A product refers to a specific type of insurance policy offered by a carrier (also known as an institution) for a single line of business. For instance, the product “Century Insurance Group General Liability” is offered by the carrier “Century” in their "General Liability" product line. Herald offers connections to multiple lines of business across a number of different carriers.
No two insurance products are exactly like, because each carrier has their own risk appetite and strategy. Each product at Herald has a distinct appetite and set of questions, and a unique offering of coverages and limits. Here’s an example of some of the differences you might see from product to product.
Depending on which product you are using, you would need to ask different questions in order to check availability. Our full list of questions by product is stored in The Appendix.
Each Herald product has a unique [.h-code]product_id[.h-code] that describes the product and looks something like [.h-code]prd_m3qr_herald_general_liability[.h-code]. Products have a direct relationship with producers: products are configured at the producer level, so each producer on your platform has to be given access to a product in order to get quotes. You can read more about setting up producers here.
You can use [.h-endpoint-link]/products[.h-endpoint-link] to get a list of insurance products that a producer has access to using their [.h-code]producer_id[.h-code]. If you have multiple producers on your platform, you can use this API to give an individual producer access to their own approved products to avoid submitting applications that can’t be accepted. The response will give you the following information for each product they have access to.
When multiple products can be relevant, Herald uses the [.h-code]products[.h-code] array. If an application has multiple products, the relevant products would be communicated like this:
Using Herald does not qualify a broker to quote and sell every product integrated with our API. Ultimately, the agent or broker using Herald must be appointed by the carrier to use each product. If you already have an appointment with an integrated carriers, you can access them through Herald's API immediately.
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