In 2016, Arion Bank established its Digital Future Accelerator as a means to deliver digitals products to its customer base and respond to competition from banks and FinTech companies. In essence, the accelerator is a 16 weeks project, where employees with the relevant expertise are co-located and their responsibility is to re-engineer a single customer journey. The team of 10-15 people are committed to this single project only during the 16 weeks and return to their daily jobs afterwards. [See in Further reading: Arion Bank Digital Future Accelerator]. Lending in the form of credit cards, overdraft limits and freezing a credit card were highly prioritized and the projects that were delivered through the Bank’s Digital Future Accelerator. One other prioritized project was Spreading a credit card bill.
Spreading a credit card bill digitally in self-service is both a time saving factor, more private and convenient for customers. Offering an end-to-end digital process also strongly signals to customers the path the Bank is on and shifts customers’ expectations on future communications with the Bank.
„Flexibility is convenient banking“ Höskuldur H. Ólafsson– CEOSome of these expectations may be transferred to other banks in Iceland. For Arion Bank, allowing customers to spread their personal credit card bill has given more room for engaging conversations with the Bank’s customers if and when they contact the Bank. The privacy factor should also not be underestimated. Being able to have control over financial flexibility in a private space without having to share financial worries to a Bank’s employee is without doubt more convenient banking.
Arion Bank‘s customers responded to this increased flexibility option with embrace. In just six months, over 80% of all credit bill spreads were performed of customers instead of contacting their branch or call center.
Accordingly, number of phone calls to the Bank’s call center have dramatically decreased, making room for the Bank’s representatives to answer other customer needs and reducing the cost for the particular service.
Over 80% of customers who need to spread their credit card bill decide to do so themselves in the app or online bank.
Such noticeable change in customer behavior is a strong confirmation of convenient banking. Arion Bank will continue to develop and implement more digital offerings intended to serve its customers better and lower operational costs in the future. As banks will presumably be under stronger pressure to decrease costs in the years to come, Arion Bank has emphasized a combination of better customer experience, intuitive design, decreased cost and new sources of revenue, where applicable. Going forward, shaping a more open banking design with internal and external APIs on top of building expertise in product design such as spreading a credit card bill an others, with an end-to-end approach in terms of documentation, is a viable strategy in an ever more competitive environment.
See also description and changes in customer behavior of other Arion Bank’s digital product offerings in the Further reading section below.
Arion Bank is a leading Icelandic bank offering universal financial services to companies, institutional investors and individuals. These services include corporate and retail banking, investment banking, capital markets services, treasury services, asset management and comprehensive wealth management for private banking clients.
Arion Bank’s balance sheet was more than 1,100 ISK billion (€8.9 billion) in 2017. Arion Bank only has operations in Iceland. Read more about Arion Bank.
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Situated in the North Atlantic Ocean between Europe and the United States, Iceland is a European country with 330,000 inhabitants. The capital and largest city is Reykjavik. Two thirds of the country's population live in the Greater Reykjavik area. Iceland, as other Nordic countries, ranks high in economic, political and social stability and equality.
Icelandic citizens are early adopters when it comes to technology and technical infrastructure is good where 97% of residentials have access to internet. Iceland ranked number six globally in terms of GDP per capita in 2016 according to the International Monetary Fund.
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