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Today is Earth Day, and what better way to celebrate than to take a look at fintechs helping out the environment by promoting eco-friendly habits. Here we feature companies with technology that saves trees by reducing the amount of paper used in the industry.
We’ve rounded up a handful of environmentally friendly fintechs in three categories: digital invoicing, paper-free mortgages, digital receipt printing, and paperless onboarding.
By taking the invoicing process digital, small businesses not only save paper, they can also save time and potentially receive payment faster, freeing up working capital they can put back into their operations.
Paper.id provides SMEs with invoicing tools and payment integration. The company offers tools to help businesses issue their invoices digitally and receive payment via electronic payment methods. Paper.id demoed at FinovateFall 2018
Charlie-India’sInvoicing Hub is a white label e-invoicing platform for banks and service providers. The tools allow SME bank clients to send, view, process, and pay their invoices within the bank’s online interface. Charlie-India demoed at FinovateEurope 2018.
Tradeshift offers an e-invoicing service that connects companies with suppliers, customers and partners. Among the applications available on the platform are e-invoicing, electronic purchase orders, and automated document validation. Tradeshift demoed at FinovateEurope 2012.
Mortgage technology is one of the last frontiers in fintech. Regulation and oversight have made the home-buying process somewhat resistant to disruption. In the past few years, however, we’ve seen a handful of startups working to digitize the mortgage process, removing the need for hundreds of sheets of paper required to close a home loan.
Namaste Credit is an India-based startup that serves as an online marketplace for mortgage loans. The service connects borrowers with relevant lenders to help them find the loan that best suits their circumstance. Namaste Credit demoed at FinovateFall 2018.
Tavant Technologies offers VELOX, a suite of digital products ranging from searching for a home to closing on the loan. VELOX completely automates the process, making compliance more efficient and reducing the need for paper. Tavant Technologies demoed at FinovateSpring 2017.
Roostify seeks to give consumers a better way to find and purchase a home. The company’s digital platform offers everything from digital customer onboarding to transparent, digital fulfillment to help lenders offer their clients a more efficient mortgage borrowing experience. Roostify demoed at FinovateSpring 2018.h
Digital receipt printing
Many retailers ask customers if they want to keep their receipt, but even if the answer is “no” the cashier still prints the receipt and throws it in the trash behind the counter. Digital receipt printing eliminates both the paper– and the awkward line of questioning– all together by sending the customer an email receipt.
Dream Payments’ cloud-based platform offers a mobile POS device that not only accepts debit and credit cards, but also provides analytics, reports, and gives customers digital receipts. Dream Payments demoed at FinovateSpring 2015.
CardFlight offers an API that allows merchants to accept online and offline payments within their own app. The company’s encrypted mobile magstripe reader, combined with its API, offer flexibility while keeping payments– and receipts– digital. CardFlight demoed at FinovateSpring 2013.
ShopKeep’s POS technology takes a merchant’s cash register to an iPad. The register accepts a range of payments, from magstripe, to EMV, to Apple Pay; plus provides inventory management tools and purchase reporting analytics. The company’s mobile checkout flow also offers a paper-free, email receipt option. ShopKeep demoed at FinovateFall 2012.
Considered a must for millennials, paperless onboarding not only speeds up the application process, it also reduces errors, eases compliance, and eliminates the need for in-person bank visits.
Five Degrees specializes in core banking technology. The company’s Matrix offering helps banks provide SMEs a fully automated, paperless loan onboarding experience. The paperless process lowers cost for both parties while expediting funds. Five Degrees demoed at FinovateAsia 2017.
Quadient, formerly GMC Software, helps organizations create a better customer experience. The company’s Mobile Advantage solution is an omni-channel tool that offers digital statements and billing, paperless onboarding, and client e-signature. In addition to improving the customer experience, this combination speeds up workflows and reduces error. Quadient demoed at FinovateFall 2017.
Mitek combines digital onboarding with identity verification tools. The company helps banks authenticate an applicant’s ID document and combines this with additional identifying paperwork. The supplemental documents not only verify the customer’s identity, but also provide additional information that can be used in loan underwriting to create a more complete picture of the applicant’s financial state. Mitek demoed at FinovateFall 2017.
As Finovate goes increasingly global, so does our coverage of financial technology. Finovate Global: Fintech News from Around the World is our weekly look at fintech innovation in developing economies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.
Digicro receives $300,000 in funding to help fuel its entry to the mobile microfinance market in Cambodia.
Monetary Authority of Singapore considers strengthening oversight of bank outsourcing.
Fintech News Malaysia looks at the challenges of transitioning toward a cashless society.
Quadientannounces partnership with South Africa’s Beehive Online Solutions.
TechNext looks at the lessons Nigeria can learn from the success of Kenya’s M-Akiba investment mobile app.
All Africa reports on the increased use of mobile money in Tanzania.
Central and Eastern Europe
Sberbanklaunches its first IT Demo Day in partnership with 500 Startups.
Romania’s Oney Bank partners with Wirecard to bring additional functionality to its mobile app.
Sberbank and its subsidiary Sberbank Technology unveil open source-based communications platform for developers, engineers, and architects.
Middle East and Northern Africa
Oman-based bank Sohar International integrates biometric authentication into its mobile banking app.
Emirates NBD introduces The LaunchPad to help startups connect with angel and early-stage investors.
Morocco-based CFG Bank choosesKony to help drive its digital transformation.
Central and South Asia
India’s Federal Bank goes live with its open banking platform.
Finca Impact Finance Tajikistan launches search for a new core banking system.
Inc.42 features5 Trends in Fintech You Will See in 2019 in India.
Latin America and the Caribbean
Brazil’s largest bank, Itau Unibanco, leverages AI-powered cameras to suspicious behaviors in branches.
Scotiabank and The Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudious Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) unveil new accelerator, Factory A, in Mexico City.
Argentina’s Banco Columbia implementsVisa Loyalty Solutions en route to its digital transformation.
Customer communications management specialist Quadientreleased a tool today that helps mid-sized insurers deliver personalized claims correspondence to customers across channels. Quadient Correspondence is a subscription-based, SaaS solution that helps insurers make the move to digital without requiring in-house IT expertise.
The new tool works with a company’s existing claims system and because it offers a pre-loaded library of insurance-specific content as well as pre-built workflows, it processes claims faster than traditional methods. Agents can make communication templates in less than one hour, create customized correspondence in less than one minute, make approvals in less than one hour, onboard new employees in less than a day, and communicate via print and digital channels instantly.
To maximize time saved, Quadient Correspondence’s pre-loaded content offers the most commonly used claims templates that are pre-approved for regulatory compliance. The templates are also able to be edited, if needed, to suit specific circumstances.
“The claims process is the most expensive and important customer touchpoint insurers have, and often the moment of truth in an insurer-consumer relationship,” said Tamir Sigal, chief marketing officer at Quadient. “[Quadient Correspondence] is a robust solution that finally enables smaller insurance organizations to operate like a Tier One enterprise, enabling immediate claims process improvement consumers will appreciate.”
Quadient rebranded from GMC Software last fall, and in a demo at FinovateEurope earlier this year, showed how banks can leverage AI. In a report earlier this fall, Ovum listed the Switzerland-based company as a Top Customer Journey Mapping Vendor.