ALA Executive Briefing
Dec. 30, 2011

First lady Michelle Obama announces major private sector commitment to hire 25,000 veterans, military spouses in support of joining forces
From Oct. 21, 2011: Recently, while visiting Joint Base Langley-Eustis with President Barack Obama on day three of the American Jobs Act bus tour, first lady Michelle Obama announced the American Logistics Association and their 270 affiliate companies have committed to hiring 25,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013. This commitment is part of the first lady's and Dr. Jill Biden's Joining Forces initiative to support veterans and military families. The ALA's commitment will fulfill a quarter of the president's challenge to the private sector to hire or train 100,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013. The announcement comes as the president and first lady visit Joint Base Langley-Eustis to discuss the critical importance of hiring America's veterans.More

Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC's Subsidiary acquires Sarvis Inc.
From Feb. 4, 2011: Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Advantage Armed Forces Sales LLC, had acquired Sarvis Inc., a leader in the military brokerage industry that provides best-in-class services to their consumer packaged goods clients and customers in the Military Resale Channel. Sarvis has more than 400 employees in the U.S. and internationally and is headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. "Joining Advantage Armed Forces Sales LLC and leveraging its talented leadership team and broad infrastructure, allows us to provide innovative solutions and value-added services to our clients and customers on a far-reaching, national platform." Sarvis was founded in 1967 and offers industry leading merchandising and headquarter sales services to more than 75 blue chip clients in the Military Commissary and Exchange classes of trade.More

Pay-at-the-pump card skimming reaches 'epidemic' levels
CSNews Retail Technology
From Aug. 19, 2011: Pay-at-the-pump card-skimming scams are becoming so bad, they have reached near epidemic levels, ABC Action News reported. The level of fraud is so serious that the Highlands County Sheriff in Sebring, Fla., labeled skimming "the crime of the future."More

Costco vs. Sam's: Which will save you the most on your groceries?
From Nov. 11, 2011: Daphne Munro and Quita Jackson write, "We're taking you inside the battle for your hard earned dollars at warehouse stores across the Valley and found out where you will save the most on groceries. We shopped aisle after aisle and checked out dozens of products at Sam's Club and Costco."More

The 4 foods that lower your cholesterol
From Aug. 26, 2011: Eating certain foods can help people lower their cholesterol levels, even without the aid of medication, a new study finds. In the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, patients who started out with high or borderline high LDL, or bad cholesterol, levels (anything above 158 mg/dL) were able to lower their LDL by 14 percent over six months by sticking with a diet rich in cholesterol-lowering foods. That diet cut participants' LDL three times more than a standard low-fat diet.More

Plan to combine exchanges, commissaries would raise prices
Air Force Times
From Sept. 9, 2011: A Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee bill that would consolidate the military commissary and exchange systems has service members and military advocates deeply concerned. The bill calls for the consolidated retail system to become self-sufficient by 2016 — possibly forcing prices throughout the new system to rise by about 7 percent.More

Storied US military hospital to close its doors
Agence France-Presse via Google News
From July 22, 2011: The storied Walter Reed Army hospital, where generations of American soldiers came to heal their wounds, will shut down in September, the Pentagon said. "Walter Reed is closing its doors on the 15th of September permanently after 102 years of service to the nation. For many of the staff members, it's like losing your favorite uncle," said Colonel Norvell Coots, calling the facility a national "icon."More

AAFES tops chart at No. 43 of top 100 retailers
STORES Magazine
From Aug. 5, 2011: The rules have changed: Retail's business tomes are being rewritten, and the industry, such as we knew it five or even three years ago, has been transformed along with them.More

At Pentagon, is change in US Army attire a step back from a war footing?
The Christian Science Monitor
From July 1, 2011: Just as the U.S. troop draw down in Afghanistan announced by President Barack Obama has been characterized as the beginning of the end of the war, the U.S. Army is making a highly symbolic change that similarly signals an ebb in combat footing.More

Costco stops selling 12 imperiled fish under pressure from Greenpeace
Daily Finance
From March 4, 2011: Costco says it has stopped selling about a dozen imperiled fish in a move toward selling consumers more sustainable seafood. Greenpeace, which pressured the retailer, declares this a victory for oceans, but says Costco could go further.More