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Though few are around anymore, book stores form part of what is left of the “hard copy” go-to place when looking for a good read. It may be a thriller, romance, action, fiction or non-fiction that one is looking for, the old school way is to go to your nearest book store and grab one off the shelf.

A week ago I was posed with the scenario: buy a kindle book online, or make my friend happy for her birthday with a hard copy of her favourite authors latest thriller. When I remembered how neat and tidy she keeps her bookshelf inside her study-I knew the answer. We all may have encountered this in our lives, and the hardest part was the choice was to figure out which was a good seller and new on the shelves. 

This problem could be solved with a more easier method, especially for a book store with a constant flow of customers, and potential buyers who are purchasing as a gift. I immediately imagined if I were a book store and thought of ways in which Tutuka’s prepaid card system could help me in my book shopping endeavors.

If I were a book store I would consider several prepaid options for my store:

  1. Gift cards
  • Gift – If for example a customer needs to buy a gift for a friend or a family member. Perhaps the person that they are buying for is fussy, so as a book store merchant I could advise them to buy a gift card so whoever they are buying for can pick what they like.
  • These gift cards could also come in handy for buying for boyfriends or girlfriends, especially when you don’t know which book/novel to get for them, so this offers them the opportunity to shop for what they like
  • Manage returns –This is helpful if I were a book store merchant who has customers who either received a gift that they weren’t a fan of or was not the correct author or even for those who are a little more fickle minded. Instead of handing a customer cash back when they return an item, give them a gift card for the same value and don’t lose out on the sale.

2.   SMS vouchers

I could use and issue SMS vouchers at my book store in instances where perhaps a customer wants to buy book/novel/item for a friend or family member living in another city, but would prefer them to pick their own, whatever the case may be. My customers could buy SMS vouchers from me, send them to the person they are buying for and the shopping can begin, provided that the purchase is made at one of my chain stores.

3.     Rewards cards

After all these purchases at my store, I can reward my customers for their loyalty and give them rewards cards that they can swipe every time they make a purchase. Points will eventually earn a free item from my store. It will also help move customers up rewards tiers to become eligible for discounts.

4.      Incentive cards

To encourage my staff to make sales I give them a commission in the form of points, similar to how a rewards card would work for loyal customers. They swipe their card and earn points every time they make a sale. The points will eventually allow them to get an item from the store.

As a book store owner, how do I offer this to my clients?

1- Go to Tutuka’s website

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2- Set your login details

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(NB: you will be derided for weak passwords)

3- Done

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You can now create, load and redeem closed loop* prepaid card accounts at your leisure.

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Swift and simple, the prepaid process is both easy and beneficial with Tutuka.

*closed loop cards are those issued by a specific merchant and can only be redeemed at that same merchant.

 

Today we’d like to share with you an awesome infographic we produced about shopping centre gift card statistics. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The average spend per shopping centre gift card is R268
  • The average load onto a gift card is R493
  • The ratio of gift card spend to shopping centre size is R144 per m²
  • Gauteng has the highest average gift card load with R673 per card, followed by KZN on R508 & Western Cape on R414

Have a look at the rest of the statistics below…

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Today we take a look at the AwardsCard™ by the Achievement Awards Group. This card is aimed at fulfilling employee rewards and can be used for driving sales, motivating channels and improving customer care.

Used to drive performance, this card has 3 different options available:

  • The Single Load – a disposable card for once-off gifts; it can be loaded with any amount and be used for birthdays, thank you gifts or achievement recognition
  • The Reloadable – reward values are loaded into the AwardsBank account each month, to drive continuous improvement and keep employees motivated
  • The Reloadable with online awards catalogue – the only incentive card in South Africa that offers dual currency: shop online from our Awards Catalogue, or use at almost any retail outlet that supports MasterCard™

Pro’s:

  • Cardholders can shop via their online catalogue of awards
  • The AwardsCard™ can be used anywhere in South Africa where MasterCard is accepted i.e. anywhere where a MasterCard point of sale (POS) device is available
  • Is re-loadable so you can continue to load money onto the card for a cardholder until the card expires
  • Issued by Standard Bank, processed by Tutuka, and with backing by MasterCard, the card is reliable, safe and an easy-to-use product

The benefits of an AwardsCard™ include:

  • A variety of card options to suit your requirements, including once-off use or on-going rewards
  • Card orders and processing is done in just 3 days, with online and telephonic orders available
  • Full management by Achievement Awards Group, including everything from transaction history to account balances, monthly reports and delivery
  • Flexible shopping options, from the online Awards Catalogue to over 200 000 MasterCard™ approved outlets in South Africa;
  • Rewards employee performance, channel partners, sales performance or even customer loyalty
  • All client queries and support are handled by dedicated account managers, with 24/7 support via the web or self-service helpline

http://www.awardscard.co.za/

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The Edenred Compliments gift card has been used in the South African market for reward and recognition, loyalty and motivation solutions. The solution is used to motivate and incentivise staff, sales teams, distribution channels and even clients and partners.

The cards can be used anywhere in South Africa where MasterCard is accepted and carries no transaction fees for the cardholder. For promotional purposes the card can be customised to reflect your brand by adding your company logo or name – or even the name of the loyalty program you are running – onto the gift card

The cards are re-loadable so you can continue to load money onto the card until the card expires and the card is valid for three years in accordance with the Consumer Protection Act (CPA)

Allows you to replace any cash incentive (whether a reward or incentive) with a safe and convenient Compliments gift card

This is a truly great way to help reward the people that deserve recognition with a minimum value of R50 and a maximum value of R5000 per card.

Sample WhitePro’s:

  • The Compliments card can be used anywhere in South Africa where MasterCard is accepted i.e. anywhere where a MasterCard point of sale (POS) device is available
  • No transaction fees for the cardholder. Cardholders can spend the full value on the card i.e. the value on the card is the value that can be spent
  • Is re-loadable so you can continue to load money onto the card until the card expires
  • Cards can be branded, to reflect a company’s logo
  • Issued by Standard Bank, processed by Tutuka, and with backing by MasterCard, the card is reliable, safe, and an easy-to-use product

The benefits of a Compliments card include:

  • Employee rewards and incentives are paid out onto an easy-to-use card
  • The cards are supported by a dedicated call centre to assist you, and card holders, with queries and dedicated customer support.
  • Is backed by MasterCard and Standard Bank, giving you added piece of mind and security

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If there is one thing I dread doing, it’s going grocery shopping each month. Other than the actual increase in grocery costs, just the effort of having to go grocery shopping is a hassle for me. Now, Shoprite and Checkers stores have made shopping all that easier by motivating their customers through their Great Giveaway Competitions.

Shoprite and Checkers stores are running their Great Giveaway Competitions during the months of January and early February, allowing customers to enter online, standing a chance to win a R250 gift card every day.

A Checkers shopper myself, I decided to have a look at what the giveaway was all about and try my luck.

The whole process was actually quite simple. All I had to do to stand a chance to win was to visit the competition Facebook page, like their page and then register my details on their online entry form.

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Running from January, 10 2014 until February, 7 2014 the competition simply requires you to enter online to stand a chance to win.

On the last day of The Great Gift Giveaway, entrants stand a chance to win an Apple iPad Mini with 16GB WiFi and 3G.
Prizes will be couriered to the prize winners address stated on the entry form.
The greatest part about this competition is that, with gift cards, even though you may have already done your grocery shopping for the month, you can use your gift card to purchase in the coming months. But that’s not all, use your gift card as the perfect R250 contribution towards that special gift or buy that you have been saving towards.
The possibilities with gift cards are endless and now Checkers is giving you the chance to win your very own gift card every day.

New wheels for the new year

shanaazp —  December 31, 2013 — Leave a comment

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It’s festive and to start your 2014 off on a memorable note, Cresta Shopping Centre is feeling generous. Walking through the mall over the weekend, the shops were buzzing with eager shoppers ready to spend and stand a chance to walk away a winner.

Be a winner with Cresta and try your luck at walking away with tons gift cards worth a total value of R18 000 each month to use as you please. As if that’s not enough already, you could also possibly start your year off on a sassy note with the grand prize of driving off in a brand new Peugeot 208GTi.

To be one of the lucky shoppers all you need to do is to  simply spend R500 or more at the mall, grab one of the competition envelopes at the info kiosk near Checkers and attach your original till slip/s to it.

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With all your Christmas shopping, grocery shopping and even self-spoil splurges, collecting till slips to the value of R500 should not be all that tough and with such amazing prizes, it’s definitely worth the spend of every cent.

Till slips from various stores can be combined to make up the R500 minimum spend. You are then eligible to be entered into the competition every month between 1 September 2013 and 31 May 2014. You can enter as many times as you like, provided that your entry is accompanied by original till slips.

So hurry up, make your way to Cresta Shopping Centre and try your luck. The festive fever is of a high dose this year, so who knows? You could just be a lucky winner.