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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


'Enough is enough,' American Legion National Commander rips latest proposal to close stateside commissaries
Read the Full Story
Business Wire via Yahoo News
The head of the nation's largest veterans service organization slammed a Department of Defense proposal to shut down all military-run grocery stores in the United States as just "another plan to punish veterans" for Washington's inability to balance the budget. "As we count our blessings on Thanksgiving, shouldn't we remember that it is our veterans and our military that have kept us safe and free?" asked American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger.


Fort Bragg shoppers criticize talk of closing commissaries
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The Fayetteville Observer via Stars and Stripes, Michael Futch
Like many active-duty soldiers and veterans in the area, Mark Erskine goes to the commissaries on Fort Bragg to buy food and basic household supplies. Erskine, who is commander of American Legion Post 230, cannot imagine not having the stores. Yet the Defense Department has reportedly asked the Defense Commissary Agency for a plan to close all stateside base commissaries.

Is a benefit a promise?
Read the Full Story
DCMilitary.com, Chris Basham
DoD officials have asked the Defense Commissary Agency to create a plan to close all commissaries in the U.S., as part of the DoD's FY 2015 budget request. It's just a request for a plan. There's no schedule at this point that says the 178 commissaries in the U.S. will shut down for certain by a particular date. But it's on the table, in a way it has not been before.

No commissaries? That would betray a pact
Read the Full Story
The Fayetteville Observer
As the Pentagon looks for places to cut expenses, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his top military aides have asked the Defense Commissary Agency to come up with a plan to close its U.S.-based locations — 178 of them, including two on Fort Bragg. This will doubtless enrage the people who use the post grocery stores and save as much as 30 percent over what they'd pay in civilian markets.


Commissary closure plan a bad idea
Read the Full Story
UT San Diego
The Pentagon's latest effort to comply with mandatory budget cuts includes the potential closure of all U.S. military commissaries in 2015. It's a hurtful way to save money. We hope our congressional delegation will fight hard not to let it happen. Commissaries provide low-cost groceries and other household necessities. Closing them would hurt active and retired members of the military and their families, who on average save more than 30 percent on their grocery bills, according to the Defense Commissary Agency, which administers U.S. commissaries worldwide.


Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association




WASHINGTON UPDATE


Leaders warn troops may leave military if benefits cut
WVEC-TV
Military leaders are warning about potentially dire consequences if cuts are made to Military retirement benefits. Their warnings came at the first field hearing of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, a panel that will make recommendations for modernizing the programs to President Barack Obama and Congress in the spring of 2014.
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Defense authorization conferees meet in secret
Roll Call
The Senate has not passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act — yet — but the main players in an NDAA conference aren't waiting. The chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Armed Services committees recently met to discuss how they could conference the defense authorization act in a nearly impossible timeline.
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Obama names Christine Fox Acting Deputy Defense Secretary
Defense News
In an unprecedented move, President Barack Obama has appointed Christine Fox, the Pentagon's former chief program and budget analyst, to serve as acting deputy defense secretary while the search continues for a candidate to fill the position on a full-time basis, defense sources said.
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Resale chiefs emphasize value of Exchange benefits
The Fort Huachuca Scout
When looking for savings in light of budget cuts and sequestration, don't take arbitrary chunks out of the military exchange services that provide important morale and quality-of-life benefits to service members and their families, Exchange executives urged Congress this past week.
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Pentagon to cut jobs, contracts by $1 billion
CNN
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently announced he's trimming the Pentagon headquarters' budget by 20 percent, starting in 2014. It will result in jobs cuts and reduction in contracts with private companies. The budget cuts will happen even if Congress ends sequester, according to the defense agency.
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., Dec. 5, 2013.

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NOTICES TO TRADE
14-06, Implementation of Global Data Synchronization – MUST READ
14-07, Store Reset Dates – Laughlin AFB

MISCELLANEOUS
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Performance Measures – Bi-Weekly Fill Rates, 16 – 30 November 2013.
CRV Values, 1 December 2013.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR
March 5-7, 2014: 2014 Exchange Roundtable at Marriott Norfolk Waterside, Norfolk, Va. Registration is open.



COMMISSARY NEWS


Is the Department of Defense planning to close commissaries?
NBC San Diego News
Defense officials have reportedly asked the Defense Commissary Agency to draft a plan to close U.S. commissaries. It would be part of budget-cutting efforts for the 2015 Department of Defense budget request.
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Commissaries could land on list of Pentagon spending cuts
KLTV-TV
Talk of commissary closures across the U.S. and around the world may be premature, but for those in the military who depend on the cost-savings they provide, the possibility is no less worrisome.
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Fresh fruits, vegetables and live potted plants
Federal Business Opportunities
The Contractor is to provide delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables and fresh, live potted plants as a drop-ship, or in accordance with Defense Commissary Agency's Guaranteed Sale Potted Plant Program for resale in 14 commissaries located in Area 4 (Group 1 and Group 2) in Washington, Montana, Idaho and Alaska that are assigned to the Defense Commissary Agency's Western and Pacific Regions in Area 4.
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Single racks, roll-in stainless steel
Federal Business Opportunities
This solicitation is being issued as 100 percent total small business set-aside. The solicitation is for 66 single racks, roll-in, stainless steel 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.
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Fruits and vegetables post gains in Q3
Progressive Grocer
Despite increases in average retail prices, fresh fruits and vegetables posted sales gains in the third quarter compared to last year, with organic fruits and vegetables in particular showing positive growth in both dollars and volume, according to FreshFacts on Retail, the quarterly report from the United Fresh Produce Association.
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More grocery stores bagging personalized pricing
WRTV-TV
More supermarkets are experimenting with "personalized pricing" which means you and the shopper standing next to you could pay two different amounts for the same gallon of milk. Personalized pricing refers to the ongoing effort by brick-and-mortar retailers, supermarkets especially, to imitate what online retailers such as Amazon.com have done for years: Use customers' shopping history to make intelligent guesses about what they will want to buy next, when they'll want it, and how much they'll be willing to pay.
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Hostess president: Brand may move beyond US soon
BakeryAndSnacks.com
Hostess Brands could move beyond the U.S. as strong interest from around the world has the potential to spark partnerships, its president says. Following bankruptcy in November 2012, Hostess Brands hit the shelves again in July 2013 under new ownership. Four months in, President of Hostess Brands Rich Seban said the brand portfolio remains strong and could even move beyond the U.S.
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Study: Some frozen produce healthier than fresh
The Grower
Although many consumers may believe that fresh produce contains more nutrients than frozen, a University of Georgia study may say otherwise. Ronald Pegg, an associate professor of food science and technology, led a group that looked at vitamin and mineral content of eight fruits and vegetables. The researchers compared the values to those found in the same fruits and vegetables that had been frozen and packaged commercially. They found that some fruits and vegetables had higher levels of vitamin A, Vitamin C and folates than produce that had been stored for five days.
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COALITION NEWS




Dear Coalition Member:

Our hearts were lifted when we heard that President Obama believes commissaries are an important benefit of military life and that closure of these stores:

"... is not how a great nation should be treating its military and military families."


The President recognizes the value of commissaries but it appears that some in his Administration haven't gotten the memo. We were disappointed to hear:

the Pentagon is considering closing all commissaries in the United States.


The President said: "We can do better than that." — We can and we must!

Closing these stores would be a terrible betrayal and more evidence of promises made and promises broken in our military benefits. Commissaries are a vital part of military pay and compensation. They are one of military families' most valued earned benefits. They help make ends meet and recognize military service at a time when the Administration says that:

          programs and services for our military families are more important than ever to take
          care of our military who have endured 12 years of war.

And, closure of these stores would be a slap in the face of the thousands of family members and Veterans who work in these stores — employment the President and First Lady have so consistently fostered.

We realize these are tough economic times, and that sequestration and shrinking budgets are forcing the Pentagon to make some drastic decisions. Commissaries have stepped up to the plate and made their fair share of reductions in costs over the years. Singling them out for outright closure just isn't right.

The President asked for a review of military compensation and retirement, and Congress created a commission to do just that. Why would he not allow them to do their job? Why would he let DoD cut commissary benefits before they have had a chance to be thoroughly reviewed?

We know the President and the First Lady care for our military families because they said so — time and time again. Our military have fought the good fight for our Nation, now we ask the President to fight the good fight for them!

Please don't allow their hard earned commissary benefit to be taken away!

TAKE ACTION by writing the president.

Join Save Our Benefit. Like us on Facebook.
Ask your friends to join our efforts as well!




The Coalition to Save our Military Shopping Benefits is working to ensure military families and veterans have a voice in shaping polices that impact our nation's ability to keep a healthy and vibrant commissary system. Washington policy makers need to hear from commissary beneficiaries and employees!




A concerned message from Allen West, former member of Congress: 'Military commissaries now facing Hagel's hatchet'
Allen B West
WOW the possible loss of more benefits to active duty and retired military members, not to mention the loss of thousand of jobs held by DeCa employees ...

My first introduction to the military commissary system was as a teenager when my friend from church, Prince Woodbury, told us about the awesome job he'd landed at the Fort Gillem commissary.

He was a bagger there and bragged about the tips he received, because baggers did not get a paid salary. We were automatically jealous and as soon as we could, caught the city bus and put in our applications to be baggers at Fort Gillem and at Fort MacPherson. Unfortunately I didn't get one of those jobs but always appreciated those who were commissary baggers.

A military commissary is a part of tradition. It's a place where soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coastguardsmen gather with their families, regardless of rank. It's a place where military families and children develop some fond memories, such as my wife Angela and our daughters did.

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Consumer spending rises in November
USA Today
Americans spent an average $91 a day in November, up from $88 in October and continuing a healthy rebound in consumption since the 2008 financial crisis, according to a Gallup Daily tracking survey.

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Fresh, shell-protected eggs
Federal Business Opportunities
The Defense Commissary Agency is seeking fresh, shell-protected egg companies who are capable of providing several types of eggs and quantities to at least 52 West area Commissary locations.

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Report: Expect sequestration to hit much harder in 2014
Government Executive
Less severe cuts, deferred costs and temporary solutions mitigated sequestration's effect in its inaugural year, but will not help lessen the impact in 2014, according to a new report.

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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


Why military personnel make ideal business people
Military.com
The terminology of the modern business world can sometimes seem packed with hyperbole. For a Starbucks barista, running out of chai might equate to a "logistical nightmare." A Staples manager, meanwhile, might consider ordering the wrong size of copy paper a "supply chain disaster." Are those situations inconvenient? Sure. Catastrophic? No, probably not. For service members, however, supply chain errors or logistical miscalculations can have profound consequences. And that can put lives — not just livelihoods — at risk.
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Holiday weekend sales dip on discounts — e-commerce jumps
Reuters
Heavy discounting took a toll on U.S. retail sales during the Thanksgiving weekend as shoppers spent almost 3 percent less than they did a year earlier, according to data released Sunday by an industry group. That could be an indication of a more difficult season for many retailers.
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Wal-Mart steps up security as fights break out over TVs
Bloomberg
With an estimated 140 million Americans predicted to shop this past weekend, retailers bolstered their security, deploying Segway patrols and putting on live music to distract shoppers and avoid the deal-hunting scrums that foster Black Friday tramplings.
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What's that? An Amazon store?
The Wall Street Journal
Amazon.com has set up camp on enemy turf to sell Kindle tablets and e-readers. The Seattle retailer has a pop-up shop within a San Francisco mall where it is selling the devices as well as branded covers and power adapters from vending machines. There are sample Kindles on display for shoppers to test.
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Sears CEO sees room to close more stores
Reuters
U.S. retailer Sears Holdings Corp, which has been struggling to generate cash from its operations, sees room to close more stores next year, Chief Executive Edward Lampert said. The operator of Sears department stores and the Kmart discount chain has closed about 300 U.S. stores since 2010, tightly managing inventory, selling real estate and shedding assets at home and in Canada as it tries to engineer a turnaround after years of declining sales.
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Retailers continue to deliver good jobs for our veterans
Retail's BIG Blog
All of our veterans leave the military with hard-won valor and battle-tested skills, yet sadly tens of thousands still struggle to parlay these virtues into gainful civilian, private sector employment. The reasons vary, but the effects are stark: 10 percent of all post-2001 veterans remain unemployed, compared with only 6.8 percent unemployment for the civilian population. But the retail industry, which already employs 900,000 veterans, continues to step up and address this divide.
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S&P 500 drops J.C. Penney
Chain Store Age
J.C. Penney will no longer be included on the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Dow Jones Indices, which manages the S&P 500 as well as many other financial indices, said Allegion, an Ireland-based provider of mechanical and electronic security products, will replace J.C. Penney on the S&P 500.
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Penney same-store sales up 10 percent in November
Chain Store Age
J. C. Penney said its same-store sales rose 10.1 percent for the fiscal month ending Nov. 30, 2013. The retailer's stock recently rose from 4.6 percent to $10.57 percent in after-hours trading.
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Mobile shopping skyrockets Thanksgiving and Black Friday
Chain Store Age
When compared with a baseline shopping period of mid-October of this year, total mobile visits on Thanksgiving and Black Friday increased 93 percent. Data from multichannel platform provider Usablenet also shows that overall mobile transactions increased 219 percent and total revenue from mobile transactions increased by 368 percent.
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ShopperTrak: 'Black Weekend' sales look good
Chain Store Age
When compared to "Black Weekend" last year, brick-and-mortar retail sales between Thanksgiving and Sunday, Dec. 1 increased 1 percent as shoppers spent an estimated total of $22.2 billion across the four days. However, retail shopper traffic decreased by 4 percent, to an estimated 1.8 billion store visits, according to new data from ShopperTrak.
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Wal-Mart ranks Cyber Monday as its biggest online sales day ever
Chain Store Age
Wal-Mart said that Cyber Monday 2013 was the biggest online sales day in its history. "We had an all-time record sales day yesterday as the momentum we saw on Thanksgiving carried through to Cyber Monday," said Joel Anderson, president and CEO, Walmart.com U.S.
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Study: Millennial, Boomer shoppers have similarities
Chain Store Age
There are significant similarities between millennial and boomer shoppers. A study of millennial and boomer purchasing trends conducted by Radius Global Market Research shows that while there are certainly differences, there are also significant similarities between the groups.
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Shoppers prefer brick-and-mortar for most holiday gifts
Chain Store Age
Despite the growth in e-commerce, Americans still prefer to make most holiday gift purchases in stores close to home, according to a recent national survey conducted for Family Dollar.
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Luxury brands follow shoppers to digital
eMarketer
For many luxury consumers, the appeal of buying luxury goods goes beyond owning the actual item — it's the experience surrounding the purchase of an expensive item. And what separates the luxury buying experience from the mass experience is the personal approach.
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Competition from everywhere has Hasbro, Mattel in toyland showdown
Advertising Age
Forget the most wonderful time of the year. For Mattel and Hasbro, it's the most stressful. The toy giants are entering the holiday season — which accounts for a whopping 40 percent of their annual revenue — trying to win a larger piece of a limited market.
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Top takeaways from retailers' 'Super Bowl' weekend
Retailer's BIG Blog
Similar to the dedication and planning by families to make that ideal Thanksgiving meal, retailers spend months preparing for what is essentially a five-day shopping event — the four days of Thanksgiving weekend plus Cyber Monday. This year, retailers made sure to beef up the trimmings.
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Ship the box
This is Retail
Are you shipping gifts to loved ones this year? Ordering presents online? If so, your package will be one of over 420 million shipped this holiday season. The following is a look behind the scenes at what goes on to get that package to your doorstep.
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Top 10 myths about working in retail
Military.com
Working retail during the holidays, or during any transitional period, comes with some advantages. The work is usually relatively easy to find, and it can provide a boost to your income while you attend school or look for another job. However, it's important to understand the reality of the industry.
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NRF CEO Shay: We're seeing 'record-breaking' numbers
Retail's BIG Blog
Dozens of retailers responded to consumer demand by opening stores earlier than ever on Thanksgiving night, including Macy's, Toys "R" Us, Wal-Mart and Best Buy, to name a few. When asked about the fact that they opened on Thanksgiving for the first time ever, Macy's President and CEO Terry Lundgren told CNBC about 15,000 people were waiting for doors to open last night, compared to 11,000 people last year when the store opened at midnight on Thanksgiving.
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Thanksgiving takes more Black Friday sales
San Francisco Chronicle
Thanksgiving Day is no longer all about turkey: It's eating away at Black Friday shopping. U.S. shoppers spent $9.74 billion on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. That's a drop of 13.2 percent compared with last year, according to data released by research firm ShopperTrak. The decline appears to show that more Americans shopped on the holiday itself.
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On Black Friday, the real fight was online
The Wall Street Journal
Brick-and-mortar retailers mounted a furious defense on Black Friday to head off incursions into one of the industry's biggest shopping days by such online rivals as Amazon.com Inc. The tactics were evident in stores and on websites as millions of holiday shoppers lined up to spend their dollars on highly touted deals.
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Wal-Mart's hot Black Friday seller was a 29-cent towel
NBC News
The breakout hit at Wal-Mart on "Black Friday" wasn't a mega TV, sleek tablet or the latest giggling Elmo. It was towels. It's a sign of the times that consumers battered by a recovery that has boosted corporate profits but has done little to raise their own bottom lines are reduced to scrapping over basic bathroom supplies.
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Maximizing sales during the Christmas rush
By Harry J. Friedman
As exciting as it can be on the sales floor during the Christmas season, the rush inevitably creates havoc for retail stores and makes it difficult for them to maximize potential sales. The number of customers who wander in and out of stores during the chaos without being acknowledged, directed to merchandise or served in any way equals lost sales. When faced with the option of waiting for assistance or going to another store, the majority of customers move on to another store.
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How well do you know your online shoppers?
Small Business Trends
If you ask eCommerce merchants how much they know about their customers, how well they know online shoppers, you may get a general reply. Many may only be able to describe their customers based on demographics of gender, age and level of income. So do they really understand why, when, where and how their customers make their purchases?
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CDC introduces 2 critical tools for food safety
Food Product Design
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified gaps in the education of restaurant workers, as well as public health surveillance, as two critical areas that need to be improved to prevent and reduce the incidence of foodborne illnesses.
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Santa — and retail — need a working transportation system
Retail's BIG Blog
Over 420 million packages will be shipped this holiday season. But reindeer alone aren't enough to help Santa deliver all those gifts and goodies on time. Behind the holiday magic is America's transportation infrastructure system, which is critical to ensuring that holiday packages get where they need to be and when they need to be there. NRF's new "Ship the Box" video is a behind-the-scenes look at the roads, railways, bridges and other transportation networks that bring time-sensitive holiday shipments from warehouse to doorstep.
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Energy-efficient strategies for restaurant facility management
By Archita Datta Majumdar
More and more commercial establishments are waking up to the fact that they need to conserve and better utilize energy for better and greener results. Along with being active help for the environment, these measures can lead to considerable savings for the business. For restaurant owners and facility managers, this can lead to not just savings but also significant profits. As the official Energy Star website states, typically a restaurant's profit is about 3-9 percent of total revenue. But with energy-efficient practices, a restaurant can see as much as a 30 percent return.
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EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENTS


Exchange welcomes Lt. Gen. Samuel D. Cox as Chairman of the Board
Public Affairs
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service announced that Lt. Gen. Samuel D. Cox will serve as the Chairman of the Exchange Board of Directors, effective Dec. 2, 2013. General Cox, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services on Nov. 5, replaced Lt. Gen. Darrell Jones, who served as Chairman of the Exchange Board of Directors since April 2013 and retired from the Air Force on Nov. 21.
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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)
Click here for the GPD Hotel Reservation Form

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AAFES Sales October 2013

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Gary Sinise performs for Navy Yard workers
The Associated Press via The Virginian-Pilot
Actor Gary Sinise and his musical group, the Lt. Dan Band, recently played at the DAR Constitution Hall for Navy Yard workers. The concert came a few months after former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis killed 12 people inside a Navy Yard building before shooting himself.
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Task force keeps bases functioning, safe in Afghanistan
The Gadsden Times
Lt. Col. Jim McGlaughn writes, " Happy Thanksgiving from Kabul! I am thankful every day for serving with the extraordinary men and women of Task Force Tarpon. Task Force Tarpon excels in the complex and rapidly evolving situation here in Kabul, Afghanistan. In previous articles, I described some of our high profile missions "outside the wire." However, the centerpiece of Task Force Tarpon's mission set is managing the five bases that make up the Kabul Base Cluster through its Base Operating Support-Integrators."
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The necessity for advancing technology
Armed with Science
A Pentagon official says that, with technology doubling in advancement roughly every decade, the Defense Department needs to ensure capable and flexible weapons systems to meet future challenges. "The military, while leaner, needs to be more agile, flexible, ready and technologically advanced," Stephen Welby, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for systems engineering told the Defense Daily's Open Architecture Summit.
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