Mid Missouri Credit Union wins its campaign for consumer attention

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Quimson Jennifer Quimson is the Marketing Coordinator at Bluepoint Solutions and oversees the company’s customer communications including newsletters, email campaigns, social media channels, and resource development. Quimson holds a master’… Web: www.bluepointsolutions.com Details Savvy credit unions are using the evolution of traditional branches and omni-channel banking as an opportunity to flex their muscles and take on much bigger financial institutions. Mid Missouri CU ($214 million, 26,000 members), met the challenge by boldly expanding its digital services, while enriching personal connections to their members and communities in a way big banks find hard to match. They are successfully combining key digital services like remote deposit capture (RDC) with a “branch of the future” strategy that both caters to member convenience and lowers branch operating costs.A key component of their strategy is QwikDeposit ToGo, the mobile RDC solution from Bluepoint Solutions. Since the launch in December 2014, mobile adoption has boomed—30% in the first six months. According to Bryan Gentle, IT Director, “Our goal with RDC and our new mobile app was to provide members with mobile access to everything they can do online and more, including opening subaccounts, changing names, adding nicknames for accounts, paying bills, and depositing checks. Our new online and mobile banking platform opened many new doors for our members…we’ve received nothing but positive feedback.”Like other credit unions, Mid Missouri also struggles to balance mobile initiatives with more traditional investments, such as branch and ATM networks. Mr. Gentle pointed out that adding a new mobile banking platform and RDC was a significant investment that was easily justified when they considered the cost of teller transactions in the branch versus through the mobile channel. According to Javelin, mobile deposits are drastically more cost effective—the industry average for branch deposit is $4.25, while the same deposit via a mobile device is only about $0.10.Mr. Gentle added, “In everything we do, we try to make our member experience as simple and great as we can. Now that our members are doing so much through our digital channels, we are free to cut down on branch operations and redirect our efforts to other ways to help members when they do come into the branch.”And Mid Missouri’s advice to other credit unions? Lose the ‘we are a small hometown financial institution and there’s no way we can offer everything the big players can,’ and the ‘that’s how things have always been done’ mentality. Can a credit union offer every feature that some national banks can? No. Can they come close, and do a better job of making our member’s experience more personal? Yes, and for Mid Missouri, the upswing in mobile engagement is proving it.last_img read more

New York blasts Amazon for firing employee during COVID-19 emergency

first_imgAmazon didn’t immediately comment on the letter. The unions also called for independent monitors to investigate whether Amazon facilities adhered to guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for social distancing during the pandemic.As coronavirus cases pop up in Amazon’s 800,000-strong workforce, some employees in warehouses across the country have expressed concerns about the company’s commitment to their safety. Workers at sites in Chicago and near Detroit walked off the job after the Staten Island protest.Amazon has said it ramped up cleaning in its facilities and is sending home, with pay, people diagnosed with Covid-19 and those who they came into close contact with. It has also temporarily boosted wages and overtime payments, and said employees can take unpaid time off without penalty through the end of April.The firing of Smalls had already drawn responses from other New York officials. On Monday, New York State Attorney General Letitia James said her office is “considering all legal options” in response to the termination, which she called “immoral and inhumane,” and is urging the National Labor Relations Board to investigate. On Tuesday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he had ordered the city’s Commission on Human Rights to “investigate Amazon immediately” to determine if Smalls was retaliated against.The AFL-CIO is the main US labor federation, with 55 unions that together represent 12.5 million people. The letter is also signed by presidents of five of the largest US unions, including the Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union.Those two unions, which aren’t part of the AFL-CIO, together represent about 3 million more workers. The document is a sign of union leaders’ increasing focus on Amazon as a key target and reflects greater cooperation within the labor movement as they take on the behemoth firm.Amazon and labor groups have a frosty relationship. The retailer has managed to avoid organized labor in its ranks in the US, even as it grew into the country’s second-largest private employer in the US. A similar group of unions in February asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Amazon’s market power. Amazon.com’s firing of a walkout organizer has spurred criticism and calls for reinstatement by the largest labor groups in the US. Labor leaders and dozens of New York state and city elected officials urged Amazon to reinstate Chris Smalls, the leader of a walkout Monday over health and safety conditions at the company’s Staten Island, New York warehouse.Smalls was fired after the protest, in which workers asked Amazon to close the facility for cleaning after cases of Covid-19 were confirmed within its ranks. Amazon said Smalls was dismissed for violating a company-ordered quarantine after coming into contact with someone infected with the disease. Smalls said he was fired for his activism.“We write to you today shocked at reports that Amazon warehouses are not practicing the protocols necessary to protect the well-being of your workers and of the public,” said the letter, addressed to Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos and other executives, and signed by the leaders of the AFL-CIO, United Food & Commercial Workers International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, among others.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Lady Cardinals Battle Lady Chargers On The Court

first_imgThe 7th and 8th Grade St. Louis Lady Cards hosted the North Decatur Chargers. While unable to pull away a win they were two very good games.The 7th Grade Lady Cards had a final score of 36-17. At the half we pulled back from 6-11 to 11-13. We got in a bit of foul trouble leading us to have to play more cautious the second half which in return drew their lead from us.The Lady Cards hustled and worked very hard. Scoring for the Lady Cards were Megan Bauer with 8pts, Ella Smith with 6pts, and Megan Raab with 3pts. Summer Ratcliffe, Anna Wanstrath, and Alys Cochran were doing a great job hustling for the ball to get a steal or rebound. Nice job ladies.The 8th Grade Lady Cards had a final score of 22-21. This was such a great game to watch and coach. While we may not have come out with the win there were many things that led up to the final score.Scoring for SLS were Emma Weberding with 8pts, Ava Allen with 6pts, Kate Voegele with 4pts, Aylssa Wanstrath with 2pts, and Lilly Wonnell with 1pts. We did a great job of shooting free throws and hustling. We did a great job pressing, breaking a press, and running our defense and offense. Heads held high because a lot was done right but out of our control.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Erin Trenkamp.last_img read more

Bob Okezie: Another ‘Foreign’ Addition to Golden Eaglets?

first_imgThe NFF boss convinced Chelsea prodigy Adrian Akande to commit his international future to Nigeria over England and was named in the recently concluded Africa U17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania alongside two other ‘foreigners’-Joseph Olawabuola –Bournemouth of England and Lateef Omidiji jr-Go Ahead Eagles of Spain.Now another ‘foreigner’-Okezie is in the book ahead of the FIFA U17 Competition slated for Brazil.Born in Potsdam, Okezie started his football career at the age of six at Fortuna Babelsberg, where he spent six years before transferring to SV Babelsberg 03, then joined his current club in 2018.According to the attacker’s dad Chief Nweke, Bob has visited Nigeria so often where he learnt the words “quacking”, “shoot heavily” and “control your ball”, etc.In 2015, his club SV Babelsberg 03 won the Brandenburg State Junior League (state junior championship) and the Nigerian whizkid won the golden boot. He is currently the top striker at FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin U17 team and the fourth highest goalscorer in the Nordost regional league in Germany.Asked if the 17-year-old Vikotoria Berlin star will like to play for Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets, the father, Chief Nweke, replied: “Of course, if Nigeria needs him, Bobby will play. I will like him to join Manu Garba Boys.”Bob is currently the top striker in his third club Vikotoria Berlin 1889 U17 and the fourth highest goal scorer in Nord ost (North East) U17 regional league in Germany. He joined the club in the middle of last season from SV Babelsberg 03 before the end of transfer window. He wears the No 9 shirt for his club and has scored more than 14 goals in his career.It is on record that Nigeria won the maiden edition of the U17 Tournament with mainly players from the school system and were finalist two years later with the same school system.The concern of many observers is with countless academies that surround us and the revival of the Principals Cup by GTBank the football authority can still not get 23 home-grown players that will represent us in an U17 competition without depending on foreign players.In a chat with THISDAY, former Nigerian international and captain of defunct Abiola Babes of Abeokuta, Tajudeen Disu expressed  sadness that the federation now look outside the shores of the country for players for an U17 competition, while attributing it to lazy administrators running Nigeria’s football and warned that until the country returns to the basics things would continue to get worse.“The situation is like this because most of our football administrators are lazy and will therefore always look out for the short cut. When we qualified Nigeria for the U21 World Cup for the first time in 1983 virtually all of us were secondary school student or just leaving school,” Disu noted. The former Abiola Babes Captain blamed the politicising of the country’s football as being responsible for the situation we are in.“Until we stand putting the right people in the right position the situation will remain the same. The idea of winning at all cost must also be discountenance; the primary objective is to expose the boys at that age and not compulsorily winning. By bringing in foreign players from abroad to play U17 competitions you are indirectly killing the youth system in the country,” he expressed.Disu also berated the federation for not wanting to have former players who are educated as administrators and coaches as they would prefer people they can toss around.“Most of those running our football federation are also agents and they have boys to sell, that is why they would prefer coaches they can toss around to achieve their aim,” he noted.Nigeria placed fourth in the recently concluded U17 AFCON in spite of parading three foreign-based players.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin wonderkid Bob Okezie has committed his international future to Nigeria ahead of his country of birth, Germany, and has made himself available for selection to the Golden Eaglets ahead of the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup. Kunle Adewale asks if depending on players of Nigerian descents for U17 competitions is not retrogressive to the country’s football inspite of the numerous football academies that surround us and indeed the yearly Principals Cup Each time the Nigeria Football Federation eggheads successfully lobby a player of Nigeria descent to play for his fatherland, something the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick described as VIP Scouting, the federation sees as a master stroke since the home league cannot even be compared to the Principals Cup of the ’70’s and ‘80’s and therefore cannot produce quality players for the senior national team.What is however more disturbing is the new trend of having players of Nigerian decent to player for the Golden Eaglets, a team that has four U17 World Cups under its belt with only Brazil coming closest with three wins?last_img read more