NEW YORK — The New York chapter of the American Logistics Association (ALA) put the holiday spirit into action in December, when it raised money toward providing college scholarships for children of personnel serving in the armed forces.
The chapter held its Dec. 6 luncheon at Valbella in Manhattan. The event included a raffle and auction to benefit the Military Commanders' Scholarship Fund (MCSF) for Military Sons & Daughters. In 2012, the New York chapter raised $75,000 for the scholarship fund, bringing the three-year total to $150,000. ...Read more ALA NY LUNCHEON ...
As the military exchange systems and the Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) prepared to meet in Dallas, Texas, for the annual Exchange Roundtable, under the common theme “Operation Come Back Home - Enjoy Your Benefit!,” the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), and the VCS pulled back the curtain on some of the early details of their priorities and focus areas for 2013. The Coast Guard Exchange (CGX), meanwhile, told E and C News that it would soon be announcing updated guiding principles, while the Marine Corps Exchanges (MCX) indicated it would continue to align itself closely with Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) Vision and Strategy 2025. ...Read more EXCHANGE SERVICES' STRATEGIC PRIORITIES ...
Charles Vaughan, Vice President, NEXCOM Ships Stores Program
From the supplier to the point of sale (POS), the ships store is perhaps one of the most unique retail environments in all of military resale.
One may not be able to “teach an old dog new tricks,” but the same is definitely not true of ships or ships stores.
From the first “canteen“ established on the USS Indiana in 1896, to the 1909 Naval Appropriations Act authorizing the first official ships stores, to today's modern “networked” stores, much continues to change.
Charles Vaughan, vice president (VP) of the Navy Exchange Service Command's (NEXCOM) Ships Stores Program, has extensive knowledge of this “small” but important program, and has been the force behind the transformation of the program into a sleek 21st century operation. In this exclusive interview with E and C News, he unwraps the new initiatives that are driving the program's success. ...
'We don't just give the
ship fish, we teach them
how to fish, and our goal
is to extend this type of
the Fleet, with the carriers
being the first on the list.'
— Vice President, NEXCOM Ships Stores Program Charles Vaughan
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Coming off a strong rebound in 2012, in which the non-direct store delivery (DSD) snacks area recouped sales ground lost in 2011, Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) Snacks Category Buyer Melissa Kitchen is optimistic about building on this momentum in Exchange stores during the new fiscal year.
While snacks sales comparisons took a hit from contingency drawdowns, in particular in Mobile Field Exchange (MFE) sales downrange, Kitchen said, “I am very confident with the direction that we are going.”
And with good reason; since she took over the category, it has clawed its way back from sales that were 14 percent down, to activity that was down only 2 percent. The category is slated for 2-percent growth in 2013, even in the face of a continuing drawdown in Southwest Asia and troop movements from Europe. ...