CORONA, Calif., Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AVT, Inc. (OTC Markets: AVTC) ( www.autoretail.com) announced that they have launched a new division dedicated to automated micro-stores. ARS (Automated Retail Systems), will handle all aspects of these customized self-service stores that allow brands and retailers to offer products in non-traditional locations. ARS provides complete turnkey solutions, including custom design of the Micro-Stores, securing desirable placement locations, restocking and merchandising of the systems, sales tracking and management, and factory-authorized service and maintenance. ARS services include: Location Procurement – ARS will utilize their long-standing relationships with developers, airports, malls, college campuses, hospitals, government offices, military bases, and resorts, and will make recommendations and negotiate contracts to ensure location success. Merchandising – ARS not only will restock each Micro-Store, but will also coordinate shipping from manufacturers and distribution centers as necessary to keep the system fully loaded with products. Inventory Management – ARS will analyze each Micro-Store's sales performance, provide tracking and forecasting so that inventory can be adjusted to maximize sales. Custom Design – ARS works with customers to assure that their Micro-Store is visually appealing, brand building, and project relevant. ARS designers are among the most award-winning in the industry. Monitoring – ARS monitors the functions of every machine, 24/7. Their team is ready to respond to any type of situation or inquiry in real-time. The automated segment of retailing is expected to grow to more than $1.1 trillion in 2015, according to a report published in Investor's Business Daily. Micro-Stores will become a significant component of the retailing industry, and will continue to grow at a rapid rate as more companies recognize the advantages of having a new, automated sales and branding vehicle that requires no management, staffing, or oversight. ARS Micro-Stores delivers unbeatable sales productivity by selling top products in new areas of distribution, without salespeople and with minimal overhead. Studies have shown that when comparing identical product's sales figures, a Micro-Store outperforms a traditional retail counter by a factor of up to 30-to-1.