Yondu offers Filipinos holistic business experiences with Vessell innovation

Yondu set to launch Vessell, the newest e-commerce platform for businesses in the now normal

 The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the retail landscape with most retail transactions now occurring online through e-commerce platforms. With the evolving consumer needs, top IT solutions company Yondu announced the launch of Vessell, an off-the-shelf eCommerce platform that aims to enable businesses to shift their sales and operations online to thrive in the now normal.

Vessell helps businesses increase productivity by providing them with well-designed sites and  e-commerce tools to build their own online store. It also takes care of business-critical tasks like validating payments, booking deliveries, and syncing inventories from system to system. Additionally, businesses can even work with the Vessell team in creating customized features that meet their needs, allowing them to focus on growing their company instead.

According to Alex Pelayo, the product manager who is spearheading Vessell, the new platform allows business owners to create opportunities out of the chaos brought on by the pandemic. For instance, businesses can reach a wider audience through nationwide delivery. “Whereas a brick-and-mortar store limited businesses to selling only within their vicinity, now a customer can come from anywhere in the Philippines,” Pelayo explained. “With Vessell, businesses get better visibility on inventory across multiple stores to ensure the efficient fulfillment of orders no matter where their customer lives.”

Pelayo shared that Vessell was created and primed especially for the Philippine market, and even boasts dedicated teams that can help businesses from inception to launch. “We were able to provide that level of support because we have a team dedicated to e-commerce.”

Yondu believes that payment gateways and delivery should be available out of the box. One of the many challenges that businesses face is not having the expertise, knowledge or even time to set up these things. When working with other platforms, they would still need to go through several steps before they can connect with couriers and payment gateways.

Fortunately, Vessel is already automatically integrated with local e-wallets and has entered into partnerships with local couriers. “We understand that not every business has e-commerce experience,” Pelayo said. “So that’s where we step in, ready to help in any way we can.”

Currently in soft launch, this allowed the Vessell team to incorporate user feedback into the platform design. As Vessell then moves closer to its official launch date in the first quarter of 2022, Pelayo revealed that the platform’s team continues to work on tools and features that will make it easier for businesses to monitor their stores, inventories, and checkout flow.

“We understand the landscape is changing rapidly, so we’re taking a product-centric approach to development and collecting feedback regularly from users to understand what features are important to them to make Vessell relevant and valuable in the new normal,” Pelayo said.

Together, business owners and the Vessell team can work together to better understand what the business needs and offer the best plan based on a business’ requirements.

Overall, Yondu’s Vessell platform promises to be an efficient and cost-effective aid in helping businesses thrive in the increasingly competitive world of online selling, allowing them to focus on other important aspects of business like increasing sales or providing customer support. With the country’s retail and e-commerce landscape constantly evolving, Vessell is ready to equip business owners to navigate the now normal.

Businesses interested in signing up for the Vessell platform can get in touch with its team through the official email marketing@vessell.ph. To know more about the platform, visit Vessell on the platform’s official website and LinkedIn profile.

My Dream in a Shoebox Year 13 aims to build an E-Hub to support Filipino youth in the pandemic learning

Education is the key for children to achieve their dreams and aspirations in life. But with the pandemic limiting the access of around 27 million Filipino children, it is imperative that we continue to instill hope and lifelong learnings into their minds. One way we can do this is by ensuring that children get proper education so they can make their dreams come true.  

TeamAsia—an integrated marketing experience agency—recognizes the vital role of education for children to recover from the aftermath of the pandemic in the years to come. This is why the company is kicking off its annual education campaign program, My Dream in a Shoebox (MDIAS) to enable children to continue their education, especially during the second school year in the midst of the pandemic.

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“Education is the most powerful tool we can equip children with to help them break the cycle of poverty and create new opportunities for them to succeed and map out their own future.  The impact of the pandemic only heightens the importance of making sure that every child, especially those who are less fortunate, continuously have access to quality education and the tools they need to conquer and learn in the now normal,” said TeamAsia’s Managing Director and MDIAS Chief Dream Builder, Bea Lim.

In its 13th year, MDIAS will be holding a fundraising campaign in partnership again with the Yellow Boat of Hope (YBH) Foundation—a non-government organization that ensures every child in the Philippines experiences quality education. MDIAS and YBH have previously worked together to help empower children through education to reach their dreams. This year, the two organizations are teaming up once more to help children who are struggling with the blended learning system.

“Even before the pandemic, there are a lot of factors as to why Filipino children are out of school. The pandemic highlighted these challenges even further, reason why we need to reimagine how we do education here in the Philippines and think of long-term solutions to enable children to stay in school,” said Anton Mari H. Lim, Co-Founder of Yellow Boat of Hope. “And Yellow Boat of Hope is very happy to be taking this journey with My Dream in a Shoebox to make Filipino children’s bigger dreams come true.”

MDIAS is raising funds for two causes this school year. First is to fund an E-Hub in one of the far flung provinces of the Philippines that will provide children with tools and equipment they need for blended learning. The goal is to raise PHP150,000 to provide a community with six laptops, internet connection for a year, printer and printing supplies, school supplies, face masks, alcohol, and allowance for logistical expenses.

Second, MDIAS will be calling for donations to raise PHP250,000 to support 10 scholars in each of its 10 partner communities from all over the Philippines. The donations will help finance the child’s supplies for school projects, parent’s transportation expenses in getting the scholars’ self-learning modules from school, and hygiene kits with face masks and alcohol for their daily needs. 

TeamAsia believes that now more than ever, it is important that everyone continue supporting and empowering children, especially in creating ways for them to keep learning. Through these efforts, children have the potential to take charge of their future and make their #BiggerDreams come true. 

Since 2009, MDIAS has been equipping less fortunate Filipino children with educational assistance. It started with a modest collection of 200 shoeboxes from TeamAsia’s industry partners and friends, containing school supplies to inspire children to go to school. From there, it flourished and has expanded to sponsoring students from various partner communities across the country and impacted as much as 500,000 lives.

If you’re interested to take part in this year’s MDIAS campaign, you may follow these steps to donate:

Step 1: Visit MDIAS website

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Step 2: Scroll down and click the ‘Make a Donation’ button.

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Step 3: Choose which of the two causes you would like to donate to–Fund an E-Hub or Support a Scholar? You can also choose both!

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Step 4: If you wish to fund an E-Hub, you can just input the amount you would like to donate and click ‘Make a Donation’. But if you want to support a scholar or a community, you can only donate PHP2,500 and PHP25,000 respectively.

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Step 5: Review your cart and hit ‘Proceed to Checkout’.

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Step 6: Fill up the Billing Form, choose your mode of payment, click ‘Place Order’, and you’re done!

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“The pandemic may be challenging, but it has highlighted the value of working and banding together to recover, heal, and make a change no matter how grave the aftermath is. Through this program, we have an opportunity and a shared responsibility to help children rise above these unfortunate events and turn their #BiggerDreams into reality,” said Lim. 

Make a donation now and see how your simple effort can make a big impact on children and the community. To know more about MDIAS, please visit https://www.teamasia.com/shoeboxcampaign/ or contact its organizers at shoebox@teamasia.com. 

OPPO will launch the A Series Smart Performer OPPO A95 in the Philippines this November

Global smart device company OPPO teases the launch of the best-selling A Series, the newest smart performer #OPPOA95 coming to the Philippines this November. 

“With OPPO’s A Series continuing to be a crowd favorite, we continue to introduce more competitive A series phones that we know our value-seeking Filipino consumers will surely love. The OPPO A95 is definitely a smart performer that’s packed with upgraded features that meets the needs of the modern Filipino users,” shared OPPO Philippines Marketing Director Ele Yu. 

The Smart Performer Coming Your Way

OPPO A95 is expected to come with powerful hardware for a practical, longer-lasting experience, as well as AI camera features for digital-savvy and practical Filipinos who are always on-the-go and ready to live a smarter lifestyle. 

OPPO also teases that this latest A Series model comes with its famed Reno Glow design technology which caught the hearts of the Filipino consumers who have been fans of the latest Reno Series with the same design technology. Premium-looking inside and out, but at an affordable price. 

OPPO A95 is set to be launched via an exclusive livestream in November along with other special surprises and Christmas treats for Filipinos in this joyful season of giving and celebrations. 

To know more about the upcoming OPPO A95, visit the OPPO Philippines’ official website at www.oppo.com.ph/ or its official Facebook page at OPPO Philippines.

Get your Instapay fee back when you transfer to and from your PayMaya account until December 31! 

Get your Instapay fee back when you transfer to and from your PayMaya account until December 31!

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Tired of those pesky bank transfer fees? We got you! From now until December 31, 2021, PayMaya is giving you an instant cashback on your transaction fees whenever you cash in to your e-wallet account or transfer funds to other banks via Instapay.

With PayMaya, sending funds to other banks won’t cost you a thing as you automatically get a P15 cashback whenever you transfer via Instapay. Now, there’s no need to worry about unwanted fees when paying your favorite casual seller or sending ambag for your next (socially distanced) barkada get-together.

To start transferring funds to other banks via Instapay, all you have to do is follow these easy steps:

  1. On your PayMaya app homepage, click the Bank Transfer button.
  2. Choose the bank you’d like to transfer to.
  3. Input the bank details of your recipient and click Continue.
  4. Review the transfer details and hit send.

Just wait for the text message from PayMaya to confirm your transaction and you’re good to go! You can also choose to save the bank details of your favorite contacts – be it your go-to cookie IG store or your mom for your household bills share – so you can easily transfer funds without having to repeatedly input their account info on the app.

On top of this, you can also get an instant cashback on your Instapay fees* when you cash in to your PayMaya account from your go-to banks like BDO, Metrobank and more. You can enjoy a P20 cashback to cover your transaction fee twice every month until the end of the promo period.

Transferring via Instapay is among the convenient ways to add funds to your PayMaya account. PayMaya has over 90,000 touchpoints that offer FREE cash in, including BPI Online banking, Unionbank via linked account, Ministop, Smart Padala, TrueMoney, Robinsons Supermarket, Shopwise, The Marketplace, Southstar Drug and more. You can also top up your account for free at your go-to establishments like SM Supermarket, The SM Store, Landers, Waltermart, and more for a monthly aggregate amount of up to P10,000.

To enjoy hassle-free Instapay transactions, download the PayMaya app at https://official.paymaya.com/CAK1/425eb133 and register an account to start going cashless today.

PayMaya is the only end-to-end digital payments ecosystem enabler in the Philippines, with platforms and services that cut across consumers, merchants, communities, and government.

It provides more than 38 million Filipinos access to financial services through its consumer platforms. Customers can conveniently pay, add money, cash out or remit through its over 300,000 digital touchpoints nationwide. Its Smart Padala by PayMaya network of over 55,000 partner agent touchpoints serves as last-mile digital financial hubs in communities, providing the unbanked and underserved access to digital services. Through its enterprise business, it is the largest digital payments processor for key industries in the country, including “every day” merchants such as the largest retail, food, gas, and eCommerce merchants, as well as government agencies and units.

Jollibee Criss Cut Fries FTW! — Also Features a New Endorser!

The popular young actress takes an exciting, action-packed turn in the new video

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Filipino actress Liza Soberano has been a part of the Jollibee family since 2019, and since then, the strong and groundbreaking projects have been pouring for her left and right. With all the success she’s experienced, it’s no secret that Liza is truly someone who’s proved herself to be out of the ordinary.

Her out of the ordinary life and career carry on with her latest project—a brand-new advertisement for Jollibee’s new Crisscut Fries, for which Liza serves as the face. She is the central figure of the Crisscut Fries’ new exciting and action-packed video, which highlights its deliciously out of the ordinary experience. 

In the ad, Liza is shown displaying amazing and out of the ordinary superpowers, slashing potatoes to create the unique and fun shape of the Crisscut Fries. You can watch the video here:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3033493706929918

Much in the same way Liza is an actress and personality whose talent, drive, and skills definitely make her someone who’s out of the ordinary, the Crisscut Fries is an out of the ordinary fries experience thanks to its extra crispy and extra flavorful taste, as well as its unique crisscut shape, which makes it perfect for moments when you need to satisfy your cravings and grab a great snack.

“I had so much fun working with my Jollibee family in creating this awesome ad. It’s true—the Crisscut Fries really is an out of the ordinary fries experience! It’s my new favorite snack!” said Liza.

“Liza really is the perfect ambassador who’s truly out of the ordinary for the delicious and exciting Crisscut Fries. We absolutely love what she’s done in this new ad for Jollibee,” said Mari Aldecoa, Jollibee Marketing’s Assistant Vice President.

The Jollibee Crisscut Fries is now available in all Luzon Jollibee stores, as well as in stores in Visayas and Mindanao starting November 8, for PHP 65.00 solo. There’s also a bucket option that’s available for sharing at PHP 249.00 that comes with one (1) free dip of choice that comes in two flavors- sour cream or spicy Thousand Island. Dip add-ons can also be availed at P10.00 each. Have them safely delivered to you via the Jollibee Delivery App, JollibeeDelivery.com, #87000, GrabFood, and foodpanda! Also available in Drive-Thru and Take Out!

For more info and updates on Jollibee products, like Jollibee on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Philippines on YouTube, and follow @jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

Jollibee launches new delightful and indulgent desserts: Strawberry Cheese Pie and Choco Hazelnut Sundae

Jollibee’s newest sweet treats are sure to be another fan favorite!

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It’s true that Filipinos are always looking for a sweet treat to satisfy their sweet tooth. No matter the occasion, there will always be new ways to celebrate and indulge! 

That’s why Jollibee is bringing everybody exciting new desserts: announcing the Strawberry Cheese Pie and the Choco Hazelnut Sundae!

The Jollibee Strawberry Cheese Pie is a sweet strawberry and cheesy delight in a crispy golden pie crust, while the Jollibee Choco Hazelnut Sundae is a pure chocolate and hazelnut indulgence—chocolate syrup, chocolate coating, choco malt flakes, and hazelnut spread on a creamy vanilla soft serve. Both treats, with their unique and premium flavor combinations, are wonderful to have at any time of the day, for any occasion.

“We’re continuously looking for new ways to entice and delight Filipinos looking for sweet fixes. We’re excited for them to try the new delightful flavor combinations of the sweet Strawberry Cheese Pie, and the indulgent Choco Hazelnut Sundae. We’re confident that these two treats will surely be everyone’s new favorite desserts” said Bea Bediones, Jollibee Marketing’s Brand Manager for Desserts.

The Jollibee Strawberry Cheese Pie is available for PHP 35.00 Solo, PHP 100.00 for 3 Pies To-Go, and PHP 199.00 for 6 Pies To-Go, while the Choco Hazelnut Sundae is available for PHP 45.00. Have them safely delivered to you via the Jollibee Delivery App, JollibeeDelivery.com, #87000, GrabFood, and foodpanda! Also available in Drive-Thru and Take Out!

For those residing in Visayas and Mindanao, the Choco Hazelnut Sundae will be available in a Jollibee store near you starting November 18, 2021.

For more info and updates on Jollibee products, like Jollibee on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Philippines on YouTube, and follow @jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

Shopee Introduces Audio and Video Call Feature on Shopee Live to Elevate Seller Engagement for the 11.11 – 12.12 Big Christmas Sale

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, continues to push for innovations that aim to improve the e-commerce experience for both the seller and consumer. With sellers preparing for some of the biggest holiday sales of the year such as Shopee’s 11.11 – 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, Shopee introduces the ‘Livestream Call’ feature on Shopee Live to enhance customer experience and improve engagement during a live stream session. During a livestream call, sellers can entertain inquiries via audio or video call while other viewers listen in. 

Shopee Live has been a go-to for sellers on Shopee to connect with users and attract more sales. With the pandemic driving the digitalization of businesses, Shopee pushes for innovation that will help local MSMEs adapt to the evolving global retail landscape. E-commerce continues to gain momentum in the Southeast Asia region, with a projected value of US$132 billion by the end of 2021 – and it is expected to double after five years. With more consumers turning to online platforms for their needs, entrepreneurs strive to adopt digitalization to sustain their businesses and capture opportunities in the new digital economy.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “The needs of our sellers are always evolving, and we are committed to providing the necessary tools for them to improve their methods of engaging with shoppers. As more shoppers turn to livestream to learn about brands, products and interact with sellers, we are glad that the new Shopee Live features will also enhance their shopping experience. We will continue to innovate and make improvements on existing tools to support the growth of businesses on Shopee.”

Shopee launched several initiatives that aim to further improve the overall e-commerce experience for sellers and shoppers with Shopee Live. Earlier this year, Shopee rolled out the co-streaming feature which allowed live stream hosts to co-stream with one of their viewers for a more interactive streaming session. The Livestream Flash Sale was also introduced to help sellers gain more viewers and boost their sales during streaming sessions on Shopee Live. With this, sellers can promote their discounted products, attract more views, and boost orders during a live stream. The In-app Business Insights features gave live streamers access to the number of unique and total views, total likes, and confirmed orders from the live stream, letting streamers gauge what their audience wants.

11.11 – 12.12 Big Christmas Sale 

Shopee continues to bring more joy to Filipinos with the Shopee 11.11-12.12 Big Christmas Sale happening today until December 12, 2021. Shoppers can enjoy over two months’ worth of exciting promos such as ₱1 deals, free shipping with no minimum spend, and 10% off daily vouchers at Shopee’s biggest sale of the year.

Buy Load, Pay Bills, and Scan to Pay with ShopeePay. Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

OPPO Partners with Riot Games for the 2021 League of Legends World Championship

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, October 13, 2021 – Global tech brand OPPO has announced its partnership with Riot Games to sponsor the League of Legends World Championship 2021 (S11) today. The partnership was part of the company’s multi-year deal signed with Riot Games in 2019. This partnership will help OPPO further enhance its brand awareness among global esports players.