Walmart prepping hundreds of high-tech pickup towers

In the quest to provide consumers fast and easily product pick up, Walmart plans to expand its 'high-tech' pickup towers at stores. In the past year Walmart has established the towers in nearly 200 locations, according to a company blog...

Indiana airport testing international check-in kiosks

The Indiana Airport Authority and U.S Customs Border Protection will introduce kiosks to allow passengers arriving at the Indianapolis International Airport from international destinations to spend less time in customs processing, according to aviationpros.com. Two global entry kiosks will be...

Amazon prepping 6 more Go stores, claims report

Amazon is getting six more Amazon Go stores ready, according to a Recode report, with some likely opening in Seattle, where the first Amazon Go store opened in January. Sources told Recode that Amazon is working with developer Rick Caruso about opening a location at The Grove where he owns an outdoor shopping plaza.

Consumers like self-service more than associate interaction, reveals survey

If consumers have a choice they're more likely to tap self-service technology versus interacting with a retail sales associate, according to a SOTI survey. The survey revealed that 66 percent of shoppers preferred self-service and self-checkout is by far the...

Amazon Go store now open to the public

Amazon is opening its cashierless Amazon Go store to consumers in Seattle today, following a 14-month trial with company employees, according to The Seattle Times. Upon entering, customers scan a smartphone app that registers them into the store. After grabbing...

Tax bill may impact retailer strategy in several ways

Retailers will likely be hiring less workers and embracing automation technology due to the new federal tax laws. The first place to be automated will likely be the cash register, given lower new equipment costs that will come into play...

Kroger advancing self-checkout strategy

Supermarket chain Kroger is set to expand its self-checkout service to 400 stores in 2018, according to a report from the Cincinnati Business Courier. Kroger's Scan, Bag, Go service is similar to Walmart's effort in that it enables shoppers to...

Walmart testing new personal shopping experience

Walmart is reportedly tapping text to provide a new personalized shopping experience for the wealthy busy mom. The mega retailer, according to a Recode report, is beta testing a new service that will give shoppers item recommendations and allow purchase...

Self-serve order pickup robot expands for U.S. retailers, supports smart locker technology

Bell and Howell announced the 100th U.S. installation of the PackRobot, a 16-foot-tall, automated package pickup system manufactured by Cleveron, a European developer of click-and-collect, self-service pickup technology, according to a press release. The PackRobot enables customers to pick up...

Amazon Go stores may be close to a full 'go'

Amazon is gearing up to establish a roster of Amazon Go stores, the cashierless retail strategy the mega etailer has had in pilot for just about a year, according to a Bloomberg report. Amazon is hiring personnel for the stores, claims Bloomberg.

United Airlines secures EZ Access certification for self-serve kiosks

United Airlines has incorporated EZ Access technologies into its self-service kiosks to better ensure that the kiosks are accessible to all travelers. "We chose to implement EZ Access into our kiosks because it's not limited to a single disability," Jaymes...

Ikea vending machine offers kitchen tools

Ikea has installed a vending machine at a Stockholm subway station to sell small kitchen items such as a garlic press, an egg slicer and other tools, according to Ehandel.com, a retail site.

CVS Pharmacy launching health, wellness vending machines nationwide

CVS Pharmacy is introducing automated retail vending machines stocked with convenient, on-the-go necessities including over-the-counter health products, "better-for-you" snacks and personal care products typically sold at CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide. The vending machines are designed to help maximize convenience and...

Google veterans launch smartphone activated self-serve convenience concept

Google veterans Paul McDonald and Ashwath Rajan are launching a new concept called Bodega, a 5-foot-wide pantry box filled with non-perishable convenience items that customers purchase using their smartphones, according to Fast Company.

Boulder County, Colorado installs vehicle registration kiosk

Residents of Boulder County, Colorado can now renew motor vehicles registration at a self-service kiosk in the lobby of the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder's Boulder headquarters office, according to the Times-Call. The kiosk is available from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wisconsin city installs parking kiosks

Parking kiosks installed in Stevens Point, Wisconsin become active today, September 5, according to The Stevens Point City Times. The electronic kiosks are replacing parking meters at various locations surrounding the UW-Stevens Point campus and Ministry St. Michael's Hospital.

Consumers hungry for contactless checkout at Whole Foods and hope Amazon delivers

Consumers are hoping that once Amazon acquires Whole Foods, the online mega retailer will provide cashier-free checkout and a much improved grocery store experience. That's the feedback from a ChargeItSpot poll regarding the deal, according to a CNBC report. "Our...

USA Technologies teams with Vendors Exchange on kiosk offering loyalty rewards and promotions

USA Technologies, a provider of payment technology, has partnered with Vendors Exchange International Inc., a provider of solutions for the convenience marketplace, to create the VE Kiosk platform, according to a press release. The partnership leverages both USAT's credit card...

Robots not a job killer, claims Trump treasury chief

While robotics is taking deeper root within the business realm, from warehouses to stores to everyday home life, the White House administration doesn't seem to view them as job killers. In fact, according to a Business Insider report, President Donald...

Amazon Go store hits some glitches

The public unveiling of Amazon's Go store, which features no cashiers, is being delayed due to some technical glitches, according to a Market Watch report. The big challenge is that the sensor-based check-out system isn't working well when there are...

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