January 2012 Archives

Advisory from VISA on new recommended practices for EMV. Talks about PCI and also TIP.
English: Old Visa logo.

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Vendscreen Receives Funding For Android + Vending

New startup gets funding. They have Android control unit which is appended to conventional vending machine. Connects all of the machines, government compliance issues mitigated.
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Gifting kiosks hitting European stores

Stanton Consultancy, a global foreign exchange and prepaid automation specialist, and Self-Service Networks, a provider of turnkey self-service kiosk, Web and mobile solutions, are planning to transform European gifting with the introduction of fully integrated, self-service gift card kiosks

Medication dropoff available 24 hours

The Sumner County Sheriff's Office unveiled a new 24-hour kiosk for the Prescription Drug Take Back Program

Office Depot tests PayPal's new point-of-sale system

(Reuters) - Office Depot Inc, the second-largest U.S. office supply retailer, is testing PayPal's new point-of-sale system in a few stores, a top executive told Reuters.

Video - DMV San Diego

Self-serve kiosks at the DMV - San Diego

In select offices around the state, the DMV has installed ATM-like kiosks that will process your vehicle registration, accept your payment, and spew out a new registration, complete with the sticker for your license plate.

EasyLobby Now Part of HID Global

HID Global now owns EasyLobby. EasyLobby is secure visitor management so it is a good fit for HID.

CES News - ATM turns your old phone into cash

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GAS - The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is all about the latest smartphones, tablet computers and other devices. But what about the old gadgets? Drop your phone into the EcoATM, and the machine will pay you what it believes the handset is worth. The cupboard-sized machine has a large touch screen and a big metal "mouth" where you can place your old phone or MP3 player.
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POS Terminals: On the Cusp of Change


rcator's new report, POS Terminals: On the Cusp of Change, examines the POS terminal industry by providing an overview of recent major events and the current landscape and analyzing economic, geographic and technologic developments. In addition, the report forecasts anticipated developments for the POS terminal itself, both for the near term and further into the future. The report then compares the most advanced, currently available terminals on the market to Mercator's concept of an ideal terminal to meet all merchant needs in the next three to five years, labeled the "Canonical POS Terminal."
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Android Is About To Truly Kill The POS Business Model

Nice article on impact of low cost devices on the POS Retail market (which is already experimenting with these devices mind you...)

How Bill Recycling And Cashless Payments Work Together

Providing freedom of payment to customers is easy.  The positive lift that bill recyclers can have along with contactless options. From Vending Times.
Logo of the National Retail Federation

W YORK CITY -- The National Retail Federation's Big Show will take place Jan. 16 and 17 (convention runs 15-18) at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Among technologies set to debut at the show is Kiosk Information Systems' StoreBot, an automated kiosk designed to reduce shrinkage at consumer and employee levels. 
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Kroger Installs Shop24

ADA, OH -- Kroger, one of the nation's largest grocery retailers, has installed a Shop24 robotic convenience store on the campus of Ohio Northern University.
TAYLORSVILLE, UT -- An apartment complex here will be the first location of its kind to get one ofShop24 Global's robotic convenience stores.
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Axeda Corporation announced today that ecoATM, a manuf
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acturer of innovative kiosks that automate the buy-back of used portable electronics and mobile phones directly from consumers, chose Axeda to connect and remotely manage its machines. 
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From Vending Times: MEI's Chuck Reed discusses Bill Recycling and how Cashless (read NFC and Google Wallet) interact.

QuadraMed Acquires NCR Healthcare Solutions

RESTON, Va., Jan 04, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- QuadraMed(R) Corporation, a leading provider of healthcare technologies and services that improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient care, today announced it has closed a definitive agreement with NCR Corporation NCR +0.60% to acquire NCR healthcare solutions, including its market-leading MediKiosk(TM) patient access software, NCR Payment Manager, Patient Portal, Patient Tracking, Physician Referral Portal and eForms software solutions. 

USPS Testing Gopost Shipping Kiosks

gopost-lockers-large.pngIn an effort to expand the availability of its services while pressing ahead with deep budget cuts, the U.S. Postal Service is preparing to begin trials of a new automated kiosk system for shipping and receiving packages.

Wonderful writeup by Emily Jed of Vending Times. Self-service micromarkets are taking hold in the vending space, as early adopters impressed with the results are deploying them in larger numbers and inspiring others to follow suit. 

Vegas CES Showcase for ecoATM

An ecoATM kiosk (pictured) that rewards users for recycling their unwanted electronic equipment with cash or store vouchers will be on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  Plus VIP party invite by John Say.ecoatm1.jpg

MINNEAPOLIS -- Two young entrepreneurs in Minneapolis have come up with a new vending program inspired by the increasingly popular biking trend. Chad DeBaker and Alex Anderson have launched the Bike Fixtation, which pairs a modified glassfront vender with a handy standalone bike repair rack.

LOUISVILLE, Colo., Jan 03, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- KIOSK Information Systems (KIOSK) announces the launch of StoreBOT(TM) -- the latest in a new series of Automated Retail Solutions the company is demonstrating at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Show, January 16th & 17th in New York City.

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Why Best Buy is going out of business [slowly]

Interesting article on the gradual diminishing of Best Buy. Strong bias.

2012 Predictions from Kioskmarketplace

From Kioskmarketplace.com  - predictions from the experts in self-service and self-service automation for 2012.

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