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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 7, July 2013, Posted On: 6/15/2013

Three Square Market Adapts Self-Checkout System Used By Prisons For Workplace Deployment

Emily Jed
TAGS: vending, self-checkout, micro markets, micromarket system, TW Vending, Three Square Market, inventory management, micromarket security, Consolidated Food Management, contract foodservice

Three Square Market HUDSON, WI -- Three Square Market, a subsidiary of TW Vending here, has taken the wraps off its new self-checkout micromarket for placement in business and industry sites. The kiosk is a variation of TWV's corrections market kiosk, which allows inmates to send email, participate in video visitations and order commissary items, and their visitors to load money for commissary purchases, or for bail.

The market's hardware and software are designed to deliver workplaces an onsite, self-checkout mini convenience store for their employees. Businesses with as few as 100 employees can support the new micromarket, according to the company. Several design options are available, and kiosks, shelving, coolers and other accessories can be branded and customized in colors that complement the breakroom.

The kiosks accept cash, credit and debit cards, mobile payments and direct deposits. Three Square Market's inventory management and security system monitors each market so that in the event of a theft, violators can be identified through security cameras, allowing employers to take action.

Employees in Three Square Market locations can also use the self-checkout kiosk as a hub for services from local companies, such as arranging for dry cleaning, ordering flowers and buying movie tickets and more. They can do this at the kiosk, on the Three Square Market website or by using a smartphone app.

In some areas served by Seattle-based Consolidated Food Management, which provides contract foodservice in the Pacific Northwest, these applications will also enable customers to place fresh food orders. CFM, which was instrumental in the development of the new kiosk, has begun converting many of its sites it serves in Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Alaska to the new micromarkets. Its staff will continue to provide existing locations and new clients either food prepared onsite or items such as sandwiches and salads prepared at its headquarters and delivered fresh to each Three Square Market daily.

Three Square Market said its self-checkout stores are up and running in six states and more than 130 new installations will open in 24 states total in the next three months. The newest is Rockford, IL-based Serenity Vending, which recently opened its first micromarket and plans to follow with several more that it will operate under the Serenity Market brand name.

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