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Health Screening Kiosk – New Temperature Screening Unattended by Frank Mayer Announcement

Health Screening Kiosk Unattended by Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

Editor Note:  New health screening kiosk aka temperature kiosk by Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. does temperature screening the best way — in two ways.

  1. One is by asking the recommended CDC questions that employees need to answer. They relate to fever or feeling feverish (chills, sweating), new cough, difficulty breathing, and sore throat.
  2. The second way is also performing an infrared sensor reading of skin temperature.  The sensor is infrared medical grade. We would recommend performing these types of checks at entry as well as when they exit the premises.  At exit, the outside factors are eliminated and the electronic temperature sensor has a higher probability of identifying consistent and more accurate temperatures.

Worth noting the unit is capable of controlling door access (either a door lock or door unlock option) a dry contact relay is included with the system for interfacing with virtually any door/turnstile lock mechanism. No printing.


health screening kiosk GRAFTON, WI – Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. has partnered with Data Display Systems, a technology company that engineers electronic display systems, to develop a kiosk solution for employers looking to enact health screening and temperature checks at their worksites.

The kiosk screens employees and visitors through customizable health compliance questions as well as temperature testing using sophisticated sensor technology. Results are then communicated to a remote content management system that provides a secure record of compliance traceability using nondescript user identification.

The result is a health screening and temperature kiosk that not only promotes safer conditions in a large workplace, but provides accurate readings, communicates data in real-time, and drastically reduces the costs of employing a dedicated
temperature checker.

“We are excited to team with Frank Mayer and Associates to introduce a comprehensive system that protects employees and visitors while providing businesses with complete traceability,” says Bob Gatta, Chief Executive Officer at Data Display Systems, LLC. “This enables businesses to securely document compliance with CDC, state and local guidelines to sustain long-term business operations.”

“Businesses are looking for safe and effective ways to maintain workplace safety,” Mike Mayer, President at Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. adds. “With the health screening and temperature kiosk, we’re providing companies with an easy way to protect employees while saving costs on other, more expensive options.”

For more information about the health screener kiosks, visit www.frankmayer.com/temperature-kiosk,or contact tempkiosks@frankmayer.com.

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. is a leader in the development of in-store merchandising displays, interactive kiosks, and store fixtures for businesses nationwide. The company helps retailers and brands utilize the latest display solutions and technologies to create engaging customer experiences. Visit www.frankmayer.com for more information.

Data Display has cemented itself as a world leader in electronic display systems, earning multiple POPAI awards for creative engineering. Its emphasis on in-house engineering and prototyping, developing hundreds of custom circuits coupled with software development, and customer service distinguishes their products and collaborative creative process.

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CONTACT: Dave Loyda, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.
1975 Wisconsin Ave., Grafton, WI 53024
(855) 294-2875 | tempkiosks@frankmayer.com

Other Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. news

Pursuant Health kiosks for Diabetes to offer Risk Test – CDR – Chain Drug Review

Pursuant Health kiosks for Diabetes

diabetes kiosk
Kiosk by Frank Mayer Associates, Inc.

Pursuant Health’s national, in-store health kiosk network will begin connecting consumers to the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Risk Test.

Source: www.chaindrugreview.com

Pursuant Health said the ADA’s test, which helps build public awareness of the risks for type 2 diabetes, will be available through its more than 3,600 health kiosks in retail pharmacy locations, including such chains as Walmart and Safeway. Plans call for Pursuant’s kiosks to offer the test for three years, starting in November recognition of American Diabetes Month.

Grubbrr Self-Order Kiosks

New updated Grubbrr section highlighting the different kiosk models that they offer their customers. Looks to us like Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. [3 units] along with Pyramid [7 units] are providing the units.

From the site

Self-Ordering Kiosk

Offer customers an easy to use self-service kiosk as an easy and safe alternative to traditional ordering. Our customizable solution drives revenue by eliminating long lines and offering the perfect upsell with every order – happier customers means better business.

About Grubbrr

 

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, GRUBBRR is a technology company dedicated to providing your business with the perfect ecosystem of products to maximize operational efficiency and ensure customer satisfaction. We offer technology that will efficiently take care of the front- and back-end of your business, while giving you the flexibility to manage everything as effectively as possible.

We do business with a variety of industries, ranging from restaurants to amusement parks to micro-markets and more. Our products are adaptable and beneficial to a multitude of businesses. Find out how we can help your business today.

FMA Magazine Summer 2020 – Temperature Screening. Video Game Retail, Restaurant Kiosks & Visual Merchandising

The best of in-store merchandising, interactive kiosks and store fixtures for brands and retailers nationwide.

The FMA Magazine Winter 2020 issue includes articles on:

  • 5 Benefits of Remote Temperature Screening Kiosks
    With numerous fever detection devices available, remote temperature screening kiosks are the most beneficial, providing employee privacy and safety, while offering companies convenience and cost savings.
  • The Evolution of Video Game Retail Display Programs
    Emerging technological trends and innovative merchandising strategies have helped video game retail displays uniquely position products in front of the gaming audience of today – and tomorrow.
  • Five Reasons Why Your Restaurant Needs Self-Service Kiosks
    Lines, waiting, delays, and other inadequacies have become a routine part of the restaurant experience.  Luckily, the perfect solution to this problem already exists in self-service kiosks.
  • Common Challenges When Planning a Visual Merchandising Campaign (and their Solutions): Securing Buy-In from Box Stores
    The third installment of our popular series focuses on helping brands secure partnerships with big box retailers.
  • Working with FMA
    The world is changing, and so are we.  We want to keep you abreast of our most up-to-date business procedures and communication methods as well as the retail technologies we’re researching every day.

Five Reasons Restaurant Need Self-Service Kiosks – GRUBBRR

From blog on GRUBBRR Jun2020

Eating out is a common feature of our social and personal lives. Everything from dates to important client meetings often happens at a restaurant, yet, there have been minimal changes to the way in which we obtain our food. Customers are changing and so are their habits, but because of the lack of a better alternative, clients continue to experience the hassles of waiting in line to order their food and dealing with incorrect orders. Lines, waiting, delays, and other inadequacies have become a routine part of the restaurant experience. Luckily, the perfect solution to this problem already exists — self-service kiosks.  

What is a Self-Service Kiosk? 

A self-service kiosk is a device that allows the user to complete a task or activity via a machine and without the need for human assistance. In restaurants, customers can use self-service kiosks to place their orders and make payments. With perks like shorter lines and streamlined order management, this new and improved way of ordering is guaranteed to make the restaurant experience more efficient for customers, restaurant owners, and restaurant employees. 

Why Do We Need Self-Service Kiosks? 

Here are 5 reasons why your business needs self-service kiosks: 

  1. Coronavirus Concerns

At a time when everything has changed because of the current pandemic, COVID-19 has impacted customer-restaurant relationships as well by creating new uncertainties and barriers in terms of restaurant accessibility.  

Moreover, government-sanctioned social distancing policies have changed how we order and eat. Most restaurants are extensively utilizing online ordering and contactless delivery to minimize the spread of the virus.  

Now more than ever, the need for reducing human contact is being realized, and this could be the perfect opportunity for restaurants to revolutionize the way customers interact with restaurants. 

By ushering in self-service kiosks, restaurants will give clients a sense of comfort and safety in knowing that they can receive their food with minimal human interaction. 

  1. Less Waiting for Customers

Self-service kiosks have shown to shorten and even eliminate lines. Reduced wait times ensure that customers get their food as quickly as possible. A convenient and user-friendly online ordering experience lets your clients seamlessly order their food. 

  1. Less Anxiety for Customers

Since using self-service kiosks shortens lines, customers are able to get to their orders quicker, and without any lines behind them, they are able to focus more on what they want to order instead of worrying about holding up the line. 

  1. Fewer Inaccuracies and Inconsistencies in Ordering

When customers enter their orders directly into the system, there are fewer chances of errorWith the removal of the cashier as an intermediary, the order goes directly from the customer to the kitchen, so the hances of any miscommunication are minimized. Self-service kiosks along with other business automation technology have the capacity to provide an in-sync way for restaurant employees to manage customers, orders, and payments in one place.  

  1. IncreasRevenue by Upselling

The freedom that self-ordering provides directly correlates with increased revenue. Automated upselling via self-service kiosks is shown to increase revenue by 12-22%. Algorithmically calculated suggestions during the ordering process give your customers that final push they need to add items to their order that they were previously on the fence about. 

Self-service kiosks can completely revolutionize the restaurant experience. By providing comfort and ease of access, self-service kiosks ensure maximum efficiency for customers and restaurants alike. 

Related Information

Temperature Kiosk with Remote Services Frank Mayer & Associates, Inc.

Temperature Kiosk Frank Mayer

With more businesses looking to implement proper safety precautions while respecting employees’ privacy, we’re excited to offer a remote #kiosk option for #temperaturescreening. Learn more about the program at the link below.

In partnership with Agile Force Inc. and TES America, LLC, we’re proud to introduce a full-service solution to the growing demand for remote temperature screening #kiosks. Read more about the contactless option designed to offer minimal disruption and promote privacy and safety. https://bit.ly/3cXFzxX
#temperaturemonitoring #temperaturekiosks #covid19

When temperature screening is no longer a necessity, companies can continue to utilize the station and technology to monitor shift changes, assist employees with human resources needs, distribute PPE, interview job candidates, and more. “Three years ago, we developed a solution to help solve remote engagement challenges with employees,” says Michael Walsh, CEO of Agile Force, Inc. “Little did we know, we had built the perfect social distancing tool for all employers.”

The kiosks combine best-in-class technology components, including TES America touch technology, to provide a commercial-grade solution with a long lifecycle for the business marketplace. TES America General Manager Gene Halsey says, “We are pleased to be involved in such an important project when employers are looking for answers during this unusually challenging time.”

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. President Mike Mayer added, “By combining our core competencies, Agile Force, TES America, and Frank Mayer and Associates are going to market with more than just a temperature screening kiosk. We’re solving the problem of health screening while also improving operational efficiencies for companies and enabling a safer, more engaged workforce.”

For more information about the temperature check kiosks and employee engagement centers, visit https://www.frankmayer.com/temperature-screening-kiosk/.

Introducing the full-service solution to a growing demand for remote temperature screening.

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Using remote engagement software and thermal imaging cameras on a contactless temperature screening kiosk, employee temperature checks can be easily monitored offsite with minimal disruption and an emphasis on privacy and safety.

Employee Engagement Technology

More than a temperature screening kiosk, remote technology and software empowers Human Resources departments and staffing agencies

  • Onsite Activities — Allow staff to monitor shift changes, greet new hires, conduct temperature checks, and connect employees with departments like HR, payroll, or telemedicine – all while saving the cost of staffing management on-site.
  • Remote Control
  • Hiring Features — Interview job candidates, collect universal digital applications, and onboard new talent at different site locations – from anywhere.
Remote onsite management outsourcing is completed remotely, providing important benefits:
  • eliminates personal contact
  • minimizes health risk to employees
  • conducted by non-healthcare professionals
  • maintains employee privacy.

For more information here is our press release
Agile Force – FMA press release-converted

You can request demo and more information here if you wish

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Retail Marketing Psychology – Frank Mayer

DMV Kiosks – New DMV self-service kiosk Hawaii

full article at Star Advertiser Apr2020 – New self-service kiosks for motor vehicle registration were deployed at Safeway store locations throughout Oahu. Foodland now has its first kiosk.

Ed Note: These kiosks manufactured by Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

Another self-service kiosk to renew motor vehicle registrations is now available inside the Foodland Super Market at Waipio Shopping Center, city officials announced Wednesday.

It is the first kiosk the city has deployed in Waipahu as part of ongoing efforts to shorten lines at satellite city halls. It is also the first kiosk installed inside a Foodland store.

With the new addition, the city now offers a total of six self-service kiosks, with the others located at select Safeway stores on Oahu. Most, but not all, are open 24 hours, seven days a week.

The machines can process and print vehicle registration cards and emblems in a matter of minutes, accepting renewals up to 10 months past the expiration date. Residents can also renew vehicle registrations online or by mail, but those options require a 10-to-15 day wait before the materials arrive in the mail.

Read full article at Star Advertiser Apr2020

Five Improvements for Dealer Display

Designing displays for dealer networks in the flooring, paint, and home improvement industries can be challenging. Here are five things you should consider, from David Anzia, Senior Vice President – Sales, Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

Find the full blog here, named “Five improvements for successful dealer display programs”: http://www.frankmayer.com/blog/five-improvements-for-successful-dealer-display-programs/

Here is FMA_March-2017_5DevelopmentQuestions_Flooring.

 

POP Design – ilumi® LED Smartbulbs, enlightens the IoT market at retail.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New product, ilumi® LED Smartbulbs, enlightens the IoT market at retail.

Grafton, WI, April 7, 2017 – ilumi® solutions, one of the fastest growing Internet of Things (IoT) companies, is introducing their LED Smartbulb technology with counter displays in electronics stores in both the U.S and Canada.

Within the rapidly expanding smart home product category at retail, this new brand showcases their newest smartbulb product while highlighting itself as a Shark Tank-funded company. The retail displays demonstrate their Bluetooth app controlled smart light bulbs within a concise counter-top footprint. Within the plex shroud the bulb transitions through different lighting hues and brightness effects as if controlled via the ilumi
smartphone app.

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. (www.frankmayer.com) is an industry leader in the creative design and manufacturing of branded in-store merchandising displays, interactive kiosks and store fixtures for leading consumer product companies and retailers. Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.’s headquarters are based in Grafton, Wisconsin with offices nationwide.

Contact:
Cheryl Lesniak
Integrated Marketing Manager
Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.
P: 262-377-4700
Cheryl.lesniak@frankmayer.com
www.frankmayer.com

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Self Service Kiosk FAQ by Frank Mayer & Associates, Inc.

Common Self-Service Kiosk Questions

Self-service kiosks continue to rise in popularity as a powerful tool benefiting businesses’ customer experience strategies.  With this surge in interest comes more inquiries about everything from payment options to ADA compliance.  Below, we’ve compiled a list of the most common self-service kiosk questions and their answers.

Why should my quick-service restaurant invest in self-service kiosks?

Self-service kiosks offer significant advantages to QSRs and fast casuals.  Not only do kiosks shorten wait times at checkout counters, but data shows kiosks can increase average ticket orders up to 30 percent due to cross-selling capabilities and the privacy units offer customers during the ordering process.  In addition, labor can be diverted to more customer-focused duties like expediting food or cleaning, which can directly impact your customer’s experience at your establishment. As more restaurants invest in the technology, patrons will expect their favorite QSRs and fast casuals to offer the same efficiency and convenience being offered elsewhere.

I’m not a restaurant.  Does my business need self-service kiosks, too?

Yes!  While self-service kiosks have been highly visible in the QSR industry, countless other verticals can utilize the benefits of this technology, too.  From wayfinding to registration capabilities, self-service kiosks offer unlimited opportunities for other industries like automotivegroceryhome improvementretailhospitalitycannabis dispensaries, and more.  In fact, having self-service technology can serve as a competitive advantage in a demanding retail landscape where the customer experience is a valued performance indicator. Make sure you’re setting yourselves apart from other businesses in your industry.

What kind of payment is accepted at a self-order kiosk?  Do kiosks accept cash?

There are a variety of payment options available for kiosks, and which ones to utilize depend on a business’ needs.  Most restaurant self-service kiosks accept credit cards and offer a “pay at the counter” choice for customers paying with cash.  However, as more QSRs and fast casuals explore kiosk programs, many are employing cash dispensing hardware to offer the full self-order experience and eliminate the need for patrons to stop at the counter.

For other industries, payment options vary. Wayfinding kiosks may skip payment hardware altogether as their objectives are strictly to provide information and directions. And while it’s well-known that cannabis dispensaries are often cash-only, new payment and banking options could make credit card swipes common at dispensary kiosks in the future.

Does my kiosk need to be ADA compliant?

ADA compliance is an important factor to consider when planning a self-service program as it protects your business from expensive lawsuits and, more importantly, guarantees the entire public can independently interact with your kiosks.  Wheelchair accessibility is a common discussion when planning kiosks, but did you know there are numerous assistive technology products designed to support people with disabilities that make it difficult to see, read, hear, or interact with touch screen displays?

Currently, the Kiosk Manufacturer Association is working with the US Federal Access Board to implement a new Code of Practice for the kiosk industry, ensuring better clarification on mandates that apply to the self-service kiosk industry. Read more about that here.

Can I also place my self-service kiosk outdoors?

Self-service kiosks are designed differently to withstand the environmental factors that come with being placed outside.  In these instances, the structures must be designed and engineered to be weather-resistant, secure, durable and safe for all outdoor conditions.

If you’re looking to utilize self-service kiosks outside, you’ll need to keep in mind that outdoor kiosks can cost much more than that of an indoor kiosk.  This is because these kiosks must be more durable, watertight, and insulated as well as include hardware components that are rated and ruggedized for the outdoors. Touch screens need to be easily read in direct sunlight, and the exterior must handle exposure to heavy wind, rain, and more.  Additionally, mounting will need to be factored in along with climate control inside the kiosk to maintain temperature and humidity.

When considering an outdoor option, make sure you’re aware of all the variables associated with ensuring a successful deployment.

What features should I consider when deciding on a self-service kiosk?

Deciding how a kiosk will be used will help determine what hardware will need to be present on your kiosk.  If you plan to allow payment transactions, a printer, payment device, and possible cash recycler will be needed.  Businesses that have loyalty programs will also want to make sure a barcode scanner is available to customers.

In addition, kiosk sizes, formats, and screen size will all depend on floor space and intended function.  For instance, a wall kiosk or floor standing tablet makes sense for a business with limited real estate, while a counter tablet with a smaller screen lends itself well to check-in capabilities or instances where privacy might be imperative.  It’s important to discuss your kiosk program goals, intended uses, and physical location requirements with your self-service kiosk manufacturer when you start your initial planning phase.

Will a self-service kiosk integrate with my point-of-sale system?

Fortunately, many kiosk software providers are fully capable of interfacing with different point-of-sale systems because they contain open APIs that work with the major systems.  The only caveat might be if a POS system itself is not open to interfacing with other software programs.  This can be the case for older legacy POS systems, or, to a lesser extent, modern POS systems where the vendor has opted to close off third-party software communications.  When looking into a self-service kiosk program, kiosk-POS integration should be discussed early in the planning stages.

Do you still have a self-service kiosk question that wasn’t answered here?  We have kiosk experts who can help guide you through the process and answer any additional questions you might have.  Contact them at info@frankmayer.com to get started!

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Frank Mayer at ICX Summit

Kiosk Benefits, Point-of-Purchase Trends & Merchandise Display

See latest FMA Magazine Winter 2020

Winter 2020 | Issue 04

FMA Magazine Winter 2020

The best of in-store merchandising, interactive kiosks and store fixtures for brands and retailers nationwide.

The FMA Magazine Winter 2020 issue includes articles on:

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. point-of-purchase experts weigh in on their predictions for the retail industry as well as what’s new with merchandising displays and interactive kiosks for the upcoming year.

In the second article of our four-part series on visual merchandising challenges, we outline how brands can cater their path-to-purchase strategies to stay in step with how customers shop.

  • Self-service kiosk technology benefits

Self-service software provider GRUBBRR details the many advantages of self-service technology in quick service and fast casual restaurants.

Retail Kiosk News – Frank Mayer Launches New Website

Point-of-purchase industry leader Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. reveals new website for 2020

GRAFTON, WI – Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. recently launched its new website design to provide brands and retailers with an industry-driven experience when accessing detailed information about the company’s solutions in the point-of-purchase industry. The website is found at: www.frankmayer.com.

Frank Mayer website image The updated website showcases Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.’s wide array of work in the merchandising display, interactive kiosk, and self-service kiosk verticals and features a resource page with the company’s latest blogs, white papers, and issues from its industry publication, FMA Magazine. The site also highlights the point-of-purchase company’s longstanding history in an About Us section.

Our new website is comprehensive while also being user-friendly, making it a perfect tool for visitors to easily peruse the extensive scope of work we’ve done for national brands and retailers,” says Cheryl Lesniak, Integrated Marketing Manager. “In addition, the new look is complementary to our brand and illustrates our commitment to custom design and exceptional experience.”

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. is a leader in the development of in-store merchandising displays, interactive kiosks, and store fixtures for brands and retailers nationwide. The company helps retailers and brands utilize the latest display solutions and technologies to create engaging customer experiences. Visit www.frankmayer.com for more information.

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CONTACT:

Cheryl Lesniak, Integrated Marketing Manager
Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.
1975 Wisconsin Ave., Grafton, WI 53024
(262) 377-4700 | cheryl.lesniak@frankmayer.com

FMagazine Fall 2019 – Accessible Kiosks, Merchandising Displays and Best Design

 Accessible Kiosks – Fall 2019 FMagazine

FMA Mag The best of in-store merchandising, interactive kiosks and store fixtures for brands and retailers nationwide. The FMagazine Fall 2019 issue includes articles on:

  • How self-service kiosks will shape the future of grocery
  • Making kiosks accessible for everyone
  • Merchandising displays – getting the best design without blowing the budget

The FMagazine this issue includes a writeup by Peter Jarvis of Storm Interface on recent activities of the KMA and ADA.

Peter Jarvis article
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Self service DMV kiosks

Reference news report

Self Service DMV Kiosk by Frank Mayer aim to help shorten lines at satellite city halls

HONOLULU (KHON2) — The city’s Department of Customer Services announced that its new self-service kiosks for renewing vehicle registrations appear to be catching on with the public after the first six months.

Since the freestanding, self-service kiosks were rolled out in February at select Safeway supermarkets, more than 18,000 residents have used them to register their vehicles, make their payments, and walk away with all of their documents in hand in just a matter of minutes.

“We want residents to know that they no longer need to stand in line, or wait 10-to-14 days of processing and mailing time to get their registrations and emblems,” said Customer Services Director Sheri Kajiwara. “Everyone who has used the kiosks so far has shared positive comments.”

The kiosks are available 24/7 and can process motor vehicle registrations quickly.

In addition to renewing vehicle registrations at self-service kiosks, residents can also opt to register online or by mail as alternatives to waiting in line at a satellite city hall.

An estimated 54 percent of O‘ahu motorists continue as “walk-in and wait transactions” at satellite city halls.

The self-service kiosks are the newest of the three options to walking into a satellite city hall to renew a motor vehicle registration. A key feature of the self-service kiosks is that they instantly process and print registration cards and stickers, as well as accept renewals up to 10 months past due. Late registrations will be assessed a standard $16 fee and all renewal transactions require that a current safety inspection be on file.

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

Retail Cannabis Store Need Cannabis Self-Order?

Marijuana Kiosk News

FrankMayer and Paywana will be at the MJBizCon in Las Vegas Dec 11-13

Have a retail cannabis store in need of a self-ordering kiosk? Look no further. Watch how easy Paywana, our cannabis self-ordering kiosk software, is to use! Our Paywana kiosk software pairs perfectly with a Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.interactive kiosk. Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. offers wall-mounted, standing and countertop kiosks to best accommodate any environment. Learn more about Paywana by clicking the on the following link – https://paywana.com/. Check out the kiosk machines by Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. by clicking on the following link – https://lnkd.in/eNpu2bf. hashtagkiosk hashtagkioskmachine hashtagcannabiskiosk hashtagcannabis hashtagretail hashtagcannabisindustry hashtagselforderingkiosk

Pictures from the Marijuana Cannabis Show

First All-Digital Restaurant In Oakland

By Jon Delano

Excerpt:

“There are 750 Moe’s Southwest Grill locations in the country. We’re going to be the first of what we’re calling all-digital Moe’s,” Mike Geiger told KDKA money editor Jon Delano on Tuesday.

All digital restaurant image
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All-digital, meaning you order and pay for your food on an app or at a kiosk, said Geiger, who owns eight Moe’s in this region with his partner.

“With the age of the audience and the desire of less interaction and quicker service of that audience, we want to meet what our customers want,” added Geiger.

“Millennials love the kiosks because they grew up in the technological realm where they’re interacting with phones and with tablets all the time. So this is just a natural progression for them,” said David Anzia, senior vice president at Frank Mayer and Associates, a company that designs and sells kiosks to restaurants.

Anzia said both customers and restaurants like them.

“One of the biggest impacts we’ve seen with self-ordering kiosks, restaurants are seeing an uptick of 25 to 30 percent on the orders that are being placed by the customers.”

According to a survey by the National Restaurant Association, 38 percent of millennials have already ordered food via kiosk versus 18 percent of baby boomers.

Read full article at

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Merchandise Display Bubba

BUBBA Retail Merchandise Display

merchandise Display Bubba Manufacturer of angling equipment, BUBBA came to Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. with several guidelines to consider when developing merchandising display designs, including a design that would fit a small retail footprint, a look that endorsed the sport fishing lifestyle, and imagery that could be easily updated in the field.

The company also required an interactive component to allow consumers to use the product and understand the ergonomics associated with the BUBBA knife’s handle and blade.

Custom peg hooks and slat wall designs not only allow for heavier electric knives without sagging but offer unique product configurations based on each dealer’s needs.

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. delivered on all BUBBA’s requests, and hundreds of units were shipped to dealer locations across the country.

BUBBA press release – FINAL

Gold Sponsor News – Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

FRANK MAYER AND ASSOCIATES, INC. NEW GOLD SPONSOR OF
KIOSK MANUFACTURER ASSOCIATION

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. will experience added benefits as new
Kiosk Manufacturer Association gold member.

Frank Mayer Kiosk GRAFTON, WI – A longstanding member of the Kiosk Manufacturer Association (KMA), Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. recently upgraded to gold membership status. The new sponsorship level includes participation in a variety of industry trades shows such as the National Retail Federation 2020 as well as access to market research and RFPs that come in through the KMA website.

US Access Board ADA and Accessibility Meeting
US Access Board ADA and Accessibility Meeting with Randy Amundson standing next to Director David Capozzi

In addition, Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.’s Technology Director Randy Amundson serves as chairperson for the KMA’s ADA and Accessibility Committee. Each year, the committee meets with the US Access Board in Washington, D.C., and in 2019, the group will present a preliminary outline of the Kiosk Industry Code of Practice which will combine all ADA regulations and technologies into one document. An exciting new addition to the document is a proposed framework for voice command.

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. is a leader in the development of in-store merchandising displays, interactive kiosks, and store fixtures for brands and retailers nationwide. The company helps retailers and brands utilize the latest display solutions and technologies to create engaging customer experiences. For more information on Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc., visit www.frankmayer.com.

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CONTACT:
Cheryl Lesniak, Integrated Marketing Manager
Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.
1975 Wisconsin Ave., Grafton, WI 53024
(262) 834-1489 |
cheryl.lesniak@frankmayer.com

 

Frank Mayer at ICX Summit

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. To Demonstrate Approach Self-Service Kiosks at ICX Summit

See Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.’s expanded line of self-ordering kiosks at the 2019 Interactive Customer Experience Summit in Dallas June 4-6.

GRAFTON, WI – Find Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.’s self-service kiosk line Approach at the 2019 Interactive Customer Experience (ICX) Summit at Omni Frisco Hotel in Dallas June 4-6. The freestanding, floor tablet, and counter self-order kiosks will be on display in booth #12, where attendees can test the units and interact with the kiosks’ QiTM software by ADUSA.

frank mayer kiosk images
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In addition to the original freestanding Approach floor unit, available as both a 32- and 22-inch touchscreen, Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. recently expanded its roster of self-service kiosks to include a countertop unit, tablet, and wall unit.

The new line marries smart design with different sizes, offering an array of customization options and brand personalization – all while being backed by Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.’s trusted name in delivering experience and unsurpassed quality in the interactive kiosk market.

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. is a leader in the development of in-store merchandising displays, interactive kiosks, and store fixtures for brands and retailers nationwide. The company helps retailers and brands utilize the latest display solutions and technologies to create engaging customer experiences. For more information on the Approach family of kiosks, visit www.frankmayer.com/approach

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CONTACT:
David Anzia, Senior Vice President of Sales
Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.
1975 Wisconsin Ave., Grafton, WI 53024
(855) 294-2875 | info@frankmayer.com

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FMA Magazine Spring 2019 Issue Released

The Impulse Buy – The Psychology Behind Retail

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Self-Service Kiosks Meeting Customer Service Needs – Frank Mayer Expands Line

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. introduces expanded line of self-ordering kiosks

kiosk frank mayer GRAFTON, WI – Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. is proud to present the latest additions to its self-service kiosk line. In addition to its original freestanding Approach floor unit, available as both a 32- and 22-inch touchscreen, the company has now expanded the roster to include a countertop unit, tablet, and wall unit.

The new line marries smart design with different sizes, offering an array of customization options and brand personalization – all while being backed by Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.’s trusted name in delivering experience and unsurpassed quality in the interactive kiosk market.

“From the quick service restaurant utilizing the freestanding unit to the luxury hotel looking for a countertop kiosk, the Approach line gives brands a wide selection of self-service kiosks to meet their specific needs,” says Mike Mayer, President of Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. “The Approach kiosks provide solutions for any self-service environment.”
In addition to operating within quick service and fast casual restaurants, Approach self-service kiosks offer functionality for a variety of other markets including retail, hospitality, automotive, home improvement, grocery, cannabis dispensaries, and more.

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. is a leader in the development of in-store merchandising displays, interactive kiosks, and store fixtures for brands and retailers nationwide. The company helps retailers and brands utilize the latest display solutions and technologies to create engaging customer experiences. For more information on the Approach family of kiosks, visit www.frankmayer.com/approach.

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Retail Marketing Psychology – Frank Mayer

The Psychology Behind Retail Marketing

Editors note – originally published on the Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. blog.  Link to article

 Katie Kochelek February 8, 2019

If you’re anything like me, you’ve visited that magical, wholesale warehouse Costco with good intentions to pick up the necessities – paper towels, cheese, yogurt, the like.

Fast forward an hour and you’re now walking out with an economy size bag of Tootsie Roll pops, a jug of raw honey, and a party-size serving of chicken salad for your young family of four.

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We’ve all seen the silly memes about Costco, Target, and the other big box stores, gently teasing the point that there’s no way to shop these retailers without deviating from your list.

But it turns out there’s a lot of psychology behind encouraging you to go rogue during your shopping trip, and below we detail a few of the insider tricks retailers use to inspire the impulse buy.

The Science of Discovery

Much has been written about Costco’s “treasure hunt” approach to in-store merchandising, a strategy that involves constantly shuffling staple items to different locations in the store.  The science behind this is simple.  Rearranging items forces shoppers to walk by tempting triggers in the search for their usual goods.

Ever notice the lack of signage above the aisles at Costco, too?  Chalk that up as another element of the treasure hunt, designed to encourage exploration.

But wait a second.  Every article written about retail in the past few years has the word “frictionless” in it.  Why is Costco so popular, consistently scoring high on the American Customer Satisfaction Index, if it’s constantly making shoppers jump through hoops to find their favorite products?

It boils down to science.

When humans discover unexpected items or experience something new, our brain releases the same chemicals associated with joy and love.  So, in essence, stumbling upon the row of smart lighting solutions on my way to buy diapers makes me feel happy because my brain is programmed that way.  And the fact that Costco changes up their endcap displays in addition to rotating store merchandise means I’m always entering the store subconsciously anticipating the thrill of discovery.

FOMO and the Impulse Buy

The fear of missing out, or more commonly referred to as FOMO, is another hardwired human trait that brands and retailers use to their advantage.

In the book “The New Rules of Retail: Competing in the World’s Toughest Marketplace” by Robin Lewis and Michael Dart, the authors write, “Neuroscientists have proven that the anticipation of rewards – or the potential of not getting what you want – will produce dopamine, which actively drives behavior.”

They go on to use fast fashion retailer Zara as an example of a business model that draws shoppers to its stores more often than the average retailer.  Why?  Because Zara releases new clothing lines constantly.

As Lewis and Dart state, “Customers visit Zara seventeen times per year, compared to only three or four times for traditional retailers, because they are afraid of missing something new and exciting.  The connection is so strong that customers are compelled to buy in fear of the item’s being bought by someone else.”

It’s why marketing messages like “Act now!” and “Hurry! While supplies last!” trigger our knee-jerk decisions.  We appease the FOMO anxiety and release that good-feeling dopamine when we keep from missing out.

Tell Me About Yourself

Marketers have become hip to how millennials, now the largest consumer demographic, want to interact with a brand.  Not only is this generation hit with traditional marketing in their everyday lives, but these digital inhabitants are also bombarded by a whole different wave of brand messaging online.  And because access to product review information, pricing, and more resides at the tap of a finger, they’re known for seeking out authentic experiences to cut through the information overload.

While companies regularly use online platforms like social media and websites to share organic content and brand stories, it’s just as alluring to shoppers when done well in-store.

Merchandising displays and interactive kiosks can play a big role in helping to paint a brand picture to customers.  A sleek free-standing display with a monitor featuring a video loop of a runner wearing her fitness tracker draws in the person who identifies with that woman.  A shoe display with signage detailing how proceeds go to charity gives potential buyers the warm and fuzzies.  Predictably, these little details help people feel more invested in your brand.

Interactive displays that allow shoppers to test a product are equally effective.  Just ask the crowd of children waiting their turn at the video game demo at Best Buy.  These displays are magnets, drawing in the customers and promoting the products while people eagerly test drive them in the store.

The Grocery Game Plan

It’s not just big box stores that employ consumer psychology to encourage shoppers to buy.  Grocery stores follow their own set of guidelines to persuade additional purchases.

Your journey to impulse buying starts before you even step foot in the door.  In an interview for a Today.com article, “Supermarkets wage war for your dollars,” marketing consultant Martin Lindstrom details an experiment of doubling the size of a shopping cart.  The results?  People ended up purchasing 40 percent more.  So grabbing a cart the size of a Cadillac has already primed the customer to fill it.

On entry, grocers like to promote the seasonal treats that are hard to pass up.  And if you manage to do so, you’ll see them populated through the store as tempting reminders.

Produce often comes next and for good reason.  When you feel good about buying healthy items, you’re more likely to cave down the line when faced with junk food temptations.  With all that healthy food in your cart, surely you deserve a treat.

And what about those staples like milk and eggs that brought you to the store in the first place?  You’ll find those in the back of the building, forcing you to walk down an aisle or two of enticing food shelved at eye level.

Finally, just as you roll to the checkout line, congratulating yourself on avoiding the lure of snack food, you’re left waiting while staring at the array of chocolate bars and candy thoughtfully organized on the row racks.

Okay, fine.  Just one candy bar won’t hurt.

The New Hip Spot to Hang

It’s no secret that, in the current market of online competition, retailers have had to get creative to get feet through the door.

It’s why there’s been so much buzz around experiential retail – the practice of offering an experience during what would normally be a traditional shopping trip.

We’ve seen it at places like Target stores that often have Starbucks coffee shops and retailers such as Tommy Bahamas that offer restaurants within some of their brick-and-mortar stores.

Even generous sampling can attract a crowd, as Costco knows all too well.  (In fact, Costco’s sampling has its own fascinating psychology.)

Brand retailers are taking experiential retail even further. There’s been big buzz around Nike’s Live concept that not only offers services like style consultations and the ability to try out products, but also curates collections based on where stores are located.  NordstromREI, and countless other brands have jumped on the bandwagon as well, realizing that engaging with customers and “activating” their shopping experience leads to increased sales.

Us humans are a simple bunch when it comes down to it.  We’re often driven by emotions, which means when retailers can capitalize on this fact, they’d be silly not to.  So the next time you find yourself in an aisle seriously contemplating taking home a fancy juicer you didn’t know you needed, consider the neuromarketing behind what’s driving your behavior.

We’re big geeks about retail!  Did we miss other strategies that brands and retailers use to delight shoppers and encourage more purchases?  Let us know in the comments or on social media.

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Chelsea Fisher brings more than 10 years of experience in retail services to her new position as account executive at Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. With a diverse background in visual merchandising, packaging, POP and retail, Chelsea will use her comprehensive knowledge of product positioning and implementation to help brands deliver the best in-store shopping experiences to their consumers.

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Point of Purchase Trends – Recap 2018 Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

This article is republished from the Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. blog

2018 Recap

 Katie Kochelek November 14, 2018

self-service order kiosk for mcdonalds It feels like just yesterday I was opening a fresh Word document to start writing a wrap-up for 2017, and here we are rounding out 2018.

With retail transforming at a rapid pace, it’s not terribly surprising that the year has flown by.  The industry has witnessed some undeniably innovative changes – checkout-free convenience stores, an embrace of self-service kiosks in the quick service restaurant (QSR) and fast casual industries, and augmented reality playing a larger role in personalizing the customer experience.  On the flipside, we’ve also bid farewell to some traditional retailers that sadly couldn’t keep stride with their more inventive competitors.

All in all, though, 2018 really shone a spotlight on the winners of the brick and mortar sector of retail – those willing to regroup, reinvent, and reestablish a presence in their various verticals.

I sat down with my Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. colleagues to get their unique perspectives on the point-of-purchase and retail industries in 2018.  My questions and their answers are below.

How would you sum up the last year in the point-of-purchase industry?

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MM: Still solid. Brick and mortar retail remains strong but will need to continue striving to provide a positive and exciting experience to attract customers. Then the retailers need to continue to change to keep them coming back.

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Senior Vice President of Sales

DA: There appears to be more category-managed merchandising and displays.  It’s about streamlining the shopper experience and removing competing graphics, colors, and messaging.  I’m also seeing more measured, ROI-based models for all displays.  Because brands tend to have a smaller inventory on the product shelves, ROI is tested even more in regard to how quickly the product sell-through takes place.

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Integrated Marketing Manager

CL: It’s been quite the shake-up in retail this past year.  Those retailers who are willing to embrace technology to provide a customized consumer experience are proving why brick-and-mortar stores are still integral in the shopping experience.

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Vice President of Business Development
JH: OEMs and retailers have had a challenge this year.  I’ve noticed in client meetings that many are trying to reinvent themselves to combat online ordering and home delivery as well as separate themselves from the rest of the competition.  They’ve had to really examine brand equity issues with buying groups.  How they shop and how quickly they want items has an impact.

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Creative Director

RL: It appears the ‘pie’ is redistributing with less market share being used at major department store chains, and more warehouse outlets relying heavily on point-of-purchase to tell a product’s story in the absence of sales associates. In some retail stores, the level of style and experience in POP has increased, with brands at these outlets focusing their spending on portraying a ‘showroom’ appearance. After all, while customers may end up making their purchases online, a great display can still help purchasers make a brand decision as people feel better about purchasing something they have seen and touched under favorable circumstances and not just only viewed on their phones.

What changes or trends did you see emerge in 2018?

DA: A trend toward more category-managed displays as well as the use of more semi-permanent materials on permanent displays to reduce overall costs.

JH: I saw a lot of retailers take a step toward “pick up in store” capabilities. It seems to help them minimize some inventories and offers more products that don’t need SKUs out on the floor.  It ends up being a win for the customers as well when they don’t need to pay for freight to the store.

CL: We’re seeing multiple e-commerce sites branch into the brick-and-mortar sector, but with nontraditional marketing and customer service plans.

RL: In 2018, I saw better looking, more dramatic, bigger, bolder, more innovative, higher-quality displays in focused retailers.

Was there anything that you thought would be big, but ended up being less impactful?

MM: With so much buzz around self-service kiosks, I expected greater implementation of order entry kiosks in the QSR sector.  While slower than originally believed, I think 2019 will be the year we really notice them being executed in-store.

DA: Virtual reality still hasn’t quite caught on at retail.  It’s a great solution for flagship locations or a small segment of a company’s overall store count, however, at this point, VR does not appear to be a technology-based resource that will help consumers make a buying decision at retail.

RL: I agree about virtual reality.  Apparently, the overall cost and inconvenience (for example, dangling cords, obtrusive headsets, etc.) has been too much for the marketplace to overcome this year.  More development is needed to bring this technology into the mass consciousness.  I’m hopeful that phone processing power will one day reach a level to help this take off.

Any surprises from certain industries?

DA: The proliferation of self-checkout across a number of retail chains.  The momentum will only continue to accelerate through 2019.

JH: Home delivery being offered from grocery stores.  Not only can you pick up curbside at the story, but now they’ll deliver your order directly to your home.  In fact, Kroger is testing driverless cars that pull up to your driveway and require a code to access your groceries.  Even George Jetson didn’t have that benefit!

RL: Not a big surprise, but I continue to see more QSR kiosk examples in the field.

CL: The department store sectors have had to reinvent their traditional models to extend a more experiential shopping trip to customers.  Testing products, tailoring services, makeup tutorials, dining experiences – these offerings are drawing the consumer in while the merchandise feels less “center stage.”


So where do our trusty experts see the point-of-purchase market heading for 2019?  Keep an eye out for our first blog post of the new year where we predict what the industry has in store!

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Whitepaper – Determining ROI for Merchandising Displays and Interactive Kiosks

Introduction

Kiosk Frank Mayer A recent article from The Business Journals sums up a common retail challenge best when it states, “Successful new product launches are not to be taken for granted.”

There’s supporting research behind that declaration. A 2013 white paper published in the Journal of Product Innovation & Management cites a study done by the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA) that reveals the new product failure rate across various industries averages 41 percent.
With so much at stake to ensure a product not only reaches consumers but delivers the revenue goals to keep it viable, it’s no wonder calculating return on investment (ROI) on the merchandising displays and kiosks that market these goods is a necessary, though sometimes difficult, endeavor.

Not only must marketing and merchandising teams keep in mind the different measurement standards on which to base the definition of successful merchandising, but they must also determine what hard factors play a role in estimating budgets for these display campaigns.

To simplify the process, a basic Return on Merchandising Investment (ROMI) calculator can benefit decision makers who want to feel confident their display and kiosk projects will offer the best value for the dollars spent. Read on to learn about outlining measurement standards and how to use our simple ROMI formula to help estimate cost and revenue baselines.

Defining Measurement Standards

When strategizing a point-of-purchase project, companies will first need to establish what factors will define if their program is successful. There are numerous options that can be measured, some more relevant for different types of point-of- purchase displays.

Dollars spent on a project versus sales dollars after implementing merchandising campaign

This measurement approach is common for companies producing traditional merchandising displays as it delivers quantitative results due to actual measurable revenue. A good example is Company A who manufactures portable speakers. Using this measurement practice, Company A judges their new speaker merchandising program by comparing the cost to produce the displays against the speaker merchandise revenue brought in after displays were deployed. Did the margin between the cost and revenue meet the company’s goals? (Hint: our handy calculator at the end of this paper can help you compute different variables to ensure your own program is successful).

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DMV Kiosks – Skip The DMV, Renew Your Car Registration At King Soopers DMV Kiosks

Running errands just got a lot easier for people living in some cities across Colorado now that the DMV has renewal sites at some King Soopers stores. The plan is to add even more in the state.

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Benefits of Utilizing Self-Service Kiosks in Quick Service & Fast Casual

Benefits of Utilizing  Self-Service Kiosks in Quick  Service & Fast Casual

May 2018  |  www.frankmayer.com

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The following is excerpt from the latest whitepaper by Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. covering Self-Service Kiosks in Quick Service and Fast Casual.  See the complete whitepaper on the Frank Mayer website.

Contents

  • Forward
  • Enhanced Customer Service
  • Improved Productivity
  • Increased Profits
  • Conclusion
  • Resources

Forward

Recent industry news pertaining to quick service restaurants (QSRs) and fast casual establishments has shined a spotlight on a growing trend in both sectors – the desire to enhance the customer experience through digital measures.

Included among the numerous digital options has been the growth of self-service kiosks where customers independently order food and pay using a touchscreen versus placing an order to a cashier behind a register.

In the April 2018 Restaurant Readiness IndexTM by PYMNTS.com in collaboration with Bypass and Bank of America Merchant Services, 41 percent of restaurant participants surveyed regarding 2017 Q4 data indicated they had implemented in-store kiosks, a four percent increase over the previous quarter. Kiosks were also the in-store feature that represented the greatest improvement since the previous study, showcasing the steady momentum behind restaurants incorporating self-order kiosk programs into their growth plans.

There are many advantages to QSRs and fast casuals adopting self-order strategies, but three well-documented beneits include enhanced customer service, improved productivity and increased profits. The solid growth and attractive benefits of self-service kiosks means we’ll continue to see our favorite QSRs and fast casual restaurants set themselves apart from the competition.

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Perspective – E-Commerce’s Brick-and-Mortar Revolution

E-Commerce’s Brick-and-Mortar Revolution

Katie Kochelek September 18, 2018 Original post on Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. website

Let’s chat about Amazon for a minute. (Apparently, I’m hardly a pioneer when it comes to conversation topics since Amazon is one of the most widely-talked about companies, but humor me for a second).

No other business comes close to being recognized as the face of e-commerce.  In fact, I challenge you to find editorial on retail where the Internet giant isn’t mentioned as a major disruptor to brick-and-mortar stores.

Which is why currently it’s surprising to see more articles reporting on Amazon’s latest moves into this very sector.  Is the e-commerce king really expanding (or would it be downsizing?) into four brick walls?

It appears so.

Here’s the latest evidence. We now have Amazon-owned Whole Foods representing the physical grocery market. Add to that partnerships with traditional retailers like Kohl’s and Sears to provide convenient return centers and tire installation locations.  Don’t forget Amazon lockers at your local 7-Elevens, and of course we can’t overlook Amazon’s own Amazon Go convenience stores, with two already open in Seattle, and many more rumored to hit major cities across the nation.

Hasn’t Amazon picked up a newspaper?  Isn’t retail dead?

Not in the slightest, and Amazon is a good example of why. (And let’s remember they know a thing or two about being successful and all.)

When you look at the list of their latest projects above, it’s evident Amazon isn’t entering the brick-and-mortar space to put its more than 12 million products on shelves.  They’re seeing opportunities to provide frictionless physical shopping experiences to the same customers who turn to them when they’re looking for frictionless online shopping experiences.  Omnichannel jackpot!

But investing across different channels is to be expected of a conglomerate like Amazon, right?  Well yes, but if you’ve had your ear to the ground lately, you might have also noticed that many successful e-commerce sites in various verticals have been entering the world of brick-and-mortar, too.

Examples include eyebobs, an eyewear brand that features bold designs, Wayfair, a home furnishings and décor e-retailer, and online mattress retailer Casper. Even digitally-native athleisure wear company Fabletics is being aggressive with a plan to open 75 stores in the near future.

Why are so many online brands developing a physical presence?

“Digitally native pure-play e-commerce brands are finding it strategically essential to open brick-and-mortar locations if they are looking to scale, because customer acquisition and retention is such a difficult task,” says Alison Embrey Medina, Editor in Chief and Associate Publisher of design:retail. “And the brands that are opening stores are finding that their customers who shop across their channels —online, mobile, AND in their stores – are three times as valuable as the online-only shopper.”

Expansion into these physical locations is helping brands to target not only their existing digital customers but also a new demographic to them – the shopper who wants to experience the products and take advantage of the customer service unique to brick-and-mortars.

Ultimately, no matter how frictionless e-commerce can make our lives, nothing can replace the ability to try on a pair of glasses to ensure they complement our face shape or truly experience what a mattress brand means when describing its product as firm or soft.

That being said, these retail spaces will hardly mimic the traditional store format that has suffered under the convenience of e-commerce.  Whether it’s providing exceptional customer service, offering ways to test out products, or appealing to the next generations’ comfort with sharing unique experiences on social media, brands are being mindful to implement experiential retail components into their brick-and-mortar game plan – a growing trend that is serving other big-name retailers well as customer expectations shift. So essentially, don’t expect the outdated store model you’re accustomed to.

The days of customers driving to their local home furnishings store or grabbing the new style of high-rise jeans to try on in the dressing room are certainly not dwindling. By putting a twist on the brick-and-mortar experience, e-commerce sites, of all places, are proving there’s still a demand.

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Arapahoe County DMV installs new dmv kiosk for license plate renewals

Arapahoe County DMV installs new dmv kiosk for license plate renewalsArapahoe County DMV Kiosk

Getting in and out of the DMV in a matter of minutes sounds impossible, but Arapahoe County just installed new self-service kiosks for people who just need to renew their license plates.

Source: www.9news.com

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Automotive Kiosks – Self-Service Technology in the Auto Industry

Automotive Kiosks – Self-Service Technology in the Auto Industry

 Katie Kochelek August 7, 2018

I was maybe 15 or 16 when I went with my dad to buy the next family car.
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It was the late 90s, so the purchasing experience was done in that traditional way of which we’ve grown nostalgic. I remember a collection of thick, glossy pamphlets from each car brand accumulating on our kitchen table, and I’d flip through pages of different models, reading about the various features each offered. When my father had finally narrowed down his “Favorites” list, we set aside a Saturday to visit the dealerships.

Each appointment involved poking around the car, listening to the sales person’s pitch, and taking a test drive. When a winner was finally chosen, we sat down to do that usual song and dance to secure the best price.

Fast forward to 2018.  Think of the most recent time you bought a car. Did you refer to those glossy brochures or did you go straight to the Internet to visit the brand’s homepage and find your nearby dealer location?

Did you read reviews, view photos, and look up the fairest pricing?

The car buying method has changed immensely, with digital sales tools creating an omnichannel experience that helps prospective clients come to a dealership armed with more insight than what was typically found in the catalogs.

But how can car brands capitalize on the modern-day consumer’s demand for convenience and immediate information while also benefitting their bottom line?

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ADUSA and Frank Mayer Announce Partnership

ADUSA and Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. Announce Partnership

Combined Self-Service Kiosk Technologies Target QSR & Fast Casual Restaurants

Hoffman Estates, Ill. (July, 5 2018) – ADUSA, Inc. today announced that it has established a partnership with Grafton, WI-based manufacturer Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. The partnership will combine ADUSA’s Qi™ Digital Engagement software with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.’s Approach
line of kiosk hardware. The primary objective of the partnership is to deliver a combined best-of-breed solution to the QSR and Fast Casual restaurants industry.

According to Juan C. Perez, CEO of ADUSA, Inc., “Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. has a long tradition of providing high-quality manufacturing and services that meet and exceed retailers’ expectations. Their Approach kiosks are the perfect design match for our self-ordering software. We are pleased to be able to combine our efforts to deliver best-of-breed self-ordering kiosk technology to QSR and Fast Casual
restaurants that are looking, not just to keep up with, but to improve on, what the major brands are doing in this space.”

“An ADUSA and Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. partnership benefits QSRs and fast casual establishments looking for a seamless experience when navigating the elaborate details of implementing self-ordering programs,” Mike Mayer, President of Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. states. “Our experience designing award-winning kiosks coupled with ADUSA’s   history in offering turnkey software solutions means clients gain from the overall expertise both companies bring to the table.”

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. exhibited two of its Approach kiosks in ADUSA’s booth at the National Restaurant Association show earlier this year, and the two companies are actively demonstrating their combined solution to interested restaurant operators.  Both the hardware and software, as well as the delivery, installation and long-term support processes, are all scalable to meet the needs of QSR chains of all sizes.
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About Applied Decisions USA (ADUSA), Inc.
Based in Hoffman Estates, IL, at the Prairie Stone Business Park, ADUSA is the leading provider of self-service systems designed solely for the grocery industry, and now also for the restaurant industry. With over 1,000 systems installed in supermarkets across the country, ADUSA’s singular focus and experience over more than a decade have made its integrated turnkey solutions the #1 choice of grocery retail companies throughout the US. For more information, please visit the web site at www.adusainc.com

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Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. is a leader in the  development of in-store merchandising displays,interactive kiosks, and store fixtures for brands and retailers nationwide. The company helps retailers and brands utilize the latest display solutions and technologies to create engaging  customer experiences. Visit www.frankmayer.com
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People – Ron Bowers Retires From Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. After 35 Years

Ron Bowers Retires From Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. After 35 Years

Senior Vice President of Retail Technology Business Development Ron Bowers will retire from Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. on July 31, 2018.

Ron Bowers Frank Mayer Kiosks GRAFTON, WI – After 35 years as a member of Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.’s staff, Senior Vice President of Retail Technology Business Development Ron Bowers will retire at the end of July 2018.

Bowers began with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. in December of 1983 as a sales coordinator and quickly moved into an account executive position the following August. His passion for retail, technology solutions and point of purchase displays helped him develop relationships with well-known companies like Allstate Insurance, Irving Oil, Eagle Foods, Kroger, Miller Brewing, KEO, MacGregor Golf, Arnold Palmer Golf, Nancy Lopez Golf, Nicklaus Golf and John Deere.

Bowers’ projects often earned gold Outstanding Merchandising Awards in the display industry, including a Display of the Year award from the POPAI organization in 1992 for his work with the John Deere shop-in-shop program.

In 2005, Bowers was promoted to Senior Vice President of Retail Technology Business Development and used his vast experience and superb relationship-building skills to generate new project opportunities for Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. His expertise concerning the point of purchase business has made him a well-known thought leader in the industry, and he’s been invited to serve on countless speaking panels and interviewed for numerous trade publications over the years.

“Ron’s professionalism, drive, loyalty, passion for sales and the  relationships built with clients and associates were the foundations for his success,” says Mike Mayer, President of Frank Mayer and Associates., Inc. “His infectious positive attitude should be an example for all of us to follow, and he’ll be missed by clients and associates alike.”

Bowers’ retirement plans consist of spending more time with his wife, children, and grandchildren as well as pursuing his hobbies of golf, reading and retail technology writing.

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. is a leader in the development of in-store merchandising displays, interactive kiosks, and store fixtures for brands and retailers nationwide. The company helps retailers and brands utilize the latest display solutions and technologies to create engaging customer experiences. Visit www.frankmayer.com for more information.

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Cheryl Lesniak, Integrated Marketing Manager
Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.
1975 Wisconsin Ave., Grafton, WI 53024
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frank mayer whitepaper Kiosks are an effective tool in branding efforts targeting the modern connected consumer. Offering customers everything from convenience to personalization, kiosks maximize the patron’s experience while delivering steady opportunities for a brand or retailer’s return on investment.

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The Rise of the Nontraditional Checkout

The Rise of the Nontraditional Checkout

Kroger Scan Unit Low Boy.pngMaybe you’re a routine user of the grocery store’s self-checkout line, or perhaps you just admire from afar as you wait your turn behind a long line of coupon clippers.  Either way, the traditional self-checkout kiosks found at countless grocers and box stores across the nation have become a mainstay at those big name merchants, making shorter work of our daily errands.

So, it comes as no surprise that, after years of witnessing the convenience these self-checkouts serve, many retailers are using the concept as a launching pad for even better and more innovative programs to enhance the consumer experience.

The following examples showcase the best of nontraditional self-checkout processes that have been introduced to consumers in the recent year.
Kroger’s Scan, Bag, Go

According to Progressive Grocer’s recent “85th Annual Report of the Grocery Industry,” 24.3 percent of grocers are now offering in-store mobile product scanning compared to 8.5 percent from last year’s report.  This double-digit increase highlights the quick adoption of scan and pay systems in the grocery industry, with Kroger being a popular example because of its objective to roll out its Scan, Bag, Go program to 400 stores in 2018.

The program allows customers to use a handheld scanning device or a mobile app on their phone to scan and bag items as they grocery shop.  Participants can easily pay at the store’s self-checkout area or, in the future, directly through the app.  Extra perks include keeping a running order total, access to weekly sales ads and receiving digital coupons.

The obvious benefit of this program falls in line with the big trend in retail over the last couple years: convenience to the customer.  With e-commerce providing the ultimate in frictionless shopping experiences, consumers want the same simple and speedy checkout to which they’ve grown accustomed.

Not only does scan and go technology provide this, but it also offers many other advantages to both the customer and retailer.  Digital receipts and coupons save consumers the hassle and retailers the money, while a post entitled “The rise of scan and go technology and how it works” on Rambus.com also states a benefit as “[p]roximity-based in-store advertising, pushed out as notifications to shoppers’ phones, can adapt displays and offers to customers’ individual preferences as they approach different beacons in the store.”

Since Kroger’s Scan, Bag, Go pilot program started last year, feedback has been positive, and the grocery retailer has continued with its plans to roll out the program across the country.

Walmart’s Check Out With Me

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In a recent press release, Walmart announced it’s testing a new program called Check Out With Me at more than 350 of the store’s Lawn & Garden Centers across the nation.

The goal behind the service is to ease a pain point often associated with purchasing items from the lawn and garden area of a big box store – the time expended to transport awkward or messy items such as plants, mulch or dirt, through the physical store to checkout.

To address this checkout friction point, Walmart associates at the select Lawn & Garden Centers are equipped with devices and Bluetooth printers to ring up a customer, accept payment, and provide a receipt on the spot.
The simplicity of the process not only saves patrons time, but allows them to carry bulky items straight to their cars instead of waiting in a traditional checkout.

As of now, Walmart has only confirmed plans to roll out the service to the 350 stores, however many speculate this program could be replicated within Walmart stores to offer convenience and a faster checkout to store patrons.
Amazon Go

There’d be no way to write an article about nontraditional checkouts without citing the most apparent example of all.  In January of this year, Amazon unveiled a shopping experience like no other with the opening of its first Amazon Go store in Seattle.

If you think scan and pay makes checking out easy, you haven’t experienced Amazon Go’s automatic checkout.  As commonly reported, Amazon has been discreet about the details, but the overall system works with an array of miniature cameras and special technology that recognize items being taken from the shelves.  When customers enter the store, they walk through gates that confirm they have the mobile app.  Once they select their purchases, they simply walk back out and their mobile app is charged for the items taken.

Aside from the novelty of a checkout experience that hasn’t been done before, the store has garnered quite a bit of attention because of the future impact this technology could have on the retail experience.

With Amazon’s reach, many wonder if we’ll see a program like this at Amazon-owned Whole Foods (so far, reps have denied this) or offered as a service to other businesses looking to integrate a new level of convenience to retail customers.  Time will tell, of course, but recent reports show the company is planning to expand to the San Francisco and Chicago markets, which likely indicates the initial metrics must be favorable at the inaugural store.

We’re seeing once novel options like self-checkout aisles become the more traditional predecessor to innovative programs from Kroger, Walmart and Amazon that offer convenience to customers at the point of sale.  And as the technology constantly evolves and inspires, all grocers and big box retailers will need to take note as they invest to improve their own customers’ experiences.
Is your company looking to expand its nontraditional checkout system? Take a more detailed look at our work on Kroger’s Scan, Bag, Go program, and read up on our partnership with Amazon on its college campus kiosks.  Then, contact us for a professional consultation.

Photo Credits

Kroger’s Scan, Bag, Go program, designed by Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

A Walmart employee utilizes the Check Out With Me program to ring up a customer. Photo courtesy of Walmart.