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20 MEMBERS’ CORNER PHILIPPINE RETAILING SOCIAL E-COMMERCE GAME CHANGER VINCULUM RECOGNIZED BY GARTNER, ISO CERTIFIED Vinculum Group has received numerous achievements throughout 2019, to add to its omnichannel retail experience. From new partner sign ups, enhanced data protection measures, or industry-wide recognition from Gartner, a global research and advisory firm, this year has been splendid for the global software company. In May, Vinculum was recognized by Gartner for the third consecutive year and was featured in ‘Gartner Magic Quadrant for Warehouse Management Systems’. Based on research with leading warehouse management solution companies all over the world, Gartner recognizes top WMS solution providers in its Magic Quadrant. On June 27, 2019, Vinculum got its ISO 27001 Certification, with support from Aujas Networks. The ISO certification indicates that Vinculum complies with international standards in the field of information security. This ISO standard also provides an operating model for establishing, executing, tracking, analyzing, sustaining, and advancing the Information Security Management System for the organization. The ISO certification is an assurance that Vinculum considers the security of its clients as its own and their data is well-protected and secure. An exciting new e-commerce mobile application is in town that aims to give opportunities for students, housewives, sari-sari store owners, entrepreneurs, sales agents, freelancers, and home-based workers, and anyone looking to earn extra income without needing initial capital. Resellee, in partnership with the convenience store chain 7-11 and powered by the Mad Underground's Eco-enable Engine, recently soft launched at the Edsa Shangrila Hotel, in front of over a hundred industry leaders and merchants. Resellee is a mobile application that allows users to choose from thousands of products, share it on social media, and sell without having to purchase products in advance. The customer chooses a nearby 7-11 for delivery and is notified when the order is ready to be picked up. Using another Mad Underground innovation called Zeny, the reseller's commission can be directly deposited to their preferred bank, or favorite e-wallet like PayMaya, GCash, etc. “Our partnership with 7-11 enables us to deliver to customers of our resellers without any shipping fee. The Cash on Pick up and Dropship program is convenient and economical for our buyers, sellers, and merchants,” says Marc Concio, CEO of Resellee. Resellee is actively signing up merchants and partners into the platform. “Imagine having thousands of resellers for your products without having to spend additional overhead on sales people,” added Concio. By the end of 2019, Resellee will have over 10,000 sellers, selling over 100,000 products. Posible is a business partner of Resellee Mobile Solutions, Inc. and will distribute and market the mobile solutions to retailers and customers. METRO RETAIL STORES GROUP SHARES INSIGHTS ON SUSTAINABLE SHOPPING AT ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM Homegrown retailer Metro Retail Stores Group Inc. (MRSGI) is intent on opening more opportunities for sustainable shopping. Speaking at the Regional Forum on the Promotion of Sustainable Consumption in ASEAN, MRSGI Vice President for Corporate Affairs Anna Marie Periquet shared that “as engines of economic growth and shapers of consumer taste, retailers can make a difference in the world.” Periquet added that social responsibility is part of MRSGI’s corporate DNA. The company works alongside Vicsal Foundation to create programs that holistically take on the challenge of providing sustainable solutions for the society’s most pressing needs. Vicsal Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of Vicsal Development Corporation, which owns and operates MRSGI. "We focus on helping eradicate poverty, provide quality education, ensure decent work and foster economic growth, and build stronger partnerships,” she said. Among MRSGI’s programs are initiatives that promote inclusive business for local farmers, fisher folk and weavers. The company also helps consumer mindsets by providing them with socially-responsible and high-quality products. The forum was organized by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), which brought together delegates from ASEAN member states.