Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Major Summit on the Future of Filipino Commerce Confirmed for 27th – 28th of September in Manila

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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The third annual edition of Seamless Philippines will be taking place on 27th-28th September and will see major Filipino banks, leading e-commerce and retail giants to come together to share their insights on the future of commerce in the Philippines.

Since the first edition of the show back in 2015 the Philippines has seen e-commerce revenue grow from $805 million to more than $1.2 billion, the consistent retail growth of 8%, and digital payments soaring to $5.5 billion in total transaction value. There has been a huge growth in disruptive companies in fintech and e-commerce changing the way Filipinos transact and shop, as well as multiple examples of businesses unable to keep up with the pace of change who have fallen by the wayside.

For the last three years, Seamless Philippines has been committed to driving the digital commerce narrative throughout the country, providing an essential once a year summit for retailers, e-commerce merchants, payments and logistics leaders. At the 2017 show, over 90 speakers and hundreds of delegates are set to come together to discuss best practice, key challenges, and market opportunities.

Kicking off the conference will be an intimate panel session featuring two of the most influential figures in the evolving payments industry in the Philippines, the Governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Nestor Espenilla and the Chief of Party for E-PESO / USAID Mamerto Tangonan. Together they will be discussing how digital payment interoperability can help to drive commercial growth throughout the Philippines.

Following this session will be a keynote presented by Jose Victor Paterno, President and CEO of 7-Eleven Philippines. The leading convenience store chain in the country, 7-Eleven Philippines recently announced a 23.2% increase in sales across the country, driven in large part by the additional 393 stores opened last year. In his presentation, Mr Paterno will be discussing how to modernize Philippine retail for the digital age.

Other key speakers set to participate include:

Lotte Schou Zibell, Principal Economist, Asian Development Bank
Rolando Tanchanco, EVP of Consumer Lending, BDO Unibank
Daniel Abraham Macatangay, VP Mobile Payments, Bank of the Philippine Islands
Ron Hose, CEO, Coins.ph
Rafael Padilla - Legal Counsel and Co-Founder, FinTech Philippines Association
Ryan De Vera, Co-Founder, Wealthmart
Christian Eugene Quiros, VP and Head of Risk Portfolio Management, Philippine National Bank
J Sadakathulla Rajan, Former Regional Director Reserve Bank of India
Eugene S. Acevedo, SEVP and Head of Retail Banking, Union Bank of the Philippines
Michelle Sario, Founder, The Artisan Gatherer
Peter Northcott, Marketing Director, flyspaces.com
Luca Pignatelli, COO, Foodpanda Philippines
Brian Cu, Managing Director, Grab Philippines
Neel Shah, Commercial Director, Juntos
Bhavin Patel, Group Omnichannel Director, Kamno Retail Group
Jose Magsaysay Jr., President, Potato Corner
James L. Indino, Jr., Vice President, Group Information Technology,  PhilCare
Macy Castillo, Commercial Business Head, Shopee
Nicola Moreili, CEO, more.digital
Miguel Pereira, CEO, Zoomov

Alongside the conference will be an exhibition set to bring together major players from across the payments, retail and e-commerce vendor communities including BPC Banking Technologies, Akamai, DNV.GL, Emarsys, Glory, Infobip, VeritasPay, Wirecard, HPS and Vinculum amongst others, who together will be showcasing some of the most innovative products and solutions critical to the evolving commerce environment.

The event will take place from 27-28 September 2017 at the SMX Convention Center in Manila, with over 2,000 attendees expected to attend.





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