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Sep. 12, 2014

Levin doubts defense vote in September
The Hill
The full Senate will likely not vote on the 2015 defense policy bill before lawmakers adjourn, Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., said recently.More

US House could vote to avert government shutdown
Defense News
The U.S. House soon could vote on a spending measure that would keep the Pentagon and other federal agencies funded while lawmakers hit the campaign trail.More

Defense bill awaits Congress' return
Military Times
When Congress returns to Capitol Hill, members will have three weeks of work scheduled — and a year's worth of work to finish.More

Hagel to continue push for Pentagon reforms amid global threats
Defense News
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he plans to forge ahead with bureaucratic Pentagon reform initiatives despite the uptick of global threats and military activities in recent months.More

Campbell remains challenged at the core
Food Business News
Expanding into higher-growth categories propelled full-year earnings for the Campbell Soup Co., but the company remains pained at the core. With the acquisitions of Bolthouse Farms, Plum Organics and Kelsen Group, Campbell has begun recomposing its portfolio and edging further into the fast-growing packaged fresh category. More

New commissary, Navy Exchange opens at Annapolis, Maryland
Defense Commissary Agency
The grand opening of the Naval Support Activity Annapolis, Maryland, Commissary and Navy Exchange complex got rave reviews from shoppers who got their first look inside the new facility. "It's worth the trip and more!" said long time shopper Gretchen McKethan as she pushed her cart in the commissary meat department. "I just like the whole atmosphere, and there are a lot of things they didn't have in the old store."More

Amid kale and quinoa, Pop-Tarts keep hanging on
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Sales of soda, cereal and frozen food are down. Sales of Pop-Tarts have gone up each year for the past 32. The super sweet, slightly cardboard-tasting rectangles defy most eating trends big food companies are chasing. They're not gluten-free, all-natural, protein-packed or made with simple ingredients. Many similar breakfast foods by rival companies have ended up in the product graveyard.More

White Rose food distributor files bankruptcy, to be sold to C&S
The parent of White Rose Inc., one of the biggest independent food distributors in the New York City area, filed for bankruptcy and said it had agreed to sell substantially all its assets to C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc., one of the largest privately held U.S. companies.More

Heinz CEO celebrates company's past, affirms its future in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The chief executive of the H.J. Heinz Co. made it clear that he's well aware of his company's deep roots in Pittsburgh. Bernardo Hees also seemed aware that many people are worried the ketchup maker to the world might just rip up those roots, toss the history on the compost heap and move on to greener pastures.More

General Mills adds organic foods with purchase of Annie's
General Mills Inc. is acquiring Berkeley, California-based Annie's Inc. for about $820 million, gaining a popular lineup of natural and organic foods.More

Federal contracts awarded to companies in Virginia
The following federal contracts were announced by federal agencies as having been awarded to companies operating in Virginia.More

Kroger grows its cheese know-how
Progressive Grocer
Grocers can't just be merchants anymore — to a great extent, they must be educators in order to guide today's shoppers, who are more interested in food than ever before but not as kitchen-savvy as earlier generations, in the proper and creative use for trendy foods and ingredients. More

Sprouts price checks produce weekly
Supermarket News
Sprouts Farmers Market doesn't happen to have the best pricing in town; it's the result of consistent data collection and research.More

Kraft Foods: The center of the store is still important
Food Business News
As many packaged foods companies chase consumers to the perimeter of the supermarket, Kraft Foods Group refuses to ignore the declining center of the store.More

America is slowly, but surely, becoming a nation of tea drinkers
The Washington Post
There's a quiet, and lightly caffeinated, trend brewing in America. The U.S. market for tea has more than quadrupled during the past twenty-plus years — from just under $2 billion in 1990 to just over $10 billion last year — according to the U.S. Tea Association.More

Federal Business Opportunities

Linen/Mat Rental & Cleaning Services
Location: Contracting Business Unit Support Services/Supply and Revenue Branch (HDEC05)

Shelf Stocking, Receiving/Storage/Holding Area, and Custodial Operations at the Carlisle Barracks Commissary, Pennsylvania
Location: Contracting Bus Unit/Commercial Activities (HDEC08)

Gazebos, Octagon
Location: Contracting Business Unit/Equip, & Maint Div (HDEC04)

US House could vote to avert government shutdown
Defense News
The U.S. House soon could vote on a spending measure that would keep the Pentagon and other federal agencies funded while lawmakers hit the campaign trail.More

Rep. Tammy Duckworth pregnant; girl due in December
Chicago Sun-Times
Wounded Iraq war vet Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a double amputee, is pregnant. A girl. Due in early December.More

Concerns arise about opening online exchanges to veterans
Marine Corps Times
While giving all honorably discharged veterans online exchange shopping privileges would be an added benefit, there are questions within the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments about whether some of the profits should also go back to veterans' programs.More

Healthier float: What the Navy cut from the mess hall aboard its newest ship
Navy Times
Junk food-loving Marines and sailors who deploy aboard the Navy's new amphibious assault ship might notice a few of their favorite things are missing.More

Hiring for the holidays
South Bend Tribune
Students just returned to school in Michigan. Lingering summer-like temperatures are luring people to the beaches one more time and fueling the debate about whether to take Halloween decorations out of storage. It feels too soon. But there's an undeniable sign that September is here: Retailers are already looking for seasonal workers to unload trucks, stock shelves and man registers.More

Retailers get ready for health care coverage mandate
Outdoor Industry
Major U.S. employers and trade groups, including NRF, are readying for the Affordable Care Act's mandate to provide health coverage. Retailers "continue to believe that the employer mandate is not needed," but they are working to make sure they're ready nonetheless, NRF Vice President and Employee-Benefits Policy Counsel Neil Trautwein said.More

Are consumers ready to spend again?
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Summer brought companies some hopeful signs of economic recovery. This fall, the optimism will be put to the test. That's because it is unclear whether consumers — the engine behind more than two-thirds of the American economy — are ready to resume spending at significant levels.More

America's 10 fastest-growing retailers
After the recession, retailers are growing once again and, increasingly, moving online. In the first quarter of 2014, retail sales were 2.4 percent higher than the same time the year before, largely helped by a 15 percent jump in e-commerce sales. More

CVS renames itself CVS Health as it ends sale of tobacco products
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
CVS Caremark Corp. emerged from its seven-month purge of tobacco products with a new corporate name: CVS Health. The retail chain and pharmacy-benefits manager unveiled the new moniker, coinciding with the sale of its last tobacco product at its 7,700 pharmacies, one month ahead of schedule.More

Dollar General ponders next step after Family Dollar snub
Dollar General Corp., spurned twice in its attempt to acquire Family Dollar Stores Inc., is now plotting its next move. The company said that it remains committed to its $9.1 billion cash offer for Family Dollar and is working with financial adviser Goldman Sachs Group Inc. as it ponders its options.More

Finding associates with certified retail skills
Looking for employees with a commitment to customer satisfaction? The NRF Foundation issues nationally recognized certifications in customer service, sales and retail management. A new online registry lets employers verify the certification status of applicants and search for prospective employees with a demonstrated interest in retail. More

Promotions propel August retail sales
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Costco Wholesale Corp. and L Brands Inc. reported stronger-than-expected sales in August, though the month was dominated by deals and discounts as retailers tried to boost back-to-school sales. More

Macy's focused on mobile, Gen Y, private label
As it continues to flex its omnichannel strengths, Macy's says it has finally begun marketing its click-and-collect services, and that it sees its future growth coming from Generation Y, mobile technology and exclusive products.More

Retail industry loses 17,700 jobs in August
NRF calculated retail industry (excluding autos and gasoline) employment declined by 17,700 jobs in August, with significant downward revisions for July and June. Loss leaders included, food and beverage stores, which witnessed a 17,000 job loss, possibly suggesting a seasonal- or category-specific anomaly.More

Kmart entices holiday shoppers to start early
Retailing Today
Kmart is gearing up for the holiday shopping season and reminding customers, including Shop Your Way members, of its No Money Down Layaway program, which is available now.More

TargetExpress stores to land in San Francisco's Financial District
San Francisco Business Times
Two of three planned small-format TargetExpress stores coming to the Bay Area will land in San Francisco's Financial District and also in Berkeley, California, in March.More

Articles from Chain Store Age
Home Depot breach may have been widespread
The alleged security breach that recently hit The Home Depot Inc. may have compromised credit and debit card data at nearly all of the company's stores

Family Dollar rejects upped bid from Dollar General; sticking with Dollar Tree
Family Dollar Stores rejected the sweetened, $9.1 billion take-over bid made by Dollar General on Sept. 2, saying in a statement that its board voted unanimously to reject the revised offer "on the basis of antitrust regulatory considerations."

California set to impose statewide ban on single-use plastic bags
California is on track to become the first state in the United States to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

Starbucks to open two new store formats
Starbucks Coffee Company will launch two new store formats in fiscal 2015, include a smaller-format concept aimed at urban commuters and a more premium store concept dedicated to the chain's highbrow Reserve brand of coffees.

Costco and L Brands shine in August; Gap disappoints
Costco Wholesale Corp. and L Brands Inc. were among the retailers that posted stronger-than-expected sales in August, fueled in many cases by back-to-school promotions. More

Articles from Convenience Store Petroleum
Beverage maker Big Red buys Xyience
Soda maker adds energy-drink, nutrition company to its portfolio

Mistic expands national sales organization
E-cig maker adds four industry veterans to meet growing demand

New to Starbucks' menu: 'Express' stores
Convenience concept will augment "one-of-a-kind, interactive stores"

7-Eleven completes conversion of Wilson Farms stores
Seeks franchisees to manage 90 sites in western New YorkMore

Aeration specials planned at MWR golf courses
Twice a year, the golf courses at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and Barbers Point Golf Course in Kalaeloa, Hawaii, have their greens aerated, typically in the spring and fall. During this time, the golf courses are not in their best shape so they offer a special to the patrons, which is a discounted rate while the course is going through improvements.More

Speed Commerce launches NEXCOM's end-to-end e-commerce solution powered by Oracle
Globe Newswire via Spoke
Speed Commerce Inc., a leading provider of omnichannel e-commerce services, announced that it has launched its direct-to-consumer e-commerce solution for the Navy Exchange Service Command. NEXCOM operates more than 300 retail locations worldwide and provides military members, retirees and their families with a wide array of products and services.More

What's up at White Sands: 2014 Solder Show coming Sept. 18
Las Cruces Sun-News
The 2014 Soldier Show, coming the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, will focus on the strength and character that makes u a soldier — but organizers also hope it's just fun for the community.More