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GF Strategies completes work for new food pantry

November 19, 2015

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GF Strategies has completed the successful work to assist the Fish of Vancouver local food pantry with their $1.6 million capital campaign. The two year effort to purchase their own building will be marked by a public grand opening November 21st. Fish of Vancouver is 47 years old and serves the families in need with […]

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GF Strategies Follows Big Beer Merger

November 15, 2015

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GF Strategies is tracking the proposed merger between INBev and SABMiller. The merger would combine the two giants under the InBev ownership. GF Strategies is concerned with the impact this will have on distribution of the craft beer brands. With this merger, the Big winner could be INBev that could control what brands are carried […]

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GF Stategies leads panel at IAFE meetings

November 15, 2015

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GF Strategies will be leading a panel at IAFE on Fairs of the Future. GF Strategies has been a leader in bringing cash controls to events since 1993. The company is now bringing cashless wristbands for purchase of food and beverage to events. GF Strategies will join three other panelists, Matt Wallsmith from the South […]

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Reterminalization hot word in payments

November 15, 2015

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A recent Fortune article on First Data had an article detailing how the new EMV chip cards will require all retailers to gear up and have the new readers. GF STrategies #gfstrategies is following this and its impact on events and venues. http://www.fortune.com 

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Greg Flakus talks on cashless

October 23, 2015

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Greg Flakus of GF Strategies speaks Saturday at the WAsington State Fairs convention on payment systems. Flakus will cover the history of payment systems from the old knuckle cruncher credit card units to the most recent move to cashless wristbands at events. ” Credit and its acceptance at events is taking cash out of the […]

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Chip cards replace cards for payments

October 2, 2015

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A big move this week as banks begin to move all cards to chip technology. “To the extent it cuts down on fraud its probably a win for everyone ” said Michael Simkovsky of Seton Hall University.  Merchants will now have to have new hardware that accepts the cards. Gone is the old swipe.  Merchants […]

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ApplePaySamsungPay cashless payments

October 2, 2015

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Apple Pay and Samsung Pay are vying for the mobile payment space. The Samsung Pay allows you to hold your phone over a reader and no need to swipe a card at all, and it is built into the Samsung6 phones. The wallet hasbeen worked on since 21014, and according to the Wall Street Journal […]

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Arena Managers and Cashless Events

October 2, 2015

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Greg Flakus from GF Strategies was a speaker on a recent panel on cashless events at this annual meeting in St Louis. The main points made by Mr. Flakus were that the emergence of phones that are equipped with some kind of payment system and the technology called NFC or near field communications will see […]

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FRIDAYS AT FOUR Volume Eleven Issue Eight

September 18, 2015

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It has been quite a month for GF Strategies. From the  6th of September to mid September the GF Strategies team has worked with one of the largest music festivals Outside Lands in San Francisco, to the Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo in Kennewick Washington to the Bumbershoot Music Festival in Seattle to the Clark […]

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FRIDAYS AT FOUR Volume 11 Issue 8

September 9, 2015

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FRIDAYS AT FOUR Volume 11 Issue 8 September 2015 News from GF Strategies www.gfstrategies.com It has been quite a month for GF Strategies. From the 6th of September to mid September the GF Strategies team has worked with one of the largest music festivals Outside Lands in San Francisco, to the Benton Franklin Fair and […]

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