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Ultramar Offers New Gift Card Program

Ultramar works with Fanbox to give consumers new gift card services at all of its Canadian locations. Fanbox, a leader in relational technology and loyalty programs, developed a gift card program for Ultramar service stations and convenience stores across Canada, which totals 800 corporate and partner stations. The program developed by Fanbox was launched across

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Cenex, Cabela’s Launch $10,000 Summer Gas Giveaway

One lucky winner each day to receive a $100 Cenex Gift Card. The Cenex and Cabela’s brands have teamed up to launch a $10,000 Summer Gas Giveaway. Every Cabela’s CLUB Visa cardholder that shops at Cenex convenience stores from June 1 through Sept. 8, 2012, will be automatically entered to win free fuel. “We’re giving

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CITGO Rewards Visa Cardholders In Summer

CITGO and Visa work together to reward customers with a $15 gift card for choosing their companies. CITGO Petroleum is launching CITGO Good Rewards, a summer promotion that allows customers to earn CITGO gift cards after eight purchases of $20 or more on a Visa card enrolled in the program. From June 1 to Sept.

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A Gift for All Seasons

The prepaid market is booming as retailers begin to capitalize on seasonal opportunities and serving the underbanked. By John Lofstock, Editor. The gift card market is rosy and analysts are poised for another strong year in 2012. In 2011, 80% of consumers planned on buying gift cards for the holiday season, up from 2010, and

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Hess Express, Blackhawk Network Partner

Hess launches Gift Card Mall and Prepaid Center. Hess convenience store locations throughout the East Coast are introducing Blackhawk Network’s Gift Card Mall and Prepaid Center. Blackhawk Network’s Gift Card Mall offers consumers a wide variety of prepaid cards from some of the best brands, including popular entertainment, fashion, dining, home improvement and digital content

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New State Law Causes AmEx to Pull Gift Cards in N.J.

American Express Co. has become the first company to pull its gift cards from New Jersey convenience stores, pharmacies and groceries rather than attempt to comply with a new wrinkle in the state’s unclaimed property law. AmEx spokeswoman Vanessa McCutchen told the Associated Press that the company began pulling gift cards sold through third-party retailers

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CITGO Rewards Fueling Good Winners

Twelve charities receive CITGO gift cards. CITGO Petroleum Corp. is rewarding 12 charities with $5,000 in Gift Cards to help them extend their Ripples of Good and the impact of their work in their local communities. Almost 1,700 charities entered the Winter Fueling Good program and nearly 151,000 votes were cast to help determine these

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Rutter’s Announces November Winners

Register, Scan and Win Sweepstakes gives Rutter’s customers a chance to win an array of prizes.   Christmas came early to many loyal Rutter’s customers across central Pennsylvania this week with the announcement of November’s Register, Scan and Win Sweepstakes winners. Employees at the store from which the grand prizewinner is drawn are entered to

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Sunoco’s “Free Fuel 5000” Winner Announced

Sunoco gives away eight years worth of free gasoline. Roger Brooks of Bristol, Tenn. is the winner of Sunoco’s 2011 Free Fuel 5000 promotion. As this year’s grand prize recipient, Brooks won 5,000 gallons of high-quality Sunoco gasoline, enough fuel to keep him driving for eight years. As the official fuel of NASCAR, Sunoco’s Free

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ExxonMobil Awards Gift Card Purchasers

Customers who buy $100 in ExxonMobil Gift Cards can receive a $10 Gift Card free. Exxon and Mobil retailers are spreading the joy this holiday season by giving customers an opportunity “to give” and “to receive.” From Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, customers who purchase $100 in ExxonMobil gift cards at any Exxon or Mobil

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FedEx Giveaway Benefits Small Business

Visit the FedEx Facebook page today to get your free gift card. Starting Nov. 1, FedEx plans to distribute $1 million in gift cards to be used at small businesses on Small Business Saturday.  The free gift cards – each worth $25 – will be distributed through www.facebook.com/FedEx  starting at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday,

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7-Eleven Signs Prepaid Agreement With Western Union

“The Western Union MoneyWise prepaid card incorporates all the benefits of a reloadable prepaid card, including convenience and ease of use, which is what our customers want,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. 7-Eleven and The Western Union Co. have signed a prepaid agreement to offer consumers the ability to obtain The Western Union MoneyWise General Purpose Reloadable

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Irving Oil Awards Free Gas for a Year

Lucy Mainor of North Kingstown, R.I., is the latest Irving Rewards customer to win gas savings. Lucy Mainor of North Kingstown, R.I., has won free gas for a year thanks to Irving Oil. Mainor is one of six New England residents who will receive $2,100 worth of Irving gas cards for participating in the Irving

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Stacking the Cards In Your Favor

General purpose prepaid debit cards are rapidly gaining favor with consumers as an alternative to closed-loop gift cards. By John Lofstock, Editor. Sales of open-loop prepaid cards, issued by banks and credit card companies and able to be used at multiple establishments, are only going to go up as more consumers come to appreciate their

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Sheetz Opens Mansfield Store

Customers are known to line up as early at 4:30a.m. in anticipation of a new Sheetz store opening for a chance to win Sheetz Z-cards. Sheetz is opening a new store in Mansfield, Pa., today, Thursday, Sept. 29.,  at 85 West Wellsboro Street. Doors officially open to customers this morning at 11 a.m. Excitement for

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Irving Oil Awards Free Gas for a Year

Walter Kalil of Newburyport, Mass., wins free fuel thanks to the Irving Rewards gas savings program.    Walter Kalil of Newburyport, Mass., has won free gas for a year thanks to Irving Oil. Kalil is one of six New England residents who will receive $2,100 worth of Irving gas cards for participating in the Irving

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Sheetz Opens New West Virginia Location

As part of the grand opening, Sheetz plans to make a donation to Special Olympics West Virginia. Sheetz is set to open a new store in Beaver, W.Va., Thursday, Sept 22 at 810 Ritter Drive—marking the second Sheetz location in this area to open this year. The first location opened in Beckley on Robert C.

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Affluent To Drive 2011 Holiday Season

Biggest winners include makers/retailers of gift cards, value products, technology and vacations. Online, club, dollar, toy and consumer electronics retailers, as well as categories such as gift cards, technology, vacations and toys, will all perform well this season, according to Nielsen’s fourth-annual Holiday Shopping Sales Survey. Nielsen is a global provider of information and analytics

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Irving Oil Rewards Customers

Gas customers who fill up at select locations have the chance to win thousands of dollars in Irving Gift Cards. Irving Oil is offering even more opportunities for customers to save on gas this summer through its Irving Rewards program. Starting this week Irving street teams will be traveling throughout New England offering customers a

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Drawing Customers With Rewards

“A better reward means more people are willing to take you up on your offer,” says Young America spokesperson. “The key for retailers is to then  continue to market to that customer to ask them to spend that reward  back at their location.” Customers respond better to retail offers that include general-use  prepaid cards rather

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Gift Card Trends

First Data study finds closed-loop cards popular but open-loop growing, and virtual gift cards are on the horizon. As the U.S. gift card market matures, understanding consumer demand and trends can help gift card-issuing merchants and retailers create or adjust their strategy. In fact, First Data, a global provider of electronic commerce and payment processing, recently

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Empowering Loyalty Customers

Retailers are energizing their rewards programs and using social media to keep loyalty customers active. The modern loyalty program may be 28 years old, but in a saturated market, chains are turning up the creativity to gain customer attention by pushing game-based promotions, cause marketing, discounts on fuel and using social networking to drive interest.

Kangaroo Express Ready With Holiday Gifts

The Pantry Inc.’s Kangaroo Express stores are ready for last-minute shoppers who need a quick, affordable holiday gift or stocking stuffer on Christmas morning. The c-store chain recently outlined a number of options available to its holiday shoppers: Gift Cards: No matter how much someone wants to spend, a gift card to Kangaroo Express means

Winner Announced in Sunoco’s “Free Fuel 5000”

Mary Young has won Sunoco’s 2010 “Free Fuel 5000″ promotion, which means she’ll be supplied with 5,000 gallons of high-quality Sunoco gasoline-enough fuel to keep her driving for eight years. As the official fuel of NASCAR, Sunoco’s “Free Fuel 5000″ promotion offered millions of Sunoco customers a decal identical to the ones on every racecar

Customers Earn Fuel Savings At Ralphs Grocery

Ralphs Grocery Co. and Shell have teamed to give customers in the greater Los Angeles area, including Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, the chance to earn fuel savings at the pump. The exclusive alliance provides Ralphs shoppers the opportunity to save on fuels by using their Ralphs rewards card. Beginning Nov. 1, every time

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