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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

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

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

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

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

The Double-Edged Sword of Technical Debt

Posted by Michael Carter on Feb 24, 2020 3:30:00 PM

The Double-Edged Sword of Technical Debt

A colleague of mine once said, “God was able to create Heaven and Earth in six days because He did not have an installed base of users.” Anyone who has spent any time in the software business understands this axiom all too well.

This is essentially the premise behind technical debt. As soon as your institution commits to a solution and begins adding customers or members to it, constraints emerge making it difficult to enhance or upgrade the technology.

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Topics: Open Banking, APIs, Technical Debt

New Decade, Added Focus: Banking Trends for 2020 and Beyond

Posted by Michael Carter on Jan 13, 2020 10:00:54 AM

New Decade, Added Focus Banking Trends for 2020 and Beyond

Each year, SRM interviews a subset of bank and credit union clients to get their perspective on key industry trends rising to the top of their strategic to-do lists. With another decade having drawn to a close, January 2020 serves as a nice vantage point to take things in through a wider lens.

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Topics: Banking Trends, Digital Wallets, Contactless Payments

PNC v. Venmo: Drawing a Line in the P2P Sand

Posted by Michael Carter on Jan 5, 2020 9:00:00 AM

PNC v. Venmo Drawing a Line in the P2P Sand

Protecting Share, or Poking the Bear?

I asked a good friend of our firm, Ginger Schmeltzer, owner and principal of GDS Advisors, to comment on the recent announcement that PNC was blocking its customers from using their accounts to fund Venmo transactions. Ginger’s take echoed a number of comments made around the industry concerning the news.

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Topics: P2P, Venmo, Zelle, Digital Banking

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