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Selective reporting does a disservice to the issue:
The release below from Military.Com recasts a release from last year where Todd Harrison from the CSBA teed up a discussion on the value proposition of the military resale benefits. If you read closely even Mr. Harrison cast doubt on the reliability of his analysis and specifically states nothing should be done until a more comprehensive analysis is undertaken. In fact the ALA hosted Mr. Harrison at the ALA Congressional Caucus where he elaborated on his position and restated the fact that his survey group was clearly not representative.
The fact is a more comprehensive analysis was undertaken last month by the Military Times and a totally different picture has developed. Why didn't Military.Com reference the Military Times survey? Could it be they are in competition for news stories? In this case, the breaking news needs to reflect the facts and Military.Com missed the mark.
Survey: Most Enlistees Don't Value Commissaries Most active-duty troops, especially enlistees, don't value the commissaries nearly as much as the government pays to operate them, according to a survey by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Click here to read more.
Military Times survey:
For troops, commissaries are still a valued benefit
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Army Times, Karen Jowers and Andrew Tilghman
Even with the increasing encroachment of low-cost "big box" stores, commissaries remain a highly valued benefit for active-duty members especially enlisted troops and their shopping habits bear that out, according to a subscriber survey conducted by Military Times. About 65 percent of the roughly 2,100 active-duty troops who responded said they shop at their commissary once a week or more, and 75 percent said they spend 50 percent or more of their monthly grocery budgets at commissaries.
DoD budget getting closer to the light of day:
Hagel to preview Pentagon's budget for 2015 on Feb. 24
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Reuters, Andrea Shalal-Esa and David Alexander
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to preview the Pentagon's fiscal 2015 budget request on Feb. 24, a week before the White House sends its formal budget plan to Congress, according to sources familiar with the matter.
White House pushes budget hike
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Defense News, Marcus Weisgerber, Vago Muradian, Paul McLeary and Christopher P. Cavas
The White House and Pentagon, after weeks of back-and-forth debate, appear ready to expand the Defense Department's budget starting in 2016. Administration officials are contemplating a $535 billion DoD budget in 2016, one source said, which is about $36 billion over the sequester cap. The administration would offset the defense increase in other areas of the federal budget, sources said.
Congress repeals caps on military retired pay
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Military Times, Patricia Kime
The fight against reductions in military retired pay is over — and retirees have emerged victorious. The Senate recently voted resoundingly to repeal the planned reductions to annual cost-of-living adjustments, or COLAs, in military retirement pay, approving a bill passed Tuesday by the House that will offset the roughly $6 billion the COLA caps would have saved by extending automatic cuts to Medicare funding by one year.
Hagel recognizes DOD agencies for audit progress
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A clean audit is the Holy Grail of U.S. military financial goals. Generations of defense secretaries have pushed an unwieldy and confusing financial system closer to a clean audit, and Feb. 6 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recognized Department of Defense organizations that are at the forefront of this charge. The Marine Corps and nine other defense agencies are leading the Defense Department in this effort. The Corps is the first military service to clear a financial audit; the other services expect to clear this hurdle later this year. The goal is for all of DOD to be fully audit ready in 2017.
Military wives struggle to find jobs
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San Antonio Express-News, Sig Christenson
The nation's 1.14 million military spouses often struggle more than civilians to find work and jobs suited to their educational levels and experience, a recent study says. The Military Officers Association of America, which met this week in San Antonio, said 1 in every 3 young women married to U.S. troops was out of work. The spouses, 18 to 24 years old, also were three times as likely to be jobless as their civilian counterparts.
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President, American Logistics Association
House votes to repeal COLA caps
A measure that would repeal caps on annual increases in military retired pay recently steamed through the House, receiving well over the two-thirds majority required for fast-tracked legislation. The COLA caps are estimated to save $6 billion over 10 years. The House's repeal provision would offset the lost savings by extending sequestration on mandatory Medicare spending by one year, to 2024.
Reid opts to help out vulnerables restore military pensions
Senate Democrats recently cast aside legislation from the House to repeal a controversial cut to military pensions and pressed ahead with a rival plan from their most vulnerable incumbents. The House overwhelmingly approved legislation Tuesday to repeal a $6 billion cut to military pensions, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he was opposed to a provision that offsets the cost by extending sequestration for mandatory Medicare spending.
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Bill to restore COLA for military retirees clears Senate hurdle
The Senate recently cleared a key procedural hurdle on a bill that would undo the cuts to military retirement pay introduced by the Bipartisan Budget Act. Senators voted unanimously, 94-0, to advance the bill, which, if passed in a final vote this week, would repeal a section of the Ryan-Murray budget deal that reduces annual cost-of-living adjustment increases by 1 percentage point for "working age" retirees, starting in late 2015.
House Republicans seek to trade debt deal for repeal on military pensions
The New York Times
The House recently voted on a plan to extend the government's borrowing authority into 2015 in exchange for reversing a cut to the pensions of working-age military veterans that Congress approved just two months ago to try to trim the budget deficit.
At Pentagon, pre-emptive budget strikes
Lawmakers are trying to strong-arm the Pentagon into saving favored programs and pet projects ahead of the release of its 2015 budget next month. Projects on the do-not-touch list include the Navy's 11-carrier fleet and the Air Force's A-10 "Warthog" aircraft. Other lawmakers say the Defense Department should avoid cutting the Army National Guard or its Apache helicopters, and that it should fund the combat rescue helicopter program.
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Congressman calls for hearing on moving Marine Corps Times at exchanges
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Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., recently called for a congressional oversight hearing on why the Marine Corps abruptly moved Marine Corps Times from newsstands in the front of exchange stores to the back, where the publication is more difficult to find.
Meet the man who will be slashing the Pentagon's bloated budget
After months of feverish speculation about who would succeed Ash Carter as the Pentagon's No. 2, former Marine colonel and current think tank chief Bob Work appears to have won the job and gone into pre-nomination mode, declining invitations to give speeches or take part in other public events a sure sign in Washington that someone's about to get the nod.
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Commissary Web Posts
The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., Feb. 13, 2014.
DP #8, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
DP #9, WW Promotion Package, Mother's Day Celebration and Military Appreciation Month.
DP #7, Alaska Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
Spring Club Pack (Apr-Jun), CONUS Quantities & Far East & Alaska Quantities.
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NTT 14-20, Vendor Stocking & FDS Fill Rate Performance Reports.
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 14-07 will be delayed due to DeCA snow closure.
DeCA Sales Team Directory, Feb 11, 2014.
CRV Values, February 9, 2014.
New Items Added to CAO, Zone 28 Test, 11 Feb 2014.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
March 5-7, 2014: 2014 Exchange Roundtable at Marriott Norfolk Waterside, Norfolk, Va. Registration is open.
April 30, 2014: 2014 DeCA/ALA Appreciation Day Golf, Ft. Lee, Va.
May 1 & 2, 2014: 2014 ALA Commissary Roundtable at Richmond Marriott, Richmond, Va.
NEW June 24, 2014: 2014 ALA Congressional Caucus, Washington, D.C.
Wheelchair, shopping cart, handicap
Federal Business Opportunities
This solicitation is being issued as 100 percent total small business set-aside. The solicitation is for wheelchair, shopping cart, handicap to be delivered to Defense Commissary Agency commissaries in the Continental United States and overseas locations including Europe. However, for overseas locations, with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii, the contractor would only be responsible for preparation for overseas shipment and delivery to the port. A Firm-Fixed Price contract is contemplated.
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Federal Busienss Opportunities
Pest control services for Anchorage and Dyess AFB Commissaries. The Period of Performance will be for a base period of Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2014, and will include four 1-year option periods that may extend performance through Dec. 31, 2018. This Request for Quotation will be issued on or about Nov. 8, 2013 with a tentative closing date of Nov. 29, 2013. This acquisition is being issued as Unrestricted. The North American Industry Classification System Code is 561710 and the business size standard is $10 million. Contractors must be registered with the System for Award Management in order to be eligible for a contract award.
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Lucky Charms celebrates 50 years of magically delicious
Lucky Charms cereal is commemorating 50 years of magically delicious fun with a 50-day celebration thanking fans young and old for keeping the magic alive all these years. Lucky the leprechaun's celebration of his fans kicked off during music's biggest award night of the year with a tribute ad featuring pop vocal sensation Pentatonix singing his magically delicious jingle. The festivities will culminate on the luckiest day of the year — and Lucky's 50th birthday — St. Patrick's Day.
Food brands try to wake up sales with new 'energy' appeals
Are you exhausted? Food marketers think you are. From cereal to snacks and even dog food, brands are pushing energy as a selling point like never before. The newest buzzword is "sustainable energy," meaning foods that keep you full and fueled for longer periods.
Business reviews now available on the ALA Business Resource
Nearly 7 out of 10 people read online reviews before making a purchase, and in the business-to-business world, reviews are even more important in the decision-making process. To help in your purchasing decisions, we are pleased to announce that we've now incorporated business reviews into our ALA Business Resource. Now you have the opportunity to share your experiences with a company's products or services with your fellow colleagues, or read what others have to say about a potential future vendor. Visit the ALA Business Resource to search for qualified product and service providers and write a review.
World food prices fall
The Wall Street Journal
World food prices fell in January, marking the first decline in three months as lower prices for grains, sugar and meat outweighed stronger prices for dairy produce, data from the United Nations' Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization showed. "We're seeing lower prices due to abundant supplies, but stronger upturn in demand, such as an increase in the pace of imports from Asia, could limit the decline," said the U.N.'s principal food economist, Abdolreza Abbassian.
Kroger acquires digital coupon company
Kroger Co. recently said it had acquired the company that runs its digital coupon program, YOU Technology Brand Services. Kroger's accelerated growth strategy includes targeted capital investments to increase its store base and square footage in both new and existing markets, and to strengthen its connection with customers through the growing digital and mobile channels.
How indies are getting healthier
Less is more, the saying goes, but when it comes to wellness merchandising, more may be better. Grocers need to take a forward-looking approach to their health and wellness offerings. Among the steps retailers ought to take: good lighting and wood shelving, which convey a healthy image; and keeping natural and organic items shelved along with conventional items, properly signed, rather than in a separate section.
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Coalition and Valued Associates Advocacy and Actions ...
The ALA; resale partners; the Coalition; and Valued Associate member, the National Military Family Association, met with Senator Barbara Mikulski and staff members this week. The Senator was very concerned to hear that we believe the Department of Defense budget contains a drastic cut to commissary funding. We shared our concerns that the current rhetoric depicts the commissary as just another discount shopping opportunity, and stressed that it is an earned benefit for military service and a model program that should be emulated not decimated. She plans to message this as well and is very committed to protecting the commissary system at its current funding stream. She also said that organizations and the military community as a whole need to put forth the same effort to protect the commissary benefit that they gave to the Retirement COLA cuts because it made a difference. We have shared this message with our Valued Associates and will also share it with the military community at large.
The Coalition plans to roll out another Call to Action alert to our members as soon as the President's budget is delivered to Congress. We will also share it with our Valued Associates and AFGE DeCA Council 172, who have been sharing our messages with commissary employees. AFGE DeCA Council 172 is in agreement that we need to mount an all out effort in March outside the commissaries to engage patrons directly. We are moving forward to develop a plan of action and will keep you posted.
In response to the Save Our Military Shopping Benefits Act, introduced last week by Representative Tim Griffin (AR-02), some of our Valued Associate members have already sent letters of support for the bill and others are planning to follow. As we reported in last week’s EB, the act would prevent the Department of Defense from closing or reducing operations of commissary stores and exchanges on military installations within the U.S. through 2016. It includes an exception for changes "required for upgrading or modifying an existing structure for safety or health reasons." It currently has ten original co-sponsors. We will continue to work with Representative Griffin's office and the military community to gain support for this bill going forward.
This past week, we have spent a great deal of time adding message driven content to the Save Our Benefit Facebook page. We encourage you to read these posts and share them with others. We have also updated the visual media ads and have incorporated them into our Facebook page, and will be sharing them with our military media partners and Valued Associates. We want to thank Joe Mugnai with Family Media and Kurt Hall with Unilever for all of their work on this project.
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Store sales forecast to rise 4.1 percent this year
Thanks to a strengthening economy and a more solid employment outlook, consumers are stepping up their spending, leading the National Retail Federation to predict that retail sales will increase 4.1 percent this year.
J.C. Penney to develop vacant land by headquarters
The Wall Street Journal
J.C. Penney Co. entered into a new partnership to develop the vacant land around its Plano, Texas, headquarters, as the struggling department store operator said it wanted to capitalize on the available asset. The new project, Legacy West, consists of 240 acres, which the company said is prime office and mixed-use development space in the Legacy Business Park.
US retailers' sales chilled by weather, low consumer confidence
January was a tough end to the most competitive holiday season in years for U.S. retailers. Retailers' sales results showed shoppers continued to pinch pennies, seeking out bargains and paying fewer visits to stores in a month when consumers typically conclude their holiday shopping by redeeming gift cards.
Implementing EMV chip and PIN cards can be costly, but not difficult
One thing became clear during the Feb. 3 Senate hearings on credit card security, it is that the duty to protect card payment systems falls to everyone in the payment chain. This means that banks and credit card issuers need to provide for up to date security, merchant processors need to be able to handle card payments securely, customers need to have the ability to get secure credit cards, and finally merchants need to have a secure method of accepting payments.
'Seasonal Factors Impact January Jobs Report'
National Retail Federation
The National Retail Federation recently issued the following statements from NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay and Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz on the January jobs report: "While it is always positive to see an increase in private sector hiring and a decrease in unemployment, it is alarming that employment can't shift into a higher gear," said Shay.
Report: Target hackers used HVAC-service company's credentials
Chain Store Age
The hackers responsible for the recent Target data breach reportedly gained initial access to the retailer's network using credentials stolen from a heating, ventilation and air conditioning vendor. The hackers, using the vendor's access, were able to break into Target's network and from there were able to compromise a server storing the personal data of 70 million customers, as well as in-store POS systems that allowed access to 40 million credit and debit card numbers.
Study: US retailers' online sales to hit $50 billion by 2020
Chain Store Age
International sales from U.S. online retailers will jump from $11 billion in 2014 to almost $50 billion by 2020, which would make up 16 percent of the overall U.S. online retail market, according to a new report by OC&C Strategy Consultants.
Walgreens still evaluating sales of tobacco
Chain Store Age
Responding to the announcement by CVS Caremark that its plans to stop selling tobacco products in its stores, Walgreens stated that the category has been under review at its stores, too.
Arthur Ortenberg, a Liz Claiborne founder, dies at 87
The New York Times
Arthur Ortenberg, who teamed up with his wife, the designer Liz Claiborne, and a third partner to build a billion-dollar enterprise clothing career women in stylish but casual outfits at moderate prices, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 87.
Will Apple's iBeacon change the way we shop?
Apple quietly introduced iBeacon last year during the World Wide Developer Conference that served as the launchpad for iOS 7. Sources say while the feature was little more than a label on one of the many screens shown during the keynote, interest was high. Now, nearly a year later, it looks like iBeacon is poised to change the way iPhone owners interact with stores, parks, venues, museums and more.
Unilever looks to marry in-store sampling with e-commerce
Unilever is trying to take the idea of free product sampling normally seen in store aisles and apply it to ecommerce. For Tresemmé, Nexus, Dove Hair, Clear Dove's Men and Dove's Men, the Englewood Cliffs, N.J.-based firm is placing samples for those hair care brands in shipments going out to customers for Coastal.com and Beyond The Rack, among other e-commerce players.
Hobby Lobby to open 70 stores in 2014
Chain Store Age
Hobby Lobby announced it will open 70 stores throughout the United States in 2014, for a total of 625 locations nationwide.
Nordstrom to close 2 stores
Chain Store Age
Nordstrom announced plans to close it's store in Lloyd Center Mall, Portland, Ore., and its store in Vancouver Mall, Vancouver, Wash. Both locations will close in January 2015. Nordstrom said the two locations haven't performed to the level the company needed them to and "investing in remodels to possibly make them more successful didn't pan out."
Wal-Mart to spend $500 million on expansion in Canada
The Wall Street Journal
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will invest nearly $500 million Canadian dollars ($451 million U.S. dollars) in its Canadian operations over the next year, a move that signals a continued push by U.S. retailing giants into Canada's key grocery category. The investment will see the retailer's Canadian unit spend more than $376 million to add 35 supercenter stores, which carry everything from groceries to apparel and home décor, and house specialty services like pharmacies and garden centers.
Retailers to Congress: There's no end in sight for credit card breaches
The Washington Post
A Target executive warned Congress that credit card breaches, such as the one that affected up to 110 million of its customers, are going to become very common and there may be little retailers can do to shield shoppers for now. "The unfortunate reality is that we suffered a breach, and all businesses – and their customers — are facing increasingly sophisticated threats from cyber criminals," said Target chief financial officer John J. Mulligan at a hearing.
Thawing the health care freeze
Retail's BIG Blog
Well, now he's done it again: Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow, foretelling at least six more weeks of winter. We should all be so lucky. There is a little bit more of a thaw in the works in health care, of all places. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 23-14 today to approve HR 2575, the Save American Workers Act.
NRF: Consumers keep budgets in check this Valentine's Day
National Retail Federation
On the heels of a healthy yet modest holiday shopping season, cautious consumers aren't quite ready to splurge on Valentine's Day this year, continuing to keep their budgets in check. According to the National Retail Federation's 2014 Valentine's Day spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, 54 percent of Americans will celebrate with their loved ones this year, compared to 60 percent in 2013.
Nordstrom to relocate Hawaii store
Chain Store Age
Nordstrom, Inc. plans to relocate its full-line store to a new space within Ala Moana Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. The new three-level, approximately 186,000-square-foot store is expected to open spring 2016.
Sears rolls out new pickup service for online purchases
Chain Store Age
Sears has debuted In-Vehicle Pickup, a new service powered by the chain's Shop Your Way mobile app that enables customers to pick up their online purchases at any Sears store within five minutes of arrival, without ever leaving the car.
What lies ahead in 2014
This is Retail
Retail is an ever-evolving industry, making new strides toward innovation for the customer every day. Check out the following slideshow to see what retailers are working on in 2014.
Latest trends in logistics point toward automation
By Nadine Miller
Local and global logistics have become increasingly complex, and the systems needed to handle that complexity have also grown. More and more companies depend on third-party logistics providers to offer the data analysis and warehouse, transportation and financial management systems needed to keep products flowing smoothly from manufacturer to consumer. In 2013, companies implemented more automation in both hardware and software to increase productivity and reduce error rates. The trend toward automation will continue in 2014.
The world's top 10 most innovative companies in retail
No industry has been more transfigured in the past year than retail. Stores now behave like websites, tracking customers as they browse. American malls have pretty much died (but may be on their way back to life). And in some parts of the country, you can have your milk and eggs home-delivered, along with your new iPod, on the same day. Those who lead the field strike the right balance between physical and digital, experience and affordability, and convenience and quality.
Retail growth: Why marketplace is drop ship's natural heir
Few retailers would argue that the greatest potential for sustained growth in the future is online. But online is tough, with consumers used to Amazon-type customer experiences which mean they expect a vast product choice at a competitive price. Meeting these expectations, while retaining brand values and remaining profitable are the main challenges facing retailers right now.
Rethink your branding to create crazy love from customers
A company can exist to merely sell stuff and make money. And, certainly, many do. But a special breed of brands that have transcended revenue as a focal point have been transformed into uber-powerful forces. So what do they focus on more than anything else? Emotions. And the business results are nothing short of astonishing.
2 ways to find good salespeople
By Harry J. Friedman
When you went into business, did you realize that you were also going into the business of hiring? Unfortunately, staff turnover in business — particularly in retail stores — is a never-ending battle. Regardless of industry or your efforts in keeping turnover to a minimum, many people still regard retail as something to do until something better comes along. Certainly, there are many difficulties inherent to the hiring process. But there are some things you can do to eliminate, or at least lessen, some of those difficulties.
NEXCOM trading partner link
NEXCOM is currently working to update and enhance our Vendor Partner Trading processes and procedures. Our nomenclature for this project is "Trading Partner Performance Manual." Our first iteration of this document has been loaded to the "My Navy Exchange" website and can be accessed through the "Vendor" portal. We invite you to please review this working document and provide any feedback or insights as we continue to refine our policies to the mutual benefit of both NEXCOM and our Vendor Partners in servicing our Military Families.
In addition to the aforementioned document, we are developing an "Active Community Portal" in which the Vendor Community may electronically access all documents required for executing/updating the trading process with NEXCOM. We are also working to incorporate an automated compliance solution to be called "Active Intelligence". This solution will be driven by standardized infraction criteria encompassing human, data and invoice EDI identifiable infractions.
The targeted completion date for the Active community Portal is March 2014, with a targeted completion on the Active Intelligence Portal of June 2014.
Myself and Kellie Carter are committed to keeping you informed of our progress, we will appreciate your input. If you have any questions or concerns during this working phase, please direct them to the Program Manager, Kellie Carter - 757-631-4197 / firstname.lastname@example.org, or myself, Mark Carroll, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Planning & Replenishment Navy Exchange Service Command - Phone: 757-631-4597; Fax: 757-631-4592.
Dear (trading partner),
Nexcom would like to introduce you to our new online Trading Partner Portal. The primary purpose of this portal is to house and maintain all NEXCOM Trading Partner contact information and agreement documents.
We have you listed as a contact for your company and require your assistance in updating your contact information. Please complete the following by April 16, 2014.
- Click on the following link: [Click Here]
- Verify and assign the correct contact to each of the following business roles.
[Scroll to the bottom of page to see who else from your company received this communication]
- Primary Contact
- Supply Chain POC
- VP/National Sales Manager
- Click Submit at the bottom of the Web form.
- If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kellie Carter by email at email@example.com,or at 757-631-4197.
2014 Exchange Roundtable revised agenda is now available:
Click here to view the updated 2014 Exchange Roundtable Agenda
Congressman Joe Wilson will join us in Norfolk for the Roundtable
Exchange Council Members,
Please help us spread the word and provide clarity around NEXCOM's "Big Idea Session" at the ERT in Norfolk. The intent is to have the vendors come in with an idea, a product, a concept, etc. to help drive the business in 2014. In talking with Tess, she mentioned she got this idea from the show "Shark Tank" where people come in with a quick proposed idea/product that they feel will do well. They are looking for input from the vendor community on any ideas they think will bring business into the exchanges of course they will be addressing your questions in the Break Out Sessions as well.
The Other Services are developing what they want to cover during their session and Ana Middleton and Mike Immler will be discussing strategic processes as well as taking your comments and suggestions if you would like a question to be asked and don't want to do it in person email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 817-201-9921.
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2014 Exchange Roundtable
All Day Event
March 5-7, 2014
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
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Why do I need to be there for this event?
Attend the March 2014 Roundtable in Norfolk to better understand The critical significance of the Military Resale Exchanges in a new Defense budget era and how you too can help by participating in an all-new panel and town hall format.
Military resale and VCS programs meet critical criteria for Defense and Veterans programs, providing a model to emulate, not a program to decimate. In short, we are all part of the solution to present and future challenges, to increase the benefit and not reduce the benefit for our service members and their families.
Exchanges, Canteens and Commissaries provide this model because it offers the ability to produce and support a highly valued benefit with high personnel support, retention, and compensation value, all at little net cost and a significant financial ROI return to the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration.
What will you do and how can you help support the tremendous sacrifice of our military personnel and their families? Please join us in Norfolk.
The headquarters hotel for this meeting is the Marriott Norfolk Waterside located at 235 E Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510. The Marriot is offering a discounted group rate to industry attendees: $112 single, plus taxes. To take advantage of this discount, contact the Marriott at 1-800-228-9390 or 757-627-4200, and mention the "American Logistics Association 2014 Exchange Roundtable." This discounted rate will be offered through 5pm eastern, Feb. 12, 2014, or until the ALA room block fills. Hotel rooms are reserved on a first come, first served basis and attendees are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible for best availability.
Government/Military Partner Reservations:
The Government Per Diem room block secured by ALA is reserved for those persons employed by AAFES (The Exchange), MCCS, NEXCOM, CGES, VCS, DOD or DeCA. The Marriott will require proper ID upon checking in. To reserve a room at the GPD rate, please complete the GPD Hotel Reservation Form and return it to ALA no later than COB Feb. 10, 2014. Reservations will be made on a first come first served basis and, once the GPD block is full, ALA cannot guarantee that a reservation at the GPD rate will be available.
Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. Cancellations received by Feb. 3, 2014, will receive a full refund. Cancellations received between Feb. 4-21 will be subject to a $250 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after February 21st or for "no-shows". Cancellation refunds will be processed by original method of payment. All refunds will be processed post-meeting and mailed directly to the individual on the registration form. Cancelled registrations may be transferred to individuals within the same company, upon written request. Cancelled registrations may not be transferred to another ALA meeting. Any cancellations resulting due to a family or medical emergency must be submitted in writing by within three days of the start of the meeting to receive a refund.
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Deputy director says farewell and 'aloha'
All good things must eventually come to an end. Mick McAndrews knows that as well as anyone. The current deputy director of the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Morale, Welfare and Recreation Office is retiring after five years at the installation and a total of 30 years of service to the U.S. Navy.
DOD focuses on healthy, active lifestyle for children
With the national rate of childhood obesity increasing, the Defense Department wants to ensure children in military families lead healthy and active lifestyles, the Defense Department's director of the office of family policy and children and youth recently said.
Odierno, Ravens Coach Harbaugh visit troops in southern Afghanistan
Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, recently visited southern Afghanistan, and met with deployed service members and received Regional Command (South) mission updates. During his stay at Kandahar Airfield, Odierno visited Soldiers of 1st Infantry Division's 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, with Maj. Gen. Paul. J. LaCamera, RC(S) and 4th Infantry Division commanding general.
Red Cross office opens on post
The Fort Huachuca Scout
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Fort Huachuca's Army Community Services building, Jan. 31, to celebrate the grand opening of the new American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter office, specializing in military assistance. The American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces, or SAF network, assists service members and their Families with unforeseen hardships and coping with the military life, for those living in the Southern Arizona area.
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063