ALA Executive Briefing
Nov. 8, 2013

Mikulski revives budget bargain plan
Defense News
A prominent U.S. senator is reviving her push for a temporary fix to sequestration, urging a special House-Senate budget panel to replace the next two years of planned cuts.More

Inhofe says NDAA work starts Nov. 18; McCain readies LCS amendment
Defense News
The U.S. Senate is poised to take up a major Pentagon policy bill the week before Thanksgiving, a senior Republican lawmaker said. Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., expects the upper chamber will take up its version of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act the week of Nov. 18.More

Hagel warns of danger in deep cuts to defense
Portland Press Herald
The Pentagon is preparing top-to-bottom changes, including a push to limit the growth of military pay, as it adjusts to steep budget cuts and the winding down of war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently said.More

For now, Pentagon plays it safe on compensation reform
Marine Corps Times
The Defense Department recently offered up — as required by law — its official recommendation to the congressional commission created earlier this year to tackle the complex and controversial issues of military retirement and compensation reform. But the recommendation offered no new ideas or detailed suggestions.More

Budget uncertainty could derail expansion of special ops forces
Marine Corps Times
Ambitious plans to expand the U.S. military's elite special operations command are in jeopardy as the Pentagon considers whether to freeze force levels amid widespread budget cuts, Military Times has learned.More

Air Force chief says base closures, trimming ranks should be on the table
The Colorado Springs Gazette
Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh met with the service's top brass during a weeklong conference at the Air Force Academy that recently ended. Facing $1 trillion in Pentagon budget cuts over a decade, he wants the tools used by corporate America to weather the downturn. More

Linen/mat rental and cleaning services
Federal Business Opportunities
Linen/mat rental & cleaning services for the following locations: Bangor NSB Washington, Bremerton NB WA, Fort Lewis WA, McChord AFB WA, Smokey Point WA, Whidbey Island WA, Buckley AFB Colorado, Fort Carson CO, Peterson AFB CO, USAF Academy CO, Altus AFB Oklahoma, Fort Sill OK, Tinker AFB OK, Vance AFB OK, Sheppard AFB Texas, Fort Sam Houston TX, Lackland AFB TX, Randolph AFB TX, Anchorage Alaska, and Eielson AFB AK. The period of performance will be for a base period of April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015, and will include four 1-year option periods that may extend performance through March 31, 2019. This request for quotation will be issued on or about Nov. 18, 2013 with a tentative closing date of Dec. 19, 2013. This acquisition is being issued as a 100 percent small business set-aside.More

Fats and bones removal and disposal service
Federal Business Opportunities
Fats & bones removal and disposal service at Shaw AFB SC, Wright Patterson AFB OH, Fort Myer VA, Little Creek NAB VA, Norfolk NB VA, Oceana NAS VA, Portsmouth NNSY VA, Quantico MCCDC VA, Tyndall AFB FL, Beale AFB CA, Columbus AFB MS, Gunter AFB AL, Maxwell AFB AL, Whiting Field NAS FL, Altus AFB OK, Kirtland AFB NM, Buckley AFB CO, Peterson AFB CO and Pensacola NAS FL. The Period of Performance will be for a base period of March 1, 2014 through Feb. 28, 2015 and will include four 1-year option periods that may extend performance through Feb. 28, 2019. This request for quote will be issued on or about Nov. 12, 2013, with a tentative closing date of Dec. 12, 2013 at 4 p.m. Eastern.More

Armored car service
Federal Business Opportunities
Armored car services for Fort Belvoir, Vance AFB, Andersen AFB, Orote NS, and Richards Gebaur Commissaries. The period of performance will be for a base period of Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2014, and will include four 1-year option periods that may extend performance through Dec. 31, 2018. This request for quotation will be issued on or about Oct. 31, 2013, with a tentative closing date of Dec. 2, 2013. This acquisition is being issued as unrestricted.More

Commissaries to start scanning IDs
Commissaries worldwide will soon start scanning all patron IDs and logging their household information when they go through checkout, commissary officials announced Oct. 31. "In addition to verifying customers as authorized commissary patrons, we'll gain information that will give us a better understanding of our patrons, allowing the agency to provide the commissary benefit more effectively and efficiently," said Joseph Jeu, director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency.More

Preventive maintenance and repair of MHE for Yokota Commissary, Japan
Federal Business Opportunities
The contractor shall provide all personnel, management equipment, tools, supervision, services, transportation, materials and any other items necessary to perform preventive maintenance and repair of Material Handling Equipment for Yokota Commissary, Japan in accordance with Performance-based Work Statement, manufacturer's specifications and the attached appendices, including preventive maintenance - quarterly services; load test - annual service; repair/replacement parts; on call or emergency services and additional work. More

Kroger could grow by building stores, not just buying them
Cincinnati Business Courier
Kroger Co. will look at growing by building its own stores just as much as buying them, CEO David Dillon told a group of investors and analysts on Wednesday at the company's investor conference. "We look at M&A (mergers and acquisitions) as one of the vehicles we can use to go into new markets and one of the vehicles that can add fill-in," said Dillon.More

Kraft removing artificial dyes from some mac and cheese
When SpongeBob SquarePants skips onto shelves in boxes of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese next year, he may be a little less, well, yellow than your children are used to. Kraft has revamped its character-shaped product line for 2014, according to company spokeswoman Lynne Galia. The new versions will have six additional grams of whole grains, be lower in sodium and saturated fat, and will use spices instead of artificial food dyes to recreate the pasta's famous yellow-orange color.More

Design stars
Grocery Headquarters
Grocers will say products are what help them stand apart from their competitors. Obviously, designers have a different take on this. Increasingly, they say it is not the products that make or break a retailer's appeal to consumers but rather the way the store looks, along with proprietary merchandising, advertising and in-store consumer experiences. With the help of designers, retailers are leaning on aspects such as local relevancy, community ties and partnerships with farmers and brands, not to mention using design themes and construction materials indigenous to an individual store's region.More

Can you tell me how to get to Vegetable Street?
Supermarket News
Usually marketing food products to children isn't exactly popular. With the CDC reporting the childhood obesity epidemic tripling over the last 30 years, no one wants to see children drinking more sugary drinks or eating more fast food. But, a new initiative plans to fight fire with fire. Or more accurately, fight the barrage of unhealthy food marketing with healthy food marketing.More

Kroger isn't afraid of online grocery shopping
The Wall Street Journal
Supermarket chain Kroger Co. isn't afraid of the big bad Web. Despite seeing other retailers take big hits from online competitors — remember Borders and Best Buy? — Kroger's Chief Executive Dave Dillon is sticking with his theory that Americans won't start buying most of their groceries online.More

New checkstand belt cover delivers marketing and cleanliness
Progressive Grocer
A new innovation from Compass Marketing, Inc. and Handstand Innovations, LLC turns grocery checkstand conveyor belts into cost-effective in-store billboards for consumer product advertisers, while at the same time enhancing cleanliness in an area in which virtually all shoppers hands make contact.More

10 tips to improve exhibitor retention for your association's trade show
By Jessica A. Bartram
Is your association losing trade show exhibitors due to a lack of ROI? Maybe you are hearing complaints from trade show exhibitors about too little traffic, not enough qualified leads, too much commotion, and the list goes on.More

RIFs pose tough HR challenge
Federal Times
Severe budget cuts could force agencies to resort to the first large-scale layoffs since the 1990s. And that has many experts wondering if federal human resources staffs have the expertise to manage a major reduction-in-force.More

5 officials left VA in wake of conference fallout
Federal Times
Five Veterans Affairs Department officials involved in two costly 2011 conferences have resigned or retired since the VA inspector general faulted their roles in planning, managing and overseeing the training events in Orlando, Fla.More

Wal-Mart promoting 25,000 employees
USA Today
Wal-Mart is promoting 25,000 employees in the fourth quarter as it wraps up a year-long campaign highlighting opportunities for career development and financial stability at the company.More

Wal-Mart US: We felt government shutdown
The 16-day government shutdown was a drag on Wal-Mart sales, particularly around military bases and areas with high concentrations of federal workers, said Bill Simon, president and CEO of the retail giant's U.S. operations.More

Big Lots to shut down its wholesale business
Chain Store Age
Big Lots will close down its wholesale operations — Big Lots Wholesale, Consolidated International and Wisconsin Toy — by the end of its current fiscal year as it concentrates its focus on its retail stores. More

Analysis: Moms with young children more digitally engaged
Chain Store Age
Moms with young children, under the age of five, are often more active on social media, more likely to shop using mobile devices and more open to engage with brands across digital touchpoints than other segments of moms and consumers at large.More

Wal-Mart kicks off online holiday deals early
Chain Store Age
Wal-Mart recently kicked off its online holiday deals, a month earlier than usual, and announced that it is offering free shipping on about 99 percent of its online items this year for orders over $50. (Last year, only about 15 percent of its assortment qualified for free shipping). More

Wal-Mart boosts Made in U.S.A. initiative
Women's Wear Daily
Bill Simon, Wal-Mart's U.S. president and chief executive officer, recently revealed at an investment summit that three of its suppliers have committed to moving production back to the U.S., or expanding existing capacity, as part of the retail giant’s longer-term commitment to buy $50 billion worth of American-made products over the next 10 years.More

Macy's says social media strategy begins with good content
Social paid advertising and real-time marketing are changing the way retailers strategize their campaigns. Jennifer Kasper, group vice president of digital, new media and multicultural marketing at Macy's, discusses how they approach social media, as well as the key role Pinterest will play in its 2014 efforts. More

A look at women and their relationship with mobile phones
According to a new study from Time Inc. and Nuance Digital Marketing, 60 percent of women name their mobiles as the most important devices in their lives. Not only is their smartphone the first thing she looks at in the morning, it consumes their free time throughout the day, when they use it for engaging with social media, texting and shopping. More

Sears Appliance & Hardware debuts smaller store format
Chain Store Age
Sears Appliance & Hardware has debuted a smaller, neighborhood model format that will become a company standard for all new locations going forward. The new store, in Dallas, is also the first brand new Sears Appliance & Hardware store to open in the past ten years.More

OfficeMax opens most stores Thanksgiving night
Chain Store Age
Count OfficeMax as the latest in a growing list of retailers opening its doors at 8 p.m. local time Thanksgiving night (as permitted by law). Online Black Friday discounts at start at 12:01 a.m. EST Thanksgiving morning. More

Toys 'R' Us enhances holiday loyalty program with 3 new incentives
Chain Store Age
Toys "R" Us is expanding its point-based Rewards "R" Us loyalty program as it gears up for one of the most competitive holiday seasons in years. The added incentives include a first-ever, private pre-Black Friday incentive.More

Survey: 9-in-10 consumers plan holiday shopping in stores
Chain Store Age
Almost 9-in-10 (88 percent) consumers will shop in stores this holiday season, compared to 75 percent who will shop online and 16 percent who will shop via mobile device. A new Harris Interactive survey co-sponsored by Aerohive Networks and Euclid also shows that physical retailers still need to address consumer concerns regarding in-store holiday shopping.More

Bloomingdale's names Tony Spring new CEO
Bloomberg Businessweek
Bloomingdale's, Macy's upscale sister, recently announced that Chairman and CEO Michael Gould will be leaving after 22 years at the helm. Gould, 70, will be succeeded by Tony Spring, 48, currently Bloomingdale's president and chief operating officer. The change is effective Feb. 1.More

The Container Store looks set for a hot IPO debut
Investor appetite looks ravenous for The Container Store Inc. The storage and organization system retailer recently raised the expected initial public offering price range to $17 to $18 a share from an estimated range of $14 to $16 a share last week.More

Bigger stores could hurt retailers' profits this holiday
Although holiday sales are expected to post modest gains this season, the same may not hold true for retailers' bottom lines. Higher store counts and larger shops, as well as an increase in orders when the sector showed signs of recovery back in the spring, could hurt many retailers' margins as they slash prices to move product. More

Retailers brace for reduction in food stamps
The Wall Street Journal
Retailers and grocers are bracing for another drain on consumer spending when a temporary boost in food-stamp benefits expires Friday. The change will leave 48 million Americans with an estimated $11 billion less to spend over the next three years and comes just months after the expiration of a payroll tax cut knocked 2 percent off consumers' monthly paychecks.More

Lululemon hires product chief from Kmart
The Wall Street Journal
Lululemon Athletica Inc. has picked a senior Sears Holdings Corp. executive as its top merchant, looking to move beyond an embarrassing glitch that left its best-selling yoga pants too see-through earlier this year.More

Best Buy tries to co-opt 'showrooming' this holiday season
Advertising Age
For Best Buy, this holiday season will be all about showrooming. The practice — where consumers visit a store to check out an item in person and then buy it online from another retailer, often at a lower price — has become a major concern for bricks-and-mortar retailers. More

Department store sales fall in September
Women's Wear Daily
Consumers pulled back on spending at department and specialty stores in September, while discounters picked up more business, the monthly retail sales report released by the Commerce Department showed.More

For once-mighty Sears, pictures of decay
The New York Times
When Brian Sozzi, the chief executive of Belus Capital Advisors, visited Sears locations in New York and New Jersey this month, he said, he found barren shelves, haphazard displays and badly stained carpets. Also missing: customers.More

WWD CEO Summit: Myron 'Mike' Ullman 3rd gives Penney's progress report
Women's Wear Daily
When Myron "Mike" Ullman 3rd rejoined J.C. Penney Co. Inc. as chief executive officer last April, he quickly drew up a laundry list of 30 things that needed fixing. "Two-thirds of those things have been fixed," Ullman said, giving a progress report on Penney's turnaround after 200 days on the job. More

WaWa, various locations in Florida
Chain Store Age
East Coast-based convenience store operator WaWa is expanding through the state of Florida with a new prototype designed to reflect the language and style associated with Floridian vernacular architecture. More

Goodbye paper menus? Restaurants test the water for tablets
When you sit down at Chef José Andrés' tapas restaurant in Washington, D.C., and ask to see the beverage options, you're in for a surprise. Instead of a traditional leather-bound menu, you are handed an iPad. An app guides you to search for wine by grape variety and climate zone. Selecting a bottle, you get details about the vintage and its producers, tasting notes written by the restaurant's wine team, pictures of the bottle or label, and food pairing suggestions.More

Kmart to roll out lease-to-own program later this month
Drug Store News
Mass merchandiser Kmart is planning to roll out lease-to-own financing at stores around the country this holiday season, the Sears Holdings-owned chain recently said. The retailer began testing the program in mid-October and plans to make it available in all stores by Nov. 22. Customers will be able to take home items priced at $150 and more for no credit, including appliances, mattresses, furniture, lawn and garden equipment, consumer electronics, service plans and others.More

Give back with retailers this holiday season
This Is Retail
This holiday season the retail industry will give back in big ways to the communities around them. The following are nine ways you can work together with your favorite retailers to bring the holiday spirit to those in need.More

FDA chief says menu labeling regulations coming soon
Convenience Store News
Although new regulations regarding required menu labeling and calorie information are expected to be released soon, writing the rules was more complicated than expected, according to a report by The Hill. While the law requires the FDA to mandate calorie labels at restaurants, vending machines and "similar retail food establishments," determining which establishments count as similar is the most complicated step, according to the report.More

Annual holiday luncheon

Greetings all,

The Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter of the American Logistics Association will be hosting its annual holiday luncheon and auction on Friday, Dec, 13, 2013. The luncheon will be held at the Las Colinas Country Club from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. We are excited to announce that Mr. Tom Shull, Director/CEO of AAFES and Ana Middleton, AAFES Senior VP will be our guest speakers this year.

Click here for more info and to register!

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the attached registration form by Friday, Dec. 6, and return to Julie Fox by email or mail.

We look forward to seeing you there! More

Swarthmore Marine to receive hero's award
The Philadelphia Inquirer
In his gun turret, Marine Cpl. Jason Simms was chatting over a radio with the driver of their light armored vehicle in Fallujah in 2004 when their lives changed forever.More

Exchange keeping 'Thanks' in Thanksgiving
Edwards Air Force Base
With a quarter of its work force comprised of military family members, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a true example of family serving family. As such, the focus on Thanksgiving Day will be on family and shopping will have to wait until Friday. Customers will not have to wait long to start their holiday shopping as Exchange doors open at 4 a.m. in the United States the day after Thanksgiving. Stores in the Pacific region will open at 7 a.m. while European Exchanges will welcome shoppers at 8 a.m. More

AAFES to open doors early for Thanksgiving
Army and Air Force Exchange customers will not have to wait long to start their holiday shopping as Exchange doors open at 4 a.m. in the United States the day after Thanksgiving. Stores in the Pacific region will open at 7 a.m. while European Exchanges will welcome shoppers at 8 a.m.More

AAFES Homeward Bound contest
In the Army & Air Force Exchange Service's latest contest, a picture and 50 words could be worth $10,000. From Nov. 1-Dec. 31, authorized shoppers can enter the "Homeward Bound" contest by submitting a picture or video of a military welcome home experience, along with a 50-word or less description, for a shot at the $10,000 Exchange gift card grand prize. The "Homeward Bound" contest is open to all authorized Exchange shoppers 18 years or older.More

Sam Adams Pub opens at Fort Bliss' Centennial Club
El Paso Times
The new pub, which will specialize in the Sam Adams line of craft beers, recently opened in a renovated part of the Centennial Club, 11199 Sergeant Major Blvd. Planned for three years, the pub is meant to provide some casual dining options and enhance the quality of life on East Fort Bliss, said Tianna Bowden, food and beverage program manager for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, which will run the facility.More

Conference aims to improve Army's quality of life
The Fort Campbell Courier
The Army Family Action Plan, created in 1983, is meant to improve the Army's overall quality of life. This is why Fort Campbell makes it a priority to gather Soldiers, Family members, Department of Defense employees and other Army community members together each year for an AFAP Conference, explained one of this year's organizers Teresa Moore.More

Know federal regulations before fundraising on post
Fort Meade SoundOff
You have a bunch of books, popcorn, cookies or Tupperware loaded onto a wagon and you are ready to pound the pavement looking for a sale. Or maybe you belong to an organization that raises money for charity and you found the perfect spot outside the Exchange to put up a tent. Either way, if you are hoping to fundraise on Fort Meade, there are some Army and federal regulations you need to keep in mind before you set up your stand or tie your laces. While they may at first seem burdensome, they are designed to ensure safety and fairness.More

Food truck provides options on base
Stars and Stripes
Three airmen, a Coast Guardsman, three construction workers and the leader of a base groundwater cleanup program all walk up to the window of a food truck. This isn't the lead-in to a joke. It's the latest phenomenon at Joint Base Cape Cod. FoodRunner opened 14 weeks ago inside the gates of the Upper Cape military base through a one-year pilot agreement with the Massachusetts National Guard.More