The History of Cash Registers – The Origins
James Ritty a local US store owner invented the cash register in 1879. He had always experienced problems, because some of his employees would help themselves to his daily earnings. In order to find a solution, he endeavored to invent the cash register. It prevented his employees from opening the cash drawer so easily without him knowing, because the cash register would ring a bell after each transaction or when his staff opened the drawer. Because of its high pitched sound, the cash register bell has humorously been referred to as the "bell heard round the world". Today, cash registers are most commonly found in retail stores. They are used to store transactional data, calculate price and change, as well as provide different payment options to the customer.