Blackhawk Network and SKUx Accelerate Digital Transformation of Promotional Offers and Coupon Standards

Partnership also creates first-of-its-kind technology to improve retailer offers, rebates and incentive delivery and processing in support of new Universal Coupon Standards

PLEASANTON, Calif. – March 24, 2021 – Global payments company, Blackhawk Network, and SKUx, a rising fintech company, today announced an expanded partnership intended to transform the offer, rebate, coupon delivery and processing needs for today’s cutting-edge merchants and brands. The partnership is poised to disrupt an industry that has remained relatively unchanged for over 25 years. With first-of-its-kind payments technology, Blackhawk and SKUx will digitize and automate offer delivery, redemption, and settlement—creating a more powerful experience for brands, a less onerous process for retailers, and greater value and ease for consumers.

The technology, powered by Blackhawk and SKUx, offers an end-to-end solution that can help solve many of the biggest pain points currently affecting retailers and consumer product goods (CPG) manufacturers, including:

  • Accept and deliver unique, trackable offers that can be redeemed in-store and online
  • Reduce impact to topline revenue and receive faster settlement on redeemed offers for merchants
  • Manage campaigns and trade funds more effectively with faster redemption notification for CPG brands
  • Eliminate overhead costs associated with fraudulent coupon use or mis-redemptions

The technology also supports the new guidelines for a universal coupon standard set in 2020 by The Coupon Bureau (TCB), an industry-managed non-profit for manufacturers and retailers. Last year, the industry announced its roadmap for phasing out existing legacy coupon types and moving the industry toward a new universal digital coupon standard known as AI (8112) that intended to enhance coupon security. TCB has been working with many of the largest CPG manufacturers and retailers on adoption of these new universal digital coupon standards, and Blackhawk and SKUx have the technology available to help these businesses make this a go-to-market reality.

“As the couponing and incentives landscapes evolve to better serve today’s needs of an omnichannel retail environment, we are proud to be at the forefront of this innovation alongside SKUx and TCB. We look forward to working with our industry-leading network of partners to bring this solution to market,” said Helena Mao, vice president of product at Blackhawk Network.

“SKUx is excited to bring to market with Blackhawk Network a real-time, omnichannel solution that offers increased value for the retailer, brand and consumer,” said Bobby Tinsley, SKUx co- founder and executive vice president. “At SKUx, we are committed to transforming the end-to- end offer to payment to settlement system. Our proprietary serialized, digital platform—called Smart IncentivesTM—merges the best of technology with much needed trust and transparency. And, most importantly, it creates a promotional experience that meets today’s customer demands.”

Receiving discounts, deals and rewards continue to be a key motivator for shoppers no matter the brand or channel. The technology provided by Blackhawk and SKUx will help enhance the way retailers and brands engage with consumers, drive shopper engagement and loyalty.

About Blackhawk Network

Blackhawk Network delivers 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 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

About SKUx

A leading Fintech organization, SKUx transforms offers into product-based payments for the world’s leading retailers, brands, and marketing agencies. The company’s patent-pending Smart IncentivesTM platform as a service combines offer details, serialization, funding, and settlement to increase customer loyalty and create new opportunities for consumer engagement. The result – new incremental revenue, improved efficiency, and laser sharp transparency for all industry stakeholders. For more information, visit

About The Coupon Bureau

The Coupon Bureau's (TCB) mission is to connect manufacturers, retailers, and consumers through technology and community, to build solutions to the issues of real time validated, retailer agnostic coupons and fraud prevention. A non-profit corporation, TCB works with members of leading coupon and retail associations - ACP, JICC, FMI (The Food Industry Association), GMA, CONEXXUS, Consumer Brands Association, and GS1 US - to develop new technology, support third-party technologists, deploy educational programs for industry stakeholders, and give back to the community. For more information, visit