Many retailers are evaluating kiosk deployment based on how well the self-service units fit supermarkets' strategic initiatives at the front end, which has often been a no-man's-land of real estate. Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., decided to reconfigure its front-end operations this year with the help of partner Coinstar, Bellevue, Wash., a company that has evolved from coin-counting to a variety of other kiosk services, including gift cards and redbox DVD rentals, which ...

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