businesses in the next 12 months.
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Gift card spending reaches all-time high
National Retail Federation
It's personal, it's practical and it comes with a price tag that matches anyone's budget. It's a gift card, and this holiday season 8 in 10 shoppers will look to add these small gift items to their baskets. According to NRF's Gift Card Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, holiday shoppers will spend an average of $163.16 on gift cards, up 4.0 percent over the $156.86 they spent last year and the highest amount in the survey's 11-year history.
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Starbucks says costly Kraft split was necessary
Chicago Tribune
Starbucks Corp recently said breaking up with Kraft was hard to do, but worth the high price, a day after an arbitrator ruled it must pay a whopping $2.76 billion for ending the companies' grocery coffee partnership early.
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Costco, Nordstrom refuse to ruin Thanksgiving
The Huffington Post
If you make a last-minute run to Costco on Thanksgiving Day, you'll be out of luck. The discount retailer is bucking the hot trend in retail: kicking off the holiday shopping season before the turkey is even out of the oven.
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Kmart's layaway is so good, it's championed by a nun
Advertising Age
Why are layaways always so evil? Blackout dates, limits on merchandise — it's almost like they were created by a group of evildoers that happens to include Genghis Khan, Satan and the guy who always takes the last doughnut. Turns out, that's actually the case, according to Kmart and DraftFCB's newest spot, directed by Bob's Zach Math, promoting the retailer's good, not-evil layaway, which has the blessing of one very holy person.
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Shopping, before the turkey gets cold
The New York Times
Teenagers and college students can spend only so much time cooped up with their families on a holiday like Thanksgiving. This year, some retailers are betting that this target spending group dashes out the door after dinner, perhaps dodging dishwashing or other duties, and in all likelihood ditching their parents.
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Q: Whose customers also shop at Amazon? A: Everyone's
The Wall Street Journal
Brick-and-mortar retailers take note: Your customers are probably also shopping at Amazon.com. More than half of shoppers at 53 top retailers also visit Amazon within four weeks of going to a store, according to consultancy Kantar Retail.
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Target fills its cart with some of Amazon's tricks
The Wall Street Journal
Target Corp. has come up with an answer to Amazon.com Inc. Copy it. Their latest online offerings have a distinct Amazon feel — from recurring deliveries for diapers to on-demand streaming video and free shipping and discounts for its members. All emulate similar offers from the e-commerce company.
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Wal-Mart to launch Black Friday sales earlier
USA Today
As the holiday shopping season kicks off, Wal-Mart is the latest major retailer to announce an even earlier launch to annual Black Friday weekend sales — beginning at dinnertime Thanksgiving evening.
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Teens flee Abercrombie for upstarts as phones top malls
Bloomberg
Where young consumers with spare cash once thronged the likes of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and American Eagle Outfitters Inc. for clothing that telegraphed their identities, the new generation is poorer, shuns logos and socializes more on the Internet than at the mall.
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Holiday shopping: Discount stores trail on Web
CNBC
Two overriding themes this holiday season have already been talked to death: the growing importance of e-commerce, and consumers' unyielding expectation for low prices. But are the two mutually exclusive?
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Americans making progress with gift lists
National Retail Federation
Early October holiday promotions struck a chord with millions of Americans as 53.8 percent of shoppers say they have already started holiday shopping, according to the National Retail Federation's holiday consumer spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Specifically, just 46.2 percent say they have yet to start, the smallest percent in the survey's history.
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Younger shoppers most likely to shop on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday
Chain Store Age
Thirty-eight percent of shoppers are likely to shop on Thanksgiving Day this year, according to Accenture's annual Holiday Shopping Survey. Of those shoppers planning to hit the stores on Thanksgiving, 41 percent said they will be out shopping between 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and 5 a.m. the next morning.
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Toys 'R' Us unveils enhanced websites with new social shopping feature
Chain Store Age
Toys "R" Us unveiled redesigned and updated e-commerce sites for Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, with a fresh design and layout, revamped navigation and other new features. In addition, the sites have introduced social shopping — allowing customers to organize their most-wanted items in shareable toy and baby boards, while also viewing the most popular and trending products on the sites.
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How to profit from the shortest holiday retail season in a decade
Forbes
Thanksgiving occurs so late this year that the Christmas shopping season will be the shortest in a decade. That means the intense competition for business will be even more compressed than usual. And that means an opportunity for investors to make money.
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5 shopping trends in the omni-channel age
Real Business
Make way for a new wave of customers leading the way in 2014, with a new set of priorities and shopping methods. Mobile advertising network BuzzCity surveyed 13,000 consumers across 20 countries on their shopping habits from online and mobile to in–store, which revealed key trends in the way shoppers have adapted to digital commerce.
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Maintenance tips for restaurant facility management
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Facility management is clearly defined as a comprehensive analysis, maintenance and management of everyday background operations so the core business can go on functioning, unhindered. This is important for all businesses, but for more dynamic operations like restaurants this means having access to instant and actionable data that can be used to stay ahead of problems.
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For a better Black Friday, know your most challenging customers
Entrepreneur
Black Friday kicks off the all-important holiday shopping season. This season shoppers are expected to spend $421 on gifts alone, a 9 percent jump over 2012, finds a Deloitte Survey. However, to tap into those sales, you'll need to provide top customer service to crowds who are likely exhausted and stressed.
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Which social media networks are your shoppers on?
MultiChannel Merchant
Did you know that 67 percent of brand followers on Twitter will end up buying that brand? This infographic from SocialAnnex will show you how your business can utilize social networks to reach and engage new customers.
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Are you ready for Small Business Saturday®?
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
Small Business Saturday® is a day in which people are encouraged to visit small businesses, as opposed to the big box stores which gain a lot of attention and sales on Black Friday. This year, Small Business Saturday®, which was thought up by American Express, falls on Nov. 30, the Saturday after Black Friday.
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EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENTS


Exchange recognized as Top 100 Military Friendly Employer
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service has earned the 2014 Military Friendly Employer® title by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse.

Companies competed for the Military Friendly Employer ® title via a data-driven survey of more than 5,000 companies with resulting survey data independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Criteria for the survey included a benchmark score across key programs and policies such as the strength of company military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs, and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service.

The Exchange aggressively seeks to hire military talent and has found that hiring from the military community is a strategic competitive advantage.

"The Exchange is a natural fit for servicemembers looking to transition from one side of the counter to the other and may spell mission complete for their job search," said the Exchange's Chief Human Resource Officer Susan Simone.

Now in its 11th year, Military Friendly Employers® media is the premier resource for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment. Each year companies taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Advisory Board consisting of leaders in the military recruitment community. A full list of board members can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com/board.

The Exchange will be showcased, along with other 2014 Military Friendly Employers® in the December edition of G.I. Jobs magazine and online at MilitaryFriendly.com. Using the priority data engine on MilitaryFriendly.com, job seekers are able to view prospective employer profiles, as well as design their own custom lists according to their preferences. Custom, user-directed lists can then be saved and shared socially, allowing each job seeker to find their unique #1 Military Friendly Employer®.

"The 2014 Military Friendly Employers® represent the preeminent tier of companies with strong military recruitment programs and meaningful job opportunities for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment," said Sean Collins, vice president for Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. "Our Military Friendly Employers® constitute the group of companies actually moving the needle and hiring from the military community. The 2014 Military Friendly Employers reported hiring over 117,000 service members and spouses over the last 12 months, representing an average of 14 percent of total new hires."

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Good morning vendors and brokers,
Just a reminder that our first 2014 OpBEFIT event will be on 11 JAN at these locations:

Eglin AFB
JB Eustis-Langley
Travis AFB
FT Bliss
FT Bragg N & S
FT Campbell
FT Belvoir
FT Sill
Mountain Home AFB
Lackland AFB
Tinker AFB
West Point


Messaging has been sent out to GMs. Please let us know if you have any vendors or local services that are interested in participating by 1 DEC so arrangements can be made. At this time, Social Media posts and Radio Spots will also be created to promote the events.

Please send all offers to your buyer(s) NLT 22 Nov, thank you all for your support.

David H. Arens
Divisional Merchandise Manager Retail Food
Sales Directorate
214-312-3215
arensd@aafes.com

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2014 Exchange Roundtable
March 5-7, 2014
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Norfolk, VA

Why do I need to be there for this event?
Attend the March 2014 Roundtable in Norfolk to better understand The critical significance of the Military Resale Exchanges in a new Defense budget era and how you too can help by participating in an all-new panel and town hall format.

Military resale and VCS programs meet critical criteria for Defense and Veterans programs, providing a model to emulate, not a program to decimate. In short, we are all part of the solution to present and future challenges, to increase the benefit and not reduce the benefit for our service members and their families.

Exchanges, Canteens and Commissaries provide this model because it offers the ability to produce and support a highly valued benefit with high personnel support, retention, and compensation value, all at little net cost and a significant financial ROI return to the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration.

What will you do and how can you help support the tremendous sacrifice of our military personnel and their families? Please join us in Norfolk.


Hotel Information:
The headquarters hotel for this meeting is the Marriott Norfolk Waterside located at 235 E Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510. The Marriot is offering a discounted group rate to industry attendees: $112 single, plus taxes. To take advantage of this discount, contact the Marriott at 1-800-228-9390 or 757-627-4200, and mention the "American Logistics Association 2014 Exchange Roundtable." This discounted rate will be offered through 5pm eastern, Feb. 12, 2014,, or until the ALA room block fills. Hotel rooms are reserved on a first come, first served basis and attendees are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible for best availability.

Government/Military Partner Reservations:
The Government Per Diem room block secured by ALA is reserved for those persons employed by AAFES (The Exchange), MCCS, NEXCOM, CGES, VCS, DOD or DeCA. The Marriott will require proper ID upon checking in. To reserve a room at the GPD rate, please complete the GPD Hotel Reservation Form and return it to ALA no later than COB Feb. 10, 2014. Reservations will be made on a first come first served basis and, once the GPD block is full, ALA cannot guarantee that a reservation at the GPD rate will be available.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. Cancellations received by Feb. 3, 2014, will receive a full refund. Cancellations received between Feb. 4-21 will be subject to a $250 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after February 21st or for "no-shows". Cancellation refunds will be processed by original method of payment. All refunds will be processed post-meeting and mailed directly to the individual on the registration form. Cancelled registrations may be transferred to individuals within the same company, upon written request. Cancelled registrations may not be transferred to another ALA meeting. Any cancellations resulting due to a family or medical emergency must be submitted in writing by within three days of the start of the meeting to receive a refund.

Click here for the Industry Registration Form (for check payments only) and click here for the GPD Hotel Reservation Form.

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Save the dates:

Dec. 5, 2013: ALA NY Chapter Annual Holiday Luncheon, New York City

Dec. 13, 2013: ALA DFW Chapter holiday luncheon
Where: 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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March 5-7, 2014: ALA Exchange Roundtable, Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, Va.
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Denny's opens concept restaurant on military base
GSA Business
Denny's Corp. said it opened its first nontraditional military base restaurant at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas. The Denny's Fresh Express location is operated in partnership with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, which operates retail and convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, theaters, vending and other businesses on military installations in all 50 states, five U.S. territories and more than 30 countries.
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American burger franchise serves the troops with 1st Navy base location
24-7 Press Release
Recognized as one of the most aggressive and ambitious brands in the United States, Jake's Wayback Burgers has joined forces with the Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme, Navy Exchange to open a new restaurant in the NEX Port Hueneme food court.
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November dedicated to military families
The Fort Campbell Courier
Military Family Appreciation Month is observed every November to recognize and honor Army Families for their contributions and sacrifices. The Army recognizes that the selfless dedication and commitment of Army families directly contributes to the readiness of our soldiers. Families are the force behind the force.
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Authentic Apparel Group launches apparel line with partner Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
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Authentic Apparel Group announces the launch of a premium line of army style clothing that is officially licensed by the U.S. Army. International film star and 10-time former WWE champion, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, will partner with Authentic Apparel Group to celebrate the U.S. Army's rich heritage.
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Belvoir Briefs for Nov. 14
Belvoir Eagle
Click here to read about upcoming events in the area.
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Serving those who serve
Convenience Store News
Today, there are more than 2 million men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, both civilian and military. They serve in cities and towns across the United States, as well as more than 100 countries spanning the globe. One thing they have in common is serving those who serve. An important aspect of serving their members is providing them access to the comforts and conveniences of home. To this end, the different branches operate retail "exchanges" whose store portfolios range from convenience stores to big-box outlets.
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