ALA Executive Briefing
Aug. 10, 2012

'Married to the Army' delves into lives of military families
Chicago Tribune via Press Display
A word of advice: Stock up on tissues before sitting down to watch OWN's new reality series "Married to the Army: Alaska," because it will probably make you cry your eyes out. It's hard not to get emotional when thinking of the sacrifices soldiers make when signing up to serve their country, but not as many people think about the sacrifices their spouses and children make too. More

Panetta says Pentagon will drop base closure plans for fiscal year 2013
The Hill
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

Solar, wind power get Pentagon boost
San Francisco Chronicle
The U.S. Defense Department will encourage companies to build solar power plants and wind farms on 16 million acres of open land surrounding military bases, making each base less dependent on the nation's aging electricity grid. The plan represents a partnership between Defense Department officials and the Interior Department. The land that will be developed was once controlled by the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management but was withdrawn from public use at the request of the military. The bureau retains some oversight over the land. More

Obama signs law giving health care to Lejeune tainted-water victims
Raleigh News & Observer
President Barack Obama recently signed into law legislation to provide health care to thousands of sick Marine veterans and their families who were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.More

Olympic gold boosts commissary shopping spree
Marine Corps Times
As you cheer on the U.S. Olympic team, visit www.saveourbenefit.org to enter a contest for a commissary shopping spree that increases in value each time a U.S. athlete wins a gold medal.More

Malls make way for grocers
San Diego Union-Tribune
For many years, the mall was where you would go to browse through racks of clothes, see a blockbuster movie or stop by the food court for a snack. Now you can also pick up a bunch of bananas, a gallon of milk or even a cellophane-wrapped steak for dinner. More

Food Lion helps customers support local schools
Drug Store News
Food Lion customers can support their favorite schools when they participate in the MVP Classroom Rewards program. When customers shop with their MVP cards, a portion of their grocery bills spent only on qualified store-brand products is automatically credited to the shoppers' local school of choice.More

Tyson busts burger boredom with 'Serious Grilling' promo
Progressive Grocer
With retail prices of beef and pork up 10.4 percent and 5.8 percent, respectively, since last year, Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is running a "Serious Grilling" promotion for its Chairman's Reserve Premium Meats brand this summer. The "Serious Grilling" promotion is designed to appeal to avid grillers who are bored with burgers and want to take their grilling up a notch with premium beef steaks and pork loins.More

Nutritious grocery shopping
Pittsburg Morning Sun
"We're all watching our budgets these days," said Michelle Dudash, registered dietitian, mom and author of "Clean Eating for Busy Families." Dudash has outlined the following tips as a guide to learn how to save money while getting the nutritious foods you need, all within budget.More

Avoiding the grocery store: A 30-day challenge
Life Inc. via TODAY
The grocery store is dead. Long live the grocery store! A shining example of post-war success and convenience, supermarkets once were practically the only place most Americans went to shop for groceries. Today, we're all still buying groceries. We're just not buying them at the supermarket anymore. Last year, Americans bought only 51 percent of our groceries at traditional supermarkets, down from 66 percent just 11 years earlier, according to the Wall Street Journal. So, where are shoppers filling their carts if not at the local Safeway or Kroger?More

Package-free grocery store opens in East Austin
KVUE-TV
VideoBriefLooking from the outside, it's hard to believe, stashed inside a small green building are more than 400 types of foods, packing the aisles, coolers and bins. From produce to pasta, and even pet food. "We really want to help Austinites have a place to go that they can trust to have really good ingredients all the time," said Brian Nunnery co-owner of in.gredients, a grocery store looking to redefine shopping when it comes to food.More

How to fight rising food prices at the grocery store
The Huffington Post
Commodity food prices are expected to rise by 3 to 4 percent in the next year, and there is an expectation that these increases will have a ripple effect on prices of consumer packaged goods, which could result in even higher percentage increases for consumers.More

Teach us, Trader Joe: Demanding socially responsible food
The Atlantic
The latter half of the 20th century witnessed a change in the concept of food: American consumers have come to expect a great deal more from their food system — from nutrition and taste to the water in which it once swam. Since 2012, Trader Joe's has been on a steady mission to eradicate all non-sustainable products from its shelves, including genetically modified items. This combined with its boutique-like items and Hawaiian shirt-clad staff make it one of the most innovative grocery stores around. It offers exceptional products at an affordable rate. That said, though "green-friendly," its efforts fall short of being categorically "green."More

Hawaii Conference and Food Show update

Sen. Dan Inouye is confirmed as our "Keynote" speaker on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 11–11:30 a.m., and following this, he will join us for lunch. Also joining us in the morning for welcome remarks are Congresswomen Mazie Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa. We will have a representative from Sen. Dan Akaka's office as well.More

Warranty leader to create 1,800 home-based jobs for veterans, military families
Business Wire
N.E.W. Customer Service Companies, the nation's leading provider of extended service plans, recently announced it has launched a nationwide initiative to create 1,800 home-based customer care positions in military bases across the country over the next 12 months. More

Military families cutting back-to-school costs
News + Advice
Many Americans have been affected by the recent economic downturn, and this is also true of military service members, a number of whom say they plan to significantly reduce the amount they spend for their children's back-to-school shopping. More

Dollar Tree helps military families
Minot Daily News
Operation Homefront Back-To-School Brigade is providing free school supplies to children of military members at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Minot. A nationwide program, this is the first time it has been held in Minot.More

Defense vote haunts GOP incumbents
The Daily Item
U.S. Reps. Lou Barletta, R-11 of Hazleton, and Tom Marino, R-10 of Cogan Station, recently voted for the $606 billion 2013 Defense Appropriation bill, and now they're taking heat from Democratic challengers for agreeing to cuts that would affect funding for the Tobyhanna Army Depot, one of the largest employers in northeast Pennsylvania.More

Retailers beat expectations, helped by midpriced stores
The New York Times
In July, higher-than-expected sales at low- and midpriced stores helped push sales past analysts' estimates. That is a good sign as retailers head into the important back-to-school months of August and September, said Chris Donnelly, global industry managing director for retail at the consulting firm Accenture.More

How to revive lifeless omni-channel retailing
iMedia Connection
Jeff Fagel writes, "We've gone too far with the "next best marketing craze" buzzwords, from SoLoMo (the convergence of social, local and mobile) to my new favorite, omni-channel retailing. While I am all for innovation, many retailers are getting distracted by these trends and failing to deliver on the fundamental tenants of good retail marketing."More

Mobile checkouts will be game-changer for retailers
Mobile Commerce Daily
The recent announcement that JCPenney will replace its cash registers with mobile checkout devices by 2013 is further proof that the growing medium will change the shopping experience for the better. By ditching traditional checkouts and replacing them with mobile checkout devices, retailers can not only create a more seamless experience for customers, but make the overall shopping process a whole lot simpler.More

Running man: Foot Locker chief leading rare retail turnaround
Forbes
When Ken Hicks strides into the Foot Locker under his 34th Street office in Manhattan, he's easy to ­ignore. Nondescript in a gray Foley's suit and black Nike shoes, he's just another guy wandering the aisles, examining the marquee. Customers pay little attention, but employees are another story. Wandering up to referee-jersey-clad salesmen, a store trademark, the company's CEO greets them by name, asking, "You good?" Foot Locker is in turnaround, a rare big-retail success story, on track to $6 billion in sales in 2013, up nearly 19 percent over 2010, with double-digit profit growth each year since 2009 and expected again in 2012.More

GORE BIKE WEAR® and GORE RUNNING WEAR® launch 1st consumer sites utilizing PFSweb's End2End eCommerce® Platform
Business Wire via TMCNews
PFSweb Inc., an international provider of end-to-end eCommerce solutions, recently announced it has signed an agreement with W. L. Gore & Associates Inc. GORE BIKE WEAR® and GORE RUNNING WEAR® lines, which are known for high-tech functionality and durable premium quality, to develop customized direct-to-consumer eCommerce solutions for the United States and Europe.More

Customer service: Getting back to basics
Women's Wear Daily
No more lip service. Consumers are fed up with the quality of service in many stores, at the same time as retailers face ever-growing competition from online and mobile commerce. (Subscription required.)More

Founder moves on Best Buy
The Wall Street Journal
In revealing an informal proposal to take Best Buy Co. private, founder and former chairman Richard Schulze recently put the board of the struggling retailer in an awkward position: How does it deal with a man who no longer calls the shots but still has considerable sway over its future? (Subscription required.)More

Study: 45 million Americans used their phones to shop in June
Mashable
Shopping on your mobile device is becoming simpler. As app developers continue to make the mobile shopping experience more seamless, consumers are eager to test out new apps and mobile shopping experiences.More

Amazon's new secret weapon: Delivery lockers
The Wall Street Journal
Amazon.com Inc. is doubling down to combat a problem that has long bedeviled online retailers: failed package delivery. The Web giant has quietly installed large metal cabinets — or Amazon Lockers — in grocery, convenience and drugstore outlets that function like virtual doormen, accepting packages for customers for a later pickup. Amazon began putting lockers in Seattle, New York state and near Washington, D.C., about a year ago. (Subscription required.)More

Clearances, heat lured shoppers to spend in July
The Seattle Times
Americans shoppers proved resilient in July, driving a key sales figure up at retailers across the country, despite persistent worry about jobs and the global economy. Results came in better than expected for many retailers, helped by hot weather and summer clearance sales, an encouraging sign as the back-to-school season, the second-biggest shopping season behind the holidays, kicks off.More

6 key tech trends driving retail CIOs in 2012
Retail's BIG Blog
As technology evolves and becomes more complex, so do the demands on retail CIOs. Ian Rawlins, product marketing manager at Epicor, which provides software solutions for Build-A-Bear Workshop, Carter’s and Tumi, shares some insights and observations about the hot topics in retail IT, the importance of anytime, anywhere transactions and why retailers' understanding of customer centricity needs to go deeper.More

MCX correction

Correction to last week's MCX logistics instruction:
SUBJECT: MCX AVAILABILITY DATE and CARRIER APPOINTMENTS


Business email correction: OMBMCXLOGISTICS@USMC-MCCS.ORGMore

Hospital construction at Camp Pendleton affects base traffic
KPBS
VideoBriefOfficials at Camp Pendleton are testing out new traffic patterns to help the construction crew building the base's new hospital. The traffic patterns test is a way to help the crew figure out the best way to avoid traffic headaches when they begin construction on the road nearest the new hospital at the end of August, according to Camp Pendleton public affairs.More

Patient parking available on base
DC Military
Parking is available for patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., according to base officials. "Patients are only eligible to park within the designated patient parking areas. If a patient wishes to visit the temporary Navy Exchange, it has its own gravel parking lot in front of it, the QuickMart/McDonald also has its own parking and the Bowling Alley has parking adjacent to the building," stated Jeff Miller, Naval Support Activity Bethesda's transportation program manager.More

New Dunkin' Donuts restaurant opens at Fort Bliss US Army Base
Profit Quotes
Dunkin' Donuts, America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, recently announced the opening of a new restaurant at the Fort Bliss U.S. Army base in Fort Bliss, Texas, operated by the Army and Airforce Exchange Service. With this opening at Fort Bliss, Dunkin' Donuts reinforces its commitment to keeping America's service men and women running by providing delicious and satisfying food and beverages at any time of day.More

Military families sought for home makeover
The Scoop
The producers of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" are seeking people involved in the military whose home deserves an extreme makeover. The producers are looking for people with "amazing strength of character and who put their own needs aside to help others," a press release said. "Whether it's a soldier, a mom, a teacher or a fireman, we think deserving families are families who inspire those around them."More

How to make moving easier for military families
The Pinson News
Military families frequently relocate from base to base all over the United States. Even though these moves aren't unusual, they can cause some stress for all members of the family, especially if the relocation happens without a lot of warning. More

Japan, US plan joint landing drill in Pacific
House of Japan
Japan and the United States will conduct a joint military exercise in the western Pacific later this month on the scenario that Japan's remote islands are under attack. The Defense Ministry says 40 Ground Self-Defense Force personnel will take part in the exercise with U.S. Marines stationed in Okinawa. More

MWR Highlights
DC Military
Dahlgren
Liberty Center
Liberty Tug of War Game
Aug. 10, 5 p.m.

Come out and play tug of war against your fellow sailors. Cotton candy will be provided to give you that sugar rush you need to win. For more information please contact the Liberty Center at 540-653-7277.

Read on for more MWR events.More

Tim McGraw giving homes to military families
WDRM 102.1
VideoBriefTim McGraw is launched HomeFront, a national program that will award mortgage-free homes to wounded military vets in the 25 cities on McGraw's summer tour. Partnering with Chase and Operation Homefront, McGraw will give away one house to a military family in need in each of the stops on his tour.More

Free admission for military families
The Salt Lake Tribune
Through the end of 2012, active-duty military personnel and as many as three of their direct dependents can get free one-day admission to an Anheuser-Busch park, including SeaWorld, as part of the "Here's to the Heroes" program. The offer extends to active members of a Reserve or National Guard unit.More

Military families enjoy a day at Norfolk Botanical Garden
The Flagship
Try this: Using nothing but a six-by-six inch piece of aluminum foil, construct a boat that floats in water, and then see how many marbles it will hold before sinking. With the assistance of Hampton Roads Naval Museum staff members and volunteers, more than 650 children and family members had the opportunity to do this and a number of other fun and free activities at the Set Sail with Kids' Crew event at Norfolk Botanical Garden, July 28. "Building these boats encourages children to apply STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)," noted Lee Duckworth, HRNM's director of education.More