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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only July 2, 2010
Executive Briefing

American Logistics Association
63rd Annual Convention

October 19-21
Hyatt Regency
Bellevue, WA

President's Message

The 4th of July 2010:
Independence Day better known in modern times as the 4th of July is a grand and great holiday in the United States of America and is often a favorite of young people who especially enjoy the exciting colorful and noisy traditional fireworks. The fireworks, however, are but a symbol of the meaning behind the 4th of July celebration of independence. The meaning behind the 4th of July Independence Day holiday came about as the result of the valiant efforts and strong commitment of our American forefathers not so very long ago. We owe a great deal to our founding fathers and an even greater debt to those who stand and defend our freedom. Have a safe and wonderful holiday!

"My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!"
Thomas Jefferson

ALA Stands Ready to Act:
One of our vital few goals as an association is to protect the resale benefits that have become so important to our military and their families. There tough times ahead but we are up to the task. The resale commands have demonstrated an impressive return on investment for the taxpayer. They should not suffer for the inefficiency of others.

Cuts To US Defense Budget Look Inevitable:
Read the Full Story
Christian Science Monitor , David R. Francis
It's bigger than Wal-Mart, employs more people than the United States Post Office, and far outspends all its competitors. It's the US Department of Defense. Next year, though, budget cutters in Congress and the White House will probably begin cutting it down to size in order to slash America's outsize budget deficit.

Farewell Phil:
DeCA Director Phil Sakowitz retires this week after 35 years of service. His presence was felt and will be missed. A philosopher once said the light the workforce follows is the flame that burns in the heart of its leader. The light at DeCA has remained bright. Moreover, when the battle is over and the prize is won the citizens will say we did it ourselves. Phil Sakowitz was a leader. Knowing Phil, the date of his retirement marks an important milestone but more importantly the beginning of things to come. We wish Phil Sakowitz the best...he has earned it!

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

House looks to pass war funding by recess
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently stressed the importance of passing a war spending bill by the time lawmakers leave for an Independence Day recess, but questions remain about what exactly will be included in the legislation. More

Military costs under review in bid to trim waste
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Industry officials said that Ashton B. Carter, the under secretary of defense for acquisition, had called a meeting with contractors and lobbyists to address ways to cut waste. In addition to trimming its own bureaucracy, the Pentagon is looking for savings in how it hands out hundreds of billions of dollars in contracts for weapons and services each year. More

US House ready to move on defense funding bill
Defense News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Congress won't make Defense Secretary Robert Gate's July 4 deadline for passing a war supplemental funding bill, but there is now a glimmer of hope that lawmakers might get the measure passed before August, when the military would begin to face severe cash-flow problems. More

Senate confirms Petraeus as Afghan war chief
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gen. David Petraeus, the Army officer credited with turning around the war in Iraq three years ago, was confirmed by the Senate Wednesday to become the new U.S. commander in Afghanistan, where he has been tasked with doing the same thing for another conflict. More

China rewrites history of Korean War
London Daily Telegraph    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
China has used the 60th anniversary of the Korean War to finally admit the conflict was started by North Korea. More

Short, tense deliberation, then a general Is gone
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mr. Obama, aides say, consulted with advisers — some, like Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who warned of the dangers of replacing General McChrystal, others, like his political advisers, who thought he had to go. He reached out for advice to a soldier-statesman, Colin L. Powell. He identified a possible successor to lead the war in Afghanistan. Finally, the president ended General McChrystal's command in a meeting that lasted only 20 minutes. According to one aide, the general apologized, offered his resignation and did not lobby for his job. More

A separate peace
The Philadelphia Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War is marked on Friday, the Korean Peninsula remains in limbo. To the south of the DMZ is a modern, democratic state, while to the north is a totalitarian regime that let as many as two million people die of famine in the 1990s rather than open itself to the world. More

Navy working to meet cost-cutting goals, admiral says
Congress Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Officials are looking for redundancies in organizations and programs, according to chief of operations. More

Commissary News

Store brands find favor with US customers
Media Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
National brands are losing their hold on consumer dollars, as private labels churn out higher-quality products and stores launch ad campaigns touting their brands. Almost all U.S. households buy one store brand regularly, according to SymphonyIRI Group, with households earning $100,000 becoming the biggest converts. More

Albertsons activates free solar panels on three stores
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Albertsons, a division of Supervalu here, and SunEdison recently announced the activation of rooftop solar power systems at three Albertsons grocery stores in Carlsbad, Oceanside and Alpine, Calif. The solar installations were constructed by REC Solar. More

ConAgra adds 3 new flavors to its Snack Pack line
Drug Store News    Share    Share on
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ConAgra Foods has announced that its Snack Pack pudding line now includes the three new flavors of blueberry muffin, cinnamon roll and sugar-free caramel. More

Kroger helps USO thank the armed forces
Retailing Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kroger announced that it is partnering with the USO to thank the men and women of the armed forces and their families. Through mid-August, customers and associates at participating locations of the Kroger family of stores will be able to show their appreciation and gratitude to service members by donating spare change in specially - marked coin boxes at check stands. More

Grocers helping Fla. seafood via ad partnership
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Publix, Kroger's Atlanta division and HEB's Central Market banner in Dallas - Fort Worth, Texas, have signed on to promote Florida seafood products this month and the next through an advertising partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. More

Kraft shuffles 10 power brands, adds 3 Cadbury products
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kraft Food's $18.4 billion acquisition of Cadbury has triggered a revamping of the marketing plan for its 10 "power" brands. Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates, Halls lozenges and Trident gum are now part of the premium marketing mix, while Philadelphia cream cheese, Carte Noire coffee and Toblerone chocolate did not make the list. More

Promotions for Castro -Wright, Simon at Walmart
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. vice chairman Eduardo Castro-Wright has been appointed president and CEO of and Global Sourcing, and Bill Simon has been promoted to president and CEO of Walmart U.S. More

Grocery shopping grown up
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Forty years ago there were no prepared food departments, and no in-store cafes. You'd never find a coffee shop inside a grocery store, and certainly no organic departments.That was then. More

Three-Quarters of online retailers are dialing up mobile strategies
NRF    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumers' increasing appetite for mobile applications is driving online retailers to speed up their mobile marketing initiatives. According to a Forrester Research Inc. study produced in partnership with, the National Retail Federation's digital division, nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of online retailers either already have or are developing a mobile strategy. More

ONE Bio signs supermarket chains expanding its organic vegetable business
Market Watch via Market Wire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
ONE Bio, Corp., an innovative company utilizing green process manufacturing to produce raw chemicals and herbal extracts, natural and health supplements and organic products, announced that its subsidiary, United Green Technology, Inc. through its Chinese operating unit, signed two distribution agreements with supermarket chains for distributing its organic vegetable and fruits products. More
Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Web site as of 10 a.m., 30 June:

  • DP #15, Update #1 – Promotion & Shipper Quantities
  • September Case Lot, Update #1
  • DP #17, Far East Shipper & Promotion Quantities
  • Fall (Holiday) Club Pack Program
  • DP #13, Update #3
None Received

  • Adds/Changes/Deletes for week 10-25 and a Corrected Copy
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates
  • Electronic Shelf Label Deployment Schedule
  • Fisher House DeCA Scholarship Recipients as of 10 Jun 10

Exchange News

ALA video is live!
ALA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The American Logistics Association,a compelling force in the military market place for over 90 years. Your first call for business opportunity. More

N.Y. convenience stores withdraw backing of grocery store wine
NACS    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) has decided not to support the wine in grocery stores bill currently before the Assembly as the Wine Industry and Liquor Store Revitalization Act, the Albany Times-Union reports. Convenience stores initially applauded the budget inclusion of a change that would allow convenience and grocery stores to sell wine. More

New Seattle law will cook restaurant waste into compost
The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Cedar Grove's composting business might explode when Seattle begins its ban on all throwaway single-use service ware; all the takeout service ware — containers, plates and cups — sold in fast-food restaurants, must be compostable. More

Increasing popularity of sandwiches to drive US Fast Food Industry
PRLog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The sandwiches segment of the U.S. fast food industry has been growing at a very healthy rate for the past few years despite the growing concerns such as rising health consciousness and increasing incidences of obesity problems in the US population. More

AAFES Price Cuts - Clearance Definitions
Applicable to retail facilities worldwide
  • PRICE CUT: Price Cut is a temporary or permanent price reduction on an item that is to remain in the stock assortment.

    The Yellow/White shelf Labels are to be used for Week 88 Price Cut merchandise.

    Place the yellow/white shelf label over the existing shelf label and remove once the temporary price expires.

    Yellow "Price Cut" Poppers are to accompany the yellow/white shelf label to make it easier for customers to quickly identify instant savings.
  • CLEARANCE: Clearance is an initial or subsequent markdown on an item that is phased out of the stock assortment.
    Price Labels to be used:

    Red, Was/Now/You Save Sticker(Zebra Label)
    • Place the Sticker on the merchandise tag or on the front of the package in the upper right hand corner.
    • For subsequent Markdowns place the new sticker over the pre-existing one.

    Red and White Shelf Label
    • Use Shelf Label for clearance merchandise where the quantity is sufficient to make a statement on the shelf.
    • Use Clearance poppers for easier customer identification of markdown merchandise.
    • Red Was/Now/You Save labels (Zebra Labels) are to be used on Non-Fashion merchandise with HQ clearance directed markdowns.
    • Red Was/Now/You Save labels (Zebra Labels) are to be used on all MDO merchandise markdowns.
    • Current softline departments managed on MDO include:
      • Branded Menswear (Dept 1070)
      • Special Programs (Dept 1472) include: INC, Style & Co, Style & Co Sports, brands in Missy, Petite & Women sizes.
    • Red Was/Now/You Save labels (Zebra Labels) are to be used on HQ clearance directed markdowns to include MDO and regular markdowns.

Washington Update

Face of defense: brothers manage fitness operations
Department of Defense    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you walk into one of the fitness buildings for the 380th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron at an air base here and yell, "Sergeant Ramos," you'll probably get more than one person answering. More

Operation Homefront receives $1M from Outback Steakhouse
Operation Homefront    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Participating Outback Steakhouse restaurants around the country held a "Thanks for Giving" campaign in March, in which customers could demonstrate support for the nation's servicemembers by ordering from a special "Red, White and Bloomin'" menu. A portion of the proceeds from menu sales during the March initiative contributed to the $1 million commitment Outback Steakhouse made to Operation Homefront, officials said. 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

Highlight specials of Home Cooked Savings in your stores meat case with parsley dividers and mesh basket for seasonings.

Tyson Foods, Inc.

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


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