Kiosk translates in sign language to assist hard of hearing customers

Juke Slot develops a kiosk that offers sign language for hard of hearing customers, a significant market with special needs. One customer's experience alerted the company to the need.

How self-serve kiosks get the orders rolling at Burger Boss

Burger Boss, a fast casual chain in Southern California, has found self-serve kiosks a great tool for engaging customers in creating their orders and in improving speed, accuracy and overall satisfaction.

How to get an education kiosk using grants

Kiosks can help students check in to school and find where they need to go. They also provide event information to the school community. There are both public and private resources available to help pay for these valuable tools.

FastCasual's parent company launching FoodTruckOperator.com

Networld Media Group will launch FoodTruckOperator.com on April 1. It will cover industry trends and news, profile business owners and explore the technologies and tools available to help operators grow their businesses.

How kiosks make Valentine's Day sweeter for florists, gift card merchants and others

Kiosks play an increasingly important role on Valentine's Day for florists, gift card merchants and others. For florists, Valentine's Day is the single busiest day of the year.

The price of self-service, part 3: lowering the cost of manufacturing, road maps, warranties, hot-swap, installation and maintenance

With more kiosks entering the field, deployers need to have service and maintenance agreements well established. The cost of maintenance is oftentimes directly related to the integrity of the hardware and software manufacturers and the quality of the components and operating systems.

Hotels and restaurants juggle kiosks and mobile technology

Mobile technology has grabbed the limelight due to rapid consumer adoption, but restaurants and hotels continue to invest in kiosks as well as mobile order-and-pay. Will the two technologies compete or complement each another?

UFood Grill's self-serve kiosk recognizes customers' faces

UFood Gill's firsts stand-alone restaurant features a self-order kiosk that can remember the customer, thanks to facial recognition.

2016 was the year of QSR digital kiosks and 2017 promises even more innovation

Last year was the year that self-serve order kiosks made big waves in the restaurant sector. This year promises to bring more growth to kiosks thanks to new security features, environmental enhancements, emergency warning systems and mobile integration.

Has the time finally arrived in the US for the automated c-store?

Automated food and convenience retail stores have existed for many years, but in the U.S. they have never gained the traction they have achieved in Europe. With new technology, more versatile supply chains and the rise of "food deserts," a new demand for these formats could be at hand.

Micro markets: the self-service supermarket in the lobby

Micro markets are expanding rapidly across worksites and heavily trafficked areas because they provide a large variety of fresh and high quality food and refreshments to consumers eating on the run. The systems rely on self checkout kiosks and are far more popular with consumers than vending machines.

Customer perceptions about kiosks call for better messaging: We don’t have all the facts

A recent reader survey raised the issue of customer perception of kiosks. The industry needs better insight into customer perceptions as new capabilities provide new market opportunities.

Voting now open for 2017 Most Innovative Kiosk Awards

The 2017 Most Innovative Kiosk Awards recognize excellence and innovation in eight user categories -- financial, telecommunications, healthcare, restaurant, retail, tourism/travel/hotel, government and entertainment/gaming.

IoT and kiosks: Why 1 kiosk veteran sees 2017 as a year for change

Kiosk industry veteran Steve Latham, who played a key role in the development of the kiosk DVD rental industry, offers his assessment of digital media on kiosks, the impact of IoT technology on kiosks and new use cases for kiosks.

As functionalities expand, what is a kiosk? Readers want a better understanding

A reader survey indicates the majority of kiosk industry members believe the general public and the audience they market to does not sufficiently understand the term for the products and services the industry provides. As technology creates more uses, industry players think this is an important issue.

How Amazon Go is reinventing retail and its possible impact on self checkout kiosks

The Amazon Go store has no cash register or payment kiosk. Instead, shoppers scan themselves into the store using the free Amazon Go app, shop as normal, remove items from a store shelf, place items in a shopping bag, and leave the store. The items are in turn billed to an authorized Amazon.com account accompanied by a detailed email receipt.

What’s in store for 2017? Part 3: Innovation calls for more customer education

As technology improves, the kiosk industry has to educate two main user groups about the benefits kiosks provide – the locations that host kiosks and the consumers that interact with them. The need for customer education is especially important in 2017 on account of the perception among some that kiosks are killing jobs.

IoT, customer-facing robots and VR among topics to be discussed at 2017 ICX Summit

The annual conference, which draws hundreds of customer experience leaders and innovators, is June 5-7 in Dallas and features a range of interesting sessions and a special networking function.

What’s in store for 2017? Part 2: Mobile payments’ impact on kiosks will vary

Smart phones are driving an ecommerce revolution. While mobile payment can adversely affect the need for kiosks in some situations, most industry observers see mobile payments as another payment option that kiosk operators need to consider to meet consumer buying habits.

What’s in store for 2017? Part 1: Kiosks build on a strong foundation

With positive momentum carrying over from 2016, a healthy stock market and continuously improving technology, most kiosk industry observers are optimistic about their industry's growth in 2017. Government regulations are cited by some as a concern, along with the importance of proper executions of some of the new technologies being introduced.

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