Blackhawk Network https://blackhawknetwork.com Optimizing Commerce And Engagement Through Branded Payment Solutions Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:55:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Blackhawk Network Executive’s Expertise Published in Digital Transactions https://blackhawknetwork.com/blackhawk-network-executives-expertise-published-digital-transactions/ Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:44:00 +0000 https://blackhawknetwork.com/?p=10518 Business and technology publication Digital Transactions recently published an article by Blackhawk Network General Manager of Digital & Incentive Divisions, David Jones. In the article titled, “Three Key Considerations When Offering App-Based Loyalty Programs” Jones shared his thoughts about how to improve consumer experiences by offering digitally-based loyalty programs. Jones describes how brands can stand […]

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Business and technology publication Digital Transactions recently published an article by Blackhawk Network General Manager of Digital & Incentive Divisions, David Jones. In the article titled, “Three Key Considerations When Offering App-Based Loyalty Programs” Jones shared his thoughts about how to improve consumer experiences by offering digitally-based loyalty programs.

Jones describes how brands can stand out by meeting consumers’ demands for personalization through app-powered experiences, and provides readers with three best practices to consider as a starting point:

  • Utilize digital data to gain deeper consumer insights and provide customer-driven personalization
  • Offer reward flexibility
  • Keep it simple

To read the full article, click here.

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Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. to be Acquired by Silver Lake and P2 Capital Partners for $3.5 Billion https://blackhawknetwork.com/blackhawk-network-holdings-inc-acquired-silver-lake-p2-capital-partners-3-5-billion/ Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:47:58 +0000 https://blackhawknetwork.com/?p=10508 Blackhawk’s stockholders to receive $45.25 per share in cash, representing a 29.3% premium over the average closing share price during the 90 calendar days ended January 12, 2018 PLEASANTON, Calif. – January 16, 2018 – Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAWK) (“Blackhawk”), a global financial technology company and a leader in prepaid gift, reward and […]

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Blackhawk’s stockholders to receive $45.25 per share in cash, representing a 29.3% premium over the average closing share price during the 90 calendar days ended January 12, 2018

PLEASANTON, Calif. – January 16, 2018 Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAWK) (“Blackhawk”), a global financial technology company and a leader in prepaid gift, reward and incentive technologies and solutions, today announced that Silver Lake, the global leader in technology investing, and P2 Capital Partners have agreed to acquire Blackhawk in an all-cash transaction for a total consideration of approximately $3.5 billion, which includes Blackhawk’s debt. Under the terms of the agreement, Blackhawk stockholders will receive $45.25 per share in cash upon closing of the transaction, representing a premium of 24.0% over Blackhawk’s closing share price of $36.50 on January 12, 2018 and a premium of 29.3% over the average closing share price during the 90 calendar days ended January 12, 2018.

Blackhawk operates a leading physical and digital gift card and prepaid payments network with global scale, connecting more than 1,000 brands to over 244,000 retail distribution locations and online channels. Upon completion of the transaction Blackhawk will operate as a private company under the leadership of the current management team. Blackhawk’s Board of Directors has unanimously approved the definitive merger agreement and recommends that stockholders vote in favor of the transaction. The definitive agreement has fully committed debt and equity financing, including an approximately $1.7 billion equity commitment from Silver Lake. P2 Capital Partners, which beneficially owns approximately 5.4% of Blackhawk’s outstanding common stock, has committed to vote in favor of the proposed transaction.

“After a thorough assessment, the Board has determined that this transaction represents a compelling outcome for our stockholders, customers and employees. It recognizes the value of Blackhawk’s prospects while providing stockholders with an immediate cash value at a substantial premium,” said Bill Tauscher, Executive Chairman of Blackhawk.

“This transaction delivers immediate benefits and significant value to our stockholders,” said Talbott Roche, CEO and President of Blackhawk. “Silver Lake and P2 Capital Partners bring the long-term focus, financial resources and technology expertise that can enable us to accelerate growth initiatives globally and reach the company’s full potential.”

“Blackhawk’s outstanding network of partners and proprietary technology creates a unique franchise in the payments industry with a proven ability to innovate in both the physical and digital segments,” said Mike Bingle, Managing Partner at Silver Lake. “We are excited to work with Blackhawk’s world-class management team and our new partners at P2 Capital Partners to strengthen the company’s position in large and growing parts of the financial technology ecosystem.”

“This transaction represents the best way to maximize value for all stockholders,” said Alex Silver, Partner at P2 Capital Partners. “We have been an investor and supporter of Blackhawk’s strategy and management for several years, and we look forward to working with Silver Lake and Blackhawk management to drive the company’s next stage of growth.”

The transaction, which is expected to close mid-2018, is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of stockholder and regulatory approvals. The definitive merger agreement permits Blackhawk’s Board of Directors and its advisors to solicit, receive, evaluate and enter into negotiations with respect to alternative proposals through February 9, 2018. There can be no assurance that this process will result in a superior proposal, and Blackhawk’s Board of Directors does not intend to disclose developments with respect to the solicitation process unless and until the Board makes a determination requiring further disclosure.

Sandler O’Neill & Partners, L.P., is acting as financial advisor to Blackhawk, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as Blackhawk’s legal advisor in the transaction.

Barclays, BofA Merrill Lynch, affiliates of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and J.P. Morgan (in alphabetical order) are acting as financial advisors to Silver Lake and are providing debt financing to Blackhawk in connection with the transaction. Citi is providing debt financing to Blackhawk in connection with the transaction. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is serving as Silver Lake’s legal advisor, and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is serving as legal advisor to P2 Capital Partners.

About Blackhawk Network
Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAWK) is a global financial technology company and a leader in connecting brands and people through branded value solutions. Blackhawk platforms and solutions enable the management of stored value products, promotions and incentive programs in retail, ecommerce, financial services and mobile wallets. Blackhawk’s Hawk Commerce division offers technology solutions to businesses and direct to consumers. The Hawk Incentives division offers enterprise, SMB and reseller partners an array of platforms and branded value products to incent and reward consumers, employees and sales channels. Headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., Blackhawk operates in 26 countries. For more information, please visit blackhawknetwork.com, hawkcommerce.com, hawkincentives.com or our product websites giftcards.com, giftcardmall.com, cardpool.com, giftcardlab.com and omnicard.com.

About Silver Lake
Silver Lake is the global leader in technology investing, with about $39 billion in combined assets under management and committed capital and a team of approximately 100 investment and value creation professionals located in Silicon Valley, New York, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Silver Lake’s portfolio of investments collectively generates more than $140 billion of revenue annually and employs more than 300,000 people globally. The firm’s current portfolio includes leading technology and technology-enabled businesses such as Alibaba Group, Ancestry, Broadcom Limited, Cast & Crew, Ctrip, Dell Technologies, Endeavor, Fanatics, Global Blue, GoDaddy, Motorola Solutions, Red Ventures, Sabre, SoFi, SolarWinds and Symantec. For more information about Silver Lake and its entire portfolio, please visit www.silverlake.com.

About P2 Capital Partners
P2 Capital Partners is a New York-based investment firm that applies a private equity approach to investing in the public market. P2 Capital Partners manages a concentrated portfolio of significant ownership stakes in high quality public companies in which it is an active shareholder focused on creating long-term value in partnership with management. The firm will also lead private equity transactions within its public portfolio. P2 Capital Partners’ limited partners include leading public pension funds, corporate pension funds, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, and high net worth investors.

Contacts

Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.:

Investors
Patrick Cronin
Patrick.Cronin@bhnetwork.com
+1-925-226-9939

Media
Sheila Ennis / Dan Scorpio
sbe@abmac.com/dps@abmac.com
+1-415-745-3294 / +1-212-371-5999

Silver Lake and P2 Capital Partners:

Media
Patricia Graue / Alice Gibb
silverlake@brunswickgroup.com
+1-212-333-3810

Additional Information and Where to Find It
This communication relates to the proposed merger transaction involving Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”). In connection with the proposed merger, the Company will file relevant materials with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including the Company’s proxy statement on Schedule 14A (the “Proxy Statement”). This communication is not a substitute for the Proxy Statement or any other document that the Company may file with the SEC or send to its stockholders in connection with the proposed merger. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, STOCKHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, INCLUDING THE PROXY STATEMENT, WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain the documents (when available) free of charge at the SEC’s website, http://www.sec.gov, and the Company’s website, www.blackhawknetwork.com. In addition, the documents (when available) may be obtained free of charge by directing a request to Patrick Cronin by email at investor.relations@bhnetwork.com or by calling (925) 226-9973.

Participants in Solicitation
The Company and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the holders of the Company’s common stock in respect of the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of the Company is set forth in the proxy statement for the Company’s 2017 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 20, 2017, and in other documents filed by the Company, including on behalf of such individuals, with the SEC. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the Proxy Statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC in respect of the proposed transaction when they become available.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information
Certain statements contained in this communication may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are indicated by words or phrases such as “guidance,” “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “forecasts,” “can,” “could,” “may,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “plans,” “projects,” “seeks,” “should,” “targets,” “will,” “would,” “outlook,” “continuing,” “ongoing,” and similar words or phrases and the negative of such words and phrases. Forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current plans and expectations and involve risks and uncertainties which are, in many instances, beyond the Company’s control, and which could cause actual results to differ materially from those included in or contemplated or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include the following: the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement; the failure to obtain the Company’s stockholders’ approval of the transaction; the failure to obtain certain required regulatory approvals to the completion of the transaction or the failure to satisfy any of the other conditions to the completion of the transaction; the effect of the announcement of the transaction on the ability of the Company to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with its partners, clients, customers, providers, advertisers, and others with whom it does business, or on its operating results and businesses generally; risks associated with the disruption of management’s attention from ongoing business operations due to the transaction; the ability to meet expectations regarding the timing and completion of the merger; and other risks and uncertainties described in the Company’s reports and filings with the SEC, including the risks and uncertainties set forth in Item 1A under the heading Risk Factors in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 filed with the SEC on February 27, 2017 and other periodic reports the Company files with the SEC, which are available at www.sec.gov and the Company’s website at www.blackhawknetwork.com. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect developments or information obtained after the date hereof and disclaims any obligation to do so other than as may be required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

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Blackhawk Network to Expand Alipay Mobile Wallet Acceptance to Select Top Retailers https://blackhawknetwork.com/blackhawk-network-expand-alipay-mobile-wallet-acceptance-select-top-retailers/ Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:00:18 +0000 https://blackhawknetwork.com/?p=10498 Blackhawk to Enable Participating Retailer Partners in the U.S. to Engage with Chinese Travelers PLEASANTON, Calif. – January 15, 2018 – Blackhawk Network, a global financial technology company, and Alipay, a leading digital payment platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group, have partnered to expand Alipay’s mobile payment acceptance and engagement offerings to participating U.S. […]

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Blackhawk to Enable Participating Retailer Partners in the U.S. to Engage with Chinese Travelers

PLEASANTON, Calif. – January 15, 2018 Blackhawk Network, a global financial technology company, and Alipay, a leading digital payment platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group, have partnered to expand Alipay’s mobile payment acceptance and engagement offerings to participating U.S. retailers. Leveraging Blackhawk’s technology, the partnership will present an opportunity for Blackhawk’s network of retail partners to elect to engage with visiting Chinese travelers. Blackhawk intends to roll out the service in select participating retailers beginning January 2018.

Alipay currently boasts more than 520 million active Chinese users. Through this partnership, Blackhawk’s retailers intend to connect with Alipay users traveling in the U.S. by accepting in-store payment via Alipay and are searchable to users on Alipay’s Discover platform. Retailers can increase brand visibility, drive store traffic and sales, reduce payment friction and gain valuable insight into their tourist consumers’ preferences.

"Until now, Chinese tourists lacked convenient access to information on what payment methods were accepted at U.S. retailers they wished to visit," said Talbott Roche, CEO and president of Blackhawk. "Alipay is ubiquitous in China, and represents an effective way for retailers to engage with Chinese travelers. We are excited to offer our retail partners a way to better connect with Chinese consumers by alleviating the major pain points of shopping, researching and paying while visiting and ultimately, providing Alipay users with an excellent shopping experience while they travel here in the U.S.."

Blackhawk’s innovative solution leverages in-store QR codes to access Blackhawk’s proprietary platform which then enables instant issuance of a retailer’s branded stored-value egift. In addition to mobile and online payments and money transfers, Alipay users can get local recommendations, find promotions, book a hotel, buy movie tickets or even make doctors’ appointments directly within the app.

"Approximately 4 million Chinese tourists visit North America every year 1. Many of those travelers are Alipay consumers already and are looking for the payment safety, convenience and efficiency they are accustomed to at home," said Souheil Badran, president of Alipay Americas. "We partnered with Blackhawk for its robust network of top-tier retailer partners, its innovative solutions and proprietary technology, and we are pleased to continue to provide Chinese travelers with a seamless shopping and payment experience in North America."

About Blackhawk Network
Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAWK) is a global financial technology company and a leader in connecting brands and people through branded value solutions. Blackhawk platforms and solutions enable the management of stored value products, promotions and incentive programs in retail, ecommerce, financial services and mobile wallets. Blackhawk’s Hawk Commerce division offers technology solutions to businesses and direct to consumers. The Hawk Incentives division offers enterprise, SMB and reseller partners an array of platforms and branded value products to incent and reward consumers, employees and sales channels. Headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., Blackhawk operates in 26 countries. For more information, please visit blackhawknetwork.com, hawkcommerce.com, hawkincentives.com or our product websites giftcards.com, giftcardmall.com, cardpool.com, giftcardlab.com and omnicard.com.

About Alipay
Operated by Ant Financial Services Group, Alipay is the world’s largest mobile and online payment platform. Launched in 2004, Alipay currently has over 520 million active Chinese users and over 200 financial institution partners in China. Alipay has evolved from a digital wallet to a lifestyle enabler. Users can hail a taxi, book a hotel, buy movie tickets, pay utility bills, make appointments with doctors, or purchase wealth management products directly from within the app. In addition to online payments, Alipay is expanding to in-store offline payments both inside and outside of China. Over 40 million brick-and-mortar merchants now accept Alipay across China. Alipay’s in-store payment service covers more than 35 countries and regions across the world, and tax reimbursement via Alipay is supported in 24 countries and regions. Alipay works with over 250 overseas financial institutions and payment solution providers to enable cross-border payments for Chinese travelling overseas and overseas customers who purchase products from Chinese e-commerce sites. Alipay currently supports 27 currencies. Follow us on Twitter @antfinancial and @alipay.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they never materialize or prove incorrect, could cause the results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: risks related to the timing of acceptance by U.S. retailers of this new service, and future launch of new technology services. The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of words such as, but not limited to, "anticipate," "believe," "can," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "seek," "should," "target," "will," "would" and similar expressions or variations intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of Blackhawk’s management based on information currently available to management. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause actual results and the timing of certain events to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, those identified in the "Risk Factors" section in Blackhawk’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Furthermore, such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, Blackhawk undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements.

1 Ant Financial Proprietary Research – 2017

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Insights from Blackhawk Network Showcased in PaymentsJournal Podcast https://blackhawknetwork.com/insights-blackhawk-network-showcased-paymentsjournal-podcast/ Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:15:06 +0000 https://blackhawknetwork.com/?p=10488 The post Insights from Blackhawk Network Showcased in <em>PaymentsJournal</em> Podcast appeared first on Blackhawk Network.

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Leading payments and banking news outlet PaymentsJournal recently featured insights from Blackhawk Network in its brand new podcast series. In the segment titled “Relationship Between Brands and Gift Cards,” Blackhawk Chief Marketing Officer Teri Llach discussed the current trends in consumer loyalty and the gift card market.

The segment recapped recent Blackhawk research which found that gift cards encourage engagement with brands and strengthen brand loyalty. It also touched on gift card trends that emerged in 2017, how businesses can embrace the power of gift cards in the future, how Blackhawk prepped its partners for the 2017 holiday season, and what’s next for Blackhawk in 2018.

To listen to the entire episode, click the audio below. The podcast is available on iTunes.

 

 

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Blackhawk Network Honored in PR Daily’s Content Marketing Awards https://blackhawknetwork.com/blackhawk-network-honored-pr-dailys-content-marketing-awards/ Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:00:36 +0000 https://blackhawknetwork.com/?p=10475 The post Blackhawk Network Honored in PR Daily’s Content Marketing Awards appeared first on Blackhawk Network.

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Recently, Blackhawk Network received an honorable mention as a finalist in the 2017 PR Daily Content Marketing Awards. Blackhawk’s campaign, “Driving Brand Awareness and Consumer Choice for Gift Card eCommerce,” was recognized as one of the most successful case studies of the year in the “Content Marketing for the Purpose of Brand Awareness” category.

PR Daily’s 2017 Content Marketing Awards honored organizations with ambitious marketing goals and successful content. Judges selected finalists from more than 130 submissions to find the best campaigns and projects from around the world.

To read the full list of award recipients, click here.

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Two Blackhawk Executives Win Stevie® Awards for Women in Business https://blackhawknetwork.com/two-blackhawk-executives-win-stevie-awards-women-business/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:30:54 +0000 https://blackhawknetwork.com/?p=10443 The post Two Blackhawk Executives Win Stevie<sup><span>®<span></sup> Awards for Women in Business appeared first on Blackhawk Network.

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Blackhawk Network Chief Marketing Officer, Teri Llach, and Hawk Incentives Vice President of Marketing, Theresa McEndree, both recently won Bronze Stevie® Awards for Women in Business. The awards recognize the world’s premier female executives, entrepreneurs and employees—in addition to the organizations they run—for exceptional achievements.

Llach won in the “Most Innovative Woman of the Year” category for the technology sector; McEndree took home her award in the “Most Innovative Woman of the Year” in advertising, marketing and public relations.

More than 170 executives worldwide participated in the judging process; judges evaluated finalists’ accomplishments based on the average scores of more than 1,500 nominations from across the world. Winners were announced on Friday, November 17 at the 14th annual Women in Business awards dinner in New York City.

To read the full list of award recipients, click here.

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Blackhawk Network Expands Partnership with eBay to Provide B2B Gift Card Solutions https://blackhawknetwork.com/blackhawk-network-expands-partnership-ebay-provide-b2b-gift-card-solutions/ Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:15:30 +0000 https://blackhawknetwork.com/?p=10435 PLEASANTON, Calif. – November 14, 2017 – Blackhawk Network, a global financial technology company and a leader in connecting brands and people through branded value solutions, announced today that it has expanded its longtime partnership with eBay to provide the online marketplace with end-to-end business-to-business (B2B) gift card services. These services will assist eBay with […]

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PLEASANTON, Calif. – November 14, 2017Blackhawk Network, a global financial technology company and a leader in connecting brands and people through branded value solutions, announced today that it has expanded its longtime partnership with eBay to provide the online marketplace with end-to-end business-to-business (B2B) gift card services. These services will assist eBay with accelerating its growth in the B2B gift card space and with widening its ability to penetrate the loyalty and incentives market.

Blackhawk’s strength in gift card solutions coupled with its recent acquisition of CashStar, a leading provider of merchant solutions for gift card ecommerce, uniquely positions Blackhawk to assist eBay in scaling its gift card offering directly to other businesses. Through the new program, businesses can order eBay gift cards to reward or incentivize customers through loyalty, acquisition, retention or promotional programs. Features of eBay’s gift card include:

  • Both plastic and egift options, and the ability to personalize messaging on each card
  • The ability for businesses to place and seamlessly manage their own orders
  • The ability to load a selected denomination from $5 to $500 per card
  • Visibility into tracking information and order history
  • Easy checkout with payment and shipping information that is securely saved to their account for future orders

“As part of our partnership with eBay, we are delivering significant value by helping to grow and manage its B2B gift card program, while enabling eBay to become more competitive in this space,” said David Tate, senior vice president, Blackhawk. “We are leveraging the synergies and technology across both Blackhawk and CashStar to offer a complete, comprehensive gift card solution for distribution directly to business buyers.”

With its breadth of options for shoppers, eBay is a gifting destination site for businesses interested in giving gift cards to customers or employees through loyalty or incentive programs.

“Businesses looking to provide gift cards as rewards or incentives will find that eBay offers something for everyone,” said Wafa Dahel, general manager of gift cards at eBay. “With more than a billion listings, eBay has an incredible selection of a variety of products at the right price. The majority of items on eBay today are new, fixed price and ship for free, making eBay a preferred site for shoppers across the globe.”

eBay connects millions of buyers and sellers around the world and offers shoppers with the ultimate choice of products in a variety of categories, including fashion, electronics, automotive, sporting goods and home and garden.

eBay by the Numbers

  • eBay has 168 million active buyers worldwide.
  • Eighty-one percent of all merchandise sold on eBay is new.
  • Eighty-eight percent of items sold on eBay are Buy It Now.
  • Two-thirds of items ship for free in the US, UK and DE.
  • A watch is purchased every four seconds on eBay in the US.
  • A smartphone is purchased every five seconds on eBay in the US.
  • A TV, video or home audio item is purchased every four seconds on eBay in the US.
  • A tool is purchased every 11 seconds on eBay in the US.

For more information on B2B gift card solutions, please visit http://ebay-biz.cashstar.com.

About Blackhawk Network
Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAWK) is a global financial technology company and a leader in connecting brands and people through branded value solutions. Blackhawk platforms and solutions enable the management of stored value products, promotions and rewards programs in retail, ecommerce, financial services and mobile wallets. Blackhawk’s Hawk Commerce division offers technology solutions to businesses and direct to consumers. The Hawk Incentives division offers enterprise, SMB and reseller partners an array of platforms and branded value products to incent and reward consumers, employees and sales channels. Headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., Blackhawk operates in 26 countries. For more information, please visit blackhawknetwork.com, hawkcommerce.com, hawkincentives.com or our product websites giftcards.com, giftcardmall.com, cardpool.com, giftcardlab.com and omnicard.com.

About eBay
eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a global commerce leader including the Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. Collectively, we connect millions of buyers and sellers around the world, empowering people and creating opportunity through Connected Commerce. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. In 2016, eBay enabled $83 billion of gross merchandise volume. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.

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Blackhawk Network Employee Spotlight: Paige https://blackhawknetwork.com/blackhawk-network-employee-spotlight-paige/ Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:00:00 +0000 https://blackhawknetwork.com/?p=10432 Blackhawk Network is pleased to share the fifth part of its new “Employee Spotlight” series! In these videos profiling one Blackhawk employee per week, team members will share what they enjoy about working at Blackhawk and what keeps them here. Check out Paige Cooke, an HR specialist based in our Pleasanton corporate office.  

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Blackhawk Network is pleased to share the fifth part of its new “Employee Spotlight” series! In these videos profiling one Blackhawk employee per week, team members will share what they enjoy about working at Blackhawk and what keeps them here.

Check out Paige Cooke, an HR specialist based in our Pleasanton corporate office.

 

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Blackhawk Network Collaborates with Top Retailers to Meet Shoppers’ Demand for Gift Cards this Holiday Season https://blackhawknetwork.com/blackhawk-network-meets-demand-for-holiday-gift-cards/ Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:37:53 +0000 https://blackhawknetwork.com/?p=10418 PLEASANTON, Calif. – November 7, 2017 – In preparation for the busiest shopping season of the year, Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc., a global financial technology company ("Blackhawk"), has launched its holiday gift card marketing efforts in tandem with top grocery, big box and digital retailer partners. These efforts will help Blackhawk and its partners meet consumer demand […]

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PLEASANTON, Calif. – November 7, 2017 – In preparation for the busiest shopping season of the year, Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc., a global financial technology company ("Blackhawk"), has launched its holiday gift card marketing efforts in tandem with top grocery, big box and digital retailer partners. These efforts will help Blackhawk and its partners meet consumer demand for what the National Retail Federation (NRF) has identified as the most requested gift in America for eleven years running: gift cards1.

In its new "2017 Closed-Loop Gift Card Holiday Forecast" report2, Mercator Advisory Group announced that it expects to see strong holiday sales growth this year—including increased gift card sales. The NRF research also found that many consumers will be shopping in-store this year, including at discount stores (54 percent), grocery stores and supermarkets (46 percent), clothing or accessories stores (35 percent) and electronics stores (27 percent).

"Alongside our partners, we are ready to provide consumers with the depth and breadth of gift card and egift choices that meet shoppers’ high demand," said David Tate, senior vice president of Blackhawk. "We have armed our partners with the tools they need to provide shoppers a streamlined shopping process, the best gift cards and egift content available, and special offers on many different gift card brands."

With The Kroger Co. renewal announced last week, Blackhawk has over 80 percent of its top 15 retail accounts, based on transaction dollar volume, under multi-year contracts through 2020 or beyond. These top 15 accounts represent the bulk of retail transaction dollar volume.

About Blackhawk Network
Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAWK) is a global financial technology company and a leader in connecting brands and people through branded value solutions. Blackhawk platforms and solutions enable the management of stored value products, promotions and incentive programs in retail, ecommerce, financial services and mobile wallets. Blackhawk’s Hawk Commerce division offers technology solutions to businesses and direct to consumers. The Hawk Incentives division offers enterprise, SMB and reseller partners an array of platforms and branded value products to incent and reward consumers, employees and sales channels. Headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., Blackhawk operates in 26 countries. For more information, please visit blackhawknetwork.com, hawkcommerce.com, hawkincentives.com or our product websites giftcards.com, giftcardmall.com, cardpool.com, giftcardlab.com and omnicard.com.

2 Mercator Advisory Group’s "2017 Closed-Loop Gift Card Holiday Forecast: Stockings will Get Stuffed" report: https://www.mercatoradvisorygroup.com/Viewpoints/2017_Closed-Loop_Gift_Card_Holiday_Forecast__Stockings_Will_Get_Stuffed/

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Blackhawk Network Employee Spotlight: Edgar https://blackhawknetwork.com/blackhawk-network-employee-spotlight-edgar/ Tue, 07 Nov 2017 15:00:18 +0000 https://blackhawknetwork.com/?p=10414 Blackhawk Network is pleased to share the fourth part of its new “Employee Spotlight” series! In these videos profiling one Blackhawk employee per week, team members will share what they enjoy about working at Blackhawk and what keeps them here. Check out Edgar Onofre, an implementation analyst based in our Pleasanton corporate office.  

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Blackhawk Network is pleased to share the fourth part of its new “Employee Spotlight” series! In these videos profiling one Blackhawk employee per week, team members will share what they enjoy about working at Blackhawk and what keeps them here.

Check out Edgar Onofre, an implementation analyst based in our Pleasanton corporate office.

 

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