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Schedule change for the Hawaii Food Show:
Due to the uncertainty in travel availability for government executives and the cloud of furloughs hanging over DoD, we have rescheduled the Hawaii Conference and Food Show for Oct. 15-17 this year. Please mark your schedules accordingly. We have a commitment from the Hawaii congressional delegation for full participation during that time frame so we will have an exciting and powerful event. More to follow ...
Message from Secretary Hagel on Furloughs
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DoDLive, Secretary of Defense Hagel
To all Department of Defense personnel:
As you are fully aware, the Department of Defense is facing a historic shortfall in our budget for the current fiscal year. This is the result of current law that went into effect March 1. It imposes deep across-the-board cuts on DoD and other federal agencies. Combined with higher than expected wartime operating costs, we are now short more than $30 billion in our operation and maintenance accounts which are the funds that we use to pay most civilian employees, maintain our military readiness, and respond to global contingencies.
Hagel announces hundreds of thousands of furloughs at Defense Department
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The Washington Post, Steve Vogel
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel recently put an end to months of uncertainty and fleeting hopes for the department's civilian workforce, announcing plans to begin furloughing hundreds of thousands of employees for up to 11 days starting July 8.
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Commissaries feel hiring freeze, fear new budget squeeze ahead
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The News Tribune, Tom Philpott
Base commissaries are facing turbulent times as staff vacancies swell under a federal hiring freeze, employee furloughs remain a worry, and the Defense Commissary Agency digests budget guidance for fiscal 2015 that will force new efficiencies on stores and, possibly, deeper cuts to store operations.
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Defense experts warn of more cuts, murky future
Pentagon officials and defense experts painted a gloomy picture Tuesday at an annual warfighting conference, warning that automatic defense cuts that began this year may be around for a while.
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'Fragile' pursuit of a grand bargain
The onetime target of early August for passing sweeping fiscal legislation that once filled U.S. Senate corridors is slowly being replaced by a consensus that striking a "grand bargain" could prove difficult.
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June 18, 2013: ALA Congressional Caucus, Washington, D.C.
DATE CHANGE: 2013 Hawaii Food Show, originally scheduled for Aug. 20 and 21, 2013, has been changed to Oct. 15–17, 2013, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii.
NEW Aug. 19, 2013: Commissary Council Consumer Awareness Golf Tournament, Country Club of Petersburg, Petersburg, Va.
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.
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Pork cuts to get new consumer-friendly names at the meat case
The Shelby Report
Consumers will soon find more consumer-friendly names on packages of fresh pork cuts in retail meat cases across the country. The new names, such as the porterhouse pork chop, are designed to allow retailers to differentiate and merchandise pork cuts more effectively while aiding shoppers in selecting and preparing pork.
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Frozen Food Month boosts sales
The 30th annual March National Frozen Food Month showed an "encouraging" lift in dollar and unit sales as compared to last year, according to the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association, sponsor of the promotion. "We made a concerted effort to reinvigorate the March promotion, encouraging retailers to plan early, get their supplier partnerships in place and promote Frozen Food Month in a big way," said NFRA president and CEO Skip Shaw.
USDA, FDA recommend food safety steps for delis
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Food and Drug Administration have issued a report on the findings of a study to reduce listeria contamination in retail delis. The quantitative study, called the first of its kind, was based on observations of deli employees' work routines; concentrations of listeria on incoming products and in the deli environment; simulations of the bacteria's transmission, such as from slicer to food; and dose-response modeling.
NPD study: Children, teens heaviest snackers women outpace men
Drug Store News
The typical American eats more than 1,000 snack-oriented convenience foods throughout the year, and children and teens are the heaviest users of this assortment of snacks, which includes fresh fruit, sweets and savory snacks, according to a recent study by The NPD Group, a global information company.
Kroger converting food waste to energy
The Kroger Co. has unveiled a clean energy production system that will convert food that cannot be sold or donated into clean energy to help power its Ralphs/Food 4 Less distribution center in Compton, Calif. The anaerobic conversion system will process more than 55,000 tons of organic food waste into renewable energy annually, providing power for the 650,000-square-foot distribution center. By diverting that food waste the equivalent of 150 tons per day the system will also reduce area truck trips by more than 500,000 miles each year.
Study: Salt in foods is still high
Agence France-Presse via Google News
The amount of salt in foods that are processed or sold at fast food restaurants is still high despite calls by medical experts for people to cut sodium for better health, a US study recently said. Americans on average eat more than twice the recommended daily allowance of salt, and as much as 80 percent of sodium consumption comes from salt that is added by restaurants or in the making of convenience foods, experts say.
Can online groceries save the planet?
Hate to go food shopping? Bring the supermarket to you by having groceries delivered. You could actually save money doing this, despite paying a delivery fee and you might even help save the Earth.
Sears launches rent-to-own leasing program
Sears Holdings launched a rent-to-own leasing program for CE, majaps, mattresses and other big-ticket items this week, and has renewed efforts to sub-lease space in and around its stores. The lease option will be offered on items priced $280 and more, and to customers 18 and older who earn at least $1,000 a month and have a Social Security or tax ID number. Customers can make payments for up to 18 months or pay off the balance after five months.
Retailers eye home goods as housing sales improve
Economists aren't the only ones watching improving home sales closely. Emboldened by recent numbers, retail giants J.C. Penney and Target are bolstering their home furnishing offerings in hopes that new buyers will need to decorate.
J.C. Penney returns to sales strategy online, but struggles persist
One month after J.C. Penney fired top exec Ron Johnson and brought Mike Ullman back as CEO, the retailer reportedly says it expects year-over-year Q1 revenues to be down 16 percent when it reports to Wall Street next week. And in terms of purely online marketing, things don't appear much better.
Next Wal-Mart CEO faces challenges Sam Walton never saw
As Wal-Mart Stores Inc. prepares to anoint the fifth chief executive in its history, the world's largest retailer is grappling with challenges founder Sam Walton never faced. Wal-Mart is trying to goose slowing sales gains in the U.S. as such rivals as Amazon.com Inc. and the dollar stores lure its customers. Overseas, the company is struggling to ignite growth in China and other emerging markets even as it probes allegations of bribery in Mexico and possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Some retailers say more about their clothing's origins
The New York Times
The revolution that has swept the food industry is expanding to retail: origins matter. With fair-trade coffee and organic fruit now standard on grocery shelves, consumers concerned with working conditions, environmental issues and outsourcing are increasingly demanding similar accountability for their T-shirts. The issue has been brought to the forefront by the garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed more than 800 people.
Target teams up with Facebook for deals you can share
Target is looking to Facebook to drive more foot-traffic in stores. The retailer recently launched 700 new offers with a social twist: claiming them generates automatic news feed posts on Facebook, unless the user turns them off.
Does the American shopping mall have a second life?
Here's how to have a good time at the local shopping mall," a reviewer called Bunny E. posted on Yelp this past February. "Load the 'Dawn of the Dead' soundtrack on your MP3 player and go to the mall between 7-8 a.m. (before they even turn on all the lights). Hit play and immerse yourself in a post-apocalyptic nightmare world. And get some great exercise to boot!" The shopping center Bunny E. reviewed is the massive, 1.5 million-square-foot, nearly empty Cincinnati Mall, in the northern suburbs of Ohio's third largest city. It is one of hundreds of dead or dying indoor malls that dot the American landscape. Moms and dads who fondly remember teen years spent flirting at the mall now bring their children to watch bulldozers flatten the dated buildings.
Boehner 'probably' won't back Internet sales tax measure
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said he "probably" won't support legislation to let states require out-of-state Internet retailers to collect sales taxes, saying it would be too cumbersome to implement.
Can quick serves save the world?
No longer is local sourcing just a utopian ideal. It's a practice coming to life and continually gaining momentum in foodservice, with the number of local ingredients on menus growing by 73 percent over the last four years, according to market research firm Mintel. But, at its most basic level, it's a tale of two industries.
Superhero worship comes to Target this summer
Every summer, like capitalistic clockwork, superhero movies hit the big screen, and their merchandise fills store shelves faster than a speeding bullet. This summer, however, a funny thing is happening at Target stores nationally: Gobs of summer-themed superhero merchandise will show up from beach towels that double as capes to sand toys that form Metropolis shapes but without the slick movie tie-ins.
Promises in Bangladesh
The Wall Street Journal
Some of Europe's largest retailers recently agreed to sign a legally binding agreement designed to improve safety conditions in Bangladesh's garment factories after a building collapse last month killed at least 1,127 workers and injured many more.
Moving fast: Economics, logistics among challenges of same-day delivery
Late last fall, USPS joined a crowded field of retailers and logistics experts, all attempting to find the Holy Grail: the right product, price point and customer for same-day delivery. At this point, most retailers remain in the test phase, targeting major markets like New York City and San Francisco. When the urge strikes, shoppers in those markets can get a hammer from Home Depot via eBay Now; Canon color ink via Amazon Local Express Delivery; or tonight's dinner from Walmart to Go. Add in any number of logistics companies — including British export Shutl, due to launch this year — and the ability to receive products the day they are ordered is practically unlimited, at least in major cities. But why now?
Retail import growth expected to slow significantly over summer
National Retail Federation
Import volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.3 percent in May over the same month last year but growth could trickle to a standstill by the end of the summer, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
7 steps to better communicating your brand's story
What the strongest brands have in common is that they deliver well on their value proposition. That is, they do what they say they will, and most likely do it better than others in their industries. In large part, their perception as strong brands is due to the people behind the successful delivery of those value propositions. So, how then, do you become a strong brand, too, with a story that others want to tell?
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How prevention-based safety chain management technology increases compliance efficiencies
Food Safety Magazine
Withdrawals, rejections and recalls cost the food industry $7 billion dollars annually and the majority of these costs aren't just from "worst case" recall scenarios where people fall ill and lawsuits occur. A large portion of this cost is created by internal re-working, commodity loss, inventory replacement, removing goods from shelves, lost sales and public relations/customer confidence repair.
13 ways to painlessly improve profitability in 2013: Online resources
By Jay Fiske
How can energy become a profit center? Over the last 13 weeks we've provided a guide on how that can be done utilizing simple, low-cost/no-cost tips. We've covered a wide array of topics in the series from showing you how to decipher your electricity bill and conduct your own energy audit to motivating your staff to become energy/water misers and scheduling energy usage just like you do your staff. As we close the series, we'd like to leave you with a treasure trove of websites where you can find out more about the topics covered.
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Online shopping becomes increasingly mobile
Smartphones and tablets are greatly changing the way consumers interact with online retail sites. The vast majority of the increase came from mobile devices. The tablet market didn't even exist in February 2010, just prior to the introduction of the iPad.
7-Eleven offering healthier food options
For many people, mini-marts are the place to go for coffee and a treat. You're sure to find hot dogs, pizza and other high-calorie goodies, but if you're health conscious, you may have a tough time finding options to satisfy — until now. "Instead of getting the typical burgers and fries, you can come to 7-Eleven and get a fresh sandwich, get a fruit cup, get yogurt and feel good about the choices that you're making," said Jennifer Maise, a marketing manager at 7-Eleven.
Fast-food workers stage protests for higher wages
Fast-food workers are staging unprecedented one-day walkouts in cities across the country. Saying they can't live on such meager pay, the workers are demanding $15 an hour and the right to form unions without fear of reprisal.
NEX expands price match policy to now include major online retailers
The NEX is committed to offering its customers low prices every day. As part of that pledge, the NEX has made a big change to its Price Match Policy. The NEX will now match prices to Walmart.com, Target.com, Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Sears.com, ToysRUs.com and BabiesRUs.com.
"We expanded our Price Match Policy to be more responsive to our customers," said Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi (Ret), Chief Executive Officer, Navy Exchange Service Command. "More people are shopping online for their purchases and we want to assure them that they can get the same price at their NEX, so we are now matching major online retailers."
The qualifying competitive online price may be presented on a mobile device such as a tablet computer or smartphone. If the price difference is $10 or less, the price will be matched on the spot. No proof is required. If the lower price on one of the online sites listed above is more than $10, the price may be verified by a NEX associate or supervisor.
As before, the NEX will continue to match the regular, everyday shelf price or advertised price in a local competitor's current advertisement. Customers should present the advertised price in the form of a printed advertisement or displayed on a mobile marketing device such as a tablet computer or smartphone.
The NEX also has a 14 day price guarantee, so if you find the identical item for less at the NEX within 14 days of the original purchase we will match the lower price. The same 14 day price guarantee applies to a local competitor's advertisement or at a qualifying on line retailer; the NEX will match the price.
Items already on layaway also qualify for a price reduction due to a competitor's lower price or the NEX 14-day price guarantee.
"This new and improved price match policy is the best in the retail business," said Tess Paquette, Senior Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, NEXCOM. "The NEX is the only retailer to match everyday shelf prices and major online retailers as well as offer the 14-day price guarantee. We want our customers to know they will find the products they need at the best possible price when they shop our stores. We are excited to offer this new policy which will help ensure that they do."
For details and more information about the price matching policy and all NEX policies, log onto
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AAFES Tom Shull visits Europe
During an extensive trip of Army & Air Force Exchange Service operations in Germany, the Exchange's Director/CEO Tom Shull visited the "Wounded Heroes Service Center" Military Clothing facility at Kleber Kaserne, on May 9.
Military Clothing Store Manager Deniz Barcala gave a tour of the one-of-a-kind facility, designed specifically for wounded Soldiers receiving care at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, to Shull. The "Wounded Heroes Service Center" has a handicap-accessible entrance, dressing rooms and bathrooms as well as a full assortment of uniforms, gloves, hats, boots and duffel bags. The Exchange offers free alterations and modifications for severely wounded, ill and injured Soldiers at all 79 Army Military Clothing stores around the world.
This Army-led initiative ensures all wounded Soldiers receive free alterations and modifications on all issued uniforms in accordance with the Wounded Warrior Clothing Support Program.
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ALA Salutes Doug McAlister
Doug McAlister has retired after 11 years of service to the Coca-Cola System, as Vice President, Worldwide Military Sales and Export. Doug has led the Coca-Cola Military sales effort since 2002 and his overall leadership and dedication were significant for ALA and the Military Retail System. He and his wife, Nancy, will enjoy their family as they embark on this new chapter in their lives. For those wishing to contact Doug, he can be reached at email@example.com.
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June 18, 2013: 2013 Congressional Caucus & Public Policy Forum, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
Prior to the beginning of the governments new fiscal year we have congressional representatives addressing legislative and policy issues impacting the military resale and MWR/Services industry. The forum takes place on Capitol Hill to showcase the association's efforts to strengthen existing relationships and forge new partnerships with the Administration, Congress and Department of Defense.
June 24, 2013: NY Chapter Golf event at West Point - To benefit the Military Commander's Scholarship Fund.
DATE CHANGE 2013 Hawaii Food Show, originally scheduled for Aug. 20 and 21, 2013, has been changed to Oct. 15-17, 2013, Hawaii Prince Hotel Honolulu, Hawaii
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2013: 66th Annual Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.
Dec. 5, 2013: ALA NY Chapter Annual Holiday Luncheon, New York City.
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Installation management career program seeks first interns
Applications for the first cadre of interns in the Army's Installation Management Career Program (CP 29) were accepted starting May 16 on www.usajobs.com. Selectees were part of the inaugural cohort of future installation management professionals. Interns will collectively participate in a 24 month training and development program. With an initial assignment at the U.S. Army Installation Management Command headquarters on Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston, Texas, selectees must sign a mobility agreement. The entry grade is GS-07, with potential growth to the GS-11 level at full performance.
ICE helps organization managers understand customer concerns
ICE, the Interactive Customer Evaluation program, helps service providers and service consumers improve government programs by establishing a dialogue between the two. This is achieved when the users of a particular service fill out a comment form that describes his or her experience dealing with an organization or program. It helps service providers determine whether customers' needs are being met.
Local civil service may be impacted by DoD furlough
The Sierra Vista Herald
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered the furlough of defense department civilians to begin in early July. Recently, Hagel directed 11 furlough days for civil service employees, half of the 22 days which were initially anticipated. Its impact on Fort Huachuca will not be immediately known, as the defense secretary's decision is the starting process.
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