January 31, 2008 |
Dell Inc., which has been pushing its computers into more retail stores, said it would close its 140 shopping mall kiosks in the U.S. Dell now sells computers and other devices in more than 10,000 stores around the world, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Best Buy Co., and the kiosks may be losing some of their novelty. Round Rock, Texas-based Dell began opening the kiosks in 2002 to boost sales of notebook computers.
July 12, 2012 |
We've often wondered what would happen to the pay phone -- that relic of a time before cell phone domination. Will they disappear? Will they be kept around for those times when your cell phone has died? Will they be transformed into something more useful? One potential solution comes from New York City, which launched a pilot program Wednesday that turned some of the city's 12,000 pay phone kiosks into Wi-Fi hot spots. " We are taking an existing infrastructure and leveraging it up to provide more access to information," said Rahul Merchant, the city's chief information officer, the Associated Press reports. The city has already converted 10 payphone kiosks in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn into Wi-Fi hot spots and more of these mini-experiments are planned for the Bronx and Staten Island.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2008 |
Travelers arriving in the United States can now use automated kiosks at Los Angeles International Airport to go through immigration and customs without standing in line. Officials on Thursday unveiled the kiosks at four LAX terminals where federal officers process passengers from arriving international flights. Three are in the Tom Bradley International Terminal while Terminals 2, 4, 5, and 7 have one each. Cristina Gamez, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said the devices scan passports, immigration documents, photos and fingerprints of passengers who have qualified for the agency's new Global Entry Program.
February 22, 1992 |
Pepsico Inc. has bought a minority stake in a maker of food vending carts--or kiosks--which the soft drink company plans to use for some of its fast-food operations. Terms of the deal with Carts of Colorado Inc. were not disclosed. The company announced Thursday that it had entered a partnership with Pepsico, the parent of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
August 3, 2007 |
At airports, supermarkets and big-box retailers, "customer service" in recent years has meant self-serve -- aided by touch-screen kiosks. As digital kiosks become more user-friendly and capable of handling more complicated tasks, healthcare providers, fast-food chains and other businesses say trading face-to-face encounters for face-to-monitor transactions improves service and saves money.
January 19, 2007 |
Google Inc., seeking to expand into markets beyond the Web, filed patent applications for digital billboards and in-store kiosks. The billboards would display promotions based on where consumers are located and what products are in stock in surrounding stores, according to two patent applications the Mountain View, Calif.-based company filed last year. Merchants would submit ads through Google, the most frequently used search engine.