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    Chat with Toyota

    Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) customers now have more ways to connect with the brand online with the launch of two new chat channels, its official Viber Community and its enhanced Facebook Messenger chat.

    Toyota PH, the official Viber Community for all Filipino Toyota owners, future customers, and aficionados can be accessed by searching for the verified Toyota PH community on Viber or by visiting https://bit.ly/toyotaviber. Here, members will start receiving the latest news and updates straight from TMP, car care tips, special deals and promos, exclusive content, and more.

    Facebook users can start using TMP’s enhanced Facebook Messenger chat to send inquiries and be connected with the official Facebook Messenger chat of their preferred Toyota dealer. To start, user can go to http://m.me/toyotamotorphilippines or search the verified Toyota Motor Philippines account (with the blue check mark) on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ToyotaMotorPhilippines).

    TMP has also launched its virtual showroom (www.toyota.com.ph/showroom) where customers can explore 360-degree exterior and interior views of Toyota vehicles, calculate payments, and send their online inquiries. Existing Toyota customers can also conveniently book after-sales services like periodic maintenance online through www.mytoyota.ph.

    GoodWork ties up with PayMaya

    GoodWork PH has announced its partnership with PayMaya to provide its customers with safer and more convenient payment options on the GoodWork app.

    Using the PayMaya Checkout payment gateway, GoodWork now acceptS credit cards, debit cards, and prepaid card payments from customers who want to pay with Visa, Mastercard or JCB on the GoodWork app.

    Customers can now also Pay with PayMaya when booking services in the GoodWork app. PayMaya users can get a 1, 10, or 100 percent cashback on their PayMaya app every time they Pay with PayMaya on the GoodWork app.

    GoodWork.ph is the #1 mobile app for Home Services in the Philippines.

    San Miguel expands Chick ’n Juicy chain

    San Miguel Foods Inc. is expanding the network of its Chick ‘n Juicy by Magnolia chicken rotisserie chain, opening its 87th store in Bagong Barrio, Caloocan, and boosting delivery network to serve more customers in this time of pandemic.

    Just 18 months in operation, the chain of stores has grown its presence in 12 out of 17 cities in Metro Manila and several nearby provinces. It has also recently expanded to Petron Treats stores in Diego Silang Taguig and Libis Quezon City,” the company said.

    Apart from stand-alone outlets, Chick ‘n Juicy is utilizing the available network of sister company, Petron Corp., to open more branches at fuel service stations to increase its reach.

    The retail food chain has also beefed up its in-house delivery service, serving various areas in Metro Manila, even as it has partnered with third-party online food delivery services

    Globe at Home gives assistance to frontliners

    Globe has continuously extended its support to the men and women from the medical field by providing financial and in-kind assistance in the form of PPEs, prepaid load , WiFi connectivity, and mobile devices.

    The telco giant also engages its customers to participate in its various advocacies for the benefit of the frontliners and different hospitals all over the country.

    Earlier in June, Globe At Home launched an engagement program to encourage its postpaid customers to settle their bills within June 15 to July 31 via the Globe At Home App, Globe One, or Globe.com payment sites while staying safe and connected at home. For every bill payment made within this period through the said channels, a PhP 25 donation was made by Globe, on behalf of its customers, to support the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in its fight against COVID-19.

    Together with its loyal customers, Globe At Home was able to raise a total of P 1,782,000 which will be used by WVMC for the acquisition of medical equipment and supplies. These include two high flow oxygen therapy machines, 230 pieces of high flow nasal cannula, 80 tube and chamber kits with single heated circuit, and an elbow and MR290 chamber.

    Insular Life’s Aguas among 100 people transforming business in Asia

    Insular Life (InLife) executive chairman Nina Aguas was recently named one of the top 100 people transforming business in Asia, according to online news website Business Insider Australia.

    The list came out recently as the world is gripped by a global pandemic, noting that those who made the cut were chosen for their vision and innovative changes that resonate across their industries.

    “Global business has faced unprecedented challenges over the past 12 months, particularly in 2020. The scale of the change that comes from responding to these obstacles will accelerate innovation in some companies,” said Business Insider Australia.

    The publication cited  Aguas’ role in promoting financial inclusion for Filipino women through the InLife Sheroes Program, which is a partnership between Insular Life and the International Finance Corp.

    Also named in the list from the Philippines were John Eric Francia of AC Energy and Esther Go of Medlink.

    Silver Swan taps Tiktok

    NutriAsia recently tapped Tiktok to revitalize its Silver Swan brand by appealing to a younger and more diverse market.

    Through the #SwanderfulMoves Challenge, Tiktok users (comprised of 41 percent teens globally) were introduced to the brand’s redefined image as a family kitchen staple that never goes out of style.

    In a span of just six days, the challenge has earned at least 18,000 tagged posts with an accumulated 132 million impressions and 22 million views. Silver Swan’s Tiktok account, which was created along with the challenge, now has over 112,400 followers and about 323,000 engagements have been recorded on the “Oh so Swanderful” official music page.

    Tiktok also supported this with a 360-degree ad campaign that included feature spots on the Tiktok Music page, branded welcome ads for when users open the app, and in-feed ads to attract and drive users to participate.

    By creating content that is appealing and relevant to a young target market, Silver Swan–a brand usually associated with an older homemaker demographic–managed to create a strong brand recall to its millennial audience.

    Ninja Van sets up resource center

     In line with its commitment to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) on their journey to e-commerce success, Ninja Van Philippines introduces blog.ninjavan.co.

    The business resource center provides actionable content ranging from bite-sized tips to in-depth business insights for aspiring and established entrepreneurs alike.

    “In the past four years of Ninja Van’s operations in the Philippines, we’ve seen a huge rise in MSMEs selling online, and yet resources providing free and useful information to help MSMEs accelerate their businesses are few and far between,” said Martin Cu, Ninja Van Philippines country head. “Currently, freely available resources are mostly non-actionable, while paid-to-access content is inaccessible to cash-strapped MSMEs.”

    All published resources are completely free-of-charge and accessible to all MSMEs in the Philippines.

    On its launch, the resource center is rolling out a variety of content focusing on the e-commerce landscape in the Philippines under the veil of COVID-19, and how MSMEs can continue to thrive despite the pandemic. Other topics revolve around business basics, tips and tricks to sell better on Facebook, as well as marketing ideas.

    Blending innovation with sustainability

    Union Bank of the Philippines’ Go Beyond Communities Program produced two purely digital corporate social responsibility initiatives designed by its student interns  to help their fellow students struggling with virtual learning and jeepney drivers who lost income because of the pandemic.

    The initiatives are now fully launched as Ad Astra per Aspera and UBP PasaHERO under the auspices of Go Beyond Communities, the employee volunteerism program of the bank.

    Ad Astra per Aspera is a youth-focused online support initiative that assists students from various colleges and universities from Luzon as they shift from traditional schooling to the virtual model of learning when classes resume this year.

    UBP PasaHERO uses UnionBank’s digital platform to raise funds for the jeepney drivers in the national capital region who lost their source of income when strict quarantine measures were implemented.

    UnionBank’s subsidiary UBX has an e-commerce platform and online shop-builder called Sentro, which was used by the volunteers to run an online selling campaign as well as an online garage sale to raise funds that have so far benefited three drivers’ associations in Quezon City. The campaign continues on social media and targets to raise more funds for the other jeepney drivers in the metro.

    Mondelez PH learning kits, laptops 

    The Joy Schools Program of Mondelez Philippines support its three  currently adopted schools – Don Galo Elementary School and Marcelo Green Elementary School in Parañaque, and Balara Elementary School in Quezon City by giving away learning kits to 300 students.

    The initiative is being undertaken with partner Philippine Business for Social Progress.

    Each kit contains materials which can help students to keep up with their class activities, even remotely. These basic school materials are simple yet urgently needed by public school students as they embark on their home learning journey.

    These 300 adopted students are also part of a 9-month feeding program, where families will receive vegetable packs good for one week’s worth of meals.

    Mondelez will be extending their commitment of strengthening education as a common good through the donation of 150 laptops to the aforementioned schools.

    DHL Express bares price adjustments

    DHL Express, the world’s leading international express service provider, announced a price increase that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

    The average increase in the Philippines will be 4.9 percent, compared to 2020.

    Nurhayati Abdullah, country manager, DHL Express Philippines, said the annual price adjustment enables the company to further develop its infrastructure while allowing it to apply state-of-the-art technologies and individual delivery processes to ensure best-in-class customer solutions.

    Prices are adjusted on an annual basis by DHL Express, taking into consideration inflation and currency dynamics such as administrative costs related to regulatory and security measures. These measures are updated by national and international authorities on a regular basis in each of the more than 220 countries and territories that DHL Express serves. Depending on local conditions, price adjustments will vary from country to country, and will apply to all customers where contracts allow.

    How to spot fake LPG tanks

    Solane advises consumers to ensure they are buying genuine liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

    Solane said non-compliant LPG tanks  usually bear fake seals, incorrect labels, and expired cylinder dates. Important markers customers can look for are the mandatory markings such as the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS), the required weight of the tank, and the brand of the company. Another easy sign of illegal LPG tanks is the cylinder – shabby, tarnished, and old-looking. Used, scrapped tanks with broken seals are a sure sign that the store is dealing with illegal products.

    Another easy way to verify if your product is genuine is its weight. Many illegal refillers underfill the tank for the simple reason of saving money.

    Solane said exposure to fake products could potentially compromise not just their safety, but also their families’.

    It said the best way to get genuine products is from authorized dealers. In its case, Solane performs the Timbang Challenge and 7-point safety check free of charge in delivering the LPGs to their consumers

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