Say thank you with commissary gift cards

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Buying gift cards is a great way to shop for friends, relatives, and co-workers or even as a donation toward a good cause.

In theory, giving a gift card means there’s no chance you’re buying the wrong size, color or worst of all, an unwanted item that ends up gathering dust on a closet shelf.

Available in-store to eligible shoppers and online for everyone else, commissary gift cards are a great way to say thanks to military service members, with the knowledge that both you and they are getting the most out of every dollar spent through the commissary’s low prices. That’s probably why they’ve become such a popular gift since their introduction just under six years ago.

“Giving the gift of groceries through commissary gift cards continues to grow as people show their support for our military service members and their families,” said Bob Bunch, the Defense Commissary Agency’s gift card program manager. “More than three quarters of a million cards have been sold, worth more than $26 million.”

And according to Bunch, unlike some retailers’ gift cards, the commissary card enjoys an unusually high rate of redemption: more than 91 percent of all cards sold have been fully redeemed.

Here are some commissary gift card quick facts:

  • Gift cards are available at all commissaries worldwide – on a rack at full service, front-end registers – as well as at the commissaries.com website. Just use the “Place your order” button on the gift cards page.
  • Cards are good for five years from the date of purchase.
  • Only gift cards purchased online incur a shipping and handling fee. There are no fees when the card is purchased in a store.
  • There is no limit to the number of gifts cards that a purchaser can buy. However, DeCA officials recommend organizations and activities consider purchasing their cards online if they plan to buy more than 50 at a time.
  • The cards can be sent anywhere in the United States. However, cards can only be shipped to APO, FPO or DPO addresses outside the United States.
  • To check card balances, use the “Check Your Balance” button on the gift cards page.
  • For customer service questions, please call 877-988-4438, which is also found on the back of the gift card. Customers can also use this number to check the balance on their card.

According to Chief Master Sgt. Stuart Allison, DeCA’s senior enlisted advisor, the gift cards are appreciated by commissary shoppers for just about any occasion. “Commissary gift cards are a wonderful way for anyone to show appreciation and concern for a military member – whether for the holidays or any other time of year.”

About DeCA:

The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: Defense Commissary Agency

Defense Commissary Agency’s gift card program enters its 6th year

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Apr-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gift cards are a great idea. They solve the problem of trying to figure out what to give someone with a simple answer: give them a choice. But then you’re faced with a different question – which card to give? Sure, you could give them one for an online retailer, but then much of the card’s value would probably go toward paying shipping costs and handling fees.

What to do?

Here’s an idea: get them a commissary gift card! Authorized shoppers can then pick out what they want, knowing they’re getting the biggest bang for every dollar spent by shopping at the commissary and taking advantage of the best prices in town. And from meat and potatoes to hanging plants, commissaries sell a surprising variety of everyday needs.

“The cards can be used to purchase anything sold in the commissary,” said Bob Bunch, the Defense Commissary Agency’s gift card program manager. “And we do about $5 million a year in gift card sales.” The program, which enters its 6th year in June, has seen just shy of 660-thousand cards worth more than $22.5 million snapped up by givers. And unlike most gift cards, shoppers actually use the commissary gift cards they receive. “Our redemption rate is really phenomenal,” said Bunch, adding that almost 90 percent of all cards sold have been fully redeemed. “The industry average redemption rate for a gift card is about 75 percent.”

The cards are available to anyone online at commissaries.com and in-store for authorized commissary shoppers.

Here are some commissary gift card quick facts:

  • Gift cards are available at all commissaries worldwide – on a rack at full service, front-end registers – as well as the website. Just use the “Place your order” button on the Gift Cards page.
  • Cards are good for five years from the date of purchase.
  • Only gift cards purchased online incur a shipping and handling fee. There are no fees when the card is purchased in a store.
  • There is no limit to the number of gifts cards that a purchaser can buy. However, DeCA officials recommend organizations and activities consider purchasing their cards online if they plan to purchase more than 50 at a time.
  • The cards can be sent anywhere in the United States. However, cards can only be shipped to APO, FPO or DPO addresses outside the United States.
  • To check card balances, use the “Check Your Balance” button on the Gift Cards page.

Customers who still have unused gift vouchers, the precursor to the gift card, may still redeem them through Aug. 31, regardless of the expiration date printed on it. After that date, DeCA will no longer accept the vouchers as a form of payment.

For customer service questions, please call 877-988-4438, which is also found on the back of the gift card. Customers can also use this number to check the balance on their card.

Note: To watch a video about commissary gift cards on DeCA’s YouTube page, go tohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM2pdI9z06Y.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Commissary Gift Cards – available to anyone online and in-store for authorized shoppers

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Looking for a gift to please your favorite military service member, but running short on ideas? Have you scoured the Web, searching online offer after online offer, trying to find that special gift with the best bang for your hard-earned buck? Look no further than your local commissary.

Commissary Gift Cards – available to anyone online and in-store for authorized shoppers – are a unique way to give the gift of groceries. And with the commissary’s average savings of 30 percent built in, you know you’re getting maximum value for your gift dollar, whether as an organization or individual gift giver.

Maybe that’s why the gift card program, which entered its fifth year June 29, has proved to be so popular. “We do about $5 million a year in gift card sales,” said Bob Bunch, the Defense Commissary Agency’s gift card program manager. “When you look at it, the cards have provided more than 560,000 gifts of groceries, worth more than $19 million.”

Also, according to Bunch, a Commissary Gift Card is more likely to be used than other types of gift cards. “Our redemption rate is really phenomenal,” he said, adding that almost 90 percent of all cards sold have been fully redeemed. “The average redemption rate for a standard gift card is about 75 percent.”

Here are some Commissary Gift Card quick facts:

  • Gift cards are available at all commissaries worldwide – on a rack at full service, front-end registers – as well as the website. Just use the “Place your order” button on the Gift Cards page.
  • Cards are good for five years from the date of purchase.
  • Only gift cards purchased online incur a shipping and handling fee. There are no fees when the card is purchased in a store.
  • There is no limit to the number of gifts cards that a purchaser can buy. However, DeCA officials recommend organizations and activities consider purchasing their cards online if they plan to purchase more than 50 at a time.
  • The cards can be sent anywhere in the United States. However, cards can only be shipped to APO, FPO or DPO addresses outside the U.S.
  • To check card balances, use the “Check Your Balance” button on the Gift Cards page.

For customer service questions, please call 877-988-4438, which is also found on the back of the gift card. Customers can also use this number to check the balance on their card.

Customers who still have unused gift vouchers, the precursor to the gift card, may still redeem them through Aug. 31, 2016, regardless of the expiration date printed on it. After that date, DeCA will no longer accept the vouchers as a form of payment.

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About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil