Exchange ‘Lithium Ship to Store’ Program gets latest electronics to military personnel overseas
In response to a May 2012 U.S. Postal Service ban on international shipments of electronics with lithium batteries, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service now has a way for overseas shoppers to get those must-have gadgets, gizmo and devices just in time for the holidays.
"Select cameras, tablets, watches and other electronics can now be ordered online and picked up at any of 36 Exchanges in Afghanistan, Belgium, Germany, Guam, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey or the United Kingdom through our 'Lithium Ship to Store' program," said the Exchange's Chief of Staff Col. Thomas Ockenfels. "And now, since they're being sent via Fed Ex, the shipping times will be much quicker than in the past."
Exchange shoppers simply go to www.shopmyexchange.com and select one of approximately 80 products with a "Lithium Ship to Store" logo. Once items are selected, the shopper chooses the country and Exchange where they would like the item to be delivered.
Customer service associates at the overseas location will contact the shopper via email when the order arrives. Orders may be picked up during regular store hours at the Customer Service desk with a valid ID and a copy of the email/order number confirmation.
"When the USPS announced the restrictions we began working on a way to ensure troops could get these items delivered," said Ockenfels. "The 'Lithium Ship to Store' initiative will definitely help light up the holidays."