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Executive Briefing

As 2012 comes to a close, ALA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the ALA Executive Briefing a look at the most accessed articles from the year, as well as a message from our President Patrick Nixon. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 4, 2013.

President's Message

Dear EB Friends:

It's easy to get caught up in all the business of Christmas, but we wish you a peaceful Christmas full of the most important things."

Your ALA Staff

The Coalition to Save our Military Shopping Benefit responds to Military Times editorial:

In a recent edition of the Military Times, the publication editorial staff took a uninformed swipe at the commissary benefit and its value to the military family. The Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefit has provided a timely response. These programs are essential. Valued and a significant ROI for the American taxpayer. It is important to get the story straight. Click here to view the response.

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Hiring veterans is good business
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From June 15, 2012: Most companies canvassed in a study recently published say it's good business to hire veterans because of their leadership and teamwork skills, but some negative perceptions about veterans persist among business leaders. More

Why Best Buy is destined to fail
MSN Money    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Jan. 13, 2012: Disappointing earnings and a falling stock price show the big-box retailer is in serious trouble. The following are some of the reasons. More

Direct Mail Reaches Military Families Where
They Live

Shoppers want information and coupons in advance to help them save money by planning at home. Active duty families living in military housing receive Judy Johnson's Military Family Mailbox envelopes in the mail. Active duty families are an important segment of the market with the most potential new commissary shoppers and new brand users. Young active duty families are your core customers. Reach them at home! Direct mail gives you a “first strike advantage” over your competitors marketing only inside the store

The way Americans are shopping for groceries is truly worrying
Business Insider    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From June 15, 2012: The latest entry in NPR's eye-opening "Graphing America" series takes a deeper look into how Americans' spending habits have changed at the grocery store. One of the most interesting findings is how much we've reduced spending on groceries over the last few decades, even as the cost of many foods has soared. More

A good fit: Vets and business
USA Today via Early Bird    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Nov. 16, 2012: Several major manufacturing companies and a national industry group are joining forces to try to bring thousands of veterans — and potentially tens of thousands — into manufacturing careers. More

Panetta says Pentagon will drop base closure plans for fiscal year 2013
The Hill    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Aug. 10, 2012: The Defense Department is abandoning its push for wide-scale base closures in the continental United States, focusing instead on plans to draw down military installations overseas, Secretary Leon Panetta recently announced. More

The top 5 grocery store tricks to avoid
Elevated Existence    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Aug. 24, 2012: Since America has turned onto a health kick recently, retailers and grocery stores alike are trying to keep up by adding new "healthy" items geared towards consumers' wants and needs. However, when grocery shopping, it is very easy to get confused on what is actually healthy. The following are the five most common health claims to watch out for. More

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New Navy Exchange, Joint Commissary planned at NSA Annapolis
Capital Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Sept. 7, 2012: A Connecticut construction firm has been picked to build a new 51,000-square-foot Joint Commissary and a new 98,000-square-foot Navy Exchange at Naval Support Activity Annapolis. The Department of Defense recently said KBE Building Corp., of Farmington, Conn., was awarded $27.2 million for the job, required to be LEED Silver certified. More

Top 10 restaurants across the country for a power lunch
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Jan. 13, 2012: When you're traveling for business and the location for lunch is up to you, where you decide to eat can be just as vital as what you talk about between bites. After all, sitting in a dining room full of other thriving movers and shakers just may help you seal the deal. The following is a coast-to-coast list of 10 top restaurants with profiles as high as the clientele who dines there. More


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Where are you buying your groceries?
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From March 30, 2012: Before you answer, pause and ask yourself if you are shopping for foods differently than you did just a few years ago. You may have changed your purchasing habits because you want more local or fresh foods, or healthier foods or perhaps you are just trying to save money. But there is another influencer at work — the food stores themselves are changing. More

TRICARE for retirees targeted in budget cuts
Kitsap Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Feb. 10, 2012: As defense budgets grew over the past decade, Congress shrugged off complaints of runaway military health costs and blocked every proposal from the Bush administration to raise TRICARE fees sharply on retirees. Defense budgets have stopped rising, however, and Defense officials now are sounding more confident that Congress will follow last October's $5-a-month bump in TRICARE Prime enrollment fees for working-age retirees with more substantial fee increases for retirees of all ages. More

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