ALA Executive Briefing
March 18, 2011

Pentagon cancer research budget comes under scrutiny
The Washington Post
As the Pentagon seeks to trim spending, there are some programs Congress believes the military can't do without. Among them: cancer research. For almost 20 years, the Defense Department has been the recipient of more than $3.6 billion for cancer research. The programs have never been requested in any presidential budget, and are outside the Pentagon's traditional mission of battlefield medicine and research.More

Unemployment high among young veterans
The Boston Globe
More than 20 percent of young Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans were unemployed last year, the Labor Department said. Concerns that National Guard and Reserve troops will be gone for long stretches and that veterans might have mental health issues or lack civilian work skills appear to be factors keeping the unemployment rate for the veterans at 20.9 percent.More

VA told to shape caregiver rules to 'will of Congress'
Kitsap Sun
Senior Democrats and Republicans on the veterans affairs committees have joined hands to scold the Department of Veterans Affairs over missed deadlines and restrictive language drafted for implementing new benefits for caregivers of severely wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. Recently, in an unusual letter to President Barack Obama, signed by both chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate committees, VA is criticized for missing a Jan. 30 deadline for full implementation of the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. More

Military groups split on Tricare fee hikes
Army Times
Sharp differences recently were revealed among the views of military associations about Pentagon plans to raise health care fees for working-age retirees. The proposal, part of the 2012 defense budget request, would raise annual enrollment fees in Tricare Prime fees by $30 for individuals and $60 for families "is fair," said Kathleen Moakler of the National Military Family Association at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee's military personnel panel.More

Focus groups suggest meat department upgrades
Supermarket News
Many shoppers describe supermarket meat departments as both boring and intimidating, according to a series of shop-along interviews and focus group sessions conducted in Chicago and the Washington, D.C., area by Shugoll Research and Midan Marketing. But these shoppers also offered suggestions for improvement, which Midan and Shugoll divided into short-term fixes that would require little money or time to test and long-term fixes that would require capital investment.More

Whole Foods lends $4 million to local farmers, artisan producers
Progressive Grocer
Natural and organic foods retailer Whole Foods Market hit a milestone of $4 million in low-interest loans it has donated through its Local Producer Loan Program to help small, independent producers expand their businesses and bring more of their high-quality, local products to market. Whole Foods launched the program in 2007, taking its mission to support neighborhood farmers, growers and artisan producers one step further.More

Study: 1 in 4 people are worried about grocery money
Gourmet Retailer
A national hunger survey by Hart Research Associates, commissioned last month by the Food Research and Action Center and Tyson Foods Inc., confirmed that 1 in 4 Americans is worried about having enough money to put food on the table in the next year. Another key finding is that many Americans are unaware of how serious hunger is in their own communities.More

Wegmans sourcing farm-raised organic salmon from Ireland
Store Brands
Rochester, N.Y.-based Wegmans Food Markets announced the introduction of farm-raised salmon sourced from Ireland, in response to customers' increasing demand for more organic options in stores. The filets carry European Union Organic Certification from the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association. Currently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has no established definition for organic seafood.More

Disney expanding presence in the produce aisle
The Packer
No stranger to the produce aisle, Disney-branded fruit and vegetable products are stepping up their offerings in an effort to make the product line more widely available and offer more variety. Disney Consumer Products will work with Minneapolis-based Golden Sun Marketing to enter into new license agreements with growers and shippers to launch several new and refreshed Disney-branded products that will tie in to Disney entertainment content and characters, a press release said.More

Hello proud vendors and brokers of the US Military Resale System,

As co-chair, on behalf of the Hampton Road's Chapter of ALA I want to invite you to the 2011 Hampton Road's ALA Jerry Jared GALA in honor of Jeanne Cox-Evans.

The event will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. April 8 at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Va.

We are pleased to confirm DeCA's Mr. Jeu and NEXCOM's Mr. Good will be attending as featured guests.

Enjoy the fun and atmosphere in Norfolk's most elegant and historic venues with music and karaoke, hearty food stations, open bar, live and silent auctions.

All net proceeds will go to the HR ALA Military Resale System Scholarship and charities fund. The HR ALA annual scholarships are awarded to deserving students who are family members of the Military or the Military Resale System. This community consists of military personnel (active, retired or reserve), civilian employees or retirees of the Navy Exchange System, civilian employees or retirees of the Defense Commissary Agency, civilian employees or retirees of the Army Air Force Exchange System, civilian employees or retirees of the Marine Corps Exchange System and civilian employees or retirees of the Coast Guard Exchange System.

In 2010, we broke all records in raising contributions for the HR ALA scholarship and charity fund. Please help us break a new record for 2011 with your attendance and/or pledge today.

Corporate sponsorships and auction item opportunities are available. Please feel free to reply back with any questions, pledges, auction items, etc. I am honored to help.

Tickets are available for purchase through Paul Wehner MDV at

For our overnight guests, accommodations recommended at the Norfolk Marriott, 757-727-4200.

A special thanks to this year's committee for helping create an elegant event. Tommie Draper (OSC), Nick Cohen (U.S. Sales), Stacey Cartwright (OSC), Heather Snowa (U.S. Sales), J.D. Fenessy (Del Monte), Hank Sheffer (S&K), Diane Maxwell (S&K) Dan Hollinger (U.S. Sales) and Jonathon Westervelt (Unilever).

Thank you for being a part of the Military Resale community.

Marc Michals
Phone: 757-620-8418
Fax: 757-481-2761
Hampton Road's ALA BOD & GSA MemberMore

Department stores, supermarkets announce restricted hours of business
Japan Today
Several supermarket and department store chains recently announced plans to cooperate with planned power outages by reducing their hours of operation. 7-Eleven convenience stores are to remain open throughout the rolling blackouts. Seven & I Holdings currently is working on a way to preserve refrigerated goods and the company says that cash registers will continue to operate, thanks to an internal battery power source.More

For Borders, a scramble to be lean
The Wall Street Journal
Borders Group Inc. hopes to exit bankruptcy-court protection by summer's end after getting a head-start on its restructuring by targeting 200 superstores for closure, Borders President Mike Edwards said in his first interview since the bookstore chain filed for Chapter 11 protection. Borders is exploring closing as many as 75 additional stores, and hopes to present a formal business plan to publishers and other creditors in early April.More

Go-go gadget buy back
The Baltimore Sun
You know that shiny smart phone you bought six months ago? There's an even better one hitting the market right about now. Or how about that flat-panel TV you bought last year? Now they come in 3-D.More

NYC nonprofits, retailers organize for Japan
Crain's New York Business
Three days after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit the northeast coast of Japan, several New York-based companies and organizations have created disaster relief funds to help victims. The earthquake triggered a tsunami and has prompted two explosions at an atomic plant north of Tokyo, while the death toll from the nation's strongest earthquake may top 10,000, according to Bloomberg. More

Nielsen: Men take to stores, women head to couch
MarketingDaily via MediaPost
In its latest analysis of shopper behavior, Nielsen is reporting a subtle gender shift: Men are spending more time in supermarkets, and women are spending more time on the couch watching the tube. Women still are doing the majority of shopping in all retail channels (with the exception of convenience stores), writes Todd Hale, SVP/consumer & shopper insights, in his analysis.More

Japan fears the retail sell-off
Retail stocks continue on their slide as investors worry about the world's second largest consumer market. Brian Sozzi, a StarMine top-ranked Equity Research Retail analyst, talks about his outlook on the sector. More

Bill would delay fed's debit-card fee rule
The Wall Street Journal
Sen. Jon Tester and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators formally launched their legislative attack on the Federal Reserve's plan to regulate debit card transaction fees, a move cheered by banks and credit unions but slammed by retailers. The bill, dubbed the Debit Interchange Fee Study Act, comes amid concerns over the Fed's proposed fee caps and calls for a two-year timeout on the regulation.More

HSN, Kraft Foods cook up strategic alliance
Multichannel News
HSN has put Kraft Foods on its menu, via a multi-year content and commerce partnership. The deal, which represents HSN's first collaboration with a consumer products goods company, will enable shoppers to purchase HSN cooking products on's recipe pages while allowing them to access Kraft Foods content on and other HSN distribution channels.More

In touch with foodservice
Convenience Store Decisions
The latest technologies being used to manage c-store food programs — from touch screens and POS ordering terminals to digital signage — are allowing marketers to enhance communications and streamline operations.More

Pet predicament
Supermarket News
In the four years since the Menu Foods pet recall tarnished the reputation of dozens of store brands, private-label marketers have struggled to gain a foothold in the space. Still fresh in pet owners' minds is the summoning back of 60 million containers of food sold under scores of private and national brands. More

Retail groups oppose bill to undo swipe fee reform
Convenience Store News
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., recently introduced a bill to delay implementation of the so-called Durbin amendment, a measure passed into law last year that would limit the price-fixing engaged in by the nation's largest banks so they would be required to compete on their debit card swipe fees, or charge an amount that is "reasonable and proportional" to their costs. The legislation, S. 575, introduced on March 15 seeks to delay for two years critical reforms aimed at providing relief to America's small business owners.More

Walmart testing express c-store concept
RetailWire via Forbes
RetailWire launched one of its daily online discussions this week by exploring Walmart's new concept: Walmart Express. At 15,000-square-feet, the concept is about a tenth of the size of Walmart's supercenters with a primary focus on groceries.More

How green is your fast food? Greenopia has the answers
Ever wonder which of the country's fast-food options would be your greenest bet? Check out Greenopia's latest rankings of more than 20 popular fast-food chains in the U.S. Restaurants are ranked according to how well they meet Greenopia's criteria, which are divided into the following categories: green building design, supply chain, recycling/take-back programs, stock and sustainability reporting.More

Meet Scotty Robertson in Dallas!

Scotty Robertson is the man whose discovery made the biggest change the game of golf ever has seen. His unorthodox style of play has led NBC's "Dateline Show" to describe his particular golf game as "Lightning in a Bottle."

Robertson discovered a golf grip quite by accident that revolutionized his ability to play the game and in the process has altered the possibilities of how one might choose to swing a golf club in a radically different direction. The discovery more than doubled his driving distance making him one of the longest ball strikers on the planet.

For a decade Robertson taught his technique to thousands of aspiring golfers. There are now more than 10,000 converts' worldwide who use his radically different method, the Robertson Grip.

Here are a few testimonies:

Jack Pulford, Moline, Ill., Golf Digest's 'Second Worst Avid Golfer in America'
"Scotty, you are the man! I'm shooting in the 80s and proud of it! Before I met you on 'Dateline' I had no real hope of getting better, even though I have had lessons with the best in the business. You're amazing. What you have done to my game is as close to a miracle as it gets. Thanks for the new me!"

Lindy C., Scottsdale, Ariz.
"Ever since I started using the Robertson Grip I find men turning around when I'm out practicing on the range. They look at the length of my drives with envy. I believe your method is most advantageous for women because we usually have a hard time getting distance. With your 'grip' it's so effortless to power the ball and get height on your shots. The control is fantastic. Now I put the ball where I want it. This is the grip I will use forever."

Go to for more information.

Scotty will be at the longest hole to hit a drive for each team and also has agreed to do a 30-minute exhibition starting at 10 a.m., before the golf tournament begins. Please make sure you sign up and show up early so you don't miss the opportunity to learn from this golf pioneer.

Thank you,

Julie Fox
On behalf of Rich Krug
ALA Chapter PresidentMore

2011 Exchange Roundtable

March 28-30
Omni Mandalay
Irving, Texas

Online registration is now open! Click here to register now!

Agenda highlights
We have an exciting agenda planned that you will not want to miss! One of our guest speakers will be Denise Austin! Denise is a pioneer in the exercise and sports industry. A 5-foot-4-inch dynamo, she has sold more than 20 million exercise videos and DVDs, authored more than 10 books on fitness and starred in the longest running fitness show in the history of television. Denise's trademark zest for life, positive outlook and can-do attitude have endeared her to millions of fans across the country — and around the world — and earned her the reputation as "America's favorite fitness expert." A multimedia talent, Denise is a top-selling author and a highly sought-after speaker and TV personality. Her upbeat energy and unique ability to make people feel that she's right there with them, cheering them on, have inspired the millions who watch her on television, read her books, or follow her videos and DVDs.

Industry hotel reservations
The Omni Mandalay, 221 East Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, Texas, 75039, is the headquarters hotel for this meeting. The Omni Mandalay is offering a discounted group rate of $149, plus tax. To receive the discounted group rate, contact the hotel at 800-843-6664 and identify yourself with the American Logistics Association 2011 Exchange Roundtable. Reserve your room by March 5 to secure a reservation at the discounted group rate. 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 hotel reservations
The headquarters hotel for this meeting is the Omni Mandalay Hotel, 221 E. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, Texas, 75039. The prevailing government per diem rate is $107, plus taxes. Instructions on reserving a government/military hotel room will be provided when your registration is received by ALA. GPD rooms are available only to those persons who work in a government agency involved in the military resale system, and you will be asked to present proper ID upon checking in. All GPD reservations must be completed by March 5.

Cancellation policy
Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. Cancellations received by Feb. 28 will receive a 100 percent refund. Cancellations received after Feb. 28 but before March 14 will be subject to a $150 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after March 14 or for "no-shows." 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 because of a family or medical emergency must be submitted in writing by March 18 to receive a refund. Cancellation refunds will be processed post-meeting by original method of payment.More

2011 Exchange Roundtable golf tournament

The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the American Logistics Association will be hosting a golf tournament in conjunction with the Exchange Roundtable on March 28.

Spend a day of fun with more than 100 golf enthusiasts from industry and government at the Hackberry Creek Country Club on March 28. Registration starts at 10 a.m. with a noon shotgun start. Space is limited to the first 144 golfers that register and pay.

Hackberry Creek Country Club is an 18-hole private country club designed by the legendary Byron Nelson. It recently celebrated its 25th year of providing a beautiful setting for family fun and upscale business entertaining. Hackberry Creek has enjoyed critical acclaim with Avid Golfer magazine's "Best of Private Clubs." Visit for directions and more information about the club.

Special guest golf pro Scotty Robertson will be on the longest hole to hit a drive for each team. Robertson's unorthodox style of play has led NBC's "Dateline Show" to describe his particular golf game as "Lightning in a Bottle." For more information, go to

The tournament will be a best ball/scramble format with first and second place prizes for two flights. Prizes for longest drive and closest to pin will also be awarded.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for lunch, dinner, the 19th Hole Awards Ceremony, hole sponsors, longest drive and closest to pin. Co-sponsorships are also available. Please see the registration form for more information.

Player fees for industry are $125, and the government rates are $75. This includes:

* Box Lunch * 19th Hole Reception & Dinner * Snacks & Beverages
* Greens Fees * Cart Fees * Range Balls

Please fill out the attached registration form and return it no later than March 25.

Please join us after your spectacular round of golf for the awards reception and auction. Proceeds from the auction benefit the AREA Scholarship Fund. Donated items are always welcome and very much appreciated. If you're interested in donating items for the auction, please contact Julie Fox at or 469-221-4122.More

Leukemia and Lymphoma Golf Benefit
Golf Digest Planner
Please join us for the first annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Golf Benefit on April 11.

We will have a great day of golf at the beautiful Coyote Ridge Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas.

The event will include a four-person scramble, goody bags, luncheon, contest, prizes and awards at the luncheon. Goody bags include gift cards, a free round of golf and other great items with a total cash value that exceeds the individual entry fee.

Individual golfers: $125

four-person teams: $450 (You must register as a team to qualify for discount.)

Registration fee includes greens fee, cart and luncheon after the tournament.

Special offer: Included with your online registration is a one-year subscription to Golf Digest (a $10 value).

Register now and remember to invite your friends to play.More

Fort Benning soldiers try out new uniforms for women
Two weeks after donning an Army Combat Uniform cut especially for women, Capt. Patricia Cameron said she feels more confident and professional compared to wearing the standard loose-fitting, frumpy uniform used by all soldiers. "Now I feel I look like a professional," Cameron said recently in the test uniform. "I feel more confident in my appearance. People keep asking me, 'Did you do something different, did you do something to your hair, did you lose some weight?'" More