Blackhawk Network Expands Gift Card Mall™ into Staples Stores

Largest Provider of Third-Party Prepaid Cards Signs leading Office Supply Store to Make Shopping even Easier

PLEASANTON, Calif.--(AllPayNews.com)--Blackhawk Network, the largest third-party provider of prepaid gift-cards, announced today an exclusive relationship with Staples, Inc., the world's largest office products company. Staples’ U.S. stores will now carry Blackhawk’s signature Gift Card Mall™ currently found in grocery stores such as Safeway. Blackhawk’s Gift Card Mall™ features over 300 of the best branded gift cards across a number of different categories including fashion, tickets, electronics, home and sports.

“Staples is a valuable retail outlet for us because of its understanding of the B-2-B aspect of our business,” said Don Kingsborough, chief executive officer of Blackhawk Network. “Working with Staples, we will reach small business owners and give them the ability to purchase prepaid gift cards for their employees in the same place they buy office supplies,” he further commented.

Blackhawk Network’s mission is to simplify the gift card shopping experience for consumers and to give people what they want. Staples is the first office supply store to carry Blackhawk gift cards.

“Consumers love buying and receiving gift cards, and putting the Gift Card Mall™ in Staples stores will make it easy and convenient for our customers to buy a wide variety of gift cards,” said Mark Mettler, senior vice president and general merchandise manager, Staples.

About Blackhawk Network

Blackhawk Network, a subsidiary of Safeway Inc., is a prepaid and payments network, a market leader in card-based financial solutions and the largest provider of third-party prepaid cards. Blackhawk Network develops unique products in easy-to-use formats and delivers them to consumers through an exclusive retail network of leading grocery, mass, convenience, drug and specialty retailers. The network includes more than 80,000 store fronts and reaches more than 165 million consumers each week. Headquartered in Pleasanton, California, Blackhawk Network has offices in the United States, Australia Canada, France, Germany, Mexico and the United Kingdom. For more information about Blackhawk Network visit www.blackhawknetwork.com.

Contacts
Blackhawk Network
Teri Llach, 925-226-9028
teri.llach@bhnetwork.com
or
MWW Group for Blackhawk Network
Meghan Fintland, 415-395-5906
mfintland@mww.com