Incentives Industry News

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Industry News and Bulletins

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Rincon Elected IMRA Board President

The Incentive Manufacturers Representatives Alliance (IMRA), a Strategic Industry Group (SIG) within the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA), has elected new officers for 2018-2019.

Report Highlights Popular Gift Cards

National Gift Card Corp. (NGC), one of North America's largest, independently-owned gift card companies serving the B2B loyalty, rewards and incentive marketplace with more than 500 physical and digital brands across the U.S., Canada, UK and Europe, released its annual gift card report detailing redemption statistics for B2B programs in 2017.

Alliance Aims to Rehumanize Business

Bond Brand Loyalty, a leading customer engagement agency, and Madrid- and Munich-based Buljan & Partners, a customer-centric management, customer experience, and engagement consultancy, announce a strategic partnership.

Links Unlimited Adds Electronics Gifting

Links Unlimited, a corporate channel supplier and fulfillment organization for many of the best brands in retail, announced a new Electronics Experience as an event gifting option.

Incentivefox Partners With Podium

Incentivefox, a premier customer relationship marketing firm that builds tailored referral and reward programs for automobile dealerships has partnered with Podium, the leading customer communication platform for local businesses, to bring together two powerhouse companies that work to increase the online credibility and visibility of their shared clients and improve local search engine optimization.

IRF, SITE, FICP Release Joint Study

The volunteer and management leadership of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), the Financial and Insurance Conference Professionals (FICP), and the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) announced the development of the industry's first joint index study: The Incentive Travel Industry Index powered by SITE Index, IRF Outlook and FICP. This collaboration will constitute a landmark for the industry by providing unprecedented, consolidated insight into where the incentive travel industry is headed.

Incentivefox Partners With ddk Genius

Incentivefox and ddk Genius Group announced a partnership that will mesh the best of two worlds.

PPAI Recognizes U.S. Rep. Fred Upton

Promotional Products Association International, the not-for-profit association for 500,000 industry professionals and more than 15,000 corporate members of the $23.3 billion promotional products industry announced Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) has been named the association's 2018 Legislator of the Year.

Next Level Adds Travel Director

Next Level Performance has named Leigh Wilkins as the company’s new Director, Travel Experiences.

IRF Releases Study on Program Value

With incentive, reward and recognition (IRR) programs resulting in an average 22 percent gain in employee performance, it is generally accepted by U.S. businesses that rewards work to promote productivity. To help business maximize the effectiveness of their IRR programs, the Incentive Research Foundation has released Award Program Value & Evidence, a summary of the advantages of non-cash rewards and an examination of how businesses are measuring the program benefits.

Celebrity Reinvents Fitness at Sea

Together, Celebrity Cruises and Canyon Ranch have set out to reinvent fitness at sea, inspired by the latest innovations and wellness trends in the world. The redesigned onboard program includes 20 new fitness classes and seminar experiences for guests.

IRF Releases Academic Review

The Incentive Research Foundation introduces The IRF Quarterly Academic Review, the world’s first journal focused on academic research into incentives, rewards, recognition and motivation in the workplace.

ITA Group Named Great Place to Work

ITA Group, which creates and manages incentives, events and recognition programs, announced it has received the 2018 Great Place to Work certification for its positive workplace culture and commitment to employee wellbeing.

SITE Incentive Summit Educates Leaders

Now in its third year, SITE Incentive Summit Americas (ISA) took place April 5 to 8 at Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah. The exclusive, invitation-only event brought 120 incentive travel professionals to Utah for a long weekend filled with education, networking and destination immersion.

PPAI Reports Record Promo Sales

Promotional Products Association International, the world's largest not-for-profit association serving more than 15,000 corporate members of the $23.3 billion promotional products industry, has announced industry sales in 2017 increased by 9.31 percent to a record $23.3 billion, according to the PPAI Sales Volume Survey, an annual estimate of U.S. distributor promotional products sales.

Links Unlimited Adds New Brands

Links Unlimited, a corporate channel supplier and fulfillment organization for many of the best brands in retail, announced several new additions to its brand portfolio.

GC Incentives CEO to Present Case Study

Rick Buer, chief executive officer of GC Incentives, will be speaking at the Flourish Conference on branded currency, to be held April 9-11, 2018, in Chicago.

PPAI Joins Coalition Opposing Tariffs

Promotional Products Association International, the world's largest not-for-profit association serving more than 15,000 corporate members of the $21-plus billion promotional products industry, has joined 44 other associations and trade groups representing a broad coalition of the U.S. business community in a letter to President Trump opposing tariffs that have been proposed as a response to China's role in U.S. intellectual property infringement, as outlined by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in its Special 301 Report.

IRF Releases Gift Card Study

The Incentive Research Foundation announced the release of 'A Closer Look at Gift Cards: U.S. Spend, Support, Sourcing, and Services for Gift Card Programs in Corporate Organizations.' Gift cards are the most prevalent award type, with U.S. businesses spending $24 billion on gift cards annually.

Loyalty Expo 2018 Announces Speakers

An energy solutions disruptor, a cruise industry giant, and a nationally recognized media empire. Together, these companies represent the latest set of speakers announced for Loyalty Expo 2018, coming to Orlando, Florida this May.

Engagement Levels Bounce Back to Highs

After a dip last year—the first since 2012—global employee engagement levels jumped back to an all-time high in 2017, according to a new report from Aon, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions.

Rewards Pros Adjust to New Workforce

Millennials, gig workers and employees who are increasingly demanding pay fairness and transparency are posing a new breed of challenges for human resources and total rewards professionals.

Few Prepared for Work Automation

Automation in the workplace, including the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, is expected to surge in the next three years, according to a survey by Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company. However, the survey revealed very few companies and HR functions are fully prepared to address the organizational change requirements related to automation as well as less reliance on full-time employees and greater reliance on contingent talent.

What Works for Workplace Wellness

Every organization is unique, and one size typically doesn't fit all for the perfect workplace wellness program. A recent report, however, has found certain initiatives are more popular in successful wellness programs when compared to initiatives offered by programs finding less success. The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans discovered two practices that stood out in its latest survey report, A Closer Look: 2018 Workplace Wellness Trends.

Employers Innovate on Health Care

Frustrated by paying for the volume of health services delivered rather than the value received, and by the uncoordinated and fragmented care their workers receive, employers are taking meaningful action to transform the health care system. This is the message of Leading the Way: Employer Innovations in Health Coverage, a new report from the American Benefits Council and Mercer.

Incentive Concepts Adds Event Gifting

Employee incentives and recognition should leave a lasting impression, and bringing those incentives to your team should be a seamless process. These principles have always been the foundation of our Event Experiences. Starting March 1, Event Experiences will become Event Gifting by Incentive Concepts.

Rymax Social Media Campaign Gives Thanks

Rymax Marketing Services, Inc., the number one supplier of incentive marketing solutions, announced its upcoming social media campaign, #GiveThanks, which launches Cyber Monday.

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