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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only July 23, 2010
Executive Briefing

American Logistics Association
63rd Annual Convention

October 19-21, 2010
Hyatt Regency, Bellevue, WA
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President's Message

AAFES/ALA top to top:

ALA leadership spent an afternoon this week with AAFES leadership (Major General Bruce Casella, Mike Howard) discussing key issues and opportunities for business development. The ALA team consisted of Chairman Pete Murphy and Pat Nixon, Steve Rossetti and Bob Ellis from the ALA staff. Discussion topics included:

  • 2010 Government Relations Initiatives
  • Credit Card Interchange Fees
  • Base Access
  • 3 percent Tax Withhold
  • ALA/AAFES cooperative ventures
  • ALA 2010 National Convention

The meeting identified several follow on actions to further develop the meeting issues. In all a great meeting to further this great business partnership.

The proposed bylaw changes are on the wire:

By now, all voting members should have received their association bylaws package for review and consideration. This was clearly a monumental undertaking with the most respected and seasoned association representatives involved in the review. An excerpt from the forwarding letter details the experts involved in this stellar accomplishment.

"The Board appointed Perri Brackett as the Chair and selected the following Task Force members representing past Board Chairs and Industry leaders: Lis Akhtarzandi, Murry Greenwald, Neil Larson, Doug McAlister, Mickey McDonald and Boyd Raines. The Task Force's work is supported by Stephen (Steve) C. Carey Ph.D., CAE, Lead Governance Strategist with Association Management + Marketing Resources. Steve has been working with the ALA on various association governance and management training for the past five years."

You all know the named distinguished participants and know well that none of them are shrinking violets when it comes to expressing an opinion, and if they can agree on this package, I say give them health care reform to work on.

Clearly, no dish will please all the customers but the reasoned approach, attention to detail and transparency of this process should give the voting members a good feel for the process and the value of the proposed changes.

A leader departs:

I want to pay a special recognition this week to Maggie Burgess who departs AAFES after a distinguished career culminating with her leadership role as the Senior Vice President of Sales. I have had the chance to work with Maggie while I was Director of DeCA and now with the ALA. I have never met a more professional, dedicated, driven executive in my career and she has set a standard of accomplishment for others to aspire to. We at ALA wish Maggie the best as she opens a new chapter in her life.

Critical funding remains delayed:

Supplemental may surface in Senate, DoD budget bills await action
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Defense Daily, Emelie Rutherford
The Senate plans to take up long-delayed war-funding legislation this week, after a senior House lawmaker pled recently with the chamber's leader to approve the monies for the Pentagon.

Lawmaker urges quick Senate action on wartime spending measure
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Government Executive, Dan Friedman
House Armed Services Committee leader breaks with colleagues in advocating a "clean" bill free of extra domestic spending to increase its chances of passage.

What is impacted if it is not acted on:

  • Military pay for the troops both base pay and bonuses.
  • Civilian pay, which if not funded, triggers furlough procedures and/or the freezing of civilian hiring. Expenditure of operational funds are slowed down and threatened with stoppage on certain dates in each budget funding crisis.
  • Parts production and repair contracts both at home and in theater can be slowed, deferred or even halted in the event of funding shortfalls.
  • Ordering of "non-critical" supplies and spare parts grinds to a halt when the funding stream is not timely.
  • Ongoing critical research and development programs can be slowed or stopped. Restart requires additional and unbudgeted funds.
  • Funding slow downs or halts can seriously impact domestic base restructuring plans within the overall Base Realignment and Closure mandates related to building contracts and unit rebasing.
  • If advertising dollars slow or are stopped there is a negative impact on recruiting and if recruiting operations support funds (travel, training, recruit and influencer activities) dry up, recruiters can't look for recruits and recruits that are ready for training can't get to their duty stations.
  • Retention program funds including bonuses are slowed or stopped during a hiatus of budget support. Reenlistment may be deferred and promotions frozen.
  • Family programs for deployed or deploying troops are no longer available to support Family Readiness Groups across the Army: Active, Army Guard, and Army Reserve.
  • The transportation of family household goods is delayed along with payments for family travel on change of station.
  • Youth activities funded by appropriated funds are shelved or cut.
  • The start of new and mandated programs is stalled.
  • Critical flight safety programs and procedures are jeopardized from training to execution.
  • Facility and family housing repairs, emergency and routine, are suspended.
  • Training at unit, individual, and training centers is slowed, postponed or just stopped.
  • Procurement of new equipment or replacement equipment is stopped with contract suspensions

DoD looking for trade-offs to support cost reductions:

Experts debate how to cut personnel costs
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Army Times, Rick Maze
Cutting personnel and retiree health care costs is politically possible only if service members get something in return, such as a less frantic deployment tempo, better treatment for war injuries, and a promise that war-related pays and benefits will be shielded from any cuts, a chief advocate of big defense cuts told a House panel recently.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

Chiarelli: Army wants to cut arms, not soldiers
Army Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Army is looking to ax redundant weapons, not cut troops, to fulfill Defense Secretary Robert Gates' order to reduce spending by $2 billion in 2012, according to the service's vice chief of staff. "The easy thing is to go out there and say, 'Let's take out a brigade,' because you can quantify that pretty quickly," said Gen. Peter Chiarelli, speaking recently at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. More

Lawmakers want more overseas base cuts
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As the Army's transformation in Europe moves forward, with a string of base closures planned in the year ahead, a group of lawmakers has launched a campaign to further cut the U.S. military presence in Europe and Asia. More

Obey answers GOP skeptics, plans markup soon
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House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, said recently that he expects to hold his first full committee markup of the year soon. "We are hoping to," Obey said, but he declined to say which bills would be considered. More

Senate Democrats propose cutting $14 billion from Obama budget
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President Obama's allies in the Senate stepped forward with a plan recently to cut $14 billion from his budget for the coming fiscal year. That's double the $7 billion cut sought by House Democrats. But Republicans on the Appropriations Committee said the cuts did not go far enough and opposed the idea. The panel approved the Democratic proposal on a party-line vote. More

Senator: Budget enforcement package possible
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Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, said recently he is working on a budget enforcement package similar to legislation passed by the House this month, even though he remains unsure which vehicle will carry it. More

Department of Defense scales back spouse tuition assistance, citing 'fiscal reality'
European Stars and Stripes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Defense Department is drastically scaling back a career education benefit program for military spouses to its "original intent" after it had grown so popular that the military abruptly halted enrollment in March, the Pentagon announced recently. More

Commissary News

Food Lion receives 2010 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
PR Newswire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
The Department of Defense has awarded Food Lion with its 2010 Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for outstanding support of their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. Food Lion was the only grocery store chain nationwide to receive this honor out of the 15 employers selected. More

Fresh produce from a farm near you
Detroit Free Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Grocery chains and independent grocery stores say they've been supporting local farmers all along, but stores such as Meijer and Westborn Market, Livonia, Mich., make it easier for customers to recognize locally grown vegetables and other products by using more signs, posting on their Web sites and in-store ads. Some stores make it a point to tell customers when local crops arrive and even the farms they came from. More

Hundreds of Texas food manufacturers were unlicensed
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hundreds of businesses across Texas have been manufacturing and selling food without a state license and, in some cases, have escaped health inspections intended to ensure the safety of those products. The businesses were flushed out in a statewide crackdown on unlicensed food manufacturers, begun last year by the Texas Department of State Health Services. More

Kroger store deploys 'tunnel scanner' at checkout
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. has deploy a fully automated tunnel scanner at the checkout in a Kroger Marketplace store, eliminating the need for manual scanning by cashiers or shoppers, reported Planet Retail. Called Advantage Checkout, the tunnel scanner allows shoppers to place their items on a conveyor belt one at a time; the products are scanned while moving at high speed through the tunnel, the report said. More

More families focused on generic products as back-to-school sales rise
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The National Retail Federation's 2010 Consumer Intentions and Actions Back to School survey, conducted by BIGresearch, found that the average American family will spend $606.40 on clothes, shoes, supplies and electronics. This is up from $548.72 last year and close to the $594.24 average spent in 2008. Total spending on school-age children in grades K-12 is expected to reach $21.35 billion. More

New Culver City, Calif., Sprouts Farmers Market offers high efficiency HVAC&R solutions
PR Newswire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Just about everything is coming up green for the new Sprouts Farmers Market which opened in late June in Culver City, Calif. The 32,800-square-foot new store features high-performance heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions that meet the company's sustainability objectives. More

Purfresh supports USDA specialty crop research initiative to increase consumption of fresh produce
Financial Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Purfresh, a provider of clean technologies that purify, protect, and preserve our food and water, today announced its support of the United States Department of Agriculture, Specialty Crop Research Initiative. The company is backing the project, titled Increasing Consumption of Specialty Crops by Enhancing Quality and Safety, through a donation of equipment, software technology, and technical expertise. More

Sides squaring off in bag battle
Portland Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some complain the city of Portland shouldn't be acting as a nanny state, regulating their choices at the checkout. And others worry that banning single-use plastic bags in Portland will simply force a use of more paper bags, despite a proposed 5-cent fee on each paper bag that's supposed to give people an incentive to bring their own reusable bags instead. More
Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 AM, 22 July 2010:

  • DP #18, Far East Promo & Shipper
  • DP #17, Alaska Shipper & Promo Quantities.
  • Holiday Gift Packs/HBC Far Est & Alaska Quantities.
  • Holiday Chill/Freeze Far East & Alaska Quantities.
  • Holiday Candy Far East & Alaska Quantities.
  • Holiday Superbowl Far East & Alaska Quantities.
  • Club Pack September Quantities for CONUS and Update #5.
  • Holiday Cocoa Far East & Alaska Quantities.
  • September Case Lot Sale Quantities for CONUS and Update #2.
  • DP #20, Monster Mash Sales/Dollar Days WW Promotion Package.
  • 10-63, Popcorn/Grain Category Review, dated 17 Mar 10, received 15 July 10.
  • 10-119, Seasonal Promotion Calendars 2011.

  • Adds/Changes/Deletes for week 10-28 — Corrected Copy and 10-29.
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.

Exchange News

NEXCOM, Proctor & Gamble complete supply chain loss analysis
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The Navy Exchange Service Command is always looking for ways to reduce its costs and increase productivity to ultimately deliver the best products and services to its customers at a savings. In May, NEXCOM and its vendor partner, Proctor & Gamble, worked together to complete a comprehensive Supply Chain Loss Analysis to determine where it could improve flow, reduce inventory and reduce man hours to process a typical product. More

Marine Corps Exchange partners with Landair Transport for third party logistics services
Marine Corps    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Marine Corps Exchange has partnered with Landair Transport, Inc. of Greeneville, TN, to provide Third Party Logistics management services. This move is part of the MCX plan to improve supply chain efficiency by looking at the business as a holistic supply chain and not just compartmentalized processes and capabilities. More

As credit card holders play it safe, issuers increase non-penalty service fees
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Card issuers have long found their bread and butter in penalty fees and high interest rates paid by consumers who carry a balance. But that business model has been upended by the legions of consumers who were overwhelmed by debt when the recession hit, forcing the industry to write off billions of dollars in loans. More

Burger King to launch nutritional breakfast kids meal
NACS Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Burger King Corp. announced recently that it will launch a new breakfast meal for children that will meet the company’s strict nutrition criteria for Kids Meals, as defined in its pledge through the Council of Better Business Bureau's Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative. More

Fast food-free zones suggested to combat obesity
Capital Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wisconsin's new 10-year public health plan, suggests that municipalities use zoning regulations to limit the number and density of fast food restaurants, particularly in low income neighborhoods. The proposal is among a list of strategies state health officials say can help reduce obesity and other health disparities in Wisconsin, where surveys have found 64 percent of adults are overweight or obese. More

Food industry leaders call for stopping subsidies to ethanol producers
NACS Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At the end of this year, the ethanol tax credit will expire, and those in the food industry do not want Congress to renew the program, Supermarket News reports. The American Meat Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association are urging Congress to not resuscitate the tax-credit program, pointing to a Congressional Budget Office report that shows using ethanol to lower gasoline use by a gallon costs U.S. taxpayers $1.78. More

Obama signs sweeping Wall Street overhaul into law
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President Barack Obama signed into law recently the most comprehensive financial regulatory overhaul since the Great Depression. The law targets the kind of Wall Street risk-taking that helped trigger a global financial meltdown in 2007-2009 and also aims to strengthen consumer protections. More

On the bench
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The Citgo sign, the bright beacon above Kenmore Square, will go dark tomorrow for a 1-to-2-month hiatus while crews replace its 218,000 LED lights with brighter, more flexible, weather-resistant versions. "It's going to look fantastic," said Martin Foley, the electrician who has sat on a wooden swing and replaced the 45-year-old sign's burned-out bulbs since it first appeared in the Boston sky, standing tall in the air beyond Fenway Park's left-field, Green Monster wall. More

Ricker Oil uses price optimization for
Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ricker Oil Co., based in Anderson, Ind., is posting its fuel prices to to keep motorists informed of its competitively priced fuel, and using PriceNet fuel price management and optimization system from KSS Fuels to establish its pricing strategy. The company will also use PriceNet to feed its latest fuel prices directly to the GasBuddy database, which allow visitors to post and view recent retail gasoline prices. More

Target launches Disney-inspired tween line
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Target announced that it has partnered with Disney to launch an exclusive line of apparel and accessories called "D-Signed." The first installment of D-Signed will arrive in stores and online on Aug. 1 and is inspired by the personal style of the Sonny Munroe character from Disney Channel's popular television series "Sonny With A Chance" starring Demi Lovato. More

Washington Update

Navy Exchange Service Command signs memorandum of understanding with National Industries for the Blind
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National Industries for the Blind and the Navy Exchange Service Command signed a memorandum of understanding with the intent to generate mutually beneficial business development initiatives through strategic sourcing of existing and new operational supplies, retail products, services, and contract management support. More

Lattes and hot showers in Afghanistan
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
A popular fake motivational poster here in Afghanistan is one that shows two pictures side by side: one of soldiers in full gear out on patrol covered in dust; the other of two soldiers holding trays of fast food with clean uniforms and big smiles. The caption below reads "Afghanistan: individual experiences may vary." This dichotomy is all too true for many soldiers around the country. More

Grunt Apparel, Inc.

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

Protect your resources with Hubert Brand Swivel Smokers Outpost and QuicKlean™ Oil Filtration Protective wear

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Tyson Foods, Inc.

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


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