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Executive Briefing
President's Message

ALA continues to monitor actions surrounding our efforts to repeal Section 511 of (P.L. 109-122) The Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 - or as we refer to it as the three-percent withholding bill.

This week the ALA joined the Government Withholding Relief Coalition in a letter sent to all members of congress seeking support to repeal this section of the legislation. The Department of Defense has estimated that it will cost over $17 billion in the first five years to comply with the three-percent withholding requirement.

The enactment of this legislation will undoubtedly lead to higher prices for the troops and their families and ALA strongly opposes this initiative. While the legislation is not set to go into effect until 2012, system changes will need to be designed in the not too distant future to meet this new requirement.

I invite your attention to the section below addressing the possible implementation of a pay/go system for future federal spending but from our interest point, defense spending. This means all new starts (initiatives) must be paid for from other programs. This could lead to a commission scoring of programs like took place in the Grace Commission to find bill payers for desired new spending. This is why your association spends time and effort in our government relations program to keep members of congress informed about the benefits and their value to the military.

Building relationships now is the best formula for future success.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

Defense spending bill ignores budget cuts pushed by Pentagon
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The defense-spending bill written by Congress ignores cuts to several high-profile Pentagon programs proposed by the Obama administration. More

DoD gains $100B in 2011-15
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The Obama administration will add $100 billion to the Pentagon's 2011-15 spending plan to cover the rising cost of operations, personnel and pressing modernization needs, officials said. More

House leaders insist on statutory pay/go
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House negotiations with the Senate on a final fiscal 2010 spending measure that Congress must clear by Dec. 18 are looking shakier now that the House plans to include pay/go legislation it passed this year. More

Commissary News

Kroger to offer free airtime as shopper incentive
Business Courier    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kroger Co. announced a loyalty program that offers free wireless airtime as an incentive to shoppers. The Free Minutes rewards program offers consumers free airtime on Kroger's i-wireless service. More

Online grocers hike Christmas delivery charges
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Two of the big four online supermarkets are ramping up delivery charges massively in the days leading up to Christmas. The biggest web grocer, Tesco, is putting up its standard fee by up to 100%, making it £6, while Ocado, which is linked to Waitrose, is pushing up its price to a flat fee of £9.99 from December 20. More

New Website helps grocers comply with COOL laws
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Shoppers like knowing if their salad is from the United States, Mexico or Argentina. But grocers have found it burdensome to implement the recent Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) laws requiring them to provide the information at point of sale. A task specific Web site at for easily making grocery and produce signs debuts today. More

Retail stocks fall; Kroger misses view, Talbots jumps
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Retail stocks recently fell, tracking the broader markets, amid concerns over the state of the global economy with the credit rating of Greece being downgraded by Fitch. More

Atlanta Bargain Hunter Kroger will no longer accept P&G digital coupons
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In a battle over who needs whom the most, Kroger and manufacturer Procter & Gamble have come to an impasse and will part ways - in an Internet sense - at the end of the year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. More

On grocers, and CBOE expanding its options
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A bit of industry news as the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) has finally come to settlement with the CBOT (the battle has gone on too long and is too convoluted to rehash), clearing the way for the world's largest option exchange to demutualize, which is the necessary precursor to an Initial Public Offering. More

Sara Lee plans to reduce salt in its top food brands
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Sara Lee Corp. (NYSE: SLE) today announced it is committed to reducing salt an average of 20 percent over the next five years across its key categories of fresh bread, hot dogs, lunchmeat, breakfast foods and cooked sausage. More

Web savvy shoppers put grocers under pressure
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Grocery retailers have been warned that the recession has created a new generation of internet-savvy consumers who are using the Web to chase bargains and buy an ever-widening range of products. More

Costco 1st-quarter profit nearly flat as gas, food prices fall but sales improve
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Costco Wholesale Corp. says shoppers continued to flock to its stores in its first quarter and sales rose, but lower gas and food prices hampered the warehouse club operator's profit. More

Uncover the challenges and opportunities facing today's retailers
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The current volatile economic climate has grocers across the nation facing tough challenges, and also real opportunities. And after more than 75 years of providing the grocery industry with exclusive,insightful research and analysis, Progressive Grocer's latest Annual Report of the Grocery Industry is more relevant and timely than ever to help grocery store owners and operators successfully navigate through today's tough business environment. More

Exchange News

Most women shoppers prefer a mix of in-store and online purchases for holiday shopping
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CheapToday, Inc., the Online Shopping Network specializing in publishing quality deals from high profile brands, today announced the latest results from its 'Just Wondering' survey of buying trends for Power Moms. More

APT technology given thumbs up by Harrods and Tigers
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Harrods boasts over one million square feet (90,000 m2) of selling space in over 330 departments, making it one of the largest department stores in the world. More

EventPORT "Branding" from WeatherPort
Attractive, versatile, easy to erect, our EventPORT line is designed to meet the needs of the company or individual hosting events, forums or gatherings in outdoor spaces. Call a WeatherPORT representative today to discuss the benefits of owning a durable EventPORT structure. More info

Stores up against shoppers' comparisons of online prices
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While out shopping at Lenox Mall recently, Atlanta businessman Thomas Harpointner spied something unusual. The mall was packed with shoppers, but they weren't carrying many shopping bags. More

Delta Apparel, Inc. to acquire On-Demand Customized Graphics Apparel business
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Delta Apparel, Inc. has signed a letter of intent and expects to acquire substantially all of the net assets of Art Gun Technologies, LLC by December 31, 2009. More

Groups push Congress to investigate credit card transaction fees
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A coalition of small business groups and consumer advocates are pushing Congress to reign in the transaction fees charged by credit card companies, saying the fees are excessive, opaque — and inescapable. More

JC Penney falls as CEO signals company hasn't seen a turnaround
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Shares of J.C. Penney Co. slid after the department store's chief executive signaled at a conference here that the company has yet to see a turn in consumer shopping. 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

Resale shops thriving as shoppers redirect spending
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There's the $20 pair of jeans at Kohl's or Walmart. And then there's the $6 pair at Goodwill. For a growing number of Hoosiers, that $14 means all the difference in the world - especially during a holiday shopping season that follows months of layoffs, salary reductions and home foreclosures. More

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Retail sales in the United States rose in the week ending Dec. 12, the International Council of Shopping Centers-USB reported. More

More retailers tightening return policies
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It's safe to say that consumers don't routinely scrutinize return policies until after they've gotten a good look at that gosh-ugly sweater or realized their new coffee maker doesn't fit under the cabinet. But with so many stores selling the same or similar merchandise, where you buy can be almost as important as what you buy. More

How mobile is set to impact the 2009 holiday retail season
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With Black Friday over and Christmas tree lights now officially blinking, it's time to gather around and sing the Retailer's Holiday Carol. All together now: "It's the most wonderful time of the year." More

Washington Update

If you see servicemembers on holiday travels, say 'thanks'
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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. More

Army moves to the front in supporting mobile workers
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The military's communications commands are taking a lot of heat these days for their apparent inability to deliver the kind of mobile technologies to personnel that the public now takes for granted. More

AT&T and the USO help connect military families for the holidays
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The holidays are here, and AT&T has military families top of mind. With the help of the USO, AT&T is donating more than 230,000 prepaid phone cards to military personnel stationed overseas in 2009. More

Sears continues to help make military families' holiday wishes come true this season
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he holidays are all about giving and few people give more, without asking for anything in return, than the men and women of our nation's military. Throughout the holiday season, Sears continues to ask Americans to help fulfill Christmas wishes for thousands of deserving military families and personnel by contributing to the Sears Heroes at Home Wish Registry. 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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