OUR HISTORY AND TRADITION
RCH SPA WAS FOUNDED ON AUGUST, 23rd 1969
At the end of the ‘60s, three colleagues (Luigi De Pra, Eugenio de Zottis and Augusto Tieghi) decided to found their own company with the aim of to not submitting anymore to the then office machines market leader in Italy, Olivetti. Thus RCH was born, an acronym standing for the Italian for “Hugin Cash Registers”.
THE FIRST ELECTRONIC CASH REGISTER
RCH soon becomes the exclusive Hugin supplier for North-Eastern Italy: the regions of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige. In 1973 Hugin introduces to the market the first Electronic Cash Register, which did not obtain a positive outcome, forcing Hugin to propose a Japanese E.C.R.. Through the sale of Japanese products, calculators and cash registers, RCH got a space for itself in the Italian marketplace.
On March, 23rd 1983 THE LAW ON FISCAL CASH REGISTERS WAS EMITTED
The happening of this law deeply changed the profession of who sold Cash Registers: from answering to a need of the user to providing a piece of machinery that is mandatory by law for all the commercial and artisanal businesses.
THE FISCAL LAW IS INTRODUCED
1987 – THE FISCAL LAW IS INTRODUCED IN THE ITALIAN MARKETPLACE
After the introduction of the Fiscal Law in Italy in 1887, RCH grew in size and became the third largest brand in Italy after Olivetti and Sarema.
RCH was the first in the world to design and introduce the Electronic Journal and a simple memory card that substitute the paper journal for the copy receipt. From this moment on, numerous other Cash Register suppliers followed our lead and now the Electronic Journal is considered a manufacturing standard for Cash Registers all over the world.
RCH BECOMES AN INDUSTRY
RCH opened its horizons adding engineers to its structure: the design and production of products start. The Electronic Journal feature is introduced on “NUCLEO”, the first modular cash register (not PC) with an embedded operative system for smart functions and advanced features, including sending emails or connecting to a FTP server to upload and download data. This is a product with an innovative design, which allowed RCH to reach 35% of the market share.
BLUE BACKLIT DISPLAY
RCH was the main advocate of the blue backlit display. It was introduced on “ONDA”, the first entry level Cash Register that features a colour display, which qualified in the market as a real best-seller.
FOUNDING OF RAL
In 2005 RAL was founded (acronym for RCH Asia Limited), aimed at the management of the production activity in China, the selling of our products on the Asian market and the research of new products and raw material.
THE FIRST SMART PRINTER
In 2006, a new type of Cash Register was invented: “PC GLOBE”, the first smart printer with a Microsoft Windows CE operative system, which features an internal unit that is like a mini-PC. This solution allows to save space and money, and it is easy to use. PC GLOBE underwent a restyling in 2010, and I-GLOBE entered the market with its renovated colours and elegance.
THE FIRST TOUCHSCREEN CASH REGISTER
Once again first in the world, in 2009 the first touchscreen Cash Register was introduced: “TOUCH ME”. Featured with a bright 7” colour TFT panel, its sensitive touch panel and its user-friendly graphical interface, TOUCH ME has become the state of the art and the first Touch Cash Register.
FOUNDING OF RCH GROUP S.P.A.
On January 1st 2012, RCH GROUP S.P.A. was founded as the union of RCH and MCT. RCH GROUP soon reveals itself a market leader with 43% of the market share and a widespread coverage that reaches 40 countries all around the world.
The development of Android
In June 2012, during the Italian Road Show, RCH GROUP S.P.A. launched the first software for ECR in Italy, based on the Android operative system. The company believes in the importance of the development of this Android software and its applications.
RCH GROUP S.P.A. with ELITE ON the ITALIAN STOCK-EXCHANGE
On November 4th 2014, RCH GROUP joins in Elite, the unique integrated-services platform of the Italian Stock Exchange designed to assist small and medium businesses with their growth projects. The right industrial, financial and organizational skills to meet the challenges of international markets.
THE SMART REVOLUTION: “BE SMART WITH US”
On March 2015, at the Italian Road Show, RCH GROUP launches a new product, which will revolutionise the world of Electronic Cash Registers. It is ASSO (acronym for Android Smart Solution), the compact all-in-one solution with big possibilities and low price.
RCH GROUP S.P.A. JOINS IN VENETWORK
On September 2015, RCH GROUP S.P.A. joins in VeNetWork. The main strong point of this network is the coexistence of various competences and experiences, which are made available to each business reality through the active participation of everyone of them. This is a healthy growing environment for every subject.
RCH ITALIA S.P.A.
On January 1st 2016, RCH GROUP S.P.A changed its business name in RCH ITALIA S.P.A., which will include the two realities of RCH and MCT.