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BIR says 86% of taxes collected via online channels

SOME 86% of tax payments were made online after the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) on-site operations were hampered by the quarantine, the Department of Finance (DoF) said.

QCinema goes online with a smaller lineup

FOLLOWING on the heels of several local film festivals that have opted to go for digital — or hybrid — screenings, the Quezon City International Film Festival (QCinema) will likewise be showing its films online, although it will have a physical screening of its opening film, the black-and-white version of Bong Joon-Ho’s Oscar award-winning film Parasite (2019).

Drive-in movie launch as Japanese film fest moves online

THE POPULAR Japanese Film Festival (formerly known as Eiga Sai) has shifted to online for this year’s edition, though the opening film will follow in the steps of Cine Europa and be shown at the new SM Cinema by the Bay drive-in theater at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City on Nov. 20 and 22.

Party at work like it’s 2020: Tips for celebrating the holidays...

NEW YORK — It may be a remote memory, but the workplace party is back for the holidays. While some companies throw up their hands at the thought, others are planning to celebrate like it’s 2020 — in virtual worlds.

The social (selling) network

In the world of live selling, e-commerce becomes a social experience, a welcome development for shopaholics in lockdown. A seller sets up a livestream—an online broadcast—and transacts with buyers in real time via chat and other features, depending on the platform they’re using. Online shopping break outs of the rigidity of a website page and turns into a fun interactive video event. 

Online tool helps teachers detect plagiarism

An Internet-based service helps teachers detect plagiarism, a problem that exists in both physical and virtual classrooms. 

Cine Europa moves online

LIKE many film festivals, the Cine Europa film festival has also moved its 2020 installment — featuring 19 films from 20 European countries — online.

Insurers urged to digitize as consumers go online

INSURERS need to digitize quicker as more consumers in the so-called “discovery generation” who prefer shopping online are seen to increase to over 310 million in the next five years, a product consultant said.

Loyal customer wins big in M Lhuillier’s cash away raffle promo

For Sampaloc Manila resident Wemilyn Lurica, M Lhuillier’s Avenida branch is her go-to place to send and receive money, apply for loans, and pay...

Gov’t asked to implement discount scheme for online purchases of seniors,...

A CONSUMER organization said it has asked the government to develop a discount scheme for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) for their online transactions.

Manila FAME goes online

WHILE the pandemic has closed trade fairs around the globe, forManila FAME, the show must go on.

Traditional weaving enters the new normal as Habi fair goes online

MERCIFULLY, the world doesn’t stop for weavers. Even a pandemic can’t freeze the movement of looms around the country. The well-loved Likhang Habi Market Fair of years past — showcasing handwoven items for the home and self using local fabrics, fibers, and textiles — is going online this week, from Oct. 21-27, via the website www.shophabifair.com.

Influencers, creators to hold an online convention

WE’LL have to give our influencers and creators their due: their Tiktoks, DIY instructions, and all the content they’ve put out have kept us from snapping during this pandemic.

How creators can make more money online? Merchandise

MANY people have made a career for themselves online as YouTube creators or as influencers on other social media platforms, and while having ads and sponsorships may bring in a lot of money, a company specializing in creating branded merchandise said that there’s no better way to strengthen one’s personal brand and create another revenue source than by having your own merchandise, especially for those just starting out.

Navigating the rapidly changing world of retail

It is no understatement to say that the world has changed forever because of COVID-19. Several months into a global lockdown, governments, businesses, and...

A surge in online retailers

Businesses of different sizes have been digitally present before the lockdown. Yet, since the ongoing pandemic has forced some to stay and work at...

Enderun Colleges brings its cooking school online

ENDERUN Colleges brings the cooking school to homes with a series of culinary instructional videos in a program called École Ducasse Online Culinary eXperience by Enderun. The online cooking classes are in partnership with its global culinary partner École Ducasse from France, and will be taught by Enderun instructors headed by See Cheong Yan, Culinary Head of École Ducasse Manila. Mr. See leads the team of virtual instructors of the program along with Executive Chef Marc Chalopin, and Executive Pastry Chef Laetitia Moreau.

Pelicula Pelikula goes online

FOR ITS 19th year, the Spanish Film Festival — Pelicula Pelikula — is going online for the first time as Instituto Cervantes de Manila and the Spanish Embassy continue to bring some of the best Spanish films to the Philippines despite current health and safety regulations which forbid people from going to cinemas.

Phillips auction house is commissioning its own $200,000 jewels

ON THURSDAY last week, the auction house Phillips officially unveiled an online jewelry retail platform called Flawless.

As catwalks move online, luxury brands try to keep a human...

LUXURY clothing houses have long valued direct personal interaction through their boutiques and fashion shows. Perusing the sumptuous goods in a shop, with a glass of champagne in hand, promises a superior consumer experience to the mundane act of ordering online, and sitting front row at a catwalk remains a coveted status symbol.

Three platforms that a business needs for online visibility

Online visibility is as important as ever as the pandemic has driven businesses to the Internet, all of them vying for the attention of a limited number of eyeballs.

The Virtual Life: HK wine festival, Rustan’s beauty fest go online

WHEN you can’t hold your events in the real world as the COVID-19 pandemic rages, the virtual world beckons. The popular Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival and Rustan’s Beauty Addict party both have gone online, adapting to the needs of the times.

Social media, insulated bags, and seeking help

WITH more people spending time at home, many have parlayed both their time and ability into cooking -— and some of them have even translated that into a new career. San Miguel’s Home Foodie held a webinar last week with two seasoned online food entrepreneurs to help budding businesses get up on their feet.

Online accounts seen lifting stock market participation

ONLINE INVESTORS continue to lift participation in the local bourse in 2019, and more of these are expected to come on board this year, the Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) said.

Online automotive retail booms during community quarantine, says AutoDeal

Online car-buying platform AutoDeal.com.ph has seen an astonishing increase of 72% in the number of dealerships utilizing its platform since the beginning of the...

Online sellers of ‘sin’ products should check customers’ ages — DTI

ONLINE vendors should make sure cigarettes and alcoholic beverages are sold only to customers over the age of 18, the Trade department said on Monday as the government considers a ban on online sales of the so-called “sin” products.

Japan’s fussy food shoppers finally go online amid pandemic

TOKYO — The coronavirus has forced Japan’s notoriously fussy food shoppers to abandon doubts about online grocery stores, sending retailers such as Aeon Co. scrambling to meet a surge in delivery demand.

Online auction offers art toys

SALCEDO Auctions’ subsidiary Gavel&Block will hold its “editions” online auction, which includes art toys, on June 27.

At-home consumption, online buying here to stay

CONSUMERS in Southeast Asia are expected to keep their home-centric habits even when physical distancing requirements are lifted, a joint study by Bain & Company, Inc. and Facebook, Inc. found.

Online lenders, fintechs to adopt code of ethics

A CODE OF ethics for online lenders has been created to safeguard borrowers from abusive practices of financial technology (fintech) players such as shaming them in times of default and late payments and to foster transparency for both creditors and borrowers.

Five business ideas for the stay-at-home mothers

Starting a family, especially a new one, can be a full-time job on its own. Ideally, the responsibilities of raising a child should fall...

GMA launches online news show

GMA NEWS and Public Affairs becomes a part of the “future of online news” as it launched Stand for Truth, a weeknight online newscast “produced and reported by the young, for the young,” according to a company press release.

It took a former Tesla executive to blow up luxury fashion

IT’S 9 p.m. on a Thursday, and the night shift just started working at a studio space in lower Manhattan. Fashion photographers scurry about, shooting looks that just days earlier were draped over top models strutting the catwalk at New York Fashion Week.

Security in a world of too much data

BusinessWorld holds Cybersecurity Forum By Bjorn Biel M. Beltran, Special Features Writer Cybersecurity starts from within. That is the clarion call expressed by the speakers at BusinessWorld’s first...

What a retail store should be in an omnichannel world

In an omnichannel world, according to Fractal Analytics, which provides analytics solutions to some Fortune 500 companies, retailers are ought to be a combination...

Combatting bank scams and frauds

Scams and frauds remain a serious threat to financial institutions and consumers, especially these days when fraudsters are becoming more sophisticated as the technologies...

Online hiring up in second quarter — report

Online hiring in the Philippines went up year-on-year in the second quarter but has slightly declined compared to the previous quarter due to lingering...

A promising grocery retail market

High consumer confidence, combined with sustained economy, drives the country to become one of the most robust retail markets in the Southeast Asia today....

Sistine Chapel hosts first live online concert

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, an artistic Renaissance jewel, opened up to the digital age on Sunday with the first live concert...

Google urges small businesses to invest in online presence to help...

GOOGLE, is encouraging businesses of all sizes across all industries to shift towards digital and create mobile-optimized websites in order to leverage and “reach...

More misery: H&M now faces online taunts after delivery system falters

HENNES & MAURITZ AB has another headache: not being able to deliver online goods as fast as it wants. The struggling Swedish fashion retailer is...

An online platform for social enterprises? Oui, oui.

If you want to start a social enterprise but don’t know where to start, MakeSense has got you covered.

NBI rescues five minors from online child trafficking, nabs suspect

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said in a press conference it cooperated with several local and international agencies in rescuing five minors and...

GMA targets millennials with 3 exclusively online shows

GMA NETWORK has ventured into creating original online content with the Jan. 1 launch of GMA ONE Online Exclusives, featuring three shows which are...

Online sales? Maybe one day, says Chanel

PARIS -- France’s Chanel has no immediate plans for online sales of its coveted outfits or handbags, a senior executive said on Friday, making...