Friday, November 03, 2006

DVD kiosks

The Akron Beacon Journal reports about a new trend in columbus, Ohio that is combining dinner and entertainment at Wendy's, Meijer and White Castle and the Columbus airport. Customers can buy a meal and pick up a DVD from touch screen DVD vending machines or kiosks as they are called. Alan Rudy is one of the investors who came up with and set up his DVD vending machine company e-Play.
A handful of Wendy's restaurants already have the kiosks, which are about the size of soft drink vending machines and offer 800 movie titles for prices ranging from $10 to $20.

Wendy's spokesman Bob Bertini said he hopes offering films alongside the Frosty draws in the younger crowd the company is targeting.

"It's a very innovative way to give customers the opportunity to tap into movies that they like," Bertini said. "We would hope it increases foot traffic in our restaurants."

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