30
Aug

Ready. Set. Feast! Our top picks for Feast Portland 2017

Posted by: jillw in: Food/Beverage -

We’re counting down to one of the nation’s biggest food festivals, which just happens to be in our backyard. Feast Portland is back for a sixth consecutive year, and this culinary celebration just gets better every time.

From signature main productions to on-trend classes, panels and fun-size events, Feast always manages to elevate our food and drink experiences.

Held Sept. 14-17 at venues around the city, Feast has our entire LANE staff salivating. Our festival veterans are winnowing their choices, while neophytes are anxiously anticipating the stuff of which legends are made. Here are just a few perspectives on what we’re looking forward to:

Stephanie Celenza
This will be my first time attending Feast Portland, and I am excited about all of it! Latin cuisine is my favorite, which means I’ll be trying everything at the Night Market. And my favorite meal of the day, hands down, is brunch. It’s what I do best on the weekends, so you’ll definitely find me sampling all the deliciousness at Brunch Village. Plus, I’m a big Christina Tosi fan. I dream of the Milk Bar B’Day Truffles and Compost Cookie, so I can’t wait to see what she will be showcasing at this year’s brunch spread.

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26
Jul

Insights from Digital Banking 2017: Delivering on Speed and Simplicity

Posted by: AmberRoberts in: Financial Services -

At Digital Banking 2017, financial industry professionals gathered to exchange experiences and ideas revolving around how to connect with customers in a fast-changing industry.

In recent years, traditional banks have worked to earn back consumer confidence in the wake of the financial crisis, while fintech firms have stepped in to disrupt the environment with advanced digital tools and capabilities. What both sets of stakeholders can agree on now is that consumers are always in search of time-saving tools that need to be intuitive and safe.

With fintech companies setting the bar and often serving as partners, banks are working to deliver digital tools with the speed, simplicity and security consumers have come to expect.

Some compelling features are coming from big banks like Citi, which created CitiFintech to focus on game-changing applications. The global bank is one of the few to bridge banking, money movement and wealth management in one app. Designed for its top-tier clientele, the app engaged 2,500 customers in five months with 32 core features and 60 sub-features. The approval time to open a brokerage account was slashed 75 percent, and applicants now have 55 percent fewer fields to complete when opening an account.

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26
Jul

Insights from Digital Banking 2017: Maintaining Relevance by Adding Value

Posted by: AmberRoberts in: Financial Services -

As the financial services industry evolves, traditional branch-based banks and newer direct banks powered by fintech firms will be pressured to keep their digital tools fresh and relevant to consumers. In addition to providing simple, quick and secure access to finances, banks are exploring how to add value to digital interactions and carve out their niche as integral fiscal partners.

Some banks are seeking to join the “connected home” trend, leveraging the use of home assistants like Amazon’s Echo and other Alexa devices or Google Home to execute transactions like transferring cash to a child’s lunch account or paying a bill with voice commands.

Bank of America introduced its foray into artificial intelligence last year with Erica, a bot that accesses information sources across the bank to answer questions via voice or text. It is also intended to help customers make better financial decisions and adopt healthy money habits by providing alerts, such as changes to a FICO score, and money-saving tips. The bot is available through Bank of America’s mobile app, used by 22.6 million. Essentially, the bank is working toward creating an ecosystem in which banking is streamlined.

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