New offerings bolster GCash

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New offerings bolster GCash

September 15, 2019

GCASH, an electronic-cash services provider backed by Globe Telecom Inc., continues to expand its reach in the local cashless economy by introducing new services to attract more users.

In this regard, GCash recently expanded its partnership with Puregold Price Club Inc. to allow its users to load their account via a barcode in all the listed supermarket operator’s branches.

“You put the amount that you want on the GCash app, then we generate the barcode and you [hand over] your cash and it’s done,” Globe President and Chief Executive Officer Ernest Cu said at the service’s launch in Taguig City on Tuesday.

For his part, Puregold President Vincent Co said there were 65 Puregold stores — out of 354 across the country as of 2018 — with exclusive lanes for GCash.

The e-wallet is operated by Mynt, which is a partnership between Globe, its parent firm Ayala Corp., and Ant Financial.

“Puregold and GCash have been longtime partners in providing useful innovations to Filipinos. By tapping Puregold checkout counters as cash-in points, we encourage more people to discover and enjoy the convenience of going cashless,” Fred Levy, Mynt’s chief commercial officer for transfers, said in a statement.

On Wednesday, GCash also unveiled its Customer Protect program that offers up to P100,000 as compensation for unauthorized financial transactions using GCash on the Messenger or GCash Mastercard platforms.

“It’s actually elevating the financial landscape. Most fintech [financial technology] companies in the Philippines battle for the most convenient products, but it is high time for everyone to start talking about security. If you are able to provide this platform you should be able to back it up and protect users, as well,” GCash Risk Policy Lead

Louie Miguel Santos said.

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McDonald’s is acquiring Apprente, a startup which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to understand speech in multiple languages. The technology will be used in the company’s drive-thrus and could also be used in its self-order kiosks and a mobile app. This is McDonald’s third tech deal this year.

There is a new self-checkout shopping cart that makes grocery shopping easier. When you are shopping with a Caper cart, all you have to do is scan the item barcode and simply add it to your cart. Once you are done shopping you pay directly on the cart. Caper recently closed a $10 million Series A led by Lux Capital.

Google is using AI on their new baby monitor to help keep your baby safe. The new device would determine if the baby is in a non-auditory state or sense if the baby is making any abnormal behavioral patterns. It would then alert the parents 10 minutes before the baby wakes up.

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The Barcode, Plymouth’s newest leisure complex, will have a Cineworld cinema with IMAX screen, Paradise Island Adventure Golf course and a …

With the Barcode set to open next month, Plymouth people have been sharing their views on what they think of the building and what they expect from the new development.

The Barcode, Plymouth’s newest leisure complex, will have a Cineworld cinema with IMAX screen, Paradise Island Adventure Golf course and a variety of restaurants.

While many local people are excited for the development, saying it will ‘modernise’ the area and give us more things to do in the city centre, others are disappointed in its appearance and question whether the development is really aimed at local people.

We asked local people what they thought.

Find out what Plymouth people REALLY think of the Barcode in the video above

‘It’s excellent’

Local man Keith Oxenham is looking forward to the new development and thinks it will update and modernise the area.

He said: “It’s excellent, it’s modern, it will be nice.”

Plymouth Live asked local people what they think of the new development ahead of its opening Pictured: Keith Oxenham (Image: Penny Cross / Plymouth Live)

“It’s a good idea, an upgrade, you can’t have the old stuff, this is excellent,” he added.

‘It’ll keep kids off the streets’

Kyle White, 23, from Plymouth, thinks the Barcode will keep children off the street and give young people something to do.

Kyle said: “It’ll be a good thing, it’ll keep trouble off the streets, it’ll keep kids off the streets.”

Plymouth Live asked local people what they think of the new Barcode development. Pictured: Kyle White (Image: Penny Cross / Plymouth Live)

Kyle says he’s mostly looking forward to the cinema. He said: “It’ll be a better cinema, hopefully not as expensive as the other one.”

Not everybody is impressed, though.

Susan Stoker, from Plymouth, likes that there is different architecture around the city, but doesn’t think the Barcode is designed for local people.

Susan said: “I really like the different architecture in the city. I don’t have a problem with this architecture, I like the juxtaposition of the whole thing. However, in these particular times of austerity, I don’t think they [Plymouth City Council and the developers] have thought about local people.

Plymouth Live find out what people think of the new development ahead of its opening. Pictured: Susan Stoker and Lesley Chrysanthou (Image: Penny Cross / Plymouth Live)

“It’s for business and money-making. It’s not giving something to the city.”

Susan also questioned how long the development would remain popular – and remain open – and suggested the money spent could have been spent elsewhere.

She said: “I don’t think it’s going to benefit the people of Plymouth. It’s a very poor city, it won’t be for the people of Plymouth. [The money should be spent on] an airport [that] would benefit the city.”

Lesley Chrysanthou added: “I think it’s ugly, it’s off-putting, it’s not in harmony with the rest of the city.”

Dan Lee, 23, from Wadebridge doesn’t think he’ll visit the Barcode.

Plymouth Live find out what people think of the new development ahead of its opening. Pictured: Dan Lee from Wadebridge. (Image: Penny Cross / Plymouth Live)

He said: “I prefer an old-school cinema, with old-school seats in a nice old building, Wadebridge Cinema is really good for that.

“These new cinemas are alright, the picture and all of that is really good and the sound quality is really good.”

The Barcode will open next month next to Drake Circus in Plymouth City Centre.

To find out more click here.

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This is exactly when the Barcode cinema and restaurants will open

Also launching in Drake Circus The Barcode, in addition to the 12-screen Cineworld cinema, will be the eateries Zizzi, Nando’s and Five Guys.

The curtain is about to go up on Plymouth’s £53million Barcode cinema complex, with three restaurants opening on the same day.

The Bretonside building’s owner British Land Company Ltd, has confirmed a “first wave of openings” at the 100,000sq ft pile, now named The Barcode because of its black-and-white striped cladding.

Also launching in Drake Circus The Barcode, in addition to the 12-screen Cineworld cinema, will be the eateries Zizzi, Nando’s and Five Guys.

The following day Cosy Club, part of the chain which owns Royal William Yard’s Seco Lounge, will start serving and then indoor Paradise Island Adventure Golf range will be ready for tee-off.

There is, however, no opening date for Frankie and Benny’s, despite marketing firm Cushman and Wakefield, working for British Land, confirming that the Restaurant Group-owned brand would be moving in.

That still leaves seven units, plus the Sky Bar, empty in the vast block, but Cushman and Wakefield has said two are under offer and negotiations are at an advanced stage with two other “national operators”.

See pictures inside The Barcode here.

Exactly when the Barcode cinema and restaurants will open

When will the cinema open?

Monday, October 21

When will Zizzi, Nando’s and Five Guys open?

Monday, October 21

The development at Bretonside will be opening next month
The development at Bretonside will be opening next month (Image: Penny Cross / Plymouth Live)

When will Cosy Club open?

Tuesday, October 22

When will Paradise Island open?

Thursday, October 24

‘We’re looking forward to bringing in more additions’

Greg Lumley, centre director at Drake Circus Shopping Centre, also owned by British Land, said further “additions” were being pencilled in.

He said: “There’s been a lot of anticipation for the opening of Drake Circus The Barcode, and I’m so pleased to be able to announce official dates for the cinema, adventure golf and our first restaurants.

“There’s huge excitement around the brands and attractions we already have on board, and we’re looking forward to bringing in more great additions in the coming months”.

Inside the IMAX screen at Drake Circus Leisure (Image: William Telford)

Cineworld, which is looking forward to screening the latest Star Wars space-opera in late 2019, will be opening the first IMAX screen in Devon and Cornwall inside the Barcode.

It will also have a Starbucks outlet in its 41,000sq ft cinema and will introduce the city to the sweet delights of ice cream purveyor Baskin Robins.

The cinema chain has begun recruiting 82 full- and part-time staff to fill a range of posts including team leader, team members and baristas to work in the Starbucks outlet.

The Five Guys burger joint will be in a 2,500sq ft restaurant; Nando’s has committed to a 4,300sq ft unit; Cosy Club will take 6,700sq ft; and Italian-food eatery Zizzi is to fill 4,000sq ft of space.

Paradise Island Adventure Golf will open a 15,000sq ft indoor adventure golf centre, its first in the South West, in side a double unit. The combined lettings bring the total space let to 68%.

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Business Live’s Plymouth journalist is William Telford, business editor at Plymouth Live. William has more than a decade’s experience reporting on the business scene in the Ocean City.

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The Barcode will also contain 400 parking spaces, and is set to become a major visitor attraction in Plymouth.

Cllr Tudor Evans, leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “Drake Circus The Barcode promises to be a fantastic addition to Plymouth’s already vibrant leisure offering and we’re all looking forward to its opening day.

“Our decision to release Bretonside for this amazing facility is entirely vindicated. Plymouth people will love it.”

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