For all of the attention given to millennials as the “mobile first” generation and as “digital natives,” the reality is that their financial needs and goals are not much different than those of their parents and grandparents. Millennials still need basic checking and savings accounts, and as the economy continues to grow and they progress through young adulthood, they will need access to loan products, retirement planning and more. For millennials, a trip to the branch isn’t the problem. The problem often lies within the host of manual, paper-based processes that come with traditional branch banking. In fact, millennials as a group have demonstrated a marked proclivity for leveraging both digital and brick-and-mortar when it comes to working with their product and service providers. For many credit unions, this presents a problem. They have invested heavily in establishing and supporting their digital banking channels, but now must figure out how to successfully deliver a consistent member experience across both digital and branch environments.

The challenge is not that credit unions need to reinvent themselves to stay relevant in their communities, but rather, determine how they can leverage new technologies to create branch banking environments that complement – and even enhance – what their millennial members are able to do via their mobile devices. For many credit unions, innovation in self-service is providing this bridge.

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