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Community Banks and Credit Unions Alleviate Coin Shortage Fallout by Asking for Help from their Communities

Another one of the many consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic was the partial closure of the economy. Due to this partial closure, a nationwide coin shortage has developed because consumers are unable to spend their coins at local businesses that were temporarily closed or cut back on their operations. In addition, the U.S. Mint’s coin production also decreased at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to keep employees safe. Additionally, we’ve seen an increase in online purchasing which yet ag...

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Topics: Branches and ATMs, Cash Management, Vault Cash

Smart Tips - Managing Your Cash Supply Chain and Inventory - #3 Expect the Unexpected

If we’ve learned anything over the last few months, it is that the least expected can easily become reality and everything can change in an instant. In our previous post we talked a lot about the trends that should be evaluated when reviewing your cash supply chain and the processes surrounding your branch, ATM and vault cash inventory, but as we adjust to a “new normal” we are beginning to see that the previous trends may not always apply.

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Topics: Branches and ATMs, Cash Management, Vault Cash

Smart Tips - Managing Your Cash Supply Chain and Inventory - #2 Be Aware of Trends

The other week, we discussed our first smart tip for managing and implementing a successful cash supply chain and inventory management system – addressing customer demand. This week, our smart tip focuses on awareness of trends in the demand for cash. While we have all witnessed the unexpected over the last few months and recognize the importance of being prepared for the unknown, it is even more critical to be aware of ongoing and predictable trends that impact your cash flow. Here are five tip...

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Topics: Branches and ATMs, Cash Management, Vault Cash

Smart Tips - Managing Your Cash Supply Chain and Inventory - #1 Addressing Customer Demand

A good inventory system is important to the growth of any business that manages a supply chain. For most industries, inventory ties up cash figuratively in products sitting on a shelf or in a warehouse, but for financial institutions, branch, ATM, vault and device cash is a financial institution’s inventory. Like any other business, not enough or too much inventory can be costly to the business and inhibit growth or even day-to-day operations in their supply chain. Over the past few months finan...

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Topics: Branches and ATMs, Cash Management, Vault Cash

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The Fear of “Running Out of Cash” is an Illusion

Every responsible branch manager strives to satisfy his/her customers’ banking needs, especially when it comes to their demands for cash. Not being able to fulfill a customer’s request for cash at a bank or credit union branch is probably every head teller’s nightmare! Every banker wants to have more-than-adequate cash, and is pretty fearful of running out of cash (total cash holdings at the branch; not to be confused with cash flow at the branch). This fear, however, is an illusion that leads t...

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Topics: Vault Cash, Cash Usage

Make Running Out of Cash a Thing of the Past

Straps of Cash - Emergency Shipments At one point or another, most customers have probably experienced an ATM that’s out of cash, or had trouble getting the denominations they need when they visit a branch. It’s rare, but it happens from time to time at most branches, and sometimes more often than some would like to admit. Why are branches running out of certain denominations and cannot fulfill demand? How does this shortage impact the branch and its customers? What can branches do to address th...

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Topics: Cash Management, Vault Cash

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Myth of Branch Cash Management: Reducing Cash equals Optimal Cash Levels

#1 Myth of branch cash management: Reducing Cash equals Optimal Cash Levels While cash is central to banking operations, most financial institutions (FIs) carry too much of it (about 20-30% more than what they actually need) and unwittingly bear the direct and indirect costs of carrying excess cash. When banks and credit unions find out that they’re carrying too much, they often reduce their cash levels by a flat percentage across the board and assume that they’ve addressed the issue and solved ...

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Topics: Branches and ATMs, Cash Limits, Cash Management, Vault Cash, Cash Usage

Recover Your Federal Reserve Balance and Improve Profitability within 60 days... Here's How!

Depository institutions, such as banks and credit unions, can significantly reduce their reserve requirements and eliminate balances held at the Federal Reserve Bank by implementing retail sweep (aka Deposit Reclassification) programs. Freed-up balances can then be used to boost lending and increase profits. It is best for depository institutions to implement a tried and true retail sweep solution because their sweep percentages optimize non-reservable balances and maximize earnings potential.

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Topics: Vault Cash, Profitability, Federal Reserve, Deposit Reclassification

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Top Three Challenges & Solutions for Branch Cash Management

With interest rates poised to rise in the coming quarters, financial institutions (FIs) must seriously undertake cash management initiatives that identify and minimize non-earning assets (such as un-needed or excess cash in ATMs, cash dispensing machines, teller drawers and vaults), optimize cash inventory and redeploy excess cash profitably through loans and investments. While most FIs “think” they manage cash efficiently, data shows that cash is often managed up - to limits, not down - to usag...

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Topics: Cash Limits, Cash Management, Vault Cash, Cash Usage

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The Biggest Pitfall of Branch Cash Management - Managing Up to Limits

  Financial institutions (FIs), such as banks and credit unions, set limits on the maximum amount of cash they can carry in their branches and ATMs. These limits reflect cash needed to maintain insurability, regulatory compliance and risk management, and to meet fluctuating customer cash withdrawals. And that’s all well and good. But most cash is managed up to this maximum cash limit, and this is the biggest pitfall of branch cash management today.

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Topics: Cash Limits, Cash Management, Vault Cash