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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only Sept. 10, 2010
Executive Briefing

American Logistics Association
63rd Annual Convention

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

All Gave Some, Some Gave ALL:
The troops need us
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Hillsboro Times Gazette, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden
One percent of our population is doing 100 percent of the fighting, but we need 100 percent of Americans working to support our troops and their families. We can do this.

Expensive Game of Poker:
Congress questions JFCOM closure
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The Cable - Foreign Policy, Josh Rogin
Defense Secretary Robert Gates's plan to close Joint Forces Command in southern Virginia faces its first test when Congress comes back to town this month.

Even with JFCOM in limbo, work on new HQ proceeds
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Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, Bill Sizemore
What if they built a nice new multimillion-dollar office building and nobody showed up to work there?

Budget experts plan tour to tout deficit measures
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CongressDaily, Humberto Sanchez
Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker calls fiscal situation a "ticking time bomb."

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

In sour US job market, military recruitment thriving
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the first time, the four largest branches of the service are far exceeding their recruiting goals. About 99 percent of enlistees have a high school diploma, and scores on the military entrance exam are the highest in the history of the all-volunteer force. More

McChrystal, wife join board of vets charity
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Retired Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal and his wife, Annie, have joined the board of directors of the Bethesda-based Yellow Ribbon Fund, a charitable organization that provides free services to wounded service members and their families. More

North Korea takes steps to extend dynastic rule
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader, is expected to convene a rare congress of the ruling Workers' Party in coming days to pave the way for his son to succeed him, a feat of political engineering that would be a first in the Communist world: Extending dynastic rule to a third generation. More

Commissary News

Foodborne illness survivors urge immediate vote on food safety bill
Food Production Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Foodborne illness survivors and consumer organizations met in Washington to urge senators to vote on the food safety bill that has been awaiting consideration since November. More

Milking dairy for all it's worth
STORES Merchandising    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dairy accounts for nearly 25 percent of an average supermarket's profit while taking up less than 5 percent of store space, according to the Willard Bishop Store SuperStudy 2009. With performance like that, it's no surprise that many retailers are looking for ways to reinvent their dairy departments. More

Retailers can increase domestic rice sales with September promo
Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Every September since 1991, when both houses of Congress and the President of the United States endorsed September as National Rice Month, consumers are exposed to U.S.-grown rice through thousands of displays and point-of-sale materials in grocery stores. More

Albertsons initiates Healthy Kidz Club
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Albertsons LLC will bring Healthy Kidz Club to its stores throughout the company, with the goal of helping to engage kids and their parents in the discussion about living a healthy lifestyle. More

Wal-Mart creates 4 core merchandising areas
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wal-Mart Stores here said it has created four core merchandising areas that align similar categories — a move designed to make the company more competitive in each customer channel and improve how it targets and localizes merchandise, Bill Simon, president and chief executive officer of Walmart U.S., said. More

How small businesses can improve their relations with customers through social media
Search Engine Watch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
The big question for small business owners five years ago was, "Should I use Google instead of Yellow Pages to attract new customers?" Now Google is commonly used by SMBs and that question gave way to a new one: "Do I need to be using social media?" More

Albertsons store to use fuel cell for energy
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An Albertsons supermarket set to open soon in tSan Diego's Clairemont community will be one of the first in California to generate nearly 90 percent of its electricity with a 400-kilowatt fuel cell from UTC Power, South Windsor, Conn. More

The value of loyalty
Chief Marketer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Loyalty programs have been around for more than 70 years, and more marketers than ever are turning to rewards to retain and reactivate customers. But how can these programs be kept fresh and relevant for users while integrating with results-driven campaigns in other channels? More

Target continues grocery revamp
FARE Magazine    Share    Share on
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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

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website as of 10 AM, 9 September 2010:

  • Holiday Non-Food, Update #2
  • DP #21, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities
  • DP #20, CONUS Promotion & Shipper Quantities

  • 10-145, Store Reset Dates – Miramar MCAS
  • 10-148, Store Reset Dates – Great Lakes NS

  • Adds/Changes/Deletes, DeCA advised that there will not be a week 10-36 this week
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates

Exchange News

US retail space availability to drop in 2011
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Space available for lease at U.S. local retail centers will decline next year for the first time since 2005 as consumer spending rises, according to commercial broker CB Richard Ellis Group Inc. More

Discounts spur surprising retail sales gains
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
American shoppers, taking advantage of deep discounts and tax-free holidays, opened up their wallets a little more for back-to-school spending, giving retailers surprisingly solid gains for August. More

Serving is the new selling: How to be a 'brand butler'
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a world where social media and technology have made the relationships between you and your customers more immediate and porous—and, by extension, companies more accessible—customers expect that the brands they do business with truly care. Or, at least, that they try to. More

United Oil deploys Lantronix remote access technology
CSP    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
United Oil has signed a contract with Lantronix Inc., a provider of secure, remote management, device networking and data center management technologies, for Lantronix to provide its ManageLinx VIP Access-enabled EDS 1100s for remote access to gas stations. More

Simplicity yields loyalty
STORES Trends    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you want to create loyal customers, try simplifying the shopping process and helping customers solve their problems quickly and easily. More

Retail container traffic to jump 16 percent in September
Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bouyed by retailers stocking up on holiday merchandise, import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to be up 16 percent this month vs. last year, according to the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associate's Global Port Tracker Report released Sept. 7 More

Smartphones look to replace plastic as payment
Retail Customer Experience    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Okay, so the gas-powered car killed the horse and buggy as a mode of transportation (excluding the Amish). Video apparently killed the radio star. So what's next to go? According to a Bloomberg report, plastic credit and debit cards may be doomed by smartphones. More

Food trucks are rolling into the mainstream
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Restaurant chains such as Sizzler and Subway are joining the parade of roving gourmet kitchens that started with Kogi two years ago. More

Exchange Announcements

Doing Business with AAFES:
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AAFES operates more than 3,100 facilities worldwide, in more than 30 countries, five U.S. territories and 50 states. AAFES operates some 174 main stores and more than 1,300 fast-food restaurants, such as Taco Bell, Burger King, Popeyes and Cinnabon. AAFES also provides military communities with convenience, specialty stores and movie theaters on installations worldwide, including locations in Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

The AAFES mission has remained essentially unchanged since a Military Exchange Service was established in July 1895. AAFES is in business to serve Soldiers, Airman and their families around the world. For over 100 years, AAFES has been dedicated to adding to the quality of life of our customers and serving as partner with the Army, Air Force and the MWR Community.

AAFES Policy is to cooperate to the fullest extent with all suppliers and manufacturers while maintaining the highest ethical business standards. AAFES is a staunch supporter of diverse suppliers. Determining factors for procuring merchandise from suppliers are quality products, competitive prices, on time delivery and customer demand.

Existing Vendors/Suppliers
AAFES Supplier Requirements (updated 7/10)
Business Terms of Agreement (BTA)
AAFES Retail Agreement
Instructions to obtain authorization to enter military installations
Background Check for Vendors/Contractors – Form 3900-006
Questionnaire for Public Trust Postion- SF 85P
Exchange Partners Online (EPOL)

Services & Vending
Services, Concession and Vending: Source List Application
Services, Concessions and Vending Division Partners with businesses to offer essential and unique products and services to fill niche markets. Short term commodities and long term concessions operate primarily in the AAFES retail mall. Permanent concessions can have stand alone operations.

For more information, contact:
Army & Air Force Exchange Service
ATTN: Services and Vending Division
3911 S. Walton Walker Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75236
Services New Business 1-800-234-4008 x23424 or 214-312-3424

Services and Vending Source List Application
For referrals by local Services Business Managers: Complete the Services and Vending Source List Application and return it to the local exchange.

For businesses with regional or nationwide opportunities: Complete the Services and Vending Source List Application and mail it to:
Army & Air Force Exchange Service
ATTN: Services and Vending Division
3911 S. Walton Walker Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75236

To learn more about doing business with AAFES Services and Vending dial 1-800-234-4008 x23424 or 214-312-3424.

Washington Update

63rd ALA Annual Convention
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The Military Nonpay Compensation Program Workshop

What: A multi channel and interdisciplinary focus on the strategic vision to broadly impact the Military Community through collaborative efforts and partnerships — a shared vision to measurable impact our military communities in key areas of US military and Nation al importance.

When: Tuesday, 19 October 2010, 1-3 p.m., PDT

Where: Designated conference room or via WebEx/Conference Call (details forthcoming in separate communication)

Who: Executive leadership and promotion/marketing staff members from DeCA, The Exchanges, VCS, the Services and OSD MWR&SV Program, Policy and Marketing areas. Additionally, Service level fitness and outdoor recreation program and policy staff members are encouraged to participate. Staff members attending the ALA Convention will gather in the designated conference room and invited remote participants will join via Web/Conference Call. The focus is on the government representatives versus ALA member companies for this session. ALA HQ staff will facilitate this session and will share results and the way ahead for ALA member companies.

Why: The ALA National Convention is devoted to exploring strategies that will improve operating results by leveraging social media and mobile platforms to influence consumer behavior, expand market demographics and enhance customer satisfaction. We seek to exchange ideas and gather both insights and consensus on best approaches for delivering the most effective nonpaying compensation benefits to the members of the Armed Forces, their families and other beneficiaries. The kinds of higher level overarching program themes include, but are not limited to "Family Fun & Fitness," maximizing afternoon and early evening programming to attract Troop interest, measurable increasing customer satisfaction with all elements of the nonpaying compensation program, so on. This session will focus on the strategies and later follow-up will focus on the tactics and how to execute on that strategy.

CNIC provides fitness equipment for deployed units
Navy FFR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With stricter requirements for Sailors to stay in shape, Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) has found ways to make exercising a little easier for Sailors stationed in foreign operating bases, on aircraft carriers and large deck amphibious ships. More

10 tips to stay healthy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article's Nikki Fitness shares 10 tips to stay healthy. Everything from not beating yourself up for slip-ups to driving less and walking more. Simple things we all should do to get and stay in better shape. 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

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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