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Press Release – May, 2016

Hurricanes are backing bucqi!

The Hurricanes can truly say that new sponsor bucqi has their back in 2016.

Wellington’s innovative and exciting new app bucqi has become a key partner in the Hurricanes family of sponsors and the team will proudly wear the company logo on the back of their jerseys for the remainder of the season.

Hurricanes players have started to appear at numerous bucqi promotions, in radio campaigns, and at signing sessions at selected bucqi merchants across Wellington city over the past few weeks.

Launched on April 1, bucqi is the only dollar-for-dollar rewards programme in New Zealand and Wellingtonians are quickly realising the benefits it can bring! Since launching in the capital, more than 400 consumers have downloaded the digital rewards app and around a quarter of merchants have had at least one bucqi transaction. There are currently over 50 bucqi merchants across the city and this is set to grow as the innovative digital mobile rewards app continues to gain momentum.

Powered by Bartercard – the largest listed Global Trade Exchange – bucqi, is a national rewards programme designed for small to medium sized businesses as a way to reward their customers and it’s starting to revolutionise the way consumers, clubs, charities and businesses interact.

Hurricanes commercial manager Leighton Morgan said he was delighted to be backing the exciting new brand.

“It’s great for the city of Wellington to have been chosen for the launch and the Hurricanes are thrilled to be partnering such an innovative concept. It’s a win-win situation – the consumer is rewarded, while increased cash business is driven to those participating merchants. For us, it’s about raising the awareness of the brand and the fact that sports clubs and not-for-profit organisations can benefit from bucqi as the app makes is easy to raise funds. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of it?”

To find out how you can get more bang for your bucq as a consumer or how bucqi can help you boost your business, visit bucqi.co.nz or simply download the free bucqi app.


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How bucqi works:

Consumers will receive a minimum of 20% reward for every dollar they spend with participating businesses, all of whom are Bartercard members. These bucqs can then be used to spend dollar for dollar on subsequent purchases at any of the participating bucqi outlets. It’s a great opportunity to allow shoppers to support businesses within their local community such as bars, cafes, restaurants, hairdressers, health and beauty and tradespeople.

For businesses, bucqi is an innovative rewards app that can grow business and provide a way to upscale the reward or redemption deals they offer. Customers pay by using the app to scan the business’ unique bucqi QR code and the cash paid is paid straight into the business’ bank account.Sports clubs and non-for-profit organisations can also benefit from bucqi. Once the consumer is tied to their chosen charity, for each dollar they spend on everyday purchases, the charity will receive 1% cash back.

About Bartercard:

Following its creation in Australia in 1991, Bartercard New Zealand became the first international licensee a year later. There are now over 7,000 member businesses across New Zealand, trading over $200 million worth of goods and services outside the cash economy each year.

Bartercard operates in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, USA, South Africa and Cyprus, and is the largest global trade exchange business.

 

Press Release - April, 2016

Wellingtonians being rewarded with more bang for their ‘bucq’ 

Early indications would suggest that the app that brings you more ‘bang for your bucq’ is going to go places.  Launched on 1, April, bucqi is the only dollar-for-dollar rewards programme in New Zealand and Wellingtonians are quickly realising the benefits it can bring!  

bucqi, powered by Bartercard – the largest listed Global Trade Exchange - is a national rewards programme designed for small to medium sized businesses as a way to reward their customers; it’s set to revolutionise the way consumers, clubs, charities and businesses interact. 

Since launching in the capital, nearly 200 consumers have downloaded the digital rewards app and around a quarter of merchants have had at least one bucqi transaction.  There are over 50 bucqi merchants across the city and this is set to grow as the innovative app continues to gain momentum.   With names such as Wellington Lions, Child Cancer Foundation and Massey University Student Union behind it, it’s not expected to take long for consumers and merchants alike to jump on board.

One of Bartercard’s chosen charities, The Child Cancer Foundation, is thrilled to be a part of the initiative as Michelle Berriman, Business Development Manager for The Child Cancer Foundation, Wellington explains: “As the chosen charity for the Bartercard Foundation, the Child Cancer Foundation is very grateful for its ongoing support and the chance to be part of this exciting new project.  It is a great opportunity for our supporters to raise funds simply by spending on things they purchase regularly; earning rewards for themselves while 1% of their spend through bucqi, goes towards supporting children with cancer and their families.  It’s a fantastic initiative!” 

The app is benefitting all sorts of people.  A local family of six used it to their advantage while dining at a local restaurant, which became an obvious choice when they knew they were part of the rewards programme.  Something they wouldn’t have done if it hadn’t been a bucqi merchant.  Not only is it benefitting the consumer, local businesses are feeling the benefits as it’s driving new cash customers onto their premises.  

John Scott, CEO Bartercard NZ is delighted at the initial response “We attended the Hurricanes game last Saturday and had a 30 minute activation window.  During that time we spoke with lots of people wanting to know more about it who went onto download it.  It’s great to have a key bucqi partner like the Hurricanes behind it and by reaching out to more fans, not only does it benefit them, it’s advantageous to the club.” He adds “It’s exciting to think we have something that is unique which people can instantly see the benefit of – 20 bucqs in your digital wallet just for downloading the app during April!” 

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How bucqi works:

Consumers receive a minimum of 20% reward for every dollar they spend with participating businesses, all of whom are Bartercard members. These bucqs can then be used to spend dollar for dollar on subsequent purchases at any of the participating bucqi outlets.  It’s a great opportunity to allow shoppers to support businesses within their local community such as bars, cafes, restaurants, hairdressers, health and beauty and tradespeople.  

For businesses, bucqi is an innovative rewards app that can grow business and provide a way to upscale the reward or redemption deals they offer. Customers pay by using the app to scan the business’ unique bucqi QR code and the cash paid is paid straight into the business’ bank account. 

Sports clubs and non-for-profit organisations can benefit from bucqi as the app makes is easy to raise funds. Once the consumer is tied to their chosen charity, for each dollar they spend on everyday purchases, the charity will receive 1% cash back.  

bucqi is due to roll out to more regions across New Zealand later in the year.   

 

Press Release - April, 2016

Want more bang for your ‘bucq’?!

A new trend is about to hit Wellington!  bucqi is launching 1, April and the capital will be the first city in New Zealand to try out this exciting new software platform.  What’s more it’s already gained traction from some big names who are supporting the innovation, particularly here in the city – Wellington Lions, Massey University Student Union, Wellington Hockey Association and Child Cancer.

Trafford Wilson, CEO, Wellington Hockey Association is very excited to be a part of bucqi: “We are really looking forward to using bucqi to help complement our funding and sponsorship efforts. This new technology has the potential to directly benefit our members, their families and Wellington Hockey.”

bucqi is a national rewards programme designed for small to medium sized businesses as a way to reward their customers; it’s set to revolutionise the way consumers, clubs, charities and businesses interact.  Billed as the ‘app that gives you more bang for your bucq’, bucqi isn’t like other reward points schemes.  Instead, it allows people to earn dollar-for-dollar rewards, and spend them without the need for working out how many points are required to generate a purchase. 

Developed by BPS Technology, which owns Bartercard - the world’s largest listed Global Trade exchange - bucqi has already enjoyed much success in Queensland, Australia since its launch in December 2015.   

Bartercard NZ CEO, John Scott says the platform was developed to connect Bartercard members to everyday consumers: “For consumers, bucqi offers an entirely new way to shop. Each time you pay with bucqi, you earn ‘bucqs’ which can then be used dollar-for-dollar on your next purchase.

“We chose Wellington as the location for the New Zealand launch because of its high number of tech-savvy consumers, compact central city and large number of Bartercard merchants.” says Scott.  “To have names such as the Wellington Lions and Hurricanes supporting the launch is a tremendous boost to everyone that is involved, and demonstrates a belief of its anticipated early success.”   

With over 50 outlets already on board within the Wellington CBD and a further 7,000 Bartercard businesses nationwide, it’s not just the big names that will benefit.  What’s more, the opportunities are expected to grow over the coming months as more and more businesses want to come on board. 

As a long standing Bartercard member of over 15 years, the owner of Arabica Café, Wellington says “We are very excited to be part of the launch of bucqi here in Wellington. This will allow us to reach out to an even wider database of people and will enable us to attract more cash paying customers." 

How bucqi works:

Consumers will receive a minimum of 20% reward for every dollar they spend with participating businesses, all of whom are Bartercard members. These bucqs can then be used to spend dollar for dollar on subsequent purchases at any of the participating bucqi outlets.  It’s a great opportunity to allow shoppers to support businesses within their local community such as bars, cafes, restaurants, hairdressers, health and beauty and tradespeople. 

For businesses, bucqi is an innovative rewards app that can grow business and provide a way to upscale the reward or redemption deals they offer. Customers pay by using the app to scan the business’ unique bucqi QR code and the cash paid is paid straight into the business’ bank account.

Sports clubs and non-for-profit organisations can benefit from bucqi as the app makes is easy to raise funds. Once the consumer is tied to their chosen charity, for each dollar they spend on everyday purchases, the charity will receive 1% cash back.  

One of Bartercard’s chosen charities, The Child Cancer Foundation, is thrilled to be a part of the initiative as Michelle Berriman, Business Development Manager for The Child Cancer Foundation, Wellington explains: “As the chosen charity for the Bartercard Foundation, the Child Cancer Foundation is very grateful for its ongoing support and the chance to be part of this exciting new project.  It is a great opportunity for our supporters to raise funds simply by spending on things they purchase regularly; earning rewards for themselves while 1% of their spend through bucqi, goes towards supporting children with cancer and their families.  It’s a fantastic initiative!”

To find out how you can get more bang for your bucq, visit bucqi.co.nz or simply visit the app store to download the free bucqi app.  

It is anticipated that bucqi will be rolled out to other regions later in the year.

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About Bartercard:

Following its creation in Australia in 1991, Bartercard New Zealand became the first international licensee a year later. There are now over 7,000 member businesses across New Zealand, trading over $200 million worth of goods and services outside the cash economy each year.

Bartercard operates in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, USA, South Africa and Cyprus, and is the largest global trade exchange business.

 

Press Release – March, 2016

An exciting revolution is hitting the capital!

An exciting new trend is hitting the capital this week!  Developed by BPS Technology, which owns Bartercard - the world’s largest listed Global Trade exchange – bucqi is a national rewards programme designed for small to medium sized businesses as a way to reward their customers, benefitting both merchants and consumers who will earn more bang for their bucq! 

bucqi has already enjoyed much success since its launch in Queensland, Australia in December 2015.  Early indications would suggest the same success will quickly be realised here in New Zealand, having already gained traction and support from the likes of Wellington Lions, The Hurricanes, Massey University Student Union, Wellington Hockey Association and The Child Cancer Foundation.

Billed as the ‘app that gives you more bang for your bucq’, bucqi is unlike other reward points schemes.  It allows people to earn dollar-for-dollar rewards and spend them without the need for working out how many points are required to generate a purchase.  It’s set to revolutionise the way consumers, clubs, charities and businesses interact.

Wellington was chosen as the first city in New Zealand to try out this exciting new software platform because of its high number of tech-savvy consumers, compact central city and large number of Bartercard merchants.  Bartercard NZ CEO, John Scott says the platform was developed to connect Bartercard members to everyday consumers: “For consumers, bucqi offers an entirely new way to shop. Each time you pay with bucqi, you earn ‘bucqs’ which can then be used dollar-for-dollar on your next purchase.”

“To already have support from the likes of Wellington Lions and The Hurricanes who are behind the launch is a tremendous boost to everyone that is involved, and demonstrates a belief of its anticipated early success.” says Scott. 

With over 50 outlets already on board within the Wellington CBD and a further 7,000 Bartercard businesses nationwide, it’s expected the opportunities will grow over the coming months as more and more businesses want to join this revolutionary rewards programme. 

How bucqi works:

Consumers will receive a minimum of 20% reward for every dollar they spend with participating businesses, all of whom are Bartercard members. These bucqs can then be used to spend dollar for dollar on subsequent purchases at any of the participating bucqi outlets.  It’s a great opportunity to allow shoppers to support businesses within their local community such as bars, cafes, restaurants, hairdressers, health and beauty and tradespeople. 

For businesses, bucqi provides an opportunity to attract, reward and retain cash customers, while growing the business.  The innovative rewards app also provides a way to upscale the reward or redemption deals they offer. Customers pay by using the app to scan the business’ unique bucqi QR code and the cash paid is paid straight into the business’ bank account.

Sports clubs and non-for-profit organisations can benefit from bucqi as the app makes is easy to raise funds. Once the consumer is tied to their chosen charity, for each dollar they spend on everyday purchases, the charity will receive 1% cash back. 

To find out how you can get more bang for your bucq, visit www.bucqi.co.nz or simply visit the app store to download the free bucqi app.  

It is anticipated that bucqi will be rolled out to other regions later this year.

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About Bartercard:

Following its creation in Australia in 1991, Bartercard New Zealand became the first international licensee a year later. There are now over 7,000 member businesses across New Zealand, trading over $200 million worth of goods and services outside the cash economy each year.

Bartercard operates in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, USA, South Africa and Cyprus, and is the largest global trade exchange business.