Does Your Bank Have Its Own Self-Service Coin Counter Yet?
Now is the time for banks to put in place self-service coin counters. Why?
In the US, coin-counting machines have become a regular feature. They make the process of trading coins for cash (or depositing them) much easier, doing away with the time and cost of counting coins by hand. It’s as simple as pouring the coins into the machine.
While the number of bank branches in the UK continues to decrease, savvy banks looking to offer that little bit more to customers would do well to invest in coin counters. It gives customers – and particularly business customers – yet another reason to choose your bank branch over another one. Many banks now require customers to count their coins by hand before they deposit them. Who has the time?
Coin-counting machines can prevent queue build-ups in branches and save employees’ time. They are a win-win purchase for your branch.
Choose a machine with a high accuracy rating to ensure your customers get the correct exchange.
New Pound Coin – Effects on Businesses So Far
What effect has the new £1 coin had on businesses so far? The new coin is billed as the most secure coin in the world. It was brought in because the old coin was vulnerable to counterfeiting and there were thought to be some 45 million fakes ones in circulation.
The new coin is modelled on the old threepenny bit, a coin that disappeared after decimalisation was brought in during the early 1970s. It is two-colour, and it incorporates state-of-the-art technology so that it can be checked at all points of the cash cycle.
The old ‘round pound’ ceases as legal tender in October this year. Businesses and customers have been urged to start taking their coins to the bank for exchange. There are some banks and building societies that have said they will accept the old pound coins after October, but only from existing customers. The Royal Mint’s advice for businesses includes making certain coin receiving equipment can take the new pound coin, though the co-circulation of pound coins might make that tricky.
The Independent reports that the change is a difficult one for SMEs, as they have already taken on burdens such as pension auto-enrolment and have the prospect of quarterly tax returns to consider. The head of enterprise at the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England & Wales), Clive Lewis, told the paper that the new pound coin only added to the financial hit that SMEs have taken.
Councils have also expressed their concern, as they will need to adapt parking meters.
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The New Take on Vending
Picture the vending machine, and a likely image pops to mind—the rectangular object that pops out fizzy drinks, crisps and/or chocolate bars. In other words, something parents and health campaigners try to ban.
But vending machines are changing. Why should they be the preserve of the unhealthy? There is no reason that a vending machine can’t drop a healthy snack into its take-out portal. Especially if it’s positioned in a place where there is demand for such products. A gym, for example, might do well with a vending machine dispensing protein bars and whey shakes. There are now vending machines you can buy milk from too.
Scientists in Chicago have taken it one step further, with a new system that forces the vendee to wait 25 seconds if they choose a junk food product. As a visible countdown begins, the buyer is asked if they want to opt for something healthy instead. The delay led to a 2-5 percent increase in healthy snack choices. It had no impact on sales.
Easter: Smart Retailers Gear Themselves Up for a Busy Weekend
Warm weather and the later date for Easter this year are expected to boost high street spending.
Retail analyst Springboard predicts a 5.4 percent increase in footfall to all outlets, compared to a 1.9 percent drop last year. Easter falls after the national payday too, which indicates that more shoppers will visit retail destinations this weekend.
Springboard said the prediction about high streets reflected their resilience, adaptability and diverse hospitality, allowing them to adapt more quickly than retail parks. It is estimated that 15 percent of Easter sales will take place in food and drink places, up from previous years’ 10 percent. The good weather forecast will no doubt make a difference to entertainment outlets, such as theme parks and those offering family fun.
Smart retailers will be gearing themselves up for a busy weekend.
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‘Recycle, Recycle, Recycle’ – Q&A with Paco Terrasa-Been, Capstone
As a result of the recent growth in smaller retailers adopting cash management technology, we spoke with Paco Terrasa-Been of Capstone, a cash management solutions specialist, to see what the situation is with this technology.
Q. From your point of view what are the reasons your customers want to buy the recycling systems?
A. Most of the retailers are looking for Enhanced cash management, reducing the necessary time to prepare cash floats for point of sale equipment. They are also trying to achieve greater control in terms of reducing fraud. Other key issues are Hygiene, Security, Transaction processing time.
Q. What is the biggest unexpected benefit to them?
A. The majority of users see tangible cost reductions and are pleased that the ROI really can be achieved in 1 to 1.5 years.
Q. What key feedback have you had after a customer starts to use the system?
A. When you speak with customers after installation the cashiers love the system because they have far less stress about taking care of giving proper change and the Managers/store owners love the system because the time taken to administer cash is greatly reduced.
Q. When customers first approach you about cash management systems what fears do they have?
A. The biggest fear is the expected cost of implementing such systems, it seems that many customer assume that it would not be viable for the smaller retailer. I am pleased to say that for the main part we can put their mind at rest about this.
Q. And finally, do Capstone have any upcoming events where we can see this technology in action?
A. Yes we will have the systems at the upcoming Euroshop, Saveur et Metiers and Internorga shows.
If you would like any further information on any of our coin handling products, feel free to contact our team for an initial discussion. Tel: 01892 518173 Email: email@example.com or check out Capstones website www.capstone.works
Is bulk entry the future?
Do you stand aimlessly at various types of payment machines rummaging for the exact change, only to then spend more time inserting individual coins one by one?
Yes. Us too! Annoying isn’t it… and not ideal if you’re in a rush.
So what do you think about bulk entry? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could throw in all of your coins at once.
Bulk entry as it is known has been around for a while but is mainly seen at the self service checkout at the supermarket. Have you seen it, have you used it?
What is it? Well as its name suggests you enter coins in bulk, you can throw in a handful of coins and they will be accepted and checked. In a full recycling system if you overpay the required amount then the overpayment can be returned automatically.
The systems are fast and accurate but is bulk the future? Do you trust the technology?
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The new 12-sided £1 coin – Is your business ready?
With less then six months to go, the race against time to make sure everything from vending machines to shopping trolleys work with the new £1 coin is on.
The new 12-sided £1 coin’s dimensions are obviously different from the current round £1 coin, but other changes include;
Thickness: 2.8mm – it is thinner than the round £1 coin.
Weight: 8.75g – it is lighter than the round £1 coin.
Diameter: 23.43mm – it is slightly larger than the round £1 coin, the maximum diameter (point to point) is 23.43mm.
So what affect will this have on your vending machines?
The simple answer… It’s difficult to tell without knowing your exact application. You may need adaptations or replacements to your coin handling equipment. Operators of coin handling equipment should contact us as early as possible to identify if any upgrades are necessary.
Important dates to remember:
October 2016 to March 2017 – Preparing for the new £1 coin.
Check whether you operate equipment that handles the £1 coin.
March 2017 to September 2017 – Co-circulation period.
You can accept both coins from your customers.
Autumn 2017 – Demonetisation.
All your coin handling equipment should be able to accept the new £1 coin.
For further info visit: http://www.thenewpoundcoin.com/