Archive for April, 2012

Exchanges Cook Up Savings with 2012 Kitchen Essentials Spring/Summer Catalog

Monday, April 30th, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Ward
MEDIA ADVISORY: 12-021
RELEASE DATE: April 30, 2012

DALLAS – From the master of the microwave to the seasoned chef, the Kitchen Essentials Spring/Summer 2012 Exchange catalog is brimming with a wide variety of essential items to kitchens of military shoppers across the globe. The 32-page catalog offers an amazing selection of kitchen basics and beyond from top brands in appliances and state-of-the-art cookware to the sharpest deals on cutlery, china and more.

“From cookware to cutlery and everything in between, this catalog has the perfect recipe for success in the kitchen,” said the Exchange’s Home Team General Merchandise Manager Jennifer Stinchcomb. “Military families can browse through top names such as Cuisinart, Calphalon, KitchenAid and many others.”

The 2012 Kitchen Essentials Spring/Summer Catalog is available at all main stores and online at shopmyexchange.com.

Prices in this all-services catalog are valid through Aug. 28, 2012, for any authorized exchange customer. Active duty military members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, as well as military retirees, reservists, National Guardsmen, Department of Defense civilians stationed overseas, exchange employees and their Family members are all authorized exchange privileges.

Orders can be placed by mail, fax or phone. Toll-free orders can be placed from the United States, Puerto Rico or Guam at 800-527-2345. The Exchange Catalog center is open around the clock, seven days a week. Complimentary international access calling is also available from several countries. Those numbers are:

Germany                 0800-82-16500

Japan/Okinawa        00531-11-4132

Korea                      00308-13-0664

Italy                         8008-71227

Belgium                   0800-7-2432

The Netherlands      0800-022-1889

United Kingdom     0800-96-8101

Spain                       900-971-391

Turkey*                   00800-18-488-6312

* Calls cannot be placed from phones on base. Use off-base commercial lines.

Authorized customers can also shop the 2012 Kitchen Essentials Spring/Summer Catalog online at shopmyexchange.com.

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Military exchanges have the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with articles of merchandise and services and of generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs. To find out more about the military exchanges’ history and missions or to view recent press releases please visit shopmyexchange.com.

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 Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Chris Ward, 214-312-2714 or wardchr@aafes.com.

$10,000 Tropical Vacation Awaits Lucky Exchange Sweepstakes Winner

Monday, April 16th, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Ward
MEDIA ADVISORY: 12-019
RELEASE DATE: April 16, 2012

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Monster are offering military families an exclusive opportunity to win a trip for two to Costa Rica. The “Monster Ultimate Costa Rican Adventure Sweepstakes,” including round trip airfare for, four nights’ accommodations and $750 in spending money, is valued at approximately $9,750.

“There’s no better way to kick off the summer than relaxing in a tropical paradise,” said the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Jeffry Helm. “One lucky Exchange shopper is in for the vacation of a lifetime.”

In addition to the grand prize trip, five runners-up will receive a $1,000 Exchange gift card.

From April 20-May 3, authorized Exchange shoppers can register for their chance to win the “Monster Ultimate Costa Rican Adventure Sweepstakes,” which will be awarded on or about June 22. Contestants must be 18-years-old and older and no purchase is necessary to enter.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint command and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with articles of merchandise and services and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military morale, welfare and recreation programs. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.shopmyexchange.com.

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Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Chris Ward, 214-312-2714 or wardchr@aafes.com.

Instaflix Premier a Smash Hit at More Than 250 Exchanges

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Ward
MEDIA ADVISORY: 12-017
RELEASE DATE: April 10, 2012

DALLASBringing home the latest movies and entertainment has gotten easier with the premiere of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Instaflix video kiosks at more than 250 locations in the United States. In the four months since the video vending machines’ debut on Army & Air Force installations, nearly 400,000 movies have been rented, a pace of more than a million a year.   

Each kiosk offers a selection of 600-800 titles. Rental prices range from $1.20 for DVDs to $1.49 for Blu-ray per night. Regardless of format, no membership is required to rent a video.  

“Instaflix will ask first-time users for an e-mail address in order to provide receipts, promotions and new release details, but contact information is not required to use the service,” said the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Jeffry Helm. “Even if you provide an e-mail, you can opt out of receiving information.”

Once a rental is made, remembering when to return to the kiosk is simple as DVDs and Blu-rays are due the next business day by 6 p.m., no matter what time they were picked up.

Additionally, the Exchange and DeCA have recently partnered to provide Instaflix machines in Commissaries. Twelve locations have been chosen for the initial rollout including the Fort Carson Commissary grand opening on May 9 and the Fort Campbell Commissary grand opening on June 13.

Based on the rave reviews the service has received, officials are exploring options to place kiosks overseas and say plans are underway for future disc selections to include 3D DVDs as well as games.

More information about Instaflix locations and future upgrades is available at www.shopmyexchange/exchangestores.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint command and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with articles of merchandise and services and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) programs. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.shopmyexchange.com.

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Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Chris Ward, 214-312-2714 or wardchr@aafes.com.

Exchange Shoppers Can ‘Clean Up’ with $10,000 in Giveaways

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Ward
MEDIA ADVISORY: 12-016
RELEASE DATE: April 4, 2012

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Kimberly Clark are teaming up to give away ten $1,000 gift cards in the “Spruce Up Your Space Sweepstakes.”

“With Spring cleaning in full swing, an extra $1,000 can go a long way to getting the house in order for the summer,” said the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Jeffry Helm. “Shoppers just need to visit their Exchange during the contest and simply fill out an entry form for a shot at the shopping spree.”

From April 6-12, Exchanges across the globe, including facilities in Europe and the Pacific, will have entry forms available for the “Spruce Up Your Space” sweepstakes. Winners will be selected on or about May 21, 2012.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint command and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with articles of merchandise and services and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military morale, welfare and recreation programs. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.shopmyexchange.com.

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Media Notes:
For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Chris Ward, 214-312-2714 or wardchr@aafes.com.