Could location tech transform insurance?

insurancebusinessmag | June 25, 2019

Location technology is already being used by the majority of Australians - whether its tracking a taxi or pinpointing when a parcel will arrive, the tech is even taken for granted by many consumers.However, one expert in the field says there are still countless potential applications for the technology - particularly when it comes to commercial insurance.

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Most agents in the insurance field get paid through insurance commissions. The exact details of an agent's commission come down to several factors, including the individual agency's preference, whether you're a captive or independent agent, and skill or experience level. When it comes to insurance commissions, you'll have two options to choose from: advanced or earned (sometimes called as-earned).

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Most agents in the insurance field get paid through insurance commissions. The exact details of an agent's commission come down to several factors, including the individual agency's preference, whether you're a captive or independent agent, and skill or experience level. When it comes to insurance commissions, you'll have two options to choose from: advanced or earned (sometimes called as-earned).

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