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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

A Major Milestone Reached in the War:

Obama: 'Operation Iraqi Freedom is over'
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San Antonio Express-News, Sig Christenson
At Bliss, the president didn't say if the drawdown means more time at home for GIs. But Sifuentes and others, including two congressmen, saw his visit as a sign the home front would get top billing at last.

The Elephant on the Dance Floor is the Budget:

Mullen: Debt is top national security threat
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CNN, CNN Wire Staff
The national debt is bad for the military, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen is telling business men and women and others on a three-day "Conversations with the Country" tour across the Midwest.

Iraq drawdown may raise pressure on defense budget
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Reuters, Phil Stewart
The end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq may increase pressure on the Pentagon to trim spending, giving ammunition to lawmakers who have long wanted to take aim at the massive defense budget.

Pentagon reportedly eyeing 2nd fleet shutdown
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Navy Times, William H. McMichael
The lobbyist's memo focused primarily on the Pentagon's openly stated desire to shut down U.S. Joint Forces Command but included a cryptic final line: The Pentagon also is considering a move to "mothball" the venerable, Norfolk-based 2nd Fleet.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

McDonnell military commission meeting on JFCOM
Newport Daily News Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gov. Bob McDonnell has filled out his new military commission, which will meet next week to discuss the proposed closing of Joint Forces Command in Norfolk. More

The Muppets' military mission
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's a Muppet family picnic in the park, but Elmo is sad and confused: His Uncle Jack won't be there, because he's dead, and Elmo can't quite grasp that he's never coming back. For Elmo's moptop cousin Jesse, it's hard to even talk about the loss: Jack was her dad. More

KTHXBAI: Pentagon's first social media guru moves on
Wired    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Price Floyd, the Defense Department's first-ever chief of social media, is leaving the Pentagon next week. The meaning of the prolific tweeter's departure is hard to summarize in a mere 140 characters. More

Commissary News

Coupon clippers flocking to online deals
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The majority of U.S. coupon users — 54 percent — now get their fill of deals online, according to a new report by ICOM, a division of direct marketing agency Epsilon. More

Deli Express contributes over $250,000 to military program
Fare Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Deli Express, a leading suppliers of hot and cold sandwiches, has announced that after making its 2010 second-quarter donation of $50,745, it has surpassed $250,000 in total donations to the National Military Family Association, an organization dedicated to serving family members of military service members. More

More organics ending up in the basket
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Organic foods are making a larger impact in consumers' shopping choices in 2010, according to the results of Whole Foods Market's annual Food Shopping Trends Tracker survey, conducted online in June by Harris Interactive. More

The price isn't right
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Everyone knows that companies have rock-bottom prices they're willing to offer in emergencies. Think goods and services whose value is about to expire: hotel dates, plane tickets, last season's fashions, packaged food. But until recently, not many people knew what those prices were. Keeping them under wraps is a key part of how companies maintain pricing power. More

Outsourcing is in
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While food retailers and their suppliers have been resilient in the weak economy, one would be hard-pressed to say they have thrived. More

Private label: Value vintages
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Along with making a statement in the spirits category, private label is getting more attention in the wine department. One of the latest trends is growing retailer interest in "extreme-value," or bargain-priced premium wine. More

Target continues grocery revamp
Fare    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Target is continuing its city-by-city remodeling of stores with a focus on expanded grocery sections — this time around home turf of Minneapolis, where it's already the No. 2 food seller. More

Electronic mirrors sell lipstick and a makeover
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Cosmetics aisles in supermarkets and drugstores are adding electronic makeover specialists with the help of an Israeli start-up. Retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., France's Carrefour SA and Superdrug Stores PLC in Britain are testing EZface Inc.'s "virtual mirrors" in their stores to simulate what makeup and hair dye would look like on shoppers. More

Commissary Announcements

ALA Commissary Council — August 2010
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The ALA Board has established formal procedures for ALA Councils. At the National Convention each year the commissary council is reorganized. This year under the new procedures there will be six members departing and six new members added.

A new Council Chair will be appointed by the Board. If you are interested in being considered for membership on the main Commissary Council, click here to read the procedures and submit your nomination to the existing council chair, David McMurtry, Deadline for submission is Sept. 11.
Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website as of 10 AM, 2 September 2010:

  • Holiday Candy, Update #1
  • Holiday Gift Packs/HBC Gift Packs, Update #2
  • Holiday Baking, Update #2
  • DP #22 WW Promotion Package
  • 2011 45 Day Order Promotion Calendar
  • DP #20 Alaska Shipper & Promotion Quantities
  • Fall Club Pack Far East & Alaska Quantities
  • Winter Cocoa & Cider, Update #2
  • Holiday Chill/Freeze, Update #2
  • International Christmas, Update #2
  • Fall Club Pack, Update #2
  • Holiday Superbowl, Update #2

  • 10-139, Store Reset Dates – Little Rock
  • 10-142, Store Reset Dates – Yongsan
  • 10-143, Store Reset Dates – Camp Carroll
  • 10-146, Store Reset Dates – Little Creek
  • 10-147, Store Reset Dates – Charleston

  • Adds/Changes/Deletes, Week 10-34 Corrected Copy & week 10-35
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates

Exchange News

Report: Small uptick in August sales
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A report released Wednesday by MasterCard Advisors found that, in August, sales in most categories recorded a slight year-over-year uptick compared to the year-over-year performance of July. More

Strategies for retailers to maximize 2010 holiday season sales
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Retailers are wondering what the 2010 holiday season will bring. Will consumers be ready to shop after two years of economic turmoil? Will there be a repeat of 2009's last-minute uptick in traffic? Will online sales continue to rise? More

Consumers reduce number of shopping trips
NACS Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
SymphonyIRI Group has released a new Times & Trends report, "The New Path to Purchase: An Escalation of Channel & Consumption Migration," that reveals consumers are cutting back on the number of stores that they visit and spending less per trip. More

Restaurant traffic to slow over next decade
Fare Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It appears the aging of the U.S. population will affect restaurant industry growth. Visits to U.S. restaurants are forecasted to grow less than 1 percent per year in the next 10 years — slower than the 1.1 percent per year growth of the country's population. More

Discounters gain in August
Retailing Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Discount retailers posted solid gains for August, helped by aggressive discounting as consumers continue to seek out bargains. Tax-free holidays in nearly 20 states also helped attract customers. Analysts also said the warmest August in more than a quarter of a century helped spur sales of late lingering summer clothing inventory. More

Convenience stores call for suspension of 58 percent cigarette tax hike
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The New York Association of Convenience Stores yesterday asked Governor Paterson to issue an executive order suspending the 58 percent tax hike on cigarettes that took effect July 1, in fairness to long-suffering retailers whom state and federal courts have now deprived of the "other side of the bargain" — the promised level playing field starting September 1. More

Stuck in stability
CSP    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Around the country, wholesale-retail gasoline lag time currently implies retail margin down pressure in more than half the markets, up pressure in a few, and stability in the rest. Up pressure is not regional. More

New retail concept set to debut
Chain Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Max & Jill, a new off-price fashion and home department store concept, will open its first location in Whitehall, Pa. According to a company release: "In these unstable economic times, we offer consumers the most affordable prices for the latest fashion." More

Exchange Announcements

Exchange update on track for Sept. 17 opening
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Just 83 days after the first construction crew entered what was then known to as the "BX," associates are readying for a "brand opening" celebration at what will soon be the new Tinker "Exchange." This event will coincide with the Air Force birthday and the Air Force Falcons meeting up with the Oklahoma University (OU) Sooners, nearby in Norman, Okla. More

Hampton Roads Benefit Luncheon

Rear Admiral Select Glenn Robillard selected as second guest speaker

The Hampton Roads ALA is pleased to announce the new Commander & CEO of the Navy Exchange Command (NEXCOM), Rear Admiral Select Glenn Robillard will be the second Guest Speaker in Virginia Beach on Dec. 15.

Admiral Robillard will join the Commander & CEO of the Army & Air Force Exchanges (AAFES), Major General Casella at the 11th Annual HRALA Benefit Luncheon being held at the Virginia Beach Sheraton to raise money for the AREA, NEREA, and HRALA Scholarship Programs.

Several sponsorships are still available by contacting

Hampton Roads ALA Benefit Luncheon for AREA & NEREA

Date: December 15
Time: Noon to 3 p.m., ET
Location: Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel, 36th & Atlantic Avenue

Payment: Remit $40 to Hampton Roads ALA
c/o Paul Wehner
MDV Nash Finch
PO Box 29
Norfolk, VA 23501

*Be sure to include your full name, company name, and e-mail address
Note: Admission is $25 for Resale

Companies interested in sponsoring the luncheon are encouraged to contact Cory Belkov, HRALA at or call 757-831-8208.

All sponsor proceeds will be divided equally: 1/3 to NEREA; 1/3 to AREA; and 1/3 to HRALA Scholarship Funds.
Washington Update

Camp allows kids of war victims to express loss
Army Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The small children of fallen soldiers and Marines covered James Gobble, laughing as he pushed his way off the floor and gently tossed them off his back. More

Schwartz outlines possible future changes
Air Force Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Air Force's top uniformed official believes big changes are on the way for the service in coming decades. A review of Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz's comments to Military Times newspapers and before congressional hearings show a need to decrease budgetary purchasing power, expand personnel costs, shift to modern warfare and transition to new fighters, bombers, tankers and other aircraft. More

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

Stimulate Holiday sales and create a festive atmosphere with Bountiful Thanksgiving kits and fall prop and décor. More

Tyson Foods, Inc.

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


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