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Status of the Budget and ALA's take on the most likely outcome:
State of play:
- Administration recommended a $200 cut for Fiscal 15 that begins October 1.
- Congress pushed back. HASC and HAC only allowed a $100 million cut.
- SASC and SAC said no cuts for 15 and asked to wait for the Commission report and is seeking other information, i.e., usage statistics. etc.
- No Congressional defense bills have passed.
- Pentagon sees Congressional intent and it would be unlikely they would short-fund DeCA in fiscal 15 without seeing outcome of Congressional deliberations.
- So, meanwhile, DeCA is adequately funded for fiscal 2015.
- Also, the other good news is that it is highly unlikely that this coming year we will experience the closures from furloughs or a government-wide shutdown that we experienced last year.
- Under a CR, DeCA would be funded at last year's levels (manageable).
- Under an omnibus (a bill including several agencies' funding) DeCA would be cut anywhere from $100 M to zero, depending on the conference negotiations.
- Under regular order (a stand-alone Defense authorization and appropriations bill for 2015), DeCA would be funded anywhere from $100 M to zero, depending on the conference negotiations.
Our guesstimate by October 1, 2014:
– CR: 80 percent
– Omnibus: 30 percent
– Regular order: 20 percent
Overall, we are no means out of the woods. DoD still has a massive funding problem across the board and the DeCA funding problem will persist as long as the sequester is in effect. It will continue to seek reductions and the Deputy Secretary of Defense stated the other day that they are going to take another bite at the compensation apple (probably including DeCA).
Congress has requested reports on DeCA covering various issues including consolidation of exchanges and commissaries and introduction of more private label. Reports are due in the Spring in time for deliberations on the fiscal 16 budget.
All is being set up for the Compensation Commission report that is due February 15, 2015. So far, the Commission is favorably inclined for commissaries but that could change as they balance the books.
Talk about missing the point!
If there is 1 percent of the military that have to use food banks, it is 1 percent too many. So why is DoD trying to gut the commissary benefit? How many more will need a Supplemental Allowance if the commissary benefit goes away? I think we have found the lost patrol!
DoD questions military data in food bank study
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Defense News, Karen Jowers
The Pentagon's personnel chief is taking exception to statistics from a recent study that concluded 25 percent of military households use food banks.
Will a funding bill get passed?
Analyst: Best Congress will do is 2 governmentwide spending bills
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Defense News, John T. Bennett
A prominent federal budget analyst is predicting the best Congress will do this year on spending bills is pass two massive governmentwide measures.
After months on back burner, sequester fears return
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Defense News, Marcus Weisgerber
For the past three years, U.S. military officials have frequently voiced opposition to defense budget caps that went into effect in 2013.
8 unique values: Why America needs the Army
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ARMY Magazine, Loren B. Thompson
The business world has a term to describe core missions to customers and investors — value proposition — and it is considered crucial to every company's business strategy. If you can't distill what makes your organization valuable down to a few compelling points, then maybe it doesn't have a good reason for existing. Or, maybe you're in the wrong job.
Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association
GOP: Senate takeover would break gridlock
U.S. Republican lawmakers and insiders are banking that a GOP takeover of the Senate would break the chamber's years-long deadlock. But the party must first win several key races.
Air Force crews deliver 114,000 meals, 35,000 gallons of water in Iraq
Air Force Times
One C-17 and two C-130s flew through the night Aug. 8 to unload the first of several drops of food and water on Mount Sinjar in Iraq, where starving and dehydrated refugees were stranded by threat of death at the hands of Islamic State militants if they descended.
New rules issued for firing VA executives
Federal regulators outlined interim rules for streamlined firing of Veterans Affairs Department senior executives, a new authority backed by Congress in an effort to clean up cultural problems at the embattled department.
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Operation Shower: Filling a need for moms-to-be
Air Force Time
LeAnn Morrissey never set out to found Operation Shower. She'd mailed care packages to her soldier uncle during his deployments to Iraq but was never quite sure if she was sending the right things. She also felt she could do more to support the military. So when Morrissey was asked in March 2007 to send a card to four expectant moms while their spouses were deployed, she decided to take it another step.
VA chief in Sparks: Agency has failed
Las Vegas Review-Journal
New Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said that the agency "failed in a number of ways" in providing services to the nation's veterans.
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NBC Nightly News ran a story on Sunday night about military families being forced to subsidize their income with trips to the food banks based on the Hunger in America 2014 report. The report was released by Feeding America, a nonprofit organization with a "nationwide network of 200 food banks spread across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico." The Feeding America network works with 58,000 food programs and serves 46.5 million people across America — that is "1 in 7 people" each year who access food pantries to make ends meet.
Although this is the sixth report released by the organization it is the first time respondents were asked about U.S. military service among members of their household. Through interviews with more than 60,000 clients and 32,000 partner agencies, the report concluded that:
- "Twenty percent of households have at least one member that has ever served in the U.S. military. Approximately 620,000, or four percent of Feeding America client households contain a member who is currently serving full or part-time in the military, either in the Armed Forces, Reserves or National Guard."
"Nationally, there are approximately 2.5 million military personnel, including members who currently serve on Active Duty in the U.S. Armed Forces or Coast Guard, as well as members who serve in the Reserves or National Guard. When comparing the number of Feeding America households who report at least one person currently serving in the military with an approximate estimate of the number of current military personnel, the data suggest that an estimated 25 percent of households with a member currently serving in the U.S. military receive food assistance from the Feeding America network."
The National Military Family Association issued a press release this week in response to the report. Joyce Raezer, NMFA Executive Director stated that, "The number of military families living on the financial edge is higher than it should be." She also said:
- 'While these numbers may come as a surprise, NMFA's stance is that no military families should have to struggle to make ends meet. Now is not the time to limit pay raises and housing allowances, raise commissary prices, increase out of pocket health care costs, or cut critical family and service member programs like financial education and spouse employment support."
According to the Military Times article, DoD questions military data in food bank study (8/19), "The Pentagon's personnel chief is taking exception to statistics from (the) recent study that concluded 25 percent of military households use food banks." During the DoD Military Family Readiness Council meeting on 18 August, Jessica Wright, Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness disputed that number but said she would direct her senior enlisted adviser to put together a "how-to" fact sheet for service members to apply for the Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance.
ALA and the Coalition believe the answer is not to have more service members apply for supplemental allowances but to promote and protect benefits that preclude military hardship. This is precisely why the commissary benefit should be protected by DoD, not dismantled. It saves military families thousands of dollars off their grocery bills each year. And with the USDA expecting food inflation rates to nearly double during 2014, commissaries — more than ever — safeguard our military families' financial wellbeing. If commissaries are cut, more military families will have to apply for subsistence allowances or access food banks to help feed their families.
Commissary Web Posts
The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website between 10 AM, August 14, 2014 and 10 AM, August 14, 2014:
DP #19, Alaska Shipper & Promotion Quantities.
DP #20, Update #1 and Far East Shipper & Promotion Quantities.
Fall Club Pack, October CONUS Quantities.
NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
Adds/Changes/Deletes, Week 14-34.
DeCA July 2014 Sales Data.
DeCA Store Labor Day 2014 Holiday Worldwide Schedule.
CRV Values, August 17, 2014.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
ALA Washington Chapter Jim Griffin Memorial Golf Outing, September 17, 2014, Ft. Belvoir Golf Course.
ALA Hampton Roads Chapter Oyster Roast & Golf Tournament, October 2, 2014. Contact Paul Wehner, MDV/Nash Finch, 757-858-9397 for additional information.
ALA National Convention, October 27-29, 2014, Hyatt Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. REGISTRATION OPEN
USDA speeds up recall process for ground beef
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service will now immediately begin investigating ground beef sellers and their suppliers when product tests positive for E. coli during initial testing.
McDonald's to sell packaged McCafe coffee in grocery stores
Los Angeles Times
Move over, Starbucks. McDonald's is putting its packaged McCafe coffee in grocery stores next year.
With the help of Kraft Foods, the hamburger giant will roll out bags of ground and whole-bean coffee, as well as single-cup pods, to compete with fast-food chains, including Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks, that sell packaged coffee at retail locations.
Online commissary coming
In addition to other perks of military service is the opportunity to buy groceries and other supplies at lower cost.
But if you live in Salina, Kansas, the nearest commissary is an hour's drive away at Fort Riley or farther still at McConnell Air Force Base in east Wichita.
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Popular supermarket's debit, credit cards hacked
Hackers have broken into the credit and debit card payment networks at two of the nation's popular supermarket store chains: Albertson's and SuperValu.
Commissary Rewards Card marks 2nd year for digital coupons
Defense Commissary Agency
A second birthday might rate little more than a birthday cake, balloons and maybe a small gift or two. For the second birthday of the Defense Commissary Agency's Rewards Card in August, however, the party involves nearly 300,000 shoppers, with countless others invited to share in the savings.
Hidden contamination at checkout: Grocery conveyor belts
Food Safety News
Few places are dirtier than the checkstand conveyor belts at your local supermarket. Going round and round, year after year, conveyor belts may look clean, but they actually are a breeding ground for unwanted bacteria. Shoppers place billions of products on these contaminated belts, exposing foods — and families — to potentially harmful pathogens.
Gun-control group asks Kroger to ban firearms
The gun-control group that convinced Target to ask shoppers in operating areas where carrying guns is legal to leave their firearms at home now has Kroger in its crosshairs.
Amid weak earnings, Wal-Mart finds a bright spot in its small-scale grocery stores, US e-commerce business
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)
Wal-Mart ascended to its place atop U.S. retail by focusing on big supercenters in rural and suburban markets. But today, it is counting on something entirely different — growth in its small but surging small-scale grocery store and e-commerce businesses.
It is starting to pay off, according to the company's second quarter earnings.
Hampton Roads ALA Golf and Oyster Roast Chuck Johnson Memorial
Join us for this event Oct. 2 at the Eagle Haven Golf Course — Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Tee time is 8 a.m. Oyster roast lunch is at 1 p.m. This event is limited to 144 golfers signed and paid. Please sign up and remit payment by Sept. 15. Click "Read More" for further information, pricing and contacts.
Dale Bryan Memorial Golf Outing
Memorial Golf Staff
Please join us at the Dale Bryan Memorial Golf Outing at Prairie Lakes Golf Course in Grand Prairie, Texas, on September 29. The tournament will be a scramble team format followed by a lunch catered by Eddlemon's BBQ and awards.
Sign-in will begin at 0700 with tee off at 0800.
There will be mulligans for sale during check-in and the tickets also will be used for drawings after the awards. There will be prizes for 1st through 3rd place and hole awards for closest to the pin on par 3's and longest drive.
All proceeds will be donated to a charity in Dale's name and that will be announced at the awards following the tournament.
Please use this link to sign up and help us make this an awesome event!
MEMBER COMPANY ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Jim Weiskopf has a new job.
Now Director at Semper Fi Fund.
- Patricia Emmel is having a work anniversary.
One year this August at Acosta International Military Co.
- Randall Mahon is having a work anniversary.
1 year this August at Nestle Purina.
- Hunter McMillan is having a work anniversary.
21 years this August at MJ Soffe LLC.
Say congratulations to all or each of them!
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Alcohol in the military … a deadly foe!
Public Action Management
Drinking has long been part of the culture of the military. Being in very stressful situations, being away from family and home for long periods and being a young adult — all of these factors contribute to and booster an environment where heavy drinking is commonplace.
Of course, this isn't new. During the first world war, British Chancellor David Lloyd George declared that "We are fighting Germany, Austria and drink … the greatest of these deadly foes is drink." While this sounds extreme, there is a link between overconsumption of alcohol and the kind of behavior that erodes unit cohesiveness.
Is it time for a tobacco-free Military?
The New England Journal of Medicine
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus recently announced that he wanted to end tobacco sales on all Navy installations. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, citing both financial costs and tobacco's harmful effects on readiness, added that military tobacco policy in general should be reviewed, including the possibility of ending tobacco sales and establishing smoke-free military installations. Currently, a Department of Defense review of the tobacco issue is underway, five years after the Institute of Medicine called for a tobacco-free military.
Bibles are back in Navy Lodges, for now
The Navy has decided to put Bibles back in Navy Lodge rooms while leaders review policy on keeping donated Bibles in Navy Lodge guest rooms. The Aug. 14 announcement followed a widespread backlash from religious, conservative and veterans organizations after officials with Navy Exchange Service Command ordered the Bibles removed in June.
USA Discounters fined, must stop unfair practices
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ended a scam run by USA Discounters Ltd., a company that operates a chain of retail stores near military bases and offers financing for purchases, according to a news release.
Survey: Why shoppers leave empty handed
Thousands of shoppers walk through store doors every day looking for guidance on what to buy, but nearly 90 percent leave empty handed when they can't find the help they need. Download the Market Brief to learn how to keep customers in the store and influence purchasing decisions.
JC Penney burnishes its Liz Claiborne brand
The New York Times (tiered subscription model)
Ready or not, here comes autumn, brought to you by Madison Avenue.
Although the calendar still says summer, marketers are already beginning efforts to get America in the mood for fall shopping. Perhaps the most ardent pursuers of consumer dollars at this time of year are retailers and apparel makers, promoting fall fashions.
Here is everything you need to know about the millennial consumer
No demographic is as appealing to marketers as millennials, those folks born between 1981 and 2000. Many articles and studies have focused on reaching this elusive adult consumer, who has money and eschews traditional methods of communication in favor of a life largely spent online.
Wal-Mart's long-term growth strategy: Try, try and try again
The Associated Press via CNBC
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. thought shoppers would like the opportunity to use a smartphone app to scan items they want to buy as they walk through store aisles. In theory, they could speed through self-checkout.
R.I.P. department stores? Not yet
Beating up on department stores is a favorite pastime of retail haters. And yet, despite accusations of having a passé business model, dusty stores and an aging customer base, U.S. department stores have staged a comeback in the last two years — and are arguably more vital than they have been in a long time.
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NYC's 1st enclosed mall in 40 years officially opens
Chain Store Age
The Mall at Bay Plaza, New York City's first enclosed fashion mall in over 40 years, officially opened Aug. 14.
Located on Baychester Avenue in the Bronx, the 780,000-square foot, three-level center will be the largest shopping mall in the city.
Survey: 1 in 3 shoppers want to see items in person
Chain Store Age
Almost 1 in 3 of U.S. consumers say wanting to see/feel items in person would make them shop at a physical store instead of online. According to a survey of more than 1,000 U.S. consumers conducted by digital agency Ripen E-commerce, almost as many (29.9 percent) wanting to buy an item immediately would spur them to make an in-person purchase.
Reverse showrooming: Bricks-and-mortar retailers are fighting back against Amazon, others
In the past few years, as online shopping exploded and smartphones became the norm, the showrooming phenomenon — consumers using their phones to comparison shop in stores — seemed poised to gut the revenue of offline retailers.
The fate of America's dying supercenters
America's supercenters are dying a slow death.
Huge big-box stores, like Wal-Mart Supercenters and Target, are being phased out in favor of "some combination of value and convenience," Goldman Sachs recently wrote.
Commentary: Industry credentials are solid 1st step in transition
Many programs and initiatives have been launched over the past few years to help veterans get civilian jobs, and many employers have committed to hire and even train veterans. But a creative initiative embedded in the 2014 Defense Authorization Act can give transitioning service members an advantage even before they hang up their uniforms.
Report: Open & Shut for July
This edition of the Open & Shut digest of new convenience store openings, sales, acquisitions and store closings features listings for the month of July.
Convenience Retailing University 2015 to emphasize growth strategies
Each year, members of the convenience and petroleum retailing industry explore many options to take their business to the next level. The conference that kicks off the new year and consistently delivers distinguishable ROI is CSP Business Media's Convenience Retailing University, to be held Feb. 4-6 at the InterContinental Hotel in Dallas.
Department of Veterans Affairs, Paralyzed Veterans of America recognize Veterans Canteen Service as a Platinum Sponsor of 2014 National Veterans Wheelchair Games
Paralyzed Veterans of America
The Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America are proud to announce that the Veterans Canteen Service will serve as a Platinum Sponsor for the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, which will be held Aug. 12-17 in Philadelphia.
DOD contracts: G4S Government Solutions awarded Naval Base Guantanamo Bay contract
Valero Marketing and Supply Company, San Antonio, has been awarded a maximum $491,703,924 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for aviation turbine fuel and naval fuel.
Defense Department contracts: Military-industrial complex
This contract was a competitive acquisition with 16 offers received. This is a one-year base contract with a 30-day carry-over period and no option periods. Locations of performance are Texas and California with a Sept. 30, 2015, performance completion date. Using service is Defense Logistics Agency Energy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Virginia (SP0600-14-D-0507). This contract was awarded Aug. 8.
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