Archive for November, 2014

Exchange to Celebrate Troops with Military Appreciation Day at Popeyes

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Popeyes restaurants will thank veterans and active duty troops on Wednesday, Nov. 12 with its third annual Military Appreciation Day Event by offering eight pieces of BONAFIDE® Chicken or Handcrafted Tenders for only $5.99.

“Just one day after the nation honors its veterans, the Exchange and Popeyes will pay tribute to all those who have, and currently do, wear the uniform with this unique offer,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate, Exchange senior enlisted advisor.

Seventy-three Exchange-operated Popeyes restaurants in six countries will participate in this one-day-only Military Appreciation event. 

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service goes where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives through goods and services provided. Exchange earnings provide dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs. The Exchange is part of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff.  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.

Year of Transformation Yields Big Savings for the Exchange

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

DALLAS – Around the globe, Army & Air Force Exchange Service distribution centers buzz with the hum of forklifts, turret trucks and conveyor belts as carton after carton of merchandise moves to military installations around the world.

For service members to get the goods they need and want, an efficient supply chain is more than a necessity—it is the linchpin of Exchange’s mission to improve the quality of life for Soldiers, Airmen, retirees and their families. With this in mind, the Exchange’s Logistics Directorate is increasing efficiencies in the supply chain through collaboration with technology groups, buying staffs and vendors.  

The organization’s West Coast Distribution Center at Sharpe Army Depot in Lathrop, Calif., is playing a major role in efficiency efforts. The 850,000-square-foot facility has rolled out new warehouse management software to speed up the merchandise flow of 35,000 cases per day to Exchanges and reduce carton-handling expenses by 37 percent.

Plans call for the supply chain management software to be implemented at other facilities, with the Germersheim Distribution Center in Germany targeted for 2015, Dan Daniel Distribution Center in Newport News, Va., in 2017 and Waco Distribution Center in Texas in 2018. Based on current results, the Exchange is considering expanding the implementation to other centers in the U.S. and overseas.  

“The warehouse management software is a launching pad to even more customer service improvements,” said Vice President of Logistics Operations Alan French, who has led the charge in improving efficiencies at the distribution centers. “We expect even greater savings as cartons at our facilities continue to be handled more efficiently, allowing us to better meet the needs of our stores, which ultimately allows the Exchange to better serve Soldiers, Airmen, retirees and their families.”

Partnerships between Logistics headquarters personnel and those who work in the distribution centers are essential to ensuring merchandise flows efficiently, French said. In fact, Logistics isn’t working alone in the mission to reduce expenses and improve the Exchange’s supply chain 

“The Exchange’s accomplishments aren’t possible simply by adjusting logistics,” he said. “It’s a collaborative effort throughout the organization to align objectives and goals to produce successful outcomes.”

Distribution center improvements benefit not only the Exchange but also the vendors it does business with. Better visibility and communication between the JDA software and the Exchange’s order management system improves economic order quantities, allowing vendors to optimize shipments to ensure products reach shoppers faster and reduce out-of-stock occurrences. 

“It’s a win-win and shared goal for all parties in the supply chain,” French said.

Besides software enhancements, Logistics has other initiatives to improve customer service and reduce costs, French said. 

“For Logistics, 2014 has been a year of transformation with much more to come,” he said. “Efficient merchandise movement increases customer service while decreasing expenses.”

Since 2013, the Exchange’s Logistics Directorate has taken $34 million out of the supply chain by partnering with stakeholders. 

And, French said, a more efficient supply chain that improves the amount of time it takes to get merchandise from the warehouse to the stores ultimately leads to happier shoppers and better merchandise availability.

“Serving Soldiers, Airmen, retirees and their families is a privilege and an honor,” French said. We’re looking always to improve customer service, and an efficient supply chain is where the rubber meets the road.”   

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service goes where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives through goods and services provided. Exchange earnings provide dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs. The Exchange is part of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff.  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 Julie Mitchell, 214-312-3327 or mitchelljul@aafes.com.

Exchange Makes Wishes Come True with ‘Your Holiday Bill Is On Us’ Sweepstakes

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is putting some jingle back in military shoppers’ pockets by picking up their private-label MILITARY STAR® card tab up to $8,200 with the “Your Holiday Bill Is On Us” Sweepstakes.

Through Dec. 31, shoppers will be automatically entered in the sweepstakes each time they use their MILITARY STAR® card to pay for purchases at any Army or Air Force Exchange location or on shopmyexchange.com. Each purchase counts as one entry.

Three grand-prize winners will receive their MILITARY STAR® card bill paid in full up to $8,200. If the winners’ balance is less than $2,500, the remainder will be added to their account as a credit.

Ten second-prize winners will be awarded a $1,000 credit on their MILITARY STAR® card statement, while 25 third-place winners will earn a $500 credit.

“Just by using your MILITARY STAR® card, you could take home your share of $47,000,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “One swipe could go a long way toward paying for your holiday gifts this year.”

Winners will be announced on or about Jan. 30, 2015. This sweepstakes offer applies only to the MILITARY STAR® card Gold line of credit.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service goes where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives through goods and services provided. Exchange earnings provide dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs. The Exchange is part of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff.  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 or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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Media Notes:

 For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Julie Mitchell, 214-312-3327 or mitchelljul@aafes.com.

Exchange Shoppers Can Save 5% with Their MILITARY STAR® Card From Nov. 7-9

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

DALLAS – Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers can save money on holiday gifts by using a MILITARY STAR® card.  From Nov. 7 through Nov. 9, cardholders save an extra 5 percent on MILITARY STAR® card purchases at Army and Air Force Exchange stores.

“MILITARY STAR® cardholders will want to take advantage of this discount,” said U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “The weekend of savings is an ideal time to finish off your holiday shopping before crunch time.”

The offer is valid at Army and Air Force Exchange stores only. The MILITARY STAR® card 5 percent discount is not applicable to fuel, tobacco, uniforms/accessories, Exchange Protection Plans, food court or gift card purchases. The MILITARY STAR® card everyday discounts of 10 percent off fast food and 5 cents off per gallon of gas will be applicable but cannot be combined with the 5 percent discount offer.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service goes where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives through goods and services provided. Exchange earnings provide dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs. The Exchange is part of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff.  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 or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Julie Mitchell, 214-312-3327 or mitchelljul@aafes.com.