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The Global Retail Banking Innovation Awards (GRB Awards) are the pinnacle of excellence and exist to recognise the world’s leading banks that are pioneering product and service innovation.

COVID-19 will likely go down as one of the most disruptive times in financial history with millions of businesses and people having been adversely impacted. Banks, in many cases, have been conduits in helping to ease financial turbulence through the provision of low interest or emergency loans, SME support, innovation in payments and more.

Whilst the GRB 2022 Awards are for futurist banks that apply First Principle Thinking to redefine Financial Services, it is imperative that those assisting the backbones of economies in surviving the pandemic are recognised for their efforts.

The world’s leading and most definitive Retail Banking awards program will identify cutting-edge banks that blend the best technology with the power of their people to raise the bar in consumer banking.

The digital leadership race has gained significant global momentum and has more participants in 2022 than ever before. The growing influence of FinTechs and nonbanks seems an accepted fact, with legacy banks happy to collaborate with players to supercharge transformation across payments and digital. We have seen Tencent’s WeChat and Ant Financials’ Alipay become part of China’s mainstream banking industry by changing the way half a billion of its population live their financial lives. Investment in online lending platforms by both start-ups and incumbents remains significant.

In Europe, PSD2 and the open banking standards are certainly not failing to deliver by augmenting innovation and creating a more level playing field- incumbents have responded well to the challenge. Despite the scarcity of a regulatory mandate, Open Banking is catching on in other parts of the world.

The retail banking industry is rapidly embracing a mobile-centric customer experience. Investments in mobile technologies have increased measurably, with Asia Pacific leading the world in the fast adoption of digital banking.

Fewer than 20% of executives feel well prepared for the future whilst 55% view non-traditional players as a threat to traditional banks.

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Being a honouree of The Digital Banker and Global Private Banker sets organisations and individuals apart – we recognise the world’s preeminent banks and their executives that are at the cutting edge of innovation and their profession. These are the players that raise the bar in service excellence, offer superior products, embrace technology and digital disruption to re-invent the industry.

The Digital Banker awards and recognition programs are substantiated by a legacy of editorial accuracy and integrity. Our global readers of The Digital Banker and Global Private Banker magazines depend on them as the authoritative standard of excellence and innovation for the financial industry.

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With the addition of several new awards and a digital banking flagship category, this is the most up to date awards program reflective of the latest retail banking transformation in the landscape. With numerous new digital entrants, the MRB Awards have added new categories to assess the world’s best digital banks and digital entrants.

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Key Findings

Technology powering the next wave of growth

Intuitively, banks are also looking to expand their digital footprint at their physical branches to complement and ensure consistency of service across channels while optimising their channel strategy. A case in point is Scotiabank’s e-Teller initiative launched in 14 key markets in South America including the Caribbean. The e-Teller system is effectively a screen next to a human teller, where the customer can access his/her account using a biometrics scan and begin to avail in-branch services. In Chile in particular e-Teller was the first to leverage facial recognition enabling customers to avoid having to resort to their physical debit cards or PIN pads in order to gain access.

Streamlining account opening processes by leveraging digital identification

On the account opening and customer onboarding front “Kept” by Krungsri Bank (Thailand) stood ahead of its peers by introducing a simple, speedy, and paperless onboarding experience that is self-service driven. Launched in July, 2020 new-to-bank customers are in a position to open their first digital savings accounts on-the-go within 5 minutes without the requirement of a wet signature as identity verification is completed by leveraging Thailand’s blockchain based National Digital ID infrastructure (NDID).

Reimagining the mobile banking experience to drive customer engagement

Financial institutions realise the importance and value of maintaining customer-focus on a superior digital CX to drive client advocacy. A case in point is Canada’s CIBC that has assiduously incorporated user feedback so that internal project teams overseeing new product launches or service enhancements can finetune as needed. The bank extensively utilises market research, business intelligence and customer reviews & UX research data points and ideation workshops to address challenges in realising successful customer journeys around acquisition, onboarding, servicing, communication and money management .

Developing pandemic- ready solutions

Another critical priority for financial institutions across all markets has been the ability to digitally support customers during the challenging Covid-19 period particularly as businesses and consumers alike struggled with the lockdowns and ensuing waves of the novel coronavirus. A standout is U.S. Bank in the United States that saw an opportunity to service customers effectively through its COVID DIY assistant program platform that handled more than 51 thousand requests via the bank’s online banking and mobile app facilities for its Consumer Loan, Line and Lease customers.

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Belief Statement

With co-judges from KPMG, EY, PWC, Deloitte, Forrester and other instrumental subject matter experts– endorsement for winners is globally acclaimed. They are also the world’s most authoritative and transparently judged private wealth awards.

Our judging process follows a numerical and quantitative methodology with specific weighting given to; digital innovation, digital ecosystems, customer experience, financial performance and leadership strategy.

Innovation
Weights 25%
Engagement
Weights 25%
Personalisation
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User Experience
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                      Amid economic activity revival on the back of the Covid-19 vaccine program, organisations moving from business continuity plans to stable working environments, together with the slightest improvement in unemployment numbers, forced the world to adjust to new realities. Coming to terms with the “new normal”, global investors are now on the look-out for attractive and stable investment opportunities.

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