Satisfaction Level of Customers in Products and Services
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Major objective of this report is to analysis Satisfaction Level of the Customers in terms of Products and Services Offered By Standard Chartered Bank and identify the major strengths of the banks customer service division. Other objectives are discuss on the features of SCB’s services and analysis about product design and its target group and customer satisfaction with the service provided by consumer banking section. Finally provide with probable solutions for the improvement of the customer service quality.

Introduction

Standard Chartered Bank is the leading multinational bank in this country. To maintain its leading position in the Bangladesh, Standard Chartered Bank is always keen to develop long-term beneficial relationship with trustworthy clients. To achieve this end, they have always upgraded their approaches to achieve profitability. The Standard Chartered Bank is an international banking and financial services group that is incorporated in the U.K. with its headquarters in London. It has a unique international network. It now spans in the developed and emerging economies of the world, after been built over 150 years.

Standard Chartered Bank’s operation is segmented under six regions: Europe, Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, Australia and the USA. Globally, the SCB group owns a network of 600 offices in more than 50 countries with staff of about 28000 people. Globally, SCB specializes in personal, corporate, institutional and personal finance and custodial services. The bank excels in providing the most efficient, consistent and timely services and is the multinational bank in the Middle East, South Asia and North African regions.

 

Objective of the Study

Broad Objective:

The main objective of the report is to determine the competitive standing of Standard Chartered Bank in the banking sector in terms of its products and services, identify the major strengths of the banks customer service division, provide with probable solutions for the improvement of the customer service quality.

Specific Objective:

Here the broad objectives divided into specific objectives, which will help me to do the report efficiently and effectively.

  • Briefly observe the banking environment of Bangladesh and look at Standard Chartered Bank as an organization at some length.
  • To know about the overall banking activity.
  • Identify the major strengths of the SCB’s customer service division.
  • Identify the features of SCB’s services and discuss about product design and its target group.
  • Briefly discuss the frees and fees of its products and services.
  • Customer satisfaction with the service provided by consumer banking division.
  • Provide with probable solutions for the improvement of the customer service quality.
  • To identify the problem and weakness of the banking system of Standard Chartered Bank.
  • To suggest necessary measures for the development of the bank.

 

Organization Part

Organizational Overview

Standard Chartered Bank derives its name after two banks – Standard Bank of British South Africa and the chartered Bank of India, Australia and China. The merger took place in 1969. Standard Chartered Bank is regulated by the Bank of England and is a clearing bank in the United Kingdom.

The new millennium brought with it two of the largest acquisition in the history of the bank- the acquisition of the Grindlays Bank from the ANZ group for a consideration of $1.34 billion and acquisition of the Chase Consumer Banking Corporation in the Hong Kong for $ 1.32 billion. These acquisitions demonstrate Standard Chartered Bank’s firm commitment to the emerging markets.

Standard Chartered employs 29,000 people in over 500 offices in more than 50 countries. The group provides consumer-banking services to individuals and small to medium size businesses, and offers Wholesale Banking capabilities to corporate and institutional clients. With 150 years in the emerging markets the group has unmatched knowledge and understanding of its customers in its markets. Standard Chartered recognizes its responsibilities to its staff and to the communities in which it operates. Their 150 years of history gives them a deep better understanding of their markets, their customers, and the local communities in which they operate>It is a strong platform for future growth. Standard Chartered is holding leading positions in dynamic markets. They are in some of the world’s fastest growing markets including he United Arab Emirates, India, China, and the markets of South Asia. They are present in many of their markets for several generations and have become a trusted partner to businesses and individuals. In other words, they are trusted and well respected provider of financial products and services. They have built up an enviable knowledge of local markets in Asia, Africa, the Americans and the Middle East. In many cases, they have had a presence for more than a century. Their first two branches were in Calcutta and Shanghai and we have been operating continuously in China for the last 144 years.

Standard Chartered Bank  — The History

Standard Chartered is the world’s leading emerging market’s bank headquartered in London. Its businesses however, have always been overwhelmingly international. Here is the summary of the main history of the Standard Chartered Bank.

The early years

Standard Chartered is named after two banks which merged in 1969. They were originally known as the Standard Bank of British South Africa and the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China. Of the two banks, the Chartered Bank is the older having been founded in 1853 following the grant of a Royal Charter from Queen Victoria. The moving force behind the Chartered Bank was a Scot, James Wilson, who made his fortune in London making hats. James Wilson went on to start The Economist, still one of the world’s pre-eminent publications. Nine years later, in 1862, the Standard Bank was founded by a group of businessmen led by another Scot, John Paterson, who had immigrated to the Cape Province in South Africa and had become a successful merchant. Both banks were keen to capitalize on the huge expansion of trade between Europe, Asia and Africa and to reap the handsome profits to be made from financing that trade. The Chartered Bank opened its first branches in 1858 in Chennai and Mumbai. A branch opened in Shanghai that summer beginning Standard Chartered’s unbroken presence in China. The following year the Chartered Bank opened a branch in Hong Kong and an agency was opened in Singapore. In 1861 the Singapore agency was upgraded to a branch which helped provide finance for the rapidly developing rubber and tin industries in Malaysia. In 1862 the Chartered Bank was authorized to issue bank notes in Hong Kong.

Standard Chartered in the 1990s

Even within this period of apparent retrenchment Standard Chartered expanded its network, re-opening in Vietnam in 1990, Cambodia and Iran in 1992, Tanzania in 1993 and Myanmar in 1995. With the opening of branches in Macau and Taiwan in 1983 and 1985 plus a representative office in Laos (1996), Standard Chartered now has an office in every country in the Asia Pacific Region with the exception of North Korea. In 1998 Standard Chartered concluded the purchase of a controlling interest in Banco Exterior de Los Andes (Extebandes), an Andean Region bank involved primarily in trade finance. With this purchase Standard Chartered now offers full banking services in Colombia, Peru and Venezuela. In 1999, Standard Chartered acquired the global trade finance business of Union Bank of Switzerland. This acquisition makes Standard Chartered one of the leading clearers of dollar payments in the USA. Standard Chartered also opened a new subsidiary, Standard Chartered Nigeria Limited in Lagos, acquired 75 per cent of the equity of Nakornthon Bank, Thailand; and agreed terms to acquire 89 per cent of the share capital of Metropolitan Bank of the Lebanon.

 

Business Activities of the Global Standard Chartered Bank

The bank provides a full range of products and services all around the world, some of which are mentioned here:

Global Consumer Finance:

There are seventy-six branches and finance centers under this division in about the countries with a workforce of 1616 employees. Some of the services provided by these divisions are unsecured personal loans, credit cards and retail store cards, vehicle related leases, etc.

Personal Banking:

There are about 410 branches with a workforce of 12,000 employees working under this division in 28 countries. Some of the services provided by this division are various kinds of insurance and loans, account maintenance, traveler’s cheques and money exchange etc.

Global Corporate and Institutional Banking:

There are 350 branches under this division. This division provides services in 42 countries. The services provided by this division are International Trade Management, Institutional banking, Treasury, Custody and Cash Management.

Global Custodial Service:

There are 17 offices under this division and about 900 staff members, operating in 14 countries and headquartered in Singapore. Standard Chartered Equator fulfils standard Chartered Bank’s strategic commitment to provide custody and clearing services in the Greater Asia. Standard Chartered Bank has one of Asia’s leading custodians over 40 years. Equator’s focus is on the followings:

  • Commitment to equity
  • Dedication to the customer needs
  • Sustained investment in people and systems.

International Trade Management:

Principles services of this division are to the people are Import Letter of Credits (L/C), Import Bills for Collection, Back to Back Letter of Credit, Direct Export Bills for Collection, Bulk Letter of Credit Collection, Bonds and Guarantees.

Global Cash Management:

The division is operational in all countries where the group has Corporate & Institutional Banking division. Standard Chartered Bank recognizes the importance of Cash Management to corporate and institutional customers and offers a comprehensive range of services and liquidity management. Services provided worldwide by this division with stress on Asian delivery.

Global Institutional banking:

Throughout Standard Chartered Bank’s network of more than 600 offices in over 40 countries, it is very well positioned to provide a wide range of services to institutional clients: commercial, merchant & central banks; brokers and dealers; insurance companies; fund managers and others. Offices of emerging markets of Asia, Sub-Saharan, the Middle East and Latin America are complemented by the branches in the developed countries such as USA, UK and Japan and bank’s membership of the clearing systems in those countries. The Institutional banking group has a network of offices in 25 countries throughout Asia, North America, Europe, Africa and The Middle East.

Standard Chartered in Bangladesh

The Chartered Bank opened in Chittagong in 1948, which was, at that time, the eastern region of the newly created Pakistan. The branch was opened mainly to facilities the post-war re-establishment and expansion of South and South East Asia. The Bank opened its first branch in Dhaka in 1966 and shifted it’s headquarter from Chittagong to Dhaka after the birth of the Republic of Bangladesh in 1971.

At present the Bank has ten branches in Dhaka, it also have one offshore banking unit inside the Dhaka Export Processing Zone at Savar, one branch in Narayanganj, three branches in Chittagong, one branch in Khulna, one branch in Sylhet, one branch in Bogra. In the year 1999 Standard Chartered has acquired the operation of Grindlays Bank in the Middle East and South East Asian countries. Former Grindlays Bank started its journey in Bangladesh in 1905 under the name of Grindlays Bank (when it forbears the National Bank of India opened in Chittagong). Standard Chartered Bank took-over the operation of ANZ Grindlays Bank in Bangladesh as a part of acquisition of the South East Asian and Middle East operation of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group. Standard Chartered Bank (SC) become the highest bidder quoting about AU$2.5 billion  (US$1.5 billion) after ANZ Banking group decided to sell its subsidiary, the ANZ Grindlays Bank operating mostly in the Middle east and South East Asian countries. The SC with its 18 branches and booths across Bangladesh has employed more than 600 people. The acquisition has enabled Standard Chartered Bank (SC) to access 500,000 new customer and 40 branches in India, and this made them one of the biggest bank in this region.

 

SCB’s Objectives

Based on their mission and vision, Standard Chartered has come up with few objectives, which they believe will help them reach their desired destination. They are:

  • Gaining a larger market share: Standard Chartered Bank currently has a quite low market share of less than 6%. They want to increase their market share in the coming years.
  • Strengthening brand image: SCB wants to establish them as a bank providing excellent service in the minds of the customers. This will help them strengthen their brand image.
  • Provide technologically advanced services: SCB want to provide technologically advanced services for the convenience of their customers. They were the first bank in the country to introduce Moneylink ATM cards. Now they have introduced Phone-banking, Internet banking and sms banking.
  • Making banking comfortable and convenient for customers: SCB wants to retain their customers by making customers feel comfortable while they are at the banking premises. For this reason they have arranged for adequate seating facilities. Now customers do not have to wait for long hours in queues, they can sit with their token until their token number appears on the screen and they are called to the counter.
  • Encourage and motivate customers so as to increase sales and profits: SCB wants to retain their previous customers by keeping them motivated by providing them with gifts for extensive use of ATM cards and Credit Cards and by providing higher interest rates to customers who open their accounts with a higher initial balance. This will also help them to attract new customers.
  • Ensuring customer satisfaction: Standard Chartered Bank has made use of different means of getting feedback from customers so as to understand their level of satisfaction, based on which they can take the necessary actions to ensure customer satisfaction.

 SCB’s Strategies

Standard Chartered Bank has formulated some strategies to achieve their desired objectives. These strategies include:

  • Promotional activities: Standard Chartered Bank is trying to achieve their objective of increasing their market share by engaging in promotional activities. Example: They are offering free shopping worth Tk 2,000 from Agora to customers who will be able to refer at least 5 new customers to SCB.
  • Assigning targets to salespeople: The salespeople of Standard Chartered Bank are assigned targets based on their desired increase in market share. Salespeople are paid based on the number of sales they can make. If they are unable to achieve their target, they are not paid. This acts as a negative motivational factor that is a driving force for the salespeople.
  • Offering a very wide range of innovative products: Standard Chartered Bank wants to establish themselves as a strong brand name in the minds of customers. In order to achieve this objective they are continuously coming up with innovative products such as night banking, 24 hours ATM banking, 24 hours Phone banking, Internet banking, Sms banking, platinum credit cards having a maximum credit limit of BDT 1,000,000 and many more.
  • Introducing more convenient and comfortable means of banking: The innovative products offered by SCB have already made banking more convenient for customers. They have introduced token systems for customers who want to engage in cash and cheque transactions or want to make remittances. Customers no longer have to wait for long hours in the queue; they can sit making themselves comfortable and wait for their token number to appear on the screen before they go to the counter.
  • Providing free gifts to customer who make more use of SCB’s products and services: Standard Chartered Bank has made use of promotional strategies such as providing customers with free gifts like perfumes, electronic products and shopping vouchers based on their use of credit card services. For each 50 taka of credit, customers earn 1 point. They then can get free gifts based on the number of points they have made. They also offer free gifts to customers who make extensive use of ATM cards.
  • Introducing the concept of “Customer Loyalty Week”: SCB has introduced the concept of “Customer Loyalty Week”, a week when loyal customers are welcomed with pleasant gestures such as flowers or chocolates. They are also given the opportunity to express their opinions about the service quality of Standard Chartered Bank by writing them down and dropping them in the suggestion box. The management of Standard Chartered Bank then takes actions based on customers’ suggestions, to raise and restore customer satisfaction.

Management in SCB

Management in SCB consists of planning organizing, directing and controlling all of the resources of the organization. The goal of Standard Chartered Bank is to be the “Bankers of First Choice.” Towards that goal, the overall planning in the Organization is done at the headquarters level in Dhaka by a Management Committee (MANCO), headed by the CEO and consisting of the business heads of Corporate Banking, Consumer Banking, Treasury, and from the support divisions the heads of Human Resource, Operations and Finance Departments.  They meet once a month, or when special situations arise, to plan the strategic decisions. The decision making, although apparently based on a top-down approach, leaves room for participation down to the level of department heads, which are responsible for carrying out the planning of their department within the broad guidelines set by MANCO. Management system of SCB is given below.

i) Planning

SCB now follows a top down planning approach. The top managers have the authority to decide how they will achieve their goal because SCB worldwide decides the goal. The Business Bank mainly does planning and Retail Bank Division, IT Department provides all the assistance and information that is required to create and execute long term and short term planning. Planning and IR Department provides all the assistance and IT and other infrastructure in order to reduce the paperwork IT has taken a plan to achieve the long term plan.

ii) Organizing

Each of SCB’s branches is being managed by one branch sales and service manager (BSSM). The performance of each branch is mainly dependent on the branch manager.

iii) Controlling

Management is partly authoritative and participant at the top level of SCB But every one has some assigned work to do for the day and they cannot deny this. Sitting arrangement is created in such a way that co-workers can sit close to each other and have sharing of their work  and at the same time can have easy contact with each department coordinator/ Head. The work environment is very friendly. The room contains sufficient amount of light and is always kept cool by high capacity air conditioners.

iv) Directing

SCB recruits people by two ways. One is a “Management Trainee” that has a probation period of six months and after the probation period the trainees will be counted as an officer and they will do the different kinds of managerial works and another is “Non-Management Trainee” which does not have any fixed probation period. Time required for training is dependent on the recruited person’s performance. In case of non-management trainee, two ways of recruitment is taking place. They are:

(a) Recruited by signing a contract with some outside organization for the three months and after three months the contract may be renewed or not depending on his/her performance. These people coming through outside contract are called “Outsource”.

(b) Recruited by signing a contract with the bank for the three months and after three months the contract may be renewed or not depending on his/her performance. These people coming through bank contract are called “In source”.

 

Consumer Banking Division

Superior retail banking services comprising a wide range of deposit and loan products are offered by the Standard Chartered Bank to its individual customers. The Consumer Banking division constantly faces challenges and meets them by developing new products and services to fulfill the specific requirements of local and foreign customers. Bank offers a 24-hour service in Bangladesh through its Moneylink ATM network and Phone-link Phone Banking services. The below mentioned type of accounts are served by the Consumer Banking Division.

  • Personal Current Account
  • Personal Savings Account
  • Personal Access Account
  • Consumer Fixed Deposit Account
  • Personal Call Deposit Account
  • Non-resident Foreign Currency Deposit Account
  • Resident Foreign Currency Deposit Account
  • Convertible Taka Account
  • Foreign Currency Accounts for Foreign Nationals
  • Foreign Currency Accounts for Bangladeshi Nationals
  • Escrow Account
  • Private Non-Resident Taka Account

 Card Division

Card is the latest area that has been identified for rapid development. The bank is the one of the acquirers of three major cards in Bangladesh. Two of the credit cards are VISA and MASTER CARD and the one is the charge card known as Japan Credit Bureau (JCB). Standard Chartered Bank is the subsidiary or secondary agent of the credit cards and a primary agent of JCB.

SCB started its cards operation in 1989 as a part of retail banking. Initially, SCB’s card market was very small, with only 30 merchants. But seeing the economies and the consumers’ attitude towards the credit card has given the opportunity to expand their market base by acquiring high quality merchants in the chosen segment. The bank is the first to introduce the TAKA CREDIT CARD. The card is issued basically to a person’s name and the specific person can use the card in anywhere in Bangladesh.

Custodial and Clearing Service

Headquartered in Singapore, Standard Chartered Bank fulfils the group’s strategic commitment to the provision of custodial service in Asia. Bank’s customers are primarily foreign global custodians and broker/dealers requiring cross border information as well as sub-custodian services.  Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh is responsible for the planning in Bangladesh, but the overall management of the custody business is based on Bank international business strategy.

Information and Technology Department

This department is instrumental in the running of all the computerized operations of the bank.  They help in the implementation and generation of computerized reports.  Another major duty of the department is to maintain communication with the rest of the world.

 Operation

Operation is part of the support division, which helps to run the businesses of the bank in a smooth and controlled manner. Since it helps mainly in processing the works of the business units, any mistakes made can be easily detected and on time. Following are the main functions of the operations department:

  • Central operations deals with the closing and opening of accounts and other payment and account related processing of the Personal Banking division
  • Treasury operations help to deal with the processing works of the treasury division. Loan Administration Unit (LAU) deals with the processing of the Corporate Banking division.
  • Operations also have a department that deals with internal projects that arises from the need to deal with certain problems or to make certain changes.

Legal and Compliance

In the UK, Standard Chartered Bank is regulated by the Bank of England, while in Bangladesh local banking laws regulate it and rules set by the Ministry of Finance and Bangladesh Bank. It also encourages its staff to conform to an internal culture of ethical behavior and sensitivities to the culture and religion of the country.

Some of the key areas that the Legal & Compliance department has to take care of are: any kind of legal issues, to advise the CEO regarding all matters and the management on legal and regulatory issues, correspond regulatory compliance issues to MESA Regional Head of Compliance, and supervise internal control (e.g. internal audit).

External Affairs

This department deals with advertising, public relations, promotions, partial marketing which involves disseminating new products and services to customers and above all ensuring service quality.

Human Resources Division

This department manages recruitment, training and career progression plan.  Standard Chartered Bank highlights the importance of developing its people to create a culture of customer service, innovation, teamwork and professional excellence. SCB recruits people by two ways. One is a “Management Trainee” that has a probation period of six months and after the probation period the trainees will be counted as an officer and they will do the different kinds of managerial works and another is “Non Management Trainee” which does not have any fixed probation period. Time required for training is department on the recruited person’s performance. In case of non-management trainee, two ways of recruitment is taken place. They are (a) taken by signing a contract with some outside organization for three months and after three months the contract may be renewed or not depending upon the employee’s performance. These people coming through outside contract are called “Out Source”. (b) Taken by signing a contract with the bank for the three months and after three months the contract may be renewed or not depending on his/her performance. These people coming through bank contract are called “In source”.

Controlling Structure at SCB

Alike all other big multi-national companies, management in SCB consists of planning organizing, directing, controlling all of the resources of an organization. The goal of Standard Chartered Bank is to be the “Bankers of First Choice.” Towards that goal, the overall planning in the Organization is done at the headquarters level in Dhaka by a Management Committee (MANCO), headed by the CEO and consisting of the business heads like Corporate Banking, Consumer Banking, Treasury, Global Markets, and from the support divisions the heads of Human Resource, Operations and Finance Departments.  They meet once a month, or when special situations arise, to plan the strategic decisions. The decision making, although apparently based on a top-down approach, leaves room for participation down to the level of department heads, which are responsible for carrying out the planning of their department within the broad guidelines set by MANCOM.

Among the broad strategic objectives are:

  • Creating a congenial work environment
  • Modernization of the management information system to achieve full automation by drastically cutting down the paper works in long term.
  • Focusing on service quality and consume needs
  • Recruiting and maintaining top grade, efficient employees
  • To invest in those technological systems which will upgrade and enhance financial services
  • Creating an excellent brand image of the bank.

 Personnel Policies:

The number of officers exceeds the number of clerk, which is a straight contrast to local banks specially the nationalized commercial banks. Standard Chartered Bank pays great attention to recruiting high quality staff through proper evaluation and improving their skills through structured training. Reward and punishment base on strict performance evaluation and opportunities of promotion both in country and abroad are two important features of the personnel policy of Standard Chartered Bank.

Recruiting, Training and Career Progression:

The recruitment process is based on references, advertisements and internships. Entry point screening is done both by the written and oral test. The medical record of the potential employee is very important and those suffering from potentially life threatening and performance deterring diseases are not hired, even if they were otherwise qualified. The placement of the staff is done in two ways. Either the employee undergoes a management trainee program with a probation period of nine months and is categorized as an officer leading to various managerial jobs, or is recruited at a non-management level as banking assistance or support officer. There is a structured training framework for all the employees, and a channel for moving people from national to international positions. International graduate recruitment and personal skill development for entry-level employees are a part of the human resources development efforts at Standard Chartered Bank.

Five Values of Standard Chartered Bank

Standard Chartered Bank has five values and these values are key to their success. These values determine how the employees achieve their goals, the way they work together and how it feels to be a part of Standard Chartered Bank. In brief these values are:

  1. Courageous: Being courageous is about confidently doing what’s right. Often the task may seem insurmountable but with courage and tenacity, the odds can be overcome. A truly courageous act both inspires and builds character.
  2. Responsive: How we response to our customer will influence their belief in our commitment to them. A proactive response is often unexpected and more effective for that. It clearly demonstrates our willingness to go beyond the unexpected.
  3. International: As a member of global village we view the world from the widest perspective. We are all global citizens and the world is full of new opportunities and exciting possibilities. We also deliver world-class products and services.
  4. Creative: Creativity belongs to those of us who are excited by challenges and engage them in fresh thinking and an open mind. Creative thinkers are not limited by convention but allow their minds to soar beyond predictable solutions.
  5. Trustworthy: Trust is the foundation of every successful relationship. We trust because we believe in the sincerity of our promise. Building trust can take forever. Losing takes only moments.

 

 

Consumer Products of SCB

In the consumer market, SCB is well reputed for introducing innovative and lucrative offers and products to its customers. SCB’s products have always been a master blaster in the banking market.

Personal & Joint Account

For opening a personal or a joint account one needs to submit a valid passport or any identification attached with photo, one passport size photograph and needs to be introduced by any account holder of SCB whose account is minimum six months old. To open the account the person needs to fill up a form mentioning his name, address, telephone number, date of birth, occupation etc. as well as mode of operation and specimen signature. Account holder must appoint a nominee with photograph and signature who also must attest nominee’s signature and photo.

Current Account

To open a Current Account one has to deposit a minimum of Taka.50, 000. And account holder of those account need to have average balance of Taka 50000 at all time, otherwise a charge of Taka 500 will be debited. And the closing charge for those accounts is Taka 250, and if it is closed before six months, the charge will be Taka 500.

Table: Interest rate of Current Accounts (Local & Foreign Currency)

 Minimum balance requiredInterest Rate
BDT 50,000 or equivalentNo interest is paid

 Savings Account

To open a Savings Account one has to deposit a minimum of Taka. 100,000 and Taka 300,000 for extra value savings account (EVSA). And account holder of those account need to have average balance of Taka 100,000 at all times, otherwise a charge of Taka 500 will be debited. And the closing charge for those accounts is Taka 200, and Taka 300 for EVSA accounts. If the A/C is closed before six months, the charge will be Taka 500 and Taka 1000 for EVSA.

Table: Interest rate of Savings Accounts (Local & Foreign Currency)

Average BalanceInterest Rate
Average balance below BDT 100,000 00.00%
Average balance BDT 100,000 to 500,00004.50%
Average balance BDT 500,000 to 1,000,000 05.00%
Average balance BDT 1,000,000 05.50%`

Short Term Deposit (STD) Accounts:

Minimum balance for maintaining a STD (Short Term Deposit) or Call Deposit Account is required BDT 250,000. Interest Rate on this type of account is 4.00% to 6.00% (Rate varies on amount). The main reason for big clients to maintain this type of account is just to earn interest on big amount on a daily basis.

Access Account

Access account is quite new feature of SCB that allows customers to have an account with SCB without any charges that are present in other types of accounts. Access account differs from its other account services in the way that it requires no minimum deposit size and hence it doesn’t provide any interest. The advantage is that students / people of medium income level trying to avoid high bank charges can use this account to meet emergency cash requirements. The account holders do not get any facility of cheque book and cannot withdraw more that Taka. 20, 000 in a day and also cannot overdraw their account. The charges include Taka. 150 per year and Taka. 250 for government excise duty. And the closing charge for those accounts is Taka 200.

Resident Foreign Currency Deposit (RFCD)

Specially designed foreign currency account for resident Bangladeshis. Offers wonderful opportunity to build a deposit base in foreign currency. Helps make for overseas commitments and dues like credit card bills, traveling expense, recreation tours, etc. This service is offered in currencies like USD, GBP and Yen. The interest that SCB offers is very competitive, but the deposit can only be made in foreign currency. The withdrawals can only be made in local currency. It offers fund Remittance in LCY and FCY to any place in and out of the country.

Foreign currency current account

Applicable to Bangladeshis working abroad, it can be opened in USD, GBP and Yen without restriction on transaction frequency. Can be operated through nominees, in absence of the account holder. Fund remains in foreign currency and is freely remittable. The deposit can be made in foreign currency only (Cash, TC or Drafts or transfer from other FCY account). But cash withdrawals can only be made in local currency only. Fund can be used to make investment in Wage Earners’ Development Bond

Non – Resident Foreign Currency Deposit (NFCD)

A short-term foreign currency deposit account suitable for Bangladeshis living abroad, offering most competitive interest rates available in both local and international markets. The interest paid in this account is in foreign currency, it can be opened for a term of 1 months, 3months, 6 months and 12 months. The interest rates are tiered (based on amount and term), but payable on maturity, but automatically renewable. It can be used as security against personal/commercial loan

Account Statement Charges

The charge for holding statements is BDT 1000 per annum per account and for Additional/ Duplicate statement (Per cycle) is BDT 200 per statement. Photocopy of statements is Taka 1000.

ATM Card Charges     

The annual fees for ATM card are Taka 150 per card, and the charge in case of damaged or lost card is Taka 300 per card. And phone banking is absolutely free.

Charges for Cash and Travelers Cheque Foreign Currency

For issuance of FCY cash, customers need to pay 1% of the transaction plus Taka 200/= per passport. And for issuance of Travelers cheque 1% of the transaction plus Taka 200/=. The charge for encashment is absolutely free in case of travelers cheque issued by SCB and encashment for other bank’s issued T.C is 0.25% of the transaction value or minimum BDT 500. SCB also provides encashment facility for non-customers, is 0.25% of the transaction value or Taka 1,000.

Charges for maintaining Student file

For customers, opening student file for SAARC countries, they charge BDT 3500 per student, per annum plus Taka 500 per remittance. This is a centralized system. No matter where the customers conduct his/her banking, for opening and maintaining student file, he/she is bound to come to SCB Kakrail Branch, which is at 109, Kakrail. That branch exclusively deals with Student File. And, the charge for other countries is Taka 5000 per student file plus Taka 500 per remittance. This opening of student file is not available for non-customers.

Fixed Deposit Account

For a fixed deposit account a person needs to deposit a minimum of BDT 100,000. After the maturity of the fixed deposit the depositor will get the principal along with the interest. The interest rate for this fixed deposit varies with the amount and period. The rate increases as the amount and time period increases.

 Table: Interest rate of Fixed Deposit (Local & Foreign Currency)

TenorMinimum amount requiredBDT 10M & BelowBDT Over 10M
3 MonthsBDT 100,0007.00%7.75%
6 MonthsBDT 100,0007.50%8.25%
12 MonthsBDT 100,0007.75%8.50%
2 YearsBDT 100,0008.25%8.75%
3 Years and aboveBDT 100,0008.50%9.00%

But the above deposit rates may be increased by 1.00% for priority/Wholesale clients at the discretion of the Management. In that case, the branch sales and services manger needs to obtain approval from HOC&I and HOCB for C&I and CB deposit respectively with regard to above discretionary interest rates.

 

Lending Rates for Consumer Banking:

Table 6: Lending Rates for Consumer Banking (Local & Foreign Currency)

Money Builder12.00% to 14.00%
Cash Line (Loan)11.00% to 13.00%
Cash Line (Overdraft)12.00% to 14.00%

 

Instalment Loans:
i.  Type A (100% Covered)13.00% to 15.00%
ii. Type B (50% to 99% Covered)15.00% to 17.00%
iii. Type C (30% to 49%)17.00% to 19.00%

 

Company Account

Sole Proprietorship Account

Just like the personal and joint account, an account opening form and one passport size photograph is required. The customer also needs to submit a copy of his trade license, Sole proprietor Declaration From and signature. The account holder must attested nominee’s signature photo.

Partnership account

Just like the sole proprietorship account, an account opening from and one passport size photograph is needed. Account holder must appoint a Nominee’s signature and photo. Moreover the customer is required to provide the following documents:

  • Required certified copy of the Partnership Deed of the firm.
  • Certificate of Registration of the firm.
  • List of partners with their address.
  • Latest copy of Balance Sheet.
  • Extract of resolution of the partners of the firm for opening the account and authorization for its operation duly certified by the firm’s Managing Partner.
  • List of names with appointments and specimen of the persons who are authorized to operate the account duly certified by the Managing Partner of the firm.

Limited Company Account

To open a limited liability company account the customer is required to submit the following documents:

  • Certified copy of the memorandum and articles of association of the company.
  • Certificate of incorporation of the company.
  • Certificate from the Joint Stock Registrar that the company is entitled to commence business.
  • Latest copy of Balance Sheet.
  • Extract of Resolution of the Board / General Meeting of the company for opening the account and authorization for its operation duly certified by the Chairman or Managing Director of the company.
  • List of names with appointments and Specimen signatures of the persons authorized to operate the account and request the bank to open a letter of Credit / Guarantee duly certified by the Chairperson or Managing Director of the company.

Table: Interest Rates for Corporate Investment Deposits

TenorBDT 10M & Above
1 Months7.00%

Table: Fixed Deposit Local currency For Corporate Customer

TenorMinimum amount requiredBDT10M & BelowBDT Over 10M
3 MonthsBDT 100,0007.25%7.50%
6 MonthsBDT 100,0007.50%8.00%
12 MonthsBDT 100,0007.75%8.25%
2 YearsBDT 100,0008.00%8.50%
3 Years and aboveBDT 100,0008.50%8.75%

The rates are based on the international market rates, which are available at the bank regularly.

Lending Rates for Corporate Banking:

  • Agriculture:
Overdraft      09.50% to 11.50%
bShort Term Loan        09.00% to 11.00%
  • Large & Medium Scale Industry (Term Loans):

One to Three Years:

a.                   Multinational Corporate Clients            10.00% to 12.00%
b.                  Large Local Corporate Customers            11.00% to 13.00%
c.                   Local Corporate Customers            12.00% to 14.00%
d.                  Small Corporate Customers            13.00% to 15.00%

Four to Five Years

a.                   Multinational Corporate Clients            11.00% to 13.00%
b.                  Large Local Corporate Customers            11.50% to 13.50%
c.                   Local Corporate Customers            12.50% to 14.50%
d.                  Small Corporate Customers            13.50% to 15.50%

 

Working Capital:

  1. Multinational Corporate Clients:
Overdraft                        09.75% to 11.75%
Short Term Loan                        09.00% to 11.00%
Revolving Promissory Note                        08.00% to 10.00%

Large Local Corporate Customers:

Overdraft                        11.00% to 13.00%
Short Term Loan                        12.00% to 14.00%
Revolving Promissory Note                        08.00% to 10.00%

Local Corporate Customers:

Overdraft 12.00% to 14.00%
Short Term Loan 12.00% to 14.00%
Revolving Promissory Note 10.00% to 12.00%

Small Corporate Customers:

Overdraft                        11.50% to 13.50%
Short Term Loan                        13.00% to 15.00%
Revolving Promissory Note                        11.00% to 13.00%

 

Export (Packing Credit), 00% to 09.00%

Other Commercial Lending:

a. Multinational Corporate Client            11.00% to 13.00%
b. Large Local Corporate Customers            12.00% to 14.00%
c.  Local Corporate Customers            14.00% to 16.00%
d.  Small Corporate Customers            15.50% to 17.50%
e. Fully Secured Customers:            10.00% to 12.00%
  • Small and Cottage Industry (Term Loans):   
a. Local Corporate Customers            09.00% to 11.00%
b.  Marginal Credits            12.00% to 14.00%

 

House Building/Real Estate: 00% to 15.00%

  • Tele Banking Services

Tele banking service allows the account holders to make inquiries and service requests over the telephone. To get this Service all a customer needs to do is to fill up a Tele-Banking form mentioning his name, account number, contact address, and telephone number. After the application TIN (Telephone Identification Number) is given to that customer. TIN is a personal security password, which a customer can change at any tine. A person who requests service through Tele Banking is required to take delivery of the service by nominated branches within two days of requests. If a customer fails to receive this service within two days the request will be cancelled and Taka. 200 will be charged from his personal account

Table : Services Provided by Tele Banking Facility

   Inquiries Relating toRequests for     Advice of
Account BalanceBalance CertificatesStop payment
Exchange RatesAccount StatementsChange of address
Interest RatesAccess Card ActivationLost Cheque Books
 Issue of Cheque Books 
 Fund Transfer 
 Pay Order 

 

Speed Cheque Deposit

The Speed Cheque Deposit system saves a customer’s precious time by allowing him to drop the Cheque in the Speed Cheque Deposit Box. All a customer needs to do is to complete the Cheque deposit slip and keep the counterfoil. To complete the Cheque deposit slip a person has to mention the account number of the Cheque, the name of the bank with branch, cheque number and amount. After finishing writing the cheque deposit slip the customer needs to staple the cheque with the slip and drop it inside the box.

Money Link (ATM) Card

SCB Launched Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in Bangladesh in the year of 1998. A person can access his personal, current and savings account 24 hours a day by using a Money Link Card or ATM card in this machine. This card can be used for cash withdrawal, cash / cheque deposit, fund transfer between accounts, balance inquires, statement requests etc. Apart from SCB Money Link cards (ATM) it also accepts both local and International Master Card and VISA Credit Cards. Taka 150 is charged per ATM card for a period of 1 year. For security reason a person cannot access his account without his PIN (Personal Identification Number).

Credit Card

Types of credit cards

  1. Gold Master Card
  2. Silver Master Card
  3. VISA Silver Card

Requirements

  1. Completed credit card application form.
  2. One copy of passport size photograph.
  3. Minimum monthly income of Tk. 10,000 for Master and VISA Card Silver.
  1. Minimum monthly income of Tk. 55,000 for Master Card Gold.
  2. Documents (e.g. Salary Certificates, Income Tax Certificates, 6 months bank statement, Photocopy of passport or other Documents).
  1. For foreigners, work permit from the ministry is required.

 

Features of Credit Card

  • Wide Acceptance: SCB Credit Card is accepted at more than 3,000 outlets around the country. One can use his/her card for everyday purchases as well as for high value purchases. Its wide range of merchants include hotels, restaurants, airlines & travel agents, departmental stores, hospital and diagnostic centers, jewelry shops, electronic and computer shops, leather goods, mobiles and ISP’s and many more. This number is increasing everyday to cater to customers growing needs.
  • Easy Credit: With SCB Credit Card customers have the convenience to pay as little as 5% of their outstanding on the card account every month, thus having the power and flexibility to plan their payments. Minimum monthly payment is 5% of the cardholders closing balance or Tk. 500 whichever is higher. If the closing balance is more than Tk. 500 it must be paid in full.
  • Instant Cash Advance: SCB Credit Card gives its customers to access to cash up to 50% of the credit limit. Customer can withdraw cash advance from all SCB and SCG ATM around the country, thus having access to cash 24 hours a day. Besides, cash advance can also be taken from any of its branches across the country.
  • Safe and Secure: Customer does not need to carry cash anymore if he/she is carrying SCB Credit Card. If someone last his/her card can be protected from the financial charges from the moment he/she reports to the bank.
  • Air Accident Insurance: SCB Credit Card gives the customer free air accident insurance coverage up to Tk.100,000 (Silver Card) and Tk.500,000 (Gold Card). This coverage is also applicable for supplementary cardholders.
  • Supplementary Card: Customers can apply for supplementary card(s) for their spouse, parents, sisters, brothers, friends of children over 18 years of age. All charges on the supplementary card are reported on the monthly statement. Besides, for customer’s peace of mind one can assign monthly spending limit on each Supplementary Card. From March 2002 first supplementary card is free for lifetime.

 

 

Banking Facilities for the Convenience of Customers

Evening Banking

Standard Chartered Bank has introduced Evening Banking Facilities recently. This is particularly for that group of customers who remain busy throughout the day and do not have the time to visit the bank. They can avail the banking service from 6pm to 8pm in the Gulshan Branch.

 24 hour ATM services

SCB Launched Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in Bangladesh in the year of 1998. A person can access his personal, current and savings account 24 hours a day by using a Money Link Card or ATM card in this machine. This card can be used for cash withdrawal, cash / cheque deposit, fund transfer between accounts, balance inquires, statement requests etc. Apart from SCB Money Link cards (ATM) it also accepts both local and International Master Card and VISA Credit Cards. Taka 150 is charged per ATM card for a period of 1 year. For security reason a person cannot access his account without his PIN (Personal Identification Number).

24-hour Call centre

Tele banking service allows the account holders to make inquiries and service requests over the telephone. To get this Service all a customer needs to do is to fill up a Tele-Banking form mentioning his name, account number, contact address, and telephone number. After the application TIN (Telephone Identification Number) is given to that customer. TIN is a personal security password, which a customer can change at any tine. A person who requests service through Tele Banking is required to take delivery of the service by nominated branches within two days of requests. If a customer fails to receive this service within two days the request will be cancelled and Tk. 200 will be charged from his personal account

Internet Banking

Standard Chartered Bank’s Internet Banking Service is a fast and easy answer to all the customers financial management needs, allowing you to bank from wherever they desire, in total security and confidentiality. No more standing in queues and it is absolutely free. i-Banking is a convenient, user- friendly way of staying informed and in control of the customers finances from anywhere in the world.

  • Account Services- View your entire relationship with the bank at a glance, check customers’ account balance view and download statements.
  • Fund transfers- transfer funds between customers’ own SCB accounts.
  • Bill Payments- Pay selected utility bills online.
  • Standing Orders- Enjoy the convenience of requesting the set-up of standing orders from wherever the customers are.
  • Credit Card- View the customers’ card statement, pay their dues, check their card balance and also apply for a credit limit increase.
  • Cheque Status- Check the status of cheques issued from customers’ accounts.
  • Personal Information- Change customers’ password as and when necessary.

How to apply

There are two simple ways to apply for Standard Chartered iBanking convenience:

  • Step 1: To complete and sign the iBanking Application Form.
  • Step 2: To drop it off at any of the SCB’s Branches along with a copy of customers’ valid Passport.
  • Step 3: To receive the customers’ iBanking user ID by e-mail and collect the password from their specified branch. Simply log on to standardchartered.com/bd and start enjoying SCB’s iBanking Services.

OR online…

  • Step 1: To visit standardchartered.com/bd . To complete the electronic iBanking Application Form online, create customers’ own iBanking ID and click submit.
  • Step 2: To print the form, sign it and drop it off at any of the SCB’s Branches along with a copy of customers’ valid Passport.
  • Step 3: Customers’ iBanking user ID will be sent to customers through e-mail. To collect their password from their specified branch. Now a customer can simply log on and start enjoying SCB’s iBanking services.

E- Statements

Customers with an e-mail address can enjoy the privilege of receiving e-Statements from Standard Chartered Bank. It is a fast, reliable and efficient service of Standard Chartered Bank to minimize customers’ paperwork and maximize their convenience.

All customers have to do to avail this service is to complete an e-Statements Application Form.

SMS Banking

SMS banking is the simplest way of finding out a customers’ Account’s daily/ month end balance or their Credit Card’s daily outstanding Balance and available limit; statement balance, minimum amount due and payment due date. With SMS banking all the information will be available on a customers’ cell phone of any company through SMS

Auto Bills Pay

It is the simplest and most convenient way to pay Monthly bills of mobile phone, electricity, internet, cable TV, etc. With a Standard Chartered Credit Card or Account, the hassle and frustration of paying bills the traditional way can come to an end. Auto Bills Pay offers a one-stop bill payment solution in a friendly and relaxed environment. Once a customer becomes a member of Auto Bills pay, payment of bills are made every month by debiting the customers’ Standard Chartered Credit Card or Account.

 

SWOT Analysis

The acronym SWOT stands for:

The SWOT analysis comprises of the organization’s internal strength and weaknesses and external opportunities and threats. SWOT analysis gives an organization an insight of what they can do in future and how they can compete with their existing competitors. This tool is very important to identify the current position of the organization relative to others, who are playing in the same field and also used in the strategic analysis of the organization.

i) Strengths

  • Leader in foreign Banking sector: SCB’s Banking Experience for 150 years provides SCB the strength of being the market leader in the foreign banking sector. This strength of SCB is totally unmatched by any other multinational bank in Bangladesh, as the long term success of a bank heavily depends on its reputation while dealing with financial resources.
  • First Bank to introduce Money link services: SCB is the first bank in Bangladesh to issue Money link (ATM) card. As the market leader, they showed the most substantial corporate strength among the foreign banks by grabbing the opportunity that exists in the market.
  • Very wide range of customer categories: In Bangladesh SCB has a wide range of customer base and is operating efficiently in this country.
  • Healthy state of human resources: SCB has a whole lot of qualified, experienced and dedicated human resources.
  • Provider of good quality services: SCB has the reputation of being the provider of good quality services to its potential customers.
  • Provides a very wide range of services: SCB is renowned for the extremely wide range of services they provide to their customers.

ii) Weaknesses

  • Few branches: SCB has fewer branches than their competitors. SCB have only 18 branches whereas one of their competitors Uttara Bank Limited has 198 branches and 12 regional offices.
  • Higher charges: SCB charges higher fees compared to its rivals. Such as minimum balance fee, ledger fee etc. as a result SCB sometimes ends up loosing their customers.
  • ATM machines often out of order: SCB often has problem with its ATM machines. Customers often complain that the ATMs are out of order.
  • Low market share: SCB hasn’t that much good market share as other multinational bank. It’s as because SCB’s marketing strategy is not aggressive they always follow defensive/ conservative strategy. This may be considered as a weakness. Composition of market share in the banking industry is given in the table on the next page:

iii)  Opportunities

  • Whole lot of potential customers: The population of Bangladesh is continuously increasing at a rate of 7.3% per annum. The country’s growing population is gradually and increasingly leaning to adaptation of consumer finance. As the bulk of our urban population is middle class, different types of products have very large and easily pregnable market.
  • Huge consumer base: Bangladesh has a huge consumer base for maintaining several accounts. So SCB has the opportunity to keep these customers by reducing its current fees and charges.

iv) Threats

  • Low investment: In today’s economy, substantial amount is remaining idle and currently the investment in the secondary market by foreign is relatively low. Tough competition: Increased competition by other foreign banks is also another threat to SCB. At present HSBC and CITI N/A are posing significant threats to SCB regarding retail and business banking respectively. Furthermore, the new comers in private sector Bank’s are also coming up with very competitive force.
  • Customers may switch to other banks in the search of lower charges: As Standard Chartered Bank charges its customers much higher than those of competitors; they stand the risk of losing their customers to other banks who charge comparatively lower fees.

Data Analysis

As the internship program involves constantly interacting with customers, issuing their bank certificates and statements, attending customers who have requests for customized bank documents etc., customers were requested to fill the questionnaire to find out their satisfaction level in terms of products and services provided by SCB. I did my survey among 40 respondents and did data analysis accordingly. This analysis should be taken under consideration to increase the customer satisfaction, which ultimately helps SCB to be profitable.

Gender distribution

This is to identify the percentage of male and female are SCB’s customer.

Analysis: Here from the survey I found that among 40 respondents 32.5% are women and 67.5% are men. So I can come to the conclusion that most the SCB’s customers are male. And many cases I found that private service holders wife maintain their account that’s why the percentage move to 32.5% otherwise it can be less than 20%. Most of these cases we found those males are opening a joint account so that there wife can maintain their accounts.

Age distribution

In my survey questionnaire I asked to mention the current age and divide the frequencies 7 age segment.

Analysis: From the mentioned age I calculate the average age which is around 34 years. For analysis purpose I divide the distributions into 7 age segment and found 25% customer among the 40 fall in between 31-35 years then 22.5% fall in 41-45 age years old and 20% fall in between 36-40 years age. So we can say that most of the SCB’s customer’s age range falls between 31-45 years range. But yet there are many customer whose age range fall above the average because they maintaining the account for a long period of time. At the same time we found some new customers who are student after SCB start the graduate account. So we can say that all aged customer hold account in SCB Bangladesh.

Professional classification

In my survey questionnaire I asked to mention the current profession. For analysis purpose I divide mentioned professions into 4 basic professions.

Analysis: Here we can see that highest percentage is on private service holder which is 37.5% because they are operating there salary account with SCB for better service and for definite benefit. Next is professional under this category are businessman. Next most responded category includes engineer, doctor, lawyer, consultant which contains 22.5% shown as others. Last we found the lowest percentage on student which is 7.5%.

Most avail services

In this part I asked the respondent to mention their most avail services from Gulshan branch and interpret the data accordingly.

Analysis: During my internship in Gulshan branch and from the survey I found most of the customers come to branch to avail the statement and certificate for different embassy. And numbers of people come to know there balance although they can get it through ATM booth and call center but still they wants to rely on branch which is 22.5%. Lastly many people as well come have other services like Sanchayapatra coupon encashment and purchase and to open different savings product.

Customer satisfaction in terms of statement charge

In this part I tried to find out the satisfaction level in terms charges applied for statement.

Analysis: Here from the survey I found that 62.5% are not satisfied from the charges incurred for statement and certificate. Only 37.5% people are satisfied for the fees charged for statement.

Expected statement charge

Analysis: Standard Chartered Bank charge 575 BDT including VAT for statement. From the survey I found that maximum people expect much lower charge for statement. The average expected charge found from survey analysis is 187.50 BDT for per statement. This is because of other competitors of the SCB are charging lower than SCB. Most of the private banks in Bangladesh have no charges on customer’s statement takings. As a result customers have an attitude to pay as much low as they can pay.

Customer satisfaction in terms of replacement of ATM card

Standard Chartered Bank’s replacement charge for ATM card is BDT 345. I tried to find out the satisfaction level in terms charges applied replacement of ATM card.

Analysis: Standard Chartered start distributed its debit card as they want to replace ATM card with debit card. But problem is charge is more or less double at the same time SCB start charge customers before they start use the debit card and SCB send the debit card by post without taking permission from customer for the first time. Here 57.5% said they are not happy to take Debit card by paying more and 42.5% said they are happy.

Expected yearly debit card charge

Analysis: Standard Chartered Bank charge 690 BDT yearly including VAT for debit card. From the survey I found that maximum people expect much lower charge for statement. The average expected charge found from survey analysis is 337.25 BDT for debit card yearly.

Customer satisfaction in terms of required documents for different services

Standard Chartered Bank asked to submit different documents as a prerequisite for opening of different products. But these docs increase dissatisfaction level among customer.

Picture of customer satisfaction in terms of required documents

Analysis: Now if any customer wants to take any kind of services they need to present with different papers like passport for photo identification or authorization application with attested photo. But these docs increase dissatisfaction level among valued customer. That’s why 47.5% said they agree that it increase the dissatisfaction level and 17.5% said strongly agree with this statement.

Customer satisfaction in terms of different Charge

Standard Chartered in 2007 adopt different service charge like loan processing charge 2% of the loan amount which is very high in percentage, account closing charge is 575 and they as well increase the account opening amount for both savings(1 lac to 2 lac) and current account to 50,000. In this segment I will find out the satisfaction level in terms these different charges.

Analysis: Different service charges introduced by Standard Chartered Bank in 2007 increase the level of dissatisfaction. Maximum customer think that the charges more than average of banking industry. So the decision of increasing service charges and increasing opening amount are very poor and it will ultimately increase the customer dissatisfaction level at the end.

Customer satisfaction in terms of call centre 

Standard Chartered bank is the first bank in Bangladesh who starts the call center option in Bangladesh. Now they are start creating their call center activated. For this reason they try to make the customer call center oriented instead of branch oriented. SCB make many things free for customer if they collect through call center. But many problems associated with call center performance.

Analysis: The main problem which is the basic criteria of the call center is availability of phone line. The phone line is very much poor, sometimes branch employee can not connect the phone line when branch people suggest them about then they directly ask can you please connect the no. and branch guys fail to connect. But over all whenever customers make complain or want something from call center they will get that very soon. That’s why customers are annoyed with availability of phone line not with services.

Customer satisfaction in terms of overall performance 

This segment is to identify the overall performance of Standard Chartered Bank in terms of the following features & services. 

Analysis: In branch mostly service given by Customer Service officer means (Cash) and Personal Financial Consultant (PFC) but the service delivery time is very poor. In cash for giving service to particular one customer one CSO take 5 minutes just to receive and giving the money and PFC’s they basically harass the customer by asking many question even from the account holder they ask many question if sign mismatch occur. Standard Chartered bank is the largest multinational bank in Bangladesh, so customer’s expectation is very high and they are quite satisfied with the behavior. Standard chartered banks product has quite high interest rates in the market but they don’t have any plan to manipulate the rates to increase the customer satisfaction.

Overall Satisfaction 

This segment I want to find out the overall satisfaction of the customers in terms of products and services offered by Standard Chartered Bank.

Analysis: As a multinational bank SCB has highest number of 24 branches and 35 ATM booths and they are only bank in Bangladesh who are connected online for all these branches and ATM. That’s why there is no question about the brand name. That’s why most of the people said the brand name is excellent and good. Right at this moment customers are dissatisfied with the charges of different services and call centre performance. If SCB can improve in these sectors, then customer satisfaction will be optimum.

 

Recommendations

Consumer banking is number one profitable sector in Bangladesh in banking industry. While it has solid revenue potential, it involves close teamwork and coordination among several departments within the bank and liaison with a large number of entities. The following aspect should be taken under consideration to increase the customer satisfaction which ultimately helps SCB to be profitable:

  • First thing that Standard Chartered bank should do is to maintain the standard during recruiting the employees. An employee bears the brand name so if employees make some thing wrong that will ultimately affect Standard Chartered bank. Because of consumer banking directly deals with customer and they face the major problem of loosing customer if employees make something wrong. I also recommend to setup best training schedule for the employees.
  • Second thing is Standard Chartered bank should create a new division whose major responsibility will be looking after the ATM booths. These days people are interested to make their banking transaction through ATM but due to some technical problem most of the time they face problem in ATM. So new division can solve this problem by solving the technical problem right on time and make servicing of machine regularly.
  • From my survey most of the client or customer these days needs to come to the bank for Sanchayapatra coupon encashment. Here for better customer service Standard Chartered bank should introduce new software where customer can drop their Sanchayapatra and all the coupon will be en cashed automatically after maturity. This will increase the brands power on the mind of the customer.
  • Prevailing legal procedures is very lengthy and complicated. It takes longer period to settle any kind of dispute. On the other hand, encashment of security after maturity is a long drawn process, i.e. generally takes 5 – 6 days. So, SCB should be more careful in the case of opening and closing different securities. So that after maturity customer gets them very quickly and timely.
  • A proper process must be in place to change Bank’s charges and required documents update should be sent to the customers address. At the same time courier company must be closely tracked for follow up.
  • From my survey I found that, there are many customers whose accounts are doubled charged automatically by SCB’s EBBS software. Banks should reverse them automatically by finding out those 2 hundred thousand accounts no. At the same time issue a letter against that by using explanation of this. Then it will reduce the customer dissatisfaction.
  • Standard Chartered Bank should reduce its debit card yearly charge to the same as before means same as ATM card. Because it is issues by bank itself. So they should charge the same as before means Tk 345 per annum. At the same time they should change the new charges for statement as well because now they make it doubled then before. They can increase it by 20-30% but not more than that. Because some other bank takes no charges from statement. So it may hit to the customers to pay a lot for a simple statement.
  • Standard Chartered Bank should introduce a new department who will be basically looking after the brand name thing. The name is important factor if the name gets affected by wrong words like high charge maker bank then it will ultimately make the bank looser that’s why SCB should take care of this.
  • Standard charted bank must have to make sure their call center phone line available then and only then they can speak up 24 hours service. At the same time SCB cab transfer some major customer service product to the call center. Then people can change their address through phone link by using proper telephone identification number. SCB should make the call center software easy to the customers so that they can easily operate by themselves.
  • Standard charted bank must take some promotional and training campaign to the customers for using Debit card. By regular using of Debit card by the customer it can make a new era in Bangladeshi banking system that it will reduce the money laundering, caring huge number of cash and fast moving secure business environment.
  • Lastly I want to tell that Standard Chartered Bank should reduce the charges of all products and services offered by itself. From survey analysis I found that the level of dissatisfaction increases substantially because of high charges on its products and services. So Standard Chartered Bank should decrease all the relevant charges to attract more customers and increase the level of satisfaction among current customers.

 

Conclusion

In respect of the marvelous growth of consumer banking revenue over the last 20 years and considering the intensity of competition yet to come, it is crucial for SCB to rethink its strategies and marketing plan to sustain the growth consumer banking revenue. One of the ways to achieve that objective is to maximize consumer banking revenue generated from local clients and introduces more local products. At the same time Standard chartered bank must have to consider the consumer mind setup. As a multinational bank customer want more benefit from them then other 3rd generation bank. So instead of making profit only they should care about the customer as well. They can start many new savings product like millionaire scheme. But they should introduce something for the middle class, but still SCB continuously working with upper class and upper middle class. The only reason is the account opening amount which is quite large for middle class. Like the graduate account SCB can come up with some product like this and reduce the charges of current product and services.

Standard Chartered Bank can turned over a new leaf of general people through the invention of new products which are easily introduced and accepted by the general people on account of its reliability and flexibility. Overall of my investigation I can say that customer service quality in Standard Chartered Bank is satisfactory and continuously meets the challenges of developing new products and services to match the specific requirements of customers and reduce the charges in its products and services will boost its customer base in terms of asset and liability. However, a bit more effort on the problem areas through the recommended actions would boost their reputation, profits, market share as well as customer satisfaction with a high rate.

 

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