ALA Executive Briefing
Sep. 11, 2015

Poll: Washington insiders expect full-year CR
Defense News
Congress' budget morass will be solved with a "do-nothing" full-year continuing resolution to fund the government, rather than a Murray-Ryan type deal or a grand bipartisan bargain to remove sequestration, according to a Washington think tank poll.More

Defense hearings: Summer ends, Iran debate resumes
Military Times
Congress returns from its summer recess with a full slate of Iran-related events and plenty of questions about the month ahead. Both the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees will discuss the Iran nuclear deal again, in advance of an anticipated congressional vote of disapproval later in September. More

Boehner's future as speaker in doubt
Something has changed for John Boehner. Figures in his close-knit circle of allies are starting to privately wonder whether he can survive an all-but-certain floor vote this fall to remain speaker of the House. And, for the first time, many top aides and lawmakers in the House do not believe he will run for another term as House leader in 2017. More

Please Remember to Vote
If you are the designated voting member of your firm, please remember to complete the 2015 ALA Board of Directors Election Ballot you received this week, sign and return it to the ALA office in Washington, D.C. by October 19, 2015. Election results will be announced at the Annual Meeting of Members at this year’s Convention.

There are six candidates for the positions that will be filled through this year's election, in accordance with the Association's Bylaws, (Article VII, Section 7.4). A biography of each nominee is available on the ALA website.More

Flight 93 visitor center 'tells incredible story of heroism'
The Associated Press via MSN
Sitting on a hill overlooking the crash site near Shanksville, the $26 million visitor center complex will be dedicated and opened to the public today, one day before the annual 9/11 observances in Pennsylvania, New York and Washington. Fourteen years in the making, the center uses photos, video, artifacts and interactive displays to tell the story of Flight 93, the only jetliner among the four commandeered by terrorists that failed to reach its intended target on Sept. 11, 2001.More

Military pay raise all but locked in at 1.3 percent
Military Times
You can start making plans for how you'll spend that 1.3 percent military pay hike in January — that number is unlikely to go any higher, and even less likely to drop. That's a disappointment to advocates who were pushing for a larger paycheck boost to keep military salaries in line with increases in private-sector wages. Retired Vice. Adm. Norb Ryan, president of the Military Officers Association of America, called the 1.3 percent raise incredibly disappointing. "The services are already struggling with reduced morale and the Army may not meet its recruiting goals this year. The administration and Congress are sending the wrong signal to our troops," said Ryan.More

Heck, Heller: No new future base closures
Nevada Appeal
Despite appeals by the Obama administration and the Pentagon to authorize a base closure and realignment (BRAC) panel that would determine which bases would be closed or reduced in size, both houses of Congress have voted to prohibit a new round of base closures. The Army, in particular, wants to close or reduce in size facilities and installations it considers unneeded or redundant in light of its continuing reduction in force from 562,000 to 450,000 soldiers.More

US military commissary food price hike? Produce in Pacific could be more expensive under new rules
International Business Times
It could soon be more expensive for U.S. military personnel to buy fresh produce in commissaries in the Pacific, Military Times reports. As the new rules take shape, some argue that military families in those areas will find it harder to maintain healthy eating habits. More

Google to start testing grocery deliveries this year
Advertising Age
Google will start testing a delivery service for fresh food and groceries in two U.S. cities later this year, stepping up competition with online retailer and startup Instacart.More

Can grocery carts steer consumers to healthier purchases?
New research finds that putting in partitions in grocery carts can increase the likelihood shoppers buy healthy fruits and veggies. More

Protein enhancing the health halo over dairy
Food Business News
Dairy processors are well positioned to capitalize on consumer demand for food and beverage products with a strong position as sources of protein, and data from the market research firm Innova Market Insights indicates the trend is well-established in yogurt, spreading to milk-based beverages and may even have an impact in the cheese category.More

Unilever: Operation In Touch Back to School Sweepstakes
Back to school season is here, and if you can shop at a DeCA store, you can win some great prizes for the new year. Enter Unilever's Operation In Touch Back to School Sweepstakes and you could win laptops, tablets, commissary shopping sprees and more.More

The creative destruction of grocery stores
The rise of Internet-based grocery delivery services, like Amazon Pantry and Peapod, are changing the way that people shop for the essentials.More

Top 10 food and beverage industry trends — and why they matter
The food and beverage industry is on the brink of a major shift, with consumers worldwide watching ... and participating. This is why the industry desires — and needs — to garner and maintain interest in products amid spurring health studies, economic ebbs and flows, safety updates and regulatory developments. More

Safeway ordered to payout nearly $31 million for online overcharges
FOX News
Grocery chain Safeway must pay out $30.9 million to customers who overpaid for items purchased online, according to federal judgement.More

MCCS Impact Session scheduled
Save the date! Join us on 29 October immediately following the ALA National Convention in Washington, D.C.

This year, the annual exchange Roundtable for MCCS has been replaced with a more interactive format and will coincide with the ALA National Convention. Participation for MCCS suppliers is expected on October 29, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill Washington, D.C. As you can see by the preliminary agenda, a collaborative array of working and briefing sessions will be provided and the meeting is designed to improve the lines of communication between the MCCS and supplier community. This meeting as designed will provide a better understanding for supporting the mission between the supplier and exchange community. All key buyers and divisional managers will be attending this first of its type event.

The Environment in the Military Resale Channel has changed and will continue to follow a newer trend and everybody that supports the Marine Corps Exchange system to attend and participate in the one-day session in October immediately following the ALA National Convention on October 29, 2015 at 0800 hrs. at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill Washington, D.C.More

Hunt Brothers Pizza expands AAFES partnership
Hunt Brothers Pizza, the nation's largest brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry, is pleased to announce its international expansion. Hunt Brothers Pizza opened its fifth German location at the Pulaski Express on Vogelweh Air Force Base in Kaiserslautern. More

Costco, other warehouse clubs have transformed retail more than Amazon
The Washington Post
From the arrival of e-books and digital music in the 1990's to the recent explosion of online subscription services, such as Stitch Fix or Birchbox, it's easy to see just how dramatically e-commerce has changed our shopping routines. More

TrueCar helps Sam's Club get into the car business
Sam's Club, the warehouse division of Wal-Mart, has teamed up with TrueCar to offer members access to a new auto-buying program similar to rival Costco Wholesale Corp.More

NRF's new playbook offers holiday help
Retailing Today
Retailers will reveal their 2015 holiday strategies in the weeks ahead and as they do so the National Retail Federation is offering a powerful new resource filled with industry best practices to benchmark against for this year and beyond.More

Study: The most popular retail POS system is ...
Chain Store Age
A new study has identified the most popular retail POS system. According to research by Software Advice, Lightspeed takes the top spot.More

Hershey ranked a top 10 brand for millennials
The Hershey Company has been recognized as a top company and workplace for millennials in the Youth 100 VoxBurner Report and 2015 Millennial Career Survey by the National Society of High School Scholars. The company ranked No.4 out of 100 companies and No.1 in the "Grocery and Snacks" category in the VoxBurner Report. Hershey also ranked No. 20 out of the "Top 200 Preferred Companies" in 2015 by students aged 19 to 25 across the nation. More

Costco same-store sales rose significantly in fiscal 2015
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Costco Wholesale Corp. said that sales in stores open at least a year grew significantly during fiscal 2015, adding to a string of strong sales figures for the warehouse retailer at a time when competitors are reporting mixed results. More

Advantage Sales & Marketing acquires Marlin Network
Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC has expanded its marketing capability and expertise in foods service with the acquisition of Marlin Network Inc., which operates five independent business units, Marlin, deep, The Alchemedia Project, Food IQ and StarAwards.More

Bottled water on track to outsell soda by 2017
People need it, people drink it and now more and more people are thirsty enough to pay for it. Bottled water sales volume grew at a rate of 7 percent in the U.S. last year to put it on pace to outsell soda by 2017, according to forecasts from Beverage Marketing, first reported by The Wall Street Journal. More

Hard Rock Energy makes 7-Eleven debut
A reformulated Hard Rock Energy Drink will make a splash in retail by debuting in 650 7-Eleven convenience stores in Texas.More

Dollar General prototype sounds like a convenience store
Discount chain Dollar General will roll out a new prototype in 2016 that sounds an awful lot like a convenience store. The dollar channel has always been the poor cousin to traditional convenience-store channel, but in recent years, the major players have been upgrading their merchandise mix to include groceries, beer, cigarettes and more.More

Turkey Hill to buy Giant's C-stores
Supermarket News
Turkey Hill Minit Markets said that it has completed a deal to acquire two Giant to Go convenience stores from Ahold's Giant-Carlisle chain. Turkey Hill is a division of Kroger, Cincinnati.More

Up is the new up: Convenience stores enjoying cigarette boom
Typically, it's not exactly welcome news when a retailer sees category sales go flat. But cigarettes are hardly a typical category. Cigarettes are a crucial driver of convenience-store traffic, yet the category is widely expected to decline 3 to 4 percent with every passing year.More

Circle K is convenience pilot for the Great American Milk Drive
Convenience Store News
The Great American Milk Drive kicks off Sept. 1 and this year, Circle K Stores Inc. has signed on as the first-ever major convenience store retailer to participate in the Milk Processor Education Program's national campaign. The goal of the annual drive is to secure highly desired gallons of nutrient-rich milk for millions of hungry families in partnership with Feeding America. More

Turkey: Air Force stops family moves to Incirlik Air Base
Stars and Stripes
The Air Force has suspended the move of U.S. service members' families to Incirlik Air Base in Turkey in light of increased worries of violence in the region. The announcement comes a day after the Defense and State departments decided to offer dependents at Incirlik and nearby Adana the option to fly back to the States.More

Fiber-optic cable to Guantanamo to go live early next year
Contractors are finishing the work on a fiber-optic cable between Florida and the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and hope to turn it on in February after ground stations are complete, the military says.More

North Carolina: Get medieval at Fort Bragg Renaissance Faire
The Fayetteville Observer
Hear ye, hear ye. Good gentles and peasantry alike are invited to gather at Smith Lake for a weekend of mirth and merriment at the Fort Bragg Renaissance Faire. The fifth-annual event — sponsored by Fort Bragg's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation office — will feature medieval diversions from sword swallowers and juggling lessons to sing-a-longs and jousting knights.More