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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only Oct. 29, 2010
Executive Briefing

President's Message

ALA National Convention delivers and then some:
Congratulations to Craig Murphy (SuperValu) and his team for putting together an outstanding program for the 2010 (63rd) ALA Convention. The added focus on social media was exceptional and an eye opener for all in attendance.

There were several awards given out at the convention:
– Congressman Norm Dicks Washington was presented the ALA Distinguished Service Award for his longstanding and steadfast support for our troops and their families.

– ALA also recognized two industry leaders with the ALA Lifetime Achievement Award. Mickey McDonald (D&S) and Doug McAlister of Coca Cola. Congratulations to these two industry leader for a career of accomplishment.

A thanks and WELL DONE to Murry Greenwald and the staff at Exchange and Commissary News for their feature on the 90 years of ALA participation in the marketplace.

Kudos to DeCA and S&K Sales:
S&K Sales and DeCA teamed up for a savings filled promotion event that culminated with a presentation to the National Military Families Association of a check for $325,000. It is all about giving back and this exceptional event serves as a benchmark of the government industry partnership.

HRALA Oyster Roast hits one out of the park!
The annual Hampten Roads event reach a new milestone this year when they were required to use two golf courses to meet the needs of participants. The HRALA Chapter was recognized at the National Convention as a Chapter of excellence and this is a prime example of their service and dedication.

The best we have to offer:
The military option
Read the Full Story
U.S. News & World Report, Alex Kingsbury
Military work is perhaps the country's oldest and most dangerous form of public service. Historically, that service has often been a requirement rather than a choice, and the wars those conscripts were sent to fight were far bloodier than the current conflicts. Nowadays, the U.S. military is proudly an all-volunteer force of 2.2 million men and women that offers members a host of incentives in addition to the knowledge that they are serving their fellow countrymen.

We must be prepared for what is to come:
Mullen warns of strain on Armed Forces
Read the Full Story
The Washington Post, Craig Whitlock
The nation's top military officer told an Army audience Wednesday that the United States is only beginning to confront the strain that a decade of war has placed on its armed forces, warning that post-traumatic stress, suicides and unemployment are likely to persist among veterans for years to come.

A new top Marine:
Amos takes command of the Corps
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Marine Corps Times, Gina Cavallaro
On a crisp, fall morning on the historic ceremonial grounds at Marine Barracks Washington, Gen. Jim Amos took command of the United States Marine Corps on Friday, becoming the 35th commandant in the service's 235-year history.

Commandant sets Marines on course for future
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San Diego Union-Tribune, Gretel C. Kovach
The new commandant of the Corps is calling on Marines to prepare for a future of increasingly irregular warfare by shaping themselves into a lighter, more agile and flexible force ready to be the "first to fight" or respond to a broad spectrum of missions, from heavy combat to humanitarian assistance.

The budget reductions gain support:
McHugh: Cuts will help army priorities
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Government Executive, Otto Kreisher
Army Secretary John McHugh today said the Army is "excited" about Defense Secretary Gates' order for the services to find $2 billion in savings in their FY12 budget request.

Defense cuts start to pinch
Read the Full Story
Wall Street Journal, John Shipman and Paul Vigna
Major defense contractors saw profits grow in the recent quarter, but much of the gains came from cost cutting or moves into other products as the companies struggle to adjust to leaner military spending by the U.S. and U.K.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

Webb puts defense nominations on hold
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sen. Jim Webb has alerted the Department of Defense that he will put a hold on all civilian and flag officer nominations until he gets more information about the decision-making process to Secretary Robert Gates' recommendation that the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk be shuttered. The move elevates Webb's demand for information from the Obama administration and comes just a week before the midterm elections. More

Takai named CIO of Defense Department
InformationWeek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Teri Takai, the CIO of California, announced in an e-mail to staff recently that she will be leaving that position to become CIO at the Department of Defense. Under Takai's leadership, California pursued a series of aggressive steps to consolidate and centralize the state's IT operations, while driving energy efficiency. A major data center consolidation plan aims to reduce data center space by 50% by the middle of next year. More

Easing the transition from soldier to civilian
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When the fighting began in Afghanistan nearly nine years ago, it was almost unthinkable that the upper-echelons of the military would one day own up to the psychological damage of war. Post-traumatic stress disorder was seen as the vestige of long ago wars, its consequences buried under hundreds of years of stigma and shame. A lot has changed. More

Fort Meade readies for influx
Baltomore Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than 5,000 federal employees are expected to begin moving to Maryland's Fort George G. Meade military base starting in January and are to complete the move by June 2011, officials said. The moves are part of the federal government's Base Realignment and Closure program and will bring to about 48,000 the number of people working at Fort Meade by Sept. 30, 2011. More

Senator doubtful deficit panel will reach required consensus
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Citing the charged partisan atmosphere expected to follow the mid-term elections, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin cast doubt recently that the president's deficit commission would be able to agree to a package of tax increases and spending cuts that would bring down the deficit to 3 percent of gross domestic product by 2015. "This deficit commission...could not be starting its work in a more poisoned and toxic atmosphere than a few days after this campaign," Durbin said on MSNBC's Morning Joe. More

Commissary News

The case for winter
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Winter's just around the corner, and high-end steaks and ribs are giving way to roasts and stuffed pork chops. After the high-ticket steak sales of summer, there's an expected drop in dollar sales, but retailers said that's not a worry. The holiday selling season is coming, and meanwhile, they're selling roasts, braising meats, bone-in hams and oxtails in volumes that make up for faltering dollar sales at the end of summer. "We don't see a big dip in meat sales this time of year. We sell a lot of chucks and rounds," said Kenan Judge, assistant vice president, meat operations, at 231-unit Hy-Vee, West Des Moines, Iowa. More

Sara Lee's bread business looks appetizing to Bimbo
Crain's Chicago Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sara Lee's North American bakery unit could be sold to Mexican company Grupo Bimbo. Sara Lee has been soliciting bids since early summer, and Grupo Bimbo has emerged as a leader, with a source saying Sara Lee likely will seek more than $1.5 billion. More

Sugar in 'goldilocks economy' on possible shortage
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sugar is in a "Goldilocks economy" as a possible supply shortage and stronger demand drive prices toward the highest levels in several decades, said researcher F.O. Licht. "We are in a Goldilocks economy simply because everything is pointing to lower supplies in 2010-2011 than everyone anticipated earlier, while at the same time the demand side has still to react," said Christoph Berg, managing director of Ratzeburg, Germany-based Licht. Sugar jumped on concern about a potential drop in supply as droughts and floods damaged crops in producing nations from world leader Brazil to Australia. More

Brouhaha: Demand for craft beers signals a change in beer consumption to which supermarkets are responding
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The season for special brews has begun. For many supermarket chains, the fall season ushers in displays of bright orange 6 and 12-packs of seasonal craft brews that range from Oktoberfest lagers, pumpkin ales and Halloween brews — tagged with such names as Nosferatu, HopDevil, Monster and Dead Guy — all celebrating the nuances of the season. This burst of bolder, flavorful varieties is just a prelude to the Winterfest and Christmas beers produced by some of the 1,600 craft brewers around the country. More

Convenience drives shifts in eating habits
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Although Americans are still eating many of the same foods they did three decades ago, the "how" and "who" of preparing the food has undergone pronounced changes, according to the latest National Eating Trend report from market researcher The NPD Group. "The fast and hectic pace of the lives we lead has had the single greatest impact on this country's eating behaviors," notes Mark East, president of NPD's Chicago-based North American food and beverage unit. More

Grocery stores become coffee battle grounds
Winnipeg Free Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A grocery store battle is brewing for Winnipeg's coffee drinkers. Tim Hortons, Canada's iconic coffee shop, has signed a partnership with Canada Safeway to open coffee counters in four of its stores across Western Canada, including one in Winnipeg. This isn't Safeway's first association with a coffee giant. The grocery store chain has had a relationship with Starbucks Coffee Co. for about five years and features its counters in 166 of its stores from Manitoba to British Columbia. More

Will inflation impact grocery store shelves?
Reynolds Center    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Cherchez le corn. The ubiquitous yellow grain gets a rap these days for everything from obesity to diabetes to problems at the fuel pump, depending on whose blog or website you're reading. And now, the ripple effect of a slowdown in corn output is being blamed for expected food price inflation, coming soon to supermarket shelves near your readers. A USDA economist said recently that — after a couple of flat years — food prices will rise as much as 3 percent in 2011. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website as of 10 a.m., October 28, 2010:

  • DP #20, Update #2.
  • Holiday Non-food, Update #3.
  • 2011 Mother's Day Promotion.
  • 2011 Father's Day Promotion.
  • DP #23, Update #1, and Alaska Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
  • Holiday/Superbowl, Update #4.
  • Winter Club Pack Far East and Alaska Quantities.
  • DP #1, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
  • Holiday Baking, Update #4.
  • Holiday Gift Packs/HBC Gift Packs, Update #4.
  • DP #21, Update #2.

  • 11-06, Mexican/Authentic Mexican and Caribbean Category Review.

  • Adds/Changes/Deletes, Weeks 10-42 and 10-43.
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
  • DeCA CAO Operations Questions & Answers. (Filed under Doing Business with DeCA.)
  • 2010 ALA National Convention Commissary Related presentations: DeCA, Rapid Gate, Social Media and Social Media 101, ALA President Presentation, and ALA Legislative presentation.

Exchange News

Consumers find less money for holiday shopping
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The overwhelming majority of shoppers will maintain a tight grip on their wallets as they hit the stores this holiday season, with 83 percent expecting to spend the same or less on holiday gifts compared to 2009, the latest Accenture consumer holiday shopping survey shows. "The 2010 holiday shopping season will be spectacularly unspectacular for many consumers, but that will suit retailers who remember well the turbulence of Holiday 2008," said Janet Hoffman, managing director of Accenture's retail practice. More

FDA recommends retailers employ on-site food safety managers
Single Store Owner via Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Calling for continued improvements in food safety, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended that all restaurants and retailers employ certified food protection managers. The recommendation, which was met with support from both the National Restaurant Association and the National Council of Chain Restaurants, came recently as the agency released the results of a 10-year study of retail food risk factors. While the study found overall improvement, the FDA said the presence of a certified food protection manager correlated with significantly higher compliance levels with food safety practices, the report stated. More

McDonald's to raise prices in 2011
WalletPop    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
McDonald's Corp. plans to raise prices in 2011 in anticipation of higher commodity costs and a hope that an improving economy will mean diners returning to fast-food restaurants instead of cooking at home. The company projects that commodity costs will rise 2-3 percent in 2011, Chief Financial Officer Peter Bensen said recently. Potato prices have already risen, and everything from beef to bacon futures are expected to hit some of the highest levels in several years, Mansfield said. More

Restaurant operators advance health care reform plan
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Restaurateurs, attorneys and other concerned parties met in n New York and Los Angeles last week to consider steps that may be taken to adapt the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Restaurant industry players are concerned the health care law's enactment will cut sharply into earnings and potentially force operators to raise menu prices, eliminate jobs and slow growth, the magazine reported. Some operators believe political pressure will result in changes. More

Exchange Announcements

'Price is Right' salutes America's Armed Forces
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Members of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard were invited to "come on down" at a recent military-only "Price is Right" taping, scheduled to air on Veteran's Day.

This year's salute to the Armed Forces came complete with an Army color guard and Marine Corps band. The audience, packed with Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, was full of nervous anticipation as the contestants entered the studio.

A look of hope crept across each service member's face as they anticipated the fact that they might be the next contestant to place an opening bid, get on stage or maybe even play "Switch, Switch" on a historic nationally televised program.

As visions of Showcase Showdowns danced through their heads, the affable star of the show, Drew Carey, greeted the crowd and made his allegiance, as a former Marine, known.

Ultimately, two Marines (Camp Pendleton's Cpl. Christopher Morrison and Lance Cpl. Zachery Garrison), a Soldier (Pfc. Christina Dubry from Ft. Irwin), Sailor (USS Ronald Reagan Petty Officer Second Class Sharice Elmore), Airman (Tech. Sgt. Amber Honeycutt from Edwards AFB) and Coast Guardsman (Petty Officer Joshua Tighe from the San Pedro, CA sector) found themselves just a spin away from tens of thousands of dollars in prizes.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service's Chief of Staff Col. Virgil Williams, who personally delivered $6,000 in shopping sprees and hundreds of Military Exchange Global Prepaid Phone Cards to the CBS studio, was just a few feet away from the action. "Everyone serving, or who has served, had a vested interest in the outcome," said Williams. "The whole show was exciting, but the end was something anyone who watches won't soon forget."

Scheduled to air Nov. 11 on CBS at 11 a.m. (ET); 10 a.m. (PT), the program marks the third year that the "Price is Right" — the longest-running game show in television history — has dedicated an entire show to America's Armed Forces.

::: AAFES Executive Announcement :::
Moves & Promotions

On behalf of the Commander, I am pleased to announce the following executive promotions. Please help me in congratulating these deserving associates:
  • James E. Calnan, PB 5A Functional Architect, Procurement Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5C Associate Director, Contracting, Procurement Directorate, Exchange HQ in Nov. 2010.

  • Janet M. Costen, PB 4F Store Manager (MS), Patrick AFB Exchange, Eastern Region to the position of PB 5A Store Manager (MS), Andrews AFB Exchange, Eastern Region in Nov. 2010.

  • Bryan R. Ed, PB 5B Distribution Center Manager I, Logistics Directorate (DS: Waco Distribution Center), to the position of PB 5C Chief Supply Chain of Operations, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ in Jan. 2011.

  • Edgar A. Hughes, PB 5A Senior Inventory and Systems Manager, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5B Senior Policy Program Manager, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ in Oct. 2010.

  • DeeAnne M. Jones, PB 5C Chief Career Assignments, Human Resources Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5E Vice President Policy, Human Resources Directorate, Exchange HQ in Dec. 2010.

  • Holly D. Norton, PB 5A Logistics Operations Manager (I/O), Logistics Directorate (DS: Dan Daniels Distribution Center), to the position of PB 5C Distribution Center Manager II, Logistics Directorate (DS: Dan Daniels Distribution Center) in Jan. 2011.

  • Louis A. Tamberelli, PB 5D Audit Group Manager, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5E Vice President of Audit, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ in Dec. 2010.

  • Daniel E. Wade, PB 4F Career Manager II, Human Resources Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Region Food Program Specialist, Central Region in Dec. 2010.

  • Arna J. Yarbrough, PB 5A Senior Career Manager, Human Resource Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5C Chief Career Assignments, Human Resource Directorate, Exchange HQ in Dec. 2010.

On behalf of the Commander, I am pleased to announce the following executive assignments. Please help me in congratulating these deserving associates:
  • James K. Altom, Senior Transportation Analyst, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of Logistics Operations Manager (I/O), Logistics Directorate (DS: Giessen Distribution Center) in Jan. 2011.

  • Kevin D. Beason, Assistant Distribution Center Manager II, Logistics Directorate (DS: Dan Daniels Distribution Center), to the position of Distribution Center Manager I, Logistics Directorate (DS: Waco Distribution Center) in Jan. 2011.

  • Michael N. Kaucher, Chief ATI Telecommunication New Business, Strategic Planning & Partnerships Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of Director Finance & Accounting CO-OP Efforts, Finance & Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ in Nov. 2010.

  • Flordeliza B. Payton, General Manager, Guam Exchange, Pacific Region, to the position of Store Manager (MS), Fort Bragg Exchange, Eastern Region in Dec. 2010.

  • Stephen R. Weaver, General Manager (Dual), Kirtland AFB Exchange, Western Region, to the position of Senior Business Program Specialist Supervisor, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ in Nov. 2010.

The 2010 Convention slides are all posted
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Click here to view slides from ALA's 63rd Annual Convention! More

VCS Show and Sell 2011
ALA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mark your calendars for the big show in St. Charles, Mo., May 15–20, 2011. We are looking for pillow, linen, towel, and sheet, domestics suppliers. Contact Bob Ellis and the American Logistics Association at

Washington Update

'E-Volution: Reaching the Military Consumer in the New Age'
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ALA conducted its Annual Convention Oct. 18-21 in Bellevue, Wash. with a theme of "E-Volution: Reaching the Military Consumer in the New Age." Between government and private industry, over 400 senior level executives engaged in three days of presentations focused on leveraging social media to impact operations throughout the resale system, including VCS, MWR-Services and emerging community focused strategies by DoD Health Affairs/TMA/VA. For the first time, we conducted an MWR-Resale Workshop that focused on the development of a comprehensive strategy to leverage emerging technology and SM for more effective engagement and collaboration between community-facing organizations and ALA member companies to impact readiness, wellness and QOL mission efforts.

— The Resale-MWR organizations have developed a forward-looking group called the Future Operations Planning Team. They are focused on developing a collaborative strategy to impact three key areas at this early stage: (1) Family Fun & Fitness, including childhood obesity, (2) Programming options for troops in early off duty hours of 16:00-18:00, (3) Enhanced efforts for school aged children K-12 at various stages throughout the school year and summer recess. This 12 member multi disciplinary and inter-agency team participated in the MWR-Resale workshop and had its 2nd meeting in as many months along with our ALA MWR Rep.

— ALA is committed to developing a training and industry collaboration platform using virtual events and hybrid — physical and virtual — training programs to underpin this ongoing "collaboration" theme across the military channels and between industry. With funding for training and travel becoming scarcer, we seek to leverage the emergence of virtual platforms to continue important training between industry and the government resale — community support providers. — One of more exciting developments was the participation of key marketing and program management staffers from OSD HA/Tricare Medical Activity. As you stressed, military healthcare costs are "unsustainable." We hope to advance the collaboration between all stakeholders to impact "lifestyle" through increased physical activity, diet, smoking cessation and deglamorising drugs and alcohol. We believe that SM and new mobile e-health technology can be fused into the broader strategy described earlier for more cost effective health promotion and disease prevention and/or treatment. We believe all of this plays to more effective support of the VA wellness efforts as well.

Summary: We believe that the opportunity and potential for DoD and ALA-industry collaboration and "Joint Ops" is approaching unprecedented in our 63-year history of support for the Armed Forces. We look forward to moving forward on the strategies worked at the Convention and the MWR-Resale Workshop.

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