ALA Executive Briefing
Feb. 11, 2011

House GOP releases list of proposed cuts
Government Executive
The House Appropriations Committee recently released a partial list of 70 cuts as part of a House GOP proposal to fund the federal government through the rest of the fiscal year, including a $600 million reduction from President Barack Obama's fiscal 2011 budget request for the Community Oriented Policing Services program and a $758 million cut from food assistance to low-income women, infants and children.More

Navy chief concerned about budget
With congressional gridlock making it more likely that the Pentagon will receive the same amount of funding this year as last year, the Navy's top officer is throttling up the pressure to change course. Congress has yet to pass a spending bill for fiscal year 2011, instead carrying over funding from the previous year in a continuing resolution. Lawmakers have until March 4 to either approve a new spending bill or pass another continuing resolution, and with only three weeks of legislative action on the calendar, Democrats are beginning to raise the specter of a government shutdown.More

General: JFCOM downsizing to be complete by March 2012
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
Over the next year, one of Hampton Roads' top military posts will shrink from a four-star command with a billion-dollar budget into an organization roughly half its current size, headed by a two-star general officer based at the Joint Warfighting Center in Suffolk, Va. Joint Forces Command, currently based in Norfolk, will be disestablished by the end of August and all related personnel moves will be complete by March 2012, Army Gen. Ray Odierno, its commander, said.More

US CEOs urge passage of fiscal 2011 Pentagon budget
The chief executives of 14 U.S. defense companies recently urged Congress to pass a defense spending bill for fiscal 2011 instead of extending the current stopgap measure that keeps funding at 2010 levels. The failure of lawmakers to pass a defense appropriations bill for fiscal 2011, which began Oct. 1, could have serious consequences, the CEOs of Lockheed Martin Corp., Boeing Co's defense business and a dozen other companies said in a letter to congressional leaders.More

Pentagon faulted for BRAC Plan
The Washington Post via The Association of the U.S. Navy
The Defense Department has shirked responsibility to pay for hundreds of millions of dollars in transportation improvements required as it transfers thousands of workers to Fort Belvoir, Fort Meade and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., according to a congressionally mandated study recently released. The Pentagon's decision to add tens of thousands of commuters this year to a region that has the most congested transportation system in the United States has placed an unfair burden on state and local governments, the study says. More

Mergers, spinoffs shake up the defense industry
The Washington Post
When Fairfax-based information technology contractor SRA International canceled on short notice its presentation at a government IT conference in Washington last month, the rumors started circulating. Was the company, which generated $1.67 billion in revenue in 2010 and has more than 4,000 local employees, considering a major change? SRA spoke up last month, acknowledging that, after receiving multiple questions about whether it was accepting offers, the company had hired a financial adviser. It cautioned, however, against viewing the move as an indication that the company "is or should be for sale."More

House GOP proposes $74 billion in spending cuts
Government Executive
House Republicans are proposing to slash $74 billion in discretionary spending this year, and have included a surprise cut of $16 billion for defense and other security programs. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is expected to file a budget resolution using unilateral powers granted to him by new House rules. Under those rules, his overall budget numbers will amount to marching orders for the House Appropriations Committee, which will have to decide on the specific cuts.More

Army suspends all ongoing insourcing plans
Government Executive
In an about-face, the Army has suspended all of its ongoing insourcing activities, potentially savings thousands of private sector positions. In a Feb. 1 memorandum, Army Secretary John McHugh announced he was halting the service's insourcing initiative immediately in favor of a scaled-back approach in which his office would have to directly approve projects.More

Life cycle factor
Supermarket News
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Design for the Environment Program allows safer products to carry the DfE label, through its Safer Product Labeling Program. The DfE mark enables consumers to quickly identify and choose products that can help protect the environment and are safer for families. The process is complicated as illustrated in a letter sent to the EPA this month by the American Cleaning Institute, which questions proposed new criteria in evaluating hazardous chemicals. ACI calls for clarity.More

Kroger taps MyWebGrocer to enhance online services
Progressive Grocer
The Kroger Co. plans to leverage MyWebGrocer's platform to give its family of 17 banners the ability to provide their consumers faster access to online planning tools, including online circulars, personalized shopping lists and recipes. "Consumers are looking for a personalized, efficient, integrated shopping experience, one that recognizes their individual needs, and that delivers the most satisfying and efficient path from planning to checkout," said Rich Tarrant, founder and CEO of Colchester, Vt.-based MyWebGrocer.More

Legislative support grows for wine sales in Tennessee grocery stores
The Tennessean
A long bottled-up effort to loosen restrictions on wine sales is getting a new push this year, raising the possibility that Tennesseans will be able to buy a bottle of chardonnay at their local supermarket by this summer. State lawmakers, including some longtime opponents, say support is building for legislation that would let supermarkets, convenience stores and other food retailers sell wine, lifting a longstanding law that has limited such sales to liquor stores.More

Weis packages store brand water in recycled-plastic bottles
Store Brands via Progressive Grocer
Weis Markets said it now is packaging its Weis Quality brand 24-pack 20-ounce bottled water in bottles made from 100 percent recycled PET. This initiative makes the Sunbury, Pa., grocer the first supermarket company in the country to offer its water in the environmentally friendly bottle. Manufactured with recycled resin from baled post-consumer plastic purchased from municipal recycling plants, the bottles also contain 25 percent less plastic than before.More

Growers called on to work with FDA on new law
The Packer
Whether the recently passed federal Food Safety Modernization Act is fully implemented in the next few years depends heavily on what lawmakers do to the federal budget. Congress initially approved the necessary funds for most of the changes in the new act but has not released the funds, Barry Eisenberg, vice president of food safety services for the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association, said during a seminar Feb. 8 at the World Ag Expo. "The mood now in D.C. is not to put money into new programs," he said. "We fought hard for these programs, and we assumed they would be funded."More

Interest grows for healthy fast food
Supermarket News
It may seem counterintuitive, but because of health concerns, many women are talking about snack and fast-food brands, according to a six-month data analysis of The Women at NBC Universal's monthly Brand Power index. Over the July to December 2010 period, NBCU found that some of the biggest gainers in the index — which measures online search data and online and in-person dialogue by women about the top 500 brands — were snack and fast-food brands that had recently offered promotions for healthier food. More

Rice Epicurean showcases the best from Oz
Gourmet Retailer
Houston shoppers are learning that there is a lot more to Australian cuisine than beer in big blue cans and shrimp on the BBQ. The Australian Made Australian Grown campaign, in conjunction with Rice Epicurean Markets, will showcase some of Australia's finest specialty food and wine through March 1 as part of the national G’Day USA — Australia Week 2011. This is the first time Rice Epicurean has participated in the promotion, but it is the sixth year AMAG has worked with U.S. retailers to expand awareness and distribution of Australian foods and beverages.More

Technomic releases Retailer Meal Solutions Consumer Trend Report
Foodservice Retailing via CSNews
As traditional supermarkets, convenience stores and mass merchandisers expand their foodservice platforms and build upon convenience, quality and variety of offerings, consumers are taking notice. According to a recent survey conducted Technomic, consumers say they are sourcing prepared meals from a wider range of retail foodservice operations than they were two years ago. "Retailers benefit from the fact that consumers are already visiting them for other purchases," said Darren Tristano, EVP of Technomic.More

Sinclair Oil chooses RackPrice from KSS Fuels
Retail Technology via CSNews
Sinclair Oil Corp. selected RackPrice from KSS Fuels for its fuel management solution. RackPrice is an end-to-end wholesale pricing solution, including modules for price generation automation, reporting/analysis, competitive price prediction, price-volume modeling and price optimization, according to the company. "As part of our overall strategic initiative to improve supply chain management, Sinclair has chosen to implement the KSS Fuels RackPrice terminal pricing solution," said Jack Barger, vice president of marketing and supply at Sinclair Oil Corp.More

Restaurant nutrition draws focus of first lady
The New York Times
After wrapping her arms around the retail giant Wal-Mart and trying to cajole food makers into producing nutrition labels that are easier to understand, Michelle Obama, the first lady and a healthy-eating advocate, has her sights set on a new target: the nation's restaurants. A team of advisers to Obama has been holding private talks over the past year with the National Restaurant Association, a trade group, in a bid to get restaurants to adopt her goals of smaller portions and children's meals that include healthy offerings like carrots, apple slices and milk instead of french fries and soda, according to White House and industry officials.More

AREA Scholarship Program seeks ad sponsors

The AAFES Retired Employee Association Scholarship Program is seeking companies interested in sponsoring an ad in the 2011 AREA Program Booklet. Cost for a full-page ad is $500, and proceeds go entirely to future scholarship recipients. Companies interested in sponsoring an ad should contact Cory Belkov at or Chuck Poffenbarger at

Exchange awarded top international store design for rebranding

On Sept. 17, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service made history by revealing its new brand at Tinker AFB. Now several months later, the Retail Design Institute has recognized the Exchange for its fresh approach to the 115-year-old Exchange benefit with its Retail Design Legion of Honor award.

Working alongside Chute Gerdeman, a full-service retail branding and design firm, the Exchange received high honors in RDI's International Store Design. The Exchange took first place in the Large Format Specialty Stores category with Commanding General Maj. Gen. Bruce A. Casella, and Vice President of Marketing and Advertising Dr. Jim Skibo accepted the award on the Exchange's behalf.

The renovations at Tinker AFB began during the month of June, transforming the store into three major divisions — Home, Life, Style and Customer Service, which was relocated to the front of the store to provide expert service upon entry. The transformation now has been applied to the Exchange's tabloids, catalogs, exclusive brand packaging, the new interactive website —, and to fleet graphics.

"We recognized a need to update our brand in order to communicate to military shoppers that we are here, ready with a new shopping experience, providing them with everything they need to outfit their unique military lifestyle," Skibo said. "The new brand marks a fresh and bold approach to the Exchange benefit."

The award–winning branding elements are a model for future Exchange image upgrades and new construction projects.

The Legion of Honor award was presented at the Retail Design Institute's 40th International Store Design Awards presentation at Times Center in New York City.

RDI is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to the international profession of retail store planning and design. RDI promotes the advancement and collaborative practice of creating selling environments. RDI celebrates exceptional retail design projects from full-line department stores to manufacturer's showrooms.

Some of the past recipients of the International Store Design Award for Large Format Specialty Stores include West Marine located in Jacksonville, Fla., and REI located in Round Rock, Texas.More

2011 Exchange Roundtable

March 28 to 30
Omni Mandalay
Irving, Texas

Online registration is now open! Click here to register now!

Agenda highlights
We have an exciting agenda planned that you will not want to miss! One of our guest speakers will be Denise Austin! Denise is a pioneer in the exercise and sports industry. A 5-foot-4-inch dynamo, she has sold more than 20 million exercise videos and DVDs, authored more than 10 books on fitness and starred in the longest running fitness show in the history of television. Denise's trademark zest for life, positive outlook and can-do attitude have endeared her to millions of fans across the country — and around the world — and earned her the reputation as "America's favorite fitness expert." A multimedia talent, Denise is a top-selling author and a highly sought-after speaker and TV personality. Her upbeat energy and unique ability to make people feel that she's right there with them, cheering them on, have inspired the millions who watch her on television, read her books, or follow her videos and DVDs.

Industry hotel reservations
The Omni Mandalay, 221 East Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, Texas, 75039, is the headquarters hotel for this meeting. The Omni Mandalay is offering a discounted group rate of $149, plus tax. To receive the discounted group rate, contact the hotel at 800-843-6664 and identify yourself with the American Logistics Association 2011 Exchange Roundtable. Reserve your room by March 5 to secure a reservation at the discounted group rate. Hotel rooms are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, and attendees are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible for best availability.

Government/Military hotel reservations
The headquarters hotel for this meeting is the Omni Mandalay Hotel, 221 E. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, Texas, 75039. The prevailing government per diem rate is $107, plus taxes. Instructions on reserving a government/military hotel room will be provided when your registration is received by ALA. GPD rooms are available only to those persons who work in a government agency involved in the military resale system, and you will be asked to present proper ID upon checking in. All GPD reservations must be completed by March 5.

Cancellation policy
Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. Cancellations received by Feb. 28 will receive a 100 percent refund. Cancellations received after Feb. 28 but before March 14 will be subject to a $150 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after March 14 or for "no-shows." Cancelled registrations may be transferred to individuals within the same company, upon written request. Cancelled registrations may not be transferred to another ALA meeting. Any cancellations because of a family or medical emergency must be submitted in writing by March 18 to receive a refund. Cancellation refunds will be processed post-meeting by original method of payment.More

2011 Exchange Roundtable golf tournament

The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the American Logistics Association will be hosting a golf tournament in conjunction with the Exchange Roundtable on March 28.

Spend a day of fun with more than 100 golf enthusiasts from industry and government at the Hackberry Creek Country Club on March 28. Registration starts at 10 a.m. with a noon shotgun start. Space is limited to the first 144 golfers that register and pay.

Hackberry Creek Country Club is an 18-hole private country club designed by the legendary Byron Nelson. It recently celebrated its 25th year of providing a beautiful setting for family fun and upscale business entertaining. Hackberry Creek has enjoyed critical acclaim with Avid Golfer magazine's "Best of Private Clubs." Visit for directions and more information about the club.

Special guest golf pro Scotty Robertson will be on the longest hole to hit a drive for each team. Robertson's unorthodox style of play has led NBC's "Dateline Show" to describe his particular golf game as "Lightning in a Bottle." For more information, go to

The tournament will be a best ball/scramble format with first and second place prizes for two flights. Prizes for longest drive and closest to pin will also be awarded.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for lunch, dinner, the 19th Hole Awards Ceremony, hole sponsors, longest drive and closest to pin. Co-sponsorships are also available. Please see the registration form for more information.

Player fees for industry are $125 and the government rates are $75. This includes:

* Box Lunch * 19th Hole Reception & Dinner * Snacks & Beverages
* Greens Fees * Cart Fees * Range Balls

Please fill out the attached registration form and return it no later than March 25. Sponsorships are due March 4.

Please join us after your spectacular round of golf for the awards reception and auction. Proceeds from the auction benefit the AREA Scholarship Fund. Donated items are always welcome and very much appreciated. If you're interested in donating items for the auction, please contact Julie Fox at or 469-221-4122.More

Fort Sam wages war on fat
San Antonio Express-News
Greek lemon turkey pasta was added to the menu at a Fort Sam Houston dining hall, and the recipe for the sauce went like this: Combine soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic pepper and lemon rind and mix well — without the margarine and salt. Healthy food is on the menu at Fort Sam Houston, and much of the stuff that is bad for you is on the way out — everything from french fries and chicken-fried steak and gravy to sodas. Call it a food fight — one on fat, salt and sugar.More

Army puts insourcing on hold
The Washington Post
The Army is suspending its existing efforts to move more work in-house, calling for better documentation and justification of any future insourcing proposals. The service is the latest to express reservations about insourcing, a policy the Obama administration has backed, but that contractor advocates have said was being implemented without enough analysis. The policy is meant to ensure federal employees are overseeing "inherently governmental" work, like awarding contracts.More

We shouldn't be punishing overweight but effective troops
The Washington Post
The Feb. 1 Health and Science article "Battle of the bulge" suggested that the military needs to change the way it treats those who are overweight. The article featured troops with years of valuable training and experience who passed the athletic measures of their service's fitness standards. These troops are not so fat that they can't do their jobs. But they face discharge because of a bigger waistline than a thinner person with a similar passing grade. More