Guys, ever heard of this new payment system that has been making quite a buzz recently called, “Globe Charge“?
Well, I actually got curious enough to find out more about this mode of payment that has been taking establishments by storm.
While it’s true that a good number of us still love (and are comfortable) using good ol’ traditional cash, a vast number of people have been more partial to using “plastic” (a popular slang term for credit card).
A common concern for most card users is that, unlike bigger establishments, small players in the business trade do not accept card payments. The process of applying for the capability to entertain credit cards is all too tedious and painstaking that proprietors of smaller scale businesses would rather forego the option.
But, that was then. Today, Globe Charge has dramatically changed the smaller scaled business landscape.
With a very small gadget (provided by Globe) attached to any Android or iOS device with a Globe Charge app installed, any type of business can start accepting credit card payments from customers in a jiffy.
This is exactly what people need to empower their business and make them just as competitive as bigger players in the market.
I’ve actually seen how this device works firsthand and found it very amusing. If you’ve ever used a credit card before, paying via Globe Charge is no different. If you’ve used a card swiper, you’ll immediately realize that Globe Charge’s very own nifty swiper works just the same.
It’s very cool! Let me tell you all about it…
Smokin’ Pig Legendary Rib Joint
I recently dropped by a fairly new restaurant located at Capitol Greenstreet, Capitol Hills Drive, QC, called, “Smokin’ Pig Legendary Rib Joint” and met up with a few good friends from Globe.
I was told that this place has started using Globe Charge for customers who would rather transact via credit cards. Nice!
I went to this place not knowing very well what kind of dishes this particular restaurant offers. My main objective was really to see how Globe Charge is used and the benefits this mode of payment provides to mercahnts and customers alike.
But common sense would tell you that, naturally, one would have to order first before getting to the part where one would pay. So, we decided to try out some of Smokin’ Pig’s specialties and popular dishes.
I was able to meet one of Smokin’ Pig Legendary Rib Joint’s owners who also happens to be the establishment’s head of marketing and communications, Mr. Jolo Raagas.
Smokin’ Pig Legendary Rib Joint has a very laid back ambiance. Great al fresco dining with a variety of dishes that are sure to make your mouth water. Add to that an abundance of refreshing drinks (and booze!) with wonderful music to set the mood and you’ve got the perfect setting for a relaxing hangout with friends and family.
Oh, pleasant surprise! I was actually impressed with the dishes Smokin’ Pig whipped up. Not only were they visually attractive… they were amazingly delicious, too!
Check out some of Smokin’ Pig Legendary Rib Joint’s offerings…
Half Rack Dry Rub Baby Back Ribs (Look at that!)
Beef Belly (Absolutely irresistible…!)
Cajun Dirty Rice (Crazy good!)
Delicious Apple Pie (Perfect way to end a great meal!)
More about Globe Charge
During our amazing lunch, I had the pleasure of chatting with Mr. Alvin Perez, Globe Telecom’s Manager of Merchant Acquiring (GXI/M-Commerce) about Globe Charge and its promising future.
So, basically… Globe Charge has 3 key components:
- Globe Charge Mobile Card Reader – Available for a one-time payment of Php 999.00, or discounted via phone bundle
- Globe Charge mobile app – Downloadable FREE of charge from the App Store or Google Play
- Globe Charge merchant account – Created via the Globe Charge mobile app, FREE of charge, with no recurring fees
Currently, Globe Charge honors Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards which, if you think about it, already covers a huge number of card users. But, hold on to your hats… I hear that things are about to get better in the coming days and weeks. Really better!
You’re probably wondering how easy it is for business owners or merchants to apply for a Globe Charge account. Insanely easy, as it turns out! Globe Charge can be purchased from select Globe Stores within Metro Manila. Accreditation as a Globe Charge merchant takes place within 7 business days, after a face-to-face validation with a Globe representative called the Know-Your-Merchant (KYM) Process.
Benefits of Globe Charge
I asked Alvin what makes Globe Charge perfect for anyone’s business. Here are the 4 key benefits that stood out for me:
- Anyone can get started right away and accept local and international MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards.
- You get to enjoy better rates and deals compared to banks.
- Merchants get to receive the settlement as early as the next banking day.
- Connect via WIFI or via mobile data for free using a Globe/TM SIM.
All Globe Charge payments made by customers using their cards are credited to the merchant’s assigned GCash account which can easily be cashed-out by going to any BPI branch. Nothing beats a combination of ease and convenience… the kind that Globe Charge readily offers.
I was amazed to hear from Alvin that even doctors have started using Globe Charge in their clinics. Other professionals have started following suit as well. Even bazaar stores and typical tiangge stalls which have been known to only accept cash payments have begun to use Globe Charge. It makes perfect sense! In fact, if you run a business yourself, it makes no sense at all not applying for one.
Jolo also shared that Smokin’ Pig Legendary Rib Joint has greatly benefited from Globe Charge. Being able to accept credit card payments just like other restaurants located just beside them has leveled the competitive playing field. He says it’s also fun watching amused customers as they fondly pay via Globe Charge.
So, after effortlessly devouring all the yummy dishes from Smokin’ Pig, it was time to put Globe Charge to the test.
Jolo brought out their tablet which was sporting the Globe Charge device.
I was so amused that I just had to tinker around with it to satisfy my curiousity.
The Globe Charge device is actually a small swiping peripheral that is easily plugged into your gadget’s regular 3.5mm headphone jack.
Thank you to Cat Trivino for this photo which I didn’t know she took of Jolo and me.
I was so impressed with the Globe Charge dongle and app that I think I spent a good number of minutes playing around with it. Jolo seemed to enjoy tinkering around with it, too.
After a good amount of time, Alvin brought out his credit card and used it to pay for our lunch. Gee! Thanks, Alvin! Next time, ako naman ang taya! Haha!
Paying was a breeze. One swipe was all it took. It was that easy! Not only that, using your credit card via Globe Charge is just as secure, if not more secure than traditional card transaction methods.
Apart from Smokin Pig Legendary Rib Joint, some of the other merchants happily using Globe Charge as a mode of payment are the following…
- Olivers Fashion Express – Unit 6, 2nd Floor Cash & Carry Makati City
- Elarz Lechon – 20 Speaker Perez Street, Brgy. Lourdes, Q.C.
- Haircatch Salon – Unit 7 G/F Creekside Bldg. Tomas Morato
- QTea – 1253 Jorge Bocobo Street cor. Padre Faura, NCR, Malate
- Carmen’s Best – 204 Centrum II Bldg., 150 Valero Street, Salcedo.
- J Cuppacakes – https://www.facebook.com/J.Cuppacakes
- Sunnies by Charlie Inc Glorietta
- Sunnies by Charlie Inc Rockwell
Well, that was an afternoon well spent. *burp!* Excuse me! :)
Great food, wonderful company. What else can one ask for? I had a blast spending time with friends from Globe and learning more about Globe Charge. It was also great meeting Mr. Jolo Raagas and sharing fun stories with him.
There are a ton of items on Smokin’ Pig’s menu that I have yet to try which is great reason for me to go back there one of these days. And with Smokin’ Pig Legendary Rib Joint being able to accept credit cards all thanks to Globe Charge, a hefty order of tender juicy ribs is just an easy swipe away!
Smokin’ Pig Legendary Rib Joint website: http://www.smokinpigph.com
Follow them on Twitter & Instagram: @SmokinPigPH