What Are the Impacts of Poor Cash Management?

    Oct 17 2016

    Topics: Cash Management

    Poor cash management can put a large strain on the profitability of your business. Efficiently and accurately handling cash is important for your business’s success and should be a focus in your daily operations to keep your business afloat. Cash may seem like a simple thing to process, but handling it improperly can put a dent in the productivity of your business and negatively affect your bottom line.

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    When it comes to profitability, there are many impacts of poor cash management that will prevent your business from reaching its full potential.

    Counterfeit Fraud

    Counterfeit fraud is a risk that any business faces when handling cash. Without proper procedures and policies in place, your business can be vulnerable to accidentally accepting counterfeit currency. Counterfeit money has increased in sophistication and can be very difficult to accurately identify without the help of technology. If your staff are still attempting to identify counterfeit currency manually, you may find yourself suffering losses that can be avoided by improving your counterfeit protection plan. Evaluating how your business identifies and rejects counterfeit currency is the first step to increasing the security of your cash handling process.

    High Labour Costs

    From beginning to end, the cash handling process can take a large amount of time. Transactions that are completed at the point-of-sale terminal are only the first step in the cash process. Poor cash management can lead to an unreliable cash handling process,which in turn drives up labour costs. 

    With manual cash handling, mistakes can happen. When a mistake happens during a transaction, it can then affect the rest of the cash management process, taking it from simple to complicated. When cash registers must be balanced, a mistake made in an earlier transaction can lead the process astray and cause your staff to take an extensive amount of time to complete the cash management process.

    Vulnerability to Losses

    Having an effective cash management process means that your business operates securely. If cash handling policies and procedures are not available or properly implemented, your business will be vulnerable to losses.

    Internal losses can occur when there is a disorganized cash management process or there is no outlined accountability for staff. Poor cash management and improperly secured money—from overflowing cash drawers to unsecured cash rooms—raise your business’s risk of losses. You can prevent the potential for shrinkage through investing in secure cash management processes and technology that will protect the profitability of your business.

    Inefficient Operations

    Poor cash management naturally corresponds with inefficient daily operations. As mentioned, manual cash handling can take large amounts of time and can be an unreliable process. Inefficient cash management can lead to a reduction in sales, as your staff must spend larger amounts of time on processing cash, rather than focusing on serving customers and selling products.

    What You Can Do

    The impacts of poor cash management may vary depending on the type of business. What remains constant, however, is that effective cash management and profitability go hand in hand. Give your company the best chance of success by introducing secure and efficient technology into your cash processing. By doing so, you can prevent your business from suffering the negative impacts of having disorganized and inefficient cash processes. With the popularity of cash payments remaining steady, it is in the best interests of your company to invest in the security of your operations by ensuring that accepting cash payments is profitable for your business.


    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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