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COMMISSARY FAST FACTS – ISSUE 183 – February 2017
Commissaries begin measuring regional savings
Commissary savings will be reported more often and better reflect the cost of living where patrons shop, said the director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency. “What we did before was good for showing a worldwide, annual savings average,” said Joseph H. Jeu. “However, now we are diving deeper into our patrons’ shopping experience to better reflect regional differences in cost of living and actual shopping patterns.” Historically, DeCA measured savings globally, by comparing national prices at commissaries against average market prices for the whole country. However, the cost of living varies by region. To account for these geographic differences, Congress now requires DeCA to report on savings regionally, comparing prices with two-to-three commercial grocers, including super centers, in the local area of each commissary in the United States. For more on DeCA’s private label program, visit the transformation FAQs at https://commissaries.com/documents/contact_deca/faqs/transformation.cfm.
Commissaries are all heart for health awareness, Valentine’s Day
Health awareness, the Super Bowl and Cupid’s holiday take center stage as commissaries showcase extra savings in February. “Our Nutrition Guide Program makes it easy for you to choose a better lifestyle since we’ve researched product ingredients and designated key nutrient attributes with color-coded shelf labels for your convenience,” said Tracie Russ, the Defense Commissary Agency’s director of sales. “Health and wellness is an especially appropriate theme for February when it comes to finding commissary products that fit National Heart Month guidelines.” In addition to Heart Month, DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries to offer discounts beyond everyday savings through sales promotions relating to February events such as the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotions. Patrons can also see the Sales Flyer at www.commissaries.com or get a copy at the store entrance. Go to https://commissaries.com/press_room/press_release/2017/DeCA_05_17.cfm for more details.
Deadline for Scholarships for Military Children applications is Feb. 17
Dec. 13 marked the opening of the Scholarships for Military Children Program for the 2017-2018 school year. At least one scholarship worth $2,000 will be awarded at every commissary location where qualified applications are received. To qualify for consideration, applicants must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21 — or 23 if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university — of a service member on active duty, a Reserve or Guard member, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty, or survivor of a retiree. Applications must be hand-delivered or shipped via the U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods to the commissary where the applicant’s family normally shops by close of business Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Applications cannot be emailed or faxed. For more information, visit www.militaryscholar.org. You can also call Scholarship Managers at (856) 616-9311 or email them at email@example.com.
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