Fox News takes a look at some small business and restaurant owners opting for carts and kiosks in high-traffic areas instead of traditional brick and mortar retail stores.

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Kiosks

• Kiosk transactions expected to surpass $775 billion in 2009.

• Kiosk transactions were $607 billion in 2008.

• Kiosk transactions may hit $1.6 trillion by 2013.

• Number of self-service kiosks worldwide was over 1 million in 2009

• Number of self-service kiosks worldwide is expected to jump to 2.56 million in 2014.

• Top kiosk applications in 2009 are entertainment, retail and travel.

Cart and temporary store business

• Estimates total size of cart and temporary store business at $12 billion annually in U.S.

• Upfront investment for a kiosk or a cart ranges from $2,000 to $10,000.

Number of shopping centers and retail stores

• There were more than 102,000 shopping centers-of all sizes-in the US as of the end of 2008.

• There were 1,122,703 retail establishments in the US in 2007

People visiting shopping malls

• Average of 8.7 mall visits per year by US shoppers

Retail industry in Florida

• Retailing is Florida's second-largest industry

• Florida has 100,000- plus retail businesses.

• Florida's retail businesses employ nearly 20% of the state's workforce.

• In 2005, the most recent statistics available, approximately 11.7 million adults shopped monthly at one or more of Florida's 3,839 retailing centers.

Retail sales

• U.S. retail sales in Dec 2009 for stores open at least a year rose 2.9% compared to Dec 2008.

• Through first 11 months of 2009, retail store sales totaled an estimated $3.310 trillion .

• Retail store sales through first 11 months of 2009 was 8.3% decline from the first 11 months of 2008.

Retail sales employment

• Retail salespersons held about 4.5 million jobs in 2008.

• In addition, about 156,500 retail salespersons were self-employed.

Sources:
• IHL Group ... via The Food Institute Report
• Investor's Business Daily 'Holy Grail' Nearing Local Grill: Food-Order Kiosks Rolling Out
• Specialty Retail
• The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 November 2009]
Specialty Retail Report
International Council of Shopping Centers Frequently Asked Questions
ICSC 2009 shopping habits report
Florida Retail Federation Industry
"Several Retailers Boost Forecasts"
US Census Bureau, ADVANCE MONTHLY SALES FOR RETAIL AND FOOD SERVICESBureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Retail Salespersons