Imagine walking 10 kilometers to a health center to get a check-up for ﬂu, or traversing rough roads just to go to the nearest remittance office to get money sent by a family member.
These scenarios may now be far-fetched but this is how life was when digital technology had yet to exist. And with innovation companies like Globe that have built their business on the idea that change —often radical change —can be very good for business as well as for society, the way we do things has been rapidly evolving.
Globe continues to offer relevant and groundbreaking solutions to harness the power of information and communications technology. By doing so, we not only fulﬁll our social responsibility —doing a Globe of Good —but also ultimately create a wonderful world for every Filipino. Our passion for innovation extends beyond business. We innovate to create positive societal impact, so that more Filipinos can overcome socio-economic challenges.
Imagine the convenience of being able to get a doctor on the line anytime you need one, wherever you may be. With KonsultaMD
Apart from bringing you easy access to doctors, KonsultaMD partnered with several establishments to bring health care within every Filipino’s reach. Several partnerships were forged this year to enrich the whole value chain for customers: MedGrocer, an online pharmacy, for door-to-door delivery of medicine and health supplements in GMA area; Lifeline Ambulance Rescue, Inc. for emergency quick-response; Generika drugstore chain to provide a wide range of low cost, high-quality generic medicines from approximately 600 outlets in the country; FamilyDOC, a 3-in-1 facility that houses a clinic, a diagnostics laboratory, and a pharmacy.
KonsultaMD has also started to cater to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong. These OFWs can conduct unlimited calls to a maximum of five Globe numbers and gain unlimited access to KonsultaMD for 30 days for just HK$129.
No one knows how many aspiring startups have withered on the vine due to lack of funding opportunity. With Kickstart, the wholly owned corporate venture capital ﬁrm of Globe, 28 digital tech ﬁrms in four countries have had a better shot at growth, with some outstanding ones now starting to bloom and send out shoots across geographic borders. Along with this, a dynamic #startupPH community of more than 4,000 young minds with big ideas —innovators, investors, mentors, corporate advocates, and policymakers —have begun to collaborate and set the standard for the Philippine startup community through Slingshot Philippines, a National Summit on Startups and Innovation organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and supported by Globe Business.
Among the new startups in Kickstart’s portfolio are Zipmatch, a data analytics company focused on the high-value real estate sector, using its brokerage and listing site to bring together a community of home seekers and real estate professionals; and Coins.ph, Southeast Asia’s leading mobile blockchain-enabled platform that enables anyone, including the millions of unbanked, to easily access ﬁnancial services directly from their mobile device. Using Coins.ph, customers have access to a mobile wallet and services such as remittances, airtime, bill payments, and online shopping at over 63,000 merchants who accept digital currency. Operating in the Philippines and Thailand, Coins.ph’s mission is to increase ﬁnancial inclusion by delivering ﬁnancial services directly to people through their mobile phones.
There are over 400 million people in Southeast Asia who remain unbanked and underserved. Through Mynt, a wholly owned ﬁnancial services company of Globe, these sectors in the Philippines can now partake of economic growth without going through formal banking channels.
GCash has also enabled over nine million Filipinos who are Social Security System (SSS) members to pay their contributions and monthly amortizations for salary and real estate loans using their mobile phones. The GCash payment scheme is available for SSS members registered as self-employed or voluntary, including non-working spouses, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), farmers, and ﬁsherfolk.
Mobile applications have become an integral part of today’s digitally connected lifestyle, and through Globe Digital Ventures, the company’s digital services arm, Globe is able to provide services that will upgrade the connected experience.
The company’s GMovies app leads the pack in enhancing the digital lifestyle and entertainment
through experience. GMovies forged partnerships with SM Lifestyle and Entertainment to widen the footprint of cinema ticket reservations and booking nationwide. Globe also reached greater heights in its partnership with Ayala Land Inc. as GMovies is poised to take over the revamping and management of Sureseats’ digital channels.
In addition, cinema-goers now have more options to pay for their tickets with GCash and make advanced booking and ticket pre-selling for premium blockbuster titles as GMovies empowers its customers to secure cinema seats even weeks before their release to create a truly wonderful cinema experience.
Digital Ventures also launched this year a new loyalty service platform, RUSH, which offers a complete end-to-end loyalty solution to ﬁt any business. It features a white label loyalty suite that provides both point-based and punch card loyalty, aiming to expand the horizon for loyalty programs that are still largely underserved and underdeveloped in the country. Digital Ventures also developed out-of-the-box products that aim to create value for customers, one of which is Load Up, a load selling app which does not require a retailer SIM card and an internet connection. Retailers can get 4.5% load discount every time they sell.
Learn more about the other ways we create wonderful experiences.