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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only May 7, 2010
Executive Briefing

President's Message

Mike Henties Remembered:
It was a wonderful celebration of life conducted May 1 in Mason, Ohio as family and friends gathered to remember the life work of Mike Henties. Mike has a successful 40 year career with P&G and served as Chairman of the ALA Board of Directors. In addition, Mike served his country as an enlisted Marine. A thanks to all for their support and participation.

Rumor Control:
There have been rumors circulating this week about an impending change in the sale of tobacco at military resale outlets. ALA has been in contact with key congressional staff members to express our views and concerns. At this point in time, the reports remain in the realm of working dialogue and nothing actionable has been undertaken. We are preparing a strategy should action be warranted.

It is the position of the ALA that there should not be any differentiation in product offerings between the retail outside the gate and the military resale system. In addition, tobacco products are at virtual price parity with the private sector and are not significantly discounted like in previous years. This is an important issue that we are closely monitoring.

HASC Wants 3% Withholding Provision Repealed:
In recently released report language, the House Armed Services Committee called for the repeal of the 3% withholding provision.

Items of special interest:
Contract Payment Withholding — The committee concurs with the assessment of the Panel on Defense Acquisition Reform that Congress created a new obstacle to federal agencies accessing the commercial marketplace by establishing a requirement that agencies withhold three percent of all contract payments in anticipation of taxes owed to the Treasury in section 511 of the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 (Public Law 109–222). This requirement is currently scheduled to take effect in 2012. The committee is concerned that this requirement would place an unfair burden on tax compliant firms and will discourage such firms from bidding on defense contracts. The committee supports repeal of the three percent contract payment withholding requirement for defense contracts. The committee addresses concerns about contractors with seriously delinquent tax debts in a more targeted and effective way in section 403 of this Act.

Everything Is On The Table:
The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform held its first meeting in Washington, D.C. last week. The bipartisan panel, established by a White House Executive Order, is charged with finding solutions to rein in the country’s federal debt and will scrutinize all government spending – to include Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, federal/military retirement, and other defense and veteran programs.

President Obama opened the meeting stating that "everything has to be on the table" in terms of trimming the federal deficit.

The next meeting of the group will be on May 26. In between, working groups on mandatory spending, discretionary spending and revenue reform will meet every Wednesday. To report out a recommendation, the Commission will need 14 out of 18 votes, ensuring that any report will have bipartisan support. The Commission will issue its recommendations by December 1. Leaders of both the Senate and the House have assured the President that they will bring these recommendations to a vote before the end of the current Congress.

Direction From The Top:
Gates: Personnel Directorate Falling Short
Read the Full Story
Army Times, William H. McMichael
Recent high-level changes in the Pentagon's personnel and readiness directorate, including the dismissal of the head of its Wounded Warrior program, were prompted by Defense Secretary Robert Gates' wider dissatisfaction with the unit's performance, the Pentagon said.

They Truly Are Different:
Documentary Shines Spotlight On US Marines
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Japan Times, Unattributed
At a time when the fate of a U.S. Marines' Futenma base in Okinawa is dominating headlines, a documentary is shedding light on the troops and the training they undertake before living on foreign soil.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

Guam: Relationship with Pentagon improving
Marine Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Guam's sometimes-contentious relationship with the Pentagon — which plans on moving more than 8,000 Marines to the island — is improving, the territory's delegate said at the release of a first-ever detailed economic analysis of the U.S. territories by the Commerce Department. More

US Rep. Norm Dicks eyes chairmanship of House committee
Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the second time in three months, an unexpected event has opened up a plum job for U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks. But this time, the Bremerton Democrat may have to vanquish at least one rival to get it. More

House speaker urges vigilance on spending oversight
Government Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., ordered committee chairmen to continue scrutinizing all programs under their jurisdiction with an eye toward reducing the historically high budget deficit. More

Military: Unhealthy lifestyles lead to unfit recruits
Fayetville Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Army Sgt. Nick Bennett says it to three or four prospective soldiers every day - Sorry, you're too heavy to join. "It's definitely a problem," he said. More

Commissary News

Beef producers go lean in new campaign
Brand Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The nation’s beef producers want consumers to think "lean protein," as they launch a major ad campaign. Known as the Beef Checkoff Program, the group is running print ads that pitch beef as a good source of protein and the variety of lean cuts it offers. Appropriately, the ads will carry the tagline: "29 lean cuts. One powerful protein." More

Event Profile: Playing games helps grocery chain execs better business
MiMegasite    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Florida regional grocery chain Sweetbay Supermarket employed board games to fight boredom when convening 150 managers and executives to discuss strategies to improve their profitability and business skills. More

FreshDirect introduces 'Freshness' label
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
FreshDirect here has introduced a new label called "Guaranteed Freshness," which will be affixed to all fresh-made meals, meat, seafood, dairy and produce items. More

Kraft brands go to the movies
Brand Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The world's second-largest food company and National CineMedia have inked a marketing alliance that will bring Kraft brands such as Oscar Mayer Lunchables, Stride gum and Ritz crackers to the big screen. More

NFI says oil spill should not impact seafood supplies
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Describing the Gulf Coast oil spill as "an ecological and human disaster that will surely effect not only the fragile habitats where shrimp and oysters are harvested but the very core of the community that brings these iconic delicacies from the waters of the Gulf to the tables of America," the National Fisheries Institute nonetheless has assured consumers, retailers and restaurant owners that the spill is not expected to cause shortages of seafood, or wild price fluctuations in seafood markets. More

Sustainability: Wegmans receives $1 million grant to help implement fuel cell technology at Pottsville, PA facility
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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. announced that they received a $1 million grant from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) for the implementation of hydrogen fuel cell-powered material handling equipment (pallet jacks and reach trucks) at their Retail Service Center in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. The grant will offset a portion of the costs associated with the installation of an on-site hydrogen infrastructure, which includes an outdoor hydrogen storage tank and indoor fueling dispensers. More

Winn-Dixie brand bottled water sales benefit Wounded Warrior project
New Blaze    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., announced a partnership with two of its vendors, Niagara Bottling and Silver Springs Bottled Water, to raise funds to help veterans injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Web site as of 10 a.m., 6 May:

  • DP #12, Alaska Shipper & Promotion Quantities
  • Holiday Gift Packs – HBC Gift Packs
  • Halloween Far East & Alaska Quantities
  • 10-81, Store Reset Dates – Cherry Point
  • 10-82, Store Reset Dates – Tinker AFB
  • 10-83, Store Reset Dates – McChord AFB
  • 10-84, Store Reset Dates – Ft Lee
  • 10-87, IMPORTANT NOTICE – Brand Name and Grandfathered Productsand an Attachment of Items affected
  • 10-88, IMPORTANT NOTICE – Certification of Brand Name Products with Attachment
  • 10-89, Category Review – Unbreaded Shrimp
  • 10-90, BBQ Sauce & Marinades Review
  • Adds/Changes/Deletes for week 10-17 and 10-18
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates
  • None received

Exchange News

Nash Finch reports first quarter 2010 results
Market Watch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nash Finch Company, one of the leading food distribution companies in the United States, announced financial results for the twelve weeks (first quarter) ended March 27, 2010. More

A matter of trust: Retailers and manufacturers can work together
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The late, great basketball North Carolina State basketball coach Jim Valvano learned a tough lesson about trust that he once shared in a speech: "The refs, you can't trust 'em. I watched a ref totally blow a call and I shouted out to him, 'Hey ref, can I get a technical foul for thinking bad thoughts about you?' The ref shook his head and said no. 'OK then, ref, I think you stink.' The same guy gave me a technical. Refs, you just can't trust 'em." For those companies that operate on a fiscal calendar year, it is the time for strategic planning. More

CITGO, Marathon approve passport with PA-DSS POS for retailers
Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the Payment Card Industry standards deadline nears, Heartland Payment Systems for CITGO, Marathon and unbranded customers, along with RBS WorldPay, approved Passport with PA-DSS point-of-sale (POS) system software for their retailers. More

Consumers regain some optimism but remain frugal
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumer confidence and economic optimism are on the upswing in the first half of 2010, according to "The Post-Recession Consumer in the U.S.," a new report by New York-based market research publisher Packaged Facts. More

Department stores lure shoppers with exclusive product lines
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Department stores are evolving again. In the 1990s, there were dozens of regional chains dotting the four corners of malls, and they were criticized for looking alike and taking the excitement out of shopping. Then came consolidation. More

JCPenney, Sears buildings, and others, compete to improve energy efficiency
Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
JCPenney and Sears stores are among 14 commercial buildings that are competing in the first national energy efficiency contest sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The building that trims the most kilowatt hours will be declared the winner in October 2010. More

Sam's Club tests the wind with 17 micro turbines
Brighter Energy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sam's Club has become one of the first retailers in the country to set up a significant number of micro wind turbines at one of its stores. More

Target launches digital-coupon program nationwide
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on
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The age of digital coupons is about to explode with Target's announcement that it's launching a mobile-device coupon program at all of its stores. More

Vallarta Supermarkets enhances back-office systems to grow with the chain
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Vallarta Supermarkets is expanding the features and capabilities of its back-office software applications to accommodate its growing business. The Sylmar, Calif.-based regional independent is using the Retail BOSS suite of back-office software applications from Melville, N.Y.-based BRdata, a vendor it has worked with for six years. During that time, the grocer’s business has grown from 16 grocery stores in the Los Angeles area to 29 stores, with four more stores scheduled to open. More

Retailer's April sales will show how recovery is progressing
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Retailers are expected to post very modest sales growth when they report April figures this week, as stores seek to maintain the recent momentum in consumer spending. Luxury retailers and mass merchants are expected to be among the strongest groups, while department stores and teen retailers will likely see a drop in demand. More


Golf, life lessons available to military children
U.S. DoD    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's tee time for children from military families, thanks to The First Tee Military Affiliate Program. The program offers free golf instruction to children from National Guard and Reserve families geographically separated from a military base at The First Tee's 200 chapters across the nation. More

House OKs benefits for veterans' caregivers
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The House voted 419 to 0 to approve new benefits and financial support for the primary live-in caregivers of seriously wounded veterans who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More

Shaking up the Pentagon in a bid to foster a culture of compassion
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
In the job just 10 weeks, Clifford L. Stanley, the Pentagon's new chief of personnel, already has forced out two senior deputies, including one overseeing the high-priority — and highly scrutinized — program caring for troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. More

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