ALA Executive Briefing
Sep. 27, 2013

Navy braces for 2nd set of automatic budget cuts
The Virginian-Pilot
A second year of automatic budget cuts that eat into Navy training and maintenance will start Oct. 1 unless Congress intercedes. And this time, the leader of U.S. Fleet Forces Command is planning for the worst.More

Future troops could see reduced benefits
Army Times
The Defense Department has won an important congressional convert in its push to cut military and retiree benefits to save money. In what could mark a turning point in the efforts of Pentagon officials to sell Congress on cutting benefits, Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., who oversees about two-fifths of the defense budget in his role as chairman of the House Armed Service Committee's readiness panel, said he is ready to consider cutting the compensation package for future troops in order to secure funding for other programs.More

Shutdown's shadow shrinks Hill priorities
The Washington Post via Early Bird
As Washington slouches toward the next battle in its three-year budget war, both parties have abandoned the quest for a "grand bargain." Instead, with a shutdown set to occur in 11 days unless a deal is reached, lawmakers are aiming mainly just to keep the lights on and not miss a payment on the bills.More

Pentagon: Budget uncertainty crippling military
With lawmakers spoiling for another fight over federal spending ahead of the new fiscal year next month, senior Pentagon officials are trekking to Congress with a sobering message: budget uncertainty is wreaking havoc with the armed forces.More

Likely new personnel chief supports lower raise
Army Times
The Pentagon is likely to get a new chief of its sprawling personnel and readiness directorate, a top official who will oversee major decisions on pay, benefits and other fundamental changes to the way the military manages its people.More

Construct new commissary facility, Fort Rucker, Alabama
Federal Business Opportunities
The Defense Commissary Agency, Acquisition Management Directorate, Construction-Design Branch (HQ DeCA/LEAAF), anticipates awarding a firm-fixed-price construction contract to construct a new roughly 84,725-square-foot commissary at Fort Rucker, Ala. The primary function of the new facility will be to provide sales and processing of miscellaneous commodities and grocery items for the military community of the installation.More

House of OZ cuts SNAP funding
The Progressive Influence
"This bill is designed to give people a hand when they need it most. Most people don't choose to be on food stamps. Most people want a job," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. "Most people want to go out and be productive so that they can earn a living, so that they can support a family, so that they can have hope for a more prosperous future. They want what we want."More

AlphaPoint Technology, Inc., Go-To-Market partner PSL to present AssetCentral™ application at DISA's Cloud Computing TEM
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
AlphaPoint Technology, Inc., a leading developer of Data Center Management Software solutions for global enterprises, recently announced that together with its Go-To-Market partner, Peniel Solutions have accepted an invitation from the Defense Information Systems Agency Chief Technology Office-Technology Office 1 Division, to present a technical demonstration and brief of its AssetCentral™ application capability, during the Cloud Computing Technical Exchange Meeting on Friday, Oct. 4.More

Enyart: '$98 million in SNAP benefits were redeemed by veterans in 2012'
On Sept. 18, Rep. William Enyart of Illinois asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of Representatives for 5 minutes regarding an important issue dealing with veterans in America. "Mr. Speaker according to the Census Bureau, about 7 percent of people who report prior military service also report receiving SNAP benefits. Census data indicates that some 1.5 million households with a veteran are receiving SNAP benefits."More

Pro VM auditor maintenance renewal
Federal Business Opportunities
Defense Commissary Agency requires the issuance of a firm-fixed priced contract for Prolific Solutions, Inc.'s brand name ProVM Auditor software renewal maintenance. The period of performance includes a base year and three one-year options. More

Celebrate October savings at your commissary
Targeted News Service
October represents the unofficial start of the holiday season, and that's great for commissary customers who want to see store promotions, giveaways and more discounts beyond their usual 30 percent or more savings.More

Poll: Public doesn't want to shut down government over Obamacare
Government Executive
In the first nationwide poll released since the recent House vote for a stopgap spending measure that defunds Obamacare, 59 percent of respondents said they oppose the Republican plan to defund the Affordable Car Act if it requires a shutdown of the government.More

Northrop Grumman lands $9.2 million Army contract; work to begin on Fort Rucker commissary
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $9.2 million change to an existing Army contract for work in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The work will include intercept install capabilities at Forward Operating Base 101 and is for foreign military sales to Afghanistan. A portion of the work will take place in Huntsville.More

The Genome, nutraceuticals and your store
Supermarket News
Over the past decade, we have heard a lot about studying genetics with a focus on the genetic architecture of disease — how we hopefully can eliminate diseases through this science and turn around the trend in health and wellness.More

Macy's CEO store visits gain urgency amid shares slump
Macy's Inc. Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren calls store managers from his car as little as 10 minutes before conducting a surprise visit.More

House GOP ties government funding to health law
The Wall Street Journal
House Republicans recently said stripping funding from the health-care law would be their price for keeping federal agencies open after the end of this month.More

Kohl's kicks off holidays with plans to hire 53,000 workers
Los Angeles Times
The holiday hiring season is upon us even as summer barbecues continue to sizzle, kicked off by Kohl's Department Stores' plans to hire 53,000 workers to handle demand through the end of the year. More

US textile plants return, with floors largely empty of people
The New York Times
The old textile mills here are mostly gone now. Gaffney Manufacturing, National Textiles, Cherokee — clangorous, dusty, productive engines of the Carolinas fabric trade — fell one by one to the forces of globalization. More

Deliv raises $6.85 million to bring same-day delivery to a store near you
Tech Crunch
Investors have recently piled millions into same-day delivery startups such as New York's Zipments and San Francisco's PostMates, and now Palo Alto firm Deliv has become the latest beneficiary, with plans to use a $6.85 million series A investment to hire new staff and roll out services to hundreds of retailers located in shopping malls across America.More

Staples, RadioShack yank Amazon lockers from stores
Staples Inc. and RadioShack Corp. have removed Inc. lockers from their stores about a year after starting the program as competition stiffens with the online retailer. More

Holiday sales forecasts: Black magic or science?
ABC News
The nation's retailers, anticipating what forecasters believe will be a lackluster holiday shopping season, are launching big sales promotions earlier than ever before. But how accurate are forecasters' predictions? A lot is riding on the accuracy of the predictions economists make about how much merchandise shoppers will scoop up between Thanksgiving and December 31: Holiday sales traditionally account for up to 40 percent of a store's annual sales. More

Retailer T.J. Maxx quietly relaunches online store
The Boston Globe
T.J. Maxx is finally back online. Eight years after the off-price retailer's first Internet store fizzled — costing the Framingham company $15 million — its new website went live Tuesday, selling women's clothing, accessories, shoes and handbags.More

Best Buy revamps rewards program to lure more shoppers
Twin Cities Business
The Richfield-based electronics retailer said it is renaming its "Rewards Zone" program "My Best Buy," and it will offer customers early access to sales and promotions, extended return periods, and free reward points for "checking in" at stores using a mobile app.More

Lessons in IT innovation from Silicon Valley
Harvard Business Review
Innovation is always infectious. But our recent research has taught us a lot about how management innovations can travel — in this case, from Silicon Valley tech sector companies known for their experimentation and agility in information technology management to the much older Bay Area companies who are their neighbors.More

Tisn't the season, but it's never too early for layaway
It's mid-September and the Christmas shopping season is now officially underway. A number of major stores, including Wal-Mart, Toys "R" Us and Sears have already rolled out their holiday layaway programs. "A lot of retailers expect this to be another big year for layaway," said Kathy Grannis, senior director of media relations at the National Retail Federation.More

How sales and coupons persuade consumers to spend more money
Minnesota Public Radio News
When J.C. Penney hired CEO Ron Johnson in 2011 to turn around the retailer, there was hope that simplifying the company's pricing strategy would woo back consumers. J.C. Penney eliminated sales and coupons, offering its customers cheaper everyday prices. More

Macy's blurs lines between stores, online
The Cincinnati Enquire
Cincinnati-based Macy's Inc. has doubled down on a strategy to increase cross-selling among stores and online, aiming to cut excess inventory while getting items to customers faster than ever.More

Real men don't shop? Think again: Retail's new frontier
They don't shop, coupon or ask for directions. Turns out the stereotypes about men are pretty off base, according to a new survey from WSL Strategic Retail, which analyzes retail trends and shopper behavior.More

US retailers' holiday hiring seen falling 6.9 percent
Holiday hiring by U.S. retailers may fall about 6.9 percent this year as shaky consumer confidence and more efficient store practices reduce demand for seasonal workers, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. More

Post Sandy, Halloween may be ho-hum
Even though Hurricane Sandy disrupted Halloween 2012 celebrations for much of the East Coast, don't expect a stampede for the costumes and candy this year: A new survey from the National Federation of Retailers predicts consumers will be somewhat subdued in this year's celebrations. More

Target's social strategy stands out for driving mobile engagement
Mobile Commerce Daily
Retailers such as Office Depot, JCPenney and Staples recently took to social media to promote back-to-school shopping. However, Target's strategy really stood out for driving 50 percent of tweets from a mobile device, according to exclusive mobile data from Engagor.More

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation A to Z: S is for social media
My Guidon
Today social media sites, such as Facebook, enables military Families to share, connect and be part of events in real-time — from daily updates about weather and school to milestones like first steps, promotions and birthdays. Social media enables the Army Family around their community, around the country and around the world to stay connected, gather information and spread the Army's key themes and messages.More

Military lodging opens door to year-round getaways
U.S. Department of Defense
If you're mourning the end of summer — and with it, the annual vacation season — take heart that military lodging facilities remain open for business, offering year-round escapes at a fraction of the cost of commercial hotels.More

Iraq and Afghanistan veterans join fight to protect earned military
Dedicated to standing with the 2.4 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan from their first day home through the rest of their lives, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America has added it powerful voice to protecting commissary and exchange benefits. With a membership of more than 270,000 veterans and supporters nationwide, IAVA has joined The Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits, which now represents nearly 1.9 million service members, veterans and their families.More