Thursday, December 8, 2016

Power Mac Center puts the spotlight on JBL Reflect Aware earphones

Power Mac Center introduced the world’s first sport earphone with noise cancellation and adaptive noise control yesterday in a media event at the Ride Revolution. The indoor cycling studio along Kalayaan Avenue was the perfect venue to test out JBL earphones for a full sensorial, heart-pumping pedalling experience. Media and guests were all revved up after 25 minutes of intensive cardio workout.

The naughty DJ, Sam YG hosted the event.

Designed to help the wearer stay aware while staying active, the JBL Reflect Aware has best-in-class noise cancellation properties for a more focused workout, while still being able to mix in environmental sound for greater awareness of surroundings. And because it’s JBL, expect its signature engineering of the precise, naturally articulated sound found in high-end cinemas, arenas, and recording studios around the world.

The JBL Reflect Aware has a unique reflective design with eye-catching and tangle-free cables, best for athletes who prefer exercising at night. The ergonomic fit keeps the earpieces in place no matter how intense the workout gets. Sweat-proof, water resistant, and easy to clean, JBL Reflect Aware doesn’t have any batteries because it draws power and digital audio directly from the lightning connector on Apple devices. That’s right, you can use it on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

“Quality and style are foremost in our criteria of choosing a retail partner. JBL surpassed that and with the continuous innovations that it provides, Power Mac Center couldn’t be happier to carry JBL products in our stores,” said Power Mac Center Marketing Director Joey Alvarez.

JBL is a top global brand with over 60 years of expertise in creating headphones, earphones, hands-free devices, premium speakers, and home theater systems. It recently launched a comprehensive consumer-focused family of sports and lifestyle headphones, including a collaboration with sports brand Under Armour® for the Sport Wireless Heart Rate, a headphone that features in-ear heart rate monitoring with touch control for on-demand access to heart rate.

“Consumers these days expect no compromise in value and design under varying activity and lifestyle conditions. We’re extremely pleased to expand our range of models to be one of the industry’s most comprehensive families of sport and lifestyle headphones, specifically designed to amplify everyday experiences,” said Larry Secreto, Country Head at JBL by HARMAN.

The JBL Reflect Aware wired and wireless sport earphones are now available in Power Mac Center stores. Visit> or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@powermaccenter) for more information.

Beep™ card holders can reload and pay for their purchases at Family Mart

FamilyMart is now accepting loading and payments via beep™ card, the same tap-and-go card you use for your train and bus rides.

The Japanese chain FamilyMart partnership with beep™ card’s proponent AF Payments Inc. marks the Ayala Corp.-Metro Pacific Investments Corp. consortium’s first move out of transportation and into retail. With the cashless transactions that FamilyMart offers through the beep™ card, Filipinos who rely mostly on convenience stores for quick purchases will benefit from the time saved and ease of transactions. This Smart Card-based E-payment System is a time saving device that looks promising given the success of Octopus Card implementation in HongKong.

Family Mart is the second largest chain of 24-hour convenience stores in the world, with over 18,000 branches in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, and the Philippines. It first came to Manila in April 2013, with the Glorietta 3 store as its flagship branch.

Family Mart has become a favored hangout for its café-like experience, having brought here fan-favorite items like popular Japanese fares sushi, onigiri, katsudon, soba, and ramen, as well as ready-to-eat gourmet sandwiches and fresh salads.

New to the Family

Coinciding with the beep™ card launch is the promotion of Family Mart’s newest offerings, namely, their Rice-in-a-Box Line featuring everyone’s favorite, Yang Chow Fried Rice; Fresh Fried Lumpiang Shanghai; Solo Pizzas; their Donburi range featuring Beef Caldereta, Pork Binagoongan, Chicken Galantina, and more; and new dessert cups featuring Mango Graham and Banoffee variants. With beep™ card acceptance, patrons can now just grab what they need or want, proceed to the counter, and tap their beep™ card to pay.

“We are thrilled to be part of the beep™ card network as its first ever retail partner. We constantly look for ways to offer our customers more convenience through our products and services, and I’m sure they will love this new addition to FamilyMart. Now, they can enjoy their Family Mart favorites better through cashless transactions and being able to load your beep™ card in our stores will make it so much easier and hassle-free for the general public,” said Manuel C. Alberto, President and General Manager of Philippine Family Mart CVS, Inc.

Since its launch in 2015, the tap-and-go beep™ card has modernized payment, having unified the way Filipinos pay in all three elevated railways (LRT 1, 2 and MRT 3), select bus lines, and the Cavite Expressway. There are currently over 2.5 million beep™ cards in circulation.

More information may be obtained at the website and on Facebook (beep card) and Twitter (@beep_card).

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Philam fights against Fraud

In the the insurance world, when we talk of fraud, we often referred to the policyholders and/or claimants. But fraud can take many forms as it comes in all shapes and sizes. Insurance fraud is evolving.

 Fraudulent activities in the organization may be perpetrated by internal and external individuals. That is why fighting fraud and mitigating fraud risk are gaining significance in the insurance industry.

Recently, Philam Life conducted a Fraud Investigation Workshop, with the intention of guiding participants (key employees, senior management officers, and bank partners) of effective anti-fraud efforts – including prevention, detection, and investigation of fraud, fraud reporting, and fraud risk awareness, education and training.

The two-day Fraud Investigation Workshop shows the company’s commitment in treating customers fairly and that it does not condone nor tolerate any acts of fraud within the organization. Proper and effective investigations reinforce ethical culture as they help:

Management to “walk the talk”

Employees and agents feel safer to report misconduct Increase deterrence Protect customer interests and the company Strengthen internal processes and governance To combat fraud effectively and proactively, Philam Life and its affiliates (BPI-Philam, Philam Asset Management) adhere to its Anti-Fraud policies and guidelines, set-up a Whistleblow Policy and Hotline, promotes Speak-Up culture, conducts Ethics Survey and Ethical Leadership Training.
Philam Life upholds the highest standards of integrity and professionalism by adopting a zero-tolerance policy to fraud. Trust and integrity are of utmost importance to a financial institution like Philam Life. It is committed to conduct business in an environment of honesty and integrity and will strive to reduce if not eliminate fraud from all operations. Philam Group works to protect customer interests and ensures fair and ethical approach to customers.

As the premier life insurance company in the Philippines, Philam Life continues to embody its commitment of being a real life company that people can trust.

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