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Register now for the June 21 ALA Congressional Caucus and Public Policy Advocacy Forum on Capitol Hill
Top Washington policy makers including Members of Congress, Administration officials and resale leaders converging on Capitol Hill to discuss front-burner issues at this year’s ALA’s June 21 Public Policy Forum and Congressional Caucus.
Gather vital business intelligence and gain first-hand information on events in Washington that will shape your business. Space is limited, so register early.
- Resale issues before Congress.
- May 29 directive from the Department of Defense starting an examination of restructuring and optimizing military resale programs.
- Resale initiatives in the Trump Administration.
- Legislation and policy affecting resale programs in the Defense Authorization Acts.
- Product assortment changes and revisions to the Armed Services Exchange Regulation.
- Congressional views on commissary transformation—CPI negotiations, variable pricing, private label, shelf stocking.
- Exchange system issues before DoD and the Congress.
- Base access.
- Geo-political factors affecting Defense spending.
- Status and outlook for Defense spending.
- Force structure outlook.
- Military personnel reforms and implications for military base operations and resale programs.
- 4th Estate (Defense Agency) reforms.
- Congressional action on the fiscal years 2017 and 2018 VA, DoD, and DHS budget affecting resale programs.
- Base closures and global re-stationing of forces.
- Pricing and contracting changes enacted by Congress.
- The politics of defense and National security, supporting military families, status of budgetary deliberations.
- Product assortment issues including alcohol, tobacco, and other product restrictions in exchanges.
- Global changes to basing and force structure that have a key role in your business planning and your allocation of resources.
- Efforts by ALA to influence policy makers on the best path forward.
- Federal labor outlook including the hiring freeze and cutting back on the Federal workforce.
- The Trump agenda on reorganizing Government.
- The politics of defense and National security, supporting military families, status of budgetary deliberations.
- Doing business in a dynamic and unpredictable environment.
- Military resale patronage expansion.
- Changes in business practices and relationships between sectors of the industry.
- Effect on resale programs of the mark-ups of the Fiscal Year 2018 Senate and House Defense Authorization and Appropriations Bills and the effect on resale programs.
- Defense plans and studies on consolidation and resale restructuring.
For registration information go to ALA-national.org
- – Mr. Ralph Galeti, Veteran advocate and former POW at the infamous Hanoi Hilton
- – The Honorable Robert Wittman, Chairman, Chairman, Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee
- – The Honorable John Gibson, Chief Management Officer, Department of Defense
- – Ms. Stacey Tyley, Community Services Reform Team Lead, Office of the DoD Chief Management Officer
- – The Honorable Stephanie Barna, Performing Duties as the UnderSecretary of Defense, (Personnel and Readiness). Defense personnel policy, DoD military family and quality of life initiatives
- – The Honorable Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) Chairman, Subcommittee on Personnel, House Armed Services
- – John Kamensky, Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government—Trump Administration government reform agenda—Agency cooperative efforts, OMB initiatives
- – Mr. Dan Ostrower, Accenture, Inc., Innovative resale responses to a changing military demographic
- – Mr. Michael Sorrento, Director, Defense Manpower Data Center, base access issues including the implementation of the Defense Biometric Identification System
- – The Honorable John McCeachin (D-Va.), Member, House Armed Services Committee
The Honorable Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), Chairman, Readiness Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee
- – Mr. John Anderson, Legislative Representative, American Federation of Government Employees. Federal labor outlook including reforms proposed be Congress and by the Trump Administration, views on human capital issues associated with Defense restructuring
- – The Honorable Walter Jones (R-N.C.) member, House Armed Services Committee
- – The Honorable Tim Walz, Ranking Member, Committee on Veterans Affairs, House of Representatives
- – The Honorable Susan Davis (D-Calif), member, House Armed Services Committee and long-standing advocate for military family, quality of life and commissary nad exchange programs.
- – The Honorable Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), sponsor of bill that passed the House to allow exchange, commissary and MWR privileges to nearly 5 million people to include former POWs, veterans with service-connected disabilities, and Medal of Honor recipients (and their caregivers).
- – The Honorable Don Bacon (R-Neb.) retired Air Force General and member of the Personnel Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Bacon sponsored an amendment that passed the House of Representatives that addresses that prohibits any funding prior to October 1, 2019. Implement a consolidation of the military resale programs.
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Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has signed off on the first official step toward consolidating the military commissaries and exchanges into one system.
A task force will be formed by July 1 "to perform financial due diligence, a business case analysis, and begin planning for the consolidation of the defense resale enterprise," stated the memorandum, signed May 29.
Robert Wilkie has a chance not only to become the next Veterans Affairs secretary but also the last Pentagon undersecretary for personnel and readiness.
That's because lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee are considering revamping the position as part of a host of personnel reforms included in their draft of the annual defense authorization bill, in an effort to better focus the job on human resources responsibilities.
Memorial Day is typically left untarnished by politics but the president's tweet Monday morning, which suggested that fallen U.S. troops would be "very happy" with his administration's performance, quickly brought Washington into the mix.
The Senate Armed Services Committee wants to strengthen the Pentagon's policy office, increasing its role internally as the enforcer of major strategy decisions.
The SASC's proposed version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which it approved Thursday, features language designed to help the undersecretary of defense for policy (USD-P) regain some of the power and responsibilities it has ceded to the Joint Staff in recent years.
In three executive orders signed May 25, 2018, President Donald Trump took aim at making federal employees easier to fire while cutting back on union time.
The first order fulfills a longstanding goal of the Trump administration in making it easier for the government to fire poor performers from federal positions.
The Senate Armed Services Committee passed a version of the $716 billion defense policy bill Thursday that emphasizes investment in future warfare — with provisions on cyber, hypersonic weapons and artificial intelligence.
The White House named Peter O'Rourke as acting Veterans Affairs secretary after Robert Wilkie stepped down from the post to begin his formal confirmation process for the department's permanent top job.
Stars and Stripes
A change in employment status here for dozens of third-country nationals — some of whom are also military spouses — means they'll receive more benefits and job security, but some will take home far less money.
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||2018 CAPT Ollie Bates HR ALA Golf Tournament
|The Hampton Roads Chapter will honor CAPT Ollie Bates with a golf tournament and luau on June 14th at the NAS Oceana Golf course.
||2018 West Point Charity Golf Event
|Hosted by the New York Chapter. Golfers and Non-golfers are welcome to attend. There is something for everyone! The event will support the Military Commander’s Scholarship Fund, which provides college financial assistance for deserving sons and daughters of military service members.
||2018 Congressional Caucus & Public Policy Forum
|Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC.
||Wounded Warrior Appreciation Golf Tournament
|Rain or Shine. Tee Time at 12:30 pm. Silverhorn Golf Course, 1100 W. Bitters Rd.,
San Antonio, TX 78216. 210-545-5300.
||71st Annual Convention
|The dates for ALA's 71st Annual Convention have been set! Oct. 1-3, 2018, Westin Riverwalk San Antonio, Texas. Registration to open this summer.
Commissary Web Posts
The following commissary items were recently posted to the ALA Website (www.ALA-National.org):
- DeCA April 2018 and FYTD 2018 Sales Data.
- PHQ Adds/Deletes/Availability, May 16, 23 & 30, 2018.
- CRV Values, May 20 & 28, 2018.
In a cavernous shed on an industrial park in Hampshire, hundreds of robots are at work in the "hive". In Ocado's latest Customer Fulfilment Centre, 65,000 orders a week are prepared for some of the grocer's 645,000 online customers. It is probably the most technologically advanced such center in the world.
The biggest retail produce display contest in the U.S. — the Idaho Potato Lover's Month — put up some big numbers in 2018.
The Eagle, Idaho-based Idaho Potato Commission received more than 5,200 entries — 5,266 to be exact — this year from retailers across the U.S. That's a record in the competition's 27-year history.
The summer grilling season is getting underway, but it's not just burgers and brats going on the grill.
According to a nationwide survey by Idaho Fall, Idaho-based Category Partners, nearly 75 percent of respondents said they grill vegetables, with corn, potatoes, onions, peppers and mushrooms in the top favorites, the company said in a news release.
Candy and snacks are big business in this country. The industry boasts approximately $35 billion in annual sales, accounts for 465,000 jobs and brings about $10 billion in tax dollars into the U.S. Treasury's coffers, according to the National Confectioners Assn.
Kroger Co. announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Chicago-based meal kit company, Home Chef, in a deal that could total $700 million.
The Cincinnati-based grocery giant would pay an initial purchase price of $200 million and up to an additional $500 million in "earnout" payments to Home Chef for meeting certain sales and other performance goals.
Citing opportunities from meal kits and clinics to private label and omnichannel retail, executives from Albertsons Cos. and Rite Aid Corp. are bullish on potential growth avenues from their pending merger.
Rite Aid Chairman and CEO John Standley, who has been tabbed as CEO of the combined company, noted that the $24 billion deal would vault Albertsons-Rite Aid into the top five U.S. food and drug retailers, behind Walmart, CVS Health, The Kroger Co. and Walgreens Boots Alliance.
The promise of culinary adventure and convenience has inspired many consumers to order online meal kits for home delivery, but the services' low retention rates suggest the concept is falling short in several ways that the iconic seasoning brand Knorr thinks it can fix with its new line of One Skillet Meals.
A recent Revionics-commissioned study, "Indiscriminate Promotions Cost Retailers," has found that 52 percent of weekly or monthly promotions go to customers who would actually pay full price. The study, conducted by Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Consulting, probed into the emotional psyche of U.S., U.K., French, German and Brazilian shoppers to learn what types of retail promotions are meaningful and impactful.
The dairy industry says milk "does a body good," but slipping sales are forcing companies to rethink their marketing approach.
Over the past 10 years, global retail sales for dairy alternatives have soared at a rate of 8 percent annually, representing 12 percent of the total fluid milk sales globally in 2017, according to Euromonitor.
Ft. Leavenworth Lamp
Military Times ranked the Army and Air Force Exchange Service as the 14th best employer for veterans in its 2018 Best for Vets: Employers list, a double-digit leap for the nearly 123-year-old Department of Defense organization.
"Veterans' military skills and experience are transferable to many of the careers we offer — that's why we want them on our team," said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull. "The Exchange is honored to be recognized for its efforts to recruit and retain those who have served our nation."
Stars and Stripes
More commissary employees in the United States will be able to shop where they work, due to a new Defense Commissary Agency policy that will take effect by the end of June.
"This brings commissary employees in line with shopping privileges already granted to (military exchange store) employees," said Robert J. Bianchi, interim DeCA director and chief executive.
The Enterprise (subscriber article)
This year marks the 50th year of art for Medart Gallery & Custom Framing located in Dunkirk Gateway Business Center on Town Center Boulevard.
Medart Gallery is a family-owned and operated business that offers original oil paintings, limited edition prints, modern art, tableware and pottery, glassware, gift items and more, and provides custom picture framing, photo restoration and select art conservation services.
SupplyChainBrain via The Wall Street Journal
Target Corp. is testing a new distribution strategy aimed at speeding up its restocking and making the retailer more nimble at stores and online as it competes with rivals like Amazon.com Inc. and Walmart Inc. The aim is to pare what Target calls its replenishment cycle from days to hours and reduce inventory at stores, especially at the retailer's new small-format stores and locations in denser urban areas.
Artificial intelligence, RFID trackers, predictive analytics — advancements have been positioned as the divine solutions sent from retail heaven to resolve the industry's multiplying challenges. But in a market that's increasingly fragmented from an operational perspective, so are the demands for holistic and encompassing programs that not only ensure survival in a dog-eat-dog industry, but also propel a brand to new levels of success.
As Target moves to position itself as a destination for beauty, it's taking a cue from beauty stalwarts like Sephora and Ulta, and investing in augmented reality.
Target, which now sells more than 1,000 beauty products, announced the launch of Target Beauty Studio, an AR technology tool that will be integrated into select brick-and-mortar stores and on its desktop and mobile site.
Gen Z is bypassing the traditional political system and focusing on consumerism as a channel for change, according to a study.
This generation is expecting brands to use their platform for good, especially as they feel the political system and politicians has let them down. That's one of the findings of the study, "Voting With Dollars: Young People + Brands as the Agents of Social Change" from DoSomething Strategic (formerly known as TMI Strategy).
Target is making a push to win over teen and young adult shoppers.
While many of its strategies have focused on millennials, the Minneapolis-based retailer is setting its sights more on Generation Z with three new in-house brands it's introducing in coming months, including its first foray into a private-label electronics brand.
DSP Daily News
Convenience-store trips are down, pointing to significant changes in how consumers shop — and the need for the industry to strategize around those changes.
Here's a look at how those changes affected store traffic in 2017.
Convenience Store Decisions
From updating locations with open kitchens and a freshly-prepared foodservice program to growing its alcohol selection — not to mention planning for a dozen new stores — the Maryland-based chain is gearing up for tomorrow.
CSP Daily News
America’s most popular payment app is not from Apple, Google or Samsung, but from Starbucks.
More than 23 million people ages 14 and older will use the Starbucks app to make a point-of-sale purchase at least once every six months this year, according to data and research firm eMarketer. During the same period, 22 million people will use Apple Pay. Google Pay and Samsung Pay have about half that, with 11.1 million users and 9.9 million users, respectively, according to eMarketer.
Convenience Store Decisions
Yesway has reached its 100-store milestone, with the acquisition of the 11-store Pick-A-Dilly portfolio transaction in northeast Missouri.
This acquisition further enhances Yesway's presence in Missouri. The company now owns and operates 14 stores in Missouri and is looking to add additional stores to its portfolio in the state over the next few years.
Fans of the hit A&E show "Live PD" in Pinal County will get a chance to meet the local stars at an upcoming event put on by the Sheriff's Office.
Those who attend the Pinal County Sheriff's Office event will be able to meet and take photos with the deputies as well as ask questions about law enforcement. There will be food trucks and recruiters for PCSO and the county, along with bounce houses on a site for the kids. It will be set up as a public safety event, with SWAT, search and rescue, and K9 teams there to showcase the different aspects of the department.
Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) has the core responsibility to provide oversight of level of facility conditions, housing services, and customer services provided to Sailors and their families. The primary tools used is the Resident Satisfaction Surveys (RSS) and Home Finding Surveys. The data generated and the resulting analysis from conducting both surveys is integral to the continuing evaluation of CNIC processes and provides performance improvement actions by transforming customer feedback into business process changes and improvements. Solicitation Number:
Lime, formerly LimeBike, made its debut on Naval Base San Diego Thursday on Bike to Work Day.
The launch marked the first dock-free bikeshare program on a U.S. military base.
A representative at Lime said the company will focus the initial deployment around high traffic areas inside the base such as housing and retail areas like the Navy Exchange.
Lime said members of their local team went through full background checks and were given base clearance to operate the bike program inside the naval station.
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