EMV 101
EMV 101
Posted On : Friday, October 23, 2015 By : Will Pymm
You may have noticed that your mailbox has had a steady stream of replacement credit and debit cards landing in it over the last year.  While banks generally only reissue cards after they are lost or stolen, or a few months before they expire, in this case, the culprit is something called EMV.  EMV stands for “Europay, MasterCard and Visa” -- the three companies that originally developed the technical standards for smart card proces ... Read More
Successful Kiosk Deployment in a Crowded Marketplace
Successful Kiosk Deployment in a Crowded Marketplace
Posted On : Monday, October 5, 2015 By : Will Pymm
Anyone with a kiosk business that’s competing for consumer attention with other companies -- especially the big guns, like Redbox, Coinstar or Bank of America -- knows how difficult it can be to grab the eyeballs needed to make a kiosk profitable. Add to that the appearance of large format “mini stores” that operate like vending machines, but for high-end products, such as the ones Proactive, Benefit and Apple utilize, and standing out ofte ... Read More
$15 Minimum Wage in the Age of Self-Service Kiosks — Pt. 5
$15 Minimum Wage in the Age of Self-Service Kiosks — Pt. 5
Posted On : Monday, September 28, 2015 By : Will Pymm
Over the past few weeks, we’ve discussed the many additional benefits that can be realized by utilizing self-service kiosks in many different environments -- especially those that would be most affected by government-mandated minimum wage increases.  This week, we’ll take a look at the downsides of kiosk deployment, and demonstrate how smart advance planning can help eliminate some of the typical pitfalls we’ve run into over the years. ... Read More
$15 Minimum Wage in the Age of Self-Service Kiosks — Pt 4
$15 Minimum Wage in the Age of Self-Service Kiosks — Pt 4
Posted On : Wednesday, September 23, 2015 By : Will Pymm
Last week, we took a more in-depth look at how self-service kiosks are being utilized -- often in some lesser known ways -- and the benefits that can be gained both for those deploying them and end users alike.This week, we discuss additional benefits of self-service kiosks, and finish up next week with a discussion of some of the drawbacks; in particular, how the typical pitfalls of deployment can be avoided with smart advance planning. Although ... Read More
$15 Minimum Wage in the Age of Self-Service Kiosks — Pt. 3
$15 Minimum Wage in the Age of Self-Service Kiosks — Pt. 3
Posted On : Monday, September 14, 2015 By : Will Pymm
In our previous blog, we covered the five W’s of self-serve kiosks -- who, what, when, where and why.  Now it’s time to begin taking a more in-depth look at how self-service kiosks are being utilized -- often in some lesser known ways -- and the benefits that can be gained both for those deploying them and end users alike. With a range of industries investing in consumer-facing digital kiosks, it stands to follow that the ways in which t ... Read More
$15 Minimum Wage in the Age of Self-Service Kiosks — Pt. 2
$15 Minimum Wage in the Age of Self-Service Kiosks — Pt. 2
Posted On : Tuesday, September 8, 2015 By : Will Pymm
In our last blog, we began discussing automation as it applies to the use of self-service kiosks. This week, we’ll go into more depth regarding the rise of automation in consumer-facing industries, and begin taking a more detailed look at the Five Ws: Who is using itWhat types are currently in marketplaceWhere we are seeing it utilizedWhen it is most helpful to implementWhy its use is becoming much more widespreadSo, who is using using self-ser ... Read More
$15 Minimum Wage in the Age of Self-Service Kiosks
$15 Minimum Wage in the Age of Self-Service Kiosks
Posted On : Wednesday, September 2, 2015 By : Will Pymm
There’s a massive labor shift on the horizon, and it goes by the name of “automation.” What is automation? Automation (sometimes called “automatic control”) is the use of various control systems, like the digital kiosks we produce at RedyRef, to minimize or reduce human interaction. The biggest benefit of automation is that it saves labor, and can therefore reduce costs, but it is also used to increase quality outcomes by allowing for ... Read More
Assessing Potential Kiosk Manufacturing Partners Pt. 4
Assessing Potential Kiosk Manufacturing Partners Pt. 4
Posted On : Thursday, August 20, 2015 By : Will Pymm
In our three previous blog installments, we’ve talked about the different types of kiosk companies in the marketplace. Our last entry ended with what we believe is the best choice for most situations -- Turn-Key Kiosk Providers, like RedyRef.  In this, our fourth and final blog in the series, we discuss which questions to ask potential manufacturers once the number of companies in the running has been narrowed down to a short list of two o ... Read More
Assessing Potential Kiosk Manufacturers Pt. 3
Assessing Potential Kiosk Manufacturers Pt. 3
Posted On : Friday, August 14, 2015 By : Will Pymm
In last week’s blog, we began discussing the specific types of kiosk companies currently in the marketplace, starting with the worst of the bunch -- Kiosk Pretenders.  Today, we’re moving on up the ranks to the next type of company on our list -- Kiosk VARs. As the name states, Kiosk VARs (Value Added Resellers) make their money by adding some sort of value to the sales chain and/or kiosk manufacturing solution.  However, the type a ... Read More
Prior Planning Prevents (Really) Poor Kiosk Performance
Prior Planning Prevents (Really) Poor Kiosk Performance
Posted On : Monday, August 10, 2015 By : Will Pymm
At RedyRef, we understand that the odds of successful kiosk deployment increase greatly with proper planning. That process begins with asking the right questions in the right order:What is the application?Do you have or need software?Where will the kiosk be deployed?Do you have a budget and/or a target price?Who will handle the kiosk design and engineering?How will you handle installation?What does the warranty cover?What ongoing services will yo ... Read More