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Eternal NYC Restaurant Week: Doctor LASEK’s Anecdote

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Park Avenue LASEK shared today the person behind the continuity of the exuberant NYC Restaurant Week for all these years: Emil Chynn. New York restaurant week is one of the most famous institutions for food enthusiasts in the United States. It provides the opportunity for the average person to enjoy and experience gourmet haute cuisine at famous establishments, many of which have Michelin star ratings, that they would otherwise not be able to afford.

Restaurant week started as a onetime affair for the Democratic National Convention in 1992. It was a great success for all the delegates attending from out of town. Almost nobody knows who had the idea of extending restaurant week to become a permanent annual event. Interestingly, the person who came up with this idea was not a chef, nor a restaurant owner, nor a food critic, rather a prominent eye surgeon who was born in NYC and had an interest in cuisine.

"Why would I, Emil Chynn, be interested in extending restaurant week and putting my life at risk for fellow New Yorkers who are also strangers? Because I am very New York loyal and as a native New Yorker I am committed to doing initiatives to help my community," he says.

"For example, in the West Village I put up a lending library so that neighbors can borrow, lend, and trade books which was extremely useful during the pandemic because people were at home without normal social interaction. The following is the editorial I wrote to the New York Times which was published on July 15, 1992 with the idea of extending restaurant week to become an everlasting event and this initiative succeeded because it was rapidly adopted by several celebrity chefs.

"This year Restaurant Week is taking on added significance because of the pandemic as New Yorkers have faced a challenge of being the number one hotspot the past spring in terms of death. I was one of the few eye surgeons in Manhattan who kept my office open throughout the pandemic and I believe that New Yorkers need an occasion to cheer themselves up. Therefore, I am supporting Restaurant Week this year by giving coupons to anyone who visits my office for a Free LASEK Consultation to enjoy Restaurant Week on me!"

He adds, "Don't get me wrong. I'm as glad as the next New Yorker that we put on our best face for the Democratic National Convention. But why can't some of the great events we came up with be repeated every year?

"Today, for example, I had a memorable lunch at elegant Le Perigord for $19, courtesy of the delegate dine-out program. This evening, I strolled along Fifth Avenue, which was turned briefly into a pedestrian mall, with every museum along Museum Mile free to the public, and street artists and musicians performing on each corner. This, too, was organized for the convention.

"Finally, on my way home, I debated about taking the subway, which was particularly scary just last week. I needn't have worried. On the platform to greet me were not one but four of New York's finest.

"I realize these are days of financial constraint. But many of the best events were privately, not publicly, funded. If American Express and Coca-Cola can sponsor the dine-out program this year, why not every year, perhaps on a smaller scale, with more sponsors? Many participating restaurants, I hear, made money on the promotion, with free exposure, to boot. It takes imagination and commitment to improve our city. For the convention, New Yorkers have shown that we have imagination. Now let's see if our leaders have the commitment. EMIL WILLIAM CHYNN New York, July 15, 1992."

About Emil Chynn, Park Avenue LASEK:

Based in NYC, NY. Park Avenue LASEK, owned by Emil Chynn, is the largest non-cutting laser vision correction in the United States, and has been featured on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Discovery Channel, and in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He was the first eye surgeon in New York to get LASIK himself, and in 2001 switched to the newer, safer, non-cutting LASEK procedure, and since then has performed about 25,000 LASEKs, which is the most of any surgeon in the United States.

In 2019 Chynn became the first eye surgeon in the world to perform LASEK on himself, which he did to emphasize that this newer, safer, non-cutting procedure that he helped invent while at Harvard is so much safer than the older cutting LASIK procedure that it is possible to laser his own self! He was also the first doctor to arrive at ground zero on 9/11 and was the only medical doctor on that day who set up the triage center and emergency room.

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Please contact us for more information and wishing you and loved ones a happy and healthy 2021!

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Emil Chynn
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Olea Kiosks, Inc. Announces Manufacturing Expansion, Engineering Growth

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Olea Kiosks®, Inc., a visionary provider of self-service kiosk solutions, today announced expansion of its manufacturing and engineering capacity in Los Angeles, Calif. This expansion enables Olea to continue to grow its customer base, partnerships, and OEM relationships to provide faster time to market and greater operational agility.

Going from 48,000 square feet to more than 80,000 square feet, this investment allows Olea to grow its manufacturing volume in its current site and move test and assembly to the new facility next door. The company has also brought on additional engineering design resources and further invested in its data-driven approach to scale and automate internal processes.

Following the completion of site improvements in Q1, this expansion will also provide more floor space to stock additional items giving the company greater capacity to shorten turn-around times on its most popular kiosks.

"This is an exciting new chapter for Olea Kiosks and a considerable progression in our strategic journey," said Frank Olea, Chief Executive Officer. "As a domestic supplier, we've prevailed in an extremely challenging competitive environment. With our universal models, custom designs, and OEM business, we want to further scale for production, field deployment, and support to provide increased value to our strategic partners and produce superior solutions for our customers while serving as a preferred supplier and employer for decades to come. This also gives us some additional space for more exciting changes later this year... more on that to come," added Olea.

Many kiosk suppliers manufacture overseas, and while that can appear to deliver cost savings, it's often in exchange for time-to-market, lack of control, inconvenience, and quality. With the addition of four new products over the last 18 months and just as many in 2021, Olea Kiosks® will further expand its rich and diverse self-service kiosk solution portfolio.

About Olea Kiosks®, Inc.

Olea Kiosks Inc., is a self-service kiosk solution provider for the attractions and entertainment, healthcare and hospitality industries. Its technologically advanced, in-house manufacturing, design, and innovation have made it an industry leader. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, customers include The Habit Burger Grill, Kaiser Permanente, Empire State Building, Universal Studios, EVO Entertainment, Scientific Games, and Subway.

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AJ’s 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Brunch at Fort Walton Beach and Grayton Beach Locations

GRAYTON BEACH, Fla. -- AJ's Restaurant Group is celebrating their 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Brunch at two of their locations on the Emerald Coast. AJ's on the Bayou on Sunday, February 7; and AJ's Grayton Beach on Sunday, February 14. Brunch at both locations will begin at 10 a.m. featuring New Orleans favorites such as Mardi Gras Omelette, Beignets, Bread Pudding, Jambalaya, Étouffée, with a crawfish boil starting at 12 p.m.

Each location will also have their Sunday brunch menu available, along with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary specials. Guest can enjoy live music straight from Louisiana by Dikki du & the Zydeco Krewe starting at 11 a.m.

Guests are encouraged to wear beads, masks, and any festive attire to be part of the Mardi Gras celebration.

Dikki Du is as synonymous with zydeco music as beads are with Mardi Gras. Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe have been playing together for over 14 years. Dikki Du's original funky and hypnotic zydeco style announces that he has arrived, occupying a spot on par with the best. He takes songs from classic zydeco and turns them inside out with fresh and funky renditions, intense and fascinating accordion action, and melodic vocals, innovating and revitalizing zydeco for a unique and incredible experience.

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Pandemic Safety Training from Academy for Hospitality Arts Helps Make Hospitality Safer Than Ever Before

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- The Academy for Hospitality Arts (AHA) has launched COVID-19 safety training courses to help hospitality workers prepare for re-openings. Foodservice professionals can now ensure hotels and restaurants reopen and remain open safely. Even while vaccine distribution is underway, COVID-19 remains an issue for dining establishments.

The AHA has been working behind the scenes to:

* educate service industry workers on how to mitigate the spread of the virus

* train front-of-house management with the highest standards of safety, sanitation, and compliance

* make sure restaurants, hotels, and events can re-open and remain open safely

The AHA has overhauled its education to meet the most stringent health standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

There are two specific programs to ensure an individual is ready to get back to work:

1 - COVID-19 Readiness Program (CRC) for wait staff and servers

2 - COVID Hospitality Compliance Officer (CHCO), for management

Both programs prepare hospitality professionals for:

* the increase in new daily protocols from cleaning and disinfecting

* the increase in protection of customers

* conflict resolution protocols

* identifying symptoms, isolation precautions, and much more

"COVID-19 safety standards have raised the bar like never before," says Michael DiPeri, President and Founder of AHA. "These programs will increase the confidence of both food service workers and the customers we serve."

The CRC and CHCO safety training mission is to reinforce a culture of safety for staff and guests and help businesses avoid costly fines.

"People are ready to get back to their families, celebrations, and life as it was before COVID. Caution and compliance will be at the forefront of everyone's mind," says Stephen Ruggieri, Director of Training & Development. "Our graduates serve as the frontline compliance officers to make sure everyone from food servers and bussers to bartenders and management are protecting customers and the safety of everyone."

Anyone interested in learning more about the AHA's COVID-19 safety training courses can register for the live training or visit the AHA website for details. Live online classes begin January 26, 2021, and will be available online and instructor-led through accredited colleges and universities as part of a partnership between Lovegevity University and the Academy for Hospitality Arts.

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About the Academy for Hospitality Arts

Founded in 2014 by Michael and Karen DiPeri, the Academy for Hospitality Arts is the authority in hospitality training and setting excellence in service standards. With more than 30 years of experience and 17 years of research on service and standards at the highest level, the AHA seeks to elevate the hospitality industry through a standardized service excellence framework. The AHA is committed to educating directors of midsize to large catering and foodservice providers and individuals seeking hospitality front-of-house professional training. To learn more, visit

About Lovegevity

Lovegevity is a career and technical education (CTE) course provider to schools, colleges, and universities. Founded in 1997 by Cho Phillips, Lovegevity has over 2200 accredited college and university partners across the United States and around the world. Lovegevity's CTE programs provide skills, training, and education through various learning experiences, including hands-on, real-world learning, and paid internships. Lovegevity builds hybrid programs for both classroom and online learning with career-focused learning outcomes. For more information, visit ​


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Kiosk Manufacturer Association (KMA) Exhibiting NRF 2021 Chapter One Virtual Tradeshow

DENVER, Colo. -- Visit NRF 2021 Chapter One next week and meet with the Kiosk Association. The dates are January 12-14, 19, 21 and 22, 2021. Our NRF2021 online page is:

Our portal page with helpful links, research, predictions, brochures and videos for NRF 2021 Chapter One is available here:

If you are interested in attending the cost for retailers is $195 and not open to industry vendors to attend. The Kiosk Association has a limited number of free Expo passes that are available. Contact Craig or one of our Gold Sponsors or members.

The Kiosk Association (KMA) is the global organization focused on improving self-service for customers and employees through kiosks, digital signage, lockers, and more. Our mission is to inform and educate.


* Retail specific kiosk solutions such as Cash2Card
* Self-order stations (McDonalds e.g.)
* Outdoor solutions ordering and display
* Digital signage & wayfinding
* Bill Payment and Financial Kiosks
* Ticketing Kiosks
* Employee Health Screening Kiosks or Temperature Kiosks
* Software including Contactless, Touchless Kiosk, and AI

Regulatory Guidance

We help establish & communicate best practice regulatory guidelines for ADA and PCI. We work with the U.S. Access Board and are a Participating Organization of PCI SSC. Other regulatory issues we address are UL, HIPAA, and more. The KMA conducts market research on the trends, size & growth of self-service.


The February 2021 research report (130 pages) is being released this month and available. Contact us at NRF2021 for report in its entirety.

Excerpt: The U.S market for self-service kiosks was valued at $2.6 billion in 2019. It is projected that the self-service kiosks market in the U.S. will grow at a CAGR of 16.1% to reach $4.4 billion by 2025. The U.S. market for self-service kiosks has been segmented based on the application and end-user industry. Based on applications, the self-service kiosks market has been categorized into Check-in Kiosks, Check-out Kiosks, Ticketing Kiosks, Self-ordering kiosks, Financial Services Kiosks, Bill Payment Kiosks, Digital Signage Kiosks, Bitcoin Kiosks, Temperature Screening Kiosks, and Others. The check-in kiosks segment had the largest share of the market in 2019 and was valued at $530.5 million. The U.S. market for check-in kiosks is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19.8% to reach $873.6 million in 2025. In recent years, check-in kiosks have become more popular in several environments. Airline check-in kiosks, healthcare check-in kiosks, and hotel and hospitality check-in kiosks are some of the most popular forms of check-in kiosks.

Questions: We are happy to arrange a call and answer any questions. We can introduce you to multiple solution providers to assist you. We have guidelines and framework for ADA Accessibility available as well as ADA and Accessibility consulting due diligence.

Contact: Craig Keefner | | 720.324.1837 m (text or call).

Gold Sponsors: Olea Kiosks, Inc., KioWare, Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc., Nanonation, Pyramid, KIOSK Information Systems, KioskGroup, Vispero, Zebra, AUO Displays, 22 Miles & Honeywell.

Product & Service Categories: Kiosks, Interactive Displays, Digital Signage, In-Store Technology, POP, Touchscreen & View Data Communications, Electronic Shelf Systems, In-Store POS Integrations, Automated Checkout, Store Fixtures, Wayfinding & In-Door Navigation, and Customer Engagement

About Kiosk Manufacturer Association:

Based in Westminster, Colorado the Kiosk Association or KMA has served the unattended self-service kiosk market since 1995. The Kiosk Association leads the effort to optimize self-service engagements and outcomes using technology such as kiosks, digital signage and displays, service, monitoring, and touchscreens.

Regulatory issues PCI Compliance and EMV are the primary regulatory focus for the KMA along with ADA Accessibility. KMA is a Participating Organization with the PCI SSC. For ADA, the KMA meets annually with U.S. Access Board on accessibility standards for unattended. Additional market coverage includes digital signage, interactive digital, Point-of-Sale, Smart City, vending and robotics. See us on LinkedIn. KMA is available on and

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New Study Reveals Fibercare Cleaning Services Save Hotels Money, Energy and Contributes to Healthier Environment

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- In September 2020, Robert Mapleton, owner and engineer, RPM Energy Consulting, LLC performed an independent study at an Extended Stay America hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to determine the effect of cleaning the coils of the hotel's guestroom packaged terminal air conditioner (PTAC) units on cooling energy usage. The test was used to determine whether Fibercare PTAC cleaning service results in lower energy costs. The test was performed on four guest rooms and revealed that the hotel could actually save up to 67 percent on energy costs with cleaner air conditioning units.

Prior to the test, annual energy costs for the four rooms weighed in at $1,750. After cleaning, the cost went down to just $591, a savings of more than $1,185 for just four rooms. Why? Under-maintained PTAC units consume approximately twice as much energy to provide a comfortable environment.

"When PTAC cleaning is done the right way, the benefits it delivers really are multifaceted," Mapleton says. "Units last longer, deliver cleaner and fresher air and save large amounts of money and energy."

In addition to saving money and energy, PTAC cleaning also contributes to a healthier environment which, in times of COVID-19, and thereafter, will certainly be a benefit that consumers will seek and demand.

"In 2020, we've all experienced what it's like to wear a mask and what it feels like when we take it off - a breath of fresh air," Ashton Grudnowski, president, Fibercare says. "PTAC cleaning is a similar concept. Once the dirt and dust are removed, the unit can breathe easy again and run at optimal performance."

Grudnowski adds that now is the ideal time for hotel and retirement communities to plan a deep cleaning.

"When the time comes for people to move around more freely, they'll be ready for action," she says. "We're focused on providing quality services that are good for the environment and also hit home for the bottom line."

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About Fibercare

Founded in 1985, Fibercare is a privately-held business that hires and trains all of its employees. It provides deep-cleaning services to the hotel and retirement home industry and works with management groups and owners to develop and maintain clean, sanitary environments while saving money. It currently services thousands of properties, nationwide. Cleaning services include: PTAC, commercial carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and drapery cleaning.

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StallStash Demand Grows as Focus on Public Restroom Cleanliness Increases

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- From schools and restaurants to healthcare facilities and airports, management is working to find solutions to minimize viral spread by providing cleaner and safer restrooms for their visitors and employees. And, StallStash is working to meet that demand. StallStash is a PPE plexiglass restroom partition shelf that protects phones, purses and other belongings at stalls, urinals and sink areas from germs, damage and theft.

Businesses and other institutions are in hot pursuit of new ways to improve their patrons' restroom experience because, according to the 10th Annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey by Bradley Corp., consumers will frequent a location and even spend more money if they know their restrooms are clean and well-maintained.

"Increased awareness of germs and bacteria has changed our behavior regarding contact and hygiene," Robert Kodner, president of StallStash, says. "According to a recent study, 42 percent of people are more concerned about using public restrooms now than they were this time last year."

Most people who enter a public restroom bring their valuables and personal items with them into this vulnerable space. StallStash not only eliminates the stress and worry of dropping or damaging a phone or purse, but it also protects the person's health and belongings by keeping them clean, safe and protected from bacteria and germs.

StallStash is budget-friendly (less than $25), easy to attach to all standard partitions, and well-engineered to fit small and large items such as wallets or backpacks. StallStash units are designed for all public and commercial restrooms, and are easy to clean. And, a StallStash unit can hold up to eight pounds.

"Sixty percent of us visit a public or commercial restroom one to five times per week," Kodner adds. "And, COVID-19 has permanently altered our attitudes regarding the sanitary conditions of public and commercial restrooms. StallStash has proven to be an affordable and effective way to improve the restroom experience for people, worldwide."

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About StallStash

StallStash restroom partitions are made in the U.S. Its clients include medical facilities, restaurants, commercial buildings, shopping centers, event spaces, schools, fitness centers, stadiums, transportation terminals, places of worship and tourist attractions.

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Stacey’s Old Faithful Bar and Steakhouse Re-Opens Today

GALLATIN GATEWAY, Mont. -- The legendary Stacey's Old Faithful Bar & Steakhouse in Gallatin Gateway is reopening, following a change in ownership and making updates. Stacey's is an authentic western bar and steakhouse serving up a stiff drink, a hearty meal, and live music for over 60 years- and they plan on keeping it that way.

After purchasing the bar this year, owner Brett Evje saw the need for a few updates, like expanding the kitchen- which will now be serving breakfast Friday - Monday in addition to serving lunch and dinner seven days a week. Other updates include an indoor stage for live music, a new dance floor, beer on tap, a turn-of-the-century back bar, an expanded gaming machine area, and new restrooms. An outdoor bar and patio space will be added in Spring 2021.

Seeing himself as the caretaker of this landmark saloon, Evje says, "Toni and her family created a place where everyone feels welcomed. I see these updates as setting it up for the next 60 years and beyond. We are dedicated to keeping the West and the western spirit alive and unchanged."

This is the second update of the historic property. The first took place in 2005 when Toni Crosby acquired the bar from her father, Stacey, and added the steakhouse.

Established in 1937, Stacey's Old Faithful Bar & Steakhouse is a casual western saloon and eatery that strives to maintain an authentic Montana experience and the traditions that make this state great. At Stacey's, you can be sure to find a stiff drink, a hearty meal, country music and the love of the West - all served-up in an environment where everyone feels welcomed.

300 Mill Street, Gallatin Gateway, Montana 59730
IG: @staceysbar
FB: @Stacey's Old Faithful Bar & Steakhouse

Bar - 7 days a week
11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Steakhouse/Kitchen - 7 days a week
Lunch 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dinner 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon
Breakfast 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. (starting 12/19)

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Tapcheck Helps Employers Unlock New Financial Options for Employees with Easy-to-Integrate Earned Wage Access Application

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Tapcheck, a simple and easy-to-integrate financial wellness benefit that allows employers to give employees the ability to access their earned wages before payday, has experienced strong growth since first launching. In 2020 alone, Tapcheck saw 863% growth, with exponential adoption in the in-home care and quick-service restaurant (QSR) industries. Forward-thinking employers in sectors hard-hit by the pandemic have helped their workers pay bills, cover unexpected costs, and more at a time when financial uncertainty is at an all-time high.

"The financial impact of the pandemic has left both employers and employees facing significant and unforeseen financial challenges. Employees need more flexible access to their money, while employers want to provide easy-to-adopt financial wellness benefits without a high price tag," said Kayling Gaver, Co-Founder of Tapcheck. "Tapcheck delivers on both fronts without gimmicks, high fees, or hidden charges, and we've seen incredible growth as a result."

Tapcheck gives employers a convenient and cost-free way to offer their workers same-day pay. It is easy to integrate into existing payroll systems so employers can adopt it without having to create new systems. The application itself boasts a clean and simple interface, allowing employees to quickly and securely access a percentage of the wages they've earned for the pay period for one, flat charge similar to an ATM fee. This gives employees financial flexibility to cover a bill that is due in the middle of a pay cycle, or another emergency expense right away without having to take on more credit card debt, overdraft fees or late fees, or high-interest personal loans.

Since first launching in July 2019, Tapcheck has established a clear foothold in the earned wage access category, signing major players including Burger King, Dunkin', Little Caesars, Home Instead Senior Care, and Comfort Keepers, ultimately giving employees the potential for on-demand access to their wages via its easy-to-use app. In addition to its adoption across the in-home care and QSR industries, Tapcheck has also signed on employers across a diverse range of businesses including Metro by T-Mobile and Comfort Inn, as well as hospitals, manufacturers, grocers, retailers, and professional services.

"In a competitive marketplace, Tapcheck is a resource that helps to differentiate us to be the Employer of Choice," said Roy Wu, Home Instead Senior Care franchise owner. "Tapcheck is allowing us to hire and retain Caregivers by providing them access to funds, especially during this COVID pandemic."

Recent attention around and interest in the earned wage access category overall demonstrates the increasing desire for employers to deliver financial wellness benefits to their workforces, but it also underscores a mindset shift that employees want the ability to easily and safely access their earned wages when they need them most without penalty. For more information about Tapcheck, please visit

About Tapcheck

Launched in 2019, Tapcheck's mission is to improve financial wellness, empower employees, and boost business performance. Tapcheck's on-demand pay solution improves retention, recruitment, productivity, employee wellness, and company culture at no cost or risk to the employer.

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Kiosk Manufacturer Association Announces PCI Compliance for Unattended Self-Service Kiosks

WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- The Kiosk Manufacturer Association (KMA), the leading unattended self-service kiosk association established in 1995, today announced the launch of new initiatives in the PCI Compliance space for unattended self-service kiosks. Those initiatives include providing content for the PCI Perspectives Blog, creating a SIG or Special Interest Group on PCI SSC for unattended and semi-attended transaction, as well as new guidepost content from our sponsors and members outlining best practices.

The kiosk association has a standing PCI Compliance committee and a Slack-based working group (free to join). Members include

OTI Global, Unattended Card Payments (UCP), Datacap Systems, Ingenico, KioWare, Olea Kiosks, Lilitab and Self-Service Networks who provide Cash2Card Giftwise.

"The pandemic is fundamentally altering the relationship that business and customer have had historically. Rather than the conventional 'push' from storefront to customer, the ratio of customers 'pulling' from business is rapidly increasing. Online mechanisms are no longer optional but instead, mandatory," says association spokesman, Craig Keefner. "Contactless and touchless are the new cornerstones. Shortening those transaction timeframes whether Drive-Thru or Text-to-pay are the new base metrics."

The pandemic impact on the currencies and payment methods involved in today's secure transaction has also expanded. Cash2Card deployments are rising and instead of the old Redbox DVDs at McDonalds you may soon have a new Bitcoin ATM Kiosks.

Technologies emerging and in-use include conversational artificial intelligence (AI) and all types of visual recognition systems (automobile license and facial examples given).

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About Kiosk Manufacturer Association:

Based in Westminster, Colorado, the Kiosk Manufacturer Association - or KMA - has served the unattended self-service kiosk market since 1995. The Kiosk Association leads the effort to optimize self-service engagements and outcomes using technology such as kiosks, digital signage, and touchscreens.

Regulatory issues such as PCI Compliance and EMV are a primary focus for the KMA along with ADA Accessibility. KMA is a Participating Organization with the PCI SSC. For ADA, the KMA meets annually with U.S. Access Board on accessibility standards for unattended. Additional market coverage includes digital signage, interactive digital, Point-of-Sale, Smart City, vending and robotics. See us on LinkedIn. KMA is available on and

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