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

Macy’s Shopper Survey: clothing and gift cards top the list of categories for holiday spending this season

Survey reveals average holiday budget, top spending categories and what services consumers will use to make holiday shopping easier

NEW YORK, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Macy’s (NYSE:M) announces findings from a holiday survey of more than 5,000 Macy’s shoppers (ages 18+) who were polled about their plans for this holiday shopping season. The survey results show that clothing and gift cards top the list of categories for holiday spending this season, with shoppers planning to spend an average budget of $1,211. Millennial Macy’s shoppers (ages 18 to 35) are more likely to say that getting a great deal is their favorite part of shopping, compared to those ages 36 to 65.

According to the holiday survey, more than half of Macy’s shoppers (53 percent) are planning to do the majority of their shopping in brick-and-mortar stores, while 35 percent will shop more online by computer. Fewer respondents (12 percent) cite that they will do the majority of their holiday shopping using a mobile device or tablet. In terms of spend, Macy’s shoppers have budgeted an average of $1,211 for their holiday shopping, with slightly lower average budgets for Millennials compared to their older counterparts ($971 versus $1,304).

The following shows the top spending categories among Macy’s shoppers, with clothing leading the list:

  • Clothing, 39 percent
  • Gift cards, 15 percent
  • Electronics, 12 percent
  • Toys and games, 10 percent
  • Accessories (e.g., handbags, wallets, scarves), 9 percent
  • Home goods, 9 percent

Millennial Macy’s shoppers plan to spend more on home goods than shoppers 36 to 65 (13 percent versus 7 percent), but less on gift cards (10 percent versus 17 percent for older shoppers).

When asked about their favorite part of holiday shopping, 37 percent of all respondents say finding the perfect gift for someone on their list, while just as many (35 percent) cite getting a great deal or bargain. Forty-one percent of Millennials say that getting a great deal is their favorite part, compared to their older counterparts at 33 percent.

More Millennial Macy’s shoppers cite that they have trouble finding the perfect gift compared to those ages 36 to 65 (50 percent versus 42 percent).

“We are excited to offer a free service for Macy’s customers that makes holiday shopping fun and effortless,” saidSusan Bertelsen, Macy’s group vice president of My Stylist@Macy’s. “With a quick conversation with one of our stylists available in more than 150 stores nationwide, customers will find the perfect gift for everyone on their list and stay within their budget –whether it’s family and friends or employees and clients. In fact, customers even have the option of giving a Stylist as the gift. A gift card comes with an appointment with a Stylist for the gift recipient, ensuring they get something they are sure to love and long remember.”

Time Spent when Shopping for Others

  • Macy’s shoppers spend the most time on gifts for significant others (39 percent), followed by children (27 percent) and parents/in-laws (15 percent), while less time is spent on friends (5 percent) and co-workers (1 percent).
  • Men spend more time than women shopping for their significant other (52 percent versus 34 percent).
  • Women spend more time than men shopping for children (30 percent versus 19 percent for men).

Making Holiday Shopping Easier

  • In terms of retailer services that shoppers are likely to use for holiday shopping, 50 percent of Macy’s shoppers say they’ll take advantage of the “Search & Send” offering (having a store search all store locations if it is out of stock and send to the shopper).
  • In addition, 45 percent would shop for a gift online and pick up in store.
  • Results show that more than half of Millennial Macy’s shoppers will use these services (54 percent for each).

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Methodology
The survey was conducted through Macy’s Star Advisors, an online community of more than 15,000 shoppers, all of whom have made a purchase at Macy’s in the past year. The online survey was fielded from Sept. 21-28, 2015among 5,545 adults ages 18 and older, among which 5,451 are holiday shoppers.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 775 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

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Source: Macy’s

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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