By Madalyn Bommarito
Graphic Designer – 365 Retail Markets
Let’s go over the basics. Before we get to the three simple steps, let’s dig a little deeper into the differences between print and digital media.
Print medias are files such as business cards, books, magazines, or even company holiday cards. The color mode for print is CMYK, which stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key (Black). The reason for the CMYK color mode is because in early in the printing press days to achieve color, all of the ink (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) would have their own printing plates. The printer would first have to lay down one color and then would have to wait for it to dry to continue with all the other inks. That process is so effective that printers still use this theory today.
When dealing with digital, the media is a television set, a computer monitor, a mobile phone, or any other kind of light source. The color mode used for digital is RGB that stand for red, green, blue. RGB is also known as “additive colors” because the colors are being added together to achieve a broad range of colors or until the outcome is white.
Resolution for print files is measured in dpi, or dots per inch. Dpi is a measure of spatial printing or video dot density, in particular, the number of individual dots that can be placed in a line within the span of 1 inch (2.54 cm). The best resolution for print materials is 300 dpi. This will ensure that the image is clear and the color is vibrant. Conversely, for a digital image (an image that will be viewed on a screen), 72dpi is appropriate.
There are quite a few file types to choose from and that alone can be overwhelming. For print, you’d mostly want to use a PDF or an EPS vector. If you don’t have design software, a PDF can be opened in Adobe Acrobat. An EPS vector is a manipulate-able file that can be sized as needed without distorting the image. A program like Adobe Illustrator is needed to open it.
For digital files, a JPG or a PNG file would be appropriate. A PNG would be the best choice if you want the background behind the image to be transparent, as opposed to having a white background, for instance.
If you are feeling really fancy, you can create a GIF image, which creates short animated pictures. Think of them as digital flipbooks. They can easily be generated without a software program through websites like giphy.com.
Now that you understand the science, here is a cheat sheet for quick reference.
Color mode: CMYK
PDF (Preferred for most files)
EPS (Preferred for large signs and banners)
JPG (Preferred for images)
TIFF (Preferred for high-resolution images)
Color Mode: RGB
GIF (For basic animated pictures.)
When working with a printer or a third party (for instance, if you are participating in a tradeshow), always ask them what file type they would prefer. However, if you are just beginning to play around with a design program, this cheat sheet should help you get started.
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Another successful show in the books for 365 and SV365 Technologies!
Without the support and collaboration of each of these team members, the show would not have been nearly as successful. Thank you to everyone involved for helping with the setup and tear down of all of the stands! We can always count on you guys, no matter what! Cheers!
Troy, MI – August 15, 2017 – 365 Retail Markets, the global leader in MicroMarket technology – offering a best in class POS platform for the vending, foodservice and hospitality industry – proudly announces its new Connected Campus℠. The 365 Connected Campus provides foodservice operators with an innovative and connected portfolio of products to satisfy clients of all sizes. The platform seamlessly connects MicroMarket, OCS, vending and dining products with one Global Market Account (GMA) to create the first fully integrated consumer experience in the workplace.
“Our success in MicroMarkets gave 365 a view of the marketplace from a unique lens,” said Joe Hessling, CEO of 365 Retail Markets, “It allowed us to see what the consumer wanted, what the operators wanted and what the host company wanted. The Connected Campus is a culmination of that experience. It can combine ease of use for the end user, aggregate the operational and support function for the operator and packages it in one place for the host companies.”
365’s new account system, GMA, is central to the Connected Campus platform and will revolutionize the way customers make purchases! GMA allows customers to seamlessly checkout at any 365 MicroMarket, Nanomarket, Vending, or Dining solution that you operate, all while only having to manage one account!
The benefits of GMA don’t stop at the customer. 365 has designed numerous improvements that will impact the way operators do business:
The ultimate Connected Campus can use all 365 devices that you operate, whether they’re in the same building or across the country
GMA eliminates the 7 MicroMarket MSL with all your markets will be linked together
Clients can be offered the industry leading Connected Campus experience for their MicroMarket, Nanomarket, Vending, or Dining needs
GMA provides a quick and easy way to checkout, ultimately reducing wait times and increasing customer throughput
The 365Pay app allows customers to quickly and easily add funds to their Global Market Account, ultimately increasing the chances of a sale
Account balance liabilities are eliminated since 365 will manage all GMA funds
The latest industry account and product technology allows you to stay ahead of the curve
Connected Campus can increase your reach to customers by taking full advantage of the entire 365 Ecosystem including:
AV5 and AV7
The Connected Campus along with the 365Pay app is available now. For more information or to begin your connected campus, contact our dedicated sales team at email@example.com or call (888) 365.7382.
About 365 Retail Markets365 Retail Markets, a rapidly growing self-service technology company with offices in Metro Detroit, Santa Clara, and Provo, creates devices that connect people with products at work. Our proprietary 365 technologies provide a turnkey platform that allows customers to increase sales, improve the end-user experience, and increase profits while reducing operating costs!
For more information about 365 Retail Markets, visit www.365retailmarkets.com. You can also follow 365 Retail Markets on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.Press Contact
Jen Tonio, 365 Retail Markets
Troy, MI – August 9, 2017 – 365 Retail Markets is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Krishna Vedula as Chief Technology Officer.
As CTO, Krishna will be responsible for leading the strategic growth of technology and product organizations. Krishna will be integral to 365’s continued success through increased market share and new product introductions. He and his team will also focus on solutions to facilitate the transition of customers to the 365 Connected Campus.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Krishna and very flattered that a leader of his caliber sees the value of 365.” said Joseph Hessling, CEO of 365 Retail Markets. “Krishna’s experience in payments and business intelligence will be very important to 365 as we continue to rapidly grow in these areas. ”
Krishna brings 20 years of experience leading global technology organizations in companies experiencing explosive growth, both organic and inorganic. His expertise includes leading organizations through transformational change, connecting technology to needs of the business, optimizing costs without compromising either employee engagement or customer experience. While being a technologist at heart, Krishna has a proven track record of leveraging technology-based solutions to drive business value with focus, structure and discipline. He will leverage his vast experience in tele-communications and payments to help understand 365’s customer needs and build innovative solutions.
About 365 Retail Markets365 Retail Markets, a rapidly growing self-service technology company with offices in Metro Detroit, Santa Clara, and Provo, creates technology that connects people with products at work. Our proprietary 365 technology is used in over 15,000 businesses locations across the United States, Canada, UK and Europe.
For more information about 365 Retail Markets, visit www.365retailmarkets.com. You can also follow 365 Retail Markets on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and Linkedin.
Jen Tonio, 365 Retail Markets
Troy, MI – August 7, 2017 – 365 Retail Markets is proud to announce the international expansion of their MicroMarket technology into Dublin, Ireland. The global leader in MicroMarket technology, 365 offers a best in class POS platform for the vending, foodservice, and hospitality industries.
As one of the first companies to begin manufacturing and selling MicroMarket technology in the United States, 365 Retail Markets has fundamentally transformed the way employees view the breakroom. A MicroMarket is a compact, self-service shop in a controlled location (such as an office) in place of a café or traditional vending, offering hundreds of fresh food and wellness items 24/7/365. This system includes open shelving and coolers for products, equipped with an electronic-checkout kiosk. Although a MicroMarket has the setup and feel of a small convenience store, it is autonomous like a vending machine.
As the tech-fluent millennial workforce continues to grow, the generational shift in the office comes with an overall paradigm adjustment. Integrated automation and accessibility to brand name wholesome snacks is expected. To keep employees engaged, companies must provide staff with resources that accommodate their lifestyle.
In response to the shifting workplace environment 365 Retail Markets has developed the 365 MicroMarket, which can be tailored to meet a company’s specifications. As the core of 365’s business, MicroMarkets are the most radical change in at-work foodservice in decades; increasing sales, customer service, and employee satisfaction, all while decreasing operating costs. The average MicroMarket processes 161 transactions per day, totaling $63,192 in annual revenue. Over the next 10 years, MicroMarkets are projected to generate $1.6 billion industry-wide.
"We are very happy to see the MicroMarket concept starting to grow in Europe. After launching our new software platform across the pond 18 months ago, the addition of locations in Ireland is a testament to our team's hard work and our valued partners, Express Vending’s efforts in the UK,” said John Chidiac, President of 365 International. “We look forward to further growth in Europe with additional products and features in the years to come."
After explosive success in the US, 365 launched their technology internationally in 2016 by opening their first MicroMarket with Express Vending in London, England. And now with the support of Express Vending, AVS member, Vending Automatic Ltd. has just launched their very first 365 Kiosk-powered MicroMarket in Ireland.
“Express Vending is the largest privately owned vending company in the UK and focuses on delivering high quality, modernized refreshment solutions into the workplace. We believe in pioneering technology and revolutionary products, which is why 365 Kiosk-powered MicroMarkets are such a natural fit for our brand.” Said Matt Sayers, Marketing Manager at Express Vending.
For more information on how 365 can boost your business, contact their UK partner, SV365 Technologies Ltd. at www.sv365technologies.com.
About 365 Retail Markets365 Retail Markets, a rapidly growing self-service technology company with offices in Metro Detroit, Santa Clara, and Provo, creates technology that connects people with products at work. The proprietary 365 technology provides a turnkey platform that allows customers to increase sales, improve the end-user experience, and increase profits while reducing operating costs!
For more information about 365 Retail Markets, visit www.365retailmarkets.com. You can also follow 365 Retail Markets on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn.
About Express Vending
Express Vending was founded in 1992 and serves customers across the UK and Ireland. The business has now reached an annual turnover in excess of £35 million, employing over 250 people. With two dedicated business teams for service and account management, Express Vending can respond to 99% of technical calls within 4 hours and proudly boast a 98% customer retention rate.
For more information about Express Vending, visit https://www.expressvending.co.uk/hub/. You can also follow Express Vending on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedInPress Contact
Jen Tonio, 365 Retail Markets
One of the biggest selling points of MicroMarkets is having the ability to serve fresh food and beverages to customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Therefore, having a kiosk with a weak Internet connection or that goes offline completely is bad for business. Devices like the OptConnect Neo cellular router help you to have a stable connection and limit downtime and subsequent loss of revenue. The addition of a diagnostic tool like the OptConnect Glimpse exclusively supported by 365 Retail Markets offers operators an exclusive, visual insights into the Neo’s network performance in real-time.
Glimpse is a simple but extremely powerful tool that very clearly tells you the status of your Internet connection. It will tell you:
• the strength of the signal
• the signal quality
• the signal speed and
a multitude of other metrics that will aid our 24/7 Support team in diagnosing and solving your connectivity issues.
In the future, Glimpse will also host a collection of tutorials, empowering you to troubleshoot connectivity issues on your own without having to call Support.
However, if you find yourself having connection issues now, there are a few things that you can do to improve your connection and get your market back up and running.
Adjust your antenna.
Improving your connection could be as simple as adjusting your antenna. It is recommended that the antennas should be placed up high on a magnetic surface, vertically and about six inches apart for optimal connection. Also, keep in mind that because the connection is cellular, the best place for your modem may not be near the kiosk. In that case, a longer cable would be necessary.
Check your ports.
Aside from the antenna placement, be sure to check all of your ports to ensure that everything is plugged in. It sounds simple, but sometimes it’s the simplest solutions that solve complex problems.
Reboot your modem.
When in doubt, turn it off and turn it back on. Sometimes a good reset is all you need.
Plug the modem into a laptop.
If the laptop is able to get a connection, then you know that the modem isn’t the problem.
Bring out the big guns.
• Shut down both the modem and the kiosk.
• Power on the modem – wait about one and half minutes
• Power on the router in the kiosk.
We’ve found that following these steps almost always restores the Internet connection.
Troubleshooting Internet connectivity issues shouldn’t have to be a shot in the dark. 365 is giving you a visual “Glimpse” into your Internet connection.
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Cleanliness is an important determining factor of a consumer's desire to shop in a market. Just as a high standard of cleanliness helps restaurant operators retain customers and grow repeat business (Technomic), the same holds true for MicroMarkets. According to the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association (ISSA), 95% of shoppers reported that an unclean retail environment negatively influences their shopping decisions. "Shoppers want to feel comfortable when visiting a retail environment and ensuring that a store is clean and healthy is a crucial part,” said Dan Wagner, ISSA’s Director of Facility Service Programs.
In addition to encouraging customers to shop frequently in your market, a regular cleaning routine will also help your equipment to last longer. Dust and debris can interfere with the functionality of your coolers, leading to costly repairs and premature replacements.
According to NAMA, a MicroMarket route driver needs to have access "to portable water and a sanitation kit consisting of a cleaning pail, disposable towels, detergent and sanitizer in spray bottles and window cleaner" in order to perform a routine cleaning.
At every delivery, route drivers should:Clean Coolers
The coolers are subjected to a lot of handling. Take care to wipe down the glass of the cooler doors, the racks and the handles. This is especially important during cold and flu season. The products will look more appetizing without the fog of fingerprints.
Just as with the cooler doors, the kiosk is also a high traffic area. Wipe it down to remove fingerprints, sanitize all of the surfaces and check for trash around it.
In particular, the top of coolers and the product racks.
Make sure that all products are displayed with the labels facing forward and pull the cords on the racks.
Coffee makes the office go round. If your company offers coffee service, make sure to clean the coffee machine, organize the sugar and sugar substitutes and turn the coffee creamers label-up.
Once every three months, route drivers should:Clean Cooler Grills
The cooler grills should be cleaned as they get dusty. In addition to being unappealing, the dust can inhibit the power flowing through your refrigerator and make clog air intake.
Bonus – Clean Tables
Most companies have a janitorial service or cleaning committees, but you can take it up a notch by removing trash from the tables and giving them a quick wipe down.
Don’t let fingerprints, dust, and clutter cause your customers to be turned off from your market. Taking the time to develop and implement a consistent cleaning routine will not only keep you on the right side of health code laws and improve the quality of your equipment, but it will also help you sell more product.
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ROSH PINNA, Israel (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Track Innovations Ltd. (OTI) (NASDAQ:OTIV), a global provider of near field communication (NFC), cashless payments and fuel management solutions, has formed a new strategic partnership with 365 Retail Markets, the leader in MicroMarket technologies.
US-based 365 Retail Markets enables each customer's entire ecosystem with cutting-edge technology, unrivaled selection, and world-class support. Combined with OTI's best-in-class, field-proven and secure cashless solutions, MicroMarket operators and their customers benefit from this robust design.
"The partnership with 365 Retail Markets shows how OTI is committed to increasing its presence and activities in the US market," says OTI CEO, Shlomi Cohen. "Our pre-certified off-the-shelf cashless payment solutions are very cost-effective and have proved to be a great fit to the US vending, self-service and automated retail markets."
365 has been pioneering innovation in the vending industry since 2008, expanding their technologies beyond MicroMarkets to encompass a broad range of self-service and payment products. 365's newest concept, the Connected Campus, streamlines vending operations by linking devices and customer accounts for efficient management. Incorporating OTI's secure cashless payment solutions is a huge step forward in fulfilling 365's strategy for supporting operator processes and boosting their business.
"As 365 continues to expand globally, it becomes more and more important for us to have the right relationships to keep up with payment demands," adds 365 CEO, Joe Hessling. "OTI is the right choice for us and we look forward to years of innovation together."
For more information on OTI's cashless payment solutions for unattended retail environments visit the company's website, follow the company on Twitter or LinkedIn, or schedule a meeting with OTI team at the upcoming NAMA OneShow.
On Track Innovations (OTI) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and sale of secure cashless payment solutions using contactless NFC technology with an extensive patent and IP portfolio. OTI's field-proven innovations have been deployed around the world to address cashless payment and management requirements for the Internet of Payment Things (IoPT), wearables, unattended retail and petroleum markets. OTI distributes and supports its solutions through a global network of regional offices and alliances, including UCP, Inc. in North America. For more information, visit www.otiglobal.com.
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About 365 Retail Markets365 Retail Markets, a rapidly growing self-service technology company with offices in Metro Detroit, Santa Clara, and Provo, creates technology that connects people with products at work. Our proprietary 365 technology provides a turnkey platform that allows customers to increase sales, improve the end user experience, and increase profits while reducing operating costs!
For more information about 365 Retail Markets, visit www.365retailmarkets.com. You can also follow 365 Retail Markets on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and Linkedin.
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Troy, MI – April 26, 2017 – 365 Retail Markets, a rapidly growing self-service technology company, is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Joe Rogan to Chief Financial Officer.
As CFO, Joe will implement processes and procedures to support 365’s significant increase in customers and new product introductions. He and his team will also focus on report development to facilitate the transition of customers to the 365 Connected Campus.
"Joe Rogan has been on the 365 Board of Directors for close to 5 years, so no one knows our business as well as he does,” says CEO, Joe Hessling. “His industry and financial expertise is unparalleled, and I am proud to have him on the 365 team."
An early adopter of MicroMarkets, Joe Rogan has 17 years’ experience as a high-level influencer in the vending and foodservice industry. He will leverage his experience and relationships to help understand customer needs and construct innovative solutions.
Joe also served as a key consultant in 365’s recapitalization process that brought in McCarthy Capital.
About 365 Retail Markets365 Retail Markets, a rapidly growing, self-checkout technology company with offices in Metro Detroit, Santa Clara, and Orem offers the best-in-class point of sale platform for use in the workplace. Its proprietary 365 MicroMarket is a turnkey, unmanned market that allows customers to increase sales, improve the customer experience, and increase profits while decreasing operating costs. 365 Retail Markets has been pioneering innovation in the foodservice, hospitality and vending industries since 2008, and continues to revolutionize the market with superior technology and ultimate flexibility in customization and branding. 365 has won many awards for their innovation and growth, including recent inclusion in the Inc. 5000 List Of Fastest-Growing Private Companies In The US for the second year in a row.
For more information about 365 Retail Markets, visit www.365retailmarkets.com. You can also join 365 Retail Markets on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.
Jen Tonio, 365 Retail Markets
TROY, MI - April 18, 2017 - 365 Retail Markets, award-winning MicroMarket and vending technology provider, will be showcasing a new suite of products during the NAMA OneShow, booth #427 in Las Vegas, NV at The Venetian on April 19-21, 2017.
365 is committed to continually releasing new cutting-edge technology to help our customers increase sales and grow their businesses, and we are proud to showcase the following new products:
365 nanomarket™ is a modern, tablet-based device for smaller populations, allowing operators to expand into locations that were previously cost prohibitive. Operators will enjoy the ability to quickly and easily open new locations without sacrificing the quality and innovation they have come to expect from 365’s suite of products.
ReadyTouch is best known for creating self-service point of sale software for onsite foodservice operations within corporations, schools, airports, healthcare and more. With a variety of modes, the ReadyTouch system fits any dining scenario from self-checkout to kitchen management, for increased efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Cancel Alert is designed to reduce theft by better enabling operators to collect data and investigate shrinkage.
When a purchase is cancelled, the kiosk webcam captures an image of the customer and real-time transaction details. This data is uploaded to SmartHQ and logged as a Cancel Alert, including the location, time cancelled, kiosk screen, total amount, and customer account.
365 Inside is a low-cost, easy-to-install add-on for vending machines. The combination of the device and the company's 365Pay app creates a seamless cashless payment solution that can also generate operational reports, transmit wireless real-time alerts and push nutritional data.
P2PE enables clients and consumers alike to be confident that their transactions are secure. This makes conversations with client IT departments much easier!
Connected Campus℠ seamlessly connects MicroMarkets, nanomarkets™, AirVend, and ReadyTouch products with a single stored-value account (GMA) and app!
“This year is really special for 365. As always, we have several new products and partnerships to launch at the show, but this year is over the top,” says 365 CEO, Joe Hessling. “With new hardware, software, mobile, services, team members and special consumer engagement tools, this NAMA will be ludicrous mode for 365.”
365 Marketing Manager, Jen Tonio will be speaking on Promotional Merchandising and Effective Marketing at the NAMA OneShow Pre-Conference Education Session, Mastering Micro Markets, on Tuesday, April 18.
Contact us for a demo of our new software, or visit booth #427 to learn more about our kiosks from the 365 team.
About 365 Retail Markets
365 Retail Markets, a rapidly growing self-service technology company with offices in Metro Detroit, Santa Clara, and Provo, creates devices that connect people with products at work. The proprietary 365 technology provides a turnkey platform that allows customers to increase sales, improve the end user experience, and increase profits while reducing operating costs!
For more information about 365 Retail Markets, visit www.365retailmarkets.com.
You can also follow 365 Retail Markets on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn.
Jen Tonio, 365 Retail Markets