MTA Rolls out PPE Vending Machines Across Select City Subway Stations

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The MTA has rolled out vending machines across select city subway stations that dispense COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE). The new machines offers face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes. There are 10 machines in Manhattan and just one machine in both Queens and Brooklyn. The agency wants to keep subway riders safe by making it easy to access … Read More

MTA Pilots PPE Vending Machine In Atlantic Avenue Station

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The MTA is piloting a dozen new vending machines at major transit hubs starting today, the agency announced. At 10 stations, including Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center in Brooklyn, credit card-carrying travelers will be able to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) that will enable them to comply with regulations in place regarding COVID-19 precautions – reusable face masks, gloves, hand … Read More

The Rise Of Biometrics

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2020 began a new decade with the pivotal coronavirus epidemic, which experts have surmised will significantly impact the retail industry. One of these results may be a boost in the trend toward cashless payments. Biometric payment options are one facet of cashless payments that has trended, even before the coronavirus laid siege on the U.S. Biometrics technologies is expected to … Read More

You Can Now Buy Beef Jerky And Deodorant At Subway Station Vending Machines

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Originally published on Gothamist by Jen Carlson Subway newsstand operators have seen business decline in recent years, and the city’s empty storefront problem has crept underground—within MTA stations, 40% of 326 total properties are currently going unused. It seems possible that one day all of those adorable staircase newsstands will be extinct, and their offerings and their humans will be replaced by… corporate vending … Read More

Airport vending machines now spit out puffer coats, shaving kits, cupcakes

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Originally published on USA Today by Dawn Gilbertson CHICAGO — Carolyn Marshall was headed to the gate for her American Airlines flight to California when she spotted the sleek tan machines with the neon sign across from Gate K6 at O’Hare International Airport. She approached the side-by-side Farmer’s Fridge vending machines, tapped the touchscreen menu and was hooked. The machines, stocked twice … Read More

Machines are selling top brands in malls, airports and elsewhere

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Originally published on ICSC by Anna Robaton Vending machines typically dispense soda, candy or snacks. But a growing number of brands and retailers are using them to expand their reach into malls, airports and other high-traffic locations — free of many of the costs associated with operating traditional stores or kiosks. ZoomSystems, a San Francisco–based designer, provider and operator of … Read More

Swyft Releases AI-Powered ‘Nano Shops,’ Readies NAMA Debut

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Original article published on Vending Times by Emily Jed SAN FRANCISCO — Mike Kiser is at it again. The former chief executive of Canteen and board member of Compass Group has partnered with Swyft to bring to market a portfolio of innovative frictionless retail systems that utilize computer vision, neural networks and deep learning technology. Kiser is well-known for his … Read More

Swyft Inc.: A Disruptive Turn-Key Automated Retail Channel Enhancing Customer Experience

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View the original article here Modern technologies are coming available at an exponential pace in the marketplace. Staying in sync with this momentum is the retail industry which is leveraging these technologies to enhance the overall customer experience. Today, customers are rapidly moving towards convenient channels such as websites and mobile apps for purchasing products and services. Therefore, retail organizations … Read More

Airport retail has a long runway — for the right brands

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Originally published on Retail Dive by Lara Ewen If airport retail continues to develop at the breakneck pace it’s currently keeping, airport shopping corridors may become tourist destinations in their own right. According to The Washington Post and the Airport Experience News Fact Book, U.S. travelers in 2017 spent more than $1.7 billion at airports’ newsstand and travel convenience stores. … Read More