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Executive Briefing
President's Message

19 March 1920 ALA is incorporated…seems like just yesterday…There are so many candles that we are beginning to light them now…more to follow…Happy 90th Birthday ALA!!

ALA Chairman visits AAFES HQ:

This week ALA Chairman, Pete Murphy (S&K Sales) along with Board members Tom Wagner (D&S), Rich Krug (MSS) and yours truly visited AAFES HQ. The meeting included an office call with the AAFES Command and a follow on business session with Mike Howard AAFES Chief Operating Officer. The purpose of the meeting was simple. ALA wants to make a concerted effort to improve business opportunities for the military channel by strengthening the partnership between the association and the Exchange Services. This meeting was an initial step in that direction. The outcomes desired from this session were to identify substantive next steps to improve the value of the association to the retailer and ultimately the military customer. I am pleased to announce that the meeting generated several substantive initiatives that can generate the desired positive results. Kudos to Chairman Murphy for these important first steps.

Coming Soon to your EB:
We will be adding a section to your Executive Bulletin called "Commander's Corner" where we will publish input/thoughts/messages from the Executives that head the resale commands. We expect to activate this feature in the next several weeks… This is another effort to foster improved communication within the military resale channel.

Noteworthy News:
Social media will be a key element of any future marketing strategy and a focus of our National Convention this year. The new policy issues by DoD recognized this important communication element and enhance our opportunities for a great event this fall.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

2010 Exchange Roundtable

March 15-17
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Norfolk, VA

Delivering the Benefit in 2010 and Beyond
Online Registration is now open!

The headquarters hotel is the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. You will find detailed hotel information, as well as a link to the hotel Web site (to make your reservations online) on our Web site.

A preliminary agenda is also posted to our Web site.

Highlights include:
  • Updates from the Chief Merchandisers of each of the services
  • Col. Matthew H. Molloy, USAF
  • Breakout sessions from each of the services focused on the following areas: Consumables, Hardlines, Marketing, PAR/Replenishment and/or Other Topics
CLICK HERE to register now!

ALA Events Open to Non-Members

Dear Prospective Member,

This year the ALA is offering a unique partnership opportunity to attract new members and demonstrate the benefits of the association. We are allowing non-member companies to attend one of our key business meetings held between now and the end of June with the payment of the registration fee and an additional premium(1) that will be applied to the 2010/2011 membership dues if the company applies for membership prior to July 1, 2010(2). The meetings include:

2010 Exchange Roundtable, March 15-17, in Norfolk, Va. This segment of the military market represents nearly $14 billion in sales from a mass merchandise type format to gas stations and Convenience stores. Meeting includes key updates and topic specific breakout sessions providing insight into this $14 billion business channel.

2010 DeCA/ALA Worldwide Partnership Summit and Training Event, June 7-11, Atlanta, Ga. This meeting will be attended by all DeCA store directors world wide along with all key decision makers in the agency. Business base is over $6 billion in a supermarket like assortment with the opportunity for world wide distribution and sales. Includes an opportunity to learn how to do business with the government and develop your business approach.

2010 ALA Congressional Caucus, June 15 in Washington, D.C. The ALA is the recognized advocate in the nation's capitol when addressing issues impacting the military resale channel. This Capitol Hill symposium is attended by all of the senior members of military resale and focuses on the key issues facing the military business channel. Topic specific presentations are made by subject matter experts along with timely presentations from key members of Congress and the Administration. This day long event includes a "power" reception in the evening with members of congress and their staffs.

This presents a great opportunity to learn about this great business opportunity, experience the partnership opportunities membership in the association provides and see the impact the association has on Capitol Hill. The ALA has been supporting world class quality of life for our troops and their families through strong resale benefits for over 90 years. The staff of the association consists of senior executives with demonstrated records of performance. This is your opportunity to join us. For additional information about the specific agendas and registration for these meetings or any other information you need about the association, please visit our Web site at  I look forward to seeing you at one of our events.


Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

Military announces new social media policy
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many months behind schedule, the Department of Defense on Friday issued a new policy that, on the surface, seems likely to expand access to popular social networking sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter by troops using military computers. More

GAO: Federal financial picture is grim
Government Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Agencies reported $98 billion in improper payments in 2009; outlays far outpace revenues over long term. More

Marine Corps leader stands against gays in military
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on
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The commandant of the Marine Corps said that gays should not be allowed to serve openly in the military, becoming the most senior commander to break from President Obama's goal of lifting the ban. More

Military spouses upset by halt of tuition-help program
Pilot Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When the Defense Department suddenly halted a popular tuition-assistance plan for military spouses on Feb. 16, most beneficiaries learned about it from each other. More

Pentagon panel has contractor contacts
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than half of the panel members appointed to review the Pentagon's latest four-year strategy blueprint have financial ties to defense contractors with a stake in the planning process, a USA TODAY analysis shows. More

Marines storm the Hill seeking equal billing with Navy
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A quiet, nine-year effort to give the Marine Corps equal billing in the Navy Department went high profile with a Capitol Hill news conference featuring retired Marine generals, a wounded Marine, parents of Marines and a Hollywood star. More

Pentagon suspends career aid for spouses
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Military spouses were enthusiastic last year when the government started offering them grants of up to $6,000 for college or career training. More

Army chief: Soldiers home more between deployments
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Soldiers are getting to spend more time at home between combat deployments as the U.S. military draws down in Iraq and the Army grows in size, the service's chief of staff said. More

Commissary News

FDA calls on food companies to correct labeling violations
Health News Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has notified 17 food manufacturers that the labeling for 22 of their food products violates the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. More

'New frugality' may be enduring feature of post-recession economy
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A "new frugality," born of The Great Recession and evidenced by two consecutive years of declining per capita consumption, is now becoming entrenched consumer behavior that is reshaping consumption patterns in ways that will persist even as the economy rebounds, according to a new survey of 2,000 U.S. consumers from Booz & Co. More

Diamond Foods to acquire Kettle Foods
Enhanced Online News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Diamond Foods, Inc., announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Kettle Foods, makers of premium potato chips, from Lion Capital LLP for $615 million in cash. Pursuant to the agreement, Diamond will acquire Kettle operations in both the United States and the United Kingdom. More

What will the next decade bring in food retailing?
SuperMarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ten years ago, in the year 2000, the food-retailing industry was in a state of upheaval. A wave of consolidation had created supermarket giants with a scale built to rival Wal-Mart, the once-hot Internet-grocery segment appeared ready to flame out, and home-meal replacement was all the rage. More

Safeway is first grocer to be founding member of Sustainability Consortium
Packaging Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Safeway Inc. has become the first U.S.-based retail grocery chain and manufacturer of private label merchandise to join The Sustainability Consortium in support of the organization's science-based work toward a more sustainable global supply chain. More

Green Bridge Industries, Inc. receives NSF Certification for some of its private labeled products
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Green Bridge Industries, Inc. announces that Organic Product Solutions, the Company's wholly owned subsidiary has been granted certification from NSF International of the United States Department of Agriculture for the private labeled Natures Solution™ product line, which OPS manufactures for its industrial product supplier. More

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Web site as of 10:45 a.m., March 4:

  • DP #5, Update 3
  • DP #8, Alaska Promotion and Shipper Quantities
  • DP #6, Update 2
  • Easter Ham Updates 2, 3 & 4
  • Christmas International Promotion Program
  • May Case Lot, Update #1
  • Spring Club Pack Far East and Alaska May Quantities
  • Spring Club Pack Update #2
  • 10-51,DeCA Seasonal Healthcare Center Rack
  • 10-53,Promotion Holiday/Seasonal Calendar 2010/2011 Update
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates
  • Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 10- 8 Corrected Copy. NOTE: There will not be a week 10-9 and it will be included with week 10-10
  • FY10 Sales and Customers by Dept by Store by Month & YTD through Jan 10.
  • Region Comparison Jan 10 Sales Data
  • Commissary Council Category Management Sub-Committee Meeting Minutes dated Feb 16
  • None Received

Exchange News

Retail companies on Business Week's 2010 customer service champ list Retail Industry    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Seven of the top 10 U.S. companies that were ranked by Business Week as being the best of the best in customer service in 2010 were retail companies. More than half of the total list of 25 Customer Service Champs for 2010 are members of the retail industry. This is to be expected since retailing is all about customer contact. You can't really separate excellent retailing from excellent customer service. More

7-Eleven gets game as pay window for virtual goods
PROMO    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the latest initiative in its campaign to become a one-stop shop for online gamers, 7-Eleven will partner with alternative payment start-up Kwedit to let gamers buy virtual goods within their games and then pay for those goods later at participating 7-Eleven stores. More

Trouble ahead: Blockbuster posts $435 million loss
CNET    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The hard times just keep slapping Blockbuster. The company announced that it posted a $435 million loss for the fourth quarter. More

Wal-Mart wants suppliers to cut greenhouse gas emissions
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Wal-Mart Stores, the world's largest retailer, says it wants its suppliers to eliminate 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2015. More

Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn launch 'green' restaurant design initiative
Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Darden Restaurants is rolling out a sustainable restaurant design initiative across its entire portfolio for both new restaurants and remodels. Aimed at reducing the environmental impact of its restaurants while increasing the operational efficiency, Darden is designing eight restaurants at its three largest brands — Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse –to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. More

Shopping gets even more social
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Groupon transforms the art of the deal into a truly collaborative effort. The premise behind the social commerce site is simple yet ingenious: Each day, presents an irresistible bargain from a local retailer or restaurant, with just one catch--the offer is good only if a predetermined number of consumers take advantage within a 24-hour period. More

Randolph will gain military's first 'green' base exchange
San Antonia Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service will open its first environmentally friendly base exchange in the country. More

Washington Update

FFSC preps service members for transition into civilian life
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Separating from the military can be a stressful time for many Sailors and Marines, but the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) sponsored by the San Diego Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) helps prepare service members for life outside the military, making their transition a little bit easier. More

Soldiers, families top army priorities, leaders say
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Funding programs to support soldiers and their families is the Army's top priority in the new fiscal year, the service's secretary and chief of staff told a Senate panel. More

Military Personnel Subcommittee Hearing Schedule Posted:

March 3, 2010, Wednesday
2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
HVC-210, the Capitol
Subject: Review of the DOD Process for Assessing the Requirements to Implement Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Witnesses: Under Secretary of Defense Personnel and Readiness and the Service Chiefs of Staff

March 9, 2010, Tuesday
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: Reviewing Studies of the Effects of Deployment on Military Children
Witnesses: Rand Corporation and DOD (TBD)

March 15, 2010, Monday
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: Legislative Priorities in Support of Families
Witnesses: National Military Family Association (TBD)

March 17, 2010, Wednesday
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: Military Personnel Legislative Priorities
Witnesses: Under Secretary of Defense Personnel and Readiness and the Service Personnel Chiefs

March 23, 2010, Tuesday
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
HVC-210, the Capitol (Tentative)
Subject: Military Associations Legislative Priorities
Witnesses: (TBD)

March 25, 2010, Thursday
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: Not yet scheduled

April 13, 2010, Tuesday
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: DOD Medical Centers of Excellence
Witnesses: DOD Witnesses (TBD)

April 15, 2010, Thursday
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: Supporting the Reserve Components as an Operational
Reserve – Key Military Personnel legislative initiatives
Witnesses: DOD Witnesses (TBD)

April 20, 2010, Tuesday
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: Implementation of the Requirement to Provide a Medical Examination Before Separating Members Diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the Capacity of DOD to Provide Care to PTSD Cases
Witnesses: DOD (TBD)

April 21, 2010, Wednesday
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
HVC-210, the Capitol (Tentative)
Subject: Defense Health Program
Witnesses: DOD Witnesses (TBD)

April 23, 2010, Friday
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: Military Resale and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Overview
Witnesses: Panel One: Under Secretary of Defense Personnel and Readiness, the Commanders of the Military Resale Activities, the Service Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Chiefs. Panel Two: American Logistics Association, Armed Forces Marketing Council

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