Santa's elves get some help from AAFES services
Shoppers still searching for gifts they can’t find on their own bases might be able to have items delivered in time for the holidays, thanks to Army and Air Force Exchange Service programs such as Shuttle Service.
AAFES can ship requested items between stores in the Pacific for free within a few days, depending on the item, its location and size. “It depends which store it comes from,” said Sgt. 1st Class Amanda Glenn, an AAFES spokeswoman on Okinawa. “It could be overnight or a week.”
To use the Shuttle Service program, shoppers should visit the customer service department at their nearest store, which will send out a notice to other stores across the Pacific. If the item is available, it’ll be shipped to the local store and customer service will contact the customer.
Larger, bulky or unusual items, such as pool tables or outdoor furniture, also can be shipped to stores for free through AAFES’ Transhipment Program, but delivery takes longer.
The program delivers items from AAFES print or online catalogs to stores overseas. Many catalog items available for home delivery in the States can be sent overseas this way. Request forms are available in stores.
AAFES’ Web site also features Centric Mall, a list of businesses offering discounts and other considerations to military customers. All of the vendors — there are more than 50 — ship to military addresses.
The vendors use the U.S. Postal Service so they can reach military post offices, which means there’s not much time left for browsing this year.
The Military Postal Service Agency’s recommended shipping date for items to make it to military addresses in the Pacific before Christmas are quickly approaching.
Saturday is the last day recommended for Priority Mail and First Class Mail for cards and letters bound for the Pacific.
Shoppers using Express Mail Military Service should have packages mailed to them by Dec. 19 to reach them in time.
For information on AAFES, the online catalog or Centric Mall, go online to www.aafes.com.