Making it easy and quick to buy insurance plans on eCommerce platforms
Hong Kong, 19 May 2020 – Joint Electronic Teller Services Limited (“JETCO”) today announced its partnership with InsurTech start-up GoLion to offer insurance APIs via the JETCO APIX (API exchange) platform. At this stage, these APIs cover over 30 insurance products, including travel, saving, term life, hospital cash, personal accident, helper and study aboard student insurance plans from three major insurers in Hong Kong.
While currently some eCommerce providers offer insurance products on their platforms, what the buyer usually gets after completing the payment process is an email with a redemption code or e-voucher for redemption on the insurer’s website. This is mainly due to licensing requirement which does not permit companies without an insurance license to sell directly to consumers. The APIs offered by GoLion via JETCO APIX will help simplify this process by enabling seamless and safe connection between the eCommerce providers and insurers, making it possible for consumers to complete the whole purchasing process, including issuance of the insurance policy, all on the third-party eCommerce platform, saving the time and trouble of redemption.
Two lifestyle eCommerce providers, GroupBuya and FITZ, are already utilising the GoLion insurance APIs on JETCO APIX. GroupBuya is known for its cash back rewards on a wide range of lifestyle products and services while FITZ is a popular platform for sports fans. Consumers can now buy these insurance plans on the two platforms directly and seamlessly.
JETCO Chief Executive Officer Angus Choi said: “The objective of JETCO APIX is to allow companies from various industry sectors to interconnect through open APIs, hence forming a true API ecosystem. The combination and integration of digital services offered by multiple companies will help bring about best-of-breed customer experience while lowering the cost of product development by all parties involved. The addition of the GoLion APIs to JETCO APIX will help strengthen our platform, which is now offering a total of 540 APIs from 14 banks and connecting over 20 third-party service providers.”
GoLion Chief Executive Officer Eddie Chang said: “Traditional and virtual insurers alike are embracing digital innovations to offer consumers more convenience. We provide InsurTech such as universal APIs to help connect eCommerce business partners with insurers so that consumers can buy easily. Using the advanced GoLion insurance platform, partners’ community can reach out to all types of simple-process insurance products easily. We believe that it is not the consumers’ job to look for insurance, we are here to fulfill their potential need. JETCO APIX provides us with a great platform to present our partner APIs to a wider audience while integration is made easy and quick due to the common standards used by all users on the APIX platform.”
About Joint Electronic Teller Services Limited
Joint Electronic Teller Services Limited ('JETCO') was established in 1982 by five banks: Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited; The Bank of East Asia, Limited; Chekiang First Bank Limited (currently OCBC Wing Hang Bank Limited); Shanghai Commercial Bank Limited; and Wing Lung Bank Limited (currently CMB Wing Lung Bank Limited). In 2015, China UnionPay Co. Ltd. became a strategic investor of JETCO. Today, JETCO has more than 30 member banks in Hong Kong and Macau and supports a range of banking services for them across both regions.
JETCO currently operates more than 3,000 ATMs in Hong Kong and Macau, offering convenient, reliable local and cross-border ATM services.
JETCO also provides a range of value-added services, including payment gateway services for e-Commerce and mobile payment solutions, to help member banks deliver innovative and high-quality services to their customers.
For more details, please visit www.jetco.com.hk.
About GoLion of Wesurance Group
GoLion of Wesurance Group is an Asia-based FinTech company providing advanced InsurTech solutions to the consumers. Our solutions incorporate advanced technologies that will benefit both consumers and insurers, and greatly improve customer experience and satisfaction. GoLion currently operates in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore.
GoLion injects innovative technology to bring insurance to people who have never had it before. We are the only technology enablers connecting hundreds of insurers across nations to a single Business API. We use multiple channels to connect and bring customers to our hub.
To build an insurance ecosystem for the insurance industry, we partnered with JETCO who has the APIX which can connect thousands of merchants and multiple of banks. Insurance is sold not bought, we strongly believe that with the help of JETCO’s APIX infrastructure, people will get to know more about insurance and they can self-service themselves through a digital platform. We strongly believe that it is not the consumers’ job to look for insurance, we are here to fulfill their potential need.
For more details, please visit www.golion.com
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