History Will Remember Obama as the Great Slayer of Patent Trolls | WIRED

One of President Barack Obama’s biggest legacies will be his healthcare plan. Another, thanks to the Edward Snowden leaks, is domestic spying.

But Obama has another legacy, one not so obvious, and which won’t be felt until years after he’s left office. The history e-books will remember the 44th president for setting off a chain of reforms that made predatory patent lawsuits a virtual memory. Obama is the patent-troll slayer.

Source: www.wired.com

Good article

Wincor Nixdorf Announces Updates to Four Products at NRF in New York | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

New Hardware and Software Help Retailers Streamline Activities and Deliver a Seamless Shopping Experience to Consumers | Virtual Strategy Magazine is an online publication devoted entirely to virtualization technologies.

Source: www.virtual-strategy.com

Mobile POS updates with tablets, Kiosk POS for food ordering, Cash management solutions and finally TP omnichannel software platform updates. All at NRF 4217

Tesco chief unveils dramatic shakeup at troubled supermarket

Significant job cuts are on the cards at the UK’s biggest private sector employer

Source: www.theguardian.com

In retail news from the UK. 

Tesco said all types of stores were affected by the closures, but more than half were Express convenience outlets, its smallest type. An Express store employs up to 25 people while an out-of-town Tesco Extra can have 1,000 staff.

Lewis has also abandoned the construction of 49 large supermarkets which he said the retailer “quite simply could not afford”.

 “There can’t be any sacred cows in business. You have got to do what you have got to do.”

Is Apple Becoming The Next IBM?

Nearly two weeks ago, I wrote an article about financial engineering and how it can be beneficial to corporations in certain situations. I used Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) as an example to highlight this point. I contrasted Apple’s s

Source: seekingalpha.com

To have half the R&D to Revenue % spend that IBM does who happens to massively trail people like Google, Oracle, Cisco makes a person wonder if they will sustain innovation cycle or just spike it from time to time.

Bloomberg – McDonald’s New Turnaround Plan Is So 1990s – BYOB self-service

McDonald’s turnaround plan echoes ideas implemented in 1997 in response to a sales slump. It includes Build Your Own Burger (BYOB) for self-service acolytes like us. Maybe they do it in Europe or China but remains to be seen if ever done in US.

Source: www.businessweek.com

The article brings up the difficulty of large national chain executing a regional strategy (McRib in one market and not another).  Also execs using phrases that were used in 1997 are the topic.

ZenBox BitCoin ATM Serves 10,000 Daily Commuters At Anaheim Transportation Hub | Articles | Vending Features | Vending Times Inc.

TAGS: bitcoin ATM, vending, two-way bitcoin ATM, Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, Mission Market Express, digital currency, ZenBox

ANAHEIM, CA — A two-way bitcoin ATM has been placed the new Anaheim Regional Transportation I

Source: www.vendingtimes.com

Mission Market Express was the first convenience store in California to accept bitcoin, according to ZenBox, and it is now introducing the alternative currency to a broader audience through its ATM. To further encourage adoption, the c-store will offer ARTIC customers ongoing discounts on bitcoin purchases.

The Automate 2015 Show in Chicago

Organizers – Association for Advancing Automation (A3) and its trade associations, the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – the global association for vision and imaging, and the Motion Control Association (MCA)

Source: www.automateshow.com

Automate is the largest solutions-based showcase of automation technologies in North America. Formerly the International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show which dates back to 1977, Automate now demonstrates the full spectrum of automation technologies and solutions for a broad array of industries. The show is held once every two years.

Target Turns Its Stores Into One Big Mobile Game for the Holidays – Adweek

After what most would consider a brutal holiday shopping season last year thanks to a well-publicized data breach, Target is rebounding with a slew of mobile and digital investments aimed at driving foot traffic.

Source: www.adweek.com

Google helped create a mobile website with six mini-games. The campaign was created by creative agency 72andSunny with Psyop and Stinkdigital as the production partners.

Simon and eBay ‘connect’ for new mall experience | RetailingToday.com

Unveiled this week the “Connected Mall” experience in Palo Alto, Calif. The installation features a “smart” directory developed by eBay for the Simon Innovation Group that elevates the shopping experience by providing consumers with a suite of services, including point-to-point navigation and personalized offers and deals.

Source: www.retailingtoday.com

Features of the new digital directory include:

  • A 72″ LCD, full HD, all-weather touchscreen viewable in direct sunlight
  • Mall maps available in 3D view, with accurate orientation of the shopper within the mall to their exact location, including the direction he/she is facing
  • The option to browse through the interactive map, events, services and store deals, also allowing a shopper to search for what they are looking for by touching multiple categories (food, services, retail, restroom, etc.) Upon selection of a specific store or service needed, the interactive map will highlight its location and the best route
  • The shopper can then push the directions to their mobile phone and follow the recommended path to their selected store (international mobile numbers are accepted)
  • A “today” button that highlights events and deals happening on that specific day
  • Handicap feature allows the shopper to shift the orientation of the map and menu, creating a more easily accessible experience

New vending machine kiosk at ASU dispenses prescriptions, not snacks

TEMPE – Arizona State University students who are tight on time and limited on transportation will often get their calories from a vending machine. Now they can get their medication in much the same way. The InstyMed machine at the Tempe Health Center is the first in Arizona, and ASU is only the second university […]

Source: cronkitenewsonline.com

Instyed out of Minneapolis.  Based in: Eden Prairie, Minn. Founded: 10 years ago. To date: Has filled 2 million prescriptions. To use a machine: One must be a patient at a health care facility with a dispenser. Video story.

Revel Secures $100 Million in Funding, Company’s Goal Is To Go Public | News | Vertical Systems Reseller (VSR)

Revel recently launched the world’s largest iPad POS deployment with installations at 700+ Smoothie King locations, and serves large grocery, retail and restaurant establishments including Dairy Queen, Goodwill, Pizza Patron and many more.   Revel has now been formally established as the leader of the new generation POS industry across both SMBs and enterprises.

Source: vsr.edgl.com

Has to give people like NCR and IBM/Wincor in particular pause.