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DAS delivers with innovative strategy

DAS delivered positive results despite the challenges posed by the civil justice reform and its aftermath. This shows that insurers can remain successful even when exploring new waters, as long as they are willing to seek out opportunities.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jun 2014
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Nationwide uses mobile app to boost saving

Nationwide has become the first UK provider to add login-free functionality for balance checks and transfers to savings accounts to its mobile app. Reducing the friction associated with these tasks will significantly improve the user experience.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jun 2014
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Barclays: expanding at home, retrenching abroad

Barclays Wealth has made a strategic decision to expand in the UK and scale back its international operations. Yet the UK wealth market is highly competitive - improving global economic confidence means Barclays may be missing opportunities elsewhere.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jun 2014
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Tesco current account solid but underwhelming

Tesco Bank's eagerly awaited entry into the UK current account market has been an anticlimax. While its current account offering is certainly competitive, it fails to do anything new and is no game changer.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jun 2014
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Commercial brokers slow to counter online threat

While nobody denies that online purchasing is growing within the commercial insurance space, brokers could be more proactive in tapping into this behavior rather than sitting back and watching change play out.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jun 2014
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PLA Innovation of the Week: a new fabric softener that lets you "switch" your scent between washings

With new Downy Parfum Collection Scent Switcher concentrate fabric conditioner, simply rubbing or moving clothing after using the product "switches" the scent to a second fragrance right up until the next wash. New in Malaysia and the Philippines, this product is the Datamonitor Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jun 2014
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RSA rising in a profitable home insurance market

Despite increasingly competitive conditions the home insurance market was more profitable in 2013 than in 2012, suggesting no end is in sight for softening rates. RSA particularly stands out for its growth and improved combined operating ratio (COR).

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jun 2014
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Does "rare sugar" have the potential to rescue soft drink markets worldwide?

Kiss enough frogs and eventually you will find a prince. Soft drink makers thought they found one with stevia, with Coca-Cola going as far as replacing regular Sprite with a stevia-sweetened version in the UK during 2013. However, this has not delivered a much-needed sales turnaround, suggesting that the frog kissing will continue, with Japan's so-called "rare sugars" now angling for a smooch.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jun 2014
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Octopus tackles online payments

With new payment technologies threatening the relevance of stored value payment services, in Hong Kong Octopus is expanding its reach into online payments.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2014
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Access to underwriters more important than commissions

Access to underwriters is the service aspect most sought after by commercial lines brokers ahead of sector expertise and competitive commissions. Commercial insurers looking for growth should take heed.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2014

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