Wednesday, January 31, 2018

TULA: Teaching life’s lessons to kids in school


TULA is one of the five winners of Globe Future Makers Program

From L-R:  Kickstart President Minette Navarrete, Ashoka Philippines Chairman  Rico Gonzalez, TULA teachers Mara Eala and Elise Zulueta, TULA Founder James Centenera, and Globe Telecom Head of Innovation Mikey Garrovillo
While today's school teachers focus mostly on imparting knowledge, this group of educators thought otherwise. They believe that learning is not just about knowledge but also building character, attitude and skills.

"The impetus behind the creation of our organization is that we recognize, especially in the Philippines, that there is a big achievement gap in school, and the gap exists because kids need more than just academics to thrive and survive in the 21st Century. Unfortunately, kids struggle not only to learn Math and English but also in developing their attitude, character and skills such as strength and resilience, courage and drive," according to Mara Eala, Content and Learning Manager at The Ultimate Learning Accelerator or TULA.

TULA is a chain of after-school centers that aims to provide kids with the support they need to succeed in school and beyond school when they grow into young adults. Its advocacy won it a place in the recently concluded Globe Future Makers Program where five game-changing digital solutions were picked up among 135 entries.

Elise Montinola, who takes care of TULA Operations and Customer Service, said the team was elated for being chosen as one of the top five winners of GFM. "We know that a big part of GFM is about leveraging the use of technology. This is why we developed our own TULA app that contains our lessons in 'gamified' format that learners can take home and practice. We try to make learning as dynamic as possible, from the teachers to the lessons, to show that learning doesn't have to be boring," she explained.

She added: "Technology and the TULA applications and other dynamic teaching techniques are all part of the TULA curriculum to support kids' learning. We hope our learners and their parents realize that the applications, together with the actual lessons at the centers and with our coaches, are what's needed to help kids reach their full potential."

Montinola is confident that GFM will help open more doors for TULA through the use of technology to spread its wings to other areas here and abroad.

"Globe Future Makers was launched to influence and build a whole ecosystem of social innovators like TULA and help create a positive impact on society with the help of technology. It serves as a platform to enable the winners to receive coaching and mentorship from some of the best social innovators around the world, gain access to relevant startup workshops, and be connected to possible partners and investors. These assistance will allow them to build their products faster and launch sooner to benefit the communities that they aim to serve," said Chelle Gray, director for Globe Citizenship.

Eala said teaching methods and curriculum in many schools today are still very traditional. "Rote memorization doesn't teach kids about analysis and critical thinking. What's missing in the curriculum is that it doesn't teach kids to be curious, how to think, how to work with others, how to work hard, and other essential traits and skills, which kids can use when they grow up and look for a job."

The youthful mentor said their teaching involves 2-hour learning sessions, with the first hour devoted to Math and English where kids have the most difficulty. The second hour involves "Missions," or project-based activities that tackle Science and Technology, Transportation, Medicine, Journalism, and other interesting themes that kids enjoy and are relevant for their future.

"These may seem like adult things but we want to expose kids already to these industries so they get motivated and start thinking what they want to be when they grow up and drive them to succeed in school. We want them to see school not as an end but as a stepping stone to get a clear view of what they want in life. Essentially we're teaching them life's lessons, like life coaching for kids. When we asked them before what they want to be in life, the most ambitious choice was a soldier or barangay tanod because that's their world. Our mission now is to change that and expand their world, like in transportation, we tell them you can be a pilot or astronaut. That they can be anything and the sky's the limit."

There are currently four TULA centers - two in Pasig and another two in Makati. There are also plans of scaling up within Metro Manila, around the Philippines, and in other countries like Pakistan. "We've already piloted programs in Pakistan, and are looking at other countries. The goal is to help 10 million kids in the next 10 years. It's not really a low-hanging fruit that we're after but something that is important for all kids," Montinola pointed out.

TULA has already gained notice abroad, becoming a winner for "SOLVE at MIT", a social innovation contest in the US led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Its mission is to identify the best solutions to specific, actionable challenges through open innovation, and build and convene a community of leaders and change-makers committed to partnering together to pilot and implement these solutions.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Boracay businesses learn from the experts

Globe myBusiness digital tools workshop teaches SMEs how to stand out

 
Boracay is undoubtedly one of the areas most densely populated by sellers, thanks to its unstoppable and diverse market. But how can one retailer stand out in a sea of shops and vendors, many of which are selling the same thing?
To help business owners with this dilemma, Globe myBusiness brought its tried and tested digital business solutions to the country’s prime tourist destination through a four-day workshop titled Digital Tools to Future-Proof Your Business at The Tides Hotel.
Well-known entrepreneurs and inspirational speakers were tapped to share their experiences to motivate the participants.
Francis Miranda, an advertising consultant and an entrepreneur himself, has spent much of his life doing two things he loves most: helping businesses and guiding others with theirs; and travelling to as many places as he can.
With one of his beliefs being to “tailor fit your life to how you want it,” he’s a firm believer in the idea that success comes to those who actively work for it and take all the opportunities they are given.
He discussed many of the learnings he’d picked up over the years and detailed the following common trends happening across business in the Philippines today:
  1. Demand for Personalization.
Customers are increasingly demanding products and services that are made for their unique needs and lifestyles, thus, businesses should make their products cater more specifically to each customer and make their patrons feel appreciated and special.
  1. Rise of the Omni-channel and the Importance of an Online Presence.
Customers these days tend to research online and may already have certain expectation or judgment before visiting the physical shop. The best businesses provide a seamless and convenient shopping experience whether online or offline.
  1. Automated Business Operations.
To work around the rising needs of customers, business owners have gone digital as well. While the prospect may sound complicated to entrepreneurs who are new to the idea of digitization, it’s actually the opposite -- digital business owners are simplifying their operations by automating work processes that otherwise would be taxing or time-consuming.
  1. Power of Customer Advocacy.
Customers love to take photos and post reviews in order to get Likes and Comments.  They serve as free advertising that drives potential customers toward the brand -- hence the importance of providing a “wow” experience to ensure positive reviews.  
When it comes to creating the ultimate “wow” experience, Francis has only three guidelines: extraordinary, progressive, and consistent. Make sure customers’ experience is beyond that of an ordinary shopping trip, treatment or procedure. Make sure it becomes progressively better as time goes by. And finally, make sure that quality never falters and can be relied upon.
Other speakers similarly presented the many ways a business can go digital and make the most use of Globe myBusiness’ products and solutions to enhance business operations and profit. But they put a little more on the table by talking about how working in the service industry isn’t just a matter of having the best tools but is also about putting in the best effort.
ECAMIA Hotel Management Corporation President Ana Marie Alcantara gave the audience an inside look at how she started, ran and managed her hotel business and gave some tips for working in the tourism industry. Among these tips are:
  • Being tech-savvy.
One does not have to be a digital genius, but must know (and provide) digital means for  customers to find the business, give feedback, and do what they love most: share through social media.
  • Catering to a diverse market.
From millennials to digital nomads to people traveling for “bleisure” (a merging of business and leisure), the market has become more diverse than ever so a business must be able to provide for people from all walks of life.
  • Working with and not against the competition.
In a somewhat surprising statement, Ana Marie claimed that when customers come in asking for something her hotel can’t offer, she leads them to places that will, even if these other hotels are actually her competitors. On their side, they do the same thing and refer customers to her place as well.
  • Being yourself.
Being unique is the only way to set one apart so customers will not go elsewhere. As she says, “You have to be authentic. You have to have your own unique selling proposition.”
CJ Juntereal, on the other hand, talked about working as a food columnist. She highlighted the one thing all businesses should prioritize as much as product or service quality: a great customer experience.
“Investing in customer service is an act of bravery because the returns don’t happen right away,” she admits. But she proves that this is definitely an investment worth making, saying, “Customer satisfaction is the prime driver especially in the hotel and restaurant industry. Without customer satisfaction, there is nothing for your hotel or restaurant.”
Her tips for achieving this satisfaction included knowing the market well by studying data analytics, allowing customers to be as digital as they want to be, making it easy for people to reach the business, setting one apart by creating an amazing experience, and being creative with digital tools to enhance online presence.
Naturally, to achieve all these things, it’s best to get help from the right source. As Francis says, “Adapting to the future is all about choosing the right tools.” Thus, Globe myBusiness’ products and solutions are here to MSMEs with any and every business concern.
Globe myBusiness is a business unit under Globe Telecom which caters to MSMEs not only for their telco needs but also for solutions that will help create ease of business operations.
Ready to digitize your business? Visit https://mybusiness.globe.com.ph/restaurants-and-cafes/ to learn more.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Why it’s awesome to have WiFi at home!

 
Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi is your most affordable option for reliable connectivity at home
 
Many families in the Philippines rely on the internet, whether to stay connected on social media, do research, or watch and stream videos online. While it has become an important part of the household, many still don’t want to invest in a long-term internet connection due to budget constraints.
 
For those who want to experience fast and reliable broadband connection without the monthly commitment and contract lock-up, Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi may just be your best option with its strong connection, no monthly fees, hassle-free installation, and affordable loading options. It allows you to stay connected at home with prices you can afford.
 
Here are three reasons why you should get your own prepaid Home WiFi for the whole family:
  
1. No monthly commitments
 
For only P1,999, you can purchase the Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi device and enjoy 50 percent stronger WiFi vs MyFi without having to worry about installation to monthly fees. All devices also come with free 10GB of data and so they can catch your favorite TV series and hit movies, surf the web, and more.
 
2. Globe At Home’s most affordable 1GB ever!
 
Once you’ve plugged in your Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi, you can connect to the Internet by subscribing to surf promos like HomeSURF15 for 1GB of data for just P15! Add it on to your GoSURF50 load good for 3 days!
 
For heavier users, other HomeSURF promos are also available such as 10GB for P349 valid for 10 days or 15GB for P599 valid for 30 days. HomeSURF promos are exclusively available on the Globe At Home App which you can download on Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
 
3. Loading convenience right at your fingertips
 
Completing the seamless connected experience is the convenience of the Globe At Home App. With data monitoring and top-up features, you can manage, track and boost your account. The app is free to download and quick to set-up by just entering the mobile number assigned to your device.
 
To learn more about Globe at Home Prepaid WiFi, visit broadband.globe.com.ph/prepaid-home- wifi.html or visit shop.globe.com.ph/broadband#go-prepaid to purchase.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Globe Telecom Named GoCanvas APAC Partner of the Year 2017


GoCanvas CEO James Quigley hand-delivers the award to Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu

Mobile workflow automation platform GoCanvas has awarded leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom its APAC Partner of the Year award for 2017.

Globe is a major user of the GoCanvas platform, with multiple use cases covering everything from internal expense and vacation requests, to vehicle repair request and audit checks. With a major project underway to roll out GoCanvas to its entire 7,600 workforce, Globe has become one of the largest GoCanvas clients.

“The Philippines is at the forefront of digital transformation for businesses in the APAC region – Globe Telecom is a key factor in the rapid adoption of smartphones and the automation of workplace processes,” said GoCanvas CEO James Quigley. “We share Globe Telecom’s commitment to green initiatives and look forward to our continuing partnership helping thousands more businesses mobilize their workforce and fuel sustainable innovation.”


“We’re delighted to be named the GoCanvas Partner of the Year,” said Peter Maquera,  Globe Senior Vice President for Enterprise Group. “This accolade speaks volumes as our efforts in automating our business processes and the continuous reduction of our ecological footprint proves to be a great success. Aligned to our purpose, we will continue to enable our employees with simpler business processes that will help reduce the impact of our business operations and actively care for the environment.”

As part of the award, GoCanvas will provide its services and expertise free of charge through its Ante-Up Program to several of the charities supported by Globe. The first will be the Hineleban Foundation which aims to revive ecosystems in the Philippines, focusing on reforestation and community work.

About GoCanvas
GoCanvas is a mobile platform that makes it simple for business to automate how work is done, replacing outdated processes and expensive paperwork. The GoCanvas App works on smartphones and tablets, helping companies to easily collect information, share it instantly with others and gain real-time insight of their business operations. GoCanvas can be easily customized by any type of business to empower their workforce, unleashing the value in data across the organization to help them connect better with colleagues and engage more effectively with customers.
GoCanvas is trusted by thousands of businesses throughout 70 countries, automating millions of workplace activities, making it one of the fastest growing mobile platforms in the world. To learn more, visit www.gocanvas.com.
About Globe
Globe Telecom is a leading full service telecommunications company in the Philippines, serving the needs of consumers and businesses across an entire suite of products and services including mobile, fixed, broadband, data connections, internet and managed services.  Its principals are Ayala Corporation and SingTel who are acknowledged industry leaders in the country and in the region. For more information, visit www.globe.com.ph.  Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/talk2Globe and Facebook: http://facebook.com/GlobePH.
 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Globe mobile services suspended for Sinulog in Cebu, Ati-Atihan in Kalibo

Globe mobile services suspended for Sinulog in Cebu, Ati-Atihan in Kalibo
 
In compliance with a directive from the National Telecommunications Commission, Globe Telecom will temporarily suspend mobile services within the immediate vicinity of Sinulog festival in Cebu City and Ati-atihan in Kalibo, Aklan. In Cebu City, the suspension will be implemented on January 20, from 12 pm to 7 pm for the solemn procession and on January 21, from 8 am to 8 pm for the Sinulog grand parade.  In Kalibo, the suspension will cover Pastrana Park in Poblacion, Aklan on January 21, from 8 am to 10 am. With the directive, Globe customers along the parade route may not be able to access call, text and mobile data services while the suspension of services is in effect. --Globe General Counsel Atty. Froilan Castelo

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Cebu Landmasters ends 2017 with record P4.58-B reservation sales, plans 20 new developments in 2018

 
 Homegrown property developer Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI) finished the year 2017 with P4.58 billion in total reservation sales, exceeding its target by 13.75 percent and beating the 2016 result by 55.6 percent.
CLI attributed its exceptional performance mainly to newly launched residential projects: 38 Park Avenue (Cebu IT Park) with 745 units, Casa Mira South (Cebu) with 3,200 units, Mivesa Garden Residences (Cebu) with 1,514 units, Mesaverte (Cagayan de Oro) with 798 units, and the 694-unit MesaTierra (Davao City). These projects are now almost fully sold.
The listed company said its sales performance is resounding affirmation that its products respond to the needs of the market and are distributed strategically to the areas where demand is strongest.
“All the projects we launched were well-received by their respective markets making 2017 another banner year,” said CLI chief executive officer Jose Soberano III referring to the firm’s efforts to penetrate new markets such as Davao and Dumaguete and to diversify its products.  
The past year saw CLI aggressively venturing into the hospitality industry to increase its inventory to a total of 610 rooms in four years. All CLI hotel projects are located within company-developed mixed-use communities. The 180-room “lyf Cebu City” by Ascott targeting millennial travelers and the 250-room Citadines Riverside Davao were launched in late 2017. They will complement Citadines Cebu City set for completion in 2018.  More hotel projects are expected to break ground in 2018.
Cebu Landmasters is confident it will gain even greater momentum this year. The company has targeted reservations sales to hit P7 billion this2018, a massive 52-percent hike from the previous year, as it starts more projects and expands to more territories in Visayas-Mindanao growth centers. 
The array of new developments planned for the year include 10 in Cebu (two residential subdivisions, three residential condominiums, three offices, one hotel and one industrial park). Details of these projects will be revealed in the coming months.
CLI has also set its sights on two new territories in the Visayas. Bacolod will play host to two residential condominiums and a hotel, while a residential condo is planned for neighboring Iloilo. Reports from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) show that the Visayas region will zoom ahead of other regions in the next five years and is expected to outpace the projected 7 to 8 percent growth for the Philippines.
 The listed property developer also plans to fortify its foothold in Mindanao where it will launch two residential subdivisions and one residential condominium in Cagayan de Oro while a central business district and two residential condominiums will be unveiled in Davao. NEDA reports that in terms of economic growth, Davao ranks third among 18 regions in the country.
 The upcoming projects boost CLI’s total number of projects to 66 from 46 last year, as it continues to strengthen its brand in its niche markets. The company’s residential condominiums are mostly designed for the mid-market segment, although it also offers condos for the high-end market.
 “In 2018, we will continue to expand our footprint in the Visayas and Mindanao, and develop projects that respond to the growing market in these areas,” said Soberano who is confident CLI will meet its performance targets set for the year and beyond.
 It expects that hikes in household income resulting from the newly approved package 1 of the Duterte government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) will be channeled to housing.
 Studies (TUCP, 2010) have also shown that around 2 to 2.1 percent of OFW remittances are channeled to housing. Total remittances in 2017 were seen to hit US$33 billion (World Bank, 2017). This means that at least US$693 million or about P35 billion would be used for shelter requirements.
 CLI also expects that government spending in infrastructure will unlock land values outside Metro Manila and stimulate business in the countryside as the Duterte administration pushes for investments outside of the country’s capital.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Globe Telecom looks at global best practices in fight vs. illegal sites, child pornography

 
Globe Telecom looks at global best practices in Singapore and other countries in its fight against illegal sites and child pornography in order to protect the rights of young Filipino boys and girls who are most susceptible to exploitation and abuse.
 
The island-state currently regulates the presence of objectionable content and conduct online through its Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as enabled by the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act and carried out by Singapore's Media Development Authority. A list of 100 websites are banned including a site that allegedly recruited underage boys for sex and nude photography.
 
In the Philippines, the Anti-child Pornography Act of 2009Intellectual Property Code, and the Anti-Camcording Law were previously placed to combat child pornography and other illegal sites. In 2014, the Cyber Crime Law took effect that made any crime under the Revised Penal Code, which is a list of general punishable acts,  be considered a cybercrime if done using a computer or the internet.  Thus, prior laws pertaining to intellectual rights and piracy are given more support for enforcement.
 
With enabling laws, regulatory agencies such as the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), Intellectual Property Office (IPO), and the Optical Media Board (OMB) among others can learn from the practice of other countries if the Philippines is really serious at combating piracy and child pornography. 
 
Yoly Crisanto, Globe SVP for Corporate Communications, said:  “This advocacy is important especially as we contribute greatly to the development of a digital nation. We want to provide our customers with safe and quality content and ensure that our products and services are not used for illegal activities.  At the same time, we want to protect intellectual property rights including our own original content and the licensed content of our global and local partners so that we can give the people who create content what’s rightfully due them.”
 
In 2017, Globe invested 2.7 million dollars to improve its Domain Name System (DNS) with several blocking capabilities that enabled the company to block close to 2,500 domains or sites found to have lewd and child pornography-related content and will continue to actively look out for such illegal sites.
 
Although the Philippines has Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009 to protect every child from all forms of exploitation and abuse, sadly the country continue to top the list of global sources of child pornography based on the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) The State of The World’s Children 2017 report entitled “Children in a Digital World.  The situation, however, is expected to improve with the signing into law of the child online protection provision in RA 10929 or the Free Internet in Public Places Act.
 
The Unicef report noted that the pervasiveness of the Internet, mobile apps and online payment methods further aided in the proliferation of child pornography and sex trafficking.
 
It  was collaborated by another report from the International Justice Mission, a human rights group handling cases of online exploitation of children in the Philippines which noted that 8 out of 10 victims that they have rescued are 12 years old and below, some even as young babies.
 
Under Philippine law, “child pornography” refers to ”any representation, whether visual, audio, or written combination thereof, by electronic, mechanical, digital, optical, magnetic or any other means, of child engaged or involved in real or simulated explicit sexual activities”.
 
The fight against child pornography and illegal sites is part of Globe Telecom’s #PlayItRight advocacy campaign to ensure that its products and services are not used in illegal activities and to protect the copyrighted content of its global partners.

Monday, January 15, 2018

GCash to raffle off 10 iPhone X for The SM Store shoppers

 


The SM Store shoppers nationwide are in for a treat as GCash mobile wallet is set to raffle off 10 iPhone X from February to April this year.
To qualify, existing and new GCash App users just need to pay their The SM Store purchases using the GCash scan to pay feature which all The SM Stores in the country started accepting last December.  Each single receipt value of at least P500 is equal to one raffle entry.  Promo is valid on a monthly basis from January 15 to April 15, 2018 per DTI-FTEB Permit No.0579 Series of 2018.
Distribution of prizes, draw schedules, and valid entries are as follows:
Spend Period
Jan 15 – Feb 15, 2018
Feb 16 – March 15, 2018
March 16 – April 15, 2018
Draw date
Feb 20, 2018
March 20, 2018
April 20, 2018
Number of iPhones
3
3
4
 
While monthly winners are no longer qualified for the succeeding raffle draws, others may still get a chance to win the following month by transacting using GCash scan to pay in The SM Store again.
The winners will be notified by GCash through registered mail, mobile number (SMS and phone call) for instructions on how to claim their prize. The announcement of raffle winners will also be done through the Official GCash Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/gcashofficial/) according to announcement schedule.
How to use GCash scan to pay:
  1. Download the GCash app on your smartphone and sign up, or update the GCash app to the latest version and login.
  2. Click “Pay QR” on the dashboard, then click “Scan QR Code” to access the QR scanner. You can also swipe left from the dashboard to access the scanner immediately.
  3. Scan to pay in The SM Store during payment
  4. Input the amount to be paid as stated by the merchant’s POS and frontliner
  5. Confirm the payment details of the transaction
  6. Upon success of payment, an sms will be received by the customer and the merchant front liner indicating that payment has been done.
Not yet a GCash subscriber? Register to GCash now by downloading the GCash App or by dialing *143#, select GCash and register.
Learn more about GCash by visiting www.gcash.com. Follow its social media channels: www.facebook.com/gcashofficial,www.twitter.com/gcashofficial, and www.instagram.com/gcashofficial.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Globe myBusiness helps SMEs become future proof

 

Participants of the Globe myBusiness workshop for Boracay SMEs
Globe myBusiness has brought its valuable expertise and tried-and-tested products and solutions to the country’s favorite tourist destination, Boracay, to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) become future-proof.
 
The workshop, dubbed as Globe myBusiness Digital Tools to Future-Proof Your Business, centered on the most prominent industries currently flourishing in Boracay such as tourism, hotels and accommodations, restaurants and food establishments, and retail.

In the four-day event, entrepreneurs, managers and various other staff members from all over the island were able to pick up a wealth of knowledge that allowed them to better understand technology and what it can do for them.
 
Derrick Heng, Senior Advisor for Globe myBusiness said:  “Employing technology in business isn’t instantaneous. Rather, it’s a step-by-step process. It may take years for a business to fully maximize its digital potential, but the results are definitely worth the challenge.  Globe myBusiness is here to assist entrepreneurs every step of the way.
As a first takeaway from the workshop, the participants learned about the importance of social media which is the simplest way to use technology for business.  Through social media, entrepreneurs can spread word about their business, get feedback, and contact their clients or customers in the blink of an eye.
 
“Digital marketing was the most important lesson for me, that you really need to make the most out of it through social media,” said Lourdes A. Ramirez of Secret Garden Boracay.
June Myrrh Dueñas and Dane Aldeguer of Isla Chicas Travel Consultancy added:  “We understand that everything’s online, and everything’s on mobile phones, and we need to be a part of everything that’s happening. We have to grow with the changes, with technology.”
 
At the same time, Globe myBusiness educated the participants about different business solutions that can help them sell online such as Shopify; boost efficiency through the Gsuite online suite of productivity tools that can be used anywhere and on any device; and advertise their business like the Adblast targeted texts to consumers, among others.
 
“The workshop was very helpful for me. The things discussed were a
Digital technology, however, has to be embraced not only by the decision-makers but the whole team for it to make a bigger impact.
 
“We learned a lot that could help us with our future plans for the business. We are most interested in the concept of GCash. Our consideration now is how we’ll train our employees, because they’re already doing things a certain way, so it’ll be a [challenge] helping them adapt to technology,” said Flory Jhen and Flory Vhel Alvarez of Shinyou.
 
However, technology only emphasizes what business owners already know and live by, that it is quality that still gets the customer. Thus, technology has to work side by side with current sales, service and marketing strategies in order for it to work.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Bench + 39 retail brands to accept GC Scan to Pay in January

 
The Bench and Suyen Global Brands will expand the use of GCash scan to pay feature to include all of its retail outlets and its other brands nationwide by mid-January, to make shopping more convenient and secure.
 
By simply scanning the GCash QR (quick response) codes present in the stores, GCash users can pay for any item at Bench and at least 39 other affiliated brands which include Paul Smith, American Eagle, The Face Shop, Aldo, Assembly, Aldo Accessories, Bench Body, Bench Fix Salon, Bench Kiosk, Bobbi Brown, Call It Spring, Cotton On, Cotton on Kids, Cath Kidston, Charles and Keith, Dimensione, Estee Lauder, Fox, Her Bench, Human, Jo Malone, Kashieca, La Senza, Maisen, Multibrand, Marugame, Mothercare, Origin, Pablo, Pedro, Paul, Personal Exchange, Repetto, Rubi, Skin Expert, St. Marc, Typo, Under Armour and Vero Moda.

Aside from the convenience of shopping without carrying cash, GCash users can enjoy a 30 percent cashback of up to P500 until January 31 this year when they scan to pay with GCash in Bench and all of its other brands.
 
"GCash is here to ensure that customers are given the convenience and security they deserve when paying for goods and services. With the GCash scan to pay feature, anyone with a GCash account and smartphone can easily pay the exact amount using their phone.  There is no longer any need to wait for loose change or pay in smaller denominations, or even stand in line for a  long time," said Ernest Cu, President and CEO of Globe Telecom.
 
Using the GCash scan to pay feature is simple. With their iPhone or Android smartphone, customers only need to download or update to the latest version of the GCash App, register for an account, and then fund their GCash wallets at any of the more than 12,000 GCash Partner Outlets nationwide, including Globe Stores, Puregold branches, SM Business Centers, Robinsons Business Centers, 7-Eleven Barcode and Cliqq kiosks, TouchPay kiosks and pawnshops such as Cebuana Lhuillier, Villarica and Tambunting. Once it's done, customers will simply tap on the Scan QR, point a phone's camera at the partner's QR code, and pay.
 
GCash is being operated by Mynt, a company owned by Globe Telecom, Ant Financial, and the Ayala Corporation.
 
GCash now dominates the country's retail e-payment landscape as there are more than 4,000 GCash QRs being accepted in several merchants all over the country, including the biggest players in the retail industry such as Ayala Malls, Robinsons Department Store, SM Malls, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls Cinema, Puregold, Ministop, and NCCC Malls.

Learn more about GCash by visiting www.gcash.com. Follow us on our social media channels: www.facebook.com/gcashofficial, www.twitter.com/gcashofficial, and www.instagram.com/gcashofficial.
 
 
 

Hakab Na! 2018