eWIC Questions and Concerns
As the eWIC Pilot Phase 1 will begin on March 4 in Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery counties, the AGA is receiving numerous questions and concerns regarding this important change. We have created a flyer that should answer the vast majority of your questions that you can download and give to all your store personnel. In addition, Alabama WIC has given us permission to go ahead and send out the required Alabama eWIC Vendor Training that all stores will be required to use in training store personnel. PLEASE NOTE: Only vendors in Phase 1 and 2 of the Pilot have received their official training information from the State WIC Office. The others will receive the information two months out from their rollout date. Each vendor is required to register in the Department’s LCMS and complete a training acknowledgement form documenting they viewed the training session to receive credit. This information will be outlined in the official notification that you receive. Since each cash register system is different, the state WIC office training does not cover how to conduct a transaction in your specific system. It is up to you to provide a hands on training for your specific system. Please have all store personnel watch and understand this training prior to your eWIC rollout. This training can be found at –
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In addition, there have been many questions regarding the mapping of seasonal or store specific UPCs to approved International Federation of Produce Standards (IFPS) PLU codes. For corporate stores this will normally be handled at the corporate office and for independents, this will need to be done at the store level. Attached is the current Alabama PLU list. PLEASE NOTE: This was taken from the WIC MIS and includes a dash and check digit. The actual APL file will not contain the dash. You will receive the actual APL file through your TPP from Conduent. Please do not use this list in your system but only use it to identify Alabama PLUs as the APL file will not contain a dash.
If you have any questions please contact Stacey Neumann, Vendor Management Director at 334.206.7955 or firstname.lastname@example.org or you can submit specific questions to email@example.com. You can also visit the state’s website at https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/wic/ewic-vendors.html.
ALABAMA GROCERS ASSOCIATION PARTICIPATES IN THE INAUGURATION EVENTS
The Alabama Grocers Association was proud to join with the Agriculture Community to host a series of Inaugural Day events for our new Agriculture Commissioner Rick Pate. Events included a breakfast, swearing-in ceremony, parade and open house at the Richard Beard Building. The open house featured all Alabama products through our very own Buy Alabama’s Best Program. Agriculture groups involved included Alabama AG Credit, Alabama Agribusiness Council, Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, Alabama Farm Credit, Alabama Farm Credit, Alabama Farmers Cooperative, Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Forestry Association, Alabama Grocers Association, Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association, Alabama Poultry and Egg Association, and First South Farm Credit.
We are looking forward to forging ahead with our relationships and building new ones with first year elected officials alike. We all know how important the grass roots efforts are in our industry so if you have any connections to any newly elected officials, please let us know. We would like to build on those relationships and keep the mission of AGA, to promote the growth and success of the grocery industry, at the forefront as we begin this new year.
The Alabama Grocers Education Foundation held its Annual Fall Golf Outing on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Inverness Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama. This tournament raised funds for the Alabama Grocers Education Foundation. The Alabama Grocers Education Foundation provides scholarships to employees and children of employees of Alabama Grocers Association companies and funds a Tuition Reimbursement Program that helps current AGA member employees further their grocery careers by taking needed educational classes. To date AGEF has awarded over 1.2 million dollars because of the tremendous support of our members at golf tournaments such as this one.
The winners of the golf tournament were as follows: First Place Team: Bill Davis, Ken Herron, Robert Burnett and Ben Parr of A&R Super Markets.
Second Place Team: Morgan Hollifield of Five Hour Energy; Jimmy Clark of Crown Poly and Cory McGuffie of D&T Sales.
Third Place Team: Wade Payne of Food Giant Supermarkets; David D’Amico of BTC Wholesale Distributors; Chris Crosby of UTZ/Golden Flake; and Marshall Epply of BTC Wholesale Distributors.
Closest to the Pin: Ken Herron of A&R Supermarkets.
Longest Drive: Bill Nabors of EdLinco.
The Alabama Grocers Education Foundation Golf Outings would not be as successful without the many companies that sponsored this event and contributed their goods. The sponsors of the AGEF 2018 Fall Tournament included 5 Hour Energy, A&R Super Markets, Advantage Solutions/PictSweet, Alabama Power Company, Associated Grocers of the South, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Bevco Beverages, BTC Wholesale Distributors, Buffalo Rock Pepsi Cola Co, Bunzl Distribution, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, Inc., D&T Sales, Dean Foods, Edlinco, Federated Insurance, Frito-Lay, Frozen Specialties, Ice Cream Specialties, Merrill Lynch, Mitchell Grocery Corporation, Orchids Paper Company, Piggly Wiggly Alabama Dist., Publix Super Markets Charities, Red Diamond Coffee & Tea, SuperValu, Inc., United Johnson Brothers and UTZ/Golden Flake.
The Companies that donated their products for this golf outing include: 5 Hour Energy, Advantage Solutions, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Associated Wholesale Grocers, Barber’s Dairy, Birmingham Budweiser, Bud’s Best Cookies, Buffalo Rock Pepsi Cola Co., Campbell Snacks, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, Inc., Community Coffee, D&T Sales & Marketing, Eternal Water, Federated Insurance, Ferrero USA, Flowers Baking Company, Frito-Lay, Ghost Train Brewery, Maplehurst, Mars Wrigley Confectionary, Merrill Lynch, Milo’s Tea, Mitchell Grocery Corporation, Mrs. Stratton’s Salads, Peake & Associates, PictSweet, Post Consumer Brands, Red Diamond Coffee & Tea, Sahale Snacks, Sister Schubert Rolls, The Father’s Table, UTZ /Golden Flake and Vietti Foods, Inc.
Please go ahead and mark your calendars for the 2019 dates which are: AGEF Spring Golf Outing, April 4, 2019 at Inverness Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama; AGA Annual Convention, July 29-31st at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida; AGEF Fall Golf Outing, October 24, 2019 at Inverness Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama and the Alabama’s Food Industry Finest, October 30th at The Club in Birmingham, Alabama.
2019 Issue 1 Edition of Alabama Grocer Digital Magazine
Please find below the 2019 Issue 1 edition of Alabama Grocer Digital Magazine! This added member benefit is meant to be shared so feel free to forward this email to associates in your organization or store level teams! Team members who want to receive the magazine directly can sign up by sending their name, title, company and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you enjoy the Alabama Grocer, please consider advertising in an upcoming issue. We can only continue this benefit, if it is supported by the members.
This edition features stories on: AGA Out and About; a Special Legislative Update; a Listing of Constitutional Officers; The Senate & House Committee Assignments; an NGA Washington Report: a message from the Chairman and the President; and several articles from writers across the nation.
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