FamilyMart strengthens support for SMEs

    FamilyMart has opened its doors and shelves for entrepreneurs to bring in and feature their products under the #WeSupportSME campaign. The program  seeks to bridge consumers back to these small and medium enterprises by connecting them through FamilyMart’s extensive and established retail network, while at the same time widening the store’s offerings.

    “We want to help the local economy by promoting SMEs while also being of service to our customers. We consider suppliers and vendors as part of our ‘family’ as well—true to the spirit of our tagline #WeGotchuFam,” said Bernie Suiza, general manager of FamilyMart Philippines.

    One of FamilyMart’s bestselling products that suffered a setback during the initial enhanced community quarantine was their cookies, whose original supplier had to halt production. FamilyMart learned of insistent demand from customers for the baked treats, so management devised ways to bring the items back in the stores.

    FamilyMart has partnered with Aperitif, a local restaurant known for their iconic Cheese and Cold Cuts Graze Boxes, as one of their pioneer SMEs under the campaign to feature their popular Ooey Gooey Cookie selections in-store.

    At present, more than 30 FamilyMart stores are selling Aperitif’s sought-after cookies such as Classic Chocolate Chip, Reese’s Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate.

    This month, FamilyMart is giving the #WeGotchuFam treatment to another SME by adding Baked by Machew as its latest partner for the  #WeSupportSME campaign. With this, the convenience store chain is now offering to more foodies the Chef Matthew Lim’s famous Premium Kani Sushi Bake.

    The SM Store advances omnichannel merchandising 

    Aptos, a recognized market leader in retail technology solutions, yesterday announced that The SM Store will deploy Aptos Merchandise Financial Planning to optimize its omnichannel merchandising strategies.

    The solution will provide end-to-end support for the retailer’s merchandise planning activities across its bricks-and-mortar and online channels.

    The SM Store has over 60 stores strategically located in key cities throughout the Philippines and carries a wide range of apparel, accessories, housewares, general merchandise and lifestyle products. The SM Store is part of SM Retail Inc.

    The SM Store continues to enhance the way it engages with its loyal customers. This has included investments in its online shopping platform ShopSM allowing customers to shop anytime, anywhere.

    The Aptos solution will provide end-to-end support for The SM Store’s merchandise financial planning activities. This includes strategic planning and budgeting, planning by attributes, buying and assortment strategy, in-season management, and more.

    Once deployed, Aptos Merchandise Financial Planning will be utilized by over 120 merchandise planners within The SM Store business. The Aptos solution was selected over competitive offerings due to its ability to support The SM Store’s different shop formats and increasing number of channels, the ease of use and intuitiveness of the application, and the flexibility of the solution to evolve with The SM Store over time.

    Smart Signature promo

    Smart Signature is giving K-drama fans a simple way to get closer to Korean superstar and Smart endorser Son Ye Jin with its new promo.

    Customers who sign up for a new Smart Signature Plan shall get an exclusive limited-edition scented candle handpicked by Son Ye Jin, and a chance to win a shopping spree worth up to P100,000 in cash credits via Paymaya.

    To join the promo, customers only need to sign up for a new Smart Signature Plan at the nearest Smart Store or via the Smart Online Store at from Aug. 10 to Sept. 10.

    Customers can get any of the following data-packed Smart Signature SIM-Only Plan or Smart Signature Device Plan: Plan S at P999 per month; Plan M at 1499 per month; Plan L at 1999 per month; and Plan XL at 2999 per month.

    Aside from getting an exclusive limited-edition scented candle, new Smart Signature subscribers shall also get a corresponding number of entries to a special raffle, where 25 lucky subscribers shall win P20,000 each and one lucky customer shall take the grand prize of P100,000 in cash credits via PayMaya for their shopping spree.

    Grundfos launches prefab pumping stations for
    flood and wastewater management

    Grundfos Philippines, a global leader in advanced pump solutions and water technologies has launched its prefabricated pumping stations (PPS) to help meet the country’s growing flood and wastewater management needs.

    The PPS is a sustainable turnkey solution that reduces both installation time, commissioning costs and the space requirement substantially.

    The PPS is designed to be energy efficient and operate reliably in the long run, being made of hard-wearing plastic for greater durability paired with an advanced control system for optimised operations, and in turn greater energy savings.

    The PPS also only requires a short construction timeframe. Compared to traditional pumping stations, PPS is produced in the Grundfos factory and sent to the site as a complete package, making installation easier and usually completed within 24 hours. This reduces installation time by as much as 80 percent, ensuring minimal disruption to people and infrastructure.

    In addition to flood control, another key application for PPS is in wastewater management. Playing a key role in the wastewater management process, pumping stations are designed to collect and transport wastewater, and PPS’ high durability ensures minimal disruption to any water system.

    The PPS is an ideal solution for wastewater management at tourist destinations and hotels. Grundfos has recently installed its first PPS solution at Lio, a tourism estate whose water and wastewater facilities are owned and operated by Manila Water’s Business Unit, Estate Water , which is located in El Nido, Palawan.

    Weather app for farmers launched

    The Yara FarmWeather app offers farmers in the Philippines a proactive solution to monitor and protect their farms, which is a source of their livelihood.

    The  weather app promotes a unique smart farming technique that helps farmers be more efficient and make better and more informed decisions around important on-farm activities.

    Yara FarmWeather is an easy-to-use and convenient smart weather app designed for small landowner farmers. While one can get an updated weather forecast by watching the news or easily searching on Google, forecasts through these channels are usually general weather conditions for a provincial or regional level.

    The Yara FarmWeather uses the farm’s exact location to deliver hyperlocal and accurate forecasts down to a four-kilometer radius.

    Yara developed the app leveraging on IBM’s data platforms.

    All-new OPPO Reno4 sets launch

    OPPO is all set to launch the much-awaited trendy smartphone, the Reno4, on August 14.

    OPPO partnered with music label Careless Music Manila and its artists’ Nadine Lustre, KingWaw, Curtismith, Massiah and Astrokidd to host a special livestream launch event to introduce the latest OPPO Reno4.

    The OPPO Reno4 is packed with the trendiest camera features to take portrait photography and videography to the next level, including the 32MP Dual Punch Hole Front Camera and the 48MP High Definition QuadCamera system. Ideal for content creation, the Reno4’s camera modes open up realms of possibilities with the AI Portrait Mode, which mutes the background into black and white while keeping the subject in real color, and the Night Flair Mode to upgrade your night photography with neon effects against a backdrop. Finally, with video platforms being all the rage, Reno4’s camera comes with an epic 960fps AI Slow Motion feature to capture impressive slow-motion shots in the thick of the action, as well as the Ultra Steady Video 3.0 to enhance your videography experience.


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