>>A great business relationship between the community and military patrons.
>>Buyers are looking for products that reflect the unique tastes and culture of the Hawaiian Islands to satisfy the huge demand military shoppers have for products made in Hawaii.
>>Commissary shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent* worldwide on purchases, compared to commercial prices.
>>Average savings in Hawaii is 40 percent.
>>Commissaries and exchanges are separate entities. Exchanges apply a markup and generate earnings on goods sold to fund employee salaries, operating expenses and facility construction. A portion of their earnings is provided to the military services to fund Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.
>>Sales from all four commissaries in Hawaii totaled $225 million. Commissaries in Hawaii purchased nearly $8 million from Hawaii-based brands and another $6.5 million in locally grown fruits and vegetables last year.
>>ALA Hawaii has donated over $20,000 to the Wounded Warrior Program in Hawaii and PSTD
>>There were 1,000 products presented during last year’s ALA Hawaii show. In 2015, over 185 new items were added to the commissaries on O’ahu. Ten new companies were selected for inclusion in the commissary system as a result of the show. The Exchanges added over 15 new companies and over 300 items combined.
>>The event provides buyers with the opportunity to taste-test locally produced products and interact one-on-one with business owners before selecting new products for commissary shelves.
>>The show is hosted by the American Logistics Association, known as ALA, a nonprofit trade association of manufacturers, manufacturer’s representatives, brokers, distributors, publishers and service providers.