I-Remit and BeamAndGo Join Forces

BeamAndGo.com teams up with I-Remit to offer direct grocery remittances

(repost from http://business.inquirer.net/196141/beamandgo-com-teams-up-with-i-remit-to-offer-direct-grocery-remittances)

July 29, 2015

BeamAndGo Pte Ltd, an alternative remittance service that guards against misspent funds through digital gift certificates, has forged a partnership with I-Remit to offer over-the-counter payment services for OFWs to provide for their families’ grocery shopping in the Philippines.

BeamAndGo CEO Jonathan E. Chua said, “We understand that many of I-Remit’s customers have apportioned a specific budget from their remittances to their families’ monthly grocery spending. Instead of sending cash, OFWs can now purchase our convenient digital gift certificates which can be redeemed by their loved ones at our participating supermarkets.”

The insight on the behavior of I-Remit customers is further supported by a Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) study on OFWs which revealed that 82 percent of overseas remittances are allocated for their families’ basic needs such as food, supplies, medicine, and utilities.

The partnership with I-Remit, which owns 12 percent of OFW remittance market, will expand BeamAndGo’s distribution network to over 1,400 payment centers. At present, BeamAndGo actively promotes its digital gift certificates in 9 markets–Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, UK, UAE, Japan, Australia, Taiwan and the Philippines.

I-Remit Chairman and CEO Bansan Choa said: “We are committed to serving Filipinos everywhere in the world through our modern and efficient remittance facilities. We are excited to partner with BeamAndGo to offer their innovative digital gift certificate platform to our customers who want to assure their remittances will be channeled specifically to grocery spending.”

Jonathan E. Chua added, “Both firms strive to be an instrument of positive change for OFWs and their families. And together, we can provide a more comprehensive remittance service that addresses the issue of fragmentation and leakage. Our services complement each other and I’m looking forward to a long and positive relationship.”

I-Remit customers can now purchase BeamAndGo digital gift certificates in 3 simple steps: First, they indicate the amount they wish to send, select the supermarket, and complete the form with the recipient’s information. Recipients in the Philippines will receive an SMS bearing a redemption code within a few minutes. With this code, the recipient proceeds to the selected supermarket and presents the code during checkout to redeem.

With partnerships with payment centers such as I-Remit, the Filipino remittance startup expects its customer base to grow from 70,000 to 300,000 and revenues to hit $1.5 million by December 31, 2016.

To celebrate the partnership with BeamAndGo, I-Remit customers will receive a discount of Php50 for every Php1000 worth of digital gift certificates bought from August 1 to October 31, 2015.

For more information about BeamAndGo and its services, visit its website at https://www.BeamAndGo.com.

The New New Look, Part 3

In The New New Look, Part 1, I detailed the changes we made to the BeamAndGo Store page. In Part 2, I described the Details page that appears after a user clicks on the Buy button.

In this post, I will show you all the payment options that are available to our users on the BeamAndGo Checkout page.

PayPal, Credit Cards, dragonpay, BeamAndGo Direct


Millions of people around the world use PayPal for one simple reason: it’s simple. Just an email and password will get you through checkout before you can reach for your wallet.


PayPal is one of the world’s largest internet payment companies in the world. They operate in over 200 markets and allow customers to send, receive, and hold funds in 26 currencies worldwide.

Credit Cards

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discovery Card.

Credit Card via PayPal

Our credit card payment service is provided by PayPal. As long you have one of the credit cards listed above, you do not need a PayPal account.

Online Banking

With our partners DragonPay, we enable our users to use online banking to pay for their BeamAndGo purchases.

Online Banking

The following are the participating banks in the Philippines: BDO, BPI, Metrobank, RCBC, Unionbank, UCPB, Chinabank, PNB, Maybank, RobinsonsBank, Sterling Bank of Asia, and EastWest Bank.


Also with DragonPay, we are able to accept cash payments for BeamAndGo purchases at banks and retail establishments all over the world.


The following are the participating banks in the Philippines: BDO, BPI, Metrobank, RCBC, Unionbank, UCPB, Chinabank, PNB, Maybank, RobinsonsBank, Sterling Bank of Asia, and EastWest Bank.

The following are the participating retail establishments in the Philippines: Bayad Center, LBC branches, SM Payment Counters, Robinsons Department Stores (RDS), Cebuana Lhuillier and M.Lhuillier branches nationwide.

Internationally, I-Remit provides payment centers accepting cash payment for BeamAndGo purchases in over 20 countries.

BeamAndGo Direct

For our users who live in Manila or Singapore, we provide an extra payment option – BeamAndGo Direct. With BeamAndGo Direct, a user can visit our office in Makati or in Singapore and make a payment directly to us.


In Manila

BeamAndGo Philippines, Inc.
Unit 507 Peninsula Court
8735 Paseo de Roxas
Makati, Philippines
Monday to Friday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Except holidays)

Phone: +63 (2) 553-7959
Mobile (Smart): +63 949-839-3322
Mobile (Globe): +63 915-442-3322

In Singapore

BeamAndGo Pte Ltd
11 Sims Drive
Monday to Friday 2:30 AM – 6:30 PM (Except holidays)

Or you can call me at +65 9129 4273 or email me at jonathan.chua@beamandgo.com to arrange a meetup.

And we are working hard everyday to provide more payment options. Within the next few months, BeamAndGo users will be able to pay for their purchases with Bitcoin or charge their purchases to their mobile phone account.

We want to make it easier for our users to take care of their families in the Philippines. If you have any suggestions or comments, you can contact me directly at jonathan.chua@beamandgo.com.

To see the new changes at BeamAndGo, visit us at http://www.beamandgo.com/store.

The New New Look, Part 2

In The New New Look, Part 1, I described the changes we made to the BeamAndGo products page in order for our users to get all the product information at a glance. In Part 2, I will show you guys what happens after a user clicks on the Buy button.

We worked hard to streamline our screens so that a user only needs to enter the minimum amount of information necessary to complete a transaction. As users of BeamAndGo ourselves, we wanted less pages and less fields. And as a result, this is what we came up with …

It's all in the details

First, we created a section that displays all the item details related to the order.

It's all in the details

Then, we made it easier for the user to select a recipient for the order.


And lastly, we provided an estimate on when the recipient will receive the SMS with the digital gift certificate information.

Delivery estimate

The SMS will contain the following information: the sender’s name (you!), the value of the gift certificate, the gift certificate code, the merchant and the locations where the gift certificate can be redeemed.

In many instances, the SMS will be sent instantaneously and the recipient can redeem the digital gift certificate immediately.

In The New New Look, Part 3, I will explain the different payment options we have added to BeamAndGo to make it easier and more economical for our users to provide for their families.

To see the new changes at BeamAndGo, visit us at http://www.beamandgo.com/store. If you have any questions or comments, you can contact me directly at jonathan.chua@beamandgo.com.

The New New Look, Part 1

Everyday we ask BeamAndGo.com users how can we make it better for them to take care of their families in the Philippines. Because we are a new to the scene, our users wanted more clarity about our products and our services. So that’s what we did.

Last week we unveiled a new look that provided our users with the essential product information and features that will help them make better decisions as they provide for their families.

We are calling this new look BeamAndGo Store.

The first page has been enhanced to show all the products available on BeamAndGo …  

Landing Page

Bread Crumb – In the upper left hand corner, we left a bread crumb trail: Store > Details > Checkout. The bread crumb enables our users to know how many more steps are in the purchase process.

View by Merchant – In the upper right hand corner, a drop down list displays a list of BeamAndGo merchants. When a user selects a merchant, the system will display all the products offered by the specified merchant.

Next, we modified the display of our product item to provide comprehensive at-a-glance information …

Product Item Display

And lastly, we provided one click access for a user to make a purchase or make a request …

Request or Buy

In The New New Look, part 2, I will explain how we made it easier for our users to select their recipients, apply discount codes, and understand the delivery options.

To see the new changes at BeamAndGo, visit us at http://www.beamandgo.com/store. If you have any questions or comments, you can contact me directly at jonathan.chua@beamandgo.com.