|Volume 9, Issue 2||
Peregrin now supports hundreds of terminals for scores of companies in the region and beyond. Two-thirds of these ATMs are "placed," where Peregrin provides the ATM, armored car service, and vault cash. Peregrin's ATMs are installed in convenience stores, fast-food restaurants, sports bars, bowling centers, liquor stores, in delis with video poker machines, and in credit unions.
In 2007, the company was awarded the contract to install ATMs in Washington State Licensing offices. The Oregon Zoo and the Rose Quarter also have multiple Peregrin ATMs.
Peregrin has a staff of trained technicians to install and service its products, because they believe that responsive after-sales support is as important as initial low cost. They also work with another local company, SolvPort, to provide an 800 number for 24/7 support during evening and weekend hours. In addition, the terminals have built-in monitoring programs that alert Peregrin technicians when ATMs or safes are low on cash, need service, or simply haven't processed a transaction in a specified time period. Bosch points out that, "A non-operating ATM frustrates consumers and loses money for merchants."
Last summer, Peregrin announced CeleraCash, a new cash-management product and service for the merchant whose business generates a high volume of cash transactions. The merchant and their selected employees insert cash into the Provisional Cash Safe (PCS) which counts the bills, rejects counterfeits, and prints deposit slips. At the end of the day, the safe transmits the day's deposits to the bank, and the day's total amount is credited to the merchant's account to use as early as the next morning for payments to suppliers and other uses. Businesses no longer have to suffer losses and anxieties due to miscounted cash and those after-midnight trips to a bank's night deposit box. Armored cars pick up the cash on a set schedule or whenever it reaches an agreed cash level.
CeleraCash customers, such as Ace Hardware and Elmer's Restaurants, can use an application on their desktop computer and even on their smart phone to monitor the status of their PCSs from anywhere. This is particularly useful for merchants with multiple locations. Bosch likes to envision his customer on the beach in Hawaii checking in to view the cash position of his stores!
This development was made possible by a convergence of technology and banking regulations. Prior to 9/11, checks were loaded onto airplanes and flown around the country to be processed back at the bank of their origin. With all air traffic shut down for days after that disaster, banking regulators realized that technology could improve the process. Remote Deposit Credit means that checks are now scanned and transmitted electronically to financial institutions. The same regulations that have allowed this have also made it possible for banks to accept cash deposits electronically when transmitted from a secure smart safe.
Smaller and cheaper electronics technology and more efficient software was the other part of the puzzle. Peregrin developed the software that connects the CeleraCash PCS to its server, which uploads information to the financial institution and also generates real-time reports for the customer. It has worked with safe manufacturers to develop the same type of user-friendly interface that made its ATMs so successful. Bosch points out that this represents the transition for merchants from loss prevention to full cash management. "The ATM market is mature. Most of the businesses that need them already have them. The technology of cash management is just beginning and we're poised to grow along with it," he says.
Bosch says he named the company Peregrin for the remarkable peregrin falcon, a bird that can fly 180 miles an hour, has the eyesight of a human with eight-power binoculars and is very agile. And, no matter how a peregrin falcon twists and turns in its flight, its eyes are always horizontal. Bosch envisioned a company that is swift, has great vision and is flexible in meeting customer needs, and is always level-headed!
Sam Bosch and his wife Corinne live in Rock Creek and attend the Oak Hills Community Church, where he organizes the yearly remote broadcast of the "January Series" from Calvin College, 15 lectures from national and internationally renowned personalities, which this year included Cal Ripken Jr. and Dr Temple Grandin—"The most accomplished and well known adult with autism in the world." They have two sons and two daughters, one of whom is a part-time bookkeeper for the company. Corrine worked as a teacher, and is the corporate Secretary. They enjoy travelling, which they generally combine with business.
Bosch invites anyone with a cash-intensive business to contact Peregrin to find out if CeleraCash is a good fit. "You can eliminate the costs and risks of your current cash-handling and depositing procedures, and gain access to your cash faster for less than $15 per day per location," he says. Contact them at 503-690-1111 or stop in at 1225 NW Murray Road, Suite 112.
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