Commercial Capture Solutions -- New Report Released by Mercator Advisory Group

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Remote deposit or check image capture has taken off far faster than expected. The rapid adoption of the product by banks and commercial customers alike has taken the industry by storm and revived the sagging check segment of payments. As this new form of the customer/bank relationship takes shape, FI's and solution providers will need to address a number of new questions. How large is the corporate capture market? How fast is the market growing, is it sustainable and for how long? What new industry dynamics will shape competition for commercial clients?

According to a new report released by Mercator Advisory Group, remote deposit or check image capture has taken off far faster than expected. The rapid adoption of the product by banks and commercial customers alike has taken the industry by storm and revived the sagging check segment of payments. As this new form of the customer/bank relationship takes shape, FI's and solution providers will need to address a number of new questions. How large is the corporate capture market? How fast is the market growing, is it sustainable and for how long? What new industry dynamics will shape competition for commercial clients?

"From the large multinationals to the smallest community banks, check imaging in the form of corporate capture is being rolled out to commercial customers across the US," according to Michael Friedman, Director of Mercator Advisory Group's Emerging Technology Practice and principal analyst on the report. "Apart from the obvious, this has a tremendous impact for banks and specifically online banking, in terms of the way commercial customers are served."    

In Commercial Capture Solutions, Mercator Advisory Group examines the rapid growth of check image deposits in 2006 and the increasing use of check images for inter-bank transfers. Three leading banks are profiled to gauge the growth in check imaging. In addition the report looks at published results from check image exchanges and the Federal Reserve Bank.    

The report also attempts to quantify the commercial capture opportunity. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the report estimates a potential customer base for commercial capture products. Delivery strategies for banks are reviewed as well as a look at the strategic questions banks will want to answer in the new check economy. Finally, a review of potential hardware solutions is included.

Highlights of this report include:

  • Leading banks showed rapid growth in check image deposits between August and October of 2006.
  • Across the industry check image exchange has flourished as providers and end-users alike embrace the benefits of remote capture.
  • Estimates of the market for check image hardware in the corporate capture market surpass $1 billion.
  • Hardware manufacturers offer a range of check image solutions with varying specifications around resolution quality, throughput speed, initial load capabilities, printing and scanning functions.
  • The future of Check 21 both in the US and internationally is explored as potential opportunities to sutain the current growth of check imaging.

Members of Mercator Advisory Group have access to these reports as well as the upcoming research for the year ahead, presentations, analyst access and other membership benefits. Please visit us online at http://www.mercatoradvisorygroup.com.

For more information call Mercator Advisory Group's main line: 781-419-1700.

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