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Manageable payment methods are very important when establishing any type of business. Offline stores stick to two major modes of payment either via cash or credit card. With online stores however, things are viewed differently. Since the internet in general is marketed as a type of convenience, everything else associated to it are expected to be of the same nature. Customers shop online for a reason and that’s because it’s a lot easier than going to a mall to buy just one item. If you’re a company that’s selling not just the products but the brand itself, you go for the gold and make the entire experience for your customers a lot easier in all aspects. You make everything convenient from the moment they visit your site to day of package claiming or delivery. Online shops started with meet ups to be able to make the whole transaction more comfortable for customers. But as years passed news about how dangerous such exchange of transaction can be. Now, less companies especially the ones aiming for long term success resolve to methods that involve trustworthy third parties.

Lazada Philippines for instance started offering methods that would allow over the counter payments only to end up today with the top two most in demand mode. Lazada wanted to keep the services they offer the customers on an all-time high sticking with what Filipinos grew up using and are most familiar with. Cash on delivery compensates for the pay in cash over the counter method which is the ordinary way of paying in malls. Cash on delivery mixed paying in cash and handing said money over to an official or man/woman in uniform. Cash on delivery or COD is a payment method where delivery men from either LBC or 2GO go directly to the houses of the clients to deliver their orders. They hand over the money to the man in uniform or when put in simple words, the delivery man. But this only takes place once the man in-charge of delivery provides the customers with their respective orders. Two concepts Filipinos are familiar with molded into making the experience a lot more convenient but safe at the same time. The second top choice for paying is credit card.

Just like in the grocery or furniture store, people of age make use of credit cards to pay. Lazada specifically allows payments from either VISA or MasterCard holder. The only difference I see from online payment from offline with the use of a credit card is the need to submit personal information depending on what the site you’re ordering from deems necessary. Samples of information usually required to give are full name, the expiry date and year along with of course, the account number. These two payments have bagged a number of customers for the prestigious online shopping website. Traditional methods turned to a millennium adaptation surely win the hearts of those scared of taking a leap of faith and or entrusting outsiders with matters as vital as bank account number. But don’t be surprised if by the end of the day, that site you once made fun of becomes one of the most powerful online stores with unconventional conditions but extraordinary product choices.



I’m sure there are a huge number of people who have wondered how online shopping works. And the reason behind why some people are apprehensive about exploring this form of website is one’s underestimation of their capacity to understand how it works. But what you don’t know might shock you, the more reason you should try. One of the main concerns of people who are trying out online shopping for the first time is their inability to understand how to complete a transaction. One of the reasons being they’re scared of the entire process involving submission of money. But how does one correctly interpret something they are unaccustomed with? Let me enlighten you the best way I can by sharing with you my personal online shopping experiences with local online shopping sites. One of the websites that provide the most general options there are is Lazada Philippines.

Their methods include cash on delivery and credit card. They used to accept orders through 7-eleven stores as well as bank transfers which I will elaborate on as well for information purposes. Cash on delivery is a form of payment where no down payment or initial deposits are required from the buyer. Payments are only given upon the delivery of the package. The concept resembles actual cashier payment where one only hands over their payment after all items have been swiped and bagged. Credit card is the same as how it is used in outlet stores. But because it is online, instead of getting the card swiped, a customer must submit information required by the company usually consisting of account number, expiry date, full name etc. Another form of payment is paying through a third party depending on the given partners of the said website. Lazada used to accept payments through selected 7-eleven stores and LBC outlets outside SM malls. You pay the money over the counter and in return will get an official receipt stating that your payment has been accounted. Bank transfers, like the name itself, involves depositing money through selected banks again depending on the choice of banks the company lists down. It’s as simple as depositing money to a friend’s account only this time you are directly depositing to the online shopping site from where you purchased your items. There are other forms of payment methods. Some do meet ups where the buyer and seller personally accomplish the transaction face to face. However, I find this method very sketchy so I suggest you do not engage is such modes of payment. It’s hard to tell whether or not a company is legitimate but one of the key factors I look for is whether or not the site is recognized by the Department of Trade and Industry. Some websites have seals of approval from well-respected companies. Research doesn’t hurt. If you’re buying from a company your hearing for the first but is presenting itself as a legitimate company shopping site, chances are they’ll have at least one review mentioning how they came to existence or a personal experience with them.



I always like the idea of just sitting down in my favorite couch in my game room and just have everything I need to entertain myself within my area. Won’t that be nice for any gamer? Everything you want is all in there and up for grabs. Of course, reality kicks in and you realize that there is no such thing as having everything all at your disposal. I think closest thing to that idea is the Internet. They have a saying: “Everything at your fingertips.” It’s partly true in mown opinion. I mean. Who would have thought that Internet would take as this far? Before we just go the Internet to get information on crappy design websites that’s basically just a catalogue page full of text information. It was something that not everyone will be fond of wasting a chunk of their time reading. But it all changed since the early 2000. Now we get to watch media rich files online. We get to communicate in more complex way to out loved one no matter where they may be. You can even speak to them like they are just in front of you thru video calling. You can even do business online now whether; it is bank, shopping, service, social media and etc. Internet capabilities are beyond our expectation. We never know what it can do in the future it’s all in the hands of people who always want to innovate how are lives can be more easier. Actually, among those Internet innovations, one thing that I actually enjoy doing online is purchasing items on online stores. I used to buy from international based websites from other countries since it’s always great to have something that is not available in your country. But I always wished that someday there would be local online malls in the Philippines as well. Eventually, we now have a local online shopping website. One of the key players of E-commerce in our country is Lazada Philippines. The Philippines’ Online Shopping Mall. They are actually my favorite online store.


What I like about Lazada Philippines is that they offer “Cash on Delivery”, a payment method that allows any online user to buy items from their website and have them pay only after their item is delivered at their very homes and handed over their ordered package. It’s something new in our country and everyone is really taking advantage of their unique customer service. Another thing that I highly appreciate is their hotline service. I encounter a problem in the past when they were just starting. The item I ordered was still unavailable 5 days after I initially ordered from them. Just happen that at that time the item I bought where a hot item and that I was one of the few who ran out of stock. At first, I was furious because I was really eager to get the item already. But I realized that at the end of the day I lost nothing since I opted for “Cash on Delivery” and did not drop a single dime yet to Lazada. Despite of the situation on the 7th day, one of their customer service agents reached me an informed that they just replenished new stocks and that I was one of the priority on their list. They said item was ready for delivery, I quickly informed them to push through my order. Within the day I got the item and was a happy customer. To this point, I’ve been their fan and already did a number of transactions with them, which we’re all delivered to me on time.




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I’ve been visiting websites as part of my work. My work requires me to look for local websites that have potential tie-ups with the company. Usually, what I check is how much traffic a particular local website is getting. I based them in   three categories: low volume, mid volume, and high volume. Basically, once I get a website prospect to tie-up with, I reach to the owner come up with an X deal that may help both parties. The setup usually depends on the weight of the deal, if they offer more of course we match it from our end.


So one website that really caught my eye is Lazada Philippines. I actually like what this company is doing for our online local industry. They are actually changing the online trend here in the Philippines. The locals are now becoming open minded on trying to shop online. These saves them time, money, and even get great deals that a conventional offline mall won’t offer. They even offer contest or games that will land you to a deal that will be worth your time, plus you get to enjoy while you participate on their website contests.


It’s pretty amazing how other new local businesses are launching their own website to join this online shopping madness that Filipinos are getting addicted to. Actually, to be honest, I think we are already late on this kind of trend as for international countries. These online E-commerce industry is already a common thing, but for us this is new and every exciting.


Ok! A lot of website are out there, but what does Lazada have that make them standout? One thing for sure is that they bring great experience to any online users whom have visited their website. At first glance, anyone can recognize where their selection is located, what are their top products, what products do they have discount, and best of all they a virtual shopping cart that allows you to pick your items all throughout their selection have them checked before proceeding to check out. Their you will see which items have you chosen and should you want to remove or add more, it will be easy as one click.


On the checkout page, they offer what type of method would you want to pay them, this maybe through Dragonpay, via Credit Card or their most popular payment method, Cash on Delivery. Their Cash on Delivery method for me is the one that actually made them popular and made their E-commerce penetration here in the Philippines successful. Without this method, I think it would have been tougher for them get whatever huge number of sales they are getting now.


Another thing I noticed when you logged in on their website (you will eventually need to create an account on their website when you bought an item from them; you would want to, more on that to follow), You can actually view your order history on their website and even check the status of your current order. It actually gives you all the information you need from Lazada.


Sadly, even if Lazada is an excellent website to tie up with, websites that my company can tie-up with are usually related to local entertainment. Nevertheless, I enjoyed my visit with Lazada Philippines. It actually led me to try their service out.  Got the item three days later, I’m currently using it now, my new laptop.



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