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MCX Offers Average Savings of 24 Percent


Release Date: 2/27/2012

MCX LOGOHQMC (MR), MCB QUANTICO, VA – Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) shoppers on average save 24 percent compared to outside the gate retailers according to a recently completed Price Comparison Survey conducted in partnership with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) and the Naval Exchange Command (NEXCOM).
     The 24 percent savings confirm the great value offered at the MCX. The MCX also offers a price match guarantee, so if you do find an item that costs more at the MCX, we will match that price and you won’t have to pay local sales tax.
     The survey is conducted each year to determine the cost savings realized by customers shopping the military exchanges. The retail industry conducts similar surveys as an industry best practice to remain competitive. An independent research firm was contracted to conduct the survey in October 2011. Three MCX markets, San Diego, CA, Arlington, VA, and Kaneohe Bay, HI, were selected to participate in the price survey of 350 items, which included audio, clothing, shoes, cosmetics, greeting cards, hardware, appliances, sunglasses, and toys.
     “In the 37 departments surveyed, your MCX savings ranged from two percent to thirty-four percent depending on the type of merchandise,” said Anita Roberson, Director of Merchandising, Semper Fit and Exchange Services Division, Manpower and Reserve Affairs Department, Headquarters United States Marine Corps, the MCX’s parent organization. “Items in some departments showed a cost savings of more than 60 percent. When you look across all 37 departments, there was an average cost savings of 24 percent before taxes when compared to national retailers.” she added.
    Over the past several years, the MCX has undergone a transformation. Most of the MCX main stores been renovated or are planned for renovations. Along with this new look and feel, the MCX has developed a unique Value Program that offers ways to save regardless of where Marines and their families are in their life stages. These include:

  • Our Cost is Your Cost - The program includes over 160 best selling items such as milk, bread, diapers, baby food, and formula. The intent of the program is to provide essential items a family needs at our cost from the supplier. The items can be found in almost all MCX stores and Marine Marts
  • 1775 – Our private label clothing developed specifically for the MCX is high quality, fashion forward, and priced for a family to afford. No men’s or ladies’ item is over $26.99, and no children’s item is over $12.99. This line is designed for families who want style but do not care to pay for brand names.
  • Another Corps Value – Brand name household items such as dinnerware, glassware, small electronics, and household electronics priced at a great value. For example, a 16 piece porcelain dinnerware set sells for $14.99.
  • Exchange Select – Our generic offering of over 100 health & beauty and cleaning items that are ingredient equivalent to their brand name counterpart at a great savings! For example, our Exchange Select dandruff shampoo is $3.39 compared to Head and Shoulders at $5.59, a 60% savings.

    The MCX also has savings programs for key life events. The "Baby and Me" Program offers a free gift for our newest family members and the Super Star Student Program rewards excellence of our young scholars. MCX also supports Motorcycle Safety and has begun offering Marines the opportunity to buy their initial gear at cost after the completion of their Motorcycle Safety Class. For families and retirees that want brand names in clothing at a value, we just added new lines only available at Macy’s; Style and Co. and Karen Scott for ladies, and GreenDog for kids. Both lines are on average 20% below the Macy’s retail price. For the home, we have added the Macy’s Martha Stewart home line. We also offer a Price Match Guarantee program that will match the price of any item advertised or purchased for less.
      For more information about the savings offered by your MCX, contact your base or station MCX manager or go to www.mymcx.com.

 

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