By Ben Chandler, CashStar Software Engineer
Building & Growing a Healthy Pipeline with a Robust Intern Program
Three years ago, the CashStar Engineering team established its own summer internship program with the goal of building a pipeline of engineering talent from local colleges and universities directly to CashStar. Each year since, we’ve grown the intern class size from its initial one intern and strived to improve the program.
What began as an interesting experiment has grown into a successful, mature feeder program for CashStar hiring. To date, the program has hosted ten interns and yielded two full-time employees. Our internships are among the most desirable tech apprenticeships in the Portland, Maine area. This year I had the privilege of helping to organize CashStar’s summer internship program. While there are many ways to keep interns engaged and ensure they are learning, I think there are three key elements that can really help an internship program succeed:
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Reaching Pinnacles in Customer Expectations and Mountain Hiking
What do you do here at CashStar?
I’m a Front-End Engineer at CashStar. I style our consumer gift card experiences and work closely with the Solution Delivery team to onboard new clients and continue projects for our existing clients and partners.
Why do you like working at CashStar?
I’ve always believed that job satisfaction is made up of more than just the nature of the work itself. I think the people at CashStar make up so much of what is great about it. My coworkers are also my friends and we all genuinely care about how each one of us is doing. We offer support and resources freely and celebrate in each other’s successes. A bunch of us have also formed a running group and participate in local races.
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By Lauren Chadwick, senior director, Marketing
Inaugural conference brings together retailers, marketers and thought leaders to explore branded currency strategies
Experts across the retail and payments industries recently gathered in Omaha, Nebraska to attend the inaugural Flourish Conference, which focused on opportunities for branded currency within retail organizations. With the payments landscape evolving so quickly, it was beneficial to dive into the state of branded currency—the concept of stored value created by a brand—in today’s marketplace and explore the actionable steps merchants can take to address both the challenges and growth opportunities brought about by gift cards, prepaid, loyalty programs and more.
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By Gerry Gilbert, Vice President, Product
Through conversational commerce, smart brands are placing themselves at the intersection of messaging apps and shopping.
Messaging apps have quickly evolved from a vehicle for chatting with friends and family to a channel for commerce. While these apps have been popular for giving people ability to share GIFs, messages and photos with their close circles, they have expanded into a valuable channel for brands and retailers to connect with and sell to consumers.
Businesses are moving toward conversational commerce, where interactions between consumers and businesses that take place via messaging apps.
The messaging app market has exploded in popularity, eclipsing the top 4 social networks in active users as of late 2015. This has presented a unique and nuanced monetization opportunity for smart brands willing to invest in technological innovation, cater to their customer base and stay ahead of the curve. Enter conversational commerce, which has come to mean interactions between consumers and businesses that take place via messaging apps (think iMessage and Facebook Messenger) or voice-activated devices like Amazon Echo.
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