Back-to-back global wins for Voyager’s dig­i­tal SME plat­form Tack­This!

Manila Bulletin - - Business Tech -

For bring­ing small and medi­um­sized com­pa­nies on­line as part of its goal of “eCom­merce for all,” Tack­This!, the on­line store cre­ator of Voyager In­no­va­tions, achieved back-to-back recog­ni­tions in two pres­ti­gious telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try awards pro­grams re­cently.

Tack­This! was named as the Best SME (Small and Medium En­ter­prise) Ser­vice Provider at the re­cently con­cluded Asia Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Awards (ACA) as well as Best eCom­merce Tech­nol­ogy Provider at the Smart Awards Asia 2016, both held in Sin­ga­pore.

The Best SME Ser­vice Provider recog­ni­tion from ACA is given to the most in­no­va­tive ser­vice tai­lored specif­i­cally to the needs of small and medium-sized com­pa­nies. Or­ga­nized by Lon­don-based in­dus­try pub­li­ca­tion To­tal Tele­com, the ACA gives recog­ni­tion to out­stand­ing per­for­mances of car­ri­ers, mul­ti­me­dia con­tent providers, ven­dors, and other com­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vice providers.

The Best eCom­merce Tech­nol­ogy Provider is given by Smart Awards Asia to the best plat­form that has been pro­vid­ing value to cus­tomers via eCom­merce. Smart Awards Asia win­ners are se­lected by the com­mu­nity and by a panel of in­dus­try prac­ti­tion­ers to rec­og­nize com­pa­nies which have trans­formed their re­spec­tive in­dus­tries.

“These recog­ni­tions are not just for Tack­This! and Voyager In­no­va­tions but for all the en­trepreneurs who have used our plat­form to bring their busi­nesses on­line. They have provided us with valu­able feed­back, al­low­ing us to fur­ther im­prove our plat­form for emerg­ing mar­kets needs,” said Mitch Padua, Vice Pres­i­dent for Dig­i­tal Com­merce at Voyager In­no­va­tions, the dig­i­tal in­no­va­tions arm of PLDT and Smart Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Inc. (Smart).

Tack­This! en­ables SMEs and cor­po­rate en­ter­prises to set up their own on­line shops in a mat­ter of min­utes, fa­cil­i­tat­ing the cus­tomer’s en­tire on­line pur­chase jour­ney - from the point of or­der, in­ven­tory man­age­ment, pay­ment, and ful­fill­ment us­ing lo­cal third-party lo­gis­tics part­ners. The plat­form gives en­ter­prises com­plete con­trol of their brand’s on­line ex­pe­ri­ence, cus­tomer in­ter­ac­tion and data.

Tack­This! can be de­ployed across mul­ti­ple plat­forms, al­low­ing in­te­gra­tion of an on­line shop to its own Face­book and blog pages. The on­line shops cater to­both desk­top and mo­bile cus­tomers. Aside from the Philip­pines, it is also avail­able in Sin­ga­pore and Malaysia.

The value of the Tack­This! Plat­form for emerg­ing mar­kets can­not be un­der­stated. In the Philip­pines for ex­am­ple, 2013 data provided by the De­part­ment of Trade and In­dus­try tells of more than 941,000 reg­is­tered busi­nesses in the Philip­pines with SMEs mak­ing up 99.6% of the to­tal en­ter­prise base and ac­count­ing for the smaller por­tion or 32% of the coun­try’s Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct (GDP).

“Dig­i­tal is to­day’s great equal­izer, the new level play­ing field and bat­tle­ground for the new gen­er­a­tion of con­sumers -- dig­i­tal na­tives, em­pow­ered mil­len­ni­als for whom be­ing on­line is a big part of life. And a com­plete on­line pres­ence is what Tack­This! de­liv­ers,” said Ben­jie S. Fer­nan­dez, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer at Voyager In­no­va­tions.

Big win at the Asia Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Award for Voyager In­no­va­tions: Vin­cent Lau, CTO for Tack­This! at Voyager In­no­va­tions re­ceiv­ing the award from Alan Had­den, Pres­i­dent of the Global mo­bile Sup­pli­ers As­so­ci­a­ton (GSA).

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