GCN webinar features TTi - Gift Card Fulfillment Best Practices


Join The Gift Card Network and Travel Tags, Inc. on May 18, 2016 for a joint webinar highlighting best practices and industry secrets when it comes to Gift Card Fulfillment. Sue Hanson from Travel Tags, Inc - Card Fulfillment Services joins as a member of the Fulfillment Committee to give her expert advice after 10+ years in the fulfillment industry.

To register, follow this link to The Gift Card Network website:

The Educational webinars are a Free Benefit for Gift Card Network paying members. Affiliate Merchant Members and Non-Members may attend for a fee:

Affiliate Members - $89 per webinar
Non-Member - $99 per webinar

Webinar details and payment links will be sent via email upon registration. 

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Happy International Print Day 2015!

International Print Day 2015, a 24-Hour Social Media Event, Emphasizes the Industry’s Love for and Dedication to Print and Paper.

THE PRINTERVERSE – Print professionals around the world are being encouraged to participate in International Print Day 2015 (IPD15), a global 24-hour event being held Wednesday, October 14, 2015, in which social media will be used to highlight the creativity, importance and power of print and paper.

The theme for this year’s International Print Day is “#PrintNOW.” Along with #IPD15, that hashtag has been designated for all print professionals to use when they share examples of print on social media such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube and others. Commercial printers, print buyers, paper mills, graphic designers, book publishers, marketers and manufacturers are urged to participate in this global sharing event.

“Produced a cool project recently? Used new paper or substrates? Share and tag it! Have new equipment? Wrapped a vehicle? Share and tag it! Designed something spectacular? Saw some spectacular print out in the world? Been to a great print event or tradeshow? Show everyone through pictures, videos and posts and share away!” exclaimed Deborah Corn, Principal at Print Media Centr, and founder of International Print Day.

Using the hashtags #IPD15 and #PrintNOW, print professionals and anyone associated with the printing industry are encouraged to flood social media channels with education, facts, and fun stuff related to print and paper. International Print Day 2014 resulted in 8,683 Tweets delivered to 23,023,968 timelines with 1,271 contributors. IPD 2015 organizers expect those numbers to be crushed this year.

“#PrintNOW encapsulates the state of the industry and all of the amazing advances in print, paper and marketing technology we are creating and implementing to help customers. #PrintNOW also serves as a call to action for marketing professionals – and even consumers – to include printed materials in their communications mix,” Corn added.

Companies are also encouraged to share information about their related products and services, though a strategic approach is always suggested. International Print Day 2015 is an amazing opportunity for everyone in the print, paper, design and marketing industry to tell the world how they bring value to their customers by sharing their print success stories.

Allied Printing ( created a #PrintNOW logo that can be downloaded from the International Print Day 2015 website. For that, the IPD15 logo and more information about International Print Day 2015, please visit


Source: WhatTheyThink?

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Prepaid Card Popularity Up Among the Unbanked

General purpose reloadable (GPR) cards are seeing increased use by consumers, especially among “unbanked” cardholders who tend to use those cards like checking accounts.

That’s among the findings of the Pew Charitable Trusts, which released a report Tuesday (June 30) titled “Banking on Prepaid,” in which research showed that 23 million adults regularly use GPR prepaid cards nationwide. Those cards let holders load funds using either cash or direct deposit activity as their source. Then the cards can be used at ATMs or at retail locations to make direct purchases.

Those surveyed by Pew totaled 587 respondents who use those cards at least once per month. The respondents were questioned late last year on various attitudes towards, and use of, the cards.

Pew said its findings reflect an increased use of prepaid cards, with a 50 percent jump logged between 2012 and 2014. Key drivers came from a growing use of the cards among those respondents with bank accounts; they tended to get their prepaid cards at either banks or credit unions. Demographically speaking, Pew noted, these users had higher incomes than did unbanked prepaid cardholders.

The survey found that unbanked users tend to treat their cards virtually as traditional checking accounts — and check their balances more frequently than their banked brethren. Of the unbanked, statistics from the survey showed that more than eight out of 10 cardholders have annual household incomes lower than $50,000 and roughly one-third of that number have incomes below $15,000. These users treat cards as a budgeting aid, with an eye on controlled spending and avoiding debt.

Pew’s report also states that a majority of prepaid card users do not in fact know if their cards have protections in place, such as an arbitration clause, or whether the funds tied to the cards are FDIC insured. Yet Pew’s research shows that roughly three quarters of cards do actually have such a clause, though many cardholders do not know if they are covered by liability protection; however, the cards must be registered for the clause to be in effect.

Noting that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had proposed a number of safeguards to boost consumer protection on prepaid cards, Pew stated that those rules should be finalized quickly.



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