Nationwide starts July as fully independent insurance agency carrier

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The company has completed its transition which has been ongoing over the last 18 months. Nationwide has announced that as of July 1, it has become an independent insurance agency carrier. The Columbus, Ohio-based insurer has kept its relationships with 99 percent of its formerly captive agents. For 18 months, the insurer has been working on the transition process to become an independent insurance agency carrier. Throughout that time, it has managed to keep over 99 percent of its agents, who were formerly employed by the company. Now, those insurance…

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Nationwide plans to keep remote insurance jobs permanently in 5 states

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The insurer has made it possible for many employees to work from home even after offices fully open. Nationwide has announced its intention to permanently transition into an operating model that functions as a hybrid between in-office and remote insurance jobs. The employees who will be heading to the office will be those at the four main corporate campuses. The insurer will keep the in-office workers primarily at its four main corporate campuses. That said, it will keep its remote insurance jobs in place for the majority of other locations.…

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Nationwide announces new bird and exotic pet insurance product

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Americans keep many animals other than dogs and cats in their homes and want coverage for them. Nationwide recently announced the launch of a new type of bird and exotic pet insurance plan. It acknowledges that there are many other types of animal friends in American homes than dogs and cats. The coverage is designed to protect legal pets that may require veterinary care in their lifetimes. Current estimates show that about 15 percent of American pet owners have an exotic animal or a bird. These can include anything from…

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Cat takes this year’s Nationwide pet insurance weirdest claim prize

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The injured animal has become the 2019 winner of the insurer’s annual Hambone Award. Though everybody thinks their own animal stories are weird, Nationwide pet insurance uses its claims and consumer votes to discover whose is the weirdest each year. This year, policyholder Andrea Brannen’s cat, Minnow, took the top prize for weirdest insurance claim. As reported last week on Live Insurance News, the Hambone Award at Nationwide pet insurance is awarded to the dog or cat with the strangest claim in the previous 12 months. The award was named…

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A million Nationwide Insurance customers get an Amazon Echo Auto

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This new partnership will double the current user base of the online marketplace’s in-car device user base. In September, Nationwide Insurance announced its intentions to give Amazon Auto Echo devices to one million customers. These devices were to be issued to new and existing qualifying car insurance policyholders. At the same time, the insurer announced three additional Nationwide Insurance Alexa Skill features. Nationwide Insurance Alexa Skill first launched back in 2016. The Echo Auto giveaway is meant to help promote this program. It also places the spotlight on the new…

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Nationwide Insurance prepares to name the Hambone Award 2019 winner

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The insurer holds this event every year and has asked the public to vote on the weirdest pet related claim. Nationwide is holding its Hambone Award 2019 event and has asked the public to vote on the top strange pet insurance claim of the year. The insurer’s award is an annual event that honours the pet with the weirdest insurance claim. The Hambone Award 2019 already has its finalists, but the winner has yet to be named. The award started in 2009. It was named after the first winner, which…

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Nationwide announces the launch of a new digital insurance platform

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The insurer has made the move in order to respond to a rising trend of consumer digital expectations. Nationwide has announced the launch of a new digital insurance platform. This has been a long awaited move by the company, which is responding to the growing need for digital options from a new generation of consumers. The new digital platform is called Spire, and it will officially launch before this year is complete. The Fortune 100 giant, based in Columbus, Ohio intends to make its digital insurance platform available to its…

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