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1st Bank of Sea Isle City Case Study | Negotiating an Incumbent Core Vendor Deal

Posted by Michael Carter on Sep 14, 2020 9:00:00 AM

1st Bank of Sea Isle City Case Study | Negotiating an Incumbent Core Vendor Deal

At SRM, we often receive questions about how our services can deliver cost savings without harming existing vendor relationships which have taken years to cultivate. Our answer is simple: We do not believe antagonistic, adversarial negotiations are in the best interest of anyone – be it the client, the vendor, or our firm. And we have validated this point of view with the thousands of contracts we’ve negotiated, while also adding over $3.6 billion of value to the financial institutions we have served. A recent engagement with 1st Bank of Sea Isle City in New Jersey is an example of this conviction in action.

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Topics: Vendor Contract Negotiation, Bank Vendor Management

Can You Spare Some Change? | A Broader Perspective of the US Coin Shortage

Posted by Larry Pruss on Aug 30, 2020 10:00:00 AM

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By now, Americans across the country have seen makeshift signs at cash registers requiring exact change or “offering” to change coins for bills, free of charge.

A few Chick-Fil-A locations have even begun offering a free sandwich to customers who bring in $10 of coins, to replenish their cash drawers. There have also been reports of some institutions offering an extra $5 for every $100 of rolled coins.

The “national coin shortage” has become so severe, the Fed has convened a task force to identify solutions and limit the economic impact.

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Topics: Contactless Payments, Contactless, Digital, Coin Shortage

Top-of-Wallet Status | Do Card Issuers Have a Hidden Advantage?

Posted by Bob Koehler on Aug 23, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Top-of-Wallet Status | Do Card Issuers Have a Hidden Advantage?

Top-of-wallet status is highly coveted because, once achieved, the incumbent – in this case the card issuer - has the advantage. Old habits die hard. Once a consumer develops a “go-to” card for certain types of purchases, they tend to repeat that pattern of behavior.

Those habits can be cultivated by offering benefits to the user via a rewards program. Sometimes the choice can be situational, with cardholders designating certain cards for specific types of purposes. This may extend to the type of card – e.g., debit or credit – and/or a workflow established by the merchant which makes it easier to use one card rather than another – e.g., Walgreens Express Pay.

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Topics: Vendor Contract Negotiation, Bank Vendor Management, Credit Union Vendor Management

Data Literacy | The Modern Banker’s Required Reading

Posted by Michael Carter on Aug 17, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Data Literacy | The Modern Banker’s Required Reading

Knowledge is power and most bankers have figured out that they’re sitting on a treasure trove of information about the consumers and businesses they serve.  However, using this information to empower their account holders and deliver services tailored to their needs has been a difficult goal for banks and credit unions to achieve. 

One of the many changes brought by COVID-19 was an acceleration in the participation of the delivery economy.  This level of participation is likely to continue to rise as more businesses develop viable online ordering and delivery offerings.  Companies such as Amazon, Google, and Apple have made personalization of offers and the anticipation of the consumers’ needs prerequisites to any successful online engagement.  So, as the delivery economy expands, successful offerings will need to reflect these same characteristics delivering the convenience and speed consumers now consider mandatory as a basis for loyalty. 

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Topics: Vendor Contract Negotiation, Bank Vendor Management, Credit Union Vendor Management

Change is Good, You Go First | Adapting and Improving Operational Efficiency

Posted by Michael Carter on Aug 9, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Change is Good, You Go First | Adapting and Improving Operational Efficiency

In 2018, SRM expanded its operations to Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Europe. This division of our firm, known as SRM Europe (srmeurope.com), services a diverse set of industries, including financial services, music entertainment, food retailing, and architecture. While these are different markets, all have been affected by the pandemic and reports across these varied verticals virtually tell the same story.

The overarching message is that organizations, of all types, need to successfully adapt to change. As we’ve recently experienced, change happens, regardless of one’s level of preparedness. However, organizations often shy away from changing course, even after the tides have shifted. As change is the only constant businesses can rely upon, a culture of adaptability, clear communications, and good relationships will help ready any organization for the challenges ahead.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Operational Excellence

Three Months Older and a Bit Wiser on COVID-19

Posted by Michael Carter on Jul 20, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Three Months Older and a Bit Wiser on COVID-19

In mid-March, when Americans were beginning to absorb the notion of shelter-in-place orders, SRM reached out to our financial institution clients to get a snapshot of their mindset regarding approaches to meeting consumer needs in the age of the pandemic. The findings of that initial survey can be found here. 

 

To refresh this view and learn how time in the now normal was impacting banks and credit unions, a second survey was planned in late June. Of course, by the time the second survey was ready to go into the field, COVID-19 was re-asserting itself across the United States. We retooled the study to accommodate the circumstances, revisiting some of the questions from the March survey and drilling down into digital transformation and payments 

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Topics: COVID-19, Coronavirus, Digital Channels, Digital Transformation, Negotiating with Payment Vendors, Debit Card

5 Ideas to Keep Product Roadmaps Aligned in Vendor Management Talks

Posted by Richard Whiddon on Jul 13, 2020 10:00:00 AM

5 Ideas to Keep Product Roadmaps Aligned in Vendor Management Talks

Given the whirlwind of recent events, it seems like ages since January, when one of our payments experts Larry Pruss weighed in on Visa’s acquisition of Plaid, API aggregator for P2P players such as Venmo. He discussed what this combination could mean for banks and credit unions going forward, reinforcing two key points:  

 

  1. Financial institutions are hungry for objective expert opinions on market developments; and 
  2. The strategic moves of major industry vendorsnot just their direct competitorscan have a major impact on their competitive position.     

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Topics: Vendor management, Product Roadmap

Coming Covid-19 Impacts to Card Portfolios

Posted by Myron Schwarcz and Larry Pruss on Jul 7, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Coming Covid-19 Impacts to Card Portfolios

Delinquencies & Defaults Brewing on the Horizon 

Despite the many uncertainties in our “now” normal, Covid-19 is undeniably changing consumer spending patterns – and it shows. According to its 8-K filing from June 1, which compares May 2019 to May 2020 payment volumes, Visa’s cardholder spend in categories like travel, entertainment, fuel and restaurants had 20-40%+ declines year-over-year, while spend in categories such as groceries, home improvement, retail sales and telecom/utilities grew 20-40% for the same period.      

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Topics: COVID-19, Card Portfolio

COVID-19 Impacts – SRM Vendor Invoice Tracking Data Trend Analysis

Posted by Jane Kendall on Jun 28, 2020 9:00:00 AM

COVID-19 Impacts – SRM Vendor Invoice Tracking Data Trend Analysis

In the months since the pandemic was announced, SRM’s experts have weighed in on the operational impacts of COVID-19. We also gathered perspectives from a cross-section of banks and credit unions through a survey conducted in the early days of shelter-in-place orders (results from survey 2 coming soon). Now that the bills have come due for April and May, we noticed some unusual emerging trends in the invoice tracking data.

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Topics: Vendor management, COVID-19, Vendor Invoice

Banks and Credit Unions: Wake Up to the Needs of Your Small Businesses

Posted by Michael Carter on Jun 24, 2020 11:30:00 AM

Banks and Credit Unions Wake Up to the Needs of Your Small Businesses

For years, small businesses have gotten very little help from their financial institutions – and no market segment gets a pass on this one. From mega-nationals to community-sized institutions, small businesses have seldom found the assistance they need. Instead, many institutions have either pushed them to retail accounts or offered these small business owners treasury/commercial services.  

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Topics: Digital Banking, Economic Recovery, Small Businesses

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