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President's Message

Bishop honored for support of defense business community
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Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.
Recently, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., D-Ga., ranking member on the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veteran Affairs and related agencies as well as the Co-Chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the American Logistics Association. "There can be no mistake that the continuation of the PX and commissary programs is vitally important to military families and our veterans," said Bishop. "I applaud you for your hard work ensuring these programs continue their successful partnerships with America's leading manufacturers. These programs serve as a good example of a public/private partnership that works for the common good, a model we should all strive to support."

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Senators vow to avert sequestration cuts
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Federal Times, Sean Reilly
Six senators are vowing to work across party lines to head off stiff automatic budgets cuts set to take effect in January. "We are committed to working together to help forge a balanced, bipartisan deficit reduction package to avoid damage to our national security, important domestic priorities, and our economy," Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., John McCain, R-Ariz. and four other lawmakers wrote in a Sept. 21 letter to Senate leaders. "All ideas should be put on the table and considered."

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Big changes in store for commissary shoppers:

Online orders, curbside pickup: Commissaries a-changin'
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Newport News Daily Press, Tom Philpott
Commissary patrons will soon see the "biggest transformational effort" made by the Defense Commissary Agency in its 21-year history, according to DeCA Director Joseph H. Jeu. By this time next year military families might be ordering groceries online, Monday through Friday, with service members or spouses being able to pick up the order curbside on their way home from work.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association

Washington Update

Leaders at work on plan to avert mandatory cuts
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Senate leaders are closing in on a path for dealing with the "fiscal cliff" facing the country in January, opting to try to use a post-election session of Congress to reach agreement on a comprehensive deficit reduction deal rather than a short-term solution. 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!

Fall elections won't end risk of military cuts
Columbia State via Early Bird    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
South Carolina — home to more than 62,000 military personnel and seven major bases with an annual economic impact of $15 billion — has much at stake. Cuts could start in January with $1.2 trillion slated to be cut from the federal budget over a decade — half coming from defense. Also, another round of base closings is expected, though closings have been taken off the table for next year. More

Navy urges better nutrition and less smoking
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Taking a cue from first lady Michelle Obama and her efforts to whip the nation's children into shape, the Navy has launched a campaign to get sailors to eat healthier, exercise more often and quit smoking. U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and top Navy and Marine Corps leaders recently came to Norfolk Naval Station to announce the initiative, which promotes healthy life choices through educational videos, brochures and seminars. More

Marines test women on infantry course for first time
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBriefIt was 10 a.m., and the Marines trudging along the road bordered by thick Virginia woods had been up for seven hours already. Their uniforms were soaked with sweat, and their faces showed signs of the pain in their muscles. Their day was far from over. The demanding training was a typical first day in the Marine Corps' Infantry Officer Course except for one thing: For the first time, two women were part of the class. More

Commissary News

Fair Trade Month kicks off
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fair Trade USA, the leading certifier of Fair Trade products in North America, has launched its ninth-annual Fair Trade Month in October with a campaign aimed at boosting awareness of the program, which in this year alone saw the introduction of more than 120 new products. More

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Our wide variety of gourmet sea salts, seasoning and BBQ rubs are the perfect gift for any home chef. Infused with tropical flavors, they are unlike anything you have ever experienced. Try our Guava Garlic, Mango Lava Java, Pineapple Poultry Seasoning, Lilikoi Chili Pepper, and our special Hawaiian Rub blend.

More consumers buying specialty food
The Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More U.S. shoppers are buying specialty foods this year as they look to better-quality foods like chocolate, cheese and yogurt to liven up their everyday meals. According to new research from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade Inc., nearly two-thirds of consumers said they purchased specialty foods within the past six months, an 11 percent increase over 2011, and a big jump from the 46 percent who reported buying these products in 2009. More

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'Old-school' food shopping feels new as US cities revive public markets
NPR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One hundred years ago, before Wal-Mart and Whole Foods and Albertson's and Kroger, grocery shopping was a very different experience. Many American city dwellers flocked to the indoor public markets. But now there's a reversal, as urbanites and developers keen on fresh food and a more personable shopping experience rediscover the public markets and revive them. More


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Navigating food information maze: Dietitians guide grocery shoppers to better food choices
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With new nutritional studies coming out almost daily, the quest to eat healthier foods can be confusing for many shoppers. Some local grocery stores are now offering an in-store dietitian to consult before you start filling up your shopping cart. More

Peanut butter recall hits some of the country's largest grocery stores
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A recall of peanut butter and other nut products has some of the country's largest grocery stores pulling store-brand products off their shelves. New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. has expanded its recall of peanut butter and almond butter to include cashew butters, tahini and blanched and roasted peanut products. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., October 4, 2012.

DP #18, Update #2.
DP #22, Alaska Shipper & Promotion Quantities.
DP #23, Far East Shipper & Promotion Quantities.
Thanksgiving/Christmas – Candy, Update #1.
Thanksgiving/Christmas – Grocery, Update #2.
DP #1 (2013) WW Promotion Package, New Year Resolution Sale.

12-135, State of Hawaii...Container Fee Increase.
13-02, DeCA Headquarters Worldwide Promotions – "Streamlined Promotional Package". NOTE: A NTT 13-01 has not been received.

Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-40.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
CRV Values.

April 23, 2013: ALA/DeCA Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament, Fort Lee, Va.
April 24–26, 2013: ALA Commissary Roundtable, Marriott Hotel, Richmond, Va.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.

Exchange News

Civilian US base worker loses appeal in fatal Okinawa hit-and-run
The Japan Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Fukuoka High Court recently upheld the prison term of an American who was working for the U.S. Air Force during a fatal car crash that killed a teenager in Okinawa, marking the first time a domestic court has incarcerated a U.S. civilian base employee. More

J.C. Penney falls as CEO's store tour gets tepid response
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
J.C. Penney Co. dropped the most in four months after Chief Executive Officer Ron Johnson's showcase of the stores' new layout failed to inspire confidence in his remake of the 110-year-old retailer. The shares fell 11 percent to $25.83 at the close in New York, the biggest one-day drop since May 16. The Plano, Texas-based company was the biggest decliner on the Standard & Poor's 500 Index today and has lost 27 percent this year. More

Disney shops headed for J.C. Penney
Women's Wear Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
J.C. Penney will open Disney children's boutiques in at least 520 stores next fall, advancing the plan to transform its selling floors from an open sea of racks to being totally merchandised by shops-in-shop. (Subscription required.) More

LeapFrog, iPad tablets top hot holiday toy lists
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tablets for tots will likely top wish lists this holiday season, though availability could be the problem it is every year for hot toys. Toys R Us recently released its hot toy list and Kmart's is out soon. The lists offer parents a chance to get a jump on the search for the latest trendy toy. More

Five Guys voted favorite burger chain, McDonald's near bottom
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Five Guys Burgers and Fries topped a new survey of favorite burger chains, leaving bigger chains such as McDonald's and Burger King in the dust. Market Force Information questioned 7,600 consumers, calculated the fan favorite based on total votes and then factored in the number of locations for each chain. In every region, Five Guys led the list. Overall, In-N-Out was second, followed by Fuddruckers, A&W and Smashburger. More

Wal-Mart and Saturdays are top retail check-in habits
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If you were at Wal-Mart this past Saturday you may have noted more than a few people using their various mobile devices to check in. Not that you got that close to observe the details of what fellow Wal-Mart shoppers were doing on their smartphones. But according to a new LocalResponse study of retail-related check-ins across Twitter, Yelp, Foursquare, Instagram and other social mobile services, Saturdays account for 25.9 percent of check-ins for the top 10 retailers. More

Goodbye, supercenters: Retail will get focused, adaptable
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Retail is going postmodern. No, you won't be seeing installation art at Wal-Mart any time soon. In fact, you won't be seeing Wal-Mart itself for long — at least not as a generic supercenter-type mega-box. A tech-driven, global and intensely competitive retail world is spinning toward a more focused, smaller, tech-savvy universe. More

Dollar General unveils toy discount ahead of holiday season
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dollar General Corp. unveiled a 10 percent discount on toy purchases of $75 or more ahead of the holidays, as the company looks to boost sales during the critical season for retailers. (Subscription required.) More

Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks and Costco are 'inspiring' US companies
Puget Sound Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Four of the nation's "most inspiring" companies are Washington state companies, according to a new magazine poll. A new consumer survey conducted by an Atlanta-based consulting and training firm ranked Microsoft Corp., Inc., Starbucks Corp. and Costco Wholesale Corp. in the top 12 of the country's 25 "most inspiring" companies. More

Wal-Mart says time is right for Japan
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is expanding in Japan for the first time since 2008, sensing an opening as increases in the ranks of the working poor and pensioners on fixed incomes propel a trend toward thrift there. The retailer is planning 22 new stores in Japan in the next two years, as well as scouting for acquisitions to enlarge its 368-store presence in the world's second-largest consumer market, where it got off to a rocky start about 10 years ago. More

Swipe reform saving up to $18 million a day
Convenience Store Decisions    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With the first anniversary of debit card swipe fee reform approaching, U.S. retailers and their customers are benefiting from savings of up to $18 million a day that previously went to card companies and the nation's largest banks, the National Retail Federation estimates. More

Study shows bright future for alternative fuels
Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The future is bright for natural gas and electric vehicle charging, according to the results of the exclusive Convenience Store News 2012 Motor Fuels Study. Only about 2 percent of convenience store retailers surveyed said they offer natural gas at the pump currently, but 22 percent expect to offer the fuel alternative within five years. Nearly 3 percent of retailers offer electric charging stations now, but more than 12 percent plan to offer the option by 2017. More

NRF, expect solid growth this holiday season
National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tempered by political and fiscal uncertainties but supported by signs of improvement in consumer confidence, holiday sales this year will increase 4.1 percent to $586.1 billion. NRF's 2012 holiday forecast is higher than the 10-year average holiday sales increase of 3.5 percent. More

Freezing out the competition
Convenience Store Decisions    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Frozen beverages have been helping convenience store operators create stronger relationships with younger consumers, but there is an opportunity in this category with all age groups. More

Chapter Announcements

Benefit luncheon
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Click here for flier to the Hampton Roads ALA Benefit Luncheon for AREA & NEREA

Exchange Announcements

NEXs going 'Navy Blue' this holiday season
America's Navy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
NEXs worldwide will be taking a new approach to the holiday shopping season this year. NEXs will offer sales and specials throughout the holiday season beginning in early November instead of starting off the holiday shopping season with a big sale the day after Thanksgiving. Also new this year, deployed Sailors will be able to take advantage of holiday specials by shopping on-line. More

NEXCOM improves its customer return policy
Navy Exchange Service Command    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Navy Exchange Service Command is making improvements to its return policy. Merchandise purchased at a NEX or from can be returned to any NEX store within 45 days of purchase for a refund or even exchange. More

In store or online, exchange aims for consistency
Public Affairs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to Practical Ecommerce, shoppers frequently use both online and physical stores to browse and buy products. As a result, it is important for retail sites to emulate the stock assortment found in their brick and mortar locations. More

ALA Exchange E-Blast week 10/05/12

ALA Executive Briefing (Archive link)

AAFES Sales August 2012

MCX Sales August 2012

AAFES Press release Archive 2010-2012

AAFES Sales Flyers — to view click below: Chapter update:

Access to Little Creek for Oyster Roast

Please take immediate action and pass this along to anyone you know who may be attending.

Please forward the following information to
Your driver's license number
State issued in

This is required information for access to Little Creek.

Dana will compile into the Oyster Roast Access list and forward to Mr. Crump, Little Store Director NLT Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The list will be sanitized through Little Creek Base Security and placed with the Security Guards at Gate 3 the morning of the Oyster Roast. Please enter only through Gate 3, Auto Gate (Not gate 3, Truck Gate as we have in the past. Truck Gate will not have a copy of the list).

If you need help with Access, call Ollie Bates at 757-630-4506. This includes last minute Picnic Attendees. Ollie is available from 0700-0830 and 1230-1330 to help get on Little Creek.

Please take a minute and send directly to Dana Yeck or Paul Wehner.

Save the dates:

Dec. 6, 2012 — Southwest Chapter Holiday Event (Click link for more info.)

March 6-8, 2013 — All Exchange Round Table, Grand Hyatt, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport

Go to:, sign in and CHECK OUT the information.

Washington Update

National Association of Enlisted Personnel joins effort to preserve critical military benefit
Rock Hill Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The national association working to ensure the health and welfare of enlisted military personnel, and veterans in particular, is joining a coalition to preserve one of the most valued benefits of military service. The Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits recently announced that TREA: The Retired Enlisted Association will support the coalition as a Valued Associate. More

HCS receives $1 million grant for programs
The News-Enterprise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hardin County Schools' fight to reduce the dropout rate has secured more than $1 million in federal support. The Kentucky district recently unveiled a grant of more than $1 million from Department of Defense Education Activity for its dropout prevention and credit recovery programs through a federal grant. More

Select Navy Lodges offering greater savings this holiday season
Navy Exchange Service Command    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Select Navy Lodges will be offering even greater savings this holiday season. From Dec. 3 through Jan. 7, 2013, guests who stay at select Navy Lodges will receive 20 percent off their lodging. Guests can book their lodging now through Jan. 2, 2013. More

Checklist for new military spouses    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Welcome to the military family. As the husband or wife of a service member, you are an active participant in the military lifestyle. In the meantime, the following is a quick checklist to get you started. More


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