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Memorial Day: The surrender of soldiers to the nation:
We celebrate Memorial Day this coming Monday, so with all of the stress we are under from the challenges and uncertainty before us, I truly want everyone to enjoy this long weekend with family and friends. While you are enjoying the weekend I would ask that you take a some time to think about the significance of Memorial Day and consider the following thoughts.
Memorial Day remembers the deaths of those serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Few people will challenge the significance of a soldier's ultimate sacrifice. All men die, but for the sake of a higher cause the fallen soldier's life is stripped away. Therefore it seems most people, and rightly so, consider fallen combatants worth honoring because of the untimely nature and violent condition of their deaths.
This kind of sacrifice is noble and praiseworthy, but it doesn't completely capture the honor attributed to our fallen comrades. We see people in other professions give their lives in similar ways. We see this in firefighters and law enforcement, and we often see citizens give their lives in response to the duress of others. But there is something even more honorable in the death of a service member defending his country something unique to combatants alone.
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ALA member companies reach out to disaster victims with a helping hand. This is a small sample of what is taking place ...
Tyson Foods is providing disaster relief support in Oklahoma in the aftermath of Monday's devastating tornado. The company's Meals that Matter™ disaster relief trailer and cooking teams from several Tyson plant locations arrived in Moore on Tuesday to begin providing meals to victims and relief workers. Depending upon the need, the trailer and cooking teams could be on site two to three weeks.
General Mills initially provided 3,500 cases of Breakfast Drinks. Once received at Tinker Air Force Base General Mills will transport the items to the relief effort area.
A Highplains Marketing represented company, Otis McAllister, donated a truckload of Crystal Geyser 24 pack water.
A Highplains Marketing represented company, Pilgrims has sent a cooker, crew and 20,000 lbs. of leg quarters. Crews will rotate every two days and keep rolling until chicken is gone.
WEBCO General Partnership is providing 1,000 cases of Ocean Spray juice.
Nestle, an ALA member company: Nestlé Waters North America has sent donations of Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water to assist relief efforts following the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. In coordination with the nonprofit relief agency AmeriCares, trucks containing more than 72,500 half liter bottles of water have been dispatched to food banks in the region to support displaced people and first responders. We will continue to post updates as the situation evolves.
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MDV Nash Finch, an ALA member company, recaps you on the efforts that have been made for OKC Relief effort:
All MDV locations will be raising money on Thursday through employee donations and that money will be matched by the Nash Finch Company.
A Bisek & Company DeCA vendor, Western Wood, shipped 6 pallets of Western Wood for BBQ relief.
A Bisek & Company DeCA vendor, My Family Season's, is donating to the Tornado Relief thru the Red Cross on Behalf of DeCA.
Tinker community recovers from massive tornado
- We sent a note to all of our industry partners informing them of the need for supplies, this was in addition to the note sent out by the ALA requesting donations.
- Many vendors have replied that they are working with the base at Tinker in response and are working with our buyers to insure we have those products in house and replenishment orders on the way, we have also directly gotten donations from:
- Otis McAllister donated an entire truck of water (1560 cases), our DC director has already sent directly to relief organizations in the area
- Acosta has clients that are donating energy bars and snacks
- CONSUP NA has donated Gerolsteiner Water
- Nash Finch Family Brands (MDV's parent company) are donating snacks, granola bars, etc. to the relief effort
- MDV has donated $1000 worth of snacks including energy bars, granola bars and fruit snacks
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Air Force Times, Jeff Schogol
Airmen and civilians at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., were assessing damage to their own homes and
standing by to help with recovery efforts in nearby Moore, the hardest hit of the communities devastated by a
massive tornado that recently swept through the area.
National Guard members use thermal imaging to search for tornado survivors
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KWTV-TV, Jennifer Loren
The search for survivors in Moore continued after dark, and while things slowed down significantly on May 21, Monday night many people were recovered after the sun went down.
Fallin calls out soldiers, says rescues continuing
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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin deployed 80 Oklahoma National Guard members to assist with search and rescue operations in the hardest hit areas of Moore. Fallin said Monday the troops will also help establish a perimeter around some of the most devastated areas in the Oklahoma City suburb. Moore suffered a direct hit from a major tornado.
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DoD's request for 1 percent military pay raise, Tricare fee hikes rejected by House panel
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Army Times, Rick Maze
A key House panel rejected the idea that budget cuts must mean pain for service members, retirees and their families. Recently, the House Armed Services subcommittee on personnel approved legislation that rejects the 1 percent capped pay raise proposed by the Obama administration and again rejected efforts to increase Tricare fees for military retirees and their families.
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Pentagon seeks $9.6 billion shift to priority projects
The Pentagon is asking Congress to approve a plan shifting about $9.6 billion in this year's defense budget to priority projects, mostly to pay for greater-than-expected Afghanistan war and transportation costs. The largest single request is to move $1.3 billion into Army operations and maintenance "to support funding shortfalls for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan operations," according to budget documents recently sent to Congress.
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DoD examines 3 budget-cut scenarios
Senior U.S. Defense Department officials are expected to present three budget-cutting scenarios to the defense secretary when they wrap up a wide-ranging review of military strategy at the end of this month, according to sources.
PCS extended: Army lengthens tours to 4 years
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Wittman-led panel taking stand against BRAC
Newport Daily Press
Rep. Rob Wittman was against another round of military base closures before the Obama administration formally requested one. Now the House panel he chairs is poised to endorse that view.
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June 18, 2013: ALA Congressional Caucus, Washington, D.C.
2013 Hawaii Food Show, originally scheduled for Aug. 20 and 21, 2013, has been changed to Oct. 15–17, 2013, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.
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The real disruptor for traditional grocery
One of the most talked-about factoids presented at Food Marketing Institute's Future Connect conference a few weeks ago was a projection that bricks-and-mortar grocery operators would lose 11 percent of their sales to online purveyors in 10 years' time. That statistic, part of FMI's 2013 Trends report on the future of food retailing, was debated by some in the industry who feel traditional operators are not about to let that happen.
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Food retailers mark better biz landscape
Sixty percent of food retailers experienced higher customer counts and 46 percent saw stronger transaction sizes in fiscal 2012 versus the prior year, a new Food Marketing Institute financial and business review survey has found. For 2013, food retailers remain upbeat, with 58 percent expecting business conditions to get better and 64 percent anticipating that the average shopping basket will continue to grow.
Study: Potatoes and beans most cost-effective vegetables for school lunches
The best intentions of the school lunch lady go unappreciated as students scrap entrees into the trash and toss away perfectly good vegetables and cups of canned fruit, some eschewing the meal entirely for a brown bag from home. Some school districts are struggling to balance nutritional imperatives with the economics of food choice behavior — trying to get students to purchase meals higher in vitamins and minerals that are not necessarily dense in energy.
Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach
The New York Times
Most people know the age-old diet advice about grocery shopping when you are hungry: You are more likely to buy fattening, unhealthy foods. So avoid it. But the weight loss maxims found in diet books do not always hold up in the real world. So two researchers at Cornell University recently devised an experiment that put this notion to the test.
Slow US economy hits Wal-Mart profit
Bloomberg via Business Report
Wal-Mart Stores forecast second-quarter profit that was less than analysts estimated as its shoppers struggle amid the slow U.S. economy and higher taxes. Chief Executive Mike Duke has cut prices on groceries and other necessities as the chain's lower-income shoppers deal with elevated unemployment and higher Social Security taxes.
Moore, Oklahoma tornado support links
If you are interested in making a donation, a number of organizations have already put boots on the ground to help in the recovery effort:
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- Text FOOD to 32333 to donate $10 in storm relief
- Accepting gloves, masks, toiletries, clothes & blankets (and other items) via mail to 7401 N. Kelley Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73111
- Text RED CROSS to 90999 to donate $10
- To donate via phone, call 1-800-RED-CROS (1-800-733-2767). Please make sure to donate to "Disaster Relief."
- To donate online, visit www.RedCross.org. Please make sure to donate to "Disaster Relief."
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Today, our area is also facing potentially serious storms. I will keep you updated as more information comes in. Please stay safe and keep Oklahoma in your thoughts and prayers today.
Bangladesh safety accord criticized by US retail federation no compromise looks to be in sight
Ahead of a midnight deadline to sign up for an accord that would legally bind signatory companies to help shoulder the costs of factory repair and renovation in Bangladesh, U.S. retailers defended their decision to reject the accord, which has resulted in a glaring absence of U.S. companies endorsing it.
More brands want you to model their clothes
The Wall Street Journal
Thousands of young women and men are becoming real-world models for retailers, from Coach to Lululemon, when brands upload their photos from social media. Retailers troll the Web for pictures of their products, which are usually tagged with the name of the company. The brands' embrace of real-people photos feeds the needs of young consumers for connection, as well as retailers' need to engage them.
Goldman Sachs' DIY outlook hinges on housing recovery
CNBC via Consumer Nation
Rising home prices stand to benefit home-improvement retailers, especially Lowe's, although investors may have to wait until second-quarter results are out before they see meaningful acceleration, Goldman Sachs said in a new research report. For now, first-quarter strength will likely be shrouded by unfavorable weather comparisons after a much colder-than-normal period following a more-mild-than-usual first quarter of 2012.
How the housing industry affects retail sales and the economic recovery
Retail's BIG Blog
It's been an interesting spring already. Slow March retail sales gave way to improved April retail sales, no thanks to the weather. Weather aside, consumers once again showed their resiliency last month. As we move forward into late spring and early summer, many experts will take a close look at other essential economic indicators as they relate to the strength of the consumer.
Enhancing supply chain visibility through RFID
National Retail Federation
Today's omnichannel consumers are driving new supply chain models. Retailers must keep up with the consumer's desire to have immediate access to merchandise through a multiple of buying channels. EPC–enabled RFID plays a critical role in a retailer's visibility within their supply chain by providing improved inventory accuracy allowing for quicker speed-to-market to satisfy the increasing consumer demand.
Restaurants slam bid to fortify drunk-driving rules
The Wall Street Journal
Restaurant groups recently criticized a recommendation that states adopt a stricter threshold for legal blood-alcohol levels in automobile drivers, arguing that such a move would hurt the industry without significantly improving safety.
2 more deals in Wal-Mart's dotcom acquisition spree
The Wall Street Journal
Wal-Mart has been on a pretty visible technology push this year, and that has recently continued with the retailer announcing it has acquired two Silicon Valley tech startups. The deals are the latest in a string of more than a dozen small investments to boost its e-commerce operations.
Retail import growth to slow this summer, trade group says
Los Angeles Times
Growth of import volume at the country's seaports is expected to slow to a standstill by the end of the summer, according to a national retail group's Global Port Tracker report. Import volume for May is expected to grow 3.3 percent over the same month last year, but continued growth seems unlikely, according to the National Retail Federation.
US 2 percenters trade down with post-recession angst
While good times keep rolling for the super-wealthy, many Americans at the bottom end of the privileged group with incomes of $250,000 or more are thinking twice. These "two-percenters," unnerved by the most recent recession, are trading down to less-expensive offerings from Coach Inc. and Ralph Lauren Corp. rather than pricier goods from Prada SpA and Giorgio Armani SpA. Even with the stock and real estate markets rebounding, they're not draining their wealth again, and the shift may prove challenging for the highest-priced brands that can no longer lean on credit card-fueled aspirational customers.
The hot new online retail strategy: Pushing more in-store purchases
You'd think that when retailers enhance their online shopping options, the goal would be increased online sales. Not so with Target, Gap and Rite Aid — which are adding new online tools with the hopes of boosting in-store sales.
Americans plan to reward 2013 graduates with cash
Retail's BIG Blog
Graduation season is upon us, and high school and college seniors across the country are looking forward to their next journey in life. As graduates scramble to set their summer plans, whether it's an internship in the big city or vacationing with friends, there's one thing the rest of us are preparing for purchasing graduation gifts.
Retail sales rebound in April increase 0.6 percent
National Retail Federation
Strengthening employment data, increasing housing prices and a record-breaking stock market provided consumers the confidence they needed to shop in April. According to the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade association, April retail sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) increased 0.6 percent seasonally adjusted from last month and increased 3.9 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
Gen Y's favorites: J.C. Penney, Target, Wal-Mart, Kohl's
For all of Gen Y's ballyhooed love of techno-shopping, it turns out that retailers have little to fear detailed research from the Urban Land Institute reveals that Millennials are crazy about shopping in real live stores. Even more surprising are some of the brands they love best, including J.C. Penney, Target, Wal-Mart and Kohl's for trendy clothing, and Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart for groceries.
Wal-Mart, Sears and Kmart find on-site pinspiration
Business 2 Community
Considering Pinterest's phenomenal rise to the top of the social tier, visual emulations were inevitable. Many have witnessed countless variations of the image-focused, block design trending across the Web. Yet not many have taken this Pinterest inspiration as far as Wal-Mart, Sears and Kmart. The following delves deeper into how they recreated this successful, visual shopping experience in very different ways on their own sites.
Harnessing the power: How retailers collect, use purchase-related data
National Retail Federation
Data about your buyers is extremely valuable. It can be used for targeted re-marketing that drives repeat purchases and engaged, loyal customers. When it comes to collecting and using data related to purchases on your site, how do you compare?
Target begins testing video streaming service
Target Corp. has begun testing a video streaming service that has Netflix-like attributes. The retailer has first rolled the service out to employees, who can access it at www.targetticket.com/home/beta. Once there they must put their employee ID in to access the videos.
Retail outlet centers see strong results
Women's Wear Daily
It's not just shoppers who are seeking outlet center deals. While development in the full-price shopping center sector has ground to a halt, projects continue to pile up in the outlet sector. (Subscription required.)
NRF details concerns over Bangladesh accord
Women's Wear Daily
North American retailers are standing firm in their resistance to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, even as pressure from investment groups for participation mounted. (Subscription required.)
Turning energy into a profit center at your store
By Jay Fiske
Did you know that if you cut utilities by just $200 a month, you'll have an additional $2,400 annually in pure profit? If you operate on an 8 percent margin, you'd have to bring in $12,000 in additional revenue to reap that $2,400 profit. Here are some free or inexpensive strategies that can easily generate that $200 monthly savings or more. All of these tips can help you significantly reduce your energy usage, but it does take a concerted and continued effort.
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Does living near fast food restaurants increase your risk of obesity?
The Atlantic Cities
Just as there are "food deserts" in American cities with a shortage of full-service grocery stores, many neighborhoods suffer from a parallel (if related) problem: an oversupply of fast food. In these places, drive-throughs, burger joints and fried-fish chains cluster shoulder-to-shoulder on busy thoroughfares. So what happens if you live near one of these fast-food meccas? In many ways, where you live is a significant determinant of your health, influencing whether you have opportunities for exercise, or sources of healthy food, or access to health care. It makes sense to wonder: Would all of that fried food (and the allure of a fast and affordable dinner at the end of a hectic day) eventually come to impact your health, too?
Stick with Pinterest
The up-and-coming social network is driving more traffic to retail websites, and those shoppers buy more than most, says digital marketing firm Monetate. The firm's first quarter e-commerce study also highlights another source of valuable online customers: military personnel.
Memorial Day gas prices: After wild ride, about where we were last year
Memorial Day weekend, known not only as a time for hitting the road but also the kickoff to the summer road trip season, has always been regarded as a key moment for gas prices. This year, the national average for a gallon of regular is almost exactly the same as it was for Memorial Day 2012. And yet, for the past two years, the periods leading up to Memorial Day couldn’t be more different.
Major retailers opt out of proposed swipe fee settlement
Convenience Store News
Nineteen retailers, including 7-Eleven Inc. and Alon Brands Inc., opted out of a proposed class-action settlement with Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., one week before a court-imposed deadline to do so. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Costco Wholesale Corp., Starbucks Corp., Gap Inc., Lowe's Cos. and Nike Inc. are among the other companies to opt out of the settlement, which would have delivered more than $6 billion to as many as eight million retailers that accept Visa and MasterCard. The proposed settlement also called for the two credit card purveyors to temporality lower swipe fees known as interchange rates by as much as $1.2 billion.
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Save the dates:
June 18, 2013: 2013 Congressional Caucus & Public Policy Forum, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
Prior to the beginning of the governments new fiscal year we have congressional representatives addressing legislative and policy issues impacting the military resale and MWR/Services industry. The forum takes place on Capitol Hill to showcase the association's efforts to strengthen existing relationships and forge new partnerships with the Administration, Congress and Department of Defense.
June 24, 2013: NY Chapter Golf event at West Point - To benefit the Military Commander's Scholarship Fund.
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2013: 66th Annual Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.
Oct. 15-17, 2013: 2013 Hawaii Trade and Food Show, Hawaii Prince Hotel Honolulu, Hawaii
Dec. 5, 2013: ALA NY Chapter Annual Holiday Luncheon, New York City.
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Privatization of Army lodging begins at Meade
Stars and Stripes
Since 2009, the Army has been phasing control of lodging from the military to the InterContinental Hotels Group. But recently, IHG has taken ownership of lodging at Fort Meade. The company, which now operates several facilities on post, will soon begin construction on a Candlewood Suites to replace the current lodging.
Community briefs: May 17
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Fitness festivals, CPR classes, block parties and more. Read on for information on upcoming events.
Highlighting past, present military
Joint Base Lewis-McChord will open its gates May 18 for this year's Armed Forces Day at Cowan and Memorial stadiums. The day-long event featured historical and modern hands-on military displays, war reenactments, carnival rides and other live entertainment. Kate Laverents, special events director for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, said Armed Forces Day is a way to highlight the military. "It’s the closest thing the military has to an open house," said Laverents. Armed Forces Day provides an opportunity for civilians to travel on to the base and get a taste of what the military has to offer.
Senior executive bonuses targeted
Senior executives would not be eligible to receive bonuses during sequestration under a new bipartisan bill. The Senate legislation, sponsored by a Democrat, would prohibit agencies from doling out performance awards to members of the Senior Executive Service while the sequester is in effect.
7 tips for taming your calendar
As the inflow becomes heavier and the expectations become higher, taming the calendar beast is a common challenge for leaders. The following are seven of the best ideas from leaders who are figuring out how to leverage their time to get important stuff done.
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