ALA Executive Briefing
June. 4, 2010

Pentagon denies aircraft carrier being deployed to Korean Peninsula
CNN World
The Pentagon denied it has approved sending the aircraft carrier USS George Washington to the Yellow Sea off the Korean Peninsula, where North Korea allegedly sank a South Korean warship in March.More

House approves plan to slow BRAC moves to Alexandria
The Washington Post
A proposal that could delay the transfer of thousands of defense workers to a new office building in Alexandria was approved by the House of Representatives as part of the defense spending bill. More

Japanese, US seal Okinawa base deal
The Wall Street Journal
The Japanese government issued a joint statement with the U.S. formally sealing a controversial agreement to keep a large number of Marines on the southern island of Okinawa, after the Obama administration made some small concessions to help Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama save face for breaking a campaign promise.More

Senate approves nearly $60 billion for wars
The New York Times
The Senate approved a nearly $60 billion measure to pay for continuing military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq as House Democrats struggled to round up votes for a major package of business tax breaks and safety-net programs for the long-term unemployed.More

Obama deficit commission member calls for Pentagon audit
The Huffington Post
A leading Republican on the president's deficit commission has called, informally, for an audit of the Department of Defense, arguing that without a true sense of what is being spent and where, it will be impossible to achieve significant budget savingsMore

Washington officials honor incoming and outgoing Coast Guard leaders
Executive Government
Adm. Thad Allen chose a most fitting song to be played at the change of command ceremony when he relinquished his position as commandant of the Coast Guard: "Ready for the Storm," by Scottish songwriter Dougie MacLean. Allen will chart a difficult course as he continues his role as the national incident commander for the federal response to the unfolding disaster in the Gulf of Mexico weeks after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.More

Unclear if war supplemental will steer clear of add-ons
Government Executive
The Senate began consideration of a $59 billion war supplemental spending package as Democrats braced to fend off efforts from Republicans who are attempting to force votes on offsetting the cost of the measure.More

Assembly approves ban on plastic bags
Los Angeles Bizjournal
The California Assembly approved a bill that would ban grocers from providing plastic bags to customers. More

Walmart, Target think small with big grocery offer
The nation's grocery competition is heating up, and supermarkets are fighting for market share against nontraditional retailers, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.More

Safeway offers Father's Day gifts
Supermarket News
Safeway is running a Father's Day promotion that links free grilling gifts to purchases of its Rancher’s Reserve private-label beef.More

Asda to buy Netto Foodstores Limited from Dansk Supermarked A/S
Asda announced it had reached agreement with Dansk Supermarked A/S to purchase its fully owned subsidiary, Netto Foodstores Limited.More

Cattle, hogs drop as falling wholesale costs signal demand ebbs
Bloomberg Businessweek
Cattle futures fell for the first time in three days and hogs dropped as sliding wholesale-meat prices in the U.S. signaled demand may be shrinking.More

U.S. Government honors Vita-Mix for successful exporting program
The Gourmet Retailer
The Vita-Mix Corp. has received the prestigious President's "E" Award for Exports in recognition of the company's outstanding achievement in supporting export growth in the U.S. business community. More

Survey: Shoppers expected to spend more this year for Father's Day
Chain Store Age
Americans will spend slightly more this Father's Day, according to the National Retail Federation's 2010 Father's Day Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch.More

Speedway succeeds with swipe fee petition signatures
Convenience Store News
Representatives from Speedway and SuperAmerica convenience stores joined with NACS - the Association for Convenience and Petroleum Retailing, yesterday to deliver nearly 1.7 million new customer petitions asking Congress to enact swipe fee reform to benefit merchants and consumers.More

Retailers report mixed sales results in May
Chain Store Age
May brought mixed sales results for retailers, with early reports suggesting an erratic recovery in consumer spending during a seasonally weaker period of shopping.More

First comprehensive book on shopper marketing launches in US
Progressive Grocer
Kogan Page Publishers has released Shopper Marketing: How to Increase Purchase Decisions at the Point of Sale, the first comprehensive book on the topic of shopper marketing to be published in the United States. More

CSNews Exclusive: Gulf oil grows in Virginia
Convenience Store News
Gulf Oil continued its growth in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., as it signed a branded distributor partnership with Anderson Oil Co.More

AAFES expands mobile marketing efforts
Retailing Today
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service, a joint military activity providing merchandise and services to the military and their families, has expanded its mobile marketing efforts to 120 primary retail stores nationwide due to the program's initial success, the retailer announced.More

Silverpop study uncovers e-mail practices that set top retailers apart
Email works for retailers because consumers use it. But not all retailers do it well, and some don't even do it at all.More

Costco scores high marks on Consumer Reports survey
ABC News
Being the biggest retailer with the largest reach doesn't guarantee a special place in customers' hearts, according to a poll Consumer Reports recently conducted of its readers to find what they thought were the best stores. More

Family Dollar launches new kids line
Retailing Today
Family Dollar announced that it has launched Kidgets, a $10-and-under private label clothing and accessories line for newborns through toddlers. According to the company, Kidgets is an extensive collection of value-priced clothing and accessories.More

Wealthier consumers use more coupons
Marketing Charts
Consumers with an income of $100,000 or more are among the most likely to use coupons, according to a new survey from digital coupon provider

Congratulations MCCS Cindy Whitman-Lacy

This is a great day for MCCS. I would like to inform you that Ms Cindy Whitman-Lacy has accepted the position as Deputy for Business Operations for MCCS effective 27 May 2010.

Please join me in congratulating Cindy in her new assignment. She will be magnificent Deputy for Business Ops and a great addition to the MR leadership team.

My personal thanks to Mr Roberts, Mr Sollis, Mr Loughlin, Mr Winkelhausen, Mr Stewart and all the staff in HR that worked on this selection. They have done a tremendous and extremely thorough job in the process.

Again, congratulations to Cindy. Please let your people know of her selection. More

Farewell Event for Art Myers

Please join us in celebrating Mr. Myers' nearly 50 years of service to the United States. The event will be held at the Bolling Club on 24 July 2010, beginning at 1800.More

Former AAFES Commander Elected Mayor

MG (Ret) CJ Wax
MG (Ret) CJ Wax, has been elected Mayor of the Texas city of Rockport. Congratulations CJ from all of your ALA friends and family.More

NEXCOM Names Its 2009 Associates of the Year

Donna Jorgensen, Branch Exchange Manager, NEX Sugar Grove, W.Va., has been named the Navy Exchange System Worldwide Associate of the Year for 2009. Jorgensen received this recognition for her exceptional performance and service she provides to her customers.

Jack Fyfe, NEXCOM Merchandise Analyst, was named NEXCOM's Associate of the Year for 2009. Fyfe received this award for his tremendous computer knowledge and customer satisfaction skills.More

Family supplemental subsistence allowance
The Paycheck Chronicles
In 2001, in response to the number of military families who were eligible for food stamps, the Department of Defense created a new allowance called the Family Supplemental Subsistence Allowance (FSSA.) What I'm discovering is that many people don't know about the FSSA program, and it can be an important benefit for those families who are eligible. More

Summer programs expand for military children
U.S. DoD
From camps to golf clinics to acclaimed museums, military children have an abundance of free summer programs to choose from this year, a Defense Department official said. The activities not only offer a respite from day-to-day routines, but also foster camaraderie among children dealing with similar military challenges.More