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Executive Briefing
President's Message

Funding Outlook:
The following release is an indication of the continuing pressure on the military budget in particular the Army. I mentioned last week that LTG. Rick Lynch of the Army Installation Management Command addressed this issue in his remarks at the Army MWR summit. It is getting too much attention to be a mere rumor. We will watch this development closely. I would also draw your attention to The New York Times article by Tom Philpott in the Washington Update - "Army to Rescind Spending Cuts for Bases."

ALA Steps Up in Support of the Troops:
A big well done to Bob Ellis, VP Exchange Operations for stepping up to take the lead on a last minute initiative to get some comfort items to the troops from Fort Bragg deployed to Haiti. Bob coordinated military and industry logistics chains and donated products were airlifted to the troops in time for the Super Bowl. Thanks to our ALA members that worked so hard to make sure the Haiti support troops had more than standard MRE's for their Super Bowl party Sunday night.

Despite a record setting winter storm moving up the east coast and only 18 hours advance notice a C-130 Aircraft was loaded with over five pallets of party snacks and other food items. We would have had much more if we had a little more notice of the mission and requirements.

I know many of you worked everything from flatware to energy drinks and water but thanks to the Ft. Bragg 82nd Airborne and transportation support group not to forget the FRITO-LAY EAST CAROLINA ZONE SALES TEAM that joined in person to help break down the load for shipping led by Doug Smith, Frito Lay Zone sales manager and undoubtedly insured the missions success. A heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you for this support of OUR Troops and your Association.

Neither Rain nor Snow nor…
This week's weather has slammed the mid-Atlantic and the ALA offices have been affected. A situation update with contact numbers has been sent to all members. While we dig out, we are available to address any member issue no matter what the circumstance.

When Fitness Translates to Health Care:
Here is a ready made platform for the Commissary, Exchange and MWR to collaborate in developing a program for the military that will be a model for America. Good health is about healthy eating, supporting physical activity with quality programs and equipment with all out community support. There are many rice bowls involved but the rewards are beyond measure. This is something the ALA will attempt to facilitate.

Obesity Threatens National Security
(Atlanta Journal and Constitution)...Johnnie E. Wilson
When first lady Michelle Obama launches her campaign to reduce child obesity, many Americans will be cheering her on - including parents, teachers, doctors, business leaders - and retired generals and admirals such as me. Generals and admirals?

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

2010 Exchange Roundtable

March 15-17
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Norfolk, VA

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

Register by Jan. 31 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!

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 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

Washington Update

Army to rescind spending cuts for bases
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Army is curtailing plans to cut what it spends on running its bases worldwide after concerns from soldiers and Congress that military families might suffer. More

House sends debt limit increase, pay/go to White House
Government Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Four policy items will be exempt from requirement that new increases in mandatory spending and tax cuts be offset. More

Japan questions 'kindness budget': Frustrations run deep in Okinawa over U.S. presence
Pacific Sunday News (Guam)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a country where land is a precious commodity, many U.S. bases in Japan boast golf courses, football fields and giant shopping malls. But facing economic woes and seeking a more equal relationship with the U.S., Japan's new reformist government is questioning whether it should spend so much on U.S. troops - a topic that was taboo under the pro-Washington administrations that governed Japan for most of the post-World War II era. More

Battle looms over pay raises, TRICARE
Newport News Daily Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Obama administration proposes to spend three percent more next year on support programs for war-strained military families. But officials are urging Congress to stop adding extra dollars to the military pay raise every January and find a way to raise TRICARE fees for the first time in 15 years. More

Laying groundwork for civil service system's reform
Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The federal civil service system that has provided employees comfort, and sometimes frustration, for 60 years might not last another one in its current form. By early summer, the Obama administration plans to propose a transformation of the compensation structure that has ruled the lives of U.S. government employees since Harry S. Truman was their boss. More

Commissary News

China set to overtake U.S. as biggest grocery market
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
China is poised to surpass the United States for the first time as the largest grocery market in the world by 2014, according to IGD, a global food and grocery expert providing information, insight and best practice to the food and grocery industry. More

PG, NGA launch Independent Grocer Network (IGN)
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Progressive Grocer and the National Grocers Association (NGA) yesterday launched a social networking community specifically for independent grocers, where they can learn from their most valuable resources — each other. More

Brookshire plans new prepared-food concept
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Brookshire Grocery Co. said it would begin construction this month on a new prototype supermarket called "Fresh by Brookshire's," which will focus on freshly prepared foods "in a more interactive environment than traditional grocery stores." More

Wal-Mart spices up private label
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wal-Mart is testing the idea of replacing McCormick's spices in some stores with generic alternatives. McCormick's generates 11 percent of its revenue from Wal-Mart sales, but also produces some private-label spices that could replace the brand-name products still on Wal-Mart shelves. More

Kings Super Markets selects Guiding Stars in-store nutrition navigation system
Grocery Headquarters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Guiding Stars, the world's first store-wide nutrition navigation system, announces that Kings Super Markets, Inc. has decided to implement its good-better-best nutrition rating system in all 24 grocery stores located in New Jersey and Long Island, New York. More

TECHNOLOGY: Going mobile
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The advance of mobile technology — assisted, of course, by the ubiquitous iPhone App — has opened up a whole new world of solutions going way beyond mere SMS promotions to shoppers' cell phones. And grocers are embracing them. More

Boycott of oil sands fuel called 'greenwashing'
The Globe and Mail    Share    Share on
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Upscale U.S. grocer Whole Foods Markets assures its eco-aware shoppers that its meat has no antibiotics, that its coffee and roses are fair-traded and, now, that its organic produce is delivered using oil-sands-free fuel – for the most part. More

Wegmans is top supermarket, Costco is favorite mass grocer
Grocery Headquarters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wegmans and Costco were selected as the No. 1 grocery retailers in a consumer survey conducted by Market Force Information Inc., a worldwide leader in customer intelligence solutions. More

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Web site as of 10:45 AM February 4:

  • DP #3, Update 3
  • DP #4, Update 2
  • DP #6, Update 1
  • 10-41, Cancellation of Category Review for Cookies & Crackers
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule for East as of 29 Jan 10
  • Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 10-5
  • None received

Exchange News

Cupid to miss retailers, hit restaurants
Crain's New York    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, wives beware. Your sweetie may be skimping on your Valentine's Day gift this year. Couples plan to spend almost six percent less on gifts for their significant others this year, according to an annual spending survey conducted by the National Retail Federation. More

January's post-holiday bump
Talking Retail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a bit of welcome news for retailers, January same-store sales rose 3.3 percent compared with the 2.5 percent that analysts had forecast. Gift-card spending and post-holiday sales helped fuel the rise, particularly in teen apparel. More

McChrystal orders AAFES scaled back
Stars and Stripes    Share    Share on
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Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, has ordered many Army and Air Force Exchange Service facilities closed as a way to focus on the war and to provide space for the U.S. troop buildup. More

Dollar General says it will open 600 stores in 2010, add 5,000 jobs
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Discount retailer Dollar General says it will add 5,000 jobs as it opens 600 new stores over the next 12 months. Shoppers have flocked to discount stores during the recession as they look to spend less money on their purchases. During the first nine months of its fiscal year, Dollar General's profit surged while revenue rose 13 percent to $8.61 billion. More

Schwan goal: Double $750M food-service biz
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Schwan Food Co., best known for its pale-yellow delivery trucks, is taking steps to double the size of its food-service business that supplies cafeterias in schools, hospitals and, increasingly, restaurants. That division generates about $750 million in annual sales for Schwan's already. More

Geotectura's gasoline station offering solar powered EV charging
Business Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With the rise in the number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the streets, it will be important for gasoline stations to adopt the new trend and equip their stations with EV charging stations. However, since most of the electricity generated in different parts of the world still comes from coal-fired power plants, greening the world will take much more than green cars. More

Report: Shopper expectations up about mobile integration
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The increase use of mobile is raising consumer expectations for seamless cross-channel shopping, according to Sterling Commerce’s fourth annual consumer survey focused on how consumers want to interact with retailers. More

Cornering food service
CSP    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Convenience stores are poised to garner a growing segment of the food service business, recording steady increases in customer traffic as opposed to traditional quick-service restaurants (QSRs), according to one industry researcher. More

Washington Update

Military OneSource offers free tax filing
American Forces Press Service    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Defense officials encourage military families to once again take advantage of the free electronic tax filing services offered through Military OneSource. More

Troops, kin face cuts in base services
Army Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Soldiers and their families on Army bases around the country could see cutbacks in trash pickup, lawn-mowing and other services as the military tries to hold down non-war spending while escalating the fight in Afghanistan. More

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