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After Turning Stores to Payment Hubs, Can this PH Startup Remake Them as 'Mini Malls?'

Pos! thinks it's possible with the use of printed catalogues

Pos!'s newest innovation not only aims to turn small enterprises like sari-sari stores and laundry shops into payment centers but into mini “malls”With e-commerce and digital technology steadily gaining a foothold in the country, innovation is the name of the game for ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | July 27, 2018 11:00:00
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Opening a Sari-Sari Store or Market Stall? Read This to Find Out If They're Growing or Shrinking

While various store formats are still expanding, some segments are actually in decline

According to the Philippine Association of Stores and Carinderia Owners, there are an estimated 1.3 million neighborhood or sari-sari stores in the Philippines. They were visited by 94 percent of shoppers, according to market research firm Nielsen in a 2015 study. These ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | July 10, 2018 11:00:00
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Small Stores or Supermarkets: Who's Hurting More from the New Tax on Sugary Drinks?

Revealing numbers from a Nielsen study on the effects of the new tax on sweetened beverages

Neighborhood sari-sari stores have been adversely affected by the new tax on sweetened beverages more than bigger supermarkets, according to a report by market analyst Nielsen.In the study, Nielsen revealed that sari-sari stores saw larger declines in sales volume for different kinds ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | April 20, 2018 10:00:00
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'Sachet' Banking: Will Php20-Savings Accounts Reduce the 86% of PH Households That Are Unbanked?

The online platform from PLDT’s fintech unit will be available in over 1.2 million sari-sari stores

In the near future, neighborhood sari-sari stores will turn into bank tellers where people can deposit their hard-earned money in small installments.FINTQ, the financial technology unit of PLDT Inc., has begun rolling out microfinance products under the KasamaKA brand that gives banks ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | January 22, 2018 10:00:00
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This Startup is Turning Sari-Sari Stores into Financial Service Providers

TrueMoney has over 5,000 centers that can process remittances and payments

TrueMoney can help turn sari-sari stores into financial service providersOne of the predictions of International Data Corp. (IDC), an international research firm, on future technological developments in the Philippines is the transformation of sari-sari stores into financial hubs.“By 2020, 30 percent of ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | July 20, 2017 10:00:00
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What Will The Sari-Sari Store of the Future Look Like?

By 2020, almost a third of them will become one-stop payment gateways for unbanked communities

Sari-sari stores, the small neighborhood retail outlets that dot Philippine communities, will soon play a pivotal role in delivering financial services to hard-to-reach markets, according to International Data Corp. (IDC), the US-based technology industry research and consultancy firm.“By 2020, 30 percent of ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | February 17, 2017 11:00:00
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Hapinoy Solar Charging offers renewable energy solution through partner sari-sari stores in rural areas.

Not all sari-sari stores are created equal. If you happen to see one equipped with solar-charging panels, then it’s sure to be a Hapinoy Solar Charging Station.Sari-sari stores, which sell varied goods, can be “transformed into a change agent that serves as ...

by Eileen Ang  | January 14, 2015 12:00:00
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When the poor are your partners: How to seed prosperity in your community

How can small business owners contribute to the development and growth of their communities and of the nation as a whole? Here are some effective ideas.

Dear Amor, With all these natural disasters occurring around us, I’ve been thinking of ways through which I can best help my community. As a concerned citizen who wants to do what I can within the best of my abilities. I’m looking for ...

by Amor Maclang  | December 10, 2014 03:30:00