ALA Executive Briefing
April 15, 2011

Spending cuts will affect nearly every federal agency
Los Angeles Times
The largest domestic spending cut in U.S. history will upend almost every federal agency and slash programs dealing with health care, transportation and education, but will give the Pentagon an extra $5 billion, according to aides familiar with the negotiations.More

Obama thanks federal employees for 'patience and professionalism' during government shutdown drama
The Washington Post
How's this for an inter-office memo: President Barack Obama is thanking federal employees for the "patience and professionalism" they exhibited in the past few weeks during the down-to-the-wire federal budget negotiations. In a letter recently sent to federal employees across the country, Obama writes, "I know the past few weeks have been a time of uncertainty and concern for you and your families, but your patience and professionalism throughout this entire period have affirmed my confidence in you and everyone who works in our government."More

SSNs will be removed from military IDs this summer
The Navy Times via Association of Naval Aviation
Starting June 1, printed Social Security numbers will be removed from military IDs as the cards expire. This move is part of a larger effort to eliminate the use of SSNs where possible, said Air Force Maj. Monica Matoush, a Pentagon spokeswoman.More

Japanese PM thanks US troops during visit to devastated region
Stars and Stripes
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan praised U.S. troops for their efforts to help people recover from last month's devastating earthquake and tsunami during a recent visit. Kan arrived in a motorcade with a large group of other Japanese dignitaries to check on the work of 36 U.S. soldiers and four Marines working alongside Japan Self-Defense Force personnel at Ishinomaki Commercial High School.More

Rising food prices are hitting home
Progressive Grocer
The rising cost of food is giving Americans sticker shock at the grocery store, and consumers are responding by getting crafty with their saving strategies. About 99 percent of U.S. adults are aware of rising food prices, and the vast majority (95 percent) plans to employ at least one savings strategy at the grocery store as a result, according to a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by

Environmental control
Supermarket News
From implementing sustainable seafood policies to building LEED-certified stores, food retailers increasingly are doing their part to help the environment. As Earth Day approaches, many are publicizing their efforts by running themed contests, sampling events, promotions and giveaways.More

Florida blueberry season opens with high volume, quality
The Packer
Florida blueberry grower-shippers report high quality and strong demand as the season enters peak volume before the Sunshine State’s spring deal transitions to Georgia. Unlike last season, when winter freezes delayed Florida and Georgia production and caused the deals to run into the start of the North Carolina deal, May should have ample volumes but not as much as last season’s market-wrecking production, said Keith Mixon, president and chief executive officer of SunnyRidge Farm Inc.More

Extreme couponing: $1,100 of groceries for $40
On a good day, Tiffany Ivanovsky walks out of the grocery store with shopping bags full of food, having saved 80 to 90 percent of the bill. No, she's not a shoplifter; she's one of a growing number of extreme couponers who treat saving like a competitive sport. And there are big scores: Ivanovsky recently got $1,100 worth of groceries at Kroger for just $40. "It feels good to save that kind of money," she said.More

Whole Foods replaces red-rated swordfish, tuna with sustainable options
Progressive Grocer
Whole Foods Market plans to stop selling all red-rated swordfish and tuna at its seafood counters nationwide by this Earth Day, April 22. The natural and organic foods retailer this past September set this deadline for sourcing swordfish and tuna more sustainably as part of a larger initiative to move toward fully sustainable seafood departments.More

ALA Congressional Caucus

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Gordon will join us on the morning of June 14 in Washington, D.C., at the Rayburn House Office Building and address the congressional caucus. In light of the recent budget stress this is a must-attend event. Click here to visit our webpage and register today!

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2011 HR ALA GALA success!

As co-chair, and on behalf of the steering committee for the 2011 Jerry Jared HR ALA Gala, in honor of Jeanne Evans-Cox, I would like to thank all of you for your support this year.

We were pleased to see such a large attendance by NEXCOM, MCX, CGX, DeCA HQ, DeCA and exchange directors/managers from our ALA zone.

The GALA fundraiser was a tremendous success exceeding last year by 71 percent. All net proceeds will go to the HR ALA Scholarship fund and various charities. The HR ALA annual scholarships are awarded to deserving students who are family members of the military or the Military Resale System.

I would like to honor the following for a job well done; their enduring support is greatly appreciated.

Our guest speakers and honorees:

Our wounded warriors in attendance: Rogers Campbell of DeCA, Michael Good of NEXCOM, Capt. Edward Eng and Robert McGinty of USCG Exchange, Douglas Buntley of DeCA Portsmouth and our Honoree, Jeanne Evans-Cox.

Our Diamond and Platinum sponsors:

* Hershey * MARS * Sara Lee * BIC * Dr. Pepper Snapple Group

Our Gold, Silver and Patriot sponsors:

* Del Monte * DIAGEO * Advantage * Merck * Unilever * Energizer * Pepsi Co. * MDV * EURPAC * S&K Sales * Jack's Links * ACOSTA

For our auctions, the contributors and those who made it happen:

U.S. sales for countless items such as Olympus, DUNLOP, Rachel Ray and Paula Deen, SONY, Unilever, Sharp, S&K, Remington and Hamilton Beach, CLJ, Acosta, Seiko, etc. The list goes on. Thank you all for your support!

Special thanks to Paul Wehner, Jeanette Buck, Rachel Pramontana and the MDV team for their boundless support. Also our presenters: The wonderful Heather Snowa (USSC & HR ALA President), Tommie Draper (OSC), Ollie Bates (Mid-Valley), Roger Blood (ACOSTA), Stacey Cartwright (OSC) and Hank Sheffer (S&K).

Finally our steering committee. The very best you can work with. Job well done!

The ever-gracious Tommie Draper (OSC), Nick Cohen (U.S. Sales), Stacey Cartwright (OSC), Heather Snowa (U.S. Sales), J.D. Fenessy (Del Monte), Hank Sheffer (S&K), Diane Maxwell (S&K), Dan Hollinger (U.S. Sales), and Jonathon Westervelt (Unilever).

Pictures from this year's event have been uploaded to the HR ALA site. Please visit,

Thank you,

Resale Advertising Director
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Walmart, Sam's Club announce military 'family promise'
Kantar Retail
In support of military service, Walmart and Sam's Club have announced they will guarantee job transfers for all military personnel and spouses if they are moved to a different part of the US by the military.More

Military update: Budget panel eyes end to VA care for 1.3 million vets
Hanford Sentinel
The House Budget Committee, chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has told a veterans group it is studying a plan to save $6 billion annually in VA health care costs by cancelling enrollment of any veteran who doesn't have a service-related medical condition and is not poor. Committee Republicans, searching for ways to curb federal deficits and rein in galloping VA costs, are targeting 1.3 million veterans who claim priority group 7 or 8 status and have access to VA care.More

Wal-Mart to start work on small stores
Bloomberg Businessweek
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has started building Express stores, a format less than a tenth the size of an average supercenter, according to building permits obtained by Bloomberg News.More

Wal-Mart hammers price theme to woo back shoppers
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is hammering home its low-price message with a new ad campaign in a bid to bring back customers who no longer trust it to save them money. The campaign, starting April 18, bears the slogan "Low Prices. Every Day. On Everything" and features five 30-second commercials that range from an Easter egg hunt to a customer asking for a price match.More

March sales show consumers confident but cautious
Progressive Grocer
From clothing and electronics to home furnishings and building materials, retail sales in March increased across the board for the ninth straight month. That's according to the National Retail Federation, which reported that retail industry sales — excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants — for March increased 0.6 percent seasonally adjusted from February and 3.9 percent unadjusted year over year.More

Lowe's market acquires Super S
Supermarket News
Lowe's Market has increased its store count by more than a third with the purchase of San Antonio-based Super S Foods. The 53-store acquisition, which closed late March, gives Lowe's 143 units generating annual volume of approximately $950 million, combining an estimated $700 million from Lowe's with an estimated $250 million from Super S, industry sources told Supermarket News.More

ExxonMobil goes mobile with station locator
CSNews Retail Technology
ExxonMobil launched its Exxon Mobil Fuel Finder application for the Android operating system. The latest application in the company's mobile tool box is a version of its online station locator. The application, which can be downloaded for free from the Android Market, gives drivers real-time maps, driving directions and station information for nearly 10,000 Exxon and Mobil locations across the country.More

Best Buy to scale back its big-box stores
The Associated Press
The largest U.S. electronics retailer plans to shrink square footage at big-box stores by 10 percent over the next three to five years. Meanwhile, it plans to open 600 to 800 Best Buy Mobile stand-alone stores, executives said at an analyst conference recently.More

NEXCOM Wins 2010 SDDC Shipper Performance Award

The Navy Exchange Service Command has won the 2010 Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command Shipper Performance Award in the large shipper category. This is the second year in a row NEXCOM has won this award.

"We are excited to have won this award again," said Tom Williams, NEXCOM's senior vice president of logistics. "There are over 1,000 shippers vying for 15 awards, so the competition is fierce. I give credit to my entire transportation team for their hard work in making sure our merchandise is shipped correctly, accurately and on time."

The SDDC Shipper Performance Award is an ongoing effort to promote timely and accurate submission of documentation for shipments moving through the Defense Transportation System. The award recognized organizations that consistently submit on-time and error-free data.

In fiscal year 2010, NEXCOM shipped 417,208 measurement tons or 7,071 40-foot containers of product at a transportation cost of $36.7 million dollars.

NEXCOM received the award April 6 at the SDDC Training Symposium Banquet in Dallas.More

SSNs will be removed from military IDs this summer
Association of Naval Aviation
Starting June 1, printed Social Security numbers will be removed from military IDs as the cards expire. This move is part of a larger effort to eliminate the use of SSNs where possible, said Air Force Maj. Monica Matoush, a Pentagon spokeswoman.More

McChrystal to lead program for military families
The New York Times
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who was relieved of command in Afghanistan after a magazine profile quoted his subordinates as disparaging senior civilian leaders, has been invited back to public service by the Obama administration to help oversee a high-profile initiative in support of military families, White House officials said recently.More

White House launches major effort to support military families
Government Executive
The White House recently launched a national initiative that focuses on the employment, education and wellness of military personnel and their families. First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden announced the Joining Forces initiative, which knits together a panoply of government agencies, businesses, nonprofit groups and media organizations in an effort to improve the lives of military families.More