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Highlights of the February 2015 Issue

 

NEWS:
MCRMC Testifies on Resale Proposals to Concerned HASC, SASC Members

 

While the bulk of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission's (MCRMC) early February testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) focused on many of the “bigger ticket” issues surrounding pay and allowances, retirement contributions, and healthcare, military resale matters also inspired high-profile question-and-answer exchanges during discussions between Senators, Representatives and successive panels of MCRMC commissioners ...

MCRMC Recognizes Resale's Value, Proposes Consolidation and
Category Shifts

 

• WASHINGTON — In a recommendation questioned by many in the military resale community as to how its second- and third-order consequences might affect the viability of the resale businesses, the businesses that support them, the benefits and/or dividends they deliver, and ultimately, the viability of the entire resale system, the long-awaited final report from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) released on Thursday, Jan. 29, has recommended the consolidation of commissaries and exchanges, into a “single defense resale organization,” along with several other measures, such as selling beer and wine in commissaries, rescinding appropriated funding (APF) support for second destination transportation (SDT) of American merchandise to overseas patrons, and converting APF payroll commissary employees to nonappropriated fund positions. ...

DoD Proposes Sharp Commissary Cuts in Fiscal 2016 Defense Budget

 

• WASHINGTON — On Feb. 2, President Obama sent Congress the Department of Defense (DoD) proposed fiscal 2016 budget request of $585.43 billion in discretionary budget authority, an increase of $24.9 billion from the fiscal 2015 approved budget of about $561 billion, including a 1.3 percent pay raise for military servicemembers. The relief for military families reversed course from there, with yet another round of drastic cuts proposed to their military resale shopping benefits. ...

NEXCOM EVP and CMO Paquette Announces Retirement

 

• VIRGINIA BEACH —On Jan. 8, Tess Paquette, the executive vice president (EVP), chief merchandising and marketing officer for the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), announced her retirement, effective March 1. The exchange service has not yet named her successor. ...

Immler Named AAFES Deputy Director as Ward Retires

 

• DALLAS The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) announced that Michael Immler will be its new deputy director, succeeding Maj. Gen. Joseph S. Ward Jr., USAF, who retires at the end of this month. ...

European Reorganization Leads To Eventual Base, Store Closures

 

• WASHINGTON — On Jan. 8, the Department of Defense announced that more than a dozen U.S. military installations across the European continent will close late this decade or early in the next decade as part of an eight-year plan — beginning later this year and extending into 2023 — that represents the latest U.S. military reorganization on the continent. (See exchange system map accompanying the issue.) ...

Exchange Opens in Time for the Holiday Season

 

• FORT MEADE, Md. — In a move that even Santa might have been envious of, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) gave the military community here a great present for the holiday season — a brand new exchange, bringing a modern shopping experience to the installation just in time for the holidays. The base also continues to see growth with the expansion of U.S. Cyber Command, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), among others. ...

NEXCOM Names Batte Pet Buyer

 

• NEXCOM — The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) recently named Courtney Batte as pet buyer in its headquarters-based General Merchandise Group's (GMG) Consumables Merchandising Team (MG2). She succeeds Adina Gadell, who had moved over to handle the buying responsibilities for food in May 2014. The pet buyer position had been vacant since that time (See E and C News 5/14). ...

AAFES Earns Subway Restaurant Award

 

• SAN DIEGO — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) was recently awarded the Subway Award for Business Excellence. The Exchange is the flagship recipient of the award from the Doctors Associates Inc. restaurant chain, presented to managers at Subway's national convention here. ...

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NEXCOM MERCHANDISING:
A Decade of Navy Exchange Pride and Progress

 

On Jan. 8, Tess Paquette, the executive vice president (EVP), chief merchandising and marketing officer for the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), announced her retirement, effective March 1. Before she departed the NEX, Paquette spoke with E and C News about a variety of topics, including the exchange service's renewed sales momentum, its top-rated customer service, and her confident outlook for NEXCOM as it sets sail to deliver the benefit through the uncharted waters of fiscal 2015 and beyond. ...

' ... I am convinced that NEXCOM is poised to continue on its growth path and deliver on the mission of providing quality goods and services and supporting Navy quality of life programs.'
— Former NEXCOM Executive Vice President (EVP), Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer Tess Paquette

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NEXCOM — CONSUMABLES AND HARDLINES INITIATIVES:
OBJECTIVE: To Delight Customers

 

As the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) turned its attention to the upcoming fiscal year, E and C News asked Pat Igoe, NEXCOM vice president (VP), general merchandise manager (GMM), Consumables and NEXCOM VP and GMM Hardlines Barb Divjak about their goals for their respective segments.

'Our great partnerships are going to put us over the top, and we appreciate everyone's dedicated efforts to serving the finest customers in the world.' ...
— NEXCOM CONSUMABLES VP & GMM PAT IGOE

 

'The life cycle of many of the electronic items has shortened; with technology moving so fast, we have to manage our inventory tighter to be able to maximize an item at its peak and then make room for the next generation right around the corner.' ...
— NEXCOM HARDLINES VP & GMM BARB DIVJAK

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NEXCOM SNACKTIME — CANDY:
Candy Category Snacking Alternatives

 

Lorel Taylor, the Navy Exchange Service Command's (NEXCOM) headquarters-based candy, nuts and seasonal gift buyer, remarked that the exchange service's candy department offers a variety of nuts, trail mixes, and sugar-free candy items that fit right into the Department of Defense's (DoD) Healthy Base Initiative (HBI) program.

“For nuts, we have merchandised this product in our 'A Better You' consumables zone,” she explained. “Nuts and trail mixes lend to this initiative; we promote them regularly, carry important national brands including Planters, Wonderful, Snak Club, and Blue Diamond, in addition to our new North Star Trading Company premium brand.” ...

 

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AAFES — TACTICAL:
Always At The Ready

 

With the dynamics of force positioning around the world remaining fluid, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) continues to be vigilant in its responsibility to ensure that its tactical outlets have a wide assortment of the gear needed to outfit the modern warfighter, whether at home or deployed.

JR Chidester, divisional merchandise manager (DMM) responsible for Military Clothing (MC) in the exchange service's headquarters-based Main Store Consumables Division, reported that through Nov. 20, 2014, AAFES's fiscal 2014 tactical sales were $39.97 million. With fewer forces remaining in training capacities in Afghanistan, most in the marketplace have anticipated that sales of tactical products would fall shy of the $52.7 million total generated for all of 2013 ....

 

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Snapshot
RESALE SNAPSHOT — NOVEMBER 2014

 

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