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Executive Briefing
President's Message

Base Access Update

We are making progress on efforts to ensure that the FIXs Certified Credentials that have been issued to ALA members are fully recognized and accepted.

The Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) has posted on its website showing how installations can make use of the Defense Cross-Credentialing Identification System (DCCIS), available via the Non-Classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNET) available at all bases, to form federation partnerships with non-Federal entities.

By leveraging this existing capability, installations can read and authenticate FIXs Certified Credentials with the same system that can be used to read and authenticate the common access card (CAC) that is used by all DoD personnel. The new DMDC posting includes a link to the DMDC/ FiXs Memorandum of Understanding.

Also, we have learned that the Fort Belvoir pilot test has validated the use and acceptance of the FIXs Certified Credentials and we will publish the full report when it is available in the coming weeks.

Further, the conference report on the Fiscal Year 2011 Defense Appropriations Act included the following which supports the Fort Belvoir test and the FIXs program as solving the long-standing problem of ensuring secure contractor access to military bases.

The language states:


"House Report 111-230 on the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, 2010 noted major problems cited by the Department of Defense Inspector General regarding Common Access Card abuses by contractors. A program has been established to provide secure credentials to contractors and is currently being tested at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. These steps to address the force protection deficiencies cited by the Inspector General are encouraging and the Department should work to continue to improve the process for issuing Common Access Cards and to improve the security of Department of Defense facilities."

Information concerning the referenced SPOT/FiXs testing at Fort Belvoir, Virginia:
Also, we have requested a meeting with the Army's Installation Management Command to ensure that they are aware of the FIXs program and to gain their support for ensuring that the Certified Credentials are fully accepted and recognized at Army installations. We plan on meeting with the other branches of the Armed Services toward the same end. We will be continuing our awareness campaign to ensure that all gate personnel are aware that the FIXs card is an authorized credential.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

Makeover to turn Guam into key U.S. fortress
Japan Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The United States plans to fortify Guam, upgrading its military infrastructure on the island into a strategic staging post that would allow rapid access to potential flash points in the Pacific region. More

Repeated deployments weigh heavily on U.S. troops
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Army Staff Sgt. Bobby Martin Jr. has been fighting insurgents in Iraq or Afghanistan longer than the entire three years the Korean War lasted. More

Delivering food to Mideast is lucrative, risky
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One of the least publicized elements of the cost of the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq is the need to truck into Iraq and landlocked Afghanistan almost all the perishable and non-perishable food items consumed by U.S. forces and civilian personnel. More

Pentagon funding seen boosted now, squeezed later
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to boost funding for the Pentagon in his fiscal 2011 budget but defense spending may be squeezed over the next couple of years, officials said. More

What can Robert Gates achieve in extra year at Pentagon?
Christian Science Monitor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Defense Secretary Robert Gates's decision to stay on another year allows him to cement many of the policy and budgetary moves that have been the hallmarks of his tenure More

Commissary News

Consumers still screaming for ice cream, other frozen desserts
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The U.S. market for ice cream and related frozen desserts, including frozen yogurt and frozen novelties, grew 2 percent to $25 billion in 2009, in spite of a recession that adversely affected frozen dessert sales, according to "Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts in the U.S.: Markets and Opportunities in Retail and Foodservice, 6th Edition," a report from New York-based market research publisher Packaged Facts. The United States makes up nearly one-third of the total global market. More

Supervalu reducing inventory; store brands to get a boost
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Mirroring moves by other grocers, Supervalu is reducing the number of items it offers per store by as much as 25 percent. It will feature store-brands more prominently and also, of course, expects to extract lower prices from vendors. More

GreenBiz: Pilot program helps grocers become "green"
Wisconsin Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kent Burnstad is the third generation of his family to be in the grocery store business and knows you have to make adjustments to survive and thrive. More

Niemann Foods upgrades price management operations with new solution
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Regional independent Niemann Foods, Inc. plans to replace its legacy pricing system with a new solution it will use to analyze item/profit movement and track earned promotional dollars from suppliers. More

Iowa grocers encourage bag recycling
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The Iowa Grocery Industry Association, aware of battles over single-use bag taxes and bans around the country, is taking a proactive approach with a new program to make customers aware of plastic bag recycling opportunities. More

Albertsons launches health-focused online community
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Supervalu's Albertsons subsidiary has unveiled a new online community,, that aims to offer tools to help visitors make easy, value-driven choices for healthier living. More

Study examines calorie information from restaurants, packaged foods
Science Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As a growing number of fast food and chain restaurants display the calorie content of their dishes on websites and menus, a study suggests some of this information may be unreliable. More

P&G jumping into retail online, testing new site
Business Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The maker of Tide detergent, Pampers diapers and Gillette shavers is taking hundreds of its popular consumer products directly to shoppers through a new Web site. More

Exchange News

Dear Military Resale Leaders:

I want to let you know that I recently informed the Director and our workforce of my decision to retire from work with the Marine Corps on/about 1 April this year. Although this does not come without trepidation for such a life-changing decision, I believe that the time is right and I know that I leave behind a strong leadership cadre well prepared to take our MCX to the next level.

It has been my honor to work with the MCX and with each of our resale partners for the past 19 years in delivering a superior military resale benefit. I wish each of you the best life has to offer and trust that we will stay in touch. You can rest assured that I will be watching!

Semper Fi,

Dominos makeover: Will other fast-food chains go upscale, too?
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Domino's is the sort of nationwide chain most Americans patronize for three simple reasons: low cost, availability and consistency. In a new ad campaign Domino's touts a fully-reinvented recipe. So the truly interesting thing about Domino's new philosophy isn't what it means for their business - it's what it means for the industry. More

Microsoft announces Dynamics AX for retail
eWeek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail is a solution that collects and integrates data from across a midsize retailer's operations chain. Since introducing Microsoft Dynamics AX in June 2008, Microsoft has integrated new features, including an Environmental Sustainability Dashboard, and acquired new technologies to make the platform more robust. More

EventPORT "Branding" from WeatherPort
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Law would put calories on the menu
The State Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two legislators announced they will introduce legislation that would require chains with more than 20 restaurants nationwide to display calorie information on menus or menu boards. More

Consumers are expanding their definition of fast food
Convenince Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumers' perception of fast food is no longer confined to quick-service, drive-thru restaurants and convenience stores. Instead, a dual concept has emerged, consisting of traditional fast food and of "food fast," served quickly with a greater emphasis on flavor, quality and ambiance, according to Technomic Inc., based in New York. More

Wal-Mart exec discusses the first step toward sustainability
National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What's the first step for retailers who want to get started with environmental sustainability? What kinds of approaches are necessary? Whose buy-in do you need? Wal-Mart's senior vice president of sustainability, Matt Kistler, addressed all of these questions and more at a recent super session entitled "Sustainability in Retail — Increasing Profitability and Impacting the World." More

Moleskine Ruled Notebook
This reliable travel companion has a cardboard bound cover with rounded corners, acid free paper, a bookmark, an elastic closure and an expandable inner pocket that contains the Moleskine history. MORE

Retail sales show unexpected drop in December after jump in November
RTT News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Retail sales unexpectedly showed a modest decrease in the month of December, according to a report released by the Commerce Department, although the drop in sales followed a notable increase in sales in the previous month. More

Gulf Oil acquires brand rights for entire U.S.
Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gulf Oil L.P., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cumberland Farms Inc., will be making a significant geographic brand expansion now that the company has acquired all rights, title and interest to the Gulf brand in the U.S. More

Washington Update

USO plans family centers at Bethesda, Belvoir
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USO officials plan to build family centers at the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Md., and Fort Belvoir, Va., to continue the USO's tradition of bringing troops a piece of home. More

2010 Exchange Roundtable
March 15-17, 2010
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Norfolk, VA

Delivering the Benefit in 2010 and Beyond Online Registration is now open!

Register by January 31st to receive the Early Bird Rate, and don't forget to make your hotel reservations! The headquarters hotel is the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. You will find detailed hotel information, as well as a link to the hotel website (to make your reservations online) on our website, HERE.

A preliminary agenda is also posted to our website HERE.

Highlights include:
  • Updates from the Chief Merchandisers of each of the services
  • Col. Matthew H. Molloy, USAF
  • Breakout sessions from each of the services focused on the following areas: Consumables, Hardlines, Marketing, PAR/Replenishment and/or Other Topics.
Plus look for information regarding the Hampton Roads Chapter Golf Tournament to be held Monday, March 15th, with a 12:00pm shotgun start. You must register seperately for this event. The registration form will be available shortly and posted to the ALA site.

CLICK HERE to register now!


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