Blending the physical with the digital: What we can learn from Lego and 3D printing

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New tech lets us go from physical to virtual and back; how can this be applied to digital signage and kiosk solutions?

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UK shoppers using less cash, British Retail Consortium says

Self-checkout and new ways to pay are leading to a decrease in the use of cash in the U.K., according to a BRC study.

Location, location, location: Experts offer advice for in-store kiosk placement

Kiosk vendors provide tips on the best places to locate self-service kiosks in your store.

Four ways to configure your retail tablet program

Retailers offer self-service and assisted selling by incorporating tablets into stores.

The psychology of effective kiosk placement

Given the costs involved with kiosk deployment, it’s worthwhile to understand the psychology behind effective kiosk placement.

Kohl's interactive experience at NRF 2014

Chad Brown with Xomni demonstrates his company's interactive assisted selling solution for Kohl's, at this year's NRF show.

CONNECT 2014 Mobile Innovation Summit (preview)

The smartphone has revolutionized the way we communicate, search, shop, share, purchase and stay connected. What were only concepts 10 years ago are reality today.

'Mobile Evangelist of the Year' Jack Philbin will headline 2014 CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit

The self-professed "mobile geek" co-founded Vibes before text messaging was even possible in the U.S.

Pot payment kiosks cropping up like weeds

Kiosk vendors could grow profits from medical marijuana industry.

The Waiting Dead: Can self-service kiosks prevent the zombie apocalypse? [infographic]

This infographic shows locations where apocalyptic backlogs of warm bodies are commonly found and gives examples of how businesses are using kiosks to combat them.

Sport Chek flagship launches digital revolution, again

The Canadian sporting goods giant continues to fight the good fight in keeping alive brick-and-mortar retail.

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NEWS


Kodak's new president leads company focus on retail kiosks

Nicoletta Zongrone has been hired as Kodak's president of retail systems solutions and event imaging solutions, a company announcement said. With the appointment, the company said it intends to focus on retail methods that personalize photo products, including the creation...

Credit applicants receive retail discounts at in-store kiosks

Versatile Credit, a provider of solutions linking lenders with credit applicants, announced the integration of their credit kiosks with promotional campaigns from Mail America, according to a company statement. Mail America's multimedia promotion is designed to offer discounts to customers...

USAT extends MORE, ePort Connect services to Airvend

USA Technologies Inc., a Malvern, Pa.-based company providing wireless and cashless payment services, announced the integration of its loyalty and prepaid program MORE. with Airvend's interactive touchscreen POS device. Airvend's android-based touchscreen, designed to display advertising and nutritional content, will...

Retail kiosks integrate online, self-service shopping options

Demand is growing for the integration of online and self-service stores, according to Corona, Calif.-based AVT Inc., a developer of custom kiosks, vending machines and automated retailing. AVT's new Micro-Stores, which will be shipped out in the third quarter, combine...

U.K. consumers frustrated by self-service machines, prefer humans

An overwhelming 93 percent of U.K. consumers using self-service machines in banks and retailers feel frustrated by the technology, according to research by Hyogo, Japan-based cash management company Glory Global Solutions. When asked about their reasons against using self-service technology,...

Fendi London dolls up luxury handbag vending kiosk

Luxury brand Fendi has opened a flagship store in London that features a handbag vending machine, reports Handbag.com. The store opened May 1 on London's fashionable Oxford Street. "Handbags will be 'ironically' displayed inside luxurious vending machines," Fendi chairman and...

Versatile Credit strengthens self-service credit via Credit Source partnership

Versatile Credit, a U.S. provider of self-service kiosks linking lenders with consumers applying for credit in retail stores, has added consumer lending specialist Credit Source as a secondary lending platform.

Old Navy vending machines dispense free flip flops

In the run-up to its annual $1 summer flip-flop sale on June 28, Old Navy has been dispensing free flips from vending machines in locations around New York and Los Angeles.

USAT adds ePort Online to ePort Connect for self-service industries

USA Technologies (USAT) has added ePort Online to its existing ePort Connect payment processing service for small-ticket, self-serve retailing industries. The Malvern, Pennsylvania-based company says it made the service available in order to meet customer demand for online payment processing....

Mobile and self-service key to future of postal operators

Traditional postal operators will need to tap new channels such as mobile and self-service in order to improve customer experience and cut costs, Wincor Nixdorf says in a white paper on the use of IT by postal services across the...

AVT targets NASCAR fans with clothing partnership

Custom vending machine supplier AVT is aiming to develop brand recognition among 75 million NASCAR fans via a clothing line partnership. Panic Switch Army, a clothing line that caters for NASCAR fans, was co-founded by NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, former...

Motorola upgrades mobile personal shopping device

Motorola has launched the fifth generation of its MC18 Personal Shopping device, which enables shoppers to scan items in a store and receive offers. Once they have completed their shopping, they pay at a self-service checkout terminal. Motorola said in...

Ukash partners with QIWI Brazil to sell online vouchers at card vending kiosks

Ukash, a London.-based provider of cash-based online payments, has formed a partnership with QIWI Brazil, part of the QIWI Group, which operates payment services in 20 countries. The two companies, which have existing partnerships in Russia and Romania, hope to...

Marijuana vending kiosks ink deal for digital signage ad platform

Tranzbyte Corp. has opted for SmarterSign digital signage software to deliver digital out-of-home ads to the top digital signage display screen of its ZaZZZ marijuana-dispensary kiosks, Transbyte announced earlier this month. The platform offers a scalable solution combined with ease...

China’s Rainbow Department Store chain pilots self-checkout tech, UK's Tesco trials high-speed self-checkout

NCR has won a contract for a self-checkout pilot project from China’s Rainbow Department Store chain, according to a company announcement. After an initial test phase, the self-checkout solution will be available at the newly opened Hangzhou Rainbow Shopping Mall...

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Learn how many retailers -- both large and small -- are incorporating kiosks and other self-service solutions into their business models.