Mumbai, India – Global consumer electronics company Samsung has recently announced the inauguration of its first online-to-offline (O2O) store in India at Mumbai’s Jio World Plaza mall. This new store inauguration aims to strengthen the company’s grip in the Indian electronic market.

The store, called Samsung BKC, will showcase Samsung’s top-of-the-line premium products through unique curated experiences and real-life scenarios. Moreover, the new store will feature Samsung’s premium portfolio ranging from smartphones to televisions, refrigerators, washing machines and other products, leveraging the power of Samsung’s AI ecosystem.

According to Samsung, Samsung BKC aims to re-imagine the retail shopping experience and unlock new possibilities for their customers by bringing the best of both online and offline worlds. 

Moreover, it also noted that Samsung BKC store extends the convenience of online by offering the widest selection of products with over 1,200 choices from an online digital catalogue while also enjoying assistance by in-store staff. These products can be also delivered not just in Mumbai but anywhere in the country.

Samsung BKC is divided into eight unique lifestyle zones that showcase to customers how Samsung products, individually and as part of Samsung’s connected multi-device ecosystem (SmartThings), can offer convenience to them. These zones cater to different passion points, ranging from gaming and entertainment to art and yoga to cooking and laundry management.

JB Park, president and CEO at Samsung Southwest Asia, said, “Today’s customers, especially Gen Z and millennials, are seeking premium products and unique experiences. They want to interact with the brand and its products, touch, feel and create. This is what Samsung BKC is all about.”

He added, “We have curated never seen before experiences in eight unique zones that include all our AI experiences to excite people across segments. Here, customers will get a feel of our expansive connected devices ecosystem and our cutting edge technology. Samsung BKC will also organize ‘Learn @ Samsung’ workshops, bringing together Samsung’s innovations with people’s passions.”

Manila, Philippines – Acer Philippines recently launched their Acer Day #MakeYourGreenMark campaign in line with their 20th anniversary, aiming to amplify the brand’s message of Acer’s commitment to a more sustainable future to millions across the globe.

The campaign’s unique call to action helped boost Acer Philippines’ sustainability message through a combination of innovative promotions, CSR partnerships, and event entertainment. Notably, Acer Philippines also released their #AceYourWorld original song and music video featuring brand ambassadors Sarah Geronimo and SB19 as part of the campaign.

For the campaign, Acer Philippines mainly staged a ‘Green Mark’ concert featuring a line-up of famous Filipino artists, and fans earned tickets through green initiatives such as donations to The Green Earth Heritage Foundation and plastic contributions to The Plastic Flamingo. 

The concert was attended by 15,000 on-ground and online fans and reached over 714 million people worldwide. More importantly, the campaign raised funds amounting to over million pesos, which will be used to plant 5,401 trees to help in forest rehabilitation efforts and a donation of over 20 metric tons of plastic to be transformed into a range of sustainable construction materials.

MARKETECH APAC also reached out to Princess Laosantos, senior marketing manager at Acer Philippines, to shed more light on Acer Philippines’ sustainability efforts. 

When asked about the reason as to why Acer Philippines went for a concert initiative as a sustainability platform, Laosantos said that it was mainly because music speaks to all ages, which makes the initiative relevant and relatable.

“Our target audience is young, so we wanted to be relevant and relatable to them. What better way to do that than through music? Music is a universal language that speaks to people of all ages, and we wanted to convey our messages in a language understood by many,” she told MARKETECH APAC

It is also worth mentioning that prior to this concert initiative, Acer Philippines had already launched key efforts when it comes to sustainability through previous projects and their product lineup. 

“In 2021, we introduced the ‘Earthion (Earth Mission) Project’, which strives to be more sustainable by using recyclable materials and more sustainable processes to engage an ecosystem where our suppliers follow suit. We have also launched the Acer ‘Vero’ line, a range of products made from  20-30% post-consumer plastics in our computers, displays, accessories, and home appliances. We have also pledged to use 100% renewable energy by 2035 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050,”she said.  

She also added, “We are very proud of the efforts that our employees, partners, and customers have made so far for the planet. We hope that they all continue to be responsible citizens for the environment. We also hope that they spread the word about what Acer is doing. We always say that sustainability is in Acer’s DNA. Sustainability is also the driving force for the future.”

Singapore – foodpanda, which has been one of the leading platforms in food delivery in Asia, especially this pandemic, has unveiled a partnership that will see it innovating the core of its value proposition. 

Partnering with Chinese tech giant Xiaomi, the food delivery platform will now move to offer a wide range of consumer electronics and appliances for on-demand deliveries on foodpanda shops in Singapore and Thailand.

The partnership is Xiaomi’s first q-commerce in Asia outside of China. Foodpanda will be offering Xiaomi’s products ranging from smart devices, audio, and mobile accessories, to household appliances, and will be delivered to homes within 30 minutes.

Abhishek Sahay, foodpanda’s senior director of New Verticals, noted that beyond traditional e-commerce, brands are now already looking for the next phase of growth, and with q-commerce, foodpanda shops provide a new way for retailers to deliver their products to customers almost instantly. 

“We’re proud to be Xiaomi’s first quick commerce partner in Asia, helping them connect more instantaneously with their customers in the region,” said Sahay.

In July this year, foodpanda has entered MARKETECH APAC’s Top 5 Stories for its tie-up with Unilever. 

During the interview, Sahay shared how the platform has always been eyeing to be more than what it is through foraying to new verticals. 

“We are no longer just a food delivery company. We are expanding into new verticals. In terms of future plans, we definitely have a long way to go, specifically on quick commerce. And as we think of expansion, we have three different ways. One is we want more and more stores. Secondly, we think of new country expansion, launching in Japan, Cambodia, and Myanmar. And the third is category expansion.”

In addition to currently listing Xiaomi products on foodpanda shops in Singapore and Thailand, the foodpanda app is also pre-loaded in new Xiaomi mobile phones in 10 markets across Asia, which includes Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Taiwan, Philippines, and Bangladesh, Laos, as well as Cambodia, and Myanmar.

APAC – Following a competitive pitch, Dentsu Aegis Network, a multinational media and digital marketing communications company has announced the expansion of its regional scope in APAC with health technology company Philips’ consumer electronics business. 

Dentsu will also now be leading the commerce strategy and performance for Philips APAC. Globally, the network has been appointed as the company’s media planning and buying partner 

The engagement started in 2019 with the objective to build strategic and planning foundations across the region. Moving into 2020, the appointment will focus on developing an integrated performance and commerce hub which is based out of Singapore. It will drive strategy, planning, and data-driven commerce solutions across ASEAN, ANZ, and South Korea markets by bringing in key expertise across Dentsu-owned agencies Carat and iProspect to create the One Dentsu team.

Anne Jivananta, digital marketing & eCommerce lead of Philips said, “Dentsu Aegis Network has consistently shown a strong understanding of our brand and demonstrated their capability to find agile and innovative ways for us to succeed in this region. Dentsu has really elevated their performance since the hub was formed in 2019 and in 2020, they have worked closely with our teams across the region to drive superior business results specifically across eCommerce”

Jivanta added, “More importantly, their collaborative one-team approach across the region, accelerated thinking framework, and zest to continuously evolve to deliver better results strongly set them apart. They demonstrated a great synergy and chemistry between iProspect and Carat and having a one-stop-shop solution to commerce strategy, planning, activation, and optimization is what we’re looking for in an agency.”

Prerna Mehrotra, managing director of Dentsu Aegis Network Singapore Media Group said: “Philips creates best-in-class consumer and personal health products and we’re delighted to be joining them on transforming their go-to-market commerce strategy. This is a perfect time for Dentsu Aegis Network to partner with Philips on this journey as we specialize in providing commerce solutions addressing the entire consumer journey. I am excited about what we have achieved together and look forward to delivering on Philips’ ambition and driving strong business results.”