Torrent Technologies launches new flood coverage for small commercial property owners

Torrent Technologies | September 17, 2019

Torrent Technologies – a Marsh company – has launched a new comprehensive private market primary flood insurance offering. The new FloodPlus Commercial provides up to $2.5 million in flood coverage for small commercial property owners’ building, building personal property (BPP), and business interruption risks, a release said. The policy is underwritten by Hiscox through the managing general agent Johnson & Johnson. It will be offered through Torrent’s technology platform, which allows insurance agents to quote, bind, and issue policies in real time. Notably the platform does not require elevation certificates to quote a policy, nor will it impose a 30-day waiting period before the policy gets bound. Torrent’s platform allows agents to easily quote National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policies through Write Your Own (WYO) policy carriers.

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There are many things changing within the transportation landscape but what’s really been taking center stage is micromobility. Micromobility refers to the use of small manually or electrically powered vehicles used to travel short distances. Bicycles and e-bicycles are probably the most common examples of micromobility but other examples include electric cars and all sorts of scooters. Micromobility arose out of something known as the first mile/last mile problem. This refers to the main issue that has the potential to plague even cities with the best public transportation systems. Not everyone is able to live or work within walking distance of a transit station and so many cities suffer from parking problems, traffic congestion, and excessive auto emissions.

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There are many things changing within the transportation landscape but what’s really been taking center stage is micromobility. Micromobility refers to the use of small manually or electrically powered vehicles used to travel short distances. Bicycles and e-bicycles are probably the most common examples of micromobility but other examples include electric cars and all sorts of scooters. Micromobility arose out of something known as the first mile/last mile problem. This refers to the main issue that has the potential to plague even cities with the best public transportation systems. Not everyone is able to live or work within walking distance of a transit station and so many cities suffer from parking problems, traffic congestion, and excessive auto emissions.

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