National Gift Card https://www.ngc-group.com/ National Gift Card News en-US NGC 2017 Holiday Information https://www.ngc-group.com/holiday-info_2017 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. https://www.ngc-group.com/holiday-info_2017 Macy's eCodes Now Available https://www.ngc-group.com/macys-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 macys.com. https://www.ngc-group.com/macys-ecodes-now-available Kick-off the holiday season with a 2% bonus from The Home Depot https://www.ngc-group.com/the-home-depot-holiday-bonus_2017 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. https://www.ngc-group.com/the-home-depot-holiday-bonus_2017 Unleashing Fourth Quarter Success https://www.ngc-group.com/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. https://www.ngc-group.com/unleashing-fourth-quarter-success Cost Saving Technology with Best Buy https://www.ngc-group.com/cost-saving-technology 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. https://www.ngc-group.com/cost-saving-technology Fall into a New Look https://www.ngc-group.com/sephora_blogoctober2017 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. https://www.ngc-group.com/sephora_blogoctober2017 No Costume Needed with NGC Gift Cards https://www.ngc-group.com/no-costume-needed_halloween2017 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. https://www.ngc-group.com/no-costume-needed_halloween2017 Household Holiday Prep & Lowe's Gift Cards = A Winning Approach https://www.ngc-group.com/getting-ready-for-holidays_oct2017 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. https://www.ngc-group.com/getting-ready-for-holidays_oct2017 NGC Introduces Amazon Inactive Inventory https://www.ngc-group.com/amazoninactive_usblog2017 NGC is pleased to announce that Amazon.com Gift Card inactive inventory is now available to NGCs gift card buying clients. Allowing for faster distribution of Amazon.com Gift Cards to over 2,000 corporate B2B buyers, this new inactive card relationship allows NGC to: Offer a nearly unlimited supply of Amazon.com Gift Cards to businesses who often worry about running out of stock Improve order processing time for Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com Gift Cards or eGift cards. Open the full range of Amazon.com denominations across both physical and eGift cards, starting with $1 up to $2000.National Gift Card is honored that Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com gift cards and eGift cards via an API will now have one with NGC.More information about NGC and its Amazon.com gift card offering and services is available by calling 1.888.472.8747. https://www.ngc-group.com/amazoninactive_usblog2017 Industry Study Reveals Growing Incentive Gift Card Market https://www.ngc-group.com/igcc-blog_august2017 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." https://www.ngc-group.com/igcc-blog_august2017 Making a Mark - Delta https://www.ngc-group.com/delta_blogaugust2017 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. https://www.ngc-group.com/delta_blogaugust2017 Choices are always a good idea https://www.ngc-group.com/brinker_aug2017blog 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: https://www.ngc-group.com/brinker_aug2017blog NGC Adds Google Play Gift Card Connection https://www.ngc-group.com/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: https://www.ngc-group.com/ngc-adds-google-play-gift-card-connection EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week Is a Great Opportunity for a Spa Gift Card https://www.ngc-group.com/everybody-deserves-a-massage_2017 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: https://www.ngc-group.com/everybody-deserves-a-massage_2017 Meet Andrew Johnson - CEO NGC Europe https://www.ngc-group.com/meet-andrew-johnson_ceo-ngc-europe Specialties: Global, white-label merchant gift card sites, B2B, B2CAndrew Johnson, NGC Europes Chief Executive Officer, joined the National Gift Card family following the acquisition of his company in 2014. Andrew and his team manage NGC activities across the whole of Europe from their office just outside London, England. He spent 9 of his 15 years in the gift card industry as the Director General of the UK Gift Card and Voucher Association, so Andrew certainly knows his way around gift cards and vouchers.The most fulfilling part of Andrews job is people. Working with a great team in Europe supported by colleagues in the U.S. Andrew is a firm believer in team work. By working together we are introducing new gift card products and gift card fulfillment services offered by NGC to clients across Europe. We take a collaborative approach with clients making sure we let customers know when things go right and more importantly when they go wrong. Nothing beats the personal touch of a call to see how things are going. Andrew believes this approach gives clients the confidence and trust in NGC to do a great job getting vouchers to their business clients and end users securely and quickly. https://www.ngc-group.com/meet-andrew-johnson_ceo-ngc-europe Spoken Word - Meet Audible https://www.ngc-group.com/spoken-word_audible_group National Gift Card is proud to introduce the Audible egift Card Audible is the leading seller and producer of spoken word content and has the worlds largest library of 180,000+ audiobooks.Dont like to read? Luckily Audible is more than just books, members also receive unlimited access to dozens of Audible playlists and original series from various Audible Channels. Members listen to content anywhere and everywhere they are with the free Audible App. Audible can be used on mobile devices, tablets, computers and echo devices. Audible is truly a unique card in which the end user can find many reasons to subscribe.A regular day of recording takes place in one of Audibles six on-site recording studios. About a fifth of the companys 100 or so voiceover artists who regularly record are professional actors who live in New Jersey, and many have Broadway credits. Other well-known names, like Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Dustin Hoffman, and Kate Winslet, provide recordings at off-site studios. https://www.ngc-group.com/spoken-word_audible_group The Gift for all Dad's https://www.ngc-group.com/the-gift-for-all-dads_2017 If you are looking to reward dad's this Father's Day look no further than The Home Depot. Whether it is projects around the house or building something with their own hands, nothing beats the Home Depot gift card. With thousands of top quality products, The Home Depot is what every dad wants and needs.The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer; with 2,281 retail stores in all 50 states and employs more than 400,000 associates.Some fun facts about The Home Depot include: the founders created a Customer Bill of Rights which entitled them to "right assortment, quantities and price, along with trained associates on the sales floor who want to take care of customers." https://www.ngc-group.com/the-gift-for-all-dads_2017 Remind Nursing Assistants of Their Importance, June 15th - 22nd https://www.ngc-group.com/national-nursing-assistants-week_june2017 When it comes to expressing gratitude, it's sometimes the people who provide what might otherwise be referred to as "thankless" service who truly deserve our attention.With the upcoming National Nursing Assistants Week on the calendar (June 15-22, 2017), there couldn't be a better time to consider that group of health care workers, described by the National Network of Career Nursing Assistants (www.cna-network.org) as specialists in the art of caring."An acknowledgement or expression of gratitude can obviously take many forms, including a friendly smile, a phone call, or even a note. But another tangible--and welcome--expression could come in the form of a gift card from National Gift Card and Spafinder Wellness 365, good at thousands of locations in the U.S. https://www.ngc-group.com/national-nursing-assistants-week_june2017 Meet Lizz Wheeler - Vice President Business Development https://www.ngc-group.com/meet-lizz-wheeler_vp-busdev NGC Specialties: Global gift card program fulfillment and sales; Open Loop card product options and fulfillment services offering, e.g. Digital VISA and MasterCard, physical VISA Reward cards, American Express Reward and Gift Cards, etc.Vice President of Business Development Lizz Wheeler, who joined National Gift Card in 2007, spends a good deal of her time checking in with clients to make sure their needs are being met and, at the same time, actively trying to acquire new business.She's also on the lookout for ways she can help even more, listening and strategizing about new and different ways that will make what National Gift Card offers more beneficial to whatever business they're pursuing. "It's exciting to see NGCs expansion into Canada and Europe and the opportunity to build on our strengths and share with clients how we can create value in their business by working together," says Lizz. https://www.ngc-group.com/meet-lizz-wheeler_vp-busdev Summer Reading https://www.ngc-group.com/barnesnoble_summerblog2017 NGC loves to read If youre looking to get a gift for the book lovers in your life, look no further than to Barnes & Noble Barnes & Noble is the nations largest retail bookseller as well as a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. This month it was announced that Barnes & Noble will have a first of its kind summer reading campaign for kids, young readers, teens and adults. Every Barnes & Noble store in the country has been refreshed with brand new summer signage and displays designed to highlight the must-read books of the season. The goal is to make sure that Barnes & Noble is the ultimate destination for everyone in the family to find the perfect summer read at the best possible price. https://www.ngc-group.com/barnesnoble_summerblog2017