The History and Future of The Cash Register and the Incorruptible Cashier

If you have heard about the origins of the cash register, then there is no doubt that you would have heard of John Patterson, the founder of NCR. However, we need to turn the clock back to another who actually came up with both the idea and the machine.

Old NCR cash register

On January 30, 1883, James Ritty, a saloonkeeper in Dayton, Ohio, and John Birch received a patent for inventing the cash register. James Ritty invented what was nicknamed the “Incorruptible Cashier” or the first working, mechanical cash register. The machine used metal taps with denominations pressed into them to indicate the amount of the sale. There was a bell to ring up sales. (The familiar cha-ching of the modern day register, though the sounds are produced differently now). It also had a total adder that summed all the cash values of the key presses during a day. His invention came with that familiar bell sound referred to in advertising as “The Bell Heard Round the World”.

After reading a description of the cash register designed by James Ritty and sold by the National Manufacturing Company, John H Patterson purchased several machines for use in his retail store. Later he decided to buy both the company and the cash register patent for $6500. He renamed the company the National Cash Register Company in 1884. Patterson’s eccentricity and aggressiveness, made him a successful businessman. Eighty four companies sold cash registers between 1888 and 1895, only three survived for any length of time. With Patterson’s desire to create bigger, better and more thief proof registers, his company was the most successful of all cash register companies in the late 1800′s to early 1900′s.

Patterson continued to improve on Ritty’s cash register invention, adding spare rolls to reconcile the day’s transactions in each price range. This worked by building a hole puncher into each cash register while the paper would have separate invisible columns that would stand for cents and dollars. If the paper had two holes punched in dollars column, for example, and 50 holes punched in the cents column, the total would be Two dollars + fifty cents. When a transaction was completed, a bell rang on the cash register + the amount was stored on a large dial on the front of the machine. During each sale, a paper tape was punched with holes so that the merchant could keep track of sales. At the end of the day, the merchant could add up the holes and therefore his daily cash. In 1906 a cash register was designed with an electric motor, which made it the first powered cash register.

Fast forward to today and the software computerization of POS (Point-of-Sales) Systems. LionWise POS has mastered the POS software world and offers the best POS software available on the market today. The original cash register was a tremendous concept but was limited by technology and lack of the Internet until Al Gore invented it much later. (That claim still remains unverified). It is now possible to login remotely and see sales occur in live time. The concept of the “incorruptible cashier” still exists and LionWise monitors your cashiers, servers, and  bartenders to make sure that you don’t have any “silent partners” of which you are not aware.

LionWise is always watching your business and flagging suspicious transactions silently in the digital world. LionWise is much like a technological ninja that is stealthily gathering data that will prove or disprove if you may have any “incorruptible servers, cashiers, or bartenders.”

If you are looking for the most innovative software that provides unlimited reporting and suspicious transaction detail, you need to make the call to LionWise today at 603.929.0020

If you need a little more time to have your castle ransacked before calling, go ahead and visit our web site INCORRUPTIBLE CASHIER and see what all the fuss is about.

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