Businesses are seeking more touch points while customers are demanding immediate gratification and this is leading to increased demand for kiosks, said Shannon Illingworth, CEO, AVT Inc. Illingworth said his freestanding kiosks supply hot foods and high-end goods to shoppers in a hurry. He added that less people are using cash so his machines now accept credit cards, PayPal and Google Wallet. ATV currently has carpet cleaning kiosks in Wal-Mart, as well as Opticwash kiosks in Las Vegas hotels. F
Good interview with AVT Illingworth
–InComm, a leading provider of integrated point-of-sale technology solutions to retailers, is pleased to announce a partnership with GRUPO BB E MAPFRE, the number one multinational insurer in Brazil, to launch the project “Família Sempre Protegida”, a program that will enable consumers to purchase selected types of insurance from local vending machines and…
InComm insurance vending developing product in the South America
Coming soon to a merchant near you: Poynt will let you decide how to pay for in-store purchases.
This Android-based unit from ex-Google Wallet head supports any and all methods of electronic payment. Talk about hedging your bets. This is $299 device that competes with Ingenico/Verifone. Opened up API to developers on Wednesday including Intuit.
Just days after CVS and Rite-Aid shut down their ability to accept Apple Pay, the rival mobile system those retailers have backed has experienced a setback.
Adding to the ongoing MCX CurrentC & Apple Pay drama is the inevitable data breach. We need a hourly Google alert tracker just to keep track of data breach incidents.
The future of retail is here.
The portable assistant.
How kiosks are leveraging the robot to boost customer service and revenue.
A look at tv-style robot assistants (no writeup on the Lowes robot in the news yesterday). The article credits Karel Capek with “robot” and that was in his novel RUR but the more important output word from that was Android which was immortalized in the original Star Trek episode with Methuselah. And it was Brothers Kapek. Josef actually invented word “roboti” which became robot.
Debenhams has been one of the most familiar names on the UK high street since 1905, but in its lifetime it’s been through many changes, the latest being its ongoing shift to a multichannel future.
Analysis of company pinpoints problems with “Click & Collect” strategy since there is no unified inventory system, instead one for stores and one for online. Mobile devices were a huge traffic component for their website at almost 60%. Click and Collect grew to 22.5% of all online orders (up 7.4% over 2013).
Much was made over the weekend about measures taken by several large retailers, including CVS, Rite Aid, 7-Eleven and the grandaddy of them all, WalMart, to avoid supporting Apple Pay. The retailer…
CurrentC based on QR-codes isn’t the highest tech competitor for NFC (though we know what that stands for). I think the privacy implications of CurrentC do not serve it well.
3D hardware maker Artec announced the U.S. debut of the Shapify Booth, which can scan a person’s body in 12 seconds to create 3D printed replica figurines
Walmart-owned ASDA supermarkets in the U.K. are beta testing 3D full-body scanning booths that allow patrons to buy 6-in to 9-in high “selfie” figurines. Artec Group, a maker of 3D scanners and software, said its Shapify Booth, which can scan your entire body in 12 seconds and use the resulting file to create a full-color 3D printed model, is making its U.S. debut this week.
Pharmacy Automation Devices Market – Global Industry Trends, Analysis And Segment Forecasts To 2020 – Pharmacy Automation Devices Market, Outlook, Size, Application, Product, Share, Growth Prospects, Key Opportunities, Dynamics, Analysis, Pharmacy Automation Devices Report – Grand View Research Inc
Companies analyzed in competitive landscape
- AmerisourceBergen Corporation
- Accu Chart Healthcare
- CareFusion Corporation
- ForHealth Technologies
- Fulcrum Inc
- GSE Scale Systems
- McKesson Corporation
- Pearson Medical Technologies
- Innovation PharmaAssist Robotics
- Health Robotics SRL
- Kirby Lester
- Pyxis Pharmacy Automation Systems
- Rice Lake Weighing Systems
- Cerner Corporation
- Omnicell Inc
- Aesynt Inc.
- Parat Systems Pharmacy Automation
- Baxter International Inc.
- Swisslog Holding Ltd
- ScriptPro LLC
- Yuyama Co. Ltd
- Talyst Inc.
There are few subjects that highlight the chasm of opinions between payments players quite like EMV. That EMV is coming: of that there can be no doubt. In a
panel was positive on EMV’s adoption, which the majority forecasting that by the time of the liability shift deadline, over 50 percent of retailers will have switched over to EMV.
Among EMV’s detractors, the prevailing opinion is that EMV is the best payment security the 1990’s had to offer, which is problematic since it is almost 2015. According to critics, EMV goes to the American market as an anachronism, trying to protect cards when the payments ecosystem is evolving towards mobile.
After accepting Apple Pay at all of its stores on the Apple Pay launch day on Monday (Oct. 20), the $26 billion 4,600-store Rite Aid pharmacy chain apparently changed its mind and yanked support from those stores Wednesday (Oct. 22), with no official explanation.
Speculation – Rite Aid is backer of Walmart-backed MCX’s CurrentC. Rival Walgreens is a major Apple Pay supporter.
After nearly two decades of relying almost exclusively on e-commerce, Amazon said Wednesday it will soon open temporary holiday kiosks at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville and a San Francisco mall. The big Internet retailer said the kiosks will give shoppers a better opportunity to try out and purchase Kindle e-readers and other Amazon electronic devices.
Here comes Amazon (and Google and ….)
The Apple Pay revolution is gaining momentum with Walgreens, Disney Store and Whole Foods are amongst a number of US retailers who have started accepting Apple Pay.
“Customer experience is top of mind for Walgreens, and Apple Pay provides more flexibility for customers to use their payment of choice,” said Alex Gourlay, President, Customer Experience and Daily Living, Walgreens. “Incorporating the latest mobile technology into our business is another way we are offering ultimate convenience for our customers.”
Price, assortment, experience and access is how Wal-Mart execs define what matters most to customers, and they are working to lead in each of these areas by combining physical retail expertise with ongoing innovation from Walmart.com.
WIth the locker system, he said shoppers go to the kiosk at the locker site in the front of the store. An email or text confirmation is sent to the customer once the order is set for pickup at the store locker. The details for how to access and open the correct locker is included in the confirmation.
The lockers themselves range in size from (3” X 3”) to (18” X 18”), with six inch and nine inch versions in between. The locker resembles a large billboard display that greets customers entering the store rather than a bank of lockers as there are no handles or numbers of identifying letters. The appropriate door opens for the customer automatically once the code information is entered in the kiosk.
So how will our High Street fare in the next decade and will we still be going there to browse on a Saturday afternoon?
Responding to the recent high-profile retail heists of confidential customer data, Intel is offering new technology baked into POS platforms to encrypt consumer and financial information.
Intel in collaboration with NCR announces solution combining software and hardware (we knew that was coming…). Adds another layer of protection to the payment process
Mastercard has partnered with Norwegian firm Zwipe to launch a contactless payment card with a built in fingerprint sensor.
Eliminates the PIN entry for customers which is nice. 2015 model will eliminate drawing power from payment terminal & be as thin as standard card.
MedAvail Technologies Inc., a Canadian startup that makes an automated kiosk that connects people with pharmacists and then dispenses medications, has raised a $30 million Series C round to commercially launch in Canada, Europe and the U.S., the company said.Attempts to reach Toronto-based MedAvail and several of its investors were not immediately successful.
The funding was provided by new investors Pura Vida Investments, Deerfield Management Company and Adage Capital Management , joined by return investors Redmile Group, Walgreens Co. and Alliance Boots GmbH , the company said in a statement.
EMV – October 2015 is when the “liability shift” happens. As it stands now (this could change) – as of October 2015- if you are not accepting EMV – that’s OK, but MasterCard will not accept liability for any fraud that merchants incur. That excludes ATM & fuel, which are …
Includes link to EMV Timeline
As Walmart is conceding lower expected revenues this year, along with what appears to be a challenging holiday shopping season, it is moving to boost investment
Walmart CFO Charles Holley said the world’s largest retailer needs to rethink its strategy.
“Our business and customers continue to evolve and so will the way we deploy capital,” said Holley, according to a report in Internet Retailer. “We will invest more heavily in e-commerce initiatives, while temporarily moderating our global physical growth, particularly larger stores. We are focused on creating an endless aisle and appealing to our customers’ changing needs.”
Robotic bartender Monsieur has secured $2 million in seed funding. BIP Capital led the round with participation from other investors that include Base Ventures, Paul Judge, TechSquare Labs, NFL pla…
Monsieur developed the world’s first artificially intelligent robotic bartender. Monsieur incorporates sleek hardware and a companion smart application for iOS and Android devices, making drinks that are precisely tailored to meet the most discerning tastes, all at the touch of a button.
Consumers in Romania are now able to buy bitcoin at over 800 self-serve payment terminals, charged at a 4 percent commission.
It all comes together thanks to a partnership between ATM operator Bitcoin Romania and ZebraPay – the operator of the terminals. According to CoinDesk, the machines are one-way, and consumers will buy the digital currency with the Romanian leu.
In May of this year, start-up Coinme released their first Robocoin kiosk at the Spitfire sports bar in downtown Seattle. On October 1st of this year, they added to their fleet with a new machine located on the University of Washington campus. The release event at UW’s “Startup Hall” also coincided with a Bitcoin meet-up for interested people in the local community to come network and listen to speakers talk about their personal projects. There were about 40 people in attendance.
Posiflex Technology, a global leading brand in the design and manufacture of POS solutions and peripherals, has launched a mobile POS solution – MT-4008W.
MT-4008W is specifically created for both retail and hospitality segments. It is an 8in tablet that supports MSR attachment, and can be integrated with the choice of a detachable pistol grip or a hand strap depending on the
Mercy Hospital and Medical Center has installed a MedAvail MedCenter outpatient prescription dispensing kiosk in its emergency department. The medication dispensing kiosk is the first of its kind in the United States.
The kiosk allows patients to fill their prescriptions through a live, two way audiovisual conversation with a pharmacist 24 hours a day, seven days per week. With this “telepharmacist” on call, patients can get help, find answers to any questions, and receive medication counseling to use medications most effectively. Also, the pharmacist can verify information in real time.
“MedAvail is excited to partner with Mercy in the deployment of this groundbreaking telehealth solution and looks forward to pro-viding the patients with accessible, convenient access to their medications,” said Ed Kilroy, CEO of MedAvail Technologies, Inc.
MEBANE, N.C., Oct. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — ARCA, a global leader in transaction automation for financial institutions, is helping Vernon, New Jersey-based Highlands State Bank stop losses from counterfeit bills. The…..
Good testimony to counterfeit detection of modern cash recyclers, this example being ARCA.
TurnKey Kiosks LLC announces that it has been selected by Robocoin to manufacture the world’s leading Bitcoin ATM Kiosk ..
In 2009, Troy-based 365 Retail Markets generated $42K in revenue. This year it’s projected to make $15 million. Read how one of Michigan’s most under-the-radar tech companies is reinventing the vending machine experience.
‘I don’t worry about my competitors,” Hessling says. ‘I have two or three that are potential competitors. I worry about the 19-year-old kid sitting in his dorm room in Ann Arbor who is coding my demise. That’s what keeps me up at night.”