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Entrepreneurs to Pitch their Businesses on Reality TV show ‘The Final Pitch’

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

For the first time on Philippine TV, viewers will see the coming together of the best and brightest entrepreneurs on a reality TV show that will link them to multi-millionaire and billionaire investors who are searching to own a piece of the next big business idea. All of them will go through a business boot camp and series of challenges for their chance to make the pitch of their lives in a once-in-a-lifetime funding round.

Entitled ‘The Final Pitch’, the reality TV show is loosely inspired by the Emmy Award-winning shows ‘Shark Tank’ and ‘The Apprentice,’ and will challenge entrepreneur contestants in the realities of scaling their existing businesses- from exploring funding options, refining their business plans, and marketing their products and services. The show is set to air on History Channel this May, 2017.

Final Pitch

“The Final Pitch aims to help entrepreneurs find success by connecting them to investors who can finance them, and to mentors who can fine-tune their businesses—reducing risk factors and boosting growth potential and sustainability,” shares the creator and host of The Final Pitch, John Aguilar.

Entrepreneurs will go through a series of challenges that will test their creativity, motivation and character. At the same time, they will learn the secrets behind the success of their potential investors, who are also tasked to handpick the top finalists to proceed on the show.

For Jose ‘Jomag’ Magsaysay, founder of a well-loved global food brand and one of the investors on ‘The Final Pitch’, his picks for the show would be based on whether or not he can see them as future business partners. “I’m looking for people who deserve a break, as I believe in the person more than the business,” he shares.

Other investors include the multi-awarded Chairman and CEO of the Sterling Group of Companies and SL Agritech, Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong; self-made billionaire and the youngest chairman of a publicly-listed company in the PSE, Joseph Calata; and lastly, 25-year old millennial CEO of the angel investing group MFT Group of Companies, Mica Tan.

Final Investor Slot

Aguilar reveals that the show is on the lookout for a final investor who will complete the  investor panel. “The final slot should go to someone who is not just a successful business person with the capability to invest,  but someone who would like to see and help other entrepreneurs succeed.”

In addition to the potential funding from the investors, contestants will receive business coaching from an esteemed lineup of mentors, who are composed of well-known business experts and inclusive business champions, namely Department of Trade and Industry Secretary, Mon Lopez; former President of MicroVentures, Inc., Senator Bam Aquino; Chairman of Start Up Village, Prof. Jay Bernardo and; President of the Ateneo Center for Entrepreneurship-Masters In Entrepreneurship (ACE-ME), Dr. Andy J. Ferreira, among others.

“The Philippines is host to so much untapped talent. With this show, we will find people who have great ideas and the willingness to overcome challenges, which are important qualities of a successful entrepreneur.” shares Aguilar. “This is also one way to help venture capitalists search for and nurture the next big business idea. We want to reinvigorate entrepreneurship in the Philippines, and rethink how we can contribute to its success.”

A Nation Building Venture

An entrepreneur himself, John Aguilar says that the show was founded on a more profound premise, which stemmed from his own experience as a young entrepreneur who put up his own business from scratch and persevered against seeking opportunities overseas.

“The intent is to help the nation through entrepreneurship, and the show does that in so many ways. First, we are helping put the idea of finding success through your own business out there in the hopes of inspiring others—especially the youth—to start their own business. Next, we are connecting entrepreneurs to potential investors, mentors and partners, and in the process, teaching viewers—who could potentially be future entrepreneurs—ways to start, improve, and grow their businesses.”

In addition, the show also promotes and showcases the value of adopting an inclusive business model, which helps alleviate poverty by creating a business ecosystem that makes the MSME (micro, small, and medium enterprises) sector an integral part of the value chain.

It is not uncommon knowledge that the Philippine economy is fueled by MSMEs. According to a data released by the Philippine Statistics Office (PSA) in 2014, 99.6% of all businesses in the country are MSMEs, which help reinforce sustainability of an economy by contributing on multiple fronts, like engaging local communities by bringing jobs to employment black spots, including in rural and far-flung areas. They also serve as valuable partners to large enterprises as suppliers and valuable providers of support services.

The Final Pitch aims to help bridge some of the sector’s major gaps by linking entrepreneurs to potential investors and imparting knowledge to them. According to Aguilar, each season of the show will have tangible and immediate results in terms of helping entrepreneurs and encouraging more people to start their own business ventures.

How to Join

To join The Final Pitch, applicants will be required to fill up and submit an online entry form to The Final Pitch via its official website www.TheFinalPitch.ph Deadline for submission of entries is until March 17, 2017. Investors interested in becoming a part of the show or investing in the entrepreneurs behind the scenes may also get in touch with The Final Pitch through through its website.

‘The Final Pitch’ is produced by Streetpark Productions Inc., the company behind the longest-running real estate and construction TV show Philippine Realty TV. For more info and for sponsorship and partnership inquiries, visit www.TheFinalPitch.ph or call 0917-8136674.

Employees at DHL Express Philippines Display their On-Going Commitment to Volunteerism

Monday, December 5th, 2016
DHL Express Philippines  Country Manager Nurhayati Abdullah.

DHL Express Philippines Country Manager Nurhayati Abdullah.

DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, has displayed its strong commitment towards giving back to local communities and instilling a spirit of volunteerism through a series of employee-led corporate social responsibility activities within Malabon and Manila.

Last month, in partnership with Food for the Hungry Philippines, a non-profit organization which aims to end poverty for the benefit of children, who are the most vulnerable part of the community, DHL employees across the various functions spent the day with 47 underprivileged public elementary students from Malabon Elementary School. They distributed nutritious breakfast, planted trees with the children within the school compound and conducted a vision workshop that helped the children list their aspirations on the four focus areas of family, friends, school and the future. There was also a donation activity held, and the day concluded with the creation a handprint collage together with the children and employees.

Later that day, another group of employees went to the Philippine General Hospital in Manila to share joy for the children at the pediatric ward, distributing food and goodie bags. A mascot was also brought in to entertain and bring joy to the children.

Earlier this year,  DHL ran an environmental awareness workshop in partnership with Teach for Philippines for 60 underprivileged public elementary students from Quezon City. The workshop comprised various activities and discussions on the importance of reducing, recycling, and segregating waste, as part of the company’s Global Volunteer Day 2016.  Fundraising projects such as replacing coffee with water in vending machines in DHL offices, food and clothing bazaars, and a benefit concert were held. The proceeds were donated to beneficiaries chosen by the employees.

“Over the past five years, we’ve been organizing programs as part of Global Volunteer Day and through these activities, our employee volunteers have been able to contribute back to our local communities. We have ignited a spirit of volunteerism amongst our employees, and am very proud of the dedication and commitment they have displayed. They have not only dedicated themselves at work, but also their personal time for these activities,” shared Nurhayati Abdullah, Country Manager, DHL Express Philippines.

DHL Express Philippines employees with the Malabon Elementary School students during DHL’s cross-functional volunteer day.

DHL Express Philippines employees with the Malabon Elementary School students during DHL’s cross-functional volunteer day.

Nurhayati Abdullah, Country Manager, DHL Express Philippines leads the handprint collage together with the DHL Express Philippines employees to reinforce the spirit of volunteerism within the organization.

Nurhayati Abdullah, Country Manager, DHL Express Philippines leads the handprint collage together with the DHL Express Philippines employees to reinforce the spirit of volunteerism within the organization.

DHL Express Philippines employees packing up the loot bag for the recipients in Philippine General Hospital.

DHL Express Philippines employees packing up the loot bag for the recipients in Philippine General Hospital.

PLDT SME Nation Unveils the 2016 MVP Bossing Awardees

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Taguig, November 23, 2016 – Tony Tan Caktiong, Chairman and Founder of Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), leads the 2016 batch of PLDT SME Nation MVP Bossings who were honored at Awards Ceremonies held at Shangri-La at The Fort, Bonifacio Global City.

Declared the year’s Grand MVP Bossing, Mr. Tan Caktiong was recognized along with the seven MVP Bossings of the night:  Andok’s Litson Corporation CEO Hon. Leonardo “Sandy” Javier, Jr.; Astoria Hotels and Resorts President Jeffrey Ng; Double Dragon Properties Inc. Chairman and CEO Edgar “Injap” Sia; Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli President Gerry Chua; Architect and Designer Kenneth Cobonpue; Mercury Group of Companies President Vivian Azcona; and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. President and CEO Dennis Uy.

Grand MVP Bossing Tony Tan Caktions of Jollibee Foods Corporation.

Grand MVP Bossing Tony Tan Caktions of Jollibee Foods Corporation.

MVP Bossing Awards 2016 Awardees: Mercury Group of Companies President Vivian Azcona; Double Dragon Properties Inc. Chairman and CEO Edgar “Injap” Sia; Jollibee Foods Corporation Chairman and CEO Tony Tan Caktiong; Architect and Designer Kenneth Cobonpue; Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. President and CEO Dennis Uy; Andok’s Litson Corporation CEO Hon. Leonardo “Sandy” Javier, Jr.; Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli President Gerry Chua; and Astoria Hotels and Resorts President Jeffrey Ng.

MVP Bossing Awards 2016 Awardees: Mercury Group of Companies President Vivian Azcona; Double Dragon Properties Inc. Chairman and CEO Edgar “Injap” Sia; Jollibee Foods Corporation Chairman and CEO Tony Tan Caktiong; Architect and Designer Kenneth Cobonpue; Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. President and CEO Dennis Uy; Andok’s Litson Corporation CEO Hon. Leonardo “Sandy” Javier, Jr.; Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli President Gerry Chua; and Astoria Hotels and Resorts President Jeffrey Ng.

“Tonight we not only acknowledge the contribution of a valuable sector of our society which continues to spur economic growth, but, more importantly, celebrate leaders who have steered their businesses to success while inspiring others to make it big.  Among this emerging group of achievers are leaders who have also successfully woven inclusive growth into their business journeys. Their stories of determination despite trials and eventual success are a testament to what entrepreneurs can achieve if they persevere,” said Mitch Locsin, PLDT Vice President and Head of SME Nation.

The MVP Bossing Awards Night caps the annual search for the next batch of the country’s most accomplished entrepreneurs that began in October.  With the battlecry, “Sulong Bossing!” the 2016 awards underscore the important role that local businesses -– both big and small -– play in driving economic prosperity through inclusive growth.

Kapatid Awards:  Recognizing Successful Smaller Scale Businesses

Sharing the limelight on the same evening were recipients of the first-ever Kapatid Awards, a program developed by the triumvirate of Go Negosyo, the Department of Trade and Industry, and PLDT SME Nation. The awards are an offshoot of the recently launched “Kapatid Program” developed to support the development of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through training and partnering with larger, more established organizations. The Kapatid Awardees were chosen for having successfully incorporated inclusive business models and linking together micro and small entrepreneurs in their value chain.

Deserving leaders representing Shared Services Facilities (SSF) Cooperators and End-Users were recognized from each of three regions – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Kapatid Awardees from Luzon were SSF Cooperator Jennifer Lapinas and SSF End-User Evelyn Payacda of the Dangdang-ay di Ibila Cooperative Coffee Processing Shared Services Facility in Bauko, Mountain Province.

Kapatid Awardees from Luzon were SSF Cooperator Jennifer Lapinas and SSF End-User Evelyn Payacda of the Dangdang-ay di Ibila Cooperative Coffee Processing Shared Services Facility in Bauko, Mountain Province.

Honored with a Kapatid Award from Luzon were SSF Cooperator Jennifer Lapinas and SSF End-User Evelyn Payacda of the Dangdang-ay di Ibila Cooperative Coffee Processing Shared Services Facility in Bauko, Mountain Province.

Kapatid Awardees from Visayas SSF Cooperator Merlina Lumakin and SSF End-User Fhoebe Behay of the Project Sto. Niño de Plaridel Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) in Baybay City, Leyte.

Kapatid Awardees from Visayas SSF Cooperator Merlina Lumakin and SSF End-User Fhoebe Behay of the Project Sto. Niño de Plaridel Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) in Baybay City, Leyte.

SSF Cooperator Merlina Lumakin and SSF End-User Fhoebe Behay of the Project Sto. Niño de Plaridel Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) in Baybay City, Leyte were hailed as the first-ever Visayan Kapatid Awardees for their work on the Pandan and Bariw Bag-Making SSF Project.

Kaatid Awardees from Mindanao were SSF Cooperator Leonora Mila and SSF End-User Joveniana P. Layham of the San Isidro Upland Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative on Abaca Fiber Making Expansion.

Kaatid Awardees from Mindanao were SSF Cooperator Leonora Mila and SSF End-User Joveniana P. Layham of the San Isidro Upland Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative on Abaca Fiber Making Expansion.

Awarded from Mindanao were SSF Cooperator Leonora Mila and SSF End-User Joveniana P. Layham of the San Isidro Upland Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative on Abaca Fiber Making Expansion.

The SSFs also provide employment opportunities to hundreds of direct and indirect workers, as well as livelihood for countless households in the communities where they operate. Operating within this ecosystem, SSF Cooperators and End-Users are able to maximize and optimize local resources to increase productivity in the production of goods.

Giving Back

The 2016 Bossing Awards was truly a night of celebration, not only for business success, but also leadership in society. Three notable frontrunners in government service were recognized with a special citation called “The Nation Builders Award” for answering the call of public service and having gone beyond business to contribute to the greater needs of society.  Honored with the award were past Bossings Arthur Tugade and Joey Concepcion, and long-time advocate of entrepreneurship, Mon Lopez, who currently assume the roles of Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, and DTI Secretary, respectively.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion with Sen. Bam Aquino.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion with Sen. Bam Aquino.

Manny Pangilinan DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez, Sen. Bam Aquino and Eric Alberto.

Manny Pangilinan DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez, Sen. Bam Aquino and Eric Alberto.

Musician and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Gary Valenciano was also presented with the “People Saving the Future” (PSF) Award for his work with the Shining Light Foundation, Inc., a non- stock, non-profit Christian institution established in 1989  that acts as a channel of financial, spiritual and caring support system for pastors, missionaries, church workers and needy families.

The Shining Light Foundation received a special ‘SMART School in a Bag’ from the PLDT-SMART Foundation and SMART Public Affairs. The Shining Light Foundation may donate the bag to any school of its choice. Included in the ‘SMART School in a Bag’ are learning tools that aim to catalyze education with the aid of technology, such as mobile applications and management systems.

“Together with our growing community of Bossings, Kapatids, and other enablers in the Philippine society, we hope to continue to work together towards the steadfast goal of not only igniting the spirit of entrepreneurship throughout the country, and also striving towards the success and progress of the Filipino people,” added Mitch Locsin.

DHL Express Employees in the Philippines Display Commitment to Strengthen their Local Community as Part of Global Volunteer Day 2016

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Makati City, August 18, 2016: DHL Express, the world’s leading international express service provider, has displayed its commitment to supporting local communities with 784 employees and their family members taking part in its celebration of Global Volunteer Day 2016.

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This event is part of the company’s global drive aimed at giving back to local communities and instilling the spirit of volunteerism among employees. This year, among 60 underprivileged public elementary students from Quezon City were the beneficiaries of the DHL-Teach for the Philippines environmental awareness workshop. Additionally, various activities and discussions on reducing, recycling, and segregating waste were conducted. Fundraising projects such as replacing coffee with water in vending machines in DHL offices, food and clothing bazaars, and a benefit concert were held. The proceeds were donated to charities. A blood donation drive, in partnership with Philippine Red Cross, was also supported by employees and their family members.

“For the past five years, we have been incorporating a sense of social ownership among all of our employees and contributing to the sustainability of the communities through our programs. Though these Global Volunteer Day activities that promote social responsibility, we have ignited a spirit of volunteerism and a sense of fulfillment not only for our employees but also to our customers,” shared Nurhayati Abdullah, Country Manager, DHL Express Philippines.

About Global Volunteer Day

Introduced in Asia Pacific in 2008, Volunteer Day soon expanded into the Americas, Middle East, Africa and Europe and continues to build on its success by involving more employees than ever before. Now a global, Group-wide program, the initiative was rolled out as a year-long program in 2013. On an annual basis, tens of thousands of colleagues at Deutsche Post DHL Group participate in these Global Volunteer Day (GVD) activities, helping out communities in which they live and work. This number has been steadily growing and in 2015, over 110,000 employees from around the world devoted 260,000 hours to GVD related activities.

As part of GVD 2016, DPDHL Group offices around the world are participating in a variety of community projects in support of various local causes. All Global Volunteer Day activities contribute to the Group’s three corporate responsibility focus areas: GoGreen (protecting the environment), GoHelp (providing skill-based help to people in need) and GoTeach (improving educational opportunity and employability).

Nurhayati Abdullah, Country Manager, DHL Express Philippines (middle in the left photo) leads Global Volunteer Day with activities including fundraising projects for charities and a blood donation drive.

Nurhayati Abdullah, Country Manager, DHL Express Philippines (middle in the left photo) leads Global Volunteer Day with activities including fundraising projects for charities and a blood donation drive.

 

The Next Big Food Entrepreneur: The Secret Ingredient

Friday, September 16th, 2016


NBFE

Mercato Centrale founders Anton Diaz and RJ Ledesma are often asked, “What is the secret to a successful food business?” And they will tell you: it is definitely more than just the food.

Now on its 5th year, The Next Big Food Entrepreneur makes sure all aspiring foodtrepreneurs understand the five things that matter most in starting a successful food business:
* Delicious Food
* Food Packaging
* Visual Merchandising
* Marketing
* Customer Service

In an intensive 4-week program, contestants are trained by industry experts in these five areas, the end goal of which is for each one to emerge with a stronger food concept that is built to last.

In the end, this year’s winner gets:
* P100,000 in startup capital
* 6-months rent-free stay in Mercato Centrale markets
* Mentorship by Anton Diaz and RJ Ledesma and more!

How To Join?

#NBFE2016 is open to all ASPIRING FOOD ENTREPRENEURS ages 18 and above, residing and citizens of the Philippines.

If you fit the bill, simply download and fill up the application form here: http://tinyurl.com/nbfe2016app 

The document also contains the terms and conditions with the full mechanics of the competition. Take note of the important dates so that you don’t miss out!

The application form, along with other necessary documents, must be sent to nbfe2016.mercato@gmail.com with the title “#NBFE2016” + [Name of Business]. Deadline of submissions is on October 7, 2016, 11:59PM.

Qualified participants will bring their best food forward and serve samples of their dishes to 100 guests and judges at The Grand Taste Test. The top 7 with the best dish will turn their hobby into an actual business by going through the Design Mentorship Workshops and The Real Market Experience.

For 4 weekends, they will operate in Mercato Centrale markets rent-free while testing out the feasibility of their business plan. The top 3 to win the hearts and taste buds of the customers will pitch their plans at The Finals – where only one will be crowned The Next Big Food Entrepreneur!

It’s time to put your love for food to the test! What is your secret ingredient?

For inquiries, contact Candice Gan (+639209453471) or email us at nbfe2016.mercato@gmail.com

PLDT SME Nation, Rappler Honor New Batch of #BeTheBoss Awardees

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

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On its second year, #BeTheBoss continues to inculcate digital technology in making businesses big as the winners’ night took place last September 9, 2016 at the Conrad Manila in Pasay City.

#BeTheBoss is the first social media crowdsourcing search for a new generation of entrepreneurs who are harnessing digital tools to grow their businesses.

The panelists for this year include Eric Alberto of PLDT, Laura Verallo de Bertotto of VMV Hypoallergenics, Luigi Nuñez of Global Beer Zero Inc., Maria Ressa of Rappler.com, Mitch Locsin of PLDT Smart SME Nation, Senator Bam Aquino and Chot Reyes of Media5.

Accumulated votes from the panel plus the highest public votes determines the winners for the award, The Sexy Chef, Sky Eye Inc., Holy Carabao, and Pedro Brewcrafters emerged as winners for this year’s #BeTheBoss Awards.

Boss for E-commerce Rachel Alejandro and Barni Rennebeck of The Sexy Chef, Boss for Innovative Solutions Matthew Cua of Sky Eye, Inc., Boss for Social Responsibility Hindy Weber-Tantoco and Melanie Go of Holy Carabao, and Boss for Social Media Jill Borja, Nadine Fanlo, and Jaime Fanlo of Pedro Brewcrafters.

The winners of each category will be sent to Silicon Valley to experience networking opportunities to different top companies and each winner will also receive a BIZ Kit that includes a mobile phone, laptop and a tablet.

With performances by CRWN and World Hip Hop International 2016 Megacrew’s champions, UPeepz, Curtis Smith and Ransom Collective, the winner’s night was truly a celebration of passion, determination and excellence.

 

The New Brother Mono Laser Series That Means Business

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016


brother1MANILA August 4, 2016 – Brother International Philippines Corp. has launched an all-new mono laser series that delivers high reliability, value and productivity for businesses. Designed in Japan, the four models in the new range comprise two mono laser printers, the HL-L5100DN and HL-L6400DW, and two Multi-Function Centres (MFCs), the MFC-L5900DW and MFC-L6900DW, which serve high print volume office environments.

“The new mono laser series offers reliable performance that Brother is known for, coupled with significant innovations to meet the expectations of a modern workplace,” Brother Philippines President Glenn Hocson said. “Businesses are looking for user-friendly, cost-efficient solutions with outstanding high-volume, quality output that can scale as they grow. These Brother laser printers and Multi-Function Centres provide an excellent combination of dependability, versatility and security to meet office needs.”

Brother has enhanced the new series significantly based on customer feedback, achieving several firsts in the process. This family is the first mono laser range by Brother to print up to 50 pages per minute (ppm)¹. This is also the first Brother mono laser series to feature a new heavy duty Automatic Document Feeder with an 80-sheet capacity, a 60 percent improvement over the previous series². Maximum input capacity has improved by 150 percent to a maximum paper input of 2,650 pages¹, another ‘first’, while the dual CIS supports 100 images per minute (ipm) scanner², another new introduction.

Improved total cost of ownership (TCO)
Brother’s latest mono laser family is built for high efficiency and cost effectiveness. The laser printers and MFCs support monthly print cycles of up to 150,000 pages per month¹, while an ultra high-yield toner¹ enables up to 20,000^ printed pages with cost savings in mind. Compared to the previous mono laser range, the new family has raised maximum paper output capacity by 600 percent, and expanded toner yield by 66 percent for vastly improved TCO.

Superior productivity and ease of use
Productivity is a key feature of the new series. High volume print jobs are easily managed, without the need for frequent paper reloads. The default paper tray can hold up to 520 sheets¹, and optional upgrades of either two additional paper trays or a tower tray provide businesses with a total input capacity of as many as 2,080 sheets¹. A 4-bin Mailbox³ with stacker and sorter makes even easier to share a printer as bins can be assigned to individual users or groups.

Simplified business operations
The new models are easily managed over the network with Brother’s BRAdmin Professional Software. This software includes a suite of security solutions to ensure that documents remain confidential. It is also a network management tool that supports remote configurations and the monitoring of useful information such as page count, toner and drum status. Print costs can be more controlled with the option of setting print quotas for users, while instant notification of printer downtime lets customers attend to the problem quickly.

Customized workflow solutions
As each business is unique and may operate under unpredictable conditions, Brother has developed flexible workflow solutions that can be customized if required. Brother Special Solutions Customization (SSC) enables Brother to collaborate with a business on modifying Brother products for specific business needs. The Brother Solutions Interface (BSI¹), a web-based service platform, aims to improve customers’ productivity and efficiency by allowing software developers to create custom solutions easily.

Mobile convenience
Brother also supports the convenient integration of mobile devices into the workflow. Brother iPrint&Scan, Apple AirPrint® and Google Cloud Print enable users to print directly from their mobile devices. JPEG and PDF documents can be printed, while faxes and copies can be previewed. Apple products can also save documents to iCloud.

Buyers Laboratory (BLI), a widely-respected testing and resource company, has evaluated several of the new Brother models.  BLI noted the significant business value of the new machines:  “The Brother models offer competitive to lower than average cost of ownership,” BLI’s Director of Office Equipment Product Analysis Marlene Orr said.

BLI recognized the machines’ reliability, particularly in high-volume printing.  “Even during peak periods, users won’t see any noticeable slowdowns in output speeds,” Orr added.  She also noted the ease of use: “The smartphone-like interface on the touch-screen models reduces the learning curve, and NFC connectivity eliminates guesswork for mobile printing, offers badge authentication and a quick link to troubleshooting information.”  In addition, BLI pointed to robust scan features that boost worker productivity, and simple and affordable sharing of content and collaboration in the cloud with Brother WebConnect+.

The new Brother mono laser series is now available in the Philippines. For more information, visit www.brother.com.ph or call (02) 581-9819.

1 Applicable to HL-L6400DW and MFC-L6900DW 
2 Applicable only to MFC-L6900DW
³ Applicable only to HL-L6400DW
^ Applicable for TN-3498, in accordance with ISO/IEC 19752
+ Brother WebConnect requires an Internet connection and an account with desired service

 

Franchise Asia Philippines 2016 to Feature New Learnings and New Business Concepts

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

PFA Franchise Asia

Franchise Asia Philippines 2016—set to engage hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of delegates nationwide and from neighboring countries—aims to help businesses gain strategic advantage amid hypercompetition and to stay ahead of the curve while providing equitable opportunities benefiting every sector of the community.

The Philippine Franchise Association (PFA), organizer of Franchise Asia, is the country’s pioneer and premier franchise association. It is committed to promote franchising as a tool for economic development and nation-building through enterprise development and employment generation.

To date, there are about 1,300 franchises—68-percent homegrown and 32-percent foreign—in the country. “This number used to be higher but because of greater competition, many of the half-baked franchise concepts folded up,” PFA Chairman Franklin Go said.

“The economic landscape is rapidly changing, and in this era where competition gets tougher every day, we seek areas on how we can stay ahead of the competition while providing evenhanded economic growth opportunities,” Franchise Asia Philippines 2016 Overall Chairman Richard Sanz emphasized. “PFA, as the voice of Philippine franchising, continues to lead the sector by raising the global competitiveness of Philippine franchising. And in this matter, we want the sector to grow so that it can continue to open business and job opportunities for our country,” Sanz added.

Franchise Asia Philippines 2016, acknowledged as Asia’s largest four-in-one franchise event, is slated on July 20 to 24 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Now on its 24th edition and themed “Building Inclusive Growth Amidst a Hypercompetitive World,” the conference will feature best practices and disruptive innovations, which can help raise the level of the sector, in particular, and the entire Philippine business, in general. “We would like to emphasize that our conference is not only for the franchise sector but for everyone,” Vic Gregorio, conference chairman pointed out. “If you want to be competitive in today’s market, then be sure to attend our conference.”

The International Franchise Conference is scheduled on July 20 and 21 with Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Chairman of the Senate Committee for Trade, Industry and Entrepreneurship, keynoting the opening of the said event. Meanwhile, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez is also invited to keynote the second day of the conference.

The conference will feature top industry leaders on marketing, innovation, retailing and franchising, and social entrepreneurship. The conference super sessions will feature the topics The Future of Retail in the Digital World; The Role of Technology Amidst a Disruptive and Hypercompetitive World; The International Forum: Conquering Global Markets; The CEO Forum: Maximizing Growth Opportunities using Disruptive Strategies; Building Inclusive Growth: The Jollibee Model; The CMO Forum: Developing and Implementing Disruptive Marketing Strategies; The NXTGEN in FRANCHISING Forum: Preparing for the Challenges Ahead; and The ZEE Forum: Winning Strategies in Times of Growth and Hypercompetition.

EXPO2

Concurrent breakout sessions, on the other hand, will be conducted by experts in the following topics: Strategies on Creating and Maintaining Brand Loyalty, Leading Multi-Generation Talent, Trademark Protection in Franchising, Making Franchise Advisory Council Effective, How Can Facebook Advertising Drive Customers Amidst Hypercompetition, Emotional Intelligence in Leadership, and Healthy Franchise Culture During Growth and Change.

“We are expecting around 1,000 delegates in the conference this year,” Sanz said. The profile of conference attendees range from franchisors, businesses’ top management, franchisees, foreign delegates and guests from various private and government sectors.

Meanwhile, the International Expo on July 22 to 24 will showcase a wide array of investment opportunities not only from established franchise brands but also from emerging concepts and overseas franchise brands. “We are happy to note that the International Zone of our expo has grown bigger through the years,” Sherill Quintana, Expo chairman said. “And as part of our commitment to support the growth of MSMEs [micro, small and medium enterprises], we will also showcase emerging concepts in our Food Street and DTI sections.”

The International Zone will feature country pavilions from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. It will also showcase international master franchise opportunities from Australia, Japan, Vietnam, and other countries. The Expo also offers business matching opportunities to its visitors and exhibitors.

Vice President Leni Robredo will grace the opening of the International Expo on July 22.

And as part of continued efforts to professionalize the Philippine franchising sector, the Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) Program, will be held on July 18 and 19 at the AIM Conference Center-Manila. CFE is a mini-MBA professional development course duly accredited by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives, USA. This will be facilitated by Lynette McKee, an expert in the industry.

“This year we also want to make the event more valuable by launching the ‘Balik Franchise for Overseas Filipino Program.’ We partnered with the Department of Trade and Industry to help us entice overseas Filipino workers to look at franchising as a viable investment option,” PFA President Dr. Alan Escalona, said. “Through this program, we want our fellow Filipinos abroad to learn more about franchising, and hopefully, add to the reason they will return to the country for good,” Escalona added.

Franchise Asia Philippines 2016 is co-presented by BPI Ka-Negosyo and PLDT Smart SME Nation, and in partnership with Go Negosyo, the DTI, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Philippine Retailers Association. For inquiries about Franchise Asia Philippines, please  visit http://franchiseasiaphl2016.com.ph/ or contact the PFA Secretariat at +63 2 687 0365 to 67 and look for Joanna Tomagan (Conference) or for Benie Briones (Expo).

 

DHL Celebrates the Perfect Delivery

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

• ŸTransportation of 228kg of ‘national treasure’ and 100kg of perishable goods from China to Belgium results in most successful delivery in company’s history
• Repeat performance planned for 2018

Singapore, June 20, 2016:DHL, the world’s leading international express delivery provider, has celebrated the perfect delivery in June.

“Over the last few years, DHL Express has made a number of investments in our global network to consistently improve our service quality,” said Ken Allen, CEO, DHL Express. “In March this year, we registered the highest on-time delivery performance on record in every region. At the same time, however, we had no idea that this would be followed by an even more significant company landmark in June – the culmination of the perfect delivery. And this was despite the fact that we picked up the cargo more than two years ago, in February 2014.”

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“When we undertook the pick-up and loaded the cargo onto a Boeing 767 freighter at Chengdu Airport on February 22, 2014, around three quarters of the hard work had already been done,“ said Dong Ming Wu, CEO, DHL Express China. “There had already been weeks of planning involving a dedicated team of over 20 DHL specialists in network planning, customs and certification, ground handling and ground transportation, working across at least five countries. Despite the fact that we still had 8,000 kilometers to cover before making the final delivery, we were already confident that our network would play its part to perfection in this complex, long-term project.”

“After a short stop-over in the Middle East, where the cargo could be inspected by specialists and the traveling party even took the opportunity to refuel, we touched down at Brussels and were met by a ceremonial water salute from the airport fire service. With a crowd of onlookers, including Belgian Prime Minister Elio Dirupo and the Chinese Ambassador to Belgium Mr Liao Liqiang, the tension was unbearable, but the offload couldn’t have gone more smoothly,“ said Charlie Dobbie, Executive Vice President, Network Operations & Aviation, DHL Express. “The fact that we had dedicated a freighter with a capacity of more than 60 tons to move just over 300kg was a testament to just how precious and sensitive this cargo was and how we can pander to even the most challenging customer requests.”

“Although the cargo had been successfully and swiftly moved 8,000km from China to Belgium, it’s the last mile that typically defines the customer experience, so we were determined to ensure that this went without a hitch,” said Danny Van Himste, CEO, DHL Express Belgium. “In a network business like ours, every single link in the chain depends on the other in order to deliver a high level of quality. And while we offer track and trace to allow customers to follow a shipment’s journey through our network, this shipment quite literally had an entire nation watching its every move, so we simply had to deliver. Our whole team was thrilled and honored to have this opportunity to show the Belgian public what we can do.”

“All that was left after DHL had played a critical role in bringing our precious cargo – Hao Hao and Xing Hui – to Belgium was for the pandas themselves to round off the story with a fairytale ending,” said Eric Domb, Founder of the Pairi Daiza wild animal sanctuary. “On June 2, just over two years after the mother and father were brought to Pairi Daiza, we were delighted to announce the birth of a male panda cub, one of fewer than 2,000 worldwide. It took much, much longer than a typical DHL shipment, but it was definitely worth the wait. We are extremely excited about our new arrival – this was truly the perfect delivery.”

“The quest for perfection in the express business doesn’t end with one perfect delivery,” added Ken Allen, CEO, DHL Express. “To celebrate the arrival of Hao Hao and Xing Hui’s new arrival, we are also pleased to announce that we will be shipping the panda cub in two years’ time back to its ancestral home in China. DHL looks forward to working again with Pairi Daiza in order to provide a first-class shipping experience for this ‘Very Important Panda’ and to continuing our support for worthwhile wildlife conservation efforts around the world.”

To see the full story of the ‘delivery before the delivery’ and access TV footage, visit here:
Original press release: http://www.dpdhl.com/en/media_relations/press_releases/2014/hao_hao_and_xing_hui_pandastic_journey_with_dhl.html
TV footage: http://www.dpdhl.com/en/media_relations/media_library/tv-footage/tv-footage_dhl_china_belgium_pandas.html

PLDT SMART SME Nation Kicks Off “MAKE IT BIG” Campaign with BIG Talks Conference

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

MANILA, Philippines, June 2, 2016 – Recognizing the need to motivate small and medium enterprises which make up the backbone of the Philippine economy, PLDT Smart SME Nation recently hosted BIG Talks, a conference that brings together entrepreneurs, and encourages them to take their business to the next level. BIG Talks is in line with PLDT Smart SME Nation’s “MAKE IT BIG” campaign, which aims to empower entrepreneurs to make it big, no matter what stage their business is in.

The MAKE IT BIG campaign is a new movement targeting Filipino entrepreneurs by encouraging them to aspire for greater goals in their respective businesses. As part of the campaign, five ambassadors that each represents a pillar in the journey of entrepreneurs will communicate this message of empowerment.

PLDT Smart SME Nation’s VP and Head Mitch Locsin.

PLDT Smart SME Nation’s VP and Head Mitch Locsin.

“Filipino entrepreneurs deserve to dream big, and be empowered to make these dreams come true. We at SME Nation are committed to reach business owners in the country, strengthen them and prepare them to go global. In so doing, we hope to help them give back to their family, their employees, and their community,” said PLDT Smart SME Nation’s VP and Head Mitch Locsin at the launch of the MAKE IT BIG campaign.

Alongside its goal of providing entrepreneurs with next-level technology that addresses their business needs, the BIG Talks Series provides entrepreneurs with knowledge and resources to enable and inspire them to achieve bigger goals for their businesses and themselves.

Guests from the SME sector, along with several business organizations from all over the country, listened to the featured speakers as they shared their experiences, business tips, and insights on growing a business and the art of entrepreneurship.

Locsin delivered an introductory talk on PLDT Smart SME Nation’s new campaign, and explained how MAKE IT BIG reflects its commitment to enable business owners through cost-effective and efficient digital solutions. Golden ABC Chairman & CEO and MVP Grand Bossing awardee Bernie Liu, for his part, discussed the significance of being a passionate entrepreneur. He encouraged SMEs to be more driven in what they do and to maximize the opportunities made available by technology to grow their businesses.

A panel discussion with panelists Laura Verallo de Bertotto of VMV Hypoallergenics, Cecilio Pedro of Lamoiyan Corporation (Hapee Toothpaste) Bernie Liu and moderator Atty. Mike Toledo.

A panel discussion with panelists Laura Verallo de Bertotto of VMV Hypoallergenics, Cecilio Pedro of Lamoiyan Corporation (Hapee Toothpaste) Bernie Liu and moderator Atty. Mike Toledo.

A panel discussion followed with panelists Laura Verallo de Bertotto of VMV Hypoallergenics, Cecilio Pedro of Hapee Toothpaste, Joseph Calata of Calata Corp., Kim Lato of Kimstore, Rudy and Rosiell de Leon of Bianca’s Ice Candy, and Krie Reyes-Lopez of Messy Bessy. These industry pillars shared how they made it big in their respective industries, and gave insights on a range of topics such as building a business through inclusive growth, taking on the global market, and making use of technology to drive the growth of a company.

“The BIG Talks series is just the beginning of our multi-pronged efforts to empower the Filipino entrepreneur. Through these events, we hope to empower their entrepreneurial spirit and to create a network of like-minded people and encourage knowledge exchange, which is essential to the success of Filipino enterprises,” concluded Locsin.