National Gift Card National Gift Card News en-US Valentine's Day Is a Good Reminder It's the day we set aside to demonstrate our love to that "special person" in our lives. But even though Valentine's Day is now behind us, how about showing a little love to the people who help your business grow and prosper? A gift card from National Gift Card and Lettuce Entertain You, a restaurant group with quite the reachmore than 120 locations in nine statescan be a timely demonstration of just how much an employee means to your organization.And with National Gift Card and Lettuce Entertain You, you take a big step forward in demonstrating how much you value the contribution those employees mean to the health of your business. Why Choice Remains Crucial for Gift Card Rewards National Gift Card's Eric Thiegs urges the industry to continue offering a balance of gift card products and ways to deliver them.This year is looking to be a big one for incentive gift card fulfillment company National Gift Card (NGC). Already boasting North America's largest gift card fulfillment facility, with cutting-edge equipment, NGC is now expanding it by an additional 40,000 square feet and bringing in additional automation machines this spring. It is also preparing to launch its new "Plastic API" for clients looking to send both physical and digital gift card orders for more than 500 brands -- in one API connection. Incentive caught up with NGC President Eric Thiegs to learn more about what 2018 holds for the organization, and what he sees as the biggest concerns shaping the sector in the coming year. Here is what he had to say. Don't Forget Better Business Communication Anyone who thinks the idea of excellence in business communication is a "given" ought to think again. The fact is, there's a reason for having a "Better Business Communication Day" and it's not because there are so many people who have it all figured out.No, the fact is we can all do a better job of communicating with colleagues and customers. Better Business Communication Day - January 22nd - is an opportunity to celebrate those who have taken the time and made the effort to clearly, concisely and accurately craft and deliver messages that make sense and accomplish their intended purpose.Those kinds of accomplishments are deserving of recognition and reward, perhaps with an American Express Reward Card, made possible by contacting National Gift Card. iTunes $2 eCodes now available via NGC's API National Gift Card is excited to announce the addition of $2 iTunes eCodes to our portfolio - just in time for the holidaysGive the gift of one-stop entertainment. Redeem your iTunes gift card for credit from the iTunes store, App store, iBooks store, and for Apple Music memberships. The content you purchase through your iTunes gift card can be accessed on an iPod, iPad, iPhone, Mac computer, or PC. With an iTunes gift card, you can purchase your favorite music, movies, games, and so much more. You can check your iTunes gift card credit balance on iTunes or the Mac App store.iTunes gift cards are redeemable on the App Store, the iTunes Store, the iBooks Store, and the Mac App Store. Recipients can access their content on a Mac or PC, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and AppleTV. Recognize Extraordinary Work Teams Perhaps it's a good thing there's a specific day set aside to recognize the achievements that teams bring to the table. On December 4 every year, there's a formal name for it: Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day.If your workplace depends on the combined efforts of people who see a common goal and put their energy, enthusiasm and encouraging skills to work, now would be a great time to celebrate those collaborative skills, especially with a view toward highlighting the success that comes from the effort.One of the best choices when it comes to putting those thoughts into action is a gift card from iTunes, one of America's favorite shopping spots for music, movies, television and even games. Having Last Minute Gift Giving Issues? Don't Panic The clock may be ticking down when it comes to checking off" items on your holiday gift giving list, but we suggest the phrase that author Douglas Adams made "more famous" in his "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."Don't Panic.We can say so with a high degree of confidence in that National Gift Card, especially through 1-800-Flowers, has a solution for your last-minute gift giving. NGC 2017 Holiday Information With the holiday season approaching, we wanted to share recommended shipping dates and office closures.Shipping Dates - For recommended in-hands delivery by Christmas, please note the following dates:U.S. Individual Fulfillment (IF) Orders: Client order files and payment recommended to be received by December 11th. Macy's eCodes Now Available National Gift Card is excited to announce the addition of Macys e-codes to our portfolio. Macys is synonymous with the holidays and has been Americas favorite department store for over 150 years because Macys has something for everyone With more than 500 stores nationwide and the biggest selection online 24/7 at Kick-off the holiday season with a 2% bonus from The Home Depot The Home Depot is offering a 2% bonus on plastic and digital purchases from November 6th - November 17th. From modest projects like updating your bath to small projects with a big impact like paint, The Home Depot can help you get more done in your home for less. That's the power of the world's largest home improvement retailer. The Home Depot. More saving. More doing. Gift cards may be redeemed at any The Home Depot stores and online. They never expire and no service fees will ever be charged when purchasing or using a The Home Depot gift card.Home Depot is helping people do more with their hard earned moneyThis bonus is ready to go for bulk orders purchased on NGCdirect, but if you are interested in incorporating this Home Depot promotion into your individual physical gift card fulfillment or gift card API services from NGC, please contact your Sales Representative or Account Manager. Unleashing Fourth Quarter Success With all eyes in business on the fourth quarter, there's no time like the present to consider finishing out the year in great form with a gift card program from National Gift Card.Two great brands to make your campaign a success on the home front are HomeGoods and Williams- Sonoma. National Gift Card is always ready to make working with either--or bothbrands very easy to help generate that extra push your team may need to energize end of year performance.When it comes to providing employee incentives, holiday recognition, or any other expression of goodwill with the people who help make your business even better than it is already, it would be hard to beat a well-crafted gift card program. Cost Saving Technology with Best Buy With the never-ending cost of new technology, its hard to imagine a brand that will price match your items with any online competitor, but one does Best Buy. Within the last decade, Best Buy has taken a quality-over-quantity approach, turning the classic brick-and-mortar store into a showcase-and-ship store. Unlike the internet, Best Buy wants their customers to hear, see and feel their technology. Each store ensures that the staff has a wide range of knowledge in their respective departments. This allows each interaction to be memorable and informative. In addition to the in-store services, Best Buy also utilizes the Geek Squad, their installation and repair service specialists. Over time, Best Buy has learned that sometimes- people need help before they buy big and expensive gadgets. In the last year, Best Buy has started a new program that allows customers to get free in-home consultations about what product they should buy and how it should be installed. This program is anticipated to expand nationwide within the next year. Interested in adding Best Buy to your program? NGC currently offers digital and plastic in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 denominations. Ask your account manager about adding Best Buy today. Fall into a New Look Is beauty in your program? NGC carries the premier prestige beauty retailer, Sephora. In the U.S. Sephora has nearly 400 standalone stores and over 500 locations in JCPenneys conveniently located throughout the country. Consumers can shop from a curated assortment of the best beauty brands featuring more than 14,000 products including makeup, skin care, perfume, hair care, body, professional tools and more.Thanks to Sephoras affiliate program, the brand has become a household name. YouTubers from across the U.S. have created make-up tutorials, look books and more to actively spread awareness of the brand. In addition, Sephora allows consumers to try products before they buy, making sure the end look is something the shopper truly wants. Sephora stores are a beauty education hub, offering consultations at the Beauty Studio, a variety of complimentary classes, one-on-one services from Personal Beauty Advisors, and exclusive, in store digital experiences.Fall into the new season by bringing Sephora to your program Both digital and plastic cards are available at NGC in denominations of $10, $25 and $50. No Costume Needed with NGC Gift Cards For kids, and even some adults, the last day in OctoberHalloweenis a time for fun and frivolity. Yes, we'll add "scary" to some descriptions, but there's nothing frightening when it comes to finding ways to use this time of year as an opportunity to show your appreciation through gift cards from two great brandsTarget and Bed Bath & Beyond. National Gift Card features both brands in their portfolio, so the only thing remaining is to choose oneor perhaps both--to say "thanks" and add to the fun. Chances are, whether you pick a gift card from Target or Bed Bath &Beyond, you'll have a "monster" hit on your hands.Recognition and rewards are timely opportunities often linked to important days on the calendar, and Halloween is just one of those touchpoints. Make it a great Halloween with a gift card from Target or Bed Bath & Beyond, both from National Gift Card. Household Holiday Prep & Lowe's Gift Cards = A Winning Approach Every year we promise ourselves that we'll do a better job - or at least try - when it comes to getting ready for the holidays. Note to self: this is that time.Thankfully, the resources available for turning "should have done" into "got it done" are more extensive and accessible than ever.A good place to start is by helping your employees make some progress on this perennial "got to do better" aspiration - the painting, home repairs and seemingly endless preparations for holiday entertaining. NGC Introduces Amazon Inactive Inventory NGC is pleased to announce that Gift Card inactive inventory is now available to NGCs gift card buying clients. Allowing for faster distribution of Gift Cards to over 2,000 corporate B2B buyers, this new inactive card relationship allows NGC to: Offer a nearly unlimited supply of Gift Cards to businesses who often worry about running out of stock Improve order processing time for Gift Cards, in some cases same day order processing will be available Help to prevent fraud and loss by eliminating the need for companies to house and secure live Gift Cards or eGift cards. Open the full range of denominations across both physical and eGift cards, starting with $1 up to $2000.National Gift Card is honored that entrusted NGC as an official distribution point to the B2B loyalty, rewards, incentive, and employee marketplace, said Eric Thiegs, National Gift Card President. Businesses and programs that have been looking for a secure and real-time source of gift cards and eGift cards via an API will now have one with NGC.More information about NGC and its gift card offering and services is available by calling 1.888.472.8747. Industry Study Reveals Growing Incentive Gift Card Market A study released mid-August 2017 by the Incentive Gift Card Council underscores the growing adoption of gift cards as the iconic marketing and relationship building tool throughout businesses.While no surprise to those at National Gift Card who make it their business to respond to the growing desire for clients to use gift cards for a variety of reward and recognition audiences, the study confirms the gift card as a tactic that is continuing to lead in the loyalty and rewards space. Ashley Harris, vice president of education at the IGCC and senior director of strategic partnerships at National Gift Card, says it succinctly: "Gift cards are an important option for incentive programs and will continue to grab a significant market share." Making a Mark - Delta Whether youre traveling this summer for work or pleasure, there is a good chance a flight was or is on your agenda. With endless airline media reports and so many choices, it can be hard to find an airline that fits your programs needs. NGC is proud to carry Delta airlines, with flights out of most airports Delta is sure to fit into your program.In 2017 Delta has focused their marketing efforts on their global network, making the frequent or infrequent flyer take notice of the brand.Delta has been creating wallscapes in high traffic cities. The newest wallscape can be found at North 10th Street and Wythe Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. The mural, which launched last week and will remain through August 27, is adorned with bright and fun yet intricate depictions of 133 airport codesall of the destinations Delta serves from its hubs in New York, and the most of any other airline. Choices are always a good idea NGC is happy to offer Brinker International brands in our catalog. Brinker International has three nationwide restaurants that can please even the pickiest of eaters. Chilis, Maggianos and On the Border. Chilis is a classic Tex-Mex mix of cuisine and family friendly sharables. Some fun facts about Chilis include:With 281 million guests served annually, Chilis could feed the entire population of New York City 35 times in a yearChilis annually sells 60.4 million pounds of fajita meat, a sum that is more than four times the weight of an average U.S. military submarine.The number of burgers served every year could stretch across the 3,000 miles of the continental United States between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.Chilis serves 135,000 gallons of Presidente Margaritas every year that is one gallon every 15 minutes for the entire year and enough to fill 13 swimming pools.Chilis serves guests 20,000 miles of the famous Baby Back Ribs every year, almost enough to wrap around the globeMaggianos Little Italy, Maggianos is the perfect place for family and friends to unite, with classic Italian cuisine and a family style atmosphere. Maggianos fun facts include: NGC Adds Google Play Gift Card Connection 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, recently launched a partnership to distribute Google Play gift codes in the B2B market, both in real time and in bulk. This new collaboration with Google Play benefits the B2B gift industry by providing: The perfect item for promotions, employees rewards, incentives, and more The most secure source for Google Play gift codes in the B2B gift card industry Access for loyalty, reward, and incentive programs to source Google Play gift codes in real-time through the NGC Google Play API."National Gift Card is delighted to be able to offer Google Play as an official distribution point to the B2B loyalty, rewards, incentive and employee marketplace, said Eric Thiegs, National Gift Card President. Businesses and programs can look to National Gift Card for a secure, real-time source of Google Play gift codes.The new partnership with Google Play allows NGC to: EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week Is a Great Opportunity for a Spa Gift Card If the idea of having a massage seems a little "extravagant, one of the largest membership organizations representing professionals in the field has a self-evident key message around the upcoming "EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week," which takes place July 16-22. And, while the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals is credible in its own right, the people at the Mayo Clinic also tout the health benefits of getting a massage.While massage may generally be considered part of complementary and alternative medicine, it's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. And, says the Mayo Clinic, studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.Some studies have found massage may also be helpful in treating: