ALA Executive Briefing
Feb. 26, 2010

Top U.S. Pacific Marine says base must be in Okinawa
Reuters
The top U.S. Marine in the Pacific said that his forces needed to be based on the southern island of Okinawa for strategic reasons, as Tokyo struggles to resolve a dispute with Washington over relocating a base.More

Webb: Military buildup is a national issue
Pacific Daily News
The U.S. Senate and other high-ranking federal officials need to understand that the military buildup is not only a Guam issue, but one that's just as important to the nation's interests in the region.More

Ban on women on submarines ends
The New York Times
The Pentagon has moved to lift a decades-old policy that prohibits women from serving aboard Navy submarines. More

FMI aims to work with White House on 'Food Deserts'
SuperMarket News
Earlier this week, 215 employees of convenience store chain Sheetz Inc. were bused here to rally - with pay - in support of a bill to reform the state Liquor Code to let supermarkets and c-stores sell beer over the counter without allowing on-premises consumption, the Altoona Mirror reported.More

Stores within supermarkets becoming more popular
Retail Traffic
In an effort to capitalize on consumers' desire for one-stop shopping, non-retail businesses are increasingly opting to open offices inside supermarkets.More

Supermarkets face order to shelve unhealthy food under SNP legislation
Times Online
A ban on displays of sweets at supermarket checkouts, restrictions on the sale of high-calorie foods near schools and limits on the size of portions in restaurants are being considered by the SNP government in an attempt to halt rising obesity.More

Yale study finds more licensed characters and other packaging promotions used to market less nutritious foods to kids
Article Ant
Supermarket aisles are enticing young eyeballs with more familiar characters, celebrities, toys and movie giveaways on food packaging than ever, according to a Yale University study. Published in the March 2010 issue of Public Health Nutrition, the study shows a significant increase in the use of youth-oriented cross-promotions on food packaging in the supermarket.More

Are supermarket price cuts for real?
this is money
Supermarkets target thousands of price cuts at shoppers in an attempt to entice them into their stores, but are they misleading? More

Green Bridge Industries, Inc. receives NSF Certification for some of its private labeled products
PR Newswire
Green Bridge Industries, Inc. announce that their Organic Product Solutions (OPS), the Company's wholly owned subsidiary has been granted certification from NSF International of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the private labeled Natures Solution™ product line, which OPS manufactures for its industrial product supplier.More

United First Texas Grocer to launch NuVal Nutritional Scoring System
Progressive Grocer
United Supermarkets, LLC has begun using the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System in all of its stores across its United Supermarkets, Market Street, and Amigos United grocery banners. The rollout marks the program’s first use by a Texas grocer.More

"New frugality" may be enduring feature of post-recession economy
ConvenienceStoreNews
A "new frugality," born of The Great Recession and evidenced by two consecutive years of declining per capita consumption, is now becoming entrenched consumer behavior that is reshaping consumption patterns in ways that will persist even as the economy rebounds, according to a new survey of 2,000 U.S. consumers from Booz & Co. More

Why Sears is rebranding Kenmore
Brand Week
Sears Holding Corp. has undertaken a huge task: To completely revamp and relaunch approximately 450 Kenmore appliance models. The move is part of a larger effort for the home appliance brand, which is sold exclusively at Sears. More

Home Depot, Macy's forecast sales growth this year
Business Week
Retailers Home Depot Inc. and Macy's Inc. forecast rising sales this year, while saying they don’t expect the economy to bounce back immediately.More

Retailer survey: The slow road to recovery
SuperMarket News
The economic recovery is under way — but whether or not supermarkets are on board remains a matter of debate.More

How Retailers can reach moms
eMarketer
Moms are empowered consumers who head to the Web to meet their many product needs. With mothers controlling an estimated 80 percent of household spending, or $1.7 trillion a year, retailers must understand how women’s shopping behavior changes when they have children. More

Confidence in economy tumbles
Portland Press Herald
Americans' confidence in the economy has suffered a sudden relapse, dimming hopes that they will start spending - and spurring job growth - anytime soon.More

Shopping gets even more social
Entrepreneur
Groupon transforms the art of the deal into a truly collaborative effort. The premise behind the social commerce site is simple yet ingenious.More

Best Buy joins green corporate group
Twin Cities PIONEER PRESS
Best Buy has joined a group of green-minded corporations that advocate stronger climate-change policies, greater energy efficiency and more development of renewable energy. More

Military eases thumb drive, flash media bans
American Forces Press Service
New guidelines from U.S. Strategic Command officials allow servicemembers to use "thumb drives" and other flash media to store computer data under specific circumstances. More

Mullen cites importance of families, leadership
American Forces Press Service
During a week-long tour through Southwest Asia, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spent time focusing on what he calls his No. 1 priority: servicemembers and their families. More