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Convenience Store News, Melissa Kress
Stateside or internationally, military exchanges provide conveniences of home to U.S. Armed Forces members.
Today, there are more than 2 million men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, both civilian and military. They serve in cities and towns across the United States, as well as more than 100 countries spanning the globe. In all, there are five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines Corps and the Navy and each has its own mission. One thing they have in common, however, is serving those who serve.
An important aspect of serving their members is providing them access to the comforts and conveniences of home. To this end, the different branches operate retail "exchanges" whose store portfolios range from convenience stores to big-box outlets.
Each branch runs its c-stores under the umbrella of an exchange, which includes other retail outlets as well. There are approximately 636 c-stores in the military portfolio currently. The lineup includes Marine Marts, CGXpress stores, NEXCOM mini marts and AAFES Express locations.
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Industry awaits the results of the DeCA Branding Study:
Many of us recall the call we received from a consulting group brought on to develop a new DeCA "Brand" and the sometimes multiple interviews we went through to assist the research effort for this important effort. We now understand the report is complete and has been presented to DeCA. This week the ALA Board of Directors requested a briefing on the study results as well. It is the desire of the Board and the members companies of the ALA to fully participate in any evolving strategies and recommendations that are a result of this effort. Obviously a great deal of time, energy and expense was put forward in this effort and the sooner its recommendations can be shared and socialized the better the strategy moving forward can be crafted. At this point we have not received a response from DeCA leadership.
Military families keeping up with DOD proposal to shutter commissaries
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The Sun Herald via Stars and Stripes, Patrick Ochs
In late November, news spread that U.S. commissaries were among a number of items the Pentagon asked to be considered for cuts. Since then, both the Defense Commissary Agency and the department have been rather tight-lipped on the matter, emphasizing that all options are on the table and no decisions have been made.
US Budget Pact emerging but can it pass?
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Defense News, John T Bennett
U.S. House and Senate budget negotiators have agreed to key elements of a 2014 budget resolution, but it is far from clear they have enough votes to pass it. Defense and congressional sources seemed confident a budget conference committee would reach an accord soon. But as one day faded into the next, it became clear that striking even a "small" two-year spending deal that both parties could support would prove as difficult as every other attempt to fashion a spending and deficit measure since President Barack Obama took office and conservative tea party Republicans joined the House.
Budget deal in US would reduce automatic spending cuts
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Bloomberg, Heidi Przybyla
U.S. budget negotiators are nearing a deal to trim automatic spending cuts that might break a three-year cycle of failed fiscal talks in Washington. Reaching agreement is only the first step. Rounding up enough votes to pass in Congress will be the real challenge.
Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association
What the Budget Deal means for military resale
The Budget deal that was recently announced by the Chairmen of the House and Senate Budget committees provides some relief to the Department of Defense but DoD's budget problems are far from over. DoD asked for $527 billion for fiscal year 2014 (that began in October). The total sequester would have provided $475 billion about $52 billion short of what DoD said it needed. Now, the current budget deal would restore about $22 billion for fiscal year 2014, leaving DoD well short of what it requested by nearly $30 billion. The bill also would provide $9 billion to the DoD for the fiscal year that begins in October of 2014.
The good news is that the deal increases Defense funding but the bad news is that it locks the Defense funding into a far lower number than Defense had budgeted for and said that it needed. Because the deal only partially restores some of the cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act (sequester), we expect continued pressure on commissary and exchange appropriations. The Administration is building its 2015 budget that it will submit to the Congress in February. As part of this review, they are looking at all areas of the budget including cuts ranging from eliminating distributions funding or closure of stateside commissaries and reductions in the levels of funds used to exchange support such as overseas transportation and local base support for exchange support services.
The $22 billion in funding increases for fiscal year 2014 reduces but does not eliminate the likelihood of furloughs of civilian workers in 2014 as much of the $22 billion in new funding authority will be used for operating funds that pay civilian workers in DoD. While furloughs are a possibility, they are less likely with the added budget authority. The predictable funding stream provided by the budget deal means that DeCA will not experience store closures due to a Government shutdown notwithstanding the continued live option that DoD is considering regarding closing stores to save money.
Also, the Defense appropriations and authorizing committees had marked up the 2014 bills to a higher level The House needs to find $25 billion in savings and the Senate needs to find $32 billion to meet the funding targets set by the budget deal.
The budget deal being considered also uses cuts to military pensions to pay for part of the cost of the deal. This is troubling because it marks the willingness of the Congress and the Administration to raid compensation as a bill-payer in other areas.
Meanwhile, the fiscal year 2014 Defense authorization bill is moving through the process and the House and Senate are using a legislative maneuver to try and get this funding and policy bill done before they recess for the year. The appropriations committees will start to move now that they have their funding allocations from the overall budget deal.
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Budget agreement should lessen need for furloughs
The newly unveiled budget agreement should ease — but not eliminate — pressure on agencies to resort to unpaid furloughs and reductions-in-force over the next two years, former federal officials and other observers said.
Budget deal moves goalposts to 2016
A bipartisan budget accord recently reached by congressional negotiators — and not yet approved by the House or Senate — gives the Defense Department a big break from the sequester. The concern now for the defense sector is whether the Pentagon will seize the budget deal as an opportunity to shape a new debate on defense priorities.
Budget deal: Road to 218 votes in House appears rocky
Senior U.S. lawmakers' recent lukewarm reception of Washington's first bipartisan budget deal in years showed its path to final passage is riddled with political and ideological landmines.
Pentagon cuts eased by $22.3 billion under budget deal
The U.S. Defense Department would get $22.3 billion in relief from spending cuts this fiscal year under the budget deal reached by congressional negotiators, according to aides to lawmakers and Pentagon officials.
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New budget deal still leaves big DoD funding gap
Air Force Times
Capitol Hill's budget deal is good news for the Pentagon. But it is unlikely to eliminate the need to set in motion long-term money-saving measures such as reducing troop levels, delaying weapons programs and making controversial cuts to military pay and benefits.
Pension costs for new feds would increase under budget deal
New federal employees would pay more for their pensions under a two-year budget deal recently announced that would also avert the threat of a partial government shutdown next month and give agencies some relief from a new round of sequester-related budget cuts.
Funding bill won't affect new construction at Fort Bragg
Stars and Stripes
More than $202 million in new construction on Fort Bragg is unaffected a by defense funding bill compromise presented by House and Senate leaders. Overall, the proposed 2014 National Defense Authorization Act would provide $552.1 billion in funding for national defense and an additional $80.7 billion for the war in Afghanistan.
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March 5-7, 2014: 2014 Exchange Roundtable at Marriott Norfolk Waterside, Norfolk, Va. Registration is open.
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Notice of Intent to Award to Limited Sources: The Defense Commissary Agency intends to award contracts to limited sources for the distribution of products to various Guard/Reserve sites located in the U.S. These contracts will provide for the transportation of food manufacturers products stored at the Distribution Warehouses to the Guard/Reserve site locations and include rental of refrigerated and dry trailer storage units during the period of the sale and back haul of the food products to the hosting Commissary location.
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Furnish all supervision, personnel, equipment, and supplies necessary to perform shelf stocking, receiving/storage/holding area, RSHA custodial, and meat custodial operations for the Defense Commissary Agency, Quantico MCB Commissary, located in Quantico, Va., in accordance with the Government's Performance Work Statement. The solicitation includes a base period (May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015) and four one-year option periods. This acquisition is a 100 percent set-aside for Service- Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business concerns.
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Obesity battle: The role of supermarkets
According to the Food Marketing Institute, the American shopper visits its members' stores on average 1.6 times per week. Sixty-six percent of Americans are now obese or overweight as are 33 percent of children ages 6 to 16. There is no question that some retailers are making great strides in promoting health and wellness, but it may not be enough.
Front and center
Those who think the front end checkout area of the supermarket has all the excitement of a museum must not have gone grocery shopping lately. Retailers are moving away from ho-hum register lanes with a host of updated product offerings reflecting consumers' tastes and expectations.
Chocolate ranks high among holiday gift-givers
Among the top product categories for food gift-giving this holiday season, specialty food professionals rank chocolate (42 percent), baked goods (36 percent), alcoholic beverages (25 percent) and gluten-free fare (20 percent) as their favorites, according to a recent survey conducted by the Specialty Food Association. "Specialty food producers bring craft and care to the foods they create every day and are taking it up a notch for the holidays," said Denise Purcell, editor of Specialty Food Media.
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Sustainable food certification gets 'REAL'
Food service professionals across the country soon will be able to let customers know how nutritious and sustainably sourced their food is thanks to the United States Healthful Food Council. The goal is to develop a nationally recognized mark of excellence for the food industry increasing the sustainability of foods served while addressing the causes of obesity, diabetes and other diet-related diseases.
Business reviews now available on the ALA Business Resource
Nearly 7 out of 10 people read online reviews before making a purchase, and in the business-to-business world, reviews are even more important in the decision-making process. To help in your purchasing decisions, we are pleased to announce that we've now incorporated business reviews into our ALA Business Resource. Now you have the opportunity to share your experiences with a company's products or services with your fellow colleagues, or read what others have to say about a potential future vendor. Visit the ALA Business Resource to search for qualified product and service providers and write a review.
The Coalition in the news ...
The Coalition To Save Our Military Shopping Benefits was quoted in the UT San Diego article: www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/dec/03/commissary-closure-plan-a-bad-idea/ and in The Sun Herald,which was carried by Stars and Stripes: www.stripes.com/news/us/military-families-keeping-up-with-dod-proposal-to-shutter-commissaries-1.256675 and numerous other publications.
Coalition Valued Associates supported Call to Action:
The Coalition sent a Letter to the Editor in response to the Military Times survey this week:
- Attention Military Times Editors,
- Initially we were pleased to learn you are conducting a survey of your readers asking, "What would you do without military commissaries?"
- Although the majority of your questions are straightforward, one of your questions is extremely misleading. You ask participants if they would accept the closure of some commissaries. The choices were a consolidation with exchanges to preserve some savings, a promise not to diminish other benefits, keeping commissaries open at large or isolated installations, or some sort of voucher.
- You do not provide participants an opportunity to say "leave my commissaries alone, find saving elsewhere." This is disingenuous and skews the results of your survey. Surveys should not have a particular bias but this question leads us to believe yours does.
- If given a real opportunity to express their concerns, we believe military families will tell you that commissaries are one of their most valuable earned benefits and they should be protected not consistently undermined. Unfortunately, your survey does not provide this venue. Military families wishing to express their concerns will need to do so on their own, which many of them have already done.
- We have asked our members to reach out to President Obama, who said it best at Camp Pendleton this past August when commissaries were closed due to government furloughs, he said:
- " ... the commissary your families rely on closed a day a week. We can do better than that. That's not how a great nation should be treating its military and military families."
We couldn't agree more.
Spokesperson for The Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits
Serving those who serve
Convenience Store News
Today, there are more than 2 million men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, both civilian and military. They serve in cities and towns across the United States, as well as more than 100 countries spanning the globe. In all, there are five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and each has its own mission. One thing they have in common, however, is serving those who serve. An important aspect of serving their members is providing them access to the comforts and conveniences of home. To this end, the different branches operate retail "exchanges" whose store portfolios range from convenience stores to big-box outlets.
Dollar General grocery poised to challenge Wal-Mart
The Tampa Tribune
The prices on strawberries are great, same with milk. And though the bananas may be on the ripe side for some people's taste, they're cheaper than Publix by a significant margin. Is this a new Wal-Mart store? Nope. A new Dollar General "Market" grocery store. The dollar store brand that helped start the market sector of dollar stores in the first place has recently built a new prototype, full-sized grocery store.
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Back to the future with holiday retail stats part II: Black Friday, Cyber Monday
Retail's BIG Blog
Have you ever heard the phrase, "Once you get back to the future, you never go back?" Me, either. Why wouldn't you go back in time if you could? So let's hop back into our Retail Time Machine – also known as the Retail Insight Center – and see what we can find in the Black Fridays and Cyber Mondays of the past, then come back to see how things looked in 2013.
Retailers turn store clerks into Web shippers
The Wall Street Journal
The success of the holiday shopping season — the difference between winners and losers — usually hinges on factors like the economy, fashion, color, price, or a blockbuster new items like tablet computers or videogame consoles. Increasingly, though, another factor is coming into play: Shipping. Package delivery is becoming a competitive weapon in the holiday retail season.
To expand reach, retailers take aim at Hispanic shoppers
The New York Times
A few words used repeatedly start to sound like a chorus when Macy's talks about unveiling its new line of clothing and accessories with Thalía Sodi, a Mexican pop star: Curves. Prints. Color. And the one perhaps used most, which signals this venture's true value, is "Latina." With the collection, the company joins media companies, political parties and other major retailers like Kmart, all of which have been showering attention on the country's fast-growing Hispanic population.
American Eagle to open about 40 international stores in 2014
The Wall Street Journal
American Eagle Outfitters Inc. recently said it will open about 40 new stores overseas next year after inking three multi-store agreements to expand in developing markets. The teen-clothing retailer said it signed licensing agreements with Grupo David Enterprises and Grupo Comercializadoras to open stores in Central and South America, and with Pacifica Lifestyle Co. for stores in Thailand. The brand currently has licensed stores in 12 countries around the world.
Deal-seeking, mobile rule early holiday shopping
With Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Sofa Sunday, and Cyber Mondays I and II behind us, several shopping trends are certain so far: Still financially shaky consumers continue to seek deals and more are using mobile devices to research and buy merchandise at the lowest prices, whether it be electronics, apparel or toys. That makes it all the more imperative for retailers to entice shoppers across all buying channels through Dec. 24 in order to grab a bigger share of what's left of holiday budgets.
Kohl's to extend holiday hours from Dec. 20
The Wall Street Journal
Kohl's Corp. said it plans to keep its stores open for 100 straight hours starting Dec. 20 and running through Christmas Eve, in the final stretch of a heated competition between retailers to attract shoppers in the key holiday season. The retailer said this is the first time it will keep its doors open for a 100-hour span, starting at 6 a.m. on the Friday before Christmas and running to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24. Chief Customer Officer Michelle Gass said the move provides customers with the convenience of shopping day or night.
Santa and retail need a working transportation system
Retail's BIG Blog
Over 420 million packages will be shipped this holiday season. But reindeer alone aren't enough to help Santa deliver all those gifts and goodies on time. Behind the holiday magic is America's transportation infrastructure system, which is critical to ensuring that holiday packages get where they need to be and when they need to be there. NRF's new "Ship the Box" video is a behind-the-scenes look at the roads, railways, bridges and other transportation networks that bring time-sensitive holiday shipments from warehouse to doorstep.
Dallas merchants leverage image recognition to simplify mobile checkout
Mobile Commerce Daily
Fifteen merchants in the Dallas area have signed on to try out a new mobile POS system that incorporates image recognition to simplify the checkout process for both merchants and consumers. The new system, Cartwheel Register, allows merchants to process a transaction all through an iPhone or iPad application without the need to purchase any additional hardware.
Struggling Sears to spin off Lands' End clothing business
Eddie Lampert-controlled Sears Holdings Corp. said it would spin off its Lands' End clothing business, adding to the assets the company is shedding as it struggles with mounting operating losses and declining sales. The company, operator of Sears department stores and the Kmart discount chain, has been selling or spinning off assets and closing stores for the past few years to try to turn around its business.
Holiday shoppers have more 'Made in USA' options
Forget packed malls and big-box chain stores brimming with sleepy bargain hunters. This holiday season, a modest shopping phenomenon is brewing in Fort Wayne, Ind. During the recent Thanksgiving weekend that included Black Friday, hundreds of local shoppers gathered in downtown Fort Wayne to buy from small merchants offering a variety of gifts, including flavored popcorn, apparel and nail polish. The unique twist? Every small business participating in the retail fair featured "Made in USA" goods almost exclusively.
Retail dollar volume growth up 9 percent over Thanksgiving/Black Friday
Chain Store Age
Year-over-year retail dollar volume growth during Thanksgiving and Black Friday was strong at 9.0 percent, and a significant increase compared to last year's growth of 5.6 percent, according to First Data Corp.'s SpendTrend analysis, which tracks same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks at U.S. merchant locations.
3 ways to win over reluctant shoppers
Chain Store Age
The November Consumer Confidence Index made headlines as the numbers slumped to the lowest point within the last six months. On the surface, this could cause concern for retailers this holiday season. However, when you're in a store, how often do you actually think about an economic indicator when you're deciding how much to spend?
Survey: Significant amount of additional shopping before season ends
Chain Store Age
Despite some early negative reaction to stores opening on Thanksgiving, shoppers ultimately embraced the idea of an extended "Black Friday" and came out for a full weekend of spending, according to the Christmas & Holiday Shopping Forecast released by America's Research Group and Inmar. Survey results show almost three-quarters of shoppers spent part of at least one day of the weekend in stores.
Dollar General's secret sales weapon: Cigarettes
Forbes via msn
What's the difference between Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree? For investors, it's Dollar General's stellar performance. The discount chain store recently said its fiscal third-quarter profit rose 14 percent as foot traffic improved and shoppers spent more per visit. Comparable same-store sales were up 4.4 percent.
Wealthy go frugal this holiday amid uneven US recovery
It's not just low-income shoppers who are pulling back on spending for loved ones and themselves this holiday season. Wealthy folks are watching their dollars, too. While the most well-heeled shoppers still think nothing of dropping $4,600 on an Hermes tote, cracks have appeared in the $94 billion U.S. luxury market, especially for companies that cater to "Henrys" High Earners Not Rich Yet.
Reinventing, or perhaps just finessing, retail for 2014
Customers don't always know what it is they want, but by looking at current habits, themes will undoubtedly emerge. Walker Sands has recently surveyed 1,000 U.S. consumers on the future of retail. The results are interesting and give some pointers to retailers hoping to stay on consumer trend for buying habits.
What lies ahead: Predicting what's in store for retail in 2014
Making predictions about the future of retail can be tricky. Five years ago how many people thought shoppers would pay for their morning java using a smartphone? As STORES looks at what lies ahead for our industry in 2014, it appears retailers will continue transforming their businesses, their cultures and their systems in the quest to serve the new normal.
Snackable selections resonating with consumers
Convenience Store News
Consumers are purchasing more snacks from convenience stores thanks to both their increasing desire for options available when and where they want them and innovative new offerings from c-store brands, according to a new report from Technomic Inc.
Can another retailer follow the Best Buy playbook in 2014?
'Tis the season, when holiday sales are in the air and investors are itching to pick winners and losers in the retail space. The fallout from Black Friday and Cyber Monday has already claimed some scalps and handed out some halos. But really the last month of the year is a stressful time for both the stores and the stocks.
Fleet graphics: Color selection and visibility
By Tim Stroud
Psychologists have long been aware that people have visceral responses to certain colors. Savvy marketers know that by correlating this information to your product and brand, you can evoke a certain perception in the public's eye. In fact, a product's color can influence from 60-80 percent of customers' purchasing choices.
Digital signage and the 'Store of the Future'
Retail Customer Experience
As consumers become increasingly more connected, so too will multiple shopping channels — which is why the existing store model needs to be change and why smart retailers are starting to develop their version of "Store of the Future."
Study: Social yields just 2 percent of online holiday retail sales
Retailers are filling up their Facebook pages and Pinterest boards with items for sale this holiday season, but how many people are actually clicking through to make a purchase? Research from the e-commerce analytics company Custora suggests that a very small percentage of online retail sales results directly from social.
NEX Wallops Island grand opening
NEX Wallops Island, Va., held a grand opening for its new store. The store moved from its previous location across the base into the Surface Combat Systems Center building. The new 650-square-foot store features fresh food and a coffee bar as well as new products such as sports nutrition and Navy Pride. The store also incorporates the new NEX branding. The new location is averaging $500-700 in daily sales, up from an average of $50 at the previous location.
On behalf of the Director/CEO, I am pleased to announce the following executive promotions and assignments. Please join me in congratulating these deserving associates.
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|Donald Covert, PB 5C Application Systems Analyst Programming Manager, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5D Director Support Systems, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in December 2013.
||Gina Meeks, PB 5B Chief Operations Learning, Human Resources Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5C, Chief Corporate Learning, Human Resources Directorate, Exchange HQ in November 2013.
|Thaise Jennings, PB 4F Food Court Manager, Ft. Benning, Eastern Region, to the position of PB 5A Food Court Manager, Ft. Hood, Central Region in January 2014.
||Ronald McDuffie, PB 4F Area Food Program Specialist Ft. Bragg, Eastern Region to the position of PB 5A Region Food Program Specialist, Central Region, Exchange HQ in January 2014.
|Chin Kim, PB 4F Area Food PGM Specialist, Ft. Benning, Eastern Region, to the position of PB 5A Region Food Program Specialist, Eastern Region, Exchange HQ in November 2013.
||Danita McFarland, PB 4E Restaurant Program Planner, Central Region, Exchange HQ, to the position of PB 5A Senior Restaurant Planner (S), Central Region, Exchange HQ in October 2013.
|Brian Kuhn, PB 5A Major promoted to Lieutenant Colonel (USA) Europe Region in October 2013.
||Richard Pickering, PB 5D Area Manager, Europe Region, to the position of PB 5E Vice President of Food and Fuel Operations, Exchange HQ in February 2014. /font>
|Steven Lawson, PB 4F, Logistics Operations Manager V, Dan Daniel Distribution Center to the position of PB 5A , Logistics Operations Manager (I/O), Dan Daniel Distribution Center in November 2013.
||Ranjit Shiralkar, PB 4F Business Analyst III (S), MD-P Biz Metrics Management Branch, Merchandising Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Digital Marketing Analytics Manager, Internet Productions Branch, E-Commerce Directorate, Exchange HQ in December 2013.
|Donald Basil, Store Manager (MS), Ft. Stewart, Eastern Region to the position of General Manager, JRM-Ander Exchange, Pacific Region in January 2014.
||Edward Murphy, General Manager, JRM-Ander Exchange, Pacific Region to the position Store Manager (MS), Ft. Stewart, Eastern Region in January 2014.
|Richard Gorman, PB 5E Vice President (Intermittent) of Business Development in November 2013.
||Jason Rosenberg, Area Manager, Hickam AFB, Pacific Region to the position of Area Manager, Europe Region in February 2014.
SUSAN I. SIMONE
Chief Human Resources Officer
2014 Exchange Roundtable
March 5-7, 2014
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Why do I need to be there for this event?
Attend the March 2014 Roundtable in Norfolk to better understand The critical significance of the Military Resale Exchanges in a new Defense budget era and how you too can help by participating in an all-new panel and town hall format.
Military resale and VCS programs meet critical criteria for Defense and Veterans programs, providing a model to emulate, not a program to decimate. In short, we are all part of the solution to present and future challenges, to increase the benefit and not reduce the benefit for our service members and their families.
Exchanges, Canteens and Commissaries provide this model because it offers the ability to produce and support a highly valued benefit with high personnel support, retention, and compensation value, all at little net cost and a significant financial ROI return to the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration.
What will you do and how can you help support the tremendous sacrifice of our military personnel and their families? Please join us in Norfolk.
The headquarters hotel for this meeting is the Marriott Norfolk Waterside located at 235 E Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510. The Marriot is offering a discounted group rate to industry attendees: $112 single, plus taxes. To take advantage of this discount, contact the Marriott at 1-800-228-9390 or 757-627-4200, and mention the "American Logistics Association 2014 Exchange Roundtable." This discounted rate will be offered through 5pm eastern, Feb. 12, 2014, or until the ALA room block fills. Hotel rooms are reserved on a first come, first served basis and attendees are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible for best availability.
Government/Military Partner Reservations:
The Government Per Diem room block secured by ALA is reserved for those persons employed by AAFES (The Exchange), MCCS, NEXCOM, CGES, VCS, DOD or DeCA. The Marriott will require proper ID upon checking in. To reserve a room at the GPD rate, please complete the GPD Hotel Reservation Form and return it to ALA no later than COB Feb. 10, 2014. Reservations will be made on a first come first served basis and, once the GPD block is full, ALA cannot guarantee that a reservation at the GPD rate will be available.
Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. Cancellations received by Feb. 3, 2014, will receive a full refund. Cancellations received between Feb. 4-21 will be subject to a $250 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after February 21st or for "no-shows". Cancellation refunds will be processed by original method of payment. All refunds will be processed post-meeting and mailed directly to the individual on the registration form. Cancelled registrations may be transferred to individuals within the same company, upon written request. Cancelled registrations may not be transferred to another ALA meeting. Any cancellations resulting due to a family or medical emergency must be submitted in writing by within three days of the start of the meeting to receive a refund.
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SMA thanks civilians for job well done
Sergeant Major of the Army, Sgt. Maj. Raymond F. Chandler, III addressed a crowd of Soldiers and civilians Dec. 3 in Conmy Hall on the Fort Myer portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and discussed the Army profession as well as recognized more than a dozen outstanding soldiers and civilians for their service.
Environmental element stresses recycling importance
Recycling ... one of the three continuous processes in the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" calculus, is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and are instead, turned into new products. Benefits to recycling include reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators, the prevention of pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials, the saving of energy and the sustainability of the environment for future generations.
Closer community-military ties can help reduce Iifrastructure costs
Association of Defense Communities
With increasing pressure to slash spending, and the prospect of a new base closure round uncertain, the military needs to find new ways to shave its installation expenditures. At the ADC Defense Policy Forum, BRAC/Alternatives to BRAC, held Nov. 12, key thought leaders from DOD, Congress, communities and the private sector proposed a variety of ideas for reducing the department's excess infrastructure and facility costs, including reinventing the BRAC process, increasing reliance on communities to provide on-base services, redefining the installation of the future and partnering more closely with host communities to support economic development.
How the Grinch didn't steal Christmas
Slithering onto Naval Air Station Patuxent River for the third year in a row, the Grinch will flip the switch at the Dec. 20 tree-lighting ceremony to officially kick off the holiday celebration at Who-ville, otherwise known as Mattapany Day Camp. Sponsored by Morale, Welfare and Recreation, this year's Who-bilation includes caroling choral groups from three local schools, Christmas crafts, a bring-your-own-camera photo op with the Grinch, a post office for children to mail their letters to Santa, colorful decorations and plenty of lights.
502nd ABW transforms organizational structure to streamline support functions
Air Education and Training Command
The 502nd Air Base Wing held a transformation ceremony Dec. 3 to recognize its new organizational structure. The transformation restructures the 8,000-person 502nd ABW to improve command and control, simplify operations and reduce overhead across functional support areas.
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