Akela launches e-Gift Card feature

Akela is pleased to announce that its innovative loyalty program platform now includes an e-Gift Card feature. Merchants and vendors in the Akela network can now offer their customers the opportunity to buy electronic gift cards for friends, family members, and colleagues.

The e-Gift Card feature is available to Akela merchants on a subscription basis. Each merchant who subscribes to this feature can provide customers with the option to buy e-gift cards – both in-store and online. In-store customers are able to purchase e-gift cards from a cashier or clerk (who can send e-gift cards to recipients on behalf of the customer). Online customers are able to purchase e-gift cards using a smartphone (via the Akela app) or from the web (via the Akela Member Portal or a secure shopping site available to the general public).

“Digital gifting is a natural extension of the online loyalty features we already offer, so we’re excited to integrate it as part of our evolving loyalty platform,” comments Jaideep Lal, Akela President. “The online purchasing and delivery of gift cards provides real value to merchants in the Akela network – it helps them grow and solidify their presence in a tech-savvy consumer market where purchases increasingly take place online.”

About Akela

Akela Inc. is an Ottawa-based software company specializing in digital loyalty program solutions. The Akela system revolutionizes the concept of retail loyalty program management by replacing those traditional plastic loyalty cards with a multi-vendor, smartphone-based e-card system. Any consumer can sign up as an Akela member by downloading and registering the free Akela smartphone app, which displays a high-resolution, scannable barcode directly on the user’s smartphone screen. Instantly, the user replaces his/her scattered collection of traditional plastic loyalty cards with a single loyalty “e-card”, valid for use across all retailers and merchants participating in the Akela network. With Akela, all of the consumer’s subscriptions to different retail loyalty programs are tracked and managed using a single convenient smartphone app that features a unique loyalty ID. Akela makes it easy for any user to collect loyalty points and rewards from multiple retailers, while reducing the plastic card count.

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