Proof of savings key hurdle for merger

Tom Philpott: Military Update columnist The biggest obstacle to consolidating three military exchange services into a single system will be proving to Congress and skeptical service leaders that the effort actually will save money for patrons, says retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Charles J. Wax, director of the Unified Exchange Task Force. “My most difficult […]

Variable pricing option earns criticism

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Despite congressional criticism, and charges by military associations of benefit tampering, the Department of Defense has hired consultants to do a quick study on use of “variable pricing” in base grocery stores. By law, commissary items are sold at cost plus a 5 percent surcharge, which is used to renovate […]