COLUMBUS, Ohio – May 21, 2007 – State Auto Insurance has made quoting a business policy easier than ever with its new Web-based quoting system, bizXpressTM. The rating and new business processing application is now available to State Auto’s Ohio agents, and will be rolled out to agents throughout the company’s 29 operating states throughout summer 2007.
Requiring only a PC, Web browser (Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher) and an Internet connection, the system will initially quote and issue policies for small- to medium-sized business prospects. Rating/issuance for commercial auto and workers’ compensation prospects should be available by the end of the year.
Created and developed with input from agency focus groups, bizXpress is fast and easy to use. It was also tested by several agency pilot groups to ensure proper performance and accuracy. Available on State Auto’s extranet for agents, AgentSite, bizXpress gives users the ability to print proposals and completed applications and to request policy issuance electronically.
“We’ve been working on bizXpress for many months now to make sure it’s the best business processing tool possible,” said State Auto Vice President and Director of Business Insurance Paul Nordman. “Thanks to our agents’ input and testing, we’ve ensured that it’s fast, accurate, and easy to use. We’re confident it’s one of the best business insurance rating tools around.”
Among the unique features of bizXpress is the Quote Index, which simplifies the search for quoted, submitted and issued policies in an agency’s system. The Quote Index page allows agents to search for specific quotes by such parameters as agency name, applicant name, policy number and effective date.
The Message Center is another useful feature within bizXpress, facilitating communication between agent and underwriter during the quoting process. Agents and underwriters can exchange messages during the process and the agent will always know the status of a quote or submission via the Message Center.
Currently being introduced to all Ohio State Auto agents, bizXpress will be rolled out to most remaining operating states throughout the summer.
The State Auto Insurance Companies, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, are engaged primarily in writing personal and business insurance products through approximately 3,300 agencies in 29 states. The State Auto Companies include State Auto Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:STFC), and State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company, which is one of only 14 companies rated A+ (Superior) by the A.M. Best Company every year since at least 1954. STFC is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, which represents the top third of all NASDAQ-listed companies, and is one of just three percent of publicly-listed companies to earn the 2006 Mergent Dividend Achiever Award for having increased its dividends ten or more years in succession. State Auto is proud to be a Trusted Choice® company partner. More information is available online at StateAuto.com.