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Executive Briefing

President's Message


I am sure by now that you have seen enough about sequestration that you probably think you understand it. Keep in mind that sequestration is only part of the significant emotional events we are faced with and all of them have to be resolved as we move into 2013. The debt ceiling must be raised, the (Bush/Obama) tax cuts need to be addressed, the social security tax reductions need to be addressed. With all of the uncertainty facing the budget, Congress needs a continuing resolution in order to keep the government operating, and in the end sequestration trumps everything. We are now beginning to see different scenarios pop up on what could happen. In no case is there a plausible case made for the proposal that nothing will happen. America cannot survive that outcome.

The Deputy Secretary of Defense in providing his thoughts on the impact of sequestration said a likely impact could be the reduction in days and hours of the commissaries. This could happen even if there is not full sequestration. With the number of military families living off base, this could be a devastating outcome for military resale. In the next several weeks the White House will release its report on the impacts of sequestration in a level of detail never before discussed. This may answer some questions, but then all it might be is Washington speak and no one will know what it means. I think it is clear that the world as we know it is about to change.

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No matter what happens, the world as we know it is about to change:

Are Americans ready for a real debate on the size of government?
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Government Executive, Nancy Cook
Americans are not ready to debate the size and scope of the federal government, pollsters say, despite the presidential campaign's sudden detour toward issues such as the future of Medicare, Social Security and the country's deficit.

Once again Feds in the crosshairs:

Workers fret about jobs as sequestration looms
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The Washington Post via Association of the United States Navy, Steve Vogel and Timothy R. Smith
The Obama administration, locked in a political game of chicken with congressional Republicans, has issued few details about how sequestration would be implemented, instead insisting that Congress resolve the standoff. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter told the House Armed Services Committee recently that the Pentagon probably would release temporary employees and impose a partial hiring freeze or unpaid furloughs if sequestration is imposed.

GSA freezes per diem rates for 2013
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Federal Times, Sarah Chacko
The General Services Administration announced it will freeze per diem rates at current levels for 2013. Freezing the federal reimbursement rates for lodging, meals and incidentals will save an estimated $20 million in avoided costs in 2013 and help agencies meet the Obama administration's directives to reduce travel costs government wide, GSA said in a news release.

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Veterans get help with jobs:

Veterans look to franchising opportunities for new careers
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USA Today, Gregg Zoroya
Like other American veterans, Air Force Master Sgt. Darrel Ferdinand needed a plan for his life after war. And one sector of the economy offered an answer — starting his own business.

Officer: Cuts could reshape Navy strategy
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Stars and Stripes via Current Mil-Tech News, Cristina Silva
Looming automatic budget cuts could drastically reduce the Navy's global presence, requiring a narrower defense strategy drawing on an anemic fleet of roughly 230 ships, according to the Navy's second highest-ranking officer.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association

Washington Update

US military planning to set up storage depot in Philippines
Philippine Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The United States military is planning to set up a storage depot in the Philippine for their equipment and logistics from Afghanistan to support future disaster response or other contingency in the Asia-Pacific region, the U.S. military press service said. Aside from the Philippines, the leadership of the US Pacific Command is also considering storage facilities in Singapore, according to the report published by the U.S. Department of Defense. More

Direct Mail Reaches Military Families Where They Live
The Military Shopper Insight Study reported that shoppers want information and coupons in advance to help them save money by planning at home. Active duty families living on post will receive Judy Johnson's Military Family Mailbox envelopes for Labor day and again for Veterans Day. Active duty families on post is the segment of the market with the most potential new commissary shoppers. Young active duty families are your core customers. Reach them at home! Get them into the store!

Military looks to beef up meat buying
The Associated Press via Yahoo News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It appears that Meatless Mondays haven't really caught on in the U.S. military. The Pentagon is looking into increasing its meat purchases to take advantage of lower prices and to help ranchers struggling with drought. More

ROK-Japan dispute worries US
China Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tensions between Seoul and Tokyo over the disputed islands continued on Aug. 13, and the rift is prompting Washington to worry about the already shaky US-Japan-ROK trilateral collaboration, analysts said. More

OPM eager for phased retirement to begin
The Washington Post via Press Display    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The government's personnel agency says that allowing employees to phase into retirement is an important goal and that it will make the option available "as soon as possible." However, participation will be "entirely voluntary" for both employees and their employing agencies, and certain categories of workers will be excluded, the Office of Personnel Management added in a fact sheet it recently sent to agencies. More

Cheating the Heroes?
ABC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We know that no charities deserve more support than the ones helping veterans. But today, a troubling headline comes from Charity Watch, a watchdog arm of the American Institute of Philanthropy. The institute studied 46 charities for veterans and found that one half of them deserve failing grades for spending less than a third of the money on services that help veterans. More

Commissary News

Upright frozen and medium temperature merchandisers
Federal Business Opportunities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This solicitation is being issued as a 100 percent small business set-aside. The solicitation is for upright frozen and medium temperature merchandisers for use by Defense Commissary Agency commissaries in the Continental United States and for overseas locations. More

Salty Wahine Gourmet Hawaiian Sea Salts
Our wide variety of gourmet sea salts, seasoning and BBQ rubs are the perfect gift for any home chef. Infused with tropical flavors, they are unlike anything you have ever experienced. Try our Guava Garlic, Mango Lava Java, Pineapple Poultry Seasoning, Lilikoi Chili Pepper, and our special Hawaiian Rub blend.

Americans hungry for healthy foods
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Just over two-thirds (67 percent) of American adults try to maintain a healthy weight and diet, and choose healthier foods in order to do so, according to new research conducted by global research firm Mintel. Healthy eating has come to the forefront in recent years due in large part to first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative, television shows like "The Biggest Loser," as well as the media's extensive coverage of the country's growing obesity problem. More

Grocery store coupon websites for real savings
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Put the scissors away and lay down today's paper. Your coupon clipping days are over — at least, in the physical sense. We know you want to save money where you can, the grocery store being a great place to do it, but now you can do it all online. More

Shopping cart for special needs children to debut in Alabama grocery stores
The Birmingham News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A shopping cart designed by an Alabaster, Ala., mom for children with special needs will soon be available in two Birmingham area grocery stores. Caroline's Cart was created by Drew Ann Long, who wanted to make grocery shopping easier for moms of children with special needs, like herself. Pushing a wheelchair and shopping cart at the same time is difficult. More

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  • In grocery stores, the perimeters take center stage
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    "You can pretty much be in Anywhere, U.S.A., in center store, but the perimeter is the fashion side of the grocery business," said Sharon A. Lessard, chief designer at Supervalu, which operates Cub Foods stores as well as chains like Jewel-Osco, Shaw's and Albertsons in some markets. "The perimeter is where we can best distinguish ourselves from everyone else." More

    Shopper alert: Price may drop for you alone
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It used to be that with dedication and a good pair of scissors, one grocery shopper could get the same coupons — and cheap prices — as another. Now going to the grocery store is becoming a lot less egalitarian. More


    Uniweb continually pushes the limits in creativity and potential of every product they create, providing cost-effective solutions to upgrade existing shelving and increase product facings in the same footprint, thereby enhancing sales volumes! Uniweb also engineers modular spaces which include cash or manager’s offices, secure rooms, and back offices.

    Avoid drought price hikes — 20 ways to save on food
    Money Talks News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    VideoBrief More than half the counties in the United States have become government-designated disaster areas this year — mostly due to drought. The drought may impact dairy and beef prices within the year, but increases on corn products — including anything with high fructose corn syrup, which is in everything from soda to cereal, won't be as dramatic and may not be noticeable until next year, according to the latest update to the USDA's Food Price Outlook. More

    Commissary Announcements

    Commissary Web Posts

    The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., August 16, 2012.

    DP #18, Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
    DP #20, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
    Fall Club Pack, Update #1, Far East & Alaska Quantities and CONUS & Pacific Oct Quantities.

    12-125, Promotional Matrix – 2013.
    12-126, Category Buyer Change.
    12-130, Store Reset Dates – Pensacola.
    12-131, Store Reset Dates – Tyndall AFB.
    12-132, Store Reset Dates – Hurlbert Field.
    12-133, Category Review, Shampoo/Conditioner/Hair Care/Hair Color/Ethnic Hair Care.
    12-134, Scheduling Appointments with Industry.

    Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-33.
    Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
    CRV Values.

    August 21–23, 2012: Hawaii Conference & Food Show. Registration is now open on the ALA Website.
    Oct. 1–3, 2012: 65th Annual Convention, Omni Shoreham, Washington, D.C. Registration available on the website.
    April 24–26, 2013: ALA Commissary Roundtable, Marriott Hotel, Richmond, Va.

    Exchange News

    Hawaii Conference and Food Show update
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    Sen. Dan Inouye is confirmed as our "Keynote" speaker on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 11–11:30 a.m., and following this, he will join us for lunch. Also joining us in the morning for welcome remarks are Congresswomen Mazie Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa. We will have a representative from Sen. Dan Akaka's office as well.

    Rustic Inn to close doors Aug. 24 for foreseeable future
    The Real McCoy Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Rustic Inn, building 2000, at Fort McCoy will close its doors for the foreseeable future on Aug. 24. Steve Ard, general manager for the Fort McCoy Exchange, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, said the closure is due to the dramatic loss of troops that use the facility on the west side of the cantonment area. All employees who work at the facility will be transferred to other AAFES organizations. More

    Veterans valued, troops supported as Kellogg Company continues longstanding commitment to military service
    Seeking Alpha    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Last year, a Marine Reservist from Battle Creek, Mich., was deployed to Afghanistan, leaving his wife, family and job behind. After his assignment, he returned home safely to a new baby and Kellogg Company teammates eagerly awaiting his arrival. Because of support provided by the company and his coworkers before, during and after his duty, the employee nominated Kellogg Company to receive a Patriot Award, which recognizes organizations providing extraordinary support and cooperation to citizens who serve. More

    Macy's challenges Amazon for same-day delivery
    The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Retail stores are racing to develop yet another tool to help the lazy stay on their couches — delivering online shopping packages the day they are ordered. Macy's, the Cincinnati-based department store, is now competing with online retailers eBay and Amazon to get products to shoppers the quickest. More

    Visa and MasterCard settle lawsuit, but merchants aren't celebrating
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The tentative $7.3 billion deal made last month between credit card companies and merchants was announced with fanfare by the lawyers who negotiated it, but the celebration may have been premature. Some merchants and retail advocates, including four organizations that are plaintiffs in the lawsuit, oppose the deal because, they say, it offers too little and will make it harder to take legal action against credit card companies in the future. The settlement is still subject to court approval and is unlikely to become official before the middle of next year. More

    Health law likely to spur retail, restaurant cuts
    The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Employers in the retail and restaurant industries are more likely than other companies to drop their health plans or cut workers' hours when new health-law requirements take effect in 2014, according to new data from the consulting firm Mercer. (Subscription required.) More

    Wal-Mart to offer look at consumers
    The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As Wal-Mart Inc. recently reported their second-quarter results, investors weren't just looking for how the retailer was doing, but also for signs of further recovery by the U.S. consumer. The economic bellwether at home and abroad, which is marking its 50th birthday this year, has already seen three straight quarters of growth in U.S. same-store sales, after showing declines for the prior nine. Analysts feel that another positive quarter is in the offing. More

    3rd Annual Shopper Experience Study: Enabling retail without boundaries
    National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The truth is shoppers like to shop in stores. Despite the growth of e-commerce, shoppers still need and often enjoy the in-store experience. But they want shopping experiences to be attentive and efficient. To meet that challenge, retailers need to reshape their approach to selling and to traditional store concepts. More

    Sears shares rise on spin-off plan
    MSN Money    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Shares of Sears Holdings, the retail empire controlled by billionaire Edward Lampert, recently rose after the company announced plans to spin off some of its stores not connected to its flagship brand into a separate company. Two Sears, though, are not necessarily better than one. More

    Pentagon Row getting boutique Petco store
    Washington Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Unleashed by Petco is a boutique version of the pet retailer's large-format stores. Arlington's first Unleashed location opened on Lee Highway last May. Pentagon Row says the new Unleashed store will be holding a grand opening at some point this fall. More

    How big debt is threatening security clearances for thousands of troops
    NBC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Nearly 36,000 active-military members who hold security clearances have recently sought urgent financial advice or aid because heavy debts and delinquent bills threatened to void their classified status, according to a nonprofit that helps troops and veterans solve money problems. More

    Economy: Retail sales in US jumped more than forecast
    Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Retail sales in the U.S. rose more than forecast in July, reflecting broad-based gains that ease concern elevated unemployment will cause consumers to retrench. More

    Luxe apparel buying by affluent slows
    Women's Wear Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    America's affluent are rapidly scaling back their luxury purchases, and apparel and accessories are bearing the brunt of the decline. (Subscription required.) More

    7-Eleven is buying Tetco stores and wholesale gasoline business
    The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    7-Eleven Inc. is getting back into the San Antonio market and expanding its wholesale gasoline business. The Dallas-based convenience store chain recently said it has signed an agreement to purchase retail and wholesale assets from San Antonio-based Tetco Inc. The deal includes at least 180 stores that will be rebranded as 7-Elevens and a wholesale gasoline supply network of about 550 customers. More

    Back-to-school spending gets a boost as shoppers hit Internet stores
    The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With school starting in just a month, parents and their children are beginning to shop for those supplies, clothes and other gear needed to make it through the upcoming year. The back-to-school shopping season is the second-busiest for retailers after Christmas, and the National Retail Federation, one of the bigger groups representing the industry, expects this year to be a banner year. Spending, according to the NRF, for combined K-12 and college, is expected to reach a record $83.8 billion. More

    Apple understands customers, and so can you
    Retail Customer Experience    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    No one can argue with Apple's success when it comes to delighting its customers, and although it's never a good idea for any retailer to 100 percent copy another brand's strategy there are several things that retailers can learn from the electronics retailer. Mike Wittenstein outlined a few of them in his presentation at the Retail Customer Experience Executive Summit in Chicago. Here are highlights of the strategies. More

    EBay tests same-day delivery with big retailers
    Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    EBay is testing a same-day delivery service with big retailers, including Target, Best Buy and Toys "R" Us, as the world's largest online marketplace steps up competition with rival The move is the latest sign of eBay working closely with traditional retailers to help them tackle the threat of, the world's largest online retailer, which has been winning business from physical stores at a rapid clip. More

    US gas prices spike — refinery problems cited
    The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A surprise surge in gasoline prices is taking some of the fun out of summer. The national average for a gallon of gas at the pump has climbed to $3.67, a rise of 34 cents since July 1. An increase in crude oil prices and problems with refineries and pipelines in the West Coast and Midwest, including a fire in California, are mostly to blame. More

    Chapter Announcements
    Click here for flier to the Hampton Roads ALA Benefit Luncheon for AREA & NEREA

    Exchange Announcements

    Using gift cards to save on AAFES food    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Army and Air Force Exchange Services have an interesting deal going on in their food courts. If you pay for your purchase with your Star Card, an AAFES gift card, or an AAFES food court gift card, they will give you 10 percent off your purchase. More

    NEX hiring staff for new facility's opening
    The Journal via    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Naval Support Activity Bethesda Navy Exchange is aiming to fill approximately 200 positions over the next three months to prepare for the opening of a new 150,000 square foot facility. "The grand opening is Nov. 10," said Rick Pimentel, general manager of the NSAB NEX. "One of our main goals is to hire within the military community. We love to hire spouses and wounded warriors. This is why we are here — to support [service members] and their families, and improve their quality of life." More

    ALA Exchange E-Blast week 8/17/12

    ALA Executive Briefing July 27, 2012
    CGX Sales July 2012
    VCS Sales July 2012

    AAFES Sales Flyers — to view click below: Product Recalls and Alerts (Exchange)

    Hampton Roads ALA Benefit Luncheon for AREA & NEREA

    100,000 Jobs Mission hosts hiring event
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    The 100,000 Jobs Mission recently announced a major hiring event for U.S. military veterans, wounded warriors, transitioning service members and military spouses on Saturday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the Naval Support Activity Bethesda's Gymnasium — Building 17 in Bethesda, Md.

    Hawaii Conference and Food Show update:
    Sen. Dan Inouye is confirmed as our "Keynote" speaker on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 11–11:30 a.m., and following this, he will join us for lunch. Also joining us in the morning for welcome remarks are Congresswomen Mazie Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa. We will have a representative from Sen. Dan Akaka's office as well.

    Save the dates:

    August 21–23, 2012 (See update above)Hawaii Conference & Food Show, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu

    Oct. 1-3, 2012 — 65th Annual Convention, OMNI Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.

    Go to:, sign in and CHECK OUT the information.

    Washington Update

    Schwartz, Welsh pay tribute to airmen at Air Force transition
    Global Security    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Both outgoing and incoming Air Force chiefs of staff recently paid tribute to airmen and their families during the transition of responsibility ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md. There, Gen. Norton Schwartz turned over responsibility as Air Force chief of staff and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. More

    Lt. Dan Band draws more than 2,000 to free concert
    1st Infantry Division    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Hips swayed and hands waved throughout the crowd at the Lt. Dan Band concert July 28, on the lawn outside of Riley's Conference Center. Gary Sinise and his gang of musicians did it again. Returning to Fort Riley for the fourth time since the band's inception in 2004, the cover band put on a free two-hour show of 26 songs for Fort Riley soldiers and families. More

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