Incentives Industry News

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Industry News and Bulletins

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NGC Unveils iTunes Gift Card Service

National Gift Card Corp. (NGC), a leading B2B digital and physical gift card solution provider with more than 2,000 U.S., Canadian and European corporate clients, just unveiled its web application programming interface (API) connection to iTunes servicing the B2B incentive and rewards market.

Rymax Partners With Yale Locks

Rymax Marketing Services Inc., the largest National Manufacturer’s Representative in the incentive industry, announced its exclusive partnership with Yale Locks & Hardware, among the best known and most respected names in the lock industry.

SITE Launches Learning Portal

While there are a number of industry certifications focused on the planning of meetings and events, the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) is the only global organization dedicated to providing training and certification specific to incentive travel and motivational events – the “I” in MICE.

Ginsu Partners With PremStar

Ginsu announced a new partnership with PremStar Incentives Inc. in the premium and incentive channel. PremStar Incentives Inc. is a full-service supplier of leading brand name products for premiums, incentives, rewards and loyalty programs, as well as corporate gifts and casino events.

Eagle Invests in Engagement Agency

Eagle Recognition has taken an investment position in the Engagement Agency LLC to further expand Eagle’s offerings and to bring formal engagement services to clients and prospects.

Rymax Adds Brands to Portfolio

Rymax Marketing Services Inc., the largest National Manufacturer’s Representative in the Incentive Industry, has expanded its already-impressive arsenal of in-demand rewards products.

Jura Celebrates Most Successful Year

The global innovation leader in automatic coffee machines, the JURA brand experienced record growth in 2016.

GAP Launches B2B Gift Card

Leading fashion retailer GAP has launched into the business-to-business sector with a gift card and digital offering hosted by National Gift Card Europe (NGC Europe), a distributor and marketer for gift cards and digital codes.

Maritz Partners With TPG Rewards

Maritz Motivation Solutions, a leading provider of loyalty programs to major companies and brands, announced a partnership with TPG Rewards Inc., a premier receipt capture provider in the consumer promotional rewards and technology space.

IRF Looks at Behavioral Economics

The Incentive Research Foundation released 'Using Behavioral Economics Insights in Incentives, Rewards, and Recognition: A Nudge Guide,' a groundbreaking analysis of how behavioral economics can be applied to the incentive, rewards, and recognition (IRR) field. Offering practical takeaways to apply immediately to IRR programs, the report highlights proven behavioral economics approaches and the powerful role emotions play in employee performance.

Rymax Sponsors NJBiz Event

Rymax Marketing Services Inc., supplier of incentive marketing solutions, sponsored NJBIZ’s The Best Places to Work in New Jersey event, on April 26th at the iPlay America's Event Center in Freehold, N.J.

Rymax Adds Brands to Portfolio

Rymax Marketing Services Inc., the largest National Manufacturer’s Representative in the Incentive Industry, has expanded its already-impressive arsenal of in-demand rewards products.

SITE Event Calls for Speakers

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) have joined forces to provide a new, enhanced experience for global meetings and incentive professionals at the SITE + MPI Global Forum taking place 12-14 January 2018 at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria, Rome, Italy.

PPAI Ad to Promote Promotional Products

Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the not-for-profit association for more than 510,000 industry professionals and more than 14,300 corporate members of the $21 billion promotional products industry, produced the Get In Touch! ad for use in digital, social, live event and broadcast media.

1-2-1 Marketing Appoints New Manager

1•2•1 Marketing Services Group announced that Lori Schoening has joined the organization to further develop growing regional and national accounts.

IRF Looks at Wellness in Meetings

The Incentive Research Foundation released The IRF Wellness in Meetings and Incentive Travel Study, an analysis of the integration of wellness into meetings and incentive travel programs.

Humana Uncovers Wellness Trends

Workers are getting older, sleepier and increasingly worried about their finances while they rely on mindfulness and emerging technology to help them achieve their desired health. This is the state of wellness according to the 2017 Humana Wellness Trends Report, released by health and well-being company Humana Inc.

Bond Promotes Bakula to VP

Bond Brand Loyalty, a leading global brand loyalty agency, announced the promotion of Morana Bakula to Vice President, Customer Experience.

PPAI Names Legislator of the Year

Promotional Products Association International, the not-for-profit association for more than 500,000 industry professionals and more than 14,300 corporate members of the $20.8 billion promotional products industry announced Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) has been named the Association’s 2017 Legislator of the Year.

Citizen & Naismith Trophy Partner

The Atlanta Tipoff Club, administrators of the Naismith Trophy, announced a multi-year agreement to make Citizen Watch the title sponsor of the Naismith College Player of the Year Awards.

1 in 4 Redeem Points for Big Box Cards

National Gift Card Corp. (NGC), a leading B2B gift card solution provider with more than 450 international plastic and digital gift card options, released its 2017 gift card report. The report summarizes redemption statistics for U.S.-based loyalty, reward, and employee programs in 2016

Next Level Launches Applaudit

A motivated work force drives any organization’s success, and recognition is what keeps people engaged. Applaudit is an online social recognition platform that offers organizations the tools they need to power their culture of recognition and achievement.

Orgs Recognized as Healthy Workplaces

The American Psychological Association has selected Prudential Financial as the recipient of its Organizational Excellence Award, a national recognition designed to highlight the effective application of psychology in the workplace.

SITE Nite Europe Unites Community

“One Night, One World” is the theme for this year’s SITE Nite Europe being held 15 May at the historic Kameha Suite, Frankfurt, Germany. Hosted by the SITE Foundation, the night before the start of IMEX Frankfurt, the event will bring together IMEX Hosted Buyers, SITE members and industry colleagues to bridge distances and forge connections with peers around the world.

KitchenHappy Announces Rebrand

KitchenHappy, maker of Snapi the-single-handed-server, is adding new products and changing its company name to Tangico.

SITE, MPI Announce Co-Located Event

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) have joined forces to provide a new, enhanced experience for global meetings and incentive professionals at the SITE + MPI Global Forum.

NGC Names New Director

Patrick Doczi, a four-year veteran of National Gift Card (NGC), has been named the company’s new Director of North American Operations, a role he sees as being essential to the ongoing development of a highly-focused customer service team.

Maritz Introduces Decision Sciences

Maritz Motivation Solutions, a leading provider of loyalty programs to major companies and brands, has introduced decision sciences to the loyalty space, providing marketers with next generation insights to predict consumer behavior.

IMA to Work on ISO Standards

The Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) announced that it has been accepted to the ISO Technical Advisory Group (TAG260) on establishing human capital standards worldwide.

Value of Health Engagement Revealed

Welltok, the leading consumer health enterprise Software as a Service company, released research that provides the business case for engaging employees and dependents in their health. The research confirms that employee health and well-being programs are not only good for employees, but the bottom line as well.

Blackhawk Launches Same-Day Fulfillment

Blackhawk Network, a pioneer of gift cards, payments tools and rewards delivered via a robust and convenient network, announced the launch of its first-ever rebate processing solution that allows consumers to qualify for and submit a utility-sponsored rebate, and receive a reward, on the same day.

Paramax Launches PEPPER

After 14 years of developing countless improvements and customizations for real-world applications, Paramax just launched PEPPER, the Paramax Engagement & Points Platform for Employee Recognition. The new B2B tool for point-based recognition systems is the New Jersey company’s latest contribution to the incentive/recognition market for employee, direct sales, channel and loyalty programs.

Natinal Gift Card Welcomes New CIO

National Gift Card (NGC) welcomes Brian Dreger as its new Chief Information Officer (CIO).



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