Several years ago Apple “reinvented” retailing with its sleek, modern stores and store employees who could check you out with a convenient mobile device. There was no waiting in line, and customers were offered a choice of a printed receipt or an emailed receipt. From a shopper’s perspective, the process was quick, efficient, and pleasant. Soon after the introduction of mobile checkout, many in the industry predicted that the model would gain momentum and that retailers of all kinds would equip store personnel with mobile devices to check shoppers out anywhere within the store. But, for a variety of reasons, mobile checkout has not taken off, and traditional cash wraps have continued to play a meaningful role across a wide variety of retail sectors and formats.
Cash wraps come in all shapes and sizes but perform the same basic function. They serve as a hub within the store and the destination site for shoppers to complete their shopping transaction. It’s the only place in the store that provides a guaranteed interaction or touchpoint with customers and an opportunity to provide excellent customer service to ensure customers have a positive experience. In addition, if merchandised properly cash wraps are the best vehicles to drive impulse sales.
Most cash wraps are constructed of MDF with a pressure-sensitive laminate applied to the surfaces. Some cash wraps use solid surface countertops to provide and upgraded look and enhanced durability. Cash wraps are among the most abused fixtures in a store because of the traffic they encounter and because of their frequent run-ins with aberrant shopping carts. It’s not unusual to see cash wraps starting to look worn after a year or two. The most common sign of wear and tear is chipping laminate on the corners or damage to the body of the cash wrap. There are a number of ways to extend the life of a cash wrap by using bumpers, t-molding instead of edge banding, and using durables laminates instead of melamine finishes.
Let’s take a look at a few examples of cash wraps we have manufactured as a way of illustrating the variety of designs that can work within different retail settings. The first example is a bullpen style cash wrap we made for Big 5 Sporting Goods. The first couple of pictures show the cash wrap as a work-in-progress in our shop. The pictures that follow show the cash wrap merchandised in a Big 5 store. As you will see, the cash wrap included a number of accessory fixtures such as LED-lit glass cases.
The second example is a similar bullpen-style cash wrap we did for Lakeshore Learning stores. This cash wrap incorporated bright blue and red laminates that matched the overall store décor.
A third example is a curved cash wrap we made for Petco’s Unleashed stores. This cash wrap featured a unique aluminum ridged front face.
We also made a smaller more traditional cash wrap for Petco as shown below.
Our final example is a fairly traditional modular cash wrap with a natural wood look that offered a variety of configuration options.