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While purchasing any airline or roadway ticket online, you would have probably come across an option to purchase a protection plan or travel insurance policy as a part of the checkout process. An actual "embedded insurance" policy would be something like that. The term "Embedded Insurance" refers to insurance that is purchased digitally and integrated into an existing shopping experience, eliminating the need for the buyer to leave the site’. You can buy insurance as a part of the same transaction as your tickets without leaving the airline's buying flow. Your vacation is insured, and you receive an email with instructions on how to submit a claim by simply checking a box. This illustrates the convenience offered by an embedded insurance policy. Embedded insurance may be provided on a paid basis (in which case the consumer pays an additional sum toward the insurance cost when purchasing the core service or product) or on a complimentary basis, in which case the insurance coverage is included with each sale of the good or service.

Embedded insurance is a fresh, unified approach to providing insurance services. By concentrating more on the mid-market, insurers have the ability to generate new revenue sources and decrease distribution costs, both worth trillions of dollars. It's about getting better insurance at a better price at the right time and place for end users, which includes individuals, families, and businesses. Typically, the insurance plan often emerges as an add-on to another purchase while the user is already considering a financial choice and his or her information is already pre-filled for the insurance purchase. Additionally, it gives insurers access to a larger pool of clients and their priceless data, enhancing total product innovation and allowing for risk analyses and more precise pricing calculations. People benefit greatly from the ease of having insurance available at the same time that they purchase expensive goods or services. When such comfort is backed by technology and data to ensure that the customer receives the proper product, they are looking for based on the customer's digital footprint, this becomes a desirable option for all parties involved.

The old saying that "insurance is sold, not bought" has long since been refuted by more contemporary, adaptable methods of insurance distribution that resemble nearly an inherent component of people's everyday lives. As a result of the advent of a new era, insurers can now target consumers they have never been to before.

Embedded Insurance:
Bridging the Protection Gap

The thought of buying a one-time insurance policy to safeguard a new possession can seem cumbersome and pointless to many end users. In contrast, clients can protect themselves against uninsured losses with historically low (or even no) engagement when other, non-insurance product purchases are made, which gives them more peace of mind.

The difference between the amount of insurance that could have been obtained and the amount of insurance that is actually purchased is known as the protection gap. Insurance companies are constantly recognising these protection gaps and are striving to take advantage of this market by integrating smaller products into larger ecosystems. Hence, benefiting the customer, insurers, and the point-of-sale channels or merchants. It becomes a win-win for everyone.

The Perks of Embedded Insurance

Nowadays, insurance companies can embed their products almost anywhere. Insurers can give customised policies at the most convenient moment for the consumer by integrating their products into platforms with big customer bases. They can also have access to recent customer data to perform real-time risk assessments and establish more accurate pricing.

Moreover, the embedded insurance strategy lowers acquisition costs while giving insurers a competitive edge in the current B2B and B2C marketplace. The insurance companies that will gain this advantage must be ready to gain a thorough grasp of the producer, the supply chain, and its clients. But embedded insurance offers a variety of ways insurers can cooperate in order to differentiate and expand their products into developing digital ecosystems, regardless of whether insurers are innovating with in-house teams or cooperating with insurtech firms.

The Road Ahead...

Some of the categories that could be easily incorporated over a number of categories include property, health, and casualty. Embedded insurance has the potential to generate thousands of crores of value over the next few years if the protection gap is effectively exploited.

For this model to be successful, businesses will need to find the ideal balance between protecting client interests, running their operations quickly and efficiently, and complying with legal and data protection requirements.

By 2030, it is anticipated that embedded insurance would represent over $700 billion in gross written premiums in P&C alone, or 25% of the global market.

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