ALA Executive Briefing
March 12, 2010

Defense Secretary in Afghanistan
FNC (video)
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the U.S. is on the right path in Afghanistan. Gates spoke today with White House correspondent Mike Emanuel after spending part of the day in an area that until recently was controlled by the Taliban.More

Axing the appointees
Government Executive - FedBlog
The number of Executive Branch political appointees could be dramatically cut under a bill reintroduced in the Senate.More

Two options left for moving Futenma
The Japan Times
The government is narrowing the relocation of Futenma air station in Okinawa down to two options, including a plan to build a helipad at the marines' Camp Schwab in Nago, government sources said.More

Local panel wants justifications for carrier move
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
A panel of Hampton Roads congressmen, elected state and city leaders, and retired military officers sent a letter to top Navy officials Tuesday asking pointed questions about plans to move an aircraft carrier from Norfolk to Mayport, Fla.More

The $100,000 question: How much pay is too much for a federal employee?
Government Executive
As federal employee pay becomes a hot-button political issue, employee groups and analysts say focusing solely on salary figures ignores issues like the federal classification system and the importance of the work civil servants do.More

Decadelong tanker saga draws to a close
Boston Globe
Northrop Grumman Corp.'s decision to forgo bidding on the US Air Force's $35 billion refueling tanker program, leaving Boeing Co. without a competitor, might not mark the end of a nearly decadelong quest to replace the military's existing fleet, a Boeing executive said.More

'Hurt Locker' shines light on real-life bomb defusers
Fayetteville Observer
With controversy swirling and one soldier having sued the filmmakers, Avon and other EOD technicians with the 722 Ordnance Company at Fort Bragg aren't allowed to share their opinions of the film. But they were happy to shed some light on exactly what it is they do.More

EPA honors Food Lion chain
Charlotte Business Journal
The Environmental Protection Agency has added the Food Lion supermarket chain to its list of Energy Star leaders.More

Supervalu schedules promotion at 3,400 stores
Supermarket News
Supervalu is planning a one-week sales event with a major supplier at 3,400 stores in the coming months, Craig Herkert, president and chief executive officer of the Minneapolis-based company, said here Wednesday at the Bank of America-Merrill Lynch Consumer Conference. More

Schwarzenegger signs Calif. Beverage-Recycling Relief Bill
Progressive Grocer
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation supported by the California Grocers Association that aims to restore the state's Beverage Container Recycling Program and Fund to solvency through June.More

Retailers, take back your shelves
Retail Customer Service
Shoppers are looking for authenticity, not just in the products, but in the seller of those products. Differentiation is coming back, with better branding, and a growing commitment to the shopper above all. Taking back your shelves need not be expensive, and any loss in "wrong door revenue" can be overcome.More

Safeway says prices now in line with rivals
The Wall Street Journal
Safeway Inc. says its prices are now in line with its main grocery store competitors in the U.S., signaling that the grocery store operator may be done with its most aggressive price cuts.More

Adult incontinence category is booming
Brand Week
Personal care brands Depend, Tena and Poise are on a mission to remove the social stigma of adult incontinence, with a flurry of new campaigns and product launches targeting boomers.More

Peapod aims to eradicate food deserts
Progressive Grocer
Internet grocer Peapod has joined forces with Chicago-based sustainable communities group Neighbor Capital and food desert researcher Mari Gallagher to look at ways to expand delivery to communities where a dearth of full-service grocery stores makes it difficult to obtain quality fresh food.More

Weis Markets receives 'silver' certification from GreenChill
Drug Store News
Regional supermarket chain Weis Markets has earned a certification award from the GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership, a voluntary Environmental Protection Agency alliance with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.More

Diet Coke eyes 'Next Gen' consumers
Brand Week
Diet Coke made its appearance at this year's Oscars. A new 60-second spot for the soft-drink brand debut during the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 7. The spot is part of an ongoing campaign called "Stay Extraordinary," and "celebrates the achievements of the next generation of Diet Coke drinkers," per the brand, which is owned by The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta.More

Behind every green retailer is smart technology
Retail Merchandiser
Retailers of all shapes and sizes are continually working to become more eco-conscious, and technology is key to becoming a greener business. From telecommuting to paperless operations, technology is an innately green component of retailers’ businesses that can minimize environmental impact and maximize business growth.More

Retail sales post strongest gains since late 2007
NPR
Shoppers returned to the nation's malls last month, buying a surprising amount of spring clothing and other items and helping stores post the strongest retail sales since November 2007, a month before the recession began.More

Target launches scannable mobile coupon program
Chain Store Age
Target said it is first national retailer to offer a scannable mobile coupon program that allows guests to receive exclusive offers directly on their mobile phones.More

Quick-service restaurants ditch fiberglass look
NACS Online
Forget the fiberglass chairs and stationary tables — fast-food restaurants are going upscale with their décor, Brandweek reports. For example, McDonald's is importing its "urban redesign" look from locations in the European Union to U.S. units. More

Walgreens' monthly sales rise
Drug Store News
Walgreens had February sales of $5.31 billion, an increase of 3.2 percent from $5.14 billion for the same month in 2009. The drug store chain also reported that its same-store sales increased 0.4 percent.More

ExxonMobil positioned for growth
Convenience Store News
At its annual presentation to investment analysts at the New York Stock Exchange, ExxonMobil executives shared the company's 2009 results during a challenging year. The company also revealed plans for the upcoming year. More

Kohl's opening nine new stores in March
The Business Journal
Kohl's Department Stores said that this month it will open nine of the 30 new stores the Menomonee Falls-based department store chain plans to add this year.More

JC Penney to focus on exclusives, sees malls return
Reuters
Department stores must keep ramping up exclusive lines of clothing and accessories if they are to win market share from rivals and thrive in the still sluggish U.S. consumer spending environment, JC Penney Co Inc. Chief Executive Myron Ullman said.More

Maj. Gen. Reuben Jones, Sonia Sotomayor honored during Black History Month
Army MWR
Maj. Gen. Reuben D. Jones, commanding general of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, was honored Sat., Feb. 27 with the "Keepers of the Community Award" at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Gospel Service.More

Seven WCAP Soldiers, alums make Team USA for Olympic Winter Games
U.S. Army
Seven current and former members of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program have earned spots on Team USA for the XXI Olympic Winter Games, scheduled for Feb. 12-28 in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.More