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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only June. 18, 2010
Executive Briefing

American Logistics Association
63rd Annual Convention

October 19-21
Hyatt Regency
Bellevue, WA

President's Message

Congressional Caucus Focuses on Key Issues Facing Resale:
The ALA 2010 Congressional Caucus held 15 June in the Rayburn House Office Building was well attended and well worth the trip. Presentations by Chairwoman Susan Davis, Chairman Solomon Ortiz, Ranking Member Joe Wilson and Congressman Walter Jones focused on the critical issues facing the military resale benefits… but the message from all was clear. These programs are important to the troops and their families and they must be protected. Additional insight into the manners and maneuvers of Washington DC came from John Kamensky, Senior Fellow at IBM and a recognized political expert and Rick Maze, Senior Political Editor from Military Times. The foundation and theme of the program was orchestrated by Steve Rossetti from ALA whose keen insight into the Washington scene put this outstanding program together. You can see from the focus items that follow that the program was on the mark considering what is facing the DoD budget…

DoD comptroller: Cutting staff, managers possible
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Federal Times, Tim Kauffman
Pentagon leaders will need to cut staff, streamline back-end support functions such as finance and accounting and eliminate low-priority programs to meet Secretary Robert Gates' budget savings mandate, his top fiscal adviser recently said.

Lawmakers urge major cuts in Defense spending
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Government Executive, Katherine McIntire Peters
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers urged the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility to take a hard look a military spending as the panel weighs options for reducing the nation's growing budget deficit.

One of the Proposals Included within the Proposal:
Maintenance and Supply: Options for saving $13 billion. Improve the efficiency of military depots, commissaries, and exchanges. Save $13 billion from 2011–2020.

In its 2009 report, Budget Options, Volume 2, the Congressional Budget Office outlines a selection of proposals to reform and reorganize supply and maintenance systems that, taken together, would achieve approximately $13 billion in savings during 2011–2020.60 Consolidating the redundant retailing functions found in the military's network of commissaries and exchanges would save $6.5 billion. Changing the pricing structure for repairs in military depots could save $2.5 billion in a decade, by creating incentives for unit commanders to use central depots more than their less cost-effective unit-level repair facilities. And opening up an additional 10 percent of depot work to bidding from private contractors would save $3.9 billion during the decade.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

Defense industry braces for cuts
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A week after the Pentagon announced cost-saving measures, the defense industry is bracing for possible cuts to the Pentagon's weapons-buying programs. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has ordered an across-the-board review of business practices within the Pentagon, targeting total savings of $100 billion over the next five fiscal years. More

Panel commissioned by Barney Frank recommends nearly $1 trillion in defense cuts
The Hill    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A panel commissioned by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is recommending nearly $1 trillion in cuts to the Pentagon's budget during the next 10 years. The Sustainable Defense Task Force, a commission of scholars from a broad ideological spectrum appointed by Frank, the House Financial Services Committee chairman, laid out actions the government could take that could save as much as $960 billion between 2011 and 2020. More

Uncle Sam shelled out more bonuses in 2009
Government Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Federal employees received more merit pay last year than in 2008, but their bonuses still paled in comparison to those doled out on Wall Street, according to new data. More

Other Announcements

Executive Breifing now available as an iPhone app
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ALA understands the need to deliver timely, relevant industry news. In partnering with MultiBriefs to create the Executive Briefing, the association committed itself to delivering this news to members and other military professionals. That partnership has now expanded to provide another convenient avenue to receive this information. Executive Briefing is now part of the new MultiBriefs app and available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store.

Simply search "MultiBriefs" in the App Store and download the app free of charge. Once the MultiBriefs application is downloaded, you can add the NACBA feed from the "Specialized Trades and Industries" and "Business Management" sections. News is streamed into your iPhone or iPod Touch each week. And just like the e-mail news brief you've become accustomed to, you may share articles with your colleagues via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. You can even bookmark certain articles as favorites to revisit at a later date. As always, feedback is appreciated and is important to the success of the app. Feel free to rate the application in the App Store.

Commissary News

Walmart's low prices on food will continue to pressure supermarkets
NACS    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At its recent annual meeting, Walmart said that it will continue to aggressively price its food items in order to continue to drive traffic to its stores, a move that at least one analyst predicted will hurt traditional supermarkets, the Associated Press reports. More

Study shows SKU cuts may cost shoppers
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More than half of U.S. consumers say they are likely to shop elsewhere if they notice that a store is reducing selection, according to a Nielsen Co. study unveiled at the Consumer 360 Conference. The survey underscores risks to companies that reduce selections as part of the trend toward assortment rationalization, Nielsen noted. More

GreenChill program studying cost of advanced refrigeration systems
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The GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership, run by the Environmental Protection Agency, is working on a "lifecycle cost analysis" of advanced refrigeration systems that will enable retailers to compare the overall cost of these systems to that of a conventional DX refrigeration system, said Keilly Witman, communication specialist for the EPA and manager of GreenChill. More

Whole Foods toughens personal-care organics policy
Retailing Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to The Organic Consumers Association, Whole Foods Market has introduced a new policy that states that it believes personal-care products that claim to be organic should meet the same standards as food products, which are currently regulated by the USDA's national organic program. More

Publix providing guidance to cashiers on fake coupons
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With consumer coupon use on the upswing, the incidence of counterfeit coupons is unfortunately increasing as well. Like many other grocers, Publix has seen its share of PhotoShop-created phonies. More

When buying green, consumers want to shell out less green
The Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With green products increasingly going mainstream through the introduction of value-pried options from traditional supermarkets and big-box retailers, consumers no longer feel they have to pay a premium price for sustainable items, the LOHAS Consumer Trends Database has found. More

Arby's considers selling products in supermarkets
NACS    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Struggling to increase sales at restaurants, Arby's is turning its eyes on licensing branded items for grocery shelves as a way to improve its bottom line, Nation's Restaurant News reports. More

Race for scale
CSP    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The pace of change is accelerating as technology, marketing trends and retail formats converge to redefine how consumer packaged goods retailers and manufacturers interact with consumers, The Nielsen Co. said in its Retail 2015 Forecast, revealed at its Consumer 360 Conference in Las Vegas. More

Video Net comes to supermarket shelves
Media Buyer Planner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Commercials will arrive in the aisles of supermarkets this summer, as Automated Media Services rolls out a test of its 3GTV system in 9 stores of the Bloom supermarket chain in Maryland and Virginia. More

Exchange News

Lower retail sales lead to doubts about strength of recovery
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Monthly retail sales figures recently issued by the Department of Commerce have revealed the biggest decrease since September 2009, raising worries about how strong the rebound from the recession actually is, as well as how quickly long-term economic growth may progress, according to the Retail Industry Leaders Association. More

Retailers push Congress to pass swipe fee reform
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Recently, 215 state and national retail organizations joined together in urging Congress to pass swipe fee reform in a letter to members of the House of Representatives. The bipartisan Durbin Amendment (HR 3989) would provide relief to small businesses, retailers, restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores and also their customers from these excessive fees, which cost $48 billion a year. More

Service stations are filling bellies as well as tanks
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With slim profit margins on gas, station owners are turning to food to boost revenue. And the fare has evolved beyond hot dogs and pizza to include croissants, paninis, salads and breakfast burritos. More

Retail container traffic to be up 15% in June
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates said that import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to be up 15% in June, compared with the same month a year ago. More

Supercenters, e-commerce will gain CPG dollar share
Retail Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The mass supercenter and e-commerce retail formats will gain substantial CPG dollar share in the next five years, according to the "Retail 2015 Forecast" from The Nielsen Company. More

Study: Retailers keep theft at bay
Retailing Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Retailers lost more than $33 billion to theft last year according to a recent annual survey conducted by the University of Florida with a funding grant from ADT Security Services. More

Toys'R'Us launches Christmas savings program
Retailing Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Toys"R"Us announced that it has introduced its Christmas Savers Club, a program that allows shoppers to begin setting aside money with the added benefit of earning a bonus, simply for saving early. More

Sears may soon bring you food for that fridge
Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sears has been delivering refrigerators and washing machines to U.S. homes for decades. Now the company is looking into delivering groceries too. More
Exclusive Tour (Still Open) — AAFES Dan Daniel Distribution Center for ALA

On a first come basis ALA is coordinating a tour of the massive AAFES Distribution Center in Newport News, Virginia on 15 July. The Dan Daniel Distribution Center (DDDC) opened in the fall of 1987 in Newport News, Va. It was the first of the new modern state-of-the-art AAFES distribution centers.

There will be 45-50 minute briefing and then 2½-3 hour tour of the DDDC. You will be responsible for transportation to Newport News/Ft. Eustis and subject to a security screening upon entering the compound. (Pay as you go lunch at the Officers Club and BX/ Commissary visit option with credentials.)

The Tour will be limited to the first 100 to sign up. If you are interested contact Bob Ellis at: 817-201-9921,

Washington Update

Deployed parents can view defense schools' graduations
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Deployed servicemembers with children graduating from Department of Defense Education Activity-managed schools in Europe this month will be able to view a live broadcast of the ceremonies. More

Gates imparts advice to Kaiserslautern High School graduates
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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates shared insights from his own life as a student and his decades of public service at commencement ceremonies for Kaiserslautern High School's Class of 2010. More
USAF Services
  • Business volume: $1 billion a year in revenue generated; $7.7 million in daily cash flows through our non appropriated fund banking system

  • Dining operations: Ranked 87th in size among food businesses Lodging: 32,229 bed spaces managed puts us in the top 25 lodging operations in the hospitality industry

  • Clubs: Over 259,000 members make our clubs the 109th largest food/beverage operation

  • Youth Programs: Services provided to 166,000 family members (50,000 in child development centers, 70,000 in youth programs, and 46,000 in community centers).

  • Fitness & Sports Programs: Over 2.8M average monthly visits to fitness centers around the world.
Statistics as of fiscal year 2002

Last semi annual review Oct 2009

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