Decisive Delivery: Keeping Operations Moving Through a Disruption

The Evangelists’ Chapter 45, entitled: “Decisive Delivery: Keeping Operations Moving Through a Disruption'' featuring Javy Mantecon of LBC.

Introduction to Business Continuity and Resilience

The following is an excerpt from The Evangelists: Insights from Leaders of the Nation’s Most Beloved Brands. Written by [author name], this chapter is titled “Decisive Delivery: Keeping Operations Moving Through a Disruption” In it, Javy Mantecon, the Chief Marketing Officer of LBC, is interviewed about how the organization executes its strategy in resilience in time of adversities.

Resilience is adapting to the changing business environment

There’s no Filipino out there who hasn’t heard of Luzon Brokerage Company (LBC), not  when the company has been the go-to courier and cargo service provider for them here  and abroad for almost 70 years now. 

Over the years, the company has seen a multitude of changes, especially during the  COVID-19 pandemic. Javy Mantecon, the Chief Marketing Officer for LBC, explained that  they haven’t seen the need to heavily modify their main services, only improve them. Their  cargo shipping and remittance services have been constant needs for Filipinos, especially  for overseas Filipino workers, and so these have evolved accordingly to the needs of the  times; they now have online trackers for packages sent out, and their remittance services  and cargo services now take less time to be sent out and received. LBC has also branched  out their market, now servicing micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME). 

As a courier company, LBC places heavy importance on communicating. Mantecon said,  “Part of our mission is linking and bridging our customers, so being able to be there for  them, and be able for them to be able to express their love and their passion to their  families here has always been what LBC wants to help with the most.”  

He explained that the primary goal of LBC is to connect people, and in the years that  passed, that hasn’t changed in the slightest. Their communication strategies, however,  have gone through different transformations.  

Gradually, Mantecon and his team began to move most of their operations and  communication strategies online, going through two transformations.  

“The first transformation is the one nobody sees, wherein we removed a lot of paperworks,  automated a lot of processes, updated the track and trace features and everything,” he  said. This transformation was heavily reliant on their human resource (HR) systems taking  care of their people, and ensuring there was proper coordination among hubs for better  package tracking.  

“The second transformation is now the marketing, and the mediums that we’re using. Now,  the people can feel the operational changes we’ve put in,” he said. 

In the past, LBC’s main channel of communicating their brand was through TV. Mantecon  relied heavily on commercials, especially when marketing to Filipino communities abroad.  With all the advancements in technology, however, Mantecon now finds digital media to  be more effective for their needs. Digital media has made it easier for him and his team  to not only communicate and market their brand, but also in bringing Mantecon closer to  their brand’s consumers.  

Moving online has also given Mantecon new insights on their customers, which then helps  him better conceptualize campaigns for them. “We used to put advertisements the way we would think of it from our point of view. Then we saw what people were searching, and  they weren’t using the same words we were using,” Mantecon said. “We started seeing the  disconnect between us and them. So it starts with really discovering how the consumers  are consuming the media, whether it’s Facebook, whether it’s Google, and then being able  to adjust.” 

Currently, LBC is very active on their social media channels, particularly on Facebook  where they get the most customer engagement. Through the likes, comments, shares, and  questions they get on Facebook, they learn more about their customers. Their social media  platforms give them access to data, and for Mantecon, data is gold. “In marketing, knowing  your customers and their behaviors opens you to a whole new world,” he said. “If you know  your customers, you can take over how the brand is perceived and positioned.” 

Mantecon and his team analyze the data and engagement they get from their social media  accounts and take them into consideration when creating new marketing campaigns; their  general target audience, the Filipino people, hasn’t changed, but now they take care to  consider different subcategories of Filipinos. 

“How I would communicate to the youth and their persona will be different from how  I’ll communicate to other personas,” Manteoc said. “What the youth will see will be  different from what their parents will see, because I’ll have to position things differently.”  He also considers the location of different Filipinos when communicating to them; the  communication strategies used to appeal to Filipinos in Hong Kong may be different from  the strategies used for Filipinos in the United States, as the two countries have different  cultures.  

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has challenged Mantecon’s communication strategies,  however, as their services were also impeded for a time. With some countries having  restrictions on air travel especially, some of LBC’s services were rendered unavailable for  a time. However, Mantecon explained they were able to work around such issues and  adapted accordingly.  

“You know, fortunately or unfortunately in the Philippines, we’re always ready for a certain  crisis,” Mantecon said. From typhoons to volcanic eruptions, LBC has been there for the  people, however limited their services might be. Having moved from traditional to modern  means of marketing and operations, they were able to revert back to offline practices  when the need arose; whether they were online or offline, Mantecon always found a way  to keep business going.  

As the pandemic persists, Mantecon’s main priority right now is to live up to LBC’s current  campaign tagline, “We Like to Move It.” Business has to keep going, not just for them but  for the Filipino people as well, and so Mantecon and his team are still constantly finding  new ways to better communicate with the people.

“Operationally, the processes have been there, but now on the marketing and  communication side, we want to let people know that we are still here for you, no matter  what the situation,” he said. “That’s what we need to be able to communicate, that  reassurance that LBC is still here, no matter what.”

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