AAFES to open online shopping to veterans Nov. 11

by Kaura Peres
AAFES
KADENA – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s online store at ShopMyExchange.com is faster, easier and more intuitive than ever following a series of customer-focused enhancements.
 
The improvements, launched in August, come as the Exchange prepares to welcome approximately 21 million Veteran shoppers to ShopMyExchange.com on Nov. 11.
 
While the site’s overall design is largely unchanged, several new functional improvements have been implemented to streamline the customer experience, including: 
 
• A re-engineered mobile site that adapts to the screens of all mobile devices.
• Enhanced shopper capacity, with 30,000 now able to shop simultaneously and room for expansion as necessary.
• Near-real-time inventory updates so customers always know when their item is in stock and ready to ship
• A new sale pricing system that implements promotional prices the instant sales are effective.
 
“The Exchange wants to provide Veterans with the best possible service when we welcome them home to their military family,” said Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Exchange Senior Enlisted Advisor. “ShopMyExchange.com provides the exceptional pricing, selection and service they remember—whether on their desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device.”
 
Further online improvements are planned for 2018, including a redesigned shopping cart and checkout section. 
 
Exchange Brings Back Fee-Free Layaway for the Holidays
 
Kadena AB – Service members, families and retirees can get a head-start on holiday shopping while keeping gifts away from prying eyes with fee-free layaway from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service.
 
The Exchange will waive the $3 service fee for items that are placed on layaway and paid for by Dec. 24—including toys and bikes. Purchases of $25 or more are eligible for the layaway plan.
 
“Layaway is not just a way to keep snooping loved ones from ruining their holiday surprise—it can also be used as a budgeting tool,” said Stephen Shaw, Kadena Main Store Manager. “We want to make holiday shopping easy for Soldiers, Airmen and their families. That’s why we’re giving the gift of fee-free layaway this holiday season.” 
 
A deposit of 15 percent is required to hold items on layaway. Shoppers can visit customer service at their local Exchange for complete program details and eligibility information.
 
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Service members, families and retirees can get a head-start on holiday shopping while keeping gifts away from prying eyes with fee-free layaway from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. The Exchange will waive the $3 service fee for items that are placed on layaway and paid for by Dec. 24—including toys and bikes.
 
Purchases of $25 or more are eligible for the layaway plan. A deposit of 15 percent is required to hold items on layaway. Shoppers can visit customer service at their local Exchange for complete program details and eligibility information. For more, visit http://bit.ly/2kHu3A8.
 
Kadena Main Exchange Seeking Volunteer Groups for Community Gift Wrap Program
 
Kadena AB – Kadena AB volunteer groups can raise money and spread some holiday cheer this season by partnering with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service during its annual community gift wrap program. 
 
As part of the program, the Kadena Main Exchange sets up tables and provides supplies that community volunteer groups can use to wrap gifts during the busy holiday shopping season in exchange for donations. 
 
“The Exchange’s community gift wrap program is a convenient way for members of the Kadena AB community to do their holiday shopping and gift wrapping all in one stop,” said Kadena Main Exchange Store Manager, Stephen Shaw. “It’s also a great opportunity for Kadena AB community groups to raise money for their worthy causes.”    
 
Interested organizations can contact the Kadena Main Exchange at 036-868-2280 for information on scheduling a time to participate in the community gift wrap program.
 
Exchange Helps Military Children Build Their Holiday Wish Lists with 2017 Toyland Toy Book
 
Kadena AB – Service members and their families can take the guesswork out of choosing holiday gifts for their children with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s 2017 Toyland toy book, which features a special assortment of toys tested by military children.
 
Available November 3, the Toyland toy book is stocked with more than 350 of the hottest holiday toys and electronics for boys and girls of all ages. Toys tested by military children are identifiable by the Military Brat-Approved logo.
 
In-demand holiday toys featured in the Toyland toy book include:
 
• Nerf Modulus Regulator ($49.95, reg. $59.95)
• My Little Pony The Movie: Rarity glitter designs ($13.95, reg. $19.95)
• Hatchimals Colleggtables ($54.95, reg. $59.95)
• furReal Friends Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger ($99.95, reg. $129.95)
• PlaySkool Star Wars Galactic Heroes playset ($69.95, reg. $79.95)
• Pie Face Sky High board game ($14.95, reg. $24.95)
 
“The Exchange wants to make holiday shopping easy for Soldiers, Airmen and their families,” said Kadena Main Exchange Store Manager, Stephen Shaw. “We go to the experts—the kids themselves—to figure out what toys they desire most, easing the burden on parents looking for the perfect gifts for the holiday season.”
 
Military children identified Military Brat-Approved toys this summer during a special play-test event for military children age 6-12 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. Nearly 100 participants helped pick this year’s Military-Brat Approved toys.
 
The Exchange is also offering fee-free layaway through Dec. 24 to help parents keep their military brats’ gifts hidden from prying eyes. For information on fee-free layaway, contact your local Exchange’s customer service desk.
 
Shoppers can also visit shopmyexchange.com to browse the season’s hottest toys. Online purchases of $49 ship for free when paying with a MILITARY STAR® card.
 
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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service's 2017 Toyland toy book, featuring a special assortment of toys tested by military children, is available now at select continental United States Exchange stores. The Toyland toy book is stocked with more than 350 of the hottest holiday toys and electronics for boys and girls of all ages. The toy book will be released at overseas locations on Nov. 3. Read more at http://bit.ly/2yI9nLP.

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