Passing of a beloved family member:
We are sad to pass on the news that Frances Mugnai passed away on Tuesday, April 24. Fran was married to Joe Mugnai, Sr., founder of Family Magazine and Salute Magazine, for 54 years. She is survived by her husband, Joe Sr. and her three children, Joseph, Karen and Debra. Fran has been an integral part of the day-to-day operations of the magazines for many years. A wake will be held at James Funeral Home in Massapequa, N.Y., on April 26 and 27 from 2-4:30 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m.
Commissary Roundtable to highlight the art of the possible:
One of the key presentations at the commissary roundtable next week will be the results of a patron insight study commissioned and partially sponsored by ALA member company Overseas Service Corporation. I had a chance to preview the presentation this week and it is noteworthy for its insights, recommendations and clear targets of opportunity. I have been told that this report has been embraced by DeCA leadership and Chris Burns, DeCA Director of Sales will chart a way ahead to target the key recommendations of the report as part of an overall DeCA modernization plan. This is just one of the highlights of a great conference. Hope to see you there next week. Also we will be recording several of the key sessions in a test of a webinar capability that will allow a wider distribution capability for some of the presentations. You will hear more about this at the conference.
The White House continues to emphasize the importance of the military family and the Joining Forces initiatives to employ veterans and military family members.
President Barack Obama and first lady to visit Fort Stewart on Friday
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Savannah Morning News, Larry Peterson
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will visit Fort Stewart Friday, the White House has announced. No details were available except that the president and first lady will "meet with troops, veterans and military families."
Jill Biden thanks military families at Lee Hall Elementary
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Newport News Daily Press, Samieh Shalash
Jill Biden thanked military families and highlighted efforts to support them during a visit to Lee Hall Elementary. The vice president's wife, whose son is in the Army, told the crowd of 300 that she knows firsthand how important it is to make sure "no military child falls through the cracks."
House to mark-up the 2013 NDAA this week:
House bill rejects DOD war budgeting for troop reductions
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National Journal, Kevin Baron
A provision of the House Armed Services Committee's 2013 defense authorization bill released Wednesday rejects DOD's controversial request to pay for the cost of tens of thousands of regular troops in the Armed Forces with emergency war funds.
Military Personnel Subcommittee completes its portion of NDAA mark-up:
Chairman Joe Wilson, Military Personnel Subcommittee led a passionate discussion leading up to the passage of their portion of the 2013 NDAA. Key elements of the subcommittee's action are detailed in the following release from our friend Rick Maze.
House panel to approve 1.7 percent 2013 raise
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Army Times, Rick Maze
A House subcommittee is prepared to say "yes" to a 1.7 percent military pay raise but "no way" to the Obama administration's plans to significantly hike Tricare fees for military retirees and their families.
When you make the pie smaller someone will go hungry:
OMB: Veterans Affairs budget is exempt from sequestration
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Nextgov via Current Mil-Tech News, Bob Brewin
The Veterans Affairs Department's budget is exempt from sequestration, the White House Office of Management and Budget said in a letter to the Government Accountability Office, a decision hailed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Sometimes savings are right in front of you:
Comptroller: Air Force's $1 billion IT system has 'negligible' capability
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Federal Times, Sean Reilly
A 7-year, billion dollar investment by the Air Force in a new logistics management system has turned out to be a bust, officials say.
Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association
Married special-operations troops feel strains of war
USA Today Share
The top enlisted leader of America's most elite and secretive military forces recently stood with his wife before a classroom of senior commandos to speak about war's destruction. Not on the battlefield — but within the walls of their home. More
New Pentagon policy urges more telework
Federal Times Share
Defense Department managers must open telework to as many employees as possible without jeopardizing mission readiness, according to a new policy. DoD managers must promote a wide variety of telework options, from telework on individual projects to full-time work at home. More
President Barack Obama designates Fort Ord a national monument
Los Angeles Times Share
President Barack Obama recently designated Fort Ord a national monument, completing its conversion from bustling military base to popular Monterey Peninsula recreation area. The designation will afford additional protection to the 7,200 acres, which is managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. More
No date set yet for return of Okinawa base land
The Japan Times Share
Japan and the United States have yet to discuss when some of the land occupied by U.S. forces in Okinawa will be returned to local control in conjunction with the transfer of marines to Guam, Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba said on April 20. Genba, however, said he believes some of the land currently controlled by the U.S. south of Kadena Air Base on Okinawa Island will be returned before the transfer of marines begins. More
Pentagon official signals possible Army layoffs
The Associated Press via Yahoo News Share
A Pentagon official recently signaled that the Army could lay off as many as 24,000 enlisted personnel and up to 5,000 officers within five years to meet a projected reduction in the force driven by budget cuts and the winding down of two wars. Pressed on the possibility of involuntary terminations, Thomas Lamont, an assistant secretary of the Army, told a Senate Armed Services panel that layoffs were possible as the Army shrinks from a peak of 570,000 to 490,000 More
Lawmakers aim to tighten military housing oversight
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot Share
The Navy and other service branches would become more aggressive overseers of privately run military housing under federal legislation being introduced this week. U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell, the bill's sponsor, said last week that he hopes the measure can reduce the chances of widespread maintenance and health concerns like those raised by residents of Lincoln Military Housing, which manages more than 4,000 rental units in southeastern Virginia. More
Battling over budget cuts
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The brief truce between the Air Force and the Air National Guard over proposed budget cuts may already be unraveling in the Senate. As recently reported, the guard, with the help of a new organization, the Council of Governors, loudly protested an Air Force proposal to cut 5,100 positions and more than 200 aircraft from guard units. On April 23, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta agreed to restore 2,200 of those jobs and 24 aircraft in the budget proposal he has sent to Congress. More
Members unsure how to fund Air National Guard
National Journal via Current Mil-Tech News Share
Senators recently applauded Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's concession to restore to the Air National Guard's budget request $400 million in funding, 2,200 personnel positions, and 24 C-130 transport planes. Now they just have to figure out how to pay for it. More
Senate GOP presses DOD for wish lists
The Hill Share
A group of Senate Republicans is pressing the Pentagon to submit "wish lists" to Congress, arguing lawmakers cannot determine the military's budgetary needs without them. Due to the "far-reaching implications of the strategic shifts" proposed by the White House for fiscal 2013, Congress needs "a full accounting" of critical service needs omitted from the Pentagon's initial budget proposal, the senators wrote in a series of letters sent to the service chiefs. More
Pentagon to brief lawmakers on Secret Service sex scandal
The Hill Share
Defense Department officials will brief the heads of the Armed Services Committee on what role U.S. military officials played in the ongoing Secret Service sex scandal that has rocked the Pentagon and White House. More
Hawaii said to gain Marines from Japan under US plan
The U.S. will move as many as 2,700 Marines to Hawaii from Japan as the Pentagon scales back a $21.1 billion blueprint to station forces in Guam, people familiar with the plan said. More
Supermarket sales show inflated results
Supermarket News Share
The willingness by supermarket operators to pass through price increases from food inflation enabled them to achieve nominal sales gains during the second half of 2011, though there was little real sales progress, according to industry analysts. The combination of inflation in food and gas prices for the next few months is likely to mean more of the same for supermarkets during the first half of 2012. More
CSPI: 'Mad cow' case not a cause for concern
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The discovery of a single cow with bovine spongiform encephalopathy – known familiarly as "mad cow disease" – in California "is not a reason for significant concern on the part of consumers, and there is no reason to believe the beef or milk supply is unsafe," according to an official for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit health advocacy group that focuses on nutrition and food safety policies. More
Organic food industry tops $29 billion in 2011
The Gourmet Retailer Share
Driven by consumer choice, the U.S. organic industry grew by 9.5 percent overall in 2011 to reach $31.5 billion in sales. Of this, the organic food and beverage sector was valued at $29.22 billion, while the organic non-food sector reached $2.2 billion, according to findings from the Organic Trade Association's 2012 Organic Industry Survey. More
Shopping sense: Food program teaches ways to stretch dollar
Statesman Journal Share
Nancy Foulke whirred in and out of grocery store aisles on a shopping cart scooter, examining prices on cheese, yogurt and bread. She had $10 to buy whole grains, fruit, vegetables, lean protein and low- or nonfat dairy. Recently, Foulke was given the $10 shopping challenge as part of the first Salem grocery store tour organized by Marion-Polk Food Share and the Oregon State University Extension Service. More
7 foolish grocery shopping mistakes
U.S. News & World Report Share
Grocery stores are designed to encourage extra purchases while making you think you’re getting the best prices in town. Knowing how to shop at your neighborhood grocery store can help you steer clear of some common marketing tactics and avoid making costly mistakes. The following are seven foolish grocery shopping mistakes you could already be making. More
The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., 26 April 2012.
DP #11, Alaska Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
DP #14, WW Promotion Package, Cool Off Specials/Dollar Days.
2012 Christmas International WW Promotion Package.
NOTICES TO TRADE
12-75, Store Reset Dates Hanscom AFB.
12-76, Store Reset Dates Yokota AB.
12-77, Store Reset Dates Camp Courtney.
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-17.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
SAVE THE DATES
May 1, 2012: ALA/DeCA Appreciation Day Golf Tournament, Fort Lee, Va.
May 2 & 3, 2012: Commissary Roundtable, Marriott, Richmond, Va. Registration is available on website.
June 19, 2012: Congressional Caucus, Washington, D.C.
August 20–23, 2012: Hawaii Conference & Food Show
eBay makes tech acquisition push
Women's Wear Daily via x.commerce Share
eBay Inc. president and chief executive officer John Donahoe has a message for retailers: "eBay is not a retailer." "We are not trying to out-retail a retailer. We have never conducted commerce. All we did was connect small sellers to consumers around the world," Donahoe said during an exclusive interview. "We've always been a marketplace that never owned assets, never owned inventory." Therefore, Donahoe continued, giving his sales pitch: "eBay can be a credible partner to retailers." More
Boutique-on-wheels 'Styleliner' takes a cue from food trucks
The Washington Post Share
Forget food trucks. This spring, D.C. fashionistas will get a taste of a mobile commerce trend as a "fashion truck" rolls into town. Styleliner, a novel boutique concept founded by New Yorker Joey Wolffer, is due to arrive in Washington May 4. More
7 tips for coping with customer questions
Do you sometimes think your customers are clueless based on the questions they ask? If so, you are not alone. A new survey from IT-employment agency Robert Half Technology reveals chief information officers get asked some pretty bizarre questions and many of them clearly fall outside the realm of an IT staff's job description. More
Maurices teams with AT&T for new branded mobile app
Chain Store Age Share
Apparel retailer Maurices recently said it has debuted a new mobile application designed to enhance its customers' in-store shopping experience. The app, introduced by AT&T and developed using Digby's Localpointä Mobile Platform, allows the retailer to set virtual perimeters around its stores. More
Refiners will help 'encourage' move to temperature correction at pump
CSP Daily News Share
Refiners and chain retailers signing out-of-court settlements with class- action attorneys in the hot fuels case due to go to trial next month will likely have to make financial contributions into a special fund that will be used to advance installation of temperature-compensation devices on U.S. fuel pumps, CSP Daily News has learned. More
Digital coupons rival print counterparts in effectiveness
The battered U.S. economy has driven price-conscious consumers online to do research before making a purchase, and eMarketer estimates that there will be 92.5 million online coupon users by the end of 2012. More
American Eagle lands in Japan
Women's Wear Daily via Zee Report Share
American Eagle Outfitters is breaking into the Japanese market, opening its first two stores in Tokyo. The first, located in a new retail development at a busy intersection where upscale Omotesando meets youth-centric Harajuku, is the company's first large-scale flagship store outside of the U.S. The recent opening attracted hundreds of shoppers; there were still long lines stretching into the afternoon. More
Report: Apple Stores outsell national average by 17 times
Marketing and technology analysis firm Asymco has extrapolated from retail data from US chains to reveal that Apple isn't just the top seller per square foot among US retailers, it outsells the average brick-and-mortar outlet 17 times over. The sales-per-square-foot annual measurement, long the leading metric of retail profitability, shows Apple with an average of $5,626 in sales per square foot, compared to an average of $330 for U.S. mall stores. More
'It's not you, it's me,' we tell our clothes
The New York Times Share
In a retail climate overrun by new labels, with design teams frequently changing direction to remain competitive, the days when a customer would stick to, say, Brooks Brothers or Talbots for life might be over. And severing ties with a brand, for whatever reason, can come at an emotional cost. More
Wal-Mart 'on track' to end landfill waste by 2025
Bloomberg Businessweek Share
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recently said it is on track to meet many of its goals for making its operations more environmentally sustainable, but it fell short of some benchmarks. More
Founder hovers at Best Buy
The Wall Street Journal Share
Since it started 46 years ago, Best Buy Co. has been run like a family business by founder Richard Schulze, even as it grew from a small stereo retailer called Sound of Music into an international chain with $50 billion in revenue. Mr. Schulze, 71 years old, handpicked the two CEOs who followed him, opting both times for company lifers. Aside from being board chairman and owner of almost 18 percent of the shares outstanding, he remains tied to Best Buy through a web of business deals and a foundation that also involve his brother and daughter. More
Wal-Mart nominates Google executive to its board
Kantar Retail Share
Wal-Mart recently announced that it had nominated Marissa Mayer for election to its board of directors. More
Starbucks to open on Disney properties
Chain Store Age Share
Starbucks Coffee Co. has announced a partnership to open a store inside each of the six Disney properties in California and Florida. The first will open this summer, at Disneyland California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif. Starbucks will be located in the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Café on Buena Vista Street, which is designed to transport patrons to 1920s Los Angeles. More
Flexible fulfillment is a big hit with Lowes.com shoppers
Internet Retailer Share
Home improvements chain retailer Lowe's Cos. Inc. credits a big improvement in fulfillment flexibility with helping to grow web sales by 70 percent in 2011. Last summer Lowe's, No. 91 the Internet Retailer Top 500, rolled out a new online distribution program the chain calls "flexible fulfillment" to expedite order processing and shipping. Previously all orders purchased on Lowes.com were shipped only from the chain's network of distribution centers. If the item was unavailable or out of stock, customers had to wait until the inventory was replenished. More
Home Depot innovates customer checkouts
Fast Company Share
"We don't want anyone to have to wait in line," says Matt Carey, Home Depot's CIO. After all, the $70 billion big-box retailer doesn't ship plywood. Or cement. An island in a sea of e-commerce, Home Depot remains largely an in-store experience. That's why it wants to provide a good one, especially at the register. More
Gas retailers feel pain at the pump from credit card fees
Convenience Store News Share
While it is easy to believe that gas retailers are making a profit every time the price at the pump ticks up a few cents, the reality is operators lose money, according to the Merchants Payments Coalition. The Oil Price Information Service recently reported gas stations took in 13 cents a gallon in gross profit before taxes, payroll and other overhead expenses during the first quarter of 2012. However, NACS, the Association for Convenience and Fuels Retailing, puts the cost of selling gas around 15 cents a gallon. As a result, gas retailers lost approximately 2 cents per gallon during the same time period, according to the coalition. More
Why pulling advertising during a tough economy may backfire
Retail's BIG Blog Share
According to Dr. Marianne Bickle, professor and department chair for South Carolina University's Department of Retailing and author of The Changing American Consumer, perception is reality for American consumers, and everything from political campaigns to pop culture plays a part in how we spend. More
Study: Wal-Mart can cost surrounding communities millions in lost wages, economic activity
The Huffington Post Share
Let's say a new Wal-Mart is opening in your town. Should you be worried? According to recent research from a Seattle-area advocacy group, the answer is a definitive yes. More
Save the dates!
May 21: Dallas Chapter/Commanders Cup Golf event
Bear Creek Golf Club
3500 Bear Creek Court, Dallas, Texas 75261
Click here for directions and here for the official flier.
June 25: ALA New York Chapter Golf Event
Click here for registration form and directions.
FedFleet 2012 and more...Taking the lead!
FedFleet 2012 and more will be held in Louisville, Ky., at the Galt House Hotel and Kentucky International Convention Center on June 25-28.
Strategic Logistics for Military Drawdown Meeting, May 1-3, in Washington, D.C.
Marcus Evans Group
The NBC Tower
455 N Cityfront Plaza Drive Floor 9
Chicago, Ill. 60611
Using combatives to address customer service
U.S. Army Share
Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, commander of Installation Management Command, held a training session with Garrison Leaders Course attendees. The general tied in combatives, customer service and inspired leadership to demonstrate the command's role in supporting soldiers and families. More
Army Career and Alumni Program: Preparing for success after the Army
U.S. Army Share
Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, commander, Installation Management Command writes, "Soldiers deliver for the Army and for the nation I've seen it throughout my career, never more so than during my time in Iraq. So when you decide it's time to move on to the next stage of your life, it's only right that we should have a plan, prepare together and then execute with energy to ensure success." More
LivingFit helps Airmen, families reach weight loss goals
Northwest Military Share
This year, Air Force services officials launched a new program designed to help Airmen and families accomplish this common goal through proper nutrition and activity. The USAF FitFamily website includes LivingFit, an online interactive tool that allows participants to set weight loss goals, monitor their progress and receive tips and tools to help them stay on a healthy track. More