ATV CEO: Automated Retailing On the Move in US, Kiosks Taking Off – Video – TheStreet

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

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Good interview with AVT Illingworth

InComm Partners with GRUPO BB E MAPFRE to Offer Unique Alternatives to Purchase Insurance in Brazil

–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…

Source: insurancenewsnet.com

InComm insurance vending developing product in the South America

Robot and kiosk union ‘a match made in heaven’

How kiosks are leveraging the robot to boost customer service and revenue.

Source: www.kioskmarketplace.com

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 buys in to multi-channel as high street sales slump

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.

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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).

3D full-body scanning booth to create custom figurines

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

Source: www.computerworld.com

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 Prospect…

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

Source: www.grandviewresearch.com

Companies analyzed in competitive landscape

  1. AmerisourceBergen Corporation
  2. Accu Chart Healthcare
  3. CareFusion Corporation
  4. ForHealth Technologies
  5. Fulcrum Inc
  6. GSE Scale Systems
  7. McKesson Corporation
  8. Pearson Medical Technologies
  9. Innovation PharmaAssist Robotics
  10. Health Robotics SRL
  11. Medacist,
  12. Kirby Lester
  13. Pyxis Pharmacy Automation Systems
  14. MedDispence,
  15. Rice Lake Weighing Systems
  16. Cerner Corporation
  17. Omnicell Inc
  18. Aesynt Inc.
  19. Parat Systems Pharmacy Automation
  20. Baxter International Inc.
  21. Swisslog Holding Ltd
  22. ScriptPro LLC
  23. Yuyama Co. Ltd
  24. Talyst Inc.

The Road To EMV In The U.S. – Experts Sound Off | PYMNTS.com

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

Source: www.pymnts.com

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.

Rite Aid Dumps Apple Pay | PYMNTS.com

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.

Source: www.pymnts.com

Speculation – Rite Aid is backer of Walmart-backed MCX’s CurrentC. Rival Walgreens is a major Apple Pay supporter.

Amazon opening holiday kiosk in Roseville Galleria

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.

Source: www.sacbee.com

Here comes Amazon (and Google and ….)

Apple Pay now accepted by Whole Foods, Disney Store and Walgreens « Retail Innovation

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.

Source: retail-innovation.com

“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.”

Wal-Mart works to anticipate customer needs with lockers, pharmacy app

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.

Source: www.thecitywire.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.

MedAvail Raises $30M for Drug-Dispensing Kiosks

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.

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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.

Walmart Looks To E-Commerce, Mobile, As It Slows Store Openings

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

Source: www.pymnts.com

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 attracts $2 mln seed

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…

Source: www.pehub.com

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.

Coinme Brings Bitcoin to the University of Washington

Source: bitcoinmagazine.com

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 unveils mobile POS solution for retail and hospitality

Posiflex Technology, a global leading brand in the design and manufacture of POS solutions and peripherals, has launched a mobile POS solution – MT-4008W.

Source: www.retailtimes.co.uk

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
application.

Gazette Chicago » Mercy adds prescription dispenser kiosk

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.

Source: www.gazettechicago.com

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.

Stealth innovation: How a Troy company is reinventing vending machine technology

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.

Source: www.metromodemedia.com

‘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.”