Space, shrink and consumer acceptance of automation technologies have created a new selling opportunity for supermarkets. With a diversity of new uses, automated kiosks are playing a bigger role in nonfood categories. The most prevalent so far are for digital photo processing and DVD rentals - however, more applications are on the horizon. Kiosks for music downloading, cell phone ring tones, prepaid gift and phone cards, and a device offering an array of upscale goods, like iPods, are ...

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