Blackhawk Network and Great Lakes Data Systems Collaborate to Bring Digital Payment Options to Medium and Large Businesses

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PLEASANTON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As digital payments continue to have a major impact on how consumers shop and pay, payments innovator Blackhawk Network and leading retail systems innovator, Great Lakes Data Systems (GLDS ), announced a joint effort to deliver innovative mobile payment technologies to point-of-sale (POS) systems. With GLDS’ focus on midsize businesses, this new collaboration offers a huge opportunity for these businesses to harness the power and consumer growth potential of digital payments.

Blackhawk Network research shows that with the growth of digital wallets, 59% of consumers surveyed are using their digital wallet more frequently than before the pandemic began1. Among available digital payment tools, 48% of consumers are using QR codes and barcodes more frequently on a mobile device in the past year, helping to provide a more seamless and connected payment experience to purchases in person.1. This leads to significant growth potential for businesses that adopt new point-of-sale technologies capable of accepting digital and mobile payments.

“The strong consumer adoption of digital payment systems has truly underscored the need for retailers of all sizes to ensure they provide consumers with a simple and seamless payment experience,” said Tristan Roffey, vice -president and group leader at Blackhawk Network. “Our partnership with Great Lakes Data Systems will allow a variety of businesses and retailers the same competitive access to digital payments as their competitors.”

With proven interfaces to over 70 partner companies in all service verticals, GLDS, one of the largest LOC software resellers in the United States, provides operators of all sizes with Tier 1 functionality at well priced prices. lower than its Tier 1 competitors. GLDS’ solutions include standalone, cloud-based billing, subscriber management, field management and provisioning software.

“We value providing our retail partners of all sizes the same access to the latest innovations and technologies to do business,” said Jason Baylis, president of Great Lakes Data Systems. “Our collaboration with Blackhawk Network enables us to provide retailers with new ways to engage their customers and build consumer loyalty.

Blackhawk is accelerating the transformation of digital payments with the adoption and expansion of digital wallets, mobile apps and contactless payments. To learn more about Blackhawk Network’s suite of innovative payment solutions, please visit www.blackhawknetwork.com.

About the Blackhawk Network

Blackhawk Network provides brand payment solutions through the prepaid products, technologies and network that connect brands and people. We collaborate with our partners to innovate, translating market trends into branded payments to increase reach, loyalty and revenue. We reliably execute security-focused solutions around the world. Join us as we shape the future of global branded payments. Learn more about blackhawknetwork.com.

About Great Lakes Data Systems

Great Lakes Data Systems, Inc. (GLDS) provides market-leading billing, subscriber management and provisioning solutions to small and medium-sized broadband providers. GLDS’ in-house and cloud-based solutions include digital and IPTV authorization, VOD, convergent service delivery, credit card/ACH processing and multi-touch customer self-help. GLDS has installed software for over 400 carriers in 49 US states and 44 countries around the world, providing “top tier” functionality at significantly lower prices. For more information, visit www.glds.com.

WinCable is a registered trademark and WinForce tech, CableAnytime and WinCAP are trademarks of Great Lakes Data Systems, Inc. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

1 The “Payments EQ: Connecting Globally Through Digital Payments” is based on results of an online survey conducted by Leger on behalf of Blackhawk Network between March 2 and April 5, 2021. The sample size included over 13,000 respondents in nine countries.

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