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MORE THAN TWO-THIRDS OF FINANCIAL SERVICES WORKERS SAY ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CAN TRANSFORM THE SECTOR, YET BANKS ARE STILL SLOW TO ADOPT

Nuxeo research report highlights the industry’s struggles with managing information and data, and how AI could be used to address these struggles

 

More than two-thirds (67%) of UK Financial Services (FS) workers believe that artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to transform many FS practices, according to new research from content services firm Nuxeo out today.

 

58% of respondents in the report – Information, Intelligence & Innovation: How UK Financial Services is shaping up for 2020 – also say that FS firms which embrace AI are a more attractive place to work. Despite this, UK FS firms have been slow to adopt AI across most business functions. Just 34% of UK FS firms are using AI for improved customer service, 33% for automating backend processes, 29% searching for information and 41% for data analytics.

 

While many respondents said that AI was ‘under consideration’ for many of those business functions, 45% of respondents said that their organisation’s inability to adopt AI quick enough was already impacting their day-to-day activities. 58% say there is a shortage of AI talent and expertise in their company.

 

“AI can be genuinely transformative in FS but it would appear that many organisations are still thinking about deployment, rather than getting on with it,” said Chris McLaughlin, chief product and marketing officer, Nuxeo. “It’s a challenging landscape in FS right now and firms need to improve the user experience and improve productivity, and AI can play a significant role in achieving these goals.”

 

The sheer volume of data and information is another challenge for UK FS workers and this is an area where AI has potential to help – 64% of respondents say using AI for mundane backend processes would free their time to do more interesting work. 

On average, people in UK FS firms are storing information and content across nine different systems, with almost three-quarters of respondents saying that these systems are not fully connected with each other, in a way that allows information to be shared across them.

 This is having a significant impact on knowledge workers in FS – those who need to access information as a regular part of their jobs are spending almost one hour a day (52 minutes) just searching for information, because it is not readily discoverable. 

This equates to each employee spending four hours 20 minutes each week just looking for information, so the total time over a year would be vast. Some of the most common reasons cited for this were: information is stored across multiple systems in the organisation (42%); information is inconsistently, incorrectly or inadequately named (34%); and workers lack the right tools to find information efficiently (22%). 

“Quick information search and retrieval is an enormous part of the modern FS user experience – customers simply don’t want to waste their time waiting for an agent to find information when they are used to more immediate interactions elsewhere,” continued Chris McLaughlin, Nuxeo. “With more data entering banks than at any time previously, it’s an issue that the industry collectively must be willing to address. Speed, accuracy and agility are essential when managing information and addressing them can have a real impact in terms of improved customer retention and loyalty.”

 

The findings come from a new Nuxeo research paper – Information, Intelligence & Innovation: How UK Financial Services is shaping up for 2020.

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NEW TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM REDUCES CLAIMS PROCESS FROM WEEKS TO MINUTES

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New platform has potential to cut fraudulent claims by almost half Decrease claims costs by as much as two thirds

 

Pact Global, an insurtech business, has launched an Artificially Intelligent (AI) Claims as a Service (CaaS) platform to help the General Insurance market significantly reduce fraud exposure, accelerate the claims process, enhance customer insight and significantly reduce the overall cost of handling a claim by up to 66%.

 

Mark Seddon, Founder and CEO of Pact, says what currently takes days or weeks to complete, can now be managed in minutes: “Our platform is better for the customer, as it makes the claims process much faster and easier, and also much better for the insurer, as it automates the whole process and minimises the time spent on claims management, a significant cost to the business.”

 

Focussing currently on travel, motor and property insurance, all Pact’s offerings use more than 50 separate data points during the claim validation process to verify the customer’s contact details and investigate their claims history.

 

Verification is supported by the use of AI, behavioural analytics, assisted intelligence and a purpose-built, face and voice recognition program. Employed at the First Notification of Loss (via a white labelled customer mobile and web app), it confirms the customer’s identity and detects whether expressions/behaviours or variations in speech might give cause for concern.

 

Pact enables the collation of all policies and schedule information for easy customer access, importantly allowing the platform to verify the claim against the policy for the insurer.  Relevant limits and schedule information are then known to be correct before the claim progresses.

 

For travel insurance claims specifically, the platform cross-references claims like cancellations and delay, to transport information (e.g. Flights).  Across all insurance types, checking weather patterns increases the likelihood of detecting fraud and helps insurers predict possible surges in claims:

 

“The platform is so intelligent that it can detect whether any images or videos, invoices, warranties and receipts uploaded have been used anywhere else in the world,” Mark continues, “and it’s all done within a matter of minutes.”

 

Alongside this, Pact has automated and simplified the process of dealing with third parties to obtain quotes, instruct workers, update claims status and verify job progress prior to invoicing, all accessible to both customer and claims handler through the app.

 

The platform can integrate into existing networks or be used to find local tradespeople or garages, supporting local communities. The open communication between worker, claim handler and customer reduces complications and allows the customer and/or claims handler to easily flag and resolve potential issues.

 

To further improve customer service, the mobile app features a Machine Learning Chat Bot called Ollie, which is designed to advise, assist and simplify the user experience. It delivers real time notifications, keeping claimants informed of their claim’s status improving customer service by 65%. It stores all policy information and T&Cs and can identify policy cover and limits. This increases customer awareness and creates upsell opportunities for insurers, buying or renewing with a single click.

 

Mark says that Pact has been built to deliver customer transparency and improve the experience with their insurer, ultimately building and cementing trust: “It is designed to significantly reduce the time and cost of handling claims for insurers, delivering real savings to the bottom line.  It’s win-win for company and customer.”

 

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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, STORE CLOSURES, SHIFT CONSUMER BUYING BEHAVIOUR LEADING TO ACCELERATED DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION FOR MERCHANTS

CORONAVIRUS

Forter Issues First In A Monthly Series of Coronavirus Special Reports 


Forter, the leader in e-commerce fraud prevention, today announced the release of the Forter Special Report on the Impact of Coronavirus on Consumer and Fraudster Behaviour. The report provides merchants across industries with insight into trends seen within the $150B in transactions that Forter processes annually.

As the Coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the globe, government responses have included enforced social distancing and financial support to beleaguered economies. Merchants who sell non-essential goods have responded by closing physical stores, and in some regions also their online operations. Consumers have begun to shift their purchases, even those of essential items such as groceries, online.

The Forter Special Report tracks trends and spikes in consumer behaviour as well as innovative methods that opportunistic fraudsters take to prey on consumers during this unprecedented and unpredictable time.

“Merchants are scrambling to cut costs, reduce the impact of fraud, scale efficiently, and deliver a consistent customer experience to meet rising consumer online buying behaviour,” said Michael Reitblat, CEO and co-Founder of Forter. “The aftermath of the pandemic will accelerate digital transformation among merchants as consumer shopping habits adapt.”

Covering industries including travel, fashion and beauty, food and beverage, marketplaces, and more, The Forter Special Report uncovers consumer buying trends such as:

  • The travel industry has been extremely hard hit. Regional variations are appearing, in particular an increase in purchases of inbound international travel to China in the weeks before the country closed down inbound travel on 26 March. Data in the last month points to “optimistic travel” in which the travel date is 120 or more days following booking. Such bookings now account for 65% of travel purchases.
  • The food and beverage industry has seen a dramatic increase in online purchases. New accounts now represent 15-25% of all customer volume, compared to 5-7% prior to the pandemic. As merchants struggle to manage the increased volume and meet expectations of new customers, we are seeing an increase in service chargebacks.

Fraudsters are exploiting confusion and uncertainty caused by government and corporate policies:

  • As people adjust to working from home, Forter sees a marked increase in social engineering fraud, associated with fake emails purporting to be from HR and corporate addresses. Here fraudsters invite people to click for more information, instead taking victims to malicious sites.
  • With a shift to online shopping in Apparel and Accessories, we see an increase in gift card purchases. While a higher number of legitimate buyers usually means that fraud rates drop, gift card fraud rates have not. Fraudsters have noticed an increased demand of the completely virtual merchandise that is easy to monetise.

In its recent report, “Mitigate Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Impacts With Digital Commerce (March 2020),” Gartner asserts that “the COVID-19 outbreak will negatively impact business performance in the short term as offline activities are cancelled and online orders overwhelm delivery capacities. Application leaders can mitigate the impact and ensure continuity of operations by accelerating digital commerce initiatives.”

 

“With more consumers experiencing buying online, we expect merchants who hadn’t considered e-Commerce as a viable platform to now try it,” continued Reitblat. “Merchants that had already adopted e-Commerce struggle to meet this increase in demand. Working collaboratively from home and hiring to meet the volume create obstacles for those who manually review transactions for fraud.”

Forter’s integrated fraud prevention platform delivers real-time decisions at every point of the customer journey from account sign up and login, to purchase, and to returns. The system is tailored for each merchant based on its unique business requirements, pairing merchant feedback with Forter’s expertise.

Forter’s growing Global Merchant Network includes over 620 million consumers globally and 97% of online US consumers. Links among known consumers and those new to the network allow the platform to infer trust, resulting in higher accuracy without the need to manually review transactions and interactions.

With the Forter platform merchants can expect an up to 90% reduction in false declines, recapturing otherwise lost revenue and delivering the best possible buying experience to their consumers, with an up to 90% decrease in chargebacks due to fraudulent activity. Forter allows merchants to scale and accelerate their digital transformation strategies even in an uncertain time.

“Rules based systems by their nature look at the past and adapt to it,” said Reitblat. “New consumer behaviours, which we’re seeing across industries, as well as new fraud behaviours, are missed by these systems until they can adapt. Forter’s identity-based system authenticates the buyer, not just the behaviour.”

Together with the Special Report, Forter has also issued its Eighth Fraud Attack Index, highlighting industry trends and innovative fraud vectors, showing the evolution of fraud, comparing H2 2019 to H2 2018. The report features the continued evolution of fraud attack vectors across all customer touchpoints, demonstrating the need to protect merchants’ digital offerings at all interactions in the customer journey, from account abuse to payment abuse to policy abuse.

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