by Alex Palmer | July 28, 2017
With new security measures, customization options, and digital delivery capabilities added to both digital and physical cards, the gift card segment is one of the most innovative in the incentive industry. Now gift card solution provider National Gift Card (NGC) has unveiled a new kind of innovation with its implementation of a pair of new fulfillment machines that are the first of their kind of the world. 

The new Kern K-91CS gift card sequencer sorts and arranges the cards for the K91 insertion machine, increasing NGC's capacity and accuracy for its physical gift card fulfillment. The second machine that is also first-of-its-kind is the Kern K91system, which tracks each gift card and matches it to a customized letter complete with end-user address, custom message, and any program branding and other information. Each is then is then inserted into an envelope, sealed, stacked, and delivered to the individual incentive recipients. 

Created by Kern International Inc., the American subsidiary of the Swiss-based manufacturer, the machines are touted as "the fastest card-attaching and mail insertion equipment in the world."

"The investment in this technology gives us the quantifiable speed and accuracy that keeps us on point with our mission of being 'Best in Class' in the gift card industry," said NGC CEO Adam Van Witzenburg.

NGC already operates two Kern K-91 machines, but this new K-91 and the K-91CS is expected to significantly increase NGC's speed and accuracy, making it "the most automated gift card fulfillment center in North America." Kern built the card sequencer specifically for NGC, drawing on NGC's specific requirements to direct its engineer and design teams in the development.

"The combination of our four Kern machines, NGC's gift card API and NGC's gift card fulfillment platform is setting the gold standard for B2B gift card sourcing and fulfillment," said Eric Thiegs, president of National Gift Card. "We bring the all-important aspects of security, quality, and capacity, along with over 400 international merchant gift cards and prepaid open loop products, to help decision makers in the rewards, loyalty, and incentive markets sleep well at night knowing their gift card rewards are being fulfilled to the highest standards with the broadest brand selection."   

NGC Senior Vice President of Operations Bill St. Clair added: "With all our gift card machines running, National Gift Card will be able to fulfill gift cards on customized reward carriers at a capacity and accuracy level that's best in class in the B2B gift card industry."