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Embedded Finance: The End of Traditional Banking

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The role, place, and attitude of banks have changed throughout history. In the past, people did not require much from the bank. It was just a place to store money safely. However, today in the 21st century, people have much more expectations. Thus traditional banks have to transform to survive. So what is actually wrong with conventional banking?

(1)  Too much bureaucracy and inflexibility. Doing paperwork, and visiting brick and mortar banks to do simple financial transactions sounds so outdated. Instead, customers seek simple, easy, and direct digital solutions to satisfy their needs.

(2) They do not longer fit the expectations of the new generations of the customers. For example, Gen Z is much more digitally savvy than Millennials. No wonder why there is a statement that “millennials are tech-savvy, while Gen Z’s are tech native.”

(3)   Price. High costs for maintaining the brick and mortar branches are reflected in the higher tariffs of the traditional banks. It becomes much more difficult for them to face the competition in these conditions.

What is Wrong with Traditional Banking and Why is the Plastic Card System Dying?

The New Reality of the Financial Market

As a result of the reasons mentioned above, more than 4,000 branches of the banks have closed since March 2020 in the United States. Moreover, it is essential to say that the pace of branch closings has doubled from the beginning of the pandemics, from 99 closings per month to 201 closings per month.

In addition, according to the research of PWC, 32% of people in the United States claim that they do not longer conduct their business in brick-and-mortar branches, moving everything online. If such a pace continues, likely, the bank branches will soon become extinct. The statistics prove it.

For example, according to the study by Self Inc, if the same trends remain in place, all the brick and mortar banks will be closed by 2034 in the United States. In addition, more than half of Americans believe that the number of online banks will be larger than the number of traditional banks in the future.

However, the problem is not only about outdated banks but also about outdated payment methods. POS terminals and plastic cards no longer provide the most direct and comfortable payment experience of the available alternatives.

To have fully functional POS terminals, it is necessary to develop them, certify them, introduce them within each country individually, to clear and finally sell them. On the other side, using a plastic card system is also not ecological and not always comfortable.

However, why pay for a POS terminal and its maintenance if the ordinary smartphone can replace it? Also, why carry a card if it is possible to pay for the goods or services by phone?

Embedded Finance: The Trend to Follow

The market constantly adapts to the needs of the market and the needs of the people. Thus, no wonder why simple and efficient embedded finance appeared as an alternative to conservative, traditional banking.

Embedded finance allows adapting to the user experiences within any industry (for example, retail, accounting, technology, transportation, etc.), allowing any company to become a banker.

The potential of embedded finance is excellent, and according to statistics, its market value is going to reach 7.2 trillion US dollars by 2030 globally. Besides, according to predictions, only the United States, it will generate more than $230 billion by 2025.

Benefits of Embedded Finance Solutions

Overall, the incorporation of embedded finance payment solutions is widespread since it can help to:

  • increase revenue streams;
  • digitalize and automate the offering;
  • decrease the costs of transactions;
  • improve the reputation of the brand;
  • increase ROI;
  • advance operational excellence;
  • enhance industry expertise;
  • achieve a better customer experience.

There are many different options for embedding financial services into the business. The most popular are fintech as a service, trading and investments, integrated insurance services, buy now, pay later (BNPL) services, and point-of-service lending.

Who are the Leaders of the Market?

Amazon

The biggest e-commerce company has a range of embedded finance services and products within its portfolio. They are merchant services, products in lending, payment, insurance, prepaid cards, store/credit value cards, and many others. In other words, the company combines the services of fintech and conventional banks. The fintech portfolio of Amazon is a success story in the domain of embedded finance.

Samsung

Samsung is one of the largest manufacturers of smartphones and home appliances. So it stepped into a FinTech market with a variety of different solutions. They are mobile wallet Samsung Pay, digital banking account Samsung Money, cryptocurrency Samsung Blockchain Wallet, digital identification Samsung Digital ID, and progressive payment acceptance method Samsung mPOS.

Besides, in 2020 the company partnered with Curve to promote its debit card Samsung Pay Card.

Google

The multinational technology, and advertising company with a specialization in Internet services. It created a very successful project Google Pay, an online payment system and digital wallet platform for in-person, online, and in-app purchases on mobile devices that allows users to make payments with tablets, phones, and watches. Besides, Google has partnered with Target and Safeway to help users browse the weekly deals on groceries within the Google Pay app.

Uber

Global mobility as a service provider. The company created the financial product Uber Money. It is mainly designed for providing financial services to the drivers of the platform. It also offers the drivers the possibility of making instant payments or having digital wallets and credit cards to ensure accurate and timely payments.

Tesla

American electric vehicle and clean energy company. Tesla offers its customer’s insurance service when purchasing a car. Thanks to the successful launching of its payment system for insurance, the company announced an ambitious plan to become one of the largest insurers in the United States.

Other embedded finance companies

The list could be prolonged, and include numerous other companies, including but not limited to Alipay, WeChat Pay, Apple Pay, Klarna, WhatsApp Pay, AfterPay, Affirm, Stripe, Finastra, Temenos, Treezor, Monzo, Ikea, Starbucks, Wallmart, Mercedez-Benz, and many others.

All these companies make a solid competition to traditional banking, forcing the latter to transform their business model into a more open and flexible one.

What is the Future of Embedded Finance

Making precise predictions about embedded finance is a difficult, but still an important task. For example, the neobank “N26” spokesperson rightly commented the following regarding the future of embedded finance. He stated: “Personalization will become more important, and artificial intelligence will make it possible to offer banking products tailored to individual needs, at better prices.”

Of course, the embedded finance services will not be implemented worldwide overnight. The process of transformation of the financial industry would happen step by step and would take years since the payment industry is conservative. Still, the direction of transformation is clear.

Besides, it is expected that the new players in the financial market will not fully replace banks. However, they would pose significant competition, offering the financial industry new ways and opportunities for development.

Where to Get Embedded Finance Solutions

Implementation of embedded finance solutions is a complex and multi-dimensional task. Thus, it is necessary to be careful and attentive with the choice of the solution provider. 42flows.tech Company has profound knowledge and many years of experience in the sphere of integrations, being a highly reliable and progressive technology partner. Thus, we offer:

–        assistance in selecting the solution that would fit our customers the best;

–        description of the key processes;

–        integration of all the processes based on different financial service providers.

In other words, 42flows.tec is ready to offer effective and tailored solutions that would provide a competitive advantage to our customers, modernizing their digital infrastructure, bringing business growth and new sources of revenue.

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Nelia Holovina is a Senior Content Writer at 42flows.tech, a Ukrainian IT company that develops custom technical solutions and streamlined banking integrations.

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6 Ways to Prepare Your Business for the Upcoming Holidays

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The holiday season can be incredibly disruptive, especially for small businesses and their customers. You could either be in a very slow season looking for things to accomplish or so overwhelmed by business that you feel like you got run over by a reindeer. If you haven’t started making preparations yet, you need to start today.

Simple adjustments can help you gain more business or handle a heavy influx of holiday patrons. Here are several ideas you can consider implementing to end the year on a high note:

1. Decorate With Holiday Spirit

Any customer that enters your business will feel the holiday spirit if you’ve got the right decorations in place. You don’t have to go overboard with inflatable pumpkins or flashing Christmas tree lights, but some well-placed decorative touches can really bring the place together. Plus, this makes the workspace festive for your employees as well.

You can choose to highlight the general themes of the seasons or focus on specific holidays. For example, autumn leaves and fall colors can get you well into November. You could also mix things up by putting up ghosts and jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween and switching them out for turkeys and pilgrims for Thanksgiving.

The same can be done for winter. Snowflakes and snowmen will work for the entire season. If you want to get specific, you have Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s decorations to consider.

2. Work Out Employee Vacation Times

Everyone wants to take time off during the holidays, and for good reason. This is one of the best times of year to gather with family and enjoy life together. Unfortunately, some businesses can’t afford to have all of their employees taking time off simultaneously. Your job is to make sure everyone is getting fair time off while still staffing important dates around the holiday season.

How you approach this task is up to you and how you think your team will respond best. You might think it’s fair to let the most tenured employees select their days off first. You could also develop a rotation so that the same people don’t hog the same days off every year. Even a first-come, first-served approach could be considered if you think your team will be OK with it.

Remember that you deserve to take some time off as well. Being an entrepreneur is incredibly demanding and time-consuming. Taking even a couple of days off to enjoy the holidays with family can help you recover mentally and physically.

3. Encourage Calendar Collaboration Among Team Members

To ensure everyone on your team is on the same page with project deadlines, essential meetings and events, and client needs, it’s essential to collaborate on a team calendar. Most calendar software today offers team calendars.

Make sure everyone on your team has access to one another’s calendar so they are aware of when they are available. Then, team members can collaborate to help each other take on things that could otherwise be missed.

Thankfully, there are many collaborative calendar integrations available for teams to utilize in order to maximize their time. By utilizing these tools, teams can work more efficiently together. Therefore, they can minimize the chances of missing deadlines, missing meetings, or making clients unhappy.

4. Make Holiday Business Hours Known

Your customers also deserve to know how your business will operate throughout the upcoming holidays. You should communicate in advance the days you plan on being closed. This way, customers and clients won’t be disappointed when they try to visit, and nobody is there to receive them.

This is extremely important for schedule-based businesses. The sooner you block off certain days, the less likely you will have to reschedule a meeting or appointment that was booked in advance. Clients who have their end-of-year scheduled meetings rearranged or moved at the last minute will not be happy.

Consider sending out an email that details your holiday hours to any customers who have provided contact information to you. Additionally, you could also consider adding a note on your email signature that states when your business will be closed. You could implement this early on, especially for the winter holidays. At the very least, put up a notice on your front door and website that makes the revised schedule known and accessible.

5. Plan Marketing and Promotions

The holiday season is for family and friends, of course, but it’s also a commercial opportunity for businesses. (There’s a reason they call the day after Thanksgiving “Black Friday.”) While you shouldn’t lose sight of what’s most important, your business should be thinking about some promotions to run. The right marketing campaign at the right time can dramatically boost your revenue.

Marketing plans practically write themselves this time of year. Black Friday and Christmas sales are common and desirable. A salon could run cut-price haircut specials on Black Friday for those who want to escape the shopping fray. A mani-pedi promotion could capture the attention of those primping for holiday parties. Put your business’s personal twist on the season, and you’re likely to see sales increase.

What’s most important to prepare for is the increase in business during a holiday promotion. Make sure you are appropriately staffed for busy days with numerous consumers cashing in on holiday deals. If you’re not prepared to handle the business you’ve attracted, you’ll have a blue Christmas.

6. Consider Getting Extra Help

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of the business coming your way over the holidays, consider contracting some extra help. Plenty of businesses hire seasonal workers to lend them a hand for a couple of months. Your business doesn’t have to be an exception.

The great thing about seasonal workers is that there’s no long-term commitment. You can get an extra receptionist, hair stylist, or stockroom organizer for just as long as you need. These workers are looking for some extra holiday cash and simply want the additional hours before life returns to normal.

You may even consider contracting some digital help. A webmaster can help you keep your website up and running even with double the online traffic. Your clever marketing strategy could be implemented by a third party so you can focus more fully on your customers.

Closing Thoughts

Of all the above steps, the most important common denominator is to be sure your clients and customers are aware of when your business will be out, so they can plan ahead as well. This will help your business avoid the inconvenience and disappointment the unavailability may cause. Be sure to encourage in-house collaboration on important dates, in addition to collaborating externally with your clients and customers.

Keep your business on the nice list by being prepared for every upcoming holiday, whether it’s the longer holiday breaks in the winter or the shorter holidays throughout the year. With the above holiday preparation planning tips, your business can plan well ahead for this holiday season so nothing slips through the cracks.

Though it’s an extremely busy time for everyone, the holiday season doesn’t have to get stressful. There are so many ways to avoid all of the stress by planning well. The better you work together to prepare, the jollier the holiday season can be for your business and your customers as we head into the 2023 new year.

You might not feel entirely ready for 2023 just yet, and that’s fine. But by taking steps to prepare for the new year now, you’ll position your business to succeed beyond your expectations.

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Face Supply Chain Disruptions : Work Smarter, Not Harder

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Supply chain disruptions are nothing new. However, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain disruptions have become more common. At first, these issues caused major shortages throughout the country. Now, shortages are still occurring along with inefficient shipping processes.

These issues have forced business owners to struggle with ways to stay afloat. Delays, interruptions, and cancellations have made it nearly impossible to keep up with demand while avoiding wasteful spending.

However, some things simply aren’t within your grasp when it comes to supply chain disruptions. On the other hand, you can work smarter to address them. You’re responsible for how your business responds to these disruptions, and with better approaches, things will run more smoothly.

With that in mind, let’s look at how your business can deal with supply chain disruptions. You can create a sense of hope in this digital world as things slowly start to return to normal and the supply chain issues start to balance out.

Use Data Analytics to Survive Supply Chain Disruptions

Collecting clean data and putting it to use can improve everything from customer service to your marketing endeavors. It can also be used to mitigate the effects of a supply chain crisis. Developing innovative data solutions can keep your business afloat and even help it grow during uncertain conditions.

Different Data Methods for Supply Chain Disruptions

To start using data to your advantage during supply chain disruptions, consider these methods:

  • Take a look at demand trends. You can look at customer orders and purchasing trends over the last year. This will give you a better idea of how much to order and how often to counteract supply chain disruptions.
  • Organize your data. This also makes it easy to look at your current inventory and open order allocations. You can compare your inventory and orders with data provided by production teams or vendors to create a realistic timeline of when things will arrive or when they can be shipped out to customers.
  • Pay attention to demand volatility. People aren’t necessarily hoarding items as they did at the beginning of the pandemic. However, there are still some things consumers are regularly purchasing to prepare themselves for the future. As you look at data relating to the current supply of popular products, as well as data from the manufacturers, it will be easier to keep a steady flow of those products in stock.

While looking at data might not sound like an immediate plan of action during turbulent times, it’s easier to make positive changes and work smarter in the face of supply chain disruptions when you have the right information.

Build Your Brand to Withstand Supply Chain Disruptions

It’s difficult to focus on anything but the supply chain issues affecting so many businesses right now. However, retting over those issues isn’t going to get you anywhere. By shifting your focus and putting your energy into supply chain disruptions, your business can move forward.

Building a brand isn’t easy, which is why it requires a lot of time, attention, and focus. Taking this time to hone in on your marketing is a great way to make your business more of a household name. That kind of brand recognition is exactly what companies need right now to stay afloat when supply chain disruptions occur. You can build your brand awareness and identity (stickeryou dot com), in a variety of ways, including:

  • Defining your company values
  • Understanding your audience
  • Determining what sets your business apart
  • Creating brand guidelines

Once you have a strategy in place to grow your brand, utilize things like logo creation, social media, and special events to grow your name and help your customers understand who you are.

Build Consumer Relationships Despite Supply Chain Disruptions

Even if you’re facing supply chain issues, you can build relationships and establish trust with consumers. Today’s consumers desire relationships with businesses more than ever before, so it’s okay to show the “human” side of your brand as often as possible. That can make it easier to provide positive customer service experiences when you’re facing product shortages and delays.

Communication with your customers is one of the best ways to deal with frustrations over delays and supply chain issues, so be transparent. Make it a part of your identity. When you make sure your audience knows about the issues you’re facing and keep them updated about shipping information (including delays), they’re more likely to be understanding and patient.

Prepare to Handle Disruptions to Your Supply Chain

Supply chain disruptions are all but inevitable. Make sure your business has a backup plan and is prepared to deal with them when they arise.

If you don’t have one already, consider establishing an emergency management center within your business. Once you have a team in place, you can offer them previously collected supply chain data and create a plan of action. This will make it easier for them to create an effective strategy while reducing the risk of miscommunication that’s often associated with supply chain disruptions.

You should also create a backup plan that incorporates the existing suppliers that can adapt with you when disruptions happen. It should also include technology exploration. Tech, such as AI, can make a big difference in the future of your business – even if it forces you to change some of your existing supply chain processes.

Be Patient During Supply Chain Disruptions

Additionally, try to be patient when disruptions occur. This isn’t the first time the world has seen supply chain issues, but they’re more unsettling now since there’s no end in sight. As someone involved in business, take heart in knowing these delays and disruptions won’t last forever.

In the meantime, focus on working smarter, not harder — to navigate supply chain disruptions. By mitigating some of the issues, being smart with data collection, and focusing on boosting the strength of other areas of your business, you’ll be able to get through these disruptions more comfortably. You may even come out on the other side with more resiliency and knowledge.

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Holiday Gift List Ideas; Keep ’em Coming

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Here are a few Holiday Gift List Ideas. It is always fantastic to hear from people who are excited about their gift-giving lists and who have some unique ideas to share. I have a few of these items — but I’d love to hear what other gifts you have loved, either for yourself or items you have gifted. This list has something for mom, dad, brother, sister, neighbor, and the kiddos. Enjoy!

  1. Infinity X1

InfinityX1

The Infinity X1 products include flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, auto lights, work lights, and many other items that you will want to add to your lighting needs. This is sustainable power management. These flashlights are very bright, and they last a long time. You will want to keep one in your car, home, and toolbag.

 

2. Miko AI

 

 

 

 

Miko AI
Miko AI

The Miko.ai is the perfect blend of logic and magic. It can see, hear, and remember, and it senses a child’s moods. I got this for the kiddos for the holidays. I will report what I learn. Miko AI keeps giving you new content and capabilities each month with ever-evolving experiences.

 

3. Pit Command

Pit Command
Pit Command

The Pit Command tool is built for medium fires. It is made of carbon steel construction, so it is strong and lightweight at the same time. This is really a three-in-one tool. It has an axe-like chopper and a serrated hook, but the most fun is the poker that everyone loves. Guaranteed quality, free shipping, and free returns.

 

4. Get The Fort

Get The Fort
Get The Fort

We have the Get The Fort at home. The quality is incredible, and everyone loves it. You can use these fort blocks in adult exercises while the kids are playing with them too. We have the gray — but I’m getting the turquoise next.

 

5.  NOCO Boost Pro

NOCO Boost Pro
NOCO Boost Pro

NOCO Boost Pro feels like I’ve purchased the most safety that one person can give another. Leave this wonderful power bank in your car so that you can start your own car or help out someone in distress. It has up to 40 jump start on a single charge. Rugged and water resistant. GB150 3000 Amp 12-Volt UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter Box, Car Battery Booster Pack, Portable Power Bank Charger, and Jumper Cables for up to 9-Liter Gasoline and 7-Liter Diesel Engines

 

6. Narwal Robot Mop

Narwal Robot Mop System
Narwal Robot Mop System

The Narwal Robot Mop System intelligently detects how dirty the mops are and sanitizes them in a high-speed spinning using the exact amount of water needed. It also senses how dirty your room is and sends the unit around again if needed.

 

7. SureCall Boost Cell Signal

 

 

SureCall Boost Cell Signal
SureCall Boost Cell Signal

There is nothing like the SureCall Boost Cell Signal System. If you have ever experienced delays in your cell service — especially in the mountains or out on the beach area — you will want this system. There is nothing like reliable service, especially if you work from home and your teammates depend on your work being turned in on time. When you have others depend on communication from you — you’ll want SureCall Boost Cell Signal.

8. AquaSonic

 

AquaSonic
AquaSonic

The AquaSonic is backed by the American Dental Association seal of approval. This means that you are using the gold standard for oral care. This electric, ultrasonic toothbrush is fun to use. My dentist told me to get this toothbrush and leave it in the shower and use it there. It even comes in black for a nice modern touch.

 

9. Iottie 4 in one device

If you have a Tesla 3 or Model Y vehicle — you have going to want this electric charger. You can charge up to four devices at the same time. It has seamless installation and doesn’t take up storage space. This charger has a classy design as you would expect. Here are the specs:

2 USB-A ports for charging devices
2 USB-C ports for fast charging & data transfer where available
Wide device compatibility
Minimalist design
Made exclusively for Tesla Models 3 & Y manufactured in 2021 and later

10. BC Wireless Lite

BC Wireless Lite
BC Wireless Lite

Unlike traditional headphones, BC Wireless lite uses bone conduction technology to transmit sound via the cheekbones. This technology leaves ears open to the surrounding sounds. Audio is set to an appropriate volume, ensuring safe levels of listening to the child.

11. myFirst Camera Insta Wi

myFirst Camera Insta Wi
myFirst Camera Insta Wi

myFirst Camera Insta Wi is a dual-lens digital camera with a front and rear selfie lens that is capable of inkless thermal instant printing in 10 seconds. Also able to transfer photos wirelessly and has a dedicated mobile application for label editing/creation, and lastly, the cradle is provided to rest your little cute device.

 

12. BuddyPhones Play

BuddyPhones Play
BuddyPhones Play

BuddyPhones Play+, Wireless Bluetooth Volume-Limiting Kids Headphones, 20-Hours Battery Life, 3 Volume Settings, Voice Enhancing StudyMode, Answer/Playback Button, BuddyLink Cable, Cool Blue. Kids will love the easy-to-use, on-ear headphones while being driven from home to school and on family trips. Hop on Amazon and see additional items like these for your kids. For girls and boys ages 2 to 10 years old to enjoy flexible connectivity

 

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