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A fight brewing on shoppers rights to products:
Up in smoke?
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POLITICO, Jeremy Herb
Congress and the Defense Department are mulling over a potential ban on selling tobacco products — cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco — on military bases and ships in an effort to curb high-smoking rates, but critics argue the move would be unfair to service members who already are making significant sacrifices.
Department of Labor rejects DoD request for an exemption ... result ... higher prices:
No wage-hike exemption for on-base restaurants
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Military Times, Karen Jowers
Labor Department officials have rejected requests to exempt fast-food concessions on military bases from regulations that will raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for all workers on federal construction and service contracts.
Budget crunch could cripple the Army:
Automatic budget cuts will nearly break the Army, generals warn
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The Washington Times, Rowan Scarborough
The Army is calling on active and retired generals to spread the word in Congress that another spate of automatic budget cuts would cripple America's largest ground force, an internal memo says.
Fewer voices in Congress:
The dramatically diminishing number of veterans in Congress
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Task & Purpose, Brian Adam Jones
There have never been fewer military veterans in Congress, and that's a problem.
New commissary to support Pittsburgh-area service members, veterans
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Association of Defense Communities
The nine-year odyssey to replace the commissary and post exchange at an Army facility closing as a result of BRAC 2005 is almost complete, with the grand opening for new stores set later in October.
Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association
US Navy's No. 2 nominee: Missing and unaccounted for
So whatever happened to Jo Ann Rooney? "Wow, I haven't heard that name in quite awhile," one Pentagon-based U.S. Navy officer said when asked a few weeks ago about her status. "No one talks about her." And yet Rooney's nomination to become undersecretary of the Navy, the second-highest office in the Navy Department, remains in force.
Memorial honoring disabled veterans dedicated on National Mall
The row of wheelchairs near the memorial dedication stage wasn't part of the new tribute site, but it did help underscore its goal.
North Korea shock: Something big is happening
It is impossible to know exactly what is going on in North Korea, but something big has happened. The third-generation Kim dynasty heir, Kim Jong-un, has been missing from public sight for a month, and may be ill, dead or overthrown.
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Army kicks off Annual Meeting
The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exhibition kicks off this Sunday, October 12th with the annual Army Ten-Miler. Held every October in Washington, D.C., the AUSA Annual Meeting is the largest landpower exposition and professional development forum in North America. The Annual Meeting consists of informative presentations, panel discussions on pertinent military and national security subjects, workshops and important AUSA business meetings. The three-day event includes over 500 industry and military exhibits, and more than 28,000 attendees. The Coalition will once again be participating and sharing SaveOurBenefit information at the Veterans Pavilion and Family Forums.
LtGen Jack Klimp to address ALA members on The Assault on Military Benefits
As mentioned in last week's ALA Executive Briefing, the National Association for Uniformed Services (NAUS), a Coalition valued associate, is continuing to warn its members that EARNED benefits are under attack. NAUS has been warning about the coming "Assault on Military Benefits" since 2011 and recently released a report addressing this issue. We are pleased that LtGen Jack Klimp, NAUS President and CEO, will be our keynote speaker during our Annual Convention. As he states in the report, "Listening to top senior defense officials, one would believe that the greatest threat to national defense is service members earned benefits."
Coalition Valued Associates set to participate in ALA Annual Convention
The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Association of the United States Army (AUSA), and the National Military Family Association will be participating in a Coalition panel discussion during the ALA Annual Convention. The topic of discussion will focus on their ongoing efforts to promote and protect military resale benefits, and to eliminate sequestration.
Commissary Web Posts
The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website between 10 AM, October 2, 2014 and 10 AM, October 9, 2014:
DP #23, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
Fall Club Pack, Far East Quantities #2.
Canning, Far East & Alaska Quantities #4.
Valentines, Far East & Alaska Quantities.
2015 WW Enhanced Truckload Water Program.
2015 WW Winter Club Pack Program.
2015 DP #1, WW Promotion Package, It's a New Year — Get Fit — Get Healthy!
NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
Adds/Changes/Deletes, Week 14-41.
FDS Distributor Codes, October 3, 2014.
FDS Distributor Change Form, October 3, 2014.
CRV Values, October 5, 2014.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
ALA National Convention, October 27-29, 2014, Hyatt Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. REGISTRATION OPEN
NEW - The ALA Rocky Mountain Chapter will be having its annual Holiday Meeting on December 3rd. Zone 9 Manager Jerome Katrenick as well as a number of the Zone 9 Store Directors will be in attendance. DeCA West Director, Terry Batenhorst will bring us up to date on DeCA, sales and expectation. Location and additional information to follow.
ALA New York Chapter Annual Holiday Lunch & Business Meeting, Thursday, December 4, 2014, Vabella Restaurant, New York City. Reservation form on the ALA Website.
2015 Commissary Roundtable, April 29 – May 1, 2015, Richmond Marriott, Richmond, VA.
Federal Business Opportunities
Furnish all necessities to perform custodial operations for DeCA, Fort Buchanan Commissary, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Furnish all necessary supervision, personnel, equipment and supplies necessary to perform custodial operations for the Defense Commissary Agency, Fort Buchanan Commissary, located near San Juan, Puerto Rico, in accordance with the Government's Performance Work Statement.
Fresh Beef and Frozen Coarse Beef
The Contractor is to furnish Program Buy Fresh Beef (primals/subprimals) and Frozen Coarse Ground Beef Products for the Central Meat Processing Plant that supports various commissaries located in the Defense Commissary Agency's Europe Area.
Shelf Stocking, Receiving/Storage/Holding Area and Custodial Operations at the Key West NAS Commissary
Furnish all supervision, personnel, equipment and supplies necessary to perform shelf stocking, receiving/storage/holding area and custodial operations for the Defense Commissary Agency, Key West NAS Commissary, located in Key West, Florida, in accordance with the Government's Performance Work Statement.
Kroger: Beyond the grocery aisle
Supermarkets don't leap to mind when you think of health, wellness and data-driven technology. But Kroger, the No. 2 U.S. food retailer with $98 billion in annual revenue, wants to be more than just another mass grocer. While its stock has risen, analysts are seeing room for more upside.
UPS offering new service at grocery and convenience stores
Customers may soon find themselves collecting or returning UPS packages at the grocery store.
UPS says it wants to make it easier for customers to get their packages after complaints about failed deliveries. The company is now using lockers in some neighborhood grocery and convenience stores.
Groupon pays customers to grocery shop with Snap app
Groupon is hoping to move beyond spas and restaurant reservations with the introduction of Snap, a grocery shopping app for iPhone and Android that pays users cash back on supermarket purchases.
Texas company thinks it has substitute for plastic grocery bags
The Dallas Morning News
Shoppers are being forced to change how they tote their groceries home.
Those plastic bags that often get repurposed to carry out clumps of cat litter or transport muddy cleats soon will cost you 5 cents apiece in Dallas. And, recently, they were banned in California.
Richardson, Texas-based Metropak Inc. believes it has a solution to the world's plastic bag waste problem.
New grocery goes 'back to the basics'
Lafayette Journal & Courier
Wal-Mart, this is not.
Not even close.
As the leader of Lafayette, Louisiana's newest specialty supermarket sees it, it's filling a need to return to simpler times.
"(We're) bringing back the old way of shopping," said Chris Sherrell, CEO and president of Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. "You can't get an oil change. You can't buy tires, can't buy fish food. We're just back to the basics — buying good, fresh, wholesome groceries."
Bottled water and tea lead global drinks growth
More insights from the globaldrinks.com online database — this time, highlighting the growth of bottled water and tea. Between the two, a contributing 55 percent of overall beverage market growth in the past five years.
Food fights: Why we bicker over grocery costs
The Toronto Sun
In some households, the cost of the daily grocery bill or the restaurant tab may be minor footnotes. But often, experts say, food bills can be a sore point.
"Research shows that the brain perceives food and money as almost the same thing," says Deborah Price, founder of the Novato, California-based Money Coaching Institute and author of "The Heart of Money." Usually, arguments over food bills involve more than the mere cost of milk, bread or organic kale.
Fiscal reality can't be ignored in case of area grocery
The concerns of residents living near a Montgomery, Alabama, Winn-Dixie store slated for closing are certainly understandable, but so is the business decision that led the grocery chain to end its operations there. In a free market economy, bottom-line decisions, particularly for a publicly-held company, have to be acknowledged and understood.
How Wal-Mart is about to change online grocery shopping
The Motley Fool (subscriber article)
Wal-Mart didn't invent online grocery shopping, and in fact, it was pretty late to the game. Very late, actually. Peapod has been successfully delivering groceries year in and year out for more than two decades. But it was the retailer's vast network of superstores around the country serving as regional distribution hubs that was seen as giving it an advantage over regional players, like Peapod, and even national ones, such as Amazon.com
Effective 1 October 2014, Tess Paquette title has been changed to Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer. Tess will continue to have responsibility for the buying and advertising of all NEX retail merchandise for both brick and mortar and online stores as well as all areas of marketing, customer experience, brand management and Omni-channel operations across the business lines.
"Over the last year, we have made great strides in executing our enterprise Omni-channel strategy, including the most recent launch of our new e-Commerce platform," said Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi (Ret), NEXCOM CEO. "As we continue this journey, I believe it is important to recognize the key role that marketing plays across all of our business lines on a daily basis. The integration of Merchandising, Marketing, Brand Management and e-Commerce sets us up for the future to exceed our customers' expectations across multiple sales platforms."
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AAFES MD-C changes
I am pleased to announce the following upcoming personnel changes:
All of these DMMs do an incredible job in their current positions and will do well in their future positions. I know all of you will assist in getting them up to speed in their new categories.
- Jennifer Little will assume the position of DMM, EU Buying Office, effective 28 February/2 March 2015
- JR Chidester will assume the position of DMM, HBC/Cleaning, Fragrance/Cosmetics, effective 28 February/2 March 2015
- Dan Koglin will assume the position of DMM, MCS end of March
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Whitman Lacy appointed director of NAF Business and Support Services Division
Cindy Whitman Lacy was appointed Director of the NAF Business and Support Services Division effective Sept. 22, 2014.
Whitman Lacy will assume the duties as the Director of the NAF Business and Support Services Division (MR), Manpower and Reserve Affairs Department, Headquarters Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia.
Sears to sell most of Sears Canada stake as it looks to boost liquidity
Chain Store Age
Sears Holdings Corp. is selling most of its 51 percent stake in its Sears Canada division to shareholders as its looks to boost its liquidity before the crucial holiday selling season. Sears, which previously said it was exploring options for the struggling Sears Canada unit and retained Bank of America Merrill Lynch in May 2014, expects to raise as much as $380 million by November.
Report: Consumers ready to make leap to mobile payments — with some help from retailers
Chain Store Age
Consumers are well positioned to make the transition to mobile payments — with a little help from retailers, banks, payment networks and retailers, according to a new report from global consultancy Kurt Salmon.
Survey: Popularity of Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping weekend on rise
Chain Store Age
Shoppers are planning to spend less money and purchase gifts for fewer people this holiday season compared to last year, while also maximizing their budgets through Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and online cost comparison, according to the CFI Group 2014 Holiday Retail Spending Report: Black Friday is Back.
H&M named International Retailer of the Year at World Retail Awards
Chain Store Age
Swedish fast-fashion chain H&M was named "International Retailer of the Year" at the 8th annual World Retail Awards dinner in Paris. The awards were presented during the World Retail Congress, which was held the week of Oct. 1 in Paris.
Saks Fifth Avenue to open in Puerto Rico
Hudson's Bay Company is planning to open Saks Fifth Avenue in San Juan, Puerto Rico, next year. The retail store will be in the Mall of San Juan and offer the retailer's full line within the 100,000 square foot location.
Staples closes 15 stores in Canada
The Globe and Mail
Staples Canada has closed 15 of its 331 stores in this country as the office supplies retailer feels the brunt of more business shifting online.
Family Dollar introduces 'Ad Match' program
Dollar stores, still gaining market share from other channels, are getting even more aggressive: Family Dollar Stores is debuting an "Ad Match Promise," matching competitor's prices.
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Disney's Frozen, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters top children's costume list
Having taken the world by storm this year, Disney's Frozen and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle characters will again come to life this Halloween. According to NRF's 2014 Halloween Consumer Top Costumes Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, an estimated 2.6 million children plan to dress up as one of Disney's Frozen characters, while about 1.8 million children will dress as one of the re-imagined classic characters from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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In 2013, consumers planned to spend less on gifts for the family and more on gifts for friends than they did in 2012. That's just one statistic you'll find by creating an account in the Retail Insight Center. Register to receive NRF and Shop.org's 2014 holiday sales forecast in your inbox when it's released, and unlock access to historical data and demographic filters.
Microsoft to open Fifth Avenue store
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Microsoft Corp.'s first Manhattan, New York, flagship store is coming to Fifth Avenue.
The software company confirmed that it will be setting up shop at 677 Fifth Avenue as it continues to expand its retail presence and take more control over its consumers' shopping experience.
Tupelo First looks to stop more Wal-Mart stores
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
A nonprofit group billing itself as "Tupelo First" hopes to put a stop to any plans retail giant Wal-Mart Inc. has in opening smaller format stores in the All-America City.
Report: Standard General in talks with RadioShack to improve retailer's liquidity
Chain Store Age
Standard General LP is in talks to improve RadioShack's cash position in advance of the holiday season, Reuters reported. The hedge fund said it was in talks with the struggling retailer to buy the company's loans and other commitments under its asset-backed credit facility.
Dollar store traffic continues to grow
Food Business News
Dollar store shopping visits were up 14 percent this past quarter while the rest of the brick-and-mortar retail market was down 4 percent, according to The NPD Group's Shopping Activity Services report.
CST Brands completes Lehigh purchase
CST Brands Inc. has completed the purchase of 100 percent of the membership interests of Lehigh Gas GP LLC, the general partner of Lehigh Gas Partners LP, from Lehigh Gas Corp., and of all of its outstanding incentive distribution rights, for $17 million in cash and 2.044 million shares of CST common stock.
Speedway closes on Hess retail deal
On Sept. 30, Marathon Petroleum Corp. subsidiary Speedway LLC closed its acquisition of Hess Corp.'s retail operations and related assets, a $2.82 billion transaction announced on May 22.
What a snacker wants
While working on its recently released global-snacking study, "Snack Attack: What Consumers are Reaching for Around the World," research firm Nielsen was also at work on a report that reveals the snacking tendencies — and differences — of male and female snackers stateside.
Convenience store chain Mapco installs impulse selling platform
Chain Store Age
Convenience store operator Mapco recently partnered with Gilbarco Veeder-Root to install the Impulse upselling platform across 220 sites by the end of 2014. Mapco, which operates 375 stores in the Southeast, is using the Impulse platform to drive dynamic digital content at both the point-of-sale and through their mobile application.
Acosta to acquire Southern Sales Solutions
Acosta Sales & Marketing will acquire Southern Sales Solutions, Kenner, Louisiana, it announced recently.
The move will grow Acosta's foodservice division in the Central and Southeast regions, the company said.
Snacking gone global
There's a kind of crunch all over the world. It's the sound of people across all nations falling in love with their snack food of choice. If there was any preconceived notion that snacking was an exclusive North American phenomenon, guess again. Everybody's doing it.
Gulf Oil expands national field sales team
Branded marketer Gulf Oil LP has added two industry veterans to join its team as part of Gulf's national expansion efforts. Focused on the South and Midwest regions, each of these new managers brings expertise, area contacts and more to accelerate the company's growth in these key markets.
Grand opening: Community service drives Fillinup
We learned a tremendous amount in developing our new store concept.
We learned about striking a balance between what our customers wanted and what we ourselves wanted out of a modern convenience store. We learned that sticking to our core values for operating stations would get us further than any amount of architecture, design or money could get us.
We learned that the customer is still always right and that treating your employees well will always pay off.
Competitive watch: Fruit of the boom
An apple a day may keep the doctor away. But apples priced at only 99 cents a pound, six organic romaine hearts advertised at $5 and a pound of ground turkey for $1.99 keep the customers coming back in droves. At least that's the hope — and hoopla — fueling Fresh Thyme Farmers Market.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
A variety of classes and events related to domestic violence are available during the month of October in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., areas.
American Red Cross provides assistance in case of disaster
The American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces is a unique branch of the American Red Cross that helps installations during times of need. It recently participated in a mass casualty exercise, Sept. 23 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
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