Convenient innovations like interactive kiosks and vending machines, and even robots, are becoming more popular in everyday locations, according to PYMNTS.com. Consumers who don't like to be kept waiting have inspired companies to implement new tech in an effort to keep their patrons coming back for more.
Some unattended retail includes robotic baristas in coffee shops in Austin, TX. The solution being used in Austin is by Coffee Haus, an unattended coffee distribution system designed by technology provider Briggo to enable robots to make coffee, lattes and other caffeinated drinks.
Mobile apps are also becoming increasingly popular in the quick service restaurant industry, with researchers finding that restaurant visits via mobile app have jumped by 50 percent over the past year.
Unattended retail is also finding its way into supermarkets, as more than 100 grocery stores around the United States will soon be home to Reis & Irvy's ice cream and frozen yogurt vending machines.