Cash is rapidly becoming a thing of the past

Cash is being replaced by digital alternatives

Most people think of a cashless society as something that is way off in the distant future. But, that is simply not the case. The truth is that a cashless society is much closer than most people would ever dare to imagine.

It’s been nearly 300 years since paper money became accepted as legal tender. But it has been only recently that the road to a wider cashless society has started to really take shape. PayPal, MobilePay, Venmo, Square Cash, mPesa and Apple Pay, there are signs that cash is following the path of other “information goods,” such as books, music and DVDs in being replaced by digital alternatives.

The migration to cashlessness

The migration to cashlessness raise several questions: Which countries have the greatest to gain from the migration to a cashless society? Which countries are most prepared in terms of their digital readiness?

Countries that are highly digitally evolved are best positioned to unlock value by focusing on migrating to digital alternatives to cash. For those countries lagging in their digital evolution, the path to cashless nirvana is through investing in digital inclusion first.


Will cash be a relic of a bygone era

In Sweden, only about 3 percent of all transactions still involve cash. In most Swedish cities, public buses don’t accept cash; tickets are prepaid or purchased with a cell phone text message. A small but growing number of businesses only take cards, and some bank offices – which make money on electronic transactions – have stopped handling cash altogether.

Changing technology is nickel-and-diming old-fashioned cash out of existence. So will cash be a relic of a bygone era?

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Torben Rick

Experienced senior executive, both at a strategic and operational level, with strong track record in developing, driving and managing business improvement, development and change management. International experience from management positions in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and United Kingdom

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