Cash Highlights

Trends in Retail Cash Automation: A Market Overview of Retail Cash Handling Technologies


Until recently, cash handling has been largely a manual and labor-intensive process. However, this has begun to change with new devices that automate certain back office cash handling functions, such as cash dispensers, recyclers, and smart-safes. Because cash usage remains strong, merchants, banks, and armored carriers are exploring ways to take advantage of these new technologies to automate their cash handling functions. This FedNotes paper provides an overview of cash handling in the financial and merchant environments, along with how these new devices are being used.

An Analytical Framework for the Forecasting and Risk Assessment of Demand for Fed Cash Services

The FRBSF Economic Letter on “What’s in Your Wallet? The Future of Cash” addressed factors that are influencing the payment landscape as new technologies have been brought to market. For a deeper look at the research behind this empirical analysis, we invite you to read the working paper on “An Analytical Framework for the Forecasting and Risk Assessment of Demand for FedCash Services.”

Meeting Demand for Currency during a Disaster

Meeting Demand for Currency during a Disaster

When a disaster strikes, causing telecommunication networks or power lines to go down, we know people want to have cash. Watch a video about how the Federal Reserve prepares for business disruptions and provides national support when they occur.

The Federal Reserve’s Role in Cash Distribution

The Federal Reserve's Role in Cash Distribution

When you receive cash from a bank, you have confidence that it is genuine. Learn more about how the Federal Reserve’s Cash Services and Cash Product Office facilitate the flow of money to financial institutions in the U.S. and around the world.

The Cash Lifecycle

The Cash Lifecycle

Every day, we use cash to purchase goods and services. But where does it come from and what happens to it once it leaves our wallets? Join us as we follow the money from production to destruction.