Archive for November, 2012

Exchange Shoppers Can ‘Go Nuts’ with $10,000 in Giveaways

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Ward
MEDIA ADVISORY: 12-074
RELEASE DATE: Nov. 28, 2012

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Planters/Kraft are teaming up to give away ten $1,000 gift cards in the “Go Nuts with Planters” sweepstakes.

“With the holiday season upon us, an extra $1,000 could really come in handy,” said the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson. “Authorized shoppers need only visit their nearest Exchange, fill out an entry form and drop it in the box for a chance to win.”

From Dec. 1-31, Exchanges around the world will have entry forms available for the “Go Nuts with Planters” sweepstakes. Winners will be selected on or about Feb. 14, 2013.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense 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 quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices 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.

Exchange Spreads Holiday Cheer with Industry-Leading Return Policy

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Ward
MEDIA ADVISORY: 12-073
RELEASE DATE: Nov. 27, 2012

DALLAS – Nearly 20 percent of Americans will return at least one holiday gift item this holiday season, according to Lavi Industries, a provider of public guidance. To take the stress and confusion out of the return process, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service has extended the terms of its hassle-free return policy for the holidays. 

The Exchange’s standard policy limits returns anywhere from 15 to 90 days with a sales receipt, but the holiday return/exchange policy extends these guidelines through Jan. 31, 2013 for any item purchased between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24, 2012.

As is the case year-round, refund requests with sales receipts are processed in accordance with original forms of payment (cash for cash, credit for credit card). Refund requests without sales receipts receive an Exchange gift card.

“We want to make returns as simple as possible for our holiday shoppers,” said the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson. “Our relaxed refund policy will guarantee customer satisfaction.”

In addition to returns on items purchased at the Exchange, shopmyexchange.com orders can be returned to the nearest Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy or Coast Guard Exchange. Online returns due to an error on the Exchange’s part are reimbursed standard shipping charges as well.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense 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 quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices 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.

Exchange recognized as top 25 Military Friendly Spouse Employer

Monday, November 19th, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Ashley Sutton
MEDIA ADVISORY: 12-072
RELEASE DATE: Nov. 19, 2012

DALLAS – The Army and Air Force Exchange Service announced today that it has been designated as one of the top 25 Military Friendly Spouse Employers by Military Spouse magazine.

The sixth annual list recognizes those companies which hire spouses of active duty service members and make an effort to develop workforce development policies that acknowledge the unique challenges of military life.

According to Military Spouse Magazine, the Exchange was recognized for its forward looking policies that support the unique employment needs of military spouses.

“This is the fourth year the Exchange has been acknowledged by Military Spouse magazine for its active recruiting and employment of military spouses,” said the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson. “The Exchange’s partnership with the Military-Spouse Preference program and its own Spouse Continuity program are examples of our dedication to military spouses.”

The list was compiled from data collected by Military Spouse’s sister magazine G.I. Jobs.  G.I. Jobs surveys companies across the nation to find out which are the best places for people transitioning out of the military to find great civilian jobs. G.I. Jobs considered job-hunting military spouses when they distributed the Military Friendly Employers ® survey. The questionnaire addressed spouses’ biggest concerns, including flexibility when a spouse is deployed and opportunities for continued employment and advancement in the midst of frequent moves. The full list can be viewed at: http://www.militaryfriendly.com/home/mfse

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense 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 quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices 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.

Victory Media, publisher of Military Spouse magazine, is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business and has been serving the military community since 2001.  Our Military Friendly® lists and methodology can be found at www.MilitaryFriendly.com.  Our data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur magazines, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal and are frequently cited on national TV programs such as CNN, CNBC, NBC, Fox News and others.

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Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Ashley Sutton, 214-312-2132 or suttonas@aafes.com.

Pacific Exchanges to Offer Feast of Thanksgiving Weekend Deals

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Ward
MEDIA ADVISORY: 12-071
RELEASE DATE: Nov. 15, 2012

OKINAWA – Military shoppers looking to dig in to tasty holiday shopping better bring a big appetite as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is cooking up a buffet of great deals and savings.

The smorgasbord begins Thanksgiving Day with exclusive online-only deals including a Sharp 52”AQUOS LED Smart TV for just $999, 7” one carat TDW black diamond bracelet for $99, free box spring on select Serta mattresses and great deals on several makes and models of kid’s bikes.

The feast of savings begins 8:00 a.m. Black Friday at all Pacific Exchanges with 30-65 percent off of select PS3 and Xbox games, 50” Panasonic 1080p plasma TV for $599, $15 off ladies’ boots $49.99 or above and select Under Armour and Oakley sunglasses discounted 50 percent. Additionally, the entire stock of Coach handbags will be 25 percent off from 5-7 p.m.

Saturday’s delicious prices include $300 off a Sony 24.3 MP digital SLR camera, Skullcandy Ink’d 2 earbuds for half price, Reebok men’s polar fleece quarter-zip tops for $29, 50 percent off of select misses’ regular priced apparel from Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Ellen Tracy, Chaus Sport, Gloria Vanderbilt and Chaus Collection as well as the entire collection of Foster Grant, Total Shades and Pan Oceanic sunglasses discounted 50 percent.

On Sunday, shoppers at Pacific Exchanges can sink their teeth into a free box spring with purchase of any Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress, an iPad2 for $389, Martha Stewart stainless steel 10-piece cookware set for $59.99 and 50 percent off all hardback books.

Finally, Cyber Monday’s bountiful array of online only deals include a king size mattress set for the price of a queen, Sony Bravia 32” 720p LCD TV for $289, Casio men’s Mudman watch for half price and the Barbie Fashion Design Artist Tote set for $14.95.

“With nearly 80 different brands included in the Black Friday deals alone, Exchange shoppers are sure to find what they’re looking for, at great prices,” said the Exchange’s Pacific Region Commander Lt. Col. Kristin H. McCoy. “In addition to the savings at brick and mortar Exchanges, the online specials will be updated and changed on a daily basis as well. Online or off, shoppers should shop early for the best selection.”

All of the deals can be seen at www.shopmyexchange.com by clicking “Exchange Stores” and then “Sales Flyers.”

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense 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 quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices 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.

Europe Exchanges to Offer Feast of Thanksgiving Weekend Deals

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Ward
MEDIA ADVISORY: 12-070
RELEASE DATE: Nov. 15, 2012

MAINZ KASTEL – Military shoppers looking to dig in to tasty holiday shopping better bring a big appetite as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is cooking up a buffet of great deals and savings. 

The smorgasbord begins Thanksgiving Day with exclusive online-only deals including a Sharp 52”AQUOS LED Smart TV for just $999, 7” one carat TDW black diamond bracelet for $99, free box spring on select Serta mattresses and great deals on several makes and models of kid’s bikes.

The feast of savings begins 8:00 a.m. Black Friday at all Europe Exchanges with 30-65 percent off of select PS3 and Xbox games, 50” Panasonic 1080p plasma TV for $599, $15 off ladies’ boots $49.99 or above and select Under Armour and Oakley sunglasses discounted 50 percent. Additionally, the entire stock of Coach handbags will be 25 percent off from 5-7 p.m.

Saturday’s delicious prices include $300 off a Sony 24.3 MP digital SLR camera, Skullcandy Ink’d 2 earbuds for half price, Reebok men’s polar fleece quarter-zip tops for $29, 50 percent off of select misses’ regular priced apparel from Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Ellen Tracy, Chaus Sport, Gloria Vanderbilt and Chaus Collection as well as the entire collection of Foster Grant, Total Shades and Pan Oceanic sunglasses discounted 50 percent.

On Sunday, shoppers at Europe Exchanges can sink their teeth into a free box spring with purchase of any Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress, an iPad2 for $389, Martha Stewart stainless steel 10-piece cookware set for $59.99 and 50 percent off all hardback books.

Finally, Cyber Monday’s bountiful array of online only deals include a king size mattress set for the price of a queen, Sony Bravia 32” 720p LCD TV for $289, Casio men’s Mudman watch for half price and the Barbie Fashion Design Artist Tote set for $14.95.

“The opportunities to save and save on things that you’re looking for on black Friday deals in the Exchange are amazing,” said Col. Fredrick J. Hannah the Exchange’s Europe Region Commander.  “Our online specials at shopmyexchange.com are constantly being updated and the selection of goods is even more amazing.  We hope to see you after Thanksgiving at the Exchange!”

All of the deals can be seen at www.shopmyexchange.com by clicking “Exchange Stores” and then “Sales Flyers.”

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense 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 quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices 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.

U.S. Army and Air Force Exchanges to Offer Feast of Thanksgiving Weekend Deals

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Ward
MEDIA ADVISORY: 12-069
RELEASE DATE: Nov. 14, 2012

DALLAS – Military shoppers looking to dig in to tasty holiday shopping better bring a big appetite to the Exchange as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is cooking up a buffet of great deals and savings.

The smorgasbord begins Thanksgiving Day with exclusive online-only deals including a Sharp 52” AQUOS LED Smart TV for just $999, 7” one carat TDW black diamond bracelet for $99, free box spring on select Serta mattresses and great deals on several makes and models of kid’s bikes.

The feast of savings begins 4:00 a.m. Black Friday at all United States locations, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, with $50-500 off Sony, LG and Samsung TVs, 50 percent off of select misses’ regular priced apparel from Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Ellen Tracy, Chaus Sport, Gloria Vanderbilt and Chaus Collection, a Pavilion notebook for $289, a $200 savings and Oakley Gas Can sunglasses for $39.50. Additionally, the entire stock of Coach handbags will be 25 percent off from 5-7 p.m.

Saturday’s delicious prices are served up beginning at 6:00 a.m. at CONUS Exchanges with $500 off a Sharp 60” Smart TV, 25 percent savings on select regular priced major appliances $499 and more, the entire collection of Foster Grant, Total Shades and Pan Oceanic sunglasses discounted 50 percent and a Samsung 3D Smart TV Blu-ray player for just $99.95. Also, from 8-10 a.m., the entire stock of Dooney and Bourke handbags will be marked down 25 percent.

On Sunday, military shoppers can sink their teeth into a Sharp 70” AQUOS LED/LCD Smart TV for $1,799, a $700 savings, select PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and Nintendo 3DS games for $19.95, Martha Stewart stainless steel 10-piece cookware set for $59.99 and 50 percent off all hardback books.

Finally, Cyber Monday’s bountiful array of online only deals include a king size mattress set for the price of a queen, Sony Bravia 32” 720p LCD TV for $289, Casio men’s Mudman watch for half price and the Barbie Fashion Design Artist Tote set for $14.95.

“With nearly 80 different brands included in the Black Friday deals alone, Exchange shoppers are sure to find what they’re looking for, at great prices,” said the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson. “In addition to the great savings at our brick and mortar locations, the online specials will be updated and changed on a daily basis as well. Online or off, be sure to shop early for the best selection.”

All of the weekend’s deals, including those for Europe and Pacific locations, can be seen at www.shopmyexchange.com by clicking “Exchange Stores” and then “Sales Flyers.”

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense 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 quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices 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.

US Army and Air Force Exchange to open at 4 a.m. on ‘Black Friday’

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Ward
MEDIA ADVISORY: 12-068
RELEASE DATE: Nov. 7, 2012

DALLAS – Military shoppers can come early and gobble up the savings as the Army and Air Force Exchange Service will open its Main Stores doors in CONUS, Alaska, and Hawaii at 4 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23 for “Black Friday” sales.

“From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving,” said the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson. “The day after is the unofficial holiday season for many Exchange shoppers. The deals we will be serving up will offer plenty of incentive to get up early.”

Beginning 4 a.m. Nov. 23, locations across the United States will pass out take-a-tickets for the most popular “doorbuster”  items as well as bounce back coupons that can be used throughout the weekend that add value and excitement to this year’s event.

Authorized shoppers can call their nearest Exchange for additional information. Contact information is available through the “Exchange Stores” at shopmyexchange.com.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense 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 quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices 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 Ashley Sutton, 214-312-2132 or suttonas@aafes.com.