LOS ANGELES, Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AR Systems ( www.automatedretailingsystems.com), a technology company that provides unique automated retailing and custom vending solutions, has announced that it has hired Shannon Illingworth as a consultant. Illingworth is widely considered the Father of Modern Vending, and coined the term "Automated Retailing" to describe the application of intelligent computing, cloud-based monitoring and robotic solutions to evolve vending into a robust, premium retailing solution. Perhaps more than any single individual, Illingworth changed the way people purchase products. AR Systems develops customized automated solutions that allow retailers to increase customer convenience, sell more products, reduce labor, cut theft, control inventory, increase distribution points, and improve revenues. Illingworth was formerly the founder and visionary of AVT, and led the design teams that came up with innovations including the Rug Doctor Automated Kiosk, the Propane Tank Automated Exchange System, the Plastic Bottle Recycling Rewards Kiosk, and the Twitter-Integrated Employee Recognition Center for IBM. His systems have been used by Fortune 500 companies, and were even featured at the Super Bowl. "I'm excited to be at AR Systems, where I will have the ability to work with some of the most knowledgable professionals in the industry, and create the next generation of automated retailing solutions," Illingworth said. "Our focus will be on developing new mobile applications to increase vendors ability to transact, while enhancing the user experience." Illingworth says that his goal for the past 15 years have been to revolutionize the retailing industry by merging technology, automation, kiosk design and new-age vending. "The new systems we will unveil at AR Systems will knock your socks off," Illingworth said. "They are unlike anything else on the market. We look forward to hearing from entrepreneurs and business owners who want to utilize technology to sell virtually anything, 24-hours a day, and providing them with innovative automated retailing solutions that meet their needs, but exceed their expectations."