INNOVATION

MAKING LIFE EASIER
How Innovation is Empowering Filipinos

 

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.

KONSULTAMD:
HEALTH ADVICE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

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.

KICKSTART VENTURES:
BREAKING BARRIERS FOR STARTUPS

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.

MYNT:
CREATING POSSIBILITIES FOR THE UNBANKED THROUGH FINTECH

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.

Mynt has, so far, over three million customers doing P4 billion transaction value per month serviced through a network of more than 12,000 partner outlets. Its subsidiary G-Xchange operates GCash, a mobile money service that taps into the wide customer base of Globe. Moreover, Mynt has recently started its own lending company under the name Fuse, and has disbursed approximately 4,000 loans to 3,000 borrowers in the last quarter of 2016.

 

Millions of Filipinos use their GCash mobile money accounts to easily pay bills, buy prepaid load, and send and receive money, anytime and anywhere, for a fraction of the cost charged by traditional remittance centers. They can also apply for a debit Beep Mastercard to shop and dine in more than 32 million establishments worldwide, shop online, and pay for their MRT/LRT rides.

 

Through GCash, Filipino taxpayers can also pay their annual income tax with greater ease. Globe teamed up with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in developing the mobile payment system —a significant milestone for the government’s tax collection effort. 

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.

GLOBE DIGITAL VENTURES:
ENHANCING THE FILIPINO LIFESTYLE THROUGH DIGITAL SOLUTIONS

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.