ALA Executive Briefing
Nov. 25, 2011

Obama threatens veto of defense authorization bill
Government Executive
The Obama administration threatened on Nov. 17, to veto a major defense authorization bill because of language mandating that terror suspects be put under military custody, a sharp escalation of its battle with Congress over the future course of the war on terror. More

Survey: Shoppers want value, service
Supermarket News
Between August and October, shoppers spent the same or more money on groceries as they did in the three months previous, but those shoppers are becoming more demanding of retailers, according to a survey by Coinstar.More

Report: Sodium nitrite essential, safe in processed meat
The Meat Site
A new American Meat Science Association white paper examining sodium nitrite in processed meats concludes nitrite is essential to ensuring product safety and cured meats contribute a very small part of human nitrite intake; the paper also asserts emerging science has identified health benefits of nitrite.More

Fresh & Easy expands its line of holiday products
Progressive Grocer
In preparation for the holiday season, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market introduced an expanded range of fresh&easy-brand holiday products with nearly 100 new items that hit stores Nov. 19. "We heard from customers that they wanted more festive and exclusive fresh&easy products this holiday season," said John Burry, Fresh & Easy chief customer officer. "So we set out to expand our range of unique and affordable holiday-inspired fresh&easy products to offer our customers great meal and gifting options, without compromising on taste or quality."More

Your grocery bill is getting higher, and higher
Paula McGowan has cut out soda, switched to store brands for other foods and even sent her boyfriend hunting for deer so she can put food on the table. Still, she finds herself struggling with higher food prices. "It's milk, bread, just the basic stuff," she said. "We're looking at basics and it's all going up." After two years in which overall food prices barely budged, groceries are getting more expensive.More

New juice raises vegetable intake, lowers calorie consumption
Food Ingredients First
In response to the growing U.S. diet and obesity crisis, the FaVe Juice Company recently launched a new blend of fruit and vegetable juice that offers a previously unattained level of vegetable servings in the U.S. marketplace.More

Fashion's next frontier for social media
Women's Wear Daily
The fashion industry is quickly learning that men and women engage and shop differently in the digital sphere. Brands and retailers such as Coach, Mr Porter, Gilt Man, Ben Minkoff, John Varvatos and Ermenegildo Zegna have spent a lot of time studying the differences between the ways men and women approach fashion, tapping into their male audiences with a host of initiatives they feel will resonate best with their target consumer.More

The death of the impulse shopper
It's no secret that technology has changed in-store shopping behavior. Whether it be through mobile phones, barcode scanning, or price comparison shopping sites; consumers are more prepared than ever in the store aisle. More

14 million Americans will dine out for Thanksgiving
Food Product Design
Citing convenience as their primary motivator, more than 14 million Americans will eat their Thanksgiving meal at a restaurant this year, and another 16 million will turn to restaurants to supplement a meal at their own or someone else's home, according results of a new National Restaurant Association survey.More

Best Buy ups holiday spending, introduces 'game on, Santa' campaign
Advertising Age
Best Buy is shaking up its approach to the holidays with a streamlined creative message and increased spending, particularly in the digital space.More

NRF: 8 in 10 holiday shoppers plan to give gift cards
Gourmet Retailer
Gift cards are the most requested holiday item, and holiday shoppers are obliging. According to NRF's 2011 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions survey conducted by BIG research, 8 in 10 holiday shoppers plan to give gift cards this year.More

JCPenney introducing Foursquare, QR promos
MarketingDaily via MediaPost News
JCPenney is welcoming the holiday season with a handful of new digital initiatives, which it hopes will bolster sales both online and at its 1,100 stores. First, the Plano, Texas-based retailer says it will expand its popular Salvation Army Angel program, an online charitable effort. On Thanksgiving Day, every person who adopts a Salvation Army Angel at generates a $50 donation, up to $400,000. And every person who uses Foursquare to check in at a JCPenney store on Black Friday triggers a $25 donation, up to $100,000.More

Consumers shun 'diet' foods in favor of 'zero' and 'smart'
Relaxnews via Boston Globe
The term 'diet' on food labels has become increasingly unpopular during the years, with consumers drawn more toward products for the ingredients they contain, rather than the products they don't contain, according to a presentation at a virtual weight management conference.More

Wal-Mart to roll out healthy seal in 2012
Food Navigator
Wal-Mart will begin to roll out its new front-of-pack "healthy seal" on private label products beginning in spring 2012, FoodNavigator-USA has learned. More

AAFES hosts company grade officer's forum
Aerotech News
CMSgt. Jeffry D. Helm, senior enlisted leader to the commanding general, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, discusses AAFES Support at the AAFES Company Grade Officer Forum held recently at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif. Helm is the senior enlisted leader to the commanding general, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. More

Shaw AFB opens new exchange, launches housing project
Columbia Regional Business Report
Shaw Air Force Base recently marked completion of a $20 million shopping center and commencement of $270 million housing project. On Nov. 17, Shaw officials opened the new exchange, which will serve about 15,000 U.S. military service members, reservists, retirees and their families based at the Sumter installation. The shopping center, owned and operated by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, offers customers a range of services and products including a grocery store, pharmacy, barber shop and beauty shop. More

Getting hired after the military
When veterans leave the military they possess a wealth of valuable qualities and skills — discipline, leadership ability, strong work ethic — that should make them highly desirable to nonmilitary employers. But, despite their great potential to succeed in the civilian workforce, many veterans have trouble making the post-military career transition.More

Cribs for Air Force Services Child Development Center Program
Federal Business Opportunities
This is a request for information. Headquarters Air Force Services Agency (HQ AFSVA) is seeking sources and pricing for U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission industry standard cribs, fire evacuation cribs, crib mattresses and crib sheets for Air Force Child Development Centers worldwide. More

Support your military members: How you can show your support for our heroes
I get tons of email about how Americans can write to our servicemembers or otherwise show their support. Until 9/11, there were two primary programs which allowed the general public to send mail to "any servicemember:" the Military Postal Service's "Dear Any Servicemember" program, which operated year-round, and the annual "Operation Dear Abby" program which supported troops with letters and cards from home during the holiday season. Beginning in December 2007, Americans can now send holiday cards (between mid-November and mid-December) to deployed servicemembers and wounded warriors in military hospitals, through a special program administered by the American Red Cross, called "Holiday Mail for Heroes."More

Chase expands military banking benefits to all US veterans
Chase recently announced the expansion of its Military Banking checking program to include all U.S. military veterans, the bank's latest initiative to support military personnel with special benefits. "We are proud to extend our Military Banking benefits to all our nation's veterans," said Todd Maclin, CEO of Consumer & Business Banking and CEO of Commercial Banking at Chase.More

Adaptive sports training aims to impact wounded warriors, community members
U.S. Army
Instructors from the United States Olympic Committee's Paralympic Military Program led an adaptive sports clinic at the Kleber Gym and Fitness Center in Kaiserslautern, Germany Nov. 7-10, for Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe Soldiers, cadre and Army Morale Welfare and Recreation staff. The training clinic, which included wheelchair basketball, archery, seated volleyball and several strength and conditioning drills, was presented in a train-the-trainer design. This method not only introduced soldiers and leaders to adaptive sports techniques, it also taught them how to develop adaptive sports and fitness programs that can be incorporated into WTUs throughout Europe.More