ALA Executive Briefing
Aug. 29, 2014

McDonald works to soften image of VA employees
Federal Times
The rebranding of Veterans Affairs Department employees has begun.More

Undersecretary hosts closed-door debates over HQ cuts, strategy
Army Times
To map deep cuts throughout Army headquarters, or decide any other thorny issue facing the service, the Army's top leadership has launched a new weekly power huddle at the Pentagon. More

Fort Lee incident now the 3rd active shooting this year on US military bases
Defense One
For a very tense hour-and-a-half early morning on Aug. 25, officials from Virginia U.S. Army base Fort Lee responded to an active shooting incident at one of its training headquarters buildings.More

The incredible shrinking defense industry
POLITICO
Major defense contractors are shrinking — big time. More

UPS data breach does not affect exchange customers
Military Times
Military shoppers who made purchases or shipped packages through The UPS Store locations operated through the Army and Air Force Exchange Service were not affected by the data breach involving about 1 percent of the UPS Store locations nationwide, AAFES officials said.More

Scholarships for Military Children
Fisher House Foundation
Fisher House Foundation announces the Scholarships for Military Children Program for academic year 2015-16. Now in its 15th year, the program has awarded more than $12 million in scholarship grants to more than 8,000 military children, primarily through the generosity of DeCA vendors. Point of contact is Jim Weiskopf, Vice President, Fisher House Foundation. More

Grocers lead kids to produce aisle with junk food-style marketing
NPR
Despite all the cheerleading for healthy eating, Americans still eat only about one serving of fruit per day, on average. And our veggie consumption, according to an from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls short, too.More

GMA sets initiatives to improve food safety assessments
Supermarket News
The Grocery Manufacturers Association announced a series of initiatives to advance the procedures used to assess the safety of food ingredients. According to Leon Bruner, chief science officer for GMA, "Our industry is committed to providing consumers with safe, quality, affordable and innovative products. In the spirit of that ongoing commitment, we are launching a modernization initiative that will improve the process and increase transparency for making Generally Recognized As Safe determinations of ingredients added to food." More

Supermarket guilt lanes: Who cares the most about their customers' health?
The Guardian
As Aldi announces plans to ban sweets and chocolates from its tills, we perform a supermarket sweep to see where the last-minute temptations are strongest.More

Why retail marketers should be leading the way
Supermarket News
Loyalty expert Simon Uwins writes: When I joined Tesco (then a struggling U.K. supermarket chain) as a young marketer, retail was at best a marketing outpost. For a career in marketing you were supposed to join the likes of Procter & Gamble or Unilever. I remember my family and friends thinking I was crazy to join them. However, as it turned out, the marketing challenges I encountered in retail are faced by every marketer today. More

E-commerce finally beginning to eat into massive supermarket business
Business Insider
E-commerce has yet to prove that it can make a serious dent in the $600 billion a year grocery industry in the U.S., but one promising opportunity is in selling specialty foods, including gourmet, health-conscious, ethnic or otherwise hard-to-find food and beverage items. More

Deal reached to sell supermarket chain to ex-CEO
The Associated Press via USA Today
A New England supermarket chain that has been in turmoil for weeks over a workers' revolt and customer boycott has announced that the former CEO will buy a majority stake in the business.More

Hunger study exposes number of military families living on 'financial edge'
Associations Now
In response to national survey findings indicating military families are visiting food banks more frequently than their civilian counterparts, the National Military Family Association is raising awareness of this population's financial vulnerabilities.More

Dale Bryan Memorial Golf Outing
Memorial Golf Staff
Please join us at the Dale Bryan Memorial Golf Outing at Prairie Lakes Golf Course in Grand Prairie, Texas, on September 29. The tournament will be a scramble team format followed by a lunch catered by Eddlemon's BBQ and awards.

Sign-in will begin at 0700 with tee off at 0800.

There will be mulligans for sale during check-in and the tickets also will be used for drawings after the awards. There will be prizes for 1st through 3rd place and hole awards for closest to the pin on par 3's and longest drive.

All proceeds will be donated to a charity in Dale's name and that will be announced at the awards following the tournament.

Please use this link to sign up and help us make this an awesome event!More

NEXCOM Preferred Vendor Partner
Chief Merchandising Office
The Navy Exchange Service Command is transitioning to an electronic routing processing system in order to communicate final routing information for purchase orders. Beginning Nov. 7, access to the Transportation Management Portal will be limited and we will no longer fulfill routing requests or provide information via that channel for our preferred vendor partners, those with a sales volume of more than $50,000 at cost.

We have partnered with SPS Commerce, the largest provider of EDI services to the retail industry, to help our vendor community implement this system. This change in business practice will create efficiencies on all sides with regard to transportation and inventory management.

Jim Frome, EVP, COO at SPS Commerce, and I will be conducting a live webcast at 2 p.m. EDT, Aug. 26, to provide details on the initiative, requirements and available solutions. Please ensure that any necessary participants from your company attend this webcast. You may register by clicking the button below.

After the webcast, an SPS Commerce representative will contact your company to review the initiative. Please respond to SPS Commerce by Sept. 26, to ensure continued collaboration between NEXCOM and our vendor community. We look forward to working with you to make this initiative a success.

Sincerely,

Tess Paquette
Senior Vice President
Chief Merchandising Office More

Analyst: Best Congress will do is 2 governmentwide spending bills
Defense News
A prominent federal budget analyst is predicting the best Congress will do this year on spending bills is pass two massive governmentwide measures.More

Universities chase big defense dollars
POLITICO
Some of the nation's most elite universities are deep into defense lobbying, often hiring Washington, D.C.-based firms to press Congress and the Pentagon to fund their science projects.More

DeCA announces changes in 4 leadership positions
Defense Commissary Agency
Defense Commissary Agency Director and Chief Executive Officer Joseph H. Jeu announced changes in four senior leadership positions within the Sales, Marketing & Policy Group. Changes take effect Aug. 10More

Articles from Chain Store Age
CSA
Sears Q2 loss widens, more store closings on tap

Dollar Tree profit dips in second quarter

Survey: 1 in 3 shoppers want to see items in personMore

Family Dollar rejects Dollar General's takeover bid
Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Recently, the discount chain rejected Dollar General Corp.'s $9 billion cash offer, opting instead to stick with Dollar Tree Inc.'s $8.5 billion cash-and-stock deal that is worth less money but may have an easier time passing muster with antitrust regulators.More

UPS Store computer breach put customer data at risk
Bloomberg
United Parcel Service Inc. said a breach of computer systems at UPS Store retail outlets may have exposed customers' personal and payment data at some locations this year. More

Target cuts forecast as it woos back customers with more discounts
Reuters
Target Corporation cut its full-year earnings forecast as it offers more discounts to attract cash-strapped customers and win over shoppers unnerved by a massive holiday-season data breach.More

Wary consumers big on back-to-school bargains
U.S. News & World Report
Bargain shopping during the back-to-school season — the second-biggest consumer spending period after the winter holidays — suggests that Americans, especially those at the lower end of the income spectrum, remain guarded despite an improved job market this year. More

Target will push closing time to midnight at some stores
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
Target Corporation is betting that there are plenty of night owls among its customers, as it pushes back closing times by an hour or more at hundreds of stores.More

Amid weak earnings, Wal-Mart finds a bright spot in its small-scale grocery stores, U.S. e-commerce business
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)
Wal-Mart ascended to its place atop U.S. retail by focusing on big supercenters in rural and suburban markets. But today, it is counting on something entirely different — growth in its small but surging small-scale grocery store and e-commerce businesses.More

4 things online merchandisers can't stop talking about
National Retail Federation
Retail has been around for thousands of years, but e-commerce is just a couple of decades old. The retailers who attended Shop.org's Online Merchandising Workshop discovered more than inspiring ideas and useful tactics; they learned they're not alone. We're all still figuring it out, learning more with each usability test, product launch, photo shoot and development sprint. Shop.org's first post-event "Playbook" looks at the recurring themes that presenters mentioned in multiple sessions.More

Retailers start gearing up for busy holidays
MarketWatch
Wintertime is calling. It may be August, but retailers in the U.S. are starting to gear up for their busy holiday season.More

Target and Wal-Mart should seduce customers back into their stores
Forbes
What should be on the top of priority lists for Target and Wal-Mart's new leaders? Each of them — Brian Cornell, Target's new CEO, and Wal-Mart's new head of U.S. operations, Greg Foran — inherits a stale business. More

Entrepreneur's persistence brings shoes to vending machines
Las Vegas Business Press
As a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, Ashley Ross knew that a product she first saw in Great Britain could be a big hit in her hometown. Her company, Rollasole, makes purchasing comfortable flats as easy as buying a soft drink because they're available in vending machines across the city.More

Articles from Convenience Store Petroleum
CSP
In face of e-cig challenges, logic rises to No. 1

Coke energizes Monster

Pumps, payment partnership pairs tech Titans

A street-level view of Gilbarco-VeriFone deal

Rioters, looters destroy Ferguson, Missouri, QuikTrip

Open & Shut for July 2014

Deadline: 'Deeming'

'Deeming' update

Sulu vs. Wawa
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NSA Annapolis to renovate MWR Building
DCMilitary.com
Starting on or about Oct. 6, the MWR Building 89 will undergo renovations to improve the heating, ventilation, air conditioning system in the gym, racquetball courts and in other areas. The strengthening, weight, cardio and locker rooms will be completely remodeled to enhance your workout routine. Renovations continue with a sparkling makeover of the Liberty Zone, providing ready access to all MWR patrons. We expect to have these improvements completely done and the center returned to you in early April. More

Federal Business Opportunities
FedBizOpps.gov

S—AMENDMENT JANITORIAL SERVICES
The purpose of this amendment is address clarification of square footage of work area. This is the final amendment for this solicitation. All quotes should be submitted by email at noon CDT, Aug. 26, to lashanda.harrington@va.gov. The subject line must be addressed VA249-14-Q0598 — Janitorial Services. This requirement will be awarded Lowest Price Quote.

89—BREAD – FY 2015
This is a combined synopsis and solicitation for bread and bakery items for the VA Medical Center in Buffalo, New York. Contractor shall provide all necessary labor, material, equipment, supplies and supervision to provide bread and bakery items in accordance with the terms and conditions of this contract. The Contractor shall provide bread and bakery items to meet the highest customer service standards of the industry in support of the VA Medical Center in Buffalo, identified as Place of Performance this notice. Contract period is October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. The option to extend for an additional year is available.

89—MILK & DAIRY – 2015 VA MEDICAL CENTER BATAVIA, NY
This is a combined synopsis and solicitation for milk and dairy items for the VA Medical Center in Batavia, New York. Contractor shall provide all necessary labor, material, equipment, supplies and supervision to provide milk and dairy items in accordance with the terms and conditions of this contract. The Contractor shall provide milk and dairy items to meet the highest customer service standards of the industry in support of the VA Medical Center in Batavia, identified as Place of Performance this notice. Contract period is October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. The option to extend for an additional year is available.
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