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  • QSR Market Update Opinion – QSR & Fast Casual Restaurants – Is the Restaurant Business Getting Better? September 18, 2020
    Editor Note:  We do interviews with magazines (recently for NRN) and in those we express what we call “ad hoc” opinions based on what we have seen and heard. For sure, ...
  • Contactless Curbside Pickup Update El Pollo Loco – September 9, 2020
    Self-Order with Geo-Fencing From National Restaurant News Sep2020 — The brand’s revamped app includes a new best in class rewards system; later this month, one-touch curbside pickup rolls out a year ...
  • Whole Foods Cashierless By Next Year? August 25, 2020
    From the Verge Aug2020 — Verge Excerpt: Amazon may be looking to bring the cashierless tech found at its Go convenience stores to Whole Foods supermarkets as early as next year, the ...
  • Taco Bell Drive-Thru Expansion for Mobile Customer Orders August 25, 2020
    Article from HT Technology – Aug2020 — By Anna Wolfe – 08/20/2020 Excerpt: Taco Bell is rolling out a new store design that combines digital innovation with a people-first approach. Taco ...
  • Circle K autonomous checkout technology in Arizona Being Tested Now August 25, 2020
    From IGD Aug2020 — Couche-Tard, which operates mainly under the Circle K brand globally, is partnering with Standard Cognition to pilot autonomous checkout technology at four stores in Arizona. Under this ...
  • Opioid Dispensing Kiosks – Dispension expands network of MySafe kiosks August 14, 2020
    Opioid Dispensing Kiosk Press release August 2020 —  Dartmouth company’s secure automated dispensing technology provides access to regulated, safe opioid supply DARTMOUTH, NS, Aug. 13, 2020 /CNW/ – More than 15,000 Canadians have ...
  • Ransomware Facts, Trends & Statistics for 2020 August 14, 2020
    From SafetyDetectives August 2020 — Eric C. Being ever-evolving as an attack tool, even the simplest form of ransomware can cost significant time and money, but more severe attacks can deal a ...
  • Biometrics – Face Detection Camera Review (with Masks) July 30, 2020
    New report from IPVM on face detection camera – Jul2020  – we have all those nice cameras that do facial recognition, but wasn’t that before everybody started wearing masks?  Now ...
  • Sonic Drive-Thru Gets Redesigned July 29, 2020
    Sonic unveils new drive-in design as part of brand makeover From NRN Jul2020 – Sonic Drive-In’s new drive-in area has brighter colors, wider car docks, and a covered patio with lawn ...
  • News on Self-Service Kiosk Products for Coronavirus July 20, 2020
    See Yahoo Finance for full article Excerpt: The Kiosk Manufacturer Association announces specific product listings for coronavirus-related self-service assistance. Tailored specifically for coronavirus product offerings are the following: Temperature kiosks for screening and fever ...
  • Amazon Automated Grocery Cart July 16, 2020
    Amazon is rolling out grocery carts Amazon is automating the grocery cart making it into a smart grocery cart or an intelligent cart whichever you prefer.  All the scanning is built ...
  • High Touch High Contact Restaurants Go No Touch Touchless Contactless July 9, 2020
    Excerpt from Nation’s Restaurant News — Of restaurant industry segments, the social-distancing requirements to stem the spread of the coronavirus have impacted few as deeply and profoundly as the once-high-touch ...
  • SevenRooms to Help Restaurants Track Guests June 25, 2020
    From Cheddar Jun2020 By Taylor Craig SevenRooms, which works with hospitality venues like hotels and restaurants, has raised $50 million in a Series B funding round led by Providence Strategic Growth. Joel Montaniel, CEO ...
  • Some Restaurant Chains Are Opening New Units as restrictions lift June 17, 2020
    From NRN News Jun2020 Restaurant chains across the country have not only begun to reopen dining rooms, but they are opening new units as a sign of hope for the future. Last ...
  • Hospitality News – Hilton follows Marriott, Airbnb with cleanliness initiative June 16, 2020
    From USA Today Jun2020 Hilton is partnering with the company behind Lysol, as well as the Mayo Clinic, to better ensure cleanliness in its hotels — part of a hygienic industry trend in the wake of ...
  • Walmart Digital Eye Cameras at Checkout Come Under Fire June 15, 2020
    From the DailyMail UK June 2020 A group of anonymous Walmart workers have raised concerns about the anti-shoplifting technology used to monitor the company’s self-checkout kiosks. A group that calls themselves ‘Concerned Home Office ...
  • Walmart Testing Self-Checkout ONLY at Arkansas Store June 15, 2020
    From the Kansas City Star Jun2020 Going full self-checkout only has pluses and minuses. It has critics and fans.  The pandemic has sensitized buyers towards other people handling their food (after ...
  • Vending Market Research May 28, 2020
    From Kiosk Industry May 2020 — Vending sales are expected to accelerate post-pandemic, due to affordability of its footprint and sanitary interface, when compared to a crowded store. Excerpt from Canadian Vending magazine ...
  • Cloud Based HotelKey Platform May 21, 2020
    DALLAS, TEXAS, December 11, 2018 – San Fernando Valley based 41 room Canoga Hotel www.canogahotel.com has selected HotelKey, a simple to use next generation cloud-based property management platform. Canoga Hotel Staff and Management team ...
  • Walmart MoneyCenter Overview May 16, 2020
    Nice wrap from Clark on Walmart MoneyCenter May 2020 Here’s What You Need to Know About Walmart MoneyCenter You can shop for just about everything at Walmart — from groceries to clothing ...
  • Kroger Provides Free COVID Testing to Employees May 5, 2020
    From Progressive Grocer May 2020 — The Kroger Co. will provide free COVID-19 testing to its workers, ramping up the testing already offered by the grocer and other food retailers. Kroger said that ...
  • McDonalds Social Distancing Testing in Netherlands May 3, 2020
    Erwin Dito Managing Director at McDonald’s Netherlands As a result of great and swift teamwork, we’ve launched our ‘test and learn prototype’ restaurant in Arnhem. It’s an important step closer to operating ...
  • Restaurateurs Say 25 Percent Capacity Isn’t Worth Risk April 28, 2020
    article at DM Restaurant Apr2020 – Dallas food industry insiders on what that means for them. Most restaurateurs are hesitant to risk opening their dining rooms. BY EVE HILL-AGNUS AND ...
  • Hospitality Strategy for Restaurants – Selling Margaritas & Chips April 28, 2020
    Vida Taco Bar is Thriving with Cocktail Deliveries article on Bar And Restaurant Apr2020 – by   Jeremiah Batucan | The staff, clad in PPE, was spaced out as half prepared orders for the latest round ...
  • Hospitality News – Hilton Defining a New Standard of Hotel Cleanliness April 27, 2020
    At Hilton Website Apr2020 – Working with RB/Lysol and Mayo Clinic to Elevate Hygiene Practices From Check-In to Check-Out MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton announced today a new program to deliver an ...
  • Temperature Check Kiosks April 27, 2020
    Temperature Taking Kiosks Having digital signage kiosk to take temperature has seen a lot of interest recently.  It could be one strategy for re-opening business and assuring customers of safety. Bob Iger, ...
  • Outdoor parcel locker designed for bus stops in rural areas April 20, 2020
    Cleveron 361 is an outdoor parcel locker designed for bus stops in rural areas. Cleveron 361 combines the characteristics of a bus stop and a parcel locker. Clients can receive their ...
  • Coronavirus Accelerates logistics automation higher up the agenda April 20, 2020
    From Robotics and Automation Apri 2020 What’s on the minds of automated research these days? This landscape – and therefore, the scope of the report – includes the following: Automated guide carts and ...
  • Scanalytics Helps Grocery Stores Count Shoppers in Real Time April 16, 2020
    Full article at WisconsinInno Apr2020 Scanalytics, the Milwaukee-based company that makes floor sensor technology to track and collect data on human movement patterns, is providing its tech to Wisconsin grocer Metcalfe’s Market free of ...
  • Healthcare kiosks streamline patient check-in April 15, 2020
    From Frank Mayer blog Apr2020 As news reports detail the impact COVID-19 will have on our population and the healthcare system that serves it, many medical facilities have put systems in ...
  • Custom Kiosk Design Manufacturers April 14, 2020
    Updated content on kioskindustry.org providing custom kiosk design manufacturers. Custom Kiosk Manufacturers Having an unattended self-service terminal or kiosk designed for you is the path that product oriented companies such as Redbox, ...
  • New Design Smart City RFPs Website Launched April 11, 2020
    In April we launched the Smart City Design website which features RFPs, Contracts, News, Resources and more. It is the plan to provide more focus on markets such as Smart ...
  • Restaurant gift cards opportunity for sales April 3, 2020
    From the National Restaurant Association March 2020 Gift-card sales are a much-needed revenue source during the pandemic disruption. Cards appeal to homebound customers and play a big part in community outreach ...
  • Automation Boom Robots Thanks To Covid-19? April 3, 2020
    From Protocol.com April 2020 Excerpt: The coronavirus pandemic has pushed the world into uncharted territory — and in some industries, that’s leading to an automation boom. More than 6.6 million people filed for unemployment in the U.S. ...
  • Restaurants made Toast a $5 billion start-up — then coronavirus April 2, 2020
    Article on CNBC Apr 2020 on Toast Toast was valued at almost $5 billion in February, coming off a year of 109% revenue growth. A month later, states from California to New ...
  • Reverse Vending technology and Deposit Return Vending April 2, 2020
    Article by Tomra on reverse vending role April 2020 Truls Haug, Managing Director at TOMRA Collection Solutions, explains the role of reverse vending technology in deposit return schemes, ahead of the schemes ...
  • EMV Payment Solution by TEAMSable March 30, 2020
    TEAMSable Partners With Worldnet Payments To Provide EMV Payment Solutions to Merchants San Jose, California – March 30, 2020 – TEAMSable, premiere hardware manufacturer of complete Point-Of-Sale (POS) systems, and Worldnet Payments, ...
  • Retail against the Coronavirus March 23, 2020
    From Bain.com March 2020 — Companies can brace themselves for lasting changes to the sector even as they grapple with short-term disruption. At A Glance We’ve put together an operational checklist to ...
  • N95 Masks and the Coronavirus: More Production Underway March 23, 2020
    From Honeywell News March 2020 – Millions more of the respirators will be made in the United States and around the world. To address growing demand of masks during the outbreak ...
  • Amazon will start selling cashierless Go March 23, 2020
    From The Verge March 2020 Amazon will start selling the technology behind its cashierless Amazon Go stores to other retailers, according to Reuters. Amazon reportedly has “several” retailers already signed up ...
  • KMA ADA Kiosk Chairpersons Announced March 6, 2020
    From Kiosk Industry March 2020 From PRNewswire March 2020 WESTMINSTER, Colo., March 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Kiosk Manufacturer Association aka KMA announces our new ADA and Accessibility Chairpersons.  Serving as co-chairpersons for our committee is Randy Amundson of Frank Mayer and Associates, ...
  • Retail and Alcohol Upsell February 26, 2020
    Alcohol Retail – Shopping Under The Influence We like that title. WP article covers Nordstroms and how they are adding martinis to the mix for shoppers.  With all the analytics describing ...
  • Amazon Store #1 in Seattle Opens and Cashierless February 25, 2020
    Feb 2020 – Very complete article by CNBC including videos of new cashierless store Amazon has just opened. Amazon has been working on this since 2015. Includes produce ...
  • How AI Creates Jobs February 23, 2020
    AI is boosting efficiency and making life easier for thousands of AP professionals today. But many of these professionals are undoubtedly wondering if sophisticated software might one day put them ...
  • Casino Automation – Automated Cocktail Drink Dispensers February 23, 2020
    Reported on Vital Vegas Feb 20202 MGM Resorts testing automated beverage dispenser in casino.  It appears to be situated in service area so it would actually be operated by employees. The ...
  • Costco Membership – More Than A Hotdog February 21, 2020
    First reported by SheKnows Feb 2020   From Yahoo — There’s a lot to love about Costco. We can stock up on healthy gluten-free foods to make weeknight cooking a breeze (hello, ...
  • MURTEC Restaurant Technology Conference Preview February 15, 2020
    From Kiosk Industry Preview Unprecedented consumer empowerment is redefining food service: delivery, privacy, personalization, alternative payments, artificial intelligence; stir in new ways to streamline the back of the house, and it’s ...
  • CSUN 2020 CONFERENCE – KIOSKS ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY February 15, 2020
    CSUN 2020 Conference – Kiosks From CSUN website Feb 2020 KMA at CSUN This March 11th-13th, Vispero will be leading multiple presentations on kiosk accessibility at CSUN’s Annual Accessibility Conference being held in Anaheim, CA. Vispero’s Vice President and ...
  • Kiosk Research – Self-Service QSR Kiosks February 15, 2020
    From Kiosk Industry Feb 2020 Excerpt: Self-Service QSR Kiosks Gaining Popularity Editors Note: Short and concise report on QSR Kiosk market. Nothing on drive-thru kiosks. Quite a few players not included (maybe next ...
  • Automation affecting American workforce February 15, 2020
    Effects of Automation on American Workers Nice article on GQ Magazine Feb 2020 Excerpt: When McDonald’s began experimenting with automated kiosks for customers to place their orders, the company’s former CEO Ed Rensi ...

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