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Join us on ALA365 for the latest webcasts from the recent 2013 Commissary Roundtable!
Newly posted events include:
DeCA Update from Mr. Jeu
DeCA Wrap-Up from Mr. Dowling
Washington Update from Steve Rossetti.
Upcoming live events include:
2013 Congressional Caucus, June 18 in Washington, D.C. Register today!
66th Annual Convention, Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in New Orleans, La.
2013 Hawaii Food Show, Oct. 15-17 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Commissaries to close Mondays, some Tuesdays due to furloughs
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Stars and Stripes, Chris Carroll
Defense budget chaos could soon complicate your weekly food shopping trips. Most of the 247 military commissaries will be closed on Mondays when civilian defense worker furloughs begin July 8, and many will be closed on Tuesdays as well, the Defense Commissary Agency recently said.
Pentagon furloughs hit hardest in Virginia, California
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Bloomberg, Gopal Ratnam and Tony Capaccio
Virginia, home to the military's headquarters, and California have the most people who will be hit by Pentagon furloughs set to begin July 8, according to data provided by the Defense Department.
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Commissaries evolve to keep competitive
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San Antonio Express-News, Neal Morton
There are at least six H-E-B locations, two Wal-Mart supercenters and the Trader Joe's and Whole Foods stores in the Alamo Quarry market between Fort Sam Houston and Mary and Herb Holmes' house in Whispering Oaks.
But the Holmeses skip those businesses when it's time to buy groceries. They travel about a dozen miles to the U.S. Army post so they can shop at their favorite commissary store in San Antonio.
"We just shop here all the time (because) some things are cheaper here," said Mary Holmes, 74, whose husband is a retired Air Force colonel. "As you get older, you have to economize all the time."
"Of course we come here for the savings."
Like the other six military retail locations in Bexar County, the Fort Sam Houston commissary sells discounted and tax-free goods to active-duty and retired service members, their relatives and U.S. Department of Defense civilian employees.
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House spending bills neutral on 2014 federal pay raise
The Washington Post
A House Armed Services subcommittee recently endorsed a 1.8 percent raise for military personnel, the amount indicated by an employment cost index measure sometimes used in government pay-setting. In many years, federal employee pay raises were boosted to the amount set for military personnel in the name of "pay parity." That linkage has not been followed recently, however, as uniformed personnel have continued receiving annual raises while federal pay rates have been frozen.
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In time of sequesters, Uncle Sam is trying to hire 27,000
The Washington Times via Current Mil-Tech News
The budget cuts known as sequestration were supposed to wreak havoc, forcing the shrinking of critical workforces including airport security officers and food inspectors. But since sequestration kicked in March 4, the government has posted openings for 4,300 federal job titles to hire some 10,300 people. The median position has a salary topping out at $76,000, and one-fourth of positions pay $113,000 or more, according to an analysis by The Washington Times of federal job listings.
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Commissary Web Posts
The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., May 30, 2013.
DP #15, Far East Quantities.
Christmas Chill/Freeze/Pre-packed Meat WW Promotion Package.
Christmas/Thanksgiving Cookies/Crackers/Fruitcake Promotion Package.
NOTICES TO TRADE
13-82, Cups & Plates Category Review.
13-83, Bags & Wraps Category Review with Attachment.
13-84, Commissary Salute Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program.
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 13-22.
FDS Distributor Change List, 28 May 13.
FDS Distributor Codes, 28 May 13.
DeCA Alphabetical & RSL Code Store List, 28 May 13.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
SAVE THE DATES
June 18, 2013: ALA Congressional Caucus, Washington, D.C.
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.
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.
Produce vendors awarded contracts
Coast Produce Co. of Los Angeles is one of several produce companies awarded significant U.S. Department of Defense contracts in May to supply fresh fruits and vegetables to commissaries, military bases and schools.
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Shopping smarter: Psychology of grocery stores
Next time you go grocery shopping, take note of all the small-but-significant changes that have happened in supermarkets in recent years. Stores used to have a rigid grid of aisles, set up to force you to weave your way past every product. That reflected the retail ideal back when shoppers used to go on large, infrequent stock-up shopping trips. But now America shops differently, and stores change their setups frequently.
Seeking food ingredients that aren't gene-altered
The New York Times
Food companies big and small are struggling to replace genetically modified ingredients with conventional ones. Pressure is growing to label products made from genetically modified organisms, or "G.M.O." In Connecticut, Vermont and Maine, at least one chamber of the state legislature has approved bills that would require the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, and similar legislation is pending in more than two dozen other states.
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7 mistakes grocery shoppers make
The Active Consumer
You may save yourself time, money and trouble at the grocery store if you avoid the following seven common errors that shoppers make.
Stores' loyalty programs influence the way you shop
Loyalty programs at supermarkets used to be as simple as getting access to the cheaper advertised prices on store shelves. But as companies fight to hold onto customers amid intensifying competition, they're using shoppers' purchasing histories to offer more personalized deals. Eventually, some say deals could become so customized that everyone is paying different prices for the same item.
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Large US retailers sue Visa, MasterCard over card fees
A group of U.S. retailers, including Macy's Inc. and Target Corp., recently sued Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., breaking off from a proposed $7.2 billion settlement reached last year over fees to process credit card transactions.
2 men charged with operating $300,000 Home Depot fraud ring in Michigan, 12 other states
Two men are facing federal charges in Flint after authorities say they headed a retail fraud operation that bilked Home Depot stores in 13 states out of more than $300,000. In federal complaints unsealed in Flint U.S. District Court Tuesday, May 22, authorities detail a scheme that stretched from Florida to Michigan and involved more than 100 Home Depot stores.
How Target, Walgreens, Home Depot forever changed the private label game
Formerly synonymous with generic typeface and questionable quality, today's private label goods are transforming categories as we speak and forever shaking up the consumer marketplace.
Are pop-up stores here to stay?
If old-time department stores were comprehensive, mom-and-pop stores friendly and big-box always low price, what kind of message does pop-up retail whisper into the ear of today's customer?
Wal-Mart to send automated shopping lists to its mobile app
Wal-Mart plans to use big data about a customer's usual shopping to automatically create shopping lists for them on its mobile app. That's one of the tools the world's largest retailer plans to use to improve the in-store shopping experience as it looks to mobile-influenced purchases outpacing e-commerce sales, said Gibu Thomas, Wal-Mart's global head of mobile.
US retailers see big risk in safety plan for factories in Bangladesh
The New York Times
American retailers remain sharply opposed to joining an international plan to improve safety conditions at garment factories in Bangladesh as their European counterparts and consumer and labor groups dismiss the companies' concerns about legal liability.
Borders gift card holders deserve nothing, judge rules
Borders owes nothing to holders of roughly $210.5 million of gift cards that had not been used by the time the bookstore chain shut down, a Manhattan federal judge recently ruled.
Tiny mall kiosks make a surprisingly big impact
The New York Times
Typically bound by short-term leases, displaying products made by others, and run by first-time entrepreneurs with limited capital, shopping mall carts and kiosks have long been considered an unsophisticated small-business underclass. More recently, however, these small-footprint retailers have come to be seen as possessing surprising potential.
Retailers' dilemma: To ax or help fix bad factories
The Wall Street Journal
When seemingly preventable disasters strike factories in developing countries, many retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. react the same way: by pulling their orders or threatening to cut off factories that don't meet their safety standards. By contrast, H&M — the biggest buyer of clothing from Bangladesh's $20 billion garment industry — has taken a highly public role in pledging to work with factories to improve their standards. The jury is still out on which approach is better.
62 percent of shoppers use a mobile device in stores to check prices
The majority of shoppers (62 percent) use a mobile device at a brand's physical location to compare products and prices, according to a recent survey of global consumers conducted by SDL. Moreover, 77 percent of respondents said that they "showroom", which is to visit a brand's physical location to evaluate products knowing they will buy online at another time. This trend varies by geography, with respondents from the US (71 percent) a bit less likely to "showroom" and those from Singapore (90 percent) more likely to do so.
The digital future of retail foods
The retail food industry needs to adapt to the new needs, media choices and consumption patterns of today's consumer, who now has the means to proceed through their entire purchase journey using digital or mobile means.
7-Eleven adds more Latin flavor to its hot foods menu
Convenience Store News
Following the success of its Mini Tacos, 7-Eleven Inc. is bringing some more Latin inspiration to its menu with the introduction of Breakfast Empanada Bites. The miniature, crescent pastries are filled with eggs, cheese, bacon, smoked ham and sausage, and are priced at $1 for three at participating 7-Eleven stores. When tested in select stores, the Breakfast Empanada Bites ranked extremely high for flavor, value and uniqueness, 7-Eleven noted.
Reducing the rate of returns
Merchandise return rate is an important metric to online retailers, as it can indicate problems in website content, customer service or fulfillment operations.
More women are bringing home the bacon, but more men are shopping for it
According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, women are now the sole or primary wage earner in 40 percent of households with children aged 18 or younger. But women aren't the only ones who've seen their traditional roles upended: Surveys conducted by marketers and advertisers show that an ever-growing number of men are becoming the primary shoppers for their households.
New NEXCOM Assistant Buyer
Please join me in congratulating Jacki LeClair as our new Assistant Buyer in Candy effective this week! Jacki was promoted from our Merchandiser position and since you all have worked closely with Jacki over the last year, I am sure you would agree that she will continue to do an excellent job for us.
I also want to remind you all that since Jacki was promoted, we are now without a Merchandiser and are seeking to fill that position in the very near future.
Wanted to take this opportunity to thank Jacki for all she has done over the last several months since Courtney's promotion, she has handled the duties of both effortlessly!
CONGRATULATIONS JACKI well deserved!
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Save the dates:
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.
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2013: 66th Annual Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.
Oct. 15-17, 2013: 2013 Hawaii Trade and Food Show, Hawaii Prince Hotel Honolulu, Hawaii
Dec. 5, 2013: ALA NY Chapter Annual Holiday Luncheon, New York City.
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Quantum technology and the military
Armed with Science
When you think of military operations, chances are you think of the obvious. The tanks. The service members. The uniform. The helicopters. The military brass. The American flag. The Pentagon. All the iconic symbols that the military takes pride in illustrating. There's a reason for that, of course. Those are the brochure-friendly things that stand symbolic of our mighty military force.
Coolest Starbucks around the world
It's been said that you're never farther than 170 miles from a Starbucks in America and we can assume that will become only more true as Starbucks continues its global domination. And while a Starbucks location has a certain aesthetic, we can all admit that our Starbucks locations have a big-box store, cookie-cutter feel to them. So when we find uniquely designed Starbucks stores from Singapore to Amsterdam, we get excited for the unusual. With innovative design, unique architecture that fits within the city's landscape and unusual concepts, these are the Starbucks worth visiting.
Building coalitions for space operations
Armed with Science
Recognizing the value of multinational coalitions for operations in the land, maritime and air domains, officials at U.S. Strategic Command hope to forge a coalition that shares assets and capabilities in space.
Soldier Show to 'wow' crowds June 1
1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley
The 2013 U.S. Army Soldier Show, a 75-minute Family-style variety show, featuring an array of music and dance performances, will make a local appearance at 7 p.m. June 1 at the McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University, Manhattan. "It's just, 'Wow!'" said Duane Clayton, recreation specialist, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, of past years' Soldier Shows. "It just takes your breath away and leaves you kind of stunned."
Cannon Exchange contributes to MWR
Cannon Air Force Base
Shoppers are typically not surprised to find the vast selection and savings at Army & Air Force Exchanges throughout the world. However, shoppers at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., may be surprised at just how many dividends the Exchange has issued allowing the 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron to enhance the Morale, Welfare and Recreation program and improve Air Commandos' quality of life and overall mission readiness.
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