Hello again and welcome to Vending Insight 36, ‘Why Connectivity Is King’, brought to you with the assistance of our friends at Vianet Smart Machines in association with Vendman, the UK’s Number One ERP software for vending operators.
Why Connectivity Is King (Asset Finance International)
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos realised that connectivity is king almost two decades ago and is now head of one of the world’s most valuable corporations. A now-famous email from the Amazon CEO to all staff back in 2002 ordered all applications to be designed so that they could be connected to other applications. The price of not doing so? Find out HERE
Why Are Connectivity Blackspots Still The Thing In 2019? (Total Telecom)
As the impending launch of 5G in the UK promises to usher in an age of ubiquitous connectivity, why are so many people in rural communities are still unable to access basic mobile network services? A very readable article from Chris Kelly is HERE.
Self Drive Excitement Is Building… (Auto Remarketing)
A new study has found that consumer preference for riding in self-driving cars could double within the next 10 years. Thirty percent of U.S. consumers would prefer to ride in a self-driving car over a traditional vehicle over the next 12 months, according to the survey, and 63% say that by 2029, they will prefer driverless cars as their preferred mode of transport. Still think vending machines with telemetry are state of the art? Take a look HERE
Under the modifications, consumers can choose which kinds of online tracking software, otherwise known as cookies, they want to allow. Developers will have to specify how far their cookies can reach. The rub for retailers and marketing vendors is that many of them use re-targeting software that displays ads to consumers based on their activity… Implications for your business? Find out HERE
Vending Insight 36
More Small Businesses Cashing In On Cashless Payments (USA Today)
Small businesses in the US are adopting cashless options in droves, basically because customers are demanding it. Indeed, non-cash payments are increasing at an annual rate of about 6% a year, and in the last quarter of 2018, some $164 billion in cashless payments were transacted. Of that, almost half were mobile payments… Are cashless transactions your pay pal? The info you need, without the painful puns, is HERE
San Francisco Puts The Kibosh On Cashless Retail, Restaurants (ATM Marketplace)
The Automatic Teller Machines lobby is fighting back against cashless: ‘On the evening of Tuesday, May 7, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to ban cashless policies at brick-and-mortar retail stores and restaurants, adding that city’s weight to the political push back against the imposition of card-only payment requirements by retailers and restaurants.’ Written by King Canute? Decide, HERE
ERP In The Age Of Omni-Channel (Modern Materials Handling)
Vending Insight 36: In recent years, enterprise resource planning solutions are perceived by some to have lost some lustre, even being called “back office” systems. Yes, they’re invaluable for financials, procurement and transactions, but can ERP drive omni-channel fulfillment? According to Roberto Michel, the short answer is “yes.” Read his thoughts, HERE.
If You’re Not Remarketing Keywords, You’re Missing Out (Search Engine Land)
Vending Insight 36: Remarketing campaigns allow you to continually engage with people who have visited your website, but didn’t make a purchase. Through targeted pay-per-click ads, you can make sure your brand is front and center at relevant places throughout the internet, reminding the user of their interaction with you and encouraging them to revisit and make a purchase. Heady stuff from the guys that have got SEO well and truly covered, HERE
Brits Predict Cashless Society By 2030 (Business Cloud)
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