August 27, 2014

While gift cards are still made of plastic, digitally formatted gifts cards are increasing in popularity. (According to research by payments giant First Data, electronic gift card sales grew 71% from 2012 to 2013.) Consumers particularly like the customization options — including video and audio in some instances — that some retailers offer with digital cards. Another popular option: the ability to load a digital card onto a mobile device

Here are a few other unique benefits digital gift cards offer:

August 18, 2014

Mall owner Simon and payment solution-provider Blackhawk Network have teamed up to offer an enhanced Visa Simon Giftcard at select Simon malls, Premium Outlets and Mills, and online at

July 30, 2014 and Blackhawk Network Inc., a prepaid and payments network, have teamed up to bring customers a new way to manage and spend their gift cards.

July 8, 2014

According to a survey of more than 1,100 U.S. consumers from the Retail Gift Card Association (RGCA), 77% of consumers have given a gift card in the past year and 90% have received at least one in the past year.

May 1, 2014

Prepaid payment network Blackhawk Network (Canada) Ltd. has launched its digital platform in the Canadian market, by offering Blackhawk's gift card products to Rogers' customers in the new Suretap wallet application.

January 30, 2014

Global credit and debit card issuer Visa Inc. has publicly called for adoption of secure payment technology in response to recent high-profile retailer data breaches.

December 16, 2013

Sales of gift cards in 2013 are expected to surpass $118 billion in sales, an 8% increase from 2012.

November 18, 2013

Dollar volume growth in credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks at U.S. merchant locations in October 2013 was 6.8%, an uptick from the prior month’s growth of 5.3%.

November 12, 2013

In the first 10 months of 2013, e-commerce sales are up 17% from the same period last year, according to the Visa Spending Intentions survey.

December 17, 2012

A report issued by CEB TowerGroup found that sales of gift cards will surpass $110 billion and spillage will drop 20% to $1.7 billion.

October 25, 2012

By Mark Putman

Perhaps no time of year epitomizes the evolving trend of the integrated consumer buying experience more than the holiday season. Buyers are quickly realizing that rather than spending hundreds on gifts destined to be quietly returned come January 2013, the most efficient use of their money centers on gift cards and other prepaid methods that offer the recipients flexibility and choice. 

August 15, 2012

Retailers looking to add sparkle to this year’s Christmas season may want to take a new look at their gift card programs. Last year, more than half of consumers bought at least one gift card for the holidays, according to a report from First Data Corp., an Atlanta-based e-commerce processor.

Indeed, consumers seem to be taking more of a shine than ever to these types of spending vehicles.

April 3, 2012

American Express Co. has become the first company to pull its gift cards from being sold in New Jersey drug stores, supermarkets and convenience stores in response to a controversial new revision in the state's unclaimed property law.

December 12, 2011

By Greg Hammermaster, president, Sage Payment Solutions

May 5, 2011

Michaels Stores has learned that PIN pad tampering may have occurred in its Chicago-area stores and that customer credit- and debit-card information may have been compromised.

April 29, 2011

By Giles Sutton and Mark Wuller, Grant Thornton

March 24, 2011

By Giles Sutton, J.D., LL.M, Grant Thornton LLP

October 3, 2010

Aldi said the names, account numbers and secret codes of customers in 11 states were...

September 9, 2010

A report released Friday by payment system provider First Data Corp. said that card spending...

August 2, 2010

Debit-card provider Tempo said Tuesday that c-store chain QuikTrip is expanding its QuikTrip Rewards Debit...

May 16, 2010

Walmart announced the first cash-back incentive for consumers using a prepaid debit card....

May 9, 2010

The National Retail Federation on Monday urged the Senate to approve amendments to financial services...

December 14, 2008

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. As economic concerns grow, consumers getting gift cards this holiday season are...

September 14, 2008

Forever 21 issued a statement on its Web site on Friday with news that its...