News & Research

Holiday shoppers are crossing themselves off of the gift list, trade group says

"As holiday shoppers look for gifts, they plan to spend less overall and pull back on purchases for themselves, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation."

Digital payments can bring reassurance post-COVID-19

"Motivated by their first-hand experiences of—what they perceived as—exorbitant transaction charges while on abroad, James Lynn and Craig Goulding, both experienced investment bankers, founded Currensea as a 'smarter way to pay overseas'."

Shifting the Focus: Digital Payments and the Path to Financial Inclusion

Payments innovations offer convenience, but they also raise concerns about how they may further exclude a population already marginally attached to the economy.


About the RGCA

Founded in 2008, the Retail Gift Card Association is the only trade association representing the closed-loop gift card industry, and is comprised of members committed to promoting and protecting the use of retail gift cards. RGCA members follow a code of principles that promotes best practice standards to help the industry grow, shaping it in ways that benefit both members and consumers.

With over 100 member companies, our membership includes large regional and national brands that operate in the retail, restaurant, travel, and entertainment space. Our retailer members issue branded gift cards and our supporting members work to enhance their gift card programs. Our supporting members make gift cards their priority in order to build lasting collaborative relationships with retailers to take their gift card programs to the next level.

Our Mission

Protect

Our members abide by our Code of Principles that promotes high standards and best practices, and our leaders advocate for policies affecting retailers & consumers.

Enhance

Members are provided with resources,  education and knowledge on the ever-changing industry and it’s advancements.

Promote

We proactively communicate the positive attributes of gift cards and promote their safety & security


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Hear from our members

"Within the first year of joining, the educational content , depth of knowledge from veteran members, availability of networking opportunities, and overall camaraderie exhibited between members at the RGCA has put our gift card program light years ahead of where we were just twelve months ago.”

Jeff Hood
Zaxby's Restaurants

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"Having been both a Retailer and Supporting Member, the RGCA provides tremendous value through their ability to give the closed-loop industry a unified voice and set best practices that ensure a positive experience around the full gift card life cycle."


Colleen Dorwart



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