(Editor’s Note) As a part of our ongoing support for the International Commercial Cash Operations Seminar’s, we are pleased to bring you the details of the upcoming ICCOS Americas. We have had the pleasure of attending almost every ICCOS Americas since the inception of these seminars. Without a doubt they are not only the best networking and educational opportunities for cash handling professionals, but they are the only events dedicated entirely to the cash handling industry. Again, we beseech you – if you haven’t attended an ICCOS before or if you haven’t been to one in a few years – this is truly an event not to be missed!
After the success of the past two years, we at Currency Research are pleased to announce that the upcoming Cash Cycle Seminar (ICCOS) Americas, scheduled for December 8 â€“ 11, 2014, is shaping up to surpass the past few seminars with its unique agenda, focus on networking and idea sharing. ICCOS Americas also attracts more industry colleagues from across North and South America than any other similar event. The Americas seminar has returned to Miami, Florida to ensure easy attendance from both continents and to allow for the mixture of ideas, cultures and philosophies between the central banks, commercial banks, cash management companies and suppliers in these regions.
Last year the Cash Cycle Seminar (ICCOS) Americas attracted 258 delegates from 30 countries to take part in the exchange of knowledge. Trish Halligan, Managing Director for North America and the Caribbean states:
â€œI am so excited for our delegates and sponsors this year with the exciting agenda that is in store! Issues and trends that are currently shaping the industry will be scrutinized by leading industry practitioners during the general session presentations and panel discussions. The two â€œhands-onâ€ workshops plus the banknote production symposium will round out the program, providing a broader understanding of the entire cash cycle and overview of the state of the industry in our region. Again, we will offer many networking events culminating in a very special Delegate Appreciation Dinner that everyone is sure to enjoy. Our information-based society has created an environment where knowing what is happening internationally is expected. The Cash Cycle Seminar is the perfect place to fulfill that expectation.â€
By focusing on key trends in the industry, we feel strongly that this yearâ€™s agenda covers a wide range of topics and ideas from across the region, as well as global presenters to give their perspectives. Confirmed presentations are:
- Welcome to Miami!Â by The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta – Miami Beach
- Report on the “Benchmarking Cash Processing” StudyÂ by Currency Research
- Panel Discussion: Smart Safes – Are They the “Hannibal Lecter” of the Cash Handling Service Providers?Â Moderated by Huntington National Bank
- Bank of America’s 3-Year Strategy to Outsource Vaults Achieved with the Sale and Divestiture of Remaining Cash Vaults to GardaWorldÂ by Bank of America and GardWorld
- Productivity – the Road to SuccessÂ by GSA – Geldservice Austria
- IACA Presents: The Latest Global Payment TrendsÂ by The International Association of Currency Affairs (IACA)
- The Evolving Branch and the Increased Importance of Smart Cash ManagementÂ by Glory Global Solutions
- A Panel Discussion: Cash Processing – Is Outsourcing the Answer?Â moderated by Treasury Strategies, Inc.
- Cash Demand Forecasting and Cost OptimizationÂ by a Latin American Commercial Bank
- The International Wholesale of BanknotesÂ by Brinkâ€™s Global Services
- Supply Chain Logistics Has Revolutionized Retail â€“ Let’s Do the Same for Cash!Â by the U.S. Federal Reserve System Cash Product Office
- Can Bringing Cash Handling Processes In-House Be Justified in an Environment Where Trends Are Geared Towards Outsourcing? A Case StudyÂ by CitiBank-Banamex
- Developing a Cohesive Business Continuity PlanÂ by a Latin American Cash Management Company
- The Future of BitcoinÂ by an industry expert
Other planned topics include:
- Behind the Scenes of Remote Cash Capture
- Security Technology in the Vault
- A Perspective on the Future of Payments
- Counterfeiting Trends and Deterrents
- Branch Cash Automation
- Cash Forecasting and Optimization
The sponsor group, which is comprised of the industry leading suppliers in the cash cycle industry, will also be giving breakout sessions, to allow delegates to have a more targeted time with the suppliers to find out their newest technology and innovations. Currently, planned breakout sessions are:
- Transforming the Merchant Cash EcoSystemÂ by ARCA
- Modernizing the Cash Control With Innovative SolutionsÂ by CDM (Closed to Competitors)Â
- 4 Impactful Strategies for Vault ScalabilityÂ by Glory Global Solutions
- Lessons Learned: Optimizing the Retail Cash Cycle – A Case StudyÂ by Glory Global Solutions
- How Do You Manage the Quality and Authenticity of Notes in Circulation in Support of National “Clean Note” StrategiesÂ by Innovia Systems
- The Changing Face of Wholesale Banknotes and How to Control the Compliance BurdenÂ by IMX Software
- Redesigning The Currency Supply ChainÂ by Morphis
- Wearable Computing (Google Glass) and Applications for Cash ProcessingÂ by NamSys, Inc.
- Essentials of Cash Management: Maximizing Value from Cash Forecasting & CIT Scheduling OptimizationÂ by PlusOneMinusOne
- Protecting Your Customer’s Information Through Secure Document Transit and StorageÂ by Shields Security Bags (Closed to Competitors)Â
- Cash Enterprise 2.0: Get your Technology Strategy Ready!Â by Transtrack International
Other Breakout Meetings will be given by: Toshiba, Giesecke & Devrient, ControlTek, Witz Co. Tecnodev, and NCR.
After hearing the feedback from many of the delegates at the past few events, we are pleased to be offering a new addition to the diverse range of educational offerings â€“ a Post Seminar Symposium on Banknote Production â€“ Where the Cash Cycle Begins. This symposium is FREE to all registered delegates, so we invite delegates to stay to learn about the beginning stage of the cash cycle. Some of the confirmed presentations are:
- Issuance of the New-Design $100, A Year Later: Demand, Inventories, and Lessons Learned by The Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve System
- Banknote Production and How the Cash Cycle is Taken into Consideration During the Process by Giesecke & Devrient
- Banknote Printing Process: Improving the Efficiency of the Cash by an industry expert
As well as this addition on the last day of the seminar, we are pleased to be bringing two new Pre-Seminar Workshops â€“ one on Handling and Processing of Repatriated US Banknotes by the U.S. Federal Reserve, and the other on Cash Processing â€“ Moving Towards a More Efficient Cash Vault by ourselves, Currency Research. These workshops offer a more intimate setting for deeper analysis and discussion of these topics. Please note: These workshops are an additional cost and are NOT included in the ICCOS registration.
The Cash Management Association of the Americas will also be holding their annual meeting on December 9th at the Cash Cycle Seminar (ICCOS) Americas. The CMAA was established to bridge the gap of networking and communications between the full range of cash management companies in the many countries that constitute the Americas region, which will help facilitate the sharing of best practices and useful resources, while helping raise their professional profile in the currency handling arena. Any CMC or CMC supplier delegate is welcome to sit in on the meeting to discover the benefits of this organization.
We at Currency Research are also proud that our delegates who have earned their CTP/CCM designation the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) has approved The Cash Cycle Seminar: ICCOS Americas for up to 12.9 hours of recertification credits. We are happy to provide a confirmation of attendance letter at the end of the seminar.
We invite all our industry colleagues to join us in Miami for the premier cash cycle seminar in this area! Feel free to visit our website for more details.