Category Archives: retail automation

Automated Retail Systems and Retail Automation

The automated retail industry is one of the two core technology showplaces today (financial Services being #2).

    • Emerging technologies such as robotics, lockers, digital signage, vending and automated vending lead the way.   Amazon and Google revolutionize physical delivery. OuterWall has another great idea (or not).
    • More mature retail technology includes interactive displays, next-generation POS,  mobile interplay, multi-touch, kiosks for self-service, video services, and customer service technology.
    • Companion technologies include ATMs, kiosks, Advanced ATMS,  NFC and thin client.
    • Standards – here we have more regulatory guidelines in play along with more standards than any other industry. PCI, OPOS, JPOS, MPOS,  HIPAA, ADA, UL, CE just to name a few.

Restaurant Research – Concerns for Toast’s TAM

The Legitimate Concerns for Toast’s TAM As published on Reforming Retail May 2024 — Not much of a kiosk is shown on their website. Almost appears to be card swipe and is the quintessential lollipop on a stick config. Another scintillating article by Jordan Thaeler this time on Toast, which seems to come up quite a bit.  We’ve… Read More »

Food Delivery and CEO Wonder Marc Lore

He’s Not Just Looking to Make a Quick Billion Super article on NY Times on Food Delivery. Marc Lore, the entrepreneur behind and, would like to disrupt food delivery. But he really wants to build a brand that actually lasts. Elizabeth G. Dunn By Elizabeth G. Dunn March 10, 2024 Summary Marc Lore’s Ventures: The article… Read More »

Self Checkout Trends for Walmart and Target

Self Checkout is Getting Second Wind Thanks to Retail Theft From article at MRCTV May 2024 Summary of the key points: Rising Retail Theft: Major retailers like Walmart and Target are closing self-checkout terminals due to a spike in shoplifting, leading to a loss called “shrink” which surged nearly $20 billion in a year Self-Checkout Evolution: The self-checkout (SCO) technology is evolving with the… Read More »

Aldi Produce Scanner Speeds Up Self-Checkout

Produce Scanning at SCO Aldi Süd is testing fruit and vegetable recognition technology at its self-checkout systems to help customers register non-scannable items without barcodes. The system uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to identify products through a camera attached to the side of the touchscreen, displaying a selection list or even the exact item in three seconds… Read More »

Automated Retail News Wrapup December

Minnesota Wild and Xcel Energy Center Introduce Wild Market | – by Minnesota Wild SAINT PAUL, Minn. – A new, convenience-oriented store is coming to Xcel Energy Center. Wild Market, located on the arena’s main concourse near … Self-serve concessions technology now part of Levi’s Stadium offerings – Stadium Tech Report Stadium Tech Report Stadium… Read More »

McDonalds Automated Restaurant in Dallas

McDonald’s Dallas — “That is one big kiosk (and it comes with people inside too!) Hard to miss the flaring  Newsweek 12/22/2022 article — this is one heck of a kiosk, or should we say RMU (robotic merchandising unit).  Essentially a public facing ghost kitchen of sorts. WFAA back in December posted nice video and writeup In Brief… Read More »

Automated Retail News This Month

Automated Retail News this month Here is the latest Automated Retail news from our Flipboard channel America’s Largest Grocery Chain Is Making This Major Change To Its Checkout Lanes  It solves a common problem for shoppers. When it comes to checking out at the grocery store, most places allow customers the choice between a … Wendy’s newly designed… Read More »