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Questions to Ask Your Retail Kiosk Manufacturer

Posted by Kathy Heil on Aug 9, 2016 8:07:01 PM

Designing and fabricating a kiosk is no simple task. You’ll have to make many choices, but the most important is undoubtedly picking your retail kiosk manufacturer. Make the right choice, and you’ll be on your way to creating a kiosk that is a selling machine in more ways than one. Choose poorly, and you could wind up with a kiosk that disappoints.

Ask yourself some questions first.

Before you start your search for the ideal retail kiosk manufacturer, be as clear as you can on what you want and need. With a list of criteria, you can easily weed out less stellar choices and zero in on top candidates. Then, to delve more deeply, be sure to ask those top candidates these questions:

How deep is their experience with your type of kiosk?

Do you need a small fleet of kiosks to help customers handle a specific task? A mall kiosk to serve as a petite retail store? A mobile food cart? Every detail matters, so pick a manufacturer that has already helped others work out the bugs and kinks when it comes to ergonomic design, storage, and other construction details. That way, they can help you avoid common mistakes and create a far more effective kiosk. Look for two things:

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13 Keys to a Successful Mall Kiosk Lease

Posted by Kathy Heil on May 28, 2015 2:21:00 PM

Pay Attention to this List When Negotiating Your Mall Kiosk Lease 

For a budding entrepreneur, getting the keys to a mall kiosk lease can be better than getting the keys to a new car. After all, when your kiosk takes off, you’ll be able to buy a new car. But if you negotiate a less-than-great lease, your business could suffer. So let’s take a closer look at what you need to keep in mind as you negotiate your mall kiosk lease.

Here are 13 keys to a mall kiosk lease.

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7 Tips for Presenting Merchandise in Mall Kiosks

Posted by Kathy Heil on Feb 16, 2015 11:19:56 AM

Colorful, Interesting Kiosks Drive Sales

A kiosk that sells is far more than a collection of products. It’s a visual presence that almost takes on a life of its own, beckoning

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shoppers even in the midst of the busiest mall traffic. But that doesn’t happen by accident. Presenting merchandise in mall kiosks requires careful consideration of every small (and mall) detail. Properly merchandised kiosks are irresistibly colorful and interesting. They encourage interaction, eliminating the need for sales people to aggressively “work” potential customers. After all, comfortable shoppers buy more, and they return to buy again.

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Best Location For A Retail Kiosk

Posted by Kathy Heil on Jan 19, 2015 8:22:52 AM

Tips for In-Store Kiosk Placement

Electronic kiosks have proven to be extremely effective sales tools for retailers of all types. But they aren’t a frivolous investment, so it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re getting maximum benefit from them. And what is key is a lot like the old real estate adage, “location, location, location.” So, here are some tips to optimize your investment with the best in-store kiosk placement.

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Best of 2014: Choosing the Best Cash Wrap Configuration

Posted by Kathy Heil on Dec 26, 2014 7:43:30 AM

Choose the best type of cash wrap configuration for your needs

Cash wrap configurations can be virtually anything you want, which means you can design them to perfectly match your functional needs and also the look and atmosphere of your store.

Exactly where you put your cash wrap counter and which configuration you choose will depend on the size and shape of your retail store as well as which activities you need to handle at the counter area. Cash wraps:

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What Does the Future Hold for Wireless Retailers?

Posted by Kathy Heil on Nov 28, 2014 6:04:04 AM

Why Apple Will Still Lead The Way In Store Design

When you think about the future of cellphone retail, what do you see? Jim Palmer sees much more than phones,as the wireless product mix expands. The president of Palmer Retail Solutions, a leading fixture manufacturer for wireless retailers, Palmer anticipates changes in store and kiosk configurations to showcase emerging wireless products. But he still expects a familiar name to lead the way in store design. “We’re on the cusp of what the next level of design is going to look like,” Palmer says, “and I think Apple will lead the way again.”

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Changing Market Sparks Cellular Display Changes

Posted by Kathy Heil on Nov 25, 2014 4:58:20 AM

New Displays Meet New Needs for Prepaid Cellphone Stores

A dramatic shift in the cellphone industry that started with changing consumer-preferences is causing major changes in store size and store displays. As more and more cellphone users ditch their monthly, contracted plans, and switch to prepaid devices, the industry is making adjustments as well. Prepaid stores are popping up all over, with smaller footprints, and different needs for store displays.

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Why Should I Choose LED Light Boxes?

Posted by Kathy Heil on Nov 3, 2014 10:08:58 AM

Why LED Light Boxes Are The Versatile, Affordable Solution for Many Retailers

LED light boxes can be a simple solution for a common problem, bringing life – and light – to the signs and displays at most businesses.

Better yet, they are easy to customize, so once you decide to use LED light boxes to illuminate your visuals, you can let your imagination run wild. If you can dream it up, an experienced manufacturer can build it. You’ll get a high-impact display that isn’t just distinctive and unique to your business, but also energy-efficient, user-friendly and cost-effective.

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Best Practices for Successful Kiosk Design

Posted by Kathy Heil on Oct 22, 2014 11:53:38 AM

How to Design a Kiosk

Because you’re starting with a blank sheet of paper, designing a mall kiosk sounds like a simple project. But creating the right design can be extremely complicated, because the kiosk must accomplish two very different goals. It needs to be visually appealing to attract customers, but it also needs to be properly designed to provide an efficient base of operations. Kiosks come in all shapes and sizes, but the size and shape of your particular mall kiosk design will depend on what you plan to sell, because as every designer knows, form follows function.

Jim Palmer, president of Palmer Retail Solutions and a leading expert in mall kiosk design, notes that food service kiosks for products like pretzels and gourmet popcorn have completely different requirements than an electronics kiosk selling cell phones and accessories.

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Take Advantage of End Caps

Posted by Kathy Heil on Jul 11, 2014 9:19:30 AM

Create effective end caps to help you sell more.

End cap displays are notoriously golden sales areas for retailers. With a little creative merchandising – the right products and the right presentation – your end caps will keep paying big dividends all year long.

Here are some tips from the experts to help you create displays that will be top sellers in your retail store.

Combine related items

Whole Foods Magazine uses the example of combining foods and supplements in a health-related display, but you can greatly boost add-on sales by applying this concept no matter what kinds of products you carry. Since too much variety deadens the impact of an end cap display, use multiple adjacent end caps to promote complementary merchandise.

Or group products around a theme. You can choose obvious ones such as valentines and hearts for February, or look for themes that reflect your products. May is National Home Improvement Month, which could apply to keeping healthy snacks around the house as well as selling more paint or yard care supplies.

Seasonal themes – spring, back to school -- offer tremendous flexibility for all types of products and offer an ideal way to promote incoming merchandise, encouraging shoppers who want to be among the first to own what’s new. And holiday themes are a must. Use more thematic end cap displays during high-sales seasons such as Christmas.

Keep it fresh

End cap displays are hot sellers because they’re always new, creating a sense of surprise. So change them frequently, preferably every three to four weeks, and move them around your store, too.

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