RECYCLED PLASTIC CARDS: are now available through card-printer Arthur Blank & Co. The AB RecycledCard is made of 100% pre-consumer recycled PVC, and is “virtually identical” to traditional plastic cards, according to Boston-based Arthur Blank. The cards, made from plastics supplied by Earthworks Recycled Systems, are especially suitable for environmentally conscious retailers and QSRs.
CHEVRON PRODUCTS CO.: has signed a deal with Blackhawk Network to sell Chevron and Texaco gift cards through its retail network. Chevron gift cards in $25 and $50 values are now being sold at select Safeway and Vons stores in California.
THE ADVERTISING SPECIALTY INSTITUTE: has debuted a new membership category for decorators of ad specialties. New members receive an ASI number that provides access to more than 3,400 suppliers and 20,000 distributors. Membership also includes free attendance to the ASI Show and invites to educational Webcasts and seminars.
INCOMM: has acquired DataWave Systems, a provider of prepaid and stored-value delivery systems in Canada with operations in the United States. The purchase will increase the company’s retail footprint in Canada and expand its international presence. InComm, a provider of gift cards, stored value and other prepaid products, completed more than $5 billion in retail sales transactions in 2006 across the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom.