Why private label banking apps and products are on the rise
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Private labeling has long been a pervasive strategy in retail, where products are made by third party manufacturers and sold under a retailer's name. The cost to manufacture is often much lower than reselling another brand name, resulting in higher margins and increased revenue for sellers.
Retailers who implement this strategy also maintain wholesale control of the brand, including packaging and pricing, which generates product exclusivity as well as promotes customer recognition of and loyalty to the brand.
Possibly the biggest benefit of private labels, however, is that they eliminate the pains of having to design and build a new product - especially when entering a new market. By outsourcing the entire process and leaving those details to the experts, sellers can instead focus on what they excel at: branding and marketing the finished product.
Because the benefits of this strategy are so multifaceted, it's no wonder private labeling is moving beyond consumer goods and gaining traction in service-based industries. Businesses looking to develop new offerings and product functionalities can now easily outsource entire technology stacks and tedious regulatory administration.
As tech giants like Apple, Amazon, and Google deepen their financial services plays, banking and personal finance tools have become a prime opportunity for fintechs and smaller firms to leverage private labeling to compete, and for established players to unlock new revenue streams.
Here's a look inside how private labeling is transforming the banking industry- and which products are on the rise.
What is white label banking?
White label banking is another term for private label banking or banking-as-a-service (BaaS), in which banks open up their application program interfaces (APIs) to let third parties build their own financial products with existing infrastructure. White label banking accelerates the builder's go-to-market strategy by removing regulatory, legal, and technical obstacles.
White label banking services
White label banking services enable fintechs and third parties to showcase a sleek, company-branded frontend, while leveraging an established bank's license, regulatory compliance, and technology on the backend to offer core banking features that rival major institutions'.
Common white label banking services include:
- Savings and checking accounts
- Current accounts
- Debit and credit cards
- Simplified bill payments
- Online payment transfer systems
- Personal loans
- Bank statements with transaction details
- Balance notifications
White label banking apps
Some examples of mobile banking apps built with white label features include:
- Albaraka Mobil
- Börse Stuttgart App
- Compte CO2
- Knotist business banking
- Nationwide Mobile
- Score Kompass
- Trade Republic
- Van Lanschot
- Vitesse Mobile
- Xero Accounting & Invoices
Future of white label banking services
Across industries, digital technologies are democratizing information to spur more competition and innovation. Because of this, the trend towards "open access" will only become more pervasive. In the banking industry, particularly, the open banking movement has been unfurling from its epicenter in the UK and stretching across the globe for the past few years.
White label banking and BaaS technology are no longer brand new technologies in the industry, but firms that get involved now will still be ahead of the curve by the time regulation becomes mainstream. The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has already enrolled the nine biggest banks and building societies in its Open Banking Directory, and others are coming soon. After that, it won't be long before other countries follow suit with their own regulations.
Per Accenture estimates, €61 billion ($70 billion) or 7% of total banking revenue in Europe will be associated with open banking-enabled activities by 2020. Incumbent banks around the world that invest in open banking platforms now - before it's mandated - will be rewarded with new revenue streams, an early boost in demand, partnerships with tech-savvy fintechs, and an overall competitive advantage against newcomers in the space.
To stay ahead of trends like white label banking, Business Insider Intelligence is launching a Banking coverage area in September. Tailored for top decision-makers in the financial services industry, this vertical covers digital transformation across the industry, including open banking and BaaS, consumer and business banking, mobile and online banking, digital account opening, and neobanks.
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