The term The expression was first coined by CashEssentials and is the encounter of cash and technology. It brings together innovative companies who leverage software and modern communications technology to imp... More refers to the encounter of Money in physical form such as banknotes and coins. and technology. CashTech gathers companies which leverage software and communications technology to provide improved cash services – including access to cash and acceptance of cash payments – as well as to enhance the efficiency of the Represents the various stages of the lifecycle of cash, from issuance by the central bank, circulation in the economy, to destruction by the central bank..
Sandipan Charkraborty is the founder of Sonect, founded in 2016 in Switzerland. As a former banker, Sandipan has seen very closely how expensive cash handling could be and how difficult it could be to access cash in developed countries.
The mission of Sonect is to optimise the global $350 billion Although banknotes are delivered to the citizens free of charge and their use does not involve a specific fee, costs are generated during their manufacturing, storage and circulation process, which ar... More. Sonect has developed the concept of virtual ATMs, a location-based match-making platform which connect those who want to deposit and those who want to withdraw cash. The solution is based on an app. The user connects using PSD 2 open APIs and requests an amount to withdraw. The app generates a Method for encoding information, which can be read by machines. Barcodes store information using a combination of printed parallel lines (bars) and in the spaces that are left between them. Reading st... More and performs a geo-location-based search to display the nearby shops able to provide the cash. The Initially, the person who is responsible for the safe, its opening and closing, and the contents that are safeguarded inside it. Nowadays, at a central bank, the person who is responsible for matters ... More scans the barcode and the transaction is settled and the cash can be handed over. Today, Sonect has become the single largest ATM network in Switzerland and is planning to expand internationally in Italy, Germany, France, Spain and Mexico. Sonect is also launching additional services including full-scale decentralized cash-deposit solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises.
Chris Forero-Slee is the founder of Shrap, a UK-based company which aims to use technology to support cash rather than replace it. For Chris, the whole approach to cash needs to This is the action by which certain banknotes and/or coins are exchanged for the same amount in banknotes/coins of a different face value, or unit value. See Exchange. if it is to survive. Shrap proposes to digitise coins as they are the most inconvenient and inefficient element of the transaction.
The biggest threat to cash is its continued acceptance by businesses. It is all well and good improving access to cash but if there is nowhere to spend it, there is no point. A growing number of businesses are removing cash as a A transfer of funds which discharges an obligation on the part of a payer vis-à-vis a payee. option and this has worsened following the recent attacks on cash by the media, over the misrepresentation of WHO data about the hygiene of cash. This has damaged the perception of cash in the minds of many people.
Shrap is the digital alternative to coins. The solution allows people to pay in cash and for merchants to receive payment and return change for low-value transactions free of charge, conveniently and anonymously. The solution is based on an app or a physical card. There are two types of accounts: business accounts for verified business and personal accounts which are anonymous and only require an e-mail or phone number. The businesses hold a digital float on the Shrap platform which allows them to issue change electronically when a customer makes a purchase in cash. All transactions are free with the exception of transfer of the balance onto an account which incurs a fixed fee.
Hari Sivan is the founder of Socash, a Singapore-based start-up which is building Asia’s largest distribution network for cash. In Asia, half a billion are rising out of poverty and starting out on the consumption journey. The value-chain is very much based-on cash. Cash demand is growing with GDP and there is a huge opportunity for Socash to tap into this demand.
Socash have customised the ‘A service whereby the customer pays electronically a higher amount to a retailer than the value of the purchase for goods and/or services and receives the difference in cash. It is also a reward syste... More framework’ which is prevalent in many countries, to enable any shop with a banking relationship to become a bank touchpoint. This creates a banking marketplace, which runs on variable costs is self-scaling and responsive. The key benefits to the industry are this marketplace approach where the costs are variable and typically diminishing, similarily to what has occurred in other industries such as telco, transport or The term originates from military language and refers to the movement and provisioning of troops at war. In today’s business vocabulary, it refers to the management in particular, the transportation... More. Socash have integrated some leading banks in the region as well as different payment modes.
Andreas Veller is the Managing Director of Barzahlen, founded in 2011 in Germany and which has been expanding in Europe under the brand name Viacash. Viacash strongly believes that cash will always play an important role in society: cash is printed freedom; it facilitates budget control, preserves privacy and drives A process by which individuals and businesses can access appropriate, affordable, and timely financial products and services. These include banking, loan, equity, and insurance products. While it is r... More. Viacash aims to make cash more convenient, accessible and efficient.
Viacash digitally connects retailers – which constitute the cash-in and cash-out infrastructure – with corporations that want to execute cash transactions with their customers. Viacash has developed a portfolio of products which include deposits and withdrawals from bank accounts, bill payments and payments of online purchases. The network currently represents 16,000 points of sales in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy and the goal is to establish a European network.
During the webinar, participants were invited to indicate which organisations they believed will be the main innovators in the cash cycle. 64% responded that start-ups and scale-ups drive innovation, well ahead of Companies specialized in the logistical handling of cash including several of the following operations: transportation, storage, counting and processing, packaging, replenishment and servicing of ATMs... More and hard or software vendors.
The emergence of CashTech is undoubtedly an indicator of the dynamism of the cash industry. The four companies on the webinar have in common the aim to make the cash cycle more efficient. To do this they propose to leverage existing infrastructure and increase the circulation of cash between those who need it retailers and consumers. They also show that cash is perfectly suited for the digital word and that digital technology can contribute to its efficiency. Lastly, CashTech shows that cash is not only important for the unbanked, the elderly and the marginalized. Cash is an important mainstream payment and monetary instrument.
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