The Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) operates 172 stores under the authority of the Department of Veterans Affairs. New merchandise selections and vendor sources are reviewed at regularly scheduled Merchandise Committee meetings. Approved items are placed in the VCS's Automated Merchandise Catalog (AMC). This system offers a personalized selection process, allowing local and regional merchandise needs of customers to be met. VCS has no national warehousing facilities; all shipments ordered by canteens are to be shipped directly from the manufacturer to the ordering canteen. The Veteran Canteen Service purchase a wide variety of products including:
- Health & Beauty Care:
Features dental, hair care, facial care, vitamins and more. We offer great value through our exclusive "Exchange Select" products which provide our long-term patients the opportunity to purchase their personal care essentials at a savings below comparable brand name products.
Features a wide selection of soft drinks, chips, candy, nuts, cookies, and microwaveable meals and snacks.
Features a focused selection of National brand electronics, such as LCD Flat Screen TVs, MP3 Players, Home Theater Systems, DVD Players, Radios, DVD movies and more. Also available are MP3 accessories, batteries, HDMI cables, CDs, VHS tapes and more.
Features a wide selection of Greeting Cards from American Greetings, along with Gift items for Men and Women in apparel and home. We are able to bring some comfort and enjoyment to our Veteran patients who are in Community Living Centers or long-term care.
- Men's Department:
Features Casual Sportswear, Athletic Wear, Dress Shirts, Neckwear, Shoes and Accessories from National brands such as Nautica, Skechers, Stacy Adams, Russell Athletic, Hanes, New Balance, Savane and more. We offer many of today’s high quality brands at compelling prices, available only at the VCS.
- Ladies' Department:
Features Casual Sportswear for our Missy and Women’s customer, Shoes, Handbags, Intimates, Sleepwear from major brands such as Skechers, Russell Athletic, Hanes, New Balance, New Balance and more. Many of today’s high quality brands are available at great value, only at the VCS.
In addition, the VCS has a broad selection of concession food operations that serve select outlets.
ALA provides members with a wealth of information directly related to selling, promoting and distributing your products to the Veterans Canteen Service. Members have WEB access monthly store sales, scheduled store reset dates, category reviews, the Veterans Canteen Services strategic plan, notices to the trade, news releases, and any policy or procedure changes. All this information is available to our members regardless of where they are in the world via the WEB. To help members understand the types of information available, we have provided a user guide that is also available on line.
Other benefits of membership include topic specific meetings focused on helping you expand your business with the military resale system. In addition to regional meetings, we have two national meetings each year to update members. One meeting is focused exclusively on the Veterans Canteen Service and provides members to meet with buyers and review their marketing and promotion strategies, gain insight on operational plans, and exploring with members current the use of best business practices. The second meeting is held the beginning of the governments new fiscal year and provides each of the retail commands (Commissary, Exchange, Veterans Canteen Services and MWR) to discuss their strategic initiatives and marketing plans for the new fiscal year.
Applying for membership to our Association can be completed by submitting your application using our on line WEB form or by submitting you form to our Member Support Team. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be more than happy to help you.