CIMA Last Mile CASH MANAGEMENT Website

The Last Mile of Cash Management

What Does “Last Mile” Mean?

The Last Mile typically refers to the final stage in a commercial, industrial, or delivery process. The term was first used in the telecommunications industry to describe the final stretch of wiring that delivers services to customers. Telecom companies realized that the last mile was the least efficient and expensive part of the installation and delivery process. Other industries soon identified most of their own “last mile” problems. For retail, manufacturing, transportation, and supply chain, the last mile refers to the challenges that arise when a product goes from the final distribution center to the customer. This final part of the delivery tends to be the most complicated, inefficient, and expensive part of the entire operation.

Did you know cash management also has a last mile problem?

Cash management solutions have been around for a long time. Businesses can choose from various smart safes, cash recyclers, and other machines that validate, count, sort, deposit, and dispense banknotes. The technology and process are familiar to almost anyone who has worked in retail, hospitality, gaming, or other industries that accept and process cash. Let’s follow the path of cash management through an establishment:

  • At the start and end of each shift, check the tills in and out (dispensed/deposited)
  • Count, validate, and sort the cash in the back office
  • Place the cash in a smart safe or recycler
  • The CIT crew removes the cash cassette from the machine
  • Cash must be bundled, bagged, and sealed before being transported
  • Cash is transported by the CIT and processed at the depot
  • At first glance, this may seem like a reasonably efficient and straightforward cycle of events.

However, a closer inspection shows that the store’s final steps of cash management are fraught with inefficiencies and expenses.

A typical cash recycler or smart safe utilizes bulky cash cassettes that require significant manual effort. The CIT crew, with store management supervision, removes the cassettes from the machines. Next, they must bundle and bag the notes. Not only is this process time-consuming, but it requires additional staff to supervise. It also exposes the business to human error or theft.

In some cases, actual store staff removes and bundles the cash. Once the cash arrives at the CIT depot, the bundles of cash or loose notes must be processed, adding time and labor costs. We call this manual end process “The Last Mile of Cash Handling.”

CIMA Innovation Streamlines the Last Mile

CIMA smart safes and cash recyclers use an entirely different technology. CIMA machines deposit notes and tightly stack them into a heat-sealed bag inside the safe. The result looks like a shrink-wrapped block of notes. No more bulky, breakable cassettes! Do away with the cassette system and realize greater efficiencies:

  • Less risk of theft or human error
  • More transparency and accountability for cash transactions
  • Minimize third-party fees, such as CIT fees and banking fees
  • Reduce cash-room/back-office activities and related costs
  • Eliminate manual bag processing for CIT collection
  • Cut depot processing time significantly. No need to deal with bundles of notes.

CIMA’s self-sealing stacking bag technology addresses many of the issues that arise in the last mile of cash management. This innovative technology is available across all product categories, including teller cash recyclers, smart safes, recyclers, and customer-facing recycling solutions.

 

Reduce the Cost of Managing Cash

SMART SAFES

Our note deposit solutions incorporate our innovative self-sealing stacking bag technology that eliminates the need for cassettes. This saves CIT time-on-site and eliminates costs due to cassette repairs and replacements. CIT note processing time back at the depot is also significantly reduced. We will also showcase our bulk coin deposit solution allowing for a complete note and coin deposit combination.

CASH RECYCLING SOLUTIONS

The world of “one size fits all” is over. Stop by for a demo of our “fit-for-purpose” retail back-office cash recycling solutions and see our unique approach to delivering solutions that are aligned to store requirements. This means lower overall investment and a significantly faster ROI. If you or your client is a grocery, department store or DIY retailer, regardless of size, be sure to visit our booth to see how we can help reduce the cost of managing cash.

CASH@POS – INLANE CASH RECYCLING

We are excited to launch the industry’s most comprehensive range of mini cash recycling solutions designed to automate cash payments at the point of sale (POS). See how customers can pay into our recyclers and receive change without handing money to the operator. This reduces cash shrink and eliminates the need for managing cash manually at POS. CASH@POS is ideal for convenience retail, cafés, fast food/QSR, bakery or pharmacy.

CASH@KIOSK – CASH ENABLED SELF ORDERING / BILL PAYMENT KIOSK

QSR / fast food outlets can now take cash payments and dispense change at the point of transaction thanks to our kiosks with a fully integrated note and coin recycling technology. Why force customers to queue at a traditional POS lane to pay with cash? Our cash-enabled kiosks can also be used in self-service bill payment applications or retail self-checkout applications where a weighing product is not needed.