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Key Hawaii legislators voice strong support for commissary and exchange benefits
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U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Senate President Pro Tempore, and Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, spoke of the importance of continued and sustained funding for the military resale system during the recent 2012 Annual Hawaii Conference of the American Logistics Association that included representatives from military exchanges and the Defense Commissary Agency. He led a chorus of Hawaii legislators in voicing support for commissary and exchange benefits. "Shopping at a commissary or exchange is a small benefit military families enjoy. And, this directly impacts recruitment and retention," said Senator Inouye. "For this reason, I was compelled to communicate directly with the Defense Secretary on the importance of modernizing and providing sustaining funds for our commissaries."

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Report: 108,000 DoD civilians would lose jobs under sequestration
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Federal Times, Andy Medici
The Defense Department would be forced to cut 108,000 civilian employees from its work force next year if automatic budget cuts take effect Jan. 1, according to a new report.

Tricare would not be safe from budget cuts
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Military Times, Patricia Kime
Veterans' health care funding may be exempt from automatic, across-the-board budget cuts that are due to begin in January, but military health care is not — and a new think-tank report says Congress would have to reprogram $3 billion from other Defense Department budget accounts to fully pay for military health care should the cuts occur.

Ryan: Romney has plan to reverse military budget cuts
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USA Today, Paul Singer
GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan said Thursday that he and Mitt Romney have a plan to pass a budget fix quickly in January if they win the election and Congress fails to act to stave off deep defense cuts before then.

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A smarter way to trim the Pentagon budget
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TIME, Charles Knight
With the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq drawing to a close, it is sensible to expect what new fiscal constraints require: some significant reduction in defense spending from current levels. We need to ask: how can America's defense posture and budget change to address security concerns in a more cost-effective and sustainable manner?

Obama, Romney show little interest in pre-election day deal on sequestration
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The Hill, Jeremy Herb
The tight presidential race has all but ensured that Congress will not pass a bill before the election that would halt sequestration cuts to the military.

Paul Ryan: Romney administration would undo defense sequester 'retroactively'
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The Associated Press via The Washington Post, Sara D. Davis
Paul Ryan recently said if Congress fails to pass legislation averting $500 billion in automatic defense cuts set to take effect in January, a Romney-Ryan administration would work to undo those cuts "retroactively."

Why the government isn't ready for sequestration
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Federal Computer Week, Amber Corrin
As sequestration looms increasingly large on the horizon, Washington remains paralyzed, at least for the moment: Congress is out, agencies have received little or no guidance on cutting spending and a number of deadlines - including those for notifying employees of impending job cuts - are rapidly approaching. With so many different factors involved and so much at stake, what does it mean for the agencies and companies who face impact?

CBO projects defense spending under sequestration — warns of recession
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Defense News, Marcus Weisgerbe
The United States could slip into a recession if Congress fails to modify planned spending cuts and tax increases set to start next year, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects in a new report.

Report: Sequestration would cut Defense by 10.3 percent — in stages
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Government Executive, Charles S. Clark
Absent a new budget deal between the White House and Congress, defense spending would be hit with an immediate 10.3 percent reduction that threatens the jobs of 108,000 civilian employees, according to an analyst’s new calculations of the looming sequestration threat. Not all those cuts, however, would kick in on Jan. 2, 2013 — considered D-Day — because outlays of already obligated funds would continue.

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Washington Update

Report: Contract law gives US government options for automatic cuts
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A little-known aspect of U.S. contract law may provide a road map for how the Obama administration can implement billions of dollars of automatic budget cuts due to take effect in January without having to pay massive change fees to its contractors. 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!

Tricare would not be safe from budget cuts
Navy Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Veterans' health care funding may be exempt from automatic, across-the-board budget cuts that are due to begin in January, but military health care is not — and a new think-tank report says Congress would have to reprogram $3 billion from other Defense Department budget accounts to fully pay for military health care should the cuts occur. More

Commissary News

Parking lot power sweeping and cleaning service
Federal Business Opportunities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Parking Lot Power Sweeping and Cleaning Service at Norfolk NS Commissary in Virginia. The Period of Performance will be for a base period of Nov. 1, 2012 through Oct. 31, 2013, and will include four one-year option periods that may extend performance through Oct. 31, 2017. More

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Shop smart and save more by using your inbox
The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There was a time when nabbing the best grocery bargains meant driving from store to store, cherry-picking what you bought from each. But who has time for that? In our Internet age, there are easier ways to save money. More

Nielsen: Online grocery shopping still small, but growing rapidly
Food Navigator-USA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new survey from Nielsen found that while online grocery shopping may not have entered the mainstream, consumers are flocking to the Internet for food information, and food and beverage marketers are exploring ways to use their online presence to connect with current and potential customers. More

Tips to make grocery shopping even healthier
FitSugar    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Buying fresh produce, lean protein and whole grains are easy ways to make grocery shopping healthier, but as with everything, there's always room for improvement, right? Here are some ways to make a trip to the market even healthier. More

Employing dietitians pays off for supermarkets
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hy-Vee is the only grocery chain in the country that posts a registered dietitian in almost every one of its 235 stores. In rural areas, some of its more than 190 dietitians serve a cluster of stores. That puts it at the forefront of a phenomenon sweeping the grocery business as it tries both to capitalize on growing consumer awareness of the role food plays in health and wellness and to find new ways to fend off competition from specialty markets like Whole Foods and big-box stores like Wal-Mart. More

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  • With food prices on rise, here's how to save on groceries
    Tampa Bay Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It's not unusual to have a severe case of sticker shock at the grocery store. Sliced deli meat skirts $10 a pound. Chicken is now as pricey as steak and a bag of prewashed spinach is like a precious metal. Cereal, chips and cheese also run up the bill pretty quickly. Some of you have built-in radar for low prices and the stores that offer them. The rest of us need help. More

    Natural, organic, specialty lead supermarket growth in 2012
    SPINS    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The post-recession strength of natural product retailers has never been more evident: SPINS, the leading information and services provider for the natural, organic and specialty products industry, has consistently reported double-digit dollar growth within the natural channel every four-week period throughout 2012. More


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    ShopRite offers compostable reusable bag
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    Select ShopRite supermarkets in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware will offer what they are calling the first reusable shopping bag that is compostable and biodegradable. Supplied by Burbank, Calif.-based Earthwise Bag, the new bag is made from a combination of corn and tapioca fibers, using by-products from the food manufacturing process. More

    Commissary Announcements

    Commissary Web Posts

    The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., August 30, 2012.

    DP #19, Update #1 and CONUS/Pacific Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
    DP #21, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
    DP #22, WW Promotion Package, The Great Home for the Holiday Sale.
    International Christmas, Update #2.

    12-138, FY 2013 DIBS FDS/DSD Call Numbers.

    Updated Sales & Marketing Policy Group Buyer Assignment List, Aug 28, 2012.
    EDI Price Zones Listing, August 12, 2012.
    Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-35.
    Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
    CRV Values.

    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

    Product research starts at Google and Amazon
    Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When it comes to making a purchasing decision, consumers turn to Google Inc. for help: 20 percent of online consumers say they consider most helpful when they are making a decision to purchase a product or service, according to an online survey of 2,400 adults conducted by Forrester Research Inc. However, Inc., the No. 1 e-retailer according to the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide, is nipping at Google's heels, with 19 percent of consumers saying they find it most helpful. More

    How to meet last minute demands of back-to-college shoppers Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    College students around the country are wrapping up summer jobs and vacations in preparation for heading back to campus. In NRF's back-to college survey conducted by BIGinsight in early August, 1 in 5 college-bound students and their families still had up to half of their shopping left to do. More

    Sears launching Outdoor Life line
    Women's Wear Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Sears wants more cross-shoppers — meaning consumers who shop the hard goods and cut across the store for apparel. So without getting trendy, and with a keen awareness that a "guy's guy" is often the core customer, a line called Outdoor Life starts hitting the 800 Sears stores Sept. 2. Two weeks later, 1,100-to-2,300-square-foot shops-in-shop will spring up in many locations, and by Sept. 20 Outdoor Life will be on More

    Clothing lines embrace plus-size fashions
    Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Fighting mediocre sales and a sluggish economy, retailers are finding there's a booming market for plus-size clothing. While the category has been getting notice for years, clothing companies desperate for sales see zooming growth in dressing America's expanding waistline. Many are opening specialty stores, expanding plus-size departments and targeting ads directly to the curvy woman. More

    New iPad mini to debut in October, after latest Apple iPhone's September bow
    AllThingsD    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Apple's next generation iPhone and its so-called "iPad mini" will debut at two separate events this fall, rather than a single one as has been widely speculated, according to several sources. First comes the latest iteration of the tech giant's hugely popular smartphone, which will be unveiled at an as yet unannounced event on Sept. 12. Only after the next-generation iPhone is out the door and on sale will Apple announce the smaller iPad it's been working on. More

    These days, it's back to school, then shopping
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In a shift that is upending retailers' plans, many children, teenagers and their parents are delaying their school purchases. A desire to get the trends right accounts for some of the hesitation. But retailers and analysts say the sluggish economy and unusually hot weather have also made for a surprisingly slow start to the back-to-school spending season, one that was expected to be the strongest since before the recession. More

    Report: Store opening plans reach 4-year high
    Retail Traffic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    U.S. retailers' store opening plans hit a four-year high in July, setting off hope that a resurgence in new development projects might be just around the corner, according to the August edition of National Retailer Demand Monthly report from RBC Capital Markets and Retail Lease Trac. More

    Free Shipping Day moves to a Monday
    Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The fifth annual Free Shipping Day hosted by will be on a Monday — Dec. 17 to be exact — for the first time this year. The change will result in the event matching or beating the results from last year's Cyber Monday, which refers to the Monday following the Thanksgiving weekend, predicts founder Luke Knowles. Last year Cyber Monday generated $1.25 billion in sales, making it the top online sales day of the 2011 holiday season, according to comScore Inc. More

    Online retail isn't always better retail
    MarketingDaily via MediaPost    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It has become axiomatic that brick-and-mortar retail is not a place to buy things but to look at products, then maybe benchmark prices before going online to make the purchase. But a new mystery shopper study by StellaService suggests that, at least for the $83.8 billion back-to-school season, in which 2 out of 5 consumers will do their shopping online this year (nearly double the number from five years ago), going to a physical store can save money and time. More

    NRF seeks action as 'fiscal cliff' gets worse
    Retail's BIG Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Congressional Budget Office put out a new report this week on the "fiscal cliff" – and the news is getting worse, not better. The CBO now says GDP will shrink 2.9 percent in the first half of 2013 if Congress does nothing to avoid the massive tax hikes and spending cuts scheduled to take effect in January. That compares with a 1.9 percent contraction forecast as recently as May. More

    Layaway gets a head start
    The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has extended its Christmas layaway program by a month and tripled its service fee. Customers will get the full charge back in the form of a Wal-Mart gift card, after making their final payment. The moves reflect the rising popularity of layaway programs, which have made a comeback since the start of the economic downturn in 2008, as consumers avoid turning to credit cards. More

    Nike's LeBron sneakers to test $300 limit
    The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Nike Inc. is raising the prices of its sneakers, assuming that the brand's cachet will carry it through a period when many of its shoppers are scrounging for discounts. As labor, materials and shipping costs increase, Nike is raising shoe and clothing prices by 5-10 percent, analysts say. A test of the approach comes this fall, when Nike will debut its priciest sneaker yet — an expected $315 LeBron James basketball shoe that includes its own electronics. More

    Pennsylvania's online shoppers soon will have to pay sales tax
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Tax-free online purchases will be curtailed in Pennsylvania starting next month, but activists pushing for a federal law say much more needs to be done to address the issue of tax-free Internet shopping, and the millions in sales tax that states are missing out on. Pennsylvania alone would lose between $254 million and $410 million in uncollected revenues this year without legislative intervention, according to a 2011 study by Carnegie Mellon University professor Robert Strauss. More

    Average gas mileage to nearly double by 2025
    Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    New cars sold in 2025 must get an average of 54.5 mpg in 2025, according to the just-released Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards set forth by the Obama administration. The figure is almost double the 28.6 mpg that was required at the end of 2011. Automakers have already agreed to raise that number to 35.5 mpg by 2016. More

    Consumer confidence slumps in August
    The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Turns out people really aren't feeling so chipper about the economy this summer. Consumer confidence slumped sharply in August to 60.6. That marked the fifth drop in the past six months and the lowest reading since November 2011, according to the Conference Board. More

    How to better reach customers on their mobile devices
    Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With the ever-growing incorporation of mobile phones in our daily lives, it's become more important for retailers to reach customers on the devices, says Brandon McGee, director of Dell's Global Mobile team. More

    Soaring food prices put restaurants in a bind
    The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Restaurant chains are in a pickle, caught between soaring ingredient costs and fears that raising prices will turn off their budget-conscious customers, who generally remain pessimistic about the economy. More

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    Naval Station Norfolk hosts annual 'Run with the Chiefs' 5k
    America's Navy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Naval Station Norfolk hosted the ninth annual "Run with the Chiefs" 5k, Aug. 24. More than 2,900 chiefs, senior chiefs, master chiefs, chief petty officer selectees and participants from throughout the region, ran in support of the 2013 CPO selectees, singing cadence along the way to celebrate the selectees' pride and camaraderie. More

    Navy Exchange contributes to MWR programs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Navy Exchange, or NEX, continues to improve morale in more ways than one as recent surveys show NEXs worldwide are providing the best customer satisfaction and a 23 percent savings compared with stores off base. Now, financial reports show NEX contributed more than $42 million to Navy MWR programs last year. More

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