West Chester, Pa., July 11, 2006 – MEI announced that its cash acceptors have been integrated into the Hillman Group’s Quick-Tag ™ kiosks, installed in more than 3500 pet specialty and retail outlets across the United States and the United Kingdom.
The Quick-Tag kiosks allow customers to create affordable, custom engraved personal identification and pet I.D. tags in less than two minutes. The stand-alone system employs a computer-driven engraver, easy-to-use video touch screen, and cash, credit or token payment options for optimal self-service convenience.
“We tested many different bill acceptors because it is a critical component for Quick-Tag’s ongoing success and acceptance in new, unattended applications,” said Tom Glessner, director of engraving products for the Hillman Group “The MEI unit proved the most reliable, and easy to implement, as well as the most user-friendly for our consumers.
Hillman anticipates continued growth in its current retail base, with new expansion into novelty trade venues, such as theme parks and zoos. To date, they have installed seven kiosks in Disney World, four at Kennedy Space Center and two at the San Diego Zoo.
About The Hillman Group
Founded in 1964, the Hillman Group has grown to be a market leader in distributing hardware, letters, numbers and signs, keys and accessories and engraving technologies. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, their products are found in more than 21,000 retail locations worldwide. Hillman currently services more than 58 countries, with a major presence in Canada, Mexico, South and Central America, and the Caribbean.
About MEI’s Full Line of Cash Acceptors for Self-Serve Systems
MEI offers the industry’s most complete line of note and coin acceptors for the varying needs of retail self-serve applications. MEI SODECO™ BNA56 note acceptors are designed specifically for use in high-volume, high-value applications with dedicated cash-box collection and a revenue center. MEI CASHFLOW® SC Series note acceptors are the world’s most technically advanced cash acceptors for retail applications. MEI Series 2000 note acceptors provide a lower-end alternative for retail applications that do not require premium features or a lockable cash box. MEI Combo Acceptors are the industry’s first units that accept cash, credit and debit. MEI CASHFLOW® 9500 coin acceptors are ideal for kiosks and other unattended retail systems. MEI provides all the technical support that OEMs, professional software developers and systems integrators need to design, integrate, test and deploy their self-serve systems.
MEI systems are relied upon for more than 1 billion transactions per week in 90 countries. The company developed the first electronic coin mechanism in the 1960s, followed by the first electronic non-contact bill acceptor, and more recently its vending management system. Today MEI has the largest worldwide installed base of unattended payment mechanisms. In 2004, MEI reached a milestone of selling more than 3.5 million bill acceptors, 4.5 million coin mechanisms and 1 million control boards worldwide. Its products are in widespread use in the vending, soft drink, gaming, amusement, transportation, retail, and kiosk markets. For more information on MEI and its products, visit www.meigroup.com or call 1-800-345-8215.
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