Serving thousands of customers worldwide, APG Cash Drawer powers cash management solutions across a wide range of global industries and verticals. Whether it’s our general application cash drawer, custom designed solutions, or the SMARTtill® Cash Management Solution, our products and brand are differentiated by our ability to deliver innovative technologies that globally enhance efficiency and security at the point of sale. To learn more about APG’s products, visit our website or call 763-571-5000. Stay updated on our products by following us on Twitter, Facebook , Instagram or LinkedIn.
APG has built a reputation as the supplier of choice for cash management solutions for retail, grocery, hospitality, and quick serve for thousands of customers in over 90 countries. For 40 years, APG Cash Drawer has been committed developing durable and dependable cash drawers while utilizing the latest technology. We don’t just build cash drawers, provide solutions for the retail environment to deliver superior customer service and shopping experiences.
Why Choose APG Cash Drawer
The retail industry is a favorite target of cyber attackers. Hackers know a successful attack on a retailer can give them access to the data of thousands or even millions of payment cardholders. Cyber criminals can sell that data for a tidy profit to other criminals on the dark web who use it for fraud, identity theft, and phishing attacks. Cyber crime is big business; it’s projected to cause damages of $6 trillion by 2021 on organizations of all types and sizes.
Any business that accepts cash for transactions has come to expect that some percentage of it will vanish as a result of fraud, administrative errors and employee misdeeds. Inventory shrink, which includes cash loss, costs retailers an estimated $47 billion annually. It is so prevalent that retailers have a line item for it in their P&L statement.
Cashless proponents have sounded the death bell for cash for at least two decades, but their predictions have been premature. To be sure, digital forms of payment have received a boost in recent years but have not succeeded in completely displacing coins and paper money. Its unlikely cash will be replaced anytime soon – if ever.
Without a marketing strategy, it’s difficult to target your message to customers about how you can support their business needs and goals. The more you hone the message, the better customers understand the value you provide, which gives them an incentive to engage and transact with you.
Due to federal legislation, U.S. cannabis dispensaries face the singular challenge of having to process most transactions in cash.
As a new, lighter POS approach emerges, Point of Sale (POS) solutions no longer have to depend on PCs to operate. Depending on a system’s configuration, the new POS model can leverage thin clients such as tablets and handhelds, giving the cashier the freedom to transact business at the point of decision.
Cash Still Rules. It takes money to make money. This old adage certainly holds true for businesses that process cash transactions. Cash costs U.S. businesses $55 billion yearly. While most of that is due to theft, the figure also includes time spent on processing, counting and transporting bills and coins.
If you think credit and debit cards are about to displace cash for retail transactions, think again. Legal tender remains the most commonly used form of payment, accounting for about 40 percent of U.S. transactions overall, up to two-thirds of purchases under $10, and half of transactions valued at less than $50. “Cash accounts for about 85 percent of global consumer transactions,” according to MasterCard. “In most countries the cashless journey has only just begun.” So while plastic and electronic payments have been hailed as the currency of the future, there is a long way to go.
Thanks to the rapid expansion of e-commerce and Amazon, there is no doubt that a range of new card payment options are on the rise. At the same time, retailers are still handling enormous amount of cash daily because cash remains by far the most commonly used payment method by shoppers throughout the world. In the Euro zone, for example, cash was the main payment choice for purchases under €45, which accounted for 91% of all POS payments.
Theft is one of the retail world’s biggest challenges, especially in the independent convenience sector where stores are often manned by a handful of people that are not equipped with the latest security gizmos. In fact, nearly half of retailers (49 percent) have experienced theft of cash from their premises. This hurts businesses and their customers because merchants often have to pass on these losses by raising prices. With cash management solutions, businesses can fight back against theft and achieve an advantage over competitors.
Erik Metzdorf knows what it’s like to be a victim of your own success. When his food truck, Metzy’s Taqueria, rolled onto the streets of Newburyport, MA, in spring 2014, a line of customers wanting to buy tacos and burritos wrapped around the block. While it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to fulfill an order, customers were forced to wait much longer.
In his vision for Fortina Italian restaurants, Rob Krauss saw a perfect combination of hospitality with expedience. His hostesses and servers would work in tandem to deliver service with a smile, with tableside orders going directly to the kitchen to accelerate food preparation and minimize waits. Customer information would be captured and stored for follow-up marketing.
When the Juice Bar at LVAC, a health foods eatery in Las Vegas, needed a new POS system that refl ected its light and modern corporate image, it turned to POS software provider Next Gen Dine.
The Juice Bar at LVAC, a health foods eatery in Las Vegas, needed a POS system that refl ected its corporate image — light and modern. But the company was stuck with an expensive legacy system that put too many restrictions on its operations.
The 2014 PGA Memorial Tournament hosted by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus delivered a couple of significant firsts. For the first time, Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama won the tournament, and APG Cash Drawer debuted its Stratis Integration System as part of a mobile POS solution used at concession and food stations.
Sometimes opportunities pop up in the unlikeliest places. Just ask Chris Pace, who ended up with a new business after doing a friend favor – to replace a legacy POS system in the friend’s coffee shop with an iPad- based solution. After researching available options, Pace assembled a solution consisting of iPads, a ShopKeep POS application, and APG Vasario cash drawers.
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No one likes to use passwords, but they are critical to securing access to systems with valuable business data. Retailers, like any other business, should require passwords as part of their security policies to protect POS systems, backroom applications, customer databases, and any other business system.
Despite the ever-present specter of Amazon, retailers of all stripes are taking decisive steps to modernize their operations by making in-store improvements and honing their focus on delivering a personalized customer experience.
A solid majority of small business owners (83%) say they will never stop accepting cash payments, according to a recent study. Furthermore, almost three quarters (73%) believe America will never go cashless.
In addition to POS applications sold as SaaS products there are many add-ons which can create recurring revenue: Loyalty/Rewards, Above-store Reporting, Data Security, Online Ordering and more.
Barring some unforeseen event, retailers have lots of reasons to feel positive as we head into the new year. The economy is good, consumer confidence is high and retail is stronger than might be expected, considering the often-repeated predictions of a retail apocalypse.
The retail cash drawer evolved from a basic wooden box with a bell to a metal box to a secure, intelligent device that keeps track of currency amounts by cashier and transaction and helps retailers improve their operations. One of the biggest benefits of intelligent drawers is loss prevention.
VARs who engage their hardware solution providers to create new business opportunities and innovative solutions might be surprised at how easy it is to create successful partnerships with those vendors. Through partnership programs, hardware vendors can help VARs with rewarding incentive programs, marketing resources and support.
A five-hour outage on June 1st that left Visa cardholders across Europe unable to complete transactions caused widespread disruption and frustration, and raised serious questions about a future cashless society. Consumers saw cards being declined as they tried to make purchases at gas stations, restaurants, supermarkets and retail stores. Some reported having to stand in line at checkouts for 20 minutes as cashiers struggled to process transactions, not knowing the system was down. Some drivers couldn’t get gas, which for some created a real problem. Among those affected was a member of the British Parliament, Angela Rayner, who tweeted she was able to fuel up because “my local garage knows me.”
POS ISVs looking to boost brand recognition often turn to hardware manufacturers to get their solutions to market. Partnerships to integrate ISV solutions with hardware are one of the most effective ways to create a market for your software.
POS resellers are essential to a vendor’s strategy to target its products to the right market. Without the benefit of channel partnerships, vendors would be hard-pressed to gain brand mindshare.