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President's Message

The Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefit is proud to announce that the Coalition has added three very important "valued associates" to the rolls of the Coalition. In the last several weeks the National Military Family Association, The Fleet Reserve Association and the National Industries for the Blind have added their support to the efforts of the Coalition to educate, engage and excite the military community about the military resale programs and benefits. This is an important step in the establishment of The Coalition as a trusted source for information and a recognized presence in supporting these important programs.

Over 100,000 have signed up! Email is the way reach out. Don't hope that a few people will visit a website and click on your banner. Deliver your message directly into their inboxes. Contests, Events, Special Promotions, Commissary and Exchange Sales and more. Everybody on this email list has visited the website and signed up to receive your email message of interest to the military community. Contact or (845) 454-7900. More

Web tool to boost industry veteran and military family hiring program

The American Logistics Association is launching a website to bolster its pledge to hire 25,000 veterans and family member's website.

The Association and its member companies made this 25,000 hiring pledge at an Oct. 21, 2011, ceremony held at Joint Base Langley-Eustis where President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama announced the initiative. is an informational tool will assist ALA member companies in this effort.

Click here for more information.

Gold Medal Products Co.

Gold Medal has more than 350 employees committed to fueling our product lines with sales-generating concessions, as well as specialty foods machines and supplies. In addition to the network of dealers world-wide, Gold Medal has 11 branches throughout the nation to serve you. MORE

White House:

Obama pays tribute to veterans, military
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Politico, Jennifer Epstein
President Barack Obama kicked off the unofficial start of summer with a reminder that Memorial Day is "more than a three-day weekend" — its purpose is to honor veterans and members of the military.


From war to work
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National Journal, Yochi J. Dreazen
Troops returning from the front lines often find themselves at the back of the line for jobs. The unemployment rate for young veterans tops 19 percent.

Program recruits older vets for employment training
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The Washington Post, Steve Vogel
For Cheryl Blackburn, an Army veteran who lost her job as a leasing consultant in March, the search for new employment has been frustrating.

Great recognition for extraordinary dedication:

Jeremy Hilton: US military's 1st male Spouse of the Year
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The Daily Beast, Jesse Ellison
Military Spouse Magazine honored the dad for his stay-at-home work with disabled daughter.

Oops...did someone say no BRAC:

DoD official: BRAC fight may not be over
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Federal Times, Andy Medici
The Defense Department is still pushing for two more rounds of base realignments and closures despite opposition.

A tragedy that should not have happened:

Marines seek benefits over contaminated water
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CBS News, Mark Strassmann
Contaminated water has been linked to cancer cases at the Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Now the Marines and their families are battling the VA over disability benefits.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association

Washington Update

DoD's next crisis: Excess inventory
Defense News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With billions of dollars in excess inventory stuffed in warehouses, and a flood of items expected to return from Afghanistan in the near future, the U.S. Defense Department is facing an inventory crisis without an easy way to eliminate extra items, a former director of the Defense Logistics Agency said. More

Direct Mail Reaches Military Families Where They Live
The Military Shopper Insight Study reported that shoppers want information and coupons in advance to help them save money by planning at home. Active duty families living on post will receive Judy Johnson's Military Family Mailbox envelopes for Labor day and again for Veterans Day. Active duty families on post is the segment of the market with the most potential new commissary shoppers. Young active duty families are your core customers. Reach them at home! Get them into the store!

House, Senate face off over defense bill
Politico    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Election-year politics and a looming lame-duck showdown over taxes and spending threaten a long-standing tradition: For the past 50 years, Congress has passed an annual defense authorization bill, setting parameters and priorities for Pentagon spending. This year's bill may prove to be one of the most daunting. More

Defense official says automatic cuts will cause 'absurdities'
CNN    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Pentagon's chief budget officer is ringing the alarm bell about looming budget cuts that could destroy the department's new defense strategy and force the defense industry to face "absurdities" as defense programs are shuttered. "This is not the way to do defense planning and budgeting," said Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. More


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Pentagon's No. 2 leader criticizes lawmakers' add-backs to Defense bill
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Stressing the need for a strategy-driven approach to trim Defense Department spending, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter recently cautioned Congress that "every dollar spent on bold, unnecessary programs is a dollar we lose for necessary programs." More

Commissary News

Supermarket counseling could improve your shopping choices
The Atlantic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The grocery store can be a confusing place when you are trying to choose healthy foods. Though nearly all foods have a Nutrition Facts label, not everyone knows how to read or interpret the label correctly. Researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Arizona State University set out to determine if providing in-store nutrition counseling could make a difference in the foods shoppers chose. A supermarket chain offered a packaged EatSmart program created by a registered dietitian chosen for the study. More

Giant Food, ShopRite are consumers' favorite grocers
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Giant Food is consumers' favorite grocer, followed closely by ShopRite and then Wal-Mart, according to a new consumer study by Market Force Information. The panel research study, conducted in March with more than 6,400 participants, also uncovered why consumers prefer one grocer to another, among other insights. More

Retail beef, chicken, pork prices still climbing
The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The money you're saving on gasoline may go toward buying steaks, ribs and chicken for the barbecue. Meat prices are expected to rise faster than overall food costs in 2012. Prices rose in the spring and may increase an additional 1 to 3 percent this summer. More

How to save money at the grocery store
San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With the economy still not back on the fast track to recovery from the recent recession, many people are looking for ways to squeeze a few more dollars out of their monthly budgets. Groceries are often a target for savings, and with a little practice, you can save money at the grocery store like a pro. More

LA makes history with ban on plastic bags at stores
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines, handing a hard-fought victory to environmentalists and promising to change the way Angelenos do their grocery shopping. The ban came after years of campaigning by clean-water advocates who said it would reduce the amount of trash in landfills, as well as the region's waterways and the ocean. They estimate that Californians use 12 billion plastic bags a year and that less than 5 percent of the state's plastic bags are recycled. More

The pros and cons of online grocery shopping
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to grocery shopping, we fall into two camps: One group loves to go grocery shopping and the other wants to get in and out as fast as possible. If you fall into the latter group, online grocery shopping might be perfect for you. More

Shoppers consider the source
Produce Retailer Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The locally grown produce craze seems to get bigger every year. If there's any doubt about the popularity of the buy-local concept, consider the following test conducted by the Davis, Calif.-based Community Alliance with Family Farmers. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., 31 May 2012.

DP #13, Update #1.
DP #15, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
2012 Winter Cocoa/Cider/Miscellaneous WW Promotion Package.
International Christmas, FAR East & Alaska Quantities.
Thanksgiving/Christmas Seasonal — Gift Pack Program.

12-86, Baby Food & Juice Review Live Test Set Date.

Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-22.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
CRV Values.

June 19, 2012: Congressional Caucus, Washington, D.C.
August 21–23, 2012: Hawaii Conference & Food Show
Oct. 1–3, 2012: 65th Annual Convention, Omni Shoreham, Washington, D.C.

Exchange News

PayPal strikes deals with 15 retailers
Reuters via Orlando Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
PayPal has made deals with 15 retailers including Toys R Us, J.C. Penney and Barnes & Noble that will allow consumers to pay for purchases with their cellphones while expanding the online payment company's service into additional physical stores. More

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What student debt crisis? US to spend $5 billion on graduation gifts
TIME    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new survey shows that Americans will collectively spend more than $4.7 billion on gifts for students graduating college or high school this year. For some perspective, our country's collective student loan debt has cracked the trillion-dollar mark and shot past totals for both credit-card debt and car loans. According to student loan education site, our student loan debt is growing at a rate of about $2,853.88 per second. More

Walmart Express turns profit in less than a year
Orlando Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wal-Mart Stores Inc has seen its small-format U.S. stores, called Wal-Mart Express, become profitable in less than a year, Wal-Mart U.S. Chief Executive Bill Simon said. Wal-Mart, best-known for large supercenters, opened its first Wal-Mart Express store in Arkansas last June, part of its effort find new ways to reach areas of the country that are less suitable for "big box" stores. It now has about 10 of the stores in markets such as Chicago as well as rural spots in Arkansas and North Carolina. More

'Stealth' Starbucks: Unbranded store to open in Macy's
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New York Magazine's Grub Street blog recently announced that a "stealth" Starbucks is now under construction in a Manhattan Macy's store — that's a store stripped from all its usual branding and offerings. More

Target partners with shopkick app
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Target Corp. said recently that shoppers can now use the shopkick smartphone application to earn points in stores that can be redeemed for rewards. No purchases are necessary — just browsing in Target's stores earns shoppers points. More

Expanding or not, US retailers rethink stores
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. retailers believe there is life left in their brick-and-mortar stores and they're trying new ways of making them more inviting by pampering customers — both the two- and four-legged kinds. PetSmart Inc, for instance, will offer overnight dog accommodations at more stores. Macy's Inc is offering a "virtual concierge" kiosk, and handbag maker Coach Inc is opening up dozens more men's sections this year. More

National Retail Federation kicking off Web tax push
Women's Wear Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The National Retail Federation is kicking off a 60-day campaign aimed at pressing Congress to pass legislation that would essentially give states the authority to collect sales taxes from e-commerce sites in the 45 states that collect sales taxes. More

Bribery case at Wal-Mart may widen
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As Wal-Mart recently reported higher-than-expected first-quarter earnings, it suggested in a regulatory filing that the scope of an internal investigation into bribery accusations had widened beyond the retailer's subsidiary in Mexico. More

GameStop welcomes app gaming, begins selling Android tablets
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a reflection of the changing gaming landscape, retail video game store GameStop has begun selling Android tablets at 1,600 of its locations. The shift in strategy comes as more people look to their smartphones and tablets for gaming rather than handheld or standalone consoles. More

US apparel, footwear spending on decline
Women's Wear Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The baby boomers and Generation Y pose a $7 billion conundrum for the fashion industry. U.S. apparel and footwear consumers are expected to cut their spending in the two categories to $344 billion by 2020, down from $351 billion in 2010, according to projections from Euromonitor. (Subscription required.) More

Shopper marketing: Every decision begins and ends with the shopper
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To build strong and growing relationships at the individual shopper level, businesses must first transform — across all business units and at all levels — from the mass marketing, product siloed thinking of the Industrial Age to the shopper-based culture of the Information Age. More

Drive-thru visits up 2 percent at QSRs
CSNews Foodservice    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Drive-thru windows still prove popular among fast food customers, according to The NPD Group, which calculated 12.4 billion visits through fast food drive-thrus last year. That number represented a two-percent increase over the prior year. More

Sales via tablets drive retailers' Web revenue
The Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With more than 60 million Americans forecast to own a tablet computer by the end of this year, it's no surprise that they are driving an increasingly larger share of retailer's Web revenue, according to a new study from and Forrester Research. More

Location is key to sting of summer gas prices
Reuters via msnbc    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In California, drivers are ponying up 55 cents a gallon more than motorists in neighboring Arizona. The historically wide discrepancy is driven by a combination of factors specific to the West Coast: higher crude oil costs; California's ultra-clean gasoline specifications; the absence of alternatives; and the second-highest tax rate in the nation. But it also highlights the peculiarities of the U.S. gasoline market at a time of unprecedented change in the country's oil flows. More

New York plans to ban sale of big sizes of sugary drinks
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity. More

Exchange Chapter Announcements

Save the date!
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June 25: ALA New York Chapter Golf Event
Click here for registration form and directions.

Update on Headquarters Master Plan
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Headquarters Exchange Associates,

Last August, we updated you on the status of the HQ Master Plan. The Master Plan was on hold pending the impact of DoD budget cuts on the military, and the appropriated fund support available. The study validated two primary options: 1. Remain at the current location in south Dallas, with considerable investment to update the facility, or 2. Relocate to another location in the DFW metroplex.

The decision has been made for the HQ Master Plan to remain on hold for the foreseeable future, pending the outcome of military budgets and stationing decisions. Exchange Headquarters will remain at the current location for at least the next 5 to 7 years. We will continue to provide a well-maintained workplace and will invest in the building as needed to meet our mission requirements.

While the Exchange's financial position remains strong, we all should be aware of the financial impacts of our decisions. Each directorate and region is applauded for their efforts to find ways to save money for both the short and long term.

Thank you for all you do every day to make the lives of soldiers and airmen better.

Brigadier General, USAF Chief Operating Officer

Operation Give Back — Mission Summer
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Participating locations:
Fort Bragg
Fort Hood
Fort Campbell
Fort Lewis
Fort Bliss
Wright-Patterson AFB
Lackland AFB
Scott AFB
Nellis AFB
Tinker AFB

Timing: June 29-July 1

POS will be sent to the Industry POC's by June 15 for placement in the stores two weeks prior to generate excitement. Any donations, gift cards, raffle items, etc. can be mailed to the attention of the base GM. Please put Operation Give Back on the mailing so they know exactly what it is for.

This is a very high profile event with our customer and going to a very good cause. Need to be sure Industry is supporting this event at these 10 bases. All companies supporting will be credited in Industry publications.

Please let Marcia Doyle know what support you or your manufacturers are offering (i.e. gift cards, tastings, donations) at so she can make sure no one gets left out.

Exchange Announcements

ALA Exchange E-Blast week 6/1/12

AAFES Sales Flyers — to view click below: Click here for ALA Business Resource Guide

Chapter Announcement:

June 25: ALA New York Chapter Golf Event
Click here for registration form and directions.

Save the dates:

June 19, 2012 — Congressional Caucus, House Office Building Washington, D.C.
Sponsorship for the June 19 Caucus still open! Contact:

August 21–23, 2012 — Hawaii Conference & Food Show, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu

Oct. 1-3, 2012 — 65th Annual Convention, OMNI Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Go to:, sign in and CHECK OUT the information.

Washington Update

One stop morale shop: Warfighter Exchange Services Team travels throughout Helmand Province
DVIDS    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Forward operating bases, patrol bases and combat outposts are widely spread throughout Helmand Province, Afghanistan, and many service members do not have the luxury of a Post Exchange. Without access to a permanent PX, acquiring a small "taste of home" can typically only be achieved through care packages. More

Children, youth and teen programs
MCCS    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Children, youth and teen programs focus on the needs of families in order to provide maximum access to useful, flexible and affordable programs such as child development, social, recreational and athletic programs. Children, youth and teens, ages 6 weeks to 18 years, shall be served in integrated, balanced, quality programs that support the continuum of the Marines family, on and off base. More
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Marines to offer early retirement, with benefits    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Marine Corps soon will offer early retirement with benefits to some troops as part of force-shaping efforts aimed at cutting 20,000 jobs from the rolls over the next four years, Corps officials said. More

Finding military retirees and veterans    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Each of the branches of the military has separate procedures for contacting active or past service members. In cases of emergency, immediate family members should contact the local chapter of the American Red Cross. More

More military spouse friendly employers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many employers value the talents, skills and attitudes of military spouses. The following are just some of the organizations that are military spouse-friendly. More

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