By Mark Brousseau
Could free scanners hold the key to even wider remote deposit capture adoption? That’s what two new studies suggest.
A survey by Boston-based Aite Group found that 58 percent of small businesses that are not using remote deposit capture say free scanners from their banks would make their adoption of the technology more likely – topping any other implementation factor. Aite Group analyst Christine Barry notes that small businesses are more price-sensitive in general.
No kidding. Small businesses – those with less than $500,000 in revenue annually – expect scanners to cost about $100 or less, according to research from Celent LLC. Even larger businesses – those with at least $5 million in revenues – expect scanners to cost $210. These are numbers that will surely make the check scanner manufacturers gag.
Celent notes that only 15 percent of banks now offer clients free scanners, with half requiring them to buy the machines upfront, either from the bank or from a technology vendor. One-third of banks absorb scanner costs into the monthly fees for their remote capture service.
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