63rd Annual Convention
A Memorial Day Thought:
Obama deficit commission member calls for Pentagon audit
The Huffington Post Share
A leading Republican on the president's deficit commission has called, informally, for an audit of the Department of Defense, arguing that without a true sense of what is being spent and where, it will be impossible to achieve significant budget savings. More
Gates stares down Congress over Air Force funding
Foreign Policy Share
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates's push to change how the Defense Department sets its strategic and spending priorities faces its next major test in Congress, and Gates is heavily involved in seeing it through behind the scenes. More
Defense Secretary: Pentagon must trim the fat in war on waste
Christian Science Monitor Share
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Pentagon's budget won't shrink any time soon but that it is imperative to trim the fat and make the building operate more efficiently. More
Defense bill aims to beef up health care for military personnel
Government Executive Share
The fiscal 2011 Defense authorization bill, which the House Armed Services Committee approved, would expand several military health programs, including TRICARE. More
Futenma to stay in Okinawa: new pact
The Japan Times Share
Japan and the United States broadly agreed on a fresh pact that effectively states that U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa will be relocated to the coast of the Henoko district of Nago, also in the prefecture, as per an existing Japan-U.S. accord, sources said. More
Gov't encourages retailers to welcome food stamps
ABC News Share
Attention food stamp recipients: Your business is appreciated. The Agriculture Department announced it will encourage grocery stores and other retail outlets that accept food stamps to post signs reading "We Welcome SNAP Benefits." The move is part of an effort to decrease the stigma of using government food assistance in a tough economy. More
Building on a budget
Supermarket News Share
It turns out supermarket retailers rode the economic downturn just like their shoppers did. Shocked at the severity of the recession and uncertain about its length or depth, they slashed capital budgets and in some cases underspent them last year. More
Food companies sign up for the war on salt
Under increasing pressure from advocacy health groups, states, and national-level advisors, major food companies have begun "slashing" the sodium that it adds to soups, potato chips, sauces, and other products, the Los Angeles Times reports. More
Target eyes more groceries, smaller locations
The Gourmet Retailer Share
Target Corp.'s CEO said the retailer's top priorities are to expand grocery sections in its stores and add smaller-footprint locations. More
Movie rental promo under way at Kroger
Supermarket News Share
A new DVD promotion at Kroger features a free Redbox rental with the purchase of three participating PepsiCo, Hershey and ConAgra products. More
US packaged food companies improve credit metrics despite weak top line
Market Watch Share
Since the large U.S. packaged food companies tend to be very stable and mature, most are likely to struggle to generate sales growth above the low single digits, according to a new special report issued by Fitch Ratings. More
Kroger California divisions help troops keep in contact
Progressive Grocer Share
The Kroger Co.'s Los Angeles-based Ralphs Grocery Co. and Food 4 Less divisions are currently raising funds to support military service members through the for the United Service Organizations "Operation Phone Home" program. More
The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Web site as of 10 a.m., 27 May:
Mars launches C-store website
Cconvenience Store News Share
Mars Chocolate North America launched a new website exclusively for convenience store operators Mars24seven.com. More
Growing one cup at a time
Shopping Center Business Share
For one reason or another, the industry is always watching Starbucks. After emerging on a national scale during the 1990s — when it was one of the most rapidly expanding retailers in the world — to its scaling down in 2008, Starbucks is always giving us a reason to watch. More
Sears and Kmart to offer cash-for-gold service
ABC News Share
Sears Holdings Corp, which expanded its layaway program to help cash-strapped consumers pay for purchases during the recession, is now helping its customers exchange their jewelry for cash as gold prices soar. More
Target posts 5.5 percent Q1 sales increase
Progressive Grocer Share
Target Corp.'s first-quarter profits rose by nearly 30 percent on strong sales of clothing and other discretionary items, with its net earnings of $671 million during the quarter ended May 1, 2010, handily besting the $522 million posted in the year-ago quarter. More
Nine in 10 retailers plan to add stores in 2010
The Business Journal of Milwaukee Share
In a sign that department store chains like Kohl's Corp. in Menomonee Falls, Wis., may face better days ahead, nearly 70 percent of retailers surveyed by CB Richard Ellis Group Inc. say the overall economy is improving and 92 percent plan to increase store openings in 2010. "Our survey shows that retailers are increasingly more confident about their growth plans for 2010, and even more so for 2011," said Anthony Buono, executive managing director of CBRE Retail Services in the Americas. More
Wal-Mart asks suppliers to cede control of deliveries
The Cincinnati Enquirer Share
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, is seeking to take over U.S. transportation services from suppliers in an effort to reduce the cost of hauling goods. More
Why the consumer is hanging tough
Bloomberg Businessweek Share
For bearish investors, one of the biggest puzzles of the last few months has been the strength of consumer spending. Despite a U.S. unemployment rate at 9.9 percent in April, shoppers are returning to stores. More
Could you imagine a branded shoe or a can of soda on the truck trailer? Or what do you have in mind? The AAFES fleet of trucks and 53 foot trailers are on the road a total of 40.5 million miles a year! Not to mention that the AAFES fleet enters military installations on a daily basis. This is an amazing rolling billboard that lasts for at least two years! Email Price@aafes.com for to find how you can have a rolling billboard on an AAFES truck trailer.
AAFES continues to install the AAFES Radio network (EXRN) music and announcements in the Army and Air Force DeCA commissaries. There are over 60 operational and another 30 that are a work in progress. Besides the capability of the Commissaries using EXRN for their announcements, AAFES also offered announcements to all of the MWR facilities. This means that announcements for the Exchange, Commissary, and MWR now play in both the Exchange and the Commissary. The Army and Air Force customers are the winners in this communication partnership!
On a first come basis ALA is coordinating a tour of the massive AAFES Distribution Center in Newport News, Virginia on 15 July. The Dan Daniel Distribution Center (DDDC) opened in the fall of 1987 in Newport News, Va. It was the first of the new modern state-of-the-art AAFES distribution centers.
Just over 1.4 million square feet in size, the building is three quarters of a mile in length from corner to corner and incorporates both general and fashion merchandise. It houses over 15 miles of conveyors and utilizes computers, radio frequency devices, laser scanners, voice pick, pick to light technologies and 928 associates to distribute over $107.6 million dollars worth of merchandise in over 1.1 million cases each month.
The 22 acre storage area enables Dan Daniel to maintain a $95 million monthly inventory. The DDDC is often referred to as the flagship of AAFES Logistics. Serving some 2,043 facilities with general merchandise and 286 others around the world with fashion items, it is the primary supporting warehouse for the entire Eastern half of the United States, Europe, Puerto Rico, Central and South American operations, and the Azores. It has always served in support of many military special and contingency operations over its twenty-two year history. This facility was life support for emergency operations at the Pentagon and in New York City immediately following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
There will be 45-50 minute briefing and then 2½-3 hour tour of the DDDC. You will be responsible for transportation to Newport News/Ft. Eustis and subject to a security screening upon entering the compound. (Pay as you go lunch at the Officers Club and BX/ Commissary visit option with credentials.)
The Tour will be limited to the first 100 to sign up. If you are interested contact Bob Ellis at: 817-201-9921, firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of the Commander, AAFES, I am pleased to announce the following executive promotions. Please help me in congratulating these deserving associates:
Please disseminate to our AAFES family!
JAMES E. MOORE
Senior Vice President
Army transition managers seek better methods and lines of communications
U.S. Army MWR Share
For the first time, this past fall, the U.S. Army Installation Management Command Headquarters combined three key human resource functions in one training conference. These services support and provide services to Soldiers, Civilians and Family members who transition from the military to the civilian sectors. More
Museums offer free admission to military families
U.S. Department of Defense Share
Active duty servicemembers and their families will gain free access to hundreds of museums throughout the nation this summer, thanks to a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families. More
Army and Air Force MWR's can list fitness and wellness events on OperationBeFit.com.
A pet show? A bicycle race? A marathon? A 5K walk? Whatever it may be, go to www.operationbefit.com/events.asp, to list the event. Click on the banner at the bottom of the page to complete the event submission.
After submitting an event, there's an opportunity to complete another request for free numbered tyvek bibs including a tear off number for that specific event.
For large events, AAFES exchanges can further promote the event with New Balance displays, give aways, promotional signs and other goodies. AAFES thanks New Balance for their generosity!