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Executive Briefing

American Logistics Association
63rd Annual Convention

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

Defense bills pushed to lame-duck session:
A procedural vote in the Senate that would invoke cloture, or limit debate on the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill failed, 56-43, four votes short of the 60 needed.

Two Democratic lawmakers joined Senate Republicans to block consideration of the defense authorization bill after Majority Leader Harry Reid, rejected their offer to limit initial debate to strictly defense-related amendments.

Work on the authorization bill usually takes at least a week with over 300 amendments to debate. Reid wanted to limit the votes to three amendments. The first amendment was the DREAM Act, a measure that would provide a pathway to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants who attend college or join the military. The second amendment would limit senators' use of secret holds on bills or nominations while the third would repeal the 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" law. That law, which bans openly gay people from serving in the armed forces, would be repealed after the administration certifies that doing so would not harm military morale and readiness. Republicans said that the amendments had no place on the defense bill.

Sen. Reid had acknowledged that the Senate would not complete work on the defense bill before recessing for the mid-term elections and that he just wanted to get started on it. That led some Republicans to charge that the Democratic leadership was just seeking votes before the elections.

What happens to the defense authorization bill now? While the bill has been enacted annually for the past 48 years, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin said prospects for passing the bill in a post-election session would be uncertain. "Anyone who tries to predict what will happen in a lame-duck has a lot more courage than I do," he said.

On the appropriations front, CQ Today is reporting that informal conferencing of the Defense spending bills likely will not begin until sometime in October, with formal efforts starting after lawmakers return.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its $669.9 billion Defense spending bill in September, but the full House Appropriations panel does not intend to mark up its version of the bill until some time in November. The House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its $681.8 billion bill in late July.

Informal conferences are hampered, in part, because the House panel cannot release the report accompanying its draft bill until the full committee markup is complete. "I'm anticipating that we will get some kind of direction to move that way during October, but no serious discussions would take place until after the November elections," a senior GOP House aide said.

The lame duck session will be crowded with the defense authorization and appropriations bill as well as Congress’ work on preventing a 23.5 percent cut in Medicare/TRICARE payments to physicians that will go into effect on Dec. 1 as required under current law.

While they will have their work cut out for them, Congress must pass the defense-related measures. These bills are critical to the efficient and safe operation of our military forces.

Congress adjourns, MWR hearings cancelled:
Congressional leadership announced recently that they will not be in session the week of Oct. 4, 2010 hence the hearing scheduled for Oct. 5 entitled military commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare, and recreation activities are accordingly canceled.

ALA leadership meets with DUSD (MC&FP):
Steve Rossetti and I met with the new Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy Robert Gordon III on Wednesday afternoon. We were able to discuss a wide variety of issues facing military resale. The new DUSD is engaged and aware of the issues facing military resale. He is looking forward to joining us at the National Convention where he will share the latest initiatives in DoD to support and improve military quality of life.

Memorial garden for the fallen:
The Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs has embarked on a project to construct a Memorial Garden for Families of the Fallen at the Dover Air Force Base, which is home to our nation's only stateside military mortuary. In January 2010, 1 new facility was dedicated, "Center for Families of the Fallen" which provides comfort for the families awaiting the dignified transfer of the remains of their loved ones. The design and concept have been approved by the Air Force. The estimated cost of this project is $125,000. The Delaware Foundation of Garden Clubs is soliciting contributions for this Memorial Garden. DFGC is a nonprofit, educational organization and all contributions are fully tax deductable. This project will serve a s a special gift to our military families in a time of need. Donations can be sent to :

Memorial Garden
Delaware federation of Garden Clubs
P.O. Box 17
Greenwood, Del. 19950

Senate committee to hold hearing on closing Joint Forces Command
Read the Full Story
Richmond Times-Dispatch, Wesley P. Hester
Tomorrow, Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., will get his wish: a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Pentagon plans to close the U.S. Joint Forces Command based in Hampton Roads.

Good intentions and the Pentagon budget
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The Washington Post, Walter Pincus
Top Pentagon officials are to appear before the Senate and House Armed Services committees soon to support Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates's ambitious effort to reduce Defense Department overhead by $100 billion in the next five years and to eliminate redundant spending.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

New DoD rules could jack up cost of services
Federal Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Pentagon's new rules for acquiring tens of billions of dollars worth of services each year are intended to lower the department's costs through more competition and tougher bargaining. But the changes, announced earlier this month, could place significant additional burdens on procurement staffs, drive contractors to merge, and even raise procurement costs in some cases, many experts say. The new rules, unveiled Sept. 14 by Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition Ashton Carter, will require more frequent competition for some services work — every three years in most cases, instead of the current five years. Combined with forcing contractors to assume more of each contract's risk, that is supposed to push prices down. More

House and Senate in familiar continuing resolution endgame
Government Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Passing stop-gap legislation to fund the federal government beyond the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year will likely be the last order of business before Congress adjourns for the midterm elections. Leaders are pressing to finish work next week. "We can't go home until we have a continuing resolution," House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi said recently. More

GOP calls for federal hiring freeze, spending cuts
Government Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
House Republicans recently unveiled plans to freeze federal hiring in an effort to reduce the size of government. The "Pledge to America," a document GOP members have called a "governing agenda," includes a series of proposals to cut government size and control spending. In addition to canceling unspent stimulus funds and capping discretionary spending, Republicans promise to freeze federal hiring for all non-security-related jobs. Government shouldn't grow at the expense of the private sector, the document stated. More

British cuts to military concern US officials
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Plans by the British government to make significant cuts in defense spending have spurred concerns among American military experts about Britain's ability to carry out its role as the United States' most dependable ally. A wrenching government spending review has pitted Britain's army against its navy, spawned a series of leaks to the British media and raised the question of whether the military that emerges from the budget cuts will be a strategically agile force that can join the United States on major combat operations. More

Commissary News

Target to add more groceries, offer iPad for holidays
Business Courier    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Target Corp. is beefing up its competition with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and will add fresh food sections to more than half of its 1,500 stores by the end of next year, according to a Reuters report. Target also confirmed it will start offering Apple Inc.'s iPad tablets at a price point of $499 on Oct. 3, according to Reuters. More

Malls make way for grocers
The Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An afternoon at the mall once meant digging through a pile of sweaters at the Gap, trying on shoes at Nordstrom and slurping an Orange Julius at the food court. Now, at a growing number of malls, shoppers can pick up a pound of sliced turkey and gallon of milk as well. Food stores from upscale Whole Foods to discounter Aldi are starting to appear at regional shopping malls. More

Unilever in advanced talks to buy Alberto Culver
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Unilever PLC, the Anglo-Dutch consumer-products giant, is closing in on a deal to purchase Alberto Culver Co., maker of Alberto VO5 hair-care products, people familiar with the matter said. Unilever is expected to pay $37.5O in cash for Alberto Culver, a 19 percent premium to its Friday closing price of $31.48, a person familiar with the matter said, but added that talks were still ongoing. The total value of the deal would be $3.7 billion at that per-share price, based on 98.6 million shares outstanding. More

Fisher Foods ties loyalty program to airline miles, community programs
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Community-based independent Fishers Foods is launching a new shopper engagement program that ties its loyalty program to community service initiatives and reinforces its "Shop Fresh, Shop Local" message. The program, powered by Troy, Mich. based Market Basket Rewards, uses shopper metrics and targeted marketing techniques to build sales and enable philanthropy. "We will use 'Fishers Rewards' to tie to the programs we have always had within our community, along with new and exciting opportunities for schools, churches and other charitable organizations," said Jeff Fisher, president of North Canton, Ohio based Fishers. More

Wal-Mart addresses packaging color
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Packaging color has been a topic of conversation at the Private Brand Movement show here. Despite the trend of white packaging, which many agree was used successfully to create a clean, pure look in brands like A&P's Green Way natural and organic line, several speakers say color adds warmth and excitement to a private brand. More

Center store task force formed
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
The Grocery Center Store Initiative is a new collaborative effort involving the Food Marketing Institute and its members, a handful of manufacturers, and others who will demonstrate the significance of Center Store to total store performance. Nestle Purina PetCare Co., Kimberly-Clark, Anheuser-Busch, Campbell Soup Co., the Kellogg Co., The Nielsen Co., Willard Bishop and Accenture are members of a task force that will study shopper attitudes toward the role of Center Store and test new merchandising treatments, layouts and approaches. More

Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacy offers free breast cancer treatment drug Tamoxifen during month of October
CNBC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among U.S. women. During the month of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacy will offer a free thirty-day supply, based on common dosing of Tamoxifen, a drug commonly used to treat breast cancer. Tamoxifen decreases the chance of breast cancer coming back in women who have already received treatment and also helps to prevent breast cancer in women with a high risk of developing breast cancer. More

Oz pesticide warning untrue, says produce industry
Food Safety News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiac surgeon from Cleveland, turned his recent show into a warning about pesticides, labeling apples, spinach and peaches as among the "dirtiest fruits and vegetables." The reality TV doctor received a swift response from the produce industry accusing him of being duped by the likes of the Consumer Union and the Environmental Working Group, which maintain "dirty dozen" lists of fruits and vegetables grown with the help of pesticides. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., Sept. 30, 2010:

  • 2011 Winter Club Pack Program.
  • Christmas International, Update #3.
  • DP #21, CONUS Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
  • 2011 Club Pack Calendar for Store Quantities.
  • 2011 Promotion Calendar for Store Quantities.

  • 10-154, New Orleans New Store Grand Opening.
  • 10-155, New Marketing Efforts in DeCA's Sales Directorate.
  • 10-156, 1st Quarter Sales Goals.
  • 10-157, Addendum to DeCA Notice 10-79, Industry Presentations for 2011-2012 Rack/Cooler Program.

  • Adds/Changes/Deletes, Week 10-39.
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.

Exchange News

Exchange ID check goes hi-tech
Salute to Your Service    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Implementation of an updated point-of-sale system that leverages the technological advances available through "smart" Common Access Cards is streamlining the identification process for age-restricted items at Army and Air Force Exchanges. "According to DoD Instruction 1330.21 and Army Regulation 215-8, Exchanges are required to restrict the sale of certain items such as alcohol and tobacco," said the Army & Air Force Exchange Service's Chief of Staff Col. Virgil Williams. More

Ethanol in autos being questioned
Abilene Reporter News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It was no coincidence that Denise Waldrop chose to fuel up at the Shell station at South 11th Street and Treadaway Boulevard in Abilene, Texas. The station is one of only a few in Abilene that advertise "No Ethanol" in its tanks, with a banner hung just below the price per gallon. "I think it runs better with no ethanol, eventually, for the life of the engine," Waldrop said. But for most cars, that hasn't been true for a long time, according to one engineering expert. More

Oil prices advance on upbeat economic reports
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Oil prices advanced again recently on upbeat economic news that could hint at improving demand for energy products. Benchmark oil rose $1.04 to $78.90 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. At the pump, the national average for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline has fallen 2.6 cents recently to $2.689, according to a survey by AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service. It's still 21 cents more than it was a year ago. More

TA, customers raise funds for needy drivers
Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
TravelCenters of America LLC and its customers are banding together to support truckers in need through the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund. Throughout October across the country, employees at TA and Petro Stopping Centers will sell Band Together silicone wristbands for $1, with 100 percent of the net proceeds going to will go help drivers in need. Customers will be asked to sign a banner in the full-service restaurant in further recognition of their commitment. More

Restaurant workers don't stay home when sick, study finds
Diner's Journal via The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than 60 percent of restaurant employees choose to show up for work instead of staying home when they're sick because they have no insurance and no paid sick time, according to a report issued recently by a restaurant workers' advocacy group. The report, called "Serving While Sick," is based on more than 4,000 surveys and hundreds of interviews with employers and employees. It is intended to put pressure on the restaurant industry to improve conditions for its workers. More

Wealthy take bigger helping of fast food
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The recession whet wealthy Americans' appetite for fast food, a habit that is sticking even as the U.S. economy embarks on a slow recovery. A new American Express study found that "ultra-affluent" consumers boosted their fast-food spending by 24 percent in the second quarter, compared with the year-earlier period, while fast-food spending among the rest of U.S. consumers rose 8 percent. Wealthy consumers increased their spending on fine dining, too, but not by as much, suggesting that although the economy has shown signs of improvement, the wealthy are trying to hold down costs in certain areas. More

Washington Update

Fannie Mae offers housing aid to military families
The Associated Press via Google News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mortgage giant Fannie Mae plans to give military families a break on their home loan payments if they are struggling because of the death or injury of a service member. The Washington-based company says it will reduce or suspend borrowers' monthly payments up to six months. Fannie Mae is the largest buyer and backer of U.S. home mortgages, owning or guaranteeing about $3.2 trillion in home loans. More

Hundreds of B&Bs letting military stay free for Veterans Day
The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A West Virginia innkeeper who started letting military families stay free for Veterans Day in 2008 has recruited 400 inns across the U.S. and Canada as part of an initiative to offer free rooms this fall. B&Bs for Vets is a way to thank active and retired military members for their service and to raise awareness of the bed-and-breakfast industry, said Kathleen Panek, who runs the Gillum House in Shinnston, W. Va. More

Aid to veterans
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Thank you for calling attention to the urgent problem facing our military service members as a result of their wartime service. Those of us who have worked "in the trenches" as private nonprofits, providing a safety net for psychological services to our troops and their loved ones, hear stories almost daily of returning service members who will not or cannot use the existing government services. Their "invisible wounds" are causing untold levels of pain to their families and to our communities. 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

Stimulate Holiday sales and create a festive atmosphere with Bountiful Thanksgiving kits and fall prop and décor. More

Tyson Foods, Inc.

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


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