What is a safe drop?

Point of Sale (POS) Glossary

A safe drop is the removal of excess money from a register to deposit into a secure location at the business. The secure location might be a safe, lockbox, back office, or another fortified location. This is not to be confused with a bank deposit or balancing the drawer at the end of a shift, which are both separate processes.

Excess cash in a point of sale drawer is at risk of theft and can clutter up the register. Stores have policies and procedures for determining when a safe drop should occur to clear a drawer. If money is removed from a POS register during a shift, it might be entered into the POS system, or a manager might write a receipt to leave in the drawer that accounts for the money removed for the safe drop.

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