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'We're a Seamless Extension of the Client's Team' - A Q&A with Tom Boucher, Vice President of Velocity B2B

Velocity B2B was launched by CashStar to provide complete support services for retailers seeking to optimize their gift card business. RRN recently caught up with Tom Boucher, who was Vice President of Velocity B2B services and who is now head of his division at Blackhawk Network, which recently purchased Cashstar.

20/20 Special Markets - Scanpan Classic 10 3/4 Grill Pan

This Scanpan Classic 10 3/4 Grill Pan is the cutting edge in non-stick cookware. The environmentally safe ceramic titanium coating is

2015 Engagement University and R&R Expo Wrap Up in Denver

Like Denver's weather in April (sunny and 75 degrees one day, 4 inches of snow the next), this year's Engagement University ran the gamut. Hosted by the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, CO, the event saw engagement professionals and practitioners gather for

8 Questions That Can Help Ensure Success

In the case of incentive and recognition programs, answering a few basic questions can make the difference between measurable success and ending up behind the 8-ball

80-Year-Old Recognition Company Sees Momentum for Engagement

The C.A. Short Company (CAshort.com) may be best known as a recognition firm, but it has recently made significant investments in developing a world-class engagement practice. The company has created a Program Design team and undertaken initiatives in technology and

9 Questions to Answer for Smart Rewards Selection

Managers in operations, marketing, sales and human resources programs often turn to incentives to hit key short-term goals. Many like the simplicity of the "do this, get that" notion and in such cases feel that spot incentive programs can provide just the jolt needed to achieve certain goals.

Amazon.com Gift Cards

Amazon.com Gift Cards never expire and can be redeemed towards millions of items at www.amazon.com.

An Alaska Incentive with Royal Caribbean

No journey stays with you, mind and soul, like an expedition through Alaska. From the blue ice of massive glacial fields to the stunning grandeur of the scenery and wildlife, everything in Alaska is big, bold, and breathtaking. Cruise to the majestic

Blackhawk Focuses on Becoming Full-Service Engagement Solutions Provider

An interview with Blackhawk Network President Talbott Roche. Q: Where does Blackhawk see itself fitting in the engagement space - as a provider of gift cards, primarily as a provider of engagement services, or both? A: Both. Blackhawk will continue to...

Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY

The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a working farm and educational center in Pocantico Hills, just 30 miles up the Hudson River from Manhattan.

Budgeting for Recognition Pays Off

Recognition is an essential part of any successful engagement strategy. Directly addressing the very human need for acknowledgment and purpose solidifies the relationship of employees to the organization, and also provides direction to keep the team on track to achieve company goals.

Bulova Corporate Sales: Exceptional Design + Exceptional Service

Commemorate a milestone. Reward exceptional performance. Provide incentive for continued achievement. There are many reasons for corporate gifting, but only one choice: Bulova. Because nothing speaks as personally as

Canon - EOS M10 EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Kit

The EOS M10 camera combines a lightweight, compact design with the power and image quality EOS cameras are known for along with the versatility of interchangeable lenses. Inside is an 18.0 Megapixel CMOS

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Equipped with built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC, the Canon EOS Rebel T6i makes it easy and fun to share your beautiful photos and videos. The camera features a 24.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, a wide ISO range of ISO 100-12800 and the DIGIC 6 Image Processor for

Carlton Group: Global By Design

Few companies in the rewards and recognition business have built a larger international presence than Toronto-based Carlton Group. According to Founder and CEO Rob Purdy, the company can deliver in-country fulfillment in 85 countries (135 via trans-border shipping) and the entire world via digital rewards. Its catalogs and

Citizen Promaster Diver

Style meets function with the new Citizen Promaster Diver. Featured in solid stainless steel with

Dittman Incentive Marketing and Impact of Engagement

To see how the emergence of the engagement field is affecting traditional providers of engagement solutions, from leadership and assessment to analytics, innovation and incentives, ESM periodically interviews leaders in each of these areas to gain insights from executives at the front lines. This time: Jim Dittman of Dittman Incentive Marketing.

eBook Focuses on Rewards & Recognition Best Practices

The Art and Science of Engaging Rewards is the first comprehensive eBook on best practices in the field based on meta-analysis of research conducted over the last decade from dozens of sources. The 70-page eBook was produced by the Enterprise Engagement Alliance, and was sponsored by Hinda Incentives, a respected corporate rewards and recognition industry leader.

Elite Creations Jack Spade Luggage Nylon Backpack

This Jack Spade Luggage Nylon Backpack is a structured backpack shaped from durable nylon, with adjustable

Fiesole, Italy

A walk on the trail leading from Fiesole to the Renaissance Ring, or Anello del Rinascimento, around the Tuscan city of Florence, Italy isn't just a special experience for individual travelers, it's also a unique excursion perfect for small groups that come to Florence for meetings or incentive travel programs.

Florida's Upper Keys

The Florida Keys are a different world - an arc of tiny islands, flat and sandy and rough around the edges with palm and mangrove, beautiful and serene. Aside from a handful of top-shelf resorts tucked away on large tropical tracts, it's a land of low-slung hotels and roadside seafood joints

FujiFilm - Instax Square SQ10 Hybrid Instant Film Camera

FUJIFILM North America recently announced the debut of the INSTAX SQUARE SQ10, a square-format hybrid instant film camera that combines digital imaging technology with square film prints.

Fujifilm - Mini 90 Neo Retro Camera

This top-of-the-line model not only produces images on the spot, it also has various shooting modes depending on

Fujifilm - SQ10 Hybrid Camera

Introducing Fujifilm's latest addition to its Instant camera portfolio - the New SQ10 Hybrid Camera.

GGI Worldwide - NOGU

GGI Worldwide- Luxury Brands announces its partnership with the award-winning family of brands that includes Joseph Nogucci, NOGU and Daniel Christian Tang, and

GGI Worldwide/Luxury Brands - Under Armour Men's Team Hoodie

This Under Armour Men's Team Hoodie is rugged enough for the team player, either out on the field or lounging comfortably at home.

Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, WI

The Harley-Davidson Museum isn't your typical museum. Much more than a nostalgia trip for motorcycle enthusiasts, the Museum offers a unique glimpse of American history, industry and culture.

Hotels.com Gift Card

The Hotels.com gift card is the world's largest hotel gift card, allowing recipients to redeem toward bookings on Hotels.com for major

Hotels.com gift card

Reward your best with the experience of travel, giving them memories they will never forget! Email or mail a Hotels.com gift card.

How Hyatt Gift Cards & Certificates Profit From Change

Sometimes, good news in business comes with some challenges too. When Marriott Corp. decided to drop out of active participation in the corporate gift card market, Hyatt Gift Cards and Certificates experienced a significant increase in demand, while at the same time highlighting the issues it would have to address to profit from that demand.

IBM Cloud Video

IBM is bringing the cognitive power of Watson to video around the world. IBM Cloud Video's advanced products and solutions are infused with artificial intelligence capabilities that

IfOnly Experience Gifts, Meet and Greet Tickets

IfOnly is the largest marketplace for incredible experiences, from unique everyday offerings with local experts to once-in-a-lifetime connections with

Kademi Customer Platform Aims to Integrate the Experience

The Kademi Customer Experience Platform at Kademi.com is now available in the U.S. Kademi is designed to deliver every capability needed to engage with, sell and reward a customer in cloud-based platform, according to

Kiawah Island, SC

If you're a golfer, you don't need to be told about Kiawah Island - it's on every serious player's bucket list. The resort offers five elite courses designed by the likes of Pete Dye, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Clyde Johnston and has hosted several championships, including the 1991 Ryder Cup

Kregel Windmill Factory Museum, Nebraska City, NE

The Kregel Windmill Factory Museum has been described as "a time capsule of early 20th Century shop-type manufacturing."

Links Sees Bright Future with Technology and Experiential Gifting

One of the biggest changes in the U.S. incentive and rewards business over the past decade is the growth of the specialized wholesalers and fulfillment companies that now represent or support many of the leading brands in the marketplace. In a trend accelerated by the 2008 recession, some brands have

Maritz Mission: Bake Behavioral Theory, Experiments into Program Design

When Maritz created the position of Chief Behavioral Officer and hired Charlotte Blank, an executive with about five years of marketing experience in the automotive industry, the company said Blank will

Maritz, Allegiance Create MaritzCX

Maritz Holdings Inc. and Allegiance Software, Inc. (Allegiance) have together formed a new independent company called MaritzCX.

Maui Jim - Sunshine

Sunshine is a new cat eye frame inspired by the light that makes our world go round. Painted with a variety of radiant hues that inspire any outdoor adventure, this high fashion style features SuperThin Glass technology designed for

Maui Jim Fitting

Infuse the WOW factor into your next event with a Maui Jim custom fitting, perfect for any budget or demographic group of 25 or more. Offering our timeless 5-Star service and more than 100 styles and colors, Maui Jim sunglasses embody functional elegance with their patented PolarizedPlus2

Maui Jim: What It Feels Like to Create a Trend

What's it like to be an innovator and gradually watch as dozens of others pile on? Brett Hatch, Global Senior Director of Corporate Gifts for Maui Jim, is experiencing that now. Maui Jim undoubtedly pioneered the concept of the "experiential" merchandise program 15 years ago for a major insurance company that arranged for

Movado men's Circa chronograph

The Movado men's Circa chronograph has a 42 mm stainless steel case, round black dial with

National Incentive Brands - Dell XPS12

Designed for brilliance, the Dell XPS12 seamlessly moves from laptop to tablet, perfecting the 2-in-1 experience. The XPS12 combines the fun of a Windows 10 touch tablet with the productivity of a laptop, with

NBBL/Savvy Solutions - Van's Triple Crown of Surfing

Hang Ten, Brah! Head to the North Shore of Oahu for Hawaii's signature competition: Van's Triple Crown of Surfing. You'll stay feet from the wave break and marvel at the beauty of

News Analysis: R&R Field Moving Rapidly to New Level of Science

The entry of Deloitte into the Total Rewards field, a new academic journal from the IRF, new ISO 10018 standards, the first university-based curriculum that includes rewards and recognition, and new companies and services focusing on program design, return-on-investment and behavioral science signal a new level of industry professionalism and expertise.

Nibble Aims to Totally Customize Experiences

A lot of suppliers claim they want to revolutionize the reward experience, and over the last decade retail gift cards, individual travel packages, web-based catalogs and, more recently, companies offering reward experiences such as custom fittings and new types of e-codes have continued a long tradition of innovation in the rewards business.

Nike Corporate Gifting Program

As a reward, a thank you or an incentive, nothing performs better than the Nike Corporate Gifting Program.

Nikon - 8-24x25 Aculon binocular

Nikon's new 8-24x25 Aculon is a portable, pocket-sized binocular that stows so easily you won't even know it's there until you need it. Features: Bright Multicoated Optics, BaK4 High Index Prisms, Smooth

O.C. Tanner White Paper: 'Making Recognition Programs Successful'

O.C. Tanner recently teamed up with Aon Hewitt to study effective recognition trends and the best forms of implementation. The resulting white paper focuses on the impact recognition programs have had in different industries, various forms of recognition and

Omaha Steaks Custom Certificates

Reward achievements. Reward employees. Recognize milestones. Drive sales. Show appreciation. Gain customers. Build relationships. Create opportunities

Part I: How to - The Art and Science of Engaging Rewards

Over the last 20 years, the incentive, recognition and rewards (IRR) business has seen an explosion in reward innovation, starting of course with online programs, but also including a wide variety of different merchandise products, gift cards, e-vouchers, digital rewards, personal fittings and travel experiences. Despite such innovations, program design appears to

Part III: How to - The No. 1 Rewards Mistake Made 85% of the Time: It's Nothing Personal

Despite all of the research making it clear that the presentation of an award is as important as the award itself, it appears that the vast majority of organizations employ little to no personalization in their loyalty, sales, dealer and employee rewards presentations

Pat on the Back Software Inspired by Experience

As one can see from the growing number of new engagement products, many are the inspiration of businesspeople and entrepreneurs who over the years realized that people were critical to their success. The Pat on the Back recognition platform at Patontheback.org was created by Tony Boatman, currently

Peter Hart and David Zinger on Leadership - Where Recognition, Engagement, and Art Converge

It's no surprise that Peter Hart, CEO of Rideau would team up with employee engagement pioneer David Zinger to write two books that bring together the concepts of recognition, engagement, and art.

PMC/Almo - Samsung MU7500Series (49", 55" 65") Curved Ultra HDTV

The Samsung MU7500Series (49", 55" 65") Curved Ultra HDTV redefines the viewing experience by producing a wider range of colors with 4K Color Drive Pro and a High Dynamic Range (HDR) picture.

Power Sales President Dave Roberts on Dealing With Change

Few people have a better perspective on what's happening in the rewards and recognition business than Dave Roberts, President of Power Sales Inc., one of the leading wholesale fulfillment companies specializing on the incentive, loyalty, promotional and recognition marketplace. We recently asked

ProAm Golf - Nike Men's Storm-Fit Rain Suit

This Nike Men's Storm-Fit Rain Suit features bonded seams that repel wind and rain to help you stay dry and comfortable. A mesh lining in the jacket and pants, plus mesh vents at the chest and back of the jacket, add breathability. Elastic waist with

Pulse Masters the Packaging of Experiences

Pulse Experiential Travel founder Marc Matthews started his original event ticketing business in his college dorm room about 38 years ago. It was not until the great recession of 2008 that he came up with the idea for what is now known as Pulse Experiential

Rideau Focuses on Bringing ROI to Recognition and Engagement

Peter Hart, CEO of Rideau Recognition Solutions Inc., the Montreal-based international recognition company, strongly believes in the engagement movement and its potential to transform economies: "Having an ISO standard around engagement that involves recognition and other elements will be critical to organizational success."

Road America

Road America is a motorsports complex on 640 acres outside Elkhart Lake, WI, that presents more than 425 racing events annually and offers a wide range of opportunities for group events of all sizes - from four participants to thousands of people. Some of the most popular Adventure Programs include

RPG Card Services

RPG Card Services provides the most popular retail gift cards, egift cards and network-branded prepaid cards to businesses and organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

SEIKO Corporate Gift and Incentive program

The SEIKO Corporate Gift and Incentive program is designed to help you recognize and reward important events and milestones with a gift that is truly classic and enduring.

Sephora Creates Beauty Worldwide

Sephora is the fastest growing and largest online prestige beauty retailer, with over 2,000 stores worldwide in 30 countries.

Share Photos that Impress with the Canon EOS Rebel T6

The EOS Rebel T6 is ideal for smartphone or digital point-and-shoot camera users looking to step up their imaging game. It's equipped with an 18.0 Megapixel CMOS image sensor and the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor for

Showboat Branson Belle, Branson, MO

Modeled after 19th-Century Mississippi River showboats, the Showboat Branson Belle cruises on Table Rock Lake while guests enjoy a three-course meal and entertainment.

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Solata Engagement Portal

The Solata Engagement Portal is available to solution providers seeking a robust and highly customizable program management technology for their clients.

SONY - BDP-S6500 Smart 3D Blu-Ray Player

The BDP-S6500 Smart 3D Blu-Ray Player's built-in Super Wi-Fi and dedicated 4K upscaling chip combine to deliver smoother, more responsive online viewing with images that are rich in color and natural detail.

Sony SRS-X77 Powerful Portable Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Speaker

Make the most of your favorite music, on-the-go or at home. The Sony SRS-X77 Powerful Portable Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Speaker lets you bask in incredibly vibrant sound thanks to

Supplier Profile: Travel and Transport Loyalty Focuses on Custom Programs

As loyalty programs proliferate, both in the business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) domains, Travel and Transport Loyalty believes it offers the right solutions for companies seeking a customized approach to their loyalty needs.

Survey Looks at How U.K. Firms Use Incentive Rewards

A new survey of companies in the United Kingdom reveals that a majority offer non-cash rewards & recognition to employees (81%), salespeople (72%), distributors/channel partners (57%), and customers (63%). The online study, jointly sponsored by

Target GiftCards

From rewarding new-hire referrals and celebrating anniversaries to recognizing exceptional work, Target GiftCards make a great incentive to motivate your employees. Recipients can


The Critical Role of Today's Master Fulfillment Company

As the engagement field continues to progress, and organizations begin to absorb the considerable research demonstrating the benefits of personalizing and customizing rewards & recognition experiences, the role of the Master Fulfillment Company has never been greater. These are the wholesalers and drop-shipping companies that

The Tug-of-War Between Recognition and Engagement

Employee engagement principles provide the opportunity to turn recognition costs into investments by putting the focus on the end-result

Timepiece Makers Battle Technology With Fashion, Elegance and Timelessness

In the growing market for smart phone watches and cellphones, how are the world's watchmakers fighting back? With elegance, fashion, their own take on technology and timelessness - the potential for an organization to intimately connect with valued people over an extended period.

Travelink, American Express

How do you motivate people to achieve exceptional results? The answer is the Gift of Travel. Travelink, American Express Travel is a full service travel agency supporting employee engagement through many unique travel programs, including our Gift of Travel certificates. We provide a turn-key, customized

Trendspotting: 10 Things Merchandise and Gift Card Program Planners Need to Know Now

Retaining top performers and preparing them to take over the reins in the next decade is a top priority for most organizations. A crucial part of that process will involve merchandise and gift card programs that inspire and

Uber: Give the Card That Everyone Can Use

Uber is now available in over 630 U.S. Cities and counting. Uber Gift Cards are designed to treat employees, help commuting costs, or just say thanks.

Warbird Adventures

Come fly like the aces of yesteryear in the Premier Fighter-Trainer of WWII, the North American T-6 Texan, also known as the SNJ or Harvard. Whether you want a thrilling aerobatic adventure or a smooth straight & level flight, the experience is completely tailored to you. Take the controls in

Waterfall Resort, Alaska

What is it worth to have a life-changing experience? To feel at one with nature? To see some of the last truly wild country in the U.S.? Waterfall Resort was a commercial cannery for more than 40 years before a group of investors remodeled all the buildings and docks in the 1980s

Wellness Incentive 'Optum'-ization

In the April 23, 2015 online edition of Employee Benefit News, Richard Stolz authored an article about the increasing use of incentives in wellness programs as a means to create "urgency for results." He cites new research from Optum (a division of UnitedHealth Group) that indicates programs offering

Your Next Incentive Program:
[ ] Merchandise
[ ] Travel
[ ] Gift Cards
[√] All of the Above

When it comes to incentives - particularly incentive travel programs and all the possibilities they offer - today's new market realities have totally changed the game

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