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COVID-19’s Digital Transformation Wrecking Ball

Posted by Michael Carter on May 17, 2020 9:00:00 AM

COVID-19’s Digital Transformation Wrecking Ball

There is a business cartoon that has been circulating around social media – a group of employees is holding court in a conference room. The manager at the head of the table declares, “Digital transformation is years away – I don’t see our company having to change anytime soon.” Meanwhile, outside the window just behind him swings a giant wrecking ball labeled “COVID-19.”  

The term “bank” never appears, but there is no sector for which the message rings truer. While the migration of banks and credit unions to digital channels has been underway for several years, of course, the national brands have been the most aggressive, creating an online capabilities gap over most community financial institutions. Given the pandemic-prompted closing of most branches and the energetic push of customers of all stripes toward remote channels, those investments by the largest institutions seem more prescient than ever. 

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Topics: Digital Banking, COVID-19, Digital Transformation

Adapting to Impacts of COVID-19 in Your Card Branding Agreements

Posted by Bob Koehler on May 10, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Adapting to Impacts of COVID-19 in Your Card Branding Agreements

It had long been predicted that the next U.S. economic downturn would be far less severe than the one triggered by the 2008 financial crisis. What wasn’t predicted, however, was the emergence of another “black swan” event like a coronavirus pandemic. Although the underlying fundamentals remain quite different, banks and credit unions everywhere should consider a few lessons learned from 2009-11 while they adapt their institution’s business model to the new norms of consumer behavior.  

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Topics: COVID-19, Card Branding Agreements

SRM Clients Weigh in on Expected COVID-19 Impacts

Posted by Michael Carter on Mar 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM

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Over two weeks ago, our firm offered perspective on some things banks and credit unions can do to proactively support accountholders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, we have maintained ongoing contact with our more than 1,000 clients as this situation continues to evolve. Additionally, we surveyed our industry network of clients and friends to help us understand how the virus is impacting their financial institution’s operations – and they delivered.  

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Topics: COVID-19, Coronavirus, Digital Channels, Remote Channels, Business Process Improvements

Preparing Your Financial Institution for COVID-19 Impacts

Posted by Larry Pruss on Mar 12, 2020 12:00:00 PM

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Being prepared for any potential downside is something bank and credit union executives take quite seriously and, since the early 2000s, have been required by regulators to maintain a pandemic crisis plan. Now all of these plans are being put to the test, especially after the announcement by the WHO that the coronavirus is officially a pandemic.

Even as the business world improves at predicting and defending against risks, Black Swans will always be a possibility. As is characterized by such an event, it’s easy in hindsight to say, “We should have seen this coming,” but the fact remains that we don’t know what we don’t know; e.g., the impacts on the stock market and disruptions to daily life brought on by COVID-19.

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Topics: Digital Banking, Cash, COVID-19, Card Not Present, Coronavirus, Contactless

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