My favourite Canadian bank, PC Financial added a brilliantly designed feature to their ATMs:
No more addition mistakes. Enter checks one at a time, and let the ATM do the math. So smart! Why didn’t anyone think of that before?
Wells Fargo does this now, too — they scan the checks and read the amount in automatically. And they no longer require envelopes.
PC Financial’s relatively low-tech solution is something that can work with all existing ATMs, and doesn’t require new hardware or banking laws.
On the other hand, take a look at the work of a clueless Canada Post graphic designer:
Canada post’s ship-in-a-click, part 2
No wonder Canada Post is so slow at delivering things — all their mice are upside down.
This feature is actually present at all CIBC-affiliated banks, of which Loblaws/PC is one.
But I don’t understand what’s so brilliant about the feature. Before it existed, I just deposited my cheques one-by-one. I suppose that I’m probably not the target market as I don’t usually have multiple cheques to cash.
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