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Robinsons Appliances Philippines has 32 inch LCD TV for 27,995 until end of November with free gift


DIY shops have 20 inch LCD for P10,744

Also check out my blog on LCD TV prices in my blog

METRO DEPARTMENT STORES 32 JVC P25,998 until Nov 15, 2009

LCD TV 32″ until November 15, 2009

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The Philippines has suffered a terrible weather problem with almost continous rain or cloudiness for the past few weeks.  But what I can't understand is why the buyers for SM, Robinsons, Ayala, Metro grocery stores can't find alternative suppliers for a temporary solution rather than having store shelves empty of red tomatoes.  In USA the buyers find supplies all over the world to make sure they meet customer needs.   What is problem here? If there is no stock in country then Taiwan, Australia, Thailand, New Zealand or even South Africa or Mexico or South America must have supplies that can be flown in to meet the lack here of so many different vegetables.  If there is a source here in country it is not meeting the need for any I repeat ANY supermarket here in Cebu.  I assume Manila stores are suffering similiar lack of supplies.  The government should step in and relax the standards until the supplies return to normal and the buyers should use sources like I easily found by searching Australian tomatoes.  The customers want tomatoes and other vegetables and I assume the buyers could find alternative sources until this crisis is resolve as we get all kinds of other offshore dry goods, why not tomatoes and other vegetables?

A model for SM, Ayala, Metro, Robinsons to design the website and open new franchise Aldais


I often wonder why the stores here like Ayala, SM and Robinsons and lots of their tenants don't use the web more with most affluent shoppers here in the Philippines now having an active online surfing with places like facebook and even TV getting online.  Setting up a website or blog is so cheap and easy to change or update if someone in authority made sure it happened.  And customers would apprciate the ability to see complete lines of merchandise or specials for the week.  One store in the USA and many parts of the world is Aldai and I wonder why they have not surfaced yet here in the Philippines as they would be excellent for small store locations with only limited items but quality at a low price. 

The major malls and department stores should seek to better use the internet web sites and blogs to make better use of their large purchasing power and get online in a big way and possibly set up a new chain franchise with the Aldai chain.  It is becoming very very popular in the States with low overhead with 2 or 3 employees handling a whole store.  It would seem with people looking for a new viable franchise this would be an excellent service and money maker. 

Regardless, the major department stores here need to examine their online presence as the world changes and customers demand new and cheaper ways to market such as Aldai does so well with emails to customers weekly, sales online, and a good layout that the stores here could follow.  Even SM doesn't evan contact information anymore for each store online and their addresses and maps.  I think it is a major oversite that SM, Ayala, Robinsons, Metro need to address rapidly.  Read more how Aldai does it below.  Lets have all the malls online with the same information here in the Philippines......


the ALDI way: incredible value every day.

The ALDI way of shopping has been continuously honed and refined since our first store opened in Southeastern Iowa in 1976. Committed to bringing food to customers at the lowest prices possible, our early stores set up shop in small spaces and introduced shoppers to the select-assortment concept, carrying only 500 select brand products. Compared with other supermarkets, our stores seemed tiny. But ALDI found a niche with Americans hungry for real value, and the chain grew rapidly.
Over time, more products were added, including more refrigerated and frozen foods. ALDI also began experimenting with Special Buy items, to great success. More recently, Sunday hours were instituted, and ALDI began accepting debit cards.
Today, there are over 1,000 ALDI stores in 29 states, from Kansas to the East Coast. And today’s ALDI store carries about 1,400 regularly-stocked items, including fresh meat, and, in certain locations, beer and wine. Though the original ALDI concept has been modified somewhat to accommodate our ever-changing tastes and preferences, the core concept remains: “Incredible Value Every Day.”
Special buys
Index of web links for Aldais
1,000 stores and growing!

All around the country, ALDI continues to grow!

Thanks to over 18 million loyal customers, ALDI is proud to be celebrating the opening of our 1,000th U.S. store! At a time when other retailers are cutting back and the recession is deepening, we continue to build new ALDI stores – now offering Incredible Value Every Day in 29 states nationwide. And this exciting 1,000th store in West Haven, Connecticut brings our common-sense solution to even more value-conscious consumers, just like you!
For over 30 years, ALDI has been offering grocery shoppers high quality products for a fraction of the cost – without having to buy in bulk. And now more than ever, we’re giving you more ways to save – without compromising quality! When you shop at ALDI, you can always count on finding products that are consistently equal to or better than the top national brands in quality and taste, for up to 50% less than at traditional grocery stores. And our Double Guarantee ensures it! In fact, you can find almost all of the items you need for your weekly shopping list at great ALDI prices every day – including staples like fresh produce, milk, bread and eggs. Helping you save an average of $115 a month on your family’s grocery bill!
Come see for yourself. Click here to find a store near you.
Or to get the full scoop on our 1,000th store, click here to read the press release.
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Europe vows to liberate online shopping, what about shopping online in the Philippines?


My comment:  Here is the Philippines the merchants are losing a valuable opportunity to sell online as few do such a business.  There is an increasing number getting online everyday and its a cheap way of advertising too.  Even stores like CDR King which is always out of many items, would be an excellent candidate for such an expansion with pent up demand all over the country.  And Island Souvenirs also does not seem to recognize the world wide potential of such world wide sales.  And the Hong Merchants who sell on ebay should open a local stocking outlet since the non brand batteries cell batteries sold in country are mostly junk and don’t last good like the original brand and yet my experience from USA and Hong Kong batteries off brand, they are just as good and even if you can ever find any batteries in stock for your cell at CDRKing they are good not like the off brands sold at the stalls you find everywhere here in the Philippines.  And there are lots of other items that would be easier to sell online with good delivery services like LBC, DHL and others here in country. Payment remains a sticking point so meet ups still might be the best way or payment after receipt like Globe is now offering although I don’t know how well it works.  But if its a big reliable company it should be easy.  Why not even sell LCD TVs online for local pickup from SM Appliances or Robinsons or Abensons?

Great time for US consumers: America is on sale, take note SM, Ayala, Robinsons


There has never been a better time to be a consumer. America is on sale. So not only bargains can be found in Philippines Bargains but also in the USA. Merchants here in Philipppines take note. LCD prices are still cheaper on sale in America but they are slowly coming down here in Philippines too.

Prices on everything from clothes to coffee to cat food are dropping, some faster than they have in half a century. Items rarely discounted — like Tiffany engagements rings — are now. The two biggest purchases most people make — homes and new cars — are selling at steep price reductions.

“This is the new normal,” says Donald Keprta, president of Dominick’s, a supermarket chain in the Midwest, which just cut prices by as much as 30 percent on thousands of items. “We aren’t going back.” Read the full complete article here

Check out some Philippine buys on LCD tvs as low as 8,999
Makro has some good buys on LCDs but often run out of stock. Just click the link below and then click nonfood on the left and then use the next arrow on the top of the screen to scroll through the current offerings which change every two weeks. Currently as of Sunday October 4 they have a Matrix 22 inch LCD for 11,999 pesos and a 32 inch ChongHong LCD for 24,990 pesos which is cheaper than Robinsons and SM Appliance but I have seen them even cheaper at Makro so check their Makro mail online to see what the current offerings are  click these links

LCD TV Best buys in the Philippines

And in the USA 42 inch only 28,500 pesos
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  Dynex® - 42" Class / 1080p / 60Hz / LCD HDTV   (click the title to see the ad) Our Price: $599.99 (28,500 pesos wow Best Buy in USA)
Wonder why if we are closer to Asia we can't even have a cheaper price?

Robinsons Place opens today in GenSan October 2009


FINALLY, after years of waiting, the biggest mall in General Santos City is set to open today.
Robinsons Place formally opens its doors to the public with celebrations featuring fun, games and surprises with known personalities from show business and local business establishments in this region’s newest shopping destination.

The event, to be attended by the bigwigs of JG Summit Co. (JGSC) including founder John Gokongwei and family, will also feature show-business personalities like Dawn Zulueta, Donita Rose, Christian Bautista, Yasmien Kurdi, Derek Ramsay and Iza Calzado. Local political and business personalities are also expected to grace the occasion.

Robinsons General Santos, the third and the biggest Robinsons mall to date in Mindanao, is operated by Robinsons Land Corp., a subsidiary of JGSC. Two other Robinsons Place are in Cagayan De Oro and Davao City.

Danilo Camat, group property manager for Mindanao of Robinsons Land Corp., said Robinsons GenSan has a floor area of 4 hectares that sits on an 8.5-hectare property acquired by the company in the 1990s.

GenSan’s newest shopping mall will generate 300 direct employment opportunities for city residents, while around 1,500 will be indirectly employed through the number of business outlets in the mall.
“We aim to become a multicomponent store where you will find what you are looking for under a vibrant and breezy atmosphere,” Camat said, in an interview with the press during the mall’s soft opening on September 30.

Camat added that with the opening of Robinsons Place GenSan, local residents will not have to go to Manila, Cebu or Davao to experience a world-class shopping convenience.
“Basically all the stores and attractions in other Robinsons malls in other areas are here in Robinsons Place GenSan. But, of course, we added a local touch by tapping homegrown stores to add local flavor to one’s malling experience,” Camat added.

Robinsons GenSan will also feature state-of-the-art technologies from its cinemas to its restroom facilities.

Camat said “male urinals will use a waterless technology and restroom faucets will be sensorized to give shopping patrons the utmost shopping convenience.” Article source

Malls are a big part of life in most large Asian cities.


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Malls are a big part of life in most large Asian cities.
Walking around in these huge air conditioned buildings is a great way to escape the heat or rain and huge crowds gather in the evenings and on weekends to eat at the food courts.
img_3605.jpg Name brand clothing tends to be quite expensive and the food courts are not all that cheap either.
Some of the Japanese and Korean Restaurants have good seafood but a lot of it is deep fried.
The food courts seem to be in a competition for who can get the “Most MSG Award” but they are a big hit with the local crowd.
img_3609.jpgDigital photos shops can print a bunch of pictures in less than a half hour.
It is a nice gesture to get some made up for some of the people that you have photographed that would otherwise never get a picture of themselves.
img_3620.jpg I am not really a mall person but it is easy to see how some people can spend the day there.
Music blares from the shops and the sheer volume of people can make it very loud.
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Mall locations


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Robinsons is a brand of JG Summit Holdings, one of the largest holding companies in the Philippines. Robinsons is the second largest retail chain in the Philippines.

Name Year Opened Gross Floor Area Location
Robinsons Galleria 1990 216,000 (under renovation of West Wing) EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Robinsons Place Manila (also known as Robinsons Midtown Mall) 1997 239,672 M. Adriatico Street (formerly Dakota), Ermita, Manila
Robinsons Place Bacolod 48,000 Lacson Street, Mandalagan, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Robinsons Place Imus 1998 65,000 Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Tanzang, Luma V, Imus, Cavite
Robinsons Place Cebu 2000 18,000 and under planned expansion Fuente Osmeña, Barrio Capitol, Cebu City, Cebu
Robinsons Town Mall Los Banos 10,000 Lopez Avenue, Batong Malaki, Los Baños, Laguna
Robinsons Place Metro East 2001 121,000 Marcos Highway, Brgy. Dela Paz, Pasig City, Metro Manila
Robinsons Place Iloilo 78,000 Quezon-Ledesma Street, Rojas Village, Iloilo City, Iloilo
Robinsons Star Mills Pampanga 62,000 Olongapo-Gapan Road, Barangay San Jose, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Nova Market (formerly Robinsons Place Novaliches) 59,000 Quirino Highway, Novaliches, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Sta.Rosa Market (formerly Robinsons Place Sta.Rosa) 2002 38,000 Old Nat’l Hi-way, Brgy. Tagapo, Santa Rosa City, Laguna
Robinsons Cagayan de Oro 18,000 Limketkai Complex, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental
Robinsons Place Dasmariñas 2003 originally 38,000 plus an annex of 36,000 making a total of 74,000 Aguinaldo Highway corner Governor's Drive Barangay Sampaloc 1, Dasmariñas, Cavite
Robinsons Place Lipa 37,000 plus an annex of 23,000 making a total of 60,000 Mataas Na Lupa, Lipa City, Batangas
Robinsons Place Cainta 2004 31,000 Ortigas Avenue Extension, Cainta Junction, Cainta, Rizal
Robinsons Place Angeles 30,000 McArthur Highway, Balibago, Angeles City, Pampanga
Robinsons Place Metro Bacolod 18,000 Barrio Tangub, National Road, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Forum Robinsons (formerly Robinsons Place Pioneer) 56,000 EDSA Corner Pioneer Road, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Robinsons Place Tacloban June 2009 33,600 + 5,000 BPO Bldg./Hotel National Highway., Tabo-an, Marasbaras Tacloban City, Leyte
Robinsons Otis December 2007 11,000 Guanzon St., Paco, Manila
Robinsons Luisita (formerly Plaza Luisita Mall) October 2008
McArthur Hi-Way., Luisita, San Miguel, Tarlac City, Tarlac
Robinsons Cabanatuan November 2008 18,000 NE Pacific Mall KMIII, Maharlika Highway, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
Robinsons Cybergate Davao May 2009 14,000 JP Laurel Ave., Bajada, Davao City, Davao del Sur
Robinsons Place General Santos October 2009 32,700 J. Catolico Avenue, Lagao, General Santos City, South Cotabato
Robinsons Place Ilocos Norte (U/C) Grand Opening: August, 2009 30,700 San Nicolas, National Highway, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
Robinsons Place Dumaguete (U/C) 4th quarter 2009 to be announced Dumaguete Business Park, Brgy. Calindagan, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Robinsons Place Tagaytay (soon to open) Tagaytay City, Cavite

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