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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

One Does Not Simply Switch Core Systems After COVID-19

Posted by Michael Carter and Bret Herbert on Jun 10, 2020 11:00:00 AM

One Does Not Simply Switch Core Systems After COVID-19

While community bankers were already weighing options on core processing and digital solution strategies before the pandemic, these decisions weigh heavily enough now to quickly tip the scales of survival. We’ve already shared our thoughts on how the “shelter in place” environment and its aftermath gave a serious jolt to any bank or credit union leader still on the fence about the importance of a robust digital backbone. 

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Topics: Digital Banking, Contract Negotiation, COVID-19, Core Systems, Core Platforms, Core Processing

Byte by Byte: Assembling a Foundation for the Now Normal Post-COVID-19

Posted by Patti Wubbels on Jun 3, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Byte by Byte - Assembling a Foundation for the Now Normal Post-COVID-19

In our last blog post, several SRM experts weighed in on the future of banking in the now normal - how consumer spending behaviors would influence branch operations and non-interest lines of revenue. In this post, we will shift our focus to big data, cyber risks and the need to reinforce legacy infrastructure.   

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Topics: COVID-19, Digital Channels, Card Branding, big data

Banking to Post-Pandemic Consumers – SRM Academy Expert Summary

Posted by Sisa Wang on May 27, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Banking to Post-Pandemic Consumers – SRM Academy Expert Summary

We are spending a lot of time thinking through the near- and mid-term ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic, especially impacts to the financial services industry. SRM has already shared several perspectives on this topic, including similarities/differences between today’s downturn to 2008’s financial crisis and financial institutions’ latest wake-up call concerning digital channels. Now, our lens focuses on what adapting to post-pandemic consumer banking and spending behaviors might look like. 

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Topics: Digital Banking, COVID-19, Digital Channels, post-pandemic, card network, Branch of the Future

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

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