SM Green Finds at SM Store – making shopping easier and greener

For the evolving eco-conscious Filipino consumer, using everyday products that are natural, cruelty-free and locally-made is a step towards greener living. SM is also making intentional green choices that benefit the environment in the long run which includes supporting local craftsmen, recycling, and reducing energy consumption.

With the SM Green Finds program, the group offers Filipino consumers greener choices by making them easier to find around their stores.

  Recently launched at SM Store Mall of Asia, the SM Green Finds Pop-Up offers to make green living as easy and effortless as possible for Filipinos.

From locally-made products from artisans, clean beauty, green technology, and multifunctional homeware, the Green Finds badge will make it easier for customers to spot products that will inspire them to make greener choices.

“We have an assortment of products and our specialty brands that cater to all types of Filipino consumers. With the SM Green Finds, we are able to bring a greener shopping experience to our millions of customers while also encouraging our suppliers to take the steps towards greener practices,” shares SM Retail Vice President for Corporate Communications Cathy Ileto.

What to expect at the SM Green Finds

With almost 1,200 sustainable choices, Watsons, a trusted health and wellness brand, has already begun to take the steps in offering more environmentally-friendly options on their shelves.

The Body Shop remains to be a purveyor of ethically-sourced goods inspired by nature. Consumers can guiltlessly indulge in vegan fragrances, organic hair care and body products, as well as makeup free of animal testing. They have also switched to 100% recycled hair care bottles.

If there’s a brand that takes pride in showcasing uniquely Filipino crafts as it embraces heritage, Kultura is definitely the one that comes to mind. Kultura offers handmade products with natural or recycled materials using sustainable and traditional techniques while successfully highlighting the beauty of Filipino artistry, craftsmanship, and ingenuity.

Cooking, cleaning, and decorating using green materials are now made easier and accessible through SM Home, the flagship homeware brand found at SM Store.

Baby Company, the one-stop shop for new and experienced moms since 1991, has also made its commitment to help moms go the extra mile by introducing reusable and multifunctional baby products.

Join the SM Green Movement

Find your way to the SM Green Finds Pop-Up Shop at SM Store Mall of Asia and be part of the green movement. For more information about the green shopping experience with SM, go to https://shopsm.com/collections/green-finds.

NTT Announces Global Availability of New Managed Campus Networks Services Enhancements

  • Platform investments provide advanced levels of automation, AIOps features, predictive analytics, and visibility

  • Full portfolio of network services and infrastructure assets designed to underpin workplace transformation with high-capacity connectivity

  • Secure by design solution complements NTT’s Managed SD-WAN and Managed Private 5G, enabling a safe return to the office and improved operational efficiency for a distributed workforce 

  • NTT was recently named a leader in the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Services, Global for its completeness of vision and ability to execute

NTT Ltd., a global technology and business solutions provider, today announces significant enhancements to its Managed Campus Networks service, a portfolio of consulting, technical, and managed services designed to provide a seamlessly integrated campus network in the most demanding head office, branch, and manufacturing environments.

The new platform provides a direct path for network transformation and enables organizations to access the latest cloud-based and Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled operations tools and critical connectivity services. The enhancements deliver an improved client experience through automation and efficiencies, access to globally available skilled network experts, and operational processes certified against industry best practice. This all combines to ensure an enhanced client experience when consuming managed services, meaning network health is improved and is more available to support client business requirements and ambitions.

NTT’s recent ‘2021 Global Workplace Report’ revealed more than two-thirds of C-suite executives believe connected workplace technologies are very important to the organization’s future workplace strategy. “It’s fundamentally important to have a modernized network services foundation that supports outcomes delivered by a hybrid workplace”, said Sunil Kishore, Senior Executive VP, Managed Network and Collaboration Services at NTT Ltd. “The pace of modern business needs robust communication, collaboration and access to business services all facilitated and enabled by the network.”

NTT’s Managed Campus Networks solution complements NTT’s Managed SD-WAN, and Managed Private 5G offerings by accelerating technology and operations transformation through automation, AIOps enabled platforms and analytics. These offerings help to deliver the best digital experience for employees, customers and devices connecting to the campus network.

“In today’s demanding work environments, we know organizations require a one-stop shop for their network services,” said Amit Dhingra, Executive VP, Enterprise Network Services at NTT Ltd. “With NTT’s Managed Campus Networks services, we leverage the innovative digital capabilities of our service platform and experienced technical skills to provide enterprises with faster time to incident response, improved network agility, and deeper insights into network operations through our global service delivery, and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) aligned processes and certification.”

NTT’s Managed Campus Networks service offering is underpinned by NTT’s leading network infrastructure assets, including a tier-1 network backbone spanning five continents, SD-WAN services in 190 countries, and cloud-based NFV services in 75+ global Local Cloud Centers. NTT’s secure by design approach delivers security embedded and integrated as part of the network function which reduces risk and enables office-bound employees to safely return, by providing location-based services with deep analytics for business insights.

Networking continues to evolve at pace, and modern campus network infrastructures are composed of seamless wired, wireless, and cellular connectivity that need to perform to deliver modern business expectations.

Find out more about NTT’s Managed Campus Networks here.

Life of a Yondude: How Yondu Keeps its People Equipped for Digital Reality

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Yondudes gathered for CODECAMP to get training opportunities in a corporate learning environment.

 For businesses to continue thriving in the now-normal circumstances, digitalization is the way to go, and Yondu, the top IT solutions company wholly owned by Globe, recognizes the importance of upskilling their workforce to prepare them for highly-digitized industries. 

Yondu promotes a digitally-savvy society by providing holistic solutions to various industries. Moreover, the company does not only value its clients, but also its employees. They put great importance in continuous learning and making their learning management system accessible to all the employees. Roxanne Tamayo, Vice President for Human Resources, said Yondu equips their workforce with the necessary knowledge and skills for their personal and professional growth. 

Tamayo added, “Yondu also provides various certification programs from globally recognized institutions to our IT professionals to ensure they adhere to global standards and deliver quality services and output.” IT professionals get to practice their learnings and see them come to life through the apps and systems that Yondu launches.

Yondu upskills its employees through various programs and initiatives. In 2018, they held their first three-month long CODECAMP Bootcamp which offered training opportunities to aspiring IT professionals, in partnership with several universities. The initiative led to the founding of Yondu University which was established to drive the development and growth of young IT professionals. Yondu also holds a Hackathon, a design sprint-like event that throws employees with a business perspective into the mix.

Yondu also organized the Capability Build Program where Subject Matter Experts create a learning path and curriculum and train other team members under it. They launched DEAL (Drop Everything and Learn) as well, an initiative discouraging meetings every Thursday of the week to let employees focus on work or learning.

Tamayo noted that Yondu’s upskilling culture has been thriving even before the pandemic, with several programs designed to enhance the employees’ soft skills, like leadership and personal development training, to ensure their IT professionals can respond to the customers’ ever-evolving needs and changing business landscapes. The programs help ensure they grow in their personal life so that they can contribute to their families and societies the best way they can.

With endless opportunities, aspiring IT professionals are guaranteed to grow in Yondu as the company not only prioritizes learning and improving, but also supporting their employees’ mental and physical wellness. 

Yondu hopes to provide more opportunities for other aspiring IT professionals, believing that if they have the skills and the right mindset, learning technology will be easy for them, and Yondu will support them every step of the way.

Find out more about Yondu, their work culture, and what they offer on their website.

TeamAsia: 30 Years of #BreakingTheBias and Promoting Gender Equality in the Workplace

and reach their full potential. While it can be an incubator of thriving careers, it can also be a place where creeping biases and stifling culture of inequality breeds. 

For companies like TeamAsia, an integrated marketing experience agency, it is imperative that leaders in the workplace ensure that everyone is given equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the organization. It also believes that leaders should similarly veer away from any form of bias, so everything remains fair among employees–treatment, benefits, pay, and career growth.

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From left to right: Nicolle Garrido, TeamAsia’s Senior Public Relations Manager; Joyce Alonzo, TeamAsia’s Account Planner; Elton Gagni, TeamAsia’s Associate Editor; Selena Herrera, TeamAsia’s Art Director; Andrei Carada, TeamAsia’s Senior Copywriter; Beverly Aguilar, TeamAsia’s Senior Human Resources Office; Darell Sapin, TeamAsia’s Web Development Supervisor

In celebration of Women’s Month, TeamAsia’s diverse and multigenerational workforce sat down and answered questions on how the agency breaks biases in the workplace and ensures equality for all.

  1. Do you see or experience equality in TeamAsia? How?

Joyce Alonzo, Account Planner: Yes! Gender equality has always been a key value that I noticed when I joined TeamAsia, with it being a women-led company. And even while this is the case, the diversity of individuals is notable, and I appreciate the amazing experience of picking brains with these experts, no matter their gender. The culture of equality in TeamAsia extends to how every individual is heard. An associate’s voice is as important as a director’s point of view. Because ideas matter more than positions.

Selena Herrera, Art Director: Our Directors and Managers in the agency are a good mix of different kinds of people – of different genders, ages, and walks of life. Even our different teams are composed of an interesting mix of personalities. Anyone can look at this TeamAsia team and say, “I can be part of that!” because there aren’t any limitations for what a brilliant or talented person can look like. 

Nicolle Garrido, Senior Public Relations Manager: Yes, I do. When it comes to handling campaigns or even pitches, everyone in the team is given equal opportunity to lead projects that not only pique their interests but also challenge their expertise. Hence, we all have more room to learn and grow. 

Being a woman-led agency, our leadership team encourages everyone to think outside of the box and fosters a creative and collaborative environment where everyone can share their ideas freely. 

Elton Gagni, Associate Editor: At TeamAsia, you can see, feel, and experience equality everyday because it is the norm. For example, for projects that appeal to a certain market like makeup or skincare, one would immediately assume that it’s going to be an all-female team. What actually happened was our Public Relations lead was female and I along with another male colleague were the Editorial and Media Relations lead. So, it doesn’t really matter what your gender is, as long as you have what it takes to bring that brand to the next level experience.

  1. Do you feel that your ideas and opinions are respected and appreciated in the workplace? How? 

Nicolle Garrido, Senior Public Relations Manager: Yes! As a manager, our Director also trusts us to make decisions for our teams and this has boosted our morale in providing valuable insights and solutions to our teams. I haven’t felt the need to seek my seniors’ approval to raise my thoughts and ideas.   

Joyce Alonzo, Account Planner: Yes, I don’t think I ever had a problem with voicing my opinions. It may be because of my loud personality (haha!) but I also never felt embarrassed in doing so nor felt awkward because it didn’t feel right. We have always been encouraged in TeamAsia to speak up, even in workplace-related challenges that need to be addressed during our operations meetings because the management acknowledges the fact that the people in action on the daily grind are those that need to contribute to the solutions. These meetings and collaborations have always been goal-oriented, never personality-oriented, which allows us a safe space to interact, contribute and solve challenges as a team.

Darell Sapin, Web Development Supervisor: I do. Being one of the elder statesmen of the company, I am also among the people who encourage my fellow TeamAsians to speak up and share their ideas. In an industry where everyone spills one idea after another, it is important for us to hear everyone’s perspective and always put them in consideration. 

Andrei Carada, Senior Copywriter: Yes! TeamAsia is a place where there are both loud voices and small voices, but each of these voices have an equal opportunity to be heard. We have a culture that tells us that it’s not about shouting above each other, but leaning in and listening to discover powerful ideas and insights.

I am one of those loud voices in the room, and my ideas are always heard.  But here, it’s in listening to the ideas of those who don’t usually speak where the true beauty of collaborative work shines. 

  1. How do TeamAsia’s leaders ensure everyone experiences equality?

Beverly Aguilar, Senior Human Resources Officer: In TeamAsia, we listen and incorporate suggestions of team members into our programs and policies to ensure fairness in all aspects. Our President, Monette Iturralde-Hamlin and our Managing Director, Bea Lim are great advocates of women empowerment and equality. They inspired the company to join the UN Women Empowerment Principles campaign to guide us in promoting gender equality and women empowerment in the workplace.  

Selena Herrera, Creatives Manager: Ma’am Monette and Bea are always welcoming and ecstatic about having new people onboard the team, making sure that everyone feels a part of TeamAsia. Down to the details of our pitches and initiatives, there is always a thought to make sure everything we put out represents well the people that need to be represented.

Darell Sapin, Web Development Supervisor: Just leadership by example. Ma’am Monette and Bea live and breathe the essence of equality. Every time they would check our outputs, they would remind us of ensuring that inclusivity and equality are showcased in our work. At the same time, they regularly organize and even lead workshops that allow every member of the organization to grow and hone their skills. 

Elton Gagni, Associate Editor: Everyday is an opportunity to experience equality in TeamAsia. We get paid not based on our gender, but based on our expertise. We are given opportunities not because we are male or female, but because there is room for growth and they believe in one’s capabilities to excel.

As a women-led organization, equality is manifested in every corner of the agency. From workshops and learning sessions to celebrating different occasions every month through Pop Up, even the former and current team members, we’re a diverse and empowered bunch. And this says a lot about how our President, Ma’am Monette and Managing Director, Bea are leading the agency and its people.

  1. As a fellow employee, what are the practices that you do or tips you would like to give to ensure equality in the workplace?

Beverly Aguilar, Human Resources Officer: As the head of HR, I ensure that I deal with every member of the organization and view their concerns objectively. I do my best to always have an open mind, listening to each and everyone of them, reminding myself to never recklessly pass judgment on anyone.  

Nicolle Garrido, Senior Public Relations Manager: I always strive to provide an avenue for the team to freely express themselves and be creative with their outputs, but also learn from the experiences they encounter. Respecting each other’s differences would always be a priority also when it comes to having equality in the workplace.

Joyce Alonzo, Account Planner: Always practice objectivity. It’s effortless to practice equality when people within the organization prioritize the goals before any personal bias. After all, if we want to pursue purposeful work, we must do away with thinking of working for ourselves and think more towards producing great work that impacts others. And by that, we need to set aside our differences in order to make it work.

Just be a good human being. Treat each other as equals and do not set yourself as someone higher than everybody else just because of privilege or self-imposed standards. Being human is thinking that we have our shortcomings, too, and therefore it’s possible that the better ideas can come from other people. 

Andrei Carrada, Senior Copywriter: I believe that it starts with you. It’s realizing that a culture of equality means that you have to make an effort to make an equal workplace. Having this mindset means that you have personal responsibility for making sure that biases don’t creep in. 

  1. Why do you think it is important that a company practices/observes equality in the workplace?

Beverly Aguilar, Human Resources Head: It is significant to have a holistic approach. Equality in the workplace ensures people and employees are given opportunities, equal pay, and especially made to feel that they are accepted for being unique. Our goal in TeamAsia is to have an inclusive environment, where everyone can thrive, excel, and meet the best version of themselves.

Selena Herrera, Art Director: It is important because people shouldn’t be given less opportunities for something that has nothing to do with their work. Man, woman, young, old—people can always surprise you with their ideas. And to remove that barrier of unequal opportunities opens up the workplace to more growth. If an employee sees themselves reflected in their leaders, they will strive for more and for better, knowing that anyone is capable of doing amazing things.

Darell Sapin, Web Development Supervisor: It is important because the workforce has been diverse for a long period now. Lines have been blurred already with people being able to do things that are no longer the norm. It is only natural that balancing the workforce and showing that there is equal opportunity for all should be the course of the companies of today.

Elton Gagni, Associate Editor: Companies should practice and observe equality in the workplace because it is the norm, because it is what should be. A workplace that has equality at its core means they look at an employee, not because of their gender, but based on their merits. It doesn’t matter where you come from, as long as you are able to deliver, and in true TeamAsia fashion, bring people, brands, industries and communities to the next level experience.

For 30 years, TeamAsia has strived to be a company that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equality. It believes that everyone’s unique offerings is what unites and compliments each member of the organization. 

A testament to this commitment is showcased through the agency’s projects. In 2020, as a women-led and women-owned organization, TeamAsia launched MommaCon. It is a virtual conference that opened the discussion on intimate and taboo issues  women and mothers usually shy away from for fear of judgment.

In 2021, the company joined the UN Women Empowerment Principles to continuously maintain gender equality in the workplace. It upholds the international labor and human rights standards and recognizes that business has the stake and responsibility for gender equality and women empowerment. 

As society continues to evolve and progress, TeamAsia will keep on fostering an environment that accepts differences and welcomes growth to help its employees reach their full potential and to further provide nothing less than next level experiences and services to its team, partners and clients. 

To learn more about TeamAsia, its amazing workforce, and its next level services, visit https://www.teamasia.com/.

MAPFRE partners with foodpanda for riders’ insurance

MAPFRE Philippines President Tirso C. Abad and Vice President & Sales Territorial Director Jojie L. Alvarez together with foodpanda Philippines Operations Manager Ron Michael Sanders, Operations Director Patricia Jacinto, and Senior Head of Logistics & Operations Snehasis Despande attended the MOA signing in Makati.

MAPFRE, a global nonlife insurance firm, inked an agreement with foodpanda, the largest food delivery platform in Asia, to provide its delivery riders with Compulsory Third Party Liability (CTPL) insurance.

Through the partnership, MAPFRE will equip thousands of foodpanda motorcycle riders nationwide with CTPL insurance. MAPFRE offers one of the most  affordable CTPL insurance in the market as it provides protection from liabilities arising from death of or bodily injury to third parties.

Foodpanda Operations Director Patricia Jacinto extended her gratitude to MAPFRE for the partnership that protects essential workforce especially in these trying times. “We are truly grateful for this tie-up that benefits thousands of our rider partners. We are hoping this will pave the way for more partnerships that bring peace of mind,” she said.

MAPFRE President and CEO Tirso Abad, on the other hand, appreciated the opportunity to lend a helping hand to frontliners in the food delivery industry. “MAPFRE is beyond honored to provide a good number of our modern day heroes with the protection they need, taking care of them and their essentials while they carry out their noble services,” he added.

Aside from CTPL insurance, MAPFRE offers a wide range of comprehensive insurance products including car, home, travel, and business insurances. For more details, like MAPFRE on Facebook or visit campaign.mapfreinsular.com.

TeamAsia Bags Gold and Bronze in 2021 Marketing Excellence Awards

TeamAsia, an integrated marketing experience agency, took home Gold and Bronze Awards in the recently concluded 2021 Marketing Excellence Awards, a Singapore-based award giving body designed to celebrate outstanding marketing efforts in the Philippines.

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“Being recognized in the 2021 Marketing Excellence Awards is an absolute honor! It is a testament to our strong commitment to our everyday goal of bringing our brands, partners and audiences to the next level experience. It’s a great way to usher in our 30th year in the industry—celebrating wins that highlight our expertise and relentless passion for storytelling and nation building together with our amazing partners.” said Bea Lim, TeamAsia’s Managing Director. 

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In a virtual awarding ceremony held last January 28, TeamAsia’s campaign, We’ll Take Care of You for MAPFRE Insurance (Philippines), won the Gold award in the Excellence in Launch/Relaunch category. The agency strategically reintroduced MAPFRE to the market; reestablished the importance of non-life insurance amid the pandemic; and reinforced MAPFRE’s commitment of protecting its clients from further financial loss. 

The agency leveraged digital marketing strategies combined with PR efforts to touch base with MAPFRE’s target audience and gain potential clients. TeamAsia solidified MAPFRE’s position as a trusted global insurance company for the smart, responsible, and future-ready Filipino and a strong ally, giving property owners peace of mind.

“TeamAsia has done such a great job in creating interesting stories for MAPFRE and helping educate Filipinos on non-life insurance. It’s our pleasure, and pride, to be working with such an amazing team,” shared Jo Elize B. Comendador, MAPFRE Insurance’s Digital Sales and Marketing Head.

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Meanwhile, it was TeamAsia’s campaign for the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) that bagged the Bronze award in the Excellence in Media Strategy category. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a genuine need to maintain the relevance and competitiveness of the Philippine IT and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) sector in the global marketplace. As long-time partners, IBPAP tapped TeamAsia to develop a communications plan to help boost confidence and interest from foreign investors and locators. 

The agency  targeted local and foreign print, online, and broadcast media  to connect IBPAP to key stakeholders in the government, academe, and allied industries. A nation builder and a staunch supporter of the industry, TeamAsia leveraged its expertise to underscore the sector’s major role in leading the country’s economic recovery to thrive in the new normal. 

“Our heartfelt thanks for the support that TeamAsia has provided throughout the pandemic. They have been a valued partner of IBPAP and the IT-BPM Industry for many years and this recognition is well-deserved. Congratulations!” shared Jack Madrid, IBPAP President and CEO.

TeamAsia has been instrumental to the success of various brands locally and globally. Celebrating its 30 years in the industry, the agency remains committed to showcasing its expertise to deliver Next Level Experiences to brands and audiences. 

“It is TeamAsia’s purpose to always go above and beyond the mission at hand. For the past 30 years, we always see to it that our actions do not only benefit our clients but also uplift our communities and the nation to create a positive impact in society,” said Lim. 

She also added that they are proud of the strong partnerships they have built with their clients who are, like them, agents of positive change. “They have trusted us to communicate their stories meaningfully, effectively and with spirit. We will continue to make things happen so that people, brands, industries and communities will succeed and flourish, especially during these uncertain times.”

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.

SHAREit overtakes Instagram among top downloaded apps in the Philippines 

MANILA, Philippines – As digital transformation gathered pace during the pandemic, SHAREit’s growth trajectory has continued to accelerate globally. SHAREit is a one-stop content application that has grown to become one of the world’s leading online and offline platforms, providing digital users with gaming, content streaming, and file-sharing capabilities.

SHAREit is ranked eighth most downloaded mobile application in the Philippines and sixth by monthly active users, according to “AppAnnie’s The State of Mobile 2021 Report”. In 2020, SHAREit was also recognized as the world’s fastest-growing media-publisher, ranking number one in the H1 ‘2020 Edition XI of AppsFlyer Performance Index. The platform recorded a growth rate of 160% in in-app installs between January and June 2020.

SHAREit’s global success is founded on its loyal user base of 1.8 billion users worldwide, and its strong presence in over 200 countries. Of SHAREit’s 500 million monthly active users, 125 million users are in Southeast Asia.

Exceptional Growth

Adapting to digital transformation has been a key driver given the restrictions posed by the ongoing pandemic. Such transformation has included the switch to online learning and the increased reliance on digital platforms used for almost everything – from conducting business to paying bills and buying groceries. In this environment, the demand for digital content and entertainment has grown rapidly as people continue to be confined to their homes for prolonged periods.

In the Philippines, SHAREit has experienced exceptional growth. The application has seen a 15% month on month increase in daily active users since the lockdown began last March, and now has close to 40 million monthly active users in the Philippines, surpassing leading apps like Viber and Spotify. This increase in usage can be attributed to SHAREit’s unique strengths firstly as a one-stop app for content discovery,  entertainment and peer-to-peer file sharing, and secondly, as a platform that users can enjoy both offline and online. Coming from an offline social network, SHAREit helps the transition from offline to online among its users, enabling app developers to reach both existing and potential new users – even those on patchy internet networks.

Philippines Expansion

SHAREit has significantly grown its Philippines presence in the past year. To leverage the potential offered by this vibrant digital market, it has set up a local office in Manila with a full team spearheaded by its regional lead, Lisa Dominguez. SHAREit’s Philippines team is focused on driving growth for local businesses and allowing brands to capitalize on SHAREit’s massive reach while adapting to the unique preferences and demands of its user base in the Philippines.

Two local brands that have already benefited from partnering with SHAREit include fintech leader GCash and social live-streaming platform, Kumu. Through its performance marketing solutions, SHAREit has helped GCash onboard new users nationwide from key cities and remote areas. SHAREit has also increased visibility and user engagement for Kumu, which, since launching 18 months ago now dominates the country’s social live-streaming space.

“We are very excited about SHAREit’s growth in the Philippines. Our local team is keen to build on this success and establish an even greater presence as the country rides this wave of digital transformation and increased connectivity. Our plans now are to continue to refine the app’s user experience, and to invest in solutions that help local brands scale their user base and digital reach through exposure on the SHAREit app,” said Dominguez.

As the Philippines emerges from the economic and social effects of the pandemic, SHAREit’s agility and unwavering focus on meeting its users’ content discovery and sharing needs will enable it to continue this remarkable growth story. SHAREit looks forward to helping its Philippines users and local partners alike adapt and thrive in this new digital landscape.  

Watch out for the new OPPO RENO5 this coming February 2021

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, JANUARY 19, 2021 – OPPO is set to introduce OPPO Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G, the ultimate smartphone videography powerhouse, this February 2021. This marks the steady commitment of OPPO in keeping up with the changing times and needs of its young consumers especially in the advent of 5G connectivity. OPPO Reno5’s latest camera technologies will allow you to picture life together better with your family and loved ones. 

“We are thrilled to officially introduce the new OPPO Reno5 in February. We’re introducing two Reno5 smartphones – Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G in the Philippines. With the steady growth of 5G roll out in the country and our cutting-edge camera technologies, we promise to equip young Filipinos with a Reno smartphone that can inspire them more to creatively #PictureLifeTogether with friends and family in this highly digital-driven lifestyle,” said Raymond Xia, OPPO Philippines Marketing Director.

The Power of Imaging Innovation on 5G

5G has brought more opportunities for people to discover more diverse and complex content. Video, as both a content format and an engaging application in its own right, is set to benefit hugely from the arrival of 5G. The trend of short videos has already set the world ablaze. But with the increased speeds brought by 5G, this trend is set to continue as 5G makes it easier to watch, download, and share videos of all types. With these developments, smartphone habits are also transforming with people becoming more interested in creating video content.

In facing the new demands brought by the 5G era, and in keeping with the Reno series’ long-standing pursuit of providing a superior video and photo experience, OPPO has developed a more advanced and more comprehensive imaging system on the new Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G – the OPPO Full Dimension Fusion (FDF) Portrait Video System. Based on top-end imaging hardware, innovative image processing algorithms, and user-centric software, the OPPO FDF Portrait Video System caters to the diverse video creation needs of users in almost any situation, empowering them to capture the joy of life in every moment with easy-to-create professional-quality video content. 

Clarity + Style: Consumer Video Needs in the 5G Era

OPPO’s consumer research has shown that the core need for consumers is the ability to capture clear videos in any situation, and in a way that expresses their own unique style. At the same time, they want this process to be simple and easy to use.

OPPO believes the best way to solve this consumer need is through the perfect integration of imaging hardware and software. The all-new OPPO Full Dimension Fusion Portrait Video System works on the basis of top-end imaging hardware in tandem with flexible, intelligent software, together with OPPO’s extensive expertise in portrait scene detection and portrait feature design. The result is a world-class portrait video experience for users on the new OPPO Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G.

The OPPO Full Dimension Fusion Portrait Video System: Stunning Portraits, Stunning Scenery

The OPPO FDF Portrait Video System is comprised of two engines – the Quality Enhancement Engine and the Portrait Perception Engine. Of the two, it is the Quality Enhancement Engine’s role to ensure users to capture clear images in any scenario, whether that be day, night, in strong backlight, while in motion or while standing still. The Portrait Perception Engine meanwhile, is responsible for establishing strict criteria for the features within a portrait video. These criteria ensure that the portrait subjects and the background are clearly and naturally defined.

  • The Quality Enhancement Engine: Crystal Clear. Wherever, Whenever

The Quality Enhancement Engine is a suite of algorithms that ensure users can capture quality video images in any situation. Whether in low light, bright light, or fast motion environments, the engine optimizes settings to deliver images that stay true to life. It is the basis of many of the core imaging functionality on the Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G. Among these is OPPO’s original, industry-leading AI Highlight Video.

  • AI Highlight Video

AI Highlight Video uses OPPO’s new generation, proprietary algorithm architecture to combine its industry-leading Ultra Night Video Algorithms and Live HDR Algorithms. By detecting light levels in a scene, it intelligently applies the algorithms to optimally adjust brightness, color and clarity in videos. This is the first time that OPPO has united Ultra Night Video and Live HDR under one feature, which is available on both the Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G front and rear cameras. 

AI Highlight Video works by integrating three automatic optimization algorithms:

  • Adaptive Brightness Adjustment applies Auto Exposure (AE) – Adaptive Gain to control the exposure time and guarantee the brightness of the image while maintaining a smooth video from frame to frame. 
  • Adaptive Dynamic Range applies dynamic range adjustments to each frame in a video with Dynamic Range Conversion and Filmic Tone Mapping technology to restore lost colors, brightness, and darkness to their natural levels.
  • Adaptive Noise Reduction introduces inter-frame fusion for temporal noise reduction and intra-frame fusion for spatial noise reduction.
  • The Portrait Perception Engine: Unique Style, Limitless Creativity

Creating high-quality video content is more than just clear images – users must be empowered to creatively express themselves. OPPO has provided a host of features such as AI Color Portrait (except Reno5 5G), Monochrome Video, AI Mixed Portrait (only available on Reno5 4G) and more that will give users the power to create content with deeper and more creative stories.

To enhance the overall portrait capabilities of the device, the FDF Portrait Video System also includes the Portrait Perception Engine to enable users to shoot in their style. This ensures that no matter what the scenario the subjects are at, the Video Portrait System will process the portrait subject more naturally.

  • Scene Design Manager

At the heart of the Portrait Perception Engine is OPPO’s Scene Design Manager. The Scene Design Manager uses OPPO’s proprietary top-level portrait scene definition capabilities, together with OPPO’s self-built large database to analyze real-life portrait scenes and the processing requirements needed. It can define strict criteria for different scenarios and assess user-recorded videos against these criteria to provide suitable adjustments needed.

  • Portrait Recognition

After the Portrait Perception Engine has received the scene assessment from the Scene Design Manager, AI models and deep neural networks work to recognize the portrait subject in the image, separating them from the image background. To increase the accuracy and speed of the AI model, OPPO uses millions of portrait data from its own database to train the industry leading SOTA AI model, following which it conducts further processing to compress the model. With these optimizations, the whole portrait recognition process can be performed in less than a millisecond.  

The Portrait Perception Engine works to accurately obtain the specific features of each person and recognize each individual face even if partially obscured. This allows other features such as AI Highlight Video to perform their optimizations – be that brightness, color or contrast adjustments – with better precision. In addition to facial recognition, it can also detect and track moving human bodies within a video and extract these portrait subjects with precision from even the most complex backgrounds.

From beginning to end, the Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G leverage OPPO’s powerful technology to simplify the complicated task of video capture, editing, and sharing off of users’ hands, leaving them with a simple-yet-professional means to record and create their own stories. 

Forbes names Brother one of World’s Best Employers in 2020

Positive work culture and prudent COVID-19 response earns Brother high spot on the ranking

MANILA, January 14, 2021 – Influential business publication Forbes Magazine names Brother Industries, Ltd. as one of the “World’s Best Employers” in this year’s edition of the prestigious list released last October.

With a ranking of 130 among 750 multinationals and corporations from 45 countries, this achievement is the first in Brother’s storied history. The survey, which Forbes did with German market research firm Statista, was conducted from June to July this year.

A positive and employee-friendly company culture that places a premium on talent development, gender equality, social responsibility, and economic footprint, as well as the corporation’s deft response to the global COVID-19 pandemic are what landed Brother on the list.

“We are honored to be highlighted on Forbes’s ‘World’s Best Employers’ list this year, and it only goes to show that our success cannot be achieved without the valuable effort and contributions of our employees. It’s most important to all of us to make sure our people are well-taken care of,” said Brother Philippines President Glenn Hocson.

For more news and updates about Brother, customers may visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BROTHERatyourside/. They can also call the Brother Helpdesk Hotline at (02) 8 581-9898, or through the toll-free line at 1-10-BROTHER or send an email to helpdesk@brother.com.ph