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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 1, January 2012, Posted On: 1/10/2012

NRF Big Show Set For Jan. 16-17 In NYC: StoreBot Debut Puts Automatic Retailing In Spotlight

Emily Jed
Kiosk Information Systems, StoreBot, Rick Malone, National Retail Federation, NRF Big Show, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, automated retailing, automation, robotic store, vending, vending machine, automatic merchandising, kiosk, self-service retail, coin-op news, unattended POS, retail news


NEW YORK CITY -- The National Retail Federation's Big Show will take place Jan. 16 and 17 (convention runs 15-18) at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

More than 22,000 retail industry professionals are expected to attend the 101st annual trade show and convention, and 500-plus exhibitors will showcase the latest products, technologies, services and solutions for the retail industry. Dozens of education sessions will focus on everything from merchandising strategies and understanding consumers to sustainability and mobile payments.

Among technologies set to debut at the show is Kiosk Information Systems' StoreBot, an automated kiosk designed to reduce shrinkage at consumer and employee levels. It provides secure self-service delivery of small but expensive items like games, electronics, perfumes, and health and beauty items. The modular platform, which has a capacity of 200 to 600 items, can fit in-line with store shelving or operate as standalone kiosk.

StoreBot incorporates an employee password or biometric identification system and surveillance cameras to identify the associate responsible for loading machine inventory. It then holds the identified employee accountable for automated stock-count reports generated before and after loading. Once the machine is loaded, inventory remains locked in the enclosure until dispensed to the consumer with a completed payment transaction.

The StoreBot robotic delivery mechanism doubles as an intelligent inventory tool. The system scans product barcodes and remotely reports an up-to-the minute inventory count directly to the retailer. The machine automatically triggers reorder reports based on minimum stock levels.

"Ultimately, automated retail is about simultaneously eliminating multiple tiers of theft while maximizing sales, and the unique feature set in the StoreBot platform hits both marks dead-on," said Kiosk Information Systems chief executive Rick Malone. "Kiosk Information Systems sees endless possibilities in automated retail, and is developing flexible solution configurations to accommodate the various product categories and sales environments of our retailer client base."

Kiosk Information Systems, headquartered in Louisville, CO, has been designing and manufacturing self-serve kiosks since 1993.

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