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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only Jan. 22, 2010
Executive Briefing
President's Message
The Loss of a Friend:
It is with great sadness that I relate the passing of one of our industry leaders, Mike Henties. Mike passed away peacefully on Monday January 18, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. Mike served for many years with P&G and served on the ALA Board of Directors from 2002-2006 and served as Chairman of the Board from 2004-2005. Included in these lofty accomplishments, Mike served as an enlisted Marine in Viet Nam. Mike is survived by his wife Bridgett, and his sons Brian, Alex, and Matthew, and his stepdaughters, Jessica and Shay. Those of you that had a chance to cross paths with Mike in this business channel will collectively state you are better for it. I feel fortunate to have called him my friend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mike Henties can be made to either of the two following organizations (Donations by check or online):

Cancer Family Care
Attn: Brent Seelmeyer
2421 Auburn Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45219

Hospice of Cincinnati
P.O. Box 633567
Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

ALA Events Open to Non-Members

Dear Prospective Member,

This year the ALA is offering a unique partnership opportunity to attract new members and demonstrate the benefits of the association. We are allowing non-member companies to attend one of our key business meetings held between now and the end of June with the payment of the registration fee and an additional premium(1) that will be applied to the 2010/2011 membership dues if the company applies for membership prior to July 1, 2010(2). The meetings include:

2010 Exchange Roundtable, March 15-17, in Norfolk, Va. This segment of the military market represents nearly $14 billion in sales from a mass merchandise type format to gas stations and Convenience stores. Meeting includes key updates and topic specific breakout sessions providing insight into this $14 billion business channel.

2010 DeCA/ALA Worldwide Partnership Summit and Training Event, June 7-11, Atlanta, GA. This meeting will be attended by all DeCA store directors world wide along with all key decision makers in the agency. Business base is over $6 billion in a supermarket like assortment with the opportunity for world wide distribution and sales. Includes an opportunity to learn how to do business with the government and develop your business approach.

2010 ALA Congressional Caucus, June 15, 2010, in Washington, D.C. The ALA is the recognized advocate in the nation's capitol when addressing issues impacting the military resale channel. This Capitol Hill symposium is attended by all of the senior members of military resale and focuses on the key issues facing the military business channel. Topic specific presentations are made by subject matter experts along with timely presentations from key members of Congress and the Administration. This day long event includes a "power" reception in the evening with members of congress and their staffs.

This presents a great opportunity to learn about this great business opportunity, experience the partnership opportunities membership in the association provides and see the impact the association has on Capitol Hill. The ALA has been supporting world class quality of life for our troops and their families through strong resale benefits for over 90 years. The staff of the association consists of senior executives with demonstrated records of performance. This is your opportunity to join us. For additional information about the specific agendas and registration for these meetings or any other information you need about the association, please visit our Web site at  I look forward to seeing you at one of our events.


Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

2010 Exchange Roundtable

March 15-17, 2010
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Norfolk, VA

Delivering the Benefit in 2010 and Beyond
Online Registration is now open!

Register by January 31st to receive the Early Bird Rate, and don't forget to make your hotel reservations! The headquarters hotel is the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. You will find detailed hotel information, as well as a link to the hotel Web site (to make your reservations online) on our Web site.

A preliminary agenda is also posted to our Web site.

Highlights include:
  • Updates from the Chief Merchandisers of each of the services
  • Col. Matthew H. Molloy, USAF
  • Breakout sessions from each of the services focused on the following areas: Consumables, Hardlines, Marketing, PAR/Replenishment and/or Other Topics
CLICK HERE to register now!

Washington Update

Defense takes aim at contractor business systems
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The Defense Department is getting tough on contractors that fail to maintain adequate controls against waste, fraud and abuse. In a draft rule recently posted in the Federal Register, Defense proposed allowing contracting officers to withhold payments from companies with certain deficiencies in their business systems. More

For Gates aides, no fatigues at work
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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has told his military aides not to wear combat fatigues to work at the Pentagon anymore, reversing a symbolic change of protocol ordered in the harrowing days after the Sept. 11 attacks. More

House majority leader touts deficit reduction commission, pay/go
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As Congress gears up to increase the statutory debt limit, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said he supports enacting a deficit reduction commission as well as a pay/go law that would require that increases in mandatory spending and any new tax cuts be offset. More

Commissary News

Meat packer recalls ground beef
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Some 390 tons of ground beef produced by a California meat packer, some of it nearly two years ago, is being recalled for fear of potentially deadly E. coli bacterium tainting, the Department of Agriculture said. More

Grocers rush to provide relief to Haitian earthquake victims
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In the wake of the devastation in Haiti following the most powerful earthquake to hit the country in over 200 years, food retailers across the United States acted swiftly to raise funds to help the many victims. Following is a sampling of the outpouring of charity and concern by the grocery community. More

Farm Fresh adopts 'nutrition iQ' Program
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Supervalu banner Farm Fresh has launched 'nutrition iQ,' a nutrition information program designed to help consumers make more informed food choices at the grocery store shelf, in all 45 of its stores. More

Kraft to acquire Cadbury in deal worth $19 Billion
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After months of fiercely resisting any deal, Cadbury agreed to an improved takeover offer from Kraft Foods, worth about $19 billion. More

New Jersey supermarkets get Solyndra cylindrical solar panel system
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It's been nearly 18 months since Solyndra's innovative solar panels first debuted and, after a whole bunch of sales announcements, a half billion dollar loan from the DOE, we're starting to see some projects being completed. The latest is the installation of Solyndra systems on six Foodtown supermarkets in New Jersey. More

Meet the 'Gerber Generation'
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Gerber has something fresh on its plate: A new campaign dubbed "The Gerber Generation." The effort will "celebrate a healthier generation of babies," said Draftfcb New York. More

Food Lion, Bloom run money-saving private brand promotion
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Food Lion and Bloom shoppers can now earn as much as $10 in free groceries every time they buy private brand products. More

Fuel cell project goes live at Wegmans Retail Service Center in Pennsylvania
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A fleet of 50 hydrogen fuel cell-powered pallet trucks will be mobilized in the produce facility at Wegmans Retail Service Center. Wegmans hopes to convert its entire lift truck fleet at the Pottsville, Pa., facility to hydrogen fuel cells over the next few years. To this point, Wegmans' material-handling equipment was all powered with lead acid batteries. More

U.S. grocery chain Food Lion pilots software solution from Delta to meet product quality and safety standards
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As grocers in the U.S. ramp up their own branded goods to meet consumer demand for value products in the economic downturn, U.S. grocery chain Food Lion LLC., is trialling alert™, an on-demand software solution from Delta Technology & Software LLC. alert™ enables businesses to facilitate product compliance, increase product quality and safety, and demonstrate visible ROI. More

Exchange News

Walgreens aims to feed 'time-starved' shoppers
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Target and Walgreens already are competitors in the pharmacy business. Now, Walgreens wants to take on the discount giant in the food sector. More

Buy-local campaigns deliver above-average holiday sales
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Supporters of buy-local campaigns say shopping at independent retailers benefits the community more than shopping at national chains or big-boxes. More

Retailers see innovation, speed as keys to growth
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Retailers are using a host of strategies in adapting to the downturn - from improving their products to expanding their e-commerce businesses - which they hope will better position themselves for a rebound in the economy. More

C-store business transactions declined 40 percent in 2009
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Sales of convenience store businesses in 2009 were down 40 percent compared to the previous year, but the climate for business transactions appears to be recovering, according to, an Internet-based business for sale marketplace. More

EventPORT "Branding" from WeatherPort
Attractive, versatile, easy to erect, our EventPORT line is designed to meet the needs of the company or individual hosting events, forums or gatherings in outdoor spaces. Call a WeatherPORT representative today to discuss the benefits of owning a durable EventPORT structure. More info

North Carolina fuel retailers concerned over ethanol
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North Carolina petroleum and convenience retailers foresee problems if the federal Environmental Production Agency raises its ethanol blending mandate from 10 percent to 15 percent. More

17 ways consumers are changing
Yahoo! Finance    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Market researchers always want to get inside the heads of consumers, and they've never been more curious than they are now. In the aftermath of a wrenching recession, Americans are saving more, spending less, and rethinking many of the tenets that have governed middle-class living for the past 40 years. Vast amounts of money are at stake, as consumer-product firms try to guess how Americans will spend their scarce dollars in the future. More

Shell gas stations argue in Supreme Court on fees
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The Supreme Court heard arguments over whether Shell Oil terminated a contract with franchise gas stations - in violation of a Petroleum Market Practices Act - when it raised fees. Justices appeared reluctant to say a contract is ended if the franchise continues. More

Moleskine Ruled Notebook
This reliable travel companion has a cardboard bound cover with rounded corners, acid free paper, a bookmark, an elastic closure and an expandable inner pocket that contains the Moleskine history. MORE

Washington Update

Social media sites a new tool for deployed troops
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Walk into a morale tent during evening at almost any military base in Iraq, and soldiers probably are waiting to use a computer. And chances are high many of them will be displaying the signature blue bar of Facebook. More

Military retirees, victims of a congressional shell game
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Military retirees are very close to losing their hard won Tricare for Life health insurance...and it is their own fault. The sad truth about military retirees is they usually fail to respond when their rights are violated or their futures placed in jeopardy. When viewing voting constituencies, the most dossal and inactive people are found among the retired military members and their dependents. More

Grunt Apparel, Inc.

Grunt Apparel specializes in original military inspired designs in silk screen & embroidery at low prices. Licensed by all military branches.
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