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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only Aug. 20, 2010
Executive Briefing

American Logistics Association
63rd Annual Convention

October 19-21, 2010
Hyatt Regency, Bellevue, WA
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President's Message

ALA National Convention Message On Target!

Military Adopts New Media
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Honolulu Star-Advertiser, William Cole
The Pentagon is making a big push into new media and social media, and the old bugles and bulletin boards have given ways to blogs, BlackBerries and tweets.

ALA National Convention Special "Giving Back" Event:
Please join us on October 19 for this year's Fund Raising Event held concurrently with this year's ALA National Convention.

Over the last several years, a fund raiser has been held in conjunction with the ALA National Convention. This year's ALA National Convention Steering Committee has selected the recipient of this year's cause promotion to be the American Lake Veterans Golf Course located adjacent to the American Lake Veterans Hospital in Lakewood, WA (near Joint Base Lewis McChord).

The American Lake Veterans Golf Course is dedicated to providing, teaching and promoting the benefits of golf to in-patient and outpatient veterans that have disabilities. A good overview of the American Lake Veterans Golf Course can be found on The Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course website at

The ALA Northwest Chapter will host a golf tournament to raise funds for this worthy cause at the exclusive Sahalee Country Club, beginning at 8 AM on Tuesday, October 19. The Sahalee Country Club hosted the 2010 PGA Senior Open, July 29 through August 1, and previously hosted the 2002 World Golf Championship and the 1998 PGA Championship.

This is a once in a lifetime chance to play one of the premier golf courses in the world! Circle the date, arrange your travel to fly in on Monday, October 18 and bring your clubs!

Look for more details and the registration form soon.

ALA Continues to Monitor Key Congressional Actions:
House to hold hearings on defense cuts
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Government Executive, Katherine McIntire Peters
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee plans to hold "early and urgent" hearings on the Pentagon's plan to cut contractor personnel and freeze civilian hiring, according to a key lawmaker.

Panel reviews closing USAFE, PACAF installations
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Air Force Time, Michael Hoffman
Thousands of airmen would lose their jobs if Congress closed military installations overseas to cut defense spending.

Senate forms caucus on military families
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The Hill, Elise Viebeck
Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Richard Burr

ALA Opposes 1099 Legislation:
Hidden in the new health care law passed by Congress is a new mandate unrelated to health care that will have a major impact on businesses of all sizes. Commonly referred to as the 1099 reporting mandate, this provision will affect 40 million entities in the U.S., including governments, nonprofits, and businesses across the nation, subjecting each to onerous data collection and IRS information filing burdens on virtually all non-credit card purchases totaling $600 or more with any vendor in a tax year. When this mandate comes into effect in 2012, it will impose substantial paperwork and reporting burdens on the backs of businesses - especially small and mid-size businesses - at a time when we're looking to them to create jobs and get the economy back on track.

Secretary Gates Outlines His "To Do" List:

Eying the Pentagon, Gates considers three changes
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Washington Post, Walter Pincus
If you need further guidance about how far Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is preparing to go in his effort to change the Pentagon culture and to cap spending, take a look at three new targets he identified last week that have all been "third rail" issues for his predecessors.

Former Hill staffer takes on Pentagon budget
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CBS News, Anne Flaherty, Associated Press
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has put a former Capitol Hill staffer and fellow Republican in charge of his ambitious effort to find billions of dollars in budget waste.

DoD Targets Some "Third Rail" Items For Savings:

Higher health premiums on Gates' cost-cutting agenda
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Tacoma News Tribune, Tom Philpott
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signaled that the department's fiscal 2012 budget request to be sent to Congress early next year will include recommendations to raise TRICARE premiums for some beneficiaries. (R-N.C.) announced that they would be co-chairing a new caucus focused on military families.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

Gates: Reinvest defense savings in weapons systems
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Pentagon plan to reduce spending on civilian contractors could free up more than $10 billion in the next four years, according to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who wants the savings to be spent on new ships, fighters and other weapons systems rather than on reducing the federal budget deficit. More

Pentagon push to phase out top brass causing much consternation
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Of all the spending cuts and budget battles the Pentagon is confronting, none is causing more angst than Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates's vow to start getting rid of generals and admirals. More

Defense chief Gates orders review of Marines' role
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is ordering a review of the future role of the Marine Corps amid "anxiety" that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had turned the service into a "second land army." More

Defense Secretary Gates plans to step down in 2011
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said he intends to retire next year, a long-anticipated step that would remove a primary architect of U.S. policy in Iraq and Afghanistan and could cast doubt on recently announced plans to trim Pentagon spending. More

Commissary News

Aisle by aisle, an app that pushes bargains
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's like the most persistent sales clerk you've ever encountered. Major retailers are working with a new smartphone application that tracks and offers promotions to shoppers as they move from outside the store, to counters, to cash registers — even inside the dressing room (now that's persistence). More

Wholesale prices rise on higher food costs
The Associated Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wholesale prices rose last month for the first time since March on higher costs for food, autos, pickup trucks and pharmaceuticals. Still, the increases were modest and show that the weak economy isn't spurring significant price rises. More

Some stores finding deep discounts aren't enough
Yahoo! News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A dollar for a 40-ounce bottle of ketchup? Yawn. Four bucks for a 12-pack of Coke? No sale. Even deep discounts on everyday items don't seem to be enough to get Walmart shoppers to bite these days, and other chains are worried Americans won't be in the mood to spend in the months ahead, which are critical for those companies. More

Senate food safety bill has bipartisan support
The Atlantic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It looks like S. 510, the Senate's version of the food safety bill passed by the House a year ago, may actually have a chance of passing. According to summaries by Bill Marler and by Food Safety News, there is now bipartisan agreement on the bill's key provisions. More

Salmonella outbreak prompts recall of 228M eggs
MSNBC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An outbreak of salmonella illnesses linked to shell eggs has prompted a nationwide recall of 13 brands of eggs produced by an Iowa company and triggered a multi-state investigation that is expected to grow. More

How to start a customer Rewards Program
Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For ages, customer loyalty programs meant you got a little punch card to tally your purchases so you could eventually be awarded with a free coffee, car wash or sandwich. In the early 1980s, American Airlines decided it wanted to take the idea of nurturing its customer base a big step forward and give fliers something extra special. The airline created the first frequent flyer programs. The program was one of the first widely accepted customer loyalty programs in the country, and it set up a framework that became a standard not just for the entire industry. More
Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website as of 10 AM, 19 August 2010:

  • DP #17, Update #2
  • DP #19, Update #1, Nestle Update, Gorton’s Update, ConAgra Update, Summary Update, Alaska Promo & Shipper Quantities
  • DP #20, Far East Promo & Shipper Quantities
  • Holiday/Superbowl, Update #1
  • Holiday Non-Food, Update #1
  • Halloween, Updates #4 & #5
  • Holiday Baking, Update #1
  • Holiday/Fall Club Pack CONUS Quantities

  • 10-133, Analgesics
  • 10-134, Feminine Hygiene/Adult Incontinence
  • 10-135, Category Plans (Water, Sparkling Water, Bleach/Prewash/Fabric Softner, Skin Care)
  • 10-136, Cancellation of Ft Lee Reset

  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates
  • 2010 Reset Schedule, Update #8

Exchange News

Guide to shopping on a military base
Helium    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Military bases are very much like civilian communities. Large military bases have work places, police stations, fire and rescue services, a hospital, schools, day care centers, gyms, places of worship, entertainment complexes, health and beauty centers, restaurants, grocery stores, travel agents, and of course shopping complexes. The following guide will introduce the most common shopping areas that are located on military bases around the globe. More

How old-school catalogs help drive up online sales
Customer Think    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recent research shows that companies that send out traditional catalogs reap the rewards in terms of significantly higher online sales. Paper catalogs play on consumers' love of off-line browsing before committing to an online purchase, and merchants can benefit when they effectively integrate their selling platforms. More

Tinker prepares to put the "change" in exchange as renovation continues
AAFES    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Like a jet being prepped for flight, the Tinker Exchange is undergoing an intensive preflight check list as a host of associates and contractors prepare for the stores re-grand opening Sept. 17. More

Brighter days: Penney, Dillard's, Kohl's, Nordstrom
Media Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Several leading retailers turned in solid sales and earnings for the second quarter, providing more evidence not just that shoppers are buying a little more, but that stores are learning to woo them more profitably. More

Retailers use Web tools aimed at younger shoppers
The Arizona Republic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Shoppers and retailers are turning to cellphones, "haul videos," virtual dressing rooms and social-networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to make the most out of this year's back-to-school shopping season. More

Fast food chains are learning the benefits of mobile
Econsultancy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With mobile apps, text to order service and location based marketing messages, fast food companies are learning that mobile is very good for business. A recent study from comScore and Yellow Pages found that local business search on the mobile Web grew 14 percent from March 2009 to 2010, and that mobile "unlocks a younger, wealthier user base to advertisers." Fast food companies that moved into the mobile space early on have reaped the benefits. For example, Pizza Hut has offered mobile orders via SMS, its mobile website and an iPhone app since 2009. More

With growth and income Target could be a bull's-eye
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Over the past two decades, Target, the big Minneapolis-based discounter, defined the concept of cheap chic. The strategy worked splendidly until the financial meltdown of 2008-09 when America headed for Wal-Mart, which offered even lower prices, and the heck with style. As customers fled, Target's sales and profits tumbled. More

Retailers are sold on frugality
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
American retailers are becoming as frugal as their shoppers, cutting expenses to maintain stable profits through what is increasingly looking like another challenging holiday season. More Washington Update

Army MWR installations
Army MWR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Are you traveling to another installation? Want to find out what your current installation has to offer? Simply click on the MWR map to find an MWR page dedicated to helping you find lodging, entertainment, sports and more for specific Army installation. More

Naval Base Coronado breaks ground on new $60 million barracks complex
Navy FFR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Military leaders, government officials and construction contractors broke ground Aug. 14 aboard Naval Base Coronado on a new $60 million Combined Bachelor Housing complex. More

Military installations resource
Military Installations    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Looking for Exchange/MWR Information, contacts, addresses, by Installation and Service Worldwide? Try this link: Save to you favorites file. More

New mobile application now available to Blackberry, Droid users
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Blackberry and Droid users can now join iPhone and iPod Touch users in accessing the mobile version of Executive Briefing direct from the MultiBriefs app. For Blackberry users, visit the Blackberry App World and search "MultiBriefs." Droid users can go to the Android Marketplace and search "MultiBriefs." Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users should visit the Apple App store to search "MultiBriefs" and download the app free of charge. After it's downloaded, you can add the ALAORG feed from the "Specialized Trades & Industries" section.

Business Partners
MCCS    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Doing business with MCCS is easy!

There are two types of procurement:

Retail (MCX) for vendors wanting to sell
    Items for eventual resale to Marines and other authorized patrons. Examples include: hardlines, softlines, HBA, home and garden, etc.
Non-Retail (MCCS) for vendors wanting to provide
    • Equipment and supplies that support the MCCS program. Examples include: golf carts, computer and software supplies, office supplies, training services, concession stands for jewelry sales, etc.
    • Indirect Services (MCCS) for vendors wanting to provide third-party services for Marines and other authorized patrons. Examples include: barber shops, auto and tire repair, restaurants, etc.

Grunt Apparel, Inc.

Grunt Apparel specializes in original military inspired designs in silk screen & embroidery at low prices. Licensed by all military branches.
More info

Hubert Company

Gear up for the busy Holiday Season with NEW Silicone Cup Can Measures or Digital Measuring Cup. The Universal Magnetic Heater to fit full size chafers is perfect for indoor or outdoor events.

Tyson Foods, Inc.

Tyson Foods is dedicated to bringing you quality, service, and support you need to drive sales. More


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