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If you are not a member of The Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefit ... you need to be!
A concern for protecting the military resale benefits need not only rest with those who can use them. Being a member of the Save Our Benefit website is open to anyone who is concerned about those military resale activities. If you aren't a member then you need to sign up.
During the recent shut down of the commissaries we energized our SOB members to send emails to the Department of Defense and many did so. At least a thousand emails were sent. So many, that along with the letter the ALA sent and the impact of the many emails caused DOD to rethink their decision and they reopened the commissaries. The value of the ALA and the Save Our Benefit members definitely impacted the Department of Defense. If we all hadn't taken this action there is no telling how long the Commissaries would have been closed.
Who knows what will happen next. We need everyone to sign up and become a member of the Save Our Benefit Website. The more members we have the more of an impact we can make in combating the poor decisions DOD makes which effect the valuable military resale system. The information below will guide you in your sign up process.
In the wake of the government shutdown, stateside commissaries were closed for nearly a week. Previous shutdowns allowed commissaries to remain open – making this action unprecedented. However, you answered our Call to Action in record numbers to urge their reopening. Your efforts helped make a difference and we thank you!
Unfortunately, the government shutdown, declining budgets, and continued sequestration are forcing the Pentagon to make tough choices. Proposals have been made to eliminate the taxpayer funding for commissaries, close stateside stores, raise prices and reduce services. You could lose your earned benefit for good!
If you do not want your commissary to close again, we need your help!
Tell Us Why Your Benefits Are Important Decision makers in Washington need to hear from you. Please share your concerns with us, outlining how important your commissary and exchange benefits are and how it will impact you if they are taken away. Your stories will be used when we testify before Congress later this month.
Send a Letter to the Secretary of Defense Thank the Secretary of Defense for reopening commissaries and urge him to protect your earned benefits from future budget cuts.
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The Coalition to Save our Military Shopping Benefits is working to ensure service members, veterans, and their families have a voice in shaping polices that impact our nation's ability to sustain a healthy and vibrant military resale system, and to protect these critical earned benefits.
A problem in the fine print:
DOD loses spending flexibility designed to blunt effects of sequestration
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Stars and Stripes, J. Taylor Rushing
The backroom battling over the recent government funding bill had one key casualty — a clause granting federal agencies such as the Defense Department greater flexibility to cope with forced spending cuts known as sequestration. The controversial cuts began in March under a provision of the 2011 Budget Control Act, and have roiled the federal government ever since.
Senator Hirono visits Hickam Commissary:
During the walk through, the Senator spoke with numerous DeCA employees and shoppers. She was well received and thanked for her support. She wanted to know first hand the impacts of the government shutdown on the military family and to hear firsthand from the local business owners on how they handled the government shutdown.
Armstrong produce's reported that the military is 25 percent of their overall business, they lost $400,000. Diamond Head Seafood Company lost $130,000 and both companies continued to pay their employees during the shutdown. They were asked by the Senator how they plan to make up those lost sales, and all agreed that it's gone and they have no intention of increasing prices.
Colonel Roscoe, Wing Commander was asked how this impacted the servicemen and women and as we all know, he stressed the importance of the commissary and how knowing that their families are being taken care allows them to do their jobs without worry. They also made comments on the savings as compared to retail grocers outside the gate.
Following this, Senator Hirono briefly explained the situation on the hill and pledged her support of the military and doing what is necessary to keep our armed forces funded. She made mention of the upcoming sequester (20 percent cut) and that she would continue to fight this and protect our military and commissary.
Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association
Predictability is a wonderful luxury
Columbus Air Force Base
Predictability is a wonderful thing. There is an ease of mind and lightness of spirit when you can depend on things happening when expected. Most of us appreciate when our direct deposits or paychecks come in at the same time every month or when familiar services and programs are available for us to enjoy. At one time, Air Force bases across the United States and overseas had a predictable set of services and amenities.
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Despite high-tech arms, war requires ground troops
Reuters via Yahoo News
Even with drones, smart bombs and precision weapons, war remains a clash of human wills that ultimately requires boots on the ground, and the notion that land forces are obsolete is naive and dangerous, the top U.S. Army general recently said.
US Army forced Into 'extreme tiered readiness'
The Army will have to move into an "extreme tiered readiness model" as it struggles to train and equip soldiers amid the ongoing fiscal crisis, the service's top officer recently said.
New training to focus on regionally aligned forces concept
Soldier's training will change significantly as the Army's focus shifts from more than a decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to creating a regionally aligned force. The next two years will see the Army implement institutional changes that will prepare soldiers for the service's future role, said Army Chief of Staff Gen.
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The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., Oct. 24, 2013.
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This solicitation is being issued as 100 percent small business set-aside. The solicitation is for trophy cases to be delivered to Defense Commissary Agency commissaries in the Continental United States and overseas locations. However, for overseas locations, with the exception of Hawaii and Alaska, the contractor would only be responsible for preparation for overseas shipment and delivery to the port. A Firm-Fixed Price contract is contemplated.
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THIS IS NOT A SOLICIATION OR REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS. THIS IS A SOURCES SOUGHT SYNOPSIS ONLY; NO CONTRACT WILL BE AWARDED FROM THIS SYNOPSIS. The NAICS Code is 311611. This Request for Information is issued in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 15.201(e). The Defense Commissary Agency is seeking potential sources and information in anticipation of a requirement to provide and deliver program buy fresh chilled pork products to store locations in the Continental United States (CONUS) to include Alaska and Hawaii, and Puerto Rico (OCONUS).
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Study: Grocery shoppers want to have fun
Supermarkets continue to generate high satisfaction among their shoppers, yet most are lacking in "excitement and fun." That's according to the 2013 U.S. Supermarket Experience Study, recently released by the Retail Feedback Group, a research firm based in Lake Success, N.Y. Doug Madenberg, RFG principal noted, "The supermarket channel continues to show strength in cleanliness, cashier friendliness, checkout experience, sales promotions, grocery variety and fresh foods. This results in a high degree of overall trip satisfaction among shoppers, coupled with 9 out of 10 of shoppers indicating a willingness to recommend their primary store to other shoppers. Our research also illustrates the importance of a fun and exciting shopping environment, but not to the detriment of speed and value."
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Healthy perception of gluten-free foods drives demand
The Gourmet Retailer
Consumer interest in gluten-free foods continues to rise, and according to recent research from Mintel, it's not just those who suffer from a gluten allergy who stock their pantries with these wheat-free products. The gluten-free food and beverage industry is forecasted to reach $10.5 billion this year, after surging 44 percent from 2011-2013.
Supermarket chains fail HFCs survey
Major supermarkets chains in the U.S. including Wal-Mart and Whole Foods continue to use hydroflourocarbons, gaseous compounds used in refrigerants and a major source of greenhouse gas emissions more powerful than carbon dioxide, according to a survey by the Environmental Investigation Agency.
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Smart shelves: Is Mondelez trial a sign of things to come in in-store shopping?
Are we ready for supermarket shelves that monitor our every move? It is a question we may all be forced to answer sooner rather than later. Modelez International recently announced plans to roll out "smart shelves" to U.S. supermarkets by 2015. The technology will take the form of display units near checkouts that will house impulse products such as chocolate bars and chewing gum.
Shoppers will pay more for omega-3 enriched chicken
Consumer research from the Nielsen Perishables Group and O&T Farms found that 79 percent of consumers polled are interested in chicken enriched with omega-3 fatty acids, and 58 percent of those consumers would pay a premium for it. Best known for their presence in fresh fish, omega-3s are believed to promote heart health, improve prenatal health and reduce inflammation, cognitive aging and developmental disorders.
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Hawaii vendors pitch products at ALA Food Show
Even in a slow economy, local vendors made the annual trip to the Hawaii Prince Hotel to audition their products at the 16th Annual American Logistics Association Hawaii Food Show, which was held Oct. 16.
How the government shutdown stole Christmas
The shutdown may have ended, but its effects haven't. In the following, see how the cessation of government has impacted families' 2013 Christmas shopping plans.
Target tests new Apple-like format in its electronics department
Target's electronics departments may be a getting a new look. The discount retailer recently remodeled the departments in several of its stores with waist-height, bright white tables and displays.
A look inside tech talent at Nordstrom lab
Labs are where the cutting-edge kids work these days ... but I'm not talking biology labs. I'm talking retail.
Holiday retail hiring unlikely to get a boost, shoppers react to an uncertain economy
The Washington Post
Facing economic wariness and unsteady consumer confidence, retailers are approaching their holiday hiring with caution, forecasters say.
Shop 'n surf: Buyers turn to apps for retail decisions
The Denver Post
One in four U.S. consumers now rely on their smartphones for advice and guidance when shopping in physical stores.
Shutdown cost billions in wages, shopping and more
The 16-day government shutdown cost the economy jobs, delayed mortgages and lost retail sales — at least $12 billion worth, and maybe as much as $24 billion.
Trying to put America's economic puzzle back together
Retail's BIG Blog
The government shutdown has come and gone (for now). But the past several weeks had economists spinning their wheels.
Shop.org's eHoliday results: Top takeaways in 2013
The 2013 eHoliday results are in and we’re excited to share insights from retailers and consumers about the upcoming holiday season. Much like last year, more than half of U.S. consumers who are celebrating the winter holidays this year plan to do some portion of their shopping online.
7-11 rebrands to target health-conscious millennials
All of the iconic hallmarks of the 7-Eleven experience might soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a new store redesign that attempts to emphasize healthier living.
Jos A Bank chairman sees strong investor support for Men's Wearhouse bid
U.S. apparel retailer Jos A. Bank Clothiers Inc has received support for its $2.3 billion takeover bid for Men's Wearhouse Inc from the majority of the shareholders with big stakes in both companies, Jos A. Bank chairman Robert Wildrick said in a recent interview.
Different reasons for Macy's, Wal-Mart holiday pus
The two stores are stepping up holiday sales efforts. Howard Davidowitz says Macy's is worried about the calendar; Wal-Mart, the economy.
Government shutdown may crimp holiday shopping
Los Angeles Times
A National Retail Federation survey says shoppers plan to cut back on holiday spending because of the economy and federal budget impasse.
Report: Wal-Mart brings moms together in focus group meetings
Chain Store Age
Wal-Mart recently brought together 10 moms in Nashville, Tenn., to air their thoughts about the economy , the federal government and their own household incomes. This year, the discussion focused on a subject very much in the headlines: budgets.
Shop.org: Online retailers prep for holidays early
Chain Store Age
Many online retailers are starting or have started their holiday preparations early this year. According to Shop.org's eHoliday survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, 74 percent of online retailers had started preparing for the 2013 holiday season by July of this year, and 51 percent plan to start their holiday promotions by Halloween.
NRF: Shoppers cutting budgets this holiday season
Chain Store Age
Consumers will take a conservative approach to spending this holiday season. According to NRF’s holiday consumer spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average holiday shopper will spend $737.95 on gifts, décor, greeting cards and more, 2 percent less than the $752.24 they actually spent last year.
HP releases Digital Marketing Hub
Chain Store Age
HP Autonomy is releasing the HP Digital Marketing Hub, a new solution that enables marketers to deliver personalized experiences based on real-time analysis of diverse and massive volumes of information across multiple customer touchpoints.
Wal-Mart predicts sales will grow faster next year
Wal-Mart Stores Inc expects slightly stronger sales growth next year as it makes changes such as opening more smaller U.S. stores and shutting 50 poorly performing stores in Brazil and China.
Dollar General opens 11,000th store
Dollar General has opened its 11,000th store, further distinguishing the dollar-store operator as the retailer with the most stores in the United States.
Most Macy's stores will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving
For the first time in its 155-year history, Macy's is joining the parade of retailers turning Thanksgiving night into a shopping bonanza. Stores will open at 8 p.m. on the holiday, four hours earlier than in previous years.
Study: In-store, online coordination seen lacking
Women's Wear Daily
A laser-like focus on e-commerce might be blinding some retailers to opportunities in their brick-and-mortar stores, including some created by the Internet. (Subscription required.)
Reports makes case for digital connections with consumers
Supermarkets may yield higher sales if they invest in digital connections with consumers, according to a new report.
Park, pump and pig out at gourmet gas stations
If you've never chowed down at a gas station, well, maybe it's time to reconsider. Five-star filling stations are popping up across the nation. And they will surprise you, in a good way. I'm talking pork-belly sandwiches, tapenade-topped goat burgers and pan-seared sea scallops. Not your standard gas-station fare. So be on the lookout: The same place you would go to buy energy drinks and beef jerky might now also house a snazzy food venue.
Retailers banking on the power of mobile for 2013 holiday season
Mobile Marketing Watch
Baynote recently published the results from its inaugural 2013 Holiday Predictions Survey. The survey, conducted in partnership with the e-tailing group, found that retailers are "cautiously optimistic." In fact, 60 percent of those surveyed are forecasting growth in excess of 10 percent for 2013 online holiday season revenue, in line with industry forecasts.
10 reasons why your marketing needs to be more attractive to women
Is your marketing geared more toward men or toward women? If you said "men," you are ignoring the gender with more purchasing power. After all, according to Women's Marketing Inc., women control 85 percent of the purchasing in the United States.
Amazon raises the minimum order value for non-Prime free shipping
Amazon.com Inc. customers who are not members of the retailer's Prime program will have to buy more to get free shipping on orders. The e-retailer, No. 1 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide, says that shoppers who want free shipping through its Free Super Saving Shipping Program will have to spend $35 per order, up 40 percent from $25.
Hair-raising Halloween highlights for 2013
Retail's BIG Blog
Halloween has turned into a bonafide consumer spending event in recent years. While it's difficult to pinpoint exactly when business started "BOOming" for retailers, we do know adults and children alike look forward to Halloween more and more each year.
General Nutrition Corporation is pleased to announce the promotion of Lauri L. Hmel to the position of Director of Military Markets. Lauri's performance in sales and relationship servicing has been instrumental in the growth of GNC's military business for the last ten years. We recognize her efforts and dedication to both the Company and her business segment. In her new position Lauri will be fully responsible for all facets of the military markets business including the management of key relationships, contract negotiations and compliance and on-going business development and expansion.
Ms. Hmel has been with GNC for over 16 years. She has been with the Military Group since 2000 and most recently held the Manager title. Lauri also held the position of Senior Business Coordinator within the same Group. Ms. Hmel has been with the Company since 1997 when she began her tenure at GNC in the Acquisitions Department as a Staff Accountant. From 1999 to 2000 she took on the role of Financial Analyst for the Franchising Department. Before coming to GNC, Ms. Hmel was a Staff Accountant for Pinnatech, Inc., an internet service provider.
Congratulations and continued success!
Sheila A Phillips
Vice President, Store/Business Development
General Nutrition Corporation, Inc. | 5th Floor | 300 Sixth Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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Nov. 7, 2013: Hampton Roads ALA Benefit Luncheon for AREA, NEREA, HRALA Scholarships
Noon-3 p.m. at the Lesser Inn at 3319 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Featuring special guests Congressman Scott Rigell, VA 2nd NEXCOM CEO Rob Bianchi and AAFES COO Mike Howard
Luncheon buffet with great silent auction items!
Pay by Oct. 25 $45 for Industry, $25 for Resale
At the Door $50 for Industry, $30 for Resale
Remit to Hampton Roads ALA, Attn: Paul Wehner, MDV Nash Finch, PO Box 29, Norfolk, VA 23501
Registration deadline: Oct. 29
Companies interested in sponsoring the luncheon are encouraged to contact Tina Davenport, HRALA at Tina.Davenport@asllcnet.com or call 904-874-8937
All sponsor proceeds will be divided among AREA, NEREA, & HRALA scholarships
Dec. 5, 2013: ALA NY Chapter Annual Holiday Luncheon, New York City.
Dec. 13, 2013: ALA DFW Chapter holiday luncheon
Join the ALA DFW Chapter for a festive holiday luncheon and auction at the Las Colinas Country Club, 4400 N. O'Connor Blvd., Irving, Texas. Guest speakers include: CEO Tom Shull and CMO Ana Middleton
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A touching Tribute to Pete Isaacs
Pete Isaacs left a legacy of supporting soldiers and families through the building of Morale Welfare and Recreation programs for generations to come. Click here for tribute video.
Boxer celebrates Navy birthday with a dash, a slice, and a bit of chance
Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) celebrated the Navy's 238th birthday underway, Oct. 13. The day kicked off with a morning prayer followed by the playing of Anchors Aweigh over the ships announcing system. "We have a special gratitude for those that carried the Navy's banner throughout its noble history," said Cmdr. Joel Morton, the ships chaplain. "As we look back, we are reminded that those before us have left their mark on history. Now it's our time and our chance to leave our mark."
Continuing family support through government shutdown
Our service members, their families and survivors have responded brilliantly to all that's been asked of them, especially since the start of combat operations well over 10 years ago. They have and deserve our respect and support for continuing to serve honorably despite the many challenges associated with the vibrant military lifestyle.
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MWR provides respite, balance for deployed forces
U.S. Department of Defense
As outgoing shipments from Afghanistan top 1,000 pieces of rolling stock and thousands of cargo containers a month, officials are taking pains to preserve the highest quality of life for U.S. forces on the ground including access to popular morale, welfare and recreation services for the duration of their deployments. MWR has been recognized as a vital contributor to the mission effectiveness of deployed forces throughout U.S. military history, Ed Miles, the Defense Department's director of MWR policy, told American Forces Press Service.
Veterans Home accused of wasting about $650,000
Napa Valley Register
A state audit recently released attacks the Veterans Home of California in Yountville for allegedly squandering hundreds of thousands of dollars on a never-finished adventure park and a coffee house operated on a no-bid, virtually rent-free contract.
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