ALA Executive Briefing
Oct. 31, 2014

Wearing unearned medal can be a crime; free-speech claim rejected
San Francisco Chronicle
Lying about receiving a military medal is constitutionally protected, but there's no right to carry the lie a step further by wearing a combat decoration that hasn't been earned, according to a federal appeals court.More

Pay raise for troops still up in the air
Government Executive
Lawmakers have a lot of work to do when they return to Washington, D.C., Nov. 12, after the midterm elections, including deciding how big of a pay raise to give military service members next year.More

Rep. Forbes to run for Armed Services gavel
The Hill
Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., will run for the chairmanship of the powerful House Armed Services Committee after the elections. A spokesman for Forbes confirmed that after months of flirting with a run, the congressman has decided to challenge Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, for the top spot on the panel.More

Coalition valued associates participate in ALA annual convention
Lieutenant General Jack Klimp, President and CEO for the National Association for Uniformed Services (NAUS) addressed ALA members at our annual convention on the continuing "Assault on Military Benefits." The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Association of the United States Army (AUSA), and the National Military Family Association also participated in a Coalition valued associates panel discussion regarding their ongoing efforts to promote and protect military resale benefits, eliminate sequestration, and prepare for future budget battles. We heard many positive comments about both of these presentations and thank all of them for their time and ongoing efforts to protect military resale benefits.More

Experts call for national debate on US military priorities
Navy Times
A prestigious defense review panel has warned that the U.S. government must "sound an alarm" to build public support among the American people for increased defense spending.More

Hagel announces quarantines for troops returning from West Africa
All troops returning from the U.S. mission to West Africa will be quarantined for 21 days as a precaution against Ebola, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno earlier ordered a quarantine for all Army troops returning from the region. More

Federal Business Opportunities
Maintenance and Repair of Misc. Food Processing Equipment in Commissary Stores in California
Responses to this Sources Sought Notice are not considered offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract. This request is for market research purposes only, with the goal being to identify potential small business concerns capable of providing the services described within the attached Performance Work Statement.

US Federal Business Opportunity: Other Defense Agencies: MacBook Air
Brand name Apple MacBook Air Laptop computer, accessories and support services.More

Online shopping barriers slowly dissolve
Supermarket News
It's no surprise that IdeaXchanger and industry visionary Bill Bishop already eloquently weighed in on the potential growth of online shopping transforming the grocery business in much the same way we have seen it impact other areas of retail. More

How e-commerce finally is disrupting the $600 billion-a-year grocery industry
Business Insider
At $600 billion a year in sales, food and beverage is by far the largest retail category in the U.S. by a wide margin. However, it's also the category that has been the least disrupted by e-commerce; less than 1 percent of food and beverage sales currently occur online, according to BI Intelligence's estimates. More

Food Scores ranks grocery items on ingredients, nutrition
The New York Times
An environmental research organization introduced one of the most comprehensive online databases of food products, containing information on more than 80,000 items sold in groceries across the nation. It offers details of ingredients and nutritional information as well as an attempt to assess how much the food items are processed.More

Sources: C&S wins bidding for AWI
Supermarket News
C&S Wholesale Grocers was the high bidder in a marathon auction for the assets of Associated Wholesalers Inc., sources told Supermarket News. More

General Mills develops ancient grains Cheerios
General Mills will launch ancient grains Cheerios to take the fast-growing trend into mainstream cereal, its marketing manager for cereal innovation says.More

Whole Foods at Houston store preparing to serve craft brews
Houston Chronicle
Dave Ohmer is bringing custom craft brews to the new Whole Foods Market at on Post Oak Boulevard in Houston. The 55,000 square foot store opening Nov. 6, will feature three seating areas, including a mezzanine area overlooking an in-store brewery and a 40-seat bar with 20 craft brews on tap. More

USPS wins approval to continue grocery-delivery test
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
The U.S. Postal Service recently won approval for a two-year grocery delivery test, giving letter carriers permission to continue to deliver totes containing food in the San Francisco area.More

Kroger leaders aren't worried about Amazon in online grocery battle
Cincinnati Business Courier
Kroger Co. is aggressively going after online supermarket sales and isn't worried about a battle looming with competitors including Amazon. That's what the Cincinnati-based supermarket operator's executives told analysts and investors during the company's annual investor conference held at the METS Center in Erlanger.More

Proposed online AAFES shopping for vets inches forward
Navy Times
The tide may be turning in the effort to allow all honorably discharged veterans to shop at the online store operated by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. In May, AAFES officials submitted a formal proposal to defense officials to allow all honorably discharged veterans to shop online at its exchange store only. The proposal does not extend to brick-and-mortar stores.More

Redstone Arsenal exchange unveils $5.4 million in improvements
Public Affairs
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service welcomed a modern era of shopping for military families at Redstone Arsenal when the ribbon was cut Oct. 17 on a renovated Exchange, its first remodel in 14 years. More

RadioShack to roll out Apple Pay, starting in 5 markets
Chain Store Age
RadioShack will roll out its initial launch of Apple Pay at more than 900 RadioShack locations in five key markets: Manhattan, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.More

Digital retail heads back to the future with old-fashioned stores
Financial Post
The partners behind men's online retailer noticed something curious when they ventured offline a year ago to open a boutique in Montreal's artsy Mile End neighborhood — men in their 50s.More

Direct-store delivery: Mondelez International's mobile journey
Logistics Viewpoints
One of the key aspects of omnichannel retailing is merchandise availability. This pertains to the store, warehouse and distribution center. With so much effort and focus being spent on building out omnichannel strategies starting at the store, merchandise availability within the store is of critical importance.More

Obama announces plan to tighten card security
The Associated Press via USA Today
Saying more must be done to stop data breaches affecting consumers, President Barack Obama recently announced a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits, like Social Security, to millions of Americans.More

Amazon to hire 80,000 holiday workers
An increase in customer demand is spurring to create 80,000 seasonal positions at its network of distribution centers across the U.S. That's a 14 percent increase over the number of temporary workers it hired last year at this time.More

Apple Pay draws hundreds of banks
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Hundreds of financial institutions are jumping onto Apple Inc.'s new mobile-payment system, hoping to keep a tight grip on customers who might otherwise be tempted to switch banks if their current debit and credit cards can’t be used with the newest iPhone.More

Best Buy bets on Intel experience zones to drive traffic
As it looks to bolster its reputation for technological expertise, Best Buy Company Inc. has teamed up with Intel Corp. to showcase concepts, such as augmented reality and 3-D printing, that are not yet in the mass market.More

How much longer can the traditional store remain shoppers' fave?
Thanks to digital devices, mobile in particular, the path to purchase starts long before consumers step foot in-store. Still, brick-and-mortar isn't dead, as evidenced by a June 2014 study by ORC International for Capgemini. Among digital shoppers worldwide, 72 percent said the traditional store experience was important when making a purchase — the highest percentage out of locations and channels studied. The Internet landed second at 67 percent.More

The economic impact of the US retail industry
This report, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, proves that retail powers the American economy. According to the study, retail is the largest private employer in the United States. Retail directly and indirectly supports 42 million jobs, provides $1.6 trillion in labor income and contributes $2.6 trillion annually to U.S. GDP.More

Sears seeks new cash via 2 paths
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Sears Holdings Corp. is again turning to billionaire Chief Executive Edward Lampert for funds, as the struggling retailer shores up its balance sheet ahead of the holiday season and seeks to reassure vendors worried about its health.More

NRF: Per-person holiday spending to rise 5 percent, with 44 percent of shopping done online
Chain Store Age
The average person celebrating Christmas, Kwanza and/or Hanukkah will spend $804.42, up nearly 5 percent from 2013's actual $767.27, according to the National Retail Federation's 13th annual Holiday Consumer Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. More

Dollar General: New distribution center expected to create more than 530 jobs in San Antonio
Business Wire via Dollar General
Dollar General Corporation recently announced plans to build a new state-of-the-art distribution center in San Antonio. It will be the 13th facility in the retailer's growing distribution network. At full capacity, the Dollar General facility is expected to employ more than 530 people to serve more than 1,000 stores in Texas and the surrounding region.More

12 products called out in fight against workout stimulants
Military Times
Researchers have determined that several dietary supplements — some of which are available in GNC stores on military bases — contain a synthetic stimulant never tested in humans.More

Rebelez departs 7-Eleven
7-Eleven Inc. Executive Vice President and COO Darren Rebelez has left the Dallas-based convenience store company to pursue other opportunities, according to an internal memo obtained by CSP Daily News.More

Honoring CSP's retail leader of the year: Sam L. Susser
CSP honors longtime Texas retailer for a history of success and a reputation for caring and passion at Stripes Convenience Stores.More

Loehr: 'Kindness is contagious'
In a year marked with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act alongside ongoing sales declines in the core markets of fuel and cigarettes, it's understandable why some in the convenience store industry might focus on the negative; however Steve Loehr, vice president of operations support at La Crosse, Wisconsin-based Kwik Trip and newly appointed chairman of the NACS executive committee, struck a decisively positive note in his NACS Show general session, sharing inspirational stories on everything from fuel to bananas.More

Slideshow: How Susser earned his stripes
With the opulence and marquee-status of the Wynn resort and casino in Las Vegas as a backdrop, many of the industry's most aggressive and growth-minded executives gathered to honor the pioneering spirit of Susser Holdings Corp. and its astute and forward-thinking leader, Sam L. Susser.More

DOD seeks to clarify policies on nonprofit groups
Marine Corps Times
The Defense Department is taking a new look at the barriers that complicate efforts by nonprofit groups to help service members and their families at some installations.More

Fort Campbell, Kentucky: Escape entertainment guide
The Fort Campbell Courier

Korea: MWR offers many activities for troops at Camp Stanley
Killeen Daily Herald
As Spc. Allison Bryant prepares to leave Camp Stanley near Seoul, Korea, her friend Spc. Manpreet Singh is just getting settled. "My advice for her is to do more than just go to The Ville," said Bryant referring to the section of restaurants and shops just outside the camp. Though small, Camp Stanley has a lot to offer the soldiers who are stationed there.More

Oklahoma: Poker run raises funds for VA center MWR fund
A Lawton, Oklahoma, motorcycle club took to the road to help local veterans. The Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club had a poker run to raise money for the Lawton Fort Sill Veterans Center. The money raised will help with the morale, welfare and recreation fund for the veterans.More

TD Industries energy solutions group awarded energy monitoring contract for AAFES
Business Wire via
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service has awarded a contract to TD Industries for the implementation of a pilot program to monitor and report on electricity use in AAFES stores in the U.S. and abroad. More