From menus curated to individuals’ dietary needs to offers that adjust in real time to trends and even weather patterns, here’s how top food names like Sonic and THE.FIT are using AI to enable tailored food experiences
Today’s consumers have more food options than ever. The ordering experience is incredibly important, and a good one can keep customers coming back time and time again. To help guests navigate drive-thru menus, companies like Sonic, McDonalds, and THE.FIT have incorporated AI into their ordering to create a seamless transaction.
Taken from PSFK’s Food Service Debrief report, take a look at how these innovators have redesigned ordering to offer personalization and enhanced convenience:
Sonic, Mastercard and ZIVELO Global payment company Mastercard has partnered with self-service kiosk technology provider ZIVELO to trial AI-based voice ordering at select locations of the drive-in chain Sonic. At the restaurant, guests place their orders with an AI-powered voice assistant, while an integrated digital menu display can be customized in real time, taking into account context, like weather, time of day, season and location, as well as specific customer preferences. The system aims to streamline repeat orders and use data to offer personalized suggestions and loyalty rewards that are more relevant.
Tapit, a leading restaurant and retail-focused software vendor, has launched Selfit, a self-ordering kiosk platform with accompanying online ordering via a mobile app and interface to the restaurant’s website. Purpose-built for the restaurant and retail industries, Tapit demonstrated its self-ordering platform at the National Restaurant Association 2019 Show.
According to an IHL Services research, 96% of adults aged 18-39 favored self-kiosks for food ordering. With Tapit, single restaurant locations or large chains can meet this demand and affordably install Selfit’s feature-rich, highly customizable and scalable technology.
“On average, Tapit self-order kiosks increased each individual order by a remarkable 30% and 13% per branch,” said Eli Cohen, head of operations at New Deli restaurant chain.
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Ticketing Kiosks are not new to the industry of self-service applications as most major transportation companies and entertainment ticket distributors already utilize this solution in one form or another. Most of the ROI benefits of ticketing kiosks come in measurable increments, while others are subtle benefits that still ultimately impact a company’s bottom line.
Save on Employee Overhead Costs
One of the major benefits of the self-service ticket kiosk is the overall reduction in cost per transaction. This is primarily due to the reduction in costs related to employees since less staff is needed.
Improving Customer Satisfaction
Ticket Kiosks also help improve customer satisfaction by making transactions faster and more convenient. Monetary transactions are simplified as ticketing kiosks accept various payment methods including credit cards and cash. This also significantly reduces the time commitment for each transaction making it more efficient while preventing long congested lines.
Improve Access to Your Services
Installing ticketing kiosks on off-site locations can increase revenue by offering more distribution locations for customers to visit. This also contributes to lower infrastructure costs by making these transactions automated. In addition, ticketing kiosks allow owners to easily and effectively communicate with their customer base through well-constructed applications. These provide the ability to update content on special promotions, up-sell items and introduce new product or service offerings. Having the ability to communicate with customers increases revenue and the amount of sale per transaction.
Ticket Kiosks also offer the security of knowing that there is no room for human error. The applications are completely accurate and eliminate the possibility of mistakes or miscalculations.
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In the hotel industry, the quality of your guest service can make or break your business (one negative review can have a much bigger impact than a positive one). With that in mind, consider this experience of a frequent traveler:
The traveler grabs a Lyft to the airport and pays in-app. Upon arrival to the airport, he uses the self-serve kiosk, swipes his credit card to pull up his boarding pass, and makes selections for his seat and luggage. Once in the air, he uses the seat-back screen to order a drink. After deplaning, he takes a cab, pays via his mobile wallet, and arrives at the hotel.
After a long day, he’s ready to settle into his room and get some rest. As he approaches the counter for check-in he notices a line. It’s short, but there’s only one employee managing the desk. The employee is accommodating and friendly, but the traveler is tired and not up for chatting. He spends another 5 minutes checking in, passing his ID and credit card back and forth, and talking about room preferences. Finally, he gets his key card and heads up to his room.
What’s Wrong with this Picture?
Up until the traveler reaches the hotel his trip is seamless and automated. But from the moment he arrives for check-in, there’s a sudden change in pace and a sense of hassle in getting to his room. But it -doesn’t have to be this way. Hotels have an opportunity to streamline guest services by incorporating self-service kiosks into their strategy.
If you’re thinking “don’t people prefer a human touch?” remember this: don’t mistake automation and convenience for lack of service. While a great concierge was once the gold standard for guest service, things are changing. Today, more travelers value speed, no hassle and opportunities for self-service throughout their whole journey. In fact, some have even grown to expect the option for self-service. That’s why ATMs, pay-at-the-pump fueling and self-check-ins at airports are so successful.
Updating your guest service strategy to add this new choice may seem like a daunting task, but self-service kiosks are a simple solution that can provide a lot of additional value at check-in and beyond. Take a look at some of the ways kiosks can make an impact on your guest service:
Kiosks are an “always-on” service that can reduce lines at the check-in during busy times or periods of lighter staffing (or even reduce staffing costs during a lull). They can also be used as concierge support. Guests can get recommendations for local restaurants and make reservations, discover local attractions and events, and request transportation.
Added Value in New Ways
In addition to offering another way to deliver existing services, kiosks and vending machines create new opportunities such as providing a marketplace for forgotten items like power cords, toothbrushes and aspirin. They also create the perfect environment for upselling — perhaps your guest orders room service for two and the kiosk recommends a bottle of white wine.
New Insight With Analytics
The benefits of bringing kiosks on board aren’t just limited to your guests. They also provide your business with valuable insight into guest preferences, services used, popular check-in times, favorite restaurants and more. You can also use them to gather feedback and reviews from your guests. All of this comes together to give you a better understanding of how, when and where your guests are spending their time and money throughout their stay.
To see how this all comes together, remember that traveler scenario from earlier? Imagine that this time, the traveler arrives to the hotel to find kiosks in the lobby:
The traveler spots an open kiosk. Just like at the airport, he swipes his credit card and pulls up his reservation. He filters the available rooms by those with one king-size bed, no adjoining room and is located near the elevator. He chooses one on the sixth floor. Then the kiosk offers to order him room service. He chooses a meal and a beverage, a delivery time, and charges it to his room. The kiosk dispenses his room key card and he’s on his way.
Part of a Bigger Strategy
Kiosks are just one way to boost your guest service strategy. Many hotels are moving towards more self-service options, including automated vending machines, mobile loyalty apps and phone-based room keys to satisfy the constantly increasing expectations for on-demand, always-on service. It’s even coming to the point where not offering it puts your business at a disadvantage. Experts predict that by 2020, 85% of all customer service interactions will be handled without the need for a human agent, and the kiosk market is projected to reach a value of $1 billion by 2021.
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Until May 2018, a federal law known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) limits most legal sports betting to Nevada and three other states. That (PASPA) was overturned by the Supreme Court in favor of New Jersey, allowing state-sponsored betting.
What to Expect in a World Where States Can Legalize Sports Betting
Anticipating PASPA’s repeal, a handful of states have started the process by passing enabling legislation. Pennsylvania is one notable example. These changes to the law are paving the way for states to start offering legal sports betting in the next couple years.
What can we expect the future of sports betting to look like? According to a May 2017 Oxford Economics report, legalized sports betting is projected to generate $8.4 billion in new tax revenues, create more than 200,000 new jobs and add over $22 billion to the nation’s GDP. With a budding new industry on the horizon, businesses are working tirelessly to capitalize on the new opportunities being presented in the world of sports gambling.
Casinos will need to be well-prepared for the influx of new customers that will be flocking to their venues in hopes of placing their first legal sports bet. As a result, many casinos are finding that sports betting kiosks provide the needed automated self-service solution to handle a higher volume of sports wagers without requiring the need for additional customer service staff.
The Impact of Sports Betting Kiosks
With such anticipated economic growth in the gambling industry, casinos will need to do their best to streamline their betting services. Sports betting kiosks will be a key factor in perfecting this process as they will improve the customer experience and will increase betting revenues for operators.
Wagering kiosks will improve the customer experience by cutting down wait time. Customers will not be waiting in line to place a bet. With multiple betting kiosks available, customers will be able to place a wager whenever they please. In turn, this will also increase revenue with more total bets placed.
Pennsylvania sports betting started late in the game considering it had a law on the books in 2017, only launching in November. The Keystone State changed its law to allow legal sports betting anywhere within the state.
Legal sports betting in Nevada did not change after the Supreme Court decision. Many Nevada casinos feature online and mobile sports betting platforms allowing you to wager anywhere in the state.
Geolocation technology on your device will ensure that you are located in Nevada before allowing you to bet. Bettors also must first establish an account in-person at a physical casino location before betting online. This includes verification of identification and a minimum cash deposit of between $50-$100 to fund the account.
West Virginia sports betting sites
West Virginia opened its sports betting operation in September. Only two public sportsbooks opened in 2018, and another started up at The Greenbrier, a private resort. West Virginia sports betting added the ability to bet via mobile in December 2018.
Rhode Island’s sports betting operation runs through the state lottery in partnership with William Hill, so the well-known bookmaker will provide the state’s app technology.
Mississippi sports betting sites
Sort of. Mississippi sports betting must be done within a land-based or water-based casino. However, state regulations allow for mobile wagering while on casino property, though only one tribal casino has launched it.
Benefits of Betting Kiosks
Line queue management for burst cycles
Increased betting revenues for operators
Higher wagering levels
Operators optimize their labor costs
Accept cash, winning tickets, and vouchers
Provide ADA accessible betting options for customers
Background – Fixed odds betting terminal
A fixed odds betting terminal (FOBT) is a type of electronic slot machine normally found in betting shops in the United Kingdom. The terminals allow players to bet on the outcome of various games and events which have fixed odds, with the theoretical percentage return to player (RTP) being displayed on the machine by law. Typically slot machine FOBTs have an RTP of 90% to 94% depending on the chosen stake, and standard roulette FOBTs have a long-term average RTP of 97%. Fixed odds betting terminals were introduced to UK shops in 2001.
The most commonly played game is roulette. The minimum amount wagered per spin is £1. The maximum bet cannot exceed a payout of £500 (i.e. putting £14.00 on a single number on roulette). The largest single payout cannot exceed £500. Token coins can be of value as low as five pence in some UK licensed betting offices (LBOs). Other games include bingo, simulated horseracing and greyhound racing, and a range of slot machine games.
Like all casino games, the ‘house’ (i.e. the betting shop) has a built-in advantage, with current margins on roulette games being between 2.7% and 5%.
At stores and online, health care moves closer to customers
by Tom Murphy
Health care is moving closer to patients.
Drugstores are expanding the care and support they offer, and telemedicine is bringing doctors and therapists to the family room couch as the system shifts to help people stay healthy and attract customers who want convenience.
CVS Health offered the latest example on Tuesday, announcing plans to expand a new store format that will provide dietitians, help people monitor chronic diseases and add community rooms that can be used for yoga classes. The drugstore chain, which quit selling tobacco several years ago, said it will open 1,500 of these so-called HealthHub stores nationally by the end of 2021.
“The ultimate goal is bring more health services into people’s communities where they can access them as part of their daily life,” Executive Vice President Dr. Alan Lotvin said.
CVS rival Walgreens is experimenting with primary care clinics, and insurers are expanding coverage of things like dietitian visits, hoping that keeping people healthy will reduce costs and keep them out of expensive hospitals.
The added convenience sounds good in theory, but these newer care options will have to earn patient trust, said Harvard researcher Dr. Ateev Mehrotra, who has studied retail clinics.
“This is going to take a lot of cultural change for patients to feel that this is a reasonable option for them,” he said.
CVS Health, based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, runs more than 9,800 retail locations nationally. Late last year, it added health insurance when it acquired one of the nation’s biggest insurers, Aetna, in a roughly $69 billion deal that is still being reviewed by a federal judge.
Soon after announcing that deal, CVS officials started talking about plans to provide more health care help to customers. Late last year, the company started testing HealthHub stores in Houston.
Aside from visits with dietitians, these stores also give customers a chance to get screened for eye problems caused by diabetes, talk to a pharmacist about their treatment plan or get help tracking their blood pressure.
CVS Health said it will add more of these stores to the Houston market this year and expand to Atlanta, the Philadelphia area and Tampa. The company plans to run 1,500 HealthHub stores by the end of 2021.
Separately, Walgreens will start adding primary care clinics next to some of its stores in the Houston area through a partnership with VillageMD. It’s also testing clinics in Kansas City that focus on older patients through a deal with the insurer Humana.
Walgreens, which still sells tobacco, wants to create what its leaders call “health care neighborhoods” with its stores and improve access to primary care.
“We have an aging population,” Walgreens executive Dr. Pat Carroll said. “It is difficult in many communities to actually find a primary care physician.”
As they expand into care, the drugstore chains will face competition that includes major doctor groups and hospital systems that have their own support staff working to keep patients healthy.
The management of chronic illnesses has become a big source of health care spending, noted Mehrotra, the Harvard researcher.
“This is sort of the pot at the end of the rainbow that everyone wants to get to,” he said.
Mehrotra also said these growing options for care may have to overcome patient reluctance. He said people have grown comfortable using drugstores for flu shots or to treat colds. But asking a drugstore to help manage diabetes is another matter.
In that case, patients worry about whether their regular doctor will be notified of the drugstore care, and they may want to see the same person each time they visit.
Another physician, New Hampshire-based internist Kevin Pho, said he also worries that drugstores may use their health care services to drum up prescription business or sales in the rest of their store.
CVS is offering additional health care in stores many customers already visit routinely and is focused on putting those customers on “a path to better health,” Executive Vice President Kevin Hourican said.
In this Thursday, May 30, 2019 photo, a sign advertises wellness services available at a CVS store with the new HealthHUB Thursday, in Spring, Texas. HealthHUB locations offer a broader range of health care services, new product categories, digital tools and on-demand health kiosks, trusted advice and personalized care. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Frequent CVS customer Grace Bennett said she thinks the expanded health care services are a “fantastic step.”
The 28-year-old New Yorker has diabetes that led to eye surgery. She said screenings for that condition and other health care services available through the drugstores will make it easier for people to get help without having to juggle schedules or worry about finding an open appointment.
“I think they’ll be helpful to a whole lot of people,” she said.
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Interactive Kiosk Awards 2019 – Bell Canada & Taco Bell
The Interactive Customer Experience Association honored Taco Bell’s Self-Order Kiosks and the Bell Canada Smart City Kiosk Tuesday Jun 4, 2019 during their conference in San Francisco.
Taco Bell’s kiosks won for Best Restaurant, while Bell Canada Smart City Kiosks by Bell Canada won Best Kiosk.
Delivery, kiosks and other digital efforts are taking more prominent roles at Yum! Brands, moves that serve as a good reflection of overall trends in the quick service restaurant (QSR) space. Yum operates the Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC chains, and the company’s fourth-quarter results, released Feb. 7, provided details about where those [… link]
Kiosk Industry Group association maintains this free list of resources for the self-service and kiosk industry. Included are manufacturers of hardware, software, devices such as touchscreens and printers, remote monitoring and management. Even financial services which can assist in financing your project. Kiosk Industry is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better self-service for customers and employees through kiosks and information technology (IT). Kiosk Industry Association leads efforts to optimize self-service engagements and engagement outcomes using information technology such as kiosks.
If your company is involved in the market and would like to be listed, simply visit the list and enter your URL and company info. It’s self-service.
Peerless-AV® to Demonstrate Wide-Ranging Signage Technology and AV Solutions at InfoComm 2019
Products include new line of SmartMount® Motorized Mounting Solutions, Xtreme™High Bright Outdoor Displays, SEAMLESS LED Solutions, Smart City Kiosks, and more at Booth 3429
AURORA, Ill. – May 30, 2019 – Peerless-AV®, an award-winning designer and manufacturer of innovative audio and video solutions and accessories, is pleased to announce its showcase at InfoComm 2019, June 12-14, in the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). Peerless-AV and its team of experts will be exhibiting a variety of digital signage solutions, including kiosks, video wall mounts, outdoor displays, and more in Booth 3429.
To start off the show, on Wednesday, June 12th, Rob Meiner, Peerless-AV’s Kiosk Business Unit Manager, will be taking part in a panel on “Increasing Convenience and Creature Comforts with Kiosks in Hotels.” Panel attendees can expect to learn more about how hotels and hospitality industry insiders can incorporate engaging kiosks and signage. Peerless-AV will also be sponsoring the event, which is geared towards key members of the hospitality industry.
Peerless-AV is proud to present and display the following products at InfoComm 2019:
Outdoor Kiosk Solutions
Peerless-AV will be testing the limits of its Xtreme™ High Bright Outdoor Displays (XHB432, XHB492, XHB552) through a water dunk tank, impact test chamber, and dust chamber. Available in 43″, 49″, and 55”, the Xtreme™ High Bright Outdoor Displays offer a maintenance-free design and are rugged enough to withstand the harsh outdoor elements, while still offering bright, crisp imagery.
Peerless-AV will also be exhibiting the full line-up of the UltraView™ UHD Outdoor TV (UV492, UV552, UV652), an all-season solution for outdoor entertainment and living. Paired with the UltraView™ UHD Outdoor TV will be Peerless-AV’s easily-installed and weather resistant Xtreme™ Outdoor Soundbar (SPK-080).
Kiosks and Menu Boards
Kiosks at the booth include the upgraded All-in-One Kiosk Powered by BrightSign® (KIPICT2555). This kiosk features a sleek and stylish design with a leaner frame and a smaller footprint, creating a complete digital signage solution for any indoor application setting, for entertainment, advertising, digital merchandising, and more.
Another kiosk on display is the award-winning, outdoor Smart City Kiosk. With an elegant, minimalistic design, including covers to protect and ventilate the kiosk’s display and equipment, this kiosk is an ideal, outdoor digital signage solution.
Restaurant menu solutions like Peerless-AV’s single Digital Menu Board for Samsung OHF displays (KOF555-1OHF), double Digital Menu Board for Xtreme™ High Bright Outdoor Displays (KOF555-2XHB), and single Digital Menu Board for LG displays (KOF555-1XE4F) will also be in the booth, demonstrating how digital signage can help with increasing drive-thru sales and promoting order efficiency.
Interactive SmartMount® Solutions
A new line of SmartMount® Motorized Mounting Solutions for Interactive Displays, including the SmartMount® Motorized Stand/Wall Mount (SS598ML3) and SmartMount® Motorized Table Top Cart (SR598ML3T) will showcase how educators can focus on the content on display in the classroom while creating a positive learning environment.
Also in the booth will be the latest version of the SmartMount® Motorized Height Adjustable Flat Panel Cart (SR598ML3), an extension of Peerless-AV’s award-winning line of AV carts, which make it easier for educators and students to raise and lower touch-enabled displays.
Wall Mounts and More
As the 2019 Official TV Wall Mount & Outdoor TV Provider of Forbes Travel Guide, Peerless-AV will be showing off its mounting solutions geared towards hospitality applications. Mounts being displayed include the Pull Out Pivot Wall Mount (HPF650), essential for on-wall or recessed/in-furniture applications, as well as the Hospitality Wall Arm Mount with STB Enclosure (HA746-STB), which offers an aesthetically pleasing solution for cable management and set top box storage. For retail applications, Peerless-AV will be introducing the Floor Window Display Mount (DS-OM55ND-FLOOR) designed specifically for the Samsung OM55N-D Double-Sided Displays.
Peerless-AV’s wide ranging projector product family will be in the booth, as well, with the Heavy Duty Universal Projector Mount (PJR125), Ultra Heavy Duty Projector Mount (PJR250), and Universal Portrait Projector Mount (PJR125-POR), demonstrating the perfect mounting solution for heavy equipment.
LED Video Wall Mounting Solutions
Providing a wow factor for attendees will be Peerless-AV’s Curved LED Mount, featuring a modular design developed to fit the specifications of any LED display. In partnership with RMG, the curved video wall will feature actual pieces from the Kennedy Space Center and highlights of the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing. Peerless-AV’s LED mounting systems bring unlimited configurations to wall signage as well as offer a slim, space-saving, and aesthetically pleasing design that can be adapted to support any display specifications and video wall configuration.
Additionally, as the Official Digital Display Provider of MiLB, Peerless-AV’s booth will feature the new official LED scoreboard, which will be implemented in over 50 stadiums by 2020.
The Curved LED Mount and LED scoreboard are part of SEAMLESS by Peerless-AV, the one-of-a-kind all-inclusive program for LED video wall integration. With SEAMLESS by Peerless-AV, integrators can expect start to finish support for all of Peerless-AV’s LED mounting solutions.
To learn more about Peerless-AV’s activities planned for InfoComm 2019, watch the preview video (https://vimeo.com/peerlessav/infocomm19) or visit Booth 3429 to see the full showcase of outdoor displays, kiosks, mounts, carts, and more.
For over 75 years, passion and innovation continue to drive Peerless-AV forward. We proudly design and manufacture the highest quality products, ranging from outdoor displays to complete kiosk solutions, digital signage mounts to wireless systems. Whether a full-scale global deployment or custom project, Peerless-AV develops meaningful relationships and delivers world-class service. In partnership with Peerless-AV, you are trusting an award-winning team of experts who will support your business every step of the way. For more information, visit peerless-av.com.
Kiosk Group Taps 25-Year Industry Veteran Karla Guarino to Lead Sales & Marketing Team
Responding to strong, accelerating market growth with fresh leadership, new products and long-range marketing and manufacturing strategies
FREDERICK, Md., June 4, 2019 –Kiosk Group Inc. (KGI) has announced the appointment of Karla Guarino as Director, Sales & Marketing. Ms. Guarino’s assignment is the latest of several strategic steps designed to grow the company to better serve the rapidly-expanding global market for interactive kiosks and related software.
Ms. Guarino will be responsible for top-line growth, expanding into new markets with interactive touchscreens, software and remote kiosk management. “Karla’s stellar reputation across the industry is strategically wide and tactically deep,” said Mike James, KGI’s founder and chief engineer.
Privately-held KGI develops and markets a wide range of solutions for hundreds of customers. Kiosk Marketplace Census Report values the global market at $9.22 billion (2018) with a compound average growth rate approaching 18%.
In response, KGI President Alan Mischler said “We are executing an aggressive effort to launch new kiosk enclosure designs, increase manufacturing, boost customer responsiveness and re-invent marketing. Karla Guarino is being armed with the best solutions our industry has to offer. She brings a blue-ribbon resume. We are indeed fortunate to have her guiding the marketing and sales challenge.”
Ms. Guarino said “Mike James is a creative visionary for iPad and Android tablet enclosure technology. These products have set engineering and design standards. Coupled with Alan Mischler’s manufacturing and management leadership, I plan to quickly build market share and open new markets for interactive touchscreens in static and mobile applications.”
An early priority is improved market recognition for KGI’s extensive catalog. “I’m turning our website into an interactive marketing, sales and customer education center and plan to develop dynamic outreach to customers and the media,” Guarino said. “And I’m encouraging new product development for smaller tablet-based terminals as well as mobile software to enable our customers to put interactive kiosk technology at the fingertips and in the palms of the world’s rapidly-growing base of digital consumers.”
Guarino’s 25-year Kiosk Industry Background
For nearly 15 years at Kiosk Information Systems, Karla mastered virtually every marketing and sales challenge, adding product development and strategic partnerships to an impressive sales record ($37M in 2007). Gaining broad industry experience through executive assignments with Zivelo, 8Speed8, Jane and Meridian Kiosks, Karla became a senior industry consultant last year as founder and CEO of Kiosk Mentor LLC. Recently, Kiosk Group’s Mike James and Alan Mischler convinced Karla to apply her knowledge and leadership to the well-financed challenge of propelling Kiosk Group to pinnacle status.
About Kiosk Group
One of the first companies to pioneer the tablet kiosk marketplace, Kiosk Group has compiled 30 years of design/manufacturing innovation serving hundreds of industry and government customers. Founder Mike James was first to develop iPad technology for kiosk service. KGI’s exceptionally popular software development browser package (Kiosk PRO) is available via the iTunes store. Today, KGI is an innovation leader for Android, iPad and Windows kiosk enclosure solutions. Privately held, KGI is headquartered in Frederick, MD. For more information, visitKioskGroup.com.
Health stations now available at all Roundy’s Supermarkets banners in Illinois and Wisconsin
The Kroger Co. has expanded its partnership with consumer health engagement company Higi to put its self-service smart health stations in Roundy’s Supermarkets in Illinois and Wisconsin, including Pick ‘n Save, Mariano’s, Copps and Metro Market banners.
Kroger and Higi have worked together since 2011, with solutions at 2,100 stores in the Kroger network. The higi stations offer free health screenings and interactive educational content. Consumers can also choose to work with a trusted healthcare organization through the system.
TDS will announce its 20L series digital signage with the light bar in June of 2019 that will lead the touch monitor market. Through the hardware solution implementation to achieve the control of the light bar to reflect the color vitality and dynamic state without relying on software.
Moreover, the POE power supply of wake-up module is provided to solve the traditional power supply mode of customers. TDS Control system is engineered with LED lightbars by default to color changes. Set aside the limitations of software compatibility to support the widest range of interactive digital meeting room signage projects. Users will be able to identify current availability of the room by the LED color bar indicator, visible from afar. The instant visibility provided by being able to see the room availability whilst walking past a meeting room through edge lighting; Offering a compelling meeting room signage solution for our partners and customers.
Our 20L is an all-in-one industrial touch computer, multi-point, Projected Capacitive (PCAP) touch screen technology , which is sensitive with the fast response rate. It supports 24-hour operation for 7 days a week, adopts advanced Intel Celeron 3855u processor with Windows 10 system, low power consumption, fan-less motherboard, environmental protection and energy saver, backlight LED, wide viewing Angle. TDS excels at customization, with sizes ranging from 10 "to 55". We offer a variety of peripherals, cameras, NFC, RFID Readers and AF fingerprint prevention etc. as options. All advanced technology is available as an option.
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On Thursday, McDonald’s opened a new flagship store in Times Square, expected to be its busiest in the U.S.
The location showcases the modern updates that McDonald’s has been bringing to its U.S. stores. It boasts digital menu boards, 18 self-order kiosks and wireless mobile charging stations at tables.
The high-tech upgrades are part of its strategy to drive sales by bringing customers back to its stores. The renovations are meant to improve convenience for the customer and modernize the look of the restaurants.
McDonalds Kiosk Renovation Schedule
McDonald’s originally scheduled all U.S. store renovations to be complete in 2020 but pushed the deadline back to 2022. In 2018, McDonald’s spent $1.4 billion to remodel around 4,500 restaurants. This year, spending is expected to drop to about $1 billion to upgrade 2,000 locations.
On its first-quarter earnings call, executives said that it is finally seeing a “net positive impact” from store renovations that made up for the necessary store closures.
Here’s a look at the new flagship store:
Self-order kiosks in the McDonald’s Times Square flagship location.
When customers enter the location, the sight of self-order kiosks greet them. Employees are also available to take orders and payment.
Two flights of stairs
Stairs inside the McDonald’s Times Square flagship store
Times Square sees about 50 million visitors annually. In anticipation of such high demand, McDonald’s has three floors — and plenty of seating.
Seating on the second floor of the McDonald’s Times Square flagship location.
On the second floor, self-order kiosks are also available to order any forgotten items.
Seating on third floor of the McDonald’s Times Square flagship.
The interior’s modern, simple look is meant to contrast with the flashing billboards and bustle outside in Times Square, according to Max Carmona, McDonald’s senior director of global design and development. Its glass exterior gives customers a great view of that activity.
We’re modernizing the customer experience through the intersection of technology and hospitality. Located at the corner of 45th & Broadway, the new McDonald’s Flagship Times Square restaurant represents a commitment to building a better McDonald’s, showcasing the Experience of the Future for our customers.
Designed by Landini Associates and Progressive AE, this new McDonald’s flagship adopts a more composed and at the same time bold approach to restaurant design, creating a calm environment. The three-story glass curtain wall provides customers with spectacular dining room views out into the heart of Times Square. Customers will notice hints of gold and red to celebrate our brand with a modern twist.
And that’s not all. Take a look a few fast facts about our newest flagship restaurant:
The 11,199 sq ft building will be one of the busiest McDonald’s in the United States.
3 levels of floor-to-ceiling glass provides spectacular views into the heart of Times Square
Our 9,280 sq ft billboard is the 3rd-largest in Times Square
18 digital kiosks, Guest Experience Leaders and table service await guests
173 seats in a variety of arrangements adapt to customer preferences
All of this to say that we’re committed to bringing the same level of hospitality, convenience and personalization to all of our customers around the world. We can’t wait for you to experience an Experience of the Future restaurant near you.
The self-service drumbeat rattled Chicago’s McCormick Place last week as attendees swarmed exhibits promising faster customer service. This year’s National Restaurant Show showcased even more interactive kiosks (39 exhibitors) than last year’s record-breaking 36 exhibitors. Less than a third of this year’s companies (11 exhibitors) were repeats from last year, indicating the market continues to attract new interest.
Kiosk hardware and software manufacturers have heeded the call from restaurants looking to automate the customer order to deliver a more satisfying guest experience, boost sales and make more efficient use of store labor. And while established kiosk providers were once again well represented on the trade show floor, restaurant POS software companies have also entered the fray in a big way.
Once again, many of the kiosks on display integrate with other front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house touchpoints, such as online ordering, mobile ordering, loyalty rewards, customer messaging, order delivery, ingredient and nutrient content, kitchen display systems, inventory management, labor management and more. Foodservice operators have clearly recognized interactive kiosks as one part of a customer experience ecosystem rather than an isolated guest interface.
And while self-order kiosks dominated the presentations, artificial intelligence is allowing additional capabilities such as allergen lookup and guest location.
Highlights of KI Sponsors
Pyramid Computer GmbH
Pyramid Computer GmbH presented its Pyramid Location System that saves guests from having to wait in line after placing their order. The customer can order and pay at the self-order kiosk, which dispenses a puck. The customer then places the puck on the bar and chooses a seat while their order is prepared. The system will recognize their location when their order is ready, allowing a server to serve the customer accurately at their table. The system was presented in the Intel booth.
Larry Kron of Pyramid Computer GmbH demonstrates the Pyramid Location System kiosk at the Intel booth.
Zivelo LLC presented a prototype of its X2 Slim kiosk which offers a larger screen size compared to pole-mounted tablets without taking up too much counter width. There is also an X2 Extended model that takes up the same amount of counter width but has a deeper component door to allow for additional components such as a printer.
Mike Moon presents a prototype of the X2 Slim kiosk.
Frank Mayer and Associates Inc.
Frank Mayer and Associates Inc. demonstrated a self-order kiosk the company designed for a food truck using KioWare POS software. The software works on Windows and Android, and features browser lockdown. The customizable and EMV-compliant kiosk was demonstrated in the ADUSA Inc.booth.
David Anzia of Frank Mayer and Associates Inc. presents a food truck self-order kiosk in the ADUSA booth.
Appetize Technologies Inc.
Appetize presented its Interact kiosk which is part of a comprehensive POS, inventory and analytics package. The company’s kiosk line includes an Android-based solution, 15- and 20-inch landscape touchscreen options, countertop and freestanding models, and support for barcode scanners, printers and payment devices.
OptConnect, a longtime leader in managed wireless services, today announced its formal launch into the Internet of Things (IoT) market with the creation of a patent-pending smart embedded modem™ for IoT, OptConnect ema™. OptConnect’s combination of a smart embedded modem™ plus fully managed services is the first “Connectivity-as-a-Service” offering in the IoT industry, and builds on OptConnect’s unparalleled managed services expertise to help companies to quickly and cost-effectively deploy and scale their IoT projects. OptConnect will showcase its managed service offering with ema at Internet of Things World 2019 (Booth #802), May 13-16, 2019, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
OptConnect’s IoT managed services are the ideal solution for customers across a wide range of industries, including retail, energy, agriculture, healthcare and others, who need to embed cellular wireless connectivity into their solution without the trial and error, slower time to market and cost normally associated with typical IoT implementations. OptConnect’s comprehensive solution includes 24/7/365 carrier monitoring and help desk with one-call resolution and service-level agreements (SLAs) on response time, multicarrier support, device and device management analytics, hardware warranties, IoT professional services and a wealth of other capabilities that help companies move their IoT projects to market quickly and cost-effectively.
The introduction of ema positions OptConnect at the top of the IoT managed services market by delivering to customers a seamless wireless experience without the cost and difficulty of developing low-level embedded wireless design. ema is a fully certified LTE Category 4 smart embedded modem with an optimized developed wireless application that supports multi-carrier connectivity and includes embedded applications for mission-critical device management and managed services by OptConnect. ema has an onboard microcontroller with embedded firmware and software developed by OptConnect, providing plug-and-play functionality.
A compact design to easily fit on a host board design, but with powerful capabilities, including fully certified PTCRB and full carrier certification and dual-carrier SIM on board
Device management application right out of the box for firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) updates, power management and carrier failover
The highest levels of security already baked in through AWS IoT Core
“Building on our vast experience in managed service wireless connectivity for markets such as ATMs, digital signage, kiosks and more, OptConnect is entering the IoT space with a fully managed wireless service right out of the box, making it easy for customers to quickly and cost-effectively scale their IoT deployments and improve their time to revenue,” said, Chris Baird, President and CEO, OptConnect. “The introduction of ema into this mix is a game-changer. Other companies that develop embedded modems leave the customer to figure out the development, certification and management on their own. Through our robust managed service offering, OptConnect can save them time, money and the headache and hassle that is usually experienced with typical IoT connectivity deployments.”
To learn more about OptConnect’s managed service offerings and OptConnect ema, visit http://www.optconnect.com, or visit OptConnect at Internet of Things World 2019 (Booth #802), May 13-16, 2019, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.
OptConnect (http://www.OptConnect.com) is North America’s leading provider of managed service wireless connectivity for ATMs, Smart Safes, Kiosks, Micro Markets, Digital Signage and other custom applications. OptConnect provides a secure and reliable monitored wireless connection to the Internet for unattended equipment that is easy, low-risk, and convenient: All supported by a superior customer service infrastructure. OptConnect has spent 10+ years perfecting managed wireless services so that customers can focus on their core business strengths without having to deal with the delays, complexities, and frustrations of typical cellular deployments. OptConnect’s fully managed solution provides Connectivity-as-a-Service for M2M and IoT applications that is simple and easy to implement.
Mimo Monitors New Touchscreens and Displays at Digital Signage Expo 2019
Mimo Monitors will be in booth #3022, showcasing and introducing a myriad of new products into their stable, ideal for conference rooms, digital signage, kiosks, and retail
CHICAGO, IL—March 25, 2019— Mimo Monitors , the experts in small touchscreen displays, will be at the 2019 Digital Signage Expo (DSE), the world’s largest international tradeshow and conference dedicated to digital displays, interactive technology, and digital communications networks, in booth #3022 to preview and offer hands-on demos of their notable and new durable, high-quality, and innovative displays.
As Mimo Monitors continues to successfully grow, the company wants to continue to explore and expand to new arenas where they can leverage their expertise. “As a solutions-focused company we spend a lot of time listening to customer needs. We of course seek to create products that already have demand, but also, products that our customers are specifically requesting to fulfill a need or solve a problem,” said David Anderson, CEO and President of Mimo Monitors. “At this year’s DSE, we’re showcasing an exciting lineup of previews and newly launched products that we believe will highlight our company’s flexible and wide range of capabilities, while also getting folks who stop by the booth interested to learn more.”
Some of the new and noteworthy products that will be on-hand at Mimo Monitor’s booth (#3022) include:
The Mimo Vue With TanvasTouch: Slated to launch later this year, the Mimo Vue with TanvasTouch, is the first product to bring surface haptics to digital signage and conference rooms.This innovative display allows users to feel what they see on the screen, such as edges, bumps, or ripples, like never before.
The Mimo Vue with BrightSign Built-In: This recently launched product integrates the BrightSign media player and Mimo Vue display, to provide a high quality, reliable, and fully-encompassing digital signage solution that’s intuitive to use, and simple to install and scale.
The 24” 4K Mimo Vue with BrightSign Built-In: Now in preview and ideal for high-end retail displays, this 4K touchscreen provides a visually striking, crisp image at 3840×2160 resolution, while conveniently integrating the Mimo Vue with the BrightSign player for simplicity and ease-of-use.
The Mimo Monitors 21.5” Outdoor Display: Previewing at DSE is Mimo Monitors’ first-ever outdoor display, ideal for kiosks. Designed to operate over a wide temperature range in both cold and heat, this interactive display, at a 1920×1080 resolution is 5x brighter than a typical display to ensure clear and visually pleasing graphic viewing in all kinds of outdoor light.
Shelf-Edge Displays: Previewing at DSE and ideal for retail, Mimo Monitors is showcasing their first-ever shelf-edge displays. Available in 16”, 23”, and 35” these shelf-edge displays are ideal for seamless retail integration, providing high-quality and durable solutions.
24” and 27” Open-Frame Displays: Mimo Monitors’ largest open-frame displays to-date, will be previewing at DSE 2019. Ideal for kiosks, retail and more, these displays are simple to deploy and scale while offering up a high-quality interactive experience.
Mimo Monitors and BrightSign, leading industry digital signage experts, share their best insights and strategies for maximizing digital signage to add value for the customer and cultivate engagement
CHICAGO, IL—April 2019— Mimo Monitors (www.MimoMonitors.com), the experts in small touchscreen displays, joined forces with BrightSign, to share their top five tips and best practices for digital signage. Both industry leaders in the digital signage space, Mimo Monitors and BrightSign believe in the far-reaching impacts and value that effective digital signage can have towards customer engagement, cultivating loyalty, and ultimately, the bottom line.
To watch the video of their top five tips visit here:
“With more noise than ever competing for customer’s attention, we know that utilizing digital signage effectively and in an engaging way is crucial,” said Jeff Hastings, CEO of BrightSign. “That’s why one of our most highly recommended tips is to make digital signage interactive. Interactivity is key to capturing attention and can directly add value both to the customer and the retailer.”
Hospital Self-Service Kiosks by Qwick Media are powerful communication tools. While fully customizable, these touchscreen kiosks offer significant benefits for the modern healthcare industry:
Improve the bottom line by significantly saving staff hours, reducing administrative work, and relieving staff from answering common, repetitive questions Inform patients and visitors about your unique facility,programs, and services
Increase patient satisfaction with multi-language capabilities and accessibility control feature. Help them easily navigate the facility with wayfinding tool Instantly receive donations at the kiosk, advertise your fundraising efforts, explain how donations will be used, and share success stories
A great number of businesses depend on ease of access and ease of use, and when it comes to gambling, that’s becoming more and more non-negotiable as the industry’s scenario is already set towards a booming future as more states across the country are legalizing gambling.
Like KI mentioned in a past article: “According to a May 2017 Oxford Economics report, legalized sports betting is projected to generate $8.4 billion in new tax revenues, create more than 200,000 new jobs and add over $22 billion to the nation’s GDP. With a budding new industry on the horizon, businesses are working tirelessly to capitalize on the new opportunities being presented in the world of sports gambling.
These opportunities are being capitalized in the form of Sports Betting Kiosks. They will increase revenues generated from the newly-improved customer experience – a win-win scenario already used in fast-food chains, for example.
Betting Kiosks are computer terminals that offer direct access to sports betting apps, they accept a variety of forms of payment, including cash, credit cards, voucher or money on player’s account cards, and are designed to be user-friendly. If you’ve dealt with a smart phone or a tablet before, you already know how to operate a Kiosk.
If you think of a bet that you can make at a window, you can make it at the Kiosk. This will empower the gambler to evaluate his options at his own pace and reduce waiting time as they will be able to place the bets whenever they please, not having to stand in lines. This is also more appealing for bettors with little to no experience, thus eliminating some intimidating obstacles that would prevent some people from entering the betting market.
You can opt to make live bets as the Kiosks feed you multiple sports events in real time with live odds or place several bets in one session and move on. Imagine you are betting tennis, during the US Open. You can cash out or change your bet during the course of the games.
Being able to see available balance and possible betting outcomes are features that help streamline the betting process and have better control over the session, which also entices new players.
Also, as time goes by and people get more familiarized with the digital method of betting and what a Kiosk has to offer, it will feel more natural to wager.
There are several companies (Kambi, SB Tech, IGT, etc) that distribute these Sports Betting Kiosks and between these several brands you’ll find that the wagering options available are those in your standard betting sites or apps, but also include many other advantages, such as:
Users profiles with their balance, live amount wagered and account info
Prop bets, over/unders, parlays, etc
Search by Player or Team
Quick access to preferred sports/events
Funding Kiosks with membership accounts
Event streaming selection
On-screen tutorials to guide bettors
Associated mobile apps
Kambi, the provider for SugarHouse, Rivers and Parx and two OTB parlors, reported that roughly 75% of bets are made using a Kiosk, and specified that on one location, that number is a staggering 88%.
Sports Betting Kiosks are setting themselves to become a smash hit for casino owners. The required maintenance is low and there are no wages, health insurance or paid vacations to be taken into account when budgeting your operations. Seems the logical to opt for a business strategy that will:
Improve customer accessibility
Increase business volume
Reduce waiting time for customers
Simplify the betting process
Provide more options to cash out the winnings
Offer the same amount of wagering options as the traditional method
Wherever you go today, whether Starbucks or Taco-Bell, screens are in – touchscreens that is. More than likely your fingers will interact with a digital device at some point, whether swiping a tablet to pay a bill or signing a receipt or else ordering your favorite espresso on a kiosk.
And thanks to the flurry of new cashierless checkout technologies like Amazon Go, waiting in a grocery store checkout line like it’s 1976 will soon be a thing of the past. Just scan your smartphone to enter the store and you’re good to go.
But while all of this new technology is a great thing, it also creates plenty of corporate challenges. Unfortunately, one of the tradeoffs has been a sharp rise in hackers and cyber-attacks in recent years. Retailers today are more vulnerable than ever to phishing, malware, and other infiltrations that can steal millions of financial records in no time.
That’s why it is more incumbent than ever for you to pay attention to your customer endpoints in a secure, seamless way that boosts customer confidence and avoids disasters like data breaches and lost financial information?
Below are 5 best practices, lessons learned, and security tips that will help ensure your retail management and security strategy is “scan and go” ready.
1. Nearly Half of U.S. Enterprises Have Experienced Recent Data Losses
The two major focus areas that often are not stressed enough by enterprises are device management and security. Let’s face it, everyone likes all the new shiny objects, but getting down to brass tacks about securing the devices isn’t always as popular. A recent report by technology advisory firm IDC says that greater than 40% of U.S. enterprises say they’ve had a data loss issue in the last 12-18 months.
To survive in today’s high-stakes retail race means providing your customers with a Device management fleet solution that delivers seamless, secure, and elegant customer experiences. Device security is more important than ever. Doing so will save countless headaches, protect your corporate assets, not to mention save your company millions of dollars in legal fees.
2. Retail Hackers are More Aggressive than Ever
It seems like every time we turn around today, we’re hearing about another major data breach. In fact, some of the most popular companies have been the target of hackers in recent years. Chipotle, Equifax, and Uber were attacked in 2017. And Chili’s, the well-known food chain, believes that in the spring of 2018 malware was used in its restaurant payment systems to gather credit and debit card information.
The message should be clear – if major corporations fall victim to major data breaches, then no one is immune. Retail devices such as digital tablets, POS, and kiosks are especially vulnerable as they are the conduit for millions of shoppers’ names, addresses, emails, credit cards, passwords, or other personal and financial information.
Who can also forget the Target Corporation data breach of 2013? That debacle ended in the theft of 40 million card numbers and 70 million personal records. The breach started after a third-party vendor was attacked through a phishing virus. Since the vendor had access to Target’s Ariba external billing system, and since Target had poor network segmentation, the hackers were able to easily gain unlawful entry to Target’s entire system.
3. Your Management & Security Strategy Probably Isn’t Good Enough
Let’s face it, the likelihood exists that any honest enterprise is not going to be completely satisfied with their current state on security and device management. But the honest truth is that retailers need to manage and secure their device fleet to achieve full operational efficiency, protect assets, and preserve peace of mind. Today, it goes without saying that that every bit of hardware and software in retail devices must be fully compliant with the most stringent security measures.
4. Adopt These Five Device Security Tips
To ensure that your device fleet (kiosks, smartphones, POS, etc.) is fully protected and compliant against cyber-attacks or malware, the following steps should be taken into account by any serious enterprise today.
1. Ensure all device software is from a known and trusted source
Regular compliance checks and updates are critical for ensuring that all software is free of malicious code or malware that can infiltrate the enterprise infrastructure.
2. Encrypted manufacturing protocols
Any type of unsecured manufacturing process is going to create another entry point for criminals to introduce unauthorized code into production runs. Therefore, ensuring strict protocols starts with hardware security modules (HSM’s) and other digital certificates to ensure full code authenticity.
3. Secure code signing
Code signing is a critical part of affirming the efficacy of your source code and scripts. Make sure that it comes with the use of a cryptographic hash to validate authenticity and integrity.
4. Secure boot with chain of trust
Secure boot is designed to protect your devices against malicious code by ensuring only authenticated software runs on it. Secure boot goes hand in hand with chain of trust and is an integral part of any data management and security strategy.
5. Encrypted key management
By including encryption key management with other data protection measures, companies will be able to manage the primary steps involved with protecting, storing, and backing-up their mobile device fleet.
Developers building applications for Dedicated Devices need a platform that will allow them to efficiently and securely create, deploy, and manage Dedicated Devices at scale. Current solutions are meant for managing user-centric enterprise devices and do not address the unique needs of Dedicated Device fleets.
Esper is a platform for developers to deploy applications seamlessly and move beyond standard management tools to securely Orchestrate their Dedicated Devices in the field. We are focused on developers by taking an API-centric, language-neutral approach. Our tools enable developers to tackle the big challenges of Dedicated Device development such as identifying, debugging and resolving issues with their apps and devices in the field.
We streamline the process for building, deploying and managing apps on Dedicated Devices for POS, Restaurants, Kiosks, Logistics, and Transportation at scale. But Esper can be applied however you need it for unique Dedicated Device fleet solutions.
For more information contact Esper
Is Your Retail Management and Security Strategy “Scan and Go” Ready? was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by News Editor
A host of new technologies are on the horizon for the QSR industry. For many of them, a self-order kiosk will serve as their foundation.
Quick-service restaurants have long had a reputation for being innovators when it comes to technology. In the early days of modern foodservice, QSRs were among the first to incorporate features such as drive-thru speaker system and cooking timers. Later, computerized point-of-sale systems and digital menu boards emerged.
More recently, it’s been mobile apps, online ordering and point-of-sale systems that trigger menu boards to display promotions or remove items based on low inventory levels. Facial and AI-based response systems now generate context. Moreover, of course, one of the most significant technological trends affecting the QSR industry over the past few years has been the self-order kiosk.
Customer Data Context
However, the developments haven’t stopped there. All of these trends have one feature in common: They provide operators with a firehose of data they can use to improve their operations.
McDonald’s, for example, acquired software company Dynamic Yield in March for $300 million, giving it technology that will allow it to customize digital menu boards based on data including time of day, weather and current ordering trends to deliver a more personalized in-store experience. The fast-food giant also took a stake in software company Plexure in April, giving it access to a mobile platform that uses digital marketing tools to increase sales. The platform manages mobile-based promotional offers and a customer loyalty program as well as serving as the backbone of McDonald’s mobile app.
Elsewhere, self-order kiosks at some locations of the South Florida-based BurgerFi chain are incorporating facial recognition technology that gives customers the option of saving previous orders along with phone numbers and facial geometry. The next time a customer visits a location, they’ll be recognized by the kiosk and will be given the option to use that stored information on their current order. Other chains including Dallas-based Malibu Poke, Pasadena, Calif.-based Caliburger and Philadelphia-based Bryn & Dane’s are using variations on the technology.
Because 70 percent of the revenue for a typical QSR comes via the drive-thru, it only makes sense to look there as an avenue for technological improvements. Digital menu boards have been appearing in drive-thru lanes for several years, and will likely be standard going forward. Companies including Dunkin’ Brands have eyed dedicated pickup lanes for mobile orders as a way to eliminate bottlenecks, although the idea seems to be slowly gaining traction. Also, several kiosk manufacturers have introduced devices designed for the drive-thru in recent years as restaurant operators seek to duplicate the success of dining-room self-order technology. Olea Kiosks’ Detroit model was an early entry into that category. Technology provider Xenial, which provided the facial recognition application for Bryn & Danes, has installed touchscreen drive-thrus in nearly 400 Subway restaurants to date. Drive-Thrus have become so popular that some countries (Canada) and US cities are looking at restricting drive-thru’s.
Location-Based Customer Service
Location technology and geofencing appear to be an up-and-coming trend, with its potential demonstrated by Burger King’s recent Whopper Detour promotion. Customers who participated in the promotion, which ran in mid-December 2018, could purchase a Whopper for just a penny via their mobile app, as long as they were within 600 feet of a McDonald’s. Other applications for the technology include alerting restaurants when a carryout customer pulls into the parking lot, with restaurant staff then delivering that customer’s order to their car.
And likely coming soon to a QSR near you is the same voice-ordering technology that drives the Alexa and Google Home devices in our living rooms. A voice-command POS would be a boon to labor-strapped restaurant operators who see their counter staff turn over on a near-weekly basis, while a voice-operated phone system in a pizzeria could free up staff to pitch in on the makeline. Such systems would never be rude to customers, will reduce errors compared with a live order-taker, and of course, will always remember to suggestive sell. Industry groups have already formulated frameworks for voice command concerning disability and accessibility.
Automation – The Robots have arrived.
Artificial Intelligence or AI-based systems are already being tested. Holly, made by Valyant A.I., is a disembodied voice that takes drive-through orders at a Good Times in South Denver.
The Colorado fast food chain started experimenting with conversational A.I. to lighten the load of some of its employees who often juggle multiple tasks at the same time. Rob Carpenter, the founder of Valyant A.I., said the hospitality industry needs robots right now to make up for the lack of applicants.
“In the United States, because it’s such a tight labor market, there’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 800,000 unfilled positions,” Carpenter said.
Self-Service kiosks are driving trends
Many of these up-and-running technologies are likely to be incorporated into the self-order kiosks that have been at the heart of recent restaurant trends. There are plenty of reasons why: Research conducted by financial news site PYMNTS.com found that consumers spend as much as 30 percent more at a self-order kiosk compared with other ordering methods. Self-order kiosks allow easy customization of orders, never forget to suggestive sell and eliminate the “indulgence guilt” that can occur when ordering extra-large fries or an apple pie for dessert.
Others are seeing even more significant results. Point-of-sale platform Appetize recently reported that users of its self-service solution see a 40 percent increase in order size. Appetize’s Interact self-service solution offers embedded upsell functionality, and data shows that consumers are 47 percent more likely to add an item on a kiosk than when asked to do so by a cashier.
Research from ordering technology firm Tillster indicates the use of self-order kiosks will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. A 2018 Tillster study found that 54% of customers plan to place an order with a self-service kiosk within the next year, and if the line to order from a cashier is longer than five people, 75 percent of customers will choose to order from a self-service kiosk.
And although mobile apps may serve as an additional ordering channel that enhances the QSR experience, they’ll never supplant self-order kiosks (despite predictions from app designers). Although there may be some among us who gravitate to mobile apps, there are too many restaurant choices and not enough space on our devices to hold apps for each one. And anyway, who wants to go through the hassle of downloading an app to place an order when there’s a self-order kiosk already available? Instead, it’s likely that both channels will thrive.
However, with many of these technologies built on self-order kiosks, their success will hinge on the quality of those kiosks. Olea’s offering in the self-order kiosk arena, for example, is its sleek and modern Austin Freestanding Kiosk. Olea also performed custom kiosk work and purpose-built the kiosks Appetize is using to achieve its dramatic results.
The Austin works in any environment and continues Olea’s mission to provide better kiosks through intelligent design. To maintain the flexible configuration capability, the Austin is engineered to accommodate an optional 15″ or 22″ All-in-One computer in either portrait or landscape as well as an EMV-approved Card Reader & Pin Pad and POS-style receipt printer.
The wide array of transactional components housed in this sleek, feature-packed kiosk makes it one of the most powerful retail solutions available on the market. Its compact footprint and rugged security complement a variety of environments for companies that seek to improve ROI and user interaction in small spaces or high traffic areas.
The adoption of new technologies is setting the stage for exciting (and profitable) times in the QSR space. Olea Kiosks stands ready to help! Feel free to call us at 800.927.8063 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Olea Kiosks today at 800.927.8063 for more information
Kiosk Idle Timeout: What Happens When They Walk Away…
Customers don’t always behave as we would expect when using our kiosks. In the context of software, this is referred to as the “happy path” where everything goes according to plan.
As kiosk software developers we also must plan for what we’ll refer to as the “sad path.” This is when the customer deviates from the expected behavior.
In this article we’re going to be covering the case where the customer walks away from our kiosk in the middle of their transaction. Obviously, we don’t want the next customer to continue where the previous customer left off. The new customer needs a fresh start and it would be confusing if they walked up and the kiosk is in the middle of a transaction.
Let’s start by first talking about why customers might abandon their kiosk transaction. Why do customers abandon their transaction? The list of reasons could potentially be endless, let’s just cover a few common ones…
They didn’t find what they were looking for
They didn’t have enough money to complete the transaction
The kiosk was too confusing, or the customer gets frustrated
They got distracted
The “customer” was just a small child playing with the screen
I could keep going, but you get the point. As developers we need to be prepared for the inevitable case where the customer will abandon their transaction, because life happens.
Can’t we just start over?
The most obvious solution would be to start a timer when the kiosk is idle and if the timer expires we just restart the kiosk workflow by redirecting the customer to the kiosk attract screen. Any time the customer interacts with the kiosk, the kiosk idle timer would get reset. It would also be a good idea to prompt the user with a dialog asking if they’re still there before restarting the workflow. Something like, “Are you still there? Your order will be cancelled in 30 seconds.”
To put this in layman's terms, if the kiosk is idle for too long, we’ll simply start over. Pretty easy to understand right?
Restarting the kiosk workflow will work fine in most scenarios, but it might not work in every scenario. For example, what if the customer is inserting cash and they’re digging around in their wallet for another bill? Restarting the kiosk workflow could cause them to “lose their money”, which will result in some pretty irate customers. In the next section we’re going to cover what to do when we can’t just start over.
What to do when we can’t just start over
We’ve covered the scenario where we can just restart the kiosk workflow using an idle timeout. Now let’s talk about what to do when starting over is problematic. Imagine the scenario where our kiosk accepts cash but has no ability to dispense change. Once the customer inserts their cash, there’s no spitting it back out, so we have to move forward. Now you might ask, “why not just install a cash dispenser?” Well for one, it would raise the cost of our kiosk and for the sake of this example let’s just pretend dispensing cash in not an option.
For our example, let’s assume the customer is paying their cell phone bill at our kiosk and they owe $100. They approach the kiosk, search for their bill and start inserting cash. But when they’ve inserted $80, they realize they don’t have enough cash to complete their transaction. What should we do in the case where they’ve inserted some of their money, but don’t have enough cash to complete their transaction? Remember, dispensing the cash they’ve already inserted is out of the question because our kiosk doesn’t have a cash dispenser.
In this case, the answer is to give the customer a partial credit.
Giving partial credit Going back to our cell phone kiosk example, the answer would be to apply the $80 to the customer’s account as a partial credit. Should we just apply the partial credit and start over using our idle timeout? Eventually yes, but since the customer is inserting cash, we should give them some extra time and fair warning in the form of a popup dialog.
Another consideration is what if the next customer approaches the kiosk before the idle timeout has completed. We wouldn’t want the next customer to be able to go back and search for their own bill and apply the $80 credit.
Therefore, it’s imperative that once cash is inserted, the customer cannot navigate backwards and search for another bill. By locking the credit to the original bill, we ensure that even if the customer walks away, the next customer cannot “steal” their credit. The worst they can do is either complete the transaction or wait for the idle timer to expire. Either way, the original customer gets the credit.
Final thoughts on the happy path
The temptation as developers is to focus on the happy path and assume that our customers will use the kiosk just as we would. But you can see from this example that’s a pipe dream. Anytime we’re designing a new feature it’s important to think through what could go wrong (the sad path) and how we might mitigate that. Keep in mind there’s always a point where self-service is not the answer and you just have to get a person involved. We can maximize the effectiveness of self-service by planning for the worst and thinking ahead.
Kiosk Tips — Self-Service Contingency Planning was last modified: May 27th, 2019 by News Editor
KioWare for Windows Release with Customer Requested Features
Version 8.18 of KioWare® for Windows is now available. This release is almost exclusively dedicated to adding customer requested features and devices such as barcode scanners, passport readers, currency dispensers, receipt printers, and more. Significant improvements to Drive Browser also added.
May 2019, York, PA – Analytical Design Solutions Inc. (ADSI) has released a new version of KioWare for Windows kiosk software with a plethora of features added upon customer request.
KioWare kiosk software products lock down your device into kiosk mode, turning your PC or tablet into a secure kiosk or purposed device for self-service, digital signage, or mobile device management deployments.
Update to Chrome 73/CEF 3683
In recent months, Google released information about a security vulnerability impacting Chrome 72. While KioWare for Windows was updated previously to defend against that vulnerability, this version updates to Chrome 73 and CEF 3683, adding support for dynamically changing styles, portable content with signed HTTP exchanges, and more.
New Customer Requested Devices
This version of KioWare Basic and KioWare Full for Windows includes numerous devices added upon customer request. New supported device categories and make/models are:
Support added for the Puloon LCDM2 and LCDM1 Currency Dispensers. The Puloon dispenser is a low-cost bill dispenser used in ATM machines worldwide.
Barcode scanners and RFID readers using a serial port mode are now supported. Specifically, support was added for the Honeywell Vuquest 3320g Barcode Scanner.
Boca Lemur K receipt printer is now supported.
Support has been added for the Access IS OCR316e and Access ATOM Passport readers.
For US deployments, many of these devices can be purchased from UCP. Devices for use in European deployments may be purchased from Hemisphere West Europe.
Additional New Features and Improvements
KioWare for Windows can now be configured to specify alternative start pages. With this new feature, users can specify which webpage is loaded when a particular attract screen is clicked.
KioWare has also improved the usability of Drive Browser to allow for selecting multiple files at once. Previously, each file would need to be selected independently. Additional changes to Drive Browser include improved file path handling and previewing of highlighted files.
Other new features for KioWare Basic for Windows and KioWare Full for Windows are listed below.
New device support added to allow for scheduled Wattbox device shutdowns.
Support added for the Tanvas Touch Display Device providing haptic feedback based on a user’s touch on the screen.
KioWare Full for Windows (version 8.18), when used with KioWare Server 4.11.0 and newer, has added the ability to track and communicate the percentage of update that has been completed when content updating is in progress. This feature was added by customer request.
New device support has also been added to allow for scheduled Wattbox device shutdowns.
View all updates to KioWare for Windows version 8.18 here.
Licensing KioWare for Windows
A license is needed for each deployed kiosk running KioWare for Windows. Quantity pricing is available. Annual support and maintenance are recommended, and current support is required in order to upgrade. View a full description of features for this and other versions of the KioWare product line. These products are available as a free trial download. Existing clients have the ability to upgrade. KioWare has been providing OS, desktop, and browser lockdown security for the kiosk and self-service industry since 2003.
We are excited to announce the launch of our new mobile responsive website currently located at https://m.kioware.com. This new site is the default view if you visit kioware.com from a phone or tablet.
Home Depot Self-Checkout Kiosks reviewed by Kiosk Industry correspondent Francie Mendelsohn – 5/27/19
Every so often, industry veteran Francie Mendelsohn tests kiosks that she previously evaluated several years ago to see if they are still useful, operational and, most-importantly—enjoying popularity among the establishment’s customers. This time, she paid a return visit to Home Depot.
Years after initially installing self-checkout kiosks, Home Depot has replaced them and deployed new-and-improved kiosks at their megastores. Located in the same space previously occupied by their old units, the four kiosks take up as much space as two manned checkout lanes. There are two self-checkout units per lane. The kiosks, in fact, take up so little room because no conveyer belt is needed to move products along (everything is tallied using the scanner) that a cooler selling Red Bull is located between the two units in one aisle! Both aisles are marked by bright orange “Self Checkout” illuminated signs on poles about 12 feet off the ground.
There are several notable, positive changes. The 22″ Dell touchscreen is more than twice the size of the previous units. The interface has been completely updated; it is very well-designed and easy to use. Very few words are used; almost everything has a pictogram associated with each step, thereby eliminating any confusion.
The instructions are quick and to the point: Start Scanning. The customer takes the PowerScan scanner out of its holster and aims it at the bar code on the item he wishes to scan. He has to push in the orange “trigger” button on the scanner in order to operate it but this is easy to figure out. If a customer has a problem, there is a human assistant who quickly comes to resolve the problem and help move things along. She was most pleasant and not-at-all-condescending. The scanner is quite forgiving – the customer does not have to align the scanner perfectly over the barcode. He just has to get the scanner close enough so that it registers. The process takes only a second.
The advantage of these cordless scanners is that they can transmit the barcoded data over a good distance which is useful for sheets of plywood, 2x4s, and other large-sized items. (Previous scanners in several self-checkout deployments—notably IKEA–used tethered scanners which made the process difficult and frustrating.) Each item is scanned in the same way, with a running tab showing on the touchscreen.
When the customer has finished, a “Ready to Pay?” screen is presented with a large rectangular orange “Pay Now” button appearing. (The smaller Pro Xtra ID button is Home Depot’s loyalty program and is not covered in this review.)
The next screen is intended only for those environmentally-aware localities where customers have to pay for each bag they use. This Home Depot, in Rockville, MD, is in one of those jurisdictions. Each plastic bag costs $.05. Accordingly, the next screen asks the customer to indicate how many bags they wish to purchase with numbers from 0 to 7+. There is no visual feedback on these kiosks; when you push a button, nothing tells you that what you pushed has been acknowledged. On the other hand, the system works so quickly and effortlessly, it is not an issue. (Note: as can be seen from the picture of the unit, the stack of plastic bags is easily accessible and one wonders how many people simply “help themselves” to free plastic bags.)
The units are intended only for customers NOT paying with cash. The opening screen states this fact clearly and in large font: CARD PAYMENTS ONLY. The customer is then asked to Choose your payment type. There are three options: Credit or Debit cards, Home Depot Gift cards and a special Home Depot Commercial card for the many professional contractors who patronize this store. The Ingenico card reader is very familiar to customers who have had plenty of experience using these devices to pay for groceries and gas. The receipt is quickly printed at the compact NCR printer located to the left of the kiosk. Many customers don’t even take their receipt; note the wastebasket located on the floor under the printer.
These kiosks represent an evolutionary change in the self-checkout space. Home Depot is to be commended for installing effective, easy-to-use, and fast kiosks. The customers and assistants I interviewed all agree that these units are a positive and welcome step forward. Lastly, every customer said they were a pleasure to use.
The distance from the floor to the bottom of the touchscreen is 42″.
The distance from the floor to the holster holding the scanner is 43″
The distance from the floor to the part of the credit card reader where you insert the card is 44″
Furthermore, you can tilt the cc reader down a bit. I never knew you could do that.
In any event, all the peripherals are within legal limits. The whole unit is so close to the end of the table–on which the touchscreen sits–that people in wheelchairs can readily access the kiosk. In addition, there is so much space in the aisle that wheelchair-bound people can easily turn around if they are more comfortable accessing it with their right arm/hand.
Review Home Depot Self-Checkout Kiosks was last modified: June 9th, 2019 by News Editor