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Legal and Moral Obligations of Membership Card Printing Companies


The membershipcard printing companies have several obligations both legal and ethical that they must adhere to. The plasticcard printer firm must ensure that it follows all the regulations set by the government such as acquiring the necessary licenses, paying tax, avoiding criminal activities such as smuggling, money laundering, intentional misrepresentation, dealing with counterfeits and many others. Adhering to these regulations is advantageous to the plasticcard printer for it eliminates the chances of spending much money in litigation or eventual close down by the government. It is also advisable that the plastic card manufacturing business should not also indulge in production of illicit materials such as pornography or others that would cause friction between different communities for being provocative and touching on race, religion, association or bias.

The membershipcard printing entities are also obligated to protect the customer personal and company information in addition to the plasticcard manufacturing products such as the hotel keys, hotel keycards and other hospitality products. Any insecurity in the plastic cardmanufacturing site or equipment may lead to people having copies of the products ordered thus theft and other evils follow the operation of the customers. Security here is different senses; the security of the physical property such as the equipment, products, materials and others. Any unauthorized access of these could result in theft or alteration of the products. The second sense is the security of the information stored in the membership card printing systems where the company’s and the client information are stolen. In this case it does not involve the physical theft of equipment but unauthorized access to sensitive information that can be used to defraud the plastic card manufacturing company and its clients. Sensitive information includes the product details and the payment details such as the credit card details.

Retailers seek 'green' alternative to plastic gift cards


Like millions of Americans, Jessica Hamilton of Pasadena will buy her friends and family a handful of gift cards this holiday season, drawn by their convenience.

Yet Hamilton, who carries reusable bags when she goes shopping, is bothered by the thought of all of that plastic ending up in landfills along with worn-out hotel key cards, credit cards and the like.

In 2013, the global card industry produced 33 billion cards, according to the International Card Manufacturers Assn. Most of those cards contained polyvinyl chloride, a plastic that contains pollutants that are harmful to the environment and is slow to decompose.

"If they had something more eco-friendly, that would make me shop at one place over another," Hamilton said. Increasingly, card manufacturers and retailers are listening, offering more alternatives to plastic cards.

High-end grocery store Whole Foods Market Inc. did away with plastic cards in 2012 and replaced them with paper gift cards. "Generally, at Whole Foods, we like to think green ... but we were producing tons and tons of waste from PVC cards and that wasn't in line with what we want to do," said Marushka Bland, gift cards project manager for the Austin, Texas, company.

 "If one of our customers is environmentally conscious and doesn't want to give a plastic card, then we love to give our customer the opportunity to make a purchase they can feel good about," Bland said.
Some businesses are also expanding to digital options such as e-cards and mobile phone applications that offer the same function as a gift card, but Bland is confident that demand for his product will be around for a long time.
"There is a trend to go electronic," Bland said. "But there is a traditional market where people want to have the physical card to give as a gift."