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Donnie Rodgers, Jr., Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street Executive Director Talks Upcoming Economic Development Event

Posted by Anthony Dobson on Mar 12, 2018

Despite growing competition from online, mall and big-box retailers, downtowns and main streets are primed to succeed in 2018. Merchants have the ability to offer a personal touch and are vital members of their local communities, important factors for shoppers seeking an experience over convenience.

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Topics: Gift Cards, Gift Card Trends, Events

The Untapped Potential of B2B Gift Card Sales for Downtowns and Chambers

Posted by Anthony Dobson on Feb 01, 2018

United States businesses spent more than $90 billion on non-cash employee incentives in 2016, according to The Incentive Federation’s Incentive Marketplace Research Study. That massive total, up 17% from three years previous, includes $14.4 billion in travel and $75.6 billion in other incentives like awards points, merchandise, and … you guessed it … gift cards.

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Topics: Gift Cards, Gift Card Trends

Gift Card Purchasing Trends

Posted by Anthony Dobson on Aug 25, 2017

A Surprising Number of Gift Cards Aren’t Actually Purchased as Gifts

According to WalletHub, gift card sales are expected to reach $149 billion in 2017, a 54 percent increase from 2007. They’re now the most popular holiday present, and are gaining popularity for other gift-giving occasions, too. Surprisingly, though, a huge percentage of gift cards aren’t purchased to change hands at all.

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Topics: Gift Cards, Gift Card Trends, Mall Gift Cards, Shopping Center Gift Cards