There's no question that retailers are a high-risk group when it comes to hold-ups and petty theft by employees. Every time the cash register is opened, it is an invitation to the criminally inclined.
Front-end cash exposure poses an even greater risk in 24-hour stores and large operations with a number of check-out lanes. Employee turnover adds to the threat.
One way to guard against the danger is to make frequent collections from all the cash registers in your store, keeping cash accumulations as small as possible. But it is neither practical, nor profitable, for store managers to constantly walk away from other responsibilities to make those collections. Such a system can actually create an added risk-by making your managerial staff vulnerable every time they carry loose cash off of the floor.
The Counter Cache Method is a Better Method
A far more efficient system is Counter Cache (pronounced cash). Available in two models. Counter Cache I and II.
It allows for continuous collection from all of the cash registers by providing a depository at each station for large denomination bills and all excess cash that is not needed to make change.
Once bills are placed in the "Cache" box, they remain under lock and key, hidden from view, until it is convenient for the manager to take charge of the contents. Even the cashier who puts the bills there, no longer has access to them. The money can only be retrieved by the one who holds the key - the person you designate.
By keeping money out of temptation's way, Counter Cache not only reduces the risk of outside theft, it discourages petty theft by employees.
How Counter Cache helps you keep the profits you make.
The Counter Cache box is designed to lock into a mounting channel which can be bolted to any secure fixture near the cash register. Once the unit is locked in place, bracket screws are securely hidden away to protect against tampering. In most cases, the under side of the counter is selected as the most suitable location - one that is both convenient for the cashiers who use it, yet cautiously unobtrusive.
Based on the individual needs of your store, cashiers should be instructed as to the approximate amount of cash to be kept in the register - so that excess amounts can be routinely deposited in the Counter Cache.
The cashier simply drops each bill into the slot, and pushes it towards the back of the box with a quick flip of the handle. At the end of the business day, or at convenient times throughout the day, the Counter Cache is unlocked from the mounting channel to be transported to a more secure place where it can be opened. This can only be done by using another key. When the contentsare removed, the bills are neatly stacked and ready to be counted.
Counter Cache II: a cassette system that takes multiple cash registers into account.
For increased efficiency in large operations such as department stores, supermarkets, discount stores, etc., Counter Cache II offers the added feature of removable cassettes. This time-saving system provides an immediate productivity saving. It facilitates collection from multiple cash registers throughout the store, by enabling the person in charge to remove only the cassette - leaving the "Cache" box in place. As each cassette is removed, it is immediately replaced with an empty cassette - allowing for continuous, uninterrupted use of the "Cache" box by the cashiers.
How the cassette system works.
The cassette is a strong plastic case with the capacity to hold up to 500 bills or checks, yet it weighs only 1 lb. Before each use, it is sealed with a numbered security seal that remains intact until the cassette is opened by the person in charge of collecting cash. The sealed cassette is simply dropped into the Counter Cache box.
When cash is collected, it takes two keys to remove the cassette. One metal key opens the box itself, exposing the cassette inside. But the cassette can only be removed by inserting a separate plastic key plate - which both closes the cassette (making it into a separate container), and releases it from the "Cache" box. After it is removed to a secure place to be emptied of its contents, the cassette is opened by breaking the security seal.
Added features for added effieciency.
Optional accessories are available for both Counter Cache I and II. Specially designed envelopes hold cash, checks, coupons, bottle redemption slips, as well as a transaction tape for easy close-out. To mark the point at which a new clerk begins working the same register, there's a special plastic marker to insert at the end of each shift. Custom mounting brackets are also available to modify Counter Cache to meet specific needs.
Dimensions: 7 3/4"L x 4"W x 9 1/4"H
Weight: 7 lbs.
Counter Cache I: 600 bills
Counter Cache II: 500 bills
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