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.