Friday Five: Top-rated banks for service quality

Starling and Monzo bank cards

1. Top-rated banks for service quality

Starling and Monzo beat established high street banks in a customer satisfaction survey conducted by the Competition and Markets Authority. The challenger banks peaked at number one for the best service for personal current account providers in the UK, while Starling secured the top spot for the most-ranked business current account provider, followed by Monzo.

Aldi store

2. Aldi’s second pay rise this year

Grocery retailer Aldi has confirmed a second pay rise for thousands of warehouse workers amid the cost-of-living crisis. From September, wages will increase 9% for more than 4,000 staff in the supermarket’s distribution centres, with the hourly rate bumping up from £10.45 to £12.66.

Marina Smith MBE on digital screen at her funeral

3. Woman returns from the grave with AI tech

Deceased holocaust campaigner, Marina Smith MBE, used AI video technology to communicate with mourners at her funeral. Produced by her son’s firm StoryFile, she appeared on a hologram discussing her life and responding to her family and friends’ questions who attended her ceremony. Mr Smith, CEO of StoryFile, says it’s possible to have a conversation with the deceased person “as if they are there, and they will answer you”.

Tesco store

4. Tesco launches UK’s largest digital display ad network

Tesco launches the UK’s largest digital display ad network, giving it a foot ahead of competitors. The supermarket giant will be installing another 100 digital screens in its stores, bringing more than 400 to the network in total. The SmartScreen technology will be available through the Tesco Media & Insight Platform, enabling advertising scheduling based on audience behaviours and sales.

Man wearing bulletproof vest

5. UK households cancel Amazon Prime

Over half a million UK households have cancelled their Amazon Prime subscriptions as the company prepares for a price hike in response to inflation. According to media watchdog Ofcom, UK Prime consumers reduced by 590,000 in the second quarter of 2022 after Amazon announced it was raising its Prime service fee for the first time in eight years come mid-September.

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