Shopee Philippines Celebrates 2 Years of Continued Success

Being the #1 shopping app in the country, Shopee Philippines has garnered over 2 million listings and 3 million downloads since launching in 2015

Manila, Philippines – Shopee Philippines is celebrating its 2nd birthday with over 2 million listings and 3 million downloads to date, making it the number 1 shopping app in the country. Regionally, Shopee has achieved an annualized Gross Merchandise Volume of $3 billion USD with more than 40 million downloads.

In the past 2 years, Shopee has introduced several programs that revolutionized online shopping for Filipinos, including Free Shipping, Cash On Delivery (COD), and Shopee University, which helps aspiring entrepreneurs set up their online business.

To celebrate the success, from June 20 to 22, users are treated to special promotions and up to 90% discounts across multiple categories, including electronics, gadgets, makeup and clothes from Shopee’s official shops and top sellers.

Safe, Convenient Shopping

Since its launch in 2015, Shopee has made online shopping convenient with its highly customer-centric platform. Both buyers and sellers are able to transact safely through Shopee Guarantee, which holds payments in escrow until buyers receive their orders.

Sellers also enjoy Shopee University, a series of in-depth tutorial modules aimed at helping sellers to set up and grow their online businesses. Shopee has hosted sessions in over 30 cities around the country and thousands of participants have joined in the past year. The free classes provide more insights on topics such as online marketing, digital photography and tutorial sessions on Shopee’s features, among others.

“Shopee’s campaigns help us with our product marketing. With its reach, it helps us to expand our customer base and reach,” said Angela Mae Delajero, Corporate Sales Supervisor of Messy Bessy.

Welcoming Established Partner Brands
Shopee buyers can look forward to an even wider range of products from new Official Shops, including Oppo, Unilab, Stabilo, Kodak, Transcend, and Eureka. More brands are expected to join later this year.

“As e-commerce gains more popularity, Shopee will continue to be a strong player in this space. Our partnership with Shopee will further increase our online reach and give customers more options to buy official OPPO products,” said Stephen Cheng, Brand Manager of OPPO Philippines.

Ellen Lising, President of Ellen’s Skin Care and Permanent Cosmetics, agreed, “As we celebrate our 38th anniversary, we’ve partnered with Shopee to reach our growing list of diverse clientele and we will provide the most beautiful, intense and radiant kind of products and services that make our clientele feel confidently beautiful in and out.”

Looking to the Future

Shopee seeks to continuously improve its platform and optimise overall user experience. Macy Castillo, Head of Commercial Business for Shopee, said, “We continuously challenge ourselves to find ways to improve our app and system to make online shopping easier. We regularly get feedback from our users and aim to bring to them the best online shopping experience. ”
Moving forward, Shopee aims to further expand its user base nationwide. “We want to cater to every buyer and seller in key cities and provinces. With our robust and well-integrated platform, we’re confident that we can provide an easy and hassle-free shopping experience nationwide,” added Castillo.
To learn more about Shopee and special promotions please visit http://birthday.shopee.ph/ or www.shopee.ph. Shopee is available for free download on Google Play and App Store.

About Shopee

Shopee is the largest eCommerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is a platform tailored for the region, making online shopping easy, secure and fast through its strong payment and logistical support.

The Shopee team believes in the transformative power of technology. As shopping on mobile device becomes the new norm, Shopee aims to continually enhance its platform and become the region’s eCommerce destination of choice via ongoing product optimisation and localised user-centred strategies.

Shopee is strongly supported by Sea (formerly known as Garena), Southeast Asia’s largest internet platform provider.

Shopee can be downloaded for free on App Store and Google Play in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

For more information, please visit https://shopee.ph

Taiwan Excellence marks four years of bringing quality products to the Filipino household

Taiwan reaffirms the strength of its trade relations with the Philippines, in its fourth annual Taiwan Excellence campaign.

Sponsored by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), and organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), this campaign promotes Taiwan’s leading brands which have earned the Taiwan Excellence seal.

Many of these high-grade products are already well-received by the local market and part and parcel of the everyday lives of Filipino families. ACER, ASUS and MSI are popular choices for smartphones and laptops, while leading exercise equipment brand Johnson Fitness has gained ground over the years.

This year, the 2017 Taiwan Excellence campaign will feature more than 150 products from 52 accredited brands. TAITRA has expanded their events to further highlight the innovation, reliability, and durability of these brands, which continue to empower consumers toward leading more convenient and enhanced lifestyles.

The exhibition promises to bring a new layer of fun for visitors, offering something for everyone. Specific exhibits include: Swift 7, the slimmest laptop delivered by Acer; Zenphone 3 Live, the first smartphone with real time beautification technology by Asus; Trident 3, the smallest VR Gaming PC from MSI; Core P1 TG Mini ITX Wall-Mount Chassis by Thermaltake; home goods including the Tatung Fusion Cooker and the Vinaera Electronic Wine Aerator; bicycles including Term Cycles and Roxim Technologies Raptor X3 Bicycle Headlight; and sports equipment including Johnson Fitness S3+ Spinner Bike, and Hono YP 2009.

“Through product demonstrations and interactive activities, Filipinos will have the opportunity to experience the innovative quality of Taiwanese products, providing a source of fun and generating excitement surrounding consumer goods that have been developed and manufactured in Taiwan” says Tony Lin, Deputy Executive Director of the Strategic Marketing Department at TAITRA.

Activities slated for the 2017 Taiwan Excellence campaign include (among others): Experiential Zones in SM Megamall (June 2-4), SM Mall of Asia (September 29- October 1) and Glorietta (November 24-26). Taiwan Excellence will also feature in expos such as Systems Integration Expo (August 17-19), Taiwan Expo (September 29 – October 1), and Philconstruct 2017 (November 9-12).

For the full lineup of this year’s Taiwan Excellence campaign, please visit www.taiwanexcellence.ph.

‘Groufie’ era begins with the new OPPO F3 Plus

Selfies will never be the same now with the whole gang in the picture!

Mobile technology brand OPPO just launched its flagship dual selfie camera phone, the F3 Plus—the first-ever smartphone with a wide-angle dual front camera to easily accommodate ‘groufies’ in a single shot. The new phone will be out in Philippine stores as well as in India, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia beginning April 1.

“Since OPPO started the Selfie Revolution in the Philippines with the F1 Series, we’ve gone through incredible growth especially when we became the country’s second bestselling smartphone in 2016,” OPPO Philippines Brand Marketing Manager Stephen Cheng said. “We are very excited to see the F3 Plus start a new trend in groufies and reinforce our position as the Selfie Expert.”

“The F3 Plus was developed for both selfie lovers and photography buffs who want a smartphone that lets them take stunning shots wherever they are, no matter the time of day. Our newest camera phone packs state-of-the-art hardware and software in a sleek body to deliver outstanding performance and style, perfect for the urban lifestyle,” Cheng added.

Effortless from selfie to groufie

Set to be the ultimate Selfie Expert, the F3 Plus builds upon the technology of the earlier OPPO F1s to deliver outstanding selfie photography. The new smartphone sports a similar 16-megapixel (MP) selfie camera with a 1/3-inch sensor for clear image results even in low light, as well as an f/2.0 aperture for depth-of-field aesthetic.

The difference lies in the additional secondary camera. This 8MP groufie-camera has a wide 120-degree angle—105 percent larger than the regular 80-degree lens field of view— which allows more people to fit inside the frame. The wide-angle shot is also complemented by a 6P lens to minimize distortion.

Ease of use has been carefully designed into the front camera’s functionality to reflect OPPO’s “user-oriented” philosophy. The built-in Smart Facial Recognition, for instance, notifies users to switch to “Groufie” mode when more than three people are detected. This makes the switch from selfie to groufie effortless while keeping image quality stable.

The new smartphone still comes with the brand’s pioneering image editing software, Beautify 4.0, which offers a range of beautification modes for a flawless look in every selfies and groufies.

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Built for professional photography

Significant improvements have also been made for the rear-facing camera. Co-developed by Sony, the 16MP back camera is now powered by a customized 1/2.8-inch IMX398 sensor for fast focusing speed, outstanding noise reduction, and advanced low-light performance—ideal for serious photography.

The sensor has been developed using dual-phase autofocus (DUAL PDAF) technology to double the pixel array area, which is composed of photodiodes that determine the camera’s point of focus. This increases focusing speeds by 40 percent even in less-than-ideal lighting conditions. Together with a large f/1.7 aperture, the sensor enables the rear camera to capture clear and breathtaking photos.

Flawless inside and out

The F3 Plus is engineered with hardware designed to support its powerful front and rear cameras. The phone’s octa-core processor is backed by a 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM to ensure speed, while OPPO’s ColorOS 3.0 optimizes performance to lower energy consumption.

A built-in 4000mAh battery provides more than 284 hours of standby time for whole-day use. OPPO’s proprietary and industry-leading rapid VOOC Charging Solution also cuts charging duration by four times compared with standard units; even five minutes on the plug is enough for a continuous two-hour call.

Dual SIM users will be glad to know that the F3 Plus includes a double-slot card tray for holding two Nano 4GSIM cards. The second slot can be used for a Micro SD card to expand storage up to 256GB.

Lightning-Fast Touch Access also unlocks the phone in just 0.2 seconds—the fastest in the market. The same scanning technology allows users to assign fingerprints to quickly launch phone numbers and apps. An Avast-based virus scanner further adds protection to keep phone data secure.

Exquisite craftsmanship for an upscale look

At the core of every OPPO phone is the brand’s belief in “design excellence.” Casing the F3 Plus is a sleek metal unibody that gives the phone an elegant form either in luxurious Black or opulent Gold. The back shell also comes with an innovative ultra-fine six-string antenna to exude a more upscale appearance. But beyond aesthetics, the body is sculpted for proper hand grip so users can take selfies with comfort.

To match the polished look is the phone’s durability. The six-inch display screen is made of 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to resist damage. Pre-applied protective coating further makes the screen scratch-proof.

The F3 Plus in Gold is coming to the Philippines this April 1 with the suggested retail price of P23,990. Pre-orders, along with a free Bluetooth headset and a selfie stick, will be available in all OPPO concept stores and selected dealer stores nationwide as well as at the brand’s official online shop in Lazada from March 24 to 31.

Shoppers can get OPPO’s latest Selfie Expert via Home Credit through a nine-month installment plan at zero percent interest. They can also watch out for Globe’s exclusive offer for OPPO F3 Plus, with date and details to be announced soon.

About OPPO

For the last 10 years, OPPO has been focusing on manufacturing camera phones, while innovating mobile photography technology breakthroughs. OPPO started the era of selfie beautification, and was the first brand to launch smartphones with 5MP and 16MP front cameras. OPPO was also the first brand to introduce the motorized rotating camera, the Ultra HD feature and the 5x Dual Camera Zoom technology. OPPO’s Selfie Expert F series launched in 2016 drove a selfie trend in the smartphone industry.

In 2016, OPPO was ranked as the number 4 smartphone brand globally, according to IDC. And today, OPPO provides excellent smartphone photography experience to over 100 million young people around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.oppo.com/ph/index.html.