by Alex Palmer | July 09, 2018
Registration is now open for the Retail Gift Card Association's second annual Forum. Taking place Oct. 1-3 in Nashville, the event will offer an opportunity for manufacturers, distributors, third-party resellers and others who work with closed-loop gift cards to gather for education, networking and new research about the industry. 

It will also be an opportunity to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the RGCA, the only nonprofit trade organization that specifically represents the closed-loop card industry. The inaugural event, held in Kansas City, MO last October, was attended by 150 industry members.

"Last year's inaugural RGCA Forum was a monstrous success -- and we're looking to continue that exhilarating momentum this year with the celebration of the RGCA's 10-year anniversary," said RGCA Board Chair Marina Hodges. "The 2018 Forum will build on last year's foundation by providing refreshed perspectives, new sought-after industry research and the latest exclusive industry intel." 

Among the offerings at this year's events will be sessions on topics such as "Data Insights: The Current State of the Closed-Loop Industry," "The Impact of Fraud on Today's Closed-Loop Industry," "Metric-Based Methods to Substantiate Gift Card Program Value" and "New Technology Advancements in Plastic Cards." Newbies to the industry can also attend an introduction to the closed-loop gift card industry. The event will also be an opportunity for celebration, with a "Birthday Party" themed celebration and 10 surprise activities in which Forum attendees can take part.

"The closed-loop gift card industry is undergoing a revolution that is advancing gift cards from simple gifting tools into stored value solutions, and Forum creates a unified opportunity for key industry stakeholders to identify and work to exceed consumers' changing tastes and preferences for contextual commerce," said Hodges.

The event will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown, with early bird registration rates available through Friday, July 20, 2018. To register for the event, click here. Upcoming locations for Forum include: Phoenix in 2019, Orlando in 2020 and Dallas in 2021.