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Posted By Kristin FlandreauAmericas Group Business Lead
Microsoft delivers a unique, integrated approach for restaurant operators that want to capitalize on the Internet of Things: We enable these customers to connect their “things” to gather, store and analyze data. The resulting business insights enable restaurant operators to truly transform their businesses.
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Posted By Charles YuWindows Embedded BG Lead, China
Two of the most popular items on Chinese breakfast menus are fried bread stick (you tiao) and soybean milk (dou jiang). The wonderful smell of crispy, tasty golden bread stick and delicious soybean milk brings back memories from a long time ago. However, I was able to relive the memory again recently inside a Yonghe King (Yong He Da Wang) restaurant, part of a fast-growing Chinese quick-service chain. Yonghe King’s bright red storefronts are a familiar sight across the major cities in China. The chain has 300 locations and plans to have 1,000 stores by 2018.
Chain restaurants are growing fast in China as a result of an increasingly faster-paced lifestyle. There is a strong need and desire to connect all stores in a chain together, thus harnessing all their value. Creating efficiency while your business rapidly expands is no easy feat, but that’s exactly what Yonghe King has done by taking advantage of the Internet of Things. Using an intelligent systembased on Microsoft technologies, the chain has increased profits, streamlined the process of opening new stores, enabled greater control over inventory systems and improved customer service. Customers certainly benefit from these efficiencies. My fried bread stick and soybean milk cost less than $1 each (RMB 5 and RMB 6, respectively), and I got to enjoy these traditional breakfast items all day long. Many stores are even open 24 hours.
Posted By Guillaume EstegassyWindows Embedded Business Lead, Japan
At Retail Tech Japan 2014, held earlier this spring in Tokyo, we demonstrated how Windows Embedded and Microsoft Azure provide a great platform for POS, kiosks, vending machines and digital signage for retail. In this video, we would like to introduce you to a unique tablet POS for retail, created by Empathy Co. Ltd. and running on Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry.
Posted By Barb EdsonGeneral Manager, Marketing and Business Development
I’ve been blogging about Microsoft’s unique vision for the Internet of Things and how it can help enterprises realize tremendous business value from data. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced the Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service, which provides the tools and expertise you need to bring the Internet of Things to life for your business. If you’re still working to develop a strategy for the Internet of Things, Microsoft has the expertise and vision to help you get started. And if your strategy is solidly in place, Microsoft has the technologies and services you need to refine that strategy while making the most of the data and devices in your business. As an early leader in the Internet of Things technology space, Microsoft is uniquely positioned to support your growth and acceleration, with a full suite of products and services, along with the support of a vast, global partner ecosystem.
Posted By Windows Embedded Team
What if the Coke machine at your corner store suddenly transformed into a jukebox you control with your smartphone? One of Microsoft’s partners, a leading digital agency in Australia called TKM9, has created beverage coolers that do that — and much more – for Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA), a leading beverage distributor in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. The solution capitalizes on the Internet of Things by utilizing interactive digital signage installed on the coolers — those large refrigerator-like vending machines. These digital signs are designed to collect data on sales and customer interaction, and share content with customers at the point of sale — such as discount offers and weather reports. They also draw consumers into an interactive multimedia and social-media experience, via the coolers and the consumers’ own devices, offering games, contests, Facebook posts and more.