Friday, July 28, 2017

Ricoh Philippines, a global leader in office productivity solutions, recognizes that the workplace has been constantly evolving. In order to enhance collaboration and to effectively drive productivity, businesses must adapt the right toolsets and smart equipment not only to empower the employees but to also optimize business processes.

Ricoh recently showcased their latest technology and product offerings that are set to further empower the new era of digital workplaces.

“Ricoh’s total solutions and services, including the new digital multifunction colored printers, the revolutionary interactive whiteboard, and our ultra short throw projector, ultimately allow us to achieve our goal of empowering digital workplaces by helping businesses and their employees work better and smarter,” said Eric Sulit, Ricoh Philippines, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer. 


Revolutionary Digital Multifunction Colored Printers
Ricoh highlighted today two of their newest multifunction colored printers (MFPs) – the MPC4504exSP and the MPC2004EXSP – that are equipped with the revolutionary Ricoh Smart Operation Panel.

The Smart Operation Panel allows users to integrate multiple processes and customize shortcuts to bypass many of the repetitive manual tasks associated with printing. Ricoh's new interface delivers improved usability to end users by incorporating familiar gestures, such as swipe, pinch and flick commonly used on smartphones and tablets, to enable the completion of everyday workflows easily and quickly. These gestures make accessing the latest and existing applications more efficient and streamlined, helping to further enhance collaboration and embrace emerging workstyles. Using cloud connectivity, users can also view documents remotely and share information effectively with their devices that are connected to these MFPs.

Furthermore, when it comes to print and image quality, Ricoh MFPs achieves vibrant results with the precision of 1200 x 1200 dots per inch and print speeds from 30 to 60 pages per minute. 

Real time collaboration through interactive whiteboards



The Ricoh Interactive Whiteboard IWB-D6510 empowers users to save time and expenses by creating real-time collaborative digital meetings. It allows up to 20 users to view a whiteboard presentation on web-connected devices from multiple locations.

With Ricoh’s IWB, users can make changes using the whiteboard tools to write, draw, edit, resize, move, and save information easily. The connected interactive whiteboards are also common space - what's added to one board will appear on all networked boards. Users also have the power to choose the participants and decide how their information will be displayed.

Widescreen clear projection and collaboration from short distances


The Ricoh PJ-WX4152N Ultra Short Throw Projector empowers office workers to get closer with their audience while projecting with clarity. Even when placed as close as 4.6 inches from the projection surface, the PJ-WX4152N can display crisp, compelling images, movies, presentation and other media from a wide range of audio-visual equipment with 1280 x 800 WXGA wide format resolution.

The PJ-WX4152N also allows users to bring important information together from up to four different devices onto a single screen. It can also be equipped with the Ricoh Smart Presenter app to be able to invite iPad users to view the presentation remotely. Moreover, users can pair it with Ricoh's Business Projection System to share the same presentation in up to four different locations.

It also features impressive contrast ratios up to 13,000:1 and 3,500 lumens to project color-rich images even in the most sunlit meeting rooms. The projector can also detect and automatically balance keystone distortions for worry-free presentations. 

Ricoh Service Advantage


“Ricoh Philippines constantly strives to meet or exceed customer expectations,” Sulit explained. “Being a service-oriented company, we constantly innovate and strive to improve our products and services.”

Ricoh Philippines leads the service charge by being one of the first companies in its industry to use iPads with Field Service Automation software to manage service assignments and requests. 
By September, Ricoh will be launching a new service called Ricoh Remote Assistance, which will allow Ricoh to remotely troubleshoot problems and provide solutions to customers

Moreover, these Ricoh products are sold and serviced directly by Ricoh Philippines. So, customers are assured of high quality and excellent servicing, which begins from customers’ selection and decision-making process, and continues beyond after sales. 

For the latest updates and insights on Ricoh, please visit www.ricoh.com.ph.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

I always worked closely with graphic artist or designers. As SEO, I give recommendation to them on what they can do for the web layout or design for a specific client. However, I personally do some art work sometimes at home and never thought that Pen Tablet would be helping in way. I used to see this kind of product years ago and my designer friends has it but admittedly in different brand.

The other day was an opportunity for me to witness a new product line for pen tablet and it's from Huion. The thing is, it has the same function like branded one who we find in the market today. With Huion, I would say that they are more affordable. With regards to the quality, I can't give any testimonies about it because I haven't tried using it although during the event, I have a chance to see it upfront, feel and touch it.




I believe that user experience are still the best when explaining about the quality. I also, witness the contract signing of their partnership with American Technologies, Inc., PSITE, and Our Lady of Fatima University.


The event was very interactive as media ask different questions about the company and the product itself. Huion executive even ask question asking the media in return about what we think of the product? Actually, I want to answer the question and since I did not have a chance to tell them what's on my mind, I will write it in here. My answer is that or should I say my conclusion about the product is, "As a mom, I tend to check how affordable a specific gadget, next is actually the quality and lastly defines how useful it is. Huion pen table is affordable, check! For the quality? I can not say it now. However, they say that they can give 1 year warranty when you purchase. For the last consideration, Yes, I think it is useful for graphic artist and aspiring artist for you can easily draw and edit with the tablet.




I hope that I give some pointers that you can consider for Huion products. If have already tried or wanted to buy their products please call American Technologies, Inc. at +63 2 5846868. Visit Huion at https://www.huiontablet.com/ to learn more about their product and check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/huion/.

Monday, July 10, 2017

I was so excited for the BPI Blogger's Picnic at the Melendres Farm in Antipolo City. It was nice to know thay there are people who really care. This is one of the advocacy event that I've attended and it was so inspiring. The day was filled with fun learning during the tour around the 3.5 hectare farm situated in Antipolo City. So rare to find a place like Melendres Farm because most of the places in Antipolo was build with subdivisions. 







After the farm tour, we had a healthy and sumptuous meal in the Melendres Farm cafeteria. It was from farm to table set-up which I totally love. The food taste so different like it used to because it was served fresh.




Of course, there is no great meal without a dessert. They served us their Avocado and Mango ice cream which is to die for. Then, we have got a chance to meet two of the Sinag awardee from Bayaji Brew and HABI who shares their experiences before and after they become part of BPI Sinag.



 

As we all know, Philippines is now very attractive to global investors because of its natural resources and talented skilled people. However, the gap between rich and poor are continuously growing. Although the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) states that the poverty rate was dropped to 21.6% from 26.3% in the end of 2015. It was still far from the goal of 14% in the end of the year 2022.

The good thing is that there is BPI Sinag who enables new and innovative solutions for a more inclusive growth through supporting social enterprises in the country. BPI Sinag aims to empower entrepreneurs by providing the following:

  • Intellectual Capital: Access to intensive bootcamps and mentorship programs 
  • Social Capital: Access to industry networks, impact investors, and community of social entrepreneurs
  • Financial Capital: Access to seed grants and financing options

Sinag in English, means “light”. Perhaps, they choose it because they aims to bring rays of light to the communities in need. They also aims to enlighten the public on a new, more inclusive way of doing business and how new business models can help solve some of the societal and environmental issues today. Brilliant idea right!

This year, there are two categories. The Sinag U for Students Entrepreneur and the Sinag Accelerate fir Community Development.

Now, for sure you are thinking of, who are eligible to join and what are the requirements and how to join? Well, its simple. Check out below:




Oh, by the way, the have an event on July 14-16, 2017 at the Lucky Chinatown and meet the BPI Sinag social enterprise members and check out their local products.

To learn more about BPI Sinag and BPI Foundation, visit their website at www.sinag.bpifoundation.org or check them out in social media like Facebook and Instagram.

Friday, July 7, 2017

I found a new co-working place in Makati. I love the concept of WeCube office its not only the space are shared but they also offer conference room for big meetings. As usual from a co-working space, they also have unlimited coffee and tea in the pantry. If happen that you want to have something to munch-in you can order from their partner cafeteria with discounts.

WeCube was so convenient for a blogger like me and for sure, small business owners, freelancers and VA's will benefit from it also for it has a professional ecosystem while they grow their business. They also offer strategic counseling and advice for partners as they mentor to drive your business forward. Networking opportunities is also welcome for they hold event from time to time to connect for potential partners, decision makers and influencers.





WeCube is the ideal home to incubate your ideas if you are a startup founders, entrepreneurs and companies. They have Flexi-seat, semi private cubicles, and conference rooms.




WeCube Space is located in the heart of Makati, short walk to Greenbelt and near by restaurants. They have 24/7 security, Printing and copy machines, High Speed internet, Parking and the Common Ground Cafe. 

Check out their prices below:



For more information about WeCube, visit their website at wecube.ph. Email them at hello@wecube.ph or call them at +632-7508806, +63-7508807.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Mom's let your kids do their holistic development with their random activities such as cooking, painting, and scrapbooking. As kids become busier, Moms play a challenging role to be more creative, to make every experiences a learning platform for their kids. Today, moms are more empowered with the right technology, especially with the right printer that can help them foster creeativity and enhanced learning for the family. Thanks to Canon PIXMA E Series printers, moms like me is stress-free.

Wanna know why? because Canon PIXMA E Series printers can help every family moment memorable.
The Canon PIXMA E410 is perfect for moms who help put together her children’s numerous drafts of artworks, sketches and projects with its ability to print up to 400 black and white documents, and 180 colored pages. 


The design savvy student will enjoy the PIXMA E470’s built-in Wi-Fi features that can help print from anywhere to meet that deadline when paired with the Google Cloud Print*1 service. 


Teens in the family can immortalize their best photos on Facebook through the PIXMA MG3070s with its PIXMA Cloud Link application for remote printing of Facebook albums and online contents with mobile devices. 

While the compact PIXMA E480 model is best suited for aspiring entrepreneurs in the family with its on-the-go faxing and scanning features.

Check out the upcoming Canon #PIXMom series of events in the malls this July. Families can visit Canon'c interactive booths like a back-to-school booth where kids can select icons of what they want to be when they grow up; a kitchen booth where guests can design their cupcakes; the creatives in the family can print their own coloring sheets and scrapbook in the arts and crafts booth; plus dads and kids can test the speed of taking sharp photos using select Canon cameras at the basketball booth.

You can now download their Canon Red App to make your every Canon purchase counts. It's available in Apple Store and Google Play with exciting freebies and rewards from over 150 partner merchants to earn points.


Registered users can enjoy discounts, prioritized services and product loans, free workshops, amera cleaning, extended warranty up to two years, special after sales services, plus up to Php 10,000 worth of credits with every purchase of participating Canon products.

For more details, visit www.canon.com.ph and www.shopcanon.ph.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Aptly called Living Colors, the brand launch of Troo at Ibiza Beach Club BGC last June 27 was a visual feast: from the kaleidoscope floor screen at the elevator lobby and the colorful globes of light on the tables to the eye-popping performance by Japanese techno dance group, Siro-A to the remarkably brilliant guest speakers.

Topping the list of notable speakers is Erik Qualman, one of Forbes’s top 50 influencers. Qualman flew in from San Francisco, USA to deliver his highly-engaging talk on social media and the digital domain.Founder and President of French pioneering tele-healthcare company H4D (Health for Development) Dr. Franck Baudino presented the Consult Station®. Together, H4D and Troo will introduce innovative health services to the Filipino.

Eric Qualman, world-renowned author, Pulitzer-Prize nominee and one of Forbes’s top 50 influencers, delivered a highly-engaging talk on social media and how to succeed in the digital world.

EastWest Bank Vice-Chairman & CEO Antonio C. Moncupa, Jr. said that the bank is at an inflection point where it is starting to realize its full potential, and its bancassurance joint venture in Troo is a significant step in that journey.
Ageas CEO Bart De Smet expressed optimism about Troo’s operations in the Philippines. With its focus on bringing creativity and digital enablement to the service of their customers, he is sure of Troo’s success. 
Distinguished guests included Insurance Commissioner Dennis B. Funa, AgeasChairman of the Board Mr. Jozef De Mey and Ageas CEO Mr. Bart De Smet, EastWest Bank Chairman Mr. Jonathan Gotianunand EastWest Bank Vice-Chairman & CEO Mr. Antonio C. Moncupa Jr.

Troo President & CEO Hans Loozekoot said that Troo aims to be a genuine game-changer, bringing a refreshing approach to the insurance industry. He announced that the one-year old life insurance company has already helped more than 150,000 Filipinos protect their families by planning their tomorrow so they can live their best lives today. Troo ranks as 6th largest insurer in 2016 in new business for traditional products based on Annual Premium Equivalent.
An emotional highlight of the launch was when Troo President & CEO Mr. Hans Loozekoot acknowledged the presence of Troo’s first customers, who were invited to the event.

Troo is a50-50 life insurance joint venture between EastWest Banking Corporation, one of the fastest growing banks in the Philippines, and Ageas Insurance International NV, a global insurance company with presence in 16 countries in Europe and Asia.



Bancassurance operations started in April 2016 with Troo Advisors serving Filipinos in 48 EastWest stores. Today, Troo is in all 387 EastWest stores nationwide, providing financial advice and life insurance solutions.

“After having rolled out to all EastWest stores nationwide, six months ahead of plan, we believe that this is the time to announce to everyone that Troo is here for the Filipino. The brand is designed to be “Mobile-First” to connect with the mobile-savvy Filipinos. Our name reflects our desire to be honest and true to our values and that of our customers. We aim to be a genuine game-changer, bringing a refreshing approach to the insurance industry,” said Loozekoot.

For a one-year old company, Troo has helped more than 150,000 Filipinos protect their families by planning their tomorrow so they can live their best lives today. And partnering with companies that are masters of their industries will help Troo go even further.

Troo’s partnership with SAP helped make it the first insurance company in the world to have an end-to-end I.T. solution in the cloud. Together with SAP, Troo is developing a revolutionary app with Apple for their Troo Advisors.

In his speech, Insurance Commissioner Funa praised Troo for its holistic approach to technology across its business.

With all these innovation Troo is introducing to the world of Philippine insurance, Troo managed to already rank as 6th largest insurer in 2016 in new business for traditional products based on Annual Premium Equivalent. In April, Troo also won Celent’s 2017 Model Insurer of Asia Award for Innovation and Emerging Technologies.

It’s a very exciting time for Troo. And we’re sure Troo’s colors will touch the life of every Filipino.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Home Credit, a Prague-based Fintech company that allows consumers to purchase smartphones and other goods on installment even without a credit card, celebrated a big milestone recently as it reached the one million customer mark, less than five months after reaching 600,000, and less than four years since serving their very first customer.

“In Home Credit’s four years so far in the country, we have observed that Filipinos tend to have a very positive attitude, and this is also true when it comes to buying goods. And often, they buy things not just for personal enjoyment, but also for enriching their lives and their loved ones,” explained Home Credit Philippines’ CEO Annica Witschard.

“So more than simply providing fast and affordable loans, we are able to help enrich the lives of our customers and the people that matter most to them. And we are glad to be able to do this for one million happy customers and counting,” she added.


Fast growth

Since launching in Manila in 2013, Home Credit has quickly grown its business of in-store financing of gadgets and other goods, especially for customers with no credit card or are first-time loan borrowers.

In 2016, the company grew its customer base from 280,000 to 600,000, and in the first few months of 2017, Home Credit expanded its reach in all major islands to become officially nationwide. Just a few weeks after that, the company welcomed its one millionth customer.

Today, Home Credit is present in over 2,500 partner stores in Metro Manila and 27 provinces, where they offer 0% interest installment promos and other popular loan products.

Home Credit’s secret formula

Asked for their “winning formula”, Ms. Witschard explained that aside from the huge popularity of their 0% interest loan promos and rapid expansion, their various partnerships—such as with leading retailers as well as the biggest electronics manufacturers—have also been big factors in their success.

“For us, it’s very much a win-win situation. We help our partners provide a good financing alternative for their customers who don’t have a credit card; at the same time, the huge popularity of products from companies such as Huawei, OPPO, Samsung, and Vivo help to drive demand for our own financing services,” she said.

“And of course, at the end of the day, the big winners are our customers,” Ms. Witschard added.

Safe lender

On what they have in store for customers moving forward, Ms. Witschard said that they can expect even more 0% interest promos with more partners, in more stores around the country. She likewise emphasized the importance of good customer service, even more so as they continue to grow. 

"At Home Credit, we like to say HC means Happy Customer and we take that commitment very seriously. So as we set our sights on our next one million customers, we remain committed as a safe lender that we will give our customers the best quality of service that they deserve," she said.

According to Ms. Witschard, the company is “doubling up on training our customer-facing employees, such as sales associates and credit advisors, to be even better listeners and communicators. We want them to understand where our customers are coming from and what their needs are."

These efforts are on top of existing “safe lending” features that Home Credit offers to customers, such as the option to avail of insurance along with the loan; a 15 day “cooling-off” period that allows customers to pay back the full loan at no added cost within this time period; and a loan “safety guarantee” that promises full transparency on loan products with no hidden charges.

For more information on store locations, new promos for partners such as Huawei, OPPO, Samsung and Vivo, and useful tips for customers and interested applicants, visit www.homecredit.ph.
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