West Chester, Pa., June 14, 2007 — MEI Retail’s self-service system customer Freedom Shopping LLC (www.freedomshopping.com) received the Kiosk Excellence Award for “Best New Innovation” at the 2007 KioskCom Self-Service Expo. These awards distinguish companies and individuals across multiple industries for their leadership, innovation and success within the self-service kiosk industry. Recipients were honored at KioskCom's 6th Annual Excellence Awards ceremony on April 22-25 in Las Vegas.
KioskCom awarded Freedom Shopping for its Freedom Shopping Kiosk, a compact, wall-mounted, self-checkout kiosk that automatically detects radio frequency identification (RFID) 10 seconds, with a thumbprint version of the system averaging less than five seconds. The unit is ideal for vendors wanting a speedy checkout without the need for security features. The system accepts all forms of payment and is being used in food service, hospitality, and other retail venues in the U.S. and Australia.
Six months after the system’s first public installation in May 2005, Freedom Shopping integrated MEI Series 2000 bill acceptors. “Our customers wanted the MEI cash acceptor component because of its reputation for reliability and proven high acceptance rate,” said Rob Simmons, managing partner of Freedom Shopping. “Since the switch, we’ve had no known failures with the MEI acceptors and our customers are extremely happy with their performance in the field.”
The MEI Series 2000 bill acceptor is currently integrated into all Freedom Shopping kiosks.
“The Freedom Shopping System is the only active, item-level RFID kiosk system in the world and is equipped with the highest quality components,” said Lawrence Dvorchik, KioskCom’s general manager. “This product was a true standout when it comes to kiosk innovation.”
About Freedom Shopping
Freedom Shopping LLC is a leading manufacturer of RFID self-checkout systems. RFID technology is currently revolutionizing logistics and supply chain management. Freedom Shopping is the first company to bring this robust technology to the hospitality, vending and convenience store industries. Visit www.freedomshopping.com or call 828-994-0206.
MEI systems are relied upon for more than 2 billion transactions per week in 90 countries. The company developed the first electronic coin mechanism in the 1960s, followed by the first electronic non-contact note acceptor, and more recently its vending management system. Today MEI has the largest worldwide installed base of unattended payment mechanisms. In 2004, MEI reached a milestone of selling more than 3.5 million note acceptors, 4.5 million coin mechanisms and 1 million control boards worldwide. Its products are in widespread use in the vending, soft drink, gaming, amusement, transportation, retail, and kiosk markets. Visit www.meigroup.com/kiosks or call 800-345-8215.
About KioskCom Conference and Tradeshow
KioskCom is the world’s largest and longest running kiosk and self-service conference and tradeshow, delivering business solutions focusing on interactive self-service programs to a highly qualified audience in the areas of retail, finance, hospitality, tourism, health care, government, gaming/entertainment, hospitals, restaurants, QSR’s, financial services, ticketing, photo and other industries. Visit www.kioskcom.com.
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