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What's the ONE Thing All of These Financial Institutions Have in Common?

Posted by Lauren Helt

September 26, 2018

It's probably not what you think!

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Topics: Branch Transformation

By the Numbers: What's the Real Cost of Branch Transformation?

Posted by Lauren Helt

August 16, 2018

As a banker, you're no stranger to crunching numbers. You know the banking industry like the back of your hand, your day-to-day revolves around money... so figuring out the final cost of your Branch Transformation project should be simple, right? 

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4 Simple Steps to Building a Realistic Branch Transformation Budget

Posted by Lauren Helt

August 9, 2018

Transformation can be a lot of fun — but let's face it — budgeting season is not.

When starting to plan for your Branch Transformation or Headquarters projects, one of the hardest tasks you'll take on is determining how much you need to reasonably budget for your project and what your final cost will be to ensure nothing is forgotten.

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Newest Community First CU Location Featured in CU Business Magazine

Posted by David Giarrizzo

May 2, 2018

You’ve heard the saying: “Go big or go home.” Well, Community First Credit Union went big with their latest stand-alone branch in Fleming Island, Florida.

According to Community First’s CEO and President, John Hirabayashi, “This location provides convenience and an enhanced experience in modern, in-person banking.” (You can say that again!) Where many credit unions only use printed brochures and colorful posters to communicate information, Community First went with enhanced digital displays and full, self-service areas to better engage and connect with their members.

But that’s not all!

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Topics: DBSI Client Stories, Branch Transformation, Branch Design

Welcome to the Future of Banking: Mercantil Bank Opens Its Newest Florida Location

Posted by David Giarrizzo

April 26, 2018

Mercantil Bank, Florida’s fifth largest bank with assets of $8.5B, newest location in Wellington, Florida, is being hailed as the “Bank of the Future.” And for good reason.

Say goodbye to the roped off path leading to the wall of teller stations, the 1970s framed art, and the rack of tri-fold brochures (with 8 point font). And say hello to the future: an open floor plan, clean, bright colors, and self-service kiosks with interactive digital displays. This is the bank of the future.

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Topics: DBSI Client Stories, Branch Transformation, Branch Design, Banking Technology

How Online Banking is Driving Branch Transformation [Newsday Interview]

Posted by Laura Ory

April 18, 2018

As online and mobile banking continues to rise, financial institutions are rethinking their branch strategies.

DBSI's CEO John W. Smith, recently spoke with Newsday about the major trends shaping branches today. Not only are branch footprints shrinking, but so are the number of people needed to staff the branch:

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Topics: Branch Transformation, Retail Banking, Branch Design

Top 10 Branch & HQ Design Trends for 2018

Posted by Laura Ory

March 14, 2018

As the financial institutions move to make their branches more advisory and innovative, branch design is playing a vital role in the shift. 

The same old credit union and bank branch designs just don’t cut it in this bold new era of banking. Long rows of tellers, client barriers, and stuffy lobbies are disappearing in face of more effective designs. 

We asked DBSI’s design experts to weigh in on the top trends influencing branch and HQ designs right now. See the video of the top 10 trends below and download the infographic for inspiration on your future branch or headquarters designs.


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Topics: Branding, Branch Design, Branch Transformation, Retail Banking, Retail Strategies, Client Engagement, Banking Technology, Banking Equipment, Digital Signage

Branch-Saving Transformation Survival Tips

Posted by Laura Ory

December 8, 2017

Have you ever felt like your new build or remodeling project is more like a survival test than a business undertaking?

You're not alone. Scary transformation stories play out in the thousands—and any expert will tell you that Branch Transformation is a massively difficult task.

What they may not tell you is getting out alive and happy can be a whole lot easier with the right advice and guidance. 

To help you from becoming another statistic, get this guide of hand-picked tips from the experts!

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2017 Year in Review with Elf-on-the-Shelf

Posted by Laura Ory

December 6, 2017

Ready for a trip down memory lane and some spirited holiday laughs? 2017 has been quite a year and we’ve got just the inspirational video to have you smiling as you get ready for 2018.

We’re sharing our annual holiday tradition of Elf on the Shelf—and this year we’re reliving the most memorable moments of 2017, both naughty and nice!

Enjoy another Elf journey with us…and from our family to yours, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

P.S. For more guaranteed fun, check out our previous Elf on the Shelfs!

DBSI & Eddie the Elf Present: The Year in Review 2017

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Topics: DBSI News, CFM, Branch Transformation

8 Tasty Branch Transformation Must-Haves, Just in Time for Thanksgiving

Posted by Laura Ory

November 21, 2017

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to share the perfect Transformation spread—a tasty table full of inspiration for the year ahead.

So grab a fork, and dig in to these 8 must-haves for your next Branch Transformation! 

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Topics: Branch Transformation

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We help financial institutions break the mold and improve their branch profitability and experience. And we openly share our knowledge rather than tuck it away for some secret strategic advantagea reason many of our clients come to us. This blog is our opportunity to write, teach and speak about what we do, and what we see happening across the banking industry.

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