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Amazon delivery man delivers a package in Blackwood, Wales, UK.Huo Ferclo / Getty Images The pandemic has been a disaster for many businesses, but it.....»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianMay 3rd, 2021

La Jornada – Businesses turn down 1 in 4 online purchases

One in four e-commerce purchases made were rejected due to potential fraud, as revealed by a study by ClearSale, a company that specializes in corporate.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 14th, 2021

Opportunity to reform market economy

The crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic provides a singular opportunity to significantly reform the so-called free market economy that has been embraced by countries of different political shades and persuasions, from socialist China to capitalist America.  Although it cannot be denied that the experiment with market-oriented economic policies by China has resulted in the liberation from dehumanizing poverty of hundreds of millions of people over the last 20  to 30 years, there continues to be scandalous disparity of income and wealth among those who have benefited from these reforms and those who have been left behind.  The massive unemployment that has been caused by the lockdowns of  economies all over the world has worsened the inequity in the distribution of income even in the most developed countries of Europe and elsewhere. The human sufferings that we are witnessing during the worst global economic crisis in 150 year  should bring world leaders to finally come to their senses and listen to what Pope Francis has been saying about   the limitations of the free market economy in respecting the dignity of each human person and in pursuing the common good of society. In The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis clearly states that “the dignity of each human person and the pursuit of the common good are concerns which ought to shape all economic policies. At times, however, they seem to be a mere addendum imported from without in order to fill out a political discourse lacking in perspectives or plans for true and integral development.”  The Holy Father points out that  growth in social justice “requires more than economic growth, while presupposing such growth.”  it requires decisions, programs, mechanisms, and processes especially geared to a better distribution of income, the creation of sources of employment, and an integral promotion of the poor which goes beyond a simple welfare mentality.”  In the publication “This Economy Kills,” authors Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, inspired by the teachings of Pope Francis, enumerate the types of leaders who are needed for authentic human development in both developed and emerging markets.  According to them, we need “men and women who look to the future, who are committed to pursue the common  good and whose goal is not just the next election campaign.  It requires men and women who not only look at the spread and stock market indices as indicators of the health of a country but inquire whether the younger generations have a job, a future, and hope; whether children have kindergartens and schools that can educate them by introducing them to reality; whether couples have the opportunity to buy a house; whether there are effective welfare programs available for the elderly; and whether those who still bet on the future by putting children into the world are justly taxed, rather than penalized.  It requires men and women who are engaged in politics and work in institutions without corrupting themselves or letting others corrupt them, even managing perhaps to revive a minimum of esteem (which has never been so in decline) for that ‘highest form of charity’—that is, politics—in as much as it is exclusively committed to the common good and to the real lives of people, with special attention   and dedication to those in difficulty, those left behind, those  who are excluded and should be included.” We have in the above quote a program that should permeate the so-called new normal post-pandemic.  What I have read so far about prognostications concerning the “new normal” are mostly about means, not ends. There is a lot of talk about the digital transformation that all economic sectors shall have undergone as a response to the changes in consumer lifestyle and business practices brought about by COVID-19. It asserted that digitalization will be a universal practice. Online purchases of practically all types of consumer goods and services; modes of payments; delivery of formal education and all types  of skills training; banking practices; religious services; sports events; forms of entertainment; etc.  These transformations, however,  could occur without addressing the fundamental problem of great disparities in the distribution of income and wealth and may even exacerbate the problem of the poor if, for example, their children are further left behind because they lack the resources to participate in online learning.  Although the means are also important, there should be greater emphasis in the transformation of the ends or objectives of the economic system.  Our leaders should ask themselves how to make the structural changes necessary to reduce mass poverty (which has worsened during the many lockdowns made necessary by the pandemic).  In more concrete terms, the economic system should be geared to providing more nutritious food to the poorest of the poor; better quality education and health care to the bottom 20 percent of the population; free health services to those who cannot afford them;  socialized housing for the homeless; and well paying jobs for the unemployed and underemployed. The new normal should give the highest priority to providing the small farmers with what they need to eke out a decent living by providing them with the necessary infrastructures such as farm-to-market roads, irrigation systems, post-harvest facilities, access to credit and other farm support services that have long been denied the Filipino farmers.  I have always maintained that the first cause of dehumanizing poverty in the Philippines is the long-term neglect of rural and agricultural development.  It is not a coincidence that 75 percent of those who fall below the poverty line are in the rural areas. Many of them are the beneficiaries of agrarian reform who, after being provided with one or two hectares of land, were completely abandoned to their own resources.  They are the landless farm workers, the “kaingeros” (slush-and-burn farmers), and the subsistence fisherfolk. Hopefully, the shortage of food during  the pandemic has made it crystal clear that food security should be on top of our economic objectives.  Food security now and in the future can be made possible only by a significant increase in the productivity with which we use our agricultural resources.  To be continued For comments, my email address is bernardo.villegas@uap.asia.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Proudly Filipino-made e-commerce platform offers new essentials, helps small businesses badly hit by pandemic

Online shopping has become the norm this pandemic. Convenient and relatively fast, home essentials and lifestyle picks can be yours in a matter of two days without ever leaving your house......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2021

As COVID-19 ravages the Philippines, a bible thumper insults our intelligence

RJ Nieto We have been made too aware of the speakership catfight in the House of Representatives. On one side is Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano who, last year, agreed to a term sharing deal that entails his voluntary resignation this month. On the other side, the PDP-Laban Lord Allan Velasco, head of the House’s biggest political party. If Cayetano just complied with the term-sharing agreement that he himself insisted on having, then the nation could have moved on and returned its focus on the COVID-19 pandemic that has been ravaging the erstwhile flourishing Philippine economy. But that was not the case: after getting a taste of his lucrative position for 15 months, Cayetano didn’t want to let go. In mid-September, Cayetano said he should remain as the speaker as he claims to enjoy majority support. Days later, his camp even went a step further when Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte accused Velasco of planning to delay the passage of the crucial 2021 National Budget. President Rodrigo Duterte, acting as head of the Kilusang Pagbabago Coalition, mediated the rift when he called for a meeting with Cayetano and Velasco. There are various versions of what happened during the meeting, but what’s clear is that both sides agreed to a vote on the speakership on October 14th. At this point, minus the speakership drama, pretty much everything else in the House, especially the 2021 budget deliberations, was going quite smoothly . At this point, the Cayetano-Velasco catfight was still a purely political skirmish. But things took a turn for the worse during the October 7 House session. While the budget debates were still ongoing, Cayetano abruptly declared the end of debates. He then moved to suspend House sessions until mid-November, effectively cancelling the October 14th vote for speaker. Cayetano’s move squarely violated Section 16(5), Article VI, of the Constitution, which forbids the House from adjourning for more than three days without the Senate’s nod. The term he used — “suspension” — is just semantic acrobatics for adjournment. Cayetano’s move effectively delayed the transmission to the Senate of the budget’s House version from October 14 to mid-November at the earliest. For the sake of holding onto power, he escalated the purely political skirmish into a full-blown national crisis. If Cayetano and his allies did not want a speakership change because his replacement will just delay the budget, then why did he delay the budget himself? The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a New Normal, and we need a national budget that takes this New Normal into account. However, the speaker’s latest political stunt risks the reenactment of the previous national budget, a budget that was written before COVID-19 ravaged us. How can the nation address the rampaging pandemic without a national budget that recognizes COVID-19 as a national disaster? We need more IT infrastructure funding as more Filipinos engage in e-commerce and as schools shift to online learning. We need more healthcare funding as Filipinos continue to get infected with this virus. We need more fiscal support for ailing businesses as thousands have gone bankrupt after the economy ground to a halt. But all of these may not happen because of what Cayetano did. He can bicker with anyone as much as he wants, but he should not sacrifice the welfare of this nation for the sake of his ambitions. Cayetano loves to quote the Bible every chance he gets, but it appears that the Bible he reads excludes all the verses that mention greed. I know for a fact that politicians want power. Running for office, after all, is inherently a quest to gain power. But power is sought not for power’s sake. Power is just a means to towards an end, and that end should be public welfare. Too bad for us earthlings, Cayetano may not share the same view of power. And even if he does, his notion of power is a warped, twisted version that serves his aspirations more than those of the Filipino people. And despite what he’s done, he has the gall to insult our intelligence by claiming that he has the nation’s best interests in mind. If there’s anything we can learn from Cayetano, that would be new and more creative ways to cringe. Alan Peter Cayetano’s latest stunt suggests that while Alan Peter Cayetano may still love this country, Alan Peter Cayetano happens to love Alan Peter Cayetano more. For comments and reactions, please email TP@ThinkingPinoy.net or visit Facebook.com/TheThinkingPinoy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Christmas 2020 for workers and farmers

HOTSPOT Tonyo Cruz Two things workers are looking forward to at the end of each year are the 13th month pay and the Christmas bonus. And it seems about two million workers may not get any 13th month pay at all, if the Duterte government would have its way. The reason? Because of the pandemic. In reaction, Kilusang Mayo Uno chairperson Elmer Labog  issued his shortest statement yet this year, unable to hide labor’s frustration: “It is the government’s responsibility to bail out MSMEs in times of emergencies.” Indeed, it is the state’s obligation to support and prop up micro, small and medium-scale enterprises especially now in the time of pandemic. By saying MSMEs could dispense with the 13th month pay, the government is practically passing on its responsibility to MSMEs. Workers continue to give their share through the cheap, underpaid and overstressed labor power that makes sure MSMEs continue to function and perform their role as main engines of the economy. The government must do its job: Bail out the MSMEs. It is quite surprising that the Duterte government seems disinterested in bailing out MSMEs, considering the avalanche of news about the borrowings here and there. According to Sonny Africa, executive director of the think-tank Ibon Foundation, the borrowings has reached a historic high: “It took 118 years for the country’s debt to reach P6.1-trillion in 2016. President Duterte is taking just six years to more than than double that to P13.7-trillion in 2022.” Again, the reason for the borrowing has been “because of the pandemic.” Regardless of where the money goes, and whether or not MSMEs and workers received only a drop from it, they would pay the entire debt through more and higher taxes for years to come. Workers are not asking for something they have not earned through hard work. They earned that 13th month pay. It is not an optional thing. It is part of the law. The pandemic should oblige the state to bail out our MSMEs to enable them to fully function, and to give the workers’ their due under the law. Workers have given and lost a lot because of the pandemic. Workers have not asked for free rides to work, but the government fails to provide adequate and safe mass transport. Workers have asked for free mass testing in their companies and communities, but the government has other ideas. Workers and their families would have fared better with unemployment benefits amid the dismal pandemic response of government, but it seems the same government wishes to push them instead to pawnshops and loan sharks. We haven’t even factored in the laid-off, underemployed and unemployed workers, as well as the undetermined number of overseas Filipino healthcare workers stranded in the country since April. They all don’t wish to be “patay-gutom” and “pala-asa”.  They don’t wish to stay unemployed and be dependent on aid. They are ready to work and earn their keep. But since the president made policy decisions affecting their ability to obtain work, it is the government’s obligation to bail them out as well. The situation of our nation’s farmers is no different. For instance, rice farmers continue to produce our national staple. The pandemic made even worse the effects on them of the combined power of policies such as rice tarrification, the stranglehold of Big Landlords, the vast influence of rice cartels, and the continued operation of illegal rice importers. Price monitoring by Bantay Bigas and the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas reveals the outrageously low palay prices nationwide, which means ruin to our nation’s rice farmers: Negros Occidental and Bicol region P10; Capiz P10-P11; Caraga P11; Tarlac P11-12; Ilocos Sur and Nueva Ecija P11-13; Camarines Sur P11.50-14; Bulacan and Mindoro P12; Isabela P12-P13.50; Pangasinan P12-P12.30; Antique P12.50; Agusan del Sur P13; Davao de Oro P13.14; Davao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and South Cotabato P13.50; North Cotabato P14; and Lanao del Norte P15. If you look at it, plantitos and plantitas today pay 20 to 50 times more for ornamental plants, compared to the prices traders and the NFA offer to our farmers. According to Bantay Bigas and KMP, the government procures way less than 20 percent of the produce of rice farmers.  And then we hear that the NFA would rather import rice from other countries, at pandemic-affected prices at that. Without any state intervention, by way of NFA buying rice farmers’ produce at P20 per kilo, and providing loans to farmers, there could be worse rural poverty in the coming months and years. Between our workers and farmers, their families have been made to sacrifice a lot since March, with prices of basic goods spiking, with new and higher expenses arising from online classes for the children. There cannot be no aid for them.  Neither should workers and farmers shoulder the burden of the failure or refusal of government to provide funding for bailouts sorely needed by MSMEs, and be forced to accept new national debts to pay for policies such as rice tarrification and importation. The government knows the scale of the problem. The Department of Labor and Employment says 13,127 companies have either laid off workers or permanently closed. The response cannot be “pass the burden to workers”. The answer should be: “the state must do everything to rescue the companies and the workers.” OFWs across the world should be familiar with bailouts and economic protections because of the pandemic. Many countries that host OFWs enacted huge bailouts and stimulus to their economies, partly so that migrant labor could continue to be employed. They enjoy health insurance, and special COVID19 coverage. Governments handed out checks to both citizens and companies. Is it too much to ask that the same be done in our own country? Or do Filipinos have to go abroad to experience such social and economic protections?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Huawei Developer Day kicks off on August 6

The next instalment of the globally broadcasted ‘Huawei Developer Day’ (HDD) series will focus on how online retailers, businesses, and developers can utilise Huawei Mobile Services’ (HMS) innovative technology to get the most out of a rapidly evolving online retail landscape. Live on Thursday 6 August, the event, titled ‘The Huawei Developer Webinar | Connect LIVEs with E-commerce,’ will demonstrate how Huawei is making live commerce easier, faster, and more immersive than ever. By combining its HMS capability kits into a single ecommerce solution, Huawei can now offer a technological edge over other platforms, providing a truly intelligent live commerce experience.  Developers who attend the free webinar will learn how Huawei can help merchants from multiple industries increase traffic on to their online platform, while simultaneously lowering costs for hosting live ecommerce events. With speakers from partnering companies LiveMe and Kumu among the many due to speak at the event, attendees will gain exclusive insight into creating a richer and more advanced live streaming experience.  “With more consumers and vendors converting to live commerce streaming to sell and buy products, ecommerce is continuing its rapid growth and represent an increasingly large section of the global retail industry. A key priority for Huawei is supporting the expanding number of developers around the world in this field, which is why our next HDD is dedicated entirely to ecommerce and online retailers,” said Peter Gauden, the Head of WEU EcoSystem Marketing at Huawei Consumer Business Group.  “HDD is an invaluable opportunity for developers and retailers of all sizes and sectors to get a head start on competitors and learn how our new and enhanced HMS-based solution can greatly enhance their live commerce capabilities,” said Peter. As well as launching the new ecommerce solution and sharing expert insights into how the global ecommerce sector is becoming increasingly integrating with mobile technology, the hour-long webinar will welcome interaction from the audience through live comments. This ecommerce HDD event is the latest part of Huawei’s commitment to creating an all-scenario smart ecosystem for better experiences, enabling developers to open new doors, and allowing Huawei consumers and AppGallery users to unlock more innovative and unique experiences. The event is part of the ongoing support and resources that developers have access to when integrating with HMS and listing on AppGallery. Huawei’s fully open Chip-Device-Cloud capabilities ensures app experience and innovation is accelerated, while its full life-cycle operation management, extensive brand resources, and expertise in local markets helps developers succeed in business. It also offers one-stop operational support for developers worldwide covering the entire development cycle to incentivise innovation and ensure ecosystem prosperity......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

Temperature checks, masks new norm for Amazon employees

Amazon on Thursday said it is temperature-checking more than 100,000 workers daily and handing out masks as part of ramped-up defenses against the coronavirus pandemic. The online e-commerce colossus made the announcement after a series of employee protests and complaints about safety for workers delivering food and supplies to people hunkered down in their homes. […] The post Temperature checks, masks new norm for Amazon employees appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2020

Amazon prioritizes medical supplies, staples for delivery

Amazon on Tuesday made a priority of medical supplies and household staples, putting shipments of other goods on hold to focus on key items during the coronavirus outbreak. “We are seeing increased online shopping and as a result some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock,” the e-commerce titan said. […] The post Amazon prioritizes medical supplies, staples for delivery appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 18th, 2020

Paypal: Cross-border shopping to benefit from commerce spike

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, bringing with it an ecommerce frenzy. The spike in online purchases during this time of the year also offers a unique opportunity for Filipino retailers: cross border shopping. .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 21st, 2019

Black Friday Alert: Financial Botnets Primarily Targeting E-commerce Apparel Sites

In the wake of the upcoming Black Friday sales period, cybercriminals are targeting customers of apparel e-commerce websites, including fashion, shoes, gifts, toys and jewelry. Consumers looking for deals in these areas during the upcoming weeks are advised to be careful when making online purchases. These are the key findings of a Black Friday Alert […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsNov 29th, 2019

In high-tech Japan, cash is still king

TOKYO, Japan – Once a pioneer in cashless transactions, Japan is now lagging behind as the world's biggest economies increasingly embrace electronic payments – because its ageing population still prefers physical money. Four out of five purchases are still made with cash in Japan, despite its reputation as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 21st, 2019

Online Selling Made Easy For MSMEs

Global e-commerce selling and logistics platform, Anchanto, launched Monday its “free forever” plan across Asia Pacific, except Indonesia and Korea, to boost the micro, small and medium enterprises’ (MSMEs) e-commerce capabilities. Anchanto co-Founder, Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Country Head (Philippines) Abhimanyu Kashikar, in a roundtable discussion with media at Contis Greenbelt, shared that this […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 4th, 2019

No Cash? No Problem! Shopee lets you pay for your COD purchases via ShopeePay

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, now offers another safe and rewarding method to pay for your cash-on-delivery (COD) orders using ShopeePay’s Scan to Pay feature. .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 13th, 2021

GCash shares peek into newest innovations

From starting out as an e-wallet for making fast & secure online transactions to being the undisputed #1 mobile wallet app in the Philippines, GCash is now transforming itself once again to respond to the call of the times by launching new products and services to further its vision of making Filipino lives better everyday, with finance solutions made for all......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 13th, 2021

E-commerce lifestyle shift likely permanent

The shift to buying goods online will likely be a lasting lifestyle as the pandemic has significantly changed retail behavior in Asia Pacific and the rest of the world, a global survey showed......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 10th, 2021

Google makes people& rsquo;s digital lifestyle safer and more secure

Google reiterates its commitment to keep people safe and secure online with products that not only put people in control of their data, but also through responsible data practices and delivering some of the most advanced security technology in the industry......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 9th, 2021

DTI, Shopee tie up for online food fair

The Department of Trade and Industry has teamed up with e-commerce platform Shopee Philippines for an online food fair in support of micro, small and medium enterprises......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 9th, 2021

Longer validity of government permits, licenses sought

The Anti-Red Tape Authority is recommending the extension of the validity of government permits and licenses and the exemption of initial applications made through online facilities from payment of fees due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 29th, 2021

Embattled Philippine journalist wins UN press prize

The UN's cultural agency on Tuesday awarded its annual press freedom prize to Philippine journalist Maria Ressa whose reporting has made her a target of her country's judiciary and online hate campaigns......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 28th, 2021

Online child sexual abuse convictions up

Convictions for offenses involving online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) went up in 2020, underscoring the gains made by the government, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Sunday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 11th, 2021