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Balluun Expands its Presence to Asia

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Balluun, a leader in B2B social commerce marketplaces, has launched its first branch office in China as part of the implementation of its growth strategy. Located in Hong Kong and under the leadership of Vander NG, Chinese citizen and Director Business Development Asia, the new office will aim to take the B2B exhibition and event business across Greater China and the ASEAN to the next level.

Vander NG has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry and has held similar positions at IBM Software, Oracle and CA Technologies. He has been involved in the development and implementation of sales strategies in various B2B markets and in the successful launch of several technology start-ups in the field of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). He holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Statistics from the University of Hong Kong.

“We are pleased that with Vander NG a pioneer in B2B e-commerce has joined Balluun. His experience in the field of digital transformation, especially in the Asian market, is very important for Balluun. This region offers great potential for Balluun’s innovative B2B marketplaces,” emphasizes Roland Kümin, CEO.

With an exhibition area of almost 180,000 square meters, Hong Kong is a centre of the Asian trade fair industry. The trade fair business contributes an annual volume of more than HKD 40 billion, about 2% of Hong Kong’s GDP. Around 120 trade fairs are held annually in Hong Kong, 35 of which are organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. Between January and August 2017, more than half a million visitors (+9% compared with the previous year), around 25,000 exhibitors (+5%) and around 26,000 buyers (+17%) attended a trade fair of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

Balluun – Powering the Future of Business Networks

Balluun is changing the international B2B market with its industry-specific social networking platforms, on which wholesalers and retailers, exporters and importers as well as suppliers and buyers can exchange business information and offers while networking and contacting each other directly. Balluun thus promotes and ensures efficient and effective B2B trading around the globe at all times. With more than 40,000 members on five different marketplaces, the Balluun365 platform with its established SaaS technology provides an open and scalable Cloud-to-Mobile architecture. The Balluun subscription model is designed for strategic partnerships and supports cost-effective marketing with efficient, well-frequented, industry-specific marketplaces.

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CCCI, DOST holds Training on Industrial Calibration on March

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With an aim to leverage the capabalities not just of its members but also the business community in Cebu, CCCI holds a training program dubbed as Training on Industrial Calibration on March 7 to 9 at Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office 7, Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City.

In partnership with DOST, the training program aims to introduce its participants the Laws on Metrology in the Philippines and the method on the calibration of the common measuring instruments for mas, temperature, pressure and length.

It further seeks to equip the participants with better understanding of calibration system and the advantages in their production systems.

Registration fee costs Php 6, 000 for CCCI Members while Php 6,500 for Non-CCCI Members, which includes training/ seminar kits, certificate of attendance and meals. Interested participants are required to bring their own laptop for the exercises.

For further inquiries, one may call CCCI at 232-1421 to 24 local no. 109 and look for Ms. Jessa Mae L. Abapo of CCCI’s Business Development and Management Services Divison.

Join CCCI’s two-day HACCP Training!

CCCI is set to conduct a two-day Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Training on March 14-15, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, at Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office 7 located in Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City.

This training intends to provide businesses in the food industry sector the necessary knowledge and skills on the fundamentals of HACCP.

HACCP is a systematic preventive approach to food safety and pharmaceutical safety that addresses physical, chemical, and biological hazards as a means of prevention rather than finished product inspection. HACCP is also used in the food industry to identify potential food safety hazards, so the key actions, known as Critical Control Points (CCPs) can be taken to reduce or eliminate the potential risks of the identified hazards.

Moreover, the system is used at all stages of food production and handling processes including packaging, distribution, among others.

Registration fee costs Php 5,000 for CCCI Members while Php 6,000 for Non-CCCI Members, which includes training kits, Certificate of Attendance and meals.

For further inquiries, one may call CCCI at 232-1421 to 24 local no. 109 and look for Ms. Jessa Mae L. Abapo of CCCI’s Business Development and Management Services Division.

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South Star Drug Now Accepts GCash in Metro Manila Outlets

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South Star Drug, one of the biggest drugstore chains in the Philippines, becomes the first drugstore in Metro Manila that allows customers to purchase medicines and other items using GCash scan to pay mode of payment.

The medicine retailer has over 450 stores nationwide and still growing.  The use of GCash in South Star Drug’s Metro Manila outlets is being piloted in six branches – two in Pasig (C. Raymundo cor. F. Legaspi, Dr. Sixto Ave.), two in Makati (Herrera, Guadalupe Unimec), one in Pasay (Balabag Merville), and one in Las Pinas (Philamlife).  By end of the year, all South Star Drug outlets are expected to accept GCash scan to pay.

GCash is being operated by Mynt which is owned by Globe Telecom, Ant Financial and Ayala Corp. “Mynt’s partnership with South Star Drug is part of our company’s efforts to make payments more convenient, safer and easier.  This brings us another step closer to our goal of making the Philippines a cashless country,” says Anthony Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Mynt.

Christine Tueres, General Manager of South Star Drug said:  “South Star is always working to improve customer experience and find ways of doing things better – that includes giving our customers more payment options. With GCash QR code feature, even without cash or credit card, our customers can make a purchase in any of our stores with just a few taps on their smart phones”.

Using GCash is easy.  A customer with an iPhone or an Android smartphone only needs to download or update to the latest version of the GCash App, register for an account, and fund  their GCash wallet at any of over 12,000 GCash Partner Outlets nationwide. This includes Robinsons Business Centers. Once done, the customer just has to tap on Scan QR, point a phone’s camera at the partner’s QR code, and key in the amount to be paid.

 

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Manila Water to expand in Thailand

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Ayala-led Manila Water Company Inc. is venturing into the water industry of Thailand as part of its ongoing expansion in Southeast Asia.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Manila Water said it signed Monday a share purchase agreement with Electricity Generating Public Company Limited (EGCO) to acquire its 18.72-percent equity in Thailand-based Eastern Water Resources Development and Management Public Company Limited.

The company intends to finance the transaction through internally generated funds and bank debt.

It said the closing of the acquisition is still subject to the “fulfillment of certain conditions precedent.”

“We recognize the opportunities this new market presents for us, and we are eager to share the technical expertise and service quality which Manila Water has developed over the last 20 years. From the conglomerate perspective, Ayala sees this development as a strategic entry point into Thailand. With Manila Water leading the way, we hope to leverage our various capabilities to enlarge our footprint in the country,” said Ayala President and Chief Operating Officer and Manila Water Board Chairman Fernando Zobel de Ayala.

East Water’s operations are strategically located along the Eastern Economic Corridor which is targeted to be a leading economic zone in the Southeast Asian region.

East Water, a publicly listed company whose shares are traded in the Stock Exchange of Thailand, is engaged in the provision of raw and tap water supply services in the eastern region of Thailand and home to a number of heavy industries, including automotive, electronics and petrochemicals.

“Our entry into the Thailand water space aligns squarely with our internationalization strategy, with focus in Southeast Asia. East Water presents great potential, as its future growth will mainly come from the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), the Thai government’s initiative to further develop the country’s eastern seaboard into a leading economic zone in ASEAN,” said Manila Water President and Chief Executive Officer Ferdz dela Cruz.

Manila Water’s entry into Thailand comes after its foray into bulk water and concession projects in Vietnam.

It has also completed pilot projects in Bandung, Indonesia for a non-revenue water reduction program; and in Yangon, Myanmar for leakage reduction.

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MCCI Welcomes New Trustees, Members

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The Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomed a new set of trustees in an oath-taking ceremony on Jan. 25 at Maayo Hotel Corp. in Mandaue City. The Chamber also inducted at least 34 new member-companies.  

Stanley Go, vice president for sales and marketing of Virginia Food Inc., is the new MCCI president.

 

“I want to thank the Chamber’s Board of Trustees for their confidence in my ability to navigate and steer MCCI to the direction that it needs to go to contribute significantly to the prosperity of our members who are themselves important engines of economic growth,” said Go.

He added that he will cherish the Chamber’s trust and support in his vision and drive to make the Chamber more relevant to its members.

 

“As we strengthen the linkages we have established over the years, I hope to increase our membership base from 300 to 500 by the end of 2018,” he said.

 

Steven Yu, chairman and chief executive officer of Alliance Pacific Resources Corporation, is MCCI vice president for internal affairs. Edgar Allan Po, assistant manager of Winner Plastic Product Corporation, is MCCI vice president for external affairs. Romelinda Cruz-Garces, communication officer of San Miguel Brewery Inc., is the MCCI secretary. Amado Go, president of Cenapro Chemical Corporation, is the MCCI treasurer. Michelle Co-Lin, RBG VisMin-Business Center head of CTBC Bank, is the auditor.

The MCCI’s new Board of Trustees is composed of Glenn Anthony Soco, president and chief operating officer (COO) of GA Satellite Venture; Wilson Ng, president of Ng Khai Development Corporation; Vicky Dy, managing director of Adnetwork Corporation; Alice Uy, proprietor of Jace Handicrafts International; Barbara Gothong-Tan, president and chief executive officer of A.D. Gothong Manufacturing Corp.; Mark Anthony Ynoc, general manager of San Remigio Properties; John King, managing director of King’s Quality Food Inc.; Donato Busa, president of DMC Busa Printers; and Beverly Dayanan, president and COO of Contempo Property.

Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry

 

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