Coinstar, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides automated retail solutions primarily in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. The company owns and operates self-service Redbox kiosks that allow customers to rent or purchase movies and video games; and self-service coin-counting kiosks where consumers can convert their coin to cash, a gift card, or an E-certificate. Coinstar, Redbox's parent company, is led by a savvy management team. By maximizing the value of Redbox and investing in new technologies it is the best way to capture opportunities along with various dimensions such as new customer segments, geographic, product segments, and strategic moves. Coinstar has built a promising future by taking their kiosk-based business to a new level. Strategic investment, position and new technology lead the way to the competitive advantage in the movie rental industry.
The Redbox Company is a subsidiary of Coinstar Inc.; it is a kiosk run retailer which provides movie rentals to consumers at an inexpensive rate. Redbox Automated Retail LLC began operations in 2004 with funding provided by McDonald's Ventures, a subsidiary of McDonald's Corporation. The initial Redbox vending machines were placed in a number of McDonald's fast-food restaurants. (Thompson, Peteraf & et al, 2012) As of December 31, 2011, the company had 35,400 Redbox kiosks in 29,300 locations, primarily in supermarkets, drug stores, mass merchants, banks, convenience stores, and restaurants. Coinstar, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.