Retail Stores: 5 Ways to Improve Your Cash Flow Management (Updated 2019)

    Oct 22 2014

    Topics: Cash Flow Management, Retail Store

    As a business owner, one of your top priorities should be cash flow management. Are you doing everything you can to improve cash flow management in your retail store? Perhaps it's time to reevaluate your processes.

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    There may be opportunities to eliminate errors and discrepancies, save time and money, and improve efficiencies. We've come up with a list of 5 ways for retail stores to improve your cash flow management.

    1. Automate your cash management 

    Automate your cash management by investing in bill acceptors which count, validate, and secure your cash. Use a currency counter to reduce time your employees spend manually handling cash. Increase efficiencies by automating procedures like counting cash and balancing tills. Let an automated system handle these administrative duties. Handling cash is costly and time consuming. You and your employees should be focusing on increasing sales and providing superior customer service.

    Protect the revenue your business is generating. Inefficient cash management practices result in unnecessary losses. You can quickly and easily automate your cash management process and hold on to that hard-earned cash.

    2. Implement measures to protect your business against fraud.

    Retail stores are often targetted when it comes to fraud. Invest in cheque imaging solutions and/or fraudulent bill detectors. This will take the guess work out of your employees' hands and deliver clear and accurate results in an instant. 

    3. Automate reporting

    Rather than spending time creating sales reports manually, rely on your automated cash management system to handle all of your reporting needs. This will ensure accuracy and save you time. These solutions all have reporting capability at store level and online through secure customer portals. Head office can access the information they need in real time.

    4. Training on cash management policies

    Train your staff thoroughly and ensure that they are following procedures correctly. This will reduce the risk of avoidable mistakes. Review your current cash management procedures. Eliminate unnecessary steps and introduce efficiency. If you need to update your cash handling procedures, do so and then educate your employees. They need to know their roles regarding cash handling. Make it known that cash management policies must be followed diligently and that cash flow will be monitored closely.

    5. Pay attention to the details.

    You need to keep a close eye on your income and expenses. Once you have a firm grasp on the flow of cash coming in and out of your business, you will be able to assess how you can improve your cash flow and avoid financial losses. You could find out that you are losing money through a leak that you are able to plug. Track your finances scrupulously and avoid unnecessary losses.

    In today's aggressive market, it's crucial that you always look for ways to improve your business. Start by modifying your cash flow management. You could save time and money with an automated cash management system. Prevent fraud with the help of bill detectors and cheque imaging solutions. Save time and energy when it comes to preparing sales reports and let your automated system handle these mundane tasks. Train your staff properly to ensure all aspects of your business are in compliance with your goals to improve cash flow management.

    Pay attention to the details and do what you can to avoid unnecessary losses. You and your team work hard to make your business profitable. Improve your cash flow management and keep more of that revenue you've all worked so hard for. 


    Andrea Lombardi

    Andrea Lombardi

    Andrea joined the CashTech team upon its inception in 2003. Learning the business from the ground up, she now utilizes her expertise in account management, planning, and negotiation while managing the daily operations of CashTech’s sales, marketing, and logistics departments. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario. She enjoys travelling and has a passion for personal fitness, including obtaining her kettlebell certification. Andrea lives in Toronto with her husband and two young sons.

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