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Shell Livewire launched to aid startups, businesses

From digital workflow management to contact tracing mobile apps, technology and innovation have been integral parts of overcoming the challenges presented by COVID-19. To proactively address unforeseen obstacles in the future of the pandemic, the Philippine government called upon innovators and startups to collaborate with them during the launch of Shell’s Livewire platform on September 25......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnSep 26th, 2020

Top 7 Benefits of Android App Development

Android is an open-source programming language with a wide user base. So, when it comes to counting the benefits there are many. Android app development is very popular and considered by plenty of businesses whether small or huge enterprises. User acceptance of Android was very low back in 2007 when it was launched. But, after […] The post Top 7 Benefits of Android App Development appeared first on Kagay An......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

20-year-old Cebuana CEO launches biodegradable phone case collection

Growing up in the age of the internet has made many teenagers young proprietors of startups and online businesses. But aside from starting a business at a young age, a number of these teen bosses are using their ventures as a platform to bring their mission and advocacies into the limelight. Nicole Ong Oh, who […] The post 20-year-old Cebuana CEO launches biodegradable phone case collection appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 7th, 2020

Negosyo Center in Talisay City launched

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A Negosyo Center was launched in Talisay City to cater to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and help ease the processing of various business-related permits. Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas said this is a huge help to Talisaynons as many of those affected by the coronavirus pandemic may want to start businesses […] The post Negosyo Center in Talisay City launched appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 16th, 2020

AB Heineken Philippines supports outlets, small businesses

AB Heineken Philippines Inc., manufacturer of premium quality beers Heineken and Tiger, recently launched a Restart Package program to support on-premise small and medium businesses as they slowly re-open after the quarantine......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 13th, 2020

Villar Group launches online delivery service

The Villar Group has launched an online delivery service platform to cater to its affiliate brands AllHome, AllDay and Coffee Project across all branches and to other businesses as well......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 8th, 2020

ASEAN online sale launched

The ASEAN Online Sale Day was launched on Saturday, wherein participating e-commerce businesses and platforms offered online discounts and promotions to consumers within the region. More than 150 businesses joined the AOSD, offering discounts or promotions on food, apparel, furniture, digital services and hotel “staycations.” The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) partnered with members […] The post ASEAN online sale launched appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 8th, 2020

What’s in style? Safe shopping.

Rustan’s goes all out with safety measures, including the latest in disinfection and sanitation. THANK YOU FOR SMOKING. Rustan’s utilizes Spanish technology Sanivir, which contains active ingredients proven to kill bacteria, molds, and coronavirus These extraordinary times have completely shifted the definition of so many ordinary words. Take, for example, “weekends.” What does a weekend even mean, when everyone is living their weekends day in, day out? People cooped up inside their homes, Netflix and chilling (or pacing, depending on current anxiety levels), wearing their Natori Fortuna Mandarin all day, as governments all over the world caution to shelter in place.  Or “homecooked.” Everything’s veritably homecooked now—whether it’s cooked in your home, by you, or cooked in somebody else’s home, by an upstart baker you support because she’s your niece, or by your favorite chef, who is left with no choice but to create his oeuvres from his home kitchen.  Or “luxury.” Let’s be honest. Luxury—its BC (before Covid) definition—contained overused keywords like glamour, opulence, indulgence, lavishness. But times, they’ve changed.  Fancy things now seem so unnecessary, so excessive, so out of touch, so…pointless—in a world that has hastily pivoted back to the basics. Sipping tea from a Royal Albert 1980 Roseblush cup doesn’t seem as luxurious as being able to score some actual, hard-to-acquire Gold Yen Zhen tea from TWG, even if you have to gulp it from those ubiquitous bamboo cups.  The pandemic has changed what luxury meant. Now, luxury is the feeling of being safely ensconced in our cocoons, safe from the virus, safe from the madding crowds. Safety is luxury. To be more accurate: Luxury is being safe, while experiencing as few inconveniences as possible. One Home, One HopeMarketers and entrepreneurs are now realizing, after putting in all necessary work to convince their clients to come back, that a sense of safety is beyond physical, it is psychological. It’s Plexiglass with perception, masks coupled with marketing.  Brands, to successfully ride out these challenging times, need to do more than just tick off government checklists—they need to bank on their legacies, their ethos, their abiding sense of connection to loyal clientele.  AT YOUR SERVICE. Rustan’s opened up a Sanivir desk to allow its customers to avail of its method In the travel industry, as it is in the retail industry, it’s about leveraging on your loyal clientele’s sense of home. “Home” is no longer just their place of residence, but their familiar zones. It’s about “feeling at home.” As people start to nervously and grudgingly go out, they will only want to stay and explore sacred spaces where they’ve “felt at home.” Luxury retailer Rustan’s understands this well. “Our goal for the past 70 years has always been to serve the community with great service and to provide a safe environment that feels like home,” Nedy Tantoco, chairman of Rustan Commercial Corporation, says. “In this new chapter, we are committed to the idea of ‘One Home, One Hope.’ As an establishment that has been a second home for many shoppers, we will stay dedicated in implementing thorough safety protocols to ensure that our employees and shoppers are protected and can visit us with ease of mind.” And this is why higher-end businesses like Rustan’s will flourish, despite the financial challenges Covid-19 brings. They have the space, and they obviously can very well afford to put stringent safety measures in place. Precise precautions are in their DNA. These are establishments that cater to the VVIPs, whose exacting standards they’ve always tried to meet.  And it’s not just loyal clients who will seek out these private spaces—the occasional and habitual shopper will gravitate toward businesses that offer them this hushed environment. Going inside cramped little boutiques have lost their novelty, and many will shirk away from places that tend to be crowd favorites.  At Rustan’s, shoppers have always counted on the intimacy of the shopping experience. Unobtrusive but alert sales personnel have always kept their distance as you scan the racks, and there’s always a sense of quiet order—a serene retail floor space, backed by an efficient team who anticipate your needs and who move with the fluidity of a well-directed orchestra.  This efficiency will be in full display when you visit the store again—that is if you still haven’t since it reopened in June.   Opened after three months of closure, the luxury retailer has implemented, in compliance with government regulations, security measures like foot baths, thermal scans, hand sanitation, and mandatory wearing of masks. You’ll also see staff repeatedly disinfecting touchpoints like escalator rails and elevator buttons, and alcohol dispensers are going to be ubiquitous.   RETAIL WONDER. Sanivir is perfect for retail spac-es as smoke is dry and won’t stick to clothing Managers, sales associates, security personnel, and cleaners are all wearing masks, face shields, and goggles. But it’s the little touches that will remind you how they’ve set the bar high—sanitation boxes are placed in fitting rooms for clothes that are not purchased, fitting rooms are sanitized after every use, and store personnel are required to steam the clothes before putting them back on display.  At the payment counter, all credit cards will be sanitized, and packages will be disinfected before being handed to the customer. At the store’s East Café, tables are separated with plastic shields, and so are the wash basins in the restrooms, which will each have a sanitary officer, whose only job is it to disinfect the toilet after every use.  And that’s just the stage. Backstage, it’s just as—if not more—exacting. Introducing Sanivir, the latest in disinfection technology “Even in our employees’ canteens we have placed plastic shields to protect each of our employees while they are having their lunch break,” Nedy says. The company has required all returning employees to be tested for Covid-19.  Rustan’s is also continually disinfected using Sanivir, a technology introduced in the Philippines by chemist Pinky Tobiano of KPP Powers Commodities, who is also CEO of Qualibet Testing Services. “Sanivir is a smoke disinfectant from Spain, which contains glutaraldehyde and orthopenyl phenol—two active ingredients have been tested that can kill bacteria, molds, and viruses that have been proven against coronavirus by laboratories in EU.” PINKY’S PROMISE. Pinky Pe Tobiano, the chemistwho brought the technology to the Philippines “It was great timing and serendipitous that we found the product right before the pandemic escalated to the level it is now,” Pinky tells Manila Bulletin Lifestyle. “Sanivir was both an innovative and unique product that addresses the problem we currently have—it is easy to use, cost-friendly, effective, and safe.” It is a perfect disinfectant for a retail space—it only utilizes smoke, is dry, and won’t stick to clothing. “When Pinky introduced to me her disinfection program, I immediately asked her to do my father’s house and my own house,” Nedy shares. “I was so satisfied with the service that I asked her if she could open a service desk at Rustan’s to allow our customers the chance to avail of this disinfecting method. It’s so easy. Any housewife can do it. It allows us the ease of disinfecting without a fuss. It also works for our cars. The service desk has been open for two weeks at Rustan’s Ayala Avenue. And I am happy to say that it has met full acceptance with quite a number of Rustan’s customers.” Its ease of use is an advantage. “Just open the can, remove the plastic cover of the wick, set on a flat surface, light the wick, and leave for the next six to eight hours. The smoking process lasts for only one to two minutes, then disinfection takes place for the next six to eight hours,” Pinky says. “That’s good for 14 days.” And the cost? Surprisingly very minimal.  “One can of Sanivir of 25 grams is P1,750 and it’s good for 14 days for a room of 30 to 50 square meters,” Pinky says. “The cost per day is only a P125 investment. If you have five people in the room, the investment per person per day is only P25.”    But for those who are not in the mood to shop in-store, Rustan’s online service has amped up its service. Apart from its website, fortuitously launched a year ago, you can also tap the Personal Shoppers on Call Service, where sales associates respond to you on Viber, after which you can have your items delivered to you, or picked up by the curbside. Nedy shares, “And very soon, we will launch our Rustan’s Concierge Service, where customers can call a single number, and will be immediately assigned a personal shopper to attend to their needs.”  Now, many ways words and concepts are redefined in these troubled times—but having your own personal shopper, one who’ll do your shopping for you as you leisurely read the latest Kevin Kwan Sex and Vanity book in the comfort of your home?  We’re guessing that that’s a definition of luxury that won’t likely ever change—unprecedented crisis or not.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Cisco financing digitalization of small businesses

California-based Cisco has launched a financing program which allows small and medium enterprises in the Philippines to acquire software, hardware and services at zero interest and fixed monthly payments for up to three years......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 11th, 2020

Google launches startups accelerator program to help PH businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way people live, work, and do their businesses. .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 11th, 2020

2K Chromebook Spin 713 based on Project Athena launched

Taipei—Acer recently expanded its offering of Chromebooks for consumers and businesses with the new stylish Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (CP713-2W) and Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 713, featuring 10th Gen Intel® Core™ commercial processors that deliver the latest in connectivity, productivity, performance, and platform stability, designed to enable the superior productivity and performance that businesses need when working in the cloud. It brings together cutting-edge hardware, specs and design with the speed, security and simplicity that Chrome OS is known for......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 26th, 2020

Volleyball Community Gives Back PH to hold SERVE AS ONE Variety Show

Volleyball Community Gives Back PH has something to serve up for those matchday personnel affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Charo Soriano, who is one of the VCGB PH leaders, is looking forward for two memorable fun days from the sport's biggest stars through the SERVE AS ONE Variety Show.  A fundraising effort for volleyball personnel presented by Volleyball Community Gives Back PH, the show is scheduled on June 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m. on the ABS-CBN Sports Website, ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and ABS-CBN Sports YouTube Channel. "Time and time again, the Philippine volleyball community has exemplified solidarity in the face of various adversities - from community development, natural disaster responses, relief operations and more recently,  distribution of PPEs to different provinces. Everyone helps out. And people - players, coaches, management, staff, officials, and fans - all do their part," said Soriano. Last month, the #CARINGFORALL: Down The Line, We Are One was launched to provide assistance for the paid-per-day personnel, as any help will go a long way. As of last Friday, VCGB PH was able to provide 200 care packs to volleyball personnel all over Metro Manila. The group hopes to raise funds and provide care packs to be distributed for more volleyball personnel families affected by the postponement and cancellation of volleyball leagues. Help is on the way and Kiwi Ahomiro, who recently lent her hand in delivering PPEs to the Philippine Army, is more than ready.  "We wanted to reach out and help our volleyball personnel and staff and all those who made our games possible - bouncers, ball retrievers, referees, technicians all those whose livelihoods have been threatened due to COVID-19 so we came up with the idea of putting up the SERVE AS ONE Variety Show. All proceeds will go to the care packages for their families," said Ahomiro. Aby Maraño, who was involved in distributing the second wave of care packages, saw the hardships of the matchday personnel. "Our volleyball officials and personnel felt really sad about the fact that volleyball will stop for the next month cause volleyball from most of them is the only source of income they have. I learned that they started small businesses like selling sweet Pinoy desserts, some are selling peanut butters and garlic spicy sauce only to sustain their lives amidst the pandemic situation," said Maraño. Also taking part in handing out the care packages was Amanda Villanueva, who hopes that the help will go a long way to boost the spirits of the volleyball game's unsung heroes. "In these trying times my main motivation in helping our dearest group of volleyball personnel is the vision of hope that everything will eventually come to an end. To let them know as well that we are in this together and that nobody gets left behind in life whichever direction life leads us because we are one community and we strive to help each other in whatever way we can. To stand together as one family not just on the court but also outside of the court," said Villanueva. It may still a long way to go but Alyssa Valdez believes that the volleyball community will be in the same page to keep the personnel afloat in this challenging time. "The fight is far from over, we’re like in a championship situation, like 14-14 all, fifth set. We need one another to be able to win this fight! So I’m inviting everyone...let’s go help serve and win as one," said Valdez. Donations can be sent to Ryan Sordan through BPI bank account 8069 0632 77, GCash at 0917-5003390 and PayMaya at 0917-5003390.       Meanwhile, a total of 2,081 protective personal equipments (PPEs) was distributed by the VCGB PH in the #ServeOurFrontliners: RAFFLES FOR HEROES fund drive for the medical frontliners who are doing a valiant battle against coronavirus.    VCGB PH was already able to donate 310 PPEs to Sultan Kudarat, 220 to Quezon Medical Center, 301 PPEs to Batangas, 200 to Aklan, 100 to Puerto Galera, 200 to Cebu, 250 to Northern Mindanao Medical Center, 300 to National Children’s Hospital, 100 to Army, 50 to Navy and 50 to Maysan Health Station.  Please visit Volleyball Community Give Back on Facebook and @vcgbph on Instagram and Twitter for more details......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2020

UBX’s SeekCap among Phl’s top 7 fintech startups for 2020

SeekCap, the lending marketplace of Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank)’s fintech arm UBX, has been cited as among top 7 fintech startups in the Philippines by  Startup Genome’s Global Startup Ecosystem Report. This recognition comes barely six months after SeekCap was launched in November last year. SeekCap targets to cater to the underserved micro, small […] The post UBX’s SeekCap among Phl’s top 7 fintech startups for 2020 appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 27th, 2020

DOF, ADB launch survey to assess impact of COVID on businesses

The Department of Finance and the Asian Development Bank have launched a survey to help develop programs to assist various sectors affected by the economic fallout due to the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2020

Google launches MSME Caravan campaign to digitize small businesses nationwide

Google Philippines today launched the MSME Caravan campaign under the Grow with Google program which aims to teach micro, small, and medium enterprises digital skills and introduce tools that can help them become more competitive, grow their business, and grab the opportunities of the online economy. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 5th, 2020

Reasons to Use Justuno for Marketing Automation

Major businesses and startups alike are using Justuno, and with good reason. It can improve sales, give you leads and increase conversion rate, as well as keep visitors engaged with customized pop-ups. Justuno has a slew of useful features, including HubSpot, MailChimp and other platform integration, analytics, geo-targeting and A/B testing for marketing automation. Here […] The post Reasons to Use Justuno for Marketing Automation appeared first on Kagay An......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsJan 20th, 2020

Shell assures normal oil refinery operations

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. said Friday normal business operations continue at its Tabangao refinery and across all businesses amid the eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas. .....»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 17th, 2020

Consumer Vs Business Attitude to Security: How Do Startups Know if It’s Time to Grow Up?

By Alexander Moiseev, Chief Business Officer, Kaspersky Leading entrepreneurship magazines are filled with stories about how people started their businesses and quickly achieved success — turning their business from a hobby or a quick and dirty idea into an actual small company. From a being a chef to founding a food startup or from working […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2019

15 DOST-aided startups showcased at Philippine Startup Week 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) launched the Startup Research Grant Program in 2017.  Two years since then, the 15 startups chosen for the program are showcased at the Philippine Startup ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 19th, 2019

GBG Cebu’s Tech Conference to Help Businesses

Entrepreneurs will be taught how to use the latest technologies and digital tools to improve their businesses during the Bizfest Cebu 2019 on November 30, 2019 at the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu). Bizfest, Google Business Group (GBG) Cebu’s biggest annual event is expected to gather around 150 individuals, startups, and micro, small […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsNov 14th, 2019

Antidrone system forces trespassing drones to land or return to owner

MANILA, Philippines – Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky has launched a solution to help safely deal with civilian drones lost in the skies or flying through restricted property. The product, Kaspersky Antidrone, prevents drones from trespassing private property or creating safety and privacy risks to businesses and people, without ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 29th, 2019