Bloom Residences: Providing healthy balance between work and play 

    THE balance of work and play has become a part of corporate office culture — a happier employee works more efficiently where there is balance between work and play.

    As this new, active lifestyle has become more sought-after, wellness-centered architecture has taken center-stage.

    SM Development Corporation (SMDC) caters to this new lifestyle with Bloom Residences, the first active lifestyle-centric development south of the metro.

    Bloom Residences was developed to help sustain that dynamic balance for city dwellers, who have difficulty finding serenity and peace with limited green areas. This is especially true of people who are required to stay at home.

    Bloom Residences, developed with urbanites and young families in mind, provides access to a wide variety of fitness amenities and activities while being only a stone’s throw away from all of your family’s needs such as  malls, hospitals, the airport, leisure and entertainment destinations, and major CBDs such as Alabang, Makati, and BGC. Its strategic location right at the foot of Skyway-Sucat Exit gives you more time to be home to spend time with the family and less time on the road.

    SAS raise funds in fight against the pandemic

    As part of a regional Asean initiative, SAS has raised funds through a Work from Home exercise where the company donated a quantum in correspondence to the number of steps SAS Philippines employees had taken.

    The Philippines SAS team used these funds to procure and donate the SAS Care Centre – A fully equipped medical tent outfitted with technology equipment and furniture for outpatient treatment for the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) in Manila in September. The donation also included two computers to be used for data collection as EAMC was setting up a QR code system to record health declaration information for visitors and employees. This was SAS’ commitment to the local healthcare community and to support Filipinos through these trying times.

    The SAS Care Center equipment donation included three medical beds, medical equipment and office furniture

    Mental Health Day Off a company holiday at Thomson Reuters

    Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading provider of news and information-based tools to professionals, has instituted Mental Health Day Off for all of its employees worldwide who are eligible for company holidays. This year, the company marked its first Mental Health Day Off last October 9, coinciding with World Mental Health Day.

    Tes Veloso, senior director for Global Vendor Strategy and Operations and Manila Site lead, said , “Thomson Reuters’ commitment to a Mental Health Day Off extends beyond the pandemic; this recognizes the importance of mental health and one of the ways our company is choosing to support our employees’ mental health and wellbeing.”

    Institutionalizing Mental Health Day Off as a company holiday is just one of the many ways in which Thomson Reuters is looking after the mental health and well-being of its employees. Thomson Reuters employees also have access to resources such as the Employee Assistance Program, which offers confidential support services that can help the employee and his/her dependents solve a wide range of problems and challenges, whether mental, emotional, physical, or financial, at no cost to the employee.

    Thomson Reuters employees also have access to Headspace, a science-backed mindfulness and meditation app.

    Emperador, Globe Business enhance communications

    Emperador Distillers Inc. worked with Globe Business to enhance the former’s enterprise communications and operations.

    The enterprise arm of Globe Telecom, Globe Business, played a valuable role in helping Emperador Distillers promote greater harmony and prevent silos within its organization. Through Globe Mobility Solutions where  postpaid plans were integrated with Samsung Knox, Emperador Distillers Inc. was able to better monitor on-ground operations across manufacturing, bottling, and distribution, as well as secure the information exchange among its workforce.

    With the help of Globe, Emperador Distillers Inc. was able to use Samsung Knox to empower its workforce to stay connected and productive, while protecting its company data. The built-in security layers on Samsung phones allows the company to isolate, encrypt, and guard data, thereby allowing users to concentrate on what needs to get done.

    Danish brand ECCO now available on Lazada

    The iconic Danish shoe brand ECCO is just a click away as ECCO Philippines launches its online flagship store at Lazada The global leader for innovative footwear, ECCO combines style and comfort, great design and leather quality, and of course, innovative technology.

    Women can shop for comfortable, versatile heels of all kinds, multipurpose sandals that provide stable fit while on the go, athletic yet feminine lightweight sneakers, stylish textile running shoes, and flats for a comfortable walk on and off the trail.

    Men, on the other hand, can browse and shop through the vast array of premium leather shoes that mix artisan aesthetics and modern technology, sporty and breathable sneakers, comfortable running shoes, and walking sandals with great support.

    ECCO was founded in 1963 in Bredebro, Denmark, by Karl Toosbuy and his wife Birte. Today, ECCO products are sold in over 90 countries at 2,989 ECCO shops and shop-in-shops and 15,000 sales points worldwide. The company is family-owned and the workplace to 21,000 employees.

    The brand owns tanneries producing leather for some of the world’s leading fashion, lifestyle, and performance brands, and has dedicated shoemakers with over 50 years of experience.

    ECCO continues to expand its footwear heritage in the Philippines with its stores at the 3rd Level of SM Megamall, G/F Main Mall of SM Mall of Asia and shop-in-shop concepts at SM Store Mall of Asia, SM Store Makati, SM Store North EDSA, SM Store Aura, SM Store Megamall, SM Store Southmall, and SM Store Estancia.

    BPI Biztalk Online: Effective marketing tactics in the COVID-19 landscape

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the business landscape, some changes in marketing tactics have proven to be effective in helping businesses adapt to changing consumer behavior and market trends.

    During the Biztalk Online: Understanding your customer, rebuilding your businesswebinar organized by Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), the resource speakers shared that 79% of businesses have reported imposing strict workplace hygiene and 59% have implemented flexible work schedules.

    There is also the shift to IT productivity tools, digital advertising, product innovation, and customer loyalty programs, according to resource speakers Ferdie Frejas, Managing Director of FastForwardMR; and Amrei Dizon Managing Partner/Chief Creative Officer of Vitalstrats Creative Solutions (VCS).

    They offered the following tips for businesses so they can grow despite uncertain times: Increase online traffic. A strong online presence will help businesses convert visitors to customers; Value consumers’ safety. Majority of the consumers are concerned about health and safety. Out of the box gimmicks or solutions in promoting safety can help; Empathize with customers. Brands need to show clients that they care during these are difficult times; Anticipate customer expectations and needs. Brands should associate themselves with their clients’ future; Provide free access to paid content. Free subscriptions to clients or free webinars are just some examples; and Ask for customer feedback. Word of mouth still works.

    Ms. Dizon of VCS said businesses have to continuously observe the world outside their brands and that businesses need to rethink their strategies as traditional ones might not work as much as they did before.

    Mr. Frejas of FastForwardMR added that brands should learn customers’ problems and be part of the solution by tailor-fitting strategies.

    BizTalk Online is a webinar series hosted by BPI Business Banking which provides free expert guidance to SMEs to help them adapt to the new normal. The webisodes tackle digital solutions, business opportunities, business continuity plans, and other relevant topics.


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