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Elliot Maras is the editor of KioskMarketplace.com and FoodTruckOperator.com.

'Grocery on wheels' may be supermarket delivery game changer

'Grocery on wheels' may be supermarket delivery game changer

Self-driving vehicles that deliver fresh produce and allow consumers to place orders via an app and then physically pick their own produce could be the long-sought answer for online produce delivery.

Is staying up with consumer acceptance of automation worth the challenges?

Is staying up with consumer acceptance of automation worth the challenges?

A session on the need to adopt automation in retail drew an overflow audience during the CES show in Las Vegas.

Kiosk Marketplace Influencer of the Year: Under Armour's Christiana DiMattesa

Kiosk Marketplace Influencer of the Year: Under Armour's Christiana DiMattesa

Chrisiana DiMattesa recognized the importance of giving Bostonians a new type of retail experience, leading her to conceptualize a virtual tour of the store prior to its grand opening.

3D virtual concierges deliver enhanced retail experiences

3D virtual concierges deliver enhanced retail experiences

Intelligent virtual assistants enable hotels to boost customer experience by allowing guests to interact with a 2D or 3D agent via digital signage, kiosks or smartphones.

‘Bodega Mania’ fails to make the case for technology

‘Bodega Mania’ fails to make the case for technology

Hopefully, Bodega's social media firestorm will help educate the automated retailing industry and the technology community about the need to be direct with the public on important forthcoming changes.

Digital innovation veteran assists Hurricane Harvey victims

Digital innovation veteran assists Hurricane Harvey victims

When Hurricane Harvey struck, digital innovation specialist Brandon Elliott immediately recognized the need to respond quickly since he knew there were many people who had no idea what to do.

Interactive customer technology: How to achieve employee buy-in

Interactive customer technology: How to achieve employee buy-in

Achieving employee buy-in needs to be part of the project from the beginning when introducing customer interactive technology.

The 'store as a community gathering place' emerges as a way to engage customers

The 'store as a community gathering place' emerges as a way to engage customers

Interactive technology, besides empowering consumers, gives stores new reason to take new measures to make customers feel at home.

Millennials weigh in on how they shop

Millennials weigh in on how they shop

Attendees at the Interactive Customer Experience Summit in Dallas took advantage of a chance to find out first hand during a panel featuring seven millennial shoppers.

Amazon's Whole Foods Market acquisition points to a changing role for physical stores; millennials hold the key

Amazon's Whole Foods Market acquisition points to a changing role for physical stores; millennials hold the key

Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods Market is yet another sign – the biggest to date – that retail is being redefined by multiple shopping channels.

Data analytics hold the key to understanding and guiding the retail customer

Data analytics hold the key to understanding and guiding the retail customer

Interactive technology promises a wealth of insights on customer behavior, but retailers need to have a plan for deploying the technology and glean insights from data analytics.

ICX panel: Internet of Things offers new capabilities, but new technology requires preparation and commitment to change

ICX panel: Internet of Things offers new capabilities, but new technology requires preparation and commitment to change

Companies need to utilize new technology to remain competitive, but they must be aware of all the changes that a new technology will bring to their operation for the technology to succeed.

Interactive Customer Experience: The start of a daunting, yet exciting journey

Interactive Customer Experience: The start of a daunting, yet exciting journey

The ICX Summit, held by the ICX Association last week in Dallas, gave retailers and interactive technology players a chance to learn why companies have to share information both internally and externally to meet the demands of today's 'connected' shopper.

ICX Summit honors Under Armour as 'influencer' of the year

ICX Summit honors Under Armour as 'influencer' of the year

The Influencer of the Year award, presented at the ICX Summit in Dallas last week, went to Under Armour for its continued devotion to creating unique and engaging experiences and for a corporate philosophy that embraces the ongoing deployments of innovative ICX technologies.

Vending/micro market veteran ready to take on Amazon Go

Vending/micro market veteran ready to take on Amazon Go

A vending/micro market veteran has developed a technology, featuring artificial intelligence, he believes will disrupt the consumer goods distribution industry.

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