3 Benefits of Cloud-Ready IoT and Mobile Devices

Business owners can monetize cloud-ready IOT data by using it to gain insights into their customers’ behaviors and to communicate with and engage them more effectively.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vast network of connected devices in the physical environment that share information. The things can include RFID tags, customer traffic counting technology, printers, POS systems, digital signage, and customers’ mobile devices.  IoT and mobile devices and sensors collect massive amounts of data about our habits—what applications we use the most on smartphones, the entertainment we are streaming, which retail brands we prefer and the items we purchase. Business owners can monetize this data by using it to gain insights into their customers’ behaviors and to communicate with and engage them more effectively.  Retailers can also leverage the IoT to enhance in-store shopping experiences.

Here are three ways the IoT and mobile devices can help your business excel.

  1. Device Management. IoT technology can help identify a problem before it starts. With devices that have the capability to communicate when they are in need of repair, shoppers never have to wait while a sales associate finds a replacement device.  IoT devices are often able to communicate issues before they are apparent to the user, helping to minimize downtime.

Cloud-ready IoT and mobile devices can also be managed remotely. Business owners or managers can identify what and where the problem is while working at the store or from home, another store location or sitting on the beach via the cloud dashboard. Error status notifications can tell you in real-time what the problem is—whether a printer cover or cash drawer is left open or if a printer is out of paper or unplugged. Identifying and fixing the problem immediately helps improve efficiency and increase productivity, so you’re never wasting time hunting around for the problem.

 

  1. Data Collection. IoT and mobile devices can collect and store important customer information. A cloud-ready device gives you the ability to transform shopping receipts into valuable digital transaction data. If you don’t have the time or manpower to analyze customer data on your own, data facilitation allows retailers to send digital receipt information to third-party partners or vendors who can offer a wide range of analytic and shopper engagement services. These third-party vendors can run loyalty programs and issue customer updates about new products and promotions. Through these services, retailers can gain unparalleled information about shoppers’ habits and promotional campaigns, including which ones are effective and which ones aren’t resonating, to ultimately increase ROI.

 

  1. Data Utilization. Data collected by IoT and mobile devices and stored in the cloud can be used for other purposes, including digital signage. Digital signage is an interactive gateway that allows a business to communicate directly with a consumer, engaging them while they are in the store. Digital signage is easy to control and can be modified quickly, allowing it to be incorporated into virtually any environment. Depending on the setup and service you choose, you may be able to store your own graphics and update the signage as often as you want. This is especially useful during holiday shopping time, or if you want to promote doorbusters and flash sales during certain hours.

Cloud-ready IoT and mobile devices can help you gain important insights into your business, customers, and operations. They can help you identify a hardware problem in-store, even when you’re offsite, and collect data that can keep messaging and promotions relevant. Evaluate how your business is collecting and leveraging data to provide better in-store experiences. Are you doing what it takes to be competitive?

3 Things Cannabis Retailers Need to Know About Cannabis Receipt Regulations

Running a marijuana dispensary requires in-depth knowledge of the local laws and meticulous recordkeeping including retaining copies of each cannabis receipt.

Running a medical or retail marijuana dispensary requires in-depth knowledge of the local laws and meticulous recordkeeping including retaining copies of each cannabis receipt. As of April 2017, 29 states have legalized medical marijuana, which can be used to treat several illnesses, including multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, inflammation, pain, mental disorders and substance abuse, among others. In addition, 9 states have legalized recreational use. That means cannabis retailers are legally operating in more than half of the U.S.

Their businesses can be very different, however, depending on the states in which they are located.  One difference is startup costs. For example, annual licensing fees range from $3,000 in Colorado to $75,000 Connecticut. States may also require a minimum of liquid capital, some places as high as $250,000, so it’s imperative you protect your investment with perfect recordkeeping of every transaction. Retaining a copy of every cannabis receipt ensures your dispensary follows state and local laws and protects your business in the event of an audit.

What should the receipt include? How can you prove your business is operating in compliance with state and local laws? The cannabis receipt provided to the customer proves you are collecting all the relevant taxes and dispensing marijuana legally.

If you are considering opening a marijuana dispensary or you want to make sure your business is operating in compliance with your state’s laws and make sure you are correctly formatting and recording cannabis receipts, your point of sale (POS) system is the perfect tool to manage this requirement.

  1. Check the specific requirements in your state. Understand your state’s tax laws to ensure you are charging the correct amount. For example, in California, retailers charge a consumer-excise and sales tax, while in Colorado, cannabis is subject to different taxation, whether it’s classified as medical or retail marijuana. It’s important to stay up to date on changing tax laws to ensure you are collecting the correct percentage. Failure to comply could subject your business to fines and added scrutiny.

 

  1. Manage copies of cannabis receipts. Use your POS system to send a backup copy of each cannabis receipt to the cloud or store the backup offsite. If you are issuing receipts with carbon copy paper, staple or clip the receipts together. It’s also a good idea to keep important financial records, licensing information and other sensitive financial paperwork in a secure place outside of the dispensary. Retain all records for a minimum of three years in case of an audit.

 

  1. Include all required information on the cannabis receipt. Although the exact information you include will depend on your state’s laws, most receipts will include store name and address, the category of taxable products or product category name/product name. Receipts should also include a code or other identifier for the product’s taxes. There may be additional requirements, however. In Oregon, it’s required to list the sale subtotal before tax, amount of state tax, local tax, total sale amount and identifying receipt number. A disclaimer stating that receipts are required for customer tax disputes is also required.

The cannabis industry is promising for dispensaries, but it is tightly regulated by the states where marijuana has been legalized. Give your business the best chance for compliance and success with a POS system equipped with state-of-the-art printers to meet regulatory requirements while providing convenient customer experiences at the checkout.

 

Contact the experts at Star to learn more about ideal solutions for the cannabis industry.

NRF Retail’s Big Show 2018 Recap with Star Micronics

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Thank you to everyone who took the opportunity to stop by our booth and check out our latest retail technology solutions. If you missed us, we offered a sneak peek at several of our newest technologies and solutions for 2018.

Here are just a few of the innovative solutions Star Micronics had on display.

 

mCollection

Our new mCollection includes products that will expand the functionality of our mPOP solution. mC-Print2 and mC-Print3 were big hits with all of our visitors.

mPOP + Peripherals

Merchants can now transform the mPOP into a complete point of sale hub and accept versatile transactions at a greater volume. The mPOP is able to integrate with an increased number of peripherals, such as a 2D barcode scanner, scale, customer display, and port to an external cash drawer.

 

mcPrint2 and mcPrint3

Stylish and sleek, these printers were made to look great with your mPOP. These attractive and Cloud Service-ready receipt printers support multiple interfaces and peripheral connectivity. These little printers look fantastic and are ideal for handling your business needs with style.

 

TSP650IIAirPrint®

This receipt printer works seamlessly with all Apple® devices and is the first printer of its kind with Apple AirPrint Certification. With quick and, easy setup, high-quality receipt printing, this printer is ready to hit the ground running out of the box. Most importantly, it will allow Apple users to continue with the familiar AirPrint experience while using their Apple iOS® POS system. Cash drawer control from your Apple device has also become a reality with the TSP650IIAirPrint.

 

Sophatar® POS Signage

Available at a low monthly subscription, this digital signage solution solves three common problems retailers run into when purchasing a digital signage solution. First, it’s affordable. Second, it searches by the UPC codes and product descriptions of your products to automatically generate content and display them on your digital signs. This eliminates the time you spend hunting down images and content to display. Lastly, it creates dynamic content updates based on your sales data. In this way, it’s always displaying your best selling products.

 

PromoPRNT

 

Available through the Star Cloud Services dashboard, this new service will empower you to create printed promotions on your receipts. PromoPRNT includes two separate services, Promo Maker and Promo Manager. Promo Maker is a quick and easy way to design receipt promotions and add them to your printer receipts. Promo Manager is the tool that allows the length of a promotional campaign to be scheduled. Merchants can also track promotion campaign insights through the Promo Manager tool. With PromoPRNT, you will be able to deliver incentives directly into shoppers’ hands.

 

We also featured several of our vendor partners in our NRF 2018 booth, including Vend, SuiteRetail, Biztracker, and nClose.

Star will have interviews and videos from the show floor coming soon! See you next year NRF!

Star Micronics at NRF 2018

Stop and see us at NRF 2018 to get a first look at our new, innovative technology solutions.

There are lots of reasons you should attend NRF 2018 Retail’s Big Show. Between powerful, future-driven content, and the latest retail technology solutions, it is an opportunity you’d be sorry to miss. And we know you’d be sorry to miss the great line up Star Micronics will be showcasing in booth #2745.

Here are just a few of the hot ticket items we’ll be displaying in our NRF 2018 booth.

mCollection

We are showcasing our new mCollection at NRF 2018. Stop by to explore how these products will expand and enhance the functionality of your mPOP.mPOP + Peripherals

We’ve expanded our mPOP functionality, giving it the ability to integrate with additional peripherals, such as a 2D barcode scanner, scale, customer display, and port to the external cash drawer. Retailers, transform your mPOP into a complete point of sale hub! You will be able to accept more versatile transactions at a higher volume.

mcPrint2 and mcPrint3

These receipt printers are Star Micronics’ brand new innovations designed specifically to look sharp with your mPOP. Stylish, chic, compact, and, most importantly, fully functional, these good looking little receipt printers support multiple interfaces and peripheral connectivity. It is Cloud Service-ready and equipped to handle your needs with style.

TSP650IIAirPrint®

The TSP650IIAirPrint works seamlessly with all Apple® devices and is the first receipt printer on the market with Apple AirPrint Certification.  Boasting a quick and easy setup and high-quality receipt printing, the AirPrint will enable Apple users to continue with the familiar AirPrint experience while using their Apple iOS® POS system. It also allows cash drawer control straight from your Apple device. We think that’s pretty cool.

Sophatar® POS Signage

This digital signage solution is available at a low monthly subscription. It solves the three common problems retailers run into when purchasing a digital signage solution. One, it’s affordable. Two, it automatically generates content by searching for the UPC code of your most popular products in order to display them on your digital signs. You won’t need to hunt down product images for display. And, three, its content updates are dynamic. No more boring static playlists. The solution analyzes your sales data and displays your best selling products through a networked media player.

PromoPRNT

PromoPRNT is available through the Star Cloud Services dashboard and will enable you to create printed promotions on your receipts. PromoPRNT delivers two services, Promo Maker and Promo Manager. Promo Maker is a simple way to create and design receipt promotions. Promo Manager will allow you to schedule the length of a promotional campaign and to view insights from your campaigns.  Ultimately, with these PromoPRNT tools, you will be able to deliver incentives directly to shopper’s hands.

We’ll also be featuring some of our great vendor partners in our booth, such as Vend, SuiteRetail, and BizTracker.

If this isn’t enough incentive to get you to NRF 2018 and to our booth, we’d love to buy you a cup of coffee! Simply stop by our booth and participate in the PromoPRNT demo and we’ll give you a $5 Starbucks gift card.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Amazing Retail Machine

See the best of modern retail come together at NRF Retail’s Big Show, with displays from Star Micronics, Vend, and Vantiv

It’s almost that time.
With over 600 exhibitors, 18,000 retailers and 35,000 attendees from 95 countries, NRF truly is Retail’s, BIG Show. All of our partners will be there debuting something pretty special – The Amazing Retail Machine — and we’re giving away an iPhone X to celebrate!

What: NRF, Retail’s BIG Show
When: Jan 14-16, 2017
Where: Booth 2745, Jacob K Javits Convention Center, NYC (map)

Come to booth 2745 to see how the best of retail come together with a quirky chain-reaction machine designed by Kinetic Artist Joseph Herscher, in the original Rube Goldberg style. The Amazing Retail Machine will show how Vend, Vantiv and Star Micronics power the modern retail transaction. See how to make the perfect POS system with each part coming together seamlessly.

Joseph Herscher’s videos have been viewed by over 30 million people online. He has built a page turner, watered plants on Sesame Street, and been featured in the New York Times. This is his first installation at NRF and you won’t want to miss it!

And you can win an iPhone X! Drop by booth 2745 to see the amazing retail machine in action then post about your visit and tag it with #nrf2018 & #amazingretail for your chance to win.

Interested in attending?
Retailers can register for their free EXPO Hall pass at https://nrfbigshow.nrf.com/register

Want to catch up at the show?
We’ll be at Booth 2745 during expo hours – but if you’d like to set up some specific time to chat just email events@vendhq.com. We’re all really looking forward to meeting you.

Why Restaurants are Cashing in on Self-Checkouts

Self-checkouts in your restaurant can increase the average ticket size, improve order accuracy, and increase customer satisfaction.

It’s the holiday shopping season, which means that malls and stores are packed with customers. After fighting crowds, shoppers don’t want to wait on long lines at your restaurant, holding bags and tired children, wasting precious shopping time. Instead, quick-service restaurants can facilitate the ordering process with self-checkouts that move lines quicker, increase the average ticket size, improve order accuracy and serve customers faster.

Movie theaters, banks, hotels and other venues are giving their customers control over the purchasing process with kiosks. Consumers are accustomed to using ATMs, automatic ticketing, and self-check-out at hotels — and they may prefer self-checkouts in your restaurant as well. A report from iVend Retail found nearly 40% of consumers felt customer experiences could be improved by kiosks.

Kiosks are typically easy to use and engage people while they are placing an order at your quick service restaurant. Not convinced? Here are four reasons why you should be:

  1. Line busting capability.

    A restaurant kiosk is a cost-effective, line busting solution that puts your customers in control of the ordering process. These kiosks help ensure shorter lines, less waiting and a more pleasant experience for shoppers, diners, and employees. It’s recommended that the restaurant have staff ready to assist people at the kiosks for the first several weeks after they go live. Additionally, self-checkouts give cardholders another layer of protection. Payments are processed by the patrons themselves and their credit cards never leave their hands.

  1. Expedited orders.

    Restaurant kiosks cut out virtually all the waiting to place an order. More kiosks to order from means that orders are going to come in fast and furious, especially during the busiest shifts. During these busiest of times, your staff can focus on food preparation, keeping the dining room clean, and turning tables, creating a more efficient, customer-friendly operation.

 

  1. Promotions and upselling.

    Fast-food giant McDonald’s reported that its average check size went up 30 percent after implementing self-checkouts. Upselling guests on drinks, sides, desserts or appetizers takes some training and skill. Even the best upsellers may not remember to make suggestions to every customer, but a kiosk will upsell/cross-sell on every screen and every transaction, without fail. This gives diners the opportunity to try extras they may not have otherwise ordered.

  1. Improved order accuracy.

    When customers enter their orders into the restaurant kiosk, orders are transmitted to the kitchen immediately so staff can begin preparing them. This eliminates unreadable, hand-written tickets that are run back to the kitchen and deciphered by staff, or inputting handwritten orders into a workstation, which are invitations to make mistakes. Remaking meals that were prepared incorrectly is frustrating for your staff and a waste of time, energy, and resources. Taking orders on a self-checkout can save staff time and money by reducing the number of forgotten orders, errors and resources spent remaking food or drinks that were improperly inputted into the POS system.

Implementing self-checkouts at quick-service restaurants can increase the average check size, reduce wait times and increase customer satisfaction. These kiosks encourage larger orders by giving customers extra time to look through the menu and automatically suggesting combinations and upsells. People love to control the ordering process, so instituting this technology will build brand loyalty and help turn first time diners in high-value, repeat customers.

Having the perfect products for your kiosk is key to a successful checkout process. Star Micronics along with Mobile Bytes can offer all that you would need. Line busting is simple with the high speed of Star's TSP100III. Expedited ordering is easily handled by Mobile Bytes online ordering app. Star Micronics can offer you promotional support with Engage Now and Receipt Flip. You can rely on the accuracy of the TSP100III as well. Using Star Micronics printer and Mobile Bytes solution you have everything you need in the perfect POS system.

3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Bank Kiosk

Market research shows that implementing a self-service kiosk means a better customer service for patrons. Discover why.

 

Banking has changed quite a bit over the past few years, as mobile technologies rise and questions about financial security and data breaches are headline news. According to a survey completed by TD Bank, more than 50% of their customers are using online banking for normal transactions like deposits and transfers. But for more detailed banking information or financial products, people still prefer to do it the old-fashioned way and visit their local branch.

For customers who want to visit the branch for routine transactions, many institutions have myriad options for them. Full-service assistance, drive-throughs and self-service kiosks are usually available, but online banking customers may be most comfortable using the bank kiosk.

Market research shows that implementing a self-service kiosk means a better customer service for patrons. One published study found that when given the option, 89 percent of 1,000 people surveyed would “sometimes” or “always” choose a self-service kiosk over a full-service option. These kiosks are typically easy to use and engage people while they are making a purchase. In turn, stores, restaurants, airports, banks and hospitality venues can reduce their payroll, boost profits and provide a high level of customer service with less staff.

If you’re considering installing bank kiosks, consider these three things:

  1. Customer Experience: Bank kiosks can facilitate a better customer service experience through a user-friendly interface that helps reinforce your brand. Banking at the kiosk means it’s just the customer and the machine, there is no line backing up behind them. People have a few extra minutes to read about new products and services at their own pace and find something that piques their interest.

 

  1. Security features: Don’t leave anyone’s financial information up for grabs. Banking kiosks should protect your customers’ privacy as well as an actual employee, so this hardware should be equipped with extra protection including:
  • Physical privacy screen: People shouldn’t be able to see the kiosk screen unless they are standing directly in front of it. Privacy screens help protect people’s financial information from prying eyes.
  • Physical and digital keys: A banking kiosk should require two keys to access the head and base for added security so it can’t be opened by just anyone.
  • Proximity detectors: Kiosks should be equipped with special sensors that can tell when a customer is approaching or departing. If a person leaves before logging off, the kiosk will automatically end the session.

 

  1. Software security: Investing in kiosk hardware with the security options listed above is important, but don’t forget the software. Software security helps protect your customers from data breaches and fraud.
  • EMV-compliant card reader: Look for a kiosk equipped with a card reader that is EMV compliant. Merchants and institutions using non-EMV compliant devices are held responsible for fraud.
  • PCI-compliant PIN pad: PCI standards require secure processing for card transactions, so be sure to ask if your equipment is PCI compliant.
  • Core platform integration: Bank kiosks should integrate directly with the bank’s core platform so it’s like visiting a teller and more secure than stopping by the ATM.

 

Bank kiosks are the preferred method for many customers who want to take a few extra minutes to review their account balances or skip the line because they’re pressed for time. A self-service kiosk serves a very specific purpose, but kiosks used in financial institutions need enhanced security features and PCI and EMV compliance to protect their customers’ sensitive information from fraud. Bank kiosks are a great way to generate interest in new financial products, eliminate wait times and reach customers who want an omnichannel experience.

How Cloud-based Software is Changing the POS Game

Cloud-based software solutions are affordable, powerful platforms that reduce downtime and increase mobility. Discover more.

Cloud-based point of sale (POS) packages are comprehensive solutions that are easy on your wallet. These affordable, powerful platforms reduce downtime and increase mobility, provide in-depth reports and securely store your important data. “Software as a Service” (SaaS) solutions are easy to install and update automatically, so you are always running the most recent version of the software. But how can a cloud-based POS solution help your restaurant up its game?

  1. Reduced downtime: Today’s cloud-based POS solutions keep functioning, even in the event of an internet outage. Solutions are available that secure your data in the cloud but that store data locally on restaurant hardware. When connectivity returns, data is synced to the cloud automatically. This allows your restaurant to operate without disruption.

A cloud-based solution also provides the benefit of keeping your data secure in the event of a power outage, theft or accident, so you are assured of business continuity and nothing is at risk for permanent loss.

 

  1. Cost-effective: Cloud-based software providers charge a budget-friendly monthly fee for software and data storage. This service is perfect for businesses that don’t have thousands of dollars in upfront fees to make an outright software purchase. There are no upgrade costs or unexpected charges — the monthly fee includes everything you need.

Using cloud-based software, there is also less of a burden on your IT staff. Updating POS terminals can be done quickly and easily. You are no longer required to update each terminal individually and restart the computer several times. Instead, owners of multiple restaurants or small chains can manage all their locations from one computer or mobile device saving you time and resources.

 

  1. Mobility: Cloud-based software makes it easy to add more terminals, mobile POS or additional checkouts — you just configure new sites and equipment for the software, sync them and you’re good to go. They automatically run the same solution, with the same data accessibility, as the other terminals in your restaurant. And once your network is established, you can manage every location from one computer or mobile device, whether it’s an on-site terminal in a back office or your home computer.

 

  1. Remote data access: With cloud-based POS, you can login in from any location at any time to view sales and inventory information, allowing you to keep track of your business throughout the day. Cloud-based POS systems include a variety of reporting options that give you an in-depth look into every shift, hour, day, week, month or year. Running sales reports also help restaurant owners and managers identify the most popular menu items so they can make sure top-selling selections are always available, maximizing profitability and increasing customer satisfaction.

If you are considering upgrading a legacy POS system for your restaurant, learn more about the features of cloud-based software and how these solutions could benefit your business. With their business continuity, mobility, and scalability features — as well as anytime, anywhere access to your POS system and data — cloud-based software can be a smart choice for your next POS system.

Star Micronics Money 20/20 2017 Recap

Star Micronics is grateful to all of those who helped make Money 20/20 a successful event. Here are some highlights from the event.

The Star Micronics team wants to extend a big thank you to our visitors at Money 20/20. We always enjoy the opportunity the show provides for relationship building and connecting with our partners. The intrigue that we saw on our visitors faces is amazing. Showing the attendees all the added features and benefits that Star can provide is always a wonderful experience for us.

  • SM-L 300 + Cradle

The SM-L 300 + Cradle were a popular display.  The effortless way the printer switches from portable to desktop mode with the cradle piqued visitors’ interest. That, added to the fact that the SM-L300 can connect to any iOS device without pairing, makes it the perfect mobile solution for environments that use multiple devices for mobile printing.

 

  • mPOP + peripherals

The mPOP + peripherals pulled in quite a few fans at Money 20/20. The new set of sleek looking, versatile peripherals including 2D barcode scanner, scale, customer display, and external cash drawer, make the mPOP a no-brainer for those looking for a cohesive and ergonomic all-in-one solution.

 

  • cloudPRNT

Star Micronics is always leading, always innovating, and cloudPRNT is a prime example. Booth visitors were able to take cloudPRNT for a test drive on their cell phones, experiencing first-hand the convenience of sending online orders directly to the kitchen receipt printer.

 

  • Star Cloud Services

Star Cloud Services provided another significant point of interest for our booth visitors. With a wide variety of benefits and functionalities, Star Cloud Services was created to ensure that Star Micronics users get the most out of their Star products. Featuring the AllReceipts® digital receipt solution, Micro Receipts and Receipt Flip, visitors were introduced to the latest in mobile receipt management and customer engagement solutions.

  • Elo I-Series + TSP100IIIU

Elo Touch made an excellent partner for Star at Money 20/20, just as our TSP100IIIU is an excellent partner to Elo’s I-Series. Available with optional flip stand that houses the TSP100III, the Elo I-Series Android all-in-one is capable of providing businesses with a complete and ergonomic kiosk solution.

 

  • Sophatar and Star Micronics

A big thank you goes out to Sophatar for their contributions to our booth this year. Sophatar showcased digital display solutions capable of boosting the customer experience by bringing the advantages of the web into a physical space.

Thank you again to those of you who took the time to stop by our booth at Money 20/20 2017 and to our software and hardware partners who participated in the event with us. If you weren’t able to visit our booth at Money 20/20, feel free to contact us to discuss the products we showcased or arrange a demo.

4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Cinema Kiosk

Discover four ways to get the most out of your cinema kiosk.

Kiosks are integral to the cinema experience, especially for theaters with a small staff. A kiosk can be used to purchase tickets, retrieve tickets bought online, and to place concession orders. These machines are especially important to movie-goers who arrive at the theater with just a few minutes to spare—they can bypass the line to purchase tickets or snacks and still find a seat in the theater before the previews start.

But don’t take our word for it—market research shows that given a choice, people actually prefer the do-it-yourself route.  One published study found that 89 percent of 1,000 people surveyed would “sometimes” or “always” choose a self-service kiosk over a full-service option. These kiosks are typically easy to use and engage cinema-goers during the ordering process.

A self-service kiosk is a win for your customers and your concession stand—these kiosks encourage larger orders by giving customers extra time to look through the menu and discover new items they would like to try.

Is your cinema kiosk reaching its full potential? Consider these four things:

  1. Your Kiosk should support a thermal printer A cinema kiosk should be equipped with a heavy duty thermal printer. The kiosk will need to produce tickets in the fastest way possible, and a thermal printer can do just that. The printer should also offer a jam free system. Having the receipts cut before the customer receives the ticket prevents the kiosk from jamming.

 

  1. Barcode scanner Movie theaters offer their own loyalty programs, but what good is being a member if you can’t scan your card at the cinema kiosk? Some cinema kiosks activate by touch screen or credit card swipe, while others require scanning a loyalty card. Your customers love freebies and accruing points towards free movie tickets, so don’t make them wait on the full-service line to get their rewards.

 

  1. Integrated speakers – A cinema kiosk should also include a set of integrated speakers to talk customers through the ticket buying and checkout process. This is especially important for people who aren’t familiar with self-service kiosks and need some additional direction and patrons who have vision issues and can’t read the screen clearly.

 

  1. Card Payment Acceptance If your full-service lines accept credit card payments, your cinema kiosk needs to accept them too. Not everyone carries cash, so make sure your kiosk is equipped with a card reader and payment processing platform.

 

 

Star Micronics’ kiosk printers give the added benefit of Star Cloud Services (SCS). With SCS the printer has a lot more to offer the seller and consumer. Engage Now is a service that prompts the consumer to rate their experience with the kiosk. The managers also get the ability to check the status of their equipment to make sure everything is running smoothly. There are still a number of tools available when using Star Cloud Services.

Cinema kiosks are the preferred method of ticket ordering, pickup and payment for many theater goers who want to control the process or skip the line because they’re short on time, or they don’t want to wait on line. Ordering snacks and drinks at the kiosk is a great way to generate additional sales, as people have a little extra time to peruse the menu at their own pace. A self-service kiosk serves a very specific purpose, so make sure it’s equipped with the features that will people through quickly so they can enjoy the show.