2013 Holiday Gift Card Trends

Travel Tags once again...

...set out to observe gift card trends during the 2013 Holiday Season. This time, on a global scale!


Below are 4 infographics showcasing our global findings:









TAGS:   card fulfillment, card manufacturing, card services, holidays, trends


Safeway and Blackhawk Extend Exclusive Prepaid Card Distribution Agreement Through 2019

PLEASANTON, CA  -  Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAWK) parent company Safeway Inc. affirmed in a press release on March 6, 2014 its intention to distribute its 37.8 million shares of Blackhawk common stock to Safeway shareholders and further indicated that it expects to complete the distribution by mid-April.

In addition, in a separate transaction Safeway announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Albertsons which, if consummated, may allow Blackhawk to obtain a step-up in the tax basis of its assets, anticipated to provide significant incremental long-term tax benefits to Blackhawk. The distribution of Blackhawk shares is not dependent upon the completion of Safeway's merger with Albertsons and is being undertaken for independent business reasons.

Blackhawk's day-to-day operations of its prepaid products business have been conducted independently for the past two years, except for sharing tax and treasury management functions. Safeway's change in ownership will not adversely impact Blackhawk's operations and the distribution by Safeway will complete Blackhawk's independence as a stand-alone public company. Blackhawk also recently extended its distribution agreement with Safeway Inc. to be its exclusive provider of prepaid products in all its U.S. grocery stores through 2019 (presently 1,335 stores).

Source: Blackhawk Network, read the entire press release here.

Martha Weaver | Marketing Manager
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TAGS:   Blackhawk Network Holdings


Travel Tags, Inc. Receives Star of Excellence Awards from Printing Industry Midwest

Star of Excellence Nordstrom Card from Travel Tags

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, MN – Travel Tags, Inc. received four Star of Excellence Awards in the annual, five-state printing competition hosted by Printing Industry Midwest, the region’s trade association for printing, communication and graphic arts industry.

Competing against entries from printing and graphic arts firms throughout the Midwest, Travel Tags received four awards, including Best of Division for in-house marketing collateral and Best of Class for Nordstrom’s Holiday Shimmer gift card.

"We are pleased to receive these awards as validation of the superior work and creativity our in-house creative team produces for our clients and for our own use," says Steve Dunn, director of marketing and product development at Travel Tags.

"This was a close competition with a very impressive standard of entries. The judging process was very challenging. Travel Tags should be proud of the company's achievement and the excellent work done by employees," says PIM President David Radziej.

The Star of Excellence Awards recognizes those responsible for the creation and production of print communications in the Midwest. The competition promotes excellence in print communications and rewards companies and individuals who produce the best in print media.

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TAGS:   card fulfillment, card manufacturing, card services, Printing Industry Midwest (PIM)