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Executive Briefing
President's Message

We have had a chance to meet with the resale and MWR commanders over the last couple of weeks and to a person they have been positive and forward leaning. I know that this is the season of holidays, the season of sales and the season of long hours. There is no greater demonstration of dedication to the patron than the hard work put in by the employees and associates during this time of the year. Take a moment to say thanks as you pass them during the next several weeks.

I want to also send out a huge WELL DONE to the industry partners that work tirelessly behind the scenes to make the resale system work. In the end, it is all about the quality of life for our troops and our families and that is always worth working hard for.

Finally, we had a small family gathering of the Nixon clan over Thanksgiving where we were able to spend some quality time with family members and in particular our nephew Michael who is off to Iraq for his third tour. I am sure there were many family gatherings where the impact was similar. I added the following excerpt as a reminder to recognize our troops whenever you see them. They are all headed to various locations to serve our country and protect our freedom and they are the best we have to offer as a country.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

If You See Servicemembers On Holiday Travels, Say 'Thanks' -- (Letter)
(USA Today)...Gen. Martin Dempsey, USA
I'd like to express my heartfelt thanks to the American people for the sustained outpouring of support for our men and women in uniform during these years of conflict. Soldiers serve us proudly, and we are inspired by their sacrifices and by the patriotism and resolve of their families.

Washington Update

Gates warns U.S. may have to bankroll Afghanistan for 20 years
London Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The West may have to bankroll Afghanistan's security for 20 more years, President Karzai warned, as Robert Gates, the US Defence Secretary, promised not to abandon the war-ravaged country. More

Surge to strain supply lines
Defense News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With presidential orders to surge 30,000 troops into Afghanistan at "the fastest possible pace," in early 2010, U.S. logisticians and planners are scrambling to coordinate the movement of units and tons of materiel over thousands of miles into an exceedingly prohibitive environment. More

The counter-revolution in military affairs
National Journal (subscription required)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Iraq has transformed the Army in ways that Donald Rumsfeld never envisioned. More

Troops finding new service as teachers
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In her last job in the Air Force, Tammie Langley gave prospective pilots and navigators an introduction to aeronautics. Four years later, Ms. Langley is in a different sort of classroom, teaching sixth graders in North Carolina everything from reading to math. More

Commissary News

General Mills reducing sugar in kids' cereal
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General Mills — the maker of Lucky Charms, Trix and Cocoa Puffs — plans to reduce the amount of sugar in its cereals marketed to children. More

Supermarkets cash in as consumers shrug off recession
Talking Retail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumers are beginning to loosen the purse strings as competition hots up in the grocery sector in the run up to Christmas. The latest TNS Worldpanel grocery market share figures for the 12 weeks to 29 November 2009 show a largely buoyant market as the festive season gets under way. More

PepsiCo reaches agreement to distribute certain Dr Pepper Snapple group brands
BevNet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
PepsiCo said that it has reached an agreement with Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. to manufacture and distribute certain DPS products following completion of PepsiCo's acquisition of its two anchor bottlers, The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc. and PepsiAmericas, Inc. More

Survey: 46 percent of consumers trimmed grocery spending in 2009
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In today's economy, U.S. consumers continue to feed on a back-to-basics and a "more meals at home" mentality. With consumers across all incomes looking for grocery deals, how are they shopping? Key findings from Nielsen's most recent shopping survey and behavior-tracking insights reveal. More

California price war hurts Ralphs parent Kroger
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The owner of Ralphs Grocery Co. is paying the price for helping to launch Southern California's supermarket price wars. More

Hersey Co. said to have contacted Nestle
China Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Hershey Co., exploring its options for a possible bid for Cadbury Plc, has been in contact with Nestle SA, said two people familiar with the talks.


Costco will resume carrying Coca-Cola products
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Coca-Cola Co. products will soon be available again in Costco stores now that a pricing dispute with the wholesale club operator has been settled. More

Kroger, McDonald's reporting bad news
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McDonald's Corp., the world's largest burger chain, and Kroger Co., the nation's largest traditional grocery chain, both reported being socked by the recession in the last quarter, especially in California. More

Exchange News

Retailers to receive $1 billion from Visa/MasterCard lawsuit this week
National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than half a million retailers should begin receiving checks totaling over $1 billion this week as the result of a federal judge’s approval of an early payout of funds remaining from the 2003 settlement of a lawsuit brought by NRF and others against Visa and MasterCard’s debit card practices. More

Autos, gasoline to boost U.S. retail sales in November
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U.S. retail sales rose for the second straight month in November as Americans splurged on motor vehicles and spent more on gasoline, a Reuters survey predicted, suggesting the recovery was gathering steam. More

Is Wal-Mart recovery-proof?
CNN Money    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Throughout the recession, wealthier households "traded down" and started to shop at Wal-Mart Fortune 500 for the first time. As a result, the world's largest retailer saw its market share in general merchandise rise as the economy went south. More

Kohl's beats expectations
Retailing Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kohl's Corp. said that its same-store sales rose 3.3 percent in November as more cost-conscious shoppers visited the discount department store. The increase surpassed analyst forecasts. Overall net sales for the month rose 7.1 percent to $1.87 billion, up from $1.75 billion last year. Items for the home were among the best sellers. More

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Cyber Monday sales up five percent, says comScore
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ka-ching! ComScore this morning reported that online retailers racked up $887 million in sales on Cyber Monday, up five percent from last year. More

NRF says proposed federal rules threaten instant credit
The National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
NRF is asking the Federal Reserve to reconsider proposed new rules that threaten retailers' ability to offer customers instant credit. "The proposed rule would curtail or eliminate many routine credit granting practices that are safe, valued and desired by both retailers and our customers," NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan said. More

Clothing and footwear price deflation at 5.5 percent in November
Drapers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Deflation in clothing and footwear in November increased to 5.5 percent from 5.3 percent in October as the category continued to put pressure on overall non-food deflation during discounting in the run-up to Christmas. More

Convenience stores lean on heavy shoppers
DDi    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Heavy convenience store shoppers are critical to the success of c-stores regardless of the economy, according to The NPD Group. The market research company's Convenience Store Monitor reported that heavy shoppers make up 8 percent of all c-store consumers, but generate 20 percent of all c-store visits and account for 40 percent of the dollars spent. More

Toys R Us narrows 3rd-quarter loss on cost cuts
Enquirer-Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Toys R Us Inc. reported a narrower third-quarter loss as its CEO said the toy retailer saw its best operating performance since 2006. More

Moleskine Ruled Notebook
This reliable travel companion has a cardboard bound cover with rounded corners, acid free paper, a bookmark, an elastic closure and an expandable inner pocket that contains the Moleskine history. MORE

Word of mouth influences most electronics, apparel purchases, according to RAMA survey
National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to a Retail Advertising and Marketing Association survey conducted by BIGresearch, word of mouth remains the biggest influence in people's electronics and apparel purchases, though advertising inserts, articles and in-store promotions also sway buying decisions. More

How discounting is hurting retailers
Retail Customer Experience    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on
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Your pricing policies are costing you sales in ways you don't realize. Last week I stopped by the store to buy a bottle of wine as a thank you gift. Normally the wine sells for $18.99. It was on sale for $7.94. I almost didn't make the purchase because the price didn't reflect the quality. More

Washington Update

Mullen offers thanks to military families
U.S. Air Force    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
President Barack Obama has proclaimed the week of Nov. 22-28 as National Family Week, and the nation's top military officer has issued a message to all military families in honor of their contributions to the nation. More

Economy hits groups helping military families
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Groups that help military families are reporting a drop in cash donations at a time of greater need for those struggling in a down economy while one or more parents fight in Iraq or Afghanistan. More

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