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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only July 16, 2010
Executive Briefing

American Logistics Association
63rd Annual Convention

October 19-21
Hyatt Regency
Bellevue, WA

President's Message

When the going gets tough:
Tom Milks has stepped up and assumed the role of Acting Director and CEO of DeCA and believe me there is no honeymoon period. DeCA is in the midst of working budget scenarios during a time of immense pressure to reduce. In the next several weeks DeCA will have to submit its budget through the various hoops at the Pentagon and face several different reviews from a variety of cost cutting panels. The future of the commissary benefit could rest in what happens next. I know one thing; the right guy is leading the process. Tom Milks has a wealth of experience in working Pentagon issues and an in-depth understanding of the value proposition of this important benefit. His professionalism and attention to detail are just what is needed in this pressure cooker that lies ahead. As an industry, we can feel we are in good hands with the Tom Milks at the top.

Attention! Attention! This is not a drill...

As Pentagon spending gets tighter, contractors restructure, make cuts
Read the Full Story
Capital Business, Marjorie Censer
Contractors are starting to adapt to what they expect to be a significantly different defense spending environment. Pentagon officials have long said industry should no longer expect major growth within the department's budget, and Ashton Carter, the Defense Department's top acquisition official, recently launched an initiative to improve contracting efficiency.

What is the world is going on!

Red, White, And Scammed
Read the Full Story
Parade, Earl Swift
Like thousands of service members engaged in fighting America’s battles overseas, Spc. Traina had encountered a foe here at home. Young, inexperienced, and often drawing their first paychecks, enlisted men and women are easy marks for sleazy car dealers, insurance scammers, predatory lenders, and identity thieves.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

Pentagon warns Congress: Accounts running dry
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Pentagon said recently it may be forced to take extreme measures — like not paying salaries — if the Democratic-led Congress fails to pass a $37 billion defense spending bill before lawmakers begin an August recess. "While we hope and expect the Congress will get this done, we also are obligated now to begin seriously planning for the possibility that they don't," Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters. More

Senator wants to cut overseas base construction
Army Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
On the eve of the first efforts in Congress to write a 2011 military construction funding bill, a key Republican claims that the Obama administration seems to be shifting priorities to spend scarce construction money on improving facilities overseas instead of in the U.S. More

Mattis to lead Central Command
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told reporters that he was impressed with the general's "strategic insight and independent thinking." Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis is a seasoned war veteran best known for leading troops into the bloody battle of Fallujah in Iraq in 2004. More

Pentagon 'sloppy' on media, not just McChrystal - Gates
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Defense Secretary Robert Gates criticized the U.S. military recently for being sloppy and undisciplined with the media, as he explained new rules that may help avoid mishaps like the one that cost a top U.S. general his job. More

Pollsters: Pentagon's policy survey may be 'overkill'
AOL News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Pentagon's confidential, 103-question survey e-mailed to 400,000 active-duty and reserve troops last week — and leaked to the media two days later — is aimed at gauging their views on lifting the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the service. But it's being viewed in social science circles as the statistical equivalent of the Powell Doctrine, and at least one senator raised concerns today that survey respondents might feel they're empowered to dictate policy decisions. More

Commissary News

Report shows buying power of moms
Media Post News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A report from Experian Marketing Services says mothers of children 18 and younger are now older and more concerned with the environment than in the past. The report also shows that 62 percent of moms work either full time or part time, and 69 percent said they have the most influence in the house over purchases. More

Retailers' weekly sales rise 3.2 percent
Market Watch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Chain store sales for the week ended July 10 rose 3.2 percent from the year-earlier period, according to a survey released recently by the International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs. On a week-over-week basis, sales fell 1.5 percent after two weekly gains. More

Wal-Mart charts new course
WWD Retail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With same store sales declining for the last four consecutive quarters and traffic decreasing, Walmart needs to develop, and execute, new retail concepts if it is to grow beyond the rural and exurban markets that it has almost saturated in the U.S. "Walmart's grocery business has been under siege by virtually every other food retailer," said Sandy Skrovan of Kantar Retail. More

Safeway private label hits the road
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Safeway is helping to clean parts of the U.S. with a new marketing initiative surrounding its Bright Green private-label natural household cleaning line. The "Bright Green Clean Team" tour has already stopped in Washington, Philadelphia, Seattle and Portland, Ore.; and is headed for San Francisco, Chicago and L.A. More

Whole Foods Market: Only major grocer to offer sustainable MSC-Certified, harpoon-caught swordfish
PR Newswire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Whole Foods Market will be the only major retailer to offer Marine Stewardship Council-certified, fresh, harpoon-caught swordfish from Nova Scotia this summer. This grilling gem and smart environmental seafood choice will be available during July and August, while supplies last. More

Hy-Vee makes the grade
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Anne Cundiff, one of Hy-Vee's 150 registered dietitians, is going back to school this fall. She won't be a student, though. Rather, her role is that of a health and wellness teacher to elementary school students. It's all part of Hy-Vee's involvement in the Healthy Schools Partnership, a school-based program that integrates a nutrition curriculum with physical education. More

Innovation, emerging markets are CPG's future
Media Post News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To achieve sales growth and strong financial performance going forward, consumer product goods companies need to shift away from recessionary strategies and focus hard on two fronts — greater innovation and expansion in emerging markets, according to the 2010 CPG financial performance report from the Grocery Manufacturers Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers. More

Hershey's opens Middle East's first Chocolate World store in Dubai
Gulf News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Hershey Company, popularly known as the Chocolate Company in the U.S., recently opened its first Middle East Hershey's Chocolate World Store in Dubai. "The Middle East is a fast growing location and Dubai is at the perfect crossroads for this in terms of brand exposure," said Milton Brice, vice-president of finance at The Hershey Company. More

Bus makes stop to help local grocers stay ahead in business
Jacksonville Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Convenience wasn't just for customers at the Piggly Wiggly in Swansboro, N.C. A bus converted to showcase the latest in technology and products for grocery and convenience stores rolled into the parking lot, giving store manager Nathan Owens a first-hand look at products he might not get a chance to see otherwise. More

Grocery store favoritism: What's the secret?
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Shoppers are picky about their grocery stores — and they should be. Most consumers spend a significant amount of time every week at their stores of choice gathering food to feed their families. In fact, most visit a grocery retailer at least twice a week — some as many as four or five times. More
Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 AM, 15 July 2010:

  • DP #16, Update #1, and CONUS Shipper & Promotion Quantities and Alaska
  • Shipper & Promotion Quantities.
  • DP #14, Update #2.
  • Holiday Non-Food Far East & Alaska Quantities.
  • Holiday Baking Far East & Alaska Quantities.
  • Holiday Seasonal Cookies/Crackers/Fruitcake Far East & Alaska Quantities.
  • NIB Power Panels (Jul, Aug, and Sep).
  • Halloween Update #2.
  • DP #19, DeCA 19th Anniversary Sale.
  • Summer Club Pack Update #4.
  • 10-87, Brand Name & Grandfathered Products FAQ’s updated July 7, 2010.
  • 10-107, Category Plan (German Foods, Shampoo-Conditioner, Cat Litter, Misc Snacks, Dry Pasta, Dry Potato Mix & Stuffing).
  • DeCA West NTT 10-01, Soda Merchandising.
  • 10-108, 2011 Promotional Matrix.

  • Adds/Changes/Deletes for week 10-27 & 10-28.
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
  • Planogrammer Info Sharing Mtg, 11 May 10, provided July 6. Filed with Commissary Council.
  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) formerly known as Food Stamps redemption information. Filed with Coupon Data.

Exchange News

The Dan Daniels Crew says Thanks!

We all had a great visit and tour of the DDDC in Newport News this week. Dan Thompkins, Kevin Beason and their staff made sure every ALA Member got a good understanding of the AAFES Logistics capabilities during the visit and tour of the 1.4 million + Sq. Ft. facility and hopes you will contact him in the future if there are questions or concerns about the AAFES LG Mission! Of course no good meeting is complete without lunch and Exchange tour and AAFES GM Myra Florence does it Best!

Thanks from the ALA Team.

Bluetooth at heart of gas station credit card scam in Southeast
Computerworld    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Thieves are stealing credit-card numbers through skimmers they secretly installed inside pumps at gas stations throughout the Southeast, using Bluetooth wireless to transmit stolen card numbers, according to law enforcement officials. So far, three card-skimming devices hidden in gas pumps at three stations have been discovered by investigators, and the U.S. Secret Service has been notified. More

China: The new fast food nation
CNN Money    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumers around the world have developed a taste for American fast food, but demand for fried chicken sandwiches and pepperoni pizza appears to be particularly strong in China. Yum Brands, the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, recently said that profits from its operations in China surged 33 percent in the second quarter. More

Service stations fill bellies as well as tanks
Pork Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gas stations always sold candy bars and soda pop but more and more are turning into fast stop buffets with offerings including sausage and egg breakfast sandwiches, made-to-order subs, pizzas, salads, and wraps to tempt hungry motorists. Welcome to the evolving urban gas station. More

University of Minnesota study finds fast food chains have significantly decreased trans fats in cooking oils
Eureka Alert    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fast food chains have significantly decreased trans fats in the oils they use to cook food, according to new research from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The latest research findings suggest that major fast food chains may have been responsive to health concerns from the public. More


ALA Dallas Chapter Christmas Lunch
Friday December 10, 2010
Las Colinas Country Club • 4400 N. O'Connor Blvd • Irving, Texas 75062

Date set for court battle over Walmart near Civil War battlefield continues
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Attorneys are expected back in court next month in the battle over a Walmart Supercenter proposed near an endangered Civil War battlefield in northern Virginia, the Associated Press reported. More

New device makes getting the waitress's attention a cinch: Giving her your number is still your awkward problem
Inventor Spot    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From designer Ben Coble comes the Cinch, a restaurant-assisting device that is small, lightweight, and may actually remember that you asked for no onions. After a summer internship with Motorola, Coble got thinking about the restaurant industry and the mobile applications therein. More

Retail executives bullish on revenue, profitability: See some improvement in employment this year and next
PR Newswire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Senior executives in the retail industry see an improved business picture in 2010 and expect to see even better revenue, profitability and an improving jobs picture in 2011, according to a recent survey conducted by KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm. Almost two-thirds of the retail industry executives said overall business conditions in retail were better now than a year ago. More


Contact is Monte Larson, 214-312-2743, or Joel Gagui, 214-312-4107

(This is not a new program just a new process. We are merely automating the claims vs. manually producing them. Also – I need to point out that this only affects CONUS)


Starting 1 August 2010, AAFES will implement automated compliance claims for Early/Late shipments to CONUS DC's and Facilities. The first stage of the automated program will include orders of $300 or more for suppliers with annual purchases of $1 Million or greater (or approx. 757 of AAFES top suppliers). All remaining CONUS suppliers will be included in automated compliance claims at a later date.


The AAFES Vision is "To be our Customers' First Choice!" which means AAFES must provide products our customers' expect when walking in our stores. Benefits of automating compliance claims are many and include:

  1. reduced 3rd party audit claims
  2. timely product shipments
  3. optimal inventory levels and
  4. improved in-stock position for our customers.
The new automated shipping claims will be generated in a 'real-time' environment where buyers and suppliers can address issues as they occur. Automating the program will ensure AAFES optimizes supply chain efficiencies which is imperative with the roll-out of RMS Allocation.


Additional information concerning AAFES Compliance Claims is posted to the 'Doing Business with AAFES' website. Orders shipped or received outside of the specified timeframes are deemed either early or late and are subject to recovery charges as stated in the published AAFES Compliance Claim Program. For complete program details select: AAFES COMPLIANCE CLAIM PROGRAM


All claims will generate systematically using the following criteria:

For FOB origin orders, the claim is calculated by comparing the Scheduled Ship Date listed on the purchase order to the first "Actual Pickup Date", which is the date the AAFES carrier takes possession of the ordered merchandise. A claim will automatically generate once it is determined that the ship date occurred outside of the supplier window of 72 hours before/after the scheduled ship date:

FOB Origin PO:

  • Shipped >72 hours before/after Scheduled Ship Date – SSD (Scheduled Ship Date)
  • Supplier window is 7 days…3 days either side of SSD

For FOB destination orders, the claim is calculated by comparing the initial receipt date with the Requested Delivery Date listed on the purchase order. A claim automatically generate once it is determined that the receipt date occurred outside of the supplier window of 72 hours before/after the received delivery date:

FOB Destination PO:

  • Rec'd >72 hours before/after Required Delivery Date – RDD (Required Delivery Date)
  • Supplier window is 7 days…3 days either side of RDD


Suppliers should ensure that shipping locations, order preparation times and shipping times are accurate and that AAFES Buyers are aware of any updates/changes.


Suppliers can work with the buyer directly to ensure that accurate information is entered into the AAFES Systems.
Washington Update

Army Family Action Plan offers new active issue search option at Army OneSource
US Army MWR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Searching for the progress of AFAP Active Issues at the Department of the Army headquarters level became easier, thanks to the new AFAP Issue Search application. "The constituents that AFAP serve deserve to know the status of these issues. If the Army cannot resolve an issue, they also need to know what has been done and why the issue is unattainable," IMCOM Commanding General Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch said. More


Grunt Apparel, Inc.

Grunt Apparel specializes in original military inspired designs in silk screen & embroidery at low prices. Licensed by all military branches.
More info

Chafers at Hubert

Find the best chafers for your summertime catering events with Hubert Brand Products – Commercial Quality at a Value Price
See more on our website pages 610 to 612

Tyson Foods, Inc.

Tyson Foods is dedicated to bringing you quality, service, and support you need to drive sales. More


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