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President's Message

Happy 4th of July week:

It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even although We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not. — John Adams

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On the wire:

Leading military family advocacy group throws weight behind Commissary and Exchange preservation
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Business Wire, Laura Wareck
Citing the value to military families of the commissary and exchange benefit, especially in "tough economic times," the Nation's leading military family advocacy group has stepped forward to join forces with a growing coalition aimed at preserving one of the most valued benefits of military service.

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Not on the moon...yet:

Government awards contract for new commissary in Moon
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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Brian Bowling
The Defense Department has awarded a $12 million contract to build a new military commissary in Moon to Carothers Construction Inc. of Oxford, Miss., the area's congressional delegation recently announced.

Pentagon chief urges Congress to block new defense cuts
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Reuters via Yahoo News, David Alexander
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently urged Congress to act soon to stop a new round of defense budget reductions next year, saying the threat of $500 billion more in cuts leaves military families and defense workers under a cloud of uncertainty.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association

Washington Update

New House bill would redefine the term 'spouse' for military
McClatchy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., introduced a bill in Washington that would grant the spouses of gay men and lesbians serving in the military the same benefits as their heterosexual counterparts. More

Direct Mail Reaches Military Families Where They Live
The Military Shopper Insight Study reported that shoppers want information and coupons in advance to help them save money by planning at home. Active duty families living on post will receive Judy Johnson's Military Family Mailbox envelopes for Labor day and again for Veterans Day. Active duty families on post is the segment of the market with the most potential new commissary shoppers. Young active duty families are your core customers. Reach them at home! Get them into the store!

US Defense logistics looks for $10 billion in savings
Aerospace Daily & Defense Report via Early Bird    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. is already moving equipment out of Afghanistan, and soon will be spending less money to supply fuel, equipment and spares. Still, the head of the Defense Logistics Agency wants to reduce spending on top of that, cutting $10 billion over the next five years. More

Commissary News

Government awards contract for new commissary in Moon
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Defense Department has awarded a $12 million contract to build a new military commissary in Moon to Carothers Construction Inc. of Oxford, Miss., the area's congressional delegation recently announced. More

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Dairy Council of California gives the lowdown on milk
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new brochure and infographic from Dairy Council of California tell the whole story behind what the Sacramento-based organization is touting as "America's favorite natural beverage." "Milk plays such an important role in our everyday lives that it's easy to take milk for granted," noted Ashley Rosales, registered dietitian with Dairy Council of California. More

Study: Social media surpasses mom as source for cooking info
The Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Social/digital media is replacing mom as the go-to culinary source of knowledge for many people, according to a study released by The Hartman Group. How Americans learn to cook, select recipes, plan their meals, purchase their food and share their culinary tips with others has dramatically changed, according to the report, "Clicks & Cravings: The Impact of Social Technology on Food Culture." More

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  • Attention grocers: Millennials require major change
    Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Traditional supermarkets and established CPG brands must overhaul their merchandising strategies to prepare for the generational shift as Millennial shoppers come of age, concludes new research by global investment bank Jeffries and business advisory firm AlixPartners. The "Trouble in Aisle 5" study indicates that shoppers ages 18 to 31 are 18 percent less likely to shop at traditional grocery stores and 23 percent less likely to value food brands in their personal decisions. More


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    IBM launches augmented reality app for grocery stores
    VentureBeat    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Attention, shoppers. IBM has unveiled an augmented reality mobile app that lets you pan store shelves with your smartphones to receive personalized product tips, recommendations and coupons. The app brings the benefits of digital commerce to traditional brick-and-mortar stores, where 92 percent of retail still takes place, according to market researcher Forrester Research. More

    Where you will buy groceries in the future
    Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Have you stopped by your nearby grocery chain this week? If the answer is no, you're not the only one. Increasingly, Americans are shopping for consumables other places. We get less than half our groceries at traditional grocery stores now. More

    The way America shops for food is about to change
    Mother Nature Network    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    There's a major demographic shift under way that seems certain to change the way America shops for food, a new study says. Over the next decade the baton will be passed from one mega-generation to another as the millennials come of age and baby boomers begin to fade into the background. This has the potential to transform where and how consumers shop for food as well as what products they choose. More

    Why supermarket tomatoes taste like cardboard
    msnbc    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Most supermarket tomatoes are flavorless at best, and a single gene mutation goes a long way toward explaining why. The mutation arose as breeders cultivated tomatoes to ripen evenly, a trait that makes harvesting cheaper and more efficient. As pretty as they look, though, mutated tomato fruits are less efficient at photosynthesizing, found a new study. As a result, they make less sugar and other compounds, which means they often taste far worse than tomatoes that may look blotchy but are full of explode-in-your-mouth sweetness. More

    Prevent food poisoning when cooking meat
    FitSugar    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Summertime is all about firing up the grill to cook some burgers and dogs, but getting a nasty bout of food poisoning is the last thing you want. Here are some ways to prevent it when it comes to buying, storing and cooking meat. More

    Commissary Announcements

    Commissary Web Posts

    The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., 5 July 2012.

    DP #13, Update #2.
    DP #16, Alaska Promotion and Shipper Quantities.
    DP #17, Far East Promotion and Shipper Quantities.
    Thanksgiving/Christmas Seasonal Package – Candy Program.
    Thanksgiving/Christmas – Baking, Far East & Alaska Quantities.
    Thanksgiving/Christmas – Non-Food, Far East & Alaska Quantities.
    Thanksgiving/Christmas – Gift Packs, Far East & Alaska Quantities.
    September Mix N Match Sale, Update #1 and CONUS/Pacific Quantities.
    Winter Cocoa/Cider, Far East & Alaska Quantities.

    12-93, Presentations to DeCA for New Items & File
    Maintenance (DeCAF 40-15). NOTE: This is a reissue of the original NTT with a new
    date and a new deadline for use of the new form. The original attachments did not change.
    12-94, New Promotion Presentation Form (DeCAF 40-16). This is a reissue of the original
    NTT with a new date and a new deadline for use of the form. Additionally, DeCA updated
    the DeCAF 40-16, which is the new form to be used. Only the updated 40-16 is now on
    the website. No other attachments to the original NTT changed.
    12-98, Promotion Calendar – 2013.
    12-103, Seasonal Promotion Calendar – 2013.
    12-104, Store Reset Date – March ARB.
    12-105, Store Reset Date – Ft. Sill.
    12-108, Frozen IQF/Prepared Chicken Category Review.

    Worksheet for completing DeCAF's 40-15 and 40-16. Posted under Forms.
    Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-27.
    Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
    CRV Values.

    August 21–23, 2012: Hawaii Conference & Food Show. Registration is now open on the ALA Website.
    Oct. 1–3, 2012: 65th Annual Convention, Omni Shoreham, Washington, D.C.

    Joining Forces News

    Exchange News

    Online-only retailers begin Texas sales tax collection July 1
    Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Texas joins eight other states in taking legislative action requiring online-only retailers, notably, to collect sales tax. Online retailers will have to collect sales tax in Texas beginning July 1. More

    Pro-reform groups crow victory in Supreme Court ruling; Conservatives vow fight
    NationalJournal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Groups that have fought long and hard for health care reform declared victory on June 28, after the Supreme Court upheld the 2010 Affordable Care Act. But opponents made it immediately clear that the fight is far from over. Here's a look at what they said. More

    Office supply stores fight boring image
    The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Office supply retailers are in desperate need of a makeover. At a time when paper has become passé, day planners have been replaced by iPads and computers are cheaper online, chains like Office Depot and Staples are downsizing stores and experimenting with new products to stay afloat. More

    Cracker Barrel, Verizon, FEMA execs share best practices for crisis management
    Retail's BIG Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When disasters happen, the response from retail can make or break a recovering community. In an effort to help brands who are refining their crisis management programs — or are just getting started — executives from Cracker Barrel and Verizon joined Rivera to share best practices for developing a comprehensive crisis management strategy. More

    Deloitte study: Smartphones ramp up, rather than take away, in-store sales
    Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A recent study by Deloitte found that smartphones – which already influence 5.1 percent of all retail store sales in the United States – are expected to impact 19 percent of total store sales, amounting to $689 billion, by 2016. More

    Survey: 63 percent of retailers to increase IT spending in 2012
    Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Recent survey results released by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the IT industry, found that innovations in information technology continue to transform the retail sector, with digital signage, payment processing, customer engagement and other solutions playing increasingly important functions. More

    On Orbitz, Mac users steered to pricier hotels
    The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Orbitz Worldwide Inc. has found that people who use Apple Inc.'s Mac computers spend as much as 30 percent more a night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see. More

    Electronics merchants charge into cross-channel retailing
    Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When it comes to making it easy for consumers to shop both online and in physical stores, the retailers that do it best are in the categories of general merchandise and consumer electronics and based in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to a new study from global retail consultants Ebeltoft Group. More

    Retail shopping is taking off at the airport
    The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Forget the magazines and tchotchkes, airport shopping is going mainstream. Retail offerings are expanding beyond duty-free and souvenir shops as U.S. airports shift toward a retail-focused model common in Europe and Asia. In many cases, prices will match what you would find at the mall, though selections—typically catering to travelers—may be limited. More

    Back-to-school sales creep forward
    The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Summer is barely here and it's already time to think about back-to-school — shopping, that is. Young people wearing flip flops and bright cutoffs and tops are starting to be met in the mall by more somber colors and longer pants, a signal that back-to-school sales pitches are beginning earlier than ever. (Subscription required.) More

    Retailers see Fourth of July spending fizzle
    USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    After 9/11, political leaders and commentators had a suggestion to boost American spirits and fuel patriotism: go shopping. This Fourth of July, more Americans did the opposite: barbecuing instead of buying. More

    US consumer spending and wages flat in May, as weak job market weighs on the economy
    The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    U.S. consumers spent no more in May than in April after seeing almost no gain in their pay. The lack of growth in consumer spending and wages suggests that a faltering job market is slowing the economy. More

    7-Eleven gets ready to toast 85 years of convenience
    CSNews Foodservice    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    7-Eleven will celebrate its 85th year in the convenience store business with its annual 7-Eleven Day giveaway. On Wednesday, July 11, participating stores in the U.S. and Canada will offer free 7.11-ounce Slurpees between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. local time. "7-Eleven Day, or free Slurpee Day, gets bigger and more popular every year," said 7-Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto. More

    Wal-Mart airs food safety PSA in stores
    Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Wal-Mart Stores is airing the "Food Safe Families" public service announcement on its checkout television at approximately 600 stores from June 25 to July 31. The public service announcement, which will focus on proper chilling of raw and prepared foods, will reach around 16 million Wal-Mart shoppers, according to a statement released by the Ad Council, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More

    Exchange Announcements

    NEXs Change Return Policy
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    The NEX has changed its return policy to make it easier for customers. Effective immediately, the NEX will no longer collect customer information, such as name, address and telephone number, when requesting a refund with a receipt. Now, customers returning merchandise with the original receipt will receive either cash back or a refund to their credit card, depending on how the original purchase was made.

    "This change was implemented to improve the shopping experience by speeding up the transaction and making sure the customer is satisfied with their purchase," said Richard Dow, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) Senior Vice President, Store Operations. "We are continually reviewing our processes and procedures to make the customers' shopping experience easier."

    Customers returning merchandise without the original receipt will continue to receive a NEX Gift Card with the refunded amount.

    AAFES Retail Food Sample Event
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    Our Sample of the Day launch in April went so well we want to provide our customers with more great opportunities!

    We are asking for each vendor to develop a sampling plan for the entire year of 2012. The featured items should be on ad, price cut or a new item. Our buyers plan to feature 6-10 items per month.

    For each featured item we ask that each store participating in the sampling program receive 1-4 cases of product at no charge to the store and a $1,000 COOP charge. This program is a great way to have our customers taste and gain awareness of your products being sold at the Exchange. Brokers will be encouraged to continue to support sampling at large volume stores in this collaborative initiative.

    Please submit your 2012 sampling plan with DOF's to your buyer(s) no later than July 11.

    Seasonal Candy — Julie Bierman
    Everyday Candy — Adrienne Townes
    Grocery and Meat Snacks — Randy Demster
    Deli, Dairy, Bakery, Fruit and Op Be Fit POC — Adriana Ybarra
    Snack Ave. & Frozen Foods — Michelle Nurse
    Snacks — Melissa Kitchen

    David H. Arens
    Divisional Merchandise Manager Retail Food
    Sales Directorate

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    August 21–23, 2012 — Hawaii Conference & Food Show, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu

    Oct. 1-3, 2012 — 65th Annual Convention, OMNI Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.

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    Washington Update
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    Marine Corps awards contract to TriWest Healthcare Alliance for the DSTRESS Line
    U.S. Marine Corps    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters awarded TriWest Healthcare Alliance through a competitive bid process on March 1, to provide the DSTRESS Line to the U.S. Marine Corps. The DSTRESS Line began a pilot program in the Western United States in August 2010 and will began services on March 23, as an anonymous, 24/7 counseling center where Marines, attached sailors and their families can speak or chat online with veteran Marines and Navy Corpsmen, Marine family members, or licensed behavioral health clinicians who are specifically familiar with Marine culture. More

    Detroit Arsenal teammates assist veterans at National Conference
    U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Detroit Arsenal employees and those in the garrison community volunteered three days of work at this week's National Veteran's Conference in downtown Detroit. The group helped veterans in several sections of the conference, which offered on-the-spot job interviews with a variety of companies, assistance with filling out resumes on USAJobs, seminars on starting a small business, and information on veterans' benefits. More

    IMCOM assists deployed soldiers through VA Hiring Fair
    U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Installation Management Command is often referred to as the Army's home, but recent efforts during the Department of Veterans Affairs Hiring Fair in Detroit showed that supporting deployed Soldiers where possible is equally important. More

    Thousands of troops get $2,500 tax break
    Army Times via Current Mil-Tech News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Thousands of troops — including many high-level officers — are pocketing extra cash each year by invoking a federal tax credit that was designed to help low-income families. A recent study found as many as 90,000 troops who go overseas each year have used the combat­-zone tax exclusion to not only avoid income taxes but to also appear, on paper at least, to be a low-income family who qualifies for the earned income tax credit, also known as EITC. More

    States ease job licensing rules for spouses
    Army Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Twelve more states have adopted laws to make it easier for military spouses to have portable careers, more than doubling the number since February, when first lady Michelle Obama began to draw attention to the issue. More

    Showing her love of country, one package at a time
    CBS News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    This week's story is of an American who loves her country as much as anyone we know. For her, it's not about wearing her patriotism on her sleeves — it's about rolling them up. More

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