March 2013 Archives

Company Profile - KIVA Systems

solutions-upper-mock.pngUsing hundreds of autonomous mobile robots and sophisticated control software, the Kiva Mobile-robotic Fulfillment System enables extremely fast cycle times with reduced labor requirements, from receiving to picking to shipping.

Wal-Mart steps up its online game with help from stores

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(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc , facing growing competition for quick delivery of physical goods from online retailers like Inc , said on Tuesday it would start using its stores to get Internet orders to customers faster.

While Wal-Mart is the world's largest retailer by overall sales, on the Internet its revenue is a small fraction of Amazon's, adding some urgency to its e-commerce efforts.

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Bloomberg -- A thinly spread workforce has other consequences: Longer check-out lines, less help with electronics and jewelry and more disorganized stores, according to Hancock, other shoppers and store workers. Last month, Wal-Mart placed last among department and discount stores in the American Customer Satisfaction Index, the sixth year in a row the company had either tied or taken the last spot. The dwindling level of customer service comes as Wal- Mart (WMT) has touted its in-store experience to lure shoppers and counter rival Inc.
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OAKLAND (KPIX 5) -- Vending machines are commonly known for dispensing snacks and sodas, but machines dispensing medical marijuana have created a buzz among California dispensaries. Over 800 items per Autospense machines.  For sale or lease. San Diego is next. $60K per machine.
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veloping a "next generation fulfillment network" will be one of Walmart's key global priorities for this year, along with investing in a global e-commerce platform that will provide the world's largest retailer with common digital technology in multiple countries.
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SoloHealth's stations, slated to be in 2,500 Walmarts and Sam's Clubs next month, to video consultations with doctors, to sma
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rtphone apps that track blood pressure and heart rate, consumer health  technology is attracting big-name backers such as retailer Walmart,
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PharmaSmart in Rochester, NY releases whitepaper on blood pressure compliance with AAMI/ISO. Video details the features. Currently serves 6,000 locations and the study details over 8 million readings.

Wal-Mart Anxious to Combat Amazon's Lead in Web Vendors

The battle between Walmart and SuperCenters against Amazon and its Web escalate.  How they mitigate the advantages of each other, how quickly and effectively is the question to be answered.
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Article highlighting Bsquare lead developer for Intel and multiple intelligent vending products. 

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NEW YORK CITY -- Intel Corp. showed a few of the developments in its "intelligent vending" initiative during this year's National Retail Federation trade show here. Also on display were concepts that might be as applicable to micromarket operators as to any other sort of retailer.  Intel's work with international coffeehouse titan Costa Coffee (Dunstable, UK) was a center of attention at the show, which took place Jan. 13-16.
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Great article from Vending Times on Intel and Next Generation 
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