Annual shopping fundraiser, the Partners Card, worries about sales in a pandemic

Ten days are coming up in Dallas that could make a huge difference for “nonessential” retailers forced to temporarily close last spring and for a nonprofit that’s been helping victims of family violence since 1978.

Retailers are trying to make up lost sales and salvage a year that brought new challenges to operating a store. About 550 retail locations in the Dallas area have signed up to be part of the Partners Card, about 100 fewer than last year.

At the same time, The Family Place, a program that benefits victims of family violence, is counting on the Partners Card, its largest annual fundraiser, to bring in $1 million again this year.

The Partners Card costs $75 and gives card holders a 20% discount starting Oct. 30 through Nov. 8 at the participating stores, many of which are local retailers such as Stanley Korshak, BabyBliss, Saint Bernard, Christy M Boutique, Eiseman Jewels and Nicholson-Hardie Garden Center. The list includes several national chains, including Nike, Orvis, Tumi and Vineyard Vines.

The discount card, which has been around for 28 years, has evolved with consumers. The card is now also available online and accessible on a mobile phone with a searchable list and a map that pops up nearby locations.

It’s not just the store owners who benefit, said Paige Flink, CEO and creator of the Partners Card. Many of their employees earn commissions on sales, and their incomes have been hurt this year too, she said.

“We know it’s the biggest week for many stores, even bigger than Christmas,” she said. But because fewer locations are participating this year, Flink admits she’s a little worried about card sales, which range from 10,000 to 15,000 a year.

Volunteers sell cards to their friends, but most cards are sold by the retailers, she said.

“The Partners Card is a Dallas traditional every year around Halloween,” said Joanne Teichman, managing director of Ylang 23. “And it brings awareness of domestic violence, and this year, there’s more of a need for what the Family Place does.”

The jewelry store in the Plaza at Preston Center is a longtime Partners Card retailer and springs for a billboard on the Dallas North Tollway every year to promote it.

Many aren't making the daily commute to work on the Dallas North Tollway because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but this familiar billboard prominently placed by Dallas jewelry retailer Ylang 23 will be up next week as it has for years to promote the start of The Family Place Partners Card.
Many aren’t making the daily commute to work on the Dallas North Tollway because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but this familiar billboard prominently placed by Dallas jewelry retailer Ylang 23 will be up next week as it has for years to promote the start of The Family Place Partners Card.(Ylang 23)
Partners Card CEO Paige Flink is shown at the Plaza at Preston Center with Alysa Teichman (left), vice president business development at Ylang 23 and Joanne Teichman (right), managing director of Ylang 23. Partners Card is a huge annual fundraiser for The Family Place, but it s also a major sales event for retailers in Dallas, who sign up to give card holders a 20% discount for 10 days as they begin to do their holiday shopping.
Partners Card CEO Paige Flink is shown at the Plaza at Preston Center with Alysa Teichman (left), vice president business development at Ylang 23 and Joanne Teichman (right), managing director of Ylang 23. Partners Card is a huge annual fundraiser for The Family Place, but it s also a major sales event for retailers in Dallas, who sign up to give card holders a 20% discount for 10 days as they begin to do their holiday shopping.

Cops want to reunite Sunnyvale boy, stolen birthday card

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Sunnyvale police have put out an all-points bulletin for a birthday boy whose “Nonney and Pa” sent him a gift in the mail.

Sunnyvale’s Department of Public Safety has the birthday card with a brand new $20 bill inside along with a bunch of other mail recently recovered from mail thieves, the department posted Wednesday on its Facebook page.

“Did your kid recently have a birthday and does your kid call their grandparents ‘Nonney and Pa?’” the Facebook post read.

With no envelope and no address, it’s a mystery for now.

San Francisco television station KPIX picked up the story, but the hunt continues.

Sunnyvale cops wouldn’t have the haul at all, they said, if it weren’t for a sharp-eyed resident who called in a report of a suspicious vehicle. Police soon were on the scene, the post read, and officers made two arrests.

One of the suspected thieves had an outstanding felony warrant; both were on probation.

But there’s still the matter of the card.

“We can’t wait to reunite this $20 with its rightful owner. If this sounds like your kid please inbox us,” the Sunnyvale police post continues. “Unfortunately there was no envelope, that’s why we have no address. We do know the name of the rightful owner, though, you’ll just need to confirm it for us and maybe we can even have Nonney and Pa on the phone for the reunion,” police said.

Sunnyvale police made one last appeal Wednesday: “Work your magic social media!”

Darrell Smith covers courts and California news for The Sacramento Bee. He joined The Bee in 2006 and previously worked at newspapers in Palm Springs, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Marysville. A Sacramento Valley native, Smith was born and raised at Beale Air Force Base, near Marysville.

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Big Lots Expands Gift Card Offerings with Online Program Ahead of Holidays

PLEASANTON, Calif., Oct. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Global branded payments provider, Blackhawk Network, today announced that Big Lots, a neighborhood discount retailer operating more than 1,400 stores nationwide, has launched a new digital gifting program powered by Blackhawk’s CashStar Consumer technology. Using Blackhawk’s end-to-end suite of services, the partnership enables Big Lots to provide a seamless ecommerce experience for customers in digital channels across devices. The program supports the company’s online commerce as well as its in-store locations across the country. According to a recent study from Blackhawk Network1, more than half (52%) of shoppers surveyed have purchased or received a digital gift card. However, unlike physical gift cards, digital gift cards are just as equally likely to be purchased for self-use as they are to be gifted to someone else.

“As we continue to see the rapid digital integration of payments across retail, this addition to Big Lots’ offerings is a fantastic step for both the retailer as well as its customers,” said Jennifer Philo, GVP, Business Development, Blackhawk Network. “By tapping into our CashStar digital platform, Big Lots can now deliver powerful purchase and gifting options during a key time in the shifting retail landscape.”

Earlier this year, Big Lots announced several new partnerships to enhance and expand its suite of delivery and online ordering options, including same-day delivery, curbside pickup and grocery delivery.

“We are constantly looking for new ways to make the Big Lots shopping experience, online and in-store, more convenient for our customers,” said Amy Nelson, VP CRM & Loyalty. “As we continue to invest in our online shopping and delivery platforms, digital gift cards will give shoppers a new way to get their favorite products, gifts and essentials during the holiday season and beyond.”

Blackhawk Network works with more than 1,000 brands and card partners, is in more than 200,000 retail locations in 28 countries, including a presence in EMEA and APAC. Blackhawk Network connects with more than 300 million shoppers worldwide each week. For more information about Blackhawk’s capabilities, visit www.blackhawknetwork.com.

About Blackhawk Network
Blackhawk Network delivers branded payment solutions through the prepaid products, technologies and network that connect brands and people. We collaborate with our partners to innovate, translating market trends in branded payments to increase reach, loyalty and revenue. Serving 28 countries, we reliably execute security-minded solutions worldwide. Join us as we shape the future of global branded payments. Learn more at blackhawknetwork.com.

About Big Lots, Inc.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a neighborhood discount retailer operating over 1,400 stores in 47 states, as well as a best-in-class ecommerce platform with expanded capabilities via BOPIS, curbside pickup, Instacart and, now, PICKUP with sameday delivery. The company’s product assortment is focused on home essentials: Furniture,Seasonal, Soft Home, Food, Consumables, Hard Home, Electronics and Toys & Accessories. Big Lots’ mission is to help people Live BIG and Save Lots. The company strives to be the BIG difference for a better life by delivering unmatched value

Amazon Prime members can get $10 gift card for using Amazon Reload for the first time

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Prime members can get an extra $10 bonus with a purchase of an Amazon gift card reload of $100 or more.

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  • Right now, Prime members using Amazon Reload for the first time get an extra $10 bonus with an Amazon gift card reload of $100 or more. 
  • Amazon Reload makes adding funds to an Amazon gift card easier with direct reloading and Auto-Reload.
  • Additionally, starting October 26, new gift card buyers will get $15 in promotional credit with any purchase of $50 or more in Amazon gift cards. 
  • The funds never expire and there’s no service fee for using either Amazon Reload or your gift card. On top of these first-time bonuses, Amazon Prime members can earn 2% rewards on every reload. 
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Right now, using Amazon Reload for the first time will get you an extra $10 with any reload of $100 or more — if you’re a Prime subscriber. It’s free money just for reloading your gift card.

If you’ve never shopped with an Amazon gift card, you’ve probably never crossed paths with Amazon Reload. The service allows shoppers to directly reload their account’s gift card balances with their own credit or debit card and schedule automatic refills.

But if you can wait until October 26, you can nab a $15 promotional credit with the purchase of $50 or more in Amazon gift cards. You’ll have until the end of the year to take advantage of this offer.

Amazon provides these promotions to incentivize gift card use as a debit card. Doing so has a few benefits: Using an Amazon gift card like a debit card allows you to keep detailed track of your orders via the Gift Card Balance page. It also boils down all of your purchases to one line on your credit card bill — the charge from reloading your gift card. 

Additionally, Prime members can earn 2% rewards on every reload after providing a linked bank account, debit card number, and US driver’s license number. This gets you even more value when loading cash onto your gift card.

If you’re not a Prime member yet and want to give it a shot, consider trying a free 30-day trial.

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Aditya Narayan Makes a U-Turn on Neha Kakkar Wedding, Asks ‘Is She Really Getting Married, Did Not Receive Viral Wedding Card’



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Singer Aditya Narayan claimed he never received the ‘so-called’ wedding invite for Neha Kakkar‘s wedding. He went on to question the narrative of Neha meeting someone and marrying him within a month. He further said that Neha is not a ‘giddy-headed teenager to meet someone and marry him in a month’s time. However, his statement is an about-turn to the statements he made earlier which many thought as a confirmation of Neha and Rohanpreet’s wedding. Speaking to Bollywood Hungama, he said, “Is she really getting married? I haven’t received the so-called wedding invitation. It’s all very strange because she met this guy for the first time when they shot a video together a few weeks ago. Is it possible for someone to meet and marry in a month? Neha is no giddy headed teenager. Significantly neither Neha Kakkar nor her alleged groom-to-be has made any statement about the supposed wedding. All I can say is, I do hope it’s actually happening. Otherwise why have the two parties in the supposed wedding alliance slowed rumours and unconfirmed reports to go this far?” “I’ve received no wedding invitation for Neha’s wedding. So where is the question of my attending?”, he added. In an earlier interview with Times of India, Aditya was quoted as saying that he has been invited for the wedding but he will not be able to attend it.

As per the media reports, Neha Kakkar is likely to register her marriage with Rohanpreet on October 23, as per the media reports. The couple is reportedly getting married in Delhi by the end of the month followed by a reception in Delhi. Earlier, a source close to the couple, told Times of India, “The wedding is likely to take place in Delhi by the end of this month. It will be low-key due to the pandemic. Yes, we have also heard such talks, but the two did a single together and that’s why they have been linked. Rohanpreet has no plans to get married.” The source added, “The wedding is happening, soon.”

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Soon to wed Neha Kakkar and Rohanpreet Singh’s wedding reception card goes viral on social media; Take a look



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The COVID 19 pandemic might be giving everyone a tough time, but Neha Kakkar’s fans have a major reason to grin ear to ear. After all the bubbly singer is all set to walk down the aisle. Yes! You read it right. According to the media reports, Neha, who has been dating Rohanpreet Singh for quite some time now, is all set to tie the knot with him this week. Ever since the news came into light, a lot has been said and written about Neha and Rohan’s wedding.

While the speculations surrounding Neha and Rohan’s wedding continue to be rife, their wedding reception card has, reportedly, been leaked and it going viral on social media. It happens to be a cream coloured card with golden font and carries the details of the ceremony. As per the invitation card doing the rounds on social media, Rohan and Neha’s wedding reception will take place on October 26 in Zirakpur, Punjab. The invitation was sent by Rohan’s family and it has certainly added fuel to Neha and Rohan’s wedding rumours.

Take a look at Neha Kakkar and Rohanpreet Singh’s wedding reception card:

A post shared by (@punjabicouples20) on Oct 19, 2020 at 10:16pm PDT

 

Earlier, Neha, who seems to be head over heels in love with Rohan, had shared a beautiful video of her first meeting with Rohan’s family and the bride to be was all smiles as she was sitting beside her man hands in hand. She captioned the video as, “The day he made me meet His Parents and Family Love You @rohanpreetsingh #NehuPreet.”

Also Read: ‘Bride to be’ Neha Kakkar shares a beautiful video of her first meeting with beau Rohanpreet’s family; WATCH

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InventHelp Inventor Develops Gift Card Recycling System (DNV-129)

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — “I have so many gift cards with unused remaining balances. I thought there should be a simple way to recycle them for cash,” said an inventor, from Denver, Colo. “so I invented the CARD-N-EXCHANGE 4 CASH. My design enables you to conveniently redeem those old and unwanted gift cards.”

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The invention provides an effective way to recycle or redeem the remaining value of a gift card. In doing so, it offers an improved alternative to not using or wasting the gift card balance. As a result, it increases convenience and efficiency and it eliminates the need to purchase unnecessary items to utilize the gift card. The invention features a user-friendly design that is easy to use so it is ideal for consumers and commercial building owners.

The original design was submitted to the Denver sales office of InventHelp. It is currently available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, write Dept. 19-DNV-129, InventHelp, 217 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368. Learn more about InventHelp’s Invention Submission Services at https://www.InventHelp.com.

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Amazon Offers Discounts, Gift Card Bonuses

Just a day after its annual Prime Day shopping extravaganza, which was moved to this week for 2020 instead of its usual spring calendar slot due to COVID-19, Amazon.com Inc. has fired up the promotions engine again.

The company launched its “Holiday Dash” event on Friday morning (Oct. 16), stating in a news release that it’s offering “Black Friday-worthy deals across the most giftable categories — from small businesses and top brands, including toys, fashion, electronics, home, kitchen, beauty and more.”

The company says: “Beat the holiday hustle with epic deals from brands including Levi’s, LEGO, SharkNinja, Marvel, Nintendo, Samsung and more.”

“With new deals dropping every day starting today, customers can shop early and with confidence that they are getting Black Friday-worthy deals and incredible savings on a huge selection of products —making it easy to check everyone off the gift list earlier than ever,” today’s release states. “Plus, Amazon will offer customers over a million deals worldwide throughout the season, in addition to the biggest-ever collection of Holiday Gift Guides and a wide selection of products at everyday low prices, making it truly a season of savings for customers all around the world.”

Amazon is deploying subscription services and gift cards as part of the sales push.

“Beginning Oct. 23, new Amazon Music Unlimited customers can get three months of the premium streaming tier free,” the release states, and “(beginning) Oct. 29, current Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can upgrade to the Family Plan free for three months, with access for up to six accounts.”

Amazon on Nov. 1 will begin a two-month promotion through which new Audible subscriptions will cost $4.95 per month for the first six months, which is a 40 percent discount. Certain Prime Video titles will come with 50 percent discounts for rental or purchase.

Starting on Friday, according to the release, customers who use Amazon Reload for the first time and add $100 or more to a card will receive a $10 bonus.

And starting Oct. 26, first-time buyers of Amazon gift cards will get $15 in promotional credits with purchases of $50 or more. Amazon also said it will give a $100 gift card to customers who get Amazon Prime Rewards Visa cards.

Among some of the conventional savings outlined in Friday’s announcement are 30 percent discounts for some children’s, men’s and women’s clothing from Amazon Essentials, Spotted Zebra, Simple Joys by Carter’s, Daily Ritual and Goodthreads.

Certain Calvin Klein and Levi’s items will come at 40 percent discounts. Wag dog food is selling at a puppy-friendly 40 percent discount, and Star Wars toys are getting 40 percent discounts.

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NEW PYMNTS DATA: HOW WE SHOP – SEPTEMBER 2020 

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WWD Report Card: LeBron James, Fashion All-Star

The basketball legend also knows a thing or two about making fashion work for him.

LeBron has always been style conscious — even when he goes for a simple casual look like this white jeans, black T outfit. The fit is always impeccable — and he kills it with the accessories. Reintroducing the fedora to the mainstream is definitely one of his contributions.

 

The single-breasted shawl lapel tuxedo fits him like a glove and the satin detail adds a good amount of personal style. Going the traditional way gives him extra points as it is tempting to slip down the road of creative black tie, which can easily become a minefield.

 

Here’s the thing: white linen suits rarely go well, unless you are in a Merchant Ivory film. But yet again LeBron surprises us by making the impossible possible. He even makes it better by adding a pink shirt that on anyone else would be a Preppy Handbook black hole.

 

At 6’9”, 250 pounds, wearing a fitted, short Thom Browne suit would be out of the question — but LeBron has the fashion wherewithal to make this perfect. The beard and sunglasses only enhance the ultra cool factor.

 

You have arrived as a fashion persona when you walk down the runway of a fashion show and you don’t look any different than you do day to day. The layered hoodie with the plaid and the sweatpant is very much in his style universe. Fashion design could be in his near future.

 

Leave it to LeBron to turn a gray suit and a white shirt into a major minimalism moment. The narrow lapel, cropped pant hem and button-up white shirt result in a very sleek fashion effort. He could’ve lost the socks for a more fashion-forward approach, though.

 

Denim on denim works on fashion cowboys, Canadian tuxedo lovers and LeBron James. The high-top white sneaker and blue hat give the denim ensemble a modern edge, while the multiple layers and stripes make it one of a kind. But a looser jean silhouette would better suit his athletic thighs.

 

It doesn’t matter what he wears or what activity he’s doing, he just has great personal style. The blackout athletic outfit fits perfectly; the graphic T gives it a retro look, while the black cap keeps it young and modern.

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Europe Digital Gift Card (e-Gift Card) and Incentive Card Markets, 2015-2019 & 2020-2024

DUBLIN, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “Europe Digital Gift Card (e-Gift Card) and Incentive Card Market Intelligence and Future Growth Dynamics (Databook) – Market Size and Forecast (2015-2024) – Covid-19 Update Q2 2020” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

Report Description

This offering is a bundled offering, combining 15 country reports (Norway, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Switzerland, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Russia).

This report provides a detailed data centric analysis of digital gift cards (e-gift cards) and corporate incentive cards market along with consumer behaviour and retail spend dynamics. It also provides top level market size and forecast of total spend on gift and gift cards.

The report includes raw data along with structured dashboards, charts, and tables in an interactive Excel format.

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  • In-depth understanding of overall gift card and digital (e-gift card) market dynamics: Understand market opportunity, key trends and drivers along with five-year forecast (2015-2024) for gift cards and digital (e-gift card) at regional and country level.
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  • Get complete perspective through six essential KPIs: number of cards in circulation, load value, unused value, average purchase value, average value per transaction, and value of transactions.
  • Distribution channel insights: Understand gift cards sales dynamics by channels – online vs offline and by 1st party vs 3rd party sales
  • Closed loop gift card market share by key retailers

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All regional, and country reports mentioned above will have the following:

1 Total Gift Spend Analyzer
1.1 Total Spend on Gift by Value – Market Size and Forecast, 2015-2024
1.2 Total Spend on Gift by Volume – Market Size and Forecast, 2015-2024
1.3 Total Gift Spend Market Share Analysis by Consumer Segment, 2015-2024
1.4 Gift Spend Market Size and Forecast Analysis by Product Category
1.5 Gift Spend Market Share Analysis by Product Category
1.6 Total Gift Spend Market Size and Forecast Trend Analysis by Retail Sector
1.7 Total Gift Spend Market Share Analysis by Retail Sector

2 Retail Consumer Gift Spend Analyzer
2.1 Retail Consumer Spend on Gift – Market Size and Forecast, 2015-2024
2.2 Retail Consumer Gift Spend Market Analysis by Volume, 2015-2024
2.3 Retail Consumer Gift Spend Market Size and Forecast Analysis by Product Category
2.4 Retail Consumer Gift Spend Market Share Analysis by Product Category
2.5 Retail Consumer Gift Spend Market Size and Forecast Trend Analysis by Retail Sector
2.6 Retail Consumer Total Gift Spend Market Share Analysis by Retail Sector

3 Corporate Consumer Gift Spend Analyzer
3.1 Corporate Consumer Spend on Gift – Market Size and Forecast, 2015-2024