Why has the Kiosk become more and more prevalent in various fields?
With the development of information and communication technology combined with the IoT (Internet of Things), E-Commerce has had a great impact on brick-and-mortar stores such as retail or warehouses. Once consumers get used to the convenience and accessibility of E-Commerce, they may expect their consumer experiences to be easy, fast, and precise, even minimizing direct face-to-face contact with the clerks. All these reasons make the Self-Service Kiosk become a business solution for various industrial applications.
If consumers are in a retail or warehouse, they can check out through Self-Service Kiosks by themselves. It brings the merits of shortening the waiting time for checkout, and providing various contactless payments such as NFC/RFID or EMV. Consumers have more options to decide how they want to pay.
The Self-Service Kiosk also brings benefits for the owners and staff. It lessens the burden of staff not being bound to the checkout counter, so that they can focus on other priorities in stores. Meanwhile, it also provides an alternative to manpower shortages for owners and plays a multi-function role in providing services including checkout, information station, digital signage, etc.
Since 2020, the trend of requesting Kiosks among industries has been soaring after the global pandemic of COVID-19. The existing business modes of retail and wholesale also face the challenges of diminishing direct mutual contact among people, that is, at the same time, raising the portion of customers' self-checkout. For the prevention of outbreaks, people are becoming more aware of social distancing, frequent handwashing and sanitizing, mask wearing, and other actions such as reducing unnecessary going out and direct interactions with others. Today, contactless payment and self-checkout have been the new trends of business in the future. The Self-Service Kiosk is the new alternative solution for business owners to adapt to the post-pandemic marketplace.
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