FORT LEE, Va. – The Defense Commissary Agency reported savings percentages for the first and second quarters of fiscal 2018, a timespan from Oct. 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
Savings for both quarters met congressional requirements, with first quarter down slightly, and second quarter up slightly when compared with same-store calendar year 2016 baseline savings. One fourth, or 45, of the agency’s 237 stores in each region are measured each quarter.
Congress requires that DeCA maintain savings at levels that are reasonably consistent – a metric of plus or minus 1 percent – with the fiscal 2016 baseline savings level of 23.65 percent, even as commissaries look to improve the patron shopping experience by integrating commercial business practices such as variable pricing and private label brands.
“Although the percentages fluctuated slightly when compared to the same-store 2016 baseline savings, our savings figures are still within that 1 percent range,” said Chris Burns, DeCA’s executive director for business transformation, “and that range functions as a guardrail to ensure that as the benefit evolves, our patrons will maintain the same threshold of savings when compared to commercial retailers.”
For first quarter of fiscal 2018, overall global savings were 23.6 percent, a decrease of 0.3 percent from the same stores measured during the 2016 baseline. Overseas savings were 44.8 percent, up 0.7 percent; and U.S. figures were 19.7 percent, down 0.9 percent.
During the second quarter of fiscal 2018, overall global savings were 24.4 percent, an increase of 0.9 percent from the same stores measured during the 2016 baseline. Overseas savings were 46.4 percent, up 2.1 percent; and U.S. savings were 20.3 percent, up 0.4 percent.
Because the cost of living varies by geographic region, Congress requires DeCA to report on savings regionally, comparing prices with up to three commercial grocers, including super centers, in the local area of each commissary in the United States. That comparison measures 38,000 items at a regional level and local prices on about 1,000 products, which are representative of a shopper’s typical market basket. Manual shops are accomplished in approximately 25 percent of the agency’s 177 U.S. stores each quarter.
For information on savings by region, see the tables below:
*Note: Baseline % savings for same stores shopped in FY2018 Q1 (45 of 177 U.S. commissaries);
*Note: Baseline % savings for same stores shopped in FY2018 Q2 (45 of 177 U.S. commissaries)