If last year’s numbers are any indication, the worldwide case lot sale in May will yield fantastic savings for commissary customers. In May 2007, commissaries around the globe posted numbers that totaled more than $12.5 million in sales and 1.8 million cases of product sold, proof of increasingly savvy shopping by commissary customers. Though overall savings are holding steady at 30 percent or more, case lot sales can increase those savings even more — which explains their popularity.
“We are optimistic about the numbers this year,” said the Defense Commissary Agency’s acting director, Rick Page. “Commissary shoppers love these sales, so we expect great customer support.”
DeCA holds worldwide case lot sales twice a year — in May and September. The September sale started in 2001 and proved so popular another was added in May. The biannual event offers shoppers an opportunity to buy bulk quantities of their favorite products at increased savings, such as canned goods, beverages, paper products, pet supplies, cleaning or laundry products, and in some cases, fresh chicken, pork, beef and produce.
Nearly all commissaries participate — though on different weekends throughout the month. To find out when your commissary is hosting a sale, check out the special case lot sale Web page at http://www.commissaries.com/case_lot_sale.cfm. Some sales will take place the last weekend in May, spilling over to June 1. Customers who live in regions with multiple commissaries, such as Norfolk, Va., or San Antonio, can make maximum use of the DeCA Web site to hit more than one sale.
And while you’re on the Web site, be sure to check out all the features it has to offer: Ask the DeCA Dietitian; Kay’s Kitchen; links to special manufacturer’s coupons, sweepstakes and promotions; and the latest commissary news. If you’re interested in having the news delivered to you by e-mail, it’s as simple as registering for a free subscription to Commissary Connection.
So if you’re a savvy shopper who likes to stock the pantry and save lots of money, too, do your homework and prepare for the worldwide case lot sale. When you’re making out your shopping list, you might find “shop till you drop” is item No. 1.
Photo caption 49a-08: Customers check out the savings available at Gunter Commissary, Ala., worldwide case lot sale in September 2007. To find out when your commissary is hosting a sale in May, check out the special case lot sale Web page at http://www.commissaries.com/case_lot_sale.cfm.