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Executive Briefing

American Logistics Association
63rd Annual Convention

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

Senator Daniel Akaka (D) Hawaii Recognized by the ALA:
In a special ceremony held at the closing banquet at the ALA Hawaii Food Show, Senator Daniel Akaka was presented the ALA Distinguished Service Award. The award is presented each year to an individual who through a lifetime of dedication has significantly improved the quality of life for our troops and their families. Senator Akaka addressed the banquet audience and expressed his appreciation for the recognition and his commitment to the military resale benefits that are so important to quality of life. Senator Akaka is Chairman of the Defense Committee on Veterans Affairs and a senior member of the Committee on Armed Forces and the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

Plastic Bottles on Army Installations:
Word has spread rapidly on the wire about a proposal to ban a variety of plastic containers from sale on Army Installations. This could obviously have a significant negative impact on product offerings especially if expanded to include all plastic containers. ALA engaged immediately in opposition to this proposal and we are pleased to report that the issue has been neutralized at this point. We will continue to monitor the situation to gauge impacts and future plans. At this point, the best course of action might be to form a partnership of Associations and industry members to meet with the Army and discuss current "green" initiatives and develop impactful programs for the future. ALA will work with interested member companies to develop meaningful partnership opportunities.

Social Media is All About Communications:
New Blog Launched
A new Department of Defense blog seeks to bring "lessons learned" to an accessible online platform. Titled "In Their Own Words: Lessons Learned in Today's Military," The goal is to provide a platform for Servicemembers, veterans and families to share their thoughts and experiences on a variety of topics. A different topic ranging from lessons from multiple deployments to lessons from the military family will be featured each month. The new blog is available at:

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 a.m. on Tuesday, October 19. The Sahalee Country Club hosted the 2010 PGA Senior Open July 29 –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.

Do Not Miss the 2010 ALA National Convention:
"e-Volution — Reaching the Military Consumer in the New Age"

October 19-21
Bellevue, Washington

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

Health reform's 1099 headache
CFO    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A little-noticed provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is suddenly generating a lot of attention. The new rule requires all businesses to file 1099 forms if they purchase $600 or more in goods or services from another business during a year. While the rule was largely overlooked in the early analysis of the health-care law, a recent uproar has put it in the spotlight, and efforts are now under way in Congress to repeal the measure. More

Senate panel to hold hearing on Gates's decision to close Joint Forces Command
The Hill    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on Defense Secretary Robert Gates's proposal to close the Joint Forces Command based in Virginia. More

You can help DoD be more efficient
U.S. Department of Defense    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

SECDEF Invest Award
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is asking all Servicemembers and Department of Defense employees to submit ideas on ways to save money, avoid cost, reduce cycle time and increase the agility of the Department. This contest, called the INVEST Awards; will award cash prizes to those who submit the best ideas for improving efficiency. Ideas will be accepted via this website from Monday, Aug. 9 through Friday, Sept. 24, 2010. Twenty-five final winners will be announced in October. Go to: to learn more. If you have any questions, please refer to the FAQs or e-mail

Military retirement system broken, board says
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The Defense Business Board, tasked by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to find ways to reduce the DOD budget, says annual Treasury Department payments into the system will balloon from $47.7 billion this year to $59.3 billion by 2020. The 25-member group of civilian business leaders suggests that the Department of Defense (DoD) look at changing the current system, even hinting at raising the number of years troops must serve before being eligible for retirement pay. Making troops serve longer before receiving pay is not popular with some Servicemembers. More

Gates to DoD staff: Cooperate with efficiency effort
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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates this week codified the 20 elements of his effort to cut "excess and duplication" with the publication of a memo detailing his plans, distributed throughout the Pentagon Aug. 16. More

Memo: Approval to close JFCOM could come by Sept. 1
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President Obama could approve the decision to close Joint Forces Command in Norfolk before Sept. 1, according to a memo being circulated to local and state officials. More

Pentagon pursues productivity growth
Government Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The post-Sept. 11 defense spending boom is over. That's the message Defense Secretary Robert Gates sent to Pentagon officials and military contractors this spring when he ordered a "hard, unsparing" review of how the department is staffed, organized and operated. More

Commissary News

Egg recall exposes gaps in federal oversight
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Two federal agencies are downplaying their oversight roles in the wake of a massive egg recall that so far has affected 22 states and shined a light on what lawmakers and watchdogs for years have claimed is a broken system for regulating a primary source of salmonella outbreaks. More

Food price inflation lowest since 1992, says USDA
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The US Department of Agriculture has forecast that food price inflation will be at its lowest level for 18 years in 2010, despite recent sharp rises in staple food prices. More

'Wellness' goes mainstream
Ad Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An interest in "wellness" used to be something exotic. And to the extent consumers gave any thought to the concept, it was often defined simply as the absence of illness. But "wellness" is now very much a mainstream preoccupation, and one that's viewed more broadly as a marker for quality of life. More

Industry (again) urges Senate to schedule vote on food safety bill
Food Production Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Grocery Manufacturers Association has urged the Senate to vote on the Food Safety Modernization Act that has been awaiting consideration since it passed through committee in November. More

Meijer pilots 'find it' app
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Meijer is testing a new mobile device app that helps shoppers locate groceries, find the nearest restroom and even remember where they parked their car. More

The wheel deal
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As shoppers make haste to complete their trip through the grocery store, savvy retailers are increasingly using portable merchandising equipment to place an assortment of hot and refrigerated food products and promotions in their paths to increase the incidence of impulse buying and to offer the samples that lead to a higher chance of a purchase. More

Survey: Independent grocers faring better than public companies
The Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Independent grocers managed to keep afloat in 2009 in spite of stormy economic seas, according to the 2010 Independent Grocers Survey from the National Grocers Association and Pasadena, Md.-based FMS. More

Grocery shoppers hungry for mobile info
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Food-focused mobile marketing often centers around coupons and promotions, but consumers are hungry for more than just discounts. They're also looking for information. More

Have meat substitutes missed the boat?
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Many consumers around the globe are turning away from meat as health, price and ethical concerns grow. But the latest market research indicates that meat substitutes are failing to pick up the slack. More

Bad economy or bad retail?
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The temptation is to associate the effects of our economic situation with the recent financial death spiral of brands and retailers. Yet, if we compare dead or struggling retailers to those operators that are doing well — even in a downturn — all of the general blame heaped on the economy may have sidestepped a fundamental truth: in retail, as with brands, products and services, the economic situation has been the acid test and the ultimate proving ground not just for retailers that provide "value", but also for those that are customer-centric and offer shopping experience and innovation, well beyond price. More

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website as of 10 AM, 26 August 2010:

  • DP #19, CONUS Promotion & Shipper Quantities
  • DP #20, Update #1

  • 10-137, Round Table Discussion – DeCA Holiday Ham Seasonality Program
  • 10-138, Revised Round Table Discussion – DeCA Brand Name Merchandising Program
  • 10-140, Cancellation of Camp Carroll Comsy Reset
  • 10-141, Cancellation Dates for Yongsan Comsy Resets – NTT 10-130
  • 10-144, FY 2011 DIBS FDS/DSD Call Numbers

  • Guard & Adds/Changes/Deletes, Week 10-32, 2nd Corrected Copy & Weeks 10-33 & 34
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates
  • DeCA Meat Tonnage Report (Filed under Doing Business with DeCA)
  • Product Spt MBU Buying/Contracting Assignments, as of 23 Aug 10
  • FY10 Sales & Customers by Dept by Store by Month & YTD through July 10
  • FY10 July 10 versus July 09 Region Sales Comparison

Exchange News

NEXCOM Change of Command
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So long Rear Admiral Steven J. Romano Commander, Navy Exchange Service Command, welcome Rear Admiral (Select) Glenn C. Robillard who comes from Sunny San Diego where he served as the Commanding Officer, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center. A great event at NEXCOM HQ's yesterday for the change of command with many ALA members attending! More

Army and Air Force Exchanges listen, react
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Improved stock assortments, a revamped customer comment program and a focus on social media are just a few ways Army and Air Force Exchanges are listening and adjusting to military shoppers' needs. More

ShopperTrak Report: Year-over-year retail sales up 4.5 percent for week ending Aug. 21
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A recent report released by ShopperTrak said that year-over-year GAFO (general merchandise, apparel, furniture, sporting goods, electronics, hobby, books and other related store sales) retail sales increased 4.5 percent for the week ending Aug. 21, while sales edged down 0.4 percent versus the previous week ending Aug. 14. More

Debit 'swipe fee' fix an important first step
STORES Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Retailers' long fight against the $48 billion in credit and debit card swipe fees imposed each year by banks took a major step forward in May when the Senate approved an amendment sponsored by Majority Whip Richard Durbin requiring that debit card fees be set at a "reasonable" level. We were hesitant to claim victory over one vote, however, and sure enough, the banking industry immediately launched a massive lobbying effort to kill the amendment. More

Readying for recovery
Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Coming off a year when consumers significantly scaled back on dining out, convenience retailers in 2010 are pressing full steam ahead to position their stores as the destination for fresh food and beverages as the nation’s economy struggles to recover. More

A meeting of the minds between retailers and manufacturers
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When it comes to driving the most value from rapidly expanding shopper-centric analytics, manufacturers and retailers would do best by sharing the front seat. More

7-Eleven makes list of America's fastest-growing private companies
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Convenience chain 7-Eleven Inc. is among the prominent brands featured on Inc. magazine's fourth annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. More

Earlier flu vaccines give stores shot in the arm
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While we have become used to candy corn and Halloween costumes appearing on store shelves in August, one sign of autumn is appearing much earlier than usual: Retail chains, including Publix, CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens, are announcing flu shot programs now, instead of waiting for October. More

Kwik Trip solves the puzzle
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Team culture delivers second win in CSP-Service Intelligence Mystery Shop. More

Defining convenience and value today
FARE Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Interesting times we are in. Maybe tough is the better word. Whatever the adjective, current economic times are difficult, and the outlook is not good for 2009 and probably into 2010. We are all stretched financially and every purchase takes on increased significance. More

NREL, IKEA team up to monitor geothermal energy for commercial buildings
Scientific America    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
IKEA is working with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado to change all that, and possibly make geothermal heat a common energy reduction technology used in more commercial buildings in the U.S. More
Washington Update

Air Force Week begins in New York
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A series of Air Force events kicked off on Tuesday with an air demonstration in New York City. New York's Air Force Week is set to end Sunday. Air Force Weeks are held in a different city several times a year to celebrate the service. Another one is planned at Cocoa Beach, Fla., in October. More

Dr. Biden urges support of military families
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Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, encouraged all Americans to support military families in a recent public service announcement that aired on Lifetime Television following her appearance on "Army Wives" earlier this month. Dr. Biden reiterated the challenge she and First Lady Michelle Obama have made to Americans on numerous occasions: support and engage military families. More

Agencies advance use of health IT
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When a Native American military veteran who lives in Virginia goes to the doctor, it might be tricky to track down his medical records. This hypothetical patient probably has received care from both the Veterans Affairs Department and the Indian Health Service. He has beneficiary data on file with the Social Security Administration, and also has a medical history with MedVirginia, a network of private health care providers. To get this diverse group of entities to share data and en sure that the patient gets the best care is a difficult task, full of paperwork and phone calls. The Obama administration is trying to change all that with the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN). More

Grunt Apparel, Inc.

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