How can insurers battle back against Amazon and Uber?

Expert offers his opinion on surviving in an increasingly competitive landscape

How can insurers battle back against Amazon and Uber?


By Jordan Lynn

The insurance industry needs to mindful of outside disruption as well as internal competition, a leader has said.

Bobby Lehane, CEO, CHU Underwriting Agencies, said that it is “critical” to get an external perspective on the competitive landscape.

“Our largest threats aren’t necessarily going to come from within insurance,” Lehane told Insurance Business. “Imagine the impact Amazon is likely to have on retailers over the next few years. Who is our Amazon? Our Uber? Our iPhone?

“That is a question we regularly ask, aside, of course, from not being complacent about our existing competition.”

Lehane said that it is important for insurance businesses to adapt a new mindset in the face of industry disruption.

At CHU, Lehane said they have a philosophy of “ace fast, fail fast” as the business tries to futureproof itself from industry changes.

“You have to accept that not everything is going to work perfectly; accept that things will miss the mark occasionally, but you learn from this and move on stronger,” Lehane continued.

While some in the industry may be dismissive of the changes that technology and disruption could have on the status quo, Lehane said he believes this attitude is on the wane as the topic becomes more mainstream.

“We really are on the cusp of a significant transformation to traditional business models in insurance. Not all of us will survive. While much of what we do cannot be replaced by automation, much can,” Lehane noted.

“The only way to continue to win is to continue to invest not just money, but time, energy and of course passion. We will continue to disrupt and we do so with the certain knowledge that if we don’t, then someone else will.”

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