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11.20.17

Q&A with Colleen Dorwart, RGCA board chair

As we reflect on 2017 and look ahead to 2018, we spoke with Colleen Dorwart, Retail Gift Card Association (RGCA) board chair, about the most popular gifts in America.

11.14.17

Why mobile wallet acceptance is key to retail growth

A young woman has made plans to join a friend for dinner at a restaurant across town, and with a few clicks on a mobile device she sets her night in motion. Her go-to ride-sharing service has sent a car, she’s ordered a cappuccino from her favorite coffee shop – this one is free because she’s a loyalty member –  and her social app pings her friend to let him know her ETA.

10.04.17

RGCA Expands Membership, Preps for Next-Gen Gift Cards

The Retail Gift Card Association kicked off its inaugural RGCA Forum in Kansas City, Mo., this week, tackling myriad subjects from gift card fraud to keeping consumers engaged with the No. 1 preferred holiday gift.

10.04.17

Spafinder Improves Gifting Options ahead of Holidays

Spafinder, a marketing, gifting, incentives and rewards brand owned by Blackhawk Network, has unveiled new gift card technology, expanded distribution and additional partner services to make giving the gift of spa and beauty experiences easier for consumers and businesses.

09.29.17

Whole Foods Market Reports Breach

On Sept. 28, Whole Foods Market announced it had recently received information regarding unauthorized access of payment card data used at certain venues such as taprooms and table-service restaurants located within some of its stores.

09.25.17

Mastercard, Swarovski Launch VR Shopping

Mastercard and Swarovski have teamed up to launch a virtual reality (VR) shopping app for the Atelier Swarovski home décor line. The app immerses consumers in a home where they can browse and purchase the pieces with Masterpass.

09.18.17

InComm OLS, NBS Fuel Gift Card Growth with Gas Pump Integration

Consumers now will be able to use some gift cards to pay at the pump, thanks to a partnership with On-Line Strategies Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of InComm, and National Bankcard Services.

09.11.17

Collinson Group Buys Linkable Networks Platform to Expand in U.S.

Another day, another acquisition—this time with a focus on card-linked offers. London-based Collinson Group, on Sept. 8 announced it’s purchasing “a number of assets” from Boston-based Linkable Networks, including Linkable’s card-linked-offers platform.

09.08.17

Epipoli Acquires Social Shopping Company

Epipoli, the Pay Award-winning Italian gift card distributor with a network of 50,000 stores, has acquired 100 percent of social shopping and offers company Groupalia from entrepreneur Andrea Gualtieri.

09.06.17

Onosys, LevelUp ‘Supercharge’ New Customer Acquisition for Restaurants

LevelUp’s nearly 1 million active users, as well as Chase Pay mobile wallet users, will have access to thousands more restaurants for order- and pay-ahead options, thanks to a deal with Onosys.