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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only June. 4, 2010
Executive Briefing

American Logistics Association
63rd Annual Convention

October 19-21
Hyatt Regency
Bellevue, WA

President's Message

Chairwoman Susan Davis (D, CA) to Address the Congressional Caucus:
One of the features of this year's ALA Congressional Caucus to be held 15 June in Room B339 of the Rayburn House Office Building will be provided by Congresswoman Susan Davis who will join the event as a special luncheon speaker. Chairwoman Davis has oversight of the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee that has direct oversight of issues impacting the military resale system. Congresswoman Davis is a former recipient of the ALA Distinguished Service Award. Congressman Joe Wilson Ranking Member of the Subcommittee will also be speaking. While the agenda is still in flux, additional confirmed speakers are: Congressman Solomon Ortiz, Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee, Congressman Randy Forbes, Ranking Member of the Readiness Subcommittee and Walter Jones a member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee. The meeting will also feature several public policy experts who will address key issues facing DoD. It is important that AlA members show support for the associations legislative agenda by attending this important event.

ALA Board of Directors Asks DeCA to Delay Implementing NTT on Brand Name Products:
After detailed discussions with member companies and extensive Board deliberations, the ALA Board has requested that DeCA delay implementation of NTT10-87 to allow some flexibility in the handling of long standing accounts that have reached significant patron acceptance. The Board understands the sensitivity of the issue and urges DeCA to proceed cautiously. An excerpt from the letter follows:

ALA supports the spirit and intent of the law to promote brand-name commercial items in commissaries. However, the ALA represents several members, both small and large, who have asked the ALA to elevate their concerns to a higher level at DeCA in regard to this particular NTT. Our members have brought to the attention of the ALA that the decision to retroactively apply Section 2484 (f) of Title 10 is having an adverse effect on many companies that have had a longstanding and satisfactory relationship with DeCA. Many of these companies are small businesses that have come to heavily rely on the presence of the products in commissaries. In many cases, these products have been sustained in the category review process for more than a decade.

We would like to ask DeCA that in order to provide fair consideration in a careful and deliberate manner and also in order to mitigate the impact on effected companies to consider extending the existing deadline for implementation until at least June 1, 2011. This would allow companies to have the opportunity to adequately prepare and present their cases and afford DeCA the opportunity to have time to carefully conduct the reviews and use an orderly process that considers company and product adherence to policy and procedures surrounding this decision. This would also allow for the orderly determination of the collateral consequences the implementation of this NTT would have on new items, offshore procured items, etc.

The delay would also recognize the contributions that these companies and products have made to the DeCA mission in providing outstanding products and services, in many cases, for decades. Decisions to disqualify these products that would otherwise be deemed within the spirit and intent of the law could result in disqualifying products that are extremely popular with the patrons.

2011 Defense Authorization Bill Progresses:
The House recently passed their version of the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill. The bill authorizes $725.9 billion for defense programs in fiscal 2011, $33.7 billion in fiscal 2010 funding for the “surge” of additional forces in Afghanistan, and $159.3 billion in fiscal 2011 contingent funds specifically authorized to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the general war on terrorism. It also includes an amendment that would repeal the military’s controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy concerning gays in the military.

Shortly after the House vote, the Senate Armed Services Committee completed the mark up of their version of the bill which also addressed the “don't ask, don't tell” policy.

Both the House and Senate bills would repeal the statute 60 days after the ongoing Defense Department review is completed, and the President, Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify to Congress that the department is ready to make the change without hurting unit cohesion, military readiness, military effectiveness, and recruiting and retention.

The Senate's bill would authorize $725.7 billion for defense programs, slightly less than the $725.9 billion requested by the President. Included are $550.3 billion for the Defense Department, $157.6 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and $17.7 billion for other programs, mostly at the Energy Department.

Special Needs Addressed for our Recovering Troops:
Army To Break Ground On $52 Million Healing Complex
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Tacoma News Tribune, Matt Misterek
By next spring, hundreds of injured, wounded and chronically ill soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are expected to have a new place to live, recuperate and plan their futures. The Army held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for its $52 million Warrior Transition Battalion barracks complex.

Get Ready to Rumble:
The Big Squeeze
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Weekly Standard, Gary Schmitt and Thomas Donnelly
The Obama administration's defense budget portends strategic decline.

Mr. Gates's Last Battle
Read the Full Story
Washington Post, Editorial
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates spent his first two years focused on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in each case backing a "surge" to turn around U.S. fortunes. Now, with his time in office probably dwindling, he's taken on a final mission: reforming Pentagon spending so that the United States will be able to maintain its military forces in an era of fiscal austerity. Though the outcome of a war isn't at stake, it's crucial that Mr. Gates succeed.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

Pentagon denies aircraft carrier being deployed to Korean Peninsula
CNN World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Pentagon denied it has approved sending the aircraft carrier USS George Washington to the Yellow Sea off the Korean Peninsula, where North Korea allegedly sank a South Korean warship in March. More

House approves plan to slow BRAC moves to Alexandria
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A proposal that could delay the transfer of thousands of defense workers to a new office building in Alexandria was approved by the House of Representatives as part of the defense spending bill. More

Japanese, US seal Okinawa base deal
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Japanese government issued a joint statement with the U.S. formally sealing a controversial agreement to keep a large number of Marines on the southern island of Okinawa, after the Obama administration made some small concessions to help Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama save face for breaking a campaign promise. More

Senate approves nearly $60 billion for wars
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Senate approved a nearly $60 billion measure to pay for continuing military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq as House Democrats struggled to round up votes for a major package of business tax breaks and safety-net programs for the long-term unemployed. More

Obama deficit commission member calls for Pentagon audit
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A leading Republican on the president's deficit commission has called, informally, for an audit of the Department of Defense, arguing that without a true sense of what is being spent and where, it will be impossible to achieve significant budget savings More

Washington officials honor incoming and outgoing Coast Guard leaders
Executive Government    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Adm. Thad Allen chose a most fitting song to be played at the change of command ceremony when he relinquished his position as commandant of the Coast Guard: "Ready for the Storm," by Scottish songwriter Dougie MacLean. Allen will chart a difficult course as he continues his role as the national incident commander for the federal response to the unfolding disaster in the Gulf of Mexico weeks after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. More

Unclear if war supplemental will steer clear of add-ons
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The Senate began consideration of a $59 billion war supplemental spending package as Democrats braced to fend off efforts from Republicans who are attempting to force votes on offsetting the cost of the measure. More

Commissary News

Assembly approves ban on plastic bags
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The California Assembly approved a bill that would ban grocers from providing plastic bags to customers. More

Walmart, Target think small with big grocery offer
NACS    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The nation's grocery competition is heating up, and supermarkets are fighting for market share against nontraditional retailers, the Sacramento Business Journal reports. More

Safeway offers Father's Day gifts
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Safeway is running a Father's Day promotion that links free grilling gifts to purchases of its Rancher’s Reserve private-label beef. More

Asda to buy Netto Foodstores Limited from Dansk Supermarked A/S
FLEX News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Asda announced it had reached agreement with Dansk Supermarked A/S to purchase its fully owned subsidiary, Netto Foodstores Limited. More

Cattle, hogs drop as falling wholesale costs signal demand ebbs
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Cattle futures fell for the first time in three days and hogs dropped as sliding wholesale-meat prices in the U.S. signaled demand may be shrinking. More

U.S. Government honors Vita-Mix for successful exporting program
The Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Vita-Mix Corp. has received the prestigious President's "E" Award for Exports in recognition of the company's outstanding achievement in supporting export growth in the U.S. business community. More
Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Web site as of 10 a.m., 3 June:

  • DP #13 11, Update #13 2 – Items and Summary
  • DP #13 12, Update #13 1
  • DP #13 13, Update #13 1
  • DP #13 14, Alaska Shipper & Promotion Quantities
  • 10-87, FAQ Addendum to NTT 10-87
  • 10-96, Chilled Dough Review
  • Adds/Changes/Deletes for week 10-22
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates
  • FY 10 – Apr 10 versus Apr 09 Region Sales Comparison
  • FY 10 Sales & Customers by Dept by Store by Month & YTD through Apr 10
  • CY 10 Reset Schedule, update #6, as of 2 June 10
  • 54-10, "Men on the Move," starting in Men's Health Month
  • 55-10, That's a Wrap

Exchange News

Survey: Shoppers expected to spend more this year for Father's Day
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Americans will spend slightly more this Father's Day, according to the National Retail Federation's 2010 Father's Day Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch. More

Speedway succeeds with swipe fee petition signatures
Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Representatives from Speedway and SuperAmerica convenience stores joined with NACS - the Association for Convenience and Petroleum Retailing, yesterday to deliver nearly 1.7 million new customer petitions asking Congress to enact swipe fee reform to benefit merchants and consumers. More

Retailers report mixed sales results in May
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on
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May brought mixed sales results for retailers, with early reports suggesting an erratic recovery in consumer spending during a seasonally weaker period of shopping. More

First comprehensive book on shopper marketing launches in US
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kogan Page Publishers has released Shopper Marketing: How to Increase Purchase Decisions at the Point of Sale, the first comprehensive book on the topic of shopper marketing to be published in the United States. More

CSNews Exclusive: Gulf oil grows in Virginia
Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gulf Oil continued its growth in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., as it signed a branded distributor partnership with Anderson Oil Co. More

AAFES expands mobile marketing efforts
Retailing Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service, a joint military activity providing merchandise and services to the military and their families, has expanded its mobile marketing efforts to 120 primary retail stores nationwide due to the program's initial success, the retailer announced. More

Silverpop study uncovers e-mail practices that set top retailers apart
BNET    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Email works for retailers because consumers use it. But not all retailers do it well, and some don't even do it at all. More

Costco scores high marks on Consumer Reports survey
ABC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Being the biggest retailer with the largest reach doesn't guarantee a special place in customers' hearts, according to a poll Consumer Reports recently conducted of its readers to find what they thought were the best stores. More

Family Dollar launches new kids line
Retailing Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Family Dollar announced that it has launched Kidgets, a $10-and-under private label clothing and accessories line for newborns through toddlers. According to the company, Kidgets is an extensive collection of value-priced clothing and accessories. More

Wealthier consumers use more coupons
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Consumers with an income of $100,000 or more are among the most likely to use coupons, according to a new survey from digital coupon provider More

Exclusive Tour (Still Open) — AAFES Dan Daniel Distribution Center for ALA

On a first come basis ALA is coordinating a tour of the massive AAFES Distribution Center in Newport News, Virginia on 15 July. The Dan Daniel Distribution Center (DDDC) opened in the fall of 1987 in Newport News, Va. It was the first of the new modern state-of-the-art AAFES distribution centers.

There will be 45-50 minute briefing and then 2½-3 hour tour of the DDDC. You will be responsible for transportation to Newport News/Ft. Eustis and subject to a security screening upon entering the compound. (Pay as you go lunch at the Officers Club and BX/ Commissary visit option with credentials.)

The Tour will be limited to the first 100 to sign up. If you are interested contact Bob Ellis at: 817-201-9921,
Congratulations MCCS Cindy Whitman-Lacy

This is a great day for MCCS. I would like to inform you that Ms Cindy Whitman-Lacy has accepted the position as Deputy for Business Operations for MCCS effective 27 May 2010.

Please join me in congratulating Cindy in her new assignment. She will be magnificent Deputy for Business Ops and a great addition to the MR leadership team.

My personal thanks to Mr Roberts, Mr Sollis, Mr Loughlin, Mr Winkelhausen, Mr Stewart and all the staff in HR that worked on this selection. They have done a tremendous and extremely thorough job in the process.

Again, congratulations to Cindy. Please let your people know of her selection.

Farewell Event for Art Myers

Please join us in celebrating Mr. Myers' nearly 50 years of service to the United States. The event will be held at the Bolling Club on 24 July 2010, beginning at 1800.

Former AAFES Commander Elected Mayor

MG (Ret) CJ Wax
MG (Ret) CJ Wax, has been elected Mayor of the Texas city of Rockport. Congratulations CJ from all of your ALA friends and family.

NEXCOM Names Its 2009 Associates of the Year

Donna Jorgensen, Branch Exchange Manager, NEX Sugar Grove, W.Va., has been named the Navy Exchange System Worldwide Associate of the Year for 2009. Jorgensen received this recognition for her exceptional performance and service she provides to her customers.

Jack Fyfe, NEXCOM Merchandise Analyst, was named NEXCOM's Associate of the Year for 2009. Fyfe received this award for his tremendous computer knowledge and customer satisfaction skills.

Washington Update

Family supplemental subsistence allowance
The Paycheck Chronicles    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In 2001, in response to the number of military families who were eligible for food stamps, the Department of Defense created a new allowance called the Family Supplemental Subsistence Allowance (FSSA.) What I'm discovering is that many people don't know about the FSSA program, and it can be an important benefit for those families who are eligible. More

Summer programs expand for military children
U.S. DoD    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From camps to golf clinics to acclaimed museums, military children have an abundance of free summer programs to choose from this year, a Defense Department official said. The activities not only offer a respite from day-to-day routines, but also foster camaraderie among children dealing with similar military challenges. More

Grunt Apparel, Inc.

Grunt Apparel specializes in original military inspired designs in silk screen & embroidery at low prices. Licensed by all military branches.
More info

Hubert Company

Create excitement for all of your Patriotic Events with seasonal decorations from Hubert.

Tyson Foods, Inc.

Tyson Foods is dedicated to bringing you quality, service, and support you need to drive sales. More


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