ALA Executive Briefing
Nov. 9, 2012

Washington area contractors plan for sequestration delay
The Washington Post
As mandatory federal spending cuts of nearly $1 trillion loom larger, many Washington area government contractors are making bets the cuts will be delayed, and they are holding back on lowering their financial guidance to Wall Street.More

Odierno outlines combat, budget strategies
Defense News
As the U.S. Army and Marine Corps begin to plan for the long, uncertain transition away from wartime force rotations and rapid-equipping strategies, they're casting a wary eye at the platform-hungry Air Force and Navy, which argue that their long-rage capabilities are what's needed for the new emphasis on the Pacific.More

Shelf stocking, custodial and receiving storage holding area
Federal Business Opportunities
Furnish all necessary supervision, personnel, equipment and supplies to perform shelf stocking, and custodial operations for the Defense Commissary Agency, Fort Riley Commissary, located at Fort Riley, Kan., in accordance with the Government's Performance Work Statement. The solicitation includes a base period (June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014) and four 1-year option periods. This acquisition is 100 percent total small business set-aside.More

Linen/mat rental and cleaning services
Federal Business Opportunities
Linen/mat rental and cleaning services, various defense commissary locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia and Texas. The period of performance will be for a base period of Feb. 1, 2013 through Jan. 31, 2014, and will include four 1-year option periods that may extend performance through Jan. 31, 2018. This request for quotation will be issued on or about Nov. 20, with a tentative closing date of Dec. 20. This acquisition is being issued as unrestricted.More

Military-Industrial Complex: Defense Department contracts for Nov. 5
Huntington News
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Poway, Calif., (FA8620-10-G-3038, DO 0052) is being awarded a $125,487,106 contract for 10 MQ-9 modified Block 1 aircraft. The location of the performance is Poway, Calif. Work is expected to be completed by Nov. 28, 2014. The contracting activity is AFLCMC/WIIK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.More

Shelf stocking, RSHA and custodial services at Lemoore NAS Commissary
Federal Business Opportunities
Furnish all supervision, personnel, equipment and supplies necessary to perform shelf stocking, receiving/storage/holding area and custodial operations for the Defense Commissary Agency, Lemoore NAS Commissary, located near Lemoore, Calif., in accordance with the government's performance work statement. The solicitation includes a base period (May 1, 2013 through April, 30, 2014) and four 1-year option periods. This acquisition is a 100 percent set-aside for women owned business concerns.More

Military-Industrial Complex: Defense Department contracts for Nov. 2
Huntington News
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., (FA8505-12-C-0001, P00002) is being awarded a $3,999,660,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost reimbursable no fee contract modification for Country Standard Time Compliance Technical Order development, CSTCTO integration and testing, fabrication of trial kits to support validation and verification activities. Procurement of 68 F-15s to SA conversion kits and the procurement and installation of four base stand-up kits. Work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2019. The contracting activity is AFLCMC/WWKA, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. This is a Foreign Military Sales requirement for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.More

Pest management services
Federal Business Opportunities
Pest management services, Mitchel Field Commissary, New York. The period of performance will be for a base period of Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013, and will include four 1-year option periods that may extend performance through Dec. 31, 2017. This request for quotation will be issued on or about Nov. 5, with a tentative closing date of Dec. 6. This acquisition is being issued as a 100 percent small business set-aside.More

Nash Finch closing Cedar Rapids distribution center
KCRG-TV
VideoBriefA northeast Cedar Rapids food distribution center that has operated since 1974 will be closing at the end of the year. Nash Finch on recently said customers of the 358,500-square-foot facility at 1201 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE will be "transitioned" to the company's distribution centers in Omaha, Neb., and St. Cloud, Minn. "Combining the volume handled by Cedar Rapids into the other distribution centers will allow for increased efficiency and additional product selection for our Cedar Rapids customers," Nash Finch said in a statement announcing its decision.More

Goya donates food, meals to Sandy victims
Progressive Grocer
Goya Foods has donated over 300,000 pounds of Goya products and over 25,000 meals to victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey. With the aid of City Harvest in New York, The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, The United Way of Hudson County, local elected officials and Goya employees, Goya has already begun to donate products and hot meals to community organizations, shelters and soup kitchens throughout these areas. Product donations include rice, beans, canned meat, hydro health water, coconut water, malta and nectars.More

Sandy aftermath request for assistance

We have many displaced Coast Guard families along the coastline from northern New Jersey into Connecticut. They're just starting to return to their homes. In some cases (Sandy Hook), they won't be allowed to return to their own homes for weeks. In any case, we're reaching out to some of the major consumable companies to find some help for these folks in the way of household and cleaning supplies. Do you think you could help us pass the word to the ALA folks? I would be the POC. Again, we're looking for help that would go directly to the Coast Guard families impacted by the storm.

Thanks for anything you can do!

John Reiley
Chief Operating Officer
757-420-2480, ext. 4910 More

Grocery insight: What is fair trade and how does it make a difference?
The Marlin Democrat
When buying groceries, shoppers have the potential to impact countless people who work behind the scenes producing the foods and beverages that end up in households across America. By choosing fair trade products, consumers help to improve the lives of farmers around the world.More

5 simple rules aid in grocery shopping sanity
The Auburn Plainsman
A healthy diet begins in the shopping cart. Though it can seem like a daunting task for some of us, grocery shopping is a necessary step in beginning or maintaining a healthier diet. Fortunately, grocery shopping has some tricks up its sleeves, and by learning these simple rules, you won't just be a healthier shopper, but a more confident one as well.More

Ban on overseas lithium battery shipping likely to end soon
Stars and Stripes
The ban on shipping electronics with rechargeable lithium batteries overseas through the U.S. Postal Service will likely end soon, but not before the holiday season is over. The International Civil Aviation Organization has approved a new set of 2013 requirements for transporting the batteries that power mobile phones, computers and other popular electronics, according to ICAO and International Air Transport Association documentation.More

A storm-battered supply chain threatens holiday shopping
The New York Times
The economic effects of Hurricane Sandy are reverberating beyond areas hit by the storm as businesses warn customers of delays, try to get merchandise out of closed ports and face canceled orders. More

Items banned by Postal Service can now be shipped to military members
KCEN-TV
VideoBriefItems banned by the Postal Service can once again reach the hands of military members stationed overseas. The Postal Service banned international shipments of electronics with lithium batteries earlier this year. So now the Army and Air Force Exchange Service is saving the day, shipping items via FedEx to 36 exchanges in Afghanistan, Belgium, Germany, Guam, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, The Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey and the United Kingdom.More

US retail sales rose in October
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. retail sales rose in October, although in some cases less than expected. Retailers closed their books on the month before the brunt of Hurricane Sandy slammed the Northeast. While business was "certainly disrupted," the storm "fell between two seasons—fall and holiday—so the overall effect on the quarter likely won't be as bad as some fear," said John Morris, retail analyst at BMO Capital Markets. More

Socialnomics: Transforming the way retailers do business in the new social, mobile and digital world
National Retail Federation
The explosion of new social, mobile and digital technologies is profoundly changing how consumers acquire, interpret and act on information. Retailers, as a result, must reinvent how they serve the evolving consumer. Welcome to the world of socialnomics — where consumers and the societies they create online have an extraordinary influence on how businesses operate.More

Big boxes aiming for smaller feel
Green Bay Press Gazette
The 16-year-old Office Depot store in Green Bay, Wis., has been remodeled with a new look and smaller retail floor space, a trend being adopted nationally by a number of large retailers. The new size is designed to be more convenient for customers, the office goods supplier said. As part of its new look, the store features new signs and a new floor plan. Similar renovations are going on in other markets.More

Disaster preparedness: How to properly plan and respond during a disaster
NRF's Loss Prevention Community
When a disaster hits — whether from natural or man-made causes — the safety of associates on Main Street depends heavily on pre-determined protocols that prepare employees for the best course of action before, during and after an emergency. While each situation is unique, several U.S. Government agencies have developed disaster guides that are essential for businesses to plan for quick and safe ways react to these tragedies. These resources have been complied to help large retailers and small businesses design efficient disaster preparation and response strategies.More

Effective crowd management: Guidelines on how to maintain the safety and security of your customers, employees and store
National Retail Federation
NRF's Loss Prevention community has released its 2012 Effective Crowd Management Guidelines to address what retail stores and shopping centers should be prepared for when managing large crowds. In anticipation of what is expected to be one of the busiest holiday shopping season in years — in particular Thanksgiving night and Black Friday weekend — the report can assist retailers in planning advanced measures to protect their stores, customers and employees.More

Home Depot gives $1 million to Sandy relief
Atlanta Business Chronicle
The Home Depot Foundation will give $1 million to the immediate relief, recovery and long-term rebuilding efforts in the Northeast following Hurricane Sandy. American Red Cross will get $250,000 for immediate disaster relief supplies and activities.More

Storm over, game on: Retailers ready to rip
MarketingDaily
With Sandy outages fading from the headlines as fast as Halloween, the retail industry is loading up for the holidays, pushing the fourth-quarter envelope in every possible direction.More

Will layaway help toys top tech for holidays?
Advertising Age
Wal-Mart, Kmart and Toys R Us are all promoting holiday layaway programs. This tactic, as well as aggressive marketing from electronics brands, could provide a much-needed boost to the struggling consumer-electronics space. More

Retailers relying more on part-time workers
The New York Times via Star Tribune
At the vast majority of large U.S. retailers, most employees work part time, with stores changing many of their workers' schedules week to week. More

AAFES Chief Operating Officer Mike Howard awarded ALA Lifetime Achievement Award
The Exchange Post
Chief Operating Officer Michael Howard recently won the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Logistics Association. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a person who has "made outstanding and enduring contributions to the military resale system throughout his or her career," said Bob Ellis, association vice president and retired Exchange senior manager.More

Command message: Exchange offers holiday layaway services
The Fort Campbell Courier
A good program just got better as the Army and Air Force Exchange Service's Holiday Layaway program is now fee-free. Shoppers simply select their gifts for layaway and stop by customer service to complete the layaway process. More

Navy Exchange Service Command: Retail — Company Profile and SWOT Report
TransWorldNews
Navy Exchange Service Command: Retail — Company Profile and SWOT Report contains in depth information and data about the company and its operations. The profile contains a company overview, key facts, major products and services, SWOT analysis, business description, company history as well as key employees.More

NEXs are going 'Navy Blue' this holiday season
The Flagship
NEX's worldwide will be taking a new approach to the holiday shopping season this year. NEX's will offer sales and specials throughout the holiday season beginning in early November instead of starting off the holiday shopping season with a big sale the day after Thanksgiving. Also new this year, deployed sailors will be able to take advantage of holiday specials by shopping online.More

Sandy aftermath request for assistance

We have many displaced Coast Guard families along the coastline from northern New Jersey into Connecticut. They're just starting to return to their homes. In some cases (Sandy Hook), they won't be allowed to return to their own homes for weeks. In any case, we're reaching out to some of the major consumable companies to find some help for these folks in the way of household and cleaning supplies. Do you think you could help us pass the word to the ALA folks? I would be the POC. Again, we're looking for help that would go directly to the Coast Guard families impacted by the storm.

Thanks for anything you can do!

John Reiley
Chief Operating Officer
757-420-2480, ext. 4910More

Could your credit card kill you?
CreditCards.com
Did you ever fleetingly rest your credit card between your lips during checkout because your hands were full or the children were acting up? After reading this, you'll never do that again. More

Fort Rucker kicks off Military Family Appreciation Month
The Southeast Sun
To support the many contributions the military family provides for the American soldier, Fort Rucker kicked off its Military Family Appreciation Month, Nov. 3, on the Festival Fields. Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence Commanding General, welcomed everyone to the "Salute to Military Families" ceremony. Mangum said this year's theme, "Army families strong, caring and resilient" embodies exactly what military families are.More

IMCOM-E director honors longtime Germany employees
U.S. Army
When Michele Vanella started working for U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, coal heated the homes in Crestview Housing. That was more than 40 years ago, and he would work another 40 if he could, Vanella said shortly after a ceremony honoring garrison employees for the length of service they have worked for the U.S. government Oct. 26. "I love my job," said Vanella, who is a boiler plant supervisor for the Directorate of Public Works Operation and Maintenance Division. "The families are so nice."More