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IHL Study: Self-checkouts on the rise

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Self-checkout technology continues to rise in importance at retailers in North America, according to a new study by IHL Group.

The 2012 North American Kiosk Study finds that self-checkout shipments are increasing 8% year to year, with self-checkout transactions exceeding $255 billion annually in North America. Kooking Transactions are growing better than 7% per year in North America, and expected to grow past $1.0 trillion by 2014.

The tracks the the shipments, installed base, and revenue turn through kiosks in 5 different categories: self-checkout, ticketing, check-In, postal, food ordering, and other kiosks (which is inclusive of DVD rentals). For more, visit ihlservices.com/ihl/

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Walgreens launches new photo app for Facebook

BY Michael Johnsen

Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens on Tuesday announced a new application built into Facebook that allows desktop computer users to print their favorite photos, complete with likes and comments, at any Walgreens location nationwide as part of a feature called PrintWorthy.

With the “Photo by Walgreens” app, Facebook users can print photos that include all the context that comes with a photo on Facebook, including location, description, who was in the photo as well as likes and comments posted by friends.

Considering that more than 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day, there are many PrintWorthy photos out there,” said Jasbir Patel, Walgreens senior director and GMM photo and e-commerce. “By offering printed photos available at any of our conveniently located stores in as little as an hour, Walgreens is encouraging people to use social media images in more unique, memorable ways.”

Facebook users can find the application by searching the terms Walgreens or “Photo by Walgreens” within the social media site and simply authorize the icon “Photo by Walgreens” within their page. Each 5×7 PrintWorthy card normally costs $2.99.

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Barnes & Noble in deal with U.K.’s John Lewis

BY CSA STAFF

New York — Barnes & Noble announced that it will enter into a partnership with British retailer John Lewis to offer its Nook electronic readers in the United Kingdom.

John Lewis is the first Nook partner for Barnes & Noble outside the United States.

“John Lewis is where knowledgeable customers turn for trusted advice on the best products to purchase, and they are a perfect partner to help launch Nook in the U.K.,” said Jamie Iannone, president of digital products at Barnes & Noble.

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