Category Archives: Vending Kiosk

Kiosk Future Trends – Vending Kiosk Opportunities

Excerpt from Canadian Vending magazine May 2020 — Kiosk sales are expected to accelerate post-pandemic, due to affordability of its footprint and sanitary interface, when compared to a crowded store.

Take-Aways

  • Kiosks are safer than dealing with people
  • Vending machines sell tangible goods
  • Customers like to customize orders, and preferably via machine than person.
  • Business orders for self-service and related are growing quickly. Below is some actual business data illustrating in real time the opportunities.

Self-Service Kiosk Trends 

This is using the number of RFP and RFQs issued by local, city, county, state and federal agencies over the last few years. 2020 is proving to be the highest ever – Craig Keefner with KMA.

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Vending Research

Here is a look at the US and Vending. Current opportunities are factored at $3B.  Vending is a very fast growing sector — Craig Keefner with KMA

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Excerpt:

Imagine a wild scenario where your business is on solid ground and then inexplicably, your entire team is unavailable because the government has mandated that they not come to work. If you’d read that statement a few months ago, you might have rolled your eyes. As you read it now, it likely resonates.

Black swan events are defined as events that nobody believes will happen yet somehow, they come to pass. Black swan birds exist, but for many years were considered to be fantasy creatures much like the unicorn — until black swans were discovered alive and well in Australia. Wars, recessions and health care crises like the one we’ve all just experienced are considered to be black swan events. Nobody believes they will happen and when they do, they appear suddenly and with notable economic consequences.

As this article is being written, the Coronavirus Pandemic is at its height but one thing has become abundantly clear — those businesses with multiple revenue streams and retail channels are better positioned to survive. As businesses move forward and rebuild, can kiosk technology offer an important way to develop stability?

How are kiosks different from vending?

If you sell a sandwich that’s stored in a machine and dispensed after payment, that’s vending. If you sell a sandwich at a micro market where the customer picks it up from a display and then pays for it — that’s a kiosk. Vending machines often have a kiosk attached but kiosks aren’t always connected to vending machines. Kiosks can definitely ride a fine line in terms of vending as they can make a sale of a non-tangible item like a reservation or dispense a ticket, but kiosks often sell information or services where vending machines sell tangible goods.

Vending kiosk machine Vicki could compete with Amazon Go

Apple has Siri. Amazon has Alexa. This summer Tom Murn will have Vicki, a vending machine endowed with artificial intelligence that will be popping up in college cafeterias, drugstores, hospital waiting rooms and offices around town, and could change the way New Yorkers shop. Shaped like an iPhone but as big as a refrigerator, the device will neither take coins or cash nor drop a bag of potato chips into a slot. Users will instead open its glass door by way of an iris scan, a fingerprint impression or a phone or a credit card swipe and take a product off a shelf. The price will immediately appear on a screen above the door—and disappear if the product is put back down.

An ad for the item also might play on the screen. If shoppers have questions, Vicki will provide answers—as they try on sunglasses, wonder if a cookie is gluten-free or consider buying a high-tech toy they don’t know how to work. Vicki will even make hard-to-refuse offers, like suggesting a bottle of water—at half price—to go with a sandwich. Shutting the door completes the sale, with the customer being charged for the item(s).

“This is so much more than a vending machine,” said Murn, 51. “You can pick up [a product] and put it back. [The machine] can pull information from Facebook and say, ‘Happy birthday.’ It can do rewards. You can’t do any of that with a vending machine.”

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Ingenico Releases iUC150B Contactless Reader

New reader is smaller with higher level of security.

ingenico contactless kiosk reader
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FAQ’s
What is the iUC150B availability?
 It is available now for kiosk integration with both RBA and UIA applications.

What is the intended iUN configuration for the iUC150B?
 It is intended to work with: IUP250 V3.0 & iUR250 V3.0. It is fully backward compatible with PCI V3.0
components. In the future when the iUP250 V4 and iUR250 V4 are available it will also work with them.
The PCI certification level is on a per component basis.

What are the primary differences between devices and the benefits of the iUC150B?
 Major differences are the smaller form factor (allowing kiosk real estate savings) and PCI V4.0 certification
(higher security, SRED compliant).

Which SDK’s support the iUC150B? Any other special requirements?
 Yes, SDK Core = 9.26.2.01 Addon Unattended = 6.4.0.01. Please see your SE for complete requirements.

When is the iUC150 EOL ?
 The current plan is to announce the iUC150 EOL in January 2017.

Ingenico Contactless Kiosk Reader PDF

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What Are Snapbot Vending Machines?

Snapbot Vending

What’s the story about Snap’s new Snapbot vending machines selling Spectacles? This question was originally answered on Quora by Brian Roemmele.

Source: www.forbes.com

Good read

A year ago Snap acquired Looksery, a Selfie animation app. Looksery’s technology is at the heart of the Snapbot’s revolutionary see/what-you-look-like virtual try-it-on video system. It is the first time this type of technology has been used in this type of setting.