As a follow up on my previous post, which provided a snapshot of OFW-centered start-up, BeamAndGo, a more in-depth review of its platform is in order. Recall that BeamAndGo focuses on cashless remittance. Through collaboration with local stores and service providers, OFW’s are given another option to support their loved ones at home.
Instead of the traditional pera padala, BeamAndGo utilizes digital gift certificates which enable the recipient to directly acquire the targeted goods/services without the hassle of visiting a remittance center. Aside from being a faster and easier mode of transaction for both sender and recipient, this method also eliminates the prospect of financial mismanagement, which has been a constant issue concerning households and families.
Now, let’s delve into the specifics.
BeamAndGo offers a neat and straightforward user-interface for its website and corresponding mobile app. The current balance is instantly viewable from the homepage, together with the hamburger menu which acts as a portal to all possible transactions as well as the customization of user settings. The list of available products is likewise readily accessible, thus, enabling quicker purchases. Surprisingly, the sign-up process takes only seconds to complete given the option to simply hook up your existing Facebook account.
“Topping-up” your balance is relatively easy, with the LoadAndGo prepaid card. I once again appreciated, the simplicity and ease in which I was able to top-up P1000 worth of credit by merely scratching the silver film and inputting the revealed 12-character PIN into the LoadAndGo section of the site. With my balance now “topped-up”, I proceeded with my first transaction.
Heading on to the list of available purchases, my first impulse was to buy either Globe or Smart e-load. Unfortunately, they were not yet available at the time, together with Meralco, PLDT, SSS and PhilHealth. I decided to be of help to my household and availed myself of a SUPER 8 digital gift certificate, worth P1000. The checkout process can be compared to that of Lazada’s and Amazon’s: plain, quick, and enjoyable. All I had to do now, was wait for the SMS confirmation, which would also serve as the digital gift certificate itself.
As with its top-up load and checkout process, the SMS didn’t disappoint. I received a message on my phone a few minutes later, informing me that I can now use my digital GC at any of SUPER 8’s branches. (Take note that a valid I.D is required for the digital GC to be accommodated. In my case, a school I.D. did the trick.)
SUPER 8 readily acknowledged the digital GC, which absolutely stunned me. Compared to previous experiences, stores participating in partnerships were less than accommodating when it came to the customer presenting anything other than cash or credit card. I could only assume that BeamAndGo maintains an exceptional relationship with its partners. The only setback however was the lack of pre-printed slips necessary to complete the use of the digital GC. This made the pay-out process considerably slower, without which, would have been a near-perfect experience.
Once again, it is the vision and the mission of this company that pushes it forward, and with it, our beloved OFW’s. There is nothing nobler than genuinely trying to help our fellow men, whether it be through something as simple as a pat on the back, or through the unbelievable heights that technology could attain just to bridge the miles that keep families apart. BeamAndGo is just another part of that bridge.